wonderfully weekend :: spring has arrived!

Yep, it only took until the middle of May, but I think we can say spring is here. Finally!

Also, weekend recap on a Thursday? #overachiever

Saturday my wonderful friends threw Little Sister a sprinkle shower! We are so spoiled. Friends, flowers, food. So much food! I really should have taken a picture of the selection.

image

Aren’t those onsies just the cutest?! My friend Elizabeth made them. I can’t wait to use them!

The shower was nice and low key. We just hung out and chatted and ate the delicious food. My friends all chipped in to help us buy the double stroller we have had our eye on. Like I said, we were spoiled!

Thanks so much ladies for a great day!

Sunday we decided to stock up on some flowers. I love walking up and down the aisles, choosing which ones we want to plant on our deck for the summer.

image

It rained on Monday, so we actually got around to planting them on Tuesday. And we have 3 or 4 empty planters. So we will have to go back for some more this weekend. Oh, darn!

Sunday afternoon we had family/maternity pictures taken! I am so excited to see them! Avery was being so adorable. As usual. It was such a beautiful afternoon, besides the wind. So I’m sure my hair is in my face for every picture. : )

image

And now that it’s Thursday, I can look forward to another weekend! A long one at that.

Let’s be friends:
facebook // twitter // google+

Posted in Uncategorized | 12 Comments

Mother’s Day 2014 :: the highlights

Mother’s Day 2014.

  • My lovely neighbor decided that 7:45 am was a fantastic time to vacuum out his garage. Or something in his garage. Which faces my bedroom window. He owes me a Mother’s Day present.
  • At least Avery wasn’t disturbed. I got to stare at her while she sleeps. Which doesn’t happen often anymore. She is always up before me. I loved the time reflecting on how grateful I am that she is mine. How she made me a mommy. And my heart explodes with love for her every day. Sappy, but 100% true.

image

  • Some of my gifts: Donuts. Yes! And Avery signed the card all by herself. I love it.

image

  • I like to think Avery got me the book, since we watch Mindy together. And Little Sister got me the Cold Stone card. Since she’s the reason I want ice cream so much!

image

  • Avery refused to say “I love you” to me all day. I would say it to her and she would say “Thank you!” and run away. Punk.
  • Spent some time with my mom and family. Had some Papa Murphy’s for lunch. Delicious!
  • Jeremy played outside with Avery while I took a nap.
  • We went out for a hibachi dinner. Because we are clearly obsessed.
  • Little Sister rounded the day out with the gift of heartburn.

Overall, I had a lovely Mother’s Day and felt the love!

Let’s be friends:
facebook // twitter // google+

Posted in family, holiday | Tagged , , | 6 Comments

Avery’s first haircut!

Who knew we still had some “firsts” to get through at 2 years old?

I had been procrastinating on getting Avery a hair cut. For the most part it was because she didn’t have a ton of hair and it grew in really evenly. Besides the long bangs. Well. The bangs finally got to me. Avery had brushed her hair out of her eyes one too many times.

April 21, 2014 was the day. I was nervous about how she would be in the chair. I made sure to pack extra jellybeans and stickers in my purse. I went in expecting that she would be anxious and have to sit in my lap while she got the cut.

And I was wrong. She was a rock star. You would never have guessed this was her first cut.

image

Checking herself out in the mirror.

She loved being in the booster seat up so high. The salon had a bunch of toys and books to keep her busy.

image

Watching the action.

image

Reading a book. Always a highlight of her day.

image

Helping style her new ‘do.

image

Finished cut! What a pro!

image

The hair a few days later. “Lived in.” I love it.

The girl seems to love the salon. I am still in shock a little at how well she did. And she can see again! Win all around.

Let’s be friends:
facebook // twitter // google+

Posted in Avery Rose, firsts | Tagged , | 12 Comments

hump day confessions [5.7.14]

Remember that time I posted 4 times in one week? Yeah, that was exhausting! But everything is exhausting for me lately…

Which brings me to my confessions.

HDC: I think my posts are going to be a bit more sporadic coming up. I still want to recap weekends if we do anything fun. And I will try to be confessing on Wednesdays, but I can’t make any promises. Like I said before, everything wears me out. My doctor confirmed it today. She said that second pregnancies take it out on you more. I’m 32/33 weeks, but it probably feels like I’m 36/37 weeks. And it does. Brings me to another confession:

HDC: I don’t know how I’m going to survive the next few weeks. I’m trying so hard not to complain. But it’s been a rough go these last couple of weeks. I am so thankful because I haven’t had the health issues like I did last time. But my body feels like it’s ready to quit. I haven’t been comfortable in over a week. Pillows aren’t cutting it anymore. But I know I this little lady has to cook for at least another month. And I will keep trying to curb my complaining.

HDC: This weekend the weather was gorgeous. I wish we could have lived outside. Avery got her first skinned knee/ripped pants of the year. Good thing I spend, like $5 on pants.

image

She still claims that she needs us to kiss her knee “all better.”

HDC: I love that Avery “gifted” me with all these rocks. The landscaping by our garage is all rocks. She spent a good amount of time carefully selecting each one to give me. Pretty cute. Also, don’t mind the blinding pale leg. Proof of the never-ending winter.

image

HDC: I am not a fan of our new downstairs neighbors. At. All.

HDC: We stay in our jammies most of the day, unless we have to leave the house. I’m not even that sorry about it.
image

HDC: All I want to eat are donuts. All. The. Time. I daydream about them. It is the strongest pregnancy craving I have had. And it won’t go away. Magically, I haven’t gained any weight in 4 weeks. I take that to mean I can have more donuts.

HDC: I don’t know if Little Sister’s clothes are going to fit in the new dresser we bought.
image

Contents: sheets, newborn size clothes, 0-3 month clothes. Good thing they fold up small…

Let’s be friends:
facebook // twitter // google+

Vodka and Soda
Posted in hump day confessions | Tagged , , , , , , | 14 Comments

I see London… I see France… I need your help!

Another update for you on what I have been doing at work! Exciting, I know!

Remember when I worked a very glamorous photo shoot? I get to share with you why I was there!

logo

We completely re-branded and relaunched our lingerie line! And the more stressful part: We launched a Kickstarter campaign today! EEK!

grid

So here’s the deal: I would love it if you could help fund us. Like, love you forever and ever. And I’m offering up some personal incentives on top of the kick ass ones we are offering on Kickstarter.

purse

If you pledge ANY AMOUNT: I will make sure your personal/blog Facebook and Twitter get some love.

If you pledge $20 or more: I will enter you into a drawing for an additional pair of UU, style of your choice.

If you are the awesomest of the awesome and pledge $50 or more: You get the 2 pairs offered via Kickstarter, plus I will throw in a TowelTopper.

And as an added fun bonus: Anyone who shares the Kickstarter link on Facebook will be entered into a drawing for a TowelTopper.

Just email jen [at] sgdstyle [dot] com letting me know how you helped me pimp this out and I will enter you in the drawing(s)!

Also be sure to follow on Facebook and Twitter for updates!

Let’s be friends:
facebook // twitter // google+

Posted in giveaway | Tagged | Leave a comment

officially two years

Avery had her two-year check up on Friday, April 11, 2014. The last day of her “ones.”

:: vitals ::

    • weight: 28 (75-90%) Up 2 pounds in 6 months. Same percentiles as forever.
    • height: 34.5 inches (75-90%) Grew 1.5 inches.
    • head: 19.5 inches (25-50%)

birthday girl

:: what the doc said ::

You impressed her this visit because you know all your colors. She couldn’t stump you. You also didn’t cry at all when she checked your ears. Which might be a first. She said you are perfect and she knows you are going to be a great big sister.

:: favorites ::

You still love books. You have 3 books about a new baby/becoming a big sister. You love them all and want us to read them over and over again.

Now that the weather is getting a little nicer, you want to play outside all the time. You love the park and going down the slides all by yourself!

You love helping with the laundry and emptying the dishwasher. I pray this continues forever!

You have a wonderful imagination. You climb into boxes or bins and pretend you are blasting off into space to the moon. We have been playing with your beach toys lately. And you use them to build sand castles in the living room. You will take your bears and doll and change their diapers. Such a good little mommy.

:: other ::

      • eating: You have started telling us when you are ready to eat. “A-e hung-ey.” (Avery hungry) You say it all the time. You still eat really well. Anything we have for a meal, you have too.
      • sleeping: Not great. Someday?
      • teeth: I’m not sure how many teeth you have left to pop through. It can’t be too many now.
      • clothes: You are rapidly growing out of your 2T clothes. We are slowly getting you 3T things. But being in between seasons, we don’t want to get too much right now.
      • language: You constantly impress me with your words. Sometimes you will say something in the correct context that blows me away. The other day you were “cooking cake” and you tried it and yelled “deeee-licous” I have no idea where you learned that. That happens a lot. You are stringing together 3 and 4 word sentences. Like a person, or something.
      • learning: This is where I get to brag. It blows me away how smart you are. You know all of your colors. You know all the letters of the alphabet (as long as they are capitals). You know most numbers 0-9. Some of those still trip you up a little. And we are working on shapes now.
      • nicknames: I’ve been calling you “Avery Girl” a lot lately. Mostly because then you call me “Mommy Girl” and I love hearing you call me that. And if I’m really lucky, you call Daddy “Daddy Girl.”

wpid-img_20140310_161228_wm.jpg

Avery Girl, you bring me so much joy. I can’t even put it into words. As much as I miss you being my little baby, I love watching you grow and learn and explore.

You are such a little sweetheart. You give kisses and hugs. I love when you try to hug and kiss LucyCat. She’s not so into it. But you laugh and try again.

You just amaze me everyday. I adore the person you are becoming. And I feel so blessed that I get to be your Mommy.

twelve months // fifteen months // eighteen months

Let’s be friends:
facebook // twitter // google+

Posted in Avery Rose | Tagged , | 8 Comments

hump day confessions [4.23.14]

Before we do anything here today, please go read yesterday’s guest post. Thanks.

HDC: I really love writing these confessions every week. It’s nice to get all my crazy out of my brain and on here. Clears up some space.

HDC: I’m becoming increasingly impatient for my due date to get here already. I woke up early and my Facebook news feed was  full of brand new babies. My bff and one of my blogging friends had babies this week. And I want mine.

HDC: If I had a machine that would make food and drinks magically appear, it would be doling out donuts and cherry coke all day long. For real. It’s all I want.

HDC: I want to unfollow a bunch of people on Twitter. But I don’t want them to unfollow me. I realize this makes me sound like I’m in high school. Whatever. But when all you do is retweet people, why are you on Twitter? Post something original. Just once!

HDC: Avery got her first haircut this week. And, if it’s possible, she got cuter. I plan on posting some pictures Friday.

HDC: We went to Ikea yesterday and had 3 things on our list. We only bought one additional thing. And spent less than $300. It’s a modern-day miracle. Side note: they have some really cute patio furniture.

HDC: I’m on pace to post everyday this week. Pretty pumped about that.

HDC: We have maternity/family/Avery is 2 pictures next week. And I have no idea what we are going to wear. I just don’t have the energy to pick out outfits for the 3 of us. Does anyone want to come over and style us??

Let’s be friends:
facebook // twitter // google+

hump day confessions

Posted in hump day confessions | Tagged , , , | 14 Comments

guest post :: national infertility awareness week

Today I have a very special guest post for you all. This week is National Infertility Awareness Week. Infertility is something that comes in all shapes and sizes. To read more stories head over to Lauren’s blog Our Crazy Ever After. She put together this awesome blog swap.

Today Lisa is sharing with us some ways we can help support a friend who is dealing with infertility. Thank you Lisa, for sharing your story!

resolve

How to Support a Friend Dealing With Infertility

Infertility affects 1 out of every 8 couples of child-bearing age, so the odds are high that someone you care about is currently experiencing infertility to some degree.   I myself have been battling infertility for over two years, and it’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done physically, emotionally, and financially.

The problem with infertility is that it’s a very private and sensitive matter. Some women are open to discussing it with friends and family, while others prefer to remain private.  And sometimes a woman’s willingness to talk about her infertility can change depending on how she’s feeling that day.

Here are some ideas for caring for a friend dealing with infertility while respecting her possible need for privacy.

Don’t minimize or compare her pain

Most women with an infertility diagnosis only receive such diagnosis after they’ve tried unsuccessfully to have a baby for quite awhile.  Some women have never seen a positive pregnancy test, while others have had several miscarriages.  It’s important to remember that all pain is pain.  It’s not helpful to say something like, “At least your miscarriage was early,” or “You’ve never had positive pregnancy test, but at least you’ve never miscarried.”  Instead, be sure to acknowledge her suffering and let her know you’re sorry she has to deal with it.

Respect her need to skip “kid-centered” events

If you’re friends with people you have kids, you probably get invited to a lot of “kid-centered” events. There are baby showers, birthday parties, baptisms, christenings, and Easter Egg hunts.  It’s important to understand that these types of events may be extremely painful for an infertile woman because they remind her of what she does not have.  Most of us infertiles feel terribly guilty about skipping these events, but we’re also worried about getting upset or crying at the party and causing a scene.  Don’t exclude your friend from an invite to your kid-centered event, but consider including a personal note saying you understand if she can’t make it.

Invite her on “kid-free” outings

Infertility can be an isolating experience, especially if most women if your social circle are mothers.  So if you really want to encourage a friend going through infertility, invite her on a kid-free outing. Not only should you leave your kids at home, but try to minimize the kid-talk.  Focus on topics other than parenting or motherhood.  Be willing to listen to her if she wants to talk about her infertility, but don’t force the issue.

Be available

Finally, let your friend know that you’re there for her.  You may not understand what she’s going through, but make sure she knows you want to be a supportive presence in her life.  Consider sending her a card or a small gift after she’s suffered a miscarriage or a failed treatment.  Offer to bring her food or some movies while she’s recovering from an intense procedure (like egg retrieval during IVF).  Above all, don’t act like everything is okay and ignore what she’s going through.  Even if you don’t know what to say, tell her that you don’t know what to say.  Your presence is the most important thing.

headshot

Lisa writes about her infertility journey at AmateurNester.com.  Her goal is to encourage other women who are also in the midst of infertility.  She lives in California with her husband and their very spoiled cat, Hemingway.  

Connect with Lisa:
Facebook
Twitter
G+

Posted in guest post | Tagged | 6 Comments

wonderfully weekend :: Easter 2014

I can’t remember the last time I had such a busy, fun weekend! Plus the weather was gorgeous.

Friday was filled with running around town. Jeremy had the day off for Good Friday. I’m so glad he did. I was in search of some maternity undergarments. We went to the mall in town, and they didn’t have my size. And I needed them for Easter. So I had the bright idea of going to the Mall of America. I can be so stupid sometimes. It was a madhouse. But the lady at the maternity store was really helpful and it turns out that I needed a smaller size than I thought, so I could have just bought what I needed at the first place. Ugh. Whatever, it was done. And I’m a stronger person for surviving it.

We then headed to BFF Kirsten’s house. Funny story. I couldn’t sleep Thursday night. And I realized that Kirsten’s due date was Friday. And we didn’t have any pictures of our baby bumps together! Zero! How did we let that happen! So I frantically e-mailed her saying we had to fix that. I told her I could come over Friday. So I just prayed she didn’t have her baby in that time.

image

The first picture with the future BFFs.

It was a good thing I made the trip over there, because she had her little girl the next afternoon! I like to think she waited until we got the picture before she would make her appearance.

We finished out the day with dinner and more shopping.

I spent the evening filling Easter eggs for the hunt I was doing for the kids the next day. I might have gone a little overboard…

image

Miraculously, most of the candy made it into the eggs.

Saturday afternoon we went over to my parents’ house to celebrate Easter. And I took a bunch of pictures with my actual camera. Win!

eastercollage

We had a great time looking hunting for eggs. And then coloring some eggs.

image

Found some!

That night we had our book club meeting. I didn’t finish the book this month. Whoops! It was still fun to have dinner and catch up with friends. Maybe I can finish next month’s book!

Easter Sunday was busy fun! Jeremy was playing at the 12:00 church service and he had to leave a couple of hours early to rehearse. So I was in charge of getting Avery and myself ready. It’s usually fine, but an hour plus process.

image

She loved twirling in this dress all day!

Church was good. I was overheating during the service and had to step out a couple of times. And Avery cried the whole time in the “play room.” Every time I think we are making progress with her, she takes a giant step back. How long does her separation anxiety last?

Then we headed to lunch. All 12 of us. Thankfully the hibachi place we went to was very accommodating. And delicious.

After taking a nap (glorious!) we did Easter baskets and played outside.

image

The only picture I got of Avery’s basket. I didn’t even get one of Jeremy’s! #badblogger

Avery got a chocolate bunny, new forks, and a tennis racquet! Which she swings around calling a “bat.” She loves it.

Jeremy got a bunch of grilling things in his basket. A good haul, if you ask me.

image

It was such a beautiful evening to spend outside. I hope we get many more like this!

I hope you all had a fantastic Easter.

I hope you come back tomorrow for a guest post on a very important topic!

Let’s be friends:
facebook // twitter // google+

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

hump day confessions [4.16.14]

I wasn’t sure I was going to post today. Nothing was coming to mind. Then…I went on Pinterest last night. I went on looking for some freezer meals that we might be able to put together before Little Sister gets here. [I didn't find too many. If you have a good one, send it my way!]

After not finding much, I started browsing the “Kids” section. Now, I know that some people feel really bad/inadequate looking at Pinterest and all the crafty things that seem impossible for normal people. I just think, “Are you on crack?! I’m not doing that. Just buy it.” Among other things.

I found myself clicking on all the articles about “What to Pack in Your Hospital Bag.” With captions proclaiming, “The best list I’ve seen!” and “This is her 4th baby, so she knows her stuff!!” Ummm, not so much. My thoughts:

  • 4 outfits for new baby! You do NOT need to bring 4 freaking outfits for the new baby. That is insane. Maybe 2 if you aren’t sure what size the baby will be. You are in the hospital for 3 days. You do not need a ton of clothes for the baby. Period.
  • Someone suggested you pack an entire package of diapers. We packed zero diapers for Avery and we left with extras. Why would you bring all that extra stuff??
  • Your favorite [fill in the blank]. I wouldn’t pack your favorite anything. Between all the blood (gross, I know) and the possibility of leaving it behind, I just wouldn’t risk it. Unless you want to buy a new favorite thing. Then bring it.
  • 3 copies of your 5 page Birth Plan. Now, I completely understand why some people write birth plans. You have an image of how your labor is going to happen. And you want the nurses and doctors to respect your wishes. But I also think it is ridiculous for people to think that you are in control in any. way. of the situation. That baby trying to get out is in charge. If they get stuck in your birth canal, there is no amount of soothing music that is going to prevent a c-section. If I was a L&D nurse, I would have a hard time not shredding every insane birth plan I saw.

I will be doing a few things different at the hospital this time. We are hoping to have our newborn pics taken right there this time. So I actually have to bring make up and try to look presentable. Whomp whomp.

I also plan on bringing the iPad. As nice as it was to nap on and off during my 12 hours in the hospital pre baby, I had a lot of time where I was bored. So having some mindless entertainment might be nice. I can play games or watch some shows on Hulu. Plus the iPad holds a charge better than my phone, so I can get better use from it.

hump day confessions

Linking up with Vodka and Soda, as usual.

Let’s be friends:
facebook // twitter // google+

Posted in baby things, hump day confessions | Tagged , , , | 24 Comments