Thursday, November 20, 2014


Have you ever gotten stuck in the shower?  Particularly when it's really cold out and water is just too warm to turn off so you just stand there under the running water for entirely too long.  That was me this morning.  Sadly, bathing for me has been reduced to baby wipes these days.  But this morning I was able to take a hot shower and it was glorious.  I kept turning the water hotter and hotter the longer I stood there.  I have been in such a rut this last week and after that shower, I felt like a whole new person!

Loyal came down with the flu on Saturday.  I can't remember ever having the flu myself but from what I saw him go through these past few days, I don't ever want it.  We had him quarantined off so that no one else got sick and thankfully, no one did.  Me and the kids have all had flu shots and I guarantee that Loyal will be the first to get one next year.  So with him being sick, I have been tackling both kids all day and all night.  I have to admit, it has taken the life out of me.  With Roman nursing every 2 hours and Lo refusing to nap or sleep through the night, it's been non stop.  Add to that the lack of communication with Lo, toddler tantrums and Roman being super makes for some looooong days.  So yeah, the uninterrupted hot shower this morning was amazing and will hopefully get me out of this rut that I've been in.

Moving on...
About 2 or 3 weeks before my due date, we got a call to let us know that our house in New Orleans flooded!  A pipe burst in our downstairs powder room and flooded most of the first floor.  We drove down the next day to meet with a bunch of people in order to get the insurance process going.  There ended up being quite a bit of damage.  Our floors and baseboards have been ripped up, kitchen cabinets are gone, bathroom vanity is gone, walls need repainted...the list goes on.  We have decided to leave for New Orleans the weekend after Thanksgiving so that we can start the work to rebuild our downstairs.  The good news is that the work that we did when we spent a couple of months down there was all upstairs.  We had initially decided to focus on the bedrooms and worry about the downstairs next year.  We are definitely excited to have the kitchen done sooner than expected but talk about bad timing showing up with a toddler and a new born!  I guess that's just the way it goes sometimes.  We have been driving ourselves crazy trying to finalize kitchen plans and I can't wait to share what we've come up with!  In the meantime, here a few pics from the last couple of weeks...
And this is what happens when you don't nap.  Out cold at the grocery store!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Roman Cade Hoover

Our sweet little Roman is here!!!  This past 2 weeks have been a bit of a whirlwind.  After doctor's appointments, scheduled inductions, plans & changed plans, he surprised us Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 9:56 a.m.
7 lbs 12 oz & 20 inches
I do plan on doing another birth story at some point but for now, labor was much faster and easier than the first time.  Recovery seemed to be faster and easier as well.  Our time in the hospital was amazing, just us and our new babe.  It was so nice for time to stand still for a little while.  On Thursday, Loyal went and picked up Lo to bring him to the hospital.  I was waiting outside the room when they turned the corner to come down the hallway.  Lo saw me and came running down the hall, straight into my arms.  This moment I will never forget.

Here are a few pics from our hospital stay...    
So far things are going really well for the most part but definitely a little crazy at times.  We didn't really know what to expect with Lo but he is surprising us more and more each day.  He has been really sweet to his little brother so far.  I just can't wait to watch them grow up together!


Sunday, October 19, 2014

Burt's Pumpkin Farm

Burt's Pumpkin Farm has become a tradition for us.  We started going 2 years ago when I was pregnant with Lo.  Each year is better than the last and makes us look forward to the next year even more.  I think this year was our favorite so far.  We made sure to get there early this morning before it got too packed.  Lo absolutely loved running around in the hundreds of pumpkins that they have.  He kept picking them up and carrying them around, changing them out for a better one occasionally.  This year was one for the books.
  And apparently the white ones taste good?  He kept licking it but you know, boys will be boys.  Speaking of boys...we will be chasing TWO around next year!  How fun!

I know that I haven't blogged in quite a while.  Between trips to New Orleans, chasing a toddler around and this pregnancy coming to a close, I haven't had any time!  I do plan on taking some time to get caught up because I have a lot to share.  So hopefully I can make that happen before this baby comes!


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The ups and downs

Well we got down to New Orleans on Wednesday and things started off reeeeally slow.  We had a lot of motivation, really high hopes and quite a few road blocks.  We knew that the first thing we needed to do was baby proof the house and most importantly, put baby gates up at the top and bottom of the stairs.  We also knew that we wanted to get the bedrooms painted pretty quickly so that we could start setting things up and hopefully have the upstairs done.  We had quite a few other things on our list and needless to say, nothing was accomplished.  I think I underestimated how overwhelming and exhausting moving would be while I was pregnant.  Add a toddler to the mix and that really didn't leave much time to get anything done.  It all ended up catching up to me and resulted in one big pregnant, hormonal break down.  Anyway, it's been a pretty slow and frustrating start but we are finally getting some things crossed off of our list.  Here are a few pics of our time here so far...

Over the weekend, we finally got out of the house for something other than a trip to the paint store or to get groceries.  We went to the Riverwalk area to check out their new outlet stores.  I had only been once before and I must say that it has definitely turned around!  They had some pretty good stores inside, one of which was Carters.  Their clothes seem to fit Lo pretty well and they always have great sales so I imagine we will be there quite often!
We also got our first snowballs!  Man, they were so good.  I got pina colada which was incredible.  The ice was shaved so thin it was like powder.  I've honestly thought about it every day since.  Unfortunately, Loyal and I made a new rule about only eating sweets once a week and it has to be on the weekend.  Something to look forward to I guess?  It's going to be a long week...

Story of our lives these days.  The never ending paint selection...
Paint is by far the most frustrating thing we have dealt with so far.  Actually, lighting seems to be the real frustration.  You love a color in one room and then put it in the room it's going to go in and it's awful!  I can't even tell you how many times we've been to the store in less than a week.  And don't even get me started on how many samples we've purchased that didn't work out.

One of the highlights: I've wanted a bright white desk for so long.  I can't even remember when we got it because it was so long ago.  It has stayed in the box until last night when I finally got around to putting it together and I must say, I'm in love!
(The not so bright side of this accomplishment was that I somehow busted my knuckle open while I was putting it together.  So annoying.)

Well that's about it so far.  Not much, I know.  I feel like under a huge mess, things are very slowly starting to come together.  We have FINALLY decided on a paint color for Lo's room and are getting it painted today so I will share his bedroom plans later this week!  So excited!!!


Thursday, August 14, 2014

3D pictures and briefly breech

As I said earlier this week, we went for our 3D ultrasound last Saturday.  The baby was not cooperating at all.  He had both hands and both feet covering his face.  We saw a tiny glimpse of his nose but nothing close to enough to have an idea of what he looked like.  We went back in for a re-do session on Tuesday night and this one was much better!  He still had an arm up but we were able to see much more of his face this time.  The appointment was at 8 p.m. so I made sure to eat a big dinner since he is usually pretty active in the evenings.  I also shoveled about 6 spoonfuls of ice cream in my mouth just before I walked out the door.  I was determined to get a good look at this baby!
It's hard to see in this picture but apparently his feet are crossed and Lo's were too at his 3D ultrasound!

He was moving around so much during the ultrasound.  He kept puckering his lips up which was so cute!  We didn't really feel like he looked much like either of us or Lo really.  We couldn't figure out who he got those big lips from, or his nose.  When we got home we looked back at Lo's pictures and realized that they look so similar!  Lo had those same lips!  This babe's lips seem to be slightly bigger.  I see a resemblance in the nose too.  He's going to be a cutie!
^Here is Lo's picture.  Do you see the resemblance?

At our first appointment, the baby's head was right underneath my rib cage.  I just had this feeling for the past week or so and the ultrasound confirmed that he was breech.  Last pregnancy and this pregnancy, this has always been my biggest fear.  Between this news and not getting any pictures, I left the first appointment in tears.  The tech told me not to worry about it all because it's way too soon and he still has so much time and room to turn.  In the back of my mind, I knew she was right but I just couldn't shake it.  I did some research over the next couple of days and came across the Webster Technique.  From what I read, this is a chiropractic adjustment that focuses on the pelvis, relaxing it and opening it up to make more room for the baby, and also providing more comfort for both baby and mom.  I found it really interesting and it is definitely something I would like to try out.  I decided to wait until my next ultrasound to see what the status was before I started making appointments and luckily, he turned!  He wasn't head down on Tuesday but he was sideways with his head on the opposite side of my stomach that it was on at the Saturday appointment.  I guess this explained all of the somersaults I was feeling at 3 a.m.  Anyway, I am still planning on seeing a chiropractor when I get a little closer to the end but I figured I would share this in case it might help anyone.

In case anyone is wondering, I had the ultrasound at Baby's First Images.  We did Lo's at our doctor's office and in my opinion, the doctor's ultrasound was definitely worth the extra money.  The ultrasound was much clearer and the pictures came out a lot better than these did.  Just my opinion but you can look at Lo's pictures here and decide for yourself.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

28 Weeks

I had my 28 week doctor's appointment yesterday and it went really well!  First things first...I passed my glucose test!!!  I had a feeling I would but I was still so nervous all morning.

Glucose Test:
I had to take the glucose test once already this pregnancy, at 20 weeks, and I passed that one.  What I learned when I had gestational diabetes last time was that your body needs carbs to break down the sugar.  Before my test last pregnancy, all I ate beforehand were scrambled eggs and I failed.  So at the 20 week test this time, I ate scrambled eggs, an english muffin and some grits.  It seemed to do the trick because I passed that test.  This morning I was so nervous that I made sure to go back to the very same place that I ate last time and ordered the exact same thing in hopes to better my chances of passing.
It worked!
After I drank the drink, which is sugar overload by the way, I had the biggest sugar rush straight to the head.  For me, it takes a lot of focus to keep it together.  I threw up after one of the drinks last pregnancy so I tried my hardest to avoid that happening again.  Anyway, I think the sugar went straight to the baby because he started rolling around in my stomach which made it even harder to keep it together but luckily I got through it.  I always knew in the back of my mind that there was the possibility of failing this time around.  Not that it would have been that big of a deal but I just didn't feel like dealing with it again.  Needless to say, I was pretty ecstatic when I left the doctor!  And now I could finally give in to Starbucks again! :)

Weight gain:
I've gained 20 lbs so far and I'm not worried about it in the slightest.  Despite gaining 5 lbs more than last pregnancy at this time, I still feel smaller than I did last time.  It's just really weird.  I'm anxious to see how everything plays out in the end.

Some of my less than desirable pregnancy symptoms are back.  I had horrible rib pain last time and that has made its appearance once again.  It's so awful.  My hips have been a little sore lately too.  Especially after sleeping on my left side all night.  Speaking of sleep, I wake up on my back and sometimes my right side just about every night.  I never sleep on my back when I'm not pregnant so this is always something that is strange to me.
Oh, and just a side note: my belly button is on the verge of making the cross over to an outie.  

This baby has really started to move!  When I was on vacation last week, he was moving around so much.  My sister and I could feel body parts and limbs running across my stomach.  It was a little freaky!  He was just rolling around so much.

The babe has been getting the hiccups all the time now.  I almost forgot about them but I quickly remembered how familiar that feeling is.  I remember Lo getting them a lot and this babe is too, about 2-3 times a day!  I can't remember how it was with Lo but when I feel the hiccups now, they feel really low.

We had a 3D ultrasound on Saturday and it definitely didn't turn out the way I expected it to.  I had every intention of posting the 3D pictures here but unfortunately, we left with none.  Turns out that the big hard lump that I was feeling underneath my rib cage was the back of his head.  We couldn't really get a good look at his face and if that wasn't difficult enough, he had both hands AND both feet blocking his face.  All we saw was a little tiny glimpse of his nose.  It was a big bummer.  I was really looking forward to getting an idea of what he looks like.  I felt like it would help visualize and form a better connection.  We have a follow up appointment tonight so fingers crossed that it goes better.  He's been moving around a lot so hopefully he found a better position. 

Here is me and my step sister, due just a couple months apart!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Family Vacation Part II

We really had such a great time the entire week.  It was so much fun for the entire family to be together again and really spend some good quality time.  The "big kids" stayed up late playing card games after the littles went to bed.  We laughed so hard every single night that I'm surprised we didn't wake anyone up.  We all took turns cooking family dinners and those nights ended up being far better than the nights we went out to eat.  There is just something about congregating in the kitchen that can make for a really great time, especially when we are all hovering over a big bowl of guacamole!

One of the highlights of the trip for me was one afternoon that we played putt-putt golf.  We were all itching to get out of the house and this seemed like it would be something fun for all of us.  It was a blast!  It was so fun and a little hilarious to see the littles play putt-putt.  You see, my Dad is really big into golf so doing something like this is pretty much like knowing that you have absolutely no chance of winning if he is playing.  We didn't keep score this time or take it very seriously.  This game was all about having a good time.  My Dad let Lo play for him and I know it was a dream come true for him to teach him.  My sister and I never had any interest in golf whatsoever.  It really was a great moment to witness between the two of them.  And if I wasn't mistaken, Lo seemed to actually be interested in the sport!
Another highlight was this delicious fudge!  Oh how I wish I could say it wasn't that great and I turned it down after the first bite.  But I can't.  It was soooo good.  Like, melt in your mouth good.  Our first purchase didn't last us the whole week so we found ourselves back for round 2 the day before we left!
I am so thankful that we were all able to go on this trip.  We made some great memories and I think we are all pretty excited about the next one!

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