baby #2: 29 weeks

(written April 18th)_MG_2020

Baby’s size: 2.75 pounds and 16.75 inches long!
Maternity clothes?: Um… yes. These chilly mornings have me running in long pants again, which isn’t so great because they are borderline too small. Warm weather needs to stay so that I can run in loose-fitting shorts!
Gender: Sweet baby girl!
Sleep: Waking up to use the bathroom at least once, but otherwise good. I still feel like I need a nap every day…
Movement: She moves almost constantly now. I love touching her and feeling little arms/legs/hands/feet.
Cravings: Milk! Chocolate milk is especially good.
What I miss: My abs! I’ve been remembering how my postpartum tummy looked and how much work it took to get it feeling strong last time. Hopefully I can get there again!
Anything making you queasy or sick?: The glucose test drink. This might deserve a whole post of its own…
Belly Button in or out?: In… but getting flatter.
Exercising?: Ran 20.25 miles (one of those runs was 7.25 miles, which is my longest pregnant distance ever!) and walked 6.
Mood: Happy!
Best moment this week: Passing the glucose test!
Comparison: 29 weeks with Kaya!29weekcomparisonAnd Michael was just so excited to try out the updated version of the Android camera app, so he snapped this one of us! It’s supposed to create a kind of background blur/bokeh, but it kind of blurred out Kaya’s eye. Oops. She was fussy, but still cute! :) Love my girls.Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset


the time michael (almost) singed off his eyebrows…

… because apparently, using lighter fluid can be trickier than it seems. Somehow, the fire just exploded from the grill and blew him backwards and onto the ground.

I’m so glad I didn’t actually see any of it happen.

His hair and eyelashes are a little shorter, but luckily that’s all (and we still had some pretty tasty food, so everything’s good, right?)
_MG_1990We had some much-needed sibling time this weekend. Kevin and Tori were driving through on their way back from Utah, and they decided to spend a day with us! We hardly get to see them, so it was a real treat. The weather was perfect for a cookout, so that’s exactly what we did!_MG_1991I love seeing Kaya get to know her aunts and uncles better!_MG_1993We finished off the evening with some homemade cookie bars, which tasted a little extra-amazing after all our running and biking earlier in the day. Spring weather, family time, and good food make for some of the best weekends :)

five on friday: poptarts, snail mail and ice cream

Five great moments:

ONE. Because I can’t text without making a million typos… and we think poo jokes are hilarious (#yeswearefiveyearsold). I’m glad Michael has the same weird sense of humor I do.

IMG_20140407_140718TWO. Speaking of pootarts poptarts, someone had her first taste of them while we were all sick. If it comes down to eating poptarts or not eating anything… well… at least she (happily) got some calories._MG_1926 _MG_1928

THREE. Suddenly, the grass is green and spring is HERE! We’ve been playing outside every day and I don’t know what we ever did being cooped up inside for all six months of winter.

_MG_1974FOUR. Does anyone still get excited for snail mail these days? I’m super pumped because I used to get Better Homes and Gardens magazine, but never renewed… so they sent me a deal to renew for three years for under $10 total. If it gets cheaper than that, I haven’t seen it!

FIVE. Michael took us on a date to Coldstone, and our little sweets-monster just couldn’t wait to dig in!Processed with VSCOcam with m5 presetHave a sweet weekend!

Linking up with Natasha, April, Christina, and Darci today!

baby #2: 28 weeks

_MG_1967 (2)Baby’s size: Almost 2.5 pounds and 15.75 inches long!
Maternity clothes?: Yup. So comfy. I’m super excited that I actually look pregnant now and not like I just ate too many cookies!
Gender: Sweet baby girl!
Sleep: I wake up a lot and have very weird dreams, but other than that, good!
Movement: She’s crazy. I still feel most of her movement below my belly button, so today I asked my OB if he could tell what position she’s in. He is pretty certain she’s head-down, so that just means she likes to punch me a lot! If I touch my belly, sometimes it’s really hard and I can make out limbs (although I’m not sure which ones).
Cravings: Chocolate and Cadbury eggs!
What I miss: My belly has been sooo itchy these past few weeks… so, non-itchy skin? Haha.
Anything making you queasy or sick?: Doing pretty good :)
Belly Button in or out?: In… but getting flatter.
Exercising?: I only ran 14 and walked 6 miles… which wasn’t too bad considering that we were sick. Pelvic pressure has increased a lot in the past week, so that makes running a little less comfortable.
Mood: I’m starting to really feel like it’s crunch time… I don’t have diapers for this baby and haven’t even started her quilt. Ah!
Best moment this week: Watching General Conference with my family :)
Comparison: 28 weeks with Kaya!28weekcomparisonHere’s a collage of month 6… since we’re officially starting month 7 now (unbelievable)!month6collage

And just so Michael doesn’t feel left out…_MG_1963
(love you, buddy ;) )

conference weekend… aka we ate a lot of breakfast

This weekend was our church’s General Conference, which means that we get to stay home and listen to a whole lot of inspiring talks all weekend long. If you missed it or want to listen to any of the talks, you can get them all here!

General Conference weekend usually means that we cook a special breakfast. Pregnancy cravings must’ve gotten to me, because I made breakfast on both Saturday and Sunday. Baby wanted protein, and these German pancakes (they have six eggs in them. SIX.) definitely hit the spot. Way better than regular pancakes!

Processed with VSCOcam with a5 preset We had Ben and Brittany over for brunch before the session!Processed with VSCOcam Kaya might look like she was about to dig in… but she wouldn’t even try them.Processed with VSCOcam with a4 presetOn Sunday morning, I made these cinnamon roll bites. Unlike the pancakes, Kaya ate a bunch of them! They’re a lot easier than regular cinnamon rolls, and just as tasty.
Processed with VSCOcam with a6 preset I love sharing this special time with my little family (Kaya was actually watching conference when we took this picture)! It is so hard to believe that at the next conference in October, we’ll have two sweet girls to cuddle and love.Processed with VSCOcam with a5 presetI’m so thankful that families are forever :) I’ll end this post with one of my very favorite quotes from President Uctdorf’s talk:



Hopefully Conference gave you the spiritual boost you needed! Happy Monday :)

baby #2: 27 weeks

(written April 2nd)_MG_1956

Seriously… how did we get here already? 3rd and FINAL trimester!

Baby’s size: About 15.25 inches long and just over two pounds.
Maternity clothes?: Yes, but I’m dying to go shopping for a few new things!
Gender: Little baby girl!
Sleep: We have been sick this week, so lots of sleep to try and recover.
Movement: If anything is touching my belly at all, even just lightly, she starts kicking and moving a lot! I still feel a lot of movements down low, but she’s also taking over the space above my belly button now, too.
Cravings: None really. Being sick really lowered my appetite.
What I miss: Sleeping on my back, but that’s all really.
Anything making you queasy or sick?: Lots of nausea this week, but I think it was just due to congestion and not really eating much.
Belly Button in or out?: In.
Exercising?: Ran 18 miles.
Mood: Excited!
Best moment this week: We finally decided that we are taking a trip to the beach, and I could not be more excited! :)
Comparison: 27 weeks with Kaya!27weekcomparison

april 2014 goals

I am so pleased with how well I did for March:

1. Don’t buy any sandwich bread. I baked bread from scratch all month long and I’m SO proud of myself for it!

2. Finish reading two books. I read one novel and I’ve been keeping up with the 90-day Book of Mormon challenge so I’m crossing this one off.

3. Complete two craft projects. One involved fondant, and the other involved sewing. I’m excited to show off both here soon!

4. Try four new recipes. I think we made at least six new ones. Mmmm!

5. Start going through Kaya’s baby clothes. Um. Oops. I still have time to do this so I’m honestly not too stressed about it.

And now on to April (how are we already a quarter of the way through the year?)!


1. Read one book and keep on keeping up with the Book of Mormon 90-day challenge.

2. Do two more crafts.

3. Choose a pattern and get supplies for Peanut’s quilt. I’ve looked at about a million different ones and still haven’t made an official decision. My mom-in-law helped me make a quilt for Kaya (which you can see in this post), so I’d like to keep up the tradition and do one for this baby too.

4. Make four more new recipes. This might seem redundant, but it helps me keep cooking, which is something I easily slack off on when I’m pregnant!

5. Order the space-saver bags and go through Kaya’s closet. For real this time.

6. Check ten things off this spring cleaning list. I do some of these items weekly, and some obviously don’t apply because we live in an apartment, but I’d like to do a little deep-cleaning around here before baby comes.

be here

By Saturday night, we were all feeling sick (well, not Jax, lucky dog… see what I did there?). Somehow, I was hoping that Kaya and I wouldn’t catch what Michael had… but with all the snuggling we do in this family, we were pretty much in for it.
0302014weekendcollageBetween getting shots earlier in the week and then fighting this little sick bug, Kaya has been a little extra needy lately.

She wants to cuddle and sleep on me, and it doesn’t matter if I’m still in my running clothes, haven’t showered, or have bread dough rising on the counter for hours more than it should be.

The thought that keeps running through my head is just how important it is that I just be here for her.

So whether she wants me to snuggle with her all day, read books, blow a million bubbles, or just play on her own without me, I’m so glad I get to be here.

These days are so precious to me.

five on friday: bronchitis, beads, and nutella

ONE. I’m finally sitting down, happily exhausted, to write this. I had such a productive day, and it feels amazing to be so accomplished! I ran, went to my church institute class, did some grocery shopping, cleaned the kitchen, scrubbed the bathrooms, mopped, vacuumed (I even did the baseboards and furniture… hello nesting!), folded laundry, and had a photoshoot. Phew!

TWO. Speaking of photoshoots… Our dear friends are in town this weekend and asked me to take some pictures of their boys. How handsome are they? I also just loved watching siblings interact, since they are about the same distance in age that Kaya and Peanut will be!_MG_1790

THREE. Poor Michael has been feeling sick on and off since Wednesday, so he finally went to the doctor this morning. He has bronchitis! Seeing him just bumming out on the couch, coughing up a lung, breaks my heart. Kaya had shots this week, so she’s been a great cuddle buddy for him.


FOUR. My dog is stylin’ (Mardi Gras beads courtesy of Kaya).


FIVE. Nutella!!!_MG_1720

Happy weekend!!!

Linking up with Natasha, April, Christina, and Darci today!

baby #2: 26 weeks

_MG_1747Baby’s size: The book says she’s 9.25 inches from crown to rump (14 inches long total) and almost 2 pounds!
Maternity clothes?: Yup. I got tired of my shirts not being long enough, so I busted out the maternity tops this week. They are obviously still very long, but I like knowing my stomach is covered! I know that my belly doesn’t look much different than last week, but I suddenly feel like it’s ballooned out.
Gender: My sweet baby girl!
Sleep: Lots of napping, and my body pillow is still keeping my hips from hurting at night.
Movement: She moves and shakes my belly pretty often, and sometimes now I feel her above my belly button! She’s slowly taking over! She really likes to kick, and I think she’s actually sitting on my left now because I can feel a big hard lump over there.
Cravings: None.
What I miss: Spring? Does that still exist?
Anything making you queasy or sick?: Feeling pretty good this week!
Belly Button in or out?: In.
Exercising?: Ran 19 miles this week. I am SO ready for warm weather so that I can get outside more!
Mood: Tired but feeling so grateful for my little family.
Best moment this week: Having a movie night with Michael and finally watching Frozen!
Comparison: 26 weeks with Kaya!26weekcomparison