A Week In The Life: Sick Sucks, but Easter Doesn’t!

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Violette Jayne

It’s Week 21 and Little Miss has been movin’ and shakin’ lately! Actually, just as of last night, I really started feeling her wiggle around! I was laying in bed and it was almost alarming how much she was stretching and rolling! I’d very nearly forgotten that incredible, surreal feeling and I hope I never do again. It is such an amazing, awe-inspiring thing.


Aurorah Lyn

Oh, this silly little girl. She constantly surprises me. I didn’t expect her to catch on to egg hunting so quickly and so well, but she did. We purposely put her eggs in extremely obvious places and she ended up snatching them up so quickly AND finding the older kids eggs!


She loved egg hunting so much that we did a reenactment of it later in the day and let her hunt for eggs again.

She also has a new found love of putting change into her piggy bank, since a few of her eggs had some change in them. Granted, she gets frustrated when the money won’t fit (i.e. she needs to turn the coin around to fit into the slit), but she eventually figures it out. It just isn’t a game for the evenings when she is getting cranky.


Roree has also been bonding a lot to JT this week, especially since Saturday because I’ve been sick and he has stepped up a lot with helping her out. She asks to go to him more often and even cut me off a couple times while I was singing to her at night to ask for Dada to put her down to sleep! It is simultaneously heart breaking and warming and makes the guilt lift a bit more for when Violet comes and she’ll need to get used to him doing a lot more with her.



Earlier in the week I finally picked up some easter eggs and some non-candy fillers. One of the items I got were these little frogs.

When I got home and started filling the eggs, Roree was very excited to help me. She kept opening and closing the eggs as I filled them and when I came to the frogs, she fell in love with them to the point where I just let her have them instead of putting them in the eggs!


She has been obsessively playing with all 8 of them all the time… evening taking them in the bath with her and washing them. So funny.

I had Friday off for Good Friday, so I figured I’d take advantage of my 3 month pass to Glazer and go on a week day in hopes that it wouldn’t be insanely busy.

I was wrong. It was insanely busy, but Roree had a good time, anyway.


I, on the other hand, was convinced that my allergies were acting up, but it turns out I was getting sick :(

It didn’t really hit me until that evening.

Roree and I played in the museum for a little over an hour, then we played at the park outside of the museum and walked around the downtown area. She had more fun playing outside of the museum than actually playing IN the museum, but I’m just glad she had fun and got worn out enough to nap on the way home!


As we were about to leave to grab lunch, we ran into some friends and ended up having lunch with them at Pizza Fusion, which was also busy, but delicious!

Like I said, Roree napped the entire way home and I was exhausted, so I may have parked in the driveway and napped in the car until Roree woke up. I knew that she’d wake up and not go back to sleep if I transferred her, so I did what I had to do! LOL!

That night I hung out with my still-bed-bound sister and crashed when I got home.

Saturday when I woke up, I felt completely miserable. My throat was on fire, I was congested and sniffly and for whatever reason my neck was in a lot of pain. Luckily, JT let me sleep in a bit, but we had a family gathering at our place, so I attempted to help clean the house.

I really did only minimal work because I kept getting light headed.

I still had a lot of fun with my family, as I always do, but I felt on the verge of passing out the entire time.

I’m telling you, being sick when you are pregnant sucks way worse, even if it is just a cold!

I definitely had to decompress after that and decided to take it easy the next two days I had off. JT really stepped up and helped me the past few days, doing house work and taking care of Roree. I’m hoping this sickness will randomly go away by tomorrow when I have to go back to work! I’ve been downing lemon + honey + warm water and covering myself (and Roree and JT) in The Bomb oils!


Things to Come

There is an awesome consignment sale happening this weekend that I’ll be browsing for things I need for Violet and Roree. Gotta love used baby items!

I designed the flyer… isn’t it cute? :)

I am SO very excited for the Natural Birth and Baby Expo this weekend! As well as The Great Cloth Diaper change! I BETTER be feeling better by then or I may cry!

I recently became a volunteer for Tampa Bay Birth Network since I have a little bit more free time, I figured I’d use it toward an organization I really like :)


Also, Sunday is a much craved Sushi lunch date with a few friends. Of course, I will be having fully cooked sushi, but still satisfies the cravings!


Goals for Next Week

Not be sick

Stay away from my phone when I’m home with Roree <- A very difficult, but much-needed thing. My time with her is precious!


Currently Reading

Mindfulness in Plain English by Bhante Henepola Gunaratana


Songs on Repeat

Sleeping to Dream by Jason Mraz

Things I Heart (i.e things that are not this awful cold I have)

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It is a little bit of a miracle that I’m awake right now. Well, miracle or mistake. Probably a mistake.

On Friday, I took Roree to the Glazer Children’s Museum because I won 3 months free membership from my school’s Auction.


I woke up a little sniffly and my throat a little scratchy, but didn’t think anything of it considering the pollen has been miserable lately. By yesterday, however, things went downhill quickly.

I began to feel miserable and ended up missing out on an Easter Egg hunt today in exchange for a day on the couch blowing my nose and downing warm water with honey and lemon all day.


I just hope I feel better by Tuesday since I have to get back to work :(

On a much lighter note, however, here are some things I heart:


Pins I ♥

The World’s Best (and Easiest) Dill Pickles
I have yet to try this recipe, however it seems incredibly easy. After enjoying an entire jar of home made pickles from the farm a few weeks ago, I MUST learn to make my own pickles!

Home Taxidermy for Pleasure or Profit

Owie Owls
Roree has an obsession with owls and these would be perfect for her, even if I made them into bean bags. The issue now becomes the fact that I fail at all things sewing… Oh, Pinterest, why must you tease me?


Articles I ♥

Annie – International Trainler from The Mary Sue
YESSSSS!!! I MUST see this!

Skip the Skim Milk from Holistic Squid
Such great information. I definitely try to avoid all things “low fat” or “nonfat” since they are so highly processed and often worse for you than full fat versions. Just as I avoid fake or substitute items such as sugar or butter. The real thing is always better… in taste and for you.

Would You Do Volunteer Work to Pay Off Your Student Loans? Now You Can from Takepart
Of course there is a catch, there always is when it comes to “help” with student loans. It is only available on an extremely limited bases and only in 3 states (all of which are not Florida: Pittsburgh, Chicago, and Washington), but it is worth following just in case…


Quotes I ♥

“The best moments in reading are when you come across something – a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things – that you’d thought special, particular to you. And here it is, set down by someone else, a person you’ve never met, maybe even someone long dead. And it’s as if a hand has come out, and taken yours.”

“Learn to embrace change, and you’ll begin to recognize that life is in constant motion, and every change happens for a reason. When you see boundaries as opportunities, the world becomes a limitless place, and your life becomes a journey of change that always finds its way.”

“Sometimes you wake up. Sometimes the fall kills you. And sometimes, when you fall, you fly.” – Neil Gaiman


Roree Things I ♥

  • The way she plays with my hair when I’m singing to her at night before bed
  • Her long, drawn out kisses that she graces me with unexpectedly every so often
  • The obviously enjoyment and satisfaction she gets out of making JT and I laugh


JT Things I ♥

    • The way he makes Roree (and I) laugh uncontrollably

  • His pride in homeownership which motivates him to do yard and house work that would otherwise go undone for a very long time
  • The super long foot/back/neck massages he gives to me with little complaint


Random Things I ♥

  • A clean house, no matter how brief a period it exists
  • Warm water with honey and fresh lemon to soothe a sore throat
  • The glorious free time I have in the evenings after Roree goes to bed (which is often used to update this blog)

Thankful Thursday: I Love You, Anyway

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Oh, hey Thursday! Thanks for being AWESOME!

For the most part.

Except for the times you sucked today… like how I felt vaguely like crap most of the day or how I had to leave work early to rescue my sister from a screaming-in-pain-constipated toddler…

But it’s ok, now. I forgive you, Thursday. In fact, I forgive you so much that I’m going to take it a step further and be THANKFUL. For today and these things:

That spark of motivation that drives me to constantly get better at what I do

Gone are the days of monotony at a job. I gratefully welcome this career that makes me want to constantly get better at every aspect of it. Sometimes it is overwhelming, the things I want to accomplish, but man… I love this feeling.

Little reminders of why I should be more excited than terrified about having another baby

The mama guilt never really goes away and neither does the near constant fear of failure that most mothers face, but I live for the moments in between when a post from a friend or a picture or a memory reminds me of how much I miss having a tiny baby and what a great gift I am giving to Roree.

Stories that never get old

You know, the ones you can read (or listen to via Audiobook), over and over and over again, even though there are thousands more that you’ve yet to read? I love how new they become after only a few weeks.

The silly and surprising things that Roree loves

Typically, by the time I get home in the evenings (around 4:45pm or so), Roree tends to be in a bit of a grumpy mood. It has always been her ‘witching hour’ from around 5pm until bedtime. However, every so often, I manage to find something that catches her interest in such a way that she plays happily for hours with it. Granted, there are often conditions (like I have to be within 2 feet of her at all times as she is playing) and she is very fickle about her interests, so it will not distract her for multiple days in a row, but nevertheless, it is always fun watching her in action when she is completely absorbed in her play.


For example, she played with the plastic eggs I was filling for a good hour or more. Granted, I had to keep refilling them over and over again, since her favorite part was opening them and throwing the contents across the room, but it was worth it to spend some happy time with her.

I also bought these little rubbery, almost sticky brightly colored little frogs to put in her Easter eggs and she was absolutely thrilled by them. She organized them, put them on different things (like furniture and her head), pushed them down the slide ahead of her and even took a bath with them. It was a very pleasant evening!

A Week In The Life… Impromptu Chores, EcoFest, Anniversaries and Baby Showers

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Violette Jayne

^^View from the top ;)

Week 20. I cannot believe I am already approximately halfway through this pregnancy! Time has absolutely flown by!

I have to say, in comparison to my pregnancy with Roree, my back is killing me WAY more than it was with her, far earlier. I know it mostly has to do with me constantly lifting her, but jeesh! The next 20 or so weeks seem a little daunting thinking about the pain I’m already in!



Aurorah Lyn


Roree had her 18 month well check appointment on Thursday. She is in the 50-60th percentile in all categories and very healthy! Definitely something to be thankful for.

We spent the weekend with my parents and it was a tad rough for her adjusting to sleeping somewhere new, but not horrible. Night weaning is still a process for us, even though she hasn’t nursed at night for several weeks now, she occasionally wakes at 2am asking for “boo.” My mom was an amazing help on the nights JT wasn’t with us. I don’t know what I would’ve done if she wasn’t there!




It’s only Monday and I’ve forgotten about half of what happened last week already. Pregnant brain + mom brain is not a good combination. Especially in conjunction with typical Bri brain.

Earlier in the week, we were playing outside with Roree in the evening (something we do nearly every evening as it tends to keep her from getting TOO cranky) and we decided to get some chores done while we were out there.

Roree helped me clean out my car by dumping all the old water bottles onto Captain Doodle Tree (that’s what JT named the tree we planted in our front yard since we have ZERO trees in our yard!). And yes, I had, like, 6 half-gone bottles of water in my car, so it kept her busy as I cleaned it out.

We then randomly decided to trim the bushes. Roree helped with this as well. She picked up all the big branches that were trimmed and threw them away. We ended up being outside for quite awhile. so long, in fact, that Roree started asking to go to bed!


At work on Wednesday, I was able to sit in on some rehearsals for Cabaret Night at my school. We have so many ridiculously talented kids that it honestly felt like I didn’t even work at all. I got to just sit back, enjoy music and snap some pictures of the rehearsals. I’m SO excited about the event!

My sister wasn’t able to watch Roree Thursday, so my parents came up Thursday morning after her Dr appointment and brought her back to their house where I met them and ended up staying until Sunday.

It’s always nice staying at their house because I get to rest a bit since my mom always plays and holds Roree (to the point where I’m pretty sure Roree didn’t walk at all those days because my mom was holding her the entire time!) and they make me food :)


Saturday and Sunday were pretty busy days for me. I had a lot planned in the Tampa area, so staying with my parents ended up working out really well.

Saturday I hit up EcoFest with some friends. I was able to go Roree-free since my parents and JT could watch her. Normally, I would bring her to these types of things (I brought her to this same event last year), but since I’m pregnant and my back hurts when I carry her for too long, now, I decided against it. If JT were with me (and if she tolerated a stroller for more than 2 seconds), I definitely would have brought her.

There were a lot of great vendors and I ended up purchasing some delicious gluten free cookies before I left a bit early to make it to a good friend’s baby shower.

It was nice seeing friends I don’t get to see too often since I moved away and it was such a beautiful shower. It got me excited for new baby things for Violet, though I don’t need much!


Sunday was me and JT’s 6th anniversary. We had plans to go out to dinner, but we found out that his cousins (whom he hadn’t seen in 10 years!) were in town, so we headed over there for brunch instead.

In celebration of our anniversary, we had take out as a picnic dinner in the middle of our living room with Roree. I would have preferred something like… The Melting Pot… but maybe next year!

Things to Come

It’s going to be Easter weekend! I have a nice long weekend coming up since I have Friday and Monday off for Easter, and of course I filled those days with fun activities (like I like to do with any day off that I come across).

Friday we are redeeming some passes I won at an auction (that raised money for my school) and I’m taking Roree to the Glazer Museum with some friends. Afterwards I’m SUPER excited to hit up the first Trader Joe’s in Tampa! I heard it is ridiculously busy ALWAYS, but also totally worth it.

Friday night JT is having some friends over, so I may hang with my sister… or just go to bed early. We’ll see!

Saturday we are celebrating Easter with my family. We’ll be doing an egg hunt for all the kids and having lunch. Chances are we’ll end up staying there all day since we have to wait until Roree’s nap/bed times to attempt any long drives. (She was born hating the car.)

Easter Sunday, I’m meeting up with a few friends for an Easter Egg hunt with JUST us. Community Easter Egg hunts get CRAZY around here. You have the psycho parents who are shoving kids out of the way and yelling at their kids to get eggs, you have kids who are much older snatching eggs from little kids… it is chaos and TOTALLY not worth it. Not to mention all the eggs are full of candy that I wouldn’t give to Roree anyway.

Instead, my friends and I will fill the eggs with non-candy items and healthier snack options and it’ll be just us.



Goals for Next Week

  • Enjoy my extra time with Roree
  • Attend yoga!
  • Go to bed at a decent hour



Currently Reading

I lost Sunshine at my parents’ house! Wahhh! I wasn’t really getting into it anyway, so I plan on digging through my To Read shelf and picking out a book after this post.



Songs on Repeat

Say Something by A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera … a couple of the students are performing this song at the Cabaret Night and it got me hooked on it again!



Parents Say the Darndest Things

Weird things I’ve said this week (because I’m a mom)

“Yeah! That’s your butt! Where’s mama’s butt? Where’s dada’s butt? Good job!”




What was your week like?

Things I Heart: I WANT CHICKENS!

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Today has been quite eventful. Why I am still awake when Roree is sleeping peacefully in the other room, I do not know… No, actually, I DO know. My friend is hosting a Jamberry Nails party and I’m trying not to spend a bajillion dollars on these awesome things!

Anyway, Sunday I’ll (hopefully) post more about what I’ve been up to, but for now… here is some Friday ♥s for you:


Pins I ♥

Temporary Tattoo made with a sharpie & liquid band aid
They use this for kids, saying “if lost, call…” Not sure how I feel about that, but I’d love to have a talented friend doodle on me and I get to have a fun temporary tattoo for a day!

What is the shelf life of your food?
Since I’m a total nut case when it comes to expiration dates, this was a great little pin!

Awesome Gender reveal
DANG IT! Why didn’t I do this?

Remove toenail polish when you don’t want to ruin your manicure
LMAO!! Genius and hilarious, all at the same time.


Articles I ♥

March Favorites from MaieDae
I know, she was on here last week, but I’m loving Savannah’s March picks! I can’t wait to try out the lip gloss and pick up (or at least smell) the candle!

How I Amassed a 400oz Breastmilk Stash from Babyzone
I love this and will be referring back to it once Violet arrives!

How to Raise Chickens for Beginners Part One from How Does She
I want chickens SO BAD! As if it was a sign, I saw chickens and a coop at the EcoFest today!!

Calm Your Anxiety from Heart and Habit
I have some go-tos for calming my anxiety and these are great tips!


Quotes I ♥

“There is a voice inside all of us that sings a brave little song. If you can’t hear yours, find your volume button and turn it up.” – Tiffanie DeBartolo

“So rapid is the flight of dreams upon the wings of imagination.” — Alexandre Dumas

“Books. People have no idea how beautiful books are. How they taste on your fingers. How bright everything is when you light it with words.” — Rachel Kadish,Tolstoy Lied: A Love Story


Roree Things I ♥

  • When she helps me with chores… and actually helps, not hinders ;)
  • Her “ultimate” giggles when she is being tickled or is exceptionally happy
  • When she nods, smiles and answers: “Yeah!” to a question
  • Her crazy “wacko” time in the evenings when she runs around yelling and giggling like a maniac


JT Things I ♥

  • How close him and Roree have become over the past couple of months
  • How he has been putting Roree to sleep every night, and waking up with her without complaint
  • The fact that he finds everything that I lose


Random Things I ♥

  • Strong women who understand their worth and don’t let anyone walk all over them
  • Super comfortable and super cheap maxi skirts! (My preggo go-to).
  • Walmart racer back tank tops for less than $4! They are SUPER long and stretchy, so my belly can grow in them!




What are you loving this week?

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