Friday, November 29, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

This year believe it or not is the first Thanksgiving I have ever prepared an entire meal (and turkey) all on my own. I figured I'd go all out since my mother-in-law was visiting. Typically the hubs and I don't do huge meals, we would spend it with friends since having all that food just the two of us is ridiculous.

I got to enjoy my first full glass of wine in almost 10 months! And may I suggest this amazing wine gifted to me by a great friend of mine. Not gonna lie, after one glass I started feeling a little something. Little man was loving his time with his grandma, he spent endless hours sleeping in her arms.

We had a wonderful dinner, even though we couldn't see all our family on this holiday, we are beyond grateful to have had at least one in our home this year.


7 things I'm grateful for:

1. My son: I never thought I would love someone as much as I've experienced love for this little guy. I always thought my "maternal" instincts were only going to be towards my girls. But I've come to realize how life can truly change. I'm seeing him grow right in front of me, everyday is different and he amazes me more and more. The lil surprise God had planned for me.

2. My hubby: He's my best friend. I can't express enough how fortunate I am and how lucky I feel to have him. He's a true gentleman and always expresses love for me. Almost 5 years and he's still the same flirt. He's the love of my life and I'm beyond grateful for having him in my life.

3. My Girls: My puppies were my very own first dogs. Belle has been my little girl since day one. She's the very one to bring out the maternal instincts in me. I got to raise her since she was barely 2 months old. She's one of the smartest dogs I've ever met in my life, she can say so much with her looks she will amaze you. Jazzy is more a daddy's girl but this little girl is the most gentle caring dog, she has a maternal instinct towards their new lil brother now. Always so protective. I'm grateful to have these girls in my life. They're always there whether you're happy, sad, mad, or not all there. 

4. My Family: you know when they tell you that one day you'll appreciate your mom? That one day you will miss your family? You never think it to be true when you're 18 years old. But once I moved out right after my 19th birthday, I never thought the one person I would call daily would be my mom. Moving out helped me grow up and appreciate my family so much. I'm thankful that whenever I have an issue they are the very first to help me. My mommy and daddy-o (yes I still call them that) go above and beyond for my sister and I. They back me up and show me support with every decision I make and advice me on whatever I need advice on. I sure feel blessed and thank God nightly for giving me such a wonderful family. This including my uncle, aunts and grandma. I will never stop being thankful for them. 

5. My Friends: "Quality above quantity" this is such a true quote. I have merely an amount of true friends that I can count on one hand. Throughout the years you come to realize who your true friends are, better yet, moving away showed me that even more. I may live over 500 miles away but I talk to these people on the daily. My bestest friend since I was about 11 years old, we can go days without talking and once we talk is like time has not passed. I'm grateful to have them in my life because we all need friends to talk, relax with, gossip, joke with and so on. Cheers to true friends!

6. My Job: Not a particular one, just the fact that I even have one at all! So many people are in need of jobs in the world, I don't take it for granted. I'm grateful to be able to work and make money. It provides for us, whether is for food, or bills or even just luxuries. I'm able to have a car and make holidays special thanks to the money I make. Always be grateful with things like a job, because you never know what can happen and how much you can lose without one. 

7. The Military: Having my hubs in the military is both exciting and scary. The benefits have been so helpful to us but with every good comes bad. Otherwise the military has provided us with a life. We have been able to meet such wonderful people, our military family. Friends that will last a lifetime that come from all over the country. I'm thankful for it and I support our troops always.

I hope your thanksgiving was wonderful!
What are you grateful for this thanksgiving?


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Hospital Newborn Pictures

I'm the type of person that loves to photograph every detail and every moment. Jaxon has no idea what he has coming. As soon as he was born I wanted to remember every moment, every detail. I had a couple photographers on hand to call but they were quite expensive and I wasn't sure I wanted to spend so much, I had seen so many ideas on Pinterest, that I always want to perfect them myself. Here is my little man at merely a day old still at the hospital. All taken by me. 

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Welcome to the world baby Jaxon!

On November 13th, 2013 at 11:39am, Jaxon Alexander Ordonez graced us with his presence! 
Weighing in at 6lbs and 14oz, 20.5in long.
This beautiful little miracle changed my life forever with just one look. Never did I think I would have my whole world right in my arms. 

At 40 weeks and still no baby, I began to think I would be pregnant forever! But somehow I began to get a feeling that he would be there that week. Somehow I just knew. Come Monday at 7:30am I woke up in a jump feeling like I had peed myself but it wasn't like my water broke, it was tiny bits here and there. So I changed and went back to bed, a couple hours later I woke up again with the same feeling. I told the hubs that I had a feeling something weird was going on so I wanted to go for walks and stay on the move all day just in case it was really happening. So I went out to run a few errands and I kept getting a few contractions every so often. By the end of the night they started getting worse. 

Hubs and I went on another walk around the block and he was telling me how nervous he was that it was the real thing, yet very excited to finally meet him. We decided to go to bed and see what happens, but the pain only got worse and worse to the point where I started to count these contractions and they were 6-7minutes apart lasting 1minute long. This went on for 2-3hours, by 11pm I called labor and delivery and they told me the basic things like take two tylenols and drink 3-4 cups of water right away and lay down on my left side, within the hour they should go away. Well 2 hours later the pain only got worse. I then went to the bathroom and noticed I had bloody show with mucus. At 2am hubs kept hearing me moan through the pain and he just plainly asked "do you need me to take you to the hospital?" I really didn't want to go. I didn't want to have to just lay on a bed for hours. I wanted to be at home for most of it, but I also didn't know how far along I could possible be, being that on that very day I had a Drs. apt at 1pm... It was a long way to wait. 

So off to the hospital we went. They first started checking me and tracking my contractions, I wasn't dilated at all but my cervix was definitely making the progress. They said I had to wait around 6am for the Dr to arrive. I could already tell it was going to be a long night. Contractions got worse and worse, the Dr decided to check me in and hook me up. I was so glad for the nurses they were all so attentive and fast. She had began my IV so I could have all the fluid I need by the time it was time for the epidural. But I couldn't receive the epidural till I was at least 4cm dilated. It was going by so slow! But I was grateful that I wasn't forcing my body into that it all came naturally. I did not want to be induced. 

Finally I got to the point where the pain became unbearable. I would sleep every 5 minutes only to wake up with horrible pain. Hubs stayed by my side holding my hand and supporting me. By then it was about 2pm a different Dr that was on call broke my water and said I was ready for the epidural. I didn't even feel the sting everyone says or the burning ... Absolutely nothing! It was perfect! I fell asleep right away. 3 hours later I woke up nice and numb. My cervix was fully done but I still needed to dilate more so the Dr decided to give me some pitocin to help with the progress. However the pitocin gave me a fever which made the baby's heartbeat go up. So they began to work on helping my fever go down. 

On Wednesday at 3am I was finally fully dilated! Only wanted him to drop a little bit more and I could begin to push! Around 4am we began to push, I pushed for about 2 hours and I just had to rest. I was so sleepy and it was so draining from being up every minute. They woke me up again around 8am to push again and I did not stop, but the baby was stuck with my tailbone. The dr offered for me to keep pushing to help stretch but that he can also help pull him out a bit to get him over that bump. I tried my best to keep pushing but eventually I just knew I needed his help. I hadn't eaten in the last couple days, and being only on ice chips began to make me sick... Literally. So finally with the help of the Dr and my hubs supporting me every second along with the best nurse that never left my side and did nothing but encourage me, out came baby Jaxon! With a full set of hair! (Explains the heartburn) I'm not an emotional person, I was more shocked that teary eyed. This baby just came out of me... Me! I made a baby? This is MY baby... So many thoughts at once. I looked over to the side to see my hubs getting teary eyed but trying hard not to cry. That just hit my heart all at once. Oh my god this is my baby boy! 

I don't think I've ever felt so many emotions all at once. I put him skin to skin and we just layed together and I stared at him and I fell in love. And so begins the start of something beautiful... 

Friday, November 08, 2013

Hospital Bags; Toiletries

1. Day moisture lotion.
2. Night moisture lotion.
3. Face wash.
4. Summers Eve personal wipes.
5. Q-tips.
6. Lip balm.
7. Shampoo & Conditioner.
8. Make up remover wipes.
9. Lansinoh Nipple Cream.
10. Vaseline.
11. Tooth brush & tooth paste.
12. Eye cream.
13. Mini Tums.
14. Deodorant. 
15. Mouth wash.
16. Body wash.

1. Shampoo.
2. Body and face wash.
3. Body spray.
4. Deodorant. 
5. Tooth brush & tooth paste. 

Click here to see the rest of my hospital bag!


Jaxon's Nursery || Little Monster Theme Nursery

This is Baby Js nursery. When I first started I had no clue what I wanted. I knew I wanted light and bright, but then I saw a few pictures of dark wall nurseries and I got a little obsessed. I just love how the white furniture just pops. The name of the paint I used on the walls is "Licorice Dutch" by Valspar. I wanted the pop colors to be orange, lime green and a hint of grey hidden in there. I also didn't really want a theme, but once I saw the Monsters Inc bedding, I fell in love. It had the colors I wanted (and it's one of my favorite movies) and it was perfect for my little monster. I still have a couple things to get for this room, but that will come with time and after the baby arrives. 

Monday, November 04, 2013

Ways To Induce Labor

Source: Amazon

I feel like can't get any bigger! Also I'm secretly hoping he doesn't either. He's at a good weight, I don't want to imagine pushing bigger than that... I'm officially on the 5 days left countdown. I really hope he makes his grand debute this week, I can't even imagine having to possibly be pregnant for another 2 weeks. I'm trying everything (safe) to get him out. A few myths here and there...

Walking - I'm still working both jobs, trust me there is plenty of walking going on there. Even on my days off or just time before and/or after work I temp to go on a little shopping trip and walk for hours!

Spicy Food - I actually wish I could try this more than I'd could. I'm not huge on spicy food but I do love me some jalapeƱo flavor anything. Sadly I get heartburn like no tomorrow. It's painfully uncomfortable, specially at nighttime. It leads to sleepless nights. 

Sex - We've all heard sex helps induce labor. But so far I've had no luck! Certainly does help relax me and losen up the body though. So I'm more into enjoying it than just doing it as a job. 

Castor Oil - This is the only one I have yet to try. I'm skeptical. Some say it sure put them into labor just hours after taking a couple spoonfuls, others say it just gave them a real bad case of the runs (also embarrassing during labor) and some even said that if you aren't dilating at all that it's not safe to take it. Because it forces you into labor when the body isn't ready and it can cause stress on the baby (last thing I want for my baby) so with so many opinions I'm scared of what to expect. I'm waiting for my next appointment and hopefully by then if I did have some progress then I will be trying it! My last resort!

Evening Primrose Oil - These pills are supposed to help you to dilate and thing the cervix out. I did start taking these at 37 weeks. Small dosage and I doubled it by now my 39th week. I'm currently still taking it, haven't tried inserting it up my cooca yet though. Maybe this week I will try that. I still take it nightly, hopefully it does help somehow but either way it also helps with your skin complexion so it's a win regardless. 

Regardless of what I try he will make his appearance when he wants to, I just wish it were soon! I can't wait to meet this little monster! Fingers crossed!