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Kisses for Mattie Jayne

>> Friday, August 31, 2012

My belly really "popped" out while we were at the beach last week, 21 weeks.  Yes, that may explain the lack of posts as we spent 9 glorious days with our toes in the sand and the sea air on our faces:)

Jackson must have noticed the change too because he has been all about his baby sister and my growing belly.  He started kissing and holding my belly on his own and telling us how much he loves baby Mattie.

While were were at the beach, Jackson even looked for special seashells just for Mattie.  It really was enough to make this emotional momma's heart completely melt to mush!

I just know that Jackson is going to be the best big brother:)

 "Sometimes being a big brother is even better than being a super hero!"



Happy Birthday Ellie Jayne

>> Wednesday, August 29, 2012

On this day, 30 years ago my mom was being admitted to St. Luke's Hospital to delivery me. And today, at the very same hospital, she was with my sister for the delivery of her third grandchild. God is so good!

Ellie Jayne Short was born today at 3:12PM via c-section. She is more than perfect in every way, all 7lbs., 2oz. of her! I just knew that she'd be a lil' chunker and that she is:)

To say that I'm one proud big sister and Kiki would be an understatement.  My sister is doing amazingly well and already adjusting perfectly to being a family of 4.  I only hope that I have half as much grace and courage when our time comes in a few more months!

I cannot wait to kiss on my girls next weekend, Kiki loves you all!!!


Baby 2.0: 20 weeks

>> Saturday, August 18, 2012

Size of Baby: banana

Total Weight Gain: This week: 0. Total since getting pregnant: +6.0

Continuing Symptoms: felt pretty good this week!

Maternity Clothes: leggings, shirts and some dresses...some of my dresses still fit.

Sleep: sleep is good, but if wake up I have a hard time going back to sleep.

What I'm Eating: pretty normal diet, just watching the sodium as much as possible.

Cravings: yogurt with fruit and granola

Movement: the flutters have turned into deliberate kicks and stretches

Labor Signs: BH contractions have picked back up this week.

Special Pregnancy Moments: We had our 20 week anatomy scan/ultrasound this week and goodness has Mattie grown.  She is definitely still a girl and has some long legs! Her profile already melted Daddy's heart:) Heartbeat was 145bpm.



Giveaway Winner: Thirty-One

A big congratulations to Hannah! Jill selected her at random to win the Thirty-One giveaway. Hannah, be sure and let us all know how much you enjoy your new tote bag:) Photobucket


Our kid free weekend adventure!

>> Wednesday, August 15, 2012

This past weekend was certainly one to remember...or at least blog about:)

It all started a couple of weeks ago when my sister wasn't feeling her best and my mom decided that she needed a little mommy siesta before the arrival of Ellie.  With this week being Megan's first week back to school, we all thought it would be best for Amelia to spend it with us in Louisiana.

Could you imagine being 36 weeks pregnant and going back to work after having the entire summer off?!? I worked up until the afternoon I delivered Jackson, but I don't teach 20 little second graders and can prop my feet up all day!

Anyway, Thursday night my parents drove up to St. Louis to spend the weekend and then bring Miss Amelia back to Louisiana with them on Sunday.  Oh, and they took Jackson with them for the weekend road trip adventure! Yes, these are some rock star grandparents:)

I had a little pregnant/hormonal breakdown in the driveway Thursday night as they pulled away...okay, it was big ugly crocodile tears, but only because our little dude is growing up so fast.

When we asked Jackson if he wanted to go to St. Louis he started packing his own bags faster than we could process what was even going on! I absolutely adore the fact that he love my sister and parents so much, but we could not believe how excited he was.  And knowing that we weren't going didn't bother him one bit.

Jackson gave us huge hugs and kisses, and looked me in the eyes and said, "Momma, I'll be right back okay.  I'm just going get my 'melia's and then I'll be home.  I'm coming back!".  Cue the momma tears...
The house was incredibly quiet and felt so empty Thursday night.

Getting dressed Friday morning was peaceful, but just didn't feel complete without my morning sugars.  But, by Friday night, we were ready for our first kid less weekend at home!

Mr. and I went out for a dinner and movie date, and enjoyed catching up with one another...way more than the movie.  And I can't tell you how excited we were to sleep in on Saturday morning without any interruptions...or so we thought!

At about 5:30 Saturday morning a storm came through that was something else! I really thought the thunder was going to rock our house down.  The lightning cracked and lit up our room like 4th of July fireworks.  This continued on and off all morning. Mr. ended up getting up pretty early and I eventually fell back to sleep.

By 9 o'clock, Mr. made me get out of bed...these are fighting words in our house, so I knew there was a damn good reason for his request.  And when I got out of bed I could hardly believe my eyes.  In two short hours we had 4" of rain and our neighborhood had flash flooded.

The bank around the pond and 6' walking path all under water!
Thank God the water never made it into our houses, but the roads stayed under water for hours.  Mr. even played Swamp Superman and helped clear off some drains so our pond could drain faster.  It was a sight to see!
Since we were housebound a good portion of the day, I got so much done in the house.  Laundry and ironing.  Toy organization.  Finished Jackson's big boy room.  Started moving stuff in and out of Mattie's room, which was Jackson's play room.  It felt so good to get so much accomplished!
New chest of drawers to replace the changing table/dresser!
To finish off our crazy day, we had a wonderful date night with one of our favorite couples.  I wish I would have taken some pictures of the night, but we had an amazing dinner and conversation...and a sip or two of wine:)
Sunday was finally our morning to sleep in.  Mr. and I drank coffee in our PJs until noon and went for a nice bike ride around town.  We attempted an afternoon at the pool, but the rain scared us away.

We anxiously awaited my parents arrival with the kids, and were greeted with amazing dino sized hugs and kisses! And just like that, the weekend came to an end and our home was full again:)


Baby 2.0: 19 weeks

>> Friday, August 10, 2012

Size of Baby: mango

Total Weight Gain: This week: +2.5.  Total since getting pregnant: +6.0

Continuing Symptoms: back pain when I stand too long and headaches

Maternity Clothes: leggings, shirts and some dresses...some of my dresses still fit.

Sleep: sleep is good, but if wake up I have a hard time going back to sleep.

What I'm Eating: pretty normal diet, just watching the sodium as much as possible.

Cravings: hot fudge sundaes, hello weight gain...

Movement: some stronger kicks in the morning and night

Labor Signs: BH contractions have picked back up this week.

Special Pregnancy Moments: Feeling Mattie move more and more!



Thirty-One Giveaway & 15% off order!

>> Monday, August 6, 2012

A few weeks ago I was officially introduced to the greatness that is Thirty-One.   I'm not talking about my upcoming 30th birthday... I'm talking about organizing and simplifing life bags, tote bags and more bags!

Between packing for our summer beach trip and planning for football tailgates and Mattie's nursery storage, I've found a 31 solution for everything! Oh and I'm pretty sure that everyone on my Christmas shopping list is getting once of these, sorry to spoil the surprise!

And what makes 31 even better is that more than half of their products can be personalized, you know how I love a monogram:)

If you aren't familiar with the company or their products, you need to check out this link.  And if just telling you isn't enough, then how about a giveaway and a discount! For all LSU fans out there, how perfect are the purple totes for tailgating?!?

Giveaway Details: 
1. Leave a comment on this post and you'll be entered to win one personalized Organizating Utility Tote.  Easy as pie! Winner will be selected on August 16th and notified via email.  Make sure I can reply back to your comment or leave your email address!

2. Order anything using this link between now and August 15 and you'll get 15% off your entire Thirty-One order.  So, start shopping:) 

3. August Special: For every $31 you spend, you can pick out an item from the Spirit Collection for 1/2 off. All personalization is only $5 and new icons that can be added to your personalization this month for FREE!!!

The disclaimers:
1. Thirty-One has a 90-day return policy for any manufacturer defects. Please double check your personalization before submitting your order!

2. Products won't ship until the party is submitted on August 15.  Shipping usually takes less than 10 days to be delivered.

3. Total value of giveaway is $37.  No substitions.

4. Winner can select fabric and personalization of bag!

To recap - don't miss out! Leave a comment to win an awesome tote bag.  Check out this link and start shopping before August 15th to get 15% off your entire order! Spread the word, just because you dont' want your friends to miss out:)



Baby girl: 18 weeks

>> Saturday, August 4, 2012

Size of Baby: mango

Total Weight Gain: This week: +0.  Total since getting pregnant: +3.0

Continuing Symptoms: nothing to really note. some nose bleeds

New Symptoms This Week: see previous post about back pain!

Maternity Clothes: leggings, shirts and some dresses...some of my dresses still fit.

Sleep: sleep is good, but the dreams are crazy

What I'm Eating: pretty normal diet, just watching the sodium as much as possible.

Cravings: carbs and champagne!

Movement: still waiting for the flutters to turn into kicks...come on girl!

Labor Signs: BH contractions have slowed way down. Just keeping hydrated and resting as much as possible.

Special Pregnancy Moments: I had a doctor's check up yesterday and all was well.  Miss Mattie's heart beat was 155bpm.  I bought a couple pretty outfits, but my mom and sister are loading her closest full of pink.  I love hanging everything up and watch her closest grow:) I'm pretty obsessed with anything Kissy Kissy, Smocked, Kicky Feet or Magnolia Baby.  Do you have any other brands or sites that I need to check out?!?



Dr. Jack

>> Friday, August 3, 2012

As much as this morning sucked, and I do mean SUCKED, I want to write down these moments that assure me we are raising one fine little man.

I mentioned in my last couple of baby posts that my back pain has reared its ugly head once again in this pregnancy. With Jackson, it started at exactly 11 weeks and I spent a week in the hospital on a morphine drip. Not exactly what you'd call typical pregnancy back pain. Aches and pains are to be expected, but this is on a whole new playing field.

This morning started sweet and all cuddles as our little dude awoke as happy as could be and greeted us in our bedroom as my first alarm started to go off. And with his sweet smile and kisses, Jackson joined us for a Friday morning cuddle session until the snooze alarm went off.

I begrudgingly got out of bed, which was only made possible by the tickle monster, as Jackson was determined to keep me in bed 'cause it was Saturday - no Friday!

And that is when my morning took a turn for the worst.

My back pain slowly got more and more intense until I could barely finish my shower. It was all I could do to wrap myself in a towel and make it to the closest floor (which is carpeted). I laid on the floor curled up in the fetal position trying to breath through the pain.

As bad as it gets, I do know that it will eventually subside. I started to quietly weep and pray that Mr. would make his way back to the bedroom... he was busy making coffee and couldn't hear me calling for him.  However, Jackson did and oh my gosh did he melt my heart.

He wiped the tears from my face and asked if he should take me to the doctors. When I told him that I was okay, momma's back just hurt real bad, he kissed my back and said he'd be right back with medicine and a band-aide.

I asked him to just get daddy.

A minute later, my sweet boy brought me my pillow and put it under my head. Next, he brought all of his medicine from his bathroom (nose spray and Singular) and told me that they'd make me all better. He couldn't reach the band-aides, so finally Mr. came back to see what all the commotion was about.

Thank goodness, Mr. was able to get me some extra strength pain reliever and take Jackson's medication back to his room.  Jackson sat right by my side until I was ready to peel myself off of the floor.  To say this morning made Mr. and I nervous as hell would be an understatement.  I just pray that the pain doesn't get as bad as it did with Jackson...and that Tylenol continues to rid the pain!

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