Thursday, December 18, 2014

Holiday Fun

First, thank you for all of the sweet comments, emails & text messages on our baby GIRL news!  I'm still in shock that we are actually going to have two little ladies to call our own, but am beyond thrilled!  As usual, your sweet support makes this exciting time that much more special, so thank you.

In other news, is Christmas really only a week away?!  Other than a mommy & daughter sickness that finally looks like is behind us (fingers crossed!), holiday fun is going non-stop our way!  Our advent calender has been the best, it's such a great way to make sure you fit everything in during this busy time of year!!  Some of Waverly's favorite activities so far have been painting Christmas pictures for the grandparents, going to see holiday lights, & her biggest highlight, the Christmas tree farm!!  Running endlessly through a random field of trees was totally her thing, such great toddler entertainment!!

We also got to play Secret Santa with some of our favorite blog friends, the cutest package from sweet Lex came in the mail last week & we couldn't have been more excited!!  Not only are Waverly & Lex both little fashion-lovers, but they are both going to be big sisters to little sisters in the next few months!  A match made in blog-heaven! :)
Waverly got the best gift, the CUTEST, most festive tutu & matching nail polish!!  She wore her new tutu to her kids holiday party, we love it & will definitely be wearing it all week long, then passing it down to little sister when she is old enough!!  The biggest thank you to Erin, Lex, & Kenz! :)  We were so excited to send a gift over to Noah, you can see what we got him here!!  Meghan & Noah, we hope you liked your gifts!

The next week is definitely going to be packed, but we are so excited!!  Tomorrow is my last day of school (of 2014!), then on the weekend agenda we have a few holiday parties to attend & a date night to get last-minute gifts with the hubs!  Tis' the season, have a MERRY weekend!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

It's A ...


It's official, Waverly Maye is getting a baby SISTER & we are over the moon excited!  Based on the heartbeat at my last routine appointment, my doctor predicted it was a girl & then later last week, the ultrasound confirmed the news.  Even still, I am in (the best kind of) shock.  From day one I was convinced this babe was a boy, which makes me the worst "gender predictor" ever, since I also thought Waverly was, too.  We would have been more than thrilled either way, but the reality that this little person in my belly is a girl just makes my heart SO very full.

I am looking forward to so many things about having two little ladies, but more than anything, am beyond excited that Waverly gets to experience how special having a sister is.  My own sister & I are so close, it's really the best relationship.  Nothing makes me happier than the fact that my girls will have each other for life!!!!

Waverly is so excited, she got to see little sister on the big screen during the ultrasound & then on the way home, kept saying "my SISTER!" while smiling as big as I have ever seen her.  As for my husband, who is as manly & "all guy" as they come, he is thrilled!  He has rocked it as a girl dad to Waverly Maye for the past two years & I know nothing will change when it comes to our next daughter.  Plus, he was quick to point out how much money we will be saving since we do have some girl clothes I am sure big sister will be willing to pass down. ;)

Let the fun begin, can't wait to share some nursery (& matching!) ideas soon!!!!

Monday, December 15, 2014

16 Weeks

Size of Baby Brickner:  An avocado, which is fitting, since that is definitely one of my cravings these days!!

Maternity Clothes:  A few of my dresses from Asos that I purchased over Cyber Monday came in this week, I love them & can't wait to wear them for a few holiday events we have coming up!  I definitely recommend their maternity section, the pieces are accommodating to a growing bump while still being fashionable, which I definitely feel is hard to do. The dress above is from Target, another of my favorites for maternity clothes.  It's a little big but I bought big so hopefully it will last, I looked at picture of my last couple months with Waverly the other day, I can't believe I actually think this belly is big now!!

Best Moment This Week:  Our gender ultrasound!!!!!!!  After having a big gender reveal party with Waverly Maye, my husband & I decided to go a completely different route this time & find out completely on our own, with only us two plus big sister (of course!) in the room.  It really was the best, most special moment, & no doubt one I will remember forever.  We shared with our families over the weekend & are SO excited to share with everyone else, but we decided to wait until my blood work comes back to confirm.  It should be here any moment, so stay tuned ... :)

Miss Anything:  Medicine!  I've been sick for a few days now, it has pretty much put me down & taken all my energy away. Hoping to feel better very soon, sick while pregnant is no joke!

Movement:  About the same, the ultrasound technician said my placenta was anterior (I think?), it is the one where you feel movement more & more quickly.  And I love that. :)

Cravings:  Still the same, all salt & hungry all the time!  Getting excited for Christmas events with lots of good food soon!

Queasy or Sick:  Up until getting sick, I really have been feeling so much better!!  So thankful that most of the nausea is behind me, fingers crossed!

Looking Forward To:  Other than sharing what this babe is, I am so excited for Christmas break with my girl! Today we kick off the last week of school, then it's two weeks off!!!  Because of the way the days fell this year, we have extra-long & I am not complaining at all!

Hope you guys had the best weekend!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

A Sneak Peek & A Giveaway

With all the craziness (plus excitement!) of this fall, I set myself a goal to have our Christmas cards done & mailed out by December 1st.  So they are out, & finally, I am so excited to share a sneak peek of our fall pictures!!  It feels like we had these done forever ago (& with way less of a belly!), but we really are so in love with them!  We worked with a new photographer & she was the absolute perfect fit for our family.  Brooke, we are so thankful for these & can't wait to share more soon!!! :)

Image By:  Brooke Tucker Photography
Waverly's Headband:  Sadie Sky Boutique
Also in exciting news, I have teamed up with the adorable (plus also pregnant) mamas, Jess & Erin, to bring you a fun little giveaway! We come from total opposite ends of the country - from Maine to Virginia Beach to sunny California - so winter has a different meaning to all of us, but one thing we have in common is that we love to be cozy! We decided to do a little giveaway of our favorite products that keep us warm when it's cold outside (even if Erin gets to wear shorts at Christmas)!

We are so excited to be giving one lucky lady a Starbucks mug that gets you a free coffee every single day in January, a yummy Candle from Urban Outfitters, this gorgeous (sold out) Buffalo Check Blanket Scarf from Heart and Home.  Even more, a gift card to Amazon so you can pick your favorite book to cuddle up with at home this winter!

Baby It's Cold Outside Giveaway

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The giveaway begins now & will end next Tuesday.
Good luck & happiest holiday weekend to you all! XO

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Our Weekend & Waverly's Wish List

Each year since Waverly was 5 months old, we have taken her to Santa's Wonderland at a Bass Pro Shops about 45 minutes from our house.  It's so much fun, there are tons of holiday activities for kids plus a huge aquarium with fish to look at while you wait.  I look forward to it each year & love that Waverly is getting old enough to really take part in all the fun now, she was so excited to go!!

Waverly had the best time riding on the "reindeer" carousel, my husband & I took turns going with her while she waved to the other.  The cutest.  Of course, it was all fun & games until it was our turn to meet Santa.  After last year's disaster, we had been telling Waverly about how great Santa was for weeks, reading Santa books & singing Santa songs every single day.  It didn't work, I got a sweet "no, thank you" when I told her we were going to sit on his lap & then a giant clutch around my neck (plus meltdown) when we actually tried to put her down.  There's always next year?

Still, it was the best day & worth the trip, if you ask Waverly now she loved Santa & told him all about how she wanted a new puppy for Christmas. Her imagination. ;) 

We spent the rest of the weekend wrapping gifts & getting holiday ready, then ended Sunday night in the sweetest way, driving around looking at Christmas lights while drinking hot chocolate & listening to holiday carols.  The best, we all loved it!!

 I also wanted to share what Waverly will find under the tree this year, I have been brainstorming about what to get her for a while now & we finally have most of her gifts ordered!  
Tee-Pee, Book, Old Navy Hats, Pots & Pans Set  
I try to stick to the "something you want, something you need, something to wear & something to read" philosophy, it helps keep me in line & also, I feel like Waverly already has so much that we don't need to go overboard.  I really wanted to get her one big gift so for her want, I ordered this tee-pee on Cyber Monday.  I know she is going to adore it!!  Lately she has been all about her kitchen (we have this one), we play with it almost every day so I feel like these pots & pans will be great for her.  Plus, I consider them a need, I walked in on her putting her baby dolls in the microwave & oven the other day.  I feel like I need to give her an alternative before she thinks that's normal, especially with a new babe on the way!  To wear, I got her & baby brother or sister matching hats, my heart could explode just thinking about it!!

Hope you all are having a great week so far!! XO

Monday, December 8, 2014

15 Weeks

Baby Brickner's Size:  An apple!  The belly continues to grow by the day (or the hour?!), one of my students walked in after Thanksgiving break, looked straight at my belly & said "you got huge!". Teenagers, it's hard to think I will have at least a couple of those of my own one day. ;)

Maternity Clothes:  I took advantage of Black Friday & Cyber Monday to stock up on a few Asos maternity dresses for the holiday season & beyond, I am always obsessed with everything I get from there so I feel like it's worth it.  Also in fashion news, me & my pregnancy brain somehow misplaced my new Gap maternity leggings.  Then me & my pregnancy hormones seriously almost shed tears, those babies are so comfy, I consider them gold.  Fingers crossed they show up soon!

Best Moment This Week:  Waverly looked down at my belly the other day & said, "that's my baby", while giving it a kiss!  I could have died, I cannot wait to see this girl with her baby brother or sister!!  Also, we have had lots of holiday fun lately, big sister (& her sunglasses!) wanted to jump in a few bump-dates this week.  We fit in a couple of pictures before going to the tree farm over the weekend.

Miss Anything:  Sleep.  I was so exhausted throughout the first trimester that I slept like a rock every night, yet now that it's to the point I can no longer sleep on my back, I am having major issues (I am SUCH a back sleeper!).  I use my pregnancy pillow most nights, but it's still so hard to get comfortable.  I keep waking up halfway on my back & freaking out!

Movement:  Still mainly flutters, but I have felt a few during the day now!  It's just my favorite, I can't wait for more & more!!! :)

Cravings:  Food in general, especially during the first part of the day, I am starving every couple of hours.  I finally have been able to add a few sweets back into my nightly routine, yet still mostly going for salty!  And totally random, but I love ketchup.  On everything.

Queasy or Sick:  Still feeling better, for the most part!!  I still have a few moments here & there but feel like a whole new woman after the previous couple of months!

Looking Forward To:  Our GENDER ultrasound scheduled for this week, we are hoping this babe plays along & we can find out if Waverly Maye is getting a baby brother or sister!!!!!  From day one, both my husband & I have had the same feeling what this babe is, then the past week, I have completely changed my mind.  Bottom line, we have no idea. ;) We truly will be beyond thrilled either way, I just can't wait to know, to be able to share it with Waverly, to shop, & to start nursery planning!

Wishing you all a lovely week ahead!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Our Advent Calendar

I can't even believe we are almost one week into my favorite month of the year!!  I have been looking forward to this holiday season for so long, now that Waverly is older I knew she would be all about some festive activities & experiencing all of the magic of Christmas.  Last year, I was inspired by Jessica from Little Baby Garvin's advent calender, I ordered this one for our playroom on clearance at the end of the season & put it on our chalkboard wall last weekend before December officially started.

I had so much fun planning different activities for us each day, many of them we already had planned so I combined those with other fun traditions I thought Waverly would enjoy.  I wrote them on little pieces of paper & put them in each stocking, each day we pull out the activity for the afternoon & so far, Waverly has loved it.  Also, a schedule totally is my love language, I thrive on plans & lists, I definitely plan to do this each year!!

1 - Set up & play with our felt Christmas tree.
2 - Go pick out a new Christmas book for 2014.
3 - Make (& eat!) Christmas snack mix ... Of course, this was Waverly's favorite so far, red & green sprinkles still cover our kitchen floor but it was worth it.

4 - Shop to pick out Bogger a new Christmas play toy.
5 - Pick out stocking stuffers for daddy!  Listen to holiday music while we eat dinner.
6 - Go see Santa ... it could go one of two ways, fingers crossed. ;)
7 - Pick out a Christmas tree!
8 - Go check on baby brother or sister & bring Christmas treats to our doctor.
9 - Paint a holiday picture for the grandparents.
10 - Go SEE baby brother or sister in our ultrasound - first time for Waverly Maye. :)  Stop to see holiday lights & eat dinner on the way home.
11 - Go to the tree farm & find out if it is a baby brother or sister!
12 - Kids Christmas Party at My Gym.
13 - Festive dinner with family to share what is in my mommy's belly!
14 - Go to Christmas party with friends Ella & Kayo.
15 - Drink hot chocolate & watch a holiday movie.
16 - Go pick out a toy for a little boy or girl, take to the Goodwill.
17 - My Gym class with friends, bring treats to my teachers!
18 - Bake & decorate Christmas cookies.
19 - Christmastown!  Our favorite tradition, hoping it is warm enough to go!
20 - Play with Glamma while mommy & daddy go for last-minute holiday shopping and stocking stuffers.
21 - Christmas Pancakes & bacon for breakfast.
22 - Go see Christmas lights at the beach.
23 - Annual Target trip for last-minute gifts with Glamma & Aunt Lex.
24 - Merry Christmas Eve!!  Open one gift today. :)

Not included on the list, supervising daddy putting up our Christmas lights last weekend.  Waverly had so much fun with this, although she kept telling him he was "silly" & "crazy" for being on the roof!!

Are there are any activities that I missed?!  What are some of your favorite holiday traditions?!
Happy holiday weekend, XO!