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. :)