Man oh man, talk about long time no blog, right! I had every intention of blogging last week, and then I just got busy with the three day weekend which turned into a three day work week for me because family came into town on Friday for my baby shower.
But I’m back, and hopefully I’ll be able to have a little bit of a schedule this week for blogging. Anyways, this weekend was definitely one for the books, not only because it was a long weekend, but also because it was my baby shower as well! So let’s get into some weekending with the always amazing Biana!
My baby shower was Saturday, and I was so excited that my family and friends were going to be there, but also because Chris’s family was coming in town for the shower as well! One of Chris’s brothers and his family arrived late Thursday night, along with his parents, so Chris and I took the day off from work to spend with them.
The guys wanted to spend some time golfing, and since a cold front had just pushed through, they woke up early Friday morning and went out for the day. The girls and kids hung out around the house a little bit before heading to a trampoline place where the kids got to bounce around for a little bit and get some of their energy out.
While it has been cooler lately, it still feels like summer here in Texas, which means that our neighborhood pools are still open. So later on that evening we all got our bathing suits on and went to the pool for the rest of the evening. Our neighborhood had just gotten a splash pad along with some slides as well, and they were finally open. Everybody, big kids (adults) and little kids alike loved going down those new slides! We ordered pizzas for dinner and had them delivered to the pool, and it was the perfect end to our day.
Saturday was the day of the shower, and I have to admit that I was up early partially because I was so excited about it! The morning went by very fast and before we knew it, it was time to head to my friend’s house for the shower!
Literally everything about the shower couldn’t have been more perfect. My friends Sarah and Kayla did an outstanding job with all of the little details of the travel themed shower for my little girls, and I can’t thank them enough! They had hot air balloons and maps and adventure related everything and it was so incredibly precious! Even the food was all travel themed! They had mini quiches from France, meatballs from Italy, hummus and veggies from Greece, chips and salsa and guacamole from Mexico, and pot stickers from China. I loved absolutely everything about it!
The girls are seriously already so loved by everybody, and I was so blown away by everybody that came to the shower, and everything that we received. I’m already so excited for them to get here so we can put them in all of the cute clothes that they got, but also so we can use all of the fun things that we received as well. I can’t say thank you enough to everybody that came and everybody in our life that has supported us and continues to support us.
After the shower, we went back to the house and before we knew it, it was time to start getting dinner prepared. My sister came over to eat dinner with us, and we got some of the sides prepared and food prepped for the kids while Chris cooked the steaks in the sous vide and then seared them in the cast iron skillet. It had been forever since we had steaks, and these definitely didn’t disappoint!
After dinner, the kids played some more before heading to bed, and then the adults got to have some adult time and we played some Cards Against Humanity! Chris got the Bigger, Blacker Box, and it was fun to see some of the new cards that were included in this batch.
Before we knew it, Sunday was here, and it was time for everybody to head back home. We spent some time hanging out that morning before everybody left around lunchtime. The rest of our Sunday was spent relaxing and getting some chores done around the house like laundry and picking up.
This weekend was the best weekend in a really long time, and if this is any indication of how September is going to be, then I know that it’s definitely going to be a lot better than August!
How was your weekend? Have you enjoyed some cooler and more fall like weather?
Well everyone, it’s definitely been more than a while since I wrote a bumpdate, but there has seriously been so much going on in our lives lately that I just haven’t had a chance to really sit down and write what it’s been like for us lately. So instead of trying to force a post, I thought that I’d just want a few weeks longer and post about the tail end of the second trimester because as of today, I’m officially on the home stretch and into the third trimester! I seriously still can’t even believe it!
Week 22- Life As Usual
After all of our fun festivities at the lake, Chris and I were very much looking forward to a nice and relaxing weekend at home. We did a few more things around the house that we wanted to do before we found out the genders of the babies, and one of those was the gallery wall up our stairs. Chris did all of the heavy lifting as far as the arranging and hanging of the frames and I just helped him to pick out the pictures. I couldn’t be happier with how everything turned out, and the thing that I love is that there’s still room to add more, especially since I know that we’ll be taking tons of pictures of the babies in the future!
The other exciting thing about this week was that we celebrated our 7th wedding anniversary! Chris and I usually like to celebrate with a nice dinner in town, and we decided to branch out and try a new to us restaurant B&B Butchers. Everything was phenomenal, but what I think that I loved the most was the amazing sides that we had (the creamed spinach was out of this world) and our appetizer of the carpetbagger oysters (fried oysters, a piece of steak, buffalo sauce, and blue cheese dressing- obviously I had to do without). To say that it was heaven would be an understatement! Although we had fun celebrating and the food was fantastic, I have to admit that I’m looking forward to being able to have a glass of wine next year!
Week 23- Gender Reveal
This week was a week that I was probably the most excited for because it was the gender reveal! Chris and I were beyond excited to finally find out what we were having, and I have to admit that we were both kind of prepping ourselves for getting two boys or two girls based on what team we were originally on when we thought we were just having one baby.
We had a ton of family in town for the gender reveal, and I have to admit that there were very few of us that actually guessed right as far as the genders were concerned. Most of us took the easy way out and guessed boy and girl, while Chris’s brothers and our sister in law all guessed 2 girls and they were totally right! It was absolutely pure excitement when I opened up the first box and saw girl, but I can’t tell you how excited and shocked I was to see the second box that was filled with pink balloons! Chris was slightly disappointed I know, but he’s definitely gotten even more excited about being a girl dad! I can’t thank my mom and my sister enough for putting together all of the decorations and for keeping the secret for a month! They’re the best!
We were definitely riding the high of our gender reveal when the worst thing that we could imagine happened, Dart got another bleed with his cancer. We realized something was wrong when we picked him up from daycare on Tuesday and he spent the rest of the week in the hospital. To say that it was a stressful week would be an understatement.
Week 24- Cuddling With Dart
Thankfully we got to pick up Dart from the hospital on Thursday so that weekend we spent the whole weekend just cuddling with him as much as possible. We did venture out once to test drive cars a little bit. With two babies on the way we definitely need a bigger car that we’ll actually be able to transport us and two babies and all of our stuff in across longer distances because let’s face it driving anywhere in Texas is a long distance!
We spent the rest of the weekend loving on Dart and trying to spend as much time with him as possible. Chris took the cutest picture with Dart and our boots and two pairs of pink baby boots, and I know that I’ll forever treasure that picture. We also spent the weekend starting to plan for the girls’ nursery. We decided on a Woodlands Theme with lots of pink and coral and mint and deer and all sorts of other woodlands-y things. I also was able to finalize things on our registry now that we knew the genders. It took a while, but I’m so excited with everything that’s on there!
Another exciting part about finally knowing genders was that Chris and I were finally able to decide on names for our baby girls! We already knew what their first names were going to be before we knew genders because we’d talked about it for so long, but that weekend we finally decided on middle names too! I love them, and I can’t wait to buy them all the things with their names and monograms all over!
On Monday that week I had another doctor’s appointment and so far everything is still going great! It’s absolutely crazy to me how I can gain so much weight in such a short amount of time even though my eating habits really haven’t changed, well except for maybe ice cream for dessert every night. This month I gained 6 pounds which is so incredibly crazy, and other than that nothing too exciting happened at the doctor’s except that Chris was there and we got another spontaneous ultrasound. It was nice to see them after not seeing them for about a month.
Unfortunately as y’all know, we woke up Thursday morning to Dart having another bleed. We both already knew what was more than likely going to happen when we took him to the vet, but it didn’t make it any less difficult. Chris and I were both just so emotionally raw and devastated, and I was so glad that we both had the day off on Friday so we didn’t have to be at the office.
Week 25- In Mourning
If y’all have lost pets you know that sometimes being home is the worst because that’s when you really miss them the most. Chris and I were already planning on heading to Leakey for the weekend, and we were very relieved to get out of town for a while and be with my parents away from it all. It was some much needed time away from it all, and we were so thankful. Other than that the rest of the week wasn’t too exciting, it was just a lot of mourning for Chris and I. There wasn’t too much going on for me as far as pregnancy is concerned either, except for just feeling like I was getting bigger and bigger.
Week 26- The Swelling Feet
Thankfully my sciatic nerve pain seems to be going away some and I haven’t had too many other crazy pregnancy side effects until this week. I still don’t understand how in the world that it happened, but all of a sudden on Friday, my feet started to swell a crazy amount. I had my Toms on Friday night when we drove to my parents house for the weekend and when I took them off you could seriously see a line where the Toms had been on my feet and my feet were swollen while my toes were not.
I was hoping that the swelling would die down some, but my feet and my fingers a little bit were swollen pretty much the entire week. I was a little worried that I might have pre-e, but I didn’t have any of the other symptoms so I didn’t worry about it. Plus we asked my mother in law who’s a retired nurse and she said that I didn’t have anything to worry about.
But the swelling isn’t the most exciting thing that happened this week as far as pregnancy is concerned because this was the first week that Chris was able to feel the girls move! I was lying on my side one night and I could really feel them and when I put my hand where they were I could feel them moving. So I told Chris to come over and put his hand where mine was and when he first felt them move he literally screamed like a little girl! It was the funniest thing ever, and he called them alien babies which was funny because that’s what I called them in the beginning. He was really excited though, and asks to be able to feel them all the time!
Week 27- Hurricane Harvey
As most of y’all know, especially since I’ve been posting about it, Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey pretty much devastated the Southeast part of the state of Texas, including the city of Houston. Chris and I were one of the lucky ones that didn’t have any damage to our house and are both safe, but the same cannot be said for the thousands of other people that live in the effected areas.
Chris and I spent the past week pretty much holed up in our house watching the storm unfold and being blown away by the devastation but also by the amazing kindness of humanity and I think that’s what we really need to hold onto through all of this. Chris and I had some anxiety when we thought that our house might flood, and I seriously don’t even know what I would have done if we did flood. It will be a very slow recovery process for Houston and the surrounding areas, but I know that we’ll make it through it.
I guess that the another positive that’s happened during this craziness is that having to be stuck at home has made me put my feet up for a good 5 days, which means that my swelling is non existent anymore! I’m hoping that it’ll continue that way for the future! Another negative though is that I couldn’t get the picture printed up for this week before Harvey hit, so no bump picture.
And there you have it, how the rest of the second trimester has gone for me and our sweet girls! Things are still going great so far, and I really don’t have anything negative to see, except that I still miss wine! Good thing I’m on the downward slope of things because I’ve very much looking forward to meeting our baby girls!
Happy Monday everybody! This past weekend was definitely one for the books because we finally found out what the genders are of our little babies and spent some amazing time with family! If you missed my announcement on Instagram this weekend, read on to see what we’re having, and of course, I’m linking up with the amazing Biana for some weekending action!
I was definitely ready to get home on Friday because I was so looking forward to not only seeing Chris’s parents and oldest brother and his family, but also because I was just ready for the weekend to start for our gender reveal! Chris’s parents were already at the house when I got home, so after chatting for a little bit we decided to head out for dinner before everybody else arrived. We decided that we were all in the mood for pizza so we headed out to Grimaldi’s before heading back home.
We had a few things that we needed to get done before the gender reveal on Saturday, so when we got home we relaxed for a little bit before getting started on our party to do list. We we were trying to think of an easy lunch idea for the gender reveal and when we started to think about what I’ve been obsessed with lately, it was easy to choose a nacho bar for lunch. Because my family was planning on getting over around 10ish the next day we went on ahead and prepped the beef and chicken for the nachos along with the homemade salsa I made.
By the time we were done prepping, Chris’s brother and his family arrived from Dallas. We spent some time catching up, and before we knew it was midnight so everybody decided to turn in.
We woke up bright and early Saturday morning because we still had some things to do before my mom and sister arrived to help decorate for the gender reveal. We cooked a big breakfast for everybody before we did the last little bit of food prepping for the gender reveal. Before we knew it, I had to get ready because it was almost time for my mom and sister to arrive!
My mom and sister both found out the sexes of the babies at our last big ultrasound, so they were the ones that were in charge of pulling the actual gender reveal together and they also bought a lot of really cute decorations for the party as well. They put together two different boxes marked Twin A and Twin B and put the color balloons of the babies in each box. They had also bought a cute banner that said “Lillis Twins” on it, some blue and pink confetti, some blue and pink straws for drinks, and some “Two Peas In A Pod” pins that had either two pink peas two blue peas or a blue and a pink pea on them to let people decide what they thought the babies were going to be. And literally the icing on the cake was the fact that my sister also got a Nothing Bundt Cake for us to dig into for dessert, which was delicious like always!
We were planning on doing the gender reveal after lunch since my cousin was going to be driving through town and we wanted her to be there, but she was going to be running late so we decided to do it a little bit early. We FaceTimed Chris’s other brother and his family and it was time to open up the boxes for the big reveal!
When we opened up the first box I was literally so excited to see those pink balloons pop up! I had thought that we’d be having girls, but I didn’t know if it was a feeling or more of a really big want for me to have a girl. I honestly would have been happy either way, two girls or two boys or one of each, but I was literally so ecstatic to know that I was having one girl! After everybody had finished being so excited for a little girl it was time to open up the box for Twin B! I was literally so shocked and excited when I saw more pink balloons inside the second box! We’re officially having two baby girls! Everybody started cheering, and while Chris was a little disappointed to not being have a boy, he’s very excited to be a girl dad!
The rest of the day was spent talking with family and eating some amazing nachos! My cousin stopped by with her family for a little bit too before they finished driving to Galveston for their beach vacation. My parents and sister ended up leaving a little later on in the afternoon and before we knew it, it was time for dinner!
We had promised our niece a trip to the pool during their trip, so we decided that after dinner would be the perfect time, and it really was! The sun was just setting so we didn’t need a ton of sunscreen, and there also weren’t a ton of people there either. We had a nice hour swim before heading back home and playing a great game of Pandemic! Trust me, it was just as addicting as when played at the lake, and we all won! After the busy day that we’d had, we were all exhausted so we all turned into bed afterwards!
We slept in a little bit later on Sunday morning, but woke up with enough time to cook some breakfast for everybody. The morning was still a kind of lazy morning and we didn’t do a whole lot around the house before everybody decided to eat some lunch and hit the road to go back home. Chris and I spent a little bit of time picking up around the house afterwards, but we really just spent the rest of the day relaxing around the house. Thankfully we didn’t have to go grocery shopping because we had so much food leftover from the shower!
To say that it was a fantastic weekend would be an understatement. I’m still beyond excited for our two little girls, and now I can’t wait to start picking out everything for their nursery, newborn pictures, and just about everything else! It’s going to be so much fun to finally get to order things for our sweet baby girls!
Did you have a good weekend? Have you ever had a gender reveal?