Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Catch up | Florida 2014

I'm playing catch up on my blog and whats been going on. Ahhhh. I have zero time. Like, zero. 

So here we go. I'm 20+ week - half way through my pregnancy. I feel amazing…but more about that later.

Stew and I…and IV vacationed in Florida for 8 days and it was dreamy! Warm weather and cold drinks…a date night, beach days, boat days and days by the pool.

We came back into town and had our 20 week anatomy scan. We are having a HEALTHY baby! It was so amazing and so great to see our little one on that screen. I'll post a whole bunch more about baby #2 and how I'm feeling later this week.

So here are some pictures from our trip to Florida to see Stew's parents and sister (and family).

Nana & Papa

First Red Sox Game

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

February Snow Day

We are getting dumped on today here in NH and I'm over it. I'm so done with the freezing temps and snow. I'm ready for Spring and warm weather. I don't like snow, ice or freezing rain. I like beaches...pools, palm trees…and the only thing I want cold is my beer.

I'm done. 

But for the sake of me us not losing our minds…we bundled up and headed outside for some fun in the white stuff.

So heres to warmer days ahead…and adorable little tulips popping up everywhere. The day will come…I know it will.

Only 3.5 more weeks until our Florida vacation. 

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Valentines Day Jar Treats

I have a confession….since moving in with my parents, the Holidays haven't excited me as much as they normally do. I really think it's because I'm not in my "own" home. Sounds weird right? I mean, I grew up here (in my parents house)…but still. So, little by little…I'm trying to still do fun Holiday stuff with IV.

Seeing IV loves to bake and help with tasks…I knew these adorable jar treats would be perfect.

Ummm…cute? Yes. Delicious? no. 

Turns out though - the moisture in the jars isn't right. The "Goldfish" graham crackers got very moist…and the taste was way off after opening after a week or so. Wasn't good. So we are going to substitute them for more M&Ms…and ship them out.

So IV was psyched to make some jar treats and ship them out for Valentines Day to Nana. And I wanted him to receive something special too. I purchased a cookie for $5 (flat fee) to be delivered on Valentines Day…with a little personal message. So cute, right? I picked the "Bee Mine"…but they have a few others that are cute too.

Cookies can be purchased at Cheryls

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

My "story"...

It's funny. I never really thought about sharing my "story". I didn't think I had one, to be honest. But after my blogging buddy Sarah left a comment saying "I can't wait to hear your story…" it got me thinking.

So here we go.

January 2013:
Stew and I decided that we would try for a second child once IV turned 2 (in April). So on January 1st I finished my last packet of birth control pills and waited for my natural cycle to return.

It didn't.

April 2013: IV turns two and I seek the help and guidance of my OBGYN. After my blood work returned "normal", she decided to put me on a 10 day dose of medicine to jump start my cycle.

No luck. 

May 2013: I meet with my OB again for a consult. She tells me I have two options: In vitro or Clomid.

Not happening. My mind was made up before I left my Doctors office. I discussed the options with Stew and we both agreed. If it wasn't meant to be…it just wouldn't be. We would spoil the shit out of IV and live a happy life as a family of THREE. 

I'm now 7 months without a menstrual cycle. 

July 2013: My cycle returns. I/we are happy and relieved that I'm "normal" again.

Sept 2013: We "try"…without charting or temping. We just give it a shot.

No luck.  

{End of} October into November 2013: We "try".

November 21st at 7:00pm: I get my first POSITIVE pregnancy test. 

So let me back up a bit. On November 15th we moved out of our house and into my parents house. We had our closing on Friday November 22nd at 10am. I'm officially 4 days late - that was normal seeing I didn't have a set number in-between cycles. But Stew kept saying "you're pregnant".

We were giving IV a bath…and I had a feeling. I ran upstairs to test. I put the test on my nightstand and back downstairs to the bath. 10 minutes later I ran back upstairs and saw it. PREGNANT. I died. I couldn't believe I was pregnant. I ran back downstairs and told Stew. He gave me a high-five. (typical).

On Saturday my OB sent me for blood work to confirm and on Monday I retested to be sure my levels were rising.

They were. At a healthy rate too. 

Tuesday November 26th: We fly out to Georgia for Thanksgiving to see Stew's Family. The wine is poured and we all toast to being together. Stew throws in…"And to baby number two!". Everyone is elated and we all celebrate.

Monday December 9th: Our first Ultrasound. Based on my last period….my due date is July 27th. But Baby 2 was measuring a few days smaller and we moved my date to August 4th. My Dr. still has me down as July 27th…but we decided to go with how the baby measured. Apparently my Dr only moves your date if you are 7 days or more away from your date. I was 6…and I know when we had sex. So it's August 4th. Trust me.

So that's it. That's our story. I absolutely love being pregnant. I feel amazing. I don't and didn't have any morning sickness or nausea - my energy is now back, which makes me feel even better.

As far as living with my parents….we are still here. Searching daily for land so that we can build or dream home. People have asked if we'll be in our home before Baby 2 arrives…the answer is no. We live in New Hampshire (read "frozen ground")…even if we bought land in the next month, we wouldn't be able to break ground until Spring…leaving just a few months for the build. It's not feasible.

Am I ok with that? Absolutely. My Dad is home during the day. My Mom is on the verge of retirement and I have (and will have) plenty of help during the day.

So with that - I'm looking forward to 2014. Finding out if we are having anther boy…or baby girl. It's a girl if you ask IV.

We have a boy name…just not 100% of a girls name.

I'm looking forward to our March vacation in the warmth…I'm looking forward to IV turning 3 in April…and I'm looking forward to meeting this baby in the Summer.

Thank you all again for your sweet comments.

Friday, January 17, 2014

The last 12+ Weeks

So what have I (we) been doing for the last 12 weeks…a lot. Staying busy with work, chasing an almost 3 year old around, working out, running and enjoying every minute of my first trimester. 

I've felt amazing - and now I have more energy and I'm not as tired. But really "tired" was my only "complaint". No sickness, ache or pains. Overall I feel amazing! I loved being pregnant with IV, so I can only hope for the same with Baby #2. 

Here is what we've been up to for the last 3 months! 


Wednesday, January 15, 2014


I'm here. I'm alive…and I've just shared some very big news on Instagram and Facebook - so if you follow me there, you already know.

Stew and I are expecting our 2nd child in August! 

I/we are beyond thrilled and so happy. Timing just worked out perfect and I'm feeling very lucky each day.

So I'll try to sit down more and fill you all in on how I'm feeling, when we found out and what's been going on for the last 12 weeks.

But until I can find the time to do so…I'll leave you all with some of my favorite shots from our "Pregnancy Announcement" photo shoot.


Monday, December 23, 2013

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas!

I hope you all have a great Holiday. I'll be back in 2014 with hopefully more blogging and posting…and updating you all on all the fun things we've been doing - like settling into living back home with my parents!

Cheers, Friends.