July 21, 2018

The Final Checklist

I can't even believe I just typed the words the final checklist. It really seems like yesterday that I was patiently awaiting a baby bump. Now I am ready to be without it!

Now, fully bumped out, I am saying, there's only 4 weeks left!! I'm officially 36 weeks pregnant (as of yesterday) and starting the final preparations for the baby's arrival. 

I love lists and so I have kept one for baby preparations and I figured I'd share it with all of you fellow expectant mamas! I started the list about 2 weeks ago, so 6 weeks out:
The Final Baby Checklist

Pack The Hospital Bag
The hospital bag needs to be packed. Haven't even started but I plan to get it done this weekend.

Ensure Knowledge
We could have taken a class, but I just went ahead since I know how was teach Kevin how to give adult and infant CPR. 

Find a Pediatrician
There were really only three pediatricians we were considering, and so we should pick one soon! Very important to find (and soon!).

Clean all the Baby Stuff
There is a little pile that had built up. Another plan this weekend is to clean everything and put it where it belongs!

Stock the House
I don't want to go to finally take a shower and be out of shampoo! I ensured I stocked up on doubles of everything: toilet paper, paper towels, body wash, etc. I even made sure my makeup (even though I doubt I will be putting much of that on in the beginning) is stocked.

Install the Car Seat
Time to start practicing! We will practice doing it over and over so we are confident once the baby is here!

Prep the Freezer
I am going to start stocking the freezer with some of our favorite meals so Kevin can help reheat those dishes for dinner. My family will come and visit and hopefully stock our freezer before they leave! But before that, there are definitely a few essentials I want to have in there, like my favorite soups, my enchiladas, and a bunch of veggies.

Am I missing anything? What are you doing to prepare for the baby?
We can't wait to meet you baby boy! Love Mom and Dad.

July 7, 2018

Life Lately

Life has been a whirlwind but I wouldn't have it any other way. I feel like I am living my best life right now. Here are some life updates for ya'll.

Baby Updates and Prep No. 101
There are a lot of things we have been doing. I feel bad for my husband since I can't do a lot of the heavy lifting. He has been super awesome in helping prep! We recently deep cleaned and stretched all of our carpets and I did some shopping to help update and prepare our guest bedroom and baby room. Also I have been working on organizing the house so that it is more baby friendly!

As for updates we had a growth scan and everything looked great (see below). I also have had some back pain and have tried kinesio tape. I went here to learn how to best wrap myself. It helped, but the tape did burn my skin. So still working through that.

I just can't wait to see little man's face!

Baby Shower No. 1
I have a great friend Ashley who threw me a small, cute baby shower with some of my great friends. It was a very fun day.
me with the beautiful host!

Baby Shower No. 2
My work threw me a baby shower and I just felt incredibly spoiled. So much fun!
me with one of the beautiful hosts.

July No. 4
I also worked the 4th of July, but afterwards I spent a romantic night of watching fireworks and dinner made by my hubby.

Birthday No. 29
I worked my birthday and followed the next day with a growth scan of my little man. Seeing my little guy growing and advancing well, then a great weekend where my husband spoiled me rotten was perfect! My little guy is measuring up not so little, but nothing alarming at this time. My husband made me dinner after setting me up to go get a massage. The next day he took me to a movie, shopping, and to a fancy dinner. Am I lucky or what?!

Have a great weekend everyone!

July 2, 2018

Why I Am Lucky I Married My High School Sweetheart

I think I am pretty dang lucky. I met my husband when we were in High School. We met 15 years ago. We started dating 13 years ago. We got married 6 years ago. Now we are going to have our first child. I know it seems crazy to some of you, since most people look back at the person they dated in high school and cannot imagine being with them now, but me? I wouldn’t change a thing. I married the most amazing guy and was lucky to meet him in high school.
I look at some of my friends who are navigating the dating world. I never had to do that, back when you were a teenager, things were so simple. There was no online dating or hoping to meet someone at a bar. We had it easy (minus the curfew).

I look at how much we were able to change and therefore we were able to grow and learn with each other. We have been there for the big important milestones and the small daily moments to celebrate. From high school graduation, buying our first car, navigating college, good and bad roommates, buying a house, you name it. I know that I am with someone who will stick by me when things get tough. And one of the very best parts is that we know each other really well, inside and out.

We have had lots of time to spend together to build our lives and experience the world together before having children. We spent over 10 years growing up, exploring hobbies, investing in our future and traveling the world together. Most people do these things before they meet their spouse, we did it together and grew closer together through those years. Now the time has come for us to start a family and we know that our relationship is strong. We have so much history together and this will help us in the future to raise our kids.
So yep, I am pretty dang lucky to have been dating the love of my life for 13 years ago today.
I wouldn't have it any other way.

June 28, 2018

29th Birthday

Today is my 29th birthday! If you would have told me a few years ago that I would be pregnant and homemaker, all while working at 29 years old I may have laughed in your face while I poured your drink from behind the bar.
Every step of my life has lead me to be exactly where I’m supposed to be, just like you. Right now you are exactly where you’re supposed to be. Keep reaching for your goals, love and live every day to the fullest, follow your heart, and have faith.

Thank you for all of the love, support, kindness, and friendship. This is just the beginning for me and I love having you on my journey through life.

June 18, 2018

Five Ways Pregnancy Has Changed Me

Back on Mother's Day, someone told me Happy Mother's Day! It took me back for a second because I have no physical children on this earth, but am pregnant with my first. Does that make me a mom already? I was leaning towards no. But I have had something on my mind recently ever since Mother’s Day and I wanted to share it with you. It feels like such a long time since I found out I was pregnant, but it has changed me. Here are the ways I feel like I’ve changed since finding out I was pregnant.
I Have A New Respect For Mothers
This one is definitely number one for a reason. I have a totally new outlook on not only my own mother but all mothers out there. It’s crazy what mamas go through and I haven’t even gotten to the giving birth/raising a newborn part yet. I cannot even imagine the respect I will have for them then. I guess you just can’t really understand until you’ve been there and I didn’t completely feel like a mom until I found out I was having a boy and he had a name. I grew more attached. Mamas are amazing and strong and I respect all of you!

I Have A New Respect For My Body
It is crazy what our bodies can do! I am seriously in disbelief at how hard my body is working right now to grow this little munchkin. Sure I am getting stretch marks and gaining weight and having more and more trouble doing some things, but I am going to respect and be proud of my body for creating a human life.

I Am Less Selfish
This is a big one. I have definitely seen a change in myself in this area in a lot of ways. Obviously when you are pregnant a lot of things change. No more alcohol, no more hot tubs, no travelling to places with risk of Zika. I would love to have a glass of wine with some raw fish on my sushi, but my son is priority numero uno to me, so no thank you!

But Also, I Am More Selfish
I think more about what will feel good or be good for me to do. Sure it is selfish, but all he has is me to carry him safely into this world and I do not want to mess that up. On a non selfish note, I am spending my time reading about things babies need instead of researching vacations.

I Am More Tired
Pregnancy hormones got me tired all day and up all night. And I am sure once my son is born, the tiredness is going to be a million times worse. But also 100% completely worth it. I never thought pregnancy was a walk in the park, but I wrongly thought, oh if young girls can do it, so can I. Boy, pregnancy is tough on your body so sleep is a hard thing to come by. But I will live with all the pregnancy brain, kicks, and middle of the night cramps for a happy and healthy baby!

I truly can’t wait to see where life takes us from here. 
Everything has changed, but I feel more myself than ever.

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