Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Our Snowy, Girly Maternity Photos

The crazy amount of snow in Virginia Beach recently shut just about everything down, including schools, & I had an unexpected seven days off at home with Waverly Maye over the past two weeks! :)  Even though by day four we were feeling cabin fever to the max (& I am already dreading making the days up), I can't help but think what a blessing all of this extra time together was.  My husband still worked through out, so it was just us girls for days upon days, something that doesn't happen near enough.  Waverly really is my sidekick, my little best friend, & even though she drives me crazy, I am crazy in love with her.  I am so thankful for these pictures to document these sweet moments before our family grows, with the girl who made me a mama & the littlest one still in my belly.


Our sweet, sweet photographer turned friend Brooke called us after our second snowstorm to ask if we wanted to meet her for a random photo session, & of course, we took her up on the offer!  However, anyone who knows me knows how much of a planner I am, Type-A to a fault, so getting Waverly & I ready (plus picking out our outfits) in just one hour was a little overwhelming.  I mean, I usually would have been shopping & pinning images for months before something like that. ;)  Yet that is one of the many things I love about these pictures, that they forced me to be spontaneous & live in the moment, which is fitting, since Waverly has taught me a lot about just that over the last two years. 


The biggest thank you to Brooke of Brooke Tucker Photography, who is beyond talented & SUCH a joy to work with!  I had such a hard time picking just a few favorites for this post, our biggest problem will be finding enough space on our walls for all the ones we love so very much.  Brooke, we are so appreciative of all the images you continue to capture of our growing family, & are so excited for our maternity photos (with our main man this time) this spring!

PS - My hat, jacket & maternity jeans are all from H&M, in-store.  Waverly's dress & leggings are from a boutique, past season, her hat, socks & shoes are from Zara.  The snow is all compliments of Virginia Beach, we loved it while it lasted but now are ready for SPRING!
XO

Monday, March 2, 2015

27 Weeks & Nursery Plans

Just a quick update today, followed by a fun sneak peek into our plans for baby girl's nursery! :)


Size of Baby Brickner:  The size of an eggplant!

Maternity Clothes:  Yes, plus some of my pj's are as tight as ever.  I found myself headed to my husband's drawer the other night out of desperation, I'm thinking I need to invest in a few more to last me the thirteen weeks ahead!

Best Moment This Week:  Baby girl has been moving so much lately, my hubby, Waverly & I have a new ritual of feeling her move & talking with her every night.  Also, we were at the mall & Waverly said, "we have to find a new outfit for my baby sister, ok?!".  I just know she is going to be so sweet with her & it couldn't make me happier! :)

Miss Anything:  Getting up & down comfortably.  Bending down to pick up after Waverly these days is brutal, sometimes I really wonder if I am going to make my way back up again.

Movement:  Yes, & she feels LOW in there as ever, which has to be why I have to pee every ten minutes (or sooner).  It's still my favorite though, feeling her move will never, ever get old & is hands down my favorite part of pregnancy!! 

Cravings:  A lot of the same, just on a rotation of seriously starving & then seriously full!

Queasy or Sick:  No, but the exhaustion is starting to creep it's way back in, which I am hoping is not a sign for the third trimester right around the corner.

Looking Forward To:  More progress on the nursery in the few weeks ahead!  Now that Waverly's bed is done & she is fully transitioned, we are as focused as ever on baby girl's room & I am excited to share some of our inspiration!  Even before we knew that this babe was a girl, we planned to do a wood pallet wall for the nursery.  My husband & I both love the one we did in our downstairs, so I thought it would be such a fun way to highlight the wall where we put the crib!  Since then we have decided to go with mint as the main pop of color, I have always loved it, it is such a sweet shade of blue that has the best vintage, feminine feel.  Of course, we are throwing in shades of gold (because I always throw in shades of gold, I don't think I know how not to!), & finally, are painting the walls grey to contrast with the bright white crib & dresser that we are currently on the hunt for.  I have found some fun accessories over the last couple of months & it's all starting to come together, especially since my husband just finished putting the wall up over the weekend.  I hope to share some pictures of our progress soon! :)

Tassel Garland, Pillow, Changing Pad Cover

Wishing you all a happy week!
XO

Friday, February 27, 2015

Friday Things

Happy Friday, friends!!  It's been another week of snow days around here, it was regularly scheduled programming for Monday & Tuesday, followed with TWO snowstorms and we have been out of the rest of the week! :)  Part of me is over it & beyond ready for spring, then the other part sees Waverly's face in it and almost considers moving us to a place where this actually happens on the regular.  Almost. ;)


I wanted to thank you for all your sweet support on Waverly's bed transition I shared earlier this week, as always, I am so appreciative of your helpful comments & ability to relate.  We are definitely not experts (far from it) & I'm sure we will have a set-back before too long (like when she figures out she is physically able to move from the bed), but so far, so good, & we are happy!

Randomly, we also have other big girl news to share, Waverly is officially potty-trained!  It actually happened the same day that we moved her to her new bed, which we didn't plan AT ALL.  She had been going potty at home for a while now, pretty much since I did the three-day boot camp over the summer, but it definitely wasn't something that happened all the time & it had never happened while we were out of the house.  Then last week we ran out of diapers, like literally didn't even have one, so I had to put her in big girl panties to run to Target & get them.  I was completely nervous, but as soon as we got there she told me she had to go & after I took her to the bathroom, she went! :)  A total first for us.  After that, she asked to go back twice in the same trip & then when we got home.  So we rolled with it, & pretty much have ever since, with pull-ups still at night for now! :)  I'm so proud of her & definitely excited to have only one set of diapers to change come June, but seriously, did it really all have to happen that same day (the same day we had her first mani & pedi, by the way)?!  She is SUCH a big girl. ;)

Also, for what it's worth, I don't want to sound like we have our shit completely together over here with all this happening.  We still have a pacifier problem (yes, still), that seems to have gotten worse since these recent big girl developments.  She was only using them at night & naps, then I think I got more lenient over a short sickness she had and because I have been so proud of her lately.  Any advice is definitely welcome & appreciated, I know this problem will only get worse once little sister has her own pacifiers in a few short months!

Lastly, a quick sneak peek of a fun girls snowy session we had with our friend, Brooke earlier this week!  I can't even explain how much I love the fact that I have pictures of my growing belly in the snow, something I didn't think I would have be able to get in Virginia Beach!  I can't wait to share more, Brooke is so talented & we are so thankful to be able to work with her!

Have a happy, happy weekend!
XO

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Waverly Maye's Big Girl Bed

We are almost two weeks into our big girl bed transition, and still going strong with Waverly sleeping in her bed during both naps & bedtime with zero issues at all! :)  I am still a little shocked every single time, although clearly I should have given her more credit, girlfriend is rocking this whole thing like she could have done this months ago.  I am so proud of her & only a little emotional over what a big girl she is acting like these days!

 My husband starting making Waverly's bed right after Christmas, which was about the same time we started talking to her about it, showing her the bed through the construction process & telling her about the transition pretty much once a day.  We explained to her for weeks that she would be passing her crib down to her little sister, which she seemed really excited about.  I'm hoping the same excitement sticks around when baby girl gets here, fingers crossed! ;)

We decided to make the move on a Friday so we both didn't have to work the next day, we honestly were fully prepared for a long, sleepless night (which we might as well start getting used to again, anyways).  She was a little confused when both her bed & glider were no longer in her room, but we did our best to make all the other parts of our bedtime routine exactly the same.  I read her books in her bed instead of the glider, & since it was night one, stayed laying with her for a little while after we turned the lights out.  When I left she was still awake, but perfectly fine, & fell asleep like usual within minutes.  My husband & I were both completely shocked!  I kept waiting to be woken up in the middle of the night by either footsteps, her standing over me because she magically found her way out of the room, or her closet thrown around in complete chaos, but she slept entirely through the night.

Since then, naps & bedtime have gone the same way, and I honestly think she loves going to sleep more than ever before.  Our biggest issue is her jumping on the bed, which she loves to do, but will only do it while we are in her room before she goes to sleep, never once after I have turned the lights out.  I'm guessing she either doesn't realize she is even able to get out of the bed herself, or has just decided to follow directions, both of which seriously blow my mind! ;) 


My husband made the bed entirely himself!  He started using a plan but then when we realized it didn't fit the sheets I had already bought, threw the plan out the window and did the rest all on his own, through trial & error.  The bed is made out of pine & ash, all bought from Home Depot or Lowe's, and bead board was used for the head & foot board.  The last part of the process was obviously painting it white, he used a child-friendly paint to pair with the fact that everything in the bed was entirely real wood, nothing processed.  

I am amazed at what he was able to do!  My hormones had me annoyed halfway through the process when I just wished we had a bought a bed instead (so we could move on to the other parts of our house project & nursery list), but I couldn't love it more and am so, so thankful to have something so special in our family for years to come!


The sheets are from Pottery Barn Kids, we got them forever ago & love them, I had been waiting to be able to put them to good use!  I am currently looking for some sort of quilt or blanket & extra throw pillows as well, I love this pom blanket or something else with a pop of pink to match her room.  For now, we put extra pillows down her bed to make sure she is safe if she falls, but are going to look into these bumpers or something else like it for the future.  Waverly doesn't move much when she sleeps, but I definitely want something just in case, this was the first time I have even been brave enough to give her an actual pillow or sheets (we used the breathable blankets before)!  So any other suggestions are appreciated! :)

And lastly, here is my first post on Waverly's big girl room, with links to everything!  I hope this was at least a little bit helpful to someone, I know how much we relied on posts like this before we made the move!
XO

Monday, February 23, 2015

26 Weeks


Size of Baby Brickner:  The size of a turnip, my pregnancy book says she is two pounds & can open her eyes, getting so big, so quickly!

Maternity Clothes:  Lots of comfy clothes this week, since it has been absolutely freezing & we have had lots of time at home!  The striped top above is actually a maternity dress from Asos, I just pulled it up & gathered it, I'm hoping it will get warm enough to actually wear it as a dress before I deliver in June!

Best Moment This Week:  My unexpected week off of work & at home with Waverly Maye, thanks to the snow!  We definitely had our moments after being stuck inside for so long (cabin fever is totally a thing with a two-year old), but overall, it was so much fun having so much extra time together! 


Miss Anything:  Being able to play (physically) with Waverly like I used to.  I wasn't going to post about this, because honestly, the whole situation scared the hell out of me & really upset me, but then I figured that I couldn't be the only pregnant mom of a toddler that this has ever happened to,  Last week Waverly jumped on me, specifically my belly, with ALL of her weight.  She was completely just playing & didn't mean to at all, but it was so hard that it took my breath away for a couple of minutes.  I felt our baby girl move A LOT right after it happened (she was probably shocked), but then not again for over three hours.  We were getting ready to leave for the hospital to check on her when my friend (thankfully) reminded me to try to drink apple juice to wake her, so I did, & she immediately started kicking within a couple of minutes.  We have since been to the doctor & everything is fine, we are so thankful!  I know it has to be hard for Waverly to understand that we can't play exactly like we used to, especially as I get bigger & it gets even harder, and that makes me sad for her.  Yet she loves her baby sister so much already, I know all of this will be WELL worth it for all of us!!

Movement:  Thankfully, YES!  Lots! :)

Cravings:  I am loving Chinese food lately, & granola bars.  Maybe together?!

Queasy or Sick:  Feeling GOOD! 

Looking Forward To:  A dinner out this weekend to celebrate my good friend's birthday, & one of my other best friends had her baby girl this week!  Waverly hasn't met the baby yet since I didn't want to bring her to the hospital, but I can't wait for her to meet her in person!  Also, were our babes ever that little?!!!!  It is SO hard for me to think of Waverly that size, even though it was only two years ago.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Our Snowy Week

Happy Friday, though it definitely doesn't feel like one!  Like many of you, the crazy weather over the past few days has pretty much shut down our regularly scheduled week.  Although it pretty much only snowed for one night, the bitter cold weather has kept everything icy & all of the neighborhood roads are still pretty dangerous, today is the fourth day we have off of school in a row!  We certainly aren't complaining, it's been such a fun change & the perfect cure to the winter blues we had been starting to feel after a long season inside.

We had Monday off for the holiday & knew it was going to snow later that evening, so
Waverly & I got up early to do a little shopping and have breakfast out with my parents before we would be homebound for a while.  Along with the rest of the city. ;)  By the time we got home & Waverly went down for her nap, the flurries started to fall and we were able to catch a few before it got too dark to play.  Waverly loved it, she definitely didn't remember the snow we got last year & was so amazed by every snowflake.  The cutest.


We ended up getting about four inches overnight, with a giant sheet of ice on top.  The ice made it hard to play, or to make snowman or snowballs, not to mention it was a little scary for the toddler & six-month pregnant lady trying to make their way through it.  Yet we did make it out, with Waverly in her 12-month Gap snowsuit from last year, I was so excited to get one more use out of it & even more excited for my husband to pull her around on his bodyboard down the street.  She loved it & would have definitely stayed out there all day long.



It was all fun & games until Waverly asked me to jump on there with her, I'm pretty sure I would have broken the board this year. ;)  I did manage a picture of our littlest baby girl's first time in the snow!  She was kicking the entire time we were outside, probably from the crazy cold, but I couldn't help but think about a couple years down the road when we will have two babes to make these memories with.  These really are my favorite kind of days, moments I hope my girls will remember forever.


Wishing you all the happiest (& warmest) of weekends with your sweet families!
XO

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Valentines Weekend 2015

Oh, what a week it has been already!!  After already having off Monday because of the holiday, Virginia Beach was hit with a few inches of snow (which is crazy for us!), so today makes our second snow day at home!  It's almost been like a second Christmas vacation, we are loving all of this extra time together!

Waverly Maye had her first official manicure on Friday afternoon, it was definitely a moment for the memory books!  I was a little nervous if she would stay still long enough, but she did, even long enough for both a manicure, pedicure, & floral designs for each!  She was too funny, so quiet & watching closely the entire time, then at one point she leaned back and said "oh, I need to go to the mall after this."  My husband & I should probably start fearing for our future now, I may have started her just a little too early. ;)


On Saturday morning, we had my family over for a Valentines brunch!  I'm sure I have mentioned it recently, I was so over the moon excited that the holiday fell on a Saturday this year so that we wouldn't feel rushed & could celebrate with all the people we love all day long. 


We took Waverly to my in-laws so that we could go out for a kids-free dinner early that evening, which was a win-win for everyone.  Waverly got to have dinner with her cousins & we got to have some rare alone time at a restaurant.  I can't say enough about this hubby of mine, I can't believe this year was our SIXTEENTH Valentines Day together.  We are officially now in over half of our lives (we started dating when I was fifteen & he was sixteen), & it really couldn't make me happier!


 Our other big news of the weekend was that Waverly slept in her big girl bed the entire time, both at night & for naps!  We really are shocked, I can't even explain how nervous I was about the transition or how much we had been putting it off.  In fact, I'm thinking if we didn't have another baby on the way who is obviously in need of a crib, Waverly might just have stayed in the same place until elementary school.  I am excited to share details & pictures of her big girl bed soon, I know how much I relied on advice from other moms who had been through the transition before so I am happy to repay the favor! :)

Last week I posted about our Valentines Exchange here, I wanted to be sure to include the other blogs who have since posted about the exchange; The Adventure Starts Here, Chasin' Mason, All of Life's Little Adventures, Willow Way, Running From the Law, Chateau Deveau, A Tale of Four Maples.  Thank you all, we had so much fun with this!

PS - Waverly's heart bows she rocked all weekend are compliments of Melissa at The Prettiest Bow & we are so in love with them!  She has the cutest stuff, be sure to check out her Etsy shop!