Life Lately

Where to begin?  I guess I will cut to the chase and just announce that we are expecting baby #3 this winter!  We are super excited and cannot wait to meet HER!  That's right...we already found out the gender.  We had a bit of a scare this pregnancy because I tested positive (1:86) chance for Downs during my second trimester screening.  We were actually in Hilton Head on vacation and I got a call from my OB's cell phone on the way to dinner.  He explained that he already made an appointment for the next day and I needed to come back to have a level 2 ultrasound.  So we did and during this ultrasound they found a few soft markers.  Baby girl has a sandal gap, an echogenic intracardiac focus, and a small nasal bone.  All of these things happen in normal pregnancies, but seeing them combined with my blood work they increased my risk to 1:40.  Matt and I decided to move forward with amniocentesis and I cannot put into words how much stress and anxiety it caused waiting for those results.  It was a brutal two days, but Matt was beyond amazing since I couldn't lift either kid or carry much at the beach.  Luckily we found out she was healthy and the genetic counselor asked if we wanted to know the gender and I couldn't resist.  I did not want anymore surprises.  Plus deep down I think I didn't want to know the gender because I didn't want to bond with this baby until I was further along because of the miscarriage last fall.  I haven't spoke of this on here because it has been too painful, but I had one spot of blood at 9 weeks and went in for an ultrasound and found out the baby had passed 10 days earlier.  Life changing.   Seeing an ultrasound like that is something no one should have to do.  We decided to have a D&C because my sister-in-law was getting married days later which honestly sucked.  All you want to do after that is to be alone and eat your feelings and here I was in a wedding and trying to smile.  I LOOOVVE my sister-in-law to death, but the timing couldn't have been worse.  It was a beautiful wedding and seeing my little girl as the flower girl was a lot of fun, so maybe it was a bit of a distraction as well.  If anything I learned from that experience how much of a gift even having a child really is.  Not that I didn't know that before, but it really made me grateful to already be a Mom.

I plan on doing weekly updates as best as I can with this baby because I really enjoy looking and comparing my other two pregnancies.  Stay tuned!


Weekend at the sanctuary

Matt and I are not good about going on dates.  In fact, I can count one hand how many dates we have had since Brooks came into the picture.  Even before him we weren't that great either.  We are lucky that our marriage for the most part is easy.  Don't get me wrong...we are still human and have disagreements, but we have been together for so long and we know everything about one another we can both take a step back and see the other person's side.  Plus Matt is just an easy guy to be married to.  He is funny, handy, selfless, humble, good looking and somehow doesn't age (totally unfair), and the best Daddy to our kids.  Still though, we know date nights are important and we both have said we need to be better.  So when my in-laws offered to take the kids for the weekend, we immediately started to figure out a getaway.  We decided on The Sanctuary because we went last year and had the best time.  The hotel is one of the nicest I have ever been to (if not the nicest) and we knew that although it was March and going to be cool we would still just be able to relax.  Naps, reading outside, day drinking...these are all things that make the both of us happy.

We came down on Thursday and stopped in Charleston for lunch and to walk around for a bit.  We ate lunch at Five Loaves and it was fresh and really yummy.  Then we decided to walk around.  And by walk around I mean finding a rooftop bar.  Lets face it, I hate to shop.  I do.  I walked into I think 3 stores and then just felt like I was wasting my day...boring...so rooftop bar it was!  We went to the Pavilion and had a drink before driving to Kiawah.

Once there we grabbed a drink at their bar and sat outside and just relaxed until our room was ready.  They upgraded us and treated us to a bottle of champagne since we counted this as my early birthday trip.  We had a few appetizers on our balcony before heading back to the lobby where we had more drinks and just decided to order some burgers which were realllllly good.  

Hands down the best cosmos I have ever had.  I had several during our trip!

The next day I worked out and we spent most of the day by the pool reading.  Reading outside is my favorite!  By late afternoon we decided to head to the Ryder Bar for an appetizer and drinks.  The view there is so beautiful and peaceful.  After that we decided to head to Freshfields Village which is a little shopping area to try out a wine bar.  I have never been to one before where you are given a card and go and the machine pours you a taste, half glass or a full glass depending on what you select.  We were able to try to bottles that we would never splurge on so that was a treat.  We decided to walk next door to King Street Grill for a quick bite because we weren't starving, but needed a little more.  The food was actually good, just the atmosphere was blah.

View from our table at the Ryder Bar!

I thought the restrooms at the Ryder Bar were awesome looking!  Herringbone floors with grasscloth are my love language! 

Wine Bar were you filled your own glass...pretty neat!

On our last day we decided to try a place called The Market which was walking distance from our room for breakfast.  So good and affordable!  We don't mind splurging for dinner, but we can't do that for every meal.  We then rented bikes for a few hours which was so much fun!  The houses on Kiawah are not like anything I have ever seen.  We read by the pool again before having drinks in the lobby followed by dinner at Jasmines Porch.

Seriously the best trip!


Professional Photos

We had professional photos done in both July 2016 and in November 2016.  I love how they all turned out!  They are too cute not to share!