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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

2016 Christmas Card

   Good Morning y'all! Only 5 more days until Christmas!!! I can't believe it is so close and despite getting our Christmas shopping done super early this year, not a single gift is wrapped.

   Anyways, as usual, we put the dogs in their Holiday attire for their Christmas card picture. We even got Gary the same tie that Tigger has. And as expected, Christmas card picture taking this year was not easy at all thanks to Gary. We had little time and patience and just wanted to get the job done, so here is our Christmas card for 2016...


   And I know, Audrey, Tigger and I aren't officially McAwards yet but close enough! Only a hair over 5 months until we are! 

   Merry Christmas from The McAwards everyone! I hope everyone has a great and safe Holiday and be on the lookout for the nursery reveal post this week that I promised I'd have up.

-Heather

Monday, December 19, 2016

38 Week Bumpdate

    We're in the single digits y'all! 9 days until Rory is here!!!

How Far Along: 38 weeks and 2 days

Due Date: 12/31/2016 New Year's Eve but c-section is scheduled for 12/28/16.

Baby is the Size of: A swiss chard (whatever that is)! Baby should be measuring about 19-22" long and should weigh 6.5 lbs. This still makes me laugh. My little chunky monkey was weighing in at 8 lbs almost 2 weeks ago and is expected to weigh 9 1/2 lbs when I give birth to her in 9 freakin' days!!!

Weight Gain: 43 lbs.

Symptoms: Nausea, headaches, sensitive boobs, moody, fatigue, sciatic nerve pain, back pain, fainting, heartburn, hip pain, acid reflux, pelvic pressure, cramping, calf cramps, minor swelling (in my fingers, feet/ ankles, and face but more so my feet/ ankles), pregnancy farts, and braxton hicks. I've had to start taking 2-3 Diclegis pills a day for morning sickness. Still feeling nauseous, sick, and like crap and still so over pregnancy and ready for Rory to be here. Last night I started to throw up in my sleep and inhaled, so then it was really difficult for me to breathe. Jesse sprang into action and got me water and everything is ok now but the rest of the night I had to lay on my left side with a pillow elevating my head and back.

Gender: Girl!

Name: Rory Brielle

Movement: Yes, she is still a pretty calm baby though. EARLY Thursday morning she was moving around for her daddy though and he got to feel her moving around for quite a bit.

Engagement Ring On or Off: Off but I wear it on a necklace chain around my neck.

Bellybutton In or Out: Starting to poke out a little sometimes. I think it all depends on what position she is in and if I have just eaten or not.

Signs of Labor: Braxton hicks, pelvic pressure, and cramping. They didn't check my cervix at my prenatal appointment on Thursday but during my NST, I apparently had 2-3 contractions and didn't feel them at all. The OBGYN said he wasn't concerned about them though.

Nursery: We're going with a woodland/ woodland critters and floral theme. The nursery is finished! I know, I was supposed to reveal the nursery last week. The post will be up this week though, I promise- unless Rory makes a surprise early entrance.

Maternity Clothes: I'm wearing maternity jeans but on other days I'm still wearing some of my pre-pregnancy jeans unzippered with a belly band. I'm wearing maternity shirts but also still wearing my pre-pregnancy shirts (not all of them obviously lol). And I've been wearing my maternity winter coat that is too big.

Sleep: Exhausted. I just want to be home laying down. I'm tossing and turning throughout the night and getting up to pee in the middle of the night sometimes or just waking up randomly in general and having trouble going back to sleep.

Best Moment(s) of the Week: 

   -NST (had to drink two apple juice boxes this time), pre-op bloodwork, and meeting with the OBGYN who is actually going to be performing my c-section! And Jesse was able to come to this appointment which made me really happy since I usually have to go to my appointments without him while he is at work.

   -My older sister made it Facebook official! She is pregnant again and having twins again!!! And they are due between mine and Jesse's birthdays! I am so happy for her and her family! I can't wait to be an Auntie again and have even more family members so close in age to Rory! Ok, I'll stop with all the exclamation points haha.

   -Star Wars. We went and saw the new Star Wars movie Sunday morning. It was good but definitely not as good as the last one.

   -New phone! I upgraded to the iphone 7 and am officially on a cellphone plan with Jesse (phone number is still the same if you have my number).

Missing: Wine, wine coolers, margaritas, and GIN and TONICS.

Cravings & Aversions: Rice (and Chipotle- that's a given), brownies, cupcakes, cookies, fresh veggies (mainly fresh raw green peppers), chocolate, soft serve vanilla and chocolate twist custard, Wendy's (especially their spicy chicken sandwiches which I craved quite often in the first trimester), McDonald's french fries, Five Guys' french fries and Olive Garden's black tie mousse cake.

   Aversions... Still the same. Grilled chicken (unless it is like overdone and crispyish), nuts, spinach & artichoke dip, tortillas, and biscuits.

Mood: Very happy but getting very easily annoyed.

Looking Forward to: 

   -My non stress test tomorrow. Again, not really something I'm looking forward to but it needs to get done and it confirms whether or not things are still going ok. Plus, it is my last NST and prenatal appointment, woohoo!

   -Friday- A half day at work and my last work day before Rory is born.

   -Christmas Eve and Christmas!

-Heather











Monday, December 12, 2016

37 Week Bumpdate

   Ugh, Mondays... but at least I just have to get through this week and next week and then I'll be off for the Holidays, I'm taking off the day before my c-section, and then I'll be on "maternity leave".

How Far Along: 37 weeks and 2 days

Due Date: 12/31/2016 New Year's Eve but c-section is scheduled for 12/28/16.

Baby is the Size of: A winter melon! Baby should be measuring about 19-22" long and should weigh 6.5 lbs. Hahaha. So I had my last ultrasound with the high risk specialist 6 days ago and Rory is weighing 8 lbs (96th percentile). Can you believe it?! So her new estimated birth weight at my c-section will be 9 1/2 lbs- Lord held me.

Weight Gain: 40 lbs. Yup, I finally hit the big 40 and it is definitely hard to accept, especially since I don't really eat like crap and don't eat a whole lot extra aaand I still have 16 days until my c-section. But as I always say, it is what it is.

Symptoms: Nausea, headaches, sensitive boobs, moody, fatigue, sciatic nerve pain, back pain, fainting, heartburn, hip pain, acid reflux, pelvic pressure, cramping, and braxton hicks. I've had to start taking 2-3 Diclegis pills a day for morning sickness. I have just been feeling so sick and nauseous lately and like total crap. I'm so over this and so ready for Rory to be out of me.

Gender: Girl!

Name: Rory Brielle

Movement: Yes, some days she is more active than others but that's completely normal.

Engagement Ring On or Off: Off. I seriously started thinking I would end up being one of those women who never had to take their ring off during pregnancy. On Friday I couldn't get it on and at that point I decided to just not risk it getting stuck on my finger anymore. So my engagement ring hangs on a necklace chain around my neck.

Bellybutton In or Out: Starting to poke out as you can see in my bumpdate picture. Definitely creeps me out a little but at least I can't see it unless I look in the mirror.

Signs of Labor: Braxton hicks, pelvic pressure, and cramping. At my prenatal appointment on Thursday, they checked my cervix. My cervix is still closed and not dilated or anything at all.

Nursery: We're going with a woodland/ woodland critters and floral theme. The nursery is finished! Now I just have to take pictures and write my nursery reveal post this week!

Maternity Clothes: I'm wearing maternity jeans but on other days I'm still wearing some of my pre-pregnancy jeans unzippered with a belly band. I'm wearing maternity shirts but also still wearing my pre-pregnancy shirts (not all of them obviously lol). And I've been wearing my maternity winter coat that is too big.

Sleep: Exhausted. I just want to be home laying down. I'm tossing and turning throughout the night- especially last night/ this morning.

Best Moment(s) of the Week: 

   -My last ultrasound with the high risk specialist. I was a little bummed that I got the same ultrasound tech as last time though because she speeds through it and doesn't take any 3D pictures :( and of course Rory was stubborn as usual. She started off with her feet and hands/ arms crossed and covering her face. But when she did wake up, I got to see her yawn which was so cute and pretty darn cool. But she was still pretty uncooperative in trying to get a good picture.
Doesn't she look super grumpy here?! lol. Perfecting her angry bitch face already haha.

   -My non stress test. I requested apple juice straight away and it worked like a charm again *Knock on Wood*

   -Taking Friday off. I have been feeling so sick and in so much pain that I said f*** it and took Friday off and got a pedicure which felt like heaven! I had a really nice conversation with the lady next to me and she ended up paying for my pedicure! So all I had to pay for was my brow and lip wax. I highly recommend getting a pedicure right before/ a few weeks before your baby is born. It felt like the best pedicure I have ever gotten. Sometimes pedicures can send women into labor and I was secretly half hoping it would (plus I was already near the hospital too lol) but it didn't. Oh and I ended up getting a burrito bowl from Chipotle for lunch, yum!

   -Finishing the nursery! Finally!

   -Watching Season 2 of Fuller House!

Missing: Wine, wine coolers, margaritas, and GIN and TONICS.

Cravings & Aversions: Rice (and Chipotle- that's a given), brownies, cupcakes, cookies, fresh veggies (mainly fresh raw green peppers), chocolate, soft serve vanilla and chocolate twist custard, Wendy's (especially their spicy chicken sandwiches which I craved quite often in the first trimester), McDonald's french fries, Five Guys' french fries and Olive Garden's black tie mousse cake.

   Aversions... Still the same. Grilled chicken (unless it is like overdone and crispyish), nuts, spinach & artichoke dip, tortillas, and biscuits.

Mood: Very happy but getting very easily annoyed.

Looking Forward to: 

   -My non stress test Thursday. Again, not really something I'm looking forward to but it needs to get done and it confirms whether or not things are still going ok. And I get some pre-op blood work done and get to meet with the OBGYN that will be performing my c-section.

   -And I'm totally blanking on what else is going on this week that would be something I'd be looking forward to.

-Heather








Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Wedding Wednesday

   Happy Wedding Wednesday! I decided to only doing Wedding Wednesdays once a month instead of twice because they were getting a little boring and I just don't feel like doing two with being pregnant and all. So let's get straight to the chase and look at what we got done last month and what we need to get done this month...

From last month's to-do list:

  •    Finish calculating food & drink estimate. I know, I know, it is absolutely ridiculous and sad that we haven't finished this... so it'll be on yet another month's to-do list.
  •    Start creating a reception playlist or at least figure out how many songs we need to choose. Yup, haven't done this either.
  •    Pick out/ order wedding bands... yes! This is done and we have our wedding bands at the house! And it definitely worked in our favor getting them on Black Friday. They were on sale and we came in under budget, yay!!!
This is the one I chose from Littman Jewelers!!!

  •    Finalize what the Ring Bearer is going to wear and let my sister know so that she has plenty of time to go out and buy it. Still need to do this too sadly. But at least I have an inspiration board I put together already and printed out. I just need to ask Jesse's opinion again b/c I can't remember what he told me months ago and then let my older sister know so that she can order it all for my nephew.
  •    Order invitations & RSVP cards- done! Invitations have been ordered and are at the house. I ordered a RSVP card downloadable template file on Etsy. I've edited the information and printed them out. Now I just need to cut them and get some little envelopes for them.
  •    Get my mom to talk to the church next door to see if they'll let us use their parking lot for parking. My mom hasn't done this yet but I did give her a deadline around the middle of this month (or before?) so that we have an answer, I can type up the parking info and print it out to be put with the wedding invitations.
   
New to December's to-do list:
  •    Mail out wedding invitations. I need to cut out the RSVP cards, buy little envelopes for the RSVP cards, and get the parking info from my mom before we can mail out the invitations but this needs to be done this month.
   And I think that's it for this month. We just really need to try to get these things done asap before Rory is born b/c I know that once she's here, the chaos and procrastination on the wedding front is just going to increase.

   Happy Hump Day!
-Heather


Monday, December 5, 2016

36 Week Bumpdate

   You guys!!! I get to meet my little girl in 3 weeks and 2 days!!! I can't believe it is so freakin' close!

How Far Along: 36 weeks and 2 days

Due Date: 12/31/2016 New Year's Eve but c-section is scheduled for 12/28/16.

Baby is the Size of: A large canteloupe! Baby should be measuring about 19-22" long and should weigh 6 lbs. Ha! At my ultrasound 4 weeks ago, she was weighing 6 lbs 1 oz. I'll find out how much she is weighing now tomorrow at my appointment with the high risk specialist.

Weight Gain: 37 lbs. Yup, I'm just going to have to accept this weight gain. I'm at the point where I do not care anymore (kind of) and just want to eat whatever will make me feel better.

Symptoms: Nausea, headaches, sensitive boobs, moody, fatigue, sciatic nerve pain, back pain, fainting, heartburn, hip pain, acid reflux, pelvic pressure, and braxton hicks (I think). I've had to start taking 2-3 Diclegis pills a day for morning sickness. I have just been feeling so sick and nauseous lately and like total crap. I'm so over this and so ready (but not ready) for Rory to be out of me.

Gender: Girl!

Name: Rory Brielle

Movement: Yes, some days she is more active than others but that's completely normal.

Engagement Ring On or Off: On but sometimes it'll be a little difficult to get it on or take it off.

Bellybutton In or Out: Still technically in but definitely looks like it's making it's way on being an outie which I would totally not like b/c it creeps me out for some reason.

Signs of Labor: I'm still thinking I'm experiencing braxton hicks. I've read they're not supposed to be painful but if this is what I'm experiencing, they're definitely painful and they tend to happen when I'm driving home from work lol or in this morning's case, they happened on my way to work. The pelvic pressure has been increasing. Some days it is horrible and some days I don't have it. When we were running errands on Saturday I seriously felt like her hand or something was going to pop out of me.

Nursery: We're going with a woodland/ woodland critters and floral theme. The nursery is almost finished! I just need to get like 2 tiny things done. I'm hoping to get the reveal out next week, so be on the lookout for that post!

Maternity Clothes: I'm wearing maternity jeans but on other days I'm still wearing some of my pre-pregnancy jeans unzippered with a belly band. I'm wearing maternity shirts but also still wearing my pre-pregnancy shirts (not all of them obviously lol). And I've been wearing my maternity winter coat that is too big.

Sleep: Exhausted. I just want to be home laying down. I'm tossing and turning throughout the night.

Best Moment(s) of the Week: 

   -My non stress test. I was actually taken back on time for once and I requested cold apple juice right away which worked like a charm. Even though I didn't feel her move more than 3 times, the non stress test showed her moving and everything that needed to be seen in order for it to get the green light and I only had to be hooked up for the normal 20 minutes instead of 1 hour like the previous two tests. So from now on I'm going to request cold apple juice at the start of every single one.

   -Getting the hospital bags packed for the most part. Some stuff can't be packed in advance but they are pretty much good to go. And Jesse cleaned out the cars and installed the car seat bases and car seat!

   -We went over my mom's Saturday night and Sunday. My nephew was there for the weekend and my older sister came up for family dinner on Sunday. My nephew was a freakin' crazy hyper nut but he is so funny and always makes everyone laugh. 

Missing: Wine, wine coolers, margaritas, and GIN and TONICS.

Cravings & Aversions: Rice (and Chipotle- that's a given), brownies, cupcakes, cookies, fresh veggies (mainly fresh raw green peppers), chocolate, soft serve vanilla and chocolate twist custard, Wendy's (especially their spicy chicken sandwiches which I craved quite often in the first trimester), McDonald's french fries, Five Guys' french fries and Olive Garden's black tie mousse cake.

   Aversions... Still the same. Grilled chicken (unless it is like overdone and crispyish), nuts, spinach & artichoke dip, tortillas, and biscuits.

Mood: Very happy but getting very easily annoyed.

Looking Forward to: 
 
   -My ultrasound tomorrow!!! I can't wait to see Rory and find out how much our little chunky girl is weighing now.

   -My non stress test Thursday. Again, not really something I'm looking forward to but it needs to get done and it confirms whether or not things are still going ok.

   -Getting a pedicure and my eyebrows waxed this weekend for the final time before Rory is born. I cannot wait for that pedicure.

   -Season 2 of Fuller House!!!

-Heather









Monday, November 28, 2016

35 Week Bumpdate

   Ugh, Mondays after a long weekend are the worst and I seriously contemplated staying home today.


How Far Along: 35 weeks and 2 days

Due Date: 12/31/2016 New Year's Eve but c-section is scheduled for 12/28/16. So 4 weeks and 2 days until she is here!!!

Baby is the Size of: A canary melon! Baby should be measuring about 19-22" long and should weigh 5.5 lbs. Ha! At my ultrasound 3 weeks ago, she was weighing 6 lbs 1 oz. I can't wait to see what she is weighing at my next ultrasound in 1 week (my last ultrasound)!

Weight Gain: 33-34 lbs. Yup, I'm just going to have to accept this weight gain. I'm at the point where I do not care anymore (kind of) and just want to eat whatever will make me feel better.

Symptoms: Nausea, headaches, sensitive boobs, moody, fatigue, sciatic nerve pain, calf cramps, back pain, fainting, heartburn, hip pain, acid reflux, and braxton hicks (I think). I've had to start taking 2 Diclegis pills a day for morning sickness. I have just been feeling so sick and nauseous lately and like total crap. I'm so over this and so ready (but not ready) for Rory to be out of me.

Gender: Girl!

Name: Rory Brielle

Movement: Yes and she has actually been a little more active since my last non stress test. I think she's trying to let me know she's ok in there and to stop all of these dumb non stress tests. No can do little girl. As annoying as they are, they are for the best.

Engagement Ring On or Off: On but sometimes in the morning, it'll be a little difficult to get it on or I can't get it back off but if I hold an ice pack, run my hand under cold water, or wait a few hours, it's all back to normal.

Bellybutton In or Out: Still technically in but definitely looks like it's making it's way on being an outie which I would totally not like b/c it creeps me out for some reason.

Signs of Labor: Just the fact that she has dropped and the OB I saw last thinks I'm experiencing braxton hicks but I have no idea being a first time mom. But those aren't necessarily labor signs or signs that labor is in the very near future. I'm also thinking I might have had a contraction once or twice but again, I have no idea and it's nothing to worry about or a sign of anything anyways.

Nursery: We're going with a woodland/ woodland critters and floral theme. The nursery is almost finished! I just need to get a few things organized, Jesse needs to stain her growth chart, and then it should be ready for the reveal. I'm hoping to get the reveal out next week, so be on the lookout for that post!

Maternity Clothes: I'm wearing maternity jeans but on other days I'm still wearing some of my pre-pregnancy jeans unzippered with a belly band. I'm wearing maternity shirts but also still wearing my pre-pregnancy shirts (not all of them obviously lol). And I've been wearing my maternity winter coat that is too big.

Sleep: Exhausted. I just want to be home laying down. I'm tossing and turning throughout the night.

Best Moment(s) of the Week: 

   -This isn't a "best moment" at all really but I had my second non stress test on Monday. I got there early but of course had to wait forever. They finally hooked me up and I listened to Rory's heartbeat while waiting to see if she was going to move. She didn't, but that isn't a surprise. So I requested some water. Chugged a bunch and she moved once. I kept drinking and waiting and drinking and waiting and no movements but her heartbeat was still going. The OBGYN took a look at my test and said that she was only reactive once and they look for 2 (or at least 2?) reactions or whatever. So my test was considered nonreactive and she said not to worry but I needed to have a biophysical profile (BPP) ultrasound done.

   They were booked for ultrasounds, so they sent me to the hospital next door to triage where they hooked me up to do another non stress test and gave me cold ice water and cold apple juice. This little stubborn girl decided she wanted to move around and was reactive aaand she kept pushing on my full bladder. They kept me hooked up for like an hour. I was so miserable and my phone was dying (and of course my charger was in the car). I didn't tell Jesse to come because I asked how long they thought I'd be there for and they had said I'd only be there for maybe an hour (yea right) and I didn't exactly know what was going on. I kept him informed but was also aware my phone could die any second. He told my mom what was going on and she ended up calling the hospital after I had been there for a hour. The nurse told me (and my mom when she called) that my baby looked beautiful (according to the non stress test, obviously without an ultrasound they couldn't physically see her) and that she didn't see the need for a BPP. If I still wanted a BPP, I would have to wait another 3-4 hours because they only had 1 ultrasound tech and there were like 3 people ahead of me that were considered "priority". I told them I just wanted to go home. When you just want to go home and your bladder is extremely full and have a baby pushing on it, you get very impatient. As I waited, I decided to go out of my room and ask if they were getting the papers ready (which they were in the process of) and then asked where the hell the bathroom was b/c my bladder was about to explode.

   All in all, she's fine. She was probably just sleeping during the first non stress test and/ or being her stubborn little sassy self.

   -Thanksgiving! Even though I felt like total crap and I didn't get any pictures of me, my bump, or Jesse and I together.

   -Getting our gate redone. Finally! Our front gate is fixed!

   -Bought Rory's Christmas gift! And I didn't take a picture of course. It's a snowglobe from Things Remembered and it has "Rory's 1st snowglobe 2016" engraved on it.

   -Gilmore Girls on Netflix! I watched tit on Friday. Jesse came home right at the end of the last episode to me yelling at the t.v. That ending was such a cliffhanger and I NEED to know what's next!!! They need to come out with season 2 pronto.

   -Bad Moms. We finally watched Bad Moms and it did not disappoint at all! I loved it!

Missing: Wine, wine coolers, margaritas, and GIN and TONICS.

Cravings & Aversions: Rice (and Chipotle- that's a given), brownies, cupcakes, cookies, fruit, and fresh veggies (mainly fresh raw green peppers), chocolate, Belgian waffles, s'mores, french toast, soft serve vanilla and chocolate twist custard, Wendy's (especially their spicy chicken sandwiches which I craved quite often in the first trimester), McDonald's french fries, Five Guys' french fries and Olive Garden's black tie mousse cake.

   Aversions... Still the same. Grilled chicken (unless it is like overdone and crispyish), nuts, spinach & artichoke dip, tortillas, and biscuits.

Mood: Very happy but getting very easily annoyed.

Looking Forward to: 
   -My non stress test on Thursday. Ok, I'm not really looking forward to this because they take forever to bring me back there and my daughter is stubborn during these and makes them take longer than they should. Hoping this test goes better than the last one.
   -Working on packing the hospital bags tonight. Still haven't finished this but I'm hoping to get everything that we can get packed now packed tonight.
   -Get the cars cleaned out and the car seat bases installed in both of our cars. I like things to be done so far in advance that I am freaking out because there is so much that I wanted done already that we haven't done.


-Heather








Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Thankful...

   In the spirit of Thanksgiving being tomorrow, I thought I'd do a short, sweet, and simple little post on some things I am thankful for...

1. Rory Brielle- Although she is not here yet, I am so thankful that she is my daughter and I am blessed to be the one she will call "mom".

   I am also thankful that she is ok after Monday's scare. Ok, I wasn't that scared because I know my daughter but I was scared a tiny bit and she sure scared her daddy and her nonna. I went in for my annoying weekly non stress test. My test results came back as nonreactive and I had to be sent to triage at the hospital next door for another non stress test. All in all, she's fine. She was probably just sleeping during the first non stress test and/ or being her stubborn little sassy self. I'll give more details on this scare in my 35 week bumpdate on Monday.

2. Tigger, Audrey, and Gary- I love my fur babies (yes, even Gary) more than anything in the world and am so thankful to be their fur momma! They keep me on my toes, provide me with tons of kissies and snuggles, and keep me going everyday. I can't wait to see how they are with Rory and I know she will have such a strong bond with them.

3. Jesse- I never thought I'd find "the one" and yet I did! I am so in love with this man. I can't wait to see him be a father to our little girl and I can't wait to become his wife next year.

4. My Mom- I've said this before and I'll say it again, I do not know where I'd be today if it wasn't for my mom. She has helped me become the woman that I am and I don't know what I'd do without her.

5. My Younger Sister, Jen- I'd say throughout most of our lives, we haven't gotten along but it has gotten a lot better and I love her to death. I know that I can 100% be my goofy self around her without any negative judgement and she will act just as equally goofy. We share a very unique weird sisterly bond and I know she is going to be an amazing aunt to Rory- so amazing that Rory is probably going to want to go hang out with fun auntie Jen all the time and think I'm a lame mean mom lol.

6. My Family- I'm going to wrap the rest of my family into one. Whether we have been family my entire life, became family through marriage, or whatever the reason, I am so thankful for my family. Family is everything and I can't wait for this new family experience once Rory arrives. Rory is already surrounded by so much love from near and far and I will be forever grateful for that.


   Now let's get through this work day and have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving tomorrow everyone!!!

-Heather