Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Family Reunion

Over the weekend we had a family reunion with my mom's side of the family in Missouri. We make it over there at least once a year, always for Thanksgiving, and get to see over half of the family most visits. But we have some family members living throughout the US and even one over in the Philippines who I haven't seen since my wedding. They were going to be in town for a wedding on their other side of the family and we decided to all get together for a family reunion while they were here.

So Saturday morning, at 8am, we headed over to Missouri. We all fit into two vehicles since my sister Molly couldn't get the day off work. We stopped first in St. Louis and spent the day visiting Grant's Farm. My mom's sister and her daughter, who live in St. Louis, joined us there as well. It's been years since I've been there, so it was really nice to visit again. It was both Andrew and Sophia's first visit, and they both really enjoyed it as well.

The boys had so much fun feeding the camels!

Then we had another hour or so to drive to my mom's hometown. That night, after dinner, we had fun swimming in the hotel pool until bedtime. Sophia absolutely loved it! She was really kicking her feet pretending to swim while I was holding her and kept wanting to jump in to me. So much fun!

The next morning we got up and ready, had breakfast at the hotel, and then drove over to my grandma's nursing home, where we had a room rented for the reunion. We planned a brunch, which was delicious, then of course took lots of pictures of everyone. Then played over at the really nice park across the street before we had to head back home.

My grandma with her 9 kids.
The siblings in birth order.
All of the cousins who could attend (missing 9).
Cousins plus significant others and children.
My family, minus Molly.
3 of the 5 pregos! The 3 of us are all due within a month of each other.
My aunt made this beautiful blanket for baby Landon!

While we were taking pictures, the kids were all kept occupied chasing around this bunny (which you might have noticed made an appearance in our family pic) and turtle that roamed around this small outdoor space.

 We had a really great time. It was so nice to see (mostly) everyone again!

Monday, October 20, 2014

24 weeks

Week 24: Your baby's growing steadily, having gained about 4 ounces since last week. That puts him at just over a pound - the size of a cantaloupe. Since he's almost a foot long, he cuts a pretty lean figure at this point, but his body is filling out proportionally and he'll soon start to plump up. His brain is also growing quickly now, and his taste buds are continuing to develop. His lungs are developing "branches" of the respiratory "tree" as well as cells that produce surfactant, a substance that will help his air sacs inflate once he hits the outside world. His skin is still thin and translucent, but that will start to change soon.

24 weeks is also a big milestone - viability!!!

The bump:

How far along?  24 weeks
Symptoms:  Still feeling uncomfortable and my belly just feels so tight, like it's stretched to the max. I've been having some fun indigestion lately, too.
Total weight gain/loss:  +22 lbs... hoping some of that is water weight from the extra eating out over the weekend while we were gone.
Gender:  Boy 
Maternity clothes?  Yes, for the most part. I actually had to get a new Fall jacket the other day, found a fleece one for cheap, and it's not maternity so doesn't exactly zip up over my belly but it's really warm so it will do. And then otherwise normal stretchy stuff still fits, but mostly maternity.
Stretch marks?  No
Belly Button in or out? 
Still in  
I've been waking up a little sore lately in my back, neck and shoulder areas. Not terrible, but even with the awesome pillow I'm not completely comfortable.
Yes, still not completely consistent times each day, but I do feel him a lot. I tried to get Sophia to feel the other day but she pulled her hand away, looking annoyed, and said stop! Ok then... lol
Labor Signs:  No
Food cravings: 
Ugh, the sweets...
What I miss: 
Nothing too bad this week.
What I am looking forward to: 
Sophia (hopefully) getting to feel her little brother kick.
Best moment from last week:  Getting more decorative pieces put up in his room. I'm really loving the way it's coming together!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Friday Faves

One thing Pinterest is great for is giving you yummy goodies to crave. So many delicious looking treats. There are tons of Fall/Halloween recipe ideas out there. Lots of cute things for kids, which I'm looking forward to making for my kiddos in a couple years, but also lots of great ideas for get togethers. Here are my favorites I found on Pinterest this week.

These oreo bars look amazing!

This is such a neat idea. I never would have thought of layering them like this, but I definitely want to try it.

Another yummy idea!

Source: Lil Luna via Cassie on Pinterest 

This pumpkin fluff dip looks so good, and what a neat idea putting it in an actual small pumpkin.

Yet another delicious looking combination!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Halloween Decor

With Halloween just a couple weeks away, I finally got the last bit of our Halloween decorations put up. We don't have many outdoor decorations yet at this point, mostly indoor, but I add a little bit to our collection each year.

Our porch decorations. Sophia helped me pick the mums and pumpkins out last week. As soon as she saw the yellow one she had to have it. Yellow is her favorite color (aka the only color she knows consistently so far). I haven't decided yet if I'm going to do anything else with the pumpkins as far as decorating them. Most likely not. Next year will be fun when Sophia can decorate one herself!

I have a few decorations set up in our entryway.

And our fireplace.

The large "S", found at Hobby Lobby, hangs on our fireplace year round. It has a blue print on it, so I just covered it in kraft paper so that it fits in with the Halloween colors.

If you're a newer reader to my blog, you might not recognize the candy corn decor over on the left that I made. It was a fun, easy, DIY project that I made a few years back. You can find that blog post here if you're interested.

And the little owl right above the string over on the right is our newest addition. While walking through the Fall decor at Michael's last week, Sophia saw the "whoo" and she just had to have it. They already have everything at 50% off, so I happily agreed.

We'll see if I can find any more goodies in the post-holiday clearance!

Monday, October 13, 2014

23 weeks

Week 23: Turn on the radio and sway to the music. With his sense of movement well developed by now, your baby can feel you dance. And now that he's more than 11 inches long and weighs just over a pound (about as much as a grapefruit), you may be able to see him squirm underneath your clothes. Blood vessels in his lungs are developing to prepare for breathing, and the sounds that your baby's increasingly keen ears pick up are preparing him for entry into the outside world. Loud noises that become familiar now — such as your dog barking or the roar of the vacuum cleaner — probably won't faze him when he hears them outside the womb.

The bump:

How far along?  23 weeks
Symptoms:  More of the same. I've been out walking several more times, but feeling uncomfortable sitting. I also sometimes wake up feeling a little sore, needing to switch positions.
Total weight gain/loss:  +19 lbs
Gender:  Boy
Maternity clothes?  Oh yes
Stretch marks?  Still nothing yet at this point
Belly Button in or out? 
Still in   
The usual. Waking up at least once a night.
Yes! He's still usually most active in the late evening before I go to bed.
Labor Signs:  Nope
Food cravings: 
The usual
What I miss: 
I miss sitting comfortably!
What I am looking forward to: 
Continuing work on his nursery
Best moment from last week:  We got his crib put up over the weekend and I just love how his room is all coming together!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The Name Game

If you follow me on Instagram, you might have already seen the big news, but if not I'm excited to share that our baby boy officially has a name!!!

Agreeing on a boy name was much harder for us than picking Sophia's name, as well as a second girl name. For some reason we have the exact same taste in girl names, but not quite in agreement on boy names. The only one we really still agreed we both loved was the boy name we had picked out during my pregnancy with Sophia. However, it's very similar to our nephew's name, Brandon. So we were really torn on if we should use it or not. Since they'll be just a year apart at the same school, and assuming they'll grow up being good friends, we don't want it to be confusing for them if we call out one of their names. But our family all said they didn't think it would be a problem and there's just nothing else we both love as much, so we finally agreed that this is definitely our baby boy's name. So fingers crossed it'll work out ok and won't cause problems for the boys.

Our baby boy will be named Landon Dale Smith! He shares his middle name with his dad, grandpa, great grandpa, and several other family members.

Just last Friday I shared in my Friday Faves that I was debating what to display over his crib. Since we agreed on the name on Saturday, I wanted to make a decision and get started on it so that I could share the name news that way. This was the winner:

The project was super easy and I really love how it turned out. I just picked up the frames (2-8x10 and 4-5x7) at Walmart and then chose some scrapbook paper at Hobby Lobby. I had originally only planned on using each print once. I had a different one picked out for the last n, which was a thick black and white stripe print. However, I didn't take into consideration that because the white stripe was so large it would blend in too much to the white cardstock and didn't look right. So I switched to using the sock monkey print again.

Once I had my supplies, I picked out a font I liked and printed out the letters in MS Word. Then just traced them onto my scrapbook paper, cut them out and taped them onto the white cardstock and placed them in the frames. Easy peasy! Now I'm excited to get them hung up on the wall over his crib.

Speaking of cribs, I had mentioned the other day that we ordered his crib. Well it arrived on Monday afternoon and, although it isn't put together yet, I think it's going to look great in his room! I, for whatever reason, am super picky about cribs and spent way too much time searching and searching for the perfect crib. I did the same with Sophia's crib. I had originally found a different one I really liked, but it was out of stock until at least January, and I didn't really want to wait that long. Then I found the Storkcraft Venetian Convertible Crib and I knew this was the one. We chose the black finish. I'm hoping I can talk Andrew into putting it together this weekend!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The Pumpkin Patch

On Sunday we visited the local pumpkin patch. It was our first time to this one and wow it was so nice! Sophia was still a little young for several of the activities, but she still had a great time and I think next year will be even better for her.

First they had several cute areas set up to take pictures.

They had this cute little ride going. I wasn't sure if Sophia would sit still in it, so I walked along the side of it by her, and sure enough, not long into it she was standing up trying to climb out. So I quickly grabbed her out.

A few things she really enjoyed:


Of course by the time we got to the pumpkins she was so over it and wouldn't let me get any good pictures. Oh well, we had a great time and can't wait to go back!