Pieces for Baby Girl’s Closet

Happy start to the week, everyone!  Hope you all had a wonderful weekend.

David has been out of town for the last week so Ryan and I spent a ton of amazing quality time together.  On Friday night, we had my nieces (ages 6 and 9) spend the night…making Ryan’s life complete.  He is completely obsessed with those girls and they are so sweet to him and so maternal.  At one point while the three kids were playing and I said, “Okay, Alex and Cam.  You seem to have this covered so I’ll be back in a few hours.”   They both whipped their heads around and responded, “Really?!”

My mom ended up coming over to help so the night went pretty darn perfectly.  I am always surprised that Ryan is so willing to go right up for bath and bedtime when the girls are here.  He never resists or tries to delay bedtime, even when he knows that other people are still awake in the house.  I guess being a cuckoo-crazy schedule-obsessed mom has its’ benefits.

The following day, I was able to spend a bit of time in the future nursery.  Our friends at California Closets are coming out this week to measure for an organization system in her little walk-in.  I did this with Ry’s closet before he was born and it helped me feel unbelievably prepared and organized when he arrived…and it continues to do so.  Cute little rompers, moccasins and stuffed animals have been slowly making their way into the room but we have zero furniture for her yet and no closet set up so everything is laying in disorganized piles on the floor.  It’s making me insane!  It’s crunch time and I really need to start feeling more prepared for her arrival.

Speaking of adorable little things…I wanted to share some of the pieces that I have purchased for this little one.  You’ll see that I am all over the place when it comes to style for her and I was the same way with Ryan.  Initially, I saw myself dressing her in very little pink but now I’ve fallen for beautiful blush tones.  I also didn’t think that she would have any florals in her little wardrobe but I keep finding sweet little bohemian style ropers and dresses and they are too cute to resist.  Because I tend not to dress super “girly”  in general, I imagined that she wouldn’t either.  That’s not to say that I am not equally as excited to dress her in Ryan’s black or gray hand me downs and throw little black Converse on her feet.  With Ryan, it took me a while before I finally settled on more of a style (which sounds incredibly silly, I realize) and it was eventually based on his personality.  I’m sure the same thing will happen with this little monkey as well.

Here are some of the pieces that I have found for baby girl…most of them were found at Nordstrom, Target and H&M.  It’s so nice because these stores offer such different price points.















Hello, Third Trimester | 28 Week Bump Update

I had to double check before typing this out because it didn’t seem possible but today marks the official start of the third trimester for this pregnancy.  It seems like I should only be a few months in at this point but I think that’s primarily because I was so sick from Weeks 4 to 18 that they were a total wash.  It was impossible to settle into the pregnancy at that point.  Add to that the fact that with such a tough journey previously, I wouldn’t have been able to feel emotionally comfortable anyway.  With Ryan, I was unable to relax during the entire pregnancy and couldn’t believe that we were actually having a baby until he entered the world.  Oh, the joys of being emotionally damaged with regards to pregnancy.  I have to admit that I tend to feel a bit robbed that I can’t just sit back and enjoy my pregnancy like so many can.  I am scarred.  Those scars run incredibly deep and while I am unbelievably happy to be carrying this baby, I despise the fact that I am always waiting for something to happen.  I have vowed to try my absolute best to focus on the positive for these last several weeks.

How far along?  28 weeks today | Officially in the third trimester (whaaaaat?!)

How am I feeling?  Physically, feeling really well.  Sleep isn’t a major issue yet with the exception of some crazy pregnancy-induced dreams.  I had forgotten all about that madness!  Also, my hips are starting to ache during the night but the pain subsides as soon as I switch sides.  Besides that, no big issues.

Aversions?  Thankfully, still no major aversions.  As I have mentioned previously, my love of cheese has waned a little…let’s not get crazy though.  I still eat it constantly but don’t have quite the love affair going on as I did prior to this pregnancy.

Cravings?  Cravings continue to be mild but the one that I hope sticks around post-pregnancy is my desire for fruit.  I have never in my life craved fruit on any level.  While I would happily eat it at a friend’s house or social event, the fruit in my own fridge would always go to waste.  During this last couple of months, I have found myself reaching for cold fruits daily…especially strawberries and grapes.

Body Changes?  The weight gain just went into full effect.  I remember gaining most of my weight with Ryan the last two months or so and it seems that I am starting a little earlier with this little one.  While I have the advantage of being tall, I am not the type of girl who stays leans during pregnancy.  My hips take on a life of their own and substantial weight gain is inevitable.  It’s just the way I roll.  I gained approximately fifty lbs. with Ry and I’m on track to gain that this time around…cough, cough, at minimum.  Prior to this pregnancy, I was not in good shape.  I hadn’t worked out in years so my muscle tone was already pathetic and I had never come close to losing my baby weight from Ryan.  Kudos to all the mamas who work hard and drop that weight post-baby…I did the opposite.  Not to mention the fact that my husband opened a donut and biscuit shop during that time so let’s jus say that I lost quite a bit of weight initially but put it back on once I had access to all of that yumminess.  Future goal?  Dedicate myself to a workout program after the time around.  Not for me, but for my kids.  “Kids”…whoa.

Now that I have completed this post, it has sent me into panic mode.  She is going to arrive in the blink of an eye and there is still SO much to do at home.  I have to have every inch of this home organized before she gets here because I know myself and, if it’s not, it’s a slippery slope and soon the Hoarders film crew will be knocking on our door.

| You can shop the post below by clicking on individual images…this dress is currently on sale for under $80! |


Hope you are all having a wonderful week!



Happy 1st Birthday Jordan

Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday dear Jordan…happy birthday to you!

I realize that some of you find it silly that I am posting about my dog’s birthday, but Jordan is more than just a dog to Rudy and I.  We decided to get Jordan after our third failed IVF cycle.  Since we have yet to be blessed with a baby of our own, we decided to have a fur baby.

We looked at shelters and online for months before seeing Jordan’s picture on a Facebook page for NC dog breeders.  His sweet face tugged at my heart strings the minute I saw his picture.  We contacted the breeder on a Saturday and scheduled to go meet Jordan on Sunday, but when we got up Sunday morning, we weren’t feeling motivated to do anything.  We discussed to reschedule, but then something pushed us to go keep our original appointment to go meet this little guy.

We got to the breeders house and when she opened her door, there he was sitting all by himself.  He was the last of the litter…she said no one wanted him b/c he was the smallest and because he is tricolored.  He didn’t make a sound and when I bent over to pick him up, he didn’t pull away.  I snuggled him and fell in love.  Before we knew it, we were headed home as a family of three.

That was December and the he has brought so much joy and laughter into our lives the past 7 1/2 months.  He is so loving.  He’s playful.  He loves to have his neck and belly scratched and he MUST know everything going on.  He loves getting treats especially when we surprise him with the gourmet ones from the pet store.  He can stand on his hind legs for what seems like forever.  We are quickly learning that he is quite the model – he always poses for his pictures.  And don’t think for a second that you can talk about him without his big ears perking up to listen.

He is spoiled like no other, but we wouldn’t have it any other way.  We love our little Jordan!