Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Beach babe

These days I hardly spend on myself. When you have 3 girls and one on the way most of the fun money tends to go towards them and I'm ok with that. Another thing is, I'm really really picky! I can walk into a mall easily and come out with nothing. 

On Monday I ordered this adorable bathing suit from Forever 21 after trying on the bottoms in store Friday night. As with all my other pregnancies my bottom starts growing in the second trimester. I normally wear smalls but I have to size up to mediums now. My bikinis are getting too small and since we are at the beach at least every other weekend, I definitely need something I'm comfortable in. Hopefully the top fits ok because I didn't see it in store. 

{Ruffle Bikini / Forever21}

I have a bikini from Forever21 and I've been pleased with the quality so I don't think there will be an issue. This is the one I currently have but in mint,

 {Cutout Bikini / Forever21}

I also bought this gorgeous white chiffon dress from I've never purchased anything from this site before but it reminds me of Forever21. I don't remember who I saw wearing this dress, but I saw it on Instagram a week ago and knew I had to have it. I love maxi dresses! Especially while pregnant. I'm thinking of doing some maternity photos in this dress. 

Have a great Wednesday!

Monday, May 18, 2015

21 weeks pregnant!

I've gotten a little bit behind. I normally do these every 2 weeks but never did my 20 week recap. Everything is going great and I'm halfway there!

Total weight gain: 8 lbs. My bottoms are starting to get tighter and I think it's time for a new bathing suit. Small bottoms just aren't exactly cutting it anymore, and I apologize to any people on the beach yesterday that may have seen a little more on the backside than what they wanted to see when I was trying to take my shorts off haha!

Maternity clothes? Yes but not exclusively. I wear some maternity tops. 

Stretch marks? You know I'm just not sure. I can't tell if some of these around my belly button are older ones that I can see more clearly now because the skin is more stretched, or if some are new ones. 

Sleep: It's actually been pretty good these past two weeks minus the occasional wake up and not being able to fall back to sleep for 2 hours. 

Best moment this week: This past Friday we had the anatomy scan and everything looks great. I felt even more in love with her seeing her little body and her little profile. She's healthy and I'm definitely feeling very blessed!

Movement: I've been feeling her move every day and I just love it. Around 20 weeks I was able to see taps on the outside of my belly. 

Food cravings: I really haven't gotten cravings this pregnancy. Sometimes a random food item will pop in my head and I'll think about how that sounds good right now, but nothing I have to have. I have been enjoying cold m&m's at night with a cold bottle of water. 

Food aversions: Nothing I can think of this week.

Labor Signs: Nope! According to my scan last week cervix is still long and closed as it should be. My braxton hicks have also calmed down. They come on more when I'm overly stressed or the girls are at it and fighting a lot. 

Symptoms: Itchy skin and getting breathless a lot. I found out that baby girl is currently breech so with her head up high that might explain why I'm out of breath a lot. 

So excited about having another sweet baby girl to dress. Baby bibs are from my shop

Have a great Monday!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Layla turns 4!

Yesterday my Layla baby turned 4! It's so crazy how fast time goes when you have little children. Layla is the sweetest out of the bunch and 3 has been a great age. I've really enjoyed it and I'm so lucky I get to be her mother. Yesterday we had a low key birthday party--as in it was just us. It was actually nice though because all the focus was 100% on her and there was no need to entertain anyone else. We wish our families could have been here, but we are making a trip to Texas either next month or July, so we are pretty excited about that. 

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

We are having a.......

baby girl!!

I know almost everyone thought....or hoped that it would be a boy, but it looks like we are just destined to have a house full of girls. We are happy with whatever we are blessed with.

When we went for our ultrasound the little lady didn't want to cooperate and for a few seconds we were thinking boy because we saw something, but we ended up getting a clear picture that it is in fact a girl. We also get to have another more in depth ultrasound next week and hopefully I'll get some pictures this time. 

This past weekend the family and I went to Mounts Botanical Gardens in West Palm Beach and took some pictures to share with our family and friends. The park is a hidden gem and Saturday was just beautiful outside. The beautiful balloon tassel was provided by Love Pretty Details and I absolutely loved it! The tissue garland was already assembled and all I had to do was tie it on the balloon after I had it blown up with helium. So easy and so fun! I made the mistake of not putting enough helium in the balloon since it's supposed to be bigger, but it still came out great. Take a look at their shop for gorgeous handmade party decor.

Excited to add another little girl to this bunch!

Etsy shop: Love Pretty Details
Follow on Instagram: @Loveprettydetails

Have a great Tuesday!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Happy Friday!

What a week! The girls were much better than they were last week, but most of this week's stress was due to the business. On Tuesday a certain well known flash sale site reached out to me on Tuesday. I was so excited to open that email and I was beaming from ear to ear that afternoon. It was definitely a goal I could cross of my list. The only problem is it's taken several emails and a lot of thinking to make sure the numbers are going to be right for my bottom line. As much as I want to work with them, I still have a business to run. I can't give any details out yet as I haven't said yes yet, but when I do, I'll post about it. I am however working with a flash sale site currently and the deal ends Sunday so check it out and snag a gorgeous spring time bib. (Sorry shameless promotion)

In other news, we found out what baby #4 is! You'll have to check back Tuesday for the big announcement. I'm so excited that I know what I'm having. What do you think it is? Here are a few facts that may sway your decision. My other children are all girls and this baby has had a high heart rate of 160 and up. However, my symptoms are different with this baby, as in new ones and a lot more intense.

Have a great weekend!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Life with toddlers these days.

After getting over the shock that I was expecting Mariam back in 2012, since Layla was only 9 months old, one of the things that comforted me was the fact that I was going to have two little girls close in age that could potentially be each other's best friend and that they would have a playmate growing up. It's been the sweetest thing to see them play and interact with each other once Mariam got bigger. Even now Mariam will say "C'mon Layla, let's go play" in that little nasaly toddler voice and my heart just melts.

However, what I wasn't prepared for this early in the game was all the fighting! Good Lord has it been tough this past week with all the screeching and shoving. Oh yes, there is shoving. Since last year, I learned just to buy two of everything when I can so they don't fight, but that doesn't always help. These two little rascals will find a way to fight about something. Whether it's who is snuggling my left arm on the couch, or who wants to read a certain book. I've yelled a lot more than I'm comfortable with this past week, but it's very very aggravating when it's practically all day. I think part of the issue is we've been cooped up a lot together since moving to Florida. I wasn't planning on being pregnant and thought we'd be doing tons of things outdoors since the condo doesn't have a backyard, but it's been so hot and it's also difficult to take both girls out by myself with this growing belly. We try to go to the park a few times a week though. I could use some tips on how to handle toddlers who bicker and fight over toys and I'll be doing some googling later. This is a whole new ball game for me since the age gap between Serena and Layla is 8 years and Serena was an only child for a long time. I never had to deal with this before. 

Other than that, my girls are still also very loving and sweet. I thank God every day for them and I'm excited about adding another little sibling to our bunch. 

Have a great Monday!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

18 Weeks Pregnant!

(As of today 18 weeks 5 days)

Total weight gain: I don't have a scale at home so I have no idea but my pants don't feel tighter except in the belly area so I don't think I've gained much since my last appointment.  

Maternity clothes? Yes and no. I found an old stash of maternity shirts in a closet so I took those out and have been wearing a few.

Stretch marks? Still too early in the game.Nothing new to report here.

Sleep: I've been sleeping a little bit better these past 2 weeks. The girl's have been better about climbing into our room in the middle of the night. Part of the reason is Mariam has started to just climb into Serena's bed instead of ours. 

Best moment this week: Feeling the baby become more active. I could of sworn it had hiccups yesterday but it just seems so early to tell so maybe not. 

Miss Anything? Breathing like a normal person. I feel constantly out of breath this past week.

Movement: I've been feeling a decent amount of movement this week. 

Food cravings: Pretty much anything bad. Haha! Fried foods, candy.

Food aversions: Nothing I can think of this week.

Labor Signs: No thank goodness. Way to early for all that, but I've been feeling a lot of braxton hicks contractions. More when the girl's stress me out or I have to yell at them for fighting amongst each other.

Symptoms: A little indigestion, not much energy, getting winded fast.

Have a great Tuesday!