Sleeping with a Sleep-Talker

So I’ve never really experienced a whole lot of sleep talking before.. that I know of anyway. Since Brian and I moved in together I’ve noticed his sleep talking habit. Every other night he will do something, whether it’s making some kind ofย face and shaking his head as if to say You’re so dumb.. or a hand gesture, or a full on conversation.

Let me just say I think this is one of the most hilarious things in the history of hilarious things. I have lots of stories about Brian sleep talking and apparently have started to do it myself, too! Maybe I always have? Weird!

Hilarious as it is, this morning was definitely not.

We had laid down to go to sleep around 3:30am or so and I was TIRED. So was Brian. I knew it was going to be a wonderful sleep (when isn’t sleep wonderful?). So I’m dreaming away, off in another world where apparently Glenn Danzig, Jerry Only and I are friends and like to discuss pregnancy. It’s a nice world when young Glenn Danzig is involved. Let me show you.

Boom, you’re welcome.

So I was off in this dreamland discussing my pregnancy with punk masters when I was atrociously awakened. Brian was leaning up on his elbow, eyes wide open, looking at me and saying my name until I woke up enough to respond to him. He said, “Something’s wrong.”

So I was of course wide awake and thinking something is actually wrong. “What? What’s wrong?!” I ask. He just repeats himself, so I ask, “With who?”

He looks right at me and then points to the space of bed in between us, looks down at it and says, “I don’t know but this pop can-” I could have killed him, I really could have. “Something needs to be done about it.”

“Are you actually awake?”

“Yes, and something needs to be done about this.”

When you’re late in pregnancy, you know that when your belly is big enough it’s really hard to get comfortable enough to sleep and stay asleep in bed. Along with that (I don’t know about everyone else) lately either I’m getting lots and lots of awesome sleep and could sleep through WWIII or I’m easily awakened, can’t get back to sleep and rely on naps throughout the day to stay awake until I can really have a good sleep that night. This morning was of course a hard time getting back to sleep.

So after he said this ridiculousness, I debated on shaking him awake. You don’t just wake up a pregnant lady! And this was a new thing, before this morning he had never actually awoken me in his sleep! I have to admit now that’s pretty impressive. BUT STILL.

I ended up letting him lay back down and get back to sleep-sleep since he had to be at work earlier than usual today.

Sorry young Glenn and Glenn’s abs and flowing locks. Perhaps in another dream we can casually discuss pregnancy with Jerry. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

10 MORE Things People Forgot To Mention About PREGNANCY

Remember this post? Yup. I have more. ๐Ÿ˜ Pregnancy has no mercy!!!

10 MORE Things People Forgot To Mention About PREGNANCY

1. Round ligament pain. Probably the biggest nuisance during pregnancy. For about a month, every time I would cough, sneeze (which I have done a LOT of the entire pregnancy), stretch, or twist, I honestly felt like I was being stabbed! Round ligament pain is when the muscles around your uterus are growing and stretching and are just ultra sensitive to any movements you make. Super annoying!

2. You might break out in a rash – and there’s probably nothing you can do about it except wait it out. Yes, this is normal. Who would have thought pregnancy and all these crazy, extra hormones would make you break out in some random rash? Not me, that’s for freaking sure. And to make matters worse, I got it on my FACE. And it was sooooo iiiiitchyyy. Oh it was awful. I couldn’t wear makeup because it would just make it worse. I couldn’t put anything on it that might irritate it. I tried numerous products, generic and name brand, and finally generic cortisone 10 worked for me. It lasted for about a week and a half, give or take a few days, and was super annoying!

3. Not all women get cravings. I’ve hardly craved anything. I’ve taken a liking to fruit so that basically all I ate for every meal of the day was fruit for like, three weeks or so, but haven’t craved much! I would always get random cravings before being pregnant – like, mouth is watering, stomach is rumbling, nearly breaking out in a sweat, kind of cravings – so I figured I’d get the worst of it! The only one I can really remember that was super bad was when I was driving home and had to take a detour to the Dollar General because I was craving Airheads Xtremes, and the generic ones at the DG were 8 for $1. I ate 3 or 4 on my five minute drive home. I was also really crazy about anything pumpkin there for a while. Pumpkin bread, pumpkin pancakes (which I could still eat every day), pumpkin cookies, just anything. Oh, and I could probably eat a dozen Texas Roadhouse rolls for a meal every day. Every. Day. Other than that, no really terrible cravings.

4. On the subject of food, some of my favorite foods I have aversions to. B and I carved pumpkins the night before Halloween and I was so so so so excited about roasting the seeds! I couldn’t wait for them to dry out overnight – like every year – so I took the hair dryer to them for 10 minutes and stuck them in the oven salted and buttered. Oh my gosh I was so excited. They smelled so good and they looked delicious, and they’re one of my favorite things that define fall. Well, after a few handfuls, I felt absolutely awful. SO NAUSEOUS. I haven’t even had any morning sickness, and have only been sick to my stomach one time from riding in the car! Where did this nausea come from! It was so miserable. The one food I had really been dying to eat for a long time I had developed an aversion for. ): This has also happened with a couple of other foods I can’t recall right now.

5. Vagina lightning. Yes, it’s a real thing. No, I am not kidding whatsoever. It comes out of nowhere with no mercy!!!

6. Not all moms “just know” the gender. I felt really weird about not getting any gender vibes before we found out. I can’t count how many people asked me, “Do you have any feelings about what it is yet?” and it was so disheartening. I thought I was some loner who had no intuition. Thanks to Baby Center and fellow expecting moms, I found out that’s normal too. So if you get any weird looks when you tell people you just don’t know (like I did) tell the jerk to shut up and take their snarky face elsewhere.

7. You might start mixing things up. Words, thoughts, dates, anything and everything! I’ve always been very conscious about my grammar and how I word things, and even been super good at tongue twisters, but for the past couple of months I guess my brain just doesn’t care anymore. I don’t know how many times I’ve been talking to Brian and he’ll laugh and say, “You said ___, instead of ___!” and it just irks me to no end! My mom is a teacher so I grew up really paying attention to what I say and how I say it. Darn pregnancy brain!

8. You might start lactating earlier than you expect – possibly even around 17 or 18 weeks. This one really surprised me. There I was, minding my own business, when all the sudden it’s like the Amazon river has a direct gateway to my nipples. Literally, it was FLOWING. For a few days, any time I bent over, it would just flow. I’d wake up with the bed sheets and my shirt soaked. My bras were stained. It was so annoying! So I kept wishing it would stop, and it did… and then I was absolutely miserable. It was just they just got jammed and refused to leak, and it hurt sooooo badly! Now it’s back to it’s regular super soaker flow and I’m in much less pain.

9. Just because you’re pregnant, it doesn’t mean people will be less rude in public. I’m noticeably pregnant now, with a nice round belly, and people still don’t pay attention to where they walk, who they bump into, or when the door is slamming right in my face. So don’t think just ’cause you’re pregnant you’re gonna get public perks – I sure haven’t, yet! ;(

10. Not all new moms only feel their baby after so many weeks or months. I heard that during your first pregnancy, you probably won’t realize what it feels like when the baby moves until around 22 weeks/6 months. Such a lie! I felt tiny little flutters around 12 weeks, and then nothing for a long time. Then a few bumps here and there around week 17, and then during week 18 it was like a gymnastic Olympian had taken over my uterus! I’m now 21 weeks and completely aware of her schedule and can see her pushing up my belly. It’s so weird and so mesmerizing. I am so in love with her and her crazy antics!

All things MADISON

We have decided on a name for our baby girl! Madison Summer. (: I’ve always been in love with the name Madison (and no, I don’t care how trendy it was the last couple of years, how overused it has been, or how many there are!) and my mom suggested the name Summer, since my name is Autumn. At first, I thought it was a little tacky.. and then it grew on me a little. And then a little more. And I ended up falling in love with it too. (:

Other names we had thought about were Madison Cate for a girl, and for a boy we had considered Aiden Elijah and Aiden Ross (B’s middle name).

So now that I’m 21 weeks, right smack dab in the middle of my 2nd trimester, I’m in super-nesting mode. For real. If the bed isn’t made before I sit on it or before Brian gets home from work, I’m a little devastated. That’s not me!! haha! I’ve also been subconsciously cleaning up the room, like if a little something is in the floor I will bend down and pick it up, I like to keep the dresser top neat, if any drawers are pushed out a little, they have to be pushed in, etc. I’m just really getting into this mom thing I guess. And if I’m going to be a WAHM with my photography business, I’ve really gotta get used to doing all this on a regular basis any way!

On another note, we’ve been going nuts with all the decorating ideas, outfits, themes, just everything! My mom painted some on the nursery yesterday… I won’t spoil any plans for it yet. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Here are some photos to visually catch you up on what’s been happening!

I’m a little bit obsessed with owls…


I am not sure about wearing HK myself anymore even though I’m absolutely in love with everything HK, so I will live vicariously through my daughter.. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Our Abbey girl turned 1! And is obviously still the most adorable dog in the world.


We watched the KY Wildcats blue & white scrimmage. Go cats!! Funny story, I had a dream that all the boys on this year’s team signed my baby belly and they were all super excited about it. Pregnant dreams… so wild.

I’ve had lots of business lately with the beautiful Kentucky fall we’ve had! We haven’t had a fall this amazing in years. So I’ve had some really beautiful photoshoots. (:

We carved pumpkins! One of my favorite things about fall.

This is my size right now, at 21 weeks!

My hair is growing and looks AWESOME. I almost don’t want to get my roots done because my hair is just so healthy. My natural color is barely lighter than the color it is now so I’m hoping it will just fade in together and be unnoticeable.

I made a super cute new beanie.

My belly is too big for my regular shirts!

That’s the most exciting it gets around here. (: I’m loving life lately.

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! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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!