2/26/14

The Countdown

Well I didn't mean to go so long without blogging but I guess it just happens.

And it seems to happen more and more around here.

The past two weeks have been busy, yet not busy - which doesn't make sense at all, but it seems to make sense in my mind.

We've had our normal weekly routine happening, Eli's school, bible study, church, doctor appointments, Scentsy meetings, etc. But we've also had a lot of down time, days of Eli and I just hanging out at home during the day, and nights of quiet dinners and family time before Eli goes to bed.

And lately I've been so thankful for the mundane, normal, routine days.

We are about a month away from meeting baby sister and I'm getting antsy. Antsy for so many reasons....

I'm so excited to see her face, and kiss her feet and just take in the new life that we are bringing into this world.

But I'm also nervous. Just the same nerves I've shared a long the way, and some of the same nerves I had before Eli was born.

It will be a great change, but with great change come adjustment, so I'm preparing myself for that adjustment period.

Everybody keeps asking if we are ready, and for awhile I was responding with "no". Because we don't have her room put together (not even close) we don't have a ton of "baby girl items" and I still need to locate all our big baby necessities from our move.

However, I've realized that we don't need all those things to be "ready". Yes she needs a room at some point, and it would be nice if she had a few clothes to wear, and for our sanity we will probably want a swing and cradle set up, but we ARE ready. We've been anticpating her arrival for a LONG time now and we are ready to meet her and hold her and bring her home. We are ready for our family to expand.


Here I am at 33 weeks, obviously not the best picture, but it gets the point across. I have gained the exact same amount of weight that I did with Eli, go figure.


These last few weeks are a funny thing. You want to stay pregnant because obviously the baby needs to grow and develop some more, but it's so close to the end you are just READY to meet the baby. So the countdown is on, grow baby grow, but we are ready to meet you!

2/6/14

Random of Sorts

Oh my goodness.

The snow. And the cold. I've had enough. I'm done with it.

My mom keeps reminding me that usually I love the cold weather. And yes, in the Fall I always proclaim my love of scarves, sweaters, cardigans and boots, oh the boots. I love wearing a good pair of boots.

However this year? I'm done. And I here by solemnly vow to not complain about the heat this summer. YOU HAVE MY WORD.

Because I haven't left the house all week I really don't have anything interesting to say. So let's go with a random list of sorts.....

1. After I wrote that I didn't have bows for Anniston I received several recommendations of stores to visit online to buy some bows. What in the crap have I gotten myself into? I received LOTS of bow places to visit and each store had at least 7 pages of bows. BOWS. How do I even pick? What colors do I need? What kind of headband should I get? Questions, questions questions.

Yes I'm making this more complicated then it needs to be. It's one of my spiritual gifts.

2. I had a couple of people ask me where I got my shirt that I was wearing in my last pregnancy post. I got it when I was pregnant with Eli so I'm sure it is long gone by now, but it is from Pea in the Pod's lounge section which I highly recommend. I have a couple of clothing pieces from that particular line and I love them all.

3. Polar Express is no longer on Netflix. I guess after a certain point they take off holiday movies. My poor two year old buddy is having a hard time understanding this. Luckily a friend gave us a copy of it which we leave in the car. Now we just listen to the Polar Express soundtrack non-stop.

4. My friend Sarah is a little talented (that's a joke she's extremely talented, like the kind that makes you question whether you should be friends with her because she just makes you look bad - but then you remember that you can use her talent to your advantage so you keep her around). Anyways she made this super cute Valentine's printable for your kiddo to use to take to his or her teachers. Color me impressed. If you've been looking for something go to her blog and download this printable!

 

5.  This past weekend I hung out with three of my oldest/closest friends. The kind of friends that you don't see for awhile and then when you do you pick right back up with all the same jokes and stories and all of that. The people that just get you. We had a great time hanging out together and eating at a restaurant with no kiddos to take care of.  It wasn't until the end of the night when I was getting in bed and everybody had left that I realized we didn't get one picture together. It's like I'm a failure to all bloggers and instagrammers everywhere.

6. While I was hanging with the girls Luke took Eli bowling. I had no idea they made such tiny bowling shoes but my buddy sure does look cute in them. He is still talking about his fun bowling night with dad. They had so much fun.


7. We are supposed to get more snow next week. I have no words.

8. I have a list of things I need to get done before giving birth. They include getting a pedicure, coloring my hair, getting my eyebrows waxed and painting my nails. These are probably all things I should do on a regular basis and probably things I shouldn't need to make a list for. I need to get better about girl things.

9. See why bow buying is a problem for me?

10. My favorite blogger Big Mama released her second book this week, The Antelope in the Living Room. Do yourself a favor and buy it. I had to quit reading last night because Luke was asleep next to me and I was laughing out loud so much I was afraid I was going to wake him up. I met her last year and I wish I would have asked her if she wanted to be my best friend. I think we could have been like peas and carrots.

And on that creepy note I'll end this post.

Happy weekend! 



2/4/14

No Snow Storm and February Speicals

Well our gigantic snow storm that was expected to come in yesterday never arrived.

As much as I'm sick of winter and ready for spring I was sort of excited about this snow storm.

I had visions in my head of Luke being snowed in at home with us, and a day full of family fun. Which realistically would mean Eli and Luke playing in the snow and me getting things taken care of in the house, but still it looked beautiful in my mind.

But no such snow happened. I woke up in the middle of the night and was disappointed when I didn't hear any sleet pounding down on my roof. The weathermen promised me I would hear that sound and instead I got nothing. I mean they gave it a 100% chance! What is that about?!?!

In what can also be categorized as an unpredicted occurrence Eli woke up pretty sick. Seems like a cold but it's getting worse before it gets better. So I kept him home from Mother's Day Out and we had our own pajama snow day minus the snow.

I wish I had something fun or interesting to talk about but alas I do not. So instead I will share some great February Scentsy specials with you.

This month almost the ENTIRE catalog is 10% off. If you've ever wanted to try Scentsy this is the month to do it because you can get your products at a discounted rate.

Plus there are a plethora of scents being discontinued this month. If you have a favorite scent and it is listed below be sure and stock up!


The warmer of the month is Chantecler:


I love him so much I had to order him for my kitchen. A friend took this picture of the warmer in her kitchen and I think it looks gorgeous


So those are some great Scentsy specials for the month. If you have any questions you can email me or visit my website at www.megantree.scentsy.us.

Happy February! 

2/3/14

A Pregnancy Update - Week 31

Well well 31 weeks, here we are!



In some ways this pregnancy has flown by and in other ways I feel like I've been pregnant for a good forever. I think maybe it's because we anticipated this baby for quite a while before I got pregnant, and also because when I found out I was pregnant we were in a completely different home with some uncertainties of the future. Which all seems SO LONG AGO.

And then there are days that I realize this baby girl is coming SOON and we have a lot to do. I mean I guess we really don't HAVE to do a lot of these things before she comes, because at first all she needs is me (food) and a place to sleep. However it would be nice to get her nursery done and actually have some clothes for her to wear. And maybe a bow or two

I actually don't even have one bow yet. Further proof that I'm not going to be the best girl mom.

Have I talked about how that makes me nervous? I know how to mother a boy. I know how to be a boy mom but HOW do I mother a girl? I DON'T EVEN HAVE ONE BOW. I'm already failing.

In general pregnancy news I've been feeling good. I am iron deficient so I have to take an iron pill everyday, as I did when I was pregnant with Eli.

I don't have any particular cravings, just hungry a lot.

I still have a low-lying placenta, which means we are looking at a c-section. My birth experience with Eli was smooth and I had a great recovery so I never really entertained the thought of doing it any other way. I'm not opposed to the c-section, just a bit sad that things are different this time. BUT it's ok and I am pretty much over it.

We have one more ultrasound scheduled and then the doctor will decide if I need a c-section date.

If the doctor decides on a c-section then I will for sure not be pregnant the full 40 weeks. Which means I don't have a lot of time left to be pregnant with Anniston. So each kick and wiggle and hiccup she has in there I'm cherishing. That is the best (and sort of creepiest) part of pregnancy is feeling that baby in there moving all around. Such a miracle.

Here I am pregnant at 31 weeks with Eli (on the left) and Anniston on the right.

And a little fun Megan pregnancy fact when I was pregnant with Eli we had a very cold winter with lots of snow storms, then the next two years we didn't have any snow at all, then when I'm pregnant again we have another hard winter with a ton of snow storms.

I know, your mind is blown.

We are expected to get a lot more snow this week so we are potentially going to be snowed in. Perhaps I'll use that time to do some online shopping and buy some bows.

2/2/14

Baby #2 Needs and Wants

Being pregnant with my second baby I feel like we already have all the baby gear necessities. We have a high chair and baby swing and monitor and stroller. And of course a crib and furniture and all that good stuff.

However, being that this IS the second baby I feel like I learned some things along the way. Baby gear that I thought I NEEDED with Eli I never touched, and other things I thought seemed silly I ended up loving. Go figure.

So now as we prepare for Anniston's arrival I've started a list of baby items that I don't maybe necessarily need but would help me tremendously as I venture into the world of two kiddos.


1. Double Bob
Ok this one is a long shot. A LONG SHOT. It took me almost two years of Eli's life to convince Luke to spend the money on the regular Bob. I still think it's one of the best investments ever and really think I will NEED a double bob. Eli and I still take walks daily (when its warm) and I love to go jogging in the afternoons. Plus Eli loves the stroller and doesn't try and crawl it. It's a need.

2. Aden + Anais
I fell in love with the Aden + Anais products when Eli was a baby. I had what seemed like a billion receiving blankets and bibs and I found myself only using the same couple of Aden + Anais products. They are SO soft, and breathable and just awesome products. They wash well and hold their quality. I only have a couple of these from when Eli was a baby so I want to get plenty more of the blankets and bibs.

3. Puj Tub
OK this thing is amazing. Luke's cousin let me borrow this from her when Eli was a baby and I LOVED it. It makes bath time SO easy and the baby actually looks comfortable while in it. I used it till Eli was like 6 or 7 months old.  I gave it back to her so I'm wanting to get one of my own. It was one of my most favorite products from Eli's first year.

4. Rock n Play Sleeper
I took a meal to a friend who recently had a baby and saw this amazing contraption for the first time. I had never seen anything like it (and I like JUST had a baby).  It sort of reminds me of a bouncer on the floor except it doesn't bounce and it's not on the floor. I think it would be perfect to keep by the bed for the baby to sleep in.

5. Earth Mama Angel Baby Natural Nipple Butter
Well this product definitely wins for longest, kinda weird name ever, but I've heard it is AMAZING. And believe me, after the hell I went through with breastfeeding last time I need some ANGEL BABY WHATEVER IT IS stuff.I 've heard its a miracle worker when you are so sore that you want to scream when breast feeding.

6. Nosefrida
 I can't believe I even have this on my wants/needs list. But I've been told I need it. The thought repulses me and I think I will be a little scared to use it. However I know how tricky those baby noses can be so if this helps then so be it.

7. Solly Baby Wrap
When Eli was a baby I went on the search for the perfect baby wrap. I even wrote a post about it here. I fell in love with the K'tan and do plan to use it again, but I also wanted to search out other wraps, because maybe there is something better out there? I recently came across the Solly Baby Wrap and it like it's what I've been looking for. They have a new line of colors coming out March 1st so I'm waiting till then to purchase mine. I can't wait to see their new colors and try it!

So there are some needs and wants. Not sure which is a need and which is a want. And I've already thought of about 10 more things I need since making that awesome collage above. Any other products I left off that you feel are worth investing in? Or notes to share about the above products?

Lets talk baby gear!