Maternity Pictures!

If you know me, then you know I’m borderline obsessed in love with pictures!  I like pictures for special events, special people and even the mundane events (I mean, who goes to Paris and contacts a photographer for some professional pictures on vacation?! I’m pretty sure 99% of people thought I was crazy when I said we were doing that.. my husband included!) of every day life but these are pictures I will forever cherish and love!

I know I say this often, but there was a time I didn’t know if we’d have this special moment of expecting a little one and because of that, these pictures are even more special.


It was SUCH a cold morning (33 degrees!) and SO incredibly windy.  Thankfully the rain held off but the dew on the ground was beyond wet.  I envisioned red, yellow and orange leaves all over but with the weather this fall – going from 90 degree days to 40 overnight – the trees just didn’t quite turn as beautiful as they usually do.  This just seemed SO fitting with our journey, that we wouldn’t have a beautiful colorful day with warm, dry weather but we persevered and ended up getting some really good pictures!


We even almost didn’t do a second outfit because I was beyond freezing and my feet were drenched – I wore sandals since you couldn’t see my feet and I didn’t want anything too bulky underneath just in case.


Jess kept saying – I think if we don’t do any in the second outfit, you’ll regret it… and I just want to make sure you get every picture you want! I’m so glad she kept saying that! I think it’s a nice change up from our dressier outfits and I really wanted to make sure we got a picture with our sweet book!


We need to decide which ones we’ll blow up to a little bigger for the Baby’s room since I’d like a picture or two in there 🙂 Any help with which are your favorites would be great!


This was also the one photoshoot that Logan was SO cooperative during! He didn’t make any faces and kept saying “if you want to do another pose or another outfit, whatever you want!!” but I was just SO cold that it was hard to focus on staying out there longer than an hour!


The picture above was in standing water… we didn’t realize it when we walked down the hill to it and into the swamp but as soon as I went further in, I was completed sunken in ice cold water! We walked back out a little bit but anything for a good shot 🙂


Don’t mind the bruising on my arm from the glucose test! Those bruises stuck around for a little bit!



There have never been more truer words than this book…


We will always remember our journey and how hard it was to get Baby G  here and we’ll always be incredibly thankful for this opportunity to be Baby G’s parents ❤



We just ordered our Christmas cards – yes I know it’s early – and it was hard deciding on the picture to use!  We didn’t use any of these ones though so it’ll still be a surprise when people receive them after Thanksgiving!


Baby G, you are loved beyond words!

Let me know which ones are your favorites for us to put in Baby’s room – Lord knows I have a hard time making those decisions!

Photography: Jess Nolan – photographer if you’re in the Minneapolis area!


31 Weeks Bumpdate

Excuse the no filter, no makeup, just rode in a car for 5 hours with no shower bump picture 😊 Also we take my bump pictures on Fridays so this picture is from last week (even though tomorrow I’ll be 32 weeks!).

Only a few more weeks of these updates – well more than a few – since we’re almost to the home stretch! The biggest obstacle this week?! Telling everyone they have to get a flu shot if they want to see or hold the Baby! We haven’t told friends yet but we started to tell family and while most understand and have already gotten it for us – some aren’t so thrilled… Sorry but we are definitely going to be those parents in the beginning! The docs say the flu is going to be pretty bad this year so we need all the protection we can get for Baby G to stay healthy!  Did any of you have to do this?!

Moving on to our bumpdate and all the info!

How Far Along? 31 weeks!

Size of Baby:
 A bunch of asparagus 🙂

 Dying to find out!! We’re waiting and still have another 8.5 weeks but I can’t wait to see if we have a Baby Boy or Baby Girl!

Weight Gain: 
I’m up 25 pounds (at least at my 28 week appointment, I was!). I was hoping I’d only gain the recommended 25-30 pounds but have a feeling I’ll be a bit over since I still have a bit to go!

Maternity Clothes:
 I’m wearing both maternity and non-maternity still! Pant wise.. give me all the maternity leggings and jeans! But dress wise.. most are non-maternity! I have a few maternity tops (like the one I wore in the last life lately post) but thankfully I can still wear a lot of my non-maternity tops since I never wore too fitted of tops!

The crib is up!! I repeat.. the crib is up! We had our carpets cleaned last week so we could finally start doing more in the nursery! Logan put the crib up last Sunday and now we’re just waiting to order our glider and dresser to figure out where I want things to go! I’m such a visual person so I need to see it before I decide (something Logan hates!).

 Baby G is moving around like crazy! Some days  more than others but almost always at night. Baby moves and more than just kicks but full ripple effects 🙂 It would be SO interesting to see what Baby looks like while he/she is doing all those  movements since at our 19 week ultrasound, Baby didn’t move a whole lot! I love feeling it though – it’s like Oh hi Baby G! 🙂

 Thankfully my heartburn has been a bit more under control thanks to the Doc prescribing me some meds to help! But I’m hoping it means Baby will have lots of hair! Logan and I were pretty much bald so it’ll be interesting to see what Baby comes out with! I’m exhausted almost always and have to pee every 10  minutes but other than that I’m doing good with no symptoms! Still feeling good so that’s been nice!

 I’ve been sleeping pretty good… weird dreams galore but otherwise pretty good! Thankfully I’ve learned to like my Snoogle pregnancy pillow – not quite at LOVE yet but I like it and it’s been more comfy for my hips when I use it! I still get up to pee all the time but Logan and I switched sides of the bed (begrudgingly but since I was so sick that one week, I agreed to get to the toilet faster!) so it’s been easier to get to the bathroom to pee! I’m happy if I only get up twice!

Cravings: I haven’t really had any cravings where I was like “I HAVE to have it!!” but I still do love sweets and pizza! Thankfully I haven’t had any weird ones either because I’m not sure I could handle that! haha!

What I Miss: Hmm I miss sleeping on my back!! OH my, does it feel good when I lay on my back for even 2 seconds before rolling back over to my side.  I miss wearing a lot of my clothes that I love for fall. I miss caffeine – and a good cold sub sandwich! But I’d give up anything for this baby so I’m good! And honestly, since I passed my glucose test, I’m more than happy to give up anything else (aside from all sugar!) 🙂

Best Moment This Week:
 My baby shower with my in-laws was pretty great! And seeing the crib in the nursery! It still feels SO surreal but slowly it’s feeling more real!  We also finished our birthing classes this week which is crazy! I know not everyone does these but they definitely made us feel more knowledgeable and I’m all about the more I know.. the better!

Looking Forward To:
 Getting the nursery together! And also having NO plans until Baby is here! I mean, we have a few things here and there but nothing that we’re traveling too far for or for too long! I’m excited to relax and start getting the nursery more put together little by little!

I can’t believe that I’m 32 weeks tomorrow which means after that it’ll be less than 8 weeks – haha! Thank you all for following along over all these weeks and for all your support! I truly am so thankful for this experience and definitely am not taking any of it for granted!


Life Lately!

It has been a whirlwind… we finally have time at home with NO PLANS since June and I can’t wait to just relax!

Want to know what we’ve been up to lately?!

A few weekends ago, we had our maternity pictures taken by Jess Nolan and even though it was a whopping 33 degrees out and freeezing (it was at 8 in the morning keep in mind since we had other plans that day!), I think we’ll get some good ones! Here’s the preview we received 🙂



We got our pictures back Tuesday night this week and oh my gosh do we love them?! I’ll be sharing them next week on this space so be ready 😍

After our pictures, we headed back to Wisconsin for a wedding!


So good to see them all! 🙂

I have known Derek for probably close to 20 years as family friends!


The cakes… oh my… were those good!!


The bride’s Mom made all of these!! Aren’t they amazing?!

Such a fun night getting together with family!


Clearly the groom looks thrilled with more pictures 🙂 HA!


Sister… Sister! 

Last weekend, while in Oshkosh we headed to Little Farmer – which is a cute little apple orchard with a gift shop, caramel apples, HUGE muffins and animals to see!


How cute is all that Christmas stuff?! I could have bought it all!


They add just a few toppings to your caramel apple! It’s nice they cut them up instead of trying to eat them on the stick…


I wasn’t kidding about those muffins… talk about HUGE!


Unfortunately the weather was rainy and very COLD so we didn’t take any pictures outside of the grounds but we did get a big picture inside – haha!


It’s always a fun place to visit – we haven’t been in YEARS but were happy to get over there!

img_7506Clearly Logan was a little bit excited about those apples!

Somehow my SIL turned 18 last week – I can’t believe she’s a senior!! And that I’ve known her since she was 9… I said that and my MIL said “That’s half of her life!” which is just crazy!!


We were able to celebrate her a little bit after my shower with ice cream cake and a thanksgiving meal (turkey, buns, mashed potatoes, stuffing.. umm yes please!).

While in town last weekend, we were able to hit up my favorite pizza place, Rocky Rococos and my BIL posed as a ghost #spookypizza


And finally Logan put our crib up 🙂 It’s the sweetest sight to see when I walk by the room! Now we just need to order our glider and dresser so I can decide where everything will go!


That’s been life around here lately!

I also just realized that maroon must be my favorite color since I’m literally wearing it in every picture I’m in on here! hahaha

I’m starting to go through everything we got for Baby G and what all we still need!? What were must haves for you Mama’s that I need to make sure I have on hand when we bring Baby home?!


Christmas Themed Baby Shower!

Happy Tuesday!

I can’t believe that at the end of next week, it’ll be November!  This whole year seems to have flown by (although I certainly didn’t think that at the time) and now I’m hoping the next 8.5 weeks fly by too #letsmeetBabyG

This past weekend was our last weekend of plans and traveling since June so from here on out, it’s home home and more home time for weekends!


Such cute gifts for the games too!!

We were in Oshkosh this last weekend with  my in-laws for my final Baby Shower before Baby G arrives!


My sisters-in-law and mother-in-law!

I wasn’t given any details and not even an invite so I had no clue what to expect but seriously… it was SUCH a cute shower!  First of all, it was at a place called Caramel Crisp Corner which was a gift shop/gourmet popcorn cafe/ice cream candy shop and it was SO cute!


It was Christmas themed and it even snowed a bit in the morning 🙂 Right up my alley for the holidays! The theme was in part because I love mildly obsessed with Christmas and also because of Baby G’s due date!


There were Christmas trees, Christmas signs and even Christmas garland with lights!


They served grilled cheeses and cups of cheddar broccoli soup (I had chicken dumpling though since I can’t do broccoli since being pregnant) which was so good! Oh yeah.. and there was buttered and cheesy popcorn for everyone.. um yum!


We chatted while we ate and then played a few games; one, guess the baby! They had pictures of me, my siblings and Logan and his on a board and you had to guess who was who.  They also threw in a few non-family members that people had to guess to… I will say, I guessed Rickie Fowler and Reese Witherspoon pretty quick… well Rickie pretty quickly!


I’ve been SO excited to start new traditions with Baby G even before Baby G was inside me! I can’t wait to read this book every year on Christmas Eve 🙂

Next game was “What did Logan pack in Kristi’s Hospital Bag?”.



My sister and niece were able to make it – which is always a good time to have some family from each side! 🙂

I had never heard of this game before (though i’m sure you have!) and the night after my shower in town here, Logan’s mom and sister told Logan the following scenario – Kristi just went into labor and needs to get to the hospital ASAP.  She has not packed anything – you have 3 minutes to pack her hospital bag… what do you pack?


It was funny to see what he picked!! #threelillypulitzertops

For the game, they listed a bunch of things and said to pick the 5 things he put in my hospital bag.  It was fun to see what people thought he’d pack – was he sensible or had no idea?!

Logan stopped by the shower about an hour in and helped me open gifts which was really nice.  And it always helps take the spotlight off of just me while opening gifts (it’s always SO awkward! Anyone else?!).



Logan’s aunt made us the most beautiful baby blanket to match the wallpaper in Baby’s room! It’s literally perfect and looks great on the crib right now 🙂

Everyone brought a book for Baby G (which is something I always love – in lieu of a card bringing a book and writing to Baby a sweet message) and I can’t wait to read them to Baby G when he/she gets here! We started to read to Baby so maybe we’ll read a few of those before he/she comes! My sweet SIL Delaney wrote the SWEETEST note to Baby in her book “God Gave Us You” and I literally bawl tear up every time I read it!


Everyone got to take a favor (or two) from Bath & Body Works and if you know me, I’m all about giving away favors for ANY party so I loved this! 🙂


Oh yeah.. and for dessert?! Actual Christmas sugar cookie cut outs – Christmas trees and all!


It was all so thoughtful and sweet!

Baby G sure is loved 🙂



Baby Shower Brunch

Happy Thursday!!

Last weekend was literally the fastest weekend EVER!  Let’s do a recap… Friday was the longest thing ever with  my 3 hour glucose test.  THEN I came home and felt crappy since I didn’t eat for like 16 hours plus I was just SO tired so I took the rest of the day to relax and wait for my results..

I waited, waited and waited more and never got a phone call! So I worried all day and night as usual.  Logan took me for some chori queso dip that night in case I got the word that I didn’t pass and chips and queso wouldn’t quite be in my diet for the next 11 weeks..

Just looking a little bit tired after my day 🙂

Y’all.. he is not a huge fan of getting Mexican so that was so sweet of him 🙂 #itsthelittlethings And if you saw my Instastory, I mentioned that I rented a dress and unfortunately our pictures were cancelled due to the rain and we couldn’t reschedule before the dress had to be back… Logan kept saying “let’s just take one or two to see if you even like the type of dress and you could rent it again…”

These might not be the most flattering pictures for non-pregnant people but I worked really hard to have this bump!

…so I obliged finally and his photography skills isn’t too bad! #husbandoftheyear

My in-laws arrived late Friday night in time for the shower Saturday!

We woke up Saturday and got ready for the shower…

how cute are these invites?! The theme was definitely little pumpkins 🙂 My favorite!

One of the sweet hostesses! 

And the other hostess!

The shower was SO nice! It was laid back, fun and nice to visit with so many great friends!

My sweet mother in law!

Both grandmas to be!

I LOVED the cookies – they were SO sweet and they tasted amazing too!

Gift opening time!

Baby G is definitely loved!  It was so sweet to see so many people excited for us and to meet Baby.

Baby G’s aunts!

And Baby G’s other aunt and cousin ❤ 

Y’all know my LOVE of Paris after our trip last year and Elaine just came back from there and brought Baby G this onesie! I’m officially obsessed! 

Does anyone else feel extremely awkward opening gifts in front of people? Also please note my sweet sweet niece helping me open gifts 🙂

Next up this week in Baby related news… our first childbirth class was last night! 🙂 Crazy to think we’re down to 10 weeks on Saturday already!


Fall Bucket List.

Happy Wednesday!! I had every intention of blogging about my bridal shower on Monday but life happens and somehow I came down with the flu! I don’t know the last time I was SO sick… it was bad! So I’ll share my shower with you tomorrow instead 🙂

We’re already into the second week of October and I just can’t believe how quickly it’s flying by.  I feel like I say that often but this year has just gone… swooooooosh! I mean, I’m not complaining.. it’s almost Christmas (and baby) time but it’s just crazy when I think about it.

I made a short bucket list for things I want to do this year before the snow comes:

Bucket List 2018:

– Drink as many Pumpkin Spice Lattes as possible yessssss. Decaf of course but still perfect. favorite time of the year!

– Visit a pumpkin patch.

– Bake Pumpkin Cream Cheese Swirl Muffins  I‘ve already made them twice and don’t see it being the last time!

– Watch as many Hallmark fall movies as possible

– Watch Hocus Pocus

– Burn fall candles  all day.everyday.

– Make s’mores

– Dress up for Halloween; Logan wants to paint my stomach this year so we’ll see if I let him… 🙂 

– Eat Candy Corn

– Decorate for Fall

– Carve pumpkins

– Visit Pumpkin Nights

– Wear #allthescarves and get cozy!

There’s so many more that I’d love to add but I need to be more realistic since we only have a few more weeks without snow… or maybe we’ll get lucky like last year – and the snow will stay off until December 🙂

I’ve also started Christmas shopping… I mean, I bought a few things in August and now am starting my lists and crossing things off.  It’s the best way for me to truly enjoy the season without having to run out for gifts at the last minute!

What’s on your bucket list this fall?!  What am I missing on my list?!


TBB Asks: Fall 2.0

Gosh, I love fall! I really love summer but there’s something about the crisp air and the changing leaves in the fall that I just love! And also, the fact that the PSL is back only during fall might have something to do with it too 🙂

I haven’t done a linkup in forever, but thought this was a fun little way to get into the fall spirit, so today, I’m following Emily with this fun questionnaire!

Favorite fall color: This is hard but I just LOVE the orange and maroon colors! The trees, the mums, the pumpkins… just all of it!

Apple cider – hot or cold: In all honesty… neither! I’m not a fan in the slightest…. but sometimes I wish I could be. But nope, not my thing!

Caramel apple – yes or no:  Yes! I used to not like these a whole lot but Logan took me to a place closer to his hometown called Little Farmer and their caramel apples were SO good! They’re already sliced so it’s a little easier to eat with all the toppings! They’re so hard to bite into with the caramel on a stick otherwise!

Pumpkin or apple cider doughnut: Pumpkin all the way! 

Long or short cardigan:  Hmm.. it depends! I don’t like short ones as in right up to my hips but I also don’t love the really long ones that go to my ankles! So somewhere in between is more like it 🙂

Favorite football or fall party food:  #Givemeallthedips No joke… I live for dips 🙂 Queso, Taco, Spinach and Artichoke…. all of them!

Orange or white pumpkins: For decorating, white.. but there’s something about seeing all the orange ones outside.  I just love seeing all those colors since it’s more “fallish” to me!

Hayride or bonfire: Well the bonfire consists of s’mores so that would win out over just about anything!  I always wish we had more in the fall but we just don’t! I don’t love smelling like smoke after but the s’mores… those are more than worth it!

Favorite fall baked good: These Pumpkin Cream Cheese Swirl muffins… I’m legit obsessed. My SIL made them a few years ago when we visited and I’ve loved them ever since! To be honest, I hadn’t really cared much for pumpkin before I tried these and now I’m hooked!

Most anticipated fall activity: Pumpkin patches! I can’t wait to have a little one to bring with us  next year! I always make Logan go with me to one and every year, we feel so goofy without a little one (especially all those years, we were trying and praying for one!) so next year will be extra special with all the firsts! Also, in college, I used to love October because I would watch all the scary movies and Halloween movies with Michael Myers with my Grandma.  Loved all that time with her!

That’s a wrap! If you fill one of these out, tag me so I can read all of your responses! Or let me know in the comments below because I’m always SO interested in other people’s favorites!


Bumpdate 28 Weeks!

I can’t believe I haven’t done a pregnancy update since weeks 14 and 15!! I started off so strong and then clearly, didn’t quite document throughout this journey! I do plan to do so for the remainder of my pregnancy though – I just need to decide if I do them every 2 weeks or keep with every week….

For the first time, we missed week my 27 picture and we’ll take my 28 weeks one on Friday (even though I’ll be 29 weeks on Saturday!) so this is the most recent pic I have!

How Far Along? 28 weeks

Size of Baby:
 An eggplant or bowling pin; whichever you like better 🙂

 Still waiting to find out… it’s been SO hard! We had our big 20 week appointment at the specialist downtown and it took everything not to say “yes, we want to know!!”.  I really feel it’s a boy though – I don’t know why, since most things point to a girl but I do feel that I will be a boy mama first 🙂 We will be happy no matter what though as long as Baby is healthy!

Weight Gain: 
Ugh… I was up 22 pounds at my last appointment which was at 24 weeks.  We’ll see what they say today… fingers crossed it’s only 4 more pounds (like they’d like) and that I pass my glucose test!

Maternity Clothes:
 I’m definitely wearing some maternity and some non-maternity clothes!  All pants are maternity for sure – surprisingly i’m enjoying below the bump leggings versus over the belly though!  When they go over my belly, it’s just itchy!

We officially have the nursery started – we have wallpaper on one wall and the rest of the walls painted 🙂 Oh yeah, and curtains hung!  Otherwise, Baby’s room is pretty empty aside from Baby Shower gifts!  We are going to shampoo our carpets so have been waiting for a few things before we schedule that – because we figure we might as well do the rest of the house while we have someone here! We are doing gray, cream and white though with some elephant and pom-poms!

 Baby G is definitely moving around!  More sporadic still but definitely gets in some kicking fits! The doctor said around this time, it’ll start to be more consistent though so I can’t wait! Logan has officially felt Baby G twice and both times, I cried watching his eyes get so big and happy 🙂 I love when I wake up to a kick too in the morning. It’s like Baby G is saying “Good morning Mama!” already!

 The nausea finally went away for the most part at 18-20 weeks thankfully! I’m still pretty exhausted most of the time and I have some back aches from my chest as well as my lower back! Also, acid reflux and heartburn have been killing me lately! My oh my… it gets bad!

 Sleeping is getting a little tougher – Logan ordered me a pregnancy pillow because I was trying to hold out and I can’t say I love it… it’s the Snoogle or whatever it’s called, after having friends refer it to me but it’s just awkward.  I reallllly don’t love having to use it for a pillow as well – I’d prefer to use my own pillow then use it for back support and stomach support but that’s not how that works. I’m hoping I get more used to it! OH yeah, and I think i’m up at least 2-3 times peeing so that doesn’t help either! But some nights I get a whooooole lot of sleep and it’s amazing! 🙂

 Still not craving too much!  I definitely want #allthesweets but that was before as well! ha! And I’m loving pizza which I wasn’t obsessed with before but now I’m a happy camper when I get any!

What I Miss: I miss mimosas (that everyone got to enjoy last weekend!) and loving the way everything fits!  I feel like when I try things on that are maternity or other things I own, it just doesn’t look as good as I’d like! But I’ll do anything for this little one and am so thankful to be pregnant that I shouldn’t complain! 🙂

Best Moment This Week:
 My baby shower last weekend with my Dad’s side of the family! It was just so nice to get together and chat and love on Baby G! This little one is already so loved and I just can’t wait to share him/her with everyone!

Looking Forward To:
 My baby shower this coming weekend and maternity pictures! And finally doing more in the nursery! We need to get that carpet done ASAP and I really need to pick out a dresser for the room – so we can start working my magic in there 🙂 I can’t wait to put it all together!

Baby Shower time!

I had my first official Baby Shower this past weekend and it was so sweet!


Missing a few ladies but they were there in spirit! 🙂

My cousin and aunts threw it for me at my cousin’s new home and it was such a good time! We don’t have very many of us on my Dad’s immediate side, so we’re all really close and any time we get together, is just great!


Love my aunts!

My sister threw a bridal luncheon with them back in 2015 and I recapped our craziness here. 🙂 This time, it was a little different seeing as how I couldn’t even indulge in one of my favorite drinks; mimosas!


Thanks to my cousin for a nice and laid-back shower!

We chatted, ate yummy food and opened presents!  Perfect afternoon that turned into evening.



Reminder to Kristi: close your legs when you have a dress on!! Oye vey!!


My cousin’s little girl, Collins loved helping me open gifts and seeing everything!

One of my good friends from college (and one of the first friends I made at UWEC) was able to join and I can’t believe it’s been so long since we’ve gotten together!


How cute is her little girl, Lily?!

Everyone got me such wonderful gifts that I can’t wait for Baby G to get here so we can use them (but please stay in at least 10 more weeks, Baby! :)).


Love my sweet sister!

It was a perfect way to welcome my third trimester!


My sister’s best friend joined us for the festivities and she’s just so sweet!! Thanks for coming, Paula!!

It was extra special because my Grandma was able to come! I lived with my Grandparents in college for two years (as well as the end of my senior year) and we lost my Grandpa in February of this year.  It’s been hard.  My Grandma has Alzheimers and it’s just been so difficult for all of us to see such a decline in her.  I will always cherish the times when she was so spunky and full of life!


Now, I’m just happy with any time I get with her and this past weekend I got so much time! My heart is definitely full after spending so much time with my family!

We have such a busy week this week; we have our maternity pictures Wednesday, pending the thunderstorms they’re predicting (please oh please change!) and my Baby Shower with friends on Saturday! I can’t wait!