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!

moments matter challenge :: january

Beginning January 1st, I took part in a photography challenge hosted by one of my favorite bloggers, called Moments Matter. Each day we were challenged with a photo prompt and were inspired to capture an everyday, meaningful moment, however we see fit within that prompt. It was such a fun month of capturing moments that I would never have otherwise, and it gave me a creative outlet, which I really miss as a designer!

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1. Routine :: Sunday morning meal planning and grocery list writing. I actually love this quiet moment in the morning where my OCD can come alive, I can peruse the Target ad and the cartwheel app (sometimes my highlighter even comes out) and I can plan out the weeks menu with a hot cup of coffee. Bonus if I get to go to the grocery store ALONE!

2. Cozy :: It’s the last day of holiday break so I’m taking advantage of all the snuggles. It feels like this break has been full of sickness in our house so jammies, slippers and blankets have been the norm around here for the last 11 days. Back to reality and routine tomorrow morning.

3. Favorite :: The feeling of another little one growing inside, the joy on my girls faces when we talk about Baby, the excitement for the future as a family of 5… all of my favorite things at the moment! We find out if Baby D #3 is a little boy or girl in just a few weeks – such an exciting time!

4. Mess :: The playroom. Where the girls can be creative & let their imaginations come alive. It is always a mess and I tend to not let it bother me as I walk past it, but it’s beginning to give this mama anxiety since all the STUFF needs to move to the basement when the room is converted into a nursery. But until then, it is the girl’s favorite spot in the house.

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5. View :: My view… my 6 year old on her first ride. Her view… the entire world at her fingertips as she flies through the sky. This summer we took the girls to an amusement park. It was their first time on big-girl rides and I continuously hear that it was one of their favorite days of the summer!

6. Home :: My favorite view as I come downstairs… the wall full of family memories (that desperately needs to be updated) and the girls working together at the kitchen table. Feels like home.

7. Color :: Organizing the girls too-small bin of clothes (that is NEVER ENDING) and always love how little kids can get away with such bright colors and fun patterns. Me? Show me all the neutrals!

8. Gratitude :: So incredibly blessed, thankful, GRATEFUL for this crazy crew. For my hubs who works so hard to support us, for one kiddo who keeps us constantly laughing with her silliness and the other for her sweet, thoughtful heart.

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9. To Do :: To do :: fill up the jar throughout the year with all the fun memories we create as a family. At the end of the year we’ll empty the jar and read about the amazing year we’ve had. I have a feeling this will be one of the best yet!

10. Hold on :: I watch her get on the bus every morning. And every morning I see her little hand waving excitedly to me out the window. I’m holding on to this sweet phase of childhood innocence when waving to your mom is still cool. What she doesn’t know is how much her mama needs this solace reminder every morning since she’s six going on sixteen.

11. Still :: “Mom, I want to feed the deer since there’s so much snow and they can’t find any food.” The stillness of the fresh fallen snow makes for a beautiful backdrop as she thoughtfully feeds the critters some breakfast before she eats her own.

12. Reflection :: This little one is a total reflection of her mama… she thrives on routine and a schedule, she’s very sensitive and can get her feelings hurt easily (working on that) and she loves to CLEAN (bonus, I have a mini cleaning helper at all times). Love having a mini-me!

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13. Together :: These two are so close in age that they are constantly together. Although their close ages scared me (to the point of tears) I wouldn’t change it for the world now. They are best buddies and total goofballs!

14. Sweet :: It’s never too early. A sweet treat to start the weekend.

15. Make :: Making time for some baking. Trying to take a step back and watch them stir, measure, spill and just have fun. Messes can be cleaned up, right?

16. Outdoors :: With a temp of 26° and getting up to 40° later this week, it feels like a heat wave in MN… but, I just don’t wanna.

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17. Sleep :: I love watching how her sleep position changes from the time she goes to bed to waking up. If only I could sleep like this…

18. Right now :: Two things… 1. This kid can sit in a bath all day, every day, until her fingers turn to raisins and the water is cold and 2. I maaaay need to start wearing maternity clothes full time right about now.

19. You :: You two. My girls. My world. You know me in a way no one ever has. You’ve opened me up to things I never knew existed. You drive me to insanity and push me to my depths. You are the beat of my heart and the energy in my soul. Even after the toughest of days, the morning comes and I’m excited for what’s to come with YOU.

20. Treasure :: I’ve started to feel you move, little one. I’m treasuring all the gentle movements and flutters before all the jabs, kicks and pokes begin as you grow bigger (which are just fine, too). We already can’t wait to meet you!

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21. Play :: It’s a sloppy, goopy mess outside and all the pretty snow from a few days ago is almost gone. The kiddos found some fun with the gigantic puddles and it kept them busy for a hot minute… before they complained they were wet and wanted to go home :-/

22. Need :: There’s a lot of what I need in this picture :: Target, Starbucks and some one-on-one time with my big girl. With her in school full time I rarely get to spend too much time alone with her so making even the most mundane task like grocery shopping fun for her is important and something we both need.

23. Remember :: Summertime. The warm air. The sounds of seagulls and waves at the beach. Sounds like paradise right now on this gloomy January day in MN. Just need to remember that it will be back, even if it is still 6 months away…

24. Slow :: My favorite time of the day… the slow pace of mid-morning when there’s a few hours to play & get things done before lunch, pre-school drop off, pick-ups, errands, activities and evening rituals ensue. My daily reminder to slow down and enjoy this time.

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25. Wish :: My wish for this girl is that she will continue to be her sweet, caring, thoughtful, cautious, considerate, (and goofy) self with the world and that she will be proud of who she is and becomes. It’s a tough world out there, but it’s nothing she can’t handle!

26. Treat :: Starting the day with my favorite treat: donuts and Starbucks!! I try to limit myself to a Starbucks trip once or twice a week (okay, no more than three times) to keep it a treat and donuts from the local bakery… I may be in a sugar coma afterward but yum-o!!

27. Light :: I love how the warm light shines through on a cold day, helping to make it a little less brutal. This dog loves being outside and going on nature walks. Annnd a little exercise for me doesn’t hurt either.

28. Here :: Every few months we measure the girls to see how much they’ve grown. Every few months they get so excited at how much they’ve grown since last time. And every few months I get a little sad that my babies are growing up so fast… the proof being literally right in front of my eyes. I keep telling myself and husband that we need to be “here” and make memories RIGHT NOW before their an inch taller.

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29. Learn :: Just a few more DAYS until we learn if Baby D #3 is a little boy or girl! We are all so excited and even have a fun little reveal party planned this time around.

30. Small :: She looks so small up there, but she told me she was on top of the world. She may only be six and a half, but her strong, feisty personality is anything but small.

30. Small (2) :: With both girls off of school today I’m accomplishing a very small amount, but chocolate chip banana bread was definitely on the to-do list.

31. Joy :: The perfect prompt to end this Moments Matter challenge :: JOY… nothing brings me more joy and feeling of significance than being a mama to my two kiddos, soon to be three!!

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I was proud of myself that I stuck with it through the month and was really sad when it was over! But, rumor has it that the challenge will be back next month… (Yay!) and I’m really looking forward to that!! You can follow me on Instagram to see all the photos from this challenge and many more from our crazy family!

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Another GIRL!!

We had a small, fun gender reveal party where we opened a box full of pink balloons. It was a fun experience for the girls. Elliot had her heart set on a baby brother and was a little upset that she is having another sister… in fact, she ran up to her room crying when the pink balloons flew up. It took her a little while to come downstairs, but when she did she was all smiles. I asked her this morning how she felt about having another sister and she says, “I’m still a little mad, but mostly happy. I’m just happy to have another baby!” Well, that’ll have to do for now. I know she’ll come around when Baby arrives and she got so excited when I told her she could bring pink treats to school on Monday!

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We are so excited! I honestly couldn’t imagine anything other than another little girl… it seems to be our specialty! Now time to go through all the bins and pull out newborn girlie clothes again!!

If you have tips on raising a tribe of girls, send them my way :-)