Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Something Fun - Announcing Bloguray

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Lookie what Kent got me for Christmas!!!!!!!
Yep a new laptop……eeeekkkk! I’m super pumped!

My old laptop has been broken for awhile and really wasn’t worth fixing. I’ve been wanting a new one but with a new baby and a tight budget this year a laptop was the last thing I thought the hubs would get me.

The ole blog has been a little sparse.
As many of you know I work from home. I live in my home office especially during high season. Naturally the last thing I want to do at the end of a long work day is stay in my office longer than I already have so my blog has suffered.
Thanks to Kent I’m now mobile! I can blog from bed, the living room, a coffee shop. The world is my oyster! Which is pretty exciting because I’ve missed blogging on a regular basis.

My mother-in-law watches Weston while I work which is awesome. She’s amazing with him and he loves her. Sadly she’s heading out of the country for 2 months and we’ll be without help so I’m taking on a super light work load in January and February. Since I won’t be working as much and I have this new fancy doodad I thought it would be fun to do something a little different in January……….DAILY BLOGS!

I’m calling it……..

 “Bloguary”

 

I have so many things I want to share (*Weston’s birth story, *his nursery tour, our most used and loved baby products, and I still want to finish those gosh darn “Our Story” vlogs) sooooo I thought this would be a fun way to go about it.  

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Daily content! Yep a new post everyday for the month of January and in true Domestic Princess in Training fashion the nature of the post will be totally random and even a few vlogs thrown into the mix!

It’s going to be fun! The 1st post is all ready to go and will be up January 1st, tomorrow! I hope you’ll follow along!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

The Story of the Christmas Socks

Oh if only we knew what was to come……..

This time last year Weston was in my tummy but we had no clue.

My mom had been dropping subtle grandbaby hints here and there. Last Christmas as no different but boooooooooy were we in for a sweet surprise!

My mom gave us little baby Christmas socks (shown in the instagram screen shot below) as one her funny hints. We got a good chuckle out of it. I made sure to snap a photo of Kent with them. BAHAHAHA baby socks what in the world were we going to do with those. Silly mom!  I even put them on Brady (our dog) and told my mom that would be the ONLY thing that would be wearing them for a long time.

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But Kent and I were keeping a secret. We were actually trying to get pregnant but I didn’t want anyone to know in case it didn’t happen for us. It was our 1st month trying so I wanted to give it some time before I told my mom what was in the works. We really thought it would take at least a year so by telling her children were nowhere near the picture for us I thought it would buy us some time.  We were keeping a secret from my mom and our little buddy Weston was keeping a secret from us!

Flash forward a month later I found out I was pregnant!

We were totally shocked! It was what we were hoping for but honestly didn’t think it would happen let along so quickly. We were so sure that we wouldn't be able to get preggers without help that we didn’t pay attention to the signs.

No joke I honestly thought I had cancer.

It was my google search to see if one of my symptoms was a sign of cancer that lead me to pregnancy symptoms. I thought on it for a moment “Could I be pregnnte? Nahhh!” Even after the signs and good ole Goggle pretty much telling me I was preggers we didn’t think it was possible. 

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I waited and couple weeks and was still not feeling my best. I was exhausted. I was feeling nocuous in the morning. My endurance during my workouts had decreased. I was easily winded. I would get freakishly hungry. And the odd one….. the thought of drinking coffee made me sick to my stomach. I know it sounds crazy but I was in the dumps because I was feeling so sick and thinking I had cancer (no I’m totally not a drama queen). I was afraid to make an appointment with the doctor to get checked out but I needed to do something so I decided to take a pregnancy test. Why not?

I woke up early one morning to let Brady out to go potty. Casually grabbed a pregnancy test. Took it then went on with my business. I wasn’t one of those counting down the seconds type of moments. I took the test then went on with my morning. There was no way it would be positive.  This was to just further prove that I was indeed very ill with something that terrified me (yes, yes I’m nuts).

My heart started racing when I finally look at the test……

I didn’t know if I should cry, scream, or run around flapping my arms in the air so I just sat and shook like a leaf looking down at those 2 beautiful blue lines. Our life would be forever changed and I had 2 lines telling me so. I ran to our room to wake Kent and tell him the news. I was soooo excited and couldn’t wait to see his reaction.  In true Kent the pessimist fashion he didn’t believe it. Not really the reaction I was hoping for but that’s Kent for ya.  I called and spoke with an OBGY nurse to make our 1st appointment and asked her over the phone if there was a chance the test could be wrong. She said “NOPE”. Kent still didn’t believe it.  It wasn’t until I told him that I didn’t wanting coffee anymore. It made me sick to think about drinking it. He knew that was totally odd for me. He knows just how much I love coffee. That’s when he started to believe that we very well may be pregnant.

Eeeekkkkk my excitement was back!

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Fast forward a year later and look who’s here wearing those same sweet Christmas socks my mom gave us as a joke last Christmas. Pretty special huh?

So special that I thought he HAD to wear them for his 1st time meeting Santa.

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Seeing him sit on Santa’s lap was so precious I literally had to hold back the waterworks. If there wasn’t a line of people behind me I would have totally lost it.

Even though Weston is still tiny and doesn't really get what all this Christmas magic is about I’m so happy he’s here to celebrate with us this year! I just makes it that much more special!

And just in case you missed it here’s a clip of us telling my mom the big news. Her reaction is pretty awesome.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Put Down That Phone!

I’ve been trying to remind myself to put down the phone and grab my DSLR!
It’s gotten to where I only use my DSLR for work and travel and that NEEDS to change!
Little buddy deserves more than a bunch of poor quality Instagram photos from his childhood. 
Now don’t get my wrong I LOVE me some Instagram. Those who follow along know that’s a fact! I’m not stepping away from Instagram or my beloved camera phone…..nope!

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I’m trying to remind myself to reach for the DSLR verses trying to hunt for my phone.

I’m not stressing over lighting or crazy edits. Just simple and quick. A couple shots here and there! 

Since we all know a post isn’t as fun without photos. Here are a few that I’ve recently snapped since I started my “Put Down the Phone” project!

 

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Weston Cow Collage

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If you would like to join in on the “Put Down the Phone” project let me know!
Maybe we can start a weekly linky party.

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Thursday, November 07, 2013

“Yappy” Halloween–Weston’s 1st Halloween

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Get it…….yappy Halloween? I know so clever.

We celebrated our 1st holiday with the little dude! I’m so excited that he’s here for all the fun fall/winter holidays!

I was pretty pumped about dressing him up! I ordered the cute puppy hat for his newborn photos. I had visions of a beautiful shot of Brady (our Border Collie) kissing his chubby cheek while he wore the hat. Yeah that didn’t happen.  I didn’t even get 1 photo of him in it soooooo I decided to  save it for his Halloween costume! It actually worked out for the best because………. LOOK HOW CUTE!

Enter Weston’s 1st homemade costume!

I used double sided tape to tape the felt spots onto his onesie. That way I can take spots off afterwards and still use the outfit. I know genius, right? We can thank my lake of sewing skills and time for that one.

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We went a little snap happy with the camera. I have a feeling there will be many upon many impromptu photo shoots in the little dudes future. Poor guy is going to think my camera is my 3rd arm.

We even set up the tripod for a family photo.

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EEEEK I love the 2 below. I can’t pick a favorite!

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Sorry my mug is plastered all over this post. I was a bad mom and didn’t grab the camera from Kent to take a few of him with nugget. If you follow us on instagram I’ve posted tons of cute baby and daddy photos.

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Hehehe the look on his face.
Looks like he’s telling Abby to step off guurrrrl!

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How we Celebrated Halloween:

Our nephew is in town visiting all the way from China!  We took him trick-or-treating which was stinking adorable to see his reaction to the whole thing. We then met up with our neighbor (who is also one of my close friends) to passed out candy. 

The weather was perfect. 
I ended the night with no leftover candy. Huge plus!
Weston was adorable in his costume.
And I got to catch up with my gal pal.

It was an awesome Halloween!

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Tuesday, November 05, 2013

What To Do with Those Cute Little Babies!

Hello to all you fabulous Domestic Princess In Training readers!

My name is Jen, I am a crafty momma to three young boys, and I blog over at lil Mop Top. Well, there isn't much time to be crafty between taking care of a 4 year old, a 3 year old, and a 9 month old, but you catch my drift. Thank you so much for having me today, Kendra!




I love my babies more than any in the world. Don't get me wrong.  However, between the time when they are about 3 months old until about 10 months old I just kind of look at them and think 'What in the world do I do with you now?'. This is about the time when they are awake longer than they are asleep, which at first seems like it will be SO much fun! Until you realize, ummm...babies can't do much. Oh, you can start holding a rattle? Awesome! Oh, you can start getting the rattle to your mouth without hitting your eye first? Awesome! Oh, you can hold your head up during tummy time without crying 2 minutes into it? Even more awesome! (are you catching my sarcasm?) I love love LOVE watching the learning new things every day and how all of a sudden they have acquired new fabulous skills, but sometimes I admittedly get slightly bored.

So, today I am going to share some fun things you can do with your baby so that if nothing else, it helps Mommy from going stir crazy!

Read, Read, READ
Instill the love of reading early! My oldest son loves to read and we started literally the first day he was home from the hospital. Once John was old enough to start grabbing books out of my hand to chew on them, I would give him one book to chew on while we read another book that I held. We have books in pretty much every room of the house for the kids so if we need a change of pace we just grab a couple books and start reading.



Brad is reading to John on his first day home from the hospital!

When the babies are young, don't feel like you have to read the actual words. Just point out one or two pictures on each page and move along to the next page. If you can, try to find books that are pretty simple and not too much illustration. You can also talk about how you read left to right and how to turn the pages in order. Dr. Jim shares tons of ideas HERE for early literacy...he is AWESOME!!

Also, check into story times at your local library. I have been to about a dozen different libraries between all the boys and some are drastically better than others. If you don't like the one closest to you, check into any other libraries within driving distance and see if you like those any better. Most libraries have story times specifically for babies and the ones I like the best do lots of singing, signing, baby exercise, and rhyming along with reading an actual book. Again, if you start early, the babies will learn how to behave during story time and will enjoy going each week!


(**Shameless Plug** I helped throw a cute book themed baby shower for my sister. Check it out HERE and you can buy invitations HERE!)

'Painting' with Baby Food
Once your baby is old enough to eat baby food (about 4-6 months), you can let your baby 'paint' with baby food. This is just some fun sensory play for them. Put them in their high chair and dump some baby food on the tray. Show the baby how to 'finger paint' on their tray with the food. They will most likely just play with the food and smear it around, but I bet they will enjoy their first painting experience! I love letting the kids do this (even when they are much older using pudding) because it is ok if they eat the 'paint'!


Diaper Picasso
Everyone does art projects using hand prints and foot prints. But what about a tushie print?? I posted about how I did this with Matthew HERE.


Sing and Dance
Another way I fixed a little boredom is by putting on a kids CD with catchy songs. Then I would just lay the baby on a blanket on the floor and sing along to the music, adding silly arm movements. Sometimes I just did the arm movements and sometimes I moved the baby's arms along with the music. I checked out CDs from the library and if I liked them I most certainly did not ever copy the songs onto my computer. Never. John's daycare used to send home a CD twice a year with songs they used in school and they are still my favorite CDs to use with Thomas now. I also LOVE Laurie Berkner so check out her songs too!

I would also carry the baby as I danced around the room. They always like that, but they were all SO big that I couldn't do it for very long. My arms would eventually break off. :)

Take a House Tour
So, you know how you are supposed to always be talking to the baby? So much that you sound like a crazy person talking all the time? Well, sometimes I would just carry the baby around the house and give them a little tour. It was a lot of 'this is the dining room where we eat our holiday dinners', or 'this is the messy closet under the stairs that really needs to be cleaned out', and 'hey! look at this laundry that is piled up in the laundry room!'. Sometimes just having a change of scenery is all we need to wake ourselves up a little!

Take a Nature Tour
My dad's favorite thing to do with the babies is to take them outside and look at nature. He would just literally walk around the yard pointing out plants, trees, grass, bugs, etc. He would take their hands and have them feel the bark on the tree and the leaves as he talked about them. He has done this with all three of my kids, along with all of my nieces. It is so cute to see!



Crawl around with Baby
For some reason, all three of my boys have LOVED if I crawl with them. They crack up every time. I can pretend to chase them, pretend they are chasing me, or pretend to race. Any way I do it, they have a huge smile on their face and they let out huge squeals of laughter.

Pillow Mountain
Once baby can crawl (and even older kids like this), make a 'Pillow Mountain'. We pile all the pillows we can find, including couch cushions, and climb up and down the mountain. Obviously I would only use 2 or 3 pillows for a young baby, but the toddlers can handle all the pillow you have. The fun will last until someone gets hurt. :) I posted more about our fun times HERE.



The Man in the Mirror
My babies have loved looking at their reflection. So when we get bored, we head to a mirror for a little fun. Sounds boring, but the babies love it. My favorite thing is watching Thomas look at me and then look at my reflection, and then back to me. It is like he is trying to figure out how there are two of me all of a sudden! When they are older, the boys love putting on hats, scarves, and gloves in the mirror. Using the mirror is also a good way to stop them from crying if they get hurt or are a little fussy.


Head to the Mall
When John (my oldest) was a tiny baby, my big weekly event was to go to a new mom playgroup, go walk around the mall (which was across the street), and treat myself to lunch in the food court. I don't think I went out any other day that week because I hadn't yet figured out how to take a 4 week old nursing baby out of the house easily! As he got older and I added another kid to the gang, I love taking the boys to the mall. The malls near me have relatively nice play areas that the boys love. They are padded so I wasn't worried about the boys getting too hurt and babies can sit or crawl around easily. We would sometimes to eat lunch there too or sometimes head back home. I hardly ever shopped with the boys (they have no patience for it!) so it was just a nice morning out without spending too much money.



John made a new friend at the mall- she loved him!

Some other random ideas:
- take a walk around the block (I even picked up running with Matthew because he didn't mind relaxing in the jogging stroller for 30 minutes!)
-sit outside on a blanket in the nice weather
-go to the park and let the babies swing for a bit
-put on a Baby Einstein DVD (which I did sparingly but John loved them!)
-play with flash cards
-teach them sign language (John loved learning to sign and Matthew didn't care for it)
-put them in their bouncy seat and let them watch you bake/cook and you can talk about what you are doing
-join a playgroup for babies
-walk around places like Target so the babies can see all the bright colors (don't spend too much money!)
-look at big construction trucks if they are doing work near by (the boys loved watching trucks if there was construction in our neighborhood)
-put plastic ring toys in and out of old wipes case

Check out these two sites for tons more fun and easy ideas:

Hopefully some of these ideas will help you in playing with your baby. Be sure to leave a comment with your favorite activities to do with your baby! I would love if you stopped by my blog or if you became a fan on facebook!!


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Tuesday, October 08, 2013

He’s Here–Introducing Weston Blake Huie

 

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I’d like to introduce you to……….

Weston Blake Huie
Born September 17th at 1:55pm * 9lbs of chunky baby love

We’re absolutely smitten with him!

Things will be a little quiet around here as we’re getting to know our new little man and adjusting to becoming parents. While I’m away a have a friend that has a fun guest post planned for y’all. She’ll be checking in soon!

In the meantime come visit us over on our Instagram account! 
We update often and have a lot of fun over there!

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Monday, September 16, 2013

Maternity Photos and Instagram Fun

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I’m sharing our images over on my photography site! You can find them by clicking HERE Kendra Pryor Photography 

Also I’m doing a little something different on Instagram today! Today is Weston’s due date. If he doesn’t come on his own today we’re being induced tomorrow (long story). I want to remember this day, the day before we met out son, our 1st born. What we looked like. What we did with our time.

I’ll be documenting our last day as a family of 2 plus 3 fur babies via Instagram with a photo an hour.

A day in the like of  an expecting couple

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Friday, September 06, 2013

Bump Watch–38 Weeks

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How far along: 38 weeks and 3 days! Almost at the end!

What’s the baby up to: He’s plumping up and is around 19 1/2 inches long. He’s organs have matured and ready for life on the outside!

Best Moments:  We are pretty much ready to meet the little guy. The house is clean and organized. His nursery is all done. Our bags are almost packed. His baby gadgets are all set up. We’re 98% ready and let me tell ya it feels soooo good. I feel at peace this week and it’s pretty awesome. It’s been a busy week but I’ve been able to relax when I’m at home without a mental list running through my mind.

 

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Funny/Odd Things that Happened this week:
Kent’s company surprised him with a baby shower. It was so sweet as men do not usually get showers at his office. A few of his employees got together and planed the whole thing…..tons of food, decorations, the whole nine yards. It made my heart happy to see people do something so special for him! Anyway they got in touch with me and wanted me to be a part of the surprise so I got dressed (out of gym clothes) and waddled my big sweaty butt up there! I don’t personal know many of the women he works with so this was my 1st time meeting them. At one point I was huddled around and told tons of awful labor horror stories by the women in his office! Why do women do this to other pregnant woman? It always seems like you get told the worst of the worst ya know?  In the beginning of my pregnancy I was fine with it but with D day knocking on my door it freaked me out! Stories of epidurals, massive blood loss, surgeries, babies getting stuck and having to be vacuumed out, wrecked bodies, and so on.  I literally got dizzy and had to sit down. I wanted to be polite so I tried my best to look interested and not horrified but goodness gracious! I came home and search youtube for positive birthing stories. I needed a little pick me up!

Lately I’ve been getting the “Aww you poor thing.” look from strangers. One lady even did a double take yesterday….no joke! I got a good chuckle out of it. Yes I’m big! Yes it’s hot! Yes I’m about to pop! Really though I’m okay. No need to pity or feel bad for me. I’m actually really going to miss being pregnant.

Clothing: Thank goodness for stretchy gym clothes! When I need to look a little more presentable I’m still LOVE my Jessica Simpson jeans capris, Old Navy maternity tanks, maxie dresses, and a few non maternity tops. I always accessorize to change things up!  I’m at the point where I could buy a few items with more room but I have a week and some change left so eh I’ll just need to squeeze into what I have until the end. My feet are pretty puffy and sore these days so I love my Corkys flip flops. I call them my granny shoes but they are oh so squishy and comfy!  The shirt I’m wearing in these photos is a Ross score and is not maternity. I thought it was petty funny!

Cravings: Pretty much anything clod……sandwiches, yogurt, salads, wraps, cold fruit, iced decafe coffee, fro yo,. I’ve been on a cold food kick for a couple of months. Even when I’m eating something that’s usually served hot I let it cool to room temperature before I dive in. I think the Texas heat has something to do with this cold food thing. It’s stinking hot here!

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Symptoms:
-I’ve entered the end of pregnancy puffy stage. My face, legs, feet, hands. I feel like the Goodyear blimp!
-The waddle! I’ve got it down especially if I’ve been on my feet at lot!
-The more active I am…….. the bigger my feet get…….. the more they hurt the next day. It’s a chain reaction.
-If I'm cleaning or doing a lot of stuff with my hands they get super sore and stiff. As if my hands were chopped off and replaced with the hands of an 80 year old with arthritis. I totally get those commercials where they show an elderly person trying to open a jar and getting super frustrated. Yeah I get it now!
-I’m sleeping pretty well besides a few potty breaks and needing to change sides due to my achy hips. Last week I was waking up at 3am on the dot and could not fall back asleep but thankfully that’s passed and I’m back to a normalish sleeping schedule. Oh and naps, naps are my BFF!
-I have patches of skin that get itchy. It’s usually worse at night or when I’ve been in the heat.
-This one is kind of weird. I have these white spots on my skin (legs, feet, forearms). It kind of looks like I’m not getting enough circulation but my doctor said it’s hormone related.
-I’ve lost my mucus plug and had my bloody show. Seriously can’t they come up with better names for this stuff….yuck!
-Not feeling any contractions
-Still stretch mark fee!
-My stats as of last Friday: 2cm dilated, 35% effaced, his head is at stage-2  

For the most part I feel great to be this far along. I’m staying pretty active. I’m still my happy silly self and I’m not too uncomfortable. You hear tons of horror stories about  how awful the end is. For me it’s not that bad. Don’t get me wrong I’m not running marathons and doing cartwheels but I feel pretty good! I really love being pregnant!

Notes to Nugget: We’re ready for ya buddy! People kept telling me to “Relax”  “Forget the list.” “You’ll see none of that stuff matters in the long run.” but I stuck to it and made our Prepare for Baby List important and ya know what? We got it all done and it feels amazing! I so badly want you to come home to a calm clean environment all set up and ready for you. Your nana, grandpa, and grandma came over to help us finish up. It was a team effort! You’re nursery is all done and the house is clean from top to bottom ready to welcome you. We even made some changes to the backyard so you’ll have a nice big space to play in when you get older. Your Dad’s getting excited and says he hopes you come next week! As much as I want to hug and kiss on you I’m going to miss you being in my tummy. I love feeling your hiccups and nudges. It’s been a gift to carry you these last 9 months but I can’t wait to carry you in my arms. I have a feeling your nana and I are going to be fighting over who gets to hold you! 

 

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Update: We just got back from our weekly checkup. I’m currently 38 weeks and 5days. Wanted to update this just in case I don’t get a chance to do another bump watch post before Mr. gets here. Weston is a BIG dude! Our doctor thinks he’s  8.5lbs and has a big head (just like his daddy). I think babies with big heads are so stinking cute! Due to my mother’s labor history and we’re at with Weston our doctor is considering inducing us next week if she can get us in to our crazy popular hospital. Right now they have a wait list for most upcoming induction dates. We’re going back on Monday for a sono to get a better reading of his weight and see how he’s doing. If she feels that’s he’s ready thus having a medical reason to induce we may be induced next week. It’s all still up in the air and I’m not really sure how everything is going to play out BUT maybe baby next week!
Stats from our appointment: Still 2cm dilated, 75% effaced,  his head is at stage –1. These stats really mean nothing as they can change in an hour but I’m always interested to see if I’ve made any progress.

I’ll be updating though our Instagram account if you would like to follow along!

 

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Monday, July 22, 2013

Baby Kicks & Maternity Pic Sneak Peek

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Each morning I wake up and wait for your sweet kicks.
Such a gift to feel you growing inside me.
Your twist and turns I can now see all over my belly. 
Your wonderful way of letting me know you’re strong and growing.

We can’t wait to meet you!
Your excited mommy!

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Ps…Thanks to everyone who commented, Facebooked, and Instagramed (Kendra_Pryor) in regards to my last post! It’s hard putting yourself out there and being honest. I appreciate all the love and support! 

Friday, July 19, 2013

Just Us

It’s 5am here.
I seem to get the urge to write at the crack of dawn lately.
This is something that’s been on my mind for awhile….to share, not to share…….
I decided to go for it.
Surely, SURELY, someone else out there is feeling the same or understands what I’m going through.

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Kent and I have been together for 13 years.
We’ve seen couples connect, get engaged, marry, have multiple babies, relationships end, and new ones begging all before we tied the knot.
And here we are. 
We move a little slower than most.

Up to this point it’s just been us.
We come and go as we please.
We travel and only worry about the 2 of us.
We work a lot. Overtime when needed…..no problem! 
We go go go.
We have down time.
Dinners out….SURE.
Random meetups with friends…..of course!
Our finances are set up just so.
We LOVE when it’s just the 2 of us.
We laugh a lot and 13 years later still really enjoy each other’s company.

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As you know this “Just Us” chapter is soon coming to end and a new chapter beginning.
In a month and a half the just us will be just us plus 1.
Don’t get me wrong. We’re thrilled and felt that we were ready for this new chapter.  
I really feel that I was born to mother. It’s in my blood.
Children are a huge passion of mine and parenting is an obsession for me.
Shoot my degree is in Parenting and Family Development.
We of course want this and felt that it was time for us to become parents.
What an amazing gift we’ve been given.

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Along with all that love and excitement if I’m being honest I’m scared and sad to say goodbye to the “Just Us” phase.
It’s been sweet and full of amazing memories.  
It’s all I’ve known for the past 13 years.

Who will we be as parents?
Where is that going to fit?
What will our house look like with a family in it?
Will I ever sleep again?
Will it be all about Weston or will I still be able to find a love and passion for nurturing the “Just Us” part as well? Will Kent fight for it with me?
Will Kent still love me when I’m covered in spit up, running on no sleep, and emotional?
What does this mean to me as a business owner? How will I run my business and be the hands on mommy I so badly want to be.
Will Kent and I stay strong and overcome the stress of parenting?
Will I ever have a moment when I’m not worried or concerned for Weston…..is he ok….is he hungry……. is he happy….….am I being a good wife………did I fulfill my role as a mommy today…….and I’m doing the best I can do?

These questions and many more run through my mind and well, it makes my heart race.

I realize in all this anxiety that being able to even have these thoughts and concerns is a gift.
Kent and I always had a strong feeling that we wouldn't be able to have our own children.
I can’t really explain why just something that we felt to be true.
Being together for as long as we have and not being on birth control for the past 5 years will do that to ya. 
8 months in I still look at my tummy and can’t believe our sweet boy is growing inside.
I’m actually going to be a mommy and Kent a father to a baby that is part him and part me.
Amazing!

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I feel guilty for feeling this way but I can’t be alone right? Maybe I am.


Maybe this will bring on hate mail from mothers and hopeful parents that say I’m being selfish and ungrateful.
I really hope this does not come off that way but I understand if it does.
Also if you do want to send me hate mail I ask that you read this whole post before you send me something ugly. 
It really irks me when someone says something snarky without fully reading what they are commenting on.
This mainly happens on Facebook and Instagram.

Back on track!

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We just got back from an amazing trip to Colorado.
More on that in a later post.
As we were leaving the hotel I went to the bathroom and cried.
Silly yes I know, but I felt it was our last “Just Us” hurrah and I needed a moment to say goodbye.

  
We were going home to a “Prepare for Baby List” 3 pages long (not over exaggerating) and family coming into town for a month……the last month of pregnancy when things are already going to be nuts.
1 person visiting has caused a lot of tears and stress in our relationship.
There are some unsolved issues that are just festering in the back of my mind, anger, hurt, just a whole slew of emotions. I’m angry at myself for harboring negative feelings…..
”Ain’t nobody got time for that!”
I hope that we get to a place of love and understanding but dealing with all that is not something I really don’t want to face during my last month of pregnancy.  
I wan this time to be for us….Kent, me, and our unborn child.
We will never get this time back.

 

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I felt that once we got on that plane I was saying goodbye to us and hello to a list full of todo’s and a possibly a stressful encounter with a family member.
Not really what I envisioned our last month of pregnant bliss.

It really has been blissful!  
I’m one of those annoying pregnant ladies that skips and flashes smiles all day even on the hard days.
I LOVE IT! It’s been such a sweet journey!

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It’s my fault for waiting so late in the game to take care of things….
Work…..work……blah….busy……blah……ya know.
I planned it so that we could knock everything out during my maternity leave.
Not the best plan but here we are.

Soooooo I have all these worries and concerns about this new chapter we’re starting……
Sadness of saying goodbye to the “Just Us” chapter…..
Fear of the unknown…..
Tons of things I need to take care of so we can relaxed and focus on Weston when we get home……
A a family member visiting that has caused a hurt heart and a relationship that needs some mending…… 
And a soul full of gratitude, joy, excitement, and mushy love!
All that coupled with pregnancy hormones pretty much means I randomly break out into tears these days.
I usually start crying about 1 thing then think about a million other things that keep the flood gates open. 

 

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I share this hoping that I’m not alone.
Is it normal to feel this way before such a joyful welcomed change?
Maybe there are other soon to be mommies out there in their 8 month that are feeling exactly the same way and are wondering if they too are alone.

I want to be honest and open.
This is such an exciting time for us.
I want to remember all the amazing parts but I want to remember all the worries and concerns I had as well.

It’s real life and part of our journey.

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Stress, concern, joy, gratitude, and excitement all wrapped up into one beautiful bundle.
Who knows, maybe one day my daughter pregnant with my grandchild will read this and get some relief.
My son will look about at this and see how badly I wanted to be a good mommy to him.
How I wanted to provide a loving welcoming home.
Just how much I love his father.
How much we wanted him before he was even here.


Adding Weston into our lives is part of our story.
I’m just not sure how it’s all going to play out.
I will say that I’m excited to see where this little bundle takes us!

 
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Monday, June 17, 2013

Our Story: Part 4 Vlog

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If you’re new to the “Our Story” vlog series you can get caught up by clicking HERE  

I intended for this to go up this morning but I completely forgot how long it takes to load videos to YouTube (soooo sloooooow). Hopefully y’all are still teetering around on the computer and catch this post!
My goal is to have a new clip posted 1st thing Monday mornings so check back early next week!

For those of you that are all caught up let’s get the ball rolling!

Friday, June 14, 2013

Announcement–I’m Brining it Back

 

 

That’s right! I’m brining back the “Our Story” vlog series! That’s one of the main things (along with Kent’s recipes, and t-shirt cutting tutorials) I get asked about and since little boy is on the way I thought now would be a better time than any to get “Our Story” all wrapped up!

Starting next week I’ll be posting a new “Our Story” vlog  every Monday morning until our story gets told! Y’all know I’m a rambler so it may take some time to wrap it up. Winking smile 

 

If you’re new to Domestic Princes in Training or need a refresher I’ve included links the previous editions below to you can get caught up! Grab a cup of coffee and take a peek at those and I’ll see y’all back here Monday morning for the next episode. I’m going to pick right up where I left off.

Let’s take a walk down memory lane. It’s been 2 years since I recorded theses and a lot has changed. It’s actually kind of embarrassing to go back and watch them but eh oh well………..

Our Story Vlog Series:  

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3