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{Days to go?!}


37 weeks

Y’all, I’ve been trying so hard to be a good sport, to count my blessings and to really soak in this special time but it’s so hard. I’m having almost daily contractions and have been for weeks.. And I’m not talking cramping, Braxton hicks.. I’m talking stop you in your tracks, contractions. That being said, nothing consistent and nothing time-able. And, apparently they aren’t doing a darn thing. Awesome.

On the plus side, there really is nothing like contractions to kick your booty into high gear and make sure you are ready for this little person! Before the contractions started we literally only had the crib and changing station set up. Since then, I have slowly been checking things off my list! My hospital bag is packed, baby clothes have been washed, nursery decor is going up! We still have a few little things to grab, including a big sister present.

At our last Doctor’s appointment we were told that Madison is pretty comfy in there, which is ok, she still has a two more weeks but with the contractions I was kind of thinking (hoping) that there would be some progression. Everything else is looking on track. I’m just about where I was with Hayden weight wise… I’m just hoping that she isn’t almost 9lbs like her sister, cause, yikes…

We had already set up our extra room for the baby before we found out what we were having. If we had known before that she was a she we probably would have kept her in our room until she was ready to join her sister. I mean, Hayden was with us until like 6-7 months! But, since we had the room semi-ready, we’ve just been rolling with it!

 Ever since my little owl string art I made for a friend, I’ve been obsessed with them!!
I plan on making another owl board for Madison’s room because really, it’s SO cute!!

Pink and Owls have definitely been the theme of her room… From the super cute owl fabric I found to make her name, to the suuuuuuuper soft blankie that Hayden picked out for her.. and everything in between. I cut up the extra fabric I had from her name to make a cute little tree with a couple owls on them. All I used was the fabric, paint for the background and some mod podge on a canvas! It took a while to draw out, then cut out what I wanted but I’m so happy with how it turned out!


I’ll have to post some more nursery pictures soon. But really, I’ve spent most of my time cleaning… and then re-cleaning as soon as my little hurricane gets home. I also took some time and tried some freezer meal recipes. I’ve read great things on the recipes I picked but I hate all things crockpot, with the exception of Chili.. So we will see how those goes. But I figured with the baby’s due date approaching quickly I had better try it!

Doctor’s appointment on Thursday! And hopefully I’ll be announcing a little lady here very soon.

xoxo, Elizabeth







{Hospital Bag}


Mommy & Madison’s stuff. Daddy has his own bag 😉

I love reading different blogs on what mommas choose to to bring along to the hospital! If you are like me, with my first little babe, you probably packed waaaaay too much. I mean it. I packed a full suitcase that I take on a weeks vacation! I also waited until I was in labor before packing my hospital bag, whoops. Which probably didn’t help the over-packing.

This time around, my contractions have started early (with Hayden I didn’t get any until “go time”) so that has been a serious movtivation to get things in order. I get them almost everyday and they are painful – so it’s like a little daily reminder to continue to check things off my list because she will be here before we know it!


For me:

  • Pajamas
  • Comfy undies
  • Fuzzy socks (because hospitals are cold, and I hate cold feet!)
  • Slippers
  • Nursing tank
  • Nursing bra
  • Lanolin cream
  • Phone charger
  • Straightener
  • Hair brush
  • Make up bag

For Madison:

  • Going home outfit
  • Sleeper
  • Socks
  • Fuzzy blankie
  • Receiving blanket

For daddy:

  • 1 change of clothes
  • Comfy Pajama Pants
  • Pillow
  • Tablet + charger
  • Candy

When we were in the hospital with Hayden we received the sweetest card from our nurses. It was so simple but so personalized to us and really meant a whole lot! It was then I wished that we had something to give our nurses who took such great care of us the 3 days we were in the hospital. This time, were coming prepared! Hayden and I have put together these little goodies for our nurses. Just a little treat to show we were thinking about them!

I picked up a pack of Thank you cards from big lots for a buck, they were big squares so I cut them in half and wrote a special little message in them, each a little different… But each with something to do about passing along the “sweetness”. We then grabbed a bag of assorted candy for $9 (thank you Halloween time!) put a few in a snack sized ziploc with our note and closed them up! We made 12 of these.

* Note, you’ll want to make sure the candies are prepackaged… Cause, germs. 😉 *

If you’re not wanting to give candies, you can always do mini bags of popcorn and use a play on the whole “just popped”. Or travel sized trail mix with a note saying something along the lines of “we hope we didn’t make you too nutty” 😀 haha!

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xo, E

{Baby Update}

Guys. I had every intention of keeping this updated throughout this pregnancy. I wanted weekly bump pictures and to really document this time around. It goes by so quick! (Did my 29week pregnant self really just say that!?) And I don’t know how many more times I’m going to be able to experience pregnancy, especially after this one. Ya’ll, it’s been hard. Growing a human is no joke, this I of course knew last time as well but it’s a whole different ballgame this time. 

Firstly, pregnancy with a 2 1/2 year old? Oh my. Hayden hasn’t slowed down one bit and why would I have expected her to? Silly mommy. On top of still being mommy to my little hurricane I’m working full time. And we are BUSY. Then to make it all that much more interesting this pregnancy has been so very different from mine with H. Which I hear constantly, ‘every pregnancy is different’ but man-oh-man it’s different. I like to think I’ve been pretty pleasant to be around despite being terribly uncomfortable. In the first few month, the nausea, oh the nausea. I was constantly sick or at least feeling very sick. And here we are at 29 weeks and I’m still getting waves of nausea! Talk about a real downer. I’m also carrying lower than I was with Hayden. Hayden was always playing with my ribs which was super obnoxious but not nearly as obnoxious as a baby sitting, quite literally, on my bladder and so low I feel like I need to hold my bump to walk comfortably. I won’t even start on the lower back pain but let’s just say some days  it stops me in my tracks. Our doctors appointments haven’t been all that great, I feel like we’re learning something or something isn’t “normal” each appointment (all is well with our little babe – just takes an extra step to figure that out). With the exception of our glucose test, aced that one! Praise Jesus! No unnecessary needles. 


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 On the plus side, we’ve had fun getting Hayden ready for a baby brother or sister. Her favorite is poking my belly button. We’ve also had fun not finding out the gender, which is apparently super frustrating for everyone 🙂 For me, the only frustrating part is Sean having no name suggestions for boys. I mean it. Zero. From the beginning I thought we were having another little lady and while this pregnancy is so different, which is the only reason I slightly think maybe it’s a boy, Sean and I are still really leaning towards girl. We will of course be excited about which ever gender but how sweet would it be for Hayden to have a sister! And on the other hand, how fun would a little man be!? Although, if it’s a boy, this poor dude is going to be named Baby Boy Ryan. While a little girl has plenty of name options – our top picks being Gracyn, Hadley or Madison. I’m seriously considering caving to find out the gender just so we can decide a name. Or at least so we know if we need to be concerned about finding a boy name! We’ve done awesome thus far of not going baby shopping crazy. With Hayden we literally bought something each time we went to the store. Which left us with a lot of unused things!!! 

We’ve had the crib set up for a little while now but just last week we moved Seans office out of the spare room and into my craft room to start getting everything ready. We’ve also pulled out all our baby stuff, which is just so exciting! Only 11 more weeks!!!!!!

Coming soon… bump photo update. nursery photos & baby room crafts. plus a Keke update (who totally thinks she’s a dog). 

xo, Elizabeth


You know those times where you feel like you are just absent from life? I’ve been feeling stuck there for what seems like far too long! I’ve been working on a single “update” post for about a month and cannot seem to finished it. I’m tired and unmotivated and I feel like I’m unproductive in all aspects of life most of the time… Honestly, I’ve felt pretty darn low lately.

Sometimes life is hard, you know? Sometimes life throws you curveballs. And sometimes it feels like they just keep coming. Sometimes this mama stuff is hard.  It’s surely not the times I want to remember! But then again, how can we fully appreciate our blessings without remembering our trying times? Thankfully, I seem to be on the upswing. Yes, sometimes life is hard. But my favorite part about social media and specifically mommy blogs, is that truly you’re not alone! It’s takes a village, ya’ll!

We are currently at 22 weeks! (20 in this photo) And I’m feeling much better, pregnancy wise. I’m not getting sick after nearly every meal, so that’s a plus! I started feeling baby kicks around 18 weeks which has been so fun! Which is also when I started showing, at least that’s when I noticed. You still can’t tell under normal clothes. We had our 20 week ultrasound and I don’t think I’ll ever be over that amazement! I’m still in regular clothes. Pants are a little snug when the baby is really low, which I’m noticing is more and more.

At the beginning of this pregnancy I was convinced it was a girl. Basically until I started puking all the time and feeling like complete crap.. Because that was so not the case with my pregnancy with Hayden! So who knows, maybe it’s a boy!! At this point we aren’t finding out what we are having. I say at this point because we didn’t when we had the opportunity to. My goal is to not overspend like I did when I was pregnant with H. I literally bought something each time I went to the store. It was ridiculous. So, we have all of the major things needs. With the exception of an infant seat and stroller (which are pink). I’m kinda thinking if it’s a boy, he will just come home from the hospital in his sisters pink seat and we will get him a new one after lol! My goal is to be conservative… We will see how that goes!

We also added a new little addition to our already growing family. A kitten! Hayden has been asking for a kitten every single day for months!! We finally caved when the most perfect little Keke ever found us! She’s been calling her Cute, Kitty or Keke (kitty-kitty). Despite my protest I think Hayden is going to win the name game and Keke it shall be. The two of them are already best friends. And our dogs have done extremely well. Especially for never sharing their house with a cat. Keke is about 11weeks and is seriously the coolest cat I’ve ever met! She’s constantly purring. So playful and yet loves to cuddle. She may make a “cat person” out of all of us!









Coming up here soon I’ll be sharing my favorite go-to cravings recipes.
Also, how we are introducing our 4 (very large) dogs to our new kitty.

xo, E

Pregnancy Round 2

I have been all sorts of distracted and MIA from life lately. Partially because I have a two-year old, who is constantly on the go. Partially because I’m back to working full time. And partially because I’m (almost) 15 weeks pregnant. Oh, and I’m pretty sure I’ve been neglecting my husband as well. Thank goodness he’s a good sport. I’m dying. Ok. Maybe not actually dying. But it kinda feels like it. This pregnancy is so very different than mine with Hayden, I do not remember being this sick and tired, so very, very tired… Maybe because I’m chasing around a two-year old this time? And I feel like we are all constantly fighting off something. It’s so hard to figure out what is making me feel like a zombie, the baby or if I’m actually coming down with something. I’m having a difficult time cooking anything. The thought of smelling eggs is making me gag, like right now. But all I seem to want is eggs, #thestruggle. I hope Hayden doesn’t mind getting cereal for breakfast for the next couple weeks.

We have had two doctors appointments so far. We changed drs this time around because I constantly felt rushed with Hayden and so disconnected. Well, I absolutely love my new doctor and am so glad we changed! Our first appointment was almost 2 hours, and not two hours of waiting. We were in consultations, meeting with the whole staff and telling our entire medical history’s. Oh, and we got to hear the baby’s heart beat, I don’t think that will ever stop amazing me! Our last appointment was terrifying. We saw the NP (which I will never, ever do again) she was awesome, until it came time to listen to the heart beat. Sean said it took about 5 minutes but I swear it felt a whole lot longer than that. I honestly can’t even remember everything that happened – only bits and pieces. I was crying. All I kept hearing was “that’s YOUR heart beat”…. “we may need to get an ultrasound” …. “you need to breathe”. And finally, Sean said the doctor said, “there, that’s your baby’s” but apparently I was on a different planet. Because I heard none of that. And just like that the NP said “that was scary, huh mom?” and left my room. I had to clarify with Sean if they actually heard the heart beat, which he said yes. That still didn’t make me feel any better. I feel like she just rushed out of the room as quickly as she could. I didn’t even have time to calm down to hear the heart beat and know that the baby was okay. We did some office paperwork and our blood work and Sean and the office manager scheduled me for an ultrasound to calm me down a little. It worked. Turns out our little one was moving around so much! Which is likely why the NP was having such a hard time finding the heart beat.

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After that I felt like I could breathe a little easier. I mean, come on, look at that picture! I lost a couple lbs, probably due to all the puking this little one is causing me. And I have no bump to show. Which isn’t exactly surprising – I didn’t start showing until well passed my half-way point with Hayden. But I will say I’m a little disappointed, I was hoping to show a little sooner with this one. Everyone thought it was so great, me not showing for a while… But I promise it wasn’t all that wonderful. I feel like my body would like it a whole lot more if the expanding process was gradual and not all at once LOL! We will see!

Today we are 14weeks 4days

– lost 3lbs from last drs visit
– still in all regular clothes
– cravings?
Sushi (OF COURSE!)
Chocolate Milk
Eggs (which makes me nauseous every time I think about them, which is all the time)
– feeling? Nauseous and Sleepy. (All.The.Time) and so, so thankful!





Sean, Hayden and I are so excited to announce…

We are due with Baby #2 

ETA: November 2015! 


I can’t even tell you how many times we’ve been asked “so when’s number 2 coming?!” Actually. We started getting that question what seemed like a couple months after Hayden was born. (Alright maybe she was closer to one 😉 ). I got so fed up with people asking that I just responded with “never, never-ever”. Truth? I really had no idea. I mean I felt like I JUST had Hayden and you’re asking me if I want another one now? No thanks. Well, now that Hayden is TWO (and she will be almost 3 when the baby comes). We had been planning for baby number 2 for months. Let me just tell you… with Hayden, I was fully prepared for it to take a few months and was a little shocked when it only took one. This time? it took a few longer than my liking… I think someone upstairs was telling me to settle down lol (or the big man was reminding me I didn’t want a summer baby) I’m not the most patient person… But I’m working on it!

I. Am. So. Excited!! I’m feeling a little more prepared in the sense of I know what’s to come. But also a little terrified of the unknown. I mean I’m sure going from 1 child to 2 is no walk in the park! Our girl, She’s a handful! The thought of dealing with pregnancy insomnia, nausea, or having a basketball stuck under my shirt all while chasing this little firecracker makes me cringe. Literally. But were getting through it! I have no doubt that we will adjust accordingly with each new stage. Our hearts have already grown even bigger for this little one and let’s be real, Hayden will be the best big sister!

We both have our thoughts on what this little babe is.. but we will keep them to ourselves for a while 😉

We took our first test on March 7th.

One ever so faint plus sign!! I dropped everything and went to the store to buy a different kind of test. And prenatal vitamins – you know, just in case 😉 I went in the bathroom peed on my second stick and then left it in there. I told Sean to go check! He came out saying “are you sure these are more accurate?”. Thinking it said ‘not pregnant’ I was totally bummed. But only for a half a second.


BAM! Hello there Baby#2! I’m feeling like I may just enjoy this pregnancy a whole lot more than mine with Hayden. I mean, it’s pretty wonderful what our bodies can do!! And plus, if this is our last baby, our last pregnancy, I really want to soak it up!! I’m feeling a lot more nauseous this time around but I’m sure a lot of that has to do with the fact that we have a 2 year old with unlimited amounts of energy and I have limited amounts of coffee. We had our first doctors appointment last week and were lucky enough to hear the heart beat at just shy of 9 weeks!

Hayden made her shirt pictured above and that’s how we told our families. It was so much fun watching them try to figure out if we were telling the truth or not!

xo, E

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