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Bump Date :: 25 weeks

Week 25 Bumpdate

size of the baby :: Cucumber!!

total weight gain :: 10 pounds

gender :: Baby girl!

maternity clothes :: I have officially stopped purchasing clothes. I didn’t feel like I needed much when I started out this time, and then.. well, I’m a sucker for clearance. 🙂

movement :: Nonstop. We’re going to have a soccer player, seriously.

sleep :: Not the greatest, but living through.

missing :: Nothing really.

craving :: Not a whole lot this week.

symptoms :: The acid reflux is bad. It was a sad week when it started being a regular thing.

duston is :: Still hanging out in the basement. Hopefully, we are making some progress and working towards a end date.

looking forward to :: The holidays!

best moments :: I have had some great days working through my Powersheets this week while many of my coworkers are at a end-of-the-year meeting. It’s been quiet and highly productive.

Bump Date :: 24 weeks

Week 24 Bumpdate

size of the baby :: Zucchini!

total weight gain :: 8 pounds, I’ll take that!

gender :: Girl

maternity clothes :: I feel like this entire pregnancy I am going to live in oversized sweaters and wished they were cuter on me than they actually are. I miss normal styled clothes…

movement :: She constantly moves!

sleep :: eh.. It’s overrated, right?

missing :: Nothing really this week.

craving :: Everything. Haha. I’m really going to try to stick straight with my diet through the holidays, but man it’s hard.

symptoms :: Just lack of sleep… but that could be the toddler just as much as the baby.

duston is :: He has worked a ton this past week! On to sheet rocking in the basement and hopefully getting some progress down there soon!

looking forward to :: Matt & Michelle’s wedding! We have a semi-full weekend which just honestly means, a full Saturday with wedding, friends, and fun times to come!

best moments :: We really had a great past weekend with our holiday parties. It was busy but fun.

Bump Date :: 23 weeks

Week 23 Bumpdate

size of the baby :: Ear of Corn

total weight gain :: 8 pounds — Thanksgiving got me rolling. 🙂

gender :: Girl!

maternity clothes :: I panicked with Black Friday sales and splurged a bit on some belly support and postpartum gear. Mainly still in maternity jeans and normal tops on a day-to-day.

movement :: Lots. Especially at night.

sleep :: It’s really hit and miss. I didn’t do well most of the week, but then had a great day.. and then another bad one… and another good one.

missing :: Regular clothes. Target is killing me once again. I have decided as much as I dislike winter attire in general, maternity winter attire is much worse. I find a shirt I like, and realize I like it because the girl doesn’t look pregnant in the stock photo. Sigh…

craving :: Mexican. I could eat it everyday.

symptoms :: I went for a walk on Monday and had some major hip pains. They quit after awhile but have flared up here and there since then. I have been sporting my Bao Bei Maternity sports wrap on most day to help with this and working through my Expecting and Empowered workout guides but still hurting quite a bit.

duston is :: Working hard for that money. Ha! In all seriousness, we did spend quite a bit of time prepping in the basement this weekend for some wall repairs and saved a ton of money on lights during a Black Friday sale.

looking forward to :: Holiday season is in full swing — which means there are tons of parties and gatherings. Although I like the hustle and bustle, I find the colder it gets and the more pregnant I get, I just want to be a homebody. Good thing I work from home…

best moments :: We really enjoyed the holidays with our family. We visited and shopped and relaxed. It was really a great time.

Bump Date :: 22 weeks

Week 22 Bumpdate

size of the baby :: Papaya!

total weight gain :: 5 pounds

gender :: It’s gonna be a soccer player (female soccer player that is)!

maternity clothes :: I keep buying maternity things. Things I do not need. This Black Friday is getting my entire pocket book. Lol.

movement :: More and more every day. I LOVE it! It helps me feel secure that she’s doing okay in there.

sleep :: Pretty good for a pregnant gal with a toddler.

missing :: Deli meat…

craving :: Chocolate milk, for sure.

symptoms :: I feel like in general I have been more emotional this pregnancy. Not the ups and downs as much as I normally would get with hormones but once I start crying, man… it does not stop. I may have to take a “This is Us” pause until postpartum do to the use of Kleenexes on Tuesday nights.

duston is :: Working on the basement and Christmas decor. We have a Christmas tree, Christmas lights up outside, presents wrapped, and pending an estimate for more basement work. Basement, then nursery so we have to keep it going…

looking forward to :: We have a non-alcoholic brewery tasting tonight that we are pretty stoked about and then the Thanksgiving weekend!

best moments :: We had such a relaxing weekend this past one. We got stuff done around the house, but still enjoyed “downtime”. It was the perfect mix.

Shop Small :: Red Barn Collective

Thank you, Red Barn Collective, for sponsoring this post, part of Bahorich Abode’s Shop Small Holiday series. I was selected for this opportunity by Red Barn Collective; the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Red Barn Collective

Guys, I am a sucker for little children’s furniture. I don’t know if you saw over on my Instagram story this week, but I just bought another piece of wooden furniture for little Lillie’s room, a doll house book case. There is something about a solid wooden creation that steals my heart. Knowing that it is of good quality and typically, is handmade with someone’s love, I just cannot get enough of it. I walked around my garage earlier this week and found three different sets of little wooden chairs waiting to be sanded and painted for Ollie and Lillie over the next few days. That’s six chairs?! I have a problem…

Thankfully, there are places like Red Barn Collective that benefits from my love for all things wooden for my littles. From wooden learning towers to step stools, busy boards, lego boards, I am dying over each and every piece in their shop. They sell the peg boards just like we have for Ollie’s nursery to the most adorable little wooden baby gym that I am currently eyeing.

This holiday season, for us, we are all about Legos. Dusty and I have been working on a Lego table for Ollie and asking all of the family members for Legos of our little man. He loves building things and of course, knocking them right back down. My big “ah-ha” moment was our first night at Walt Disney World this past month. Ollie (and Dusty) couldn’t care less if we were at the happiest place on Earth, because we had wondered into the Lego store at Disney Spring and he was in heaven.

We sat and played and played with those Legos for nearly an hour. I thought the longer we stayed, the less interested he would become and the less likelihood for a meltdown. I was wrong. He interested just grew and the meltdown of leaving the Lego store was inevitable. Thankfully, I found Red Barn Collective and their amazingly built Lego board.

I know the moment we introduce Legos throughout our home, they are going to be a hit. The Lego table that we are building is headed to the new playroom in our basement, but honestly, with an addition to the family coming soon, we needed something that Ollie could sit in the living room floor or his sister’s room and play with Legos in a manageable area. Enter this great Lego board.

These mini lego trays that Red Barn Collective makes are bound to be a huge hit in your home as well! Their trays are designed with our littles in mind specifically: sturdy, practical, and handy. The trays are a great size so Ollie can move his Lego creations freely throughout the house. It also makes for an easy pick-up when guests are coming over and have a landing spot.

My biggest fear with introducing Legos into the house is the stepping-on-Lego nightmare; however, thankfully, these trays help designate where Legos can be in the house, you know, and not under your feet at night… The best part about ordering from Red Barn Collective is that you have full creative control when designing the board: choose your board color, and either paint or stain for the frame. Not seeing a color you like exactly for your style? also, not a problem! Choose any Valspar paint and get exactly the style you want for your home! How awesome is it that they are that flexible!?

Like I mentioned, Red Barn Collective is packed full of goodies for your littles this Christmas. I also know a few baby showers and birthdays coming up that this shop would be amazing to partner with for my future gift buying. The best part is Red Barn Collective is offering y’all 10% off your entire order when you use the coupon code “BAHORICHABODE10” this holiday season. Thanks Red Barn Collective!!

Red Barn Collective

Red Barn Collective

Here is a little bit more about The Leeman Family, owners of Red Barn Collective:

How did you get your shop started?
Red Barn Collective began as an expression of love. The more we created these gifts for family and friends, the more we realized how much we enjoy handcrafting timeless, heirloom-quality pieces. What began as a husband and wife team has bloomed into a family adventure. We pride ourselves in our unique talents and skills, knowing that what we create will be passed on for generations to come.

What is the hardest part of owning a shop?
Definitely the hardest part of owning a shop is time management. Between homeschooling, church, and our growing business, we are constantly striving for a balanced home/work life. We love being able to incorporate our business with our homeschool curriculum, but we still spend many after-school and weekend hours working on orders and perfecting our craft!

What is one thing unique about you?
I think one unique thing about our shop is how we involve our children in the design and production process. With a large family, every penny counts, and the purchases made from our shop directly support our children! Not only do our children learn valuable lessons on how to save and invest their money, but that lego tray you just purchased? Those proceeds are going towards someone’s first car, their college tuition, their next mission trip, etc.

What is the best part of owning a shop?
Our favorite part of owning a shop would be the positive reviews and feedback we get from our customers. We take pride in our work and it is always such a blessing to receive thank-you messages and pictures from happy customers.

How did you get your shop name?
Our shop name, Red Barn Collective, is named after our 150+ year old barn that sits on our family’s property. We wanted to find a way to honor our family history and there is so much charm in a beautiful, old barn.

What is one way that you keep organized?
If we could start another business, it may be in organization. With a large family and a busy business, you absolutely have to stay organized. After some trial and error, we have found a system that works best for us to keep track of all of our orders and day-to-day family activities. The secret? Old school calendars and printed out invoices.

How do you balance family life and work life?
I think the most effective way to keep a balanced family life and work life is to work smart and think ahead. Over summer break we put in extra hours to build up inventory for all our holiday markets coming up- it gives Christmas in July a whole new meaning for us! It’s also worth mentioning how easy it is to get sucked into work, work, work. Family life and our church community are extremely important to us and we have to be very intentional with our time and energy so we don’t burn ourselves out spending too much time in our workshop.

Red Barn Collectie

Red Barn Collectie

Bump Date :: 21 weeks

Hmmm... well I’m definitely past 21 weeks but at least I took the photo on time. Too bad I forgot to post it. #pregnancybrain

Week 21 Bumpdate

size of the baby :: Pomegranate

total weight gain :: 5 pounds

gender :: Little miss

maternity clothes :: I am still mixing in some more maternity tops to my outfits. I am also living in my Bao Bei Maternity cool air mesh sport band. I’m in love still with my Bao Bei band from my first pregnancy. It really has helped my core support and hip pain.

movement :: She’s definitely a routine gal. Kicking at night and midday like clockwork.

sleep :: Pretty decent. I have had less hours than the past few weeks. Maybe that means I’m sleeping better?

missing :: Busyness means less sleep, so I am definitely missing the extra caffeine this week.

craving :: Avocado? Which is random I feel like.

symptoms :: Nothing really this week.

duston is :: Being such a great dad. He honestly has had to and will continue to have to pick up my slack this entire week. With parties and work outings, I am just not able to be around in the evenings as much and he has been doing great!

looking forward to :: A weekend home full of rest!

best moments :: We have had such a busy part week! We spent the weekend hanging out with the family, a Noonday party celebrating women leadership and empowerment, and a really great planning/finance meeting for our next few months!

The Best Diaper Bag for Disney Parks and Beyond with Citi Babies

Thank you, Citi Babies, for sponsoring this post, The Best Diaper Bag for Disney Parks and Beyond. I was selected for this opportunity by Citi Babies; the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Best Diaper Bag for Disney Parks

It has been nearly a month since we have gotten back from Walt Disney World and I miss it each and every day. It was such a great time for our family to get away for a few days prior to the chaos that the holidays always brings with travel, family and friends.

One of my biggest stressors prior to our trip was our diaper bag. I mentioned a few weeks ago that I have been on the hunt for a new diaper bag since the announcement of baby number two. I enjoyed my Skip Hop Duo Special Edition Carry All Travel Diaper Bag Tote but honestly, it is already starting to look a bit worn. Additionally, I really knew that a backpack style would work far better on the go. I wanted a diaper bag that had a bit of a designer feel for times that I left my purse at home; however, I know Dusty, like many husbands out there, wanted something that did not look like a purse for him to carry around.

Best Diaper Bag for Disney Parks

Best Diaper Bag for Disney Parks

Best Diaper Bag for Disney Parks

Enter Citi Babies.

Citi Babies is exactly what I needed for this trip and beyond! This bag is functional, simple, doesn’t scream “hey, there’s diapers in here!” and will not break the bank with its price! It’s backpack bag that has a removable shoulder/messenger bag strap. It also can be carried by the handles or clipped to your stroller handlebar with a built-in clip, which is super functional and nice.

When you open the bag, a metal frame keeps it open. It doesn’t collapse which allows it easy to peek inside. The placement of the pockets makes it easy to have access for diapers, toys, and many other on-the-go essentials. It has 2 pockets on the inside front, one on each side, and a zipper compartment on the back inside. This allows you to remained organized, yet not forget which pocket you put the nail clippers in or another smaller item. The outside pockets are stretchy and perfect for a sippy cup or water bottle. It fits our Ollie’s toddler CamelBak perfectly and it did not fall out once during the whole trip. One of the these pockets even have a wipes opening to always have easy access to wipes.

The front pocket has 2 pockets for bottles that are insulated and one stretchy strap for a bottle/cup. This is perfect for breastfeeding mommas wanting to keep milk cold on-the-go or keeping fruit or snacks cold. It also has a little mesh pouch, an area for snacks or those pesky little toys that always seem to disappear. The back of the backpack has a zipper compartment that I love to my phone, keys, and wallet in.

Best Diaper Bag for Disney Parks

Best Diaper Bag for Disney Parks

Now to the best part, I know hard to get better than everything else I’ve already mentioned, but the inside of the this bag is HUGE! It is 17 inches tall! Yep, you read that right! It will even fit a laptop when you aren’t using it for kids! It measures 17in x 11in x 3in.! I love slipping in my Travelon Packing Squares to help keep things even extra organized in it’s big space.

Overall, this bag hits the nail on the head in every category I needed. It’s gender neutral, so my husband doesn’t mind carrying it one bit. It’s functional for one baby or multiple kids. It’s easy to clip on and off of the stroller, as well as it was easy to loosen or tighten the straps based on if my husband and I was carrying it.

It has now travelled with us to the apple orchard, flown to Disney World for the week, and may be our new permanent diaper bag. I know that it is going to fit all of Ollie’s essentials as we venture into toddlerhood together and add another addition to the family with Lillie. It will fit all of their necessities and then some.

This bag comes in gray or black, and the company is releasing a leather version in Black and Tan for just $89 in a couple weeks! The leather version is absolutely gorgeous and 100% wipeable with 10 pockets! I’m dying to have the tan one already!

Citi Babies Diaper Bag

Citi Babies Diaper Bag

Citi Babies Diaper Bag

Citi Babies Diaper Bag

Citi Babies Diaper Bag

Here’s a bit more about Citi Babies ::

How did you get your shop started?
After our first son was born, my husband Todd and I struggled to find quality, minimalist baby goods at affordable prices. We seemed to be faced with two choices: Beautifully designed, elegant goods with an eye-popping price, or cheaply made goods with busy patterns in garish colors. So we set out to design a line of quality baby goods that were modern, minimal and functional at prices that left some money for college savings. After months of design work and establishing trusted makers, Citi Babies was born.

What is the hardest part of owning a shop?
Trying not to execute all of my ideas at once. I have exciting ideas for additional products, marketing, connecting with customers, and social media but I have to keep focused and prioritize my goals so Citi Babies can grow.

What is one thing unique about you?
I read this question first and answered it last because I struggled to think of something truly unique about me. I think two fairly unique things about me are that I’ve had two home births in water and enjoy giving birth. Crazy, I know! The second thing would be that I love Crossfit and pushing myself physically. It’s a great stress reliever and helps me have the strength to overcome challenges in other areas of life.

What is the best part of owning a shop?
Interacting my customers! We love selling our bags but hearing and seeing how people are using them and how they love them is the best part of this business.

How did you get your shop name?
We had recently moved from Washington, DC to a small town right outside Raleigh, NC. We were talking about the future for our boys and whether we wanted them to be “city babies” or not. It wasn’t until a few days later, and throwing out countless other brand name ideas, that we came back to the conversation and Citi Babies got it’s name.

What is one way that you keep organized?
Ha! You make the assumption I am organized? Caffeine and luck. Besides those two things, I let my OCD and type A personality take over and prioritize my tasks by day and week over making a long to-do list.

How do you balance family life and work life?
It isn’t always balanced; more like a roller coaster. When we are balanced, it’s because I planned and organized well and focused on what need to be done at that specific time. Learning to ask for help has also greatly benefitted my entire family and helped us remain more balanced.

Citi Babies Diaper Bag

Citi Babies Diaper Bag

Citi Babies Diaper Bag

Citi Babies is a family-owned company using their experience as parents to create functional, modern and beautifully-designed baby goods. The company is based in North Carolina and they pride themselves on customer service. The Citi Babies Traveler backpack diaper bag embodies the new age of diaper bags and has some fantastic features:

  • Convenient Diaper Bag Backpack Design: This bag stays securely on your back without slipping off and keeps your hands free to hold baby or that much needed latte.
  • Removable Shoulder Strap: The removable and adjustable strap perfectly allows you to wear the Traveler messenger style or over your shoulder.
  • Wide Mouth Opening: The wide mouth stays open so you have easy access to pacifiers, diapers, wipes, and so much more without having to hold the bag open.
  • Changing Pad Included: The Traveler includes a changing pad that wipes clean easily.
  • Pockets Everywhere: Staying organized with kids is tough but with perfectly-placed pockets, this is one organized diaper bag.
  • Built-in Stroller Clip / Pram Clip: We love this clip. Hang the bag on your stroller or pram with the easy to use built-in clip.
  • Unisex Design: The Traveler makes a great diaper bag for Dad and Mom.
  • Trendy, Modern Design: The versatile design means you can also use it a weekender bag, laptop case or carry on.
  • Inside and Outside Wipes Clean Easily: Low-maintenance, easy to clean fabric is a must have for any parent.

Not only is it a great diaper bag, each and every diaper bag comes with a complimentary Citi Babies multi-use, stretchy car seat canopy and nursing cover, making this the perfect baby shower gift. The diaper bag is great for moms and dads alike and will love receiving The Traveler as a baby shower, thank you, or Christmas gift, and Citi Babies comes with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. If their diaper bag doesn’t meet your standards (which I know it will), please let them know and they will do whatever it takes to make it right. Your happiness is their ultimate goal!

Bump Date :: 20 weeks

Week 20 Bumpdate

size of the baby :: Banana

total weight gain :: 4 pounds

gender :: Little gal

maternity clothes :: I keep wanting to buy clothes… but let’s be honest. I have plenty. It is just getting cold outside and really my maternity tops still feel too big and my regular sweater make me look more chubby than pregnant. It’s just a phase, I know.

movement :: Every night like clockwork she is kicking up a storm.

sleep :: This week has been okay. Sleep is still not great, but it’s better than last week.

missing :: Not really anything this week!

craving :: Nothing really.

symptoms :: Not true symptoms… however, the stomach flu has made it through our house this week and caused a few hiccups in our normal routine. We canceled a holiday trunk show at our house and moved our small group to another house. I ended up getting it twice and it hit me far harder than the rest of the house because of the pregnancy.

duston is :: Still recovering from the flu himself!

looking forward to :: Getting back to normal. A few days of laying around this house and I feel like we have been cooped in too long. We needed the rest but I just do not sit still very well.

best moments :: We had a great family day on Saturday before the flu storm. We had some good quality times with friends, neighbors, and time just for ourselves as well!

Soft Sole Shoes with Sweet ‘n Swag Moccasins

Thank you, Sweet ‘n Swag, for sponsoring this post, Soft Sole Shoes with Sweet ‘n Swag Moccasins. I was selected for this opportunity by Sweet ‘n Swag; the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Sweet 'n Swag

Having a roaming toddler in the colder months means finding creative ways to keep their feet warm since they are notorious for pulling off their socks and kicking off their shoes! Ollie never wants anything on his feet. Not to mention, he is sometimes a bull in a china shop and a little boy would love to run, so it has been important that I find footwear that would stay on to keep him warm but also look cute and stylish!

Ever since I was introduced to how important soft sole shoes were for little feet, I have been a lover of baby moccasins. I know there are a ton of companies out there on the market; however, I have tried many of them and want to take a second and introduce you to Sweet ‘n Swag.

They stay put, period. Since Ollie was an infant, I have tried and tested several brands of soft sole shoes and now that we are running and walking, I still swear by them! Many soft sole are slippery for walkers on hard wood and laminate floors and wear out fast outdoors! However, Sweet ‘n Swag are handmade, super soft, and flexible. They come in a huge selection of colors and prints to suit everyone’s taste and style! There are so many other companies out there who make baby moccasins, but what I love about Sweet ‘n Swag is that they’re affordable, but high-quality.

But why soft sole shoes in general?

Well, for starters, hard sole shoes are honestly difficult for younger ones to learn to walk because they are typically pretty heavy. Ollie started taking his first steps at eight months and really walking at ten. With having lightweight soft soles, he was able to learn to walk by extending his toes and grip the floor similar to as if he was walking barefoot. It also helped him continue to improve his balance and coordination as he grew. Soft sole shoes are typically roomier than hard sole shoes as well, allowing Ollie’s feet to be unrestricted without wedges, inserts, high backs, reinforced heels, special arches, or other feature that are typical to hard sole shoes. This continues to help develop their little feet in such a more natural way!

So whether you have a newborn or a walking toddler, Sweet ‘n Swag soft sole moccasins are the way to go. They can also come lined, so for these upcoming winter months, their little feet will stay dry and warm.

Also, a special just for you! Use the code “heathersweetnswag” for a 15% off your entire order, excluding sale items! How perfect is that just in time for the holidays!

Sweet 'n Swag

Sweet 'n Swag

Sweet 'n Swag

Sweet 'n Swag

Here is a little bit more about Sweet ‘n Swag:

How Sweet N Swag started: A life-changing event happened when Shannon’s good friend lost a baby at seven months to a septic infection. The couple were devastated, not only by the loss of their baby son, but the mounting hospital bills and subsequent funeral. Shannon felt compelled to try and help her friend in the only way she could—making hair bows to sell. For two days and two nights she made bows without thought of food or sleep. She had 250 bows to sell.

She put a notice on Facebook and went door to door in her condominium neighborhood peddling her bows. She sold about 150 and gave the money to her friends. She had a hundred left! What she did with them started her on a journey that took her to a place she couldn’t have imagined. She sold her bows on the craft-focused website “Etsy” and they sold quickly. Customers wanted more accessories so she expanded her ideas to include shoes for infants. The uniquely designed and hand-made vegan leather moccasins were best-sellers.

As Shannon’s hobby turned into a full-time endeavor, Brett sold his law firm and turned his attention to helping expand the brand, “Sweet N Swag.” The couple are now completing a new office in Lindon to accommodate the ever-expanding line of shoes and accessories. The latest shoe design is a special designed leather oxford called a “Moxford.” The marketing catch phrase is “We design shoes that stay on baby’s feet.”

Bump Date :: 19 weeks

Week 19 Bumpdate

size of the baby :: Mango

total weight gain :: 4 pounds still!

gender :: Lillie Grey – Girl. 🙂

maternity clothes :: Still in maternity jeans and regular tops. I’m mixing a few more maternity tops in the mix, but not a whole lot.

movement :: I can definitely feel Lillie faster than Ollie. I have a few kicks and flutters here and there. Nothing that Dusty would be able to feel but I don’t think I had much more than bubbles this time through last time around.

sleep :: Sleeping decently.. enough hours, but really not good sleep if that makes sense. Just super strong dreams and lots of flipping due to my hips.

missing :: Nothing really.

craving :: Chocolate milk and soups. Not together. Oh and pumpkins donuts. Give me all of those.

symptoms :: Nothing really this week.

duston is :: Doing well. We have had a really busy week with social events. Halloween. Missional Community. Networking event. We honestly haven’t been home much without other people in our house. That’s 100% okay though. We bought our house to fill it with people and share the hospitality and love of Jesus. This is just what it looks like.

looking forward to :: The holidays! Honestly, decorating for the holidays. I want to sit and savor the holiday season for as long as I can this year. The first step is to decorate. The temperatures are going to be warm this weekend so we are chatting about lights on our house for the first time. Yah!

best moments :: Like I said, we had a busy week with a house full of people. The temperature has been up and down which has been nice to get out and be productive on the warmer days and cuddle up with some great teas on the colder ones.