Monday, July 17, 2017

Mommy Style Monday: A Day in the Life

Hi everyone! I love doing posts like this because it's so fun to look back on and see what your life was like in that moment! With kids, everything changes all the time. I feel like we get into a good routine for a little while, but then Nathan changes, so I have to change! One of the biggest things that helps me relax as a mom is having a flexible attitude. I am not the type of person to get stuck in one way of doing things. Nathan thrives with a good routine, but we don't live by the exact minutes! We just go with the flow and I pay attention to his needs. All that being said, here's what a typical day of hanging out with us would look like:

8:00 am - Nathan wakes up, and so do I. Either Alex or I will get him out of his crib depending on if Alex is home or not. We usually cuddle in bed as a family for a little bit when he is home, and then we get breakfast ready.
9:30 am - We're ready for the day and off to do something. For a while on Mondays, Nathan had a gym class that was so much fun! If you have a My Gym near you, definitely sign your kids up! On other days we might go to the library for Story Time, or head over to meet our friends at the park. Summer mornings are the best for park time.
11:30 am - Feed Nathan lunch.
12:00 pm - Put Nathan down for his nap. During nap time I will usually work, do my cleaning for the day, or just take the time to relax. Or all three! Depends how long the nap is ha ha. Nathan usually sleeps anywhere from 1.5-3 hours.
2:00 pm - Nathan wakes up from his nap, and we get started with our afternoon. Sometimes this is just stay at home time where I play with him or he helps me finish cleaning. Sometimes it's grocery store time. Sometimes it's go to the mall and let him run around time while I eat a pretzel. Other times we hang out with friends! Like I said, we're flexible haha!
5:00 pm - Get home and get dinner started. Nathan usually plays quietly or I let him watch a show while I make dinner if he's getting really grumpy.
6:30 pm - Alex is home and we eat dinner together.
7:15 pm - Alex does Nathan's bath while I clean up the toys from the day, clear dinner, and put the dishes away from the previous day if I haven't already done that. When Nathan is done bathing, we play with him and read books in his room.
8:00 pm - I rock Nathan for 10 minutes and then lay him down in his bed for the night!
Evening - I usually read a book, hang out with Alex, take a shower, blog, etc. Just depends how I feel that day! And we try to go to bed around 10:30. We went to bed too late last night and I am feeling it today...

Let's see what the other ladies do on their typical days! Click their links below. And if you want to sign up with us for our next Mommy Style Monday, click here!

Kiana at Glitter&Donuts
Monica at It's All About
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Monday, July 3, 2017

Mommy Style Monday: Red, White & Blue

Hey friends! This post is coming at you from beautiful Seaside, Oregon! I'm on vacation with my family and it is JUST what the doctor ordered. Nothing like the fresh ocean air to get you the best nights sleep and all the relaxed feels you need. 

It was tempting to not do these pictures at all, since I'm spending most of the vacation in sweats, but we have family pictures on Wednesday, so these are my practice shots ha ha jk jk. I got this dress from Bohme and it is seriously the best dress. It's so lightweight, not see through, perfect length, cutest ruffle sleeves, with POCKETS!! I cannot recommend it enough. And of course, my red saltwater sandals. If you don't have some, you need them. I've had these for several years and they are as good as new! (Neither of those are affiliate links, they're just for you just in case!)

We'll be spending the fourth of July here in Seaside, eating BBQ and watching the fireworks go off all up and down the coast line. Hope you have a good one!

To check out the other ladies red, white, and blue looks, click the links below! And click here if you want to sign up for the next MSM!

Kiana at Glitter&Donuts

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Halfway There: A Pregnancy Update

Oh, hi...

It's me! 

Remember when I told you I was pregnant? Still going strong! 21 weeks in, to be exact! So, I figured it's probably high time I did a little pregnancy update. 

To be fair to myself, I was terrible at these with Nathan too. Anyway, here goes nothing!

How far along? 21 Weeks 4 Days

How big is the baby? The size of a baseball hat, and, according to an ultrasound, 15oz. 53 percentile! (And roughly the same size Nathan was at this time, so I am thrilled.)

Total weight gain/loss? No clue. 

Maternity clothes? I'm in the awkward stage where my bump isn't big enough to hold up my maternity pants, but my other pants don't fit. So I've been wearing a LOT of dresses and leggings. Comfort is key.

Sleep? Great so far, besides this past week which I will detail more down below.

Best moment this week? Finding out our baby has nothing wrong with her! (besides one failed kidney, which, again, I will explain more about below.)

Symptoms? Tired. I get soooooo worn out if I'm out in the sun. Hungry. But nothing sounds good to eat. The usual.

Food cravings? Popsicles and smoothies. Anything cold!!

Food aversions? Pasta. It just sounds so heavy and unappetizing.

Gender? It's a baby girl!!!! I thought it might be a girl a couple months ago, but then I was like, eh, but it could be a boy! You know, 50/50 chance and all that. And I was totally cool with it being a boy, being a boy mom is the best already, so I wasn't leaning toward which gender I "wanted". On the way to the doctor I thought for sure it would be a boy, so I was SHOCKED. And so so so excited!! 

Labor signs? Nope!

Belly button in or out? Still in. It never popped out with Nathan, so I'd be surprised if it happened this time. Stranger things have happened I guess.

What I miss? My jeans.

What I'm looking forward to? Meeting baby girl!!! I just can't wait to hold her. Also, our vacation to Oregon this next week. It's going to be so much fun to show Nathan the ocean and be with my family!
So, as far as the kidney goes, this is the story: At our 20 week anatomy scan/gender ultrasound, we found out we were having a girl and we were thrilled! The ultrasound tech took pictures of everything else, and it all looked great to me. I remember thinking when she was doing the kidneys that they looked different from each other? But the ultrasound tech didn't say anything, so I just focused on my baby girl and that was that. Right after that ultrasound, I had an appointment with my OBGYN scheduled for the regular checkup and to look at the ultrasound pictures with her. Alex and Nathan were with me, so they wanted to wait in the lobby area instead of force Nathan to sit through another appointment. When the doctor came in and saw only me sitting there, she said she would go get my husband, and I immediately knew something was wrong. I went from cloud nine knowing we were having a beautiful baby girl to cloud zero wondering what could be wrong! It was horrible. She brought Alex in and told us that one of our little girl's kidneys was covered in cysts. She said the other kidney looked good and was functioning, but the multicycstic kidney was no good and would never get better. She said it should be fine, because you only need one kidney to live, but she was going to order a Harmony test - a blood test for genetic disorders - and send me to a specialist in Indianapolis to get everything else checked out and make sure there wasn't something else causing the kidney to fail, or that the kidney failing wasn't a sign that other bad things were going to happen to. So, yeah, that was not fun to hear.
They took my blood and I was seriously just in shock wondering what the heck was going to happen! The results of the blood test were supposed to take TEN days to come back. So the next week was spent sleeping horribly, and any spare moment I had for my thoughts to wander was filled with "what ifs". Luckily, the blood test results came back six days later! And they were normal! That was such a relief. And then this past Wednesday we had our appointment with the specialist to get a more in-depth ultrasound. It was super fun to get to see baby girl again, but I was so nervous the whole time, my heart was just pounding. I just wanted to hear if everything else was all right!
The minute the doctor came in to go over the results I knew everything was ok. He was super jolly ha ha. He told us that as far as birth defects go, this is a great one to have because it's not visible from the outside and it won't cause any problems on the inside most likely. Because you can live with one kidney, it's ok if the other one is a mess I guess haha. Basically her right kidney just didn't form correctly when she was a ball of cells, and it tried to work, but couldn't work so it got covered in cysts, and then it just gave up. So now the left kidney is doing all the work and succeeding quite well! 
The most common question I've got from friend is if they will have to take that kidney out when she's born. The answer is no. Apparently the kidney will just stay in there, and most likely it will shrink and even possibly disappear over time, but that won't happen for years. If it randomly got infected or something they would take it out. Until then, it's just taking up space unnecessarily.

So there you have it! Pregnancy update number one. We'll see if I do any more of these... Hopefully I will!

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Mommy Style Monday: Favorite Things Box

Happy Monday!! Today for Mommy Style Monday I'm sharing what I received in my Favorite Things Box. We decided it would be fun to each send each other a box that goes with a theme every three months or so. You can see my previous Spring Box here!

I got my cute package from Jessica at Mason Jars and Lemon Bars. First of all, she is one of the cutest human beings! Thank you so much for your package Jessica, I love it! Can't wait to paint my nails for the first time in forever... :)

I got a cute comfy t-shirt (basically living in comfy t's and dresses this summer!), a pretty pinky nude nail polish and nail file, Burt's Bees chapstick (a must in any favorites box!), a super cute little bag, and a sweet note.

I sent my package to Monica from Oh Happy Us if you want to check out what I chose!

You guys, sending these packages and receiving them is so much fun! If you'd like to participate in the next one, please fill out this link. It will be in September, so you have plenty of time to prepare!

If you want to sign up for our next regular Mommy Style Monday post on July 3rd, click here.

Check out what the other ladies sent and received below!
Kiana at Glitter&Donuts
Monica at Oh Happy Us
Britt at My Little Sunshines 

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Trip to Utah!

Nathan and I were able to fly to Utah for a week at the end of May and it was SO wonderful. My parents are building a house on the lot next to my grandparents, so Nathan and I stayed at my grandparents house. It is a paradise for anyone, young and old! I would love to have a house with a yard like theirs one day. Nathan was seriously in heaven the whole time. So much space to run around in, new toys, a whole bunch of "beeps" (construction vehicles) next door, not to mention his fan club following him around 24/7. I was worried that when I brought him back here he would fall into a depression over not having so many wonderful things to do, but luckily he readjusted just fine. Probably because he's obsessed with his dad and was happy to see him again. :)

Here are some pictures from our time there!

Quite a bit of time was spent watching the builders over at my parents house, and quite a bit of time was spent with Nathan refusing to play with anyone except my sister Abi, who is his favorite person of all time.

We woke up at 5:30am to go to my  grandma's water aerobics class. It was fine for me, because I was on east coast time, but it was pretty early for my sister Olivia who was on west coast time. My grandma wanted to take this picture because, "we will never all do this again!" to which we responded, "wait, why?" and definitely did it again a few days later. I don't know why water aerobics is considered for "older women", it's a great workout!

I'm excited to hopefully live by family one day so we can have big family dinners. Something is so nice about getting everyone together in the evening for good food and good chats!

I mean, can you even? This is magazine worthy.

We seriously had the best time, the only downer was that Alex couldn't come with us! But he got a ton of work done while we were gone, so it worked out :). It was so hard to come back, being close to family is SUCH a blessing. Seriously. If you live close to family, do not take it for granted.

Luckily, I have a wonderful husband, and a whole group of supportive friends out here who make it all better.

Now we're just gearing up to go on our trip to Oregon in a couple weeks, and Alex is totally coming on that one! I can't wait for all the family time. We have a family quote book, and a majority of the quotes come from our vacations haha. It's going to be so fun to see Nathan enjoy the ocean! Ok, I need to stop talking about it or I'll go crazy until it comes.

p.s. we know the gender of our baby! Post coming soon! (hopefully...)

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Baby, baby...

If you follow me on Instagram (@madelinecasey_) you have already seen this, but it should be on the blog officially! We are expecting baby #2! We are so excited. Well, Alex and I are. Nathan doesn't seem too interested.

I'm 19 weeks pregnant as of Monday, and so far this pregnancy has seemed quite similar to Nathan's, just the symptoms aren't as strong as they were with him? I have no inclination toward if this baby will be a boy or girl though! We find out on Tuesday the 13th, and I seriously can't wait. It's like Christmas!

I'll hopefully get a pregnancy update up before the gender reveal... about time since we're almost halfway through this one! Ack!

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Monday, June 5, 2017

Mommy Style Monday: A Day at the Park

It seems like I've only made time to do these Mommy Style Monday posts the past few months... sorry! If you follow me on Instagram you know we have some exciting news, and I just went on a trip to Utah, which I will hopefully blog about this week! Keep your fingers crossed for me. Mommy Style Monday at least encourages me to get out and take some pictures ha ha...

Without further ado, let's talk about a day at the park! There's a park about 2 minutes from our house that we love to go to. It has a huge walking trail, a big pond, and a playground. You can go park next to the playground and skip the rest, but we like taking the walk all the way there and seeing the scenery. Especially if Alex is with us. I LOVE weekends because Alex gets to hang out with us. It's much needed family time, and a much needed break from being Nathan's go-to person 24/7 ha ha.

You may notice that in a majority of these pictures, Nathan is carrying a small soccer ball. If there is a small ball that's easy to carry, he will make sure it's in his arms at all times, no matter how difficult it makes anything else he's trying to do haha!

Mom Brag: I may have mentioned this before, I don't remember, but Nathan is SUPER skilled at kicking a ball. He has this natural instinct when it comes to kicking them that he's literally had since he could walk at 11 months. I don't know where he gets it from. I mean, Alex is athletic, but I certainly am not. Nathan is better at kicking a ball than I am. He gets his little body all lined up and then boom! kicks it right where he wants it to go. He can even get air on it sometimes. I asked his pediatrician at like 15 months if that was normal 15 month old behavior and his eyes got kind of wide and he said, "No, that's much older toddler behavior." And followed it up with, "No wonder he isn't gaining a ton of weight." hahaha yay for super active skinny kids!

Alex always pretends to be asleep and Nathan LOVES waking him up. Nathan has also started to copy things Alex does which is the cutest. A few minutes after this, Nathan laid down on the blue ball like a pillow and fake snored so that Alex would come wake him up. Whenever he fake sleeps, his eyes are wide open and he does this funny breathing that's supposed to be snoring, and after a few seconds he yells "AWAKE!" and gets up. It makes me laugh every time!

And here I am, just being a lame mom who only sits on the bench... but I take advantage of the days where Alex is there to entertain Nathan ha ha.

Nathan makes sure I feel loved anyway. :)

He kept going up the stairs and down this slide and ignoring the rest of the playground ha ha! He made this little friend a year older than him who would literally follow Nathan around and copy whatever he was doing. Nathan loved him and tried to give him hugs. The other kid was like, "what the...??"

I love my cute cuddly boy.

To see how the other moms do their days at the park, check out below! And if you want to sign up for the next Mommy Style Monday, click this link - It's always a blast!

Kiana at Glitter&Donuts
Erica at Good Job Momma
Monica at It's All About
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