Friday, December 23, 2016

Five on Friday

This is my first time linking up for Five on Friday and something that I have been meaning to do for so long!  Back when I was blogging on a pretty consistent basis, I loved participating in weekly link-ups as a way to discover new blogs and connect with other bloggers.  So, we will see how this goes—hopefully, I can manage to keep it up and link up each week!  (Is it too early to start committing to New Years’ resolutions?!)


I am having a hard time believing that Christmas is on Sunday!  I have loved having our house decorated for the holidays and really don’t want to start thinking about having to take down and pack up the decorations already.  We are actually traveling to see my family after the holidays, so the decorations may very well stay up until after the first of the year which I am okay with!

We went with a pre-lit tree this year that I picked up for a steal last year after Christmas.  There were a few dead lights on the tree which was a little frustrating, but they don’t stand out and I love the colored lights this year.

Since we don’t have a fireplace, I have been putting our stockings up on our banister with battery powered lights strung around.  I love turning all the lights on!

We bought this battery operated wreath last year at Lowe’s before Christmas and it is one of my favorite decorations! I love that you can set it on a timer and I come home to pretty Christmas lights on my front door!

Other decorations that are not just Christmas specific is my snowman collection.  What started out as just one snowman, has quickly turned into quite a large collection.  I leave these out throughout the winter season and love that I can leave some decorations out after the holidays.

Tom and I are staying local for Christmas weekend this year and traveling to see my family after the holiday.  We feel very strongly that once baby is here, we are in our house for Christmas so that he can enjoy the morning without having to rush somewhere or not be in his own house {plus it will be easier on us not having to transport gifts, etc}.  We are lucky that Tom’s parents and brother live in our same town so we plan to go see them on Christmas Day after we have had breakfast and opened our gifts to each other. 

I decided I want to start my own tradition this year, so I’m going to have his family over for Christmas Eve dinner.  Growing up, we would always go to my great grandmother’s house for Christmas Eve and I remember looking forward to that every year.  I just love extending the holiday and celebrating with loved ones for as long as possible!

I am planning on cooking Lemon Chicken, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, and Broccoli for the main course.  I couldn’t think of a dessert that I really wanted to tackle {I’m in charge of dessert for Christmas Day}.  Instead of cooking something elaborate, I’m going to put out cookies.  I am planning on making many, many batches of cookies for friends and family so there will be plenty to share on Christmas Eve!  My go-to cookies are Chocolate Chip Pecan and Oatmeal Raisin {Dad wants me to experiment with his and substitute Butterscotch chips for the chocolate chips and see how they turn out}.


I have a few questions for all the mamas out there…

1.  Did y’all go through child birth classes before your baby was born?  I’m planning on doing some serious reading on the topic, but wasn’t sure if going to a multi-week, multi-hour class was absolutely essential.

2.   How long did baby sleep in the same room with you, if they did at all?  The baby’s room is right across the hall from ours and we were planning on having a pack and play set up in our room for the first little bit, but don’t know how long that should be.


I am the first to admit that I have a makeup buying problem.  I have tried to curb that habit and push that money towards buying things for little man.  Of course, both Sephora and Ulta lured me in with their VIB Sale and 20% off coupons and I had to pick up a few things.  Some were necessities that I wanted to stock up on and some were fun products that I wanted to try out.  

Here are a few things that I have tried recently and am currently loving:

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1. Bite Beauty Lush Lip Tint in Lychee -- This is a very natural color that leaves your lips very moisturized!  I have actually used this instead of chapstick some mornings!

2. Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo --  This has been an absolute game changer for me.  I typically had to wash my hair every day in order for it to feel clean.  This is the first and only dry shampoo I have ever used that makes it so I can go up to three days without washing my hair but it doesn't feel dirty.  The price tag is a bit high, but it is so worth it!

3. Burberry Eye Colour in Pale Barley --  This was definitely a splurge and not something I needed, but it is such a pretty color!  I had heard about this eyeshadow for years but never once thought to pick it up.  Well I must have gotten a wild hair because it ended up in my shopping cart and I am seriously loving it!  It gives the perfect wash of color, subtle shimmer, and looks really good whether you want a casual or dressed up look.

4. Buxom Full-On Lip Polish in Dolly -- I am such a fan of lip gloss lately--this color is perfect!  It is just slightly darker than my natural lip color and I love the subtle shimmer in the gloss.

5. Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in Terre Nueve -- I was a bit skeptical to order this.  I had tried a sample in store, but the shade they gave me was too dark.  I ordered this in the very lightest shade and it is perfect!  It leaves my skin moisturized and gives a very subtle glow that is very welcome to my dry skin!


I set myself a reading goal for this year of 25 books.  Currently, I am on book 22 and am hoping to reach my goal of 25 by the end of the year.  Normally, I could easily knock out 25 books in one year, but between being so busy in the Spring and being so exhausted early in my pregnancy reading took a serious backseat.

I think for next year, I am going to leave my goal at 25 books for the year.  I am almost done with the serious that I have been reading—do y’all have any suggestions for what I should add to my reading list?  I love mysteries and really enjoy finding a series with several titles that I can read through quickly.

I hope that everyone has a safe and happy holiday!  Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Baby Waterman: Week 25

How Far Along? 25 weeks

Size of the Baby: Cauliflower (13.5 inches, 1.46 pounds according to The Bump app)

Gender: BOY!

Weight Gain: +13 pounds for the pregnancy

Maternity Clothes: Yes!  Maternity clothes are absolutely essential now with this growing belly.

Nursery: Not much more progress on the nursery this week—I’m slowly starting to sort through all of the stuff that we have stored in that room since we moved in.  I want to take the time to go through everything now and not just end up finding another place to dump it all.  I anticipate a lot of trips to Goodwill in our future.

Movement: Still lots and lots of movement.  Tom even laid his head on my belly the other night and he got punched/kicked right on the cheek—which was pretty funny!

Symptoms: Oh man, I made the mistake this week of eating Baked Spaghetti for dinner Friday night.  I had had homemade beef and vegetable stew and didn’t have any bad side effects so I thought I was safe to keep eating red meat.  Big mistake!  I was up all night with terrible acid reflux and got hardly any sleep which was bad since I had to work early Saturday morning.

Sleep:  Besides Friday night, sleep has been pretty decent.  I’ve fallen into somewhat of a routine where I will fall asleep on my side with my pregnancy pillow, sleep until about 3 or 4 in the morning—somehow in that time ending up on my back, waking up and going to the restroom, and then crawling back into bed, repositioning myself, and falling back asleep for another hour or two.

Craving/Aversions:  I am still craving Mexican food and milk (although not at the same time—Ew!).  Aversions are still red meat, much to my disappointment.

What I Miss: Nothing!

Best Moment of the Week: I have loved that his movements are starting to be more pronounced and more frequent.  It is seriously the coolest feeling ever!

Looking Forward To:  I cannot wait for Christmas!  It is so hard to believe that it is our last Christmas just Tom, Elli, and me!  I want to soak everything in, take time to enjoy the little moments, and spend lots of time with family!

Baby Waterman: Week 24

How Far Along? 24 weeks

Size of the Baby: Cantaloupe (11.8 inches, 1.30 pounds according to The Bump app)

Gender: BOY!

Weight Gain: Ugh, +13 pounds for the entire pregnancy at our 24 week appointment.  I partly attribute this to all of the yummy food that we’ve had for the holidays and the growing baby, but I also think that my last weigh-in at the 20 week  appointment wasn’t accurate.

Maternity Clothes: Yes!  Maternity clothes are absolutely essential now with this growing belly.

Nursery: Tom and I put together the glider and crib over the weekend (12/11/2016).  We picked up the glider and couldn’t get it through the front door in the box since it was such an odd shape.  So, we stood on the front porch and unpackaged the chair and then were (thankfully) able to fit it through the front door!  The baby’s room now has a trundle bed that will serve as a space for guests to sleep and as a changing area for him.  We’ve also got the crib and glider set up.  There is still some miscellaneous furniture that needs to be donated/stored, but we have plans to get that taken care of when Tom’s brother is home from school and can provide some manual labor (don’t worry—I’ll feed him in exchange!).

Movement: He is moving and grooving up a storm!  I love his constant motion and occasional jabs.  I did have some discomfort up around my ribs this week, but I’m not sure if that was from a kick or just from my stomach stretching.

Symptoms: My biggest “symptoms” of pregnancy are self-inflicted to be honest.  I forget that I have limitations on how much I can do and tend to overdo it on the weekends when I have so many errands to run and things to accomplish.

Sleep:  Sleep this week has actually been pretty good!  Knock on wood, but I’m only having to get up once a night to go to the bathroom and only occasionally wake up to reposition myself.

Craving/Aversions:  The baby is seriously making me crave Mexican food!  After I eat even just chips and salsa, baby will start doing some serious somersaults in my belly!  Red meat still makes me feel really rotten—I think I’m going to just have to give it up for the rest of my pregnancy.

What I Miss: Nothing!

Best Moment of the Week: Definitely getting more accomplished in the baby’s room.  It is starting to look more and more like a nursery and I catch myself glancing in there in disbelief that in just a few months there will be a baby in there!  Our 24 week appointment was pretty uneventful, I passed the glucose test with flying colors, but they did find out that I’m slightly anemic so I have to add Iron supplements to my daily routine.  It was wonderful to hear the baby’s heartbeat again—151 bpm this time!

Looking Forward To: I am hoping to get more accomplished on baby boy’s room this week—we have 3+ years of stuff that has been stored in our guest room that needs to be sorted through and we either need to get rid of it or find a new home somewhere else in our house for it.  It will definitely be a multi-week task, but I have to start soon!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Baby Waterman: Week 23

How Far Along? 23 weeks

Size of the Baby: Grapefruit {11.3 inches and 1.10 pounds according to The Bump app}

Gender: BOY!! 

Weight Gain: At my last visit, I have gained a total of 4 pounds.  After all of the good food I've eaten the past two weeks with family in town, I am very scared to step on the scale at my next doctor's visit!

Maternity Clothes: Without a doubt, I am in maternity clothes.  I am still able to mix in a few non-maternity sweaters, but bring on the elastic waistband!!

Nursery: When Dad was in town this past weekend, he helped us move out the four poster bed from the guest room to exchange for the trundle bed we had in storage at Tom's parents's house.  Tom and I put that together in the baby's room last night (with just a little blood shed on  my part) and we are looking forward to more cleaning and purging to get the room ready for little man.

Movement: Yes! I was actually able to see a few of his kicks and punches through my shirt on Saturday!  Tom and my mom are still the only people that have been able to feel baby.  It's actually pretty funny but every time we go to Tom's parents', it's like the baby is asleep and his mom is dying to feel him move!  I just keep telling her that before long, he'll be moving all over the place.

Symptoms: I am still pretty tired most days and am still having pretty significant right hip pain.  I keep forgetting that I'm pregnant and still trying to operate at my normal activity level of go go go, and really need to learn to do things in moderation!  Still just taking it all in stride and overall enjoying pregnancy!

Sleep: Sleep this week hasn't been quite as bad as last week--I'm still waking up finding myself tangled in my Snoogle and on my back.  Any hints on staying asleep on your side?!  Also not quite so glamorous, but I finally got my night guard fixed at the dentist this week which will help with my teeth clinching and grinding at night.

Cravings/Aversions: Milk!  I have never ever been a milk drinker my entire life, but I have been craving a glass with breakfast everyday.

What I Miss: There is nothing that I miss too much--just blue cheese and sushi!  But I will give up anything to keep Baby Boy healthy!

Best Moment This Week: The best moment of the week was getting to spend so much time with my family.  My mom and sister came up over Thanksgiving and my dad came up this past weekend.  This is such a special time in our lives and I am so thankful for family making the time to come see us and share in the excitement!

Looking Forward To: We have our 24 week appointment on Monday {also the glucose test} and I'm just excited to hear little man's heartbeat again!

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