The wedding dress hunt

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I need to start looking for my wedding dress and I’m SO nervous! How does someone find THE dress? What if I hate everything? What if I love everything? I really hope I just get this moment when I’m in a dress and I just KNOW this is the one, but I don’t know if that will actually happen.

Any tips or tricks for wedding dress shopping? Send them my way please 😅

i will update you all if and when it all happens soon!

❤️

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Birth story – Audrianna

SHE WAS REEEAADDDYYY!!!!

I don’t even know where to start with this birth story, it was seriously just so crazy to me and different than I ever expected.

A few days before Christmas I woke up early, like 5 am with some back pain and started timing what felt like contractions. With Greyson, my contractions weren’t consistent and never got below 8 minutes until I was in FULL ON LABOR. I started timing these and after about an hour they stopped. Disappointing to say the least.

Two days later, the same thing happened, I woke up around 5 am again with back pain and contractions. This time, however, didn’t stop after the first hour and were between 8 and 13 minutes apart.  I felt like they were pretty manageable, but probably should let Kyle know so, around 6:30 I told him he might want to finish packing his hospital bag. ( which I had been telling him for like 2 weeks)

I called the hospital and they said I could come in and they would let me know what was going on and if I could be checked in. I REALLY did not want to leave for the hospital without seeing Greyson and just taking in the last time he was my only baby!

We told my in laws to head over to our house because I’m pretty sure I’m in labor. Luckily Greyson did wake up a little early so we got to hug him, and take a last family picture as the 3 of us!

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The hospital is about 30 minutes away BUT this was during rush hour so…. we had no idea, but luckily we did get there in 30-40 minutes some how.

We arrived around 8:30 and went to get the contractions monitored and found out I was already 5 cm! The nurse said she would let the machine monitor for about 20 minutes and left the room. I kid you not, 5 minutes later I feel like I have to push and Kyle runs out to get her. She checks and I’m 7 cm and they rush me into the delivery room!

I was the only person in labor so there were between 2-8 people in the room throughout labor. I really wanted to get into the bath tub again because it helped so much with Greyson, but they were too afraid I wouldn’t make it back to the bed or out of the tub in time to push. (This hospital does not allow water births)

My water had not broken by this point but my doctor checked and I was fully dilated so I could either push or she would break it. I thought it would be so magical if Audrianna was born in the sac so I decided to push!

I pushed and my water broke EVERYWHERE, talk about shocking!!

A few pushes, maybe 15 minutes and AUDRIANNA WAS BORN!!

She was born over 2 weeks early and arrived within 1.5 hours of us being at the hospital!

She was perfect and healthy and such a wonderful surprise to end our 2016

 

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Birth story – Greyson

This may have been 3+ years ago but I’m sure I will want to look back and read this and hopefully it will help others who have given birth or are expecting!

Greyson was due September 10 but everyone always told me that you never go early with your first, so I was growing impatient but also not expecting much when September rolled around.

The morning of September 7, I woke up around 6:00 am and just felt super uncomfortable. I didn’t think it was real labor but I also wasn’t really sure what was happening. I tried laying down on our couch, but that made it worse, so I just was walking around our apartment. By 7:30 I decided maybe I should let Kyle know that I was possibly in labor. (clearly pre kids when someone is sleeping in until 7:30 😂)

He obviously had no clue if I was in labor or not either but he was there to support me. We called the doctors around 9 am and they said I didn’t seem to be in ful labor yet or anything so just keeping so what I was doing and call back in a few hours.

I am panicking thinking I’m going to somehow give birth in our apartment and not make it to the hospital. My contractions were only 10-12 minutes apart but I would have a random few 8 minutes apart.

By 12:30 I called again and they said for us to come and they would at least check and see if I needed to stay or not! HOORAY!

We got to the hospital about an hour later and went though all these tests to check and they told me I was already 5 cm dilated and I was SHOCKED! I had planned to try and labor and deliver naturally but wasn’t sure if I could, so that news was VERY exciting ( HALFWAY THERE)

I checked into my room shortly after and labored ALL DAY LONG. It wasn’t super painful yet but I was just super anxious to see Greyson. I got checked again around 8 pm and they told me I was still 5 cm and I felt crushed. How was that even possible?!

The nurse told me if I wanted I could try sittinf in the bathtub because they can help labor move along, so into the tub I went. After about 30 min of being in the tub I felt super uncomfortable and MY WATER BROKE!!

I had to get taken out of the tub at this point but was able to stand and work through the contractions. Labor was happening now and it was tough! I had ALL back labor because of the position of Greyson. Kyle and my nurse helped put pressure in my back to try and counteract the pain which helped a lot!

I finally got back in the bed closer to 11 pm and was in a lot of pain but knew it was close! I felt like I NEEDED to push but they have to make sure you are dilated enough to do so, luckily I was!

Several pushes later and Greyson Pierce was finally born at 11:58 pm!!

Seriously, such a magical and empowering experience to give birth to our little guy.

❤️

 

 

Finding a venue for our wedding

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Kyle and I have been slowly on the hunt for our wedding venue since December… and yet still have not chosen one! It is a lot harder than I thought it was going to be but I’m hoping we will pick one in the next few weeks.

We are planning on getting married in the  early Fall of 2019, so we kind of need to get this going ASAP!

Did anyone else have a hard time picking a venue? Did you see the venue and just know, this is it!?

I am hoping we fall in love with our venue and it has the date(s) we are hoping for still available!

I will have to update you all when we finally choose one!

 

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Being a mom of two kids

HELLO HELLO HELLO!

I honestly forgot I made this site but I have been feeling like I needed a space to express myself and alas, here I am!

It has been almost 17 months since becoming a mama to two kids! I feel like I prepared myself for the WORST! Everyone told me how hard it would be so I prepared for that. I honestly think it went 73929 times better than I expected, but of course it was all so different than it had been with just one.

It took Greyson a solid year to really enjoy Audrianna. I think he thought he was getting a little two year old friend when he heard he was getting a sister. Not a newborn that didn’t do anything and just took time from him. Once she turned one though I swear it was like a light switch had been flicked, he was IN LOVE with her. It was honestly so sweet and made me so so happy that they had each other.

Now, she is almost a year and a half and he is almost four and the fighting and picking on each other has already started but, that’s what siblings are for, right?

I am so glad that they have each other to play with and fight togethe because I grew up with EIGHT siblings and although we did not get along most of the time, I am so glad we have each other. I hope that they realize how lucky and special having a sibling truly is ❤️

Getting back into shape after having a baby

Before getting pregnant I don’t think I hardly ever worked out at home, I just didn’t really have any of the equipment I wanted or thought I needed to get a good workout in at home. I would try to go to the gym but I definitely don’t think I was ever really into working out. After having Greyson my body felt so odd and I honestly just wanted to see the scale having my pre-pregnancy weight on it. It took me a while to get back into working out because I just assumed I needed to get a gym membership to get back into shape. I am a very protective Mama and when I first tried to bring Greyson to the child watch, probably around 6 months, at the gym, Ijust could not do it. There were so many kids in there with only a few care takers and I just turned around and went straight home. I decided to try and start just lifting weights at home while Greyson took a nap to get in some type of exercise. I started to really enjoy working out at home, I knew Greyson was safe while I was working out because I could watch him on the monitor, and I had my own space to work out and could take my time and do my thing. I ended up working out every morning during the week while Greyson napped and after 7 months of trying to get back to my pre pregnancy weight, I had finally done it! I kept working out at home, only using dumbbells and doing ab workouts from YouTube, and I literally got in the best shape and weighed the lightest I ever had in probably 8 years, it was incredible!

Finally after feeling so good about my workouts and my body after feeling so crappy after giving birth and just being in this body that didn’t seem like my own, I noticed that I just wasn’t improving much anymore after a few months of doing the same round of workouts every day. I took the plunge once Greyson was close to 15 months old and joined the gym. It was not easy leaving him at the child watch, he cried so much the first time that I lasted maybe 10 minutes and came back and got him. After slowly transitioning him into the child watch and seeing that he was okay after a few minutes of me being gone I felt much more comfortable working out and finally was able to really get good workouts in. This helped me so much to build more muscle, and I was able to get in cardio, finally, just some light running, walking, and elliptical. It was better than me doing zero cardio! We were on this great routine and I was feeling much stronger and he was having a chance to play with kids and I think it was good for me to get some time to myself and for Greyson to have time away from me for an hour a day.

I think everyone has their own way of working out and feeling their best, and what works for you and your child, but this seemed to be the best way for us! I think that there is a lot of pressure on new moms to drop all the weight in the first month, or on the other side, people think you won’t lose the weight for the first year. I say do whatever makes you feel the best, makes you happy, and the best mom and person you can be. I really feel like once I was working out more I had so much more energy to do things with Greyson and I felt so much happier each day being able to see all the amazing changes in my body from all my hard work.

DO NOT GIVE UP!

YOU GOT THIS MAMA!

Struggles of toddler tantrums

104A2889-035C-43BB-A52B-535F78269863Toddler tantrums are something else. I totally get that this is the age where they want to express themselves and communicate with you they just don’t have the verbal capacity yet to explain what they want or need, but WOW. Greyson is definitely getting much better with figuring out how to say words and can say a lot more than he could a month ago, HOORAY! He still cannot say a lot though which is what I think is leading to his tantrums, but I do not remember any of my nieces or nephews going SO crazy the way he does. It has become really difficult to manage on my own when Kyle is at work but I try to pick my battles with how much energy I have at that point in the day. Recently he has hated getting dressed for the day, and I mean he would rather be in his pajamas the entire day or completely naked, but definitely not real clothes. I am not really sure why he hates getting real clothes on but this is one of those battles that I have decided that sometimes I just do not feel like fighting over, so I let him wear pajamas to go out to the grocery store or for me to drop off dry cleaning. Bedtime also brings on the tantrum fun. Kyle and I have been letting Greyson have “nakey time” before bed to let him air himself out and he just really enjoys being naked. No matter what though as soon as we try and get the pajamas on him, he has a major meltdown and tantrum. I mean the crying, snotting, drooling, throwing himself around kind of tantrum. It is something I have yet to figure out how to really avoid or stop without just letting him do it for several minutes and eventually we can get him to read a book or watch a video to calm down. It is something I definitely do not enjoy and wonder if anyone else has advice on how to avoid them more than we have been lately.

First blog post

WELCOME TO MY BLOG!! I am super excited to have finally started this blog… it has been on my mind for probably over a year now whether or not to start a blog. I basically just want to share my life with you! The struggles of motherhood, being a stay-at-home mom, a young mom, my relationship with my boyfriend, and just everything I do! I also really enjoy working out and I think that it is really hard for Moms to get back into fitness after having a baby and I want to help inspire other Moms to do it!! I really hope you enjoy my blog and reading about all of the ups and downs of my life!