Saturday, October 7, 2017

27 WEEKS PREGNANT

It's been a ROUGH week.
To start things off the abdominal pain with walking/standing has continued. I thought that would be the worst part of this week, but I was wrong. So wrong.
Monday night I didn't have any baby movement. Which was uncommon, but not totally alarming. I fell asleep quickly and didn't think anything about it until the afternoon when I realized I still had felt any movement or kicks. I put a call in to my Doctor and her nurse calls me back and says to drink something caffeinated and eat something sugary and if after 30 minutes I still hadn't felt any movement, then I would need to go check in at the hospital. 30 awful...intense...prayerful minutes later, I still hadn't felt movement. I got in my car, went to my husbands work and we headed to the hospital. We had a quiet, tearful, stressful drive to the hospital. I got checked in and they got me hooked up to a monitor and we heard the heartbeat. I don't think there has ever been a sweeter sound. The nurse immediately heard the baby hiccuping and moving around, yet I still didn't feel anything. They gave me some apple juice to drink and after about 45 minutes, I finally felt her move. They decided to keep me a little bit longer, to get ahold of my Doctor before releasing me. Shortly thereafter, I mentioned to my husband that the heartbeat sounded weird. Not 15 seconds later and the nurse was in adjusting the monitor. She tried for a few seconds, then picked up her cell phone and just said, 'can you come help me'. A few seconds later, 3 nurses and the on-call doctor come rushing in and they are prepping me for an IV and there is "doctor speak" being thrown around the room. I start to panic. The nurse finally explains that they are having trouble finding a heartbeat. Seconds later she finds it, but they go ahead and put in the IV and want to monitor me for 2 hours to see if it happens again. After three and a half hours, they decide that they want to keep me over night for monitoring.

It was THE worst night of my life. It was uncomfortable, unrestful, and stressful. It was hard to sleep because anytime I moved the monitor would shift and a nurse would be in to fix it. I was also just waiting for the heartbeat to change and them to come rushing in again. Thankfully, by 7 the next morning they informed us that there had been no further issues with baby's heartbeat and I would be released. They just told me I have an extremely ornery baby. There really wasn't an explanation for what happened, but just a lot of it could be this or it could be that. It was comforting that in the 15 hours I was at the hospital, it only happened once.

On Thursday I followed up with my Doctor and she said because of the issue at the hospital, it was now time to begin the twice weekly appointments. I knew from the beginning that this would happen, but it was a bit sooner than I had hoped. So every Monday, I get to go in for 20 minutes of heart monitoring and every Thursday I go in for a sonogram.

I have now started using a kick counting app to make sure that things stay within the normal range.

I'm truly hoping for a less stressful, less intense 28th week!

-Julie

Sunday, October 1, 2017

6 - 26 WEEKS PREGNANT

Since I'm starting my blog back up so late in my pregnancy, I won't go into too many details. Rather, I'll just give a quick review over the first part of my pregnancy.

I found out I was pregnant at 6 weeks. I was a lucky one and experienced no morning sickness at all. Thank goodness! However, I was blessed with severe exhaustion. I was absolutely amazed at how much sleep I was getting and how tired I still was. 8:00pm was my new bedtime and I was still tired. I had to leave work a few times because I just couldn't function. I napped on my lunch hours and I napped at 5:30pm when I got home from work. Unfortunately, the tiredness continued through to my second trimester, despite everyone telling me how great I would feel. I still suffer with fatigue and continue to go to bed around 8:30pm now.

I'm a plus size girl and I have some health issues that have made this pregnancy high risk. Those two words are so scary for some women, but i guess I always knew because of one thing or the other I would be.  One good thing about being high risk is I get a lot of sonograms. I had one at 12 weeks, one at 18 weeks, and a third one so far at 23 weeks. I'll have another at 28, and then one every 2 weeks until the end of my pregnancy.

Meeting my OB for the first time was eye opening. She told me that she didn't want me to gain any weight with this pregnancy. In my head I was thinking, are you nuts? She then told me that I would have to go on a specific diet through the pregnancy. She said if I followed her instructions that I would have the best chance of taking our baby home after she was born. If I ignored her directions and didn't follow through with the things she was asking of me, then more likely or not our baby would have to be in the NICU for a couple weeks. It was eye opening. My husband and I took it really seriously and I lost 15 pounds pretty quick. I have managed to keep the weight off, but have definitely struggled with the diet. The Whole 30 diet is meant to be a 30 day cleanse type diet. Not a lifestyle diet. It's been rough and what makes it worse is that the only thing I crave is a DQ Reeses Peanut Butter Cup Blizzard with Coco Fudge. At this point in the pregnancy I have really got to turn things around. I do great with my actual meals, they are on point. I have just got to work on not craving the thing I can't have. I wish I was one of those women that crave pickles. Pickles I can have!

At 14 weeks I was able to feel Baby L move. Just little flutters or what actually felt like muscle spasms to me. I wasn't able to feel anything from the outside and my doctor informed me that because of my weight, I may never get to feel them. That was a little disheartening, but it didn't stop me from trying every time she started wiggling.

Finding out the gender at 18 was the best part of the pregnancy so far. For as long as I can remember I have always wanted a little girl first. I always told my nieces I would have a girl and they would ask well how do you know? I always said, God knows how much I want a girl, he will give me that little girl. Nothing changed after I found out I was pregnant. I wanted a girl so deeply that I was just sure I would be devastated if the baby was a boy. People closest to me tried to tell me I wouldn't care, but they just didn't get it. I of course would have loved a little boy with my whole heart. But when you've waited 8 years, and this could possibly be my only pregnancy, I needed this baby to be a girl. When the sonogram tech said, "You've got your girl", I cried. The happiest tears I've ever cried.

At my 24 week check up, my OB informed me that she wasn't going to let me go passed 38 weeks pregnant due to being high risk. Some women would freak out about that. For me though, and please don't judge me, I was pumped. Two less weeks to be huge and pregnant and uncomfortable! Yes, please!

At 26 weeks, I really don't look pregnant. Which is a good and bad thing. Good because I don't have strangers coming up and touching my belly. Also, bad because I don't get that experience of people knowing I'm pregnant. I know it's not really something to complain about, but sometimes I wish I didn't have to explain to the lady in the fitting room that I'm worried a dress won't fit because my belly might get bigger. Not because I think I'm going to gain weight, but because I'm pregnant.

This 26th week has had a really great experience, but also come with some serious problems. My husband and I were finally able to feel Baby L kick and she is very active in the morning and at night. However, on the same day we got to feel her for the first time I started experiencing some serious abdominal pain/pressure with walking and standing. I was hopeful it was just a temporary thing, but it's been days now and it persists. My OB assures me that it's normal and that it's okay as long as I'm not having any bleeding.  I'm hopeful that it won't last much longer, or at least won't get any worse. I guess we'll see.

That's all for now. I will do weekly updates from here until delivery.

-Julie

Saturday, September 30, 2017

I'M BACK..AGAIN!

Hello!

Gosh it's been so long since I've taken the blog plunge. I have truly missed blogging and have thought about getting back in the swing of things so many times. Then life gets in the way and I just never had time. I still don't know that this is the best time to jump back into things, but I'm tired of putting it off.

So let's catch up. The biggest news is...after 8 years of trying, my husband and I are finally pregnant. eek! We will be welcoming a baby girl in December. I will probably have a whole post about our fertility struggle at a later date. So that is one new thing that will probably take over the blog a bit.

The beauty posts and beauty hauls will definitely decrease for a few reasons. One, because I'm pregnant and I do not have the time or energy to spend more than 10 minutes on my makeup. Two, because I'm pregnant and have a baby to spend all of my money on. Finally, because I'm just kind of over the over indulgence of buying makeup I will never be able to use. I will still buy things that I really want or obviously replace my everyday products.

So along with writing my own blog posts, I'm also getting back in to reading blogs again. So post your blog links below for me to check out! Talk to you all soon!

Julie

Sunday, February 28, 2016

INFLUENSTER TARGET DRY SPRAY VOX BOX


I absolutely love getting items from Influenster! And guess what, my husband loves it too! This Target Dry Spray Vox Box included, not only something for me, but something for my husband too. 

I have tried a few spray deodorants in the past, and have never been satisfied with them. I feel like the lasting power just isn't there like it is with a solid deodorant. The Dove Dry Spray is an exception. It definitely lasts all day for me. I'm not the hugest fan of this scent, but i don't really smell it unless i am trying to see if i still can. I think I will be checking out what other scents are available once this one runs out.

I have definitely noticed a difference in my husband's scent though. He works hard and usually comes home a bit stinky. I have to say though, since he started using the Dove  Men Dry Spray, i haven't noticed his usual stink. He seems to enjoy the Spray as well. He doesn't get deodorant marks on his dark colored shirts. 

I think if you are in the market for a new deodorant, you should definitely give this one a try!

<3 Julie

Monday, February 15, 2016

HAUL: SEPHORA & MAC

I have been a very bad girl recently and spent way too much money on makeup! However, I had a gift card for part of it, and the rest is my Valentine's present from my husband. (Have I ever mentioned how amazing he is?) 


I have been using CHI flatirons for the last 10 years and while I always thought they were amazing, i decided to look into a different option. I just felt like there was something better out there. I first came across the tress press by drybar it immediately grabbed my attention because of the color. I read probably fifty Sephora reviews and searched blog posts for reviews as well.  So I took the plunge and purchased the tress press, and let me tell you, I do not regret it one bit! It takes less time to straighten my hair, it leaves my hair shiny, and the best part is that my hair actually stays straight. With my CHI, my hair would frizz out or would become wavy if i put it behind my ears. That is not the case with the tress press. I can even sleep on my hair and it still be relatively straight the next day. A 2 minute touch up would be all that is required. I have never been able to sleep with straight hair and wake up with straight hair. There are other pros about it too like it it super quick to heat up (around 5 seconds), and the heat temperature is adjustable.

I also grabbed the Sephora solid brush cleaner and I've tried it a couple times and so far so good. I was hoping it would be a cheaper alternative to the Beauty Blender solid cleanser. I haven't tried the Beauty Blender one, but I might just to get a comparison after this one is used up. 



I think MAC is my ultimate weakness. Their collections speak to my soul! Their most recent collection, Flamingo Park, had me needing every product with a reference to Flamingos. I love Flamingos, they are my favorite animal. I WISH that this collection would have had special packaging, I mean how amazing would that have been? Anyway, even though I needed the entire collection, I limited myself to just two items. The Spring Flock blush is beautiful and it will be perfect for spring. I also picked up Long Legged & Fabulous and I love it!! It's the perfect shade of pink. I also picked up a blush in Mocha which I adore! I have been looking for the perfect warm mauve pink color and it fits the bill. Last but not least I grabbed some brush cleaner, as I've heard great things. I just used it for the first time today and it is everything I imagined.


Last but not least, I picked up a few things at Sephora. I wanted to try a liquid lipstick because I have only ever tried one from the drug store and was not that impressed. I got the Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lovesick. I have to say that the lasting power is incredible, i had a stain on my hand from swatching in the store for like two days. It lasts almost all day on my lips. I will say it is a bit drying, so I try to pair it with a gloss or a balm to give it some moisture. I also grabbed the Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder in Incandescent Stobe Light. I wasn't planning on purchasing a highlighter because the very last thing I need is another highlighter. However, I watched it and I fell in love. It's so silky and smooth and it's a cool tone and just exactly what I want in a highlighter. 


{Houglass Incandescent Strobe Light, Kat Von D Lovesick, MAC Mocha, MAC Spring Flock, MAC Long Legged & Fabulous}


Well I hope you enjoyed this haul and I hope everyone was spoiled rotten on Valentine's Day like I was! 

<3 Julie

Friday, January 1, 2016

CHANEL HAUL


Ahhh, Chanel! How I love thee!
I, along with every other woman, love Chanel. However, like many other women, don't have the funds to support my love. Occasionally though, I get the chance to indulge myself just a bit. One of those chances came around recently and I decided to get myself another Chanel Eyeshadow. I have been obsessed with Chanel Fauve for a year now and it is in my top 5 favorite eyeshadows. It is probably my number 2 favorite after MAC Satin Taupe. I decided to buy directly from Chanel. I usually buy through Nordstrom as they have free shipping. I heard somewhere if you buy directly through Chanel, they now give complimentary keepsake boxes with each order. I am a sucker for packaging and I need a Chanel box to display. 


Along with my keepsake box, I also got some great samples and they came in a Chanel drawstring bag! 


I ended up choosing Chanel Complice as I thought it would be a color that i could wear all the time. Boy did I nail it! It's hard for me to buy eyeshadows online without seeing them in person, but I looked at swatches and this color looked perfect.



I absolutely love it. It's got great pigmentation and it just makes my eyes pop!


You can't go wrong with free samples, and Chanel really hooks you up. I definitely recommend buying directly through Chanel rather than through a retailer that sells Chanel.



<3 Julie

Friday, November 6, 2015

YSL INFLUENSTER VOX BOX

I was lucky enough to get picked again for an Influenster Vox Box. If you haven't heard of Influenster, I recommend you click this link and sign up. The more active you are on Influenster or on Social Media, the more likely you are to qualify for free stuff. I was super excited about this Vox Box, because to my knowledge, this is the first high end brand to team up with Influenster. (Hopefully it's not the last!) So this Vox Box was the Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Perfume.





I was a bit disappointed at the size, I mean I didn't really expect them to send a full size perfume out, but I mean a girl can hope...Right? I've never received sample sizes from Influenster before. However, it was at least a deluxe sample size. 

The scent of the perfume is great! I love Vanilla! It also says it has notes of coffee...now your girl here hates the smell of coffee, but I didn't smell coffee in this at all. It also states it has patchouli in it (another scent I despise), but i can't smell that either. So despite it containing two scents i hate, i love it. It's more of an evening scent for me personally just because it's kind of heavy. It lasts on the skin for a really long time too. Overall I would give it a 8 out of 10, just because i can't wear it day to night, but that's just me. It may work as an all day perfume for you!

<3 Julie
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