July 01, 2015

My Thoughts on Gay Marriage

I've debated back and forth about whether or not to post anything, because I generally try to reserve the internet for "puppies and kittens" as my mother would say. But, In light of recent events, I've seen a lot of John 8:7 being thrown around and I think it deserves to be discussed.

 In case you aren't familiar, it is where Jesus says, "let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her," in regards to the adulterous woman brought before Him by the Pharisees. Here's the part that I think people miss though. If you read a little further you will get to John 8:11, where Jesus forgives her of her sin and commands her to, "go, and from now on sin no more."

Love wins, all right. Jesus IS love. He loves us so much that he died to save us, not so we can live in our sin, but so that we too can, "go...and sin no more." As a follower of Jesus, I love everyone: gay, straight, tall, short, black, white or purple. However, because I believe what the Bible says about sin, which is that it leads to eternal separation from God, it wouldn't be loving at all for me to sit back and watch while people celebrate what God clearly defines as sin. So, that's why I don't agree with gay marriage. Not out of hate at all, but genuinely out of love.

Now as far as whether or not gay marriage should be legal or not, I honestly don't think the government should be granting marriages in the first place. If I had my way, any two adults could get a civil contract from the government, that would provide them with whatever benefits the government currently gives to married folk. But don't call it marriage. Marriage is God's business and He's pretty clear on how it works; marriage is a covenant between a man, a woman, and Himself.

June 10, 2015

Clark: Month Two

Well, this month has been a challenge for my little man. Around the time he turned one month old, we started to notice that he was spitting up a LOT and crying more or less any time he was awake. At 5 weeks old, we took him to see Dr. Brad and found out our sweet boy has gastroesophageal reflux disease, also know as GERD, but most commonly known as just "reflux." He began taking medicine to decrease the acid in his stomach, but thus far it hasn't helped much. He will begin taking a new medicine tomorrow, so we are hoping it will give him some much needed relief. I hate knowing he is hurting and that there's little to nothing I can do in the moment to help him feel better. And to be totally honest, the constant crying really takes a toll on me emotionally as well. On the bright side, despite the constant puking, Clark is growing like a weed and sleeping like a champ! He tips the scales at 13 pounds, 14 ounces and generally sleeps from about 10pm-7am with a feeding around 3-4am. It may have been a fluke, but he slept from 9:30pm to 6:30am last night! He has also started smiling, which is such a sweet sight amidst all the crying. There is nothing better than seeing him happy! I know I will say it every month, but I love him with all my heart and I so enjoy watching him grow!

  • dedicated to the Lord on Mother's Day at Buck Run Baptist Church
  • diagnosed with GERD and had an x-ray of his belly
  • typically wears just a diaper at home, since he spits up so much
  • 1st bottle on 5-15-15
  • 1st trip out of town to Owensboro
  • 23 1/4 inches long
  • started smiling
  • sleeps at night from about 10pm-7am with one nighttime feeding between 3-4am
  • adored by his big brother, who says "uh-oh" and runs over to give him a hug when he cries
  • 13 pounds, 14 ounces

May 13, 2015

Clark: Month One

I knew it would happen, but it still managed to sneak up on me. Clark's first month has FLOWN by! Now that we have a month under our belt we are settling into a routine as a family of four and we are all getting to know each other better every day. I know even more this time around how quickly babies grow up so I am desperately trying to savor every moment, even when that moment happens to be at 2 in the morning. He is a serious little guy and when he wants something he is sure to let us know until he gets it! It's fun comparing him to what Sawyer was like and seeing how even at a month old they already have such distinct personalities. I love my boys something fierce and watching them interact is one of my greatest joys. I am so, so thankful that God chose me to be their mommy! Here's is what Clark has been up to this month...

-had already gained 2 pounds and 1/4 inch by his check up at 19 days old
-very gassy!
-slept in his rock-n-play in our bedroom until 4-26 when he moved to his crib
-has a little bit of baby acne
-has his mommy's blue eyes (at least for now)
-moved up to size 1 diapers at about a week and a half old
-wakes up about every 3 hours at night to nurse
-hiccups a lot
-likes to look at the bears on the mobile on his swing
-hates riding in the car
-noisy sleeper
-wore newborn clothes most of his first month, but now wears 0-3 month clothes
-would eat all day long if I'd let him!

April 14, 2015

40 Weeks: Welcome Clark!

Weight Gain: My final tally was somewhere around 50 pounds. I've already lost 13, but clearly I still have a ways to go to get back to my pre-Sawyer weight. I'm giving myself a year, so we'll see!
Maternity Clothes: You can bet I'll still be rocking them for a while!
Highlight of the Week: Clark was born!
Missing: Sleep ;)
Movement: Yep, and now I can watch him :)
Cravings: Do nursing cravings count? 
Symptoms: None really. I am already pretty much healed!
Showing: Nope
Gender: Still a boy!
Labor Signs: N/A
Belly Button: Back in where it belongs
Wedding Rings: Off, but I am hoping to get them back on soon.
Most Looking Forward To: Everything! I am so happy with our little family and I can't wait to watch my sweet boys grow up :)
Milestones: Clark is here!

The Labor and Delivery of Clark Henry Hyatt

Clark’s birth story begins on March 10, 2015 at my 36 week check up. It was at that appointment that I found out that I was already a half centimeter dilated and 25 percent effaced. Since Sawyer was a week late and I had no progress at all until 40 weeks, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that I was already making progress. My midwife, Katie, told me that she didn’t think I would go over my due date this time around, and while I knew it was just an educated guess, I was thrilled to hear her say that! I continued to have weekly appointments from then on and each time I found out that I was progressing more and more. By April 6, at my last appointment, I was 3 centimeters dilated, 60 percent effaced and Clark was at a 0 station, which means that he was “engaged.” Katie told me at the conclusion of my appointment that she would be awaiting my call…

Tuesday, April 7 was a regular day. A man came by to fix our washing machine that had been broken for about 2 weeks and joked that I better not have the baby while he was there. I laughed and told him I was just glad that I would have my washing machine back in working order before the baby arrived! That night Jason’s parents came over for dinner (Penn Station) and to play a game of marbles. In a rare occurrence, Jason and I lost at marbles and we all joked that maybe the intense game and frustration of losing would send me into labor! His parents left around 10pm and Jason and I went to bed. Despite the fact that I had been losing large amounts of my mucus plug over the past few days, I didn't expect to go into labor any time soon.

At 3:03am, I woke up feeling like I really needed to use the bathroom. I was able to, but still felt crampy afterwards, so I sat there on the toilet google-ing “contractions feeling like you have to poop.” (Sorry if that’s too much information, but it’s part of the story!) My google search led me to believe that perhaps I was actually in early labor instead of just having gas pains, so at 3:39am I called my doula, Elizabeth, to let her know. I told her it was probably nothing, but that I wanted to tell her just in case. She said for me to call her back in 30 minutes to update her on I was doing, so I decided to take a shower while I waited. Before I got in the shower though, I woke Jason up to let him know that I thought I might be in early labor, but told him to go back to sleep and that I'd wake him up if it turned out to be anything worth getting up for.

While I was in the shower, the contractions started getting a little worse, so I decided to practice the 3 R’s method of relaxation, repetition and rhythm that Elizabeth taught me. During each contraction I made a sound like, “ahhh” that kind of felt like singing. Jason heard me and figured that maybe it was time to wake up after all. Once I got out of the shower things continued to intensify. I sat on my exercise ball in front of the fan in our bedroom and “ahh-ed” through the ever-increasing contractions. I tried to get ready, but all I managed to do was dry my hair and put some clothes on between contractions before they got too intense for me to do anything but focus on getting through each one. 

At 4:08am I called Elizabeth back and told her I thought this was the real deal. I had a minute long contraction while on the phone with her, and she too realized it was time. She was actually attending another birth in Shelbyville at the time, but told me to let her know when I wanted her to come over.  At 4:20 Jason texted Elizabeth to tell her I wanted her to come right away and at 4:22 he texted my mom to see if she was awake. Neither replied, so at 4:29 Jason called Elizabeth. He then called mom at 4:30 and she left immediately to come stay with Sawyer, who miraculously slept through all my moaning without stirring at all. At 4:40 Jason called Katie, the midwife, to let her know that I was in labor and that Elizabeth was on her way to our house.

Around this time, Mom arrived, followed a few minutes later by Elizabeth. At this point I was in serious labor and couldn’t do much aside from moan through my contractions and lean on Jason, who was on his knees in front of my exercise ball.  I had to use the restroom again, and once I threw up, but other than that I was parked on my ball. “ahh-ing” consistently and trying to explain  between contractions what all I needed mom and Jason to grab to pack in my bag for the hospital. I think Jason was also taking bags downstairs at this point, but honestly it is all a bit hazy.

Once Elizabeth arrived, I told her we needed to go to the hospital and she agreed. Jason called Katie at 5:17 to tell her we were getting ready to go to the hospital while Elizabeth and I went downstairs. I told her I needed to use the bathroom again and while I was in the bathroom she asked if I wanted her to check me to see how progressed I was. She didn’t have gloves, but I didn’t care. She washed her hands, checked me, and quickly realized things were serious. She told me I was completely effaced, 10 centimeters dilated and that I had a decision to make. Either we leave for the hospital right that second or we call Katie back and have her come to the house. I was in no way prepared to have a baby at home, so we decided to try to make it to the hospital. As it turns out, I didn’t actually have to use the bathroom; my body was trying to push the baby out whether I was ready or not!

Elizabeth told Jason to drive slow and steady and to pull over if I said I felt like I was pushing, because I probably was. She told me to do everything in my power not to push unless I wanted to have the baby in the car.  She suggested I breathe when I felt a contraction come, so I huffed and puffed the whole way there as Jason sped through stoplights to make it to the hospital in record time. Amazingly, we made it!

Once we got there, Jason parked the van right by the entrance to the ER (which I’m pretty sure isn’t allowed!) and Elizabeth wheeled me up to the Labor and Delivery floor. There was no time for checking in! I got to the delivery room, took my shorts and panties off, climbed on the bed and asked if I could push now!  The nurses were planning on monitoring me and doing all that jazz,, but Elizabeth told me to do whatever my body was telling me to do. So, I pushed and immediately my water broke. I pushed about 5 times, letting the contractions do most of the work, and within 5 minutes of arriving at the hospital, at 5:42am, Clark Henry Hyatt was born! Katie didn’t make it to the hospital in time, so there was no midwife or doctor at his birth, but there was a team of about 5 nurses. In fact, a nurse named Donna delivered him! After he was born, Donna went into the bathroom to compose herself because as it turns out, Clark was the first baby she had every personally delivered! The nurses did an absolutely amazing job and I wasn’t at all worried. I was too focused on what I was doing to even realize there were only nurses present and I could not have been more impressed with how well they handled the likely very stressful situation.

10 minutes after Clark was born, Jason cut the cord after it finished pulsing. Then, once Katie arrived, she delivered my placenta and stitched me up where I had a small tear. It was a second degree tear, but nothing compared to what I went through when Sawyer was born. Honestly, since I am so afraid of needles, getting the shots to numb me to get stitches was one of the worst parts of the whole labor. I hate needles! Unfortunately, I was bleeding a little more than they were comfortable with, so I also had to have a shot of Pitocin in my thigh. I was holding Clark while they gave me the shot of Pitocin and I think I startled the poor little guy because I yelped when they gave it to me.

After the Pitocin, everything was fine both for me and for Clark. I held him skin to skin for 45 minutes and then the nurses took him to be weighed, measured and bathed. He was 8 pounds, 2 ounces and 21 ¼ inches long. While he was in the nursery getting his bath, I was able to get up and go to the bathroom to put my makeup on since I didn’t get that far when I was getting ready at home. It felt amazing to be able to get up right after having a baby instead of being numb from the waist down like I was last time. I changed into my nursing gown, put on my makeup, and felt like a million bucks!

Looking back, I could not be any happier with how Clark’s birth turned out. It was an absolute whirlwind, but since it all happened so fast I was pretty much forced into having the natural birth I so badly wanted. Labor was definitely intense, but only for the last 2 hours. The first 45 minutes I wasn’t even sure if I was in labor! I loved that I was able to go through my whole labor at home in our bedroom and Jason was an incredible birth partner. He was busy trying to get everything ready, stay in contact with Elizabeth, Katie and my mom, and still managed to stay by my side encouraging me the whole time. His calm demeanor made the situation seem much more normal in the moment than it really was. My mom said if he hadn’t been so calm she would have called 911 when she got to our house and saw how intense my labor was!

Additionally, I am so happy with our decision to utilize a doula this time around. Even though Elizabeth was only there for the last 30 minutes or so, the coping techniques she taught me were essential for me making it through without ever panicking. She also gave me confidence that everything was going to be okay and that it really was time to go to the hospital. As crazy as it sounds, I felt like it was time, but couldn’t really believe it could all happen that quickly!

All in all, Clark’s birth was everything I hoped it would be and I am so happy I was able to have the experience I wanted. He is absolutely precious and Sawyer is smitten with him. He is the perfect addition to our family!

April 11, 2015

Clark's Nursery

Description: For Clark's nursery I wanted to create a space that was elegant, calm, and totally different from Sawyer's room. We moved Sawyer into a different bedroom and used his old room (and furniture) for the baby, so it was important to me that Clark's room be unique and not feel like a hand-me-down. I was going for a "classy safari" feel, but I didn't want it to be too "theme-y." The prints above the crib were the first thing I found that I knew I wanted in the room and the rest just flowed from there.

Design Inspiration: I found a picture of a nursery I loved on Pinterest back when I was pregnant
with Sawyer, but I just couldn't figure out how to make it work. This time, I decided to stop trying to replicate that nursery and instead try to achieve the same feel, and I think I managed to do that. Also, Jason and I had been eyeing the big giraffe by Melissa and Doug for a long time, so we were excited that it fit in!
Favorite Items: I still love the rocking chair that was once Jason's great-grandmother's; it is so special to me. I also have a soft spot in my heart for the lion on the shelf, which my mom painted when she was little for my grandfather. I always loved looking at that lion perched atop a shelf in his office, so when he passed away in 2011 my grandmother gave it to me. I love that a little piece of my grandfather has made its way into the baby's room. On a less sentimental note, obviously Jason and I are big fans of the giraffe. I think we're glad we have kids to justify the fact that we wanted a big stuffed giraffe! Finally, I'm a sucker for monograms, so I am thrilled with how that turned out as well. 

Project Details:
 Paint: Cincinnatian Hotel Ashley Atrium by Valspar

Side Table: Purchased from At Home (formerly Garden Ridge)

Zebra Rocker: Purchased from Once Upon A Child for a whopping $8 on Black Friday

Bedding: Reese Nursery Bedding from Pottery Barn Kids

Monogram: Etsy shop AlphabetBoutique123

Framed Prints: Etsy shop studioQgallery (frames are from Target)

Curtains: Newport Grommet Window Panels from Bed, Bath, and Beyond

Wooden Elephant Art: Pottery Barn Kids

Giraffe: Melissa and Doug

Rug: Ikea

Other Items: The lamps both came from Ikea, as did the plant on the dresser. The silver elephant and the white lantern came from TJ Maxx. The wooden car was purchased at a craft fair and the mirrored "C" came from At Home. My mom painted the lion and Jason made the ark. The candle came from Target.

April 05, 2015

39 Weeks: Full Term!

Weight Gain: A lot! Evidently I'm just one of those women who gains a lot of weight during pregnancy. Whatever!
Maternity Clothes: I busted out the dress I'd been saving for Easter today, but aside from that I'm dong well to be wearing clothes at all aside from panties and a sports bra.
Stretch Marks: There might be a few popping up on my lower tummy, but they are very faint.
Highlight of the Week: This week has been fun with basketball and Easter to distract me. Unfortunately UK lost to Wisconsin in the Final Four last night, but it was still fun anxiously awaiting the game. Also, we went to an Easter egg hunt yesterday with Sawyer and Gigi which was a good time as well. In fact, we are going to another one in just a few minutes!
Missing: I miss being cute pregnant. It's no longer, "Aww, you're going to have  baby!" Instead it's, "Oh my gosh! When are you doing to have that baby?!"
Movement: He hasn't been moving quite as much as before, which worried me, so they did an ultrasound at my last appointment to check on him. Turns out he's doing absolutely fine, but just doesn't have as much room to move around in anymore!
Cravings: Breakfast! I really want to get donuts or McDonald's every day for breakfast, but I don't. It just sounds SO good!
Symptoms: My hands, feet and face are starting to get more swollen, but aside from that I'm doing pretty well. I'm uncomfortable, but not in any pain really.
Showing: Yes
Gender: Boy
Labor Signs: I'm now 3cm dilated and still 50% effaced. It's crazy to me that I am already that dilated, but I'm not complaining! For the past couple days I''ve had a few random, sporadic, light contractions, but nothing to get excited about yet.
Belly Button: Out
Wedding Rings: Off
Most Looking Forward To: I am really looking forward to going into labor since I'm hoping to go au natural this time. I feel ready, so let's just do this!
Milestones: I'm officially full term!

March 29, 2015

38 Weeks

Weight Gain: I chose not to torture myself by weighing this week. I will probably wait to see what the total damage is when I go into labor.
Maternity Clothes: I'm currently living in my maternity tanks and a pair of yoga shorts. Our washing machine is broken and won't be fixed til tomorrow, so I've had to get creative this week.
Stretch Marks: None
Highlight of the Week: This weekend we went to the Easter egg hunt at Buffalo Trace! Sawyer really seemed to enjoy it and I am looking forward to taking both boys next year :)
Missing: Being able to sleep on my back.
Movement: Not as many big movements, but lots of shifting around. He is extremely low, so there's not a lot of space for him to move around considering his head is pretty much locked and loaded.
Cravings: My biggest craving recently has been Reese's Pieces eggs which I happen to be snacking on right this minute :)
Symptoms: Lots of pressure. Like I said, he's really low!
Showing: Yes
Gender: Boy
Labor Signs: As of my last appointment on Tuesday at 37+4 I was up to 2cm dilated, still 50% effaced and baby was at a -1 station. I think he is probably close to a 0 station now though because of how much pressure I've been feeling. We'll find out on Thursday at my next appointment!
Belly Button: Out
Wedding Rings: Off, which really affects me emotionally for some reason. They mean a lot to me and I hate not being able to wear them.
Most Looking Forward To: At this point I am just looking forward to meeting this little guy! I am so anxious to know what he looks like and to have  his sweet, tiny little hands wrapped around my finger :) I can't lie though, I'm also looking forward to UK winning the national championship!
Milestones: I've hit the "when are you going to have that baby/are you STILL pregnant" phase of my pregnancy. It drives me nuts because while technically I could have him any time, I could also have 4 whole weeks left.

March 22, 2015

37 Weeks (Early Term)

Weight Gain: +40
Maternity Clothes: I have 2 pair of jeans that are still manageable but I mostly live in my leggings. I am looking forward to being able to wear regular clothes again, although I know once I can I will wish for maternity clothes!
Stretch Marks: None
Highlight of the Week: This week was a really great week. A friend of mine from church invited me over to her home to talk about birthing babies and it was such an encouragement to hear her natural birth stories. It made me feel like I can do it! Plus it was just really nice to get out of the house and spend time with her. Also, Jason and I met with our doula, Elizabeth, on Thursday and it too was extremely encouraging. I am so excited to go into labor! 
Missing: Being able to sleep on my back.
Movement: Tons of movement! Honestly it is starting to get pretty uncomfortable!
Cravings: Still drinking a lot of milk. I crave McDonald's breakfast too, but I try not to give in too often.
Symptoms: Being large! Sitting up straight for a long time is hard to do if I'm not at least slightly reclined, so sitting through church is tough. On the other hand though, my feet and hands get swollen if I stand for too long, so I usually have to sit during the songs.
Showing: Yes
Gender: Boy
Labor Signs: As of my last appointment on Tuesday at 36+4 I was just over 1 centimeter dilated and almost 50% effaced! I know numbers can be tricky, but I'm really hoping that I won't go over this time! I also started losing some of my mucus plug on Friday and Saturday. (Sorry to those of you who got more information than you wanted just now!)
Belly Button: Out
Wedding Rings: Off
Most Looking Forward To: Easter egg hunts! We have 2 to go to this year and I think Sawyer will really enjoy it, assuming the baby doesn't surprise us and come early :)
Milestones: Now that I am 37 weeks I am considered "early term." At 39 weeks I will be "full term." 

March 15, 2015

36 Weeks

Weight Gain: I forgot to weigh this morning, so I'm not sure, but I was up 35 pounds last I checked. I feel absolutely massive.
Maternity Clothes: I hate to wear anything other than my panties and a big t-shirt, so getting dressed for church or to go out anywhere is a chore. If you see me with pants on, consider yourself lucky!
Sleep: Not great. I toss and turn all night long trying to get comfortable and lately I've been waking up twice to use the bathroom instead of just once.
Stretch Marks: None
Highlight of the Week: We had a bunch of snow these past two weeks, so Jason had to stay home from work a couple of days, which was a nice change of pace. We also got the chance to take some maternity pictures with the snow as a backdrop, which was fun. I really like how they turned out too! Also, we finished the nursery! The nursery has the baby's monogram on the wall, so I'm going to wait until after he is born and his name is announced to post photos of it.
Missing: Nothing really.
Movement: I'm happy to report that he has flipped! He is now head down and ready to go. He doesn't move quite as often as before, but I think that's because he is getting cramped. When he does move though it is big jabs!
Cravings: candy
Symptoms: getting worn out physically by everyday things like doing laundry, doing dishes, getting ready in the morning, etc.
Showing: Yes
Gender: Boy
Labor Signs: As of my last appointment at 35 weeks and 4 days, I was a half centimeter dilated, 25% effaced, and my cervix was soft. I am thrilled to already be showing some progress!
Belly Button: Out
Wedding Rings: Off, although I did wear them for my maternity pictures.
Most Looking Forward To: Lately I have been really anxious to see what he looks like, so I'm really looking forward to finding out when he is born!
Milestones: Less than one month to go!

March 01, 2015

34 Weeks

Weight Gain: +35 I had hoped to gain less this time around, but it looks like I am staying right on track with my last pregnancy. It's a bit frustrating, but I am trying not to get too bent out of shape over it.
Maternity Clothes: It is certainly uncomfortable to wear jeans or anything else restrictive for long periods of time, but I am thankful that I have clothes that fit and that I like.
Sleep: I've been having nightmares lately, so that's no fun. I still wake up to use the bathroom at least once a night and I still wake up a few times to take a sip from my trusty Tervis tumbler as well. The newest addition to my nights is my consumption of Tums. I am so used to the bathroom, water and Tums breaks at this point though that they don't really bother me, so I am actually sleeping pretty well.
Stretch Marks: None, and I am extremely grateful. Like I said last time, the weight gain doesn't bother me as much if I can manage to avoid stretch marks.
Highlight of the Week: These past two weeks haven't been bad or anything, but nothing stands out as a highlight either. Sawyer got to play in the snow for the first time, I started a Bible reading plan, and the final piece of the nursery décor came in, so those all brightened my day. To be honest the highlights are more little things though like when Sawyer gives me kisses when he wakes up :) 
Missing: Part of me misses being about 20-30 weeks pregnant when I clearly looked pregnant but wasn't quite so large and uncomfortable. But on the other hand, I am happy to be just 6 weeks or so away from meeting my second son, so I wouldn't want to go back!
Movement: I believe he may have flipped, but I will have to wait until Tuesday to find out at my appointment with my midwife. He is still moving plenty, but I don't feel his head in my ribs like I used to. I have been experiencing "lightning crotch" (yes, that's a real term!) as well, which is a sign that the baby might be dropping and putting pressure on the nerves in my pelvis.
Cravings: same old, same old
Symptoms: heartburn still, overexerting myself and getting exhauseted
Showing: Yes
Gender: Boy
Labor Signs: None
Belly Button: Out
Wedding Rings: Off--they actually do still fit, but I only wear them on special occasions just in case
Most Looking Forward To: Assuming my breech baby flips, I am actually really looking forward to labor. I know what to expect this time around and I feel much more prepared. I am excited to give natural birth another try!
Milestones: 34 weeks! They say that once you hit 34 weeks, your baby has an excellent chance of being completely fine if it were born right this minute. The baby would have to spend a little time in the NICU, but would most likely end up with no long term health impairments. While I don't expect this one to come early, I am happy to know that if he did he would probably be okay.

February 14, 2015

32 Weeks

Weight Gain: +30 Body image is has been a constant struggle of mine since getting pregnant with Sawyer but I am trying very hard to enjoy being pregnant and quit worrying about how I look. When I look back on my pregnancies I want to remember how miraculous it was that I created two lives with my body, not that I was vain and insecure and unhappy with the way I looked. I try to remind myself that I'll have plenty of time to work on my body after I am done having sweet babies! Sometimes I just feel bad for Jason that he only got a few good months with his pretty, thin wife before she became a vessel of life for the next couple years. Oh well, all for the cause :)
Maternity Clothes: I definitely prefer wearing leggings to jeans, but I have a few tops that I think look cute, so I am doing pretty well. At home I basically live in my undies and an oversized tee though!
Sleep: Lately I have been having a pain on the right side of my back/side. I think I pulled something rolling over to kiss Jason goodnight a week or so ago and it hasn't healed. If I put a heating pad on it, it feels a little better, but I can only do that for 20 minutes at a time. I also get really sore on my right side just under my ribs if I lay on that side too long, which I found out is because that's where little buddy's head is!
Stretch Marks: I thought I spotted one the other day, but apparently it was a false alarm because it went away and hasn't returned. I am so thankful not to have stretch marks!
Highlight of the Week: Today was the highlight of the past tow weeks for me. It's Valentine's Day! Mom and Dad took Sawyer to Owensboro to celebrate the February birthdays in the family, so Jason and I had the whole day to ourselves. He took me to see the movie Interstellar, which we both thought was really good, and then on our 3rd annual trip to White Castle for Valentine's dinner. We got home just in time to hang out with Sawyer for a few minutes before it was time for him to go to bed and he was so snuggly and sweet :) He has recently learned how to give kisses and he gave me three or four tonight before bed! My heart could burst with the love I feel for him, Jason and the baby. I love those three boys more than I could ever explain!
Missing: Energy and range of motion. Chasing after a toddler is hard to do when you can barely bend over!
Movement: I found out at my last appointment that the baby is breech, with his head up by my right ribcage. In order for me to be able to deliver vaginally he needs to be head down, so I have been doing some spinning babies exercises in hopes that he will flip. Two nights ago he started to really move around to the point that it was hurting me, and I think he may have moved to a transverse position with his head on my left side and his butt on my right side where his head used to be. It's still not ideal, but it is an improvement! I desperately want to have a natural birth this time, so I am praying that he will flip soon. There's not much I can do besides trust God, so I am trying my best to do that. It would be so disappointing though if I ended up with a scheduled C-section for a breech baby after all our preparations for a natural birth.
Cravings: milk, McDonald's sweet tea, Little Debbie Valentine's cakes, McDonald's breakfast
Symptoms: Heartburn, fatigue, being unusually emotional
Showing: Yes
Gender: Boy
Labor Signs: None
Belly Button: Out
Wedding Rings: Off--they actually do still fit, but I only wear them on special occasions just in case
Most Looking Forward To: Having the nursery totally done! We just have one more thing we are waiting on to arrive and then we will be finished! On a totally unrelated note, I am really looking forward to babywearing more this time that I did with Sawyer. I know more of what I am doing now and I have more options as well. Last time I had a  mei tai and an ergo, both of which I really liked, and this time I have a maya wrap and a baby k'tan to add to the mix. I'm excited to try them out!
Milestones: There are less than 2 months until the baby gets here! I am definitely nesting at this point. I've started washing and organizing his clothes and getting out the little bitty baby stuff that brings back memories of when Sawyer was a newborn. I can't wait for him to get here so I can use all that stuff again! There is just something so wonderful about swaddle blankets, wubbanubs, and teeny tiny sleepers and onesies :)

February 05, 2015

Sawyer's BIG BOY Room!

Since Sawyer is going to be a big brother soon, Jason and I decided to move him into the biggest bedroom and let the new baby have Sawyer's old nursery. The baby will be using the same white furniture, but the nursery will have a totally different feel to it, which I love! It's not quite done yet, but when it is I will post about it as well. For now though, welcome to Sawyer's big boy room!

We were able to re-use almost all of the décor from his nursery, including the prints above the dresser and chest as well as his name over the crib. The crib is new, but the dresser and chest used to be in Jason's room when he was a little boy. The glider came from a yard sale this summer and Mom used it at her house until we commandeered it for Sawyer's new room. Thanks Mom! 

Santa Claus brought Sawyer the tent and he absolutely LOVES it! It's fun for me to go in there at night when I'm picking up his room and discover what all he has put in there throughout the day.

Jason and I bought the rug that is in his room now back in the summer of 2013 before Sawyer was even born! I love how it helps tie in all the bright colors and anchors the room. I'm not crazy about the slew of stuffed animals taking over the floor, but that's part of having a kiddo I suppose. I intended for them to fit nicely in the blue "S" bucket, but they seem to multiply when I'm not looking! He loves to play with them though, so I wanted to make sure they were easily accessible. The cutest bedroom in the world is no good if it isn't functional!

My favorite part of the room though has got to be the book display and toy storage. I love how bright, colorful, and inviting it is. Sawyer loves books, so I hope that as he gets older having them on display will encourage him to read even more. I also like how the cube storage piece consolidates his toys to one area, which makes it easier to clean up and organize at the end of the day.

All in all, I'm thrilled with how his room turned out.  I was nervous that his room might end up feeling thrown together after I had worked so hard on his nursery, but I absolutely love the finished product! He thinks he is big stuff now that his toys are in his room and he so enjoys playing in his very own big boy bedroom!

February 02, 2015

30 Weeks

Weight Gain: +28 (likely due to my ravenous hunger and our trip to BW3s)
Maternity Clothes: This past week I bought a few bigger shirts and a dress to wear for Easter, so I feel a little better about my options.
Sleep: Not great. am downright exhausted pretty much all the time, so I think I must not be sleeping well. I wake up multiple times a night because my mouth is dry and I'm thirsty, and at least once to use the bathroom.
Stretch Marks: Not yet...
Highlight of the Week: We hired our doula!!! We also painted the nursery (twice, because my husband is a saint) and were able to spend some time with Jason's sister and our niece and nephew who were visiting from West Virginia.
Missing: Energy and range of motion. I'm really starting to get uncomfortable and I don't realize how physically worn out I am until it's too late. I just can't bend over like I used to or be on my feet for extended periods of time without starting to hurt.
Movement: Lots of big rolls and swooshes! Typically he will be still for a while and then all the sudden start moving like crazy!
Cravings: milk, McDonald's sweet tea
Symptoms: Heartburn, itchy skin, fatigue, a little bit of swelling in my feet if I stand too long
Showing: Yes
Gender: Boy
Labor Signs: None
Belly Button: Out
Wedding Rings: Off :(
Most Looking Forward To: Finishing the boys' rooms and continuing to meet with our doula
Milestones: I'm 75% of the way done! I have hit the point this past week where although I know I should be cherishing my pregnancy, I am ready for him to get here already!

January 20, 2015


Weight Gain: +22
Maternity Clothes: I've already outgrown a few things and it makes me kind of sad to think that I'll probably never wear them again :(
Sleep: Still having the weirdest dreams. It is so strange!
Stretch Marks: Not yet...
Highlight of the Week: We have gotten a lot done on the boys' rooms the past couple of weeks, so I feel a lot less stressed now that that is in progress! Sawyer has moved into his big boy room and the new baby will be using Sawyer's old nursery, but with new décor. I am really happy with how both of the rooms are coming along! Once they're finished, I'll try to post pictures here on the blog. Sawyer made the transition to his new room like a champ, so that was a relief as well!
Missing: Energy. I seriously can't tell if I am exhausted all the time because I'm pregnant and chasing after a toddler or if something is actually wrong with me.
Movement: I feel him up higher than I did before, so I think he may have flipped!
Cravings: milk, McDonald's sweet tea
Symptoms: Heartburn, itchy skin, fatigue, a little bit of swelling in my feet if I stand too long
Showing: Yes
Gender: Boy
Labor Signs: None
Belly Button: Out
Wedding Rings: I finally took them off :( They were starting to get a little tight when I over exerted myself and I didn't want to risk them getting stuck. I hate not wearing them!
Most Looking Forward To: Tomorrow Jason and I are meeting with a doula to see if that's an option we want to pursue. I really, really, really want to have a natural birth this time and I think that having a doula to be my advocate to the nurses, help me make decisions and feel confident in them, and just be someone who can give me the tough love/support that I need to power through the hardest parts of labor will help me achieve the birth I want so badly. Hopefully she will be a good fit for us!
Milestones: We've made it to the third trimester! It seems like this pregnancy has absolutely FLOWN! As miserable as the third trimester probably will be, I hope I can cherish each second of the remainder of my pregnancy. I truly do love being pregnant and I am really going to miss it if this is my last pregnancy. There is something so incredible about knowing you are creating life and being able to feel that life inside of you! It's pretty neat getting to be an integral part of one of God's miracles :)

January 04, 2015

26 Weeks

Weight Gain: +20
Maternity Clothes: They are starting to get tight...isn't it too early for that?!
Sleep: Still can't seem to get enough, but the sleep I do get is decent. I have very vivid dreams though!
Stretch Marks: Not yet...
Highlight of the Week: Christmas!!! Also we had our anatomy scan this past week and while he wasn't very cooperative for pictures, we found out that he looks like a perfectly healthy little baby! Interestingly enough, he refused to show us the goods, so we are hoping he is still a boy! ;) The non-highlight of the past two weeks was falling down the stairs 2 days before Christmas. I had to go to the hospital to be monitored for 4 hours to make sure everything was okay, which it thankfully was, but it was still scary!
Missing: Mobility, energy
Movement: Tons! He moves just as much as Sawyer did, but he's breech so it feels totally different.
Cravings: the usual, milk, sweet tea, candy
Symptoms: Heartburn
Showing: Yes
Gender: Boy...at least as of 16 weeks!
Labor Signs: None
Belly Button: Out
Wedding Rings: On
Most Looking Forward To: Getting started on the nursery, finding out if I passed the gestational diabetes test, and the 3rd trimester
Milestones: He weighs 2 pounds now!