Monday, May 29, 2017

#RickerPartyof3: 35 Week Bump Date

Today marks 35 weeks and 4 days of pregnancy! Today also marks exactly 1 month until Baby Noah's original due date. I say original because we found out at my last OB appointment the other day that my Doctor does not want me to go past 39 weeks. Because of this, his new official due date is June 22 so, anytime between now and then is game on! I could not be anymore excited. 

Although I truly do love laying in bed feeling this little man squirm and party around my tummy, I can not wait to see and hold him! 

In these past few weeks we got all of our my pregnancy musts out of the way such as finishing his nursery, packing all of our hospital bags as well as a diaper bag, had our 4-D ultrasound, and did two maternity photo sessions. So now, we wait for this little one to make his arrival. 

Bump Date

How is Momma Feeling?
I am feeling so great! I am not at all naive to the fact that I have had an almost "perfect" pregnancy in the sense that I didn't get sick at all and barely had any of the not so desirable symptoms. I am also getting just the tiniest bit nervous for the whole labor part. I guess because I have no idea what to really expect I just don't feel prepared. 

How is Dad Feeling?
John is definitely excited and it is so cute to hear the way he talks about Noah. He has told me also that he is a little nervous but I know he will be the best! 

Do you think you'll go early or late?
Well, as I mentioned, going late isn't really an option for me however, I am thinking that I will  end up being induced on the 22nd as I haven't yet had any pre-labor signs. 

What has been your favorite part of pregnancy?
My most favorite part has definitely been feeling this little man kicking and squirming around all over. 

What has been your least favorite part?
I really don't think I have a least favorite part. 

What are you looking forward to most?
Just holding this sweet thing for the first time. 

if any of you mommas have labor tips please help a girl out! 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

#RickerPartyof3:Guide to a Heathy Pregnancy

Hi loves! 
Today I decided to share with you some of the tips/tricks I have picked up along the way to ensure a happy and healthy pregnancy. As we all know, everyone wants to give you their two cents when you become pregnant and I am definitely no doctor so just take these as you will! 

1. Take Your Prenatal Vitamins! 
Prenatal vitamins are really something that you should start prior to finding out that you are pregnant. I was advised to start taking them as early as three months before we even wanted to start trying. Prenatal vitamins are essential to your baby's growth and development. The folic acid helps prevent neural tube defects and the iron helps support the babies growth. 

2. Listen To Your Body!
Although pre-baby you may have always been go-go-go, having a watermelon seed growing inside of you is hard work and exhausting. If you knew me pre-baby R, you will know I had a sever case of insomnia. Becoming pregnant definitely kicked that ish right to the curb. It is okay to take a mid-day nap or want to be in bed by 8pm. Don't overwork yourself! 

3. Listen to Your Doctor! 
I am sure you will know many people that have had babies before you and they will all come out of the woodwork to tell you their remedies/tricks/advice. Definitely listen but take all of it with a grain of salt. Our parents grew up in a different time than us so although they may have an idea that worked for them, it could be outdated or not recommended today. When in doubt, fact check it with your OB. 

4. Re-evaluate Housework
It shouldn't come as a surprise that it is crucial to stay away from harsh smells and chemicals. In our house, I was usually the one that did most of the cleaning. Upon becoming pregnant, John really stepped up to the plate and has taken over any cleaning that requires more than just soap/water or a mild cleaner. It is also important that once the areas are clean, you are not just sitting in the chemically smell-make sure windows are open and fans are on to get that odor out! 

5. Mommy Time
Make sure that you schedule time just for yourself. Whether it is going to the movies alone one afternoon, a shopping trip, a manicure, or the house to yourself with a warm bath-make time for you! There are a lot of changes going on and you need to make yourself a priority. 

6. De-Stress
Whether it is at home or at work, these 9 months are not the time for people or situations to be stressing you out. Make sure that you know your limits and don't let people push them. If something is stressing you out, take the time to talk to someone about it and find a reasonable solution. Remember, everything you feel, the baby feels

7. Myth Busters: Eating for Two
I am sure we have all heard the phrase "eating for two". Although it is crucial to make sure you are eating the right balance of things and getting in all your nutrients, you want to make sure you aren't over eating. Putting on too much weight can cause stress on the baby, your back, and cause gestational diabetes. It is all about balance. If you are craving something sweet, try fruit over ice cream. If you have to have the ice cream, opt for something light/healthy for dinner! 

8. Hydrate!
This is probably what I have the hardest time with. I have never been a big water drinker but now, I am suppose to drink at least 10 cups a day-eek! I try to infuse my water which makes it easier for me to get it down. 

How do you stay healthy during pregnancy?

Thursday, April 27, 2017

#RickerPartyof3: A Letter To You

A letter to you, My Sweet Boy,

It is very hard to believe that in just two short months, you will no longer be a face on a screen but a baby boy that I can hold in my arms. I feel like it was just the other day that I found out you were coming. I am so excited to meet you and have so many questions that will be answered. What will you look like? Will you have my eyes or daddy's? Curly hair or straight? Regardless of all of that though, I am just so excited to meet the perfect little boy that will be the best mix of your daddy and I.

I don't think there is any greater gift in the world or bond you can have than with your baby. It’s amazing for to me to feel you grow inside of me every day. You are one with me and once you enter this world I will protect you with everything in me. I will wipe your tears when you cry and make sure you have everything you need and most of the things you want. I look forward to seeing your smile and holding you tight if for any reason you may be scared through the night. It is evident that you are already so loved. There are a lot of people that will be there throughout your life to help you develop and grow into the brave and intelligent man I know you will be. We already know that you're a strong one. You proved that for the first time at 3am around 22 weeks when you had some sort of an energy surge and wanted to have a party in my tummy. Your daddy and I thought it was pretty funny.

I do have to tell you though, although I am elated and can not wait for your arrival, I am nervous. This whole time I have been confident but at this moment, anxiousness is lingering. Will I be a good mommy? Will I know how to answer all of your questions? Will I always know what to do? I really thought that working with children for the last 7 years that I would be golden but now, now that you are mine and I know you will be looking to me to guide you through life I am nervous. I am sure that not every day will be perfect but I know that I will always try my hardest. Luckily for you , you have two amazing grandmothers who will also help me along the way.

Your daddy is excited. He is more than ready to introduce you to your favorite sports teams and teach you the ins and outs of football. His passion for the game is something I haven't quite ever seen before but, it is one of the reasons I fell in love with him. It is something he is excited to share with you and a bond that will be forever strong.

We truly can not wait to hold you in our arms,
We will meet you soon sweet boy.


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

#RickerPartyof3: A Woodland Baby Shower

Hey lovies! I am so excited to share the events of this past weekend with you! 

Noah's sweet godparents hosted a Woodland themed shower that was everything I could've hoped for! 

John's crafty mama made pins for all of the notable ladies: grandmothers, great grandmothers, god mothers, and aunt

This sweet boy is already so spolied

The ladies from my dad's office that I have known since I was 5. 

guest book, guess the due date calendar and the "don't say baby" game set up! 

John's grandmother and momma

My little sister

Julie and Jackie-Noah's God Parents

The great grandmamas to be

my sister, John's momma, John's grandmothers, and my momma

The shower was so much fun with all my favorite people, amazing food (and GORGEOUS food platters), and all the love for this sweet boy! I can't wait for all of these lovely people in my life to meet Noah! 

What date do you think he will make his debut?

More from this series:
First Trimester Chat
From Husband to Daddy
Becoming Grandparents
We're Having A...
Baby Registry Essentials
Second Trimester Chat
Nursery Inspiration

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

#RickerPartyof3: Nursery Inspiration

You guys, I can not even explain how excited I am for Baby R's nursery. It may come to some who have been around here for a while that his nursery will not be sports themed...I know, right? John and I came to the agreement that the nursery will be a woodland theme and then once he transitions to his a "big boy" room, we will break out all the sports items! 

So, with that, I am sharing my nursery vision board! 

I try to work on this sweet things nursery a little bit every weekend. I can not wait for it to all come together! 

What themes are you thinking for your little peanuts space?

More from this series:
First Trimester Chat
From Husband to Daddy
Becoming Grandparents
We're Having A...
Baby Registry Essentials
Second Trimester Chat

Thursday, March 30, 2017

#RickerPartyof3: Second Trimester Chat

Hi loves! I am back today with a second trimester chat! 
If you missed my first trimester, click here

I am literally in shock that this pregnancy is going by so fast. I feel like it was just yesterday that I found out I was pregnant and now there are only three more short months to go until this sweet peanut is here! By now, if you follow me on any social media, you will know that we have picked a name for this sweet one: Noah. 

How Many Weeks?
27 Weeks today

How Big is Baby?
Baby Noah is the size of a head of lettuce! Weighing in a little over 2 pounds and 14.4 inches long. 

Boy or Girl?
as you all already know, we are having a boy! I am so excited. We both said that regardless of boy or girl, we just wanted a happy and healthy baby but, in my perfect world, I have always wanted a boy first and then a girl! 

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How is Momma Feeling?
I could not be feeling any better! Staying hydrated, much more active/energized and loving all these baby kicks! 

How is Dad Feeling?
John is such a gem. He truly is so supportive and sweet! He is definitely getting anxious and excited but he really has helped with everything around the house! 

Ice cream, cold melon and macaroni and cheese! 

Really, none. I guess being uncomfortable at night (size wise) but other than that, I have been feeling great. 

Anxiously awaiting my Baby Shower and loving on all of our sweet boys ultrasound pictures. We are also working hard to get the house clean and ready for this sweet one as well as his nursery! 

More from this series:
First Trimester Chat
From Husband to Daddy
Becoming Grandparents
We're Having A...
Baby Registry Essentials

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal [Recipe]

Ain't nobody got time for a breakfast with 100 components that takes forever. This is why oatmeal is one of my favorite go-to's and you can even make it ahead of time. 

One of my favorite oatmeal "recipes" is an apple cinnamon oatmeal. This literally takes 10 minutes and always keeps me full throughout the day. 

What you will do:

1. pour the oatmeal, water and salt into a bowl, give it a quick stir and microwave for 3-4 minutes
2. while you're waiting on that, in a small pan on medium heat, add the apples with a little bit of water
3. with a spatchula, keep stirring the apples to make sure they do not burn
4. once the apples have started to soften, add in 1/2 tsp of brown sugar and the cinnamon
5. these should be done around the same time as the oatmeal
6. add your milk to the oatmeal and give it a stir, top with the apples, left over brown sugar, and pecans


If you are looking to make this ahead of time, follow the same steps but pour the final product into a mason jar and seal. When your ready, remove the top, add 1/2 cup of milk and microwave for 2 minutes. 

What is your favorite quick breakfast?

Monday, March 13, 2017

One Year as a Mrs.

365 days. 365 days since I became Mrs. Ricker and that is an absolutely mind blowing fact to me. It feels like just yesterday I was up at crazy hours of the night planning seating arrangements and song playlists. This past year was absolutely without a doubt the biggest most life-changing year of my life. And I couldn't be happier about it. 

Becoming a wife wasn't/isn't the easiest task. We had our ups and downs and fights and celebrations but it is always worth it. 

Here's a look into just some of our days as Mr. and Mrs. 

March 12, 2016: Our Fairytale Wedding

March 2016: Celebrating our Newlywed Status in gorgeous St. Lucia

May 2016: Celebrating this guy's 27th birthday

May 2016: We became homeowners-what a task! 

June 2016: Attended Big Papi's last game

October 2016: Our Family is growing by two feet! 

December 2016: The Mr. was on his way to Nursing School

December 2016: Merry Christmas from the Mr. and Mrs. (and Baby+Yoda)

January 2017: We announced to the world we would be parents...

...and that we would be welcoming a baby boy!

February 2016: Happy Valentines Day from the Mr. and Mrs. 

March 2017: Celebrating one year with you by my side. 

Like I said, marriage isn't and won't always be easy but getting through daily adult tasks and major life milestones is way better with this amazing man by my side. I couldn't be more happy or proud to be his wife and see him constantly strive to be a better man for our family. I am so excited to be welcoming a baby boy into this world with him by my side. 

Happy 1 Year as my Mr.!
I will love you forever.