I wanted to fit in one more post before the craziness of the holiday season officially hits tomorrow, we really have so much to be thankful for this year & I wanted to thank YOU for being a part of it.  Your constant support of our family means so much to me, this community is the best, so supportive & incredibly inspiring.  I truly am thankful to be a part of it.

Also on the list of things to be thankful for, a few days off with my babe.  We kicked off our holiday shopping this past weekend, we went to the mall where Waverly informed me that she is “scared of Santa” but that she would like him to bring her anything that has to do with Sesame Street or Elmo.  Also, I got her a chocolate milk kids Starbucks cup & she was so very proud, calling it her “coffee”.  My mini-me, I couldn’t love her more.

We celebrated our annual friendsgiving over the weekend, one of my favorite traditions with my close friends!  I love that each year we keep getting bigger, adding more babies & bellies to the mix!  Definitely a reason to celebrate. 🙂

We made these sausage balls (a recipe passed down to us from my sister-in-law), I thought I would share for anyone who needs a last-minute, easy to make & delicious appetizer for the holiday weekend.  The ingredients are one tube of jimmy dean sausage, one small bottle of ranch, one package of colby jack cheese & a package of filo shells.
Cook the sausage, drain it (without rinsing it), then put back in the pan with the ranch & cheese.  Mix together before filling the filo shells with it & finally, bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes.

Disclaimer, they are amazing & super addicting.  Don’t be ashamed to eat more than your fair share, we all did.

Wishing you & yours the HAPPIEST Thanksgiving!!

Shirt & Similar Overalls

Baby Brickner’s Size:  A peach, our sweet peach!

Maternity Clothes:  I got a couple of these Gap pure body shirts & really love them, super comfortable & stretchy enough that they will last me through most of this pregnancy.  Also, I admit it, I was completely inspired by Mila Kunis’s maternity style, she wore overalls with her bump so I decided to go for it, just bought them a couple sizes up so I can keep expanding them as the belly expands!  They might be THE most comfortable thing I have ever worn.  Another plus, my mom was with me & said she remembers wearing them the entire time she was pregnant with me, which just makes them feel special. 🙂

Sleep:  I finally feel like I am starting to get a little energy back, which pretty much makes me feel like a million dollars at this point!  I still napped both weekend days while Waverly was sleeping (one day with her, those are the best!), but other than that, haven’t been fighting to keep my eyes nearly as much as I have been. Still, by the time 8pm rolls around, it is definitely time for bed. Things are crazy our way. 😉

Best Moment This Week:   Waverly & I have had some really great afternoons, with a little pep back in my step I felt so much better (plus way less mom guilt) with some extra energy to play with her.  We painted, baked blueberry muffins, did our nails, & managed to fit in a play date with another little girl her age.  My kind of week.  Also, I even made dinner a couple of nights. Seriously, there were moments that I wasn’t sure if I would ever make dinner again.  So that was a serious win.

Miss Anything:  My normal appetite, free from these crazy aversions that I have had both pregnancies.  I am always hungry, but most things sound awful, even things that are my favorite foods not pregnant.  Yet bring me all the carbs you want, the one food group that has gotten me through the past 12 weeks!

Movement:  I am convinced that I am feeling this babe at night, it’s like a wiggling sensation & my favorite EVER!  It’s always on the same side of my belly, which is the side that we always find the baby’s heartbeat on when we use our doppler.  (We have one my mom bought us from my first pregnancy, a similar one can be found here!).

Cravings:  Still all carbs.  Also, it’s crazy how thirsty I am, drinking water all day long & still wanting more.

Queasy or Sick:  Definitely not 100% me yet, but slowly getting there & I could not be happier! Bring on the second trimester!!

Looking Forward To:  Thanksgiving!  So excited for a couple days off work to spend with the family & then some shopping on Black Friday.  I will definitely be making a couple for purchases for Waverly plus also, a couple gender-neutral ones for her baby brother or sister!

 I realized that I never shared Waverly’s reaction to being a big sister.  With so much to update on over the beginning of our pregnancy, I didn’t be to be overwhelming, yet she is already SO excited & it is the sweetest.  She definitely knows she is going to be a big sister, though she thinks the babe is in her belly.  She has randomly told a few people that she was a big sister (before we were ready to tell anyone), & will be sure to remind me every once in a while.  In case I forgot. 😉
Nothing makes me happier than thinking about her in this role, I know she is going to be a little rock star.

Hope you had a great weekend, happy holiday week!

Happiest Friday & also, happy LESS THEN one week until Thanksgiving!  We are super excited for the holiday this year, all of us, not just the one of us who has the excuse to eat more than her fair share of turkey & mashed potatoes.  On a side note, this is the second Thanksgiving I have gotten to experience pregnant & while I promise I didn’t plan it that way, I admit that I really love the timing of it.  I am obviously thankful for a lot this year, one of those things being a holiday which involves a lot of food. 😉
We had originally planned to travel to see family in West Virginia for the holiday, we were really looking forward to taking Waverly Maye to the mountains & to possibly experience our first ever white Thanksgiving!  Then ultimately we decided it was best to stay at home, I am just not feeling like myself quite yet and we felt like it was best to take my time off work to rest & relax at home with Waverly.  So plan B, we are going to have a relaxing morning at home with the Macy’s parade & breakfast, then a double-header of dinners with both sides of the family.  Followed by round three of one more house for dessert, where we will most likely strategize for our annual early morning of Black Friday shopping.  A little crazy & chaotic, but full of loved ones, just the way we like it!

I love planning fun outfits for Waverly for the holidays, any excuse to dress up makes me happy, especially when it’s a celebration.  Right now I am all about neutrals, I shared these looks on Vanessa’s blog a couple weeks ago & think they would be perfect for your little lady or man for the holiday.
For Waverly, I like to get a fun, new headband for special occasions. I ordered this one for Thanksgiving dinner & think it will be perfect all year long!  And if this little babe in my belly is a boy, I would do the same with fun hats (I already have my eye on this one for next Christmas, WAY too cute) or fancy shoes.  A pair of moccasins would be perfect for either!!

We wish all the happiest weekend & last week before the holidays officially kick-off!  What are your plans?  Do you have any fun traditions during this Thanksgiving week?

If I’m honest, the whole two-year old status scared me a little bit.  We have all grown up hearing about the “terrible two’s” & something told me that Waverly would not be exempt, among many things, she is opinionated, strong-willed, & knows exactly what she wants.  Fast forward to now, with Waverly two months from two & a half, there is no doubt that this is my favorite age yet.  There have been so moments recently that I have just wanted to freeze time at this exact age, she is so much fun, so smart, & most of all, incredibly loving.  As always, I am obsessed with her & this little person she is becoming more everyday.

I can’t even believe how much Waverly can say now (or how witty she is), just when I think I have heard it all, she comes up with something else to crack us up.  She is constantly talking, which everyone says she gets from me, so the two of us rarely are quiet together, ever.  When we sit down to dinner every night, she says “soooooooo, how was your day?”.  It is the sweetest, one of my favorite moments that we get to spend together & I always look forward to it.
She loves so many things, but mostly our dog who she calls a “good boy” & her “best friend”.  It took a little while for her to understand why he can’t come with us to the grocery store or to the mall, but now she gives him a hug before we leave while “explaining” to him why he can’t come.  She is so good to him, making sure she pours his food so he can eat at the same time we do & obviously, sneaking him her food between bites.  Second to only the dog, she loves her babies, lines them up & takes care of them every single day.  I walked in her holding one in the corner in a time-out the other day, counting “1, 2, 3 … .”  She forgets nothing. 😉
Lately she has an obsession with school buses, we watch the kids get off the bus on our street everyday & she loves it.  She always tells me she wants to go to school, on the bus, which is way too much for my mama heart to even think about right now.  I told her I would miss her too much, she said “mommy, I will see you tomorrow, ok?.”  She still watches me drive from the house each morning to school, she waves so fiercely & while it is never easy leaving, knowing that she understands where I go makes it much more bearable.
Almost all of Waverly’s favorite activities involve moving, she loves to dance, to sing, & is always laughing.  Just like since she was a baby, she loves being outside, it is her happy place & she can entertain herself for hours.

We have our moments, but at the end of the day (everyday), we tell each other how much we love each other & there is no better feeling than that.  She has forever changed me, the one who made me a mama, & I feel so lucky to keep her forever. 

I went back & forth about weekly updates (especially with a two-year old to run after), yet ultimately, decided to go for it.  I already feel like I have forgotten so much of my pregnancy with Waverly Maye, so I know how much I will love to look back on these one day.  Plus, who doesn’t love a good countdown?!  So HERE GOES, 12 weeks down & 28 to go! 🙂

Baby Brickner’s Size:  A lime!

Maternity Clothes:  I remember showing pretty early with Waverly too, but there is just no comparison to this time!  Trying to hide this bump for the last month or so was such a challenge, especially since I am a (fashion) teacher with 28 kids in each class who have nothing to do but stare at me for long periods of time.  I am SO glad that the secret is out, that same rotation of loose fitting shirts & dresses was good to me, but starting to get very, very old.
Sleep:  The exhaustion this pregnancy is seriously insane, I have never experienced anything like it! True (possibly sad) story, I haven’t seen the clock hit 9pm in two months!  My poor husband, I am so exhausted by the end of the day, I can hardly hold a conversation.  So YES, at night, sleep is great, & very much needed!
Best Moment This Week:  Sharing the news!  Especially since we found out so early, it’s been a long two months of keeping this a secret & has been SO much fun finally sharing the news.  It makes my heart happy to think of all the joy Waverly has brought our close family & friends, I know this babe will do the exact same. 
Miss Anything:  More than anything, I miss my energy to play with Waverly like I normally can. One day after work this week I was completely exhausted, it was all I could to to keep my eyes open & read books with her.  She brought me a blanket & said “oh, mama, you don’t feel good, you lay down” while rubbing my belly.  I hate the fact that I don’t feel 100% lately with her, yet then I remember that we are giving her so much more, a brother or sister for life … which makes me feel so much better. 🙂
Movement:  I had convinced myself that I felt the baby the other night while laying down, then my OB told me there was no way, it was just gas. 😉  I am SO excited to feel (real!) movement soon, probably my favorite part of pregnancy the first time!
Cravings:  Pretty much all salt, sugar still makes me completely sick & leaves the worst taste in my mouth.  I love (or actually have a need for) all carbs, including potatoes, rice, & french fries.  It is so crazy to me how identical these cravings, plus aversions, are to my first pregnancy.
Queasy or Sick:  Yes & yes.  It’s no fun, but my OB always tells me that she loves it, that it means that the baby is growing & things are happening as they should.  So honestly, if I hadn’t felt that way this whole time I would have been nervous, & of course, it is worth it !  Yet I am definitely looking forward to the second trimester, hoping to turn a corner very soon!
Looking Forward To:  Our next appointment!  They are my favorite, at our last ultrasound the babe was moving so much, waving its hands back & forth like he/she wanted us to know they were in there!  Both my husband & I have been talking about it since, it’s so crazy to think that before long, this babe will be a little person just like Waverly.  It really is surreal & nothing short of amazing.
Also, the biggest thank you to our friends at Tiny Prints, we worked with them to create a card to announce the news of our pregnancy to family & friends!  As always, the final product (card design found here) was beautiful & they were so great to work with.  Be sure to check out their site for your holiday cards or purchases!

Lastly, I meant to announce this earlier (can I blame it on pregnancy brain?!), the winner of the Candace’s Calling garland is Courtney Bilos.  Congrats, email me with your address & I will send you your prize!! Happy week ahead!