October 2013 - xoxo Rebecca

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Meet Clifton, Lisa, Owen, and Wyatt. The Joneses Blog follows the adventures of the Joneses family, two twentysomethings with two baby boys in Oklahoma City

xoxo Rebecca

Loved & Trashed

I'm a girly girl. I love dressing up, putting on makeup, doing my hair, wearing the biggest heels I can find. But for a long time, I haven't been able to really do that anymore with life taking over as a mom. It's harder and harder to be able to "glam" up and go out. In fact, the husband and I haven't really gone out or been on a date alone since our daughter was born seven years ago. I really miss going out to movies, dinner, and all that. The last time we had a date, I was 24 years old. I'm crossing my fingers by the time I am 40, I can say we have been out on a date together...at least once!

But that got me thinking about all the makeup I own and love and the cute clothes that I can't fit into right now {big ol' pregnant belly doesn't allow that anymore}. And I have never really thought about my perfume collection. I'm actually not a huge perfume person. However, I have a huge collection of perfume and lots of them still in the boxes that haven't even been touched yet. I guess because I haven't had a reason to wear them, I just don't. I think the last time I put on perfume really was for my wedding.

But going through the bottles today {which are all still full or almost full}, it got me thinking about which ones I really want to keep and which ones that I can't stand and want gone for good.

Here are my top choices of the good and the bad that I own:

I have always loved Britney Spears "Curious". I think it's one of the only bottles I have that is below the halfway mark because I used to wear it all the time out. It's just one of those scents I really love.
The one that is my very least favorite is Baby Phat "Seductive Goddess". To me, it is horrible. I hate the smell and have attempted a few times to try and like it. But it doesn't work. I am sure a lot of people like it. I'm am just not one of them.

I think I need some new scents to try. What are your favorite perfumes and your least favorite? I'm curious to know what scents everyone is loving & trashing!


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Meet Clifton, Lisa, Owen, and Wyatt. The Joneses Blog follows the adventures of the Joneses family, two twentysomethings with two baby boys in Oklahoma City

xoxo Rebecca

Wordless Wednesday - Pumpkins


Have you finished carving your pumpkins yet? I can't wait to share with you the ones we have been doing.


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Meet Clifton, Lisa, Owen, and Wyatt. The Joneses Blog follows the adventures of the Joneses family, two twentysomethings with two baby boys in Oklahoma City

xoxo Rebecca

Warm The Holidays Giveaway Opp.


Baby, it's cold outside & I know the holiday season is approaching quickly. It's time for spreading some blogger cheer and the name of the game is Warm The Holidays. The title is all about hope and warming the heart of someone this season with a great prize.

Here are the details I was thinking of...

Everyone who contributes pulls in and contributes some cash for the prize. Each social network you would like promoted in the giveaway and listed would be $5.00 to list and have participants "like" your network.

Example: If you would like to have everyone like your Facebook page, Twitter account, Bloglovin, and Instagram... there would be a $20 fee for those

Facebook: $5
Twitter: $5
Bloglovin: $5
Instagram: $5
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=$20.00

Sound easy enough? Then the money would be put together to purchase a gift card and one lucky winner gets the card mailed to them around the beginning of December. Any suggestions would be great and the most popular store would be the winner. Anyone can join in, however, the money sent must be in US dollars. And the store would be a store in the US.

I will be accepting payments through my paypal account and if you are interested. I would for this to reach $200 or even more! So the more people that participate, the more exposure and chances to grow your blog and social network accounts. These types of giveaway's seem to rack in a large crowd {which is a win/win for everyone!}

If you are interested, please fill out the form below. I am looking to start the giveaway on November 11th and have it run through November 29th. This gives plenty of time to get your submissions in and any questions you may have. On November 30th, the winner will be announced.

I will give everyone the code for the giveaway to post on their blog and share through their social sites as well to get as much exposure and entrants as possible! I hope you will help me and join in!

If you would like to help spread the word by tweeting about this, that would be great!
Please click the donate button to submit your payment


I also ask that to make it more easier to keep track and organize that you only submit your form when you submit your payment. That way it avoids me having to send out emails asking if the payment got lost through paypal somehow and trying to track it down.
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Meet Clifton, Lisa, Owen, and Wyatt. The Joneses Blog follows the adventures of the Joneses family, two twentysomethings with two baby boys in Oklahoma City

xoxo Rebecca

Seven Months Pregnant

So today is the seventh month mark {or week 28} in this crazy journey. That means there are only 12 weeks left {or less} until this small little baby boy or girl is here. With my history of having children, it will be less. Both my other two have been early. So we shall see! I still would love to deliver on my due date because I am in love with the date that is scheduled. But babies go on their own schedule and I am sure we will be seeing he or she much sooner.


LOL forgive the dirty bathroom mirror photo. I need to clean it. I swear I just did...but you know, a woman's housework is never done even when it is. So anyway, the belly is getting larger as you can tell. However, I am pretty lucky that I am still able to wear almost all of my pregnancy shirts, but I can only wear maternity pants.
Missed last month's update? That's ok...just click HERE to see all the bump updates from this pregnancy.

So if you saw yesterday on Facebook, I posted that I had some good, some bad, and some kind of shocking news to report from my office visit with the baby doctor. This is the "bad" news part. I have gained way too much weight. The doctor is not happy with me at all right now. He says I've excessively gained far too much weight this early in the pregnancy and I need to slow down and watch it. I should only be at about 8 pounds total weight gain for seven months. And I am at 15 pounds.
I'm pretty ashamed I let myself gain this much weight. I admitted that this past month, I have been a really bad eater. Craving so much bad stuff and not controlling it like I am used to being able to. I am only supposed to gain 5 more pounds total for the rest of the pregnancy and I know that will be over since the baby is growing fast too.
When I told my husband I have gained 15 pounds total, he was shocked too. He kept telling me that I need to stop eating myself into a coma and start having self control again like I always have. I feel so ashamed by my actions and allowing myself to get this much weight put on right now. I need a good baby boot camp to get back to a healthy weight gain again.

I'm pretty bummed that I am no longer going to have a baby shower for this baby. It kind of breaks my heart because I feel like every baby deserves to be celebrated but when you have no one willing to come and join you, there isn't a point to having one, is there? I wanted to have a gender reveal with balloons and find out the baby's sex that way. But since we are no longer going to be doing anything, we decided that we will just wait and have a beautiful surprise in the delivery room when we are announced what our bundle of joy will end up being.
So it is official. We are waiting until the birth to find out and that is that. Until then, we still have not talked or even thought about names yet. I have a weird thing with names. I don't like choosing a name before the baby is about to arrive. About one week prior is when I am comfortable talking about names. Anything before that kind of freaks me out. I like just calling it "The Baby". I've been this way with all my pregnancies too. Even though I let my husband pick our son's name, I tried until the end to convince him to change it. I decided on my daughter's name a few days before she was born. That is what we will do with this one as well.

That is right. We finally hit the mark where I now see the doctor every two weeks instead of every month. Hopefully they go better than my appointment I had yesterday where I got the pressure for the weight thing. But I am excited that the appointments are going to be going more frequent now because it's getting more and more real that there will be another baby in the house. And it also scares me at the same time as well.

Overall, my appointment went well. As for the "Good" I had mentioned earlier...my blood pressure is still amazing! They are very happy and pleased with that. So far, I have never had any signs of my blood pressure being high or abnormal. So I am happy to hear I've done something right.
The baby was moving around so much, it was hard for the nurse to even keep the heart beat steady. But that's good. That means the baby is doing what it should be doing. It's heart rate was 161 bpm which is the fastest it has ever been at an appointment. The lowest it's been was 130 bpm.
As for the "kind of shocking" part.....well, it's shocking to me because this has never happened before. I am measuring two weeks behind as far as measuring my uterus with the measuring tape. That means I seem to be around 26 weeks instead of 28. However, they have decided not to change my due date and keep me still at a 28 week schedule because that is what the last ultrasound I had measured. But I was very shocked to hear I may be not as far along as I had been thinking.
Never have I had them tell me ever that I wasn't measuring to the day before. But it is what it is and so at least I don't have to step backwards. I can keep going with what we have been on a schedule for.

I did have something really scary happen to me over the weekend that I had to bring up the concern to my doctor about. This past weekend was my daughter's birthday. And so I was preparing everything and setting up decorations...and I'm sure some of you are already thinking what I am about to say.
I was stupid and thought I could do it all on my own. So I climbed up onto the couch and stood on the arm trying to hang balloons pretty high up onto the wall. I somehow slipped and fell onto the glass table below having everything come down on me and also all over the floor. I did not break the table, thank goodness. But I did land on my back and side. The table stabbed me in the ribs causing a very large and painful bruise as well as some on my legs.

I thought for sure I would be going to the emergency room. Luckily, the pain went away and I could feel the baby moving around. But it was very scary. I will not be doing that anymore. I thought the worst for a moment. The doctor assured me that since I had no symptoms or harm, there was no need to do an ultrasound anything. But yes, I will be more careful next time.

Also, this week was my glucose test. I stated last month that it wasn't as bad as everyone has made it out to be. In the past, it didn't seem to be so bad. Yesterday, it seemed bad. The drink is yucky. Man, was it yucky. I drank it all in less than one minute and felt so sick afterwards. I felt like puking so bad. Then I started to get scared and freaked out over the blood drawn thing cause I hate needles and I hate pain. I was really glad the lady who did it this time was quick and hardly felt it. Unlike last time, it was soooo painful.

They said I should know my test results Monday but I have no worries. I have never had an issue passing this test and even the doc said there is only a 15% chance of it coming back abnormal so don't even worry about it. And so I'm not.

I am glad it is out of the way and done with. Yuck! Blah! Gag!

My next appointment is in two weeks {30 week mark} and honestly, I have no idea what to expect. I am going to assume it's going to be one where you just go in and come out within a minute. Just to check the baby's heart beat and see if I have any concerns. I believe then I will start the process of really discussing my birth plan even though I have several times...I think now is the time to get it in solid concrete.

So I guess that is all for now folks! Getting a step closer each day to the end of this craziness we call the miracle of life! I'm just a bit anxious to know what this baby will be...but not too anxious :)

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Meet Clifton, Lisa, Owen, and Wyatt. The Joneses Blog follows the adventures of the Joneses family, two twentysomethings with two baby boys in Oklahoma City

xoxo Rebecca

That Friday Blog Hop

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xoxo Rebecca

And Then She Turned Seven

That is right. My baby girl is no longer a baby anymore. This past Saturday {10.19}, my daughter turned seven years old. The time has gone by so fast. The years have swept by me and I can never get those back. Looking at photos of her, it's hard to even imagine her being so young, so little, so fragile.

I wish I had the photos of her from every year. Those are somewhere in a box on a cd that I still have to find from moving. Once I do, I want to compare her transition from year to year. She has changed so much and yet, still looks the same in some aspects.

So happy birthday to my beautiful little girl! Even though I may seem like I'm always getting on to you, always mad, always grouchy...I still love you with every piece of me. And you will forever be my baby girl.

I still remember every detail of my pregnancy with her, every detail of her birth, every detail of our first days together. I never knew I could love someone so much until I met her.

So this year we threw her a birthday party with a theme called "Candy Shoppe". It was fun to plan for and to put together. Though it was stressful. I was running around til the last second getting everything done. I felt like a mess :)

But it turned out very nice and the people who came to celebrate, I think we all enjoyed it and had a great time. Here are some photos from her party. I wish I would have gotten a photo of the front door and the entry way but I forgot to take those. It's ok though. It was cute ..... take my word for it :)




 I turned the kitchen bar into a candy shoppe display. We had a candy bar where the guests could scoop up candy into bags to take home with them. Rainbow cupcakes with gumballs on top



Different colored balloons were hung all over the walls with other candy decorations that were bought and also handmade

 We decorated sugar cookies with different candies and sprinkles



 Instead of a pinata, my husband made a punch box where the kids took turns punching through the different colors to see what prize they found inside and got to keep it.
Then it was time for presents. She received so many wonderful gifts and loves them all. It was a very fun day for everyone!


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Meet Clifton, Lisa, Owen, and Wyatt. The Joneses Blog follows the adventures of the Joneses family, two twentysomethings with two baby boys in Oklahoma City

xoxo Rebecca