Sunday, March 29, 2015

Baby Daddy Q & A + Bump Watch ♥ 40 Weeks

With our baby girl's arrival being here any day in the near future, Michael and I have been talking a lot about what life is going to be like once she arrives! Just for fun, I sat down with this handsome baby Daddy of mine and I asked him his thoughts on becoming a Dad. We all know how interesting Michael's thoughts can be... so prepare yourself for who knows what will come out of his mouth! Ha!
 
 
What are you most looking forward to about being a dad?
Umm I don't know. What kind of question is that. Having a kid and raising them, duh.
 
Do you think your truly prepared for watching/supporting Julie through labor?
Absolutely! "Doin' good hunnie, just keep pushing!" - See look, I've got this.
 
What's your biggest fear about bringing a baby into your life?
My only fear is her not being healthy.  
 
Who will be the firm parent and who will be the push over?
Oh I'm totally going to be the firm parent and your going to be the push over. I've seen that coming. It's going to be "you just wait 'till your Dad gets home..." and then I'm always going to be the bad guy.
 
What baby milestone are you most looking forward to in the baby's first year?
Learning to talk. I mean, the first words are going to be "Dadda" duh.
 
Wait, what are you doing this shit for? Is this a stupid blog thing? <<< Goodness, he's so nice isn't he?!
 
Is there anything that makes you nervous about having a daughter?
No. She's going to be a tomboy anyway.
 
Have you thought about baby #2?
Yeah. We'll keep the ball rolling and get them popped out right away.  <<< Lord help me!
 
What trait of Julie's do you hope the baby inherits?
Skinny
 
What trait of yours?
Passionate. {insert me choking on my tea!}
No seriously Michael.... your not passionate.. tell me something true.
Smart. Am I smart? The baby will be smart.
Are you trying to say I'm not smart???
Ummm.... no....  
 
On a scale of 1-10 (one being the lowest), how prepared are you for baby's arrival?
One. I just take life as it comes. Wing it. <<< Again, lord help me!

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How far long: 40 Weeks! Due today! Coooooome on Baby Joy!  {Be sure to follow me on IG for more up to date posts as Baby Joy WILL arrive this week whether she's forced to or not! ♥ @justjuliejoy}

Gender: PINK!! ♥ {Read more about our gender reveal here}


Weight Gain: The final number is 39lbs. Last week I didn't gain/lose. If it weren't for the last minute retaining water, I would have only gained 31. Not bad I suppose considering I was quite worked up about that number many times!

Baby Size: The average is 7lbs and 20 inches long! I'm curious to see how big/small our little bambino is!  {comparable to the size of a watermelon}

Fun Fact: The baby's eyes and hair have color although it could still change after they are born and become older! Can't wait to see what she looks like!

Maternity Clothes: Oh yes! Although I would much rather wear the hubby's clothes than anything! The looser/comfier, the better! I cannot wait to wear my clothes without being stretched to the max! It's going to feel like a whole new wardrobe!

Sleep: I'm not getting very good sleep at all this past week. I find myself getting up every 2 hours (tops) to use the bathroom. And typically I move to the couch or lazy boy by midnight. I suppose this is what my sleep schedule will be similar to very soon!

Movement: Absolutely! She hasn't slowed down like they say happens as they get bigger! She is pretty much always protruding from my stomach. And she sits mostly to the right side of my belly. Which is funny to see and sort of uncomfortable.

Stretch Marks: Not at this time... or at least that I can see!

Cravings: Nothing this week because I've had a cold.

Belly Button: Oh yes, of course. That's old news.

Anything making you queasy or sick?: Nope.

Symptoms:
I've had a couple spurts of contractions but nothing that lasts longer than 4-6 minutes apart for a half hour.

On Tuesday afternoon, I went to the Dr. and was dilated to a 3 and she will still 80% effaced. Which is progress from when I was checked at 35 weeks and dilated just under a 2.

On Wednesday morning, I wound up going into the hospital because I thought I was leaking fluid. They checked the fluid and said it wasn't "enough" to test positive. They checked my cervix and I was now dilated to 4. They sent me home.

As of 3/12, my mucas plug broke. That night and through the weekend last weekend I continued to have some slight contractions every 20-45 minutes. Nothing stayed consistent though and I haven't had any contractions since then. It was kind of a tease. I thought most women typically went into labor a short time after loosing the plug... but the Dr. said everyone is different. {or babies like mine are stubborn!}

This little girl is hanging even lower that's for sure... the pressure/weight in my pelvic area is intense! Therefore using the bathroom every 30-60 minutes. No exaggeration.

Old news symptoms: The linea nigra is in full force, Spider veins on my legs... sore legs... sore feet... retaining water in my ankles, Heart burn/acid reflux on a regular basis and I'm popping tums like candy.

What I miss: At this point I think just being comfortable in general is a real struggle.

Emotions: I'm extremely excited and impatient to meet her!!! I can't wait to see what she looks like and to pick out her name!

Dreams: I had a dream that once she was born we suddenly decided neither name fit her and there we sat in the hospital unable to name her.

Hubby's thoughts: See above Q & A.

Nursery: I think it's safe we are about done with the nursery! At least for now anyways. I do need a couple more things for the floating shelves we hung and I would like to decide something for the books. But for now, it's as close to done as it's going to get! Here's a brief sneak peak!

Glider
Décor
Mobile
Paint mirror
Paint paper mache deer head
Bookshelf???
Closet dividers
Curtains
Organize dresser drawers and closet
Door knobs for closet
Closet shelves
Baskets for closet organization
Furniture
Bedding
New plugs/switches & plates
Painting
DIY Paper Chip Mobile

 

Favorite Moment(s): I got a heavenly pedicure this week and pretty pink toes! The furbabies have been extra attentive to my baby bump and cuddles! I've got lots of relaxing accomplished. I worked up to my last day of work at 39w5d pregnant! And most importantly, I won the debate with the hubs about working this weekend, so he was  home relaxing with us for the last weekend before we add our little bundle of Joy to our family!

Silly boy wants his sister to come out to play!

Cuddles with my tubby girl ♥

Last day of work! Wooo! Jack and I are both excited!!

The hubs and tubby girl waiting on a baby ♥
 
What I am looking forward to: For as nervous as I am, I can't believe I'm saying this, but I can't wait for labor! We are so excited to meet our little girl! ♥
 
Don't forget to follow me on IG for updates on Baby Joy! ♥ {justjuliejoy}
 




 
THE END! Lol


Sunday, March 22, 2015

Bump Watch ♥ 39 Weeks! {whoa...}




How far long: 39 Weeks! A short 7 (+/-) days remaining until our Due date of March 29th! {Be sure to follow me on IG for more up to date posts in case Baby Joy arrives this week! ♥ @justjuliejoy}

Gender: PINK!! ♥ {Read more about our gender reveal here}


Weight Gain: Unsure if this has changed in the last week.... So I'll stick with last weeks number - 39lbs.

Baby Size: The average is 7lbs and 20 inches long! I'm curious to see how big/small our little bambino is!  {comparable to the size of a small pumpkin}

Fun Fact: The baby's eyes and hair have color although it could still change after they are born and become older! Can't wait to see what she looks like!

Maternity Clothes: Oh yes! Although I would much rather wear the hubby's clothes than anything! The looser/comfier, the better!

Sleep: I'm back to being completely uncomfortable and feeling like I'm not getting enough sleep (minus Saturday morning when I slept in until 9:30 minus 5 bathroom breaks) The baby is mostly to the right side of my belly, therefore it's hard to sleep on the right side. And sleeping on the left side all night gets uncomfortable. Then my back hurts. Then I have to pee. Then I have to pry myself up and out of bed. Phew, it's a lot of work!

Movement: Absolutely! Sometimes it's even painful! She's a strong little girl! Now that she is bigger, she is pretty much always protruding from my stomach. And she sits mostly to the right side of my belly. Which is funny to see and sort of uncomfortable.

Stretch Marks: Not at this time... or at least that I can see!

Cravings: Chocolate milk {substituting with a chocolate protein drink}, cereal, chinese, cheese.

Belly Button: Oh yes, of course. That's old news. Funny story, one of my coworkers never felt a baby having the hiccups so she felt my belly and she could feel my belly button sticking out she said "What's that? Her foot or something?" I said "No! That's my belly button!" She was kind of freaked out. HAHA!

Anything making you queasy or sick?: Nope.

Symptoms: As of 10 days ago, my mucas plug broke. That night and through the weekend last weekend I continued to have some slight contractions every 20-45 minutes. Nothing stayed consistent though and I haven't had any contractions since then. It was kind of a tease. I thought most women typically went into labor a short time after loosing the plug... but the Dr. said everyone is different. {or babies like mine are stubborn!}

This little girl is hanging even lower that's for sure... the pressure/weight in my pelvic area is intense! Therefore using the bathroom every 30-60 minutes. No exaggeration.

Old news symptoms: The linea nigra is in full force, Spider veins on my legs... sore legs... sore feet... retaining water in my ankles, Heart burn/acid reflux on a regular basis and I'm popping tums like candy.

What I miss: At this point I think just being comfortable in general is a real struggle.

Emotions: I'm scared shitless now that things are really progressing. However I'm extremely excited and impatient to meet her!!!

Dreams: I had a dream that once she was born we suddenly decided neither name fit her and there we sat in the hospital unable to name her.

Hubby's thoughts: Well my husband is back to his nonsense ways.... he thinks that now is a good time to work 6 days a week. Therefore, I seen him for a total of 22 hours this past week. And his theory is: since your most likely going to go into labor on 1 of the days that I'm not home anyways, what's the difference if I work one more day?

He also had different thoughts on my gallery wall in the nursery. He obviously doesn't know anything about interior design and said that a "gallery wall" sounds/looks like a cluster **** to him. I eventually won that argument and the gallery wall is complete.

Nursery: I think it's safe we are about done with the nursery! At least for now anyways. I do need a couple more things for the floating shelves we hung and I would like to decide something for the books. But for now, it's as close to done as it's going to get! Here's a brief sneak peak!

Glider
Décor
Mobile
Paint mirror
Paint paper mache deer head
Bookshelf???
Closet dividers
Curtains
Organize dresser drawers and closet
Door knobs for closet
Closet shelves
Baskets for closet organization
Furniture
Bedding
New plugs/switches & plates
Painting
DIY Paper Chip Mobile

 

Favorite Moment(s): I really didn't have anything exciting go on this week. I caught up on some last minute things I wanted to get taken care of, including some burp rags that I've been procrastinating!! And it feels good to have the nursery 99% completed! It was in the 40's one day so it was nice enough to take the dogs for a walk down the road and the fresh air was awesome! So I guess those are my favorite moments!

Jack was mistaken that I was trying to get a picture of him rather than the burp cloths. Silly boy.

 
 
What I am looking forward to: For as nervous as I am, I can't believe I'm saying this, but I can't wait for labor! We are so excited to meet our little girl! ♥
 
Don't forget to follow me on IG for updates on Baby Joy! ♥ {justjuliejoy}
 




 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Lovin' lately ♥

As we all know, I really haven't been up to much lately besides preparing for our little girl to arrive! But I do have a few things that I've been lovin' lately that I thought would be worth sharing!
 
The number one thing I'm loving right now is my work schedule! Helloooo 4 day work weeks and no more Saturday's for this preggo... well at least not until I go back to work after maternity leave. It's been tough to juggle doctor appointments, chaos at work, Saturday's, Michael's work schedule, and every day life. So I'm a little relieved that things are slowing down.
 
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This post by Laura about turning off geotagging - creepy world we live in! The thought that someone could look up my STREET where I posted a picture to my IG is just insane! Please friends, update your profiles and put a stop to the creeps of the world!
 
 
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I finally recieved my starter kit from Young Living! I ordered on February 20th and paid $20+ for 2 day shipping. I was getting extremely frustrated considering my biggest reason for ordering was for use during labor/delivery. Which prompted me to borrow my sister in law's doterra oils last week when I started having false labor and panicked that I didn't have any oils! After constant phone calls to YLEO, I was relieved to finally see this package on my door step this week - almost one entire month later! Thankfully, they reimbursed my account for the shipping charges.
 
Anyways, I'm really lovin' the kit! The diffuser isn't as pretty as the rose bud one, but it works amazingly and I love the way it makes my house smell! You better believe I have pinned a million diffuser combinations for future use! Anyone have any favorite combos?!
 
 
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Speaking of YLEO, I also ordered an USB diffuser! How cool is that?! I read some reviews online and I watched a you tube video just to make sure it wasn't a complete waste of money. I love that it's portable and I can use it in my office or even in my truck!
 
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While I was staying at my Mom's last weekend, I was able to hang out with Jasmine for a few. I even talked her into painting my toe nails for me since Michael refuses. What a nice little sis ♥
 

 
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I am lovin' this fabric combo for some burp cloths I'm working on! So girly and springy!
 
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Isn't this newborn pic adorable?! A friend of mine is making this hammock for me so hopefully we can get a picture of Baby Joy like this!
 
 
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Last but not least, these big babies are definitely sucking up all the attention they can get from me. I can't help but wonder if they "know" things are about to change in our home! {Don't mind how terrible I look in both pictures... ha!}
 
Well I think that about sums up a few things I've been lovin' lately! ♥