Being Brickner : March 2015

Monday, March 30, 2015

31 Weeks

Size of Baby Brickner:  A pineapple!

Maternity Clothes:  Oh yes, all the time!  Even a few items I bought early on are starting to get tight on this big belly.  The shirt above is from Target, hoping to get some use out of it now & then once baby girl is here!

Best Moment This Week:  More Easter celebrating with Waverly, she is so much fun to do these kinds of things with right now!  And we got a few new baby girl purchases, a pair of the sweetest moccasins & her take-home outfit!  It's getting real, friends.

Miss Anything:  I really try not to be a complainer, especially when it comes to pregnancy since I feel beyond fortunate to have had two healthy pregnancies so far, but this week has been really challenging for my body.  I woke up Monday morning with shooting pains down my right leg, I had a charlie horse that night (which I get often), so I thought it was a result of that or that I had just slept weird.  Long story short, they never went away & by Tuesday they had only gotten worse.  In addition to the pains, both my leg and foot were going numb on & off.  It definitely seems to be a textbook case of sciatica, which I never got with Waverly, but apparently this baby girl has found a spot she loves right on a nerve.  My doctor said that though it won't affect the baby at all (which is ultimately what I care about most), it probably is here to stay & may continue to get worse, possibly even moving into the other leg.  So far that has been the case, especially after being on my feet at work & then coming to chase after a toddler. I've had several moments where I really could hardly walk (& convinced myself I would be in a wheel chair before long), but then others that I felt lots better.  So for now, I am taking it day by day & just feeling happy that baby girl is as healthy as ever!

Movement:  Her movement hasn't changed at all, lots of kicks & rolls, I love them all!

Cravings:  I have a total sweet tooth lately, & the Easter candy is not helping it!

Queasy or Sick:  Other than my leg issues, feeling good - no nausea & that makes me happy.

Looking Forward To:  My spring break!!  It officially kicks off this Friday & I am super excited! We have plans for a one-night babymoon, nothing crazy but just a little getaway while my parents keep Waverly overnight.  We are also going to make a day trip to Ikea, it's three hours away from us but we still need a dresser for the nursery & this one would be perfect! :)

Lastly, I feel like I share stories like these often, but they are exactly the things I want to remember one day.  As soon as our bedtime routine hits each night, Waverly wants to know exactly what we are doing the next day (planner like mama?).  The other night she asked & I told her about our Easter Egg Hunt, then of course I had to go through the list of people who were coming.  I told her Juliette was coming, she is my friend's one month old daughter.  Waverly immediately asked if she could hold her & I said "probably, and you know who you are going to get to hold lots really soon, your baby sister!."  Her eyes got huge, she had the happiest face ever, & she said, "I am SO excited".  Seriously, I could have died.  Then she asked me (for about the tenth time) if she would be able to walk & then said "I think I'm going to text her right now.  Can I have her number?".

Hope you had a lovely weekend!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Easter Fun & Friday Things

Happy Friday, friends!!  I can't even believe that today kicks off the last weekend in March, time is flying & I feel like I can't keep up.  My pregnancy brain certainly isn't doing me any favors, I have spent the last week ordering replacements for all my cards because apparently, I drove out of the parking lot from Waverly's My Gym Class with my wallet on the hood of my car.  I spent a couple days trying to track it down & it seems to be the only thing that could have happened, though I was really trying to hold out hope that I would magically find it.  No such luck, instead it's official, I'm losing my mind. ;)

In other news, Easter planning & celebrating is well under way!  Waverly Maye has a love/hate relationship with the holiday so far this year, she has a major fear of the Easter bunny (understatement), and is obsessed with anything to do with playing or hunting for eggs, especially when it results in candy.  We had our first hunt last weekend with her cousins, she was a little skeptical at first (I swear she thought the bunny was going to pop out at any moment), but then was totally down for anything when she figured out that she got to run endlessly & then eat all things sweet.

She got to take the biggest bucket of candy home from the hunt, which I have since hidden, after the meltdown of all meltdowns happened over the fact that she couldn't have three bags of skittles for dinner.  Though letsbehonest, me & my recent sweet tooth just wanted to throw all mom judgement out the window and join her.

 We are hosting our own hunt this weekend at our house, with some friends & their little ones!  Even though it's supposed to get cold again & the weather won't be the best for outside exploring, we are super excited to get the kids together.  It will be our second year in a row, so it's so much fun to see how much the kids have grown since then, & also this year, so have the mamas!  Three of us are pregnant again, all due within a few weeks of each other. :)
We are going to do a brunch, an egg casserole and lots of sweets.  Waverly & I got a head-start this week with our favorite, funfetti cupcakes!

Some other recent favorites, my mom picked up baby girl a few sleepers & onesies this week, all from Carters.  Their entire site is 50% off right now, such a great time to stock up on basics that are affordable, I remember how fast we went through those with Waverly (& that really, it was all she fit into for quite a while).   Also, is it too soon to dream of actually wearing clothes with zippers again?!  These wide-legged jeans are the cutest, they would be perfect with a floral tank over the summer!  Lastly, a Waverly favorite, her umbrella (similar here).  All it takes is one raindrop & she insists on bringing it with us, a girl can never have too many accessories, right?

Happy, happy weekend!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Baby Two Essentials

It's safe to say that hitting the third trimester & then the 30's has officially put me in the omg, we really are about to have another human & need to get our shit together stage of my pregnancy.  I'm pretty sure that at this point with Waverly, we had a complete nursery & possibly even a packed hospital bag hanging on the door.  I promise we really do love baby girl two just as much & are equally excited for her arrival, having her big sister this time has just obviously made our preparation process look a whole lot different.  It's no doubt been slower & a little less focused, but also, a whole lot cuter, as I witnessed this weekend when I walked into the nursery and saw Waverly assisting my husband "hammer" in the last few pallets on the wall.  She said, "mama, I am working hard for baby sissy".

Now that we have most of the items purchased for the nursery, I'm trying to focus on all of the "gear" we need for when she arrives.  We definitely lucked out in the second babe being the same gender department, which is a really good thing because almost all of what we have is pink (I heard girl & got a little too excited).  I've put together a few of the items that we have decided are most important to get for baby two, things that we found through trial & error the first round, that we loved when Waverly was a baby, or that seem like they will make life run a little more smoothly as a family of four.

UppaBaby Stroller & Rumble Seat:  We have used this stroller since Waverly was born, it comes with two attachments, the bassinet that we used when she was an infant & then we transitioned to the seat at about six months.  For the most part, we love it & still do.  The only downfall has nothing to do with the actual stroller & everything to do with my wild child's personality!  Waverly has never liked to be restrained, I can even remember us walking around when she was a couple months, we were holding her & using the stroller to hold the shopping bags (something we still do).  For that reason, I can't justify spending a lot on a double stroller, yet at the same time, I can't imagine not having one either.  We have decided on this attachment for Waverly to sit in when they are both riding, it doesn't come with the best reviews, but for the price & the amount we will probably use it, it seems like a good fit.  Plus we can obviously still use it as a single stroller & who knows, we may have a child who likes that this time. ;)

Summer Dual Video Monitor:  We had a video monitor with Waverly but then switched to the Angel Care Movement & Sound Monitor when we moved her out of our room & into the crib, mostly because I was beyond paranoid of SIDS (like she may still be sleeping in our room if I didn't find a monitor that detected it).  We love the monitor & still plan to use it in the baby's room, but I LOVE the idea of being able to watch both girls on video.  Obviously for safety reasons, and also, the thought of actually knowing what Waverly does in her room when she is supposed to be sleeping is just way too tempting.

Tommy Tippee Bottles:  Even though I plan to breastfeed again, we obviously still need bottles for when I am working or the possible one night we may ever go out again ... ;)  We used these with Waverly & loved them, I just threw them all out after she turned a year since I felt like that was something we didn't need to reuse.

Solly Wrap:  I am super excited about my solly wrap, not that I have ever used it, but it looks damn cute sitting in our nursery right now & I have read so many great reviews.  We had both the ergo & moby wrap with Waverly, I posted my thoughts on both here if you are interested.

Breast Pump:  Oh, the breast pump.  Definitely the one baby item I am least excited to see again, especially since I know how much time we will be spending together during the months to come.  I breast-fed Waverly for a year (you can read about our experience here), I loved the process of feeding her so very much, I just hated that damn pump.  As a working mom, I had it with me so often that it became a part of my identity, & simply put, left me very little freedom ever.  I could go on & on about my thoughts on this subject, yet ultimately, I am so happy that the process worked for us because that really is what mattered most to me. I can only hope that the same goes for round two, we are ordering a second pump, only because insurance covers it 100% and from experience, I know the efficiency of the pump really plays a big part in how much milk you continue to supply.

I hope this is helpful to some of you, I know how much I loved reading lists like this when I was pregnant the first time & still do.  I plan to include some more favorites soon, things that we already have & plan to reuse again, it's amazing how much of a lifesaver some of these products can be.  And in the meantime, a picture of baby Waverly, was she really ever that small?!

Photo by Little Baby Blue Photography
Happy halfway through the week!

Monday, March 23, 2015

30 Weeks

We made it, ten weeks left & on to counting down in the single digits! :)

Size of Baby Brickner:  A cabbage.  My book says she is about three pounds & will gain half a pound each week from here on out.  I love that she is getting so big & can't wait to see her sweet face soon!

Maternity Clothes:  My parents were so sweet to buy me a dress this week for our spring maternity pictures, it's from Asos & I love it, can't wait to share it soon!  I am hoping that this will be my last maternity fashion purchase for this pregnancy, though we definitely don't plan on this being our last baby, I kind of hate spending money on maternity clothes, especially during the third trimester.  My biggest fashion tip (that I feel like I did a whole lot better with this time around), is to buy as a little "maternity" stuff as possible & instead try to get by with things bought in bigger sizes that you love, that still make you feel like you, & that you can wear again later.

Best Moment This Week:  We haven't officially told Waverly her sister's name, though I really want to, only because she repeats everything these days.  My husband & I refer to her by name all of the time though (obviously when Waverly is around), I just didn't think she had caught on since we always call her "baby sister" or "sissy" when talking with her about it.  Then the other day we were playing with sidewalk chalk & I wrote Waverly's name on the street, & right after she asked me to write her sister's name (with her actual name), like it was was nothing.  Not only did it confirm that she officially picks up on everything, but it was the sweetest sound coming out of her mouth.  I cannot wait to see these girls together!

On a side note, I know it's annoying (especially to those around us), that we haven't shared her name. It has been way harder to keep quiet this time, since with Waverly we were between two names & this time we have been sure for months.  Honestly, I love a good surprise & if I was cool enough to wait to find out the gender I would, so I feel like this is the next best thing.  Also, I know both my husband & I love the name, that it fits our family & what we want for our daughter, and that really is all that matters to us.  Maybe it sounds bad, but we really don't want to hear advice or thoughts on her name, & know that if we wait until her sweet little self is here, we won't have to.  

Miss Anything:  Feeling really good this week, tired by the end of the day, but good! :) 

Movement:  ALL the time!

Cravings:  Ice cream & colored sprinkles, maybe because it's getting warmer out?!

Queasy or Sick:  I had my glucose test this week (& passsed!), so I know others can relate, that drink made me absolutely nauseous.  Yet other than that, no complaints!

Looking Forward To:  Our Easter Egg Hunt this weekend & other holiday celebrations with Waverly Maye! Also, this is the last two weeks of school before my SPRING BREAK, I am super excited to have a week off to spend quality time with my oldest girl & to get some more items checked off our to-do list!

Hope you all had a great weekend!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Our Tiny Dancer & Other Friday Things

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen that Waverly Maye had her first official dance class last weekend!!  It was a really big moment for us, Waverly loves to dance, she is moving all the time anyways & then as soon as she hears any type of beat she starts circling the room making sure everyone is watching her.  We recently found a place that would take her even though she isn't three yet, most of the places around here won't take little ones that early but this dance studio agreed to since she is officially potty trained now! :)

 Part of me was nervous, she has been in a my gym class since she was six months old and we have done gymnastics, but both are mommy & me so she has never done anything that structured or without me there.  Also, Waverly is outgoing as they come, but is sometimes shy when she first meets someone or is a new situation.  I wasn't sure if she would even go in without me or last the hour if she did.  Yet she shocked me (don't they always?!), ran right in without looking back & had the absolute best time.  I sat right outside the door even though I couldn't see anything, at one point the room was quiet & then I heard Waverly's voice yell out "do you have all about that bass & will you play it really loud?".  Yep, my kid.  Overall, it was so much fun & I am already looking forward to her dance recital in a few months!

We have recently been trying to figure out what we are going to do with both girls in the fall, we know we want to send Waverly to preschool at least part-time & we have quickly learned those spots fill up way in advance (like maybe I should book baby girl now?!).  I know Waverly will love it, plus I really want her to be around other kids her age & to have something all of her own once her world is rocked by a little sister.  I toured a school this week, which I immediately fell in love with & know Waverly will fit in perfectly there.  As soon as the director mentioned themed holiday parties and field trips, I knew we had met our match. ;)  I'm sure other moms can relate, it's hard enough to leave your kid anyways, so it feels really good to find a place that I feel comfortable with & that overall, just feels right.

And because it's Friday, a few things I have had my eye on this week!  This dress, it is such a steal & fits perfectly with the bump plus can be worn after.  I'm excited to wear it all summer long!  I also finally got curtains for the nursery, I went with all white blackout ones, then got these gold knobs for a fun pop on either side.  And a fun treat for Easter, this bark that would be super easy & fun to make with the little ones!

Have a wonderful weekend, friends!

PS - Waverly's leotard and bow are from H&M, the bow is actually from the adult accessories section which is where I always find cute bows for super cheap. :)

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

St. Patrick's Day 2015 & Easter Plans

Happy halfway through the week, hope you all had the best holiday yesterday!  We did most of our celebrating over the weekend, which is something I always try to do when a holiday falls during the week so I feel like I don't miss out on any festive fun with Waverly.  She is at the best age for this sort of thing, holding conversations like a full-on little lady & understanding more by the minute, so I have been looking forward to all of these spring holidays for a while.  We had two holiday breakfasts on both Saturday & Sunday, one with Waverly's cousin and then a themed breakfast, all green fruits & lucky charm pancakes (do you think the fruit makes up for the excessive sugar overload?!).

The weather has been so perfect, we spent most of the day outside on Sunday, pushing all of Waverly's strollers & playing with bubbles!  It has been the absolute best for all of us, Waverly loves getting outside (understatement), & I have desperately needed to get active again after a long winter.  Plus, those little legs, I have been dying to see them out again! :)

Headband & Similar Boots
Waverly & I were able to fit in some fun yesterday when I got off work, a walk to the park & some green cupcake baking!  Overall, such a great holiday this year, no parades or green beer, but the weather definitely made up for it. ;)  And now, the countdown begins to Easter, our last big holiday as a family of three!  I'm looking forward to so much, we are hosting a egg hunt with some friends & their little ones and of course, will attempt to take Waverly to see the Easter bunny (though I'm thinking it will most likely be an epic fail like Santa a few months back).

 My husband thought I was crazy when he saw I already started Waverly's basket, I can blame it on the nesting instinct that kicked in months ago but really, it's how I roll most of the time anyways.  I get so excited for this sort of thing, few things makes me quite as happy as getting together some fun goodies that I know Waverly will love.  So far, I picked up this book, chapstick (that I know will be her favorite), this white maxi dress from Old Navy, & some seasonal boom chicka pop.

I'm planning to add a few more goodies, a couple headbands for both girls, some stickers, & nail polish or play make-up.  Any other ideas or suggestions, for Easter baskets or fun traditions?!

Wishing you a happy rest of the week!

Monday, March 16, 2015

29 Weeks

Size of Baby:  The head of a cauliflower!  Just from feeling her I can tell how much bigger she has gotten lately, it's so crazy & so exciting! :)

Maternity Clothes:  Now that the weather has warmed up & there are cute spring clothes popping up everywhere, I am all about buying loose dresses that work with the bump but are not maternity.  I hope to keep wearing them all summer after she is here, so I've been trying to find options that I can breastfeed comfortably in.  That was something I never thought about before I had Waverly, & I remember having some really awkward moments with clothes that weren't even kind of going to work, so I'm hoping to do better for round two. :)

Best Moment This Week:  We have been reading this book with Waverly most nights, trying to get her more ready for her baby sister, & it's been the cutest.  I know it's on her mind more than ever now (maybe as my belly gets bigger), but she says "hi, baby sissy" right to my belly when I walk in her room in the mornings & I could just melt! :)  She asked me if I think her little sister will play blocks with her or be able to walk when she gets here, so we definitely have some learning to do, but I really get more anxious to see the two of them together every single day.

Miss Anything:  Just being comfortable.  Sleep is definitely still a challenge, I'm thinking it probably will be from here on out, it takes forever to find a position that works & then once I do, I have to get up to pee.

Movement:  SO, so, so much lately!  More than ever, & I'm even thinking it may be more than what I felt with Waverly (which is scary, considering how wild Waverly is!).  Just the past week I have been able to feel little fingers, toes, maybe even a little butt, it's such a weird feeling!

Cravings:  The same, I have been trying to eat healthier since I am not sick anymore & more options are appealing.  It's not quite as exciting but it works!

Queasy or Sick:  The flu is behind us, thank goodness!  So we are feeling good! :)

Looking Forward To:  Celebrating St. Patrick's Day tomorrow, & then it's all things Easter for a couple of weeks!  Waverly has a serious obsession with watching egg videos on you tube (it's the weirdest thing ever), I already pulled out the eggs for her & she is loving it already.  We have plans for a couple Easter egg hunts, I can't wait to watch her!!

Wishing you a happy St. Patrick's Day tomorrow!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Friday Things

TGIF!  I can't even explain how happy I am that Friday has finally arrived, I feel like we totally deserve this one after last weekend's unexpected date with the flu.  We are planning on a St. Patrick's Day breakfast a few days early (bring on the green!) & tonight, are taking Waverly Maye to the hibachi grill for the first time.  I know she will love it, not to mention it's been a major craving of mine, so it's a win-win for everyone. :)

The weather has been beautiful this week, which we have welcomed with open arms!  Sunshine is good for the soul, I am sure of it, it has been the best cure for both us girls.  We have been loving our daily walks & even afternoon errands have been so much more enjoyable without twelve layers on each of us.  I am really hoping this sticks & we can say farewell to winter until next year! 

We have had a slight sleep regression lately, Waverly is still in her big girl bed (& hasn't attempted to get out of it), but is suddenly taking a really long time to fall asleep during both naps and bedtime.  We can't really decide what it is, her wanting attention, going through a phase, a combination of the two or none if it, but she will call out from her room for as long as an hour until she finally gets quiet.  The other night she screamed out to request lotion for a hurt finger (which wasn't hurt), then for cheez-its "in a bowl", & finally, repeatedly yelled out to tell me her birthday was Wednesday (it's in July).  We used to go in there at every request, but have since decided we are enabling her, so instead we are (trying) to let her get through it on her own.  Which is no fun.

Then the other day at nap time, she did the same thing, when I finally went in she had pulled every one of her name letters off the wall, taken the pillowcase off her pillow, & completely undressed herself.  I asked her to go back to sleep even though I was sure her nap was a wash that day, then was completely shocked when she got quiet AND slept for over two & half hours.  I finally went in there to wake her but she was sound asleep, looking like an absolute angel.  Obviously, making it all worth it.

Some things I am loving this week, this dress that is bump-friendly but is also super cute pregnant or not, these cupcakes to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, & did you see that Gap is 40% until the 16th?!  I am loving all of their spring line right now, this would be the perfect time to pick up some of it!
Wishing you all a happy, happy weekend!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Third Trimester Thoughts

So here we are, officially in the third trimester & less than three months to meeting our second baby girl.  We are closer than ever to the moment we have been counting down to for months, what a crazy feeling!  We are over the moon excited, anxious, & of course, just a little bit scared.

My doctor moved my due date up to May 31st from June 2nd, which in reality is only two days, but the change in months made this whole thing seem a hell of a lot closer.  As for labor, I definitely want her to keep cooking until then, but am really hoping that when the time comes, she comes on her own.  I was induced with Waverly the day after my due date, which for the record, I was ALL for by that point in my pregnancy, but clearly my body wasn't.  I was in labor for 48 hours, most of it with no progress at all (even though I definitely felt it), & after all of that, it almost ended in a c-section.  Obviously all is well that ends well, we got a healthy, beautiful baby girl & haven't looked back since.  Yet for round two, I really want that moment when my water breaks (just maybe not while I'm teaching a class) or that I start feeling contractions on my own, hopefully signaling that my body is ready this time.  I've told my husband time & time again to remind me of this when I am ten months pregnant & will do anything to get her here. ;)  With all that being said, I do know it will happen as it's supposed to, I love & trust my doctor beyond words, I know she will know what is best for me & the baby.  Also, I certainly don't want to scare anyone from an induction, I have many friends who had great experiences & who would no doubt do it again.

And what about after we are officially a family of four?!  I can't even count the number of people who have told me what a change going from one to two is, that I will look back on my days with just my toddler & laugh about thinking I was busy then.  So there's that, which I'm sure I will find to be true.  Mostly though, my thoughts center around the fact that we have been through the baby phase once & (sort of) know what to expect.  I know we have lots of sleepless nights headed our way, that there will be moments of endless crying that I can do nothing about, & that I probably won't shower for days at a time.  Yet I also know how quickly that time passes, & to cherish it, especially since something tells me it will go even faster with two little ones at the house.

Without a doubt, my biggest fear is how Waverly will react to this huge life change.  She is so excited for her baby sister & talks about her all of the time, but ultimately, girlfriend has no idea what is coming to her.  It's safe to say that she gets a lot of attention around here and has known nothing different for the entire two & a half years of her life.  There have been multiple times lately when we have been going through our normal routine that we have all come to know so well, & I've realized that no matter how hard I try, it's going to have to change.  Especially since I plan to breastfeed again.  It's such a bittersweet feeling, but I do know that it's going to be the best thing for everyone, & that soon we will have a new normal that we will come to love just as much.

Above all else, I feel so lucky to be able to grow our family, my husband I have always hoped for a house full of kids & we couldn't be happier that our dreams are coming true. I also know that we wouldn't be given this new life if we couldn't handle it, people do this all of the time, right?!  We can't wait to meet you, baby girl, & love you SO much already! :)

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

28 Weeks

We are officially in the THIRD trimester, & so, so excited to meet our newest baby girl in three months or less! :)

Size of Baby Brickner:  Our little lady is aout 2.5 pounds now, according to my book, & can dream, hiccup, & blink her little eyes!

Maternity Clothes:  You guys, I really hate jeans right now.  I can't decide what is worse, the dramatics of pulling them up (no one should have to see that) or walking around in them all day (which is really starting to cut off my circulation).  So I think it's time we part ways for a while, I am hoping that the weather will cooperate enough so I can rock mainly dresses & leggings from here on out!

Best Moment This Week:  Our monthly appointment!  My husband got to come at the last-minute, he tries to when he can but mostly is working at those times, so it was such a fun surprise to have him there!  We laugh because our friends, who go to the same doctor, just had their first baby & I would always run into them there.  Her husband was always with her, notepad in hand taking down every word, & I was the knocked-up girl all by myself rushing out to pick up my toddler. #secondchildproblems

Also, as we were leaving, they reminded me that I would have one more appointment in three weeks & then we were going to two-week appointments, then weekly appointments until she gets here. WHAT?!!  I really was shocked that I am far enough along for all this, I feel like I counted down for that moment with Waverly & then this time, hadn't even thought that it could be near!  That totally was a reality check kind of moment for me, an exciting one, but definitely a shocking one!

Miss Anything:  Getting up & down without losing my breath.  I'm pretty sure I said the same thing last week, but the struggle is REAL!  I am scared for when I am bigger.

Movement:  Oh yes, & Waverly finally got to feel it!  My belly moves up & down to the point where you can watch the dance party, it's the cutest!!  My husband said he came home from working overnight the other night/morning, I was sleeping but he could see & feel baby girl wide awake! :)

Cravings:  Yogurt, granola, potatoes, & chinese food.  I have been seriously dreaming of a date to the hibachi grill.

Queasy or Sick:  I am still having migraines often, some days are worse than others.  The pain is worth it, but I cannot wait to take my normal migraine medicine (which takes them away within minutes) after June!

Looking Forward To:  So many things! :)  Warmer weather, which we got a glimpse of this week, & the spring holidays that come with it, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, & Mother's Day!!  All of which I hope to make extra special since they will be our last as a family of three!  We also planned a small (very small) babymoon for over my spring break in a few weeks, we aren't going far or for long, but I am really looking forward to some alone time with the hubs before we are parents to TWO baby girls!

PS - Sorry this update is one day later than usual, as I feared, Waverly passed down the flu to me.  It has been brutal (to say the least), we are hoping the worst is finally behind us.  Hope you all had the best weekend & a great start to the week!

Friday, March 6, 2015

Our Week & Spring Styles

Happy Friday, friends!  Another crazy week down over here, one I really can't say I'm sad to see go.  My husband was back to working overnight again, which we all hate, on that schedule we really don't have any time as a family at all.  Waverly gets to see him in the morning but he isn't home for any of our night-time routine & we miss him like crazy.  Not to mention, I'm still ten years old, & sleeping through the night at my house without him scares the hell out of me.  My dad even came over to hang with us at the beginning of the week so I could actually get some sleep (love him), I think it's officially time for me to grow up now. ;)

We were so excited to reunite for a fun dinner out, until things took a turn for the worse as we promptly learned that Waverly had caught the flu.  She threw up all over us & the table at the Mexican restaurant before our food even came out, followed by a full night of much of the same.  Somehow we have managed to stay clear of this for the past two years, which I am so thankful for, there really is nothing worse than a sick babe.  My heart broke for her for days, though it finally looks like she is on the mend & we couldn't be happier!

On a positive note, we finally had one random, warm day this week!  It was seriously good for the soul, for many reasons we are more ready than ever for spring this year & it cannot come fast enough!!

In an effort to make spring come just a little bit faster (because this will, right?!), I thought it would be fun to share a few of my favorite current spring styles!  I was so excited to get Waverly these gold gladiator sandals last week, I know they will match with everything & I can't wait to see her little toes back out in them in the months ahead!

Printed Dress, Romper, Floral Shirt, SandalsTeal Dress, Hat, Sunglasses, Shirt, Shorts
I also wanted to thank you for such sweet comments on our snow maternity photos, with such a crazy week I have not been able to reply as I like to, but please know how thankful we are, as always.  Wishing you all a happy, healthy & warm weekend!!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Our Snowy, Girly Maternity Photos

The crazy amount of snow in Virginia Beach recently shut just about everything down, including schools, & I had an unexpected seven days off at home with Waverly Maye over the past two weeks! :)  Even though by day four we were feeling cabin fever to the max (& I am already dreading making the days up), I can't help but think what a blessing all of this extra time together was.  My husband still worked through out, so it was just us girls for days upon days, something that doesn't happen near enough.  Waverly really is my sidekick, my little best friend, & even though she drives me crazy, I am crazy in love with her.  I am so thankful for these pictures to document these sweet moments before our family grows, with the girl who made me a mama & the littlest one still in my belly.

Our sweet, sweet photographer turned friend Brooke called us after our second snowstorm to ask if we wanted to meet her for a random photo session, & of course, we took her up on the offer!  However, anyone who knows me knows how much of a planner I am, Type-A to a fault, so getting Waverly & I ready (plus picking out our outfits) in just one hour was a little overwhelming.  I mean, I usually would have been shopping & pinning images for months before something like that. ;)  Yet that is one of the many things I love about these pictures, that they forced me to be spontaneous & live in the moment, which is fitting, since Waverly has taught me a lot about just that over the last two years. 

The biggest thank you to Brooke of Brooke Tucker Photography, who is beyond talented & SUCH a joy to work with!  I had such a hard time picking just a few favorites for this post, our biggest problem will be finding enough space on our walls for all the ones we love so very much.  Brooke, we are so appreciative of all the images you continue to capture of our growing family, & are so excited for our maternity photos (with our main man this time) this spring!

PS - My hat, jacket & maternity jeans are all from H&M, in-store.  Waverly's dress & leggings are from a boutique, past season, her hat, socks & shoes are from Zara.  The snow is all compliments of Virginia Beach, we loved it while it lasted but now are ready for SPRING!

Monday, March 2, 2015

27 Weeks & Nursery Plans

Just a quick update today, followed by a fun sneak peek into our plans for baby girl's nursery! :)

Size of Baby Brickner:  The size of an eggplant!

Maternity Clothes:  Yes, plus some of my pj's are as tight as ever.  I found myself headed to my husband's drawer the other night out of desperation, I'm thinking I need to invest in a few more to last me the thirteen weeks ahead!

Best Moment This Week:  Baby girl has been moving so much lately, my hubby, Waverly & I have a new ritual of feeling her move & talking with her every night.  Also, we were at the mall & Waverly said, "we have to find a new outfit for my baby sister, ok?!".  I just know she is going to be so sweet with her & it couldn't make me happier! :)

Miss Anything:  Getting up & down comfortably.  Bending down to pick up after Waverly these days is brutal, sometimes I really wonder if I am going to make my way back up again.

Movement:  Yes, & she feels LOW in there as ever, which has to be why I have to pee every ten minutes (or sooner).  It's still my favorite though, feeling her move will never, ever get old & is hands down my favorite part of pregnancy!! 

Cravings:  A lot of the same, just on a rotation of seriously starving & then seriously full!

Queasy or Sick:  No, but the exhaustion is starting to creep it's way back in, which I am hoping is not a sign for the third trimester right around the corner.

Looking Forward To:  More progress on the nursery in the few weeks ahead!  Now that Waverly's bed is done & she is fully transitioned, we are as focused as ever on baby girl's room & I am excited to share some of our inspiration!  Even before we knew that this babe was a girl, we planned to do a wood pallet wall for the nursery.  My husband & I both love the one we did in our downstairs, so I thought it would be such a fun way to highlight the wall where we put the crib!  Since then we have decided to go with mint as the main pop of color, I have always loved it, it is such a sweet shade of blue that has the best vintage, feminine feel.  Of course, we are throwing in shades of gold (because I always throw in shades of gold, I don't think I know how not to!), & finally, are painting the walls grey to contrast with the bright white crib & dresser that we are currently on the hunt for.  I have found some fun accessories over the last couple of months & it's all starting to come together, especially since my husband just finished putting the wall up over the weekend.  I hope to share some pictures of our progress soon! :)

Tassel Garland, Pillow, Changing Pad Cover

Wishing you all a happy week!