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Author: Cassandra (page 1 of 27)

We’re Expecting Again!

Whew, what a whirlwind the last few months have been!

Colin celebrated his first birthday — anddddddd I’m expecting again!

Yep, we’re crazy.

I know.

Baby BOY number two is due December 7th and I am overjoyed at the thought of having a snugly newborn in my arms during those cold, but oh-so festive, winter months. Fingers crossed we don’t have another Christmas where everyone gets sick, though. Ugh.

I thought I’d start checking-in on here to share pregnancy updates for those who want to follow along! (This week’s bump photo isn’t a great one, guys. A selfie in the bathroom will have to suffice when I’ve got a toddler to chase around!)

23 Weeks

Weeks: 23

Weight gain: 12-15 lbs so far (though it definitely feels like more…)

What I’m wearing: Comfy tanks, elastic waist shorts (Old Navy!), and sandals! So ready for summertime in NC to end.

Sleep: I’ve been sleeping well, aside from getting up to pee 2-3 times per night. Colin wakes up around 6-6:30am, so obviously I wish he’d sleep a bit later!

Miss anything? I miss having loads of energy, but I’m certainly feeling more energized than I did a month ago. Being pregnant while taking care of a toddler leaves me essentially no downtime. (Yes, Colin is napping right now!)

Baby movement: Haven’t felt those definitive cute hiccups yet, but this little boy is definitely most active first thing in the morning!

Currently craving: Mexican food.

Annoyances and symptoms: Nighttime heartburn and the NC heat/humidity!

Belly button: Still an innie, but I’m convinced it may pop out this time. Weird.

Emotions: I find myself daydreaming of baby’s arrival, but I think what I’m actually craving is fall and winter weather. When I stop and think about our future changing from a family of three to a family of four in a few short months, I do feel pangs of sadness. I’ve heard too many stories of firstborns “growing up overnight” when a new baby arrives. I want Colin to be my little baby forever.

Ginger curls

Best moment in the last week: Spending time with new friends. We have a couple neighborhood friends who are also expecting their second babies, so it’s been really fun to get together and swap worries, laughs, and advice.

Looking forward to: A haircut on Saturday! Hey, when you’re a mom to a toddler, it’s the little things.

Leave a comment if you’d like me to include anything else in these updates! I’m looking forward to sharing this journey with you for the second time!

xo Cassie

Time Slips Away

Every time I walk into Colin’s room to take him out of his crib after a nap, he seems bigger. Every time he takes an assisted step and smiles, he’s wiser. Every time Richard and I tiptoe carefully into his room to savor one last sweet glance of him before we go to bed, he’s older.

In a few short weeks, our boy will celebrate his first birthday. There is a good chance that I will turn into a blubbering mess. However, I suppose there is also a good chance that I will be so deep into “party setup mode”, that I won’t even have time to process this enormous milestone until there is a cake in front of Colin and we all bust out in song. Then it will hit me like a ton of bricks.

Time slips away faster now that he’s in my life. His darling ginger hair is getting thicker, his sweet dimples are getting bigger, his smile is getting wider. He’s changing, and so am I.

We have kept this tiny, once utterly helpless, precious human being alive for an entire year. Yeah, woah. WE did that.

And in turn, this boy has taught me what it means to be patient on the most trying of days. Richard and I have basically learned how to survive on coffee alone. We have experienced moments of complete joy in ways that I never imagined possible.

Moments with him are invaluable. Every day with Colin is an adventure, and I am proud to spend my days as his mom.

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I’m happy to be back and sharing this week’s Scribble Picnic sketch with you — the theme is “Grandfather Clock”!

I hope you’ll join us next week — the theme is “Rabbit”. Even if you don’t host a blog, you can still get in on the fun by sharing your doodle on Instagram using the hashtag #scribblepicnic — and don’t forget to tag Michael (@dottyhill), the leader of this creative co-op.

Happy Spring, everyone!

xo Cassie

Rain, Rain, Go Away…

Colin woke up too early this morning. Well, too early for me. Richard had actually just woken up, so I selfishly put him on morning baby duty, so that I could get a few more minutes of shut-eye. I somehow fell back asleep, even dreamed a little, and woke up feeling ever-so-slightly more refreshed.

I came downstairs and took over, so that Richard could leave for work. Colin happily snacked on little teething puffs while I made myself a cup of coffee. Then, I prepared Colin’s oatmeal breakfast. In the middle of me feeding him, I heard an unpleasant sound. A that-wasn’t-just-a-loud-fart sound. A few minutes later, he’s in the bathtub getting hosed off. Unpleasant, indeed. Lovely start to the morning.

You guys, at this point, it’s not even 8am.

He gets cleaned up and re-dressed. We head back downstairs to resume breakfast and much-needed coffee. We watch a little bit of television before heading up to play in his room. By 8:30am, he’s already sleepy again, since he woke up so early.

I put him down for a nap. As I’m leaving his room, I hear a little “drip… drip… drip…” sound echoing from the hallway. Did I leave the faucet on in the bathroom? Or maybe the tub faucet, from his bath? No, it sounds much closer. It’s coming from the attic. Water is dripping into the loft from the little attic door in the ceiling.

Great.

A leak.

I put a cheap bin under the leak and immediately get annoyed by the now-loud “PANG… PANG… PANG” sound, as the drips collect in the plastic trashcan.

Welp, that will probably keep Colin up.

I text Richard in a panic. He’s in a meeting, but calls me as soon as he gets out. Whew, he’s on his way home.

I get lucky, and Colin falls asleep. Time to indulge in a little pre-shower face mask relaxation. Ahh, it’s the little things. Alright, time to get serious. If there is a water issue, I better squeeze in a quick shower. Richard arrives shortly after my shower. WHEW.

He scopes out the situation, and it’s a water heater issue. He calls a guy.

My grandparents, mom, and sister all come over (this get-together was planned a few days ago, and I wasn’t going to cancel for a small leak!) and we have a wonderful time playing with Colin, drinking coffee, eating cake, and just catching up.

I finally got a moment to sit down and right this post – as Richard and the water heater guy are upstairs tip-toeing around Colin’s afternoon nap.

I feel like I just woke up, you guys.

And it’s 3:30pm.

Aaaaaaaaaaand this week’s Scribble Picnic theme is “Umbrella”. HOW FITTING! My scribbled umbrellas are paired with a quote from The Great Gatsby, a bit of sunshine and hope after a rainstorm. After a night of rain, an unexpected morning bath for Colin, a (quite relaxing) shower for me, and a LEAKING CEILING, my morning has been full of rain. Sounds like this theme was more of a premonition… Hmm…

I hope your morning was much less eventful than mine!

xo Cassie

Tranquility

I’m sitting at the bar in our kitchen, typing this post, with the baby monitor on my right and a cold cup of coffee on my left.

Colin is taking his morning nap.

A few of the windows are open, and I can hear birds chirping and gathering old seeds that have fallen from the dregs of our empty feeder out back. I can also hear Merlin (one of our cats) snoring. He’s asleep on the bar stool next to mine. A sense of calm filled the air as soon as Colin fell asleep. It’s a moment of peace and renewal between the bouts of laughter, crumbs, wriggles, dirty diapers, stories, and overall chaos that is my life as a stay-at-home-mom. I love every bit of it, I really do.

But I also love these quiet moments.

These moments of tranquility are like little gifts when my sleep was sporadic or yesterday was particularly trying.

Today’s Scribble Picnic theme is “Cabin”. I actually sketched this cozy A-frame cabin in bed last night – and doing so brought me a little bit of tranquility when I was having trouble falling asleep last night. I drew a place that I would want to be. I’d love to be reading a book in this little cabin, preferably by a warm fireplace, with soft blankets, and coffee that’s actually hot! Oh, and there absolutely must be snow on the ground outside!

But my little house in Chapel Hill, in my messy kitchen, with my cold cuppa will do just fine for me today.

xo Cassie

PS – I hope you’ll join in on next week’s Scribble Picnic challenge – the theme is “Umbrella”.

Eight Arms

As a new mom, I find myself wishing for more time in the day while simultaneously watching the clock and counting down the seconds until Colin’s bedtime routine starts. Being both a loving caretaker and an energetic entertainer (even after you’ve been woken up 4 times overnight) for nearly 10 hours a day is exhausting stuff!

I literally said to Richard this morning: “If someone said I could have entire weekend to myself, I honestly believe I’d sleep for 48-hours straight.”

On the flip side, there are so many things that I’d love to DO.

Tidy up certain corners of the house
Catch up on laundry
Spruce up the yard
Work on Colin’s baby book (sorry Colin, according to your baby book you don’t even exist yet)
Design and print photo albums
Finally start that tried-and-true recipe collection
Read a book
Drink coffee that hasn’t been microwaved fifteen times
Plan Colin’s first birthday

I could keep going, but I won’t.

Can’t us moms just grow some extra arms?! I mean, really. How is that not a evolutionary thing? Alright, fine. That would be pretty weird.

I drew this little octopus for Michael‘s new Scribble Picnic group. Michael is a friend from the blog world! Think of Scribble Picnic as a creative co-op – a weekly challenge for us creative-types. There is a theme each week, but other than that, anything goes! Please join us! This week’s theme was “octopus”, which just got me thinking of all the things I could do with eight arms!

Any mommas out there have some tips to share for at-home productivity with a little one? I’d love to hear from you!

xo Cassie

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