Mama Bee

 Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there! This was my first time celebrating for myself and not for others.  All I wanted was a family portrait and I didn't have to convince my husband at all, he willingly obliged!  It was a nice reason to get dressed up and put heels on.

Both Rosie and I are wearing vintage, I feel like such a hipster :P Her lil dress is something my mom passed on to me when I announced I was expecting. She was certain I would have a girl and wanted me to have the clothes she saved from when I and my sisters were babies.  I think it's quite special for the occasion.  The necklace I'm wearing is also special, Abe gave it to me after I delivered our daughter <3

Dress: vintage
Shoes: Prabal Gurung for Target


Now My Life is Rosie

Announcing the arrival of our sweet baby! On March 31st, my water broke at home and after an uncomplicated delivery at the hospital, we welcomed our DAUGHTER, Rosalina Bettye!

If you are following along, you'll know that my husband and I decided to be surprised with the sex of our baby. We were thrilled to learn our baby was a girl as she emerged and breathed her first breaths. I was actually the one to announce her gender because I looked down just as she came out and I was so shocked and emotional. I believe my words were, "Oh my gosh! It's a girl!!"

We've been living in a cozy little bubble since her arrival 2 weeks ago. My sister was able to visit us in the hospital on Rosie's birth day and we had a few visitors to our home, but it's been so nice being just the three of us. (Four if you count our lil Molly kitty who is adjusting very well to the newest addition to the household).



Overdue: Pregnancy Update

Can you believe it's been 2 months since my last blog post? A lot has changed! And can you believe I am still pregnant?! My due date has come and gone and this little pumpkin is still baking in my oven. I am only 2 days overdue, but it feels like an eternity that I've been pregnant!

Here's my final pregnancy update. My next post will feature our sweet little one!

How far along: 40 weeks, 2 days
Total weight gain:  a whopping 50 lbs! Eek!
Maternity clothes: I’m living in yoga leggings and dresses lately, the less belly binding the better.
Stretch marks: They have arrived. I had some on my hips from puberty, so the new ones are on my lower belly and are small.
Sleep: Insomnia and I are good friends. I get up every 2 hrs to pee, then halfway through the night I wake up starving and can’t go back to sleep until I have a snack, and then still I’m awake for 3 hours in the middle of the night until I get tired again.
Best moment of this month: Finding out from the doctor that I am dilating and thinning and baby will be here any day now! (Although, this news came 10 days ago… still waiting!)
Miss anything: My skinny jeans and heels! Thought I’d say wine again? I had a small glass of red last night in hopes of inducing baby. It was so nice!
Movement: Baby has been head down for a few weeks now, so I feel its butt at my upper belly all the time. I haven’t had kicks in the ribs, but I do get bladder punches! Wowza!
Food cravings: Tortilla chips. I could eat them daily as nachos, chips and quac, chips and salsa, plain…. You get me.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Too much dairy makes me feel gross. So I don’t go overboard on cheese or ice cream.
Have you started to show yet: Oh what a funny question! Passers-by are constantly asking when I’m due, what sex the baby is, and giving me tips and advice. Thankfully no strangers have tried to rub my belly!
Gender: Still don’t know! Coworkers usually guess boy, family has been guessing girl. We’ll see!
Labor signs: Every day for the last 10 days or so I have been having mild to moderate contractions. Last Friday I was certain I was in labor until I laid down to rest and all contractions ceased. My poor husband is almost as anxious as me for the real thing to happen!
Belly button in or out: Does flat count as innie still?
Wedding rings on or off: Finally had to take them off. The wedding and engagement rings together stopped fitting about 8 weeks ago so I would wear just my wedding band. But I had to finally put that in my jewelry box a few weeks ago and replace it with a ring I normally wear on my right hand.
Happy or moody most of the time: I’d say I’m still happy. Although with some of the movies I’ve been watching lately I have been teary. I just want baby to just get here already!
Looking forward to: Freaking labor! I have never wanted pain so badly. I welcome the contractions even. Bring it on!

Papa and Mama, I'm 39 weeks here.

Taken yesterday, 40 weeks 1 day.


Snow Mama

  • How far along: 32 weeks
  • Total weight gain: more than I care to admit! About 30 now! Eek. I've definitely broken down and cried several times. It's a hard adjustment to have once had a well defined tiny waist and now not be able to see your toes.
  • Maternity clothes: Yup, I finally had to admit that my pre-pregnancy pants wouldn't fit, even with the BellyButtonBand. I can still wear my scrub tops to work, but that number is also dwindling.
  • Stretch marks: Nope!
  • Sleep: I do pretty good. I don't need any special pillows or props. I start permanent dayshift this week, so the adjustment has been a little rough but I definitely LOVE seeing daylight!
  • Best moment so far: Getting ready! We got a family car (Subaru Forrester), installed the carseat, assembled the crib, and I made my first ever quilt for the baby.
  • Miss anything: Red, red wine. And sushi! <-- Those didn't change from last time! Haha
  • Movement: This baby has it's parent's dance moves :P Every few hours I smile at the little dance party in my belly and just revel in the experience.
  • Food cravings: I've been loving big bowls of cereal more than ever these past few weeks. Last week I finished off one of those big bags of off-brand cinnamon toast crunchies. This week it's Frooty pebbles!
  • Anything making you queasy or sick: I get heart burn. Like a lot. So I try to limit foods that usually set it off but sometimes a girl just needs a humongous slice of pepperoni pizza.
  • Have you started to show yet: Oh yes. There's no hiding it anymore! Strangers even ask when I'm due now and sometimes try to guess the baby's sex.
  • Gender: It's still a surprise! We were thinking boy for a while, then I thought girl, now I just have no clue. None.
  • Labor signs: Nope. I think I had one Braxton Hicks contraction. Once. :P
  • Belly button in or out: In, but getting weirdly shallow and flatter.
  • Wedding rings on or off: On. All the weight gain has gone to boobs, belly, and bottom.
  • Happy or moody most of the time: I've been a bit more moody this week, but I also attribute it to finally stepping on the scale and to the change in going from working nights to working days.
  • Looking forward to: March! I really can't wait to meet this lil babe!

 Thanks to my wonderful husband for taking these photos for me in 5 minutes flat! We got some snow the night before and I laid in bed that morning thinking how neat it would be to have a mini shoot. I was very happy to see that the silver skirt I have been holding onto fit above my bump! I'm glad I never got around to hemming the extra length off the bottom or else it would have been too short for this.

Flower Headband: Forever 21
Crochet Crop Top: Forever 21
Grey tank top: BumpStart 
Silver Skirt: thrifted
Snow boots: Chooka