Top 10 Things I Am Thankful For This Year

Top 10 Things I Am Thankful For This Year

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Today is a day we gobble till we wobble and many think about all the holiday shopping they plan to do, but it is also important to set aside some time to think about everything wonderful that has happened to us and share what we are thankful for. Top 10 things I am thankful for this year: My husband coming back safely from deployment. The fact that I am strong and independent and was able to take care of everything by myself for almost a year. The amazing house we bought thanks to the money we saved […]

Posted November 27, 2014 by Julie in Family, TopPosts, / 24 Comments
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My birth story

My birth story

So here it is, the obligatory birth experience post. I was induced at 38 weeks due to gestational diabetes, and I’m writing this on my 40th week. Happy due date. I was told to report to Labor and Delivery on Sunday evening (Nov 2) at 5pm to start the inducing process. I had to change into a hospital gown (boo, didn’t even get to sleep in my own clothes before labor truly kicked off) and get the IV started. Let me tell you, the IV hurt so much! I had no idea. This is one of those things no one […]

Posted November 17, 2014 by Julie in Pregnancy, Smurfberry, TopPosts, , / 19 Comments
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#AskAwayFriday Nov 7, 2014

#AskAwayFriday Nov 7, 2014

    This is my second #AskAwayFriday. Today I’m exchanging with Bernadyn @ B is For.  Here are the questions she asked, and my answers. If you want to exchange questions with me for an upcoming Friday post, just let me know 🙂   You’re about to embark on your parenthood journey, congratulations! What are you the most excited about with being a mom? What’s something you are nervous or anxious about with being a new mom? I think I’m most excited about getting to know this baby, learning his personality and seeing what he will become. I’m most anxious – […]

Posted November 7, 2014 by Julie in Memes, / 6 Comments
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My body is amazing.

My body is amazing.

As my pregnancy is drawing to a close, I wanted to reflect upon the amazing journey my body has been going through. Ladies, this body that we have – it is amazing! It can do amazing things that I didn’t appreciate until now. Being the typical girl, I’ve always had body issues and was never satisfied with the way I looked. It wasn’t until I agreed (finally, after many years of people wondering if I ever would) to try out this whole baby thing, that I realized how amazing my body really is. I’ve watched my body change and grow […]

Posted October 30, 2014 by Julie in Pregnancy, TopPosts, / 34 Comments
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3rd Trimester blues and some helpful stuff I bought

3rd Trimester blues and some helpful stuff I bought

I’ve posted a funny post previously about some of the not so fun things that creep up on you during the third trimester. That was more tongue-in-cheek sillyness, but this one will be a little more serious. Some of the biggest issues I’ve had have been lower back pain, pelvic pain, and just other all around pains. You just get so dang big and everything is pressing on everything. Sleeping gets hard because you have to sleep on your side, but all that weight cause my legs and hips to cramp up. So I’m constantly waking up and rolling over […]

Posted October 27, 2014 by Julie in Pregnancy, TopPosts, / 9 Comments
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The birth plan I wanted, and the discussion with my doctor

The birth plan I wanted, and the discussion with my doctor

At my last appointment I brought in the following draft birth plan. That was when the doctor told me about the likely early induction and of course now my birth plan will need to change. But I wanted to share my original thoughts. *If no medical complications arise, the following is my birth plan: During labor • Allow in delivery room: my spouse, doula, my mother • Planned delivery: vaginal • Stay hydrated with clear liquids and ice chips • Eat and drink as approved by my doctor • Intermittent fetal monitoring while I’m still mobile • Heparin or saline […]

Posted October 22, 2014 by Julie in Pregnancy, / 23 Comments
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Got some unexpected news at my last doctor’s appointment

Got some unexpected news at my last doctor’s appointment

On Friday I had a bit of meltdown at/after my doctor’s appointment, because my timeline is being cut in about half. It started out like a normal doctor’s visit, but this one was a little more involved because the doctor took the Group B strep culture and I also got my flu shot and my Tdap vaccine. I also brought a copy of my draft birth plan because I wanted to go over it with my doctor before meeting with my doula. My original thinking was I’d go into labor and wait it out a bit at home until the […]

Posted October 20, 2014 by Julie in Pregnancy, Smurfberry, / 8 Comments
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5 things that make pregnancy oh so glamorous /sarcasm

5 things that make pregnancy oh so glamorous /sarcasm

There are things we are commonly warned about that occur in pregnancy, such as stretch marks and nausea. But there are also other interesting tidbits about being pregnant, especially in the 3rd trimester, that maybe not all of us are aware of. Here are a few observations I’ve made recently that show just how UN-glamorous pregnancy can be. Come have a chuckle with me and enjoy the list. 5 things that make pregnancy oh-so glamorous. Hemorrhoids. Yep, apparently these are common. Yech. Not only are you constipated a lot, but when you do go, it isn’t all that pleasant. TMI? […]

Posted October 15, 2014 by Julie in Pregnancy, TopPosts, / 26 Comments
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Gestational Diabetes and the managed carb diet. Pricking your finger is no fun.

Gestational Diabetes and the managed carb diet. Pricking your finger is no fun.

Late in my second trimester I had to do what every pregnant woman gets to do in the mid-20th weeks – take the glucose tolerance test. Well, I failed the 1 hour test, as many people do, and I was really trying to be optimistic about having to take the 3 hour test. Unlike the 1 hour, you have to be fasting for the 3 hour. So not only do I have to skip breakfast, but I have to have my blood taken 4 times, before, and at each hour after drinking the extremely sweet stuff, and not be able […]

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A letter to my beginning blogging self (guest post at Texas Women Bloggers)

A letter to my beginning blogging self (guest post at Texas Women Bloggers)

Today I’m guest posting at Texas Women Bloggers with their Dear Me: A Letter to My Beginning Blogging Self feature. What a fun idea! Have you ever thought back to before you started blogging and wanted to share some advice to your younger self? Hey there younger Julie, sup? Well you’re about to start this journey called blogging, and you don’t even really know what you’re getting into. You think it is just a way to write down your thoughts and share them with your online friends from all those cool message boards you’re a part of. Blogging is so […]

Posted October 7, 2014 by Julie in Guest Posts, Website and Blogging, / 2 Comments
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