Thursday, July 31, 2014

Enjoying every last minute of snuggling with B.

craptastic cell phone selfie

On Monday, it's off to work for me and daycare for her. Tate is already off preparing his team to win a Conference Championship this season.

How did you mommas survive the return to work?
What are your tips/tricks for getting things done and staying organized?

Monday, July 14, 2014


The last time I hit "Publish" on my Blogger dashboard was more than three months ago, as I anxiously awaited baby girl's arrival.

Miss B is here and turned three months old on Friday. We are so in love and trying to savor each moment, from her gummy smiles to her middle of the night, "I need mama" tears and snuggles. I'm not sure how much I'll be posting photos of her, but I do hope to get back to blogging now that I have new experiences to write about.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

HDBD: Week 39

How Far Along: 39 weeks.

Size of baby: The size of a watermelon, or a basketball hidden under your tank top at the gym

Total Weight Gain/Loss: 32 pounds give or take, it really depends on the day, what I've eaten and

Maternity Clothes: All the time. Still trying to look "put together" at work. Sweats, shorts, and t-shirts around the house

Stretch marks: Nope.
Movement: Baby has slowed down a lot over the past few days; hopefully conserving her energy for her arrival.

Wedding Rings: on

Symptoms: The same as last week: pelvic pain and restlessness, BH contractions - mine are just a tightening.

Sleep: Still waking up all the time to use the bathroom. I've been having trouble falling asleep after my middle of the night wake-ups.

What I miss: Being comfortable and sleeping well.

Cravings/Aversions/ food in general: snacking throughout the day.

Workouts: walking and lifting

Best Moment This Week: Getting in a few good workouts. I physically and mentally feel better when I work out.

Worst Moment(s): People's annoying wake-up calls, comments and inappropriate questions.
Shopping/Other: I'm all shopped out. I was so worried about baby girl arriving and not being prepared, but since she is taking her sweet time to plump up before arriving, it looks like we did a whole lot of " hurry up and wait". I have been reading positive natural birth stories and trying to relax in general.

Friday, April 4, 2014

5 on Friday

1. Streaming and online shows: Between Netflix, Roku, DVR and a variety of streaming internet sites, "tv show" marathons are becoming more and more common in our household. Shows I've enjoyed over the past few months include: Orange is the New Black, Justified, Breaking Bad, House of Cards, The Americans, and The Following. I love not having to wait a full week between episodes. Any recommendations for shows to watch when I'm undoubtedly awake feeding baby at 3am?

2. Cloth diapers: Baby isn't even here yet and I'm obsessed. Her newborn stockpile is very for her (hopefully very soon) arrival and I found a great deal on some more from another blogger. To round out the current stash, a friend gave us 10 pocket diapers that she doesn't need! This reduces some stress and will let me really do some research before I add any more styles (and patterns) to the collection.

3. Mac n' Cheese Cook Off: I am so excited to attend the inaugural event here in Charleston. One of my Junior League friends has spearheaded this fundraiser for her place of employment, the Childhood Language Center! So obviously as a very pregnant speech-language pathologist, I plan on attending and eating my weight in mac n' cheese! If you are in the Charleston/ Huntington area, the event is taking place this Saturday, April 5, from 11am-3 pm at Capitol Market.

4. Nautical clothing: for me and baby! I have my eye on an anchor print button up blouse from Old Navy for myself and some Carter's crib shoes for baby!

5. Music to my ears: We have plans to see DMB at Blossom, near Cleveland in June, but I'm also working on a plan to see Jimmy Buffett at the Greenbrier Classic over Fourth of July weekend. Anyone want to babysit?

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

HDBD: Week 38

How Far Along: 38 weeks. Baby can arrive at any day, but she could also wait up until  any point just under 4 weeks from now.

Size of baby: Pumpkin sized! 18.9-20.9 inches long and 6.2-9.2 pounds

Total Weight Gain/Loss: I've lost a few pounds over the past 2 weeks, which many moms say is typical in the last few weeks of pregnancy. 

Maternity Clothes: Baby has "dropped" and my clothes are fitting very differently. Low rise pants are pressing against my belly and shirts don't seem to be long enough, which is a huge feat on my short torso

Stretch marks: Nope.

Movement: a lot of poking with a bony little foot or knee. Rolling around alien style too!

Wedding Rings: on

Symptoms: pelvic pain and restlessness, BH contractions.

Sleep: Waking up every two hours to pee. Some nights I sleep well in between and others I don't. I woke up Monday morning feeling very cranky due to lack of sleep. Tuesday was better though.

What I miss: wine and lying on my stomach.... I can almost taste the satisfaction of both though!

Cravings/Aversions/ food in general: I've increased my intake of Raspberry Leaf tea to 32 oz. per day, up from one mug (maybe 12-16 oz?) I've also started taking 1500 mg Evening Primrose Oil orally at night and may start using it the other, uncomfortable to talk about, yet highly recommended way. 

Workouts: walking and lifting

Best Moment This Week: I love getting to hear baby girl's heartbeat at my appointments each week. We also officially decided on her middle name.

Worst Moment(s): On Monday, I woke up grumpy and plain ol' READY for baby to arrive. I was over work, chores, being pregnant, etc.

Shopping/Other: Some very cute headbands from Its All Chevron on Etsy. I bought a Fourth of July headband and a UC one for football season! I also stumbled across a great deal on Jenn's (from Bliss to Bean) Instagram and am anxiously awaiting some cloth diapers!

On my to-do list for the next week:
~Find someone at my insurance company to answer the phone so I can order a breast pump
~Make an accupuncture appointment for after 40 weeks in case baby is still on the inside.