It Takes a Village

Hey friends!

I’m slowly working my way to responding to all your comments about Baby D 2!  Y’all have me in tears over here… and it isn’t just the hormones.  You all are the best.

I have another update for you all coming next week.

Through being so sick, I’ve discovered that it takes a village to raise a kid.

With my husband at work, it has been a challenge to say the least to take care of Baby D while I’ve been so sick.  We live at least 4 hours from our closest family, so that isn’t an option for us.  Early in our marriage, our being so far away forced us to rely on each other and really bond as a couple.  Once we had a child, we quickly realized that there are major perks to being close to family!

Thankfully, we have some amazing friends here in Louisville who are willing to help.  My dear friend Audra has done everything from clean my house (well what I would let her) to take Baby D to the swimming pool.

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She has more than once taken Baby D so that I can rest and relax.

I’ve also had to lean a lot on John David as well.  He does literally any cooking that takes place in our house for him and Baby D.  He also does most the laundry, cleaning, and watching the boy when he is home.

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I honestly don’t know what I would do without all this help.  I seriously have no idea how single moms do it.  I have several friends who are single moms and I swear they have superpowers.

I just know one thing… I’m so thankful for my little village who have been and are helping us right now!

Whoever your support system is…. go thank them!  You never know when you might need major help.

Baby Delight 2: Weeks 8-10

We found out we were pregnant right at the end of week 4, so relatively early!

Instead of dragging you all through each week at a time, I’m going to start with weeks 8-10.

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I didn’t remember to start taking “bump” pictures until week 13.. forgive me!

(I love how Ashley structures her pregnancy recaps, so I’m going to loosely follow her outline.) 

How far along?  For this recap we are covering weeks 8-10.

Baby’s size? Raspberry (8 weeks), Green Olive (9 weeks), Prune (10 weeks)

Total weight gain/ loss?  I hadn’t weighed myself before my first appointment, so I’m unsure of weight changes.

Sleep: I’m up every couple hours to pee! (still am!)

Best moment this week: Going on vacation!

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Miss anything? My energy and being able to eat normally.

Maternity clothes? Not yet.

Movement? Nope.

Food cravings? I’ve been wanting things I normally don’t like or eat.  BBQ potato chips, sweet potato fries (all of this is gagging me while I type it now at 14 weeks…)

I’ve also been a huge fan of fruit.  Blueberries, strawberries, pineapple, and cantaloupe for the win!

Gender: I have a hunch, but nothing for sure!

Symptoms: Super tired- I took naps when Baby D naps.  I was also super moody at this point.  I would cry at the drop of a hat!  My skin was really broken out, especially my back and shoulders.  That was really embarrassing…. especially when we went to the beach!

My biggest symptom is debilitating nausea and vomiting.  I have had nausea since week 5 with random vomiting.  Come week 10, the vomiting was a multiple times a day occurrence.  It got to the point where we tried everything, and finally ended up taking Zofran.  Before you all gasp and tell me what a terrible person I am, please know that this was the absolute last resort and the only way I’m able to make it through the day.  I’m not happy about having to take it, or continually throw up.  For the sake of my baby, Baby Delight, my family, and myself, we decided it was best for me to take the Zofran.

So now you know why the blog has been so sporadic and I’ve been MIA from social media.  I love you all, but I have no energy to blog.  Plus, pictures of food make me sick so IG is off the table!  😉

Happy or moody most of the time: Mostly moody.  LOL.  I’ve been feeling so drained from being sick all the time it’s been tough.

Looking forward to: The 2nd trimester when hopefully the sickness goes away!

Fitness update: I was still co-teaching at barre the best I could at this point.  I didn’t take any other classes or doing any other workouts due to no energy.

Other updates: It was so hard to keep it a secret when we saw friends!  I was too afraid to tell people this early on, but with as sick as I have been it was so hard to keep it a secret.  Plus, everyone at barre has been asking where I’ve been!

Baby Delight 2 Details

Thank you all for all your love and congrats on Baby Delight 2!

I think I need a better name for him/her….

I guess I owe you all some more details don’t I??

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We are thrilled to have you all along for this journey.  For years, we tried to get pregnant.  I have loved the community of women who have reached out to me and have walked the road of infertility with me.

God has blessed John David and I more than we deserve by allowing us to conceive a child.

To say we were surprised is an understatement.

Start from the beginning?  Okay… grab some water.  No coffee please, I might hurl. 😉

My cycles have always been a bit off, so when I started cramping really bad I was expecting Aunt Flo.  When nothing happened, I got really confused.  I had been instructed by my doctor to take a pregnancy test.

There is nothing that will tick off a woman with infertility more than telling her to take a pregnancy test.  Plus, I had been losing it with everyone lately.  My emotions were all over the place.

I took the first test, and there was a faint second line.  I didn’t get too excited because… well you just don’t expect that after so many years of “negative”.  John David and I both were like….. I’m just not so sure…

The next day, I took another test.  This time there were clearly two lines.  John David was outside working and I yelled at him to come here NOW.  I shoved the test at him and we both just stood there like statues.  We were both in denial.  How could this be?

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I don’t think either of us really believed it until I went and had blood work done.  The first time they confirmed I was indeed pregnant.  Two days later, they confirmed my levels were right on track.  That was when it was REAL.

I’m now 13 weeks pregnant, and I feel like I have been hiding a big secret from the world.  It has been so hard to keep it from you all.

I’ll leave the story there for now and do a few weeks recap for you all.  I don’t know yet if I will do weekly posts, or just do some every few weeks.  I don’t want this to turn into a pregnancy or baby blog out of love and respect for those who it is painful to read that.  Let me know what you all would like to see and hear!

I want this blog to be a place of healing and of encouragement.  I pray you women who are dealing with infertility won’t feel abandoned or turned off by this.  I pray that it encourages you and gives you HOPE.  Hope that God can do anything… and that He does answer prayers.

God didn’t answer my prayers immediately, but I’m thankful he didn’t.  This is the plan God had for me and my family.  I’m more thankful for the journey, and more trusting and dependent on Him each and every day.

Thank you all for all your love and prayers.  It means the world to me.

Let me know what you all want to hear and how often you want updates!

Any nickname ideas for Baby D #2??

What’s REALLY Going On

It’s been a bit obvious that I’ve not really been around much…

I feel like I owe you an explanation of what’s really going on around here.

Lack of posts, lack of replies, lack of life around here.

Well, I finally get to share with you all our little secret.

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Coming December 2015!

More details to come….

Gluten Free Desserts that Will Make You Drool

Well hey there friends!

I don’t usually post on Sundays… especially on a holiday.

I wanted to wish my sweet husband, daddy, father-in-law, and all the fatherly figures in my life a very Happy Father’s Day.

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Since it is Father’s Day, I thought I would share some delicious gluten free desserts that you can make for Father’s Day.  These are drool worthy and easy peasy.

Check out Gluten Free Desserts that Will Make Your Drool

by Brittany at Mode

I didn’t mean to leave you all hanging for a week.  Whoops!

Tomorrow’s post will enlighten you all as to why I’ve been so absent lately!

Weekend Fun

Hey friends!

Did everyone have a great weekend??

We sure did around here.  It went by really fast though.  Why is it that the weekend flies by so much faster than normal days??

This weekend Sarah came for a visit!

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She actually got here on Thursday, and we had a great visit!  It had been too long since I had seen her.

She suprised me at my barre class on Thursday, Friday we went to the pool, and Saturday we went to the farmer’s market.

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We also went to a small get together for our friends Josh and Catie that got married a couple weeks ago.

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Baby D was fascinated by the bubbles!

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I have a feeling that we are going to need to get some bubbles to play with.

You know it’s a good visit when you realize on the last day of the trip that you hadn’t taken any pictures.  At. all…  So, we managed to snap a couple Saturday night.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again.  I love the friendships I’ve made through blogging.  I love to blog, but I’m a very personal creature.  I love to talk, get to know you, and live life with you.  I’ve made some really great friendships through this space, and I’m incredibly thankful for them!

I hope y’all have a Marvelous Monday!!

What did you do this weekend?

Home Renovation: Upstairs

WHEW!

The upstairs is almost finished.  Just a few minor touch up things to complete and then on to decorating.

The downstairs has nit-picky stuff like painting doors, changing a couple light fixtures, and decorating.  Decorating is the hardest part for me, but thankfully I know exactly what I want in these areas of the house.  Now, it’s just finding the perfect things.

Patience is key…

So, onto the upstairs!  I wish I had a before picture to show you all.  Maybe I can hunt one down sometime and share.  It is a drastic difference, and I can’t be more happy with the result.  I love our bedroom, and I can’t wait to decorate and make it more cozy.

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I found this cute sign at Hobby Lobby and had to get it for our bedroom.  Matches the color scheme perfectly.

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Onto our bathroom… this my friends is my favorite room of the entire house.

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I love the blue color and how serene it feels.

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The shower also turned out so much better than I envisioned.

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That my friends is our upstairs, for the most part.

I am so thrilled to have full use of our home now and to finally get all those boxes that are in the basement and garage unpacked.

As things get more settled and decorated, I’ll update you again.  My living room furniture should be here in the next couple weeks!!  I can’t wait.

Do you like to decorate?

What are your favorite home stores to shop for decorations?

A Breath of Fresh Air

As you all can see by my lack of posting, I have been in need of a breather.

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With the house renovations, barre, and several other exciting yet overwhelming life events, I have been left sucked dry.  The last thing I wanted to do was be on my computer and social media.  I think the word I’m looking for is burned out.

I discovered that it was better for me to be silent until I had something to say rather than give you all fluff that you really could care less about.  I didn’t want to be another annoying blogger who just filled empty space to say nothing.

Life creeps up and even though everything is great, it wears you out!  I’m excited to share all the newness with you all, and a house update coming later this week!  I want to get unpacked before I show you all a huge mess.  😉  Life here right now is messy though.  I have a feeling it will be a while before we get everything sorted and straightened out.

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I have been around construction a lot in my life.  My dad builds homes on the side and built the house he lives in (and I used to live in).  No one ever told me how much more challenging it would be in live in a house during renovations and workers in your house every day.  Actually, I think they did, but I just didn’t listen.

Vacation came just at the right time.  We were all ready for a break and a breather.

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For the next couple of weeks, I’m going to be taking it slow around here.  Slowly get back into the groove of writing, responding, and social media-ing again.  I don’t want to let myself get overwhelmed!  Thanks for all of you who have stuck with me over these past few crazy weeks.  I give you all a big virtual hug

I think this spring/ summer we could all use a breath of fresh air.  Everyone just take a breather, relax a bit, and recharge.

We plan on doing a lot of that this summer!

What do you need a breather from right now?

Do you tend to get overbooked, overwhelmed, and burned out?  I do! 

Friday Five and Favorites

Happy Friday friends!

We are excited it is Friday this week.  My sweet hubby has been teaching from 8-5 everyday all week, and that is exhausting!

1.  Most important Friday Five.  Refresh Summit Virtual is FREE and you can sign up NOW!

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It is June 13th, so grab some girlfriends and have them do it with you!

2. It has been rainy and chilly here in Louisville since we got home from the beach.  Not exactly the beach weather I was used to!

3. Baby D was in childcare during my barre class.  Poor guy didn’t make it.

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He was OUT.

4. I have got to find these…

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Gluten and dairy free “oreos”.  Yes, please.

5. I’m going to have a house update for y’all next week!  We have ordered our couch, and the upstairs is almost ready for us to move up there!  YIPEE!!

In case you miss it:

What We Eat on Vacation

Silver Linings Companion Guide by Allstate

Silver Lining

Hilton Head 2015

Hilton Head

10 Don’t Break the Bank Vacation Tips

10 don't break the bank vacation tips

Some Favorites:

food:

Naturally Sweetened Toasted Coconut Banana Muffins {Paleo} via Cotter’s Crunch

5 ingredient meals from The Lean Green Bean

No-Bake Chocolate Tart with Almond Cream and Raspberries {Super Simple} from Food Faith and Fitness

The Science Behind the Midnight Snack  via Be Truly Nourished

workout:

TRX for Runners: Benefits and a Workout via Run to the Finish

Do you respect your life enough to stop doing things hate? from Maddy Moon

5 Ways to Strength Train for Fat Loss from Your Trainer Paige

parenting:

Calorie Dense Meals for Babies & Toddlers  via A Healthy Slice of Life

To The Middle School Girls At The Pool Who Told My Son He Was Hot  via We Are That Family

What are you up to this weekend?

Favorites from this week?

10 Don’t Break the Bank Vacation Tips

I love vacation.  I think I could live on vacation.  The only problem, the expense!  Oh, and that thing called work….

Here are 10 of my favorite tips going on vacation without breaking the bank.

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  • Take food from home:  pack cereals, snacks, chips, cookies, bread, oatmeal, etc.  This way you don’t have to buy these things when you get to your destination.  Also, this way things won’t go bad while you are gone.  Win, win!
  • Make breakfast and lunches in your condo/hotel room:  Make simple salads, eggs, smoothies, cereal, oatmeal, sandwiches, FRUIT, veggies with hummus or dip… the possibilities are endless!!!breakfast.jpg
  • Take advantage of the local produce.  If you go to the beach, there are always local people at stands selling fruit and veggies.  Luvy and I bought peaches for a steal on our way home from the beach!fruit
  • Go to the grocery store.  When you get there, get your milk, fruits, veggies, and other perishables.  This will keep you from wanting to go out for breakfast and lunches if you have healthy, handy stuff already at your place.
  • Instead of traveling to 2-3 different places, stay in the same place for the entire time if they offer a reduced rate for more nights.
  • Get a room with a kitchen or a place that has a grill so you can cook some dinners instead of eating out.  Even if this room or condo might cost a little extra, you will save money by cooking instead of eating out.  We grilled a couple nights on our vacation, and I’ll be honest..  I enjoyed that more than going out!memorialday.jpg
  • Get sunscreen and supplies before you go to the beach.  They tend to mark up the prices at the beach.
  • Rent a large condo and share with another couple/family
  • Plan your vacations on the “off” season.  This will save you a ton of money on lodging!
  • Take games, cards, soccer balls, footballs, or take walks instead of playing putt-putt, riding go-carts, renting jet skis, etc. on vacation.  

Do any of you have good tips for saving money on vacation??  I would love to hear them… then steal your ideas!  :)