August 2012 - xoxo Rebecca

twenty-nine weeks

FRIDAY 08.31.12

Yesterday I turned 29 weeks. The last of the twenties and next week we will start entering into the home stretch. Only eleven more weeks to go {or less or more..just depends on when the baby is ready}. But for now, it's eleven weeks and counting down.

So this has been a long and exhausting week I must say. I'm so happy for the weekend cause it's Labor Day weekend which means no work on Monday. Hooray for three day weekends. I am hoping to get some sleep since it was very much lacking this week. Like really bad. I'm exhausted.

I'm trying to get things picked up because my best friend is coming into town tomorrow and this house is a mess. It's amazing what a child and a husband can do to a house while I am at work. So I am trying to get this place nice and pretty.

So here is what is happening this week in belly land:


And here is belly photos for this week:


I have a new name now. I'm now referred to as "Roley Poley". Yes, the husband and daughter. Yes, they both laugh at my handicap now since I seems to have to roll around to get up. LOL oh, the joys of having a huge belly. You have to roll around to get going.

How far along? 29 weeks pregnant! (7 months)
Total weight gain/measurements: I gained one pound since last week {+17 all together}
Size Of Baby: Acorn Squash... about 16 inches, 3 pounds
Sleep: Sleep has been absolutely terrible. I have not been able to get more then two hours of sleep a night.
Maternity clothes: I love maternity clothes.
Stretch marks? None so far. Still haven't seen any and never got them with my first pregnancy.
Best moment this week: Honestly, so happy it's finally a long weekend.
Miss anything? Sleep and being able to move and bend over.
Movement: Have felt a little. Not much. It's more pressure I feel. I can always tell where the baby is from the pushing pressure. Not really any kicking this week.
Cravings?: Nope.
Anything making you queasy or sick? I have been getting really sick in the mornings when I'm in the shower.
Labour signs: Nothing really. Been feeling a bit of pressure down there and small sharp pains every now and then. I get them when I'm feeling stressed.
Symptoms: I've been pretty lucky as far as any symptoms. I haven't gotten any of the pregnancy symptoms yet. No swelling, no back aches, no strange hair growth..I've just been getting morning sickness again. That's about all.
Belly button in or out? In
Happy or moody most of the time: Been happy this week but also have been really emotional as well.
Baby related purchases?: So far there hasn't been any. We haven't bought anything yet.
Looking forward to: My best friend coming tomorrow.

Don't forget to check out the poll on my sidebar to vote what you think the baby's gender is going to be. Can't wait to find out!

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xoxo Rebecca

That Friday Blog Hop {59}

Welcome to the new That Friday Blog Hop.
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We Want to Know. Wednesday's Q&A

WEDNESDAY 08.29.12

Ok, so it is officially after 5:00am and I cannot understand why I am awake seeing as I have only a half hour of sleep til I have to get up for work. I hate this pregnancy no sleep thing. I seem to always wake up around 4:00am and then exhausted all day at work. I tried going back to bed but instead of doing the usual lay in bed and watch the clock hoping I fall back asleep, I thought maybe getting on the computer for a moment might make me sleepy again.

So I'm participating in Wednesday's We Want To Know Q&A

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Would You Rather...Never be able to look in the mirror again or always get dressed in total darkness?
I believe I would probably choose the getting dressed in total darkness. I don't care what I'm wearing as long as I look good wearing it.

Would You Rather...Receive $50 a day for the rest of your life or $50,000 right here and now?

Ok, so this is a tough one because the $50K would be so helpful right now I could sure use it to pay bills and set aside. However, if I took the $50 a day, then I would always know how to budget and know money is coming in everyday. So if I had to choose one right now.....I think I would probably take the $50K. Cause then I could always tuck it away and let it grow interest as well.

Would You Rather...Have extreme narcolepsy or have a bad case of tourette's?

I would rather have a really bad potty mouth that offended people because if it got too bad, I could always leave and go somewhere else or stay home. But if I were to fall asleep all day at the snap of a finger, that might not be so good. Especially driving.

Would You Rather...Be able to rewind 24 hrs 3 times a year or consciously control your dreams?
Rewind time. That was easy. Controlling my dreams isn't a big deal. I always have the same nightmares anyway...I'm used to them by now. And plus, I don't like my dream, I just wake up and it's over with. I don't sleep much as it is so it would almost be a waste for me. But being able to redo something you know that needed to be made right or if there was such a happy moment you wanted to re-live... yea, I would choose that.

Would You Rather...Be fluent in every language around the world or be the best in the world in a category of your choosing?
Hmmm.... being the best at something would have it's advantages. I would love the bragging rights. But I think I would go with being more cultured and be able to be fluent in every language. Do you know how much money some of those translators make? I think it could pay off.


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xoxo Rebecca

Disconnected

TUESDAY 08.28.12

It has been an entire month. An entire month without a phone and I have to tell you I'm actually really loving it. We decided a month ago to get rid of our phones and at first, I must tell you it was a little uneasy. My iPhone meant everything to me. How was I going to stay up to date with my Facebook obsession or find movies on Netflix to listen to while bored at work? Or just making a simple phone call or sending a text?
But to be honest, it has been so nice being out of touch and disconnected. I'm loving the "no more random texts" from people thinking I'm someone who had the number before. No more texts from people I'm not in the mood to text back. No more waiting for someone to text me back. No more phone calls from telemarketers or bill collectors from the previous people who had my number.


But what took me a while {and I've finally been able to really enjoy it} but "no more being accessible 24/7 to everyone and everything". No longer having a phone has put this simplicity back into my life. No more getting frustrated if I forgot it at home, or lost the charger and find it. No more checking it every 30 seconds thinking I heard it go off.

Now, my phone is just another object sitting around that is still a device that's useful. Don't get me wrong, it's not completely out of my life. Just not a phone anymore. It's pretty much an upgraded iPod now. I still use it where I have wifi access like at home or places like the library, grocery stores, restaurants, etc.... if it's around, I still play on Facebook, Twitter, play games, check email. It still pretty much is useful only when wifi is available.

However, not every place offers wifi so the phone isn't anything but a paper weight in my purse that I'm not having to dig around for when it rings. I can't get wifi at work, but I use it to listen to my music and such on. At least I have that for the work days. I haven't been without a phone since cell phones pretty much came out to the regular person. I got my first phone 12 years ago and this is the first time I'm without one.

As much as I love my iPhone, I really enjoy not having a phone around. I now just keep in touch through email and I really like that. If I absolutely need a phone, I have one at my desk at work that I use for things. So it's not that bad at all. There are just a few of those little concerns that still play around in my head like "what if I were to get in a car accident and need a phone?" or "if I'm out and need to call someone or they need to call me?"

But honestly, so far it has been working out ok. What did we do before cell phones? It wasn't that long ago that people drove to the store and cell phones weren't around. So we have kind of gone back to that time. And it's actually just a breath of fresh air most days. As crazy as I ever thought I would say that, it has grown on me and I'm ok with it.

I think people are getting confused when I say "disconnected". I don't mean disconnected as in not being social and completely out of reach, I mean being disconnected as in I no longer make phone calls or text people from a cell phone. As in we disconnected our phone service. I guess I wasn't clear on that part. Hopefully I am now
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xoxo Rebecca

twenty-eight weeks

SUNDAY 08.26.12

Well hello third trimester. So last Thursday I officially hit the final trimester in all this {So today I technically am 28 and a half weeks}. Twenty eight weeks, seven months......the countdown seems to really have begun. Baby is due November 15th and we are still thinking it may be earlier. I don't know. Just a feeling since my daughter was born early. Who knows, maybe this one will surprise me and come later or even on the day.

What's been going on this week in belly land:


Of course, starting to be this big, you don't really feel attractive anymore. I hardly ever do now. However, for some reason when I wear this dress, I feel pretty. I just really love this dress. So I tend to wear it often. Here's this week's belly photo:

I had a doctor's appointment as well. Now my appointments are every two weeks. So every other Friday. Everything is going great. The baby and I couldn't be better. The baby's heartbeat was at 153 {the highest it's been yet}. Baby is measuring right to the day and my weight is still in good standing. Although I feel like a fat ass. The only thing I need to watch is my sugar intake. Most people are told to cut back while the doctor told me I actually need to take in more. I've been having lots of dizzy spells and it's because I wasn't eating enough sugar to keep my levels high enough so I wouldn't feel dizzy. So I've been making sure I've been getting enough sugar this weekend to keep me balanced.

Another thing was I finally got to see my stomach moving. The baby pushed two times to where it made my stomach jump a bit. Like my stomach had two hiccups. I tried to show my husband but it never happened again. Haven't really felt any kicking but I can now feel where the baby is because of the pressure that moves inside around. It seems to only stay on my right side. I don't' think I've ever felt it on the left side.

How far along? 28 weeks {7 months} - Baby is due in November.
Total weight gain/measurements: I gained 1 pound from last week so now a total of 16 pounds.
Maternity clothes: Of course!
Stretch marks? Nope. I never got them with my first pregnancy and none so far.
Best moment this week: I'm a dork, but seeing that a new Resident Evil is coming out. LOL I love Resident Evil movies.
Miss anything? Sleep. Seriously....why is my body waking up at 5am on my days off?
Anything making you queasy or sick? Not really anything that didn't when I wasn't pregnant. Melted cheese has to be the biggest thing that has always made me feel like throwing up and still does. {I think this will be the same every week unless it really changes}
Cravings: Nope, no cravings yet. I'm sure it will be coming.
Gender: Surprise surprise! We will find out in October at the reveal party.
Labor signs: Nope.
Symptoms: Tired, dizzy, and some cramping and pains from the baby growing and moving. Lots of pressure in places.
Belly button in or out? In.
Happy or moody most of the time: You know this week I have actually been pretty happy for once.
Baby purchases: No, nothing purchased yet for the baby. 
Looking forward to: My best friend coming up here so we can start shopping for the shower. Still trying to plan her visit.

Remember to go over to my sidebar and find the poll to take a guess what you think the gender will be. I'm really anxious and excited what everyone thinks! I'm even more excited when we find out. Until next time, adios!


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xoxo Rebecca

Interested In A Group Giveaway?

SUNDAY 08.26.12


I have been a bit into participating in giveaways lately because to my surprise, I have actually won a few cool items from them. So it got me thinking about hosting one of my own.

So I am looking for people who would be interesting in putting up some stuff and participating in it. Anything goes from ad space to merchandise from your store to giftcards or anything else you can think of. I would love to have at least five participates.

So if anyone is interested in participating, I would love to hear from you. You can contact me via email {easier to keep track of} by clicking HERE

I would love to have everyone's submissions by this Friday {August 31st} and have it go live on September 1st. I would love it if everyone could spread the word around to anyone else who may be interested in doing this.
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xoxo Rebecca

Beaus Or Bows?

THURSDAY 08.23.12

Seriously, I have been so out of the blogging world or social media world lately. Ever since we got rid of our phones, I am hardly ever on the internet anymore. I am just so tired after I get home from work that after doing what needs to be done, I'm ready to lay down. So I apologize for such lacks of posts lately. 
I was going to post my pregnancy update tonight since I hit a new week, but I think it will have to wait for the weekend.

Anyway, the topic of this post is just as the title describes it. Beaus or Bows? What does that mean you ask? Well, that is the theme I have decided for the gender reveal party. I have been though so many changes of my mind when it comes to these things and my best friend who is helping doing all the planning sort of came up with this idea and I liked it. I've been finding lots of fun ideas to go along with this theme that are easy and not like my other theme choices I originally was picking where it started to become a bit more complicated.



With officially now less then two months away, I really need to get with her as soon as she is able to make the trip up this way to really start the planning process. This is so me...and if you are asking yourself, "Is she throwing herself her own shower?" The answer is no. My mom and best friend are. I'm just totally and 100% involved in all the decision making. If you knew me, you knew this was me on everything. I can't have things just planned and thrown for me. I have to have a part in everything. It's just who I am. So I'm giving all the ideas and everything how I want it to be and then they are helping executing it into place.

So anyway, with the theme of Beaus or Bows, I've finally chosen a cake *yea!* and me and my best friend have been emailing photos and ideas back and forth. I can't wait til we can get together and head to the stores to look at all the fun and neat things. I'm waiting for her to visit to do all that. It's more exciting that way.

Looking up some ideas online, I wanted to go with a modern, yet sort of vintage style theme of pinks and blues with bows and mustaches. If you have any ideas or suggestions or have seen some really cute sites with ideas, please pass them along in the comment box. I'm so looking for every little inspiration.














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xoxo Rebecca

That Friday Blog Hop {58}

THURSDAY 08.23.12

Welcome to the new That Friday Blog Hop.
With your hosts: Rebecca @ Let Them Eat Cake and Chrissy @ A Lil' Dash Of Diva. Hop around, have fun, and find lots of fun blogs to enjoy!

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Our co-host this week is Holly from The Morrow. Stop by her blog and show her some love! You can find her blog by clicking on her button below. Don't forget to leave a comment there as well. We all love comment love!


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We Survived Week One

I meant to write this post days ago... seriously... life is just too short on hours in the day lately... well, it doesn't help when you have to cut it short due to being overly exhausted and pregnant either.

But we did it. We survived the first week of Kindergarten. And I'm glad we did too. Tomorrow starts week two. She loves kindergarten. Her classmates, her teacher, the school...she has taken so well to it. Not wanting to say bye in the morning but just running off to class. My husband takes her each morning and picks her up. He tells me she's so excited to be there. I'm glad she's loving school. She calls it "Big School". No more pre-school or daycare. She's a big girl now.

She gets really upset everyday she comes home and doesn't have homework. She actually starts crying because she's so mad. I told her the teacher wouldn't be giving homework the first week but ti will be coming so don't worry.

At her school, children are required to wear school uniforms and have their hair pulled back. So it's easy to dress her every morning and get her hair in a ponytail. We both took her on her first day which was last Monday {August 13th}. And yes, I cried a little. I don't know why either but I did. I'm a total sap for these kind of things. I cried at her pre-school graduation as well. The pregnancy hormones haven't helped with being so emotional either.

So I believe between the uniforms and the school supplies, just for her first day of kindergarten costs around $300 ... yea, that's a lot. And I am thankful my parents paid for all of it. So school supply lists have really changed since I was a kid. Now, they list the most specific things on there. From the colors of folders they are allowed to have to the brand of notebooks they can only bring. It used to be whatever you liked, you could bring. On my daughter's school supply list, there was a specific type of marker. I searched everywhere for this brand of markers and the only place I found them was at Sam's Club and they wanted $141 for them. I'm not spending over $100 on some markers a five year old will leave the cap off and it dries out after two minutes.
After driving to every store where we live, I finally found some in a smaller pack but it cost me $20 for them. That bit the dust big time... but since it was a specific item on her list, I had to get them. I'm sure they will not last more then a month. But I have my fingers crossed they will.

However, she was allowed to pick out her backpack and lunch box. So this is what she chose {Hello Kitty lunch box & Monster High backpack}:

I took a few photos of her in the car ride to school but here are just a couple of dropping her off. We were not allowed to go with them to their classroom. The school felt it would be too much for the kids and parents so the we had to say our goodbyes in the waiting room and then the teachers would walk them to their classrooms when school started.


So we left and ran some errands and then I had to go to work. Back when I was in kindergarten, there were only two teachers and there was one morning class and one afternoon class. Now, at her school, there are eight kindergarten classes and they go all day. From 8:30am-3:00pm
But she loves it. Over 800 children attend her school from kindergarten to fifth grade. And there are probably around 20 elementary schools in our county will all the same number of students probably. There are lots of kids around here.

Each day at her school, the teacher chooses one child who is the Star of the Day and the other day, my daughter was chosen. And how it works is that every child has to draw the Star of the Day's portrait. Here is how everyone in the class drew my daughter on her day:



And we also finally discovered the library. I know we may be a little late on this but better late then never. I used to go so much with my mom when I was little. So I thought my little girl would love going too. So we found the one near our house and went. Got a ton of books and they were doing arts and crafts story time as well. She got too shy to stay for story time so we went back for arts and crafts. She really loved it so we will go back next week as well. But here is what she made:

 This week's story and theme was monsters. So they had to make their own monster. Her's was really scary as you can see. So that was about it. And so we shall see what this next week of shcool holds in store. She may get homework this week....we will have to see.

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xoxo Rebecca

twenty-seven weeks

Well, this is the last week of the second trimester. Next week, we will be heading off into the third. Thirteen more weeks to go...or less depending on how early this one wants to come. I don't think I've ever known anyone to say their baby came late. I believe all my friend's babies came early. My daughter did too. So I have no doubts this one may.

Anyway, this has been such a busy week. This is the first time since Sunday I have been able to sit down really on the computer for more then a few seconds. My daughter started school this week and that was exciting! Almost through surviving her first week of kindergarten. I've been getting so pissed lately at work....I really wish I could just quit. I really love my job. I just am getting really pissed at the people. I don't understand the reasoning behind not everyone is treated fairly. Meaning, I'm the only one getting in trouble for everything that everyone is doing. I'm just getting tired of this particular one lady's shit. I did cry at work today because of it too.

Anyway...this is supposed to be a pregnancy update, not a life update. So here is what is going on this week in the belly news:


And here is belly shot for this week:


Though I feel my belly looks smaller in this week's photo, I feel like a freaking beach whale. I feel as though I have put on 3000 pounds and this week has not felt as attractive at all in any way shape or form. I feel fat and gross. Especially in my neck area. That's the area I feel the grossest in whenever I feel I've gained some weight. It seems to all go to there. And I hate that.

So I had a doctor's appointment a week ago {this past Friday to be exact} and everything seems to be going fine. No signs of any labor nor complications to be looked further into. With my daughter, I did start having pre-term labor at 32 weeks which they were concerned about back then. For so long, I've been telling people it was 29 weeks. But when I do the math, it was actually 32... so a few weeks off. But still.... just so I'm not a liar, it's 32 weeks.

Anyway, so at the appointment it was a very quick one like last time. Just measured the baby {measuring perfectly by the way} and we got to hear the heartbeat. It was at 150 again. Then I was informed I passed my glucose test I had to take the week prior. I had no doubts I would pass it. So at least that is one less thing to worry about. We are all good to go. Now I have to start seeing the doctor every two weeks from now on until I have to start going every week.

So my next appointment is next Friday. I'm not sure what to expect at this appointment. I assume it will be a quick one again since nothing was said. I also was told I need to go per-register at the hospital whenever I get the chance. So Monday we went down to the hospital and registered. So all that is done and now I don't have to worry about any of the paperwork or stuff when I go for anything. It's not fun being in pain and having to sit there and fill out paperwork because they can't do anything until you do. That's what happened to me last pregnancy. So this time around, it will be a bit more easier with not having to worry about the paperwork.

As far as gender reveal shower, I changed the theme yet again! I know....this is what, the third time? But this time it will stay. I've been talking a lot more with my mom and my friend who is hosting the shower about all the ideas and stuff I've been coming up with. I love helping plan these things. I think it will turn out really cute. Two months away...I'm getting excited about it.

How far along? 27 weeks {6 months} - Baby is due in November.
Total weight gain/measurements: I gained 2 pounds from last week so now a total of 15 pounds. I'm not liking this number at all. I hope I can maintain my weight better.
Maternity clothes: Of course!
Stretch marks? Nope. I never got them with my first pregnancy and none so far.
Best moment this week: Being excited with my daughter that she started kindergarten and now a big girl going to big school.
Miss anything? Being able to sleep on my stomach or back. I get no sleep trying to lay on my side. I have a snoogle and that helps but not enough.
Anything making you queasy or sick? Not really anything that didn't when I wasn't pregnant. Melted cheese has to be the biggest thing that has always made me feel like throwing up and still does. {I think this will be the same every week unless it really changes}
Cravings: Nope, no cravings yet. I'm sure it will be coming.
Gender: Surprise surprise! We will find out in October at the reveal party.
Labor signs: Nope.
Symptoms: Been feeling very exhausted again lately and getting a bit dizzy and nauseous.
Belly button in or out? In.
Happy or moody most of the time: Just been "ok".
Baby purchases: No, nothing purchased yet for the baby. 
Looking forward to: Still waiting to feel that first kick. This week I felt some small hiccup movements about twice this week. But can't wait to start feeling any kicking or real movement.

Remember to go over to my sidebar and find the poll to take a guess what you think the gender will be. I'm really anxious and excited what everyone thinks! I'm even more excited when we find out. Until next time, adios!

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xoxo Rebecca

That Friday Blog Hop {57}

Welcome to the new That Friday Blog Hop.
With your hosts: Rebecca @ Let Them Eat Cake and Chrissy @ A Lil' Dash Of Diva. Hop around, have fun, and find lots of fun blogs to enjoy!

So here is what we ask from all of you lovely people.
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Hosts:
Let Them Eat Cake      A Lil’ Dash of Diva

Our co-host this week is Angela from The Harmon Baby Farm. Stop by her blog and show her some love! You can find her blog by clicking on her button below. Don't forget to leave a comment there as well. We all love comment love!


If you are interested in being a co-host, please contact either myself or Chrissy.
We would love to have you.
So link up all your social networks and have a wonderful Friday and weekend!




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