Phoenix | 21 Months

>> Monday, July 18, 2016

On Saturday, Phoenix and I spent a little time outside while Ben took Georgia with him to the store.

I'm working on using my camera more again, so I took this opportunity to get some shots of Phe.
And I later realized that she was 21 months on this day!

Rediscovering all of their shoes has been fun.  She is in love with
these boots (Georgia was at her age, too).

We've got this great lot of pine trees next to our house.  The girls have
enjoyed gathering pine cones & sticks, and chasing squirrels in there. 
And it's beautiful to see the sun rise and set through the pines.

Our sweet flower.
I cannot believe she will be TWO in just 3 months.


Our Stuff + Big Girl Beds

>> Thursday, July 14, 2016

The movers arrived with all our things today!!!
I can't tell you how happy we are to have all our belongings with us again.
We thought we had lost one box, but we ended up finding it a couple hours
after the movers had left.  So not one thing went missing or got broken!

I posted twice on instagram about it...

"I swear I could hear the hallelujah chorus as this truck pulled up. Our things are HERE!"

"Georgia and I are both quite excited to have our piano again.
I never thought I'd be so excited to have boxes everywhere!
And Phoenix is currently taking her first nap in the toddler bed! We'll see how this goes..."


Georgia was this same age when we switched her to the toddler bed, and we
figured that it would be a good time for Phoenix as well!

She was pretty excited about it!

We decided to try naptime first, instead of bedtime.

She fussed for all of 10 seconds when we left the room, and it took her longer to fall asleep
than it normally does.  But she stayed in bed, and took a 2 hour nap!

We were very happy with how well she did!  I really feel like she was ready for this.

Georgia got a big girl bed, too!

With Phoenix taking the toddler bed, we set up our old full size bed for Georgia!
She is very excited about her princess bed (and that mattress is crazy comfortable).

Phe is having a harder time falling asleep tonight, but she's staying in bed and keeping
quiet.  Georgia, on the other hand, is sound asleep in her big princess bed.

We can't believe how much they're growing up!


Baby #3 - 13 Weeks Update and Some Photos

>> Monday, July 11, 2016

Tomorrow I will be 13 weeks along (almost 2nd trimester!) so I figured it was time for an update.

At 10 weeks (the morning of my first appointment) I got a call from my midwife's office telling me
they needed to reschedule to a couple weeks away.  Why?  Because my midwife was suddenly
moving to Arizona!!!  *insert wide eyes here*
At first I was pretty upset.  I was already having a hard time adjusting to a new midwife and leaving
my old one behind in Florida, and now I was going to be meeting another new midwife.
After being emotional about it for a bit, I looked up the new midwife (that is taking over the local
practice) and read her bio.  I felt a lot more comfortable once I had done that.
Another thing that calmed my nerves was having the chance to see my old midwife in Florida the
following week!  Ben had some leave time to take, and we were going down to see our family and
friends, and be there for the movers to load all our things up!  It was a huge blessing to be able
to see Karen, along with hearing and seeing the baby for the first time ♥

I had been wondering for a while if I was carrying twins.  I know it's common to get bigger quicker
with each pregnancy, and being my third, I expected it.  But not this much.  It didn't just feel like a
bigger pooch or 'showing sooner' like it did a little with Phoenix.  I really felt like my uterus was
larger this time.  It felt heavier.  I was feeling more pregnant than I know is possible.
Karen was feeling my uterus while I was laying down and she says "You feel like you're more around
16 weeks... are you sure you're only 11?"  Ben and I both laughed, because we had been talking about
the possibility of twins with how I had been feeling.

Feeling a little unsure, we went to the next room to check it out with a sonogram.
As we searched, we only found one baby.  But!  We also found a fibroid!  Which explains why I'm
measuring further along, feeling heavier (fibroids are heavy), and a few other symptoms I had been
having.  Ben heaved a huge sigh of relief, and I as well.  As fun as twins would be, it would've
been pretty difficult at this time in our lives.

We love Karen!!
And our little nugget :D
You can go here to my instagram to watch a short clip of the baby playing with his/her hands ♥


On Friday I had my first official appointment where I met my new midwife, Olivia.  It was a really
good appointment, and I feel very comfortable with her.  I look forward to getting to know her more
over the next 6 months!
During the appointment, she decided to go ahead and order an ultrasound to check out the fibroid.
Wanting to get a picture of where it is, make sure it didn't pose any threats.
I had that ultrasound this morning, and from what I was told, everything looks good!
Baby was measuring 13w4d (5 days ahead), and the fibroid is not on the cervix or placenta.
If there is any other important info, my midwife will know and tell me :)


My plan is to take an 'official' bump picture every 4 weeks.
I feel like I'm huge in this picture, but I'm posting it anyways, because it's the size I was at
10 weeks (even though that's still how big I am...).  I'll get another shot next week!


Yes, we're still here...

>> Sunday, July 10, 2016

We're "settled" in our new house, and now awaiting our things (scheduled to arrive later this week)!

It has certainly been an adventure.  The day we get our things will mark 10 weeks since the day
Tricia helped me and the girls get up here to join Ben!  Lots of eating on the floor, many mornings
waking up on the floor (yay, holey air mattresses), dealing with morning sickness and very few
comforts of home, seriously missing our washer and dryer... like I said, it has been an adventure.
An adventure which I am very grateful to be experiencing with my amazing husband and two
sweet girls (and this little nugget inside me).

I'll do a pregnancy update Monday or Tuesday, but for now, here are a few pictures I got of the girls
a couple weeks ago.  I haven't used my camera very much at all since Ben left for basic.  Using my
phone was so much easier when I was a temporary-single-mom, and it became a habit! I'm going to
try and come up with a plan to help me get back in the swing of reaching for my camera instead of
my phone :)

Phoenix loves to wear these shoes of Georgia's.  They may be 3-4 sizes too
big, but they stay on (even on the wrong feet ;)

They're so silly together sometimes.

My heart!!!


A New House (yes, another one)

>> Tuesday, May 24, 2016

We're moving again!

Don't worry, we're not going far.

I just realized I didn't do much of an update on moving anyways.  So here's the scoop...

As I mentioned before, we have been stationed at Ft. Bragg!  Ben completed OSUT and Airborne school, and immediately headed to Bragg.  Unfortunately, getting the girls and I moved up with him turned out to be more difficult than we expected.  We couldn't schedule the movers to get our things until Ben was able to attend a briefing (that happens only once a week).  He missed this briefing 4 times (due to various things he wasn't able to get out of) and was finally able to go last week.

When he missed the briefing the second time, we realized that it could be a while before we got our family back together with our belongings.  So! we made the decision (rather quickly) to load up my mom's van with as much stuff as we could and just go on up to be with Ben.  And I'm so glad we did.  Tricia so graciously rode up with me and the girls (and the cats) so that she could drive the van back (and help me - which I definitely needed on that trip).

Thankfully getting a house wasn't a problem.  We're basically camping in our home with a very small amount of our things.  Funny thing is, now that I'm pregnant, we actually qualify for a bigger house!  I was just able to get official proof of pregnancy from my midwife yesterday, and we are now all set to move at the end of June.  Since it's moving season in the army, the movers can get kind of backed up, so we decided that by the time the movers could get our things, we should really wait and have them move it all to our new house (rather than move everything twice in one month).

So that's that (for now).  We've been up here almost 3 weeks and it will be another month of living like this.  But that's ok.  We're together and that's what is most important.  


Here we go again...

>> Sunday, May 22, 2016

And the morning sickness has officially begun!  I was really hoping it would hold off longer, but alas, it has not.  I had a few random bouts of nausea very early on, but it has now hit the point of almost constant nausea.  I spent the whole of yesterday in bed, except to give the girls a bath before bed.  So grateful for such an amazing husband to care for the girls.  And grateful I'm feeling a bit better today since he's on duty!

With Georgia, all-day-sickness started at 9 weeks, and tapered off between 14 and 16 weeks.  I only threw up a few times.

With Phoenix, it started at 4 weeks and was gone by 8 weeks.  I didn't throw up once during that pregnancy.

It's amazing how 3 pregnancies from the same mother can all start off so differently.  It will be fun to compare all the different aspects as we progress!

I get to meet my midwife tomorrow morning and I am so excited!  It has been a stressful situation for me, trying to decide between going with this midwife for a homebirth, going to a birth center over an hour away, or going to the hospital 3 minutes away from our home here on post.  The midwife is the most expensive option, since our insurance doesn't totally cover a homebirth.  But when I weighed all the pros and cons of each option, I felt most comfortable with a homebirth, even with the extra cost.

I'll be 6 weeks on Tuesday.  Prayers for less nausea, healthy baby, and everything to go smoothly with my new midwife would be greatly appreciated!  ♥


Best Birthday Present!

>> Monday, May 16, 2016

I'm expecting to get the best birthday present next year.

The gift may be a little late, but that's ok.

Our family is growing!

I'm due in January with our third little one, and we are so excited!!


I've been trying to catch up on blog posts, and it's getting kind of tedious.
So I've decided to just start up again, and slowly get old posts up as I go.

We have been stationed at Ft. Bragg in North Carolina, and we are in the
process of getting our belongings up here!  It's been crazy (we expected
nothing less, haha) but we're together as a family, and that is what matters.
Even if we don't even have 20% of our things.  It's all good.

I want to do another "photo a day" thing, but I think I will only do 6 months,
or at least something shorter than a year.  I just absolutely love looking
back at the photos from the year I did that (even though it totally died
off when Phoenix was born).  I'd love to have photos like that from this
season of our life.

Anyways, you can expect to see blog posts more consistently now!
Bye for now :)

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