Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2014... The year of REAL food.

Life around here has been amazing.

We are all adjusting to our new life with 4 family members and it has been wonderful so far. I don't get a chance to blog much. Who knew having a 3 (almost 4) year old and a nursing newborn wouldn't allow for me to sit in front of the computer? :) 

I still haven't felt overwhelmed or anything the way I did with Hazel. Maybe because Elouise is such a laid back baby? Or maybe I just knew what to expect this time around? Either way it has been amazing. Elouise fits so easily into our family and we all couldn't love her more. Hazel especially. All she wants to do is love and kiss her sissy, she gets worried when Ellie cries and will do anything to make her stop! haha! 

I have been thinking a lot lately about my New Year's Resolution. I've been watching a lot of Netflix documentaries and they have really got me thinking. (I recommend watching Food Inc.) And I have come up with my New Year's Resolution. I (nor my family) are going to eat anything with ingredients that we can't pronounce. Seems easy huh? But have you looked at labels lately? What the heck are all those chemicals?

I'm sure it'll be a challenge but it really shouldn't be. Why do the companies that make our food put that crap in there anyway? I am done with chemicals. I want FOOD for myself and my family. I just think it's ludicrous all the extra's that those companies put into our food. Food should be simple and I'm going back to that way of life. The one exception is when we eat out. I am not going to be asking the waiters every single ingredient they use but I will be making wiser decisions when eating out. And we will definitely not be eating at McDonalds, Burger King, or any of those places anymore. That's not even food. And it's so gross. 

My 2014 will be a year of simplicity. I want to enjoy my amazing daughters, my smokin hot husband, and the life we have created. And I want us all to live as long as possible and the first step to that is to know what we are putting into our bodies.

Have you watched any documentaries about food that really changed the way you think about food? I'd love to hear them. 

Also I am ITCHING to get back to the gym. Only 3 more weeks. Man, that feels like an eternity. 

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Need a little help.

So... Since around the Summer, my sweet loveable little angel has changed. 

She no longer wants to do ANYTHING she is asked to do. 

Ask her to hug someone goodbye? NO WAY. 
Ask her if she wants to eat so and so. "No, I don't like that."

She says that for EVERYTHING. Things that I KNOW she likes. 

My question is... How do I explain to her that you can't do that? 
Prime example: We went to the mall yesterday to see Santa and my sister took her kids and Hazel to get a cookie afterwards and an icee. My sister asked Hazel over and over if she wanted a cookie since everyone else was getting one and Hazel said "no, I don't want one." Then when it was time for everyone to eat their cookies she suddenly was so mad that she didn't have one! 

So frustrating. I need some advice because I am baffled by what to do. 

She is also going through a phase where she doesn't love anyone except me and her dad. She doesn't want to be around anyone and she's down right mean to some family members and it's really hurting their feelings. I have explained to her that we have to be sweet to everyone, especially our family. It's getting a little better but I am starting to wonder if it is only my child? Do other children do this? People she has grown up around and loved her whole life she suddenly wants nothing to do with them. This all started over the summer, I was pregnant but hadn't had Elouise yet.

I just need help. I feel like a failure as a parent because there is only so much discipline I can do. I feel like I don't know what else to do. 

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Elouise Mae Scott's Birth Story

On Monday (December 2), I went into my last doctor appointment basically just to schedule my induction. Elouise has been measuring big the entire time and since Hazel weighed 9 pounds 4 oz, the doctor thought it was a good idea to induce so that Elouise didn't get too big. She said bigger babies cause bigger problems with the mom so I was on board. She was completely healthy and we all wanted to induce. 

So on Monday we scheduled the induction to start at 6 PM on Tuesday night to get cervidil. We met my sweet sister-in-law to drop Hazel off with her around 4:30 and then Jonathan and I headed to the hospital. I cried when I left Hazel because she was holding me SO hard when we left and she just kept saying "but I wanna go with you!!!" She didn't understand why she couldn't be there and that broke my heart. We stopped for a quick dinner at Zaxby's since we didn't have a lot of time then headed to the hospital. They checked me in and we started all the questions. Around 7:30 that night they started the cervidil and then around 10 PM they gave me something to help me sleep. I slept great until around 5:30, even with the nurses coming in often to check all my monitors and readjust anything. At 7 AM they came to check me and I had only dilated to about 2 cm and had it had hardly thinned my cervix at all. (Basically the cervidil didn't do it's job.) So they started Pitocin at 7:30 AM which increased my contractions and made them about 5 minutes apart. (Before then I had been having contractions but they were random and not very intense.) At 7:30 my doctor came in to check on me and they told her my platelet levels were low. When your platelet levels are low they can't do an epidural in fear that your blood won't clot. So naturally I was freaking out because I had planned on having an epidural. So when we got that news we slowed the pitocin down and they tested my blood again to see what my levels were. About 30 minutes later the nurse came back and I could tell by her manner it wasn't good news. She told me that my levels had dropped even lower. She was going to call the anesthesiologist and see what he wanted to do.  

The anesthesiologist came in around 2:30 and he assessed the situation and my other levels of everything and just an overall wellness check and he decided that he would give me the epidural. That's when everything sped up! He came back at 3 and I got my epidural at 3:30. The 2 times I've gotten an epidural it has been practically painless. I kept expecting pain but nothing came. Shortly after that they bumped the Pitocin up to get my contractions really going. My doctor came in at 5:45 to break my water. I was 3 CM when she broke it. She said to expect the baby around 11. When they started getting more intense I could feel and had to breathe through them. My brother and sister-in-law were in the room just chatting and visiting and I felt the need to push at 8 PM. My brother left and Jonathan came back as well as the doctor and some other nurses. While they were getting everything ready I was just trying not to push. Still breathing through my contractions. At 8:37 PM I started to push with Jonathan, my sister, my mom, and my sister-in-law in the room. Elouise was born at 8:45 PM. I literally pushed 5 times through 2 contractions. My doctor was amazed. At one point she told me to "little push" so that I wouldn't tear and so that she wouldn't have to cut me and she said I had amazing control. *totally tooting my own horn here :).* 

Elouise Mae Scott was born on December 4, 2013 at 8:45 PM. She was 8 pounds 13 ounces and 20 inches long. 

My recovery has been TOTALLY different this time around. I didn't tear or get cut so recovery has been SO much easier. It hasn't even been a week and I feel totally back to normal. 
Elouise is such a joy. She is the best baby I have ever been around and I'm not just saying that because she's my baby. My mom has been around a ton of babies in her lifetime and she keeps commenting on how easy of a baby she is. She eats, sleeps, and sits awake contently. She loves to be snuggled in soft, warm blankets and only cries when she is getting her clothes changed, a bath tub, or is hungry. Even then it is only for a minute. I feel so blessed.

Today was the first day that I had both the girls alone. It was an amazing day. I remember my first day with Hazel I felt overwhelmed and unprepared. Now I feel very comfortable and that Elouise has been with us the whole time. I couldn't have asked for a better labor/delivery or end result. I am so blessed. 

Monday, December 2, 2013

My Last BumpDate

Holy Cow....

Have we seriously reached this point? I feel like it was last week that I was crying in the bathroom with 3 pregnancy tests that all had 2 pink lines. I was rushing around getting Hazel ready and we drove to Jonathan's work to tell him. I took the test in the morning and simply couldn't wait till he got home. I am the worst at keeping things "private." I want all my friends and family to enjoy the good news.

I thought it would be fun to go back and look at each week. 

 9 Weeks
12 Weeks

16 Weeks
20 weeks
 25 Weeks

29 Weeks
33 Weeks
 37 Weeks

 39 Weeks

I have had an amazing pregnancy and it is not something I take for granted. I know that many, many women would kill to have what I have been experiencing it and even through all the pain, discomfort, and just overall uncomfortableness I am thankful. I am thankful for my healthy baby girl who I will see in 2 short days. 

I had my last doctor appointment today. I'm being admitted to the hospital tomorrow night at 6 PM to start the induction process. I will more than likely have her Wednesday afternoon.

Check my instagram for updates: kscott24

I am feeling anxious. Excited. Worried. Nervous. Ready. 

I feel ready. I have been wanting my baby girl in our family for so long and I can't believe my dreams are about to come true. It's a miracle and one that I am not taking lightly. 

How Far Along?: 39 Weeks 2 days.

Size of the baby?: 19-22 inches and over 9 pounds.

Sleep?: I have been sleeping really well. I wake up with anxiety but usually I can calm myself down and get back to sleep. 

Best moment this week?: Going to get our Christmas Tree on Saturday. It was our last fun outing as a family. It was wonderful and now the house is all ready for Miss Elouise. 

Miss anything?: Is it okay to miss someone you've never met? I miss my baby girl. I can't wait to have her in my arms. 

Movement?: She is so active. She loves to wedge her feet in my ribs. She takes up my whole belly so I feel her EVERYWHERE. 

Bed Rest?: None.

Limitations?: Can't bend over well. That is really it! I am so blessed.

Pregnancy Symptoms?: Constant heart burn. Thank goodness for Zantac and Tums. Sciatic nerve pain constantly. Nesting like crazy. Starting to feel sad that Hazel will not by my only baby. I know that Elouise will just make our lives so much better but I am nervous for Hazel and the transition.

Wedding Rings?: Still on.

Looking Forward to?: Seeing my angel!!!!!!!!!!

Weight Gain?: Up a grand total of 31 pounds. 

Please keep us in your prayers. I'll update as soon as I can. :)

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Week 37

We have been a bunch of sickies over here and add being 37+ week's pregnant and I am exhausted. ALL. THE. TIME.

I went to the doctor yesterday for my WEEKLY (ahh!) check-up. Everything looks good. My belly is still measuring 2-3 weeks big. Yesterday it measured at 41 weeks. And... I LOST 2 pounds this past week. I don't know how that is even possible considering I have been eating like crap and A LOT  of it. But my doctor said it was normal for women to lose weight right before they go into labor. 

I have another ultrasound next Wednesday. I am not complaining. I LOVE seeing her little sweet face. The doctor just wants to do one more scan to see how big she is but the plan is to induce at 39 weeks 2 days, which is December 2. :) I simply can not wait! 

She is still head down, I'm 1 cm and soft. So things are getting ready :).

This was taken 5 days ago. I am NOT dressed to take another one... Sorry bout it.
How far along?: 37 weeks 5 days.

Size of the baby?: The app says 19- 22 inches and 6.5 pounds. She was 6.6 pounds 4 weeks ago so I'm sure she's bigger. We will know more of a guess on Wednesday. :)

Sleep?: Still sleeping great. I take a nap every day now with Hazel and then I'm in bed by 8:30 at the latest. It takes some time to get comfortable but once I am I'm asleep.

Best moment this week?: She was rolling around in my tummy (like always) and I saw a knee or a foot or something VERY prominent slide across my belly. It was the coolest thing. She's also getting hiccups a lot of moving like crazy.

Miss anything?: I have been having this strange feeling. The other night Jonathan, Hazel, and I were just sitting on the sofa watching The Voice and snuggling and I felt like I missed Elouise. Like she was missing. I know she was right there with us but it was like my heart was hurting because she wasn't with us. It was the strangest feeling. I also get SO excited every time I see all the precious babies on my Instagram feed. I can't wait to see her.

Movement?: She is very active. She is still head down but her legs and arms are going nuts! haha. She makes me so happy, already. 

Bed Rest?: None.

Limitations?: I can't bend over, it takes me a while to get up off the sofa, and I definitely have the pregnant waddle! haha! But nothing too serious. I have been so blessed to have a healthy, problem free (other than my sciatic nerve pain) pregnancy. 

Pregnancy Symptoms?: I am in pretty much constant pain from my sciatic nerve. I have terrible heartburn and I have to take a Zantac every single day or I am miserable. My heartburn is so bad that it makes me throw up. I am exhausted pretty much all the time and a new one that has been happening the past 2 days I get really, really nauseous around like 6 PM. It is really the worst timing because I don't want to cook or eat and usually just take a couple bites of whatever I'm eating and then go to bed. Has this happened to anyone else? I hope it's not a habit that will last until she's here. 

Wedding Rings?: On.

Looking Forward To?: Seeing her on the ultrasound next week and seeing how big she is! And then of course having her next Monday!!! AHHHHH. 

Weight Gain?: Up 28 pounds. Feeling great about that. It has been hard and I have really "let myself go" these past couple of weeks since I haven't been able to work out like I was. But I know it's better for my body to rest and not aggravate my sciatic nerve anymore than it already is. 

Did anyone else lose weight during the last couple weeks of their pregnancy? 

Monday, November 18, 2013

Second Time Mom's

I am gearing up to welcome my second little one into this wonderful world and the question I keep asking myself is 

what is the biggest change I'm about to go through?

With Hazel, I had no idea what to expect. I think it was better that way. I wasn't nervous about labor because I didn't know how awful it is. I wasn't worried about the sleepless nights because I had never experienced them before. 

Now that I have experienced those things, I know how hard it is. But I've never had two children before so I want to know what the hardest thing to overcome is? What was your "I wish someone would have warned me" moment? 

She will be here in 12 shorts days (OR LESS.) 

I realize that I will not be prepared and I just have to live it in order to endure it.... but I just want to know what is about to happen. 

I've been having mild contractions. Nothing serious or super regular. But they are definitely happening.


Thursday, November 14, 2013

Update on Miss Elouise

We went to the doctor yesterday for another ultrasound to see if she has flipped and 

SHE HAS! Praise Jesus. I was so happy to see her little face. She is such a doll baby already (I may be a bit biased.) I can NOT wait to squeeze her chunky cheeks!

The ultrasound tech wouldn't tell me how much she weighed because "the doctor didn't order a weight scan." <insert eye roll>. But my belly is measuring 39 weeks so that is definitely bigger than 2 weeks ago when she was measuring a little over 36 weeks. 

Elouise looks perfect. She was practice breathing and it was the coolest sight to see! The ultrasound tech said that was great news and means she is happy and healthy because one of the first things they do when they are feeling distressed is stop practicing to breathe. So I was really happy to hear that. I am so thankful for a happy and healthy baby kicking in my tummy :). I can't get over how amazing of a miracle it is. 

My doctor also checked me and said that my cervix was soft and 1 cm dilated. She also said that if I make it to 39 weeks (December 1) that we will induce then. 

Thank you all for following this journey with me and praying for my angel. I can't wait to post pictures of her!! :) 

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Week 36

How in the world am I already 36 weeks? Can someone please explain to me how time works? I feel like I was just writing that I was pregnant! 

I just got up and took this picture. Don't judge me. If I'm not going anywhere then I am wearing pjs.  :)

How far along?: 36 weeks and 3 days. 

Size of the baby?: My app says a watermelon. 19-22 inches and 6.5 lbs. Considering she was 6 lb 6 ounces at 34 weeks I would say she's pushing 8 pounds now. I go for an ultrasound TOMORROW  to see if she has flipped. Please pray for good news :) 

Sleep?: I am tired often. And now that I stopped taking naps (again) I usually sleep through the night with just getting up once or twice to go to the bathroom. I can't complain about the sleep department because I know a lot of women have it worst than me. It just takes me a bit to get my hips comfortable to actually sleep but once I'm asleep I'm good.

Best moment this week?: The girls I volunteer with threw me a shower today at "work." They were so sweet and have been listening to my cravings and they made me a cheesecake and ordered us lunch from Five Guys. I LOVE LOVE LOVE their cheeseburgers. I was in happy pregnant lady heaven today.

Miss anything?: Nope.

Bed Rest?: I have put myself on "not working out anymore" rest. I will still take Baxter for our short walks (a half of a mile to a full mile) but with my hip hurting as much as it is I don't want to aggravate it anymore than necessary. I only have around 17 days left so I think I deserve the break. I just don't won't to hurt it even more and then have to deal with that in labor. 

Limitations?: Not working out due to hip pain, can't bend over due to feeling like I'm about to pee myself, bathtubs are no longer comfortable. Is that a limitation?

Pregnancy Symptoms?: Back and hip pain, headaches... occasional, not constant so I'm happy about that, pressure in my lower tummy.

Wedding rings?: On

Looking forward to?: Seeing her tomorrow!! My mom is coming with me and this is the first ultrasound she's going to (for Elouise) so I'm excited for her to see her. My mom ADORES her grandchildren and we are both excited. It will be fun. And I'm excited for our family get together to honor Ellie on Sunday :) 

Monday, November 4, 2013

Week 35.

How far along?: 35 weeks and 2 days. 

Size of the baby?: 19-22 inches. If she's gaining .5 pounds a week like she's supposed to then she will be 7 pounds now. I have an ultrasound on November 13 so I will know more then. 

Sleep?: Not so great. My hips and back have really been hurting a lot lately. I sit on a heating pad occasionally during the day and that seems to help but it still hurts when I change positions in the middle of the night. Plus I have to rearrange my 5 pillows I sleep with. 

Best moment this week?: Getting all her stuff ready on Saturday. It makes me feel good that if she does come early, we are ready for her. Also, she had a little disco party in my tummy the other night. My whole stomach was rotating. It looks so cool.

Miss anything?: I really miss being able to push myself at the gym. I am looking forward to getting back in there and really getting a good sweat when the time comes. But for now I will do what's best for us both and take it easy. I am still going to the gym but it's just not the same. 

Gender?: Girl. I'm going to start leaving this one off. It's not going to change. haha :)

Bed Rest?: None. 

Limitations?: Can't really bend over and bath tubs are officially not comfortable anymore because I can't lay on my back. 

Pregnancy Symptoms?: My face is breaking out again, my back and hips are killing me, I've been getting leg cramps in the middle of the night (NO FUN), I get out of breath easily, and usually by 6 pm I am done for the day. It makes cooking dinner really fun. I've had mild swelling in my ankles but it's usually only when I've been standing for a long time.

Wedding Rings?: On and loose. I have been very thankful and lucky that I've had minimal swelling. 

Looking forward to?: Her ultrasound and seeing if she has flipped. 

If you remember back to this post, then you remember I listed all the things we needed to get done before she gets here. I thought it'd be fun to go back and "check" things off.

1. Buy a new car. -CHECK 

2. Replace the floors in the main living area. -DATE SET: NOV. 16-17
3. Get all her clothes organized. -CHECK
4. Get car seat and swing. -CHECK

5. Have a baby shower. -HAPPENING NOV. 17
6. Get all of my Christmas shopping done in November. 
7. Get glider from my sister and get it re-covered. -CHECK

8. Get a present from Hazel for Ellie and get a present from Ellie to Hazel. 
9. Rearrange our room to fit her things while she's nursing and going to be in our room. -CHECK
The pad is on it's way.

10. Have a baby.

Friday, November 1, 2013


When I first got pregnant with Elouise, I had NO desire to nurse. I was willing to "tough it out" for one month and then she was going on a bottle with formula. I had my mind made up. But as the time gets closer my thoughts have changed. 

I can't imagine not nursing. I never thought I'd say that. But I miss it! 

With Hazel, it wasn't easy. She latched fine and I never had any cracking or bleeding... but it DRAINED me. Physically, emotionally, mentally. I was drained. I didn't cherish it the way I should. I dreaded it. Probably because she refused to take a bottle (of pumped milk) or a passy. So I was her passy. Whenever she was just whiny, bored, or just wanted something to do NOTHING would calm her down until I started nursing her. I was constantly nursing for the first couple of months. It was exhausting. I've decided that as soon as Elouise comes out I am popping a passy in her mouth and duct taping it to her mouth until she loves it. (I'm joking). I am also planning on pumping a lot more this time so that I can give her a couple of feedings with a bottle so that she is willing to take a bottle (so I can *gasp* leave her for an hour while I go somewhere). Any tips on increasing my milk supply? 

I really am looking forward to it this time. I know what a bond it forms and honestly I am too lazy to walk downstairs in the middle of the night to fix a bottle when I can just put her in my bed and go back to sleep. 

Did you nurse? Or formula? I know that both are perfectly fine but which do you prefer? 

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

My little chunky monkey. 34/37 week bumpdate.

We went and had an ultrasound today because my little Elouise is measuring big.

Since Hazel was 9 pounds 4 oz, I have been expecting a big baby.

I am supposed to be 34 weeks 4 days pregnant and little miss Elouise is measuring 37 weeks. She weighs 6 pounds 6 oz. She has the chunkiest little cheeks I have ever seen and her little tummy is so precious. She will be a chunky monkey and I can't wait. The ultrasound tech also said she had hair... but mostly she just kept saying how chunky she was! 

Photo: This is Elouise looking at the "camera" with her hand beside her face. Look at those chunky cheeks!!!
This is her looking at the "camera" with her hand beside her face. Look at those cheeks!!

I'm a bit worried because she is still breech. So that makes me nervous... especially considering how big she is but the doctor said I have "plenty of fluid" so she definitely has room to move. 

The ultrasound tech said most babies who were 34 weeks measured at 4 to MAYBE 5 pounds. She seemed quiet impressed with how big my little munchkin is. That doesn't make me feel better. I had a little panic attack in the room waiting for the doctor.

The good news is is because she is breech still, I get to have another ultrasound in 2 weeks to see if she has flipped. Can you please pray with me that she flips in time? Have you ever had an babies who were breech? I need any advice I can get. 

How far along?: 34 weeks and 4 days. (Haha)

Size of the baby?: The app says 5 pounds and 19-22 inches. My little angel is 6 pounds 6 oz. 

Sleep?: Still sleeping good. I have pretty bad hip pain on my left side but I just got a heating pad and I'm hoping that that helps with the pain. 

Best moment this week?: Seeing her sweet angel face today!!!! She has really, really long legs and fingers and her face is so chunky and I can't wait to squeeze her cheeks! 

Miss anything?: Nope. I just can not wait to hold her.

Gender?: Confirmed that she is a GIRL again today! Go away bad dreams!

Bed Rest?: None.

Limitations?: I can't really bend over. It sort of suffocates me so I try not to unless it's necessary because I can't breathe.

Pregnancy Symptoms?: Hip and back pain. That's pretty much it though.

Wedding Rings?: On! And I got my engagement ring back!! Feels so good to have it back.

Looking Forward To?: My next ultrasound and her flipping (hopefully.)

Weight Gain?: Up 27 pounds. If I have her in 4 weeks (very probable) then I'll be up to 31 pounds and I am totally okay with that. I've pretty consistently gained 1 pound/ week which is normal so I'm feeling pretty good. 

The doctor said to hold out until 39 weeks (4 short weeks) and then we will probably induce. 

Monday, October 21, 2013

33 week Bumpdate!

I love being pregnant. 

There I said it. 
I don't ever want this pregnancy to end. 

Even with the broken out face, back aches, hips hurting, constant heart burn, and waddling. 

I love it. 

Every punch that wakes me up at 4 am. Every roll that makes me jump because it hurts so much. 

I am growing a human in my tummy. How amazing is that? It is truly a miracle. That an entire human, who could live outside of my body now with little problems, is just squirming away in there. I want to keep her in there forever. That may sound weird but hear me out. In my tummy, we have a special bond that NO ONE  could take away. I have her all to myself. No sharing. Also no crying. I love knowing that she is always with me and always safe. Once she is born I will no longer be in TOTAL control of her. She will be exposed to the outside world, which is an amazing thing... but it's scary. She's just my little angel and I want to keep her safe. In her bubble.

How far along?: 33 weeks 2 days. 

Size of the baby?: 19-22 inches and 5 pounds. 

Sleep?: I sleep great. Last night was the exception, I woke up around 4 am and couldn't get back to sleep. I was tossing and turning and had 100 things running through my head. 

Best moment this week?: She is getting so big that when she hits me on one side I can also feel it on the other side. It's like she's punching and kicking at the same time and my whole belly is affected. It is so cool. She's getting big! 

Miss anything?: Still miss being able to really push myself at the gym. Maybe I'm too competitive but if I'm not totally drenched in sweat after my workout, I don't feel like I really accomplished anything. I am ready to not be pregnant and be able to really push myself at the gym.

Gender?: Girl.

Bed Rest?: None.

Limitations?: It is officially REALLY hard to bend over. This morning I was changing over the laundry and I was picking up a bunch of clothes off the floor in the laundry room and I kept getting out of breath and had to stand up. 

Pregnancy Symptoms?: I officially did the weirdest thing I've ever done. I ordered a meatball sub from Subway, then walked across the street and got an order of hot and sour soup. It was the weirdest, most perfect combination. Back aches are all the time along with my hips hurting. And leaky boobs already. TMI? Definitely. 

Wedding Rings?: On.

Looking forward to?: My ultrasound on October 30!!! I can't wait to see her sweet little face!!! :) And see how big she is. 

Weight Gain?: At my last appointment (last Wednesday) I was up 25 pounds. If I hadn't of had that one week where I jumped up 8 pounds in 4 weeks then I would be on track. Since then I've been gaining a pound/week (like my doctor wants). She said not to worry and to just try to keep it under 35 pounds all together. So since I have about 7 weeks (or less) left that would put me at 32 pounds total. I'm okay with that. I know it's not perfect but I've done my best. Now to just keep it at 1 pound/week from here on out. 

Monday, October 14, 2013

Baby Bumpdate. Week 32

I was supposed to have a doctor appointment this morning to hear my sweet Elouise's heart beat and have a check-up but I got in the car and realized that I had left my purse in Jonathan's car and I had 20 miles to empty in my gas tank. My doctor is 20 miles away. So, long story short I rescheduled to Wednesday. 

So this past week and weekend, I got a lot of things accomplished and I am feeling like everything is becoming more real. 

-I ordered Hazel and Ellie Mae's Christmas outfits.
-I ordered Ellie's swing and her car seat. 
-I got Jonathan to get all Hazel's baby clothes from the basement to wash and organize so I've been doing that. I am so excited to see my sweet girl in my other sweet girl's old clothes. Plus I realized that girlfriend is LOADED down with 18-24 months stuff but she needs more socks, hats, and jackets.
-I cleaned out Hazel's dresser and closet (which they will be sharing) and started to get some of Ellie's things in there. 
-I got my nursing cover ordered and a car seat canopy to cover her up in the cold. 
- We got the glider from my sisters and just need to get it recovered or order new cushions. Anyone know where I can order new cushions? 
- Instead of a big shower, we're just going to have a dinner honoring and celebrating Ellie with really close friends and family, so I got all the e-vites out for that and reserved the room.
- I found the diaper bag I want to order and just need to find a coupon to babies-r-us to order it. 

It sounds a lot more impressive when I type it all out! :) Basically, I just did a lot of online shopping. Which made me realize I will be doing all of my Christmas shopping online. Much easier. 

How far along?: 32 weeks and 2 days.

Size of the baby?: 19 inches and 4.5 pounds. No wonder my belly is so heavy!! :)

Sleep?: Still sleeping great. Just have to get up to pee every couple of hours but I fall right back to sleep.

Best moment this week?: Going through her clothes and getting them washed and organized. Makes me so excited to see her.

Miss anything?: Being able to exercise really hard. That is my biggest struggle with this whole thing. I WANT to run and workout hard and sweat but either my heart rate gets too high or my round ligament pain starts and I can't keep going. It's hard to not be able to do the things I used to. 

Gender?: Girl. But I keep having dreams that she changed to a boy. I always wake up really sad. Let's hope that doesn't happen. I would be so sad. 

Bed Rest?: None.

Limitations?: Just a lot slower than I used to be. 

Pregnancy Symptoms?: Hungry all the time and my hips and back are always sore and I'm tired all the time.

Wedding Rings?: Still on.

Looking Forward To?: Going to Augusta in a couple of weeks to visit family and to get my engagement ring fixed/ possible upgrade! 

Weight Gain?: Stay tuned till next week since I didn't go to the doctor today. 

Monday, October 7, 2013

Weekend Recap. I love fall.

I love the cooler weather. 
I love my hair not frizzing up as soon as I walk out the door. 
I love having the windows open letting the fresh, crisp air in and taking the stale air out. 
I love doing family outings and not having the worry if we will be miserable because we're all hot.

Speaking of hot... look at this hunk. His wife is a lucky lady ;)

This weekend was a fun weekend. We haven't had a good, family centered weekend in a while. 

On Friday, Jonathan got home from work and we headed to the Cumming Fair. It was so much fun. We met our new friends there and Hazel had so much fun playing with their daughter. We went to the petting zoo, got Hazel's face painted, ate corn dogs, a snow cone, and fried Oreo's. OH MY GOSH. Fried Oreo's. Jonathan and Hazel rode a ton of rides and she had so much fun. We didn't leave till around 10:30 and by then my feet were throbbing. But it was wonderful. 

Saturday, Jonathan had to go to work in the morning and Hazel and I headed to her first birthday party that was for one of HER friends. Not one of my friends' children. I had seen the other mom's in passing but never really talked with any of them. It was a little girl her Haze's preschool class. It was wonderful to get to know the ladies a bit better and to watch Hazel playing with her friends. I am so proud of her. She is such a social butterfly and her and about 4 of the other girls were inseparable. It was so fun to see. This being her first school experience plus not knowing any of the kids in her class, she really has grown so much in the short time that she's been going. It has been such a blessing for us both and I am so thankful. Not only are her social skills improving but she is also so smart. She came home from school the other day talking about consonants and vowels. I am so impressed with how much she is learning. 

After the party on Saturday, we met Jonathan for lunch when he got off work, dropped the car off to get an oil changed, and headed to a pumpkin patch (Burt's Pumpkin Patch) with our dear friends Aimee and Bryan. They are expecting their first little boy in March and we couldn't be more excited for them. 

The pumpkin patch was huge and they had the most beautiful pumpkins. We got some really great ones this year. Hazel even picked out a small one for Ellie. Sweet sister. After the pumpkin patch we headed back home to relax.

Sunday, Jonathan went to work again and Hazel and I headed out to get her Halloween costume. A consignment store here was having their costumes for 40% off. Hazel had originally wanted to be Snow White (even though she's never seen the movie) so I searched and searched and couldn't find any that were nice. I found an Ariel that I was IN LOVE with and thankfully it fit and she loved it too. It came with a crown, high-heel shoes, and a wand (along with the dress) and it was $10. It's a really nice costume that probably cost $40 last year. I was so excited to find it at a great deal. We also got her the cutest little boots. I love finding a good deal. After that we headed home and Jonathan came home from work and we had lunch and relaxed. READ: Mama was exhausted from wrestling with the other 100 mom's at the consignment store. So we watched football, painted pumpkins, and hung out until church at 6. I love that our church offers a night service because with Jonathan working so much it is really the only time we can go as a family. I am so in love with our church. The more involved we get the more it feels like home. I want to encourage you if you go to a big church to get involved. It makes all the difference in the world to walk into a huge church and be able to wave and smile at a lot of people you know. 
you know I can't post a blog without a bump pic. :)

This has been the longest post ever. I just really enjoyed this weekend and spending time with family and friends. 

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Elouise Bump Date- Week 30-31

I am now going to the doctor every 2 weeks!! Really makes it sink in that she will be here very, very soon!

So we went on Monday, everything was great but my uterus is measuring 2 weeks ahead. I'm measuring 32 weeks when on Monday I was 30 weeks and 3 days, so when I'm 34 weeks (at the beginning of November) we're going to do another ultrasound and see how big Elouise is. If she's bigger than normal then we will possibly talk about inducing early... around 37-38 weeks. Which means I have 6-9 weeks till she's here. Holy cow. Anyone else freaking out by that? 

I am also starting to really, really feel the need to get everything ready for her. We have a lot to do and less time than we thought to do it. 
Let's make a list shall we?
1. Buy a new car. 
2. Replace the floors in the main living area.
3. Get all her clothes organized.
4. Get car seat and swing.
5. Have a baby shower.
6. Get all of my Christmas shopping done in November.
7. Get glider from my sister and get it re-covered.
8. Get a present from Hazel for Ellie and get a present from Ellie to Hazel. 
9. Rearrange our room to fit her things while she's nursing and going to be in our room.
10. Have a baby.

Now that we're all completely overwhelmed let's get on with the update!

How far along?: 30 weeks and 4 days.

Size of the baby?: Head of lettuce- 18 inches, 3.2 pounds. She's probably closer to 4 pounds though.

Sleep?: Wonderful. I love sleep. When I get up to go to the bathroom I always waddle though because my hips hurt so much. 

Best moment this week?: I love feeling her moving around in there. I feel like she's always moving. And the fact that Hazel tells everyone that she's going to be a big sister. She is the proudest big sister of all time. haha!

Miss anything?: No.

Gender?: Girl.

Bed Rest?: None.

Limitations?: Well I talked to my doctor about the stabbing pain in my lower stomach when I'm exercising and she said that it was probably my round ligament and as long as when I slow down or stop and the pain stops that it is okay. She said to monitor it any make sure it's not contractions but I am confident it's not. She just said to stop or do a different exercise when it starts and not to "push through it." 

Pregnancy Symptoms?: Round ligament pain when exercise, hurting hips, nesting.

Wedding Rings?: Still on.

Looking Forward to?: My baby shower and getting things organize for my little angel!

Weight Gain?: Up 23 pounds. Yikes. Not on Monday but my last appointment I had jumped up 8 pounds (when it should have been 4-5) so that was no good. But I've been better about exercising watching what I'm eating, and picking healthy options, so last appointment. I had gained 2 pounds in 2 weeks which is normal. I was hoping for no weight gain because I had gained so much but when I talked to my doctor she said that it would be ideal if I didn't gain more than 35 pounds (that's the goal) so I'm on track with that and she's not worried. She said to just pick healthy options, eat lots of veggies and it will all be fine. If I make it to my due date and keep gaining 1 pound/ week then I'll gain 9 more pounds which would put me at 32 pounds for the whole pregnancy and honestly I'm okay with that. I'm not going to count calories or stress out about if I really am craving something unhealthy but I'm going to make an effort to not gain MORE than 9 pounds the rest of the time. And if she's bigger than normal then it will be even less because I'll be having her sooner than 9 weeks!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Just some things.

As I get older, I realize that this saying couldn't be more true.  

No matter what you're going through there is always someone who has it worse off. 
AND, you aren't the only one with problems. EVERY ONE has something that is going on in their life that doesn't make it happy-go-lucky. Sure, there are days when you have the best day of your life and nothing goes wrong... but those days are rare compared to the trials of life.

I think that God made it this way. 
If we were 100% happy all the time we would think that we don't need Him. The days where its 73 degrees, sunny, fun-family day planned, where you get to eat your favorite foods, and no one is yelling or fighting are rare days. BUT, then when those days do happen, it is like heaven on Earth. In my humble opinion, if everyone had no worries or troubles, then in our confident, little heads we would think that we got our life in order and don't need any help from Him.
We need God. Always. 
During happy days. During sad days. During mad days. 

One of my biggest pet peeves is when people think that the whole world is out to get them and NO ONE in the world could understand what is going on to them because it is the worst thing that has ever happened in the history of humanity. 

This is never the case. Sometimes people just need to open up, let their feelings out, and talk it out. Then they realized that their problems aren't as big as they thought. 

There is no problem too big for God. 

Thursday, September 26, 2013

30 Weeks Bump Update!

I know I say this every week but seriously, is this pregnancy flying by to anyone else? How in the world am I already 30 weeks? Can time just slow down? I can't imagine how fast she's going to grow! 

Technically, I won't be 30 weeks until Saturday but I am going to go ahead and blog about it... Because let's be honest, I won't blog again until next week probably. 

So today at lunch time, I got a panicky feeling that I needed to go get our Christmas Tree. Today. Like I really, really wanted to go get it even though I know how absurd that sounds. I still think I need to go get it before it's too late. 

How far along?: 29 weeks and 5 days.

Size of the baby?: 17 inches & 3.1 pounds. Woah baby! That's big. The app says like a butternut squash.

Sleep?: Sleep is so-so. I want/ do take a nap almost every day and I think that messes up my night-time sleep because I toss and turn a lot at night now. So I'm going to TRY to not nap anymore. 

Best moment this week?: Last night Jonathan and I were laying in bed and Elouise started rolling... Not so much kicking as a roll (My new favorite feeling), and Jonathan reached over and felt her and got so excited. He said it was the coolest feeling and he was talking to her and she would roll or kick again. Such a sweet moment. 

Also, we decided on her middle name. 

Elouise Mae Scott. Ellie Mae. My little country bumpkin. I am in love.

Miss anything?: I really love pumpkin beer. So I'm jealous that everyone else gets to drink that... But not really missing it... Just more jealous! :)

Food cravings?: Japanese. All day err day. 

Morning Sickness?: None.

Gender?: Girl. 

Bed Rest?: None.

Limitations?: I am still exercising like normal but for some reason walking fast/jogging is becoming harder and harder. I think I use my ab muscles more than I thought during those exercises and I get a stabbing feeling on my right side, right on the side of my belly towards my pelvis. I'm going to ask my doctor about this... It hurts so much that I have to either stop walking or just slow way down. It's frustrating but I've found that I can still do the stair-master so that is my new BFF. Plus I sweat way more doing that than walking anyway so it's working. And then after 20 minutes of cardio I am lifting weights with Jonathan. I love working out with him. It makes the workout go by quickly because we can talk and laugh :) 

Pregnancy Symptoms?: Achy back when I sit or stand too long... A little acne but not too bad. Heart burn EVERY SINGLE TIME I eat pizza. I've decided it's not worth it anymore.

Wedding Rings?: Still on and loose.

Looking Forward to?: Fall weather!!! It is SLOWLY getting cooler and I can't wait. Definitely my favorite season! 

Please continue to pray for Harper and his mama, Lora. He is doing great but will be in the hospital for a while so any prayers are wonderful!