We are officially in the second trimester and I couldn't be happier! So far, this month has brought a bit of relief as far as morning sickness goes but I still haven't found much more energy. Nesting has been starting though and I cleared out and donated 6 big bags of "stuff" and we've already gotten almost all of the baby things already (I kind of like to be prepared haha). We took a trip up to Lake Erie and found lots of beach glass and had the most fun. I'm dreaming of so many fun family adventures in the this warm weather (give me all the pool and lake days). I've been eyeing alllllll the tiny baby things and deciding what little things we need to complete our baby essentials. A bunch of baby things arrived this week (a 4moms mamaroo, an organic crib mattress, a dock-a-tot, etc.), it's just so much fun shopping for a tiny little one.

Due Date: December 7

How far along: 15 weeks.

Size of baby: The size of an orange.

Total weight gain: 3 lbs.

Maternity clothes: Sometimes yes, sometimes no. I've been wearing mostly flowy non-maternity dresses, or my Madewell jeans (with two ponytail holders tied togther to hold the button in place since they can't button or zip) with maternity tees.

Stretch marks: So far I've only noticed one.

Sleep: It's all I want to do. By 6pm every night I'm ready for bed, and usually go to bed around 8-ish. The only problem with going to bed so early is that I've been waking up at around 6am almost every day haha.

Best moment of the week: Starting to gather little baby things AND scheduling our anatomy sonogram for next month to find out baby's gender!

Miss anything: Being able to eat anything I want without having to think about if I'll regret it coming backup later lol.

Movement: Yes! I've been feeling flutters since about 9 weeks, and the baby kicks get stronger by the day!

Food cravings: Chic-fil-a sandwiches with buffalo sauce, buttered popcorn, blue raspberry icees, beef stew.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Coffee is the worst and causes the most throwing up. Garlic is next. Onions are pretty awful too. I also currently loathe our pantry, fridge and freezer, I can small alllll the smells of every single item mixing together when I open them and the smell is nauseating.

Have you started to show yet: Yes! Since around 7 weeks.

Gender: We don't know yet. We'll find out next month at 20 weeks and the wait is killing me (obviously patience is not my strongsuit ha).

Labor signs: No.

Belly button in or out: In.

Wedding rings on or off: On.

Happy or moody most of the time: I feel like I'm a good mix of both if I'm completely honest. I mean, I did cry on the phone with Amazon customer service a few weeks ago though over a purchase that wasn't the right product, so there's that haha.

Looking forward to: The pretty Jenny Lind crib we ordered arriving soon and finding out the gender next month!



A good chocolate cake might just be one of my most favorite things, and a few months back, when we were watching the Dick Van Dyke Show, in one episode, sitting there on Laura's countertop, was the most scrumptious looking chocolate cake ever (which obviously sparked a craving for chocolate cake). Of course we all know more things were homemade from scratch back in those days,so I set out on a quest to find the best truly homemade chocolate frosting recipe (because let's face it, canned frosting just isn't as good as we thought it was when we were kids). I searched high and low, and after finally asking in one of my mom groups on facebook, several people suggested this recipe (which I've tweaked slightly to make even better), well, long story short, we tried it, and folks, I'll never go back to eating regular chocolate cake again, it just doesn't compare. This frosting is so rich, decadent and delicious you could eat it by the spoonful *ahem, I mean, not saying I did that or anything, but I won't deny it either*

Anyway, if you ever find yourself on desert duty and have a little extra time on your hands, this frosting is the way to go, especially paired with my recipe for dark chocolate fudge cake (here), it'll knock your socks off. Amazing stuff. Truly amazing. It even freezes well if you want to eat the entire cake piece by piece by yourself *ahem, again, I won't confirm or deny I did this* (picture laugh till you cry emoji face here lol).

1½ cups butter (3 sticks), softened

1 cup unsweetened cocoa

5 cups confectioner’s sugar

½ cup milk

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Add cocoa to a large bowl or kitchenaid mixer. Whisk to remove any lumps and mix in butter and cocoa powder until well-combined. Add sugar and milk to cocoa mixture by adding 1 cup of sugar followed by about a tablespoon of milk. After each addition has been combined, turn mixer onto a high speed for about a minute. Repeat until all sugar and milk have been added. Add vanilla extract combine well. If frosting appears too dry, add more milk, a tablespoon at a time until it reaches the right consistency. If it appears to wet and does not hold its form, add more confectioner’s sugar, a tablespoon at a time until it reaches the right consistency. Ice your cake and enjoy!



We've been keeping a big secret the past couple of months and we're over the moon to finally announce that Baby #2 will be joining our little family in December (our original due date was November but recently changed to early December at our last midwife appointment)! We're so excited to add this little one to our family, so thrilled that Bella will be a big sister (she's beyond happy), and so blessed that God decided we were the right ones to raise this tiny one who is already giving me little flutters. This baby has been prayed for for so long and we already can't wait to meet him or her!

We've already got some names chosen and absolutely cannot wait to find out if the baby is a boy or girl so we can start using one of the names we love and calling the baby by name. As the weeks progress I'll be sharing more bump and baby updates as well as sharing all our favorite products for pregnancy and baby. Gathering sweet little baby things is just one of my favorite things and I can't wait to share all of our choices for this little one!