These are a few of my favorite things…


There are certain things that Baby’s R Us told me I JUST HAD TO HAVE!! Several of them…well…I never use!! And there are a few things I wish I had registered for more of, or even ONE of!

THINGS THAT WE LOVE:

  • Fleece zip up/ button ups.

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  • Carter’s long sleeve onsies with built in mittens.
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  • Swaddle Blankets.
  • Carseat cocoon.
  • Baby wash cloths.

THINGS WE DON’T USE:

  • Burp cloths. (we just like to use the wash cloths best)
  • Changing table. (Never needed it!)
  • Dresses. (I’m sure we will soon use these a lot – but right now, onesies are the bees knees!)
  • Formula. (Thank goodness we haven’t had to supplement yet!)
  • Electric bottle warmer. (Usually she has fresh milk!)
  • Travel wipe case. (I like to have a TON of wipes…ya know to ease my mind.)

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One baby…a million pieces of advice!


I was told this would happen…it’s unavoidable…and ever so frustrating…people that have unhelpful criticism and advice about my new baby!

I am slowly and begrudgingly figuring out that I just have to nod my head and smile when put in these situations.

It is hard though!!  🙂  I’d rather throw a Harper-esc tantrum and yell “I live with my baby, I know her better than you do!!”

What is NOT encouraging is:

  • Letting me know what is wrong with my child with all certainty.
  • Offering advice while adding what I am doing wrong.
  • Implying in any way, shape, or form that I am hurting my baby.

What IS encouraging:

  • Letting me know when I am doing a great job being a mother.
  • When someone offers educated helpful advice while leaving all the criticism out.
  • Asking me questions about what I like to do with my baby, instead of just doing it your way.

Whew!  Please keep the ENCOURAGING comments coming and leave the DISCOURAGING ones behind…it really will make everyone’s lives so much easier.

 

 

 

 

Another week…another 100 diapers


How has another week flown by without me posting a single darn thing?!?

I do have free time to dilly dally but for some reason, writing isn’t my top priority these days. I’d much rather shut my eyes or lay down! When I’m not dilly dally-ing you can probably find me:

  • staring at a crying baby with a puzzled look on my face.
  • feeding said baby.
  • burping the same princess mentioned above.
  • sniffing the air wondering what that smell is.
  • changing a poopy diaper.
  • yelling “oh no!!!” as I get peed on while putting on a fresh new diaper.
  • Changing the new diaper to an EVEN NEWER diaper since the flood gates decided to open.
  • re dressing the baby after the double diaper change.
  • yelling “oh no!!!!” (and asking for help if John is home) as I am showered in what can only be described as exorcist style vomit.
  • stripping myself as quickly as possible to get the wet old milky clothes off of me and into dry attire.
  • stripping Harper of her clothes for fresh ones.
  • looking at her wide eyed after hearing what could only have been a NATO bomb detonating in her pants.
  • laying her in her crib for some shut eye after much drama.
  • Pumping milk for 15 minutes.
  • Cleaning my pumping supplies.

Even though sometimes it can get stressful doing several of these things all at once, I think that being home with Harper has been better than both John and I expected it to be.

He has returned to work and we have a pretty good system worked out for getting up to take care of her. He will stay up until 11-12 with her so I can go to bed early or nap as I please to prepare for the night ahead of me. From midnight until 5am I will respond to all of her cries and try not to wake John up in the process. After 5 he will take care of her cries until he has to leave for work- hopefully giving me a few extra hours to sleep in order to make up for getting up in the wee hours. It was difficult at first but it is much easier now that I know when I need to nap. If I feel tired I just need to give in and go to sleep because I am not tired every single time she naps. And many times I can’t just go to sleep because she is ready for bed.

I like the idea of getting every other weekend off from the early morning shift. It’s nice to be able to get a longer stretch of sleep after 5 days of waking up every 2-3 hours during sleep!

This week, Nanny got to meet Harper after much anticipation! I could tell she was really excited and just super happy to finally meet her! John and I are both very lucky that we have grandparents to meet her! It makes me so happy to know that she gets to experience the same Nanny that I did my whole life and also that I was able to give Nanny her first great grand daughter!

Speaking of family – I must also mention how lucky we are to have the great families that we do! It’s really clear that they would do anything for us and Harper. They are incredible and such a huge help!

Big things happening:

  • Not my stomach anymore. THANK JESUS!
  • Harper will have her second DR appointment Wednesday. I’m excited to see how much she has grown because at the last visit she was doing really well with weight gain! The doctor said it is because she is an exclusively breast milk baby! It’s rather empowering to know that I alone supply my baby’s nutrition and that she is flourishing because of it!
  • Christmas is approaching FAST!!! That means lots of dinners and lots of plans!

Goals this week:

  • To clean this house in preparation for Christmas guests.
  • To go see christmas lights around town.
  • To post on the blog at least 3 times!
  • To finish wrapping presents.

Until next time ya’ll….

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Newborn heaven


Needless to say I’ve been slacking with the blog. But I think I deserve a break! I’m trying to get the hang of this “being a mommy” thing!

After 5 days in the hospital, we finally got to go home! It was so odd not being in the hospitals care anymore! Now John had to be my nurse!

The first couple nights were rough for me…just because I was in pain from the c section and couldn’t get up out of bed very easily or quick like! Also, I was on medication-making me more tired than your average bear. This bear also had a baby to take care of!

I think the worst part was hearing Harper cry in the middle of the night and feeling like I couldn’t get to her fast enough…I felt guilty for letting her cry while I shimmied my way out of bed and hobbled like a mummy down the hall, occasionally stopping so as not to fall on my face.
I’m starting to realize that it’s okay If she is upset for 2 minutes while I make my way safely to her room! She will be the same kinda mad in 2 minutes as she would be in 20 seconds. Not a big deal. In reality I’m not going to be able to run to her crib in 30 seconds flat if I’m using the restroom or if I’m cleaning and need to wash my hands before touching her.

Everyday gets easier and is filled with less tiredness as we get together a better routine and develop better tricks and techniques.
For example, I have figured out that at 3am when she is eating, I can avoid a fit if I prop her bottle up so she can still eat while I simultaneously change her diaper! That’s my favorite trick because nobody wants to hear a holy meltdown at 3am. Plus it’s less recovery time to get her back to sleep if I don’t have to calm her down from diaper panic mode.
She sleeps well for a newborn I believe. She sleeps in 2 hour stints and wakes up to eat, poop, and burp. I can get this done in 15-25 minutes depending on if there is a baby breakdown or not. Then I go back to my room and pump for 15-20 minutes..:then clean the pumping equipment and set it back up for the next use. Ideally I would like to go back to sleep sooner because while she sleeps 2 hours at a time, I end up sleeping 1-1.5 hours instead of the 2.

Some of my favorite things:

The baby smell. I waited forever to smell this! I heard so much about it and now I can sniff my very own baby!
lets face it…sniffing random babies is socially awkward.

I REALLY love the face she makes when we burp her! It’s the cutest thing ever.

I like for her to sleep on my chest. I think because it’s the closest we can get and I can tell she’s most content there.

What do I miss?

I miss sleeping longs than 2 hours-BUT I do not miss the quality of sleep I got when I was pregnant. At least now, I can get real bonafide sleep! It’s glorious! And every night I get closer to sleeping on my stomach again!

I can tell you I don’t miss being pregnant. That was way hard!!! The only thing I liked was people being a little extra kind to me out in the general public! Now I’m just a normal human again haha! I can see and reach my toes again, I can walk easier without a basketball attached to me, I can fit into some normal clothes…all good!

What is it physically like after delivery?

I am so surprised at how quickly the swelling has gone down! I was really worried that I would have 30 lbs of baby weight to drop! I did peek at a scale earlier and found out I only needed to drop 12 extra lbs. this is doable!

My c section scar is so low I could wear a bikini with no worries. It’s also sealed w invisible stitches that dissolve…not like the c sections they used to do with staples.

Do I wanna share pictures of my sweet baby?

DUH!!!!!

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Birth story part 2


Picking up where I left off- at 2:30 I was prepped for an emergency c section. It was lightening fast for me. I was briskly wheeled to an operating room while John went to tell my family the situation. He wasnt allowed back in until I was completely prepped for surgery.

On my end I was in the operating room trying to either focus on the bright light above me or breathing. I was transferred onto the operating table…which was super scary because if thy had dropped me I couldn’t feel my legs! After working at a hospital for a good while I knew that I was in good hands. I knew these people did this everyday and wouldn’t let me fall in the floor. That really helped to think about the experience they had. There was SO much going on in the room. I think there were 6-8 people involved in my care.
I was visibly scared and shaking (the anesthesiologist asked me if I was cold…no sir…I’m freaking out!!! -so he must’ve given me something for my nerves. I just assume this because he asked a minute later if I felt any better-and I only slightly did, but was more drowsy than before. Which was fine. It allowed me to just shut my eyes and try to concentrate on not being cut open!

2:52- I hear Johns voice and open my eyes to see him walk past the curtain and sit down at my head and he comforted me-although he looked a little majorly
freaked out. Apparently I was already open on the table when he walked in-I was unaware! And nobody warned him!

2:53- I am told I will feel pressure-which I didn’t! I could feel that my body was being moved a lot because it shook my head, but none of that pressure I’d been told so much about.

2:54- We hear Harper cry for the first time!!!!! It was so fast!!!! I looks at John and he tells me she is here!! They lift her above the curtain so I could see that she was okay…she was perfect, I wasn’t worried that a single thing was wrong! Things are blurry after that. I remember John getting up and taking pictures on my phone. I was able to watch him on a flat screen by my face that was pointed at Harper.

Shortly after she was brought over to my face so I could kiss her and officially say hi. She was so pretty.

After that big production she was sent along with her daddy to my hospital room while I was being sewn up.
John says this took forever, and he was really scared for me because he had seen me cut open and how shaken I was-but I had no concept of time. I just shut my eyes and thought about what she was like and thought about how she would act and how it would feel to be with her. I knew she was safe with daddy so I never worried about that.
I think around 45 minutes later I was taken to my room where John and Harper were waiting on me! She was crying and I just cried all over again and watched her get cleaned up and examined. They brought her over to me so I could have her on my bare chest. I can’t explain how it felt to hold her and finally be with her or how I felt about John and seeing how much he loved her. It’s just something one has to experience to know what it feels like!

She must’ve been hungry because she almost immediately nursed. I don’t think either of us knew what we were doing but I felt better thinking she had eaten a little.

We were finally taken to our new room and allowed to tell our family to come meet Harper! Everyone came up and held her and took endless pictures! I was really excited for everyone to finally meet her…I was so glad they could now touch her with their own hands!

After the smoke had cleared and the camera flashes died down, everyone went home and we got to spend our first night together as a new family. 🙂 John and I both decided that she was perfect!

Birth story part 1


I guess I should leave off where my story last ended…even though that was 3.5 days ago and one baby later.

The morning after I last blogged was a little crazy. LUCKILY…John took notes for me while I was just plain incapable of doing so!

Here we go.

Tuesday am around 6:45 my nurse came in to remove my foley bulb and see if I was dilated and how much. She let me know that the doctor would be in shortly to break my water and start pitocin.
As soon as the nurse walked out I turned green. All of these procedures I was about to go through we’re terrifying to think about! I’ve never gotten sick from being nervous-until Tuesday! Yuck.
An hour later my doctor walks in. She breaks my water (which didn’t hurt). She let me know I was 3 cm dialated.

Not more than an hour later (around 8:50) I started to feel contractions. It was like nothing I’d ever felt before… So intense and Painful… John said I was being strong, but I was so scared. If this was going to feel worse, I wasn’t sure I could handle it.

About 15 minutes later- The doctor checked me and realized I had passed my mucus plug and was still dilated at 3 cm. my contractions were 2 minutes apart and I was being monitored by nurses every second. This was good, but the baby hadn’t dropped into my pelvis yet. She was super high up in my tummy.

An hour later I am STILL 3 cm dialated. The doctor placed an internal pressure catheter to monitor my contractions closer. I thought this would be no big deal-but it HURT!!!!! I don’t know the logistics of why…maybe it was because I was already in terrible pain. It’s a kind of pain that you can’t even speak through. The kind of agony that is hard to even breathe through. I kept holding my breath because even breathing movements made it seem worse. I see women on tv screaming at their partners during this-there’s NO WAY I could scream… I kept thinking how could this feeling get worse??? I am only at 3 cm and I was sure I was going to die! I started to cry at every contraction. I was sweating uncontrollably and shaking in between them. The doctor could see how much pain I was in and we started to talk epidural. She said that was fine as long as I received an ultrasound to make sure that harpers head was directed downward. It was. Thank god!!!! They told me it would be a couple of minutes and the doctor would place my epidural. I BEGGED for more pain medicine to get me through those few minutes! It really felt like life of death-like if I had to wait 2 minutes I would just not make it.
I’m not sure I’ll ever forget the name of that glorious man who made the rest of labor pain free. The epidural was placed in about 2 minutes and didn’t hurt! People freak out over that procedure…but it was smooth sailing!
Within a minute I was feeling relieved. By the time I laid back in the bed I couldn’t feel my legs. It was awesome.

In johns notes- at 10:15 -“Mommy peed her pants”

11:52 – the doctor checked me again- NO change. Still 3 cm 😦 its so discouraging to hear your body isnt doing what it was made to do.

12:30 – my parents arrive!

1:26- I’m at 4 cm. finally some change!!! But Harper still hadn’t dropped into my pelvis. No bueno. To coax her down the doctor was going to add a TON of fluid to my tummy. This was gross. It was probably 10 lbs of fluid…and y’all, what goes in must come out. EEWWWW!!! But it didn’t hurt. So whatever! Let’s do it!

2:15- I finally reach 7 cm, 100% effaced, and Harper is dropping down low! I can feel that!!!!! Thank good was things are going our way. I alert everyone of the positive change!

2:30- after observing that Harper was responding negatively to my contractions with a dropping heart rate, my doctor informed us that we were immediately being sent to have a c section. She informed us that things were going to move very fast from here on out. My heart sank. For one thing, I had labored for 7 hours and was finally progressing…for another-it’s a surgery. That I will stay conscious through. I was terrified all over again. I fell apart. And had no time to put myself back Together before I was whisked off to the surgery room. I have never shaken so violently in my life. I looked like I had been stuck in the snow for 5 hours! I just could not control it-it was crazy!!! I’m pretty sure seeing me that scared freaked John out. Not to mention they didn’t let him walk with us to the operating room-he had to wait until they came to get him.

I’ll have to continue the story tomorrow when John can help me with all the details of the rest! Clearly it resulted in the cutest most advanced baby in the world.

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Oh baby


Well I guess we all knew she would have to be served an eviction notice.

Well, miss Harper…you have just been served.

Today seemed uneventful. We woke up around 8-9. John had his coffee while I snuggled in my pillow mountain in the bed for an hour. after a good pillow motor boating I decided to get out of bed and fluff my hair.
After all-I was promised sushi before my doctors appointment.
We ate at rock n roll sushi -and it was DELISH. Best place in the ham for sushi I think! The waiter casually told us we would probably have a baby today. Haha, Jeremy…I know better. She never wants to come out!

Fast forward we go through the usual checks at the doctors office. She noticed I was still measuring a little small so she said shed send me for a casual ultrasound just to see what Harper was up to. No big deal. This happens every couple of weeks.
Before we left for the ultrasound she set us up an induction date! How exciting. We can FINALLY see the light at the end of this pregnancy tunnel!

December 6th. That’s when we would meet Harper! Woohoo!

We skip and hop to ultrasound.

Then we get to see our chubby baby.

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Hello chubby bunny!!!!
Get this. The ultrasound tech let us know she has BIG HAIR! Many of you may not know that I have a blonde Afro if humidity allows. GIANT hair. Always have. It’s much cuter on a baby than an adult. I digress.

Then…the ultrasound tech let us know that Harper was measuring 3 weeks behind and we needed to head back over to talk to the doctor. Odd-they never send me back. I honestly thought that meant I’d be pregnant another month to let her grow. (please no more of this pregnancy stuff!!!)

The doctor lets us know that we will be sent to labor and delivery. WHAT? I mean I know I want her now-but I thought I’d have more mental preparation to drive myself nuts worrying about D day! Now I have to cram all the anxiety into a day!

Luckily I had our bags packed! Like I do every week.

So here we lay in the hospital with foley bulb inserted (OUCH).

And we wait. I have a feeling this part of the process will be hard so keep us in your thoughts. Especially John…he may have to visit the battered women’s shelter.

Updates to come if I’m not in too much pain!:)

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And so it has begun


The weekly packing of my bags.

Every week since I was admitted to the hospital with zero belongings and no way to charge my phone-I pack a hospital bag before my appointment! I keep a separate bag in the cube with clothes for Harper, John, and I…but I need the extra security bag!

What do I keep in the bags?

Well for the bag that stays in the car I have:
Newborn onsies, winter fleece outfits, hats, socks, and pants.
One swaddle that I like in particular from swaddlekinz.
House shoes
Hospital gown (okay I bought a fashionable gown for after pictures 🙂 )
Large leggings
Button up pj tops
A sweater
Pj bottoms
johns shirts
Johns socks
Johns pants
Johns book (the birth partner lol)

In the bag I pack every week:
Maternity bra
Tooth brushes
Tooth paste (I know the hospital has it-BUT last time, I had an emergency and NEEDED it ASAP.)
Travel size shampoo/conditioner
Underoos
Nail polish (John is under contract to paint my nails if they appear to be in shambles.)
Nail clippers. (don’t want to scratch the baby. Or john.)
Digital camera w memory card
Shaving razor
Lotion
Body spray
Deodorant
Make up
Pillow
And the two most important: my blankie and phone charger!

Im sure I forgot to mention a few things but lets be real, I’m not getting out of bed and digging through the bags right now!

Maybe I shouldn’t bring them. Maybe it’s bad luck? Maybe if I bring the bags the doctor will tell me to wait until the 42 week to induce.

Mckenzie Miller Films


I should’ve bragged about this a long time ago…

Check out my cousin, mckenzie and her awesome videography skills!

http://www.mckenziemillerfilms.com/blog/

For the second year in a row she is featured on theknot.com for her fabulous work. And her grand central station proposal filming was the top shared
proposal on facebook with over 23,000 shares so far!!! It’s amazing!!

The 39 Week Post


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Well, folks, if you live in the state of Alabama, you know what today meant! Game day for two of the southeast’s biggest rivals! Auburn vs. Alabama! FUN!!! John, Harper, and I went to my Auntie Kays to catch the game in her theater and to hang out with the family! Fun family…good food…nice little nap…success!

I owe my auntie Kay and cousin Mckenzie a big THANK YOU for coming and helping me get my nursery together after the big crisis. It is almost finished!! So exciting!

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It’s that time again…time for the pregnancy stats!!!

How far along? 39 weeks. (9 months and 3 weeks pregnant ya’ll!!)

Baby size: about 20 inches long and around 6.5-7 lbs. (BIG ENOUGH!!!!)

Weight gain: Well I’m for sure steering clear of that evil scale the day after thanksgiving!

Cravings: Cranberry Sauce, fish sticks, ice cream, sushi…AND FOR THE GRAND FINALE…. PEPPERMINT MARTINI!! I know… I know… I can’t hit the bottle. It’s the darndest thing to crave after the scent of booze would leave me running to the nearest toilet gagging! It just must be the christmas season getting the best of me. Maybe one day this month when I am taking a break from breast feeding and have some stored I can have one!

How do you feel?

I feel maxed out. Everyday I have a thought of “I can’t possibly do this ANY LONGER!!”. Some days the back pain gets unbearable. Most days actually. Nothing triggers it or makes it better. Leaving me even more frustrated. When I stand I have to really concentrate because it just plain hurts. I can feel my back and pelvis straining to gain balance and control over me…and it isn’t steady. I lay awake at night every night watching John sleep wishing I could do that too. Usually around 3am I will get to sleep. THEN THE CONTRACTIONS AND CRAMPS START UP AROUND 5AM. 😦 It’s a miserable feeling. It’s hard sometimes to keep my spirits up. People notice when I’m in pain because I just zone out and try to concentrate on breathing and making it go away. I have had several people question if I was okay this week!

I am SO ANXIOUS about everything…how will John and I take care of the baby at night…do we do shifts and schedules? Will I be okay without him once he returns to work? What if I can’t keep the house in order? Will I feel like a bad mom? Will I need help to recover from my delivery? I’m scared!!!!!

What I’m excited about:

Finishing the Nursery this week

Painting our new cabinet in the kitchen.

Our next DR appointment monday!!!!! PLEASE TELL ME MY BODY IS DOING SOMETHING…ANYTHING!!! And if not, please talk about induction in the next week! I need to see the light at the end of the tunnel no matter what!

church Sunday.

Going out to eat.

Cooking another turkey this week! 🙂

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Birds and bright lights


It happened. I made it through thanksgiving dinner without going into labor. I either wanted Harper to come before or after. NOT during!!!! Good work.

Now on to the good stuff. The food. There were around 12 of us to feed. We had enough food to feed 42 people! It was awesome!!!

You have to see it to really get the full effect.

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I’m so glad that thanksgiving didn’t fall on the early days of pregnancy. I can’t imagine staring that beautiful bird in the beasts And having to run away from it to dry heave.

Moving on…TO CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!!!
I’m not going to lie…I started decorating 2 weeks ago…maybe in wishful thinking…you know-“oh I won’t have time for all this the day after thanksgiving…after all I’m SURE Harper will be here!!”
This only means I’ve had more time and thought to put into decor! I must say…it looks lovely.

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Nice, right?

Next year I won’t start so early and we will have a little helper!
I can’t help but wonder what next year will bring! What traditions will we start? Will we have the big Christmas dinner at our house or will we be somewhere else? What will we get Harper? A pink three in one trike? YES!!! and snow…will we get a white Christmas?!! Maybe we will get that this year! I got one last year and it was fabulous!!!:) the day dreaming could go on for hours about what it will be like!!

BUMPS


yay!  My crib bumber finally came in!!! 🙂  Sorry for the blurry pictures, I will take better ones tomorrow and hopefully some of the finished nursery soon!!! 🙂

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I went to the doctor today prepared for exactly what I was told.  NO CHANGE.  Of course.  She has actually moved further up – ya know- AWAY FROM THE EXIT!!!  Now that is discouraging.  I guess I shall aim for a december baby after all. 😦  GET OUT BUNNY!!!!

I’m just not like the old me.

I’m just not like the old me.


I’m like a turtle. Being on my back is bad news. Usually it takes much thought and even more kicking/reaching/pulling to get up from said position. I’m like a rotisserie chicken at night. Enter the bed. Turn to the left … Continue reading

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…


When The Gap outlet puts out their winter PJs!!!!!!!

I wait all year for this. This year in particular, since I have recently outgrown all my Santa pants pajamas from last Christmas! Now I have Santa pants that fit!!!

John saw the giant bag of PJs and said: “are pajamas the ONLY thing you plan on wearing?!!”
Yes. Yes they are.

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Well I guess I should do the 38 week post.

Here goes.

How far: 38 weeks. For those of you who despise the “weeks measurement system”…that’s 9 months & 2 weeks. An excessively long time to feel like crap!!!!!

How do you feel?
Like crap. My back has been killing me. KILLING me! The 6-8 month markers passed SO fast. Now…it feels like each day lasts a week. Everyone says “you’re in the home stretch now!!” ugh. It feels like there’s no end in sight! How can a couple weeks seem so far away? How can I feel like this a couple more weeks? Come out, baby!!!!!

Moms size: let’s just say medium. I’m not getting on johns evil scale anymore.

Baby’s size: Ah I love this part! Thanks to http://www.hisbohscanswim.com I know that Harper is the size of an electric motor inside the 1 million dollar Telsa-a car that can go from 0-60 in 3.9 seconds. My baby app said she is the size of a leek. Who looks at leeks these days? I don’t think I like leeks. Last Monday she was right at 6 lbs…I think by this Monday she will be around 6.5 lbs. I can’t imagine carrying around a 9lb baby…how do women do it?! Amazing!

Movement: there were a couple days that movement really decreased and it freaked me out. No problem now. I’m getting kicked in the lungs and spine per protocol now.

Cravings:
Fish sticks. With pickle loaded tartar sauce. YUM.
Cherry passion ice cream courtesy of publix!
Grilled cheese

Bet moment this week:
Hello-today. Gap pjs.
Also-I discovered Glee Christmas and brittany spears pandora radio!!!

Things I miss:
The last 1.5 months(?) that were back pain free. Why did it go away-only to come back with vengeance?! I had a brief taste of the good life.
I miss my favorite reality tv shows!
Like…Bethanny Frankel…funniest mother ever!!! I hope the new season starts soon!
Teen mom (the original cast)….it’s only been off air for a month and every single Tuesday I find myself scanning the guide just to make sure it’s not a bad dream. 😦 its really off season. I can only hope to occupy my December tuesdays with a new teen mom 2 series. It’s not the original moms…but I’ll take what I can get!

oh yea…this goes without saying-I MISS SLEEP!!!!

That is all.

That’s no easy button


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What is that little thing?

Do you see it?

It’s the little thing attached to the big thing.

It’s like a button.

Except it serves no normal button pressing purpose. It’s just there. Staring at me everyday. Creeping me out.

Barbara Bummer Giveaway Monday!!!


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Harper is doing just perfect. And Mommy…well Mommy isn’t really cooperating. I have only dialted .5 CM and effaced 75%. AND YET I STILL HAVE CONTRACTIONS THAT LEAD NOWHERE! How discouraging. Looks like we may not see miss Harper until early December. She is having a blast in there and does not plan to make an appearance any sooner than we make her come

Do you think she’s dropped? I have suspicions because of how low I am feeling movement and the pressure of a bowling ball against my….er…my lady parts.

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AIN’T THIS THE DARN TRUTH?!?!?!?!?! The end of pregnancy DOES so totally suck.

My BACK KILLS!! My sleep is nonexsistent. My feet feel bruised. It’s hard to walk more than short distances. It’s hard to sit for long periods of time. ie church 😦 I love church.

I’m pale as a ghost. No tanning for mommy. I’m nauseated when I eat. My stomach is always upset. I can never get comfortable. I walk funny.

BAH HUMBAG!!!!

MAKE IT STOP! MOMMY NEEDS A BREAK!

I’ve heard that the first 3 weeks after birth are Hell. This does not please Mommy. 😦 I hope that I’m not so miserable I don’t enjoy my baby. I hope it’s easier for me than it was the person I heard this from. John is going to have his work cut out for him. I may be a wreck and he is going to have to get me all together before I fall apart.

That actually may have to happen sooner than later!!

I want to make it up to ya’ll…I just had another Debby Downer moment! I will make some lucky winner a cute painting of you are my sunshine! Hopefully for your little ones room!

TO QUALIFY:

comment on my facebook page http://www.facebook.com/#!/BellRocks or on this post what you like about my blog and what you would like to see more of in the future!

then you will be entered to win!!!!!:)

Here is the prize ya’ll!:

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Please click the top baby blogs link to the right side of my page to vote for me to be number 1!!  Let them know you love me!  🙂  It’s a brown button labeled top baby blogs.  Once you click on that button two little owls will pop up-click the one to the left to vote for me.

It’s still Monday in Birmingham


Well since it’s still Monday in Birmingham so I can still call this our Monday giveaway!

What we are actually giving away is a coupon code for a product I am starting to love!

The Moody Sisters were sweet enough to let me try some of this sweet cream and body scrub!!

Their store site is: http://www.etsy.com/shop/moodysisters  

Their other sites are:  www.facebook.com/moodysisters

www.moodysisters.blogspot.com

They use their facebook and blog to  host giveaways monthly. The coupon code is GIVEAWAY for 20% off all orders.

 

EXCITING STUFF!

PLEASE CHECK THEM OUT AND LET THEM KNOW WHO SENT YOU!  DUH- BELL!

 

I love the stretch mark cream.  Not only does it leave my bump smooth and soft…it makes it smell like a delicious (GIANT) cookie!!!  This pleases the pregnant lady. Also…no sighting of any stretch marks on the bump!  WIN.

On to the feet scrub.  My piggies are SUPER SOFT.  Not only that- they also smell like cookies!!!  If I could bypass my giant bump and reach my piggies -they might be in danger of being snacked upon.  I’m super excited to have these products!  Go… run… click… to their websites!  🙂

Dear Baby


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I’ve been waiting……

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And wondering what your doing in there…and how lovely it must be in there because I don’t think you want to come out…

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I’m a little spent.

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But I’m sure it’ll be exciting when you decide to come!

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So I’ll be out here…waiting for you!!!!

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37 Week Post


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I am sort of getting used to random people being nicer to me because they notice that I am pregnant.

PERKS OF BEING PREGNANT AND IN PUBLIC:

  • Once you’re over that “is she just fat or is she pregnant” stage…people will constantly tell you how fabulous you look as a pregnant lady. I’ve even noticed that the gay men are super into talking to a pregnant lady! I’ve had so many sparkly men talk me up at the mall! LOVE IT!!!
  • People will ALMOST always open the door and let the waddling lady go through first.
  • If you look in distress at a store- someone will most likely help you- and go above and beyond to make sure you get what you were looking for.
  • If your hands are full – people will take a load from you. I’ve had people go get me a buggy because I “looked like I had my hands too full”.
  • People are more willing to talk to you…I guess because they have the perfect conversation starter! (I’ve found butchers to be a super friendly group of men. They’re all so jolly and have families to talk about!)

On the flip side…it’s even more appalling for someone to be rude to me these days. Maybe because I’ve gotten used to special treatment these past few months?? Maybe I’m taking it personally….I want to say “why are you being rude to me and my baby?!?!” The nerve.

Today I went to one of my favorite hip restaurants. The place was dead. When I said the rest of my 3 person party wasn’t with me yet, I was told to take a seat at the bar and let them know when my party arrived to be seated. I said “eh…I really don’t want to sit at the bar…” The girl looked at me funny and said that is their policy.

I must have been feeling extra spicy today. I asked the girl why I would want to take my baby to the bar? What If I went into labor? I’d need a booth asap.

Way to make someone feel awkward. She took me to my booth. And made sure to fill in our waitress of the crazy person sitting in said booth.

In fun news…Look at Tom:

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He’s usually so good with photos. I think he’s nervous because we had a professional at the house…he’s a little self conscious.

The meat and Potatoes:

How many weeks: 37 weeks. For the people who hate counting those darn things up – THAT’S 9 MONTHS AND 1 WEEK PREGNANT. How far must this continue? I’m told 39 weeks. I hope no longer than 38. If that’s not compromise, I’m not sure what is.

Size of Harper: 6lbs!!!!!

The doctor says: my belly measures small but baby measures just fine! Her pulse is a little low but she could’ve just been tired. I was tired myself. I just have to pay close attention to how much movement I feel every hour and give them a call if anything changes!

Protocols initiated for eviction:

  • I stopped taking my medicine that was meant to stop contractions earlier in my pregnancy, yesterday!
  • I successfully bounced on the exercise ball for a good 15 minutes. Gravity, ya’ll.
  • I ate a Krispy Kreme milkshake. Wait…that’s not an eviction protocol… oh well.

How do I feel?

It depends on what day of the week it is. Low activity is top priority. Besides the whole bouncing on the exercise ball thing.

Cravings:

Sweet potato casserole! YUMMY!

What I miss:

I can’t say it enough…SLEEP! I know I won’t get much sleep once Harper comes…but I would be grateful for even an hour or two of comfortable resting! When I do get to sleepy town I have nightmares! They aren’t your normal run of the mill nightmares of showing up to class with no underoos on either. THEY’RE BAD!!! AND SO SCARY!

Big things happening this week:

  • Um…Maybe baby????? Please????
  • Lots of eating. I bought several meats to make dinners with this weekend!
  • Tomorrow we are picking up the rest of our nursery furniture!
  • Church Sunday!
  • Maybe my crib bumper will show up saturday…or Monday! That would be exciting.

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