Life Lately

Lafayette Moms Blog had it's first Mom's Night Out this month. It was an absolute blast to hang out with these ladies all day. Even if I had to take my big ole belly home early to rest. If you live in the area I highly suggest you go next year, or even to our events throughout the year. If for any reason alone... the swag bags are amazing. 


Southfin Southern Poke opened this week in Lafayette and last Friday night I went with our crew to check it out before it was open to the public. This was my first time having it... seeing as how it has gotten popular while I've been pregnant. On the upside they have cooked options, I didn't know that before. There are also Whole30 and Paleo options too! It will basically fit any diet you have, everything is can be customized.

I got the Luau bowl, all shimp no tuna.


Our ladies with the owners. There is also a location in Baton Rouge is you live closer to there. Kids bowls are a dollar every night... and they have chicken for your non seafood eaters! 


I was going to put this off and potentially skip a year but Jeremy made me since we all know I'd regret it. So we loaded up the little one and headed off to our usual pumpkin patch. I personally prefer the Methodist church in Lafayette to the one in New Iberia just because the pumpkins aren't covered with tents. Makes for better photos.

Who knows how getting a photo next year will go, this one is allergic to making eye contact with the camera as is. The year he was almost 2 is my absolute favorite pumpkin patch photo series we have ever taken.


Last but not least, I'm still pregnant.

I gave up makeup this week, I can't stand the idea of going into labor and having to take it off in some awkward way while I don't really feel like standing for long.

Then last night with all my achy body parts I decided I'd start showering at night and washing my hair just in case. I was on day 3 and had some grease filled locks. Nothing I want a photo of when the baby comes.


So no makeup and night showers because I'm paranoid and we have two weeks left. Which I doubt we make... the full moon is Wednesday. I've bee crampy with back aches for two days. My stomach feels somewhere between a tumor and a rock. My dreams of going to November 2 are likely not going down. 

What's in My Labor Bag

I have a few essential items in my hospital bag this round, but what I'm really gearing up for is what's in my labor bag.


So here are a few essentials to get me through the tough labor times ahead... whenever on earth that goes down!

1. Yoga Ball

Also called a birthing ball. It helps to open your hips and doing hip circles and bouncing can help get baby in place. It's really the only comfortable place to even sit at this point. During my last labor I spent most of the day on my ball.

2. Labor Essential Oil Blend

I bought the Hosie blend that is already mixed with oil so I don't have to mess with that during labor. It's said to help with stimulating contractions and such. I plan to use it for massage, as well as rubbing on my stomach and ankles.

3. Rebozo Scarf

Or the closest thing I own to one. This will be a great way for Jeremy to use counter pressure on my hips without wearing himself out. Not to mention giggling your stomach and body with it is so relaxing.

4. Tennis Balls

I'd pay someone to massage me with these. They were an absolute lifesaver during my lovely back labor with Harrison.

5. Spray Bottle of Water with Lavender and Frankincense

Lavender is calming and Frankincense helps with focus, the combo mixed with cool water will hopefully help out with how hot I tend to get. As well as just the aromatherapy side of being relaxing.

6. Hot/Cold Pack

I doubt I'll want or use the cold option with this, but it's great for the pain I've had at night so far. Plus I think this will take the place of a warm sock of rice on my eyes. Anything to calm my nerves and help with labor pain.

7. Notes from the Comfort Measures Class as well as my Ina May Gaskin Guide to Childbirth

I've highlighted half to death in an attempt to not forget what sounds like great ideas for comfort measures during labor. Especially since it's up to Jeremy to really guide and suggest, especially if I'm in so much pain that I can't think. That actually happened last time when my epidural wore off while we were trying to turn Harrison's head... it felt like my hips were being pulled out of my body. Funny enough, tonight he wants to go over everything so he has a mini refresher class in what I want and don't want. But really the man is a stellar doula, I should charge and loan him out.

Also, my camera and a fully charged battery! I'm going to be that weirdo though that makes her husband shoot in manual mode and has to fix the settings while I'm being sewn up... I'm not a control freak at all.

Southern Wedding Gifts


Today's guest post is all about Southern wedding gift ideas. I have to say, these are pretty spot on for what to get when you don't know what to gift someone! 


Giving wedding gifts is a challenging task and can be even more confusing if you need to follow certain traditions such as they have in the south. You want your gift to be on point, memorable and truly make a statement with the bride and groom.
Take your time and do your homework, so you don’t have any regrets at the end of the day. Shop around and use the list of ideas below to help you get started in the right direction. Enjoy the process and how great it’ll feel to finally come to a decision about what the perfect southern wedding gift will be for your friend or family member.

Supplies for Outdoor Activities

Outdoor activities and hunting are very common hobbies in the south, especially when the weather is nice. A unique idea for a southern wedding gift is to give archery supplies or hunting gear, which is a great activity the bride and groom can do together after they’re married. Other ideas include camping, hunting or fishing gear so they can embark on new adventures as a couple doing what they enjoy.

Formal China

People in the south love to throw dinner parties for friends and family members and this is especially expected of new brides. The perfect southern wedding gift is to purchase formal china that the newly married couple can use to entertain in their home. Get them a full set so it all matches and they have all they need to look put together and organized. Luckily, there are a wide variety of beautiful patterns and styles to choose from.

Piece of Art

Another excellent southern wedding gift idea is to buy the couple a stunning piece of art or opt to make your own. For instance, purchase colors you know will look good in their home and artists you know they love, otherwise make a gift using memories from the wedding. You can DIY crochet or stitch words and images together that have to do with ever-lasting love and building a happy home and then frame it. They’ll appreciate the thoughtfulness and personal touch of a homemade gift.

Monogrammed Anything

One tradition in the south that is sure to be a hit if you go this route is to gift anything that’s monogrammed. For example, you can engrave and personalize jewelry, towels or a nice vase that they can put on display. Your bride and groom can be proud of wanting to showcase the family name in any way possible around the home. The bride and groom will love any gift that accomplishes this goal and looks nice in their home or that they can physically wear such as jewelry. 

Conclusion

You should now have a good idea of what to get a southern bride and groom for their wedding day. These gift options are not only traditional in nature but tasteful and classy as well. You can’t go wrong with one of these choices, so commit to an item and wrap it beautifully and you’ll have nothing to worry about.

36 Weeks or Commonly Known as 36 Years Pregnant

Let's face it. If I didn't take a photo in the bathroom with wet hair there would be no photo. 

36 Week Pregnancy Update


Size: Baby B is about the size of a tray of lasagna (thanks Ava) and at our ultrasound last week the baby was weighing about 6 lbs. 

Due Date: November 2 (measured for Nov 6 at the ultrasound, but they aren't changing it). 

Heartbeat: Last week it was 188. 

Symptoms: Same ole, same ole. Except I started dilating early and am now 2 cm and 50% effaced. That landed me on Procardia to stop contractions... but made me feel like I was dying. So it ended. Now I've tested positive for GBS and have a UTI so I get to start antibiotics tonight. The GBS is ruling out my hopes and dreams of getting less fluids and having a hep-lock. 

Currently Missing: Being comfortable.

Cravings and Favorite Foods: Frozen blueberries

Sleep: What's that? The Procardia threw me off so badly that I was waking up more than every hour. Luckily after being off of it for a week I have started to fall back into my normal pregnant sleep cycle.

Food Aversions: 
Sugar... it makes my indigestion worse. But honestly eating eggs isn't that appealing.

Exercise: Quit that mess back in August. But I've since been banned to hold off labor.

Reading/Baby Related Classes and Prep:
Mama Natural Week by Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth
Ina May Gaskin's Guide to Childbirth
Mom's On Call 0-6 Month

Weight: On track with where I should be, last appointment wasn't a good read after I had a big lunch and wore heavy clothing. Y'all might think I'm crazy but I wear dresses and shoes that can be removed easily.

Movement: It never ends. I was actually hurting yesterday from the wild baby movement.

Maternity Clothing: Yup, but I also have a few non maternity dresses I wear. I've come to hate maternity shirts that gather and make everything look larger right now.



Gender Guess: Learning towards a girl... because I'm totally unprepared for it. 

36 Weeks with Harrison vs 36 Weeks with Unknown Child...


Only difference is the swelling you can't see in my legs from Harrison's pregnancy. Plus the fact that it was cold and I'm currently melting. 

3 Key Ways to Prep for Your Big Day


Today's guest post is all about wedding prep! But honestly these tips would work for any big event you have coming up. 

Getting married can be one of the greatest adventures that you decide to embark on. This is because it’s a lifelong commitment that is likely to be full of surprises, twists, and turns. In light of this, ensuring that your big day turns out as close to perfect as possible is key. It’s going to be a day you remember for years to come, so you want to look back and be happy with the outcome of your day. In light of this, you’re going to find three key ways to prep for your big day in the following article.


Plan Ahead
Somewhere in the world right now, a bride is likely frantic and panicking because her big day is a few hours away and she left some key things until the last minute. In light of this, you should try and plan as far ahead as possible to ensure you aren’t missing out on key moments because you’re stressed. Devising a wedding planning timeline often goes a long way as it helps you stay on top of things and tick off boxes like the guest list, food, venue, entertainment, and others as you go along. Also, don’t be afraid to accept or ask for help because you can’t do everything on your own.

Take Care of Your Skin
One of the things that most people look forward to seeing at a wedding is the bride. For this reason, you should try and ensure that you take care of your skin so that you have a stunning glow on the day. Here is a skincare routine that may be worth trying below.

Cleanse - Seeing as your skin is likely to pick up oil and sweat overnight, it’s a good idea to cleanse first thing in the morning. You could decide to wash your face using your hands or motorized oscillating brushes that help remove dirt from pores. Be sure to cleanse with a good facial wash that’s suitable for your skin type.

Moisturize With SPF - Hydration and protection are vital for glowing skin, so moisturizing with SPF is another element to add to your routine. It could help both keep your skin replenished, protect it from the sun and help add a glow as well.

Use Eye Cream - The last thing that you want on your big day is to find that you have tired eyes. For this reason, you should include the use of a good firming eye cream in your skincare routine. This should help your eyes look a lot more rested when you’re walking down the aisle.

Remember to start your new routine as early as possible and avoid trying new products close to your big day just in case of any allergic reactions.

Relax
As mentioned above, sometimes you get so lost in preparing for your wedding that you forget to enjoy every moment. Seeing as you’ll hopefully only get married once, try and relax and enjoy the ride. One of the ways that you can relax before your big day is by going to the spa and getting pampered as well as treatments. You should also look into getting the right facials and exfoliating your skin to help you feel as refreshed as possible.
Getting married is a day that many women often dream of. To ensure that your dreams are close enough to your reality, it’s imperative that you put in enough work behind the scenes. As mentioned above, this often means ensuring you are mentally and physically prepare for the many things to come. By doing so, you should find that your big day is nothing short of magical.

Gift Ideas for Men & Women


So true story, I'm awful at gift giving. But with these tips from today's guest post I am much more likely to get my husband something other than... email me what you want and I'll order it items lol! 


Gift-giving is not always as easy as you think. Think back to the last time you had to buy a birthday present or anniversary gift, and you simply couldn’t find the perfect item to buy even after searching for hours. After all, you want it to be special, and will settle for nothing less. The next time you are in a rut and can’t decide what you should purchase, regardless of the occasion, here are four ideas that are transferable for both men and women. First, who doesn’t need clothes? Consider looking for an item that is hobby related, purchase something that is engraved and lastly keep an eye out for practical items.

Clothes
No matter the season, people often purchase a few new garment additions for their closet. The trick is to simply make sure that the item is stylish, fits the physique and matches the individual’s personality. For instance, if you are shopping for the woman in your life, be that a friend or spouse, there are plenty of boutiques that tailor clothes to flatter different body types, with one example being a curvy plus size boutique, such as Perfectly Priscilla. The same goes for when you are shopping for men – and remember that accessories can be just as well received. Imagine his face when you buy him a beautiful new tie or cufflinks, especially if a fancy event is coming up.

Hobby related
When you are buying a gift, you must always consider the person you are buying it for. In particular, what are his or her hobbies? If he is a fan of hunting, for instance, you should look for closeout hunting gear, or in other words, performance equipment, camouflage, fleece and so on. Whether their interest is sports, music, photography, drawing, painting, traveling, coin collecting or something else, remember to purchase something accordingly. You are guaranteed they will use your gift!

Engraved items
Have you thought about engraving the item you purchase? This will make the it truly personalized, and shows the individual that he or she is one of a kind. Common examples for this type of gift includes watches, necklaces, rings, mugs, photo frames, among others. No one else will have anything like it anywhere in the world.

Practical gifts
The fourth and last option includes useful gifts. This often isn’t thought about as much as it should be. After all, why not purchase something you can guarantee will be used, and you are saving that person money by purchasing it for them? A good example is cleaning supplies, whether it’s for the home or the car. Why not get a luggage tag or a pair of house slippers? Perhaps even an umbrella? As always, know who you are buying it for and make sure that they will appreciate practical gifts, but this is almost always a good idea for those that are particularly hard to shop for.

The most important part of gift-giving is to consider the person you are celebrating, whether male or female, and what their likes and dislikes are. Perhaps they have even dropped hints over some time about what they are keen on receiving. Still, when in doubt, opt for a gift that will make their life easier.