12 Week Bumpdate

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Outfit details: Shirt/ Jeans/ Scarf/ Hat

Photography by: Teressa Jane Photography

I’m a little behind on my bumpdate but I figure you guys won’t mind! First trimester was so crazy and I’m happy to say that as I write this, I’m finally 13 weeks and out of the first trimester! Hallelujah! I cried many tears of joy for our baby (and frustration from being sick) and I can’t wait for all of the fun things that the second trimester brings. I have my 14 week appointment on Friday and I’m excited to get another glimpse of the baby and see what the doctor has to say about everything. It’ll have been a month since I’ve seen our sweet baby and it always amazes me how fast they grow in such a short amount of time!

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How far along: 12 weeks (well here. I’m a bit behind on my bumpdates as I’m now 13 weeks.)

Name: We finally have picked out a boy name and a girl name. We will share once we find out what we’re having!

Size: Baby is the size of a plum at 12 weeks! That’s 2.09 inches and .49 ounces

How I’m feeling: At 12 weeks, I was still feeling rotten. However, since I’m writing this at 13 weeks (I plan to do a bumpdate every other week), I can say that I’ve turned a new leaf (I think!) and I haven’t been sick in 3 days! Praise Jesus!

Sickness: First trimester was rotten. I was sick before meals, sick after meals, throwing up meals- it was rough. Smells were huge triggers and my nose is like a bloodhound’s.

Cravings: Cinnamon Raisin Bagels. They were the only thing that would make me not want to throw up. I also sometimes wanted to drink pickle juice on it’s own which is super weird for me, and salt and vinegar chips were very helpful in soothing an upset tummy.

Aversions: Cooked meat was rough. I can eat it, but I couldn’t cook it or smell it cooking. The smell of smoke from a barbecue pit also was a huge trigger. Anything also with a strong smell I couldn’t take- which included my favorite Korean tacos.

Weight gain: Nothing so far. Too much vomit!

Physical changes: I swear I could see my stomach getting bigger the second I found out I was pregnant. Also, my chest feels like it weighs so much! Mama is getting ready to make milk, I suppose!

Pregnancy purchases so far: I’ve made a few purchases so far that I wanted to share that have been helpful—

  • This nursing bra. My bras were getting SO uncomfortable and this one has been awesome. I bought several and I’m so glad I did.
  •  Young Living Lemon essential oil and Peppermint essential oil. Lemon was the only thing I could tolerate in my diffuser with my sensitivity to smells and Peppermint saved my butt whenever I was nauseated. I wore a diffuser bracelet and put Peppermint on it so I could smell every time I felt sick. If you’re thinking you need to go grab some now, get YL. Don’t get that junk at the grocery store. Trust- it’ll make you feel more sick.
  • Young Living Einkorn Granola. So good to snack on whenever I needed something light in my stomach that wouldn’t make me feel bad. It’s not overly sweet and you can eat it by the handful, as cereal, or on top of yogurt.

I’m excited to keep you guys in the loop as this pregnancy progresses with more bumpdates. Please pray for an uneventful pregnancy and for a healthy baby! Every day we tell Addie she’s going to be a big sister and I think she’s starting to come around to the idea that it’s going to be an awesome thing! Haha!

Our Little Fall Pregnancy Announcement

This Fall pregnancy announcement photo shoot is just adorable! Check it out at The Vintage Modern Wife

Photography by: Teressa Jane Photography

Well, the news is out today and we couldn’t help but tell you guys all about our little Fall pregnancy announcement! We are adding another pumpkin to our patch! We couldn’t be more excited about this pregnancy and have been waiting for my first trimester to be over (it ends on Friday!) so we can make the big announcement.

Many of you have noticed that things have been pretty quiet on social media lately- sometimes going days between updates. This baby has given me quite the morning sickness, or I should say, all day sickness. Between taking care of Addie and napping when she naps, it’s been pretty boring around here. We’re all ready for the nausea and vomiting to go away, but in the mean time, I’m taking it as a big blessing because it means our sweet baby is growing.

This Fall pregnancy announcement photo shoot is just adorable! Check it out at The Vintage Modern Wife

As you all know, we suffered a miscarriage last year and it was a huge blow to us. We weren’t sure if we’d ever be ready to bring another kiddo into the family, but God had the perfect timing for this sweet angel baby. We found out Sunday, August 6th that I was pregnant, and to be honest, we were a bit shocked! I took a test, and immediately went to tell Mathew. Our faces were priceless. Were we ready? Should we get our hopes up? What would we do if we miscarried again? We just prayed and held our breaths until my first appointment.

This Fall pregnancy announcement photo shoot is just adorable! Check it out at The Vintage Modern Wife

The first appointment went really well. The last time I’d been in my OBGYN’s office was when I miscarried, so I was really worried. I went by myself so Mathew could watch Addie and everything looked great. My doctor is a really great guy (we know him from church) and asked me to come in a couple weeks later just to make sure everything was ok. Since I was worried about miscarrying, we saw him 2 weeks later.

That first appointment was also a bit stressful because it was the same weekend Hurricane Harvey was supposed to hit the Gulf and my family was unexpectedly coming to town so they could escape from it. Addie’s birthday party was the very next day so between running around for last minute party supplies, cleaning the house for family, doing laundry, and getting food for the party, you could say my I was a bit on edge that day. The good news that our baby was a-ok did my heart and mind so much good.

This Fall pregnancy announcement photo shoot is just adorable! Check it out at The Vintage Modern Wife

Outfits:

Mathew- Shirt/ Khakis/ Watch

Addie- Shirt/ Pants/ Shoes (similar)

Stephanie- Shirt/ Jeans/ Scarf/ Hat

Two weeks later, with my crew in tow, we went to see the doctor for a second appointment at 10 weeks. We saw a very strong heartbeat and were absolutely taken aback at how big our baby had gotten in just 2 short weeks. It was so great to have Mathew and Addie there, and we got our very first picture of our baby! We asked a lot of questions- genetic testing via blood tests and amniocentesis, if we needed to worry about anything right now, etc. Thankfully, we got great news that we could do that further on in pregnancy, and we’ll likely talk about it again next week when I have my 14 week appointment.

This Fall pregnancy announcement photo shoot is just adorable! Check it out at The Vintage Modern Wife

As for our photo shoot, not only did we want to make sure we were out of the woods by announcing towards the end of the first trimester, but we really wanted a Fall pregnancy announcement with tons of pumpkins. We shot at the Dallas Arboretum because we just love how it looks with all of the thousands of pumpkins. If you’re able to visit the Dallas Arboretum sometime, definitely do it in the Fall because it is INCREDIBLE! Make sure you take a picnic blanket and a picnic lunch so you can relax on the berm and overlook the lake. It’s beautiful this time of year.

This Fall pregnancy announcement photo shoot is just adorable! Check it out at The Vintage Modern Wife

I want to take some time out to thank Teressa with Teressa Jane Photography in helping us with our Fall pregnancy announcement. Teressa is currently expecting her own sweet baby in just a few weeks, and she squeezed us into her busy schedule to take these amazing pictures. She captured our perfect vision for these Fall pregnancy announcement photos and we couldn’t be happier. I can’t wait to print some out and frame them for the house! Teressa is a dear friend and I’ve known her for a long time through the blogging world. Although we weren’t close, we found ourselves on the same Young Living essential oil team and chat every day about our businesses. It’s been amazing to get to know her and her sweet mama heart so much better the past couple of years.This Fall pregnancy announcement photo shoot is just adorable! Check it out at The Vintage Modern Wife

So this is where I leave you, we have an appointment next week to see how things are going and I’ll be updating as much as I can about this pregnancy like I did with Addie. I will say, I’m awfully tired these days and pretty nauseated, so I’ll do my best on updating! If anything, check Instagram or Facebook. And if you don’t watch my Instagram Stories, definitely do, because I update DAILY on there with random happenings!

The Best Valentine’s Cookie Cake Ever

This post on The Best Valentine’s Cookie Cake Ever was sponsored on behalf of H-E-B. All opinions stated are my own.

Want to surprise the love of your life with a fun dessert for Valentine's? This is the Best Valentine's Cookie Cake Ever and one that will win over the heart of anyone that you are looking for cupid's arrow to hit!

You know the old saying, “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach”? That is the case when it comes to my husband, Mathew. I swear that man married me because of my cooking. I reeled him in in our dating days with my creamy chicken alfredo and my “oatstanding” oatmeal crasin cookies. Over the years, I’ve cooked a lot of delicious desserts, but there’s one thing he loves that is his love language- cookie cakes. I love baking cakes for my family’s birthdays and Mathew would always rather have a cookie cake instead! I never have been one to really enjoy cookie cakes, but this Valentine’s I was determined to make a cookie cake that not only he could enjoy, but that I could take a bite or two of and not want to spit out. So…I went through some of my favorite cookie recipes and am bringing you the Best Valentine’s Cookie Cake Ever!

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I’ll tell you, there’s a secret to making the Best Valentine’s Cookie Cake Ever- it’s to not over bake it. I like to err on the side of caution and set my timer for a couple minutes less than I usually would with typical cookies to make sure that it’s not overdone. In combination with my cookie recipe, it makes for seriously THE Best Valentine’s Cookie Cake Ever.

Y’all know I love shopping at H-E-B, and they always have some great deals. I spotted one in particular, and found it was perfect for this recipe! If you buy the Handi-Foil Cook-N-Carry Heart Pans & Lids 2 pk for $3.97, you get 2 Pillsbury Cake Mixes and a Pillsbury Frosting FREE in store with your coupons! Of course, I needed the heart pans and frosting for the Best Valentine’s Cookie Cake Ever, so it was a no brainer to grab my coupons and get some free goodies. If you’re planning on making this, go get yours while they’re available! I also grabbed this cute little dutch bouquet in the floral department of H-E-B to put on my kitchen table. It’s so pretty and festive, and the perfect size for a little pop of color.

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The Best Valentine's Cookie Cake Ever
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 8
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Want to surprise the love of your life with a fun dessert for Valentine's? This is the Best Valentine's Cookie Cake Ever and one that will win over the heart of anyone that you are looking for cupid's arrow to hit!
Ingredients
  • 1 c Butter
  • ¾ c Sugar
  • 1 c Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Vanilla
  • 2 Eggs
  • 3 c H-E-B Select Ingredients Baker's Scoop All Purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • ½ tsp Baking Powder
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • 2 c Semisweet Chocolate Chips
  • Pillsbury Cream Cheese Frosting
  • Sprinkles
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. In a saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Cook until butter is light brown in color and smells nutty. Then remove from heat.
  3. Combine sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla in a mixing bowl. Stir in browned butter.
  4. Carefully mix in eggs until just combined.
  5. In another bowl, sift flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together. Fold into other bowl until well combined but not over mixed.
  6. Fold in chocolate chips.
  7. Press dough into greased Handi-Foil Cook-N-Carry Heart Pan into a nice, even layer.
  8. Bake 10-15 minutes. Start your timer with 10 minutes and add time as needed until you achieve a light brown cookie.
  9. Cool completely and decorate with frosting and sprinkles.

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When I made this for Mathew, you should’ve seen how big his eyes got! He loves cookie cake so much! I used cream cheese frosting to give a little tang and offset some of the sweetness from the cookie. I don’t like desserts to be sickly sweet, and the cream cheese was a perfect pairing. I love making goodies for him and cookie cakes always seem to make him smile. Even better? He proclaimed, “This is the Best Valentine’s Cookie Cake Ever!” and it completely made my day.

Plan on making the Best Valentine’s Cookie Cake Ever? Head to your local H-E-B then tell us what you thought in the comments!