Pregnancy Summer Survival Tips


Shared this on my other blog over at Totally Christi : I think it’s worth sharing here too.

The girls were born in February and May, so this is a whole new ballgame with a September baby coming. (insert wide eyed emoji).

So tell me, what are your summer survival tips?


Wrightsville Beach Day

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I want to just pack up and move to the beach.

Luckily, we only live about 3 hours – so it’s worth a day trip to soak in the sand and ocean.

We went with my mother and father in law for a Saturday escape – it was perfect weather and tons of relaxation.

I sported a bikini with a big ol belly and didn’t feel bad at all. It’s like hello, I’m pregnant ~ I don’t think it’s as taboo as it used to be to wear bikinis while preggo – so I went with it.

We packed up the van, took a change of clothes, sunscreen, umbrellas, and beach toys – and off we went. 5 hours on the beach, a walk to the pier, jumping in the ocean, and the sun beaming made for a great day!

What’s your favorite Saturday activity?

It’s A….


Let me start off by saying, I love my husband. I especially love his face in this pic!

We are beyond excited to be adding another baby girl to our family – I mean we are used to girls by now, so it comes with ease and happiness. My husband’s first thought: weddings and hormones.

The girls and I squealed in excitement! We had our favorite bakery, Maxie B’s, whip us up some cupcakes so that we could all be surprised together. So fun and what a sweet memory to share!

baby 3 bumpdate..

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Let me update you real quick on this growing belly of mine..

We are at week 22 now! Crazy but amazing!! Over halfway! Now, I just have to survive the summer. I love summer and hot weather – so this should be interesting! Pools and beaches, I’m ready for ya!

I crave: pickles, icecream, watermelon, strawberries, and the frozen lemonade drink from Chick Fil A. I can’t even stand the look of avocados these days! I feel healthy and happy! In the beginning of this pregnancy, I lost hair but it’s coming back healthier and voluminous! I’ve gained 11 pounds, and compared to my other pregnancies – I’m cool with that!

Until next bumpdate,


Party of 5..

Our big surprise…


Coming September 2015, we will be expanding by 1!

We are beyond excited to share our journey with you as we venture into baby-hood all over again!

We found out we were expecting on January 22 and as much as we wanted to wait to share the good news, we just couldn’t. Rylee had been praying for a new baby for Christmas and her birthday so we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to tell her on her birthday! Watch her surprise reaction..

Rylee’s big Surprise!

Having a miscarriage in our past, we were a little hesitant to share the news so quickly – but then again our family and friends support helped us heal from our lost baby. We trust in God’s plan and know he has a purpose for our family so we put our children and relationship in His hands.

I have been snapping pics since we found out because this baby (#3) may not have a completed baby book, memory journal and keepsake box. When I first became a mother 8 years ago I vowed to be one of those moms that keeps up with every thing for each child – but then reality happens and that just seems almost impossible. Rylee has an extremely detailed baby book, scrap book for the first 5 years of her life, memory journal, and keepsake box. Reese, well I’m still catching up on. That doesn’t make me a bad mother, that makes me human. For moms of more than one or two out there – pour out your words of wisdom to me now as we sail the seas of all things baby all over again!!


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We have made it into what my doctor calls the “safe zone” – definitely easing our worry a bit. It may be too soon to start planning but those that know me – know that’s impossible!

::Question time::

 Was this planned? we weren’t preventing pregnancy from happening and would feel blessed if God gave us another baby.

Eating habits? Starving, I crave mashed potatoes non stop!

What do you love about being pregnant? Volume of my hair! ha, call me vain but for a girl with thin hair, I’m loving this!

#1 advice for pregnant moms? lemon water soothes morning sickness

Maternity clothes? No way, l live in dresses

Stretch marks? None with the girls, praying for none with this baby

Name ideas? keeping the letter R tradition – but nothing yet

Sleep? Crazy dreams, lots of insomnia

What I miss? Zumba and Running (had to take a first trimester break)

Aversions? Avocado and mangos

Feeling? stuck between fat and pregnant

Shout out to? my husband for constantly reminding me that I’m not fat

Let all things baby begin!