Waiting for Reagan’s Arrival…

Because when your 38 weeks pregnant, there is nothing you can do but sit and wait. My anxiety has skyrocketed like you wouldn’t believe. Even though I am 100% ready for Reagan, mentally, I am so not prepared. Just like you are not prepared for how much your life will change when you have your first child, I am equally as unprepared as what it will be like when I am a mom of two. Starting next week!!!

I have had contractions everyday, and everyday I say “today is the day”…and then I wake up and I am still pregnant. She will come when she is good and ready, but fingers cross she stays until at least this friday (My in-laws will be in town from Florida).

10 days or less until Reagan is here!

How far along? 38 weeks, 1 day                                                                                          Total weight gain/loss: I am up a whopping 25 pounds! 10 days until my c-section, and I don’t think I will gain anymore.                                                                 Maternity clothes? Nope!                                                                                                Stretch marks? Not a single one. I have escaped yet another pregnancy without ever having a stretch mark. Thanks Palmer’s cocoa butter!                                                   Sleep: Definitely better than it has been!                                                                                Best moment this week: well, Matt bought me a brand spanking new SUV, so driving it around has been quite nice🙂 I also discovered today that I can unlock, lock, and start my car with just my iphone! If you have a 2011 or newer Chevy, you have to get the app!                                                                                                                                               Miss Anything?  Not really, I’m in the homestretch!                                           Movement: oh yes, and contractions!                                                                                          Food cravings: Pizza!!! So excited for Matt to get home with the pizza I just ordered :)                                                                                                                                     Anything making you queasy or sick: Not really                                                          Have you started to show yet: Of course. I am still unsure as to how “I Didn’t Know I Was Pregnant” on TLC is legit. The women who say “I only gained a few pounds”…I mean, really. How did you luck out and not carry a bowling ball!? How can you NOT  feel the feet in the ribs, the tossing and turning, and the kicks?                                      Gender: Matt’s been calling her “Little Mama”                                                               Wedding rings on or off? still on :)                                                                                    Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy now that I know I am 100% ready for her arrival!                                                                                                                                          Looking forward to: spending the next 10 days spoiling Jackson and taking in every moment as our little family of 3 becomes 4!

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A Bittersweet Beginning

This past Monday was bittersweet. I feel like I said goodbye to a close friend, that I will never see again. Everyone remembers their very first brand new car. My Dad bought me my very first brand new car as a graduation present when I graduated from Florida State in April of 2007. Even though I had driven two previous cars in college, this one was mine. It was my junior year when my Dad surprised me with a car. But it certainly was NOT what I was expecting…it was a 2003 Kia Sedona Mini-van! Even though it wasn’t the coolest thing as a college student, it definitely had its perks! It soon became the vehicle that got all of my drunk friends home. It was reliable until it decided to stop working half way during my senior year when I was visiting my parent’s in South Florida. Conveniently for me, my Dad had recently gotten a new 2006 Nissan Altima, and was completely self-less and allowed me to take it back to school with me. Definitely an upgrade from the mini-van I was sporting around earlier! I loved the Altima, even though I only drove it a few months. I was still driving that around by the time graduation had come around. I had an idea I might be getting a new car, but wasn’t 100% sure. I do remember saying that I only wanted blue or silver…something my Dad must have not heard because for graduation I got a brand new 2007 Toyota Corolla LE in Red….with a gold pinstripe. I still remember my Dad telling me how he got it in FSU colors on purpose, and of course my previous color choices became a distant memory. I had gotten my first brand new car, in my alma maters colors, that I love so much.

That car held all my belongings and memories from my 4 years at FSU as I made the drive down to my new life in Tampa. That car saw me start my first day of graduate school at the University of Tampa. It drove me to cross-country practice at 6am, to my classes, then home, to the condo I had in Tampa. It drove me to Bonefish Grill, where I met my now husband, where I worked to make extra money for grad school. It got me safely to Wilson Middle School where I student taught for a semester.

Little did I know that little red corolla would become such a big part of my life. It took me to re-visit my alma mater, football games, 5k races in St. Augustine, and trips to Orlando. I took my very first dog, a boxer/lab, home in that car…shortly after I got her, she had chewed a piece of the passenger seat off. Years later, everytime I looked in the back seat and saw that small, missing piece, I always thought of her.

 It was there for me when I moved to St. Petersburg, FL in November of 2008, all by myself,to have a new beginning. I packed up my things from Tampa, got an awesome 1 bedroom apartment on the water, and loved every minute of it. In January of 2009, I had gotten a real job teaching 9th and 10th grade Biology Honors, 11th grade Chem, and 12th grade Ecology. My little corolla made the 30 minute drive each way, always reminding me how dependable it was.

By the end of January, Matt had moved to Texas, and I was left sad and alone with my little red corolla. That car got me to the airport every two weeks for my flights to Austin (yes, I visited every two weeks). It was always there in the parking garage waiting for my return from the Lone Star State. The months flew by, and soon the school  year ended. Matt flew to Florida to take me and my car back to Texas with him!

That car got us from Florida to Texas. It saw me off to my new job in Texas, got my 2nd dog (Bruno) home from the shelter, and witnessed a proposal from Matt (Yes, Matt proposed to me in the corolla). Later, it got me to the chapel to marry my husband. Pretty soon, it started taking me to monthly Doctors appointments in Austin. I never knew when I had first gotten that car, that it would become a huge part of my life. My graduation present took me to the delivery room of St. David’s hospital, and was our ride home with our baby in tow.

First Car Ride Home

That car saw me as a new college grad finding her independence, to a graduate student, to a new teacher, and now a new mom. The corolla was now taking me to my son’s Doctor’s appointment and playdates, something I never expected!

During this time, Matt had his Nissan Altima. Eventually we got a GMC Yukon, and kept the corolla (it was awesome on gas!). Matt, being the self-less man that he is, was the sole driver of the corolla and I became the primary driver of the Yukon. We figured with a baby it was safest for me to drive the SUV and with Matt’s 30 minute commute to work each day, the corolla would be the best fit.

Let’s just say, Matt did not love the corolla as much as I did. He certainly was a good sport as he drove my little red corolla to work each day, and left behind the black Yukon that he would have preferred to be driving. Which finally leads me to today’s post….

Monday was bittersweet because Matt bought me a brand new 2012 Chevrolet Equinox!

My new car❤

We kept the Yukon, which Matt will now drive. I have never seen him so happy to turn the keys to the corolla over, but for me, it was quite sad. In the 5 years that I had it, it never let me down. So much has happened over the past five years, that I felt like I was closing a chapter of my life, and starting a new one. Matt was so sweet to let me have the new car and for him to drive the Yukon (which is what he wanted to drive all along). I am so thankful to have a husband who wants to do nice things for me and for our family. I can’t wait to bring Reagan home in our new car! I am excited to start a new beginning and form new memories with my new car, but I will always remember my very first brand new car.

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Ready for Reagan

I have 21 days until my c-section. That’s 3 weeks. Oh. My. Goodness. So much has gone through my mind. What if I go into labor early like I did with Jackson. What if my Mother-in-Law doesn’t get here in time? She will be here March 9th, exactly one week before our scheduled date. Let’s hope Reagan stays put at least until the 9th! I am pleased to say that I have officially completed everything on my to-do list!

Things to Do Before Reagan Arrives

 

1. Get nursery letters; paint and hang.

 

2. Wait patiently while the crib is still in transit from New Braunfels, TX….which was last updated THREE days ago. And New Branfuels is like 30 minutes away. What is the hold up! Do they not know a very pregnant woman needs the crib in order to achieve her goals!?

 

3. Wash bedding and clothes

 

4. Curtains are hung (because I was so excited to get the Pottery Barn Kids package, I couldn’t wait), but now I’m going to have to take them down and iron out the creases.

5. Transform Jackson’s musical mobile from this:

to an bird mobile:

Made this for my little girl❤

 

6. Make an owl stuffed toy, in pink and green

7. Move rocking chair and changing table into Reagan’s room

8. Buy a lamp for nursery

(I got two as gifts)

9. Put up wall decal (I really don’t want to paint).

In addition, I have bought all the things I neglected to buy when Jackson was born…diapers, wipes, and most important MYLICON!!! I am ready! Camera battery is charged, hospital bag is (almost) fully packed, and now I can sit and wait🙂 Now that I know I am ready, I have been able to work on other projects, like the drool cover I made for my Baby Bjorn:

Those things can get disgusting no matter how many times you wash it, and I really didn’t want to buy another one just because it had some drool stains from Reagan’s big brother🙂

I was even able to transform a lamp to match Jackson’s Dr. Seuss themed room.

Between my projects and ebay bidding wars, today I was able to sit down and plan out my “racing” schedule for 2012. I want to have a race every month, but the summers here in Texas are brutally hot. Last year, 100-110 was the norm. No thank you! So far, I have come up with 2 5k’s, 3 Half marathons, and 1 Marathon, all registered and paid for🙂 Yes, 9 months pregnant, and registering for races already. That’s normal right?

Speaking of running…I ran yesterday. Definitely not because I wanted to either. It was 84 and absolutely gawwww-geous outside (today it is 55 with 40 mph winds, go figure) and decided to take my adorable, giant of a dog out for walk while Jackson and his Daddy took a nap. 20 minutes later, Bruno was acting as if I was torturing him and was panting and trying to lay down in every yard. So I decided to run back home so he could get water and we could obviously get home faster. What a sight that must have been. Well, we made it home and Bruno was exhausted the rest of the day. Mission accomplished.

In other news, I now see my Dr. every week until Reagan arrives. I cannot believe how fast things are moving along. I will be full term in 2 days!! I’m starting to think Jackson is sensing company is coming because he has been the biggest mama’s boy. He wants nothing to do with Matt and will burst into tears if I am not by his side. I had to leave to go to the Dr.’s yesterday and it broke my heart to see him so upset. Poor guy. I can only imagine how he will feel when I am at the hospital for a few days, only to come home with a new baby! He will probably resent me and become a Daddy’s boy real quick!

Back to the Dr.’s visit. Things are looking good. She is head down, which really doesn’t matter since I’m having a c-section anyway. My Dr. seemed amazed at how high I tend to carry, and even with Jackson I carried exceptionally high

38 weeks pregnant with Baby #1

He also said he would like to see me gain a few more pounds. A few more pounds heard! After the Dr.’s appointment, I headed to HEB (grocery store chain in Texas) and proceeded to buy Girl Scout Limited Edition Samoa Ice Cream. I always follow Dr.’s orders!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How far along? 36 weeks, 4 days                                                                                       Total weight gain/loss: I am up a whopping 23 pounds! Only a three weeks left of being able to get away with eating like a pregnant woman…then it’s back to running and watching what I eat.                                                                                                        Maternity clothes? Nothing maternity yet, just tanks, leggings and cardigans.             Stretch marks? Not a single one, hoping the next 3 weeks will be nice to me.        Sleep: I’m up every night at 4am thanks to Reagan’s tossing and turning ;)                                                                                                                                            Best moment this week: Date night with hubby this past Monday to celebrate our wedding anniversary. We went to three different restaurants around downtown Austin, we like to eat good :)                                                                                                                            Miss Anything?  Not really…I’m in the homestretch!                                            Movement: Does she ever sleep?                                                                                          Food cravings: Hot dogs. I know, gross.                                                                                 Anything making you queasy or sick: Not really                                                          Have you started to show yet: See above bowling ball!                                                     Gender: Matt’s been calling here “Little Mama”                                                               Wedding rings on or off? still on :)                                                                                   Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy now that I know I am 100% ready for her arrival!                                                                                                                                          Looking forward to: Spending the next 3 weeks spoiling Jackson while he is still an only child.

 

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Love Yourself

I came across the following by the Bold Life and absolutely loved it. As I near the homestretch of this pregnancy, I find myself becoming more stressed, more easily agitated, and overwhelmed. I am stressed because I feel like I have a ton to do, and not enough time to do it. I need to realize that I am one person , who can’t take on the world. I need to take time for myself, to de-stress and become the person I want to be. Things aren’t always going to be easy, but I know they will always be worth it. Until then, I’m going to work on this list, so I can become the type of person I truly love❤

Only the time and attention we give ourselves demonstrates how much we love and admire ourselves. Self love requires that we place ourselves at the top of our priority list.

Self-nurturing is everything that makes us feel positive, happy and joyful.

When we decide to honor ourselves with the love we need and deserve like the sun we radiate a glow, touching everything and everyone in our lives.

Below are 60 ideas for glowing:

60. Eliminate shoulds.

59. Enjoy down time.

58. Run towards your fears.

57. Be dependable.

56. Embrace self-responsibility.

55. Be completely honest.

54. First meet your own needs.

53. Notice the beauty around you.

52. Open your mind to change.

50. Set attainable goals.

49. Go at your own pace.

48. Honor your individuality.

47. Open yourself to umlimited possibilities.

46. See the humor in things.

45. Celebrate your imperfections.

44. Reward yourself.

43. Be flexible.

42. Be gentle with yourself.

41. Be open to being wrong.

40. Laugh for no reason.

39. Light candles.

38. Enjoy nature.

37. Get a message.

36. Congratulate yourself.

35. Know yourself.

34. Appreciate where you are today.

33. Give yourself space.

32. Breathe mindfully.

31. Communicate your emotions.

30. Learn to relax.

29. Meditate.

28. Say no more often.

27. Experience new things.

26. Take mini breaks throughout the day.

25. Create personal affirmation cards, use daily.

24. Hang out with positively happy people.

23. Schedule fun times for yourself.

22. Make your car a sanctuary.

21. Dress for success.

20. Be impecably groomed.

19. Balance your energy.

18. Recharge your batteries.

17. Refuse to argue.

16. Balance your diet.

15. Sleep sound.

14. Persevere.

13. Feel and express gratitude.

12. Give up self put-downs.

11. Develop your intuition.

10. Learn to hold your own hand.

9. Accept your physical appearance.

8. Keep your cool.

7. Vent in a positive way.

6. Speak kindly of yourself.

5. Be brave. 

4. Learn to calm yourself.

3. Listen to music.

2. Make the most of every opportunity.

1. Start fresh each day.

Source: The Bold Life

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