Annabelle Joy

March 20, 2017

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She's here! Annabelle Joy joined our family on March 15th at 2:20 a.m. weighing 8 lbs 12 oz and 20 and 1/2 inches long. We are in love with our little Belle. I'll be back to blogging soon, but in the meantime, you can catch our adventures over on Instagram at @girlintheredshoes.

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Still Pregnant....

March 13, 2017

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Well, I've never been this pregnant. 40 weeks + 1 day. And I didn't get my record of having 3 babies all born on their due date. Sad face.

But really, it's fine. I'm feeling good and everyone in my house is starting to feel better (we've ALL been sick!). I'm off to the midwife today to get my membranes stripped (yikes!) and have a non-stress test and fluid level check. So wish me luck! I know this little lady is worth the wait....but if she could hurry up and come this week, that would be fabulous!

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Thoughts on having TWO Girls....

March 1, 2017

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I'm having the hardest time writing this post.....because I can't find the words to describe how I'm feeling (hello pregnancy hormones!) I hope someone out there understands what I'm trying to say.

When I was pregnant with Sadie we opted to not find out the gender until the big day. I often wondered what it would be like to have two boys.....would my relationship with Hudson change? I knew it would on some level but he was my little boy, and would having another boy change our special bond? 

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When Sadie was born obviously my relationship with Hudson changed....he was no longer the baby of the family and he had to share his time with mommy with his sister. But he's still my main man. My favorite boy in the whole world. Similarly, Sadie is my main girl...and my favorite little girl in the whole world. So what I'm wondering is this: how will my relationship with Sadie change once her little sister arrives?

How will I make each girl feel special? Does that make sense? Having one boy and one girl, our relationships are similar, but different at the same time. And I think because I am SO CLOSE with my mom, it's hard for me to imagine having TWO girls. 

So am I crazy? I hope not. 

I'd love to hear from moms of two of the same gender how they figured things out. I'd especially love to hear from those of you who have three kids like me, where one is the opposite gender from the other two. 

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I mean, obviously Sadie is so over me that it won't be a problem, right? Ha. 

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Pregnancy #3 this and that.....

February 22, 2017

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Here we are. I blinked and it happened. 37 and a half weeks. Holy cow. 

The idea that we are going to have 3 kids ages 4 and under in less than three weeks is mind boggling! We are ready, but we aren't. And I realized that I've done a pretty bad job of documenting this pregnancy. I've just been so busy trying to keep up with Hudson and Sadie and trying to take care of myself. I'm sure baby girl will forgive me. I'll do my best to make her a baby book......while I try to finish her sister's too. #worstmomever #notreally

For the most part I have been feeling really great, and for that I am so thankful. With Sadie I had the worst hip pain from weeks 33-37 and it was difficult for me to walk. I am SO glad that didn't happen this time! I can feel my hips loosening and have back pain at the end of the day but it's NOTHING like last time. Insert all the praise hands here. 

Also, like last time, I haven't been keeping track of my weight gain. I know it's more than Hudson (I gained about 26 pounds with him and felt great the entire time....I also walked on the treadmill during my lunch break every day and walked Wrigley in the evenings. Overachiever right there.) With Sadie and with this baby it has been harder to work out....but I am chasing after two little kids and CONSTANTLY cleaning up some kind of I'm rarely sitting down. But I can tell I've gained a little more this time. #ohwell

I'm the least anxious about the delivery this time too! I'm going for VBAC #2 after a wonderful experience with Sadie. This baby girl is head down (yay!) so we are on track to have another VBAC. If you are new here, you can read about why I chose to have a VBAC here and my comparison between c-seciton and VBAC here. I'm at an even lower risk for complications this time around since I've already had one successful VBAC. If you have any questions please let me know...I'm happy to share more of my experience with you! I would choose a VBAC a million times over having a c-section. 

Earlier this week I had contractions on and off for about two hours....and not gonna lie, it brought ALL the painful contraction memories back! I think I had a mind block up about it....but those contractions reminded me of how terrible it was. So I'm sort of dreading that part. The part that comes after the epidural I know I can handle! What can I say? I have a low tolerance for pain. It's a red head thing. 

We are pretty much set to go other than a few little things I need to pick up. This by far has been the easiest baby to prepare for because we already have a lot of girl clothes, my friends stocked us up on diapers, and we already have all the baby gear! We just need to put the finishing touches on her room, figure out the baby monitor situation, and install her car seat! Oh, and get Hudson to sleep through the night. But that's another blog post for another day. 

So March 12, here we come! Both Hudson and Sadie were born on their due dates so I'm going for 3 for 3 and hoping to have her then. But I won't be too mad if she comes a little early. Just don't come late baby girl!

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My Little Valentine

February 14, 2017

This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of OshKosh B’gosh; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

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You guys. Having a girl is so much fun. Especially during Valentine's Day! Because give me ALL THE HEART THINGS. 

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And Sadie is loving all the hearts too! She points to her outfits and says "hert! hert!". I seriously am already excited for next year when I have two girls to dress up! Because Hudson? He's not digging the hearts....unless they are in the form of candy. 

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Not gonna lie, I had to bribe Sadie with some chocolate chip cookies for these photos......

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It seems like I blinked and she turned in to a big girl! Love this little Valentine of mine. 

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This year for Valentine's Day we are eating some festive donuts, going to a friend's house to play, and making dinner together for a fun "date night" in with the kids.  I seriously cannot wait! What are your plans for Valentine's Day?

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Doesn't Hudson's preschool farmhouse make the perfect Valentine's Day backdrop? Good thing I'll be taking a kid here for the next 5 years! (holy cow)

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My go-to this year for the cutest Valentine's Day outfits was OshKosh B’gosh! They never disappoint and are truly one of our favorite brands. I mean....look at her shoes! I'm dead from the cute.

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And I want her heart t-shirt in my size. I even ordered it a little big so she can wear it for a long time! Also, Sadie is all about jumping lately. Whatever you want sweet girl!

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You can find these adorable clothes online or at an OshKosh b'gosh store near you. 

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Right now you can save 20% off $40+ purchase online with code: OKBG3273 or in store with code: 036643

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OshKosh is also running a giveaway! 5 lucky winners will receive a $100 gift card! All you have to do is share a photo of you Valentine’s Day date night activity with your kid on Instagram or Twitter using the #bgoshbeminegiveaway. It is not required for the kids to be wearing OshKosh to be eligible to win. Need some date night outfit ideas? Visit the OshKosh Valentine’s Day Pinterest board for ideas.

Happy Valentine's Day!

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Sadie Room Tour

February 8, 2017

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It only took me a year....but Sadie's room is finally done! It was about 75% finished for a long time.....but for some reason I just couldn't finish it. This room was the hardest for me....and I think it's because of the pink walls. Don't get me wrong, I love the pink. But I think it made the room harder to decorate for some reason. Baby girl's room is grey and has been SO MUCH EASIER. Anyway, it wasn't until my mom came home from a shopping trip to HomeGoods declaring she found the PERFECT curtains for Sadie's room. We had been back and fourth for months about what to do about her curtains. We wanted something soft and light, but we just couldn't find it. But waiting paid off and they are darling! Needless to say, her room turned out absolutely adorable and absolutely her. And I just love it so much. 

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Sadie aways has to have all her "kikis" in her bed!

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Floral Blanket: Dwell Darling
Shelf: Home Depot
Curtains: DKNY from HomeGoods
Dresser: Ikea
Lamp: Target
Mirror: Target
Gold Wire Bookcase: Vintage
Floral Dear Canvas: Hobby Lobby
Aarow bow holder: Target
Gold S: HomeGoods
Flower garland: Aidie's Hideaway
Love Her Forever: Hobby Lobby
Mint Chairs: Target
Pink Table: Target
Glitter Sadie Sign: Sweet Orange Fox

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