Sunday, July 27, 2014

30 weeks // bumpdate

as i hit 30 weeks into my pregnancy today i'm completely in shock knowing that baby could be here in two months! i remember when he was the size of a jelly bean, skipping to the 20-30 week marks on my app, and feeling that ambiguity of motherhood. now i'm here, in my third trimester counting down the weeks. i don't like expressing it on social media, but the truth is i love being pregnant. i have loved this entire journey so far. maybe the reason i don't like saying it out loud is because i know for others pregnancy is one of the hardest times in their life. and i don't want to sound boastful, i don't want to come off as arrogant. but then i realized that by not really expressing how i really feel, that people were getting the wrong idea of how i view my body and this change in my life. it has been hard  at times to be sick and tired and to watch your body adapt in ways it never has before. but there is some sort of honor, that i've felt, to be able to carry and nourish a child from Heaven. yes i get bigger every day but so does my baby! and that's wonderful! and i may refer to myself as a whale and a chunky mommas but in all honesty it's just my sense of humor and me being sarcastic. i know i'm not a whale. i'm a mother. and i've never ever felt more beautiful in my life. 




how far? 30 weeks

maternity clothes? no but i totally need them! i have been wearing these black stretchy pants from urban outfitters that have been snug and barely fit but as of yesterday i can't even button them up! i have some hand me downs from my sisters but they are still a little too big so i'm thinking of purchasing this belly band until they fit. 

sleep? surprisingly the best so far out of my whole pregnancy! i think it's because i've been so busy during the day and have begun to work out again that by the time 10 p.m. hits i'm exhausted. 

best moment of the week? so many great things have been happening! we had our first baby shower on saturday which was SO fun! and then earlier that week we had a ultrasound to monitor baby k's growth. at our 20 week ultrasound they found a white bright spot on his artery. about 15% of "normal" babies have this BUT if there are any other white spots in his body then that is a sign for a problem. luckily k didn't have any of these other warning spots but the doctors wanted to see how he was growing just to make sure. so on monday vaughan and i went in. i was really nervous and had been praying all day to be prepared for what we might find out. turns out the appointment couldn't have gone better! our ultrasound tech was an absolute angel, she was so informative and asking us what questions we had and giving us all these cool facts. when she first saw vaughan, see said "oh boy, we have to see if this baby has hair!!" which i didn't even know was possible to detect in the ultrasound. but she did and turns out baby has TONS of it already! hahaha and he is also in the 50th percentile in weight (which is great for us!) AND the bright light that appeared in the 20 week appointment was gone. she couldn't see it anywhere. baby k also turned his head for us so we could see his face for the first time! and he was moving his cute little lips. oh this momma was in heaven. vaughan and i couldn't stop talking about it all day. 

weird pregnancy moment? just when baby moves, sometimes its weird to watch of feel because it literally feels like he is coming out of my stomach! is that so gross to say? haha i don't know but i can for real see him moving from one side to another and it's cool but kinda throws me for a loop. 

size of baby? according to the ultrasound he is 2 pounds 11 ounces. 

food cravings? not at all! my appetite has returned to normal. i just need to avoid salt because my ankles and feet have begun to swell! 

what am i looking forward to? just having him here already :) 

stretch marks? no! which is crazy because i've had stretch marks on my booty since high school. it's totally genetic too. all my sisters had them when they got pregnant and since i already have them i thought it would be a for sure thing by now. i honestly think it's because of coconut oil! i've been using it the past two years and it's helped a lot with previous stretch marks so i think that's why i haven't had any yet. but i'm expecting them soon. i still got a lot of growing to do. 

nursery? yes!! this is still a work in progress but i'm having so much fun with it! i'm going for a beachy/surfy/safari animal theme haha it is turning out better than i thought. just one more round at ikea and we should be good :)  


xx ryleeblake

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

babymoon pt 1













we have finally made it to california!! a month ago when we scheduled this i thought it would never come and now that we are here it doesn't seem real. this trip has been such a light at the end of the tunnel since vaughan had his surgery 4 weeks ago. then the last week with his midterms and grandpa passing, it seemed like it was all catching up on us. my brother in law's mum and her husband have a house up here in laguna. for years she's been telling us to come visit and stay in their new (old) house whenever we wanted. so i finally took her up on her offer and the timing couldn't have been better! 

we left monday morning and when we arrived we planned on taking a taxi to their home since her and her husband, david, wouldn't be around. but when we got down the escalators our names were on a sign and she called to let us know they had arranged for a driver instead. then we get to the house and you guys, it is the cutest old beach house right on thelia street which is less than a mile away from the center of laguna beach. we couldn't have been more spoiled. 

since we got in at 12 in the afternoon we decided to walk around and hit the beach. we went to eat at BJ's pizza and it's one of my all time favorites. then we got vaughan a swimsuit at Hobies? (i can't remember the name but i'll get back to you on it because it is such a great surf shop with lots of stuff for a good price) and found some stuffed animals for baby k's nursery in some other shops along the way. 

we also went to see some family friends for a bbq dinner birthday party later in newport. rio, the birthday girl, has been in love with vaughan since she was like 3 years old haha like she got our engagement picture we sent them (two years ago) and made a decoration out of it for her door nob. and she still has it! and when our aunty asked her what she wanted for her birthday she said to see vaughan. so it was perfect timing that we happened to be here. it was a surprise to her that we were coming so when we opened the door she almost died!  then when we had to leave after dinner she started crying. i had to reassure her that we'd see her again while we were here haha i didn't want her to hate me for taking her man away. 

even though vaughan and i planned this as a "baby moon" we've actually been hanging out with family since we got here. my brother in law had to make a quick trip for a car show so we invited him to bring some of this kids and hang out for a while longer. so today vaughan and i took beckham and bella to the beach while he worked. we then convinced my dad to bring my brothers and hang out too haha so they are coming tomorrow and we're all going to disneyland. all last minute but we wouldn't have it any other way :) 


Saturday, July 5, 2014

happy 8th of july!! (jk).


it seems like i begin every post mentioning how much time has flown by! so why stop now? this week went by so quick. on thursday vaughan, me and some of the family took a long awaited trip to ikea. my sister just bought a house and had never been before so we all went together to help her get through without getting too overwhelmed (i bought basically everything that was priced for a dollar my first time there). we were also able to tackle our nursery list that i've had set up since the first trimester. i have been stressing out about it and been having the weirdest dreams of being unprepared for baby. now that it's mostly set up i can finally relax and start adding in the little details. i'll show you guys some pictures as soon as it's finished! 






friday and saturday we spent with the family. we went to the pool, ate lot's of food, had a bbq and lit up some fireworks in the neighborhood. at around 10 vaughan and i found a church parking lot on top of a hill in orem, got on the car and watched the stadium of fire fireworks! baby was kicking the whole time. so crazy to think that this time next year it will be the three of us :) maybe then i'll actually start being a fan of the 4th! haha 


hope you had a great weekend! xx


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

it's the valveeta








the month of june has seriously flown by so fast. i can't believe that in just one week i'll be in my third trimester and that in 3 months this little one will be here! i've heard people say that the last stretch is always the longest but between a baby moon trip to california, baby showers, setting up the nursery and best friend's weddings i think october is going to be here by tomorrow. a part of me is ready for baby boy to come, i can't wait to see what he looks like, his personality, and mostly just all the snuggles. i also think i'm as ready as i can be for all the other stuff too. the reason why i've read so many books on parenting and babies is because i want to prepare the best i can. i know mother nature steps in and that most of the time i'll be relying on intuition for what baby needs but for the times when i'm absolutely lost, i love that i have this knowledge that i can fall back on and try out. 

the other part of me though is kinda selfish with my time with vaughan. we are in a great routine right now. he's doing online classes, i'm done with school, doing work from home so we get to be together all day everyday. we make eachother breakfast, lunch and dinner. go on icecream breaks in the middle of the day and most of the time find ourselves hours deep into conversations. we're laughing and developing a friendship and love that gets better each day. i can't blame myself for not wanting that to change that ya know? i mean, come this fall vaughan will be back on campus and i'll be in whale form about to have a child! hand this time we have right now, it will be gone. i don't want to lose that. i love my babe and am so comfortable with this point in our relationship. 

growing up is hard. sacrificing this ideal routine of ours for a life-time commitment is even harder to think about. but i have to have faith that adding a mini "us" into the mix is going to be an adventure. one that i was made for and one that i agreed to and was excited about in Heaven. i love baby k already. and i love the father i've already seen in vaughan. 

oh and i also love the 20 pounds i've gained after discovering how to make California Pizza Kitchen's mac and cheese. 

fist bump for valveeta. 

Saturday, June 28, 2014

new look // Rylee Blake Blog as a pre-made template


i can't even tell you guys how many times i have changed my blog design in the last 3 years... but then again i don't really need to tell you cause you've probably seen it. i guess that's the life of being a blog designer though? the more you learn the more you want to implement those improvements and the more your personal style is able to reflect through your designs. i cringe at the thought of my first design!  it would've been so fun to document all the renovations i've made from then to now.  

when putting together this new look, i had such an inner battle between commercial vs. simple. being a blogger all these years, i'm for sure more inclined to keep all those things that seemed so fun before (like sponsors, blog buttons, a million social media links!) but lately i've been drifting to a less promotional display. for me, blogging isn't what it used to be and naturally i'm finding myself not caring about those fun things anymore. it's hard though because i have made a business out of blog designing... and by being "commercial" it exposes my store and services. 

remember when i first started this blog and my posts were like crazy personal!? haha like too personal i'm sure some of you are thinking... but i loved that. i didn't give a rats who was reading or how often i posted or if strategically my cute outfit got in without making it look like an official outfit post. i also miss how there was no pressure. no invisible standard i held myself too. no comparisons. 

anyway, welcome to the new ryleeblake blog. nothing fancy. a little bit commercial but i'm still working on letting go of this idea of "what i want my blog to look like" vs. "what i think my blog should look like". so it's whatevers for right now. i loved my last design too much to let it go completely so GOOD NEWS (finally, here's the point i had in purpose of posting this) if you liked it as much as i did, you can purchase it in my etsy shop (how's that for being less commercial haha also, parenthesis are fun)! 



    view live // purchase

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

pre-made blogger template // i'm so fancy



here's a little ivana revic inspired blog design for all my boho beachy hommies. 

Monday, June 23, 2014

i call this, redemption. //


the recipe that forever changed my status from "rylee can make mac n cheese?!" to "rylee made THESE?!" sugar cookie crust and cheesecake filling, my friends. you're welcome. 

recipe here

xx