Pregnancy #2, Weeks 15-24

Well, and just like that it’s been a month since I’ve blogged?! Holy moly guys! Life can get cray. I’m not sure how some of you blog DAILY! Anyway, here’s how the pregnancy has been going….

How far along are you? I’ll be 24 weeks this week, don’t know how that’s possible but it’s true!

My only recent bump picture

My only recent bump picture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s what the baby has been up to according to The Bump:

  • He is the size of a cantaloupe (feels about right).
  • He responds to my voice and touch (favorite part of being pregnant).

Total weight gain/loss: It’s weird to think that I’m 24 weeks and have only gained 5 pounds, although, I’m SO not going to complain about that!!!

Sleep: Sleep hasn’t been too bad, it’s as good as pregnancy sleep can be I guess. I have crazy dreams, have to pee a ton, and my hips hurt but it’s all for a good reason ūüôā

Best moment lately: Our 20 week ultrasound was the best day ever! We had my mom and Brent’s mom in the room with us and it was a really special time. Finding out this little nugget is a boy just like I’ve felt from the beginning was such an amazing experience. I’m so excited for this little man!

Miss Anything: Honestly, I miss intense workouts, not getting winded walking up stairs, and my wine!

Maternity Clothes: Oh yeah! I truly have a love for maternity pants, they make me happy.

Movement: He is a WILD man! I’m a little freaked out to think about how intense his movements will be get the further along I get, but man do I love feeling him move. He already has awake times that I can predict which is really cool.

Food Cravings: I wouldn’t say that I have any cravings really, although I could always go for sushi or Chipotle!

Anything making you sick: I’ve had a cold or two and when I’m not feeling well with the cold my morning sickness comes back, it’s lovely. But thank you Jesus I’m not sick everyday anymore.

Gender: BOY! So happy! Baby brother is going to be the perfect addition to our family.

Symptoms: Really just feeling bigger and get a little more tired than usual.

Looking forward to: I’m looking forward to the Holiday’s! We have family coming to town for Thanksgiving and this time of year is in general my favorite. Getting to share Thanksgiving and Christmas with Charlotte is so fun and thinking of getting to do this with brother too makes me giddy. Oh, and my glucose test, ha! JUST KIDDING!

How is big sister: Charlotte is already such a wonderful big sister, she prays for baby brother, and asks/talks about him often. We are getting ready to upgrade Charlotte’s bedroom furniture. She’s going to get a true big girl bedroom set so we can convert Charlotte’s bed back into a crib and move her dresser into brothers room.

This pregnancy is such a joy to me and our family. Brent and I are so excited to add a boy to our family dynamic, although, we are kinda nervous too! I realized that I don’t really know how to be a boy mom! Everything will be so different than it was with Charlotte which is cool but also a little scary. Thanks for reading this update! I’ll probably post one or two more before this little boy gets here!!

Love to you all!

 

 

 

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Why You Should Mess Up In Front Of Your Kids….

It was a long¬†week with my husband traveling, pregnancy fatigue, and a testy toddler. I was putting said toddler to bed when we had one of those “one more….” episodes. You know the one more story, one more kiss, one more drink, one more prayer, and then the most awesome of them all “I need to poop” and then doesn’t actually go. I remember being so tired and just needing some time to myself and for her to go to bed so I snapped at her. I hated the look on her face after it happened, I instantly felt guilty and sincerely apologized. She was so sweet about it and instantly forgave me. Later, as I was thinking the event through I could sense this overwhelming feeling that I needed to give myself a little grace. I love my daughter so much and I do believe I am a good mom, but sometimes I mess up. Sometimes, I allow my emotions to get the best of me and I snap at my family. I also know that everyone else on this planet is human and struggles with the same things I do too. But how can we use these moments of weakness in ourselves to teach our children a better way?

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Have you been in my shoes mama’s? Have you ever done or said something to or in front of your kids and instantly regret it? I think most of us would say yes, but if not, I think you are missing out. Hear me out before you think I’m crazy. I believe it’s extremely important to teach our kids how to screw up. Yes, I’m serious. I don’t believe in the “perfect” mindset because it doesn’t exist. When we mess up and apologize, or make things right, we show our children that it’s okay to make mistakes (because even your sweet little baby will make mistakes as they grow). Mistakes allow us to grow and learn from different situations. When we teach our children how to fail in safe environments they won’t be so afraid to fail as they step out on their own¬†at school and in friendships. Wouldn’t it be amazing if we could help our children succeed at life by allowing them to see that failure doesn’t have to be the end?

I have a distinct memory of getting into an argument with my mom and sitting in my room so upset, I remember just hoping and praying she would come to my room to say sorry. Note: I’m sure my pre-teen self was in the wrong, but I still needed that feeling of acceptance, reconciliation and forgiveness. Like she always did, my mom came to my room after we both had time to settle and we both apologized. I used to love those moments because they were so freeing, I felt as though my mom would love me even if I really messed up (and sometimes I did-I know your shocked right?!). I think one of the best gifts we can give our children is to allow them to be free to make mistakes without the fear of ridicule or¬†shame.

Wasn't I so cute?! ;)

Wasn’t I so cute?! ūüėČ

So next time you find yourself wanting to protect your children from real life situations or from allowing them to see you cry/yell/get mad, think again. Give your children the gift of learning to deal with emotions and our imperfect beings. Apologize when you mess up, and forgive when they need to apologize to you.

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Pregnancy #2 Weeks 1-15

I’m planning on sharing some details about this pregnancy as the weeks go on but I’ll probably break it up into a few week chunk at a time. I’ve always loved reading pregnancy updates so I hope you guys will enjoy this too!

How far along are you? 15 weeks! Into my second trimester already! Please excuse the no makeup, full of sunscreen, about to go to the pool picture below.

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  • Baby is the size of a navel orange!
  • Baby has fingerprints
  • Baby is already forming vocal cords and teeth!

Total weight gain/loss: I’m down 2 pounds still, I’ve been super sick this time around.

Sleep: Sleep has not been my friend. Between extreme hip pain and having to go to the bathroom I don’t sleep well. But my amazing husband bought me a Snoogle and it’s life changing.

Best moment this week: Feeling the baby move! He/She is on the left side of my belly and I feel the movements in the mornings and nights (probably the only two times I can sit and really pay attention to the tiny movements).

Miss anything? This may sound shallow but alcohol. With the pumpkin beers starting to hit the shelves, I’ve been missing being able to indulge in a drink of two here and there.

Maternity clothes? Yep….pretty much since week 6. The bump is large and in charge and maternity clothing is so comfortable!

Movement? Yes and it’s wonderful

Food cravings: Food and I do not get along at the moment. Nothing ever sounds good, going to the grocery store is my worst enemy. Food just overall makes me sick, so I wouldn’t say I have any cravings right now, just things I can tolerate. Although I did get a random craving for Pasta Roni (gross) which I haven’t had since college, because it’s not even real food haha!

Anything making you queasy or sick? Um….everything?! But really…..

Gender: If I was to guess I would say boy, just based on how I’m feeling. This pregnancy has been completely different from my pregnancy with Charlotte. Plus one morning I woke up calling the baby the boy name we have picked out. Charlotte has said it’s a baby brother since day 1,¬†we will find out soon!

Symptoms: Fatigue, this may sound weird but I normally hate to nap, I think it’s a waste of time. However, lately when Charlotte lays down for nap I’m down for the count. I nap probably 5 of the 7 days a week because I truly cannot not nap. My hip pain at night is really bad and since I’m in my second trimester I can no longer sleep on my back. I have to get up at night and walk around to relieve the pain in my hips. I also have been super sick. I never experienced morning sickness with Charlotte so this is a whole new experience for me. However, it’s all day everyday sickness for me….yuck. But to be honest, I’m just really focusing on being thankful that I am able to carry another beautiful baby in my body, and if that means being sick for awhile than I’ll endure it ūüôā

Happy or moody most of the time: I would say happy! I haven’t cried that often (except at a chick flick the other night, haha!)

Looking forward to: Finding out the gender of this sweet baby

Fitness update: Because I’ve been so sick I haven’t done much working out. Last week was when I started adding fitness back into my routine. I’ve been doing a prenatal workout each morning and it’s been great.¬† Just trying to stay healthy and active for this little munchkin!

How is this pregnancy different than with Charlotte: With Charlotte I had extreme fatigue, like falling asleep on the couch at 6:30pm fatigue. I haven’t had that type of fatigue this pregnancy, which I’m okay with since I have a toddler to chase around! With Charlotte I didn’t experience morning sickness or food aversions but¬† this time I’ve been so¬†sick, and it hasn’t been enjoyable. I’m truly sick¬†all day everyday and struggle to find any type of food that¬†sounds good to me. I’m trying to make sure I’m still¬†eating balanced and healthy for this baby but some days it’s hard to not just eat toast for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

 

Thanks for reading about how our little peanut is doing! Hope you’re having a great week!!

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A BIG Announcement!!!

So lately I’ve been having¬†a challenge finding the time to blog, and for a very good reason. I’ve been really sick, tired, and…….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GROWING A BABY!

That’s right folks Charlotte is going to be a big sister and we are beyond stoked.

Big Sister!

Big Sister!

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Funny story….

After we found out we were expecting a baby we told Charlotte she was going to have a baby brother or sister, not really thinking she would understand or even remember. I took Charlotte to summer camp and when I went to pick her up the teacher pulled me aside. She excitedly said “Oh! Charlotte told us all about her baby brother and that you are going to name him Jesus!” Where does she get that haha??!

She has been extremely excited and sweet, she touches and kisses my belly all the time and asks when the baby is coming out, ha! Not for a LONG time, sister!

Amazing detail at only 7 weeks!

Amazing detail at only 7 weeks!

Baby Erickson is due March 3rd and we cannot wait to love on this new addition to our already amazing family. We feel so extremely blessed for the opportunity to have another child.

More details tomorrow……

God is so good!

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Three Years Old

And just like that, our baby girl is THREE today. I have honestly been a wreck the past couple of days, going through old photos and looking back on the wonderful life we’ve created. Having your child grow older is such a bittersweet experience. I love watching Charlotte grow, learn, explore, become her own little person, but it also pains me to look at her hands that are no longer the baby hands, or listen to how she speaks words the proper way. I’m so ridiculously thankful God chose me to be Charlotte’s mom, it has by far been the best thing to happen to me since I met my husband. Being a mom is everything I had ever dreamed it being and more (if that’s even possible). Today we celebrate my not so baby girl and her third birthday, Charlotte we love you so much and treasure every minute we get to spend with you.

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Happy Birthday Charlotte! You are so very loved and cherished.

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Day In The Life-Photo Every Hour

I’ve always thought it was fun to see what everyone else’s days look like in various stages of life. Well, this is what a day in my life looks like with a (almost) three year old.

 

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6:30AM-Getting ready for the day

 

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7:30AM-On the way to an early morning Dr. appointment

 

8:30AM-Starbucks date with my girl

 

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9:30AM-Picking up essentials at Target

 

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10:30AM-Gymnastics

 

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11:30AM-Weekly grocery run

 

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12:30PM-Lunch

 

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1:30PM-Nap time and some much needed mama quiet time with some Friends

 

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2:30PM-Working on the blog

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3:30PM-Afternoon snack!

4:30PM-Working on letters

4:30PM-Working on letters

5:30PM-Coloring while mom cooks dinner

5:30PM-Coloring while mom cooks dinner

 

 

6:30PM-Dinner!

6:30PM-Dinner!

 

7:30PM-Outside play

7:30PM-Outside play

8:30PM-Bedtime-doesn't she look so tired?

8:30PM-Bedtime-doesn’t she look so tired?

 

We lead such an exciting life, huh? This was a fun post, hope you all enjoyed! Happy Hump Day!

 

 

 

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Things I’m Loving Tuesday!

Two days in a row that I blogged?! No way! Yep, it’s true. I have missed this space and will hopefully be popping back in regularly. Anyway, I thought it would be fun to talk about some things that I’ve been loving lately, so here we go….!

The fact that these exist make me so so happy! I’ve always loved Honey Nut Cheerios and anything/everything pumpkin spice, so this is a no brainer for me! Can’t wait to try them, have any of you tried them yet?

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Have you heard of the new clothing line Target is carrying called Cat and Jack? I’m just in love with it, they not only have amazing color selections (I’m into the neon/bright colored things) but they have positive messages and things like dinosaurs for girls! Girls like dinosaurs too! Especially my girl, she even knows their names. If you haven’t checked it out yet, you should. We got Charlotte this shirt…

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One thing I haven’t grown out of since being a kid is rainbow chip cake and frosting being my favorite. When I saw Sally recreate the frosting with recognizable ingredients I knew I needed to make it ASAP! I cannot wait to run to the store for the ingredients for this frosting, yum!

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I mean, how good does this look?!

 

I’m really looking forward to fall. The smells, tastes, feeling, and the clothes! I love to wear comfy, cozy clothing and fall is the best time to do that. I bought these Bobs right before summer and only had a chance to wear them once. I’m so looking forward to wearing them again here soon!

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And speaking of cozy/comfy clothing, I’m not even sure why I waited so long to try LuLaRoe. Now that I have, I’m never going back to regular leggings. I hosted a party for my friend Lindsay this weekend and it was so fun! I really love LuLaRoe!

 

Your turn……

What have you been loving lately? Anything I can’t live without? Please share!

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Weekly Meal Plan

Hi friends! How is it that it’s almost September? I am simultaneously soaking up the last of the summer days while getting ridiculously excited for fall.¬†Are there any other fall lovers out there?¬†¬†I figured it’s been awhile since I’ve done a weekly meal plan for you guys and decided it was time to bring it back, not that my meals are mind blowingly delicious but they are easy and healthy and that makes me happy! We have been a little more carb heavy than we typically are but that is another post for another time ūüėČ

Monday-

BLTA’s, salad, and tator tots (or minion fries as my toddler calls them). I love to add avocado to our BLT’s I think it adds a depth of flavor. Here¬†is some good information on how to pick the perfect avocado. Because, it’s the worst getting home and cutting into a yucky avocado.

Tuesday-

Applegate hot dogs and grass-fed burgers on the grill. What is summer time without grilling?! We like to load up our burgers and dogs with lots of grilled veggies, fresh crisp lettuce, tomatoes, pickles (only the bread and butter kind for me) and all the condiments!

Wednesday-

Spaghetti and Caesar salad

Hubby isn’t home for dinner so Charlotte and I take advantage and make spaghetti. It’s quite the crime for this part Italian woman to be married to a man who doesn’t like spaghetti. I mean, how is that possible?! But since it’s true, Charlotte and I brown up some Italian sausage for the protein and indulge in some fresh parmesean topped spaghetti and a Caesar salad.

Thursday-

This sausage and roasted veggie dinner served with cous cous and a green salad. Simple but a family favorite around here…

Friday-

Friday is the day I declare that I don’t cook dinner, and it’s glorious! We typically do chipotle or Caf√© Rio salad’s-have you tried them? If not, you should.

Saturday-

Bruschetta grilled cheese, omg! You guys, what’s more to love? Fresh mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, basil, sliced turkey breast and balsamic glaze. All the delicious fresh flavors of summer in one sandwich.

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Leftovers day!

 

We have a very busy week ahead with lots of fun things. Can’t wait to fill you guys in on what’s been happening around here behind the scenes. Check back later this week for an announcement!

 

Now you tell me…..

Any favorite meals or recipes you’ve tried lately?

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Sweet Summer Time

Happy August 1st! Summers in Colorado are one of my most favorite things ever, and I can say that after spending 4 ridiculously hot and humid summers in Texas. We have been so busy though this summer, hence the radio silence around here lately. In reality, I’ve been trying to spend more time in the moment and less on my computer/phone. But here’s what we’ve been up to lately…

A ton of time at the pool/splash pad…

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Water balloon fights

Water balloon fights

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Shenanigans with this adorable girl

Shenanigans with this adorable girl

This past weekend Brent and I left Charlotte with her Neena and we drove 2 hours north to Cheyenne, WY. Every summer the Cheyenne Frontier Days is held there, which is a week long event with rodeo’s, concerts, carnival, food, etc. This year Brent and I went with another couple friends of ours and we went to see Florida Georgia Line.

FGLGuys, they were SO good, I mean one of the top concerts I’ve been to.¬†They are so extremely talented and really humble. Our favorite part of the night was a lineup they did of top cover songs throughout our middle school and high school years (they are around the same age as us). It was just overall an awesome concert, and I would totally go see them again sometime.

Somehow, we are now in preparing for the school year mode. Charlotte starts preschool in a few weeks so we are trying to soak up the last bit of summer that’s left and make sure we have what we need for the school year to start.

 

Your turn….

When does school start for your kiddos?

Are you ready for fall?

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A Book That Has Changed My Parenting….

A friend of mine recently told me about a book that I should put in my toolbox of parenting skills, “Parenting with Love & Logic” by Foster Cline & Jim Fay.¬†Since Brent and I had a long road trip to and from Nebraska I decided that was the perfect time to read this book. I’m so glad I decided to read this book because it’s really changed how I have been parenting Charlotte lately. I thought since this book was so good, I would highlight some of the things I took away from this book. (Reminder, this is not my original content but highlights taken from this book). This book aims to teach children responsibility, self-confidence, motivation, and helps to teach them to solve their own problems.

  • Allowing our children to fail and learn from their mistakes when they are young and the consequences are small. “We can hurt a little as we watch them learn life’s lessons now, or we can hurt a lot as we watch them grow up to be individuals unable to care for themselves… The older a child gets, the bigger the decisions become and the graver the consequences of those decisions.”
  • When parents remind their children of their weaknesses the result will be erosion of their self-concept. “We must be uncritical and unprotective. Parents who raise irresponsible children do exactly the opposite! They’re critical and protective.”
  • Children learn every interpersonal activity by the modeling of their parents, how they handle fighting, frustration, language, etc; kind of a scary/empowering thought, huh?

One of the biggest things I’ve taken away from this this book is the power of choices. Giving your children two choices in which you can both live with and allow the child to feel like they are in control to decide their fate. “When they choose an option, they do the thinking, they make the choice, and the lesson sticks” Choices like; Would you like to put your boots on now, or in the car? Do you want to wear your coat or carry it?

I’ll leave you with one last thing I thought was a really great thought about self-concept. “Kids are born with a great capacity to learn to do things the way big people do. They observe and attempt to copy what they see. Their prime interest is learning and doing things just like their parents do them. All too often, however, parents discourage their kids in this.” Does this scenario ring a bell for anyone?¬† Little Tyler sees his dad sweeping the garage so he grabs a small broom to ‘help’ and in his mind he is feeling big and learning to use the broom. However, his dad just notices the ‘mess’ he’s making and tells him to go play with his friends instead. Well this message the father sends to his son is that he is incapable and Tyler will be discouraged to imitate adult behavior.

 

Parents who build on their kids’ strengths find their children growing in responsibility almost daily.

 

Anyone read any good parenting books lately? Please share

 

 

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