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!


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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
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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!

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Bumpdate: 20 Weeks

Halfway! This pregnancy is flying by, and I know the last 20ish weeks are going to go even quicker.


How many weeks: 20
Symptoms: Feeling more and more kicks/movement. Kevin was able to feel a kick for the first time last night! 
Baby Bump: Getting bigger. I used to have my belly button pierced, and even though I took the belly button ring out several years ago, the hole never closed. Now, it's pretty flat, you can't really see the hole any more. So weird.
Food Cravings/Aversions: None. 
What else is going on: Had my 20 week appointment at the doctor yesterday. Heartbeat was in the 140s. The doctor would pick up the heartbeat on one side of my stomach, then it would move to the other side. It was like the baby was trying to move away every time. It made me laugh a little...stubborn already. Hoping to get our ultrasound scheduled in the next week so we can find out the gender!


I did my last 5k at 19 weeks (Riverbank Run). My goal was to run the entire time, which I did, so I was happy about that. Now I just need to get in the routine of working out/running more consistently. I'm trying to take advantage of the fact that I feel great right now.


Hoping to work on cleaning out our office this weekend so we can start making it the nursery. Things are getting more and more real!

18 Weeks

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

My First Tattoo

I've always thought about getting a tattoo, but was never very serious about it until a few years ago. I decided it was something I wanted to do, kind of a "bucket list" item for me, I guess. But I had two problems: 

1. I didn't know where I wanted it (on my body).
2. I had no idea what I wanted it to be.

Kind of big things to figure out, right? So I just kept it in the back of my mind. About a year ago, I decided that I loved little wrist tattoos, so that's where I wanted to get mine. I liked that it was something I could see, but could also easily cover up if I needed to. 

Now to the other problem; what to get. I wanted it be something with meaning, not something that I just thought was cool. I'm really in to arrows, I think they are super cute, especially a little wrist arrow tattoo. But I worried that in 5 or 10 years, I might not think it's cute anymore. I wanted something that would always have meaning. When Kevin and I decided to run a marathon last year, we both decided we wanted to get a tattoo of our accomplishment after the race.

I browsed Pinterest and decided I wanted a roman numeral of 26.2 (total miles of a marathon) on my wrist. So last October, a few days after we completed the Grand Rapids Marathon, we both went and got tattoos!


Right after getting it done.

Kevin's tattoo

It's been over six month and I still love my tattoo. Small and simple, but has a huge meaning. I have no plans of getting another one any time soon, but I'm not opposed to it either.