This month has been a happy one. I have felt content in life as a work-at-home-mom of two. I did a lot of reading this month, which makes me happy as well. And, we’ve been enjoying some great weather here in Texas…not to mention, in a week and a half we’ll be heading to Utah for Easter!!!! So, here is what is currently going on!
Celebrations don’t have to be big. They don’t have to be for big accomplishments or event. They don’t have to be big parties. Celebrations can be for things you love. Having become a wife and a mom has taught me a lot about celebrating the little things. It’s taught me to focus on the little things in life. Life has become a lot more fun by celebrating the small moments.Life has become a lot more fun by celebrating the small moments. Click To Tweet
Mother’s intuition is a strange thing. Although Evelyn’s due date was January 2nd, and we had a scheduled induction on the 29th of December, I had a feeling she would come the week before Christmas. And I was correct.
All that week, I had a ton of Braxton Hicks and cramps. But, showers and changing positions always stopped them. On Wednesdy, December 21st, I had my last OB/GYN appointment and was told I was dilated 3 centimeters and 30% effaced. My OB joked about not going into labor over Christmas weekend as she wouldn’t be there. I said, “Don’t worry. I don’t want a Christmas baby at all.”
Thursday was Justin’s first day off work for Christmas break. So, I took the laptop and went to a Starbucks to try to finish all blogging and virtual assisting/free lancing for the month. Then, I went to Target to get stocking stuffers and ingredients for Christmas dinner. At home, I cleaned the house. I was feeling very good that day. However, as we were putting Rhys to bed at 8 pm, I started to get a little uncomfortable with cramps. But, they started to become somewhat consistent. So, I warned Justin and started timing. I hopped in the shower and packed last minute items in our hospital bags. I had a few snacks, and tried changing my positions a few times. Around 10:30. I finally called my doctor and she said to go ahead to the hospital.
We woke Rhys up, packed up the pack-n-play, and walked over to our neighbor’s house to drop him off. On the way to the hospital, we called mom–she was planning on flying in for the induction on the 29th, but she switched her flight for early the next day.
We got to the hospital around 11:30pm and they put us in an observation room. Justin had Pokemon Go up to pass the time, and an Eevee appeared on my stomach! It was such a sweet coincidence! After they determined that I was in fact no dilated to 5 cm and 50% effaced and having consistent contractions, they sent us to a delivery room.
After an hour or so, I had some very painful contractions almost a minute apart…more painful than I had with Rhys, so we asked for the epidural. I was checked first and at 7 cm and 80% with very fast contractions. They rushed out to get the epidural and there was a part of me that was afraid that I wouldn’t get it in time. There were a lot of scheduled inductions that night because no one really wants a baby born on Christmas Eve or Day and they had priority over a natural labor. I turned to Justin in the middle of the worst contraction I ever had in tears and fear telling him I couldn’t do a natural labor–I was too scared. Thankfully, the epidural came right away.
With Rhys’s birth, the epidural was actually the most painful part, so I gathered up all my courage. But, I guess this anesthesiologist was just better because it didn’t hurt nearly as bad as the first time. I couldn’t feel my contractions, nor my legs, but I could still lift them…I didn’t have nearly as much epidural as Rhys’s birth.
Around 4:45 AM or so, I had some huge pressure and felt the need to push. The nurse came in, saw that I was 9 cm and that my water still hadn’t broke, but Evelyn was definitely dropping. So, she grabbed the doctor. They broke my water, and immediately, I started pushing. After three sets of contractions, Evelyn was born. It was a faster, easier labor than Rhys’s all the way around.
Evelyn had pooped before being born, so before they could let us do skin-to-skin, they had to make sure she didn’t have any poop in her lungs. Then, they did the routine tests. Listening to her cry and seeing her wiggle around made my heart explode. I finally had a daughter. She was here, in my arms, not just a thought or a bump in my belly. She was really her and she was really mine.
Skin to skin with Evelyn was perfection. After a few minutes, she started really rooting, so I nursed her. She had a much better, natural latch than Rhys did, but it still hurt like crazy (as it would the entire week).
I recovered from the epidural a whole lot quicker than I did with Rhys, and I didn’t feel nearly as tired or in pain as I did with Rhys. For that, and for the whole quick and easy labor, I am extremely grateful.
My mom landed in Texas around 10AM, grabbed Rhys from his sitter (he had slept wonderfully and behaved well for them), and came over. Rhys was more interested in the hospital room equipment than he was Evelyn. Mom gushed with her.
Evelyn did have a little trouble adjusting to life–she lost 7% of her birth weight while in the hospital (the danger zone is 10%) and failed a regulating body temperature/heart test once, but passed both the second time. Thankfully, we were able to go home Christmas Eve and spend Christmas as a family of four (plus my mom).
I feel so full of happiness, gratitude, and peace. I have a wonderful husband, a brilliant son, and an adorable daughter. I feel complete.
Wow! A lot to go through today! It’s going to be a hodge podge! But, sometimes, you need to do those kinds of posts, and they are fun to write and to read.
Doing | Everything possible to get ready for Evelyn. I’m in full-on nesting mode. I’ve kept on top of thank you cards for the baby showers I’ve had, presents are all wrapped and under the tree, and Evie’s clothing is washed and equipment set up. I’m 1/3 of the way done doing deep scrubbing of the apartment. I do try to take it slow and steady. This pregnancy I’ve definitely gotten a lot more worse worn out a lot more easily.
Cooking | Well, this past week, I’ve sucked at cooking. But, I plan on having a few homemade freezer dinners prepped before baby girl.
Wrapping | All the Christmas presents! Well, except for Rhys’s big present from Santa, which is on our porch hidden until Christmas Eve. Rhys has loved “helping” me wrap the presents. He’ll help place the tape, pick the bows and place them, pick the name cards and place them, then put the presents under the tree. Since my family is coming when Evelyn is born (less than a week after Christmas), we are just keeping their presents under the tree rather than shipping them to Utah.
Playing | Justin and I have been playing a lot of Rummikub at night–when we were dating/engaged, we played it almost every night. Now, we are back in the habit. Rhys and I have been playing a lot of cars and legos. He’s really getting into interactive and imaginative play with his toys and it’s so fun to watch him. We have also been playing with simple ideas for our new Elf on the Shelf: Jingle. Justin and I are easing into it this year, since it doesn’t take much to impress our 2.5 year old. First thing in the morning, Rhys will go look to see where Jingle has moved and then points back to all the previous places he was.
Justin is currently…| Loving his job at Kubota Tractor Company. He is a data analysis and has done some pretty big projects already that his bosses love and are implementing. He is really into BYU football and basket ball right now. Justin also made his annual batch of homemade mulled apple cider on Saturday.
I am currently…| Wishing this pregnancy was over. I hate this pregnancy. But, I’m so excited to have a baby girl in my arms in less than 4 weeks. Sometimes, I still can’t believe that I will have a daughter, let alone a second child! I have officially opened my Etsy shop: The Morrell Tale Design. I am also taking advantage of the fact that I have my own car now and have been taking Rhys all over the place and getting out of the house as much as possible before having a brand new baby to take care of.
Rhys is currently | Growing like a weed. I swear he’s grown a few inches since we’ve arrived in Texas! Rhys is so smart, I can barely believe it. He loves helping with EVERYTHING and loves being independent. He’s obsessed with educational videos on Youtube and knows the vast majority of letters, numbers, colors, and shapes. His vocabulary is also growing daily, but his actual verbalization and pronunciation is still suffering. Today, we actually have an evaluation with ECI to see if he qualifies for speech therapy.
Evelyn is currently | 36 weeks along! She loves to move, especially during naptime and bedtime. She is already very spoiled with all the gifts we’ve received from family and friends.
Maybelline Super Stay 24 Longwear Lip Color | I absolutely love this lip stain that I received from Influenster. I’ve never been one for bold colors, but I absolutely love the way I look in this. And, it’s true to it’s name–it really does stay on forever! I apply it in the morning, but then it doesn’t come off until I go to bed when I wipe it off with makeup wipes!
Blogger Ornament Exchange | I love doing ornament exchanges. This year, I was paired with Amanda from Perks of Ponder. She definitely got my aesthetic of wood and tweed down! I love this ornament!
Morning at Dallas LDS Temple | Last week, I went down to the LDS Dallas Temple. I needed to make an exchange at the distribution center (where Mormons get temple clothing and the sacred garments) and I wanted to take some pictures. It was a beautiful morning. The temple is definitely much, much smaller than the Utah temples. The parking lot wasn’t even 1/3 full–complete OPPOSITE of Utah temples! Wow! I’ve been in Utah so long I’ve forgotten what temples outside the Mormon bubble were like! I had to pee real bad when we got there–pregnant! So, I explained to Rhys that we were going to go into the Temple–Jesus’s house. Since it is Jesus’s house, and we love Jesus, we need to respect him and be reverent. That means whispering and walking. No yelling and no running. We walked into the lobby and Rhys walked slowly the whole time and made a point to whisper, and would even put his finger up to his lips. He pointed at the pictures of Jesus and said, “wow.” Even in the bathroom (in which he loves to yell because of public bathroom echoes), he whispered! I was so proud of him. When we walked back outside, I told him so and told him he could now run around. We got some beautiful pictures of the grounds, too.
Maternity Pictures | We also got maternity/family pictures done, and I am absolutely IN LOVE with them. Kayleigh was the first friend I made in Texas…the first week we were there, I took Rhys to the library and I saw a girl with two little boys in BYU Cougar shirts…I knew she had to be Mormon! And she was! We exchanged phone numbers and began to stalk each other on Facebook seeing as we were both Utah transplants to Texas. Then, I discovered Kayleigh’s photography business and fell in love. I begged her to do my maternity pictures. And, she’s going to give you a deal!
Book a session using the code MORRELLTALE to get 30% off of a Maternity or Senior (graduation) session. Use MORRELLTALEFAM to get 20% off of a family session. (Just mention the code in an email or text while booking). Session must be completed by March. Texas residents only. Some restrictions apply. Email Kayleigh at contact@Kayleighsearle.com to get more information or book a session!
Please Help Me Out…
1) Since opening my Etsy print shop, I’ve decided that I want to collaborate with bloggers. I want to send you one of my prints (your choice), and you review it and share it online! Please sign up here and I’ll send you an email with more information!
2) Please Guest Post for Me!
Since baby girl is due right after Christmas, I want to start gathering some guest posts for the end of December and throughout January!
You have to write posts that deal with my main topics: motherhood, Christian religion (you don’t have to be Mormon), recipes you’ve created, family and marriage, domestic stuff (being a homemaker), or blogging.
It would need at least one vertical, high quality Pinnable image. No cussing, no graphic thoughts, no politics.
Please fill out here if you are interested and I’ll send you an email with more detail!
First, the winner of my Etsy shop Grand Opening giveaway is…..
Charlene from Enduring All Things! Congrats!
Also, you have another chance to win one of my prints, in addition to many other Etsy crafts and Christmas gifts. Kendra Castillo is an artist and blogger I’ve been following for years. I love her artwork. She got this Holiday Giveaway together. There is a total of 6 prizes worth over $100 in value. Giveaway will end Sunday (12/11) at midnight! Winner will be announced on Monday (12/12).
from some of the best (worth over $100 value)
ONE LUCKY WINNER WILL RECEIVE:
- Set of 5 Fine Art Greeting Cards (envelopes included)
- Earrings from Anthropologie
- $10 Starbucks Gift Card
- “Let It Snow” 8 x 10 Art Print
- The Watercolor Hex Small Zipper Pouch (perfect for organizing all your little things)
- Set of 8 Handcrafted Holiday cards (envelopes included)
*Giveaway will end Sunday (12/11) at midnight! Winner will be announced on Monday… Good Luck 🙂
(The more times you enter the higher chances you have to win! Winner will be chosen at random using Rafflecopter)
Can you believe it? 20 weeks! I’m already half-way done with this pregnancy! And, again, so many people are doubting that I’m actually that pregnant!
Gender | Girl! It’s a girl!
Name | Evelyn Morgan. If any of you take that name, I’ll hate you forever!
Size of Baby | Banana
Clothing | I am avoiding wearing most of my shirts–they feel tight and show all the pudges and rolls I now have. I need more short sleeve loose shirts. I am half-way into my maternity pants. However, my non-maternity jeans are all getting just a tad uncomfortable to wear.
Weight Gain | Four pounds since my last check up…so I’m around 168lbs. It’s understandable with the horrible eating habits I’ve been having this past month of moving and setting up house. But, I started working out again…very low intensity 20-minute workouts at home at least 3 times a week. I’m also going to be better about not eating out (which will help us financially) and being smarter about what I chose to eat.
Sleep | I’ve been getting up once or twice to go pee. However, this past week has been really hard since Rhys has woken up numerous times during the night and early in the morning. I hope we aren’t having another regression. And, earlier this week, I had a nightmare that I started to bleed again and was really close to losing my baby girl! It really upset me, because honestly, that is the biggest fear I have.
Symptoms | Lots of aches and pains. I feel bigger and I feel slower and I feel heavier. Not necessarily heavier weight, but like something is weighing me down, like I’m exhausted. I’ve also had another wave of exhaustion and headaches.
Food Cravings | Pepsi. Cereal. Sandwiches with the works.
Food Aversions | Not really.
Other | When the radiologist told me it was a girl, I was on cloud 9. I wanted a girl so badly I was resigned to it being a boy. I almost didn’t believe the radiologist! And seeing Evelyn on the screen during the ultrasound! Knowing that she’s measuring big (the opposite of Rhys), and that she has a long, strong spine. It just made my heart soar! She also loves moving and kicking already. There are sometimes that her kicks are just as powerful as Rhys’s was during my 3rd trimester! I (half) joke with Justin that that fact makes me a little nervous about the power of her kicks when I’m 37 weeks!
Rhys | Rhys came with me to my appointment and when I pointed out his baby sister on the screen, he said “oooohhh.” We pointed out the baby’s head and he pointed to his head. We told him the name and her nickname “Eevee” (yes, like the Pokemon–we are geeks after all). Rhys said, “ee-ee”. He then pointed to himself, “eehs” and back at her, “ee-ee”. We went shopping for the Evelyn and got a few onesies. Rhys hugged them to himself and said, “eehs”. I told him, no, it wasn’t for him, it was for his baby sister. So, he hugged it, and scrunched his fists up to his mouth, which is his way of saying, “it’s so cute.” Then, he put the onesie on my tummy. He is so adorable! He’ll be a great brother!
Here is Evelyn’s 18 week update.
Here is Rhys’s 20 week update and gender reveal.