Monday, October 20, 2014

Showering Nora Kay with Love

Yesterday afternoon I was incredibly blessed to be surrounded by LOTS of family & friends to celebrate Nora's impending arrival.  I'd honestly be lying if I said it wasn't a little bit of a rough day.  My grandma wasn't there.  And she would have been.  She wouldn't have missed it for the world, regardless of how she was feeling she would have been there.   But she wasn't.  And this is the first of many celebrations and family occasions when there will be an obvious presence missing. a bittersweet celebration we all gathered to celebrate the little girl who's going to be named after one of the most amazing women in my life. 
I honestly didn't expect to be thrown a shower, considering this is my second baby and also because we've got this same gender thing going on!  However, my bestie insisted and she put on a beautiful, but simple shower at my home yesterday.  Truly, it was nice having it at my house...just a little bit of picking up here & there but they took care of everything else and I didn't have to spend time loading up my car with all the goodies afterwards! 
Sorry for the following abundance of cookie pictures...but they were just too adorable!  We actually have several left over that I'm freezing for a later day--they'd make great gifts for the nurses at the hospital!   


My hostesses, 3 of my very best friends, and my incredibly thankful for these girls!

And of course Nora's grandma's...Gigi & Mamaw!

Elyse even had her very own cookie...shaped in an "E"...and when I asked her E for what?  Her quick response...E for ME!  Smart girl! 

As you can see, I had ladies there from every aspect of my life...I'm so blessed to be surrounded by so many wonderful women!

Elyse was all about helping me unwrap the presents...she truly is going to be a great big sis!

And of course the other granddaughters weren't going to be left out of the presents...Elyse & Harper both got new stuffed animals from Gigi and Elyse got a Melissa & Doug horse stable set that hasn't hardly left her side since she opened it!  These 2 little girls are going to be an absolute mess once there's another darling girl added to the mix! 

It was a wonderful afternoon, but man I was exhausted.  We made it to small group, but I promptly came home, put my feet up, and had a glorious night's sleep. 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Midweek Photo Dump

I just realized as I was loading my phone pictures onto my computer, that I had several pictures that hadn't made their way to the blog.  That probably has something to do with the fact that I'm lucky to get in one post a week...and I still need to post about our little family getaway to Kansas City...but one thing at a time! 
Just a few days after we visited Fall Fest @ the Farm, my mom took Elyse over to my aunt's house so she could ride horses there.  Elyse could not have been more excited and she definitely didn't have much interest in leaving! 

Last week I painted my toenails for what will most likely be the last time this pregnancy.  Don't look too closely, they are a mess.  I'm thinking pedicures from a salon are the only option for me from here on out! 

One of the biggest jobs I had to do was reorganizing Elyse's closet, and organizing Nora's.  This included sorting through all of Elyse's newborn clothing to see what was clean & reuseable and also going through all of Elyse's current clothing and packing away what wouldn't be worn for a bit.  It took two weekends and quite a bit of work...but we ended up with two very organized, very stocked closets full of little girls clothes!

Elyse doesn't always have much interest in playing babies...she would rather do puzzles or color or play with playdoh...but she has recently been paying more attention to them.  I think she's going to be a fantastic big sister...we just have to get that death grip that she has on baby's head under control!  

My goofy girl isn't all that excited about wearing her Halloween in she may not wear it at all...but maybe we'll just put socks on her hands as "mittens" and panties on her head as a "hat."  I mean, what more do you need?!

One of the biggest things we ordered in preparation for Nora's arrival were two, count them TWO, new swivel, rocker-recliners.  Hubby and his dad went and picked them up last week and they have found their new official home.  I can't wait to put these to LOTS of use with both Elyse & Nora.  

This girl.  There are no words.  She brings joy to my life that I never knew existed. But man...she has no idea how her world is about to be rocked!  ha!  

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Nora Kay Love ~ 32 Weeks

And just like that we are less than 2 months away from meeting our little girl!  How is that even possible?!?  I've really got to get on making a to-do list for her arrival...along with all the events that are planned to happen before then!  Let's see...we've got Halloween, an annual cookie Exchange Party, Thanksgiving, lots of family activities and gatherings...and then right after Nora arrives, I've got one special little girl who'll be celebrating her 3rd birthday!'s gonna be a crazy 12 weeks! 
How far along: 32 Weeks
How big is baby:  Large Jicama; 3.75 lb
Gender: My sweet baby girl, Nora Kay!

Weight gain/loss: Just hanging in there...and not really caring at this point.  As long as Nora is healthy, then I'm good.  I've been around several other mommas who have done a great job of boosting my self-confidence recently...because last week it hit a little bit of a low.  So thankful for encouraging friends!  I was measuring a little big at my last OB appointment, so Wednesday I have another ultrasound scheduled just to check on my sweet girl.  Not gonna's been nearly 3 months since I've seen her!

Sleep: It's been ok...but when I wake up in the mornings it's hard to go back to sleep.  I'm starting to struggle with getting comfortable, but I still seem to find a good place to be for most of the night.  Let's hope this good sleep continues on.   

Diet/Cravings/Aversions: Just food.  However, I am getting to the point where I have to watch the quantity that I eat because I get overly full really quick.  This is definitely probably a good thing...of course there's always room for an evening treat! 

Movement: Still moving like crazy.  She hates it when I rest anything more than my hands on my belly...iPad, book, glass of water, anything...and she always goes to moving around and kicking when that happens. 

What I'm loving: Daydreaming about the days to come.  Honestly, if I didn't truly know that she needed to stay in there a little longer...I'd love to have her in my arms right now.  However, I'm loving the quality time with Elyse right now and I'm trying to soak up every moment that I can with her as an only child. 

Symptoms: The Braxton Hicks are still pretty intense if I don't stay hydrated--I seriously wondered if Hubby was going to have to take me to labor & delivery late last week...but this cold had my dehydrated and once I downed a big glass of water I was good to go.  I felt great during my entire trip to KC, but definitely got tired a lot more easily and the pelvic pain set in pretty intensely after walking for 3 hours at IKEA!

What I'm looking forward to:  More Fall activities with the family.  Getting the bedding and curtains hung mom is all finished and I can't wait to see it all come together!  Another ultrasound on Wednesday. My baby shower on Sunday.  The St. Louis Cardinals hopefully winning the NLCS!  (Hey it happened when I was pregnant with Elyse, it could happen again!) 
Best moment of the week: The trip to KC with my bestie. This was seriously a great time...even if I was only away from the house for less than 30 hours! 


Monday, October 13, 2014

Babymoon with the Bestie!

After Hubby's golf trip back in the summer...we decided that I needed to take a quick trip before Nora arrives for a Momma's Weekend Out!  So, I quickly looked at some various possibilities, talked with my bestie, and we decided on a quick overnight trip to Kansas City this past weekend. 
The stage production of Mamma Mia was in town so we bought the best available tickets we could buy, made reservations at a fancy seafood restaurant and found a nice hotel nearby.  We headed out on Saturday about the same time that Elyse went down for a nap and drove the 3ish hours to our hotel. 
 We had a fabulous dinner with no kids menus and no "Momma, I need to go potty..."and then we made our way to the theater where we thoroughly enjoyed the Mamma Mia production.  And in true Momma-form, we headed back to our hotel, talked for a bit, and then headed to bed early.  We laughed as we saw a couple of different bachelorette parties just heading out as we were heading up to bed!  We were not ashamed that we were in our pajamas before 11 pm!  ha! luck would have it, the new IKEA opened up in Kansas City about a month ago.  The nearest IKEA to us before now was 8 hour drive away!  So...these two crazy mommas lost their #ikeavirgin status and spent 3 hours roaming the craziness of IKEA.  We had a fabulous time and spent plenty of money but also had plenty of self-control. 
It was a refreshing weekend with my favorite girl in the world...and while we might not be able to do this once a month, or even once a quarter, we've already promised ourselves that we'll do it at least once a year!  Maybe more mommas can join us next time! 

Friday, October 10, 2014

Nora Kay Love ~ 31 Weeks

So...with the official Family Cold of the Fall 2014 and being almost 32 weeks pregnant limiting the drugs I can's been a LONG week.  Let's just all pretend that this belly update went up as normal on Tuesday...even though we're no WAY closer to 32 weeks pregnant than 31! 
How far along:  31 weeks...we hit the 60 day countdown this week!
How big is baby: Four Navel Oranges; 3.3 lbs

Gender: My sweet baby girl, Nora Kay! We've certainly given her some big shoes to fill with being named after my Grandma Kay.

Weight gain/loss: And...after my dr's appointment last week, this will remain an unmentionable topic.  But, on the bright side I am still on track to only gain 1lb per week for the entire pregnancy.  Yeah, you do the math...not pretty.  But worth it. 

Sleep: We have all been sharing a family cold in our house which has led to Elyse not sleeping well...which means no one sleeps well.  Between her needing up to go potty, Momma getting up to go potty, and Elyse deciding she can't go back to sleep unless she's in momma & daddy's's been an interesting week as far as sleep goes.  Hopefully this doesn't stay our new normal! 

Diet/Cravings/Aversions: Still nothing here.  But guacamole tops the list as a favorite condiment.  Not such a bad thing since avocadoes are all healthy fat...right?!?  I also stocked up on pumpkin puree so I can do some fun fall baking in the next few weeks!   

Movement: Oh man this girl moves. She mainly likes to move early in the mornings, right before bed, and then if I wake up in the night to go to the bathroom...she likes to have a little dance party before settling back down.  I really hope this isn't a sign of things to come! 

What I'm loving: Checking things off my to-do list!  We're now 60 days away from her arrival and so I'm trying to get a lot of the details lined out.  Both the girls' have almost fully organized closets, the new rocker-recliners found their way to our house last night, and I've started actually getting the details ordered from Etsy to finish up Nora's room.  My shower is on October 19th and I should have her bedding in hand after that...can't wait! 

Symptoms: Still the same-o, same-o here.  Growing belly. Braxton Hicks. Lower leg cramps. Heartburn. Bathroom visits.  The heartburn and leg cramps have definitely been less frequent...but that's because I feel like I'm in a constant of floating with the amount of water I'm trying to drink!

What I'm looking forward to:  I have a girls' weekend planned with my bestie on Saturday & Sunday...we're going to Kansas City to see Mamma Mia, visit IKEA for the FIRST. TIME. EVER.  and we are just planning to have some good quality girlie time!  I'm leaving Elyse at home with her Daddy and we're going to have a blast! 
Best moment of the week: Since we're all dealing with this cold...the "best" moments have been pretty in being able to breathe!  ha!  

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Nora Kay Love ~ 30 Weeks

And just like that...we're basically in the final countdown.  I can't believe that we're less than 10 weeks away from meeting our new baby girl.  With my delivery history, my OB has agreed that if Nora doesn't arrive on her own before December 6th, we will be scheduling a c-section for the week immediately following.  YIKES...10 weeks, here we go! 
How far along:  30 WEEKS!!!
How big is baby: 2.75 lb
Wanted to be just like mommy again!
 Gender: My sweet baby girl, Nora Kay! We've certainly given her some big shoes to fill with being named after my Grandma Kay.

Weight gain/loss: I'm completely resigned to the fact that I'm at almost the exact same place I was with Elyse and that's ok.  I had big goals of not gaining as much this time around...and that just didn't happen.  But hey, it came off the first time...and I'll work my butt off to get it off this time too. I've also made the decision to pretty much completely stop Zumba in favor of nightly family walks.  I just don't feel like I am able to work hard enough at Zumba to make the time worth it...and my Braxton hicks contractions go crazy when I'm there.  So...I'm going to enjoy the rest of my nights at home with my sweet family. 

Sleep: As long as I stay asleep, sleep is fabulous.  However, if I wake up to use the bathroom (which obviously is at least once a night) or if Elyse wakes up and needs to potty (which has been her recent routine)...then I'm awake for at least 45 minutes before falling back asleep.  It could definitely be worth, so I'm not complaining. 

Diet/Cravings/Aversions: I'm not sure it's really from pregnancy, but all the Fall goodies are starting to call my name.  I'm ready to dive head first into baking all sorts of pumpkin & apple goodness...but I'm trying to refrain since I certainly don't need to be the only one eating the entire batch!  And one thing that I've kept forgetting to mention is that for FOREVER I have hated tomatoes.  Tomato based sauces and ketchup are fine...but raw tomatoes or tomatoes cooked in any dish have been repulsive. However, since pregnancy...I've been adding tomatoes to my sandwiches, taco salads, etc. and also been perfectly fine with leaving them in other dishes.  I truly hope I keep this as I know tomatoes are a great thing to eat.  I'm still not into eating them just plain by themselves...but who knows, maybe that's next! 

Movement: She definitely likes to move it, move it!  She's super active early in the morning, late at night, and then if I'm awake at all during the middle of the night she likes to have a little dance party then as well.  I honestly cannot tell at all which way she is positioned.  At some times it feels like she has to just be kicking the heck out of my bladder...but I'm also wondering if she's not sideways in there sometimes because all of her movement seems to be centered across my belly.  Who knows...I guess we'll find out soon enough! 

What I'm loving: All of the nursery progress!  My bedding/curtains will be complete in the next few weeks, we've got Nora's closet all set up and all of Elyse's newborn-3 month clothes have been washed and put away waiting for a new owner.  We also got notice that our new chairs are ready and those are going to be picked up next week.  Now I just need to start nailing down some of the decorating details. 

Symptoms: Growing belly.  Braxton Hicks.  Lower leg cramps.  Heartburn.  Bathroom visits.  The fun and increasingly uncomfortable symptoms have started to settle in.  I asked Hubby for permission to complain a bit on Sunday afternoon, but that was mainly after I overdid myself in doing several loads of newborn-sized laundry!  I know she certainly needs to stay put for several more weeks...but I'm definitely gonna be done with these symptoms by the time she arrives!
Absolutely in LOVE with this her standing on her tip-toes to give Nora Kay a kiss!
What I'm looking forward to:  We have our "last" monthly appointment this week and then we do 2-week appointments for a month, followed by our weekly appointments!  I can't believe we're already to this point.  Hubby is working on redesigning Elyse's nursery and then we'll be able to move a few more things around.  I'm really just ready to get Nora's nursery all set and ready...Elyse LOVES to play in there, so I can see us spending lots of time in there when it's all finished!
Best moment of the week: Good quality time with my family is just overtaking almost anything at this point.  We have a busy, but also pretty relaxed fall schedule planned so I'm looking forward to having lots of fun times with Elyse & Hubby, just the three of us for these last few weeks. 

Monday, September 29, 2014

Fall Fest @ the Farm

With gorgeous weather this weekend and looking for a fun family activity, we decided to make a trip out to our beloved Farm Park (aka Elyse's version of Heaven) to check out their Fall Festival.  And let me just say...we will be going back.  Soon.  Elyse was in love at first pony sighting. 
This girl LOVES her some farm animals and as we parked and got out of the car, the first thing we all spotted were the pony rides.  With a fairly short line.  So off Momma went with Elyse to get in line and Daddy headed to get tickets.  We had a quick little chat about a helmet being a requirement, and after we both finally got on the same page, all she cared about was getting on that horse! 

The horse's name was Harry, and the one she got to ride was the biggest of them all. My precious baby girl looked so tiny, but man was she in love!  We've already made plans to visit my aunt's house tomorrow morning so she can ride some more horses. 

After the pony (more like horse) rides, we roamed around the rest of the farm area checking out the other animals...of course we couldn't miss the pigs or the cows. 

I was all excited about taking her to the pumpkin patch area to snap some good photos and she was having none of it.  I finally convinced her that we would go back to the cows after we picked out a pumpkin, but she still wasn't very cooperative with pumpkin patch pictures.  Oh well, she found a big one and two "baby" ones to take home and I still managed to snap a couple of pictures of her. 

And then of course it was back to the animals.  We stopped to check out some donkeys in another pen...and wouldn't you know it, there was NO LINE at the pony aka Horse rides again. 

And as luck would have it, Harry was available yet again for a rider.  This time I got to walk with her while Daddy took the pictures. 

We then made our way over to the bounce house and inflatable slide, and made one more trip to visit the cows until we had to call it a night because they were closing the Farm for the evening. 

But I can promise you...we will be back.  This girl loves the farm, and with the promise of pony rides, bouncy slides, cows, and baby pigs...I'm sure she'll be begging to make many more visits before the Fall Fest ends for the year.  Of course...who cares about the pumpkins or the hayrides?!?  Not my girl!