Wednesday, September 25, 2013

A Storybook Photography Newborn Session

This past Sunday afternoon, I had the privilege of taking photos of this sweet little girl. She was just around 8 weeks old and so adorable!

Monday, September 23, 2013

8 Week Bump Date

How Far Along: 8 weeks today.
 (You can check out my 8 week post from when I was pregnant with Jackson here.)

Size of baby: (According to 8 weeks: Your baby is about the size of a kidney bean. Your little bean is now just over 1/2 inch long and is constantly moving and shifting.

Total Weight Gain/Loss: I haven't actually weighed, but should find out today at my first Dr. appt.

Maternity Clothes: Not yet.

Gender: We should be able to find out sometime in December. I can't wait. :-)

Movement: Not yet, but I can't wait to feel little baby flutters and kicks. This was my favorite part about being pregnant with Jackson. :-)

Food Cravings: Chick-Fil-A chicken nuggets, and since we don't have one close-by, I haven't gotten to have them yet. :-(

What I miss: Nothing really.

Sleep: Sleeping fine, just having to get up at least once a night to use the bathroom.

Symptoms: I feel nauseous off and on, but its pretty manageable as long as I'm eating often. It's mostly in the evening, so thankfully I'm able to get through the bulk of my day without feeling yucky. I'm also tired and having to use the bathroom more.

Best Moment this week: Spending the weekend with family. The weather was perfect!!

What I am looking forward to: My first doctor's appt. today for this baby.

Friday, September 20, 2013

5 on Friday

I'm linking up with Darci from The Good Life Blog again this week for 5 on Friday!

1.) Last weekend we went to Kansas City with our friends, the Stanfields. We had such a great time eating, shopping and going to the Chiefs/Cowboys game!!

2.) Sunday I have not 1, but 2 photo sessions to shoot for Storybook Photography!! I'm always so flattered and thankful when someone wants to use me for their photographer. :-)

3.) Jackson turns 2 a month from today! Where has the time gone?? Two just seems so much bigger than one. :-( Jake and I have been talking about what we want to get him for his birthday and we were thinking about a little car that he can drive. I found this one and just love it since he loves the movie Cars right now. Its pretty little so I think it would be perfect for his size and age.

4.) Tonight kicks off the Great Forest Park Balloon Race here in St. Louis. My sister and her family are planning on going so I think Jackson and I might tag along. (Jake is bowling on a league tonight so he can't join us.) I am excited to see Jackson's reaction to so many hot air balloons. :-)

The glow is tonight where they light up all the balloons...

... and the race is tomorrow, where all the balloons race, starting with the Energizer Bunny Balloon! 

5.) I saw these on a blog I follow and thought they were just way too cute and clever! I'd love to try and make them sometime.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Throw-back Thursday

Welcome back to Throw-back Thursday!

Today I thought it would be fun to share my baby bump collage from when I was pregnant with Jackson. I've shared this before, right after having Jackson, but thought I'd share it again for any new readers. :-) It will be fun to compare these pictures with this new pregnancy. :-)

Did you take weekly or monthly pictures during your pregnancy? I'd love to see your baby bump progression! Link up with #tbt and share yours, or share any old photos or memories you'd like. :-)

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

7 Week Bump Date

How Far Along: 7 weeks, as of yesterday.
 (You can check out my 7 week post from when I was pregnant with Jackson here.)

Size of baby: (According to 7 weeks: Your baby is about the size of a blueberry. Your baby has doubled in size since last week and is now about 1/2 inch long.

Total Weight Gain/Loss: I haven't actually weighed, so I'm not entirely sure.

Maternity Clothes: Not yet.

Gender: We should be able to find out sometime in early December. I can't wait. :-)

Movement: Not yet, its still too early.

Food Cravings: None so far.

What I miss: I don't really miss anything.

Sleep: Sleeping just fine, in fact I can't seem to get enough sleep, no matter how much I sleep. 

Symptoms: I feel nauseous and tired. The nauseous feeling comes and goes but it has gotten worse since last week. I usually feel better if I keep my stomach full. Gum and mints also help.

Best Moment this week: Getting away this past weekend with the Stanfields in Kansas City. I felt pretty good all weekend which was such a blessing. I was so afraid I would feel tired and nauseous while we were away, but I actually felt great!

What I am looking forward to: My first Dr. appt. on September 23rd and not feeling nauseous anymore. ;-)

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Welcome back to Throw-back Thursday!

This week is all about high school dances! 

This first picture is from my Sophomore Homecoming Dance! I actually didn't have a boyfriend for this dance, but my 2 friends set me up with the boy I'm with in the picture for the dance. We sort of dated after that, but not for more than about a month. He did, however, end up being the first boy I ever kissed. :-)

This second picture is from my Senior Prom. The boy I went with was my boyfriend who I met working at Walgreens. He and I both worked there and ended up dating for about a year and a half. He actually went to a different high school and was a year younger than me. The dance was actually pretty boring and we didn't end up staying very long. He was a "bad boy" who I regret ever dating. However, in dating him, I learned exactly what I didn't want in my next relationship. :-)

So there are my embarrassing high school dance photos. :-) I hope you'll all join me and share some of your high school dance photos, or any photos from your past that you'd like to share. 

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Wordless Wednesday

"In and out of weeds and dirt.
Squealing, laughing, getting hurt.

 Arms held out for loves and hugs.
Tiny fingers finding bugs.

Rough and tumble, sweet and shy.
Snuggling for a lullaby.

Who could name the countless joys
That come from raising little boys."

Author: Lorayne Stevenson 


  I also wanted to remind everyone of the Throw-back Thursday Link-up tomorrow! I plan on sharing some old high school dance pictures. Should be fun and I hope you'll play along!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Monday, September 9, 2013

6 Week Bump Date

I started these bump dates at around 6 weeks with Jackson, so I thought I'd go ahead and do the same with this baby, even though there really isn't all that much going on. I'll try and get a picture this evening so I have a sort of "before" picture to compare my bigger bump pictures to later in this pregnancy.

How Far Along: 6 weeks today!

Size of baby: (According to 6 weeks: Your baby is about the size of a lentil. Your little lentil is now about 1/4 inch long

Total Weight Gain/Loss: None so far that I know of.

Maternity Clothes: Not yet.

Gender: ??? We should be able to find out sometime in December. I can't wait. :-)

Movement: Not yet, its still too early.

Food Cravings: None so far.

What I miss: Nothing at the moment.

Sleep: So far so good. Just having to get up about once a night to go to the bathroom.

Symptoms: Feeling slightly nauseous on occasion, but very mild at this point. I also feel tired and have some bloating.

Best Moment this week: Getting to spend some down time at home over the weekend was nice. :-)

What I am looking forward to: My first Dr. appt. on September 23rd.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Five on Friday

Yay, It's Friday! 

I'm linking up with a. liz adventures, carolina charm, hello! happiness, and the good life blog again for another week of 5 on Friday!

Labor Day weekend was so much fun for us, so I thought I'd share 5 fun things that made our weekend so great!

1.) First and foremost, as many of you know, we found out we're expecting baby #2 in May of next year! We are so excited! You can read all about how we found out here.

2.) We finally upgraded our cell phones to the iphone 5. We've been due an upgrade since Spring of this year, but just hadn't had the extra money to upgrade to two iphones at $199 a piece. We had Android phones before, but were really wanting iphones with this upgrade. Thankfully we waited. With the new iphone coming out soon, the iphone 5 has dropped drastically in price! So we took advantage of the half price discount over the weekend and finally upgraded!

3.) We had so much fun @ Chris' surprise 30th Birthday party last Friday night! Chris and Holly just bought a beautiful new house and it was nice to get to see it in person and spend the evening with friends.

4.) On Saturday, we went to visit my Dad's side of the family (My Grandparent's, Aunts and a Cousin) at Rend Lake, in Illinois. My Grandparent's have a camper and were camping there, so we decided to go there for the day and spend some time with them. We grilled dinner and roasted marshmallows. The boys loved being outside all day. They played with their cars in the dirt and had a great time!

Jackson sitting on his Great Grandma's lap.

Yummy Marshmallows. Ha!

5.) Then Monday, the weather was gorgeous, so Jackson and I met up with my Mom, Aunt Karla and my Sister and her boys for lunch and a fun day at Willoughby Farm, while our husbands played golf. The farm has several animals and all kinds of fun things for kids to do. Jackson and I had never been there before, but we had so much fun and hope to go back again.

Jackson loved feeding the goats. It tickled his hand and he laughed everytime!

Pretend driving a tractor.

They loved this tire swing!

And this one too. :-)

Fun on the teeter-totter.

And this was probably Jackson's very favorite thing at the farm. They had a big train/tractor table in one of the old farm buildings. Jackson loved it!!

Here's to another great weekend!!!