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

5 things I learned in the first week of homeschooling

We recently pulled Bentley out of public school, for many reasons including that the communication with parents was unsettling and lacked tremendously. Bentley has had some problems with school recently with the new changes of starting kindergarten, going from a smaller class size to a much larger and overpopulated class size, from staying in his one classroom all day to now going to multiple places throughout the school. It just wasn’t working for him and he started acting out and getting in trouble during class. So we looked into home education for him, and it honestly is the best decision.

Here are 5 things I learned in the first week of homeschooling.

Have a set schedule 

Now obviously this varies from different families, but with Bentley, I have learned that he definitely needs structure and a routine to keep him motivated during the day.

Plan everything the weekend before.

I had been planning our lessons and getting them out the night before, but I have noticed it just is too much after a long day and that I probably should have gotten them done before the week started,

Go outside more.

Now we live in Florida and this week it rained almost every day all day, so it kept us locked up in our house the whole time, which made me realize the with homeschooling we definitely need to go outside a lot more so the kids can run around and explore.

Expect the unexpected.

Obviously I knew things wouldnt go 100% as planned, thats a given but I definitely was not expecting to have to go to the hospital. In the middle of our Space Science lesson Leo fell and split his tonuge open, we had to rush him to the hospital and he ended up needing surgery. We never finished the lesson that day, and just ended up pushing it to the next day.

The library is your best friend

So when I do something I go all out, I want all of the things, tools, and books. Well let’s be honest that’s just not happening. I started figuring out that spending all this money on books we might read once is just a waist. So I took Bentley to the library and he got his own card and went to the children’s section and got quite a few books and we definitely are going to get more next trip!

The first week was a chaotic surprise, but I still stand with our decision with home education. Obviously I knew all these things prior to starting but it didn’t sink in until now! If you’re starting your home education journey congratulations to you and I wish you luck! If you are thinking about starting, I honestly encourage you to look in to it a lot, it’s definitely worth it!

Life update

It’s been a while since I’ve posted on this specific page, I had a site through Siteground but just ended up switching back to this one. So that means you guys have missed a lot!

  • Leo’s first birthday

  • Our wedding
  • Bentley’s first day of Kindergarten
  • Some house updates
  • Possible homeschooling Bentley.
  • Tennessee Honeymoon
  • Growing by four feet

There’s just a lot that you have missed. Throughout the next few weeks, I’ll be posting what’s been going on and bringing our page up to speed!

Honestly, thank you to those who have stayed with us throughout this journey! We love and appreciate you all!

10 Disney Gear must haves

Being an Annual Passholder at Walt Disney World for the last 3 years as helped me get what gear I need for our trips to the happiest place on earth down pact. I’d thought i’d share what I bring to the parks with you!

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10. Backpack/ Diaper bag

 

JanSport just came out with a new collection of Disney backpacks! Which makes it perfect for school and for the parks, also JanSport is always good qauilty so I know it last through our trips.  For our family of four we Bring our backpack and put all of our essentials in it, like wipes, diapers, extra clothes, snaks, and wallets.

9. Water Bottles

Did you know if you walk up to any quick service food station and ask for a cup of water they will give you ice water completely free, no purchase necessary, there are also tons of water fountains that have ice cold water.  We always bring our water bottles,  if we see a water fountain we just fill our bottles up and move along. Helps keep us hydrated during the day and no kids are upset because they need a drink, plus it saves so much money.

8. Magic Bands

Magic Bands are a defiant must have. They are what gets you In the parks, in your Disney Resorts if you’re staying on site, paying for your food, and also saves all those magical pictures you take with the photopass photographers all over the parks! You can customize them with a Magic Band skin or get one with designs on them already, And for the fancy laddies out there, there’s a Dooney & Bourke Magic band. You can also put on little “Charms” to personalize for each person for your family.

7. Ponchos

It’s Florida, and I have lived here my whole life and still can not explain to you why one minute its sunny and hot to a complete down pour, there is no predicting it ever! So having a poncho is nice to have as well. Just in case its starts randomly raining, or they can be used on rides like Splash Mountain at Magic Kingdom , or Kali River Rapids at Animal Kingdom.

6. Autograph Book

If you love charcters then you will need a Autograph book. When the kids (or your self ) go and meet Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Cinderella, Rapunzel, and even Peter Pan you want to be prepared and have them sign it so you can have that souvenir. One year we too a blank picture mat and had them sign that, then put a picture of us in the middle and it now hangs in our kitchen.

 


5. Portable chargers

Now if you take a lot of pictures with your phone this is a must have. Your phone will die if you use it all day, and then what? So what we use is a portable phone charger. Now Disney has put the portable chargers stations by Fuel Rod in the parks, and resorts. There is a one time fee of $30, and when its dead you can keep it and charge it your self or switch it out for a new one at one of the kiosks. They come with the Fuel Rod, and charge cord for either Apple, and Androids users. It provides up to 8 hours of talk time or up to 4 hours of mobile tablet usage. My dad found out about these and loved it.

4. Family Shirts

Our last trip there was at one time 14 of us, see our trip tips for large families here. So having a large party we decided to have matching family shirts for everyday we went. My mother and I made them ourselves so super simple, or you can also find a Etsy shop who sells them, but making them your self is a fun family thing to do before the trip!

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3. Comfy Shoes

This ones if you don’t want your feet to hurt by the end of the day. Disney did collaborate with Vans and Keds to make some cute shoes, and if I know I’m going to be there all day I put some gel inserts in them.

2. Sunglasses/ Sunblock

That sun is horrible, so many people get sunburn while at the parks. Having a baby I have to bring the best sunscreen out there for babies/kids. Having some simple sunglasses can protect your eyes from the sun too. During the summer its so hot, and sunny its best to be prepared.

1. Mickey Ears/ Hat

Obviously having Mickey ears is a must have, I mean you’re at Disney! There are so many kinds of ears! I never leave the house with out my ears, and a hat for James.

Thats what you can find with us when we go to the Disney parks. What do you bring with you when going to the parks? Leave us your must haves down below! Thanks for reading!

Jessica

Disney’s ‘Ohana Resturant Breakfast Review

Disney is known for their characters dinning experiences all over the Parks and Disney Destinations. You can eat with anyone from Pooh and Tigger at The Crystal Palace in Magic Kingdom, Mickey, Pluto, Donald, and Goofy at Chef Mickey in the Contemporary  Resort , and even Cinderella and Her Prince Charming at the Royal Table in Magic Kingdom. This year I was lucky to eat breakfast with Lilo and Stitch, Mickey, and Pluto at ‘Ohana in the Polynesian Resort with my family! Here’s my review for the Character Breakfast.

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First off after a long morning of waiting in the bus line at the All-Star Sports Resort for an hour we finally had to take 2 Monorails over and made it to the beautiful Polynesian Resort. Take the bus to the Magic Kingdom ticket and car center, then hop on to the Monorail to Magic Kingdom, then jump on the Resort Monorail. When we got there they were a little behind and we were a little late, so it worked out for the both the hostess and our party of 10.

When we were seated our waitress Laura came and immediately said hello and told us that at ‘Ohana we are all cousins, family. Our Waitress and my mother got along great because both women had children who are Autistic so they instantly clicked!

You can chose between what assorted drinks they have or you can drink the delicious tropical drink they provide as part of the “family-style” dinning.

“family-style” dinning to us was perfect for our large party, basically its all you can eat for the whole family, so once you are done with one tray they bring out another. The menu for breakfast is short and sweet, and quickly served minutes after you are seated. Here’s the Menu.

Hua Paka (Scrambled Eggs),  Uala Kahiki (Fried Potatoes), Pua’a (Pork), and of course Mickey-shaped Waffles.

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 They also have Assorted Breakfast Breads (The bread was amazing)  and Seasonal Fruit.

Obviously you are not eating 5 star breakfast meals, but the food was quite filling for our trip to Animal Kingdom later on. The potato or “Uala Kahiki” were by far the best, they had a wonderful seasoning to them and were done. They serve the eggs scrambled which to me is how I like my eggs, but on the down side they were not fully cooked and a little soggy.

How character dinning works is while you’re eating the characters (in this case Lilo and Stitch, and Pluto) come to each table and take pictures and sign autographs. Now each character stay for around 5 minutes at each table, so if you want pictures you better be quick. Sometimes if you are there for a while you’ll see them twice. They also do a dance line and collect kids from their chairs and have them go around the restaurant with the characters and dance and have a little fun

The only thing I don’t like about character dinning is how fast they come and go, now i do understand they have to keep going to keep the pace up, but sometimes you want to play around with them and interact more then just a picture and autograph and bam their gone. Also another reason is because its so fast pace , its a tad bit crazy and unorganized at times, everyone’s standing up trying to get pictures with the characters. We had a photographer come and say we were next for Stitch to come see our family and then Pluto came up and Stitch completely skipped over our table.

Out of a rate scale of 5 , I’d have to give breakfast at ‘Ohana around a 3. They food wasn’t amazing but filling and endless. The characters were great for the 5 minutes we did get to interact and take photos with them. Id still do it all over gain just to see the look on my sons face when he saw Mickey.

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Thanks for reading! Whats your favorite character dinning experience ? Leave a comment below and let me know!

Jessica !

School is fast approaching! Check out these awesome Disney Backpacks by Jansport!

Click on a picture below to find out where to get one!


Leo’s 1 Month Update

Leo is already 1 Month old, so just like I did with my pregnancy updates, I thought I’d do Leo updates every month!

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Highlights: 
  • Starting to become more awake each day
  • Doctor says he’s gaining weight and is healthy as can be! 
  • Starting to Coo 
  • Loves being held
  • Loves Tummy Time
Lowlights:
  • Has baby acne
 
Weight:   Birth: 8lbs 7oz,  1Month: 12lbs 
Clothes size: 0-3 Months
Sleep: Sleeping 3-4 hours straight
Best Moment This month: We took Leo to Disney for his first time! obviously he wont remember but its memories the whole family will remember! Especially because James asked me to marry him while at Disney!
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Upcoming Appointments/Events:

Leo’s next Appointment is May 3rd for his 2nd month check up!

Thanks for reading! What was your 1 Month old like at this age? Leave a comment below!

Jessica Wallace

Tips on Taking an infant to Disney World.

 

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This year before Leo was born my family got Disney World Annual Passes and we love them! Well, Bentley and I love them, James is not a crazy obsessive Disney lover like myself. Bentley is slowly but surly turning in to one ( yes I’m a very proud mamma ). After Leo was born I was itching to take him to Disney! Finally after a few weeks we decide to take on the challenge and go to Disney with Leo! Here are some of my tips for you.


Packing

Make sure to pack a few extras! Obviously you should have extras in your bag already, but just put one or two more diapers and outfits! Leo peed on me twice so it was a good thing I brought and four outfits instead of my normal two in my diaper bag. Also make sure to pack a small blanket , for when you change your baby so he doesn’t have to lay on the hard changing table.

Backpack

As my Diaper bag for at the parks I carry a backpack instead of the diaper bag. For me its just easier to carry around seeing I didn’t bring a stroller.

BabyWearing

I wore Leo around the parks in a ErgoBaby 360 carrier ( Thanks Ally for letting us borrow it)  , so we didn’t have to lug around the stroller and deal with the crowed and rude people walking in front of us. Now Leo was also only 8lbs so it was not a strain on my back, I’m sure as he gets bigger and older we will bring in the stroller, but for now its just as easy to carry him around.

Also I liked him being closer to me so I know no one would touch him.

Take breaks! 

You want to take breaks and relax in a cooled area or in the shade. Thankfully the day we went wasn’t so hot( actually it was a bit chilly ) so Leo did’t get hot while i was wearing him aorund the parks!

Keep yourself and Baby hydrated 

Yes seriously I have to say this one. Obviously you want the baby to stay hydrated even more so if you are going during the summer hot months. Also make sure you’re hydrated as well because trying to take care of a baby and being extremely weak just does not mix.

Baby Care centers

Use them! They are awesome! Every park as them which I will list below where to find them in each park. They have a place where you can change and feed your baby in private if you are a breastfeeding mother and want to be in a more private place or need a quite place so your little one can catch a quick nap. They also have a store near by which holds baby formula, juice, food, and diapers just in case you run out of anything!


Make Kingdom- Between Casey’s corner and The Crystal Place.

Animal Kingdom- In the building to the left of The Tree of Life.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios- Inside Guest Relations

Epcot- Inside the Odyssey Center

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Ultimately it was a challenge, but we still had a great day! Just take the day slowly and have fun! I mean you’re at Disney World! If you have any extra tips you think should be known, write them down in the comment box and let me know!

Thanks for reading!

Jessica Wallace

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