Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Things that make me happy...

January was such a whirlwind of a month and February is shaping up to be more of the same. One good thing about this month is that Camden and I do not have horrible colds anymore (knock on wood!). That was not fun! However, we are still dealing with house selling/buying paperwork, negotiations (almost through the inspection negotiation process) and planning for the BIG move at the end of the month. Also, this pregnancy has been somewhat of a roller coaster ride the past few weeks. Just when I think I'm feeling better, the next day I will feel awful again. I'm taking the prescription Diclegis for nausea and vomiting (specifically for pregnant women) and it seems to help, the only downside is the main side effect is drowsiness... Which so happens to be the main side effect of being pregnant and taking care of a toddler! So, I get a double whammy of tiredness. I'm hoping I can start weening myself off of the medicine since I seem to have started to feel a bit better this last week.

Again, sorry these blog posts are all over the place! I think once we get settled in the new house, my main goal will be to establish a routine and work on time management.

In the meantime, I'd like to focus my attention on things in my life that make me HAPPY and excited! So, here's my current list...

1. Fresh flowers from Trader Joe's do not disappoint. The beautiful bouquet of spray roses you see in the above photo? $7.99!! So, if you want to drop some hints to your man about the great prices on (Valentine's Day) flowers at Trader Joe's, now's the time ladies! I've been buying a bouquet or 2 each week to display around our house and it has definitely lifted my spirits!

2. We had a brief moment of Spring-like weather last week that allowed me to leave my hunter boots in the closet and break out my comfy nike sneaks. I also was able to run errands with no coat! This week looks like it is going to be back to winter like weather, so I'm glad I was able to enjoy that one 'warm' day while it lasted!

3. Speaking of winter weather, I just received these hunter boot socks in the mail this weekend and just in time for the expected snow we will be getting over the next few days. They are soooo warm and just make me feel extra cozy when I wear my boots.

4. My baby belly has really started to POP! I feel like I actually look pregnant now instead of just being int he 'chubby' phase. I'm really excited for this part of the pregnancy, bit do not look forward to the aches and pains that come with the growing belly!

5. We've narrowed down our name list for baby #2 to about two strong name choices. I think we may wait this time to announce until baby boy is here, but it is fun to think about names and it makes it so much more real!

6. I've started to scheme up some ideas about baby #2's nursery. I can't believe we will have to outfit and furnish an entire new nursery! I've got a solid color scheme and a few little decor ideas in mind and may post some ideas over the next month or so. I've also started to think about changing up Camden's room since we are moving. He will keep all the same furniture, but I'm thinking about adding different colors to his room since he's more of a toddler now. The white, light blue and silver room just seems too soft and calming for his little personality now lol!

7. Really, thinking about decorating a new house makes me happy. It's going to be a lot of work and will take some time to get it to where I'd like it, but the process will be fun. I'm looking forward to sharing my decor updates!

8. Spending time with close friends before we move! We went to Hofbrauhaus this past weekend with a group of 16! It was the perfect place to casually sit and chat and eat. I've been so lucky that such a big group of my close college friends all live in the Columbus area. We've been able to stay in touch all these years after graduation and still get together about once a month. It's really starting to hit me how far away I will be from them when we move. The good part is that we have a phone chat group (we use the app 'Whatsapp') to keep in touch daily! I will definitely be utilizing the app when we move to stay in touch with my girls.

9. Speaking of which, while I was at Hofbrauhaus enjoying my root beer and listening to polka like music, I actually felt the first real kick from baby #2! He must have liked the music... and the root beer! :)

10. Spending Valentine's Day weekend with my love(s). He has been traveling a lot for training in his new position, so I've been cherishing our laidback weekends together. We don't really have any set plans for Vday, but I just look forward to spending the day with my little family who are my whole heart! :)

So, tell me... What's making you happy at the moment?

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Valentine's Wishlist

Happy Wednesday! I can't believe Valentine's day is right around the corner! Bill and I don't typically do gifts for Valentine's Day, we usually do dinner or just give each other cards. But, that doesn't mean I can't get myself something nice for Vday :) 

The above items have been on my wishlist this past month and I may just have to purchase a few of them. I've been eying these comfy looking PJ jogger pants for a while and I also really want to try out these S'well bottles that everyone raves about. I'm loving this bright pink color

What are you wishing for this Valentine's Day?

Monday, February 1, 2016

House Update

Well, a lot has happened since my last update. Our house went on the market Tuesday morning and within 24 hours we had 5 showings and THREE offers on the table! We were shocked, but so happy! The same day we received the offers, we put in an offer on a house we saw in Plainfield, IL (northern Plainfield, close to Naperville). We were waiting anxiously for the seller to respond and ended up extending the offers we received for our home until we knew what was going on with the house in Plainfield. Sure enough the next day, the seller accepted our offer and we accepted an offer on our home! It worked out so smoothly... it was almost too perfect. We are closing on both homes at the end of February which will come so quickly I'm sure. 

We are currently going through the inspection process on both homes and crossing our fingers that everything checks out on both sides as to not disrupt the closing process. If all goes well, we will be moving in less than 4 weeks! Luckily, Bill's new company has set up a moving company to help us pack and move everything on closing day. So, that will be a big help especially thinking about packing and moving while pregnant and taking care of a toddler (phew...). 

I'm hesitant to share too much about our new home because I don't want to jinx anything and I would hate for something to fall through with our contract last minute. I will tell you that it has all of our non-negotiables which were: 1st floor office for Bill (he works from home when he's not traveling), 4 bedrooms and at least 2 full baths (this house has FOUR full baths!), separate play area for the kids either a bonus room or finished basement (it has a finished basement), and finally a nice guest room with full bath for a comfortable stay for visitors (there is a bedroom and full bathroom in the basement). Other wants included fenced yard for our dog (check), large master closet (check), fireplace (check), at least 2 car garage (it has 3!), and updated kitchen and appliances. The kitchen is not exactly to my taste, but it does have nice dark granite counter tops and stainless steal appliances. Bill and I talked about having the cabinets painted and changing out the back splash. We will also be painting the entire house first thing after we move in. We didn't find a home that fit our exact taste, but we did find a home that fit our needs and came in under budget which leaves room for spending on improvements. 

I'm excited to move in and get settled into our new space! 

We spent some quality time together as a family this past weekend since Bill was traveling most of the week last week. We went out to dinner with friends Saturday night to Martini which is one of my favorite restaurants in Columbus. I'm really hoping to go to some of my favorite Columbus spots before we have to move. I will miss this city so much!

That's all for now! I'm hoping to actually publish a few posts that are non-house related very soon, I promise!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Life Lately...

It was a whirlwind weekend to say the least. Instead of driving out to Chicago with Bill last Wednesday afternoon like we had planned, I ended up flying in Friday morning since Camden and I were still getting over our nasty colds. On Friday we saw 8 houses in the Naperville area and a few in Plainfield (neighboring suburb to Naperville). We've narrowed it down to one house we think will be perfect for us, so just trying to finalize everything for an offer!

Saturday morning we had a listing appointment with our realtor and finalized paperwork to get our home on the market this week. We also had the cleaners come on Saturday afternoon to do a deep clean of our entire house (totally worth the money!). Yesterday morning the realtor's photographer came to take photos of every room in our home. Talk about pressure to get your house clean when you know there will be photos online and open to the public! I think we did a pretty good job of tidying up considering how busy we've been! 

Although it's been a pretty stressful week (and throw in this really annoying head cold), I am really starting to get excited for the upcoming months and the big changes to come. I can actually picture our little family growing in this certain house and for some reason it just feels right. At the same time, I am super anxious and nervous about leaving behind my close friends and my parents who have been such a huge help with Camden over the past 14 months. I told my mom that she needs to move in with us for a few months after baby #2 comes! And I am not joking! I'm all about asking for the help this time around.

I really do want to start getting back into a routine and normal schedule. I even have a few ideas for posts up my sleeve and now that I'm starting to feel a bit more like myself, I'm hoping to finally publish some of them.

I'm also extremely excited to share this new journey our family will be starting very soon! Stay tuned! xoxo

Monday, January 18, 2016

Nasty Colds + a BIG Announcement!

(thought I'd throw in the photo above to symbolize the fact that I've been in my PJs for the last 3 days...)

So, I'm going to sound like a broken record here but I am sorry for being MIA from the blog recently. Cam and I BOTH have come down with nasty colds over the weekend and have been hibernating the past 3 days. I feel so bad for Cam because he can't blow his nose and hearing a one year old coughing is just the saddest sound in the world! We've had a few rough nights of him waking up and having coughing fits. I've tried everything from the cool humidifier in his room, sitting in the steamy bathroom, saline spray, warm baths, etc etc. I'm hoping we only have a few more days of this hot mess express!

This week is going to be busy because we are not only hoping to get our house listed this weekend (yikes!), but we are also planning to take a trip to Chicago to look at homes and neighborhoods for our move.... 

That's right... You read correctly... We are moving to CHICAGO! 

Well, most likely a suburb of Chicago. Bill received a job offer we couldn't refuse which will be based in and around Chicago, so we decided as a family that it would be the right time to move. If we had kids in school, it would be a lot more difficult to make this decision. However, since we have at least 4ish years to worry about Cam and his brother going to school it will be perfect timing. There may even be an opening in his new company back in Columbus over the next 3-4 years that could potentially bring us back, but for now we are excited for this new journey. 

Our goal right now is to be moved into our new home by late Feb to early March, so we do still have some time to prepare. 

With that being said, I've been a little side tracked with not only trying to get us healthy again, but also finalizing plans for our house and the trip to Chicago. I still have a few blog posts scheduled for the week, so stay tuned!

Thank you for continuing to follow along! I will have so much more to blog about in the upcoming months with our move!

Thursday, January 14, 2016

I don't want to forget...

There once was a time when I would post monthly Camden updates. I would write about his weight, height, how much he's grown and what milestones he's crossed. Now that my baby is almost 14 months (whaaaaaaat?), I realize how these little numbers on a chart don't really mean as much as the memories we are creating. 

He is at such a fun age right now! We are really starting to communicate with him and it's so fun to see how his little brain operates and changes daily! He is constantly pointing to things and squealing with excitement. He points and sqeals when ever he sees our dog Charlie like it was the first time he'd seen a dog. It is truely the funniest and sweetest thing! These are the little tid bits I don't want to forget. He's also started to take some steps on his own here and there, but still doesn't seem to eager to walk yet, which I'm totally fine with. Take your tme baby!

What I don't want to forget about Camden at 13 months...
  • How he pokes his head up over the crib to greet me in the morning. 
  • The way he studies new objects.
  • The way he dances and sways to music.
  • The way his faces scrunches up in a smile and says "ahhh" when he sees a dog or cat or any furry animal.
  • The way he open mouth kisses and hugs his stuffed animals.
  • The way he lays his head down immediately when we say the phrase "night-night."
  • The way he giggles and squeals with delight when he plays with his daddy.
  • The way he smiles and points to his daddy when he comes in the room.
  • The way he smiles and points to Charlie (our dog) when he sees him.
  • The way he smiles at babies and other kids when he sees them.
  • The way his head smells after a bath.
  • How cuddly and sleepy he is when he wakes up or after a nap.
  • The way he will look at me in the eyes randomly while we are playing and then and smile.
  • The way he giggles when we tickle him. 
  • The way he runs around the kitchen in his 'car.'
  • How little his nose is and how blue is eyes are. I just want to kiss that face all day!
  • How he waives bye bye to me everytime I drop him off at Grandma and Grampa's.
  • How he says mama when he wants me to pick him up or when he's hungry.
  • The way he smiles when I open the car door and see him in his car seat. 
There are a million other things I want to write down to remember. I'm so glad with our technology now that we are able to take photos and video clips of our little ones so easily. Now, just tryin to organize those photos and videos is such a huge task! Something to work on in 2016 and before baby #2 arrives!

Monday, January 11, 2016

1st trimester recap...

top {similar non maternity here} | leggings {non maternity option here} | boots | hat

I can't believe I'm already into my second trimester with baby #2!

I will say that I am happy to say goodbye to the 1st trimester. It has been rough on this mama! The nausea and fatigue this time around have been 10x worse than it was with Camden. I'm not sure if it's just the fact that I'm also taking care of a 1 year old and don't get as much sleep as I used to? But, this baby is definitely making me work for him!

However, I am slowly starting to feel more like myself everyday. I've found my little tricks to help with the nausea during the day and at night when it's at its worst. Peppermint anything seems to help the best for me. I have gum and mints stored all over the house, in my purse and in the car just in case. I've also been sipping on caffeine free Peppermint tea at night before bed. I have noticed if I don't make sure I eat something every few hours, I start to feel sick again. So, I've also made sure to have plenty of healthy (ok, sometimes its Sweedish fish or chocolate...) go-to snacks in the house.

The cravings and aversions are all over the board this time. One thing that is consistent with my last pregnancy is that I crave fruit and fruit juice constantly. I always have to have a glass of OJ or juice in the morning. Sweets are also the norm, but it's more cookies, chocolates and fruity/chewy candy this time instead of ice cream or frozen yogurt (although, I wouldn't say no to a bowl here and there). I'm hit or miss with meat. Chicken or white meat doesn't really appeal to me, but I've recently been having a craving for spaghetti with meatballs. I really try to make sure I get enough protein for the day which is supposed to help with morning sickness. I've been making these protein pancakes (the 1st recipe) for breakfast with low sugar syrup and it helps me get going. Veggies are also hit or miss. Anything green is not appetizing, but I do crave salads every now and then.

We had our gender ultrasound last week (when we found out we are having another boy!) and it was so amazing to see baby #2 squirming around in there! I haven't yet felt any kicks, but am looking forward to when I do!

Again, sorry for the lack of posting as of recent! We are so busy with cleaning and decluttering our house to get it ready to go on the market. Our goal is to get it market ready and list it by the end of this month! We are also starting to search for our new home next weekend! I will keep you all posted!