Goodbye 2014

As we head into 2015 I find myself looking back on 2014 with a lot of love. This year was pretty wonderful. I found a hobby, passion, confidence, and an entire new group of friends through aerial silk classes and group fitness. Nate and I celebrated 4 fantastic years of marriage. I dyed my hair pink and blue. I started my own business with Pure Romance and had a super successful launch party to kick it off! My favorite cousin came to visit and stay with us for a while. We went to an insane amount of concerts and festivals - Bruce Springsteen, Jason Isbell, Dwight Yoakam, Jack White, Manchester Orchestra, Saves The Day, Say Anything, Bayside, Anberlin, 500 Miles to Memphis, Band of Horses.. and more.. I know I’m missing a few! We tailgated and hung out with our friends a ton. We found out we are going to have a baby in May 2015! We saw our sweet baby for the first time and heard the heartbeat. We announced it to the world. My parents came to visit and look at houses - because they’re moving to Kentucky! We found out we are having a boy! We rearranged our living room and started preparing our office space to be a nursery. We celebrated Christmas for the last time as a family of two.

This year we also said goodbye to our sweet baby bunny, Freckles. We found out while we were gone on our trip to Washington D.C. that he had passed away. We are still not home at this time and I know it will be so hard to go home to his empty cage. I hate that we weren’t there, that we don’t really know why or what happened. We had just let him out a few nights before to play and lay by the Christmas tree. I will miss him so much as we go into a new year without him.

But we have a lot to be thankful for and I am so looking forward to the year ahead of us. My parents will be moving to Kentucky in the next month or two, our baby will arrive in May, and our lives will be forever changed. We have a lot to do to prepare for all of the changes coming our way and I couldn’t be more excited!

Our New Years Eve will be spent in a hotel room recovering to fly home on Friday. Nate and I have been sick since we arrived in Washington D.C. and yesterday we found out that Nate has Pneumonia. It’s been a rough vacation - but we are still so thankful. This baby makes everything okay.

Happy New Year, friends.

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This is going to be one of those word-vomit posts. You know the ones. Sometimes it’s good to just let yourself spill your thoughts completely uncategorized, unfiltered. This Christmas season came fast and I know that it is part of why I feel like there has been no time to think about or do anything. We have been constantly on the go and the days that have been spent at home were spent feeling under the weather. I am mostly blaming the busy time of year for the lack of time I’ve had to spend on anything - but if I’m being honest with myself - this is something I struggle with year round. I have a lot of things on my to-do list but I rarely tick them off because I’m constantly just trying to get through each day. The scary part is that I keep thinking I’m going to be better in 2015 - I’m going to be prepared for this baby, I’m going to meal plan, we’re going to be crazy awesome with our finances, we’re going to get all of our house projects done, I’m going to WORK HARD on my Pure Romance business, etc. But if I haven’t been doing these things over the past few months or the past year - what am I going to change in order to make them happen with a new baby? I know I have a few months to work this out and get myself on track but I know that I have to start now. And I know that I can’t keep doing what I’m doing if I expect things to change. Because what is the definition of insanity? Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Clearly, I have been living an insane lifestyle.

It’s time to set goals and to meet them.

Goals for January 2015:

♥ Make a complete list of what Nate and I plan to buy for baby boy and what we plan to register for.
♥ Make a list of every detail for the nursery and complete one task every weekend.
♥ Have 5 Pure Romance parties in January - call potential hostesses daily, give out samples/business cards, and be generally excited about my business! Because I AM!!
♥ Pay my car payment with Pure Romance earnings.
♥ Keep a detailed planner for bills and all important dates.
♥ Make a list every evening of what absolutely needs to be done the next day allotted hour by hour.
♥ Meal plan and only eat out ONCE for the entire month. (this one freaks me out.. but we can do it!)

I’m keeping it simple for now as to not add too much to my plate, but these are the things I want to accomplish in January no matter what! These are completely obtainable and I will keep myself accountable by posting them here.

Do you do anything special regarding time management and achieving your goals? I would love to hear you tips!!

I mentioned in my post at 16 weeks that Nate and I were going to be finding out the baby’s gender earlier than we originally thought! I just couldn’t wait until February when I knew it was possible to find out now. I made the appointment on Wednesday and counted down the days until Saturday at 3PM when we would finally know! On Saturday I woke up at 6:30AM unable to sleep another minute. Somewhat because I was excited and a lot because I’ve been battling a horrible cold/cough. I didn’t mind getting up though to go downstairs and snuggle under a blanket by the Christmas tree for a while. I fell back asleep for a bit eventually and by the time I woke up it was time to get ready for the appointment!

When we got there they promptly took us back at 3PM. My Mother-in-law, Sister in-law Erin, and our two nieces were all there for the party and we Face-Timed my parents so they could see as well! Nate and I sat there in awe when we saw our sweet baby on the big screen! Kicking around, moving arms, legs - dancing up a storm. It was so fascinating to think back on my previous ultrasound just 8 weeks before - he just looked like a tiny peanut! The ultrasound tech took pictures of his profile, feet, hands, and tried with all she could to get a clear shot of whether or not baby was a boy or girl. She finally had to ask us to step out and wait while she took another appointment and in the mean time I was to walk around and do whatever I could to get the baby to move around a bit. I started to feel like we would probably have to come back in a week or so. Erin went and got me a sprite to drink, I jumped around a little (I really did), I peed around 15 times, and then it was our turn again. She called us back, I laid down, and BAM - plain as day, it was a BOY!!!

THE most ADORABLE baby profile in the whole world!!<3333

I couldn’t believe it! So many people (including Nate) thought it was a girl and they had managed to convince me too! I’ve only had two dreams about the baby and in both it was definitely a boy - but I ignored my gut! Whenever someone asked me what I wanted I was honest about not really caring either way but that also, being a girly girl and all - I wouldn’t mind having a girl. ;] The second I found it was a boy though, my brain switched gears. I immediately started looking up all of the cute boy clothes and nurseries on Pinterest. I’ve already picked my nursery colors and pinned a million cute baby boy outfits and photos. Oh man, I cannot wait!

It has been the cutest thing watching Nate get excited for this baby. I know he would have been the same way with a girl, but I can just see it in his eyes that he’s so proud that he’s going to have a son. I think one of my absolute favorite things about this whole pregnancy will be watching him. He tells us both, individually, every morning that he loves us. He text messages me to tell me what a great mom I’m going to be. He tells me what he’s looking forward to doing with the baby. It melts my heart.

Today I am 17 weeks! Things are mostly the same as they have been. I have been sick for about a week and it’s become clear that it isn’t going away. Thankfully my doctor is going to call something in for me that I can take and hopefully I’ll start to feel better. The ultrasound showed the placenta is anterior, meaning that it’s like a cushion between me and baby. So feeling him move will be more difficult. It could change though! I had resigned to thinking that I wouldn’t feel him at all for quite a few more weeks because of that - but I decided to have a little bit of sweet tea this morning instead of coffee and - BAM. Dancing baby. There was no mistaking that feeling! This baby digs the sweet tea. So .. now I’m wondering if the anterior placenta will really matter at all? I have no idea.

We have a name picked out! I can’t decide if I’m going to keep it a secret until he’s born! Our friends and family know the name .. but do I want to keep it a secret to most of the world? I can’t decide. I’m pretty terrible at keeping things to myself… in my search for nursery art and I am in love. After browsing their site for a bit I created quite a wish list for the nursery, my living room, my bedroom - I think it’s safe to say that I will be choosing a few of their prints to include in a few different gallery walls! I love the idea of using both the Kentucky and Florida prints since I am from Florida and Nate is from Kentucky. Perfect!

I was also thinking that these would make great Christmas gifts! I really love to give personalized gifts when I can and these would work so well! And perhaps next year when we have a sweet baby to grace the front of our Christmas cards I will order those from them as well! I could seriously spend all of my money on stationary, cards, and art! It’s just all so pretty! All of the prints are currently 20% off, so snag something for yourself and something for someone you love! I definitely think I’m going to at least pick one out for the nursery to try to build/decorate around. I think that will give me a good direction to go in!

What is your favorite print on Have you ever heard of them? I think it’s possible that I’ve just been living under a rock…

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