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The big ultrasound was today and we found out the gender of our sweet little babe.  I’m going to let Sebastian tell you with pictures what we are having come December.

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We are over the moon to add another boy to our little family.  I’m so excited to watch Sebastian teach this little guy the ropes.  I can’t wait to pull all of Sebastian’s cute little baby clothes out to use again.  He’s going to look so tiny compared to his big brother!

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In a few short months, Sebastian is going to be kicked out of the nursery so our new little bundle can move in.  That means I get to plan and put together a big boy room for him!  I’ve been brainstorming, pinning, working on a few projects and cleaning out the office (his new room).  I went through a few themes in my head and decided on a camping theme.  I mean, what would be better then a camping themed room for a little boy? Especially one who has a mom who grew up camping all the time and going to National Parks.  Sebastian has only been camping twice in his life, but that will definitely get changed the older the kids get.

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1.  Happy Camper Free Printable.

I love this little vintage camper and and the saying is the cutest.

 

2. Felt fire pit

I want to make a little area in his room with chairs and a little fire pit.  My mom is thinking about taking on this project for me.

 

3. Mountain Mural

The room Sebastian’s moving into desperately needs to be painted.  I found a few pins of this cute mountain range painted on the wall. I’m hoping it will be pretty easy to do.

 

4. Birch tree curtains

My mom and I found these birch tree shower curtains at Bed Bath and Beyond for $20 a piece.  I bought some black out fabric for the back and when I was Indiana, I helped my mom whip these up one day while Sebastian was napping.  It was super easy and they turned out really cute.  I can’t wait to hang them up after the room gets painted.

 

5. Bunked Beds

We find out the gender of our sweet little baby next week and our plan for either girl or boy is to have the kids bunk up together.  We’ll wait until the baby is 2 or so and move them in together.  For now, we’ll just do the bottom bed and in a couple years add the top bunk.

 

6. ABC poster

This would be a really cute canvas print.  With all my other ideas for things on the wall, this may not go anywhere but we’ll see.

 

7. Pine tree blanket

This cute blanket will be perfect for his bed in the winter months.

 

8. Mountain shelf and bear family

I am so excited about this one.  I found the idea on Pinterest, had Matt draw it up for measurements on his computer design program, cut the wood, glued/nailed it together and stained it.  A few days later I went to Hobby Lobby and got a little carried away putting together the bear family.  This is definitely my favorite thing we’ve put together for his room so far.

 

9. Tree branch handles

We got an old dresser my parents had in their basement.  We may put these cute little wooden handles on it, or just leave it as is.  I’m not sure yet.  This is definitely at the bottom of a very long to do list so we’ll see.

 

10. Forest friends sheets

The sheets I really wanted were sold out, but these are a close second.  They just came in yesterday and look even cuter in person!

 

11. Camping wall free printables

I love these little printables.  I’ve already printed 4 out and put them in some old frames.  I can’t wait to find a spot to hang them!

 

Hopefully Sebastian’s room will be put together (for the most part) by the end of the summer.  That way we can move him in and give him several months to adjust.  He is already sleeping in a big bed (the guest bed in the nursery).  Surprisingly that transition was super easy as one night he asked to sleep in it, we let him and he’s been sleeping there every since.  Once we get Sebastian and all his stuff moved, we can start unpacking the baby stuff!  I’m excited to get to pull all that out again.

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Weight Gain:  16 pounds as of my last appointment.  Not totally sure, but feel like I’m gaining more weight faster this time around.

Symptoms:  Morning sickness is gone!! Hurray!  Also the exhaustion is much better.  That’s probably because it’s summer though and I’m getting a lot more sleep then during the school year.  Starting to get a few small aches and pains here and there though.

Cravings/Aversions: No specific cravings or aversions.  I just really like food and a lot of it.  (see the weight gain) 

What I am missing:  Not missing too much right now.  The second trimester is the best time of pregnancy!

Size of baby: Baby is the size of a sweet potato.  About 5 and a half inches long and 7 ounces.  Grow baby grow!

Sleep:  Sleep is going pretty well.  I get up once or twice to pee.  I can still halfway sleep on my stomach but won’t be able to do that for long.

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

Clothing: Started wearing mostly maternity clothes now.  They are just so much more comfy, even though maternity jean shorts are pretty hideous.  Luckily my shirts are long enough and cover them up.

Gender: We are finding out next week.  I can’t wait!!  I’m trying to figure out some cute little gender announcement.

Sebastian’s Reactions: Sebastian has become a bit baby crazy lately.  It’s just adorable.  He loves seeing babies and always asks to touch them.  He’s so gentle and sweet with them.  He’s going to be such a great big brother!

Best Moment This Week: Spending one on one time with Sebastian.  I love summer!  We also had a great time last week visiting my parents.  I just love watching the relationship between Sebastian and my parents, so special.

Looking Forward to:  Finding out the gender.  I’ve been counting down the days for weeks now.  We are also working on Sebastian’s big boy room.  My nesting is about to start in full force on his room.  I can’t wait to share everything we’ve been planning.  Once we have all of Sebastian’s things his new room, I can start pulling out all the baby stuff.

Movements: I started feeling baby move around week 15 or 16.  This is my favorite part of pregnancy!  My mom got to hear a kick when she was trying to hear the heartbeat with her stethoscope.  Little baby kicked her stethoscope.  Hopefully Matt and Sebastian will be able to feel kicks soon.

You can read the 13 week update here.

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So I thought once summer came, I’d have a lot more time to update the blog.  Turns out my first two weeks of summer have been so incredibly busy, I haven’t even time to stop and think.  Not that I’m complaining though.  I love staying busy in the summers!

We kicked off our summer with a first day of summer donut date (then a play date at the park with friends).  We are keeping up this tradition we started last year.

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This was the first day of summer/last day of summer last year.
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We’ve already spent several evenings at the pool.  The best time to go is from 6-8.  The heat isn’t so bad and daddy gets to come with us.  It’s also a lot less crowded.

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Sebastian has been such a fish this summer and loves going down that slide you see in this picture (on the left).  He also loves running through the spraying water.IMG_2208

For Father’s Day (the Saturday before), Sebastian and I surprised Matt with a trip to the transportation museum for their Fire Truck day.  The outing was a huge success.  We got there early so it wasn’t too crowded (the ticket line was so long when we left).  The weather was perfect and the toddler was in great spirits the whole day.  I may have to say that this was our most successful family outing yet.

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I may have already put a train table on Sebastian’s Christmas list.  He loved playing with this!

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On Father’s day, we spent an afternoon and evening at a friends house.  Sebastian goes to daycare with this sweet little girl and I have never seen him play so well with another kid.  They ran around like crazy and had so much fun playing.  The adults really enjoyed relaxing, watching them and getting some adult time.  When I told the lady’s at daycare, she said, oh yeah, they are best friends.  I love that he has someone he gets along with so well!

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The best part was when Sebastian spilled milk all over himself and had to wear one of Sarah’s outfits.  This will definitely be going in a future wedding slideshow.

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We were invited by some friends to go out to lunch and then visit an aquarium.  I put Sebastian’s shark shirt and fish bone shorts on just for the occasion.  He enjoyed the aquarium, especially the sharks.

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Our town has free kid movies on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings so I met up with some friends and took Sebastian to his first ever movie in the theater.  We saw the Pixar movie Home.  It was super cute and Sebastian did great.  I can’t wait to go to more movies this summer.

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After the movie, we took the kiddos out to lunch.  These boys are completely smitten with this sweet little baby.  They kept giving her hugs and touching her legs and feet and arms.
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I also finally had one full morning where Sebastian played so well all morning independently and I was finally able to get some deeper cleaning done.  I also was finally able to go through the three bags/boxes of maternity clothes cluttering up our bedroom.  I cleaned all the winter clothes out of my closet and filled it with maternity stuff.  Now I just need to get big enough to warrant starting to wear them! I’m still in that awkward slightly chubby phase and unfortunately I don’t have many flowy, non-maternity clothes.  I can still fit into my regular t-shirts, but they are a bit tight and show every little non-baby looking bump.  Apparently I like wearing tight clothing.

 

I have so many more fun things planned for this summer and I will also be working on Sebastian’s big boy room so stayed tuned!

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I was really excited when Kayla told me her wedding was going to be on a rooftop in Charlotte.  It definitely did not disappoint! Gorgeous bride, beautiful wedding, perfect weather.

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Doesn’t she look like a Disney princess with those big beautiful eyes?!
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Sweet little angels.

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A little celebratory shot before pictures.

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1.  Announcement

In case you missed it, I announced on Monday that baby # 2 is on his/her way!  Due December 12th.  We couldn’t be more excited about this and the fact that I’m finally feeling better is such a relief.  Of course next up is heart burn, and being uncomfortable…but I can’t wait to feel the baby moving and to find out the gender end of July.  Oh, and I’m ready to start looking pregnant.  I’m starting to get into that weird phase where I just look a little chubby.

 

2. Daycare pickup

Every time I pick Sebastian up from daycare he looks up from whatever he is doing, gets a huge smile on his face, exclaims “mommy!” and runs over to me and gives me a giant hug.  It’s the sweetest thing in the entire world.  I can’t believe that I get to have a second one of these little people.  Seriously, so excited.

 

3.  Solo Travel

I am currently in Boston visiting three of my best friends (one who happens to be my sister) sans Sebastian.  One of them is having a baby shower on Saturday and I couldn’t miss it, or the opportunity to get away by myself (before baby # 2 comes).  Bring on the girl talk, dinners out, walking around the awesome city of Boston and baby showering!  I’m seriously not going to know what to do with myself without Sebastian and of course will miss him terribly, but this is a much needed trip away for mommy!

 

4. Last day of school!

Today was the last day of school for students (I’m missing it, but that’s okay I’m in Boston with my best friends). This has been my best year of teaching yet.  I’m happy to say that I will be back at the same school next year teaching ESL to kindergarten and second grade.  I have one teacher workday on Monday and then it’s summer.  I have been looking forward to the end of school for months and can’t wait to spend the entire summer with Sebastian.

 

5. Summer plans

I have a ton of things planned for this summer.  These include going to the pool (as much as possible), story time at the library, free kids movies at the local movie theater, a first day of summer and last day of summer donut date, ice cream dates, playing at the park, playing in our backyard and so much more.  In between all of that we will be traveling twice to see family.  Bring it on and please, please go slowly!

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How Far Along: 13 Weeks

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Weight Gain: 8 Pounds.  The only thing that made my morning sickness feel better was to eat.  So I ate. a lot.

Symptoms:  For most of my first trimester I had all day sickness.  I was also super exhausted.  All that is much better now!

Cravings/Aversions: The cravings are a bit random.  One day a student brought cool ranch Doritos my room for a snack and then I had to have some.  I walked all the way out to my car to grab a dollar that was stashed in the diaper bag and then bought one bag, ate it and went back for another bag.  Hence the 8 pound weight gain.  Also loving watermelon right now.

What I am missing:  I’m not a big alcohol drinker and hardly drank before I got pregnant but as soon as I found out I was pregnant, Matt’s beer starting looking really tasty and was (a tiny bit) disappointed that I had to sell back my ticket for a wine walk.  I went anyway, just hung out with a friend and had some much needed girl time.  Always want what you can’t have I guess.  That was really only the first few weeks.  I don’t miss it now.

Size of baby: Size of a peapod, about 13 inches long.

Sleep:  Sleep is normal.  It will be even better when I can turn my 5:30 alarm clock off for 2 months, just one more day!

Workouts: Hmm, I may need to delete this one off of here.  Not sure if there will be much working out this pregnancy (other then chasing around a 2 year old).  I do (when I’m not feeling super sick) get at least 10,000 steps a day.  So at least I’m fairly active.

Clothing: Still wearing all regular clothing although some jeans are getting a bit tight.  Planning to wear lots of dresses this summer.  Just need to go shopping!

Gender: We will definitely be finding out the gender.  I’m hoping for a boy so Sebastian can have a brother and I won’t have to buy much new stuff.  I’m also hoping for a girl so I can buy all new girly stuff and get to experience having a girl.  I guess you could say I’d be happy either way.

Sebastian’s Reactions: Sebastian definitely doesn’t quite understand what’s going on.  The first time we told him there was a baby in mommy’s belly he said “a baby in mommy’s shirt?” then he pointed to his own belly and said “a baby in Sebastian’s shirt”.  Now when I ask him what’s in mommy’s belly he’ll say “my baby”.

Best Moment This Week: Finally getting to let the world know I am pregnant.  It’s actually been kinda fun walking around with this little secret, but I’m so happy the news is out there and I can finally talk and write about it!

Looking Forward to:  This summer!  Taking Sebastian and my little baby bump to the pool, the park, play dates with friends, visiting family, etc.

 

 

 

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I’m finally back into the blogging world after a short hiatus and have a big announcement to make…
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After over a year and a half of waiting for baby #2, I am excited to announce that he or she will arrive in the beginning of December!  We started trying for this baby when Sebastian was 4 months old.  I knew I didn’t want Irish twins, but as soon as that wasn’t an option, I was open to the possibility of having our second.  The first year I wasn’t too worried about it, although I want my kids close together, Sebastian was still really young so I didn’t think much about it. It was a little after Sebastian turned 1 and became a toddler that I really started wanting a second one.  I started looking into tracking my cycle but definitely knew I didn’t want to go the fertility doctor route, at least for a while.  I think it did more harm then good the first time around because it stressed me out so much.  I bought this clear blue fertility monitor and used it a couple months with no luck.

 

Then finally on April 2nd, even though I hadn’t technically missed my period, I couldn’t wait any longer and took a test.  It had been a strange day, I went to a consignment sale and was feeling extra down about the fact that Sebastian was so big (and so are all his clothes) and that I really wanted another baby.  I even broke down and had a little cry session (hormones??)  I was so scared to take a test because I didn’t want to see another negative.  I kept asking Matt all evening, should I just take it?  About the 3rd time I asked, he finally just said yes.  The test I took was one of those ones that show a plus sign.  The first line popped up and the control line still hadn’t come so I held my breath and the rest of the plus started showing up. I couldn’t get off the toilet fast enough, I realized their was no toilet paper on the roll and instead of grabbing a new one, I just pulled my pants up as fast as I could squealed and ran out into the hallway where Matt was.  There was laughing, hugging and some tears.  Maybe even some jumping.  Sebastian was looking at us with a huge smile and then proceeded to feed off our energy and be crazy. We pretty quickly Face-timed with parents and told our siblings.

 

The first several weeks I was tired and although not quite as sick as I was with Sebastian, I’ve definitely had (and am still having) some morning sickness.  The (all day) sickness definitely sucks, but I feel like the exhaustion was almost worse.  Waking up after a full night of sleep and feeling so tired throughout the entire day for me was so hard.  Teaching and chasing after Sebastian was pretty rough for those weeks.  Towards the end of the first trimester though, I started gaining my energy back, thank goodness!

 

I am 13 weeks today and we are so ecstatic to bring another baby into this world.  I can’t wait for Sebastian to be a big brother and see how he interacts with his sibling. I’m so glad we are finally giving Sebastian a little playmate even though it will still be a couple years before they will really be able to start playing together.  Not sure how we are all going to fit into our tiny little house, but we will make it work!  Stay tuned for more posts about this sweet little baby!

 

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This spring has been pretty busy and my blog has taken a back seat to the craziness.  Things on the blog should be picking up in the next few weeks as I will have a lot more to share (and summer break is 3 weeks away!)  Here are a few things that has been going on the past few weeks.  I’m linking up with Karli and Amy this week for the Friday 5.

 

1. Sebastian’s play set

Sebastian’s Grandma CC came to town and we started (well really continued) work on the play set she got for his birthday. This whole project took a ton of tractor time to get the backyard ready.  We planted grass at the beginning of the week so hopefully all the rain we’ve had will help it do its thing.  All we need to do is add on the monkey bars in the back and we are finished.  I’m not in a big hurry to put them up since Sebastian can’t use them yet, but Matt wants to get the stuff out of the garage. Sebastian loves it!  We are planning on making a new fire pit and hopefully once some grass grows, we’ll be able to host a bbq.  I can’t wait to see a bunch of kids running around, playing in the sandbox and on the play set.  Our backyard is definitely kid central now.

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The night before Matt had to take the tractor back, he took Sebastian for a little spin.  It was only fair after Sebastian had to watch him for hours on it.

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2. Strawberry picking and gardening

We got our garden planted a little later then normal, but it’s done and I can’t wait to start reaping the benefits.  I love growing a garden and I think it’s so cool that this year, Sebastian is really into helping.  It’s taken Matt and I several years to get halfway decent at gardening, so hopefully Sebastian will grow up with a green thumb.

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We also finally made it strawberry picking.  Sebastian enjoyed running up and down the rows and getting his face and shirt soaked with strawberry juice.  This picture reminds me of this.  Love and miss you grandpa!IMG_1830

3. Dinner dates

Matt went out of town for work a few weeks ago and has been generally pretty busy.  Sebastian and I have gone on a few mommy/son dinner dates which I absolutely love.  I pick places where you get your food quickly (like the local burger joint near our house or a Mexican restaurant) to limit the amount of toddler meltdowns.  The last time we went though, Sebastian freaked out for absolutely no reason and the only way I could get him to calm down was to put Netflix on my phone.  That made for a stressful couple of minutes because I couldn’t just take him out of the restaurant seeing as I was there by myself.  I may wait a few weeks before I try that again.

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4. Baby Chicks

We got 6 baby chicks a few weeks ago and have since added them to our coop.  Now we have 9 total chickens and come this fall, we will have way more eggs then we know what to do with.  Sebastian has adored these chicks and it was so cute to watch him play with them when they were little.  Now he likes hanging out in the coop with them following them around.

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5. Reading lately

I’m terrible about reading books.  I really enjoy it when I do, but it’s really hard for me to pick out books.  I’ve been following blogger Rachel Hollis (The Chic Site) on Facebook for several months now and love her weekly Rach Talks.  She is seriously just the cutest.  I’ve heard her talk about her books (The Girls Series) and when she said they were on sale for 1.99 each, I downloaded all three.  I’ve worked my way through all three in the past couple weeks and thoroughly enjoyed them.  Now that I’m back into the habit of reading, I need some more book suggestions!

 

In case you missed it, I finally blogged the spring mini sessions I did a few weeks ago.  You can see them here.

 

 

 

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I had this post just about ready to go weeks ago.  I’m finally getting around to finishing it up and publishing.  Life has been crazy but good lately!  I’ve taken a short break from blogging, but will definitely be getting back into it in the next few weeks.

 

I had a huge smile on my face the whole time I was editing these.  Most of these are repeat clients and sweet children I have been photographing since they were babies.  I love getting to watch these children grow from behind my lens!  They were also all so easy to photograph!

 

I kept the mini’s small this year and just did 5 families (as opposed to 10 in the past).  It was the perfect number.

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