Double Feature: Weeks 16 & 17

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

 Hey y'all! I dropped the ball on last week's little update but promised myself I would do this so I'm combining the two. I'm only 17 weeks TODAY so I won't have much for this week in general but I want to knock them out because we are neck deep in packing and have to be out of the house by THIS Sunday! Oh and its Thanksgiving week on top of that. Whew! Hope everyone has a safe, socially distanced (insert sad face) and yummy Thanksgiving!

Mama made an appearance for this week's photo!

How far along? 16 Weeks (merging with 17 too)

Size of Baby: Dill Pickle and a pomegranate4.6 inches and 4 oz/ 5in & 5oz

Total weight gain/loss: Still only up 1.5 pounds this week (can we pretend it'll stay that way?) I think 124 as of now

Symptoms: Pretty awesome so far! I've missed this!

Maternity clothes? Buying ALL the cute maternity clothes - living in the Old Navy leggings 

Stretch marks? No... got some new firming lotion to add to the mix

Sleep: For some reason this week has been awful BUT my back hurts due to packing boxes and being on the ground and no name it

Best moment this week: Signing closing paperwork & my bestie Cici is in town to help! Oh and Thanksgiving food of course despite Covid ruining seeing family!

Miss Anything? WINE

Movement: Nothing prominent yet! When I lay down at night though there are some interesting things going on ever so lightly so I try to feel for them! Hoping to feel her soon since I'm a week away from when I first felt flutters with Andi!

Food cravings: All my usual things like fruit, etc. and still Italian ice like crazy! 

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope, thank goodness

Have you started to show yet: ummm yes- no denying I am preggers! 

Gender prediction: GIRL! Oh..and we have a name! Will share after our Dec. 11th Gender Scan (just in case haha!)

Nursery: putting a list together of things we will need - fun!

Walking the neighborhood and a mix of pre-natal workouts 3x a week

Labor Signs: No way José

Belly Button in or out? In and stretching..

Wedding rings on or off? On but feel bigger- I think that happens in winter though

Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy & overwhelmed 

Looking forward to: Thanksgiving and a short week. Feeling more movement!

15 weeks!

Thursday, November 12, 2020


How far along? 15 Weeks 2 days

Size of BabyAvocado - my fav! 4 inches and 2.5 oz

Total weight gain/loss: Same as last time - sitting at 124 so up 2ish pounds?

Symptoms: No bad ones thus far!

Maternity clothes? Oh yes- 100% when it comes to pants - just ordered a lot of cute stuff from Old Navy and Pinkblush 

Stretch marks? Not yet (thankfully)

Sleep: Sleeping great and heading to bed way earlier than usual. Still waking up to pee every night 2 times or more! Moving in with my parents at the end of the month and just ordered a fab memory foam mattress haha (we close on our house the 30th! ah!)

Best moment this week: Knowing I'm already in the second trimester and feeling that uterus - whew! I'm still hoping for early signs of kicks! 

Miss Anything? Still wine! My friend Hill got me this faux sparkling rose and its actually pretty tolerable (lol) 

Movement: see above! Still waiting but I try every night to slightly push in on spots!

Food cravings: Mango italian ice all the way!

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope

Have you started to show yet: Oh yea and boobs are AHmazing 

Gender predictionGirl! 

Nursery: Definitely have months to go before focusing on this in the new house but thinking an ivory/wood tones marsh like theme (I have a beautiful marsh, lowcountry painting I'm centering this around) 

Still squeezing in walks and nightly prenatal workouts 

Labor Signs: No

Belly Button in or out? In

Wedding rings on or off? On

Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy! Anxious!

Looking forward to: Celebrating Seth's 35th birthday this Saturday! We're doing at the house for our last hooray before moving out! 

14 Weeks (then & now)

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

 Hey y'all! 

     So the weeks are flying and I can't believe I did a separate chalkboard design for each one (I sort of miss it but piggy backing off of last time is totally working for me too) I definitely feel larger this time around but other than that not much has changed! 

How far along? 14 Weeks 1 day

Size of Babyan orange - 3.5 inches and 2oz

Total weight gain/loss: up 4 total I think?

Symptoms: No sickness but still going to bed SUPER early

Maternity clothes? Oh yes- 100% when it comes to pants

Stretch marks? No - using Basq intensive stretch mark butter

Sleep: Sleeping great and heading to bed way earlier than usual. Still waking up to pee every night 5 times or more! 

Best moment this week: Heading down to Edenton, NC with Seth on Friday to check out another rental property option

Miss Anything? Still wine - especially since we're awaiting election results!

Movement: Nothing prominent yet! Can def feel uterus though!

Food cravings: Mango Italian ice

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope

Have you started to show yet: Oh yea and boobs are incredible this time around! ha!

Gender prediction: Baby Otey #2 is another girl!

Nursery: No - will focus on that once we move

Trying to walk with Andi and squeezed in a prenatal weights workout last night!

Labor Signs: No way

Belly Button in or out? In

Wedding rings on or off? On

Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy!

Looking forward to: Feeling more movement!

I'm Baaaack (I think)

Friday, October 30, 2020

 Hey y'all! 

   I've been thinking recently a lot about blogging (circa 2015 blogging, the OGs so to speak) and how much I genuinely miss it. The connections, the outlet, the information, the help, the fun, etc - I miss it all! 2020 has obviously been a complete BUST for everyone and we all know 2019 really was not ours or Andi's year but I'm really hoping 2021 will be great. Actually, I'm willing it to be great. 

We've completed our biggest renovation and it is currently under contract with terrifying but exciting plans to move to NC into a beautiful historic home. We've also expanded our reno work into other people's homes and spaces now which has been super exciting. Despite the pandemic and craziness, life seems to be exactly where it should be.... with that said, we have some more mega news and I am OVER the moon to share this with y'all (aka anyone who is actually still reading) that after 5 years of weighing the pros and cons and essentially convincing my hubs, we are thrilled to announce that we are expecting again! Baby GIRL Otey #2 is due this May (the exact same timeline as Miss A) and I am nervous, excited, overwhelmed, out of the loop (haha) and somewhat ready!? I think I'm most excited for Miss A to be a big sister and have that built-in companion in life. Also, this news is pretty much why I wanted to dive back into blogging. I've found myself looking back at those old posts since it has been so long since I've done this and it has been so helpful. I've laughed (at my made up grammar mostly) I've cried and I've just simply enjoyed reading back over the last 5 years of our lives. Thank goodness for this little space! I also want baby #2 to be able to go back and read everything the same way Miss Andi will be able to one day. Its such a great virtual diary so to speak. 

Whether you're tagging along for the ride or not, I've decided to dive back in and have my little space up and running again. I've simplified the layout and changed some settings (for now) due to some weird privacy issues that happened but I'm hoping to reconnect with everyone and just have a sweet little reference spot that I can look back on one day. I've created a new email to coincide with this space so feel free to reach out! I plan to do the weekly updates because hey, why not? I'm also super interested to see how these pregnancies compare. This will be fun and I'm excited to see our family grow in more ways than one!

Stay healthy & be kind y'all.

Like they say..showing a little quicker the 2nd time for sure!

How far along? 13 Weeks 3 days

Size of Baby: a jalapeño! 

Total weight gain/loss: I started at 120 and now 124... eek

Symptoms: No sickness thank goodness but a little bloated still

Maternity clothes? yes...ALL the leggings

Stretch marks? No... started some intense creams early this time though!

Sleep: Sleeping great, minus waking up to pee every night 5 times or more! Ugh.. always sleepy though. I'm in bed usually by 9 which is SO unlike me.

Best moment this week: Getting all of her genetic testing back and last week finding out early that its another GIRL

Miss Anything? (drinking coffee this time but limiting to 1 cup usually)

Movement: Not yet but I hear its sooner second time around? Tightness in lower left area

Food cravings: Fruits & Halloween candy for the win and now add jello! (same as last time)

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope!

Have you started to show yet: most def

Gender prediction: all pink everything

Nursery: We're moving at the end of the month so not quite yet! Have some fun plans though once we get into the new house

Trying to walk the neighborhood and doing prenatal workouts 3 times a week and weight strength training

Labor Signs: No

Belly Button in or out? In

Wedding rings on or off? On

Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy/anxious - lots going on!

Looking forward to: Feeling more movement

Click here to see this week in 2015!

xo JMO 

Andi Meets Miss America!

Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Happy Monday y'all! If you've been following since the beginning then this will come as no shock...I love pageants- always have and always will be a huge supporter of the Miss Virginia and Miss America organizations. Not sold? Do a quick Google and you'll see that those organizations are one of the biggest scholarship providers for young women. (Andi's newborn photoshoot was Miss VA themed...ha! Not kidding!)

 Last year Emili McPhail, Miss VA 2018, came to visit Andi and that was beyond amazing. She is a fellow Hollins girl as well! This year we got a phone call that almost knocked us out of our socks! Miss Andi was invited to meet Miss America y'all! Just to give a little background, this year's Miss America was also Miss Virginia! We watched Emili crown the new Miss VA Camille Schrier last June and it was so exciting. She is only one of two Miss America candidates ever to incorporate science into her on stage talent. See her experiment below!

Camille is a doctor of pharmacy student and a graduate of VA Tech University. She brings brains and beauty to the organization and is the sweetest gal you'll ever meet! We had no idea it was going to be a one on one meet and greet and we were so shocked when we arrived to almost 15 cameras, news anchors, radio hosts and photographers. Andi was able to chat with Miss America about everything from science to tiaras and also informed her that she also held the title of Miss August in the Children's Hospital of Richmond Calendar. It was such a fantastic moment and it made my heart so happy to see Andi look up to her that day. See the news story and video of the two meeting here:

Andi's Miss August Calendar shoot! 

We'll be able to see Camille again in June when she comes back to the Miss VA pageant and maybe again at her upcoming homecoming! If you want to follow along on Miss America's year you can follow her on instagram here on her personal account or here for the official Miss America account. Next year Andi will be old enough to participate in the Miss VA Princess program and you better believe we're diving in!

Camille reached out to me later that night and asked if she could send Andi something special in the mail. Needless to say, Andi will be OVER the moon when the surprise comes so stay tuned! Such a cool experience that I'm sure she will never forget. (Mama won't either!) Hope y'all have a great rest of the week!

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Things I've Been Eyeing...

Monday, January 20, 2020

Hey y'all! Happy new year! Today, over lots of coffee, I've decided to share with y'all all of the random things that I've added to my wishlist lately. I love seeing these type of posts from others so I figured a new year refresh bundle was definitely in order! I hope everyone is having a great start to 2020. We're getting ready for an upcoming gala, a surprise trip to Disney's Grand Floridan resort with friends for Miss Andi and just came off an excellent week where Miss Andi got to meet Miss America y'all! Check back later this week and I'll definitely share more on that! 

Happy Monday Friends!

1. Annette Handpainted Triptych
2. Monterey Hand-knotted Area Rug 
3. Lemon Tree Coco Door Mat
4. Blue Ming Ceramic Planters 
5. Any kind of storage baskets
6. Lake Pajamas

Ps - Frontgate is doing 25% off sale right now!

1. Outdoor Pillows for back porch
2. Skinny storage basket
3. Leopard Sneakers
4. Planters (but probably black ones)
5. Collagen by Beauty Tonic
6. Raincoat
7. Bento Box
8. Makeup Towels

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Holiday Home Tour

Wednesday, December 18, 2019
Hey y'all! Can you believe that Christmas is already here? I HATE how fast this time of year goes by but if I'm being honest, we're totally ready for a fresh and new 2020. We've been prepping for one of my favorite events in our hometown and its called the Holiday Home Tour! Its put on each year by the Chamber of Commerce and this year they asked to feature our home on the tour. Even though the prep and cleaning was intense (Hello, hiring help if ever in a similar situation...) the outcome was totally worth it. There were so many people that came through and the response was so positive and so overwhelming that it made my heart full. Getting to see the other homes is always my favorite and I'm glad I carved out a little time to sneak away and check them out! I mean, what other time is it ok to basically be a peeping Tom in someone else's home!? Anyway, before Christmas is over, I wanted to share a little sneak peek into our home all decked out for the holidays!

Edit: Some rooms are left out because they weren't decorated for the tour so stay tuned in January once we take down the decor and get our photographer to take official 'after' pictures of this renovation! 

I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas and happy new year!

Merry Christmas Y'all! 

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