Second Trimester Recap

Ladies – it’s true what they say about the 2nd trimester, at least for me.  It’s the honeymoon trimester!  I felt good, I had some energy back, and some moments of the day, dare I even say that I kind of forgot I was pregnant?  These last three months have been SO MUCH better than the first three months.

That being said though...



Here are the things that surprised me about my second trimester:

1. Itchy - I am SO SO SO itchy. I have pretty sensitive skin to begin with, and all the stretching going on is making me itch so badly!  Some days are worse than others, but I think some of it has to do with those darn high waisted maternity pants.  The fabric against my skin is just so uncomfortable. I do moisturize daily with Burt's Bees Momma Bee Belly Butter (I love that it's scentless & non-greasy, thanks for the recommendation, Lis!) -- I can't image how itchy I'd be if I didn't.

2. Stuffy nose /congestion - It’s the worst at night.  I lay down in bed, and can’t breathe out of my nose.  So I breathe out of my mouth and then my throat gets dry, my lips get chapped, and I might even snore. God Bless Zac for putting up with me. And God Bless Aquaphor -- my favorite lip protectant. 

3. Nose bleeds - I think it's partially due to pregnancy, and partially due to the dry air.  Couple that with blowing my nose all the time, and bam. Every once in a while, it will bleed.  I recently purchased this humidifier that I run in our room at night a few times a week, so I'm hoping that helps!

4. Charley horses -  I've had a couple in my feet and calves since becoming pregnant and ouch!!! SO PAINFUL!!!

5. Mobility issues - It’s becoming harder to get out of bed, to put my socks & shoes on, and it's harder to pick up crumbs off the floor.  Where did all my stomach muscles go?!

6. Free stuff - People want to give you their hand-me-downs: maternity clothes, toys, books, baby items... it's wonderful & very appreciated!

7. Baby movement - And lots of it! This is obviously the best feeling in the entire world.  Zac & I joke that our babe is either playing soccer in there or doing ballet.  I think baby has restless legs like his/her rmomma ;)

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Some dates/moments I never want to forget:

9/24/16 – Week 17: Felt baby move for the first time!  We were at the First Annual Annoye Patio Parade Party (such a fun day!), sitting around Jamie & Travis’s campfire.  I felt a little “bubble pop” feeling in my tummy and got instant chills.  It happened a few more times that day, and has continued ever since.  BEST FEELING EVER!

Week 17: Started wearing maternity pants this week… to be fair, I had been using a belly band or the hair tie trick weeks prior to this, but week 17 is when I said good bye to all my old jeans & work pants.

10/6/16 – Week 19: Zac was able to feel baby kick for the first time! 

10/20/16 – Week 21: Zac & I can SEE baby movement in my belly!

11/16/16 – Week 24: Felt baby hiccups for the first time, at 3:10 AM!

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What did you love about your second trimester?

Click HERE for my First Trimester Recap

Elena's Memory Book: A Gift Idea

What do you get a child that has everything and needs nothing?

A memory.  A memory lasts forever...

When I came across this Story Starter Memory Book from Pinhole Press, I instantly knew it would be the perfect Christmas gift for my Godchild Elena.  It's the ideal way to foster her creativity and savor all those memories that we've made over the last year together.  And, it won't be another toy collecting dust in the corner (I hope!)

The cover

Plus, it was very easy to create.  You just upload your photos, drag & drop them into the sheets of the book, and then the recipient gets to fill the blank space around the photo with art to describe their memory.  Each page includes a few lines for writing about the picture...  and little hand kid writing is the very best.





I love that Elena can look back on these memories and her drawings, at age 6.  She'll have a vivid and colorful memory diary that she can cherish forever!


*This post is not sponsored in any way, I just love their products & wanted to share a good thing!


Christmas Nostalgia

This time of the year always brings back so many memories.

Christmas traditions (and Christmas movies!) are some of my very favorite memories.  My parents always made this time of the year so special for us, and I hope to do the same for our little babe.

A few memories I will never forget...

- Christmas jammie photos

Christmas Nostalgia | My Darling Days

- Begging dad to bring up the Christmas decor boxes from the basement immediately following Thanksgiving. I loved to help mom decorate -- she always had the best decorations (she still does). My very favorite was the mantel above the fireplace, because that is where our stockings hung.  I love that she hand-stitched each of our names on our stockings.

Christmas Nostalgia | My Darling Days

- Going to the tree farm as a family & dad cutting down our Christmas tree.

- Going Christmas shopping as family -- Fleet Farm's Toy Land was always a stop on our list.  We would beg to go down the pink aisle (aka, the Barbie aisle) and while we were marveling at all the pink goodness, mom would be running around gathering toys in her cart and hiding them on us.

- Becky & I always had matching Christmas outfits...

Christmas Nostalgia | My Darling Days

Christmas Nostalgia | My Darling Days

- Dad in his blaze orange "onezie" snow suit putting up all my grandpa Elmer's homemade Christmas decorations outside.  We would help him for about 10 minutes, but then quickly lost interest... we had snow forts to make!

- Putting reindeer horns on Cuddles.

Christmas Nostalgia | My Darling Days

- Making turtles at grandma's house with my Aunt Jane -- her's are the very best!

- Always being spoiled rotten for Christmas (we still are).

But even if Christmas meant no presents, I'll never forget these memories.  As we've gotten older and married into new families, we have new traditions and memories, but these old ones will surely never fade.

I can't wait until we get to share some of these traditions, and make some new ones with our child next year.  Until then, Zac & I are savoring these last couple of months with just each other... and Grace!

Merry Christmas to all!


Best Christmas Movies

Winter is the perfect season to cozy up and watch movies.

Picture this: The glow of the Christmas tree lights... a yummy bowl of popcorn... homemade hot cocoa with *just* the right amount of marshmallows... and your favorite cozy blanket.

Best Christmas Movies, popcorn, hot cocoa | My Darling Days


The only thing that would make this scene better is a crackling fire place!

With the help of Luma, a WiFi system that surrounds your home with fast & secure internet, I've rounded up my favorite Christmas movies to put you in the holiday spirit!



Slip into your favorite pajamas, and stay in to binge watch your night away!

Tell me, what are your favorite Christmas movies?!


The Year of the Baby Christmas Tree

The first weekend in December drew upon on us, and that meant going on the hunt for our Christmas tree... something I look forward to every year.

Christmas Tree Hunting | My Darling Days

We're fortunate to have a tree farm literally 4 miles down the road from our house -- perks of living in the country!

I told Zac I wanted a "smaller" tree this year... smaller, as in skinnier.  Maybe a little Charlie Brownish, too.  Something different.  I just didn't want it to take up a lot of space in our small living room, and I didn't want to move out any furniture this year.

Last year, it took us 4 minutes to find our tree .  This year it took maybe 10 minutes?  We don't mess around.
We found a skinny one, Zac cut it down, I yelled "timber!" and we we're on our way home.

Christmas Tree Hunting |My Darling Days

Christmas Tree Hunting | My Darling Days

2016 Christmas Tree | My Darling Days

When Zac carried the tree in the living room, my jaw dropped... uhh, why was it only appearing approximately 3 feet tall?
How could this be?  We both swear it was much taller when we cut it down...

But, it was too late now.  An 8 mile round trip and $40 later...  we propped the tree up on a crate for some added, much need height & loved it anyways.

2016 Christmas Tree | My Darling Days

2016 Christmas Tree | My Darling Days

If Christmas of 2015 was the year that it took us 4 minutes to find, agree on, & cut down a tree, let the Christmas of 2016 be the year of baby tree!

2016 Christmas Tree | My Darling Days
 In hindsight, it does look pretttttty little in this pic ;)

Happy Holidays, friends... only 20 more days till Christmas!