Wednesday, January 30, 2013

January Resolution Recap

I can't believe tomorrow is the last day of January!
It's gone by so fast,
although while I was still pregnant it felt like it would never end.

I didn't have a post scheduled for today, but I am attempting to keep up with my Monday, Wednesday, Friday posting.
My brain feels like a fried egg from lack of sleep.
New baby?  Nope...the toddler that got up at 4am and insisted on watching Curious George.

Recapping my January Resolutions following along with the Happiness Project and Happier at Home-
o Clear my closets:  Nope...however, it is a work in progress.  I am working through maternity clothes into regular clothes.  What a pain.
o Tackle a nagging task:  I have been clearing out lots of junk to donate.  I also finally cancelled a credit card that I haven't used for a billion years but still paid an annual fee for.  I strongly dislike talking to anyone on the phone.
o Keep a food diary:  Yep- It was full of cupcakes, pizza, and ice cream, but I kept one.  Definitely makes transitioning into post pregnancy tracking easier!
o Restore, maintain, organize: I have delved into areas like deep in the kitchen cabinets and under the bathroom sink, I have a long way to go, but at least it's something!
o Use my to-do list:  Every day!
o Identify the problem:  Clutter is anxiety to me.  As is dog hair.  Gag.  That will forever be the problem.
o Follow the “one-minute rule”:  I have been abiding by this and it makes me feel like I never get a break.  Most things can be done in one minute or less.  Wipe down the counter, start the dishwasher, wipe out the sink, new roll of paper towels, and it goes on and on and on.  Exhausting.
o Observe the evening tidy up:  About 50% of the month I did.  10 minutes each night before bed to straighten up.  I liked that I felt more relaxed in the morning and I felt like I had more time to get the day started.  Days that I didn't complete it were out of pure tiredness.
§ Possessions· Cultivate a shrine· Go shelf by shelf· Read the Manual:  This needs to be applied to my office/craft room.  There is a lot of potential in there, but it always feel chaotic.  Will work on....

Other resolutions for 2013:
Write in a one sentence journal every day:  Yes!  I did a quick recap here of my journal and the one I selected for Laithe.  The only time I fell behind was when I was in the hospital, but we caught up as soon as I came home!

Read at least 50 books:  I definitely tried to get a good head start on this.  I haven't been able to read for the last week since Kai and I have been working through our first week post pregnancy.  So far I have read 6 books and listened to 2 audiobooks.  Not too shabby.  Follow along with me here

Project Life:  Uhhhh.....I've saved some things on Pinterest...we'll just pretend I was planning to do a month at a time all along.  

Upload pictures and organize once a week:  Yes, I've done a good job with this!  

Overall, I would say I am doing a pretty good job.  All things considered, I have stayed on top of the items that are the most important to me and to the overall organization of our house.

Friday I will be posting with February's goals, the theme of which is "Working on My Marriage"  

Monday, January 28, 2013

Welcome Kai to the World

  Kai Andrew born January 22, 2013 at 8:49pm

It's difficult to recall Kai's birth story because it all happened so fast.
We sat down for dinner at 5:45pm on Tuesday.  I felt my first contraction shortly after.
It was approximately 30 seconds long.  I felt my second contraction 12 minutes later as we were cleaning up.  I texted my sister at 6:10 telling her I was going to take a shower and that I was having contractions 12 minutes apart.
My neighbor, who must have psychic powers texted me around this time asking if everything was ok.
I told her I was having contractions and she came to pick up Laithe at 7:00pm.
My contractions began rapidly increasing and by 7:30pm they were about 5 minutes apart so we called the midwife.  The contractions were so strong that I couldn't talk and handed the phone off to my husband.  We left for the hospital 7:45pm.
On the way to the hospital I told my husband
"They are too close together, this isn't right, we aren't going to make it."
Needless to say, it was already getting really scary and out of my control.
The hospital is 5 miles from our house (about 15 minutes due to 5,000 stoplights on the way).
I could barely walk by the time we got to the hospital and of course I am stubborn and refused a wheelchair.
I was admitted in to triage at 8:10pm.
The nurse asked me to change into a gown and she would be back to check me.
I was drenched in sweat and kept asking yelling "WHY IS IT SO HOT IN HERE??!!"
Things were still funny to the husband at that point and he kept saying "I think it's just you..."
Things that also came out of my mouth waiting on the triage nurse to get off break or whatever she was doing-
The triage nurse returned at approximately 8:20.
At this point I was becoming somewhat frantic as she asked me questions
about my medical history, religion, etc. (isn't that why I PRE-registered?)
Finally she checked to see how dilated I was.
She looked up at me with an "oh shit" face and immediately called for another nurse.
She smiled and said, "Ok!  We're going to hurry up and transfer you to another room! You are dilated to 7, so we're actually going to just keep you in this bed."
Me- "Wait! What about my epidural!?!?!"
Nurse- *lying to me* "Ummm...I'm going to put the order in right now."
Me- *relieved* "Good, I thought it was too late."
By the time I got to the room, it was about 8:35pm.
The midwife was there waiting with another nurse and immediately began hooking up monitors.
She checked me and I was dilated to 8.
Me- "Can I have an epidural now? Where is the anesthesiologist?"
Midwife- *shaking head* "No, no, it's too late."
Me- "OH MY GOD!!!"

The husband was standing next to me holding my hand, trying to keep me calm.
One of the heart rate monitors started going off as the midwife was breaking my water.

That's when shit got crazy.

Suddenly, there were 10 people in my room. They were literally grabbing people out of the hallway to help, I looked up and saw a doctor that I knew from another practice, in plain clothes, prepping an IV for me.
Then I heard someone come in the room and say "The OR is prepped."


The husband kind of got pushed to the side during all of this and kept saying "I love you! Everything is going to be OK!" but I could tell he was panicked.
I had been laboring on my hands and knees and they had literally thrown a sheet over me taken off.
On the way to the OR there were so many people trying to explain so many things to me.
It was hard to process because I was in so much pain from the labor and I felt like I was going to go into shock.
I heard "Baby's heart rate." "Emergency C-Section." "Quickly as possible."
When we got in the OR I was moved to the table.  There were so many people talking over me and talking to me.  There were 15 people in the room.  It was loud and hectic and I was flipping out.
They strapped my legs down because I kept trying to pull them up when I had a contraction.
Then a man leaned over and put his face within inches on mine and said "It's all going to be over in 30 seconds." Then "It's all going to be over in 15 seconds."
And that is the last thing I remember.
I later learned that angel was the anesthesiologist.
Kai was born at 8:49pm, approximately 4 minutes after I entered the operating room.
He entered the world screaming.

On the backside of this, the husband was flipping out.  No one had told him what was going on. They just told him to wait.
As he is pacing back and forth someone coded in the operating room.
Obviously he really began panicking at that point.
He said it was the most traumatic and terrifying experience of his life and it's still upsetting to think about how he felt when he didn't know what was going on.

They brought Kai to him and someone finally explained that I was ok.
I woke up around 9:30 and saw my husband with Kai and immediately began crying (with relief).
Then the doctor began explaining everything that had happened.
Kai did have the cord wrapped around his neck, however she said that his heart rate should not have gotten as low as it did, especially because he was screaming as soon as they got him out.

While we were in the hospital he was referred to as "the baby that caused all the trouble."
I hope that is not a foreshadowing to his life. Eeek.
Out of an average of 1700 live births per year, the staff told us they experience less than one true "emergency" c-section a month.
Their definition of "emergency" was when they feel they have less than 5 minutes to complete the operation. Fortunately for us, they had just completed training and drills the previous day.

It's hard to believe that so much happened in such a short amount of time.
It was really traumatic and I'm glad that the husband and I had decided that we wouldn't have any more kids....I honestly don't think I could do it again.

We were in the hospital for 3 days. 
Kai finally got to meet his big brother on Friday the 25th.
(There was a flu ban at the hospital and no one under 18 was allowed to visit)

We are all healthy and happy, now we're just focusing on family and my recovery.

Thank you to the beautiful, talented, and amazing Casey for taking Kai's newborn pictures.
You are the greatest and I'm so lucky to have you for a friend.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Meet Kai

He made one hell of an entrance into the world. It was a terrifying ordeal that I will recap when I get home and settled. Some key words and phrases that were involved, "it's too late for an epidural" "we need to get to the OR NOW!" Eek. We're healthy & happy. Kai Andrew is 6lbs 9oz & 19 inches long. I'm going to take the rest of the week off, except maybe some pictures, so expect a post on Monday the 28th!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Valentine's Day Wreath

I am still pregnant.
41 weeks tomorrow.
It seriously feel like a joke at this point.
I know it has to end at some point
but it really feels like it never will!
The husband was googling "longest pregnancy ever" last night,
according to a Time magazine article,
it's 375 days.

Remember Friday when I said you get baby pictures or wreath pictures?
At least I'm keeping one promise.

Start with a yarn wrapped wreath.
I chose red for Valentine's Day.

Add embellishments.
I was going to add our initial and I spray painted a wooden letter pink...
but it was super ugly so I pretended it never happened.  La la la.
I made flowers from t-shirt material.
Make t-shirt "yarn" by cutting long strips of material,
make the flowers simply by rolling up the material and hot gluing as you wrap.
I burned the hell out of my finger with the hot glue gun,
the husband yelled "Are you in labor????!!!!!"
Wishful thinking.

Hot glue flowers to wreath.

 Hang on front door.
Don't center it.
Kidding...there was a shadow so I had to move it for the picture,
it is centered.

I really really really hope that when I post on Wednesday it is baby pictures.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Guess Who Had A Baby????

Not me.
I'm sure someone else did.

I'm not cranky about it...well, maybe a little...but I really expected a baby by now.
I don't mind being uncomfortable for a few more days, although it feels like there is no end in sight!
What does make me uncomfortable is the things that people say.
I'm pregnant, not you, you don't get an all access pass to talk about my body (with me or with my husband)

Things that people have said....

Lady that works at the gas station by our house: (to my husband)
"Did you try having sex?  You should try that."
Uhhh....just because he buys a Mountain Dew from you does not mean you get to dole out that kind of advice.

Lady I met for the first time ever at book club last night:
"Obviously you are way too small, that's why you're not having a baby yet."
Thank you for your professional opinion random old lady.  Maybe I'll try to hold him in for another month or two.

Someone at my husband's work:
"Have you REALLY tried everything?"
Seriously people, stop!

My mom: (calling her on my way to book club)
Me:  "I'm not in labor yet."
"Oh...I'm on the other line, call me this weekend."
Thanks? Ha ha, I feel like I can't even call anyone because they automatically think I'm in labor.

Suggestions that I have enjoyed:

"Eat pepperoni pizza."
It's my favorite.  Because I'm human.

"Take a nap."
Fabulous idea.

"Did you try shopping?  All that walking might help."
This is way better than the treadmill.

Hopefully next time I post I will have a baby.  If not, I'm making a wreath.  
So, either baby pictures or wreath pictures.
Which ever.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Lose 10 Pounds Today*

*Your experience may differ....drastically.

Can you lose 10 pounds in one day?  No, you definitely can't**
**If you, we should talk
Can I?  Yes!  If I ever go into labor....
I've exercised throughout my pregnancy.  Sure some weeks have been lazier than others, but some have been amazing (ah-hem, half marathon during first trimester).
I've obviously been doing a lot of walking the last few weeks.
Because that's what people tell you to do, right?

This morning I thought I would try to kick it up in a higher gear and see if I could get things moving.
I've been having contractions for the last 4-5 days and they've been about 30 minutes apart.
Which basically means nothing.
Here is the treadmill incline workout I came up with.
(Note: I am not a doctor or a trainer, this is my workout and if you choose to do it, it is at your own risk.  If you are also a billion weeks pregnant, it may not be a good idea at all.***)
***Unless it puts me into REAL labor, then I'm going to sell this bitch.

Being SUPER pregnant, I definitely need a good warm up, so I started out with a 10 minute waddle warm up walk at 3.2mph.

Cool down:  Once again, big momma needs a long cool down, so I walked for 10 minutes at 3.2 mph (at a zero incline).

Followed up with some hip opening yoga poses- frog, cobbler, half pigeon, & happy baby, held for 3-5 minutes each.
The bigger I get, the more ridiculous these look.

So, there you have it.  Hopefully I go into labor, but if not I have an appointment today with my midwife.

Also, this is a great workout if you're not pregnant.  I would bump each incline up by one (except the 12's) and complete at a little bit faster walk (3.7 mph maybe?)

Monday, January 14, 2013

A letter to my first born...

Dear Laithe,

Happy birthday three year old!
It's hard to believe how much has changed in three short years, you have become quite the big boy!
We have been through a year deployment, a move across the country, and now you are going to be a BIG BROTHER!
I'm hoping we make it through today without meeting your little brother so that you still have your own special day.
I want you to know how lucky I am that I get to spend every single day at home with you.
Things are going to change when your brother gets here and sometimes you won't understand why I can't play, but I want you to try to be patient.
I know that you are going to be such a big helper.  You have such a sweet, sensitive disposition.  
You are going to be an amazing big brother.
I am so proud of you and I can't wait to see what the next year has in store for us.
This morning you said "I love you and I love my heart."
I love you too and you are my heart.


Currently I am 39 weeks and 6 days pregnant.  Eeek.  I honestly didn't think we would make it through the weekend...but here I am, still pregnant.  Grumble.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Babyproofing Your Marriage...Or Not

Partial description from

The Babyproofers are three women who wouldn't trade their roles as mothers for anything, and they love their husbands deeply. But after living through it and hearing the stories of hundreds of other couples, they know that with young children in the house, you need to block the stairs with baby gates, put plastic covers over the outlets, AND take the necessary steps to safeguard your marriage.

"Babyproofing Your Marriage" is the warts-and-all truth about how having children can affect your relationship. The authors explore the transition to parenthood in light of their own experiences, with input from their husbands and commentary from men and women across the country. Their evenhanded approach to bothsides of the marital equation allows spouses to understand each other in a whole new way.

With loads of humor and practical advice, the Babyproofers will guide first-time parents and veterans alike around the rocky shores of the early parenting years. Don't fall prey to common relationship pitfalls: Babyproof Your Marriage

My Review:

If this is your first not read this book under any circumstance.  It will make you this that suddenly your loving, helpful partner is going to turn into a lazy, sex crazed neanderthal.
If you already have a child then this book will make your husband look like a super hero.  My husband was glowing as I repeated the stories of the dead beats in this book.  One man said he just couldn't take the sleepless nights after the baby came.  Instead of telling his wife he needed an effing nap, he told her he had to go to Chicago for work.  He then booked a flight and hotel for 2 days so that he could "take a break."
Wow.  That guy doesn't need counseling, he needs a punch in the face followed by divorce papers.
This book was funny, mainly because the stories were so ridiculous and the ways to "baby proof" your marriage were absurd.  Women talked about not being able to shower for 3 or 4 days and basically falling apart.  I get it, having a baby is rough, but this book makes women look helpless.  
I definitely would NOT recommend this book to anyone.  If you choose to read it (or listen to it as I did) take everything that is said with a grain of salt.  
If you are on the journey to be a mom for the first time, I give you this:
Having a baby kind of sucks and rocks for the first two weeks.  You are delirious and tired and hungry and your hormones are insane...but then you kind of figure out what you are doing and things get better.
And take a shower, will you?

Any good recommendations for marriage or parenting books?
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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

One Sentence Journal

One of my New Year's Resolutions was to keep a journal.
I purchased the Happiness Project One Sentence Journal and I love it!
Of course, I could use any notebook...but I love the compact size of this journal and that each page holds 5 years worth of memories for that particular day!

I also purchased the Q&A a day for kids.
It is great!
It has a simple question to ask each day and write down their response.

Examples and his responses:

Which animal do you feel like today? Why?
A zebra because I cry like a zebra

What would you like to do but can't do yet?
Change a diaper, I really want to!
(I'm not sure he exactly understands what that means....haha)

Each page has space for 3 years so you can see how their answers change over the years.
I love it and would recommend that everyone buy it right now!!!!

I've also been keeping a food journal-
I have always done this, however pregnancy got me off track.
As I am finishing up my pregnancy, the entries have looked something like this-

Breakfast- Donuts....seriously?
Lunch- 3 pieces of pizza and 3 cupcakes- WTH
Dinner- Does it even matter anymore
Snack- Cupcake
Snack- Cupcake
Snack- Cupcake

Haha, granted that was Laithe's birthday party day but I have been out of control.
Definitely using this last week or so as an excuse to om nom nom everything in sight!

Hopefully next time I update it will be with baby news!
(fingers crossed!)

*I also just finished reading my third book of 2013 and I will hopefully finish listening to my second today.  I'm not planning on counting audiobooks into my overall 50 book goal for the year...but I suppose I may end up using it as a crutch...don't judge.*

Check out my books and tell me about your recommendations.
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Monday, January 7, 2013

Put It On Paper Review & GIVEAWAY!

I recently had the opportunity to review 3 kits from Put It On Paper.
As a lover of all things printable, I couldn't have been more excited!
I love their products, they all have a simple, clean look.
I chose to review the Cleaning Checklist Kit, the Blogger's Kit, and the New Mama Kit.

The Cleaning Checklist Kit includes 8 documents, including daily, weekly, and monthly checklists.
My FAVORITE of the kit is the monthly cleaning checklist that includes items such as cleaning ceiling fans and cleaning out the refrigerator. 
The Cleaning Checklist Kit has really streamlined my cleaning process (plus I heart checking things off a list, I feel so accomplished!)
I would recommend the Cleaning Checklist Kit, especially for anyone who made a resolution to stay on a cleaning schedule!

I was so excited to start using the Blogger's Kit!  I definitely needed to get more organized as far as the blog is concerned.  I try to post on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  Usually I would spend a few minutes on the weekend jotting down ideas for the week.  Thanks to the Blogger Kit, I have ideas written for the next month!  The Post Schedule is definitely my favorite piece!  I love that the kit includes a weekly and monthly post schedule.  If you are a blogger, you definitely need this kit to keep you organized!

The New Mama Kit includes 10 printables to use during pregnancy and after the baby is born.  For pregnancy, it includes a kick count chart, a registry checklist, and a hospital bag checklist.  I love that I have all of my pregnancy information in one place and I feel like every time I use the kick count chart that I am adding something else to the hospital bag checklist!

I can't wait to begin using the new baby care portion of this kit!
Hopefully within the next week!
(But not the 14th, because that's Laithe's birthday!!!)

Now...for a GIVEAWAY!  
Put It On Paper has given me the opportunity to give away $25 towards any product in their Etsy store!
Entry is simple, log in through rafflecopter, then leave a comment on this post telling me which printable would be the most useful to you!
This giveaway will close on 1/15/2013 and 12:00am!

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Put It On Paper generously donated the 3 kits for me to review as well as a $25 credit to use towards any purchase in their Etsy store.  As always, all opinions are my own.

Friday, January 4, 2013

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

Description from

Remember the woman you used to be ...

Alice is twenty-nine. She is whimsical, optimistic and adores sleep, chocolate, her ramshackle new house and her wonderful husband Nick. What's more, she's looking forward to the birth of the 'Sultana' - her first baby.

But now Alice has slipped and hit her head in her step-aerobics class and everyone's telling her she's misplaced the last ten years of her life.

In fact, it would seem that Alice is actually thirty-nine and now she loves schedules, expensive lingerie, caffeine and manicures. She has three children and the honeymoon is well and truly over for her and Nick. In fact, he looks at her like she's his worst enemy. What's more, her beloved sister Elisabeth isn't speaking to her either. And who is this 'Gina' everyone is so carefully trying not to mention?

Alice isn't sure that she likes life ten years on. Every photo is another memory she doesn't have and nothing makes sense. Just how much can happen in a decade? Has she really lost her lovely husband forever?

My review:

I really enjoyed this book!  It was an easy read that flowed well.  In the past I’ve always felt like I needed to concentrate really hard on books of this nature (frequent flash backs on the past, trying to keep it all straight), however Moriarty did a great job keeping everything simple.  It was easy to connect with Alice and to understand her confusion, as she was drastically different than the person she was 10 years ago.  There were many times that this book made me stop and think, how would I see things if I forgot the last 10 years?  (I definitely would wonder how I ended up married to the guy I broke up with in high school!  Ha ha.) 

I found all the characters to be relatable.  I enjoyed getting to know Elisabeth and Frannie better through their homework and journal entries.  As well as learning more about Alice’s past 10 years through their eyes.  The characters were all well structured and surprisingly there weren’t any that I blatantly disliked (there’s always at least one!). 
I would definitely recommend this book.  It was an uplifting and inspiring read that makes you think a lot about fate.  One of my New Year’s resolutions is to keep a journal; this definitely reinforced the importance of remembering your past!

What Alice Forgot was the December selection from Peanut Butter Fingers

Read Julie's review as well as those of other bloggers on January 7th!

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Thursday, January 3, 2013

I like big books and I cannot lie.

I saw a canvas bag with the saying
"I like big books and I cannot lie."
I loved it, however I usually only get one or two books from the library,
so was it really necessary to bring a bag for that purpose?
Last Saturday before embarking on my "Read 50 Books During 2013" challenge
I picked up my items on hold.
There were 5 books and one audiobook.
The husband commented that I looked ridiculous carrying it all out.
Library materials + HUGE pregnant + 2 inches of ice on sidewalk = me looking like a jackass

Thus I was able to create my very own library bag.
It cost me zero dollars.
I already had a bag and fabric paint.
I created a stencil on my Silhouette.

The hardest part was that it took me 15 minutes to find my iron.
 Step One: Iron bag.

Step Two: Place stencil where you would like it.
(I used adhesive vinyl)

Step Three: Slather it in fabric paint.
Let dry for 4 hours, it will be washable after 72 hours.

Step Four:  Peel off stencil.

Step Five:  Carry bag to library and feel like a total badass...

Unless the "one thing" your kid gets is this:
Then you look like a jerk because it doesn't fit in your bag and of course the handle has conveniently been broken off.  
Well played kid.  It is "one thing."

Do you carry a bag to the library?  Or am I alone in my awesomeness?

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

New Year's Eve & January Resolutions

Today I am approximately 268 days pregnant.
And I am feeling every minute of it.
On the up side, any day now....hopefully sooner than later!

I'm tired and cranky (not to my husband, OF COURSE!)
I meant to post this yesterday, but I'm a lazy jerk.

Here are some pics from our New Year's Eve "party"
(we were in bed by 10:30, yay!)
We had a low key night with friends and their daughter, Camden.
You can read about how amazing they are at 

 Best. Part. Of. Baking.
 Like you don't share the batter with your dog?
You need to make these Cake Batter Chocolate Chip Cookies from Sally's Baking Addiction.
They are AMAZING to say the least.
Between 4 adults, 2 kids, and 1 sneaky dog, we ate 3 DOZEN.
The husband and I had a conversation about them yesterday because we were both wishing that we had more.
Seriously, make them and then tell Sally how amazing she is.

After a dinner of refusing pizza and only eating cookies...
these two were having a blast.
 And of course would not pose for a picture.
Unless they got more cookies.
 Here's to you 2013!

My January resolutions following along with the Happiness Project and Happier at Home are:
·      Boosting Energy
o   Clear my closets
o   Tackle a nagging task
o   Keep a food diary
o   Restore, maintain, organize
o   Use my to-do list
o   Identify the problem
o   Follow the “one-minute rule”
o   Observe the evening tidy up
§  Possessions
·      Cultivate a shrine
·      Go shelf by shelf
·      Read the Manual
Keep an eye out for my review of printables from Put It On Paper on Monday.  I will be hosting a giveaway for $25 worth of product from her Etsy store!  This will definitely help with organization resolutions!

I also have 4 other resolutions, day 2- So far so good- HA!

Book Reviews-
I will be posting my review of What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty on Friday as part of the Peanut Butter Fingers Book Club.

I have also started AND completed my first book of 2013!  

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