Saturday, April 12, 2014

Liam- 1 Month!

My little boy is 6 weeks old today! I can't believe how fast time is going. I am madly in love with this child. I love watching him learn and discover. He develops new facial expressions every day that crack us up. He surprised us by rolling over from his tummy to his back multiple times. He took quite a bit of time to regain his birth weight, and is a tiny little fella'! He has held his head up by himself since birth, and loves to look around. Kiddo has the longest fingers I have ever seen on a baby! He has absolutely stolen my heart. I love you, Liam Scott! 

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Liam Scott is HERE! :)

Friday, February 28th started out fairly normal. I had a doctors appointment, so took the day off of work. Earlier that morning I had lost the "plug" and thought labor would be at least coming soon. When I got to my appt, I was still at 3cm dilated, so quickly passed off the idea of labor happening that day. I was having my usual "braxton hicks" so didn't think too much of them. I spent some time at my husband's school, and even went to a pizza buffet with friends for dinner! We spent the whole evening with our close friends Ben and Brittany putting together the baby's dresser/changing table from Ikea.
By the time I was in bed, the contractions were pretty intense. I stayed up the whole night running back and forth to the bathroom to throw up, and laying on the floor in pain. I still wasn't convinced it was labor. In fact, I didn't even bother waking up my husband! Around 9am the next morning, Joe noticed I was in pretty severe pain, and asked if I had timed them. I hadn't even bothered trying. Ha! He started to time them for me and noticed they were 4 minutes apart. He suggested we go to the hospital, but I quickly shot that idea down. After more convincing (and some major hinting with him packing up the car) I reluctantly agreed that we could go "later." I proceeded to do my hair and make up (because if you're going into labor, that clearly should be your first priority!) and packed up some remaining items. Every time a contraction would hit, Joe would have to put hard pressure on my back to help counter the pain. The hour car ride to the hospital was terrible! I never took a birthing class, so had no idea how to breathe through the pain. I ended up having all back labor, and it was intense!
My doctor had always told me to go to the ER and they would take me up to labor and delivery. When I got there, the lady ushered us away saying that we needed to go to a different entrance. Nothing better than being on a goose chase while in labor! ;) Joe found the entrance but there was no where to park to help me in. I decided to just go myself, and try to find where I needed to be. I aimlessly wandered to the elevators and found the floor. Naturally, there was a line at the check in desk since they had tours that day. I, being the crazy person I am, decided to be a good person and wait my turn. Contractions were about every 2 minutes apart at that point, and I was huddled over with every one. A guy noticed, and asked if I was alright. I just casually said "I think I'm in labor..." and he offered to let me cut them in line. I said no. HA! Apparently I follow all rules, even while in pain. By the time it was my turn, Joe had parked the car and found the floor as well. The lady behind the desk said "how can I help you?" and I told her I thought I "might" be in labor. She handed me a pile of paperwork to fill out (oh the joys!) and asked if I wanted to take a seat. After what seemed like an eternity, they took me back to a triage room to see if I was, in fact, in labor. The nurse there was the sweetest. She taught me how to breathe, was incredibly patient with me, and would make sure everything was quiet and calm during the contractions. In between, she started hooking me up to machines to monitor. My contractions were off the charts! She decided to check the dilation, and immediately left to get another nurse to confirm. I was already at a 7! They had a room ready right away and started to wheel me there. I felt so nauseous, so told her I might get sick. They handed me the tiniest crescent shaped bowl to throw up into. Thaaaanks! The nurse would stop wheeling me during every contraction. During one of the stops, a giant tour group walked by. Fantastic. I was a added asset to the tour. "Here's an actual labor!" People were gawking. Literally. There were some people peeking their heads out even after they got into the room they were headed to. So funny!
Immediately when I got into my delivery room, I started getting sick. Poor Joe was holding the polly-pocket sized bowl while I threw up everywhere. He ran to the bathroom to empty it between. If you know my husband, this is incredible. He isn't one for bodily functions. Ha! In fact, he had always said he probably wouldn't even be in the room during my labor! He was outstanding.
My mom, sister, dad, and two best friends arrived shortly after we got there. It was SO good to have that support system! Ironically there was a Disney movie marathon playing on the TV. I tried concentrating on that to take my mind of the pain, buuuut it didn't work so well. My doctor is known for attending all of her patient's labors. Naturally, she was gone for mine. ha! :) Instead a man walked into the room telling me he was my doctor for the day. I was SO mortified. I chose my doctor because I was uncomfortable with a male. Thankfully, he was amazing and made sure it wasn't awkward at all. Then, a male student walked in and asked in the most measly voice, "Can I please watch your labor?" ... Yeah. At that point all pride went out the window. I was willing to let the president watch if he wanted. Hey, they could even broadcast it on the 6 o'clock news!
I was always told I couldn't get an epidural with my scoliosis. A HUGE moment happened when the anesthesiologist on duty specialized in scoliosis! He offered to try it, to help with the pain. I was willing to try anything! I was too far into it to have any pain meds, and it was the last chance for an epi. The epi worked like a dream! That is, for about 30 minutes... Then labor pains came back full swing. I was shaking out of control. The back pain was so bad that I was begging for another try at the epi. They brought him back, but I was so close to labor that he couldn't do anything else for me. At the end of every contraction, I couldn't stop pushing. The doctors had all left the room, and my mom noticed. I begged her not to tell them, but she ran to find someone. Sure enough, I was dilated to a 10 and ready to go. Panic set in. I had no idea what to do. A big light came down from the ceiling, and everyone was all up and personal. The doctor told me that pushing for first time moms usually takes around 3 hours. What. No. That wasn't going to be okay.
Pushing hurt. Bad. I felt like I was going to pass out, and was yelling that it hurt. Some nurse that wasn't helping with anything and was typing on her computer the whole time came over and said "You need to CALM DOWN." Oh goodness. I think if my legs weren't being held into place I would have used them to kick her. Greeeeat things to say to a woman in labor! ;) Needless to say, I didn't calm down.
In between the pushes the whole staff would turn around to watch the Disney movie playing behind them... ironically it was Peter Pan! Our son's nursery theme!
My mom and hubby were incredible. Both were so supportive during all the pushes, and tried to make me comfortable. Joe even watched the entire thing.
It was pretty discouraging to finally start to push the head out and then give up in the middle of the push. I could feel it get sucked back in! Haha! My poor child. First game of peek a boo?
Finally, after 31 minutes of pushing, he arrived! It was the biggest feeling of relief that I can even say. That moment where they lay that bundle on your chest is incredible. He was perfect in every way. I couldn't believe it! His daddy cut the cord and proudly held that baby. Everyone came into the room to see our sweet boy, and the doctors stitched me up. Actually, they let the student stitch me up... ai yi yi! :) So thankful that he is HERE!
Liam Scott was born at 4:31 pm on March 1st, and was 7lbs 13oz and 20.5 inches long. He is the light of our lives!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Neverland Nursery- Coming Together

Wow- 38 weeks! I can't believe our little prince is almost here. Things seem to be progressing very quickly. According to my doctor, it could be any day now. With these contractions, I'm definitely agreeing with her. :) I'm getting a little more excited as the day approaches. I am definitely nervous, but so ready to not carry around a basketball in my stomach. It will be nice to be able to flip over at night without feeling like I just ran a marathon. 

Now that we are all moved into the new house, the nursery is SLOWLY coming together. We still don't have much in there, but we should have all the pieces by this weekend. I'm putting together a Peter Pan/Neverland nursery theme. I wanted it to have that Peter Pan feel, but very subtly. It is really hard to do! Everything for Peter Pan seems to be very cartoon-ish. I decided to keep the colors as navy blue, gray, red, and small touches of Peter Pan green. Yesterday I arrived home to see that incredible rocking chair in the picture below in my driveway. Such an incredible surprise from my Dad! My Mom completed a HUGE task for us by painting the formerly electric blue room to a soothing gray shade. She is amazing! The gray walls gave us a great background to add pops of color to. I love the look of the Harper Crib bedding in navy blue from Pottery Barn. Unfortunately it comes with a high price tag. I was scouring the PB outlet (amazing place if you haven't been!) and stumbled upon the Harper bumper in red for 1/4 of the price. I was desperately wishing for the other pieces in navy, but could not justify spending the money. A few weeks went by and finally a great dupe of the bedding came to Babies R' Us! We put it on our registry, and my sweet aunt got it for us. It definitely is going to pull the room together. I also decided to get a dresser that would double as a changing table instead of having the two separate. The Ikea Hemnes dresser is fabulous! It has the perfect amount of space without completely breaking the bank. We are going this weekend to Ikea to pick one up. :) I love the idea of using silhouettes instead of movie stills for the room. It gives the room a much more elegant feel. Navy striped curtains will help break up the gray wall and add a fun punch to the room. 

Chair- Target
Dresser- Ikea Hemnes
Rug- Target
Peter Pan Doll- Disney Store

Watching my husband put together the rocking chair tonight was definitely surreal. I can't believe we are going to be parents. I know he is going to be an incredibly daddy to our little boy!

I will try to post pictures when the room comes together. I am so excited to see how it will turn out!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Recent Loves & We're All Moved In! :)

Wow! What a busy few weeks it has been. We are FINALLY moved into our new place! I was walking around the house today while my husband had some friends over, and I was literally brought to tears with how blessed we are. This house is incredible. I love it, and I'm so thankful God chose this for us! While we will probably be living out of boxes for a little while, I'm so grateful to finally start nesting. I finally have my own place! There's so many possibilities here. I can't wait to paint the walls, get some furniture, and start making it our own. The next few weeks are going to be insanely busy. We have a baby shower every weekend for the next three weekends. I can't wait! I'm finally at the 35 week mark, so it will be exciting to start putting these gifts into our little boy's room. It's overwhelming to think he will be here in about a month! I just hope we can get the house in a semi-organized condition by the time he arrives. :) 

Thanks to Christmas/Birthday gift cards and TJ Maxx, I've made some pretty great purchases lately, and I've been excited to share them on here! 

Recent Loves

1. I FINALLY purchased the iPad Air I've been saving for! I saved all my Christmas and birthday money for this, and I was so excited to finally get it. It's been so great! I love bringing it to work and keeping it in my purse. It's awesome for watching movies, and the battery life is fabulous! 

2. Sonia Kashuk Chic Luminosity Highlighter Stick in Sparkling Sands: This stuff. If you don't have it yet, run to Target right now and grab it. You will NOT be disappointed. I had heard that it was a great dupe for Benefit's Watts Up (which I love!) so I gave it a try. It's only $10.99 and HUGE for the price. It gives the most natural glow and the perfect highlight. I can't say enough good about this stuff! 

3. Jonathan Adler glasses from TJ Maxx- Oh my goodness. At $2.99, I couldn't pass these up! There were only two in my store, so I am going to keep a look out for more. They are super cute and just the most fun shade of hot pink! I've been really lucky at TJ's lately. I even scored a giant Ralph Lauren purse (normally $248) for $49! It is giant and holds all my stuff, plus my iPad with plenty of room to spare. Such a great buy! 

I will be posting pictures this week of all of my plans for the new house. I think I've finally decided on a few of the paint colors, so will be sharing that soon! :) I'm excited to post all about this new journey! 

Thursday, January 2, 2014

24 Before 25

I just celebrated my 24th birthday 2 weeks ago. I've been inspired after seeing similar posts to make a list of my own things to accomplish before the big 25 milestone. This is going to be a crazy year, and I can't wait to see what will happen. So, without further adieu: 

1. Move into our first home and make it beautiful. Decorate it. Love it. Make a million memories. 
2. Have my baby and be the best momma I can be. 
3. Blog more 
4. Be a better wife. Encourage my husband. Build him up. 
5. Be more thankful. I have so much, and I need to be less selfish. 
6. Lose the baby weight. Be active after he gets here. Don't make excuses. 
7. Have a party in our new home. Make it a place where everyone feels welcome. 
8. Learn to coupon. Be smart with our money. 
9. Read God's word more. Stop being lazy. 
10. Get organized and stay organized. 
11. Plan more creative dates at home. Learn to cook fun meals for my husband. 
12. Spend more time on others. Call family more. 
13. Spend more time "getting pretty." Do my hair. Look as good as I possibly can for my husband. 
14. Take more pictures. 
15. Write encouraging letters to friends and family throughout the year. Make their day. 
16. Paint all the furniture that I have been planning to paint for the last 2 years. 
17. Be more motivated and less lazy. Keep on top of things at work. 
18. Plan/go on a family vacation. 
19. Get an iPad. I've wanted one for years, and it might be time to take the plunge. (Well, that don't be selfish thing just went out the window. Ha!) 
20. Donate all those clothes that I pretend I'm going to wear again. 
21. Spend time with friends. I know it will be tempting to stay in all the time with a new baby. 
22. Document, to the best of my ability, all of our baby's firsts. 
23. Decorate a room of the house in pink and navy. 
24.  Accomplish 10 different projects off pinterest. 

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Hello, 2014! I'm ready for you.

Well, hello there! It's been a while. There has been more excitement in the last month than I can handle. For one... we bought our dream home! :) As you may remember, we previously had our offer accepted on a house that ended up being a maintenance nightmare. It was old, in bad shape, and not in the greatest area. God definitely rewarded our patience and willingness to step away from that. We ended up getting a gorgeous 2 story home in our price range! It was incredible to watch this all play out. I found the home on Zillow, but it was a lot more than we were willing to spend. I jokingly asked my realtor if we could just low ball on this one since I would be happy living there forever. He texted back and let me know that the realtor selling that house actually sits next to him. Not only that, but the home was bank owned so he knew they'd be willing to take a lower offer. The other realtor was out of the office for two weeks, so I hadn't heard anything back for a while. My husband randomly encouraged me to bring it back up and the next day our realtor friend said "let's go look at it!" Everything fell into place. Even the other realtor helped encourage the bank to accept our offer. It was an awesome situation. It's so much better than we ever could have dreamed! I can't wait to raise our baby here. It has four bedrooms, and 3 bathrooms. My favorite part? It has TWO walk in closets in the master bedroom! EEK!

2 more months until Baby L is here! :) He will be full term in 6 weeks! AH! We have nothing ready, so hopefully he stays put! I can't wait to meet the little guy.

The bump definitely makes me laugh. I will wake up one morning and hardly look pregnant, and the next I'll feel huge! It all depends on how he is sitting that day. So weird to watch! I'm still not having any cravings. I'm feeling pretty good aside from back pain! I have to admit, I'm definitely ready to have my body back. It's so discouraging trying to get ready and feeling so large. My confidence level hasn't been very high. I have to keep focusing on the fact that my body is doing an extremely beautiful thing even if I don't feel attractive at all. It's been an odd experience, but I've admittedly always had body image issues. I'm almost to the end of this pregnancy, so thankful for that. If you see me in person, just try not to point out of the fact that I look like a cow. Ha!

Christmas and my birthday are within 9 days of each other, so I always feel so spoiled this time of year! My birthday was a bit of an odd one. My poor husband forgot all about it. Ha! I'm pretty sure I will tease him about that one for the rest of his life. I spent the whole day in the hospital for appointments and an ultrasound. Definitely not the most exciting birthday, but at least I got to see the baby! :) I was truly spoiled by my family. My mom, sister, and grandpa all went in on a kitchenaid mixer for me! I cannot wait to use it. I've wanted one forever! I plan on painting it a fun color (aka pink!) to make it unique. Maybe Even adding in some gold chevron accents? Or a monogram? Can't wait to play with this! I was overwhelmed with Christmas presents. So, so blessed! Everything I received I loved. I got lots of great new goodies for the new house. Joe's mom even got me my first coach bag! I received enough gift cards that I might be able to buy the iPad I've been wanting for years. 

Through all the excitement of the last few months, we also lost my husband's amazing, witty grandmother. We celebrated her life on Saturday, and she will definitely be missed! I'm thankful for the time I got to know her and spend with her. 

I hope you all have a wonderful New Year! Here's to making it the best year yet. :) 

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

A roller coaster ride

Where do I even begin with the last few weeks? I feel like we've been on a roller coaster ride. A few weeks ago we finally found a home! It was such an exciting moment to start signing that paperwork. It wasn't my dream house by any means, but I was just excited to finally have a place to start nesting. We were all set and approved, that is, until the inspection took place. I've never been so thankful for my handy grandpa, uncle, and mom as I was then. They looked over the inspection papers and told me to get out of it as soon as possible. The house was a giant money pit. Everything needed to be changed... including all the electrical. I've learned more terms about house problems than I ever knew existed before in the last two weeks. We lost out on some money from backing away, but I'm so thankful that we were able to get out before we were permanently stuck with it. So, we've started the whole process again. This time I feel more prepared and know what to look for. It's been a little disheartening with our baby so close to coming into the world, but I'm thankful for our little one bedroom apartment and a roof over our heads.

For Thanksgiving, we took nearly a week to visit my husband's family at the other side of the state. Unfortunately, every annoying pregnancy symptom in the world decided to show up for me while I was there. It was a rough week! I'm so thankful for the time we got to spend with his family, even if a lot of my time was spent on the couch or in bed. I'm still experiencing some painful symptoms now, and have been working from home for the last few days. I'm praying that the rest of this pregnancy will fly by and I will get some relief! I'm thankful that I get the chance to experience the miracle of life, but it's definitely not the most enjoyable experience health wise. Ha! I've been so grateful for Joe lately. He has been taking care of me every day, and is constantly putting my needs before his own. He has made Walgreens runs for medicine, held me until while I couldn't sleep, and encouraged me when I felt the worst. I think he's going to be an excellent daddy. :) I'm more blessed than I know.