My little family!

My little family!

Monday, March 28, 2011


A big and eventful week for The England Family.

Rewind to last Tuesday... we had our final walk-through of the house with the builder. He was amazing (we met the owner of the company that built our house but this particular man spent the most amount of time working on our specific home) - he was so nice and it was clear he LOVED the house. He took such pride in it and kept calling it his "baby". So cute. He showed us things we didn't realize about the house - we also had a home inspection which was fantastic - a few minor things but overall, he gave the house a 9 out of 10 (the inspector said he usually rates new construction 3 or 4 out of 10, ironically). It was a great experience and we were so excited for closing!

Wednesday was closing. It was flawless! 45 minutes of signing our names 100 times and we were given the keys! So exciting. We went to the new house and couldn't believe it - we seriously own our dream home. We are so very lucky. After our quick visit to the house, we went to Best Buy and bought a new TV, washer & dryer (obsessed with the front loading high efficiency!) and a fridge. From there - we went to our ultrasound!! It was great except my darling girl was sitting exactly where the technician needed to see.. so as of now, I still have placenta previa and need to go back at 32 weeks for another ultrasound. Bummer but it's okay - I am going to ask the doctor at my regular appointment on Thursday when we will need to discuss the real possibility of a C-Section. The baby weighs a whopping 2 pounds, 12 ounces -- her heart rate was 137 and she has HAIR!! I'm not surprised because I was born with a mop of black hair on my head. Love that little darling.

The rest of the weekend was spent packing and getting ready for our big move on Saturday... it was hard work but Josh really was incredible and our move was great. The movers on Saturday did an awesome job and we're now officially in the house!! We have a lot of work to do but it's been fun and exciting. A special thank you to Maleek, Keith & Adam for helping us!!!

I can now officially begin the nursery and I can't wait. Josh's parents are coming up on Thursday and I'm beyond excited - I'm hoping to have the crib, changing table & room painted if time allows!!

So that's that - a very exciting and crazy (sometime overwhelming) time.

It's all happening.... :)

Big, round and fabulous lol

•How far along?: 29 weeks -- next week I'm in the 30's! WOO!  

•How big is baby?: The baby is now the size of a SQUASH!! Wowza that seems big. She is approximately 17 inches already - that's insanely long.

•Weight gain: I've been honest thus far on here with my weight gain so why stop now?  In the span of two weeks (including the consumption of more Dairy Queen then one should have...) I gained a whopping 5.2. I couldn't believe my eyes. I'm now up 31.4 pounds and praying I just stop gaining from now on. Like I've said (repeatedly) I'm not going crazy but I am extremely hungry all the time and avoiding the junk and processed at all costs. Nothing more I can say on that.   

Maternity clothes?: All maternity pants, mostly normal shirts but I do feel more comfortable in maternity shirts. I can't wait to start wearing dresses (hello Spring, where are you??? Sick of the cold!) 

.•Sleep?:  Doing okay! Still waking up for the potty often and having trouble falling back asleep but overall, getting used to insomnia.     

•Food cravings?: Orange Juice. Dairy Queen. Chick Fil A.   

•Gender?: Painting her room "Be Mine" paint color this weekend!  

•Stretch marks?: Not yet...

•Movement?: Tons of movement. I'm going to start my kick counts tonight!   

•Labor signs?: None although I THINK I may sometimes have braxton hicks? Not sure. 

Belly button in or out?: In but raised? So funny. 

•What I miss: Energy..haha. I'm losing mine, fast. I'm also swollen and my body is beginning to hurt more and more everyday. I suppose it's the extra weight I'm taking around with me.

•Milestone: We bought our second home - a huge, single house! The home miss LJE will grow up in.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Week 28!

A quick blog update!!

We just got back a few hours ago from a FANTASTIC trip to Fort Lauderdale & Miami. We went down for Laura & Clay's wedding - it was a PERFECT weekend. Our college friends are incredible -- a huge group of us that only get to see each other once or twice a year. Miss LJE will have so many Aunts & Uncles will love her and spoil her!! I was even able to sneak in a breakfast with two of my lovely ladies, Amy & Oona. It was so much fun to chat with two fellow mothers!! Oona was able to bring her 3 week old daughter, Isla -- I was lucky enough to feed her and hold her. I couldn't get enough!! Isla is so gorgeous and I can't wait for her BFF to be born ;)

Now that we're back, the focus this week is HOUSE. Tomorrow is our inspection and walk through -- closing on WEDNESDAY!!  Slowly moving in some things with the major move on Saturday. I can't believe it!!! I'm so excited and ready for our big, single house to be OURS!

We had a doctor's appointment last week - it was very good! The baby's heart rate was 140, she is measuring perfect and it's becoming more & more real! I start going every 2 weeks now (instead of 4) so that's fun. I have my ultrasound on Wednesday (after closing) to see how the placenta previa is progressing. Still hoping it moves - but I'm slowly realizing a C-section may be in my future!

What else?? My mini-baby shower is coming up in less then 2 weeks (thanks to my mama and sister), Josh's parents come up in 2 weeks, we get to do the nursery, we finally get to put together the stroller, we're planning two baby namings (one here, one in Florida) -- ALL exciting things!!! I can't say it enough. We are so lucky.

Until next week... we're signing off. Congrats again to Mr & Mrs KREBS! 

LJE at Grandma & Grandpa's house in Fort Lauderdale!

•How far along?: 28 weeks -- Hello 7th month of pregnancy!! :)  

•How big is baby?: Per a random website - hahaha "Your babe is downright chubby compared to a few weeks ago. She is about 15 inches long, about the length of an amusement park cinnamon-sugar-coated churro (yum!), and weighs 2 to 3 pounds"

•Weight gain: I was in Florida on Friday, therefore unable to weigh in.... too bad, lol.  

Maternity clothes?: All maternity pants, mostly normal shirts.  

.•Sleep?:  Insomnia is still in full swing but I'm slowly needing less and less sleep at night to function.    

•Food cravings?: Dairy Queen blizzards.  

•Gender?: Pink. Pink. Pink. 

•Stretch marks?: Not yet... it's getting closer and I'm getting nervous they'll just march right on to my belly.

•Movement?: Lots of movement. This week, I have to start count kicks to make sure she's moving around enough!  

•Labor signs?: nope! Stay in my pumpkin.. keep on cooking for at least another 9 weeks! 

Belly button in or out?: In but BARELY! 

•What I miss: Normal feet -- mine are so swollen!! I feel like Fred Flinstone. 

•Milestone: I've reached swollen limbs - is that a milestone? hahaha. Actually, Laura & Clay's wedding was a big milestone in my mind -- I knew after this weekend, it was full steam ahead to BABY!

Monday, March 14, 2011

3rd trimester!!

I can't believe it.
Here we are, the 3rd trimester.
Didn't I just take the pregnancy test? Wasn't I just crying in bed from severe nausea during the 1st trimester? Wasn't I just saying that June seemed like a lifetime away?
...and now, I'm writing in disbelief at the fact that I'm entering the last part of this amazing experience.

Last week, I had my glucose screening test. It wasn't too bad! I had to drink 50 grams of the sugar drink (it tasted like flat, orange soda) -- wait an hour, then have my blood drawn. I was nervous to fail because I did not want to have to take the 3 hour test - but low and behold, I PASSED! I was also told I'm anemic so I've been taking iron pills everyday to help with that.

I have my regular doctor appointment on Wednesday, always love those - hearing the heartbeat is the best! After this week, I'll start to go every 2 weeks (instead of 4) -- it's all happening so fast!

Thursday, we leave for Fort Lauderdale and Miami to celebrate the wedding of two our favorite people... Laura & Clay. Laura & I were random roommates our freshman year of college at UCF and within 2 weeks, we were inseparable. We ended up living together all 4 years of college and she is one of my favorite people in the world. Josh & I started dating in November of 2002.. by the following summer, Laura & Clay were together as well. (Josh & Clay are fraternity brothers and also best friends) -- eventually, Josh & Clay got an apartment together. It was perfect - I miss those days immensely! Now, here we are... the week of their wedding and we couldn't be happier for a more beautiful couple! It should be a fabulous weekend and I can't wait to get on that plane!!

Things with the house are exciting -- we are about 90% finished packing. We close on the new house March 23rd, movers scheduled March 26th, close on our old house March 30th - AH! So much going on -- a fabulous and exciting time.

Have a great week everyone - and remember, if you want to donate to the relief efforts in Japan - head to!

The other side of the belly, haha. Also the last picture I'll take from the old house! AHHHH!

•How far along?: 27 weeks -- the THIRD TRIMESTER! I said to Josh last night..."Ya know, there are NO more trimesters after this one!"  

•How big is baby?: The baby is now around 14 1/2 inches and over 2 pounds.. or the size of a head of cauliflower. Either way, the baby is BIG!

•Weight gain: I gained 1.4 pounds on Friday.. I'm officially up 26.2 pounds. I'm about 3 pounds above where I should be. Wah.  

Maternity clothes?: All maternity pants, mostly normal shirts.  

.•Sleep?:  On & off insomnia -- I'm getting used to less & less sleep.    

•Food cravings?: Bagels, eggs, cheese, ice cream, chick fil a.  

•Gender?: My darling. 

•Stretch marks?: Bio oil. All day. All night. Keep them AWAY!

•Movement?: Did you see the video below?? My girly is a punching machine! :)  

•Labor signs?: nope!

Belly button in or out?: In but so funny looking. 

•What I miss: I'm feeling good!! I miss having no back pain but otherwise doing well. 

•Milestone: THIRD TRIMESTER!!!!!!! "If born today, baby has an 85% chance of survival..." -- pretty amazing.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Blogging from my Ipad 2!

Yesterday, my fabulous husband waited in line with several other nerds fabulous people to try and grab a brand new, amazing iPad 2. We were 18 out of 20 in line and we were told there were only 20 iPads total at the Best Buy store. Eventually, we scooped up one and bought a beautiful, white 16 GB version -- it's glorious. This will be so fun to use when the baby comes. The possibilities are endless!! Did I mention I also got an iPhone this week? Apparently I want to become the biggest Apple household in Hatboro.

To celebrate our success, we went to dinner at a fabulous restaurant close to our new house. Topping eggplant parm off with a cannoli seemed like the perfect idea.

Fast forward 2 hours and my belly looked like a circus, dancing and shaking and moving. Our darling girl clearly loves sugar! Josh took this video with my phone and I had to share. These moments are amazing and I love the feel of my daughter moving. Enjoy! See you on Monday from the 3RD TRIMESTER!!!

(While I type this, I'm watching horrific video from the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. This is so scary, so unimaginable. Say a prayer, donate and realize how lucky we are...)

Monday, March 7, 2011

helloooo 26 weeks!

A great week indeed!!

I'm feeling MUCH better post-stomach virus (a full week to recover) and I'm now sporting a lovely cough every few minutes. This cold is annoying but I feel fine otherwise!

Last week, I went to get my bridesmaid dress fitted for Laura & Clay's upcoming wedding (next weekend in Miami!) - I was SO nervous because my body is so different from when I ordered the dress...but Maria, the amazing seamstress, worked her pinning magic and I think it will be okay! I go again on Wednesday for a follow-up fitting and I should be able to pick up the dress this weekend or early next week. We're getting so very excited for Florida next weekend but more on that next Monday :)

Josh & I finished up all the tasks needed to sell our house (a few things found on the home inspection) - with everything complete and our mortgage commitment for our new house ready, everything is flowing along nicely and we should make settlement on March 23rd! (3 weeks from Wednesday). We officially started the packing phase this weekend... I would say we're 40-50% done! It was hard work and by the end, I needed to rest for sure -- I'll be happy when we're packed and ready to go! We hired movers so it shouldn't be too bad. We have about one full week in between the two houses so Josh is hoping to paint a room or two prior to furniture - we'll see!
This week is my glucose screening test on Wednesday - I'm so nervous (I reaaally don't want to do that 3 hour test!) so I'm watching my sugar over the next couple of days. Hoping I pass with flying colors :)

I had a fabulous weekendwith some of my best friends - Friday, Josh & I had a date night - we saw an amazing movie (The King's Speech) and a decent dinner at Longhorne Steakhouse.

Saturday, 4 of us went to see "Swan Lake" at the Academy of Music - it was a beautiful ballet and LJE loved the music!

Sunday was one of my best friend's bridal showers - Shari & Brian are getting married in Mexico on May 13th. Josh & I were booked and ready to go but my doctor told me I'll be too far along to fly international by then :( I am so sad to miss her wedding but I know they will have an incredible time. I've had the honor of being her bridesmaid and was there to help with all the fun games and such at the bridal shower yesterday! :) We have her bachelorette party on April 9th in Atlantic City and I can't wait!

So that's that.... busy, busy, busy month and just in awe that the baby will be here so soon!!!!


•How far along?: 26 weeks. 1-2 more weeks left of the 2nd trimester (there is no exact time but some books state 27 weeks and some state 28 weeks) - and LESS THEN 100 DAYS UNTIL DUE DATE! (98, to be exact).

•How big is baby?: The baby is now a English hothouse cucumber!!  

•Weight gain: Thanks to a lovely stomach virus, I lost 0.4 pounds. Earlier last week, I was down a scary 5 pounds but my appetite made a quick recovery ;)  

Maternity clothes?: All pants, a few shirts... I wore all maternity this weekend and I have to admit it's a lot more comfortable when the clothes are meant for an expanding belly!


.•Sleep?:  Insomnia. Bad.   

•Food cravings?:  Now that I'm feeling better, I'm eating a lot again...bagels, chick-fil-a and fruit are my go-to! AND of course my daily glass of organic soy chocolate milk. YUMMO!

•Gender?:  Lady, despite 2 people recently telling me "Oh, it's a boy!" No ma'm, it's not.

•Stretch marks?: I have a couple on my sides but as a whole, I'm doing okay so far. 

•Labor signs?: nope!

Belly button in or out?: Flat, weird and funny looking.  

•Milestone: Perhaps the LAST WEEK of my 2nd trimester!!! ;)

•What I miss: Feeling healthy - pregnancy takes a huge toll on your immune system - I went from a cold, to a stomach virus and now back to a cold!
•Movement?: Lots :) Especially when music is playing.