9.15.2014

maternity photos pt. 1 + 37 week bumpdate.

my extremely talented sister in law, trina was kind enough to take some maternity photos at 37 weeks.
i absolutely love her indoor/lifestyle, style and eye for photography.  she was able to capture the most precious moments between brooks and i during this shoot, which i will post in a separate post.  this one i will dedicate to baby girl bump date.
also, i'm obsessed with this kimono so if you have seen it or see it again on me in any form of social media, don't say i didn't warn you. haha i literally could wear it everyday.



how far along//37 weeks, 2 days (but getting induced at 39 weeks :)

maternity clothes//maternity leggings are still my best friend.  normal everything else but mostly i just wear dresses and skirts cuz it's too bloody hot for pants.



weight// 23 pounds of pure mango mt. dew and slurp sugar cookies. #noregrets

best thing about this week// having the doctor tell me that baby girl is most likely going to be smaller than brooks.  i was nervous i was going to have a 10+ pounder.  also knowing that in two weeks we will have a sweet, heaven sent baby girl.

gender// girl


name// gah! this is so hard for me. i think it may be harper... or remi. or i might just whip out some random name when she's born.  there is a chance she will go home without a name. quick, give me your best suggestion! oh, she has a middle name though.. it shall be jayne.

movements// i'm counting my lucky stars because i have never once had a lack of movement scare.  she is insane even this far along.  i'm pretty sure she's destined to be a gymnast.




food cravings// nothing really.  food doesn't ever sound delicious, but i'm constantly hungry.  i eat lots of cereal..it's my go to.
aversions//vegetables, especially cooked. and anything that smells gross.

what i miss// walking like a normal human.  i am having SO MUCH sciatica and SI joint problems on my right side.  i literally can barely walk most days and carrying brooks around makes it 700 times worse.  you would think laying down would be the best relief but that's actually when it hurts the most.  so, i've pretty much given up on a good nights rest.  i've been going to the chiropractor and hoping that after a few more visits it will help.





sleep// i could definitely use more of it.  between back pain and brooks being sick, there have been a lot of sleepless nights.  such is pregnancy life.

what i'm looking forward to// my next appointment where i found out a for sure induction date! 





i'm so ready for this baby girl to get here... except for the 100's of things on my list of things to do.  is my hospital bags packed? nope.  do i know who is going to take care of brooks and his plans while we are in the hospital? not a clue. is my house as clean as i desire? ha! not even close.

buuuuut, i'm really good at winging it, so feel free to come anytime baby girl.




8.07.2014

throwback thursday: birthday party.

on june 15th, my baby turned ONE...and i am just now blogging about it.

we celebrated by having a swim themed party in my parents backyard.  naturally, the day we chose was a little bit on the chilly side for a summer swim party but that didn't stop the fun from being had.

some of the decor:

the lighting was awful and i was running around with my head cut off so matt snapped some photos real quick and didn't quite capture all the cute details, but i love him anyway.

the soda cans had straws attached with little googles making them a snorkle set.
similar to this.

for dessert we had these ocean cups.

the candy bar selection consisted of:
-gumballs for "beach balls"
-colored licorice for "pool noodles"
-swedish fish
-saltwater taffy

we had hot dogs, fruit, veggies, chips, and a variety of treats and dessert.



we displayed his one year photos, along with his monthly photos to show how he grew over the year.






i got brave and decided to make his cake which actually turned out pretty cute.  the kid went to town and literally ate half of it.  the next day his poop was actually blue because of the dye in the frosting haha!








brooks was so loved and spoiled by lots of family and friends.
here's to the next year.
hopefully it doesn't go by so fast!





8.06.2014

brooks' favorite books.


brooks is loving books these days.  often times i can find him in his room looking at books and it's the cutest thing ever.  he is partial to board books these days which is probably for the better because he has also learned to tear pages.

1// waddle: this book is so cute.  it's like a moving picture book of animals and it's pretty neat.  brooks is super into animals and their sounds right now, so this book is perfect.

2// eric carle's ABC:  this book has lift and flap pages which is probably what brooks looks for most in a book.  he loves to lift the flaps himself.  eric carle has always been one of my favorite children's author/illustrator so i was happy to add this to my collection.

3// did you? peek-a-boo!: ok, this book is so darling!  each page asks a who done it question, and then has a lift and flap page with a picture of a real baby under it saying it was them.  brooks laughs hysterically and has certain babies that he likes over the others.  he gets so excited any time we whip this book out.  it's a lifesaver in church and on long car rides.

4// little blue truck: this is another animal/cars and their sounds book.  it is written so well and is perfect for little boys (and girls :).

5// moo, baa, la la la!: again, we are in an animal phase.  i love the bright colors of this book and brooks loves to point at all the animals while we say what they are.

6// where is baby's belly button?: another lift and flap book.. i'm telling ya, these are money for babies.  he is OBSESSED with lifting the flaps and laughs so hard.  he has also learned many of his own body parts from this book.

7// baby einstein 12 board book pack: this little set i got off amazon and it's probably his all time favorite.  the books are little 2x2 inch squares with a variety of topics.. shapes, numbers, letters, animals, music, etc. brooks loves to carry around the little suitcase it comes in.  since there are 12 books, these keep him entertained for a LOOONG time :)

8//let's go to the farm: this is the ultimate lift and flap book.  it goes through numbers, shapes, colors, animals, and sounds.  it's quite large, so we generally only read this one at home but it's really fun.

what books are your infants/toddlers/kids loving?
i'm always looking to add to our ever growing library.

8.04.2014

oregon road trip: sahalie falls.

a few weeks ago we spent traveling to the oregon coast for an extended harris family reunion.
the drive from utah through idaho is SO boring, but once you hit oregon it is top notch.  the only down fall is the speed limit drops to 55mph.

on our second travel day as we were nearing eugene, OR where we would be spending the night, we decided to meet up with some of matt's family at sahalie falls.

this is probably the most incredible water fall i had ever seen.  i wasn't thrilled about stopping because i just wanted to reach our destination, but i am so so glad that we did.




some of the crazies jumped into the water... it was FREEEEEEZING!!




at one point, matt climbed to the top of the waterfall and hung over the edge to get some pictures.. crazy if you ask me.



sahalie falls is pretty incredible.
pooch thought so too!


if you ever find yourself near eugene, OR i highly suggest the pit stop along the way.
i can't wait to go back.

7.11.2014

flashback friday: road trip with the ladies.

number 7 on my birthday bucket list was to go on a girl's trip...and that's just what we did.
along with some babies, of course!

we packed up the mini van and headed to a condo in st.george for two days.  i am a lover of hotels but i must say it was so nice having extra space and being able to cook some of our meals rather than eating out all the time.  condo for the win :)


we did what you typically do on a girls trip.
ate. swam. shopped. talked. laid out. swam some more.





 some sister wives action.









^^also, i just love this picture.  after the babies went to bed we were confined to the condo, but that didn't stop us from having a little fun.  this picture totally sums up our friendship.  and i love it.


on the way home after one of our nursing stops, we took a family selfie.  probably the most homeless family selfie in history, but it's pretty great.
and we may or may not have got a speeding ticket on the way home.

i am pretty certain in the general rule book of life, at least one girls trip is necessary per year in order to survive.
i'm glad i got mine in :)