Sunday, May 17, 2015

Welcome Little Lincoln!

Pure bliss.

He's here! We've finally met the little poker and prodder that has been squirming around in my tummy! It was such a great experience, and I couldn't be happier. Welcome to the world, my little chunk!

Lincoln James was born on May 8th( also my Mom's birthday! haha ), at 10:17AM coming in at 7 lbs and 14 oz! He's such a perfect little man, and it was such a relief to finally see his sweet little face. 

Going through labor was kind of an out of body experience, if you will. The whole time I was just kind of baffled it was happening, that we were finally at the end of this long journey, so when he finally made his entrance, looking at him for the first time was just...idk. Amazing and life changing just doesn't explain the feelings I had. 

He's been in our lives for little over a week now, and it's been an interesting time lol. Having never really handled a newborn before, I was a little doubtful of my abilities to take care of this little human, but guys, mothers instinct is no joke. I kind of just dove in. Knowing that this little guy needed me, for food, for nurturing, for love and comfort, there was no hesitation. He's mine and every time I pick him up, whether it's sleepily in the middle of the night or happily rested during the day, I love how he looks at me like he trusts me so much already. In his eyes I see the reassurance I need to take care of him...

Motherhood is awesome. For this short week that he's been in my life, I've realized that motherhood is definitely challenging, and demanding, fiercely terrifying at times, and sometimes very overwhelming, but as soon as he looks at me, it's worth it. All of it.

Now it's all about learning how to breastfeed, pumping, sleeping schedules, dirty diapers, cute little clothes to wear and wash wash wash, and of course so many pictures taken and chubby cheek kisses given.

And if I may say one more thing....just get the drugs lol.

~Grace Abigail

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Links of Awesome #13

Time for another link fest! Hope this post gives you some fun stuff to ponder and obsess over this happy weekend!
Oh lord, have mercy. This clutch is divine.

Um yeah. I feel like this could be my main t-shirt in the next few months. source

I love this nursery decoration. I love the idea of having natural materials displayed in my home...

I'm sure you guys have seen this dress all over Pinterest. I know I have! It's just so perfect! source

MY GOD I NEED THIS! I can't find where it's actually for sale though! Drat!

- I recently found this webcomic, and it's absolutely dreamy! Such an interesting fantasy story unfolding...

- Recently, I used this easy BBQ Chicken crockpot recipe, and it was hella good!

- Not sure what my figure is going to be like this summer, but Target has shown me a lot of cute one piece swimsuits as of late! I especially like this one.

- I always love finding new daily vlog channels to follow! This adorable family has become one of favorites! 

- This post just makes me wanna dye my hair pink even more. I figure I have at least a month and a half before I go back to work. That's a lot of time to experiment!

- Should I, or should I not, get this temporary tattoo? Everything in that shop is just so cute!

- I also wanted to mention this subscription box I've recently been getting. It's a snack box from, and it's basically awesome. This company delivers healthy and indulgent little snacks to your home or work. You can go on their website and browse through their different snacks and basically give them an idea of what you usually like to snack on, and they send you an assortment that is oh so delicious! You can choose to pay for a box every week or every month, whatever you like! I have loved basically every single one of them they have sent me so far. YAY for snacks!

~Grace Abigail

Friday, May 1, 2015

40 Weeks and 2 Days

Gotta love that not-so-little bump!

Hello dear friends! As you can see from that lovely picture( and the obvious title up there ), I am overdue for little Lincoln to arrive. Only a few days, but I'm sure any lady out there who has been pregnant before, one day over your due date is one day too many! Haha. I feel very large and unnaturally stretched haha, however, this week was my first full week I took of maternity leave, and therefore, I am sooooo much more relaxed then I ever was throughout this whole pregnancy. 
The weeks leading up to me being on maternity leave, I'm sure I wasn't much help to anyone lol. I was cranky, getting up to pee ALL DA TIME, and I would just get so tired at the end of my shifts that I'm sure I wasn't very much fun to be around. Now that I've been home, I've had time to organize my house, do the many loads of laundry that were piling up, plan meals, and spend some really good quality time with Kyle. 
Working 40 hours a week while super pregnant was not the most ideal thing, but I feel super blessed that Link has been so low maintenance that he allowed me to able to earn the extra income before my 6 to 8 week leave. And, I just have to mention as well that my coworkers were all so supportive and understanding while I was being a cranky-pants. I really do miss them! 

Pregnancy glamour shot. Oh la la!

I had a doctor's appointment on my due date this past Wednesday, and my little man was doing fine. I've only had a few cramps and sharp pains the past couple days, but they have not been consistent and have gone away after I have moved around a little. Currently, I am trying not to freak out and get too impatient, because honestly, I'm really not that uncomfortable. I always expected to go past my due date anyway( just to prevent myself from getting unnecessarily grouchy ) and I think it's kind of cool that my little man's birthday will be around the same day as my Mom's birthday, International Star Wars Day( May the fourth be with you hehe ) and Cinco De Mayo( I do love me some tacos ).

Right now, I'm reading up on labor pains, on breastfeeding, and kind of obsessively watching birthing videos on YouTube everyday. I'm not sure if this actually helps my labor anxiety...but it sure is fascinating to watch, knowing that I will go through something similar soon. Just watching some of these women laboring and being so strong while enduring extreme pain, it gives me confidence that I can do it too...

It's all couch, Netflix, ice cream, prepping my hospital bag, and taking as many walks as I can muster allll daaaay looong, friends! I'm determined to walk this little bud out! The late night walks that my husband and I have been doing have really calmed my mind and our long talks have really centered and secured us for this new time in our lives.

For the first time in weeks, I can honestly say yes to the annoying question that everyone asked me!

" Are you excited?! "

Hell yeah. Let's pop this sucker out!

~Grace Abigail

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Special Mornings

My morning view. Crumpled blankets and all.

I found myself in bed this 5:45AM...completely awake. Now I only just went to bed at midnight last night, so I was very surprised to be awake! I've heard that the last couple weeks of pregnancy are hard on your sleep pattern, and I totally get it. There's so much to think about, to worry about getting, and of course whenever I'm at my sleepiest and my body is super relaxed, Lincoln always seems to be wide awake.
So, there I was laying in the darkness next to my sleeping husband, and the little guy was rolling and poking around in there. How can one sleep when every movement your child makes inside of you is the start to the question, " What is he doing in there? What is he thinking? Is that a foot or a hand? I wonder what he will be like...? " And then your mind is truly, fully awake and there is no chance of you falling back asleep....

By this time it was around 6:50AM...Much, much earlier than I usually start my day, and every inch of me wanted to really fall back asleep, but I knew it wasn't happening. So, I lifted( or grunted and rolled ) my pregnant belly out of my comfy bed and started my day. I perused around every social media site, made myself coffee, cuddled my cats, pinned way too many cute coffee mugs on Pinterest, ate a bagel...All the while being super quiet as not to wake Kyle, who will be waking up for work any minute...All in all, a very normal and calm Sunday morning.

These mornings are special. Special in the way you realize that, life won't always be this simple and calm. Some days I'm sure my " morning " will start at 3AM, and I'll be up every hour feeding my little guy for what seems like forever and my eyes will be so tired and itchy. I'll feel totally dead. Or, my baby will be sick and I'll be so worried I won't even think about falling asleep. Or, when he's bigger, I'll shoot up out of bed cuz we're late to get ready for school and I have to get him up, and he'll whine( because DUH who wants to wake up for school? )and I'll have to make him lunch and drive him there and then start my day off doing God knows what....

But that's all in the future. It is the close future, no doubt. But for now, I will enjoy my quiet cup of solitude, cuddle my ear up to the soothing purrrrrs of my cat, cup my belly as my growing baby pokes and prods me, and I will gather my thoughts enough to write a blog post.

~Grace Abigail

Saturday, March 14, 2015

A Baby Shower for Lincoln!

Can I just take a moment to say I am 33 weeks pregnant and freaking out a little? Okay cool, glad I could do that here...

Last weekend was our baby shower for little Lincoln, and boy was it fun! Having not attended a baby shower in probably over 10 years...I was a little nervous as to what to do. But luckily, I have an amazing best friend and sister who basically planned everything for me. Which is for the best honestly, because I, for the life of me, cannot stay on one thought if I tried nowadays! I know that if I were to try and plan a party right now, it would be in shambles before I even started. Preggo brain is running rampant right now, and I am such a mess of emotions...but on to happier things!

The main colors were bright blues, greens, and oranges, since I didn't want the traditional baby blue decorations, because something about baby blue just makes me want to made the room look very happy and fun :) We also had an ice cream bar, where everyone could make their own bowl of ice cream with any topping they wanted! This was my idea, since I am in love with anything sweet and cold right now...

Here we are, looking totally not overwhelmed at all...

Some of the fun things from the shower! My friend Skye printed out a little tree and everyone who came put their fingerprint on the branches! Also, I had set up a onesie decorating station( my friend Skye created this one lol ) and then the actual shower invite that Skye found! Eeep! So freaking precious. If I'm feeling real crafty one day I might put all of this stuff in a memory shadow box. But that's for when I have a clearer mind...which might be never...Hmmm...

My awesomely talented MIL made the cake for the shower! She's great at cake decorating, and I thought this design was so freaking cute! In case you can't tell, that's a little foot poking out on the stomach, hah!

We got so many diapers and clothes and blankets, it was insane. The people at my work even got us a crib and a mattress to go with it! Which was a total surprise to me, since I had not put one on our registry. I was so overwhelmed by the amount of love and support for us in that little room, it was very emotional. Just knowing that so many people are excited for us to be parents soon, it's such a blessing...
And I want to sincerely thank my friend Skye, my sister Claire, and my Mumsy for getting supplies for games, setting up tables and chairs, and just taking time out of their busy schedules to help me be prepared for what's to come. So much love!

Now that the happy dust of the recent festivities has settled, I'm on a mission to find out a way to organize and sort through everything. Let's just call it diaper Jenga, cuz that's what it's turning out to look like when I try to store things in the corners of our tiny apartment...LET THE NESTING PHASE BEGIN!

~Grace Abigail

Friday, February 20, 2015

Pregnancy Update: 30 Weeks

I can't believe I'm at 30 weeks! It seems like this pregnancy has just flown by! I was just looking at a picture of myself at 16 weeks, and how big I felt then...but looking at myself now...there is such a huge difference. I've really popped out!

Artsy photo credit to me. Aw yeah.

It's strange, but now that I'm at my hugest with a little over 20 lbs of weight gain, I feel the most beautiful. Just knowing that I have a little guy growing inside of me, it empowers me so much as a woman. Feeling him move and respond to my pokes and prods, it's always so mesmerizing, I can never truly believe that I have a little human in there. Depending on me and already making me feel like a real Mom. 

Mom. Wow, it's such a weighted word, a scary word to think of yourself as, when you are uncertain of what kind of Mom you will be...but I'm so excited for my new role...

We have started our childbirth preparation classes! I have to say, I was really kind of dreading them, but the instructor is very informative, and she also brings humor to what we are talking about, which really puts me at ease. The breathing techniques are a little hard to get used to, but practicing is never a bad idea. And I was kind of embarrassed about how little I knew about the human body when she did a little anatomy lesson the first week, and just the whole process of giving birth. It really is fascinating to know how my body helps me on the inside during labor. Like it's not all up to me pushing and working, my baby is too, and so are my insides haha. That puts me more at ease as well, knowing that as long as I focus on breathing and doing my part, my body can help me with the rest...

Little Lincoln is about the size of a butternut squash right now, and he is very active still. He is most active at night when I relax. One night I could feel his feet/arms moving across my stomach, and we were able to poke back and forth with each other! It was so cool! The leg cramps/tired nights/back ache/acid reflux has been going full force the last week...but there's really no reason to be overly dramatic about it. I knew it would happen sometime. Just maybe not like, every night? Cool?

Knowing I only have 10 weeks left is a little( a lot )scary, but I'm just trying to focus on doing and eating what's best for my baby.

Thanks again for coming along on this journey with me. Only a few more weeks until I can plaster his sweet little face all over every media outlet available to me lol

~Grace Abigail

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The 10 Minute Morning Makeup Dash

I know we've all had those lazy mornings where we linger a little too long in bed, we wait until the last possible annoying snooze goes off, and then begrudgingly drag our tired booties out of bed, only to come to the realization that, Crap, I have no time to get ready!

Well, this has recently been me on most mornings. Well, almost every morning...I just don't like waking up, okay? My bed is just too comfy. I've never been much of a bright eyed and bushy tailed person, and because of this, I think I really have perfected my 10 minute makeup dash. After I've taken my quick shower and thrown my hair into a messy bun, these are the products and the routine that helps me get out the door that much faster!

Maybelline Baby Skin/ Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream/ Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Fair/ Real Techniques Blush Brush/ Benefit Gimme Brow in Light/Medium/ L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara/ Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso/ NYC Eye Shadow Trio in Central Park Plums/ Revlon Colorburst Balm Stain in Honey

Here's my team! I usually start with the base fo' my face, y'all. After I slather on some moisturizer, I apply some Baby Skin primer. This product is supposed to be used to blur pores, but honestly, my skin has been so dry lately, this little guy really smooths and primes hehe my face for whatever foundation/BB cream, so that when I do apply that, the product doesn't get stuck on my dry patches. I really like the Maybelline BB Cream! It matches nicely with my regular skin tone, so I don't have to do a lot of blending, because I only have about 8 minutes left here! Next, I apply this Fit Me Concealer in a triangle shape underneath my eyes, and blend it in with my middle fingers. This concealer is super creamy as well, so it doesn't get cakey, and adds that extra moisture I really need in this dry cold weather.

After my face is done, I move on to my blush. This peachy/coral Milani Baked Blush is so highlighting and adds that extra brightness so I look refreshed and heavenly like, when in reality, I'm super grumpy still. I just wanted to add in that I have been using this Real Techniques brush as well! It's so soft and really blends out my blushes, instead of making them look splotchy! After my cheeks are done, I do a couple swipes of the Benefit Gimme Brow. The little fibers in the brush really add some extra drama to my brows, and I honestly think that filling in my brows makes me look like I actually tried in the morning, but really, it's not that hard to even do! It literally takes maybe 1 minute to do both brows with this thing. 

When I'm really feeling like I need some extra shimmer on the lids, I apply the pink shade in the NYC trio palette on my inner corners and brow bone, and then I add the middle taupe/brown color to my crease and blend that out. Just to add some depth to my lids. After my eyes are done, and I've curled my lashes, I apply a few layers on the L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara. This stuff is awesome! It really grabs every lash and separates them to bulk them up.

And then...if I have any time left, my favorite lip product right now has to be the Revlon Balm Stain in Honey. It's just a nice plumy/pinky balm that you can add a few layers to, so it will be more dramatic, or just one layer can be enough to give you an extra bit of color in the morning. Love, love, love!

...And then you're done! Boom. Grab your coat, purse, shoes, snacks, and run out the door cuz you are ready to get it going, girl!

I wish you guys luck in all of your frantic morning, makeup if I could only train myself to go to bed earlier, so I wouldn't have to rush in the morning... * sigh *

~Grace Abigail

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Valentine's Day 2015

Happy day after Valentine's Day day, my dears! Or, as I like to call it, 50% off CHOCOLATE DAY!!! I hope all of you had a wonderful Saturday, and whether you had a lover to share the night with or not, I hope you did something to show someone you love them...cuz that's what this lil' Holiday should really be about, right?

So, I'm never really one to gush and brag about something, but Valentine's Day is usually the day where I just have to brag about my husband Kyle. He's always been the more romantic one between the two of us. I mean, I can dish it out once in awhile, but he's the kind of man that really shows me how much he loves me all year round, not just for one day in February...So come yesterday morning, I get up to make myself some coffee, and I walk out into our living room, and he has set up a freaking scrap booking station!

Just so no one is confused, he got an album for baby girls, but he picked it because I love owls, and he figured we could use it for just pictures of us. We are still having a boy, lol.

He bought all the supplies for us to do this together. He printed out pictures of us, bought scrap booking papers and stickers and ribbons, and even wrote a little poem and placed it next to everything. UGH I MEAN...It was such a thoughtful gesture, because we are honestly the worst at documenting things that we do together. I mean, we both looked really nice yesterday, but, not one picture was taken! So for him to take the initiative to get everything so we could actually have a physical copy of our memories, was beyond thoughtful. I'm so glad that we'll have this now, because what are we going to do when our kids ask us for pictures of us when we were younger? Are we gonna open the old Facebook machine and click through everything? I'm sure that will be outdated 15 years from now at least...

Also, he wrote this on the bathroom mirror, and also sang me a song on the guitar he had written later on that day....STOP BEING SO CUTE AND NICE, GAWD KYLE.

Also, just so that you all don't think I didn't do anything for him...this is the card I made. I always like to make homemade cards for Holidays, gives it that extra something special...I also wrote a nice little letter on the back that made him tear up. Score.

Later on in the day, we braved the incredibly freezing wind to go to lunch with his Mom and Grandma, had a nice chat with them, and went back home and promptly took a nap. Haha, we're wild, I tell ya. 

* drool * What was left of my piece of pie before I even thought of taking a picture of it lol

Instead of going out to a fancy dinner, us homebodies decided to stay home and make dinner ourselves, and since it was so cold outside, I'm so glad we did. We turned on all the space heaters and sweated it out lol. The menu for the night was steak, roasted garlic potatoes, a fresh spinach salad with tomatoes, cucumbers and avocado, and peanut butter pie for dessert. Loooord, that pie was basically heaven! I used this super easy recipe I found on Pinterest, and it literally made my night. The way to my heart is good food. Done. 

We ended the night with watching Wanderlust( with Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston ) and we had so much fun watching it! Hilarious movie full of hippie communes, Paul Rudd weirdness, and some awkward nudity, haha! It wasn't really a super mushy, romantic movie, but that's kind of us. We usually go for ridiculous comedies and sci-fi...heh, nerds!

And that's what we did! Not really extravagant, but it was a day full of love and happiness. I really lucked out with my man...

Love you guys!

~Grace Abigail

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Links of Awesome #12

Hello my dear friends, today I've made another little list of awesome shiz I've found on the Internet. I haven't done one of these in a looong let's get to the fun and pretty things!

Eeeep! So cute. source

K, so, this girl is totally looking badass. Serious hair envy happening. source

Loving this little man's style source

OMG this illustration of Hermione is amazing! Does anyone know the source?

Spongebob is da best. source

- I really like what this girl has to say about blogging!

- This Tikka Masala recipe looks delicious. Plus, it's for the crock pot! Score!

- Oh my gluuurb!!! This amazingly talented artist has a YouTube channel where she draws cute cute cuuuute things! Obsessed.

- I want this cloud pillow. For Lincoln of course, not just for me....duh.

- I'm going to be updating my phone soon, possibly to a iPhone 5 or something(yes, I still have a lil' iPhone 4s)...and I'm currently on the hunt for a new pretty phone case. I like thisthis, and let's not forget about this one!

- I really like this little list of different dates to go on during the colder months...I'm especially into the dessert crawl idea.

- Not that I can wear it right now, but this modcloth dress really is making me excited for springtime! Also from modcloth, this Doctor Who cream and sugar set is literally calling my name. Graaaace...Graaaaacceeeee.....

- Watching lifestyle vlogs is my guilty pleasure. This month I recently found this London family who are just the loveliest of people to watch. The video diary that they produce each week is on such a high level of artistic beauty, it truly is inspiring. And they do it all so that they can have a record of events to show to their son when he gets older!

~Grace Abigail

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Pregnancy Update: 26 Weeks

That's totally my husband's t-shirt, hehe

Hello friends! Time for a little preggo update! I'm six months along right now, and I have to say, this is the best time yet in the pregnancy. My little man is squirming and kicking and poking to his hearts desire every day and it's a constant reminder of how super crazy and ridiculous this whole growing life thing is!

Baby and Mommy's Development?: Little Lincoln is about 2 lbs now, and about the size of an eggplant. That seems real big, right? It certainly feels like he's losing some room in there. Like I said earlier, he's in the stage where he is really getting the hang of punching and somersaulting around. He especially loves to kick me right in the bladder...:/ I've gained about 7 to 8 lbs myself, and I'm taking that lovely glucose test I've heard such niiiice things about next week. Looking forward to it! *cough* sarcasm * cough *

Pregnancy Symptoms?: Lots of back pain now! I try a lot of different methods to try to soothe it, but I don't think it's going away. Some swelling of the shins now if I don't elevate my feet at work. I also wake up at least 3 to 4 times a night, having to pee and what not...And I must say, I didn't really believe it before, but I know now what pregnancy brain is. It seems like I just forget random things during the day. Like *poof*, there went my thought! My brain at work is usually thinking about 5 different things at once, and I have to stop myself when I get in a huff and breathe to really focus on one thing...I'm such a scatterbrain these days. I mean, more than usual....

Feeling Ready?: Ehhh...? I'm not sure. I'm totally ready to cuddle my little man, but not getting more than 2 hours of sleep, diaper blow-outs, not having time for a shower...that I'm not that ready for. There's still so much I don't know, that I wish I knew...And of course, the increased financial stress is something we will definitely not be ready for! But, I believe in Kyle and I. Our ability to adapt in stressful situations. Our ability to lean on each other when things get tough. I know we can do this. I keep telling myself that billions of other women have done this before, so why can't I?

My sweet Aunt sent me this awesome care package full of clothes and accessories for Link! It was so thoughtful!

My baby shower is in a month or so, and I'm getting really excited! I'm slowly building my registry, and I've gotten a few outfits already. Every time I touch or hold a little onesie I know he's going to wear, I can't help but be flabbergasted. He's actually going to fit into these?! Uuuugh, I keep telling myself of all the things you need to remember to do when he comes. Hold him as much as you can, savor the cuddle sessions...he won't be small forever! But luckily, I still have a ways to go before he's off to college...

~Grace Abigail