15 February 2017

30+ week thoughts

+ It's about seven weeks until we meet this guy.  We are planning on being induced at 39 weeks for several reasons (I've been induced twice and know exactly how my body reacts plus the 45+ minute drive to the hospital is scary with number 3, and several other things), but I told Taylor the other day to take it with a grain of salt, but I'm not sure I'll even make it to then.

+ This go round has brought tons of lower back pain and symphysis pubis dysfunction, also described as someone trying to pull my legs off at my pelvic ligaments.  So painful!  I started seeing a chiropractor a couple of weeks ago. Glory, Hallelujah.

+ I'm internally panicking because I really have a lot to do in the next month.  Breathe.

+ I also feel beyond lazy because I can't seem to do anything at nap time/quiet time other than nap myself.  I am sleeping terribly at night so 45 minutes of snoozing during the day sounds better than anything else and usually wins out.

+ Girl Scout cookies are coming this week.  T-minus 5 weeks until I cut dairy.  Pre-baby this time to cut down on newborn discomfort.  Give me all the chocolate, pizza, and ice cream right now.

+ I kind of officially hate going to any kind of store.  Every grocery store visit contains this conversation multiple times on repeat:
   - person: Oh, are you having a girl this time?
   - me: Nope!  A boy!
   - person: Wow! Three boys!  Wow!  You can always try again for a girl.
   - me: Nope.  We are done!

+ I've never been a leggings as pants person, but I'm at the point where I just do not care.

You're welcome for the all the random things today.  The end.

12 December 2016

A baby name & PinkBlush

It amazes me at times that I am this far into my third pregnancy.  It's so true about third pregnancies; you have zero time to really think that much about it.  I know I am tired.  My indigestion has been terrible since week six, but I keep chugging along because that's all I can do.  I had to actually break out my phone on Friday to calculate how many weeks I was because I. could. not. remember.

One thing that has been harder for me this third time (and it shouldn't be.  I should be expert by now) is maternity clothes.  I was pregnant in a completely different season with Gideon and was also working so my wardrobe was different than what I would wear now for preschool drop-off and to be a personal snot rag.  With Nolan, I borrowed most of my maternity clothes from an amazing friend, who sadly has moved away!  So back to the drawing board and figuring out what to wear for six-ish months.

I was so excited to discover PinkBlush and love the versatility of their maternity clothes like this poncho.  I am a get the most for your money type of girl, so any clothes that I can wear while pregnant and post-partum, sign me up!  This fit the bill.  They have really great basics too, like the long sleeve white shirt I'm wearing that I ordered a few months back.  So soft and the perfect length! And I have teamed up with them to give away a $75 giftcard over on my Instagram (psst. great news is they have way more than just maternity clothes!!!)

Oh yes, and a baby name! I'm not one of those people who can dilly dally over baby names once they find out the gender.  I can't just say things like "I'll wait til he's born to see what he looks like."  I can't do it. I'm OCD, Type-A all the way.  For me, naming each of our babies soon after finding out the gender has helped me bond to them in a new and deeper way other than just the tiny thing making me pee all the time and constantly kicking me.

So, baby boy number three is...  Lincoln Asher.
Lincoln has been a favorite on our boy name list for a while.  It was easy to pull it back out and decide quickly that it was what we wanted to go with.  The middle name is always where I struggle. Taylor really wanted to go with a Biblical name since both of our boys have one.  He started throwing several out and Asher was one of them.  I immediately said no and moved on.  The next two days the name Asher kept bizarrely appearing in places around me.  I looked up it's meaning and it is simply "happy."  We feel like that perfectly describes how we feel about finishing our journey of biologically growing our family.  We are content with three boys and we are HAPPY!

poncho | c/o PinkBlush
onesie | Green Door Goods {A sweet friend owns this shop and surprised me with this gift!}

28 November 2016

Family photos

My absolute favorite thing to do every year around the holidays is have family photos taken.  It isn't the easiest thing in the world to coordinate, especially with kids, but it is so worth it.  I love being able to look back each year to see how our family has grown from two young newlyweds to a family of three. A family of three with one on the way to a family of four and then a family of four with one on the way.

It can be overwhelming to figure out where to start with family photos.  There are so many options out there.  Studio, outdoor, candid, posed.  So here are a few things I have found that make it easier and more manageable to make family photos an annual thing without adding any stress to an already busy time of year.

1. Browse and decide what you want.  Like I already mentioned, there are so many different styles of photos.  Start by browsing Pinterest to see which seems to suit you and your family best. Outdoor, candid photos seem to be the most popular these days and my personal favorites.  They feel so much more relaxed and real and allow for some fun to shine through.

2. Search for photographers in your area.  Once you have nailed down which style of photos you want, it's time to find a photographer who can accommodate you.  Many photographers offer mini sessions this time of year.  Sometimes they have a set day and time scheduled for these along with a specific location.  Others may be more flexible with your schedule and location preference.  Once you pick a photographer, communicate openly with them about what you are looking for ahead of time. Be sure this is a person you feel comfortable around.

We have been lucky to have an amazing friend, who happens to be an amazing photographer, take our photos each year.  He has found incredible outdoor locations each time and let's us know what time of day will have the best light for our photos.  It's so nice to have complete confidence in his ability.

3. Find clothes for everyone to wear.  This feels like the most overwhelming part some years. I like  to find coordinating outfits for our family, but not too matchy matchy, a la 90's everyone in jeans and black shirts.

Mamas, I say start with you.  It's rare that we get to feel put together and pretty and photos is one time you definitely want to be confident in how you look.  Take this one chance to not be covered in spit up; Shine.  Pick something you love and are excited to wear.  Look at the colors you chose and find something in your kiddos closets (or at the store) that will go along.  I always save my husband for last A. because he could care less and B. because his closet is full of neutrals and I make sure he rounds out the coordination without being overwhelming.

Since it is the holidays and a little chillier than other times I love to add layers for some depth. Vests, cardigans, scarves, etc.  Little touches to make it feel more complete and fun.

4. Get ready, bribe, and let it go. I say regardless of what time of day it is, make sure everyone has eaten before you attempt photos.  This helps to ensure less of the grumpys, especially in your kiddos.

Post-food time is get ready time.  I get my makeup and hair done and then get my two boys ready WITHOUT my photo outfit on to make sure they don't slime me.  Once everyone is ready, I get dressed and off we go.

I sometimes bring candy as a bribe, but because I don't want them to eat it during photos, we usually stick to a promise of something right after photos for a few good smiles.  In all honesty, it may not always work.  This year, our 20-month old was not having it.  Running in all directions, having meltdowns and being almost-two in general.  But, we managed to get some great shots so we just let it go, trusted our photographer, and laughed about how this is real life.

5. Order Christmas cards and print for presents.  Getting your photos back is the fun part.  They have exceeded my expectations every year.  And it's fun to see how they turned out.

I start with Christmas cards.  The prettiest and easiest way to reach all your family and friends.  Tiny Prints has gorgeous foil-stamped options and fun extras, like envelope liners to add some personality to the mix.  Living in a military community means we have friends constantly moving so I love having the ability to share our growing family with them each year as we are spread far and wide.

I also print several photos in 5x7 to give to grandparents and great-grandparents as presents. They love to have updated ones to fill their walls with each year.   Find some fun frames to polish them off.

* Family photography credit to Greyside Photography
* Christmas cards were provided by Tiny Prints.

21 November 2016

Boy number three

Well, it is boy number three for our family.  I still can't believe that A. we are halfway through this pregnancy and B. that it is a boy!

Everything about this pregnancy has been a surprise from the get-go.  We had started the conversation of when to start trying for a third and ultimately concluded that then was just not the best time.  And low and behold, our first morning on our solo trip to New York City in August, I took a test and two lines appeared.  Taylor said he should have known when I demanded jalapenos on my nachos at the Yankees game the night before.

God has definitely used our journey through pregnancy and becoming parents to constantly help me learn my downfall in trying to make my own plans on my own timing.  With both of our older boys that meant having to wait for them.  Months of prayers and loss and questioning.  This time God threw this little one at us at a time we declared wasn't right.  During our discussion of when to start trying, Taylor said we just couldn't have a baby around Easter since that will be such a busy time for him in our first year with the church plant.  After getting the positive test, I calculated my due date and it was later confirmed that our sweet boy number three is due on GOOD FRIDAY.  Hello, Easter weekend.

And to round out the surprises, I never in all my life thought I would be a mother to THREE boys.  My tribe of little men.  I don't even know where to start, but I know He has big plans in placing these three wild ones in our care.

We are so excited to meet this little one and to watch our boys grow up together.  There is nothing better than brothers.

15 June 2016

Summer bucket list 2016

It's that time. Or really past time since here in the lowcountry we have been in summer for what seems like three months.  So this little summer bucket list is late, but we will be in summer for another three, four, five months so all is good.

I loved doing this last year because it helped me be more intentional about what we did each week and each day.  There are only so many days that you can sit at home folding laundry or watching movies to stay cool.  So here is this years list:

1. Fripp trip {some really awesome and generous friends of ours set us up with a beach house this week on Fripp Island!!!!! So excited to vacation just the four of us}
2. Sno cones
3. Island Playground indoor bounce house
4. Splash pad
5. Minnesota farm fun
6. Tweetsie
7. Baseball game {Charlotte? Charleston? Hickory?}
8. Charleston day
9. NYC {for mom and dad ONLY. Sorry kiddos}
10. Grammy and Papas house {for G & N only}
11. See Finding Dory
12. S'mores/ sparklers

Follow along on Instagram with #burgesssummerbucketlist16

09 June 2016

Gideon says // 16

This guy has been S U P E R hard to parent lately.  We get so frustrated at his stubborn nature and high speed energy and then we realize we only have ourselves and our DNA to blame.  Kid is ours no question.  No one can sway him and when his mind is made up it is made up.  We always say he is destined for Jesus (ministry) or jail.  Hopefully the first. Here's a little of what he has said lately...

+ He really likes to critique my driving.
   Gideon: Mommy, that light was red. (PS.  It was the other lanes light)
   Me: I've been driving for 12 years.  When you are 16 you can drive.
   Gideon: But mom, I want to stay free (3).  I don't want to turn that.

Gideon: Hey mom, can I have some tacos?
    Me: It's 9:30 in the morning.
    Gideon: I'm hungry!

+ While helping Taylor make cookies.
   Taylor: Hey buddy, how many is in a dozen? Can you count them?
   Gideon: One, twoooo .... a lot.

Me: Nolan, you're a nut.
   Gideon: Noley, you're an acorn!!

+ While driving in the car (I always seem to be on the receiving end of "these" questions)
   Gideon: Mom, how do you go potty?
   Me: um, I sit down.
   Gideon: But, hows you go without a penis?
   Me: God made girls different so we have different parts and just have to sit down.
   A few minutes later I hear him whisper..
  Gideon: That makes sense.

+ He came to sit at the table with Taylor, propped his elbows on the table.
   Gideon: Dad.  You sure are growing up. I'm proud of you.

+ Taylor and I were watching Netflix in bed one night (every night because addicted to Arrow!) G       came out to use the bathroom.
  Gideon: Were you and mommy cuddling?
  Taylor: Yea, I guess so.
  Gideon: I hear you cuddling every night.

19 May 2016

baby shower | marleigh

Oh hi!  It's me.  I promise I am still living and breathing and cleaning Cheerios out of everything.  I've been a little busy and the blog took a backseat.  I promise G has had plenty of funny things to say, but I haven't had the brain power or flexibility to sit down and write.  So what's new?

+ We are planting a church next January and are in full swing meeting and planning.

+ I'm starting a sweet little Etsy shop selling felt flower decor and headbands. Who would have thunk? Not me.

+ And a beyond crazy schedule of traveling, traveling husband, meetings, baby showers, which brings me to this post...

I had the privilege of co-hosting a baby shower for my sister-in-law last weekend and wanted to share some photos.  You know I love a good party and party planning is like Christmas morning for me.  It was so fun to plan for a girl (because boy city in my neck of the woods) and to use some pink and floral elements.

backdrop | DIY, crepe paper {paper mart}
prints | {Ivie baby shop}
cake topper | {Grace and Salt}
votives and pink lantern | {Ikea}
"advice for new mommy" printable | {Floating Specks Co.}
"M" | DIY, wooden letter from {Michaels}
felt flower pots | my Etsy shop coming soon {floral and fern}
cake | {Kendra's bakery creations}
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