A Glittery World
Weekend Re-Cap…a gem.

Saturday was for sleeping off a nasty cold, and going shopping with Mama while Dad & Chris were hunting. A long lazy afternoon nap later, and we were on our way back to Mom & Dad’s to watch the Husker’s beat some tail & to devour some delicious game day food.

Sunday, I still was fighting off this little cold, but woke up with some intense back pains around 7 AM. I gathered my pillows & the fuzziest blanket I could find, and headed to the cold dark basement with an ice pack to spend the morning in the dark watching movies. Finally, around 11:00, I decided it was time to shower and get my life together, so I did. Chris went out to mow the lawn, and I sat down on the couch to start making early Christmas lists for family members [I know! Look at me go!].

The back pain was pretty persistent throughout the day, but all of the sudden, I got the most excruciating wave of pain through my lower back, and left side of my abdomen. It lasted about 5 whole minutes - no position was comfortable, I ran to the bathroom thinking I was going to puke, and could hardly breathe my way through the pain. After the wave left, dull pain hung out in the area until another wave hit about 10 minutes later. I literally rolled around on the couch, saying really naughty words over and over again for 5 minutes until it went away. After that wave left, I practically crawled my way outside to get Chris, because I knew something was not okay.

He came inside, packed my mid section full of ice packs, and we called my OB’s office, who was obviously closed, but transferred us to a nurse. I was able to give him all of my information & he reassured that they would call back with in minutes…. just before the next wave of pain hit. That wave hurt so bad and made me so sick I felt like I was going to pass out - which is when we just made the decision to head to the hospital.

On the way to the hospital, another nurse called back, and talked me through another wave of pain - constantly asking me questions and reassuring me that we were doing the right thing by heading to the hospital. 

Once we were up to labor & delivery, they hooked Baby E up on the monitor, got IV fluids flowing in me, and started asking me a million questions. I had about 3 more waves of pain during this time - totally squirming all over the place, unable to breathe, thinking I was going to puke or pass out….it was the WORST pain I’ve ever felt in my whole entire life. All I kept thinking was "We haven’t even taken the birth class yet! I’m only 34 weeks, Baby E can’t come this early!"

After some blood & urine tests, they mentioned kidney stones, but also mentioned I was having contractions with every wave of pain that came through.

Finally, around 3:00 PM they gave me some morphine and anti-nausea medicine to help me out a little bit. Soon after, they gave me a few shots an hour apart, to help stop the contractions. Hours later, once I was back to the dull pain I started with on Sunday morning, they made the call to send me home. I laid there as the last bag of IV fluid finished pumping into me - the sound of Baby E’s heartbeat and movement on the monitor as our background music for the last 6 hours - SO thankful that it wasn’t the ‘real deal’.

After that fiasco yesterday, and an OB appointment early this morning, they are thinking it was/is kidney stones. I’m not dilated at all, and the only sign of pre-term labor was the contractions that were triggered by the pain. 

So, now I’ve got a prescription for some heavy pain meds if/when the pain comes back, and I’m supposed to drink incredible amounts of water, hoping this thing will pass on its own [if it hasn’t already].

What a stupid way to spend a Sunday. Just thankful all is well with Baby E, and that I haven’t felt *much* pain today. The nurse last night did say that kidney stones are often more painful than actually giving birth - so this whole ‘labor’ thing should be a breeze now, right?! :)

Hope your weekends were a little more fun than mine….oh, and don’t ever get kidney stones.

Not being able to sleep because of a stuffy nose, sore hips and a throbbing back = sneaking away to a cold dark basement at 7 am with some hot tea…to watch The Polar Express. 

Happy Sunday.

Not being able to sleep because of a stuffy nose, sore hips and a throbbing back = sneaking away to a cold dark basement at 7 am with some hot tea…to watch The Polar Express.

Happy Sunday.

Friday Five!
  1. Niece #2 is finally here! 2 weeks past her due date, Charlotte Louise made her debut last night. I think my husband and I are taking the afternoon off to go see her. Can’t wait to snuggle those chunky 8 lb 3 oz cheeks! [I can say things like that because I was THE chunkiest at 10 lb 10 oz]
  2. Just got done with a great meeting, and may have a new position in my department hired for the spring. YAS!
  3. Mom & I have our first & last in-home craft show of the year tonight. It’s been fun having some projects to do to take my mind of preparing and waiting for Baby E. Excited to show off some goodies and make some extra $$ [hopefully] tonight!
  4. I just got so hungry all of the sudden and need food, like, NOW.
  5. I have ZERO plans this weekend, and could not be more excited. My one goal is to get our master bedroom deep cleaned and ready for Baby E’s arrival. This means probably 5+ loads of laundry [plus putting away the clean laundry that’s literally piled everywhere], dusting like crazy, and organizing drawers and closets. We’ll have a new roommate in about 6 or so weeks, and we need to make sure it’s clean!

We finally made it to Friday! Cheers to a beautiful weekend!

On this fine Thursday afternoon, just before the clock hits 5:00, I’ll leave you with this gem.
Living my best life holding an ice pack to my ribs under my sweater. #sorrycoworkers 
But hey, TOMORROW IS FRIDAY! 

On this fine Thursday afternoon, just before the clock hits 5:00, I’ll leave you with this gem.

Living my best life holding an ice pack to my ribs under my sweater. #sorrycoworkers 

But hey, TOMORROW IS FRIDAY! 

Throwback Thursday to the time Mack & I thought I was HUGE at 21 weeks pregnant. 
Now, Mack just rolls his eyes, and I laugh, because we both know that huge hasn’t even come close to happening yet. At 33.5 weeks, with just 6 weeks left in the game, there is bound to be new huge-ness to experience. 
Silly me…

Throwback Thursday to the time Mack & I thought I was HUGE at 21 weeks pregnant. 

Now, Mack just rolls his eyes, and I laugh, because we both know that huge hasn’t even come close to happening yet. At 33.5 weeks, with just 6 weeks left in the game, there is bound to be new huge-ness to experience. 

Silly me…

Huh?

My husband is currently outside with the dog, has a pheasant wing attached to the line on one of his fishing poles, and is casting the wing and quickly reel-ing it in for the dog to chase after.

I can’t decide if he’s an idiot or a genius.

Update: they both just came in and puppy dog drank a million gallons of water and dropped on the kitchen floor. Genius move for the win!

"Mom, can we puh-lease go back to bed?" #iwish 💙🐶

"Mom, can we puh-lease go back to bed?" #iwish 💙🐶

Weekend Re-Cap

This weekend was a whirlwind of awesomeness.

Friday night was spent deep cleaning [and crying about it… literally… because of the rib/back pain that came along with it] for our company for the weekend. 

Saturday was a day full of Baby E goodness! The morning was spent getting ready for my baby shower, talking to the dog to make sure my outfit was okay.image

After puppy approval, I was off to Danielle’s for the shower, and it was so great! Family & friends & laughter & good food….it was absolutely perfect. These girls are the best friends ever. Chrissy [on the left] is due with her first in January, and it’s been so great to go through pregnancy with her. The other two [on the right] have two of the cutest kids in the world. I just love these girls. image

Saturday night, my sister & her boyfriend threw Chris & I a Huggies & Chuggies Diaper Party. People brought a pack of diapers for a cup to the pitchers my family supplied [thank you, family!!!]….and we ended up with a LOT of diapers. It was a super fun night filled with college friends, lots of family, and way too much laughing. Baby E & I kicked some serious tail at darts [maybe it helps to be sober!], and even made it until midnight…at a bar! image

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[Above, L to R: My sister, my mama, my grandma, Baby E & I, and my aunt]

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I spent the night at my parent’s place, because we had some college friends crash at our house - and they all closed down the bars with my husband while I snuggled in my parent’s cool quiet basement bedroom with a bed and a million pillows all to myself…can you tell I loved it?! :)

Sunday, while Chris was sleeping off a hangover watching football in our dark basement, I put away all of our new baby goodies, and started load upon load of laundry. Turns out everything has to be washed before sensitive baby skin hits it. This is the one time I don’t mind folding laundry. I might have cried when I was folding those teeny tiny little onesies because they are just too darn cute.

Later that afternoon, when Chris was back among the living, we made a trip to Babies R Us to finish off some registry items. I’m in full on 'everything needs to be PREPARED!' mode, so it was a good day. 

Also, Chris is ready for every beer & wine festival in 2015! :) [sorry, honey]

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Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Cheers to a great week! xo

Because of chiconthecheap’s recent post about weekender bags at Target, I had to take a little peak.
And now this little orange beauty has magically found it’s way to my baby registry….because, HELLO cute hospital bag! [and the whole 15% off registry items doesn’t hurt]

Because of chiconthecheap’s recent post about weekender bags at Target, I had to take a little peak.

And now this little orange beauty has magically found it’s way to my baby registry….because, HELLO cute hospital bag! [and the whole 15% off registry items doesn’t hurt]

chiconthecheap:

Mossimo Supply Co. Blue Dot Weekender - $34.95, Target
I bought a black/gold sequin weekender from TJ Maxx last year, and am now totally a convert to these types of bags. In fact, I am going to pack mine up tonight for a mini-vacation this weekend on the Chesapeake (no three day weekend here unfortunately, but I am going to make the best of the two-day weekend!)

I think this needs to become mine, for a hospital bag….because I don’t have enough bags already. [sarcasm font] 
But seriously, I love it.

chiconthecheap:

Mossimo Supply Co. Blue Dot Weekender - $34.95, Target

I bought a black/gold sequin weekender from TJ Maxx last year, and am now totally a convert to these types of bags. In fact, I am going to pack mine up tonight for a mini-vacation this weekend on the Chesapeake (no three day weekend here unfortunately, but I am going to make the best of the two-day weekend!)

I think this needs to become mine, for a hospital bag….because I don’t have enough bags already. [sarcasm font] 

But seriously, I love it.