Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Pregnancy Meltdowns & Gender Reveal!

So last week, I posted an 18 week pregnancy update about seeing our baby and getting this mystery envelope...
You can read that update over here.  Anyway, after the post I received a few questions about why I would want to open the envelope.  I made it VERY clear and was incredibly vocal about NOT wanting to know the gender of our baby this time around. I mean, incredibly adamant about the surprise.... so what changed?

Well, in typical pregnancy fashion, it begins with a meltdown.  Think, ugly cry!  Not even joking, the biggest emotional train wreck I've had since becoming pregnant with number 3.  I blame it all on over thinking-- over thinking the surprise, and over thinking how this third baby will fit in our family.  I've always said that it didn't matter what the gender is and that I would be happy either way, and I know deep down in my heart that I truly would be happy with a little girl or a 3rd boy, but the excitement of possibly having our very first little girl was getting to me... and that's where I got scared and ashamed.  I felt shallow and guilty for thinking about one gender over the other, and then I felt scared that I would get too attached to the idea of one gender over the other and be "disappointed" in the delivery room if it went the other way.

Would I be disappointed with a BABY!?  Heck no!  Again, it was all over thinking.... And am I a shallow person!?  I don't think so!  But the emotions of the mind games and excitement were outright torturing me.   I truly feel like it would be SOOO much easier to wait if we already had 1 of each gender, or even if it was our first child but we don't, we have 2 boys, and as much as I LOVE LOVE LOVE my boys and enjoy being a Mom of boys SO much, there's always a little bit of excitement about the small possibility of a first girl.  I know there are some Moms of all boys out there and some Moms of all girls out there who will understand the feelings and emotions that I'm talking about.

So there we have it... we decided for my mental health and to avoid anymore ugly cry meltdowns, we needed to open the envelope.  I needed to add a gender and name to our baby and mentally prepare, so here's our gender reveal of baby number 3.....

Pink or blue?  What will baby 3 be?

Any final guesses???

Are you reading this or scrolling right through???

BLUE!! It's a BOY!!  

THREE BOYS!!!  Oh my!  This should be incredibly exciting.  We cannot wait to welcome this little bundle into our family.  Want one more surprise?? What about the name!?

Now that the cat is out of the bag, we're gonna continue our family celebration day eating our donuts, drinking our coffee (only the parents) and chocolate milk.  :)

If Joel likes donuts anywhere near as much as Hayden does, he'll fit right in!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

18 Weeks (And seeing baby)

18 weeks today! The littlest Kroh is the size of a sweet potato, is growing like a weed and bouncing all around.  Mommy on the other hand, is still feeling incredibly tired most days, and while I'm starting to have more good days than bad days with my battle against "all day sickness", the bad days are pretty bad.... pretty bad.  This too shall pass, even if it isn't for another 22 weeks, and I know that once baby is here, my misery will be a thing of the past.

Suddenly this last week my belly has just popped out.  It literally felt like it happened over night!  At first I was a bit concerned because with my body image issues, I currently feel like a whale, but on top of that, I had a certain 4 year old in my ear saying that we were having twins!  Where he gets these things, I have no idea?!

But alas, today we had our very FIRST ultrasound.   It feels so weird that we had to wait 18 weeks to see our baby for the very first time, but that's just how things go at our OB/midwife practice.  It's kind of crazy, you would think that the 3rd time around, I would find myself less anxious and nervous about baby, but I was more worried than ever about seeing baby and hearing baby's heartbeat this time.  (Partly because of some health issues that I have had and fear of the risks to baby.) Anyway, I am thrilled to say that all has checked out well-- baby is growing and looking absolutely perfect.  All parts are present and accounted for and baby is measuring right on track with our August 12th estimated due date.  Oh, and it is only ONE baby!

SO, in other news, I have been very vocal about not finding out baby's gender until birth the last few weeks... and then suddenly ultrasound week came upon us and I began to second guess myself.  I can't deny after having 2 little boys, the appeal of ruffles and pink and all things frilly for number 3.  And the thought of a 3rd boy can be somewhat overwhelming.... I really feel like the thrill of the surprise would be so much easier if we already had one of each.  

Anyway-- after a lot of thought this week, I just couldn't decide whether or not we could wait until delivery room.  I absolutely LOVE the thought of the surprise of our midwife shouting out baby's gender at birth, but I also LOVE the idea of attaching a name and a personality, and a gender to baby in the womb.  AND on top of these two things, I am pregnant, hormonal and indecisive.  So in the last 24 hours, I just couldn't decide what we should do, and vented to our wonderful ultrasound tech about my feelings and dilemma and she decided to put baby's gender in an envelope for us.... We can choose to open it and know, OR we can choose to ignore it and not know until birth at the hospital.  It's a win/win!  

Rest assured friends that when Mrs. Indecisive decides what to do (if anything) with this envelope, I'll make it known. At this point, I can just find a little peace in knowing that baby is healthy and growing and well in there.  

Happy 18 weeks baby Kroh!  Grow baby grow! 

Sunday, March 1, 2015

DoTerra Intro Kit Winner!

Hey friends!  I hope that you all enjoyed reading about my DoTerra journey, and I want to thank all of you who took the time to read and enter the giveaway.  If any further questions come up, please don't hesitate to message me or email me at DanaLKroh (at) gmail.com  I would LOVE to talk essential oils with anyone!

But here's what you have been waiting for... the winner of the Intro kit of Peppermint, Lavender and Lemon is.....
Carly McCracken!!!  Congratulations!!  I will be in touch about getting your kit to you in the mail.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Hayden's 3rd Birthday!!

Our little man is 3!  I'm having a hard time wrapping my mind around that... seems like just yesterday he was born.  And I should be clear that when I say little man, I literally mean little man.  He had his 3 year check-up yesterday and only weighs 28 pounds (12th-15th percentile) and is 36.5 inches tall... can't forget that 1/2 inch which puts him in the 20th percentile for height.  Truly our little man.  But don't be fooled by his stature, he packs a big personality in that little body!

Here's a blast from the past if you care to indulge, his first birthday was a mustache party, second birthday was a "po-po" party, and when given the chance to choose what he wanted for his birthday this year, he chose to have a dinosaur pajama party!  No idea where he comes up with these things?

Here's a peek at the invite. (Our address covered for obvious reasons.)
Purchased from Etsy here and then printed at Costco in a 5x7 size.  The invite included at the bottom that everyone was requested to come party in their pajamas.  I was very excited to see when folks arrived that many actually participated!

Since we were going for a pajama party, we decided to do 10am brunch.  Brunch seemed to be a hit last year, so why not?  And who doesn't love breakfast!?  The menu went as follows....
French toast sticks with syrup

Fresh veggies with ranch and some chopped cantaloupe
(Dinosaur party supplies are from Birthday Direct.)

And of course cake!  Hayden requested a dinosaur strawberry cake, so I made my favorite vanilla pound cake recipe, some strawberry buttercream filling to go between the layers along with some fresh sliced strawberries, and then regular buttercream on the top.  Daniel did the lovely stegosaurs on top!

 Hayden thoroughly enjoyed being sung to....

... and then in typical 3 year old fashion, he refused to blow out his candles.  Stubborn little man.  So a dinosaur came in, saved the day and blew them out. 

Hayden's birthday shirt as usual came from one of our favorite shops Ooe & Auti on Etsy.  We order from there for both boys each year and have always, always, always been impressed and happy!  (Just note their sizes run small and order accordingly!) If they don't have what you are looking for, shoot them a message, they have created many new things for me!
^^ That chocolate milk mustache says it all... definitely a good party!  (Sitting on his "big boy car seat" before he opened it.)

Our boys are spoiled and loved beyond belief!  We are so blessed to be loved and cared for by such good family and friends.  If you've seen other party posts, you'll know that I usually send everyone home with a treat... well, it wasn't until AFTER the guests left this afternoon that I realized I completely bombed that one.  ((sigh))  Such is life when you are pregnant with a 3rd child I guess?  So my apologies to all of our guests!  I owe you a sweet treat and will make up for it in a couple months when Leeland's 5th birthday comes around.

Dear Hayden,
Happy 3rd birthday buddy!
You are such a smart, fun, energetic
and hilarious little boy.  We are so blessed
to be able to love on you and watch
you grow.  
We love you SO much!!
-Daddy, Mommy, and Leeland

Monday, February 9, 2015


We have super exciting news to share ya'll!  After 3 years of being a ONE car family, driving what I often refer to as "the tiny car" or also known as "Carvey" because I like naming my transportation (a Honda Civic), we now have a minivan!

People are always shocked to discover that Daniel and I have shared 1 car for so long... and many pity us for it, but let me be clear that while there have been just a few occasions where it was less than ideal, it has worked wonderfully for us to share and has been the best for our family.  Not to mention, our communication skills as husband and wife have been greatly sharpened by sharing.  AND because we have to coordinate our schedules, we have ended up with more family time because of it.  So please DO NOT pity us-- we are beyond blessed!  I can't put into words how thankful we are, even for the one tiny car that has been faithful to us for many years.

So when we first started this one car thing, we didn't realize that it was going to go this long, but it's been a wonderful blessing and an excellent opportunity for us to focus on other things like buying our first house and paying off some looming debt/credit cards thanks to guidance from Uncle Dave.

But alas, with baby number 3 cooking in the oven and expected to arrive in August, the time has come for a larger family car.  Those who have been around on the blog or known me for a while know that I have been dying for a minivan since I was pregnant with baby number ONE!  I installed that very first car seat in "the tiny car" when I was about 7 months pregnant, (because I swore he'd be early... yea right)  and since that very first car seat we haven't had room to breathe or stretch our legs, or much space to drive since.

So here she is friends.... meet "Vanessa"!  Carvey's new friend.  (2 cars... that is gonna take some getting used to!)   She's got junk in the trunk and space for 5 of us Kroh's and I'm completely smitten with her!
2009 Honda Odyssey
I'm completely overwhelmed by how good God is to us!  He is the provider of ALL things!  We had many who were praying for our van search, and many telling me they were praying for us and I had no idea and this is a HUGE answer to prayers!  Our wish list was big and our budget was incredibly small, and my God has taken care of us again!  All praise be to Him! Can I get an amen!?