BABY MEMORY BOOK


Baby memory book!

18 days until my due date....HOW INSANE IS THAT! I have one week of work left and then a pedicure booked so I'm hoping this little one stays in for one more week lols...apparently most first baby's arrive after due date so here's hoping he'll let me get my pedi ;)

If you follow me on snapchat (username: lauraliira) you'll know that James and I have been nesting like crazy! Bathroom reno is done, baby clothes are washed, nursery is organized, 15 freezer meals are made...BOOM! This weekend I plan on sterilizing bottles and organizing our bedroom to accommodate his little sleeping cot. I also plan on writing a letter for his baby book (insert one billion crying face emojis!!!!!!)

I purchased this baby book a couple months ago and I have to share it with you because it's the sweetest. They also have a girl version which my sister got for her baby girl who is due 5 weeks after my boy! I still have my baby memory book and it is seriously so special.

Funny story...for the longest time I thought I was 8lbs6oz when I was born but when I opened my baby memory book recently, I discovered that, nope, I was 8lbs8oz ha!

I love all the features of this little book. It tracks details but not crazy details and the illustrations are so cute! 

You can track monthly updates until he's a year old then it goes to birthdays until he's five. There are also other pages to document baby's first holidays and other milestones. I'm seriously so pumped to fill these pages with pictures and stories about my sweet boy. Can't believe I get to meet him SO SOON!

Hope you're having a great week! Sorry (but not sorry lols) about all the baby updates. I promise this blog won't just be all about baby stuff but seriously that's my life right now...lols. I'll be back soon! 

XO,
laura

MY GOLDEN HOUR MATERNITY SHOOT


Dreamy maternity shoot

Last week I had my maternity photos taken! I meant to get them taken at around 30 weeks when my belly wasn't massive but I'm happy to have these and can't believe that one day I'll look back at them and tell my son that he was in my tummy then...pregnancy is so incredibly beautiful.

I was 35.5 weeks when these were taken and the Lion was sitting real HIGH! At my doctor's appointment that week I was measuring 38 weeks...lols. But the next week I was measuring right on track at 36 weeks. I'm now almost 37 weeks and can't believe "go time" is coming sooo soon.

It all feels so surreal right now. James and I are trying to soak in as much "us" time as we can get...movies, dates, hanging out with friends, etc. Our bathroom reno is pretty much done and the nursery is almost finished! I'm planning on working until 38.5 weeks so I'm really hoping baby doesn't come until after then, ha.

I will so treasure these photos. They mark the edge. The edge of the scariest yet most beautiful journey we're going to take...what an adventure it will be.

XO,
laura

All photos by Tamiko Sianen
Flower Crown by Tiffany Sityayev

PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE TRIFLE


Peanut Butter Chocolate Trifle Recipe

Throughout this pregnancy so many people have asked if I have had any cravings. I haven't had any crazy ones but I've definitely noticed my sweet tooth increasing...surprisingly, I usually crave candy more than chocolate...but this one day in particular, I was craving the heavenly combination of chocolate and peanut butter....so I decided to make this trifle. 

Peanut Butter Chocolate Trifle

Now just warning you, this is a crazy rich dessert. I used brownies but next time, I would definitely use a lighter chocolate cake instead.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Trifle Recipe

PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE TRIFLE

Ingredients:

  • 1 batch of chocolate cake from a box (don't bother making from scratch, but do if you really really want to), cooled and cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 large box of chocolate pudding
  • 1 bag of mini peanut butter cups, coarsely chopped
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 3-4 tbsp sugar
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 brick of cream cheese at room temperature

Directions:

  1. Beat heavy cream and regular sugar in an electric mixer on medium high until stiff peaks form. Transfer the whip cream to another bowl and put in the fridge.
  2. Beat peanut butter and cream cheese in the electric mixer on medium until the mixture is creamy. Add in the icing sugar and mix until combined. Add in the milk.
  3. Add 1 cup of the whipping cream to the peanut butter mixture and mix until combined.
  4. Grab your dish and begin to assemble the trifle. Clear dishes are obviously better but use what you have! I assembled it in this order: chocolate cake, peanut butter, peanut butter cups, chocolate pudding, whip cream and then repeat. Make sure you save some peanut butter cups for the top layer!
  5. Enjoy!
Peanut Butter Chocolate Trifle

MMMmmmmm now I want this all over again....

Happy Tuesday!

XO,
laura