Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Bumpdate: 30 Weeks

I'm actually 31 weeks in these photos, but last week was crazy (my sister got married!!!), so I didn't have time to get a pic...so let's just pretend :)

How many weeks: 30 
Symptoms: If I'm being honest? Sleep sucks - it's getting harder to get comfortable and I get stuffed up a lot at night, so then I can't breath, which is annoying. I toss and turn a lot (sorry Kevin). I can't sit or stand in one position for a long time, so going to the movies is not fun any more. My back pretty much hurts all the time. BUT I hate to complain, because I know that is all part of being pregnant and it's going to be over before I know it. And this pregnancy has been pretty smooth so far. I know there are people that have a much more difficult time than me, so I hate to be negative.
On the plus side, baby girl moves around like crazy now! Pretty much any time I'm sitting or laying for 10+ minutes, she starts moving. I can now feel her whole body moving around in there, not just kicks. Love that feeling.
Baby Bump: Oh, that bump. It gets bigger by the day.
Food Cravings/Aversions: Nothing.
What else is going on:
Took the bump out for my sister's bachelorette party. Stayed up until 2:00 am. Not sure how I did it while completely sober, but we had a good time :)

Got most of the wall decor for the nursery. Just waiting to get the rest of the furniture before I put anything on the walls. I have a feeling baby stuff is going to be in full force over the next couple of months.

Can't believe we are just over two months away from having her here!

Friday, July 20, 2018

Bumpdate: 28 Weeks

How many weeks: 28 - officially in the third trimester. Whoa.
Symptoms: Sleep is getting rougher, but can't complain because overall I feel pretty great still!
I have to roll out of bed or off the couch because my stomach muscles are pretty much gone.
Feeling her kick all the time now. And kicks/movement are definitely getting stronger too.
Baby Bump: Getting bigger every day!
Food Cravings/Aversions: Nope
What else is going on: Passed my glucose test - yay!
We put the crib together, so the nursery is slowly coming together. Hoping to share our inspo for it soon.
Admiral is starting to learn to cuddle with the bump, and not climb on top of it. He also likes snuggling with my pregnancy pillow (pics below).
Getting excited for the nursery to come together and then to meet this little girl in less than three months!

20 Weeks
18 Weeks

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Bumpdate: 26 Weeks

How many weeks: 26
Symptoms: Getting more uncomfortable, but still feeling pretty good, overall. Sleep isn't great, back aches sometimes, swollen feet/ankles when it's really hot and humid. But feeling thankful that I still feel good.
Baby Bump: Getting bigger every day.
Food Cravings/Aversions: None...wondering if I'll even get any cravings if I haven't yet?
What else is going on: Doing my glucose test this week, so keeping my fingers crossed for good results.
We had another ultrasound last week...and she's still a girl! Kevin's friend told him that at their first ultrasound they were told it was a girl, and then at the next one they found out it was actually a boy, so Kevin wanted to make sure they double checked at this one :)
We registered at Buy Buy Baby and Target last weekend and oh my word was that overwhelming! I had asked advice from other parents and made a list and we were still totally overwhelmed. So many things!
Kevin's brother and mom came and painted the nursery for us this week. Can't wait to start getting some furniture in there so we can start decorating!

20 Weeks
18 Weeks

Friday, June 29, 2018

Winter Wedding Invitations

I know that the title "Winter Wedding Invitations" sounds crazy, since it's nearly July, but with six weddings coming up this summer/fall, weddings have been on my brain lately. I had a summer wedding and I don't think I've ever been to a winter wedding, so when Basic Invite reached about collaborating for a post, I thought sharing some beautiful winter wedding invitations was a fun idea. If you're planning a winter wedding, you're probably thinking about invitations right about now, so this is perfect timing for you. And for those of us not planning a wedding, maybe talking about winter weddings will cool us off a little, since it's supposed to be in the upper 90s in Michigan this weekend. Yikes!

Anyway, after browsing Basic Invite's site, here are some things I found that I loved:

First, Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers the ability to order a printed sample of their actual invitation so they can see exactly how it will print, as well as the paper quality, before they ever have to place their final order. 

How pretty is this Holiday Bough Wedding Invitation? You can even customize the colors if you want to change them. 
This Glamorous Confetti Wedding Invitation would be super cute for a New Year's wedding! The gold dots make me think of dancing, drinks, and good times. Sounds perfect for a wedding.

My personal favorite for a winter wedding is this Pretty Pinecones Invitation. Simple, but it plays on the winter theme without over doing it. I love the white with the brown pinecones and tan background. 

Basic Invite has over 800 wedding invitations sets. You can find everything from save the dates to wedding invitations and enclosure cards, wedding menus, wedding programs, and matching thank you cards. So the three invitations that I shared above all have matching pieces that go with them. Being able to get all of those items in one place would be so nice. You only have to coordinate with one site, not multiple different sites or printers.

If you are planning a wedding, be sure to check out Basic Invite to see if they have the perfect invitation for you!

*I have not used Basic Invite's products, but this post is written by me. I was compensated for this post.*

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Bumpdate: 24 Weeks

How many weeks: 24
Symptoms: Sleep is getting a little tougher. Besides waking a couple times a night to go to the bathroom, I'm having trouble falling asleep sometimes. I guess pregnancy insomnia is a real thing.
We had a couple of weekends when it got super hot (in the 90s) and I was outside, on my feet all day. By the end of the day, my feet and ankles were pretty swollen. Luckily that only happened the one day.
I'm feeling a lot more movement and it's easier for Kevin to feel it too. Sometimes you can even see little kicks from the outside. Especially when I lay down for bed at night, she goes crazy!
Baby Bump: Definitely getting bigger. And my belly button is getting much shallower.
Food Cravings/Aversions: None.
What else is going on: I'm continuing to clean out our office so we can make it a nursery. Hoping to work on it more this weekend.
I started buying some cute girl shoes and clothes. Not a ton, just a few things I couldn't resist. Baby shoes are seriously the cutest.
Can't believe we are 6 months in already! This pregnancy is flying by. Hoping the last 3-4 months continue to be just as smooth as these first 6 have been.

My sister and her fiance got me tickets to see Kane Brown and Chris Young this past weekend, which was really fun. It was my 8th concert since being pregnant, and I'm realizing concerts are getting harder to attend the further along I get because I get uncomfortable quicker than normal. But it was still a great concert. Chris Young is one of my favorites!

20 Weeks
18 Weeks

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Bumpdate: 22 Weeks

How many weeks: 22
Symptoms: Starting to get some back/leg pain, but nothing too bad. Picked up this Boppy Body Pillow this week to help with sleep - it's amazing! Makes a big difference when trying to get comfortable at night.
Baby Bump: Still growing! 
Food Cravings/Aversions: None. 
What else is going on: We found out the gender! You can see our "reveal" here. We didn't do a party or anything, we just told our family and friends and then about a week later we posted on social media. So excited for this little lady to join us in October!

I attended Birthday Bash this past weekend and had a great time. Birthday Bash is a country concert the local radio station puts on every year. It was a completely different set up this time, but it was great for this pregnant lady. Later start time, cooler temps, and great music.

Still slowly working on cleaning out our office, which will be the nursery. Hoping to get a lot more accomplished in there over the next couple of weeks.

And just for fun, a pic every two weeks, starting at week 12 through week 22:

Gender Reveal
20 Weeks
18 Weeks

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Gender Reveal: It's A.....

We didn't do a gender reveal party, because we were too excited and didn't want to wait! We found out during an ultrasound last week and immediately told our family and friends. So with out further delay....

Baby Long is a GIRL! Kevin and I had both thought it was a girl from early on, so we weren't too surprised. It makes it so much more real to be able to call her a "her" or "she" instead of "it" or "the baby." She also has a name: Finley Marie Long <3 We can't wait to meet you baby girl!