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Hey look! The bed’s half made. 

How Far Along: 35 weeks 

Size of Babe: A honeydew melon. More like a small whale. 

Cravings: Hot dogs. And I have yet to have one. I will though; I’m not skerred of nitrates. And still something sweet after dinner.

Sleep: So this may be TMI but her head is so uncomfortable. I feel it when I roll over in bed. I feel it when I get in and out of bed. I feel it when I stand up and sit down. I hate to be one of those people who “thinks” they might go early because they are always the ones that end up being late - but I just have a weird feeling this girl is going to come early. Again, I’m sure this means I’ll be late.

Gender: A sweet baby girl.

Weight Gain: 28 pounds.. I go back Tuesday morning. I’m sure this number has grown.

Names: Yep.

Symptoms: So you got the head memo. Umm heartburn, still. I’m going to give those Alka-Selzter fruit chew things a whirl - see if that helps. I feel her everywhere. Up and down both sides of my body, under my ribs, down by my bladder, up by my sternum. Either she’s huge or a fast mover. Thankfully not much swelling and other than feeling slower these days, I feel good. Now I just need her room to be done and I’ll feel a whole lot better.

Looking forward to brunch on Saturday with my sweet girlfriends and then a shower at home in Winston with some of the dearest women in my life. I’m a lucky gal I tell ya. And so is miss Lil Bit.

Hey look! The bed’s half made.

How Far Along: 35 weeks

Size of Babe: A honeydew melon. More like a small whale.

Cravings: Hot dogs. And I have yet to have one. I will though; I’m not skerred of nitrates. And still something sweet after dinner.

Sleep: So this may be TMI but her head is so uncomfortable. I feel it when I roll over in bed. I feel it when I get in and out of bed. I feel it when I stand up and sit down. I hate to be one of those people who “thinks” they might go early because they are always the ones that end up being late - but I just have a weird feeling this girl is going to come early. Again, I’m sure this means I’ll be late.

Gender: A sweet baby girl.

Weight Gain: 28 pounds.. I go back Tuesday morning. I’m sure this number has grown.

Names: Yep.

Symptoms: So you got the head memo. Umm heartburn, still. I’m going to give those Alka-Selzter fruit chew things a whirl - see if that helps. I feel her everywhere. Up and down both sides of my body, under my ribs, down by my bladder, up by my sternum. Either she’s huge or a fast mover. Thankfully not much swelling and other than feeling slower these days, I feel good. Now I just need her room to be done and I’ll feel a whole lot better.

Looking forward to brunch on Saturday with my sweet girlfriends and then a shower at home in Winston with some of the dearest women in my life. I’m a lucky gal I tell ya. And so is miss Lil Bit.

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It’s no secret that I’m a little obsessed with Rachel. She’s amazing - in a nutshell. A good friend, a fellow mother, beautiful inside and out, hilarious, and a wonderful photographer.

I met Rachel several years ago at a photography workshop. The folks that shot my wedding had asked me to come model while they taught the workshop and afterwards, I was really impressed with Rachel and her photos. Neither of us knew it at the time, but we were both about 10 minutes pregnant with our boys Brady and Niko. We kept up with one another and our parallel lives on Facebook and a few Christmases ago I asked if she’d be interested in taking our family pictures. HELLO best decision ever. Every 6 months or so since, she’s taken our pictures for one reason or another and has yet to disappoint. Since then, she’s captured some dear friends’ special moments too, such as maternity, newborn, 1 year olds, baptisms etc.

Rachel came over a few weeks back to snap some maternity photos for me. I honestly didn’t have the energy to do something edgy with outfits and location or even poses, so it was a simple Sunday afternoon home with the family. Just being us. I was worried they’d be boring (because of us not her) but I honestly love the simplicity of them. The next time I see Rachel will be at Rex Hospital. Yep, girlfriend will be in the delivery room with us capturing our first special moments with our brand new baby girl.

If you’re looking for a great, low-key, laid back but awesome photographer in or around the Raleigh-Durham area please check her out.

http://www.rachelfarganisphotography.com/

And don’t forget to find her on Facebook! - Rachel Farganis Photography

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Ok, so I realize that in almost every picture I ever take my bed is unmade. My coworker called me out about it. But while I get ready, Brady likes to waller all up in our bed, rolling all over the pillows, rolling away from me as I’m trying to get him dressed etc so there’s really no point in making the bed. It looks like a hurricane blew through it after minutes of Brady-invasion. So there’s the story with that.

How Far Along: 34 weeks 

Size of Babe: A cantaloupe. And I believe it

Cravings: Fruit, pudding, and oatmeal. 

Sleep: It’s ok. Lots of pressure when I roll over but nothing out of the norm. 

Gender: A sweet baby girl.

Weight Gain: 28 pounds.. 

Names: Why yes :). You’ll know soon enough.

Symptoms: Goodness, heartburn. Take a hike. And I’m tired. And my organs are so smushed up behind my ribs that I feel like I’m always stuffed. But I get hungry at the same time.  Not the most comfy thing. And when I’m sitting sometimes I find it a little harder to breathe. I really can’t complain though - all part of the procees.

Ok, so I realize that in almost every picture I ever take my bed is unmade. My coworker called me out about it. But while I get ready, Brady likes to waller all up in our bed, rolling all over the pillows, rolling away from me as I’m trying to get him dressed etc so there’s really no point in making the bed. It looks like a hurricane blew through it after minutes of Brady-invasion. So there’s the story with that.

How Far Along: 34 weeks

Size of Babe: A cantaloupe. And I believe it

Cravings: Fruit, pudding, and oatmeal.

Sleep: It’s ok. Lots of pressure when I roll over but nothing out of the norm.

Gender: A sweet baby girl.

Weight Gain: 28 pounds..

Names: Why yes :). You’ll know soon enough.

Symptoms: Goodness, heartburn. Take a hike. And I’m tired. And my organs are so smushed up behind my ribs that I feel like I’m always stuffed. But I get hungry at the same time. Not the most comfy thing. And when I’m sitting sometimes I find it a little harder to breathe. I really can’t complain though - all part of the procees.

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Top pic: 13 weeks - 24 weeks (with a few weeks missing)
Bottom pic: 25 weeks - 33 weeks (with a few weeks missing)

I love watching my belly grow. I don’t love the additional weight it brings to my arse and hips, but she’s worth it I tell ya. Based on my 13 week picture, I know it can come off. Not that I was my ideal weight or in great shape then, but after gaining 40 lbs with Brady and pushing out a 9lb 5oz baby, I’m happy to see I could get down to a normal size again. I’ll try to focus on that :).

How Far Along: 33 weeks

Size of Babe: size of a melon - specific, I know

Cravings: Once people starting chatting about all of the Valentine’s candy that was on clearance I just had to go check this out for myself. All I could think about were Hershey’s Kisses filled with caramel or cherry goodness. I usually am not a fan of solid chocolate (Kisses, M&Ms etc) but for 70% off and a sweet tooth hankering, I couldn’t resist. So I got two bags. For $2.

Sleep: Still ok. Still aches and pressure. Still wake up sweating.

Gender: A sweet baby girl.

Weight Gain: 28 pounds..

Names: Now I just have to start getting comfortable referring to her by name. I’m still shy about it and I don’t know why. Guess I’m just not used to it. I’ll share with yall soon, promise.

Symptoms: Still hard punches, sharp elbows/knees, big kicks and stop, drop and rolls. Some stop me in my tracks but it means she’s happy and healthy so no complaints here. And I knowwww I will miss this as soon as she’s here. And every time I see a pregnant woman after that I will long for those kicks and elbows.

Almost Friday, yall! Maybe I can knock out some nursery progress this weekend…

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Mommy Q’s

My friend, Matt, and I are working on a little project together. It’s a total work in progress considering we are both very busy and don’t have a ton of time to put into it at the moment. It’s a blog called Mommy Q’s which we hope will provide a more “real life” perspective to questions people have about everything to do with parenthood. Things people might google and find 1,398 articles they have to skim through to find relevant answers. We’re hoping people can come to Mommy Q’s for a straight-forward answer from a parent or expert that has recently experienced their situation. Not that Matt and I are experts (paha!) but we plan to have real experts such as OBGYN’s, lactation consultants, stay-at-home-mom’s, perhaps even social workers (and many more) that can provide real answers to real questions. Everything from breastfeeding, what we’d do differently knowing what we know now, and gun safety with children in the house. Just to name a few.

This is just the beginning stages and quite the rough draft to what it could hopefully be one day. I published an entry today that I hope you guys will like so I wanted to share. Here’s the link.
Let me know what you think!

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How Far Along: 32 weeks (in this pic…)

Size of Babe: a jicama. right.

Cravings: I still crave something sweet after dinner. And I feel like I can eat a lot more than when I’m not prego. I’m just hungry.

Sleep: It’s ok. I toss and turn a lot. I feel pressure and aches real low. It’s all part of the fun.

Gender: A sweet baby girl.

Weight Gain: 28 pounds as of today. (32 weeks 4 days) Exactly where I was with Brady. I have run out of all hope that I could get away with not gaining as much weight. I’m more self-conscious about it this time. Maybe I’ve just forgotten, but I feel like I think about it more and it bothers me more this time. My awesome friend, Rachel (click on my photo for her site!), took some maternity shots yesterday and I wish I could do the whole day over. I was just in a blah mood. I was tired, had a faint headache all day and kinda down. I’m not sure why but I think it really came through in the pictures. At one point she said “you look so sad.” CRAP it’s noticeable on the outside??Fingers crossed she got some good ones. Even if she has to lop off my head. I’m down with that.

Names: I ordered the initials. *GASP* So it’s a done deal. Yall know I don’t waste dollars.

Symptoms: I think she’s large. As in I feel her move up by my sternum and down by my bladder at the same time. This can’t be good. They told me today that they’d do an ultrasound around 37 weeks to see how big she is due to big bro’s size and based on those results I could decide whether or not I want to try to push this girl out. They won’t induce early based on size. I think I will give it a whirl as long as she’s under 10 lbs. Which I honestly don’t think she’ll be more. Heck, I’ve done it before and I really don’t want to heal from a c-section while taking care of a newborn and busy toddler.

How Far Along: 32 weeks (in this pic…)

Size of Babe: a jicama. right.

Cravings: I still crave something sweet after dinner. And I feel like I can eat a lot more than when I’m not prego. I’m just hungry.

Sleep: It’s ok. I toss and turn a lot. I feel pressure and aches real low. It’s all part of the fun.

Gender: A sweet baby girl.

Weight Gain: 28 pounds as of today. (32 weeks 4 days) Exactly where I was with Brady. I have run out of all hope that I could get away with not gaining as much weight. I’m more self-conscious about it this time. Maybe I’ve just forgotten, but I feel like I think about it more and it bothers me more this time. My awesome friend, Rachel (click on my photo for her site!), took some maternity shots yesterday and I wish I could do the whole day over. I was just in a blah mood. I was tired, had a faint headache all day and kinda down. I’m not sure why but I think it really came through in the pictures. At one point she said “you look so sad.” CRAP it’s noticeable on the outside??Fingers crossed she got some good ones. Even if she has to lop off my head. I’m down with that.

Names: I ordered the initials. *GASP* So it’s a done deal. Yall know I don’t waste dollars.

Symptoms: I think she’s large. As in I feel her move up by my sternum and down by my bladder at the same time. This can’t be good. They told me today that they’d do an ultrasound around 37 weeks to see how big she is due to big bro’s size and based on those results I could decide whether or not I want to try to push this girl out. They won’t induce early based on size. I think I will give it a whirl as long as she’s under 10 lbs. Which I honestly don’t think she’ll be more. Heck, I’ve done it before and I really don’t want to heal from a c-section while taking care of a newborn and busy toddler.

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We celebrated BIG last weekend for Brady’s 2nd birthday. I went with a carnival theme since I own a corn dog maker that I’ve never used and this seemed like the perfect excuse to use it. Plus, I had found carnival plates, napkins, and other festive items at Michael’s for 60% off about 9 months ago so I was pretty sure it was destiny.

The menu: corn dogs, soft pretzels, popcorn, apples with caramel dip, circus peanuts and popcorn (painted marshmallows) & cotton candy topped cupcakes. The kiddos got to take home animal crackers and animal masks.

Our friends own a bouncy house that we borrowed to give the little ones something to do. Good Lord it was cold but Brady refused to come inside. I barely saw him all afternoon. At least he had fun. My sister and Patrice were in town for the big event, so I put them to work making balloon animals. I had bought a kit from Marshall’s that was on Clearance for $3. I’m not sure who had more fun with these, the kids or the adults.

Saturday we celebrated with our friends and their babes, then Sunday our families came over for round 2. I’m pretty sure after all of the parties we’ve been to over the past month in addition to two days of celebrating his birthday, Brady will expect cupcakes every weekend. Baby girl won’t protest that idea one bit.

I’m bummed we didn’t get a family picture or a picture of him in his “two” shirt I made him, but holding him still long enough to sing Happy Birthday was a challenge in itself. Maybe next year.

Happy Happy Birthday, my sweet, crazy & wild Brady Boy.