Jinxed + Disney in July

Well, I did it. I jinxed myself. After basically bragging about how good I felt last week, I spent the majority of last week trying not to die. While I am certainly being dramatic, it definitely wasn’t any fun. I’ve made a few more tweaks to my diet (hello, baked potatoes and ginger chews), which seems to be helping a little. Luckily, I felt pretty daggum good the whole time we were in Disney. That would have royally sucked, so I appreciate the pregnancy gods for looking out for me on that one. Speaking of our trip, I suppose I could recap that now. In true lazy-girl fashion, I’m going to do this two-sentence-per-picture style.

This is always be my favorite place. I had kids just to force them to go with me.

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“Juuuust the two of us. We can make it if we try.”

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Water fights are the best kind of fights. And the only ones that won’t cause him to go to timeout.

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I seriously could have cried watching him do this all by himself. Such a big kid!

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I have nothing remotely interesting to say about this picture. It’s just adorable.

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He made a friend. And by “made a friend”, I mean silently copied everything this kid did.

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He used his “credit card” to buy two toys in the store. He now thinks he is an adult.

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This is one of those moments where I’m sad I’m not 3 feet tall still. I want to ride that ant.

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“Listen, we’re taking this picture and you’re going to smile.” “Nope.”

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Mickey is a legit BA, y’all. Firework arms and everything.

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Why is he not scared? We were in a shark, people.

finding nemo ride

After complaining about him not smiling enough in pictures, I get this. Kids think they are so funny.

t rex restaurant play area

This is an accurate depiction of my driving skills. Kidding, kind of.

sci-fi diner

I’m imagining that it costs about 3,000,000,000 dollars to pull these off. Because Disney.

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Of all of the Disney experiences, his favorite thing is still the shuttle to the parks. Of course it is.

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I’ll be back soon to chat about workouts, eats, & babies pretty soon. I have a lot to fill y’all in on!

Second Pregnancy: Week 12

Hi from Disney World! We got in really late last night, but this morning we accomplished riding every “important” ride for a three-year-old. We rock for that. But today isn’t just a regular old vacation day; it’s also the 12 week mark for this second little person we’re growing. I guess we have a lot more Disney trips to look forward to in the future. Can’t have the second one feeling left out now can we? This is like my dream come true, y’all. Permanent excuse to visit the mouse.

Anyway, back to the baby. He or she is definitely growing. Please don’t remind me how small it actually is at this point because my belly begs to differ. It’s hard to tell in this dress, but the bump is back and in full force. PS: 10 dollar skater dresses from H&M + cheap sports bras are my new go-to. Try it and thank me later. It’s like getting away with wearing pajamas in public.

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What’s baby up to? According to Popsugar, the baby “is now about the length of an apricot. He continues to develop his brain, muscles and nervous system. He can frown as well as open and close his mouth. His vocal cords start to function and your baby can make a fist; his fingernails are even well formed. His liver is functioning and his pancreas is producing insulin. He’s starting to respond to outside stimuli (such as sounds and movement). If you haven’t started talking to your baby, now’s the time. You may feel a little silly, but he’ll love it, and it’s a great way to build your bond.” So, clearly, I’m also having a boy. Right? Kidding. I have no idea yet. But I do like the idea of randomly talking to my stomach as I walk around in crowds. That could be fun.

Weeks: 12 weeks

Total Weight Gain: I’m up 6 pounds up, so far! I gained 40 pounds (yes, forty) the first go-round, so I’m trying to remember it does go away eventually. No stressing. I do think it’s hilarious how much faster I am showing this time, though!

Fitness: Besides getting bigger every day, I’m starting to feel like I’m getting back to normal. I’m hoping that I just hit the second trimester bliss a little early! I think I’ll be able to resume my normal workouts pretty soon. I had been running and taking barre classes, but I’ve skipped the past two or so weeks. I miss it!

Symptoms: Up until this week, it’s primarily been nausea and headaches. I started monitoring my protein intake and it’s gotten a lot better! Shout out to my coworkers for forcing me to work on that. Apparently, I turn into a cranky weirdo without it.

Sleep: I get up 2-3 times a night, which is crazy to me. I don’t remember it being this ridiculous last time. I have been chugging water lately, so I guess it’s my own doing.

Cravings: Every single morning I eat an egg & cheese burrito with salsa. Other than that, I’ve been digging tomato & mayo sandwiches with salt and pepper and all of the potato chips. The only sad thing is that I’m struggling to drink regular old hot coffee. The smell. Oh, gosh, the smell.

Maternity Clothes: I’m totally already wearing maternity bottoms, and I have been for weeks. They are just so much more comfortable. Let’s be honest, all jeans should have elastic waistbands. I think I’ll start a petition.

Baby Items Bought/Received: Nothing! The game plan is to reuse as much as possible from last time. The only issue will be if this one is a girl. If that happens, I will probably go nuts and buy every single thing in sight.

Goals: My current goal is to not complain about the heat while walking around at Disney all day. Dole Whip will help ease the sting, right? I’m only half kidding.

Worries: Not too much right now, which is probably because I’m always preoccupied with something else. They are not lying when they say that the second pregnancy is different! I don’t have oodles of time to sit around thinking about my belly.

Best Moment: Maddux definitely understands that I am pregnant. The other day, we were running around and I told him I needed to sit down because I didn’t feel good. He asked, “Oh, is the baby gonna frow up now? That’s not good.” While he was a little confused on who was sick, I was glad he was slightly concerned. Maybe he won’t try to wrestle the baby at birth after all! One can only hope.

Making the #ParentLife a Little Bit Easier

This post is brought to you by the Publix Baby Club. All opinions are my own.

I think the one thing all parents can agree on is that parenting isn’t always easy. In fact, some days it can be a pretty freaking daunting task. When Maddux was first born, I remember being blown away by how much different the highs and lows could be. From the first smile to the first full-on tantrum, I’ve definitely learned a thing or two. One of the biggest takeaways? Always have fruit snacks. Always.

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This pack in particular was celebratory. (I’ll let you guess what toddler milestone we’re currently working on.) Some packs, though, are when I’m in “please don’t freak out in this public place” mode. Other times, they are a compromise for when I don’t agree with him that a dinner of ice cream would be good a good idea. Honestly, you’ll never catch me without small “treats” on hand.

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That’s where the Publix Baby Club comes to the rescue. By simply joining the free group, I receive coupons, newsletter, and other helpful little bits of information for new parents. They recommend that anyone with children between the ages of 0-24 months and expecting mothers sign up, but I’m clearly still reaping the benefits a year later. They help me save money while also helping me to be prepared for life’s unexpected moments.

Diapers and wipes? Always stocked up.

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Snacks, drinks, and treats? Got ‘em.

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They even help me save on household items like cups, bowls, and spoons. By the way, in our house sippies are like socks. I can either find the lid or the cup. Never both. Clearly, I hit up this section a lot.

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Recently I even asked Siri to help me find the closest Publix on our vacation. I needed a few “extras” and I knew I’d be better off shopping with them. Luckily, there was one down the road a bit. I needed my Letter of the Day Cookies. I mean, Maddux needed them. Either way, y’all. Either way.

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If you are expecting or have young children already, I definitely think you should take the time to sign up. I’m pretty sure I’d sign up just for the newsletter, because . Head to the Publix Baby Club page now and start reaping the rewards!

Publix provided me with product and compensation. The opinions I have shared about the products are my own.

The Impossibly Good Life + Lying to Your Child

The following post is sponsored by Skinny Cow®.

I’ve already shared that I like to take time for myself every so often, but here’s another secret: I don’t always have to be alone. Sometimes the most relaxing moments of my day are the ones when I’m hanging out with the fam.

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The only struggle with that is sharing treats and desserts. If it’s something I’m not totally into or if it’s something gargantuan, I might consider splitting it. When it’s Skinny Cow Divine Filled Chocolates, though, forget about it. Each package contains three squares of velvety milk chocolate filled with luscious caramel. Yeah. Those babies are mine.

Here’s where it gets tricky: toddlers want everything you have. Everything. If I even somewhat express interest in something, it’s his. There is only one fool-proof method to prevent this from happening. Lie. Lie until you can’t lie any more. My usual fib goes a little something like this:

“Mama, I have some?”

“Oh, no, honey. These are for grown ups.”

“Oh, YUCK!”

Is it mean? Probably. Is it genius? Of course. Honestly, this mainly works because my son knows that grown ups have to go to work. He thinks that sounds terrible. He also smelled a beer once, so he thinks grown up drinks are stinky cups of medicine. Huge parenting win, right there. Now anything labeled “grown up” is super disgusting. I’d be an idiot to not take advantage of that.

Recently, I stocked up on a few Skinny Cow® products. Along with the chocolates, I also grabbed the Vanilla Almond Crunch ice cream bars and the Creamy Iced Coffees. I’m a big fan of all of them. Oh, and you bet they are all “grown up” treats. Every single one.

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Now I can enjoy “me” time, even when I’m surrounded by the people I love. So here’s to living the impossibly good life, one white lie at a time.


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Celebrating “The Fourth”

Happy Fourth of July from our family to yours. We hope you have a great one!

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We’ll be celebrating by adding a fourth! What can I say? We take holidays seriously around here.

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Be back soon with all the details, including how annoyed the big brother is about all of this and just how addicted I am to potato chips right now. Riveting stuff, y’all. You don’t want to miss it.