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the one about 18 weeks with baby #2

How far along? 18 weeks

Maternity clothes? In my last pregnancy, most of my growth was in my belly. But this one there’s lots of growth in my hips as well. That’s frustrating since all my maternity pants are too big around the belly since they were stretched out, but now all my pre pregnancy jeans don’t fit in the hips. So I have to use my bella band to hold up maternity pants. I did buy some new maternity leggings. since I’ll be pregnant in winter I’ll need more than the 1 pair I had before. They fit very well, and I bought a pair of jogger pants which are not maternity but stretchy. They are amazing. AS far as tops and dresses, I’m good either way. I just can’t wear form fitting pre pregnancy that I don’t want stretched out.

Sleep: It has left me.

Best moment: He kicked for the first time!

Miss Anything?: I miss sleep.

Movement: Yup! I’ve felt the little flutters that make you aware of the movement, but could also be gas bubbles around 15 weeks. Then about 17 weeks I started to feel stronger kicks randomly.

Food cravings: wild berry skittles and chinese food

Anything making you queasy or sick: I was legit sick the last half of week 16. Jack had a virus and gave it over to me. Being sick while you’re pregnant is for the birds.

Gender: a boy! Benjamin ? Stark

Symptoms: Headaches, all the gross girly stuff, stiff legs, basically everything except boob tenderness which is nice. 

Belly Button in or out? in, and i doubt it comes out

Wedding rings on or off? on and comfortable.

Happy or Moody most of the time: I’m pretty happy and chill most of the time. This is a welcome change from the first trimester. But when I’m moody it’s a life or death situation in my brain.

Looking forward to?  Our ultrasound and halloween with Jack! He of course can’t trick or treat, but he’ll probably appreciate his costume and all the attention he’ll get this year. He might get to go around in his wagon while his cousins trick or treat!

Friday Favorites 10.13.17

1. . Our neighbors told us that not may kids trick or treat through our neighborhood for some reason. Tons of them live here, but I guess they go to their grandparents or a church trunk or treat. Or if they’re anything like me they go to the wealthy neighborhood about a mile away  . . . ANYWAY, I looked into how much a package of full size candy would be since I don’t have to buy much. I found these on amazon! $20 it’s what you’d spend for 200 pieces at Target not on sale!! This is such a great deal if you don’t have to buy a lot of candy! Scott and I have always wanted to be the cool house with full size candy bars and this year we’re accomplishing that goal.

2. Lately, I’ve really been into pretty coffee mugs. These are next on my list.

3. Of course, living in Indiana again I have to get a new winter coat. But a maternity one. Is it necessary? How outrageously expensive are they? I’m thinking about this one so far.

4. I’ve been wanting to incorporate more meat less meals into our lives. But with a husband who is apprehensive and a growing toddler boy that’s proved difficult so far. This list gives me a lot of hope. It does say college kids, but they’re actually for families.

5. I would love to grow herbs once our kitchen is refinished. This article has been giving me lots of hope.

the one with kitchen dreams

We recently bought a house here in our new state of Indiana. I’m so happy to be a homeowner again especially because it means we get to do renovations again! We loved doing our first house, and never felt like it was complete before we had to leave and move to Florida.  The only major renovation that needs to happen is the kitchen. Right now the plan is to do that next summer once I’m not pregnant anymore. Then we’ll do some small bathroom renovations (mostly just updating vanities) and finally we’ll tackle the outside.

Next summer seems far away, but if you know me you know I already have a plan. So today I wanted to share part of that plan for the kitchen. This is of course just the rough draft so updates are sure to come. I want to keep things simple, bright, and clean in here. So whites cabinets, concrete counters, stainless steel handles and appliances, and simple tile floors. Then we’ll break up all the cool colors with some wood shelves and a butcher block island. The thing I’m most undecided on right now is how high to take the cabinets. I know it looks more gourmet to have them all the way to the top, and it’s no wasted space. But I cant’ see myself every using them . . .

We have really great appliances and a huge pantry already, and only a small space for an island (no space for anything built in or with electricity supplied)  so this won’t be that big of an ordeal. Just changing the cabinets, counters, and backsplash basically!

I’m mostly looking forward to te new sink! The faucet we have no doesn’t have  a sprayer or detached head . . . it’s so hard to clean dishes #firstworldproblems.


shelves via . tile from lowes . everything else ikea

Friday Favorites 10.6

It’s gonna be a great weekend guys.  I can feel it. We’ve got  a date night planned, pumpkins to paint, and grocery delivery on the way. What are your plans?!? 

  1. how cute is this top for Jack?
  2. I’ve been wanting to try grilled pizza forever, and we’re finally doing it soon. with this recipe.
  3. how gorgeous is this maternity dress
  4. since we have a toddler, we’re painting pumpkins this year instead of carving. I think i’m gonna do a jack skellington like this
  5. I think the new baby needs these swaddles . . . bc owls . . .

the one with 16 weeks with baby #2

How far along? 16 weeks

Maternity clothes? my maternity jeans are still too big. and most of my maternity shirts (except the form fitting ones) are obviously too big. But I’ve brought everything out and am wearing it around the clock. It’s just so much more comfortable, and I am showing earlier this time.

Sleep: Other than waking up more than usual to pee, it’s fine. 

Best moment: telling everyone it’s another boy!

Miss Anything?: a beer or a mangorita (thanks thomas rhett)

Movement: none yet, but I’m aware of him now. which I know is something only someone who has been pregnant before understands.

Food cravings: of course I crave sweets a lot. I’m also really looking forward to being pregnant on thanksgiving.

Anything making you queasy or sick: no foods are. but i feel sick for a little part of every day.

Gender: a boy! Benjamin Haniel Stark

Symptoms: I’m tired and hungry all the time. I have headaches every day. I feel sick everyday. My hips hurt quite often. Then my stomach cramps. Then all the gross stuff. Yea, I’m pregnant. Did I mention I’m tired?

Belly Button in or out? in, and i doubt it comes out

Wedding rings on or off? on and comfortable.

Happy or Moody most of the time: I’m pretty happy and chill most of the time. This is a welcome change from the first trimester. But when I’m moody it’s a life or death situation in my brain.

Looking forward to?  Our ultrasound in a couple weeks. and Of course finally feeling him kick!

the one with the wild one

This past weekend we had Jack Jack’s first birthday party! We had just a ‘small’ family cookout at the house. I wanted to keep it simple with so much going on in our lives lately. Since the weather’s still nice we put burgers and dogs on the grill, made broccoli salad, macaroni and cheese, and our families brought a few more sides. Jack loves macaroni and cheese so it was perfect for him! That specific day was also my parents 50th wedding anniversary so our dessert was a cake to celebrate that. I made Jack his very own smash cake! I wasn’t sure how he’d handle it. He doesn’t get sugar often, and any cake he’s ever had has been sharing with someone else. We gave him a brownie on his actual birthday and he was very apprehensive. He eventually got into tho.

I also wanted to go simple with the decorations. First birthday are really more for us than the kids, right!? We had a slight where the wild things are theme so I made a little king of wild things sign for his cake and high chair. Some balloons behind him finished us off! Our outfits served as the rest of the decorations! They’re from the etsy shop ollie and penny. I have tons of pictures, but they’re all blurry. bummer. Everyone signed a copy of his wild things book for him and left memories and wishes for him to look at later in life! And he got lots and lots of presents!

Happy Birthday my sweet goofy boy! Mama loves you the most.

the one about Jack at 12 months

Height:  30 inches 50th% We’ve had ‘issues’ with his measurements since birth. For example he grew 3 inches in his first week of life – per the measurements, can’t be real. This is the first time we feel like it’s actually accurate. 

Head: 47.5 inches 90th %

Weight: 21.9 60th%

Nicknames: Dumplin, jackster, jack jack, sweet pea

Sleeping: It’s going so well. We have a great bedtime routine, and he sleeps right on through the night. We’re down to one nap a day, but some days he still takes two. He’s very good at showing when he’s tired and getting me for bed. This was a long time coming and I’m so glad it came while I’m preggo. Sleep is already hit or miss when you’re preggo. Occasionally he wakes up in the middle of the night, but either of us can rock him to sleep. And when I say occasionally, I mean like maybe once every 10 days or so.

Feeding: Little man completely self weaned from breastfeeding at about 11.5 months. 3 months ago I thought weaning was going to be really tough. He was really dependant on breastfeeding for food and for soothing. He’s always been independent, he wouldn’t eat more food during the day, and I don’t like the cry it out method so I wasn’t sure where to start to wean. Then all of a sudden he did it on his own. I talked a lot about it last month if you want the details. At eleven months he just wasn’t nursing before bed. He mostly just suckled a little and then wanted to giggle and laugh. So I just stopped one night, cold turkey. aaannnd he’s perfectly fine.

Last week I shared what he eats in a day. A lot. Basically anything you put in front of him, and he drinks lots and lots of water.

Fun Stuff:  He gabs and makes noises all day long. He says night night, bye bye, hey, mama, dada, bub, and down (sort of). Standing and cruising is his favorite thing. He will stand anywhere and if he can walk somewhere while not letting go he will. He’s still a little unsteady when he’s not holding onto something so it’ll be a few more weeks before we’re walking probably. He loves having a new big (at least to him it’s big) house to be the king of. He goes everywhere and plays with everything. baby proofing was the first thing on our list 🙂 But we had to leave a few cabinets open so he can bang the pots and pans and pull out all the dishtowels. Typical Florida boy loves to be outside.

He waves bye bye, blows kisses but only to mama (we’re working on it), gives fives and asks for them, blows raspberries, and sticks out his tongue at everyone. Jack loves listening to music and the louder it goes, the louder he sings (which is just yelling). In Florida all of our friends were mostly younger than him or considerably older. Here most of his friends are his age so we’re spending more time with them and he’s learning to share and get enjoyment from other kids. I’m very excited about it.

Cloth diapers are still going well. He’s a big boy, but he’s tall and skinny so they still fit easily. It’s made pooping better actually, all we do is just let it flop off! We do about 50/50 cloth to disposable right now, but now that we’re settled I’m hoping to do more cloth again. Still one more appointment to check on his glaucoma, but his eyes aren’t cloudy and he focuses really well so I’m hopeful.

the one with Jack’s food

Feeding Jack real food was rough at the beginning. I learned a lot on this journey. Now that we’re on the other side I wanted to share what he eats in a day. It’s hard to be sure the kiddos eat healthy and are full. I get a lot from other moms sharing so maybe someone will get something from our routine. One warning . . . all the moms of older kids say Jack eats a lot.


We try to eat quick and healthy breakfasts in this house. Because we want to be healthy, but mama is not a morning person. So Jack eats some sort of fruit, dairy, and grain most days. His favorite fruits are blueberries, oranges, peaches, strawberries, and bananas. I keep them all in the house and he eats whichever ones I give him. Never any arguments about fruit. I rotate a few things. One day he’ll have greek yogurt mixed with fruit and a few cheerios, the next day he’ll have homemade yogurt bites with peanut butter toast and fruit. Some days – very rarely – I give him some eggs and cheese. He won’t eat hard boiled eggs or I’d give him one every day.


I try to keep lunches easy and quick as well so our schedule can be flexible during the day. It keeps us from eating out or ordering in too much. Because if i order in, he wants my food so we both order in. I try to give him some sort of protein and lots of veggies.  The thing we still struggle with as far as food is getting him to eat veggies. Imagine that a child that won’t eat veggies. So rolling a few carrot sticks and a pepper up with turkey and cheese tricks him into eating it about three times a week. We also eat tyson’s 100& white meat chicken nuggets a couple times a week. I serve those with carrots and cinnamon, broccoli and cheese, sweet potatoes, zucchini – veggies that he’ll eat. Trader Joe’s and Gerber organic veggie chips in the salsa flavor are also a big hit.



I read somewhere that he should be having 2 servings of dairy, 4 servings of veggies, 2 servings of fruit, and 2 servings of grains every day. So for a snack he gets whatever we’re missing for that day. It’s usually veggies let’s be honest. I have to trick him into eating them so veggie packs from plums organics helps a lot. Mixing them in with cheese sticks and fruit helps.


For dinner, he eats what we eat. We eat meatloaf, spaghetti, rotisserie chicken, shrimp, chicken taco’s, chilli, and similar things all on a regular basis. He eats like a champ. No complaints and mixing whole veggies in with chilli, taco’s, meatloaf gets him to eat them.  With most of those we have 1 veggie on the side as well, and I give Jack a little fruit for dessert.  There are a few times we’re eating stuff he can’t (like sushi)  so I keep a few things on hand for those days. Turkey dogs, leftover rotisserie chicken, maybe some mac n cheese if he hasn’t had any in a few days. It’s his favorite 🙂


just water and whole milk 🙂 if we’re out sometimes I’ll get him apple juice but he doesn’t seem to like it.

I plan to start sharing more of these on instagram so check those out if you’re interested! And share your ideas as well!!

Friday favorites 9.15.17

As I get back into the real world from the first trimester haze, I’m spending more time on the internet and finding lots of fun things to share. So let’s get to it . . .

Last year it felt like everyone was wearing duck boots. But in Florida there was no need for boots that warm. BUT NOW! Now I need some. I’ve got these boots on the way. I’m so excited! 

There’s a local group of sweet girls who are taking donations for their cheer program! If you have $2 to spare head over and donate! If 1/3 of my instagram followers donated $2 the goal would be finished!!

My mom made a hexagon blanket for Jack before he was born. So I’m going to have her make one for the new baby as well. This fabric is the one!! I’ve got big plans for the nursery as you saw last week! This will go perfectly.

It’s a goal of mine to always have fun Saturday breakfast with my boys. This recipe sounds delicious!

and a picture of my boys just because 🙂



the one with 13 weeks baby #2

How far along? 13 weeks today, baby is the size of a peach or lemon!

Maternity clothes? still in my normal clothes, but it’s getting close for pants. My belly is expanding quicker this time around

Sleep: Mostly good. I brought out the maternity pillow early this time around.

Best moment: hearing the heartbeat at the dr. last week

Miss Anything?: Life is a bit stressful right now with a new house, so being able to have a drank would be real nice.

Movement: none yet

Food cravings: I want chinese food and oreos erry day. all day. I’m hungry basically all the time.

Anything making you queasy or sick: nope.

Gender: we know, but we have to tell our families first!

Symptoms: This pregnancy has been so rough. I never threw up, but I have bouts of nausea every day since 7 weeks. I’m exhausted by bed time. From week 7-10 I was so tired I just didn’t do anything except take care of Jack. I have sinus headaches about every other day. My hips hurt, the skin on my belly feels like it’s pulling, my ankles are swelling, and all the gross stuff. 

Belly Button in or out? in, and i doubt it comes out

Wedding rings on or off? on and comfortable.

Happy or Moody most of the time: I was INCREDIBLY moody from week 6-10. It came quickly and unexpected, and  I don’t think Scott expected it which made it worse. He knows this. AFter about 2 rough weeks, I finally realized it might be the pregnancy hormones and things got better. But I still felt moody I was just aware of it and took 10 seconds to breath before freaking out. I’m mellowing out the past couple weeks, and I know getting into our house and feeling settled will help tremendously.

We’re officially moving this week, and Scott is out of town. So this week is going to be stressful. But once it’s over we’ll be in a really great place. Moving is when we get into our biggest arguments even though we both trust each other to handle it perfectly. So him being gone is actually kind of a good thing! haha! I feel like it’s something great I get to do for him! He has two weekends of painting and doing small fun projects, but doesn’t have to lift anything or do the terrible stuff! And I have all 4 grandparents and all the aunts and uncles here to help with Jack. It makes up for all the moodiness to come

Looking forward to?  Jack’s birthday and the house being done! feeling the baby kick soon 🙂