Categories CHALKBOARDSPREGNANCY

Baby Haguewood #2 – 31 Weeks

31 weeks baby #2

How far along? 31 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: Still only+18lbs. I was at 21lbs. with Reagan at this point in my last pregnancy. 

Maternity clothes? YEP!

Stretch marks? Nothing yet.  Thank goodness and fingers crossed. 

Sleep: With the help of epsom salt baths and lots of lavender essential oil spray i’m hanging in there. 

Best moment this week: Daddy turned 30 this week.  We had so much celebrating him and everything he has accomplished in his 30 years on this Earth.  Also a bonus, we went on a walk as a family and I was able to chug along for a full 4 miles.  Totally crushed it.  Still working on finding a balance between resting enough and staying active but not overdoing it.  Tricky Tricky Tricky. 

Have you told family and friends? Yep!

Worst moment this week: We went out to dinner to celebrate my hubby and I SOOOOOO BADLY wanted a drink!!! Just to get out of the house, enjoy a nice meal, and relax was completely wonderful.  A nice glass of wine OR even better, a margarita would have been AMAZING. We still had so much fun and Reagan did great.  One of my best pieces of advice to new parents…take your kids everywhere.  Don’t be afraid if they misbehave.  Its good for them to learn that fits and tantrums don’t derail LIFE and we keep on trucking no matter what. 

Miss Anything? I miss having my body to myself.  But I LOVE the feeling of our sweet little gummy bear moving around in my tummy.  Those moments and the weeks are dwindling.  I need to just soak up every second of what it feels like to be growing a tiny human being.  

Movement: BIG rolls and BIG jabs.  Reagan moved a lot but this baby has super exaggerated movements that are huge.  Think Alien type movements were my tummy is distended in two different directions at the same time. Totally bizarre.  The hubby and I watch the baby move in bed at night and are blown away at how different this baby is compared to Miss Reagan. We are so excited to know what we are having.  Only a few more weeks.  

Food cravings: Ben and Jerry’s ice cream!!!

Anything making you queasy or sick: Morning sickness has made another appearance.  Small meals and carbs with every meal make a huge difference.  

Symptoms: Feeling all the pregnancy FEELS! D-Day is coming. 

Have you started to show yet: I’m definitely either pregnant OR hiding a basketball under my shirt 24/7!

Gender prediction: BOY!!! But I really have no idea.  I was so positive during my first pregnancy, mothers intuition and all, that Reagan was a BOY too.  Definitely wrong.  So this time I truly have no idea. 

Labor Signs: Nada but lots of braxton hicks contractions and a few real ones mixed in there as well. All totally normal. My body is just practicing for the real thing, 🙂

Belly Button in or out? OUT

Wedding rings on or off? On

Happy or Moody most of the time: Moody this week.  My emotions have been on a constant rollercoaster and I feel a bit unhinged.  Having a birthday to celebrate and family in town has definitely helped!!!!

Looking forward to: Easter weekend!!!! 

xoxo Friends,

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Categories BABYLIFESTYLE

Reagan’s ONE Year Photos

Time is continuing to fly by friends.  I am almost 34 weeks pregnant with Baby Haguewood #2 and we are officially in the home stretch.  I am so behind on my chalkboards, as usual, and am just going at my own pace doing my best to cross things off the list when it comes to baby prep.

I am so excited to share a few photos we had done for Reagan’s one year (even though it is almost two months later). We had such a blast at her party and I’ve dreamed of having annual photos of my babies and of course family photos.  We found the sweetest family photographer and I was simply blown away at what she captured.  Reagan has such a goofy personality and loves to smile around us, but damn, we can never get her to smile around anyone else.  I knew it was going to be a challenge but the whole setup was so seamless and easy.  I have a whole other post planned on the little cake smash session we did and some helpful tips and tricks for mommies out there.  I learned a lot in the process of planning her first birthday and the cake smash, and will definitely share all the details as well as what worked and didn’t work for us.

Enjoy these sweet pics of our baby girl.  This time is so precious and I will be over here crying, pregnancy hormones, trying my best to soak up all the itty bitty cuteness before she suddenly becomes a teenager.

Reagan's One Year Photos

Reagan's One Year Photos

I completely fell in love with the wood backdrop and semi rustic look.  We are fairly casual people and Miss Reagan is pretty laid back about life.  We don’t get crazy dressed up and are sorta homebodies at heart.  I wanted her pics to truly reflect where we are at in life and who she is slowly becoming personality wise.  She is goofy, curious, has one hell of a mean mug, and is learning to walk at the moment.  Her wobbly little self and chubby arms and legs give me all the “happy feels” in the world. When she smiles she lights up the whole damn room.

Reagan's One Year Photos

Reagan's One Year Photos

She has the biggest and brightest eyes i’ve ever seen and I love how the black and white pics captured them.  She has a “sweet smile” and a “goofy all TEETH” smile (pictured above). This might be one of our favs because its kinda her signature move at the moment.  She still only has the 4 teeth and loves to show them off.

Reagan's One Year Photos

Reagan's One Year Photos

Tiny baby toes, chubby baby legs in leggings, and her favorite white teddy bear make for some timeless and perfect photos.  We used Jenn Elliott Photography  and could have not been happier.  She is simply amazing and we totally hit it off.  She makes any awkward moments easy and the transition with a fussy babe super easy.  She is a mommy to 5 and totally gets it!!!!!

Reagan's One Year Photos

Reagan's One Year Photos

Reagan's One Year Photos

Heart Garland (made by me using this heart punch, craft paper, and a sewing machine)   //    Ivory Outfit, Crown, & Leggings   // Photos by Jenn Elliott Photography 

 We did her one year pics first followed by her cake smash.  I’ll post those soon. As always, thank you so much for reading friends!!!!!

xo xo,

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Categories CHALKBOARDSPREGNANCY

Baby Haguewood #2 – 30 Weeks

30 week pregnancy chalkboard

How far along? 30 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: +18lbs. 

Maternity clothes? YEP! 

Stretch marks? Nothing yet. I definitely feel a little bigger for this pregnancy and have been slathering on the Mustela Cream still. I think I’m more concerned about getting stretch marks on my bust and tummy at this point.  

Sleep: I have officially accepted that sleep has changed and won’t go back to normal until the new baby is almost 10 months old.  I’m planning out all the movies and shows I will be watching on Netflix and considered getting a Kindle to read during those late night nursing sessions.  I’ve got a pile of parenting books that I am dying to get to. During the day Miss Reagan keeps me on my toes so casual readying is just out.  At night i’m so tanked that I can barely keep my eyes open, let alone read a book.  Night time sleep is restless, full of trips to the restroom, and i’m constantly switching from side to side.  Totally normal stuff and completely expected at this point in pregnancy. 

Best moment this week: We made it through another week and had a successful check-up at the OBGYN.  Everything is looking good and we are just cruising and counting down the days.

Have you told family and friends? Yep!

Worst moment this week: Hip pain, lower back pain, and round ligament pain.  Every time I move or shift from side-to-side in bed, I can hear my hips and pelvis cracking and popping.  This is the point in pregnancy where the body starts producing a specific hormone called Relaxin that softens all the ligaments in the pelvis to prepare for birth.  So much fun.  Its not too bad but does make me feel like i’m 90. Getting in and out of bed id difficult and i’m so grateful that Reagan is learning to walk as bending down to pick her up is getting painful.  

Miss Anything? Everything and nothing.  I’m trying to embrace all the pregnancy “feels” and just remember that this is part of the process of growing a little human.  I see how much Reagan has grown and developed and I almost start crying. Can I get an amen for pregnancy hormones.  Watching her grow from a little baby into a toddler is so magical. She is developing this goofy little personality and is slowly becoming her own person. Knowing I get to see that process in action again is so exciting and makes missing out on sleep and margaritas totally worth it. 

Movement: Baby Haguewood #2 is a little more mellow than Reagan was in the womb.  He/She has always had a lower and steady heart rate, usually in the low 140’s, and moves consistently but not radically.  Reagan always went crazy in my belly and loved moving at night when I was laying down. This baby still moves often but consistently throughout the day.  I did start doing kick counts daily to watch baby’s movement.  

Food cravings: Ice water throughout the day AND ice cream at night.  I’m trying to really pace myself on the ice cream consumption.  I get a terrible sweet tooth in the evening and look forward to eating a little ice cream every night.  Its a bad habit but seriously makes me HAPPY and makes these last few weeks bearable. I’m trying to cut myself some slack and just roll with things.  

Anything making you queasy or sick: Occasional episodes of morning sickness and i’ve noticed when I get upset or feel overwhelmed I get extremely nauseous.  I’ve always had terrible anxiety and actually take medication for it, but this seems magnified in the final trimester of pregnancy. My doctor has me weaning down my meds in preparation for delivery which is slightly stressful.  I’m working on staying calm, practice relaxing breathing exercises, meditation, and warm epsom salt and lavender baths every night make a huge difference.  

Symptoms: All the feels.  

Have you started to show yet: Yep.  Luckily i’m all belly and all baby.  I have noticed some swelling in my legs and feet.  Sitting down and putting my feet up definitely helps.  Water retention has begun as well.  I’ve noticed the puffiness and night sweats that signal oh so lovely pregnancy related water retention.  

Gender prediction: BOY or GIRL!!!! I have no idea this time.  We did finalize our name picks and are so excited for either gender at this point.  

Labor Signs: Nada but lots and lots of braxton hicks contractions. 

Belly Button in or out? Out and tight. 

Wedding rings on or off? On

Happy or Moody most of the time: HAPPY but definitely moments of emotional breakdowns and anxiety.  

Looking forward to: D-Day!!! I know I still have 10 weeks to go but i’m already ready to be done.  

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Categories FAVORITESHOLIDAYS

Easter Mini Style

Happy Easter Week friends!

We are bursting at the seams this week with pre-Easter activities and lots of Birthday celebrations.  My hubby is turning 30 and then we are kicking off our Easter weekend festivities! We have some festive breakfasts planned, Easter inspired toddler activities,  and of course Reagan needs to practice her Easter egg hunting.  The weather has been beautiful (and WARM). I feel like I need to whisper that because it legitimately SNOWED yesterday, and then today ended up being sunny and almost 60 degrees.  I’m terrified of jinxing this weekend and the bucket loads of gorgeous weather we want for our Easter festivities.

In the spirit of the Easter holiday I rounded up some beyond adorable Easter Sunday outfits for baby girl. I can’t wait for Miss Reagan to rock her Easter outfit.  Everything about these sweet styles are fresh for Spring and rosy pink for Easter.

Easter styles for baby

Gray Knit Bunny Hat   //   Hop Sweater   //   Chambray Bloomers   //  Pink Cardigan   //   Chambray Polka Dot Flutter Dress   //  Floral Print Dress   //   Sugar Plum Felt Flower Headband   //   Ballet Pink Felt Flower Headband   //   Pale Pink Flutter Top   //   White Denim Jeans   //   Silver Bunny Flats

The Easter Bunny has a little more shopping to do and some strategic egg stuffing needs to take place.  I refuse to buy a bunch of Easter candy because my pregnant ass would end up eating all of it.  So I need to come up with a few backup plans and get creative so we can have endless egg hunting fun this weekend.

For those of you who emailed me, Reagan’s First Birthday Dress is from Gap.com and is actually 40% OFF this week, just in time for Easter.  I intentionally bought her a bigger size because I really wanted her to be able to wear it this Spring.  I’m still daydreaming occasionally about what a special and fun little party we had. To read all the details, click HERE.

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And for those that were wondering the knit bunny hat Miss Reagan was wearing in my Easter Basket Goodies Post was a newborn gift from a friend last year.  BUT, I did find a few similar styles HERE & HERE & HERE!

I hope everyone has an awesome week leading up to Easter! We are off to get our celebration on with endless birthday festivities!

And a very Happy Birthday to my sweet and 30 year-old hubby!!!!!! Reagan and I are two lucky ladies to have you in our lives.

xo xo Friends,

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Categories HOLIDAYS

Easter Basket Goodies

Holy cow its April! We’ve been so looking forward to Easter this year!!! Easter 2016 was Reagan’s first big holiday and my first chance to play the Easter Bunny.  Obviously it goes without saying, she had no freakin’ clue what was going on.  She was around 3 weeks old.  BUT this year is soooooo different and she is starting to get the hang of this holiday thing!!! She is on the verge of walking and that means we can officially have an egg hunt and i’m not sure my heart will handle the cuteness.

The days are long with a toddler, but they are going so quickly at the same time because i’m pregnant.  Baby prepping, spring cleaning, work, and trying to remain active have me fully extended. But i’m oh so happy!!! I wanted to get a head start on Reagan and Baby H’s Easter baskets and thought I would share our findings.  Finding relatively inexpensive, small, age appropriate gifts is tough and i’m not one to buy a bunch of crap!!! If we purchase something, WE USE IT!!!! And I want to get my money’s worth from that purchase. AKA, something Reagan needs and will use.

We have always gone easy on the toys and i’m not going to fill her basket with sweets.  She is a huge fan of her stuffed animals or  “Lovies,” and we seem to go through pacifiers like its going out of style.  I’m obsessed with this limited edition WubbaNub Cow pacifier.  A reusable pair of bunny ears is always a festive addition and will get used over the years. We love to read to Reagan and are always looking to build up her library.  Children’s books are the absolute best and I LOVE anything with a holiday theme.  Its fun to mix up and exchange books from her library based on the season or holiday.

Easter Basket Goodies

FOR BABY:     Jellycat Bashful Bunny Ring   //   WubbaNub Pacifier

FOR TODDLER:     Jellycat Bashful Bunny   //   Gold Bunny Ears   //   HoneySticks Beeswax Crayons

BOOKS:     The Golden Egg Book   //   Bunny Roo I Love You   //   The Country Bunny and the Gold Shoes   //   The Secret Garden

I am so excited for some new books and probably most looking forward to getting those crayons into Miss Reagan’s hands.  I did a ton of research on safe crayons for a one year old.  She is busy sticking everything in her mouth still and the HoneySticks are completely natural and the size is supposed to be great for new little artists. Pinterest says you can tape a piece of paper to the highchair and let them color away. We are going to give it a try and if it doesn’t go well, we’ll just wait another month or so and try again.

Last year I got her Easter Basket from World Market and I was so excited to learn that it is back again this year.  This means that Baby H #2 will get the same basket and they can match for future years. Little details like that are super important to me and I actually go out of my way to think of them.  The basket is the Mint Wire Farmhouse Basket and is also available in white and rustic metal. The mint was just calling to me last year and is the perfect Springy color.

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Also totally random, but how CUTE are these Carrot Utensils for a toddler. These might have to make there way into our baskets this year as well. Reagan is absolutely fascinated by silverware and loves to practice using our forks to pick things up. Good practice for her hand eye coordination.

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Happy April Friends! I hope this gives you a few ideas or inspiration for your little bunnies and their Easter baskets.

xo xo

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Also one little throwback from Easter last year. Our little bunny has grown up so much!!!!

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Categories CHALKBOARDSPREGNANCY

Baby Haguewood #2 – 29 Weeks

week 29 pregnancy chalkboard

How far along? 29 WEEKS!!!! 

Total weight gain/loss: +18lbs. Averaging about a pound per week and hopefully it stays that way.  I’ve been walking when I can to stay active and keep the baby weight off.  I’ve hit that point in my pregnancy where i’m uncomfortable all the time and its just an uphill climb from here.  Sticking it out, remembering why i’m hurting, and how much I love the sweet little baby already keeps my mind in check.  In the end, its all worth it.  Funny how you forget the challenges the third trimester brings. I suppose thats a good thing! 

Maternity clothes? YEP! Just ordered some more of my favorite maternity leggings and a capri version to get me through the warmer summer months that are coming.  The two pairs I have are starting to get worn out and Gap.com has them on sale for 40% off.  YES PLEASE.  Even if your not pregnant, these are the best leggings I have ever worn! I’m super pumped to try the capri version.  

Gap Pure Body Low-Rise Leggings

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Gap Pure Body Low-Rise Capri Leggings

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Stretch marks? Nope! I’ve upped my moisturizing game.  Slathering on the Mustela Cream and a basic CocoaButter Lotion every chance I get. 

Sleep: We are surviving.  Sleep doesn’t exists anymore.  But that will be the norm once Baby arrives anyway. I am able to lay down and nap or at least put my feet up to prevent swelling when Reagan goes down.  Other than that, we are in survival mode.  I’m honestly trying to have a better mindset and attitude about it then that.  Its all mental at this point and each day that i’m uncomfortable means baby is getting one more day of putting weight on and growth and development in my belly.  That in itself is worth every second of being uncomfortable.  ***Wondering how many effin’ times i’ve typed the word “uncomfortable” in this post.  This must be the essence of pregnancy at this point in the third trimester. 

Best moment this week: I finished up my first deep cleaning project successfully and was able to get five Instant Pot Chicken Enchilada freezer meals put away for when the baby arrives. To read the post and get the recipe click HERE! I wasn’t sure I would actually accomplish my goal of doing these tasks, but i’m glad I toughed it out.  It felt so good to cross this off my master “Baby To Do List.”

Have you told family and friends? Yep!

Worst moment this week: SWELLING!!!! EVERYWHERE!!!! I don’t remember having this much swelling at this point in my last pregnancy, but everything I read says it is completely normal.  I have no history of toxemia or preeclampsia and they check me every time I go to the doctor.  SO…i’m assuming its just normal swelling and pregnancy symptoms at this point.  I’m trying to stay off my feet as much as possible and will continue to keep an eye on it. 

Miss Anything? Not today. I’m simply trying to live in the moment and enjoy the belly I have.  I really do love seeing my pregnant belly in the mirror and i’m trying to soak up the feelings and kicks of baby moving around. 

Movement: Baby is active in there for sure. I started doing the kick counts this week just to make sure that everything is consistent and strong. 

Food cravings: Pink Lady apples and ice water!!! I’m thirsty all the time and can’t get enough! 

Anything making you queasy or sick: Feeling GREAT!!!!

Symptoms: STILL feeling all the feels. 

Have you started to show yet: Yep, feeling BIG for sure. And puffy! 🙁

Gender prediction: I’m officially switching to team BOY!!! 

Labor Signs: Nada

Belly Button in or out? Out. Reagan thinks its very amusing to push my belly button and say “Ba Ba.” So cute watching her little brain try and process why Mommy is looking funny these days. 

Wedding rings on or off? On

Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy but super emotional these days. Random outbursts and uncontrollable crying are slowly sneaking their way into my life.  I know its hormone related and usually occurs around the same time of day. 5pm is the witching hour and I can mentally prepare and work to calm myself and keep stress triggers at a minimum.  A HOT epsom salt and lavender bath usually does the trick. 

Looking forward to: Being 30 weeks and hitting single digits in terms of weeks to go.  

xoxo Friends,

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Categories RECIPES

Instant Pot Chicken Enchiladas

So i’ve been in full new baby prep mode on my days off and cooking up some homemade meals between nap time and play time.  In the weeks leading up to my first delivery I cooked up a different dish each week and stock piled our freezer with delicious and easy meals. These were an absolute lifesaver in the early weeks and months of having a newborn baby.

I thought it might be fun to share some of my recipes.  Last time I used basic crockpot recipes and some simple pop in the oven type meals. We got an Instant Pot for Christmas this last year and it has been a total game changer when it comes to meal prep.  Now, I had never heard of the Instant Pot prior to receiving one, but apparently they are all the rage right now.  In essence, it is a pressure cooker but a modern version of this classic kitchen appliance.  My only memories of a pressure cooker are of my mom and grandma cooking preserves on the stove. That device scared the crap out of me and looked really complicated.

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The Instant Pot is the easiest and most amazing kitchen appliance I have ever used and now it has become a staple in our weekly dinner routine.  The Instant Pot replaces the role of a slow cooker or crockpot and will cook a meal in a 1/4 of the time.  We’ve only experimented with a few different types of cooking methods, but apparently you can cook pretty much anything in these babies.  We use it at least 3-4 times a week at a minimum!

My chicken enchilada recipe used to require me to cook the chicken in a slow cooker for 6-8 hours and then still do almost 2+ hours of prepping the enchiladas in dishes. NOW with the Instant Pot, I can cook and shred my chicken in 45 minutes with the same slow cooker taste.

This chicken enchilada recipe is so tasty!!!! My hubby loves it and it freezes really well.  I make huge batches of it and put 5 to 6 dishes away for crazy nights were we need a quick meal.  Normally there is nothing quick about this dish, but with the Instant Pot I was blown away at how much time I saved.  I have the recipe and instructions available to download at the bottom of the post and a detailed outline of the enchilada assembly along with photos.

STEP ONE – Add thawed or fresh chicken breasts to the bottom of your Instant Pot.  Pour enchilada sauce and green chilies over the chicken.  Plug in the Instant Pot and push the “poultry” setting.  Adjust the cooking time by pushing the up arrow to 45min.  Allow the pot to cook and cool fully.  Once the timer is done, release the steam valve to cool the pot fully.  In a large bowl, the larger the better, shred the cooked chicken using two forks.  Personally, I strain the cooking juices and chilies and set aside all the juices. I add the green chilies and black beans to the shredded chicken.  Set aside 2 cups of cooking juices for later and add remaining juices to shredded chicken mixture.  I split my chicken mixture in two and add sliced olives to one batch. The hubby isn’t a fan of olives but I LOVE THEM!!!!!

NOTE –  I cook my chicken in batches because the Instant Pot can only hold so much meat and liquid while maintaining pressure.  This method is still faster than waiting for 6-8 hours for the crockpot method. I tripled the recipe below to allow for bulk and lots of extra freezer meals.  Tripling the recipe allowed for 5 pans in the freezer, plus two nights worth of meals.

Instant Pot Chicken Enchiladas

Instant Pot Chicken Enchiladas

Instant Pot Chicken Enchiladas

STEP TWO – Spray your baking dish well with a good nonstick spray, including all the sides.  This recipe gets messy in the oven but is so worth it. I buy basic tin cake pans to use for the freezer meals and regular cooking dishes for that nights meal. Using the reserved cooking juices, add 1 cup of juice to the bottom of each pan.

Instant Pot Chicken Enchiladas

Instant Pot Chicken Enchiladas

STEP THREE – Time to assemble your enchiladas.  Sprinkle some cheese on each tortilla and add 1/3 cup of chicken to each tortilla. Roll up and place in the baking dish.  I can generally fit 7 enchiladas into each baking dish, 3 with olives and 4 without!

Instant Pot Chicken Enchiladas

Instant Pot Chicken Enchiladas

Instant Pot Chicken Enchiladas

Instant Pot Chicken Enchiladas

STEP FOUR – Sprinkle remaining cheese on top of the enchiladas.  I mark the tops with olives to show what they contain.  Next, pour any remaining juices over the top of the tortillas.  Pop the dish into a preheated oven at 350 for 30 minutes or until cheese is browned.  For the freezer dishes, I put a layer of Glad Press’n Seal over the top followed by a layer of Reynolds Wrap. This really does the trick in preventing freezer burn and keeping the dish sealed tight. I’ll pull one out of the freezer the night before and let it thaw in the fridge the whole day.  Pop the dish in the oven at the same temp and you have an instant and quick meal for your family!

Instant Pot Chicken Enchiladas

Instant Pot Chicken Enchiladas

Instant Pot Chicken Enchiladas

Instant Pot Chicken Enchiladas

Instant Pot Chicken Enchiladas

Instant Pot chicken enchiladas

Instant Pot Chicken Enchiladas

Download recipe by clicking Instant Pot Chicken Enchiladas.

We absolutely love this recipe and if you cook it in batches its so worth the work.  The freezer meals are good for 3-4 months.  I hope this helps any other pregnant mommies or families with young children.  The recipe isn’t too spicy or bland and is perfect for kids.  Reagan was a big fan. I was a little nervous about giving her something spicy or concentrated like this, but she did great and loved every bit.  These meals helped us feel normal when we welcomed our first child into the world.  I’m so excited for Baby #2 but the crazy has a way of sneaking up on us in those first few weeks. These are a life saver!!!!! I can’t wait to keep stock piling the freezer. Let me know if you have any questions about the Instant Pot or adaptations for this recipe.

xo xo friends,

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Categories CHALKBOARDSPREGNANCY

Baby Haguewood #2 – 28 Weeks

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How far along? 28 weeks with Baby Haguewood #2

Total weight gain/loss: +17lbs.

Maternity clothes? YEP!  My all time favorite leggings, good for maternity and non-maternity, are these PureBody Low Rise Leggings from theGap. THEY ARE AMAZING!!!!!!! I was able to wear them throughout my last pregnancy and also in the hospital and weeks after my delivery because they are so comfy and stretchy. The low rise is nice because it still hugs my bump but doesn’t fall down.  They are always on sale for 30% or 40% OFF which is the best. 

Stretch marks? Nada. 

Sleep: Not toO shabby this week. I wake up to use the restroom and to stretch out my calves quite a bit. I have had terrible charlie horses and leg cramps with both pregnancies. I always know that if I try and stretch out my legs while laying down that one of my calves will seize up.  My only option in to hop out of bed to release it. Sometimes its so bad and won’t relax that I climb into a hot bath in the middle of the night to relax the muscle.  It always scares the crap out of my husband but is sometimes the only thing to ease the tension. I’ve tried extra water, bananas, extra vitamins, and using a foam roller on my calves prior to bedtime with no luck.  As soon as I have the baby though they immediately stop, or at least they did with Reagan. 

Best moment this week: Daddy felt the baby kick for the first time.  Its sooooo hard to time the baby kicks and movement. It almost never occurs whene we are both sitting down at the same time with his hands on my belly waiting for a little kick. But baby went for a little jog this week in my belly and we saw some major belly rolls as well as felt multiple kicks.

Have you told family and friends? Yep!

Worst moment this week: Two words…Glucose Test! IT SUCKS!!!!!! I used to think it wasn’t that bad. But it is. 

Miss Anything? This week i’ve really missed having mental clarity.  Pregnancy brain has officially kicked in and i’m a forgetful mess. I have trouble recalling information and if I don’t write it down or put it in my phone then its gone forever.  I never believed in “pregnancy brain,” but its a real thing.  Now that i’ve hit this point in my pregnancy I remember having the same feelings during my last pregnancy. 

Movement: Felt lots this week and Daddy felt some too!!!!!! Once the baby starts moving the reality of a tiny human swimming around in my tummy hits me and is just so exciting. 

Food cravings: AVOCADOS!!! I’ve been eating them almost everyday. 

Anything making you queasy or sick: Feeling GREAT although I did have my first episode of heartburn after eating chicken enchiladas one night. Thank goodness Tums aren’t off limits during pregnancy or I would be screwed. 

Symptoms: Still feeling all the feels there are to feel. Pregnancy is “oh so glorious!!!!”

Have you started to show yet: Totally!

Gender prediction: GIRL!!!

Labor Signs: Nada

Belly Button in or out? OUT

Wedding rings on or off? On

Happy or Moody most of the time: HAPPY but tired. 

Looking forward to: Doing some serious nesting.  We finally got Baby H #2 a crib, I have big plans to DEEP clean the house, and i’m planning on doing lots of meal prepping for when the baby arrives. I did several freezer meals during my last pregnancy and it saved us during the first few months of having a newborn.  I know things will only be amplified this time around as we will also have a toddler. Life and reality are about to smack us in the face friends but we seriously couldn’t be more excited!!!!!!

xoxo Friends,

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week 28 chalkboard

Reagan Marie – 12 Months   //   Baby Haguewood #2 – 28 Weeks

Categories FAVORITESSEASONS

Happy Spring

Awwwwwww Spring has officially arrived and our cooped-up, so over Winter, Summer loving hearts are ECSTATIC!!!! Miss Reagan has been ONE for a few weeks now and we are absolutely positive that these have been the best days of our lives to date!!! There is something about having a beautiful growing child and one on-the-way that gives me so much JOY!!!!  I still have my “oh shit” moments but we are just beyond excited to add Baby #2 to our little family.

As soon as Reagan turned One, she simply took off in terms of development. She is so happy and hitting new milestones left and right. I distinctly recall absolutely sobbing over how fast she was growing when she was like 4 days old. But I was totally bonkers at that point.  Now, I seriously look forward to each day and all the amazing new things she will learn. She is so close to walking and I am so excited to take her to the park for some FUN once she is cruising around.  The stroller just doesn’t do it for her anymore and she gets sooooo bored.  I almost feel guilty taking her out now because I know she would rather be crawling and climbing around the living room getting into everything. Much more fun. But my pregnant self has been loving the sunshine, fresh air, and I swear my energy is so much higher on bright days when we can get out of the house. I can literally feel a difference in my mood if its raining outside vs. sunny. All-in-all, we are LOVING SPRING and are so ready for some consistently sunny days.

I finally had to toss out the beautiful and bright spring blooms from Reagan’s birthday party.  I was able to snap a few photos of how pretty and bright they looked. Having the window ledge littered with flowers completely changed the atmosphere in our home.  I might need to splurge on some more and ramp up the Spring vibe. Mason Jars + Fresh Tulips = PERFECTION

spring flowers

spring flowers

spring flowers

Has anyone else been swooning over the adorable mini outfits for Easter and Spring?  I am so NOT a fashionista, but I absolutely love dressing Miss Reagan.  I secretly hope we are having another little girl because it is so much fun and I would have no idea where to start dressing a little boy.  I love the mix of comfy clothes with a little feminine style sprinkled in. Totally my vibe but in “mini.” Of course i’ve been living in stretchy tops, maternity clothes, and yoga pants/leggings… so maybe I shouldn’t be talking.

Here is a little roundup of some of our Spring Favorites for Baby Girl!!! I’ll take a pair of matching yellow Hunter boots just so we can splash around in the rain puddles together once she starts walking. 🙂

springtime mini styles for baby girls

Creative Little Person Sweatshirt   //   Gap Baby Jeggings   //   Coral Baby Girl Nike Frees   // Striped Gap Baby Dress   //   Yellow Baby Hunter Boots   //   Lace Pink Sweater   //   Polka Dot Leggings   //   Pink Baby Wedges   //   BabyLit “A Little Princess”   //   BabyLit “The Secret Garden” 

Happy Springtime Friends!

I hope the sun is shining in your neck of the woods and there are lots of Spring blooms around!!!

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Categories CHALKBOARDSPREGNANCY

Baby Haguewood #2 – 27 Weeks

27 week chalkboard

Happy First Day of SPRING!!!!!!

How far along? 27 weeks with Little Baby Haguewood #2. I decided that I really wanted to do pregnancy chalkboards for my final trimester.  I’m a little sad that I missed the first two, but alas, I can only do the final. 

Total weight gain/loss: +16lbs. Two pounds less then with my first pregnancy. 

Maternity clothes? YEP! And options are running low.  Even though I weigh less, I feel so much bigger during this pregnancy then my first. Maybe i’m just way less motivated to look cute with a one year old to take care of also.  Yoga pants and athletic clothing for the WIN!!!!

Stretch marks? Nope.  I’ve been way less diligent about putting on my stretch mark cream this pregnancy. I lathered it on heavy for my first pregnancy and didn’t get a single stretch mark.  I think its a combination of good genes but also this miracle Mustela cream.  I made a point to use it on my bust as well and didn’t get a single stretch mark…knock on wood. 

Sleep: Depends on the day. Some nights I sleep really really well and others i’m lucky if I get two hours combined.  Reagan is sleeping like a champ and doesn’t make a peep through the night, but Baby #2 is prepping me for hourly feedings and just general exhaustion.  Its actually such a blessing in disguise.  My body would go into total shock if suddenly I had a newborn and was still accustomed to 8-10 hours a night. The body has a weird may of prepping us for motherhood.  To all the first time moms out there, just embrace the fact that sleep won’t really exist anymore and rest and shut your eyes when you can. 

Best moment this week:  Entering the Third and final trimester.  Also 27 weeks is a huge turning point for the viability of the fetus.  At 24 weeks baby has a 10% chance of serving outside the womb. By 26 weeks, that number jumps to 80%.  And finally by 27 weeks, most preemie babies survive without complication with some time in the NICU. As a mom, I am carrying this precious little nugget and I can do a tremendous amount to contribute to the baby’s health and wellbeing, but there is still only so much that can be done should I deliver early.  Knowing that we have hit this milestone is such a blessing and brings so much peace of mind.  Every week that passes from here on out is only making baby stronger and cuter.  This little peanut needs to keep cooking, don’t get me wrong, but I am so grateful to have had a smooth pregnancy this time around.  

Have you told family and friends? Yep! Everyone in our circle knows, including strangers at the grocery store as my belly is POPPING for sure!!!

Worst moment this week: What I call Monday chaos. I am still working three days a week, alas two of which are half days, but by the third day I officially can’t get away with dry shampoo anymore and Reagan is not as patient while I have to get ready for work.  I let her shower with me in the morning which occupies about 15 minutes and then she sometimes will go down for a nap at 9:30 while I dry my hair and throw on some makeup quickly.  We still need to play, read books, practice walking, and cuddle mixed in with all this goodness.  These are the days of her childhood however, and i’m trying to focus less on looking at the chaos as a struggle, and more of just soaking up her being a sweet little girl who loves me and wants to play. Someday she will be in college and i’ll be lucky to get a phone call let alone some cuddles. 

Miss Anything? Drinking, sleeping, looking and feeling skinny, and breathing normal. Hubby calls me Darth Vader.  I can definitely feel baby sitting high in my rib cage and when I sit everything moves around and UP yet again making breathing feel and sound weird. Totally normal pregnancy stuff however. 

Movement: All the time.  The first two trimesters felt so different from my first pregnancy.  With Reagan, when I was active she would just enjoy the ride and sleep away.  And when I needed to sleep she wasn’t having it and wanted to rock out and have a dance party in my belly.  With Baby #2, when i’m active the baby is moving and jamming along with me and when I sleep baby wants to sleep too. This all shifted in the third trimester however, and now this pregnancy feels exactly like my first.  It makes me think we might be having another girl?!?!?!?!

Food cravings: Cheerios and milk.  Raisins.  Roasted veggies with balsamic vinegar. And ice water.  

Anything making you queasy or sick: Feeling GREAT!!!!

Symptoms: I’m feeling all the normal pregnancy feels at this point.  Restless legs, nightly leg cramps, heartburn, shortness of breathe, dizziness, general exhaustion, emotional outbursts, 6-8 nightly trips to the bathroom, and round ligament and pelvis pain.  All totally normal and exactly what I was feeling at this point in my pregnancy last time. 

Have you started to show yet: YEP!

Gender prediction: GIRL!!!! 

Labor Signs: Nada

Belly Button in or out? OUT! 

Wedding rings on or off? On

Happy or Moody most of the time: HAPPY…hubby might disagree though. 

Looking forward to: SPRING and being able to walk outside in the sunshine.  I have been way less active for this pregnancy then my last and I want to start walking, like power walking, with Reagan in these last few weeks of pregnancy.  The fresh air clears my mind and I sleep so much better at night.  

xoxo Friends,

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27 week chalkboard

Reagan Marie – 12 months   &   Baby Haguewood #2 – 27 weeks!!!!!

Categories BABYPREGNANCY

Baby Haguewood Number TWO

So now that i’ve officially made it through Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, the start of the busy season at work, and Miss Reagan’s first birthday I feel like I can finally wrap my head around the fact that WE ARE PREGNANT AGAIN!!!!

Surprise.  Haha. If you know us at all or follow me on Instagram, then you already know that we are expecting our second child. We officially found out somewhat unexpectedly on September 30th of 2016. We weren’t trying to get pregnant but we weren’t preventing pregnancy either.  We had always planned on having our babies close together but definitely not this close.  All is well and we couldn’t be more excited or thrilled about our second little gummy bear cooking in my belly.

Baby Haguewood #2’s story so far has been very low-key and uneventful.  I was feeling extremely tired and fatigued.  I had a sneaking suspicion that I might be pregnant, but at the same time Reagan was going through a small sleep regression and I had just transitioned to going back to work.  Life was busy and our hearts were FULL.  I went in for a hair appointment and remember feeling so sick and nauseous.  After my appointment I decided to swing by the grocery store for a few things while I was baby free. A very rare occasion.  I just so happened to find myself in the feminine aisle and there they were, starring me in the face. Pregnancy tests everywhere.  I grabbed a couple just for the peace of mind I knew it would give me.  I knew I would be so early in the pregnancy that I might not even get an accurate result, but I was nervous about it and just wanted to know.

I waited until the next morning to take the test.  In fact I was so anxious about the result that I woke up at 3:30am and sneaked downstairs to take the test.  Blurry eyed and foggy, I took the test totally expecting a big fat negative result.  But…there it was. In the darkness of the early morning hours I was starring at a POSITIVE pregnancy test.  Here I was, 6 months postpartum from my first pregnancy, and we were pregnant AGAIN!!!! I was SO shocked and SO excited.

I really hadn’t been expecting a positive result. Secretly I was hoping to get a negative and that meant I could go back to bed with my mind cleared of the anxiety. NOPE! Now I was wide awake and immediately started flipping through Pinterest boards to figure out how to tell Jeffrey.  I took a quick video of the tests to document the moment I found out in the early hours of the morning.  I couldn’t believe it. I made a cute card for Jeffrey and left it on his desk to find that morning.  Reagan woke up around 5:30am and Jeffrey was ready to head downstairs to his office by 6am.  We were casually waiting down there just hanging out.  When he asked why I was awake, I simply said “I just couldn’t sleep and Reagan was awake already so I got up.”

It took him a few minutes to find the card and then another full minute to digest what it was actually saying.  I was just standing in the doorway giggling and jumping up and down with Reagan in my arms. His response, “Wait, you’re pregnant???” YEP, we are pregnant again.  Baby Haguewood #2 here we come!!!!

pregnancy test for baby number two

After lots of hugs and excitement we started to settle into the fact that we were going to be bringing another little human into this world.  We quickly figured out my due date June 9, 2017 and calculated that I was around 3-4 weeks pregnant.  That day I called our OBGYN and made our first appointment for 8 weeks to confirm the pregnancy.

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I was in full Halloween prep mode and keeping our little peanut a secret wasn’t difficult.  We did tell our families and decided to wait until after Christmas to tell the world.  I decided that I wanted to do chalkboards again to announce the pregnancy and had every intention of doing weekly boards to document the pregnancy.  Nope. No such luck.  We made it through Halloween, Reagan’s first Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. We celebrated my 29th Birthday on New Years Eve and then I was in First Birthday Party planning mode. Weekly boards never happened, but we did manage to take these cute announcement photos the week of Christmas.  The photo quality turned out really poorly but at least we have the photos to document the moment.  I was around 16 weeks and already showing pretty heavily. Baby #2 definitely pops much quicker then #1.

pregnancy announcment

pregnancy announcment

16 weeks pregnant

***16 Weeks Pregnant***

Reagan started crawling right after Thanksgiving so suddenly life was much more active. It was so fun though planning Christmas and having her crawling through piles of wrapping paper.  Holidays with babies are so much more FUN!!! I had every intention of starting my chalkboards at 20 weeks which fell shortly after the new year. Perfect right? Nope. Still no chalkboards.

Reagan popped out her first tooth on New Years Day and we were immediately thrust into life with a teething infant. Nights and her moods were super up and down. Still no chalkboards.  We went in for our 20 week ultrasound and got to see our beautiful little baby kicking and wiggling around.  The second photo is of both Reagan’s 20 week sonogram (TOP) and this baby (BOTTOM) side by side. I can’t get over how much their facial shapes are similar from the side profile.  Reagan turned out pretty cute so I have high hopes again.  IMG_8728

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26 weeks pregnant

***26 Weeks Pregnant***

We made it through the awesomeness that was Reagan’s First Birthday Party at the beginning of the month, and that brings us to date and the start of the third trimester.  Things are calming down and I feel like I can really do my chalkboards now. So I am fully committed to doing chalkboards for the final trimester. I already have week 27, my current week, done and ready to post! I am starting to work through a mental checklist of what we need to do before baby arrives and put together a list of what we need to get.  Not much this time around as we have pretty much everything including gender neutral baby clothes in case we have a sweet little man.

We are just so excited about Little Baby Haguewood #2 and I can’t wait to start nesting and prepping for our perfect little second baby.  Stay tuned for lots more blog content and consistent posts.  It is really important to me to give this baby the same attention as I did with Reagan.  Already trying to balance being a parent to TWO sweet babies. HAHA.

Thanks for reading Friends,

xo xo

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Categories BABYFAVORITESHOLIDAYS

St. Patrick’s Day Favorites

Happy St. Patrick’s Day week friends!!!

We are so excited for the next holiday on our docket…St. Patrick’s Day!!! Its the only time of year I can get away with having Lucky Charms in the house and I simply can’t wait to shamrock shape everything for Miss Reagan.  She could probably care less but its so fun and festive and right up my ally. Since my huge pregnant self just isn’t looking good in green these days, I decided to round up some of my favorite Rainbow inspired baby favorites to celebrate good ol’ st. patty’s day. We are so ready for Spring and some fresh air around here and what better way to brighten a rainy day then with some bright and cheerful rainbow colors.

st patricks day baby favorites

Mint Rainbow Romper  //  Rainbow Swimsuit for Baby  // Rainbow Tulle Dress  // 100% Love Blanket  // Gold Baby Moccassins  // Rainbow Stacker  // The Story of the Leprechaun  // Rain Baby Teethers

I am sooooooo in LOVE with the rainbow swimsuit and can’t wait to get it for Miss Reagan.  I also think we need to add the gold moccassins to our shoe collection. I’ve never been able to jump on the baby moccasin band wagon, but these beauties might just make it happen for me.  Like the rest of the world, I am just obsessed with everything gold these days and with Reagan almost walking it seems like a solid investment.  🙂

I have big plans for some green paleo pancakes, lots and lots of festive green treats, and possibly a shamrock shake because my sugar cravings are just out of control these days.  My pregnancy chalkboards are officially back in action, at least for the final trimester, so stay tuned for those.  There are no drinking shenanigans in my future this year, but I might sneak in some Lucky Charm covered cupcakes and of course lots of kisses from our little leprechaun.

Cheers friends,

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Categories BABYLIFESTYLE

“Our Little Bunny is ONE” – Reagan’s First Birthday Party

Last weekend I threw little miss an awesome First Birthday Party.  We had so much FUN and the biggest thank you to everyone who gave up their Saturday afternoon to hop on over and celebrate our sweetest little bunny, Reagan Marie.  It was just so much fun.  Normally planning everything is what really gets my creative juices flowing, but the actual day and seeing Reagan so happy made my heart sing.

After Christmas I started searching and searching for cute party themes. I didn’t want anything corny like pink sparkles, and ultimately thats just not Reagan.  She has such an independent and unique goofy personality that I just knew a cookie cutter first birthday wasn’t going to work for us.  Besides, there is no way in hell that I could go for pre-made party decorations. I love a good DIY project and throwing parties and decorating spaces is totally my jam.

Given that her birthday is in March, I knew we had to do something indoors.  We still have like 2 feet of snow around our neck of the woods. Which is so funny, because when I gave birth to her last year it totally felt like Spring with sunshine and green grass.  Such a difference this year. I didn’t want to spend a small fortune on her party and knew I needed to get creative. I found the bunny theme on Pinterest and voila, party perfection!

I gutted out my office/craft room and couldn’t believe the treasures and endless supply of stuff I had snuck away over the past few years.  I raided all my Easter decorations and went to work putting together a party.  I knew the garden/bunny theme would be great for her and I can leave up most of the decor for Easter next month.

Most of the tangible decorations I pulled out of my Easter decor and then I made a ton of stuff using random craft supplies that I found.  I snuck in a HUGE goodwill run full of random crap as well which felt really good.  I’ll try to provide links to things that I did purchase, links to old products if they are still available or something similar, and links to DIY tutorials that I used or made up.  Most of the ideas can be found on Pinterest and I’ll provide the links to the cake stuff I used to build her birthday cake.

I know throwing your child a BIG first birthday is totally cliche these days, BUT it is so much FUN!  I totally get why parents do it.  As a guest, i’m sure its a little boring but we so appreciate everyone who supported us and helped us celebrate our baby girl. We literally couldn’t love her more than we do and i’m sure that was more than evident at her party!!!!

I completely fell in love with the vibrant greens, pinks, and purples, the bright sunlight coming in through the windows and of course all the bunny and garden vintage looking decor! So much fun and so perfect!

1st Birthday Setup - Bunny Garden Party

1st Birthday Setup - Bunny Garden Party

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1st Birthday Setup - Bunny Garden Party

1st Birthday Setup - Bunny Garden Party

1st Birthday Setup - Bunny Garden Party

Green Moss Table Runner // White Cake Stand // Jade Cake Stand // Tin Tiered Tray // Gold Polka Dot Paper Plates // Gold Silverware // “Reagan is One” Custom Cake Topper

I opted to go for a light lunch, tons of fresh fruit and veggies, and a dessert bar displaying all her cakes and treats.  The dessert table was so pretty and I was ECSTATIC with how the cakes turned out. It was just a really simple layout on this Green Moss Table Runner and a long end table we already owned. I made her a mini 6″ basic vanilla cake for photos and her little cake smash.  But I ordered a cake from our FAVORITE dessert place.  They did our wedding cake, my bridal shower cake, and multiple other events and birthdays.  It was my favorite white cream cheese cake with rum raspberry filling!!!! SOOOOO GOOD! I also made THESE “bunny tail” sugar cookie truffles, THESE “lettuce” oreo truffles, THESE “carrot” strawberries, and pudding cups with crushed oreo and a carrot strawberry on top!

1st Birthday Setup - Bunny Garden Party

1st Birthday Setup - Bunny Garden Party

1st Birthday Setup - Bunny Garden Party

I moved our dining table to the side of the room and used our mirror as a backdrop with some hanging garlands that I made out of old scrap paper. Most of the table decor was a bunch of random mishmash from our house including some old glass vases, mason jars for flowers, craft crates, faux boxwood green balls, and ceramic bunnies from my Easter collection.

Lunch was chicken salad on croissants made to look like carrots with bits of parsley coming out the end, a gluten free and paleo option on beds of lettuce, the yummiest cheese ball recipe HERE, cheddar bunnies, a full garden of fresh veggies, and strawberry, blueberry, and raspberry patches. It was pretty easy other than lots and lots of washing, chopping, and assembling everything right before people showed up. But it seriously turned out way prettier than I had pictured in my head.

1st Birthday Setup - Bunny Garden Party

1st Birthday Setup - Bunny Garden Party

1st Birthday Setup - Bunny Garden Party

Beverages were strawberry lemonade, fresh cucumber water, and fresh lemon water.  I was going to do champagne but decided not to at the last minute.  My sister and I are both pregnant and we had lots of people who don’t drink at all.  Not to mention lots and lots of little ones and it didn’t seem right to have alcohol for some reason. Totally not like me one bit…must be the pregnancy hormones.

1st Birthday Setup - Bunny Garden Party

Bar Cart // Beverage Dispenser // Glass Pitchers

I made the cutest favor bags for our guests and then completely forgot to hand them out to people.  Totally my fault for putting them on the bottom of the bar cart.  Out of sight and out of the way.  I found the cutest vintage bunny graphics on The Graphic Fairy.com and printed them out on basic paper bags with the added wording, “Thank You for Hopping By.” I added a doily, some pink satin ribbon, a white bunny tail, and filled them with THIS recipe for “Bunny Bait” that I found on Pinterest. They were just adorable and the treat inside is so addicting!

1st Birthday Setup - Bunny Garden Party

1st Birthday Setup - Bunny Garden Party

Baby Girls Mint Flutter Dress // Blush Lace-Up Sandals // White Maxi Dress

1st Birthday Setup - Bunny Garden Party

1st Birthday Setup - Bunny Garden Party

Baby Girls Mint Flutter Dress  //  Blush Lace-up Flats  // Bunny Ears Homemade *Tutorial coming soon

1st Birthday Setup - Bunny Garden Party

Baby Girls Mint Flutter Dress // White Maxi Dress

1st Birthday Setup - Bunny Garden Party

1st Birthday Setup - Bunny Garden Party

Baby Girls Mint Flutter Dress

The whole party was just spectacular.  We watched a bunch of little ones play together, ate lunch, sang “Happy Birthday,” and watched Reagan go to town on a piece of cake.  The guys played pool in the basement and watched the NFL combine on tv.  It was so low-key and so perfect.  I intentionally went into the whole day with zero expectations on how the decor, food, people, or Reagan’s behavior would turn out. AND…everything turned out so perfect and couldn’t have been more awesome.  These kids parties can get out of control pretty quickly and become all about the parents and the production.  While I might have gone a little overboard on the decor, I never lost sight of the true purpose of the day…celebrating our sweet Reagan Marie.  She is such a little miracle.  It was a fantastic day and again thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate!!!!!

xo xo,

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Categories BABY

Happy First Birthday Reagan Marie!!!!!

It doesn’t seem possible, but our beautiful baby girl turned ONE last week.  We officially have a one year old.  I can hardly remember what life was like before she was here with us, entertaining us on a daily basis.  She has grown from the littlest 6lb. newborn into a full fledged baby girl complete with chubby baby arms, wrist cankles, and michelin man baby legs.  If I could bottle up the chubby baby cuteness I totally would.

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She is such a sassy little goofball and loves to giggle and laugh all day long.  She is such a presence and people seem drawn to her even walking through the grocery store. It cracks me up when she gives her silly toothy grin to random strangers at the grocery store, but it makes my heart happy that she is such a joyful little soul.

Reagan bday photos

Reagan bday photos

Reagan bday photos

Reagan bday photos

Reagan bday photos

On March 2nd we celebrated her first birthday and I kicked off the day by running to the store at the ass crack of dawn to buy her some birthday donuts.  I was going to make her funfetti waffles but ultimately my 7 month pregnant belly wasn’t down for early morning baking and I opted to hit the grocery store instead.  I think she was digging the choice and we sugared her up before the day had even started.  I cranked the tunes and decked out in her new strawberry jammies, we fed her her first ever maple bar donut, a personal favorite of mine and I think now hers as well.

“What the heck is that thing?”

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“Seriously, what trickery is this? I’m never allowed to have sweets.”

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“Well, it is my birthday, i’m game to give it a go.”

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“Hey guys, this is really good!!!!!”

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Silence and heavy breathing as she demolishes an entire freakin’ donut before my eyes.

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“Mom, this is the BEST birthday ever.”

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The entire production had me bursting at the seams. Our day together was really low-key and pretty normal.  We played extra hard, took lots of photos, I told her a million times how much I love her and that this is the special day of her birth.  The night before we told her her birth story and reminisced about the crazy night I went into labor.  I really thought I would be super emotional and have a mommy meltdown, but I held it together and just enjoyed every moment of her day.

My mom flew in from Chile that afternoon and she got lots of Grandma love, followed by the arrival of my husband’s parents and even more grandparent love!!!! It was awesome.  We went out to dinner and she enjoyed some salty french fries followed by an early bedtime because Mom had lots of party prep to do still.

I don’t think I left the kitchen the next two days prepping all the food and treats for her party, but it was totally worth it!!! She is such a special and unique little personality and she deserves all the love and birthday goodness in the whole wide world!!!

Reagan Marie, we love you more than there are words to describe or feelings to feel.  Bringing you into this world has been the biggest joy and blessing of our lives and you make every single day so special with your light spirit and happy energy.  We are so incredibly grateful that God blessed us to be your parents and although life is full of ups and downs, we pray that you never lose your happiness.  Hold onto who you are in this world and never compromise your true nature.  I simply can not wait to see the beautiful life you will live. And, if your FIRST YEAR was any indication, life with you will always be an incredible journey.  Thank You for making us parents!!!! Happy Birthday our little darling, we love you so very much!!!!

xo xo, Mommy & Daddy!!!!

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Categories BABY

Eleven Months of Reagan Marie

Holy Cow, how in the heck is Miss Reagan Marie 11 months old???

The big ol’ FIRST BIRTHDAY is creeping up on us.  I am so flipping excited for her.  I know parents always talk about how they don’t want their children to grow up and how they should stay little forever…BLAH BLAH.  But, what a cool gig to grow up in this world and I am simply so excited for her to experience everything this life has to offer. She is getting so BIG and so smart.  I love seeing her little brain work out new things and she is getting so vocal and active.

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PEDIATRICIAN CHECK-UP & GROWTH: Reagan is officially 11 months old and will go in for her check-up later this month for her 12 month shots. What a milestone.  I am guessing she is almost 25lbs. now and is the sweetest chubbiest little baby.  She has thigh rolls and chubby baby wrists for days.  She is such a healthy little girl, Thank Goodness.  We’ve actually been taking her out more because we want her to get exposed to all the germs that exist in this world.  Since we don’t do daycare, she really isn’t around other children much and therefore never gets sick.  She is growing every day and seems to change before my eyes. I can’t wait until her check-up to find out where she sits percentile wise.  I know its not super important, but people always comment on what a big, fat, healthy baby she is and I want to be able to say back, “Damn Straight, 90th percentile bitches.” Classy, I know.

11 months reagan

 EYE COLOR, HAIR COLOR, & DIMPLES FOR DAYS: Baby girl is FINALLY getting some hair.  WooHoo! I love long hair and have extensions that I adore!!!! I can’t wait to do cute toddler top knots and braids! Right now, we’ve got a little more then peach fuzz going on, but enough that I can play with it when we snuggle together.  I love stroking her sweet little head and just loving her up.  I know the baby stage will be gone before I know it and I am just soaking up every second of her being tiny and sweet still.  She is a strawberry blonde little gummy bear and I am just obsessed.  I am a natural red head and was carrot orange as a baby.  She is definitely more blonde and we’ll see how it changes as she gets older.  I have a sneaking suspicion that she will keep a reddish tint and might go darker like her daddy.  I don’t see any super red “ginger” jokes in her future but we’ll see.

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SLEEP: Baby girl sleeps like a champ and is totally set in her routine.  I don’t even need to set an alarm for myself anymore because she is up and ready to go by 7am everyday.  I usually hear her at 7am, almost down to the minute, every morning.  I leave her in her crib until 7:30am while I wake up and wrap my head around starting the day.  She plays and talks to herself in her crib.  I love watching her wiggle around and jabber away through the baby monitor.  It really is the best way to start your day.  Her happiness and excited energy are contagious and I can’t help but SMILE every morning when I go in and see her.  She is usually standing up in her crib and gets the biggest smile on her face. Then she lets out a big scream with happy excitement at seeing me.  To be loved and wanted that much by a child is a wonderful feeling. We do a quick diaper change followed by fresh jammies because she often pees through her jam jams from sleeping so hard. Then we head downstairs to start our day.

Reagan is a good napper but the times often fluctuate.  She always takes an early morning nap around 9am and will sleep for 45min to an hour.  Her afternoon naps are all over the place but somewhere from 12pm to 3pm she’ll go down for a 2 hour nap consistently.  When she goes down is totally up in the air and changes daily.  We’ve tried getting her on a schedule but she just isn’t interested.  She sleeps on her tummy with butt up in the air and it is the cutest thing ever.  I’ve tried dozen of times to sneak in there and snap photos but she always seems to wake up. I know i’ll get it one of these days.

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FEEDINGS: Miss Reagan is fully transitioned to table food and pretty much eats whatever we are eating.  And BABY GIRL can eat!!!! She is not shy when it comes to food and literally gobbles down anything we give her.  So far she isn’t picky about anything and loves playing with her food.  At this stage, we are just rolling with it, but eventually we’ll start enforcing that “food is for eating, not playing.”  She loves to throw her sippy cup and knock food on the floor for the dogs. At first it was a big deal and I absolutely hated cleaning up the floor a thousand times a day.  We also don’t feed our dogs people food and were concerned about their health.  But they are fine, Reagan does her thing, and its not worth the battle to observe every single piece of flying food that hits the floor and try and clean it up before the dogs get to it.  Now, they do it for me and I don’t stress about it.  We have remained firm on her feeding the dogs from her high chair though.  They totally take advantage and she doesn’t understand that they can’t eat her food.  She thinks its so fun to hold out her hand full of food, and they come running and give her lots of licks and kisses.  My husband calls her a little drug lord and that she has a Reagan food cartel going on.  Even the cats are getting in on the action and it can get out of hand pretty quickly.  She is slowing beginning to understand the concept of NO and will shake her head “no” at us, but then she does it anyway and doesn’t understand whats really being communicated. Or does she??? I need to start reading up on basic early childhood positive discipline and am fully open to any advice or book recommendations from other parents.  Its a tough GIG and knowing whats normal or expected behavior is totally out of my comfort zone.  I know my child fully and her behavior patterns, but educating and curbing unwanted behavior is new territory for me.

She still takes 3 bottles a day, before naps and bedtime, and we do a mixture of 4oz. Plum Organics Formula and 4oz. organic whole milk.  She is doing great on the transition and will be ready to wean off of formula all together by her first birthday.  I stopped nursing and pumping after a few months so she has had a cows milk based formula for awhile now.  I didn’t want to shock her system so we slowly introduced whole milk in 1 oz. increments and will continue to do so until she is fully off of formula.  I am so EXCITED to not have to mix bottles on a regular basis anymore!

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SCHEDULE: I feel like i’ve already covered a lot of her schedule but here is our basic breakdown…

7am – Wake up and play in crib until Mommy gets her ass out of bed!

7:30am – Head downstairs for cheerios and coffee.  She doesn’t eat a ton right in the morning and this is more for me to get my act together and make some coffee.  Sometimes she will eat half a banana at the same time.

8am – We PLAY!!!! I sip coffee and watch my favorite Fox News channel show and she crawls around on top of me. We read books and play with colored blocks and just ease into our morning.

9am – Down for nap #1. Mom cleans up the cheerio mess and picks up toys.  I am generally feeling awake by this time and get out my to do list to start tackling my day.  I plan everything out, maybe do a load of laundry, make the bed, and scrub my face and teeth.

10am to 10:30am – Reagan wakes up and we kick off the active part of our day.  We run errands, do grocery shopping if needed, go to my favorite Pure Barre Mommy & Me class on Wednesdays, and Thursdays we do story time at the library.

12pm to 3pm – Depending on our schedule and how long we are out of the house will dictate when Reagan goes down for her second nap.  We just roll with it and I put her down as soon as we get home.

3pm to 5pm – Wakey Wakey little peanut.  She always sleeps hard, and I mean hard, for her second nap.  She wakes up disoriented and cranky most days.  She sometimes is shaky and hates being around people at this time.  After 3omin. or so she is back to her normal happy little self and we play, read, and practice walking.  Sometimes we’ll take the puppies for an afternoon walk with daddy.

6:30pm – Dinner time for Reagan.  She loves eating and will sit and eat her food with us as a family. She tends to get extremely goofy as she gets tired and has normal toddler behavior.  Things get goofy and more wild and thats are cue for bed time.  We alternate who does dishes vs bath time.  She plays in the bath and gets those last bits of energy out.  We put her down immediately after and she is out by 7:30pm every night.  Very rarely she’ll fuss for a few minutes in the middle of the night.  We let her self soothe and she goes back to sleep almost right away.

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MILESTONES & PLAY: Playtime and her new active lifestyle really have me going on all cylinders.  When she isn’t sleeping, she is going 100% full force all the time. She is sooooooo BUSY crawling all over the place, is always up and down on furniture, has learned how to dance, and rolls around everywhere giggling constantly and kicking her chubby feet. It is so much FUN, but so much WORK!!! We have been doing Montessori type activities and she loves it.  We do colors and play with wooden blocks, she does letters and we practice making sounds and words.  She is extremely drawn to small objects or the smallest details on something, so we practice touching and finding them.  She loves reading books and can turn the pages on board books.  So I read, she turns the pages, and we touch all the small details on the pages and learn what they are. She sets the pace and when we’re done, we’re done!

As far as milestones go, she has officially mastered crawling, pulling herself up, can walk with assistance although we are working on keeping her heels down, she can clap her little hands and is imitating our sounds and movements.  She had her first dance session and crushed it to “Staying Alive” by the BeeGees. I actually got the whole thing on video and couldn’t believe my eyes. It was FANTASTIC.  We do table food, sleep through the night, are down to 3 bottles a day, and she is pretty good at independent play.

ONE is right around the corner baby girl and we are so proud of your little self!!!!!!

xo xo,

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