Happy New Year!! Christmas Recap

How is a week of 2018 already behind us?!  While I am excited for the New Year, new adventures, our sweet boy turning 1, and so much more, a part of me really does wish I could figure out how to slow down time. 2017 brought us Landon which I am forever grateful for and will cherish 2017 forever for that reason. I know 2018 is going to be a great year, but first I want to reflect on this past holiday season, our first as Momma and Da-Da. Here is a highlight reel of our holiday season. Happy New Year everyone, make 2018 a great one!! (Oh and Roll Tide!! 😉 )

First things first, picking out our Christmas tree!!

Decorating the house and tree. Da-Da had a very cute and special supervisor watching over him as he hung the lights: 

Meeting Santa was a success!! We are members at Epping Forest Yacht and Country Club, and they put on an excellent Brunch With Santa! 

Landon’s first Hanukkah…lighting the candles was fun and fascinating to Landon: 

Oh What Fun It is…Christmas parties (I got to enjoy a few girls nights too!) and checking out Deck The Chairs in Jacksonville Beach! 

Christmas Eve fun: 

Santa’s elves working hard Christmas Eve! 😉

Landon’s First Christmas!! My parents spent Christmas Eve night with us so it was even more special and fun to have them here when Landon woke. I can only imagine how amazing the years to come will be with Landon on Christmas morning! 

Lots of California visitors this holiday season! Lunch with Aunt Nicole (currently lives near San Diego), Chris and their kiddos. Then a sleepover visit with Aunt Lindsay who lives in San Fran!

Thanks to my parents who watched Landon, Adam and I were able to end 2017 with a delicious dinner at one of our favorite spots at the beach, Eleven South. Cheers to 2018!!

Landon ~ Months 7, 8 and 9

It’s hard to believe that we will be celebrating Landon’s 1st Birthday in just 2 months, where has the time gone?! Or really, where has my baby gone? Now more than ever, Landon literally looks like a little man. I know I say this almost every day, but he really is becoming such a sweet, silly, little boy. Watching him grow and develop is so much fun, and I can only imagine how it continues to get better and better. Landon is 10 months today (12.12.17), but here is a rundown of his growth and life with Landon months 7-9.

7 months (9.12.17)

Weight: 15 pounds 6 ounces
Height: 26 inches
Eating habits/New food: My frozen breastmilk stash ran out this month 🙁 so Landon’s bottles are now all formula. He still has 8 ounces at 7:30am and 7:30pm and then 7 ounces around noon and 4:00pm. During his noon and late afternoon meals he is also getting 4 ounces of pureed food.
Sleeping patterns: Nothing new here, still sleeping from about 8:00pm to 7:30am in his crib. Naps are getting more consistent. Landon, for the most part, naps at the minimum an hour and frequently we have to wake him up at the 2 hour mark.
Movement & Sounds/Words: Landon sits up by himself very well now. He mostly prefers to be sitting up instead of on his tummy or back. Landon is also getting a better hang of his walker. He likes to “walk” himself over to an indoor plant and pull on the leaves. He has also already discovered the drawers in the kitchen and loves to pull the towels off the stove. When this little boy starts walking, watch out world! Lol

Landon is starting to say what is very close to “Da-Da”. Go figure, I am home with him almost every day, all day, and he will say “Da-Da” first! That’s ok, his voice is so sweet, I don’t care what he says!
New discoveries/Accomplishments: On Friday, September 15th, Landon’s two front bottom teeth finally broke the skin! I loved his gummy smile, but his two little teeth are so cute! They are very small so it’s hard to get a picture of them, but they are there!
Adventures/New places: We are fortunate to live so close to the beach and I try to go with Landon as often as I can. It’s nice to take a break and go for a walk and stick our toes in the sand! We enjoy going to the beach early evening before bedtime because it is a little cooler out and seeing the beautiful colors that God makes in the sky is a great ending to the day!

My Dad’s Birthday was September 28th and we met for dinner and ice cream. Granddad says he had the perfect night! On Saturday, September 30th, Adam, my dad, Landon and I participated in the First Coast Walk of Hope. This walk happens all over the country to help raise awareness for infertility, so of course we had to be there! This was the first year it was organized here in Jacksonville and I look forward to participating in the future and watching the event grow.

Landon also stayed the night with my parents twice this past month while Adam and I attended a charity event and had a wedding to go to. I just love having my parents so close so that Landon can spend time with them! Of course it’s also a plus that we don’t have to pay for a babysitter and we can enjoy a night away from the baby monitor. 😉

 

8 months (10.12.17)

Weight: 16 pounds 10 ounces
Eating habits/New food: Landon is eating any and all kinds of pureed food, well fruits and vegetables. So far he has liked everything we’ve given him. This past month we introduced sweet potatoes, apples, bananas, pears, and mangos to Landon. In keeping with the fall spirit, Landon really likes a mixture of apples and pumpkins. We have also given him an occasional mac n cheese bite or two, pieces of a banana and scrambled eggs. He will point at the food and move it around on his tray but hasn’t quite figured out how to pick it up and put it in his mouth yet. I know he’s almost there!
Sleeping patterns: Nothing new here, still sleeping from about 8:00pm to 7:30am in his crib. Still two naps a day, ranging from 1 hour to 2 hours. Overall, he is a great sleeper!
Movement & Sounds/Words: The last week of October Landon started to do the “army crawl”. On Halloween (Oct. 31st) Landon pulled himself up to sitting from the crawling position for the first time. Landon didn’t waste too much time with the army crawl and went straight to crawling on all 4’s the first of November. At first he would try to put his butt in the air (like the downward dog yoga pose) but would then result to army crawling or go back down to being on his knees. Landon is definitely saying “Da-Da” but he is calling everything Da-Da. Lol. He will point at a chair and say “Da-Da”! It is too funny and we love hearing him say it!

New discoveries/Accomplishments: This isn’t really an accomplishment, but Landon had his first Halloween! He was a shark! 🙂 He was quite the hit on the street! Adam and I wore snorkeling masks and my mom made us cute fake scuba tanks, which Adam wore with his real scuba vest and fins. We had a great time taking our shark around and then passing out candy to the kids in the area.

Adventures/New places: Landon went on his first trip to my parent’s cabin in the Maggie Valley/Waynesville area of North Carolina. Prior to this trip, our longest drive with Landon was to Steinhatchee which is just under 3 hours, so this was much longer. Normally the trip is a little over 7 hours. It took us almost 9 to get there and then around 8 coming home. Overall, Landon did great in the car. He even napped! They weren’t as long as normal and not necessarily at the exact time he naps when at home, but we were happy to get anything from him

We had a great time at the cabin. We went to the local apple festival one day and a pumpkin patch. We also went the local fall arts & crafts festival another day. My Dad recently purchased a mule to keep up there and Landon seemed to like riding on it. Landon went on his first hike at the Catalooche Ranch. They have various trails and we obviously picked the easiest trail, but Landon loves being outside. We showed Landon our favorite local brewery, Frog Level Brewing, and had dinner at two of our favorite places in the area, The Sweet Onion and Frankies. It really was a great trip and I can’t wait to take Landon back to experience more new things and make many more memories!

Landon also experienced his first Florida/Georgia weekend. That Friday night, Landon (and Mommy and Daddy) tried a new babysitter, whom we love! The Gators lost, terribly, but Landon went to his first pig roast and he also made a new (girl)friend…sweet Maelyn who was about 5 and half months at the time.

9 MONTHS ( 11.12.17)

Weight: 17 pounds 9 ounces
Height: 28 inches
Head circumference: 46 cm
Eating habits/New food: Time to turn up the solids into high gear! No more just letting Landon have a bite here and there, he is now eating more “meal-like” meals. For breakfast Landon still has 8 ounces of formula and then a combination of at least two of the following: scrambled eggs, yogurt, oatmeal, avocado, or banana. For “lunch”, Landon has 4 ounces of formula and then some sort of pureed food, maybe some chicken, more avocado, or a little bit of whatever Mommy or Granddad/Nana are having for lunch. 🙂 And then for “dinner”, Landon has another 4 ounces (will be cutting this bottle out at some point) of formula, and he will have either, mac’n cheese, more chicken (Landon Loves chicken!), steamed veggies or again, some of whatever Mommy and Daddy are having. Landon also still has another 8 ounces of formula right before bed.


Sleeping patterns: Nothing new here…still usually sleeping 12 hours at night and taking two 1-2 hour naps a day.
Movement & Sounds/Words: Landon is quite the fast crawler! We have a baby gate at the top of our stairs and just ordered another for at the bottom. Landon mostly crawls around on hands and feet, just like the downward dog yoga pose. I love to watch his little but in the air! On Thursday, November 19th, Landon officially pulled himself up to standing. He had been kind of “crawling up” whomever was sitting on the ground next to him, but this first time he used a step stool to pull himself up and stood there for a while. He now pulls himself up with just about anything and has even tried to stand using only one hand. I swear he is going to walk (or run rather) so soon!! I think he might also be very close to saying “Ma-Ma” or at least that will be next. He kind of mumbles “muum-mma” at the moment.


New discoveries/Accomplishments: Thanksgiving was this month and Landon had a big day! We hosted at our house which included about 15 of us and it was the perfect size. It also was nice to have Landon at home for his naps and with all of his toys so we didn’t have to take a bunch of “stuff” elsewhere. Landon enjoyed some of the yummy Thanksgiving meal. He really liked the turkey, mashed potatoes, green beans, and cranberry sauce. Unfortunately my family did not get spared from the stomach bug that had been going around and even Landon was sick. Thankfully, he only seemed to only get a little bit of the bug. Landon had some loose poops for a few days, was a very picky eater, and he had his first “real” fever for a day. It made me so sad to see him literally strain and let out a squeal when he pooped a few times because it must have hurt him. I am so thankful that it wasn’t worse, I will be a mess whenever he gets badly sick.

On a more positive note, on Monday, December 4th, Landon finally figured out his sippy cup! We’ve been giving it to him for a few weeks now, but I finally heard him suck out a big gulp of water! He now drinks from it throughout every day.
Adventures/New places: Landon visited his Great Grandmaw (Adam’s Grandmaw) down in south Florida in the middle of November. I actually didn’t make the trip as I had a baby shower I was helping host the same weekend, but Daddy of course did just fine without me! Jane, Adam’s mom, came to Jacksonville and drove so that Adam could sit in the back with Landon. Grandmaw Lee thoroughly enjoyed the visit, and I know Adam and Jane had a great time too! Landon was also able to meet his Great Aunt Karen and some other extended family members. I am sad I missed those special moments but so glad they happened! Between the trip down south and Thanksgiving, that was enough excitement for us!

I plan to do a recap of all things Christmas and Hanukkah so you will just have to follow along on social media until then. 😉 Landon ended the month by meeting Santa for the first time! We also had a few Christmas pictures taken but I’m also saving those for later. I can’t spoil our Christmas cards, they just went out in the mail! Landon had fun helping us pick out and decorate our Christmas tree and watching Daddy put up the lights outside. I just LOVE this time of year! Merry almost Christmas everyone!

Fall FabFun

I’ve done it again, it’s been way too long since my last post. Fall is in full swing and winter is knocking at the front door.  I am a beach and sunshine all day, everyday type of gal, but opening the door and not getting slapped in the face with humidity is definitely nice. And, not going to lie, I am so ready to get the Christmas decorations out! 🙂 I am also so excited for Christmas with Landon I can hardly stand it! I literally get butterflies in my stomach from so much excitement when I think about all the fun we are going to have with him, especially as he gets older, around the holidays.

Adam and I always struggle with what to get each other and this year is no exception. We are honestly going to focus on Landon, donate money and items to a few charities and work on a house project or two. Neither one of us can really think of anything we “need” so I don’t want to waste money on items just for the sake of having presents under the tree.

Anyone else always struggle with what to buy for a particular person? For the females in your life that are hard to buy for, I just might have a good suggestion on what to get them! I’ve been meaning to share my experience (and now new found love) for the FabFitFun boxes!

I started with the spring FabFitFun box and was immediately sold. I was very surprised and please with the products and items I received. The makeup, hair and skin care products are not just trial sizes, they are full, buy at the store type sizes. These are products I can and do use if not daily, at least weekly. They also have awesome random items like for example a bracelet, vitamins and a big cute beach towel were the spring box. My summer box had a super cool water bottle and an art kit!

Spring box: Love it all! But that beach towel, the cuff, and the lipstick/lip liner and gloss set, oh my! 🙂

So, what’s the kicker? There honestly isn’t one! There are two different subscription options. Seasonal members pay $49.99 per box. They send you an email about 1-2 weeks before you are charged and you get to “customize” two options in your box. Basically they ask you two questions about your personality type and they will send you two items based on your responses.

The other option is an annual subscription, which is $179.99 upfront for a full year of boxes. Annual subscribers are select members. They receive an email before the box ships and can personalize more items in the box. For example, if they are sending a scarf, you will probably get to choose what color scarf you receive instead of the luck of the draw. Annual members also receive their boxes about a week before the seasonal members do. Either way, you can’t go wrong with this subscription!

So, get it for your wife, mom, sister, or maybe yourself! Just get it, you will be very happy you did. I can help you save a little too 🙂 To sign up, go to https://t.fabfitfun.com/SHw2 and enter the code WINTER10 or SANTABABY to get $10 off.

Here are some other pictures of my boxes and of me wearing a lipstick from my fall box that I just love. I will probably totally wear it out this holiday season. Happy shopping and gifting everyone! And Happy Thanksgiving!

Summer box: Where do I begin?! An awesome water bottle, face sunblock, bronzer and dry shampoo are summer essentials. Not to mention a cute necklace, eye cream and an adorable scarf, yes please!

Fall box: I Love this wrap, it’s so soft! The balm lip crayon is what I love and did I mention it’s animal cruelty free! Double win! The hot/cold gel packets are super cool and you can’t see it but there was a jean gym bag that is actually the perfect overnight bag for Landon. Below is me with the lip crayon (excuse the super close up shot Lol).

Sweet Baby Boy is 7 months!!

I had full intentions of doing this post last month when Landon turned 6 months, but you know the drill…life has been crazy busy. Anyways, I Can Not Believe my little peanut is 7 months old! How is my sweet baby over half a year old?! There are days where I feel like we just came home from the hospital and there are days where I feels like years have gone by. All the moments, from sweet and precious to crazy and stressful, have been 1,000% worth it. I know everyone says it, but I literally can not imagine my life without him in it.

Little Landon has been a wonderful baby and watching him grow has already been so much fun. And I know it will just keep get better and better! My goal is to do updates on Landon more often, but bear with me as this is a long post. Here is a rundown of life with Landon these past 7 months along with his growth, milestones, etc. We are having so much fun with this sweet little boy!

The first month we enjoyed snuggles all day, every day! 🙂

First bath at home 2.16.17
Getting some fresh air with Momma! This was while Daddy was away from me for the first time at 3 weeks!

1 month (3.12.17)

Weight: 8 pounds 9 ounces
Height: 22 inches
Head circumference: 39 cm
Eating habits/New food:  Landon started off pretty much eating every two to three hours. While I am very thankful to be able to produce some milk to feed Landon, my production just wasn’t enough. Breast feeding him was a battle so we introduced the bottle just a couples days after coming home from the hospital. Per my pediatrician’s suggestion, we also started to give him formula for his “bedtime” bottle to keep him happy and satisfied.
Sleeping patterns: Landon was napping for 2 -3 hour stretches. While he would nap in our arms/on our chest, in his swing, etc, he mostly slept in his rock n play which was in Mommy and Daddy’s room.

Our little tree frog! This was a very common sleeping position for Landon

Movement & Sounds/Words: Mostly sweet little breathing noises, not really anything you can describe.
New discoveries/accomplishments: Landon seemed to be curious about his hands very early on. I’m also pretty confident he has been smiling since day 1! He is such a happy baby and we definitely noticed a little smirk on his face within the first 2 to 3 weeks. First bath at home was on Thursday, February 16th. He lost his umbilical cord on Tuesday, February 21st.
Adventures/New places: Within the first month we also started taking walks around the neighborhood to get some fresh air for Landon and Mommy :-). Adam went out of town for work when Landon was 3 weeks old.  My parents were SO much help during this time. They took turns helping during the day and my Dad stayed with Landon and I every night. We all survived and Adam missed Landon more than I think he realized he would.

Friday, March 24th (my Mom’s 60th Birthday), we stayed in St. Augustine for the night which was Landon’s first time sleeping away from home. He of course did just fine! It is crazy how much stuff we packed just for one night away, and only 45 minutes away from home Lol! On Saturday, April 1st, Landon had his first “beach day,” with a tent and everything! Before now he had been to beach for a few walks but hadn’t stretched his legs on the sand yet. He slept in his carseat for a little while and then laid in the tent and let Mommy and Daddy get some sun for about an hour before he was over it. It was a successful trip!


2 months (4.12.17)

Weight: 10 pounds .5 ounces
Height: 23.25 inches
Head circumference: 41 cm
Eating habits/New food: Still eating every 2 to 3 hours. He still has breastmilk from the morning bottle through the evening and then his bedtime bottle is formula. I did cut back to just breast feeding him in the morning as he seemed sleepy from the night and latched on the best at this time.
Sleeping patterns: Around the first of April, Landon started to do 6 hour stretches at night! Hallelujah! He was going down around 10pm and waking up around 4am. This really helped Mommy and Daddy Lol. Then right at the 2 month mark, Landon started to do 8 hour stretches and he hasn’t looked back since! At 2 months we were amazed that we could expect at least 6 hours of sleep, possibly 7 or 8 hours. Thank you Jesus! 🙂
Movement & Sounds/Words: Somewhere near the 2 month mark, not sure of the exact date, Landon did his first squeal. His little noises and cooing are so cute, I swear he is already talking to us! He is definitely smiling now and we think he is starting to recognize Adam and I.

New discoveries/accomplishments: Landon is finally starting to not totally hate tummy time. He also started to pick his head up pretty good during tummy time in the beginning of April. On Sunday, April 23rd, Landon rolled from belly to back for the first time and a few days later he rolled 3 times in one tummy time session!

Adventures/New places: I don’t know if I would call it an adventure, but Landon had his first round of shots at his 2 month well check. Thankfully for Mommy and Daddy, he did surprisingly well. There were tears but they were slightly delayed until after the 2nd shot was happening and I scooped him up immediately after the bandaids were on and he stopped crying pretty quickly. On Sunday, April 9th, Landon met the Easter bunny and the following Sunday, April 16th, Easter Sunday, we had a nice quiet day spent with my parents. On Saturday, April 22nd we celebrated our friend’s little girl, Lottie’s first birthday and Landon had a great time watching everyone. I could tell he can’t wait to be running around with all the kids!

Having so much fun at Lottie’s Birthday!


3 months (5.12.17)

Weight: 11 pounds 2.5 ounces
Height: 24 1/2 inches
Head circumference: 42 cm
Eating habits/New food: No big changes here. In preparation for when I stop pumping and my milk supply runs out, we are slowly introducing more formula. We make his afternoon bottle a mixture of milk and formula. 
Sleeping patterns: Still sleeping in his rock ‘n play but we did move him into his nursery instead of at the side of our bed. He is still sleeping 8 hours at night but naps range anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours. This can drive this working from home Momma crazy but it’s all worth it!
Movement & Sounds/Words: So much “talking” and cooing. I think we are going to have one little chatterbox on our hands! And he is laughing! Landon is really starting to develop a personality and it is amazing!
New discoveries/accomplishments: Landon’s head is getting so strong! He does a much better job of holding it up, especially during tummy time. And I think he finally doesn’t hate/kind of enjoys tummy time. 🙂 I think Landon has realized he loves being outside. If he is a little fussy and you walk outside, he stops whining or crying immediately. He also really likes when he sits on someone’s lap and we swing on our bench swing in the backyard.

Adventures/New places: We celebrated my first Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 14th) and my mom’s first Mother’s Day as a grandmother and it was glorious! We spent some time enjoying the beautiful day at my parent’s pool at their condo, which was Landon’s first time putting more than just his toes in the pool. On memorial day, Monday, May 29th, Landon had another big beach day, this time with another baby, Riley, and a big group of friends. Landon once again did great and made it about 2 hours until I think he was too hot and overtired.

On Tuesday, May 30th Landon had his first sleepover at Grandpa and Grandmaw’s (my parents)! This was a “trial run” aka “prepare Mommy” as Adam and I were supposed to go down south to celebrate our 5th Anniversary on Friday, June 9th.  A big, wet depression blew in and we postponed our trip to later in the month. This was to be our first weekend away from Landon so my parent’s insisted we have a staycation and celebrate…so we did! My parents took Landon Friday morning and brought him home Sunday mid day. While we missed the little guy, it was a great “first weekend away” knowing he was with them and we were still in town if something happened.

Already grabbing sweet Ansley’s boobie! LoL
The best assistant around!


4 months (6.12.17)

Weight: 12 pounds 3.5 ounces
Height: 25 inches
Head circumference: 44 cm

Eating habits/New food: I stopped the morning breastfeeding during the first week of June. His morning and mid day bottles are all breastmilk. His early evening bottle is still a mixture of formula and milk and then his bedtime bottle is all formula. We did start to try to stick to more of a “schedule” with the bottles, trying to feed him as close to 7:00am, 11:00am, 3:00pm, 5:00pm and 8:00pm.
Sleeping patterns: Nothing too new to report here, usually sleeping around 9 hours most nights from 9pm to 6:00/6:30am. Naps are still hit or miss, with some being 30-45 minutes and some being an hour to 2 hours. We know we should transition to the crib but he is still sleeping in his rock ‘n play and occasionally napping in our arms because well, I’m a softy sometimes. 😉
Movement & Sounds/Words: Still smiling all the time and laughing a lot. And I still swear he is really trying to talk to us!
New discoveries/accomplishments:  Landon sucks on his fingers often and the pediatrician said he is definitely starting to cut his two front bottom teeth and possibly his 2 front top teeth as well. Oh boy! Landon also figured out how to put his feet in his mouth and does it non stop. It is hilarious to watch him roll around holding his feet and nibbling on them! He also has fully discovered his tongue and enjoys to stick it out quite often.

Adventures/New places: We had a great time celebrating Adam’s first Father’s Day (Sunday, June 18th) and my Dad’s first Father’s Day as a GrandDad! We just relaxed at our house and had a yummy lunch together. Our biggest adventure this month was by far Landon’s first flight on Wednesday, June 21st!! We flew to D.C. to visit my mom’s side of the family in Pennsylvania and Maryland (Adam already had to be up there a few days earlier for work). Landon was a rockstar! (Duh!) I fed him a bottle while taking off and during descending/landing. He even took a 30-40 min nap in my Dad’s arms. We had about an hour and half flight and it was just the right length for Landon’s first flight.

It was so wonderful introducing Landon to my Grandparents and other family members! Those are memories I will never forget! Landon once again, did fine on his flight home and this one was with Daddy. I will spare you all the details but our first flight was canceled and we ended up spending and entire day in an airport before arriving home at 10pm. So, bless his heart, he fared very well given the situation.

Had fun meeting and playing with my cousin Charley!
Family is everything

Adam and I had our “make up” anniversary weekend away at the end of June. We went down to Vero Beach and stayed at the fabulous, Costa d’ Este Beach Resort and Spa. I highly recommend this place! Once again, Landon cruised through the weekend with my parents with no hiccups. He seriously is such a good baby! We enjoyed a more casual 4th of July by going to a friends house for a BBQ and ended the night by watching fireworks by our house. Unfortunately, people decided to do their own firework shows late into the night as well as on the 3rd and 5th of July…they must not have children, or pets Lol.


5 months (7.12.17)

No 5 month appointment with pediatrician so we only know his weight was 13 pounds 2 ounces because yes, we have a a baby scale. 🙂

Eating habits/New food: Time for solids! We started with avocado that I mashed up and added breast milk to and he loved it! Per the pediatricians suggestion, we started with green veggies. Landon also likes peas and green beans.
Sleeping patterns: Sleeping both naps and at night in the crib!! Landon made this transition pretty smoothly. The first couple of nights he woke up around 3:00am and we then moved him back to the rock ‘n play for a couple more hours of sleep. But, as I said, this only took a few nights and he officially slept through the night in his crib at the end of July. We also incorporated a new bedtime routine that I believe made a difference. We feed him his bedtime bottle > Let him burp and pee then put a nighttime diaper on > Put him in a swaddle sack, give him lots of kisses and then set him in his crib > We then read a book, give him another kiss, turn the lamp off and leave. We try to do this with both Adam and I as often as we can. The longest it takes him to put himself to sleep is about 30 minutes and he really hasn’t cried too much.
Movement & Sounds/Words: Per usual, still smiling laughing and talking a lot. His laugh is starting to really sound like a real person’s laugh. I am confident “Dad-da” will be his first word as he says “bob-ba” all the time. With the support of the boppy pillow around him, Landon is starting to sit up fairly decent. He eats his solids in his bumbo chair and is able to hold himself up pretty good. Landon likes to roll from side to side, while holding his feet. He also rolls from back to belly pretty frequently.
New discoveries/accomplishments: Landon seems to be very interested in his hands this month. He really concentrates on them and watches them move. I also think he is starting to try to wave. My mom swears he has waved back at her. Lol
Adventures/New places: One of the biggest adventures this month was really for Daddy as he had his first weekend with Mommy away. I had my annual reunion with my sorority sisters and this year it was in Tampa so fortunately I wasn’t far. Adam is an amazing father and I didn’t worry for one second that he would need any help, reminders, etc. And Adam lucked out as his parents came and stayed the whole weekend. So technically, Daddy still hasn’t been by himself without help…yet. On Saturday, July 22nd, we went to Steinhatchee for the day/night to celebrate Adam’s dad’s birthday and introduce Landon to all our friends in Steinhatchee. We had a great time and of course Landon was the talk of the town! 🙂


6 months ( 8.12.17) ~ Half a Year!!

Weight: 14 pounds 12 ounces
Height: 25.5 inches
Head circumference: 45.75 cm
Eating habits/New food: We started orange veggies this month. So far Landon likes carrots and squash. He gets about 3 ounces of pureed food before his noon and 4:00pm bottles. He is still having 8 ounces of formula at 7:30am and 7:30 pm and then 7 ounces of breast milk at noon and 4:00pm. We are also mixing the breast milk with formula because I stopped pumping the end of August and our supply in the freezer won’t last too much longer.
Sleeping patterns: Nothing really new here, still sleeping from about 8:00pm to 7:00(ish)am in his crib. I am convinced naps will always be hit or miss with him, and that’s ok. But he is napping about 45 minutes to an hour more frequently with an occasional 2 hour nap.
Movement & Sounds/Words: When placed his back, Landon almost immediately rolls onto his belly and likes being that way for awhile. He seems to be very proud of himself as he usually looks up and smiles at us when he rolls over. Landon also is grabbing just about anything that is in front of him or within his reach. Time to start baby proofing the house! He has a deeper laugh now and giggles a lot. He likes to sit on our bed leaning on the pillows and let you tickle his sides. He lets out some good laughs sometimes! Watching him grow and develop warms my heart in a way I can’t describe.
New discoveries/accomplishments: On Tuesday, August 15th, Landon sat up by himself!! He didn’t need to lean on anyone for support and didn’t immediately fall over. The smile on his face was priceless! Landon has sucked and nibbled on his fingers for a month or two, but now he will actually suck on his thumb. He doesn’t do this often, usually when he’s tired, but I guess there’s a chance he could be a thumb sucker. Still no teeth but we can see white through his gums both on the bottom and top. Those front teeth must be coming soon!

Adventures/New places: Sunday, August 20th, Landon had his first real dip in the pool. Now that he can hold his head up so good he can sit up in his pool float. My parent’s condo has a pool and it doesn’t get very busy so we enjoyed the pool to ourselves. Landon had another sleepover with my parents this month. Adam and I went to Steinhatchee to have an adult scalloping weekend with a big group of friends. We missed our little guy but had a good time spending the weekend on the boat, scalloping and spending time with our friends.

Landon and I regularly go to story time on Thursdays at our local library branch. He is too little to understand what is going on but he loves to look around and watch everyone else. Adam and I were busy in August as we also went to Dallas for the Florida/Michigan game over Labor Day weekend. We left Thursday evening and came back Sunday night. It was the longest and furthest I had been from Landon (Adam was in San Antonio 4 nights when he was 3 weeks old!!). While we had a wonderful time, we missed him terribly! The Gators lost which didn’t help with not being able to snuggle with Landon but we are glad we went on the adventure

Landon wrapped up month 6 with a hurricane, literally! Hurricane Irma wrecked havoc in the Caribbean before deciding to venture up the entire state of Florida. We live at the beach and originally had plans to evacuate (just into town) until the storm turned slightly west and we decided to take our chances at home. We found out last year during hurricane Matthew that our house is 15ft above sea level and our home is made of concrete, so we felt pretty safe.

I grew up in a neighborhood that even during a bad thunderstorm trees fell and we would loose power overnight. So I thought I could handle this storm that was supposed to be at best a category 1 by the time she made it to our area. I might have been wrong! We made it, our house made it and we only lost power from 6am to 6pm. But, the winds were frightening and I don’t think I can sit through that again with my sweet baby asleep in his nursery terrified I would need to run in and grab him at any moment. The worst of the storm came through Jacksonville at night which was probably better that we couldn’t see as much but it left for a sleepless night.

Landon did great and slept through the worst part. He did wake up twice but looking back we actually think it was him cutting his teeth and not the storm. Some parts of Jacksonville and the surrounding areas flooded so we are very thankful that we were spared. I try not to look at the pictures of the islands, the keys, some of south Florida, etc. We took a risk staying home and know that our home can handle a lot, but it is still a scary reminder that mother nature is literally a beast! My thoughts and prayers go out to those who lost everything and especially those who lost their life.

Hanging out in Daddy’s truck enjoying the AC while power is out!

 

Since we are only a week into month 7, I will go into those stats and details when I post Landon’s 9 month update. Instead, I will leave you with a few of Landon’s 6 month pictures taken by the very talented Meghan from Daydream Design.

 

Back in the kitchen!

Hey guys! Sorry I have neglected the blog. I’ve been slowly getting back into the swing of things with work. I’m still trying to figure out how to mostly work from home and be with Landon most days. Thankfully my parents are able to help pretty much at any moment, which is extremely helpful. When I get those last minute phone calls to go look at houses they always seem to come up when my parents aren’t already here babysitting.

Now that I am finding more time to cook again, I wanted to share a recipe with you all that I recently tried. There have been quiet a few gloomy and rainy days here lately, which makes me want to get my crock pot out and pretend like it’s winter out. I tried a Sausage and White Bean Cassoulet and it turned out delicious! Here is a list of ingredients and just a few steps to follow. If you do try it out, enjoy! 🙂 Happy cooking and happy Wednesday to all!

Sausage and White Bean Cassoulet

What you will need:

2 (16 ounce) cans Great Northern beans, undrained

1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained (I already had a can of crushed in my pantry and it worked just fine!)

1 (14 ounce) package smoked turkey sausage, sliced

3/4 cup vegetable broth

3 medium carrots, sliced

1 cup raw onion

2 garlic cloves

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon dried thyme

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1 bay leaf

1/2 cup fine, dry breadcrumbs

1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

*Combine first 11 ingredients in a slow cooker. Cover and cook on LOW for 5 to 6 hours or until vegetables are tender. (I always put a liner in my crockpot for a much easier clean up!)

*Remove and discard bay leaf.

*Stir in bread crumbs then serve. Sprinkle each serving with Parmesan cheese and voila! Enjoy!

 

 

National Infertility Week: Listen, Learn & Share

1 in 8 couples have trouble getting pregnant or sustaining a pregnancy. Yes, you read that right, 1 in 8. That means that if you are not affected by infertility, it is very likely that you know someone that is.

Before we dive into infertility, it is important to understand what defines infertility. There are two classifications:

  • Primary infertility refers to couples who have not become pregnant after at least 1 year having sex without using birth control methods.
  • Secondary infertility refers to couples who have been able to get pregnant at least once, but now are unable.

As many of you know, Adam and I are one of those couples that had difficulty getting pregnant. Before going through it myself, the thought of having a hard time getting pregnant never crossed my mind. It also was not a common topic of discussion between Adam and I, our families or our friends. It always seemed as though our friends quickly got pregnant and we assumed the same would happen for us. In reality, it took over 2 years with some extra help from modern day science. That is why I am sharing this information and why this week is so important to me.

Infertility needs to be talked about more, understood better, and people should not feel alone or hopeless. In many instances, we felt alone throughout the process – as if something was wrong with us. In hindsight, I look back and can’t believe we felt that way. There’s nothing wrong with us and come to find out, we know so many people who have fought the same fight.

I am grateful there is a week dedicated to creating awareness around infertility! It is wonderful to see people speaking up, sharing their stories, and offering help and guidance. In this post, I want to shed some light on a few real life infertility stats, offer some helpful resources, and most importantly, provide hope for those who feel lost, scared or even ashamed that they are struggling. You are not alone and shouldn’t feel hopeless.

Let’s talk statistics. Here are a few stats about infertility and those it affects:

  • 1 in 8 couples have trouble getting pregnant or sustaining a pregnancy.
  • A couple ages 29-33 with a normal functioning reproductive system only has a 20-25% chance of conceiving in any given month.
  • About one-third of couples in which the woman is over 35 have fertility problems.
  • Infertility is not hereditary. However, there are medical conditions that are hereditary which may interfere with your ability to get pregnant. Such conditions are polycystic ovarian syndrome, endometriosis and thyroid/hormone disorders.
  • Infertility issues can stem from either partner – it takes two to tango. About one-third of infertility cases are caused by women’s problems. Another one third of fertility problems are due to men’s problems. The other cases are caused by a mixture of male and female problems or by unexplained infertility.
  • Up to 30% of infertility patients are “diagnosed” with unexplained infertility, meaning everything “should” be working conception isn’t happening.
  • The Affordable Care Act (ACA) does not require coverage for infertility treatments. Only eight states have an insurance mandate that requires qualified employers to include IVF coverage in their plans offered to employees: Arkansas, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Rhode Island.

Informative and resourceful websites

The internet has a wealth of information on infertility, and with the amount of information out there, it can almost be overwhelming. Below are a few resources to help get your started:

  • Resolve: They are a non profit organization dedicated to provide information, help and support for those going through infertility and those who want to help others going through infertility.
  • Creating A Family: A national adoption & infertility education organization geared towards strengthening families through unbiased education and support for infertility patients, adoptive parents, and allied professionals.
  • FertilityIQ: An online resource for fertility patients to get detailed information on doctors, clinics, treatments, costs, etc.
  • National Infertility Awareness Week: The official website of National Infertility Awareness Week. They have a great list of blogs that have participated in sharing infertility stories and awareness that are worth checking out.
  • Some other blogs to check out include lemonwater, Dreaming of Diapers, and Trails Bring Joy. I’d also like to point out my friend Jamie’s blog, Organized Chaos, where she shares her infertility stories which include the conception of two beautiful daughters and currently another bun in the oven.

In addition to the resources above, there are many great communities out there like What To Expect and BabyCenter that have dedicated trying to conceive and infertility groups. These communities can be a great way to read about others journeys, ask questions, get support, and help you not feel alone in the process.

Northeast Florida fertility clinics

For those of you in or near Northeast Florida, here are some of the fertility clinics in our area:

Landon Loves The Florida Institute for Reproductive Medicine

How can you help?

  • Spread awareness! If you have been affected by infertility, share your story with friends and family to let others know that infertility issues are common and nothing to be ashamed of.
  • Donate to RESOLVE, The National Infertility Association, to help them continue to educate and inform the population about infertility issues.
  • Get social! Share this post or check out some other inspirational ideas.

Baby Boy Feber is here!

Landon James Feber graced us with his presence on Sunday, February 12th, 2017 at 8:38pm. Yes, it’s been two months now, but hey, we’ve been busy! He weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces and was 20.5 inches long.  We are completely and utterly in Love!

Delivery was much faster and more smooth than I had anticipated and I would do it all over again in a heartbeat, but I could pass on the 48 hours leading up to his arrival. Here is my labor and delivery journey. Just a heads up, I’m not going to be shy, so proceed with caution ;-).

In the early morning hours of Friday, February 10th, I woke up with a strange pain in my abdominal area. I honestly thought I had gas…tried to go back to bed and 30 minutes later, felt the pain again. I didn’t want to get my hopes up, but the thought “oh wow, these could be contractions!” did run through my head. They continued, every 30 minutes, from about 5am to 9am. Then oddly, they went away. I assumed as I had originally suspected, maybe I had really bad gas and went on with my morning. Around noon, they started up again and this time we decided to time and track them with a handy app I had downloaded. The pain, now realizing they really were contractions, continued to range from 20-30 minutes apart all afternoon.  I also noticed a few times that afternoon, when I went to the bathroom, it looked as though I was starting to loose my mucus plug. I remember thinking, “could things actually be starting to happen?!” It was very small pieces, but hey, it was something!

Not sure if you pay attention to full moons or astrology, but Friday, February 10th was a full moon, a lunar eclipse and a comet. We fortunately live just blocks from the beach so around 7:30pm, when the lunar eclipse was supposed to be happening, we went down to the beach and took in the quiet, peaceful moments. We were secretly hoping we would be headed to the hospital soon. The contractions had continued all afternoon and had slowly began getting closer to 15 minutes apart.

Since we live a good 25 minutes away from the hospital, we decided to head to my parents just incase things progressed very quickly (they live about 5 blocks from the hospital). Unfortunately, the contractions did not get any closer and I spent the night waking up every 12-15 minutes to push through them. The one positive from the night was that at around 2:00am I went to go to the bathroom and I lost my mucus plug! I woke up Adam and even took a picture of it in the toilet, but I will spare you of that image Lol.

Full moon bumpin’

Saturday, February 11th (my due date), I woke up a little frustrated and definitely uncomfortable as my back pain had kicked in. So now, along with these pesky contractions every 12ish minutes, my back was killing me. From about 8 o’clock that morning until around noon the contractions slowly moved to being 8-10 minutes apart. After about two hours of them being consistently 8 minutes apart, and my back pain getting worse and worse, I called my doctor’s office. Normally they would want me to come in only if my water had broken and/or if my contractions were at least 5 minutes apart. But they said to go a head and come to the hospital for them to take a look at me. I knew there was a good chance that I would be sent home, but I was hopeful that maybe, just maybe I would be dilated enough to beg for them to admit me. Unfortunately, my wishful thinking didn’t pay off, I was barley dilated 1cm and sent right back home!

At this point I was getting very frustrated and irritated. I did not sign up for this! (Oh wait, yes I did haha) I now could totally see why people get induced. It would have been so much better to know exactly when to go to the hospital and to not have to just sit there going through the contractions and pain for now over 24 hours. So back home we went. The contractions continued being 8 – 10 minutes apart literally all throughout the night. At this point, the contractions were very painful. It is hard to accurately describe the pain but as they got closer and closer together, my pain level drastically increased and the word uncomfortable was a light way to explain how I felt trying to lay or even sit down for that matter. I did not get any sleep because I woke up every 8 -10 minutes to push through these very painful contractions and excruciating back pain.

The next morning, Sunday, February 12th, I “woke” up very tired and honestly pissed off at this point. I want to meet my baby damn it! Now I was officially past my due date and had so many people texting, calling, etc to see how I was doing and how things were progressing. So I went about the morning like I had the past 2 days and continued tracking my contractions. Adam and I walked around the parking lot of my parent’s condo and around the courtyard area to try to help the contractions move along. I’m sure people wondered why I wasn’t at the hospital already when they saw me, especially when I had to stop and push through a contraction. There were some contractions that literally made me get teary eyed. Right before noon the contractions went from 8 minutes, to 7 minutes to finally 6 minutes very quickly….I was almost there! Thank the lord they were progressing because my back pain was pretty much unbearable at this point. Yes, the contractions were horrible, but the back pain really did make me cry. God bless Adam, he tried to rub my back and get me as comfortable as possible. But there was nothing he nor my parents could do but just let me grip their shoulder when a contraction came along.

2:30pm: I finally broke the 5 minute mark! My contractions stayed around 5 to 5 and half minutes apart for an hour so I called my doctor’s office and they said to come on down! Adam and I decided not to take our hospital bags because we figured if we didn’t take them that this time would be for real. Well, we were right! Thankfully, I didn’t have to wait long to get checked in and for a nurse to come check my cervix. She said those words I was dying to here, ” You’re not going home sweetie”. When the nurse, “Biz” (who was wonderful!), checked my cervix, she said it essentially wilted away from 1 and half cm to 4cm. Finally!! I was going to be admitted and we wouldn’t be going home without our baby boy this time! YESSS!!!

Oddly enough, no one else was being admitted or in labor when we first got there so it was all hands on deck to get me rocking and rolling.  While the nurses were admitting me, getting my vitals and putting in my IV, I had asked if I could go to the bathroom but since I was about to get a catheter, they told me to just hang tight. The anesthesiologist was there in probably 20 minutes and he was a hoot. His name was Dr. Cramp – very fitting. Lol! When I moved to the side of the bed for the epidural to be put in, I laughed and told Adam that I had just peed myself, oops! Getting the epidural wasn’t as bad as I had anticipated and thank the Lord for it! It was in in no time. Thankfully “Biz” came back soon after to empty my catheter and she surprised me when she lifted up my gown and said that my water had broken. I guess I hadn’t peed myself after all! haha

IV and epidural in, we are ready to meet our little boy!

The next few (or several) hours are really a blur as things continued to progress quickly and the epidural did it’s job. I went from 4cm to 8 cm very quickly and by about 6:30 pm I was at 10 cm and it was time to get ready to push! Thankfully Adam’s parents got in town just in time to say hello and wish me luck. Adam and I decided we just wanted it to be us in the room so the very excited Grandparent’s to be went to the labor and delivery waiting room. I had given my mom the option to be in the room but she felt that it was a moment for Adam and I….plus she has always told me she didn’t want to see me in that kind of pain.

10cm and ready to go!
Proud and excited Grandmaw

My OB came and checked on me to see how I was progressing and gave me a run down of events. I didn’t realize how much the nurses really do during the delivery process and that the doctor wouldn’t be coming back until the last minute to finish things up. The doctor also told me she didn’t think I would be pushing for too long, which was music to my ears. So, she left and our main nurse, Carolina got us prepped and ready for the push process.

My epidural had lightened up just a tad, which worried me at first, but it ended up being a good thing. I could tell when the contractions were coming and knew when I needed to get ready to push. Through each contraction I pushed at least 3 times, holding my breath for 10 seconds during each push. Adam and Carolina counted out load which helped me visualize the finish line of each push. I should have had Adam somehow take a picture of me pushing. My face had to be so freaking red at times! There were some pushes that I felt like a vein was going to pop out of my head. Combined with the heat I felt in my head and brain, it really felt as though my head was going to explode!

Around 8:00pm, after about an hour of pushing, the doctor came to finally get our little boy out and into the world! He was crowning at this point and they said his hair was on the darker side. I opted not to look, but I don’t think Adam could avoid it. I just wanted to get the little guy out and see him for real, not just his protruding head! Once the doc was ready, I pushed about 3 more rounds and all of sudden he was out!

Thanks to my lovely epidural, I honestly couldn’t even tell, I had to ask, “is he here?!” The nurses handed him to me and it was Love at first sight. That moment, while it happened so fast, is a moment I will never forget. He was so cute, little and finally in my arms! I am finally a mommy! All the pain, being uncomfortable, nerves and waiting were all over and now just a memory. I have been looking forward to this moment for almost three years. I remember looking at Adam trying not to totally loose it. Thankfully Adam took some wonderful pictures that we will cherish forever.

Although he was a little hesitant, Adam cut the umbilical cord. I’m sure that is something he will never forget 🙂 Landon was breathing but wasn’t crying so they only let me hold him for just a minute before they rushed him over to their table to check all of his vitals. I kept asking if he was ok and they said that his heartbeat was good but they needed him to cry. They put a little oxygen mask on him and were pumping it to help him. Watching that broke my heart because there was nothing I could do, I couldn’t even hold his little hand. Although it was probably only a minute, it felt like an eternity, until all of a sudden we heard him cry. Never before was I so happy to hear such a piercing sound!

They then told me his height and weight – 7 pounds, 11 ounces, 20.5 inches. Adam was with him and taking pictures while they documented all his vitals, got his first foot and hand prints, etc. This all happened so quickly I wasn’t even paying attention to the fact that the doctor was still tending to me. I “delivered” the placenta and the doctor stitched me up.The doctor said I did “beautifully,” whatever that means haha. Luckily and thankfully my tears were very small and minimal and I didn’t need too many stitches. I will spare you any further details in that department 🙂 Here are a few pictures from our first moments with our sweet little boy!

 

That is really the end of all the initial excitement. Adam went with Landon to the nursery and our parents watched from the window as they continued checking Landon’s vitals. I was then moved from a birthing room to a regular room where our parents were eagerly waiting to see me and hold baby Landon. But first, I had to jump right in to trying to breast feeding the little guy. I completely forgot that he was no longer attached to my umbilical cord! What a way to be thrown into the whole breastfeeding experience! Lol He didn’t latch on perfectly at first but we slowly but surely figured it out enough to satisfy him. Thank the lord for the nurses and lactation consultants!

Our parents visited with us for a little while and before we knew it, it was after midnight. Time for Landon to take a nap and time for Adam and I to try to get some rest as well. We said our good byes, the nurses checked my vitals again, turned out the lights and there we laid, so tired but too excited to actually sleep. We are parents! Landon is finally here! We did finally get some sleep, but it is also hard to sleep when you have to feed the little guy and the nurses are coming to check on you every 2 hours.

The next day, Monday, February 13th was a long and busy day. Again, everything was in two’s, Landon had to be fed every 2 hours and the nurses were still checking on both him and I every 2 hours. Our parents visited more and we also had a few friends come by the hospital as well. It was wonderful to be able to finally share our sweet boy with people.


On Tuesday, February 14th, Landon started the day on a rough note as he was circumcised. We were happy when we heard one of our favorite doctors, Dr. Boyd, would be performing the procedure. Dr. Boyd came to our room afterwards and told us that all went well and gave us a few tips on how to take care of the little guy moving forward. I was also cleared to go home. We honestly didn’t want to leave! The nurses were so wonderful and who wouldn’t want someone helping you with your newborn (and yourself) non stop?! I asked the discharge nurse if we had to leave and she said she would process me very slowly. Haha. We had some newborn pictures taken and then we started the packing process. I took everything in sight, literally! Several friends (and nurses) told me to raid the hospital of all their supplies and that’s exactly what I did.

My dad came to help us load up the car and off we went. Headed home with our Very special cargo. I feel like our lives are complete with Landon here. We feel beyond blessed and thankful to be his mommy and daddy. There is no possible way to explain or a proper comparison of the joy of having this child in my arms. The trials and tribulations will never be forgotten, but they are in the past and we could not be happier with our little family.

*I will follow up soon with more pictures and an update of life at home with baby Landon!

Week 39 Bumpdate

Yes, you read that right, I’m into week 39 and still waiting….I feel like 8 months flew by and now that I’m in the home stretch, the days just drip by. We have our hospital bags packed, the carseat ready in the car, the nursery is completed, we’ve picked a pediatrician, all newborn clothes, blankets, etc. have been washed. We’re ready. This isn’t a formal bumpdate, just a recap of what we’ve been doing as we patiently (or impatiently) await to meet our little man!

I had an appointment on Monday, and while I was not dilated, the doctor could feel his head and said he is super low! My belly measured on track, his heartbeat was great, my blood pressure was perfect and my urine sample was fine too. I had quite a few Braxton Hicks-like contractions while with the doctor so she said now we just need my brain and body to communicate to each other and kick those contractions into high gear! I felt much more hopeful walking away from that appointment that this really could happen today or tomorrow….ekkk!! We are thinking maybe Friday could be the “big day” as there is going to be a triple treat in the sky: lunar eclipse, comet and full moon!

Momma is ready!

One of my last minute tasks was to make a few goodies bags for our labor and delivery nurses. I used to work in the medical sales industry and I remember nurses getting very excited when I dropped off snacks and treats. So, I got each one a little Valentine’s box of chocolates, trail mix, jolly ranchers, chapstick, individual powered drink mixes, and a Starbucks gift card. I figure with all the attention they will hopefully be giving me and baby boy, I should at least do a little something for them!

As I mentioned before, the nursery is complete…we are as ready as we can be at this point! All we need is our little man! 🙂

I am proud to say I made the captain’s wheel and sailboat canvases myself during this downtime!

I hope you all have a wonderful rest of your week. My next post will be announcing the little guy’s arrival and telling you all about our labor and delivery! Please keep us in your prayers for a smooth and safe delivery, a healthy momma and baby, and a not too frightened daddy! Lol…I know Adam will be a great help in the delivery room and knock this out of the ball park!

Week 36 Bumpdate

Hello friends! Here we are just a little over 3 weeks away from my due date. Where has the time gone?! These past 8 months have flown by! I am sad to say I think this might be my last formal bumpdate before go time, but I will try my best to keep everyone updated as things progress.

The holidays flew by and it was surreal/special to think about how it was our last Christmas just the two of us. We can’t wait for our little guy to be here and make future holiday seasons even more magical! The last few weeks we have been busy trying to tie up as many loose ends as possible in regards to baby products, stuff for the nursery, hospital bag items, etc. I mean you’re never fully ready for the baby to come but I think we are pretty darn close!

As I mentioned in my last update, we had maternity pictures taken and oh my lord have mercy, they turned out fantastic!! Our photographer, Meghan, did an absolutely amazing job! She doesn’t just do maternity so if anyone in the northeast Florida area needs a photographer, please consider DayDream Design. I also had my last shower, which I have recapped below as well. Stay tuned for labor and delivery updates as well as some pregnancy guides I’ve been working on. Have a wonderful rest of your week everyone!

How far along: 36 weeks, 4 days

Gender: Boy

How big is baby: About the size of a papaya, probably weighing around 6 lbs

My weight gain: Still around 25 lbs

Maternity clothes: I think everything I am wearing now is maternity, even wearing nursing bras

Wedding ring on or off: On, but not as easy to slip on and off

Exercise: Still trying to get to the gym 3-4 days a week for at least some cardio and maybe, just maybe, some light weightlifting

Sleep: Overall sleeping “OK”. I toss and turn a lot, but have been fortunate the past 2ish weeks that I haven’t had as many nights where I’m wide awake for hours. I never seem to feel rested though thanks to being so restless.

Miss anything: Would like to look down and see my toes, shave my legs more easily, etc. It’s the small things I miss!

Cravings: Still don’t really have any cravings, but still loving Mexican food!

Aversions: None

Symptoms: Overall my symptoms have still been minimal. I am definitely more tired these days and have been taking more naps. Heartburn/indigestion is much more frequent. I have been experiencing Braxton Hicks contractions for awhile now but recently they have definitely seemed more intense or strong and more frequent. But again, still very lucky to have had an easy pregnancy so far!

Belly Button in or out: Slightly out

Movement: I am pretty sure this little guy is going to be a ninja or an athlete of some sort. He moves a lot and his movements are pretty intense most of the time. We have definitely seen some powerful kicks and punches. While some of the movements catch me off guard, I absolutely love feeling and seeing him move around and I know I will miss all this action once he is finally in our arms.

Mood: I still feel really good overall. I am definitely ready to meet this little prince but I can’t say that I don’t feel good or that I’m really uncomfortable. I have embraced this belly, the Braxton Hicks contractions, mild cramping that’s been happening lately, not being able to move around as easily, I could go on and on.  It’s really hard to explain but I feel a whole different level of confidence in me the past month or two and I can actually say that I like being pregnant. I know some of you ladies probably think I’m crazy haha

Best Moment of the week: Since the last update we think we have finalized the name, but sorry, it’s going to stay a secret until we see and hold our little man! 🙂

What I (we) did/Got for the baby: I have washed all of his newborn clothes, blankets, burp cloths, crib sheets and anything that I think we will be using the first few weeks so that they are all clean and germ free. We had a meet and greet with one pediatrician (we liked her!) and we will be meeting another one next week as well. The nursery is pretty much all put together, I just need to finish hanging some artwork. We got a mirror for above the changing table, some shelves and a small nightstand type table. I promise to post some pictures of the nursery once I have everything hung on the walls and clean items put away.

Doctor’s appointment: Had one on Monday. Really just another routine appointment where they check the heart beat, measure my belly (36 cm) and talk about how I’m feeling, baby’s movement, etc. I did have the Strep B test and will get that result next week. Doctor said that if I were to go into labor tomorrow, while of course they’d rather him keep cooking, that it really would be ok and there shouldn’t be any major concerns. Hearing that is definitely reassuring and scary at the same time. I think it is finally sinking in for Adam that this little guy could literally come any day….

Looking forward to: Baby boy finally being here!!

It was hard to pick just a few but here are some of our maternity pictures! We took these at Big Talbot Island both in the wooded area and on “driftwood beach”. I am so glad we chose this location and at sunset, it made for the perfect backdrops and lighting.

Baby Shower #3 Recap:

Baby boy, Adam and I were showered one last time two weekends ago and it was wonderful! The hostesses were 3 lovely ladies in my office whom I’ve “clicked” with since the day I joined Keller Williams. They, along with everyone else in my office, have always treated me like family. This little guy has so many people patiently awaiting his arrival he has no idea how much love is coming his way!

Three of the most giving ladies I know!

Week 32 Bumpdate

Happy Wednesday everyone! We have been very busy the past few weeks and I really can’t believe that I am less than 8 weeks from my due date!! Holy Moly where as the time gone?! While I have had appointments every two weeks since my week 26 update, yesterday I finally had another sonogram. I also had another amazing shower 2 weeks ago so here is my week 32 update and another shower recap. Merry almost Christmas and Happy almost Hanukkah! Wishing you and your family a wonderful holiday season filled with love, peace and laughter now and throughout the new year!

How far along: 32 weeks, 4 days

Gender: Boy

How big is baby: About the size of a head of kale, weighing in around 4 lbs 6 oz

My weight gain: 25 lbs – Doctor said I’m doing great, but need to “keep an eye” on the weight gaining….I say holiday calories don’t count right?! Lol

Maternity clothes: My bottoms pretty much have to be maternity (other than pjs) and about 90% of my tops and dresses are maternity

Wedding ring on or off: On, but not as easy to slip on and off

Exercise: Still trying to get to the gym 3-4 days a week for at least some cardio and maybe, just maybe, some light weightlifting

Sleep: Overall sleeping “OK,” but having more and more nights where I am wide awake around 1:30. If I’m lucky, I’m up for only an hour or two, but there have been some nights where I don’t get back to sleep until after 5:00. I am also getting more charley horses in the middle of the night.

Miss anything: Of course I would like to be able to go to a restaurant and order a glass of wine without getting weird looks haha. But in all seriousness, bending over to tie my shoes, shave my legs, etc, is getting much more difficult these days.

Cravings: Still don’t really have any cravings, but still loving Mexican food!

Aversions: None

Symptoms: Overall my symptoms have been minimal. I am more tired than I was during the 2nd trimester. Pregnancy brain is still happening, headaches are more frequent and my heartburn/indigestion has stepped up a notch. But again, overall, very lucky to have had an easy pregnancy so far!

Belly Button in or out: Slightly out

Movement: This little guy is a busy boy!! He moves around mostly at night, and when he gets going, it can last for a while. We are now really able to see him moving around in my belly. It is such a fascinating thing to watch! Adam calls him our “little alien” Lol. Little guy also has hiccups pretty regularly and usually at night. Sometimes I feel bad for him because they can last for 30 minutes or more!

Mood: I honestly feel really great. More and more people tell me I have that “glow” and I must say that I have thoroughly enjoyed pregnancy so far. I do feel bigger these days, but overall, I feel beautiful and proud to be carrying this little prince in my belly.

Best Moment of the week: We had maternity pictures taken on Saturday and I can’t wait to see how they turned out!! 🙂

What I (we) did/Got for the baby: The nursery is really coming together. We have the crib, dresser, changing table, a bookshelf, and recliner. I’ve been stocking the drawers and closet with all the goodies and clothes we’ve been getting. We took a tour of the maternity wing at the hospital, pre-registered at the hospital, and have a list of pediatricians that we will be “interviewing” in the next couple of weeks.

Doctor’s appointment: Had one yesterday, which included a sonogram for the first time since week 26. I love seeing him and watching him move. He yawned for us and kicked the sonogram wand out of his way at one point. He is a little acrobat and had his feet up above his head. Little guy has moved into the head down position, so fingers crossed he stays that way and we don’t have a breeched baby! We were also able to see some of his fuzzy hair – seems like he has a pretty good head of hair on him. Everything still looks great and as I mentioned, they are guessing he weighs around 4 pounds, 6 ounces, which is in the 58 percentile, right where he should be!

Looking forward to: Christmas!! I already absolutely love Christmas and this time of year, so I can only imagine what next year will be like with our little guy here! I am also looking forward to my last shower in a couple of weeks and beginning the final countdown to little man’s arrival!!

Baby Shower #2 Recap:

Two of my dear friends, Marla and Nicole, whom I’ve know since 9th grade, threw me an amazing shower a couple weekends ago. It was a “Winter Wonderland” type theme and they sure outdid themselves. I can’t thank Marla and Nicole enough for the thought, time and efforts they put into showering me and baby boy Feber. They are two amazing ladies and my son is so lucky to have them as aunties who will love him unconditionally as they have loved me all these years.

Me with the lovely hostesses!
Hot chocolate bar, such a cute idea!

Two very excited Grandmothers!!