Friday, October 25, 2013

Friday Five

I used to a do a Five and Five occassionally on Fridays, but not limited to them.  I know the Five on Friday link up is huge and finally decided this week I'd join!  So many random things to touch on, I thought this would be the perfect way....




1.  We had Ashlynn's 18 month check up on Wednesday.  31" tall and 22lbs 4 oz, still our little shortcake.   She officially hates check ups.  I mean she hasn't been a fan the last few visits, but as soon as I put her on the scale (which she wouldn't sit, she stood) her little lip started quivering and it didn't stop until we left.  I honestly think she's now scarred by crinkle paper because whenever she comes to my OB appts she gets very serious when I sit on the table.

Outside of not wanting to be looked at and hating shots, she's meeting all her milestones and one healthy (and usually happy) baby toddler.


2.  Speaking of OB appointments.  I had two check ups this week.  The first was on Monday at MFM to check out baby.  At my 32 week appointment the baby was measuring behind.  I wasn't too concerned since Ashlynn measured behind around that point too and caught up.  The doctor didn't seem alarmed, but thought why not check - an extra sneak peek for me, sure!

Turns out Kenley is measuring a bit above average.  They estimated she weighs around 4lb 14oz, doctor said her heart looked 'textbook', and she's still a "she"!

I had my 34 week appointment yesterday and all was well there.  Still measuring behind, but growing properly by weeks, most likely due to being a shortcake myself (I'm only 5'2").  Here's to hoping I make it to my 36 week!


3. This was going to get it's own post, and probably still will, but let's briefly chat Christmas.  Last Christmas was a bit of a let down for Ashlynn's first.  We had just moved out of our house 4 days prior and were living with my in-laws until the end of January when we closed on this home.  I did manage to put up our little 4' tree and hang stockings on their mantle, but it wasn't what many imagine for their child's first Christmas.  That also brings me quickly to facts that I'm married to Scrooge and also, will 8 month old Ashlynn really remember her first Christmas?

Anyway, I got over it, especially since I'm not the Christmas enthusiast who starts playing Christmas music on November 1st.  I've always been strictly no tree or decor until Black Friday (that was our family's tradition growing up instead of shopping) and I love Thanksgiving way too much than to give it the brush off.

All that said, I'm ITCHING to get the house decorated for Christmas!  I went totally half assed for "Fall-oween" just putting out some pumpkins, pinecones, and changed our mantel's chalkboard art.   I want this First Christmas in our new home to be memorable for all of us - Husband, me, Ashlynn, and little baby Kenley too.  Ashlynn will definitely have more fun participating this year and really taking in the decor and wonder of the season.


I know so many stores have great decorations, but I'm sucker for Crate & Barrel.  Year after year, I hit them up post season to get clearance goodies and they just always hit the spot.  When I got the catalog this week I squealed.  I'm trying to rationalize these stocking holders, but pretty sure the Husband would die if I spent $80 on wood and wire.




4.  Ok.  While all the above is truth, if I'm being even more honest, for Kenley's newborn photos I'm planning a family holiday shoot.  So yes, I want the house decorated prior to her arrival so I don't have to worry about that afterwards.

Sisters photographed by the lights of the tree?  Family on the hearth with stockings and garland hanging behind us? Yes, please!  



5.  Nursery progress.  I finally finished my teepee orders and have been able to work on getting Kenley's room together.  Still holding out to see which comes first, baby or a completed nursery, but I'll definitely be sharing some DIY tutes and a reveal soon!



Have a great weekend, Friends!

20 comments:

  1. That Christmas living room scene is beautiful! I can't wait to get out our Christmas stuff up! SO I try not to decorate before black Friday either but now that we travel at Thanksgiving we decorate before we travel which I kinda hate but I LOVE coming home to the house decorated! I pretty much love the holidays from fall through New Years.

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    1. I would love coming home to a decorated house too!!

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  2. Hello from the link-up! Congrats on you new baby girl! I love the idea of taking newborn pictures with the Christmas decorations. What a special year it will be for your family. I have a daughter that is 7 weeks old and I can't wait to put up our Christmas tree so we can take pictures of her. Good luck with the rest of your pregnancy!

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    1. Hi and thank you! You will have a great baby's first Christmas!

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  3. Hudson is terrified of the paper at doctor's offices too! And I think you totally need to go all out for Christmas....it's going to be SO fun with two little ones!

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  4. I officially have the urge to watch white Christmas and decorate the house. I fully blame you (and Julie). The girls are going to appreciate it and love the season SO much more this year! And haveing kenley here will be so so special. I love it!

    Yay for happy growing Ashlynn. I hate the crinkle paper at the doctor too... It makes noise when you move, is scratchy. Can't blame the girl ;)

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  5. You just put me in the mood for Christmas! That picture of the living room is Christmas perfection.

    Poor Ashlynn at the doctor. I can't stand to watch O when he has a "boo boo lip", as we call it in our family. I just want to scoop him up immediately.

    I am praying you make it past 36 weeks! And I'm looking forward to seeing more of Kenley's nursery.

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  6. I am such a sucker for Christmas! Love going all out on the decor...can't wait to see what you do...exciting first year in the house! And that sister shot...precious!! You must do that!! Love it! xo

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  7. that is a beautiful pic. I love crate and barrel too. how fun to be decorating your new home this year.

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  8. Love this. I am so excited for Christmas too, I don't decorate until after Thanksgiving also - I like to give each Holiday its recognition. Can't wait to see your house all dolled up for Christmas. You are such a great decorator and have an eye for beautiful things!

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  9. Noah rips that paper to shreds at the doctors now... Kind of embarrassing when the doctor finally arrives. I love everything Christmas! We ordered a Santa hat off etsy for Noah's newborn photos... Loved it!

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  10. YAYYYY for another cant-wait-for-christmas friend! i was daydreaming last night about what the tree will look like in our new place this year. i can't wait to bust out the stockings on the fireplace. nov 1 is the day!!!
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    elise

    oh! and hosting a giveaway on my blog today...for some christmas decor at that!!!! ;)

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  12. Hi there, new to your blog via Five On Friday. Congrats on your new baby girl!!! We are expecting our first baby girl due December 3rd, however like you I measure small as I am only 4'10 and we are hoping to make it another few weeks as well. I think our little girls are due around the same time as I was also 34 weeks this week.

    I am getting exciting over Christmas just not sure if I will get any decorations done before the baby arrives. I am still working on the nursery as well.

    I look forward to following along :)

    Have a great weekend

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    1. Hi and Welcome!! Congrats to you! And yep, I'm due on 12/6, but between Ashlynn being born at 35wks and this being my second go round we'll see if I hold out until the end! Just a few more weeks and I'll be okay with it.

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  13. How exciting and memorable Christmas will be for you this year! I hope it turns out just like you envision!

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  14. HA! I'm totally married to a scrooge as well! Let me tell you...there will be lights on this house! I mean, come on, Wyatt will be 7.5 months old...the kid needs lights! ;)

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    1. I'm hoping I can turn it around for him this year now that Ashlynn can participate a bit and hope he sees the wonder through her! And of course, lights are my favorite part!!

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