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Birthdays; New and Old With Legacybox

This post is sponsored by Legacybox but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. 

One thing I missed putting on the blog during my pregnancy, was the fact that Holland turned four this February! But, since little sister came two days after Holland's birthday we had to put off any major celebrations for a while. One month to be exact.

Holland hasn't had a real, well planned birthday party since she was one. So last year when she was old enough to notice her brother and friends had these big fun gatherings, I promised her one of her own for year four! Can you imagine asking a four year old to wait an extra month after waiting patiently for an entire year! Thankfully, we had some fun distractions to pass the time. (Other than her new sister.)



I've always loved planning birthday parties. I think my favorite one from my own childhood was a tea party where my friends and I all dressed in old prom dresses from the thrift store. We thought we were super fancy! So, as Holland and I started planning out her big bash I thought it would be fun to look back on some of my favorite parties, for inspiration. Plus, the kids always get a kick out of seeing mommy and daddy when we were younger.



I had my mom grab all of our old VHS tapes from her house, so I could send them to Legacybox for converting. And I'm so very glad that I did. I chose to mail in every tape I could find that said "Brittany Birthday" plus a few other family memories and milestones.

It was so precious to see old loved ones again. And to see just how similar my children and I are. Down to the very same jokes and facial expressions. Holland especially got a kick out of seeing that I loved all of the same toys that she does. Princesses and baby dolls! 😂





The process of updating our old tapes was super easy! After ordering a kit online, Legacybox took care of absolutely everything. A prepaid shipping box showed up on our doorstep, with simple instructions and all of the labels needed to organize my tapes. (It was actually really funny to watch Holland open up the original package just to find an empty box inside.)

We labeled each of our tapes and slides with unique barcoded stickers and packed them back in the box. We attached the new pre paid shipping label and dropped it off at the UPS store. Way faster than I was expecting I got the box back with all of my original tapes + new dvds and a thumbdrive making it super easy to watch our old videos anywhere.



We had a blast going down memory lane. And Holland eventually got her big birthday bash too!







Holland and I highly recommend you indulge in some nostalgia of your own with Legacybox! And you can get 40% off if you go to their site now and use the code "CHERISH"! That's a deal you can't beat.

We Made A Tiny Human... Again.

Hello, Hello....It's been a minute. I know, I know... everytime I come back from a long hiatus I say that I'm back for good and then I disappear again. Well, I at least have a good excuse. Jamy and I were busy bringing new life into the world. So, I figured the least I could do is show and tell!

And here she is! Helena Grace Comeaux.


THE NAME

You probably know that our other two children are named Hudson and Holland. A lot of people think we have some obsession with New York or geographical landmarks. But we just like names that aren't in the top 20 list and we happened to fall into a H theme.

I had a ton of H names picked out for a boy, but not one for a girl. There are plenty of beautiful ones, but almost every option is extremely common or is already taken by close friends. Being a Brittany in the south, in the 90's scarred me a bit. I didn't want my kids to constantly have their last initial attached to their name.

So we threw around a few unique names: Halle, Hadley, Harlow, Henley, Halston. But, throughout the pregnancy I had been holding onto the name Helena and Jamy finally conceded in the hospital before we took her home. (We pronounce it Huh-lay-nuh).

For her middle name; I always wanted it to be Rose. But as we were driving home from a long roadtrip last month listening to worship songs, we started to discuss the beauty of the word 'Grace'. Grace is a name I've never been interested in... because, can you guess it.... it's super popular.
However, we chose it as a testament to God's grace for his people. The only reason our family exists, that our marraige is joyful, or that we make it through the toughest seasons of life is by the grace of God. My prayer for Helena Grace and her siblings is that they would always live in his grace and peace. 




THE BIRTH

Helena's due date was February 20th, but I was emotionally and physically done by January. We scheduled an induction for her due date at 3:00 am. This would be my third induction, so I was comfortable with the process and looking forward to meeting our girl.

The night before, we sent the kids home with my mom after dinner. I took a long hot bath and did all the pampering/grooming that I knew I wouldn't have a chance to do for a while. I set my alarm for 2:00 am and went to sleep.

Around 1:45 I was woken up by a painful contraction. and over the next hour as I got prepared to head to the hospital I timed them on my app to be about 3 minutes apart. When I got into my room at Labor & Delivery I was already dilated to 6 cm. So I ordered the epidural and took a quick nap. They checked me again a little after 5:00 am and my water broke from the pressure. After that it was just a matter of getting the doctor to the hospital and everything set up to start pushing. Thankfully, all three of my deliveries have been fast. Three pushes and she was here!




THE SIBLINGS
Hudson and Holland are both loving their new baby. Holland, especially. She is so obsessed with taking care of Helena we have to constantly keep eyes on her. I've caught her holding the baby twice without asking an adult for help. Which is especially nerve wracking when your entire house has hard stone floors!






LIFE AT HOME
So far, Helena has been an especially good baby, just like Holland was. She has been sleeping well and rarely fussy. (Now that I've put this on the internet, I'm sure she'll flip on me.) Truthfully, Holland is keeping me up more than Helena.

And the adjustment to three hasn't really quite happened yet. We've been blessed with a lot of support from my mom and our church family. The only hard part has really been emotional. I feel like I'm missing out on watching Hudson grow up. Kindergarten has been such an exciting transition for him so far, and I've been forced to sit back and miss out on a lot of things with him lately. And it's a weird feeling when you start to realize your first baby is growing up.

Other than that, things are settling nicely around here and I'm looking forward to life as a party of five!

 Our new Normal.



Taking It Easy In The Third Trimester

{This post is sponsored by POP SECRET® but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.}



We're in the home stretch of this pregnancy and I couldn't feel more excited or more unprepared. But, I think every pregnancy must wind up that way eventually, right? I went in for my first weekly check up Friday and things are about as far along as they usually are at this point of my pregnancies. 1 1/2 cm dilated. Baby girl is in the birthing position and estimated to weigh around 5 lbs. So with these last four weeks there isn't much more on my to do list other than to relax. So, today I teamed up with POP SECRET®, to share some of my favorite ways to do just that!




THREE WAYS TO RELAX LIKE A PRO:
Flix and Chill - An obvious favorite. Who doesn't love to binge watch their favorite show after a long day? As parents of little ones, this gets to be as close to a date night as you can get most weeks. So I honestly cherish that hour or two when I get to sit on the couch with Jamy, some snacks and our favorite true crime doc or comedy.

Hot Bath and Pod Cast - I've always been a fan of a LONG hot bath. Jamy says I like to disappear for the night, which is true but unintended. I go in there with the intention of quickly washing up and end up coming out 90 minutes later looking like a prune and with a wealth of new knowledge about current events, conspiracy theories, theology or how to better run my blog!

Coloring - Adult coloring is a trend that's been around for a few years now, but it was never one that I really got into. Until recently, that is, thanks to my little man. Hudson got an awesome art kit for Christmas and has been obsessed with family art nights. If you watched my stories last week, you probably caught a glimpse of our drawing competition and Jamy's frightening portrait of Hud. 😂

The cool thing about Hudson's art obsession is that it coincided with a period of this pregnancy where my anxiety was starting to pick back up. That particular night that I captured on my Insta stories was one where I was feeling it pretty hard. But forcing myself to sit down and just color for thirty minutes really relaxed my spirit and body! So now it's something I look forward to after a long day.



This 👆 is literally what we're doing right now as I type this blog and I couldn't be more pumped about it. What are your favorite ways to unwind and relax? Since I wrap up my day job this week I'll be looking for new ways to relax and take it easy until baby comes! However you prefer to chill out don't forget to grab some POP SECRET® to munch on as you do it! 
Head HERE to grab a box!








Creating Christmas Traditions



Hey Hey! How did you survive the shopping madness? I did my best not to spend too much money, but I did snatch a crib for the new baby and some half off clothes for the kids. Every black Friday, I wish I had saved up a little bit more to really knock out all of my Christmas Shopping. And every year, I fail. Haha. Thank goodness for Amazon Prime. I'll just be doing my Christmas shopping from the couch again, this year!

I did however get to knock one thing off of my bucket list that I always wanted to do! And that was chopping down my very own Christmas Tree. Well, watching my husband and son chop down my very own Christmas tree.

I grew up in a pretty small family. I literally had no first cousins to speak of and all of my extended family was stationed miles away. Christmas was small most years as well without much fanfare. Not to say it wasn't fun and filled with the people I loved. But, I've found that the older I get, I just want to create something different for my own family. For starters, I'm grateful to have three sweet children with a growing group of cousins and family members to grow up with. But, I'm also really invested in the idea of creating traditions for my kids.

With that said, I am super excited to turn this tree hunting expedition in to a new tradition. We left church Sunday and made the 40 minute trek to Ethel, Louisiana to visit the Windy Hills Tree Farm. The drive was easy and in spite of a bit of rain right when we were taking this picture, we still had a blast! With a handful of other families pacing through mazes of evergreens and stopping for photos before picking out their favorite tree. The trees ranged in size, price and species so there was plenty to choose from. We grabbed a saw from the workers and Jamy and Hudson set to work. Within a few minutes the staff had the tree wrapped up and tied to our car while we went inside their quaint little shed for popcorn and treats. We even made it back in town just in time for lunch!

I was a bit worried that the drive would take the fun out of it for the little ones, but we played lots of word games and they enjoyed every minute. I'm thinking next year, it would be fun to bring our favorite Christmas movie to watch on the drive home!










I have some video clips to go along with these pics that I hope to get around to editing this week. But, until then, I definitely encourage you to see how far your nearest tree farm is and give it a try with your little ones!

What's your favorite Christmas tradition?

Feeling Good in Your Pregnant Body



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It's no secret that being pregnant can make you feel uncomfortable in your body. And I'm not just talking about the incontinence or hemorrhoids. (Yes, I said it.)  No matter what your normal pant size is, it can be absolutely depressing to watch your body morph into something you don't recognize. Believe me, it's a sensation I'm well familiar with. I typically gain 60 pounds in my pregnancies. Let that soak in for a second. Sixty. Pounds. But after going through it a few times I finally find myself with a better outlook on pregnancy and my body. So, I thought I would share a few "Feel Good About Yourself" tips just in case you needed a little pick me up today.


GET YOUR MIND RIGHT
Before I start sharing tips on clothes or makeup let's address what the base problem is. Your state of mind. When you look at yourself in the mirror or a photograph, you don't recognize the woman looking back at you. But that's ok! That woman in the mirror, is creating life where there was none. She's a badass. Even if she pees a little when she laughs. So, get to know her and love her.

Think about this: Your current weight and appearance. If you saw any other woman that looked like this out in the real world, would you judge her for her outward appearance. (For the sake of argument and humanity let's all say "No".) Of course you wouldn't. So why are you judging yourself so harshly? Your new look is different. But, it is not less than. It is just as beautiful and wonderful as it's always been.

DRESS FOR YOUR NEW BODY

Learning to dress for your body type is a valuable and tough skill to master whether you are pregnant or not. It took me 20 + years to realize that my 40 inch hips and flat chest were not going to pull off the same clothes that my athletic bodied besties could. It was a tough realization that took a lot of unfortunate fashion choices to embrace.

So what's the trick? Identify the parts of your body that you love and the parts that you wish you could trade with a Victoria's Secret model. Show off assets and hide the rest with loose fitting and/or dark fabrics.

I love my bump and the fact that I now have a semblance of a chest. But, I could do without the extra width and jiggle in my hips and legs. So, I wear tight clothes with a long line cardigan or coat to camouflage my hips. Voila.



FIND SOMETHING THAT MAKES YOU FEEL SEXY

Hair, Nails, Shoes, Jewelry... whatever it is. If there is something that never fails to make you feel put together and fancy, then make an effort to fit that into your day whenever you can. For me it's makeup. My hair will be in a pile on top of my head and I may be wearing leggings and a sweater most days, but I love making time for makeup. The application process relaxes me and having it on always makes me feel a little more like myself.

(I understand that time and money are legitimate factors when it comes to some of these suggestions, but if you can comfortably manage it, then go for it!)


KEEP IT MOVING

With Hudson and Holland, I literally had no energy whatsoever. And by the end of both pregnancies I felt like a beached whale. But, with this pregnancy, I've continued to work and also chase after two young kids. My days include a lot of getting up and down off the ground and lifting small humans, so I'm still getting at least some minimal exercise. And I honestly feel a million times more energetic because of it. The really great part is that energy is also super helpful for accomplishing my first three tips!

You don't have to go to a gym, but continue to make an effort to get a walk in or play hard with the kids rather than phoning it in. (Window shopping at the mall is also fun exercise when the weather is bad.)



Hopefully some of these tips were helpful! Let me know if you have any other tips on feeling good during pregnancy!

P.S. If you have the scoop on any good black friday deals for baby/pregnancy stuff, let me know! I've been scoping out the Bed Bath and Beyond sale for nursery and home items and already found some great deals on cribs and gliders.

Happy Wednesday Y'all!! 😘

Staying Creative and Learning a New Skill

This post is sponsored by Fender but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.


Happy Monday, Ladies! We're getting super pumped for the holidays over here... and holiday shopping! And Holiday Food! Basically we're just excited for all of it! As this pregnancy progresses I'm starting to get a bit uncomfortable and tired, so I'm also looking forward to a week off with no school or work. However, while I may be lacking physical energy my mind is still racing with ideas for new projects and hobbies. If my brain were an internet browser It would have about 20 tabs open right now, with plans to redecorate, remodel, bake, write, paint and play. It's that magical second trimester energy combined with a touch of nesting, I suppose. But pregnant or not, it's always a good idea to keep learning new things, which is why I was super pumped to partner with Fender this week!



Fun Fact about me: I've always had a secret desire to be a musician. Not the high school version of me that played a mediocre 3rd chair clarinet. But the kind of creative soul that could just whip out their guitar and start singing when the desire struck. The thing about learning a new instrument, though, is there is a major lack of convenience. When I was younger, learning an instrument meant getting your parents to drive you to lessons every week, outside of all the other extra curriculars. Once I was older, my adult life got in the way. Thankfully, technology is on my side now and I can have a personal tutor right at my fingertips on demand.



The Fender Play app is awesome for a million reasons, but in short, it can teach a complete novice (i.e. Me) how to play their first song on the guitar, bass or ukulele in just 22 minutes. When you open the app you're given a choice of music genres to pick from, whether you're a folk fan or a wannabe pop star. After choosing your style, you start down a guided path of professional, bite sized videos that take you from the very basics and eventually lead you to a catalog of popular songs to master.

But Here's The Real Tea:
Since getting our guitar last Christmas I've tried other at home programs and I can tell you that the Fender App is by far the most user friendly of the ones I've tried.

After only a few days of 5 to 10 minute sessions with the app I already feel  my creative juices flowing more in every aspect of my life. Not to mention, taking those few minutes to focus on something fun and just for me is a MAJOR stress reliever. Also, if it's possible... I think my fingers are getting stronger? 😂  Other benefits to learning an instrument include increased self-expression,  patience, confidence, work ethic and stronger hand eye coordination! Who doesn't want that in their life?

You can check out a short clip of my first time trying out the app here;



And I highly encourage you to give yourself a creative and mental boost with Fender by downloading the app for a free 14 day trial! If you decide to stick with the app after those 14 days, you'll also get a 10% discount on all fender products for the entirety of your annual plan. I really hope you check it out and love it as much as I do!

Now, I'm off to practice. I promised Holland I would learn to play that Moana song she's obsessed with. Wish me luck! 😘

Pregnancy Update and Faux Fur Favorites






Happy Happy Monday, Ladies! I wanted to pop in with a quick Life/Pregnancy update!
I realize I haven't been posting as much as I had hoped throughout this pregnancy, but to be honest I feel like I haven't been paying attention to this pregnancy as much as I'd like.

With moving homes, working and juggling the kids schedules this third baby has been a bit of an afterthought. Which is a little sad to acknowledge, because this will most likely be my last... Thankfully, though, we are basically settled into our new home now and my energy is starting to come back a bit during the second trimester. As I sit here typing on my laptop I can feel the little peanut kicking against the weight of it and I'm finally able to enjoy and cherish it.

With that said I'll just do a quick speed round of facts about baby and the pregnancy.

GENDER: GIRL
NAME: WORKING ON IT
SUGGESTED NAMES FROM OLDER SIBLINGS: RAPUNZEL, JULIA, ROCKET
DUE DATE: FEBRUARY 20
CRAVINGS: FROOT LOOPS AND RAISING CANES
COMPLAINTS: HEART BURN & NEEDING TO PEE EVERY MINUTE
PROS: FEELING ENERGIZED AND GAINING LESS WEIGHT THAN THE LAST TWO PREGNANCIES
 


Another aspect of this pregnancy is that the placenta has implanted low and my doctor has me doing repeated ultra sounds to keep track of whether or not it is rising. I think if doesn't the only complication is that delivery will have to be through C-Section. Outside of that we have all been doing great and I'm excited and grateful to finally be in this slightly more relaxed season.




Speaking of seasons, this week the weather has finally begun to feel like fall and I'm ecstatic to bust out all of my coats and cozy clothes. In honor of that I thought I would share some of my fave Faux Fur pieces right now.

To shop just click on the photos!


And that brings this post to a close! Hope you all have an amazing day and an even more wonderful week ahead!