Tuesday, April 30, 2013

My Distaste for Maternity Clothes + 20 Week Update


Hey girls!
Hope your week has gotten off to a great start!

So I have a small beef to gripe about...maternity clothes. I hate them. Other than a couple of casual pieces from Old Navy, I haven't bought many maternity clothes. A friend told me to check out Motherhood Maternity, which I have. Still not that impressed. Jessica Simpson has some cute pieces there but I can't justify paying $60 for one flippin top! I just can't. Still trying my darndest to make my pre-pregnancy clothes work...and so far so good. Kind of.

I did find the best little device for making your pre-pregnancy clothes work further into your pregnancy. It's called the Belly Belt. I found it at Motherhood Maternity and I've been using it pretty regularly to stretch my slacks for work. 

I love the maternity selection ASOS offers. BUT ordering online would require me to order several sizes since I have no idea what size to order with my body changing every day.

One of my fave style bloggers, Joanne over at Fabulously Average, has been totally rocking maternity style. She has been sporting maxi dresses and skirts, flowy tops, etc...all non-maternity. Which is smart (duh) since those are all things that can be worn post-pregnancy, as well. So I think that's my solution. Thanks, Joanne. :)

OK...I'm done. Thanks for letting me complain about my current first world problem. :)

Now let's get on to my 20 week update! 


20 WEEK UPDATE

Due date?
September 16th

How far along?
20 weeks + 1 day! Can't believe I'm already 5 months preggers. Time is really flying. 

How big is baby?
Baby may weigh as much as 1 pound and 10 inches long. 

Cravings?
I've been killing Dubble Bubble gum balls. The 5 seconds of flavor is so satisfying. ha! But because the dern flavor only lasts 5 seconds, I have to keep chewing fresh pieces. Then before I know it, I've chewed 10 gumballs. Sheesh. Guess I better start brushing and flossing more. Don't really have any other cravings. Food is definitely my friend right now though. Just gotta pace myself. :)

How I feel?
Great! The exhaustion has passed finally and my energy is back. I feel amazing. Just trying to get my mind right for this hot summer. Nothing like 25 extra pounds in 100 degree heat. Whew.

Showing?
Yep, she's growing every day. And so are my hips. :|

Movement?
I've been feeling the "flutters". Except instead of flutters, it feels more like a tiny, warm, firework type sensation. Once I realized that feeling was the baby, I so look forward to it. Just love my little gum drop.

Gender?
Baby Webb is a girl! Totally warming up to the idea of having a girl. Read all about the gender reveal here.

Looking forward to?
Meeting my girl. I've been thinking about her a lot lately. What she'll look like. How her personality will be. If she'll be easy going or high strung like her mama. Falling more and more in love with her every day.

Sleeping OK?
Yep, still sleeping OK. 

Next Doctor's Appointment?
May 14th

Prayer Requests?
Traveling grace in May - taking 2 trips for work and 1 family trip to Florida for Memorial Day. Also, we'll be moving into our home in a couple of weeks. Sooo excited about that - just really hoping for a smooth transition. I know things will be fine. Lastly, of course, for me and my baby girl - just for a continued healthy pregnancy. Thank you, loves. ;)



.:: Details ::.
denim jacket & striped dress: GAP Outlet
shoes: Old Navy
belt: Target
necklace: Francesca's Collections
watch: MK

Linking up with:
Random Wednesday @ Because Shanna Said So
Whatever Whenever Wednesday @ Rolled Up Pretty

Monday, April 22, 2013

Annual Girls' Weekend


Happy Monday, y'all!
How was your weekend?

Mine was fab & TONS of fun!
Last year, me and 3 of my girlfriends (Beth, Vanja & Darragh) decided to meet in Nashville for a girls' weekend getaway. We had so much fun that we decided to make it an annual affair. 

Because I'm expecting and me and hubby just bought our first home, I convinced the ladies to travel to Texas for this year's weekend trip. We eventually settled on Austin. Beth and I are here in Dallas, Darragh had to travel from Atlanta and Vanja from Memphis. Darragh and Vanja arrived in Dallas early on Friday morning then we got on the road for the 3-hour trip to Austin. 


The view of the Austin skyline from our room at the Hilton Austin.


After checking in and getting settled, I mentioned that I had a craving for a cupcake...but not just any cupcake...a lemon cupcake. :) So we set out to find a nearby bakery. The goal was to find a place we could walk to and we came across Hey Cupcake! downtown. According to the GPS, Hey Cupcake! was about a mile walk from our hotel. It was a gorgeous day so we decided to make the walk...except a mile walk turned out to be about 4 miles. Yes, 4 miles. Stupid GPS. It felt like the longest walk ever but we made it. 


As a reward for the long walk, I decided to get 2 cupcakes. haha!


A walk back to the hotel was pretty much out of the question at that point, so we decided to hail a pedicab. Our "driver" had locks and a bare chest...I seriously love how everyone in Austin is so chill and laid back. 




 After our ride back to the hotel, we freshened up and headed out for massages. I had the most relaxing full body 1-hour prenatal massage. I felt AMAZING afterward! 

After massages, we decided to go for burgers and had the best burgers at a spot called Wholly Cow.


Day 2 started with a yummy breakfast at Magnolia Cafe then we got back on the road and headed north to San Marcos for some outlet mall shopping.




A shopping trip just isn't complete without a Starbucks break. Love Starbucks.


Beth couldn't wait to get to the Tory Burch outlet store but was a little disappointed at the selection. She made up for it at the Coach outlet, though. :)


After a little (or maybe a lot) of shopping, we headed back toward Austin for MORE shopping at an outdoor mall called The Domain. 


But before round 2 of shopping, we stopped at Kona Grill for sushi and drinks. Of course, that meant cooked rolls and water for me but I still enjoyed it. :)


After sushi, we hit the pavement for round 2 of shopping.


Came across these adorable floral print oxfords at Forever 21. I didn't buy them but thought they were super cute.


Here's my damage from the day! 


We rested up a bit, then got dressed for dinner & karaoke. Seriously...how hot are these girls?!


We slept in on Sunday before getting on the road to head back to Dallas. What is a road trip without breakfast at Cracker Barrel?? Loveee Cracker Barrel! 


After breakfast, we stopped at yet ANOTHER outlet mall in Round Rock before heading home and made a quick pit stop for gas and a DQ blizzard before finally getting back to Dallas.

 As you can see, girls' weekend consisted of food and more food and shopping, shopping, and more shopping. And TONS of randomness and laughs. 

I consider this my last hoo-rah before Baby Girl Webb comes so I totally tried to make the most of my time away. I already miss my girls and can't wait for next year's trip to Savannah!

Linking up with:
Weekend Shenanigans @ Sami's Shenanigans
Random Wednesday @ Because Shanna Said So

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

We're having a...?


I always knew that I wanted to have a gender reveal party if/when I got pregnant with my first baby. Between Pinterest and Etsy, there are SO many great reveal party theme ideas out there....so many. We decided to have the party at my parents' house since we're sort of in transition. Because of that, I knew I didn't want to have a big party with lots of people...just something small and simple with family.

I found the cutest Trucks or Tiaras reveal invitation on Etsy and decided to go with that. Other than a little $3.99 tiara and $5.99 truck from Walmart that I placed near the punch, I didn't go too crazy with the theme.


While picking up some of the food for the party, I found the most amazing white roses at Costco the night before the party for $16.99. Yes, 2 DOZEN roses for under $20. Gotta love Costco!



I decided to go with my all-time favorite dessert, cupcakes, to reveal our baby's gender. So we ordered 2 dozen cupcakes from our "cupcake lady" and friend, Virginia. 1 dozen of the cupcakes had question marks on them and only 1 of the 12 held the secret to the baby's gender...filled with blue or pink filling.


I also found this cute little banner on Etsy. I could've made it myself but just couldn't find the motivation to be crafty. Etsy saved the day...as always. 


I decided on a simple menu (not pictured): bacon wrapped prawns and spinach stuffed ravioli (both frozen from Costco), my mom's yummy seafood pasta salad, wings from Wingstop, fresh strawberries and Nutella fruit dip. And of course, the cupcakes!


I asked our guests to wear pink if they were rooting for Baby Webb to be a girl and blue for a boy. Even though I had a preference, I thought it would be appropriate for the 3 of us to be gender neutral and sport both colors. :)


This is one of many "moments" Kendall had that day. Oh, my special little stepdaughter. ;)


Hubby REALLY enjoying his wings! haha!


My cousin, Sharonda, and friend, Kim.


After everyone's bellies were full, we played an Old Wives' Tales trivia game. 


My mom's friend, Victoria, and Kim's hubby, Willie.


My mom is so serious. :)


And hubby's mom. As you can see, they were both rooting for Team Blue!


Going through the answers to the trivia questions.


Based on their gender preferences and the results of the trivia game, we asked everyone to cast their votes.


8 votes for a boy and 4 votes for a girl!


My cute little nephew, Dominick, and friend.


We handed out the cupcakes and we all dug in. Mine was empty in the middle.Can you tell I was enjoying the cupcake, though? :)


Suddenly there was a yell...and I looked over to find Willie holding THE cupcake...with PINK FILLING! Aahhhhhhhhh!


So folks...we're having a GIRL!



I'm still trying to wrap my brain around having a little girl. It's all still so surreal. And it's still kinda weird to refer to her as "her" or "she" instead of "it" or just "the baby". 

I'm honestly a little nervous. Girls are soooo dramatic...and I know this because I'm a girl and I'm dramatic. And I have a stepdaughter who takes drama to a whole new level. I'm nervous about the responsibility of raising her up in a world that is so dark and broken. Nervous about making sure she knows how valuable and precious she is to me and her dad and, most ultimately, to the Lord who used us to create her. But I know I need to give all of that to the Lord. And remember that He has equipped me up until this point and will continue to equip me with the things I will need to raise her up His way. 

What a blessing and a privilege all of this is. I'm just so excited. And thankful for this season of my life. 


xo,


Lovely party pictures by my talented friend, Kim, who blogs over at Team Howard: Life Behind the Lens. Looking for a photographer for your next event? Check her and her hubby out here.


Linking up with:
Random Wednesday @ Because Shannon Said So
Whatever Whenever Wednesday @ Rolled Up Pretty

Friday, April 12, 2013

High Five for Friday


Hey there!
It's Friday, y'all! Thank GOD!
It's been a long but GREAT week for me....allow me to share my top 5 highs of the week.


#1. 12th times a charm! Woo hoo! After searching high and low for a house the past 2 months...and 12 offers later (yes, TWELVE), we have a house! Trying to gear up for the not-so-fun stuff...coughing up lots of money, inspection, closing, etc, etc. But we're excited to get in and get settled. Yay! More to come on that. And maybe even some before and after home projects here on the blog. Can't wait. :)

#2. Had an OB appointment today and got to see our growing baby. Based on the sonogram, Baby Webb is healthy and growing as he/she should. We're having a gender reveal party tomorrow afternoon with family. The anticipation is growing. Glad I only have to wait 1 day to find out the gender...I don't think I could've made it longer than that. Look for a post next week on Baby Webb's gender and all the fun details of the reveal party.  

#3. Still wearing my pre-pregnancy clothes. For some reason, this is somewhat of a victory for me. Maternity clothes aren't that fun (or affordable in most cases) so I'm going to ride this wave as long as I can.

#4. Ran out and got a much needed mani/pedi at lunch today. The nail tech told me I had nice nail beds. First time I've ever been complimented on my...nail beds. :) I'll take it, though. 

#5. It's been a blissful week in marriage land. Hubby and I started this pregnancy on a pretty rough note, but with prayer and lots of encouragement from the community around us, things are looking up. Now for a truth moment: I can be very controlling and demeaning sometimes, which doesn't work well with husbands...or anyone for that matter. But I'm learning, you guys. One day at a time. And I'm thankful for a guy who loves me despite my uber irritatingly controlling nature.

P.S. How cute is that picture of him? Sooo cute. He has the best smile!

So tell me...how was your week?

xo,

Linking up with Lauren for High Five for Friday.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Project 52 | Week 14: What is a friend?


What is a friend? 
According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, a friend is one attached to another by affection or esteem.

I was encouraged this week by David and Jonathan's affection and esteem for one other in 1 Samuel. Two very important aspects of friendship stood out to me while reading about David and Jonathan:

1. A friend is someone who will give you the shirt off their back when you need it.

Then Jonathan made a covenant with David, because he loved him as his own soul. And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was on him and gave it to David, and his armor, and even his sword and his bow and his belt. - 1 Samuel 18:3-4

2. A friend is someone who cares enough to warn you when trouble is near. One who stands up for you and, most importantly, what is right in the sight of God. 

Then Saul's anger was kindled against Jonathan, and he said to him, "You son of a perverse, rebellious woman, do I not know that you have chosen the son of Jesse to your own shame, and to the shame of your mother's nakedness? For as long as the son of Jesse lives on earth, neither you nor your kingdom shall be established. Therefore send and bring him to me, for he shall surely die." Then Jonathan answered Saul his father, "Why should he be put to death? What has he done?" But Saul hurled his spear at him to strike him. So Jonathan knew that his father was determined to put David to death. And Jonathan rose from the table in fierce anger and ate no food the second day of the month, for he was grieved by David, because his father had disgraced him. - 1 Samuel 20:3-34

The next morning Jonathan went to David to confirm and warn him that Saul was definitely after him. I so admire Jonathan's love for David...so much so that he was willing to put his own neck on the line to warn David of the potential harm that was to come.

I have been fortunate over the years to develop some pretty amazing friendships. Real friends who would give me the shirt off their back and who care enough to warn me when danger is near...among other things. And for that, I'm grateful. 


I love these people. And I desire to be the friend to them that Jonathan was to David and vice versa.


Wanna know more about my Project 52 challenge?
Read more about it herehere here.


xo,

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Bold Stripes


Eeeeeek!
My first style/fashion post in nearly 2 months!
Too bad I was in a rush and had to take the pics inside.
So sorry for the bad picture quality, gals.
Hopefully you get the idea. :)

Any hoo, I was super excited when eShakti contacted me back in December to sample one of their items. eShakti is an online store that offers custom ladies apparel. By custom, I mean that you can actually enter your measurements and they customize the size/fit of the item to perfectly fit your body. And I just love the vintage flair of their line. 

I decided to go out on a limb and pick a skirt. Me and skirts normally don't get along well. My waist is pretty small but I have a large behind, hips and thighs, so skirts are often a challenge for me. I picked this particular skirt because of the bold stripes. Love bold stripes. And the red & cream is so pretty for spring.

The skirt was delivered back in January so I knew I needed to wear it...and SOON. I'm just about at the point where I'm going to have to start buying a few maternity pieces but I'm hanging on to my regular clothes for as long as I can, y'all. I tried this beauty on last week and, because of the small elastic strip along the back of the skirt, it fit very comfortably over my 16 week baby bump. 

I wore it to church on Easter and got a TON of compliments!
Yay for pretty customizable clothing!

.:: Details ::.
top: H&M
skirt: c/o eShakti
heels: Nine West
necklace: Anthropologie


xo,
Linking up with:
Random Wednesday @ Because Shanna Said So
Whatever Whenever Wednesday @ Rolled Up Pretty

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