Showing posts from February, 2014

Life with a TWO year old.

It's been quite a while since my last Presley update. 

Negotiations are very popular right now... trying to get her to eat, to do something she doesn't want to but has to do, etc.  She has become extremely picky when it comes to eating.  Her new thing is stuffing food in her cheeks and never eating what's in there.  Oh and screaming, crying, and kicking.  For example, we went to Chick-fil-A today for lunch.  She was in SUCH a wonderful mood and ate so great - we celebrated by going to the play area!  After about 15-20 minutes of playing, it was time to head out.  I was coaxing her gently but really, no matter what I said, the tantrum was unavoidable.  Cue the kicking, screaming, and crying in the middle of the restaurant.  I just have to pick her up and force her out of there... which makes me feel and look like I'm stealing someones kid... awesome!

 Want to know one area Presley is still a ROCKSTAR at?  Sleeping!

No fits when it comes to naps and bedtime.  We can flu…

21 Week Pregnancy Reflection {Baby 2!}

How far along?:  Exactly 21 weeks along in my second pregnancy today! 

I am feeling:  excited!  I really feel like March is gonna be our month.  I feel like it has so much potential - it's a brand new month with new opportunities.  It could be our month to move into OUR home.  My month when it comes to finding a doctor in town and starting to get prenatal care (don't you even get me started on this story - to make a long story short, we've had no health care for the last two months).  It'll be our month to find a new doctor for Presley.  It's our time to settle our roots.  I just have such high hopes for this upcoming month and I hope it doesn't disappoint.  After all, it's been good to us in the past - we started officially dating each other eleven years ago next month!  Instead of feeling anxious and desperate and defeated... for once, when I think of March and our current situation, I just feel excited.

Size of baby:  Baby 2 is the size of a banana this we…

My Baby Names.

I know this story has been told once or twice before, but really, who gets sick of talking about a love story?  Especially when it's their own?

I'm linking up with Kathryn from Team Whitaker to talk about part of our love story that includes a baby girl and how we ended up choosing a name that was just for her. 

First, lets start with the mama.  My name is Allison Michelle and I love my name.  My name is unique and something my parents seemingly agreed on together.  My name has no family ties and was picked purely out of love for those two names.  How cool is that?  My two sisters have family ties in their names (Amanda Marie - Marie is hugely popular in my family - and Ashley Merideth - Merideth is my mom's maiden name), so you could imagine as the middle child, I had a complex about this.  When I realized I was the only one who was different out of us, I took it personally.  Then I got over it and realized how cool it was to be different and that even though they each h…

Presley's Birthday Eve.

Holy freaking guacamole.  I just feel like I'm not ready for this.  I don't feel like I've let it all set in that Presley is turning two tomorrow and it makes me so sad.  I wish there weren't so many things going on at once that has kept me from really processing this.  Not that there is really some huge life changing thing that occurs with a birthday... it really is just another day like any other, but I feel like it is monumental in the big scheme.  Or maybe it's just the opposite.  I don't know.

But my first baby is about to double her age overnight.  It's just surreal and the thing I don't want to happen here is let it pass by without making it special for her.  I see these parents out there making occasions so special for their kids - Valentines Day, Christmas, Birthdays, etc.. and we have yet to really start on that.  And I worry that maybe we (Presley, Tony, and I) are missing out on something fun.

Birthday plans as of now?  Hopefully spending to…

It's a GIRL!

We found out today that we are expecting a baby girl in July!

Words can't even begin to describe how at peace I feel after seeing that out baby was alive and healthy today via ultrasound. We are so blessed with that technology! Though I didn't get to experience it next to my husband, my little sister got to be there with me today!!!! Amazing! I just feel so lucky.

And in case you don't believe me, here is the proof:

Now... To come up with a name for this little lady!!! We have ZERO girl names picked out. (And of course already chose our boys name!!!). Any suggestions? :)

The Struggle.

For all of my facebook friends, sorry for the repetition, because I am sure you will hear stuff here that I've vented on FB recently.  It just feels good to talk through my thoughts and feelings in more than just a few quick statements for a status update.

Something on my mind lately is the frustration I feel at falling in love with these houses on paper, going to visit with hopes ultra high, and then leaving and figuring out that the home will not be our house.  I was getting very discouraged... our second batch of houses and still nothing.  I feel this way mostly because I am so ready to stop being a burden and start living on our own again.  I think if our living situation was different than it would take the pressure off the situation.

We were slated to see 4 houses, all in the same general area.  This area is MUCH closer to my in-laws than the last batch of homes.  (That is important to us and was a major con with the location of the last 4 homes.)  We ended up not being abl…

No Looking Back!

It's February 11th today... that means exactly 9 days until my BABY turns two years old!  And after that, there is no looking back.  She will never be one again!  I am so excited for her being two and beyond... to watch her become a big sister... for her to master things like jumping and maybe start the earliest stages of swimming... to go from a crib to a toddler bed... to start having favorites and all those fun, crazy things that two year olds do.  (Notice: Not on my list of things I'm looking forward to is potty training.  The thought of it scares the hell out of me.  But, hopefully that will come too.)  Expect a supremely sappy birthday post sometime next week... assuming I can hold it in that long!

Other news?  I think I have tentatively ruled out fixer-upper homes.  Ideally, it would be a fantastic idea, experience, and investment - but when you consider where we are currently ("homeless" with one baby and another on the way) I just don't think it's a…

House hunting!

As some of you know, my husband and I are in the process of first time home buying.  We're finally at the point where our loan has been approved and are starting to look at homes.  We look at four gorgeous houses today and it made me realize how excited I really am to move forward.  It's been a little tough trying to find the area we want to settle down in but that'll eventually fall into place.  I wanted to write about all four houses that we saw today and get some feedback!

House #1:  Built in 2003, single story home, 3BD 2BA.  This one is bank-owned and will need some TLC.  The previous owners smoked inside the house so the vents were in need of a deep clean.  It'll need new paint to get the smell out, new carpet, and just needs to be deep cleaned everywhere.  Because they are selling this "as is" the price is pretty low.  Oh, and there is a really weird, huge shed in the back yard.  But the yard is fenced in.  I honestly don't remember much else from …