maternity photos pt. 2 + brooks at 15 months.

brooks jumped in some of my maternity pictures and was being the biggest ham.  this kid is not camera shy, and it made for some pretty sweet moments.  oh, i just love him.

brooks at 15 months
weight: 23 pounds 5 ounces (62%)
height: 33 inches (96%)
head circum: 19.25 inches (94%)

he loves:

-stuffed animals
-keys and driving dad's car
-playing outside
-throwing anything and everything away
-dancing to music
-fake laughing when other people are laughing
-getting chased/chasing people
-poking my belly button
-taking tubbys and dumping cups of water on himself

he dislikes:

-being alone
-when he doesn't get his way
-leaving his honey's house (grandma)
-most food as of late
-animals that get too close for comfort, he likes to admire from afar

at 15 months, brooks is quite the little handful.  he is into EVERYTHING.  he loves to open all the cupboards and take things out.  sometimes he will put them back.  he loves to hide things in drawers and his special hiding spot is the crock pot.  he routinely will walk into the bathroom and pull down all of the towels and unravel some toilet paper.
he LOVES to help out by throwing things in the garbage like diapers and trash and he gets the proudest smile on his face after he does it.  a few times a day i have to check the trash for other non trash items he may have "helped" to throw away... remotes, keys, clothes, food from the pantry etc.

he babbles a lot and can say typical words like mama, dada, hot, ball, shoes, zeus (his puppy), no, yeah, etc. but he is pretty stubborn when it comes to talking.  he will often repeat a word once or twice and then will not say it again.
he can sign all done, please, more, and thank you.
he understands so much, but chooses to communicate in grunting, pointing, and whining which can be quite annoying.

he has always been a cuddle bug, but lately he is so lovey and i can't get enough.  he is quite attached to his mommy and daddy and i can't help but think he knows his world is about to be rocked.  he constantly comes over to matt or i and lays his head on us and says, "awww." or lays a big wet kiss.  he loves to put his hands around our necks and nuzzle his little face into our shoulders.
he seriously is the sweetest little nugget. 

he is quite friendly and loves to wave to people at the store.  he is quite a flirt with the ladies and will bat his pearly blue eyes.
he LOVES to watch kids play, especially our neighbor kids and his cousins.  
he is quite the little turkey, but we love him to death.  he has made the last 15 months so fun and full of joy and happiness.  even when i want to sell him on ebay, he has the ability to melt my heart or make me laugh.

my baby is about to become a little boy.


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.


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!