Tuesday, September 16, 2014


I realized I forgot to post about Sophia and I starting Parent & Tot Gymnastics class. We finished our third class yesterday. I grew up doing gymnastics on and off from age 3 to 15, so I've been looking forward to this since finding out we were having a girl! I'm really hopeful that she will love it as much as I did, and so far she seems to!

Her class is from age 20 months through 2 years. There are five girls in the class and I believe Sophia is the youngest. She was a bit of a wild child the first two classes, wanted to run and play rather than sit and listen to her teacher. But thankfully she was already doing better yesterday. And I could tell she remembered certain things and is already learning. It's really cute to watch!

The first thing they do is sit on a mat to do some stetches. Then they sit on a line while the teacher demonstrates what to do at each of the first stations, the beams. Then she has the parents help the kids at each one.


After 10 minutes or so they go sit on another line while she demonstrates the bars and floor stations. Then again we help the kiddos.

After another 10 minutes we move over to the trampolines.

We've been practicing a little at home as well and she can already do a somersault by herself! She picked it up super fast, doing it  by herself the day after I started helping her with it. She's a natural! Summer Olympics 2028 here we come!

Monday, September 15, 2014

19 weeks

Week 19: Your baby's sensory development is exploding! His brain is designating specialized areas for smell, taste, hearing, vision, and touch. Some research suggests that he may be able to hear your voice now, so don't be shy about reading aloud, talking to him, or singing a happy tune if the mood strikes you.

Your baby weighs about 8 1/2 ounces and measures 6 inches, head to bottom - about the size of a mango. His arms and legs are in the right proportions to each other and the rest of his body now. His kidneys continue to make urine and the hair on his scalp is sprouting. A waxy protective coating called the vernix caseosa is forming on his skin to prevent it from pickling in the amniotic fluid.

The bump:
 Can really see a difference from last week.

How far along?  19 weeks
Symptoms:  On Friday and Saturday I had some possible Braxton Hicks. I'm really not positive, since I never had any with Sophia, but it was a tightening sensation or mild cramping around my belly with just slight pain but not bad at all. Freaked me out a little bit, but I haven't felt any more since then.
Total weight gain/loss:  +12 lbs
Gender:  Boy!
Maternity clothes?  Yep, and I've enjoyed pulling out some of my Fall clothes these last few days.
Stretch marks?  No
Belly Button in or out? 
Still in
I was up twice last night, once most nights. Otherwise sleeping fine with my big pillow, though.
Labor Signs:  The possible BH, but there weren't many.
Food cravings: 
Still nothing specific.  I love anything fruity and sweets. 
What I miss: 
I sure miss a really good night's sleep and going a whole day without feeling exhausted, but I don't expect to get that again for a really long time.
What I am looking forward to: 
Feeling a really good kick!
Best moment from last week:  Started painting the trim in little man's room and have bought several things for him! It's so much fun getting to look at boys things, as well as girls.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Friday Faves

Now that Fall is nearly here, and heck our high of today is only 56, so I'm getting excited to get the house decorated for Fall and of course the start of all things pumpkin!

I need a new Fall wreath and really love the look of this one. I think it would be a fairly easy DIY project.

I wish we had a larger porch for decorations. I absolutely love the look of the old Radio Flyer wagon with the pumpkins!

This is a really neat and creative idea to do with pumpkins!

I love this Fall centerpiece. Yet another reason I need a real dining table!

Source: me&j via Cassie on Pinterest

And finally I've been looking at ideas for decorating the fireplace mantle. I love that this would work for both Halloween and Thanksgiving.

Do you have any new ideas for Fall decorations?

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

18 Weeks

Week 18: Head to rump, your baby is about 5 1/2 inches long (about the size of a sweet potato) and he weighs almost 7 ounces. He's busy flexing his arms and legs — movements that you'll start noticing more and more in the weeks ahead. His blood vessels are visible through his thin skin, and his ears are now in their final position, although they're still standing out from his head a bit. A protective covering of myelin is beginning to form around his nerves, a process that will continue for a year after he's born.

The bump:

How far along?  18 weeks
Symptoms:  Really not much at all this week.  It was another good week! 
Total weight gain/loss:  +10 lbs
Gender:  BOY!
Maternity clothes?  Oh yes
Stretch marks?  Still nothing yet at this point!
Belly Button in or out? 
Still in
Sophia had a really bad sleep week, so it was rough because of her, but otherwise the usual.
Movement:  Yes! Still not enough to notice his sleep/wake patterns, but I'm starting to get some good jabs.  
Labor Signs:  No, thank you!
Food cravings: 
Still nothing specific.
What I miss: 
Nothing!  I'm loving pregnancy!
What I am looking forward to: 
Starting baby's nursery
Best moment from last week:  The gender reveal party

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Our Gender Reveal Party

Yesterday was our gender reveal party and I am so happy I don't have to keep this secret any longer. It was a long week! But the reveal went perfectly and I think everyone had a great time.

First, some of the decor I put together:


Before the big reveal, we took pictures of Team Pink and Team Blue.

And, here we go! Big Sister did such a good job.


It's a BOY!!! We're so excited!

Then for the BBQ. Andrew grilled burgers (hot dogs for the little ones) and I made deviled eggs (my first attempt and they thankfully turned out really yummy!) and a fruit salad.

After lunch the kiddos had a lot of fun with the Cozy Coupe while everyone else played ladder golf, wiffle ball, frisbee, and soccer.


I'm so looking forward to learning this boy mom thing. Can't wait for our little guy to arrive!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

17 Weeks

Week 17: Your baby's skeleton is changing from soft cartilage to bone, and the umbilical cord — her lifeline to the placenta — is growing stronger and thicker. Your baby weighs 5 ounces now (about as much as a onion), and she's around 5 inches long from head to bottom. She can move her joints, and her sweat glands are starting to develop.  With pronounced ears, your little one is now able to sense the sounds in her environment; like the reassuring sounds of your heart beating above her and the reassuring sounds of your voice. Talking to baby or playing music is often a great way to get her attention; in the coming weeks you will find that she'll become a lot more active when she hears music or hears your voice murmuring to her.

The bump:

How far along?  17 weeks
Symptoms:  Not many symptoms this week at all.  Feeling good! 
Total weight gain/loss:  +9 lbs
Gender:  We did find out on Sunday, but I can't share until our gender reveal party on Saturday! It's so hard to keep this secret!
Maternity clothes?  Yep.
Stretch marks?  None yet
Belly Button in or out? 
Still in
Not bad, but bathroom trips every night.
Yes! It's getting much more obvious.
Labor Signs:  Nope
Food cravings: 
Now that it's almost pumpkin everything season, I can't wait for some pumpkin treats!
What I miss: 
What I am looking forward to: 
Our gender reveal party this Saturday. Can't wait to tell our family!
Best moment from last week:  Seeing our cute little baby at the ultrasound and finding out the gender!