life update

I’ve all but fallen off the face of the planet socially over the past two weeks.  First I was feeling like the living version of death. And then, I went and had a baby.

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That’s right, I’m officially a mom to a 8 day old boy.  Early Saturday, I was feeling all sorts of pain that had me thinking contractions. My mom and I got to the emergency room and found out I had preeclampsia, which meant I had to be life flighted to a larger hospital that could handle an emergency c-section and had a PICU.  Luckily, I was stable enough to deliver vaginally, and Theodore was healthy enough to avoid the PICU.

Theodore and I are now at my moms house.  I’m on bed rest for the next 4 weeks at least, and crossing my fingers that my new blood pressure medicine works so that I don’t have a seizure.   So seriously, cross your fingers for me.

The health issues do mean that my moving back to NOLA is on hold until I’m healthy.  Kind of sucks, but it gives me more time to figure out what I want to do when I get back.

What have we been doing this week?

  • writing thank you notes.  So necessary, and such a forgotten part of being polite.
  • washing, folding and taking inventory of all of Theodore’s clothes.  Sadly, my health issues had an effect on Theodore and he came out at an itty-bitty 5.9 pounds.  My stress and guilt about the whole thing is intense, but it means that none of his clothes will fit for awhile.
  • binge watching Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.  My brother recommended the show and I’m honestly into it.  Throw in the fact that everyone looks normal? Top notch.
  • saving crock pot recipes on Pinterest.  The easier the better, and with enough for leftovers at lunch the next day, please.

 

I feel like my brain is dead, but my heart is so full it almost hurts.

 

 

 

feel good in your soul

You know when life hits you with something you were expecting, dreading, but also hopeful that the right thing is going to hit at the perfect time so you can avoid it? That was me, last night. So I sat down and did what I know works. I texted my mom, scrolled through my feel good Pinterest boards, and took a shower. (normally I’d hit up the ice cream aisle, but I’m banned from dairy for the next 6 months).

Here are a few of my favorites:

itsokaytobescared

difficultroads

fairytalesaremorethantrue

quaintrelle

“It’s okay to be scared”: Needless to say, I’ve been freaking out.  I won’t even promise that I slept last night.  But I’m reminding myself that I’ve had other sleepless, stressful nights and that I survived them all.

“Difficult roads”: And it will be beautiful.

“Fairy tales are more than true”: Okay,I love this.  So much that I want to print it off, frame it, and hang it in my bedroom/nursery.  Slaying dragons is boss.

“Quaintrelle”: This really doesn’t have anything to do with any of the other stuff.  I just really like it and think this is an excellent way to live one’s life.

{humpday happiness} press for champagne

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All I’ve wanted to do since I started the Advocare 24 Day Challenge is drink.  I am so thirsty and water just won’t cut it.  So while I’m patiently waiting, I’ve been going through my Pinterest page for holiday cocktail inspiration.  Sure, the only person I tend to drink with is myself but that just means things will be less likely to end in a super hot mess.

{champagne floats}
{champagne floats}
{grapefruit, lime and tequila}
{grapefruit, lime and tequila}
{rock candy}
{rock candy}
{dark and stormy}
{dark and stormy}

{pinterest at play} ootd

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I keep telling myself that I’m going to start planning out a whole week of work outfits on Sundays.  I started telling myself this once I got a job where a clean tshirt and non-ripped jeans were the standard.  In January.  Flash forward to now and I still haven’t started this routine that would probably save me about 20 minutes a morning.

Last night I decided to go through my Outfit of the Day Pinterest board for some inspiration for today.  I think I’ve got some solid ideas to help me get dressed this week.

Now I just need the weather to make up it mind about if it is going to desperately hold onto summer for as long as possible, or accept the fact that fall is arriving.

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{pinterest at play} bedroom inspiration

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At the start of every season, I tell myself that I am going to revamp not only my bedroom, but the whole basement.  Ideally, my bedroom would become a place that I use for more then just sleeping and storing my things.  I’ve decided that this truly is the season that I’ll get things started.  Right now the plan is just to massively clean and prep all the walls for painting in the fall.  Since my goal is to be out of my mom’s basement by 2016, I want to make the space easily convertible to a guest area, so that there’s plenty of room for all of us kids when we come to visit.

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{pinterest at play} coffee scrub

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I’m one of those landlocked girls who daydream about living an endless summer life.  Since Iowa only allows a girl to spend about 4 months in bikini tops and cut-offs, I follow Instagrams and blogs to get my sunshine fill.  When so many of my favorites started to post photos of them covered in what appeared to be a mix of mud and dirt and raving about Franks Coffee Scrub, I had to investigate.  Once I saw the price tag/read the ingredient list, I decided to try to make my own.  I found this Free People recipe via Pinterest and omg, I’m in love.
One batch filled a mason jar and lasted two weeks.  I even took a few pinches in the morning to use on my lips, making them extra soft and ready for some lipstick application.

Diego loves the scrub and helps me clean up.
Diego loves the scrub and helps me clean up.

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I definitely plan on making this scrub again in order to add it to my summertime preparation routine.