Wednesday, October 31, 2012

So What Wednesday

Hello folks!! It's Wednesday which gives me a chance to link-up with Shannon for another So What Wednesday. I want to apologize if it's heavy with baby and birthing So Whats!
** I can't believe I'm a Mommy. I am already so in love with my little guy, I can't imagine life without him and he has only been around for 24+ hours.
** if I went 2 days without washing my hair or brushing my teeth. Judge if you will but my labor and delivery did a number on me.
** Baby Boy looks like his cousin, Jordan. I think it's so bizarre that he doesn't look a bit like me. I mean, I did the majority of the work, the least he could do was have one of my features.
** Having a baby has taught me one thing - I have zero pain tolerance. No shame here; that's what narcotics were made for
** I'm a bit impressed that I don't look "that" pregnant still. By no means I'm I thin but I am happy with where I stand at this point.
** It might take me some time to write my birthing post. I don't know where to start or how detailed to get. So until then, here is a picture of our newest love:

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Letters to Connor - #3

Hi Baby Boy,

I can't believe I am going to meet you in 4 short days. You should have been here on Wednesday but you just aren't ready yet. I wonder what is keeping you. Is is that Indian summer we just had? Well, it's gone and it's nice and cool now. Maybe you are like your Momma and enjoy cooler temperatures. Or are you wanting to work the whole full moon theory? That would allow me to meet you a day earlier. I'm up for it.

Everything is ready for you at home and I hope you love your home as much as Daddy and I do. We have been preparing for you for almost a year now. I can't wait to see how you and Rudy interact. He is Daddy's first baby and the relationship they have it one of a kind. So be nice to him; he doesn't like to share your father.

All of our friends and family are so excited to meet you, especially Mamaw and Papaw. They have been waiting for me to give them a grandchild for so long so you are extra special to them.

Connor, I want you to know that I love you with my whole heart. I can't put into words how excited I am to be your Mommy. I hope when you look back at these letters, you know that before I every held you in my arms, you were loved beyond measure.

See you soon Little Mister -

Friday, October 26, 2012

The Liebster Award - 11 Questions

My cousin, Jenn, over at These Ripples and Waves was awarded The Liebster Award and has nominated and tagged me in her post to answer the following 11 questions:

What's you favorite time of the year and why? I love Fall. It kicks off some of my favorite peoples birthdays and the holidays are soon to follow. I also love the fall activities - football games, bonfires, the change in the trees and the fall smells - pumpkin, carmel and toasted anything! Can you tell, I really like fall?

What's one family tradition that you loved as a child? It isn't a tradition but I loved when we would visit my grandparents. They lived about 90 minutes from us and I remember riding home and thinking the moon was chasing us.

What is your favorite quote? There are too many to really name just one but if I had to, I pick this one: "You can, you should and if you're brave enough to start, you will" - Stephen King

Modern, vintage, eclectic? What's your style? I would go with all 3. I don't really have a style. Not when it comes to our home or to my appearance. I am more of a comfort style of person.

What's your current favorite song? I am still head over heels in love with Home by Phillip Phillips. 

What is your all-time favorite book? Flowers In The Attic - V.C. Andrews. It's the first book in a series and kicked off my love of reading.

What's your favorite spot in the house? My bed. It's so comfy. We got a new mattress a couple years ago and it's amazing; so soft.

What is your dream job? I would love to be a high school guidance counselor. I truly believe counselors could change the outcome for a lot of kids if they were taken more seriously. I would be the one everyone loved! ;)

If you could live anywhere abroad, where would it be? I've never left the country but I think I would love to live in Europe somewhere. I feel like Europeans have the opportunity to experience more than us in the U.S. do.

If today was your last day on earth, what two things would be on the top of your to-do list? I would call my Papaw and tell him I loved him and I would spend time with my family, especially my parents and brothers.

If you could buy one thing for yourself, money is no issue, what would it be? A new house. 

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Thankful Thursdays


Happy Thursday folks! This week, I'm giving thanks for:

** our induction date: October 29th. This means that we will be welcoming our son into the world sometime on October 30th. I can not wait.

** it's officially 2 months until Christmas. I love the holidays and I'm so blessed to have a baby to celebrate with this year.

** James. He has been so supportive and helpful throughout my entire pregnancy. As we get closer to meeting Connor, I can only imagine how awesome of a father he will be.

** maternity clothes. I couldn't imagine trying to put on "normal" clothes. There is no way in Hell that would be possible.

** the cold front that is coming in the weekend. I'm over the Indian Summer we are having (as our my feet and ankles).

** the nice comments I got about my fear of breastfeeding. Thanks ladies!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

So What! Wednesday

This week, I'm saying so what to:

** the fact that I'm at work on my due date! I know, I know. The odds of me having Connor on his due date were slim to none but damn, I am hoping my "retirement" kicks in soon.

** if every night when I get home from work, I watch a DVR'ed show BEFORE starting dinner or doing anything useful around the house. I need some me time.

** if my feet are finally swollen. I mean... I now have wrinkles in my toes where before, there were no wrinkles. It's so strange to look down, it's like these feet don't belong to me.

** I can care less about the election. I'm going to vote and I take it seriously but I am over having to hear about either party on a daily basis.

** I love that Jessica Biel (Timberlake?) had a pink wedding gown. What I don't love? That J & J spent a reported $6.5 million dollars on their wedding. That's a bit much, lovers.

** if I'm jealous of ladies who are tall. I have height envy. I always have and the more pregnant I become, the greener I get.

** I'm scared to breastfeed.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Oh Dear Mister...

James and I have been together for 4 1/2 years and have lived together for the majority of that time. No judging. Living with someone before marriage, to me, is important. You get to know the person inside and out and hopefully before saying "I do" there are no surprises.

My husband is a clean freak. Not a bad thing, right? He thinks it's important for the house to be cleaned before anyone comes over. Not just picked up and orderly, but cleaned. But that's okay because I'm that way, too. Living together has always been a easy task and we get along the majority of the time when it comes to the household responsibilities. We both have chores we hate (him, laundry and me, cleaning the bathtub/shower). We have a pretty good routine and our home is usually in good shape.

However, there are times when, my neat freak husband drives me nuts. It's the little things he does that I can't help but want to choke him for doing. Need examples? I thought you'd never ask:
  • As soon as he gets home, he comes into the living room and strips down to his under-roos and white t-shirt. And the clothes he lost are now laying on the living room floor.
  • Each morning, he makes himself tea in the Keurig. He pulls the machine away from the wall so he has more room to work with. When he is done, the Keurig is still at the edge of the counter and the empty tea K-cup is left in the machine.
  • He turns lights on all over the house and keeps them on, even when there is not a soul in those rooms. It's like he is lighting the house for the cat or something.
  • All of his bath and body products are in a white basket under the bathroom sink. Each morning and evening, he places the basket on the counter to get ready for work/bed. James then heads to bed, leaving the basket on the counter.
I am sure I've missed something in my list but let me tell you, it's the little things like this that make me what to strangle my husband. My husband who is kind and support. The same man who is my rock and does everything for me, without question or fail.

I know these are small things. Things that can be overlooked but sometimes, I wonder what would happen if I just overlooked the pile of clothes or the expensive electric bill or the cluttered counter top. No one would care and my life would be totally okay. But there are times when I think to myself "if you do this one more time" or "you have got to be kidding me". Times when I think he can't be the same man I started dating so long ago. The one that was a neat freak and never made messes. I guess if this is my only battle, I'm pretty lucky, right?

And Coxy, love you, messy included!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Pregnancy Update #10

How far are we: 39 week and 2 days

How big is baby: Connor keeps growing, despite being so crowded in there. He weighs around 6.2 to 9.2 pounds and measures about 18.9 to 20.9 inches.

Total weight gain: 30 pounds exactly! I can't believe it! I know gaining weight was part of the whole pregnancy thing but I struggled with imaging myself actually gaining 30 pounds. 

Maternity clothes: The only non-maternity clothing I can fit into is some tanktops and pajama pants.

Stretch marks: None!

Movement: Lots, mostly at night. He is a night owl (oh joy). But when I'm sleeping, he is too because I don't get woken up by him at all.

Sleep: It's hit or miss. If I stay up later, I seem to really wear myself out and sleep pretty good through the night. I usually get up 2-3 times to potty.
Best moment this week: I talked to my Dr. about being induced on October 30th. I have an appt. on the 24th with the Dr. that is on-call on the 30th to see if he is okay with this. Let's hope so! But regardless, we will have the little guy by October 31st. They won't let me go over 41 weeks.

Food cravings: I gained 2.4 pounds in 9 days so apparently I like all things edible. I still don't crave anything. I just like most foods.

Labor signs: I haven't felt any contractions or any other telltale labor signs. After my exam today, the Dr. said that I haven't made any progress. Which I was aware of, I feel like Connor is nice and snug in there.

Belly button in or out: In and I am hoping it stays that way!

What I miss: People asking me about me and not my pregnancy. I'm a little over being asked how I am feeling and what the baby is doing and if I'm over being pregnant and oh, you've gotten so big. How about someone ask what I'm doing this weekend or what I want for my birthday!?

What I'm looking forward to: Meeting with the October 30th, on-call Dr. I hope to have him before then but that will give me some piece of mind of when we will get to meet our little guy!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Thanksful Thursdays

This week, I am giving thanks to the following:

** A half day and a full day off of work, when I wasn't sick. I got so much done.

** My Mom's Labor & Delivery knowledge. She has made my pregnancy that much easier with her helpful answers and never-ending patience.

** Nights when James says "Let me pick up dinner" - some of the best nights. Ever.

** My girlfriends. Every single one of them mean so much to me and they are all unique and important in their own way. I am so lucky to call them mine.

** Naps. God bless a good nap!

** My best friend, Macie. I can't believe she is almost 2 years old. I love her more and more. I have been so blessed with being able to watch her grow and become this little lady.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

So What! Wednesday

It's Wednesday!! WHOO HOO! says the lady who had Monday off. Whatever. Speaking of whatever, it's So What! Wednesday. Here is what I'm saying So What! to:

** I think I one bad ass pregnant lady. I have taken this pregnancy and made it my job to make the most of it. I've had no problems and you will never hear me complaining. Mind you, I haven't experience labor and delivery yet so I will get back to you on that.

** I keep finding nesting projects and to-dos to complete; stop the madness please.

** I need to get the Hubster a birthday present. I have no idea of what to get him. Any suggestions?

** I eat all the time now. I'm hungry. Like HUNGRY!! Let's hope I don't gain 8 pounds in a week like my girlfriend Kim did when she was pregnant.

** The name of my blog is a lie now. Connor isn't going to make 10 any more. We found homes for 1 of our dogs and 2 of the cats. But "And Baby Makes 10" makes me smile so I'm going to rock it for a while.

Now, head over to Shannon's blog, link up and let us know what you are saying So What! to this week!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Maternity Photos - FINALLY!

We made time to get maternity photos taken today. Nothing like waiting last minute
(or better yet, until you are 38 weeks and 3 days).
I should warn you - this is nothing but a huge photo infested post so ENJOY!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Pregnancy Update #9

How far are we: 38 weeks and 1 day

How big is baby: Connor is about 18.9 to 20.9 inches long and weighs about 6.2 to 9.2 pounds. He is the size of pumpkin.

Total weight gain: 27.6 pounds. I feel much bigger than 27+ pounds. But the end is near and I'm happy to have gained a little less than 30 pounds. And I'm starting to gain some weight in my face. I already have a large head so adding a little baby fat into it, is just fabulous, really! Let's see what happens in the next 12+ days. 

Maternity clothes: All maternity other than what I wear to bed. I can still wear some of my regular pj's and night tank tops. 

Stretch marks: None! Which makes me one happy pregnant chick!

Movement: Lots of it! He is a mover for sure.

Sleep: It's been better. I've been sick this week so it's been rough but overall, I usually get up 2-3 times a night to potty. From time to time, I wake up and am wide awake for a couple hours. Overall, I think I'm just preparing myself for the lack of sleep that is in my near future.

Best moment this week: Knowing we can be parents at any moment. It's a bit overwhelming because you just don't know if today is the day. I just carry on like usual. My coworkers, clients and students can't believe I'm still working full time. I don't know what else I would be doing if not working. I can only lay around and nest so much, you know?

Food cravings: None, which makes me feel like I've really missed out on one of the most common pregnancy perks. Oh well, my ass will thank me when the weight comes off easier because I passed up ice cream for breakfast.

Labor signs: No action whatsoever. I am having some more pressure in my hips and I'm a little more sore than usual. I feel like he has really dropped.

Belly button in or out: In and I am hoping it stays that way!

What I miss: Being able to shave my legs without being totally winded and exhausted afterwards. Shaving is a pain in general, but especially when you have a pumpkin for a stomach in your way.

What I'm looking forward to: Meeting Connor. The labor part I can do without but I know that he is going to be worth every moment of pain.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

So What! Wednesday

This week I'm saying So What! to:
** the fact that I've been sick since Monday afternoon and it has caused me to want to done with this pregnancy so badly. Non-pregnant Stephanie would have chugged a bottle of Nyquil and been better in the morning. Can't do that with a little one in the tummy. So either I need to have this baby or kick this virus. Is it bad that I think having a baby would be the easy way out?
** we still haven't had maternity photos taken. I'm 38 weeks today. I'm a bit of a procrastinator.
** I can't believe how the ladies of NJ acted in the reunion show. Bitches are crazy, 100%, 24/7.
** It's 4:17 PM and I'm still in my PJ's, snowman ones at that.
** Being home 2 days in a row has allowed me to get the mail before James, which has put a little skip in my step. Yes, it's the little things in life I enjoy the most (no bills were in today's or yesterday's mail. Bills equals no skip. Trust).
** if this is the lamest So What! I have ever posted. Oh well! I blame it on the virus.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Rainbows = AWOL

Throughout my entire pregnancy, I've had it so easy. Every one tells me so and honestly, I have felt great. I haven't ballooned up and I can still see my toes. I look good (most days). I have no issues during my check-ups and Connor is growing great. All the required tests you undergo during pregnancy have came back in our favor. Hands down, I've been beyond lucky during my pregnancy. You could almost say I was made to have babies!

But then I lose my rainbows. Like this morning. My entire body is sore and I am exhausted. I can't sleep at night. I had the best 10.5 hours of sleep Friday night and then Saturday and last night sucked. Badly. I don't know why I can't sleep. It's like the more relaxed I am during the day, the worse my night's sleep is.

If you know me, really know me, you know I don't get stressed or worked up. I'm the most go with the flow person you will ever meet. It drives James nuts. However, from time to time, I get a bit anxious or peeved. After all, I am human. My current aggravation is that 2 acquaintances, one due 10/23 and one due 10/25, already know when they are going to be meeting their little ones. Both have their c-sections scheduled due to one reason or another. I tell myself, be happy that you don't have the need to have a scheduled c-section. But if I'm being honest, I would do, give and say anything (not in a psycho way, I'm not there yet) to know when we will get to meet Connor.

I feel like the last sentence makes me look like an ass. One who isn't shitting rainbows today. I am grateful for my wonderful pregnancy and how easy it's been. I just want to meet our son. I want to hold him in my arms and share him with our friends, family and the entire world.

Don't give up on me just yet. Come back tomorrow, I promise this blog with be covered in happiness and rainbow colored sass. 

Friday, October 5, 2012

Pregnancy Update #8

How far are we: 37 weeks and 2 days - FULL TERM!

How big is baby:  Connor measures around 18.9 to 20.9 inches and weighs about 6.2 to 9.2 pounds. He's gaining about 1/2 ounce each day.

Total weight gain: 26.4 pounds. Not too much, really. Or at least that's what I keep telling myself. But the one thing that blows my mind is that I'm now, at 37 weeks, the same weight I was June 13, 2011. That's right, I was a fat ass girl!

Maternity clothes: All maternity. And I can't wear any shoe that is closed toed. If I do, I get a bad case of sausage toes, which we all know isn't hot. At. All.  

Stretch marks: NONE! Thank you baby Jesus.

Movement: CJ moves a lot but nothing that is painful. He really gets a movin' right after I eat.

Sleep: I wake up 2-3 times a night to potty and to drink some water. I can't breath out of my nose (the one strange aspect of my pregnancy) so I sleep with my mouth open (hot, right?) so I have the worse dry mouth. I drink about 40 ounces of water between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.  

Best moment this week: Hitting 37 weeks and knowing that we can have him at any time and odds are, he will be perfectly healthy.

Food cravings: None! But I've thought about eating whatever I want before he arrives because once he is there, I need to make sure I watch what I take in because of breastfeeding and because I'd like to get to my pre-baby weight by March.

Labor signs: Zip, zero, nadda. I know I will know what's going on when it starts because I'm so comfortable nowadays.

Belly button in or out: In but I think it could pop. Let's hope it doesn't happen though, mmmkay? 

What I miss: I get so winded and out of breath doing the littlest of things. It will be nice to breathe normal again.

What I'm looking forward to: Enjoying the last 3 weeks of being a family of 2 (not including the animal kids). I can't believe our journey to parenthood is almost over!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Thankful Thursdays

This week, I'm thankful for:
** my Mom. She is my best friend and without her, I would be totally lost. She had me at a very young age and for the last (almost) 30 years, she has given me all the love and support I could needed. I can't wait to see her relationship with Connor. I know without a doubt that he is so blessed to have her as a Mamaw.
** the sound of my niece and nephews voices. It's simply the sweetest sound I have ever heard.
** Oak Creek OBGYN. Yes, I'm thankful for my OB! Throughout my entire pregnancy, they have been so helpful and patient with me. I am a total first time Mom but they don't treat me like one. They answer all my questions and I know that when it's time to have Connor, I couldn't be in better hands. (Literally).
** DVR. Without DVR, I would never ever get to watch some of my favorite TV shows.
** I might not understand the importance of my hospital bag but I am sure I will be over so thankful that James "made" me put one together this evening. All I need now is to have a baby!
Grab my button and share what you are thankful for!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

So What!

It's Wednesday!! I am so excited that the week is halfway over and to celebrate, I'm saying So What!:
  • if I have been in bed by 8:30, 9:00 most nights. I'm just exhausted after working all day, taking care of the house and preparing for Little Mister. I wonder when I will have a normal level of energy again.
  •  I need to pack my bag for the hospital and a bag for Connor but by the time I get to the point in the evening where I have time, I don't have the energy or desire. Anyone care to come do this for me?
  • I was giddy with happiness while watching the Housewives of New Jersey reunion show. I love those train wrecks, minus Teresa. She is a evil bitch.
  • I'm a bit sad that I don't have enough questions to answer for a Vlog this week. Maybe next week!
  • if I don't know what #OODT means on IG and I'm too embarrassed to ask anyone.
  • I bought James a "Full Term" gift. Today marks 37 weeks and I want to thank him for being so wonderful and support during our pregnancy. I am blessed with an amazing husband and baby daddy!
Now go link up with Shannon and tell us what you are saying So What! to this Hump Day!

Monday, October 1, 2012

October! Seriously?

This isn't news to anyone... but holy smokes! It's October, folks!! October means the following things are going to happen within the next 30 days:

  • Connor JAMES will be here sometime this month. Did you notice a change? We decided to use Hubster's first name as Connor's middle name instead of Ross. I love the change. And I am diggin' the nickname CJ.
  • Speaking of the Mister, he turns 35 this month! Which makes me 6 years older than me for 8 days. Cradle robber!
  • I will be "retiring" this month. It all depends on when Little Mister arrives.
  • October kicks off the fall holidays I love so much! Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas - HERE I COME!
  • And finally... October marks the last month of my 20's!! Bring on the Dirty 30's ladies and gentleman!