Friday, December 12, 2014

Starr Baby Cinco: 18.5 Week Pregnancy Update

I'm a little blown away by how fast this pregnancy is going. Once the nausea and exhaustion were behind me (13 or so weeks), I felt like I was able to get back to "normal." It's funny how morning (all day!) sickness can just take everything out of you -- the ability to function on a day-to-day basis. We were in survival mode for several weeks, and I'm happy to report that WE SURVIVED! And now? We're just enjoying the ride!

Here's a quick Starr Baby Cinco Update!

Due Date: May 12, 2015, as determined by early ultrasound. We are scheduled for our big anatomy scan on December 23, so we'll confirm that date then.

Weeks: 18.5 weeks.

Gender: Your guess is as good as ours! We ARE planning on finding out the sex at our u/s...for logistical purposes. We got rid of a LOT of baby things after Kaiah was born, but still have plenty of clothes...that will, unfortunately, be for the wrong season.

We all have our guesses as to the gender -- J and the kids all think girl, but I'm leaning towards boy. No, I don't have any type of mother's intuition...never's just my guess. :)

Total Weight Gain: Juuuust kidding! I don't really plan on sharing that -- mainly because I do my best to not even keep track. I can tell you this: I'm HUNGRY...and still running several times a week.

Maternity Clothes: Yes, please! I'm officially in maternity bottoms, with the exception of leggings and a couple pairs of super stretchy skinny jeans. They're just more comfortable. As far as shirts go -- I've never really been a maternity shirts person. I like to try to make do with what I have or just buy bigger sizes. That being said, I have invested in several maternity tshirts and tank tops that were on clearance at Old Navy. I certainly don't have a problem with maternity wear (especially these days -- that stuff is cuuuute!); however, it just pains me buy clothes that I'll only wear for a few months.

Sleep: I'm tired and sleep fairly well -- minus all the CRAZY dreams.

Food: I don't have any particular cravings, per se. However, when I get something in my head, then I tend to think about it all.the.time until I get it. And I've been going through spurts. I'll eat a lot of something, then get sick (literally!) of it and won't want to touch it again. Examples: Broccoli with dip, garlic noodles, Pancheros.

Pregnancy "Symptoms": Heartburn (helllooo Tums!), primarily. My hips and lower back have been bothering me, as well, but that's par for the course.

Movement: YES! Lots and lots of little baby kicks...and I LOVE it! The kids are anxious to be able to feel the movements. We're hoping that'll be within the next few weeks.

What I Miss: Running more than 3 miles at a time. Well, that and my waistline.

What I Love: Again, baby kicks are the best! Oh, and getting back in "baby mode." I've been having fun researching strollers, perusing the baby aisles at Target, and "pinning" newborn "must-haves."

What I'm Looking Forward To: Besides enjoying Christmas with our families, I'm excited to find out the gender AND for J & the kids to feel the baby move.

Well, I think that about covers it for now! More than anything? I'm just oh-so-grateful for this opportunity -- it's something I never imagined that we would experience again!


Tuesday, December 09, 2014

November (yes, all of it)

Alright, I can't really think of any better way to get all caught up on my blogging than to do it in one quick long post. The good news for you is that one side-effect of my morning sickness is that I don't take nearly as many pictures as pre-pregnancy Missy did. Don't worry, though...with the icky stuff behind me now, my photo taking has resumed to over-the-top/borderline obsessive!

Ok, enough of the chit-chat. Here is our November in pics.

This handsome fella and I celebrated our 12th Anniversary on 11/2/14 and treated ourselves to a meal, some shopping, and a child-free night (thank-you, Mesha & Hawka!). It sounds cliche, but our time together just keeps getting better and better. The things I love most about him (in no particular order) -- the way he leads our family and how he loves us.

Addi-girl has been balling it up for the last couple of months and it has been fun to watch her learn from Coach Dad AND form some other non-school, non-softball friendships!

Kaiah and I may or may not frequent Tropical "Smoovie" on a regular basis. What can I say? Baby loves Island Green AND they have great text coupons.

Sweet Kai-Pie turned 4 on November 9.

Bookend babes.

More birthday celebrating for Cami Shea and Kaiah True.

They like to play games. And I like to watch.

No caption needed. I just loooooove them.

My {toothless} birthday girl on the day she turned 6. It was a good, good day.

We may or may not have been cuddling in bed at 6:15 on a Friday night. I cannot confirm or deny.

Mr. Starr let me put up a few Christmas decorations BEFORE his normal day after Thanksgiving rule.

Dramatic performances are my favorite.

My preschool morning partners. Gosh, they're cute.

We spent a few days fighting the flu bug. You know it's bad when this cute guy stops to sleep.

We let them make their own breakfasts sometimes. And other times? It's just not worth the mess. Yeah, I said it.

This was a day that I've tucked away in my heart. It was the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. The kids and I were busy running errands in the snow. Everyone was getting a long. There was lots of laughing. We had fun.

This has become one of the kids' favorite weekend/break traditions. They watch a movie, then spend the night rolling on top of each other. I wonder if they can make room for little Cinco in there?

Thanksgiving Day: Food Coma.

My favorite selfie partner.

Can you feel the love?

Annnnd that's a wrap: November 2014!


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Halloween -- finally!

T'was the day before Thanksgiving and...Missy still hadn't posted Halloween pics yet.

That's how the diddy goes, right?

Anyway, just squeaking this in before I feel guilty for not having posted both Halloween AND Thanksgiving pics.

This Halloween/October/early November was great! Despite the fact that I was frequently feeling not-so-hot, we really enjoyed the {overall} nice weather and all the obligatory activities that come with fall. It's funny -- with everything we did and everywhere we went, I found myself thinking, "Holy crap! I'm going to be doing this with a baby in tow next year!" And, I'll be honest -- part of me is anxious at the thought of being back in baby mode and doing "big kid things" with a little one again. But for the most part? My excitement tells my anxiety to "shut the heck up! This is going to be great!" (Take that, Satan!)

On to the pics!

The Halloween section in Target is the PERFECT place to kill some time before a softball game!

I have no idea what was going on here...^^^

Fall Class Parties

Trick or Treating Uptown

Doc McStuffins, a friendly pirate, a hot dog, and Ariel...quite the {cute} mix!

Lunch and coffee with dear friends.

Can Do Cancer Trivia Night. Team All About That Base (<--- get="" it="" killed="" td="">

Beggars Night

Preschool Halloween Parade

Church with friends.

Whew! It feels good to have that done. I can't wait to share our Thanksgiving pics with you on the day before Christmas! :)


Monday, November 17, 2014

Hey, baaaaby!

It's been over a month since my last post, and while I'm sure no one is surprised, I can promise that I have a good excuse for the delinquency.

Not only have we been busy with all the usual stuff -- school, work, games, practices, Halloween, fall fun, and our two November birthdays (all of which I still hope to blog about!) -- but, as it turns out, God is {again!} showing us that His plan is better than anything we could ever imagine...

That's right, Starr Baby numero CINCO will be making his/her appearance in May!

So, yeah.

We're pretty pumped. And the good (bad?) news for you is that, as some of you might remember, I'm an over-sharer when it comes to pregnancy -- belly included! So, let this be your warning. Belly shots and allllll the nitty gritty pregnancy details (garlic noodles -- eeewwwww!) are forthcoming!

Anyway, our kids are over-the-moon-talk-about-it-all-the-time-have-one-million-questions EXCITED! Here's a quick video of the day we told them they were going to have a baby brother or sister. As you can see, the enthusiasm, for some, was high from the get-go...and for others (*ahem*Camden*Shea*Starr*), it only took a matter of hours before she was making plans to "feed the baby, but only when you're not, Mom. Ok? You're going to feed it like cows do, right, Mom?"


Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Tasty Tuesday (??)

I was thinking that I should probably come up with some catchy name for when I post my meal plans on Tuesdays (you know, like every week!)...or even Wednesdays.

Tasty Tuesday? What's For Dinner Wednesday? Yay? Nay? Regardless, I stink at posting on Mondays.

Anyhoo. Here's what we're eating this week:

Monday: Pasta Fagioli

Tuesday: Spicy Sausage Pasta (a tried and true Starr staple)

Wednesday: Pepper Jack Potato and Bacon Soup

Thursday: Meatball Stroganoff

Friday: Pampered Chef Large Bar Pan Pancakes (we didn't get to these last week)

And now: A little September catch-up...just in case you don't follow me on Instagram.

{One of my besties from college got hitched and I was lucky enough to be in on the festivities!}

{That umpire and catcher belong to me.}

{Wacky Wednesday for Homecoming week. KT did end up wearing pants. Pantless = a little TOO wacky...even for us!}



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