37 Weeks

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Holy guacamole. We will have a baby in just a few short weeks (possibly way sooner)! Crazy Town, USA up in here. I forget the newborn stage since it has been over 4 years since we have had one... so I am a bit nervous at the transition, especially with the Worlds most active pre-schooler. But we are both so thankful we have a lot of people to help us out should we ever need a moment to escape.


So how am I feeling? Well, after the good ol' shingles virus, I feel a lot better. The nerve damage blows, especially when she is right on my ribs. But it gets better day by day.

On Monday, we had our 37-week check up and found out that little miss Marin is breech and "very, very high up" HENCE THE HEARTBURN. So we go back Monday to see her position and if she is still breech, then we will choose a date to be induced. Unfortunately, that would mean a C-Section. Anyone who has had one, please send advice! Especially on recovery with a toddler who is attached at my hip at all times. I wasn't nervous before my entire pregnancy, but now I am starting to feel those nerves come up a bit. Surgery just scares me.

I have total insomnia and pregnancy exhaustion has decided to rear its ugly head during the day. I am thankful Jack is in pre-k a few days a week so I can nap. But that has meant less work. Sometimes you just need to put the work aside and jump into Snoozeville or else you are pointless to your kiddo.

Speaking of our current kiddo. Mr. Jack is going to be such a good big brother. I still put him to bed every night since it is so special to us to have uninterrupted quiet time together. We read books (as many as he wants, the other night it was 15!) and discuss the day and what we loved about it and what we should try and work on. Well, when he is about to fall asleep, he lays on my belly and likes to keep Marin "warm and safe" and will pass right out. I love that little guy.
So here are the updates:

Weight gain/Work outs: around 17lbs but no working out here. Too sleepy. I just plan on doing lots of walking once she arrives. A sweet friend gave us their double stroller that goes along with our carseat, so we can take lots of walks as a family a few times a day.

Cravings: cheeseburgers, fries and chocolate shakes, ice cold water/juice of any kind. I am always so thirsty and need to quench my thirst constantly. Now I must tell you this...we all have brag moments from time-to-time about our husbands/wives/etc...the other night, I told Jon I was craving the cheeseburger/fries/shake combo and he surprised me with them at 1am. He was soon sweet and walked upstairs with the biggest grin on his face. Even though to some people it may seem small, to me it was huge and I appreciated it so much.

Symptoms: lots of contractions (real and BH) heartburn, can't breathe as easily anymore, lots of bathroom trips 45 times a night and just feeling pretty uncomfortable over all. I don't fit into a THING. So sadly, I am just straight up in PJ's. Poor Jon.

Come on baby girl! 


Coastal Dreaming

Friday, March 20, 2015

Comrades! Are you fans of the show Fixer Upper? Do you also bow down to Joanna Gaines and wish you could party with Chip? No? Ok, well I do...since...well, I am crazy. What was my point with this? OH YEAH! So a blog I have been following for many years, before I even knew who the Gaines were, is The Lettered Cottage. Layla Palmer and her husband, Kevin, have turned an adorable yet plain Jane house into the Cottage/Coastal home of my dreams.

One room I really love, is their new kitchen. Are you ready for some beautifulness? For one thing, the colors and choices for backsplash, counters and paint selection speak to me like Donald Draper selling a pitch. Everything flows and your mouth just drops. 
 And for a kitchen that is not that big, they really opened it up by using light and airy colors. Keeping the main wall cabinets white and using a contrasting blueish/gray island color, gave the kitchen a bit of UMPH without being overwhelming. 
 Not to mention, they score a lot of their decor at Flea Markets and cute little shops that you wish gave everything away for free. I love the accent colors of greens, galvanized tin, natural wood tones and blues. 
 Just like the Gaine's family, they have such a great sense of style and use vintage finds to not only decorate the space, but to be useful as well, like these awesome kitchen tools. 
 Another room I have to gush over, is their hallway laundry room. See the countertop? That was originally a large door they found that they repurposed. Here is the genius post about that. I love the shelving and her decor. Simple and not fussy at all. Like the perfect newborn..............I couldn't think of anything else. 
They are absolute design Wizards since they used a portion of the door as a backsplash to hide those pesky faucets and outlets that are such an eye sore. Kevin used dowels to support it in case they need to get to the faucet in a hurry, they just lift that bad boy up.
Easy and can be done in a very inexpensive way. We may have to steal this idea! Another reason why I love blog land. 

So who are your favorite design/DIY blogs? Also a fan of Coastal meets Country? 

What rhymes with pringles?

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Shingles. Where am I going with this? Well, I wasn't sure I would share this...but not being able to find many tips out there, I am hoping this will help some Pregnant Mama's.

I had the Shingles virus. Yes, that awful virus you thought only old people could get (or at least, I did). This was me for a week

At the end of February, I started getting sharp rib pain on my right side. Now, Marin loves my ribs so she can play that famous drum part in the Phil Collin's song "In the air tonight", so I figured it was just her resting on them. The next day, I had a SEVERE pain shooting on my entire right side. Truly, it was severe. I figured maybe it had to do with my milk coming in early or my lovely heartburn, so since I had a Doctor's appointment that week, I figured just suck it up, it must be pregnancy related! Then, the morning of my baby shower, I noticed a few red bumps on my right side. I thought it was a heat rash since I tend to become a furnace in the later stages of pregnancy. It was still painful, it was hard to really enjoy the shower when all I wanted to do was cry. But I put my big girl pants on and sucked it up.

Fast forward to Wednesday, I couldn't handle the pain. I knew something was wrong since the rash started to spread and I was whimpering even washing the dishes or putting clothes on. It felt like someone lit my right side on fire then hit me with a spiked bat. The sad thing is, I am not exaggerating. So I went to my appointment and the Doctor told me the not-so-fun news. This was my face

I had the Shingles Virus. How you ask? Well, since I have been sick since day one of my pregnancy and never have been able to truly rest, my immune system is 100% gone. Any healthy part of my immune system has gone to Marin, so since I had Chicken Pox as a baby, the dormant Shingles decided right now was the perfect time to attack since I am weak. My first question was "is my baby okay?" and he reassured me that since Marin is done growing and just packing on pounds, she should NOT be affected by my Virus. Also, the RX I am on is category B, so that helped with the stress of "will this hurt my baby?"

Shingles knows whats up too. It had me listening to its every command like a darn Pirate. You will also complain and rightfully so. This shizzle hurt.
It has been a little over two weeks since this whole pain in the butt virus started. The pain is still excruciating at times. Showers are a tear-filled joke. I would not wish this on anyone. Well, maybe a few people, but other than that...no way. Of course Jon had been in California on a business trip the whole time. We always joke that something always happens when he leaves! I figured I would just relax with Jack and get over this thing, but there was no way in H-E-double hockey sticks my Doctor said. He was very honest and told me it was going to hurt. There would be tears, whimpering and screaming. He was right. He told me to hire a babysitter or tell Jon to fly home because I needed to rest or it could get worse. Way worse. My Mom offered to take Jack for 4 days so I could rest in peace and quiet and I am so, so thankful. Because I definitely did cry, whimper and scream at times. I maybe slept 15 hours total and every time I woke up, I felt like I had no idea where I was.

I am only writing this because while I was googling "pain relief for pregnant women with shingles" Google essentially laughed at me and called me a whale. Pregnant women can't take a lot of medications while we are wild with child. So dealing with this while 34 weeks pregnant was very hard emotionally and physically. But I do count my lucky stars that it happened "at the best time" for Marin.

So, for any Pregnant Mommies out there who are also dealing with this, here are my tips:

- Tylenol EVERY 4 hours. At 3 1/2 hours, the tears will start. Don't be stubborn and try and suck it up like I did. TAKE THE TYLENOL. The RX doesn't help with the pain, it just speeds up the healing process.

- Wear loose clothing. This is not the time for beauty. I wore Jon's big pj shirts and my bathrobe the entire time. The second the shirt would touch me, I would flinch. No tight clothing!

- Oatmeal baths. Aveeno makes a great Oatmeal bath packet and they are glorious. It helps with the pain and itching and helps dry out the rash.

- Calamine lotion. The first few days of the Virus is obviously the worst and putting the lotion on will hurt a bit, but ultimately, it helped greatly. I applied it a few times a day.

- Frozen vegetables. I named my bag of frozen peas "Peter Peasley" and he was my husband while Jon was gone. The only way I could sleep was if I numbed my whole right side. Ice packs hurt to lay on, so I broke up the peas and they were comfortable to rest on.

- Frozen entrees. Honestly, who cares. I could not prepare food. I needed easy to eat meals and bought a few relatively healthy entree items. Washing dishes was too painful, so this really helped.

-Vitamin C. My Doctor told me Vitamin C will help, so I ate a lot of fruit packed with Vitamin C.

-REST. I thought this would be a good time to get work done or just nice time to relax before we have a newborn in the casa. 

LOL ROFL. Sit your butt down and do nothing. You physically won't be able to much other than go to the bathroom and sleep. 

So...has anyone else ever had Shingles? Any tips at all? Unfortunately I do have nerve damage and it flairs up with stress or when I am tired. I am hoping it will only last a few months like my Doctor thinks it will. The Doc also suggested I get the epidural or labor will be even worse. I am down for that!

Vertical Horizons

Thursday, March 12, 2015

That may sound like a really cool movie to you, but to us, we are struggling with making a big home design decision. Say what now? Well, our built ins in the living room seem naked to us. Not because of the lack of decor we have up there (to us, less is WAY more) but we think the built ins themselves could use more umph. Here they are in their naked glory, before we moved in.
We love the look of vertical bead board and horizontal shiplap and how it adds class and style to any feature in your home. We love both so much, that we can't decide on which style to use.

For vertical, picture something like this:
For resale value, I think vertical is the way to go (we don't plan on moving any time soon, but we both think you should always keep future buyers in mind)

For horizontal shiplap, picture something like this:

Here are the built ins now. I can picture both but I would say vertical may look best BUT horizontal could look great as well.

So what are your thoughts? Do you prefer vertical or horizontal?


Shall we snail mail?

Monday, March 9, 2015

This post is brought to you by Minted. All opinions are my own. 

Back when I was pregnant with Jack, Pinterest wasn't a big thing and I had no clue what a birth announcement was or newborn pictures. Heck, I had three months to prepare to be a Mom. I barely knew what a baby was back then! Now that I am pregnant with Marin and have known these long nine months, I have been able to prepare mentally for what I'd like to do when she is born. One thing I have been discussing with Jon is sending out birth announcements the ol' fashioned way. 

Now I know how to work a camera, so I'll be taking some cute pictures of our baby girl, but I do need help in the birth announcement category. That is where Minted comes in. When I saw the designs they offer on their site, I was floored. Truly, I fell on the floor. When I was able to get back up, I had to make a choice. Every design is simple, yet elegant, colorful, but not over-the-top. I am having such a hard time deciding on which one to pick! Here are my top picks:
 

I honestly want them all! I love that the designs won't over power that cute bundle of Marin that is arriving shortly. So, since I can't decide, I need your help! Leave a comment or send me an email suggesting which one I should choose. Once the little lady makes her big debut, you will see which design is the winner! 
Have you sent out birth announcements with your little ones? I love getting them in the mail and always save them! They are so fun to look back on once those cute babies start to turn into sassy toddlers ;-) 

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