Oh Christmas Tree, 2016

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Y’all might remember pictures of Bennett and his first tree from last year.  It was a lot easier to photograph him back then when he wasn’t so wiggly and on the move ;).  But I’m glad we got at least one that shows how much he has grown, and that I actually had the energy in my 9th month of pregnancy with Baby D No. 2 to pick out and decorate another live tree.  Yes, I have already started adding presents under the tree (I think this is part of the nesting process for me). I really am trying to get everything off my “to do” list before this baby arrives!

Here’s a picture of what I look like in real life, after a long day of chasing a very active 19 month old around all day, trying to keep my 3 dogs feeling loved and included, cooking dinner for Husband, cleaning up the house the best I can (or should I say, throwing toys into miscellaneous places where I hope Bennett will never find them again), and trying really hard to not have a mental breakdown from all the stress of construction going on in and around my house…

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Yep, this is real.  Swollen, tired, fat, hair hasn’t been washed since October (just kidding, not really)…

Baby #2, I’m ready when you are… this pregnancy has been a roller coaster for sure, and now that it’s almost at the end, I’m having all kinds of mixed emotions about it.  I feel like I didn’t have the time to document, the way I did with Bennett, which kinda makes me sad.  But I guess that’s to be expected.  And I know I’m going to miss the bump when it’s gone, but right now I could not be more eager to get back into my normal clothes and start feeling good about myself again.  I have gained almost the same as when I was pregnant with Bennett but for some reason, I just feel heavier and when I look in the mirror I see myself bigger than ever!

We had our final sonogram on Friday.  It’s crazy to me, seeing a baby this developed in a pregnancy.  We didn’t have that luxury with Bennett.  I only got 2 sonograms with Bennett- one at 8 weeks and the other at 20.  With this baby we got like…7 I think?  They have been monitoring this one much closer because in the beginning I had a large hematoma which was threatening the pregnancy for quite a few weeks, now they are monitoring the size since Bennett was a decently large baby (9.3lbs) when he was born.  At the final sono they did their calculations based on measurements of the head, stomach, and legs and came up with 8.2lbs for Baby #2 as of this week.  The head is measuring at the size of the average 38 week baby.  Now, I don’t know how accurate these calculations are.  Husband keeps saying, “watch this baby come out and be like 7lbs.”.  Ummm… that would be freaking awesome!  I think my recovery will be a lot easier with a smaller baby!  Men just don’t get it, and they never will.  The anxiety we as women have while carrying, laboring, and delivering a child is something I don’t think men could even handle.  That’s why God put us in charge of this important task in the circle of life.

I pray for my babies (and Husband) every night before I fall asleep.  I still feel blessed to have been able to carry these angels in my own belly for 9 months.  I have had the pleasure of feeling every turn, kick, hiccup, stretch… wow!  That’s pretty darn cool.  And I don’t take this time for granted, but as all the mom’s who know exactly how I’m feeling right now, toward the end things just get harder.  I will be bursting with love when this baby arrives, but I will miss pregnancy again and probably crave creating another human life some day in the future.

Keep my little family in your thoughts over the next few weeks.  I feel like from here on out we are on baby watch!


Pumpkin Patch Fun at Sweetfield Farm

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Y’all…  Sweetfields Farm was awesome!

There have been a lot of threads on Facebook lately with all of the fun things to do around town in Tampa for Fall.  Sweetfields was highly recommended, so we got the troops (aka awesome grandparents!!) together and drove almost an hour to get there- totally worth it!  Bennett had the best time!  He spent some quality time looking at the large variety of pumpkins, he watched 3 little piggies race, fed goats, ate fresh popped kettle corn, and had a photo op with an antique tractor.

Lucky for us, mother nature had dropped the humidity for the day so it was actually an enjoyable day for these outdoor activities.  The pictures above tell the story of the day pretty well, lots fun and adventure for our little man!  I can’t wait to Baby D No.2 to be with us next year for this!



Boy, Oh Boy! It’s A Boy!

Husband & I would like to formally introduce our beautiful baby boy to the blog:

Bennett Wesley Dietrich

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Date of birth: Friday, May 1, 2015

Time: 10:15 AM

Weight: 9 lbs 3.6 oz

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Length: 22 & 3/4 inches 

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Welcome to the world my precious little (well… he’s not that little ha ha ha…) baby.  You have completely stolen Mommy & Daddy’s heart and we are so excited to share our lives with you!

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These are a few of my {current} favorite things… All Baby!

Matt & Nat “Raylan” Vegan Leather Diaper Bag

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I’m obsessed with my baby/ diaper bag by Matt & Nat.  A friend of mine from college, Molly, over at Fashion Veggie introduced me to this bag on her blog a few months ago, and I couldn’t be more pleased with my purchase.  There are so many compartments in this bag for any & everything your baby could possibly need, comes in six fabulous colors, and it’s made of really good quality vegan leather!  So, no animals were harmed in the making of this bag!  Check out Molly’s blog (highlighted above) for all sorts of vegan fashion!

Budu Baby Satchel

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Here’s a product I cannot wait to use!  This Budu baby carrier is so chic (seriously the best looking carrier in my opion).  I’ve tried it on & so far it seems to be very easy to adjust and fit to whomever wants to carry Baby D in it.  Made from natural bamboo fabric, this carrier is so soft and the bamboo liner easily removes to be cleaned.  This Australian company is owned and operated by a  fellow mommy, and the quality of the product is well worth the investment.

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Chenille Burp Cloths

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When I started packing my hospital bags today, I realized I only had one burp cloth. ONE burp cloth!  So of course, I hop on etsy and find an endless list of the cutest burp cloths.  The ones pictured above are the ones I went with… I may or may not have got some Florida Gator ones for Husband as well ;)

** Click links above pictures to be directed to these products **


Thirty-Six Week Bumpdate

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Well, y’all, we are in the home stretch… the final four… weeks that is ;)

Went out to dinner with Husband last night at one of our favorite restaurants, Restaurant BT, and talked about how much life is going to change once Baby D is here.  It is such a weird concept to think that we are officially on “baby time” now, it’s just a waiting game now to see if he or she will be on time, early, or late (I sure hope not!!).  I was also thinking, over the next few weeks I will constantly be thinking, is this our last meal just the two of us?  Is this our last night just the two of us?  Our last weekend?  What kind of parents are we going to be?  How will we survive those first few nights alone with Baby??  Such a scary thing to think about… but also exciting!!

We met our pediatrician (group practice- but only met with one) on Friday, and she was wonderful!  She really put my mind at ease when answering all of my obnoxious first-time-mom questions.   We also finished up all of our “Preparation for Baby” classes (i.e. Prepared Childbirth, Breastfeeding, Safe Baby which included CPR training and proper installation of the car seat) which actually probably scared me more than anything else has during pregnancy.  They show videos of all these brave women having natural births and cesarean section surgeries (eeeeeek!!).  They dabble in epidurals and birthing positions and breathing techniques.  It was all a bit overwhelming, but very informative and I’m glad Husband & I did them together :)

Ok, let’s address the elephant in the room… ME!  I’m enormous!  How much bigger can my belly get before Baby decides to come out?!?  Acid reflux and heartburn are absolute torture and bye bye cute shoes… for now.  My energy levels are starting to tank again.  One minute I will have this burst of energy and the next I’m out cold on the couch or in bed.  Husband had to leave the room the other night because my snoring has gotten so bad :(  I have never snored before… unless I was extremely sick… Baby’s legs & feet are all up in my rib cage, I am making a prediction that he or she is going to have the longest body ever.  Although, that is probably the easiest prediction to make because Husband & I are both pretty tall individuals.

Anyway, no more negativity about the pregnancy because in all honesty, I LOVE this baby inside my belly.  I love all the movements, kicks to the ribs, hiccups, and heartbeats.  I am going to miss this so much once he or she is out, even if the last few weeks are hard.  And to be even more honest… I can’t wait to do it again!  (Husband don’t have a heart attack)  I haven’t gone through labor yet, so my thoughts on pregnancy can change for a while after Baby is born, but as of this moment in time, I cannot wait to watch our little family grow.  I do not want to take any part of pregnancy for granted, as I know some women who would love to have a baby and can’t. I know of women who go through tons of treatments to try to get pregnant and don’t.  I feel so lucky to be here in this moment with my baby in my belly, and I will cherish these last few days of us being one.

We love you Baby Dietrich and cannot wait to share this beautiful world with you!  Please don’t give Mommy too hard of a time as you make your entrance ;)  xoxo