Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Merry Christmas | My Wish List

Christmas Wish List for Women

S'well Bottle - I hear that these bottles are amazing. They are also so pretty.

Essie Nail Polish - One can never have too many bottles of nail polish. I have my eye on 'cashmere bathrobe' and 'getting groovy'.

Trouble - This was probably my favorite game as a kid. I need to pass on the fun to Aria.

Lush Bath Bombs - I've wanted to try one of these bath bombs for ages.

Alex and Ani - I love this candy cane charm bangle. Plus, a portion of the sale goes to Give Kids The World Village. This one is at the top of my list!

Disney Starbucks Tumbler - This is my favorite thing to drink out of, and I've broken two so far. Maybe third time is the charm?

Naked2 Palette - I really like using these Urban Decay palettes. Gotta collect them all, right?

Godiva Milk Chocolate Hot Cocoa Mix - Best hot cocoa ever!

Gift Cards - Starbucks gift cards are one of my favorite gifts ever. You can't go wrong with the gift of coffee. Disney gift cards are also always appreciated because it gives us an excuse to pop over for a visit or to put it towards a trip.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

[Foodie for a Year - link up #4] - Holiday Goodies

[Foodie for a Year - link up #4] - Holiday Goodies

Hello, hello! It is our last Foodie for a Year link up today. The final category is 'a holiday goodie'. My favorite kind of category. My plans went a little askew when Lincoln was born a few days before Thanksgiving along with the addition of a spinal headache to recover from. So, instead of sharing the recipes I planned on testing over the Thanksgiving holiday I will be sharing a few of the recipes I make over and over again around Christmas.

[Foodie for a Year - link up #4] - Holiday Goodies
These are the cookies we make for Santa each year. And, just for fun when the mood strikes as well. My favorite bit is that they don't require chilling. Tasty and easy.

I think my favorite part about these cookies is the subtle cinnamon flavor combined with the chocolate cookie. Definitely one of my favorite cookies.

[Foodie for a Year - link up #4] - Holiday Goodies
I'm not a fan of the flat gingerbread men type cookies, but these soft gingerbread cookies with white chocolate in the center are delicious.

I love making fun popcorn. I made some of this peppermint bark variety to gift to friends a few years back and I ended up sneaking so many tastes I didn't have enough to give to everybody. Oops.

I am not really a big fan of nuts in general. I'm not even sure where the idea to make glazed nuts came from. I felt like trying my hand at it and they turned out so delicious. My mouth is officially watering.

Sweet Turtle Soup

So, now it is your turn! Please share your favorite holiday treats with us below. Fingers crossed I'll find the time and use of both hands to make one or two yummy recipes this month. At the very least Aria and I will whip up some Santa cookies! You can also share with us using the #foodieforayear on instagram and twitter.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Lincoln's Birth Story | Part One

I went to sleep on November 20th having a few contractions off and on. A few of them woke me up, but were relatively painless and rather far apart.

Then around 6am I woke up to short contractions. So, I downloaded one of those contraction counter apps. The contractions only lasted 20 to 40 seconds but were coming every 3 minutes. I stayed in bed until about the 5th contraction before deciding to get up and see if walking made them stop.

It didn't.

I texted Chris to give him a heads up that I was having regular contractions and it might end up being the real thing.

Aria was still asleep so I brushed my teeth, got dressed, ate a banana, and took care of the dogs. I kept walking laps around the house and timing my contractions. Still 3 minutes apart and still really short.

Around 730am they started to last closer to a minute.

I gathered up my things to bring to the hospital because I never did pack my hospital bag. More walking, more breathing.

By 8am I texted Chris that he should probably come home and that we should probably head to the hospital. Aria woke up a bit after that, so I got her ready and dressed. She followed me around while I walked my laps around the house.

Chris arrived home and we made our way to the hospital. I got to triage around 9am. The contractions were getting to the 'ouch' point. Just keep breathing, just keep breathing. They hooked me up to those belly wraps that I despise to monitor contractions and the baby's heartbeat. I remember loathing them when I was laboring with Aria, and they were no more fun the second time around. When they checked me I was at 5cm dilation, so I earned my passage over to a delivery room.

It was about 10am when I got to my room. Aria and Chris were still waiting in the lobby to see if I was going to be admitted, but eventually they were allowed to come find me.

My nurse asked if I planned on getting an epidural and I said 'yes, absolutely yes.' I got my IV placed, and it only took two tries. They needed to do some labs before I could get the epidural, which seemed to take ages. Everything seemed to take so much longer this time around.

Aria was only staying at the hospital for a quick visit, so after a bit I told Chris to take her home for breakfast before leaving her with great grandma. I figured it would be best to send her home while the pain was still manageable.

While Chris was gone they finally got the okay for the epidural, and he made it back to the room just before the fun went down. Around 1230pm.

But, something went awry with the epidural. I was concentrating on remaining still and breathing through contractions so I don't really remember what he said. Something about it being wet and to tell him if my toes were tingling, my lips felt numb, or I was getting a headache. None of those things were going on, so I didn't think anything more of it.

As with Aria the epidural only dulled things. I still felt discomfort with my contractions, but at least it was lessened.

After the epidural the nurse checked me and I was almost 8cm but my water was still unbroken. She told me that my OB was at a C-section currently, but that she would be in to break my water afterward. She also said that when my water was broken the baby would probably be coming shortly thereafter.

Then it was just Chris and me in the room. We were talking and I was breathing through my contractions. Then I felt a little gush. Chris called the nurse in to see if my water had broken, but it hadn't.

About 40 minutes after I got my epidural I felt a pop and my pain shot from an easy 4 on the pain scale to a 10. The contractions were miserable. Chris called the nurse in again but she was with another patient who was getting their epidural and would be in to see me soon. 15 minutes of rather unpleasant contractions and a different nurse came in since mine was still with the other patient. She went to check me but apparently my water was hanging out...not broken yet. Sorry for that image. I'd been involuntarily pushing for those 15 minutes and baby boy was just about ready to burst onto the scene.

There was a flurry of activity to get ready for the baby to be born, and my OB almost didn't make it in time. They were actually ready just in time for my contraction to end so we had to wait for the next one. Hurry up and wait. But, it came and they told me to go ahead and push. Three pushes later and he was here...along with a large gush of fluid from my water breaking at the same time. Chris told me after the fact that he just missed being doused by it. Pleasant, ha.

Our little Lincoln was born on November 21st at 1:33pm weighing 7 lbs 1 oz and measuring 20.5 inches.

Sweet Turtle Soup - Lincoln's Birth Story | Part One
Sweet Turtle Soup - Lincoln's Birth Story | Part One

They placed him on my chest and he was just so beautiful. With Aria she was on my chest for what felt like a minute or two before she had to be rushed off to the NICU. But, Lincoln just stayed right there so I could stare at him in awe and hold his tiny hand. I loved every second of it. And, then it was daddy's turn to hold his son and I loved every second of that too.

Sweet Turtle Soup - Lincoln's Birth Story | Part One

We eventually made the move over to the mother & child side of the birth center. And, Chris went to pick up Aria so she could meet her baby brother. When she arrived Lincoln was snuggled in his bed and she didn't so much as say hi to mama before making a beeline to see her new brother. She's been a great big sister ever since.

Sweet Turtle Soup - Lincoln's Birth Story | Part One
Sweet Turtle Soup - Lincoln's Birth Story | Part One
Sweet Turtle Soup - Lincoln's Birth Story | Part One
Sweet Turtle Soup - Lincoln's Birth Story | Part One

Unfortunately I woke up the next morning with a killer headache. Lincoln was off to the nursery to see the pediatrician, and I was laying in bed crying from the pain. The nurse brought me in some pain killers, but it never did more than take the edge off. By that night another nurse thought it could be a spinal headache and called in anesthesia to check it out.

To be continued in 'part two'.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Four Years Old

Sweet Turtle Soup: 3 years and 9 months
Sweet Turtle Soup: 3 years and 10 months
Sweet Turtle Soup: 3 years and 11 months
Sweet Turtle Soup: 4 years old

height - almost 42 inches.
weight - around 41 lbs the last we checked.
sleep - All night long the majority of the time along with getting up to potty by herself. Thank goodness.
language - Has a pretty extensive vocabulary, and it is surprising what words she has picked up from various sources (books, people, movies...).

food - french fries, toast or bread and butter, and fruit
books - Charlie and the Christmas Kitty...although there are many close seconds
songs - Rudolph, Silent Night, Trolls soundtrack
toy - beanie babies and stuffed animals
show/movie - Ice Age Collision Course and Finding Dory

likes: going on adventures in the backyard, attempting to catch lizards, reading books, snuggling with baby Lincoln, playing tug with Lizzy, making things in the kitchen, jumping on the couch, playing hide and seek, dancing, playing pretend, movie nights, bubble baths, going to playgrounds, jumping in bounce houses, and being tickled.

dislikes: listening (until something has been repeated at least a dozen times), sitting still, patiently waiting, and when daddy doesn't do something exactly like mommy.

1. What makes you happy? Everything. Water.
2. What makes you sad? When somebody is mad at me.
3. How old are you? I think I'm 70s. Four.
4. What is your favorite thing to do? Everything. (What kind of everything?) I like digging in the dirt, and I like eating food, and I forgot the rest.
5. What do you want to be when you grow up? A horse feeder.
6. What is your favorite fruit? All of the fruit. Oranges in a cup.
7. What is your favorite dessert? cream.
8. What is your favorite drink? Orange juice.
9. What is your favorite animal? Kitty. No mean kitties though. Another kitty. (Not our kitty?) No.
10. Where is your favorite place to go? Disney. 
11. What is your favorite ride at Disney? Ride every single ride, and never forget one! (Do you have a favorite one?) Splash Mountain, I like doing Splash Mountain over and over again.
12. What is your favorite color? All of the rainbow colors. 

Monday, November 28, 2016

Photo Every Hour | Thanksgiving

Lincoln's first morning spent on the back porch
Sweet Turtle Soup - Photo Every Hour | Thanksgiving

got dad to pop up the tent
Sweet Turtle Soup - Photo Every Hour | Thanksgiving
the Macy's Parade
Sweet Turtle Soup - Photo Every Hour | Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving breakfast is my favorite kind of breakfast
Sweet Turtle Soup - Photo Every Hour | Thanksgiving

little brother protests don't deter big sister in the least
Sweet Turtle Soup - Photo Every Hour | Thanksgiving

sleepy newborn
Sweet Turtle Soup - Photo Every Hour | Thanksgiving

love snuggles with both of my babes
Sweet Turtle Soup - Photo Every Hour | Thanksgiving

Happy Birthday, Lizzy! Aria picked out the Christmas hot dog toy...because nothing says Christmas like a hot dog?
Sweet Turtle Soup - Photo Every Hour | Thanksgiving

cooking dinner and holding the baby
Sweet Turtle Soup - Photo Every Hour | Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving dinner: duck, potato casserole, honey carrots, deviled eggs, and crab dip. All made by my favorite husband.
Sweet Turtle Soup - Photo Every Hour | Thanksgiving