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September Recap


Happy October! Yesterday we celebrated Clementine’s first birthday (which I’ll share about soon) but for now I’m popping in to recap September. We’re already 5 days into October and I’m just now getting the chance to sit down and blog. I keep saying “when life slows down I’ll….(fill in the blank)” But life doesn’t seem to be slowing down any time soon. Hopefully I will get the chance to share a few posts over the next week or so!

September did have some nice days (mixed in with miserably hot days) so we took advantage of one of the nicer days to spend a little time in Forest Park. I’m hoping that October cools off a bit more so we can get back out and play again because I think that everyone is much happier when we’re spending our days outdoors.

Don and I celebrated our 10 year anniversary on September 7th! I’ll share a few more photos in a different blog post when I get done with the other billion things on my to-do list (that’s laughable!) But it was such a great time to get away for a brief little getaway to see the sunflowers in Lawrence, Kansas. It was incredible to see in person and we’re already talking about going again next year, along with the kids.

I’m finding it harder to fit all the kids in a square cropped photo when they’re lying down. I already have to stand on a chair to fit them all in. So when baby girl arrives, I may need to stand on a ladder haha. Also, suckers are the ultimate bribe to keep them still. There’s my pro tip for you ūüėČ

I already posted about our apple picking adventure, but I had to share a couple of my iphone shots. P.S. I’m still using an iPhone 6 but really wanting to upgrade. Does anyone have the 8/8+? I’m dying for the better camera but dreading the thought of having a giant phone with the 8+. Tell me it’s worth the obnoxiousness!

The Chick-fil-a locations in the St. Louis area had a promotion for a free sandwich/nuggets if you wore Cardinals attire on certain days. We took advantage of it every single time (minus the time we were out of town.) When you say “free,” be expecting our family to show up. #noshameinourgame. I legit went to thrift stores to purchase Cardinals shirts for everyone because we are the polar opposites of sports fans. But, you know, free food. Desmond didn’t have a shirt but he wore this hat and I was obsessed with how adorable he looked.

Desmond–he makes up for all the cuddling that Clementine rejects.

These group shots with the kids are sometimes the most difficult to get, but always my most treasured.

And in case you somehow missed it, we found out that our girl squad is growing! We are so excited to be adding a new baby sister in February! I cant wait for all the matching/coordinating opportunities!

We went to a family camp with our church this past weekend and ended up coming home with sickness. Thankfully the stomach bug has only hit a few (so far) but the allergy/asthma issues that are sticking around are becoming a bigger issue. I had to spend a couple of hours of Clementine’s birthday yesterday at the doctor with Liam as he received breathing treatments. We came home with a nebulizer and a jittery kid from getting medication around the clock. Poor kid. But hopefully we’re moving past this and we’ll be back to a healthy household soon!

Don’t forget to watch the September video (just over a minute!) and have a great week!

 

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It’s a Girl!! (Gender Reveal and Bumpdate)


Are you ready for some fun gender reveal pictures? I am so excited to share that baby #7 is a girl!! Our whole family is so thrilled to be welcoming another little girl to the tribe and evening things out a little more! I am seriously still in disbelief even though I suspected we were having a girl.gender revealYou may remember from my announcement post that at 8 weeks, I experienced a huge scare with this pregnancy and thought we had lost the baby. It was later determined to be a ¬†subchorionic hemorrhage, which was closely monitored via ultrasound at my appointments. When I had an ultrasound at 14 weeks, I talked the ultrasound technician into trying to see what we were having. She wasn’t very confident in her guess but said if we held a gun to her head and made her guess, she would guess we were having a girl.gender reveal ideas

Obviously that didn’t leave me feeling too confident. Hopeful? Yes. But not confident at all.

Anyway, as I was trying to come up with a unique gender reveal idea, I came across this fun photo on the @ohhappyday feed and was immediately inspired! I know some people roll their eyes at gender reveals and the moms who go all out for a picture. But this is one of the few hobbies I have so let me live a little, okay? Haha.

At that moment, I knew that whether we were having a boy or a girl, I definitely wanted to do a colorful theme instead of the expected blue or pink. And even though I did use someone else’s ideas for the balloons/colors, I love that my gender reveal is a one of a kind! (ps–here’s the diy I used, in case you’re interested!)gender reveal balloons

gender reveal photoshootYou may look at these gender reveal pictures and think it looks like a pretty simple setup (and overall, now that we know what we’re doing…it is) but we ran into quite a few issues along the way that had me stressing out. I’ll put the vlog at the end of this post and it shows some of the problems we ran into.

Our DIY projector required a lot of trial and error and I was being super picky about colors and didn’t like what any of the stores carried. I actually ended up ordering directly from the Oh Happy Day website¬†and was so happy with the colors!

As soon as the balloons came in, we attempted to inflate them and realized our pump was too big (these balloons are smaller than the standard size.) So I drove around to a bunch of stores until I FINALLY found a pump that was small enough. I came home, started to inflate the balloons, and then ended up popping a few of our limited supply!

By the time we got done with the letters, it was too dark to take pictures so we had to wait until the next morning. ¬†However, by morning, some of them were starting to deflate (that may have been my fault–I may have not tightened the knots well enough) and we didn’t have enough balloons to replace the deflated ones.

There were seriously issues every step of the way (you can see on some of these pictures how wonky some of the balloons look) but I still LOVE the end result and it was so worth the stress!gender reveal photo session

how to do a gender reveal with balloonsOh, I didn’t tell you the best (craziest?) part! We took these pictures last week, before we knew what we were having! The plan was to take both sets of gender reveal pictures so we could get the announcement out ASAP after we found out. But after seeing how much work it took, we decided to just do the girl pictures and be VERY hopeful we were actually having a girl, like the ultrasound technician guessed haha.

We did have everything set up and ready to go yesterday…in case I had to hurry home and get “boy” gender reveal pictures. I think we were all a bit relieved that we didn’t have to go through all of that again (especially because we would have had to use the balloons we had left and the color scheme wasn’t nearly as fun!)sibling gender reveal photos(p.s. Obsessed with Desmond’s face in that picture ^^ ¬†I may look like a dweeb but everyone else’s faces made that photo worth sharing.)gender reveal ideas involving siblingsYesterday was my big anatomy ultrasound. We decided that I was going to go alone for the ultrasound and then I would come home and surprise them. I hadn’t slept much in the days leading up to the ultrasound because I was SO NERVOUS! I seriously felt like I was going to throw up. But as I saw my healthy baby moving around on the screen, I felt such a peace that I would be happy either way, girl or boy.

I was really hoping for a girl (not going to lie) but I knew that either way, this baby was given to us by God and was perfect for our family. When I thought back to the days that I thought I had lost the baby, I knew that at that point, I would have never had a gender preference. I just wanted a baby. So I reminded myself of that during my ultrasound. I am so thankful for our little girl but I would have been equally happy for a baby boy.gender reveal party colors

most unique gender reveal

Everyone is really excited to have a baby sister! I think everyone kind of hoped for a girl, except Kai. But if you ask Kai, he’s still super excited for a sister! Now we have about 20 more weeks to come up with a name for baby girl because we don’t even have a “maybe” name yet! (Although I do have a small list of baby girl names that I like!)

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best way to reveal baby gender¬†If you don’t watch the vlog and you’re noticing our wall is two different colors, then the answer to the question in your mind is “yes, we did paint just a section of our wall so we’d have a white background.” BUT! We had been planning on painting our walls white. So whenever (if ever) our lives slow down a bit, we’ll be finishing up our paint job. If only we had a few extra hours in our days (without kid interruptions.) gender reveal photoshootNow for a little Bumpdate! I’m 20 weeks this week, which means I’m officially halfway to my due date! Any time someone asks me how I feel, I tell them I feel too well because I seriously don’t feel pregnant most of the time. My only reminders are my hunger, cravings, and tiny little baby kicks. I’m definitely not complaining because I’ve had some difficult pregnancies. But I’m hoping that this time is just like my most recent pregnancy (with Clementine) because that was my easiest pregnancy of all!

Speaking of baby kicks, I have an anterior placenta–which is fancy talk for saying that the placenta is in the front, which cushions me from feeling most of those precious kicks. Kicks are one of my favorite parts of pregnancy so I’m hoping to start feeling them a bit more pretty soon!

Also, fun fact! My best friend, Maggi, just found out last week that she is also due with a baby girl¬†(and she’s due 2 days after me!) I’ve always dreamed of having twin girls–so this is as close as I’ll ever get to making that dream come true! I can’t wait to find matching outfits and accessories for our “twin girls” haha. ¬†pregnancy gender reveal

You can’t really tell from these pictures as much but my bump is very prominent already! That’s what happens when you’re pregnant with baby #7! Even though I’ve only worn dresses and leggings with long shirts for my last couple of pregnancies, I’ve found myself wanting to wear jeans and a flowy shirt this time around!

A big reason is because I found these Old Navy maternity Rockstar jeans! I have NEVER found a pair of maternity jeans that I loved until now. Keep your eyes out for sales because I got them for about half price during a sale! They are seriously the best ever. So comfy and fit exactly how I want them. (Not an ad–just an obsession!)

And I’ve collected a few comfy, adorable shirts from Pink Blush. In these photos I’m wearing this shirt. Their site is always the first place I look when I’m trying to find cute maternity clothes.

If you have other favorite maternity shops, let me know!! It seems like most maternity stuff is only sold online these days, which can make it hard to shop sometimes. I have been drawn more towards flowier stuff this time around, partly because I’m trying to avoid the conversations and questions that inevitably come up when we go out as a family (6 kids and pregnant again?!?!!) But as it’s getting harder to hide, I’m trying to embrace the bump a little more.gender reveal photo shoot pregnantI hope you made it through this entire post without going crazy haha! I know when my mind is going a million miles an hour, like it is right now, I tend to just spill all of my thoughts out quickly and it ends up being all over the place. But I’m just so excited and there’s just so much to say! I’m so anxious to start shopping for another baby girl (if you haven’t already seen my registry, you can look at that HERE. Since I put it together before the ultrasound, I have boy and girl picks!)

And the best part of it all—the vlog! Guys, I know you probably see the length of our vlogs and think “who wants to sit and watch a video that long?” But it’s shorter than the length of a tv show and the content is much better ūüėČ Kidding.

But this video is seriously my favorite that we’ve made. It shows me surprising Don and the kids yesterday, setting up for the gender reveal pictures, and a dorky “behind the scenes” look at what it was like to get the pictures! It’s absolutely worth the 15 minutes that it takes to watch it! And while you’re there, don’t forget to subscribe to our channel!!

Thank you all so much for reading along and being excited with us! I could not believe how many people were just as anxious as I was to find out what we’re having. I’m just a boring stay at home mom who homeschools our children, buys most of our clothes/decor second hand, and drives dorky 12 passenger van. But you all make me feel so loved and so much cooler than I actually am. I’m humbled by your kindness!

Thank you so much!! I can’t wait to introduce our baby girl to you in about 20ish weeks!

(To see my other gender reveals, click¬†HERE for Clementine’s,¬†HERE for Desmond’s, and HERE¬†for that time that I tried doing gender reveal photos for Desmond before I found out what we were and ended up guessing the wrong thing. You think I would have learned this time around haha!)