Saturday, September 17, 2011


Our sweet baby boy is here! Trace was born on Wednesday September 14 via c-section. He weighed in at 8 pounds 4 ounces and is 20 inches long. We are in  LOVE! Just got home from the hospital today. Stay tuned for more pictures!!!!! 

Oh and he got to celebrate his first Italian Fest when he was 2 days old. Next year we won't be celebrating from a hospital bed!

XO! - Mommy, Daddy and Trace <3

Monday, September 12, 2011

My Survival Guide

Pregnancy Survival Guide 
{with a little eye candy at the end}

I bought this wedge pillow very early on in my pregnancy. Like at 8 weeks or something crazy like that. I have used it every single day. At first I slept with it under my super sore boobs. Then as my belly grew, I used it like the girl in the picture. It seriously makes the world of a difference in terms of comfort. 

Chad's sister let me borrow this total body pillow. Some nights I liked it. Some I hated it. I'm pretty ready to give the damn thing back because I'm ready to sleep like a normal person again. I toss and turn in my sleep and with this pillow its pretty impossible to do and not get tangled up. But it really did help me get some good sleep sometimes.

I've had TONS of cravings these past 9 months. Some of the ones that stuck around for awhile were the cravings for Philly cheese steaks, anything with carmalized Vidalia onions, French onion soup, St. Louis Bread Co., Taco Bell (until the great meat debate. Nothing gives you the pukes like wondering if you're eating real meat or not.), cheese fries, soggy waffles and fajitas. My current craving of choice is Jack in the Box tacos. I seriously think about them alllllllll the time. I gave into every craving these past 9 months and I do not regret it at all. 

Jack in the Box tacos. Just one of the many, many cravings I've experienced.

When my belly first started showing, I bought some super cute maternity clothes. Well those haven't fit for about 5 months. All those size small maternity tanks that I thought I could wear through the whole pregnancy still look brand new. I ended up having to go to Old Navy in a fit of despair during their $1 tank sale and stocking up on size large in women's (not maternity). The maternity ones were $10 a piece. $10 vs $1... really? $1 always wins. They didn't look as cute on as the maternity ones did, but oh well. And even now those suckers don't fit. My belly peeks out the bottom in a gross way that's not appropriate outside the house. Basically if I can give you any advice..... don't buy tons of maternity clothes early on! If you're anything like me you will only get 2 months use out of it. One thing that I bought a lot of and have gotten my use out of is cute sundresses and cheap rubber flip flops. But buy the dresses a tad big. They aren't going to be super cute on in the beginning, but you'll be happy to have something cute to wear in your 3rd trimester. And the rubber flip flops? I thought I was going to be able to wear my heels til I pooped. Yep that sure didn't happen. I can't even wear my Converse anymore. The only thing on me that swells is my feet and ankles and it is uncomfortable. The flops help. Also I couldn't tie real shoes if I tried.

Another thing I am currently obsessed with (but not as much as those tacos) is pedicures. I got one pedi during my first trimester and it was nice. BUT not nearly as nice as the one I got 3 days ago. I haven't been able to reach my feet in a good month or two. Its a major struggle to even put on underwear. So doing my own toes? A huge no go. I've only had two pedicures since my first trimester and they were amazing. Its nice to look at your feet and not be disgusted. I wish I would have started getting these done earlier!!!!!! 

Here's your eye candy! 39 weeks baby! I never thought there would be a week 39 picture. I would have bet money that I would have popped by now.

Now off to eat my body weight in something delish while I still can!
XO! - Jess

Friday, September 9, 2011


Plankton's new binky I decorated. Chad thinks its stupid. I think its pure genius. What do you think?

Xo! Jess

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Excuses, Excuses

Things have been crazy busy lately. We moved. 4 doors down. We started at the place on the right and moved to the place on the left. Why would you move 4 doors down into the exact same townhouse except SMALLER? Well we were infested with brown recluse spiders. We were miserable for a month and tried everything to get rid of them, but they were multiplying in the attic and walls and wouldn't go away. You can't tell by this picture, but the old place had a basement that was right off the woods and there were trees overhanging the roof. The exterminator said that it would take over a year to get rid of them sooooo we moved to a place with no basement and no trees overhanging the roof. We've been here for 3 weeks now and haven't seen one brown recluse spider. I think we're finally starting to relax. It was rough waking up in the middle of the night and seeing a big spider next to your bed on the wall. Especially since the spiders we were seeing are extremely poisonous. If you don't know what there bites look like then google it. I know what the bites do, but I haven't googled it. I'm too hormonal for that shit. 

This is what I looked like as of 4 days ago. I've somehow managed to get bigger since this picture was taken. I'm so over being pregnant. I want a sushi roll washed down with some pineapple infused sake and stat. 

There's lots going on here, but I just haven't had time to blog about it. I have started cooking again, but am too lazy to take pictures of it. I'm hoping to start blogging more in the future, but who knows if I will or not with a new baby in the house. 

Lots of love, Jess