August 4, 2017

30 Weeks Pregnant | Bump Update

As of yesterday I have officially hit 30 weeks! I'd been looking forward to this milestone for a while. There's just something about 10, 20, and 30 weeks that make it special. Plus the week countdown has reached the single digits which makes it all feel so soon!

We had an ultrasound yesterday to check on the size of baby and make sure she's not falling behind. My bump had been measuring kind of small at the last appointment. Everything is perfect though! In fact her head was measuring at about 33 weeks and legs measuring at 32. So she's gonna have a big round head and long legs just like her parents! I loved getting to see her sweet face on the monitor. She was sucking her thumb which is quite possibly one of the cutest things ever!!!
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How far along? 30 Weeks + 1 Day
Total weight gain: I gained back 8 of the 28 lbs I had lost! So now we're only at -20 
Maternity clothes? I bought my first pair of maternity jeans on Monday. (Less than $8 at Old Navy!) I'm still on the hunt for some shorts though.
Stretch marks? Just my hip/love handle area
Sleep: As normal as it can be with a husband on the night shift.
Best moment: Seeing her cute face at the ultrasound appointment
Miss anything? Not really
Movement: She moving like crazy right when I wake up now
Food cravings: Wendy's chicken nuggets and BBQ sauce
Anything making you queasy or sick: When aren't I queasy or sick?!
Gender: Still a girl
Labor signs: Nope, but I think I'm starting to experience braxton hicks occasionally. I'm not sure though.
Symptoms: Just the usual
Belly button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off?  On
Happy or moody most of the time: Happy :)
Looking forward to: Setting up her crib in a few weeks
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Just like my appointments I'll be updating every two weeks now, so keep an eye out for that!

July 31, 2017

BMT Graduation: Day Two // Parade and Town Pass

Exactly a year later I am finally getting to part 2 of the Air Force graduation ceremony! In fact July 28th last year was the first day of graduation weekend. Oh my goodness, I am horrible I know! My first post has been getting a lot of traffic lately, so I thought it would only be right for me to finish the series off. Especially if it can help someone out there who is new to the Air Force life. So let's jump into it.
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Friday morning I woke up super early again due to the excitement of seeing my husband. I think I was awake at like 5:30 am. Caleb's mom woke up about 45 minutes after that. We quickly ate our breakfast and headed back to base early as usual. Getting anywhere early is super important, because even though we were almost 2 hours early there was still so many people already there.
Friday's event is at the parade grounds. It's a giant, grass field surrounding by a bunch of historical planes. You really can't miss it. There's also multiple airman around base directing parking, so don't worry about getting lost. When in doubt, just follow the crowds!

By the time we got to the seats, they were already PACKED with families. Thankfully it was just me and Charlotte otherwise finding a decent spot would've be next to impossible.  One thing completely different than the day before was the sun beating down directly on us. If you remember, we chose our spots at the coin ceremony so we were out of the sun. Friday however there was no getting around it. The sun was right in our faces, which made it super fun while we waited for parade to start.

After what felt like forever it was finally 9am and all of the graduates started to take formation onto the field. Finding Caleb in this crowd was definitely harder this time round. The airman are much further away than they are at the coin ceremony. One key tip is to pay attention to the flags! We used our cameras like the day before to check the flags for his heritage flight and then find his face in the crowd. We did find him though!
They'll do a speech just like yesterday, a quick moment honoring MTI's, and after all that the "parade" portion starts. This was the best part, because they walk directly in front of you. We got extra lucky because Caleb was on the side closest to the bleachers whhere we could clearly see his cute face.

 They'll march through before heading back onto the field. The Air Force song is played, planes will fly overhead, and then the ceremony come to an end.
 Then the best part happens...we get to tap them out!!
I'm super squinty here, but it's the only photo I have of us on this day! So I just gotta deal with it...oh well!
Once you tap your airman out, you'll walk back to your car with them and get to head to their squadron for a tour of the dorms! Although it was very brief, I was super excited to see where he had been living for the last 2 months. They'll show you their lockers and their beds. Be careful not to step on anything shiny or knock things out of place. They'll probably even mention that to you, I know Caleb did.

He was so bald! I definitely don't miss the shaved head.

Once the tour is over they're free to go on the first day of town pass. There's a limit on how far from base you can go, as well as the places you can visit, but there's still so much to do! First stop for Caleb was our hotel so he could completely chill out and watch TV without worrying about someone getting onto him. We spent the rest of the day just enjoying each others company, went out to eat, and basically savoring every second of "freedom" before he had to go back for curfew.

Just like every day on this weekend, saying goodbye is hard. Curfew for Friday is 8:00pm, but we got there a little early to make sure he wasn't late.

Day 2 down, 2 more to go!
I promise to get the post for the last few days up much faster than I did this one, so keep an eye out for that! If you'll be heading to BMT graduation and have any questions don't hesitate to ask! I'd love to help and meet other Air Force wives!


July 28, 2017

2nd Trimester Must Haves | Pregnancy Essentials

I'm going to be super cliche here and say it, but I can't believe we're past the 2nd trimester! Everyone says the 2nd trimester is where things get easier and that's definitely true. Although it still had it's problems as well, but hey that's pregnancy for ya.
Most of the things I said in my 1st trimester must-haves where heavily used this trimester as well, but there were a few new things this trimester.
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1. Heartburn Meds
Oh heartburn, how you suck! I've been popping heartburn meds like candy these past few weeks. It only gets worse as the baby grows too. Fun fun...
2. Pregnancy Journal
I bought a journal shortly after I got a positive test. The plan was to document all the little moments of pregnancy as if I were talking to the baby. I thought it'd be something sweet she could have when she's older. I'm already loving how much it helps me remember the little things and would definitely suggest you try it yourself!
3. Flowy, Twirly Dresses
As my belly continues to grow and the sun gets hotter, nothing sounds better to wear each day than a comfy flowy dress. I have 3 dresses that I pretty much just rotate through each day.
4. Bubble Gum
This goes along with the heartburn issue as well. I have packs of gum all over the house, in my purse, the car, etc. Basically try to keep it on my at all times. It significantly helps with all the heartburn and indigestion I've been fighting with.
5. Bralettes
They're way comfier than a normal bra, but still help me feel cute. As you can tell, comfy is basically the most important quality in my clothes lately.
6. Moisturizing Da Bump
Still trying to keep that bump nice and lotioned up! I have yet to have any stretch marks on my belly so it must be working!
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Only one more trimester to go. As of yesterday I'm officially 29 weeks, woohoo!! Anything you'd add to this list? Let me know in the comments below!


July 26, 2017

DIY Succulent Garden | Less Than $10

Hello everyone! 
Today I wanted to share with you a super quick and easy DIY project for a succulent garden. All the supplies are from the dollar tree, except for the bowl which was from TJ Maxx for like $3. In total it only cost $9 for all my supplies. You could totally make it cheaper by using a container you already had or picking up one at the Dollar Tree as well. I was totally surprised by the selection of faux succulents the Dollar Tree had. They're a super cute size and looked pretty realistic as well.

 This garden is perfect for any home and completely customizable for your style. Plus because it's made with faux plants you don't have to worry about killing them, which I know is a positive for many busy people. With back to school coming up I could totally see this working in any dorm as well!
Without further adieu let's talk on how to make it!
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You will need:
• Planter/Bowl
• Faux Succulents
• Small rocks
• Newspaper or Plastic Bags
• Larger Rocks and Decor Pieces (optional)
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STEP ONE: Fill in your bowl with newspaper
You could also use plastic bags. This saves the amount of rocks you need. Don't worry about it being messy, it will be completely covered by the rocks and plants in the end.

STEP TWO: Add your filler rocks
Take the smaller rocks and cover the newspaper, filling up the rest of the container.

STEP THREE: Add in your succulents. 
This was the longest part of the whole project as I messed around with the layout of the plants. Just push the plants down into the rocks until you're happy with how they look!

STEP FOUR: Add some decor pieces
This part is optional, but I really love how it pulled the whole garden together.This is your time to really get creative with what you add. Some examples would be glass pebbles, little figurines, moss, etc. I added a couple of larger black rocks and a cute metal origami crane to the mix.  

And your done! A super cute succulent garden that can survive it all!
I have our laying on ours laying on our coffee table with a real plant. I totally blends in as real itself. I love the pops of green it adds without ever having to worry about not watering it enough or too much.

If any of y'all make one for yourself let me know. I'd love to see a photo of how it turned out. You can send it to me on insta!

July 24, 2017

Weeks 20 to 28 Bumpdate

Wow it's been a long time since I've done a baby update! Blame my body's constant need to get sick. As a result we've got 8 weeks to catch up on!
We had another bad couple of weeks of sickness. Week 26-28 I couldn't keep ANYTHING down; not even water. I lost about 14 lbs because of it and was stuck in bed constantly vomiting the whole time. 
It got so bad we had to go to the ER for fluids. They monitored the baby and hydrated me up. It was my first experience with an IV so that was a bit scary. Honestly, it hurt way less than I thought it would. The anti-nausea shot they gave me hurt more.
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How far along? 28 Weeks & 4 Days
Total weight gain: Oh boy. So we are now down 30 lbs from my pre-pregnancy weight. Yup that's right, I've LOST 30 lbs. Thanks hyperemesis gravidarum.
Maternity clothes? Nope :)
Stretch marks? I don't think so. There's tiny ones on my hips, but I think they might've already been there.
Sleep: My sleep schedule is all over the place. Some days I can't go to sleep until really late. Others I'm exhausted by the time the sun's down.
Best moment: Finding out her gender and feeling her move A LOT more.
Miss anything? Still missing the days where I was nausea and heartburn free.
Movement: So much. It's reached the point where my whole belly shifts when she moves. I love it!
Food cravings: I was on a cottage cheese & fruit phase for a little bit. That's all I wanted each morning.
Anything making you queasy or sick: At this point let's just accept that I'm gonna deal with sickness this whole pregnancy.
Gender: Girl!!
Labor signs: Nope
Symptoms:Heartburn, Heartburn, Heartburn. Oh and my back/legs are starting to feel achey as she gets bigger.
Belly button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off?  On
Happy or moody most of the time: Happy :)
Looking forward to: The 3rd Trimester
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I wish I had documented this entire pregnancy better to be honest. It feels like we're so close to being done yet I haven't documented much of anything. That's one of the worst parts of dealing with hyperemesis gravidarum(basically means super pregnancy sickness); I can't enjoy my pregnancy as much as I wish I could've. I'm praying though that last week's relapse was the last and these next 12 weeks I'll get to document and enjoy to my heart's content.


June 20, 2017

Current Reading Wishlist

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Hi everyone!
I've ordered a couple of books within the last week and thought I'd share them with y'all! These are books I've had my eye on for a while now. They've kind of just been on the back of my mind to read "eventually". Most of these though would probably be best read before Isla gets here so I better get to reading!

What are y'all currently reading? Any books you'd like to read or think I should check out? I'd love recommendations!

May 29, 2017

Memorial Day Weekend | Weekend in Photos

Hey y'all! How much are y'all loving this long weekend? Caleb was lucky enough to get Saturday-Tuesday off. We've been enjoying this time together as a family.  
Friday we took a quick trip to the mall to check out their sales. We honestly didn't buy anything though, other than a cute onesie and pants set for Baby Isla. 
Saturday was the first day our pool opened up at our apartment. We obviously had to stop by for a swim. There's nothing that feels more summery than laying out by the pool. Especially up here in Washington I am extremely grateful for sunshine. I could just soak it up all day. I know we'll be spending a lot of time here these next few months.
Then on Sunday we drove to the drive-ins. Drive-in movies is probably one of Caleb's favorite things about summertime. We saw Pirates of the Caribbean and Guardians of the Galaxy. Well I attempted to watch Pirates of the Caribbean. I ended up falling asleep an hour into the move and woke up just in time to see the last 5 minutes. Guardians though was SOOO good. I am in love with baby Groot! Who isn't, honestly?
We didn't get back home until 4am which was super fun. I was out as soon as I hit the pillow.
Now today is being spent working on our patio. It got pretty nasty over the winter & spring, so we are working on making it perfect for the summer. 
I'll post the final makeover here on the blog soon!
Other than that we've got pulled pork going in the crock pot and the Bachelorette is on tonight! Who knows, maybe we'll even stop by the pool again.

I hope you had just as much fun this weekend as we did. Leave a comment telling me the adventures you got up to! I'd love to know :) Happy Memorial Day everyone!


May 26, 2017

It's a . . . | Baby Herron Gender + Name Reveal

As I'm sure most of y'all know, this past Wednesday was our anatomy scan. This baby was quite a pretzel when the ultrasound tech started searching; hand and feet both up by face, legs crossed, head turned sideways. I have no idea how it's comfortable for them. Finally after much some prodding and leaning me back we were able to get them to move for some decent pictures.

All parts are there and healthy. Thank the lord! As for gender, if you haven't already guessed by the photo...
It's a GIRL!!!!
 We are so very excited to meet baby girl this October. I get all bubbly just thinking about the floral and the bows.

As for her name, we had decided on a little girl's name about a year and a half ago when we first started TTC. I'm in love with it. It's so nice to be able to start calling them something other than them/they/it. So ya ready for it?
Isla Makai Herron
I think that's all for exciting news to share with y'all! We're halfway through now. Ahhh I'm so excited! 


May 23, 2017

Laundry Baskets and Monkey Husbands | My Weekend in Photos

Hey y'all! 
How was your weekend? Here at the Herron house we had a super fun weekend full of play and productivity. The weather here is FINALLY turning into sunshine and warm days! Hallelujah! (It's suppose to hit almost 90 today!) It's perfect timing as I am starting to feel a million times better with this pregnancy sickness. So we wanted to take full advantage of it all!

It started in the morning with me deciding to tackle this GIANT laundry mess that had accumulated in our closet. I'm telling y'all it was bad; like barely able to open the closet bad. I couldn't tell what was clean and what a dirty for a lot of it, so I washed it all. 😖

All this plus our bedsheets! It feels good though knowing it's all fresh and smelling nice. 
I also wanted to redo our budget and actually open my planner again. When I got sick I kind of just ignored my bank account and planner. Not in a dangerous way, but an "I just couldn't care to keep track of it all" way. I'm a list girl/planner though so I needed to take control of it all again.

My husband through this all was waiting patiently for me to finish because he wanted to go fly his new drone. Saturday night at like 9:30pm we made an impromptu trip to Walmart for cottage cheese. (These pregnancy cravings!)  We passed the toy section and he saw some kids looking at the RC vehicles. My husband, being practically an 8 year old at times,said "Those kids look like they're gonna buy a drone! I'm an adult and I have money. Can I get a drone?" 15 minutes later he's walking to the check-out counter, drone in hand. So all day Sunday he was excited to take it to the park to fly.
It is kind of cool honestly, because it has a video camera so we can stream/take photos as he's flying it. He was loving it until the battery died....above a tree.
 Thus the climbing began!
 Ratchet straps and dog leashes were used...
 Undocumented was the super nice man who must've been watching us from across the street for the hour and a half we were messing. He came over with 2 ladders and a 10ft 2x4 so Caleb could climb up there and finally knock it down! I was clutching my hands praying at the sight of him 20ft into the tree, but God had it and it turned out alright in the end. 
 Night ended with us enjoying a very summery dinner(I was craving corn, hubby wanted hot dogs) and then hitting the hay. 

It seems like a really simple weekend, but honestly those tend to be some of the best ones! What did y'all do this weekend? Anyone else spend theirs up in a tree like my husband? 

May 21, 2017

Week 14 to 19 Bumpdate

Hey again!
Well these last few weeks of pregnancy have been crazy! I was starting to feel really great around week 15, week 17 everything took a u-turn, and now at almost 20 we're getting back on track. I remember being just a few weeks and thinking how crazy it'll be when we get to the halfway mark. Now we're practically here!
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Nausea Sucks. Seriously. I thought I was in the clear, then 2 weeks ago my body decided "let's throw up EVERYTHING you could possibly ingest!!" So for a whole week I ate nothing, but gatorade and like 3 bites of applesauce a day. Which 90% of the time didn't stay in my belly long. Fun right?! It was the same thing I had dealt with back in week 6-10. Today I am thankfully feeling "normal" again. Thank God it didn't last much longer and praying we don't have another bad spell.

Kicking Up a Storm.  Oh boy this baby is soooo active. That's one thing the Dr says each heartbeat and ultrasound. This baby is a mover and I can finally feel it. (They're even moving around in there as I type this ❤ ) It's crazy, but even Caleb has felt/seen their little bumps. It seems so early, but I guess we just have an hyperactive babe.

Baby Gear. We really haven't bought much of anything for Baby H. In total we have 2 stuffed toys and 2 cloth diapers. We wanted to wait until we know the gender until we start buying things. However, seeing the cute little diapers and imagining baby H using them is cute and exciting. I think once we buy the crib it'll definitely feel more real too.

Gender. This Wednesday is our anatomy scan!!! Then we'll get to know if Baby H is a he or she. We already have a name picked out for a little girl. If it's a boy though who knows. We have our top choices, but haven't found anything we love. My guess is a little girl. Caleb just shrugs when I ask, so who knows what he's thinking. Last time I got an answer it was girl so we'll go with that. :)


April 25, 2017

1st Trimester Must-Haves

Ahh the first totally sucked! 2 weeks after I found out I was pregnant the morning sickness hit me HARD. I swear I was pretty much bedridden from February 14th-March 31st due to a complete loss of appetite and throwing up every possible thing I ate. Real beautiful, right?

However, there were a few things that made the 1st trimester a bit easier and I thought I'd share those with y'all today!
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1. Water, Water, and More Water
Hydration is so important as we all know, but especially during pregnancy. If you're struggled with hyperemesis gravidarum like I was, then you know how dangerous the risk of dehydration is during pregnancy. I tried to keep water by me at all times. Your body and your baby will appreciate it. Plus what's better than water in a super cute cup! I got this one for my birthday a few weeks ago and I am obsessed. Get your own here!
2. Pregnancy Apps
"What to Expect" and "Ovia Pregnancy" are my two favorites. I love being able to keep track of what baby h is up to this week. Especially when I don't get to hear their heartbeat/see them on ultrasound as much as I would like too. This week it says Baby H is the size of a navel orange and learning to grab.
3. Leggings
Does this need explaining? They're comfy and as your belly expands...well so do stretchy leggings!
4.Applesauce and Jello
These two foods were pretty much the only thing I could tolerate during the 1st trimester. Even know I eat applesauce for breakfast practically every day. 
Like I said,I was stuck in bed ALL day. The only thing that kept me entertained was Netflix. Gilmore Girls marathon, anyone?
6.The Magical Cocktail
B6/Unisom as strange as it sounds, really do help with morning sickness! I take it each night before bed and I definitely notice a difference on how I feel. Once I started taking it, food actually stayed down.Woohoo!
7. Gotta Moisturize
My skin got SO dry in the first trimester. This creamy body butter came in handy. I love the texture and it smells so nice. Definitely one of my favorite products, pregnant or not.
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That pretty much sums it up! If you're a momma/mom-to-be what are some of your essentials for the first trimester? Let me know in the comments!


April 19, 2017

Twenty in My Twenties

Last year on my twentieth birthday I started a list of twenty things I wanted to accomplish during my twenties. Easter Sunday was my 21st birthday, so I thought I'd finally share this list with y'all.
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1. Have all my babies
2. Travel to a new continent(or two)
3. Start my career
4. Learn to love my body
5. Find a sport I love
6. Get my degree
7. Visit Disney World
8.Take up Photography
9. Find my go-to potluck dish
10. Learn a language
11. Perfect winged liner
12. Build a house
13. Go on a zipline
14. Successfully do a handstand
15. Swim like a mermaid
16. Run a 5k, 1/2 marathon, and marathon
17. Have 10,000 in a savings account
18. Get certified in something cool
19. Go backpacking
20. Try cosplay
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I really haven't "completed" anything on this list. I've definitely started though. I mean goal #1 we're working on right now! Goal #4 I know I've definitely improved on in the last year. And I have multiple other plans in the future for the others. Let's see what I accomplish by this time next year.

 I hope y'all are doing awesome and I'll see ya in the next post.

April 11, 2017

13 Weeks Pregnant // Bump Update

Two baby posts in a row?! I know!
Now that I don't feel like an absolute mess I want to start doing bump updates! I think it'll be so awesome to track and then look back on in the future. I haven't been very good at tracking this pregnancy yet. It's still early though :) So here we go...
How far along? 13 weeks and 5 days
Total weight gain: I'm down 12 pounds from my starting weight. Still haven't gained back the weight I lost from morning sickness
Maternity clothes? Nope :)
Stretch marks? None yet. I really should start moisturizing to keep it that way
Sleep: I wake up in the middle of the night to pee every night now. Fun Fun
Best moment this week: Kinda last week, but we got to hear the heartbeat for the first time a week ago!
Miss anything? I wish I could eat whatever I want and not get sick. That'd be nice.
Movement: Not yet
Food cravings: Pizza, Spaghetti, basically anything tomatoey and cheesey
Anything making you queasy or sick: More of a constant nauseous throughout the day, but it isn't nearly as bad as it was earlier in this pregnancy
Gender: No idea yet, but we think it's a girl
Labor signs: definitely no
Symptoms: Basically just nauseous
Belly button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off?  On
Happy or moody most of the time: Happy :)
Looking forward to: starting the second trimester and getting a bump.