99 problems but the Biltmore ain’t one!


The day after Christmas we departed to North Carolina for a vacay with my in-laws. I had worried, worried, worried, worried, and WORRIED about how the car ride would go with the baby. And the baby inside of me. Turns out babies aren’t the problem! Harper rode with her Nina and Pawpaw the whole trip to NC, so I wouldn’t have to stress out over her in the car, and that was awesome of them. Then I figured out that the problem I should’ve been worried about was my back! Oh yea, and my nerves. The back was the worst I’d felt in a while. There was NO escape, I couldn’t lay down, couldn’t’ stand up, couldn’t walk around…NOTHING to make it feel better! The whole ride was full of me thinking or saying profanities.

Anyways, we got to spend some nice time with the family, and I got some GREAT pictures of everyone! I really liked the way Harper’s older cousins treated her, they were so sweet to her!

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I had a difficult first few days due to back pain and Harper waking up several times a night. I just kept thinking she was cold, hot, uncomfortable, or confused about where she was. Turns out she’s getting another tooth! That would’ve been nice to know while we were fighting for our sweet precious sleep.

The last day was my favorite. We went to The Biltmore, courtesy of my Mother and Father in law. It was really cool! The perfect spot for pictures too! I’m so glad I brought my good camera with both lenses with us! I did end up dipping out on the last leg of the trip because I was pretty sure they’d have to carry me through the last hour, but hey, I lasted from 10:45-5:30. I think that’s pretty good. I paid for it in back pain afterwards , but it was still greatness!

Here’s my photo dump!

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I have a Christmas post to put up, but for some reason I can’t finish it! Maybe I’ll post it next year ūüôā Along with my 2012 review like everyone else is doing maybe? Who knows…gotta stay predictable!

XOXO

Bell

OH AND FYI, IF YOU HAVE AN IPHONE, TURN THE FRONT FACING CAMERA ON FOR YOUR KID. IT’S CUTENESS. SEE BELOW:

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Things have changed!


The last time I hit 26 weeks I wrote this post. Now that we are almost 27 weeks I am looking back to see how I felt at this point with our first and am noticing some changes!

One thing in particular is a clear cut difference this time around: I don’t really care to be touched. With Harper, I wanted my tummy to be rubbed all the time. I wanted to sit and stare at Mt. Bump and watch it move all around. I even liked it when my coworkers would put their hands on it. I’m not against people briefly touching it and saying “awwww how cute”…but I don’t encourage it this time around. The only reason I can come up with, is that I feel like there’s a thick barrier on the front of my womb, well it’s a fact, I have anterior placenta. Baby just isn’t as close to the surface as I prefer. When he moves around, I feel it in my underwear areas instead of my stomach. It sort of makes me think people can’t really touch him properly. I also feel more uncomfortable in my lower belly. Either he’s further down, or the placenta is making me have the illusion that he his sitting really low and making me a little miserable. Who wants the most uncomfortable part of them to be touched?

I haven’t even let anyone else feel him move besides John, and I don’t even let that happen terribly often. You basically have to have your hand in my underoos to feel him moving around, and I’m not comfortable putting anyone else’s hand that far down my belly just to feel! They’ll have to wait until he turns face down and the kicks move up I guess!

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The second thing involves the cravings. I was really specific on what I wanted at 26 weeks with Harper. Fried pickles mainly. With baby boy, I can’t really pick out one specific thing that I would eat every day all day. I just want to EAT!!! EVERYTHING!!! I could eat all the time. No really, all the time. The only thing preventing me from eating sometimes, is when I’ve eaten SO much that I think I will throw up if I eat another snack. I eat until midnight.

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The one consistent is the back pain. I forgot how bad it was! Some magical spell cast over me in my 7-8th (?) month of pregnancy that took all of my back pain away. It was amazing. I kept thinking “this will not last more than a day!!”, but it did. It lasted after Harper was born! Well, minus those last 2-3 weeks of pregnancy. I need the back pain to go away soon, because I’m having front pain too! I only need one! I don’t know how to manage both at the same time! Tylenol OTC is a big brand, but it just doesn’t do anything for me! Tylenol 3’s are where it’s at, people. I can’t really take one without feeling guilty(even though they were prescribed by my OB) and nauseated though…so I get one every 2 weeks usually. The reprieve is awesome. (If I don’t feel sick that is.)

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Here’s to only having one sided pain instead of two sided pain!

XOXO

Bell

2012 in review


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 46,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 11 Film Festivals

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I need to but I don’t…


I don’t mention him enough. ¬†I often feel like ¬†bad person for not telling everyone how good he is to us. ¬† He is our rock, our dream man, and our protector. ¬†He is the light of Harper’s life and has placed an incorruptible ¬†love in my life.IMG_6329IMG_6390

He’s given me the gift of my daughter, as well as the upcoming gift of my son -and a whole new extension to my family with his own.

He provides the home we live in, and works very hard every day so that we can be able to stay home together instead of sending Harper to daycare. ¬†This is something that means so much to me. ¬†I was very stressed about going back to work, more so about Harper’s well being in a daycare. ¬†He lets me sleep in a little longer in the mornings these days because he knows I’ve had trouble sleeping lately. ¬†I’ve been suffering from rigor mortis of the belly during the morning. ¬†I wake up and I’ve turned to stone. ¬†Not something I want to get up and walk around with until it softens.

He makes me laugh, he always does our “man” chores around the house, he gives without expecting to receive, he tells Harper he loves her every day, he likes to eat (like me), and now that he has a great grill, he will be cooking for me! ¬†See how that works?

On a daily basis I find myself obsessing over forgetting to tell him I love him…usually during car rides. ¬†I’m always afraid something will happen to him and I will regret the things I’ve said or not said. ¬†I’m going to try to implement some rules for myself to carry out daily to improve our interactions because they have room for improvement with little effort.

Let’s do this!!

Here’s to the one and only man in our life, the only one that will love us until we are no more.

I love you Honey and I hope this Christmas season will be special to you!  Looking forward the next 50-60 Christmases with you and our kids, forming new traditions each year at our home!

XOXO’

Bell

A month ahead


It happened a month earlier than last time…SOMEONE NOTICED I WAS PREGNANT IN PUBLIC AND ASKED!
It’s a general rule to never ask. But I had been waiting for someone to ask! Actually, the lady didn’t even ask, she just said so is Harper expecting a little brother or a little sister?
It’s the pregnant women who play around with the public by responding to these types of confrontations with “no I’m not pregnant” that ruin it for the ones who actually want to be noticed as expecting instead of a heavy beer drinker!
I spent the day getting my hair color fixed and paroozing a maternity store that I never knew existed. If you live in Alabama (which you probably don’t since half of my followers are in another country), you should visit the swanky stork in Homewood. If you’re not in Alabama, you can go to their website, but they’re expensive online. I was super disappointed when I wanted to give everyone the site name once I saw the prices online are double or triple what I saw in store. The dress I bought was 50$, but they have no dresses under 129$ online. Ain’t nobody got time for that. See the video reference below if you’re not from the south.

Anyways…here’s the dress, the hair, and the baby the day someone was confident enough to ask about my bump.
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I think the hair looks better than it did… sometimes I look at it and think it looks great…then other times I will think it looks strange. I think it’s just a big change. I didn’t think it would be a big change since the red hair debacle of 2012.

In other news Santa stopped by our house to bring John a big giant crazy grill that has a gas section, charcoal section, smoker, and cooking eye. Santa also dropped a new iphone5 in my stocking! This early Santa stuff is probably not going to fly in about 2-3 years! Actually, in 2-3 years I’m not sure Santa can afford that sort of quality of gifts for everyone, so lets do this while we can!
XOXO
Bell

25 Week Post


For those normal people out there, that’s 6 months and 1 week.

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It really looks sooooo much bigger when I’m standing up…….but who wants to stand up? Not this girl.

Also, look at my hair. I paid someone to make it look like this. That sounds really rude. But it IS what I asked for. I asked for roots. Well, I asked for an ombre hair color job. If you’re a hair stylist, chances are you’re not an ombre expert…I get it. I used to work in a hospital, where I was expected to draw blood from people. You know what? I had to practice on someone. That’s right people, I stuck needles in patients with no idea of how to do it. Well, I had some idea, but not any real human experience. That’s how education works. I’m not upset the hair is a little off from what I asked for because the nice stylist offered to fix it tomorrow, and I’m all fine and dandy with that.
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Here’s what I wanted it to look like compared to how it turned out:

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Maybe I was just wishing the hair style would make me look as skinny and tan as Giulana Rancic.

 

Anyways…here’s what’s going on inside and outside of my body.

Size of the baby: He is about 1.5lb in weight, you might compare his size to a cauliflower now. ¬†It’s crazy to think that in just 2 weeks he has grown a half a pound! ¬†Probably more than that since I’ve been eating like a sumo wrestler. ¬†Parents.com says my baby is making his first poop right now. ¬†Lovely.

Weight gain: I’m big. ¬†That is all.

Gender: Boy!!!!

Movement: Every few hours I feel him. ¬†But since I have an anterior placenta, it’s such a strange feeling compared to what Harper felt like. ¬†I feel him move, but the feeling is down LOW. ¬†Like I’m getting kicked in my lady parts instead of my tummy. ¬†I would describe it as if someone were to stomp on your foot, but your hand hurt when they did it instead. ¬†Phantom like feeling.

What I miss: ¬†I miss having Tom lay on my stomach every night. ¬†If only I could find a kitten rental store in town. ¬†And before you call me crazy, I saw a story on the news about a girl who rents out puppies!!! ¬† So it’s real, people!!!!

Cravings: Lebanese cookies called ghraybeh. ¬†My mother in law makes them every Christmas, and even though she puts nuts in them (which I don’t normally like), THE’RE SO GOOD. ¬†She released her family recipe to me last week and of course I’m almost done eating my whole batch. ¬†They’re buttery heaven. ¬†The recipe calls for SEVEN sticks of butter. ¬†SEVEN. ¬†Not that it deters me from eating them.

Symptoms: Braxton Hicks contractions, extreme hunger, and amazing nails.

Best moment this week: ¬†When Harper said “Mon-KEY”!!! ¬†Oh, and finishing my Christmas shopping for John. ¬†Now if I could just START on everyone else’s gifts!

Worst moment this week: ¬†I have 2 worst moments. ¬†1. ¬†going to Harper’s year old check up for FOUR shots. ¬†ūüė¶ ¬†FOUR!!!!! ¬† 2. ¬†Realizing that I was completely caught up on the “Parenthood” series on TV. ¬†I think it’s my all time favorite TV show.

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Holding on to Fake Tom knowing she’s in the doctor’s office.

I must say after typing this out, my worst moments don’t even compare to what some people are feeling this Christmas, especially in the CT massacre. My heart hurts for everyone involved. I quit watching the news the day it happened. I was basically disgusted with the things I saw the media releasing. I feel like pictures of terrified students leaving the school are inappropriate to air to the world. Video of medical examiners entering the school broke my heart even more for some reason. I just kept thinking, what if you’re the victim’s family and you’re seeing these medical examiners going to be with a child you can’t even see yet. There were a handful of inappropriate things aired on the news that day, and I’m sure they’re still being aired. I’m disappointed that the police didn’t close that entire scene off from the media until the entire investigation was complete. I’m not “looking for someone to project my anger about the situation on”, I’m simply pointing out that they should know better, use more discretion, and be more thoughtful. They should say “would I want to see this footage if my child were in that school”?

I’m also curious about if the news of this tragedy is reaching my overseas followers…guys???

Hug your kids and enjoy your week with them!
XOXO
BEll

Huh?


Me: Here’s some yogurt, baby!! YUM!!

Harper: yah yah yah yah…dadadadadadada….ahhhhhh!!!

Me: Hang on I gotta turn the meat over so it doesn’t burn, just give me a few seconds!!!!

Harper: MONKEY!!!

Me: Huh?  Did you just say monkey?!????!!!!!

Harper: MON-KEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

She’s never said a REAL word that’s not just a short cut word!

Here’s me shoving ANOTHER video down your throat, but I just can’t help myself!!!!

I die.

XOXO

Bell

Advent-urous


Here is my second advent project for this Christmas!

You’ll notice that I’m a slacker and have only done the 12 days before Christmas instead of the traditional 25 for advents, but I just didn’t want to paint 12 more bags and make 12 more ornaments this year! ¬†I will add the other 12 for next Christmas when we have 2 babies! ¬†Plus, I started way behind on these advent projects so we would’ve had to open 12 at once just to catch up to the current date!

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The theme is "hand made"........so I personally rolled my own felt ornament out of roving...it's the first one I've done, so I'm okay with it!

The theme is “hand made”……..so I personally rolled my own felt ornament out of roving…it’s the first one I’ve done, so I’m okay with it!

Here is Harper starting her book advent, actually she was catching up since I forgot to have her open one last night! Whoops! Looks like tomorrow we will have to put up THREE advent ornaments since I wasn’t able to get that together until JUST now!
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I think the books are a hit!
Hope you’re having a good holiday season at your homes!
XOXO
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Bubonic plague and books


I haven’t posted lately because of the bubonic plague walking pneumonia I have had. ¬†Apparently when you are pregnant, you’re immune system sucks. I quickly caught whatever Harper had, let it stew inside of me, and received a gift of pneumonia from the pregnancy gods. ¬†I’ve never had any kind of pneumonia in my life! ¬†Why do I have to get it NOW!? ¬†The good news is that the doctor said I was on my way “out” of the pneumonia doors since I had waited so long to actually come in to see her.

Anywho…whilst on my death bed, I scoured the blog world for children’s Christmas ideas and found a couple I REALLY love!

The first is advent Christmas books for the 12 days of Christmas. ¬†We are doing 12 instead of your regular 25 because….well 25 books would cost a TON of money unless I got the really rinky dink ones. ¬†Don’t get me wrong, she likes those a lot too, I just wanted to have something really special for her first christmas of being able to actually know things are going on. ¬†Only about 5 of the books are Christmas books, and the others are anytime books because my book supplier of choice was already severely picked through from all the moms that are actually on top of things this year.

Here is my Christmas book advent basket so far:

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She will start opening books on Friday night for her nightly reading!  So excited!

I haven’t perfected it yet, I think next year I want to wrap the books in brown parchment paper for a more vintage look!

If you want to use this idea, I got the free printable numbers from Makdoodle.com  .  They have some REALLY cute other ideas for Holiday fun other than Christmas!

I still have one more advent activity in mind to do this year if I have time to get it together and I will definitely be sharing because it is ADORABLE!

Oh, and if you’re wondering if Harper is feeling better just look at these:

 

Get it?

If you liked her mad dance skills you should show us some love by VOTING for us on Top Baby Blogs! ¬†ūüôā

XOXO

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What are you going to do when you have TWO of them?


I really get annoyed when people say that. ¬†I’m not sure if I should…should I? ¬†Why does it annoy me? ¬†I guess it just sounds negative…it’s like they’re saying “you’re really going to be up sh*t creek soon!!!”. ¬†Sort of like when I was pregnant with Harper, I had 8 trillion people say to me “you better get used to sleep deprivation!”. ¬†I just didn’t like it. ¬†Is there another way to say it? ¬†I guess not. ¬†Maybe it just shouldn’t be said out loud…but the past 2 days I have actually been asking myself that very question.

With Harper and I being plagued with some sort of cold bird flu, swine disease, or botulism this week- I’ve been wondering how this is going to be with TWO sick babies PLUS a sick Mommy.

Two noses to suck boogers out of with the aspirator.

Two noses to squirt with saline spray.

You get the gist right?

I’ve already accepted that if Harper gets sick, I’m going to get sick too. ¬†I really knew that a long time ago..so it wasn’t a shocker that a couple days after she was sick, it hit me too. ¬†That’s a part of being a parent, I get it. ¬†What stinks, is that’s going to be a part of being a brother for baby 2.0 as well. ¬†If Harper is sick, he’s going to be sick, and then there’s the given factor that I will be sick too. ¬†And OMG what if John is sick too? ¬†I guess I feel prepared to have 2 children, but I hadn’t considered them being sick together before this…I mean, we went a whole year without real sickness with Harper, so it wasn’t on my mind a lot!

I’m prepared to multiply my love, to change 2 diapers instead of one, to have extra needs to meet after he comes…I really am. ¬†Well, I’m not worried about it in particular, who can REALLY be ready for a second baby that they’ve never met before?

PLEASE BE AS SWEET AS HARPER, BABY BROTHER!!!

Anyone with 2 want to tell me if it’s absolutely unbearable to have 2 sick children at once? ¬†Or am I just freaking myself out since I have a sinus infection the swine flu?

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Excited to hear your thoughts…assuming I live through the night.

XOXO

Bell

***PLEASE KNOW THAT I’M NOT TALKING ABOUT ANY SPECIFIC PERSON SAYING THESE THINGS TO ME, THEY’VE BEEN SAID TO ME SO MANY TIMES BY SO MANY DIFFERENT PEOPLE I CAN’T EVEN REMEMBER WHO SAID WHAT OR WHEN***

23 Weeks


I might as well keep going with the random week thing since I’ve done it all along, right?

We are over the pregnancy “hump” and headed down the hill towards the end!

I hear women are supposed to start feeling like superwomen during this time of their pregnancy…Where are these people? Speak up! Announce yourselves!

I just feel tired! Not to mention this week both Harper and I are sick as dogs with a cold. I have a baby on the inside trying to kill me, and one on the outside with the same goal I think.

Anyways, here’s the skinny on the bump:

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It’s round.

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I’m pouty. ¬†No fair, I just get over the nausea of pregnancy and mother nature pistol whips me with a cold. ¬†I give mother nature the double bird today. ¬†DOUBLE BIRD!!!!!

Size of the baby: He is about 1lb in weight, you might compare his size to a football now. ¬†WOW ¬†In a few weeks he will DOUBLE in size…and I will triple in size. ¬†Okay that last part was speculation, but no really…that could happen. ¬†He has sense of touch and taste now. ¬†Hope he liked my shepherd’s pie today. ¬†We are not too far away from him being a viable size to survive outside of me, although that is definitely not what we want, it’s nice to know that he would have a good chance to survive if he came out in a month or 2.

Weight gain: 20lbs. ¬†Mooooooooooooo ¬†Come’on Bessie, get in your stall and eat some hay!

Gender: Boy!!!!

Movement: Several times a day, and stronger than before.  I can see my stomach move a tiny bit when he is dancing.

Sleep: Sleep has been okay the last 2 weeks I think. ¬†One can always use more, but I’ll take it. ¬†I have just been trying to watch my water intake before bed and make sure I pee every last drop when I’m tired enough to fall asleep so that I won’t wake up and the butt crack of dawn to pee.

what I miss: Self esteem.  Being tan.  Having pretty feet.  Fitting into trendy clothes.  I basically just avoid mirrors if possible, and public if possible.

Cravings: White hot chocolate (home made thankyouverymuch) and crab rangoon (home made thankyouveryfreakinmuch!).

Symptoms: Crazy dreams still, cranked up anxiety, swollen fingers when I sleep, BRAXTON HICKS this freaking early, heart palpitations (yea I know, what the heck?  Being sent to a cardiologist at 6 months pregnant for that one.), and still those dang headaches that nobody seems to care about.

Best moment this week:  Realizing Harper was asking for bites of our food every time we eat!

Worst moment this week: BEING SICK! ¬†Seeing Harper sick BREAKS MY HEART. ¬†She started to wheeze today when I got her up from a nap and it was so terrible to hear. ¬†I started to bawl uncontrollably…I get so scared that she is struggling to breathe with all that flem. ¬†I cried the entire drive to the DR (second visit in 3 days) to find out she has a cold and ear infection. ¬†Not to mention we had to wait 1.5 hours at the office for our appointment…I almost just ventured out myself to find a script pad for us. ¬†Yea, I know, illegal. ¬†Just a thought.

 

In other news, I’m looking for a couple of changes in my appearance. ¬†I’m making a promise to myself to get a spray tan this weekend and hopefully an ombre hair coloring done as well! ¬†Maybe those things will make me feel better! ¬†I also have a massage voucher that needs to be used….I can’t decide whether to use it now or later…I mean my back DOES hurt now!

Well tell me what’s going on in your bump land!

And VOTE for my blog if you have time!

XOXO

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