Monday, September 30, 2013

15 weeks!

 Okay, I was 15 weeks last Thursday....better late than never, right!? :) 

The fun news is....Houston, we have a bump!! 
 It came out of no where, but it is there! And I love it! :) 

How Far Along? 15 weeks 
 
Size? Avocado or Lemon 
 
Maternity Clothes? No official maternity clothes yet, but I have made some purchases and I am definitely wearing my loser fitting clothes. No more pencil skirts for this Momma!

Weight Gain? I have no idea. I was down 3 pounds at my last appointment, but I feel like I have gained like 10! We shall see next week. I would say at least 5...maybe 8....ha!
 
Stretch Marks? Still no sign of them....keeping my fingers and toes crossed!! 

Gender? Well.....I may have a little secret.... 
 
Sleep? ha! wouldn't that be nice! Between the move stresses, the bathroom calling all throughout the night, and my mind racing, sleep is not happening these days!
 
Food Cravings? sweets! Baby loves sweets!
 
What I Miss? being able to do stuff around the house (like the big move) without getting so exhausted so fast!
 
Symptoms? That damn round ligament pain has started. With E it was kind of a sharp pain, this time it is like a dull aching all across my belly with a few bits of the sharp pains. Between that and my back pain, I am a hot mess these days! :) 
 
Best Moment of the Week? moving into the new house and seeing E and Baby B's room right next to each other!
 
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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The Name Game - Round 2!

Happy Tuesday everyone!! 
Look at me blogging again!! :) 
I may have to pat myself on the back, ha!
 
 I know it's early to be talking names...but you all know we will be finding out...
this girl has to be able to plan!! 
 and come on, that's the fun part!! :)

And with it being number 2 we have had the list shortened for a while now! 

The girl names are easier this go round...so here are the few we have it narrowed down to...
 

Thoughts?!?! Some are on there from the last go round and some are new....what are your thoughts?!


And I had made mention of the boy scenario last go round, you can read it here
Long story short, The Hubs is a III....
so this baby will more than likely me a IV, should it be a boy.

There are cute nicknames for IIs, and IIIs....IVs....not so much.
I began searching for options for fourth nicknames back when I was pregnant with E. Hoping I could find something that would make sense and be a decent name at the same time....and I believe I found it. 
I came across a few articles (here, here, and here) that suggested the Latin word for "Fourth Born", Quade. 
Of course, I don't hate my son...so we would spell it Cade. 
Which I actually really like!
Whatcha think? Is it a stretch?!? :) 

We have also entertained the idea of just keeping the traditional first name (Frank) and adding a new middle name and have him go by that.

So there you have it, our options for baby #2.
We, of course, pretty much already have it decided....but I would love to know what you all think!
I am all about people's thoughts....it may not change my mind, but I like to hear what others first initial thoughts/ideas are!
This is a pretty important decision, after all!! :) 
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Friday, September 20, 2013

14 weeks!

So, I can't make the promise to do this every week like I did with E. Life is just a bit crazy these days, but I figure I will do monthly with weekly pictures....we'll see out it goes! :) 
 
I was officially 14 weeks yesterday, so here goes!
How Far Along? 14 weeks, 26 more to go!

Size? a lemon -3 1/2 inches

Maternity Clothes? not yet, but things are getting tiiiight!


Weight Gain? I had actually lost weight at my appointment last week, I have no doubt I made up for it will all the sweets I have been eating this week....not to mention the krystal I had yesterday.
Stretch Marks? Nope! 
Gender? well, we both said girl at the beginning....but this pregnancy has been so different so far, it has me thinking boy...
 
Sleep? very sleepy all the time! can't get enough!
Food Cravings? Sushi and sweets!
What I Miss? Having a glass of wine......or a cold beer while watching football!!
Symptoms? My “girls” are reeally sore, lots of fatigue, and a few headaches here and there.....but other than that, all is good!!
Best Moment of the Week? getting to see our new house!! E loves the backyard! :) 

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Details about bambino #2!

Thank you all for all your sweet words on your big news! :) 
It has been a whirlwind of a summer and we are so excited to for this fun new chapter of our lives!

So here are a few details about our new little nugget....

First, I'm sure you are all thinking...didn't she just have a baby?? 
Yes, yes I did. 
No, we weren't trying, but things definitely happen for a reason!
While this was a surprise for us, it is a huge blessing! We are over the moon excited to have our little ones this close in age! 
 
We had originally talked about trying right around Elise's birthday, but with the whole moving/looking for a house process we decided - let's wait until the end of the summer. 
Then we got to Elise's birthday and were like, let's just wait until the end of the year.
But The Big Man upstairs had different plans for us....
....about 3 weeks after her birthday, we got a little surprise! 

Let me just say, there was a big part of me that wanted to get a pregnant again. We have always wanted our kids to be close in age, I wanted to have a baby in the Spring (not doing the summer baby thing again!! HA! :)), and I wanted to get them "knocked out" for lack of a better word. But I just wasn't ready to be pregnant again. 
Not that my pregnancy with Elise was bad, I was/am just not a fan of being pregnant. 
I don't feel that glow. 
I get tired, bloated, swollen, and emotional. 
It's hard when your body is not your own.
I am hoping this one will be different because I won't be HUGE in the summer, so fingers crossed.
 I think He knew I may not ever wake up one day and say, "I wanna be pregnant today!" So it's good it happened like this. 
Not to mention I will be due in March!! The best month to have a baby according to lots of mommies I know!
That all being said, this truly is a blessing. 
One I am beyond grateful for. 
One I know many women would do anything to have. 
One I have not taken granted for one second. 
I am blessed more than I could have ever imagined possible.
And I am grateful for that every single day.
 
Okay, now on to how we found out! :) 
 So, for a few weeks The Hubs kept saying I think you are pregnant. 
I would be like "what? why"
He just kept saying he had a feeling. Kept telling me to take a test. 
We were way too early for anything to show up anyway, so I just kept blowing it off. 
Then the week before our big trip to the beach, the week I was supposed have that lovely little visit from Aunt Flo...not sure how else to say that without being tacky...ha! 
I woke up on Monday morning, two days before I would be late, having to go to the bathroom several times....that was my first sign with Elise. 
I took a test, it was negative. 
I took the test for Elise that early and it faintly showed up, so I was like okay, not pregnant.

That Thursday night we had our first ER experience with E. 
Long story short, E and I had a tumble hitting the concrete, so we took her in to make sure she was okay. 
Probably the most traumatic experience to date. 
All was good, but after a long night in the ER and lots of tears - we were all okay, healthy, and sent home.

Friday morning I wake up exhausted...from no sleep and the emotional trauma I had the night before. 
I suddenly realize I am 3 days late....I have another test, I figure let me do this real quick just so I feel better since we are leaving for our week long beach vacation the next day. 
Not one part of me thought that test would turn up positive....
Now, let me point out I have taken several tests over the past year. We have been playing the count the calendar days and it worked...for almost a year! :) Then I tried a new app....it lied.
...that plus sign came up so fast!! :)
Shock is not the word for it.
So many thoughts running through my head...it wasn't even 7 am and all of a sudden my entire world had changed. 
Happiness, worry, excitement, shock.
The Hubs came in asking what was wrong, I looked at the test and said I'm pregnant. 
His response "oh. that's awesome! I mean, I already knew that". 
So calm, so happy, just a big smile. 
(he is such a good and proud Daddy!)
Gives me a big hug, tells me he loves me and says "I told you".

We immediately go downstairs to tell my parents...because yes, we are still living with them...us, our one year old, our two dogs, and now our unborn bambino, ha! 
They were, of course, over the moon as well as The Hubs' parents. 
We kept this one in for a while, but then we started telling all kinds of people. 
We were just so excited!
 
As sad as I was not to be able to partake in all the yummy beach cocktails, it was great to have that time to take it all in. 
To reflect on that past year with our little monkey. 
 
To think about the fact that we will have a 4 month old at that point next year! 
I get butterflies in my stomach just thinking about it! :) 

Yes, we will definitely find out what this little one is. 
The Hubs swears it's another little girl, but I go back and forth.
There is very little nausea with this one, nothing like with Miss E. I have a few bits of it here and there, one really bad day, but for the most part it's gone!
Really, other than the occasional headaches and a crap load of fatigue I forget I am pregnant!
(seriously, this fatigue is out of control. like at about 3:00 every single day, I can't keep my eyes open)
For those reasons I think it is a boy....but I am craving pretty much all the same things as I am with Elise. Soy sauce (and sushi) and all things sweet. 
I even ate syrup this past weekend. 
And ya'll, I hate syrup. Like loathe.
Also, the heart beat has been super high!
178 at the first US and 155-160 last week....you know what that means!! :) 
I will be 20 weeks on Halloween so we will find out then, if not sooner....I am trying to talk The Hubs into the early US! :)

As much as I thought I wouldn't be happy being pregnant again....this has been a good one. 
While it is a lot being pregnant, working full time, chasing a one-year old (who is finally walking now!), 
dealing with the big move, and living with my parents...I wouldn't change a thing. 
My babies will be 21 months apart, the same as me and my brother.
I will have my baby in the beautiful Spring.
The will be bestest friends.
Elise will only know life with her brother or sister.
We are moving into our new home to raise them in. 
My little family will be my dream, realized.
My world will be complete come March.
 Beyond Blessed.

Thank you again for all your sweet and kind words, emails, and comments. 
They mean the world to us!
I will hopefully have a picture of the tiny bump that just appeared recently! :)
 
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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

BIG news.....

Soooo..... remember when I mentioned that there was some big news coming to the blog....

Well it's big news, big big news!


 Yep!! We are pregnant again!! 

Due March 20, 2014!

We are thrilled and so is Elise, if you can't tell!! :)

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Friday, September 6, 2013

Naples, I love you!

Happy Friday to you all! 

Thanks so much for all your sweet comments and e-mails on our new house! We are very excited about it and dying to get in there. I will be sure to post lots of pics and keep you updated on all the fun decorating and updates! :) 

So last weekend The Hubs and I joined some of our very dear friend for a long holiday weekend away.....4 days....sans babies (their daughter is 2 weeks older than E)....and it was DELIGHTFUL!
We missed our babes, don't get me wrong - there was lots of facetime, 
 
but it was so nice to literally just relax! 

And to actually read magazines....lots of them!

We stayed at their family's condo in Naples, FL. And lemme tell you, it was gorgeous! 
The condo.
The beach.
The little town. 
All of it. 
GORGEOUS!

Here is the few from the patio...
 and there was a lot of UNO and bullshit played on this patio....man, we know how to party! ha!

There was some pool time....

Eats at lots of yummy restaurants

BEST coconut shrimp I have ever had!
 Isn't it the cutest restuarant?!
All of them are like that there...outside, on the street, perfect for people watching! 
And twinkle lights everywhere!! 
I absolutely loved it! 

 
Our men! 
 And lots of beach time!



 We did get a little rain, but that was the perfect excuse to go shopping....and actually be able to try stuff on because we didn't have squirmy little angles on our hip! :) 

The last night we celebrated with some fabulous Champs!

We went out for breakfast every morning, but this one....it needed to be documented. 
Best. Waffle. Ever.
Like, EVER!
And it wasn't just the waffle, everything was amazing! If you ever go, go to Jane's! :) 
The last day we were able to squeeze in a few more hours on the beach. 
It was a Tuesday, so it was a lot less busy....it was like our own private beach!
 not to mention I got to see dolphins!!! I died, ya'll....


We also made a pit stop on the way out to try the famous Skyline Chili...the chili wasn't my fave, but I did have a hot dog covered in cheese...and it was amazing. 
What? Calories don't count on vacay!
 And let me tell you, I couldn't get from the airport to that baby fast enough!!! :)

It was such an awesome trip, one I hope we can take again!
And maybe even bring the girls! :) 

Naples, I love you!
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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

We found a house!!

Okay, I haven't wanted to jinx it so I haven't said anything....but it looks like we are pretty much in the clear....
We found/bought a house!!!
 EEEEEKKKK!! It all happened so fast. The house went on the market on a Monday, we saw it that day and put an offer on it. That Tuesday we got into a bidding war with 2 other offers...we waited and waited...and Wednesday we found out we got it!!!!

That Friday we did the inspection, which went more than perfect! Inspectors words, "I dream of houses like this in my job, you can tell this lady took great pride in her home." Really?!?! How awesome is that? Especially in an older home!
It's in the neighborhood we have been pining over, the best elementary in the county/state, and close to everything we want!
Not to mention this backyard!!
(PS this doesn't happen in Franklin...we may have bought the house for the yard alone...the house being pretty is a bonus!! HA!)
We close in a couple weeks and it can't happen soon enough!!
I am dying to get in there and put all of my own touches on it!! 
 
The Bellars are almost officially Franklinites!
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Monday, September 2, 2013

Trendy Tot Tuesday!

Hello to all! :) 
Happy Tuesday to you!
I was asked my the fabulous Megan over at Table For Three to help host this week's installment of Trendy Tot Tuesday and I am very excited to do so! :) 

Trendy Tot Tuesday is the perfect excuse to show off the mad fashion skills your little one has, ha! 
And ya'll know me, I have more fun shopping for E than me!


For those of you who are new readers, our little one is Miss Elise!
 
She turned one June 23 and she is an energy filled little angel! 
 
I love Fall, like LOVE. 
It's my favorite season, by far. 
That being said...having a little girl...it makes me a little sad that summer is coming to an end...
Why you ask?
Rompers. 
I live for rompers on this little nugget. 
 
With these legs, I mean, come on!!
 

 
We own over 20....I may have a problem....and this isn't even all of them....





They are quite possible the cutest piece of clothing. Ever. 
So we are getting our wear in in these dog days of summer...

....just making room for all those fabulous leggings and skinny jeans!! :)

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out the other hosts and play along!

Here is some more info about the fab link up!

·       Trendy Tot Tuesday is a chance to talk about kid’s style, and pretty much anything goes.  Pictures of your cutie, talking about their style (that you buy and dress them in, ahem!), a Polyvore board, linking to the new kid’s line at the Gap – anything!  All ages welcome, from you sweet pregnant mamas stocking up a closet to the teenagers that probably pick all their own stuff out now ;)

·       This is a hop-style link up – please follow your hosts (Kelly at Modern Camelot, Lindsay at Baby Mama Drama, and Megan at Table for Three) as well as myself! We are in spots 1-4.  Also, jump around to meet other bloggers!  We hope everyone gains some new followers from this link-up and finds some fabulous new blogs!
·       Please link back to (at least!) one of us, and feel free to steal our badge if you’d like. If you’re a tweeter or instagram-er, use #trendytot
·       Interested in guest hosting? Please email Megan to get added to the list!


And stick around, we have LOTS of fun surprises coming up on the blog in the next few days!!
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