Monday, July 25, 2011

Things Im Lovin..

Baby girl is sleeping,, and I'm looking at some gorgeous pictures.
Check 'em! :)

Friday, July 15, 2011

Plum Love

My all time favorite color..

Love these ideas for using the color plum around the house..

Such a yummy color. :)

Thursday, June 16, 2011

She's Here!!

My little lady is finally here!!! 
I am so in love with her!

Ella Rose was born 6.8.11 at 1:21 pm. Little bean weighed 6 pounds 4 ounces and 19 inches long.

My birth story was a scary one..
If you've read my previous posts, you know I had very high blood pressure..
On Tuesday, June 7th, I went to my regular doctors appointment..
My blood pressure was extremely high and there was a trace of protein in my urine.
My doctor checked me then, I was 1.5 centimeters dilated and 30% effaced. 
We have talked about induction before, so I knew it was coming..
He sent me to the hospital for monitoring.
My blood pressure stayed high the whole time I was there, and more protein was found in my urine.
My doctor came to see me at the hospital and said, we should not wait. Induction tomorrow morning at 8 am!
I was admitted and was not allowed to go home. We decided we'll start with a cervix ripen-er, then start with Pitocin. 
I called my husband right away and explained everything to him. He came bringing whatever he though I needed. Make up, straightener, blow dryer, tooth brush, and underwear!All that was thrown into a grocery bag. Oh men...
I barely slept that night, my doctor came a little early, around 7 and placed the tablet in place.. Said he will come back on his lunch break to break my water and start the Pitocin.
I started having contractions immediately! The worst part is that I couldnt move for 2 hours until the tablet dissolved..
The nurses suggested I get the Epidural right before Dr. C came to break my water, cause thats when it will get "ugly". So around 11:30 I got my Epidural. 
My doctor came at 12:15, checked me. I was 3 centimeters dilated! He said we didn't even need the Pitocin! 
As soon as he broke my water the trouble started...
Ella's heart rate dropped right away and kept dropping with each contraction.
I was given an oxygen mask, it didnt help much..
As my fluids were gushing out of me, I was hooked up to a monitor that pumped amniotic fluid back into me.. 
I was in tears at this point, kept telling the nurse "I cant listen to this.. I cant do it." 
She even turned down the monitor but with the worried look on their faces, I didnt calm down one bit..
The doctor kept checking to see if the cord was getting clamped somewhere.. it wasnt.
As Dr. C went to check to see if maybe the cord was around Ella's neck, I gushed out a lot of blood, and out came a big clot.
Thats bad news.. My doctor looked up and said "the placenta might be splitting from the uterus".. 
C section.. I knew it even before he said it. 
The nurse called for the room (someone was about to go in for a scheduled C section) and said "this is URGENT".
I was wheeled in the surgery room. everything was such a blur.. 
I asked my husband to talk to me about something, ANYTHING but about whats going on.. He didnt even have a chance to start when we heard a cry!
It was such an amazing moment. I started crying even more!
The doctor held her up for us to see, she was so adorable! Not even purple or red like I expected. :)
My husband went with the doctor while they measured and weighed her, he got to cut the cord (whatever was left of it).
Then he brought her to me and placed her on my chest. :) We talked with her the whole time I was being sewed up. (40 minutes)

I cannot believe the path I had to go through to get to where I am now..
I had so many problems with my pregnancy and I cant believe I was cut..
But it is SO worth it. This little girl is amazing!

Ella turned one week yesterday. :) She's eating like a champ! Sleeps for 4+ hours.
Im a lucky momma. :)

Sorry for the long (and maybe TMI) birth story. :) A lot of ladies have been asking me, so I thought I'd get down to details. :)

Until next time!

Saturday, May 28, 2011


I am patiently waiting for my little girl to arrive. 
Being on bed rest and not being able to do much makes time go by even slower..
3 weeks on bed rest already..
  • high blood pressure
  • rapid heart beat
  • water retention
  • low blood count
  • and.. protein in my urine.
That last one is the worst..
I have taken a 24 hour urine test and waiting for results.
If there is a lot of protein then I will be induced right away, if its not a big amount I will try making it to 37 weeks (full term). 
I am currently at 36 weeks so I have a little more to go. 
I'm seeing a high risk doctor twice a week and so far everything is good.
This little girl is a strong one! Even though she is measuring behind (she will be a tiny one) this girl is already putting her lungs to work!
That amazed even the nurse!
Ahh,, and she has hair! Yep! :)

Doctors said that if she was born now, she is most likely ready for the outside world.
But I am praying I will make it to 37 weeks..
So for now.. all I can do is wait.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Pregnancy: A Long Long Journey.

As you may know, this is my first pregnancy.
But I feel like I've been pregnant for years..

I think those pee sticks need to come with a warning label..
Some message like "Get ready for your world to shift." along with the 2 pink lines.

I am 32 weeks along (measuring at 34(!!!)) and this is what I've learned so far..

First Trimester:

> Morning Sickness?!?! Who the heck named it morning sickness? Its more like 24 hour sickness. Throwing up for 14 weeks straight sickness!

> Trying to get romantic with hubby? Forget it! Throwing up is not too sexy.

> If you eat as much as you can, poof out your belly and look through a magnifying glass, you can REALLY tell your pregnant.

Second Trimester:

> Morning Sickness will not go away by 12 weeks, or even 14 weeks, its ok to cry about it.

> Those maternal feeling kick in around this time.

> Around 20 weeks you forget all about the morning sickness, and think you could be pregnant 15 more times!

> Some of the energey returns,, you start feeling human again.

> Oh and those first kicks!! Best feeling in the WORLD!!!

> Weeks 25-30 are the best in my opinion. I loved being pregnant.

Third Trimester:

> You begin to feel like you've been pregnant for eons, and it will never end.

> You get really sick of people telling you "you've still got a long ways to go."

> The pregnancy pillow will become your best friend.

> Back pain and rib pain is a part of your every day life.

> Tears come easily over any given issue.

I am sure I will be adding to this list in a few weeks.
Last thinkg I want to say is: I am praying this pregnancy will not last a lifetime.


Feeling a little life that will last forever grow inside of you makes every ache and pain worth it a million times over. :)


Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Maternity Photo Shoot!!!

These were taken by a fabulous photographer and best friend Anna Gorlacheva.
You can see more of her work at


Sunday, April 10, 2011

Tea Cups.

I love teacups!
I love the things you can do with teacups!
The more random the teacups, the better.
I am currently looking for a shelf to go in my kitchen where I can put my collection out.
Here's some cool ways to put your teacups out for display:

Flowers in a cup:

This is such a clever way to display them,, its a teacup chandelier!

What about these cool light fixtures?

Stack them:

Show them off at a tea party!

Or,, display them on a shelf!

All are such lovely ideas!

Until next time.