Tour Alabama Series: Our Week in Dauphin Island

We got back from a week at the beach on Saturday. It was relaxing. And laid-back. And none of us got sunburned.

Basically it was perfect.

Since MM was 1 we’ve been Tybee fans. It’s 4.5 hours from our house and right outside of Savannah (my favorite city in the world). We always stayed in the same condo and it became a habit.

This year though I decided to change it since none of the kiddos had ever even seen the Gulf (sacrilege!). I asked around and settled on Dauphin Island off the coast of Alabama (between Mobile and Biloxi).

Dauphin Island isn’t huge and there are no fast food restaurants and just a few restaurants and shops, but there were plenty of bike paths and things to do (fishing is huge on the island). Given Lawson’s age (right on the cusp of 2) and the lack of lots of restaurants I decided I would cook dinner every night in the house using fresh seafood–I plan on doing a big recipe post this week ’cause we ate so good at the beach, as well as a must do/must see/must eat guide for the island as well!

We wanted a place (didn’t matter to us if we were in a condo or house) that was very close to the beach, had access to a pool, and had at least three bedrooms (my parents go with us).

We found all that in more with Island Time II–a house right on the beach with a pool on the porch and four bedrooms. It was perfect for our needs.

Here’s some pictures of our time on the island.

First up, our fishing adventures. Including our encounter with a snake.

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I caught this beautiful red snapper at 8:10am. Guess when snapper season ended? 12:01am. That’s one lucky fish!

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It’s just a salt marsh snake–probably got washed into the “ocean side” of the island from all the storms.

But we didn’t just fish, oh no! We did lots of goofing off, laying around, and napping. You know, the really important parts of any good vacation.

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The two youngest are sort of twins in this picture: Lawson is 23 months old and Baby B. is 23 weeks in utero.

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Lawson went to three new states for him: Alabama, Florida, AND Mississippi and got to meet his Mama J.

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We lived in bathing suits and t-shirts and shorts with elastic waists and pajamas. It got so bad that the last night there I MADE us put on “normal” clothes and take a picture (we seriously could have packed two sets of clothes each and been fine!). These pictures were taken right in our “backyard”–it really was the perfect setting!

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Oh, Dauphin Island, you spoiled us, girl. xoxo

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Three Things for Me and Two for Baby: Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Time!

So….today is the first day of public access to the annual Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and I wanted to share with you five things I purchased last night.

I don’t know about you, but I love love love the Anniversary Sale. It’s great brands and items that I normally buy…but on sale! And shipping and returns are free, like always!

For me:

I am trying so hard to not buy maternity clothes for this pregnancy mainly because this time is so fleeting, you know? Also, I’m 23.5 weeks and still buttoning my pants (but barely!) and I think I should be able to get away with the rubber band trick through the button hole or leggings ’til the end (fingers crossed).

Here are three items I bought for myself that will work before Baby B. and afterwards.

Barefoot Dreams Lite Circle Cardigan (I got mine in ‘stone’). Y’all this thing is the softest thing in the world–it’s like being wrapped in a cloud. I promise it’s worth the price…and it’s $40 off which never happens (which means you better order in the next couple of days or it will sell out!).

Zella Live In High Waist Leggings. I already have two pairs of these (and have posted about them multiple times) but they are fabulous. They don’t fade. They don’t get little fabric balls all over them. They’re not see through. They don’t get saggy. You can wear them out or to the gym. And both the black and the burgundy are on sale. Best. Leggings. Ever.

Caslon Long Sleeve Crewneck Tee (I got mine in ‘Pink Stone’). I love this brand from Nordstrom and their tees never disappoint. And it’s $19.90. Sounds like perfection to me.

Zoli New Bot Sippy Cup (I got the red and grey pair). One of Lawson’s milk donors (Hi, Katie!) told me about these when I was weaning him from a bottle. He was having the worst time learning how to use a sippy cups. I paid $12 for one back then, but during the Anniversary Sale you can get two for $15.90. I’m already stocking up for the next baby (and letting Lala use them).

Little Unicorn Three-Pack Cotton Muslin Blankets (I got the Farmers Market set). I’ve been eyeing these for awhile on another site and when I saw them on sale for $8/each I just had to bite the bullet. I love the unique prints!

So, tell me, what are Y’ALL getting from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale?! I’m all ears!

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At the Beach and It Feels so Good

We made it to the beach.

It’s not surprising that  or C. made it to the beach…it is however a little surprising all three kids made it down here alive. HA! (We always go to Tybee Island (Atlantic) which is about a 4.5 hour drive from our home, but this year we chose to go to Dauphin Island (Gulf of Mexico) which is a 6.5 hour drive. And we survived, but I definitely do not want to go any further away than this any time soon.)

We’re enjoying it here: beach and pool during the day and cooking fresh seafood at night.

…now if only Lala would sleep past 7:30 (which is really 6:30 here) that would be fantastic.

Here’s a few pictures from today. We’re here until next Saturday and would love to hear your favorite things to do/see in Dauphin Island…if you’ve ever even heard of it, haha.

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Two Keto Recipes

People will message me and ask about Keto all the time. And usually it revolves around what to eat.

And I get that.

I always believe in keeping it simple at first (or forever).  I don’t count macros (but highly recommend MyFitnessPal if you want to!) and I didn’t really count calories until a couple of weeks into it.  I did pay attention to my carbs though, I should add–this is super important.

I think keeping on hand proteins and fats like deli meat, cooked chicken or steak, tuna, nuts, cheese, dressings, etc. ready to go is so important, as well as getting rid of any trigger foods (ice cream and Oreos, for example).

When you’re a mom it’s a little harder to do Keto unless your whole family does it–I mean, I already feel like a short order cook as it is since Moseby is the pickiest eater on the planet!–so I make some meals to trick them ’cause I’m sneaky like that. 😉

Here’s one of my favorite recipes: Steaks in Mushroom Cream Sauce (there’s the nutrition on the page too). Y’all, it is SO GOOD.

You cook the steaks 4-5 minutes on each side (for medium).

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Once cooked to your liking you put them on a plate. Do not clean the skillet. Add some mushrooms that look like this.

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And that somehow turn into this amazing gorgeous sight.

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You’ll add your cream and broth and put atop the steaks. YUM.

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You can serve with vegetables or a salad or cauliflower rice or cauliflower mashed “potatoes”, etc.

Another winner is a wedge salad with steak. This is not a true wedge–I like romaine lettuce, but that’s just me.

I add purple onion, a bit of tomato, bleu cheese crumbles, crumbled bacon, and homemade ranch dressing (best dressing ever), then I top with steak.

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MMMMMMM. Makes my Keto loving heart so happy.

Are Keto recipes something you’re interested in? I wasn’t sure if people would want to hear about this or not.

Hope you all have a great weekend! We’re leaving today to go to the beach (ALL the kids first time to see the Gulf!) for a week and I’m already worried about the 6 hour car ride. Lawson can be an absolute angel…or, well, the absolute opposite. I never know which one I’m going to get!

 

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Pregnancy Reveal Photos & First Trimester Purchases

I’m going to be honest here: my favorite thing about pregnancy (other than the kicks–I LOOOOOOOVE the kicks) is buying stuff.

I know you’re sitting there shocked right now.

Yeah right…

So I thought I’d share with you purchases I’ve made during each trimester–for me and the baby. But I didn’t buy too much this first trimester…mainly because I didn’t even figure out I was pregnant until 8.5/9 weeks and then I sat there in utter disbelief for two weeks!

For Me:

Due to my abdominalplasty and muscle repair last June I have a very tight stomach–there is no loose skin which is a beautiful thing unless you’re pregnant. I’m not worried about stretch marks (been there, done that thanks to MM & my genetics), but I do want my skin to be as moisturized as possible for the stretching it has to do as the baby grows. I bought l’occitane almond supple skin oil at ten weeks along and religiously apply it twice a day all over my tummy and on my belly button and tummy tuck scars.  My skin definitely doesn’t feel dry and the smell (almond) is nice too.

For Baby:

When I found out I was pregnant I was shocked. And not a good kind of shocked. More like the I’m-the-smallest-and-fittest-I’ve-ever-been-and-I-have-a-flat-tummy-and-now-I’m-pregnant shock. I found myself scared (the preeclampsia and my muscle repair holding during this pregnancy are my two biggest worries) and pretty bummed about it all. But I realized the more time I spent on Etsy looking at baby items, the more okay (dare say excited) with this pregnancy I became. (It’s amazing how many new items there are on the market, like those precious blankets for monthly photos or baby turbins or the dock-a-tots, etc.) So once we decided on names at ten weeks and I realized that both started with a ‘B’ and that got me to thinking about doing a gender neutral bee nursery since I love bees. I started looking on Etsy and found SofiaBedding who would make custom crib bedding for me (I ordered all the fabrics and had them sent to her directly).

And I love it. Stay tuned for sneak peeks in the upcoming weeks (it’s currently sitting in the upstairs hallway waiting for the boys to switch rooms).

For Someone Else:

First, let me tell you how we told our kids.

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When I was almost 12 weeks or so we decided it was time to tell the family (we really were that in shock those first few weeks!) so I planned a special dinner for the kids. We went with a yellow and black bee theme for Baby B. Thankfully my “good china” is yellow and black so I didn’t have to buy anything special. 😉

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It’s hard to read but the menu says:

Appetizer: Baby carrots with ranch dressing

Entree: Baby back ribs, new potatoes with baby spinach, and warm buns in the oven

Dessert: Baby Ruth candy bars (and these bee cookies pictured above)

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And, y’all, my super smart, inquisitive eight year old had NO idea the entire meal. So after dessert we told them to lift up their placemats where we had put an ultrasound photo. Their faces were priceless.

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Moseby kept saying, ‘O.G.M.! O.G.M.!’ (instead of O.M.G., ha!!)

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The next day we met my parents & grandmother and C.’s parents at P.F. Chang’s for lunch before MM’s art show (coincidentally this is where we announced we were due with Lawson on her sixth birthday–she always picks P.F. Chang’s for her special occasion meals, haha).

I had brought grandparent gifts to announce the pregnancy–these puzzles–but they had to put them together first.

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My mom actually put the word ‘Baby’ together first and then ‘2017’ and figured it out. We gave each set of grandparents this gift (ornaments found here).

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And what’s a celebration without cookie cake?! 😉

To announce to the world (at 21-ish weeks) on July 4th that we were having a fourth we did a whole ‘Happy 4th’ theme–the kids shirts were done by my friend Tracey, C.’s shirt came from here, and my shirt came from here. I bought a “Cooper, Party of Six” sign too.

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For Baby AND Me:

I was in Sams one afternoon and saw these comfy-looking fabric-covered loungers for the pool. I swear the baby spoke up and said, ‘Get us one of those NOW!’ So I did. We are having a great time floating around my parents’ pool in it, let me tell you. The baby has good taste in pool floats.

And a random purchase I wasn’t planning on yet: I always debate on whether or not to even get a diaper bag (I always end up ditching them after a few months), but decided to get Frye Melissa Shoulder bag (in Cognac) like my cross body (that’s now on sale!) since it was on sale for $199 (almost 1/2 off and Frye never goes on sale!). It can be a diaper bag, sure, but it can also be just a bigger purse down the road.


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First Trimester Recap

Written on Tuesday, May 23rd at 14 weeks, 1 day. 

Pregnancy

I took these when I was 8.5 weeks pregnant (yep, I had no idea before then!)…think I was just a wee bit pregnant?!

So by the time you’re reading this I’ll probably be mid-second trimester, but I thought I better write it while it’s fresh on my mind.

Pregnancy

A little over 9 weeks. 

How I’m Feeling: Other than the past Sunday (our last day in the northeast) when I puked, I can’t even tell I’m pregnant. Well, other than lusting/needing/craving a mid-day nap (that of course I never get) something fierce. I’m also almost always cold (I’m not anemic and my thyroid is good for all y’all armchair doctors, haha). And I have had a constant runny nose for the last month, ugh. Oh, and my hair is dull and my nails are thin. So maybe I CAN tell I’m pregnant. I haven’t missed my normal gym routine {other than going out of town}–still doing five days of cardio machines, plus three Zumba classes, and one yoga class a week currently (I’m at the gym every day but Sunday). I even added RPM (spin) back to the my weekly rotation at the end of my first trimester so I’m working out even more than before. Take that, first trimester exhaustion!

A little over 12 weeks. 

What I’m Craving: A wide-range of things! Some days it’s quiche or chicken pot pie or chicken salad. It’s random and has no rhyme or reason. Though the craving for a McDonald’s cheeseburger or a chocolate chip bagel with strawberry cream cheese nags at me 24/7, not going to lie. Oh, and peanut butter. Always peanut butter.

(With MM I craved watermelon, sweet tea, and chocolate-covered potato chips. With Lala I craved avocados, steak, and frozen peach margaritas. So this baby is trying to keep its gender a mystery with its cravings.)

Pregnancy

14 weeks (measuring 15 weeks, 1 day)

Any Movement: Nah. And I found out today at my appointment with the specialist that my placenta is anterior (in the front) again which means my placenta will act like a buffer for baby kicks. Which stinks because that’s my favorite part of pregnancy! Plus the muscle repair has left me COMPLETELY numb down the center. It’ll be a while before I feel this kiddo.

Pregnancy

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Weight Gain: I’ve decided not to weigh–or well, look at my weight–during this pregnancy. I’m crazy active and I eat fine and I’m not going to worry about the weight. To be honest, my body changing and getting rounder again is hard on me emotionally. I can’t add the worry about a number on the scale to that. As of now I’m still in all my pre-pregnancy clothes, but the waist is getting tighter (but they’re still buttoning, woohoo)!

Pregnancy

Nine weeks pregnant. 

Complications: None yet. It’s just a waiting game because we know they will come. I’m taking my first 24-hour urine collection right at 14 weeks (to get a baseline for protein spillage–I’ll do these urine collections often during pregnancy to look for protein spillage which indicates preeclampsia–if you see me carting around an orange jug you’ll know it’s just me and my pee, HA!).

Pregnancy

12 weeks pregnant. 

I’m taking my first one-hour glucose tolerance test next Tuesday (so I’ll be 15/16 weeks-ish) because we want to catch my gestational diabetes as soon as I start having blood sugar issues. There’s a chance I might not get gestational diabetes again (I do weigh 95 pounds less than I did with MM and 55 pounds less than I did with Lawson), but given my history with PCOS (and the insulin resistance it causes), I’m not holding my breath. In fact, I’m starting Keto (or at least low carb) again in the next couple of weeks so adios carbs.

13.5 weeks pregnant (on a jetty in Plymouth).

Oh, and I’m now 36 so there’s a good chance I’m getting an amnio since I’m old (AND adopted (lack of genetic history)). Fun times.

Oh, and I just had an extensive muscle repair less than a year ago and I’m going to need another csection. The amount of worry/stress/craziness I have over this is ridiculous. I’m sure I’ll talk more about in the future.

Oh, wait, I forgot (that’s how used to pregnancy complications I am!), I have two large cysts on my 1/2 ovary. With my other two pregnancies I had one large cyst (the corpus lutuem) but it went away once the placenta took over (10-ish weeks). Nope, this round they keep growing! One is 3.5cm and one is 4cm which is pretty uncomfortable. There’s talk of surgically removing during pregnancy if they continue to grow.

Oh, and I found out I am a CF carrier. Now we’re waiting to get C. tested and if he’s also a carrier then we’ll have to have an amnio for that.

About the Baby: It is measuring 95th percentile and 8 days ahead. They promised me it wasn’t gestational diabetes making it big (way too soon–and this is 95th percentile in LENGTH, not weight) that it looks like this will just be a big baby. Oh, goody! ::insert eyeball roll here:: #gimmemeatinybabyplease

Oh, and because of my pregnancy we had to change our Costa Rica trip that was planned in mid-May (which was to make up for our ten year anniversary/babymoon trip to Italy in 2015 that we couldn’t go on due to C.’s dirt bike accident, ahem!) to a northeastern trip because of the possible Zika risk in Costa Rica. When I mentioned to my OB friend that we had a trip planned there (a level 2 risk country by the CDC) she literally laughed in my face and was like, ‘Uhmmmm, NO!’…so off to the northeast we went because there is certainly no Zika in Maine. HA! (This baby better be appreciating all my sacrifices!)

 

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Is #4 a He or a She?!

I know it’s the question on everyone’s mind (and it’s always on my mind).  So drumroll please…

Baby is totally smirking at us and all like, ‘I know what I am, but you don’t! HAHAHA!’ It’s a sarcastic baby, I can already tell. At least I know it’ll fit in where with out brood!

We know (and have since 14-ish weeks) the gender.

But we don’t know.

That’s not confusing or anything, huh?

At our 14 week ultrasound I told the sonographer we weren’t going to find out, but that I wanted her to find out if she could and print off 5 copies of the gender shot (I had brought 5 envelopes with me) so I could give it to my embroidery ladies and Etsy shops.

Pregnancy

Because y’all know me too well…I’m going to slap that baby’s monogram right on it as soon as it pops out.

And she easily found out what we’re having (which would lead me to think it was a boy, but who knows).

It’s been confirmed with another ultrasound and genetic testing…but we don’t know.

C. wavers back and forth between boy and girl. My dad, mom, mother-in-law and myself say boy. The kiddos and my birth mom say girl. C. had his tarot cards read in Salem (random!) and the man predicted a boy without even knowing I was pregnant.  Even those prediction charts don’t know!

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{I found this little poster here, by the way.}

{I have been buying a few girl things though *just in case* (I have plenty of boy stuff, but sold or gave away all of MM’s things last year so I have absolutely nothing). Oh, how I’m trying to rein in the urge to buy every Well Dressed Wolf, Matilda Jane, Sweet Honey, Persnickety, Blue Dove piece I see…oh, the list of little girl brands I love goes on and on. Must.stop.shopping. (’cause this baby may very well have a penis and won’t be able to wear a dress! HA!)}

As for names we’ve chosen Bonnie Grace or Benji Harris. ‘Bonnie’ means both baby and beautiful–our beautiful baby. ‘Grace’ is after my grandmother, Mama Grace. We chose ‘Benji’ because it sounded like the perfect name for a big, cuddly bear of a guy. ‘Benjamin’ does mean son of my right hand and many Jewish families name their last son Benjamin and this IS our last baby…. ‘Harris’ is after my grandfather, Papa Cleve (his and Mama Grace’s last name was Harris). We’re calling the baby “Baby B” until it arrives since both names start with the letter B.

And going with the whole Baby B thing we’re doing a bee-themed nursery since I love bees. Lots of tan/natural with black accents. I’m actually really excited about decorating the nursery (Moseby’s old room once he and Lawson move in together in the next month or so) and you’ll probably get tired of me talking about it!

 

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The Whole Story of Baby #4

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I was right at 20 weeks in this picture. I’m now 21 weeks, 3 days.

 

‘Cause I just can’t leave you hanging like that!

We’ve gotten tons of questions (…and OMGs…and ‘Y’all are crazy’…and ‘Oh, hell no!’) from people we know so I thought I would just answer them all in one place.

  • Were you planning this?

Uhm, NO. No no no no. We’re not even really sure of my due date–we have no idea when this baby was conceived! (We think it’s November 13-21st. But because of my hereditary preeclampsia my other two bio babies were born at 37 weeks, 5 days so we’re thinking right after Halloween for this one.)

  • Did you want another baby?

C. was finished with kids. I was open to adopting again when Lawson was 3 or so, but we were mostly likely (definitely?) finished with kids. For sure we were done with having kids from my body though. 100% finished with that. (And let me assure you: C. has now taken medical steps, ahem, so that he will no longer be fathering any babies with Ms. Fertile Myrtle over here. And I’ll leave it at that.)

  • Didn’t you just have a tummy tuck last June? What’s going to happen with THAT?!

Yes, yes, I did (again, totally not planning on having another baby). I’m not so much worried about extra skin–I’m a 36 year old woman–who DOESN’T have at least a little extra skin at this age?! (I feel the same way with stretch marks–who cares!)–but I am *super* worried with how my muscle repair will hold up (not only with pregnancy but with a repeat c-section as well). I had a 5″-ab separation (y’all, that’s over the width of my hand!) that was sewn back together last June–there’s a strong chance that all the dissolvable stitches the doctor used are still there. I had to interview 19 OB-GYNs (my friend who delivered MM and Lawson has retired from delivering) to find just one that had done a c-section on a woman who had a muscle repair in the past. Thankfully this doctor has done three (and he’s been in practice over 30 years–that’s how rare this is). My plastic surgeon says my muscle repair is the strongest part of my body right now since it’s held together with stitches so something else will have to give/stretch/tear. Due to a kidney surgery I had twenty years ago I have a shredded left oblique muscle (the muscles that run along each side of your abdomen) and whenever I would eat before I got pregnant my stomach (my literal stomach) would poke out about the size of a baseball through the shredded muscle until my food digested. It was freaky and honestly kept me from eating large meals because it was uncomfortable (and gross looking now that the rest of my stomach was flat). Well, I’m 21 weeks now and it pokes out like I’ve eaten an all you can eat buffet 24/7 (like, that corner of my upper stomach is larger than my baby bump most days). I assume I will have to have a muscle repair (it can’t be stitched together because it’s shredded so I’m thinking some sort of mesh?!) on that section and I don’t even want to think about–the ab muscle repair was the worst pain of my life (hands down, no joke) and you use your obliques for everything. Yep, not even going there.

  • How far along did you find out since you weren’t planning this one?

Gosh, I guess like almost 9 weeks?! It was crazy! I’ve mentioned before that I have PCOS and two of the side effects of that is crazy periods and cysts. And the older I get the more my cycles get off (#closertomenopause) so it didn’t really concern me that I hadn’t had a period in six weeks…or eight weeks. The only reason I even tested was because I could tell I had a rather large cyst and I knew I needed to call my doctor and get a prescription for Provera which would force my body to have a period and “fix”/restart my hormones/cycle and would get rid of the cyst. But before my doctor will ever call in a prescription she makes me take a pregnancy test (which was always salt in a wound when we were trying so hard for baby #2 for FORTY-NINE cycles, ahem) so on a random Tuesday afternoon I grabbed a $3 test at Target so I could test real quick and get a prescription called in.

Imagine my utter shock/disbelief/amazement when the thing turned positive before I even put the cap back on (we’re talking less than 5 seconds!). For years I have stared at pregnancy tests wondering “Is that a line?” because I would test before my period was due. Well, y’all, when your period is five weeks late that second line appears REAL QUICK.

  • Why are you fertile now and weren’t for almost ten years?

Weight loss and low carb. There is NO question in my mind that Keto (low carb) and the subsequent weight loss gave me my fertility back. I’m having two babies in two years without trying at all (at all!) because I found a way of eating that works for this body that has PCOS with insulin resistance. If you have PCOS and are trying for a baby I can’t tell you enough how much I recommend Keto. It’s worked for me…twice.

  • Do you know the gender? What’s the name? Are you doing a nursery theme?

Well, for that you’ll have to wait until Friday. 😉

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Happy Fourth!

…from our FOUR kids.

Yep, hold those sparklers folks–come this fall we’re going to have FOUR children!

I’ll give you a second to pick your jaw up off the floor.

It’s okay. I was that shocked too.

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{Lots more info to come, promise! Check back tomorrow for the full story.}

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Off to Camp She Goes {and a care package}

On Sunday we drop MM off for her first sleep away camp. It’s for six nights at an Episcopalian camp in the Georgia mountains.

It will be the longest she’s ever been away from us and I’m sad about it and excited for her and nervous for her–you mamas know that crazy mix of emotions you have when your kids start growing those wings.

Mama’ing is hard, y’all.

I thought I would share with you how I got her ready for camp in case any of you are going through something similar this summer. It’s been 25 years since I’ve been a camper (though I was a 4-H counselor in college) so I wasn’t sure how to pack her…hopefully I did an okay job. 😉

I used waterproof clothing labels (I got mine here) for all her clothing (including swimsuits and underwear).

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I used another kind of waterproof labels for all her bath stuff, bug repellent, and sunscreen. (I got these labels here)

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And since she’s only 8 I thought it would be best if I put her outfits in individual bags so each morning she can get up, choose a bag, and have her shorts/shirt/underwear/socks/hair bow all together. I’m sure they’ll be wrinkled doing it this way, but at least it will be one less thing for her to worry about (’cause she would worry if she thought she didn’t match).

One of my best memories of camp (and C.’s too when I mentioned it) was getting letters from home while you’re there. So I’ve been working on several (she’s only there for four days that’s not a Sunday or a holiday).

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What’s nice about Camp Mikell (and maybe other camps, I have no experience with this stuff!) is that you can bring your camper a care package at drop-off and they’ll deliver it on the day you ask instead of having to mail it.

This is the one I came up with for MM (she’s receiving it on Tuesday–the 4th).

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Just a bunch of little things: a girls’ magazine, a Mad Libs, a magnetic hang man game, candy, a water bottle, a fan, pajama shorts, and some July 4th bracelets and stuff.

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I have no idea what other parents do for care packages. Who knows, they may give their child one every day or maybe most of them don’t even give them. I honestly have no clue. I’m sure I’ll hear all about the quality of her care package next weekend when we pick her up. 😉

So, been-there-done-that moms, how’d I do? Any tricks up your sleeve when getting your kiddos ready for camp that I need to know about? Any advice on teaching an eight year old how to brush her very thick hair and put it in a neat pony tail in 48 hours?! Asking for a friend.

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