Monthly Archives: July 2012

Behind the Scenes: 16 Weeks

As you may know, we are in the process of moving. Yesterday, movers were here packing up all our belongings, while I kept Calvin away from all the boxes so he wouldn’t get packed up after curling up in a new dark place to sleep, and today they are emptying our house into a truck. I don’t know when I’ll see all my things again.

I’ve been working in our bedroom, amongst all the boxes and things we will be bringing with us to sit in a Uhaul while we live in a hotel for up to 10 days while our new house is being cleaned, repainted, and inspected.

When I set up the tripod (oh, here is the answer to the biggest question I get about my weekly photos – “Who takes the pictures?” Me! With my tripod) yesterday for the photo sesh, it was more than a little comical. So I thought I’d share the chaos that is our life for at least 2 weeks.

All I can say is thank goodness we’ll be there before I’m too far along in this pregnancy. I’ll have plenty of time to unpack, clean, and finally set up the nursery!

xoxo, Mallory

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16 Weeks

Note: It is currently 107 degrees outside my house. Don’t let the sweater and jeans fool you.

How far along: 16 Weeks.

How big is baby: 4-5 inches. An avocado!

Total weight gain: Well we’re back down to 0 lbs gained. I’m losing muscle mass. And it sucks. I definitely have a belly, just no extra weight!

Maternity Clothes: Hand me down shirt from Heidi Klum’s maternity line. And it’s making me think twice about maternity clothes… I kind of love it. (I’m actually wearing it in the photo.)

Sleep: Crazy dreams still, but lots o’ sleep. No issues.

Best moment of the week: Ditching the boxes and packing for the weekend and an impromptu trip to visit friends.

Food Cravings: All I wanted to eat for dinner the other night was chips and salsa. So I did. And popcorn!

Food Aversions: Broken record here, but beef and Asian food.

Symptoms: Still lots of stretching happening up in here. And now Baby is wiggling around on top of my bladder – which can be a little painful… and can lead to 3 trips to the bathroom in 15 minutes.

Movement: Wiggling, kicking, and punching all the time! This baby is going to be a breakdancer or a swimmer.

Gender: Still not having strong feelings one way or another.

What I’m looking forward to: Moving to the beach. Wednesday.

What I miss: Muscles.

xoxo, Mallory

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Happy Weekend!

A vision of our weekend to come. Hopefully yours is filled with more exciting company than cleaning supplies and boxes.

xoxo, Mallory

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Baby Names

You know the scene in Father of the Bride Part II after George sells the house and they’re all gathered around the table having dinner… The grandparents-to-be ask Annie + Brian if they have any names picked out yet. After listing their favorite names (which include Cody, Cooper, Riley, Chloe, and Fanny among others) the gloves come off and the Banks’ and the Mackenzie’s start debating the name choices. And offering their own. And discussing.

That’s why we’re not going to tell our baby names.

xoxo, Mallory

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How Wonderful Life Is

By Sophia Cox

I’m slowly starting to think about the nursery. What the crib will look like, what kind of dresser we want, mobiles, toys, rugs, art. Without knowing if this Baby is a boy or girl it’s a little difficult to narrow anything down – but one thing I know is that I will be making a print similar to this for the room, whether it’s a boy or girl.

“How wonderful life is now you’re in the world.” My sentiments exactly. I love this baby SO much already.

xoxo, Mallory

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15 Weeks

How far along: 15 Weeks.

How big is baby: 4 inches or so. A freaking apple.

Total weight gain: 1.5 lbs! We’re into the positive weight gain people!

Maternity Clothes: Nope.

Sleep: Crazy dreams, but still sleeping. Last night I dreamt I gave birth early (like 20 weeks) and wasn’t prepared. The baby had to sleep in a laundry basket. And I kept forgetting to bring her with me. Also, she was a girl, and people refused to call her by her name because “they didn’t like it.” Gotta love these crazy dreams.

Best moment of the week: Family came to visit!

Food Cravings: Multigrain Pringles.

Food Aversions: Beef + Asian food are top of the list STILL.

Symptoms: Holy moly stretching. Ligaments have been stretching like crazy so I’ve had a few pains in my uterus.

Movement: Feeling more and more dancing, kicking, and punching every day! It’s getting stronger too – I don’t have to lay down and concentrate on it anymore – Baby is strong.

Gender: According to my dream last night, girl. I really have NO CLUE. Soon enough. We’ll know soon enough. Hopefully.

What I’m looking forward to: Moving next week!

What I miss: Core strength.

xoxo, Mallory

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Happy Weekend


Have a fabulous weekend loves + try to stay cool! It’s 102 here!

xoxo, Mallory



First of all, we are happy to announce, we will only be homeless for a week when we move to Mississippi. We were offered a house on base and jumped at the opportunity, forgetting the fact that we were going to play hardball and ask for a four bedroom home. I guess thinking about being homeless puts things into perspective for you, and a three bedroom home seems like total perfection. And yes, that is our floor plan. Also, we’ve decided to go on vacation for our “Homeless week.” So all in all, not too bad.

Home is a funny thing in the military. “Home is where the heart is.” “Home is where my family is.” “Home is where the Air Force sends us.” I’ve heard it all. But in 7 moves in 5 years, I’ve figured out where Home is. Home is not where you grew up, yet it has seen all your growing. Home is not where your loved ones are, yet your loved ones always have a spot in Home. Home is not the physical dwelling which we so painstakingly decorate and make our own. Yet without Home, we would never enjoy that physical dwelling.

Home is our heart. When you have to move every year or so (sometimes less) you come to realize you have to bring your Home with you. Home is your family, your familiarity, your happiness. Our Home is wherever we can be together. And soon enough, we’ll extend that Home to one more special little baby.

When Home is your heart, there are wonderful things to be said, and there are some ugly things as well. It’s easy to settle into a new house, a new neighborhood, a new state. You make memories quickly in a house, because as long as we’re together, it’s always Home. But when we are apart, which unfortunately is a semi-common occurrence with Jonathan’s job, our Home is torn apart. We each have a little piece of Home, and those pieces crave closeness. Need to be together. So it makes time apart even harder than it already is.

7 moves in 5 years. 7 moves in 5 years. It sounds crazy when I lay it out like that. But each move has been with my Home, so it’s not too bad.

xoxo, Mallory

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