Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Auntie Love


We had Megan, my sister, visit with us for a whole month! She came two weeks before Liam was born and stayed two weeks after. Yesterday, my mom, me, and Liam brought her back to the airport. It was so hard having her leave after the amazing time we had together. My mom and I were both crying.

I loved spending time with her doing simple everyday things like hanging out at home, crafting together, talking for hours, watching movies, and of course hanging out with baby Liam. She went with me to my doctors appointments, the grocery store, Liam's first checkup, and a lot of different things. Her and mom brought me my favorite food to the hospital along with coconut oil for makeup remover, baby gloves for Liam, and flowers. She visited several times at the hospital, and I couldn't be more thankful! I loved having her over at my house too. It was so good having her back home for a while.

It's funny how everyday tasks and errands are that much more special when you're doing them with someone you love. When she first came home we had fun doing makeup tutorials together and finishing our Christmas shopping together. She decorated our Christmas tree as well when I was too pregnant and tired. I'm going to treasure that time together. 

She loves little Liam. Bill made the comment that she is so good with him, and I couldn't agree with him more. I can't wait to have her visit again. We all miss you so much, Meg!

Little Pink Book

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Meeting Liam

Our Saturday started a little slow. We were at home lounging around for the most part. I talked to my mom, and she mentioned going to church later that evening. I told her I would go with her. Bill and I had breakfast over at his parent's farm. I remember talking to his family about my scheduled induction that Monday. I was so excited we had a date set, but secretly, I truly desired for the baby to come naturally. I craved that spontaneous birth story!

I couldn't help but think about how I wanted to try and labor without an epidural. I knew it was going to be especially painful since I would be on pitocin, but I also knew I wanted to try it.

Anyway, after we came home and relaxed, I noticed how my left leg and foot was swelling up and getting bigger than my right. I called the on call service for my doctor's office, and they said they would have the doctor on call call me back. When he called me back he mentioned, I should probably come to the hospital and get an ultrasound of my leg. I went there an hour later and got my scan. The doctor I had spoke to came in the room and explained that there wasn't a clot. He made a couple of suggestions to help me and mentioned my scheduled induction. He said we'll see you Monday or earlier depending on the baby. I should have known that there was still the possibility our sweet boy would make an early appearance.

Bill dropped me off at church where I was meeting my mom. After the service, one of my mom's friends came up and talked with us for a bit. When we were about to leave she prayed for me and my baby. She prayed that I would a safe delivery as well. It was so kind of her! 

Later that night I was wrapping presents in the baby's room. After an hour or so of that, I got up and walked to the living room. My water broke when I was walking to our computer. I couldn't have been more shocked. I called to Bill, and he was so surprised. I always remember his smile when I told him. Pure excitement. When I called my mom, she didn't believe me and had to ask Bill if it was really true. Haha

We went to the hospital soon after that. I thought it was pretty comical that I was seeing the same doctor again who I just spoken to about my leg. I knew then that I wasn't going to have my doctor deliver me, but the one on-call was really nice so I was okay. I remember telling the doctor that I wanted to try it naturally, and he was very accommodating.

The nurses gave me four hours to go into labor, but I was continuing to get braxton hicks contractions. They started me on pitocin, and I was on it for 5.5 hours. After a few hours, I started getting really nervous. My fear was making it worse. I started wanting to hold Bill and mom's hand whenever a contraction came. At the 5 hour mark, I was in more pain than I have ever experienced. I was becoming hysterical. I would fall asleep between contractions only to wake up to a pain level of 10. It was insane! I don't know how else to describe it except to say I was writhing in pain.

I had wonderful nurses though. The one who saw me in so much pain told me, "We don't give medals at the end."

I realized then that the pain really wasn't worth it. Plus, I wasn't even halfway along! I had hours left, and there was no way I was going to continue when the pain was only going to get worse. I talked to my mom and Bill who both agreed and encouraged me to get an epidural. It was also hard for them to watch me be in so much pain.

I had an amazing anesthesiologist. who did a great job administering my epidural and giving me the right amount. It didn't hurt at all. My nurse was also amazing and comforting. She let me lay my head on her and grip her sides so I wouldn't move. Those nurses are the best.

I was more than okay after my epidural again. I felt like I regained my mental and physical strength again. It was a little slice of heaven, and I had no guilt over it. I truly think that was gift from God. I labored for four more hours. I could feel the baby moving down, and I knew I was close. When it came to pushing, I could still feel my contractions building (without the pain), and I knew when to push without being prompted. It was the best of both worlds! My doctor was shocked at how fast I was pushing him out, and basically ran out to get ready to deliver. He came back, and delivered our baby soon after that. I was thankful to only push for 35 minutes. I remember him saying I was going to be a good mom. He was so kind.

Everything turned out so well. Thank you, God! Even though, I didn't have my doctor. I had a great one who stayed hours past his shift to deliver me. Meeting our Liam that Sunday morning was surreal and beautiful. Our little guy has stolen our hearts.











Little Pink Book

Thursday, December 18, 2014

39 Weeks (+3 days)

How far along are you? 39 Weeks and 3 days!

The details: 

*These pictures crack me up. I can't wait to lose the belly!

* My lower back has been aching a lot lately. I think the extra weight is really catching up to me, and my center of gravity is completely shifted (obviously!).

* I had contractions for three hours a night ago, but they never got stronger. Bummer!

* He gets hiccups a couple of times a week, and I think it's probably one of the cutest things!

* I've been so tired lately, and I don't get up if I don't have to. I'm thankful for a desk job at this point.

* I have 3 or 4 favorite shirts that I switch between throughout the week. They're long and comfortable and that's all that matters!

* I keep cashews by my chair that I sleep in each night in case I get super hungry in the middle of the night and need something quick.

* Even though I've been wearing yoga pants more often than I care to admit, I still put on all my makeup each day. I still want to feel pretty even though I feel so big.

* I love having my sister here, and I'm thankful she gets to be here right before he's born. It's pretty special to me. It's also a great distraction when I'm feeling anxious.

* I literally can't believe I'm going to be a mom so soon!

* I'm convinced this will be the best Christmas ever.

Update: I never really got a chance to post this, because I wasn't feeling good. Our baby was born at 39 weeks and 5 days. We were so surprised and happy to have him here early! I'll be posting later today!


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Monday, December 8, 2014

fun gift ideas for the women in your life


* Perfect shade of Pink lipstick. I'm a huge fan of MAC's St. Germain lipstick. It's the perfect shade of pink and would make a great gift! Plus, it smells like marshmallows. I have no idea why!

* Nice leather purse. There is a huge variety at TJ Max or Marshalls for half the price! If you scope it out, you might find a great brand there.  Tignanello has really nice leather bags!

* A Journal. I love this one with a nice flower design on it.

* Cookie Mixes in Jar. I received a cookie jar one year from a friend, and I loved it! It's a fun gift! Check out some recipes here.

* A crochet scarf. If you know how to crochet, a scarf would make a great gift! Everyone loves receiving something handmade! Check out this link for an easy infinity scarf tutorial!

* Anything from Nordstrom's gift guide. Nordstrom's has a gift guide for women with everything under $100. I think it will help me finish my shopping.

* Urban Decay Palette. I love this Naked2 Basics palette from Urban Decay. It's perfect for an everyday look.

* Slippers. I live in slippers throughout the winter, and I think they would make an awesome gift. Check out these.

* Large Gold Watch. This watch is on sale for one more day, and it looks amazing!

* Moroccan Oil. This Moroccan oil smells amazing and makes anyone's hair look sleek and shiny. Love it!

What shopping do you have left to do? Do you tend to procrastinate when it comes to Christmas shopping?

Little Pink Book

Thursday, December 4, 2014

5 Things I'm Thankful for

Wow, I can't believe Thanksgiving was already a week ago! My family and I had such a great time together this year. It was extra special. In the morning on Thanksgiving, Bill and I went over to his parent's house and had breakfast there with them. They always do a big breakfast which is fun. Later in the day around 1, Bill and I brought the turkey, strawberry jello, and other fixings over to my mom's house to cook there.

My brother picked up my mom and sister Meg from O'hare. They flew back on Thanksgiving day, and it worked out perfectly! They came around 3 and we ate a couple of hours later. It was an awesome day! It's so good to have this time together!

On Friday, we went over to my dad's house early in the day and had an early dinner with him. We had stuffed cornish game hens with mash potatoes, gravy, and cranberry. Cranberry was a staple at both my mom's and my dad's house. Bill's family doesn't eat it, but it's an essential with my family!

This is probably one of the most exciting holiday seasons for me and Bill with the arrival of Liam coming soon! Plus, he's my parents first grandbaby! So so exciting! (He's the 10th on Bill's side!) It leaves me thinking about the things I'm most thankful for...

1. Baby Liam and family: I literally am still in partial denial that we're going to have a baby soon...very soon! I was thinking it would be nice for my doctor to induce me early, but I kind of want to see if he will come naturally first and surprise us! We're packed and ready for the hospital. We just need to install his car seat in one of our cars first. Ha I can't wait to give birth and meet Liam. It will seriously be the best day! I'm so thankful that he is a healthy baby, and I'm very thankful for both of our families and their support.

2. God's Blessing and faithfulness: God has blessed me over and over again with good jobs and bosses, a baby (!), and a wonderful husband and family. I feel so lucky this year and truly blessed. I'm so thankful that I can rely on God to guide me through this life. He loves us all so much.

3. Little Pink Book: Why yes, I am thankful for this blog of mine! I know that may seem silly, but I love having a place where I can share my life with my family, friends, and blog buddies and keep them updated on what's going on in my life. Not to mention, it's a great place to write out my thoughts and share my ideas! It keeps everything organized. I also think this blog played a big part in helping me become even more comfortable writing more regularly. It's perfect for the English and Journalism major or anyone interested in writing! I find myself going through my blog archives and reading through what I was doing last year around this time. I'm sentimental like that.

4. Time Together: Meg is home for a while, and I'm so happy that I get to spend time with my sister! Expect lots of family pictures on the blog in the coming weeks. I want to remember this sweet time together right before Liam is born and afterwards. We have a few things planned so far that I'm super excited about it.

5. Books: I've had a renewed interest in reading lately! I've made an intentional effort to read more often instead of watching TV. It's been great! I finished Dad's Fat, the first two Harry Potter books, and I'm halfway through Pride and Prejudice (why didn't I read it sooner?). I got sick of watching TV to keep myself entertained at night, and I found I'm so much happier reading a good book!

I love listing out things I'm thankful for! I feel happy and content... What are you thankful for this year?


Little Pink Book

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving Eve!


Happy Thanksgiving week, friends! I woke up a couple of mornings ago to heavy snow falling and the winds howling outside. Winter has come early this year, and for some reason, I don't mind. Maybe, I don't mind as much because I'm extra warm this winter because of my baby. Either way, it's a pleasant surprise.

I really cannot believe that Thanksgiving is tomorrow! Yay! Bill and I are in charge of my families Thanksgiving dinner. I'm getting a turkey and locating the brine we have at home. I'm also making strawberry pretzel dessert, Light Pumpkin Cream Cheese Dessert pizza (for both my family and Bill's), and these amazing biscuits. We're celebrating Thanksgiving with my dad till Friday so I have some time to make a couple of things for that meal.

This Thanksgiving is probably the most exciting Thanksgivings in a while. There's so much anticipation. Megan, my sister, will be there, and I haven't seen her in over a year! Plus, we only have a few weeks till sweet Liam is here. I cannot wait!

Hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving!


Little Pink Book

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

37 Weeks!


How far along are you? 37 Weeks! I'm almost there!!

Cravings: I'm still craving milk like crazy. My heartburn is out of control! Ha Milk provides a temporary release that I wouldn't otherwise get. In fact, I could use a glass now... :)

Reactions: I feel like everywhere I go people are asking me, "So you're due really soon aren't you?" How can I possibly have 3 more weeks when people ask me THAT question? Ha

Favorite moment this week: I love when one side of my stomach sticks straight up! He's getting so big. Also, I had an ultrasound today, and I loved being able to see our little baby!

Fears:  A couple of weeks ago, I was afraid he wasn't head down, and my fears were for nothing since he is head down. :)

General Mood: Tired... Excited... Did I mention tired? Normal things like walking and standing are hard when you're this far along!

Things I was surprised by: My mom told me it would get hard towards the end of pregnancy. I didn't believe her, but now, I totally know what she's talking about. Needless to say, I'm taking it easy from here on out.

At my ultrasound today, I found out that our baby weighs over 7 pounds right now. I think he's going to end up being 8 or 9 pounds. I guess I shouldn't be too surprised, because big babies do run in both our families. 

Things I'm most looking forward to: I can't wait to meet our little (or not so little) Liam. What day will it be??

Sometimes, I can't believe we're really going to have a baby in 3 weeks! Wow!

Sleep: I'm still sleeping in my reclining chair. I don't think I would be getting any real sleep without that chair. Thank God for that! I can't wait to sleep in my own bed again though.

What I think is really cool and amazing: I'm looking forward to giving birth and having that experience! I'm blessed to have Bill and my mom with me. Can't wait!

Food aversions: Well, this is weird, but I'm starting to resent the heartburn that chocolate gives me. I may start avoiding it as strange as that sounds.
 
Maternity Clothes: My tank tops that I was wearing in the summer don't cover my belly anymore! I can only wear them to bed when it doesn't matter. Also, I'm starting to regret only buying one pair of maternity yoga pants. All pregnant women need at least 2 pairs!

Exercise: Exercise has become really really hard considering it's hard to walk. I'm carrying my baby super low, and it makes it hard to walk/stand. I'm still doing my squats and stretches though! I'll continue to do that for my last few weeks.


Little Pink Book

Friday, November 21, 2014

Nesting


Nesting has become a major thing at my house! I cleaned and cleaned some more yesterday! I washed the rest of the baby clothes aside from two outfits I left hanging in the closet. Ha I'm finding a lot of happiness in cleaning everything from the bathroom to the kitchen to just about everywhere in my house. I'm ready for our baby to be with us!

I got super excited when my doctor told me he was head down. I knew that he had dropped last weekend. Hopefully, we won't have to wait too long before we meet our baby boy! In the mean time, I'm going to be decorating our house for Christmas and tidying things up everywhere. I never really thought about the whole "nesting" aspect of pregnancy.

It really just began today for me. I feel more ready and relaxed if everything is clean. That's part of my personality too. The other day, I went grocery shopping and put everything away, but I didn't have time or energy to clean the dishes and kitchen. It left me feeling gross. I love having everything cleaned.

Since I began the whole nesting phase, I also decided to pack a hospital bag yesterday. It was well worth my time! I have clothes for both me and Bill along with clothes for the baby and his special blanket and hat for pictures. Oh, I also packed some food and toiletries. I'm planning on bringing my iPad and headphones to listen to music.

There isn't a whole lot left on my "to do" list. I have a feeling I need to make a short list of things left that I need. Maybe a travel shampoo and conditioner and a cozy robe? This winter is off to a cold start, and I'm not into being cold. I'll bundle up whenever I need to and a warm robe sounds like heaven to sleep in at night.

Besides the cleaning/nesting and list making I've been doing, I'm also thinking about the holidays that are right around the corner! Thanksgiving is next week!! How is that possible? Bill and I offered to cook most of the Thanksgiving dinner at my mom's house. We're both looking forward to baking and cooking different things. I have an awesome roll recipe. And, I'm of course making dessert.

What are your plans for next week?



Little Pink Book

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Winter is here...


Winter arrived in Illinois this past Saturday! We got our first snow and the chickens were scared! The baby chicken in the picture above stood on the tiny tree stump to avoid stepping in the fluffy white stuff.


It's been a whopping 9 degrees in the morning... Brr. Oh, I've been getting up around 4a.m. each morning and reading for a little bit. I had to take a screen shot of the temperature, because I can't believe it's THAT cold already!!



Bill's been practicing by holding his twin nephews! I just love this picture. The twins are so cute and happy. I know he's going to be a great dad, and I can't wait to see him in that role. It makes me super happy to think about it. He's going to love our kids so much! :)




Little Pink Book

Thursday, November 13, 2014

35 Weeks

35 Week Bump with chalkboard bubble thought comments created by Bill!

He can always make me laugh even when I'm super tired.

How far along are you? 35 weeks and 2 days! We're getting so close to meeting our little Liam!!

Cravings: Milk has been a huge craving for me since I've had really bad heart burn on and off for the past few weeks. Usually, I'll drink two glasses of it, and I feel so much better. Thank God for that!

Note to self: Chocolate chip cookies give me the most intense heart burn! I need to avoid them. 

Reactions: Bill and I went out to eat at the buffet last Friday, and we went up to get a small serving of ice cream and the girl behind the counter let out an audible exclamation. She couldn't believe how pregnant I was. I didn't know her so I was kind of surprised a perfect stranger reacted that way. Ha It was kind of cute though!

Bill continues to poke my belly and make the same popping noise that my brother Phil does. It's hilarious.

Favorite moment this week: Yesterday, the baby kicked so hard that I jumped. It truly surprised me! I have a feeling there will be a lot more of those moments as he gets bigger!

Fears: I'm hoping that he's in the head down position next week when the doctor checks next week. It would be really nice to not have to worry about a possible c-section. 

General Mood: I'm feeling super tired lately. It's harder to do regular things, and I'm feeling clumsier! I can't wait to have my body back. :)


Things I was surprised by: I can't believe how little time I have left. There's only 5 more weeks till we meet our son, and I'm shocked by it. Even though I'm tired, the weeks go by so fast. This whole pregnancy has flown by for me. My doctor keeps making the same comment to me, and I couldn't agree more!

Things I'm most looking forward to: Looking into Liam's eyes for the first time. Wow, it will be the best thing in the world when we meet him.

Sleep: I've been sleeping in my gliding chair that reclines for a month or so now. I couldn't get comfortable in my bed, and I was waking up at all hours of the night because I was uncomfortable. When I'm sleeping in my chair, I only wake up once if that. I don't think I would be sleeping at all if I hadn't bought that heavenly chair. It was definitely worth the investment!

What I think is really cool and amazing: We're going to have a baby at Christmas this year. That will be the best ever!

Food aversions: My appetite has decreased, and I haven't been gaining that much weight. I gained most of my weight in the second trimester, and in the third, I've only gained a couple of pounds even though my measurements continue to increase at each doctor's visit. I'm not complaining. ;)
 
Maternity Clothes: I'm super thankful for the few shirts that I bought at Macy's over a month ago. The tank tops I was wearing during my second trimester don't cover my stomach anymore. They are super small on me!

Exercise: My exercise has decreased. Every time I feel like doing one of my DVDs, I think about how hard it is to do the same exercises, and I give up before I try. Although, I have been doing squats and attempting to use my dumbbells more often. Lunges feel good too.




Little Pink Book

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Fall Photo Shoot


My mom and I went to our local forest preserve a couple of weeks ago just to take a few pictures while the leaves were still on the trees and colorful!

Unfortunately, the leaves were so high up we couldn't always get them in the picture, but we still enjoyed our time out in the forest.

There was a lot of stopping to pose in the perfect light we would find poking through the trees! I like how this one turned out even if it was a little dark.


Such a pretty one of mom!


Every year, I love capturing the color of the changing leaves. They're always so beautiful, and I know that I'll want to remember it when winter approaches. Tomorrow is supposed to be in the 30's, and I'm not ready for it! I guess in a way I am ready, because that means we're really close to meeting our son! I can't wait for that.

Speaking of which, there is only 5 weeks left! Five weeks! How is that possible? I'm so ready to meet him. :)

Little Pink Book

Friday, November 7, 2014

Pinterest to the Rescue!

I've been organizing and cleaning different shelves around the house lately. I guess you can say I'm nesting! With less than 6 weeks to go till baby time, I'm wanting to redecorate where I can. I haven't used Pinterest for a while, but I started pinning different ideas for decorating shelves.

I was super excited to see what I could find! The first 4 pictures are from my Shelves Pinterest Board.
I pinned this picture, because I loved the idea of using pretty books as a stand for other things like a vase of flowers.

Trays on shelves are popular on Pinterest! I loved this idea!

I'm super impressed by decorating of these shelves. There are different layering dimensions that make it so interesting.


I'm in love with the turquoise and bright pink colors are so lively.

My versions of the shelves above!


I used the tray idea and bought a turquoise storage container that spins. I'm keeping lipstick and lip gloss in it. 

I also used one of the beautiful books that Bill bought me when we were dating and placed my clock from Hobby Lobby on it. For some reason, the clock looks really special resting on that book. My vase of flowers (from Target) on the tray make me think of breakfast in bed. I love it!

This is our hallway shelf. I started by taking all the books down from it, and I only kept the ones I knew I would read. I organized them by stacking some and placing others in an upright position. I just feel it makes it so much more interesting.


And this is Liam's shelf. Bill's sister Tracie painted this shelf and put the orange chevron fabric on the background of it. I didn't want it to be simply lined with books so I added the basket that has smaller books and put a few of his toys in it as well. I had ordered those stuffed animal aardvarks and put them next to the orange fabric. I love the way it looks!

I have a feeling I'll do a couple more things to decorate. I haven't done much with the living room lately so that will be next.  I can't wait to post about it!

Do you have any ongoing projects right now?
Nesting is a real thing. Don't you agree?



Little Pink Book

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Juns Family Surprise Baby Shower




Reacting to my surprise shower!





All the little ducks! Loved it!


My mom and I!

Playing the Price is Right game.


Other contestants on the Price is Right. :)





Beautiful crochet blanket from his Nana. He'll have a Nana (Bill's mom) and a Mimi (my mom). So excited!




The Liam sign that Aunt Katie made! We love it!


Jim doing his comedy bit in a makeshift diaper with a nook around his neck!


Laughed so hard it made me cry!

Reese laying her head on Liam. ;)

I had the best weekend, friends! I knew that Bill's family was going to throw us a baby shower at some point since Bill's mom and I talked about it a while ago! I've been trying to anticipate it for weeks now. It was a surprise party since Bill's family loves surprising people including me. :)

I had almost given up trying to predict what weekend it would be. Bill told me it was on my due date in December because of bad planning. I knew he wasn't going to give away anything so I gave up! Ha

On Saturday, we lounged around the house for most of the day and took a nap in the early afternoon. I had raked some leaves in the morning and was pretty tired later in the day. After our nap, we went to town and had a bite to eat before we went grocery shopping at Meijers. Bill's brother Tom called and asked us to pick up a gallon of milk for him. I should have known something was going on!

We left the store and pulled into the farm to drop off "Tom's milk." I saw cars parked up by the barn and thought that was weird so when we pulled up to the shed I asked Bill, "Is this my party?" He half smiled and said no. LOL The automatic shed door went up, and everyone was there ready to celebrate! I was pretty shocked and of course happy!

I don't think I've ever been to a crazier baby shower! They played the Price is Right game complete with the TV show's soundtrack and their cousin Jim hosting the whole thing. Jim also did a comedy bit to warm everybody up. It was great! I was laughing so hard, I started to cry! I had so much fun.

Also, they had little rubber ducks everywhere on the tables. I picked up a few of them to decorate Liam's room. Since we have four ducks as pets, I thought it was a really sweet idea!

Everyone gave me and Bill these awesome gifts for Liam. I was completely overwhelmed in a good way. I'm in the process of sorting his gifts and organizing everything right now. I think nesting is taking over. I also reorganized our hall shelf to make it look more modern. I have it almost finished, but I'm picking up a couple of things to beautify it. I think I'll be organizing and cleaning till Liam comes! I can't wait!



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