So it’s been awhile.

I’m just bad at blogging and pregnancy.
I don’t think my mind has the capacity to blog and grow a human, and I guess that’s ok. But I do still miss writing at will. So my plan now is to post in more of a diary format and who ever stumbles upon this space can read or not read or whatever and that way I won’t feel the stress of DIY’s and bump-dates. (get it? Updates, on the bump? Bump-dates?)
While on the topic though, I am a couple days shy of 32 weeks pregnant and holy moly, the panic is setting in. Second pregnancies are so different. I am 100% aware of what I’m getting into this time around and what my life is about to be like in 6 short weeks. I am so excited to meet this new little person and love someone as much as I love Addison, so I don’t want to overshadow that. But dang–it’s about to get real.
With this new sense of urgency that I’ve been feeling, I have felt a major push to get all our household projects done before the baby gets here. It seems like every time we make some progress though, I decide to add another project on to my list. i am a glutton for punishment I guess. So, for those who love lists (ME!), let me indulge you with my current to do’s for the house:
-Sell our bedroom furniture (it is just too big and too dark for our tiny master bedroom)
-Have our mattress delivered (yay! upgraded to a king!)
-Make tufted headboard for said mattress.
-Paint new nightstands
-Hem new curtains
-Hang said curtains
-Get new bedding
-Move Addison’s new bedroom furniture into her room (and move her to the “big girl bed”)
-Get the nursery ready
-Paint Addison’s kids’ table
-Find a side table for the living room.

So that’s what I’m trying to do in the next 6 weeks. Luckily my Mom will be coming to stay with us for a whole month starting the first week of November. Keep your fingers crossed for me!

It’s a…

So I’m just starting to realize that I suck at balancing this blog and growing a human, so for that I am sorry.

Things I am good at, currently: Eating carbs, Morning (and night) sickness, Toddler-rearing, Keeping up with the Kardashians.

Who said I wasn’t accomplished?

Anyway, I did want to fill you all in on our very tiny gender reveal activity and give you my first bump picture of pregnancy #2– for that you’ll have to stick with me ’til the end of the post, though. ;)

As a little background, let me just say that the medical center we go to here on post is the same one where I delivered Addison. Back in 2012 they were–and still are–notorious for taking FOREVER when it comes to booking your ultrasound appointment. At about 12 weeks I was given the okay to head up to Radiology to book my ultrasound.
The heavens must have been shining down on me that day because I was able to get an appointment in just a few weeks. It wasn’t until the appointment got closer that I realized I would only be 17 weeks and 6 days gestation, which is basically right on the border of being too early. (They usually like to see you between 18 and 22 weeks)
At this point, I knew if I called I would have a hard time getting another appointment anytime soon so I decided to take my chances and stick with my appointment, crossing my fingers that the tech would just go with it.

Guess what, IT WORKED!


They were able to see everything they needed to see and the baby looked great!

The bad news? Jacob had to work, of course.

So I had the technician write down the gender an the envelope and I promised my sweet husband I wouldn’t even sneak a peak until he got home from work.

During my appointment, my dear friend Shannon (who is also pregnant! woot!) watched Addison. Once I got home the three of us headed to the PX (military Target) and I picked out a boy outfit and a girl outfit, then handed the envelope to Shannon and let her work the magic. Addison and I left the store and Shannon met us in the parking lot with this:


A Super-Adorable-Bag-Of-Suspense.

Thank you Shannon!

As luck would have it, Jacob called me around this time explaining he had reached the peak of an awful head cold that has been floating around our house and needed to be brought some cold medicine. I told him I would be glad to and I would bring the bag along so we could find out the gender IMMEDIATELY.

So instead of waiting 5 more HOURS to do the gender reveal it was only going to be a few minutes, yay!

So that brings us to this moment: Where I popped my husband some meds and took pictures like the paparazzi while he opened our present!






We took this one after, wanting to capture the pure excitement Addison was exuding after finding out she’s getting a baby sister!


Ok, so she isn’t that excited–yet.

But we certainly are!! I am so excited to see Addison and this little lady in the years to come. I have always wondered what it would have been like to have a sister and I can’t wait to see that kind of relationship grow in our home.

(and we get to reuse a bunch of our baby stuff we’ve been hoarding so that is also a huge plus!!!)

As always, thanks for sticking with me here on Arilla Blog. As promised, here we are rocking the bump at exactly 18 weeks today.


An abstract bump photo, but still. This is what happens when you try to take a bump pic by yourself.

Fort Lewis!

It has been a crazy few weeks!

We finally arrived at our new duty station, Fort Lewis, which is also our old duty station. We  were here at Fort Lewis before the Korea tour so in a lot of ways it feels like coming home.

On Wednesday, Jake and I left Addison with my parents for a couple days while we drove up to Washington with the car and to get the house all situated so we wouldn’t have to spend any time in lodging.

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Saturday Addison got to spend the day with my friend Chelsie and her family doing all sorts of fun Easter things while we went and bought a new (to us) car! After driving a 94 Sonata for the last year or so it felt so nice to actually have a car with air conditioning. Addison had a blast and I think she is really happy to be reunited with some of her buddies, as am I.

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Once we got the house and the car out of the way it was time to bring in the movers. Most of our stuff was left here in storage TWO YEARS AGO when we were under the impression we’d be back in only a year. Luckily, this made getting our stuff delivered a very speedy process. Unfortunately, it’s hard to get excited about stuff you have learned to live without for the past two years so unpacking has been slow moving. I hope once our stuff from Korea gets here that I will be a little more excited about unpacking and getting settled.

I don’t know how the seasoned military wives do it, but with every move I grow less and less attached to places which makes me want to settle in even less. Its awful, but I hope someday I will have this unpacking thing down to a science and we will be in a cozy home a week after arrival. A girl can dream right?


As for the whole being pregnant thing, I had my first Dr.’s appt and found out I was only 11 weeks along (I thought I was 13!) and the nausea has hit me full force. With Addison I was sick pretty much my entire pregnancy and since I thought I was 13 weeks, I had assumed God had blessed me with bypassing the whole morning sickness thing entirely this time around. Boy was I wrong. It has come back with a vengeance and I have already started eating my old stand by meals of peanut butter bread and apples to help me get through the day.

This is going to be a doozy.