35 week update & Baby Shower

This week was full of highs and lows, on a positive note I feel like 35 weeks is such a huge milestone for me to reach! I don’t wish to have this baby at 35 weeks but if for some reason I happened to go into labor there is a chance she wouldn’t have to go to the NICU and that makes me really excited!! On a negative note I have been so uncomfortable all week literally felt like I wasn’t going to make it to my baby shower, I thought for sure I was going to be delivering this baby before hand. I’ve still had “construction” going on in my house all week so that is just stressing me out, I’m so over having this guy in my house sawing and drilling away, all I want to do is relax on my couch and take a nap but instead I have to worry about keeping Kaiden out of his way and not to mention when someone is in your house working and your just laying on the couch it literally makes you feel lazy and if their judging you. I don’t know, I’m probably being so paranoid and being 8 months pregnant, I’m sure people understand. But anyways I took Kaiden to his eye appointment on Wednesday, he ended up falling asleep on the couch so I had to carry him in all the way from the street and up the stairs, by the time I got inside I was so out of breath and had the worst side pain ever. It was on the right side of my abdomen, directly under my belly, and it hurt so bad I could barely walk. I’ve had this pain before usually after walking very far or if I get up to quickly but this time it wouldn’t go away. And then to top it off the carpet cleaning company was coming in 1 hour and I still had a disaster of a mess to clean in the living room and all bedrooms. I just wanted to cry, the stress of everything, and now this pain was just almost to much for me to bear alone. I really contemplated calling my husband to come home from work and tell him that I just couldn’t deal with the construction, carpet cleaners, and taking care of the kids all while feeling this way. But then I had to stop and remind myself that my husband is just as busy and stressed at work and that I really needed to get a hold of myself and get this handled. So I would pick up a couple toys and then sit back down for about 5 minutes waiting for the throbbing to subside and then repeat, it took forever but I finally got it all done. When you research the pain online or even in my “What to Expect when your Expecting” book it talks a lot about ligament pain but then there’s also “Placental Abruption”! I know, I know, this is totally the NICU nurse in me, but since the pain wasn’t going away and literally was lasting all day, all I could think was “OMG what if something is seriously wrong?!” Placental abruption usually occurs in the last trimester of pregnancy and it’s classic signs and symptoms are abdominal pain, uterine tenderness, back pain (all 3 symptoms I have), vaginal bleeding, and then contractions (luckily I didn’t have either of those). Here I am sitting here self diagnosing myself yet at the same time telling myself to get a grip I just pulled a ligament while doing something I shouldn’t have in the first place. This pain lasted all day and then I even woke up in the middle of the night with it, I told myself if in the morning it was still happening that I would call the doctor but by the morning the pain was gone but instead I just felt really crappy. My stomach just felt so tight and heavy all day, I almost felt like maybe I was getting sick, and I just wanted to sleep all day. So definitely wasn’t having the greatest 2 days right before my shower, I told my husband that I felt like this baby was going to be coming soon. But by Friday morning I started feeling back to my normal self and then Sunday was the shower and I felt great!

If you don’t know my about my previous pregnancy I went into labor right after my baby shower, so as you can imagine I was a little nervous that would happen again. So this time around I wanted to start my day off with absolutely no stress involved. I laid around in bed until I felt ready to get up and then myself and my favorite two boys headed off to a yummy breakfast, I stuffed myself with pancakes, eggs, and bacon and then it was time to go back home and start getting ready. My husband took Kaiden to my daughters softball game, so it was nice and quiet and relaxing for me to get ready.

On the way to my Baby Shower, I was so excited, I feel like the day of your shower is seriously one of the best days ever!
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I chose a Baby Sprinkle theme, I wanted something very girlie with pastel colors, yet very simple and nothing to fancy. Because this is my 3rd baby I didn’t want a huge big deal made out of things, I have all of the big stuff from Kaiden and then I have 2 year old triplet nieces so I’m not lacking anything when it comes to the clothing department. At first I wasn’t even going to have a shower but my mom quickly reminded me that every baby deserves to be celebrated!
My sister in law is so talented when it comes to chalkboard prints, I can’t even write on a chalkboard period without it looking like a Kindergartener let alone different types of fonts and a picture.
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This was right when you walked in the door, it was the party favors and sign in book
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Pink and red starbursts in little mason jars
A little book for the guests to sign in. I personally love the idea of getting a children’s book and having all the guests write a sweet little message inside. I still have Kaidens book from his baby shower and I just think it’s something you’ll forever cherish and read to the kids when their little as well.
How cute is this little drink station? I absolutely loved the little clouds attached to the straws!
For dessert they did an ice cream bar, there was tons of yummy ice cream toppings and then cookies and donuts all covered in frosting!
I just absolutely loved these little clouds and raindrops! Such a cute idea!
I only had about 20 people at the Sprinkle but you should have seen the gift table! I seriously should have taken a picture, I couldn’t believe how many gifts people brought, not to mention I couldn’t imagine how much stuff I would have gotten had this been a normal shower where I invited everyone we knew. All in all though it was a great shower, I am so thankful for my mom, mother n law, and my sisters for throwing such a great shower, I truly am so grateful for everything! After all was said and done and after gift cards I was able to purchase everything else that I needed off the registry so we are now ready to start setting up for this little missy and just wait for her to make her appearance. I got so many cute clothes too(this baby is going to be so stylin), and then we even got the most important thing we needed too which was the double stroller.
Here’s what baby girl looks like this week…
 This week, according to BabyCenter, baby girl weighs around 5 1/4 pounds (about the size of a honeydew melon). Because it’s so snug in my womb, she isn’t likely to be doing somersaults anymore, but the number of times she kicks should remain about the same. Her kidneys are fully developed now, and her liver can process some waste products. Most of her basic physical development is now complete — she will spend the next few weeks putting on weight. (just don’t get to big please, mommy is scared!)
Weight Gain: 181 lbs (a total of 46lbs this pregnancy) I definitely think I will be hitting the 50lb weight gain this pregnancy. But in all honesty I’m not stressed about it! What can you do? I would way rather have a healthy and term baby then be worrying about how much weight I’ve gained!
Movement: Still lots of rolling from side to side, you can definitely tell she’s running out of space in there but every now and then I’ll get some jabs. The coolest thing is watching my belly move from her, it’s so crazy to see how my belly literally jumps up and down from her crazy kicks!
Best moment this week: My baby shower and waking up the next morning still pregnant!
What I’m looking forward to: Another doctors appt. this week, making it to 36 weeks, and the best part of all…setting up all the baby stuff and washing all her adorable clothes!!

Ulta Beauty Haul

Who doesn’t love a little makeup and beauty shopping? I know I especially today! For today’s Ultra haul I just wanted to do a quick video and show you guys some of the new great finds I recently purchased,  I absolutely love everything I bought this shopping trip so I consider it very successful! I’m super excited for Black Friday coming up next week, I’ll be sure to add some more new beauty products to my collection! Hope you guys enjoy this video, don’t forget to give the video a “thumbs up” if you liked it and don’t forget to “subscribe” to my channel for new content!

Kaiden and his new glasses

Kaiden is going to be getting glasses and that just makes me so sad!! I’ve been dreading this eye exam appointment for multiple reasons and was really hoping after today’s visit we wouldn’t have to keep coming every 6 months to follow up. But boy was I wrong! Originally since Kaiden was born premature we were followed by an ophthalmologist every 6 months to make sure he didn’t develop ROP (retinopathy of prematurity), it’s a disease that affects the retina of the eye. Well during these eye exams we ruled out ROP but now they’ve noticed a bilateral astigmatism, esotropia (cross eyed), and hypermetropia (far sighted), because of this Kaiden will have to wear glasses until maybe he reaches his mid-teens.  I instantly had to fight back tears at the appointment, (no offense to anyone) but all I could think about was my child is going to be the “4 eyed dork” in elementary school or whatever new names kids tease children who wear glasses with these days.  No parent wants this for their child! Yes, there are way worse things that your child could get diagnosed with, but setting that all aside, no parent wants anything to be wrong with their child and that’s the bottom line. If Kaiden was almost an adult then the idea of glasses wouldn’t be so bad, but he’s only 2 years old, my poor baby is going to need glasses and that makes me so upset.  I personally think my son is the cutest thing ever and now I worry glasses will make him look funny or that people will think something is wrong with him. Call me superficial or whatever you want but you would feel the exact same way! Or maybe people are going to think it’s my fault he now has to wear glasses! From the moment you conceive your child you follow all the “rules” of what to eat, what not to eat, and what activities to avoid as to give your child the best outcome, so when anything is wrong with your child you instantly wonder what you could have done differently. I asked the doctor if any of these issues had to do with prematurity but he said No and that most likely it was hereditary. But even that doesn’t make sense to me because both my husband and I have no vision problems. I also talked to the doctor about different exercises I could do with Kaiden or if there’s things I should be avoiding but he stated the only thing I can do is just make sure Kaiden wears his glasses. I left the appointment not only disappointed but also feeling so defeated, how is their literally nothing I can do? And how in the heck am I supposed to get a 2 year old to wear glasses 24/7? This just seems like the biggest fight ever! After talking to my husband we questioned getting a second opinion but do I really want to torture my child again with another eye dilation? I wanted to cry just holding him down while they put eye drops in his eyes; he screamed how much it hurt. It just broke my heart! As soon as she was done he didn’t want to go near her again and just kept crying that he didn’t want anyone poking his eyes anymore. Maybe it was a mix of the pregnancy hormones but I just felt so awful he had to experience this. With anything in life though, you always wish you could take your child’s place. I remember when Kaiden was first born and they took him down to the NICU, I just wished I could take his spot, and take away all his pain. No one wants their child to feel any pain; you don’t want them poked and prodded, or even to get their feelings hurt. If anyone has any advice for me on their toddler wearing glasses whether it’s a certain brand to get or tricks to get them to wear them, please do share, I need all the help I can get right now.
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1 month update: Kaiden has now had the glasses for about a month now and let me tell you it’s been no easy task! I cried the first couple days and was very upset every time I looked at my sweet boy with his glasses on but I have slowly started to accept this outcome. Don’t get me wrong it still bothers me and makes me sad but I know I have to do what’s best for him. The other day at a birthday party a little boy came up to Kaiden and said, “You look funny with those glasses on”. Thank God Kaiden is still so little that he has no idea what the kid meant by his comment at all but it honestly made me want to cry and bothered me all day. This is exactly what I don’t want for Kaiden! I don’t want kids to make fun of him in school, he’s the sweetest boy, and I don’t want his feelings to be hurt and that innocence gone. You can relate this to so many things when it comes to our children, we want them to stay little and innocent forever and this little moment gave me a glimpse into what his elementary years would be like. Kaiden probably only wears his glasses about 50% of the time, it’s really been a struggle to get this strong willed 2 year old to wear glasses. We usually end up bribing him with something (a treat, TV time, etc.) and then he’ll forget he’s even wearing them for a little bit but it’s still not consistent all day. So any tips or tricks you guys may have would be greatly appreciated! I went with the Mira flex brand of glasses, they are awesome, and highly recommended for toddlers. I knew if we got a normal frame and lens they would be ruined in no time. These glasses are completely flexible, he pulls at the frames all the time and they won’t break. The lenses are shatter proof and scratch resistant, he’s actually even popped one of the lenses out before and we were able to just push it back in.  If you are looking for glasses for your young child I highly highly recommend these glasses, you can visit their site MiraFlex for a store locator; I have found them very readily available in many locations in San Diego so hopefully you won’t have trouble finding them as well. There also reasonably priced, I worried that since we were getting this “special” toddler resistant frame and lenses set that they would be so expensive but that wasn’t the case at all, all I had to do was pay a $25 co pay and we were on our way! Adult glasses are definitely way more expensive. Like I had previously mentioned, if anyone has any advice, tips, tricks on how to get him to wear his glasses more please do share, I need all the help I can get! 

33 week update

OMG it’s been 7 weeks since I last did an update on my baby bump, so much for being more consistent and keeping everyone in the loop! My whole attitude of pregnancy has definitely changed since then and I’m in a much better place, rightfully so! I feel like from 20 weeks until 30 weeks I was a complete mess and was terrified out of my mind of something going wrong. I now feel like I can breathe and I’m not as worried now if I were to go into pre term labor, I know she will be ok, Yes she’ll still be in the NICU but it’ll only be a couple weeks and it won’t be as critical as before. I still definitely don’t want to go into labor anytime soon, I hope she behaves for the next 3 weeks, and we get to experience the whole birthing process the “normal” way. I’ve said it before, I really want my husband to get to hold his baby right after delivery and not have her taken from us, I want her staying in our room, and then when we go home after 2-3 days I want to bring her home with us!

My baby bump this week!

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Sorry for the bad picture quality, that’s my problem, and why I’m not a good blogger…I either forget to ask someone to take pics of me or my hubby is always busy working & when he gets home from work its to late, so then I end up having to take horrible selfies with bad lighting and the pics always look the same. I really need to get better at this whole picture taking thing!
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What my sweet girl looks like this week: 
This week, according to BabyCenter, baby girl weighs a little over 4 pounds and has passed the 17-inch mark (about the size of a pineapple). She’s rapidly losing that wrinkled, alien look and her skeleton is hardening. The bones in her skull aren’t fused together, which allows them to move and slightly overlap, thus making it easier for her to fit through the birth canal. (The pressure on the head during birth is so intense that many babies are born with a conehead-like appearance.) These bones don’t entirely fuse until early adulthood, so they can grow as her brain and other tissue expands during infancy and childhood.

Today we had an ultrasound and this picture is accurate of how she looked like in utero. She has been head down for quite some time now, when we did an ultrasound at 29 weeks she was already in this position. Not to mention I had a feeling she was head down because whenever she gets the hiccups they feel like they are so low “down there”. My belly is extra hard above my belly button and in ultrasound it showed that’s her back and then her butt is on the right, and then her lil feet are curled up right there occasionally kicking me right below my right rib. And let me tell you it just feels wonderful! Haha! Actually I’d rather have her kick me there then on my belly button. I don’t know why but when they kick your belly button it feels so weird, it hurts more then the other areas, and almost makes you feel kinda quesy in a way. The Doctor estimated her to be about 4-4.5 pounds already, I personally feel like she’s a little bigger because the pressure not only on my cerclage but also my pelvic bone is pretty intense. I seriously feel like my pelvic bone is so bruised. I literally want to cry sometimes when I have to roll over from side to side when lying down because the pain is so bad. It’s crazy to think I still have at least another month to go of her getting bigger and pushing even more on my pelvic bone, the next month is going to be very intense and definitely will test my tolerance level. I started crying last night because the pain just got the best of me. I don’t want to complain though because honestly I am so blessed to still be pregnant and I would rather suffer and go through pain then have to have her experience any pain herself. 

Best Moment this week:  Seeing baby girl on ultrasound and seeing that everything still looks great! Can’t believe I’ve made it this far! I also washed some newborn clothes so that was exciting, I definitely want to start nesting now and getting ready for her arrival. I have received so many hand me downs that so far that’s all that I have washed, the doctor is predicting her birth weight to be about 8-8.5lbs so I don’t want to wash anything newborn yet. Not gonna lie, I know that’s a normal birth weight but it freaks me out, I’ve never delivered anything bigger then 5.3lbs. 

Movement: She is still my wild little girl especially from 9-10:30pm but I feel like her jabs are now turning more into rolls then anything else. You can definitely tell she’s starting to run outta room in there!

Maternity clothes: I went from having 4 pairs of maternity pants and shorts to now only having 2 of each and I’m starting to outgrow all my shirts, there becoming to short. But I don’t want to buy anything maternity as I’m in the home stretch and not sure exactly how much longer I’ll last. So looks like I will literally be wearing the same couple outfits over and over again. 

Labor signs: I was really crampy and kinda uncomfortable Halloween night but I think it was because I was running around all day and the stress of getting the kids dressed and out of the door on time was just a little bit more excitement then I needed. But other then that I’m just having the normal uncomfortable pregnancy pains. I mentioned the cerclage and pelvic bone pain plus I’m also having a “burning” sensation right below my breasts and through the middle of my belly. I knew it wasn’t anything to be worried about but the doctor informed me it’s my nerves stretching! So that’s just great, haha! I literally feel like my belly can’t stretch anymore and then burning pain really is so unbearable at times and there’s nothing at all you can do about it. 

Coming Up: My baby shower is in 2 weeks so I’m getting really excited for that! My laundry area is currently under construction so that means everything is now piled into the corner of my dining room, as soon as that gets complete I will have a new hall closet (more space for organization) and then I will be getting all my baby stuff outta storage so we can start setting up for baby girls arrival!!