30 Weeks with Madeline

Finally able to update on our little bundle of joy coming this January. The past few weeks have been crazy, I have been having some breathing problems doing about anything. My doctor referred us to a cardiologist which had me do a Echo cardiogram and a heart monitor for 24 hours to find out I have a mild case of Cardiomegaly which leads to shortness of breath and hopefully will be gone after I have Madeline. . I’ve also been having some family emergency’s going on, So updating on here as been on the back burner.
Highlights: 
  • Decorating her room and getting everything ready! 
  • Madeline is looking great on Ultrasound! 
  • Her Heartbeat is strong! 
Lowlights:
  • Restless legs when I’m trying to sleep is the worst
  • Having Braxton Hicks almost daily. 
  • Cardiologist says I have Cardiomegaly (Enlargement of the heart) 
Weight Gain/Loss:  13 weeks: 170 17 weeks: 165  27 weeks: 175 30 weeks: 180
Sleep: Wake up constantly
Best Moment This Week: 
Finally got into Dr. Smith which is the Doctor I had with the boys and I feel so much more at ease!
Movement: Madeline has been kicking me like crazy right before bed.
Food Cravings: Sweet things like fruit.
What I Miss: Having any kind of energy.
Mood: Emotional and cranky
Upcoming Appointments/Events: Coming up I have start going to the doctor every 2 weeks starting the 18th. We have a lot of Events going on this month with Bentley’s  birthday and were hosting a Friendsgiving dinner and hosting Thanksgiving  this year.

What I look forward to:  This whole month of fun and family time!

Thanks for reading
Jessica

DIY Madeline Book Banner

Were finally getting our girl, and I have always adored the name Madeline from the books as a child. When James agreed to the name I was ecstatic! Unfortunately there is not a lot of Madeline rooms out there that I could find. Finding some decor ideas was a bit of a challenge, I did however see a recent picture of someone who was selling a vintage book banner and it gave me an idea for her room! I previously had an old ripped up Madeline Book and just never felt the will to throw it away.

What you will need:

Madeline Book

Scissors

Pencil

Whole punch

Twine or ribbon

Directions:

1. Carefully take all the pages, and pick out the pages that you feel will look best!

2. I decided to cut down the pages to all one size , I chose a page that was the perfect size I had in mind and use it as a template to cut out the rest of the pages down to its size.

3. After you have traced and cut, Put the pages in desired order that looks best to you! I put mine in semi order what how the book went.

4. Then take the whole punch a place one whole on either side of a page at the top.

5. Take your twine or ribbon a feed it through the whole punches wholes in desired order you had laid out.

6. Hang up the banner and enjoy!

Honestly super simple project, and it’s the perfect fit for a Madeline inspired nursery, or any book inspired nursery.

One more to adore!

The Bindscheattel family has some exciting news! If you are follow our Instagram or Facebook page, you are already caught up with our great news.

So to get you all caught up, In January of 2020 we are expecting another little Bindscheattel to arrive! I’m currently 17 weeks and this has been the worst pregnancy, between the sickness and loss of energy, it has been a big difference from the last two. So like I did with Leo, I’m going to do updates every few weeks on how everything is going with Baby! This is also a great way to document everything going on for the future!

Highlights: 
  • Found out the gender! 
  • Baby is looking great on Ultrasound! 
  • Heartbeat is strong! 
Lowlights:
  • Haven’t had an appetite 
  • Barely getting sleep
  • Doctor is sending me to a Cardiologist for breathing troubles.  
Weight Gain/Loss:  13 weeks: 170 17 weeks: 165
Sleep: Wake up constantly
Best Moment This Week: 
Finally got into Dr. Smith which is the Doctor I had with the boys and I feel so much more at ease!
Movement: Haven’t felt any movement yet.
Food Cravings: Nothing
What I Miss: Having any kind of energy.
Mood: Emotional
Upcoming Appointments/Events: Coming up I have to get a lot of blood work done, and a few ultra sounds to see why I’m having back pain and to see how the baby is developing.

What I look forward to:  Hopefully getting some energy back.

Thanks for reading
Jessica

Leo’s Birth Story!

17021770_974844082616271_8996114601350048553_nAfter 40 long weeks, Leo has arrived. Throughout my whole pregnancy I had secretly wished he would come earlier so I could hold him and know that he was safe, but nope Leo wanted to show me that waiting until 40 weeks and 6 days was the best choice for him to keep growing to become the 8 pounds 7 oz bundle of pure cuteness and joy that our little family needed.

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When went to the hospital around 10 pm hoping he would make his arrival. I was feeling so,e major discomfort in my back, which we believed was a pinched nerve that I had been having for the past week, which believe it or not worse than the contractions.

After waiting and nothing really happening or progressing, I slept on and off till around 3:50am when my water broke on its own. The nurse was really surprised on how much fluid I had. Finally after an hour afterward, I couldn’t handle the back pain any longer so I asked for an Epidural to ease the pain. Man did that thing work!

Finally, after a few hours of some more sleep, the new nurse for that day came in around 8 am and checked my cervix. She said I was 10cm dilated and ready to start pushing. Because Leo’s head was a little bigger then we thought, It was taking longer to push him out than anticipated. After about 2 hour’s they let me take a nice half hour break an had me sit up to see if gravity would help at all. Finally after an anohter hour of pushing at 10:35am Leo Robert Jackson Bindscheattel was born! Weighing 8lb’s 7oz and 20.5 inches long. Completely healthy as can be!

Bentley was with my mom in the waiting room waiting to see his little brother! Which he loved the minute he saw him in daddies arms. 17021370_974860622614617_8676750041215561458_nLeo has sure been my toughest pregnancy and birth out of my two babies. The hospital stay was only for a 24 hours after he was born. Leo passed all of his tests so we were able to take our Lion cub home later the next day.

 

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10 things no one tells you about being pregnant.

When I first got pregnant with Bentley at 19 people would sit and tell me loads of amazing advice about being pregnant and becoming a mom, and now being pregnant with Leo at 24 they still say the same things, but I have figured out by this pregnancy that there is just some stuff that no one tells you! So here’s the list of my experience and what I think you should know about being pregnant.

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10. Feeling your baby kick you is weird and sometimes painful.

I love feeling my babies kick inside my tummy, but it sometimes is not fun and exciting. One time Bentley kicked me and hit a nerve and I fell into a wall… This time Leo loves to just kick my bladder as I walk so I always feel like I’m going to pee myself. No one explained how weird and sometimes unpleasant it would be.

9Sometime you will HATE your favorite food.

My favorite food is broccoli ( I know I’m weird )  and I knew about all the cravings I would have but no one told me that quite possibly I would hate my favorite food! My suggestion, eat it when you want it! Don’t hesitate, if you suddenly want your favorite food and have been hating it during the whole pregnancy.. tell your hubby, boyfriend, or whoever to go out and get it.

8. Hormones are crazy

Obviously, you hear about having crazy hormones on TV, or from other moms but you think “Nah not me”, but guess what… One minute you’re sad than happy, then god knows what else. It’s real, and it sucks. With Bentley, I wasn’t that bad, but being pregnant with Leo I have found out that I might be a tad bit crazy.. I have been getting a little short tempered with people(mostly family), then feeling completely guilty 5 seconds later.

7. Friends

You will learn who your real friends are during this time. If you’re a younger mother, most of your friends will not understand the shit that is going on with you, or not understands why you can’t stay out till 3 am like before because you just want to stay in bed and sleep. My best advice, let them go. From here on out it’s about you and that baby, and making sure its healthy and happy. You can always join a Mommy group, there are tons around the internet who do understand everything you are going through and if you find the right one you could make some awesome friends who also like to sleep at 3 am.

6. Other Mom’s opinions

Every other mom WILL put their “advice” on your situation. Get over it.. right now. Learn what you will be judged about everything. If you are going breastfeed, if you don’t, if you are going use regular or cloth diapers, if you should co-sleep or not, and etc. You WILL be judged, and you just have to teach yourself that they might “mean well”, but you do what’s best for your child. You go by what you think is safest or right for your child. I am super bad about this, I always let what people think into my head and it overwhelms me away too much. I’m slowly learning not to let it bother me and tell them to shut it or ignore them.

5. Hemorrhoids 

Gross, yes I know, but they happen to some moms, and no one ever wants to talk about them because they do suck and they are painful and gross. If they get too painful see your doctor or midwife so they can give you some cream to help with the pain.

4. Maternity clothes are sometimes ugly and expensive. 

Yep, some of them you will look at and say “ew this is what I have to pick from” or “holy cow $40 for a shirt” If you can wear them, my best advice is to get a bunch of leggings or yoga pants. Complete life saver and money saver.

3. The last few Weeks.

The last few weeks go by so slow! No one told me that with my second child I would be dying to have baby Leo come out sooner rather than later. Every cramp, pain and total clean fest I am constantly wondering ” Is this it?” no… no it’s not. Just try and be patient. Try being the keyword.

2. Wives tales to jump-start labor. 

Of course, everyone tells you about them. Red Raspberry Leaf  Tea, Walking, Exercise, sex, Pineapples, and spicy food. We’ve heard them all, but what no one tells you, is that it’s completely depressing when NONE of them work. We have tried everyone out there, except castor oil… I really don’t want to be shitting my self all night so I have stayed away from that one.

1 Being Pregnant is a blessing. 

I constantly see the post of fake pregnancies on Facebook from other girls, and at first I thought it was funny… until last January I had a miscarriage… You hear it happen to some moms and really don’t think it could happen to you.. but it can.. and its the worst feeling ever, but when/if you become pregnant again the overwhelming joy feeling of knowing this time it’s going to be okay… Will make you feel like this child is such a blessing and trust me it is! Yes, I lost a child but now we have an angel watching over us and God has given us another chance. Blessing.

 

Being Pregnant has its Major ups and major downs. If you feel depressed about anything, talk to your Doctor/Midwife, friends and family. Ask around to see what advice people give you, but don’t let their opinions become an obsession of doubt in your mind.. it could turn what is suppose to be the most amazing experience into a shity one.

Congrats on the baby, and try to Enjoy your Pregnancy!

Thanks for reading! Have anything to add to my Post leave a comment Below!!!

Jessica Louise

 

39 Weeks down 1 To go!

img_98571Highlights: 
  • 1 cm dilated
  • Dropped even lower! 
  • Only 1 week to go!
Lowlights:
  • Horrible Sleep 
  • Leo is being stubborn! 
  • Have tried everything to go into labor!
 
Weight Gain/Loss:  Week20-158  Week23-160  Week31- 179 Week35 -186 Week39- 192
Sleep: Hot flashes are still a thing for me, but getting more rest before he gets here.
Best Moment This Week: 
We took Bentley to Disney World! In hopes, the walking would jump start labor, which did not work… We still had an amazing time, Bentley went on his first roller coaster called “Seven Dwarfs Mine Train” and “Splash Mountain”.

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Movement: He has been slowing down on kicking me the last few days, hopefully, that’s a sign for him wanting to come out!
Food Cravings: Nothing I’ve really been craving this week.
What I Miss: Not having hot flashes! They Suck!
Mood: Just wishing he was here already!
Upcoming Appointments/Events: had an appointment on Tuesday and doctor said Leo is head down still and I am 1 cm dilated and 50% thinned! so it could be any day now!

What I look forward to Finally welcoming our baby boy into the world!

I hope you enjoy following my journey with baby Leo! I will be posting updates every few weeks! What are some of the changes you started feeling at 39 weeks? Comment below!
Thanks for reading
Jessica Louise

35 Weeks down 5 to go !

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Highlights: 
  • Had my Baby Shower
  • Constantly moving
  • Only 5 weeks to go!
Lowlights:
  • Horrible Sleep 
  • Barely getting sleep
  • Went to the hospital and found out I have a bad UTI.
 
Weight Gain/Loss:  Week20-158  Week23-160  Week31- 179 Week35 -186
Sleep: Sleep is horrible… Cant get comfy and am having hot flashes
Best Moment This Week: 
Had My baby shower this weekend, it was amazing thank you to my mother who made all cute decorations, and put the whole thing together for me. We Played a lot of fun games, and had some yummy cake!
Movement: He loves to kick me in my bladder. You cant see him move so much through my shirts now! 
Food Cravings: Speedway Limeade Icee
What I Miss: Being able to walk at a normal pace, and not like a drunk turtle.
Mood: Tired a lot , and getting very anxious!
Upcoming Appointments/Events:I had an appointment on Monday and doctor said Leo is head down already and looks great! He didn’t check if i was dilated. 

What I look forward to:  Hoping to see him soon! I already love him so much !

I hope you enjoy following my journey with baby Leo! I will be posting updates every few  weeks! What are some of the changes you started feeling at 35 weeks? Comment below!
Thanks for reading
Jessica Louise

31 weeks down, 9 weeks to go!

Highlights and Lowlights of my Pregnancy Week 31:

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Highlights: 
  • Third Trimester 
  • Constantly moving
  • Only 9 weeks to go!
Lowlights:
  • Having contractions 
  • Barely getting sleep
  • Bentley is starting to notice more that there is a baby coming and he will no longer be the only little one in the house.
 
Weight Gain/Loss:  Week20-158  Week23-160  Week31- 179
Sleep: Can not sleep on my stomach anymore, and its becoming harder to get comfy and fall asleep.
Best Moment This Week: 
Christmas was amazing! Felt little monster move all day! Bentley is starting to get really excited. Buddy our Elf left for the North Pole and Bentley got a new bike and Some Dinosaurs from Santa! See a few of Buddy the Elf’s adventures over at,  4 Easy Elf on The Shelf Ideas.
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Movement: So active, and has the hiccups a lot! also he loves to kick me in the bladder almost have pee’d my self a few times!
Food Cravings: McDonald’s Hash Browns are becoming a must in the mornings!
What I Miss: Fitting into my old clothes..
Mood: Happy and getting excited and finally have started nesting!
Upcoming Appointments/Events: I have an appointment coming up on the 2nd to see if i am dilated and how my cervix is doing!

What I look forward to: Only 9 more weeks to go! Planning for the baby shower coming up in January.

 

I hope you enjoy following my journey with baby Bindscheattel! I will be posting updates every few  weeks! What are some of the changes you started feeling at 31 weeks? Comment below!
Thanks for reading
Jessica Louise
Also A Merry Christmas and Happy Hoildays from our family to yours!
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It’s okay not to be in love with being pregnant again.

First off, if you found out you are pregnant again or finding out you are pregnant for the first time, Congratulations! Having a child is the best gift you could ever have.

Back in January James and I had a miscarriage and I was heartbroken, I didn’t move from my bed,  you never understand pain until you lose a child ( even if you only carried that child for a small amount of time).

When we found out that we were pregnant again of course we were excited and over joyed, but still being 7 months pregnant today, I’m not in love with it like I was with Bentley or my angel baby. I actually see my self wishing that my baby was here more and more, just because I hate feeling sluggish and miserable all the time. For months I would beat my self up saying “I don’t deserve this child” or calling my self a bad mother. I talked to my OBGYN and let him know my concerns, and how I felt about my self and this pregnancy.

{Now I would like to let it be known so no one gets mixed signals, I am in love with this child, and I would not take back being pregnant or having this baby.}

My OBGYN explained to me that it’s okay with the way I feel and that its normal, especially after having a miscarriage.  You’re going to feel as if it’s your fault and that you did something wrong but you didn’t and that the best thing for you do is talk to someone, be it your spouse, partner, friends, or your doctor/midwife . Anyone that will lend an ear to listen to what you have to say, and not judge you for how you feel or felt is the best for your self and that new little bundle of joy you are carrying.

I feel my self worrying more and more if something’s wrong with the baby because the farther along I get the harder it will be if something were to happen on me and my family. My doctor says that I’m just scared to get attached to him and feel hopeless that is there nothing I could do if something were to occur. He told me that it’s normal and just to try and relax as much as I can, because getting my self all worked up and worried is not very healthy for the baby and I.

Also just know, that you are not alone and that there are people out there that can help you. Other mothers out there that understand what exactly you are going through and have gotten though the same struggle.

So talk to someone, let them know how you are feeling. and what you are feeling, maybe they have been through it or are going through it as well and you can become your own little support group.

Thank you for reading

Jessica Wallace