Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Baby Hughes #2 - 13 Week Bumpdate

I cannot believe that we are already done with the 1st trimester of this pregnancy!  I feel as though I have already been pregnant forever and it is still just beginning.

Baby #2 is definitely out and about and wants everyone to know about him/her.  I have been showing, noticeably, for about 5 weeks now which I wasn't prepared for at all, but am okay with.

This baby has been treating me differently then Caleb did so far in many ways.  The biggest difference with this pregnancy this far has been the nausea.  For the first 4 weeks I knew I was pregnant I could barely eat anything.  I was nauseous all day long and ended up losing weight putting me at 4 pounds less then I weighed when I got pregnant.  I thankfully have been feeling much better.  I have gained my lost weight back and am up 1 pound.  I am hoping to keep my weight gain this pregnancy below 30 pounds, so wish me luck!

Another difference this pregnancy has been that I have started to feel little movement.  I didn't feel anything with Caleb until I was 21 weeks.  I think I know what I'm waiting for this time so I am starting to feel things earlier.  I don't feel kicks or anything like that but just tiny flutters and pressure moving from one place to another.  I can't wait to feel this little babe kick and for Ryan and Caleb to feel it as well.

We have our predictions about gender so far for this little babe.  Daddy and Mommy think it is a boy but the grandparents are hoping for a little girl, there are no girl granddaughters yet and for my mom this is the last grandchild most likely.  I am terrified of having a little girl at this point because it is like becoming a new parent all over again.  We have no idea how to raise a little girl, we have a 100% boy in our house and I'm kind of scared of not getting another little boy.  Don't get me wrong though by any means!  I would die to have a little princess running around with our little cowboy.  We will find out in the new year :)

We couldn't be more excited that our family is growing once more.  My due date is Memorial Day Weekend, we really love patriotic holidays (Caleb's birthday will always fall near Labor Day).  1 trimester down, 2 to go.  :)

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Surprise! Baby Hughes #2 Is On It's Way!

Did you all see our surprise post on Friday night on IG or FB??

Well it is true!  We are welcoming, pink or blue, Baby Hughes #2!!!

We couldn't be more excited that our family is growing!

And please know that this has also been the reason my blogging has been sucking major bum lately!  It takes every ounce of me to not scream it from the rooftops the second I know about a pregnancy, but I am a worrier and force myself to wait until after the first trimester to spill the beans!

Keep an eye out for the baby bump posts to begin and details on who we told, when we told them, how we told them and most importantly, how me and this little babe are doing.
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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Budget Update - October

I can't believe that another month has passed and we have almost been on this journey for a full year now!  It has definitely been a roller coaster, but it is all worth it.

We are doing so well and I am beyond proud of us.  I keep thinking that this month has to be the best it will be, but then we managed to out do ourselves time and time again and where we are now is honestly amazing!!!

Let's get started shall we?

Remember last month during my update I mentioned that October was most likely going to be a big month for us?  Well we were right!  We made the decision, as a family, that Ryan would sign a contract for another 6 years in the Army Reserves.  That's right folks, we are staying in and it is honestly what is best for all of us.  It provides us with an extra income and Ryan truly does love being part of the Army.

Well with that contract came a pretty penny that definitely had BILLS written all over it.  We had a number in mind of what we would get, after taxes and everything, set it lower then we were really hoping for and budgeted around that.

In October, thanks to that extra little chunk of money we managed to pay off...$4845!!!!!

So that means that we were able to completely pay off both of our medical bills, a personal loan, one credit card, one company card and make our car, truck and house payments.

We also replenished our $1000 emergency savings account and have successfully not used a single credit card since August 19th!

We were able to pay cash for Hank's most recent training and also are paying cash for Ryan's duck blind this year.

We have set ourselves up for a great winter and we can't wait to see how it continues.  The next big chunk of money we are hoping for is our tax return in a few months and that will get us that much closer to being debt free :) - well just having the house and two car payments, which is completely fine with us!

We are now looking at having almost $2000 per month to use for groceries, gas, pet items, baby items and fun living.  That is huge!!!

I am so incredibly proud of us and I look forward to updating you again on how November went :)

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