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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

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Our Long Weekend

Hello, everyone! To start this Memorial weekend post I want to say God bless those that serve, fight, and die for our freedom. You are the real heroes.

How has your weekend been, friends? Ours has been so lovely! The extra day off was much needed.

Let’s recap:

SATURDAY:

I woke up, made a pot of coffee, and relaxed a bit. I decided to go for a jog outside, but 2 miles in it started raining, so I figured that was enough of a workout for the day!

I showered and got ready for the day! My husband’s cousin (who was my college roommate) brought her two daughters to spend the day and we had so much fun!

The weather got very nice after the short rain so we took the girls to the outdoor mall near my house. First, we went to the fountains and watched them play, which was so cute.

Afterwards, we went to Bubbles juice bar for smoothies! I also had a yummy protein bar!

Our next stop was Barnes and Noble book store. The girls played with trains and looked at books!

They fell asleep in the car so we said our goodbyes.

When I got home, I sent the hubs out to get Chipotle while I watched Netflix!

Yummmm!

After dinner, we played cards, then watched TV until bed.

SUNDAY:

I woke up, had some coffee, then went to a yoga class at my gym. It was so needed!!!

For lunch, we made avacado egg salad and it was delicious!

After lunch, we packed up a beach bag and headed to a small local beach about a half hour from our house.

We layed out, played frisbee, and relaxed. It was a blast.

When we got home we had showers before making dinner.

I had a veggie burger, sweet potato fries, and a spinach salad.

The rest of the evening was spent watching basketball.

MONDAY:

I woke up, had coffee, and watched some Netflix before heading to the gym. I took a class that was half gluteus maxout and half upper body extreme. It felt awesome!!

I grabbed a smoothie from the cafe before heading home.

Once I got home, I spent a few hours cleaning and prepping for my online teaching job this week. I love a clean, organized home!

Lunch was leftover avacado egg salad, crackers, cheese, grapes, and turkey pepperoni.

Next up was grocery shopping. I went to Aldi and did so well! I love that store so much. They have such good food for awesome prices.

After putting groceries away, we relaxed a bit until it was time for dinner.

We grilled out and everything was so tasty.

Now it is Bachelorette time!

Also, how cute is my chunk??

Have a great week, everyone!

With love,

Carly

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Friday FiveĀ 

Hi there, everyone and happy Friday! I hope you all are well. This week has been fairly crazy for me. Getting back into another school year, new students, trying to wake up at 5 to workout, funcion in the evenings to cook, blog and hang out with my husband has been hectic. Even though things get crazy at times, I am blessed beyond measure. 

I wanted this post to be positive because I have SO much to be thankful for! So, here is five (of many) things I am greatful for.

1. MY HUSBAND 

 I will never be able to put into words how amazing this guy is. He is hard working, fun, loving, smart, gentle and patient. He makes every day worth while and I don’t know how I got so darn lucky, but I am thankful I did.

2. MY STUDENTS 

One of the greatest joys is having a student run into your arms, beaming to see you after summer break. Those are the moments that make the hard times worth it.

3. WORKING OUT

I love taking time to push myself and better myself at the gym, outside, or even in my home. It makes me feel better and lets me get my stress out in a healthy way.

4. THE ANTICIPATION OF FALL

We have been getting cooler weather here lately and I love it so much. Crisp air, pumpkins, apple picking, celebrating our anniversary, football, fires and family. I. Can’t. Wait.

5. COFFEE

The smell, the taste, the pick me up. The way it starts my day. Yep, it’s the little things! Haha

Well friends, there is just a few things making me happy this week! I hope to spread the joy to all of you!! 

What are you thankful for lately?

Stay blessed and have a great weekend, everyone!

With love, 

Carly