How to Prepare for the Big Game #GameDayTraditions

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When football seasons starts I know right away what the next couple of months are going to look like when it comes to the weekend. It looks a lot like this.

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With me looking like this.

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Pick a room in our house, any room at all and it’ll be tuned to a sports station either talking about the games or playing the games. I’ll admit that I’ve planned many weekend activities around when football games were on. If B’s favorite team is playing you can bet that he’s not doing anything but watching the big game. There have been numerous mornings were I’ve woken up to B already being in the shower and the smell of Head & Shoulders Classic Clean Shampoo. Many of times I’ve gotten excited! Where are we going today?! Then I see what he’s wearing, a football jersey. And I remember. It’s football season. It’s a Sunday. I’m a football widow.

Don’t get me wrong I don’t not like football, I enjoy it but when it’s all you hear about for a couple of months it gets a little old so I do all I can not to be a football widow. I make my pearly whites sparkling and bright with the Oral B Vitality toothbrush, I even use toothpaste so my breathe isn’t horrendous like it normally is when I wake up in the morning.

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I even put on make up which is a pretty big deal when you’re very pregnant, have a two week old or heck if you’re a mom in general. I make my lashes nice and long with Covergirl LashBlast Mascara.

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Everyone knows how awesome women look when they apply mascara so if you can get your man to see you applying it you’ll barely even have to convince him to stay, he’ll want to do it on his own. But if that doesn’t work, I bat them at him hoping it will convince him that staying home with me and the kids (who don’t actually want to watch the big game) is the best thing for him to do, the way he’ll have the most fun.

I figure if my teeth are brushed, I put on real pants instead of yoga pants and wear make up that surely B will stop, pay attention and decide that he doesn’t need to go to the big game instead he’ll stay home with us! But no. It doesn’t work that way. Not only does he not pay a lick of attention (PRE-GAME IS ON!!) but he doesn’t even bother to use the Gillette Fusion ProGlide to shave.

gillette fusion proglide

I think he thinks that I don’t like the bread but the truth is, I do, so I’ll continue to work hard to not be a football widow and win his attention over the big game. I’m not sure it will ever work but I won’t give up. At least not yet! Before long football season will be over, the Gillette Fusion ProGlide will be used and I’ll have our family weekends back. Until then I’ll embrace our current traditions for gameday.

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Baby G4’s Birth Story: The Beginning

There are so many different places I can start with this birth story. Where I’m going to choose to start was the day I was 39 weeks and two days. Why? Because that was the day I went into labor with Kyla and went that day passed I realized that I didn’t expect myself to be pregnant passed that point so when I was it felt like I had entered this place of limbo. A place where a baby was suppose to have arrived but hadn’t. It was a weird feeling. When I hit 40 weeks and passed it I was even more surprised. Aren’t 2nd, 3rd, 4th etc babies suppose to come “early”? The Saturday after my due date I headed to get a slice of eggplant parm, surely that would send me into labor right? Worked with Mason after all!

eggplant parm slice

Wrong. The Sunday after my due date I decided I was going to walk the baby out so I went to Costco with my friend, we walked all around and then headed to Target. I started getting a ton of consistent Braxton Hicks contractions and I thought “this could be it”. I let my mom know that I could be in early labor but ended up telling her that she was better off going to work. I’m glad she did because by the time midnight hit the Braxton Hicks contractions had petered out. I woke up the next morning, not in labor!

The further I got away from my due date the more likely it was that my Mom was going to be in Dallas during the birth and not with me. The further I got from my due date the closer I got to the day we were expecting a serious snow storm. I tried to push it out of my mind, hopeful I would go into labor before than but also fairly certain I wouldn’t. I knew this would be a snow baby, I’ve thought it since the beginning when I debated having a home birth. Knowing that my mom and sister were most likely not going to be able to make it my Aunt headed my way on Tuesday the 19th, to wait this baby out with me and be there to help once baby arrived. I was glad she because that night a couple of hours before her arrival I started having Braxton Hicks contractions. They were coming super fast and were “strong” for not real contractions. I alerted B and let him know that “this could be it”. I told my Aunt too just in case and even my mom. My mom was hopeful I was in labor as well and talked about coming to see me so she didn’t miss the birth. I told her I thought it was a bad idea since she had a flight to catch on Friday and at that point the storm was going to start on Thursday. I mentioned that we were expected to get 13 inches that first night and her response was pretty much a shoulder shrug. It had me laughing.

 

It was clear however from talking to her that she had made up her mind, she was coming. By the next morning my Braxton Hicks had completely stopped. Wednesday morning my Aunt, B and I were sitting around the table when we got a knock at the door. We were surprised but NOT shocked to see my mom and sister at the table. Kyla was thrilled to see them (Mason was at school), we went out to dinner and then ran some errands while my mom did school work. When we got back we found out that the airline had canceled all Friday flights and that if they wanted to make it to Dallas they had to catch a flight out Thursday night. Before my mom and my sister had been in Virginia for 24 hours they were headed back out.

Thursday my Aunt and I got Mason off to school and then we ran a bunch of errands, we made returns, stopped at the grocery store and got prepared in general for baby and the snow storm. When we got back from the grocery store around 2pm I realized that I was starting to lose my mucus plug. I tried not to get too excited but as it continue to happen with every trip to the bathroom I knew that this was the start of something. I started to get contractions that were fairly spaced but this time they weren’t Braxton Hicks, they were the real deal!

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Also the real deal? The snow storm that was headed our way. By this time it was scheduled to start around 11am on Friday 1/22. I knew that I wasn’t going to make it through the weekend and we were all a little nervous. School was already canceled for Mason and it seemed like the storm was going to live up to it’s hype.

Blizzard 2016 Forecast

 

I spent the night packing for the birth center and wondering if we’d be able to make it there and if we’d be able to make it back!

To be continued…

40 Weeks with Baby G4

Truth be told I didn’t think I’d be writing this week’s update. I thought my posts this week would be filled with a birth story and precious pictures of my newborn but that wasn’t in the cards, instead here’s my 40 week update. I reached this point with Mason, but not with Kyla!

40 weeks collage

It’s hard to say for sure how big your baby will be, but the average newborn weighs about 7 1/2 pounds (about the size of a small pumpkin) and is about 20 inches long. His skull bones are not yet fused, which allows them to overlap a bit if it’s a snug fit through the birth canal during labor. This so-called “molding” is the reason your baby’s noggin may look a little conehead-ish after birth. Rest assured — it’s normal and temporary.

40 weeks pregnant with BabyG4

How Far Along: 40 Weeks

Due Date: January 15th, 2106

Boy or girl: Team Green!

Currently craving/Currently Avoiding: Meat is still not my favorite. Starting to think I should become a vegetarian, except for bacon and sausage.

Weight: Maintained this week which is good, I was overweight to begin with so I didn’t want to gain too much weight. This is still the heaviest I’ve ever been in my life. YIKES!

Belly button status: In!

Sleep grade: Still super sleepy! I could sleep all day long, I do somehow manage to squeeze in some naps. Thank goodness for the three year age gap otherwise I don’t think it would be doable unless I still had a napping child which I don’t!

Recent Crazy Dream: I had a very realistic dream that I drove to one of my friend’s houses that I know from my March group.

Evidence of pregnancy brain: I’m doing fairly well with keeping it together. The main thing I’ll say is that I seem to be in a funk. Since I thought the baby would be here already I feel like I’m in limbo, waiting every day for baby to come. It’s an odd feeling.

Symptoms?: Heartburn has been slow again this week too. The breathing thing I had mentioned is getting better too thanks to the supplements (Iron and Chlorophyll). I’m grateful that I’m not struggling as much to breathe.

Health/Appointments: I had an appointment on Thursday. An appointment I honestly didn’t think I’d make it too. When I wrote it in my planner I was all “ugh totally messing up my planner for no reason”. Well there was a reason LOL. Baby’s heart rate was great (146) and my blood pressure was good as well. We mainly talked about how I’m feeling, pressure to go into labor at a certain time and being surprised that I don’t have a newborn yet!

Movement: Things are slowing but baby is still moving a good amount. The morning and night time seem to be the most active for this little one.

Names: I repeat. The struggle is real.

Any baby related purchases?: Nothing baby related. I want to run out tomorrow and grab a cute, supportive sports bra for when I go into labor. Sounds silly but I’ll have a photographer there so I want to make sure that I like what I’m wearing.

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In the Kitchen

Labor Energy Balls

Peanut Butter Energy Balls

When I was pregnant with Kyla I made "Labor-Aide" to help me through labor. It tasted pretty yummy but I didn't drink it as much as I should have instead drinking water and Recharge that my midwives provided me with. This time around I decided to skip the Labor-Aide, at least for now and instead ... read more