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Monday, July 24, 2017


This past weekend I was off to Chicago to celebrate one of my dear friends, Nichole! The future Mrs. Hinck! Here are some highlights from our trip!..

I left Friday morning and arrived in Chicago around 11. I met up with the girls that already arrived and we went on an architecture tour by boat. It was a really neat tour but it was HOT! 

After the architecture tour we walked to Millennium Park to check out the bean...a staple item in Chicago you have to see!

Next up...Blow By Blow Blow Dry Bar! It was fun to get pampered and have our hair done. 

After, we came back to the hotel and got ready for the evening. 

We ate dinner at RPM Italian. It was delicious!

But first, a stop at the Firehouse. ;)

Late that night we had a little shower for Nichole. 

Saturday morning we got up and ready and headed to brunch at the Willow Room. 

We did a little shopping and walking around and then headed to the beach. 

We had a few things planned Saturday night so we got ready back at the hotel and then headed to dinner at Lou Malnati's. 

Such delicious pizza!!

My beautiful roommates for the weekend. 

Then we headed to the Second City comedy show. Not my favorite, but we had a good time. 

We ended the night and weekend on the top floor of the John Hancock building. 

So neat!!

It was such a fantastic weekend with a fun group of girls. Being 28 weeks pregnant at a Bachelorette party doesn't seem too ideal, but I had an absolute blast! Chicago was beautiful and there is so much more I want to see now. I'll be back for sure. Congrats Nichole!!! I hope you had a fabulous time. Next time I see you, you will be walking down the aisle to the man of your dreams!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Second Trimester - Baby #2

Here is a fun filled overview of second trimester with baby number 2.

You can read all about the first trimester here!

April 12 - July 18th

Baby Size: Again, I'm just stealing this from when I was pregnant, and on top of things, with Brooks. I rarely know any of this info this time around. Ha! By week, here we go: 14-Lemon, 15-Naval Orange, 16-Avocado, 17-Onion, 18-Sweet Potato, 19-Mango, 20-Banana, 21-Pomegranate, 22-Papaya, 23-Grapefruit, 24-Canteloupe, 25-Cauliflower, 26-Head of Lettuce, 27-Rutabaga. He went from being 3.4 inches to 14.8, that is a LOT of growing!!

My Symptoms: I didn't really keep track weekly like I did with Brooks, so I feel a little out of touch with how things were at the beginning of the second trimester. I can tell you that my energy came back right at the beginning of the second trimester, which is pretty normal. Also, most of my scary side affects disappeared when the second trimester started which means I could go back to only visiting the doctor every 4 weeks instead of every week. Thank goodness! I started getting really bad headaches around week 20. I get them about every day. I usually drink a little caffeine when it gets unbearable and it goes away for a couple hours. The worst part has been my pelvic bone. If I sit for any number of minutes, when I get up my pelvic bone hurts so bad. I did not have this issue with Brooks, so this is a new one. I also have to pee ALL.THE.TIME!

Weight: I have not really kept track of my weight. To be honest, I feel huge! From the beginning I have felt so much bigger than I did with Brooks, but the scale says something different. I was honestly shocked every time I went to the doctor and the number was significantly lower than I thought it would be. I didn't really pay attention until Week 21. I stepped on the scale and I was the exact same weight that I was with Brooks at Week 20. However, I started this pregnancy about 5 pounds heavier than with Brooks, so at Week 20, I had only gained 5 pounds. My next appointment was when I was 26 weeks pregnant and I was only up another 3 pounds, so in total I have gained 8 pounds. Just this week, I feel like baby has grown a ton and I am looking really pregnant, so I'm anxious to see what it will be the next time I go in.

Gender: We knew we wanted to wait and be surprised with Brooks, but this pregnancy was enough surprise in itself, so I knew I wanted to know the gender as soon as possible. No more surprises!! We are having a sweet baby BOY!!!!! Rhett Michael Morris

Maternity Clothes: I had several pair of normal jeans that fit for a long time, especially if I did the hair tie trick. However, I don't have many shorts that fit. Last year I basically wore maternity shorts through the summer since I had Brooks in July or I wore athletic shorts. So my normal shorts haven't been worn in 2 years. So, when it came to shorts, I just wore things that I wore last year. To be honest, I need to start all over in the shorts department, so next summer that is what I'll be shopping for. As far as tops and dresses, I don't really have any maternity tops, I just bought a few Large tank tops from Target and I had some from last year and those seem to suite me just fine. I wasn't as stubborn to the idea of switching to maternity clothes this go around. Honestly, they are so much more comfortable than trying to squeeze into clothes that are just a little too tight. Especially being so hot outside, I just want to be comfortable.

Movement: Let me just say, this kid is ACTIVE. Holy cow! He never stops moving. Around week 18 I felt him moving all the time. Week 21 was the first time Trevor was able to feel him move and Week 24 I could see my stomach moving a lot from when he would kick or move. I feel like every time I look down at my stomach, he is moving and I constantly feel him all day and all night! I'm not sure if he sleeps.ever. I absolutely love that feeling when they are wiggling around, but my goodness, I think we have an active fella on our hands.

Sleep: Honestly, sleep has been normal. I make sure to go pee RIGHT before I lay down for bed and I am usually asleep and good until around 5 in the morning. At that time I can't think about anything other than having to go pee. I usually fall back asleep though for awhile before getting up for the day. Just this past week I noticed that I have been getting up around midnight or 1 to pee, but I usually go back to sleep really quickly after I get back in bed. This has eliminated me getting up at 5, so really, I have no complaints in the sleep department. I usually get sleepy during the day because of the headaches, but it has been hard to squeeze in a nap.

Cravings: I haven't really had any cravings, but I do find it acceptable to have some type of dessert every.night which is NOT a great habit. I also don't really care for Mexican food, which is usually a food I LOVE!

Work Outs: The first trimester was touch and go there for awhile and I was advised to not work out, so, now that all of those complications subsided and I am feeling better, I have been more active. I don't necessarily "work-out" but Brooks and I go for a walk around the neighborhood across the street every day. (This has slowed down this week because it is SO hot!) At the very least, I get 10,000 steps every day. This is actually a goal of mine until baby #2 arrives.

Best Pregnancy Moment: Finding out the gender----BOY!!! And getting to feel his sweet kicks all day long! We are also working on Brooks saying "baby." He will say it when he feels like it. Haha!

Goals for Next Trimester: Enjoy these last 12 weeks. I honestly don't plan on having any more babies, so I'm going to try to soak it up and enjoy as much one-on-one time with Brooks as possible and enjoy being pregnant for the last time.

Thoughts: Wow, I am nervous for 2 (under 2...haha). I have no idea what our lives will look like come October, but there are definitely bittersweet feelings. I love our life with Brooks, so I know 2 babies will be twice the blessings, but there is also this feeling of ending a chapter in our lives of only having one kid and wanting to spend as much quality time with Brooks as possible. It's also amazing to me how I feel like I have been pregnant forever, so, to me the pregnancy is going slow. But, I feel like weeks are flying by in Brooks's life. It's bizarre.

Here are some pictures from this trimester:
It's a BOY!!!

You can read about our Gender Reveal here!

Mother's Day!! Mr. Brooks and future Rhett make me a mama and I could not love these babies anymore!!!!

20 Weeks! Half way there pic! 

20 week profile pic.

27 weeks going on the third trimester!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

House Update

I can't believe I haven't posted about the progress on our house since February. You can click here to see the VERY beginning stages!

The day I posted the previous post was the day that Trevor and I found out we were pregnant with baby number 2 and quite a bit has changed since then. Initially we had designed the house to where we were only going to finish out 2/3 of the house right now because we wanted to pay cash and finish the rest as we saved up the money. But, since we found out we have another human on the way, we needed to actually finish out the house to its entirety. So when push came to shove, we did have to take out a small loan, but our goal is to have it paid off in 5 years. So our debt free goal will be achieved in 5 years! WAHOO!!

Here we go:

First I'll start with the plans.
Trevor worked EXTREMELY hard on this! We probably went through 20 different variations of this until we found the perfect one for us. Trevor first drew this up on a napkin and then switched over to Excel so we could make everything to scale and worked hours....HOURS!!!!! on this! Here are a few notes about the house. The right side is kind of the "kid side." From top to bottom we have our front door and HVAC area, hall closet, laundry room, kid bathroom and two kid bedrooms. The middle section from top to bottom is our living room, dining room and then kitchen which has a 12 foot glass window with 2 sliding glass doors that open in the middle creating a 6 foot opening to our patio/outdoor living space. The left side from top to bottom is our guest bedroom/office/extra room, master closet, master bathroom and master bedroom. One of the features I am so excited about is the door in our bathroom that goes outside. Most people are confused by this, but I think it's brilliant. We have a hot tub which is going to be located right outside that door, so this creates easy access to and from the hot tub with a great place to hang our towels and bathing suits right there in the bathroom.We also have two dogs who are known to get muddy and dirty often, so this door gives us access to throw them in the shower if they are muddy and need a bath. Then, when our lab is soaking wet, he has easy access back outside to dry. Genius I tell ya! Our dog area will located right outside that door so when we have company over, they won't be jumping at one of the main doors or getting our nice big patio dirty.

Here are some picture updates in order from the last time I posted:
March 23rd 
This frames the middle section of our house.

We have cows on our property, so it's kind of a pain in the butt to get to our house right now. You turn onto our driveway, drive about 80 yards then have to open a heavy gate and unhook the hot wire (drive through and then hook it all back up so the cows don't escape). Then you drive about 200 yards or so and you are actually approaching our house. We have two fences/hot wires circling our house to keep the cows out of where we are building. So you have to stop again and move the hot wire, drive about 30 more yards and open a gate THEN you come to our house! BIG pain in the butt!

That was part of the reason for this purchase!...
Now we can cut through the pasture to get to our house from Trevor's mom's (where we are currently staying).
March 25th
March 26th - Footings poured and the middle section marked off.

This is looking to the west at our house and you can see part of our driveway. 

Looking down our driveway

We will eventually have a detached garage right where the rock starts in this picture.

Since we won't have a garage for awhile, Trevor bought a shipping container to act as a garage. Right now it houses everything we own that we aren't currently using at my in-laws. It will eventually just hold Trevor's hunting stuff, tools, lawn mower, etc. 

We have picked out lighting...this is the one I'm most excited about. This will be our dining room "chandelier"

These next few photos are not photos of our house necessarily, but they are things that we are working on for our house. After looking for days for bathroom vanities, we didn't really see anything we loved for the price we wanted to spend. So, Trevor decided to build our bathroom vanities. 

Using his new tool belt I gave him for Christmas. :)

The building part is finished, now time to pick out a stain and faucets! 
I love that these are custom pieces. We built two this size for our bathroom and we will build a larger one that will have two sinks for the guest/kids bathroom.

April 19th - Concrete poured.

April 21st - We got a ton of rain and we ended up with a pond close to our front yard! Trevor actually wants this to be a pond eventually...but it was gross looking after all the rain.

April 25th

April 28th

May 4th - Our builder took these neat aeriel views of our house and land. 

Brooks is such a big help! :)
May 5th

Getting the framing and windows in.

May 6th - This is part of our land. You can see our driveway on the left leading up to our house. The huge area of dirt is where the Muskogee Turnpike construction company is dumping dirt. When they are finished they will seed it and it will be a beautiful pasture. So excited for that day!!

It's amazing how the trees block all the noise from the Muskogee Turnpike.
May 8th - Working on the roof and outside

May 8th - I absolutely LOVE the color of the outside. This was obviously a huge decision and I couldn't be more happier. The color is called Burnished Slate. It's kind of a mixture of charcoal and brown.

May 14th - Front of the house or back...however you want to look at it. Loving those big sliding glass doors.

And I love those added windows up top since we have 18 foot ceilings in this area.

May 17th - this is actually our "front door" but it's on the back of our house. When you build in the country, you can do what you want! :)

Those upper windows on the sides will add so much natural light in this main area.

This is looking east. That door is the door that leads to our bathroom. So the two long skinny windows are our bedroom windows and the one on the left is the guest bedroom/office window

May 17th

May 23rd - ...these cows...always in the way.

May 26th - more aerial views. To the right of our driveway you can see a little clearing in the trees; that is where our shipping container/make-do garage is. I love that we can't see it! We have cleared out a large enough area that we can drive our cars around to that area if we need.

May 26th - We had a date night and made the house our own!

June 29th - This is my favorite part...picking out the fun stuff for the house! Our shower will be this wood, the accent in the middle will be the glass and stone mixture and the floor will be the rock looking stuff. I can't wait to see it installed!

June 30th - There are a couple things to note in this picture. The first being our spray foam insulation. Wahoo, things are moving right along! The second thing to notice is the floor. This picture does not do it justice, but we decided to go with stained concrete floors. We did a mixture of grey and brown and I LOVE it!! 

That is all the pictures I have so far. Things are moving right along and we should be able to move in mid-August if we don't experience any major hiccups. This week we are having dry-wall installed, so things will REALLY look different then! We also picked a stain for our bathroom vanities that I am excited to show off! Stay tuned for more coming soon...