Day in the Life of a Pregnant Lady

This is the truth of being 22 weeks pregnant, no filter!

Panties no longer fit, so commando it is till this baby decided to come out!

Boobs leak and get engorged… blessing and a curse. Means I will have no issue with my  milk coming in but is also incredibly annoying and painful

I waddle…yes like a duck. My husband says its cute but it definitely works your butt and thigh muscles!

We have officially decided that once my maternity leave is up I will become a stay at home mom and not return to work. Instead I will be going back to school full time.

119 days until my maternity leave is scheduled to begin!

I have a low lying placenta, I am terrified I will have to have a c-section. We wanted a home birth but the home birth midwife’s due date is the day after mine so I had to settle for a hospital birth now I can;t bear the thought of a c-section!

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20 Week Bump

Baby update:

Name: Elena Antoinette Gautreaux

Currently 21 weeks 2 days!

10.5in long

Approx weight 1lb

I kick mommy a lot!! All day long!

I love loud music and when mommy dances it’s the only way I’ll stop kicking so hard.

I have been head down and as low as I can be since I was conceived.

Mommy update:

Weight gain: 6lbs to date

Complications: low lying placenta, Already in full blown lactation mode!

No cravings! I love fresh fruit and fresh veggies though.

Summer pregnancy is rough y’all! I have to wear a black business suit and stand for 8hrs a day. Let me tell you… not fun!

Colbert has been absolutely amazing through my whole pregnancy, constant foot rubs, massages, encouragement, surprise treats and suggested naps when he knows I need one etc.

Its a Food Baby… Just Kidding

I have not posted anything since January, that is due to the fact we found out we are expecting a little bundle of joy in October. We did not tell the family until last week after we made sure we were in the clear of any issues that could possibly arise. So to not risk spilling the beans to the internet, I have stayed away! So here is an update

 

Baby Gautreaux:

Current Size: 2.9in so about the size of a peach

Age: 13 weeks 4 days

Heart Rate: 168bpm at (11 weeks 4 days)

Due Date: Oct. 21st

Gender: ??

Momma:

Midwife: Robin Higgins at Richmond Women’s health, she is absolutely wonderful so far

Complaints: Already having to buy maternity clothes (yes,cute baby bump pic to come), lower back pain, inability to handle the heat, many many bathroom trips

Morning Sickness: Only lasted during week 7

Severe Acne: None, skin is actually impoving

Medical Issues: Absolutely none so far.

Favorite Snacks: Fresh Fruit, Fresh Veggies with ranch, yogurt and sour patch kids

 

My plan is for this pregnancy and birth to be 100% natural, no inductions, no c-section, no medications what so ever. I would prefer to have baby gautreaux at home but in Central KY it is very difficult to find a home birth midwife.

 

 

 

Today In Science 01/18/17

Solar cells
In 1994, the U.S. Department of Energy announced production of solar panels giving nearly twice the efficiency of existing panels. Made by United Solar Systems of Troy, Mich., these amorphous silicon submodule (1 ft2) panels converted 10.2% of solar energy into electricity, as compared to 6% previously possible. This was possible by using new thin-film photovoltaic technology. The company has subsequently produced flexible solar shingles based on thin film photovoltaics that can permit the roofs of ordinary commercial and residential buildings to evolve from simply providing protection from the weather to becoming a source of much-needed electric power

Legionnaire’s disease
Thumbnail – Legionnaire’s disease
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In 1977, scientists at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, first announced* that they had sufficient laboratory evidence to implicate a bacterium as the cause of Legionnaire’s Disease, now named Legionella pneumophila. An outbreak of this disease in Philadelphia in 1976, largely among people attending a state convention of the American Legion, led to the name “Legionnaires’ Disease.” After the bacterium causing the illness was named, the name of the illness was changed to legionellosis. The scientific paper describing the isolation of the bacterium as published 1 Dec 1977 in The New England Journal of Medicine. [Image: Legionella pneumophila multiplying inside a cultured human lung fibroblast. Multiple intracellular bacilli, including dividing bacilli, are visible in longitudinal and cross section. Transmission electron micrograph.]

Credit to todayinsci.com

2017…

As you all know, my car was totaled in December and we are down to just my husbands car. Well as of 2 days ago, his car breaks (no car wreck or anything, just older and needs some tlc). On the same day, EKU informs me that instead of owing $300, I owe $3000.

It has been a rough start. So I will not be returning to school this semester, going to try for next semester.

Now the Truck Hunt begins! I refuse to own another car. We are checking every car lot within a 100mile radius to try and find a vehicle for me. It must be a 4 door, 4×4 truck. Oh, and I have no cash for a down payment.

We have yet to figure out how much it will cost to get the hubby’s car fixed.

The final step is to start paying EKU 😦

 

Baby Steps.

It really sucks when you start to think you are ahead in life and then get knocked back 1500 steps.

Here is a link to our wedding registry which I reopened so people could possibly help us get a vehicle without having to go through gofundme.

https://www.zola.com/registry/emilyandcolbert

 

Budgets are the Devil

 

How many of us have created a budget and failed miserably to stick to it? I know I have!

I did away with our budget, it is the devil! It does nothing but make you feel like a failure!

Here is how our finances work:

The husband and I both make around about the same amount give or take a few thousand a year.

Monthly:

Husband: Rent

Myself: Electric (which we cut in half by not using our central heat and using space heaters), water, Internet, and groceries.

It may seem like I am paying more but really the total amount is about equal.

As you can see, we know what we are going to pay but its not on paper. It is not labeled a budget. We decided what to do with the extra money left over. I might deposit mine into my 401k and he might do early christmas shopping or vice versa. We DO NOT have rules on what we are allowed to do with the extra left over after bills.

If we budgeted every dollar we would fail and become discouraged. By not budgeting, as long as the bills are getting paid it is an accomplishment and we are staying on track. There is no failure or discouragement because we have met our goal for the month.

Well Here We Are

Well here we are. It has been 9 days since my last blog post. I do apologize, there has been a lot going on and stress levels are high.

It has been interesting only having one car. We are making progress with our claim though and got a rental car 2 days ago.

Mom #1 is also causing some issues with my oldest. There is some emotional baggage and mental issues that she is projecting on him. She has told him that she wants nothing to do with him and that my husband and I are bad influences. This is causing him a great deal of distress, is causing him to be distracted in school and caused him to loose his girlfriend. Keep in mind he has lived with us for the past 7-8 years with minimal contact with her.

I was selected for verification through EKU, so now I am fighting to get tax transcripts in and submitted in time. Most of the classes I need to take are full so I am still struggling to get into the correct classes. This is becoming a long drawn out process but the end result will be worth it.

Well that’s an update on life as of right now.

 

P.S 4 days to Christmas and the shopping still isn’t done!

Christmas Panic

12 days until Christmas. Most people are excited. I am in shear panic. We are not financially struggling for essentials, rent, food, utilities etc. Christmas always puts us in a panic. The kids are at the age of everything they want is over $40, we normally do not have the extra money saved up. This year everything was going great, until my car got totaled an we had to use christmas money to get our other car running.

We have bough 5 presents total since September. Our next pay day is December 22nd. Thankfully this paycheck will have no bills coming out. Just presents.

 

Even though christmas is not about gifts, I still believe the kids need something to open.

I am a Step-Mom

Why is the word step mom have such a bad feeling attached to it? Why has everybody started calling step moms bonus moms?

I am a proud STEPMOM to two wonderful kids from two different women. This makes my situation very unique, I also have no biological children of my own. These are my children and I love them as such. They are not my bonus kids because I have no children of my own for them to be a bonus to.

Mom 1 is in and out, my eldest lives with us and I have been around for all of middle school and high school to this point. Every sports game, every academic function, every heartbreak, sickness, bad day, good day, everything.

Mom 2 is very much in the picture, we only get my youngest on the weekend. I have been around for almost half her life. We try and be at every event and birthday. But we also miss crucial moments because she does not live with us.

My relationship with each child is unique. To my youngest I could be consider a bonus mom, but personally I like the term step mom better. I feel as though in this day and age bonus mom is a term I would use to refer to a lesbian couple who have adopted.

To my eldest I am simpley becoming mom.

They are not a bonus. They are my kids. My only kids.