Thursday, March 5, 2015

Easter Crafting

Ford is taking after his mama and sure does love arts and crafts. Actually, growing up Jon loved drawing and is a really talented drawer (I am NOT!) so Ford is taking after the both of us. He loves coloring with crayons and sidewalk chalk outside and we recently started using water colors which is is obsessed with. I've been doing projects for the baby nursery and Ford loves to "help". I made my own chalk paint and painted Lucy's crib and Ford was by my side the whole time. I gave him small foam brushes and let him "paint" different parts of the crib. He thinks he is pretty big helping mama with my projects and is always very proud of his drawings and creations. With Easter being so early this year and right around the corner, we've been stocking up on Easter decor from the Dollar Tree! We collected a few items, remember everything at Dollar Tree is $1, and made an Easter pot that Ford sure is proud of. Every morning he goes over to the entry table where it sits and says "Mama! Paint! Egg!". This pot makes the perfect decor piece, centerpiece for an Easter table, or even an Easter gift for grandma and grandpa.


The supplies 
-Small clay pot
-Burlap ribbon
-Foam flower disk
-Easter grass
-Decorative eggs
-Paint


We had a freakisly hot day in February and Ford ran around in a diaper!

I used acrylic paint to press Ford's handprint onto the pot, it comes off easily with a baby wipe and doesn't stain skin.




It would have been a lot easier just to use the same color but we had fun using two and my baby who normally hates to get dirty had fun!

After letting the pot dry for a few hours I brought it inside with the rest of my supplies. I found a bow making tutorial on Pinterest and hot glued a burlap bow on the top of the pot.



I picked up a foam flower disk (I made this phrase up but you get the gist!) from the Dollar Tree and added some Easter grass to spruce up the pot.



These adorable eggs on sticks were 4 for $1 at Dollar Tree.

Be sure to check out your local Dollar Tree store or visit www.ILeaveHappy.com for more Easter decor and craft inspiration!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Bringing her home

Lucy will be born in less than 8 weeks, gulp. How is it that my pregnancy with Ford just inched by so slowly and this time around I blinked and birth is right around the corner? I keep telling people who ask if I am ready that you kind of forget that a baby comes home with you after pregnancy is done. Most of my pregnancy I've felt that giving birth was SO far off and it hasn't been on my mind, until I hit 30 weeks. Projects are slowly getting done around the house and the nursery is coming together. Back in 1988 when I was born, my parents did not know my gender until I was born so my coming home outfit was gender neutral. I am so glad my mom saved it because 18 months ago we brought Ford home from the hospital in the very same outfit. I have it hanging on a hook in his room and although it is really worn and thin, I imagine him bringing his first child home from the hospital in the same outfit (okay I can't think about that or else I will get too emotional!). Originally I had thought that I wanted to bring Lucy home in the same outfit as a tradition but I changed my mind. As a second child it is inevitable that she will get lots of hand me downs from her brother but there are a few things I wanted to get Lucy that were here very own. I chose a beautiful set from the Natalie Collection by Baby Beau and Belle. It is absolutely precious with lace and stitched flowers, it really is a timeless outfit that I pray becomes a family heirloom for Lucy!





Right now, the plan is for my sister to stay with my the night before my surgery so Ford can wake up in his own bed. She will bring him that afternoon to meet his baby sister then take him back to Dallas with her for a few days so we can get adjusted to life with a newborn without the craziness of a toddler and get settled in at home. It's funny the thing that keeps me up at night worrying is not the sleep deprivation that comes along with a newborn but worrying about Ford not getting enough of my time or attention. I know I will be emotional and miss his smiley little face but this will give mama time to heal at home while he has a lot of fun with his aunt Cori and cousin Embry! My mom will stay with us again to help out with baby and around the house, I have a feeling we will never want her to leave! I keep telling Jon that I am going to take the month of May off. After I had Ford I immersed myself back into life pretty quickly which I partially regret because I know my body needed more time to heal so this time around I am going to be more cautious. I am used to hosting, going out and about everyday, and keeping a packed schedule for Ford but I am looking forward to saying "no" and relaxing at home with my babies and letting my body recover. As a first time mom I wanted to be a hero and it was hard for me to accept help and meals but that is DEFINITELY changed. Heck if the FedEx guy offered to watch Ford while I napped I would probably say yes (kind of joking, but we've gotten to know him through Jon's daily car part deliveries for the 49 truck). I was so focused on getting through those hard days with Ford that I didn't spend enough time soaking it all in. I can't wait to watch Ford become a big brother and see Jon with our daughter. I am SO looking forward to a few weeks of family time and hibernation before the chaos of the summer starts. I will be that frazzled mama with bags under her eyes at the pool chasing my toddler with a newborn strapped to my chest. 

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Baby #2, weeks 29-31

I feel like the intro to this post should be all onomatopoeia... the sounds that a very pregnant and tired mama makes. Waddle, huff, puff, yawn, ouch, gasp, The past few weeks have been rough y'all. I remember hitting a wall with Ford around 35 or so weeks where I just felt big and tired but it is happening so much sooner the 2nd time around. I am NOT emotionally ready for her to be here but I kind of want to cry at the thought of being pregnant for 8 more weeks and getting even bigger, more tired, more exhausted, etc. I feel so lucky that I bake big and healthy babies past term but there is nothing easier about the second time around. Okay enough complaining!

30 weeks

31 weeks
  • Had a little scare last week, you can read about it here. Lucy is still baking away and should stay put until the end of April. 
  • My mom and sister hosted a "baby sprinkle" for me on Saturday! Lucy got LOTS of fun clothes, shoes, headbands, and girly things. I ask myself about 10 times a day, "am I really having a girl?!"
  • Gained 22lbs as of yesterday (31w2d)
  • Had my 31 week appointment yesterday and Lucy is big! My doc did some quick measurements via ultrasound and Little Miss' head is measuring 4 weeks head... thank you Jesus for C sections. Everything looks great, my surgery is on the books and I start seeing my doctor every other week until she is here!
  • Lots and lots of Braxton Hicks contractions and they are painful. My stomach will get hard and boxy, it is the weirdest thing.
  • Some of my maternity jeans are getting tight, leggings it is!
  • The stretch marks I got at the end of my 1st pregnancy are getting darker and more visible on my pasty white tummy
  • Still taking 1/2 Zofran at night and still waking up feeling like I am about to yack. Some days I wake up and take another 1/2.
  • Getting up to pee SO much at night... feels like every hour. Thank the Lord for the snoogle. 
  • I feel like Lucy is sitting very LONG in my belly. I can feel her head so low in my pelvis yet feel her feet in my ribs (Ford was all balled up and stuck straight out of my belly, hence why it looked so fake!). She is quite the mover and shaker and her movements get uncomfortable at times.
I am trying to be proactive about getting things prepped for Lucy because I know getting bigger and more pregnant will inhibit me from being productive. I've been washing baby clothes, stocking up on new brands of bottles (she WILL take a bottle!), and looking for items that will make my life with 2 under 2 easier. I went through 4 diaper bags with Ford until I found something I liked and I lost my changing pad along the way. I used it when Ford was a newborn and I cared about germs but ended up just using a baby wipe to wipe down a bathroom changing station. Ford survived! With a newborn in my future I knew I needed to get another changing pad, especially because we will be going out and about more often with big brother. It's easy to see from every bump picture that I love chevron so this Lil Rhino Baby changing pad caught my eye. It's large enough to change a teeny newborn or giant toddler yet folds up nice and slim so it doesn't take up tons of room in my diaper bag. The material is easy to clean with a baby wipe (in the event of a blowout) and there are all these extra compartments I can store hand sanitizer, diaper cream, and even diapers. And it is cute! Grab yours on Amazon today. 



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