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all about that bump: week 12

thats right! baby number DOS! can you believe it?
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How far along? 12 weeks
How big is the peanut? according to my ovia app,  babe is the size of a bee hummingbird
Total weight gain/loss? down 6 lbs, this pregnancy has got me living by the toilet!
Maternity clothes? mostly, i mean i still fit regular shirts they are just short, pants ha yea no, those suckers are maternity
Sleep? eh, i have some good and some bad nights, i seem to be exhausted, but cant seem to settle and my stomach is SO uneasy i just cant.
Best moment this week? telling the WORLD were pregnant!
Symptoms? vomit, vomit, vomit, and more vomit?
Food cravings? pure leaf lemon iced tea
Food aversions? basically all food, i cant handle food, if i eat it comes back up so really..
Gender? NO clue, with Oakley i FELT boy, this time no signs, dreams, nothing!
Labor signs? NO! those can stay away for a long long long long long time, well when i’m 37-39 weeks those can come but not now
Belly button in or out? in! although its really wonky shaped from my pregnancy with Oaks, its pretty funny looking actually.
What I miss? being able to go in the hot tub, its still cold-ish where i live and i love taking a dip!
What I’m looking forward to? my ultrasound on Tuesday! and looking into a doula & newborn photographer
Milestones? one day this week i didnt puke! WHAT?! lol
Bump? bump or bloat?  not sure but theres a lil somthing there. not sure how big ill be this time around but seems bigger than last time! i do have a completely open diastasis recti so everything seems to be pushing out alot more this time

a broken foot & preschool!!!

i. cant. even. three. years. old. in prek. HOW did this happen? how did he get so big? why doesn’t he even miss me when he’s there LOL. On Sept 6th 2015, Oak’s started prek. He was so excited to see his teacher “miss amanda” and play with “all his friends” that he told me he had (although he had never met any of them haha) i kept thinking this is the day weve been working up since summer started and its here. in the blink of an eye. He goes 3 days a week 3 hours a day. its perfect for me to clean house and do laundry and make supper. about a week before school started i decided it was time to take away his naps as he was still sleeping his 130-400 everyday but then he wouldn’t go to bed till 9 at night and then sleep in the next morning till 830… and that wouldn’t work as he had to be at school at 830. so now our day is up at 730, plays for 15, has breakfast, get dressed, and out the door at 820. i come home clean prep dinner, etc. and hop back to get Oak’s at 1130. its the perfect amount of time for me, and the perfect amount of time for him! his teacher, his SLP, and OT, all say he is doing wonderful. he truly is becoming the perfect little man.

prek, pre air cast

prek, pre air cast

In other news if you didn’t see on my Instagram, 2 days before school started, we were at a family BBQ, and oak’s got caught in the cross of a bigger dog, and he got hit, flew, fell, and broke his foot! At first i just thought it was like sprained or something less severe, but after 8 hours with alternating Tylenol and Advil we decided to go to the stollery to get it looked at. We wernt in the waiting room long however once we were put in the room we waited about 2-3 hours before the doctor came in and sent us for some x-rays. When the Dr came around after he was thrilled to tell us Oakley didn’t break his foot but he had to talk to the pediatrician on call and then he would release us. Well, i guess they chatted and looked more closely at the x-ray and it was broken or fractured as he said. it was the metatarsal bone connected to his big toe…The Dr at the time said we didn’t need a cast because of where the break was but he did tell us we needed to follow up with a pediatric orthopedic surgeon, and off we went. 1 1/2 weeks later we met with this awesome peds’ specialist and she was shocked that he didn’t have a cast and shocked that the Dr. even said he didn’t need one. We tried to put a cast on and well that didn’t go as planned, he was hysterical.  I kept yelling wheres plan b wheres plan b,  as you could have guessed they didn’t have one. about 10 min goes by and she comes in with the tiniest air cast ever. we put it on and Oak’s was thrilled. ” i can walk again ” he screamed! it was so sweet. all the nurses and technicians were giggling at how cute he was. we left rebooking for 3 weeks later.  so on Sept 30th we the went back and they re x-ray’ed the foot. turns out Oak’s broke 4 bones in his foot. They didn’t show up in previous x-rays and they aren’t quite sure why but the Dr. did say its one of the weirdest breaks shes ever seen in her career. She told me like it is – “if this break happened to an adult, they would have been off work for 3 months, no walking, and multiple surgeries” HOLY CRAP! The specialist also said that although Oakley is healing great there are 2 bones with abnormalities on them, which we will keep an eye on. We have since taken his air cast off and he is walking, with a bit of a limp but that’s to be expected. We have another follow up in 6 weeks and then again in 3 months

3 stages of the break!

3 stages of the break!

thrilled to have his air cast on.

thrilled to have his air cast on.

besides school and his broken foot, we are all doing wonderfully, and now that this is my new normal i hope to blog more often, i really love looking back and remembering all these memories and milestones oakley has had.

Nicole

“Oakee big boy momma”

here’s an ppdate on sweet little {not so little} baby cakes!

How Old: 2 1/2 (32 months)

Height & Weight: 42″ (99%) & 29 lbs (40%)

Teeth: he has all of them!

Sleeping: still great! 130-4 he takes a nap and 9pm-8am is his bed time sleepy time…  unless he has a nightmare which is rare he doesn’t really wake anymore at night. He now sleeps with his two stuffed dogs a chocolate lab he calls and a pomerania he calls booboo, and usually a hot wheels car. i pick my battles LOL

Drinking: water, diluted juice, yogurt drinks and 2% milk

Eating: most everything except meat.  THE STRUGGLE IS REAL!

Diaper Size: Oak has been PT’ed since his birthday.

Clothing Size: basically were moving everything to 3T right now, which is a freakin issue because hes tall and skinny he needs the length however, he needs adjustable waistbands for the skinny boy problems ha!

Love’s: what he wants when he wants. typical 2 year old. he loves his big cousins, loves puppies and kitties and loves to brush his teeth himself…. also currently obsessed with pancakes. he wants them every single day for breakfast.

Loathe’s: meat… the struggle is real. boy doesnt like meat. hes like his momma. he also hates being woken up and doesn’t like to be inturpted to do anything like eat or potty if he’s playing.

Words: i think at his age he should be saying about 300 words, putting together 2 and 3 word sentances and really starting to take off with vocab, but hes defiantly no where near that yet. as i said in previous posts we are working with speech laungage pathologists (SLP) and have registered him in a SLP prek class and starts in september 4 days a week 1/2 days, which i really think is going to make a HUGE difference. he currently says probably 100-150 words, combining a few sentances. but has a long way to go. Last time he was assessed he was about 10 months behind where he should be.

Personality: so kind, so sweet, so well mannered. and simply inspiring.

xox

Nicole

whats goin’ on?! let’s catch up.

ahh been so long, i really miss writing out my thoughts. i go back on all my older posts and love reading what oak did at that time in his little life. so sweet. ANYWAYS! been crazy, obviously. but no excuses here.

We went to mexico! did i tell yall? it was amazeballs heavenly beautiful. Tyler and I got married four years ago at the Barcelo in the Mayan Riviera and loved it so much we went back and took Oakley for a little vaca/xmas gift/anniversary gift for one another. we had seriously, SO.MUCH.FUN. Although vacationing with a 2 year old was trying at times, we just had the best of time. Oakley was obsessed with the kids club, chocolate milk shakes, and late night dips in the pool. I was super worried he was going to get TMI Travellers …(poops)…. but he didn’t. so all was well and i’m super looking farward to our next vacation.

In other news, Christmas was awesome. Oak got spoiled, rotten. a ton of typical boys stuff. cars, trains, more cars, books, and more cars, haha you guessed it!!

Tyler and I celebrated our 4 year wedding anniversary on Jan 11. i cannot believe its been four years!! its flown by, seriously. FLOWN! obviously when you have kids it does fly by.. but its just feels like the blink of an eye. i’m sure 10 years married will feel like 6 months passing.

Not sure if i’ve ever mentioned anything about it? Oakley has had a speech delay for basically as long as i can remember. He never really started even making sounds other than mama and dada till 18 months. Currently he is behind about 10 months, and for the last year we have been working with a speech pathologist, doing one on one’s, group play-and-say’s etc, and this month we have his assessment to see where he’s at, at if he will get government funding for school that has a SLP  and OT in his classroom, regardless i registered him in pre-k, tuesday-friday 845-1145, which is alot but for his speech it will be great!!! & let me tell you… when i registered him for classes, i went to the school, and cried. and when i say cried i mean UGLY CRIED. One of the teachers pulled me in her office and gave me a box of Kleenex. It was epic. and yes i’m THAT MOM. i’m so excited for him to go to school, make friends, have fun, expand his speech and learn a TON… but i’m seriously going to miss our all day everyday mommy and oak days. wahh. The school is awesome, they have field trips all over to ex. the science center, swimming lessons, music shows, etc, eek hes going to have SO MUCH FUN!!

As for ME?!@!!!@#$(!@&*# WELL. i’m pretty stinkin good. I cant complain. Im feeling good.. currently i’m on a cleanse, which ill tell more later, making a commitment for gym time 3 days a week. doing some serious clean eating. and i’ve finally realized i cant eat like a 15 yo anymore!!! it does straight to my ass, and belly!! bahaha. i’ll be posting my fitness journey soon.

OH AND ONE MORE THING.

i know your all still wondering, and NOPE i’m not pregnant now, and still no plans to anytime soon, if ever.

So thats if for now i think? im sure theres more i forgot to say…. ill be doing an in depth update of oak soon. if you arnt already make sure you follow my instagram i update pretty well daily there.

xox

Nicole

HEYYOU!

i have NO excuse! WORST BLOGGER EVERRRRRRR! somehow the holidays get the best of me and I seem to fall out of blogging! Quick update were all great we went to Mexico we had a great Christmas and New Years and 2015 has treated us very well so far. So much to update on and I PROMISE its coming in a couple days! I’ll probly do a post on oakley and then one on me 🙂

xox

Nicole

embarking on: project life.

lets just start out  by saying I’m so excited to do this, ive done scrapbooking before but nothing like this. if you don’t know what project life is click here. basically becky higgins states this on her website

“The idea is simple: Photos + memorabilia + journaling together in an album – everything slips into pockets. No requirement to cut or glue or embellish a thing.”

so i looked around and found a few things that i decided to get. i ordered some from the becky higgins website to get started, then JUST MY LUCK i went to Michael’s this past weekend and all their project life stuff was on sale 40% off PLUS 20% off extra all the purchases, i also bought some storage which i needed to do years ago but i just didn’t. but again was lucky and Michael’s had their storage 40% off + the 20% off so again 60% off pretty well everything i bought, SO here’s what i got over the last week to start my project life, which I’m going to link as many as possible since they might not have them listed on the Michael’s website or the BH website.

WHAT I GOT {#pl brand}
2 binders, here and here
8 core kits, which i went a little crazy on, but again i got them 60% off so i thought i did great. my kids included, Aqua Edition, Honey Edition, Kiwi Edition, Midnight Edition, Sunshine Edition, Cinnamon Edition, 5th and Frolic Edition, and the Dreamy Edition
3 value kits, Boys Rule, Foil, and Good Times
2 mini kits, Holiday, and Seasons
7 different pocket page protectors, a couple of each but these are the ones i got, Design A,  Design D, Design G,
1 pack of lined cards here
Project life Date Stamp
Project Life Corner Rounder, which i had one already but this one is way better quality
5 or so packs of stickers (which i couldn’t find to link but i will take some pics and put below)
3 stencils
3pack of stencil paint

WHAT I GOT {all the other stuff}
2 pack washi tape holder
five drawer organizer
Silhouette Cameo Bundle ( THIS WAS MY BIG BIG BIG SPLURGE & i’m waiting for it to be shipped to me & will do a little review when i get it)

& then i got a bunch of little odds and ends, you will start seeing my posts ones a week i think I’ll do a project life sunday spread or something of this nature. i’m so excited to start this again something I’ve wanted to do for so long i just haven’t gotten around to it, and to start it can be pricey {well i made it pricey cause i bought everything LOL} id liked to go back a nd make a first and second year of life for oakley too but of course ill start with this and go from there. see what i can handle, i’m defiantly committing to this for at least the year {#pl365} but would like to continue this forever as i just think it’s a great way to look back on life week by week! so expect this to roll out in the next couple of weeks, I’ve been snapping pics this week and so it might be about a week or 2 delayed by the time i print, do the pages and get the post up. PLEASE HOLD ME ACCOUNTABLE I WANT TO SUCCEED!!!

here’s my little setup right now and heres a little haul of the stuff i got, when i get all setup with everything thats being shipped to me i will do a new post with all my goodies.

PLhaul

much love.
Nicole

 

BABY number TWO

now that Oakley is two i hear it all the time, whens the next one coming? so have you decided on another? are you pregnant yet? are you trying? and to be honest before i had kids i used to ask the same question to other women, not thinking anything of it, but now i find it pretty rude, maybe that’s the a-hole in me ha! i dont think people realize when they say comments like this it could hurt someones feelings or even say these things not thinking just maybe they don’t know the whole story, maybe someones having infertility issues this time around, or maybe miscarriage? or maybe juuuuuuuuuuuust maybe they don’t want to have another baby now or {just yet anyways} and thats where i fall into place. i’m SOOOOOOOO happy with just Oakley right now, he’s at the age where hes just easy. well NOT easy but he gets stuff, when i say eat he does and i don’t need to feed him, he pees/poops on the potty like a big boy, he gets dressed pretty well on his own, and well all around hes just an easy kid. he wakes we play and read and go plavces and eat and then we have lunch and then we do that all over again and then its nap. and again all over again and we eat and yet again you can get play read etc bath bed. we have such a routine and its easy. its just easy. any maybe that’s selfish of me but one works and thats’ that : ) maybe in a couple years we will want another baby because we miss that baby stage but i truly think right now and probably forever one is good for us. i also hear so many things like

‘that’s so mean only having one child’
‘your child will grow up so spoiled’
‘your so selfish’
‘that’s child abuse’
‘only child kids are so sad’
‘if you don’t have another he will be so lonely’

its amazing what people will spew out of their mouths without thinking about it. Just because somthing is right for someone else’s family does not mean its right for mine. We have one kid cause like i said its nice and easy and its our lifestyle too. we like to go places, see things, have things, do things, and i want Oakley to have things, see things, go places and do things, AND i want to be able to give him all that and more {and not the he gets what he wants spoiled little brat stuff but stuff like university tuition}. He deserves it. & if we have more kids we might not be able to do just all that. They cost a pretty penny! Luckily i get so stay home with Oakley and so we basically live on my husbands salary and i’m thankful every single day for this, but again because of this too affording one child later on in life also makes sense for us. Aside from the money and all the other little things, Tyler and I have for the longest time felt one is right for us, we feels so happy and complete and i think that’s the most important part for us, to feel complete. as for peoples comments i just agree to disagree and i don’t give it much thought, people say the darndess  things, and as long as i’m happy with my decisions that’s all that matters to me.

till next time loves.
Nicole

BLOG got a facelift!

& i love it. seriously though. LOVE it. i’m still working out a few kinks, migrating everything all together but so far so good, shes a beauty. i am forever greatful for Kathy at Nudge Media Design she has been my savior. Apparently i was just fooling dreaming when i thought i just had to get a template and pop in in somewhere, oh no, not so simple, but she has done all this hardword for me installing stuff and doing everything step by step to help me with what i could help her with. shes super awesome super fast at responding and has been so kind and patient with me, i thought i was techie, yea no. if your looking for templates for YOUR blog check her out, shes bomb. Kathy it has been a pleasure to work with you and i am pretty stinkin’ positive i will return if the blog needs a facelife again.

till next time.

Nicole