Friday, January 18, 2019

Friday's Four

Happy Friday! This week went by fast. I am done with all of my nesting and now I don't know what to do with myself. My house is clean and organized and it feels great! I wish I always had the urge to be as tidy as I am right now. I am definitely a neat freak and I've always said I would love to be a professional organizer for a living. But you know....eventually things find their way out of place and clutter tends to happen and a few times a year you just need to purge and organize. It feels great to have everything back in order. It hasn't looked this good since our house was in the parade of homes in June!! Ha! Here's a few things for Friday...
I got my haircut yesterday. It always feels so good to get a haircut. I just did a little trim but I wanted to make sure I took care of it before the baby arrived. I always pre-book ahead of time and when I booked this appointment after my last appointment in October, I remember thinking how I would be soooo pregnant. I pre-booked again for April. I sent Scott a text with the date and time and told him to clear his calendar so I could get my haircut while he watched the baby (the boys will be in school)! I have a feeling it will be my first time away from baby because when you're nursing a little baby, even if you have plenty of milk stored away, everyone is scared to keep the baby because their boobs don't have milk in them. I've never understood this but trust me, it's how it works. 
I don't know if I've ever shared our powder bathroom on here before. I put this photo on my Insta Stories a few weeks ago and got a lot of questions about the walls. It isn't wallpaper. It's a four layer plaster with a metallic finish. There is a lady who lives here that does all kinds of incredible work not just on walls but cabinets, ceilings, name it. She had dozens and dozens of samples of her different types of wall designs and this is what we chose and I absolutely love it. Its one of my favorite rooms in our house. 
Campbell was soooooo happy to be back at school this week. He has always said "I not-can-lieve it" instead of I cannot believe it and I love it so much I just can't bare to correct it. The whole way to school on Monday he kept saying "I not canlieve I get to see my friends today! I not canlieve it!" He has one little friend that he is super tight with and has been since his 3 year old class. They are stuck like glue and I love their little friendship. He was sooooooooo excited to see her and said on our way to school "I bet she's taller now." LOL. 
Yesterday Bennett walked up to Scott and I and said "Bampbell's in trouble." Scott said "no Campbell isn't in trouble" and Bennett said "Mmm hmm he isn't listening to me." Ha! What a mess. This week he also asked me to open up my tummy so he could see the baby. Bennett is baby obsessed. He's going to be such a great big brother. When I first was pregnant I was so worried about Bennett because he has always seemed to enjoy being the baby in the family. The only thing I'm worried about now is how often he's going to want to hold the baby. I have a feeling it will get annoying!! Ha! 

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Quick & Easy Recipes

It's been a minute since I shared some easy recipes with you guys so I thought I'd do that today. I've tried a few new recipes that I've saved on Pinterest and they're all super yummy and have been repeated several times since we first tried them. As always, quick and easy is key for me! Here's a few new ones for you to try. Click the link under the photo for the recipe.

This is my new favorite thing to make for dinner. I probably make it every other week. I love to serve quinoa and brown rice on the side and have a bowl of salsa to dip the burritos in. They remind me of the chicken roll ups from Taziki's and this is soooooo quick and easy to make. It calls for cilantro but I never put that in there because who has cilantro just laying around? Even my boys eat them!! So, so yummy.

This is my very favorite crock pot meal and I cannot believe I haven't shared it on here before!!!! I've been making this for a little over a year now. It is a staple in our house (I think Scott gets tired of it but it's so easy to make!!) and I have the recipe memorized by now. It is literally just 3 bags of frozen veggies and chicken + a little seasoning. I keep the frozen veggies in stock in my house so I can easily throw this together. The recipe calls for bone in chicken but I do boneless because it scares me that one of us may choke on a bone since the meat gets so tender in a crock pot. I know corn is technically considered a carb BUT I consider this meal carb free and a healthy dinner option. So yum, soooo easy, and guilt free in my opinion!

I'm not even sure if clicking on the recipe is necessary because I think the photo speaks for itself for this snack. I love apples and peanut butter and this puts an extra little twist on a classic favorite. Since apples and peanut butter are both filling, I'm planning on making these for myself quite a bit while I'm nursing because I'm always SO hungry. 

That's all I've got for now! Give them all a try because I know you'll love them!!

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

35 Weeks

I have had a lot of people ask me how I've been feeling and I feel good. I still have contractions but they aren't anything like they were last Wednesday as far as length and consistency. I have definitely made a better attempt at taking it easy and laying as much as I can. I do think it's helped. I am staying far away from exercising because I do think that's what caused me to have those pre-labor contractions. I told Scott I was bummed because I hoped to go all the way until the end with my workouts but he said I should just be proud of how far I got. I miss my cardio but there is something nice about just laying around in the morning, slowly sipping my coffee, and cuddling with my boys in bed while we watch cartoons. Not one morning goes by that I don't make an attempt to enjoy my nice, slow mornings where I wake up feeling really rested after a long night of sleep. I know all too well that those days are numbered!
Size of Baby: We got the weight of our little nugget yesterday! He is 5 pounds and 7 ounces. He measured a few days ahead but basically is right on track!

How I'm Feeling: I'm feeling pretty good. I'm taking it easy, as much as I can take it easy. I do still get contractions but they're short and last 10 minutes max. It doesn't matter if I'm being active or not--they just come on whenever. It's crazy how real and strong the contractions feel. It's that same burn I felt when I was about an hour away from having Bennett (I had an epidural with Campbell so didn't feel anything). I told my OB yesterday that now I am really not going to know when I'm in labor since I've been experiencing these pre-labor contractions that feel identical to what I felt when I was in actual labor. She agreed with me!! I've just never really been bothered by contractions and have always worried I wouldn't know when I'm in labor and end up being one of those women who has her baby in the car! Totally serious. My water broke with Campbell and with Bennett I went in for my weekly checkup and was told I was in those were all sure-fire ways of knowing! Hopefully my water will break so I won't have to question anything.

Cravings/Appetite: Trying to drink a lot of water to stay hydrated and keep the contractions at bay.
Clothes: Enjoying my last few weeks of dressing a baby bump before it's gone forever! Trying to soak it all in and have fun with it. I will miss the bump, I always do. Since it's final this time it's kind of sad for me.

Movement: He is still moving really big in there and not slowing down much. When we saw him on the ultrasound yesterday, he was basically folded in half. His head is down and his feet and hands were by his face. It makes so much sense to me now. I can always tell his little bottom is right by my belly button and now that I can picture him in there perfectly, everything about his movements and what's what is easy to make out.

Changes in Me: Even thought we had a dramatic week last week, everything has calmed down enough to where my OB thinks he will definitely be staying put this week. I'm so relieved. Of course we know anything can happen but I have a peace about it that he's going to stay in there for another week for sure. You can't predict anything but my OB is pretty certain he'll come at 37 weeks....maybe even a few days before. When I woke up this morning I had so much pressure because he felt even lower. It happens every few days. I'm trying to get everything done this week because I have a feeling that next week the pressure will be almost unbearable after standing/doing/going too much.
Baby Purchases: Just tying up some loose ends with this winter baby and getting items I've realized I don't have and actually need to keep him warm. One of the things I ordered are some Zutano booties. I'm about 99% certain the booties will be too big but I can't find anything else so I went ahead and ordered them. I measured both of my boys hospital footprints and they're an inch smaller than the booties. I hate when stuff doesn't fit right because it looks ridiculous but I need something to cover his feet when we get out of the house. I have one pair of socks that my mom got me when I had Campbell and they are actually small enough to fit a newborn. Why is it so hard to find clothing and accessories that are small enough for a newborn? I know they grow fast but that doesn't mean they don't still need it and need it to fit them and not swallow them. It's been a BIG pet peeve of mine this pregnancy. Does this bother anyone else or just me? Probably just me....

Favorite Moment This Week: Seeing our sweet babe yesterday. It made me so excited to hold him. I mean, I've been excited but now I'm itching to get him in my arms.

Looking Forward To: Finalizing all of our nesting this weekend. It's going to feel so good to have it all done so we can take it easy until the baby comes! Organization and having things spotlessly clean makes life so much more peaceful, don't you think?

Monday, January 14, 2019

Nesting Take Three

Nesting is in full force here at the Johnson house! I've got a honey-do list for Scott a mile long and over the weekend he knocked out about 85% of it. I've got a few more things to tackle myself but by this time next week we should be 100% done with everything. I love nesting. It feels so good. I always take the opportunity to tackle things that have absolutely nothing to do with having a new baby but it just feels like it needs to be done every time I bring a baby home. Like cleaning and organizing my garage and pantry. Every baby, every time.
We managed to cross some big items off our list this weekend like purchasing and installing a new car seat for Campbell. I cannot even begin to tell you what an ordeal that has been for us. Getting three to fit across my back seat, installed correctly, has been a challenge. Scott and I have researched car seats A LOT the last few weeks and we have learned soooooo many things we didn't know. And we thought we were very knowledgeable about car seat safety. Did you know 75% of people don't have their car seats installed properly or their child is in the incorrect car seat? It's crazy. And scary. So that made the search for the best car seat for our car and kids even more challenging BUT we figured it out. Now the only problem is that Bennett wants a new car seat too. Because we are in that phase of life where we can't do something for Campbell and not Bennett or Lord help us. So needless to say I'm ordering Bennett the same car seat this evening which honestly isn't a big deal because I was wanting to get him a new one anyway. We have Maxi Cosi's now and I loved them when the kids were younger but as they've gotten older I despise them. We got the Diono Radian 3 RXT. I haven't used them yet so can't really give my opinion on it but for that short amount of time that we had it installed in my car I thought it was great. It's super narrow (which was my number 1 priority, after safety, obviously) and sleek and I'm just really pleased with it. Plus, Bennett showed us he's capable of buckling himself into it which is a game changer and will make life for this momma soooo much easier.
Aside from all of the nesting going on, Scott and I were able to take one final peek at our little boy before he comes out to meet us. I had my ultrasound today. I'll share more tomorrow for my 35 week update but everything looked great! We really didn't get a good look at him because he was sooooo squished in there. I knew he would be but I was hoping to get a little bit of an idea of what he'd look like but definitely no. I could hardly tell what anything was honestly. We planned on doing a 4D ultrasound but time got away from us and before we knew it, it was too late #thirdbabyproblems. So I really have no clue what this little guy is going to look like. It's kind of fun not knowing though and I can't wait to see that little face. I don't think it will be too much longer!!

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Time To Take It Easy

Yesterday ended up being unexpectedly stressful. On Tuesday morning, after my workout, I noticed I was having some mild contractions and kind of just felt as if I overdid it. I took it pretty easy the rest of the day and didn't really think a whole lot about it. However, when I woke up the next morning I noticed I was still having contractions and they seemed to be fairly consistent. They also felt like real contractions, not Braxton Hicks. I texted my OB (what do people do who aren't friends with their OB? Ha! I can't even tell you how thankful I am for my sweet friend who just so happens to be my OB as well!!) and told her what was going on and asked her if I should be alarmed or no. She told me to get to the ER so I showered and headed that way. Scott stayed home with the boys and told me to keep him updated on everything.
While I was sitting in the waiting room waiting for a nurse to come get me, I started timing my contractions. They were exactly two minutes apart and getting really strong. That's when I started getting concerned. The nurse came and got me and I told her what all was going on so they got me in a room, hooked me up to some monitors, and checked me. I was dilated to a 2 and 60% effaced which I knew wasn't a big deal being my 3rd pregnancy. I was actually relieved that's all it was. The consistent, getting even stronger contractions, that were just two minutes apart were my biggest concern. She watched me for an hour to see what the monitors would pick up so I just hung out for a bit. But like clockwork, every 2 minutes on the dot, came the contractions.
They watched me for a while and decided to give me a terb shot to calm down my uterus. They wanted to then watch me for another hour to see if they needed to give me some steroids for the baby's lungs but everything calmed down enough to where they didn't feel like they needed to do that. After a few hours of being there I was finally able to go home. I was actually still in quite a bit of pain for the rest of the day but thankfully when I woke up this morning I felt a lot better.
I guess I was just having pre-term contractions and apparently it's not that uncommon. A lot of women experience it and go on to full-term. My doctor is guessing I probably just overdid it on Tuesday and was maybe a little dehydrated. I've been a little on edge ever since though and Scott and I are so worried that he's going to come before 37 weeks. I said to Scott last week that I felt really similar to how I felt with Campbell and Bennett about 1.5-2 weeks before they were born. Plus this baby dropped earlier than C&B did and I just overall feel exactly like I did really close to their delivery. Maybe it's just a 3rd pregnancy thing....I have no idea. But ever since I've started feeling this way it's had me a little cautious. And then with everything that happened yesterday now I'm really on edge.
I haven't been put on bedrest but I have been instructed to take it really easy. I definitely notice a difference when I start doing too much. I have an ultrasound scheduled for Monday and I am really anxious for it. My OB said the baby looked great on the monitor while I was at the hospital and that he's still high so that's good. I know he'd be okay if he were to be born soon but I really, really, really want him to cook for a few more weeks.
Third pregnancy and definitely haven't ever experienced anything like that before! The contractions were really strong and I felt pretty rough all day yesterday. I'm so thankful that I feel better today though and that I still have a baby in my belly. I won't even pretend like I'm not going to be concerned every single day now that he's going to come. I feel like I will be so cautious for the next 2 weeks. Maybe I'll feel a little more at peace once I see his little face during the ultrasound and if anything has changed on Monday. I'm so ready to meet this little man really soon.....just not too soon!!