Sunday, February 24, 2013


Clockwise from top left: A caterpillar, me, a ladybug, Barry.

At our weekly family breakfast, Branner asked our sweet waitress for crayons and a piece of paper. Lately, he really hasn't been as into art as in the past. I'm not sure what happened. Last year at preschool, he took craft time very seriously. This year, his teachers say he's kind of over it. I know deep down there is a little artist inside because of this picture. So, it made me a little sad that he was losing interest. But, after seeing these little drawings today, maybe he's not!!!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013


The snow storm on Saturday was welcomed with open arms by Branner! He was SO EXCITED! This was not the first time he has seen or experienced snow, but it is the first time he really understood what it was. He was so cute, wanting to build a "nowman" and searching for his boots first thing Sunday morning so he could go out in it again. He's still talking about it, even though it's gone. We had so much fun playing in the snow with him and just experiencing it through his sweet three-year-old eyes. 

Saturday, February 16, 2013

24-25 Weeks

Valentine's Date Night!

It's official. I finally feel pregnant. The general public is now taking notice as well. Leighton finally popped! I feel huge, although this pregnancy, the comments from others have actually been super nice and complimentary--so far!

Weight Gain/Loss: I have no idea. I'm really not interested to know, either! 

Maternity clothes? I've made the switch to maternity-only pants. Continuing to wear my regular sweaters, loose cut tops, leggings, and workout clothes. Wearing some maternity tops, too, now!

Sleep: I'm getting a full night of sleep. Yay!

Best moments lately: Lots of movement from L this week. This pregnancy, my placenta is anterior (which makes a difference in my size/how I show according to my ultrasound tech), and I have not been able to feel movement quite as much as I did with B. I'm happy I am feeling her all day now!

Food cravings: Fruit, spinach salad, bagels, tuna melts, iced tea, homemade cookies.

Food aversions: Sometimes meat.

Pregnancy symptoms: Lower back pain, sciatic nerve pain, frequent bathroom trips.

Exercise: Still at it in the gym! Doing a mixture that varies weekly of Total Strength, Cycle Strength, Cardio Dance, my prenatal pilates DVD, and the MOMs class that I added this week. I normally work out 3-4 days a week.

What I miss: Champagne, red wine, raw sushi, medium rare filets, my waistline, buying cute non-maternity clothes.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day!

My favorites!

Breakfast for the boys!

At our house, we enjoy celebrating Valentine's Day! This year, I made my boys heart shaped blueberry muffins and a full breakfast. Then, B and I put on our red and pink respectively, and headed to the gym! We met Barry for lunch at our favorite, Phil's Deli, then headed home to play the afternoon away. I made a simple dinner for us, as we are celebrating with a fancy dinner out tonight, and we exchanged gifts. All I can say is I am one lucky girl! Barry surprised me with a prenatal massage at Ballantyne Resort & Spa and a pair of shoes I have had my eye on for Spring! Hope everyone had a great day!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Valentine's Day Dance

Happy boy with his best friend, Jack!

My Little Valentine!
Photo booth!

On Friday night, we had a family date (with Big Papa, too!) at Branner's Valentine's Day Dance. It was so much fun! There was a photo booth area (waiting on the pic from that), pizza, games, crafts, cookie decorating and a middle school kid playing music DJ. Branner spent the majority of the time chasing and playing with his best friend from school, Jack. These two have so much in common and are totally joined at the hip! The rest of us spent our time being amused by the kids and eating and laughing. I am so thankful for our preschool and for the friends we have made there! 

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

22-23 Weeks

Date Night @ 23 Weeks

I'm really closer to 24 weeks at this point, but I am trying to keep tabs on this pregnancy since this blog didn't exist when I was pregnant with B. I think regular jeans are about to become a thing of the past for me in the next week or so.

Weight Gain/Loss: +9 lbs. (Probably around 10-11 lbs at this point)

Maternity clothes? I can technically still fit in my regular jeans. I have to wear them super low, though because of my growing belly, and that is uncomfortable. Luckily, they still fit everywhere, which means maybe I haven't gained much weight all over. I still wear my regular sweaters, loose cut tops, leggings, and workout clothes. I had to buy a couple of new sports bras and workout tops in a larger size (holy cannoli the "girls" are growing). Also wearing several maternity tops (thanks, Sara!), and the pairs of maternity pants I mentioned last week.

Sleep: I'm getting about 7-8 hours a night.

Best moments lately: Branner telling Barry, "Mommy's baby too big to come out of her belly button!" No clue where he came up with that! He hasn't asked either of us where babies come from, so I guess this is just 3 year old logic. We also hung Leighton's new light fixture, and Barry touched up the crib with a new coat of paint. Time to get crackin' on the nursery!

Food cravings: Fruit, spinach salads, sweets!

Food aversions: Sometimes meat.

Gender: Sugar and spice and everything nice.

Pregnancy symptoms: Round ligament pain, lower back pain, frequent bathroom trips.

Exercise: I was really sick last week with a sinus infection, so I had to take some time off from working out. But, I'm back at it with Total Strength, Cycle Strength, and Cardio Dance and still doing my prenatal pilates DVD for at-home workouts!

What I miss: Champagne, red wine, raw sushi, medium rare filets.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Girl Mom

Source: via Ashley on Pinterest

Although I am slightly terrified a little nervous about being a "girl mom," I have already thought of a million things I'm excited about hopefully** sharing with Leighton!!! They include:

  • Shopping trips
  • Possibly my wedding dress—if she wants it (EEEEEK, just the thought!)
  • My shoe collection (I'll save the really good stuff for her and have it resoled)
  • My wardrobe (Only the really good stuff. I wish I had a killer vintage closet!)
  • Mani/pedi dates
  • Spa days
  • Prom dress shopping
  • Lilly Pulitzer
  • Some of my special jewelry (Branner will get some, too)
  • Hairbows
  • Books from my childhood (ie: Little House on the Prairie, Babysitter's Club)
  • American Girl dolls (I had Samantha; my mom saved her!)
  • A bond like my mom and I have

**I say hopefully because, with my luck, she will probably hate all of these things, but a mom can wish!