It’s a girl!!!

We have finally found out what our baby is!! We’re are having a sweet little princESS! I just had a feeling… 🙂

Here are some photos!

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I apologize in advance to my baby girl for showing the world what proof we had of your gender while you were in my womb… haha!

The anatomy scan went great! Her brain, kidneys, stomach, EVERYTHING looked normal and she’s a good size for how far along she is. The only thing the tech told me the Dr. might want to talk about was where my placenta was right on the very bottom of my uterus and hadn’t moved back yet.

We talked to the Dr. about it the next day at our appointment and he said we’ll keep an eye on it but he doubts it will be any sort of problem. He said 9/10 times it works itself out, and the worst thing that can happen is that I will need a c-section! So that was relieving.. really hope the worst doesn’t come of it though!

So glad and so thankful that we have been blessed with a healthy baby, and very please that our first is a girl. I hated having an older brother, LOL!

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Before Baby To-Do

There are lots of things I’d like to get done before the baby gets here. I know we have around 6 months before baby’s due date, but anyone who has ever met me knows I’m am one hell of a procrastinator.

I love to make to-do lists (and lists of any kind, for that matter), but rarely finish everything on them. I think my problem is once I get motivated and the gears in my mind start grinding, i get overly-ambitious and only have a spurt of motivation that will not be continuous if my procrastinating genes have anything to do with it.

SO. I’m going to make a list of things that need to ACTUALLY GET DONE before baby gets here. This is more of a cosmetic thing I believe, not all the practical things. I’ll have plenty of time (and suddenly no time at all before I know it) to fret over what to wear/take to the hospital, a for-sure name, all those things. No.. this is my craft/organizing list.

And seriously, these things really needs to get done. No bull-hockey (as my Papaw would say). If I’m going to be useful for anything besides an incubator for these next two trimesters, it’s gonna be a not-so-lean, more-moody-than-mean crafting and organizing machine.

So what do I need/want to do?

  1. Complete room makeover. This needs to be done because this room isn’t only my room. I’m sharing it with Brian now. That Hello Kitty calendar? Love ya, but see ya. That floral jewelery organizer? Adios. All things that scream “I just figured out I’m going to be a mom and I don’t really want to let go of being a young woman who will barely be drinking age by the time my baby is born” need to be put away, sold, donated, re-purposed, just gone. I think the only things about OUR room that don’t need to be changed are the grey walls, the bed, and the dresser/chest set. Maybe a bookshelf can stay. ):
  2. DIY baby decor. I have so many ideas! We haven’t completely decided on a theme yet, since we don’t know the gender, but for either one I have lots of cute, endearing ideas that would be so classy, adorable and not super cliche. These include yarn wrapped wooden/cardboard letters, framed fabric, framed ultrasound photos (temporary decor of course, but completely unavoidable), canvas light, and many others. A few of them can be viewed here on my baby board over at Pinterest!
  3. Clean/re-do corner desk. It’s an awful, ugly, cheap desk that surprisingly survived the house fire we had a few years ago. I didn’t want to let go of it because it was one thing that didn’t burn. It’s become my crafting table so it’s gotten a little roughed up. I’d like to sand it down, paint a nice, simple yet eye-catching pattern on it, and give it a new life. Also, the stupid little tiny shelves on the outside and the big ones on the inside, those are definitely coming out and getting covered with some pretty type of paper and modpodged.
  4. A new organization system for my crafts. I have lots of crafting supplies. No seriously – LOTS. If a stranger took a peek into my storage drawers and nothing else, they’d think a little old lady with lots of time and nothing else owned everything in it. The problem is that everything is stored in ugly, cheap, childish plastic storage drawers. You know, those stacked shelves that you buy for your dorm room? Yeah those. I’m definitely going to flea markets and Goodwill and I’m going to find a cheap bookshelf or old dresser/chest to rip apart and re-do. I want that nice, clean, organized look with those fabric storage bins that just simply sit inside the shelves, ready to be pulled out with ease.
  5. Nursery. Uhhh this needs no explaining. I’m really really really going to try not to put all this off for the nursery.. but there are a couple of things standing in the way. The baby’s room used to be (kinda still is) the storage room. We’ve weeded out a LOT of stuff, but there are still some of my boxes, totes, and crafting shelves, as well as some of my mom’s things for her classroom (one of those teachers who get all hardcore and work when not at work – so many teaching supplies). We don’t have anywhere in the house to put them, so we plan on putting them in the garage. The bad part about that, we just turned our garage into a garage from a dirty old building for hay, tools, firewood, etc. Welcome to Kentucky/living in a field where we grow and sell hay which needs somewhere to be stored. So until we can get it all cleaned out and organized and not so gross, I am NOT putting my good things out there! So there are a couple of things prolonging us from starting on the nursery – BESIDES not knowing the baby’s gender.

I’m pretty sure that’s the most important.. surely I couldn’t forget anything important enough to make this to-do list! Wish me luck.. I NEED it!

10 Things People Forgot To Mention About PREGNANCY

Being a new, unexpected mom, I didn’t know a lot about pregnancy other than that it was sometimes a wonderful experience, totally easy and made your skin glow, and other times morning sickness occurred the whole time, your broke out, and you looked like shit, and sometimes in between.

When we found out I was pregnant, I got lots of tips and advice. Mainly how tired I will be, how I need to watch what I eat and make sure I eat enough protein/fiber, how I’ll probably get constipated, crackers are good for morning sickness and a flat soda, etc. All the basics. No one really got into the nitty gritty, until I mentioned it and they were all, “Ooohhh yeahhh, that’s normal too,” acting like a forewarning wasn’t a nice thing to give me.

So, here is a list for all the other new, unexpected moms out there who may (and hopefully will) come across this. I kind of like learning things first hand, because I love telling my experiences and being able to help others, but still… a forewarning would have been nice.

10 Things People Forgot To Mention About PREGNANCY

1. Horrible, stinky, sewer-smelling, cramping, constant FARTS. All day. Every day. At awkward, quiet moments. In elevators. When you finally get comfy and cuddled right up against your significant other and have to move because you don’t want to fart on them. Around your in-laws. Around friends who aren’t super close friends so it would be a little weird to just admit to it and try to laugh it off, even though they know you did it because, well, they know they didn’t do it. ANYWHERE. YOU CANNOT ESCAPE IT. Until around 11 or 12 weeks, possibly. That’s when it stopped for me – now it’s just occasional.

2. Lost of vaginal discharge. All the time. I feel so gross. I’ve started keeping baby wipes at the toilet and I’m carrying some in my purse for when we go out.

3. I’m not more tired than usual or fatigued – I’m practicing hibernation. The bears are gonna be soooo jealous when they hear what I’m up to. 1 nap a day? Pshhh, sometimes I take 2. Lawd help everyone if I don’t get my nap.

4. Baby isn’t here yet, but I still can’t sleep well. For a while, no matter WHAT time I went to sleep, be it 12am or 5am, I would wake up around 9:30am every single morning. Also, no matter how tired I was, I would roll around in bed, toss and turn, yawning, begging for sleep… and then 3 hours later, I’d finally just pass out. Real, just plain old good sleep, is a rarity already. I know it won’t compare to when the baby is here… but c’mon body, at least give me a little bit of a break!

5. “Don’t be afraid to ask silly questions!” Such a lie. Definitely be weary. Just Google it or if you’re patient enough, save it for your OB/GYN who probably deals with people way more stupid than you every day. Apparently when you ask the average person a question about pregnancy, you appear naive, immature, and overly excited about being pregnant. Like I said – Just Google it.

6. “You’ll probably be a little constipated.” Also a lie. Gonna be super honest here: not taking a poo for NINE DAYS is not a little constipated. It’s not even really constipated. It’s the next level above extremely constipated.

7. Bless you! You’re probably sneezing your head off, right? That’s all I know how to do. And I am either going to bed or waking up with a stuffy nose. Apparently, pregnancy makes your sinuses swell.

8. Sex drive? What is that? I don’t know if I have ever heard of that…

9. Those annoying little pains you get when you cough, laugh, or strain are normal nuisances you’ll have to deal with after your 2nd trimester. They’re called round ligament pain. It happens because the muscles around your uterus are stretching to prepare for your growing baby.

10. Some days, I eat EVERYTHING. Pizza? Heck yeah! Pre-preg I didn’t like pizza, maybe once a year or so. Same thing with McDonald’s cheeseburgers. Pregnant Autumn wants pizza and Mickey D.’s cheeseburgers all the time. Along with everything else in the cabinets and lazy suzan. Peanut butter? Break that stuff out! Just eat it with a spoon. Oh, those pickles look awesome. Strawberries, mmmm. Barbecue chips ohmygod. And then other days, I’ll take two bites of something and not want to eat for the rest of the day because I feel so full.

There you have it. My (probably first of a few) list of things people forgot to mention about pregnancy. Hopefully some new mom-to-be out there like me sees this before it’s too late! 😉

She’s A Dreamer

So, I more often than not have a dream when I sleep. Whether it’s during the night or during a nap, I’m probably going to dream. I remember most of them, but some I’ll forget and only remember when something triggers the memory. I dream about all kinds of things all the time, but 70% of the time my dreams are based in an old house that I grew up in that we moved out of about 6 years ago.

For the past year, I have had countless dreams about either being pregnant or having little girl with long, curly, blonde hair. I’ve dreamed about her calling me mommy, about holding her hand, and feeling her soft, sweet skin. Every time I would wake up saddened, wishing it were real. My maternal instincts have been much stronger for the past year or so, and I’m not really sure why.

Today I woke up from a dream that I had the baby, and it was a little boy! I believe this is the first time I’ve dreamed about having a baby boy… maybe the second, but I’m not totally sure. But the best part about this dream was that when I went to pick him up, he looked right into my eyes, and when I held him, he laid his head right down on my shoulder like I’ve always wanted a baby to do. His skin was so, so soft and it was so realistic.

I don’t know how I’m going to wait these coming months to be able to hold my baby. I know I say I want a girl, but obviously it really doesn’t matter. I wouldn’t love him less if he were a boy. I just want to hold my baby and give all of my love to him or her, knowing they’re going to grow up and I’m going to be the most wonderful thing they know, at least for a little while.

I may not be ready for a baby, and who really is ready for there first one, but I know I can love my baby when he/she gets here and I have all the support I need to learn how to be ready for him/her. So I’m not afraid! I can’t wait!

Let’s break this baby in…

Woohoo! Let’s get that awkward first post over with. (:

I’ll probably be blogging a lot about my pregnancy and crafts. Maybe a little bit about cooking and other fun events that go on (because cooking is a fun event, ha!) I’ll probably also be posting a lot of lists, hopes, dreams, ideas, and definitely a lot of photos.

I haven’t blogged in so long! I’ve almost forgotten how relaxing it can be. I’m glad to be back into the blogging scene, and hopefully can connect with a few people. I love seeing what everyone else’s crafting styles are like. I swear, I’m an old lady trapped in a young woman’s body!
I will probably also be posting some of my dreams. I have insane dreams sometimes.. well.. a lot of the time, and now that I’m pregnant, they’re just that much crazier!

Here’s to hoping for a good blog!