September 29, 2014

Baby #2- 13-15 Weeks

Happy Monday morning friends! I have lots to share about our family weekend, but first I thought I'd share some pregnancy updates. I'm currently writing this from the comfort of my bed, a bowl of pumpkin oatmeal next to me, with the sounds of Miss A playing downstairs with her grandmother and aunt. Or in our case, Abu (short for Abuela in Spanish) and Tia (Spanish for aunt). I'm sure I don't have to tell you as you already know what a blessing it is to have them here.

So let's talk about being pregnant! :) I'm feeling much, much better now than I was just a week ago. The queasiness is subsiding, I'm feeling my energy coming back, and most foods sound appealing.  I do have to talk about the awful insomnia I had (and still do occasionally) between weeks 12-14. I would either lay awake for hours before falling asleep or wake up in the middle of the night wide awake and unable to fall back to sleep for hours. What a cruel joke I tell you, pregnant, having to care for a toddler, on no sleep. I was pretty miserable and dragging every single day. I made sure to keep water and snacks by my bed because I would also get hungry during that time I was awake and I definitely didn't want to have to go downstairs to eat something. I think the insomnia is starting to get better, but I don't want to jinx it!

I'm officially sleeping with two pillows. I found that also helped when I couldn't fall asleep. I'd prop them up and try to fall asleep sitting up. That actually worked a few times. I also have the two pillows for comfort and I have to tell you I'm so happy we have a king sized bed this time around with more space for me to flip around and not elbow my husband in the face!

I couldn't believe my luck recently on a trip to Target for finding a pair of maternity jeans for $10. It was on clearance, 50%, and I'm so happy I found them. They are infinitely more comfortable than the pairs I wore with Miss A. They're the under the belly kind as opposed to the over-the-belly panel. I hated those! I always had to pull them up and didn't like how you could see the panel lining through my shirts. So yes I am wearing maternity bottoms now as my regular jeans were getting too tight and uncomfortable. I also wasn't a fan on the belly band, so it was time to move on! 

I've only gained about three pounds, which I really don't understand, because I'm SO hungry all.the.time. I feel like I'm always eating which can be so annoying after having a regular meal and feeling like I ate nothing soon after. At least most foods are okay with me now, except anything tomato based. Overall food is tasting pretty good and I'm eating lots of yogurt, eggs, cheese, toast, chicken, strawberries, and pasta. 

September 23, 2014

Weekend Recap & Hello Fall!

Happy 1st day of FALL! If you're just as excited as I am, then you must have already made a batch of pumpkin cookies, picked up some pumpkin spice creamer, and opened all your windows. That is exactly what I did yesterday, along with making a batch of homemade chicken soup for the hubby, who's been sick for a week now. :( Poor guy just can't catch a break, with only one day off since getting sick and not having the opportunity to rest. A resident's life I tell you- it's rough, unfair, and down right ridiculous; I wish he could take a day off to get better. I'm also looking forward to getting rid of my dead summer plants and replacing them with some beautiful mum's, my favorite plant.

Since hubby was sick this weekend (and only had Sunday off) we didn't do very much, except go out for donuts and biscuit sandwiches on Sunday morning. Which, you guys, was seriously the highlight of my very long week. We got three donuts- raspberry glaze for Miss A (which she picked out all on her own), smore's, and salted caramel. Oh. My. There's a reason this place is so popular, if you're ever in the area, you must check out Rise. I also had a biscuit sandwich with a fried egg and pimento cheese. I'm all about pimento cheese lately, it is so dang good! I know it's not just pregnancy related because hubby is all about it too, especially if it's on a burger!

Other than that, not much else went on, besides grocery shopping, where I'm seriously blowing our budget because it feels like I'm at the grocery store two or even three times a week. I'm hungry like you would not believe and have to eat two breakfasts and two lunches. I'm not even kidding. I feel like this baby is going to be much bigger than Miss A was! Which also has me thinking that maybe it's a boy...?? We'll know for sure come October!

Also, I'm really being thrown for a loop here with no sleep. Every night, usually around 2:00 am, I wake up, wide awake, for at least an hour or more. It is driving me crazy considering I have a toddler that won't nap and is waking up earlier and earlier. What gives?! I really don't know what to do about it as she is already going to bed earlier than she used to now that she stopped napping. Pushing back her bedtime doesn't seem like the most logical thing to do either because that has always backfired and causes her to wake up even earlier. So, please, tell me this is just a phase and she'll adjust herself accordingly? I could really use the extra sleep! Anywho, here's to a great week- play dates, cooler weather, and a family visit!! I couldn't ask for anything more.

September 19, 2014

Oh Hey, Friday!

1. Shopping 

There are so many good deals out right now. Old Navy is having a baby and maternity sale. I really didn't like most of the maternity clothes I wore when I was pregnant with Miss A so I'd love to get a few new pieces. I'd love to be comfortable but cute this time around and I'm looking for some new pants, basic T's, and dresses I can layer with leggings and scarfs once the weather turns cold. I love this dress from Old Navy and think it fits the bill!

Gymboree is also having a fall sale and I must, must pick up these pajamas for Miss A. I mean, how adorable are they?

2. Fall Baking

I do a lot of baking in the fall. A lot. I make pumpkin white chocolate cookies, pumpkin bread, apple pie, and any other new recipes I may come across, like this apple oatmeal bread. How good does that look?!

3. Reading 

I finished a really good book last night- The Underside of Joy. It definitely was not what I expected when I first picked up the book, and I thought about stopping right at the beginning, because it is very sad. But then the book changed it's angle and I was hooked! I'd recommend it to any mom, it will tug at your heart strings.

4. I Heart Target

Miss A and I took a trip to Target this week and I went absoutely gaga over their Halloween decor. I LOVE everything- I don't remember being this excited about their stuff last year. They've really knocked it out of the park, from snacks, to decorations, to make-your-own kits, I could've easily bought everything! We spent two hours in the store, much longer than we usually do, as Miss A can't handle a trip that long. This time around she was just as excited as I was.

5. Pregnancy Updates

Yesterday was a rough day. I was fine in the morning, then come afternoon I had a headache, stomach ache, and my eyes were burning from sleep deprivation. :( Miss A had a mild cold in the beginning of the week and wasn't sleeping well at night. It all must have caught up with me (and eating four slices of pizza was probably a bad idea...) and all I wanted to do was take a nap. Days like that are when I really, really miss nap time. Anywho, I'm 13 weeks, feeling good (despite yesterday) and I'm seeing my energy come back up, which is so great! I've been eating lots and lots of quesadillas, hate the smell of Palmolive dish soap, and can't fit into my jeans! I'll be taking some bump pictures soon!

Linking up with Meet @ the Barre and September Farm

September 17, 2014

Making the Switch: Toddler Bed Transition

Over the weekend we made a huge step in the world of toddlerhood- the switch from a crib to a toddler bed! As soon as we found out we're expecting our second child, my mind whirled with all the things I want to do before baby #2 arrives. We have three goals: potty training, toddler bed, and taking away the pacifier (she still uses it at night to sleep). Tackling the transition to a toddler bed seemed like the easiest, and most exciting, goal to start with first. I had a feeling she was ready to make the switch, especially since she loves hoping into our bed, pulling up the covers, making herself comfortable on a pillow, and pretending to go to sleep.

I talked to a cousin of mine, who has two girls, less than two years a part, for advice on how to go about getting Miss A a toddler bed. Her best piece of advice- keep her involved in the process, the WHOLE TIME. That's exactly what I did, from explaining she would soon get a new bed, showing her different ones online and in the store, allowing her to choose which one she wanted, and showing her different bedding options. As soon as she saw Minnie it was hands down the winner and she wanted nothing else! We ordered her bed and bedding set from Amazon and were surprised at how quickly both arrived, as we don't have Amazon Prime. 

When my husband put it together (which was pretty easy for him, we highly recommend it), she was there the whole time, handing him the screwdriver and pretending to screw thing in herself. :) She couldn't WAIT to get on it, even before we put the sheets on. We had to take down her crib in order to get it out of her room, and when this happened, it suddenly felt so real to me and I couldn't help but break down in tears. 

I cried as every piece was taken out and put into the guest room (which will become baby #2's room) and as I sat next to her on her new bed, reading her books. She was ready to throw us out once we were done, saying, "Bye Mama, goodnight!" I couldn't believe it, she really does surprise me every single day! I know how fortunate we are she took to this so well, but boy, did that break my Mama heart!

She slept the whole night, didn't make a peep, despite my checking on her several times throughout the night. In the morning she woke up happy and excited, refusing to go downstairs for breakfast. It was only after I promised her we'd come right back upstairs that she reluctantly agreed to leave.

So my tips for making the switch- Keep your child involved, the entire time. Be excited about it, chalk it up as the greatest thing in the world. I also think having something she absolutely loves- Minnie- as her bedding set was the key. If you can pick out something together that they're excited about, hopefully it will go easier!

Oh and if you're wondering about naps, so far nothing has changed there. She's still not napping, and she is having quiet time, except now I find her with tons of toys on her bed. :)

September 15, 2014

A Real Weekend Review!

Monday morning, I'm actually not happy to see you, because this means the weekend has ended. A real weekend. A weekend where the hubby was not off for just ONE day, but TWO! I think this is the only time it'll happen this month, so we were so excited to have two whole days together as a family. 

Saturday morning we were up and ready to make pancakes, per Miss A's request. She would eat pancakes (with chocolate chips) every day for breakfast if I let her. Since it was a special day, I granted her request and she sat on the counter with me as I whipped up pancakes. Hubby was still sleeping (not for much longer, as we can hardly wait to wake him up when he's home) as I fired up the griddle and started cooking the pancakes.

There were several festivals/celebrations going on in town and our only hesitation was the weather. It seemed like it was going to rain, all day, so at first I was a little disappointed. It can't rain on our only few days together! Luckily, it didn't end up raining, and we were able to make it out to a new part of the area we had not been to. 

There were lots of shops and restaurants with booths and little tents set up outside. The weather cooperated and we were able to enjoy and see everything. We visited some cute shopsMiss A had her very own cotton candy, which she gobbled down so fast, I didn't have a taste! 

She really wanted to go into one of the bounce houses, but we figured she's still way too young for them, especially with kids twice her size bouncing around in there. So at the end of the festival we walked by one that was deflating and she ran over, hopped on, happy as a calm. :) 

As if she didn't have enough sugar, I had to stop in to Kilwin's once I saw their sign for pumpkin pie ice cream! It was delicious and just what this pregnant mama needed. Of course I didn't have it all to myself, Miss A grabbed her own spoon and dug right in. 

Later that evening the hubby insisted on putting together Miss A's big girl, or I should say, "Minnie bed!" He's wanted to put it together for weeks now but hasn't had the time. I was a little hesitant about it, as I wasn't sure if was ready for this step yet, but we did it! More details on how it went in a future post. :)

On Sunday we hung around the house, I did some cleaning, then went out to do some errands on my own. I'm looking for some Minnie decor for her room- some wall art, possibly a wall decal, and a new lamp. If you've seen anything please let me know! I had no luck at Babies R Us and will be trying Target soon, as well as looking online.

The rest of this week is looking pretty good for us- a great schedule for the hubby, a baby appointment for me, and possibly some play dates. Have a wonderful week!

September 12, 2014

Baby #2- 10-12 Weeks

First I'd like to say a big THANK YOU to all of you who took the time to leave me a comment here, on IG, or Facebook congratulating us on our pregnancy! It means the world to hear from so many of you and share in the excitement!

I'm due late March and I'm currently 12 weeks. We found out at 8 weeks but wanted to wait until I had my first ultrasound to start telling family and friends (besides our parents). I really wasn't sure how far long I was and was very surprised to hear that I was already 10 weeks when we had our ultrasound!

I have been feeling very sick to my stomach most days, very similar to how I felt with Miss A. That was a dead giveaway that I was pregnant! Thankfully I haven't actually gotten sick, just queasy most days and food wasn't appealing to me at all for awhile. I still have yucky days, but they are starting to subside. Instead I'm dealing with exhaustion, which isn't easy with a busy toddler running around!

I'm not really showing yet (unless you count the bloat tummy by the end of the day) but I have started taking belly pics! I took this one on the day of our ultrasound, my first "belly" pic so far! I did them with my first pregnancy and loved watching how my body changed. I probably won't be doing weekly updates- let's be real here, I barely have time to write one blog post some weeks, so realistically I don't think I could keep up with weekly posts. I'm thinking I'll probably group them together, whether it be two weeks at a time or once a month, we'll see.

I'm so excited to share this experience with you all and hopefully a new blog look in the coming weeks, along with a new blog name. I don't really see myself as "this woman cooks" anymore, because let's face it, I haven't talked about food or shared a recipe in a very loooong time. So I feel like it's time for a change, as I'm a Mommy now more than anything else! I hope you'll all still follow along when I make the change.

Thank you again, from the bottom of my heart, for all your words of congratulations!

September 11, 2014

I've Got a Secret...

...that I just can't keep anymore!

That's right- Miss A is going to be a BIG SISTER!!!!

We could not be more excited, overwhelmed, happy, blessed, and freaked out at the same time!

Her only child status is expiring- baby number #2 is expected to arrive in late March 2015!

September 9, 2014


I'm popping in to participate in one of my favorite linkups, Currently.

A Mama Collective

Thinking about: going back to work. But not really. At least, not for another four or five years. I've been at this SAHM gig for two years and you know what, if I'm being perfectly honest- I miss working. Not everyday. And not all the sucky parts that come with having a job- getting up early, looking presentable everyday (can't say I do that now), and you know...job responsibilities. But I do miss working with kids, getting to know a classroom, having co-workers (and adult conversation), and getting a paycheck! I will go back to work one day, whether or not it's teaching, I don't know. Definitely something within education and working with kids. That's my field, that's what I loved.

Reading: Blackberry Winter by Sarah Jio. I've had it on my Kindle forever. I'm not much of a Kindle person, I prefer holding the book in my actual hands and turning the pages, but sometimes I struck out at the library and have nothing to read. So I'll scroll through my Kindle to see what I've got and I completely forgot about this novel. It's an easy read, reminiscent of a romance novel in a sense, but it's a good story.

Watching: Ugh...nothing! I absolutely can not wait for fall TV to start. Mistresses ended and so have all my other trashy summer shows. There is nothing to watch on TV right now. I'm most excited for Parenthood to start, which is in a few weeks. Hands down my favorite show on TV. I'm so sad it's the last season. I'm also excited to see a couple of new shows- The Affair (Hello, Pacey), Gotham, How to Get Away With Murder, and I can't wait for Reign, The Vampire Diaries, and The Walking Dead to start again. 

Thankful for: a good week ahead. We have a few play dates scheduled, hubby will be home for dinner three nights out of the week, and he'll have the whole weekend off- the only one he'll get this month. It's also not in the 90s this week, a welcome change to the heat we've been having. 

September 8, 2014

Monday Blues

Is it Monday? It's just another day to me. When your a SAHM- with a husband who works all the time- weekends don't really mean much, and neither do days of the week. It was just Miss A and I all weekend as Daddy had to work night shift and we saw him for an hour in the morning, after he got home from work, and an hour in the evening, as we ate an early dinner and sent him off to work. Ugh, there's no other way to put it- it sucks, as I've said many, many times. Being a wife of a resident is incredibly lonely. 

Sure, I know it won't always be this way. I know one day we will have a schedule that is envious of others, but for now, it's impossible for me to imagine. After being on this journey for the last five years, it feels like we'll never get to that point. Dramatic, I know. I guess I'm throwing myself a little pity party, like my friend Jess, who is also the wife of a resident. 

Anyhow. What did we do this weekend? We painted, we went to our favorite toddler park before the rain arrived, shared a grilled cheese sandwich at Panera, and made a trip to Smoothie King for a free balloon. Desperate times. 

I'm happy it's September. Not just for all things FALL, but for cooler weather, lots of festivals around town, and a visit from my inlaws. I can't wait for some family time. We also bought Miss A her very own toddler bed and bedding set- Minnie Mouse, of course. It's still sitting in their boxes waiting for a day the hubby has time to sit down and put it all together. I know she's going to be very excited, she picked it all out with me and keeps asking for her "Minnie" bed. I can't believe we're about to change over her baby room to a big girl room, so bittersweet! 

September 2, 2014

My Favorite Fall Traditions

It's the first week of September and temperatures are soaring above the 90s. Ugh. I can hardly stand being outside, it's pretty unbearable. I'm definitely looking forward to cooler temps, opening up the windows, and decorating the house for the arrival of fall.

The beginning of September has always been a special time of the year for me. When I was still teaching, I loved getting ready for back to school time, picking out new outfits, school supplies, and enjoying the excitement of a new year. Things are certainly different one that I'm a SAHM- now I'm thinking about beginning fall traditions, looking for Halloween costumes, and new clothes for Miss A. 

Pumpkin Carving 
Every year as a kid I picked out a pumpkin (from the grocery store, no pumpkin patches in Miami), and carved them with my cousins. I'll do the same with Miss A every year, minus her cousins, but we will go to the pumpkin patch, take cheesy pictures that I will adore for years to come, and go back home to pick out a design and carve it win Daddy.

Apple Picking
When we lived in Michigan the hubby and I started our own new tradition of going apple picking in September. There aren't very many orchards in North Carolina- at least, not close. Maybe one day on the rare occasion we have a whole weekend to ourselves we can make a trip there and pick apples with Miss A. 

I adore Halloween, always have, always will. I dream of hosting a Halloween party for all of Miss A's friends when she's older. I love decorating for the holiday, love picking out what candy to pass out for the trick or treaters, and I love dressing the both of us up. I have no idea what I'll be doing this year, so far nothing has caught my eye.

Fall Festivals
If there's a festival going on in the fall, you'd better believe I'll be there. I didn't have these while growing up and wish I did. Now that we are in an area where these happen I plan to go every year. Bonus points if we can go dressed up in our costumes. :)