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2020 Recap And Intentions For The New Year

Hello, all!! Is anyone else ready to say good riddance to 2020? I have definitely had some low moments this year. It hasn’t been all bad though! We have definitely had some wonderful things happen as well! I like looking back and going through pictures. Here is the recap:

JANUARY: *K made a full recovery from her December hospital stay!

*I found out I was pregnant, but suffered an early loss.

FEBRUARY: K turned 1 and we had a “Sweet One” Party for her.

*My sister-in-law moved in with us because she started a job in our city.

MARCH: *The pandemic started, and I had a quarantined birthday at home.

APRIL: *We took a lot of walks, and played at home.

*We celebrated Easter at home and K had her very first egg hunt.

MAY: *Celebrated Mother’s Day with a socially distanced dinner with our families.

*Found out that I was pregnant and felt so much joy, and a little anxiety knowing that I would have two littles under two!

JUNE: *Had an appointment/ultrasound and our sweet baby had a faint little heartbeat.

*Had family pictures taken for when we were ready to announce our pregnancy.

*Found out that I was likely to miscarry, and was given options of how I wanted to go about it. I decided to let it happen naturally.

*Went to the lake with my husband’s family, and it was so nice to get my mind off of things for a while.

She ended up loving this!!

JULY: On the 4th, I suffered a very painful miscarriage at home. My mom and husband switched on and off taking care of me and K.

After the pain settled some I soaked up cuddles and cartoons with this sweetheart.

*Spent a ton of time outside and went to the Zoo often.

My giraffe loving babe!

AUGUST: *Put our house up for sale while our new one was being built. It sold in 5 days!

*Visited my brother and his family. K and her cousin had a ball together!

*Had many more Zoo visits, and enjoyed the outdoors as much as possible. It was a super hot month!!

SEPTEMBER: *Went apple and pumpking picking, and made some final memories in our first home.

*Moved into an apartment with my mom while our home was being built.

*Went to Michigan for my brother-in-law’s small, family only wedding. It was beautiful!

K was tired so this picture was the best we could get hahaha

OCTOBER: *Enjoyed SO many fun Fall activities: Hayrides, pumpkin picking, farm visits, and Boo At The Zoo. We also did a ton of Fall baking!

*Went on vacation to the Outer Banks, NC. My husband and I celebrated our 5 year wedding anniversary while we were there!

NOVEMBER: *We moved into our beautiful new home and enjoyed celebrating Thanksgiving.

Our new table and chairs! Perfect for Thanksgiving dinner and hosting (which I love to do). I can’t wait to do it more when Covid is a thing of the past.

DECEMBER: *Went to Zoo Lights, baked cookies, and enjoyed Christmas at home.

Now that a new year is coming, I just want to have a positive outlook on everything and enjoy making memories with my family! I don’t plan on making a bunch of resolutions that I won’t keep, instead I just want to enjoy this wonderful life I have been given.

Wishing you all health and happiness!

With love,

Carly

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Our Family And Food-Filled Memorial Day Weekend

Hello, all! I hope you are well, and had a nice (long) weekend. K has been walking all over, and rarely sits still! She will get into anything that she has access to, and keeps us on our toes! She has a big, wonderful personality, and I am soaking up her being little.

This past weekend was so nice, as we enjoyed awesome weather, and lots of family time.

FRIDAY:

My mom came over for the day, which was so nice! We got lunch at a delicious vegan restaurant called Portia’s Cafe. Everything was so fresh and tasty. I had a wrap with tons of veggies and hummus, and the most delicious, healthy, strawberry cheesecake I have ever had!!

A little later in the day, I had a delivery come to the door. The cutest edible arrangement! Such a fun surprise! The fruit was so fresh and yummy. K and I ate it up quickly!

That evening, my husband and I started watching the show Locke and Key. It is SO good and we have watched a lot over the weekend evenings!!

SATURDAY:

My husband ordered my absolute favorite coffee from the cutest bookstore in North Carolina. I started the day with a cup in my bookstore mug. The smell took me to the beach, and I cannot wait to be there again in October!

After coffee and breakfast, we packed up and headed to the campground that my husband’s family was at.

K enjoyed seeing everyone for the day, and we left at her naptime.

We took a long way home, and stopped to look at some houses while K slept.

We watched more Locke and Key, and ate brats for dinner once K went to bed.

SUNDAY:

The morning was beautiful outside, so we started the day with a long family walk. Spending time with my husband and little girl is the best!!

That afternoon, we got K’s baby pool out and let her play a lot. She had SO much fun, and slept like a champ that night. She had to try a couple different suits on haha.

MONDAY-MEMORIAL DAY:

We took another family walk and it was perfect!!

I went for a jog when K napped, and it started getting SO hot. We hit almost 90 degrees. My mom came for the day, and we took walks, had lunch, and K played in her pool. It was a great day!

Dinner was grilled salmon, veggies, and a salad!

We ended the night with more Locke and Key! We have two episodes left.

That’s all for this update.

Have a wonderful week!

With love,

Carly

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Life With Baby

Hi, all! Today is technically my due date with baby K. Hard to believe we have had her with us since the 9th. Being a new parent it tough and exhausting, but the love I have for our sweet daughter is unlike anything I have ever felt before.

I have been healing well and am getting around quite well at this point. I haven’t weighed myself, but my body has gone down close to where it was pre-pregnancy. I am proud of how healthy I stayed during pregnancy!

Breastfeeding:

This has had its ups and downs. I love it so much the times baby latches easy and stays on well, but that isn’t always the case. I had bad engorgement for a few days, which was terribly painful. Sometimes she gets frustrated, so I pump and give a bottle when all else fails. I will continue to keep working on it. I love how we bond during feedings!

Food:

I have been eating more than usual to keep my milk supply up! Most of the time it is healthy, other times it is more convenient.

Exercise:

The recommendation is to wait 6 weeks, so I have just been doing some walking and stretching. Listening to my body has been so important for recovery!

Sleep:

Oh how I miss my sleep lol!! Baby keeps us up quite a bit, but I know this won’t last forever! They say to nap when baby does during the day, but I have been using that time to get other things done.

Getting Out:

Since my husband has been off of work, I have gotten out to grab coffee, grocery shop, and even get a hair cut. He goes back to work on Monday and I’m bummed, but I guess it had to happen eventually.

Visitors:

I feel like we have had a lot of visitors, and that has been a little overwhelming. I love having one person over at a time, but when a crowd comes over, it is too much. I need to be better about saying no. I notice my anxiety gets higher with a lot of people and I want to keep the little one healthy.

Cats:

The cats are starting to adjust to their sister, but have been stand off-ish. They both have sniffed her and occasionally get close, but most of the time they keep a little distance. I am hopeful that they will be the best of friends!

Overall:

I am so in love with our sweet girl and am soaking up every second of her being so little. We have her newborn pictures tomorrow and I am so excited!!

Isn’t she perfect??

Thanks for reading my update!

With love,

Carly

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My Labor And Delivery Story

Hi, guys! We are officially home with baby and learning our new “normal.” Our daughter is perfect and beautiful and my heart continues to explode with love for her.

As a first time mom, I had no idea what to expect when it came to labor and to be honest, I was scared.

Here is my story….

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 7:

I started having contractions throughout the night, but was able to sleep in between them. I knew they weren’t strong enough or close enough together to go in yet, so I just dealt with them at home.

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 8:

I had an appointment that morning, and the dr. certainly didn’t think I would go into labor that night.

I attempted to go to work, but continued to have contractions so I went home. They started getting stronger, so my mom headed to my house. I called my husband and said he needed to leave work. I showered, packed our bags, and left.

We were in triage for hours, only to be sent home because my contractions were 7 minutes apart and they needed to be 3 or 4.

As soon as we left, my contractions got so bad I truly didn’t think I could handle it any longer. I had terrible back labor. My husband timed my contractions and they c ame every 3 minutes for the next two hours, so we headed back to the hospital.

I was finally admitted around midnight and asked for an epidural immediately. The relief was amazing and necessary for me.

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 9:

I labored throughout the night and morning, and progressed naturally. They did have to break my water, and once they did that I quickly made it to 10 cm dialated.

I opted to have the mirror lowered so I could watch, and the experience was amazing.

After an hour and 10 minutes of pushing, our daughter was born. She had the cord wrapped around her neck and swallowed some fluid, but the team was quick and baby girl was just fine.

Once the epidural wore off, they moved us to another room.

Our girl had some issues, but we had the best care. I had hemorrhoids and stitches because I had an episiotomy. Needless to say, it was very painful.

That whole day was a whirlwind with nurses, doctors, and visitors (mostly family and my best friend).

I learned that the bathroom is a chore and scary after delivery!

I also learned how to breastfeed, which is hard but wonderful.

We barely slept that night.

COMPLICATIONS:

Baby girl had jaundice so we had to stay at the hospital until Tuesday.

GOING HOME:

When baby was cleared, we FINALLY headed home (Tuesday night).

Now we are enjoying our beautiful, healthy baby girl and loving every minute of it.

Thanks for reading!

With love,

Carly

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Foodie Friday, Fitness, And Pregnancy (28 weeks)

Hello and happy Friday, all! I hope the week has treated you well! I feel like I have been a zombie all week. I have been absolutely exhausted. Guess that’s what two jobs and pregnancy do to you haha. I finally feel human today since I got to sleep in until 6! Yay!!

Anyway, as far as pregnancy goes, I am 28 weeks. Not too far away from meeting baby girl! Appointments are officially every 2 weeks at this point.

CHALLENGES:

*Exhaustion: If I lay down, I fall asleep. It is a painful tired most days.

*Acne: I sure do miss my nice, pre-pregnancy skin.

*Back pain: I am still having bad back pain, which makes even simple tasks so hard.

*Bladder pressure and cramps

*Itchy skin

Okay, enough complaining lol! Let’s talk positives!!

THE GOOD STUFF:

*Baby kicks: I love feeling her move!

*Seeing my belly grow: this was hard at first, but I love it now.

*Extra bonding with my husband.

*Getting our home baby-ready.

*We are so in love already!!!

FOOD THIS WEEK:

Broccoli and cheese stuffed chicken with a salad.

Whole wheat pasta with meatballs.

Ground beef, onions, mushrooms, and cream of mushroom soup over brown rice.

Pizza!

Food was so good this week and I saved money shopping at Aldi! Yay!!

WORKOUTS:

I have been taking it easy since my back has been bad, but I’m getting them in!

*Monday- barre video

*Tuesay-arc trainer

*Wednesday-a pregnancy lifting video

*Thursday-a lateral cardio machine

Today will be a barre video after work!

Well, there’s the update! Have a great weekend!!

With love,

Carly