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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Peaches & Strawberry Cream

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Happy Tuesday, friends!

I have the tastiest quick little breakfast recipe to share with you today that lately I just haven't been able to get enough of! 

My favorite part of being pregnant in summer is the abundance of fresh peaches. This baby is seriously going to come out looking like a little peach with how much of this tasty fruit i've consumed over the last few months!


Side note, do you remember that song "peaches and cream" by -112? If you do, its about to be stuck in your head all day! This tasty breakfast is my homage to that delectable 90's jam. :)









Yes, we can all take a moment to talk about the fact that #imhuge


I came across these new Quaker Real Medley's Yogurt cups in the  ready to eat cereal aisle at  Walmart and my pregnant cravings went into overdrive, I had to try them! It was magical to me. Just stir in cold milk and you've got a tasty fruit + granola + yogurt treat, so convenient!




So all week i've been devouring fresh peaches, topped with this creamy, cool yogurt and it's like dessert for breakfast, but obviously way better for you! With 10 grams of protein and 25 grams of whole grains, even with my out-of-control appetite, i'm satisfied until lunch time.



Make your own at home with the following:

  • Fresh Summer Peaches
  • Quaker Real Medleys Yogurt Cups
  • Optional-extra granola, mint for garnish 
Simply add your cold milk to the yogurt cup and watch it transform. Slice your peaches and top with the cool, yummy cream, and try not to bite anyone who asks for a bite of their own ;)



Crunchy.Cool.Yum. I'm drooling. If you just can't get enough, download the Blippar app from your Apple or Android store to scan your package and receive information tutorials on Quaker® Real Medleys® Yogurt Cups.

I hope you're all having the most lovely of weeks! We had a doctor appointment this morning for little guy, and after every single one I become even more impatient for him to just arrive already! I'll have a 30 week bumpdate up later this week, wait till you see how this torpedo belly has popped!

Thanks so much for coming by!

Until Next Time,
xo Kylie



Monday, August 17, 2015

Third Trimester Updates + 4D Ultrasound Footage!




It never ceases to amaze me how darn quickly Monday seems to come around. Right now it feels a bit like the days are creeping by slowly, but the weeks are flying. I wish the days would speed up a little, but i'm not complaining about Fall approaching quickly!




As much as i'm counting the days to holding our little man, everyone keeps telling me to savor these last few days as just Jake and I, and to not wish away the Summer! (Easy for them to say...they aren't carrying around a 3 pound furnace in their torso!)




Dress: Non-Maternity: Old Navy (now on sale!) //  Floppy Hat:Similar On Sale! // Sandals: Charlotte Russe: similar style here // Bracelets: F21 // Lipstick: Mac, Honey with Nude Gloss on top


Okay seriously, almost everything i'm sharing today is on crazy sale...get these summer deals while their hot! (literally ;) 

The last BumpDate I shared with you was all the way back at 26 weeks, and we're 29 now, so lets get wordy with it and into all the changes that have happened in the last 21 days :)

How far along? 29 weeks. Well into the THIRD trimester. It's the home stretch people! 70-something days until D-Day!

Total weight gain: 18 pounds as of this morning. I was just telling Jake that I didn't feel like I was gaining that much weight anywhere but of course my belly, but looking at these pictures and then the video below, I can definitely see my face filling out more than it has before. It's all part of the beauty of growing a human I guess ;)

Maternity clothes? Of course. This dress i'm wearing is actually non maternity (woot-woot!) and it's super comfy so i'm living in Maxi's just like it. I know I can't stop talking about it, but ThredUp has been my favorite spot to shop for Maternity clothes at a discount. Speaking of, I blogged all about how to build your Maternity Wardrobe without breaking your bank last week!

Stretch marks? None on my belly, but I have quite a few on my hips. I really thought it would bother me more than it has, but I guess pregnancy has it's way of making you lose your vanity :)

Sleep: No.no.no. Sleep and I are really in a hate-hate relationship right now. It's so rough, you guys. I feel like in the last trimester your body really does know that a tiny little human will be keeping you from rest in the near future, and therefore decides to prep you by causing you to wake up every hour on the hour. Some nights the heavens open and I sleep the sleep of angels, others I wake up 1000 times more tired than when I fell asleep. Most nights I find myself just wishing it was daylight already so I could be up and going for the day. At least i'm learning to function on little-to-no rest for when the baby arrives!

Best moment this week: We had our 4D ultrasound (footage below!) and it was the coolest moment of my life! Seeing him sucking on his lips, yawning, covering his face up with his hands, and getting our first peak at what he looks like blew my mind. He has my pointy chin that runs in my family, and Jake's nice full lips. He was a little stinker who kept his face either buried in my cervix or smooshed up against my uterus most of the time, but those glimpses we got of him were oh-so-special.

Miss Anything? I'm really missing not being pregnant. I'm going to be honest with you, it's no walk in the park. I'm incredibly thankful, and every little wiggle and shake he gives me make my heart skip a beat, but the days of normal bladder function and non-hormonal skin will certainly be welcomed come October. 

Movement: Oh yeah!Really big strong movements that I know are just going to increase over the next few weeks. Jake and I love to sit and just watch my belly move! Although, with stronger movements come weirder side effects, like kicks to the bladder that make you SPRINT to the bathroom. 

Food cravings: This week I was dying for some Garlic fries from Petco Park in San Diego. Seeing as we're 1600 miles away from home and they might get soggy by the time they were delivered, we settled for some Smash Fries from Smash Burger and they were so tasty! They weren't Petco Park tasty, but they did hit the spot. 

Anything making you queasy or sick: Well, clearly, Garlic isn't grossing me out anymore. And the other day I could have eaten an entire deep-dish pizza, so melted cheese isn't as repulsive either. Happy to report food aversions are on their way out! For this week at least ;) I am noticing a bit of "morning" sickness coming back, however. It's nothing compared to those first few weeks of pregnancy, and can be managed pretty easily with a small meal, so i'm not complaining!


Gender: Our sweet little guy.


Labor Signs: I talked in the video below about our scare at 27 weeks. We ended up at Labor & Delivery after 24 hours of period-like cramping, but it turns out it was just a UTI. A week of antibiotics and lots of water and I was good as new. I did get an early tour of the Labor and Delivery ward of our hospital though, so that was neat :) 
 Braxton Hicks are coming more frequently now, but they are uncomfortable at their worse, so i'd hardly consider that a labor sign.

Symptoms: Rib Pain is still terrible. I'm going to go ahead and rank this with "just as bad" as the morning sickness of the first 18 weeks. It's a constant feeling of my ribs being ripped apart, and the only thing that provides some relief is laying down on my left side, which isn't exactly how I can live out these last few weeks of pregnancy. I am taking solace in the fact that we're so close to done, that it makes it a little easier to deal with. Hopefully as he drops down to his final birthing position the pain lessens.

Belly Button in or out? OUT! No more commitment issues for my belly button, it is completely out and ready to say hello. You can see it through all of my clothes now, it's like the timer on my belly saying "ready to pop!"

Wedding rings on or off? My wedding rings are still on just fine, but I do find that my "promise ring" that Jake gave me when we were 16 is really tight and hard to get off at the end of the day. It's a whole size smaller than my wedding ring so thats probably the reason for the tight squeeze.

Happy or Moody most of the time: While proof-reading this post, I realized it did seem chalk-full of complaints, but I have to say, i'm still overwhelmingly happy. I do have a few more moody days lately (i'm like an over-tired toddler sometimes) but I know i'm going to miss these days when it's just me and my son all the time. He is literally with me everywhere I go and that is something i'll never totally get back again, so even through the aches and pains that come with growing this little guy, I feel incredibly blessed to get to carry him and have this time just the two of us before I have to share him with the world.


Looking forward to: October! It's almost the "Er's" which we all know I live for, but come October, Sawyer Rose is officially full-term and is welcome any time he'd like to make his appearance. I'm starting to feel like we need to get into prep mode, because it really will be here before we know it!




I always try to share some iPhone photos that I can find on my camera roll to share the "not so fancy" side of this bump, but I hardly had any from the last few weeks! I recently became super tech-enabled and learned how to use SnapChat, and we've been sharing a TON of our bump-adventures there if you'd like to follow along: AbsolutelyKylie


Tank: Target // Pants: Lululemon Groove Pant (best EVER for pregnancy) // Backpack: Dakine


Dress: Target // Cardi: Old from Nordstrom. Similar style here // 

^^^Look at me all SnapChatty ;)


This picture is from 28 weeks but I couldn't believe how big this belly was! It's even bigger now, and I might fall flat on my face before this pregnancy is over.


In L&D at 27 weeks feeling like the biggest drama queen ;)



aaaaand just for fun, my husband, Jake, takes all of my blog pictures for me, and I asked him to fix my hat, and this is what he did. Thanks babe, you help me stay fashion forward. ;)

In the next few weeks I need to get our hospital & diaper bag PACKED! I'd love to hear from you mama's and moms-to-be what essentials you have packed, or what I must not forget! It's a little overwhelming to think about ;)

Thanks so much for coming by, you know how special it is for me to look back on this pregnancy through my little ol' blog. If you're interested in anything else pregnancy related click HERE!

For a look into our 4D ultrasound, and to see some fun baby + mama finds, check out my Vlog below!

Until Next Time,
xo Kylie


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

DIY Wood Pallet Wall (EXCITING NURSERY SNEAK PEAK!)





Happy hump day, friends! 

EEEK! I couldn't be more excited to share with you a little snippet of our baby boy's nursery. Long before we even started trying to get pregnant, we knew this room would be the space our future little one would occupy, so we never really did much with it. It was a storage room sometimes, a craft room others. When we finally saw those 2 pink lines, I could not WAIT to know what this little one would be so we could get started on putting this room together. 

I never really had a solid plan for a girl, but I always knew I wanted a woodsy, manly, modern space if we were to have a boy, so when the doctor confirmed baby was a "he" it was time for us to get to work! And by us, I mean my handsome baby daddy, cause if it weren't for him, Sawyer's room would still be a storage space. :)


Lets just hop right in, shall we? This is what you're going to need to get started:

Materials (follow links to see tools we use):
  • Pallet Wood or untreated planks- we used untreated white pine instead of pallet wood. It was a bit more pricey than if you were to collect pallet wood, however, we didn't want to worry about pesticides or chemicals in the wood that close to where our little guy would sleep. You could strip/clean pallet wood if you would prefer to go this route, that was just time we weren't willing to spend! 
Tools:

It's really easy from here, albeit a bit time consuming. Jake went in and measured the wall we would be installing the wood on, and wrote down an estimate on wood we would need. We ended up with (10) 1x6 planks, (10) 1x3 planks, and 15 (1x4) planks and it was JUST enough. 



There really wasn't a rhyme or reason for the stain we chose. Really, we just didn't want to spend any money on stains, so we used what we already had and borrowed some from my parents as well. We ended up with 4 different colors, Weathered Gray, Driftwood, Honey Oak, and Dark Walnut. We used Ebony (which is practically black) on some of the driftwood pieces to give it a more distressed look as well. 


Unfortunately, (for Jake at least) the fumes from the stain are just not safe for this preggo lady, so he was stuck in the 105 degree garage staining boards while I enjoyed a Fixer Upper marathon in the air conditioned house. He stained all of the boards and we left them out overnight to cure before distressing them a bit.


Once the boards had cured, Jake went in with our electric sander and distressed all of the boards to give them a "worn" look, but also so the grain of the wood could shine through. This is where it started to get really fun!


When we brought the wood inside, we stacked it based on size, not color. I wish I could tell you that we had a plan of attack when it came to cutting the boards and matching the colors, but we really just eyeballed it.


Jake used our stud finder to mark the studs on the wall, and used blue painters tape rather than pencil so he could see them even once we started to get near the bottom.


When nailing your boards in, it's really important to nail them into the studs. The last thing you want is wood falling down on your new baby, so we took extra precaution and put in a nail in all the studs, and 2 in between!



The magic happens when you're really random with it. We just used the saw to slice up different pieces, so it really didn't look orderly at all. I'm obsessed with the final turnout!


Happy Dance! Happy Dance! As soon as it was finished (about 11 PM on a Sunday) I begged Jake to hang up his name so I could see the final result, and I almost cried tears of joy seeing it all come together!

Letters are from Hobby Lobby //  Crib is Baby Mod

This room still has a long way to go until it's complete, baby bedding is being delivered, his rocker should be here today (!!!!) and we still have a fun wall behind the camera to show you, but I have to say, even if we didn't do another darn thing in here, this wall really is a show stopper.



Even little Axl-Bear feels the same :) I may just be projecting human emotions on my first born child, but I think he is pretty excited to be a big brother, what do you think?!



We filmed ourselves putting this entire wall together, and Jake makes a guest appearance in the video below to help give you some useful tips for your own pallet wall, and there is a time lapse of us putting it up in the video below. I hope it's helpful to you!




If you have any questions at all, please comment them below, and i'll be glad to help. :) Thanks so much for watching, friends!

I'll have a THIRD TRIMESTER Vlog & footage from our 4D ultrasound for ya on Friday, make sure you come back!

Until Next Time,
xo Kylie