Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Darling's 25th Week Update

 Merry Christmas Everyone!!!
Little Darling's Size: His see-through skin is gradually becoming more opaque. Between 13.6 inches to 14.8 inches. About the size of an eggplant!
Countdown: 103 Days to go!  Due Easter :)

Clothing: Now that I'm back east..I'm on the hunt for a nice maternity warm warm jacket!

What I Miss: Crumbs falling to the floor...and NOT landing on my tummy :)

Cravings: Nothing much at the moment...

Exercising:  ha..we are back east..we will see what happens! we did a TON of walking..last week!
Symptoms: My cold is slowing going away..good news!  Just getting bigger!

Total Weight Gain: 11lbs as of last appointment...
Gender: ITS A LITTLE MAN!!!! We decided to keep his name a secret till the day of his birth!

Sleep: Not good..but not horrible! Up at least three times a night to the bathroom!

Movement: ALL THE TIME, MOVEMENT!!! Except when my Mother is around he gets all shy...

On a Positive Note: We are officially back east! Went house shopping today..and oh boy! CULTURE SHOCK! but I think we found a place...will fill out an application tomorrow...fingers crossed!

A Message To Our Darling: I can't wait to start buying things for your nursery!!! Now that you will finally have a room!!! I can start actually buying instead of dreaming!! We got you two more LA shirts...and yes one is a Lakers shirt!! I just couldn't resist..its your Daddy's fav team!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Goodbye Cali...

Bittersweet week....bittersweet day for us...

What a perfect picture to end our amazing journey in the Southbay!

Taken tonight..at sunset! Manhattan Beach 

Just about 25 weeks!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

My Parent's Message

This past weekend we were able to get together with our Los Angeles friends for a baby shower/going away get together! After we were done opening our baby gifts we had a special message awaiting us! I just had to share.. Watch my Father at the end.... hilarious!

I was tearing up..then laughing! Oh, my Father and his funny expressions at the end! What a thoughtful thing to do!! It was just perfect!!  Its moments like this...make me realize again and again how lucky I am to have amazing parents!  I will try to gather some pictures taken at the party once I get my paws on them! 

We leave for the East Coast in 5 days!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Darling's 24th Week Update

Bump Pic!

Hermosa Beach

Little Darling's Size: His see-through skin is gradually becoming more opaque. Between 10.5-to-11.8-inches.
Countdown: 112 Days to go!  Due Easter :)

Clothing: I actually nabbed a cute dressy shirt at Old Navy in their tiny maternity section!

What I Miss: Holiday drinks!!Feeling sexy in my clothes ;)

Cravings: Just the food I know I won't be able to get once we move back east!

Exercising:  Lots of walking!!! Enjoying our strand for one last week!!
Symptoms: Nothing really...been fighting a cold for over a week... I'm miserable!

Total Weight Gain: 11lbs!
Gender: ITS A LITTLE MAN!!!! We decided to keep his name a secret till the day of his birth!

Sleep: Not good..but not horrible!

Movement: ALL THE TIME, MOVEMENT!!! Several of my friends have had an opportunity to feel him move!

On a Positive Note: We are trying to make the best of our last week here in the Southbay! Oh my!! I'm excited to be able to be home around the Holidays!

A Message To Our Darling: Oh,  your Daddy and I snatched up a little gift for you! When you wear it...we will remember the beautiful day we had in Hermosa Beach today!  (pic below) 

Johnny Cash song, "Walk the Line."  Well, the shirt says, "Crawl the Line." 
Mr. Southbay was like, "We have to get this!"

Friday, December 16, 2011

End of Week Ramblings..

I created two different types of holiday cards this year! Every year, we typically have our picture taken professionally..but this year with zero time I figured we would just use one of the pictures taken from our Gender Reveal Party! 

The second one came about because I won 25 free Shutterfly Cards! Saved me over $45!!!  They turned out cute and the quality was really nice too! I can't believe I even remembered to get Christmas cards out this year with how crazy our lives have been lately.. Though, I will admit not everyone that I normally send a card to is getting one this year... But, I did the best I could! 

Sorry, took a pic off the computer screen! I sent them out as soon as I got my paws on them and totally forgot to take a picture! So unlike me :)

Regardless of anything, its the thought that counts right?! 

We had a follow up OB appointment today! It was so nice to hear the heart beat! He is getting big! I weighed in at 134.8lbs today. So far I have gained approx 12 pounds. Not too shabby I must say! I have been fighting a cold for the past week. This coughing is for the birds... Specifically in the afternoon to bed time! So, the Doctor put me on some meds..all of which I'm hesitant to take but after 7 days...I feel like I have no choice.. been drinking a TON of fluids...especially hot water with lemon!  

Tomorrow some of my friends are throwing Mr. Southbay and I a baby shower/going away party. It will be nice to see everyone one last time! We want to be closer to family but at the same time we LOVE living in the Southbay of Los Angeles!  It is definitely a bittersweet moment for us... 

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Darling's 23rd Week Update

Bump Pic!

Tonight, we were out in Manhattan Beach for the Holiday fireworks and music! Had a delicious dinner at The Strand House. (take a lookie!)
We watched the fireworks from where we were seated!

Little Darling's Size: His face is fully formed now -- He just needs a little extra fat to fill it out.  Can you believe it!
Countdown: 119 Days to go!  Due Easter :)

Clothing: Loving my pregnancy jeans....!

What I Miss: Holiday drinks!!

Cravings: nothing specific... ! call me boring...

Exercising:  Work is my exercise..at the moment! Now the Mr. Southbay is back home all the time, we are going on a lot of walks..Pier to Pier which is a good several miles long!
Symptoms: Fatigue!  My feet and calves burn at the end of each day!

Total Weight Gain: No Idea, will learn more about this Friday at my next OB appointment!
Gender: ITS A LITTLE MAN!!!! We decided to keep his name a secret till the day of his birth!

Sleep: Not good..but not horrible!

Movement: ALL THE TIME, MOVEMENT!!! Seriously, just squishing my bladder!!!!!!!!!!! it gets very uncomfortable...

On a Positive Note: Are prayers have been answered! Mr. Southbay's job has transferred us to Maryland! Off to the Patuxent River Naval Air Base we go!  I'll be doing a post later with more details about our move! This move will be occurring at Christmas..yes that FAST!

A Message To Our Darling:  With us moving back now I can start focusing on nursery furniture...your nursery..colors...patterns...ohh, Mommy is getting excited!  But please, no more bladder squishing!! :)

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

It's A Boy-The Reaction :)

Part two of Gender Reveal Party :)

Once we had dinner...and did a little clean up, the soon to be Grandparents were getting antzy! It seriously felt like I had a huge group of 5 year olds! My Mother was the worst :)  Lets get to the pictures!

The soon to be Grandparents!

Oh and the Great-Grandmothers!

Yes, I am counting to three, and can you see my Mother in pink...is the first to take a bite?!

I love, how they are all looking at the cupcakes and great grandmothers are not even touching their cupcakes!

Yes, my parents are doing a little dance!

I LOVE how we caught this moment... My Mother was so emotional :)

Jasmine from The Couture Cakery , whipped up some delicious gender reveal cupcakes for us! Yellow and orange sprinkles to finish it off! 

Our two little pups also had to participate! I had Glamour Dog Boutique over at Etsy create these adorable bandanas for the pups! They were seriously a big hit!

Miss Eli Mae, who will be a Big Sister :)

Our Little Man Kingston Jay...Big Brother!

They turned out super cute!

Our Gender Reveal Party was a ton of fun! I'm so glad we decided to throw one and we were able to share it with our friends and families!

Cupcakes by The Couture Cakery
Dog Bandanas by The Glamour Dog Boutique
Paper Supplies by Shop Sweet Lulu

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Darling's 22nd Week Update

Bump Pic!

Little Darling's Size: A Papaya in size! Now that he's got more developed eyes and lips, he's looking even more like a newborn! Measures about 10.5 to 11.8 inches.

Countdown: 126 Days to go!  Due Easter :)

Clothing: Made out great when I was back East with Mom! Two more pairs of jeans..3 more shirts for a total of $100! Can't beat it!! Thank you Boscovs!

What I Miss: A big glass of red wine!! Especially on these chilly nights!

Cravings: nothing specific... ! call me boring...

Exercising:  Work is my exercise..at the moment! We did a couple mile walk on the strand..and went at a great pace..felt good to get some fresh air! I'm starting to huff and puff!
Symptoms: haha...oh I could go into some stuff.. We should do a segment.. on "Symptoms, they don't  talk  about." :)  Still, must eat smaller meals...I get full super fast!

Total Weight Gain: 8 pounds total from lastweek..but the way my tummy is..at least another pound!
Gender: ITS A LITTLE MAN!!!! Oh, we finally broke down and snatched up some adorable Little Man gear on black Friday!

Sleep: Not good..but not horrible!

Movement: ALL THE TIME, MOVEMENT!!! Seriously, just squishing my bladder!!!!!!!!!!! it gets very uncomfortable...

On a Positive Note: We are back out in La La Land! I brought the cold air with...ugh!  Still on the job hunt... Praying... Praying for the strength that all will work out...

A Message To Our Darling: Oh Little Man, you need to sleep a little more... :) all this moving and squishing on my bladder is really driving me crazy :) but I still love you... !!!  

Your Daddy and I have been working on the perfect name for you! I think we have it pretty much figured out... but who knows! I'm anxious to see if with stick to it! Don't worry, we will keep it a surprise till we meet face to face! 

WOW is time flying by!!!! 22 Weeks already!


Thursday, December 1, 2011

Gender Reveal Party Details!

Here are some fun details and pictures from our amazing night with family and friends!

We only invited our parents, grandparents, siblings and close friends! Appetizers to start and a lasagna dinner to follow! It was held the night before Thanksgiving, so I figured an Italian meal would be perfect!  Oh gosh, where do we begin!

Remember these cute invites?
Click over here to see an earlier post on my inspiration for the party!

Lets get to details! My Grandmother helped sew together a long table runner...I loved the bright orange polka-dot material I found at the fabric store! I snatched up some yellow flowers at the grocery store... very easy and affordable! We already had the vases..

The appetizer table was put together using all of my "cravings" so far in the pregnancy! My personal favorite..are the macaroni and cheese cups! yum  yum! I didn't put too much out because we were serving such a filling dinner!

I snatched up the tiny cups over at Shop Sweet Lulu. I look forward to ordering more in the future from them! Great company!

I found two tiny pinwheels at Hobby Lobby..my Nephews loved taking something home with them! They added that cute factor on the table!

Pineapple and canteloupe skewers! 
Reeses Pieces! 

Of course I had to get some orange straws! Another purchase from Shop Sweet Lulu. We threw in a couple orange slices into the water..
Not only did it match our theme...it was delicious! 

I decorated the mantle with candles, a framed invite and some colorful decor!

I used many glass vases from our wedding, including the frame! It was so nice to be able to reuse things!! It saved a lot of money! It has been a very long time since I made a chain link from construction paper :) 

I used the ribbon vases for my Brother's dinner rehearsal last June! It is so easy to simply change up the ribbon! Click over here to so a video for a DIY idea! I originally found this idea from Jessica over at Tying the Knot. It added the perfect amount of color!

We left up some decorations for a couple of days! I just couldn't take it down right away! 
In my next post, I will share pictures of the soon to be Grandparents finding out the gender :) Along with the delicious cupcakes.  It was definitely a good time!