Friday, December 29, 2017

Baby Fox the Third Bumpdate!




I can’t let this entire pregnancy go without a single bumpdate!!! So here I am! I can’t believe I’m already 
33 weeks!! 
“Full term” in just 4 weeks! what! Where did time go? This pregnancy definitely has been the hardest on my body and so many new things and symptoms have come from it. The first thing is my placenta is anterior this time which is new for me! Second, I have a cyst on my placenta that they are watching the growth of, if it gets too big it could be a sign that it’s something other than just a cyst, this also has caused me to measure about 4 weeks ahead the whole time. Third different thing would be my tailbone pain. I fractured my tailbone during labor with my first daughter, Milan, however, the constant pain died down to pretty occasional only after sitting for an extended amount of time when she was about 7 months old. I went through phoebe’s whole pregnancy tpainfree and thankfully, didn’t fracture it again during her labor and hardly had pain from it again. Almost from the second I have been pregnant this time, the pain has been unbearable. It feels like it is a fresh fracture all over again. I’ve seen a chiropractor twice a week for the past few months but I think I am switching to a new one to hopefully see some better results! So if you’ve seen me waddling since I was 10 weeks along…now you know why! haha! 

BABY SIZE: I’ll know a bit more after my ultrasound next week, but according to my apps, she is about 4.75 pounds and 18 inches long on average. About the size of a cauliflower blossom if you’re into comparing babies to food! 

MATERNITY CLOTHES: Oh heavens yes. Since like 10 weeks this pregnancy!

MOVEMENT: Lots! Which I’m so so grateful for. When I first found out my placenta was anterior I had myself fully convinced that I would barely feel her and when I did that it would be super muffled, not anything I was used to. Both my previous girls were pretty crazy in the womb and those crazy movements got me through hard days honestly. I spent a few weeks the beginning of this pregnancy being pretty depressed that I wouldn’t have that same experience this time. Luckily, I was wrong and this girl is just as crazy in the womb as the older girls! 

BEST MOMENT OF THE WEEK: Christmas was this week so obviously that was just super special! Milan understands so much of it this year and has been talking about Santa coming down the fireplace for months! It has been so great to be in Virginia with all of her cousins and my family.

MISS ANYTHING: Being able to move around and do things like normal. It has been a slap to my face how hard this pregnancy has been and I definitely have not been able to keep up on my house like I normally would be able to. I can barley pick up either of the girls now which is also really hard and not fair to them, so of course I miss being able to do that! I also miss being able to eat without the annoying consequence of acid reflux. A simple drink of water without consequences would be nice haha! 

FOOD CRAVINGS: Not really! I love ice, but I’ve never really had really strong food cravings, mostly aversions. 

ANYTHING MAKE YOU QUEASY: I haven’t really gotten sick again yet! I did late in the 3rd trimester both previous pregnancies so we will see when that comes on! 

WEIGHT GAIN: About 30 pounds so far, I try not to check the scale more than I have to at my midwife appointments! 

STRETCH MARKS: A few new ones! 

HAPPY OR MOODY: Pretty moody at times, but overall happy! The moody days normally follow a crappy nights sleep or after 6pm everyday when I’m too exhausted to control my emotions! 

SYMPTOMS: I could go on forever. I don’t think there’s one thing my body is doing normally right now haha! So many symptoms! The worst being acid reflux, rib flare pain, and my dang tailbone. It’s rough because if I sit up to help my acid reflux, my tailbone is unbearable. But if I lay down to help my tailbone and ribs, I choke on acid reflux! So fun haha! 

LOOKING FORWARD TO: Getting back home and finishing the nursery! I am so close to having it done and I just love how it has turned out! I can’t wait to share either. I love going in there and just dreaming. 

I have a follow up ultrasound next week that I’m really excited about! I never have had an ultrasound this late in pregnancy so it will be a new experience! I have a mass on my placenta that they are watching the growth of which is the reason for the scan! 

LEFT TO DO: January and february is full on baby prep time! I need to order my birth pool, we have a labor class to attend ( just a quick one), I have 2 lessons with Michael and my Doula to go over ways both of them can best help me in labor. I have my home visit with my midwives where they come to my house and make sure everything is all set up alright for the home birth, and a few other last minute baby items still need to be purchased! Mostly the small things like gas drops, a baby tub, my pump etc! 

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Shared Girls Room

 Woah! Hey guys, I still have this blog! 2017 has been a year for the books that's for sure!! Life just got so busy, I really don't have the time to blog anymore! I wish I did, and I miss it! I keep meaning to do some bump date posts on here because I know I'll regret not doing so!! Soon!!

We moved to Utah in March and have been loving every second of it here! This move has been amazing for our family and I can say with full confidence that this is where we are supposed to be! Our new house is just a rental that has 3 bedrooms! That means that with the new baby, the girls need to share! Which is great! I've always wanted them to share but could never force myself to be brave enough to pull the trigger! Getting pregnant was just the push I needed! And turns out, I was afraid for no reason! The transition went perfectly, like they had been sleeping together their whole lives! We just stuck to our normal bedtime routines and made sure the white noise machine was on!

Shortly after putting them together in the same room, I knew I needed to get rid of Milan's twin bed. Their room is so small, having a full sized twin and a crib in there left almost no room for playing. I instantly fell in love withe the Jenny Lind Toddler bed from DaVinci baby! It was exactly what I had dreamt up of in my head! I decided to just get 2 off the bat instead of going back and getting Phoebe a matching one later! I was super brave and decided to try to switch phoebe to a toddler bed! At 19 months! This was the same age we moved Milan (although we had too, she knew how to climb out and couldn't be stopped!) I was mostly motivated by my OCD of really wanting their beds to match! Phoebe really did great! If she had been in her own room, it would have been a seamless transition! However, because they are in the same room, she just bugged Milan too much before falling asleep in her own bed. Milan is a deep sleeper but I would watch Phoebe on the monitor crawling all over Milan, pulling her hair, kicking her, etc. She did this for about 20-30 minutes, sometimes more, every night before falling asleep in her own bed. We decided to be fair to poor Milan, we would put phoebe back in her crib! She also sleeps in longer when in her crib! And then she decided to pull a fast one on us and the first day she as back in her crib, she magically knew how to climb out now!! What!?! So mattress on the floor it goes! I hated pulling out her cute matching bed, but sometimes (more like all of the times) with parenting, functionality always wins, and in this case, that means a crib with a mattress on the floor!


Our main focus piece is obviously the wallpaper from yours truly! My company Shop B Darling! Like I mentioned before, we are in a rental! Renter friendly wallpaper that is removed in under 10 minutes with no damage! 

I am obsessed with their name signs above their cribs from The Trendy Timber! They really put the finishing touch on the room and Milan reads them off to me every chance she gets! 

Other links: Listed under photos!! 








Book baskets: World Market
Hardware bar: IKEA
S hooks: Ikea 
Stay Sweet My Babies print set: Nook and Niche
Bed comforter: Target 
 

Crib: Ikea (style discontinued) 



Cube storage: Ikea
Wicker baskets: Ikea 
Pink basket: (discontinued but available in other colors) Ikea


House shelves: Target
Toy bin: Ikea Hack with Bookshelf and Legs  

This toy bin isn't actually meant to be a toy bin, it's a bit of a hack! I used construction silicone to attach the leg unit to what should be the back of the bookshelf, but super glue or wood glue would do the job! I just had some silicone on hand already!! It was a much cheaper alternative to many similar toy bins out there! 

Monday, January 2, 2017

2016 Year In Review

This year was a really really good one! Just lots of quality time as a family in our little home! Lots of adventures and traveling! Michael traveled A TON and it has really taught me to take full advantage and enjoy the time that we do get together as a family! It also taught me that I am strong and that I can do more than I think I could. We didn't have any huge job change, big move, new cars in 2016, but we did have the huge life changing event of adding our Phoebe girl to our family! 


JANUARY:








  • Milan had her firs snow experience!!
  • We finished our kitchen remodel!
  • I flew out to Arizona to be there for one of my best friend's wedding!

FEBUARY:




  • Kind of uneventful as we got ready for Phoebe's arrival!
  • Lots of cuddles in bed 
  • Michael was out of town for valentines day:(


MARCH: 












  • Our biggest month this year!
  • Milan turned 18 months old! 
  • We walked around a lot trying to get labor going! 
  • Phoebe was born!! 
  • While we were in the hospital all of the trees bloomed, it was the best to come home to! 
  • Spent the majority of the month in PJ's, figuring out breastfeeding, getting outside to enjoy the perfect weather. 


APRIL:









  • More snuggles in bed with the girls! 
  • Had our first official outing to the zoo! 
  • Put the girls in their first set of matching easter dresses! 
  • Life moved pretty slowly-but also so fast! 


MAY:










  • Started coming out of the newborn fog/juggling two kids! 
  • Went on our first beach trip of the season! Milan was obsessed! 
  • Tried to walk daily.


JUNE:








  • Spent as much time outside as possible! 
  • Lots of time in the water! 
  • We explored different spots in richmond and around Virginia that got us out of the house! 
  • Went up to Philadelphia for fathers day! I surprised Michael with front row tickets to see the Dbacks play the Phillies! 


JULY: 











  • Continued to swim and spend a lot of time at the splash pad
  • Went to the state fair a few times! Milan especially loved the animals! 
  • We visited Pittsburg for the 4th of July! 
  • I hosted a little meet up of some Instagram friends! 
  • Took Milan to her first movie "Finding Dory"-she lasted maybe 15 minutes! 


AUGUST:











  • August was a huge month for us as well! 
  • The month began with us visiting my family in Utah for our annual family reunion! We've had it for 76 years! 
  • We then went down to Arizona for a week and unfortunately all of us got sick:( We spent our whole vacation in bed or puking! 
  • We flew home for a few days and then flew to France!! 
  • We spent our time in France mostly on the beach or eating! 


SEPTEMBER: 








  • Milan turned TWO!! 
  • Phoebe turned 6 months old!! 
  • We got home from France and just took some time to relax at home! 
  • We potty trained Milan! 
  • Visited another little fair! 

OCTOBER: 












  • Went and visited our friends that live in Ohio for halloween! 
  • Enjoyed all the pretty fall leaves! 
  • Took advantage of the cooler weather and got outside more! 
  • Visited a pumpkin patch! 

NOVEMBER:












 





  • Another big month! 
  • I turned 23!! 
  • We picked up our new puppy Bruno! 
  • Went and visited Michael's sister and her family in Texas for Thanksgiving! 
  • Decorated for christmas! 



DECEMBER:














  • Visited the Washington DC LDS temple lights for the 2nd year! 
  • Looked at some christmas trees! 
  • I threw my sister a baby shower! She's having my first niece on my side!! So excited to have a girl cousin close to my kids' age! 
  • Flew to Arizona to spend the holidays! 
  • All the Fox cousins except 3 were there! It was a full house for 2 weeks filled with lots of cousin play! 
  • Lots of time outside in perfect weather!
  • Christmas morning (that I got no pictures of :( ) 



I'm not sure what 2017 has in store for us! I do know we have some big exciting changes coming up that I am so excited to see how they play out! This year my main goal is to worry less and enjoy more! To just be present in the moment and not worry what next month holds for me! To enjoy every single day and to be courageous when it comes to trials. Face them head on. I'm hoping to find more of "me" this year. So much of last year was centered around my kids and I was swallowed by all things baby and kids, I am hoping this year brings a little bit more of myself out and that I can find something that is just for ME and that makes ME happy. Here's to 2017!!! I'm excited to have you guys follow along!