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Today is our first day of school!  5:45 came really quick this morning.  It’s definitely time to get back into the swing of things.  Here is a list of some of my goals for the next few months.


1. Working out

This pregnancy has been a little tough.  I have been a crazy amount of tired pretty much the whole way through.  I have also gained weight a lot quicker this time which leaves me with even less energy.  We are already members of the Statesville Recreation Center (because of the pool) and they also have a workout center.  This place is 5 minutes from my school and on the way to daycare.  My plan is to stop by on my way to get Sebastian on the days we don’t have meetings and spend at least 30 minutes.  I’ll find some low impact cardio machine and just do what I can.  I’m really hoping this will give me the energy to get through the rest of the evening without crashing on the couch as soon as we get home.  I have my gym bag packed and ready to go so the next step is actually getting myself to do it and sticking with it.


2.  Meal Planning

I really need to get back on meal planning.  The hardest part for me after work is not going to the grocery store, it’s figuring out what I want to fix.  I’ve done pretty well meal planning on and off through the last couple years and I think these next couple months, it will be essential to survival.  I do all my planning on google calendar.  We have this week all planned out and groceries bought so at least we’re off to a good start!  I also want to get better at packing my lunch and picking out my clothes in the evenings.  The less I have to do in the morning, the easier it will be to get to school on time.


3. All things fall

I can’t wait to do all the fall things and I am especially excited this year for some cooler weather.  We’ve basically had 2 straight months of 90 degree weather.  This means we can’t play outside (unless we are in water) until after dinner time. I can’t wait to take Sebastian to the pumpkin patch, apple orchard, fall festivals, trick or treating…the list goes on.  I also may need to pick up a couple pumpkin spice lattes to keep the energy to do all these things…


4.  Getting ready for baby

Over the summer we moved Sebastian and all his things out of the nursery.  He is in his cool new big boy room (blog post to come soon). After we had him set up, I had Matt start pulling baby things out of the attic.  Then I got busy, washing, hanging and organizing.  We are ready with all the things for Sawyers first year!  Let me say thank goodness we are having another boy.  So.many.boy.clothes… Since we are pretty much prepared,these next couple months will be taking care of myself, and mentally preparing for baby.  Oh and buying all the diapers.


5.  Getting Sebastian ready for baby

We talk about the baby to Sebastian all the time.  He ‘knows’ there is a baby in my belly, even though I’m sure that’s a hard concept to grasp. He hasn’t felt Sawyer kick yet so hopefully that will happen soon.  There is also a tour at my hospital for older siblings.  They have baby dolls the kids can practice with and get to see where mommy will be when she’s in the hospital.  I also want to get him a few big brother books to start reading.  I think the transition is going to go really well.  He’s such an easy going kid and already loves babies.  I can’t wait to watch these two grow up together!


6. Blogging

I’m going to try to get back onto a regular blog schedule.  I had big plans to blog a bunch this summer and it just didn’t happen.  I think the sporadic schedule made it so much harder.  I don’t really have a ton of post ideas in mind but I’m hoping inspiration will come as we go.  One thing I can’t wait to share with you all is Sebastian’s big boy room.  I’m just waiting on adding a few final finishing touches, but if that doesn’t happen soon, I’ll just take pics of what I have.  I also plan to do more baby updates and of course once Sawyer is here, I’ll want to share all the pictures of him.


Bring on the next couple of months…I’m ready for ya!


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Matt thought of the name for Sebastian pretty early on in my first pregnancy.  It was before we knew he was a boy.  When he first said it, I scrunched my nose up.  I didn’t really like it that much.  After a few months it started to grow on me and after a ton of time looking at baby names and not seeing anything I liked, the name Sebastian started to stick.  Even still, I didn’t feel right calling him by anything other then “baby” or “baby Allex” until he was born.  I’m not sure if it was because I thought the name would possibly change or what.  For his middle name, Matt wanted to name Sebastian after his dad, so it became Michael.  We absolutely love the name now!


This time around we decided on a name fairly early and I still feel weird calling him by it.  I know it’s not going to change between now and December so I’ve decided to just make it official and start getting used to calling the baby in my tummy by name.  Without further ado, baby Allex number 2’s name is:


My sister and I were discussing names the day of his gender ultrasound (when we found out he was a boy) and the first few she brought up, I turned down right away.  Right before she said Sawyer, I told her I was really picky and had the thought their is no way she is going to say a name I like.  Then she said one of the names she’s always liked, Sawyer.  I instantly liked it and put it on my (short) baby name list.


When I asked Matt what he thought, he wasn’t too sure at first.  After a couple weeks, it grew on him and we decided it would be his name.  Matt’s middle name is James so that was an easy decision to give him his daddy’s name.


I looked up the meaning of Sawyer and the first definition I found was “Man who saws wood”.  Haha, I think this is great!  We also like the Tom Sawyer reference.  I would like to think that both my boys will be little adventures.


So little Sawyer James, we can’t wait to meet you in about 16 weeks!

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Sebastian seems to be a pretty coordinated two year old (he’s also big for his age).  Daddy is really coordinated and pretty good at sports so hopefully Sebastian has inherited some of that.  I plan to start him in soccer around 3 or 4 for fun and probably t-ball.  We’ll see what he likes and is good at and continue from there.  Until then, here are a couple recent videos I’ve taken of Sebastian and his little t-ball set.  And yes, he seems to be a lefty as he’s been dominantly using his left hand since he’s started grabbing things.



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Today is the first day back to school after an amazing summer.  Yesterday, Sebastian and I lived it up and had a busy day soaking up our last day of summer together.  Going to really miss spending all day every day with my guy.


7:00 I woke up, blogged a little, read some blogs, played around on Facebook and took a shower.


8:00 Sebastian slept in a little later then normal and woke up at 8.  We slowly got ready, drank milk and hung out.


9:00 Sebastian and I headed to Daylight donuts for our last day of summer donut date.


10:00 Sebastian had his 2 and a half year check up at the doctor.


11:00 We stopped by Bojangles to pick up lunch and took it to a friend who had a baby a little over a month ago.  Got a few baby snuggles and got to catch up with my friend.


2:30 We headed home and started the wind down process for nap time.


3:00 Sebastian napped and I called my sister and talked to her for a little while sitting on the front porch and then I came inside and watched an episode of Bachelor in Paradise (guilty pleasure).


5:00 Sebastian woke up from his nap and was super grumpy so we snuggled in my bed and watched some cartoons.


6:00 I made dinner (black beans and rice) while Sebastian ‘helped’ and played.


6:30 We sat at the bar and kept bumping elbows while eating.  It never crossed my mind that we’d have to plan out how we sit next to each other to eat like we always had to do with my left handed mom.


7:00 We went outside and played on the play set, walked (and ran) around the trails in our woods.

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8:00 Bath time!


8:30 Sebastian asked for a sandwich so I fixed my growing boy a peanut butter and banana sandwich.


9:00 We read a book, sang a song then I kissed my little guy goodnight.


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With school starting for me tomorrow (1st teacher workday), I thought I give a recap of this summer.  I had planned to do weekly posts of all the things we did this summer, but that just didn’t happen.  Instead I’m just going to do one giant post of most of the things we did this summer so I can remember how awesome this summer was.


This has definitely been my favorite summer yet.  Sebastian is at a really fun age and we did so many fun outings with friends and went to so many fun places.  I didn’t take pictures of every single thing we did, but I did get a lot of them.  All these were taken with my iphone (with the exception of a few professional shoots, my big camera got pretty dusty this summer).

Our annual “First day of summer donut date”



We met Aunt Jennifer in Greensboro for her work conference and had fun riding the elevator up and down. summer2

We spent many evenings and days at the local pool.summer3

Fire truck day at the transportation museum for Father’s Day.summer4

Went out to lunch and to an aquarium with our friends Michelle and Macey. summer5  summer6

We went to see Sebastian’s first movie: Home.  We also saw Turbo, Minions, How to Train Your Dragon 2 and The Lego Movie.  These were all free movies at our local theater.  summer7  summer8

Chick-fil-a dates after some of the movies.  The boys couldn’t get enough of sweet Annie.summer9

Lot’s of fun playing on his new swing set.summer10

We went to Sebastian’s friends 3rd birthday party.
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Family ice cream date. summer14

The kids played at the museum while mommy helped work on a book project.summer15

Next was our trip to Indiana for the Fourth of July.  We went sailing.summer16  summer17  summer18  summer19  summer20.5  summer20

2 years ago on fourth of July and this year.summer21

We met some family at a park for a play date.summer23 

Great Grandparents are the best! summer25

Sebastian made fast friends with sweet Aria. summer26  summer27

We discovered this awesome play place right by my parents house.  This will be a great indoor place to play on trips home!summer28

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We played with lots of mommy’s old toys.summer30

Sebastian and mommy lunch date at Noodles and Company, mmm.


My mom and I took Sebastian for a little ride on my parents kayak.summer32

Back home in NC…more pool time! summer33  summer34  summer35

We made some play dough.summer36

Went to pick blueberries two times.summer37

We went to a cookout with friends on Lake Norman.summer38

These two have an absolute blast together! summer39

Some front yard pool and sprinkler time.summer40

Making cookies!summer41

Playing “lawn mower” with daddy.  Basically following daddy around on the lawn mower.  (Daddy’s not actually mowing the lawn).summer42

Building towers (and knocking them over) on a rainy day.summer43

Park, splash pad and train ride with friends!summer44

We painted (and set up) Sebastian’s big boy room.  More to come on that soon!


We picked and ate food from the garden. summer46

Played like crazy at Hickory Dickory Dock with friends.summer47

Playing with trains (and all kinds of other things) at Discovery Place Kids.summer48

Good friends came over for dinner.  The kids played like crazy in the backyard.


Went for a family hike, but it was cut really short because someone wanted to be carried the whole way.summer50

More water table fun.


Story time with the two Cliffords.  (Not sure how we ended up with two of them).summer52

Another playdate at Discovery Place Kids.


More pool time!

Checking out and having a blast at Safari Nation.summer55

Cookout at Sebastian’s best friends house.summer56

Aunt Christie and Michael came to visit!

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Woah, that was a lot of photos.  Thanks for bearing with me until the end.  I probably should have made this into 2 or 3 posts.  It really was a great and busy summer.  I wish we could do it all over again!


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I met Brett and Stevie on a hot evening in NC.  Luckily they choose to have the shoot right by a lake which offered a little bit of a breeze.



These two are seriously two of the best looking people I have ever photographed!

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Stevie, your hair is just gorgeous! Brett&Stevie6

My favorite.Brett&Stevie7

Loving the light!

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Thank you so much for letting my spend the evening photographing you guys.  Good luck with your wedding in HAWAII!

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Every year my mother-in-law rents a cabin of some sort for a long weekend somewhere in the states.  We’ve gone to the Indiana Dunes, Chicago, Colorado, Minnesota 2x, Tennessee and this year was Utah.


I love spending time with this family!  There are 10 adults, (always someone to hang out with and talk to).  So far there are two kids and two more on the way. Sebastian was smitten with his 10 month old cousin Penelope.


Love this face and crazy hairdo. Utah03  Utah04

“So Penelope, this is what life is like…” Sebastian

View from behind our cabin.Utah11

I was really excited to take Sebastian to a rock shop!  He loved looking at all the “pretty rocks”.  Pop pop (my geologist dad) would be proud!Utah12

He got to pick out his very own bag of rocks.  He loves playing with these.

Playing Spike ball with his Aunts and Uncles. Utah16  Utah18

One of the days we were there we went hiking in Bryce Canyon National Park.  It was beyond beautiful.  I just wish I could have enjoyed it more. I was too focused on Sebastian (and making sure he didn’t fall off a cliff) to really take in the views.  I guess that’s what being a mom is.  Not sure how my mom did it with 3 little ones and all the adventures we went on.Utah20  

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It was a really hot day and Sebastian was such a trooper!Utah24  Utah25

Stopped for a snack and a break at the bottom of the canyon.


The whole crew plus two babies in bellies.Utah31  Utah32  Utah33

Yeah, Sebastian was done.  Good thing we were back at the top!  (20 weeks pregnant with baby boy)Utah34  Utah35  Utah38  Utah40

Back at the cabin Sebastian was loving on Penelope again.Utah43
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I am so very thankful for these awesome trips, but most importantly all the quality time we get to spend with family.  Can’t wait until there are many more little ones running around in the next couple years!

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I found the idea on Pinterest to paint mountains on the wall in Sebastian’s big boy camping themed room.


Sebastian’s new room used to be our office and it desperately needed to be painted.  It was already painted white and since it’s so much easier to paint white on white, we decided to keep it white.


First we had to pick which walls to paint the mountain mural on.  I knew I wanted it to go over two walls to add dimension, but I also wanted it to go over his bed.  We chose the two walls that had the two largest spaces without a window or closet door and it is also the wall you see first when you walk in the room.


Next we taped out the mountains.  We started with the 3 peaks in the front first.  It took two of us to tape them down and a few times of stepping back to look at it.  Then we added the next row of peaks and then the last row.  We just eyeballed it all.  No measuring to it.


Once we had it all taped up and were happy with it, we started painting.  Luckily we had 3 different colors of greyish paint left over from other rooms in the house so we didn’t have to buy any paint.  I was a little worried the shades of paint wouldn’t quite match, but not worried enough to go out and buy new paint.


Even Sebastian joined in on a little of the painting.


We had to do a few coats, especially on the dark grey. It drives me crazy when you can see little white dots all over the paint.  Next we waited until it was all completely dry.  This was the hard part for me, I’m not very patient when it comes to waiting.  When we pulled off all the tape, we still had gaps in the paint from where the tape was.


We had to tape little sections so we could work on filling in the gaps.

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We continued to tape and paint until all the gaps were filled it.


Finally we were almost done and could add the snow caped mountains.  Since we decided to paint the background wall white, we had to put the snow caps on the middle mountains.  They would have blended in with the wall if we had done it on any other mountains.



And the finished product.  I’m pretty giddy about how this turned out.

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Sebastian keeps telling us that this is the best room ever.  I definitely think it’s going to be, especially once we have everything finished. Our next step is to make a DIY twin bed.  After we are finished with the bed, we can finally move all the furniture where we want it and start decorating.  I’ve been gathering camping themed things to go into his room for the last couple months and I can’t wait to finally put it all together!




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I’m linking up with September Farm and The Farmers Wife for this weeks 5 on Friday! It’s been a while since I participated in a link-up.

Potty training is in full swing here at the Allex house.  Sebastian is almost 2 and a half and it’s starting to look like I may actually be able to get a few months of no diapers before baby comes in December!  Here are my 5 things so on potty training so far.


1.  We started this spring and it’s been a pretty long, slow process.  I did the 3 day potty training boot camp over spring break where we went cold turkey and only put underwear on him.  He started off doing great the first day and it went downhill from there.  After about a week of a lot of accidents and daycare starting to put pull-ups back on (and talking with my friend/pediatrician), we realized that he was just not quite ready yet.  I feel like that gave us a good foundation and a good start though. Since then we have encouraged him peeing on the potty whenever possible but didn’t push it.


2.  The last couple week when we are at home, we let Sebastian run around with no bottoms on and he’s been going on the potty every time.  When we go out or he’s sleeping we put a pull-up on him.  We’ve been making a big deal out of it when he does and rewarding him with treats.


3.  This kid loves his treats.  The more he goes, the more we have to scale back what we’ve been giving him.  We started giving him (a little bit of) ice cream for pooping on the potty.  Ice cream was a huge motivator for him.  Now that he poops 2-3 times a day on the potty, we are going to have to star giving him something smaller.


.4  My baby boy lied to me.  We were in the living room about 30 minutes after Sebastian got a treat for peeing on the potty.  Little sneaky man went into the bathroom and flushed the toilet, came out and ask for a treat.  I asked him if he peed and he said yes.  I went into the bathroom and saw his potty was completely put together and shut (you have to take it apart to dump the pee in the toilet).  It’s pretty unlikely he actually peed because of this and when he does pee, he’s so proud of himself he shows us.  Needless to say, he didn’t get a treat.


5.  Where to go from here.  So it seems we have it down when he’s at home, with no bottoms on.  I think (I’m hoping) that means we are pretty close.  Our next step is to get him to continue to pee on the potty even when he is wearing underwear and then try it with underwear and shorts.  After that, I’ll start taking him on short trips where we pee before we go and on public toilets (he’s only done this a couple times).  I’m hoping to have this mostly accomplished by the time he goes back to daycare (My first teacher workday) on August 18th.


Wish us luck!

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It’s official, (as of Monday) I am halfway through this pregnancy!  It started out going very slow in the first trimester, but this second trimester is just flying by. I’m sure it has something to do with the fact that it is summer and summer always flies by.


Weight Gain:  Probably somewhere around 20 pounds?? Not totally sure and not paying too close attention.  I only gained 30 total with Sebastian so hmmm.

Symptoms:  A tiny bit of heartburn, but nothing like I remember getting last time.  There’s still plenty of time for that though!

Cravings/Aversions: No specific cravings or aversions.  I just still really like food and a lot of it.

What I am missing:  Starting to miss sleeping on my stomach.  Can’t do that anymore.

Size of baby: Baby is the size of a banana.  Just over 10 ounces.

Sleep:  Well it’s still summer, so I’m getting plenty of sleep.  We’ll see how this goes once school starts up again.

Workouts: Nope, unless chasing after a 2 year old counts.

Clothing: All maternity except a few non maternity dresses and flowy shirts.

Gender: A sweet, sweet boy.  We were watching the ultrasound for less then 5 minutes when I spotted his you know what.  Baby boy wasn’t shy at all about letting us know.  It was a good thing I wanted to find out during the ultrasound! You can see the cute announcement I did here.

Sebastian’s Reactions:  Sebastian spent a long weekend with his 10 month old baby cousin.  Most of the time he did his own thing and didn’t pay a ton of attention to her, but when he did, it was super sweet.  Asking to hold her, giving her kisses and petting her head. I’m thinking it will be pretty similar once baby boy comes.

Best moment the past couple weeks: Finding out we are having a boy.  I had a pretty strong feeling it was a boy so I wasn’t surprised when I was right.  I’m so excited to watch Sebastian show his little brother the ropes and watch the brother bond between them as they grow.  So special!  I’m also pretty excited about all the money we are going to save.  Other then disposable items (diapers, wipes, shampoo, etc), we are set!

Looking Forward to:  Finishing Sebastian’s big boy room (at the painting stage right now) so I can pull out all the baby stuff again.  Can’t wait to start going through it all.  It’s going to look so tiny!  I especially can’t wait for this baby to get to wear all my favorite little outfits Sebastian wore.

Movements: I’ve been feeling the baby pretty consistently throughout the day but the most when I lay down in the evenings.

You can read the 13 week update here and 18 week update here.


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