Fall is a good time for decorating!

We’ve been in our house for almost a year and I finally finished our sitting room and our fireplace mantle! I seriously can’t believe it’s taken me this long to get to it! It’s hard with two little ones around. Plus my favorite local furniture shop is 5 hours away, so shopping there is always a bit of a challenge! Thank goodness for delivery ๐Ÿ™‚

With moving every 3-4 years (it seems) I try to find pieces that will work in a variety of houses and layouts. I really don’t want to buy things that will only work for our current house. I enjoy spending the money on quality, well made items. I even try to go for made in the USA!

Here is a photo of our dining room (taken from the sitting room)

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I actually got the dining room table and chairs when we first moved in because I was hosting Christmas and needed a larger table! The table, chairs, and rug are all from Crate & Barrel. I do love Crate & Barrel ๐Ÿ™‚

Our sitting room furniture is from a variety of places, including my favorite place, ByDesign. It’s located in good ole Iowa! I sure to miss living close by!!

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Finally finishing the sitting room was such an awesome feeling! It’s right at the front of our house so it’s very warm and inviting now. Chad and I love sitting out here to drink our coffee on the weekends. I can’t wait to enjoy a nice big ole glass of wine on that big comfy couch once I pop this babe out!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Right now I’ve got the sitting room all decked out for fall. I can’t wait to sprinkle it with a little Christmas decor in a few weeks!! โค

Last but not least, our fireplace mantle. You guys, can you image staring at a huge (like 9′) empty mantle for a year?! Every day I fantasied about what I wanted up there! I’m happy to say it came together nicely.

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Our fireplace is located in the living room. This is where the boys play, where our tv is at, and our big comfy sectional. All of our living room furniture is from ByDesign as well. I don’t have a picture of it in this house, but I had it all in our last house.

It’s felt so nice getting some loose ends tied up around here. My next project is the decorating the new nursery!!

Wel, that’s about all for now! Just wanted to share the progress. ๐Ÿ™‚

{{ we seem to move so much, I love having documented photos of each home for the memories it’ll bring }}

…until next time! xoxo โค

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Halloween 2017

So far it’s been a great Fall!

*minus the sickness*

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Last night Jack celebrated his first Halloween!

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We went out trick or treating for a little bit, but both of the boys were sick, so we just went to a couple neighbors and that was it.

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This year Preston wanted to be a ghost like in his Clifford (the big red dog) books. He said we needed to find a really big kleenex for him to wear!! (that is what puppy clifford wore when he was so tiny). It was too cute! He wanted Chad to be a ghost with him. So we whipped up a few the old fashioned way. haha! Never again though! It was a struggle for us to get Preston to wear it because he felt like he couldn’t see very well. From now on, we’ll know he needs to have something that does NOT cover his face! Lesson learned ๐Ÿ™‚

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We wanted Jack to be a Bear since that is his nickname. I found an adorable Panda costume at Pottery Barn Kids! So Jack got to be a panda bear!! Preston wanted me to be a panda with Jack, so I found a cute panda hat to wear. haha!

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My family came to town so we did the Trick or Treating on main street the weekend prior to halloween.

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Haha. Our typical life below ๐Ÿ™‚

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a little side profile for the growing bump. #18weeks4dayspregnant

(the only side profile pic was blurry ๐Ÿ˜ฆ ย )

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Well, that’s all for now!

{{Hoping the sickness passes soon. Preston hasn’t been getting any better and Jack is getting worse. SAVE ME! It’s been hard for me because Chad goes to work before the boys wake up and isn’t home until after they are in bed usually. So with them being sick and extra needy, it’s been very tiring and a lot of work! Jack threw up all over him, me, the rocking chair, and the floor as I was trying to put him to bed last night. This morning he threw up all over his carseat. So a lot of cleaning and laundry for me!!}}

…until next time! xoxo โค

 

Jack – 10 months!

It’s hard to believe our little Jack is 10 months old already!! He’s been changing daily. It’s crazy to watch the things he learns and discovers daily.

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He has started clapping which is totally adorable. Everytime I say ‘yay’ he claps. haha! {Pavlov’s dog anyone?!}ย He is a crawling machine!!! He is all over the place. He’s a speed crawler and can catch up with me, even when I don’t want him too! haha. He’s been crawling for over a month now, so I supposed it’s okay he’s all over the place ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Speaking of being all over the place, he is into everything!! Literally, a clean house? what is that?! Everywhere I turn he is into cupboards taking everything out and scattering it all over the house. It wouldn’t be a day if there weren’t plastic cups, plates, pantry items, paper towel rolls, etc, all over the house! Thankfully, when we moved, I knew to put anything and everything that wasn’t breakable on the lower shelves.

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The entire house is baby proofed, except we still need to put locks on the few bathroom cupboards that are within his reach. We’ve even anchored all the tall furniture to the walls. With Preston we never had to worry about that because he never tried to climb anything! Jack pulls himself up on anything and everything!! He also likes to pull drawers out and he’s super strong! He even pushed down our baby gate. We are going to have to screw it to the wall soon enough!

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Jack loves Preston. He could follow him around and play with him all day. He lets Preston feed him and give him bottles! It is so sweet the bond that they have already.

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At night Jack has started sleeping through the night again! Yay! He sleeps from 6:30pm – 5:30 am every night. He still likes nursing in the morning and a couple times throughout the day, but he has started to self wean a bit. {{yes, still making milk while pregnant! โค our bodies are amazing!}} He much prefers drinking out of a bottle these days. It’s nice for the freedom, but it’s a little bittersweet. Preston was no where near done nursing at 10 months.

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Jack has turned into a bottomless pit when it comes to eating! He loves eating. He is such a good eater too. He will eat anything we serve him. It’s so nice, Preston was the same way when he was young. Preston still has a very broad palate! Thanks to Chad, he eats anything and everything healthful and unique, so the boys get a lot of exposure at a young age.

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Last month was a little rough for Jack in that he was teething and wanted to be held and carried around all over the place!! Within the last week or 2 he has started becoming more independent! For example, its noon and he has been playing with Preston since he (Preston) woke up this morning at 7:15am. Well, besides stopping to eat every once in awhile, and taking an hour long nap.

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Napping had been going well for Jack for a few weeks. He was taking anywhere from a 1 -3 hour nap in the mornings around 9am. Afternoon naps were a little more hit or miss. Some days he would take one and some days he won’t. They were never longer than an hour either. Hence why he was ready to pass out by 6:30pm! However, within the last week Jack has gone down to one nap a day! He will go down around noon and sleep for an hour. Sometimes longer, but not by much!! So he is ready for bed by 6pm now. The last few nights he’s been asleep by 6pm. He still sleeps well though. He will sleep until about 5:30 or 6 am. I would love to have him go to bed later *hoping* he would sleep in a little later, but I must admit, I love having the boys in bed so early! Both boys are in bed by 7pm. Having our evenings free is so nice, yes, it’s a rush around with dinner and bedtime routine, but with Chad and I tag teaming the boys, it’s pretty painless. That gives us the evenings to clean, chat, or watch an ‘adult’ show, aka anything scarier than Toy Story. haha.

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He is so close to walking!! I bet he will be walking within the week!! He has taken a few steps. He likes to push around a kitchen chair to walk or he will push his little red wagon.

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He also celebrated his first Halloween yesterday!! I’ll have to do a post about it, but here is a little sneak peek of our Panda Bear!!

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^^oh yeah! he has been chewing on his upper lip. I think he’s cutting his top teeth right now. Poor guy!!

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He love looking down vents and feeling the heat blow up at him!! It’s too cute!!

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Both of the boys have been sick for about a week now! It has been horrible!! I’m finally experiencing my first sickness that has consumed both of my boys! It’s hard because they are both tired and cranky and want to be snuggled all the time. They have stuffy noses, deep coughs, and sore throats! Poor buddies!! I’m hoping they will get over it soon enough!! I’ve been cleaning all morning.

Below is Jack and Preston at 10 months!!

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Well that may be all for now!! …until next time! xoxo โค

Surprise: Pip 3.0!

We are excited to announce that Pip3.0 will be here in March 2018!!I found out I was pregnant shortly after returning from Iceland. Something about those international waters, I tell ya ๐Ÿ˜‰

This pregnancy has been so different from my last two! Actually, they’ve all been pretty different. The first trimester I was always cold. Which is so weird for me because as most of you know, I’m usually a heat box, and I have been since becoming pregnant with Preston 4 years ago. I’ve also had a huge meat aversion. I cannot eat hardly any meat, and when I do, it has to be very little. So we’ve been cooking a lot of vegetarian meals around here. Which is a nice change, I’m just always trying to find ways to get any extra protein I can (eggs, pistachios, peanut butter, etc)

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Thankfully, I haven’t been sick like I was with Jack. The first trimester I was just so darn tired all the time!! I was napping with the boys every day and we had to stay inside for a few weeks because the heat (100’s) didn’t help. Now that it’s cooled off outside and I’m in my second trimester, things have been going well! Today I am 17w3d pregnant.

We had our first ultrasound at 7 weeks. It’s crazy how each doctor does things differently. With Preston I had a bunch of ultrasounds (9 weeks, 14 weeks, 19 weeks, and around 32 weeks). With Jack I just had 2 ultrasounds (12 weeks and 21 weeks). I’ll have my next ultrasound for Pip3 at 19 weeks.

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A lot of the time I forget I’m even pregnant!! Which has actually been really nice! There are the times that I get winded super easily, or the times my stomach gets in the way when I’m trying to lay Jack in his crib, but otherwise, it hasn’t been bad at all!

We are excited for this little bundle to arrive (but please baby, cook as long as you’d like–I made it 41 weeks with Jack). It may be crazy adding another one to the bunch. Jack and Pip3 will only be 14 months apart. Thankfully Jack is a pretty easy going baby these days and Preston is such a good helper around the house!!

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…until next time! xoxo โค

Jack – 9 months

It’s Jack’s first September! The beginning of one of my favorite times of year. (okay, ย so I promise I wrote this in September and just didn’t get around to posting until October ๐Ÿ˜› ) It’s too bad it’s been SO hot out! I’m talking like 90 degrees. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ We had a 7 day stretch of 100 degree weather.

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He’s been up to so much lately! He can sign milk (which he actually started signing last month, but I forgot to mention it!) We have been working on ‘more’ now. He can also sign ‘all done’.

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He is just starting to enjoy food. He hasn’t really been to into it until recently. Which I suppose is good. Food before 1 is just for fun, right? We’ve still made sure to introduce a wide variety, helping his palate out while he’s young!! He loves hummus, cottage cheese, cherry tomatoes, avocado. ย Last night we had him eating peas and carrots, which he seemed to enjoy!

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Jack has been so good at balancing on his own for a few months and he took his first step on September 20th!! I couldn’t hardly believe it! He was only 8 months old! He loves to crawl over to me, grab my fingers to pull himself up, and then he will wiggle his hands off of my fingers to balance. He will either take a step or practice sitting down from standing! This little dude is going to be walking before we know it!!

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He has 2 teeth on the bottom still. I’m pretty sure he’s cutting more teeth though because he has been pretty miserable. Thankfully he still is sleeping pretty well at night. He usually wakes up once. Last night he woke up to eat at 5am and then went back to sleep until 6:40am. It hasn’t been bad at all!!

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I started sleep training him last month. It’s been such a huge help. Nothing crazy, but better for all of us! It used to be we would get him to sleep and he would wake up crying the second we laid him down, or he would nap for 30 minutes on the dot and be up! Now that we have him ‘sort of’ put himself to sleep, he naps longer and better. Really it’s just been for naps because sleeping at night has never really been a problem for him.

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Jack loves his big brother. He just lights up every time he sees him. They love chasing each other around, playing peekaboo, and playing in the mulch outside. Jack can even drive cars with Preston and even the other day they were hiding out under our dining room table running from monsters. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Jack can wave, he can give kisses, and he can high five!! High fiving is really the only new thing out of those three. But he gets better and better each day!!

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Here is Jack over the months!! Jack is 23 pounds (92%) and 28 inches long.

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Jack and Preston side by side!!

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Well, that’s all for now! I’ll leave you with a few more cute photos!

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…until next time! xoxo โค

 

Jack – 8 months!

Time just needs to slow down!! Our little Bear is 8 months old!!

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He has been changing so much everyday! At the start of the month he was just crawling a few crawls and then dropping. Or doing his little monkey crawl!!

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Now he is crawling all over the place!! It’s really been quite nice because he doesn’t want me to carry him all day, everyday now! He’s so heavy my back and arms have been killing me. He can chase after big brother and take his toys. ๐Ÿ˜†

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Jack is able to stand by himself dor for a few seconds!!

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He loves standing.

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He can also pull himself up on things! Actually, this morning when we went in to get him from his crib, he was standing!!

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He has 2 teeth he’s had for a couple weeks now, cutting those 2 bottom teeth have been rough. He’s regressed on sleeping a bit because of it. For awhile he was waking up at 1am and 4am to eat. Thankfully he’s back to just waking up around 4:30 to eat. It’s a little hard to get him back to bed after that, but we do, and he will sleep until anywhere from 5:30-6:30. I do think he has more teeth about ready to come through. Fussy, drooling, chewing on his fingers constantly… I forgot how much work teething was.. for mom and baby!!

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He eats some solid foods. He really isn’t a huge fan of them yet. He loves hummus and cottage cheese!! We are trying to broaden his palate. He’s had spinach, fish, and so much more!! We always give him bits of what we are eating. I think that’s what helped with Preston when he was young. Now that kid will eat anything!!! We obviously don’t give him anything sugary, no need to become an addict alreasy! Lol. He has had puffs, but isn’t a huge fan. He’s not a huge fan of any baby food, really!! ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

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He had his first night over with his Grandma Eileen this past weekend. I think he was a little hard on her. Haha! He woke up a few times at night and was up bright and early in the morning. Im just glad we did it, it’s hard leaving them the first time!! Especially since he’s been EBF. However, my hubby gives him a bottle of breastmilk (8oz!) every night before bed. I really didn’t want Jack to rely on me to go to bed, like Preston used to. It made it so hard on me whenever I needed to be away for a bit. Preston never took a bottle either. ๐Ÿ˜ฑ So I’m just sooo happy our little Jack Bear can survive without his mama for a few hours, and even over night, if needed!!!

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jack usually goes up to bed at 6:30 and then will be up for the day about 5:30-6:30ish. Waking one time to eat. Which is great for a teething baby, I think!! Naptime is a different story. Jack will take two 30 min naps a day. That’s it!! And it’s sooo hard to get him to take a nap, too. It’s exhausting. Big brother still takes a 2-3 hour nap each day. I’m hoping he will sleep longer once I cut him down to one nap, but right now, he needs its morning nap, otherwise he gets so tired! For awhile with his afternoon nap, once he’d wake, I would go grab him and rock him so he would sleep longer (since it was during Prestons nap and I wanted to relax a bit longer). I’ve stopped doing that though, I’m not sure if that’s why Jack would wake up after exactly 30 minutes of sleep, knowing I’d come rock him then. Honestly, I’ll miss it, but I can’t get him used to napping while I rock him. I won’t be able to do that soon enough, so I don’t want to instill poor sleeping habits!! It’s a work in progress, we are both tired and exhausted during the day, but I’m hoping one day something will give! Until then, I’ll enjoy my MAYBE 20 minutes of alone/down time each day.

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I think that’s about it for our little Bear!

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He is a joy, and so sweet.

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He’s going through a tiny rough patch with teething and napping, but otherwise developing awesome!!

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Oh yeah, he also says mama and dada!

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And he waves!!!!! He’s just changing so much! ๐Ÿ™‚

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One last family picture to end it ๐Ÿ™‚

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…until next time!! xoxo โค

 

 

Jack – 7 months!

Our little Jack Bear is 7 months old!!

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He’s got such a happy soul. He answers to the names Jack, Bear, Bear Claw, and Quaffy. ๐Ÿ˜‚ (Because of his cute hair quaff. ๐Ÿ˜œ)

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he isn’t crawling yet, he can scoot backwards and roll all around. He gets up on his hands and knees and rocks, but won’t go forward!

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Hes got one tooth through the bottom gums! He may be teething more because he has started waking up around 4am every morning. I will go in and feed him and he’ll go back down until anywhere from 5:30-7 am!

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He still enjoys his 2 powers naps each day. Usually 30-45 minutes each unless I hold him. Haha. The good news is even with lack of sleep, he’s still our happy, happy boy!!! Since the day he was born we’ve always joked that he’s such an awesome baby, he gives us baby fever!! It may not be a joke tho… haha

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He eats food usually once per day, but he is starting to enjoy it more. He usually wants to eat what we eat, so we usually will give him some to munch on! He loves hummus and yogurt!! Sweet corn and string cheese are also favorites.

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He’s slowed down on his weight gain! He is 22.9 pounds and thick as ever. He’s wearing size 6 diapers at night. ๐Ÿ™‚

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That’s about it for our little sweetie!!

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…until next time! Xoxo โค๏ธ