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30 Week Pregnancy Reflection {baby two}

How far along?:  I'm about 30 weeks along in my second pregnancy - TEN weeks and counting!

I am feeling:  A little down after getting diagnosed with gestational diabetes today.  I failed the three hour test.  My resting level was 90, I passed that one.  My one hour level had to be under 190 and it was 217!  UGH.  I needed to pass the second test with a level of 165 or below and I failed it with a 175, so I didn't even make it to the three hour test.  I know eventually I will feel determined and ready to go and feel empowered by the new changes (diet and exercise) - but right now I just feel bummed out about it.  I am worried about the chances of having a gigantic baby that would require a c-section.  I worried about any other ways this will impact Molly's well-being.  I'm worried about failing and not being able to control this.

Movement:  Molly has been a moving machine lately!  I feel her mostly on the right side of my body (where her legs are) and it's gotten to …

Five on Friday.

Proud owner of a breadmaker.  Now that I have one, I'm a little intimidated to get started.  I think I'll just have to find a simple recipe and start from there.  If you have any favorite bread recipes that are tried and true - make sure to share it!

Book Hangover.
When will I learn?!  I swear, this is the 3rd or 4th time I've read through the Hunger Games books and I am just an emotional mess.  I'm not ready to let go of those characters or the story and I think the worst of it is the ending of the series.  It just feels so unfinished.  Like I am waiting to hear the rest or have a better explanation of how the characters got from point A to point B.  I have been wanting to read the Divergent series ever since getting them for Christmas - but now I don't want to start it because I feel like I will resent the book and characters for not being the Hunger Games.  I almost just want to reread all the Twilight books because I had such a strong connection to that s…

29 Week Pregnancy Reflection {BABY 2}

How far along?:  29 weeks along in my second pregnancy - which leaves us about 11 weeks or so to go!

I am feeling:  Hot all the time.  And it's not even getting into the high temps yet.  I have a feeling I am gonna be in trouble for the next few months.  If not, our electricity bill might be through the roof.  (Sorry, babe!)  I also still feel pretty awful from the glucose tolerance test.  Fasting + forcing down the MOST disgusting, sugary drink first thing this morning is not exactly my idea of a good time.  This time around, I failed the one hour test.  A normal blood glucose level is lower than 140 milligrams per deciliter and an hour after the drink mine was somewhere around 165 mg/dL, I believe.  So, I will go back and have the 3 hour test taken next week to see how I do.  Thanks to my mother-in-law being able to watch Presley, I will have those three hours at the office to myself to read a book.  I told the nurses it will be a mini-vacation!!!  (I plan on starting the Diverge…

Marriage Monday: Question Game

It's hard to know what to talk about when it comes to the topic of marriage... sometimes learning about marriages in the modern world can be sort-of depressing.  Sometimes exactly what you need to hear, but doesn't always make you feel warm and cheery on the inside or necessarily closer to your partner than you felt before.  Anyways, if you ask me, it's all important to talk about.  Thanks to an entry on the Gottman Blog that I stumbled across, today's Marriage Monday post will be a potentially exciting one!

One of the most fun ways to interact with your spouse is learning more about each other, especially asking questions that might not come up in everyday conversation without making a point to talk about it.

So, today, I want you to play a game with your spouse.  And don't worry - the instructions are easy.

Step one
: Both of you will need something to write with and something to write on.  Together, randomly decide on 10 numbers between 1-30.  Then, write down t…

28 Week Pregnancy Reflection {baby #2}

How far along?:  I am currently 28 weeks along in my second pregnancy.  This means somewhere around 12 weeks to go!  According to just about every stranger I encounter - "JULY?!?  There is NO WAY you'll make it to July!"  As you could imagine, hearing this is not comforting at all.

I am feeling:  Really great as long as I'm not trying to get from sitting on the ground to standing up quickly.  I was feeling kinda crampy (for lack of a better term) last night but it went away as soon as I laid down - thank goodness.
Size of baby:  Roughly the size of a head of cauliflower - around 2.5 pounds & 16 inches!
Weekly growth milestone:  Apparently, babies start hiccuping around this time.  (Uhh oh!)  Babies at this stage of development start having REM in their sleep cycle - which means she could be dreaming already.  Also, Molly should start settling into the proper position for birth.
Movement:  I put a flashlight up to my belly the other day and Molly started to REALLY ki…

Currently x17 & positive affirmations {link ups}

So, today is somewhat of a link up dump!  I love both of these link ups & the hosts, so check them out. 
Currently: Harvesting Kale & Write Yourself Happy (Positive Affirmations): Smile & Write
First up, this week's prompts are {clearing, digging, mixing, reading, watching}


CLEARING:  Our bank account.  Man.  It seems like all I'm doing lately is spending money on groceries or something we need for the house.  Tony even talked me into a $60 leaf blower!  And he was very convincing!!!  (And on his behalf, it is something that we needed.  But still!)  This was on top of the new mower.  And a $45 extension cord.  And new curtains and a rod.  And a million other things.  I will be excited when it all settles down and starts to pay off.  We will also need shoe molding for the entire house (ughhhhh.... stupid project), a few area rugs (I'm thinking eventually for the living room, dining area, & bedroom), to install a new disposal (which was "working…

Happies & Crappies.

Today is so not my day.  The beginning of today was so not my day.  Thankfully, it all turned around and ended on a sweet note.

 Drove over an hour round trip to Memphis Lights Gas & Water downtown to pick up some paperwork that MLGW sent to our new home but never ended up making it to us somehow... they told me I had to visit their office as they couldn't send it back out (awesome).  Of course it is in the 30s-40s today and VERY windy + Presley has a cold and a very runny nose.  Great combo!  The trip ended up being a WASTE of time (don't even want to get into that fact).To top of the morning's trip - while Presley and I were crossing the street, we hit the trolley tracks just right wrong and the stroller flipped over to where Presley landed face down on the pavement and I landed belly first right into the handlebars.  iPod, iPhone, and keys go flying everywhere... all in the middle of the street!!!!  AHHH!  I just wanted to give up.  Poor Presley was SO upset…

Marriage Monday: Our Song.

After reading Mandi's post on this topic (thanks to link ups with NFP & Me and Camp Patton), I thought it'd be a perfect opportunity to reminisce.

When Tony & I started dating, a special song for us was "Hanging by a Moment" by Lifehouse.  It was popular at the time and a feel-good, loving song and we just mutually agreed on it as our song!

 I'm falling even more in love with you
Letting go of all I've held on to
I'm standing here until you make me move
I'm hanging by a moment here with you
I'm living for the only thing I know
I'm running and not quite sure where to go
And I don't know what I'm diving into
Just hanging by a moment here with you
 And a little while later, at prom, our first dance together was "Only God Knows Why" by Kid Rock.  Not exactly ideal or extremely romantic in the usual sense, but it was definitely popular at the time.  And I love that it has a funny story attached to it!

And when your walls c…

Five on Friday!

Finally at my first prenatal appointment since the beginning of December and it was a pretty equal balance of horrible and awesome.  I come from a very busy, efficient OBGYN practice and never waited an unrealistic amount of time for an appointment.  The new place seems extremely busy and unfortunately I waited over an hour before seeing my doctor.  (From start to finish we were there just over 3 hours.)  To me, that is crazy talk.  And what made it seriously awful was that Presley was with me.  Another awful part?  I went in expecting a quick check up (because that's what I was told it would be) and it turned into a seriously drawn out appointment with an ultrasound, blood draw, pee-in-a-cup... those kind of things.  Granted, I was in need of all those things, BUT I purposely made sure beforehand to find out what to expect so I would know whether or not I needed to find someone to watch Presley girl.  I don't like subjecting her to these things unless I absolutely have…

Currently {link up} x16

Linking up with Harvesting Kale. This week's prompts are {dropping, making, wearing, kissing, keeping}
DROPPING:  If I physically drop something these days, it's a struggle to pick it back up.  And if I bend too many times in a row then you can pretty much guarantee I'm following it up right away with a trip to the bathroom to pee!

MAKING:  I am too proud of myself and some good deals NOT to talk about it - but yesterday, I made Target my bitch.  I went in armed with physical coupons, coupons from their Cartwheel app, and text coupons (you can currently get some for your own by texting THANKS to 827438).  On top of that, I took advantage of some of their gift card deals (for example: buy 3 UP&UP Paper Towel bundles and get a $5 gift card) and also bought a truckload of fresh meat that was marked down as it was nearing it's "sell by" date.  Just from coupons and promotions, I ended up saving $52 yesterday.  And I am not extreme about it whatsoever (my final b…

27 Week Pregnancy Reflection {baby #2}

How far along?:  27 weeks along in my second pregnancy which makes me an official third trimesterer!  And 13 weeks left to go!

I am feeling:  Large.  I just am.  I'm trying so hard not to be down about my weight at this point (with THREE MONTHS left to go...) but after stepping on the scales yesterday, it's hard to not focus on that number.  Too bad that number won't shame me away from french fries or chocolate....

Size of baby:  Molly is about the size of a rutabaga this week.

Weekly growth milestone:  Baby is now measured head to toe (rather than head to rump).  Molly also might be recognizing my voice now.  

Movement:  She is still mostly calm but when she gets moving, she really gets down!  And the moment anyone else tries to feel her kicking, she stops.  An interesting little peanut she is shaping up to be, already!

What I miss most:  The ease of putting on a pair of socks.  At the end of the day I needed to put some clean socks on and I finally just asked Tony to put them…

Preggers by Therafirm {Review & Giveaway!}

I am so happy to be sharing on this subject today.  Let me start by saying, pregnancy isn't always very glamorous... there are a lot of unattractive things that happen on a very regular basis.  The good news is - as long as your sense of humor is healthy and intact, you will survive these occurrences and laugh each one of them off.  Okay, okay... now you need an example?  Well, I am in my third trimester today, which is impossible to wrap my mind around!  If you know someone who has been this pregnant, they will likely tell you this is when things tend to get ugly - your bladder is harder to control on it's own, you feel so huge that you can hardly find a sleeping position (or sitting position!) comfortably... things of that nature.

Another thing that was very obvious in both of my pregnancies - swelling.  Another ugly byproduct of pregnancy.  I remember in my first pregnancy, my grandmother suggested getting support hose.  My first thought was, "What the heck is that?&q…

26 Week Pregnancy Bumpdate! {Baby 2}

So, I don't feel like doing the questions and answers this week.

I'm currently 26 weeks along in my second pregnancy - which means we've got 14 weeks (give or take) until we meet Molly!

And this week has been a VERY big week for our family for a couple reasons:

1. We moved into our first HOME this week!

2. One of my best friends (Katie) had her little boy - Hunter Joseph - very early on the morning of April Fool's Day.  If my memory serves me correctly, he was 8 pounds 13 ounces.

3. And then, my sister (Amanda) went into labor and had her little boy - Matthew Alan - on her due date, which was also April Fool's Day!  My nephew weighed in at 8 pounds 3 ounces on his birthday!

4. We also bought some new furniture to furnish our new home.  It won't be delivered until next week, but I am SO EXCITED.

We had SO much help from some friends and family when it came to moving - and we needed every last bit of it.  It was seriously the fastest move I've ever witnessed.  Mo…