Friday, July 3, 2015

34 Weeks

Six weeks to go. SIX.

Size of Baby // According to My Pregnancy, M² is about 4 3/4 pounds (apparently that's the average weight of a cantaloupe), and is almost 18 inches long. 

Cravings // Grapes. Oh my 'lanta. Marcus and I polished off two big bags of grapes in less than 48 hours. Whoops... Also newly discovered, a love of big, fat, juicy peaches. Give me all the peaches. 

Symptoms // The nightly leg cramps. The Braxton hicks. The peeing. The normal stuff. This past week has been super humid for California, and I've noticed my rings are more snug than they usually are. And, it's super subtle, but the linea nigra is definitely making an appearance. 

Movement // They're big and they're all the time. I've noticed more frequent hiccups, those have kept me up a few nights, too.  
I've noticed a change in the placement of M²'s movements, and I'm a little concerned she has flipped to the breech position. We have another appointment next week to find out. Fingers crossed and prayers said that she's still head down.

Miss Anything // I am so over being so hot. So, so, so over it. My normal bodily thermostat can return aaaaaaany day now. 

Sleep // This week has been miserable. Between being so freaking hot, leg cramps, peeing, and not being able to fall asleep after remedying said ailments, sleep has been nothing short of terrible. 

Clothing // I found a couple pair of running skirts that I can still comfortably fit in - aka stretch out - see above photo. I'm still rotating the same few tops and bottoms that actually fit. It will be interesting to see what I can actually wear, and keep my stomach covered, in the next few weeks. 

Best Part of the Week/ Looking Forward To… // 
1. This weekend! We have a few fun things planned for the 4th, and I can't wait for some good ol' fireworks.

2. We continue to cross items off our Bucket List. We've also done/seen a few things that weren't on the bucket list, but probably should have been.

  • Bucket List item: Ride the Red Trolley Car. 

I'm so glad we've made time for the trolley (twice in one weekend!). We learned on our first trip that the Red Trolley will be going out of service - for good - at the end of September. We'll be riding as much as possible until then!
  • Non-bucket list: Street Fairs
We've been to two street fairs this summer, and Marcus has the best of times on those creepy, scary, (are we sure they're totally safe?) carnival rides. 
  • Non-bucket list: Seal Day - Marine Mammal Rescue Center Open House
Near us is a marine mammal care center where they rehab seals and sea lions, as well as care for birds who fall victim to oil spills. They had a cute little open house which involved kiddie games, a touch tank, taking a look at the rehabbing animals, and a sno cone truck. 

3. My mom comes next week! There is so much I want to get accomplished with her, like finally finish M²'s room and take her on several of our bucket list adventures. But the one thing just she and I are going to do is see Phantom of the Opera at the Pantages in Hollywood. I don't even know how many times I've seen this Broadway production, but I adore it. Eep!
Have a safe and fabulous Independence Day weekend! 

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Things That Go

When I put together our Summer Bucket List I knew thought some of our to-do activities would just kind of be morning and afternoon 'fillers.' Things that would entertain us for 20-30 minutes, tops, and then leave us moving along to our next activity and adventure.

I was beyond blown away when two of our would-be 'fillers' ended up being practically all morning excursions.

The Los Angeles Maritime Museum
We live near the L.A. Port which is home to a small maritime museum. I'd heard there were some cool exhibits and even a small children's area. So, one uneventful morning I packed us up and away we went to check it out.
Naturally, the place was filled with all sorts of maritime goodies. Among my favorites were the large replicas of ships and boats.
Marcus was a pretty good sport, checking out all the things I was hoping we could at least get quick glimpses of.
The display on the left reminds me of Men of Honor.
We managed to ding every bell we spotted and spin every captains wheel we could reach.
But, it was the small but adorable children's area that really won Marcus over.
I even had Marcus agree to try on some of the dress up clothes.
For nearly 90 minutes Marcus played with the little toy area that resembled the port which we live near.

Maybe there's a future of ships, instead of garbage trucks, in the little man's future...?

The Lomita Railroad Museum
Our second unexpected and pleasant surprise came in the form of locomotives.
While the museum itself was pretty small, it contained a plethora of info on all things trains. 

Obviously, Marcus and his best friend weren't too concerned with the train displays. They were pretty content playing with each other at the train table as well as checking out the real, big trains.
Several different types of trains and cars were on the museum grounds. Most of which we could actually get on and check out.
The engine (pictured below) was massive. There were signs indicating that no touching was allowed. With a million knobs and curious three-year olds, yeah. right.
The kids might have loved the train-tracks-to-nowhere the most, though. I have no idea how many times they ran up and down the tracks, but it was enough to make me tired just watching them.
Growing up I was kind of obsessed with The Boxcar Children books (anyone else read and love those books?). So, it came as no shock to me that I found the boxcar to easily be my favorite. Even though we couldn't go into it I thought it was the coolest of them all. 
I anticipated we'd be in and out of the railroad museum in 30 minutes. Nope. An hour and a half later we were finally packing up and moving on to more summer fun. 

Our Summer Bucket List is moving right along. I was worried we might not be able to complete everything I conjured up. But, at the rate we are going we just might get them all in before M² arrives!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

My Kids Rooms// The Mango Mermaid{{+Giveaway}}

Just when I think I'm done decorating my kids rooms I stumble across something(s) that I know would perfectly complete each room.

For instance, Marcus' room now looks like this...

Whereas before it looked like this...
See the newest addition?

While the change is ever so subtle those sail flags have totally completed the room. I've been on the hunt for something to put on the frame of the bed for the longest time, but to no avail. When I spotted these custom sail flags from The Mango Mermaid I knew they just had to be placed in Marcus' nautical room.
The flags actually spell out 'M-A-R-C-U-S-'. Before adding the flags to the room I honestly had no idea each individual flag was a letter, I just loved how they looked.

I'm tempted to add other custom sail flags from The Mango Mermaid to other areas of our home. Because, nautical. And, I'm obsessed.
Here are just a few samples of what can be done with with flags:
Top left: F-A-M-I-L-Y
Top right: H-O-M-E
Bottom left: these would make the cutest gifts for a nautical loving friend of family member
Bottom right: S-E-A
The options are literally endless.
Naturally I couldn't buy something for Marcus and not see if there wasn't something from The Mango Mermaid that would tie M²'s room together. Lo and behold, I found this beauty:
This will transition nicely from a headband holder to a necklace holder as M² gets older.
With a little correspondence with Stephanie, the creator of all The Mango Mermaid goodies, she is going to give the wood a white washed look and the knobs will be brushed with some gold.  The PERFECT place to store all the little headbands I plan to put on M²'s sweet little head.

I can't help myself. Here are just a few more sneak peek's from M²'s room.
Eep! Her room is really coming together. I'm just waiting on curtains and a baby, and then room will be finished.

I won't lie. I kind of love my kids rooms and all the little personal touches that makes each room unique. Now, I just wish I knew what to do with my room (my kids rooms are so much cooler than mine).

Stephanie at The Mango Mermaid has so kindly agreed to giveaway $10 to her store for custom sail flags (but don't be afraid to check out all of her other awesome goodies; along with the flags and headband holder I have a few anchors of hers as well as a tic tac toe board made from drift wood)! Flags can be made in 3x3" squares or 5.5x5.5" squares (I had M-A-R-C-U-S done in 5.5x5.5" squares). Be sure to enter below!
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Monday, June 29, 2015

Happy Marcus Monday!

Starting the 4th of July week off with a little red, white and blue.
Happy Monday!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Week 33

Week 33!
The days are quickly slipping away.

Size of Baby // My Pregnancy says M² is about the size of a pineapple - just over 4 pounds and is passed 17 inches long.

Cravings // It's been too hot for me to really crave anything. I can't turn down some juicy watermelon, and I sure as heck won't say no to an ice cream run... 

Symptoms // I think I see the slightest beginnings of the linea nigra. 

Movement //  I can literally see feet and elbows moving across my stomach these days. It's crazy. M²'s movements are so pronounced and strong sometimes they are downright painful.

Miss Anything // I really miss my regular summer clothes. My belly is already dangerously close to being too big for some of my maternity tops, and my pickings for the rest of my summer wear are pretty slim. 
I'm also getting to the point where I'm just plain old uncomfortable. I miss moving about with ease. 

Sleep // Marcus and I have been keeping our days pretty action packed, so we're both getting some much needed sleep. There have even been a few nights where neither of us has had midnight wake ups.

Clothing // As mentioned above... Some of my maternity tops are already getting too small for this ever growing belly. And, I have about three workout tops that adequately cover my stomach. With only 7 weeks to go I'm not about to spend money on any more clothes. If you see me in the same four outfits from here on out you know why.  

Best Part of the Week/ Looking Forward To… // 
1. I had an appointment Monday to check in on M². She's still head down >hallelujah<, and my doctor and I discussed delivery plans. It's crazy to think we're already to this point.

2. Marcus and I have been steadily checking off items from our Summer Bucket List:
I bring him to see the show. I go for the popcorn and air conditioning. 
Story and music time.
The boys were far more interested in the stories than with the music and dancing. 
Arts and crafts to coordinate with the stories read.
A little play time after the stories and crafts to burn some steam.
I hope this kid understands how lucky he is to have such an amazing 'backyard.' 
We waited an absurd amount of time (1 hour) for a 5 minute train ride. Marcus was a champ and waited so patiently. He also thought riding the rails was pretty cool on those tiny little trains. With free admission I can't really complain. We'll call it a win, and check it off the list! 
Ice Cream Dates!
We are only six days into summer and we've already managed two ice cream trips. I highly doubt those will be the only two of the summer. 
I have a few fun things planned for next week, and I can't wait to get out and explore with my little man.
Have a fabulous weekend!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

My Curious Chef

It's been pretty steamy in these parts the last few weeks, and I've done my best to avoid the stove and oven as much as possible. But, on our last grocery run I made a turn down the baking aisle only for Marcus to quickly spot the Funfetti cake mix and Funfetti frosting. Who am I to deny my little man the simple pleasure of the goodness of Funfetti? I was mindful in knowing an early morning baking session wouldn't heat up our house, so into the cart went the cake mix and frosting.

One early morning this week my Curious Chef grab his very own baking tools and help me whip up some delightful Funfetti cupcakes.
My baking utensils are kind of large and a bit bulky for Marcus' fat little fingered hands. Thankfully, Marcus' Curious Chef tools are some of his favorite things to pretend cook with in his own little kitchen (his all time favorites are his spatulacupcake decorating kit and the tongs - sweet Judas he's obsessed with those tongs), and the Curious Chef tools are actually designed for real cooking and baking.
The size of the utensils are just the right size for his little hands, and maneuvering each utensil is a breeze for him.

Our baking adventure looked like this (never mind we're still in our pjs and our bed head is on point. I did mention it was early morning, right?):
We placed cupcake liners.
We poured.
We mixed.
We measured out batter.
And then we baked.
And waited.
Each and every step of our baking process held Marcus' attention. And each and every step Marcus was able to genuinely help me using his own Curious Chef tools. He was in heaven. Any time I tried to step in and help he quickly dismissed me and informed me he could do it all on his own.

The hardest part for both of us was waiting for the cupcakes to bake (20 minutes is an eternity to a 3-year old and a pregnant lady who is jonesing for a cupcake), and then we had to allow the cupcakes to cool before frosting them (another eternity of waiting). I heard, "Mommy, can we put frosting on them now?" No less than 84 times. But good Lord, when I let Marcus loose with the Curious Chef cupcake decorating set it was worth the wait.
Watching as Marcus carefully added his frosting and sprinkles in such a particular manner was a riot - especially considering the final product was kind of a train wreck.
The odds of as much frosting going into Marcus' mouth as going on to the cupcakes was very, very high.

How about those finished cupcakes.
Beauties, right?

We had the most fabulous morning: I let my child loose in the kitchen with his Curious Chef tools, he was able to truly help bake some goodies, we were able to do something fun and different with our morning, and we both were left eating tasty cupcakes for breakfast.
Breakfast of champions, no?
We may have also had cupcakes after lunch, too... #motheroftheyear

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