December 31, 2014

Rub a Dub- It's a Boy Baby Shower!

I know everyone is sharing their year in review today, being as it's New Years Eve, but I really, really wanted to get this post up before it becomes a distant memory. I couldn't wait any longer to share these pictures with you!

My mom started to talk about planning a shower weeks after I announced we were pregnant. She's a planner and any excuse to throw a party in our family is a pretty big deal. Knowing we would be back home in December, that was the most logical (and only time) to throw me a shower. My mother-in-law was just as excited and both of them couldn't wait to start planning. 

We choose to have the shower at a restaurant- no clean up, great food, and an easy set up was exactly what we wanted. I wanted Italian food, just like I had at Miss A's shower. There's just something about a big bowl of pasta that I love- pregnant or not! As for the theme, at first I was thinking about doing something with teddy bears. I had a few ideas but nothing was really calling my attention. Once we found out we were having a boy I went on Pinterest to browse and came across little rubber ducks in glass bowls. I loved it, knew it would be super easy for my mom and mother-in-law to put together seeing as I wouldn't be around to help. It all came together SO beautifully, I mean, look at that cake! It was so perfect, I didn't want to see it being cut!

I absolutely LOVED our cake table and decorations. My mom found the glass bowls, ducks, and beads at Michael's and the Dollar Store. My MIL ordered the cake, cake pops, and cookies. Everything was so delicious, especially the cake pops! Seriously some of the best I've ever had. 

I made the "it's a boy" banner and taped it to the table cloth. Games were tucked under the table in bright yellow bags. My sister-in-laws handled the games- a guessing game (how many objects were inside a bottle), measuring the belly game, and a game to guess what common baby objects were inside the bags. My mom found a large yellow duck for people to sign and placed it on the gift table.

Before guests arrived we went outside to take pictures. A LOT of pictures. I'm only sharing a handful here because it's so overwhelming to go through them all! I asked all immediate family to dress in shades of blue- the grandmother's, grandpa's, aunts, Miss A, and my hubby. I think we look pretty damn good! I love all the various shades we chose to wear.

Posing with my in-laws

My growing family!

The best sister-in-laws I could ever ask for

My mom & I

My parents

27 weeks!

My dress is from asos.

Happy, happy, happy

It was nearly impossible to get a good picture of her alone. This is the best we got!
Dress is from Zulily

A friend of my MIL made this amazing diaper cake. It came with a few duck stuffed animals, duck soap pump, duck wash cloths, duck inflatables, and a duck loaf! Guess what's happening in the upstairs bathroom soon..

The cake was entirely edible, which meant I had to try one of the ducks! It was basically a ball of sugary gum, but it was fun to take a bite. 

Gifts! Our family is so generous. We got SO many clothes, little man is going to be very stylish!

Our shower was so perfect, with outstanding service, great food, tasty treats, and loving family and friends. We could not have asked for a more special day and I will remember it forever. As we were opening presents, my husband and I would look at each other in disbelief. We're having a little boy! I don't think it hit us until we opened all those gifts, seeing lots of shades of blue. I can't believe it and I can't believe we're not that far away from meeting our son.

December 30, 2014

Our Christmas 2014

Christmas has come and gone and I for one am not quite ready to take down all the decorations. After being in Miami for a week, I feel like we didn't get to enjoy our own house with our sparkling tree. It's going to stay up just a little longer, as I continue to unpack and organize all the gifts we received.

Miami was a blast. We were surrounded by family from the start and left with a mutual feeling of success. It's always so hard to juggle between our two families (since they live over 30 minutes apart) and see friends that we only get to see once a year. I think we handled it pretty well and even managed to squeeze a night away on our own. Pure bliss I tell you. Just what the doctor ordered. ;) We also had our baby shower, thrown by our moms. It was seriously one of the best days of my life- you may have seen some pictures on IG (stillluckyblog). I will do a separate post dedicated to the shower and bombard you with a million pictures. Which by the way...I'm seven months pregnant today. SEVEN. Where has the time gone?!

It was nice and warm without it being sticky and humid. Most days there was a nice breeze that we even took advantage and went to the zoo! Miss A got up close and personal with giraffes and fed them large pieces of kale. I thought she was going to be afraid at first, but she loved it! My brave girl. What an experience. They're such amazing animals.

Christmas Eve was spent with my in-laws from sun up to sun down. We passed the time making crafts, including painting a bird house, which Miss A has wanted to do for months now. We all took long naps in the afternoon and started getting ready for the festivities once we were all up and moving. It's a tradition in my husbands family to open gifts on Christmas Eve. So many gifts, Miss A wanted to open and play with every single one.

So. much. Frozen. stuff.

After opening presents we went to his grandmothers house, who happens to live next door. Very common in Hispanic families :) There were more presents, food, and soon it was time to whisk Miss A off to bed so she could be well rested for Christmas morning with my family.
Christmas Day started off with opening presents at my parents house. At first Miss A seemed overwhelmed, all the excitement and activities were catching up to her. She got over it quick enough as we started to play with some of her new toys and finished opening the rest of the gifts. I got my husband a really cool gift, I was so happy he loved it so much.

We ate cinnamon rolls, played with all of Miss A's toys, and got showered, dressed, and ready to go to my grandmother's house. We've been going to her house every Christmas since I was born. Lots of family members come, we exchange gifts, and have dinner. This time was a little different for us as we had to leave early to rush back and pack and get some rest before our early flight the next day. Overall, it was a very fun day, and I know Miss A had a great Christmas!

We had a third celebration the day after we got back with our gifts to Miss A. So really, three gift sessions- how awesome is that! So many toys. I'm trying to organize them the best that I can, while potty training! It was always my intention to start right after Christmas. Plenty of new toys to keep us occupied, it's not so bad to stay home for a while. We're on day three and it's going pretty well. I'll have to share about that soon too! If you've stayed with me this long, I hope you had a wonderful holiday too, and a happy new year tomorrow!

December 11, 2014

When You're Feeling Down

I mentioned in my post yesterday about how emotional I've been feeling lately. I'm sure it is just related to pregnancy, but oh boy, is it hard to deal with being okay one minute to miserable, angry, or depressed the next.

I don't like sharing negative thoughts or being a debbie downer on the blog, but I have the need to get this out, on virtual "paper" in case anyone else is feeling this way too. There are so many bloggers who are pregnant right now and I love reading how everyone is doing- I'm sure this post will be welcome too.

To be perfectly honest, I'm a mess. I feel all out of sorts, rarely like myself most days. I'm cranky, irritable, sad, and lonely- mostly because my husband's schedule has been crazy for the past few weeks. He's also been sick constantly, just like Miss A, so when he is home, he's recuperating from work and can't seem to get better before getting sick again. I'm losing sympathy, as much as I hate to admit it and I probably sound really selfish (I feel very selfish), I just want him to get better so I can escape to my room, shut the door, and read the pile of magazines I've been accumulating. I need a Mommy break.

I always knew residency was going to be hard, but oh my god, it is a different ball game while pregnant and taking care of a toddler all day. I know I'm not "alone", I know I'm not a single parent, yet I feel that way most days. I feel like everything is always weighing on my shoulders. The stupid things, that shouldn't matter, like taking care of the house, get to me when I see clutter strewn all about, clothes that have been sitting in the laundry basket for days waiting to be put away. Figuring out what to make for dinner every night because I feel guilty if it's not something wholesome and healthy.

I know this is not forever and that this "season" of our lives will pass. We will get through this. I can't wait to meet our little boy and see Miss A in her role of big sister. I know she's going to be amazing and so helpful. She already loves babies. The aftermath freaks me out too- taking care of two, on my own, most of the time. Let's pray I don't lose my sanity!

I can't end this post on such a sad note, so I'll tell you a bit about our day. We had our playgroup Christmas party today and decorated cookies, made ornaments, and exchanged gifts with our Secret Santa's. I love, love that we're at an age that Miss A is excited about ALL these things. She was like an old pro tearing into her present, Christmas is going to be SO much fun I can't hardly stand the wait. These distractions are exactly what I need, thank goodness for mom friends who are going through similar situations- three of us are pregnant right now.

If you've stuck with me, thanks for reading. I hope to not post depressing thoughts again for a long time.

December 10, 2014

Baby #2- Weeks 23, 24, & 25

I'm an emotional roller coaster these days. Some days I'm perfectly fine, happy, cheery, and others I feel like I could cry at the drop of a hat. I kind of feel like a crazy person! I didn't feel like this with Miss A, and to be honest it kind of sucks. I miss feeling like myself.

I haven't been able to keep up with the blog; there are so many other things that I have to take care of throughout the day that by the time the evening rolls around I'm too exhausted to sit write a coherent post. I've wanted to share a bump update for weeks now!

I'm 25 weeks and feeling pretty good, physically at least! Although I'm exhausted by the end of the day, that doesn't surprise me. My back aches, and so do my feet! I look forward to sitting on the couch with my feet propped up once Miss A is in bed. 

There are some days where I'm absolutely starving. One breakfast, one lunch, won't cut it. If we're up early, I have to have something else to eat around 10:00. Sometimes I'll be starving again a little while after lunch and having a snack won't be enough. It's crazy, I can't believe how much I eat some days and I've also got a massive sweet tooth going on, which I had at this point with Miss A too! It's funny how different yet how similar these pregnancies have been.

I know I run on the small side belly wise, but trust me, I'm gaining weight, much faster than I would like. It's not all belly this time around...but we won't talk about that. :) I'm already itching for when I can shed the weight, though it's sure going to be different with a toddler and baby to care for.

We've ordered some of the nursery furniture and I'm SO excited to start working on it. The dresser came yesterday, my mom is gifting us most of the nursery bedding, and soon I'll start looking for decor. We've settled on a theme that we're both excited about and I'll share more once we get working on the nursery. I'm blessed to have my mom and mother-in-law who insisted on throwing me another shower, which will be in two weeks, when we are back home visiting for Christmas. I can't wait! 

December 3, 2014

Our Thanksgiving Weekend

Are you still dreaming about your Thanksgiving feast? I know I am. All my prep work, picking out recipes, and stressing over which pies to make was so worth it. I'm seriously thinking about making it all again, it was so good. Except maybe the twelve pound turkey. That would be too much for just the three of us. :)

The day started off smoothly. My in laws arrived the night before, Miss A was so chill about them being here, as if she knew all along they were coming. She was a very happy girl receiving all that extra attention. We ate cinnamon rolls for breakfast, lounged around in piles of blankets watching the parade, until it was time to prep the turkey.

I tried out a new brine this year that I really think made all the difference. I used the same recipe that I've used for the last six years to prep the turkey, none other than Paula Dean's. I also make the cranberry sauce in that recipe- SO good, so perfect with the leftover turkey sandwiches we had the next day.

My only disappointment- Miss A was coming down with something, as she had a slight fever the day before and I could tell she wasn't feeling well despite trying to ignore it and have fun with her grandparents and aunts. She wasn't interested in the food at all, not even the cinnamon buttered rolls! I think the only thing she really wanted to eat was the chocolate pie.

The rest of the night was spent huddled next to the fire (as our heat decided to stop working, we still have no heat!) and played an intense game of Candyland, Mario Kart, and attempted to watch a movie, that I can't recall as I fell asleep!

Friday morning we woke up to a freezing house and a sick toddler. :( We didn't do very much, until Saturday when we ventured out to find a Christmas tree. We went to a cute farm that had hot chocolate and mini donuts.

We have yet to decorate our tree, as Miss A hasn't shown much interest while being sick and the hubby has been working. Hopefully today we can get it done! I'm really looking forward to the next few weeks and doing lots of Christmas related activities with a (hopefully) sick-free toddler. In just a few weeks we'll be back with our families and I can't wait! I know I'm due for a baby post- I'm 24 weeks, six months already! Be on the lookout for one soon.