Baby Bump #2 | 25 weeks

Yes! All caught up – through all the weekly photos I’ve taken.

week 25

Henry really is the sweetest and I can’t wait to see him as a big brother. Hopefully that continues once the baby is here. Though if the way he is with Beck is any indication, he’ll be super duper sweet with kisses and hugs and make your heart melt, and in the next minute you have to tell him not to sit on the dog…

Here’s the two photo collages showing the belly progress thus far:

first collage

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Unrelated: I finally took photos of the hutch I made over! Now to edit the photos and write a post…

{Justine}

Baby Bump #2 | Weeks 20 & 23

Well isn’t this pregnancy just cruising along. Still playing catch up with these maternity book pages though – I will be 26 weeks tomorrow, which means it’s time to start kicking it in gear to get things done.

week 20

week 23-01

I’m so excited to decorate another nursery, it’s one of the best parts about having a baby – amiright?! This time I think I’m going with a light mint green, black, white and wood color scheme, and using some geometric shapes around the nursery. It’s not a theme but a direction. I have in fact made up my mind on the color of the walls (I refuse to look at other colors lest I go back into indecision world), but I first need to prime two walls and paint some trim (and actually buy the paint, I’m trying to wait for a sale) before I can actually paint. I need to get started before I get too big. So yea, the trim, ugh. The trim around the door, trim around the closet and the closet doors are totally an off-white, while the baseboards are white. Is it necessary to paint them now? No, but if it’s not done now, I don’t know when it will be, and it’s driving me crazy. But I’m super, super excited for the nursery to come together. I’m in love with the rug and the vintage dresser I found (in such good condition), and am trying to create some art. I’ll have to share something soon.

{Justine}

White Chocolate Pistachio Cranberry Pretzel Bark

Perhaps the longest recipe name ever, but it’s descriptive so….ok.

white chocolate bark

Look at those colors! Maybe the prettiest bark I ever did see.

This is one of those non-recipe recipes, but I do provide measurements in case you need a guideline.

White Chocolate Pistachio Cranberry Pretzel Bark 
2 bags white chocolate chips
1/3 c. shelled pistachios, roughly chopped
1/2 c. pretzels, broken
1/3 c. craisins
Line a cookie sheet with sides with wax paper (I used a 9×12 for thick bark; larger will just produce a thinner chocolate layer). Melt the white chocolate according to package directions, then pour and level in prepped cookie sheet. Sprinkle toppings over chocolate and lightly press down toppings to help secure in chocolate. Let the chocolate set on the counter or in the fridge for a couple hours until completely cooled and hardened; break/cut into pieces.
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It’s a tasty as it is pretty. Creamy, sweet white chocolate, tart and salty.
This “recipe” is so forgiving, as any bark recipe is. It’s basically: melt chocolate, put yummy things on top, cool, break, eat. I wanted a thick chocolate base so I used two bags of chips and my smallest sheet pan, but either use less chocolate chips or a larger pan for a thinner base. The amount of the toppings is totally dependent on the size of the pan you use and how covered you want your chocolate to be – though too many toppings will not stick into the chocolate, eventually. The measurements I provided are pretty accurate to what I used, and after they were all on I lightly pressed down on the top-most toppings to help secure them in the chocolate. Some still got loose when I was cutting it up, but I’m not ashamed to say I was then able to pour the leftovers into my mouth via the wax paper afterwards. Ok, so I’m maybe a little ashamed – the baby made me do it.
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white chocolate bark 2
Almost too pretty to eat – but not quite. Just take a picture – it will last longer :)
Enjoy!
{Justine}

Baby Bump #2 | Weeks 15 & 16

Hello, again. Here’s another maternity book catch-up post.

15 weeks 16 weeks

Seriously, with the tiredness – oy. So much worse than last time, I swear. I think it’s a combo of having Henry to take care of and some bad sleeping. I seriously only get like one or two good nights of sleep a week. Peeing in the middle of the night happened pretty much immediately, and some nights I can’t fall asleep, or I can’t fall back asleep after the bathroom break, or I just keep waking up…or all three if it’s a particularly bad night. Some people like to say “it’s just practice for having a newborn and being up all night” – well, please don’t let that be you saying it to me, because on this lack of sleep? I might punch you in the face. At least in my head. Here’s the thing – I don’t have a newborn yet, so I’d like to sleep. I don’t need to “practice” thankyouverymuch.

My cravings – or more like the only foods that really sound delicious to me, couldn’t be more unhealthy. How do I go about craving things like plain celery, calorie-free pickles and lettuce? Luckily I’m used to working out, well, apart from the beginning of the pregnancy when I was so tired I just couldn’t, so I’m trying to make it to the gym two times a week to counteract the carb breakfast, carb snack, carb lunch, carb snack, carb dinner and carb dessert. I think at 16 weeks I had only gained six pounds…but here at almost 24 weeks it’s definitely starting to catch up to me.

I’m also doing a collage of sorts, to see the progression of the belly. (It also shows the difference in my editing of the white balance from week to week, but let’s focus on the belly instead of my photography skills thanks). Week 16 will be on the next one…

first collage

Almost caught up!

(See the first Week 15 and Week 16)

{Justine}

YSM Paper

Soooooo I started an Etsy shop. Without really telling anyone about it, except for instagram when it was launched. I’ve always had plans of starting one that has sewn goods (burp cloths and blankets and pillows and whatnot), and I even have the shop name reserved on Etsy and perhaps even bought (a little bit of) fabric for pillows and such, but I barely have time or motivation to do much of anything around these parts, so sewing for an Etsy shop is just not happening. I still have the pillows on my couch that match my couch fabric, people – that is so not cool, and I hate them so much, though in order to sew new ones that means I have to make a decision on what colors and fabrics to use, then buy it, then actually sew, so my prediction of new pillows is maybe sometime never. But who knows with the thing called “nesting”. It would be great if it could kick in any. day. now. so I’m motivated for the one million projects I have to do.

YSM Paper logo

BUT, back to the Etsy shop I did actually open. I’m good at sitting on the couch and using my computer – that’s the type of project I have motivation for – so the shop is YSM Paper and it’s a shop of instant download typography prints. I’ve always had a passion for typography, and I’ve been learning how to use Illustrator slowly but surely, so I finally started creating prints for myself to fill the empty frames hanging on my walls (for months…and months…). Ideas for prints just kept coming and suddenly I had a folder full of prints – some finished, some almost, some just a placeholder to come back to. Some are simple, some are girly, some are fun, some are sentimental, but all are me. Quotes or lyrics I love, songs I sing to Henry, phrases that reflect my love for my family, etc. etc. mushy mushy. So on whim I opened up shop to basically see what happens, since I have all of these anyway. Why not? 

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There’s not too many prints available yet, just the few I had the most ready to launch with, but I’m constantly working on finishing the ones I’ve started to get listed, making progress on some and getting new ideas all the time – so follow me or check back! Most everything is meant to be printed and framed at 8″x10″, though a couple prints have different sizes due to already being created for myself (they can probably be sized down, though I’m happy to work with people on different sizes or orientations or even colors). Everything is an instant download only, which is honestly due to wanting to see if anyone is actually interested in my stuff before figuring out all the logistics of physically printing and mailing things to people.

It’s kind of nerve wrecking to put it all out there, but what’s to lose? At the least I’ll have a very full library of prints to fill the mountain of empty frames I have. I’d love for you to check it out, “heart” it on Etsy if you happen to be on there, and even let me know if there’s a quote/saying/idea you’ve been wanting. I also added a link to the shop in my header and sidebar, so you can’t miss it :)

{Justine}

Baby Bump #2 | Weeks 7 & 13

Boy am I behind documenting this pregnancy. This week I will be 23 (!) weeks and I finally started on #2’s maternity book. I really couldn’t decide which direction to go, photo-wise and layout-wise, but as you can see, I finally did. Anyway, here’s the first two pages, I will have more to share soon.

week 7-01 week 13 bump

As you can also see, things (or, um, a certain belly) progressed a little faster this time around, hence starting at 7 weeks!

{Justine}

Henry is getting a….

Baby Boy 2

brother!

If you follow me on Instagram or know me in real life then you probably already knew two weeks ago since I’ve neglected this little blog of mine lately, but I figured better late than never is best for this internet space of mine.

Going into the appointment, I had no “feeling” of boy or girl – I don’t know how people have those to be honest. My only indication of anything was that this pregnancy has been fairly similar to the last one – though not exactly the same, but that’s just an old wives tale anyway, so I didn’t put much stock into it. Henry said it was a girl every time I asked him, so I felt so bad for him that he was wrong, even though I’m sure he didn’t really care. I’m going to be really truthful, finding out it was a boy, again, was a combination of excitement, shock and a smidge of disappointment (future child of mine: smidge. And I know it will be all gone once you’re here and another beautiful boy of mine). And most of all gratefulness that the baby is healthy, of course.

+Excitement: Henry will have a brother! Built in best friends! Another totally handsome and awesome son. It will be so interesting to see how alike and similar they are. I really hope he’s as sweet and overall well behaved as Henry is. And as good of a nighttime sleeper as Henry was/is, just for starters (I can wish, right?).

+Shock: TWO boys! I WILL BE A MOM OF TWO BOYS. Never saw that coming. Even though I had no idea what it was going into it, and knew it was a possibly of being another boy, it still didn’t register until it was true. Even though I have a boy already, I don’t consider myself a “boy mom” as some say.  Maybe after two?

+Disappointment: I can’t lie, I want a daughter so bad. I want the most adorable clothes ever, pony tails, pig tails, tea parties, babies, prom dress shopping, wedding dress shopping…I wanted a boy so him and Henry could be besties since they’ll be close in age, but I wanted the pressure off of the third child (should I have one, crossing fingers) and to just have one. Now it all comes down to the last one. Dum dum dum. (And should it be a girl, I’m already sad she won’t have a sister. But we’re not doing 4, nope.) But that’s a while from now…

Whatever the sex, this one or the next (or the first, ahem, Henry), the bottom line is that they are healthy and I will love them an immeasurable amount. I will love them so much I want to squeeze them and kiss them over and over and never let go and hold them forever…but that would be weird, so I’ll do all those things in my head and only do that sometimes when I can’t control myself.

In closing: brothers! Everyone says they’re awesome, so I’m sure they are. And crazy. And love their mom :) Though I honestly don’t know how I’ll handle having the two cutest boys in the world, my head/heart might explode.

{Justine}