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!! 

Oh So True

Like a Basketball

Comment today from another teacher: 

I literally just want to dribble you down the hallway. belly in ginormous. Like a basketball. And this one is even from last week. 

Just Roll Me Like The Blueberry Girl

Do you remember the girl in Willy Wonka that turns into a giant blueberry and is rolled by the Oompa Loompas??? Because I feel like that is going to be me. Now that I am back at school the following comments don't help either:

Student: "Whoa! How is it you get even bigger each time I see you?" 

Student: "I thought IT would have been out by now. Haven't you been pregnant for 11 months?"

Student: "I hate to sound rude but how do you walk without falling over. Seems like the weight would just make you fall."

Teacher: "When are you due?" (Oct 8th) "wow, if you make it that long we will have to start rolling you down the hallway." 

Hence my blueberry fear. And I should have punched each of them in the throat.

Will Raise Her Right

Just couldn't resist. Baby's first Bronco gear!! And it will be the first of MANY! 

Things That I Miss

1. Running - I have steered clear of all running this pregnancy.  I ran quite a bit the first go round with Mr. T and wonder if that contributed to the 7 weeks of bed rest.  This time, I am sticking to the gym and yoga, however, I just miss being able to go for a run.  The other night we had a beautiful rain storm and that would have been a perfect moment to put on my shoes, hat and go jog it out in the sprinkling rain.  I saw someone else running and glared at them in pure jealousy. 

2. Beer - Let's be honest, this should be number 1, but I just didn't want to feel too much like I have a problem.  But is hard not to have a beverage especially during the summer.  There is just something about sitting on the back deck and drinking an IPA, stout, Shandy in a can....I'll take any of it.  Many have said, but you can have a glass of wine, the baby will be fine!!  However, that is not what I want.  I want a strong, flavorful, 10% IPA microbrew that comes with a cork.  Some people collect wine corks, I have a thing for Bomber Corks.  I day dream about what my first beer will be in October.  Right now, the verdict is Little Sumthin.

3. Intense Work Outs - Gator Guy is motivated...all the damn time.  And I usually am too.  I love kicking my own ass at the gym and I really miss doing it.  Especially now seeing the scale go up each week.  I seriously miss dripping sweat because I pushed my muscles to their edge!! 

4. Drinks with my dearest E - Last summer was my first being a teacher.  And my dear e was pregnant with her sweet Charlie.  Now, I'm the preggers of the group on summer #2 and we still can't indulge in some beverages and go to the local dive bar to feel better about our lives.   Next summer E!!

shorts ♥
5. Shorts - Last summer I had a pair of orange shorts.  They were pretty short, but I ended up loving them, especially after getting a little sun on my legs.  But now the thought of wearing shorts in public is terrifying.  Who wants to see these legs????  No one.  Absolutely No One.

6. Laying on my Stomach - It seems so simple, but boy do I miss it.  I finally bought a pool inner tube just so I could get a little bit of the feeling.  Still not that same. And btw, check out Mr. T's little thigh rolls!!  He was and still is just the cutest!!

7. My pre-pregnancy body - Ok, so I never looked like this cartoon...but you get the idea!  This one I think about every single freaking day.  I worked hard to be in shape.  And to see my thighs continue to grow, it breaks my heart.  Also makes me wonder wtf??  Why is it necessary for a layer of extra fat to be put on these thunder thighs??  Seriously.  I'm pretty sure my quads can carry the extra belly weight without insulation being added.  I am also terrified at the number of spider veins that have been added to my legs as well.  It is like damn Charlotte, her web, and her whole damn family has decided to camp out permanently.  I appreciate all the comments of "you look so great!  You carry the baby weight so well."  Most of the time I can be polite and say thank you.  Deep down, I am saying screw you.  You know you can see my fat ass, thighs and face.  Damn you October!!! You seem so far away!!

8. Sushi - Not a huge deal, but I would LOVE some sushi.  Its amazing how you follow all the rules to a T the first go round and blow that out of the water on child number 2.  So yes, I have had some spicy tuna rolls and other delish sushi this time.  Now I just want more.  Perhaps some saki too. 

9. Twisting and Floor Bow - Yoga has become a big passion of mine.  (Thanks E for changing my life in multiple ways).  And I LOVED to twist.  It was relaxing, cleansing, and a must do in each class.  Obviously that is out of the question now.  Floor bow was also one of my favorite poses and I miss it so.  However, on a plus side my practice has changed in other ways as I now can mostly just focus on my breath.

10. My Confidence - its true.  This pregnancy has really rocked my confidence.  From everything to I think people are judging what I wear, what I do, when I work out, what kind of mother I am, and when I will come back to work.  Before that...I was the type of person that says, screw you...I do what I want.  It is getting a little better now that I'm on the home stretch, but it is still frustrating that I am not the confident person I was before.  Damn you pregnancy!!  Screwing with my emotions!!   

Dear Pregnant Body,

Dear Pregnant Body,

You continue to change just about every tiny inch of me and the way I function every single day. I get it. It's a freaking miracle and all. But what the heck is with the middle-of-the-night-make-me-want-to-effing-scream-Charlie-horses??

This symptom is just down right cruel and just not fair.  Is the sensation of my calf muscle cramping up and not letting me breath suppose to prepare me for the real contractions?? Both are painful yes. But come on pregnant body!!! If anything it wakes me up and leaves me in a pissy mood.

So thanks pregnant body. Now I need to try to calm myself down each morning and get my positive mojo back meanwhile hating you!! 


28 Weeks

Well this pic is from 28 weeks even though I am 29 weeks today. Doesn't seem like that big of a difference but when you are on the home stretch I will take every freaking day I can get!!

Symptoms and emotions are up and down and all over the freaking place. But taking just one day at a time and concentrating on spending the rest of summer with Mr. T, getting the baby's room ready, and prepping for the new school year!! Not busy at all 😉

You Really Can Find Everything on Pinterest

And I laugh at this one. Will never let my daughter wear it. But I still laugh.

It's the Little Things

I am seriously so darn lucky.  It has been a rough week with how I have been feeling emotionally and physically.  (3rd trimester SUCKS!!)  And it has been even more frustrating with both my OB and thyroid doctors on vacation and unable to answer my questions.  But Gator Guy is my rock.  He is always there for me and surprises me with the little things.  

Today I got an ecard telling me to feel better. So simple, and yet means so much.
Get Well Hug!

It reminds me of when we were just young and in love and AOL was cool.  We would send ecards all the time to each other, and I remember spending hours looking at websites for the perfect card with the perfect song just to say hi.  It was just what I needed today.

And even more kudos were given to Gator Guy this weekend.  I spent most of the time in bed and he came home with a big smile on his face saying he bought something at The Man Store (a.k.a. Lowes) for the baby.  Totally confused at first but then realizing that it was at the Man Store that had the perfect chandelier that I wanted for the baby's room.  I of course have been on a hunt for a cheaper version, but he thought he was a necessity and a perfect little gift from him to her.

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He is truly amazing. 

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