Friday, November 17, 2017

The Blog is Back in Town

Hi there blog land! Luke is turning 2 on Saturday …. so it has been that long since I have written on the blog, yikes! If any of you have followed me on Instagram, you have seen what our little family has been up to.
Cannot believe this was 2 years ago!

I went back and forth about whether to start writing again. The moments when I’ve had the luxury of having some time on my hands, the idea of starting the blog back up has always popped in my head. I said to myself so many times… “I need to schedule some time for my blog, I miss it!”. But alas, it never happened. Some weeks were so hectic I would think, “There is no way I would have time to blog with everything  that's going on.” I give serious props to all the other mom bloggers that I follow that write amazing blogs while keeping up with their kiddos. You ladies rock.

Luke in the hospital... love those cheesy hospital blankies

I’m so excited to get back on the blog bus! I will need to catch y’all up on all the fun and adventure we’ve had these past 2 years. I won’t drown you with a ginormous (as Wyatt loves to say) post with everything from the past couple years.  I’ll be posting a few updates this week.

Thanksgiving 2015, 1 week old

Since I didn’t post anything about Luke’s birth after writing about my pregnancy, let’s start it up! Luke was born on November 18, 2015 at exactly 8:00 am on the dot. Since I had a planned c-section this time around, the delivery actually went pretty smoothly!

my baby gators!

The hospital recovery part was a little more difficult. I had some latching issues with Luke (just like Wyatt), and some major pains from the c-section and gas pains that come with it. They were going to let me go home after 3 nights, but the pain was so bad I wanted to stay the full 4 nights. I just didn’t want to go home to Wyatt being in pain that was that bad. Luckily after the 4th night I felt so much better.

Life with two definitely took some getting used to! Nursing takes a lot of time, and 2 year olds are not down with that unfortunately.  If Wyatt wasn't content with his toys, the iPad came in very handy.  Even taking a baby and a toddler anywhere was an adventure to say the least.

our first meal out together!  I'm pretty sure Luke slept the whole time

I remember having to plan out my whole evening way in advance… feeding Luke, then Wyatt, bathing Wyatt, where to put Luke when I was bathing Wyatt, then putting Luke down and Wyatt down. So friggin hard!

My 36th birthday... Luke was 1 month old.  Wyatt is super excited, obvi

On top of that, of course, the sleepless nights with a newborn were hectic. Then you have a 2 year old that is ready to play at 6am. Oh the humanity! But Luke completes our family and that couldn't make me happier.  He is so sweet, calm and a little jokester... our little ray of sunshine.

We had tears, laughs and lots of love those few months as a family of four in Tallahassee. Then we decided to make a big move… off to North Carolina. More about that tomorrow!

Luke got to be such a little chunker!

Friday, November 13, 2015

The Ravenous Baby: 35 - 38 Weeks

Hello there folks!  It's been way too long.  I'm soaking up all the Wyatt and relaxation time I can get, so blogging has been on the backburner for now.  But I really wanted to give everyone an update, especially since our little nugget will be here in 5 days.  Yikes!

How far along? 38 Weeks

Food size: Watermelon (about 19.5" and 7 lbs)

Total weight gain: 33 lbs (exactly what I gained with Wyatt at 41 weeks at my last weigh in)

Exercise: BodyPump has gone out the window!  Lots of the moves were getting uncomfortable... especially the lunges.  But I've been walking and doing a few upper body exercises on my own.  

Sleep/Dreams:  Sleep is okay.  I toss and turn all night long, mostly due to hip pain which I get when I'm on one side for too long.  The other night I was awake from 3am - 5 am, which royally sucked!  But I ended up continuing the book I've been reading forever, Stephen King's Mr. Mercedes, on my phone.  It's a good read!

Movement: Lots of rolling around in there for sure.  He loves to stick his little booty out and sometimes that can get a little painful.

Symptoms: I get pretty tired in the afternoons on most days.  But surprisingly enough, I had lots of energy yesterday even though I only had about 5 hours of sleep. I've noticed swelling in my hands and feet more.

Preggo Brain Moments: ... having one right now

Food cravings: I'm still craving all the sweets.

Food aversions:  None

Maternity Clothes: I'm officially sick of maternity tops, especially since most of mine are tight on me now and I definitely don't want to spend money on more shirts.  But still loving those jeans!

Belly Button/ Stretch Marks: Still in (but flat), and none yet.

Gender: Boy!

What I miss: REAL Sushi and Italian subs

Best moment this past week:   Having one on one time with Wyatt, especially since he's been in such a great mood lately!  I'm trying to cherish my last moments with him being my only child.

What I am looking forward to this week: Meeting our little man!

Sunday, October 18, 2015

The Ravenous Baby: 32 - 34 Weeks

Hi there!  It's been a while for sure.  I've been really enjoying being lazy the last couple weeks (when I can), hehe.  I'm fully taking advantage of Wyatt's naps to relax and watch The Killing on Netflix... that show is so good!  I know next month my "me" time will be basically none so I'm soaking it up while I can.  This weekend I'm in Orlando with my mom at the hospital.  She's finally getting her shoulder replaced after being hit by a car in August.  She's doing well! 

hospital bathroom selfie, keepin it classy

How far along? 34 Weeks

Food size: Cantaloupe (about 18" and 4.8 lbs)

Total weight gain: 27 lbs

Exercise: Working out is definitely getting harder.  I've been doing BodyPump 2x a week, and taking long walks about 2 or 3 times a week.  This BodyPump release hasn't been too kind to me.  Getting on and off the bench in the chest track isn't easy, and the bump doesn't like lunges too much lately.

Sleep/Dreams:  I'm so lucky to be sleeping pretty well! I haven't had any bathroom breaks... but the crazy dreams keep on coming.

Movement: He definitely likes to get his groove on when I'm sitting down.  Lots of kicking on my right side!

Symptoms: I get pretty tired in the afternoons on most days.  My ankles and hands are starting to swell up a little.

Preggo Brain Moments: Too many to remember.

Food cravings: Desserts!

These minis were amazing!

Food aversions:  None

Maternity Clothes: All maternity now!  The top in the photo is from the Gap, the jeans are from when I was pregnant with Wyatt, I think they are from Motherhood Maternity?

Belly Button/ Stretch Marks: Still in (but flat), and none yet.

Gender: BOY!

What I miss: Being able to easily bend over to pick things up off the floor.  Cleaning up after Wyatt has not been easy lately.

Best moment this past week:   Happy that my mom is finally getting her shoulder fixed.

What I am looking forward to this week: I get my last ultrasound tomorrow!  I can't wait to get another peek at the baby.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Toddler Fun at Disney World

I'm finally getting around to posting about our fun day at the Magic Kingdom.  I was a tad bit worried about how the day would go with a feisty 2 year old but, it went really well.  I hope other mommies out there will appreciate some of these tips!

We arrived at about 8:45 am and Wyatt was already excited when he got on the tram.  It was a quick ride to the transportation center, where we had to hop on the monorail (or you can take the ferry) to the park entrance.

TIP: The Monorail is faster and cooler than the ferry, which doesn't have a/c.  But walking uphill to catch it isn't fun, especially if you are pregnant.

It was so nice to walk down Main Street and see Cinderella's Castle, it had probably been about 15 years since I'd been last.  When I went in my late teens, I remember how I thought the mob of strollers was SO annoying! Hahaha... how life changes.

TIP: Bring a stroller (or rent one there if you have to) for your 2 year old!  Even if they end up walking a lot, it's a great place to hold your diaper bag, distraction toys (for longer lines) and all the snacks you should bring for your toddler.  Plus, they definitely need breaks from the sun and a nap.

We headed right to Tomorrowland and started going on rides.  Some of the ones Wyatt loved were Dumbo, the Ariel ride and Small World.  For the longer wait rides, we booked our fast passes online before our trip, but we didn't have any until 11:30 (for Winnie the Pooh).  Before 11 or so, you don't really need them (unless you are going on the coaster rides), because most of the lines are under 20 minutes.

TIP:  Buy your tickets in advance on the Disney website so you can book your Fast Passes!  Fast passes book up on busy days so this is pretty crucial.  Each person gets 3 initially (Peter Pan is a Fast Pass must for small kids).  After you use all 3, you can go to one of 4 kiosks at the Magic Kingdom to get one more.

After the rides it was time for lunch.  I was lucky enough to snag reservations at Be Our Guest. This is a new to me restaurant that is the only quick service lunch that you need reservations to eat at.  It was delicious!  I'll be posting the full review soon.

TIP:  Be Our Guest reservations are hard to get!  But, even if you book your tickets to the Magic Kingdom last minute (like we did), keep checking to see if reservations become available for Be Our Guest.  People cancel at the last minute and that is the best time to get a reservation if you aren't planing 6 months in advance.

After lunch, we used another Fast Pass on the Jungle Cruise.  That worked out perfectly since there was a 50 minute wait.  A toddler wouldn't be able to handle that kind of wait, I know I couldn't.  Wyatt loved that ride! We could tell he was getting tired after that so we popped him in the stroller with his pacifier (he still uses it for naps and sleeping) and doggy and he fell asleep quickly!  Then we took the monorail to the Contemporary to relax while Wyatt napped for an hour.

TIP:  If your child needs a nap, take the monorail to one of the hotels on the route.... the Contemporary, Grand Floridian, or Polynesian.  They have lots of relatively quiet seating and cold a/c. Plus, the grown ups can enjoy an alcoholic beverage (which they don't serve in the park)!

When Wyatt woke up, we went back into the chaos.  It was getting really busy since it was about an hour before parade time.  We headed to the carousel, which is always a short wait.  Wyatt cried at first... surprisingly the only ride he cried on, not sure why?  But he ended up loving it once it got started.

TIP:  Parade time is a great time to go on rides or see characters.  But if you really want to see it, Fontierland seemed to be the least crowded.

We saw a few minutes of the parade but it was getting SO hot!  We ducked inside the Country Bear Jamboree to get some a/c.  The show was about 15 minutes and Wyatt loved it!  Us grown ups thought it was... interesting... haha.  Some of those lyrics are not made for kids, yikes.

TIP:  For an inside break, Country Bear Jamboree and the Enchanted Tiki Room will do the trick, plus it entertains the kiddos for more than 5 minutes.

After using our last Fast Pass at Peter Pan, we walked through the Swiss Family Treehouse and then we took the train back to the entrance to the park and headed back to my mom's house.  At this point it was about 5:30 and we all were pooped.

TIP:  The train is a great way to get around without walking if you need a break!  It goes all around the outskirts of the park and makes several stops.

It truly was a magical day!  We can't wait to bring Wyatt back with his baby brother when he is a little older.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The Ravenous Baby: 30 - 31 Weeks

I made it to the 30's, yay!  I'm really feeling like we are in the home stretch now.  Now I'm kind of getting in freak out mode since nothing is ready.  We are planning on making Jay's office the baby's room, but we have done absolutely nothing with it.  But at least I have all the baby clothes I need, plus I got my first pack of diapers.  That's really all the baby needs, right? hehe

How far along? 31 Weeks

Food size: Coconut (about 16 1/2" and 3.5 lbs)

Total weight gain: 23 lbs

Exercise: 6 Workouts done in the past 2 weeks...  3 BodyPump classes and 3 long walks.  I gotta get more walking in, but I'm feeling so lazy lately.  BodyPump is also starting to get a little trickier.  My belly is getting in the way of upright rows. During the core track, I will do hip bridges instead of crunches.

Sleep/Dreams:  Waking up to switch positions a lot, but still no bathroom breaks yet! Yay!  I had my first couple of dreams about the baby.  In both of them he was very tan!  In one dream he looked just like Wyatt but with very green eyes and light brown hair. In the other he had dark brown hair and brown eyes.

Movement: There is lots of rolling around in there.... and he seems to have an affinity for my right side.

Symptoms: Mild heartburn, fatigue, the usual.

Preggo Brain Moments: I forgot to take the trash to the curb, which has never happened before.  Now I gotta deal with stinky trash in my garage for another week.  Constantly forgetting where I put my keys, it's getting really annoying.  I was also looking for my phone while I was holding it in my hand.

Food cravings: Chocolate and nacho cheese sauce

Food aversions:  None

Maternity Clothes: The top I'm wearing is H&M non-maternity.  I can't believe it still fits!  Shorts are Gap maternity.

Belly Button/ Stretch Marks: Still in, and none yet.

Gender: BOY!

What I miss: Happy hour and being able to go up a flight of stairs without losing my breath.

Best moment this past week:   We took Wyatt to Disney World for the first time on Saturday!  We brought my mom back home to Orlando and thought we would sneak in a visit to the Magic Kingdom. It was awesome!  I'll be posting all the details tomorrow.

What I am looking forward to this week: Fall starting!  I even seen a forecast with lows in the 60's, yay.  But not excited for pumpkin madness... am I the only one who doesn't like pumpkin spice??