Thursday, August 28, 2014

38 WEEKS

This "dress" used to reach my knees" 

BABY IS THE SIZE OF: well a baby! Average weight right now is close to 7 pounds!

MATERNITY CLOTHES: mostly just belly shirts...that’s cute right? Haha no just repeating the same 4 outfits that still look somewhat flattering!

SLEEP: The entire pregnancy I have not been able to sleep in past 8 for the life of me, most mornings I wake up at 6! So not fun! But this past week I’ve been sleeping until like 11! How great is that? Soaking up all the sleep I can now!

MOVEMENT: Ummmm if you don’t follow me on Instagram or facebook you need to click on the link over to the right of the page to see this girl in action! I’ve had people say she looks like an alien, it’s creepy, and that their babies never moved like her! K kinda rude about the creepy comment;) but it is freakin nuts how much she moves like all the time! Luckily now since she has dropped they aren’t as painful!

BEST MOMENT OF THE WEEK: Tyson (my brother and photographer) arrived monday night! I really really really hope that he gets to spend more time with the baby here than without! He is here until the 15th and I am due the 12th! Eeek! Cutting it close so lets hope this little lady comes out on time or a little before the 12th because my doctor won’t induce me until 41 weeks-or after he is already gone! Everyone please send labor dust my way!

MISS ANYTHING: Pretty much everything at this point. Pregnancy has consumed my life and body 100%.

FOOD CRAVINGS: my appetite has completely gone away-I have to remind myself to eat because I really don’t get very hungry and when I do eat I’m done after two bites! Probably cause there ain’t no room in there for food!

ANYTHING MAKE YOU QUEASY: If I don’t drink enough water I get really queasy!

WEIGHT GAIN: right around 23-25 pounds! It depends on the day! I am so happy with this number! I had a “goal” like we all do at the beginning of pregnancy on how much I wanted to gain-but I really didn’t do anything about it. I ate whatever I wanted whenever I wanted so half way through the pregnancy I was thinking I’m going to get to 50 pounds! But I think every body is so different and some need to gain 50 and some need to gain 15! Our bodies do what they need to do!

STRETCH MARKS: None! I am waiting for the day I jinx myself by typing that!   

HAPPY OR MOODY: Pretty dang moody! I had my first cervix check last week at 36 and then one this week for my 37 and after my 36 appointment hearing my cervix was still locked up tight- every single night I walked 2 miles and did bleachers so I was feeling good going into my 37 week appointment…I was sure I must had helped move things along. I was waddling ten times more and had so much pressure down there and have been taking 2000 mg Evening primrose oil daily- I was expecting to hear some news of effacement-none. No progress. I just broke down-started bawling. I felt so discouraged at that moment! I can’t help but feel so angry at my body for not doing what it is supposed to do. And all the comments that “due dates are just estimates” “she’ll come when she is ready” “it’s selfish to try to get things going” “sit back and just wait for it to happen” make me want to slap somebody in the face. K so rude and I’m sorry- I can blame that on the hormones still. I wish I could say I’m enjoying and embracing every last day with this bump and the baby safe inside me-I really do…but I’m just NOT. I get more and more discouraged everyday. And yes I know I’m only 38 weeks so I have time-but the fact that my cervix hasn’t started what it needs to do is what really gets me down. I just want to have my baby already! I want to see her face! I want to be done being so uncomfortable and in pain 24/7! Ughhhhh I just want to wake up in labor or progress or SOMETHING!

SYMPTOMS
  • ·      Extreme lower back pain centered around my tailbone.
  • ·      Fatigue
  • ·      Braxton hicks 

LOOKING FORWARD TO: I think it’s pretty clear that the only thing I’m looking forward to is labor and seeing my baby girl.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

PREGNANCY MUST HAVES


As I approach the end of this pregnancy I’ve been reflecting a lot and came up with a list of things that are my “pregnancy must haves” everyone has them and they’re all different. Notice I do not have a pregnancy pillow on there! Shocker! Everyone swears by those but I just couldn’t justify spending that money and my sleep has been pretty good-I just sleep with a pillow between my legs! This post is kinda boring but oh well- this is all part of me wanted to document as much about my pregnancy as possible…and after all, this is MY blog:)
  • Coconut oil// this whole trend ain’t no joke. This stuff is amazing! I currently use it as a face moisturizer and a belly moisturizer. Pregnancy has made my skin incredibly dry and for the first little bit I had red eczema-like patches all over my face. No face lotion was enough or it made me break out, this stuff is perfect and leaves my skin so soft! I am also using this to keep as many stretch marks away as possible. My first trimester I couldn’t STAND the smell so I used organic vitamin e oil and that worked great too-but it turned all my undershirts and sheets yellow…boo! To this point I do not have any (new) stretch marks and yes my mom and sister and just about every other woman in my family had them so I know they’re in my genetics. Even if I did get stretch marks I would still use this because it leaves my skin so soft and keeps all the itching away!
  • Leggings// pregnancy no brainer. I bought one pair of maternity pants from h&m but honestly who wants to wear jeans in the summer? Way to thick and constricting! Plus this southern/eastern humidity ain’t playin’ around! The looser & thinner the clothes the better! I practically live in leggings!
  • Ovia Pregnancy app// the same day I found out I was pregnant I immediately Pinterested all the must have apps and downloaded all 27 on the market! As time has progressed I’ve weaned out the ones I don’t really use. This one is by far my favorite! It makes it so easy to track weight, sleep, diet and so on! There is a list of medications and what category they are for pregnancy women (safe, sometimes safe, never) . You can search by what symptom you’re experiencing and it will tell you what causes it and what you can do to help. And of course it has daily tips/articles and the weekly changes happening with baby! It’s the best!
  • Welch’s fruit snacks// I’ve always been a slave to food-when my body decides it’s hungry-it means NOW or else it will basically eat me and make me faint. Its real awesome-not! These are perfect to keep in my purse while I’m out and I start to get light headed or weak I can tell my sugar levels are too low they work as the perfect pick me up to last me until my next meal!
  • Zantac// I wish I could say this has taken my heartburn 100% away- but unfortunately nothing has! But this has been the best so far! It’s slowly becoming less effective as I get closer to my due date-but it’s been a lifesaver for quite some time!
  • Water bottle// THIS. If I can’t live without one single item it would be this. I was not a water drinker before pregnancy-I’m not exaggerating when I say I would go probably a week in between drinks of water. I know terrible. I was a milk drinker. But it is super important to stay crazy hydrated while pregnant and this water bottle has helped me so much and has turned me into a huge advocate for water! I probably go through at least 6 of these a day! Water keeps my headaches manageable, swelling almost non-existent, my skin hydrated, and the baby loves it! She always moves the most right after I finish drinking it! This I think is one huge reason I haven’t had any stretch marks so far! 
  • Swing dress// again I didn’t buy any maternity but I bought a couple “swing dresses” that have been my saving grace. They put zero pressure on the belly and keep air moving everywhere so they’re perfect for summer pregnancies when we are trying to avoid clothes at all costs haha-these are pretty much it! I also feel the absolute best when I get ready and feel cute-always been that way-these are a stylist way to still be comfy but feel put together and boost my preggo confidence!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Whoa There LIFE!

Dat belly button doe! 
WHOA life time to slow down there please! I remember I posted a couple weeks ago on Instagram that time was going by soooo slow and asked for it to pick up speed-let me tell ya…IT DID! Thank you social media Gods for listening to me!

Warning: this post will be all over the place as I try to briefly as possible cover what’s been happening!

Um I’m 36 weeks tomorrow say WAHHH? I’m just waiting for the day I wake up and realize-holy crap, this time next month I’ll have my baby! It 100% feels like I have at least 4 more months! Although I’m glad I do not! Overall pregnancy has been good to me! No I didn’t make it through symptom free feeling 100% myself but I did make it through without any complications and both me and baby are both healthy- which makes me extremely blessed in my book! Luckily we are READY! Lil baby could come tomorrow and we would be set! Actually I take that back! Tyson (my brother and my birth photographer) arrives next Monday and she can come any time after that!!

35week picture! 
We recently went to DC and Philadelphia with Michael’s sister and it was 10x funner (yes a word in my book) than I was expecting it to be! I’m not a history person- actually it’s my least favorite subject, and I was 34 weeks pregnant so I was worried about walking around all day without being totally miserable! Now I am not saying walking was the most comfortable thing in the world and I’m not saying I didn’t question if this baby was going to be born on the sidewalks of DC or not, cause trust me- I did! But it was worth it! Baby girl is still snug as a bug inside me, we got to see some really pretty places, and spend quality time with family! Which is my favorite thing! It was perfect timing because we are moving back to the west here pretty soon so it would have been lame of us to not see DC while living just hours away from it! 










Speaking about moving back west-I AM SO EXCITIED! Life is crazy and we weren’t expecting this right now by any means! We knew it was in the near future but we were thinking more along the lines of next summer/fall! Now it’s looking more like the end of this year very beginning of next! Ya big change! And it will be interesting to say the least with having a new baby, but we will be in Arizona and that’s all that matters! I miss that place so bad! Michael is getting medboarded (discharged from the army for medical reasons for those who don’t know army terminology) due to some injuries and bad surgeries he got last fall! They’ve been a huge blessing in disguise- the same injury is also what kept him from going on this last deployment like he was supposed to! He would have been gone from January to octoberish of this year! Can you imagine? I would die! And that also means that baby girl wouldn’t be a thing yet…like a said, a blessing in disguise!

Pregnancy updates:
  • I’ve been having A LOT more contractions and each day they get more and more painful! I get a lot more in the car and obviously when I’m moving around a lot like doing laundry or cleaning the house! So I’ve been trying to just take it easy and chillax!
  • I am now being seen weekly which is exciting!
  • I am strangely not a single bit nervous, maybe cause I don’t feel like everything is actually happening!
  • Sleep has sucked lately! Insomnia is in full swing- I’ll be SO tired and ready for bed yet lay there for 4 hours.
  • I have really bad restless leg syndrome that causes my legs to just twitch all over the place! Oh and I got a Charlie horse in my calf the other morning that literally woke me up and just about had me in tears! Ouchie!
  • I caught up on my weight gain-I’ve been just a teeny bit behind the whole pregnancy but I’m packing on the pounds now!
  • No stretch marks still!
  • I can tell she’s dropped because I can breath SO much easier now and hardly ever have any rib pain (thank goodness) but those were replaced with lots of pressure and the full on pregnancy waddle-I’m embracing it!

Oh yeah and we bought a new car! It's my mommy mobile! I'm in love and I'm so so excited to bring baby girl home in this! 

'14 Toyota Rav4 

Okay well this post was random and all over the place but it needed to be done. There’s that! I really want to blog more so I can remember all the details of this time! So much is happening! So sorry you might get annoyed with all the upcoming random posts!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

She has a name!

Milan Lucille Fox
{Mih-lawn} {LU-seal}


Milan: The gracious loving one.

People with this name have a deep inner desire to use their abilities in leadership, and to have personal independence.

Lucille: Light


People with this name tend to be a powerful force to all whose lives they touch. They are capable, charismatic leaders who often undertake large endeavors with great success.


I am so excited that I don't have to keep this a secret anymore-it has been so special to us to call her by her name these last 9 months! It's a strange feeling when you find the right name, just how RIGHT it feels! I've felt that all along and even more after our 3D ultrasound and I know it will only become more right once we have her in our arms!