Monday, October 20, 2014

39 week stats | farm gal #2

i'm not really sure what planet i was on thinking i had a shot in hell at having this turtle 2.0 early. i've said it the entire pregnancy...she's JUST like her sister. and sister was 11 days late and still wasn't ready to arrive...so she was evicted.

well sister...get ready for your eviction notice because i am NOT going 11 days over with you. been there, done that...and i'm not a fan.

39 WEEK STATS | farm gal #2

WEIGHT GAIN | sit tight...let me go weigh myself. 

oh...what happens when you throw a birthday party that involved cake, cupcakes, and cakepops? you gain weight. hello 17 pounds up.

17 pounds is nothing to be mad about...unless those last two pounds were gained purely in sugar consumption. nobody would be impressed with my diet as of late. 

however...i got my shiz together last night and made us quinoa taco bowls for dinner, so there's something to be said for that. tonight we'll probably have life cereal.  

SYMPTOMS | i swear i'm having contractions. right? i have to be. except i'm not. i asked amy to feel my belly the other day convinced it was a contraction and she said, "no karli, that's definitely a baby. that's a baby's body part." 

so according to dr. amy, i'm not having contractions. however, i AM having some pretty intense pressure on my lower abdomen all the time. don't get excited, because this still doesn't mean labor is near. i felt this same pressure when i was pregnant with kaye. 

SIZE OF BABY | last week doctor timothy said the baby was probably hitting the seven pound mark and 19 inches. 

SLEEP | sleep. i miss you. let's have a rendezvous soon-ish? 

but seriously...i remember sleeping WAY better after kaye was born. it's just so damn uncomfortable right now. and the five zombie walks to the bathroom a night are a pain. and getting in and out of bed is a chore. and and...i'm over it.

not to mention...kaye woke up at 5 am this morning yelling, "HI! HI!" which is actually super cute and made farmer and me laugh...but since she normally sleeps until 7:30 am it definitely caught us off guard. 

apparently if i'm not sleeping...she's not sleeping. team-player.


WORKOUTS | so, last week i mentioned that it was too painful to continue to workout. well...i've changed my mind. if working out raises my chances in any way of having girlfriend early i'm going to do it. 

i'm back on the treadmill, just a lot slower. i try to get in about 60 minutes of walking several days a week. besides...i'm about to embark on at least a few weeks of physical activity...so i'll embrace these last few days.
CLOTHING | let's not even talk about it. my hue leggings are officially WAY TOO TIGHT around the mid-section to be any sort of comfortable. my maternity jeans are too baggy after five minutes so i'm constantly pulling them up...which is beyond annoying. and obviously i'm not going to buy anything new at this point...so i'm down to yoga pants and my farmer's t-shirts. it's depressing. (except for today. today i put on the baggies and a scarf so i could take the appropriate 39 week selfies.)

GENDER | pink is the word.

CRIES THIS WEEK | no cries. i thought for sure i would get overwhelmed getting ready for kaye's party last week and let a few tears fall...but i didn't. super impressed with myself. so far this has been a WAY less emotional pregnancy...and for that i'm grateful. 
PURCHASES | last week when i was waiting for farmer to make it to the big city to take me on a little date, i popped into anthropologie and just happened to find a few wall accessories to jazz up the nursery. i snagged some wall hooks and a porthole mirror. 
now i just need to order some maternity session prints to fill the frames. i'd also love to find a little art piece to go above the changing table...because that wall is bare bones. 
don't mind kaye. she can very successfully climb in and out of this crib in 10 seconds flat. 
CHECKLIST | we're in business people! this week i actually marked some goodies off the list! 

i decorated our porch (kind of) for fall, complete with hay bales and corn stalk bunches, farmer packed his hospital bag, our infant carseat is completely clean and ready to be installed, and i even designed a faux birth announcement with picture placeholders. things are happening.
and that brings us to the 39th week with no signs of baby...and a semi-positive attitude. 

wait wait...i'm having a contraction. no, that's the baby getting cozy.  

Friday, October 17, 2014

oh hey, friday! | kaye's 2nd birthday party prep

this one says the 11th, but it's tomorrow...i promise.
we have turtle's 2nd birthday party breathing down our necks. it's tomorrow. 

and with my due date just over a week away, it'll be nice to cross this one off the list. 

kaye's actual birthday isn't until october 30th, so if k2 comes before then, i'll be able to claim (for a hot second) that i was a mom to two under two. that's brag worthy, right?

but before the party-prep details...
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MY FIVE

1 | i party prepped the cakepops!
who doesn't love a cakepop? i'll make them again and again and again because they are a win every single time. they were certainly a learning process and for some reason took me quite a few failures until i came up with a successful batch, but now...they're a snap. and they're cute. and i love them. 

2 | i party prepped little floral touches
kaye is into this new thing when she sees something she thinks is pretty or she thinks she likes...she'll kiss it, hug it, and nod her head a bunch of times as if giving it her stamp of approval. 

i absolutely adore this about her and hope she does it...until it starts to look weird. (i mean...imagine if i hugged and kissed a vase of flowers and nodded vigorously after? that would be strange.)

bug girlfriend can pull it off.
3 | i party prepped water bottle labels
i don't know what it is about water bottle labels but i just love the custom look they give a party, so i do them. it's silly. but they are so easy to pull off, so why not?

i also have every intention of moving this little table outside because it matches the party colors perfectly. yay for vintage furniture. 

4 | i party prepped stripy straws and cupcake toppers
and one night while our internet was down i snazzied up some straw flags and cupcake toppers. i had been putting it off and putting it off, but when the internet failed us and i couldn't do (??????) whatever it is i do after kaye goes to bed, i had no choice but to get my craft on. i'm not mad about how they turned out. 

5 | ad discount...again

in honor of my best gal's 2nd birthday, i'm offering a 2% discount on all ad spaces

kidding...it'll actually be a 20% DISCOUNT off of all ad spaces! i have an individual feature opening up as soon as october 25th! so if you want some September FARM love...show your love and get your ad space on. enter code TURTLE20 for the discount.

have a wonderful friday and a great weekend! have a drink for me saturday night. i'm going to need it.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

babyganics for the win down on the farm


I know I'm not the first mom to say this, but my best gal... she's as busy as a wild animal. Throw in some farm living and a farmer who comes home with mud up to his knees and grease up to his elbows on the daily... it's enough to throw this soon-to-be mom of two into mini panic-attacks.

The biggest lesson I'm learning? Pick my battles.

Sometimes your kid's face isn't going to be clean.
Sometimes you aren't going to have time to bathe that grubby, played-outside-in-the-dirt-all-day body.
Sometimes you will take a whiff of your kid and they won't have that fresh, just-lotioned skin scent.
Sometimes your kid will come home after a day with dad, holding a 9/16 wrench covered in god knows what.

This is my reality.

But sometimes I get to have my cake and eat it too.
Cue my new favorite brand and we're in business. 

I saw the Babyganics line at Target as I was shopping for my 79th no-spill, sippy cup and decided anything that can give me a fighting chance to stay one step ahead of my dirty farm-gal... count me in. 
I snagged the Alcohol-Free Foaming Hand Sanitizer, Toy & Highchair Cleaner Spray, Face Hand & Baby Wipes, and the Moisturizing Baby Lotion.

Good and bad news - the bad news is my little gal got sick. 

The good news is with my freshly purchased Babyganics goodies I'm more than prepared to keep her and our home so fresh and so clean clean. I want to do all I can to keep her from spreading those germs to the brand new baby we'll be bringing home soon.
Cue the hand sanitizer. I snagged a package of three and now have them strategically in our diaper bag, living room, and one for my farmer to keep in his truck. (Please farmer - use this on our gal who carries around dirty wrenches and then shoves granola bars in her face.)

Girlfriend loves to try anything that I am using so one little squirt in each of our hands makes us happy and sanitized. And then we do it again... and again... and again. Not because we have to, but because she wants to. Excessive? Yes. Necessary? No. Happy girl? Yes.

The best part is it doesn't dry out our hands and has a nice, little mandarine scent... so I don't feel like I need lotion all day long. 

In addition to keeping her from spreading those germs about our house by touching everything everything... we're dealing with a serious snot issue. Gross. She's been sneezing up a storm, so I handed her a wipe and she was INTO IT!
I think the dry tissues (after 27) start to hurt, but the Babyganics face wipes did the trick. She blew and wiped her own nose and didn't seem to mind. Poor muffin... but i was so proud.

The wipes are super soft, aren't too wet, but just enough. They are nice because not only can they be used for diapering, but for grubby faces and hands... and noses. Love that. 

I'll be keeping these wipes on our kitchen table for fast face + hand clean-up after meals.
The wipes will sit directly next to the Toy & Highchair Cleaner Spray.

Highchairs. Is there anything more disgusting? 

In preparation for getting our house ready for baby I am attacking our house section by section. The other day it was our dining area's turn. I nearly had to take an electric sander to Kaye's highchair because of the amount of dried food. Is it really necessary for her to paint her chair with smashed banana? Apparently so. Throw in some lasagna, sweet potatoes, cheese, and anything else that requires a putty knife... and that's what I found on her highchair. This is my life. 
No worries - I snagged my bottle of Babyganics non-toxic Toy & Highchair Cleaner Spray and got to work. I sprayed it on her highchair to soak for a few minutes and proceeded to clean her bib, placemat, and our entire kitchen table with the stuff. It's non-toxic and there's no need to rinse, so why not use it on everything? 

I think what I liked most is that not only did this product work (and now lives on my kitchen table) but it doesn't have a cleaning after smell. The spray just does its job and wipes right up. Boom. Babyganics for the win... again.
We read so many things these days about the ingredients in not only food, but in the products we use in our daily lives.

It's nice to know that the products I'm using to wipe down toys, faces, bodies, every surface of our home isn't going to cause potential harm to my sweet, wild animal.

After popping over to the Babyganics website I learned there is no standard for "natural" or "safe" when it comes to products. Companies can just slap it on the packaging... so Babyganics came up with their own standards...and I'm into their message: create a world for your kid where you can say "yes" instead of "no" so they are more free to explore.

And let's face it. My best gal certainly doesn't like to hear the word "no"... ever. so when it comes to lotion time after her shower she will always prefer to put it on herself.

I want us all to know that there are some seriously wonderful baby products on the market today and the last brand of lotion we used I loved. It too was natural and smelled delicious.

Cue the Babyganics Chamomile Verbena Moisturizing Baby Lotion.
Not only can I not get enough of it... but neither can my best gal. It has the most light, gentle scent that makes you want to cuddle your little one in and smell their little bodies awkwardly until they push you away. You know exactly what I'm talking about. 

But one of the best parts of this lotion is it absorbs quickly and easily without leaving the skin with a tacky feeling. This is wonderful when I'm trying to wrangle my turtle into her pj's.
Now that we've met some seriously awesome products that are wonderful for for the whole family...

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