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12 Weeks With Baby #3

I am so excited to start these weekly updates, especially since I never thought I would be doing these again!!! This go around we thought it would be fun to include the kiddos in my updates each week.

Weight gain:
 Nothing yet. I will admit I was/am very nervous about my starting weight this pregnancy. 250 is the absolute highest I have ever been and I know it can add some additional complications over the next few months. But, there is nothing I can really do about it now except focus on staying active, eating as best I can, and getting in all of my water.

Sleep: My pregnancy pillow arrived less than a week after my BPF. I wasn’t messing around this time and knew it was going to be key in getting as good a sleep at night as I could. Up until we found out Caity was still coming into our bed every night and sometimes Parker. I allowed it to happen and love(d) it. But I knew we had to start pushing for them to stay in their own beds the whole night. It’s going pretty well and come mornings I can tell they were waiting for the sun to come in for morning cuddles.

Miss anything: I miss the idea of my daily Diet Dr Pepper but I actually don’t think I miss it physically all the much. If I am REALLY craving soda I will have a regular Sprite or &-Up and that seems to do the trick. We have also been brewing our own ice tea at home and I add some lemonade when I need a little caffeine.

Current Struggles: The first few weeks after finding out were particularly hard. I had been on medication for both anxiety and depression. As soon as I found out I stopped taking both along with my normal intake of diet soda. Needless to say, the withdrawal was rough. At times I find myself getting pretty emotional between the normal hormones and not having my normal buffer. Meditation, my Start Today Journal from RISE, and my favorite playlists have helped a bit.

Movement:  I swear I have felt some butterflies but I think it’s really too early for that.

Cravings: I should have known I was pregnant when out of the blue I started wanted chicken nuggets. I have also been enjoying a lot of Costco pizza. And anytime I see chocolate I get a craving but on the rare occasion I do give in, it’s not what I end up wanting.

Best moment over the last few weeks: I talked about some of these in our announcement post but to recap… 1. Obviously the best moment was finding out. This was a complete surprise and I hadn’t been paying much attention to my cycle. I finally got a cheap test and just started laughing. Rob knew, without me even saying anything. I called my sister almost immediately and said, “I’m gonna need you to start keeping ALL of Savannah and Austin’s clothes. She was so freaking excited and I think she went on right away to see how far along I was. She is definitely a proud AhAh. 2. At my first appointment they did an US so seeing the baby made it all finally real. I met with my OB who was a friends recommendation and I was very pleased with our first appointment.  They are very VBAC friendly and she didn’t make me feel bad about my weight which I was grateful for. Since we were so happy with the OB I didn’t feel the need to check any other’s out but I wanted to take a tour of the hospital to make sure we would be happy there. We were VERY impressed and so excited for the labor tubs, guaranteed private rooms, and all of the amenities they offer. 3. The kiddos also decided it was time to name the baby. Caity it hoping for a girl whose name would be Windchime. Parker is hoping for a boy and thinks the perfect name would be Sparky. Luckily neither of those are contenders but, we have actually picked out 2 possible names but we will be keeping that a secret until baby makes their arrival.

Looking forward to: Rob is finishing the bathroom in our finished basement this week so I won’t have to keep running upstairs every time I have to pee (yay!). I am also planning to meet with a potential Dula/Birth Photographer this week to see if we mesh well together. If so, I’d say I have managed to cross quite a bit off the to-do list already.

Surprise!

Turns out our family wasn’t done growing! Meyer family tiebreaker is arriving March 2020 ❤️ BIG brother and BIG sister are very excited!

International Women’s Day

Today is International Women’s Day. As I get older I realize more and more what women are capable of. This idea that we are the weaker sexes baffles me. I’ve seen women overcome impossible odds, carry the weight of the world on their shoulders, and […]

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SAHM Style Series: #2 LuLaRoe Cassie

Style Board #2

 

Today’s outfit is a little dressier but every SAHM should have 1 or 2 of those in their closet. It’s a nice go to for date nights or when you actually get the afternoon away from the kids to meet up with a girlfriend for drinks. I know, I know…. That happens like never. But you never know, right!

I don’t have this outfit in my closet yet but I am working on it. I love the Cassie skirt which is very stretchy and compliments any body type. The flowing top conceals some of that mommy pouch while still looking sophisticated. I’m all about small heels anymore so ankle boots are a good way to add some height without the risk of tripping on the Lego land mines as you make your way to the door. Since there is already a beautiful neckline to the shirt I focused on earrings and a nice cuff bracelet to finish the outfit.

To learn more about LuLaRoe and sign up to host a Pop Up visit Victoria Harmelink on Facebook.

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About Cherry Blossom Loves #cblsahmstyles

Since becoming a SAHM it’s been a real challenge to keep up with my appearance.  I didn’t realize until recently how much I had let myself go over the last 4 years. I showered maybe 3-4 times a week, never worried about what my hair looked like, and stopped using makeup all together. My wardrobe consisted of black yoga pants, black tank tops, and black shirts. I stopped caring about accessories, purses, and my jewelry started collecting dust. I never looked in the mirror and hated being in photos with the kids. It was bad and I was miserable.

After bringing it up in a few of my moms groups I found out it’s more common than I thought, more importantly I wasn’t alone. I decided enough was enough and I needed to stop making excuses. I started shopping around for fun clothes again, which lead me to participating in my first LuLaRoe Pop Up on Facebook. All the sudden my closet was full of color, fun patterns, and even cute dresses! From there I started investing in accessories and paid more attention to my appearance and how much time I spent taking care of myself each day.

I realized part of the problem is finding fun yet practical and reasonably priced clothing. I decided to take on the challenge and this mini series to share some of the stores, brands, and outfits that fit my needs as a stay at home mom.

You can follow along on Instagram using the hashtag #cblsahmstyles

Five Minute Fridays: Open

I am excited to take a moment and join in this weeks Five Minute Fridays reflecting on the word open.

I like to think of my self as an open book but recently realized that I spend too much time focusing on all of the wonderful things that happen to us as a family. At first glance it may seem like we have it all together but the truth is we have our moments. Moments when even though the house is completely baby proofed our son falls. Moments when I wonder what the heck I am doing as a wife and mother. Moments when I realize my son has asked me to play at least a dozen times and with each one my response was, “in a minute”. Moments when I question if I am taking the right approach to a tantrum or sleepless night.

The truth is I love to blog and I love sharing our happy stories, adventures, and experiences as parents. But if I want to truly be an open book for you I need to share our struggles, insecurities, and failures. If nothing else to let those who are having a rough day know you are not alone.

So here is are a few things about me that you may not know…

I have this fear of someday writing something that goes viral. I want people to know about this blog but at the same time I am way to sensitive for criticism.

Some days I cry more than I smile. I cry at my inability for self control when it comes to food and discipline when it comes to exercise. I smile every single time I look at my children because they are my biggest accomplishments.

I received a masters degree even though I was told in high school I would never finish my bachelors because of my learning disabilities. After achieving the “achievable” I fell victim to discrimination by a staff member forcing me to leave the profession with no intentions of ever returning.

I was raised with religion but will be raising my children without. I am confident in my decision but am so uncertain how to deal with so many questions they may have growing up.

I know I will never be a perfect mom, but I hope everyday that I can be a good one.

Five Minute Friday
Learn more about Five Minute Fridays hosted by Lisa-Jo Baker and check what the word open means to some amazing bloggers in this weeks link-up.