Sunday, December 29, 2013

34 Weeks

How far along: 34 Weeks {Dec 30th}
Total weight gain: 37 Lbs
Sleep: Yes and No. Some night's great-others awful!
Best moment this week: Mom and Shawn's visit over the weekend.
Miss Anything: general mobility, being comfortable in my own skin
Movement: Yes, lots of hiccups and pokes
Food Cravings: Nothing in particular, just lots of food. Hungry every couple hours. Wake up STARVING in the middle of the night, maybe I should start keeping snacks by my bed. Cody loves crumbs in the sheets!
Anything making you queasy or sick: No, feeling good (tired but good) except for the occasional contraction.
Gender: Sweet baby girl
Labor Signs: Contractions, I have tried to slow down- I've asked Cody for more help with things around the house and he has been such a great husband. But I'm still having a few here and there. They do seem to be getting more and more painful.
Symptoms: Lots of heartburn
Belly Button in or out: Yes.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy and TIRED oh so tired.
Looking forward to: D-day!! I've already placed my order for champagne and sushi. A whole mess of sushi to be exact.

And this weeks bump pic brought to you by a very tired, very very tired mama.

A Hunting We Will Go

 What a beautiful weekend!!
We spend it relaxing with Nana and Shawn and we got to have our delayed Christmas celebration.
 
Saturday us ladies decided we needed to go hunting for barn wood boards. Mom and I love to use it to make picture frames, signs, and other crafty things. So we bundled up, drug the guys along for muscle and set into the sunshine.
 
 
 Reagan, like always was drawn to the dirt. Like a moth to a flame this girl.
 
 
 
 The farm will always be such a special place to me. I hope that as our girls grow up, it will be a special place to them as well. When the sun is shinning and fresh air is in your lungs it's the most magical place in the world.
 
 
 
 
I hope you all had a great weekend too!
 

Thursday, December 26, 2013

33 Weeks

How far along: 33 Weeks {Dec 23rd}
Total weight gain: 36 lbs of love
Bump Size: last week I was measuring 4 weeks ahead of time
Sleep: Sucky-town. Pregnancy insomnia is in full effect.
Best moment this week: Christmas with Cody's family was amazing!
Miss Anything: My bangin bod
Movement:  YES!! It's starting to change from punches and kicks to rolls and pivots. She is running out of room!
Food Cravings: Nothing note-able
Anything making you queasy or sick: Feeling pretty good!
Gender: Sweet baby Girl
Labor Signs: Contractions! I have a few more weeks to wait then BRING THEM ON!
Symptoms: Lots of heartburn, all. day. long.
Belly Button in or out: Flat for the most part, the top sticks out sometimes
Happy or Moody most of the time:  Tired and un-amused most of the time.
Looking forward to: Moving into our new HOME! Bringing this baby girl home to complete our family!

And this week our Christmas pic doubles as my belly pic.

 

Christmas 2013

Merry Christmas!
 
 
Another year has come and gone for us Austin's and we couldn't be more excited for what the upcoming year has in store for us. But first a look at what our last Christmas as a family of 3 looked like.
 
Here we are on Christmas Eve.
 
We started our Christmas Eve morning by keeping Gray tradition in breaking tradition and opening our gifts. My Brother and I seemed to always convince our loving Mother that it was okay to open presents early. I think our record was present opening on the 23rd.
 
I think Reagan liked our decision to open early.
 
 
 
 
Happy Girl with her new pink dump truck!
 
 
 
I think I'll have a seat...
 
 
After our present opening we got bathed, showered, napped and headed off to Grandma and Grandpa Austin's for dinner.
 


After our belly's were full and our eyes were heavy we said our good-byes for the night.
 



Christmas morning we had sticky buns, sausage and eggnog!
 

 
We then headed back out to Grandpa and Grandma Austin's for presents and dinner.




I'm just so in love with this girl.
 


To another beautiful year spent with my favorite people in the world. Can't wait for you to join us baby Carter.





Friday, December 20, 2013

Doctors Orders

 Yesterday I had my 32 Week checkup with Doctor Smith, pretty typical for the most part- up 2 lbs (woof), belly measures big (4 weeks), annnnd then he asks me if I've had any contractions. I had already had this issue on my agenda to discuss with him, so I say YES. He showed a little concern with the amount I've had and the length of time that they occur. So I was ordered to 'take it easy'. Lets be honest about one thing - it's not like I'm doing a jazzercise session every morning, I take it pretty darn easy throughout the day. But I was urged to slow it down even more for the next few weeks.
 
Without a doubt we are on the same page about this baby coming early. Doc's concern was giving this baby a few more weeks before we get serious about labor. Carter needs a little bit more time to cook.
 
So I'm hoping to enjoy life from the slow lane for the next couple weeks:: Exhibit A ::
 
 
Don't be fooled, I'm not watching anything substantial, not on purpose anyway. Mr. President has interrupted my soap opera watching with a press conference. RUDE.
 
So for now, I will try and get some fun blog posts written, enjoy cuddling with my only child, and continue to day dream about what 2014 holds for us Austin's.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

32 Weeks

How far along: 32 Weeks {Dec 16th}
Total weight gain:  34 Lbs
Bump Size: Growing by the second
Sleep: Not so good, lots of tossing and turning, actually more like rolling from side to side with moments of feeling like a turtle flipped on its shell.
Best moment this week: Spending the day in town with Reag, doing a little Christmas shopping and a lunch date.
Miss Anything: Mobility. It's getting so hard to change Reag's diaper on the floor. My ribs don't allow me to hunch over a wiggly toddler with a poopy butt.
Movement:  TONS
Food Cravings: Nooot really, just hungry all the time.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope, feeling pretty good.
Gender: Sweet baby girl
Labor Signs: Yes. Lots of contractions, and have had two scary moments of "Holy Shit I'm going into labor"... Carter must be a prankster.
Symptoms: Heartburn and overall discomfort.
Belly Button in or out: Flat
Happy or Moody most of the time:  Tired, very tired. Which I guess makes me moody. I have much less patience than normal.
Looking forward to: Moving into our NEW HOUSE! Anxious to see what the doctor has to say about all these contractions. And Christmas DUH!

Belly pics :: Pajama Party Style!!




Wednesday, December 11, 2013

SOLD to the highest bidder!

That highest bidder would be US!
We are the proud owners of a one of a kind 2007 rambler located in Tri Cities Washington!!
 
 
That's right, we are homeowners!! WHooP WHooP!!
 
 
It's going to be a great starter home for us Austin's. I am so excited to watch our girls grow up in this home, run around the back yard, and of course make LOTS and LOTS of memories.
Holidays - Birthdays - Everydays...I can't wait!
 
This is such an exciting adventure and I'm so glad that I have this beautiful family to share it with.

And you KNOW I can't wait to get in there and get some DIY projects done! Luckily for us, the house is in really great shape- so interior paint is really what is on the list.

A few other things involve::
 New flooring
Kitchen Renovation
&
Patio lighting

Some great goals to start saving up our monies for. But you better believe we are taking a vacation before ANY of the big stuff gets tackled.

We are in the last steps of our closing process, just waiting for the loan to be finalized. Our ultimate dream would to be in the house by Christmas, but for sure will be in by the end of the year.


 
 
 

Monday, December 9, 2013

Remember that time our pipes froze

 
With all this crazy weather floating around the country I didn't want to complain about the shenanigans we're going through right now. Hope everyone reading is safe and warm!
 
Long story short: We don't have water, in our house anyway. Our main waterline coming into the house is frozen. It's been below freezing temps for almost two weeks now. So I guess it was a matter of time before something froze. Luckily for us, we have a no-freeze water pump out by the barn- so we go out there a couple times a day to fill gallon size water jugs.
 


It seems to be getting easier to deal with (going on 3 days now), it just makes doing dishes a pain in the rear! Thankfully we have power, so boiling water on the stove is how we are getting by with cleaning and of course a bath for Reag.
 
Hoping for warmer (above freezing) temps this upcoming week!
 
 

31 Weeks

How far along: 31 Weeks {Dec 9th}
Total weight gain:  33 Lbs...damn peanut butter balls
Bump Size: Measuring 2 weeks ahead...no surprise there. I feel like Carter is a low rider compared to Reagan. (Here is a look at 31 Weeks with Reagan)
Sleep: Good, for the most part.
Best moment this week: Had a great doctors apt on Thursday
Miss Anything: Being comfortable, and moving easily
Movement:  Lots and Lots
Food Cravings: I would pay big money to have a pizza delivered. Don't think we're in the delivery zone however....
Anything making you queasy or sick: Been feeling pretty good lately.
Gender: Sweet Baby Sister
Labor Signs: Lots of Braxton hicks and a few real contractions. Nothing consistent, but makes me happy that my body is gearing up for labor!
Symptoms: Heartburn, Braxton hicks/contractions, a huge ever growing belly.
Belly Button in or out: Flat still
Happy or Moody most of the time:  Happy with waves of stress and irrational freak outs 
Looking forward to: Christmas, family visits, and seeing my baby brother later this Winter.


And now, for my wonderfully awful blurry belly pics....


Anyone else completely annoyed by that random basket and blue vase...??
 



Monday, December 2, 2013

30 Weeks

How far along: 30 Weeks {Dec 2nd}
Total weight gain:  Somewhere around 30 lbs if you must know...
Bump Size: Reagan has gone from calling it a belly to a ball, so I got that going for me.
Sleep: Not the best, a few early mornings and sleepless hours in the 1-3am time frame.
Best moment this week: Obviously it was Thanksgiving weekend. Lots of time with our wonderful families. Also my Super good college friend had her second beautiful baby girl, it makes it seem somehow more real to me that I will be going through the same experience soon. So happy for her and her precious family.
Miss Anything: Just being able to move better, bending over and chasing after a crazy toddler wears a girl out!
Movement: Lots of kicks, I think baby girl has gone head down.  
Food Cravings: There have been so many days where I just want to load up a trough and eat for hours on end....actually- I'm hungry right meow!
Anything making you queasy or sick: Just the wonderful smells my husband produces after stuffing his belly with holiday deliciousness.
Gender: Sweet Baby Girl
Labor Signs: Braxton Hicks like a pro.
Symptoms: Heartburn, and a perfect balance of nesting and pure exhaustion.
Belly Button in or out: flat stanley
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy with waves of stress
Looking forward to: We've officially hit the 10 week countdown, if it's anything like my first pregnancy- an 8 week countdown. Oh man just typing that makes my heart backflip with anxiety. My mom brought us our first box of newborn diapers....I am NOT ready for that. It made it all the more real that soon I will have another butt to wipe. I think I may need to grow another arm in the next couple weeks.

Now, I'm off to the fridge.






17 Months

Age: 17 Months


Stats: {We'll find out next month at her check up!}

Clothes: Still in 9-12. We will have to party when she outgrows 12 Month.

Favorite food: Condiments, sauces and anything to dip into.

Favorite words: Hot, Aw Man, No No No.

Favorite activities: Loves to color with crayons and on the chalk board. We've only had one free range coloring incident (green crayon on the fridge).


Loves to watch the birds dance around on the deck.
 
Least favorite activities: I'm going to stick with not getting what she wants, we've officially entered the temper tantrum stage. Exhibit A::

 
Signature moves: Loves to Dance!! Reagan is a big chapstick applier, anytime she sees me put it on she must have some too.

Mom's proudest moment: Pitch perfect sing along/dance-athon, turns out Reagan is as big of a fan as I am of the movie. Aca-Awesome!

 
Dad's proudest moment: Being an early bird, thankfully Cody gets up with Reagan when she chooses to get up at 5:30am. Momma needs her beauty sleep.

 
Other milestones: Finally had one of the four molars pop through, the other three are still working their way in. I put her amber necklace back on her, I swear by them.

Reagan got to enjoy her second ever Thanksgiving Dinner! Loved the mashed potatoes and stuffing!! Just like Mama!

We also had a post Thanksgiving-Pre Christmas Dinner with Nana and Shawn, Reagan tried our traditional Christmas Eve Fondue for the first time SHE LOVED IT! I'm sure the fact that she got to "dip" the bread in the cheese had something to do with it.
 
 
Reagan had her first Hot Chocolate! I'm sure there will be many more Winter time firsts this upcoming month!
 

Friday, November 29, 2013

Winter & Holiday Bucket List

This year I've been so jazzed up for the Holidays. It's so unusual for me. Maybe I'm getting soft in my old age, or maybe the thought of sharing Holiday cheer with Reagan has evoked the Holiday lover in me.
 
Up until now I was fine listening to Christmas music once a year. On Christmas. But we have been playing it regularly around these parts.
 
I'm excited to do some festive events in the next few weeks, here are a few of our must do's::
 


So I raise my mug of hot chocolate, and toast you all in a magical and festive Winter season.
Cheers,
 


Feeling Thankful and Holiday plans

Happy Thanksgiving to all!
 
We had a beautiful and bountiful Thanksgiving at Cody's parents. So Thankful to have such a wonderful and giving extended family.
 
We had a relaxing morning, I made a small breakfast and we enjoyed coffee by the fire before cleaning up the house a little bit and getting ready to head over to the in-laws. I timed the one hour drive to co-inside with Reagan's nap, unfortunately she chose to only sleep for 30 minutes of it. Whatcanyado?!
 
 

This counts as my 29 week picture since I slacked this week. {29 Weeks 4 Days} and clearly Cody was feeling very relaxed after his eggnog drink.
 


Our beautiful table setting
 

 
And what barefoot and pregnant post would be complete without my completely horrible quality cell phone pics. You're Welcome.
 
 
 
Hope everyone's Thanksgiving was just as full-filling (pun intended)!
 
Now, lets get to bizznass.
 
CHRISTMAS!  
 
The countdown till we can get a tree is ON like DONKEY KONG. Us Austin's have a debate on when we can get the tree, I want it NOW and Cody likes to hold off so it isn't a complete dried up fire danger by the time Santa slides down the chimney. I get it. I just don't care.
 
We kicked off the Christmas season with a round of peppermint hot chocolates. It was Reagan's first hot chocolate- she liked it, didn't love it.
 
I'm excited to get some more holiday type things done in the next couple weeks. We are scheduled to get snow this week, so, we have that to look forward to.
 
And last but not least. Our Austin 2nd Annual White Trash Christmas will be commencing at some point this month. We started this last year on a complete whim. We just decided to dress trashy and show up to my Mother's Christmas dinner. She was thrilled let me tell you.
Well now that it's a tradition, I'm putting much more thought and effort into it.
 
Here was last year's family pic::


 
Happy Holidays!

 

Monday, November 18, 2013

28 Weeks

How far along: 28 Weeks {Nov 18th}
Total weight gain:  Mind ya business...
Maternity clothes: Loving my new pants and top!
Bump Size: Carter is the size of an eggplant, plus she has lashes and blinks now!
Sleep: Good Good, Double good!!
Best moment this week: Getting a date day with Hubby while Grandma Karen babysat
Miss Anything: The ease of standing up after sitting on the floor to change diapers.
Movement: Yep, lots of thumping and hiccups this week.
Food Cravings: I made some bomb beef stroganoff this week, and have been craving it ever since! So good!!
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope, feel great!
Gender: Sweet baby girl
Labor Signs: Braxton Hicks!
Symptoms: Heartburn! and Acid reflux!! ick.
Belly Button in or out: barely in, mostly flat.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy!
Looking forward to: The 10 week countdown!