Wednesday, April 23, 2014

13 Weeks Pregnant

How Far Along: 13 weeks.... Squishy is the size of a peach!
Gender: Unknown
Weight Gain: Still -5 lbs!
Maternity Clothes: Still loving my maternity jeans... I got a fold down maxi skirt at Old Navy last week and I was in heaven! 
Sleep: Much better! 
Best moment this week: Seeing Zoey interact with my new niece Aleigha, who was born last month... She was so sweet and gentle with her! She is going to be such a great big sister!
Miss anything? Eating without getting full after 4 or 5 bites.
Movement: It's getting a little more consistent... I feel little nudges every night when I settle in to bed!
Cravings: Not much...
Anything making you queasy or sick? Still feeling good! 
Symptoms: Constipation has reared it's ugly head again, so I have started taking probiotics and upping my water. Ugh!
Labor signs: Nada.
Belly Button in or out? In.
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Happy or moody most of the time? Much happier! I can tell I'm moving out of my first trimester. ;)
Looking forward to: My doctor's appointment next week, and scheduling the big ultrasound!

And for your viewing pleasure, here is a picture from Easter! It was Zoey's first Easter egg hunt (she was too little last year) and she was so excited! She got the hang of it quickly and hasn't stopped asking for eggs ever since! Lol!

I hope everyone had a great Easter! 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

12 weeks!

How Far Along: 12 weeks. Squishy is the size of a plum!
Gender: Unknown
Weight Gain: Holding steady at -5 lbs!
Maternity Clothes: Definitely the pants... Still a little small for shirts. 
Sleep: Good! Especially since the Z-monster has decided to finally start sleeping through the night pretty consistently! 
Best moment this week: Finally finding Squishy's heartbeat on the doppler! We found it last week faintly, and I got a video of it... But I found it today again! It held steady in the 160s.
Miss anything? Wine! (See a trend here?)
Movement: Still a few random pokes and flutters.
Cravings: Nothing much this week. Food is delicious though!
Anything making you queasy or sick? Nope! Feeling good!
Symptoms: I'm feeling pretty great: The headaches are still there, but I've been getting a break from them, the fatigue has tapered off... I can tell the end of the first trimester is near!
Labor signs: Nada.
Belly Button in or out? In.
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Happy or moody most of the time? Getting happy!
Looking forward to: Easter festivities with my family this weekend! Also, Zoey's first Easter egg hunt! She will have a blast!

And a little extra: If you're interested in comparing, here's my 12 week post with Zoey!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

11 Weeks

How Far Along: 11 weeks
Gender: Unknown
Weight Gain: I had a stomach virus for a day that made me lose just a bit more, but I've held the loss, so I'm -5 lbs now.
Maternity Clothes: Yep! Loving my maternity jeans!
Belly Button, in or out: In.
Sleep: Getting better.
Best moment this week: This week was pretty neutral. Like I said, I came down with a stomach bug, and a few days before that my daughter had it. So, moving on!
Miss anything? Wine!
Movement: Starting to feel a few pokes and flutters, and I'm really thinking it's the little squishy saying hi! I felt Zoey around 14 weeks.
Cravings: Yesterday, I had my first intense craving... for Arby's! I drove all the way across town to get it, and it was delicious!
Anything making you queasy or sick? Nope!
Symptoms: I'm not feeling as great this week. I have had an intense headache for about 4 days now, and I only got relief today after I drank a cup of coffee. I'm not normally a coffee drinker, but if it helps these terrible headaches that nothing else will touch? Sign me up!!
Labor signs: Nada.
Belly Button in or out? In.
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Happy or moody most of the time? Irritable, and I have a pretty short fuse. 
Looking forward to: Finding the heartbeat with the doppler, of course... Still haven't had much luck there. Of course, I also can't wait to find out what we're having so I can plan our new nursery!

I have a few ideas in mind for some not pregnancy related posts, so keep an eye out for those! I've been hard at work on Zoey's felt board, and it's turning out really cute so far. I can't wait to share it with everyone!

One last thing: I don't know if any of my readers are cloth diapering Mamas, but this week in my shop, I have a 10% off code to celebrate a year of Itsy Stitches making cloth diapers! Head over to my Storenvy shop and take a peek, and if you like what you see, use "ITSYVERSARY" for 10% off! And spare my Facebook page a like as well? Cheers!

<3~ Amber

Thursday, April 3, 2014

This eggo is PREGGO! (10 weeks)

Hooray! More belly pictures!

I decided to start up my pregnancy log again on here... I enjoy going back and reading Zoey's old posts, and a few people have expressed that they enjoyed reading them as well! So, here you go! <3

How Far Along: 10 weeks
Gender: Unknown
Weight Gain: -3 lbs!
Maternity Clothes: Oh yes! I totally missed how super comfortable maternity pants are, so I'm all about it! I can't button my old jeans anyway... I'm showing a little faster this time around!
Stretch marks: Just the old ones around my hips and inner thighs. 
Belly Button, in or out: In.
Sleep: On and off... Zoey has just started sleeping in her own bed, so when she sleeps like crap, so do I. I have a hard time getting back to sleep when I wake up as well... I'm sure that won't be changing any time soon!
Best moment this week: Finding out that I hit double digit weeks AND lost 3 lbs! Maintaining is good, but losing is better... I gained 20 lbs while I was breastfeeding Zoey, so I want to keep my weight gain to an absolute minimum this time.
Miss anything?: Wine!
Movement: None yet... I can't wait to feel those first flutters!
Cravings: Nothing really yet. 
Queasy or sick: Nothing! I've been so lucky this far... I was a little queasy in the first few weeks after I found out, but after 6 weeks or so it tapered off, and I've been feeling great ever since! No food aversions either!
Looking forward to: Starting to feel the little bean, and finding the heartbeat with our doppler! I haven't had any luck yet, but I didn't find Zoey's until around 11.5 weeks.

Wondering about the "not twins!" at the bottom? That's a little joke for everyone that has felt the need to ask! Haha! Believe it or not, thanks to a little thing called "muscle memory", many women DO show faster with their second! I've had this comment made multiple times already. So, no... I'm not having twins. Yes, I'm sure. And yes, my doctor DID double check! (But seriously? Don't ask a pregnant woman if she's having twins. Ever. Unless you want to be asked awkward questions about the size of your abdomen, whether there is a baby growing in there or not! ;)  )

By the way, check out my cute little chalkboard! I wanted something a little more fun this time around. Want to learn to make one yourself? Stay tuned, I'll do a tutorial!


We're pregnant! 
Baby #2 is due October 29th! Baby blog coming tonight! :)


Friday, January 24, 2014

China Glaze Polkadot accents!

Today, I did some nail art! It's been refreshing to make my nails pretty again! I also have been transitioning them from square to round, which is actually a shape that I'm really liking on me! It's been a lot easier for me to maintain... Less breakages and no more snagging on things!

So today, I started with a base of China Glaze Dance Baby, and then used a dotting tool to make cute light pink shimmery polkadots on my thumb and ring fingers with China Glaze Angel's Breath. It turned out to be such a cute, girly, simple manicure that I absolutely love!

In other news, Zoey and I have been trying to occupy ourselves inside due to the cold weather! It's dipped into the single digits, and that's just too cold for these Tennessee girls! Zoey's new favorite activities are bubbles (I can't go more than a few hours without a request for "bubbuf? Peeeeees!"), and her box of rice, beans, and pasta! Sounds ridiculously silly and simple, but she loves it! We picked up a shoebox sized tub and added some brown rice, beans, and rotini pasta, and we found some measuring cups, scoops, and spoons in Target's dollar section. She has a blast scooping it up and emptying it into cups and bowls! 

A little messy, but all of the best things are... Right? We can't wait for warmer temperatures though... We are ready for the Zoo and the park! If anyone has any other ideas for keeping this little busy girl happy and occupied, please let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading!


Monday, January 20, 2014

Comebacks and Transformations...

Well, it has certainly been awhile! 

Photo courtesy of Angela Melton Photography

Things are doing well in the Parker household! Zoey is now almost 18 months old... Can you believe that? Time has absolutely flown, and I finally understand what other parents meant when they said that I'd forget the little things. I find myself looking back on pictures and videos from 2012-2013, and while I remember the moment, I can't believe my baby was really that little! 

Loving on Rainbow Dash!

In the last year, Zoey has learned to walk, talk, sing, and dance... She has been to Europe twice to visit her family and explore the world. She loves castles! Among her favorite shows are Bubble Guppies (which my husband and I both admittedly love!) and My Little Pony (which she sings the theme song to every time she sees them. The girl can spot ponies from a mile away!). She loves dolls ("Ohhh, babies!") and loves to wear my jewelry. She is still a red head! Who knew 2 brunettes could end up with a ginger baby?

A day at the park.

In the last year, I've expanded my crafting hobby to sewing and selling cloth diapers, which I love! (Shoutout to Itsy Stitches!) I balked at the thought of reusable diapers in the past, and now I can't imagine ever using a disposable again! I also got an embroidery machine, which has always been something I dreamed of getting, and "Monogram ALL the  things!" has become a frequent joke in our house!

With all of that said, I think it's time for a comeback for Rainbows & Sparkles... Though not as what it was. There will still be the occasional nail post, oh yes! I don't think I could make my grand return without showing off some fun manicures! But I'm so much more than nail polish. I'm a breastfeeding, babywearing, cloth diapering, sewing, crafting, singing, reading, fun-loving stay-at-home Mommy that loves to brag about my little girl. I want a place to share my love of crafting and baby wearing and cloth diapering and parenting... So, expect big changes from Rainbows & Sparkles. The name is the same, but I tend to incorporate Rainbows & Sparkles into many aspects of my life, not just onto my nails.


<3 Amber

PS: By the way, I didn't forget about the nails!

Zoya Mimi, Zoya Charla, Zoya Apple, Zoya Tanzy, and Zoya Allegra

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