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Monday, May 18, 2015


I feel like I could BURST! Jake and I found out early Saturday morning that come November, we will be welcoming our bouncing baby BOY! Shocked is an understatement!

If you would have asked each of us to guess what we were having, you would have had a resounding "GIRL!" I'm not a betting woman, but if I were, I probably would have bet there was a little lady in there. When our Ultrasound tech told us "do you see that right there? That's a little boy!" Jake stood up on the couch Tom Cruise style jumping up and down and screaming "NO WAY! NO IT'S NOT!"

I just gasped cause I was so surprised and then immediately just started bawling! It's so surreal to actually be able to say, "he" and "him" and "our Son." I could say "Son" 500 times and not get sick of it. :)

I always wished I had a big brother growing up, in a house of all women (except my poor outnumbered Dad), and I feel so excited that  our future children get the chance to have this little guy as their big brother.

So, bring on the sticks, mud, and bugs, i'm officially joining the #boymom club, and I don't think i've ever been so excited for anything in my life!

Until Next Time,
xo Kylie

Friday, May 8, 2015

Feelin' Nautical

Dress: The Shopping Bag c/o // Flats: SO old...Similar Here (on sale!) // Shades: Zero UV // Bracelets: Similar (in love with the tassel!)

It's official, ya'll. Let the bump-cradling poses begin! This is such an awkward stage of pregnancy where I don't really look pregnant. It could totally be a too-many-mint-chip-sundaes bump at the same time. And mine might be a little bit of both ;)

Which is why I am OBSESSED with the shift-dress right now. It's pretty much universally flattering and gives me tons of room to grow into. I can't get enough of this paisley/nautical dress from The Shopping Bag. The material is so light and perfect for these warm summer months, and as this little one grows, this dress will become the perfect tunic in the Fall! I love the subtle gold details on the dress like the full zipper and pretty gold buttons. 

The kind folks at The Shopping Bag have been so sweet to offer Absolutely Arkansas reader 25% of their entire purchase (no minimum!) using code Absolutelyarkansas. It's time you update your Summer wardrobe, isn't it? You know I don't need an excuse for retail therapy ;) On my summer shopping spree i'm picking up this adorable wink dress, and don't even get me started on this zig-zag surplus dress

When you're shopping this weekend, don't forget to use code absolutelyarkansas for 25% of your entire order!

Thank you so much for coming by! I hope your weekend is full of cocktails, yummy snacks, and lots and lots of naps :) (seriously, have a margarita for me. I beg of you!)

Until Next Time,
xo Kylie

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Baby Rose Growing: 14 Week Bumpdate

I've got to be honest, I really, really, reallllllly thought i'd be "that girl" that did chalkboards or fun pictures or held fruit next to my belly to document this growing bump. But here we are halfway through 14 weeks and i'm still not feeling myself, and as each week zips on by I realize "I didn't take any fun picture this week!" So i'm just going to keep it real and give ya a quick little update now and again when I can remember to take a bump picture...which is totally starting to pop out!

How far along? 14 weeks and a few days!

Total weight gain: -10 pounds. Morning sickness is real, y'all! Although at my last appointment I was up 2 pounds which I guess puts me at -8. Hooray for gaining! But seriously, you'd think losing 10 pounds would make a difference in what I look like, nope. Still puffy as ever ;)

Maternity clothes? I haven't bought anything yet, but the day is approaching! All of my pants are being fastened with a good ol' hair-tie and I know days in my regular jeans are numbered.

Stretch marks? none yet!

Sleep: sleeping whenever I can. Sleepiest human ever = me. I do wake up about 3 or 4 times a night to pee which stinks but I sleep pretty solid other than that. 

Best moment this week: Only NINE days to go until we find out if little one is a miss or mr.! 

Miss Anything? I just miss feeling like myself. I'm hoping in the next few weeks the puking stops and I can start being a little more human! But nothing I miss comes close to how happy I am to have a wiggly little Rosebud in there.

Movement: Sorry to make things weird, but i'm not sure if i'm feeling little butterflies or if it's just gas...ha! It feels like a goldfish swimming through my lower abdomen, but i've never done this before so I don't know what it's supposed to feel like!

Food cravings: I would do anything for a turkey sandwich on white bread. I really miss cold cuts.

Anything making you queasy or sick: A better question would be, is anything not making you queasy or sick?

Gender: We find out in 9 days! Our doc made a "guess" at our last appointment but you never know what could change as it was still pretty early!

Labor Signs: Nope!

Symptoms: headaches have been really bad this week. Tylenol just doesn't do it for me so i'm just trying to make it through. They say the 2nd trimester is where it's at, right?!

Belly Button in or out? innie

Wedding rings on or off? on

Happy or Moody most of the time: HAPPY! I can start bawling my eyes out at the drop of a hat, but overall, i'm pretty darn happy.

Looking forward to: Finding out if baby is a boy or a girl, feeling real movements in the next few weeks, finishing home renovations, and buying some stretchy pants this week ;) 

Things have certainly not been as easy as I expected them to be, but I wouldn't trade it for the world. Last night my girlfriend and I were talking about a friend of hers who is dealing with infertility, and although we never dealt with that, it did take several months before we finally conceived and those were some of the hardest months emotionally! My heart aches for anyone experiencing the longing for a family without answers to why its not happening yet. It really puts it into perspective for me when i'm complaining about how awful I feel. So many women would do anything to feel awful if it meant they were carrying a sweet little pea. I am overwhelmingly grateful for this healthy little guy or gal, even if i've made a permanent home on the bathroom floor. ;) 

And for fun...here are the last few weeks of bump photos I could find. :)

This was my plan in the beginning...to make fun little graphics each week. It lasted all of one week until I said yeah.right. ;)

Right around 7-8 weeks it was like all of the fluid in my entire body went to my belly! It has started to deflate a little and I think i'm getting a real bump now and not just a dinner bump ;)

Thanks for checking in! I'm so glad I get to share this journey with you.

Until Next Time,
xo Kylie 


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