In case you missed the news over on instagram, we are having another boy!! I am excited, but stumped. I am stumped on names, stumped on room design. Last time around I had a boy room and a girl room designed and waiting in the docket. This time around, I am less prepared. I think I’m going with something gender neutral, and very earthy. These images are my jumping off point to finally pull the trigger on something, anything for baby boy #2.
You guys! We’re creating another human!! We are so excited to finally share this news with you!! It feels like I’ve known forever and I am just so terrible at keeping secrets, so chances are if we had a personal conversation in the past month, I’ve probably told you this news!
I am about to answer all your questions, but before that, I just want to give a HUGE thank you to Alyssa McElheney for taking the most precious photos of our growing family!! She is amazing and if you are local to Grand Rapids you should hire her for any of your photography needs.
We had been trying for a few months, so it happened pretty quickly, but not nearly as quickly as it happened with Ollie. Speaking of Ollie, he is super excited to tickle the new little baby’s feet and has already been ooo-ing and ahhh-ing over how cute everything baby-related is. He has been hugging and kissing my belly unsolicited and telling me that he’s “giving the baby love.” He also talks about his big brother duties all the time. I know he is going to be amazing!!
I am 13 weeks along and due in September! Officially out of my first trimester, so this is going really fast!! Just as with Ollie, I am feeling good. I didn’t have any morning sickness, just some cramps, bloating and discomfort. I feel like I’m showing so much more, so much quicker this time. Before I took the test, right after the holidays, I was so bloated, my favorite high-waisted jeans were feeling so uncomfortable. Needless to say, I had to retire them two months ago! I have been trying to maintain my exercise regimen, however the weather and icy sidewalks has curbed much of my running, which has been really rough for me. So for now, I am riding our in-home exercise bike, doing Tone It Up videos and when I can make it, the classes at the gym.
We do plan on finding out what we are having and will do so mid-April.
I just love that rainbows are having a moment right now. When I was in second grade, my teacher played a song for us called, "The World is A Rainbow." Do you know it? It became kind of a classroom anthem, with a beautiful message about different kinds of people living together in harmony. That song sealed my life long love for the symbol. It makes me happy that for so many people the rainbow symbolizes love and acceptance of all people no matter who they choose to be or who they choose to love. This being my first post of pride month, it seemed like perfect time to do a round-up of my favorite rainbow decor from around the web.
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We're you guys following along when I was blogging on Undeclared Panache? If so you may remember that back in March I posted the first in the series, conversations with Ollie. I know he's my little dude, but I think these videos will melt your heart as much as they do his mama's, He certainly isn't shy in front of a camera. I suggest you take a few minutes to check it out, I bet it will make you smile.
A few weeks back we took our annual family vacation. I had big plans to travel to Italy, but unfortunately it wasn't in the budget, so we choose a city we heard was the next best thing to Europe, Montreal. This beautiful city delivered. Just a five and a half hour drive from our house, it was close enough to go for just a long weekend.
We left on Thursday morning and arrived at Hotel Bonaventure Thursday evening. It may not have been the hotel we would have chosen if it were just Kyle and I traveling, but this hotel was perfect for us, traveling with our 2 1/2 year old, Oliver. The hotel was nice and the pool was lovely, and we took advantage. While the location was not exactly a hot spot, but was a short walk from the main shopping street and just a few blocks from the origin point of the hop-on hop-off bus tour.
The first night we stumbled upon the cutest restaurant in the whole world, Lov! A darling and delicious vegetarian restaurant. I liked it so much I tried to get take out on our last night. PS, they don't do take-out.
The best decision we made was doing the hop-on hop-off bus tour. Tickets are good for two days and is a great way to see and explore the entire city. Plus, two year olds love busses. We did take a couple of cabs at night, but during the day, the bus was our main mode of transportation.
We spent a lot of time exploring and enjoying the European-style streets of Old Town.
The Village was another of our favorite neighborhoods to explore. This installation was amazing and there was art everywhere to admire.
We started our second day at Schwart's, a famous Hebrew deli. I don't eat meat, but hubs gave it a stellar review.
In the area surrounding the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, there are dozens of art installations and exhibits to see and experience. We had a lovely stroll exploring and admiring.
Next we hopped back on the bus to go to the highest point in the city, St. Joseph's Oratory.
We wrapped up with a late lunch at one of Montreal's most famous restaurants, Jardin Nelson. There was about a 25 minute wait when we got there at about 3 in the afternoon. It was so worth the wait, a charming garden space with live music. The food was good, nothing terribly special, but the ambience was fabulous.
Final verdict, we loved Montreal. I would absolutely recommend for travel with kids. Highly suggest doing the bus and we would definitely go back!