Monday, December 30, 2013

27 weeks


So, I was 27 weeks at Christmas and boy was it a fun & memorable one. I'm already counting down to Christmas next year. My young buck will be 9 months around then. Time will fly so I'm going to soak in as much as possible.

 How far along? 27 weeks
Total weight gain/loss? gained about 25lbs- feel like 60 lol
 Maternity clothes? still mostly just bottoms but have incorporated other maternity pieces
Stretch marks? no
Sleep? pillows have become my new best friend. My hips ache.
Best moment this week? Christmas with everyone.
Miss anything? easy mobility
Movement? all. the. time.
Food cravings?  nothing in particular
Anything making you queasy or sick? nope
Have you started to show yet? obviously
Gender? BOY!!!
Symptoms? less energy, sore boobs, limited mobility, achy hip joints!!
Labor Signs?  no
Belly Button in or out? in 
Wedding rings on or off? on

 Happy or Moody most of the time? Happy for the most part. Have had a few spells recently...
Looking forward to? getting his changing table painted!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

A Very Merry Christmas Indeed

Not sure what it is, but Christmas always seems magical to me. It's seriously one, if not the favorite day of the year for me. I love being with my family and sharing the laughs and priceless moments year after year. With Sawyer growing in my belly this year was even more special, not to mention it was the first Christmas in our new home. I look forward to the new traditions we will create and live out here through the many years to come.
Today there were so many amazing gifts given and received  that I could not possibly begin to name them all. However, I did want to share one special gift the Hubs and I received from my brother and sister-in-law. They created a memory book for us from our gender reveal. I had no idea they were going to do this and was completely in awe at the thought and gesture. They are both amazing people. It's an honor to call them family.



We also received Sawyer's first Christmas outfit (for next year of course) from the in-law's. It has to be one of the cutest little Santa outfits I've seen. Not that I'd be partial or anything...



 Chief & Drake also got in on the gift opening action and tore into a few presents themselves.
(side note-hasn't Chief grown!?!)



Below was just a random shot I took with the new camera, which was also an early Christmas & push gift from my gracious husband. I thought it was pretty and festive and wanted to share.



God has truly blessed me & my family and for that I am forever thankful. I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas as well and remember the true reason for the season.
MERRY CHRISTMAS!!
 May God bless you all! 




Tuesday, December 24, 2013

24 weeks








   How far along? 24 weeks
Total weight gain/loss? gained about 20lbs
 Maternity clothes? yes, but not my entire wardrobe
Stretch marks? no
Sleep? pillows have become my new best friend
Best moment this week? the wonderful & positive comments I received. It's astonishing how negative people can be even toward an expecting momma.
Miss anything? being able to bend over easily. lol
Movement? that would be a definite yes. He goes crazy when I lay down for the night. I enjoy it so much.
Food cravings? fountain coke or coke with lime
Anything making you queasy or sick? thankfully no
Have you started to show yet? obviously
Gender? BOY!!!
Symptoms? less energy, sore boobs, limited mobility
Labor Signs?  no
Belly Button in or out? in
Wedding rings on or off? on

 Happy or Moody most of the time? Happy for the most part
Looking forward to? Christmas!!

23 weeks

I know, I know, I'm behind on my bump posts. Please don't hold it against me. Better late than never, right?


How far along? 23 weeks
Total weight gain/loss? gained about 20lbs
 Maternity clothes? yes, but not my entire wardrobe
Stretch marks? no
Sleep? pillows have become my new best friend
Best moment this week? feeling all the movement in my growing belly
Miss anything? being able to exercise without limitations
Movement? tons!
Food cravings? fountain coke or coke with lime
Anything making you queasy or sick? thankfully no
Have you started to show yet? duh
Gender? BOY!!!
Symptoms? less energy, sore boobs
Labor Signs?  no
Belly Button in or out? in
Wedding rings on or off? on-but fingers are getting big
Happy or Moody most of the time? Happy for the most part

Looking forward to? Christmas!!


Sunday, December 22, 2013

Baby Green.... gender reveal


We had our gender reveal back in November and it's been non-stop since then with the Holidays. However, we are beyond excited to announce that we are expecting a little baby BOY! Gregory Sawyer will be here before we know it and while we are currently enjoying this Christmas season I wanted to share with all of you the fun day our gender reveal turned out to be. 


We were blessed with many family and friends in attendance and couldn't have hoped for a better time. While the weather was more on the warm side for late November we all had a blast. Food, fun, family and friends-what else could you ask for?
And a HUGE thank you to KKG Photography for capturing the day and creating the amazing video above. You truly have a gift.

p.s.- I was 20 weeks at the time of our gender reveal.
Hope y'all are having a very Merry CHRISTmas so far!

Monday, December 16, 2013

making my list, checking it twice...



Now that I've established my love and adoration for Christmas in my previous post, I have to make a confession.... I get out of control this time of year  -  with my spending that is. I always have great ambitions and goals of setting a Christmas budget and sticking to it and then it happens....I enter the stores or click on that link and WHAM! I need this for this person and that for that person and oh my niece will look so good in this and my nephew could really use that and my budget is no longer in existence. Then I feel the guilt because I have spent more on this person so I buy a little more for the other to even the gifts and make myself feel better. And I honestly do feel good about buying and giving to others, I would buy more if I could because I loooove buying things and wrapping them and watching the faces of the recipient as they open them. However, when I then look at my checking account I have another realization-  where the heck did all my money go?! So, with that being said I am dedicated to set and stick to my Christmas budget this year. To do this I have taken a cue from one of my dear friends and created a wait for it...Christmas Spreadsheet! and this year I will make my list and check it twice and not stray away on all the pretty and shiny distractions.

Here is a sample of my spreadsheet I created to stay on budget.


What do you guys use to keep track of your Chirstmas & Holiday spending? Got any suggestions to try for next year?

Here's a little list checking inspiration with some puppy love thrown in. I knew Santa loves yellow labs too.

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