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Friends, the plague has descended upon the Moore household. It started with Spencer. He had a little runny nose and a touch of a cough Thursday evening, then he had his 1 year shots (MMR, Chicken Pox and Flu) on Friday. That turned his little cold into a raging fever with a rough, painful weekend for the little guy. Thankfully, he's the healthiest here right now.

Ryan, who's never been on quarters (military speak for "not allowed to go to work") for 24 hours now and was just told he's still on quarters today. Some nasty GI bug made its way into his body, combined with Spencer's cold and turned into the's no bueno. Poor guy is miserable, and I really don't blame him. You know it's bad when he's longing to go to work!

As for me? Let's just say pregnancy sickness: 3, yours truly: 0. I just keep getting sick. I get whatever cold Spencer brings home, and not being able to take normal cold meds doesn't make it any better. I think I'm on the tail end of it though, thankfully, and I can't wait to feel better. I've been forcing myself not to go to the gym and to just rest, and I think that's helping.

But seriously...fingers crossed for the Moores, please? We're a sorry bunch right now!

winter wonderland gift exchange

I've often seen gift exchanges around the  blogosphere, but I never really considered participating until recently. Jess and Amy hosted an adorable winter-themed gift exchange to save us from EXTRA Christmas madness, and I was so excited to hop on board. 

I was lucky enough to be paired up with the sweetest blogger, Tori, from Becoming the Wilkinsons. She has an adorable little daughter, Natalie, and as a young mama myself, we quickly connected. After exchanging a few emails, I knew that Target was the destination for all things gift exchange for her, so I snagged a few pink themed things, perused their Valentine's Day display and got her a few little bangles so she'd have a little extra treat - just for her. Check out her post here

Tori sent me the cutest package, too, and I really should have photographed it before I went to town on it. Full disclosure: send a prego a bag of Lindt chocolate balls, and they won't make it home from the post office. #Truth. Tori took amazing stock of my running wishlist before Christmas, noted that, of the things listed, I didn't get a top-notch water bottle and totally blew me away!

She bought me the most amazing infuser bottle (which I've already used multiple times - hence the water spots) and an amazing lavender wax candle that has soothed my frazzled nerves on a daily basis lately! And, again, not pictured was a bag of Lindt chocolate balls, which I devoured. Tori knocked it out of the park! Thank you so much, Tori, for the thoughtful gifts! I'm so glad we were paired up for this exchange.

I'm so glad I participated in this exchange. It got me out of my little comfort zone and helped me meet some more great bloggers, which I'm so grateful for! To check out the other ladies who participated in the exchange, check below.

Alisha | Simple Luxury
Amy | Keeping up with the Smiths
Amy | My Day to Day Life
Andrea | Long Days, Short Years
Danielle | Sparkles and Lattes
Jen | Jenuine Happiness
Jess | Secrets of a Stay at Home Mom
Jessica | The Newly
Leslie | This is for Keeps

tuesday truths

I'm working at getting my head back on straight after feeling a bit down lately, and I'm slowly but sure getting myself out of that rut. I think some of it might have to do with the fact that it's literally 3 degrees outside right now, the sun goes down at 4:30 PM and real life seems to be slapping us in the face with reality everywhere we look. Here's the deal though...I've got an amazing partner going down this road with me, and that truly does make it all worth it. So, whether I like it or not, I'm digging my head out of the proverbial sand, brushing myself and getting back in the game. It's time for some Tuesday truth!

1// Ryan and I started Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University last night. You might remember that I mentioned in my Farewell to 2015 that we really want to tackle our finances this year. With two salaries, we make a good amount of money, and we have a good little nest egg, but we'd like to be debt-free (minus our mortgage) in the next year and a half. I'm sure I'll bring this up again as we get further in the process. First things first? Tackling a budget...something we've never had.

2// I decided to take my little sewing hobby and start a little baby business on the side. I make baby blankets, bibdanas, sear seat strap covers, receiving blankets and, soon, I'll feature some mobiles. I'll be setting up a teensy little etsy shop sometime in the next few months, and if you'd like to see some of what I've done/what I'm doing, checking out black river boutique on instagram. Here's a sneak peek at the pretty (organic!) fabrics I'll be working with for the next week or so! 

3// Running continues to be a thorn in my side, but I'm working through the mental aspect of it. I love running now, but since getting pregnant this time, I've really struggled watching my times get slower and slower, and I think that mental aspect is taking a toll on my ability to get out there consistently. I'm making a point, until I get my head on straight again, to do at least 2 miles at a time and convince myself that every mile is a victory. Who cares what the clock says at 20+ weeks pregnant?

4// Spencer is officially in daycare! It's a great thing, but it's also been a really interesting transition for us. He loves the social aspect of it, but he's going through a separation anxiety phase, which makes it really hard to leave him there. It helps knowing that A) his daycare only has 7 children, B) it's literally one street over from us and C) he's learning new things every day...and his daycare sends me smiley pictures all the time.

5// I'm seriously considering cutting my hair...think: long bob. Thoughts? I've been growing my hair out for a long time now, but with baby #2 on the way soon, as well as Spencer pulling on it daily, I think it's about time for a change. Thoughts?

this season

No, my friends, I haven't fallen off the face of the Earth. I'm still here, trucking away. I've been thinking about what to blog this past week or so, and I felt like a lot of what I wanted to post was a half-truth or a partial hypocrisy. That sounds worse than it actually is, but I figured this evening, what the heck? It's my blog, I'm just going to go ahead and post about this season.

This season of my life feels very trying right now. I have the most fantastic family. I have the sweetest baby boy and a perfect little bean that's half-baked and growing so well. And yet, I've been struggling a lot lately with my changing body. As you might remember, I worked really hard after having Spencer to lose the weight and feel better about myself again. I was getting there, and I felt amazing. I knew that I would have to gain, but watching the pounds pack back on again has been harder than I thought.

Now, I'm not ungrateful at all. I'm gaining weight for the most important reason of all. I'm growing a life, and I know it's going to be so worth it! But that doesn't diminish the feelings of inadequacy creeping back in, and putting bigger clothes on daily has been a struggle. To be honest, not even my gym clothes fit well anymore at 20+ weeks…and that, plus the fact that running is getting harder and harder has been a major hit to my psyche.

And yet, I'm grateful, too. I know that this season is fleeting, and I need to enjoy it for what it is. I think that, as a mother, I haven't quite learned the selflessness that some mothers have yet. Perhaps it comes with time, but for now, I'm just working to learn to love myself - no matter what size at this point. This season won't last forever, and I'm going to work hard to enjoy it for what it is.

baby moore: 19 weeks

I can't believe I'm already almost halfway with this pregnancy...and that my last update was seriously a month ago. They weren't kidding when they said that time flies the second/third/fourth time around. I'm so busy with Spencer, work, life and everything that I barely have time to reflect on it. That said, I'm so thrilled to share another update with you.

How far along: 19 weeks

Size of Baby: Papaya

Gender: We did an early ultrasound while we were in Utah around 16 weeks, so we're pretty certain we know what baby Moore is, but you know there's always a margin of error! We find out for sure on the 12th...but I'm still not sure whether we'll share.

Weight Gain: Woof. I'm up 11 lbs. Hello, double digits! Here's the thing - I'm still not at my starting weight that I was when I got pregnant with Spencer. I consider that a victory.

Movement: I started feeling the peanut a few days ago for sure, and I finally felt the little bean on the outside for the first time two nights ago!

Sleep: I am finally sleeping like the dead. I take a potty break or two at night, but then I'm back out until I have to wake up to work out at 6 AM.

Workouts: I've been making a point of getting a run in every single day - even if it's just a mile. Granted, that's the past few days. Spencer and I have been passing the same cold back and forth for a few weeks, and I'm finally getting over it, so I'm happy to be back to activity.

Maternity Clothes: I'm wearing a mix. I live in my Blanqi leggings if I'm not wearing my pre-pregnancy jeans with a hair tie. For church, I'm definitely wearing maternity dresses because my pencil skirts obviously don't fit anymore!

Cravings/Aversions: It depends on the day. I'm still not really into chicken, and the smell of cooking olive oil makes me nauseous, but other than that, I can do most things in moderation! 

Best Part of the Week: I got to hear the sweet peanut's fast heartbeat on Tuesday! It was hovering right at 150 bpm - strong and steady. Baby is low, low, low, and doctor thinks I'm measuring a touch on the small side, but it was so good to hear that sweet sound again. 

Can't Wait For: Finding out the gender for sure on the 12th! I really have no doubts at all, but I'll be happy to have the health, size and everything else confirmed. Here's to a really good screening next week!

winter wonderland

Winter has finally arrived in New York! I mean, it might have missed Christmas by about a week, but we finally have snow on the ground - and cold temperatures (read: a high of 7 degrees yesterday). I realize I'm probably in the vast minority here, but while living in the north country, you'd better believe I want to take advantage of the snow and cold. Who knows where the Army will take us next?!

My parents managed to come up to visit us this past weekend to celebrate a late Christmas, and I was so happy to be able to share our beautiful home with them in the snow and winter time! My mother visited last year when we had just moved in, had no furniture and a brand new baby - and wasn't snowy in the slightest. This year, however, my mother and father both got to see a bit of a different picture around our area.

Part of the reason we included Fort Drum among our three top choices was because it was so close (a 7 hour drive) to where my parents live in New Hampshire. The opportunity for Spence to grow up with his Oma and Opa within driving distance, as well as his aunts and uncles, is truly incomparable. And, to be honest, I'm really grateful that they'll be nearby when baby number two graces us with his or her presence in June, too!

For now though, we're content to explore our area, treat Spencer to beaucoup sledding in the backyard, teach him the art of building a snowman and relishing these frigid temperatures while they last. Ryan will most likely be overseas this time next year, too, so this time is especially precious to me right now. Let it snow, folks!

2 years

Today marks Ryan and my second anniversary. I hadn't really thought much about what to post here because, truly, marriage is a private thing. That said, this blog is simply a public reflection of our private lives, so why not share on here, too? Two years have passed since Ryan and I said "I do" in front of 19 of our closest friends and family, and to this day, I'm still in awe of how blessed I am that God gave me this man with whom to spend eternity, raise a family and enjoy - through thick and thin.

In two years, we've already accomplished so much. We made a home in Arizona together for 11 months at Fort Huachuca, we found out we were expecting our surprise first baby, received orders to PCS to Fort Drum, explored Mexico, Canada and the Bahamas, had our first baby, bought our first home at our new duty station, ran two half marathons, lost a combined total of 41 lbs, survived a 5-week TDY separation, found out we were expecting baby number two and grew to be better friends than ever before. 

I am no marriage expert, but after two years, I can honestly say that marriage is a marathon - not a sprint. There are trials and tribulations. There are fights, and hurt feelings, and the occasional bout of anger. But even better than all that? We get to make up, apologize, grow from our resentment and find ourselves stronger and more solid. We're learning as we go, but there is nobody else in this world that I'd rather learn with. 

Ryan, I'm so glad that you chose me. I'm so thankful that we found each other - online, no less, across the country - two flawed halves that made each other whole. Thank you for being my partner in crime, laughing at my silly jokes when nobody else will, dealing with my hormones (even though the pregnancy ones are your fault), traveling and discovering with me, sharing our sweet baby boy, serving our country and being my hero. You are my rock and my best friend. Cheers to an eternity more together!