Jameson, Pregnancy

Pregnancy Health Scare

Last week we had a midwife appointment and it did not go quite as planned. The complete opposite really.

As she took my blood pressure, she became concerned. She took it again, not much better. We had to start talking about what would happen if I developed pre-eclampsia again, but this time early. This means high blood pressure and protein in my urine. Basically, if I developed pre-eclampsia before 37 weeks, I would have to be put on hospital bed rest until 37 weeks when baby boy could be safely induced and delivered.

The next step was for me to do a 24 hour urine collection and then send it off to be tested. If there was more than 300 (I’m not sure exactly how to put this, so bear with me) in my urine then I would be considered at risk. So from 7:15am on Friday until 7:15am on Saturday, I collected my urine. It was extremely unglamorous and I was extremely nervous of what the results would be.

In addition to the urine collection, I am monitoring my blood pressure – taking it every morning and evening. The at risk zones are if the top number goes over 140 or if the bottom number goes above 90. I have a log going that I will bring with me to my next appointment and only contact my midwife it the blood pressure spikes into one of the at risk zones.

I held it together during our appointment, but I was extremely frustrated and disappointed that I might have to birth in the hospital. The hardest part was knowing that I was trying really hard to do better this time in order to not have this happen. Eating healthier, being more active, taking the recommended medication. It is so hard to hear that “it’s not your fault” “you’re doing everything you can do” “you may be predisposed” “it’s hereditary” “there’s no tried and true way to avoid it”… as much as those phrases are supposed to be helpful, they are more discouraging than anything.

I didn’t enjoy my hospital birth last time – the experience or the cost – but it’s even less appealing amidst a pandemic. With that being said, that evening was full of multiple breakdowns. The silver-lining I keep focusing on: at least we’ve done it before, so we kind of know what to expect.

So I received the results of the urine collection and they were positive! My count came in at 202, so I am not currently at risk. My blood pressure has not spiked since I’ve started monitoring it. This is all great and encouraging news. I will continue to monitor my blood pressure every morning and night and will only have to do another urine collection if my blood pressure spikes. Praise God for these wonderful results.

I humbly ask you to pray for me – that my blood pressure would stay low and steady, that no protein would build up in my urine, and that baby boy can continue to cook until he is good and ready to be born. I am praying for all those things as well as general health for me and baby boy, no induction needed, and no need to go to the hospital. If you’re not the praying type, please send all your hugs and positive vibes. ❤

Bump Updates, Jameson, Pregnancy

Bump Update: 32 Weeks

I’m so close, yet it feels so far! At 32 weeks, I am in the third trimester and just beginning my eighth month of pregnancy. Only eight weeks to go and it can’t come fast enough.

Jameson is as big as a cantaloupe – a very long and heavy cantaloupe. 😀 He is measuring roughly 17 inches long and weighing 5 pounds. I swear he is huge! I feel him constantly – always poking his butt or feet against something.

The symptoms have been coming in hot the past few weeks. I am pretty much always uncomfortable. Hip and pelvic pain when I sit or lay down, so standing is the most pleasant, except for when my feet start to hurt. It makes sleeping extremely difficult. Still some heartburn and a little bit of swelling in the feet. Finally starting to want him out.

We had a wonderful shower and have basically everything we need for baby boy. His room is complete and I cannot wait to share it with y’all. I’ve gotten my TDAP shot and now it’s just a waiting game!

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My 4 Pregnancy Must-Haves

As a pretty easy-going pregnant woman, I wanted to share my four simple pregnancy must-haves with you. When you first find out you’re pregnant, you want to make sure you are prepared, so you end up on a Google or Pinterest rabbit hole of lists upon lists of stuff you just have to have to have a successful pregnancy. I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be super complicated… and this is coming from the girl who bought pickles in preparation for cravings that I just never had.

Now I just want to reiterate the easy-going part. Don’t hate me, but I have yet to get morning sickness, nausea, or cravings. So my list is simple, because my pregnancies have been simple. I won’t recommend any item that I haven’t actually used, tried, and found helpful. So with that being said, my list doesn’t have anything to help those awful pregnancy symptoms that I have not had to deal with. If you are dealing with those things, I think my list can be a great starting point for general pregnancy and I hope you find it something on here helpful!

Burt’s Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter

This lotion/cream has been amazing through both of my pregnancies so far. With Hazel, I tried a few different stretch mark keep-away creams before finding the Burt’s Bees option and it is by far my favorite. It feels like lotion – not too thick, not too gooey, not too greasy – and absorbs really easily. Others I tried, I felt so gross afterward that I didn’t even want to put on a shirt, because it would stick to me as would everything else. This is NOT like that. I feel like it works best applying it right after a shower or bath. You can even use it on your breasts, butt, and thighs… really anywhere you could get a stretch mark. With my previous pregnancy, I used it through the second and third trimester and have no stretch marks. This pregnancy, I have used it since the first trimester, so fingers crossed I get the same results.

Multiple Pillows

I am not typically a lot of pillows person or a fluffy pillow person. PrePregnancy I sleep with one ridiculously flat pillow. When I got pregnant the first time everyone was telling me I needed to get a pregnancy pillow. I looked them up and contemplated for a long time and decided not to get one and to see how long I could sleep comfortably with what I had. I like sleeping near my husband too and many of those pregnancy pillows make it hard for two to sleep comfortably in bed together. So I start out with my usual sleeping arrangement and as my pregnancy progresses and belly gets larger, I just add a pillow. Around the second trimester when I can no longer sleep on my stomach, I add a pillow between my knees and one extra pillow under my head. Then as the heartburn worsens, I just add a pillow behind my head and adjust the angle at which I’m sleeping. Otherwise, I don’t need anything fancy.

Tums

Heartburn is one of my number one pregnancy symptoms. It hit me hard the first time and it is hitting me even harder this time. Tums has been my saving grace. Last time, I had to go into the office, so I kept some in my purse and by my bed. This time I’m working from home, so I just have a ginormous bottle next to my bed. So far during this pregnancy, I have only had heartburn at night, so I pop two Tums right before I lay down and then through the night depending on how uncomfortable I am. This stuff helps me so much that as soon as I run out, I am already planning my trip to the store to replenish my stash. I cannot recommend having some Tums on hand during your pregnancy.

Comfy Shoes

Finding a pair of shoes that don’t kill my feet or make them swell up like sausages has been a bit of a challenge. With my first pregnancy my feet grew a bit, so most of my shoes didn’t fit after the second trimester. I ended up wearing these knock-off Birkenstock sandals from Marshalls every single day all day to the point where the soles literally detached. This time my slip on Birks have not been doing me any favors and my Adidas tennis shoes have been my go-to. I cannot stress enough how much wearing comfortable shoes can change your whole demeanor during pregnancy especially at the end of a long day. I wear those tennis shoes a lot and often times look super dorky, but I just don’t care.

Okay, so that’s it. Just four things I use pretty much all through my pregnancies. Obviously there are days that I need a massage or a heating pad or some Tylenol, but these are my four tried and true must-haves that help my pregnancies from beginning to end. 🙂

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A Shower Celebrating Our New Muggle to Snuggle

This past weekend, Jeremiah and I had our shower celebrating our precious Jameson Taylor. It was so low-key and fun! I am so thankful to everyone who was a part of making the shower so special.

Theme

A Little Muggle is on the Way!

I have always been a big fan of Harry Potter. I got really into it while visiting family when I was in fourth grade. Reading the books and then enjoying the movies. It’s something I want to share with my kids, so this theme is really fun and special to me.

Decor

The Harry Potter theme was really up my diagon alley. I loved how simple the decor was. Honestly, the decorations were so vintage and sustainable… I think the hosts might have only bought one or two items.

Being a HP fan, I already had the books and onesies. The letter board and ultrasound picture were already decor in my house. My mom wrapped old boxes in butcher paper for the parcels. The red curtains were already in my kitchen, so really only the banner was new.

I truly loved how straightforward it all was. Nothing over the top, but precious and cute none-the-less!

Snacks

Okay, the snack spread was hella good! Let’s start with the speciality Harry Potter themed cookies – I normally don’t eat cookies, but I gave these a shot and wooooooow – not to mention so stinking adorable! My cousin made howlers to go with the theme and they were too funny and cute. The butterbeer was a quirky touch as well!

For the Food:

  • speciality cookies
  • chocolate pretzel sticks
  • popcorn
  • “howler” pastries
  • muffins
  • fruit tray
  • veggie tray
  • cheese and cracker tray

For the Drinks:

  • butterbeer
  • soda
  • water

Games & Activities

In my opinion stuff to do at showers is hit or miss and depends on the crowd, but I think these just right!

  • sign Jameson’s first Harry Potter book
  • late night diapers
  • how big is mom’s belly
  • free dobby – guess how many socks in the jar
  • mom or dad

The activity of signing Jameson’s first Harry Potter book is really special for me, because the first Harry Potter book I received has special meaning to me. On the previously mentioned trip visiting family, I was so bored. We were staying with my PaPaw and I just picked up the first HP book off his shelf. I started it and couldn’t it put it down. I took it with me everywhere we went. I had finished it by the end of the week, so he let me take the second book with me on the drive home – I had it finished in twelve hours. At the time only 4 HP books were written, so he mailed me all the ones he had. From then on, every time a new Harry Potter book would come out, he would mail it to me. It was something I loved and always looked forward to. I don’t know if reading will be important to Jameson, but if it is, I hope this activity will kickstart a special memory of this book series for him like the one I have.

The mom and dad game was basically just a list of questions where people had to guess whether it was the mom or dad. This game turned out to be a lot of fun as people argued about whether they could choose both, read the question wrong, or even add in my mom as a choice. My childhood friend got all but one question right!

A classic shower game is the how big is mom’s belly and it’s truly one of my favorites! It cracks me up that both times a guy has won. Sometimes people go crazy long and it just makes you wonder. 😀

Guests

In the wake of the pandemic, I wasn’t sure how people would feel about coming together for a party. I was actually against the idea of a shower, but my mom really wanted me to have one, so she and my cousin set out to make it happen. I am so grateful for the friends and family who came out to support us and encourage us in our growing family! I love each and every one of you so dearly. ❤

A huge thank you to my amazing mom and sweet cousin who planned and prepared this shower for us. It’s no easy feat, but we had a wonderful time and felt 100% showered with love.

Bump Updates, Jameson, Pregnancy

Bump Update: 28 Weeks

Hello third trimester! At 28 weeks pregnant, I am in my seventh month and just entering the third trimester. It’s officially the beginning of the end with only twelve weeks to go!

Jameson is about as big as a head of lettuce. Measuring approximately 15 inches long and weighing 2.25 pounds. I know he’s growing like crazy, but I feel like my belly doubled in size the past week and he is basically taking up all the space in there.

Normally I have pretty positive things to report as far as symptoms go, but this time not so much. As excited as I am to be nearing the finish line and meeting our new little babe, I have not felt so good the past couple of weeks. Lots of sciatica pain in my lower back and butt – like tears and limping kind of pain. I think Jameson is moving lower, because the peeing has taken on a life of its own; sometimes I feel like I live in the bathroom. I’ve also finally had a craving – all the tortilla chips – I even bought some and hid them from my husband. 😀 On top of all that just major exhaustion and sleepless nights.

On a more happy note, his room is almost completely done! The walls are painted. All the furniture has been bought and built. He has a closet full of clothes, shelves full of books, and a crib full of stuffed animals. All I’m working on now is wall decor and gathering a few more essential items. I cannot wait to share with you the final product!

So happy to say that my glucose test results came back and I do not have gestational diabetes. Yay! We will be getting our TDAP shot this week. Then just on to waiting to meet our little boy.