Lorin Kelly

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20 Week Bumpdate || Half way!!

Saturday, July 15, 2017
Yayyy!! I'm excited to finally start posting about my second pregnancy and the difference I feel and SEE between Peyton and this little girl. So first of all the first trimester up until 18 weeks was full of constant nausea and fatigue, I would literally fall asleep on the couch with Pey on my phone or ipad next to me. Hey I would prefer another method but it's survival, I really felt like I had to sleep to survive! Needless to say I was reconsidering my want for having 3 or more children but I'm glad the decision was made for me! For those who don't know, since we are having another girl ( Which I really wanted ), we will eventually have to try for a boy to keep his family name going. Rod also has no boys in his family besides him and I may or may not want a little mamas boy too.



Now on to the bumpdate, I decided that for some of them it would be fun to keep the first pregnancy answer under the question to see what is different, so you will notice a 1st pregnancy and 2nd pregnancy title before the answer. Here are some bump pictures from the beginning till now 💕


Not much of a difference between 8 weeks & 12 weeks except my tan! (right after our Maldives Honeymoon)



It's weird how different angles make you not look as big as you think because when I look down I feel a lot bigger! Here's another angle just for fun...oh and my belly button has been out since week 8!



How Far Along?  

20 Weeks, 5 Days
 
Total Weight Gain?   

So far 8 lbs, which seems to be right on track with my last pregnancy ( gained 16 total) so this time I'm not as worried. Don't ask me how because the baby is measuring about a week bigger but it definitely has to do with the nausea for the first 16-18 weeks and the heat of summer time that makes me want light foods like salads, veggies and fruit! 

Maternity Clothes?  

Um ya I was in these like 9 weeks into pregnancy, the all to familiar uncomfortable feeling of having any sort of pressure on my lower abdomen was back very early. A long with a lot of other things that I will get into at the end of my post.

Gender?  

A second baby girl!!

Cravings?  

I could seriously copy and paste everything I wanted first pregnancy right here. All I want is fruit and salads with lots of avocado. This pregnancy however I have been craving bagels and cream cheese as well as banana and peanut butter sandwiches...everyday. I DON'T want anything to do with pasta, especially after throwing it up on our honeymoon. And anyone else going from "hmmm I'm starting to get hungry" to "FEED ME i'm gonna die!" in less than 10-15 minutes?? Because that's me, I HAVE to eat something every 2 hours or I risk dry heaving, so crazy how empty you feel!

Miss Anything? 


My how my response has changed since last time! I miss having motivation and energy to want to work out or really do anything, no but seriously, I do fun stuff but I really wanna just lay on the couch with my feet up eating a Paletas ( those who know...know). 

Baby Brain? 

2nd pregnancy: 
Hmmm...where do I begin?? Forget about making sense anymore because I rarely do. Trying to remember ANYTHING is just like winning the lotto, It will never happen but you always think it might be different this time ( As I walk out of the diaper aisle, forgetting I just told myself I needed diapers). Lists are my best friend, if I can remember to write them down or even rememeber what I needed to write down in the first place. Guys, its bad. I kid you not, we just pulled out of the Wells Fargo to deposit and got down the street when I exclaimed "we didn't go to the bank!". Then I remembered, as my husband looks at me with a great deal of concern. 😂

1st pregnancy:
"Ok so this could also go under "best moment this week" but it's only considered funny because I got lucky!!! First I didn't pay the parking meter in LA, on 3rd street, on a Sunday for over 2 hours!!!! And I got no ticket!! This is truly a rare event and complete blessing!

Second, is reallllly embarrassing and very bad. I was in such a rush at the next spot I went to that I left my keys in the ignition and car unlocked.....yaaaa I know. It's bad. Sooooo I'm getting close to losing my driving privileges haha."


Exercise?  

2nd pregnancy:
Not working out seems to have just become a part of my life since the first pregnancy, my workout is my crazy toddler and building a human ✌

1st pregnancy:
To be honest I've had such a hard time with exercising my entire pregnancy. I'm normally at the gym 3-4 times a week not including Pilates and yoga sessions. Yes I know it's good for you and helps you a lot during birth but I can't get the motivation or the energy! It doesn't help that since hitting the third tri, I've started getting nauseous again,  headaches and moments of losing my breath. Fun stuff. 

Symptoms? 

All my symptoms I'm just gonna go ahead and throw in the "real talk" section...

Mood?  

I go through waves of feeling overwhelmed and emotional, I don't really have the feeling of guilt yet. If you don't know, a lot of moms start to feel guilty about having another child or child of the same gender because they don't want to feel like they are replacing the current child or not sure how they will love that much. I'm hoping I don't go through that because I'm just over here worried about how I will have enough energy for two social fire signs! I'm a water sign, surrounded by fire! lol.

Baby Movement? 


2nd pregnancy:
Im hoping this means that this little girl will be a lot more chillax because she doesn't move nearly as much as her big sister did. I still felt movement at the same times but she will not let you feel them on the outside!

1st pregnancy:
When is she not moving?! Peyton moves EVERY hour and has hiccups 3 times a day. Haha it's really cute. Seriously though, even my doctor says she is extremely active, the first kicks I felt from her were at 14 weeks!! Rod felt her kick at 16 weeks, and we even have a video of a crazy kick outside my stomach at 17 weeks. She's a muscle baby for sure! 

Best Moment This Week?  


Pey coming up during these photos and hugging and kissing her baby sissy!

Looking Forward To? 

2nd pregnancy:
Reading the last response, I am now wondering if breastfeeding will be different and if I will go as long as I did with Peyton. I do know that I will be using bottles a little more so I can keep my sanity with having two kids! Then again I say that now.

1st pregnancy:
As weird as it is to say, I'm really looking forward to breastfeeding and having that skin to skin closeness. I've been dreaming about being a mom since I was a toddler, with my set of quince dolls, so I'm looking forward to every thing about being a mom!

Real Talk?

2nd pregnancy:
Ok so my real talk from the last post during the first pregnancy was crazy to read since I went until 22 months before weaning. Don't get me wrong though, I would've had no problem breastfeeding through pregnancy and continuing but (and this is where the real talk starts) it got sooooo awkward! Moms say that they were too sensitive or it was too painful and I always figured I would just tough it out, ya definitely not. It wasn't a matter of toughing it out and I in know way believe breastfeeding is a sexual thing but when you get pregnant the sensitivity doesn't even cover what you are feeling. I literally couldn't stand to breastfeed anymore, all the normal sensations had come back and I couldn't have her latch for more than 5 minutes before I was just too uncomfortable. I'm thinking not every mom feels that way because for me it was impossible to continue past 12 weeks pregnant, whereas other moms go through the entire pregnancy! 

Anyway, now that I've said my piece on that subject can we talk about how everything gets fuller, bigger and harder so much faster!? From your boobs to your Who-ha, everything gets swollen fast and also very tender! There are even spots on my tummy that feel bruised depending on the babies position, anyone else get that?

Lastly, this has been bugging me and I have been trying to figure out how to say it without giving the wrong impression. If you ask a soon to be mom if they want a girl or a boy and once she answers, you say "well as long as they are healthy, that's all that matters". Why even bother to ask? This has really become my pet peeve because OF COURSE all we want are healthy babies, they are OUR babies! But we shouldn't need to feel shamed or need to feel bad just because we like to think about if it's a girl or a boy. Don't ruin the excitement! And don't ask what we would like, if you intend on saying that after. I even find myself answering the question and then quickly saying "but I just want a healthy baby over anything else". I shouldn't need to feel like I am already being a bad mom by answering your question by saying what I've always dreamt of having. Is it just me?

1st pregnancy:
I'm kinda bummed that we are so behind other countries when it comes to breastfeeding. I'm going to push/hope for a year of breastfeeding (with solids incorporated obviously) but don't understand why we think it's weird to breastfeed longer, I see nothing wrong with it if it's just at night before bed especially. No I'm not a mom that wants my child with teeth running up to me and pulling down my shirt but I could only see benefits of incorporating it still after a year. Anyway, no judgements either way but it's been on my mind! 

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Alright so I feel like I had a lot more to say this pregnancy! Any one else have pet peeves? I hope some of you can relate and I'm excited to keep updating every month. Time is flying by so I'm trying to soak up both my growing toddler and this growing pregnancy. 💕  Stay tuned for a post on how I weaned and sleep trained!


Mommy Favorites || The Baby Cubby

Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Hi ladies!

I wanted to share some of my favorite items from this company I was lucky enough to work with! These items, ok besides the clothes, are all must haves in my book and I hope it helps some of you.


First I wanted to tell you a little bit about this company, they are based in Utah and they are determined to provide the best (and best reviewed) products out there. Every one of the products have  been researched and picked by them as being perfect for our little ones. The name Baby Cubby is representation of that, when we were little we always stored important things in our cubbies and this store represents all those important things that you love.

So definitely bookmark this site because it will never steer you wrong! Here are some of my favorites and some items that I will be ordering for this next baby!


                                                              Bumbleride Indie

I love a few strollers but I've always been a fan of the Bumbleride Indie. When looking for a stroller my first priority was the one wheel in front! It's easier to steer and push with only one hand, which we all know is very beneficial.  
Waterproof, Washable and stylish
I love these to catch Peys food

4Moms Spout Cover



This is genius especially for my
husband who could never really
get it right.













                           

                        

                                                           Comotomo Natural Feel



Ergo 360 Teething Pad/Bib                                  Ergobaby Four Position 360 Carrier


I still use this thing and the back support is huge for me
because I have major back issues














Medela Pump in Style Advanced

This worked amazing for me and
would highly recommend it.
Also most insurances cover it for free.
                                Boon Star Drain Cover















Fridababy Fever Frida / Fever Frida Patches



       
                        Sakura Bloom 
                              Sling
                                 













Baby Bling Knot Headband


                           Rylee and Cru Tee













Jumpsuit from Rylee and Cru


Rylee and Cru Cross Romper
                                                                   
                                                                        Rylee and Cru Jumpsuit














                                                          KicKee Ruffle Footie


I love anything KicKee because it is sooooo soft and breathable.
I also love the anti slip on the bottoms of feet!


All Photos by Me

These are obviously some of the products that I love on their website but there's tons more! Other small businesses are big favorites as well, like Piper and Finn, Bannor Toys, Briar Bonnets and L'ovedbaby. Just make sure you sign up for emails to receive 10% off your first purchase!
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The "Pey" Times || Happy Twelve Months!

Saturday, June 17, 2017
I know this is only a year over due but this blog, if anything is for my record and so I have these memories written down. So despite the fact that I never finished this post, i'm posting it anyway (under the radar). Begin unfinished post...
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So this is that moment, the moment where I feel like I accomplished something amazing but am also so sad that it's gone. The first year of Pey's life and my first year of being a first time Mommy is officially over. There should be one of those memory keepers for these moments in life. You know, like in Harry Potter where Dumbeldore had all his memories stored in that fountain looking thing, I need that! And yes, I love Harry Potter and need to go to Universal Studios immediately!

Anywho, I'm currently laying here typing this on my phone while Pey is...take a guess...yes on my boob. Yay for one year of breastfeeding down! Right now, so many memories are flooding back. Like the fact that I was in the hospital already right now and got sent back home, only to be admitted 4 hours later. Man you were super active that night, ready to hit the ground running and boy do you!

T w e l v e  M o n t h s

Height: 31.25 in. (Birth: 19 inches)
Weight: 23lbs 8oz ( Birth: 7lbs. 9oz. )

August 12, 2016


Well miss Pey, Where you are right now is somewhere between throwing mini tantrums at one of my happy places (Target) and exploring just how serious the "no's" we give you are. This Mommy hasn't gone to the gym or yoga studio in 2+ months but that doesn't mean I'm not getting my workout by holding Pey's hand while going up and down the stairs an infinite amount of times. You are your fathers daughter, wanting to step on everything and test your balance (future surfer).



As far as milestones, he has 6 teeth and started getting 2 more on her birthday...right before her birthday party started. Which meant 102.6 fever and a luke warm bath 30 minutes before people arrived! She was a trooper and was all smiles after we got the fever down and she could run around playing with the other kids.

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This is all I had finished and I'm glad I had this because I don't remember a lot of it. I'm bummed I don't have her normal list of milestones I normally do or what she was trying to say or not say...Just reminds me of how important it is to write these things down!! I have a baby book for her and I plan on doing the same for baby number 2! I love it and highly recommend it, its by MushyBooks and I'm sure I'll mention it again in another post :)

P.S. Say I Love you... with Jord

Thursday, January 26, 2017
With things calming down over here from the after wedding high (and woes... for a later post) I wanted to make sure that our first Valentines as a publicly married couple, finally, was a good one! Rod is a fan of fashion and never really needs help when it comes to putting something together that is unique to him. 


So when it came to picking out a watch, I was definitely intimidated because his style can still surprise me at times. Jord Wood Watches have some of the most unique and beautiful watches I've seen in awhile and I knew it was the right fit for him. Picking one was a little harder but I think I did good with the Koa and Black


I picked this watch particularly because it was super detailed and being able to see the moving parts within the watch is the best part! 


Now, can we talk about how beautiful the packaging for their watches are? I had no idea but it seems like a present by itself. 


The box has a magnetic seal on the top and a little drawer on the bottom where they provide the oil, cloth and tool to remove or add links. These watches are a perfect blend of casual sophistication and unique style with many options depending on your mans taste. I can't wait to snag one for myself as their Women's watches are just as stunning!


If you didn't catch it on my Instagram post, they are having a $100 giveaway that ends this Sunday, January 29th at 11:59pm. Just for entering you will receive a $25 gift card!

To enter, click here

***The $100 and $25 Gift Codes will expire April 30th, 2017.




Anyone else have a hard time with gifts for the hubby? I mean, I think a robot that takes off his shoes before he walks in the door is going to be next! haha

The RoLo Story

Thursday, October 20, 2016
It's officially the one month countdown till our wedding next month!! That being said, I thought I would share our story of how we met. Many of you may know this fun story but for the rest that don't, Here it is. 


I have to start with when I was fifteen, yes 1-5, and went to Irvine Spectrum with my best friend. We came across the store No Fear, with a line coming out of the door. The line was for autographs from a row of extreme sport professionals. Well, Rod was the last one on that row since he was a professional surfer. So since I had never seen a more beautiful man in my life, I waited in that long line just to meet him and get his autograph! What's funny about this, is I remember telling my friend at the time that he was my ultimate dream man and would marry him in a heartbeat. You know, because that's what you say at fifteen.


 
To add to that, a couple years later, he moved literally below my parents house. I could see him load all his boards in his car ready to go to the beach. No, I don't think it was creepy, I mean, look at the man! Any girl would've done the same! Besides, it's not stalking if he lives down the street and you can see the house from your backyard! ;)

Anyway, fast forward to 2006 when I was 20 years old and I came across Rod's MySpace profile (I know right?) from a mutual friend of ours and instantly remembered his name. Of course I'm going to message him and fess up to my slight stalker status when I was younger and hope he laughs. Well he did. Obviously. 


After that we started a VERY slow dating relationship since we had both been in long term relationships right before we met. One thing was for sure, we couldn't get enough of eachother. Even through our "hiccups/breaks" there was always something missing.

Now it's 11 years later and we will be getting married on our 10 year anniversary! Holy cow! I'll probably get nervous when the wedding gets closer but right now it's hard to get nervous over something you know, in every fiber of your being, is right. Marriages are hard work and neither of us take them lightly. However, we can't imagine putting in that work with anyone else. On that note,  I can't wait to see this man at the end of the aisle! 30 days....wooo hooo!!

Moral of the story ladies, it pays to be a little cray haha!

Photos: Natalie Schutt Photography

"Something about your presence speeds up my heartbeat, in a way that makes me think, it may have been running slow my whole life" - k.b.




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