Bumpdate: Week 24

Here it is - my final pregnancy update of 2013!  I've got 45 more minutes to type and post this before we ring in the new year!  (Crazy NYE plans, right?!)  It's so crazy that 2014 will bring a second baby to our little family of three.  Even crazier that there are only about 15 weeks remaining until that happens!  And even crazier that I've been in my second trimester for ten whole weeks now and the third is only about a month away!  Nonetheless, I'm ready for the next 15ish weeks and look forward to the amazing year ahead!

How Far Along: 24 weeks

Size of Baby: ~12 inches, just over a pound; the size of an ear of corn

Gender: BOY

Weight Gain: Yikes...I've eaten so much lately with the holidays and all.  I'm already dreading getting on that scale at my doctor's appointment on Friday...

Food Cravings: Nothing specific, but lots of sweets and desserts.

Food Aversions: Still not in the cooking-mood, but nothing has been a true aversion.

Movement: Feeling my stomach jump and thump from the outside.

Sleep: Sleeping great.

Clothing: Still squeezing into my pre-prego jeggings.  Thank goodness for this one pair of jeggings...but I wear them about five days per week!  I ordered a few new pairs of maternity jeans from Old Navy...waiting on them to arrive and crossing my fingers that they work!

Other Pregnancy Symptoms: Heartburn/acid reflux was in full force for a few days around Christmas.  Pepcid and Tums, galore!  But surprisingly, I haven't felt it since!

What I Miss: Nothing specific this week.

Best Moment: Christmas was pretty fantastic.

Looking Forward To: Saying hello to 2014 later tonight!


2013: A Year-in-Review

Ever since starting this blog, I've always done some sort of a yearly recap. 

Check each one out here:

This year, after seeing my friend Katie's adorable Christmas "letter", I decided to take a slightly different approach to my 2013 recap.  Thanks for the inspiration, Katie, and I hope you don't mind me "borrowing" your cute idea! :)

And because I'm such a picture-fanatic, how about another version of 2013's year-in-review?  A slideshow of only about 137 of my favorite Instagrams from the year.  (I did another slideshow with 60, but decided 60 photos to represent 365 days just wasn't cutting it!)  Enjoy!

Happy New Year friends, family, and blog-followers!  Here's to another fantastic year ahead!

Daycare 2013

I may complain about the length of the drive to daycare to get Brantley each and every day, but in all honesty, we got pretty lucky in finding a great place for Brantley to go during the days.  Miss Stephanie was an in-home daycare recommendation from a friend and fellow co-worker who had used her for the previous five years.  Her little boy, Elijah, went to kindergarten two months after Brantley was born, so Brantley pretty much stepped in and took his spot.

Miss Stephanie ventures out with the kiddos each and every day (open gym, Monkey Bizness, Deanna Rose, the park, the movies, McDonald's, preschool, music class, and so much more).  I've never once worried about whether Brantley is being properly cared for and I know he loves friends and his time spent at Miss Stephanie's. 

One of my favorite things about Miss Stephanie is that, like myself, she takes photos galore!  I always get so excited when I get a Facebook notification at school that informs me of a tagged photo by Miss Stephanie.  If I can't spend the weekdays with my little man, getting to see a picture of him in action is the next-best thing!

For the record, I wanted to post some pictures of Brantley at daycare throughout the 2013 calendar year.  I love that he'll be able to look back on these someday and fondly remember (or not remember...he's only 1) his first full year at Miss Stephanie's.  Here's to many more years to come!