Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Toddlers are Picky Mofos

Is it just me, or are toddler's picky little mofos?! Mine is. And she's very... VERY fickle.

(Healthy, well-balanced meal, right? It would be if she ate more than just the pears...)

I'm sure this isn't true for all toddlers. Some lucky moms and dads have kids that eat everything and will try anything. Olive, however, is the exact opposite. Anyone else have one of these?
I don't know where she gets it from. I never was, even as a baby, a picky eater. Neither was Blaine. According to my mom, I used to sit in my high chair and eat onions and potatoes. Raw. (For the record, I still love raw onions and potatoes.)

The puree food stage (we started at 4 months) was my first indicator this feeding thing was going to be tricky. She hated things I was told she'd love (thanks What to Expect...)... carrots, peas, avocado.. all on the 'disgusting' list. Actually, pretty much all vegetables made the list. She loved fruit though and I wondered if it had anything to do with the insane amounts of it I ate when I was pregnant. Then I recalled the asinine amounts of sugary candy I also ate because it was the only thing I could (and wanted) to stomach at times, and worried she'd be a sweets fiend. Thankfully, that thought was kiboshed (for now) when she carefully picked at her first birthday cake, ate a few bites, and decided she wasn't interested. (Seriously? Who is this kid?)

As we moved into finger foods, (my least favorite transition, as I was constantly sure she was going to choke on EVERYTHING) she seemed even LESS interested. At least with purees I could get her to eat chicken or turkey... now with table foods? Hell to the no. That shiz went directly on the floor. And we don't have a dog, so that meant more clean up for me. Thanks Bean.

Olive also decides each day if she really truly likes certain things. For a week straight girlfriend would down diced peaches like they were the nectar of the Gods. Then, one day, she put one in her mouth and spit it directly out whilst making the (cutest) most disgusted face you've ever seen. We continued to try diced peaches for a few days to no avail. Then, one evening a weekish later, B put a few on her plate, and we were back to nomming them like there's no tomorrow! What gives, tiny person?

I have, however, recently discovered her love of anything in a pouch. When she was little, I'd squeeze the contents onto a spoon and feed her, but now miss independent just enjoys feeding herself with them, which is about the only way I can get her to eat her veggies (not plain of course, we are talking hidden in some delicious fruit combo pack).

Are we the only one with the worlds most picky eater? How do you get your toddler to eat and try new things?

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

I got the dress... now what?

So. Wedding planning. We've barely started. BUT - I got the dress. Yay!

Who knew that would be the easy part? I hadn't really started any planning when my mom came to town for a few days and we decided to just go 'see' what David's Bridal and a few local shops had to offer. My mom picked out this fairly heavily detailed and form fitting Oleg Cassini and I wanted no part of it... me, thinking I wanted a really simple, perhaps A-line dress...

"Just try it on," she said, "It's so pretty!" she said.

Cue me rolling my eyes and letting the perky wedding dress helper take it to my fitting room to appease her.

Five dresses later, I tried on said dress.
There were tears.

You see that in movies all the time - that you just 'know' when its the right dress and you start crying and so does everyone around you.
Bullshit, I always thought.
But it's not. At least it wasn't for me. I was completely overwhelmed by the beauty of the dress and how it fit me perfectly, like it was plucked from wedding dress heaven exclusively for my one year postpartum body to make it look like I was a supermodel. Ok, maybe not a supermodel, but I could instantly envision myself walking down the aisle, and I just knew I wanted it to be the first thing Blaine saw his wife in.

Since they had it, and in my size of all the luck, I brought it home with me. Now its hanging in the front closet avoiding B's curious eyes, and hoping that I find the perfect venue so we can ACTUALLY set the date.

Probably a good place to start, huh?

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Whooooaaaa, hey, hi...

Hello there!

Its been a minute. Or a month. Or 9. I'll be perfectly honest here - not that much has changed in the past 9 months since I blogged last... except this:



She's almost one. We have a toddler. So there's that. At this time last year I was in labor. Now shes walking and trying to talk. She's headstrong and has zero patience like her mommy and daddy. She's lazy like me and sleeps endlessly, She already tries to dress herself, and is always playing with clothes. She's super funny. I know everyone says that about their kids, but she loves making other people laugh, even if that means bonking her own head with a plastic shovel. Little comedienne, that one. She's also a lover and hands out hugs and kisses like they're candy - especially to other tiny people. She is obsessed with Frozen and Minnie Mouse. And I'm still in awe of how, at the end of the day, all she wants is me and daddy. Preferably together. And 100% of our attention.

As you can imagine shes the tiny little love of my life. But by stroke of complete serendipity and luck, a job fell into my lap and I went back to work (part-time) as a marketing director for a local manufacturer about a month ago. Daycare sucks. We are still getting used to the routine, and it breaks my heart that there are 3 days of the week she spends most of her day with a stranger. That being said, the socialization is great, and she loves being around other kids. Shes super independent too, so that helps.

You'd think with a toddler and work I'd have LESS time to think about this whole blogging thing, but the opposite is actually true. I'll be honest. Before I returned to work, I had no intention of returning to blogging. The life of a SAHM is busy and hectic and messy at best. I rarely wore real clothes and when I did, they really werent fashionable and thought out with additional accessories. I truly admire all you SAHM's that get up, get dressed, do your hair and makeup, and still take your adorably stylish daily outfit photos religiously. I.. am not that mom.

So going back to work, I had the pure joy of realizing - I get to get dressed again!! Its been awhile since I've been inspired, and paring through my months-neglected Bloglovin' feed has reminded me how much I love fashion in the first place.

Soooo what does all this mean? It means I'm going to attempt to blog again, but it isn't going to be the same blog it was before. I'm not sure who, if anyone, is reading these days, but my guess is if anyone has stuck around it's probably other new moms, family oriented ladies, and maybe some young professionals. For now, I'm going to just talk about what feels right, and what I want to share. Maybe it's an outfit, maybe its my latest toddler struggle, or maybe its my thoughts on a new marketing trend. I dunno. But I have missed doing this and I hope I can start building your faith in me as a blogger again!

Til then, keep an eye out for a new look too. A fresh beginning usually starts with a makeover, right?!

EDIT: OH EM GEE! Addendum, I totally forgot - HA. I also managed to get myself engaged in July! My goodness. Most of you probably thought B and I were already married anyway (it feels that way to me too ;))

Thursday, January 2, 2014

2013 in Review: Our Birth Story

Ok y'all, hold tight because this is going to be a long one. I wrote this awhile back, and now in the blur of having an infant, I'm trying to recall all the little details. But as the year has drawn to a close, I want to share the crazy experience in 2013 that has now changed my life forever - Olive's birth story!

It all started Tuesday, September 10th... I was relaxing in the blow up kiddie pool on our deck (don't judge, its HOT in Kentucky!) reading a book and waiting for Blaine to get home from work. I was leaned waaay back with my head resting on the side when I felt a strange pain in my back. It was weird feeling, but quite dull. Was it a contraction? Or was my back mad at the way I was laying in the pool? I couldn't tell, so I stayed where I was. Within the hour it happened another two times. I had never had any Braxton Hicks contractions so I wasn't sure what it was 'supposed' to feel like. I finally gave up and got out of the pool for fear my water would break and I wouldn't know it. I changed and pulled out my exercise ball until Blaine finally arrived home. I told him what happened, but with no kind of consistent frequency, we wrote it off as Braxton Hicks-or just really early pre-labor. It didn't happen again until a few hours later when we were on the couch after dinner. We began timing them as they seemed to be getting a little stronger and more frequent. Still, they were quite far apart and inconsistent. We stayed up late to continue timing, and finally went to bed around midnight.

I slept alright until around 3am when the pain began getting much worse. B and I started timing once again. My water still hadn't broke, but I had read that for many women it doesn't, so we were going solely on my contractions. As the sun came up we were having several contractions per hour but they were all over the place and only about 30 seconds in duration. B set me up on the couch watching Harry Potter, and he went into work for the morning. I continued to time each contraction - they were still inconsistent but we were having at least 5 per hour, and the duration was around 45 seconds each. When B came home around lunch time, we ate and called the hospital to see if we should come in. The nurse said as long as we were having five per hour we should at least come and be checked out. Around 3pm we loaded up the jeep with our hospital bags, but ended up leaving them in the car thinking we wouldn't be staying.

They checked us in and the nurses checked my dilation and my cervix. I was only 1-2cm and 80% effaced, so they had us walk the labor and delivery floor until our midwife could arrive and check us. Once she did, she determined that we were definitely in early labor, but we still had a ways to go. She said it could take anywhere from an hour to a week to go into the active labor - whoa! She said we could stay there and continue to walk to try to get labor going, or we could go home and continue laboring in the comfort of our own home. I knew if they admitted us we could be there for a loooong time, and I wouldn't be allowed anything to eat or drink besides ice chips, so we opted for option number 2 and headed home. We stopped at Applebees for curbside to go along the way, and as we waited for our food my contractions were starting to get really intense. Awkward is definitely sitting in the bar area of an Applebees whilst in labor. Ha!

Anyway, we got home, ate and got ready for bed. Alisha (our midwife) had recommended I make a little cocktail of extra strength Tylenol and unisom to try to get some sleep. It worked for a couple hours, but I was once again up at 2am timing contractions that had become, much, much more painful. Some even bringing me to tears. B drew me a bath in the morning which helped my back pain significantly, but it was clear we were progressing in the labor. Many of the contractions were upwards of 1.5 minutes, and I even had one that last for 4 whole freakin' minutes! Around 9am Wednesday September 11, we decided it was time to go back to the hospital. The pain was getting to be too much and too often. This time upon arrival, we brought our bags in with us, praying this was going to be the real thing.

We were disappointed to find that my dilation was they same, though I was nearly 100% effaced upon arrival. Unfortunately, we also learned our midwife had the day off and we had no idea who would be delivering the baby! Thankfully I wasn't super stressed about this development, as I wasn't THAT attached to our midwife. The nurses had us walk the halls once again, for 2 whole hours this time, and then checked my progress. I had dilated to a full 3cm, which was promising, but still, we were making slow progress. They sent us back out to walk and about 20 feet from our room - my water finally broke! They checked me again, and I had already dilated to 5cm.

That was all they needed. We were finally admitted for the long haul (aka, delivery!). I decided immediately to get the epidural, as the pain was immense and I was running on about 6 hours of sleep in the past 48 hours. We knew we had a long night ahead of us! The epidural was scary, and while it didn't hurt as badly as I anticipated, it was definitely an uncomfortable and odd sensation. Once it was in, however, I felt like a whole new person. They inserted a catheter and I no longer felt a thing from the waist down. My contractions were magically gone - as was any feeling in my legs. I was able to take a solid nap, and even relax and watch some TV while B went to the cafeteria and got dinner.

After awhile, a doctor arrived and told us my dilation was stuck at 6cm, and my contractions weren't strong enough to help it move along. He inserted another device to more easily monitor the contractions (I was feeling very much like a science experiment at this point), and he recommended we consider using Pitocin to help me progress quicker. He also mentioned that if it didn't work, we would have to look at other options, which was terrifying. After monitoring for 1/2 hour, they administered the Pitocin at 9:30pm and checked me every 1/2 hour and dosed me as needed. I began dilating quickly at that point, which I was thankful for as I was starting to have a lot of lower back pain, even with epidural. The doctors and nurses thought the baby had turned 'sunny side up' and that was causing the pain, though they assured me they could still deliver that way, and she could also still flip before she came through the birth canal. I attempted to take another nap to no avail, due to the pain. Instead I turned Passenger on my iPhone and listened to his album on repeat to help me relax.

Around 11pm, I was getting an unbearable urge to push. For me, this was waaaaay worse then the contractions. It wasn't painful as much as it was just completely and utterly uncomfortable and nearly impossible to go against. By 11:30pm, the nurse and doctor (who actually was the first doctor we saw at our clinic before we switched to our midwife!) said we were fully dilated and about ready to push. We were able to do a few practice pushes and they prepared me and the room for delivery and the arrival of our baby girl.

The pushing was incredibly hard, but it felt so good to be able to follow the urge. Around 11:50pm we were ready to go. I was incredibly focused on the task at hand and barely opened my eyes for the majority of the delivery. B held my hand and my leg when I pushed, and everyone was fairly quiet. Being our first baby, I wasn't sure how I wanted delivery to go. It turned out the quiet was EXACTLY what I needed! I rested between pushes and it was as serene as it could have been. By the fourth contraction, the 3rd push, baby girl came right on out. We heard her beautiful little cry and I finally opened my eyes. They set her on my chest and I could.not.believe. she was actually here. 54.5 hours after feeling my first contraction, Olive Grace was finally here at 12:30am on the dot, Thursday September 12. She looked nothing like I expected - but was so much better. Completely beautiful with a head full of dark hair and steely blue/gray eyes, all 8lbs, 13oz and 21 inches of her was here.

It took a minute for the doctor to take care of me, as I did tear during the delivery, but I was thrilled to be able to immediately try to feed Olive - she was rooting right away. I had no idea what I was doing, but we were successful, even without the lactation consultant! Soon B took her to the nursery to have her checked out and once my epidural wore off they moved us to the Mother-Baby unit at nearly 3am. After being checked out myself and settling in, we caught a short sleep and they brought Ollie back to me around 5am for our next attempt at feeding. Over the next couple days we had an excellent hospital stay. It felt like we were the only people in the world in our little hospital room. We had the lactation nurses at our disposal, every meal was brought to me, and we were able to spend time getting to know our new little Bean in the comfort of the hospital. The nurses were all fantastic and very helpful. By Saturday morning though, we were beyond ready to be discharged and bring our Bean home!

It was a crazy week to say the least, but looking back I would do it a million times over. This little girl is the tied for the best thing that has happened to me (with meeting her Daddy of course ;)

2013 definitely changed my life forever!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

My Favorite Shopping Buddy


Top: Old Navy / Jeans: Motherhood (yep, still rocking them!) / Shoes: Target / Scarf: Groopdealz

So let's just focus on the positive here - it's actually an outfit post!!

Getting out is definitely not as easy as it used to be. Running to Walgreens takes time and planning with an infant. So, when it does occur, I like to try to get dressed in something OTHER than sweatpants! Bean and I had a little shopping to finish up today, so after a nice long early-afternoon nap, and a hefty feeding, we hit the door and made a few stops. She's pretty much the most fun shopping buddy. She even helped me pick out some of Daddy's stocking stuffers!


My outfit is obvs nothing fancy, in fact, I'm pretty sure Olive is the one who should really have the fashion blog here (hello cute owl outfit), but it does feel good to start to feel a little more normal in my clothes again. A good scarf has been a staple for me right now - it draws some attention away from my still full belly, and adds a little something extra to the ensemble. Other then that I'm still keeping it comfortable. My pre-preg pants are still not quite fitting - I have some weight left to lose - so I have no shame still rocking the maternity jeans. They are hella comfortable, and especially at this time of year when there's so much delicious food to be eaten!

Hope everyone is having a joyous holiday season!!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

My Life as a New Mommy - Olive Update!

My little Bean is now 3 months old and change. It's crazy how the past three months have gone so quickly and so slow at the same time, and yet giving birth seems like it was an eternity ago. Olive has already grown and changed so unbelievably much since we brought her home from the hospital. From a little baby blob to a beautiful little flirt that often looks something like this:


All smiles and happy dreams.

My girl.

What kind of parent would I be if I didn't brag a little about how amazing she is? Cuz she's pretty super. God was kind enough to bless us with a very patient and easy going first babe, who likes to sleep just as much as mommy and daddy. Baby sleep was a big issue I was worried about, and yet knew nothing about at the same time. We co-slept the first 6 weeks, but she was too big and too independent for her bassinet or snuggle nest by week 6. She has been sleeping in her crib ever since. I expected that transition to be difficult, but girlfriend loves her room, and loves sleeping in her own space. That was proven even more when she started sleeping through the night week 7. And by through the night, I mean she goes to bed at 8:30pm, and as I write this post (at 8:00am) she's still asleep (though she's starting to stir!). My angel.

She about the happiest baby ever. She smiles and coos, and is so happy just to see mine or daddy's face in the morning. *Heart melts.* Sure she has her moments, she's a baby after all. But honestly a big blowup is really rare and it's (usually) super easy to fix. Mostly she just whimpers, and if you check her diaper, stick a boob/bottle in her mouth or just pick her up or put her down for a change of scenery, she's happy as a clam.

Don't get me wrong, this parenting thing is hard. Like HARD. Trying to sift through all the advice from friends and family and make the best decisions for you and YOUR baby is tough. Knowing when you do something, say something, try something, it all affects this little human and who she is becoming is terrifying. We have our bad days like any other family. But she brings so much pure joy to B and I, it's insane.

I never knew how much I would love being a mother - and a stay at home mom at that. Our days consist of sweatpants and sleepers, spit up and snuggles, naps, feeding, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Sofia the First, learning to grab and hold and giggle. Poopy diapers and sucking boogies out is the norm. And I'm ok with that.
Before, my whole life goal was "career". I never even knew if/when I would have kids. And now, all I want is to be here with her. And make more perfect little humans like her! I do work one evening a week at Motherhood, and I can't even tell you how many times I almost quit because I didn't want to be away from her, even for those short 4 hours. I cannot fathom having gone back to work full time at 8 or 12 weeks - and its given me mad respect for all you ladies that have and do!

My little girl was a unplanned surprise. But she has been the best one of my life. She came to us at the perfect time, when we didnt know it was the perfect time. But that's the way life works sometimes, isn't it?

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Beauty Review: Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation

As part of an Influenster Vox Box* I recently received a sample of Rimmel's new Stay Matte foundation.

Now normally, I don't wear foundation. I'm a BB cream or tinted moisturizer kind of girl, so as you can imagine I was apprehensive about trying a real foundation! Overall I have fairly even skin and not a lot of problems with acne. Since having Olive, however, my hormones have been out whack causing a little bit more skin issues than I'm used to.

Enter - foundation.

Influenster and Rimmel sent me the 'True Ivory' shade, which seemed like it would most closely match my skin tone. Upon my first application I noticed it was really cakey. Is this normal? I may have used a little too much. After washing my face and letting it dry I tried again with half as much. Still pretty cakey. After I applied it (with my fingertips) I still had to go back and put some lotion around my jawline and mouth to blend it and make it feel less heavy.

The plus side though, was it did have significant coverage. See below - before and after.
Overall, I would purchase this foundation for two purposes - 1) if I am really broken out and need to even out my skin and 2) for a fancy look for a special occasion.
It definitely didn't convert me to a full on foundation wearer. Mostly I couldn't wait to get home and wash my face after wearing it out to dinner.

Do you guys wear foundation? Have any tricks for making it less cakey? Or are you a tinted moisturizer kinda lady like myself?

*I received this product complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

Monday, October 28, 2013

I Had a Baby Y'all

I know I've never been the worlds most disciplined blogger, but as you may have gathered from my previous months of posting, this recent little break had a very good excuse and her name is Olive Grace.

If you follow me on twitter you already know our little Bean was born Sept 12, at 12:30am, weighing 8lb, 13oz and 21in long. The labor was looooong but overall L&D was a good experience. I've written a draft of my birth story and I plan to share that another time soon! (Hopefully!) One thing I was definitely not prepared for was how much time newborns take up! I'm the first in my family to have a baby, and I'm the youngest, so I haven't been around babies - you know - ever. Its amazing how one tiny little human that just eats sleeps and poops can wrap up your whole day in the blink of an eye! It was a tough transition at first, but now that Olive and I are in our little routine and have had some time to get used to it, I'm LOVING being able to be home with her every day. She's so special and beautiful, and growing so quickly already. At almost 7 weeks old she already has so much personality!

SO, anyhooters, back to the reason any of you come to my blog - fashion! As you can imagine as a SAHM with a 6.5 week old, I really don't get dressed that often (though I am rocking a pretty stellar set of Owl pjs at the moment). When I do, I'm trying to figure out what looks good on my postpartum figure. I still have about 10lbs to lose until I'm at my pre-pregnancy weight, however, when I got pregnant (surprise!) I was trying to lose weight, so ideally I'm aiming to lose about 20lbs. I just had my 6 week check up and was cleared for working out, so its time to hit that new elliptical we have sitting in the garage! But in the interim I'm right in between my maternity and pre-preg clothes, making for a very random wardrobe. Additionally, nursing has created some challenges in my postpartum wardrobe!

BUT, that being said, I want to get back in the swing of this blogging thing - time permitting (I dont know how you other new momma bloggers do it!!) So here we go -- this is the closest thing I've got to an outfit photo, and frankly, Ollie's is far better than mine! :)


Who doesnt love a good 'get that sun out of my face Mom!' photo?!

Hope all of you are doing well out there in blog land! Looking forward to catching up with you soon :)

Thursday, September 5, 2013

38 Weeks

Tank: Motherhood Maternity / Pants: Motherhood Maternity / Jacket: Old New York & Co. / Shoes: Toms
 
How far along? 38 weeks, 5 days
Baby’s size? 19-22 in., about 6.5-7 lbs - the size of a watermelon!
Days until next doc appointment? 1 - every week now!
Total weight gain/loss? Around 30 lbs total. I'm hoping to stay around that until the end, but we shall see!
Maternity clothes? All the ones I have been wearing all pregnancy are becoming too small. I didn't want to buy a bunch more for the last month, so I'm more or less back in comfy leggings and B's old oversized shirts. The same way I started pregnancy! :)
Stretch marks? My stretch dots turned into definite stretch marks along my lower belly. There aren't a ton but enough to make me oil and lotion up like 10 times a day. They also itch like crazy!
Sleep: I dont sleep that well, but I do sleep for long periods of time. I've been exhausted lately and sleeping in until 11am some mornings since I'm not working most days. Often I get up around 7 or 8 and stay up for an hour or two and then go back for a nap too!
Best moment(s) this week:
We have had a lot of moments over the past several weeks! This week though its like she knows when we are talking to her. Shes especially responsive to B which is so stinking cute.
I'm also done working! I made it to my 38 week mark working retail yall, and I dont know how I did it. I thought I'd be done way earlier, but it still felt ok being on my feet for short shifts so I did it up! In fact I am about to go in and help out for an hour today too, but they aren't putting me on the schedule anymore. Its more of a day to day thing, and I think this'll be the last one I go in for. But I'm super proud of myself! It keeps me active too.
Movement: She's super strong now, and most people told me her movements would like slow by now, but shes really becoming more aggressive. When she moves we get big, bulging movements and my tummy gets all kinds of dilapidated and weird! I think she wants out, and I try to tell her I want her out too, but its all up to her... I think shes still trying to figure it out ;)
Missing anything? My regular clothes now that my maternity ones are becoming too small too! AE had a big sale last weekend so I bought a couple flowy oversized tops and a couple cardigans that I can wear over nursing tops this fall... felt good to shop for normal clothes a little again!
Food Cravings: I can not get enough of those mango pineapple smoothies from McDonalds. I require them several times a week and usually have them drank before I even get home. I'm obsessed. But I'm not sure if its because of a craving or they are really just that damn delicious! :)
Belly button: Turkey's done!
Happy or moody most of the time? Still happy. Swollen, but happy
Weekly symptoms: Swelling, some minor back pain, fatigue, increase in *ahem* certain secretions (tmi, I know)... overall I feel pretty good though which makes me worry I'm no where near l&d yet, even though my due date is next Saturday!! Gah!

Monday, July 22, 2013

32 Weeks,a Rainy Day Casual Ensemble, and My Pregnancy Non Plan

Tee: Birthday present from B / Jeans: Old Navy Maternity / Shoes: Target / Glasses: Firmoo

So before I launch into my update, I want to write a little bit about my pregnancy experience thus far. More for me then anything, but with all the other pregnant bloggettes out there I figure it could be good to read about others experiences!

I've mentioned before that our little bean was a surprise. We weren't planning for her, or trying to conceive. That being said, after being together nearly 3 years, B and I knew we wanted to start a family one day, and likely sooner rather then later, as I approached my 30's and B edged into his mid 30's. From the moment we found out, we have been excited and we knew she was coming at just the right time for us. I didnt know a ton about pregnancy or babies, (though thank God, many of my friends had just gone through pregnancies of their own which has been a tremendous help!) and at first I immersed myself in books, blogs, apps, friends tales and anything else you can get your hands on to learn about what was ahead. 

After a few weeks of research, I put down the books, and frankly, I've barely picked them up again. Now, don't get me wrong, I still read my weekly updates from my Babycenter and What to Expect apps, to see where baby girl is at in her growing process, and I've definitely Googled different pregnancy symptoms as I've experienced them (to find every single one has been normal). But at the end of the day, I'm just living in this experience.

I've had a very blessed pregnancy so far. I didn't have a lot of nausea, and my belly has been very accommodating to my growing girl. Aside from my belly and boobs, my body has barely changed, and I haven't even had any real swelling yet (except after a long day at work, but retail does that to even non-pregnant folks!). I've carried her easily to this point and without any bumps along the road (knock on wood). My moods have been extremely stable, without any crazy pregnant lady outbursts at all, and I have, for the most part, been my same smiley self (if not more smiley!). I feel calm and at ease.

B and I have had open communication between us and our doctor and then midwife, but we have had very few questions for her up to this point. As long as she has told us we are healthy and Bean is healthy, we just continue to do what we do. We also - and this one is a biggie - don't have a birth plan. Whatever way, and however she needs to come out is ok with us. Yes, I am hoping for a vaginal delivery. And I'm also hoping I can be strong enough to not have any meds. But if I can't take it, I will absolutely get an epidural. And if baby girl decides she doesnt want to be in the proper position for a vaginal delivery, then a c-section it is. The only "plan" we have is for her, and I, to healthily and safely go through this process in as much of a peaceful labor and delivery as possible. Just me and B, creating our little family, and likely having some laughs as we do so, because that's the kind of couple we are.

We have educated ourselves, but we also trust our midwife and doctors to help us along the way. Mostly, we are just incredibly plugged into our baby. Her movements, her reactions to us.. not to what everyone tells us she should be at this point. In a way, B and I are just along for the ride, and that's exactly how we have treated the past 7 months. We are in our little cocoon of a family already, and shes absolutely already a part of 'us'. I dont really know how to explain how calm we have remained during this time, but I feel so good about the ease of my pregnancy and what I hope will continue through labor and delivery.  None of it scares me and I just can't wait until shes in my arms. 

I've looked around the interwebs to see if there are any other couples who have treated their pregnancies in this manner, but I haven't had a lot of luck. Mostly I find ladies who are incredibly immersed in their pregnancies, which is awesome - it just doesn't work for B and I. I dont know what to call us ... hippies? free spirits or zen mamas? All I know is its all in God's hands for us, and we are just thanking him for even blessing us with this gift to begin with! Maybe it'll all change as we get closer to delivery, and if it does, thats ok too :)

On to the update...

How far along? 32 weeks, 3 days
Baby’s size? 19 in., about 4.5 lbs - the size of a honeydew melon!
Days until next doc appointment? 4 - this every 2 weeks thing cray.
Total weight gain/loss? Around 23 lbs total so far. The doctor tells me I'm healthy and on track so I'm going with it!
Maternity clothes? The shoes pictured above are just for looks. They don't even remotely fit anymore. Sad face.
Stretch marks? Got my first one on my belly! Though its less a stretch MARK and more a stretch DOT. Still oiling up on the reg!
Sleep: Getting so. much. harder. And I wake up really early most days and just get up. We are talking like 5-6am early. But my body just isn't having sleep, so I go with it. I know its all prep for bringing home a newborn! Besides, I Love Lucy is on at 6am so at least I have that to look forward to. :)
Best moment(s) this week:
Its been several weeks since I updated so lots of moments!! But my favorites of the past few weeks have been:
1) Had my baby shower weekend in Indiana - it was small and perfect thanks to my amazing sister in law!
2) FINALLY finishing her furniture and moving it all into her nursery, and starting to put things away! Its surreal to have baby things in the kitchen and family room and in her room like she actually lives with us now. 
Movement: The movements are changing but shes still a mover and shaker! Now its more rolling, stretching and pushing, lots of feet in my right ribcage and fists and head (our midwife tells me) in my left hip.
Missing anything? Sleep. And just being able to do things for myself. B takes such good care of me, but I hate that sometimes I cant even get off our bed (its really really tall and huge) without him pushing me, or shave my own legs.
Food Cravings: Not really having any anymore, or food aversions for that matter! I still like all the same foods I did pre-pregnancy, with the exception of some poultry. Chicken has to be, like, overdone for me to want to eat it.
Belly button: Its still a halfie! Though its more out than in now!
Happy or moody most of the time? Happy! Just can't wait for her to get here!
Weekly symptoms: Overall achiness (is that a word?), especially in my back and feet, still heartburn if I eat too much spicy or red sauce...

 
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