Thursday, July 17, 2014

How Do Other Bloggers Do It?

I know I shouldn’t be, but I am totally jealous of other blogs.

I read several blogs every single day and get envious of all the perfect photographs, the outfit posts, the “hauls”, and the consistent posting. Like, how do these people do it?


I know there are lots of beauty bloggers who receive PR samples and freebies, but how do the ones that don’t afford all of these products? My favorite posts to both read and write are beauty product reviews, but when I read other blogs I get discouraged. There’s no possible way I could ever afford to purchase the makeup “hauls” that these other bloggers do. It totally confuses me. 

How do these people have time to post every single day? I know some people are able to make a living off blogging and therefor generating blog content is their full time job. But, what about the others- how do they have time to generate all of this content, take photos, and write 5+ posts a week?

As a full-time working mom, I find it extremely difficult to post even once a week. I find it even harder to have time to include good quality photos or even generate blog-worthy content. Maybe I’m lacking the drive to use my weekends to create 5 posts for the upcoming week or to devote 100% of my free time to blogging, but I feel like I’m missing something.

This blog is definitely a direct reflection of my life- I posted a lot more when I was working part-time and a student, and hardly ever post now that my life has picked up. After baby comes and I’m home all day, I really hope that I can commit to blogging more frequently. For the time being I’m stuck wondering how these awesome bloggers balance it all.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

It's A Boy!

 
 
In my last post, we were eagerly anticipating finding out the gender of our baby. Last weekend the ultrasound finally came and we learned that we're having a baby boy!
 
Our whole family was hoping for a little boy, but now that we know, I'm overwhelmed with happiness.

It will be a completely new experience for us as we're used to dealing with little girls, but I'm extremely excited for the journey.
 
Just over the weekend, we received our first boy oriented gifts and it became real- there's a baby boy coming in less than 5 months! I instantly feel behind- everything I have is for a baby girl. I have a to-do list that could wrap around the world, but I'm ready to take it on!
 
A comparison: 18 weeks pregnant currently with baby boy & almost 6 years ago with baby girl.


Friday, June 20, 2014

Enjoy It. Because it's happening.



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As of today, I’m 20 weeks pregnant.
I’m starting to feel uncomfortable, my skin in terrible, I’m nauseous all the time, and I’m moody. Worst of all, I usually can’t sleep unless I’m on my stomach, and I can no longer lie on my stomach. I’ve been complaining a lot lately and feeling really tired. I must be annoying.
 
Although pregnancy hasn’t been enjoyable for me either time, I feel like this time around there’s a little voice in the back of my head telling me to shake it off and enjoy this time because it’s the last time. I’m 100% positive (and so is Chris) that this will be our last child. Three is a good number for us. We’ll each have two biological children and one step child. I’m extremely happy with three.
 
Because I know this is the last time I’ll ever do this, I feel like I should try to enjoy it a little more than I do. I should be deep into having a happy and healthy pregnancy and super excited for the baby, but the truth is that it doesn’t even feel real to me yet. We’re in the process of buying our first home (which is extremely stressful) and we don’t know the gender of this baby yet. I haven’t purchased a thing for this baby yet- not one single thing. I see other girls who aren’t as far along as me with completed nurseries and I start to panic. I feel like I'm not taking in everything I could be.
 
We find out the sex of the baby tomorrow and I'm hoping this will bring the excitement, and therefor bring the ability to let myself enjoy this temporary time in my life.
 
"Enjoy it. Because it's happening."- it really is, and I'm trying to learn to suck up the bad and embrace the good.
 
P.s. This site has the best quote photos

Saturday, June 14, 2014

November 7th 2014


We're having a baby!

It's so surreal. In less than 5 months I'll be a mom again and I cannot believe it.

The past 4 months have been absolutely insane. Everything I could have ever wanted happened all at once, and I'm thanking my lucky stars every single day for the good karma brought my way.

At the beginning of March I was hired full time at my first real grown up job. I work Monday to Friday regular daytime hours with every weekend off and even my very own desk! The best part is that Chris and I now work together. His company had an opening that he though I would be perfect for, so I applied and a week later I was in. It all happened so fast that I couldn't catch my breath.


About a month into working my new job, I started noticing how tired I was. I was stressed and emotional, but figured that was because things were really changing- we had put Holly into daycare before and after school so I was having a hard time adjusting to not seeing her as much.

There was one particular morning where I threw up and finally put the pieces together. I ran out and bought two tests which of course came up positive. We had been so busy adapting to our new life that I didn't notice I was pregnant!

It's crazy how it all worked out. At first I thought it was the worse possible timing- I just got a new job and now I have to tell them!? After I really thought about it, I realized that it truly is the best possible timing. A year after graduating, I finally have a career. I doubled my salary from my previous job which is allowing us to start saving for a house and prepare for the baby without any stress.


At 11 weeks we decided to tell our families and our girls. Everyone has been so happy and supportive, which is making the overall experience amazing. Our girls are dying to know if it's a boy or a girl (which we find out next week) and never stop talking about the baby.

I'm currently 19 weeks and so excited and antsy for this little girl or boy to make his or her arrival in 5 months!


November 7th, 2014!






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