First Trimester Update

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Now that we've officially hit 12 weeks, I am so relieved to have a healthy baby report and be able to announce to everyone. Towards the last couple of weeks, it was getting really hard to hide it at work and I'm definitely going to be interested to see who noticed and just didn't say anything ;) I honestly doubt I'll do an update every week but I definitely wanted to cover the first trimester.

How Far Along
12 Weeks

Size of Baby
A plum ~2"

Not yet

I definitely didn't have morning sickness but I did have afternoon-night sickness. The more tired I am, the worse I feel. I basically snack all day long so that I can keep it at bay as much as possible then come home and just try to maintain it as best I can. Thankfully, I haven't actually gotten sick (if you know me, so thankful!) but I do feel awful. I am ready for this stage to be over with.

Also, definitely experiencing the typical pregnancy exhaustion. I head to bed around 8:30/9 every night but I feel great in the morning which has been super helpful.

Some nights have been amazing when I sleep all night minus the 2 bathroom breaks but then some nights I toss and turn all night. I've also woken up a few times at 4:00am and can't go back to sleep so that's fun. Still trying to decide if it's worth investing in a pregnancy pillow.

We find out this weekend!!! So stinking excited! Stephen and I were set on it being a boy earlier in the pregnancy but now we are set on a girl so it really will be a surprise!

Weight Gain
Um.. more than I was hoping to at this point - all this constant snacking is adding up. Also, not eating the most healthy constantly because I'm just eating what I feel like for dinner. Anything to combat the nausea. 

Not anything too crazy although, I had a strong aversion to pulled pork I made the other night. I've been loving fruit and fruit pops at night. Super miss sushi.

He is so excited and such a good help! He is doing such a great job keeping me level and getting me excited. 

I haven't put too much thought into it since we don't know the gender but once we find out, game on! We need to start emptying my office, which will be the nursery, and combining it with Stephen's room.

Best Part of the Week
At our 12 week appt., we were supposed to just hear the heartbeat but the Dr. couldn't find it so we were squeezed into an urgent ultrasound. Baby H was just hanging out and wanted to get a little photoshoot. We were so thrilled to see it was healthy and had a very strong heartbeat :) 

My mom and sister also came in for a fun girls weekend where we went to the spa and beach. We also announced the pregnancy on social media which was super exciting and we felt so much love for Baby H.

Looking Forward To
The gender reveal!!!!!!!!! 

We're Expecting!!

Monday, February 12, 2018

I am thrilled to share that we are expecting a sweet baby in August! We are so excited for this new journey and can't wait to keep sharing more later on this week :)

Linking up with Biana

Five on Friday

Friday, February 9, 2018

Phew! It's been a hot minute since I've been able to find time to post a FoF and I'm glad to be back!!

I have to share my new favorite pair of shoes with y'all - I feel like they're a hidden gem. I was dying for a pair of J Crew Factory leopard loafers for Christmas but of course, they sold out so my hunt started and I decided to take a chance and ask for these loafers online. I got them in and I have to say I've been so impressed! They are comfortable, I didn't have any painful break in period and I get so many compliments on them. Definitely worth the $45 :)

Oh my gosh, I'm assuming everyone's seen the Super Bowl This Is Us episode... I literally bawled the entire episode. Y'all it was the roughest episode yet although, it did feel good to get a good cry out lol

Krista recently did an ultimate work pants guide which was so helpful and informative! If you work in a business dress office, you should definitely check out her post.

Um, was I the only loser who fell for the stupid Australia add during the Super Bowl? I had been seeing the "movie" add on Instagram and thought it was a legit movie... I was crushed when I found out it was just an add for Australia. I definitely think they should make a real movie out of it though - it would be hysterical!

I'm so excited because our sweet friends surprised us with a Date Box and we're getting it this week! Can't wait to see what's inside and how it works. I definitely need to get better with remembering things like this for gift ideas.


Monday, February 5, 2018

Well, I took 0 pictures this weekend #bloggerfail but I feel like a lot happened so I still wanted to do a quick post

  • Stephen finally made it home Friday night after being in CA for 2 weeks - I'm so glad he's back home!
  • While Stephen was gone, I finished watching Season 2 of Victoria. It's a pretty good show but we both agree The Crown is better ;)
  • Saturday was a lazy day for me while Stephen caught up on all the mail from the past 2 weeks. Although, I really should've gotten to work on some onsies for a co-worker and cleaned out the guest room for my mom and sister this weekend...
  • Saturday night, we attended our friends' daughter's 1st birthday party at Gymboree. It was a lot of fun, even though we didn't have a little nugget of our own to chase after - definitely a good learning experience lol
  • Sunday was Super Bowl day! 
    • We had a party at a friend's house that afternoon so I brought Jessi's Skinny Taco Dip (which is amazing!) and cole slaw from my SEC cookbook
    • The party was a blast and we had so much delicious food
    • The JT halftime show wasn't superrr memorable but he's such a good performer and I love me a good JT song... even though his outfit was horrible #canibuyconcertticketsnow
    • Speaking of outfits, what the heck was the Patriots coach wearing!?
    • We're so glad the Eagles won... we're over the Patriots #sooverit
  • Um... the other big news of the night was Kylie Jenner had her baby! I'm not a big Kylie fan and I don't understand why she couldn't have acknowledged it was true then just laid low but it's still exciting and the video she shared was sweet
I had to...

Hope everyone had a fun Super Bowl weekend!! Hopefully (fingers crossed) I can get a post or 2 up this week - I had big plans for a Friday post then ran out of time :/


Monday, January 29, 2018

The month of January, we did not have weekend plans - it was glorious. We were able to get a lot of things done around the house and catch up on projects but this also means that life has been "boring" in blog world and I haven't taken any pictures since New Years. However, this weekend was the first weekend I got out and had any real plans. Unfortunately, Stephen was out of town last week and through the weekend so he missed out on our weekend plans but it worked out perfectly because it gave me something fun to do!
All week, I've been working on some Disney shirts for a friend who's going to Disneyland this week. Thankfully, that took up a lot of my time so the week without Stephen passed quickly. Also, this weeks This Is Us had me a big ball of mess and I can't even imagine how emotional the next episode is going to be. I basically need a giant box of tissues because it's going to be a rough one.

Friday night, I met a friend for dinner at a local Thai restaurant and we really enjoyed getting to catch up over delicious food. Saturday, I got some things done around the house before going to meet a family friend for lunch and to give her the Disney shirts. We loved getting to catch up over Chick-fil-a. Afterwards, I headed to my BIL & SIL's house to hang out with my in-laws while they assembled Siena's Christmas gifts. It was so much fun getting to see Siena and it's so crazy to see how quickly she's growing up and talking! I also loved getting all the baby snuggles from Luke who's a little angel.

Sunday, I went to lunch with friends after church, made a Target and Publix run before heading home and getting things done around the house. Thankfully, it was a pretty slow day and I was able to get a few episodes of Victoria in

Linking up with Biana

Quick Check In

Monday, January 15, 2018

Hi!! Just popping in to say a quick hello since it's been a while since I've blogged. To be quite honest, life has been fairly boring lately - definitely nothing blog worthy. I haven't taken any pictures of anything in like 2 weeks lol!!

We spent NYE at our friends' house!

Thankfully, our calendars have been quite empty these past couple of weeks and we've been loving it. We've both been catching up on our big to-do lists before it does start to get busy again.

My big project right now is making a website for PPE!! I'm so excited to get it done but I know it'll take some time - can't wait for everyone to see it!

Our other friends got a sweet puppy Daisy a few weeks ago

Anyways, I just wanted to do a quick check in before I go radio silent for another few weeks ;)

2017 In Review

Sunday, December 31, 2017

2017 threw us some of the craziest curveballs we could've ever imagined. It was truly the best and hardest year we've had to face but through it all, God has been so faithful and constant.

This year, I'm going to do a quick recap of our highlights instead of doing a big month-by-month because #aintnobodygottimeforthat

Charleston Trip | March
The first few months of the year were really low-key; Stephen was working 60+ hour weeks almost every week which meant we didn't have much free time to do fun things together. Thankfully, in March, he was able to escape for a long weekend to Charleston to celebrate his college bff's wedding. We had such a fun time in my favorite city and even got to meet Julia and Thomas! You can see all of my posts hereherehere and here.

NYC Trip | April
At the beginning of 2017, we only had 2 trips on our radar - Charleston & HHI but when Stephen was presented with the opportunity to represent his company at an astronomy conference an hour outside of NYC, we jumped on the opportunity to see the Big Apple. My sister decided to join in on the fun and visit her friend in the city which gave me people to run around with while Stephen was at the conference for 2 days. We had the absolute best time and I'm so glad to report we both loved the city! Check here for day 1, day 2, day 3, day 4 and day 5.

Easter | April
Two days after getting back from NYC, we loaded up and headed to my in-laws for Easter. We also found out soon after that we were going to be an Aunt and Uncle again!!

Caroline's Graduation & Disney | May
In May, my little sister graduated from FSU with an engineering degree and physics minor. I headed up there (Stephen stayed back to see his little brother graduate from UCF the same weekend) to see her walk and then we all drove back down to spend the week at Disney. It was so much fun and we loved getting to spend some time with her boyfriend at the parks too! Check here for graduation & day 1 of Disney, days 2 & 3, days 4 & 5 and days 6 & 7.

Astronaut Hall of Fame Gala | May 
For the 2nd year, Stephen and I were invited to attend the Astronaut Hall of Fame Gala at Kennedy Space Center. We had a great time dressing up and attending again.

Northern California Trip | June
Another trip that caught us by surprise was to Northern CA. I was offered the opportunity to attend a conference in Napa, CA and couldn't pass up the opportunity to bring Stephen and extend our trip. We fly up the weekend before and stayed in San Francisco for one night before heading into Napa. I skipped out on golf and we did some winery tours and even found a few wines we liked! Stephen headed back home on Tuesday and I stayed the rest of the week to finish up the conference. It was a lot of fun and we even got a private tour of Alcatraz! Check here for San Fransisco day 1, day 2, Napa and Alcatraz.

Nashville Trip | June
Right after getting home from CA, we babysat our niece and found out we will be getting a nephew which was super exciting! The next Monday, I flew out to Nashville for a week long conference (which I did a terrible job of taking pictures).

Ft. Lauderdale | June
We knew my BIL & SIL were moving back to Orlando in July so we headed down to Ft Lauderdale to spend one last weekend with them in their old house. It was such a relaxing time and we loved spending time with Siena.

Hilton Head Island | July
The first week of July, we headed to HHI with my family and close family friends for a week of celebrations at the beach. On the 3rd, we celebrated Stephen's birthday, 4th of July and our 4th anniversary on the 5th! Check here to see part 1 and part 2.

My 26th Birthday | July
On the 9th, Stephen surprised me with a super fun day with our friends to celebrate my birthday. We did an escape room, had lunch at The Columbia, ran around Disney Springs and saw the fireworks. It was such a fun day :)

Stone Wedding | July 
At the end of July, I took a business trip to Atlanta and then drove up to spend 1 night with my parents in Chattanooga before heading to Knoxville for a family friend's wedding (same people who came with us to HHI). We had such a fun time celebrating them!

I donated my hair | August
I was finally able to do something I've been wanting to do for a while - I donated my hair! I'm so glad I was able to do this and help someone else out

Hurricane Irma | September
We survived our 2nd huge hurricane in 2 years - Irma. Our friend came and stayed with us (his wife was out of town); it was scary but thankfully, we all survived with no damage!

Charlotte Trip | September
One of my last conferences of the year was in Charlotte. I was able to tack that conference onto another business trip I needed to make up there and had a great time! I tried Cowfish for the first time and got to tour the Hendrix Racing Museum! It was such an awesome experience

#BasicFallParty | October
We hosted our first annual #BasicFallParty and it was an absolute blast! We had so much fun doing all the basic fall things.

Baby Sprinkle for Luke | October
My parents came into town for a few days and we attended my SIL's baby sprinkle tea which was a lot of fun! We loved getting to celebrate her and baby Luke

Siena's 2nd Birthday | November
Early November, we celebrated Siena's 2nd birthday with a character brunch at the Yacht and Beach Club. We had such a fun time and loved getting to see her interact (or freak out) over the Disney characters.

Weekend With Siena | November
The next weekend, we did 2 big firsts - we took Siena to Disney AK by ourselves and babysat her overnight so John and Lauren could have a quick babymoon before Luke came. We had so much fun spending the weekend with Siena and loved getting to spend that time with her.

Hosted Our First Thanksgiving | November
We braved the holidays and hosted our first Thanksgiving which went really well! Stephen and I loved making most of the food and having everyone from the Hirst family over to the house.

Christmas Parties | December
The first weekend of December was packed with a Christmas pot luck at my work, dinner with friends and a Christmas party at Stephen's work. We had so much fun but were definitely exhausted after that weekend lol

The following weekend, I had a Christmas cookie exchange with some girlfriends at work, we hosted #BasicChristmasParty which was a success and then we had our annual Disney Christmas date at Epcot to see the decorations and hear Kurt Russel read the Christmas story.

Luke is Born | December 11
On the 11th, our sweet nephew, Luke was born! We rushed over the next day to meet him and he was so little and sweet! Over the next few days, we had 2 ugly Christmas sweater parties, did a mini-Christmas with Stephen's family and went to a co-worker's dinner party.

Christmas in TN | December
Since I haven't and probably won't blog about it, we spent a week in TN with my family to celebrate Christmas. We finally got the cold Christmas we've been wanting (no snow.. boo), we got to see lots of family and friends, we wore matching jammies, baked lots of goodies and saw Jumanji which was really funny. It was so great to be home!

2017 was crazy and I can't wait to see what God has in store for 2018!!