Two Kids: One Week In

Okay, so technically it’s been a week and a half since Hudson was born. I just haven’t really had a chance to get on the computer and talk about life, since I was busy trying to survive it. I’m kidding. It has been a much smoother transition than I thought it would be, and I am forever grateful for these two little guys for being so chill about the whole thing. Sure, there have been some bumps in the road, but overall they are handling it like the little bosses they are. Here’s what we’ve been up to since we came home from the hospital:

There have been plenty of yawns,


a few fleeting moments of frustration,

over it

and a whole lot of hilarious smiles.

gassy smile

We’ve done a little bribing,


even more bonding,


and I actually did my hair… once.

one week postpartum

I’d say it’s been a pretty successful week so far. By this time with my first, I was already walking around the neighborhood and getting excited about workouts. This time, I’m recovering a little slower but I’m feeling a lot more rested. I’ll take it!

Welcome to the World

He’s here! Hudson Ray was born on January 28th, 2016 at 3:34 PM.


I’ll check back in soon. Right now, we’re loving being a family of four!

Second Pregnancy: Weeks 37, 38, 39

Apparently I had my dates all confused, because I’ve been tracking myself a little off this whole time. Whoops. I’m 39 weeks now, but I thought I was 38 and some change. Does that really matter in the grand scheme of things? Not even a little. I don’t even know why I’m taking the time to type that out. Anyway, moving on. How over it do I look? Didn’t even do my hair. Shameful.

39 weeks pregnant

What’s baby up to? According to BabyCenter, the baby is “full term this week and waiting to greet the world! He continues to build a layer of fat to help control his body temperature after birth, but it’s likely he already measures about 20 inches and weighs a bit over 7 pounds, about the size of a mini-watermelon. The outer layers of his skin are sloughing off as new skin forms underneath.” He’s shedding. Nice.

Weeks: 39

Total Weight Gain: I’d be willing to bet I’m pretty close to the 35 pound mark right about now. Let’s just blame it on water weight, shall we?

Fitness: If getting out of bed every day counts, then I am super fit right now.

Symptoms: Everything aches. Everything. But, on the plus side, I can breathe a little easier now that he’s getting ready to make his grand entrance. Small wins are still wins, guys.

Sleep: I get up about every hour and a half. It’s God’s way of preparing you for life with a newborn, I’m sure of it.

Cravings: Still anything really, really spicy or really, really sweet. Plus ALL of the ice water.

Maternity Clothes: I can barely even fit in those anymore. I’m going to need to hurry up and have this baby just so I can stop looking like a busted can of biscuits.

Baby Items Bought/Received: We had a few fun baby showers recently. One of the best things we received was a Halo Bassinet. I’m way too excited about not having to get up to get the baby during the night.

Goals: I said this in my last update, but I am skipping any kind of goals. Our bags are packed and his room is ready, so I feel like we’ve accomplished every necessary thing. The rest is just icing on the cake.

Worries: I’d just like to avoid any serious complications. Other than that, I’m good to go.

Best Moment: Maddux finally felt his brother move. He was a mix of freaked out, intrigued, and protective.  Well, protective of me. He doesn’t like the idea of someone (other than himself) poking and bugging me. Too cute.

I’m secretly hoping that the next time I check in with y’all will be from the hospital, but I also know that’s probably not going to be the case. This baby seems like he might be in it for the long haul. Either way, I hope y’all have a great week!

What’s in My Hospital Bag + an Aurorae Giveaway!

So, I’ll be honest here. There isn’t much room in my brain for thinking about anything outside of my impending due date. Baby brain is real. And it’s ridiculous. Right now I’m focused on making sure we are as prepared as possible to at least make it to the hospital. When I went to pack my hospital bag this time, I realized that I didn’t need half of the crap I toted along the first time. Soothing playlist? No. Printed mantras? Shut up. Five-page long birth plan? HA. You know what I wanted? A stiff drink and french fries. Kidding. Sort of. Anyway, below are the things I think you actually need to pack for the most exciting “birthday” of your life.

jujube backpack diaper bag

Your Phone, Camera, and Chargers

I feel like this one is pretty obvious. You need to be able to Instagram as much as possible. Bonus points if you Live Tweet your birth.

Decently Cute Night Gown and Robe

These two items make you look at least partially presentable when your hospital inevitably fills up with everyone you’ve ever met.

A Nursing Bra or No Bra At All

Go for comfort and ease-of-use here. That’s all I have to say about that.

Toiletries That You May or May Not Use

I think you should pack your toiletries, but I’m not going to promise you that you’ll use them. This time I’m bringing lotion and dry shampoo. The essentials.

About 3 Sizes of “Going Home Outfits” for Baby

People gifted us the cutest newborn outfits. Not one of them fit my 9-pound baby. Go ahead and pack options, because infant size predictions are extremely random guesstimates at best.

The Most Comfortable Maternity Outfit Ever

Yes, you’ll probably still need to wear maternity clothing. It’s fine. I’ll be packing maternity leggings and maternity leggings only.

Warm, Fuzzy Socks and Flip Flops

Just bring anything that makes you comfortable, really. The flip flops are for your tired, aching feet. And also for the shower, if you happen to take one.

If I may, I’d like to stick with this flip flop discussion. Last time, I packed a $2 pair of plastic flip flops for the shower. I really can’t even remember if I used them for their intended purpose, but I do remember tossing them on instead of my shoes for walking around the room (because shoes are horrible and that’s a fact). That’s when I realized my mistake – they were about as thin as a piece of poster board and twice as slippery. This time I’m packing a pair that I can wear around comfortably and safely.

aurorae flip flops

When Aurorae Yoga reached out to me recently to see if I’d like to try their new Yoga Mat Flip Flops, I quickly replied that I had a serious need for a pair. According to the website, they:

  • are designed to make your walk as invigorating as your yoga practice.
  • give you the comfort of Savasana wherever the day may take you.
  • are made from real EVA Foam yoga mats and are available in many of the Aurorae yoga mat colors.
  • are eco safe and free from toxins for your ease of mind.
  • include vegan leather straps, which are softly lined with our own Yogi Pose pattern.
  • include the Aurorae Pose logo on the outsole for added traction.

Seriously, though. Flip flops made from yoga mat material? You know they are going to be comfortable, durable, and come in fun colors. I received purple and I absolutely love them.

aurorae yoga giveaway

The best part about these flip flops is I know that I’ll continue to use them once I leave the hospital. They will make a great addition to my gym or beach bag, for sure. And, let’s be honest, I wear flip flops 98% of the time in “real life” once it warms up, too. To say these will get great use out of them is an understatement.

Now for the fun part. Aurorae Yoga is allowing me to giveaway a second pair to one of you! Enter via the Rafflecopter below:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This giveaway is open to US residents and will end at 12 am on the 19th. Good luck and hope you guys have a great day!

Second Pregnancy: Weeks 34, 35, 36

First of all, I feel like I have to stress that we have finally taken down the Christmas tree today. I just happened to pose in front of it one last time for my 36 week update. I also want to add that I have grown tremendously in three weeks. Like, I don’t even understand how that’s possible. Must be the holiday party food. I blame no one but myself.

36 weeks pregnant

What’s baby up to? According to BabyCenter, the baby “is still packing on the pounds — at the rate of about an ounce a day. He now weighs almost 6 pounds and is more than 18 1/2 inches long (about the size of a head of romaine lettuce). He’s shedding most of the downy covering of hair that covered his body as well as the vernix caseosa, the waxy substance that covered and protected his skin during his nine-month amniotic bath. Your baby swallows both of these substances, along with other secretions, resulting in a blackish mixture, called meconium, will form the contents of her first bowel movement.” Lots of poop talk this week, huh? And the doctor told us he was measuring around 6 pounds several weeks ago, so I assume we have another 9-pounder on the way.

Weeks: 36

Total Weight Gain: About 31, which makes me the reigning champ of pregnancy weight gain.

Fitness: If walking up and down the stairs because I forget about 30,000 things each morning counts, then I’d say my workouts have been pretty solid lately.

Symptoms: I’m just really achy and uncomfortable, but I can’t really complain because it could be so much worse. I’m honestly pretty good until the afternoons, when all hell breaks lose and my body revolts against me.

Sleep: Ha, that’s funny. These days, if I only wake up once every two hours I count it as a win.

Cravings: HOT SAUCE. Oh, and every dessert ever made.

Maternity Clothes: I can fit in approximately three outfits. If you see me wearing the same things over and over, just pretend I own about 3o of the same shirts and leggings.

Baby Items Bought/Received: We were lucky and received a lot of great baby related items for Christmas. We also just ordered a queen bedroom set for his room, because every newborn totally needs that.

Goals: Eh, none. I’d rather not let myself down. We did already organize and clean all of the old baby gear and clothing, so we really just need a crap ton of diapers at this point. I should probably buy some.

Worries: I’m terrified that I will still be pregnant in February. I just don’t feel like this kid has plans to evacuate on time.

Best Moment: Maddux and I have had some hilarious conversations about the baby lately. From him still thinking I ate a baby to him asking on how earth it will come out, there is never a shortage of complicated explanations around here. Three is awesome, so I can only imagine how funny three + a newborn will be. There will be so many questions, I’m sure.

See you guys soon… and HAPPY 2016!