Saturday, December 17, 2016

Pregnancy the Third Time Around

Many of you know by now that my pregnancy with baby number three was unplanned. We had just settled into having two little souls to nurture and care for, and there I was, pregnant again when my youngest was only 5 months old.  And yet, once the initial shock wore off, we became very excited.
I recently wrote a post on Instagram that discussed strangers comments to me while out with my two young kiddos.  To be fair, on most days it looks like a circus. I'm pregnant and I'm out attempting to shop with a toddler whose favorite word is "no" and a baby that is perfectly content until I stop holding him (then tears and screams, people).  After discussing my woes on social media, I resisted the urge to delete it right away and just allow myself to be vulnerable. I was so touched by the outpouring of encouragement and empathy.  I'll still often catch myself justifying the baby saying this one was a "surprise" (which is true), but I want this baby to be more than just an accident or "oops".   Deep in my heart, I know that this little girl is meant to be here and there are no accidents when it comes to little babies. 
Each pregnancy is new and slightly different, but one thing that hasn't changed is how I carry my babies.  While my mother was pregnant, she was stopped in a sporting goods store because they thought she was smuggling out a basketball.  It sounds cliche, but it's true. I carry my babies very similar to her.  What do you think? Does it look like I have a huge ball under this pretty dress? 
I recently read an article that discussed what you should do while you are pregnant with your last baby. It mentioned to take all the weekly photos, have a baby shower (yes, even for a 3rd baby), indulge in some cute maternity clothes... all the the things that make pregnancy special the first time around.   
As an additional reminder, at my last appointment the nurse reminded me to take care of myself and baby, just like I had done with the other two. I had selfishly put off the glucose test - First, who likes needles? Second, who likes that glucola drink?  I didn't have gestational diabetes with the first two, so I had somehow justified I am "off the hook" with this one too.  Silly I know.... but anyone who has taken that test knows exactly why I put it off. The good news is, that I finally took the test and I once again do not have gestational diabetes.   I should have just taken the darn test and realized I needed to place importance on taking care of myself and the baby from the get-go.  Self care for myself (and baby) is important.  Lesson learned.
This beautiful pleated plum dress is by Pink Blush.   I am absolutely in love with the lace detail at the top of the dress.  I am currently 32 weeks along with our third child, a baby girl due in February.   

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Holiday Product Spotlight with JORD Wood Watches

The holidays are fast approaching and each day gets a little colder outside, even here in California.  Brrr... I love breaking out the boots and scarfs and bundling up this season.

However, if you are like me at all, you are just starting your holiday shopping and every year I fret over what to get my husband. My husband is seriously THE TOUGHEST person on my list to buy a present for. He is a pretty simple guy that likes non-fussy gifts.  In addition, he tends to buy everything he feels he needs. When I came across JORD woodwatches, I was very excited.  I knew Andrew would love a unique timepiece!

I ended up this picking this Fieldcrest watch in dark sandalwood for Andrew.  I was really blown away by the beautiful packaging. The watch arrives in a wooden box on a little pillow. It really is breath taking!
 Andrew tried out his watch over the weekend. He said it was very comfortable and he loved the style. He is a very analytical person, but appreciates craftsmanship and style.  He loves that the watch can be a conversation piece and goes with both casual and more formal apparel.  In addition, Andrew loves that the watch is comfortable, lightweight and breathable.
 If you’re having trouble trying to think of what to get your boyfriend or husband for Christmas, definitely check out JORD woodwatches .  They have a WIDE selection of watches for men and women. I personally love that they feature unique woods sourced from all over the world.

I will be personally giving away a $50 JORD watches gift card to one lucky reader for you to use on yourself or as a gift! Complete the two steps below to enter to win!
If you would like to give (or keep) the timeless gift of a gorgeous wooden watch this holiday season,
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 *This post was sponsored by JORD Wood Watches, but my opinions are my own.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Luke's 1st Birthday

At the end of this month, Luke will turn ONE. Goodness, where is the time going?  The milestones with the second child certainly do go faster than with the first child. Many of you know that I am expecting a third child this February, which came as a total shock.  In fact, I didn't even know I was pregnant for the first 10 weeks! We weren't quite prepared mentally to take on back-to-back kids... to have three kids under three when she arrives. After the initial surprise, I became excited about this new little life who would soon make her debut  - but I also didn't want to lose Luke's milestone of turning one in this busy time of working part-time, being tired and pregnant, and entertaining his outspoken older sister. This photo shoot was a time to slow down and document his life before his baby sister comes. 

We took Luke's first birthday photos this past week with the lovely Elyse Leedom. We headed over to Laguna Niguel Regional Park and brought a simple cake (or rather a giant cupcake) for Luke to dive into. He looked like a little man in his Levi jeans and plaid Carters shirt. He seemed to not mind the photo shoot very much, especially since (spoiler alert!) he was able to dive in and cover his face with cake.

And this is one of my favorite photos of him smashing the cake into his face! 

Seriously, this sweet boy! I love his laugh, curiosity, and feisty determination.
 Luke is teething pretty badly right now, but he still maintains a pretty good attitude. And we got this money shot right here:
I am beyond blessed and thankful for my family.

Sienna is very sweet with Luke and loves giving him hugs and kisses. She loves to make him laugh and smile. It's fun to see their relationship take form, as everyday they interact more and more with each other.
Little Luke and his four teeth!

 Sources: Luke's shoes are Pediped Footwear. Luke and Sienna are wearing clothing from Carters, GAP Kids and Levi's. My top is from Nordstrom. Andrew's shirt is Oakley. Cake and decoration from Ralph's Grocery.  Beautiful photos are by Elyse Leedom Photography.