It’s My Birthday!

Well, it’s official- I’m old.

Ok, so being 28 isn’t OLD. I may sometimes over-exaggerate a little. Not only is today my birthday, but 4 years ago Mathew proposed to me, and it truly was a wonderful proposal.

The Vintage Modern Wife engagement

I have a full day of not-a-lotta planned, and I kinda like it. Only because I know this weekend is going to be crazy with my baby shower. Today’s plans? Checking out the Mardel One Day Education Sale so I can grab some classroom supplies, having lunch with my mother-in-law (and hopefully dessert at my favorite local spot, Katie’s Frozen Custard), I have a hair appointment with my favorite lady at 3, and then for dinner we’re going to attempt to BBQ fajitas (it’s currently raining) and some family will come over.

It’s going to be a very relaxing day!

Baby Bump Monday…err, Wednesday!

It’s Wednesday! That usually doesn’t mean much around here, but hey, it’s been a busy week. Baby Bump Monday was postponed for today because I wanted to start the week off with a bang and bring you the All Things Pink giveaway. If you haven’t entered it yet, you absolutely should! You can repost the Instagram image once per day to increase your chances of winning. The giveaway ends July 24th so don’t miss out!

Baby bump chalkboard by The Vintage Modern Wife inspired by Little Baby Garvin. 30 weeks pregnant!First off- how do y’all like this picture? Mathew went above and beyond and bought me a Canon Rebel T3i DSLR as an early birthday gift (my birthday is tomorrow!) and all the fixin’s for it. I shot this on manual, and it’s not too bad! It actually shows off the TRUE color of our walls instead of a yellow tint that I was always trying to get out. I’m excited to try out my camera this week with fun pictures outside. I even got a 50mm lens for this bad boy! Addison is in trouble when she’s born because I’m going to be using this camera on her like CRAZY!

Ok… back to Baby Bump Monday…err, Wednesday!

How far along: 30 weeks! Like the chalkboard says, Addison is 3 lbs on the dot. She’s also head down, which is great because at our 28 week appointment she was transverse with her head on my right side and her legs on my left.
Gender: Addison is still a girl ;)
Maternity clothes: Still wearing mostly maternity clothes, but loving my pre-pregnancy stretchy pants and tanks. I have gotten some FABULOUS maternity dresses recently, and I can’t wait to take pictures and show them off to y’all in a couple weeks!
Stretch marks: Still have those 5 red dots on my hip. I’m combating them with tons of cocoa butter lotion and tummy butter. I think it’s helping!
Belly button in or out: Innie still! It’s sloooowly creeping to want to be flat, but I refuse it to be so!
Sleep:  It really depends on the night, but insomnia keeps me awake most nights. Either that or I toss and turn. I am on some new medicine though, and it makes me extremely tired about 2 hours after I take it, so it’s been helping me to fall asleep (even though that’s not what it’s for.)
Best moment this week: There hasn’t been anything monumental this week, but I’m just thankful for my medicine that makes me stop itching. I have Cholestasis, and it made me itch so badly that I couldn’t sleep. I was thrilled when I got my medicine to make me feel better.
Miss anything: A good nights’ rest!
Movement: Addison is going to be a dancer! I took this video of her yesterday and couldn’t believe how much my stomach looked like it was spazzing out. I wasn’t sure either what parts of her were where, but when we found out her legs are up and her head is down, it made SO much more sense that my stomach was moving this much. Her little legs are going crazy!

Cravings: Bagels and cream cheese. I may or may not have eaten 2 one morning. Yikes! They’re just soooo good.
Queasy or sick: I still get the occasional heartburn, but Zantac really has been helpful. I’m thankful I haven’t thrown up in about 2 weeks. SOOOO thankful.
Looking forward to: Our first baby shower this weekend! My mom and sisters are throwing me a shower that they’ve been talking about since late May. I can’t wait to see how it all turns out! I’ll make sure to take lots of pictures with my new camera ;)

Love this progression of baby bump pictures of The Vintage Modern Wife from 10 weeks pregnant to 30 weeks pregnant. I can't wait to see all the way to 40 weeks!For more Baby Bump Monday’s check out the blog every Monday (or the occasional Wednesday hahaha)!

One of the Silliest Dates We’ve Ever Had: Cow Appreciation Day

Last week, Mathew and I went on the silliest date we’ve ever had. At least…we FELT silly. Heck, we felt STUPID. But- it was SO. MUCH. FUN. We dressed up for Cow Appreciation Day and totally loved it. If you’re not familiar with it, Cow Appreciation Day is held every year by Chick-Fil-A, and you can dress up for a free meal that day!

There are some rules to Cow Appreciation Day- you have to be “fully dressed [like a cow]” to get a whole meal free, and if you’re only “partially dressed [like a cow]” then you just get a free entree. I’ve actually eaten at Chick-Fil-A previous years on Cow Appreciation Day, but had no idea what was going on. Of course, I laughed at the people all dressed up for free food, but I’m sure they were laughing at me because I actually had to PAY for my food. Touche people…touche.

I’d felt absolutely awful all day because I hadn’t slept the night before due to crazy itchy palms and feet. Turns out, I have yet ANOTHER issue with my pregnancy called Cholestasis. I was running on very little sleep and had been to the lab earlier in the day to get blood work done. While I was waiting at the lab I saw a couple Facebook friends of mine get dressed up this year for Cow Appreciation Day. For some reason I thought that Mathew and I should do it. He’d had a stressful week at work, I’d had an incredibly stressful/tiring day, and we love making each other laugh, so why not?

I went home after the lab and found some construction paper for black and white spots, and printed out an “Eat Mor Chikin” sign for Mathew to wear. I was already wearing a black maxi dress that day, so I figured I could throw on some white spots, and Mathew has white shorts and a white shirt, so I figured he could have black spots. I texted him and told him that we needed an easy and silly date night dressed up like cows to take away our stress, and he acted like I was crazy, but agreed anyway. (Can you see the sheer EXHAUSTION in my face? Oy.)

Ever heard of Cow Appreciation Day? The Vintage Modern Wife talks about the silliest date she and her husband have ever had!

Once Mathew got home and we put our spots on, we couldn’t help but laugh at how ridiculous this all was. My paranoid husband kept asking, “Are you SURE it’s today and not yesterday?” I assured him that I was right, but even he had me doubting myself. We cracked up worrying about whether our spots were sticking on or not, or if they were evenly spaced out. You know- those are important things. I worried about whether we would be considered as “fully dressed” because we didn’t have tails, ears, or cow noses, especially after walking into Chick-Fil-A and seeing some CRAZY legit costumes. People with pink gloves as udders, REAL cow costumes from the party store, HUGE poster boards with “Eat Mor Chikin” on them…and as we waited in line, I got nervous. Yeah, nervous if my meal would be free or not. Don’t ask me why I even cared- we brought our wallets!

Ever heard of Cow Appreciation Day? The Vintage Modern Wife talks about the silliest date she and her husband have ever had!Again, don’t mind my exhaustion, but we ended up getting our free meals for dinner, ate to our hearts’ content, and had the BEST time laughing at all the silly costumes everyone was wearing. If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em, right?! I asked some guy in a CRAZY cow get-up to take our picture for the night, and we happily headed home with full bellies. On the way home, we talked about doing this again next year, and even dressing up little Addison in a cow-painted onesie for the event.

It’s funny how our mindset changed from it being a stupid, ridiculous idea, to one of the silliest dates we’ve ever had. Cow Appreciation day ended up being one of the best ideas for a laid back date, and was the perfect way to relieve our stress from the day.

Have YOU ever participated in Cow Appreciation Day?