Saturday, May 16, 2015

Pregnancy (#2) Update: 14 weeks

Alright y'all, I know you've been waiting for more pregnancy updates so here you go. I make no guarantees as to how often I'll get this done seeing as I was really bad about it with Belle and I wasn't running after a toddler then. 

I'm copying Caitlin's little survey because well...it's easy. 



How far along: 14 weeks
Total weight gain: I think 2-3 pounds....we don't have a scale at the house. I got SUPER sick with a really bad stomach bug over Easter which required two ER visits for fluids and meds. Pretty sure I lost 5-10 pounds that weekend so while I've gained 2-3 from my pre-pregnancy weight in total I've gained 8ish.
Maternity clothes: I'm kinda inbetween still...some maternity bottoms fit and some don't. Most of my regular pants are super uncomfortable but I have one pair of jeans that does alright for now.
Stretch marks: Nope. 
Sleep: I'm pretty much in a coma from the time my head hits the pillow each night. 
Best moment of the week: Surviving....it's been an exhausting week with some "morning" sickness returning  and The LT working long hours all week.
Miss anything: I REALLY could have used a glass of wine several nights this week.
Movement: Not that I've noticed.
Food cravings: I haven't had any super consistent ones that I want all the time but here are a few: pickles (mostly I think for the salt when I haven't had enough water), Cherry Sprite from sonic with extra whole cherries, chips and salsa, mexican food, shortbread cookies with a cup of tea, candy (so weird), fresh oranges (had this with Belle too), pretzel sticks....that's all I can think of for now. 
Anything making you queasy or sick: Occasionally strong smells will but this time around I mostly only get queasy or sick if I don't eat enough or often. I have to eat a granola bar before I get out of bed in the morning just to make it to breakfast and even then if I push that too far I'll get sick. Forcing myself to eat all the time when I'm not hungry is already getting old.
Have you started to show yet: Yes but it mostly just looks like I have a gut and/or just ate too many cookies. People who know me can tell but strangers can't.
Gender: it's definitely a boy OR girl...don't know yet and it's KILLING ME
Labor signs: Nope.
Belly button– in or out: In.
Wedding rings– on or off: On.
Happy or moody most of the time: Moody and just bleh most of the time....and very unmotivated which is unusual for me. With Belle I figured it was just because I was so sick, my husband was deployed, I was in a new place, etc. but now I'm beginning to think that pregnant me is just unmotivated, moody, and somewhat sloth like.  
Looking forward to: People being able to tell I'm pregnant and finding out boy/girl. 
Overall this pregnancy has been much easier (so far) than with Belle but I still don't like being pregnant. I want my normal motivation and me back. Thankfully (I think) the time seems to be going by faster because I just don't have the luxury of laying around now. It is nice to have The LT around this time ....although he may not be so thankful since I haven't been super easy to live with. 


It's really annoying me that I a) don't know if we are having a boy or girl yet and b) don't know where we will be living when this baby is due. Should I even hang pictures in Belle's room if we may have to rearrange everything to put a crib and bed in there? Should I hang another picture in any room as we are half way through May and don't know if we will be in this house in October? Should I try to get things to the organizational level they are usually at? Or just leave it in case we move again? These are some of the things I think about every day as I look around the house. Help meeeeeee ....except you can't, because you don't know either.  

Friday, May 8, 2015

Life Right Now: BIG NEWS

Since I still feel super scatterbrained I'm just going to do a giant update in bullet format in no particular order. I have serious blogging writers block so hopefully this will help clear my head.


  • I'M PREGNANT....k...got that out of the way. I kind of knew I was pregnant about halfway through our road trip but didn't take a test until we got to Lawton. ETA for baby #2 is November 14th. I'm 12 weeks right now and doing fairly well. So far an easier pregnancy than with Belle but I've still had my challenges.
  • The LT is no longer an LT! As of May 1st he is officially Captain LT! (Well not really but I try to keep our last name off here for security reasons). Now this poses a question...does he stay "The LT" here or should he get a name change on this little corner of the inter-webs as well? Comment and let me know what you think! I wrote about this once before but never really decided so I need your help y'all!!!
  • Our PCS went pretty well. We didn't have any broken HHG nor did anything get lost. 
  • The LT is knee deep in CCC studying but isn't working super late hours or in the field so we will take it as a win.
  • Our PCS road trip was both amazing and exhausting. I'm SO glad we decided to make it a bit of a vacation and allow several days off from driving in multiple cities. We had great visits with everyone we saw and the days out of the car made driving 2,500+ miles with a 2 year old pretty manageable. 
  • The house we're renting is a good size for us but hasn't been without it's complications. There were quite a few issues we discovered upon moving in that had to be immediately addressed along with a few others that popped up later. Luckily, our property manager has been great and everything has been fixed in a timely manner.
  • We are settling in to a routine here finally...Belle goes to hourly care a few times a week, I'm trying to make it to yoga when I can, continually trying to come up with activities for Belle, and so on.
  • While I'm glad to be back in the south and closer to family I miss my friends and Belle's little play buddies back in Washington...even though several have already moved or will be soon.  I also REALLY miss living on post. We live on a quiet street here but we can't safely take long walks through the neighborhood because of the way the sidewalks are on our street and major roads. I miss the ease of going to the park and all those fringe benefits that come with living on post. I knew I would miss some of it but didn't realize how much it all changed my day to day life with Belle. 
  • House 6 Creations on Etsy and Facebook is back up and running. Once my current stock of pre-made items is finished I will be moving to a primarily custom order based business. With a move, another possible move in a few months, a toddler, being pregnant and then a new baby, there's just no way I can keep operating the way I was in Washington. So, if there's something you desire just shoot me a message and I'll get it made for you just the way you want it!
  • I am DYING to know if we are having a boy or girl. I'm also dying to know where we will be living after The LT finishes CCC. His course is done in September and I'm due in November so the whole not knowing where we will be when I give birth thing is driving me nuts.
  • Y'all I am TIRED. So far this pregnancy has been easier than with Belle but running after her all day wears me out beyond belief. Doing anything past 8pm means I am a zombie the next day. I usually crash hard around the time Belle wakes up from her nap,...ironically I'm never tired during her nap time...which results in us watching a movie nearly every afternoon. Belle loves it, I get to rest, and every now and then she even cuddles with me!
  • I've hit a major motivation block in terms of setting up our house. We've been totally unpacked and boxes gone for a while now. I managed to get some pictures up in the hallways, kitchen, and a few in the living room. I'm just so tired most days that expending the energy to decorate the house is not appealing if we aren't staying here much longer. Maybe one day soon I'll go on a mad picture hanging bender but maybe not....only time will tell. 
  • While Belle has done really well with all the change I can definitely tell it's taken a toll on her. The stress of everything threw her pretty rapidly into the "terrible twos" once we got into our house. Exponentially more melt downs and deliberate defiance than before. Overall she's really not that bad but she definitely has her days. Her speech has started to explode but not nearly to the level of her comprehension. Many of her meltdowns stem from her not being able to express what she wants ....it breaks my heart but it should get better with time and more words. She's also become a much pickier eater than she used to be. It's frustrating but I just try to take it one meal at a time. 
  • Our summer schedule is filling up much faster than I would have anticipated...we've got a wedding, visits from friends and family, a trip to Louisiana planned, and much more! 
Well I think that's most of it....more to come later which will hopefully include some pictures of some of the aforementioned events. Thanks for sticking with me through all the absentee craziness!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Nonsensical Nothingness

Y'all, I don't even know where to begin. It's been over 3 months since I last posted something...THREE months! I have a few half finished drafts that didn't get posted because I got busy preparing for our PCS and photo editing took up time and energy I really didn't have then. Maybe they will get finished ...maybe they won't. To say a lot has happened would be a gross understatement. My head is so full of I don't even know what that it's hard to write a focused post. 


Our PCS was hectic, exhausting, and long...but overall went well. We are finally settling in here in Oklahoma. I've started getting Belle and I on a routine which is really helping my sanity. All the boxes are gone. Pictures are starting to go up and it's feeling like we really live here...not just sleep and eat in a foreign house. 


There's SO MUCH to update here that I'm hoping this post of nonsensical nothingness will get the scatterbrained out so I can write more about what's been happening. Honestly, it's a bit overwhelming but I'm going to try not to think about that now. Just going to focus on the coherent putting words in to sentences thing. So, my bloggy friends, don't give up on me just yet. I promise I'll be back and with much better posts than this one. 


So, for now I'll just leave you with a little gem from our last few weeks in Washington. Yes, that is the face Belle made in almost every picture.
 

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Mom Confession:Playing with My Kid

Some of you may remember my pregnancy confession that I HATED being pregnant. I did, and even though we want a second child I am absolutely not looking forward to being pregnant again. So, here's my mom confession....I don't enjoy playing with my kid.

I find sitting coloring, playing with legos, sitting at Belle's kitchen, you name it absolutely positively mind numbing. I'm fine doing it for five or ten minutes but much beyond that I get antsy. I feel the need to go and do something...anything. Until recently Belle would play quite independently for some time. Even when she was little and just rolling around on a play mat, as long as I put a variety of things around her she was happy for (the baby equivalent) of a long time playing by herself. Recently, though, if I'm not sitting and playing with her all she wants to do is watch cartoons and then proceeds to throw a fit if I don't put in the DVD she brings to me. 
While I don't believe watching cartoons is a horrible thing for her I don't want her watching them all day, every day. So, I'm trying to find ways to keep her attention during the day without TV and without losing my mind. My goal is to have no TV on in the morning...we have breakfast, clean-up, and then find an activity or two to do. If there are errands we do those in the morning, go to the children's museum, a walk/the park if weather permits, or try out new (inexpensive) toddler activities.
I know some people who love to sit and play with their kids but that's just not me. Don't get me wrong, I love her to pieces and I really enjoy watching her learn and play but sitting with her all day doing things is not my favorite. Recently Belle has enjoyed her bucket of pom poms and putting pipe cleaners into a colander. Soon I'm going to try some new activities I found on pintrest that are inexpensive and easy to manage. I know she needs stimulation and the opportunity to explore so my goal is to be better about supporting those needs. I'm not a perfect mom, nor do I expect myself to be, but I know that I need to challenge myself to do my best and not become complacent. 
So there it is...my mom confession. What's yours? If you're a parent, I know you have one! ;)

Monday, January 12, 2015

WE. DID. IT.

Have you ever looked back on a part of your life and all of a sudden have a realization along the lines of "I did it!"? While driving to dinner the other night with The LT it suddenly hit me that not only are we coming to the end of our journey here at Fort Lewis, but we did it! We survived! For The LT that feeling mostly encompasses his deployment and (almost) making it to Captain. For me the feeling is SO much more than that.


See, a lot of our family and friends thought I was crazy for actually moving up here knowing that The LT would deploy very soon after we arrived. I had no job lined up, while we had a few friends stationed here at the time I had no community I could easily drop in to, and I would be 2,500 miles away from everyone I was close to. But where would I have gone if I hadn't moved here with my husband? Yes, I could have stayed with my sister or MIL but those places weren't ever a "home" to me...they are their homes. Even if my mom had still been alive she would have been living in Houston which wasn't ever home to me...so again, where would I have gone? I suppose some people could have expected me to move back to DFW and rent an apartment or small house. I had plenty of connections to get a job and lots of support there, but that felt like moving backwards. By the end of our time at Fort Sill I had survived a year that included getting married, my mom passing away, joining the active duty Army community, moving to Oklahoma, and more....going backwards just seemed like the ultimate form of defeat. I just couldn't do it. 


So, I convinced myself that Fort Lewis was where I needed to be. My husband would need my support while getting ready for his deployment and I needed to set my roots as an Army Wife. I'm not going to sugar coat it, it was terrifying in the beginning, but I forced myself to go to FRG meetings and events. I introduced myself to people, made connections, volunteered, and slowly but surely built myself a support system. It was hard...really hard. Some days I felt defeated...especially in the few weeks after I miscarried. Then when I found out I was pregnant, after The LT had deployed, I had even more inquiries in to whether I would move back to Texas. I put on a brave face and told everyone this was where I needed to be...and most of the time I believed what I was saying. 


Looking back, I'm so thankful I dug my heels in here and refused to believe this wasn't where I was meant to be. I made incredible friends and friends who might as well be are family....I can't even imagine what life would be like without them though. Despite the fact that many of them have left Washington and the rest I will be leaving behind when we drive south next month, they will ALWAYS be part of my life. 


These three years at Fort Lewis brought us many challenges: miscarriage, deployment, medivac home for The LT, a new baby and all that goes with it, several challenging jobs for The LT, starting House 6 Creations, and so much more...but we did it. WE. DID. IT. 
This life...this military life...is challenging but the rewards we reap from it make it all worth it in the end. So, on to the next chapter for us. No, I don't know where we will be living a year from now but as per usual, I try to take it one set of orders at a time, which in this case means trying not to look past September for now. 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Life Right Now: Sales, Organizing, and PCS Planning



We have finally returned to normal life after our glorious Hawaii vacation. Routines are back in action, The LT is back to work, and I'm busy cramming as much in to January as possible. I have several posts I want to do, including one about Hawaii, but to get me back in the blogging grove I felt a "life right now" post was in order...especially since it's been a month since I last posted. 
If you pay attention to nothing else in this entire post pay attention to the following House 6 Creations sale! I'm determined to move the least amount of stuff 2,500 miles as possible which means y'all get to take advantage of AMAZING discounts on ALL H6C items.


-All orders from $1-$49 get 15% OFF your TOTAL BEFORE tax (WA State residents only) and/or shipping. Use "PCS15" for Etsy orders.

-All orders of $50 or more get 25% OFF your TOTAL BEFORE tax (WA State residents only) and/or shipping. Use "PCS25" for Etsy orders.

To see all items for sale go to the "FOR SALE" album.

Sale applies to any purchases done via Facebook or Etsy. All items available for purchase via Etsy are also available on Facebook, but not all Facebook items are available on Etsy.



I am in FULL PCS preparation...which means that the house got WAY messier and is starting to get more organized again. I went through my closet and the kitchen and pulled out all the things I don't use or wear anymore. No use in moving stuff I don't need....and it makes room for more kitchen gadgets and clothes! I posted a bunch of it on garage sale pages for JBLM and have even made a little money off it! Weeeeeeee!!! Anything I don't sell I will just donate but I figured it was worth a try to get some cash out of it all. I took all of our big storage bins out from the closets and the garage. Some things needed to move to larger totes, others to smaller, and some stuff just needed to be thrown out all together. So thankful that project is completed...just need to move them all back to the garage now. I also got the latest of Belle's too small clothes packed away and stored so that they (hopefully) get packed in a reasonable manner. 

Once we returned from Hawaii I finally let myself download from my brain all the things I wanted to get done before the packers show up which led to a rather epic to-do list. I'm pretty happy with the amount I've chipped away at over the last 10 days...even if it does include spending almost $1,500 on my car. I knew I needed new tires soon, as well as major maintenance, and I feel a lot better driving cross country with a weighed down car if I know everything is in top shape. The price tag hurts but I  knew it was coming. I'm also trying to get in as many lunch, coffee, play, and other types of friend dates as I can before we leave. It makes my schedule more hectic sometimes than I prefer in an ideal world but I will have plenty of days with an empty schedule once we get to Oklahoma and have to get the house set up.

Speaking of Oklahoma and road trips....we decided to take the California route this time which means we get to see several family friends. Honestly, these "family friends" are all people I have known for close to my entire life and they are essentially family except we aren't technically related. Our route right now is Fort Lewis-Crater Lake, OR- San Francisco- San Diego- Scottsdale- Albuquerque- Lawton, OK. The extra bonus is that we will make a little vacation out of it and spend a few extra days in San Francisco, San Diego, and Scottsdale to visit and see the sights....hopefully it will make driving 2,500 miles with a 2 year old less miserable. Fingers crossed.

Well, my Tiny Terror (aka Sweet Adorable Never-Does-Anything-She-Shouldn't Belle) is starting to wake up so this will have to do for today. I promise to be back again soon! Don't forget to check out the House 6 Creations Sale!!!


Monday, December 1, 2014

Belle's First Snow

The Saturday after Thanksgiving we had a real, legitimate, snow here on Fort Lewis!! Unfortunately it mostly melted by the afternoon once the sun came out and it got above freezing but we managed to bundle up in the morning so Belle could play in it. She didn't last too long, and hated when it got on her face, but there were lots of giggles which always makes it worth it. Since I know you don't really care to hear me blabber on about it and would rather see pictures...here you go!


There was throwing and running after balls...and husbands who refused to wear a jacket.

Furniture rearranging...


Rosy cheeked cuteness  along with the cutest coat ever that my sister found.


Belle leading me around like only a bossy toddler can.

I even got to break out my new purple wellies!!


So, there you have it! Belle's first experience with snow....short, sweet, but adorable as always. 
 
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