Amber


About Amber

Hi, I'm Amber! I live in Kansas City with my family. I am a working mom trying to do it all. I love iMessaging, teasing my husband, working out sporadically, Friends episode on Netflix, and smothering my baby boy with kisses. email me at ambergil@me.com anytime!


7 Months In: Life With 2 Kids

We are nearing lil bro’s 6-month birthday (whaaa?!)  (side note: he’s now just over 7 months old, so clearly I didn’t get around to posting this timely!). So we can officially say we’ve been parenting 2 kids for over half a year!  Biggest accomplishment of our lives?  Yes.  Definitely, yes. We have definitely settled into a routine which is helpful for my sanity.  Lil bro generally takes 2-3 naps a day (depending on their length) and I usually nurse him 5 times a day (sometimes up to 7 depending on his mood/growth spurts/illnesses/teething).  Lil bro now sleeps in a sleep sack in his crib on his tummy which is a major new development after he slept tightly swaddled in the swing for the first 6 months of his life! […]


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Maternity Leave Recap

I went back to work 7 weeks ago and it already feels like maternity leave was so long ago!  The time really flies. I took 12 weeks off for maternity leave.  My husband took a month off and that first month with all of us home as a family of 4 was so much fun! We spent our first week at home just adjusting to our new normal.  Or our new chaos, actually. We took turns napping with the baby and trying to keep our older son entertained.  We did start taking him back to daycare a few days a week after our baby was about a week old.  My mother-in-law is a saint and helped us out SO much during this time.  She came over nearly […]


Baby Boy’s Birth Story

I shared our baby boy’s birth story on my personal Instragram account a few weeks ago and thought I would post it here, as well.  From here on out, I’ll refer to my older son as Big Bro and my younger son as Lil Bro.   Our son was born April 18, 2017 at 5:54am. Here’s his story! After 4 nights of prodromal/early labor, active labor started at 10pm on Monday, April 17th — 5 days past his due date. After 4 nights of off and on contractions, I was still in denial when contractions became more regular and intense. I was mainly annoyed that I couldn’t sleep or get comfortable! I was so annoyed that I told my husband we should just go to the hospital […]

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Thoughts at 32 Weeks & More on Natural Birth Prep

Somehow I’m 32 weeks pregnant! I am becoming more and more excited to meet this little boy inside of me.  I keep picturing the moment they put his fresh, slimy body on my skin and telling him ‘we did it!’. I can’t wait to love him. Pregnancy is going well, thank God.  Normal aches and pains, but nothing terrible.  My toddler still steals the spotlight every day over this pregnancy.   I have been preparing for natural birth like a mad woman and, honestly, I think I’m as ready as I can be.  I feel confident that my body was made to give birth naturally.  I feel confident that I’ll find a rhythm to cope with the pain.  I feel confident that my labor will […]


Sitting Room Plans for 2017

I mentioned in my last post that I usually like to focus on one room every year and make it over and presentable.  It’s a fun hobby of mine and a nice overall house goal to always have in the back of my mind.  This year, our makeover room is our front sitting room…here it is in all its glory!   This is the first room any visitor will see when they come in the front door, so I’d like it to look presentable and welcoming. This room is technically a dining room, but we currently don’t have much of a need for a dining room.  So we are keeping it as a sitting room and making it useable and comfortable.  Right now, it is literally our […]

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Master Bedroom Progress in 2016 5

I’ve mentioned in several posts that I’m working to re-do our master bedroom.  Re-do isn’t really the right word…rather, I’m fixing all of the mistakes I made when we first moved in and thought I was a designer and could make bold choice.  *purple accent walls* cough *yellow gold curtains* cough cough I cringed every time I walked into our master bedroom and knew it was one of the first rooms I really needed to put some work into and make it over in a way that I really loved.  I pinned SO MANY pictures on my Master Bedroom Pinterest board (and still pinning to this day!).  It’s one of my favorite time-killing hobbies.  But, a designer I am NOT, so it takes a ton of visual inspiration […]


2016 in Review!

HIGHS finding out we were expecting our 2nd little boy! a healthy pregnancy celebrating our son’s 2nd birthday in May building our son a rock box in our backyard which is still a huge hit our son becoming more comfortable at the pool and becoming very brave — he is a little fish now! family trip to Arizona (our son’s 2nd plane ride — he did awesome!) very few colds for our toddler and a very healthy second half of the year for him! celebrating our FIFTH wedding anniversary! Adam and I having regular lunch dates when we are both working downtown signing up for a family membership to a nearby rec center countless family walks/hikes and encouraging our son’s love of being active (as seen in the picture […]

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My Plans for 2017

A new year!  The new year is always so exciting to me.  I love a fresh start.  I love hearing about everyone’s resolutions and (usually) making lots of my own. This year I don’t necessarily have resolutions since having a baby will be the main focus.  My year will be divided into three seasons: The last third of my pregnancy: January through April Maternity Leave: April through June/July-ish Going back to work and settling into our new normal: August through December With this being my second go around, I obviously know what to expect during these last months of pregnancy and those postpartum months. I can tell you that postpartum scares me a LOT more than pregnancy.  Am I the only one that thinks those […]


Planning for a Natural Hospital Birth 3

For this baby, I am planning/hoping for a more natural childbirth.  We are still planning to deliver at our hospital in case of emergency, but I’m mentally preparing for no pain meds.  Before I get into the why of wanting a natural birth, I want to emphasize that I am extremely grateful that I have a healthy baby boy at home and he was brought into this world safely.  In the end, that is all that matters. My views on childbirth have changed dramatically since I gave birth to my 10+ pound son 2 1/2 years ago.  With him, I went into labor wanting the epidural.  I was scared of the pain because I had never done any research on natural childbirth and because all the […]


a new addition: part 2 2

08.01.16 On Saturday, 07.30.16, I got 2 glorious strong pink lines on a test.  Later that day, I was feeling so yucky that I decided to take this digital test and couldn’t believe it when, at just 10 DPO, I already got a positive on a digital test! We are so happy.  I can’t believe our son is going to get a little brother or sister! I’m so, so, so nervous, too.  We keep saying how much more nervous we are this time around, especially after last month.  When I got pregnant with my son, I never worried about losing the baby.  It was that wonderful first-pregnancy naivete. I spotted once on Friday, the day before the positive test.  And very slightly today.  But none over […]