Monday, December 31, 2012

Our Year in Pictures for 2012

Last year I did a post called "Our Year in Pictures for 2011" and highlighted one picture from each month. I was able to pick some great highlights for 2011 because it was a crazy and exciting year for us! 2012 however, is harder. We had our beautiful baby girl Macyn and the girls turned another year older, but aside from that, not much happened this year. 

Below are some pictures of our year vs one from each month! 

Hope you enjoy!!!

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Christmas 2012

I'm pretty late on getting this post together but thought I'd still share a couple photos of Lakeon and I's children from Christmas! Nothing too fancy but still fun

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Lakeon's Pregnancy Journal: Week 24

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Doctor Appointments: 
Dec. 20-- Going into my appointment I had the FLU. :( So I had to wear a mask the entire time. All they did was check my weight and talk to me about how I've been feeling. They also checked baby's heartbeat which they always have a hard time finding. After 20 minutes of Brantley kicking the monitor away from my tummy, we finally got a BPM of 166.

Jan. 21-- NEXT APPOINTMENT (I take the glucose test)

Food cravings: Tomato sandwiches, chips & dip and ice cream.

Symptoms: Brantley is a very busy little boy and he's mostly active late at night. Anytime I lay my arm on my belly, he's determined to kick it away. My breast are producing a great amount of colostrum now. I've been feeling really tired this week but I still have bursts of energy where I go into super nesting mode.

Weight gain: I've gained 16 pounds so far.

(before pregnancy while standing up, it was 32 inches) 
(while lying down)Below the navel- 39.5 inches. 
(while lying down)Above the navel- 36 inches.

Sleep: A body pillow has become my best friend. It's so much easier to sleep with a pillow under my tummy and between my legs. I still get up at least once a night to use the restroom.

Chloe's thoughts: Chloe seems like she'll be very protective and maybe a little jealous. She actually told my mom that the baby can't come to her house because he needs to stay at our house, But she also said that my mom can come visit our house to see him.  I'm trying to remind Chloe that the things we are buying for baby, she once had those when she was a baby too. I even try to get her a little gift when we bring in new things for Brantley's room so she won't feel like he's getting tons of new toys and she doesn't get anything.

Comparing Pregnancies:

Friday, December 28, 2012

Hoping for a chance to review Diamond Candles!

In order to be considered for a review/giveaway you have to post about the sign ups. Diamond Candles has you fill out a form with your blog's information and its open to the first 100 bloggers. 

Diamond Candles offers soy candles in many different scents for $25 plus shipping. Each candle has a random ring inside valued at $10-$5,000. 

Fingers crossed!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Hop Along Friday 12/21

Welcome to the Hop Along Friday! We want our hop to include everyone so it is a social hop! There are tons of ways to follow blogs such as Google+, Networked Blogs, Facebook, twitter and various other options. We want everyone to link up! 

Here is what we would love for you to do. Please link up your blog and at the end of it, leave how you would like to be followed. 

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Saturday, December 15, 2012

Lakeon's Pregnancy Journal: Week 22

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Doctor Appointments: 

Food cravings: Cherry-limeade. Dr. Pepper. Salt & Vinegar chips.

Symptoms: Finally, my tummy moves all over the place when Brantley moves now. It's so fun to watch. Also, when I lay on my back, It's very painful and takes me a while to get up since he is on top of my sciatic nerve. It's a little hard to breathe when I'm sitting on the couch and I've had some slight pinching in my cervix along with some very sensitive breasts this week.

Weight gain: (If my scale is correct) I've gained 12 pounds so far.

Measurements: (while lying down)
(before pregnancy while standing up, it was 32) 
Below the navel- 38.5 inches. 
Above the navel- 35.5 inches.

Sleep: I get up one to two times during the night to use the bathroom. I can't sleep flat on my back anymore because it's painful. Besides Chloe waking me up during the night, I sleep alright as long as I lay on my sides.

Chloe's thoughts: Chloe seems very happy about a little brother now. She likes picking out toys for him at the store. 

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Hoppin' For The Holidays Giveaway Hop #HoppinHoliday

Welcome to the Hoppin’ For The Holidays Giveaway Hop hosted by MamaNYC! Christmas is fast approaching and we’re all starting to think about holiday gifts, decorating, and snuggling up under the mistletoe. We’ve all gathered together to bring our readers some amazing prizes that would surely make fantastic holiday gifts this year, so start hopping down the linky below!  This event will run from December 13-29th, which means you will have plenty of time to enter all of our giveaways.

Up for grabs on Mama's Baby Cupcakes is an Intelligender Gender Prediction Test. You can purchase these tests on their website for $28 or in local stores such as Walgreens, Babies R Us, CVS, and more!


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Intelligender Review {Sponsor Spotlight} #HoppinHoliday

IntelliGender’s Gender Prediction Test is an affordable, simple-to-use urine test that provides immediate gender results in the privacy and comfort of the home. In minutes, the IntelliGender Gender Prediction Test indicates your gender result based upon an easy to read color match.  Green indicates boy and orange indicates girl! As early as 10 weeks into your pregnancy (8 weeks post- conception)! Most women find out the sex of their baby at their 20-week sonogram as long as Baby chooses to cooperate. IntelliGender bridges the curiosity gap between conception and sonogram.

Before taking the test, make sure to read over ALL of the instructions inside of the box to get the most accurate result. The IntelliGender Prediction Test claims to be 90% accurate if all steps are followed correctly. An orange to yellow result means girl while a green result means boy.

I took the Intelligender test at 10 weeks and 1day into my pregnancy. Using my first morning urine, I collected the amount of urine needed into the syringe included in the box and slowly dispensed it into the hole on top of the cup as the instructions said. I swirled the mixture in a circular motion for 10 seconds and placed the cup on a white piece of paper. After waiting the 5 minutes, I came back to see...
a BOY result! We were so excited and couldn't wait until my ultrasound at 19 weeks so see if Intelligender had worked. After a long 9 week wait, we had an ultrasound done and found out we were having a baby...

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Hop Along Friday 12/7

Welcome to the Hop Along Friday! We want our hop to include everyone so it is a social hop! There are tons of ways to follow blogs such as Google+, Networked Blogs, Facebook, twitter and various other options. We want everyone to link up!

Here is what we would love for you to do. Please link up your blog and at the end of it, leave how you would like to be followed.

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Sunday, December 2, 2012

Lakeon's Pregnancy Journal: Week 20 & Gender Reveal

Doctor Appointments: 
Nov. 27-- We had our gender ultrasound and confirmed that we are having... A BOY!! Exactly what we all hoped for. Brantley weighs in at 11 ounces so far. All of his limbs and organs look great. He was super active and doing flips while we were trying to find out his gender. Heartbeat was 143 this time, so it slowed down A LOT compared to the last heartbeats which were 175 and 163.


Food cravings: Cherry-limeade. Dr. Pepper. Salt & Vinegar chips.

Symptoms: Brantley moves so much now, especially after 12 midnight. That must mean he will be a night owl like his sister and I. Oh no!!

Weight gain: I haven't gained or lost anything since my last appointment. So far I've gained 9 pounds for this pregnancy.

Measurements: (while lying down)
Below the navel- 36.5 inches.
Above the navel- 34 inches.

Chloe's thoughts: Chloe is very excited that she's having a brother. She can't wait until "brantwee" gets here so she can play with him. She's been practicing being a big sister with her baby doll. I must say, she does a pretty great job!

Gender prediction tests that were right:
Intelligender (at 10w1d)-[Boy]
Baking soda (at 10w)-[Boy]

No Morning sickness-[Boy]

Skull Theory-[Boy] 

Baking soda (at 13w)-[Boy]

Gender prediction tests that were wrong:
Oldest child's hairline-[Girl]
Chinese Calendar-[Girl]
High heartbeat (at 9w5d)-[Girl]
Baking soda (at 11w)-[Girl] 
Craving sweet(girl) or savory(boy)-[Girl]

Comparing Pregnancies:

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Merry Fluffy Christmas Event #FluffyXmas

I'm so very excited to be a part of this event! Merry Fluffy Christmas is in it's 3rd year and still going strong! Thanks to "And Then There Were 5" myself, along with 50+ other bloggers have teamed up to give away prize packages valued at $50+ on EACH blog. 

Smarti Pants One Size Cloth Diaper- $15
Zookiescrafts One Size Cover- $16
Cupcake Covers Cloth Wipes- $10
Smush Tush One Size Cloth Diaper- $15

Total Value: $56
Open to USA