12.19.2014

Five Things


Happy Friday party people! 

Today is always one of my favorite days of the year because it's the Friday before Christmas and everyone is all excited to have a short week next week and spend time with family for the holidays!

This girl right here is pretty happy because I only have to work 1.5 days next week and we aren't traveling anywhere for Christmas, which hasn't happened in SO long. We will get to sleep in and just spend time the two of us (unless Camden decides to make his arrival before then!), which honestly could not sound more perfect to me. Not having to rush anywhere, not having to change out of my pajamas if I don't want to, quality time with my husband and pup, and just waiting for our baby boy to arrive? Done and done. You don't have to ask me twice.

Here's what I'm loving this week...

-ONE-

A little update (or lack there of) from my doctor's appointment yesterday...still not dilated, which is OK by us! My doctor wanted to do one final ultrasound just to confirm his position (he is head down, phew), so I got to see our little boy again which was awesome.

Oh, and this could NOT be more accurate...



-TWO-

These jeans are going to be my post baby treat to myself (using a promo code, of course!). It's already decided because they are pretty much perfection. And I think Billy will just be excited to see me in something other than leggings and a casual sweatshirt! I admit I've pretty much stopped trying to put together cute outfits at this point...#handsheadinshame.


-THREE-

Lusting hard after this Naked2 Basics Palette. Crossing my fingers that Santa brings this for me.. ;)



-FOUR-

 This North Face jacket. LOVE. It's one of those "I never want to take you off" jackets I'm sure...


 -FIVE-

A simple reminder...



Have a great weekend, loves!

Later today, we are headed to the CAVS game in Cleveland (woo!) and tomorrow Billy's family is coming into town to have a mini Christmas celebration with us. I'm making my Mom's famous lasagna recipe and we are exchanging gifts! :)

See you next week! 


12.18.2014

Best Of: Holiday Desserts


Every year my Mom's side of the family has a big cookie exchange. Depending on how many people are in it, you make at least 9-10 dozen of the same type of cookie and end up bringing home that very amount (but more because my aunt makes pumpkin rolls, too!), but each dozen is a different cookie! 

Aka...you hit the cookie jackpot. 

Well, this year, I decided to pass because I didn't know how I would feel being 9 months pregnant and making 9 dozen cookies, when I could potentially go into labor at any time. It was probably the best move on my end, but I still missed making my famous Oreo balls that I normally make for everyone so I wanted to share them today on here, along with my popular Buckeyes recipe! 

Both of these desserts I posted about in the past two years, but they are some of my most popular posts and since it's the week before Christmas you might just be wondering how you can totally impress your family with an awesome dessert. Maybe? Or maybe you're just having some super intense cookie cravings like I am? Have no fear, I'm here to give you my top two favorites!

You can't go wrong with making either one of these - both equally addicting and delicious. And get this...neither of them require an oven! That means no worrying about burning, people. :) 







What are your favorite holiday desserts to make?

Do you do a cookie exchange with your family? 
If not, what are you waiting for? Start one!

Happy Thursday!

12.17.2014

Week 37 Bumpdate...Full Term!

We've gone from this...

 to THIS!

The details:

*What a bittersweet moment....here we are, full term! Looking back at my previous bumpdates, I honestly thought I had a legit bump at 15 weeks. Haha...was I ever wrong!
*Camden is now the size of a winter melon! For the past month or so, he loves to press his little butt up on my stomach. My stomach will look so oddly shaped when he does it and is really hard. I can now feel his little feet too, which is so cute!
*Results from my first cervix check last week?! Not dilated at all yet! My next check is tomorrow so we'll see if I've progressed at all since at that point. (Also-as a wife who hates being wrong, I'm really starting to wonder if Billy is going to be right with his prediction of Cam coming on our due date or even after...)
*Cravings? Brown Sugar Cinnamon Pop Tarts. Oreo balls. Basically anything sweet and that has a lot of calories.
*Sleeping at this stage is laughable. The constant tossing and turning is difficult! I'll wake up feeling like I ran a marathon or something, which we all know didn't happen...
*I've been getting up once in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom. I can't believe I made it this long without having to get up, so I won't complain too much about that...
*No swelling. No real discomfort!
*Labor Signs? Nope! The normal Braxton Hicks which are also feeling a bit different now, they kind of seem to blend in a bit with his big rolls and stretching. 

Other important things to note:

*Enjoying: The anticipation of the next few weeks-I'm a constant ball of excitement, nerves, happiness all at once. I love waking up and talking with Billy about if it could be "THE" day and just sharing this special time together...it is SO much fun!
*Disliking: It's not that I dislike my weekly appointments per say because they are exciting at times, but I guess I'm just feeling "over" them in general. I started taking the steroids (boo) to get my platelets up, but know that they are only temporary and hopefully they help me so that I'm able to get an epidural. The thought of not having one is....well, SCARY!!
*Random happenings:
    +I ordered the cutest bib cloths recently for Cam's stocking from here! I got a cute anchor print and giraffe print. 
    +ALL of our bags are packed! One of the best recommendations I received was to bring a power strip for the hospital....such a good idea!
    +We have Rocky all taken care of for when we're in the hospital. My best friend Lindsay offered to stay at our house with him to take care of him. So thankful for that!
    +I practically begged Billy to get me a week pass to his gym just so that I can go walk on the track or treadmill. Since it gets dark so early here, I haven't wanted to walk outside at all and was kind of going crazy not being able to. 
*Looking forward to: Where to begin?! Seeing if I've progressed at all tomorrow at my next appointment...having my normal iced coffee's again (and wine! and beer!)...getting a GIANT turkey sub from Jersey Mike's (it is weird how much I've craved this since becoming pregnant)...fitting into normal pants and tops again...meeting our baby for the first time!

This 9 month journey has almost come to an end and it's so, so sweet. I know I've said it probably ten times but I have loved being pregnant and am really grateful that I didn't have to experience many bad symptoms. When it comes to thinking about labor, my feelings are that as long as baby and I are healthy in the end I won't be disappointed, even if it doesn't go how I would have liked or planned. I'm just trying to keep an open mind and pray that it all works out as it should!

Oh, and if I've seemed a little off lately, it probably is because I AM! I've found that it's really hard to write and blog normally because everyday I'm in the mindset that our life is a little bit on hold. I wake up and wonder if today will be the day, or if this will be my last bump date, etc. so it's kind of hard to focus and put that into words on this blog. 

I do plan to continue blogging after he's born, but will just take a little bit of time off while we adjust, so I hope you continue reading! Your comments and support through this time in my life has meant a lot to me, truly!

T-MINUS 21 DAYS!



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12.15.2014

Our Weekend In Photos

And suddenly we're here...another Monday that has come far. too. soon!

Did you have a good weekend?! This weekend was just what I needed. It has been pretty busy around these parts with trying to get everything ready for the baby (which I'm sure I haven't mentioned at all...), but honestly once I take a moment to actually pause...we are more than ready. Everything is organized and our bags are packed, so that makes me feel really good considering he could come any day now and I'm officially considered FULL TERM as of this week!! There's no more stressing on my end or trying to cross things off a to-do list, and that makes me pretty freaking happy. 

Friday was pretty low key...we got Billy's favorite pizza (Meister's) for dinner and watched a movie at the house. Saturday we slept in a bit, went to get coffee (only a few more weeks until I can have caffeine again-amen!), and then spent the day shopping at Easton! The weather has been on the warmer side (seriously-it doesn't even feel like mid December) so it wasn't too cold to walk around outside and it was pretty because it's all decorated for the holidays. Saturday night we went out to dinner in the Short North and afterwards went to Le Chocoholique to split a dessert! 

Le Chocoholique has some of the BEST chocolates and desserts, seriously. If you're ever in Columbus, you have to add it to your list of places to try! This mousse cake was even better than it looks and it was devoured in .5 seconds.

 

On our date night on Saturday, I surprised Billy with tickets to see the Cavs play THIS Friday in Cleveland! It was a spur of the moment decision on my end to buy them, but I wanted to do something nice for Billy since he has been so wonderful and put up with me this entire pregnancy. He LOVES the Cavs (to put it mildly) and his brother and his girlfriend are joining us for the game too, so I knew he would be pretty excited! We will driving there Friday afternoon for the game and driving back at night (his family is coming in town on Saturday), so now we will just be saying many, many prayers all week that Camden keeps on cookin'! :)


And I finally got Camden's stocking in the mail, so naturally I had to fill it with some cute things and hang all of ours up together!

(all of them are from Pottery Barn)

So, there's a house in a neighborhood close to ours that goes all out with their lights. I had to show you all because it's just crazy. I like to drive by it every year, even though it looks like the same year after year, because I just can't for the life of me wrap my mind around how. many. things. they. have. in. their. yard...


If you look closely, all of their windows are covered as well. I mean ALL of them. Can you even imagine what their electric bill is? Insert bulging eye emoticon here!

Only 10 days left until Christmas! Are you ready?!

12.12.2014

CURRENTLY...

Happy Friday!

I'm so not sad to see this week go. I haven't had many rough weeks during my pregnancy, which I'm so thankful for, but this past week has been on the tougher side that's for sure. I'm having a hard time sleeping and I found out that my platelets (they help with clotting) count has dropped, so I have to get on steroids in hopes to get them up so that I'm able to get an epidural. 

I was really hoping they didn't drop any more because the steroids can come with some pretty nasty side effects, but it is what it is and if I want that magic epidural I have to take them. I just keep thinking how close we are to meeting Cam and how good I've had it which seems to help! :)

But, on a really bright side, Billy and I are going out tomorrow for our last potential real date night out. His parents are coming into town next weekend and with Christmas after that, we weren't sure when else we could so he's taking me out for a fancy dinner and to go shopping (yep-real excited about that part!)

Here's what else has been going on... (thank you Erin-stealing this from you!)

WATCHING -The Santa Clause and Four Christmases, like I've never seen them before. I have them stored on our DVR and can't stop watching them. They don't get old to me!

EATING - Oh, that's funny. A 36 week pregnant chic walked into Target and came out with....
Mmm mmm...good. 

LISTENING TO - I heard Ed Sheeran's new song "Thinking Out Loud" while watching the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show the other night (who watched?!) and LOVED it. It is the only song of his that I actually really like.

MAKING- Does wrapping presents count?! All of our gifts are wrapped and under the tree. Enter HUGE sigh of relief!

(love this little face so much!)

WEARING - My favorite pair of pants, ever, all day every day. Well, mostly. ;) OOTD's are hard to come by at this point because they are getting so repetitive!

 top from Pink Blush, vest is from Old Navy last year (similar)

NEEDING - Caffeine. I can't wait to get that first non-decaffeinated drink from Starbucks!

WISHING - That my labor experience will be really easy and short...wouldn't that be nice if I could control that?! Who wouldn't want that!

FEELING - Tired since I've been up since 4am this morning (pregnancy insomnia is NO joke! combine that with feeling super uncomfortable and you've got a bad combination), but overall really happy that it's already mid December and we only have a few more weeks to go until we get to meet our baby!! And also excited to have another weekend of sleeping in and fun times with Billy! Soaking up these times while I can...

LOVING - All the Christmas decorations in our house! And that I've started stocking up on my favorite wine...Woo-Hoo!


Hope you all have a great weekend and finish up (or start?) your Christmas shopping!
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