Thursday, April 23, 2015

Bump Update–38 Weeks

Hey friends!
I’m currently 38 weeks and 4 days pregnant! 
Can you believe it?!?

It’s been awhile (8 weeks to be precise) since I’ve done a bump update so I thought it was time to check in and let ya know how things are going.

True story………
I typed up a 37 week bump update.
Didn’t post it.
Along with several other post I’ve typed and haven’t shared.

It’s become a thing.

Pregnancy insomnia leads to random late night blogging which usually includes a Luna Bar maybe some almond milk then deciding later on not to post whatever random blog I’ve come up with.

I guess it’s like the pregnant bloggers version of drunk dialing but having a friend knock the phone out of your hand before the call goes though.

Only I’m drunk on almond milk and sleep deprived so pretty much it’s nothing like drunk dialing.
Or is it drunk texting these days?

Ok enough with that! Let’s get on with the update!
This one is going to be a little different than my previous bump updates.
No format or questions to answer.
I’m just going to have verbal diarrhea (gross I know but that’s pretty much what’s about to go down) all over this post to catch ya up with little bit’s pregnancy!

Things might get a little random but here we go……..

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28ish weeks pregnant with Weston. We shot these in Colorado. Oh Colorado take me home!

I’m Slacking:

I’ve yet to shoot maternity photos!
Don’t think it’s going to happen either.  
I feel kind of bad about that because we made a whole hoopla about taking them during our 1st pregnancy (see above) and well it just hasn't happen this time around.

Little dude you can blame your brother for the lack of maternity photos, pregnancy update post, cute themed growing bump shots, and everything else I’m slacking on. 
Don’t worry we still love you!

We did however have a little picnic a couple weeks back during our trip to the zoo and shot a couple photos of us playing.

Weston’s shirtless because he gagged on his lunch and vomited all over it.
I had just peed in those very bushes behind me and the water in the background was full of trash and grossness
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I’m not wearing yoga pants and I have my hair down and you can see the bump.
I think that qualifies these as maternity photos, no? 

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7 Days Until I Join the 2 Under 2 Club:

We have 7 days…..1 freaking week until we get to meet our new little love unless he decides to come before then and it’s not looking like that’s going to happen. 
I had to be induced with Weston and this little one is following in his big brother’s footsteps.

Y’ALL 7 DAYS!
Really more like 6 because we check into the hospital the night before.
That’s nothing!

With the amount of crap I still need to do before the baby arrives and my BFF getting married this weekend I just know I’m going to blink and open my eyes to see our sweet new chunk in my arms.

Kent’s mom is back from China and able to help with Weston again so I’m trying to cram months worth of nesting into 2 weeks.

Not recommended my pregnant friends!

It was highly impossible to anything with him always underfoot nor did I have the energy to clean and prepare for the little’s arrival after a day of chasing Mr. Tornado around so nothing got done while my mother-in-law was away.

But now it’s on!

Nothing is safe from me! 
I’ve been purging, organizing, and cleaning all the things! 
We’re in that “It gets ugly before it gets pretty!” phase. 
There’s stuff everywhere (see multiple Instagram post) but I’m making some ground work and hope to get it all tidy and finished up this weekend.

It HAS to get finished this weekend because the stress factor is through the roof and poor Kent can’t handle crazy pregnant nesting Kendra for much longer.

I haven’t been the sweetest peach lately.

Thinking About Weston’s Heart:

I’ve been trying my best to be as present as possible with Weston.
Laundry has taken the backset so I can play with animal stickers and trucks.
Cuddles and kisses have gone into over drive and I find myself getting lost in his sweet face.

We’re about to rock his world and I have no idea how he’s going to handle it.
Part of me thinks it’s going to be a smooth transition (he LOVES babies) but part of me knows he’s going to need some time to adjust.

I know I will too.

I also know I’m going to miss being able to fully focus on him.

I’m so grateful for the time we had while my mother-in-law was in China.
It was just Weston and mama!
I stopped working and fully focused on him and my most favorite role of being a mom.
It was something both he and I needed and a time I know I will treasure especially with a new season of life approaching.

I’ve been chatting with other mama’s who have children close in age like my boys will be.

One mom shared some really great insight.

She said………..

”My youngest (9 months) knows no different than to share me with his brother. He was born into a world of crazy and it’s all he knows. It’s his normal. He’s adapted and does great playing on his own or with his bother. He doesn’t flip if I don’t hold him 24/7 like my 1st did. He has no idea that that’s even an option.

My oldest (20 months) has a different reality than my youngest. He only knows what it’s like to have mama and dada give him their undivided attention. All. The. Time. We were his playmates, his constant form of entertainment until just a few months ago. Then his normal changed. He needs us in a different way than our baby does and I try to remember that.”

I loved what she had to say and I’ve been thinking on it for some time.
She was right too.
Her baby was happy just doing his own thing smiling at everyone playing with toys on his own.
Her older son was all about mama.
Loving on her, brining toys over so they could play together.
She played with both of them just in different ways.
It was kind of a neat thing to see and her words gave me a lot of peace.

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What’s Your Name:

Y’all we cannot agree on a name.
We have one that’s most likely going to be “it” but it’s not locked in and we’re still looking at stinking name sites.

It’s gotten to the point where we’ve literally seen every boy name that’s out there and we’re trying to decided which name is okay between the few that we agree on.

Ugh I hate the “okay” part.

I was smitten with Weston’s name, still am!

Is it possible to have a Weston 1 and a Weston 2?

I want that same smitten feeling about baby brother’s name but it’s just not happening especially if I want to go with something that Kent loves.
We have a few names on the table. All names that I’m not in love with but okay with.

We’re going to wait until we meet him and see if something clicks.

A few names that I like but have been vetoed or we can’t use for various reasons:
Colton, Cole, Tanner, Sawyer, Landon (my brother’s name is Brandon), Reid, Mason, Colby, Trevor, Tucker, Tate

Names we’re thinking on:
- Carson Nathaniel: Yep it’s back in the running
- Carter James: My mom thinks he’s going to be called Carter the Farter. Kent agrees so our 2nd name, another Kent pick is now up for debate.
- Camden James: We both used to love this name. Kent has since fallen out of love with it just like Carson, and Carter.
- Parker Reid or Parker James: We used to have a dog that was like our baby. He passed away 4 years ago. We both like the name but see the weird factor in naming our son after our dead dog.
- Jayden James: We actually both like this one but the popularity factor of it is holding us up. This was our very 1st pick even before we decided on Carson.

So we’ll see what happens after we meet him.
For now we just call him Baby Brother Carter James Carson Parker Jayden Camden.

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Buying All the Stuff:

I’ve started collecting things that I’ll need in the hospital and for postpartum recovery.
This time around I actually know what I’ll use so it’s been more enjoyable to buy things like stool softener and Dermoplast.

Drugstore.com has been my bff.
They’ve had everything I’ve needed so far and even a few extras.
The plus is being able to shop for all the postpartum fluff  from home.

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I’ve got my breast pump all sorted out.
Brought some cute pjs to wear after we get home. Not than I need them but they make me feel pretty.
Stacked up on bars.
Bars were the only way I survived those 1st few weeks with our colicky baby.
We have snacks for the hospital.
Yes we like snacks!

Baby Brother Carter Carson Jayden Parker Camden may not have a name but he has a sweet little coming home outfit!
A gift from his nana! 

I bought a few little hats for his newborn photos.
Yep I’m going to attempt to take them again even though Weston just about killed me when I shot his.

Speaking of Weston’s newborn photosWeston’s newborn photos let’s look at one………

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Ugh I can’t take it!
I can not wait to have a new squish to love on!

Okay back on track….

As I was saying I’ve bought a few things for baby brother's newborn session.
But mainly I’m  going to need lots of prayer to survive it.
Who knows maybe he’ll be the complete opposite from his brother and let me do my thang!

I bought itty-bitty newborn diapers last week.
We plan to cloth diaper brother as well but will be using disposable diapers the 1st month or so.

We have most of the baby necessities, a bassinet, clothes, swing, bottles, pacis, car seat things along those lines which I’m so very grateful for but needed to order a couple duplicate items.
Things like a second diaper pail (we love our Ubbi), and additional camera for our monitor system.

I’d say for the most part if he comes today we’re ready for him!
This is pushing my irrational list of things I that MUST be done before baby arrives aside.

Double Stroller Y’all:

We’ve ordered the Contours Options Elite Tandem Stroller in Sand

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So many things I love about this stroller…….

The price, huge storage basket, you can arrange the seats in 7 different positions…..YES 7, it folds with both seats still attached (hard to find that in double stroller), it comes with all the bells and whistles like cup holders and a car set attachment, it handles really well yep I tried the turn on a dime trick in the store and took it down the aisles to make sure it wasn’t too wide, the seats lay back if  someone wants to nap, lots of leg room for my tall boys, the large stroller canopies, its a manageable weight, and did I mention the price? Other double strollers we were looking started at $560 and went up.

I like this one just as much as the others we checked out and we bought it for $299. Sweet!

This sold me too…….
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I love the idea of putting Weston in the front, baby wearing baby brother, and using our stroller as a shopping cart verses the icky store carts. 
Also like when I use this system I don’t have to put the cart back when I’m done with it, just pop our “cart” into our car!

We baby wear a lot and I like that this gives us additional option to use the extra seat as something else if we’re not using it for the baby.

I think this is going to be a stroller that we can grown with as little bit grows from newborn to a toddler.

It’s hard to find though.
Most stores are sold out so if this stroller sounds like a good fit for you as well you’ll have to do a little hunting to find a vendor that has it in stock.

Diaper Bag Crush:

Have you ever had one?
I didn’t until just recently.
Then I got it baaaaaad! 

I’ve never really been in loooooove with our diaper bags.
We switched from a typical shoulder strap diaper back to a backpack style.
The backpack option suited us best but I hated the bag.

Well I saw this little beauty a couple weeks ago and literally chased down the a mama sporting it so I could ask her all about it.

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It’s a Ju Ju Be BFF bag in the print Queen of the Nile.

After interviewing the mama I saw with it, then doing a ton of research, watching youtube reviews and packing tips, and visiting a couple stores to check out BFF bags………

Yes I’m crazy nuts about making sure I’m making the right choice when purchasing something that I consider expensive.

I decided this is the bag for us!

It hasn’t come in the mail yet and honestly I’m a little worried that I’m going to get an email saying that it’s out of stock because like the stroller you have to do some hunting to find a vendor that is not sold out.

I have a feeling that this bag and I are going to click and it’s going to be “The Bag” I’ve been looking for.
I’ll let ya know after I’ve had a little time to love on it!

-Update-
Since I typed this post I received an email from the vendor I ordered from.
The very email I was worried about.
They don’t have it in stock and canceled my order. 
Waaaaaaaaaah! 

If anyone knows of a store that has this print and bag stocked please let me know!

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You’re Ready to POP:

My belly isn’t as big this time around.
I got massive with Weston but baby brother is measuring more on the average side.
Weston was 9.3lbs so he was a big dude.
With that being said I’ve gotten a few stretch marks.
I’m not sure how that worked out……

Massive belly no stretch marks. Average bump, oh hey there stretch marks. Huh what?

Thankfully there’s not a ton of them at this point.
I’m really hoping the few that I have don’t invite their buddies over for a stretch mark party in the next few days.

Keep your finger crossed for me!

All in all I’m feeling great. Tired but great!
I have to remind myself to slow down and take breaks if I don’t I always pay for it the next day.

My back has been acting up again so I’m hoping to get an apportionment with the chiropractor the day of our induction just to get everything sorted out one last time.
She magic I tell ya!

All recent checkups on the baby have been great!
He’s moving and kicking up a storm which is always reassuring.
We have another sonogram on Monday to check in with him and make sure things are still looking good before the induction. 

He hasn’t dropped yet and I’m barley dilated.
Currently at a 1 aka nothing!

With my history of not going into labor during Weston’s pregnancy and having big babies she just wants to make sure he’s not bigger than we think and that he hasn't flipped.

I’m always up for a sonogram and I appreciate that she’s being cautions!

Monday’s our last appointment then it’s baby time!

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In the Works for the Blog:

Guest Bloggers-
I reached out on Instagram and asked if anyone would like to guest post while I’m tucked away in my newborn mama cave.

I had great response and have several fun guest bloggers scheduled.
Their post will start popping up in May so be on the look out for those.

Just a sample of some of the topics they have planned for ya…….
-Day in the Life of a Twin Mom
-Using Essential Oils on Your Children
-Healthy Toddler Snacks
-Mama Lessons
-Mom and Kid Favorite Things

I’m sure I’ll check in with a few post from time to time and of course want to introduce you to the baby but for the most part I’ll be taking a little blogging break for a month or so.

We’ll See Ya on Instagram: 

Even though I’ll be on a little mini blog break I’ll still be active on IG. My favorite form of social media!

We’ll be doing another Day in the Life “We’re Having a Baby” series via Instagram the day leading up to the baby’s birth.

We did this with Weston’s birth and I love looking back on how we spent that special day.

During the Day in the Life “We’re Having a Baby” series I’ll post a photo every hour the day before the induction starts and will probably check in a few times until we meet him.

We’ll also be introducing him to you 1st via our IG feed.
It’s just easier to post there.  

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Sorry this is suuuuuuuper long!

Shockingly I decided to nix a few topics I wanted to talk about…….
-The nursery (I’ve been updating on Instagram)
-Weird things I’m packing in my hospital bag
-The vain things I’m doing to prepare for labor.

But like I said this post was just getting too long.
If you follow our Instagram page I may chat about some of these topics over there.

Who made it to the end of this post?
Leave me a comment below or let me know over on Instagram!
I’m curious because this was a long one my friends.

Friday, April 03, 2015

I Like Big Trucks and I Can Not Lie

Time for another edition of “Pick That Camera Up”

We had brunch at a really cute restaurant in a historic district not too far from us (downtown McKinney for those reading who are local). 

I typically wouldn’t take my camera to something like this. We had plans to walk the square after we ate and old Kendra wouldn’t be too excited about lugging the camera around buuuuuut with the whole New Year’s resolution and all I decided to bring it along.

As I’ve said in my other “Pick That Camera Up” post I’m so happy I decided to grab it. I would have missed these shots which I think are stinking precious and really showcase Weston’s silly personality.

Pure bliss captured in these photos!
Weston is obsessed with big trucks, construction vehicles, farm equipment.
If it’s big and has wheels he’s all about it! 

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These sure do make me simile and so does our little nut!

Hope everyone has a wonderful Easter weekend!
Kent has Good Friday off so we’re headed to the zoo with one of Weston’s little buddies.
I’m pretty sure I’m more excited than he is but I know he’s going to have a blast.
He was tiny the last time we went (see here) so I can’t wait to see his reaction to all the animals.

This will be out last family of 3 adventure so it’s a little bitter sweet.

Yes I’ll be lugging my big camera along. I have a feeling there will be tons of precious photo opts.

Document More 2015

Pick That Camera Up:
VOL 1
VOL 2
VOL 3

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Oh Hey There April

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Maternity photos have not been shot.
The nursery is not finished. 
Not a diaper has been bought and our newborn cloth diaper stash is packed away…..somewhere.
We don’t have a double stroller.
The house is an unorganized cluttered mess.
Unfinished house projects are sprinkled throughout our home.
The infant car set is somewhere in our garage but I’m not quite sure where and it needs a good washing before I’m ready to put a baby in it.
Our bags are not packed.
A coming home outfit for the little has not been bought.
My list of random beauty things to do before the baby comes is still a mile long. Yes I know vane but I do have a list. Hate me if you must.
Bottles need to be washed.
Pacifiers need to be found.
Parts for the breast pump need to be ordered.
Nursing bras? Hum should probably buy a couple of those.
My heart is racing and I’m getting even more stressed just typing this so I’ll stop there oh but the list goes on and on.

I’m sure you’ll say all these things don’t matter and I know you’re right but the nesting mama in me strongly disagrees with you.

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Preparing for the arrival of a new baby is highly impossible with a toddler constantly underfoot.
Saying that we’re not ready is a massive understatement but guess what?
My mother-in-law (our saving grace) comes home this weekend annnnnnnnnd……….

We’re having a baby this month! Eeeeeekk!