Friday, July 1, 2016

Summer Bucket List | go see Finding Dory

Summer Bucket List ideas for families and young children
We've already got nearly two weeks of summer under our belts, and even I am amazed at how quickly time is flying past. It can keep it up though. There is so much to look forward to this Autumn =)

We've started to make a dent in our Summer Bucket List, and we have a bunch planned out over the next several weeks too. Hooray for having fun! The first to get a check off from our list was Finding Dory. Aria loves movies and popcorn, so she was totally excited. I think this is her 4th time seeing a movie at the theater, and this was definitely her best performance. She usually gets a little antsy toward the end. But, she did a great job this time other than a few very loud 'whispers'. There were a lot of kids in the theater too doing the same thing so it wasn't a big deal. Not anywhere near as embarrassing as the time she screamed during one of the scary parts of Zootopia. If you haven't taken your kid(s) to see it yet...the squid chase scene might be slightly scary but it didn't bother Aria. The whole family loved it. I even enjoyed it more than I thought I would. Hank is a hoot. And, the short before the movie, Piper, was adorable. I think Aria's only complaint was needing to sit on the booster to keep the seat from collapsing in on her. She's been asking to go see another movie every few days. Anybody know if Disney's The BFG is 3.5 year old friendly? Or, should we wait for The Secret Life of Pets?
Summer Bucket List ideas for families and young children
Summer Bucket List ideas for families and young children
Summer Bucket List ideas for families and young children

Summer Bucket List ideas for families and young children
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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Star Spangled

red white and blue fourth of july patriotic children's clothing
red white and blue fourth of july patriotic children's clothing
red white and blue fourth of july patriotic children's clothing
I am a big fan of holidays. Big or small or adopted from other countries...I love them all. That is with the exception of the Fourth of July. Maybe it is because it is so hot and sticky outside. Or, because fireworks aren't my jam. But, I do not get into it at all. Aria even had to wear green and purple last year because I forgot to pick her up anything red, white, and blue.

This year though, this year I remembered! If I really had my act together I would have gotten a red bow to complete the look. The good news is I still have a few more days. I guess we shall see come July 4th if I managed to pull off even the most basic of requirements for this upcoming summer holiday.

Something tells me Aria doesn't care either way...especially when ice cream cones are involved.

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Thanks for the reminder to get my ducks in a row this year, ladies!


Wednesday, June 29, 2016

18 Weeks (Baby #2)

hump day bump day, pregnancy

How far along - 18 weeks, due November 30th

Gender - We find out next month. Aria has switched from a baby brother to a baby sister prediction.

Cravings - Fruit, sweets, and baked potatoes.

Aversions - Fish. Turkey burgers, they are on the outs again.

Best moment - Winning a gift card to Pink Blush. I promptly ordered a dress and top, after much deliberation because there were too many pretty choices.

Looking forward to - Finding out the sex. Putting together a Baby #2 wish list. Feeling more movement.

Miss anything - Alcohol, energy, and being able to sleep comfortably.

Movement - I'm fairly certain the pops and wiggles are Baby #2, but I still haven't had that "absolutely certain" moment.

Other pregnancy symptoms - Exhaustion. Lower back pain. I had a day of hip pain as well, which was a reminder of how pleasant that is. But, I'm feeling pretty good and mostly normal.

Aria's thoughts -We have many talks about all the things that go along with Baby #2 - sharing toys, sharing mommy & daddy, being gentle, etc. And, she is still on board with the whole big sister thing. I asked her if she was excited for her baby brother or baby sister? She said "I'm always excited about that, and it's a girl baby you know."

Friday, June 24, 2016

Summer Bucket List!

Summer Bucket List for families and kids

Now that Summer is officially here it is time to start chipping away at this year's Summer Bucket List! 

I'm pretty excited about heading up to St. Augustine. It is one of my favorite places - full of history and charm. Do you want to guess what Aria is most excited for on this ol' list? ... Did you guess 'make lemonade'? That would not have been my guess, but she is just plumb thrilled about it.

Happy Summer!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

17 Weeks (Baby #2)

#sweetbabytwo, pregnancy

How far along - 17 weeks, due November 30th

Gender - We don't know yet. Aria insists it's a baby brother. I don't have a feeling either way, but if I had to pick I'd go with Aria's guess. Kids know these things!

Cravings - Before I knew I was pregnant I had a craving for twizzlers and cream soda, which is what I craved with Aria. I just thought it was funny and moved on. More recently I've craved cereal and fruit, anything cold really.

Aversions - I stopped drinking coffee back in April because it lost its appeal, I didn't know I was pregnant at the time. I thought I just drank too much for my birthday and coffee-ed myself out. Also raisins, I blame Liz. Just typing fish makes me gag. Turkey burgers in the beginning, but I had one the other day and it was all good.

Best moment - Having our first appointment and getting to see 15 week baby #2. With Aria we had our first ultrasound probably at 8 weeks and then again at 20. So it was pretty neat seeing a 15 week baby. He or she was curled up and you could see legs arms head and spine, but not as detailed as the 20 week. I was so relieved to see that the baby was looking on track because I've been having a very light symptom pregnancy so far. Most of the time I just don't feel pregnant at all even with my little bump getting bigger. Always something to worry about I suppose. Also telling Aria was so fun. We waited until the morning of my first appointment because she would definitely not keep it to herself. She got such a big smile and has been asking the most random questions ever since.

Looking forward to - Finding out the sex next month! And, yes we will absolutely be finding out =)

Miss anything - Alcohol and energy.

Movement - I've felt a few suspicious flutters and pops and wiggles, but I'm still not 100% sure it was the baby. With Aria the first time I felt something I absolutely knew it was the baby, but not this time. Not yet anyway.

Other pregnancy symptoms - Like I said this has been a very symptom free pregnancy so far. I had a whole two rough nausea experiences. Then a few I need a snack queasy feelings in the 1st trimester, but that has tapered off. The biggest symptom has been exhaustion though, and I feel like I'm getting more and more tired as time goes on. Zzz. I'm also getting some lower back pain, which was one of my least favorite things while pregnant with Aria. And, headaches almost daily but light ones. With Aria I had awful headaches, my number one least favorite symptom with her. So I am hoping I skip that this time, I'd much rather have the daily light ones. I am thankful that it has been pretty easy, and I knock on wood all the time that it keeps it up!

Aria's thoughts - She is totally excited about having a new baby. When I first told her I pulled her in for a hug and she was very concerned about squishing the baby. She bumped her head a few days ago and was crying then all of a sudden asked if she was scaring the baby. And, she was moving all the magnets up further on the refrigerator the other day. When I asked her what she was doing she said she didn't want the baby to get them and choke. She cracks me up. She also suggests names constantly. We've got Dirt, Hearts, Flowers, Janice, and a few others that I already can't remember - I really should jot notes down more often. She gets a big smile when we talk about when the baby gets here (she promises to let me know when the baby cries), and she loves hearing about when she was in mommy's tummy.

A few of you mentioned that we waited a while to share our news, which is true. That is because we just didn't know. Maybe a little tmi, but I have long wonky cycles. I was later than my average cycle and we had plans for having a drink on Mother's Day. So, I decided to take a test just to be sure it was okay. I was 99% sure it was going to come back negative and any thought about the maybes would be put to rest. However, those two lines popped up almost immediately. I was completely shocked, and Chris was even more so. We had just started talking about maybe trying for another after we buy a house. We've been chipping away at student loans and only recently started to save aggressively for a down payment on a home. So it was an idea floating around, but an idea on the back burner for right now. But, clearly waiting was just not in the plan.

After a day of shock and disbelief I started to think about how amazing having another baby will be. Aria will be turning 4 right after my due date, and I think 4 is a great age difference. I was never one to want babies close together. But, I think more than 4 years might be too great a difference for them to play together. So I am thankful that this is how things played out. I'm excited to do the baby thing all over again (apart from waking up all night), and I'm excited to see how Aria deals with becoming a big sister.

So, I found out I was pregnant right around 10 weeks. I called my ob the next day to make an appointment, but it wasn't scheduled for another 5 weeks. Longest 5 weeks ever. I didn't want to tell family until after we had that confirmation ultrasound and visit. I couldn't tell Aria until the appointment was closer because she wouldn't understand to keep it to herself. I did tell a few close friends because I was also fine telling them if something went wrong. So finally having our appointment and seeing a healthy baby with the ultrasound was such a relief. And, then getting to tell our family followed closely by the 'public' increased my excitement ten-fold. Thank you so much for all your congratulations and well wishes. I was tearing up throughout the day reading message after message, and feeling completely blessed at your excitement for our family. It really means so much to me.