4/8/14

Anniston's Arrival

Now that our sweet Anniston has been here for three weeks I decided now would be a good time to record her entrance into the world.

Anniston was born on Tuesday March 18th at 8:42 in the morning. she weighed 6 lbs 3 ounces and was 17 inches long. 

But before I get into the details of her arrival I first need to go back to the beginning of the story, well not the beginning but rather the middle at sixteen weeks when I found out I had placenta previa, a condition in which the placenta is low lying blocking the birth canal, and if it remained low the entire pregnancy then a c section would be necessary.

When we found out I had this condition I was told that it almost always corrects itself, almost being the key word. I met with a specialist every month to check to see if it had corrected itself and every month we found out it hadn't.

I had my last appointment in February where it was ultimately decided that my placenta was not going to move and we needed to schedule a c-section. To be extra cautious I had to go to the hospital twice a week to get non-stress tests to make sure I wasn't having contractions, because we couldn't take the risk of my body going into labor on it's own.

Each time I went to the doctor or the hospital for the NST I was always reminded that if I started bleeding I needed to get to the hospital immediately. Talk about putting fear in a girl. I spent a lot of time checking for blood always worried that I was going to start bleeding. My condition was only partial previa instead of a full previa but there was still a risk I would bleed.

On Tuesday morning the 18th when I woke I stayed in bed and just laid there going through everything I needed to do that day and the rest of the week in anticipation of my c section the next Tuesday the 25th.  I had thank you cards to finish, a nursery to put together, hair to get cut and colored and numerous other errands to complete. It was going to be a busy week. Luke's parents had spent the night at our house the night before and I was making a list mentally of everything they could help with in preparation of Anniston.

As I was lying there in bed I felt something that did not feel normal at all, I jumped out of bed pulled back the sheets and saw blood where I had just been. I looked down and realized I was bleeding, pretty badly.

Luke was in the bathroom getting ready for work and I yelled "Luke I'm bleeding, a lot", he very calmly said 'lets go now", I put on my flip flops and we got in his truck and took off for the hospital, so thankful that his parents were at our house to stay with Eli.

I had so many different emotions going through me on the way to the hospital, first I was full of fear, my doctors and nurses had been very serious about how quickly I needed to get to the hospital if I saw any blood at all, and here I was bleeding a lot, I had lots of "what if's" going through my head.

I was also full of disbelief. I couldn't believe I was actually bleeding. I only had partial previa, which made my chances of bleeding go down a lot. I also made sure to follow all the restrictions my doctor had given me, I just couldn't believe I was actually bleeding.

I was also completely annoyed with myself. Here I was 37 weeks and I didn't have a nursery even remotely put together, no new clothes washed for the baby, I hadn't packed a hospital bag and I had a huge list of to-do's that needed to be completed before she came. Why did I procrstinate and not get those things done sooner?

But through all of that I felt peace.When we got in the truck Luke prayed over me and the situation and we knew God was in control, it was scary but I also felt peace.

After we got to the hospital it was a whirlwind. We were rushed up to the labor and delivery wing where I was happy to see a couple of familiar nurse faces (because of all my (very very expensive) NST's I had done).

I immediately got in a room and they got to work prepping me for my c-section. I had one person on one side reading me paperwork so I could sign it, another putting in my IV and then the anesthesiologist on the other side explaining his process.

It was all moving quickly and I felt very safe in their hands. While I was being prepared for my c-section I still had my to do list running through my head, I looked down and realized I never gotten my much needed pedicure, and as I was being wheeled into the operating room I yelled at Luke to cancel our bible study that night. It seemed so crazy that we had all sort of plans for the day, yet instead of all of that we were about to meet our baby girl.

The c-section went by pretty quickly, after they gave me the numbing shot Luke was able to come back in the room and sit by my head, I then met the doctor on call who was very nice and calm and made me feel ok about everything.

He started the procedure and shortly after beginning he exclaimed that he could see a head of hair in there, and then Luke said "there she is!" and I heard our baby girl cry, and naturally I cried also.

It was 7:15 when I woke up that morning, 7:49 when we got to the hospital and 8:42 when Anniston was born. I never in a million years would have guessed that in less than two hours from the time I woke up I would hear my baby girl's scream. It was crazy and amazing and surreal and miraculous.

I caught a glimpse of my baby girl as she was getting cleaned up and they were doing all that newborn baby stuff to her. I was so worried about her weight being three weeks early but she looked (and sounded) healthy and strong.

Luke kept going back and forth between me and Annie and eventually went with Annie to the nursery. She was having trouble with her temp so they took her to the warmers.

I got all stitched up and then I was wheeled to my room. I don't remember a lot about that morning after my operation. I was so tired which I think was a combination of the meds and also just the craziness of the morning. But I do remember when I was being wheeled to my room hearing a voice say "MOMMY!!"

They wheeled me past the waiting room where Eli was with Luke's parents and he was able to see me. In the moment I wasn't sure if it was Eli or some other random kid (I was slightly out of it) but Luke later confirmed it was Eli.

We had called my parents on the way to the hospital and they immediately left to come to the hospital, and my grandparents came also. Annie wasn't able to come to my room until around one but the hours before that passed quickly with our family in the room visiting and going over the whirlwind morning and me in and out of sleep.

Anniston was finally brought to my room and I got to hold her for the very first time. It was one of the best feelings of my life. The day began with panic and fear and several hours later all was ok and I was holding my sweet healthy Anniston Grace. It was amazing.

Eli really didn't have much interest in seeing Annie, he was much more concerned about watching a show on the phone. He was also a little scared of me when I was in the bed hooked up to machines, I'm sure it was weird for him.





Luke and I stayed in the hospital before two days and enjoyed time with our second newborn baby. I loved my hospital stay as much as I did the first time around. Although it was much ore painful this time (due to my c-section).

We have been adjusting to our new life as a family of four these past three weeks and so far it has been a smooth adjustment so far. I'm so thankful for Annie's safe arrival and for all our doctors and nurses, they did an amazing job.



3/11/14

New in March

I am trying to get ready for Anniston's arrival in every area of my life - and this includes my Scentsy business.

Like I have said before (a lot) I am so thankful for Scentsy and that it allows me to bring income into our family while remaining a SAHM. It truly is the perfect balanace for me.

I love that I'm able to set my own schedule - and now leading up having a baby I'm setting myself up for a little "maternity break", which means I'm working on getting orders now and getting parties booked! 

With that said I am booking parties for March and April, and I've been doing A LOT of online parties which have become very successful. If you have ever wanted to try and earn FREE Scentsy products please email me and we can discuss how you can do a party. I do parties for a lot of people who don't live in the same state as me, it's actually easier than it sounds! You can email me at MeganTree84{at}gmail{dot}com

This is the first month of the new catalog and it is fabulous! Full of new products and scents!

This new Buddy,  Roosevelt is adorable and proceeds from his purchase go towards the March of Dimes. He is perfect for Easter gifts this year!


The Warmer of the month is really neat this month, if you purchase the warmer below you receive another warmer FOR FREE. That means you get two warmer for the price of this one - and the one is already 10% off! It's a really good deal.


The warmer has a magnetic frame that comes off and can be replaced with any other $7 magnetic frame that Scentsy offers. So many choices!


Even frames to support your favorite college team!

 Ok last thing! I always have a lot of people email me and ask for advice on what scents they should purchase, which I LOVE helping people find their perfect scent, however this new feature on my website might be more helpful than me just shooting off my favorite scents through email. It walks you through a couple of questions to help you find a scent that might fit you. Check it out! 


As always if you have any questions about anything send me an email! And be sure and check out my website for all the new products. There are a ton of beautiful new warmers!


3/9/14

Three Years Later

Three years. I was in college longer than three years, I wore hideous, clunky Doc Martens, longer than three years, heck I have lots of clothes that I wear (when I'm not pregnant) that are older than three years.

In the grand scheme of things three years does not seem very long. Yet in this case, the birthday of my son, my first born, three years seems like eternity.

Haven't I known Eli forever? Hasn't he always had a piece of my heart? Or better yet hasn't he always been my heart?

Life without Eli seems distant and much longer than three years ago. The day I found out I was pregnant was one of the scariest days of my life. And the nine months after that were a whirlwind of preparation mixed with heartburn and nerves. 

I've never been a big baby person. When my sister wanted to play with baby dolls I wanted to play school and be the boss. I babysat occasionally as a teenager but more so for the money than anything, putting those kids to bed was always my favorite part of the night. I'm just not a girl who flocks to the kids and connects with them with ease.

So I had no idea what to expect those months that I was pregnant. And then in the wee morning of March 9th Eli came into this world and changed my life forever. I was rocked to the core.

With that first cry, the cry that I would come to know so well I was changed. I had no idea I was capable of so many emotions. I had no idea I could stare at something with more love than I knew what to do with, yet still wondering what I had done. What were we thinking bringing a person into this world? HOW could we possibly parent a child?

Yet, three years later we are doing it, together, one step at a time.

Every year when Eli's birthday rolls around I feel like it's a celebration of many kinds. A celebration of my baby boy, and his life. This year has been so fun because he has been so excited about his birthday, and the presents and all that fun kid stuff.

But it's also a celebration of our time as parents. As Eli grows each year and faces various obstacles and challenges and also victories that life brings we are right there with him. Facing those life situations, growing with him, figuring out how to do this parent thing, just as he figures out how to do this life thing.

This year there is a different feel in the air because we know we are on the verge of doing the whole baby thing again. On Eli's birthday we aren't just telling him "you're a big 3 year old now" but we are also exclaiming about what a great big brother he is going to be. Hoping that it sinks in somehow and the shock of a new baby in his life doesn't overtake him too much.

Yet through all the big brother talk I am reminded that he is still my baby. He will always be my first baby, the one that made me a mom. That revealed to me that I'm capable of loving somebody else so much more than I thought possible.

I can't believe it's been three years - and I have a feeling I will say that every single year on this day. Happy birthday to our sweet 3 year old, you are the joy of our lives.



3/6/14

{Review} The Hair Bow Company

Since our discovery in my pregnancy at sixteen weeks that we are having a little girl I have not been too quiet about how I'm a little scared.

I have a boy, I now know what goes into raising a little boy, well at least until the age of three, so far I've got that mastered.

However the thought of a little girl scares me! All the outfits and tutus and BOWS!

But I have many friends who are set to help me out and for that I am thankful.

My friends at The Hair Bow Company recently sent me a box of goodies to help me transition into this world of bows and headbands. And oh my goodness did they send me goodies.

I was so excited to open the box when I received it and when I did it was like a box of bow heaven. After going through this box I am going to be a seasoned bow mom in no times.


Obviously I don't yet have a baby girl to put these adorable bows on yet, so the pictures aren't as cute as they would be if a baby girl was in them - so I will have to post pictures after she is born but I wanted to be sure and show them off now.

First off are all the different bows:

 

Oh my goodness, Anniston is going to have a bow to match every outfit. I am really loving this smaller sized bows for right when she is born, they look like the perfect size. 

I looked at The Hair Bow Company's website before I received my box of goodies and I was most excited about these lace headbands. I love the way lace headbands look on baby girls and I can't wait to try these on Anniston. 




And then how fun are these chevron headbands? I mean, SO FUN!


You should really check out The Hair Bow Company's site. Even if you don't have a little girl these would make perfect baby shower gifts. There are SO many options: Here are some various headbands and bows that I can't wait to use. Especially those Nylon Headbands (in the top right corner) They are so soft and stretchy and will be perfect on a little newborn baby head.


 Just go browse their website, they have so much to offer, even cute little crochet hats, which Eli wanted to show off. It was a little snug on his head so we took it off before he stretched it. 
 

And because they are so awesome The Hair Bow Company is offering a special for my readers:

Happy Shopping!



2/26/14

The Countdown

Well I didn't mean to go so long without blogging but I guess it just happens.

And it seems to happen more and more around here.

The past two weeks have been busy, yet not busy - which doesn't make sense at all, but it seems to make sense in my mind.

We've had our normal weekly routine happening, Eli's school, bible study, church, doctor appointments, Scentsy meetings, etc. But we've also had a lot of down time, days of Eli and I just hanging out at home during the day, and nights of quiet dinners and family time before Eli goes to bed.

And lately I've been so thankful for the mundane, normal, routine days.

We are about a month away from meeting baby sister and I'm getting antsy. Antsy for so many reasons....

I'm so excited to see her face, and kiss her feet and just take in the new life that we are bringing into this world.

But I'm also nervous. Just the same nerves I've shared a long the way, and some of the same nerves I had before Eli was born.

It will be a great change, but with great change come adjustment, so I'm preparing myself for that adjustment period.

Everybody keeps asking if we are ready, and for awhile I was responding with "no". Because we don't have her room put together (not even close) we don't have a ton of "baby girl items" and I still need to locate all our big baby necessities from our move.

However, I've realized that we don't need all those things to be "ready". Yes she needs a room at some point, and it would be nice if she had a few clothes to wear, and for our sanity we will probably want a swing and cradle set up, but we ARE ready. We've been anticpating her arrival for a LONG time now and we are ready to meet her and hold her and bring her home. We are ready for our family to expand.


Here I am at 33 weeks, obviously not the best picture, but it gets the point across. I have gained the exact same amount of weight that I did with Eli, go figure.


These last few weeks are a funny thing. You want to stay pregnant because obviously the baby needs to grow and develop some more, but it's so close to the end you are just READY to meet the baby. So the countdown is on, grow baby grow, but we are ready to meet you!

2/6/14

Random of Sorts

Oh my goodness.

The snow. And the cold. I've had enough. I'm done with it.

My mom keeps reminding me that usually I love the cold weather. And yes, in the Fall I always proclaim my love of scarves, sweaters, cardigans and boots, oh the boots. I love wearing a good pair of boots.

However this year? I'm done. And I here by solemnly vow to not complain about the heat this summer. YOU HAVE MY WORD.

Because I haven't left the house all week I really don't have anything interesting to say. So let's go with a random list of sorts.....

1. After I wrote that I didn't have bows for Anniston I received several recommendations of stores to visit online to buy some bows. What in the crap have I gotten myself into? I received LOTS of bow places to visit and each store had at least 7 pages of bows. BOWS. How do I even pick? What colors do I need? What kind of headband should I get? Questions, questions questions.

Yes I'm making this more complicated then it needs to be. It's one of my spiritual gifts.

2. I had a couple of people ask me where I got my shirt that I was wearing in my last pregnancy post. I got it when I was pregnant with Eli so I'm sure it is long gone by now, but it is from Pea in the Pod's lounge section which I highly recommend. I have a couple of clothing pieces from that particular line and I love them all.

3. Polar Express is no longer on Netflix. I guess after a certain point they take off holiday movies. My poor two year old buddy is having a hard time understanding this. Luckily a friend gave us a copy of it which we leave in the car. Now we just listen to the Polar Express soundtrack non-stop.

4. My friend Sarah is a little talented (that's a joke she's extremely talented, like the kind that makes you question whether you should be friends with her because she just makes you look bad - but then you remember that you can use her talent to your advantage so you keep her around). Anyways she made this super cute Valentine's printable for your kiddo to use to take to his or her teachers. Color me impressed. If you've been looking for something go to her blog and download this printable!

 

5.  This past weekend I hung out with three of my oldest/closest friends. The kind of friends that you don't see for awhile and then when you do you pick right back up with all the same jokes and stories and all of that. The people that just get you. We had a great time hanging out together and eating at a restaurant with no kiddos to take care of.  It wasn't until the end of the night when I was getting in bed and everybody had left that I realized we didn't get one picture together. It's like I'm a failure to all bloggers and instagrammers everywhere.

6. While I was hanging with the girls Luke took Eli bowling. I had no idea they made such tiny bowling shoes but my buddy sure does look cute in them. He is still talking about his fun bowling night with dad. They had so much fun.


7. We are supposed to get more snow next week. I have no words.

8. I have a list of things I need to get done before giving birth. They include getting a pedicure, coloring my hair, getting my eyebrows waxed and painting my nails. These are probably all things I should do on a regular basis and probably things I shouldn't need to make a list for. I need to get better about girl things.

9. See why bow buying is a problem for me?

10. My favorite blogger Big Mama released her second book this week, The Antelope in the Living Room. Do yourself a favor and buy it. I had to quit reading last night because Luke was asleep next to me and I was laughing out loud so much I was afraid I was going to wake him up. I met her last year and I wish I would have asked her if she wanted to be my best friend. I think we could have been like peas and carrots.

And on that creepy note I'll end this post.

Happy weekend! 



2/4/14

No Snow Storm and February Speicals

Well our gigantic snow storm that was expected to come in yesterday never arrived.

As much as I'm sick of winter and ready for spring I was sort of excited about this snow storm.

I had visions in my head of Luke being snowed in at home with us, and a day full of family fun. Which realistically would mean Eli and Luke playing in the snow and me getting things taken care of in the house, but still it looked beautiful in my mind.

But no such snow happened. I woke up in the middle of the night and was disappointed when I didn't hear any sleet pounding down on my roof. The weathermen promised me I would hear that sound and instead I got nothing. I mean they gave it a 100% chance! What is that about?!?!

In what can also be categorized as an unpredicted occurrence Eli woke up pretty sick. Seems like a cold but it's getting worse before it gets better. So I kept him home from Mother's Day Out and we had our own pajama snow day minus the snow.

I wish I had something fun or interesting to talk about but alas I do not. So instead I will share some great February Scentsy specials with you.

This month almost the ENTIRE catalog is 10% off. If you've ever wanted to try Scentsy this is the month to do it because you can get your products at a discounted rate.

Plus there are a plethora of scents being discontinued this month. If you have a favorite scent and it is listed below be sure and stock up!


The warmer of the month is Chantecler:


I love him so much I had to order him for my kitchen. A friend took this picture of the warmer in her kitchen and I think it looks gorgeous


So those are some great Scentsy specials for the month. If you have any questions you can email me or visit my website at www.megantree.scentsy.us.

Happy February!