2nd grade & kindergarten

Another school-year has come. I knew the summer would fly by with a new baby and that school would come so fast, but man, it really did just creep up on us. The summer feels like a blur, but here we are :: Elliot entering 2nd grade and Cora is a Kindergartner! Both girls were excited for the first day, Cora was a little nervous, but having Elliot there with her to ride the bus to school and bring her to her classroom was a big help! I know they’ll be rock-stars this year and we’re all excited to see what this year brings!

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**UPDATE** So far the school-year has brought a lot of germs. Both kiddos are sick and Cora has already missed a day of school. Ugh, welcome to the cesspool of germs called back-to-school…

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She’s here!!

Miss Aria Jaymes Daniels.

Born June 1st, 2017 at 9:46 pm. She weighed 7 pounds exactly and was the shortest of the three at 19.5″. The girls simply adore her and have been such great helpers! We love our new little girl so much and couldn’t imagine our family without her ♥. We are officially a family of F I V E !

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preschool graduation 2017

She’s done! This little chick is officially on her way to Kindergarten! It’s so fun to look back and see how much she’s grown since last preschool year. I remember thinking last year “No big deal, we’ll be back for another year of preschool…” But now this is it! No more kiddos in preschool (well, for about 5 years or so when we start all over again.) There may have been a few misty eyes, and Cora even shed a few tears saying she’s not ready to be done yet, but I know she’s definitely ready to follow her big sister off to school in the fall!

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We’ve been going to preschool for 3 years now with both girls even Mama is going to miss it a little bit. We love the teachers and Cora had so much fun this year. We are so proud of all that’s she’s learned and can’t wait to see what she does in Kindergarten! Way to go Kit-Cat!!

Baby D #3 // 37 weeks

Baby month?? I’m thinking that if I don’t go early, I have gotten to the point where I’m just too lazy to do anything so this is the last bump date. So here we go… 37 week bump date. Next post :: Baby A’s arrival!

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How far along: 37 weeks
Gender: GIRL!! Another ultrasound at 36 weeks confirmed it!
Weight gain: 30 pounds. “All baby” is what I hear, but I feel like a chunk all over.

Maternity clothes: So. Sick. Of. Them. I didn’t buy too much this time around so the 5 shirts, 1 hoodie and 3 pairs of pants is stretching really thin these days. Literally. Thank goodness for maternity leggings. If I’m not out in public, its a guarantee I’ve got them on. Who am I kidding, even when I am out in public I’m wearing them. Its gotten to the point where I could really care less about how I look, as long as whatever I’m wearing covers my belly and the seat-belt doesn’t cut off circulation on the way there.

Doctor apts: // 36 weeks // I was measuring 34 weeks so the doctor ordered an ultrasound to make sure all is good. And it is. Little miss A is just another itty-bitty chickie, weighing in at 5 pounds, 9 ounces. But with another 2+ weeks to go hopefully she’ll chunk herself up, otherwise we’ll have another little one in preemie clothes like Cora! I’ve got one preemie outfit packed in the hospital bag juuuuust in case! // 32 weeks // baby was breech so I became creative in finding natural ways to flip her around, and it worked! // 28 weeks // I failed my 1 hour glucose test and had to take the 3 hour test. So awful!! In between fasting for 12 hours and drinking the equivalent of two Mountain Dews in a 2 minute time span I got sick and ended up sleeping in a dark ultrasound room for 3 hours, in between being woken up 3 times for blood draws. I did pass the test though, thank goodness!

Miss anything: Being able to bend over without huffing & puffing. Since I’m tall anyways, things are a ways down for me… add a basketball in-front of my belly and I’m forced to think about what I’m picking up every single time, and if its actually worth it.

Movement: So much!! It’s so fun to look down and see my tummy ripple with her squirms. For the most part she’s not too active during the night (or I just might not notice it) so I’m hoping that is a sign of her sleeping pattern once she’s here!

Cravings: Not much more than earlier on. I kind of go through phases of what I like. Lately, its been cereal. And I could eat a whole bag of ceaser salad mix in one sitting.

Looking forward to: Baby being here. Her little squishy face and newborn baby smell and watching the bond form between Elliot & Cora and their new sister. I’m also actually looking forward to night feedings where its just me & her. I’ve always enjoyed that quiet time with my kiddos. Nothing like a bond between baby and mama. Its when they’re a little older and decide that 4:00 AM is the time to start the day that I could do without. There were several of those days where I got myself ready and started the day myself. It made for a really long work day!

Baby A, we love you and are so ready to meet you! Hang tight just a little longer though… we have Auntie’s wedding and your big sister’s birthday to get through this weekend! And a jam-packed week following that, so you have permission to come after next Sunday. Or I suppose… whenever your little heart desires :)

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nursery reveal

Baby’s nursery :: officially my favorite little room in the house! I wanted a super simple nursery so I stuck with the black & white theme. And you can’t go wrong with watercolor so when I found these dots, I knew they’d be perfect for adding a touch of color to the room on one accent wall.

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Above: I did a little DIY with the bookshelf. I added a piece of pine board onto the top just to tie it into the room a little more and to make it more sturdy with all the books. And the ladder… Eric made it! I wanted a way to display all the cute blankets so he built it and I absolutely love it! It’s perfect for grabbing a swaddle blanket or Baby’s new quilt once Grandma is finished. Below: It was so fun going through the bins of baby clothes and pulling out the newborn pieces. I even added in a few preemie onesies that Cora wore home juuuuust in case she makes her debut a little early or if she turns out to be a little 5 pounder like her sister. But, by how huge I feel this time, I don’t think that’s possible.

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As you’ve figured out by now, Baby’s name starts with A… but that’s all your gettin’!! This fun print was sent to me by my new friend, Kate from Welcome Tempest Studio. She hand painted the floral wreath just for the nursery and it fits perfectly!

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Above: I forget how itty-bitty the newborn diapers are. They fit in my hand!! Below: This little guy is Seymour the sloth :: Jan made him! Isn’t he so adorable?!!

IMG_6735collage3If you need me during the next month I’ll just be sitting in this room anticipating Baby A’s arrival and thinking how we will soon become a family of 5. FIVE!!! I would love it if she held out until June. That way our family would have birthdays in March (me), April (Eric), May (Elliot) & June (Baby A). And then there’s Miss Cora in October :) We shall see… she will come when she’s ready and I just have to trust in God’s timing. But, whenever she does decide to make her debut she better be prepared to be smothered in much anticipated hugs & kisses from everyone!! The countdown is on :: only about 6ish weeks to go! Eeeek!

moments matter challenge :: march

I attempted another Moments Matter challenge in March, but didn’t do so well this time around… ahem, baby on the brain perhaps?! I started out strong… but kind of faded as the month went on. Oh well.

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Day 1. Simple :: I’ve found out that life is much more simple when you let your littles dress themselves (plus, it’s also quite entertaining). Here’s Elsa in cat pants and red clogs reading a book. It’s the simple things.

Day 2. Imperfect :: This mama is anything but perfect. We just take it day by day and tackle each challenge as it comes. Current challenge :: finding shirts that cover the bump.

Day 3. Lucky :: This prompt is an easy one… I feel so very LUCKY to have two little chickies, soon to be three!

Day 4. Friend :: This girl and all her critter friends. She can’t sleep without each and every one of them and knows when one is missing.

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Day 5. Clean :: This girl is part clean-freak, just like her mama. Always asking to do the dishes or to help with vacuuming or washing windows. Pretty soon I’ll be able to just let her take over. Maybe.

Day 6. Imagine :: My two princesses at Disney on Ice. A perfect place to let their imaginations run wild!

Day 7. Shape :: Excited for the nursery that’s very slowly starting to take shape. It’s still a big ol’ mess, but it’s a start.

Day 8. Explore :: This child… always exploring. Her favorite critters in nature are the fuzzy “calerpitters.”

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Day 10. Hands :: The hands of time tick by so fast. And it is so true that the days are long, but the years are short. We seem to always be looking ahead to what is coming. Spring. Then new baby. Then summer break. It’s a constant reminder to slow down and enjoy all the moments and ticks in between life’s milestones. They will come soon enough.

Day 12. Soft :: Wicket. The softest cat who also happens to be the coolest. She plays fetch, brings you presents from the hamper and let’s the girls include her in their play – which consists of anything from dressing her up, pushing her in a stroller, or piling blocks ontop of her to see how tall it can get.

Day 13. Sky :: Fresh falling snow from the sky is so beautiful up close.

Day 14. Breakfast :: Starting the day with her favorite meal :: cereal.

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Day 16. Green :: Pretty greenery (that is almost impossible to kill) + morning sunlight.

Day 17. Today :: Sent the kiddos on a scavenger hunt to search for all the Pantone green they could find in the house. It kept them busy for a hot minute and they had fun… all that matters, right?

Day 18. Fast :: When you start to dress like your new favorite room in the house. 29 weeks already… this pregnancy is going so FAST!

Day 21. Mood :: a mix of excitement, sadness and nostalgia as my little one is officially signed up and registered for kindergarten next year! She is so ready. Not sure about Mama though.

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Day 24. Black & White :: Thirty four. It’s been a fun birthday filled with lots of love by my people making me feel special. I’m a happy mama with [ all ] her girls.

Day 28. Contrast :: Thought I should toss in just a liiiitle contrast and color for baby girl amongst the black and white theme.

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It was fun to take the time each day… or every two, three, four days to focus on a subject and interpret it the way I like. But, somehow the days got away from me and before I knew it the month of March was over. Which means, we’re closer to B.A.B.Y!! The countdown is on….52 days (or even less) to go!!

Baby D #3 // 27 weeks

We’re already well over the halfway point with only 14 weeks to go! And if she’s anything like her older sister who came almost 2 weeks early then we only have closer to 12 weeks to go, eeeek! I feel like I’ve been pregnant for so long. I’m ready to be done… but also not, does that make sense? I’m so ready to get back into baby mode, but I’m not ready to give up the little bit of freedom and quiet time that I have now. Like, sleeping (almost) through the night. That will be a wake-up call for me. Literally. And I’m hopeful that since she will be here right around the end of the school year (or a few weeks before, we’ll see…) that when the girls get woken up in the middle of the night they can sleep in as late as they want during summer break. Fingers crossed!

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How far along: 27 weeks
Gender: Another girlie!
Weight gain:  20 pounds, yeeesh!!

Maternity clothes: Yep. All of them. There’s no point in being uncomfortable at this point, I might as well wear the pants that go up to my chest and the shirts with the scrunchy sides that shows off my “Yep, she’s definitely pregnant” figure. I have been pretty good about not buying too many new clothes for this pregnancy. I had a bin of clothes from 5 years ago and although they’re not the most stylish clothes anymore, all I have to really impress this time around are the parents at preschool drop-off (and clearly I don’t).

Sleep: It’s getting a little tricky to sleep through the night. I’m either woken up by my protruding bladder or little squirmy kicks. It’s starting to become tough to roll over from side to side and it takes a valiant effort to get up out of bed :: 1-2-3-GO!

Miss anything: 60 degree weather! We were teased with it for a few days in a row and it felt so nice to go outside and play. Can’t wait for it to return! Also, a beer is sounding more and more delicious as the days get warmer, ha!

Movement: So much movement! To the point that she makes my whole body shake! The girls and Eric have even felt her kick. The other day, Cora was playing with a flashlight on my belly and Baby was kicking back! Its so sweet to see the look on Cora’s face, like she understands that there is something inside me that will soon be here and called her “little sister.”

Cravings: I still love most fruits, but then I also love all the sweets so not sure if there is much balance there. It’s a good and bad thing that its Girl Scout cookie season because I want to eat all the Thin Mints in existence and feel like right now I have an excuse to do so, but I also know that I’m not too far away from needing to take it all off again. Tough choices, I know…

Looking forward to: Setting up the nursery. Right now it is a disaster with everything I want to eventually end up in there, but we need to figure out the layout first before I can start hanging things up and putting all the itty-bitty baby newborn clothes into the drawers. I went through the baby clothes to pick out the newborn pieces and oh my, heart melt! There’s so many memories that are attached to each piece from the other two girls, I just can’t wait to see our new little peanut in them!!

Things are slowly coming together and we’re getting more and more excited!! We’ve narrowed it down to just a couple names that we agree on and that helps to make things feel even more real!