Archive for : July, 2015
It’s happened. At 7:55am today, our little love muffin turned THREE YEARS OLD. It is beyond crazy to think how quickly time flies.
The amazing photographer (and even more amazing friend) Kristen Cook took these sweet pictures of my family while we were in NY. Side note: Look up Ashley Brown Photography if you’re in the Upstate NY area…you will not regret it! We had a hot day, about 20 minutes, and 3 combined children but she still managed to capture some photos that I will treasure forever. How BIG and HANDSOME is that boy!!! And this belly was 17 weeks at the time; what a difference a couple of weeks can make!
I could not feel more blessed than to have Max as my son. If you’re looking for us today, we will be hitting up the beach, eating many a cupcake, and crying. I for one, will be crying. It has already started. I am just so proud to be this boy’s Mama!
I love you to a million heart-shaped pieces, Max Joseph Trottier!
3rd Birthday Facts-
LOVES…Cars and trucks (forever, Amen!), Curious George, books & the library, Zac Brown Band (singing all of the words and dancing, included), THE BEACH, pink & purple, YouTube on the “hi-pad, “Oreos, Hershey Bars, mint chocolate chip ice cream, your family, playing with other children, popcorn, running, playing “I Spy,” picnics, and playing pretend
FAVORITE TOYS…Cars and trucks, coloring book and crayons, puzzles, Lego blocks, train table, and dinosaurs
FAVORITE BOOKS…Anything by Eric Carle, Leo Lionni, Mo Willems, or Margret & H.A. Rey or anything including cars or trucks (of course!)
FAVORITE TV SHOWS…Curious George, Doc McStuffins, Tayo the Little Bus, and Tinga Tinga
FAVORITE MOVIES…Frozen, Cars, A Turtle’s Tale, Finding Nemo, and Madagascar
FAVORITE ANIMALS…Turtles, cats, and any ocean animal
DISLIKES…When I say it’s potty time, when Mama asks you to get yourself dressed (or at least try!), trying new foods (this is a BIG one!!!), naptime, long car rides, being asked to pedal your tricycle (oh, the humanity!), getting your nails and hair cut, slides and swings
KNOWLEDGE…You use the longest and most complex sentences with quite the vocabulary bank, count to 23, identify uppercase and lowercase letters and tell what sound they make, ID shapes and number 1-10, ID many states on a map, recall so much information (even when you’ve only heard it once)…the list goes on! You is one smart cookie!
STILL WORKING ON…Holding a writing utensil correctly, cutting with scissors (ahem, I haven’t really given you much of a chance), drinking from an open cup, jumping with 2 feet, being potty trained with #2
PERSONALITY…Extremely friendly with adults and kids, frequently polite, observant, inquisitive, kind and caring, silly, loving
FAVORITE SAYINGS…”Stop being silly, Dada”…”I can’t calm down!”…”Cozy with me, Mama”…”I want ‘moak’ (milk!)”…”It’s so hard (to wait)!” “What’s this song ’bout?”
Max – because of you, we laugh constantly, You surprise us with your imagination, thoughts, and ideas everyday! I hope I never forget how perfectly your body fits with mine because, let’s face it, those days are numbered. Each and every hug and kiss mean the world to me, even if you wipe off 75% of the kisses. I will forever cherish the 3 years and almost 5 months that we had/have together with you as our only child. No matter what, always remember, you were the first. Thank you for making me a Mama. You are my sunshine, little boy. xoxo
We will take a few photos on the beach today, before we melt our faces off. I will be sure to post my big boy in his #3 t-shirt, ASAP!
Thank you for the kind post comments, emails, FB messages, etc. One week later and we remain on cloud 9 from the results of last week’s appointment. Life has been WONDERFUL!
We’ve been in Asheville, NC since Sunday. We are having a great time, but I must say, this family is donzo with traveling this summer. Packing. Unpacking. Packing. Unpacking. SO DONE! We are psyched to get home and drive no further than 25 minutes for…I don’t know…months?!
Park bench picnicking with my little love
How to keep a toddler busy in a hotel room #Legoblocks
Hubby with his flight at Wicked Weed! We also went to Sierra Nevada (which was AH-MAZ-ING) and Scott went to Oskar Blues.
Best we could do – ha!
Percentage Cooked: 48+% (for those math-challenged like myself, that’s ALMOST HALFWAY!)
Baby Size: The size of a large onion
Countdown to Baby: 20.5 weeks
Symptoms: Sciatic back pain (still pretty bad), this big ol’ belly…I’m all of a sudden feeling HUGE, more peeing, yucky skin, eye floaters at night, fatigue is kicking up a notch, and clumsiness/balance issues like woah! Hello there, doorways and corners of furniture. Sidewalks – quit surprising me!
Cravings/Aversions: Fruit, sweet tea, La Croix all day long, bagels, mint chocolate chip ice cream, and CUPCAKES! No true aversions, just not very interested in meat or plain water.
Weight Gain: 8 lbs. as of my appointment a week ago-same as at this point in my pregnancy with Max. Not too shabby. There is no longer any mistaking that I am pregnant. Being 4’11” and having nonexistent torso length will do that to a girl. Game on!
What I’m Missing: I honestly have no complaints this time around. Too thrilled to markedly miss anything at the moment.
Sleep: This has gotten a little bit better-the sleeping at night portion. I’ve been getting up about once a night for a bathroom break and waking up earlier than I’d like. Not because of discomfort, but because I can’t turn my excited brain off. I’ve been feeling like napping but this busy summer hasn’t really allowed much of that lately. <insert big ‘thumbs down’>
Related Purchases: The sleep & play from Old Navy that was in the gender reveal post and a Valentine’s Day onesie for 97 cents. I am ready to get busy shopping for newborn and 0-3 clothing as well as nursery and big boy room (for Max) decor. Trying to pace myself. Many a list are being created and added to on the daily.
May need these shirts for the boys – thanks, Kerry!
Nursery: Ideas are a-brewin’!!! :) I am Pinterest pinning like a mad woman. A gender-specific nursery is FU-UN!
Fear of the Week: Not too much, thankfully. That appointment last week gave me/us such relief for which we are incredibly grateful. A fear would be having to wait 3 more weeks for another appointment. I would like an appointment every day, pretty please! A stupid fear (more like dread)…thinking about putting together work outfits that are comfortable, functional, but professional enough with this growing bump!
Relief of the Week: There’s a HEALTHY baby BOY cookin’ in there! It’s been so fun imagining Max with a little brother, talking about names (we’re at a total standstill, but luckily, we have time!), planning a nursery, and looking at baby boy clothes. Saying HE is still a little strange but so fun!
Also, just got the call today that the baby’s quad screen came back negative, so there’s another huge relief.
–I went through Max’s newborn and 0-3 month clothing to check the inventory. Since we didn’t know if Max was going to be a girl or boy, much of this bitty clothing is yellow, orange, and green. And ducks. OHHH…the ducks! That was fine the first time around but I am ready to trade some of those ducks in for some boy-specific clothing. We barely bought anything when Max was a newborn because…duh…we were focusing on keeping the little guy (and ourselves!) alive. Also, we have been blessed with borrowing clothes from a friend of mine throughout Max’s life. I’m excited to get some itty bitty clothing of our choosing!
–I wake up often and find myself sleeping on my stomach. This BIG stomach! (How that happens, I could not tell you!) It is suggested to sleep on your side, preferably the left side, while pregnant. Sleeping on your back at this point of the game is supposedly a no-no due to putting pressure on the main vein (vena cava) that carries blood back to the heart. When I asked my beloved Dr. for suggestions, she laughed. She said to sleep however I’m comfortable, as long as I have a little bit of an incline (a regular ol’ pillow counts). We cracked up when she said that the human race would have died out by now if your sleep position was a direct indicator of pregnancy success. Ha! Phew.
-MOVEMENT! I started feeling this little munchkin at 16 weeks this time (versus 21 weeks with Max). It has been random, but seems to come right when I need it. Since our last appointment, though, this little guy has stepped it up…I get reassurance everyday now. Max has even had a chance to feel the movement. Best. Feeling. Ever.
Quotes of the Week:
Max: While pushing out his belly and lifting up his shirt. “There’s a baby in there. You have a baby and I have a baby. There are TWO babies!”
Max: “The baby is mad at you. You need to drink more water!”
Me: “My belly is getting HUGE, geez!”
Scott: “No, it isn’t? Or, yes, it is?” Haha – he wanted to badly to say the right thing!
Next up, Max is turning 3! Stop by later in the week to hear some updates on our sweet, sweet boy!
Eep! We did it! We found out this baby’s gender and we couldn’t be happier that we did! I’ll tell you more, but first – THE REVEAL (it won’t center – sorry!)…
How did we do it?
We asked the ultrasound technician to circle “BOY” or “GIRL” on the paper that I brought and then put it in our envelope. The sweet tech purposely saves the gender specific area for last so that she has little opportunity to slip. She went in the hall to make the life changing circle and placed the paper back in the envelope with ultrasound photo proof (hello, baby boy bits!). My awesome OB doesn’t want to know the gender when the parents choose not to know, so there was no way that she could’ve slipped when we met with her following the ultrasound.
We left the appointment giddy with excitement, but very much without a plan. We (ahem, I) brought the chalkboard, chalk, both pairs of shoes (boy and girl), the camera, and the tripod. We ran a couple of errands and then made our way to Daniel Island for a little photoshoot.
It was just us. It was hot and sticky and we are amateurs with our camera, at best. Somehow, though, it was completely perfect.
Scott prepared the tripod and set the camera to the timer mode where the camera takes 10 shots in a row. The rest is history!
In that moment we both thought we were going to see “GIRL” circled.
We were both shocked and relieved! A BOY! We know how to do boys! We have boy clothes and boy shoes and boy toys and MAN DO WE HAVE CARS AND TRUCKS!!! Max is going to get a built-in best friend for years to come and we could not be more thrilled!!!
It’s funny, the reactions we’ve gotten so far. A lot of people have been really supportive, especially my boy-mom friends (I’m talking to you Jenn, Jen, and Heidi!). However, many others have seemed disappointed (for themselves, for us, or both – I’m not sure?!). I wasn’t expecting this reaction! This baby will be our last and everyone assumes the perfect family of 4 includes a boy and a girl…and that is and should be every parent’s nagging desire. Did pink and purple, sparkles, bows, and fluffy dresses flash before my eyes? I’d be lying if I didn’t say “yes.” But that moment was fleeting (at best) and then, all of a sudden, all was right with the world.
Baby’s anatomy ultrasound indicated a clean bill of health (no SUA, woohoo!), no obvious red flags, and growth right at expectations. I still haven’t really gone into the beginning of this pregnancy, but let’s just say that it included weeks of bleeding that turned into months of intense worry. To see that sweet heart beating, that body moving to and fro, and all of the boxes being checked as “normal” was an enormous relief. We have prayed and prayed about this baby…it’s been a long few months. Yesterday truly was a dream-come-true kinda day.
Since finding out this baby is a BOY…so many subjects are already up for discussion. Nursery, clothing, furniture, NAMES (boys names are SO HARD for us). It is so exciting! We have been saying “he” and “his” and I haven’t felt closer to this baby. The bonding has truly just begun and I couldn’t be more grateful.
Although Max consistently said that he wanted a baby sister, he took the news extremely well! He has been talking about his little brother and has shown nothing but excitement. We are BLESSED!
Cheers to our first baby BOY #2 purchase – a sweet sleep & play outfit for less than $4. Can’t beat Old Navy.
Thanks for all of the support and for following us on this journey…again. Love you all! xoxo
Ahhh – the secret’s out!!! :)
We were dead wrong the first time around. We thought pink alllll the way! Waiting to find out Max was a BOY on delivery day was such an amazing surprise; we would never ever change that for the world. We were overwhelmed with joy and shock and it was the best feeling ever.
This time around, though, we are going to find out. Why you ask? For a different experience. To get Max prepared (he says he wants a sister 90% of the time when asked…which is a lot!). To prepare a gender specific nursery. Basically, because it feels right to do it this way, this time.
We have the big appointment this week and will be asking the Dr. or ultrasound tech to circle BOY or GIRL on the paper we bring and then put it in our envelope. That’s where the plan comes to a screeching halt. SO NOT LIKE US! Will we rip it open in the elevator? Car? At a park? When we get home? Later that night? With or without Max? In a week? In a month? AHHHH! The possibilities are endless (although, FAT CHANCE with the last 2 options!)!!! Will we want to share right away? In a day or so? Way later? Be less than creative (I am pretty tired). Will we come up with some photos or a video for the reveal? I am telling you…NO PLAN, PEOPLE.
So for $4 a piece at Target on clearance, I bought these adorable baby shoes to be a part of the reveal…whenever or however that may take place. Rebels with a plan, I tell you!
We got 60 votes last time, but now there are a lot more of you. C’mon with at least 100!
And in case you’re wondering…
the symptoms that are the same as I had with Max are – I am craving sweets, am clumsy, have bad skin, and the baby’s heart rate is between 150 and 160
the symptoms that are different than I had with Max are – I had nausea during the first trimester, the sciatic pain is constant
I haven’t had any gender specific dreams
I have caught myself saying “she” more than “he,” same goes for Max when he’s talking about the baby!
I have no “feeling”
I have no preference…truly. Positives and negatives are equal to me when thinking of both possibilities. HEALTHY goes without saying.
Here we go!!! What do YOU think?!
Pink or Blue?
Total Voters: 53
I’ll keep you posted. Or I won’t. No, I probably will ;) xoxo
Hey there! Our lengthy NY trip is behind us and, as of late Saturday afternoon, we are H-O-M-E! Phew!
We had an awesome time in NY, but absolutely overdid it. Some moments were relaxing and just plain wonderful, but there were many a day that our better judgment escaped us…and we later paid for it. Payment = toddler meltdowns, headaches, and lots of head shaking. CHA-ching. We were spent!
We’re talking almost 20 days away from home.
Did I mention we drove?!
With each passing year, we get a little smarter about how to approach, plan, and orchestrate the trip. With all of that said, it still knocked us on our bums and left me crying (yelling, begging?) UNCLE. Will we do it again next year, not a clue. I will not be pregnant but we will have an almost 4 year old and a 5 month old. We shall see! Thankfully, we have lots of time to figure it out.
Negative nelly attitude aside, we made many great memories with family and friends that are family by choice. We came, we conquered, and we lost some years off of our lives. All worth it!!!
Our trip to NY in numbers (get ready for a photo dump!)…
0 – Naps that were taken by Max (other than some cat naps in the car)
1 – Naps that were taken by this preggers…aka NOT ENOUGH
1 – Weddings attended
Congrats Uncle Michael and Aunt Jackie
3 – Times Max went on the kayak with Daddy
3 – States in which we slept (NY, VA, and CT)
4 – Items purchased for Max by Uncle Jon Jon at the Lego Store in NYC
4 – Times Scott went to a Brown’s Brewing Company of some sort
15 – Number of long-sleeved nights and mornings…brr!
18 – The number of cousins and friends with whom Max played (Cameron, Katie, Jacob, Ella, Austin, Aidan, Christopher, Keira, Jackson, Tyson, Jameson, Nolan, Caleb, Ava, Cali, Summer, Carson, and Caroline!) Hopefully I didn’t forget anyone!
40 – Approximately how many hours were spent in the car…and that’s only including the long drives! (3 – about the number of hours Max slept out of those 40!)
2,900 – Miles that were driven
Too many to count – Photos not taken with family and friends
1 million – Memories made with our family and friends
Saratoga Children’s Museum
Central Park Zoo in NYC
Grand Central Station
Saratoga (where Scott and I had our wedding reception 7 years ago!)
To all the family and friends that we didn’t get to see — we still love you! Come and visit us! Maybe next year! Maybe not! Love you…mean it!!!
Check back tomorrow to vote on this baby’s gender. We find out THIS WEEK! Give me 100 votes and maybe I’ll let y’all in on our little secret…hehe. I probably won’t be able to keep it from you for too, too long either way ;) xoxo
Looks like we’re doing this about every 2 weeks this time, ey?
NY lake backdrop instead of baby’s room backdrop for this week! I didn’t plan to wear the same thing as the last update. I don’t have much of a plan, really, when it comes to what I wear in these photos.
Percentage Cooked: 43+%
Baby Size: The size of a large onion
Countdown to Baby: 22.5 weeks
Symptoms: Sciatic back pain is still kickin’, a growing belly (and chest!), more peeing, and slight fatigue (but that could be because of all of the NY partying!). My face is definitely getting bigger/wider/fuller/FATTER (let’s get real).
Cravings/Aversions: Fruit, Sweet Tea, seltzer-type water and CUPCAKES! Dear Trader Joe’s gluten free cupcakes, Where have you been all of my life?! (Thanks for the introduction, Aunt Mickey!). No true aversions except that just plain water hasn’t been going down very easy.
Weight Gain: 5 lbs. so far, but expect a big jump here, folks. I’ll find out the new number next week and it ain’t gonna be pretty, because…CUPCAKES! My arse is on its way to earning its own zip code. Whatevs. People are saying that I barely look pregnant and some mornings and in some outfits, I agree. At night (after dinner) and in maternity clothes though, I feel as big as a house. Looking at myself at 17 weeks the first time, I def look larger THIS TIME.
What I’m Missing: Consistent/comfortable sleep and margaritas on hot summer nights.
Sleep: This has gotten a little bit better. I’ve been getting up about once a night for a bathroom break. I need to get back to napping when we get back to Charleston.
Related Purchases: Nothing baby or maternity related since the last post. That will change once we get back home!
Nursery: Still nothing.
Fear of the Week: Getting through 3 long days of driving over the next few days, plus 2-90 minute train rides. Max has been a trooper but this crazy, busy, and long vacation has definitely taken a toll on him (and all of us in one way or another). Looking forward to getting home over the weekend. Kid hasn’t napped since June 27th!!!
Relief of the Week: We have our BIG appointment next week and I cannot wait to see and hear this baby. And um…pink or blue, people?! I might get a poll in like last time around! Last time, 60% of y’all thought girl and 40%, boy. Most of you were wrong, just like we were – haha!
–I don’t think one friend or family member has predicted a boy so far. Everyone we saw in NY said GIRL. I have absolutely no feeling, whatsoever. None. Nada. Zippo.
–My paranoia still looms. I am hoping that after a successful appointment next week, I can really settle into this pregnancy.
-Max still seems extremely excited and has been the sweetest about the baby coming. When he’s playing with Play-Doh, he makes a family of snakes including a “baby snake” all on his own. Love that (almost 3 year old) boy!!! He still is pretty consistent and saying that he wants a baby sister.
-We are nearing the halfway point :)
Quotes of the Week: I cannot think of any baby related quotes from Scott or Max! I know there must’ve been some, but my memory is already slipping. Max called a “razor” a “rake” today when he saw it in the shower. Again, non-pregnancy related, but that was pretty cute!
The next pregnancy update will probably include the gender reveal – holy cow!!! xoxo
Click here for Week 17, the first time around!
On Saturday, Scott and I celebrated our 7 year wedding anniversary. It is hard to believe that it has been that long! Time truly flies. Scott, I wouldn’t want to be on this ride with anyone else!
A week ago, we went to the site of our wedding reception with Max, the Canfield Casino in Saratoga Springs, NY. We took photos on the same steps as we did almost 7 years before. Max thought that was pretty cool :)
We went out to dinner with 7 of our close friends in Saratoga on Friday and then met some more for drinks afterwards. It was so nostalgic and lovely. It’s something that we look forward to doing every year. (Thanks for coming, guys!!!)
On our anniversary, we went to my Uncle’s backyard wedding and reminisced (congrats, Uncle Michael and Jackie!). Here’s a pic from after the wedding…17+ weeks pregnant.
It just does not seem like it was 7 years ago! When we get home, we are going to watch our wedding video…Max will be invited to the party this year!
Happy anniversary, love!!! xoxo
Monday/Thursday at 9:40pm. Same thing, right? Sorry, folks!
We have lived in Charleston for 5 whole years, as of July 6th! I cannot believe it and yet it’s hard to imagine life before we made the best decision of our lives. Without further ado, here are my current 5 favorite things about Charleston (in no particular order)…
Sullivan’s Island is our absolute favorite local beach and where we go 85% of the time. Our favorite is Station 30 because of the short distance to the beach from street parking, how low tide brings calm and very little waves, and the view. Downfalls? No bathrooms and…that’s all that comes to mind!
At Station 30, almost a year ago when that sweet boy turned 2!
The charm of this city cannot be matched. The colorful buildings, short and stout, have such character. The church steeples, the glowing gas lanterns, the smell of the ocean water. LOVE. It is clean and full of life and I love every trip we make downtown. The coffee shops, restaurants, city market, Waterfront Park, Battery…ALL OF IT.
OH EM GEE. The food is out of control good. We cannot get enough! Our biggest struggle is that there are so many new places to try (both new and new-to-us) in mostly Downtown Charleston and Mount Pleasant, but we have a handful of solid favorites. The struggle is real! The biggest problem, really, is that our wallets are not deep enough to keep up with the food in this city. Some of our favorite places are Coleman Public House, Pearlz, Liberty Tap Room, Magnolias, and Red Drum.
The Barnyard Burger at Coleman Public House! Now I get it with a Greek Salad (instead of the french fries) and without a bun. Stupid Celiac Disease, but it’s still THE BEST!!!
Okay, so the summer is surely hot and humid. Absolutely! Guess what…I LOVE IT! We all have sweat in common, so there’s an even playing field for all humans each summer. Sure my hair doesn’t cooperate much, but summers off = beach and pool for this family, anyway! The rest of the year is glorious except for the 2ish months of true winter. And Charleston winters have NOTHING on Upstate NY (in a GOOD WAY), so no complaints there. We still have the change of seasons and wardrobes but get more sun per year than I ever saw in NY in 27 years.
Scott and his brother, Johnny, over Thanksgiving weekend 2011. Short sleeves, friends.
5. WARM FUZZIES
This place still makes my heart go pitter-patter. People are FRIENDLY and HAPPY and PROUD and OUTDOORS and LOVING LIFE! Scott and I still pinch ourselves on almost every outing saying, “We live here!” Also, my parents and 2 of our best friends from NY live here, too. BONUS! Life is good!
Also, I vow to always notice the palm tree :)
Travel & Leisure just named Charleston the #1 city in the U.S. and Canada for the 3rd year in a row! Charleston was voted #2 in the world, second to Kyoto, Japan. Condé Nast Traveler readers have voted Charleston the #1 city in the country for 4 years in a row, as well. These accolades are not in vain…THIS I promise you! I LOVE MY CITY!!!
Come and visit for the first time or tenth!