Friday Favorites & An Announcement

We are really feeling the end of summer over here. Typically the new school year brings a renewed energy for me. But this year, I feel like I am going into the school year already exhausted. We really ran around a ton this summer and although we had fun, I’m a little burnt out. I also think that the stress of Reid’s health coupled with new baby planning has me going in a million directions. I know that I’ll get into my groove though.

While you are here, check out my other posts from the week:
I shared a piece of my heart and some of the back to school struggles we face.
I also revealed my Guilty Pleasures.
You can also follow along on Instagram.

We have had some VERY VERY VERY exciting news in our house this week though, which brings me to my first favorite:

It’s a GIRL!!!

We aren’t scheduled for our anatomy scan for a couple weeks but we know that Kevin won’t be able to make the appointment because of his work schedule meaning he wouldn’t be there when I found out the gender. Plus, I can’t lie, we were anxious to find out. On Sunday morning we made a last minute decision to call around to a couple 3D ultrasound places to see if they had Sunday hours and any availability. Luckily we found a place that told us to come right in.

Here’s the thing though, this baby had her legs squeezed so tight it was unbelievable. The tech seemed confident that it was a girl and was able to show us the 3 white lines that supposedly indicate a girl but I’ll feel more convinced after it is confirmed at the anatomy scan. I tried to tell myself not to shop for ANYTHING until the 20 week ultrasound but…YEAH RIGHT! Which leads me to my next favorite…

Shopping for Baby Stuff



Since Sunday I have chosen and purchased the bedding for the baby’s nursery. I have picked out new carpets and I think the paint color. I still want to prime the walls in there and sample the color. I purchased all new bottles (in pink, of course), new muslin blankets, pacifiers, extra crib sheets, the changing pad cover, curtains and baby shoes. I keep telling myself it’s ok because I am saving all of my receipts to exchange stuff in case the tech was wrong. The baby is due in January and I really don’t want the expense of all of these things right on top of the holidays. Once the room is painted and the carpets are installed I need to figure out furniture. More on that later.


Did I tell you guys how Kevin cut Hank’s hair the other day? I don’t remember. Well this summer I was pretty lax in getting the boys hair cut. Their hair was getting pretty long but at that point I didn’t feel like going to the salon because school would be starting soon and I’d rather have them just get a fresh back to school cut. Well Kevin had the bright idea that he could trim Hank’s hair. He said, and I quote “Tar, I’ve been getting my hair cut for the past 34 years. I’m pretty sure I know how to cut a guy’s hair.” Guys, it was AWFUL! That poor boy. I literally would laugh under my breath every time I saw him. I lasted about two days until I just had to take him in. The stylist looked confused and said “Oh jeez. Let’s see what we can try to do with this.” They did a great job and we were able to clean it up. I mean, I think he is handsome no matter what, but that haircut…

Game of Thrones Leak

This is my flameful post of the week. HBO accidentally leaked the next episode of Game of Thrones and it is KILLING me that I haven’t watched yet. My sadistic co-worker left this for me yesterday and I think I am going to give into the temptation and watch it. Everyone I work with watches this show and I figure I would rather watch it early myself than have it ruined by hearing spoilers.

Question for Moms-

So Reid will be 3 in the end of December and LOOVVESSS his crib. The other day he was showing some interest in the toddler bed we had in storage from Hank so I cleaned it up and put it in his room next to his crib. I set it up just like his crib with his favorite stuffed animals and blankets. He tried to sleep in it but was basically up crying all night. He got maybe 3 hours of sleep but in his delirium was refusing to go in the crib too. We moved the toddler bed out of the room for now to save all of our sanity. So my question is- how old is TOO old for the crib? He sleeps so well in there that I’m inclined to let him sleep there until college. I just want to know if this is a transition I should be prioritizing. If I can get him comfortable with the toddler bed, I can use the crib in the baby’s room. If I do this I’d like to do it now so that there aren’t too many changes for him around baby time. If you think I should just keep on, keeping on with the crib until HE decides he wants a change, I will buy a new crib for the baby. His crib can convert to a full bed too.

I’m fine with either option, I just don’t know the right one. Hank moved to the toddler bed before he was two and loved it since day 1. He was also younger and hadn’t built up an attachment. What do you say, Moms?


While you’re here check out a few of my wonderful blog friends.

Friday Favorites with ErikaAndrea, and Narci

High Five for Friday with Bright on a BudgetCup of TeabyBMG, and Della Devoted

5 on Friday with Smidge of ThisCarolina Charm, and hello! happiness



  • Reply Cara August 18, 2017 at 6:30 am

    Ok, first of all, CONGRATS!!! Oh my word, I’m so excited for you guys!! And totally laughing that you’ve bought all the girls stuff!! Second of all, I literally was LAUGHING OUT LOUD (at 5 am, mind you!) at that pic of Hank and Jim Carrey!! OMG!!!! I’m pretty sure I am going to come back to this pic when I need a chuckle!! Seriously so funny…

    Hope you get a nice relaxing weekend!

  • Reply Andrea Nine August 18, 2017 at 6:50 am

    Wooohoooo, girly in the house, so so excited for you!!!!!!! This little angel is going to be so beautiful like her mama!! On the crib, let him stay until he is ready to change. If he is sleeping well, that is what matters. Once the baby comes you may find him not wanting to be the baby anymore and want a big boy bed or he may want to be like sis for awhile to transition. I hope you have a beautiful weekend!!

  • Reply Caitlin August 18, 2017 at 6:55 am

    Congrats on the little girl!!!! I have two daughters and love it. Oh and I lol-ed at the photo of your son’s haircut!!! So hilarious!

  • Reply Allie @ August 18, 2017 at 6:57 am

    So exciting! I was happy for you either way, but you need a little girl in your family! She will change the dynamic but in a fun way! I vote you move Reid to the bed now. It will save your sanity later. You don’t want a crying baby and a toddler in January. When something like a routine or bed is new to littles, they need time and practice (and patience) to adjust. He’ll get it, and I have a feeling he will be excited to proclaim his big boy status to everyone soon. Have the best weekend!

  • Reply Holly Breton at Pink Lady August 18, 2017 at 7:47 am

    Congratulations! What a blessing- that little girl is so lucky to have two big brothers to protect her too! By the way, Eva is 3 and still in her crib- she loves it so much and sleeps so well that I don’t have the heart to change it out yet.

  • Reply Amanda August 18, 2017 at 8:59 am

    This post had me laughing, girl! You have had the anatomy scan or not? And you have bought all the girl stuff? Oh sweetie that is too funny! I had a friend who did that and then she had a boy – so I’m on my knees praying there was nothing “hiding” on that scan!!! Next up the hair – oh how I laughed at the split pic of Jim Carey and your sweetie – that is too funny! I once thought cutting hair was nothing and then I really screwed up my husband’s head and decided that tech degree is golden in hair styling!!! I’m pissed because I had my son’s hair cut about a month ago and the idiot girl must have failed beauty school – not even sure what she did there. Both my kids were in “big beds” at or before 2. I couldn’t deal with cribs. Do you think he will try to hold on to the crib idea since a new baby is coming to town? I have had friends go through that with their second kids when the third one was coming. OK rest mama. You need it! Enjoy a lazy weekend if you can!

    • Reply xo Tara August 18, 2017 at 11:08 am

      LOL, I did not have the anatomy scan but I went for a 3D ultrasound bc we are incredibly impatient.

  • Reply Jenna August 18, 2017 at 9:40 am

    Seriously, what is up with all the leaks on GOT this year?!?! HBO is a mess right now and then they are making episodes short?!??! UMMMM NO! Lol! I have not even started this season…we wait until it is almost all done so we can binge it like crazy…going one full week between episodes is too hard. But now to the fun stuff…congratulations on your little girl! I love the bedding/floral prints. I also love the haircut story 🙂 Have a great weekend!

  • Reply Jennifer August 18, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    Whooo-hooooo! A girl! So excited for you. Love that floral print in the nursery. It’s so fun shopping for a girl. I moved both my girls out of their cribs by age 2. With Elizabeth we needed the crib for Emily and with Emily we moved houses and it worked out great to just out her crib in storage. Good luck! It’s hard to get them used to something new. Have a great weekend!

  • Reply Tanya August 18, 2017 at 8:18 pm

    Congrats! I’m so excited that you will have all things PINK in the house. I love all the new decor for babies now, compared to when I had my baby girl 15 years ago! It would be great if you could get R into the toddler bed so you can use the crib, and I bet he would be ok with it after a few nights. But either way, you do what works best for him.

    Also, somehow I missed the post earlier this month about Reid’s surgery. Glad it all went smoothly, and I’m sure you are relieved to have it over with.

  • Reply Erin Port August 18, 2017 at 10:49 pm

    Oh my goodness – A GIRL! Congrats. I am so excited for you! I love everything you picked out. Funny enough, I saw that stuff on a recent shopping trip and I was like I wish Lucy was still little and needed this stuff because it is SOOOOO cute. I can’t wait to see the nursery! xoxo ERIN

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