31 Weeks Down, 9 More To Go! ❤

Monday, March 30, 2015



 Baby is about 16.7 inches long now and weighs around 3.8 pounds.

Starting weight 120 pounds - Starting waist  31.5 inches. 
I am now139lbs & 41 inches 



WEIGHT: +19 pounds
WAIST: 39 inches (+9.5 inches) 



Highlights and Lowlights of my Pregnancy Week 31:




Highlights: 
  • Baby boy moves a ton and reassures mom he's okay.
  • Being blessed with a healthy baby and pregnancy so far!
  • I am almost positive he is head down again! 
  • I can tell he is growing everyday getting ready to make his appearance. 
  • Restless legs wasn't bad this week!
  • Baby boy constantly has hiccups and it's so adorable. 

Lowlights:
  • Lower back / tailbone pain is HORRIBLE the past 3 days.
  • Unending migraines this week.
  • Lost some mucous plug with a tint of blood.
  • Ive been having Braxton hicks like crazy with slight cramping. 
  • Craving all things sweet and little self control! LMAO
  • Getting harder to chase around the kids and do everyday chores.
  • The lump in my breast is getting larger every week and is really painful lately.  




Weight Gain/Loss:  +19 pounds

Sleep: Sleep is good once I get comfortable and actually fall asleep.

Best Moment This Week: Brayden's birthday was yesterday and we had such an amazing family day doing fun stuff. He is such a blessing and his giggle lights up my world. I can't believe my little man is TWO! 

Movement: His big movements are slowing down now and being replaced with more rolling and hiccuping. I swear little man constantly has hiccups! 
One day this week I was so busy I didn't realize he hadn't been moving much :( I quickly jugged some raspberry-cran juice and hopped in the bath to get him all wound up. I was so relived when he was okay. 

Food Cravings/Aversions: I am currently eating frozen blueberries out of a cup with a spoon as I type this! lol It's better than the chocolate chip cookies I want to devour that sit in the kitchen I suppose. 

What I Miss: I miss relaxing sleep and being able to chase my babies or clean the house without getting out of breath. 

Stretch Marks: No new ones yet. I think my old ones are starting to turn more reddish now and they are certainly itchy. 

Belly Button: Belly button still looks like a navel of an orange as you can see for yourself. 

Mood: Emotional and tired. Just another sign that we are coming to the end of this pregnancy.

Labor SignsLoss of some mucous plug and pelvis/tailbone pain. Hoping little man stays in there at least 5 more week though!

Upcoming Appointments/Events:  I have an appointment Wednesday morning!

What I look forward to: Elena's first birthday. The birth of my baby boy. Possibly buying our first home. Getting a bigger vehicle. Seeing my three babies together. 


Weekly Wisdom: Sometimes you just have to let go and enjoy the cookies. 



See my update from my last pregnancy at 30 weeks!






I also got the chance to photograph my adorable BUMP BOW!
A fun option for Smoothing, Soothing & Accessorizing!
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The Weight of Motherhood on my Shoulders


As a person in general not even a mother I am known for

"stretching myself too thin"
"bitting off more than I can chew"
"putting too much on my plate"
"getting in over my head"

all of these common metaphors basically just meaning
I try to do too much at once and sometimes it feels impossible.

Add being a mother to the equation and it multiply's 
that feeling of impossible and adds on some stress.
I know I am not the only mother who feels this way
and that is why I wanted to throw it out there...
or at least get it off my chest and have a sense of relief. 

Currently I am 32 weeks pregnant with my third child
while juggling my littles who are two and one!

I am their prime care taker as my fiancé owns his own 
successful clothing store and runs that full time.

I also occasionally work at his store packaging and shipping.
(when we have a dependable babysitter) 

Like most housewives / stay at home moms household
chores are my responsibility and never ending

I just recently started my own clothing line where I juggle
everything 100% by myself financially and physically. 

Add on my hobbies of blogging, photography & social media period
and you have my life in a nutshell minus the unending doctor
appointments, dirty diapers, emails and anything else I am forgetting.
I forget a lot. 




All day I run around like a chicken with its head cut off trying 
to accomplish everything that I need to get done.
It's exhausting but when I take a second for me to 
relax all I can think about is what I SHOULD be doing instead.


"You need to help Brayden with his words more."

"You should be helping Elena learn how to walk more."

"You need to spend more than just a few hours
giving them ALL OF YOUR ATTENTION, they deserve that."

"You need to manage your time better because soon you will
have another baby to add to the mix!"

"You need to be more cute and lovey with your man."

"You need to figure out why Brayden keeps breaking out."

"You need to stop your McDonalds Strawberry Cream Cheese pie obsession."

"You need to be better at staying on top of chores."

"You need to stop taking so many bubble baths."

"You need to brainstorm tee shirt designs."

"You need to post more on your blog if you want to get to 
the next level where you want to be."

"You need to drink more water."

"Why can't you take as good as photos as the other bloggers"

"You need to figure out how to keep expanding your social media
so it can help Matt support your family."

"You need to get out of the house more with the kids, they have cabin fever."

"You need to break Brayden's picky eating habits."

"You need to transition Elena to a sippy cup."

"You need to call your mom and brother more."

I could go on forever about stuff that I am just constantly beating myself up over because I want to be be an AMAZING MOTHER,
an AMAZING BLOGGER, an AMAZING WIFE and 
own an AMAZING CLOTHING COMPANY
I just want it all but don't have the TIME to do it all. 



What I realized is as mothers we not only put our kids and
significant others needs before our own but even lack to
give our selves pats on the back when we need them.

We are human! Exhausted humans who feel guilty
if we even sit down for 20 minutes to catch our breath.

Those naps that people tell us we should take when the 
kids sleep... yeah those are spent getting done all the chores 
we can't get done while the kids are awake and trying to
eat anything they find and stick their fingers where they don't belong. 

The word relaxation is no where to be 
found in the definition of being a mother. 

But I can tell you what words are:

Constant worry and guilt that 
you aren't being the best mother. 
The mother we know our littles 
ones deserve and we want to be.

But by having those feelings tells me that you, even I,
are amazing mothers because we love our children
so much that we want to be the best that we can be for them.
They are the center of our whole world.

So just remember ladies to take a breath and know
you are pretty awesome and deserve those bubble baths!
Even those McDonalds Strawberry Cream Pies. 

No ones perfect and those other bloggers may take
amazing photos and seem like perfection but I bet
they beat them selves up constantly too. 

Cheers to doing the best we can do and knowing 
that our kids will love us even if we are a little nutty.




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WHY I AM IN NO RUSH TO MARRY MY FIANCE.

Monday, March 23, 2015


Don't get me wrong... a year and a half ago when we first decided
 that we should probably get married I was a little more enthusiastic. 
We had just found out we were pregnant with our second child and
 started house searching while Matt made the big decision to
finally open an actual store for his clothing brand.

He never got down on a knee or anything at that time he just 
bought me a ring and the deed was done.
We had already been living together for a year and had a son
I think those actions showed me he loved me more than him
getting down on a knee or making a big deal out of our engagement.

I still did what every engaged female does though and instantly
started pinning stuff on Pinterest, set a date, scheduled an 
engagement shoot and even bought a dress! 

The year went by and we were both so buried in our work loads.
His clothing company was growing at an incredible rate and 
Matt quit his other job to do Luckless full time! 
Even though this cut our income in half you could
see how much happier this decision made him. 
I wasn't working due to just having our daughter
and lets face it we hadn't set aside any money or
did any serious wedding planning so the date came and passed.

I remember being in the car that day thinking how beautiful the 
weather was and what a nice wedding it would of been 
but never once felt angry or remorse on our decision 
to wait for a time where we would be more prepared.

By this time we were already pregnant with our THIRD child.
He really enjoys telling me how much he loves me by making me the mother of his children. ;)
Wedding talk took a break and we were focused on our family,
his clothing company, STILL house hunting and now
looking for a bigger vehicle to fit our family of FIVE.


On Christmas morning he surprised me by getting down 
on his knee while we were surrounded by our little ones.
He told me how much he loved me and how he knew I was
 the women he wanted to spend the rest of his life with.
We had a few bumps in the road in prior months and 
in this moment I finally felt a sense of relief and comfort.

It was then I realized that I don't need a piece of paper
or a label to tell me how much I love this man.

I have now spent 3 years of my life making him my everything.
We have built a family together.
He comes home to ME every night.
He chose ME to be the mother of his children.
He is looking for a place to call home with ME.
We make decisions together.
We share our problems with each other.
He has accepted my bubble bath obsession.
He loves my body even with changes due to carrying three kids.
I can predict his every move in situations. 
I know how to nurse his hangovers.
Cure him when he is HANGRY.
He accepts my dream to be a blogger.
I support his dream of Luckless.
I know everything about him
Just like he knows everything about me.

Society makes you feel like you HAVE to get married when
you have a child with someone but you know what I think.
Society can suck it.
I will marry this man when the right time comes around
and until then changing my last name and saying some
vows isn't going to make me love him or him love me anymore.
We have stayed together over three years without 
having a document that states we have to.
That is real love and I am so happy I realized that.

Some day I will have my dream wedding but until then 
I already found my dream guy and I am enjoying 
everyday that I get to wake up beside him. 

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30 Weeks Down, 10 More To Go! ❤

Friday, March 20, 2015



 Baby is about 15.7 inches long now and weighs around 3 pounds.

Starting weight 120 pounds - Starting waist  31.5 inches. 
I am now137lbs & 39 inches 



WEIGHT: +19 pounds
WAIST: 39 inches (+7.5 inches) 



Highlights and Lowlights of my Pregnancy Week 30:

Highlights: 
  • Baby boy moves a ton and reassures mom he's okay.
  • I have had no bleeding and loss of mucus plug the past FOUR weeks!
  • Baby boy had a strong heartbeat at my appointment.
  • Being blessed with a healthy baby and pregnancy so far!
  • Passed my glucose test with flying colors!
  • I get to see my little man in ultrasound again in a few weeks! Sadly this is because he is breech though. 

Lowlights:
  • Lower back / tailbone pain is still bad at times.
  • Baby boy is breech.
  • I have felt a little more tired and emotional this week.



Weight Gain/Loss:  +19 pounds

Sleep: Sleep has been pretty good! Elena now sleeps through the night. 

Best Moment This Week: This week I have just enjoyed seeing little mans big movements in my tummy. 

Movement: ALL THE TIME. It is so adorable but he is so strong!!!

Food Cravings/Aversions: FROZEN BLUEBERRIES! I pour them in a bowl and eat them with a spoon. Any time I have a sweet craving I eat blueberries or drink CranRaspberry juice. 

What I Miss: I miss relaxing sleep and being able to chase my babies or clean the house without getting out of breath. 

Stretch Marks: No new ones yet! The time is coming my friend though. I am EXTRA ITCHY. 

Belly Button: Belly button still looks like a navel of an orange as you can see for yourself. 

Mood: Emotional and tired. Just another sign that we are coming to the end of this pregnancy.

Labor SignsBaby boy shows no signs of coming any time soon and thats okay with momma!

Upcoming Appointments/Events:  I just saw my midwife this Tuesday so I will see her again in two weeks! 

What I look forward to: Brayden's second birthday. Elena's first birthday. The birth of my baby boy. Possibly buying our first home. Getting a bigger vehicle. Seeing my three babies together. 


Weekly Wisdom: Complaining about your situation or life won't change it. Put on your big girl pants and make the changes you so badly want to see. 


See my update from my last pregnancy at 30 weeks!


This adorable + comfy dress is from Modern Vintage Boutique



I also got the chance to photograph my adorable BUMP BOW!
A fun option for Smoothing, Soothing & Accessorizing!
Check out their website! 



Thank you for reading!
Always feel free to comment below.
Follow my new YouTube Channel!
EMAIL: catchingupwithcrystal@gmail.com

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