Just like every other year, I can’t believe that Christmas has come & gone so quickly.  While part of me is looking forward to things slowing down for a little while, most of me is as sad as Waverly, who walked down the stairs yesterday to find no tree & said, “where is Christmas?” in the saddest voice.  Sweet girl, she loves holidays as much as her mama. 🙂

Christmas Eve is always busy for us, we went to my grandparents early for dinner, to my in-laws afterwards for an open house, & then back to my house with my family to open presents from each other.  It’s crazy, but so much fun, Waverly loves seeing everyone & this year, LOVED opening her presents more than ever before.  She would squeal with every gift she opened (no matter what it was, sometimes even before she saw it), I wish I could just bottle that up & save it forever.

We had been reminding Waverly all day (& for weeks) that Santa was coming, which I think just ultimately scared the hell out of her.  It’s no secret that she isn’t his biggest fan yet, so as we walked down the stairs Christmas morning she held on to me so tight I was convinced she thought he was sitting in our living room waiting for her.  Yet as soon as she saw what he brought her, she was super excited.  She adores everything we got her, especially her tee-pee just like I thought she would.  Yet no doubt, the biggest hit was definitely the chapstick (from the dollar bin) we put in her stocking, it hasn’t left her sight in a week.  Figures. 😉
We rounded out our holiday by hosting Christmas dinner at our house, which is my absolute favorite. Both sides of our family are so big that we rarely can be with everyone at the same time, but this is the second year in a row that we have been able to host everyone.  Other than the fact that we were passing around sicknesses, it was perfect. The food was delicious, the weather was randomly warm, & most importantly, Waverly had so many of her favorite people there.  It really was such a special day, so magical & so memorable, we truly are beyond fortunate.

I hope you all had the most amazing Christmas of your own, & of course, HAPPY NEW YEAR!  Cheers, drink one (or a couple) for me. 😉

Size of Baby Brickner:  A mango!!

Maternity Clothes:  I feel like the bump has BUMP-ed this week, I don’t know where little miss came from but she is getting big! I have completely embraced it with more form-fitting clothes, I am loving non-maternity maxi dresses with fun jackets or scarves (this one is from H&M).  I also got a couple more leggings & maternity tanks from Target for Christmas, & want to live in them!

Best Moment This Week:  Christmas, it was so much fun watching Waverly understand more this year! She may even like Santa a little more now after she saw how good he was to her, hoping that means she will actually be willing to sit on his lap with little sister next year! 😉  I can’t wait to share pictures soon!

Miss Anything:  First, I have to say that I still love being pregnant & feel lucky beyond measure to have this baby girl growing in my belly!!  Yet also, I have to keep it real, this pregnancy has definitely been way harder than the first. The cold I got a couple weeks ago felt like it got better & then got worse again, it made for some really exhausting, plus congested, days.  I hate that I don’t feel like always feel like myself with Waverly right now, it’s pretty much the worst mom guilt ever.  Yet then, I remember how much I am giving her, right around the same time I feel the little lady move in my belly.  So of course, it is MORE than worth it – but for the record, I will appreciate a z-pack much more after June.

Movement:  I got paranoid because I hadn’t felt her much recently, & then the last two days have felt her more than ever!  Hands down, best part of pregnancy! 

Cravings: I finally feel like I can handle some sweets again, which makes me so very happy!!  Waverly & I have been celebrating with fudgesicles. 🙂

Queasy or Sick:  Other than the cold, most of the nausea is still gone!  I did have some heartburn this week, which I don’t remember ever having with Waverly.  

Looking Forward To:  Now that Christmas is behind us, I am suddenly getting really excited to start cleaning & purging to get ready for another little person in our house!  I am also really excited for a low key New Year’s & another week off at home with Waverly Maye. 🙂
I hope you all had the most wonderful Christmas Eve & Day, happy week ahead!

In honor of Christmas week, I am super excited to finally share some favorites from our 2014 holiday photos!!  We had these pictures done taken back in October, which now feels like forever ago, we (I) have grown so much since then & we have officially found out who the newest member to our family will be!! 🙂  Looking at them makes me so incredibly happy, they capture Waverly Maye’s vibrant personality so well & even though our littlest lady is still in my belly, I love that they are our first family photos as a family of four.
All of these images were captured by the amazing & talented Brooke Tucker, who I really can’t say enough about!!  This was the first time we worked with her, the minute I met her I knew she was the perfect fit for us & as someone who truly appreciates good photography, that made me so happy.  She is a mom (of a two-year old!) herself and it showed, she was so patient & great with Waverly, who fell in love with her just like we did.  We can’t thank you enough Brooke, we have already filled our walls with these & can’t wait to work with you more in the future! 🙂
It was so hard narrowing down the many pictures she sent over for this post, & even harder to pick just one for the cover of our Christmas card.  I chose to use Tiny Prints again, we adore the quality of their cards & their amazing customer service, they never disappoint!!
On a final note, before I sign off for Christmas Eve & Day, I want to wish you all the HAPPIEST of holidays with your loved ones.  You all constantly inspire me, support me, & make me a better mama, for that I am forever thankful!  Enjoy your time celebrating, you deserve it!  XO
Waverly’s Headband – Sadie Sky Boutique
Waverly’s Dress – Zara, Past Season
My Dress – Free People, Past Season
My Shoes – DSW

H&M Shirt, Non-Maternity

Size of Baby Brickner:  An Onion!

Maternity Clothes:  I’ve been in maternity pants for what feels like forever now, mostly H&M brand which I have found to fit the best for the most affordable price!  I am really, really looking forward to Christmas (for lots of reasons), but I think Santa might be bringing me these JBrand jeans. They are definitely a splurge for maternity, but I think a necessity since we have a few more months of winter ahead.  Is it maxi dress season yet?!

Also, I feel I should point out why I very purposefully left off the weight gain category on these weekly bump-dates.  As much as that would be great to look back on for any future pregnancies, to put it bluntly, I honestly I have decided not to care.  Like at all.  I eat really healthy when not pregnant, but with both pregnancies, haven’t even found that an option.  Most of my normal go-to foods are total aversions now, & I happen to be starving all day, everyday, just like round one.  I gained about 40 pounds with Waverly, but between breastfeeding & being consumed with a newborn, lost most of it within a few months.  So I’ve decided not to stress it, I mean, would that be good for the baby?!!!! 😉

Best Moment This Week:  Sharing the baby GIRL news!!  Most of our family was convinced that this babe was a boy, so it was so much fun to surprise everyone with the fact that Waverly was getting a sweet little sister!  We had dinner with each side of the family & let them each open an ornament, they were an odd number of blue or pink so they had to wait to see which one there was more of!  So much fun!

We also got our blood test back, which obviously confirmed the girl news, but also showed that our girl passed her other tests (down syndrome, cystic fibrosis)!  SUCH a good feeling. 🙂

Miss Anything:  Sleeping on my back.  You really don’t realize what a luxury that is until you can’t do it anymore.

Movement:  Pretty much the same!  So excited for my husband & Waverly to be able to really feel soon!

Cravings:  Cereal & potatoes, which is exactly what my major cravings were with Waverly.

Queasy or Sick:  We are still feeling the last of the sickness, Waverly & I passed it on to my husband so it feels like it has been with us forever.  Hoping it’s all behind us so we can enjoy the holiday!

Looking Forward To:  CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!  I can’t believe this week is actually here, it definitely came out of nowhere this year but we are so excited! We had our first round of celebrations this weekend with family, Waverly loved it so much & it was so much fun watching her really understand more now.  I cannot wait to see her face Christmas morning! 🙂

Hope you all had the best weekend full of hustle, bustle, & holiday happiness!

First, thank you for all of the sweet comments, emails & text messages on our baby GIRL news!  I’m still in shock that we are actually going to have two little ladies to call our own, but am beyond thrilled!  As usual, your sweet support makes this exciting time that much more special, so thank you.

In other news, is Christmas really only a week away?!  Other than a mommy & daughter sickness that finally looks like is behind us (fingers crossed!), holiday fun is going non-stop our way!  Our advent calender has been the best, it’s such a great way to make sure you fit everything in during this busy time of year!!  Some of Waverly’s favorite activities so far have been painting Christmas pictures for the grandparents, going to see holiday lights, & her biggest highlight, the Christmas tree farm!!  Running endlessly through a random field of trees was totally her thing, such great toddler entertainment!!

We also got to play Secret Santa with some of our favorite blog friends, the cutest package from sweet Lex came in the mail last week & we couldn’t have been more excited!!  Not only are Waverly & Lex both little fashion-lovers, but they are both going to be big sisters to little sisters in the next few months!  A match made in blog-heaven! 🙂
Waverly got the best gift, the CUTEST, most festive tutu & matching nail polish!!  She wore her new tutu to her kids holiday party, we love it & will definitely be wearing it all week long, then passing it down to little sister when she is old enough!!  The biggest thank you to Erin, Lex, & Kenz! 🙂  We were so excited to send a gift over to Noah, you can see what we got him here!!  Meghan & Noah, we hope you liked your gifts!

The next week is definitely going to be packed, but we are so excited!!  Tomorrow is my last day of school (of 2014!), then on the weekend agenda we have a few holiday parties to attend & a date night to get last-minute gifts with the hubs!  Tis’ the season, have a MERRY weekend!