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.

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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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

A letter from a young mom.

A letter from a young mom

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In this world we live in now, becoming a mother at a younger age is becoming more of the norm. Yet even though it happens more and more, people seem to judge you more and more. They say that becoming a mom or parent at such a young age ends your life. That all you can ever become is a toy picking up, diaper changing, bath giving, and snot nose wipin everyday mamma.

I recently had a friend of mine travel on a 5 month hike, and on one of his inspirational post through Instagram some things he said caught my attention. Now he wasn’t putting down anyone, but instead encouraging people and do things you wouldn’t normally do like he did by going on this long endeavor. See his amazing photos of his travel here.

Now seeing his amazing adventure it came to me, that my life, my normal everyday mamma life is also truly amazing. I know this, and have known this since my son was born, but I believe that some people out there think that becoming a parent at such a young age ends your life,  now I’m not knocking what my friend went through and how i know it was a life changing experience, I just want to let people in on a little secret. Being a toy picking up, diaper changing, bath giving, and snot nose wipin everyday mamma is possibly the most amazing and exciting adventure you will ever have in life because it never ends.

Finding that person who will truly unconditionally love you, that when you see their smile it lights up your world, that watching day by day how they learn something brand new, and become so excited and proud of themselves when they do. It’s so rewarding, like opening  a new present each day for the rest of your life. Not just for a few months, or weeks, or days, but forever.

So mom’s to be, don’t think that your life will become irrelevant or that what you will go through each day is boring or lacks adventure, because it’s so much adventure, that some times your body will crash, you will be tired and never get a moment of peace, that even going to the bath room alone will be hard but all will be worth it.

 

Thanks for Reading

Jessica.

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

23 Weeks Down, 17 weeks to go!

A little update on Baby Bindscheattel!

Highlights and Lowlights of my Pregnancy Week 23:

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Highlights: 
  • He’s has been active mostly right before bed.
  • Back pain has gone away
  • Specialist says he is growing perfectly
 
Lowlights:
  • Still feeling tired most of the day.
  • Still look more fat then pregnant
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Weight Gain/Loss:  Week20-158  Week23-160 
Sleep: Starting to not be able to sleep on my stomach
Best Moment This Week: 
James Felt baby kicking for the first time this week!
Movement: Becoming more and more active, and has the hiccups a lot.
Food Cravings: Still want Olive Garden bread sticks.
What I Miss: Having energy to do more around the house.
Mood: Happy and getting excited!
Upcoming Appointments/Events:  Went to the specialist this week and the Doctor says He is growing perfectly and My placenta is in the correct spot and not moving into my muscle. Next regular Doctors appointment on the 7th

What I look forward to: Bentley’s birthday party coming up in November, little man is turning 4!

 

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 23 weeks? Comment below!
Thanks for reading
Jessica Louise

20 weeks down, 20 to go!

We’re half way there with baby Bindscheattel!

Highlights and Lowlights of my Pregnancy Week 20:

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Highlights: 
  • Starting to feel baby move more
  • Baby boy had a strong heartbeat at my appointment.
  • Being blessed with a healthy baby and pregnancy so far!
 
Lowlights:
  • Having major Mid/ Upper back pain at times.
  • Still feeling tired most of the day.
  • Had to go to the hospital food possible food poisoning.
 
Weight Gain/Loss:  lost 4lbs 
Sleep: Sleep has been okay, Still can lay on my stomach at times.
Best Moment This Week: Starting to really feeling baby move around in lower belly. He really likes to be awake and moving in around 2am!
Movement: Becoming more and more active everyday!
Food Cravings: Really have been wanting Olive Garden bread sticks.
What I Miss: I miss being able to fit in my regular clothes.
Mood: Emotional and really tired!
Upcoming Appointments/Events:  Had a doctors appointment today, went great Doctor says he is very active and heartbeat is great! I do have to go to a specialist for another ultrasound just to check out my placenta. Next appointment in 4weeks.

What I look forward to: Start looking pregnant instead of looking fat..

I hope you enjoy following my journey with baby Bindscheattel! I will be posting updates every other week! What are some of the changes you started feeling at 20 weeks? Comment below!
Thanks for reading
Jessica Louise