Friday, June 29, 2012

Elise's Birth Story

First, I wanted to thank you all so much for all of your sweet and kind words! 

Between, blogging, facebook, instagram, and twitter my phone has been constantly going off!I can't keep it charged!!
And I must say that makes me and our little family feel so very loved!!
Thank you, thank you for being so sweet and fabulous! Elise is oh so loved, which puts a BIG smile on my face!!

I wanted to do her birth story all week before I forget any of it...but best laid plans, right?
So, here we go...

It started last Friday night, June 22, her due date. 
I had already walked a ton that morning, cleaned the entire house (like floors, bathrooms and all!), eaten a ton of pineapple, and decided we were going to have buffalo wings for dinner - you know get that extra spiciness! So The hubs and I decided, pizza,wings and a movie...and I decided to have a little glass of wine as well..Dawn/Adelyn's Momma had a glass of wine the night she went into labor, so what the hell?! What could it hurt at this point?
So we got our dinner all set up and we were heading down to The Man Cave with it and I felt my first contraction...I just kind of stood there and held my stomach. The Hubs (we'll call him TH for this story) asked if everything was okay, I said I think that was a "for real" contraction, like not a Braxton passed and we went on with the evening.

About an hour later I got up to go to the bathroom and felt another one....still not really thinking this was the "real" thing (didn't want to get my hopes up) we watched the movie and got in bed for an early night. I continued to feel the contractions about once an hour, I started tracking them on my handy-dandy little app on my phone (lifesaver btw, I can't imagine having to keep up with them once they got more frequent and intense - expecting moms, download one!!). At about 2:30am I had one that was so intense that I pretty much shot out of bed. It lasted almost 2 minutes. From that point I was wide awake, I tried to go back to sleep but they were coming a lot faster now....about every 15 minutes. I laid there in bed pretty much just waiting for the next one trying not to wake up TH as I knew we were in for a loooong day. The pups were both up with me and had no idea what was going on. 

At about 5am I had the worst one yet...and apparently I couldn't hide it. My groaning and pillow clenching woke up TH. He freaked a bit at first and was like, "are you okay?! what's wrong?!" I told him, still clenching the pillow, that I had been have contractions since 2 but they were still 12 minutes apart. He asked if I wanted to go to the hospital but he thought we had to wait to 5 mins apart (he's so smart and good and reading up on things! :)). I said no, but I will call the doc in a bit and told him to sleep and I would wake him up if anything changed. 

I then decided to get cleaned up and wash my hair and get some breakfast and what not while I could. After that I called the doc as they were about 8 mins apart at this point. The doc on call said I could wait until 5 mins apart or if I was in serious and uncomfortable pain, which was awesome...I could be at home and be comfortable rather than laying in a hospital bed for an extra 5 hours! 
I decided to lay down and get some rest while I could...and to start letting the girls know...

........then at about 9am the contractions started slowing back to 10-11 minutes apart. 
Hell no. 
We are not going backwards! 
Dawn told me to keep moving as the same thing happened to her. Soooo, I started cleaning. TH was up at this point, so I made the bed, emptied the dishwasher, cleaned the floors, cleaned the kitchen...again, cleaned out the refrigerator, and finished up the last few things to pack for the hospital. The Hubs loaded them in the car and now we were just at the waiting game.
I continued to pace around the house, stopping to do squats every once and while, continuing to have contractions so I would stop in mid walk and have to bend over and grab the first thing that I could to squeeze the hell out of.......all while the pups were starting at me wondering what in the hell mom was doing!
At about 12:00 the contractions were finally about 5 mins apart, a little less, so we decided to head to the hospital.
That was an interesting drive, those contractions were no joke now...lots of squeezing and lots of not so nice words and lots of breathing. 

Got to the hospital and went to the pre room to see if they were ready to admit me. Got checked and I was still only 2 cm, but 80% effaced and the contractions were about 4 mins apart and very strong. The nurse looked at me and said I may still have to have pitocin, but they would probably admit me and then asked in all sincerety, not joking, "do you want to have a baby today" like if I didn't want to get the pitocin they would have to send me seriously lady, do you see me and my contracitons!??! YES, I want to have a baby today!!

So at around 1:45 they moved me to my room and we were greeted by my parents! That was a nice surprise! 
They got me hooked up to all kinds of stuff including my IV, which sucked btw, I have never had an IV and didn't like it all!! 

How swollen do I look?! Sheesh!
And notice my super cute personalized hospital gown, compliments of Mrs. Dawn Taylor!! 
I got so many compliments on it, loved it!! And I must say after having the one the hospital provided on for the admitting part I reeeeally appreciated this one!!
Thank you so much Dawnte!!

They then told me that I could have my epidural at any time and then they wouldn't start the pitocin until then, For some reason I felt the need to wait a while for the epi....not sure why, but I did. 

At about 3:15 I had an out of control almost to the top of the little, drugs please!!!

Here is a pic of some of the big daddy contractions, see how the top of the hill is "off the charts", yeah and they got worse! But I was feeling the ones that went about 3/4 of the way up and was in some serious pain, so I cannot imagine what these felt like!! 

So at 3:30 I got my epidural and was at 3cm....and had a mini panic attack in my head the whole time they were doing it. I actually got a contraction while he was doing it and it totally freaked me out...but then I realized it was a contraction and all was good! :)  But by 4:00 I could feel nothing, I was watching the contractions come and go on the screen and feeling nothing it was amazing!! Odd, but amazing. Apparently the way my body took the epi my left side got more than my right so I could not move my left leg at all. l could move my foot a bit but could not lift it up to move it or move positions. If I wanted to roll over or move my leg even an inch, TH had to come over and do it for me. I hated that feeling. Like really hated it, I kept asking the nurse if that was normal and she assured me it was. Honestly that was the worst part for me, I don't like that out of control feeling at. all. But hell, I will take that over the contractions any day!! 

So the contractions were out of control at this point, like going off the charts on the little screen (See above)...still not feeling them! If the other ones hurt that bad, I cannot imagine what these would have been like!! The nurse checked me and decided we needed to get the doc to break my water. She called and said she would be in an hour or we waited. I ate popsicles and watched HGTV. 
At about 5:45 the nurse went to check my catheter and was like, "did your water break?" ummm, I have no clue, I can't feel a damn thing.....well it did! And I was at 5cm!! Awesome!! My body was doing its job all on its own!! :) So between that and the pitocin things started progressing pretty quickly. Contractions were on top of each other and really really intense, again I only know this because of that little screen next to me. There was a lot of weird uncomfortabelness for the next little bit due to the not feeling my left leg, TH was awesome though...coming over to move me around which ever way I needed, no matter how many times I needed it. Getting me ice chips, holding my hand, he was amazing. 
The girls wanted a video, so we have this fun little video to share...
At about 6:30 the nurses had a shift change and we got Mallory (who was amazing btw, looooooved her!!), she came in and we chatted for a while about labor and non labor things which was nice. Then she said okay, I will check you at about 8pm if the doc hasn't come in yet. She mentioned that in a perfect world I would only push for 15 minutes but that it was possible that I would have to push for up to 3 hours! So I should just rest as much as I could until then. Once I got to 10 cm we would "labor down" which just means sit me straight up for about 30-45 minutes to let gravity do its job so hopefully I wouldn't have to push as much. As soon as she left I looked at TH and said  lets do a quick prayer that I don't have to push for 3 hours, I'm not even asking for 15 minutes...just like an hour or less! HA! So we did a little prayer! :)

Then at about 7:30 I mentioned how much pressure I was feeling down a lot on my bum. She (she being Mallory) said okay, let me check you real quick then......she said you are 100%....I just looked at her and said, like 10cm 100% and she said, yes ma'am!
Holy crap! That was fast!! This was gonna happen sooner than later!
So she sat me up to start laboring soon as I sat up there was even more pressure. She said okay, well the doc should be here in the next few minutes, lets go ahead and start pushing. What?!?! Now?!?! Okay, holy crap!!
At this point TH was on his way to meet his parents in the waiting room as they had just got there and my parents were still in the room with me. I said okay, you (you, being my parents) go head out to the waiting room and tell Trey to get back here ASAP. So they did and he came a running! :) He got back there and they took the end off of my bed which was so odd, and pulled out the leg rest (think stirrups bit flat so you could rest your feet and push if need be). 
And we started pushing!

And let me just say, pushing while on an epidural is weird. You can't really feel if you are pushing down there or if it is working because you can't feel it. I felt like I was pushing only in my head and just making my face real red and gonna give myself a really bad headache....but apparantly I was doing a really good job! HA!
So we pushed 1 time, then we pushed a 2nd time and TH says "is that her head?!"
I was like what?! Seriously, you can see her head?!?! Yep, there she is. 
So we pushed 3 rounds of 3 or 4 - 10 counts and the doc walked in during the last round and said "look at you, doing really good!!" Why thank you! :) Then Mallory (the nurse) said, "doctor do you want to see this last push, because I think we are ready" Holy CRAP!!! I started crying at this point, happiness, shock, reality, excitement - it was all happening!!
Then the doc said "okay, we are going to push one more time and I may say to stop pushing or do a half push, when I do make sure you do that okay, I know it is hard to change that mindset when you are pushing so hard." Um, okay...
So then I pushed reeeeeally hard and she said "okay now stop and do a little little push.." and that was it.
Less than 8 minutes of pushing. 
And I heard my sweet sweet baby girl cry. 
June 23, 2012 at 8:09pm Elise Kelly Bellar was born.
7lbs and 12 ounces of pure perfection!

I laid there and sobbed as they did her ap test and TH cut the cord, took about 35-40 secs but it felt like an eternity for me. All I could see was the top of her head and her arms flailing! I could only watch my husband's face beam with pride and watched his eyes well up with tears which of course made me sob even more. I thanked God then and there for how amazingly blessed he has made me. Then they laid her skin to skin on my chest....and I felt the most amazing and pure joy humanly possible. Seriously, I am tearing up writing this. She cried and screamed and wailed when she came out and as soon as she hit my chest and heard my voice she stopped and let out a deep breath. 
It was THE best moment of my life. 

We laid there for a few minutes and the doc was telling me about what was going on down there and it was like the adult's voice in Charlie Brown cartoons, wah-wah, wah-wah. All I could see was my baby. My sweet and precious Elise. 
She had a little bubble butt like her daddy, she was slimy & warm and pooping on me, and I couldn't be any happier! :) 
They then took her to get her cleaned up and weigh her and the pictures started! :) 

All and all, the labor process...not that bad, not bad all. I was very blessed and I do realized that - and I thank God for that! The hospital (Baptist, here in Nashville) could not have been any better. The nurses were amazing, the facilites were wonderful and my baby was perfect and didn't give us any trouble at all!! :) I told Trey, I could totally do that again..... I will take hours of contractions any day as long as I only have to push like that!! :) 

About 1 hour later I had a sprite..awesome!!
Then 2 hours later I had a burger, fries, and diet coke from Wendys thanks to my AMAZING Daddy! The best burger I believe I have ever had. And definitely THE best diet coke!! :) 
After that we were moved to our recovery room where I proceeded to not sleep as I could not stop cuddling and staring at my angel bones (speaking of, I have probably called her Elise all of 4 times since we had many nicknames, poor thing is never gonna know her name!). And of course taking pics! :)

Needless to say, I and everyone else who has met her are completely smitten!!

So that is our birth, that was a lot! :) I do love that I will be able to read this to her one day though, hence the full detail! :) 

I do want to say express my love and gratitude towards my amazing Hubby. He was so wonderful and amazing and loving and supportive and all kinds of other fabulous things I can't put into words right now. I seriously couldn't have done any of this without him. I laid in that bed several times thanking God and my lucky stars for blessing me with him as my husband and Elise with him as her Daddy. This past week has been a learning experience (each and every hour) for both of us and we have grown so much stronger as a couple and a team! It makes me so happy to know that we created that perfect little angel and totally melts my heart when I see him with her! She is a Daddy's girl already and I wouldn't want it any other way!! :) 
I love you so much, honey! You are truly truly amazing at this new role in your life and I love and adore you for everything you do for our little girl!! 
Thank you, XOXOXOXO!

Up next the hospital and first few days at home!! :) 

I promise to try and blog more and post more of the 80 billion pictures I have taken in the past 6 days! :) 
I miss all of my bloggy friends! :) 
Thank you again for your kind words, thoughts, and prayers. They worked!!



Sunday, June 24, 2012

She's here!!!

Our little angel is here!
And I cannot get over how in love we are.
I am laying here in the hospital bed just staring at this little miracle in shock at how perfect we made her!! 
God is good!

I will have her full birth story later this week.
In the mean time, we are all doing fabulous and will be heading home tomorrow!

Thank you all so much for your kind words, thoughts, wishes, and "labor dances"! 
It means the world to us!!

-xoxoxo Sarah

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012


How awesome would it be if this was my last bumpdate?!??!

How Far Along? 39 weeks, 4 days - 3 days to go!!! 
Size? I'm gonna guess she is a little over 8 pounds
Maternity Clothes? still the same-ol-stuff...just wearing what fits and what is comfortable! :)
Weight Gain? On top of no progress I gained 2 more pounds, awesome appointment, letmetellya! So I am at 33. I swear that is a bunch of water weight though, this swelling is out of control!
Stretch Marks? Stil none! I thought I saw 2 the other morning and totally freaked was just from sweet little Maylie girl scratched my belly when she woke me up...thank god! 
Gender? Baby Girl!! Elise Kelly!
Sleep? Other than the getting up 4 or 5 times you use the lou, I am sleeping good. 
Movement? lots of pushing, specifically on my bladder!
Food Cravings? no cravings these days, still loving all things fruit!
Anything making you queasy or sick? nope!! 
Labor signs? braxton hicks and a few mini little contractions here and there...not as much as I would like!
Belly button in or out? well, it depends on where she is....if she is pushing, it is out...if not, it is just kinda flat.
Wedding rings, on or off? oh how I miss them!
What I Miss? still bending over...and small little ankles and feet!
Symptoms? swelling and pain in my legs and feet, have I mentioned that I am over it?!
Happy or Moody? Happy! Ready to see that sweet sweet little angel face!
Best Moment of the Week? seeing the light at the end of the tunnel!
Looking forward to...any day now!!


Monday, June 18, 2012

Still here...still pregnant...

Hi there ladies....yes, I am still with child...much to my dismay... :(.
At my appointment on Thursday I had no progress from the week before.....I may have cried when I left. 
So as of now I am set to go in to get induced a week from Wednesday....the 27th....5 days after her due date. BOO! 
And the worst part is it isn't even my doctor's's my body that is not cooperating! 
I don't want to get induced too soon because that increases the likelihood of a c-section and I reeeeally don't want a c-section.
So please do little "labor" dances for me (as opposed to rain dances) and say some prayers and cross your fingers she decides to come this week! Ohhhh, that would be so awesome!!
This swelling is out of control and momma is over it! Soooo ready for Elise to be here!!

Okay, I will stop my 9-month-pregnant-crazy-lady rant. 
Here are a few random pics from the weekend.

How cute is this game day outfit from a sweet friend?!?!
And I am getting her initials embroidered on the front!
 More baby stuff, Katie P made a pirdy little attachement for her God Daughter's door cute is this?
And of course she will be here to fill in the blanks! 
And she is slowly but surely working on starting her own business (this girl is crafty, painting, faux finishing, furniture painting, purse making, baby door sign making, and all kinds of other stuff!) so she created a name for it and a cute little stamp she puts on all of it...
see..."katydid" freaking cute is that?
And when she gets it all set up...there will be a give-a-way in it for you lovely ladies!! :)
 And here is a quick iPhone pic I snapped of it all together.............LOVE IT!!
So Saturday we went out to Arrington Vineyards to celebrate one of my BFFs and very favorite peep's 30th birthday!
 It was PACKED! And it was a fabulous crowd for the party and would have been even better had I been able to partake in all the yummy vino with everyone! But here are a few pics I snagged.
 On the way out there with little AR
Small part of the hill...
 A few of the ladies....the gorgeous guest of honor in the pretty pink shirt! 
And please excuse the swollen face...I was definitely the pregnant lady after about 2 hours of sitting out in that heat! :)
My hot hubby!
 And a small pic of the spread....and this was before everyone got there...this about tripled in size! 
A sweet pic of my little angel.....we are in the process of getting her in her own bed at night....this her, "look how cute and sweet and cuddly I am, don't want to make me get down" look. Sweet little monkey!

And then of course yesterday we celebrated Father's Day. 
We went to church and brunch and then my sweet and amazing Daddy and my sweet and amazing Hubby spent all afternoon putting in new AC vents in our master bedroom! More on that later.
But I posted this sweet pic of me and my Daddy! :)

Hope you all had a fabulous weekend and are having a good Monday so far!
Don't forget to do your labor dances for me, HA! :) 

Monday, June 11, 2012

38 weeks...10 days to go!!!

(my arm looks huge!)
How Far Along? 38 weeks, 4 days - 10 days to go!!! 
Size? I had a surprise ultrasound on Thursday at my 38 week appt and she was measuring 7lbs 8ounces
Maternity Clothes? still the same-ol-stuff...just wearing what fits and what is comfortable! :)
Weight Gain? I am staying strong at 31!
Stretch Marks? Stil none!
Gender? Baby Girl!! Elise Kelly!
Sleep? I actually slept pretty good the past few nights, not sure why, but I am loving it!----spoke too soon...slept like crap last night, got up 7+ times!
Movement? not as much as past, but when she does she makes sure I know she is there!! :) 
Food Cravings? a lot lighter stuff...salads, any kind!, my tummy just can't hold the food like I could a couple weeks ago!
Anything making you queasy or sick? nope!! 
Labor signs? braxton hicks still and I was 1cm as of last Thursday, doing lots of walking, spicy food, pineapple!!
Belly button in or out? well, it depends on where she is....if she is pushing, it is out...if not, it is just kinda flat.
Wedding rings, on or off? oh how I miss them!
What I Miss? see above, ha! I mainly miss being able to bend over! :) 
Symptoms? swelling and heartburn and nausea, but what else is new?
Happy or Moody? Very happy! I am actually feeling really good these days, ready for my girl to be here! 
Best Moment of the Week? getting to see my baby girl's face at my surprise ultrasound, she's got my nose and here daddy's mouth!
 Looking forward to...any day now!!


Our little weekend

It's Monday again....and yes, I am still with child.... :) 
Baby girl is still cooking away. I did, however, get a surprise ultrasound at my appt. on Thursday (yay!!) so I got to see her sweet little angel face...more on that tomorrow though. 

But I will bore you this Monday with my weekend recap in the few photos I took. 
Friday, I took the day off of work. With my little scare on Thursday and the non-sleep I just couldn't do it. Soooo, Mom and I took the pups on a long walk and then had breakfast....we then headed to Micheal's and Target where we proceeded to spend over 2 hours in. Only us! 
But here is the big news. The only thing I bought....popcorn! Can you believe it?! I walked out of there with no goodies for me, the house, Elise, or even The Hubs! Not really sure how I did it or if it will ever happen again...but put this one in the books peeps! But it's okay...Momma made up for me! HA! Daddy said we are not allowed to go to Target together anymore.....

Friday night The Hubs made tacos for a Mexican night and we watched a movie, One For The Money, not impressed. I love Katherine Heigl, love her, but her Jersey accent was stretching it....

Saturday was a lazy day for me...The Hubs, not so much! 
He mowed the lawn, washed and waxed both of our cars, and completely deep cleaned and dusted our bedroom. I'm talking moved all the furniture out and everything! I laid with the pups and did laundry....lotsa help this pregnant girl is! HA!
I did, however, start making some headbands for baby girl. 
I have ordered a few on Etsy and while I love all the ones I find...I just knew I could do it for about a quarter of the price. So here is my first attempt.....and I must say, I am pretty happy with it! Now I just need a sweet little head to put it on! :)
Then Saturday night the sweet sweet man that is My Hubby, decided to take me out on a date night! Our last big date night before Elise gets here. I love that man! 
So, that was just the excuse I needed to get all fancied up. I decided to play with this new curling iron I got from Target last week. It was just this cheap ceramic one, like $17. But I used it like a wand and I loooooove it! Gives me a good curl and then they fall just slightly (not sure how it is holding all of sudden, but it is!) and they are perfect. I had to take a pic of my first attempt.
I think the swelling has started in on my face....awesome....
We went to one of our favorite date night spots, Jimmy Kellys. I have raved about this place before, and I will rave again! UH-MAZ-ING!! 
Check out my hot date!
His steak and MASSIVE twice baked potato...
My blue cheese stuffed filet wrapped in bacon...oh yeah! And leave it to the pregnant girl to get french fries and a fancy steak house! HA!
and my favorite part......The Blackberry Cobbler! Seriously, I don't know what they put in this, but oh. my. gawd! 

We were dressed up and out and decided we couldn't waist we decided to call up one of our favorite couples....The Taylors! :) We went over to there house for a night cap and to play with Miss Addie!
Here is her and her Uncle Frankie having a big time!

Sunday morning we woke up and headed to my folks' house for breakfast. 
Can't believe I didn't get a pic! But we had raspberry pancakes, omelets, maple bacon (I must share this recipe, it is one of the most amazing things you will ever put in your mouth!), sausage, fresh fruit, and cinnamon toast! 
This pregnant girl was stuffed and happy!
Later that afternoon we tackled the FINAL project before baby girl gets here....the installation of the car seat!
It was a process....the actual installation wasn't that hard, but reading the new Jeep's manual and the car seat's manual made it way harder than it needed to be. Thank goodness for The Hubby and his muscles! :) 
But here it is all set and ready to go! 
I even have the mirror set up!
(and for any new moms, this mirror is extra awesome, it plays music and has a light! both which I can control from a little remote!)

Then last night we finished up the night with dinner with The Hubs' parents. They were in town for the evening picking up my bro & sis-in-law from the airport. 
We went to Bonefish, yummmmm, and then came up and watched the finale of Mad Men, which was extremely disappointing, but a fabulous way to end the weekend nonetheless!

So that's all I got today folks. 
Just finishing up what I can at work and doing what I can to help this baby girl along!! :) 
Bring on the pineapple, spicy food, walks, workouts, and maybe some castor oil....right, Tami! HA!


Friday, June 8, 2012

Where the goodies came from!

Thank you all so so much for all of your love for Elise's Room!!
I love it, but of course I am a little partial, so I love that you all love it too!! :)

A lot of you have been asking where I got some of the furniture and things of that nature so I thought I would share where I found all my goodies! :)

First paint, Benjamin Moore's Misty Teal
It looks a lot more blue here and in the pictures, but is a gorgeous turquoise/teal/Tiffany blue kinda color

The Crib is Bonavita's Peyton Crib.
I got it from Bambi Baby, it was on sale and I got free shipping so I scored it for just under $300! :) 

Her name sign is from Etsy, this fabulous little shop called Tree House Wood Designs. They were great, and it was exactly what I wanted!
The frame around it was a crafty project by me, details here.

The dresser is from Amazon, you can find it here. While I love the final product of this dresser it was a pain in the ass, excuse my french - but it was, to put together. I would recommend buying one already together, it is well worth the extra cost! :)
The glider is from a local store here in Nashville, USA Baby. We got it on sale for just under $400, it was a gift from my parents....a very appreciated gift...these suckers aren't cheap! 
The ottoman is also from Amazon, found here. Love it!

The wardrobe is from Ikea, found here. And it is perfect for this space & only $100!!
The rug is from Land of Nod, great price and fabulous colors!! Check it out here.
All the storage baskets are also from Land of Nod, lots of color options and good prices! Found here.

This bookshelf is one of my favorite pieces of furniture in the room. I loooove the quaterfoils on the side! 
It was purchased from I couldn't find this one anymore, but they do have this reeeeally cute one too, found here.

Most of the decor is all from HomeGoods...I told you I was obsessed... :)

The adorable and fabulous chandelier is also from Amazon, found here...and even better in person. Seriously, way cuter than I expected! And again, only $100!!
So those are the main pieces of furniture and decor! If you have any other questions, please just ask!! :)