Monday, January 14, 2019

Growing Baby Rote2: 31 Weeks

How far along:  31 Weeks (1 day)

I’m feeling: still feeling really good

Total weight gain: 24 lbs

Baby Rote’s size: around the size of a coconut (18in, 3.2lbs)

This week: fairly uneventful week in the baby department

Maternity clothes: nothing new

Sleep: woke up to a charlie horse on Saturday - those things kill and I hope that was my only one this pregnancy!

Best moment this week: Quinn turning 21months and her mood improving as the week went on - toddler tantrums are no joke

Movement: Got some good videos of babe moving this week - seriously this guy/gal is crazy active!

Food cravings: nope

Food aversions: nope

Belly button in or out: flat

Looking forward to: this upcoming chill week, so hopefully another boring bump update coming to you next week.




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Sunday, January 6, 2019

Growing Baby Rote2: 30 Weeks

How far along:  30 weeks

I’m feeling: Really good besides some minor stretching pain under my left rib but nothing I can't live with.

Total weight gain: 24 lbs

Baby Rote’s size: around the size of a butternut squash {17in, 3.1lbs}

This week: I passed my glucose test and got to hear babe's heartbeat {150bpm}

Maternity clothes: nope - still stretching out my current clothing haha

Sleep: still great - seriously, don't come to me if you want pregnancy horror stories because it just really agrees with me

Best moment this week: My maternity session with Taylor Jane Photography - I felt sooo pretty, it was amazing!!

Movement: Baby was sideways at my appointment, but who knows how long that lasted because I swear that child is just doing somersaults in there non stop!

Food cravings: Peppermint anything

Food aversions: n/a

Belly button in or out: fairly flat this week

Looking forward to: the first weekend of potty training to be over. Started with Quinn on Saturday, she is getting the hang of it so lets hope she doesn't go through allllll her outfits tomorrow at daycare!





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Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Growing Baby Rote2: 29 Weeks

How far along: 29 weeks (+ 2 days)

I’m feeling: really good - I caught myself having to remind myself I am pregnant this week - you'd think with this large belly I wouldn't forget but I do!

Total weight gain: 23 lbs {4 lbs above where I was with Quinn at this time}

Baby Rote’s size: about the size of a small cabbage {17in 2.9lbs}

This week: Since I skipped a week of updates this covers a lot, lets just say it was filled with a lot of Christmas. Oh and a winter storm that prevented me from getting to my glucose test and midwife appointment.

Maternity clothes: nothing new here

Sleep: still getting great sleep

Best moment this week: Quinn saying I Love You & Steve getting the floor done in the baby room

Movement: a ton of movement and a lot I can see from the outside

Food cravings: nothing really but I got my fill of sugar from all the Christmas treats

Food aversions: none - well except I'm staying away from the spicy things to avoid heartburn

Belly button in or out: still out and is Quinn's favorite thing to find

Looking forward to: maternity photos

Dec 22

Dec 26
Dec 30
Look at that beautiful floor!


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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

365 Photo Project

I am 13 days away from completing my 4th year documenting our daily lives with one photo a day. As we approach the new year I thought I'd give some tips on completing your own 365 project.



this is your project
first and foremost don't compare your photos and your style with the best instagramers, bloggers or pinterest gurus out there. The goal for these projects is to have something fun to look back on in future years, to remember our mundane days along with the ones filled with excitement, not to get the most likes or shares.

set reminders
when I first started this I had a hard time remembering to take a photo so I would set an alarm on my phone to remind me, now as the years have passed I don't forget very often but if I do then you'll usually see a photo of my evening tea and a caption that recaps the day to go with it.

choose your platform
taking on a photo-a-day project is not an easy task so I knew that I wanted a hard copy printed at the end of the year to celebrate my accomplishment. The way I have decided to document my projects is by making daily posts on Instagram and give each photo for the day a hashtag to easily find them on day 365. There are many apps out there and ways to store photos so choose what works best for you. In addition, I love the Chatbooks app because from there I can type in my Instagram hashtag for the year and it brings in all my photos and captions for the year then I get a book printed!

mix it up
since having Quinn, my daily photos are primarily of her but I need to remember other aspects of our lives as well - even though in the heart of parenting kids for sure take center stage. Since I'd assume most people reading this are women, get in the frame - especially you, moms, so when your kids look at these books they see you too!!


have fun
don't take this too seriously, it is meant to be a fun project to look back on, maybe to improve your photography skills too but most of all to help you preserve the moments of your day to day life. In that aspect I have to admit I don't post daily to IG, I take my photos daily but it might be a day or two before I post the entry online. I live by the epoch converter that tells me what day number it is and then just remember to add that to my IG captions - when I look back on my previous books I don't remember if I posted the picture a week after it happened because that isn't what matters!


Have you completed a 365 project, how do you document? Let me know if you plan to start a 365 project in 2019, I would love to follow along!

2015 Project
2016 Project
2017 Project


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Sunday, December 16, 2018

Growing Baby Rote2: 27 Weeks

How far along:  27 Weeks

I’m feeling: little more tired this week than usual, later in the week I also had a horribly itchy belly - so my skin must be stretching good this week!

Total weight gain: 20 lbs - feels good to keep the same weight over a week

Baby Rote’s size: Around the size of a cucumber {15in, 2.2lbs} apparently now the measurements for length are from head to toe instead of head to butt ... so maybe they will be more consistent from here on out

This week: I had Wednesday off from work and took it as a me day to get some last minute Christmas shopping done and get a massage - it was lovely! We also took Quinn's Nuk away this week, on Thursday so I thought that was going to be hell but it was a very smooth transition!!
Today we made Christmas cookies at Grandma Holly's.

Maternity clothes: nothing new in this department

Sleep: still sleeping great!

Best moment this week: Steve getting the baby room painted - oh and Quinn helped too haha


Movement: He or She is still having a blast swimming all over in there

Food cravings: Bought a whole cheesecake at Costco again this week, sooo maybe that was my craving of the week

Food aversions: nothing!

Belly button in or out: out but thankfully getting more flat

Looking forward to: Christmas Celebrations starting this coming weekend!



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