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    Counting My Kisses is all about finding that silver lining, even on our most frustrating days. It’s about cherishing my little girls and enjoying being married to my best friend. It’s about taking a minute to stop & remember what’s really important in life—and to discover that each & every experience gives us something to be thankful for.

    I’m a daughter, sister, friend, writer, and most importantly these days, a wife & mother. My life is full of fun chaotic moments, and this blog helps me to capture the laughter and love that fills our house every day.

    Thanks for joining me on this adventure!

Rockin’ the bump! {+ pregnancy by numbers fun}

Happy Friday, friends!!

Who’s excited for a great weekend?! We are!

The girls &  I are headed out on vacay bright & early tomorrow~ we’re meeting the Hubs {who has been on a business trip} at the beach for some sun, sand & relaxation with his side of the fam! We can’t WAIT! Now I just need to finish up all of this packing and cross my fingers for good weather. And get there, of course. Details, details.

 

Today’s post is one I’m super excited about~ the fab Shell is hosting a Rockin’ the Bump linkup over at Things I Can’t Say. Perfect since I haven’t shared a belly pic in forever!

First things first~ the bump!

My favorite online pregnancy calendar, Alpha Mom, has kindly informed me that Baby Nug is almost 2 pounds & having a grand ‘ol time growing in there. That certainly appears to be the case, no?

And second: I present to you…pregnancy by numbers. Because it’s just fun.

 

3: the number of times I’ve been pregnant.

3: the number of sweet little girls in our lives {or soon to be in our lives!} thanks to those pregnancies.

103.5: the amount of combined weeks I’ve been pregnant thus far. Another 12 to go!

 

7: the number of times I snack on something salty during the day.

754073: the number of times I snack on something sweet during the day.

2: the minimum number of times per week that I slyly suggest a trip to the ice cream stand. The baby totally needs all that calcium.

 

4: the number of maxi maternity dresses I own {and want to sleep in. Soooo comfy!}.

32: The number of times I absentmindedly rub my belly throughout the day.

2: the amount of charlie horses I get in my calves at 3am each night.

 

16: the number of times the girls ask what Baby Nug is doing each day.

45897: the number of times the girls have asked when Baby Nug is making her grand appearance {answer: the plan is mid-late September, God willing!}.

3: the amount of discussions Little O & I have about the baby’s umbilical cord. Every.single.day. She’s fascinated!

 

4: the names we are currently deciding between for this sweet little bean. Top secret! {so we can still change our minds. Lol}.

2: the number of weeks I have left before I can no longer see my toes or paint my toenails.

3: the must-have pregnancy cravings at the top of our grocery list: {raspberry lemonade, some sort of cake/brownie situation from the bakery & salty crunchy chips}. Nom nom.

Endless: the amount of love we have for our precious Baby Nug. We can’t wait to meet you~ and I really, REALLY have loved every minute of being pregnant with you!

 

Anything you could add to this list?! And if you’re preggo or have been preggo, make sure to link up your Rockin’ the Bump post with Shell~ it’s open til Monday!

Counting My Kisses: I’m 27 weeks today~ helloooo, third trimester! I’ve been feeling really great & I’m super happy I haven’t turned into a giant ball of pregnant lady swelling yet. {..but I do realize that summer has just begun, so I will just say that very softly}. Feeling so good has given me the chance to really enjoy this pregnancy & take it all in. Icing on the cake? The two most excited big-sisters-to-be/little-mommas-in-training happily counting down the days to Baby Nug’s arrival with the Hubs & I. Love them, love this sweet little baby & love sharing my bump with you!

Have a GREAT weekend friends!

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You are adorable, all belly! Love the pregnancy numbers. Raspberry lemonade sounds yummy and refreshing…mmmm….

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You look great! I love how you did this update with the numbers. The charlie horses are the worst. My mid-wife told me to take some extra calcium. I think it helped.

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Bridgid

Love it. Good luck tomorrow – you can do it!!!

I STILL have not given up my twice weekly-habit of chocolate chip cookie dough brownies (nor my need to live in maxi dresses) – makes for sweet babies, right?

xoxoxo

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You are adorable!

I hated those charlie horses. Make sure your flex your toes up towards you the second you feel one- that really helped me. :)

I was addicted to ice cream during pregnancy #1.

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You look so great ! congrats :)

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Your bump is too cute!! Love the pregnancy by numbers! :) I hit 30 weeks today, and yep, no longer can I see my toes! Haha! And those cravings sound familiar, too! :) We’re getting close now!!

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Hello, Monday! {mini getaway weekend}

Hello, friends!

And happy Tuesday!

 

We are back from our mini-college reunion trip and we had a BLAST. Combine 17 adults + 13 kiddos + a weekend by the pool and you get lots & lots of laughter and fun. It’s amazing to see how fab everyone is doing and of course, always wonderful to catch up with friends. Just like old times~ but now we chase after the kiddos in between chats!

 

It’s a funny week around here~ I’m trying to keep things relaxed & quiet for the girls as we get back on track from late weekend nights + not sleeping well + tons of fun…and I’m also trying to be Super Organized Momma in preparing for our vacay next week. It’s a bit of a balance but so far, things are going well. Fingers crossed.

 

With that said, let’s welcome the week! What are you looking forward to in the next few days?

 

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to swimming! The girls LOVED the water {we had a hard time getting them out of it!}. 

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to using Mommy as a floating device {I loved it}. 

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to water wings making our girls turn into little fishies. So fun! 

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to a brave attempt at a children’s photo. As you can see, it didn’t go smoothly…but there’s a certain kind of beauty & hilariousness in the attempt, no? {also: we’re still missing littles in this shot! They were making a run for it left & right. Lol}. 

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beautiful lighthouse. I love lighthouses~ so regal & majestic.

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to the real-life side of every attempt at family fun: the cranky child. Little O’s lip is in prime pout position here! 

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to snuggles + hugs + giggles with Daddy. No one can be grumpy after that! 

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to our happy girl once again. Love this shot of her laughing with the Hubs. 

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to our sweet sunshine girls. They are both looking at the camera + smiling so we’ll count this picture as a win! 

And hello…

to this guy. Oh, how I love him + this beautiful little life we’ve created together. So fun to think about how far we’ve come together since we met + fell in love in college! 

What are you welcoming this week, friends?

Counting My Kisses: It was a busy, loud and incredibly fun weekend. Some of our friends we haven’t seen in well over a year or two, which is far too long! It was an awesome adventure to get together with all the kiddos~ an adventure that we will attempt again in two years. We’ve decided that next year is a much-needed adults-only weekend, timed perfectly with our ten-year college reunion. Three cheers for that! And three cheers for so many friends making the effort to get together after all these years. Love!

Linking up with Lisa Leonard’s Hello, Monday series!

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Kelly G

Such a fab weekend! Loved seeing you guys. My little has been talking non-stop about her new friends since we left.

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The one where I can’t stop talking about how much I love summer

Happy first day of SUMMER!!!!

 

It’s officially my favorite season, friends. Spring is great & fall is fab & winter can even be pretty on a small scale {snow from December – February & then let’s warm up, k?}…but summer. Ohhhhh how I love summer.

 

I love feeling the warm sun on my skin.

I love hearing the birds chirp in the morning.

I love waking up in the middle of the night & listening to an impromptu thunderstorm.

I love sun-kisses cheeks and piggy tails on my girls.

I love it being light enough to play outside as a family after dinner… and the joy of watching them have a blast with their neighborhood friends.

I love getting to actually see my neighbors. And talk to them on a regular basis.

I love not having to put on boots, coats, hats, mittens, socks, etc. to leave the house. Throw on some flip flops & let’s go!

I love the promise of a family vacation, get-togethers with friends, cookouts, pool parties, sprinklers and lots & lots of ice cream. For the baby, you know.

And I love love love our little town’s BIG summer parade… and seeing my children’s faces light up with happiness & excitement. That is the start of summer for me.

What do you love about summer? Share in the comments section & have a GREAT day!!

Counting My Kisses: We’re kicking off summer in style around here, friends! We are heading out to spend the weekend with lots of college friends + their littles~ should be a fab time! I can’t imagine a better way to welcome summer with open arms than with sunshine, beaches and a whole lot of laughter with friends. Can’t wait! Hope whatever is on your agenda for this weekend is relaxing & filled with summer fun!

Have a GREAT one!

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Diann

Everything!

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There’s so many things to be thankful for Summer! :)I love attending birthday parties (there’s are so many people in my family that is celebrating this summer haha) and of course, biking with friends in the neighborhood! Oh the joy of summer, so exciting and fun :D

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Amy

Summer is my second favorite season, for sure! (Spring is first). Love summer fun! xo

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The secret

Her voice was so soft I could barely hear it through the monitor.

I paused in my laundry folding, wondering if I was hearing things.

 

Mommy, mommy.

Nope, not imagining it. It was definitely a very soft-spoken and sing-songy H-Berry calling for me.

I glanced at the clock~ after 9:30. I thought she was asleep!?

 

I found her sitting up in the middle of her big girl bed, looking impossibly tiny & very wide-awake.

“Sweetie? Why aren’t you sleeping?” I asked softly as I sat next to her on the bed.

She looked at me and said something in a quiet voice.

I didn’t catch it. I leaned forward so my head was next to hers.

 

“What did you say, baby?”

“Secret, mommy.”

“Secret?”

 

With that, she gently pushed my hair back from my ear, leaned over and whispered, “You best mommy in world.”

Then she flashed her million-dollar smile and snuggled back into bed.

I sat there speechless.

And so very, very touched.

 

“Thank you, sweet girl!” I finally whispered softly. “That was a wonderful secret. That makes my heart soooo happy!”

She smiled again & pointed to her cheek.

“Kiss.”

I bent down, gave her a kiss and she closed her eyes, still smiling.

 

As I shut her door, I shook my head in wonder. All of the temper tantrums, the stubborn tendencies, the “me do it” demands that are filling up each of our days with this amazing yet sometimes challenging two-year-old…

that all was forgotten in an instant.

 

Tonight, I was H-Berry’s best mommy. 

And I’ll take it.

And wear it with pride.

And tuck this moment it into my heart for safekeeping.

 

Counting My Kisses: Sometimes your children can just blow you away~ and this was definitely one of those cases. I was planning on another can-I-have-a-drink-of-water request & instead was unexpectedly showered with words of love. Thanks for making my night, sweet girl! We are so very, very lucky to have you as a daughter. xo

Linking this post up with Shell for Pour Your Heart Out!

 

 

 

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Aw, Amy, that’s so sweet! You ARE a good mommy. From the mouth of babes. :)

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What a sweet moment!

Amy, your girls are so beautiful!

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Amy

Thanks Alison!! It was so sweet & completely unexpected. Sometimes it’s nice to have a little affirmation from the small set, you know?! :) xo

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That is just the sweetest.

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Unsolicited love from a toddler is always the best!

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Hello, Monday! {daddy kisses + sparkly tutus}

Hello, friends!

And hello, brand-new week!

 

It’s sunshiney & gorgeous here today, which is the perfect way to start a Monday. We had a wonderfully busy & fun weekend~ Little O’s first dance recital was one for the memory books, our date night was fab & we had a lovely family-filled Father’s Day. Feeling so blessed this morning!

 

Shall we welcome the week & share some shots from this weekend? Let’s do it!

 

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beaming & proud Little O, in all her dance recital sparkly tutu glory. She was SO EXCITED, it was 100% the cutest thing ever

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to dancing queen H-Berry, who would have gotten up on stage with Big Sis in a second if given the opportunity. Next year, sweet girl! 

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to adorable daddy-daughter love. The Hubs bought Little O her very first bouquet of flowers~ Little O was SO thrilled! {also: I must frame this picture, what a keeper!}. 

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to mommy-daughter snuggles. My heart was bursting with pride & at the same time, slightly tender with how grown-up Miss O looked on Friday night. 

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to our proud little fam! We were cheering loudly for Little O + her classmates! 

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to Grammy & Grampy joining in the dance recital fun. We missed you, Mimi + Papa! 

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to our little tree-hugging H-Berry. She was doing a little dance recital of her own for us while we waited for the curtain to go up! 

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to Little O in the grand finale, waving like a pro. Love! 

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to a super fun & much-needed date night with my very favorite guy. Love him so much! 

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to daddy + his girls on Father’s Day. We had a great day celebrating him & the wonderful fathers in our lives! 

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to the sweetest of H-Berry kisses. Love love loveeee. 

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to our sweet girls, their I Love My Dad shirts & a fantastic weekend from start to finish! 

 

And hello to another fun & busy week! Beach time, parades and packing for a weekend away with college friends + their littles…should be a blast!

What are you welcoming this week, friends?

 

Counting My Kisses: It was a packed weekend of fun for us~ just the way we like it! Little O’s dance recital started the weekend off great {there really is nothing like watching four-year-olds dance + tumble around a stage}, and it just continued with our date night & Father’s day celebration. Three cheers for awesome weekends~ hope your was all sorts of fabulous as well, friends!

Linking up with Lisa Leonard’s Hello, Monday series!

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