Oh Boy! 36 Weeks Belly to Belly to Belly

by katherine on September 9, 2014


How far along? 36 weeks, 3 days
Total weight gain/loss: +27
Stretch marks? Still with the one right over the top of where my belly-button ring used to be.
Maternity Clothes: Yes and no. My favorite skirt to wear right now is not maternity. Most all my tops are “tenting” at the bottom, maternity or not. I realllly wish I could wear yoga pants to work.
Sleep: So inconsistent. One night I will be up 5+ times to pee and toss and turn just uncomfortable in general, then the next night I will sleep like a rock and only wake up once to pee at 5 am.
Best moment this month: Getting all 3 car seats in our cars. What a huge stress relief!
Movement: A lot. Afternoons about an hour or two after lunch it’s like he has a dance party with the moves.
Gender: Boy!
Labor Signs: Turns out crazy dance parties with your kids will make you have contractions. B-Hicks off and on, but nothing out of the ordinary. Last night as I was sitting in the living room I was having dull, achy period like cramping…I don’t think things are too close, but things are definitely progressing. We’ll see next week what the state of the cervix is.
Food Cravings: Sure. I’ll take whatever you’re having.
Belly Button in or out? Outtie like whoa. My OBGYN actually talked to me this week about needing to watch it because it is pretty herniated and I’m having soreness to the right of it. We’ll see how that all plays out.
What I miss: Being able to comfortably snuggle my girls on my lap.
What I am looking forward to: My ass being back to my regular size. I have a feeling it’s going to take a bit longer than a couple of weeks post-baby. Thank goodness my work’s new office is going to have a built-in gym!
Baby Milestones: Baby weighs close to 6 lbs now and is putting on about 1 oz  of weight per day.
Other Goodness: The way Reese pinches my outtie belly button and says “BROTHER!” The girls are officially sharing a room…overall it’s going well so far. We figured out a way to get all three car seats in the car with only minor irritation! That should buy us another year before we have to get a new car. Thank goodness!

And for the ultimate pregnancy fun…here’s a 36 week belly comparison for all three of my pregnancies!


  Rylee Reese Baby Brother
Due Date: May 22, 2008 July 23, 2012 October 4, 2014
Gender: Girl! Girl! Boy…or so they say.
Name: Before conception Sometime late in the 3rd Trimester 34 Weeks
Weight Gain:  + 27 lbs + 30 lbs + 27 lbs
Morning Sickness: NONE! Lots of nausea in first trimester Nothing worth mentioning
Cravings: None. Ever. Taco Bell chicken quesadillas and/or anything candy/dessert/sweets related Nothing worth mentioning
First Kicks: Week 20 Week 15 Week 14
First kicks felt by others: Week 23 Week 19 Week 21
Up to pee: 3-4 times/night 1-3 times/night 1-5 times/night
Maternity Clothes: 22 weeks 20 weeks 15 weeks +/-
Belly Button: Sometime after 30 weeks… 27 weeks So early I have no idea.




Back to School

by katherine on September 2, 2014

Today was officially back to school day in our house.

Rylee heading to first grade. Full day! and Reese heading back to daycare, only this year she will be full time in the two year old class.


Rylee was a nervous/excited hybrid for her first day of first grade. Last week I took her in to find out who her teacher is for the year, look at her class list, check out her classroom and drop off her supplies. Her teacher is a mom of one of her daycare friends and her best friend is in her class. That helped ease the nerves a bit I think. She asked me to take her to school nonetheless.

We dropped Reese off first. Reese was super excited as we were walking in the door at daycare. She had even been cheering on the drive. But the second we walked into the drop-off room she froze up and wanted to be held. She laid her head on my shoulder and didn’t want to get down. I could tell she was right on the verge of tears. It was sweet and sad all at the same time. But cereal bar and banana to the rescue! Crisis averted. We kissed goodbye and as Ry & I walked out she was happily munching on her cereal bar.

As Rylee and I drove back to the school we chatted about the after school plan, since she will be riding a different bus than she did last year. She was clearly annoyed I kept bringing it up. I asked her if she was ok with me just dropping her off in the drop-off line and she asked that park and I walk her up to the school. I had to park across the street from the school and as we walked up, she held my hand. As soon as we got to the door of the school I asked if she was good or if she wanted me to walk with her all the way to her classroom. She asked me to walk all the way with her and I obliged. I mean, how many more years will she want me to do this, I thought. The second we walked in the school? She dropped my hand and walked 2 steps ahead of me. Ha, go figure.

I made sure she was settled in her room, threw her a high 5 and told her to have an awesome day. She wrapped her arms around me and squeezed tight.

This year is going to be pretty great.




by katherine on July 24, 2014

There’s this thing about blogging…where you can go weeks or even months without blogging and don’t feel a twinge of anything about it, but then you decide to write a post or two within a short period of time and all of a sudden the fire is reignited and you want to blog all the time the only problem is you don’t really have any cohesive thoughts to blog about.

That’s where I’m at right this very second. I’ve posted a few times within the last week or so and I don’t want to stop that momentum…if you can even call 3 posts within 2 weeks momentum. I have some things I want to blog about, like how I hate the word “feminism”, interview tips for working moms, my #MapleThread weekend and DUH Reese turning two!…I just don’t necessarily have the time to put complete posts together for any or all of those. I want to…I really really want to.

And I hope I find the time, but for now? Enter “currently”.

My girl Lindsey hosts this with another blogger each and every Thursday. And each week it’s a different set of prompts. A fun way to keep up with what’s going on in a don’t really need to think about it too much sort of way.

Lately we’ve been watching a lot of movies from RedBox. Or should I say, Andy has been watching them and I’ve been falling asleep during them. Oops. The other day I rented the Lego Movie, hearing great amazing things about it. Rylee ended up getting in trouble that evening so she was sent to bed early. I completely lost interest and fell asleep about 10 minutes into it only to wake up at the end to Andy looking at me saying “don’t ever listen to a movie recommendation from whoever told you that was a good movie again.” 

Still searching for a name for this little guy. Much like with Reese we’ve got a couple that we’re throwing around, but aren’t completely convinced yet that we’ve found the one. Last night we were watching the movie Rango and Andy said, “hey let’s name him Rango!” As Rylee enthusiastically agreed I looked at him like he was crazy and he just said, “what? after some of the suggestions you’ve had I don’t think it’s that bad.” 10-ish weeks to figure it out. See also: feel free to leave your boy name suggestions in the comments below.

Missing city league softball. Totally random, I know. But a few of us here at work were talking about it this morning and I got to thinking about the summer that Andy & I put together a team and how much fun it was. I think I’ve convinced our “activities director” that we need to put a team together next summer.

Growing. I can just leave that one as is, right? Ha. If you ask the guy at my work, that’d be totally fine.  Actually, to be honest I’m growing anxious of the summer days dwindling down. I love having Andy home during the summer and the transition of him going back to work pretty much just sucks. I’m not ready for summer to be over, so I’m going to soak up the next 5-6 weeks as much as possible.

Ignoring the bridesmaid dress that’s hanging in my closet. No point in putting it on until I know just how big I’m going to be at my sisters wedding, right? Thank goodness it’s my mom doing the alterations on it so we don’t have to do it way in advance.

And just for fun we’ll wrap up this totally random post with some totally random photos off my phone, because why not?

Like this one of Reese who decided last Monday that she just had to wear a winter hat. Please to be noticing the fact that her ears are not covered…homegirl has to have easy access to those things.


Or this one from my walk on Tuesday morning down my road. Just Dante and me at 6:00 in the morning. The silence was deafening, the sunrise brilliant. And I can’t wait to do it again.



Champagne Brunch Bridal Shower

July 23, 2014

Sunday was my sister’s bridal shower. She didn’t want a bridal shower at all, but being the sweet little sister I am, I made her do it anyway. We both agreed that it wouldn’t be the traditional style bridal shower with those annoying “can’t say this word” games and such, but a nice brunch where […]

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Things to NOT say/do to a pregnant lady…

July 18, 2014

This pregnancy isn’t my first rodeo, yet people still blow my mind {and not in a good way}. I remember when I was pregnant with Reese, our office was celebrating the month’s birthdays with cake and a coworker made a joke about how it looked like I didn’t need any cake. Umexcusemewhat!? Over the course […]

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Oh Boy! 28 Weeks

July 15, 2014

How far along? 28 weeks, 3 days {AKA: 82 days to go. AKA: What the what!?} Total weight gain/loss: +18 lbs “Right on track” according to my OB, but I think he was just trying to make me feel better. Stretch marks? I’m working on a pretty awesome Harry Potter style stretch mark right above my belly button […]

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July 7, 2014

Today is brought to you by the letters TGIM and the number 3. TGIM…as in THANK GOODNESS IT’S MONDAY. Like for reals. This weekend mang. Andy was hard at work on the patio. It’s getting so close! Rylee’s pneumonia relapsed on Thursday so we spent the weekend trying to take it easy. Nope, no fireworks […]

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Pregnancy with a side of irritability

July 1, 2014

I’ve noticed something throughout this pregnancy that’s markedly different than my previous two. I’m kind of a grumpy bitch. I’m pretty sure others have taken notice as well. For the most part, I do try and keep a sense of humor about things but sometimes that doesn’t always work out. After examining this further, I’ve […]

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My grossest parenting moment yet

June 25, 2014

I officially had my grossest parenting moment a few weeks ago. One of those so gross you can’t believe this is real life/can’t help but laugh kind of moments. Scene: watching Rylee’s TBall game, sitting in the grass eating Subway for dinner. Keep in mind Reese has been potty training. Overall she does pretty well. So […]

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Six Whole Years

June 2, 2014

I swear I didn’t forget about my kid’s birthday this year. Life has just been hectic and such. Her birthday came and went like a blur. We had our first ever not-at-home party and it was pretty great. We did a bowling party, complete with little plastic bowling trophies for each of the 9 kiddos. […]

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