Wednesday, May 21, 2014

What I Love Wednesday

So, what do yall think of my graphic? I'm playing around with Pic Monkey. I love trying new programs and learning new things! I don't know if this will stay the official pic for 'What I Love Wednesday', but I do know I'm having fun playing around with it!

It's been a while since I made a list of what I'm loving & I thought I'd better fix that! Here's my Top Ten list for this week!

1) Getting all the boxes unpacked in the playroom! Whoo-hoo! Love. Love. Love. Everything is organized and put away & easy to find and get to. I *may* have walked into the playroom last night after everyone had gone to bed and just sat and stared and the wonderfulness of it.

2) Oil of Olay Fresh Effects Shine Minimizing Cleanser- oh, my word. This stuff is great. I have sensitive skin anyway, but pregnancy has just made it worse. But this stuff really gets my face clean without stripping the life out of it!

3) Neutrogena Light Night Cream- This is my all time favorite face cream. It's light (duh) and fresh smelling and keeps my skin nice and hydrated. I've been known to use it during the day when I've known I wasn't going to leave the house. I've used it for years and still love it.

4) Garnier BB Cream- Y'all, listen. This could be my all-time favorite beauty product. Ever. It's like magic. I wear it every single day. Most of the time, it's all I need... plus some mascara and lipstick. It just smooths everything out and my skin looks flawless in about 5 seconds. And, right now.... you just can't beat that!

5) 40 more days until the Tiny Human makes his debut!

6) Air conditioning- I'm hot natured already. Add the incubation of a small person in spring/summer and you have a recipe for an extremely hot mama. My poor husband and son are frozen out of the house more often than not, but I just can't help it!

7) Cable with Disney Junior the channel, Sprout tv & Channel 13- Can I get an Amen? I love being able to have 5 year old appropriate television at my fingertips whenever I want it! The 5 year old is pretty thankful too.

8) Sleep.

9) Did I mention that we're 40 days away from baby? Cause, I'm seriously loving that!

10) Sonic Ice- I've turned into the biggest ice eater during this pregnancy!

And there you have it!
What are you loving this Wednesday?

Friday, May 16, 2014

An Eventful Mother's Day

So, I spent Mother's Day in the hospital.

Yeah, awesome-sauce.

Let me back up my tale to Saturday night. As you faithful blog readers know, our little family moved at the end of March (praise and hallelujah to be out of the "repartment"). We're also counting down the minutes hours days until the Tiny Human makes his long-awaited debut. E works about 6 days a week... Jacob's home with me & my blogging and Thirty-One business.

It's a full rich life right now.

I'm still unpacking boxes like a mad-woman. It's been driving me crazy, actually. There's the dual problem of 1) I've just not been feeling well this last part of pregnancy. It's nothing like when I was preggo with Jacob, but it's still been slowing me down A LOT. and 2) I'm a complete and total control freak when it comes to unpacking and putting things away.

... in other words, not enough has gotten done. 

So, this past week, I put my nose to the grindstone and worked my butt off. I unpacked a ton of boxes and kept E hopping with requests for help on things I just couldn't do.

Then came Saturday (the night before Mother's Day). I put in a long days work and by the end of the day, my legs and my feet were killing me. And, they were swelling. A Bunch. As in, E looked down at my legs and said, "WOW, Babe. You're legs are huge!!!" (slight note here: Dear Husband, I love you. But that wasn't exactly the greatest thing to say to a 8 month preggo woman. Especially when it sounds like you're describing something from a horror movie. Just saying.)


He was right. And, my right leg was more swollen that my left. I sat down and put my legs up pretty much right away. The legs, they were hurting, but I was hoping that some rest and elevation would solve that pesky problem... it always has before.

Cue: Sunday Morning.


We made it to church and I sat down right away. I knew I wasn't feeling all that great, but I thought it was just the usual morning blahs. About halfway through our pastor's message, I started feeling strange. I couldn't breath. I felt like someone had dropped an elephant on my chest when I wasn't looking. I looked down at my legs- yup, swollen and swelling even more. Then, I looked down at my hands... back story: my wedding rings are usually very loose. They just are. Even when my hands get a little swollen, I can always move my rings around my finger. Not then. My hands were huge.

I excused myself to the ladies room and promptly called my mother,

"Hey, Mom. Can you google a couple of symptoms for me?"

It took about .0001 seconds to say, "No, I won't. Get to the ER, NOW." after I told her what was going on.

Well, then.

Off to the ER, we went.
By the time we got there, my legs and ankles were horribly painful. They were throbbing all on their own & they hurt like the dickens to the touch. I couldn't breath for anything. It was awful- I really kept thinking that I was going to pass out.

They admitted me Sunday night & I was there until Wednesday mid-morning. After running an absolute gauntlet of medical tests:
CT scan
another chest x-ray
2 or 3 rounds of blood draws for testing
breathing test
PT test
... and more, I'm sure I just don't remember.

They diagnosed me with a-symptomatic asthma for the breathing issues. I got to experience my first breathing treatment (spoiler: those are weird. it looks like you're taking a hit off a bong.... and afterwards, it kinda feels like you have.)

and, they decided that maybe, kinda, sorta, probably the Tiny Human is positioned in a way that he's cutting off the blood/oxygen thru the large blood vessel that runs the length of your body. And that's accounting for the crazy swelling and the pain in my legs and ankles.

So, an inhaler was prescribed for the asthma and light activity/modified bed rest was doled out for the legs...

So, basically, I'm screwed until the Tiny Human is born.
And you better believe I'm counting down the minutes!

Next time, I'll tell you about my Mother's Day make-up day, but until then enjoy a couple of pics from my hospital stay!

Someone came up to see me on Monday. Poor pumpkin was really disturbed with his mommy in the hospital.

Behold! Hospital Food!
It actually wasn't that bad!

Taking a hit.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

There Were Wild Animals

A few days weeks... months ago, we packed up and went to the Dallas Zoo with E's sister and her family. We always enjoy getting together with them! Jacob fits right in between their 2 kids, age wise.

It was an absolutely beautiful day in Dallas and we snagged the chance to get outside and enjoy it. And, as it turned out, so did every other family in the DFW metroplex! We only covered about half the zoo on this day, but we did see the lions, giraffes, elephants and other giants of the Savanna. Next time, I'm going to steer us towards the gorillas and monkeys- they are always my favorite!

We love, love, love the zoo & we love going with friends and family. I'm actually thinking about buying a pass! And, the Dallas Zoo was just named one of the 10 best. I recommend bringing your picnic lunch to the zoo, cause there is always plenty of seating. Though, if you would rather, there's some great places to grab a bite to eat as well. Don't forget to ride the carousel- that's always a big hit with my crew!