Welcome to the World

On May 21, 2017 at 7:19 a.m., Arlo Nicholas Saxton made his debut two weeks early (I was exactly 38 weeks). After laboring for about 24 hours (from the time my water broke until the time we realized he wasn’t coming out vaginally), I ended up having a cesarian section, but I don’t have many complaints. Other than him getting stuck, my labor was fairly uneventful and didn’t hurt nearly as much as I feared (thank you epidural – but even that I waited quite a while for).

Our hearts grew with our family that day. I imagine it the way the Grinch’s heart grew and broke the X-ray frame, that’s how it felt anyway. So much love in our little family.

Welcome to the World, Arlo!

Arlo Birth Announcement

Adventures in Pregnancy – Journaling

When I found out I was pregnant, I felt pressured to keep a journal but it seemed a bit hokey to me. I found this journal online and thought it was a good solution. It has pages for each week of pregnancy so you can write down anything notable that’s happening. It also has sections for things you found out at appointments, keeping track of questions to ask your doctor, cute little sketches to illustrate funny things that happen, lists of cravings, etc. Very cute and not too hokey. I would definitely recommend it to pregnant friends!

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Adventure Awaits – Nursery

After we found out we were having a boy we nailed down our nursery theme fairly quickly. I had been thinking about it probably from the moment I found out we were having a baby. If it was a boy we wanted to go with a Travel Adventure theme incorporating air (hot air balloons), land (maps), and sea (compasses, and sea creatures). I love how the nursery turned out and can’t wait to see our baby boy grow in this room.

Side note: If it was a girl I was leaning toward a Secret Garden theme – maybe someday. 

Our Little Adventurer

I made this sign using pallet wood, paint and paint markers. It hangs on the outside of the door entering the nursery.

Reading Corner

The READ letters on the wall are maps and the arrow points down to the bookshelf. This will be a perfect nook to raise a little reader.

Nursery Details

Adventure awaits our little one with dirigibles and hot air balloons floating in a cloud-filled sky, plus nautical details above the changing table. We cropped the picture here because the corner piece is the first letter of our baby’s name, which we were keeping secret until he was born.

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Displaying some of our favorite books on the wall. Our colors pallet includes dark sea green (teal), grey and pops of orange.

Adventures in Pregnancy: Gender Reveal

In January, right around the 20-week mark, we found out we were having a baby boy! We asked our family to tell us their official guess ahead of time and tallied whether they thought it was going to be a “witch” (girl) or a “wizard” (boy). Overwhelming, our family thought it was a girl, so we surprised them big time with our announcement.

Interestingly, I’ve heard that pregnant women sometimes dream (correctly) about the gender of the baby. Maybe this is intuition at work, or maybe it’s just a coincidence but the night before our doctor appointment I had a very bizarre dream that in order to find out the baby’s gender they had to deliver the baby and then reinsert him into my uterus to finish cooking. In that dream, the baby was a boy. Before that I had been split between whether I thought it would be a boy or a girl, more leaning toward a girl in the beginning but was interested to see if my dream turned out to be true (well the gender part anyway). Turns out it was!

Here are our gender reveal photos, announcing our little wizard!

Gender Reveal

Gender Reveal 2

Adventures in Pregnancy: My Second Trimester

As I mentioned in my last post, I fully intended to document things week to week, unfortunately, I didn’t get around to this until this week (week 28 and the start of my third trimester), so I decided to compile things by trimester with a few outliers on more specific topics.
It’s true what they say, the second trimester is the sweet spot. It took me a few weeks to get over my near constant nausea after the first trimester and then I almost immediately got heart burn. So bad in fact that I actually threw up. I hadn’t thrown up at all to this point and it was horrible. Luckily for me, it was only one day! Around 20 weeks I hit my stride and was feeling pretty great for about a month.
Gender reveal:
As you can probably guess, I’m a planner. So when people asked if we were going to find out the baby’s gender, it was a no-brainer. We wanted to know. We were a little worried that the baby would not cooperate, at an earlier ultrasound the baby was kind of shy and turn in on itself. But it was very easy for the ultrasound tech to spot our baby’s little penis. It’s a boy!

Its a boy
This came as a big surprise to the majority of our family and friends. I think we had only 3 or 4 people guess that it would be a boy and literally everyone else thought girl. So it was fun to take everyone by surprise!
Growing bump:
Between 24-26 weeks I think baby had a major growth spurt. I’m a very small person, with very limited space for my growing nugget, so everything just pops way out front making me look very, very pregnant. I actually love my bump! It makes me feel connected to my baby because he’s right there for me to snuggle all the time.
That being said, I’m over people asking me my due date and then looking shocked that I still have a few months to go. I try to be nice but I’m about ready to scream “You try fitting a soccer ball in your uterus when you’re five feet tall and see how it looks!”
What’s worse is that I constantly get told things like “my friend is due around the same time as you, and she’s barely showing”. To which I usually reply, “how tall is your friend?” Ninety-nine percent of the time the person they are comparing me to is at least 10 inches taller than me. So yeah. My baby is the right size, I’ve gained the appropriate amount of weight. So let’s all just get over how “big” I look.
Glucose testing:
At 25 weeks I had my first glucose test, it wasn’t nearly as bad as people made it out to be. The sugary solution just tasted like flat sprite to me. Unfortunately, I didn’t pass that test and had to come back for the three-hour glucose test. That was not my favorite. The sugary drink was way worse for the three-hour test and then I just got to sit there (on an empty tummy because you have to fast) and get poked every hour for three hours. I didn’t pass that test either and so I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes. Not news anyone really wants to get.
You may be thinking, “she did just finish telling us about how big she’s getting, this totally makes sense.” Nope, not so much. I actually didn’t have any major risk factors other than being over 30 years old, sometimes this stuff happens. My body just doesn’t want to make the amount of insulin needed during pregnancy. So now I’m watching my carb intake and poking my finger four times a day to keep an eye on things. This has only been going on for about a week so we’ll see how things go.
Here are some pictures to see how my bump has grown in the second trimester:

Adventures in Pregnancy: My First Trimester

First, I’d like to start this by saying that I had every intention of blogging my way through my pregnancy and sharing weekly updates. But then life happens and I my best-laid plans got derailed. Mostly for two reasons. First, it was all I could do to just go to work every day, get home, take a nap, try to eat and then go to bed in my first trimester. Second, I didn’t feel like there was anything particularly unique or strange about my pregnancy that warranted writing about, honestly, once we got past the first few weeks, it was pretty uneventful that first trimester.
Getting Pregnant:
Backing up a little further, let’s go back to the very beginning. Getting pregnant is tricky business. I started tracking when I was due to ovulate, researched the right kinds of foods to eat and best yoga positions for fertility and we were on our way. It took a full year after I went off the birth control and about 9 months of trying regularly. I remember thinking to myself, “If I’m not pregnant this month I’m going to the doctor to see what’s going on.” And then the delightful “Pregnant” displayed on the home test!

Pregnancy Test
I knew that the doctor’s don’t really want to see you right away so I waited a little while to call. Unfortunately, in the next week or so after getting the positive test, I had some cramping and a little bit of spotting. I know this is fairly normal early on, but one night I got cramps so bad that I started sweating and shaking so I called the doctor the next day. They did an ultrasound and blood tests and found that even though the math suggested that I should be around 7 weeks pregnant, I was really closer to 5 weeks. I have irregular cycles so it was hard to nail down at first. But after a few weeks of follow-ups, everything was progressing normally. I was legit pregnant, or as Juno would say “For shiz up the spout.”
Keeping it under wraps:
It’s really hard to keep things under wraps those first few months. First, because many of our friends knew that we were trying and so whenever we went out I had to make realistic excuses for why I wasn’t drinking. My favorite excuse that I used was that I was feeling really gassy and bloated and didn’t feel like drinking. It’s super funny to see reactions when you tell someone you’re gassy. By the way, that was 100 percent true, I just didn’t tell them that the reason I was so gassy and bloated was because I was pregnant.
Sidebar: If you’re wondering if someone is pregnant, and you know they are trying (or even if you don’t know), please don’t ask. It’s so annoying to have to either lie or tell someone before you’re ready when you flat out get asked if you’re pregnant. This happened to me at least three times and it was so frustrating.
First Trimester Symptoms:
My main symptoms during early pregnancy were extreme exhaustion (forget working out ever, all I wanted to do was sleep) and nausea. I didn’t actually ever throw up in my first trimester, but I was almost constantly nauseous and most of the time I had to force myself to eat because I knew I needed to, but nothing sounded good.
The Big Announcement:
While it’s hard to keep things secret, there was a part of me that just wanted to keep this between me and my husband for as long as possible. I was really excited but then once it’s out in the world, it’s not just yours anymore and you also have to come to grips with “what if something happens?”
There is so much pressure around how you tell people these days. We decided to avoid that and went the simple route. My parents are divorced so we told each group separately but in the same week. And we wanted to do it in person so the first group came over for dinner during the week, and we went to the other group a few days later for dinner (we were going to be there anyway to see my brother perform in a play, so it was perfect timing).
We made sure to ask (almost) everyone not to say anything until we publicly announced it ourselves. Unfortunately, we forgot to mention that tidbit to one person who promptly posted about it on Facebook.
Note to loved ones out there: I know you’re excited, but this is not your news to share. Wait until you’ve seen something posted on the parents’ pages before you go spreading the word on their behalf. Not cool.
Luckily, we didn’t have too many common connections and the news was still a surprise a week later when we made the reveal!

Announcement

Our Thanksgiving pregnancy announcement.

My Favorites: Halloween Decorations

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Every October I like to decorate my home with festive Halloween accents! This in addition to the 13 Nights of Halloween really gets me in the holiday spirit! Right now, I’m loving my spooky decor!

It’s the Holiday Season, Have a Freebie on Me!

Today is the official start of the Holiday Season! I believe that the holiday season begins October 1st and ends on January 2nd, encompassing Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, My Birthday (unofficial), and New Year’s. It’s my favorite time of year. To celebrate I wanted to launch my very first Happy Heather freebie! In this post you can download one of two specially designed Happy Heather desktop background images for October!

Something Wicked - HappyHeather

Something Wicked This Way Comes | Happy Heather Desktop Background – Click to download a 1280 x 960 image for your desktop.

Happy October - HappyHeather

Happy October | Happy Heather Desktop Background – Click to download a 1280 x 960 image for your desktop.

Check back here for new freebies each month or visit the HAPPY PRODUCTS SECTION OF THIS WEBSITE.

My Favorites: All the Smells

FavoritesMy favorites this week are both scents! First in a nontraditional sense. My washing machine was smelling HORRIBLE! So I decided to figure out how to clean it. Turns out, front loading washing machines get really moldy/mildewy. Gross. I found this amazing article on Pinterest to help me clean up mine and now it smells fresh, clean and like bleach (which is a good thing)! Not just that, I bought new laundry detergent that smells fantastic so my bathroom (where the laundry is) is very fragrant now in a good way!

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Image from cleanandscentsible.com

 

Secondly, I broke out the fall Scentsy scents this weekend with some Carrot Cake scented wax and my apartment now smells amazing. Between these great smells and the nice weather that had my windows open all weekend, I’m a happy camper.

I’m also still in the throws of Veronica Mars and am obsessed. I love it and I can’t wait to watch the movie when I’m caught up with the series. I have been good and haven’t caught too many spoilers, but I’m Team Logan all the way!