October 31, 2014

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It's Halloween! I'm trying to forget about how sick I feel and focus on the fact that it's a holiday today!

My girl is more excited for her Halloween party tomorrow than trick-or-treating it seems, but I'm sure that will change tonight when she's loaded up with candy that may or may not get eaten by her parents! Currently, she's happy as a clam watching Pippi Longstocking (exactly how we spent last Halloween morning) and waiting on her cinnamon rolls. The weather outside is finally cooling off again and I can't wait for the chance to wrap a scarf around my neck and bundle my girl up.

I think we'll keep today simple and bake some cookies between cleaning up and decorating for our party before heading out tonight for the main event. Lia will be rocking her cheerleader costume again and M and I have some pennants to carry around to "cheer her on"!

This adorable ice cream costume is what she wore to her school party this week. She was pretty bummed to find out no costume accessories were allowed which knocked out her pom-poms and apparently you can't be a cheerleader without pom-poms. So, she dug this out of her dress-up box and we were all happy!
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October 29, 2014

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This is the fourth Fall we've spent in South Carolina! It's the longest that we have been in one town in all the years that M and I have been together. And this little pumpkin patch has captured our hearts. I have to admit though, I've used this place purely for their awesome set-up during the month of October. They are actually a working farm that produces tons of produce for the farmer's market, they have a very small country store and a year-round restaurant which I hear makes the best chicken and waffles.

Over the past weekend, M was telling me how we didn't really decorate for Halloween and he's been so busy. It seems we haven't really gotten a hold of the season but Halloween is in a few days! And, it's crummy but true. Life just hasn't slowed down for us lately and I'm pretty sure it's only going to get busier. We just keep piling things on the calendar and planning events and maxing out every single weekend. So a few mornings ago, I just had to take L to the pumpkin patch before we missed out. They were, of course, almost out of pumpkins and the grass (and hay tower!) was pretty wet and the sun was blinding us. But we managed to pull off some photos and laughs. Last year was the first time that L would go through the tunnel that's at the very bottom of the hay tower. This year, she had no fear. She ran to the top and back down the bottom and proudly yelled how she did it on her own!

We're hoping to make it back one more time this week with our guy!

And here's past years... 2011 | 2012 | 2013 ...

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October 28, 2014

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So, to cram as much festive fun into one day as we could...

We took a mini trip to a Harvest Festival in a village close by that, no kidding, looked like a movie set. It was one part rich southern style houses and one part quaint downtown area with lots of charm. It was also a bit of a money sucker but hey, the girl had fun. We took her on a hayride, bought her a banana slush and let her check out some farm animals.

Then we headed home for a quick costume change and met up with her friend to go to an early trick-or-treating event. This was the first year she decided on a costume and following past years, I insisted on making it. I had help from a friend with sewing a waistband on the skirt but everything else was all me. Including the pom-poms and "Go Team!" pennants that hung out in the stroller the whole time. L loved it though and she's pretty excited about the real deal on Halloween night.

We finished the night with a movie at home while we dug into the candy stash!
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October 27, 2014

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There's so many smart and funny and good things on the Internet. Here's just a few!

This is the best dance move.

A few different ways to decorate your pumpkin this year - one | two | three.

I am loving this fun pineapple trend - one | two | three.

Eww, Jimmy Fallon. 

This hit me hard. Too often I find myself swept up in completing tasks or just moving until the day ends without stopping to see what's really going on and who really matters in my day.

Currently fueling my love of black & white by looking at this.

These emoji cookies are spot on and hilarious!

Loving this handmade combo.

Probably my favorite homemade kid costumes that I've seen online this season!

The Book with No Pictures seems like the craziest kids book but that doesn't stop me from wanting it on our shelves!

Have fun with these!
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October 26, 2014

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Because I can't pass a pile of pumpkins without documenting it. Also, she asked me exactly how many pictures I was going to take. She was very uninterested despite the forced smile I got out of her!

I'm doing this series - a portrait of my child, once a week, every week, in 2014. Follow along, link up & find more from this project here
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October 24, 2014

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Making it through this week feels like a victory around here. Parenting was hard and ugly. And happy, beautiful moments did exist and I am clinging to them with everything I have, overall it was just a hard week.

Aside from meltdowns and tantrums everyday and ruining my two favorite (and almost only) maternity shirts in the wash and sinking to an all-time parenting low, this week was good for some things.

Late last night, okay... 8 PM is now "late" to me, M got home from school and handed me a heavy box the postman had just dropped off that was full of apples and cider donuts from our favorite orchard in New York. You guys, I almost cried. It was the sweetest gesture after the day I had. Also, it thrills me to see that logo sitting in our kitchen.

Little man has a few more clothes to his name, but it's funny to me that his stack is nowhere near what L's was when I was pregnant with her. This time around, I've taken a different approach to "baby stuff" and I find myself critiquing almost every purchase. I tell myself he'll have what he needs when he gets here, I'm just choosing only what I really want to bring into our home for him.

On that note, his room actually looks like a room now. We've had a little setback with the rocking chair but the other furniture is up and it's almost time for me to go in and pull it all together.

Lia has been a tiny artist this week. She'll draw a picture, find the scotch tape and hang it on a wall somewhere!

And, we're getting ready for Halloween! I finished L's costume this week and I'm planning on making a couple pennants for M and I to carry around as fans of her. I thought Halloween was much further away than next weekend though!

So, here's to a fun weekend full of pumpkin patches and early trick-or-treating!
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October 21, 2014

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Watching... How To Get Away With Murder. I'm loving how different the show is.

Pinning... this to make for N, a little Halloween party prep and black & white stripes, because just yes.

Creating... a modern and fun room for our little guy. We finally painted the room and I can't wait to add in the details!

Making... a Halloween costume for my girl. She wants to be a cheerleader this year!

Looking forward to... my girl coming home tonight!

Feeling... excited (instead of stressed!) for the holidays, finally.

Thankful... for this healthy pregnancy and a passing glucose test! As tired and sick as I've been the majority of these past months, I feel more grateful than ever that I'm carrying our son.

Loving... every chance we get to leave the windows open on a cool day.

Wearing... my favorite maternity skinny jeans and a scarf whenever the weather lets me.

Planning... a Halloween party for L and her friends! I'm thinking classic orange, black & white with a fun eyeball garland and spooky treats.

Please feel free to link up any of your "currently" posts in the comments, xo!
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October 20, 2014

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The story that goes with these goes something like this...

While we were at the pumpkin patch during our surprise visit to North Carolina, my sister was going to take a few family photos of us. Lia was in a very good mood so I tried to snap a few photos of her alone when we were done. And somehow, my nephew started telling her to do silly things and make poses and L just ate it all up and did anything he wanted to keep everyone laughing!

The only things that cooperated with me were the pumpkins. So, most of the photos came out blurry with bad lighting. I edited these to make most of them just okay but I couldn't help posting them! These photos show my girl being who she is at her core. She has the best personality and when she's happy, she's happy!

Also, the story can just go like this... Our girl is a ham.

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October 19, 2014

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She took her pumpkin picking seriously. This wasn't the one that came home with us but it was too adorable not to capture her trying hard to hold this pumpkin!

I'm doing this series - a portrait of my child, once a week, every week, in 2014. Follow along, link up & find more from this project here

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October 18, 2014

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This week flew by, surprisingly. And we get to pick our girl up tomorrow! I can't wait to give her the biggest hug!

Along with having some quiet time during the week, my guy ended up not having class all week and had an extra day home from work giving us lots of "us time". I cooked dinner a few times, worked on L's Halloween costume, we caught up on some favorite TV shows and celebrated my passing grade on the glucose test with a dinner out!

I have to say that I've been exhausted, still sick and so achy lately that our week was pretty chill and there was lots of "taking it easy" time while the hubby has been working his magic putting together the crib and painting the room again. There's nothing like painting a room to figure out that it isn't working and you need a new plan!

I'm looking forward to a simple new week and settling back into our usual routine. Also, hello third trimester!

Happy weekending, xo!
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October 16, 2014

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I guess this story really starts last year when this health mess happened. After an ER trip that was followed by a few visits to a pulmonologist and a few prescriptions for inhalers, it all cleared up a month or two later with no real diagnosis or answer except for an asthmatic condition without it being actual asthma.

Fast forward to almost a month ago and the breathing issue started again. Thinking it was a seasonal thing since this is the second September in a row it's happened (and never before this), I tried to take it easy and focus on the important stuff. But one day, it got bad and I really couldn't breathe well so my OB sent me to my pulmonologist for a visit. And again, no real answers but a new prescription for the same steroid inhaler I was given last year.

I've been using it since then but the symptoms aren't really getting better. I have good days where my breathing only affects me when I've done too much or climbed the stairs way too many times that day and then giving myself a break helps a lot. Then I have days where I can do nothing but the bare minimum and walking upstairs once will do me in.

Our little last minute trip this weekend may have been pushing things a bit. While we had THE BEST TIME and it was such a good refresher for our little family to get away from life on a spur, I was already exhausted and I pushed myself on Sunday. I walked everywhere, I stopped to snuggle my nephew and carry him around the festival, I ate nothing healthy and didn't drink nearly enough water and it was just go, go, go.

My breathing wasn't horrible on Sunday until the festival ended and we headed back to my parent's house. I noticed that it was getting bad and resting wasn't helping. At one point, I started getting tingly and I thought I was going to pass out. Anxiety kicked in and I got worried so I headed to the ER. They kept me a few hours taking blood and chest X-Rays. I was given a nebulizer treatment, fluids, electrolytes, a steroid to open my airwaves, potassium to bring up my levels and a rescue inhaler to bring home.

And again, no solid answers or reasonings. My oxygen levels were good, Nicholas has a healthy heartbeat and was kicking away and my bloodwork was ok except for low potassium. The ER doctor said it sounded like asthma and he would treat it that way but being pregnant, there wasn't a lot that could be done. He said I probably also hyperventilated a bit which caused all of the tingling and such.

I am feeling a little better now. I had to use my rescue inhaler the first day I had it a few times along with my regular inhaler. The best way to explain is it that I have to actually make myself breath. It isn't something that I do because as humans we just breath but it's something I have to pay attention too. I have to take it slow and avoid the stairs as much as I can and carry my inhaler around and take as many deep breaths as I can and try my hardest to stay calm in the moments where I feel like I just can't get any good breaths out.

I have a checkup with my OB on Thursday and I'll fill her in and we'll see from there. It's so strange constantly being short of breath and no one having solid answers!

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October 15, 2014

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October 14, 2014

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October 13, 2014

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Oops. Again, I am late in posting this. And I already have anxiety over the lack of Halloween-ness we've got going on!

But, since Fall is my jam and October is the sweetest spot mid Fall, here goes.

Am looking forward to...

Our yearly trip to Cahills. We've been scouting this for a week or two, just checking on the progress of their hay bale tower!
Carving a pumpkin with our girl.
And making her costume for the fifth year!
All the apple treats. Apple pie, cider donuts, caramel apples...
Drinking my first hot chocolate of the season.
Painting Nicolas' room.
A little Halloween party I'm hosting for L and her friends.
Our town's annual arts and seafood festival.
Decorating our porch.
And watching Halloween movies with L.

Here's to October, xo! May the cooler weather come and stay.

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October 12, 2014

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This was take five or six. These days if I ask her to stand for a picture, I typically get a one second stand followed by her charging at me and the camera or I get an assortment of ballet twirls and flamingo passes.

I'm doing this series - a portrait of my child, once a week, every week, in 2014. Follow along, link up & find more from this project here.

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October 9, 2014

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We popped into a local Oktoberfest last weekend. Originally, we were going to stay home and paint N's room. Let's just say the idea of brats won over M's heart and the room is still unpainted! :)

I've read those stories on how different a second child is from the first. And I convinced myself that we tried for so long to get pregnant with Nico that there was no way this pregnancy wouldn't always be in the front of my mind. Ha ha!

But back to last Sunday. The weather was perfect and we were more than happy to pull out the long sleeves and boots for the day. We walked the waterfront, checking out different art vendors and stopping to let L play in the sandbox. A trip to Savannah isn't complete without a stop at our favorite candy shop for treats and pralines. But, I'm pretty sure L's favorite part of the day was watching a few people ride the mechanical bull. She laughed hysterically every time someone fell off!

I was exhausted by the time we made it back home, but it was great!

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