Must Haves for L&D

Our Little Miss K is already 8 weeks old!  Holy smokes....8 weeks!!!  I know everyone says it, but the time really does fly by.  I look at her and think she is getting to be so big, but then other times I just see how tiny she still is.

You can read the full birth story here.  But here are some of my key take aways from the big day (Yes....8 weeks later):

1.  This was the Honey Badger pregnancy.  At least that is what Gator Guy called it.  As in....I do what I want.   And Honey Badger Don't Give a Shit.  A key example:   I was driving behind a car that I thought was going too slow.  When I finally got the opportunity to pull ahead, I gave her a strong hand gesture (don't worry, not the finger...just more of a back hand to the face move) and said, "Really sucks when you drive slow and are ugly too."  Yikes...I feel a little bad about that one.  But this was a common attitude.  Honey Badger Just Don't Give a Shit.  We enjoyed showing the official Honey Badger video to my mom during labor as she quickly judged her own daughter (knowing that I am just like her!!). 

2.  There is nothing relaxing about labor and delivery.  Anyone who says so is a liar and you should not trust anything else they say.  It is hard, exhausting, and effing hurts!  And yes, I got the Epi too.  And so to cope with this, I listened to the most hard core music available.  Not quite Five Finger Death Punch level, but more along the lines of AC/DC and Metallica.  AC/DC's Hells Bells is the ultimate Get Yo Game Face On song and so I repeatedly listened to that one.  My advice for future whatever gets you pumped up.  This is your ultimate work out.  Your life marathon.  So get your game face on.

3.  Throw your plan out the window.  I read all over Pinterest and blogs about birth plans.  I read it last time with Mr. T too.  And the truth is....the doctors know way more than you do.  I know...mind blowing isn't it.  But it is true.  And so if they say you need XY and Z, chances are you do.  Now, don't get me wrong, as a usual "Let Me Talk to the Manager" kind of girl, I know when to ask the right questions and get what I want.  But for the most part, there is a reason they did a crap load of school and you didn't.

4.  Don't bother bringing anything nice.  Again on Pinterest, I see all these fancy gowns, booties, and underwear made just for Mamas that just pushed a child out of their Vajayjay.  Here's my advice...SO NOT WORTH IT.  Unless you just like throwing money in the trash, then go for it.  But did you know that after part of birth is Naaaaasty???  As in you sit on a doggy pee pad to collect all the nastiness during your stay.  Do you want to buy special garments just for that?? Don't even bother using your own clothes or something that you just purchased.  And in fact, I say take the same approach at home for the first couple days.

5.  Feel Put Together.  Ok, I know I just said you should wear scrappy clothes, but that doesn't mean you can't look presentable.  There will be pictures.  And you will want to keep them at some point even though your face may be swollen and you look ginormous.  But getting comments that I looked great just an hour after birth made me think, "Hells yeah!!!" even though I felt like an effing diaster.  My tip: Pick a hair style that works in bed.  I chose the side braid.  And it stayed in pretty good and made such a difference.

6.  Send that baby to the nursery.  This was the number one suggestion with Mr. T and we followed suit.  But this time I hesistated knowing this is our last baby.  I thought she was just too cute and I wanted all the possible cuddle time.  Gator Guy brought me to my senses, and we sent her to the nursery.  And thank goodness.  Because she took one last gasp of fluid on her way out, she needed to have a tube down her throat and rinsed out her stomach.  Holy hell!!!  I am beyond glad that I didn't have to witness that.  And with Mr. T, he had a huge blow out diaper of that black tar mess.  So leave it to the AMAZING nurses to help you out.  PS....always give a big thank you whether it is with cookies, a card or something to the nurses.  They are truly amazing.

7.  Take a breather about Breastfeeding.  Ready...I know moms are going to HATE me and I am very happy that breastfeeding has worked for both Mr. T and Little Miss K.  But you know doesn't always work.  There are many babies in the NICU that don't get breast milk...and they turn out just fine!!Breastfeeding is tough.  And I give MAJOR props to those that do it for a long time.  But just remember, it is OOOKKKKK whatever you do.  Probably a good motto for parenting overall.  Everything is going to be OOOKKKK.

8.  Take EVERYTHING from the hospital.  Ok, maybe not everything...but every little item that is in the room for you.  Diapers, the blue nose squeegee thing, pads for you, hideous underwear for you, tucks, vag spray, etc.  All totally worth it. 

So in Love

Well our little girl is here and she is absolutely perfect. These two boys are just head over heels for her and it's late night diaper changes like this that just melts my heart. 

Birth story to come...

Let's Compare Ginormous Bellies

Belly with Mr T on the left. Belly with baby Girl on the right. 

Lets conclude the following: 
My hair is better this time. 
Going on bed rest for 7 weeks (with Mr T on the left) really does pack on the pound in the face. 
So much in fact I clearly didn't want to take any pics weeks 30-38. 

Wish us luck tomorrow. Yay for inducing!!  Always a plus for the ultimate planner. 


We are having a baby tomorrow!! I just know that this little girl is already a planner and wanted to just wait until the scheduled induce time! 

Can't wait to hold her!!

Life is Good When it is Football Season

Yesterday brings a level of excitement that I look forward to every year. It's the start of college football!! NFL is right around the corner and soon I will be drinking pumpkin spiced lattes and pumpkin beers. It's really my favorite time of year. 

This year it's even more intense. I don't know if it is mostly because I've been counting down to the beginning of October ever since we found out our due date. But I also seem to have almost a CRAVING for college football. 

Does anyone else experience this? Maybe not the football part, but crave things during pregnancy that are not food related. 

For me, I have had a series of cravings. First it was Pink. I usually didn't wear the color, but for the past 3 trimesters I just can't get enough from my clothes, toe nails, and accessories. Don't worry, my ultimate favorite color will always be orange!

I have also found myself CRAVING different music. I've always had quite the wide range of songs set up in my playlists. But this was different.
First trimester I wanted anything 80s. Love jams, rock, pop...just had to be 80s. 

Second trimester was all about Country. Just good ol knee smackin country. And the third trimester has been a combination to hard rock and pretty hard core rap. Yes, I can get down with that. Perhaps I am just trying to get whatever adrenaline rush I can get to keep the energy. 

ONE Month

Today is September 1st. A day I have been looking forward to for so long. September is not that far from October!! And waking up each day in August, the voice in my head would say "OCTOBER....effing OCTOBER. SO FAR AWAY!!" 

But now because this baby is ginormous (as in 99 percentile big) we have a set induce date of October 1st. Which mean the precious "1" means a lot. In at least ONE month, our baby girl will be here. One month. I can do this. I can last until October 1st. One month. 

Hoodie For Two

I'm not sure how I feel about this. But a part of me really wants to try it out! 

Friday Night Lights

Taking Mr. T to Friday Night Lights has become one of my favorite things to do. He looks up to the students like they are celebrities and cheers them on during every play. Going to be a great season!! 

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