farewell, 2015

It's the final day of 2015, which means another year has come and gone way too quickly! It's been a hard year, but it's also been a wonderful one, and I'm so grateful for the enormous challenges that Ryan and I faced in this second year of our marriage. We've faced the joys (and agonies) of home-ownership, being new parents, a TDY and a 13-hour time difference, finding our way back to our church and really finding a new normal for just us.

There are a ton of things that I'm looking forward to in 2016, and I know that this will be our best year yet, so I'm putting on my big girl pants, dealing with my son's 213984209384th cold this winter and getting ready for the start of another great new year for the Moores. Here are just 10 things I can't wait for in 2016.

one // We'll be celebrating our second wedding anniversary next week! It's amazing to think of all we accomplished in the first couple years of our marriage, and I can't wait to see what's next. We'll really be tackling budget-making, planning and financial peace in 2016, so I'm interested to see where that takes us.

two // Though I'm 18 weeks pregnant, I'm excited to run more this next year. I barely managed to run while I was pregnant with Spencer, and I want to change that this time around. We ran the Lake Placid and Empire State half marathons in 2015...what will we do in 2016? 

three // Baby Moore #2 will be joining us in June! Will it be a boy or a girl?! (We already know, and we're meanies...keeping it to ourselves.)

four // Spencer learned to roll, crawl, walk and start to talk in 2015. I can't wait to see what he learns in 2016. Or, perhaps I should rephrased that. I'm cautiously optimistic of what he might learn in 2016.

five // My little sister is getting married to the sweetest guy ever on September 24, 2016, and I can't wait to celebrate her special day with her. It's been a long time coming for these two, and they've tackled medical school and law school together, so I can't wait to see them tackle wedding planning!

six // We're planning to travel mostly around our NNY region in the next year. We spent a ton of time visiting family in NH and UT this year, as well as made trips to NJ and PA - all with a baby - and it was hard. I can't wait to explore our area and have people visit us for a change.

seven // I started Weight Watchers in 2015 and lost 21 lbs from my pre-pregnancy weight with Spencer. I didn't reach my goal before getting pregnant again, but I got really close, and I'm excited to start working on my weight loss goals again after baby two is born.

eight // We have a ton of house projects we want to tackle this coming year. From putting in a backsplash in our kitchen, to building either a deck or a patio + pergola, to converting our upstairs bathroom to a dual vanity, we've got our hands full!

nine //  I'd like to up my freelance work game this coming year or, perhaps, take on another little business venture. Though I love what I do, I'd really like something else on my plate, as well, to take some of the stress out of the day-to-day work. 

ten //  I'm excited to see where next year takes this little blog. It's been an interesting transition year here, but I think I'm just getting my stride as a mama blogger...where will it take me next? 

Have a safe and happy New Years, my sweet bloggy friends! See you in 2016!

on the go


After what seemed like the world's most hectic build-up to Christmas, we finally got to spend our first Christmas in our own home as a family of three. We went to Utah to visit Ryan's family from the 15th through the 22nd, and we got home late, late on the 22nd. Here's how our travels coming home went:

  • Arrive at SLC airport for 1:20 PM flight
  • Flight is delayed for a 2:30 PM departure
  • Read that our connection at JFK is the last flight to Syracuse of the night - and we won't make our connection.
  • Change our flight to a flight departing at 2:15 and connecting in Atlanta
  • Flight is delayed to a 3:20 PM departure due to de-icing the plane and a sick child on board
  • Begin our descent into Atlanta, and Spencer poops, so we can't get up to change him
  • Land with 38 mins to our connection, and the jetway is malfunctioning, so it won't line up with the plane
  • 20 minutes pass and we quickly get off the plane, run to change Spencer (who has blown out all over)
  • We run from the E terminal to the B terminal, make it to our gate and quickly check the stroller
  • Make it on the plane with 12 minutes to spare before takeoff

Needless to say, when we finally arrived in Syracuse at around 11:30 PM, we have never been happier. Our bags came out quickly, Spencer was a trooper and slept all the way home, and we managed to get back to Black River by around 1:30 AM. 


So, as you can imagine, we were thrilled at the prospect of a quiet Christmas at home - and it delivered in spades. We really didn't do too much. We spent time with our neighbors who have quickly become family, spoiled our little boy and enjoyed the last vestiges of this mild winter - because it looks like it's going to cool off next week.

Needless to say though, I'm back, and I'm thrilled to be back on this blog. It's really hard to blog while traveling, so it's nice to be able to sit back, sip some tea while Spence is napping and jot down some thoughts. I hope you all had an absolutely wonderful holiday, too! xo

PS - If anyone wants to see us in 2016, it's YOUR turn to visit :D

what's up, salt lake city?

I've been missing the past few days because we traveled to Utah on Tuesday! Ryan and I planned an early Christmas here with his family in Pleasant Grove, and we spent most of Tuesday traveling from Syracuse to Utah. It was quite the journey. Spencer did great. He obviously got tired of being contained on the plane, but we were blessed to have wonderful fellow travelers that didn't seem to be too bothered by him. Plus, he managed to take a proper nap on both flights, and it was heaven! He fought it a bit on the first flight (hence baby scratches on me), but he slept over an hour. The second flight was a little more crammed, and he only slept about 45 minutes.


We made it though, and we were so glad to be off the plane and in some fresh, cold air. It's definitely colder (and snowier) out here, and I'm loving it. Spencer's getting a kick out of seeing the white stuff on the ground, as well as seeing his Grandma and Papa on something other than FaceTime. 


Yesterday, we treated my mother-in-law to an early Christmas present and took her to an early (surprise!) gender ultrasound. Baby Moore #2 was moving and shaking in there, but despite the fact that it didn't want to, we totally managed to see the goods! We're pretty sure we're keeping it under wraps though, besides family, because that's just how we roll!

Peanut looks perfect though, and I can't wait to see the gender confirmed one more time on January 12th with my normal OB. This was a place in Utah that solely does 3D and gender ultrasounds. We chose to do a 2D, but we did the gender determination, and I'm pretty glad we did! Any bets on what this biscuit might be?! And no, you can't see any determining factors in this picture ;)

baby moore: 15 weeks

Second trimester bliss is in full swing, so I figured it's time to give another brief update on wee little baby Moore part deux growing over here. It's crazy how fast time flies the second time around!




How far along: 15 weeks

Size of Baby: Orange

Gender: We've decided to find out this time! For practicality's sake, I think it will help in knowing what we can reuse, as well as what we need to (read: what I want) to buy new this time around. We have our anatomy scan on January 12th, so it's just around the corner! 

Weight Gain: I had an appointment on Tuesday with my OB, and I hadn't gained any weight from the last time. I'm still 4 lbs up, and I think that finally feeling better and being able to run again has helped level out that immediate weight gain, thankfully.

Movement: I haven't felt anything yet, but I remember that I didn't with Spencer until about 16 weeks. I finally have that weird little bump when I lie down though from my uterus moving up a bit, and I think that's about the time I started feeling flutters the first time around. We'll see!

Sleep: Sleep has been a little better! I still average about 3 potty breaks over here, and I do one wakeup with Spencer, but we're working on weaning that out soon. Logically, I know he doesn't need it, but it saddens me to make him cry and retrain him that way overnight.

Workouts: It feels so good to run again! I did a 4 mile indoors on Monday at the on-post track, and I did 3 miles outside yesterday. I feel energized, and that's the best feeling ever.

Maternity Clothes: Do the leggings count? I can still fit fairly comfortable into my normal clothes, but I love the leggings, so I'd be lying if I said I wasn't wearing those a lot already.

Cravings/Aversions: I still can't really do chicken. I also hate the taste of vinegar right now - and this is from someone who always loved the taste of apple cider vinegar and oil + vinegar dressing. I want to eat all the clementines though, and I'd give my left leg for a sausage biscuit.

Best Part of the Week: Feeling less nauseous and getting to hear the baby's heartbeat again! It's still a little surreal knowing we're having number two, so hearing a steady heartbeat of 147 bpm made me one happy mama.

Can't Wait For: Feeling the baby kick! And, I'm really, really looking forward to finding out the gender in a month! 

bits of cheer: my running wishlist


Today, I'm linking up with Jessica over at The Newly  since Christmas is almost upon us! I decided to go ahead and share my ultimate running wishlist because, let's be honest, Christmas is about practical gifts lately. There was a time when gifts were about extravagance as a child, but now, it's about functionality (for the most part, of course!) 

Since I plan to run through this whole pregnancy, I really need to up my running apparel and gear game if I want to keep going though. I found that when I was pregnant with Spencer, my running tights didn't stay up, my shorts were too snug and I just didn't hydrate enough. I compiled a list of some gear I think will keep me comfortable, hydrated and going through the next 25 weeks.

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// An Aquazinger - This awesome gem is designed to help you drink more water while reducing food cravings. Plus, it will help you replenish your electrolytes by infusing fruit flavors into your water. You can add everything from cucumbers, to lemons and limes, to mint and basil. I think it will help convince me to keep drinking.

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// Yurbuds - I've seen these highly recommend by runners, and I'm intrigued! I usually rely on my trusty Apple earbuds that came with my iPhone, but Spencer thinks they're tasty now, and they tend to short out on runs. Plus, if it's raining or snowing outside (and I actually manage an outdoors run), they short out. I hear that Yurbuds don't, and I really need my music to keep going.

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// Maternity Support Belt - I didn't have one of these when I was pregnant with Spencer, and as my belly grew, the pressure on my bladder became too much to bear. A running blog I followed recommended this highly, with or without the top strap, to reduce that extra pressure, and I'm sold. I want to run consistently, and if these keeps the pressure on my back and bladder manageable, sign me up, please!

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// Long Tops & Compression Bottoms - I managed to squeeze into my old faithful Nike Pro capris last time in Arizona, but the waists never stayed up, and I felt super uncomfortable. My tops fit, but they felt weird on my growing belly, so I'd like to get some long tops and proper maternity active wear like these from Old Navy this time around to accommodate the changes. 

I'm sure my list will grow & change as I move along with this pregnancy, but it's important to me to stay as active as possible this time around. I lost 20 lbs from my pre-pregnancy weight after having Spencer, and I don't want to squander that! So, here goes nothing :)

once in a weekend

It was a fun, busy, bustling weekend in the Moore household! For the first time in a very long time (read: I believe, 6 months), we actually got a babysitter to come over and watch Spencer so we could go to Ryan's Brigade Ball. We don't get to dress up too often, so it was a great chance for me to utilize Rent the Runway and borrow a stunning Monique Lhullier dress for the evening. Despite a fisaco in the dress actually arriving (read: UPS had it locked in their facility until 2 hours before the ball), I managed to pull it together, have one of the sizes fit my growing belly and have a blast.


The ball, itself, was a bit blah, but we had so much fun with friends. We got to sit with Ryan's immediate boss and his wife, plus his First Sergeant and his wife and one couple we didn't even know. It was fun to see the men really enjoy some pressure-less time together, and we laughed the whole way through the rigmarole - barring a few serious moments - like the table for fallen and MIA soldiers. The grog ceremony though? The 15 different toasts? Absurd. We also didn't get to eat until almost 9 PM - and we were all tempted to go find some fast food. #hangryprego

On Saturday, Spence was feeling a little under the weather, but we managed to do a tiny bit of decorating around the house, and we got to pick up our first real Christmas tree! Last year, mid-PCS with a brand new baby, it just wasn't an option. This year, we were so excited to live it up and enjoy a fresh-cut tree that we could string with lights and decorate ourselves. We aren't finished yet - the star for atop the tree has failed me twice. Third time might be the charm?


Ryan goes on leave tomorrow through the 22nd, and I can't wait! We have a lot of little projects we want to tackle around the house, and I think we might actually make some progress while he's free. We also leave for Utah next week, but that's a whole different story there. Oh, the holidays!


1 year of spencer bruce



Dear Spencer Bruce,

Today you are one year old! It's hard to believe how quickly time has flown this past year, especially when I think that at this time last year, we were eagerly anticipating your arrival. You came screaming and crying into this world at 4:39 PM in Sierra Vista, Arizona, and our lives were forever changed for the better. You are, and will always be, my precious baby boy. My firstborn. My sweet little man who made me a Mama.

You went from being my little tiny sugar biscuit that waves his hands at his toys on his play mat, to rolling over, to crawling like the little Army baby that you are. And, before we knew it, you took your first steps and started walking for Oma and Opa just two days shy of your 11-month birthday.

Spencer, you have such a sweet, but fierce spirit, and I hope that I will always foster that in the very best way possible. You know what you want, and you're a smart little man; you know how to get it. You talk a lot! You're favorite words are Dada, doggie, Stella-cat and, unfortunately, die. We don't know where that one came from. We're still working on Mama, but I'm okay with being called Dada, so long as you'll still snuggle with me in our glider until you're 20.

You absolutely love your bath time, and from the beginning, that's been such a joy for this mama to share with you. We went from your first baths in Arizona, to little tubbies in Oma's sink, to sitting with Mama in the tub with you. Now, you play with your toys, stand and make declarations, and you swim around in your tub all by yourself. It's one of my greatest joys seeing this love you have for the water, and I can't wait to get you into swim lessons, as it was such a huge part of my life.

Baby boy, above all else, I'm so proud to be your Mama. I never knew that I could love someone so much, or that you could make me love your daddy even more, too! Thank you for beating birth control, coming in God’s perfect timing and making our little family more complete.

Happy first birthday, precious Spencie!

Love always,

Mama

back in new hampshire

We spent the Thanksgiving holiday in New Hampshire with my family, and it was so fun. Nikki had to work on Friday, so she and Adam drove back down to southern NH. My mother also had to work, so it was just Kristina, Ryan, Spencer, my father and myself for the day. We decided to go ahead and take a little walk in Lincoln Woods, which is about 45 minutes from where my parents live.



We walked about 3 miles in the nearly 50 degree weather, and Spencer loved it. There were so many doggies on the trail, Aunt Kristina was making tons of silly faces and the weather was perfectly fall…despite how close we're getting to Christmas. I'm secretly hoping for snow, but I'll take these last vestiges of fall while we have them!

After the pseudo-hike, we drove the rest of the way into Lincoln and ate an amazing restaurant called the Gypsy Cafe. If you're ever in the area, I definitely recommend it! They have all sorts of foods with international flair, and now that my palette can finally stomach a little bit more, I was loving it. As an aside, this is the first time we've taken Spencer to a restaurant since he was about 4 months old, and I was really nervous that he'd disrupt other patrons. I really didn't want to be those parents. He did so well though! The owner actually gave him some cars to play with, and he was happy as a clam the whole time.




All in all, it was really just a relaxed trip back home - despite the 7 hour drive, which I loathe. We're heading to Utah to celebrate an early Christmas on December 15th, too, so we'll get some time with Ryan's family, as well. It's a busy, bustling, family-filled season, and I couldn't be happier. Right now, this hormonal momma just needs to make it through Spencer's first birthday tomorrow!

turkey trotting

For the first time in forever, my whole family managed to get together for Thanksgiving (except my future brother-in-law, Josh, who's on rotation as a doctor and couldn't get away). What does a family of crazies do to earn their Thanksgiving dinner? We get up early and do the Purity Springs 5k turkey trot, which turned out to be a trail race - something I never, ever train. It turned out to be so much fun though!



My little sister, Kristina, and I decided to run together since our road running pace is pretty much the same. We did well considering we never do trail runs, and we held about a 9:54 pace overall. Our finish time was 31:20, so while not exceptional, we'll take it! Plus, at 13 weeks pregnant, I've been pretty darn proud.


And that, my friends, is my incredible momma. She is 68 years old, and while she has done 5ks before, she's never run one. My sister helped her get on a training plan, and she bit the bullet, running her 5k for the first time ever! She's amazing, and we were all so darn proud of her. 

my older sister, Nikki, cheesing in the background (image credit to Joe Viger photography)

my brother-in-law, Adam, running in a turkey suit :) (image credit to Joe Viger photography)

my incredibly good-looking husband, running like a boss! (image credit to Joe Viger photography)

While all families have their traditions for the holidays, I truly hope we can make this one of ours. It was so fun to brave the cold, do a race and enjoy relaxing in the aftermath. I will never be the best runner, but I enjoy doing it now, and having a family that loves being active is such a treat. I really want to raise Spencer and our children loving this sort of thing, as well, because it really brought us together more than ever before.

I guess that means I need to buy a better jogger for baby number two…any recommendations?!

thankful

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Since I won't be blogging tomorrow over Thanksgiving, I figured I'd post today and make a wee little list of some of the oh-so-many things for which I am thankful. This year, I can honestly say that I'm blessed beyond measure, and I'm thrilled to be spending the holiday with family in New Hampshire. I am so grateful for this holiday, and I truly want to teach my son in the future that it's a holiday to reflect on all that we have - rather than what we think we need.

// I'm thankful for my husband. Ryan has been my rock throughout the past year, and I can't imagine where my life would have led without him. I'm so thankful I had the opportunity to meet, date, marry and start a family with such a wonderful man. He's the absolute best and always keeps me on my toes. May he always know how much I love him!

// I'm thankful for my sweet baby boy, Spencer. While this has been the most challenging year of my life, I can't imagine my life without that little peanut in it. I'm so grateful to have the opportunity to be that sweet spirit's mama.

// I'm grateful to be carrying another little biscuit and to be growing this little family of ours. We are so blessed to have each other, and starting a family was always at the forefront of our hopes and wishes. We are so, so lucky.

// I'm grateful for our wonderful home, friends and Army family here in New York. I feel like we're setting roots here, and though that scares me because there's so much uncertainty in regards to permanence with the military, I'm so thrilled to have such an amazing support system.

// I'm thankful that we live in the United States. Though our country may have its very own issues, we are so blessed to live in the land of the free. I want my children to grow up knowing just how valuable that is in such uncertain times. 

To all my blogging friends: May you have an absolutely wonderful holiday with your families. Wishing you the happiest of Thanksgivings ever :)

it's monday...i have goals

I finally feel like I've turned a corner in this pregnancy. For the past nearly 6 weeks, I've felt downright poopy - dealing with extreme morning sickness, bouts of vomiting in the evening and attempting to keep up with everyday life. Now, I'm 13 weeks, and I finally feel somewhat human again! Food isn't the worst thing to think about anymore, Christmas and holiday travels seem less daunting, and I'm running again, which makes me one happy lady.

As a swammer (that's an ex-swimmer, for those who didn't know), I find that setting goals is the way I get things done in life. I like a good challenge, so if I tell myself that I must do something in a certain timeframe, you'd better be certain I'll get it done! So, I'm putting up a few goals on the blog - mostly to hold myself accountable - and really keep myself in check.

1) My little biscuit boy is turning one in just 11 days. I really want to dedicate myself to putting down my phone and spending those sweet moments with him in the evenings and mornings we have together. He's growing up so fast, and I don't want him to think of me behind the screen of my phone when I'm right in front of him. A text message can wait. 

this little turkey is my favorite thing

2) I have a beautiful Canon DSLR that I rarely use. I usually rely solely on my iPhone for the convenience of it, but I find that the quality once printed lacks the crispness of my DSLR. I'm going to take the time to learn more about my camera, play around with the functions and really take some quality pictures in the coming months. I want to remember the clarity of the moment...not the convenience.

3) Now that I'm finally able to run again, I'm aiming to get around 10 miles in every single week. It's not easy because I hate the treadmill, it's getting colder out and my bladder is officially the size of a pea, but I really want to keep it up. Case and point? I did 3.13 this morning...outside...in the 28 degree weather. I remember feeling accomplished doing 1-2 miles while pregnant with Spencer, and I really want to up my game this time around.


4) While I'm not the craftiest person in the world, I've done a lot of fun, budget-friendly DIY projects lately - mostly involving holiday and home decor - and I really want to get better at sharing them. I'm hoping to share one of them with you later this week! Hopefully I can remind myself that I'm supposed to :)

5) In terms of blogging, I find that I'm finally getting back in a groove. I took a self-imposed hiatus because I found myself comparing myself to other bloggers and coming up short, and I never, ever want to allow myself to feel such a thing. I have a wonderful life, and I want to share it! I hope to keep up this blogging streak and (dare to dream) come up with 10 original posts a month. Can I do it?! I'm also going to work hard to update my about me page, etc. It's been a long time coming.

baby moore: 12 weeks

I won't do this every week like I did with Spencer, but I feel the need to show the biscuit some love, and I want to document parts! We're about 12 weeks, so I figured it was about time for a bump.


How far along: 12 weeks

Size of Baby: Passion fruit

Gender: We think we might find out this time, but I'm hesitant! I have a strong feeling that it's a girl though.

Weight Gain: I don't know if it's the fact that I got pregnant 20 lbs lighter than I did with Spencer, but holy moly. 12 weeks and up 4 lbs.

Movement: Nothing that I can feel yet

Sleep: What's that? I do one wakeup a night on average with Spencer and at least 3 potty breaks. Sigh.

Workouts: Finally running again! I'm averaging about 3 runs a week and 10 miles a week right now. I did 3 miles today.

Maternity Clothes: None yet, but I think I'll cave and wear them sooner this time around. All my clothes are tight because I got smaller clothes after losing so much weight.

Cravings/Aversions: Avoiding chicken like the plague, but craving poutine. I'm also struggling with spinach, but eating lots of fruit.

Best Part of the Week: Finally feeling like I could run again! I'm still struggling with nighttime nausea, but feeling a bit stronger, and I'll take it.

Can't Wait For: Feeling the baby kick! Right now it's still so surreal that we're having another baby. At my most recent appointment, we heard the biscuit's heart rate right at 160 bpm, and it was such a welcome sound. Love :)

#momfail

I've definitely experience my fair share of mom fails this year. Who knew that you had to point their little man bits down before diapering and putting the baby boy to bed? That's not cradle cap...but rather severe eczema? Playing piranha with your baby boy might result in a bitten finger? (don't ask). This, however, takes the cake.

that's not pee on the sheet...it's water from his sippy cup...just fyi

Yesterday, Spencer was inconsolable. He would try to play, and then he would just cry and cry and cry. He wouldn't eat, he wouldn't take a bottle, and he would only really drink warm water from his sippy cup. I thought maybe he had a sore throat. He didn't have a fever, so I figured he wasn't too sick, so I just assumed we needed to wait it out. 

This morning, after an extremely rough night, mind you, I went to wake the baby bean, and he looked happy as a clam. He'd been fussy all night, would only really sleep in our arms and seemed so upset. So, naturally, I wondered what the heck changed in the last few hours. And then I noticed it...yellow stuff coming out of his ear and all over his sheet. Cue momma panic and a quick emergency visit to the pediatrician, and we were sent on our merry way with a diagnosis...perforated eardrum.

Let me just say that on the list of things I thought might be wrong, ear infection was really low on the list. From what the doctor says though, he thinks Spencer had an infection for about a week before the pressure built up until it burst yesterday. He had no classic signs of ear infection. He wasn't feverish or fussy till yesterday, and he wasn't rubbing his ears. He was constipated last week though and, apparently, that can be a sign. Go figure.

Anyhow, this sweet pea is now on a high dose of amoxicillin to fight infection for two weeks, momma feels so dang guilty and all I can say is this...always assume ear infection. Le sigh.

thoughts on a tuesday

With the holidays fast-approaching, I feel like I'm just barely getting into the swing of things. I recently switched OBs here in Watertown, NY because I had a horrible experience at the one I was originally referred to. The doctor's office was filthy, slow and there was a cockroach in the bathroom. Furthermore, there was a table in the back of unlabeled urine samples, and when given my own test results, I was led to doubt their verity. So, I took initiative and switched doctors, and I love my new OB office. It's bright, clean, the doctor is extremely knowledgeable, and I like that he listens to my concerns.

We discussed my morning sickness, and while he's not against medication, he's in favor of natural remedies whenever possible. I agreed to try his plan to drink 120 oz of water a day to see if it helps and...lo' and behold...it did! And so, the biscuit and I are medication-free, dealing with some food aversions, but are doing well otherwise. Besides all that, here's a few random thoughts from the Moore household this Tuesday morning.

Because Spencer pictures are a must :)
  • My sweet boy turns 1 on 12/4/14. We're having a sweet, simple birthday party over Thanksgiving in New Hampshire with my family, but oh my goodness...he's getting too big. This first year went by so fast, but I'd be lying if I said it wasn't the hardest year of my life. That said, it was also the best. 

  • This second baby is already neglected! I'm about 12 weeks along, but holy heck, I haven't done a single bump update, I've barely focused on the fact that he/she is in there! It's madness how much this baby matters to me, yet how much different this process is this time.

  • Picking Christmas cards is the hardest. decision. ever. #firstworldproblems

  • I have a shopping addiction. It relates entirely to Christmas decor. I need to curb myself before Thanksgiving though, and I swear it's the worst!

  • I am working on getting more freelance work, but I swear it's slow-going. If anyone has tips, please let me know! I've always gone by word-of-mouth referrals, and it seems it's failing me lately. I'm trying Upwork right now.

  • We booked our early Christmas trip to Utah! We'll be heading out there from the 15th through the 22nd of December. This will be the first Christmas I don't spend with my family in New Hampshire. We'll be spending at our little home here in New York as a family of three!

back on land

I was (un)intentionally MIA again...I'm sorry! Ryan and I went on our cruise to the Bahamas last week and had some much-needed us time. It was amazing. I'll be totally honest and say that I really missed my little handsome monkey though! He had a great time at Oma and Opa's though, and he learned to walk two days before we got back. I'm so thankful he did it for my parents, since it was such a special moment for them to have with their first grandchild.

I have a lot of posts in the queue just waiting to be shared with you all...not the least of which is a pregnancy update. Crazy how that becomes the second thought the second time around! But, for now, here's a little snippet of our cruise getaway.



We started our cruise in Manhattan, and we were scheduled to stop in Port Canaveral, Great Stirrup Cay and Nassau, the Bahamas.We, unfortunately, didn't get to get off the ship at Great Stirrup Cay because the water was too rough to tender the boats. We did, however, head to Nassau early and got off the ship and explored Atlantis late at night to avoid the crowds. It was amazing.





In Nassau, we got off the ship early in the morning the second day and found a local who took us to Atholl Island to go snorkeling. It was so neat to be the only two at that time of morning in the gorgeous water and to see the Bahamas through the eyes of a local, rather than a tour guide. He pointed out some of the most amazing places on Paradise Island, and he recommended a great local-Bahamian place to eat - Lukka Kairi - which had the most incredible food.

Though we were disappointed we weren't able to get off the ship at Great Stirrup Cay, we had a wonderful time just relaxing on the ship and enjoying some much-needed rest. We even had a movie night with room service and everything...totally worth it!

It'll be a long time till we can do something like this again, so we're so appreciative for having had the opportunity. We're so, so glad to be home with our little guy again, who's precariously close to his first birthday. How did that happen?!

when three became four

We found out I was pregnant about three weeks ago. While we weren't trying, per se, we weren't not trying either. We knew when we had Spencer that we wanted our children to be close in age, especially since life in the Army is so unpredictable. Spencer would have a guaranteed built-in playmate, a best friend from birth and someone with whom to grow up - all of which were so important to us.


I didn't really suspect I was pregnant, to be honest. I was a little late, but it's so common for your lady time to be a little off after childbirth, and my time has always been between 3-5 early or late since Spence was born. I wasn't concerned. Six days hit though, and I was a little nervous. I didn't feel nauseous or anything though, so I didn't think too much of it. All I really felt was exhausted, but who isn't exhausted with a ten-month-old baby and a full-time job?

I asked Ryan if he thought I should test, and he said I should just wait a week. With Spencer, it took over two weeks of being late for a test to show positive, so I agreed, and just tried to put it out of my mind. When I went to the commissary that afternoon though, I was still thinking about it, so I bought a test - just to be safe. I really didn't think I was pregnant.

We got home, and I took the test and left it on the counter while I changed Spencer and got him busy playing with toys. After about ten minutes, I remembered I took the test, went in to check…and there it was. Two very obvious pink lines. It was definitively positive. I convinced myself that I let it sit too long, so it was my fault and it was a false positive, so I took the second test and checked in exactly 3 minutes. Still very, very positive.

I don't remember breathing for a minute. I felt my cheeks and chest flush and had a moment of panic, then excitement, then all logic went out the window. Now, bear in mind I really wanted to surprise Ryan this time around when we found out we were expecting. I wanted to do something sweet and surprising and beautiful. So, how did I do it? Not that way at all.

I called him at work and said, "I need you to come home." He's in the middle of gunnery and very busy, so he knew something was up. I wasn't sure how to tell him, so I just blurted it out…"How do you feel about giving Spencer a little brother or sister?" He was so excited that he yelled out! Ladies, there's nothing more wonderful than a man excited to be a father - whether it's the first, second or third time. It put my heart at ease, and calmed my nerves.

Since finding out, I've had my first ultrasound to confirm dates, and we saw a steady, healthy heartbeat at 122 beats per minute. I think I was in denial until the point. We're looking at a June 1st due date, and we couldn't be more excited.

And yes…I'm nauseous as heck. This pregnancy is nowhere like it was with Spencer. I've had very little - if any - relief, and I'm going to be put on diclegis to hopefully help me function a little better. I do, however, feel really excited and blessed to be carrying Spencer's little sibling, and I can't wait to see what the future has in store for our family of four!

these past few months

There's truth to the statement, "comparison be the thief of joy." I decided to take a self-imposed blogging hiatus the past few months because I found myself becoming more and more hung up on the little things. It's so easy to see other bloggers' homes, shopping sprees and so on - and start the comparison game. But I needed to step back and remind myself that I have a wonderful husband, a fabulous first home, a beautiful baby boy and a life I should never take for granted. I may never be a fantastic interior designer, and I'll probably never have my hair and makeup done every single day again, but I'm okay with that. This is my wonderful, beautiful, crazy life.

So, what's happened since I last blogged in…August?! So, so much. Ryan's duty overseas in Korea has come and gone, and I'm so thankful to have him back home with Spencer and myself. Summer's quickly wound down here in upstate NY, and we're enjoying the last vestiges of fall. It's beautiful, but the days are growing shorter, and it's quite obvious that winter is just around the corner. Rather than give you all a boring recap though, here's a little snapshot from mid-August through mid-October:


Spencer Bruce turned 9…then 10 months old! We're pushing up on 11 months, which is entirely too close to a year old! I told him to stop growing, but he's not listening.


Ryan and I ran our second half marathon - the Empire State Half Marathon - last weekend on 10/18/15. It was freezing cold, had less than an ideal race course and was poorly executed, but we both did great times, and we're proud we did it.


We had our first snow of the season…barely anything, mind you…but it reminded us that summer's gone and winter's on its way. I'm looking forward to an "easier" winter without a brand new baby this year.


Our little family of three went to the Burrville Cider Mill and got a full bushel of apples and later made tons of pies! It was a blast to be able to experience this part of fall with my family, especially since Ryan's never experienced a true Northeast fall.


We discovered that Baby Moore number two is due June 1, 2016! We're so excited and so blessed to be expecting another little peanut. I'll be sure to tell you all more in the next few posts.

Right now, we're preparing for our first trip ever without Spencer. Ryan and I leave for our Bahamas cruise next weekend, and Spencer will be spending a week with his Oma and Opa in New Hampshire. Cue mom guilt. All that aside though, it's good to be back and documenting this little life of ours again. Missed your faces.

snapshots of single parenthood

It's hard to believe, but Ryan's already been gone (only) two weeks...but we have less than 3 weeks to go, thankfully! It's been hard doing this solo parenting thing. I'm not going to lie. I love my son more than life itself, but oh my gosh, he can drive me batty. He also seems to have developed an aversion to sleep the past week or so. What do I mean by that? We're talking 5-6 wake-ups a night. The plus side of all of this is that I'm learning that I am capable of doing this solo...as much as I don't want to. And, heck, this little boy is a mama's boy through and through now. Sorry, Ryan! 

We've learned that we can go to the park and take selfies together:


We can go to church - on time - and take selfies for Daddy before we go:


We can go swimming in the lake together:


We can watch the storms roll in and enjoy the crazy clouds and wind:


We can watch the kitty and plot our epic takeover of her domain:


We can learn to crawl while Mommy's not looking and spill her coffee all over the floor:


And then, once the bubs goes to sleep, Momma can enjoy the sunset with a little peace and quiet :)