Saturday, November 17, 2012

Saying Bye to this blog!

It's been fun, it's been real...but you can now catch me over at

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

September Wish List & A fun Swap!!

Per the usual.. today's nap time has been spent pinning. In my defense though, I did clean the kitchen in its' entirety this morning while Ollie played in his high chair with his new favorite toys; Spatulas. Easy kid. I love it. 

Here's a few of my favorite things.. things that I probably need to own. Just sayin. 

via Bourbon&Boots
 Johnny Cash.. what a smart man. At $42 bones..I do believe my neck needs to see this little love in the near future.

via Rachel Roy

People Love You bangle by Rachel Roy.
What a sweet little reminder to look down at !

via Tory Burch

 The Robinson Satchel by Tory Burch. No words needed. Lovvvvvvvvvvvvvvvve
 How cute is this?! I could probably make it myself, but then again I've got a weird thing with the smell of burlap (puke) so maybe I shouldn't.. hmmmmmm... 

You can find this little cutie @ ModernRusticGirl's Etsy shop.

EVIL EYE EVIL EYE EVIL EYE. I love them all but I'm gonna go with the tan one being my favorite. Oh did it again.
via BeMeJewellery
via The Mitten State

Errrr Duh. 

We Remember

Never Forget This Day..

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Summer Recap

Hi friends! I've been so MIA from my blog for months, it's sad..but I'd like to think I'm just leaving some mystery to your neglect? okay, I can live with that.

Needless to say the summer has been crazy busy and fun! To start where I last left off...

We took a family vacation to NYC to spend Father's day with our friends Sarah & Bob and their 3 children. We did a bunch of touristy things (Statue of Liberty, CRAZY subway rides, 9/11 Memorial, Girls night out @ Serendipity) and a lot of hanging out and just enjoying good conversation over great coffee. I can't say I was a huge fan of the city itself (which probably is attributed to my high anxiety postpartum and the insane amount of people flinging towards me with zero care that I had an infant strapped to my chest) but there were so many magical places to explore and I have a feeling if I would have visited back in my single days I would have lived there.

July was mainly spent focusing on Oliver, which is my favorite way to spend my time :) Lots of playing, walks around the neighborhood and his new favorite thing..TV. I said I'd never be THAT mother but hey when a 30 minute tv show about colorful and hilarious bubble guppies ensures that mama is awake the entire day (aka coffee and breakfast) I'm down. Oliver and I spent most of July in Missouri while Tom had a month long training TDY in Richmond. Grammie and Grampie and Aunt Gigi were all very very busy during our stay but we still loved seeing them and I know they loved seeing us, even at 3 am when I would stumble into the kitchen to make Ollie a bottle.... right Erica? :) Only one pic from this trip, my iphone took a tumble down the stairs one night..OOPS! Wish we lived closer, we really miss you guys! Missing my friend Terra too...

August.. I'm not even sure where to start with this one. Oliver turning 6 months, Tom super busy with work..and as for me.. August was the month where I finally found myself again. Being pregnant and having a baby all while settling into a new home in a new state, with a relatively new marriage is rough on anyone. Throw in a bad case of post partum depression and clinical anxiety and you have the last year of my life. Don't get me wrong, sister loves her sweatpants and yoga pants but I was NEVER the girl who went out of the house looking like a hot mess. This past month, reason basically unknown.. I've finally started getting back to the old me. Makeup, hair, giving two shits about how I look has really been important to me. I missed it, and I am SO thankful to have that back. My "star" has finally peeked out from behind it's dark cloud!

Enough about me..

Oliver is almost 7 months old. SEVEN. How does that even happen? They, whoever THEY are..weren't lying when they say time flies when you have a baby. It's been the most filled..BEST time of my life and I am so grateful to God that he chose me to be this little boy's mama. You truly don't know love until you have a child, does this mean I want more? Ask me in about 5 years. HA! 

My sweet boy is topping the charts for growth at a whopping 32 inches, 20 lbs. Tall and skinny.. just like his Aunt G! He's crawling, says mama/dada/baba and is working on the word bubble. Thanks bubble guppies ;) He also is pulling up, standing up and grabbing onto anything that gives him a better view of his surroundings and even tried to take a step on his own last week. I'm in trouble my friends.

This is turning into a novel and that's not exactly what I intended it to be but one last thing. Last weekend the world lost a great great man and my heart hasn't stopped aching for his family and any single person he has known.. If you follow me on facebook you've probably seen my posts and status updates regarding this tragic loss.. Please pray for his family and friends. Blaine was laid to rest today and I know it in my heart he's not RESTING at all :) I am so blessed to have known you, even if you kicked my ass at guitar hero and made me cry over you a few times (ha ha) and I can't wait to see you again Blaine.

Please view the memorial video below.. All proceeds will go to the Blaine Whitworth Memorial Scholarship. You can not only see but truly feel the impact Blaine had on the lives of many.. 

                                                "A heart so big God couldn't let it live"

                                                                Rest in peace my friend..


Monday, June 4, 2012

I'm Still Here..

Don't have much time to catch up, but I'll sum up our lives in a few sentences.

Oliver is long.
Oliver has grown out of 5 sizes of clothing since birth, 4 diaper sizes (NB-Size 3).
Tom works a lot.
Sleep is actually among us (thank you sweet boy).
Anyone looking to adopt 2 sweet doggies?
We are ready to move back into the city.
Traveling to NYC Father's Day weekend won't make ^  any better.
Oliver's FIRST TOOTH made it's appearance yesterday :) Early teething= kind of fun..mostly not.
I need more Starbucks.
I hate summer and the heat.

anddddd of course a sweet pic to keep you hanging till next time (which probably will be in a month..or 6 knowing me)...
Afternoon nap with Sophie :)

Monday, March 26, 2012

Introducing Mr. Oliver Stone

It's been quite the past month and a half (almost two months..oops) here in Sarah land. I left off here on the blog taking a break to enjoy the last few weeks of being US before becoming mommy and daddy. I don't have time at the moment for a full fledged birth story but I'll run down the basics.

Around the 6th of February I started having pretty regular contractions. We're not talking Braxton Hicks (although those were much more fun) but we're talking the full're about to have a baby contractions. Anddd they hurt. BADLY.

After multiple trips to L&D (at this time I was fully effaced but eternally stuck at 1cm) I hit a huge brick wall I like to call OVER IT. Yep. I was over it. Over the pain, over the false alarms, over the nurses in L&D giving me that look of "her again" each time my Dr. sent me in to be monitored and most of all over NOT having my baby yet going through all the pain for no apparent reason. As you can imagine it was a very trying and stressful week. I needed to decompress. So I did, we did. Stayed off of Facebook because let's face pregnant as I was at that time people heckling me and constantly asking questions was the LEAST desirable thing life could have offered me. We enjoyed nights..dinner dates and of course the hysterical tactics to attempt to "induce" labor even though I had been in non-progressing labor for what felt like YEARS. Anyhoo.

Fast forward 10 days.

We spent the day as we normally would, me at home sulking over Lifetime movies and Ellen, and Tom at work. That evening I decided I wanted to test out the jumping jack theory. Yes, I did jumping jacks..military style. Tom had to teach me how because frankly I can't remember ever doing them before in my life. That was a sight to see I'm sure. Believe it or not..the belly and extra 60 pounds actually made me MORE balanced. I knocked those puppies out of the park. We did about 50. Tom nearly died, but that is neither here nor there. After the jumping jacks I had a few contractions that were related more to my front than my back like the one's I'd previously been having so I decided to take it a step FURTHER. I crawled. Like a dog. Everywhere I went the rest of the night. Let me tell you..if you decide to attempt this pregnant or not pregnant for whatever reason, I suggest staying OFF hardwood floors..or investing in a good set of knee pads. LOVELY.

All of that sounds insane, and it was ..but it worked. 2:30 ish that next morning I woke up to KILLER contractions. We headed into L&D and were hooked up to be monitored. Basically notta was happening..typical. BUT my blood pressure just so happened to skyrocket..sooooo...INDUCTION it was :)

After 48 hours of pitocin (which wasn't as evil as people make it out to be).... I gave birth to the most beautiful little boy in the world. 7 pounds 2 ounces and 21.75 inches of the besttttt thing that could have EVER happened to me and to us.

Oliver Stone Centeno

My sweet little boy is almost 6 weeks old already..weighs in at 10 pounds 2 oz as of his one month birthday, and is a whopping 24 inches long! 

Hopefully, between nap times and diaper changes I'll find a way to come back here and write about our lives and how Oliver is growing and thriving :)

oh and ps.. sorry for any name confusion..butttt when you know you know ;) definitely an Oliver through and through! 

Thanks for all the love and support!!!


Tuesday, January 31, 2012

How I Spent My Week

I definitely enjoyed my "time off" relaxing with Tom and the puppies. We didn't really do much of anything beyond a crazy day of house cleaning, work on the playroom and lots of puppy snuggling! Just how I like to spend my time :)  Among those lovely things I found out I have severe anemia, which is common in pregnancy, and am now taking a lovely iron supplement daily in addition to my prenatal vitamin. I had my 36 (almost two days) week doctor's appointment and little man is measuring almost 39 WEEKS! Holy COW! I may be giving birth to a linebacker here folks. We shall see. This was based off of my fundal height (top of the uterus) which they measure at each appointment. He's definitely jumped the scale I do believe and that probably explains why I feel like I do. Constant pressure, constant pain..and a heck of a lot of stretch marks :) On the plus side though, and this was a huge shocker to me as I've been eating like a frat boy, I finally LOOKED at the scale yesterday at the doctor's office. I've been closing my eyes each weigh in as I don't want to fixate on the number itsself, but she said it out loud yesterday so I had no choice but to know/look. I HAVEN'T GAINED A SINGLE POUND IN 4 WEEKS!!!! How cool/ strange is that?! I was thrilled! And then immediately wanted ice cream hahha :)

Anyways. I don't have much to say (our taxes STILL aren't done..oopsie) so I will leave you with some pictures from the past week ! Oh and btw..where did winter go? It's BEAUTIFUL here in central VA today!

THIS my friends is my favorite :) Up in the playroom (yes I realize my child won't USE the playroom on his own for years, but we still wanted a place to keep all the baby/kid toys and paraphernalia) Tom painted whiteboard paint and then framed out with some trim which he handpainted AND hand stenciled. He is so crafty sometimes I don't even know what to do with him. Those are crabs (EOD Insignia). He printed off a picture of a crab online, cut it out with his exacto knife, and painted them in ! Homemade stencil! He then hand drew the eyes, shell separation and added a red back to each crab. He is pretty awesome. Our son is a lucky little dude! And so am I :)

Tom adding a scoreboard he made from whiteboard paint and trim, for his dart board in the game room!

Loving on her wittle brother :)

YAY! One of our Christmas presents from my parents. They never used this pool table so dad drove it up to us here in VA from MO during the holiday! WE LOVE IT ! And Tom is GOOD.

36 and some change. Measuring 39 weeks. he's low..and he's large. And there's my stretch marks in all their glory.

Black hurrr, don't currrr. Finally back to my "normal" hair. Never let me go blonde again. Just not do-able with a baby.