Thursday, June 27, 2013

pregnancy problems : part 2.

part 1 : here



pregnancy problems.

so theres that time i could smell myself. 
i swear it.
and i shower.
get out, get dressed and ready all over again.
only to SNISS.
..... you surely know what a sniss is.
pee all over.
down my leg.
just to turn my ass around, head back upstairs - and get back in the damn shower.
repeat.

& then theres the day you have a pool party to attend for your husbands LEAD team with his work company.
at his mentors millionaires house.
where you WILL NOT be swimming. because your legs could house spider man with all the stretch marks you got goin on.
aint nobody got time for that
so instead, you become frantic like big holly - trying on a million dresses in the target dressing room.
because no you will not be putting on a swimsuit.
and yes you will be sweating like a pig.
you'll also be refusing to sit on any piece of furniture.
because god forbid that your water breaks.
{my husband keeps joking about this one}
id have to sell my body and my child to repay for that couch.
never mind my dignity.
but my life isnt worth enough, so id have to sell yours too.
and then we would all be slaves without our little blogs to type on.

only to survive that day and wake up the next morning
to attend a 36week check up
which includes a strep test.....
AND NO.
ITS NOT A QUICK SWAB IN YOUR MOUTH.
your doctor didnt tell you?
apparently its the new fun thing. 
to get swabbed in your ass
the same day you get a fist in your chach.





i laugh. every day. but yeesh!
ill be jonesin' for some moscato after all that!

...... i still love you little jelly bean!






Tuesday, June 25, 2013

35 weeks!


35 weeks took place over fathers day & isaiah's 26th birthday. its so fun to say that we both turned 26 while i was pregnant with our first babe! especially because we met at 23, got engaged at 24 and married at 25. what a fun few years it has been!!
we also took our maternity pictures! WOOHOO. thank goodness the weather finally cooperated because i don't think i could have lasted another day. i am getting F A T ya'll. swollen face and all.
WHICH REMINDS ME.
the weather. MN went bat shit crazy on friday night in the cities.
isaiah came home from work and of course this pregnant lady just haaaad to have her caribou so off we went. and while we were on the way, my phone started vibrating up a storm with flash flood warnings... wha? 1. its never done that before, with any type of warning - ever. it wouldnt stop buzzing. 2. the skies were clear yo! so there we were, in the drive thru at caribou waiting to order as we see the sky ahead of us/towards home get darker and darker. whats right next to caribou? oh - sarpinos pizza. "lets run in and order a chicken ranch pizza so if it does storm we can stay in for the night!" WRONG. so very wrong i was.
the very minute we ordered - BOOM RAIN SPLASH mother nature dont care about no ones plans for the night imma rain on your parade weather hits. i start FREAKING out. shitfuckpissballs WHAT DO WE DO ISAIAH. we cant go home, we just ordered and paid!! and then the lights in the pizza place start flickering. it starts hailing. we cant see 5 feet out the window at our car. i start thinking about the dogs. OH MY GOD THE DOGS ARE HOME. UPSTAIRS! WHAT IF THEYRE SCARED. ::calm down lady no one's half as scared as you are:: & everyone runs in to the pizza place and theres talk of drivers pulling over because they cant see. about 20 minutes goes by and our pizza is ready. DO WE GO? DO WE STAY HERE? we cant stay here ITS HAILING! MY CAR! THE DOGS! but we cant leave! WE CANT SEE! ugh. i thought i was going to have my baby in the pizza parlor.
but then we decided to make a run for it. we were literally about 2 miles/5 minutes away from home & home is where i wanted to be. we got into our car - completely drenched as if someone tossed us into a lake with our clothes on.
first thing i see in the car? our carseat. and i couldnt help but think about our baby. what if we had little man with us. what would we have done then?!
on our way home things were going fairly well. until a tree almost hit us. i saw walgreens without power. then target without power. 2 firetrucks. 1 ambulance. AND FLOATING CARS. huge roadblock on our way home with flooding and floating cars. i thought the water was going to come rushing in from our car doors. i could hear it swooshing beneath my feet and watching the water cover curbs and signs.
forget having the baby in the pizza parlor - i was gunna have little man in the freaking car. which is fine i guess, at least his carseats ready for him?
we totally had to re-route and it took FOREVER to get home. i was so tense and BLAH. i am terrified of storms. luckily when we got home, we still had power so we were able to open our garage and get to the dogs where we stayed together safe for the rest of the weekend :) and luckily we never lost power because the second my fan shuts off - this girl is wide awake.

apparently my pregnancy/baby update is really a weather update.

seriously though. i just couldnt stop thinking about little man and what we would have done if we had a tiny newborn with us. things like that you just cant plan for. im thankful he stayed safe and cozy in mah belly.
businesses and people are still without power. i would go ballistic.

& next time i insist on going to caribou - im checking the weather first.





how far along? 35 weeks
size of baby: a coconut?! ... do we even know? im convinced no one does. but apparently something over 5lbs is likely. yeesh.




total weight gain: according to my scale, im up 23lbs. {our 36w check up is 6/28 so ill get an accurate update then!}
maternity clothes? suck.
stretch marks? oh yeah. but before i get sad about them, i remember im going to be a boy mom. which means that when he gets into playing with cars - he can use me for a road map and we wont have to spend money on one of those darned ugly rugs. bonding with my son WHILE saving money? that will make me mother AND wife of the year. winning!
sleep? sure i sleep. between the hours of 2-5am and 8-10 or 11am. not awesome. though when i AM asleep, its not bad. and waking up to pee every 1.5hrs doesnt bother me. just for some reason i can never fall asleep, despite fighting every urge to keep my eyes open at 6pm. and when hubby kisses me goodbye at 5am, i cant fall back asleep for a while. annoying.
best moment this week? I HAD MY FIRST BLATE! woowhoo! Emily from teach me to braid and i met up on thursday for lunch. it was basically love at first sight. i had SUCH a good time and she is the sweetest doll on the face of the earth. truly. bummed out that i failed at taking a picture. but its okay because we have decided that there will be more get togethers :)
& you know what else rocks my socks off? my husband. he sacrificed his wonderful bed frame/furniture & headboard for me. its now in our guest bedroom sitting against the wall & we are sleeping with our mattresses on the floor just so my fat pregnant self can roll out of bed easier. because rolling over and getting out to go to the bathroom was THAT much of a struggle. damn near impossible. someday we'll be fancy again.



byebye bed furniture // tata for now.


miss anything? FASHION. i miss feeling put together. maternity clothes are not doing it for me. and while you can find good things via ASOS/etc - with just a few weeks to go, its not happenin.


before heading out to a friends wedding


movement: daily. his roudy hyper times seem to be changing and slowing down though. i dont feel as many in a day as i used to. & my movement is slowing down too. im terrified to walk my dogs further than a block at a time now because i feel like little man is wedged right in my chach between my legs & at any given second he's going to fall out making his first moments of life a face plant on the cement. i dont know what to think when he moves around so low. weirdest feeling ever. painful yet tingly. just awkward.
food cravings: someone posted a picture on IG of their kid eating a pastry at a farmers market. which of course meant i needed one too. so cheese danish it is, because thats what i could get my hands on.
gender: B is for B O Y.
symptoms: hodge podge. i cant tell left from right. i did spend all day Saturday cramping like a mofo. that was new. but no swollen feet. no cankles. no heartburn. back pain has subsided.
labor signs: no leaking. no discharge. im starting to think this little boy will be overdue.
anything make you sick? negative!
rings? on/off: i wore them for maternity photos! and it cracks me up. you can see my fat piggies. but theyre off otherwise. comfort is key.
belly button? in/out: i THOUGHT it popped out. and i was ecstatic!! but 5 minutes later, it went back in :((

lambeau photo bombed my belly button. but it was out! 


mood: WAHOOOO!!!
looking forward to: seeing his face. yep.


you:
- are gaining weight
- wont be stopped if labor begins
- are running out of room / getting full fast & eating smaller "meals"

your baby:
- is gaining weight
- doesnt have much room
- basic development is complete / kidneys are fully developed / liver can process waste products


OH AND PS.
im in a little group of mommies due in july... there are 24 of us. 3, THREE! of them - already had their babies. healthy beautiful babies at that. but what an eye opener! i am getting so close to meeting my son!



i'll leave you with 3 maternity sneak peaks our photographer posted to facebook! i have the worst hair in the world that is always stringy and yuck. that will never change so i try to not hate a picture based on that anymore. i also didnt plan on wearing that white tank/black skirt in any photos rather than just something to show up in... but oh well. what can ya do!
more to come - you'll see when i see :)



holy fat face on the left!


my chubby piggies make me giggle


& so does he ;)



Monday, June 24, 2013

a guest post : from my husband


do you remember Thursday night?!

it was game 7 of the NBA finals - spurs vs. heat

most of your husbands & men probably had the game going on in your home or were out watching it.
i know mine sure came home & turned the game on right away as he watched while he had dinner.
then he came over to watch it on the couch with me.

i had to go potty & was in the far corner of our couch, so he gave me a hand & helped me get up.




our couch sinks. it is one hell of a work out for me to get on and off this thing these days.
ANYWAYS.
as i got up to head towards our bathroom, isaiah quickly yells "if you ever want me to be a guest blogger for you - let me know!!" & as im peeing im yelling back "OH? what would you say?!" ...
zay: "i would talk about you being mama bear!"
me: ::puzzled face:: (he's never referred to me as mama bear before??) "sure babe. do you want to write on my blog yourself? or on word? or send me an email?"
zay: "yeah. i could email!"
..... 5 seconds later, grabs my computer and writes. all the while not knowing i took a picture of him. because obviously, i had to document the moment.



the game is no longer important to him. 

& this is his post....

Wow! It’s almost been 9 months! Aca- believe it! We have been looking forward to this for our whole lives basically, it just took a while to meet the right person, get married, and have a baby. I’m so glad that Sarah and I have come so far and can’t wait to see what the future holds! Wait, Sarah and I??? Yeah, this is Isaiah dropping in! You might know me as Hubby, Zay-Zay, or I-Go. I’m writing for Wifey tonight because she has been gracious enough to allow me to watch the NBA finals the past few games, so I thought I’d give her a little break! So, what better way to guest blog and to talk nice about the blogger?

I just wanted to say how proud I am of my wife Sarah. “I’m so I’m so I’m so I’m so proud of you” *drake voice*. She has gone through a whole bunch since meeting me. We’ve had 4 deaths in the family, a wedding, a new job (with financial ups and downs), 2 new puppies, and now a new baby on the way. #Wow #Grownups. She has hung tough and is in her last trimester of pregnancy, from what I can tell, this is the part that sucks. She looks more beautiful than she knows, does more than she needs to, and puts up with me!

One of the nicknames I have for Sarah is sweet pea. It started because she’s so sweet, and she’s my little peanut. It really stuck when all she would eat for veggies was peas! Through the whole pregnancy with the hormone changes and the cravings, Sarah has still been my sweet pea. I wanted to blog about it because my little sweet pea has a pea in the pod! It’s exciting to think about how I’m going to have a another, teeny tiny sweet pea here soon.  But not too soon! Gotta get ripe!!
Hang in there Sweet Pea, and little pea!

^^^




seriously? i die.
thanks for making me laugh babe, i love you.
xxo
wifey

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Saturday, June 22, 2013

i admit, im a foodie.

i am a foodie.
which should really say, i am a snackie.

i could snack all day long. especially at this point of my pregnancy!
i am getting full SO fast from any type of meal, but if you give me grapes or gushers? i am all set.
call me a happy mama.

enter: The Goodies Box.

where has this been the last 8 months of my pregnancy?!

they've got boxes made for certain seasons... {hello 9 month winters in Minnesota}, boxes of CEREAL... {addicted}... healthy treats like nuts, DELICIOUS pringles stix {my fav!} and they even mix sweet with salty.

{WINNING!}

head over to this ---> link to check it out and learn more about how you can get your Goodies Box delivered to your front door step!!


{use code JUNEBLOGVIP to skip the waitlist & get your invite today!}


Thursday, June 20, 2013

tis the season.

FOR WEDDINGS!!!!!
{not christmas}

i absolutely love weddings. i had an absolute blast planning my own. we did everything ourselves, & i wouldn't have had it any other way! i want to plan weddings forever. and be as awesome as sarah tucker is.

i know that i already posted once today, but once i saw the link up that Holly was doing - i couldnt resist. i loved my wedding far too much not to hop on this bandwagon!



i'm kind of salty about it because her timing doesnt line up with my timing. damn you Holly.
i still have TWO engagement sessions to photo dump on ya'll before i show you the wedding!!

so consider this your sneak peak? because those photo dumps will be coming. along with the time i wore my wedding dress to the MN state fair.
yeah, i did that.


The Details: August 11th, 2012
2:00pm ceremony
4:00pm social hour
5:00pm dinner & dance
10:00pm downtown
{or something}

Location? we got married at Hennepin Ave United Church in Minneapolis.
i had two requirements : a beautiful backdrop because i did not want to decorate, and air conditioning.
one random evening we were driving home from uptown and this church caught my eye so we pulled over and decided to check it out. it was 9pm. the doors were locked. womp womp. BUT AHAHA! we found a doorbell. ding dong.
some sweet old man named john answered the door & took us in for a tour. we asked what happened if the day was hot and he said "well ya turn on the air of course!" -- done. ours.








&& our reception was at The Great Hall in St. Paul.
we actually booked this venue before we were engaged! 6 months before!
it was the week of my birthday and i was in the middle of switching jobs so i had the whole week off. one day isaiah took off as well and we spent the afternoon in St. Paul wandering around and hanging out. i dont even know how we thought of wedding venues... but we did. and our wandering around turned into stopping at different venues with a wedding in mind. we walked into The Great Hall and immediately looked at each other, flashed a stern smile and said "this is it". and so it was. we booked it.




we decided to not pay the extra $1000 for that stupid draping on the top and leave the high ceilings open. & we also made them hide those weird looking trees. so for our wedding reception, it was like this :






AAAAND. after our reception, we had a party limo bus come pick us up along with our bridal party and friends to go downtown where we we rented the rooftop with bottle service at Seven Sushi Ultralounge in Mpls. 
thats where isaiah and i first met & we took some of our engagement photos - so we HAD to include them in our wedding! and thats where lots of shenanigans happened. 







Colors? navy, pink/blush/rose WHATEVER YOU CALL THAT, & tones of ivory with gold. i die.
inside of my dress my "something blue" was a piece of my grandpas denim shirt cut out as a heart & sewn in. along with a patch that had our wedding date with mine & isaiah's initials. isaiah has the same patch sewn into his suit coat. my shoes were gold. i had 3 pairs because i was NOT staying in heels all day.








Bridal Party? 3 on each side. isaiah had his brother, best friend growing up & an old roommate/coworker from target. i had my little cousin, and 2 bests from college. the groomsmen wore custom fitted navy suits with pink ties & the girls wore 3 different dress styles (1 strapless, 1 shoulder strap & 1 with regular straps) in pink/blush/rose? from in duchess satin from lela rose. i ordered those dresses without even seeing them in person. so risk-ay. but when i saw them online? i loved them. so much.




First Dance Song? 100 more years - francesca battistelli... still makes me cry.











Honeymoon? we cruised on royal caribbean of course! we were supposed to leave the next morning, but we had cancelled when isaiah's dad went into the hospital. our actual cruise/honeymoon took place a month later at the end of september. we left from florida, sailed on the oasis & had a beautiful time in the caribbean. jet skiing, scuba diving, breakfasts on our balcony with the sunset... LOVEd it.




What would you do differently?  i really did love my dress. but it was the most stressful part about the entire process. & what you dont know by looking at these pictures, was that i bought TWO dresses before the one i actually wore. and when i look back on the pictures myself, i dont love how i looked in that one.
we talk about our wedding day a lot. sometimes we say we wish we would have done a destination wedding, but at the end of the day? thats a lie. we had a fucking blast and everything about our day was absolutely perfect. we also lost isaiah's dad 2 days before, so we know now that a destination wedding wouldn't have worked out. we WILL renew our vows on a beach though. you can bet that!
the day did fly by though. and that sucks. i wish our timeline was better because we had little to NO time after the ceremony and before the dinner for pictures. rush rush rush.


-- i can not believe we are coming up on our ONE YEAR anniversary. and we will have a little miracle babe! SQUEE. i am so lucky.

shout out to you babe for being such a wonderful life partner and making every day as wonderful as our wedding day! i can not wait for all of the years ahead! LOVE YOU.





{& stay tuned, i'll still do a wedding recap!}

ALSO. CHECK OUT OUR WEDDING VIDEO!!! its the bees knees. prom prom!





Isaiah + Sarah / The Great Hall from eMotion Cinematography on Vimeo.

birth announcements.

if you saw my post yesterday, there aren't many things left on my to do list!

one thing that i spend a lot of time thinking about are the birth announcements.

to do or not to do?

birth announcements were something i've come across often and something i even looked at long before we were pregnant. perhaps it began when searching for wedding invitations because so many websites collaborate with the two occasions, i'm not sure when it exactly started. i'll even admit to looking at them because i have a nosey unhealthy obsession with baby names.
are the names on there real or made up? i dont even know.

once we got pregnant - i returned to looking at birth announcements again. ive looked at minted, tinyprints, shutterfly, vistaprint & even went back to lady fingers letterpress - the ladies who did our custom wedding invites.

as time went on, i wasnt sure i wanted needed to have a special birth announcement of a sort. isnt facebook enough these days? a good 90% of my family is heavily into Facebook and theres no doubt that news will be spreading like wild fire once little man arrives.

truth is - i have a good amount of family in Germany, and a birth announcement would be a wonderful thing for them to have. my oma would hold that so dear to her heart & i'm sure all sets of our grandparents will, regardless of being in the US or not.

after much thought and research - ive decided to go with tiny prints! i have heard such great things about their company and i am familiar with them as well as their sister site, shutterfly & wedding paper diva's. swoon.

here are some of my favorites! part of me feels like i wont be able to officially decide on one design until we have our newborn pictures taken - but i cant help myself from looking. tiny prints has something for everyone! i feel like these have so much personality & flair. i cant wait to place our order!

did you do birth announcements? what would you like to see on your fridge?!
{does it even matter which one we choose?! ... baby goodman's sweet face will be the best part!}























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