Sunday, February 26, 2017

five on friday

It's that time! Five on Friday!!


ONE:: momming two

Man, y'all! Mothering two under 2 is not for the faint of heart! We survived our first few days of just us Dellinger gals this week and no one has died / gotten brutally injured or emotionally scarred. Hallelujah! I made Drew pick me up some Sauvignon Blanc (sadly he couldn't find my favorites but he did bring home a good-enough bottle) last night so we cheersed to almost making it to Friday. And now it is Friday, Lilly Beth is in school until the afternoon, and for the first time ever, I don't have any appointments to make while she's away! Overall, our sweet toddler is taking the transition well -- she loves loves loves her "bebe" and asks about her frequently, and we've only had a few incidents involving roughhousing, which is lessened when I give her ample one-on-one snuggle time and keep her away from rooms involving couches or hard tables. (We watch a lot of Elmo from the high chair these days... let's be real.) She did sob her little heart out this morning at playschool dropoff (which almost made me break down too), but she's had three weeks off (from me being hospitalized / incapacitated from exhaustion / in labor) so it was high time to get back to school and try to regain normalcy and routine.

TWO:: routine

Drew and I have always been fly-by-the-seat-of-our-pants kinds of people, never really creatures of habit since we get bored and love spontaneity. Maybe it's partially that we're getting older, or maybe it's just that we have children now, but routine has never looked so necessary for our sanity and our babies'. We probably won't ever have a super rigid schedule that allows for no wiggle room (we legit have family that honor a weekly "Leftovers Night" and refuse to make plans that would ever interfere with it!), but having rituals that help Lilly know what's coming make things a lot more seamless, and give us a chance to feel somewhat in control in the midst of chaos.

THREE:: taxes & admin

WOOF! There are so many administrative tasks I desperately need to get done now that baby is born and time again exists to do so. Gulp! Taxes are a big one. I'm intimidated but must make progress!!! (Update:  I buckled down and got all the outstanding bills paid and short-term paperwork filled out / submitted. So much stuff!!! Just barely grazed the surface of taxes.)

FOUR:: ruffles and bell sleeves

I'm so tempted to give in to the current SUPER POPULAR trend of all the ruffled and bell sleeves but it has to be JUST RIGHT and not horribly expensive (because it's such a "trend" I can't imagine it'll stay en vogue for terribly long). Off-the-shoulder things are another trend I feel this way about -- last year I spent $12 on a black off-shoulder dress and it was perfect for a bachelorette party, vacation, and a couple date nights. It's still popular now so I'll probably get at least one more season out of it, and then it can potentially be retired. My issue with the bell sleeves thing is the only tops / dresses I like with them are all $60-100+. I'm definitely not spending near $400 on the Club Monaco sweater dress I adore, but I have a hard time justifying the $90 Endless Rose dress I want for Easter. Dilemmas!

FIVE:: sip & see

Now that my baby is born, it's high time for planning her sip & see party! I've always wanted to throw one of these, but didn't make much sense to do so for Lilly since we had showers in April immediately before she was born and a TON of visitors in the hospital / at home shortly after I had her. Anna Cate didn't have a shower and a lot of our close friends & family were sick so they didn't make it to the hospital to meet her, and with her being a winter baby I'd like to keep home visitors to a minimum to avoid sickness at all costs. So maybe a late March sip & see?! I have so many hopes and plans for this!!!! EEEK!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

second-time mom wishlist

Maybe it's excitement over being able to wear "real people" clothes again, or wanting to invest in items that will help me feel more normal / pampered while I'm recovering and learning how to do this parenting two thing, or maybe just spring rolling around and a new season emerging... but I've got a running wishlist in place, and I'm apparently all about neutrals and white right now!

These sneaks for athleisure / looking fly / momming around {I actually bought these while I was trying to get my water to break last Tuesday! "Labor shoes" for AnnaCate!}


Socks that won't fall down when I wear said sneaks

A new fancy blow dryer

A white lululemon jacket (because I have a gift card burning a hole in my pocket)

A little white Lilly dress (because I have a gift card burning a hole in my pocket)


A white or ivory blouse or sweater with ruffles or bell sleeves -- they're all the rage right now and I'm smitten

What are you in the market for these days?

Monday, February 20, 2017

she's here!!!!

We are beyond thrilled that Julianna Cate Dellinger entered into the world last week!! So far it has been a delightfully smooth transition (with ample support from family!) and we couldn't be happier to have her sweet spirit with us. I'm madly in love with this precious baby and our family is complete.


Monday, February 13, 2017

bebe dos:: thirty-six weeks

How far along: 36 weeks! Close enough to full-term!

Total weight gain: +30ish. I had lost a pound last week so no idea where I'm truly at now.
Baby Size: 7lbs?
Stretch marks: None, thank God! Even my boobs have been spared.
Clothes: Stretchy shorts. Jersey dresses. Chinos. Maternity leggings & shirts. Piko tops. My black lace-top dress. 
Sleep: Never can get enough. We all napped for three hours yesterday.
Cravings: All the ice. Food is annoying. Zone Perfect bars in Cookie Dough flavor. Chocolate espresso trail mix.
Symptoms: Contractions, huge bump, uncomfortable all the time, kicked ribs, back pain, groin pain, major fatigue doing any and everything, everything itches. Insane bloody noses and so much snot.
Diabetes Management: It's getting better, so placenta must not be as crazy these days.
Exercise: Walks!!! Got taken off bedrest on Tuesday, so I'm back to normal activity.
Mood: So grumpy, irritable, hard to be around, impatient.
Miss Anything: Energy.
Belly Button in or out? I think we can go ahead and call it out now.
Nesting: Well.. we bought a new car! A total mom-mobile - Toyota Highlander Ltd with leather interior and third-row seating. Got our car back, packed them to the brim with hospital things. Keeping house pretty tidy, washing lots of windows and trimming bushes. Drew's doing his meal prep thing.
Nursery: Basically ready for baby. We still haven't done the whole cornice and canopy thing yet.
Best Moment this week: Uneventful medical appointments, making it another week without having a premature baby, relief from some of the steroid issues, help from Mom, buying a new car?
Thankful for: God, family, time with Lilly, Drew, finances, friends.
Looking forward to: Laken will have baby Lucy this week!  
Doctor Visits:  Tuesday & Friday.
Baby Position:  Head down lowwwww.
Movement: Consistent. 
Labor Signs: 4cm dilated, 60% effaced. Consistent contractions. Nothing else.
How is Lilly: Adorable, a little clingy. Been wanting to nurse lately (huh?). So sweet!

Overall -- spent a lot of this week thinking she was coming, but no dice. Went on date night with Drew on Thursday, test drove the Highlander, had dinner at Sopapilla's, thought for sure my water would break by the morning. But still every time I go to bed, contractions hold up and I wake up the next morning with no baby. Mom took Lilly on Thursday after I was having a struggle-bus time trying to work on things and having no energy whatsoever. Picked her back up Friday afternoon in time to buy our new car. Saturday night went really well with Drew's family -- had filets, made chocolate torte for Valentine's Day, played a game, everyone had good conversation and pitched in with Lilly. Sunday was lazy but good. Here we go, week 36! Laken's getting induced Wednesday if she still hasn't gone into labor yet. Who knew you could just chill at 4cm FOREVER?

Julianna Cate's Bumpdates
Sixteen Weeks
Eighteen Weeks
Nineteen WeeksTwenty Weeks

Twenty-Four Weeks
Twenty-Five Weeks
Twenty-Six Weeks
Twenty-Seven Weeks
Twenty-Eight Weeks
Twenty-Nine Weeks
Thirty Weeks
Thirty-One Weeks
Thirty-Two Weeks
Thirty-Three Weeks

Thirty-Four Weeks
Thirty-Five Weeks

Things Left to Do:
Buy diapers
Get our car back, return Mom's 4-Runner
Get car detailed
Install infant carseat
Stock up on pads & nursing pads
Make freezer meals (Drew)
Prepare taxes
Get final prenatal massage (Feb. 1 & Feb 18)
Make it through this week's wedding meetings
Wrap up clients' wedding details for the most part
Prepare to hand things over to VA for the month of March
Organize boxes of baby clothes
Clean off desk in office
Fully pack hospital bag
Monogram girls' pajamas
Officially book newborn photography
Get hair cut & colored (Feb. 7)
Go to one last prenatal yoga class

Monday, February 6, 2017

bebé dos:: thirty-five weeks

How far along: 35 weeks!

Total weight gain: +30
Baby Size: 6+ lbs
Stretch marks: None, thank God!
Clothes: Maternity jeans & tees. Leggings. Sandals when my feet are swollen. Elsas. Gray sweater & chinos.
Sleep: All of it. Nonstop sleep.
Cravings: Shaved ice. Chocolate cake. Salad. 
Symptoms: Pretetm labor scare. Joint and groin pain, ribcage pain. Fatigue. Major back pain. 
Diabetes Management: Same dosage. Correctional dosages from steroid shots.
Exercise: Bedrest. 
Mood: Pushed to the limit. Waiting now. 
Miss Anything: Not hurting. Energy. Being small. 
Belly Button in or out? In, barely. Not going to make it much longer.
Nesting: Getting admitted to L&D last Thursday sent us into a flurry of preparations. Bags are packed. Car seats in cars. House is clean. Rock & play set up. Travel size things bought. Ready as we'll ever be.
Nursery: Not perfect but ready to receive a baby.
Best Moment this week: Narrowly evading birthing a preemie?
Thankful for: Family. Excellent medical care. Supportive clients. God's timing.
Looking forward to: Whenever AnnaCate does arrive. Lucy's arrival.  
Doctor Visits:  Tomorrow. Ultrasound & OB, Friday NST.
Baby Position:  Head down. 
Movement: Consistent. 
Labor Signs: 4cm dilated, 60% effaced. Consistent contractions. Nothing else.
How is Lilly:  Spending so much time with Grandma. My parents are helping majorly with bedrest. Lilly's chill, not clingy, just biding her time.

Overall -- WHAT A WEEK! We got our car back, then had major issues with it and realized we were a hundred miles left on the warranty and dropped it off immediately to be fixed at the dealership. So down to one car again. My final work meetings were Thurs / Fri / Sat... interrupted by an unexpected non-stress test with a lot of contractions, resulting in preterm labor hospital admission and IV administration. They released me, I did what I could with work, we hustled to get ready any way possible for the baby to come early. I got two steroid shots. I'm on modified bedrest now, drinking a shit ton of water. Managed to swing by Laken's Super Bowl party last night. Reunited with Lilly this morning. Staying at parents' place now. Weird week. 

Julianna Cate's Bumpdates
Sixteen Weeks
Eighteen Weeks
Nineteen WeeksTwenty Weeks

Twenty-Four Weeks
Twenty-Five Weeks
Twenty-Six Weeks
Twenty-Seven Weeks
Twenty-Eight Weeks
Twenty-Nine Weeks
Thirty Weeks
Thirty-One Weeks
Thirty-Two Weeks
Thirty-Three Weeks

Thirty-Four Weeks

Things Left to Do:
Buy diapers
Get our car back, return Mom's 4-Runner
Get car detailed
Install infant carseat
Stock up on pads & nursing pads
Make freezer meals (Drew)
Prepare taxes
Get 2 massages (Feb. 1 & Feb 18)
Make it through this week's wedding meetings
Wrap up clients' wedding details for the most part
Prepare to hand things over to VA for the month of March
Organize boxes of baby clothes
Clean off desk in office
Fully pack hospital bag
Monogram girls' pajamas
Officially book newborn photography
Get hair cut & colored (Feb. 7)
Go to one last prenatal yoga class


Friday, February 3, 2017

five on Friday

It may be February, but here's my first Five on Fri for the year!


ONE:: Anna Cate

So as much as I'm excited to have a baby THIS MONTH, yesterday's preterm labor scare caught me WAAAAY off guard. I've been giving my best friend hell all week about her being dilated to 4cm (she's due on Valentine's Day!), and then I had my non-stress test with 5-min-apart contractions and a subsequent cervical check... and I about shit myself when they said I was 4cm!!!!!! WHAT?! They had to admit me into Labor & Delivery triage to administer a bag of IV fluids. I was totally "that girl," being wheeled into the hospital insisting, "I AM NOT IN LABOR. THIS BABY IS NOT COMING. THIS IS NOT HAPPENING." Fortunately I willed her back into staying put in my uterus and they discharged me around lunchtime, with modified bedrest orders and the necessity of drinking eighty billion glasses of water a day. Contractions have still come and go since, but they're at least not horribly painful (those during the NST were legit awful...) and now I am literally forced into chilling until she makes her arrival.

TWO:: Preparations

So, besides Anna Cate's development and health (which obvs take precedence above all else), the main reason I was in THIS IS NOT HAPPENING mode was because I was/am SO unprepared for her arrival. All of my extremely important work meetings were scheduled for Thursday-Friday-Saturday of this week, before I planned to take a backseat and do newborn life. I fortunately only missed a little catering tasting yesterday and had to skip a Kentucky site visit today (mama ain't driving two hours out of town!), but PRAYING I'll make it to my meetings tomorrow and then get to not worry about work as much henceforth. In vanity purposes, I was disappointed at the prospect of going into labor without curling my hair, getting a pedicure or manicure, or having anything ready to look remotely presentable for the zillions of labor pictures I'll be taking. My hospital bag was not fully packed, so Drew went home and stuffed it... it's really a good thing it was just a trial run, because he hilariously packed me SIX robes (a huge fluffy robe, two floral wedding robes, a silky robe, two knit jersey ones) / all full size toiletries / eighty pairs of underwear (he clearly forgot about the sexy mesh panties they'll give me) / glasses without their protective case / etc. Struggle bus! I have since gone through and taken out four of the robes, the undies, switched to travel size toiletries, and sent out an email to reschedule my next hair appointment so maybe I'll have fresh highlights and a cut before baby comes. I'm planning on getting a mani/pedi this morning before I head to the hospital for steroid shot #2, and Drew finally installed the carseat back into our car so we can take a baby home. But seriously... Anna Cate, stay in there for a little longer.

THREE:: Drew Nesting
My sweet, sweet husband... How I love him! When he goes into panic mode, he gets ULTRA-productive. It's really a convenient neurosis... I called him from the hospital, he made his way home and threw all of the things in the car, then when I got discharged he went out and bought a few things we needed (a sweet stuffed Elmo toy to give Lilly "from the baby" at the hospital when she does arrive, some workout clothes for himself since he's been wearing the same ratty Walmart basketball shorts from like 2004, etc) and headed home to throw our house into a whirlwind of cleanliness and organization. He moved the TV into our bedroom (since I'd requested it there for the nights of nonstop breastfeeding... it was so nice to binge watch Bloodlines when Lilly was constantly nursing), did a complete overhaul of our linen closet, got all the important baby things down from the attic, moved all my jewelry / breakables out of Lilly's access, vacuumed and scrubbed the floor and underneath the bed / huge pieces of furniture, and overall just kicked ass at home while I was hopping around work meetings. Thank you, Jesus, for this man. He's so different than me and like me, all at once. But I am especially grateful for the ways he's different than me and so much better at certain things than I will ever be!

FOUR:: The Car

As you may recall from previous posts this year, we have been SUV-less since December 30 when I got in a car accident, rear-ending the white vehicle in front of me I couldn't see in blazing sunrise when we were going to drop it off in the first place because I had a flat tire. The entire insurance and repair process kind of sucked -- the auto shop didn't even notice our car had been towed to their lot until it had been there for a week, and then it took another 10 or so days to give us an ESTIMATE... and from there, they kept it for a total of 4.5 weeks. We FINALLY picked up on Monday afternoon, and of course the second we turned it on, the "Check Engine" light came on and we noticed the wheel bearings were making a godawful sound every time we'd hit above 40mph on the road. Struggle bus. By the grace and mercy of God, we managed to check the paperwork and call our auto dealer to see how long our extended warranty was good for... and literally had less than 100 miles left before it would expire!!!!!!!! (That would be used up in less than 3 one-way trips to my parents' house, for reference!) We immediately drove it to the dealership to have them assess it, and although we are STILL carless (my poor mom has not had her car in a month as a result, and all this after we were so excited to give it back to her Monday night, washed and gassed up and with a thank-you gift card!), the process has been A TRILLION TIMES better working with the dealership and their service department. God has been ultra-merciful with us on this... we're having over $3k worth of issues fixed with only a TINY deductible. 10x the return, all because the timing had us check out the warranty with just a few miles left to go. THANK YOU LORD!

FIVE:: Non-Maternity Clothes

Since my days are SERIOUSLY numbered for having this massive bump stick around, I have been perusing the interwebs frequently checking out beautiful non-maternity clothes. Things catching my eye lately:  sexy one-piece swimsuits (for the #mombod), little white dresses and lace tops, comfy-cozy sweaters... and that might be it. Get in my closet!!!

Have an excellent week! Here's to hopefully still having baby be cooking this time next week... and a Valentine's Day babe??


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

it's february!

Seems like a good month to have a baby, amirite? January kicked my ass nearly as much as 2016 did, but it was also very promising and I feel we're on the up & up at long last.

Challenges / Blessings from this month:
- We FINALLY got our SUV back from the shop this Monday after my Dec 30 wreck, and immediately the Check Engine light came on and our "ignorable" wheel bearing issue became less ignorable. We checked the warranty and we literally had about 100 miles remaining on it, so off to the dealer it went. We'll yet again be down to one car but at least we caught it in the nick of time and maybe it'll be safe by the time baby comes.
- Mid-month we got our insurance coverage woes taken care of, and now we're all set. I'll never take health insurance for granted again!!
- Our dining room reno is complete!! Check check. And we have a garbage disposal installed
- My great aunt Lucy passed away last week, so we celebrated her life on Sunday. She was a good woman and so full of joy!! What a blessing it was to know her.
- AnnaCate is growing fast but as of the last ultrasound (Mon), not TOO fast. She's estimated to be 6lbs right now. We have a tentative induction date of Feb 27, so looks like this will be the month of babies!!! My best friend is about ready to legit pop (I'll be shocked if she makes it to the weekend!!!) with baby Lucy. Come on, February babies!!!
- Lilly's made it to school three times... and so of course now we all have colds. At least the initial shock of transition is gone. It's still a tearful drop off, but my anxiety is lessened as we go along, and I hope Lilly's will be too.
- This week is my final week of cram packed full wedding appointments. I need to make it to Sunday then I can breathe easily -- lots resting on a successful and productive Thurs-Fri-Sat.

Here's to red and pink, love and romance, babies born, a little relaxing time, self-care appointments to get pampered (I AM SO UNCOMFORTABLE), and a fresh start of a new month! Maybe we'll even buy a new car this month!