How Does Our Garden Grow {Keehner Style}

Gardening is one of my ABSOLUTE favorite hobbies and one that I love sharing with my kids.  Since moving into our new house I’ve struggled to find a great place for our vegetable garden. Out of ease and with my “hurry get it done” attitude, the veggies were planted along the back of the house very close to the brick that gets the afternoon sun. Needless to say this area hasn’t proven to be the most successful for gardening and we decided to make a change for this summer.

Ta-Da! IMG_5857 IMG_5858

Look at the beautiful box gardens that Mr. Herron and Rick built for us and we have certainly utilized every last inch of space for the veggies this summer:

  • Grape Tomatoes
  • Sun Gold Tomatoes
  • Big Wonder Tomatoes
  • Mystery Tomato courtesy of Sandy, courtesy of my Mom, courtesy of my Uncle Tom – this will be a miracle tomato plant if it produces!
  • Squash
  • Zucchini
  • Chocolate Peppers
  • Orange Bell Peppers
  • Yellow Bell Peppers
  • Sassy Peppers (I think these are red bells??)
  • Garden Salsa Peppers (on the spicy side)
  • Basil
  • Rosemary
  • Cilantro
  • Cucumbers

My mouth is WATERING just thinking about the yumminess that we are going to produce this summer. All we need to do now is give it some water and love. Hoping to have as much success as we did on Willfleet, I love going back to this blog post to remember my little garden helper and the beautiful plants that surprised the heck out of me. This year my Abbey-girl and Jack were both helping and I think their green thumbs will prove to be good luck. THUMBS UP!

IMG_5859 The Herron Nest Garden

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Thankful for My Family

Here are the latest updates in the world of The Herron Nest – lots of sibling snuggles and LOTS of upgrades around the house to prep for Thanksgiving. To say that we are busy is the understatement of the month but we are all healthy and happy and that is the biggest blessing.

IMG_3829Abbey – she is turning THREE in a few days and that makes me want to burst into happy tears! She has been such a light in our lives with her sparkling personality and witty words. {More on this in another post, can’t fit it all here} She is the best big sister and prides herself on knowing that she can get Jack to laugh at her all the time. Dinner takes about two hours but we are lucky to have them act so sweet to each other. The picture where she looks like Hollywood is from her very first dentist appointment. On the way into the building she grabbed my hand and told me she was going to be brave and that she was! It took a few minutes to get her in the chair but with the help of a Doc McStuffins book and the great staff, she was in the chair in no time and really enjoyed checking out her teeth. Our dentist, also our neighbor, gave us the grim news about binky and how it is effecting her teeth. We tried to get rid of the bink cold turkey and MAN did George and I pay for this dearly. We have cut her back to only at night and it feels like I’m weaning my toddler off crack or something. Lucky it is not her thumb!

IMG_3862Jack – my little monster is almost 8 months old, has two teeth and is THIS.CLOSE. to crawling. Little boy can get up on all fours, rock back and forth, has moved ONE knee then he falls to the ground and army crawls instead. He is super fast in his walker keeping both Ab and Housch on their toes. Or keeping Housch hiding from Jack in the living room where he is safe…for now. There are lots of babbles and some “da-da-da” going on these days plus his new favorite game is playing peek-a-boo with big sister. He has constant entertainment with all the toys, Abbey, grandparents, Abbey, cousins, Abbey, the dog, and ABBEY! Jack’s world is 100% his big sister, she makes him laugh, she plays with him, she snuggles him, she squeezes him and basically they adore each other. Not sure if it is the age difference or how what we have done but so far it has been the right formula. Sleep….well, we are working on that. He is doing better in his crib but man we were spoiled with princess sleeps-alot!

IMG_3786George and I are trying to not kill each other with the house updates, I have the HARDEST time focusing on what needs to be done and therefore try to tackle one hundred projects at once. My mom has begun painting the family room and our goal is to have that complete before Thanksgiving. The bedrooms are mostly complete and I seriously am in love with our bedroom, in the words of Abbey, it is “comfy-cozy.” We did get away as just the two of us to two amazing concerts, we saw Paul McCartney and Garth Brooks live in Kentucky this past month. If you ever get the opportunity to see either, DO IT! Loved seeing Paul again and Garth was a fantastic entertainer in the LOUDEST arena ever, Rupp. #BBNation was insane and I can’t wait to go back to Lexington, seriously loved it.

IMG_3828Many more exciting things are happening at The Herron Nest, we couldn’t be more blessed! So many people and opportunities to be thankful for this year. We are surrounded by our family who loves us all so much, George is doing great at work and was just promoted to a new position which gives him the title of B.A. (truth) and the house is slowly coming together which feels like a home more and more every day – even though we are exhausted! As you know, when one project ends the other is just beginning and so we feel like we are chasing our own tail sometimes. P.S. buy stock in Ikea and Home Depot, QUICK!

Being together as a family during the upcoming holidays is such a blessing and I hope that all of our readers are just as lucky!

Four Months Big

This journey of becoming a mom of two has been pure joy! Yes, my house is an absolute disaster. Yes, I have little time for friends. Yes, my weekends are mostly comprised of laundry and kiddo activities. But, hey! That’s what I always wanted and I’m blessed to have such a chaotic messy home that is filled with laughter and love all the time. And can you believe it? Jack Edward is FOUR months big!

Jack has been to California and back, he has begun this amazing personality filled with baby giggles that are crazy infectious and he has won over his big sisters heart (well, ours too). Jack-Jack is lovable and so “squishy” as Ab used to call him while I was prego. His chunker cheeks and thighs are so kissable and I love his looks that he gives me, there is already a mother-son bond growing.

Needless to say, I know that people have said that every mom deserves a daughter (I think the motive here is payback) but every mother needs a son too. My friend, Kristi Jones, explained her relationship to her son and her daughter to me once and I’m really starting to scratch the surface of understanding what she was talking about that day. So much to look forward to but in the meantime there is still so much to enjoy. Check out the pics below of Jack at four months (wish I could find his stickers that aunt Kat gave me, messy house remember!)

4 months big

4 months big

What else is Jack doing at 4 months? 

We gave him a taste of cereal, he did pretty good! Mostly tried to suck it off the spoon like a nipple but hey, can you blame him? That’s all he knows! Jack also started rolling over from tummy to back and did it two times the Monday we got back from California (7/21) and he is trying to go from back to belly. Jack is also trying to sit up from a propped position with him still lying on his back he will try to use that big belly to pull himself up! Or if he is propped up at angle on the couch he will try to sit up. Most of the time he will topple over to the side or go straight forward and land his head into his lap. 

We we couldn’t be more proud of big sister Abbey, she is so sweet to Jack. Sharing toys, lots of kisses and her general concern is genuine. One of my favorite one-liners from Ab about Jack is when you ask her what he eats, she will say “bottles and boobies!” Thank you to our sitter for that one 🙂 

 

My Squishy, Snuggly Babies Look Alike

When you have a baby one of the most hilarious games that friends and family instantly play is “who does baby look like” game. The comparisons with Abbey were to my baby picture, George’s baby picture, my adult self, his adult self, and other family members as well. But when Jack was born there was no doubt in my mind that he looked like a “skinnier” version of his big sister, Abbey. I will agree that Jack resembles others as well like his Grandpa Herron and his baby picture, his Uncle CJ and his baby picture but there is no doubt when you look at the comparison below that my squishy, snuggly babies look damn near identical.

Guess Which Baby Herron

Abbey is on the left at almost 3 months old and Jack is on the right at 2.5 months old! The similarities in them are endless and lucky us they are both so damn cute!

 

Time Flies With Two {Abbey is 2.5 years old & Jack is 2 months old}

I was just looking at my last blog post, woah! There has been so much change in my life since mid-March that I almost feel like a completely different person. Too much to tell you about so I’ll have to give the highlights:

Jack Edward HerronMarch 25th – gave birth to one adorable baby boy, Jack Edward Herron at 8:04am thanks to the amazing Dr. Caligaris. Jack weighed 7lbs 7 oz and was 19-3/4″ long. Big sister Abbey was a bit nervous about seeing mommy in a hospital bed but was a big help right from the start. Jack and I stayed in the hospital from Tuesday morning (5:30am yuck) till about 10am the following Friday. Jack left the hospital a bit smaller than when he was born but all the nurses and doctor felt that he was doing fine because he was nursing so often and having many dirty diapers… MANY!

We were thankful for the visitors and sooooo many people loving on both my babes while we were in the hospital. So thankful for all the help that we received, it would not have been such a smooth and enjoyable experience if it wasn’t for all of our friends and family.

April 7th – we closed on Willfleet and sold our house officially then a few hours later we closed on Keehner Ridge and bought the house of our dreams. THEN one hour after that we started on the many projects that needed to be done before we could move in.

Diptic_house

Top left – Leaving Willfleet, Top Right – Keehner Ridge, Bottom – Construction!

Believe it or not, we were moving in and actually were able to sleep there only three weeks after the construction started. The team of help was amazing and 100% overworked. George, Mom, Dad, Scrooge, Kathy, Big Guy, Sandy, Bill, Mrs. B, Paul, Rick, Grandpa O., Uncle Tom and Aunt Teresa are all amazing angels! Can’t wait to have them all over for steak dinners one night (when we are more settled in).

Then there was Abbey, Jack and me living at Scrooge’s house – George basically just slept there – while recovering from the c-section. Sprinkle in Easter, more construction at the house, and then move-in weekend.

Diptic2

Jack one monthApril 25th – Jack is one month old and weighing in at a whomping 11lbs 4oz (77%) and measuring 21.25″ (25%). So basically our baby boy is short and very stout, haha. I was ecstatic for the weight gain especially since he was only 7lbs 4oz at his first check up which was only 6 days from birth.  I remember Abbey being on the opposite spectrum at this check up. She was longer at this point and was more in the 75th percentile for her height and about the same for her weight. Abbey’s chunk was more distributed and Jack is just very round in the face and belly, poor baby has some serious chicken legs like his daddy. He just felt like a different baby than Abbey but I still very much see many similarities in their face. Many of the same expressions and of course they both love mommy’s boobs, haha!

Between Jack’s one-month appointment and two-month appointment there were many awesome things going on all at once. More painting and construction at Keehner Ridge including Abbey’s new swing set for the backyard, hosting our first family party – Mother’s Day, finishing Abbey and Jack’s play room, and just getting more and more settled in to the new house. We were able to have some fun with a stop to the zoo one day and a stop to the Butterfly exhibit at the Krohn’s Conservatory with Aunt Sue and Beth. We seriously picked a perfect day for the Butterfly show so we decided to hit up Washington Park and toured OTR for Aunt Sue.

Work has been really busy, which is a great thing, so I headed back a bit early to get on top of some projects that were calling my name. It was much easier leaving Jack than it was with Abbey but I sure do miss them both when I’m gone. Abbey has really enjoyed her time with me and I have been so blessed to see her grow in this fun age.Ab 2.5 years old

Just this past weekend we were at Fox Run and it was so fun to watch Abbey run around and dance and play with all the big kids. She is certainly a big personality and demands quite the attention when she is in a big group, not exactly sure where she gets this, haha! We spent my birthday and Memorial Day weekend in Brookville and we seriously could not have had a better weekend. The sun and fresh air was a perfect get away.

Whew, I think that just about catches up to speed!

May 22 – Abbey is 2.5 years old, we don’t celebrate 1/2 birthdays but we did just recently watch Alice In Wonderland so we did some “un-birthday” celebrating instead! We were able to weigh Ab while we took Jack in for his two-month check up and she is 29.75 lbs. No measurement on her height but she seems more big-kid looking to me these days versus toddler so I’m sure she has grown!

May 25 – Jack is two-months old and growing like weed! I should count his rolls next time he is in the bath tub as I clean in and around each one….the boy is huge! Jack now weighs 14lbs 9oz (91%) and measures 24 inches (88%) and I’m crossing my fingers that he also finds his daddy’s height versus being challenged like his momma. Jack is really starting to develop a personality with lots of cooing, smiling and even a small chuckle. He is entertained and not phased with Abbey all at once and really recognizes when I speak to him. Of course he does, he is damn near 15 lbs so he really knows who I am!

Jack 2 months

As a comparison to Abbey at 2 months old – she was only 13lbs 2oz and 23 inches long, can you believe she was smaller? I just remember thinking how huge she was when she was a baby so this little boy is really looking like a bruiser compared to Ab. Here is Abbey’s 2 month post for just a little trip down memory lane.

Thanks for bearing through 2 months of posts with me, I hope to stay on top of these in the future with updates for both Ab and Jack but as most of you know it is straight up redonk around here so no pinky promises!

{Prego with Jack} 37 Weeks, Full Term & Almost There!

Where has the time gone? Many people have said to me that my pregnancy has gone fast for them but honestly it has gone fast for me too. As many of you know, I love being pregnant, I honestly, truly, cross my heart, DO! Some women think I’m crazy (a-duh) but I find the whole thing to be so miraculous and fun all at the same time. Buuuuuuuuuut, this time I’m starting my 37th week with a sinus infection and now I’m beginning to feel all miserable. I’m still trying to keep the whole “silver-lining” mentality as I am truly blessed with a healthy pregnancy and easy 9 months, not many can say the same thing. Here is my 37th week update and some cute pictures with Abbey of course! {UPDATE – sinus infection was gone after 2 days and I’m back to my happy prego self}

37 Weeks Pregnant

{How far along?} 37 Weeks and 4 days, just 1.5 weeks and some hours until delivery!

{Total weight gain} No comment, haha!

{How big is baby?} When Abbey was 37 weeks she was already “measuring” around 7 lbs, my ultrasound with Jack was Monday and HE is also measuring at 7 pounds right now and has CHUBBY cheeks!! Dr. Caligaris asked me to clarify which cheeks were chubby when I was giving him the update about the ultrasound, love that man and his sense of humor.

{Maternity clothes?} YES, and I’m wearing the same thing over and over and over again. I’m considering coming to work with my super comfy yoga pants at this point. Sorry USDP!

Doctor Abbey

{Sleep?} I’m starting to toss and turn but for the most part I’m still getting really good sleep. Had a massage and pedicure last weekend and I think I was snoring during the massage, I just LOVE how they stack all the pillows and now I need like 6 pillows in my own bed.

{Best moment this week?} OH wow, so many fun things have happened this past week. Abbey came to my last doctor appointment and was super cute pretending to be the doctor listening to my heartbeat with nurse Amy (who we love). Ab was also alllllll over the pictures of all the cute babies at the doctor office and it was “Aww cooooot” “BABIES!!!” the whole time.

Another fun moment was seeing Jack again at the last ultrasound – seeing his chubby cheeks was so cute. It scared me a bit that the tech said she couldn’t find his “wee-wee” at first but whew, it was found, haha.

{Movement?} Jack moves around so much! I was in a company meeting and all of a sudden my belly just went bananas. Some of the guys suggested that there was an alien in there but I absolutely love how active he is and how much he kicks and moves. During the ultrasound I was informed that Jack was head down and curled up like a ball but he stretched out and his foot was in my left side, ahhhhh so excited to meet my sweet boy!

{Food cravings?} I recently made George go get a DQ oreo blizzard – PERIOD!

{Labor signs?} None!

Best Sis Ever

{Heart Burn} None!

{Belly button in or out?} Still in, I really am surprised by this. I would have thought by now that bad boy would have popped out.

{What I miss} Watching all the runners get ready for the Flying Pig has given me a big itch to want to run. Yea, that’s not happening but I would still want to. Maybe next year 🙂

{What I’m looking forward to} DELIVERY day and meeting my baby boy!

{Milestone} I am keeping up at work, I’m in the midst of packing up our house and we bought the house of dreams where we will raise our family. The next chapter of The Herron Nest is about to begin. So many transitions for the family but I’m excited for it all!

{Prego with Jack} 32 Weeks, There’s the Panic Button Again!

I just got done reading my 32 Week post when I was pregnant with Abbey and I was clearly in a panic mode. I want to say that it is different this time around but no, it is the same! Here I am at 32 weeks pregnant with Jack and we have decided to re-list our house, who does that? Um, yea, that would be me! I haven’t felt the same “nesting” symptoms like I did with Abbey, ahem gutting our only bathroom, instead I have been into organizing and re-organizing clothes for Jack that I have received from family/friends (thank you) into various tubs. Pulling out the Newborn and 0-3 month sizes only so that our house isn’t in a state of madness for the days we have showings. I’m trying to only think positive vibes for our house to sell quickly so that maybe, JUST MAYBE, we can be in a new house right around the arrival of Jack Edward Herron.

{How far along?} 32 Weeks

Ab joined me for my 32 Week picture{Total weight gain} I am feeling defeated in this category right now. I did soooo great about watching what I ate, making sure I wasn’t gaining too much and I feel like the wheels have literally flung off the train recently. George has been so sweet in this department. He tells me I’m “cute pregnant” and reminds me when I say I’m fat that I’m not and that I’m pregnant. I’m trying to not stress about my weight gain and to just enjoy these last few months of pregnancy knowing that I have the tools to get this weight back off!

{How big is baby?} According to the interwebs, Jack should be almost 4 pounds and Dr. Caligaris said that my belly was measuring perfect this time around. With Ab I was measuring two weeks later and just all-around much bigger. I’m wondering how big Jack will be at birth!

{Maternity clothes?} YES! I just requested ordered a few things off OldNavy.com with my rewards to help get me through these last 2 months. It is sooooo cold and I’m just wearing the same things over and over and over.

{Sleep?} Do I really have to sleep on my left side ALL. THE. TIME? I swear, I’m getting ear cramps on my left ear. I tell this to George and he thinks I’m friggin bonkers but it is true! I’ll wake up and my ear has the worst cramp.

{Best moment this week?} There are so many great moments while being pregnant with Jack. Abbey is a huge contributor to these moments because she is so interested and interactive with him/my belly. Another fun moment was my awesome company and co-workers throwing George, Abbey, Jack and I a baby shower. Could they seriously get any better?

{Movement?} OH yes!

{Food cravings?} Nothing really to report here except for the best adult grilled cheese and tomato soup combo ever! Thank you Panera! The worst about this craving (besides the fact that it is terrible for you) is that George absolutely HATES Panera, talk about a conundrum.

{Labor signs?} Occasional braxton hicks, I think?

{Heart Burn} You know, this was actually a big problem a few weeks ago but right now I’m sitting pretty in this department. Who am I kidding anyways, my Abbey girl was damn near bald until she was 18 months old. Know chance that Jack has that much hair when he is born.

{Belly button in or out?} In….barely! Each week I’m losing my “innie” belly button. (That was my update with Abbey and it is true with Jack) Ab loving Jack

{What I miss} Warm weather but that has nothing to do with my pregnancy. I just hope in April that I’ll be taking walks with my two babies in some nice spring weather.

{What I’m looking forward to} Just like with my pregnancy with Abbey, I’m excited to see Jack for our 36 week ultrasound. Just a few more weeks!

{Milestone} Not sure if these are milestones or just flat out dumb things to do while I’m hugely prego but we will be taking Abbey to DisneyLive in February, George is taking me to Wicked in early March and we are taking Abbey to the circus in mid-March. OH my lawd! I should get a shirt that says, “WIDE LOAD” or “PEES A LOT” because I’m sure I’ll be up a lot during these performances. But that is one thing I have learned with being pregnant with a toddler at home, life does NOT stop!

Here is my “comparison” picture of being pregnant with Abbey at 32 weeks and being pregnant with Jack at 32 weeks. These pictures never cease to amaze me and it just reinforces my thankfulness of getting healthy (the healthiest I’ve been in a loooooong time) before the start of my pregnancy. No wonder Dr. Caligaris kept saying I measured farther along with Abbey and I’m measuring on-time, on-schedule with Jack. My belly with Ab was HUGE (and so were my boobs, WOWZA!

32 Weeks Prego Comparison