Friday, April 24, 2015

Our Week & Friday Things

Happy Friday!!  It's hard to believe that we one only have one week of April left, or that my maternity leave officially begins next Friday!  This year is flying by, I definitely can't keep up!

It's been a week full of sunshine for us, we have spent most of our afternoons outside soaking it all in!  We unfortunately found a warm weather staple that Waverly does not love, she has an overwhelming fear of the ice cream man & is not ashamed to show it.  If she even hears the music in a distance, she bolts to me, leaps in my arms, & will hide her face until I somehow convince her that he is gone.  Part of me loves that she is scared of the random stranger in the truck, while the other part is seriously sad that I can't go get one of those red, white & blue bomb pops (you know the ones, right?!).

While we were outside the other afternoon, the ice cream man couldn't be heard, thankfully, Waverly was running after our dog & fell.  She was pretty upset about it, & there was a small red mark, but she usually recovers pretty quickly so I figured this would be no different.  That was until thirty minutes later, when she had to call everyone in my phone to tell them that "she had broke her leg".  My husband was lucky enough to get a ten minute voicemail about it, including a description of why she could no longer walk (right before she was running through the backyard pushing her babies in their stroller).  For the record, I have no idea where she gets her dramatics from. ;)

Warm weather fashions are my favorite, it is so much easier to pick out clothes when they don't involve layers upon layers.  I've had my eye on so many pretty spring & summer dresses for both my girls lately, this one is currently on it's way & I can't wait!  And I was so excited that I was able to squeeze this one on Waverly for one more wear before we pass it on to baby sister (similar here).  I love, love white on little girls & I am obsessed with anything embroidered, so this piece is definitely one of my all-time favorites.


In food news, I am craving all things sweet right now, & basically only eating meals to get to the dessert.  I'm pretty sure I mentioned this cake last year around this time, it is seriously the most amazing thing ever & too perfect for this time of year!  Waverly helped me make it this time, it's so easy (which is another reason I love it) so it's definitely toddler-friendly! :)


The ingredients are angel food cake (I just buy one already made), sherbert, vanilla ice cream & cool whip.  Take chunks of the cake & put in a cake pan, then pour the melted ice cream & sherbert on top before putting it the freezer.  After about an hour, take it out & cover with the cool whip, then put it back in the freezer until it's completely frozen.  Seriously, it's so, so good!

My parents got Waverly a trampoline for Christmas & she has loved it ever since, but now that we can actually use it more, I've decided that it is the best thing has ever happened to us (besides the girls).  We don't go a single day without using it, Waverly will jump for what feels like forever, & then some more.  Best toddler entertainment ever, & perfect for tiring them out for bedtime!


We are crossing our fingers that the weather stays warm the next couple of days, we have our family maternity pictures this weekend!  I hope to share some good ones soon!  Wishing you a very happy one!
XO

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Weekending: Our First Beach Day

Happy halfway through the week friends, hope you all are having a great one!!  Even though we are now three days out from it, I'm still dreaming of our past weekend over here, it was such a good one & I hated to see it go!  We didn't have much planned (don't those always turn out to be the best?), the weather was perfection & we took full advantage.  Waverly Maye decided to boycott naps, it was a slight disaster come late Sunday afternoon, yet it gave us extra time to spend together while getting some things done around the house, both which made me very happy! :)

It got warm enough for our first beach day of the year on Saturday, I was so excited to take Waverly since other than walks, she really hadn't been there since early last fall.  I'm also trying to fit in as many trips now as I can, though I am definitely planning to try, I don't know how realistic it is to take a toddler & newborn there once baby girl gets here!  I guess only time will tell, I'm hoping we can make it happen with some family members & their extra hands to help with what I'm sure what will be a traveling circus!


Our outdoor girl certainly didn't miss a beat after a few months away, she still loved the sand & water every bit as much as she did last year, maybe even more!!  The water was a little cold but it didn't phase her, she was splashing & skipping through it like it was nothing, and then putting her face directly in it before laughing hysterically.  I could look at these pictures of her forever, she is so full of energy & happiness, one of the many things I adore about being her mama is living life again through her eyes.


In other highlights of the weekend, one of my best friends had her second baby girl Friday morning!!  Her oldest daughter is about a year younger than Waverly so it's been really fun to go through this pregnancy with her. I can't believe we will have four girls between us within the next couple of months!  I was able to visit her at the hospital a couple of times, there's nothing like a trip to the maternity floor to serve as a reality check that we will be there before we know it!  So exciting (& crazy)!!

And lastly, a recent Waverly Maye development that's had us on toes more than ever.  Ever since the weather warmed up, I've been letting Waverly go into the backyard & jump on the trampoline while I clean up in the kitchen or get dinner started.  I love that we can do that now since my husband put the fence in & she can't go anywhere, I just leave the screen door open & listen to her play.  A couple of weeks ago, she had been out there a few minutes when she walked in with her big girl panties in her hand & said "I peed outside because I am a doggie".  OMG.  She literally squatted in the backyard like our lab does.  I have obviously tried to explain to her that she's not a dog & that we pee in the potty inside, but ever since if I even turn my head for a minute, she is bent down peeing.  Here's to hoping this is a phase, there is no doubt our neighbors really think we have lost it now.  As for us, it's hard not to laugh & look forward to telling her all about this one day.

Enjoy the rest of your week!
XO

Monday, April 20, 2015

34 Weeks & Nursery Progress

Dress, TJ Maxx
Size of Baby:  A cantaloupe, my books says that on average, baby girl should weigh about 4 & a half pounds now!!  I'm getting so anxious & ridiculously excited to see her sweet face.  By this point with Waverly, we had a recent ultrasound & this time, we haven't had one since 20 weeks and it's killing me!  We considered paying for a 4D one just to be able to see her, but ultimately decided to save the money since we will be meeting her so soon.  I've totally wanted to go back on that decision about fifty times! :)

Maternity Clothes:  I'm still living in anything stretchy & comfortable, mainly dresses since even my maternity leggings are tight as this point.  I bought some new pajamas that are just a nightie so I don't have to wear shorts anymore to sleep (they were cutting off my circulation), & have worn them every single night since.  I was almost embarrassed when my husband saw them for about the twelfth night in a row, then I remembered I'm 34 weeks pregnant with his second kid.  Enough said. ;)

Best Moment This Week:  So much nursery progress, it actually looks like a real room now which is SO very exciting!!  I organized all of Waverly's newborn & 3/6 months clothes into our new dresser, it was so surreal looking at the clothes again.  I can't believe how itty bitty they are or that we will have another little girl to put them in so very soon!  My husband also finished the closet, plus we set up both the rug & put sheets on the bed!  We still have to hang frames on the walls & accessorize, but here is a look at the pallet wall my husband finished a few weeks ago!!

Pillow
Miss Anything:  It's pretty much the same as last week, the pains in my legs are still around & brutal, as well as a belly that is large, sore, & hard as a rock.  I have had so many braxton hicks lately that I'm starting to wonder if this little girl will be a arrive a little bit earlier than her sister (who was late & induced).  And don't even get me started on my bladder, I literally can't go thirty minutes without a trip to the bathroom. So yes, some of these parts of pregnancy make me miss having my body all to myself, but I really can't complain too much, as always, I couldn't feel luckier to have had two healthy pregnancies so far!

Movement:  Her movements have definitely slowed down & feel different, but when she does, it shakes my entire belly!

Cravings:  Smoothies, yogurt, ice cream.  And sleep. ;)

Queasy or Sick:  Other than the symptoms above, feeling good & excited as ever!!

Looking Forward To:  There are so many fun things to look forward to in the next couple of weeks, our maternity pictures next weekend & our baby-q the following one, then my maternity leave begins!!  By that point, I am sure I will be more ready than ever to slow down & spend some time as a family of three before the big day!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!
XO

Thursday, April 16, 2015

A Day in the Life

Some of my favorite posts to read are how other moms spend their days, both ones who are working & who stay at home with their kids.  I feel lucky that as a teacher, I really can relate to both worlds, since we get several breaks off during the year & of course, summer vacation (what we live for!).  Over the last couple of years, we really have settled into a great routine on my workdays, & with only a couple weeks left before my maternity leave, I thought now would be the perfect time to share it!  Chances are pretty high that our days won't look like this in the future, and that we will read this one day & laugh at the fact that we thought we were busy. ;)  Either way, I'm more ready than ever for our new normal, but know I will love having this to look back on our life as a family of three, too!

My alarm goes off right after 5, which is when I attempt to get myself out of bed (these days it's more like a roll because of one giant belly), then I get ready quietly in the bathroom while the rest of the house sleeps.  It's hit or miss whether Waverly wakes up before I go downstairs to leave, I can never decide which I prefer, I love to see her but am convinced it makes it harder on me.  Regardless, my husband will wake up around 6 to make me coffee & breakfast for the road.  If Waverly is up, they will sit at the front door and wave to me (her jumping up & down, the sweetest), and yes, it's still dark out for most of my drive to school.

My workday honestly flies by, I have been working as a Fashion Marketing teacher for ten years & thankfully, I have students who allow me to tell stories about Waverly to help with the separation. ;)  While I'm at work, Waverly is either with my sister, our sitter, or my grandparents, depending on the day, she loves them all & that makes the whole working thing so much easier for everyone.  I am able to leave in enough time to be home by 3, the drive home is my absolute favorite & I still get butterflies at the excitement of reuniting with her every single day!  We occasionally will go to Target, the grocery store, or the kids gym, but lately have been trying to stay home as much as possible to enjoy this beautiful weather.

Dress
After an afternoon snack, I will usually try to put things away from the day or put in a load of laundry while Waverly is entertained by playing with the dog or the toys she hasn't seen in a few hours.  Then we play, I'm convinced that spring makes that so much easier & more exciting.  We will either walk to the park or stay in the backyard with bubbles, play-doh, and sidewalk chalk, Waverly will play with each on & off between going into her playhouse, pushing her babies in her strollers, or jumping on the trampoline.  These are definitely my happiest hours of the day, I look forward to them & they are what get me through those 5 am wake-up calls! :)


Around 5:30, I attempt to get dinner started, even though my pregnant self pretty much hates cooking & I can never decide what I want to eat.  If I am lucky, Waverly will play on the ipad or watch Sesame Street while I cook.  Yet sometimes it's just that witching hour where she wants me to hold her & if I won't, she will do just about anything she knows she is not supposed to.  My husband gets home at 6, Waverly & the dog (plus me) are so excited, we sit down for dinner as soon as we can finish making it.  We have been trying to eat outside as much as possible lately, it's such a fun change & literally a breath of fresh air after a long winter indoors.


After dinner, my husband gives Waverly her bath while I take a shower, we have done that most of Waverly's life, it gives them something to do together & gives me a little time to myself.  We get Waverly dressed & then read books in her bed, I used to read them but lately she is all about reading to us (the cutest, most entertaining thing ever).  We get Waverly tucked in, it usually take at least 15 minutes between her attempts to stall & need to have every toy she owns in her bed, then we leave the room.  Most nights she will talk herself to sleep (again, so very entertaining) & be out for good by 8.

By this point I am so exhausted I can hardly make a sentence, so any good intentions I had of getting a few things done on my computer or being productive on some sort of house project are outweighed by the need to watch mindless reality shows in my bed.  I'm usually asleep by 9 (I get wild), my husband joins me later since he is way cooler than me & can stay up way later.

Like most moms, some days I feel like we have it all together & everything flows like a dream, then there are others when I question my sanity and wonder how I'm ever going to make it work with 2.  Yet ultimately, there is nothing that makes me happier than this life, even during my most exhausted moments I know these truly are the days & one day I will miss them terribly.

Hope you are having a great week!
XO

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Spring Break Stuff

Waverly & I are currently back to regularly scheduled programming after an entire (glorious) week off for my spring break.  The good news is that now that it's halfway through April, it's totally acceptable to start counting down to my maternity leave & summer off.  I will be leaving school a few weeks before my due date, my sciatica is still totally a thing & worsens after a day at work on my feet, so we thought it would be for the best.  I'm hoping to finish the nursery over the next couple of weeks so once I'm home, I can spend my time resting & getting in some last precious moments with Waverly as an only child.

Keeping it real in toddler town, the major highs from our week together were paired with some lows.  It seems that the second half of Waverly's two's are a little more "terrible" than the first, she is as strong-willed as ever right now & it's safe to say that listening isn't her strongest asset.

She definitely saves her finest moments for me, I know it's because that's when she feels most comfortable (I'm honored, really), but OMG, we have had some moments lately.  I'll spare you most of the details, other than that morning I asked her not to color on herself only to turn around & see marker across her entire face.  Apparently she drew up & down her legs, then wiped her nose and immediately touched her face.  Or certainly one of my biggest mom fails to date, I was putting new sheets on her bed for naptime while she was in her playroom when she walked in to show me the HOLE (around her belly button) she cut into her new Zara sweatshirt.  Apparently I left the scissors too low (we have our office supplies in a hanging rack on the back of the door), I guess we won't be passing down that one to baby sister.

It's a good thing those times are always followed by the happiest ones, Waverly really is nothing short of hilarious right now & she is so incredibly fun to be around.  Our weather was warm for most of the week & we were able to fit in time at the zoo, on walks, & with bubbles.  So many bubbles.


On Thursday of my break, my parents kept Waverly while my husband and I had a kid-free night & a day trip to Ikea!  We missed her (and talked about her the entire time), it was way too quiet, but all in all, a great way to spend some together before we are parents to two!  The drive was about eight hours overall, I ate my way through it & we definitely decided it was well-worth it.  We ended up getting this dresser for the nursery, a raksog cart for Waverly's room (we moved hers to the nursery because it matched better), & a latt play table for both girls that we plan to hack it the next month or so.  It's really about time Ikea came to Virginia Beach, I'm jealous of every single one of you who has one within a reasonable driving distance. ;)

Happy Tuesday to you all!
XO

Monday, April 13, 2015

32 & 33 Weeks

Last week was crazy with spring break, I didn't get to post my 32 week update but did manage a picture so I thought I would share both updates today!  I cannot even believe we only have seven weeks to go, time is going by faster than ever & we are getting more excited for our family to grow by the minute! 


Size of Baby Brickner:  A cabbage.

Maternity Clothes:  The time has come, pants & I have officially parted ways until after baby girl is born. It's dresses all day, everyday, from here on out, I am so thankful for spring weather so I can actually do that! The dress above is a maxi dress from Target (last season, similar here), non-maternity, it is so comfortable & stretchy, it's one of my favorites!

Best Moment This Week:  Celebrating our last big holiday as a family of three, it is so surreal to think that we will have two little girls to do all of these holiday traditions with next year!  

Miss Anything:  I'm thankful that my sciatica hasn't worsened too much, it still goes in & out but I am still able to function! :)  What I miss most is being able to hold Waverly or keep up with her like I used to, she is going through a phase where she wants me to hold her often & I feel so bad when I can't.  Also, bending down to pick up toys off the floor might just be the most painful thing ever, sometimes I'm not sure I am going to make it back up.

Movement:  Yes & love it!!!!  Her movements seem to be slowing down some, I'm thinking she may possibly be running out of room in there?!

Cravings:  Sweets mainly, strawberries are my favorite & I can't get enough (which is so funny because that is the total opposite of how I felt first trimester!).

Queasy or Sick:  Neither, feeling very tired by the end of the day but other than that, feeling good!

Looking Forward To:  My mom & sister sent out the invitations this week for a celebration they are having for our little lady, it is a baby-q the first weekend of May! :)  I really didn't feel like we needed a shower, especially since we are having another girl, but am excited that this baby will have a celebration all of her own, just like Waverly Maye did!!  


Size of Baby Brickner:  A coconut.

Maternity Clothes:  I'm still wearing lots of dresses that can work after the baby is born, & love, love this one above from Forever 21.  It's so roomy that it still works for the belly but can definitely work after!

Best Moment This Week:  We have had so many highlights this week, because of spring break I've gotten so much extra time with Waverly & have been able to get lots done around the house.  My husband & I also had our "babymoon" (if I'm allowed to call it that?!), a night kid-free & then a day trip to Ikea!!  We got a couple things for the nursery, for Waverly's big girl room, & for the girls playroom!  I'm excited to share progress soon!

Miss Anything:  Just being mobile, I definitely think this pregnancy has been harder on my body than the first.  I'm not sure if that's just the nature of a second pregnancy or the fact that I'm running after a toddler, but my body just feels worn out right now.

Movement:  Yes. my favorite!! :)

Cravings: Sweets for the win!  I love eating them & feeling how much this little lady will move around after!

Queasy or Sick:  Neither, but I have had the craziest heartburn this time around (especially lately), which I don't remember ever having with Waverly. 

Looking Forward To:  Finishing some details in the nursery & pulling down all of the baby gear we have been storing!!!  My maternity leave also begins soon, I'm hoping for a little rest & time with my oldest girl before life officially changes for all (four) of us!

Hope you all had a great weekend, we've had a busy week so I haven't been able to comment as much as I normally like, but please know I am doing my best to keep up with everyone!
XO

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Our Easter

We hope everyone had the happiest holiday weekend & a great start to this new week!!  I'm excited to finally share some pictures from our Easter Sunday, we had such a great time celebrating for the last time as a family of three!  As soon as we woke up that morning, we told Waverly the Easter bunny came & of course, she immediately responded with, "I don't like him".  We know. ;)  After finally convincing her that he had come & left (with treats for her), she agreed to come downstairs & loved what he left her!  She went through every single egg with so much excitement, read her new book to her babies, & then just as I thought, asked us to open every single chapstick while she rolled it on about twenty times in a row.  Then we had "bagel bunnies" for breakfast, a girl & a boy, both bunnies she actually liked. :)


Holidays are always crazy our way, we have two big sides of the family to see & it's important to us to try to fit it all in, while trying to have time for just us, too.  We had two brunches, one with my in-laws & then one at my house with my side of the family, Waverly got to hunt for eggs again with her cousin & then spend time with all her grandparents, aunts, & uncles (one of her favorite things to do).  The weather could not have been better, we of course fit in a few pictures, I can't get over what a little lady Waverly looks like in them or that we will have two girls (close to ages one & four!) in these pictures next year!

My Dress, Waverly's Dress - Next Last Season, Headband
Even though we were all exhausted, we ended the day with a family walk to feed the ducks at the end of  our street & dinner outside on our porch.  Overall, another memorable holiday with our little & extended families, it's bittersweet to see Easter go but we are super excited about what is to come over the next few months!! XO