Annabelle’s Baby Nursery

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We finally finished the Nursery! WHEW that took a while! Slowly but surely we put the final touches
on Annabelle’s room. I absolutely LOVE how everything turned out, and the Coral, Grey Chevron and Gold
accents work perfectly together.

I looked FOREVER to find the perfect glider, I originally wanted more of  the recliner look.
But with the $500 price tag and 12 weeks for shipping my logical husband finally convinced
me this $185 from Target would be just as perfect! And I have to say I LOVE it! I’m so glad we didn’t spend a crazy
amount on the glider, it will prob end up with baby poo and drool on it anyway HA! And best part is, it’s
super comfy! I love just rocking in it, imagining holding our little girl.

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Part of the reason I love the nursery so much, is all the crafts and handmade items!
My sister refinished and painted the changing table dresser, I painted all the picture frames, and
all of the hairbands were made from guests at my Baby Shower!

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Hairbands everyday for little Annabelle! HA! I LOVE all the hair accessories and they look great on display, my
sister custom made this headband holder. It’s so special to know that all my lady friends crafted the hairbands at my shower.
Annabelle is going to be so cute, rockin them!

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I purchased cheap plain wood frames from Hobby Lobby and painted them. I loved that I was able to customize the frames
to match the color theme. And our Maternity Pictures look so perfect in them! To see more from our
Maternity session CLICK HERE.

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Here’s the before and after of the dresser my sister redid! Furniture makeovers are not my thing, I do better
with small projects. So I was absolutely blown away with the transformation of the dresser! I knew I didn’t
want a typical changing table, that Annabelle would grow out of. I wanted a piece of furniture she could use in her
big girl room too! My sis bought this wood dresser off Craigslist, replaced the knobs and painted it Coral.
I’m obsessed! It’s my favorite piece in the whole nursery! Didn’t she do an amazing job?!

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Okay let’s talk Baby Bedding. Originally I registered for a custom bedding set on Etsy that was Coral & Mint. BUT
I just couldn’t justify spending $350! So I searched high and low for a less expensive set, but alas I couldn’t find anything
that I liked. So I pieced it together, and LOVE the final result. I really wanted a Coral Ruffle Crib skirt, so I bought
a plain WHITE one from Target, and dyed it using RIT dye. Well let me clarify my sister dyed it and I watched and cheered her on! HA
I’ve gotten pretty good at that being prego! I was nervous the dye color wouldn’t match but it came out perfect! Next I bought the
Grey Chevron Crib Sheet from Buy Buy Baby. The Crib Bumper was from Amazon and I just tied on some coral ribbon to the
outside of the crib.

I handmade the Crib Mobile, to check out my Step by Step Tutorial CLICK HERE. It was a lot of work but only cost me $5.00 in materials!
And I know Annabelle will just love staring up at the colorful pom poms, gosh darn it! The “Follow that Dream” print &
flag garland were both given to us as gifts from my Baby Shower.

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I bought this beautiful white Oval frame from Hobby Lobby then added some Coral ribbon.
The cursive “a” was in black also from Hobby Lobby but I wanted it to have a little more pizazz! So I painted
it gold then modge podged glitter on top of it! Super easy and I love the feminine touch it gives the room.

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Anybody see Little Foot?! Yes that’s a dinosaur next to Annabelle’s crib. It’s actually David’s from when he was
a little tike! I LOVE that Annabelle will have a toy passed down from her dad!

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Who doesn’t love itty bitty sweaters and moccasins?! My sister (can you tell Annabelle is her first niece?!)
won these Freshly Picked moccasins on an instagram contest!
They’re so cute, they might just have to be for display only! HA sorry Annabelle.

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At my Baby Shower we had all the guests bring a book instead of a card. So now we have a start to her
library and they are all signed on the inside from our friends and family! I can’t wait to read these to our little girl!

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I hope that our nursery can show that you can still have the room you want for a price that works with any budget!
I had to make some compromises and do some thrifty projects by hand, BUT it makes the room that much more special.

Coral Curtain: Bed Bath & Beyond $20.00
Grey & White Glider: Eddie Bauer through Target $185.00
Grey & White Toy Chest: Marshalls $30.00
BEDDING:
WHITE Ruffle Crib Skirt: Target $25.00
(I dyed the crib skirt coral)
Chevron Crib Bumper: Amazon.com $30.00
Chevron Crib Sheet: Buy Buy Baby $10.00

Now all we need is our sweet Baby! Due date has come and gone, so hoping she will be here soon :)

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Baby Shower

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My amazing sister threw me the best Baby Shower, last month! I could not have been more overwhelmed
with love and happiness for our little Annabelle. Every detail was perfect! You might recognize the painted door
from our Gender Reveal Party. She hand painted it JUST to match the shower, she’s so great!

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As if planning the shower, making every decoration and just being an awesome Aunt wasn’t enough. My sister also refinished
this adorable dresser for Annabelle’s nursery too! I LOVE LOVE LOVE it! The coral matches her room perfectly!
She repainted 6 of the handles gold and then purchased three new ones from Hobby Lobby.
It was so perfect as a welcome table for the shower, holding David & I’s baby pictures!
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All of the food was so yummy! We had a great variety of healthy snacks and some not so healthy cake & ice-cream! Yum-O!

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One of my favorite parts of the shower, was the Headband Craft Station! Guests got to grab a glue gun,
a headband and pick a flower and put it together! It was a great conversation starter, and the best
part is Annabelle now has a TON of adorable handmade headbands from her favorite ladies! So Special.

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  Don’t they look adorable in her room? My sister also crafted these two custom headband holders.

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My dog Rusty of course had to be right in the middle of the present opening! He’s going to be Annabelle’s BFF!
Look at the itty bitty clothes!! OMG you guys, baby clothes are soooo cute!!

 

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I was so happy to be surrounded by my amazing friends and family! I even had my Aunt surprise me all the way from North Carolina!!
Annabelle is already so loved! The day went by so fast but was so full of laughs and “OO’s & Ahh’s” over the little tiny
baby clothes! I can’t thank everyone enough!

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Thank you so much to my amazing friends and family for showing Annabelle so much love!
It means the world! The shower was more than I had ever expected!

 

 

Maternity Pictures

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I can’t believe we are soooo close to meeting our little baby girl! A couple of weeks ago
we had some maternity pictures taken and I am absolutely obsessed! They came out amazing, can’t wait
to frame them and hang in Annabelle’s room.

I was 34 weeks when we had these pictures taken.

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I tear up every time I look at these pictures. After 3.5 years of struggling with infertility, I am reminded how faithful
God is and how he has seen us through the whole time! We are beyond blessed and I know our little
Annablle has been prayed over long before she was ever in my belly. Can’t wait to see God’s plan for her life.

You can read more about our pregnancy journey here {CLICK HERE}.

“For this child I have prayed, and the Lord has granted my request.” 
1 Samuel 1:27

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I just have to brag on David for a minute. Not only has he been amazing through this whole pregnancy, gone to every appointment & has his own list of questions,
but also attended the million birthing classes I signed us up for haha! Between the 12 weeks of Bradley Method classes (all natural birthing method)
and the 6 childbirth  education classes at our hospital, I feel like we should be baby experts by now! HA

But David has come with a smile on his face and excited to learn! I am so blessed, this pregnancy has brought us so much closer together
and I feel like we have learned so much as a married couple. I know we are going to have a whole new adventure coming so soon,
and I already feel so blessed to have such an awesome partner! I can’t wait to see David
as a Dad, I know he is going to be amazing and set such a great example of a Godly man for Annabelle to look up to.

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Come on August 11th! We are so close to meeting our little girl.

Photography: Daydream Design
If you’re in the Jacksonville, FL area and locking for a great photography, Meghan is amazing!
http://www.designingdaydreams.com

 

 

 

Jamie Eason Pumpkin Protein Pancakes

 

 

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This is one of my favorite pancake recipes! Super yummy and packed full of protein,
what’s not to love?!

I wanted to share with my readers one of Jamie Eason’s Recipes, from bodybuilding.com.
I often reference her recipes, after completing the Live Fit 12 week challenge, they are super easy and delish!
Bodybuilding.com is a great resource for recipes and FREE workout programs!

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Ingredients:
-1.5 cups of Oat Flour
-2 tbsp of splenda ( I usually substitute with 1 tbsp of raw honey)
-1 tbsp of baking powder
-1/2 tsp of salt
-1 tsp of cinnamon
-4 egg whites (I use 3 whole eggs)
-1/2 cup of raw pumpkin (make sure its not the pumpkin pie mix)
-1 1/2 cups of almond unsweetened milk
-1 scoop of vanilla protein powder

Directions:
1.Preheat skillet to medium heat.
2.Mix all dry ingredients first.
3. In a seperate bowl mix all wet ingredients.
4.Add your wet ingredients to your dry and mix.
5. Spoon mixture onto skillet.
6. Cook 3-5 minutes per side.

AND ENJOY!

1 serving is two pancakes. I like to top mine with greek yogurt + cinnamon + walnuts.

 Ive also made this recipe substituting sweet potato instead of pumpkin and they are just as good.
If you are cooking for 2 people, just reduce all ingredients by about half.

If you don’t want to top with greek yogurt mixture, I would also suggest an organic maple syrup.

 Happy Cooking!

DIY Baby Mobile

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So I haven’t done a DIY tutorial in I don’t like over a year?!
But don’t worry kids, I’m back!

With only 2 more months till Baby Annabelle gets here .. EEEEK!
My nesting is finally starting to kick in, so #projectnusery is in full swing!

We have nothing else for the room yet, HA but she will at least
have cute pom poms to stare at!

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For months I have been trying to figure out a “theme” for her nursery. I wasn’t crazy
about the typical baby decor, so of course I decided to make my own. I want her room
to feel like a chic bedroom, not a baby room.

Coral + Gold + Grey = Chic Baby Room
We will also have pops of cream and mint.

Supplies Needed:
-Embroidery Hoop
-Fabric for flowers
-Twine, yarn or ribbon to wrap mobile
-thread
-hot glue gun
-scissors

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Total Project Cost: only $5.00! for fabric & embroidery hoop.
I had all the other supplies.

Step One (optional):
I chose for my mobile to have two layers of the embroidery hoop.
However you could just do ONE hoop and it would still be cute!

You will want your mobile layers to hang straight. Now I had a heck of time getting these badboys
to line up, UNTIL I figured out marking the 4 cross hairs and then glueing the twine to those points.
Then mark the same 4 points on the smaller hoop and glue the other end of the twine.

Make sure your 4 strands of twine or ribbon are the exact same length. This will ensure the two layers
hang straight.

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I wanted one hoop to hang higher than the other, so I made the twine a little long, but you could shorten if you want.

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Step TWO:
Wrap your embroidery hoop with twine.
This part is pretty easy, however it takes FOREVER! Be patient my dear, grab some
coffee and think about what an amazing mom your guna be with your handmade
mobile. Thats the only thing that counts right?! ;)

Once you’ve covered your entire hoop with twine, cut the twine and hot glue to the hoop.

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A little behind the scenes, crafting is just a little messy ;)
I covered both my hoops in twine, took about an hour and a half.

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Step THREE:
Create your pom pom flowers.
Don’t freak out, theres a lot of steps for these little cuties, but trust me they don’t take too long.
I chose to have a couple different fabrics for my mobile, but
you could always do just one color.
1. Cut circles out of your fabric. They don’y have to be perfect circles.
For my size mobile each pom pom required about 14 circles of fabric.
2.Place a small dab of hot glue in the middle of your circle, then fold in half,
and then fold once more creating a triangle. These will become your “petals”.
Attach 4 “petals” to a fabric circle then three more on top.
You will end up with TWO halves of fabric pom poms.

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3.Glue your string to one half, (you will use this string to attach to the hoop)
and then hot glue the other half together.
Repeat as many times as needed for pom poms.

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I created 8 pom poms for my mobile. You can create more or less and choose
any fabric that matches your nursery.

Okay so now give your self a big highfive! Your almost there!

Step FOUR:
Attach your pom poms to your embroidery hoop.
Now you could do this before you wrap your hoop in twine or after. It’s up to you.
I chose to attach my pom poms BEFORE covering my hoops in twine.

 Just simply tie your thread (with your pom pom on the other end) to your hoop.
You can have each pom pom have a different length of thread so they will hang higher & lower on the mobile.
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Make sure not to tie the strings too tight, in case you want to move your pom poms up or over.
Now hold up your mobile and make sure you are happy with the placement.

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Yay I’m happy with my pom pom placement.
It’s the little things people, or maybe my lack of sleep but this gets me excited!
Once you have them all the desired length, I secured my tied on thread with just a little dab of hot glue.
To make sure the pom poms won’t fall off.
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FINAL STEP:
Hanging your baby mobile.
Now you could hang yours with ribbon or twine or clear string.
I chose to hang mine with twine. So I tied three long strands of twine to my top embroidery hoop.

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And there ya have it! isn’t it beautiful?! I am just so excited to finally have a start on Annabelle’s room!

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Happy Crafting!
xoxo,
Alesha

Maternity Style :: Dressing the Baby Bump

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We’ve all seen them, the CUTE LITTLE pregnant girls on Pinterest with their size 0 and ALL belly pictures!
O & heels are a must right?! Um what world is that? Give me some flip flops and a tank top please.
I am a curvy girl in general so dressing my bump has been a bit of a learning curve HA! Get it.. see what I did there?

maternity_styleSo let me start off by saying between this last year I have gone through HOLY BODY IMAGE changes!
I went from feeling chubby & uncomfortable to losing 30 pounds and gaining muscle, (finally feeling pretty
darn good in my body), to a WHOLE new CHANGE of HELLO Prego Body!

Being pregnant is a HUGE blessing that I am so thankful for, especially given our fertility struggles
over the past 3 years {READ more about that HERE}. I absolutely LOVE feeling Annabelle kick and move!

HOWEVER, with that being said,  I am not too crazy, about the heartburn, gas {sorry ladies, but let’s be real},
nausea {thankfully that is over!}, swollen feet and  not to mention I’ve gone through 3 new bra sizes! OMG literally I didn’t think
these things could get any bigger and I’m not even breast feeding yet?! Ha! I won’t even go into some of the other
fun little suprises that I LITERALLY HAD TO GOOGLE “is this normal” HA! Like seriously, women deserve an award!
Let’s just say I’m not one of the those women who “just LOVES being pregnant and feels beautiful all the time”
Um no, so far I’m feeling pretty darn unattractive ha!

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My closet is a bit of a Bipolar Explosion right now! I have “yay I finally met my goal weight clothes”  that now can’t
even fit over my belly ha! Sad face.. but you will keep me motivated you  little tiny section! And then there’s the “maternity comfort”
& “maternity stylish” section, it’s a mix of loose dresses and tank tops & Belly Band Pants, because ya know I like to look presentable
but still feel comfortable.

Being 6 months along, I am wearing almost all Maternity clothes. But I also wear ALOT of dresses that I had pre-pregnancy, with the
Florida Heat they are the most comfortable.. Do you notice a pattern yet? How many times have I said “comfortable?!”

As much as I LOVE dresses, there’s only one issue.
It means I have to shave my legs.. OMG have you tried shaving your legs pregnant?!
It should be an olympic sport. I am sure I am a pretty sight to see trying to suck it in and crouch down, all while holding
the shower wall with one hand for balance.
HAHA its nearly impossible! And Im only 6 months! Good Lord help me.

The biggest fashion style or rule I’ve stuck to is balance. Either a Tight tank top with a loose skirt.. OR a loose fitting top
(usually with a belt above my belly) paired with a skinny jean. Can I just say that OMG how flippin comfortable are Maternity Jeans?!
I’m never going back to regular jeans HAHA!


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Top: TJMAX (non-maternity) Ive had it FOREVER I think I paid $9.99
Pants: H&M Mint Maternity Jeans 
My sister gave me her Mint Maternity Skinny Jeans from H&M and I LOVE them! I also have the same
pair in red and they look great paired with a black or white top.

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Maxi-Skirt: Target  (non-maternity) $19.99
Tank: Target (non-maternity) $12.99
I absolutely LOVE Maxi skirts being pregnant! Like literally I have to stop myself from wearing them everyday.
There’s some days where I just don’t feel like being  constricted in pants, {ya know its asking alot for me even to put makeup on & wear clothes ha!} and so these flowy skirts are perfect!
I also love that they are non maternity so I can wear them after the baby too!

But let’s be honest, I’m guna be rockin my Maternity Jeans for a while Post-Baby ;)

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Top: Motherhood Maternity ON SALE $19.99
Pants: Motherhood Maternity ON SALE $19.99

I’ve fallen in LOVE with Motherhood Maternity! They have really great sales ALL the time!
And their clothes are so flattering. For most of my tops I try and buy a little bigger size so
they will last me the rest of the pregnancy.

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Now that I am 6 months its obvious I am pregnant. No more of the lovely “awkward chubby” stage.

A little bump progression for ya! Its funny in the first trimester I couldn’t wait to have a BELLY!
And now I look back and think “O to be small again” HAHA Im still learning to Live in the Moment
and ENJOY the pregnancy journey. It’s a big change emotionally & physically but I know
everyday brings us closer and closer to our little girl!
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I try to pair clothes together that accentuate my bump instead of hide it. Empire waisted shirts are
a must, and maxi skirts are super comfortable but still stylish!

Only 13 more weeks till we get to meet our baby girl! I know it will ALL be worth it :)
Come on August 11th!!

Chocolate Date Truffles

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Okay guys, ready for a super easy healthy dessert?
Dessert, Mid-day snack, ya know whatever works! Dates also are a great healthy source of energy.
Ive made them a couple different ways, and you can really coat them in whatever toppings you like.

vanilla protein powder, oats, and cocoa powder coatings pictured below

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What I love about these is they are NO bake, SUPER easy and QUICK dessert!
Because come on, we all have things to pin, and netflix episodes to catch up on ;)

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Confession time, I always see this BIG box of dates at Costco for such a great deal but never bought them becuase
I had NO IDEA what to make with dates? I immediatly thought of prunes, and the idea of making a prune dessert just
totally grossed me out HA! So I did some research (aka stalked pinterest for a couple of hours) and realized
Dates are an awesome NATURAL form of energy and super sweet too! So I found a couple of recipes and
decided to tweak my own. Thus the Chocolate Date Balls.. I mean Truffles were born
(truffles sounds a bit more classy, wouldn’t you say?!)

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Chocolate Date Truffles

Ingredients:
1 package of Dates (about 12 dates PITTED)
Blender OR Food Processor (I recommend a food processor but I used a blender and it worked just fine)
Desired Toppings: Crushed nuts, PB2 powder, cocoa powder, etc
1 scoop of  [Chocolate Muscle Milk Protein Powder]
1 CUP of all natural Peanut Butter
1/2 cup of rolled oats

Directions:
1.Blend all ingredients (except for the toppings), in a blender/food processor.
2.Mixture should feel like a “dough”. Scoop out and roll into balls, pressing with palm of hand.
3.Roll each ball in desired topping. I separated each topping on an individual plate.
4.Store in refrigerator in a tupperware container.
Recipes makes about 30 truffles.

You can tweak the recipe by adding additional ingredients or toppings! Have fun!

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Gender Reveal Party

Gender Reveal Party Time…
Are you EXCITED?!

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This past week we had the MOST amazing experience of having our gender reveal party!
The suspense has been exhausting. For the past couple of weeks David and I keep talking to
our little one “baby haley” But couldn’t wait to finally call him or her by name!

So a little background, David’s prediction was boy .. ALONG with almost all of our family & friends :)
I however after the first ultrasound, I thought it was a girl.

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After looking online for a “theme” for the party I wasn’t crazy about what was out there.

So I thought the “time” theme was perfect! Classic yet clearly a gender reveal party!
My AMAZING sister, mom & cousin put the party together! We knew wanted a BBQ dinner
to share this special moment with family and friends.

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The BOY votes TOTALLY beat the girl votes!

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Every detail was so perfect! Marshmellow pops for the kiddos and lots of room for them to run around outside!
The weather couldn’t not have been better, Sunny Florida did not disappoint.

Some of my random cravings. It’s funny I always thought I would want something totally crazy, like pickles and icecream.
BUT so far nothing! Just an overabundance of orange juice. Something pops in my head and I WANT IT RIGHT THAT SECOND!
Ha Ive never had anything like that.. But thankfully Im craving mainly fruit and juice and the occasional chocolate :)

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 I absolutely LOVE the picture props my sister made! She is as I like to call her the “Cricut Queen
She thought about every single detail and I was SOOO impressed with how everything turned out!

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We set up the party to a “Pot Luck” style, everyone brought a dish and we had MORE than enough for everyone to have one or two plates.
The food was perfect and a nice variety for everyone to choose from.

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 We even had our own Instagram Hashtag.. #OMG for real?! This is why I love my sister!

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We had all the guests cast their votes and pick if they thought it was boy or girl!
Also we requested the guests
“DRESS THEIR GUESS” so the party was filled with lots of pink & blue!

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I can’t tell you how much it meant to David and I both to have the people we love surround us when we found out boy or girl!
It was such an unforgettable moment! Almost like our wedding day.. To stand in front and look and see all the people who are there for us and support us.. means the world!

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Um can we just talk about how cute my family’s kiddos are?! Little Baby Haley has ALOT to live up to haha!

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Time for the REVEAL.. So heres how it worked:
We had our ultrasound the week before, told the nurse we did NOT want to know the sex of the baby.
She took the pictures and sealed the results in an envelope. We then got to see the profile of the baby and see them moving around!
THEN we gave the envelope to my Doula/Friend and she was the ONLY one who knew! She bought the matching balloons and stuffed them in the box.

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Okay let me just say I totally started crying before we opened the box! I dont know what came over me, prego hormones or
just the realization that we were about to be even CLOSER to our little one!

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And the verdict is…. IT’S A GIRL!!!
OMG BEST MOMENT OVER

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I think David was a little in shock and I couldn’t stop crying HAHA BUT we were both completely OVERWHELMED  with joy for our little girl!

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We couldn’t be happier & it was just amazing FINALLY knowing!
The pink balloons filled the sky and all I could think about was our precious little girl
growing on the inside :)

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This man has completed my life for the past 11 years and I have come to LOVE him
even more than I ever thought possible. We have grown so much through the years
and after almost 6 years of marriage we are just beyond excited to start our parenthood journey together!
I can’t wait to see David as a Dad! He is an amazing husband and I know our little one will be so blessed
to have an amazing loving father.

After three years of trying to get pregnant and the emotional roller coaster it has been,
we both are just in awe of God’s amazing timing! To read more about out pregnancy journey CLICK HERE.

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Are you wondering if we picked out a name yet?!
Annabelle Marie Haley

I’m in LOVE already! We picked the name years ago and when we found out we were pregnant
we still loved it! Something southern and sweet about Annabelle… hoping
her southern charm lets momma & dad sleep through the night HAHA

And it also seems fitting that Annabelle means Joy. It’s like God is just showing us that through the journey he always
has our JOY and has not forgotten us! We just have to trust him and not lose faith in ourselves either.

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 HUGE shoutout to my amazing BIG sister!! She is the epitome of an incredible mom!
She threw the best party! We didn’t want the day to end. It was seriously unforgettable and um she HANDPAINTED the pink/blue door!
FOR REAL.. she’s AMAZEBALLS! She wen’t above and beyond and it made us feel so loved!

Photography: Ropero Photography
Styling: Danielle Campbell
Party Decor: Made with Love Designs

Pregnancy Workouts

Okay so let’s talk Pregnancy Workouts!
I’ve had alot of people ask me what workouts I have been doing since finding out I am pregnant.
I’ll be honest the first trimester was exhausting! I barely made it to the gym BUT now the nausea is totally gone, and I am able to get back in my routine!

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So for the past couple of weeks I have continued doing Jamie Eason’s Phase 2 workouts.
They basically consist of 30 minutes of weights PLUS 30 minutes of cardio. I am aiming to workout 3-4 days a week. It’s a change from my previous 6 days a week,
but I am enjoying rest days and making sure my priorities are not all about the gym :)

What I am doing differently with my workouts:
I am NOT lifting as heavy.
That has been the biggest change, my last round of Jamie Eason I was really focused on losing weight but this time I am just focused on maintaining. AND I have noticed I get tired more easily, I’ve already talked with my doctor and gone over my workout routine and okay’d it with them. I definitely want to make sure I am not putting any unneccessary strain on my body. I still get a great workout using dumbells and the machines even though Im lifting a lower amount.

I am NOT using the treadmill.
This is a personal preference, but I have noticed that running  is hard on my joints & mainly my hips since being pregnant. I have had always had a love hate relationship with running so honestly taking a break from it has been really nice! HA But I still get my cardio in by doing the bike or elliptical. I mainly do interval training setting on the elliptical and LOVE the good sweat I can get from just 30 minutes! It still is a great workout but more enjoyable for me.

I am taking MORE rest breaks.
It’s funny how half of the time I feel TOTALLY out of control with my body! O hello growing belly and discovering weekly changes leaves me in amazement and proves that my body is no longer my own ;) BUT I can also say sometimes I have never felt more in tune with it! I can tell immediately when I need to rest and take it easy. I know when I am hungry and can tell when I need the gym time and when I don’t. My workouts take me a little longer but I am resting more in between sets and really being aware of when I need to take it easy.


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I do everything on the list below BUT I take it easy in between each set, with plenty of waterbreaks. This workout used to take me 30 minutes, NOW it takes me about 45 minutes to an hour. At first that was hard to get used to BUT I can tell when I need to push myself and when I need to take a water break. It’s honestly been good for me, teaching me patience which I will probably need alot of with the sleepless nights to come! HAHA

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Okay so can I be real with yall for a minute? As if I haven’t already over divulged my personal thoughts ha! Being pregnant is AMAZING!! Like literally blows my mind and is such a blessing!! Especially the long journey that it has taken us to get here, I just appreciate this little one sooo much! BUT it is definately a BIG change emotionally & physically.

With all that said let’s talk body image.As you know I lost 30 pounds last year, and really changed my mindset about my body and healthy living. So honestly as the weeks go by and all of a sudden my clothes are a little tighter and my belly keeps growing, I have to REMIND myself this is for a baby! Sometimes I immediatly default back to that insecure girl and all those emotions come flooding back in, feeling uncomfortable in my skin. I Remember having to wear just the right shirt to hide my stomach, or a cardigan in the summer to hide my arms. It took me a long time to feel comfortable with my body and just when I was feeling more confident then EVER, its changing again. BUT the huge difference is NOW I know my changing body is for this amazing little person, and I need to embrace the changes.

It is not easy emotionally and physically. And seriously I always thought my belly would be this hard ball when I got pregnant.. UM maybe if your a size 0.. but mine is just pudgy! HA Totally not what I thought. AND okay ladies I’ve already had to go UP quite a bit in bra sizes! O the joy of my “bigger” by the day body! That is one place that I gain weight first! HA But I am really teaching myself to enjoy it, and remembering that all of these changes are normal and are to help house this baby. So even though I feel a bit in the awkward “is she pregnant or just chubby” stage, ;) I am going to embrace my new body and embrace this pregnancy journey!

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I have only gained about 3 pounds so far (I lost about 8 the first trimester from being so sick, then slowly gained it back plus 3 more), which is good BUT I can definitely notice the changes in my body.
I feel like EVERYWHERE is getting bigger HAHA and it is a big change. But I am trying really hard to stay healthy & continue my clean eating (most of the time) and getting in the gym regularly.

For all you other moms out there did you struggle with BODY IMAGE while being pregnant? Would LOVE some advice!

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We find out this weekend if we are having a boy or a girl?! EEEEEKKK I can’t wait! I am totally thinking GIRL and David is thinking BOY so one of us will be very suprised! Either way we couldn’t be happier and are so thrilled!

And then there were three…

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Well hello there Blog World, its been a while! In case you haven’t noticed I haven’t been blowing up your facebook or instagram feed lately it’s because things have been just a wee bit busy over here :) I am soooo excitied to announce that I am PREGNANT!! Due date is August 11th 2014.

I have had SUPER intense morning sickness, and we just moved houses and working full time I have basically been in bed by 8:30 every night ha! But I am finally past the first trimester and starting to feel more human again. I promise more blog posts will be coming soon!  This post is very personal but I hope that our struggles and journey can help give hope to others! It is possible to get pregnant even admist many  challenges!  I am literally crying as I type this, all the emotions of the past couple years really hit me. So grab some popcorn and maybe some tissues and I’ll share our story :)

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I thought I would open up a bit about our journey to get pregnant, it’s amazing how God’s timing is always perfect and looking back I can see how he has had his hand on our lives and this babies’ timing the whole time!  Let’s see where do I even begin. Well David and I decided to start “trying” for a baby a little over 3 years ago. At first we thought let’s just see what happens, and then about 6 months into (with my very irregular cycles) I knew something wasn’t right. So after literally a year of bloodwork, xrays, scans, you name it, my doctor diagnosed me with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). There are different stages of PCOS mine is basically a hormonal imbalance, I don’t make enough progesterone therefore I have irregular periods (could go three months with nothing) which in return means I do not ovulate on my own. I will say for anyone struggling with infertility it is SUCH an emotional journey! It was bittersweet to hear a “diagnosis”. Part of me was glad it wasn’t more severe and we were on the right track to fix it and part of me was so angry that we even had to struggle with this. I would see friends and family get pregnant what felt like instantly and here we were a happy married couple who had our ducks in a row and yet we struggled with having a baby.

So after about another year of trying progesterone lotions & pills to try and regulate my cycles, still nothing. The next step we decided was fertility treatment. We saw an amazing dr at the FIRM. We proceeded to go through fertility hormone shots for about 6 months. This was also another roller coaster of emotions. Although we were purseuing pregnancy full force and had a great team of dr’s it still felt so overwhelming. And having to go to the dr’s every two weeks and then having a strict time schedule it made the whole process very stressful. And after 6 months of no luck we decided it was best to take a break. I remember feeling so disappointed. I was just so confused as to why we couldn’t get pregnant?! I was finally ovulating with the fertility treatment and yet nothing. There were nights when I would just cry myself to sleep and question God’s plan. This was a very stressful time for me personally. And looking back now I realize what a big stressball I was, and had we gotten pregnant then YES it would have been amazing but I also believe that I was not in a mental state to balance more than one thing. Even though I couldn’t see it at the time God was preparing David and I both to become parents, every struggle and every appointment was all part of his plan and has made this reward so much more amazing!

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So fast forward to about 2.5 years of struggling to get pregnant we took a break from the fertility treatment and started looking into adoption. We were not actively pursueing it, but casually looking. I realized that I was beyond stressed out and I needed to take a mental break from trying to get pregnant. For anyone who has struggled with fertility issues, you know how taxing it can be. It is mentally draining, the constant questions and doubt really overwhelmed me. I kept alot of this to myself and didn’t talk about it, which I now realize probably led to the stress. I didn’t want people to feel sorry for me but I know now that talking about our journey can help so many! PCOS does not have to be a stopping point for getting pregnant, it makes it more challenging but not impossible!

In August of 2013 after years of realizing I had let myself go and really put all my energy on getting pregnant that I was unhappy, overweight and NEEDED to make a change! Now let me just say this was not the first time I had tried to lose weight, as I have talked about before, in the past I had tried weightwatchers, “the salads only” diet, a juice fast. And I would do great for about three weeks then I would just get overwhelmed and hungry and never stuck to anything. I considered myself a pretty healthy person, I was running half marathons BUT what I didn’t realize was all the junk that was in the processed food I was eating. And for those of you who have done research on PCOS, what you EAT is VERY important! A minor detail I chose to look over ha! So a friend of mine told me about Jamie Eason’s 12 week Live Fit Program! All about clean eating and lifting weights! You can read more about my 30 pound weight loss and weekly journey HERE.

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Not only did I lose 30 pounds in just a couple months, but I regained a whole new confidence! I realized I was stronger than I gave myself credit and when I put my mind to something I could accomplish anything! I made myself a priority again and it felt great! I can honestly say in those months I thought about having a baby but it was not every day. At the beginning of Jamie’s program I “gave” not only my health & fitness to God but also the fertility issues. What does it mean to give it to God? Well honestly I thought I knew and I thought I had done it in the past, with other things. But I realized I would say Okay God I am giving you this problem and believing you are going to fix it in your timing and yet I would still hold onto it, stress about it and let it consume me! After the fertility treatments I “thought” I gave it to God but really I just continued to let it overwhelm me and I couldn’t let it go. I tried to figure it out on my own.

Not in your own strength for it is God Who is all the while effectually at work in you, energizing and creating in you the power and desire, both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and  delight. – Phillipians 2:13

I remember going to a wednesday night church service in September, I had already lost about 10 pounds and was  feeling really great. One of our Pastors spoke on the book of Revelations,when Heaven is Silent. And I remember feeling like Heaven was silent in reference to us getting pregnant. That we had prayed and prayed, did God not hear us? And then our pastor talked about Genesis when God was forming Adam, and even in the clay that he was preparing him and molding him. That even when Heaven is Silent God is still forming us to his perfect plan! It hit me even admist the struggle I could finally see that God was preparing my mind and body to get ready for a baby! I didn’t know when but for this first time in YEARS I knew that I needed to continue to put myself and my body first & trust him! So I continued to eat clean and lift weights and fell in love with Jamie’s program!

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Little did I know that just two weeks after completing Jamie’s program, I got pregnant!! The first two months I actually had regular cycles, and I thought wow maybe this clean eating is regulating my hormones naturally, and maybe I could get pregnant on my own?! But I did not stress and then when I missed my period in November I was a little bummed and thought O man, I guess it didn’t help my cycles, BUT I still had faith that it might take a while and if I couldn’t get pregnant than Gosh Dangit I would have toned arms and a flat stomach! HAHA Fast forward to December and I started feeling extremely nauseas! David kept asking me if I was pregnant (I had missed another period) but this was so normal for me I assured him it was impossible and that was not the case! I refused to take a test. And finally the day after Christmas, after feeling nauseas for three weeks straight (not to mention just the smell of coffee made me want to throw up!) Which should have been a red flag, but nope I just kept thinking I had the flu or something. I took a pregnancy test, now let me just say I have taken A TON of tests, biting my nails at those NEVERENDING two minutes and test after test I was devestated, so this time I just put it on the counter and went in the other room, not thinking twice. I came back a couple minutes later and was SHOCKED!!! A bright plus sign!

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I had dreamed of that moment for YEARS! I always thought I would tell David in a grand romantic gesture and yet feeling like complete poo, in my glasses and hotmess pajamas I walked in the living room “David, I think I’m Pregnant?!” In all its unplanned nongrand gesture it was AMAZING! We held eachother for what felt like an hour. Both overwhelmed with emotion! I was still very hesitant and wanted to get another test just to make sure, so 4 tests later and getting bloodwork from the Doctors office, Yep sure enough I was pregnant! I was about 8 weeks! We couldn’t believe it! And just two weeks later we had our first appointment and got to see our little babe and hear the heartbeat! I will never forget that moment, suddenly all the struggles and disappoitments were worth it to finally get to see this amazing little person that God has blessed us with! We already love Baby Haley soooo much, I can’t wait till we can finally meet!

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Here I am 15 weeks prego! I’ll be 16 weeks on Monday February 24th. Finally in the second trimester I am able to keep food down and the nausea has subsided. Not going to lie, the first couple of months were miserable! I lost 8 pounds and was throwing up 4-5 times a day! I got a prescription from my Doctor and it helped a little but it was still super exhausting. Needless to say I had to take a break from my workout schedule and was only able to keep down Peanut Butter & jellies ha! I still have a very hard time keeping down veggies, So I am going to try and add them back slowly, hoping they stay. It was has been so hard going from being so disciplined with my food and gym time, to just feeling absolutely exhausted and nothing sounds appetizing. But I really think this second trimester I will be able to get back in my routine & have a healthy & fit pregnancy!

I am so grateful now that I found Jamie’s program when I did. Looking back I know that without a doubt it was what I needed for me, to get my mind and body ready! I have established healthy habits and this pregnancy will be so much healthier & I will set a good example to our little one! It’s so crazy to think I am 15 weeks pregnant and weigh 30 pounds less than what I weighed just 6 months ago! Although this journey has not been easy I hope that my story can help others to not lose faith and to put yourself first even when it feels impossible!