Archives for September 2014

Pregnancy Update: Week 40

Today is my due date! How funny that instead I have a 6 day old baby.

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Not going to lie, this past week has been tough. The first couple of days Emma Kate was very very sleepy so I got to sleep a lot, too. Since Saturday night though, she has been very awake and wants to eat non stop, and not sleep at night. I’m hoping soon we can go for longer stretches without her eating (right now it’s pretty much an hour on, an hour off,)

We are loving getting to know her though, she already has such personality and certain facial expressions that makes us laugh. She was a little jaundiced at first so today we go back for a weight check, but because she has been eating non stop I am thinking she will be just fine!

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How am I doing?

I feel pretty good other than sleep deprived! The first day in the hospital was hard on me physically, but every day I get a little better and can pretty much move around as normal now. It’s so nice not to feel huge and uncomfortable all the time! I have a long way to go to get back into shape of course, but I am not thinking about that right now.  My doctor told me I could go for walks as soon as I got home, but I have yet to venture outside.

I promise I am working on her birth story, there are just a lot of details I want to make sure I get down and don’t forget! Hopefully part one will be up tomorrow or the next day. Thank you for your patience, I can’t wait to share more about what’s going on here with you!

QOTD: How did you handle the sleep deprivation of being a new mom? Or how do you handle it at all, even if you don’t have kids?

5 Survival Tips for the New Mom: A Guest Post

Hey everyone! Sorry it’s been quiet on the blog front as we get to know Emma Kate. I am working on her birth story as we speak so please come back! Today please enjoy this guest post, and be sure to show her some love!

Congrats to Heather and Bobby on the birth of their beautiful new little girl! What a fun and excited new stage of your life! So excited to hear all about your new adventures yet to come!

I thought I would throw some advice out there for Heather and all you new moms reading along! I know you have already gotten your fair share of advice but here are a few more little tips from this seasoned mommy.

Being a new mom, there are things that just have to happen. The baby takes center court in your new little world but there are a few tips for new moms that I wish I knew about when I had my first son. I think some of these come with time and reflection back on what happened. So here is my advice to any new mom.

1. Mommy comes first. You might not understand why this happens until you have a baby, but often times moms come in last place. We are just so busy we actually forget about ourselves. The baby starts to cry and first things first mom will pick up the baby to sooth the baby and then you are tending to baby until they fall asleep or calm down. Let’s just say it is 2am. You were woken up from a light sleep, yes light because that is the mommy way, and your baby starts crying. Do you, A) pick baby up, change diaper and start feeding baby or B) you go to the bathroom first. B! Moms, go to the bathroom and drink some water before you start changing and feeding. Feeding can take time. Your baby will cry just a little longer while you take care of you. Same thing goes for showers. If you haven’t had a shower in a couple of days because the hubs just returned back to work and every time you go to take shower and your baby starts to cry. Put the baby in a safe place and shower. You are not a bad mom for taking care of you. You are gonna take a fast shower but a fast shower is better than not taking a shower! I think of this as the oxygen mask scenario on a flight. You are told to put your mask on first then assist someone else. This is true because you have to take care of you first before you can take care of someone else. It’s ok.

2. Eat, and eat right. As a new mom in the first month especially, I often forgot to eat a healthy meal, or eat in general. I would miss eating lunch because I was either napping or feeding and by the time I woke up or thought about eating it was too late. Make sure you always have a healthy snack by your bed so you can snack while nursing or feeding the baby. Doesn’t matter if you are breast feeding or formula feeding make sure you are eating healthy snacks. I try to keep a container of nuts next to my bed and a huge glass of water. Keep greek yogurt in the fridge too that is a great little snack packed with protein. Also, in the first month you are probably going to be receiving food from someone. Try to keep fresh greens and fruit fully stocked in your fridge. You could possibly be eating a lot of casseroles, (since they are easy to make and are easy to take) and you want to make sure you are eating your greens and fruit. And indulging is perfectly ok too. I look at the first 4-6 weeks as recovery and chocolate is definitely welcome in this household!

3. Take alone time for mommy. I didn’t have this luxury when our first son was born because my husband was deployed to Iraq when Mason was 3 days old. But what I should have done was called someone over from church or a friend and have them watch Mason for 30-60 minutes a week so I could get some much needed time to myself. This is so important because this will allow you to feel like you again. You don’t even have to leave your house A bath is great, or maybe yoga in your bedroom is just what you need but you will need and should take some “mommy quiet time” as we call it here in our house. Even a trip to the grocery store by yourself is so amazing. This helps you decompress from the stress and demands a new baby can put on you and you might not even realize that you were in need of a short break. If you have your hubs or significant other around have him hold the new baby and you go do what you need for 30 minutes. It creates that bonding time for him and baby and it helps the them realize just how hard you work. 1 day a week. 30-60 minutes, that’s it! I promise it will help you feel like you again!

4. Water, Water and more water. I have already mentioned it twice but water is so important. You need water. After you have a baby you loose a lot of fluids. You must replenish those fluids. And even to breast feed you need extra water. Water makes milk. Plan on drinking a ton of water. If you haven’t already, try to cut back on pop or sugar drinks. Use the flavor packets to flavor your water if you need, but I find that I actually crave water and enjoy the taste especially in the first month of brining baby home. I always have a 32 ounce cup of water next to my bed when I go to sleep at night, and that thing is gone by the time I wake up in the morning. Every time you feed, drink about 8 ounces of water. It is just a really great habit to be in but your body will need the extra water. Also, remember though that in the first days after having baby drinking prune juice is great to help keep the plumbing working and cranberry juice to help fight against UTI’s. So I often dilute these with water. But just make sure that the staple for drinks in your diet is water.

5. Get outside! Lucky for Heather, she is having her baby in late September, and even in the south it is going to be so nice to get outside. Try to avoid having cabin fever. Just sit outside on your porch when you feel up to it after baby. And after a week or two, try to go on a short walk. It will be so good for you and so good for baby because you will get the vitamin D you have been lacking being stuck indoors and you won’t get cabin fever. We often feel tied down with a new baby and getting out helps us get grounded and feel free. Don’t over do it though on your first outing. I always felt weak, my whole body, like I have no muscle strength at all. So, it is ok if you feel winded and out of shape. You just had a baby. But get out and enjoy that stroll around the block with your new baby in the buggy and all of your neighbors flocking over to you to meet the new little bundle of joy!

Thanks so much for reading and I hope this helps all you new mommies! Being a mom is such a wonderful blessing in my life. I love it more and more everyday, (yes, even on the not so good days when my 3 year old is just going CRAZY!) Wishing all of you the best of luck!

I’m Becky, the writer behind Connect The Dots Ginger! I have 2 boys, Mason, 3 years and Collin was born May 19 this year.  I have been reading Heather’s blog for almost 2 years now and love it! I am so excited and honored to be a guest blogger for her while she is enjoying her NEW MOMMY TIME! Congrats again!

 

10 Things I Thought I’d Never Do As A Mom: A Guest Post

Hello everyone! I am so honored to write a guest post for Heather while she takes some much needed time for her new daughter! I am a fellow blogger at Enchanted Desert Minnie as well as a huge Disney enthusiast! I also am a new runner and hope one day to go to a runDisney race! But most importantly I am a mom to 3 amazing boys. I have 11 year old twins and an 8 year old. When I became a mom there were things I never thought I’d do. Here’s a list of a few of them!

10 Things I Thought I’d Never Do As A Mom

10. Not Be Able To Sleep In Silence

Before I had kids I slept like a rock. I remember my mother telling me that as a child I slept right through a tornado. The next morning I had no clue my parents had carried me into their room in case we had to move to the bathroom. After having kids, the tiniest little noise wakes me from a dead sleep! It stems from when they were newborns I swear I could hear a crying baby anytime! Now that the boys are older and if they need something they can come get me I have to sleep with a plethora of items to drown out noise. I sleep with a noisy fan, noise machine and ear plugs. If I can hear even the tiniest noise I’m awake!

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9. Hearing baby/children cries all the time

Moms are wired to be able to take care of our babies needs at a drop of a hat. But even when you’re baby isn’t crying that basic instinct doesn’t quit. Heck you can be completely home alone and you’ll swear you’ll hear a cry. In the shower you try to enjoy the 1st shave of your legs in who knows how long and you will almost cut yourself when you stop to listen for the cry to continue. Even when your kids get older you will cease whatever you’re doing to tune your hearing to the possibility that one of your kids is in tears.

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8. Knowing how to tell if your child is really hurt

Speaking of crying when you first become a parent every whimper that comes out of your baby causes you to become super human to rush by their side. However once you get more comfortable you learn to tell the difference between each cry or wail. Between hungry, hurt, scared or needing a change each cry is different. Then when they get older you hold your breath when your toddler falls and wait to see the damage. As older kids you figure out when your kids truly are in agony or just mad that their little brother touched their prized lego creation.

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7. Forget your children’s names

As you wait for your baby to arrive you scour over baby name books and websites. You finally settle on that name and say it over and over again. By the time you have another child you start to notice your mind slipping. You come across a mess and you know who the culprit is. But you automatically start yelling off the wrong name until you catch yourself and what comes out of your mouth is gibberish. I fully admit I call my kids Jaoseph (a combo between James and Joseph), Joames (a combo of Joseph and James) and anything in between! Sometimes the dog gets called a kid’s name and the kid gets called the dog’s name.

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6. Lose your sense of privacy

Of course we all know going through pregnancy and childbirth means you lose the feeling of privacy. But that doesn’t stop once you bring the baby home. If you’re breastfeeding you’ll feed your child anywhere! Your baby’s hunger trumps embarrassment of exposing yourself quietly under a blanket. Then once your child starts to walk when you try to go to the bathroom by yourself there they are, knocking on the door wondering what you’re doing and sticking their fingers under the door. Heck just the other day I was in the bathroom and one of the boys started talking to me while I was in there. My 11 year old didn’t even think that I might have a problem with that! My idea of a spa day is just going to the bathroom or showering by myself without someone knocking on the door needing something!

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5. You’ll start to sound like your mother.

What’s one thing that drove you crazy that your mom told you growing up? Mine was “life isn’t fair” when I wanted something and couldn’t get it. Imagine my surprise and disgust when I uttered that phrase to my children! How could I start to sound like her? Inconceivable! I made a point to do certain things differently! But it turns out our mothers are actually pretty smart women and as children we couldn’t see it. Once the tables were turned I was glad for some of the phrases my mom told me because I didn’t have to think of any other catch phrases to make up! They were already in my back pocket!

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4. You’ll sound like someone with Tourette’s on the phone or in general.

I was just talking to another friend yesterday on the phone. Her daughter was awake and she would have to stop our conversation and answer her daughter’s questions. I have been guilty of this myself. Even on said conversation! Riley came up to me needing something. I know it drives non parental people crazy and we parents try hard not to do that. But as soon as the phone hits your ear it’s like a signal gets sent to your child to go bug you about something that minute! At that point we have 2 options. Hurry up and figure out what they want or listen to the incessant plea of “mom, mom, mom, etc…”

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3. I talk yet no one can apparently hear me!

It’s the weirdest thing! My kids can hear me tell them yes to dessert or to go play outside. But as soon as I ask them to shower or chores either I become mute or they suddenly lose their hearing! They honestly think that if they act like they didn’t hear me then it never happened so they don’t have to unload the dishwasher. It’s a real epidemic that moms are dealing with ya’ll! clip_image016

2. Being such a great multi tasker

I admit I can be a bit cluttered. We have papers all over the kitchen table from school that the kids always bring home! But when it comes to their activities, either at school, sports or personally, I’m on it. I know when one of them is going to a birthday party, which day is a snack day, where this week’s basketball game is and when it’s pajama day at school. I don’t know how I can manage to remember all of that but can’t remember their own names! When my husband had to take over for a little while all heck broke loose. I couldn’t understand how hard it is to remember it. Once you become a mother it’s like a day planner is wired into your brain!

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1. How much you love your children

I know #10-#2 are funny and tongue in cheek. But honestly, the main thing I never realized when I became a mom is the love I have for my boys. They are my life. As a mother you don’t even mind not having privacy, or listening to a crying child. Sure sometimes it drives you crazy but you wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. The love for your child isn’t something that is complete the moment they are born. It’s something that grows over time. Until you become a parent you can’t even comprehend the amount of love you have for each child. It’s not something that is finite. It keeps going on and on until your last breath.

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Thank you so much Heather for having me as a guest today! I hope you are enjoying your sweet little girl and are loving every minute of it!

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QOTD: What is something you thought you would never do as a mom?

Hello World

Emma Kate Montgomery
8 pounds 7 ounces
21 and 1/4 inches long
Born at 4:22 pm on September 24, 2014

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I think we look alike huh?

I can’t wait to share her birth story with you all, as well as more photos. For now we are snuggling and learning about our new gift from God!

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Guess Where I Am?

That’s right! I’m at the hospital! I am being induced this morning and had to be here at 5:30. Please say a prayer for a healthy baby, smooth delivery, and calm nerves!

I promise to keep you updated and will post pictures when baby M arrives! I will probably post here and on Instagram first so be sure you follow my account: @HeathersLG

We decided that since last week I was already past 3 cm and baby M was super low, I was a great candidate to be induced (today I am 39 weeks one day). With the baby measuring over a week ahead and weighing nearly 7 and a half pounds over two weeks ago, my doctor felt this was the best bet for me to be able to have a vaginal delivery rather than wait for her to possibly come out at 41+ weeks and be over ten pounds and me need a c-section. Of course, as long as she is healthy I will take a c-section to get her here safety, but would like to avoid it if possible.

I can’t believe today is the day! Thank you for following along with me on my pregnancy journey, I can’t wait to see what’s in store next!

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Pregnancy Update: Week 39

Pure insanity. I cannot believe we are “here” and honestly in disbelief baby M hasn’t come yet (so is my doctor!)

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I so clearly remember being jealous of women this close to delivering when I was at the beginning feeling so sick and wondering how I was going to make it to the end of September. But, here we are! I guess because we have been talking about the baby for so long, and it always seemed so far away, it is surreal that it has snuck up on me like this.

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Symptoms: VERY very antsy! I have been super cranky and hormonal this week, I’m sure it has to do with the anxiety and uncertainty of it all. Also probably the fact that I can’t get comfortable no matter what I do. I am starting to feel “puffy” and feel truly swollen all over for the first time. Also, people asking me if I have had the baby yet make me want to jump off a cliff. I PROMISE everyone will know when it’s time!

Baby’s Size: Watermelon! Crazy.

Maternity Clothes: I still fit into 2 pairs of shorts and a handful of tops. I sleep in Bobby’s large t-shirts.

Stretch Marks: None that I can see so far

Sleep: Not so good. Not because I’m not exhausted, but restless legs plus being super uncomfortable make it hard. More recently the anticipation has made it hard. I have been trying to nap when I can.

Miss Anything: Everything. Just…everything. Haha. (Can you tell I am so ready to be done?)

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Cravings: I don’t eat much these days. I think I have lost weight.

Aversions: See above.

Looking Forward to: Getting her on the outside! Learning a new routine and a new normal.

What I’m Loving: Not feeling guilty for eating junk food, laying around the house, and taking naps. Soaking it up while I can!

Workouts: One walk, which was super uncomfortable

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Don’t get me wrong, I feel so blessed to have had a pretty uneventful pregnancy so far, and know that things will be their own version of hard once baby M is here, but now I totally see what women mean at the end when they are just ready to be done and have the baby on the outside! I am definitely nervous about delivery, anxious about being in charge of a little person, but also so so done with this body that doesn’t feel like my own. Ready for my new normal!

QOTD: Did you get super antsy at the end of your pregnancy?

Now that it’s officially “fall” do your cravings change? (this question is for anyone!)

September Weekend Happenings

Good morning! I hope everyone had a great weekend. Mine had some stressful moments but had some fun ones as well.

Bobby surprised me with a new iPhone 6 on Friday. We were eligible for the upgrade and cheaper price, and with the trade in of my 4s it was free! I have never had the “newest” device so it’s kind of fun.

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Since this was potentially our last weekend EVER without a child, (whoa) I wanted to hang out a lot with Bobby, and do some of my favorite things. I worked hard last week to get most of my work done, but ended up with some last minute work that took up a huge chunk of time Friday-Sunday, but we still managed to go on a date on Saturday and I got to watch football.

We went to lunch on Saturday and then Bobby took me to see The Maze Runner. I can’t remember the last time I went to the movies. It was really good! They did a great job. Of course, the book was better (when isn’t it, really?) but I didn’t feel cheated like I do with a lot of other book-to-movies.

Saturday night we watched some football, and after church on Sunday we watched the Saints FINALLY get a win for the season. They still made me nervous, but whew! I was starting to really wonder.

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Bella was getting quite skeptical of the Saints, too.

Sunday night I did some cleaning up around the house, and just relaxing watching more football and hanging out with Bobby. I can’t believe very soon things around here are going to be not so quiet!

Oh! I will be closing my baby pool tonight, so get your hunches in if you want to guess! Winner gets a prize!

*For two Fitness (maternity workout apparel) is having a SALE this week, up to 30% off! Be sure to check it out! Their stuff is SO comfy and adorable!

QOTD: Did you read The Maze Runner? Have you seen or do you plan to see the movie? Thoughts? Did your football team win this weekend? I went 1-1 with the Saints and LSU.

Friday Flashback: September 2013

It’s time for another Friday Flashback! I don’t do this all the time, but sometimes it is fun to look back on what I was doing a year ago, and see how things have changed. This year it has been especially fun to look back since all of my flashbacks are from pre-pregnancy!

Last September…

I was in Disney World for work for the Earmarked Conference. I had my own room at the Contemporary (glorious) and had a great time. My boss and I went a little early and got to hang out, and we also rented a pool cabana at the Contemporary which I highly recommend if you want to splurge.

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I did a lot of recapping of things like the Disneyland half marathon,

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and my visit from July to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

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Not to mention the Disneyland half meet up

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There are several other recaps if you search September 2013 archives on my blog (my archive list is on the left sidebar) so if you are looking for trip reports and such that is the place to go!

So basically September was a super busy month of travel and recapping travel last year. This September…well…I didn’t go anywhere, sad times. No trips to recap, but hopefully next year! I would love to run in Disneyland again!

QOTD: What did you do last September?

House Photos Part 1

I have been getting questions about the house, and because I can’t do a lot at once it is taking a long time to get unpacked. Things still aren’t exactly like I want them, but the main rooms are presentable enough to give you a peek at the space with some house photos.

The thing that drew me to this house was the big open space that is the living room/kitchen/dining room. We like to entertain so choppy rooms don’t really work well for us. Also, I want to be able to have line of sight now that we will have a kiddo in the mix! It will be so easy for me to be in the kitchen while baby M is well, pretty much anywhere in the big space. We downsized homes when we moved, but with the big open space it feels a lot bigger. There are also a ton of windows so lots of natural light!

The master bedroom is through the hallway on the right of the photo. I am standing next to the counter/bar in the kitchen and the dining room and front door are on the left.

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Front door is next to that blue table on the left. (I also really like that I can see the TV from the kitchen!)

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Below, the kitchen is to the left, and back behind that wall where our wedding photo is, is a hallway that has stairs going upstairs to the bonus room, and the laundry room. There is also a mudroom and a desk, and a door to the garage. Out that blindingly bright window is the garage. My next project is that ugly kitchen table. My parents had it when I was a child! The table isn’t in bad shape so I want to paint it, and just find some new chairs I can paint as well and re-upholster maybe. Haven’t found anything I like just get on Craigslist. Also as you can see baby stuff is already taking over!

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Next to the Kitchen is the keeping room area, which could have also been  breakfast nook, but we already have a dining table plus the bar stools so we thought it silly to have a third eating area and opted to make a cozy sitting space instead. That hallway leads to the other two bedrooms and the second bathroom.

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I’m not showing the whole kitchen because well, I didn’t feel like cleaning it up. But there is a big bar that goes across the room and the refrigerator is on the left of the microwave and stove. hallway to mudroom/garage is on the right.

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If you will remember from my move in day post, this will give you an idea of what the kitchen space looks like from the living room area.

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My next set of pictures will be bedrooms/bonus room etc, that one may take a little longer to do because those rooms are what I have saved for last as far as unpacking goes since no one really sees them. Smile

QOTD: When you move, how long does it take you to unpack? Do you prefer an open floor plan or closed off rooms?

Pregnancy Update: Week 38

So crazy to think I won’t have many more of these! I think baby M and I are both ready for this leg of our journey to be over (more me than her I imagine haha).

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(sorry for the picture quality, it was starting to get dark outside).

Not a whole lot changes now form week to week, but I did have another doctor appointment yesterday that went well. Heartbeat sounds good, everything looks good, and I have gained right at 30 pounds. I am dilated just over 3 cm, so I am progressing woo hoo! I know it’s not time just yet, but we did go ahead and discuss an induction date, just in case baby M decides to overstay her welcome. I’m not sharing the date because I don’t want to ruin the baby pool. If you haven’t made a guess yet, go ahead it will be fun, and the winner gets a prize!

So let’s take a look at how this past week has been:

Symptoms: Pretty much the same as last week, just feeling huge, slow, and tired. Bobby now has to help me stand up out of the recliner, and standing up in general is a major workout. I have been doing some serious nesting trying to get the last few boxes unpacked and the house cleaned. I try to keep everything clean and laundry done “just in case”. I think getting more things done makes me feel more calm and in control, as I am not nearly as anxious about getting things done as I was when we moved in five weeks ago. (Yes I know I still haven’t posted any house pictures, I am so sorry! I will!) Overall though, I can’t complain much about this pregnancy, just the usual symptoms besides my one big pre term labor scare.

Baby’s Size: Pumpkin! I love it. How “fall-ish” and appropriate

Maternity Clothes: I can fit into exactly 2 pairs of shorts and a handful of shirts. SO ready to wear my old stuff again!

Stretch Marks: Still hanging on without I think.

Sleep: Up and down. Some nights I only get up twice, and some nights it’s four times and I lie awake for hours at a time. I am trying to be more mindful of what I eat and drink prior to bedtime.

Miss Anything: Being able to move well on my own! It’s quite humbling to need to much assistance and be so out of breath after climbing stairs or walking across a parking lot. I am not a fan of the feeling.

Cravings: Still on cold/frozen things like popsicles, orange sherbet, slushies, and the like. But it’s still in the 90’s here as well, yuck! Also the sweet tooth is still hanging around.

Aversions: Large meals consisting of anything. Veggies. Lots of meats. Basically anything healthy.

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Looking Forward to: Meeting this baby girl and sharing her with my readers!

What I’m Loving: Knowing that the end is near, especially now that I have an induction date.

Workouts: I actually have something to report here for once. On Monday I walked just over 26 minutes, which is the longest continual walk I have done since before I was put on modified bed rest back in week 34ish. Sadly, it really wore me out (granted it was 11:00 on a sunny hot day, but still).

QOTD: Did you set a “just in case” induction date when you were pregnant? Is it still hot where you live?