Darling Little Ruffles Boutique

If you have been following my blog for a little while now, you know that I have loved to share different shops, boutiques, or places that are small businesses! I have shared a few different small shops that I have purchased items for Carter’s wardrobe, and now I have one to share on Payton’s behalf! I love looking for unique and cost effective clothing items for both kids. Now that we have a girl, it was time to build up her closet with some good stuff too! I would love to introduce you to Darling Little Ruffles clothing boutique. CLICK HERE to head right to their website!

So a little back story of course of how I found this adorable boutique. The owner of the shop Sarah, is a gal pal that I went to college with! We both majored in Therapeutic Recreation and had several classes together over the years. We actually ended up interning at the same place as well! Since then we have both gotten married and had babies. She has the sweetest little girl Evelyn, who is right around Payton’s age actually! We also use the same nutrition system each day. It has been so much fun re-connecting through all of this! Here is a little more about her and her family:

My name is Sarah (the lady behind the screen doing a little happy dance when you place an order), I am a wife and a mother of one! We are from the gorgeous state of Michigan. My hubby and I spent the last six years living in other states but Michigan kept calling for me…. there truly is no place like home.

I have a Masters Degree in Administration in Parks and Recreation, which I used at my previous position at a senior center; planning activities and trips all over the country/world for seniors. I started Darling Little Ruffles Boutique because I loved buying unique clothes from other boutiques and I wanted the opportunity to be a stay-at-home mom, but still help provide for my family. I love the uniqueness of these boutique style clothes because when I would take our daughter to daycare in Carter’s brand clothes, sometimes we would show up and another baby would have on the same outfit as her. Now with these cute and unique clothes she most likely won’t be wearing the same outfit as another little girl! Plus when we go out people are always complimenting her clothing. I hope that everyone else will love these clothes as much as I do.

https://darlinglittleruffles.com

If you ask me, I’m all about finding unique times for my kids too like I said above! I love that Sarah was able to start this boutique up with SO many cute items already, especially during quite an odd time for our country. Online shopping is growing, and this is the perfect way to get some goodies for your sweet babes too! There are so many amazing seasonal options, and more. Here are a few photos of Payton in some of the adorable clothes! And did I mention, the MOMMY AND ME SECTION!

Payton is wearing a size 12-18 months in this and she has a little bit more room to grow! Perfect size!
This is also a size 12-18 Months on Payton!

Don’t forget that when you shop small, no matter what item it may be, you’re supporting SO much more than you might think. That could be paying for extra groceries, dance classes, sports, and more. I personally love connecting with the owners as well. So many of them are stay-at-home-mamas or are even using their small shops as a second income for their families. We can all relate to wanting to provide as much as we can for our kids and family. So why not support some others that feel the same way?!

I know there are tons of amazing small shops out there. Feel free to reach out to me, and we can collaborate together! Message me and follow me on my Instagram: CLICK HERE. I’m all about supporting mamas and others who have them. Now head over to Darling Little Ruffles, to get some shopping in!

Lots of love & God Bless,

Alyssa

Coffee Filter Butterflies

Do you remember making these back in Pre-School?! I came across a pack of coffee filters in our cupboards while I was cleaning, and thought what am I supposed to do with these! We used to have a real coffee maker but now we have a Keurig. I decided that they could just go in our craft bin for now, so they would be out of the way. Then I remembered how we used to make them into butterflies with clothes pins and by painting the filters for the wings! Well we had filters, watercolor paints, and pipe cleaners to work with, and I think they turned out pretty cute!

What you need (for one butterfly, so double or triple if you’re making more!):

  • 2 Coffee Filters
  • Watercolor Paint
  • Paint Brush
  • 1 Pipe Cleaner

Directions:

  1. Peel apart the coffee filters and press them on a flat surface. They don’t need to be perfectly flat, just enough so you can start decorating them. We made ours at the kitchen table with a table cloth down for less mess!
  2. Paint the filters however you’d like! The more colors the better! Once the filter is completely covered. Take your paintbrush and paint plain water over the filters so they are pretty wet. The paint should start to spread around the filter more.
  3. Let the filters dry completely! This may take a little time.
  4. Once both filters are completely dry, start folding them accordion style! They should look like skinny rectangle strips when you’re finished folding.
  5. Place the strips on top of each other. Grab your pipe cleaner and wrap around the strips twice. Make sure you have the ends both facing up on the same side.
  6. Fan out your filters on each side, and watch your butterfly come alive! Feel free to roll the pipe cleaner antennas into spirals for fun too.
  7. Hang them up by the window, so you can really see the colors shine through!

“JUST a Stay at Home Mom”

It’s been one of those days. And I feel a little ridiculous for even saying that because I’m sure I’ve had harder days as a mom. But for some reason today hit me hard. I cried probably just as much as Payton did, and I didn’t get one single thing done on my to do list. I’ve been a little extra emotional the past couple weeks and I’m not quite sure why, but I know I’m not the only mom that can feel incredibly overwhelmed over the littlest things. I think what brought on these emotions especially today was a collection of “events” that happened.

It all started when I read an amazing article this morning that made me feel like a superhero. It was about being a stay at home mom and how we literally do everything and take care of everyone, but often don’t take the time for ourselves. It made me feel heard and I connected with the story so much. This article in particular made me feel like I am doing something right and that I shouldn’t be so hard on myself.

But then today when I was at the grocery store, some lady commented on how cute Payton was and that “I must not work since I’m at the store so early.” I commented back , “Oh yeah I don’t work, I’m just a stay at home mom.” JUST a stay at home mom. Why did I say it like that? As if it’s not hard and it’s not so incredibly tolling that sometimes I have my own mental breakdowns? And also, MIND YA BUSINESS LADY! For someone who doesn’t even know me, you’re really reading into my personal life a little too much if you ask me! But I just let it go and tried to remember everything on my grocery list instead.

I got home and for some reason Payton was not a happy girl today. Which made everything harder. I had these big plans to clean our cabin, actually finish the laundry for once, file the paperwork that’s been sitting there; my to-do list goes on. But I couldn’t. I honestly couldn’t do a single thing because she was so upset and crying so hard. I felt like I was trying everything under the sun to make her feel better but it wasn’t working. She basically exhausted herself and finally fell asleep in my arms. She didn’t seem comfortable in my arms so I laid her in her bed and thankfully she stayed asleep for a little bit.

I went into the room to check on her after about 45 minutes and accidentally kicked a package of wipes which woke her up, and made her start screaming again. It was so sad!! Literally nothing I did would help her calm down. Her cry sounded like she was in pain and I couldn’t visually see anything wrong so I knew it had to be something inside? Payton is such a happy baby and SO calm. She really only cries or fusses a little bit if she needs something. But this cry was different. I called her pediatrician, and by the sounds of Payton screaming in the background they suggested I take her to the Emergency Room. I think I went into like autopilot or something because I was pretty calm. I called my mom to let her know, and in seconds she was waiting by my car to come with me to give me support. I’m sure she knew I was worried.

We got all checked in and were in a Triage room super quick. They did a full physical on Payton and everything seemed to check out just fine! They wanted to do an X-ray just incase though so we headed back to get that done. She looked SO tiny on that big table!! They scanned her within minutes and we headed back to our room. Payton was pretty calmed down by that time and she finished some of her bottle. Shortly after our nurse came back in and said Payton just had gas backed up in her belly that would cause really anybody discomfort and pain! In my mind as happy as I was she was completely fine, I felt so silly that I brought her in for what turned out to be just gas. JUST gas! There I go again with that word “JUST.”

It took me a minute, and then I realized it. For an almost three month old baby, gas pains can feel pretty awful on her tiny tummy. So “just gas” to Payton probably felt absolutely terrible! I shouldn’t feel silly for bringing her in to get checked. And who knows it could have been something worse but because I took her to the ER like our pediatrician has told us to, we found out it was something totally fixable.

All in all, today felt so incredibly exhausting to me. I came home after picking Carter up from his Grandma’s and realized there were wet towels in the washer that would need to be “re-washed.” I came home and realized I really had no dinner planned. I came home and smelled a yucky garbage that needed to be taken out. The list goes on. But I know shouldn’t be so hard on myself. I need to realize that it’s okay, because it won’t always be like this. Sometimes I feel like I don’t really get to have or express my feelings because I never want to seem weak, and also because I care SO much about my kids that I need all my strength for them instead of myself. I’m also not always good at talking about my feelings even when I am asked. I will fully admit I had a mini mental breakdown after the kids fell asleep tonight. I just kept crying looking at our two precious children sleeping peacefully. Why was I crying? Who knows, probably hormones, but I couldn’t help it. They looked so perfect. My heart hurts because I love them so much! I just hope they always feel and know, how much I love and care for them. I may never stop worrying as a mother, but my love sure grows stronger every minute for them. I know all of my hard work for them is so worth it! Also, Jeff’s been gone all week on a hunting trip in Wisconsin. You think I’m ready for him to come home?! UM YES.

To all of those mother’s who are “just” a stay at home mom. And to all of the mother’s who are “just” a working mom. Don’t ever question your strength. We all have off days, crazy days, happy days, and more. I know I’m not the only one! We honestly have the hardest job in the world being mom’s. And while you may feel like nobody really sees your non-stop work, don’t ever question your worth. You are strong. You are wise. You are beautiful. YOU ARE A MOTHER. And you’re doing the best you can!!!

Lots of love and God Bless,

-Alyssa

Helping You and Your Toddler Transition With a New Baby

It’s been three weeks since our little Payton entered this crazy world! It has been quite the adjustment being a stay-at-home mom with two kids, but I think we are finally getting the hang of things. I will be totally honest, for the first couple weeks it was absolutely “survival mode.” As in one day Carter wanted to add some Boom Chicka Popcorn to his breakfast and I totally let him out of sleep deprivation and not wanting to start a battle with a toddler LOL. I am hoping to share some honest thoughts about becoming a mom of two, and a few tips along the way that I hope will help other moms transitioning to this experience as well.

I’ve wrote about accepting help before, and how hard it is for me to ask for it. I would love to think that I could do every single thing from the laundry, to making dinner, and to getting play time in with Carter, but with a newborn now I definitely need help. I think because my mom knows that I don’t like asking for it, sometimes she’ll just do things like come over and say “Let’s go outside, Carter!” And then the two of them will head out and have fun while I get a few things done. My mom can totally read my mind, and she knows when I’m overwhelmed. She also knows I will try SO hard to do everything myself, and end up pretty burnt out. I’m still working on it, but I’m getting better at accepting help. It helps having both sets of grandparents nearby that can take Carter for a fun day and help give him some extra attention too. All in all, TAKE THE HELP WHEN YOU CAN GET IT. You won’t regret it!

I am so happy my amazing nurse Deidra gave me some great advice about transitioning to two kids. I had asked if she had any words of wisdom for me and she mentioned something about putting your toddler first, because your newborn will be just fine waiting a few seconds longer while you grab your toddler a snack or give them a hug and kiss. I’ve realized that most of the time that’s all Carter really needs or wants; a hug and some quick attention, and then he will head right back into playing. I am so happy I received this advice prior to having Payton because I honestly had in my head that it would be ALL baby first and it would just have to be a transition for Carter. But I’ve realized that Payton is completely fine to lay in her dock-a-tot a little bit longer while I get Carter some milk and a morning snack. His emotions as a toddler are much stronger and need to be addressed right away most of the time to avoid a meltdown. Having Payton has taught him patience without a doubt, (it’s taught me some extra patience too LOL), but I’ve really seen how much it impacts him and his mood if I don’t always tend to him first. He’s learning just as much as I am each day!

If you can, have your toddler stay with his grandparents or relatives the night you come home from the hospital. I was so excited to see Carter and to be home with our baby girl, but I forgot how exhausted I was going to be. Carter was not in the mood to share mommy when we arrived home from the hospital, and he was a wreck most of the night. When I was nursing Payton, he would just sit there and cry because he couldn’t be right on me cuddling. He slept in our bed that night, and every time I was awake to feed Payton, he would just cry and cry for mommy. I was not only physically sore, but my emotions were ALL OVER THE PLACE. I went to the kitchen in the middle of the night to get a snack and just cried because I honestly felt awful that Carter was so upset. I felt like how in the world am I going to do this! I really think if we had a night to ourselves with just Payton on our first night home, it would have been very helpful.

Get outside. Not only to help tire your toddler out a little more, but it’s great for you to get some Vitamin D too! We were lucky to have Payton in the summer time, so we’ve been outside lots since she has been born. I realize you have to be a little more picky with your outside activities with a newborn since you should be sitting in the shade and not being out there in the extreme heat. But it’s totally possible to get out there with both your toddler and your newborn! We have the Uppa Baby Vista stroller, and we are in love with it. It was an awesome stroller with Carter, and a great stroller with two kiddos now too! The set came with a bassinet for the stroller, which is the perfect option for your newborn! They can safely lay in there on their backs, and rest while you tend to your toddler. I think Carter would live outside if we let him LOL, so we try to get outside and play a little each day! He is so happy when he can get outside. Our current favorite activity out there is drawing chalk roads and buildings to put his toy cars on. I can get down and play with him while Payton sleeps in the stroller. It’s been a great way to get some time in just Carter and I.

Teach your toddler how you take care of the baby. When I was nursing Payton I would tell Carter that Payton was getting milk from mommy because she was hungry. When I started pumping I said something similar about using my “pump” to get milk for Payton’s bottle. Any time Payton cries Carter says “baby cry mama,” so I explain that she doesn’t like her diaper changed or she’s hungry, etc. He’s really starting to catch on! One day he even brought me a diaper without me asking him to help. He’s doing such a good job, and I realize that some days are harder than others, but that’s just fine!

As if you aren’t sleep deprived enough, try to somewhat plan a little ahead for your toddler if you can. Even if it’s the night before or the morning of, I’ve noticed that when I can get an activity ready to go for Carter the night before, or getting up a little earlier to get breakfast going ahead of time while both kids are sleeping is very helpful. Especially when it comes to fitting in time to make Jeff’s lunch to take to work too! I sometimes use my breast pump really early in the morning, and while I do that I’ll take the time to get a few things done. It’s super helpful!

Take care of yourself too. It sounds easy, but honestly it’s harder to find time with two kiddos so it tends to get pushed to the back burner. I knew I wanted to find time to shower and soak a little to help my body heal the first couple weeks, so I tried to plan good times to do so. Sometimes when Carter was napping, or busy playing with my mom, I would make sure Payton was fed and head to take a quick shower. The alone time feels even more different when you’re a mom of two! Yes I was constantly listening for Payton to start crying or for Carter to ask for me, but it was the little bit of “me time” that I needed. I was pretty emotional the first week after having Payton, and I noticed that little time to myself was mainly for my own well-being and emotional status!

I could keep adding to this list daily! But our life is starting to become more of a routine, and I feel more confident about it each day. My body has healed really well since giving birth to Payton, and I am so thankful for that. I know how hard it is recovering after delivery, it took me a full six weeks to recover from Carter’s birth! But if you can get help from someone and getting outside are probably my two favorites on this list. We absolutely still have our little meltdowns around here, but that’s just mom life! Thanks again for catching up with the Next Play, check back again soon for more of the latest on our family of four!

Lots of love and God Bless,

Alyssa

Pregnancy Diary: Third Trimester

May 4, 2019

Hooray for being a few days into my third trimester! I think throughout my entire pregnancy I just wanted to get to that final trimester, to feel that extra sigh of relief. I have been feeling pretty good, and craving everything under the sun that’s sweet! Especially donuts for some reason.. LOL. I just keep thinking how close we keep getting to meeting our baby girl and even though I have nothing ready yet, I’m totally ready for her to be here at the same time!

May 8, 2019

Today was appointment day! I got to hear baby girl’s heartbeat which is always music to my ears. Today it was 140bpm, and lately she’s been a super active little one! The doctor said I am measuring on time, and I didn’t really have any concerns so it was a fairly quick appointment.

May 9, 2019

It’s travel day! Jeff and I are heading to Chicago tonight until Saturday for my sorority little’s wedding. It’s going to be so nice getting away just the two of us. Life has been SO busy lately, which is great! But we also don’t get much time just the two of us anymore, and that will change even more once our baby girl gets here. Besides getting all dressed up together for the wedding, I honestly would love to just lay in the hotel bed and watch Netflix together or something! We also just started Game of Thrones so maybe we will be able to watch a few episodes of that. I’m mainly excited for it to be just me and him.

May 11, 2019

We had such a nice quick trip to Chicago! The wedding we went to was absolutely beautiful and we got some much needed time just Jeff and I. I forget how important it is to get that time in with just you and your husband. For the first time in a long time, we didn’t have a toddler interrupting (ever so sweetly of course LOL) our conversations. And for all of the life changes that have happened and that are currently still happening, we finally got to chat about them just the two of us. It will obviously be different with two kids in the mix come July, but I know I need to keep our time together important too. Even if its just going for a walk together at the end of the work day, or going out to dinner every now and then.

May 12, 2019

Happy Mother’s Day! Carter and I went to church this morning. Even though we had to sit in the very back of church in the gathering area because Carter was in a mood, it still meant a lot to me that we made it to church today. I think I need to start taking notes on how to sit in church with Carter now that he is two! Around Christmastime I wrote a blog about bringing your toddler to mass, but he has changed so much in six months I think I need a new list of tips and tricks! I actually took a little more time to myself today and went shopping with my parents downstate. I left Carter at home so I could actually look around at a few things for our baby girl and for myself! It was a really nice day.

May 16, 2019

Today I headed up to work at the shop with Jeff! It’s nice when I can have Carter stay with one of his Grandmas, so I can get a little time away. I adore being a stay-at-home mom but I think any mom would agree it’s nice to get away with no kiddos sometimes even if it is for work! I enjoy getting to head up to the shop with Jeff, because I am always learning something new too.

I was actually happy that I was able to work today because we had the lovely Jeanna Trotman from NBC25 News come and film a story on our new business and our family. I think one of my favorite parts about the entire interview was seeing Jeff talk about the business. He is SO happy with it and I am just so proud of him! He has been working so hard. Attached below is the link to our interview incase you missed it! Thank you so much again Jeanna, you are such a rockstar at what you do!

https://www.facebook.com/JeannaTrotmanTV/videos/1077384595785134/UzpfSTEyMzA3OTIzOTE6MTAyMTk4NzIxMzQ0MTM2OTM/

May 21, 2019

It has been a busy week so far and it’s only Tuesday. My parents are out of town on a Caribbean cruise, (if I wasn’t pregnant I would have totally joined!!), but it feels a little quiet around here. I headed up to the shop this morning to work with Jeff for the morning before my baby appointment this afternoon.

I didn’t feel super great when I woke up this morning, but I assumed it was pregnancy and not sleeping very well lately so I just let it go. I dropped Carter off at my mother-in-law’s for the day and headed up to Oscoda. It was around 11:30 that I went to go slide my stool by the computer over, when I felt this immense amount of pain in my lower pelvic area that literally brought me to the ground. I had no idea what was going on, but I was in pain, that’s what I did know. I was glad we weren’t busy at the time so I could take my time getting back up. When I made my way up to sit down, I was all teary-eyed not only from the pain but just from the unexpected feeling that had just came. The pain honestly reminded me of my miscarriage pain, or possibly labor pain so I think that’s what made it worse and scared me. Of course a million thoughts went through my head, but I had my appointment later that day already scheduled at 1:30 so I just tried to stay calm until then.

When I got to my appointment, I still was feeling really off and it was painful to walk. I told the doctor about what happened and how I was feeling and he decided to send me over to the OB department to get checked out. With a possibility of pre-term labor, that was the best option just to be safe. So here I go back in my car to drive around to the Emergency Department to get checked in, thinking, “What in the world is going on!” I couldn’t reach my parents they were out of the country, Jeff was up at work short-handed, my sister is 2 1/2 hours away, there is no way this baby was coming that day.

Thankfully, everything checked up fine after getting a Non-Stress Test, an ultrasound, and a physical. I didn’t really get an exact answer of why that pain brought me to the ground, but I am just hoping it doesn’t happen again obviously! I was able to see the OB department as well instead of scheduling a tour, and meet one of the nurses so that gave me peace of mind for when the big day actually comes. It was a little scary earlier today, but I was just SO happy everything turned out to be fine.

May 26, 2019

Happy Sunday! We headed down to Lansing to stay with my sister for the night today. We went to the Potter Park Zoo, and got to celebrate her birthday which was really nice. I’ve been feeling good the past couple days so it was nice to get out of town for the night and share a new place with Carter. I think he liked the Red Panda’s the best today, they made him laugh and he kept saying “kitty” watching them, which was too cute!

May 30, 2019

Carter got a big boy haircut today, and I can’t stop staring at him! I think it’s starting to weird him out LOL, but he just looks so much older!!

June 3, 2019

It’s finally June! Which means next month we will get to meet our baby girl. Some days I feel like this pregnancy has gone by rather slow just from worries and anxiety, but other days I look at how far we have come and it just makes me even more excited!

We have a big night tonight for Carter. I signed him up for swim lessons up in Oscoda, and they start up tonight! There are six classes over the next two weeks that will hopefully go well. He loves the water and being down on the beach so it’ll be great to get him in the water to do a little swimming and learn some new things!

Update: Tonight’s first swim class went well! We learned a new song, jumped in the pool over and over again (Carter’s favorite part), and got to see our cousin Addison who is also taking the class!

June 5, 2019

Today was appointment day! I had a baby appointment and a chiropractor appointment. It was exciting as always to hear our baby girl’s heartbeat, and see that everything is checking up good. We have our second swim class tonight so I am hoping it goes as well as the first night!

June 11, 2019

It was an amazing day with my mom and Megan! I met them downstate to go wedding dress shopping for Megan, and today did not disappoint. We almost said “Yes to the Dress” but decided to hold off for our other appointments tomorrow! Which is exactly what I did when I was shopping for mine five years ago (holy cow it’s already been five years…), and then that next day I found my dress!

We don’t get too many times just the three of us anymore, so today was really nice to just be together mommy and daughters. We ate at a pizza place in Lansing tonight that you MUST go and try if you’re ever in the area! Check it out here: http://zoobiesoldtowntavern.com/menu I would have loved to try one of their specialty cocktails or beers, but next time for sure. We have another full day of shopping tomorrow so I’m already looking forward to that!

June 12, 2019

Megan said “YES TO THE DRESS” today!!! She cried, my mom and I cried, it was absolutely awesome. Her dress is beautiful, and the whole appointment was so special. Our consultant at The Wedding Shoppe was SO helpful and sweet. She made it even more special! I cannot wait to stand by Megan’s side next June as her Matron of Honor and watch her marry the love of her life. I’m going to need a big box of tissues for all my happy tears!!!

June 13, 2019

Lately my legs have been cramping up in the middle of the night and it’s really interrupting my sleep! I remember reading about restless leg syndrome throughout my pregnancy with Carter, but never actually had it. It’s mainly in my calves, and I can’t just stretch them while laying in bed, I have to get up and walk around a little at 3:00am when it hits! I didn’t drink that much water over the past couple days because we were so busy, so I think that’s part of the reason. I’m hoping that staying hydrated will help and it won’t be a constant thing for the rest of my pregnancy.

June 16, 2019

Happy Father’s Day! We plan to spend the day outside with Jeff, and enjoy some family time just the three of us. Our Father’s Day last year was pretty emotional because it was the day we found out we had lost our baby at about 10 1/2 weeks into my pregnancy. It really makes you sit back and be SO thankful for the love and the journey with our family. It made us stronger, and brought us even closer together. Feeling our baby girl move as I write this brings tears to my eyes. God is truly SO good. I hope everyone had a great Father’s Day this year.

If you like Carter and Jeff’s hats in the picture below, check out “To: little arrows” shop!

June 17, 2019

Feeling a little extra emotional today. Click here: https://www.instagram.com/p/By0F9GMF7Jp/

June 19, 2019

We got to hear our baby girl’s heartbeat today at our appointment! It was right around the usual 150bpm. She is head down and my belly is measuring right on time!

June 22, 2019

Read all about my “Baby Sprinkle” here!

https://nextplaywithmrsj.net/2019/06/27/baby-girl-sprinkle/

June 25, 2019

Last night was such a rough night sleep wise! I was up from about 11:30-2:00am with pretty bad cramps. They weren’t like contractions following a pattern, but I was uncomfortable. I think they were just those darn Braxton Hicks contractions to be honest, but just a little more intense than they normally are! Waking up this morning, besides being tired, I feel normal and they haven’t continued at all. The joys of getting closer to our due date though! That’s all I kept thinking about.

July 1, 2019

IT’S THE MONTH OF OUR DUE DATE!!!

July 4, 2019

Happy 4th of July! We had a packed day today, so thankfully the weather was gorgeous. We did the parade up in Oscoda where Janis Tire is located, and had so much fun! Carter was a little sassy waiting for the parade to start but once it got going, he had a blast throwing footballs and candy to all of the people. We had a family cookout that afternoon, and just came home and relaxed after that. I was exhausted that’s for sure!

July 8, 2019

I had cramps throughout the night last night that kept me from getting a good nights sleep. They weren’t in intervals like contractions, but they definitely weren’t comfortable. I feel like our baby girl keeps teasing me! Some days I can honestly say she is going to make her arrival soon, and other days it feels like this pregnancy is going to go on for forever. But I always look back and think how grateful I am for this precious baby girl, and just try and be patient while we wait to meet her!

July 11, 2019

7:20am: It’s appointment day! I haven’t been sleeping well at all for about a week now. And when I say that I mean like barely getting any sleep at all. For how exhausted I am throughout the day, I’d think I’d sleep really well at night but that’s not the case. I feel like I’m already hitting that wall at the end of pregnancy where nothing is comfortable anymore. I am hoping that maybe at my appointment today I can see that our baby girl is making some progress towards her arrival, and that the feelings and cramps I’ve been feeling haven’t just been more Braxton Hicks contractions.

11:30am: My appointment went well and everything is looking good. I had my doctor check me to see if I was starting to make any progress towards labor too. I’m about two centimeters dilated right now. It’s a start!

July 13, 2019

I was able to get away this afternoon to go to 4:00pm mass by myself while my parents watched Carter. I take Carter to church sometimes, but it was nice to be able to just go by myself and be in the moment more for a change! It was a very nice mass and I lit a prayer candle after for our baby girl and our family. I may have added to bringing our baby girl into the world sooner than later to my prayer too, LOL. But what was REALLY spiritual and emotional, was what happened as I walked out into the gathering space. Most people had already rushed out of church it seemed like, so I was pretty much one of the last ones there! I was able to see our priest Father Charlie for a quick greeting, and he actually put his hand on my pregnant belly and my head to say a blessing over our baby girl and this pregnancy. I can’t even explain how much I needed that. It was one of those moments that you didn’t know you needed but once it happens it’s just like WOAH. I of course could have started sobbing but kept it together and just had tears in my eyes. The words he used about meeting our baby girl, and God being there every step of the way was absolutely beautiful. I will definitely remember this moment and always cherish it!

July 16, 2019

I went to the chiropractor today. I love getting adjusted! My chiropractor said that my pelvis and everything is in line, and ready for labor. She’s hoping within a week I have our baby girl just based on my alignment! She says I’m totally ready. AHH! Okay then baby girl, come on out!!

July 18, 2019

Another appointment day! Everything is still looking good, I haven’t really made much progress dilation wise since last week so that was kind of a bummer. But! She will come when she’s ready, (HOPEFULLY SOON!!).

I think I am going to end my third trimester diary with everyone right here! It’s been so much fun keeping track of my emotions and adventures throughout this pregnancy and especially during my last trimester. We are so hoping we get to meet our baby girl soon. Thank you again for the support and prayers throughout this entire pregnancy journey for us! God is so good and we really appreciate it! My next big blog post will hopefully be our birth story of our beautiful baby girl. We are SO ready!

Lots of love and God Bless,

Alyssa

Baby Girl Sprinkle

Every good and perfect gift is from above.” James 1:17

I remember when we lived in Green Bay, I attended a few of our friends baby “sprinkles” when their second baby on the way was a different gender. I love the idea, because it’s a great way to celebrate the baby on the way and help get the mommy-to-be extra prepared for their arrival! Plus let’s be honest, it’s another fun reason to get together with your girlfriends and have some yummy food!

It was a beautiful sunny day. My mom surprised me with the sweetest baby sprinkle this past weekend, and I knew I loved the color pink before but I think I love it on a whole new level now! I knew I wanted to share some more pictures from the party. With baby girl on the way, (a little less than five weeks to go), it was the perfect time to celebrate her. Instead of having a huge shower, it was just a small brunch with so many yummy sweet treats and lots of love shared for our baby girl.

I thought it was just going to be a small gathering with my mom and a few of her close friends, but I was totally wrong! About twenty minutes into the sprinkle, we had all just sat down with our plates of food and I heard the front door open. My dad was watching Carter next door at our cabin, so I just assumed it was the two of them coming over to play in my parents basement, or because Carter wanted his mommy. So with that being said, I didn’t just whip my head around to see who it was right away. Then all of a sudden I hear this VERY familiar “hi!” and my stomach like dropped. I turn around and it’s my four best friends literally walking into my parents’ house to surprise me!!! I can’t even explain the emotions that overcame me! I was so surprised and excited, and also just feeling so beyond grateful and blessed that God brought these amazing women into my life years ago.

This pregnancy has brought more emotions than I could have ever imagined, and some days were pretty hard for me. The anxiety was the main thing, and there were days I didn’t feel like I even had control over it. I kept trying to figure out a weekend to get downstate to be with my girlfriends, but it was a busy late winter and spring for us. There never seemed to be a weekend that worked for all of us to just see each other and get some much needed girl time in. So to have them pull off this surprise to come up and see me, was the absolute best. I think we all laughed, cried, and hugged several times, which was much needed! We ate lots of food, and Carter even came over to help open some presents. Our baby girl’s closet is completely full now that’s for sure!

I definitely feel even more ready for our baby girl to make her arrival now. I received so many thoughtful and heartfelt gifts! I know I have a little longer to go, but July is only a couple days away so I am counting down the days until she will be full term! We are forever grateful for the prayers and support we have received throughout this pregnancy! And thank you so much to everyone who has followed our journey! I am excited to continue sharing more.

Lots of love and God Bless,

-Alyssa

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