the one about 22 weeks with baby #2

How far along? 22 weeks

Maternity clothes? yup! But I finally started putting more time into my appearance again after a busy time in our life, a sick first trimester, and then laziness – so that’s resulted in realizing I can still fit in pre maternity clothes. So I grabbed some long sleeve t’s at target for $10 just in a bigger size. This will get me through winter and next winter I can wear them to sleep in or when I want something baggy. I’m bigger this time around. Not gaining a lot of weight, just showing more I guess. So that plus being tired all the time has made getting dressed difficult.

Sleep: Great except I’ve been hunching my back for some reason so my shoulders are sore a lot.

Best moment: our 20 week ultrasound

Miss Anything?: a drank.

Movement: lots of it! big kicks have started! Ben is a lot lower than Jack was so it feels . . . interesting.

Food cravings: pumpkin pie and chinese food again

Anything making you queasy or sick: nope!

Gender: a boy! Benjamin ? Stark We’re struggling a little on his middle name. But we’re close to our answer.

Symptoms: I feel pretty good lately actually. 

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 not necessarily more irritable so that’s good, but the past couple weeks I have been more emotional. I feel happy, just very emotional. With Jack I felt very connected to him the whole pregnancy. I’m sure it’s because I talked to him the whole time, and I didn’t have another little one to look after. So it’s been harder to connect with this pregnancy. But seeing Ben’s face and his body at the ultrasound has caught me up 🙂

Looking forward to?  Being pregnant on Thanksgiving, and of course, watching big brother enjoy his first Thanksgiving meal!

 

the one about 2nd pregnancy insecurities

When I was pregnant with Jack, I would read all the things. I felt totally prepared for everything that would happen to my body. And honestly, not much was surprising to me. There were some and I wrote a post about it. But even postpartum I felt prepared. It wasn’t that I didn’t have insecurities, I mean everything lays differently now and there is some breastfeeding weight I didn’t get rid of before I got pregnant again. But I knew it would happen, and I knew Jack would be worth. And mostly I knew with some hard work I’d be able to fix most of it. To give credit where credit is due, I also have an amazing supportive husband who is really good at making me feel beautiful. He always helps to keep my insecurities in check.

But with Ben’s pregnancy, I was not as prepared. None of the symptoms surprised me; although I was a little at how hard they hit this time. But mostly it’s that my body changed . . . even more. Not only did the symptoms hit harder and faster, but I’m showing earlier and lower and bigger. Oh lord, bigger. There are clothes I was wearing a week before I gave birth to Jack, that I know won’t fit much longer. I’m not gaining more weight so that’s not it. The only difference is Ben sits lower.

But you know what, it’s ok. For some reason, God gave me the blessing to carry these babies with little problems and I won’t take that for granted. There are women, some of you reading this probably, who have terrible pregnancies or can’t get pregnant at all. I count my blessings, and a changing body because it is growing healthy baby boys is one of them. Plus, with a little hard work I can get it mostly back to normal 🙂 And what is physically harder than giving birth . . . certainly not working out.

This outfit is perfect for those girls like me. It has lots of room for growth, lots of room to hide those things you’re insecure about, and it’s incredibly comfortable. On second thought, this a great outfit for all girls.

dress is Carly by Lu la Roe (if you need a consultant email me!) . cardigan . necklace via . sunglasses . booties

 

the one with my christmas list 2017

Somebody once told me I make the best gift guides. Now I feel the need to make them for her and only for her. But at Christmas time they do come in handy for my mother and my husband. These are not simply suggestions here at the niche . . . this is my legit christmas list 2017. I want to clarify the year there for anyone coming to get ideas. So if you know someone like me then these are suggestions . . . I actually feel like I need more on my list this year so send me your suggestions. Why am I struggling you ask? Because I’m preggo and it would be dumb to ask for clothes . . .

phone case . flour canisters . jacket . handheld . oven mitts . shoes . charger . sunglasses

the one with broccoli cheese cassarole

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and if you’re anything like me the sides are the most important part. I mean turkey is great and all, but your plate is mostly full of sides. For me it doesn’t matter how good that turkey is if the sides don’t compliment it well and taste just as delicious! So today I wanted to share one of my favorites. Broccoli Cheese casserole is something always on our holiday table. What’s great about it is with a few changes it can even be a fairly healthy family dinner year round.

the one with broccoli cheese cassarole

Ingredients

  • 4 cups chopped broccoli
  • 1 (10 ounce) can of cream of chicken soup
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup of butter melted (1/2 stick)
  • 2 large eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups extra sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 sleeve of Ritz crackers, crushed

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350*F
  2. Place broccoli in a steaming basket on stove and steam for 5 minutes or until broccoli is tender to a fork.
  3. Remove broccoli from stove and chop into bite sized pieces. Place into a medium size mixing bowl.
  4. Add to broccoli, soup, mayonnaise, butter, eggs, onion, salt and pepper. Mix well.
  5. Add 3/4 cup of cheese to broccoli mixture and mix well.
  6. Pour entire contents into an 8x8" square baking dish.
  7. Top with remaining 3/4 cup of cheese and Ritz crackers.
  8. Bake for 30 minutes or until cheese is melted and top is golden.
http://butchersniche.com/2017/11/08/broccoli-cheese-casserole/

To make this a fairly healthy family dinner, I change the mayo to greek yogurt, change the soup to chicken stock, and leave out the crackers! Then I put some chicken on the side or mix it all in for a chicken casserole. easy peasy!

What is on your menu for Thanksgiving this year? We’re hosting so I’m thinking 2 green vegetables, 2 not green vegetables, turkey, stuffing, rolls, and lots of desserts! Maybe a salad for an appetizer. Our family is pretty easy  . . . as long as you have the sides they want! But I always like to try and expand their tastes, and maybe even make it healthier! So send all your recs.

5 pieces 1 outfit: Thanksgiving

Hey friends! 5 pieces 1 outfit is a twice monthly series where we feature 5 pieces that bring together 1 perfect outfit. It doesn’t take a lot of time, money, and or pieces to create a fashionable look that anyone can create. 5 pieces is all you need to make another outfit killer. First, I find it’s best to have a theme so you have a place to build from. That can be a color combo or maybe even an event. But most of all you just need a good base piece. This week’s theme is a Thanksgiving maternity look!

`leggings . tee . cardigan . boots . earrings

Friday Favorites 11.3.17

  1. We get our first Freshly box tomorrow (it’s like blue apron) I’m super pumped to try it out! We’ve tried home fresh and while the meals were good, they seemed to take a long time to cook for me. I just don’t have the time for long meals at this point in life! So I hope Freshly is a little different. Click the link for $20 off your first order! 
  2. Top golf recently opened right down the street from us, and we finally got around to visiting. It was the weekend before Halloween and for my besties birthday so we all dressed up! I can’t wait to go back.
  3. Boot season is here. right now. it’s here. need my feet to be warm. i have boots, but I need more. after living in florida I don’t have as many as are needed. I’m looking into these right now. 
  4. gotta start preparing for thanksgiving now. 5. We went to zooboo last week, and somebody loved it! 

the one on 20 weeks with baby #2

Happy November! The skulls are being taken off the mantel and more pumpkins are going up! Of course, most importantly, I’m ready to spend this whole month thinking about things I’m most thankful for especially all three of my boys!

How far along? 20 weeks

Maternity clothes? yes, all of them. Even the pajamas

Sleep: Well I’ve been really tired by end of the day and so it’s been going fairly well. 

Best moment: walking the streets trick or treating with my big boy while feeling my little boy kick, kick, kick

Miss Anything?: a drank. Yes that will probably be my answer until this is over. But I also miss sushi and more than 1 cup of coffee a day.

Movement: lots of it!

Food cravings: oreos and soup specifically broccoli cheddar and chilli is that a soup?

Anything making you queasy or sick: nope!

Gender: a boy! Benjamin ? Stark We’re struggling a little on his middle name. But we’re close to our answer.

Symptoms: Headaches, all the gross girly stuff, and my boobs are starting to be achy

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: happy 🙂 I can’t even think of a time in the past two weeks where I’ve been over emotional! I’m positive Scott can, but this is still a victory. Of course, I just jinxed myself.

Looking forward to?  Our ultrasound is this afternoon!! I’ll have lots to say at our next update probably! Ever since 16 weeks came around I’m feeling so much better, and now this pregnancy seems a little boring. Of course, that means a healthy baby, and so I’m very thankful for that. Also, we know what to expect this time.

the one with our halloween costumes 2017

Our Halloween costumes are quite simple this year – except for Jackers. We decided quite awhile ago we wanted him to be Chucky Finster from Rugrats. Chucky is the funniest character – especially when you’re older. Plus he has red hair like Jack!

Daddy and I weren’t going to dress up. But we were going to a party so we threw together a couple more 90’s cartoon character get ups! Scott is Doug Funny and I am Ashley Spinelli. I did decide too late to get the perfect tights so my costume isn’t perfect! I never thought we would do a family costume. Scott and I could never get it together for a couple’s costume so why would it change with kids!?! But family costumes may officially be part of our thing now! It was so much fun! Pictures were hard to come by because he was on the move the whole time. He also hates wearing glasses 🙂 So I added a couple pictures of our pumpkin this year as well!

Jack’s costume chuck taylors . glasses are old sunglasses I popped out and painted purple . shirt and shorts

dress is Lu la Roe Carly – boots . similar jacket . hat

the one with our new master bedroom

The real story behind these pictures is I finally got our comforter back from the dry cleaners so I made the bed for the first time in many months. Then I thought . . . being perfectly clean isn’t gonna happen for awhile  . . . let’s take pictures! I should probably act like this is always how it looks, and I took them specifically for this post. But we all know that’s not being honest. Who makes their bed everyday!?! Those people are few. Plus I like to keep it real around here. I do want to show you guys our new house so it worked out!

My favorite part is definitely my dresser. I feel like a little old lady with all her knick knacks, which is a life goal to eventually be that lady. My second favorite part is our new headboard and rug which are perfect and amazing and perfect and amazing.

I love our bedroom, and had zero things I wanted to do in here until I saw these pictures. Now I feel like the tv wall needs something extra. What do ya’ll think!?

Also, If you want to know where anything is from just ask. Most of it is antiques, Target, or Amazon (rug and headboard which I LOVE and are perfect!)

the one with Jack at 13 months.

I know some people think once a baby is 1 year you just say he’s 1 year. But there is so much change happening every month still. Plus he’s still my only kid so I’m gonna do this for another and then I’ll just say he’s 2 and leave it at that . . . But I did change up the way we take his pics 🙂

Height:  30 inches 

Head: 47.5 inches

Weight: 22 lbs

Nicknames: Dumplin, jackster, jack jack, sweet pea

Sleeping: Sleep is still going really well. There have been some cold nights so we added a warmer blanket. I freaked out a little to be honest. He’s does not like sleep sacks, and has just been sleeping in pj’s, socks, and had a breathable blanket with him. So having a blanket that could harm him was very worrisome for me. He’s a big boy. He knows how to pull them down and we’ve taken all the safety precautions. And my bestie Rachel talked me through it, and we’re doing well so far.

Feeding: Stlll really great! He never liked whole milk so we introduced 2% and he loved it. But then he got pretty sick, and our doctor said to back off. But other than that he still eats all the time, and will eat anything you put in front of him. If he doesn’t like he just puts it on the floor. So helpful.

Fun Stuff:  We’re standing and balancing all on our own! And we’re walking with the help of mama and dada’s hands. He can’t quite get from sitting to standing, but once he does he’ll be walking. He LOVES to watch movies and listen to music. Trolls is his favorite. He’s interacting with his toys more and trying to communicate back to them. He’s also trying to communicate more with people. I’ve always used sign language type things to get him to tell me what he wants. But never really pushed him to use them as well, but he’s starting to now. He’s also mimicking us when speaking. Like I’ll say do you want to get down and he’ll go daaa. I’ll say ‘do you want yogurt’ and he’ll go “yaaa  baat” And he’s working on his s’s. He loves to dance and read and still hates cuddling.

Jack was also officially sick for the first time. He had strep throat, fever, and upset tummies. Which is why we stopped the 2% milk. He barely noticed I think. The sore throat and diaper rash was all he noticed. Our hopeful last glaucoma appointment is next month.