Celebrating one year of Emery!

On Saturday, we celebrated one year of Emery Jane!

I cannot believe my baby is a year old. All the clichés I were told before she was born are true; time is a thief, it all goes by way too fast, the days are long but the years are short.

We celebrated with a Sesame Street/Elmo themed birthday party and some of our friends + family. I didn’t take nearly enough pictures, but here is a sneak peak of the day.

If you’re local to Owensboro, be sure to check out some of our amazing vendors!
Venue: The Party Space Place
Cake and cupcakes: Becca Bakes
Outfit: Lil Bit Sassy

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

Here’s a roundup of some of my favorite posts from today. I’m still learning and growing every day. Thankful for the voices across the country that speak up to make this country an amazing, wonderful, diverse place to live.

7 women who influenced Martin Luther King Jr.
Karamo Brown’s IG post from today. It’s a video. Go check it out.
Donate here to the #BreatheWithMe Revolution

Maternity pictures

Last week a friend of mine graciously gifted us a free maternity photo session. We got the gallery back over the weekend and I love them all! Below are some of my favorites.

Murphy is obviously the star of the family. I loved all of our pictures with him! Maybe even more than just the ones of me and Ryan. 

I was a little on the fence about getting pictures but I knew I would regret it if I went through this entire pregnancy and didn’t have any photos to show from it. I didn’t take the weekly bumpdate pictures, so I knew this would be a great way to get some nice photos of our little family before we add a new member!

My face and feet are a little swollen from this Kentucky heat (and ya know, being 8 months pregnant) but I am trying to focus on the crazy awesome things my body is currently doing and not on the extra pounds I’m carrying.

I had my 33 week appointment today and things are getting real FAST. I have one more appointment in July and then I see my doctor every week in August. We picked a pediatrician today and we have the car seat and stroller out of their boxes and assembled. 

THE COUNTDOWN IS ON. Less than 50 days until baby girl is here!

Did you get maternity pictures taken?

Were you early, on time or late with your first? Trying to guess when the baby will actually be here is driving me crazy!

Favorite maternity workout clothes

Even though my running has come to a screeching halt during pregnancy, I am still trying to get out and active every day. Early on in my pregnancy when I looking at other blogs to see what women were wearing during pregnancy + working out all I found were ladies who were several sizes smaller than me. While I’m not quite plus size, I am usually a size 10-12. So hopefully this will help anyone who isn’t a size 4 (no shame at all to those who are smaller! Yall are rocking it. I just want to put my experience out there and hopefully help other women who are a different body type)

My trusty Oiselle long rogas are literally the first thing I change into when I get home from work and I live in them during the weekends. I own five pairs and four of them are size 12 and one of them is a size 14. They are still fit great (though the 12s are almost snug, they are still comfortable!) I never found any true maternity athletic shorts that I liked so I’m hoping my rogas can hold out for another 7 weeks.

This maternity tank from Amazon. Loved it so much I ordered a second the day after one came in the mail.

My ProCompression socks! Swollen feet really started to affect me this week and I have been wearing my ProCompression socks nightly around the house. Thankfully I had five pairs from marathon training, but I’m thinking of buying one or two more pairs (the puppy love design and the marathon navys) to add to my rotation.

For my daily walks and on the weekends when I am about and about more, I always wear my Hoka One One Clifton 5s. So much support and they are wide enough that my swollen feet still fit comfortably.

For work, I usually wear some black Crocs sandals I snagged on a whim one day when looking for shoes. I sized up but they are still getting a little snug – this Kentucky heat and humidity is not doing me any favors.

What are some of your maternity workout apparel must-haves?

10 more weeks!

Holy moly I can’t believe I’ve reached 30 weeks in my pregnancy! And there is still so much left to do!

*Below is the latest bump photo I have in my phone. Haha! I texted this to my bestie because holy smokes I swear this bump grew so much overnight!

With the pandemic, I’ve just started to venture out into actual stores and I finally bought a stroller (and car seat combo for my vehicle) and a car seat (for Ryan’s car) last week! Honestly, I still can’t believe it’s real and after every doctor’s appointment, I tell my husband, “okay, this week we really need to get our $h!t together.”

My goal is to get some stuff for the nursery and finish up some other around-the-house projects. In July, Kentucky is allowing groups of 50 to gather, so I’m hoping to have a baby shower in the next month or so!

I had a doctor’s appointment on Monday and everything went great! Had an ultrasound, got to hear the heartbeat and I passed my glucose test! Thank the Lord!

I debated on whether or not I should get maternity pictures done, but figured I would regret it if I didn’t take a few. So hoping to knock that out after the holiday weekend. A friend of mine is a photographer and generously offered a free session as a gift! So now I’m on the hunt for a simple, flowy maxi dress (that’s not covered in some awful pattern!)

Running is out of the picture, but I have been going on LOTS of walks with Murphy. He is loving the extra time outside and I feel great being somewhat active.

This baby girl is already so loved and I can’t believe 2.5 months she will be here with us! So thankful for this blessing.

24-week pregnancy update

Holy smokes, yall — time is flying! It’s been almost two months since I posted our pregnancy announcement and since then — the world went crazy and I’ve been trying to keep my head above water. With COVID-19 we’ve been stuck in house and haven’t been able to do much of anything (like shop for cute baby girl clothes!) Obviously I know this will pass, but it’s such a strange time to be pregnant. I worked from home for almost 8 weeks and just started coming back to the office (there are only 7 of us on my floor). So things have been all kinds of crazy.

But, on that note, let’s jump right into what I’m experiencing at 24 weeks of pregnancy. I can’t believe I’m already 6 months in! So wild.

Current Pregnancy Symptoms

I swear I find something new every day. Random body parts hurt or I find a new blemish. I haven’t been sick since the beginning of April — thank the Lord. I was puking 5-10 times a day and I thought it was never going to end.

Exhaustion: Some days I am dog tired by 6 p.m. and some days I am up and going until midnight. The second trimester has been a lot better than the first in terms of how much energy I have.

Bump: You can definitely tell I’m pregnant. It always grows over the course of the day though, so at night, it’s larger than when I woke up.

Don’t get me wrong, there are still days where I feel like a giant balloon walking down the street, but now that I truly look 24-weeks pregnant, and not just bloated, I’m starting to love it.

PREGNANCY CRAVINGS & AVERSIONS

Cravings: These come and go and are so random. Some of my recent cravings have been corndogs with lots of mustard (SO random, I hate hotdogs), peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and milk.

Aversions: Like my cravings, my aversions come and go.

EXERCISE 

As of now, exercise is hit or miss. I take daily walks but sometimes I’ll throw in a pregnancy yoga video from YouTube or do some strength training — anything to help break a sweat and get the endorphins flowing!

I do miss running though … A LOT. I’ve tried some light jogs on the treadmill but I feel like bounce too much and it’s just not comfortable.

WHAT I’M EXCITED FOR

The possibility of having a baby shower in the next month or two. With all the pandemic craziness, who knows if we’ll be able to, but it’s fun to think about all the gifts for baby R and getting to be all my friends and family.

Baby Kicks: Baby girl is a kicker at night! After dinner, while I’m on the couch watching tv or catching up on work, she goes crazy rolling, kicking and punching me. I love it! It’s weird but in a good way and it makes me feel so connected to her.

Nursery: We have a crib, dresser and changing tray … and that’s it! We still haven’t decided on a theme and it’s so hard shopping for what we want online (since all the retail stores are closed)

Who knows when I’ll pop in for the next update — but until then thanks for all the well wishes and prayers for me and baby R. Ryan and I are so excited for her to be here in August!

 

Kindness

Shouldn’t it be easy to show others kindness? I know it can be hard, so I like seeing a reminder to just be nice and give some grace. Instead of getting mad while driving, I just remind myself I don’t know what the other person is going through and it’s going to do me any good to get mad.

So I hope you see this and are reminded to show some kindness today, tomorrow, this week — forever!

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Five year anniversary trip

I’m mainly posting this for me to remember — so here it goes!

Last month Ryan and I celebrated FIVE years of marriage. It’s so crazy to me that it’s been five years since we got married and six years since we started dating. Time flies!

While we both have insanely busy work schedules (and I’m working three jobs) we knew wanted to get away for a couple days to celebrate us. Since Owensboro has super cheap flights to ST. Louis (one of our favorite cities) we thought now would be a good time to try them out!


Our tiiiiny plane. There were only five us including the pilot! A quick flight, but SO loud.

We stayed at the Four Seasons in STL and it was everything. I wanted to bottle up the smell of the hotel and take it home with me. It was that nice. We had treats waiting for us when we arrived and everything about our stay was enjoyable. My favorite part was the 90-minute massages we had booked at the Four Seasons Spa.

Our first night was super casual — we went for dinner and drinks, watched some baseball and went to the casino.

We got to watch the Cardinals win (our favorite thing to do!) and they advanced to the playoffs. So fun and exciting.


I’m thankful for our love and life together and can’t wait for many more years together.