Thursday, December 20, 2012

Post Baby Wear

While I was pregnant with Parker, all sorts of cute fashion trends came around and of course, they were either not preggo friendly or not within a "budget friendly" range (for me). I blogged about the styles I so badly wanted to partake in, here. So once I had Parker and lost most of the baby weight, I couldn't wait to try them out!

Let's revisit shall we?

Colored denim/pants. I **might** have gone a little over board with these. But I LOVE them! I currently have mint, teal, coral and red ;)

Peplum tops. I have mixed emotions about this style. I wanted it to work for me so badly. I think the issue is that there are several cuts for these tops and some look ok on me while others I am ripping off before I even put them all the way on, lol. I currently own one of these tops. And while at first I thought it looked super cute, when I looked back at a picture of me wearing it, now I'm not so sure. If I were tall and slender, I don't think I'd have an issue....darn you hips!!

Pencil skirts. I'm really not sure why I thought this was such a must. I think it was simply because I couldn't wear them, ha.

It took me a long time to get back into wearing "styles" after I had Peyton. I was getting used to my "new" body and had to wear what was "nursing accessible". I mainly stuck to tank tops with some sort of cardigan or something with buttons. I didn't really try. This second time around I was determined to put more effort into my appearance. Just because I nurse doesn't mean I'm stuck to one certain look. I just had to get creative. No more frump! And even though we still have pj days at the house, I do get dressed more days than not ;)

I wanted to document my triumphs, lol, so here are some of my favs:

Here's to hoping I keep this up!! :)

The HO HO HOrror!

I had higher hopes Santa this year. Peyton is not a child that warms up to a complete (bearded) stranger in seconds, so I don't know why I expected Santa to be different.

Without further ado....


I do consider this an improvement from last year though. She wouldn't even sit next to him then. At least Parker loved Santa. Ho ho ho....

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Life with TWO

I have always heard that the transition from one child to two was difficult. But I never really thought I'd have issues with it. Especially when Peyton was at what I felt was a good age (2 1/2) and was semi-independent. We had been battling through the "Terrible Two's" and the tantrums that came with that made me think, "Pshh, if I can handle this, surely adding a baby can't be any more difficult."

::Blink, blink, blink::

The first few weeks had their trying times (i.e. dealing with Parker's jaundice issues) but overall, it was pretty easy. Peyton was adjusting well (so I thought) and Parker was nursing like a champ and was sleeping in good stretches so I didn't feel exhausted during the day (don't get me wrong though, I did take some naps!). Leaving the house did take more work than I thought it would, but I got the hang of that too. Parker would pretty much sleep the entire time out which for a short time made it feel like it was back to just me and Peyton.

Fast forward a few more weeks and I feel like I am now really starting to feel the weight of having two. Time management is HARD! Having to make time for myself and TWO little ones is proving to be quite the task. I tend to be late more than I am on time and that irritates me to the core. I used to always be on time if not early ::Sigh:: Factoring in getting everyone dressed, dealing with poopspolsions, various outfit changes from said poop, making sure P pottys before we leave and then nursing Parker right before we leave, takes up somuchtime!! I feel like I should be better at this by now.

Peyton has been acting out a lot, making it obvious that she's feeling the shift of sharing the spotlight. Luckily she doesn't take it out on Parker. Our only "problem" with her and how she treats Parker, is her "loving on him" too much. I'll take that over her trying to hurt him any day! lol. She has also been SO NEEDY!! She acts like she gets no attention EVER, which is not even close to the truth. Our days are pretty much the same as before Parker, only difference is, he's here. I don't know what to do to make her not feel that way. Maybe it's just something that'll work it's way out of her system? While she seems so big to me, I also have to remind myself of her true age and know that her little mind has the capacity to only understand so much.

I love both of my babies SO MUCH and feel so overwhelmingly blessed that God bestowed upon me this job of being their Mommy. I guess that's why I'm so bothered that I'm having "difficulties".

I know things will get easier, I'm just ready for that time to be now! Haha.

Friday, November 16, 2012


Ok. Finding time to do what I need to do with an infant (and preschooler) is harder than I thought it would be. Not by any means impossible. I'm just learning how to juggle. Those that can do it from the get-go, I applaud you. You probably have perfect children too....*rolls eyes*

I've decided that for the time being, I'm not going to kill myself with "catching up" posts or anything structured. But rather enjoy these next two months, as they both bring big holidays and even more activities to keep us busy. I want to worry about spending time with my family and making memories. Sure I'll post some, as I use this as a memory book of some sorts, but nothing scheduled.

Starting in January, I plan to come back with a good schedule. Aside from my everyday life happenings (as this is what this little 'ol place is mainly for) I want to add some fun weekly themes. Mix it up a little.  Because after all, I am more than just a mom! We shall see!

....In the meantime, random hodgepodge is what it will be :)

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Pumpkin Patch'en

Better late than never....

Friday, October 26, 2012

Parker: Two Months

Weight: 13lbs. 7.5oz.- 80th %tile
Length: 25 inches- 99th %tile!
Clothing: 3-6 mo. and some 6 mo.
Diapers: size 1 (I have tried 2s and they seemed to fit...but I'm not ready for you to move into another size already!)

First things first, you are just so darn cute. (And no, I'm not bias, just stating the facts ;)) There is no denying, you are quite the charmer!

You and Peyton already have such a sweet relationship. You LOVE her and it's so apparent to me. If you hear her, your eyes go searching for her and when you find her, you smile so big. You also love to "talk" to her already. It's amazing to me how I can tell a difference in how you act with me and how you act towards your sister. I love that.

Jaundice update: Let me just say that this has been the most frustrating issue. After about 6 weeks, you were still yellow. So I called your dr and they had us come in to take a look at you and check your bili levels (again). After getting your bloodwork back, Dr. Connolly decided you had breast milk jaundice. Your body just loved my milk so much it wanted to keep it all in, including the biliruben. All that meant was that it was just going to take some time to get out of your system. We were nursing 8-12 times a day to help get you to pee/poop it out as much as possible ;) Thankfully, I think we are almost over it. You are still a tinge yellow but are definitely better than a month ago!

This month, your little personality really started to shine. You started smiling (on purpose) and cooing ALL THE TIME. I love this phase. I adore hearing what you have to say and seeing that look in your eyes as you try so hard to get out your little "words". You are also trying SO hard to laugh! Right now it's like two or three coo's, one right after another. It's so cute, I can't wait for it to click :) You hate tummy time and kind of just lay there. Your sister hated it too. You still haven't rolled over but if you get mad enough while on your tummy, you try so hard to flip over. You're a pro at holding your head up. You love the bouncy seat (with the vibration) and you love the swing. And not just a "swing" in general, it has to be a full sized baby swing. I know because I had a travel swing and you hated it and then I borrowed a friend's full sized, and you love it. Go figure. You still won't take a paci, of any kind. (I think I've purchased and tried every kind made) Even though I won't have to go through taking it away from you at some point, it would still be nice if you'd tolerate it, at least sometimes! You also continue to despise your carseat. If I can get you buckled in fast enough and get the car moving, you sometimes are ok. But the moment I hit a redlight or have to stop for more than a minute, you start screaming. The car was the one place that Peyton wouldn't scream. Once again, go figure. Still nursing like a champ (the second time around is so much easier!). You were from the get go and I am SO thankful for that! The drooling/spitting is in FULL FORCE! I've brought out the bibs and burp cloths. You soak anything your mouth touches. You've started gnawing/sucking on your hands, alot. Sometimes you try to cram both fists into your mouth at once. It's a pretty funny sight. 

Sleeping. I am very proud of myself this go around. We've got a pretty good routine going. You have a long nap from around 12/1-3/4 almost everyday (that's when I get things done around that house, ha). Then go down for bed around 10/11, sleep until 4:30/5:30, eat, then go back to sleep until 8/9. You're in your bassinet until you wake up to eat and then I keep you in bed with me ;) I'm not sure when I plan to move you to your room...but I'm in no hurry :)

Little boy, we love you so much! Don't grow too quickly!!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Parker: One Month

My goodness, Parker, you are a month already! A WHOLE month!! Let's recap on this past month's events.....

Weight: guessing 10-ish lbs **9/28I was WAY off. We had a jaundice check up this morning and he weighed in at 11.6 lbs!! Whoa baby :)
Length: 21-ish inches? (Guessing. He was born at "20" but at his week follow up they said 21 and I think that is more accurate considering he is one long little fellow)
Clothing: By your third week, newborn things were too small. You are currently wearing "0-3 mo" things and even now those are getting too small. A few 3-6 mo. pieces fit too.
Diapers: I already moved you too 1s because we were having alot of leaks!

We got off to a bit of a rough start with you spending your second week of life living on a "baby tanning bed". It was apparent that you were jaundice and I could tell you were getting drowsier by the day, so at your one week check up, Dr. Kim sent us to get your levels checked. Sure enough, you were at a 16.1 and the normal range is a 6 or 7 =/ So that night, an at-home nurse came over and brought your bed. You had to live on that thing day and night (only coming off to eat for 30 mins every 2 hours) until your levels came down to an acceptable number. We finally got the number we needed that Thursday night and as soon as I got the call from the nurse (at 3 AM!!), I took you off immediately!! I couldn't wait to snuggle you!! Even now you are still a little yellow but at your two week check up your dr said it could take 6 weeks to clear....but the good thing is, no light and it will just work itself out of your system =)

 Your sister loves you SO much!! I can't keep her away from you. She always wants to hold you and kiss your head. It melts my heart...I don't know how I will deal when you can kiss or hug her back for the first time! You will just stare at Peyton when she's talking/playing with you. I love it.

At about three weeks, you started doing/trying to do alot. As I said above, your eye contact was great and you started trying to talk. All you can get out are squeals and an "Uuuughhh" (sounds like a cute sigh). But it is the cutest thing ever. You smile quite often, even though I'm not quite sure when it's supposed to be an "on purpose" smile, but I'll take it! You've been holding your head up since you were born (obviously not for long periods of time). You are already trying to roll get to your side, and get stuck, then get angry. I have a feeling it won't be too long before you get it. You don't care for being held in a cradle, unless it means your about to get fed. You love being up on someone's shoulders. You like being able to see everything. If I stand you on your legs, you'll bare all your weight on them and stand for a few seconds. You are so STRONG!! You obviously take after your Dad ;) I swear it feels as if you are already trying to grow faster than normal.

Once you turned a month old, I decided it was time to try to get you (and me) on a good routine to help you sleep better at night. You'd been in our bed with us and it was just not working that well because you were so squirmy at night, neither of us would get much sleep. So far we're about 4 days into it and you've slept no less than 4 1/2 hours straight (12-4:30, 11-5:30, 10:30-4). I'm impressed and hope it stays this way! I'll revisit this next month.

Little boy, we love you so much! Don't grow too quickly!!

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Tour of Parker's Room

I finished Parker's room about a week ago. The only thing I wish I could've done is paint, but other than that, I couldn't be happier with how it all turned out! It's a perfect combination of modern mixed with rustic (the color/finish of the furniture with the exposed metal finishes and deer head ;)) A few of my favorite things about his room: 

1. The utility shelf-turned-into-changing/storage table. I first saw it displayed as such in a picture on Etsy and knew I had to do the same. More than likely it will just be used for storage, as I see many a changing on the living room floor ;)

2. The Cardboard Deer Head. This was the coolest thing I think I could have stumbled upon for his room. This was the perfect compromise for Austin and I. He likes real animal heads and I like modern decor....voila! lol. Not to mention, it was fun to put together, it was like a puzzle! 

I keep finding myself wandering into his room just taking everything in. I can't wait until he's here with us....just three more weeks, or less!! :)

Monday, July 23, 2012

My One and Only

I've been soaking up each day of it just being Peyton and I. We only have a few weeks left! It really is a bittersweet time. She's going to be such a great big sister. She talks about Parker alot (or "baby brother"). She comes to many of my doctor's appts with me and has been to every ultrasound. She's an expert at knowing what his heartbeat sounds like and what he looks like on the "tv". I think bringing her to my appts has helped her make that connection and realize what's happening.

We've been doing some fun things that don't require going outside because it's just SO hot! We've gone to "kid's movie day" a few times at our local theatre. We've been doing some crafts and she's discovered a new love....painting. She would sit at the table and paint ALL day if I'd let her.

Peyton is growing so fast, and sometimes I still can't believe that she won't be my only one!!

Our Staycation

Austin's "staycation" was really awesome. It was so nice having him home with us all day, everyday for a whole week. Peyton especially loved it. A few highlights from the week are: breakfast at Metro Diner, a trip to Little Talbot Island, a little kiddie pool time for P at Grammy and Papa's, a date night, a pedi for me :), and I even tried (and succeeded!!!) a Pinterest dessert. 

It won't be too much longer until he's home with us for another week....when Parker comes!! 

Monday, July 2, 2012

A Hodge Podge of a Post

It seems all I post about lately is my pregnancy. That is really about the only thing we have going on around here. It's summer, and it's super hot so we haven't been doing anything outside. Low key play dates inside and things like that. Austin is on vacation this week, so we'll hopefully do a few fun things and have some pictures to go along with it.

I think we have most definitely hit the Terrible Twos. Peyton, overnight, has become very difficult, does NOT want to listen, and throws tantrums about any.little.thing. She has always been stubborn but things have been kicked up a few notches. Sheesh!! I'm hoping the worst will come now before I have Parker to deal with too. On a postive note, she is talking so well and such a funny little kid. She has to make sure you're ok if you say "Ouch!". If she has an audience, she starts dancing crazily and puts on her funniest faces. I love her more than words can say.

Parker's room is about 30% finished. That is one of our tasks this week while Austin is get it finished. (At least have the carpets cleaned and the furniture placed.) I only have about 8 weeks!! Eeek! Also, Austin's going to get the infant car seat down and we'll get it washed and ready to go! :) July is the month of showers for us. This coming Saturday is our family shower. Three weeks after that is my friend shower. Can't wait!!

We're going to start Austin's vacation off right by taking a family date to Metro Diner for some yummy breakfast! Ta ta!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Preggo Woes

I never seriously complain about pregnancy because frankly, I've been blessed with pretty low-key, non-eventful ones. Some aches and pains, yeah. I mean you're carrying a living, growing being so it's not going to be all butterflies and rainbows.

[Children are a blessing from the Lord and so is the ability to carry one/them. But no one is perfect and for my pregnancy comparisons I want to jot down a little of what I'm feeling right now]

Currently: I am 31 weeks today.

*My hips have been hurting SO BAD! It started a lot earlier this time around (not surprising) and eve Austin noticed that. I don't even have to do a lot of bending/crouching/walking for them to hurt. (Parker better not be a hips don't need to spread any more....)

*Ligament pain has been a lot more noticeable this time. At least from what I can remember. I've woken in the middle of the night a few times because I turned the wrong way or turned too quickly and got some sharp pains that made he have to sit up in bed for a few minutes. Ouch =/

*Rib pain!! I don't remember ever having this problem with Peyton. Maybe because she tended to stay cuddled up in there. Parker however, feels like he's trying to bust out of my ribs! And a few times it's felt like he's moved one out of place or something because my side would have a painful pulling/pinching sensation that would make it impossible to sleep or barely move during the day. Little boy must like to stretch.

*Sleep. Totally horrible. And I can't even blame it on my growing belly. Not being able to sleep well started almost from the very beginning. I toss and turn almost every night. I'll be really prepared for a waking newborn.

*One positive: I've had no leg cramps! I had them ALL.THE.TIME with Peyton.

All of these are normal, they are just more prominent this time around for sure. And while they aren't enjoyable in the least, they are tolerable. I just felt like complaining ;)

Less than NINE weeks until we meet Mr. Parker!!!!! 

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Parker's Room

We've taken a little more time with getting Parker's room together this go around. It took FOREVER for me to find and decide on bedding for him. I couldn't find ONE set that I was crazy about. Not to mention, I wanted Austin to like and have a say so on it too...since it's a boy this time ;) Then came deciding on what crib/room furniture to choose. Ugh. I think it's safe to say that every aspect of having a boy has been difficult for me, ha. But, we finally made decisions and got the ball rolling! Last weekend Austin put together the crib, dresser, and night stand and I started putting some of the bedding on =) It's crazy to see another crib, ready for a baby! The big task will be getting all of our office furniture out and into our bedroom =/

Here's a peek at our progress so far....

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Bumpdate: 28 Weeks

*I just realized it's been 8 weeks since I've done an update. Woops. I guess time got away from me! Here are a few bump pics to catch me up...
**I also haven't taken my "28" photo. But theres really no difference :)

How Far Along: 28 weeks 4 days- THIRD TRIMESTER!!! Woohoo!!

Weight: +13 lbs. 

Maternity Clothes: Yup. I do have some "normal" tops and dresses that work. Also, my fav clothing of choice is a maxi dress. LOVE comfy and perfect for the lovely Florida heat. 

Stretch Marks: No new ones. 

Sleep: Eh, if it's not one thing it's another. Turning from one side to another is starting to get uncomfortable which in turn, causes me to wake a little more. 

Movement: A whole bunch! He moves the most first thing in the morning and late at night. I guess because those are the only times I'm truly still ;)

Food/Cravings: Let me see...I find I really want fruity things. I've eaten so many strawberries I should be one. I've been wanting/eating the little peaches in a cup too. When out and about, salads are my craving. In a weird way it seems as if food pickiness has come back. Sometimes it takes me forever to think of what sounds good. 

Labor Signs: Nada

Belly Button: Pretty much flat

What I miss: Sleeping NORMALLY, and not peeing all dadgum day. Kind of missing normal people clothes still. (Even though I do love my new maternity things from this go 'round) Newly added, not having my hips feel as if they are ripping apart and all of the lovely aches and pains that have showed up much earlier this time =/ 

Best Moment This Week: Austin put Parker's dresser, nightstand, and crib together! And I put some of his bedding on :) We still have to move all of the office furniture/items out, but seeing a new crib is making it all sink in!! (I'm so ready even though we still have, oh, 11 weeks left ;))

Worst Moment This Week: I had taken my 1 hour Glucose test a little over a week ago and failed so this past Monday I had to take the 3 hour. It was the WORST. I was poked in both arms with no success so they moved on to my hands where I pretty much had to be poked more than once each hour to get blood. Horrid. I should be hearing whether I passed or not any day now. I better pass. 

Weekly Wisdom: There is nothing you can do to help you pass the glucose test. A few days of changed eating does no difference. Just an FYI/reminder to myself if I decide to have another...

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Big Girl Bed

Two weekends ago, Austin and I spur-of-the-moment decided we would go ahead and move Peyton into a "big girl" bed. (Her crib converts into a toddler bed and then into a full) We had been going back and forth with what we wanted to do. It came down to either getting rid of the full bed we had in the office (soon to be Parker's room) or go ahead and convert Peyton's bed. It made the most sense to keep the mattress, that way when we have overnight visitors...we can have an actual bed for them to sleep on. So Austin got to work. I had no time to enjoy the night's before bedtime routine...not knowing it would be the last time I would put Peyton to bed in her crib :( Who knew I would get so attached to that idea??? (Not me) [Since finding out we were having a boy, I think it's made me more sentimental of every milestone of Peyton's. Because the next time I experience that will be with a little boy. Does that make any sense to anyone??] And back to my story :p Austin got the bed put together and I kept talking up her new "big bed" to Peyton. She could have cared less about it, lol. I was really dreading bed time that night. I just expected it to be a well as however many nights to follow. (No new thing ever seems to go well with Peyton) However, I'm happy to say it's gone extremely well. The only complaint I have is that she gets up alot earlier now :/ (used to sleep until 7:30-8, now gets up at 6:30-7) I think it has to do with that fact that she can get out herself now. Oh well, I don't think that's too bad considering :)

 Taking apart the crib
 Getting the bed set up
 All done!!
First night bedtime routine :)

Monday, May 14, 2012

Momma's Day 2012

Such an awesome Mother's Day :) We didn't really do anything out of the ordinary but Austin and Peyton made sure I knew how much I was loved and appreciated. We went to church, out to eat at Al's Pizza for lunch,  and then wondered around an antique mall for part of the afternoon. I can't believe this was my THIRD Mother's Day! (Technically my fourth...2009 I was barely pregnant but didn't know it yet) And that this was my last one as a mother of ONE! I am seriously blessed and so thankful for everything God has given me.

Here are the past two years of Mother's Days....


Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Just taunt me why don't you??

Let's take a look at some of the current, SUPER cute, fashion trends that I am loving, and that I cannot wear. Boo.

You better believe I WILL be wearing them, even if it is a season or two behind! ;)

Peplum tops

Colored Denim
(now I do understand that there are a few pairs in maternity, but I am NOT paying over $100 for preggo pants and I refuse to bring more attention to my bigness with colored maternity pants, ha)

Pencil Skirts

Stay on the racks, clothes! I WILL be seeing you!! 

Monday, April 30, 2012


Ack. I've been so bad at documenting Peyton!! I think because once they turn one, they start learning and doing so many new things so quickly it's hard to keep up with it all. Every time I'd sit to write a post, I'd get overwhelmed with everything I'd want/try to remember and just quit. Dumb I know. However, with another one on the way, I refuse to let myself push anything else under the rug because it won't be "all about Peyton" for too much longer and I know it will only get harder to keep up with things with two.  So this post will be like a mile long but I want to remember this stage!

*Peyton will randomly announce a minute warning,"TWO MINUTES!!!" (or however many minutes she so chooses) whenever we are doing something. Not sure why she does this, but it cracks us up because it always seems to be at the appropriate time. (Ex: We're at a restaurant waiting to pay our bill or she wants Austin and/or I to do something with her and we have to finish what we're doing first.) I had no idea where she got this from until just the other day, she was watching Shrek and there was a part where Shrek yells at Donkey to be quiet for just "5 more minutes!!" <-- Aaaaand there you have it.

*With whatever she is doing, she groups colors together. When building blocks the same colors must be stacked together before moving to the next color, when eating fruit "naks" (snacks) she lines up each color group. OCD much? ha.

*Her favorite movies/shows are as follows:
-Toy Story (the first one, only b/c that's all we have :))
-Winnie the Pooh the movie
-Little Einsteins (the Playhouse Disney show, not the weird dvds)
-Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (any show/movie)
-Ice Age
-The Pixar Shorts
-Scooby Doo (which she only gets to watch at Mimi and Bia's b/c we don't get it here)

*Favorite toys:
-Baby (still must go with her EVERYWHERE)
-Blankie (ditto above^)
-Minnie dress-up figurine
-Toy Story figurines (Woody, Buzz, Jessie, Hamm, and Rex)
-Building blocks
-Littlest Pet shop animals
-Sophie the Giraffe (STILL! She plays with her more now than when she first got her at 11 mo!)

*She can count to 12 (doesn't mean she'll do it when asked, but I have heard her do it, so she can ;))

*She knows some shapes....triangle, circle, square, star

*Knows some colors....purple, green, blue, pink, red, yellow, orange (Again, depends what mood she's in if she'll tell you the color correctly...her default answer is "blue" lol)

*She loves to drink your coffee if you'll let her. None of us drink it "weak" either, so that's crazy.

*Food wise, ugh. I'll just leave it at that. Still eats NOTHING. I get anxiety thinking about it, but thank Jesus she's healthy and growing ;)

*We have been "becoming friends" with the potty. I refuse to say potty training because we aren't. I've sat her on the potty several times and she's even going #2 on it, but will NOT pee in it. So I haven't been pushing it, if she wants to sit on it we do. I tried a few days with " big girl und*es" but it just would not register with her. Still peed in them without even thinking something was different. If "training" her takes time, so be it. I refuse to stress about it. When she's ready, she's ready.

*She knows where Parker/Brother is- My belly. But those words still mean nothing to her.

*Other randoms: As far as what she is just too much to type. She's full on sentences. She is such a hoot  and talks really well (for her age that is). She STILL hates getting her picture taken. 80% of the time she will avoid the camera and scream "NO", sigh. (Exhibit A- top picture) Oh, and she still has the paci :/ Which I said by her 2nd birthday would be gone...notsomuch. She gets it only when sleeping and then in the car. We really need to work on this one. ((Shudder))

Welp, I think that's about it. She has her tantrums and major attitude, but I have to say she's more pleasant than not. I really wish I could freeze her in this stage. She's too much fun :)

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Current Beauty Favs

It's been awhile since I've shared some of my favorite, cheap beauty finds. It's been all pregnancy/baby stuff lately so I figured I'd relieve you ;)

1. Revlon Lip Butter...$6.49 (at Target) and found anywhere Revlon is sold
This stuff is great! It's kind of a mixture between lipstick and gloss. Each one I have tried has great color and is nice and smooth. Stays on for a decent amount of time too. LOVE!

2. Clinique Eyeshadow Base- in Petal Shimmer...$15
Ok, so this isn't "cheap" per se, but it is AMAZING! My makeup regimen is pretty low key. (As in, I really never wear anything but mascara and lipgloss) but one thing that is consistent, is that I love a little shimmer on my eyes. This is a "base" that is meant to help your eyeshadow go/and stay on smoothly and longer but I love to wear this alone too. It's the perfect light shimmer. Try it!

3. Essie, Turquoise and Caicos...$8.00 This wouldn't be me if I didn't include a polish ;) 

This is seriously my favorite teal/aqua color and great for this time of year. Glad I could bring it back out :) 

Well there ya have it! A few items to try, if you haven't already. What are some of your recent finds?? 

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Easter 2012

Sunday was such a nice, relaxing (as relaxing as a holiday can get) day. Austin and I had decided that we would stay put this year and just go to his parent's for the afternoon (instead of our usual hopping between both our families). We got ready ready for church and watched Peyton tear into her basket, enojyed a wonderful service and then headed to his parent's house for a yummy lunch. After stuffing ourselves silly (which I'll probably pay for at my next appt =/), we headed outside to watch Peyton hunt for eggs. Last year she wasn't really into it, but this year she was addicted! We had to keep hiding and re-hiding eggs for her. I loved that =) Then she wrapped her hunt up with a ride on a riding lawn mower with Austin.....I know how that sounds, lol, but Peyton loved it! It's all about the memories people! The rest of the day was spent watching Gone with the Wind and lounging. I spent that whole day just soaking in every little bit because this was our last Easter with Peyton as our one and only. Kind of bittersweet but I know we'll have even more fun with two =)

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Bumpdate: 20 Weeks

****(here's the updated 20 week pic of Parker)
How Far Along: 20 weeks. HALFWAY POINT! Whaaa???!

Weight: up 4.5 lbs =/ of my appt Wed. I gained 4 lbs.!!! However, my belly seemed to pop last week, so I'll blame it on the baby ;)

Maternity Clothes: Definitely all bottoms, getting to be more maternity tops than not since the belly is making it's appearance :) I've been living in tunics and leggings though...LOVE my maternity leggings!!

Stretch Marks: Um, no new ones.

Sleep: Eh, it's better than it has been. But I still toss and turn alot and of course get up to pee!!

Movement: LOTS more movement lately. Parker's jabbing and moving alot more...he's been crazy. I think my placenta has either moved a little or he's just getting bigger because there's been a big difference in feeling him, Austin has even been able to feel him finally :)

Food/Cravings: Hallelujah my food aversion is fading!! I'm almost able to eat whatever without having to really think about it. The chicken aversion is still the strongest, but there's improvement!!

Labor Signs: Um, no

Belly Button: Still a big gaping crater. It's ugly really. It's getting shallower though, already!

What I miss: Sleeping NORMALLY, and not peeing all dadgum day.

Best Moment This Week: Our anatomy scan this past Wednesday and getting to see baby boy again :) He was much more lively and even stretched out his little arms and legs and yawned a few times.

Weekly Wisdom: Don't google things. Even people who don't stress out easily or tend to worry (like me) Just don't. Pregnancy hormones make you vulnerable. Seriously. ha.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Little man has a name!!

We pretty much had his name decided on before he was a HE. But for whatever reason we've taken our time committing to it until now.

We decided on Parker for no other reason than we liked it (and NO we are not doing our children's names with the same letter on purpose and Parker does happen to have family ties) and Thomas because that is Austin's middle name and is also his Dad's and grandfather's. We're passing it on!

So there ya have it :)

Monday, March 19, 2012

Bumpdate: 17w2d

How Far Along: 17w2d

Weight: gained .5 of a lb as of my last appt (3/16) for a total of  +.05 lbs

Maternity Clothes: I'm still in the weird in between stage. Right now, there is no need for preggo tops...not even in the near future so it seems. I bought two new pairs of maternity jeans because none of my old maternity bottoms fit, they are all too big. (Since I lost a good amount of weight since last time) I have been wearing both pairs because they are super comfy. One is still kind of big but is better than being uncomfortable in normal pants.

Stretch Marks: Um, no

Sleep: Eh, it's better than it has been. But I still toss and turn alot and of course get up to pee!!

Movement: Yes! As of my 13th week. AND, at my u/s this past week the tech told me that my placenta is in front, which makes a cushion in between the baby and uterine wall. Which explains why I don't feel him strongly, just subtle wooshes here and there. But, he also is alot more chill than Peyton was. As soon as she started jabbing me, she didn't stop! lol

Food/Cravings: Hallelujah my food aversion is fading!! I'm almost able to eat whatever without having to really think about it. The chicken aversion is still the strongest, but there's improvement!!

Labor Signs: Um, no

Belly Button: Still a big gaping crater <>

What I miss: Sleeping NORMALLY, and not peeing all dadgum day. I am kind of sad that I won't be able to wear certain trends for the summer =/

Best Moment This Week: Finding out the gender! Peyton's going to have a little BROTHER!! Craziness!!; OH! and since it's been a few weeks since I've done one, we took Peyton to the Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom for her first time (well and I guess baby's first time too ;)) the first weekend in March and had a great time! I made it the entire day in the park and riding rides. Woohoo!

Weekly Wisdom: My motherly intuition is always wrong. lol. I kid, I kid (even though it feels that way sometimes) Really don't have anything for this week.

Baby #2 is a.......

 There is no denying. Haha.

 Our children love to show us their feet...cute little toes!!

 Wonderful 151 bpm

"Oh hello!"

Friday (3/16) we had our gender u/s. I had no feelings this time as to what baby was. And even if I did, I told everyone that I refused to say/guess because last time I just knew Peyton was a boy and I was so wrong! Even though I didn't think I had an idea, I guess I subconsciously did, because when I saw "it" (haha) and the tech said BOY, I was SO SHOCKED! lol. It was neat this go around because we brought Peyton with us. So she got to experience it with us. Even though she didn't know what was going on, it was special. I had to keep reassuring her that I was ok....I guess the tech using the wand on my belly made Peyton nervous, lol. A sweet memory for sure ♥

Now I must start training myself for a boy. This is brand new, uncharted territory people!!!