Sunday Linky #42


I hope you all are enjoying your weekend! 

Thank you to everyone who linked up last week! 

There were so many projects and posts I loved, Here are some of my favorites:

Brandi, from Nest of Bliss, shared her gorgeous Farmhouse Kitchen

Birchbox January 2014

I am always eagerly awaiting my monthly birchbox. It's like a little present for me every month.

Let me tell you what birch box is, just in case you are not familiar with it.
It's a monthly subscription service which is $10.00 a month where you get sent 4-5 high-end samples each month. First you take a little survey so they can find out more about your skin, make up likes and dislikes so they know what to send you.

You know how I love trying out new products? Well, with the birch box, I can try high end products without having to buy full size products. If I love the product, then I can go buy it :)

If you are interested in checking it out, go to Birch Box

Fekkai Brilliant Glossing Creme (full size $19.99)

What BirchBox says: Fekkai’s encapsulated shine-release complex imparts softening olive oil into each strand throughout the day. Hair looks healthy, smooth, and oh-so-shiny.
 Rub a quarter-sized amount between palms and distribute through dry or wet hair, focusing on mid-lengths to ends. 

What I say: hmm.. Not sure. I used it and haven't noticed a difference, but I also did not notice anything bad about this product. So I will keep using it and update you 

Pregnancy Recap

Well my friends, I can not believe that this pregnancy journey is over!
It seems to have flown by and yet crawled by at the same time. 
I am just so happy that our little boy is here. 

I am so glad to have documented this pregnancy. Because I always seem to forget things...
I never remember if this "symptom" is normal and when I felt certain symptoms. 
Now I can look back and see. 

Thanks for sharing this journey with me. 

Birth Story- Pregnancy #3 (VBAC)

The birth of William
3rd pregnancy 
Due date 01/25/2014. Delivery date: 01/18/2014
9 lbs 5 oz
21 inches long

I am so excited to share William's birth story with you all.
I absolutely love hearing and reading birth stories, I think because they are all so different. Everyone has a story to tell. :) So I hope you enjoy .

I had my 39 week check up on Thursday, I was 2cm dilated. Which wasn't much change from last weeks doctor apt, where I was 1.5 cm. So I really didn't think much about it.

I had my OB strip my membranes.

My sister flew in on Wednesday, so on Thursday after my doctor apt, we went to to "walk" the mall for a few hours and then out for lunch.

 After a few hours I was exhausted, I had cramps and was spotting.

That evening, I had a pineapple, and used a breast pump for 20 minutes to stimulate contractions.
I went to bed very crampy and had irregular contractions. I really did not think much of them. I mean, I just started to "try" to go into labor. I figured a few days of walking and breast pump use would send me into labor..... Little did I know. 

I kept waking up during the night with contractions, they were very regular too, they were coming 5-7 minutes apart. They were painful, but manageable with breathing.

Finally at 5:30am I gave up on sleeping. It was Friday, So I figured I might as well start my Shabbat preparations instead of trying to cope through the contractions in bed.

I cooked, and cleaned all the while working through the contractions.
I found it very helpful to lean on the counter during a contractions and kind of swing my hips side to side.

After I was finished with all of my shabbat preparations, I took a nap.
After my nap, I saw that my contractions were not coming very close anymore. They were were coming 10-12 minutes apart now.

We had dinner and spent time with the family as we usually do on Friday nights. The contractions kept coming 10-12 minutes apart but were getting very painful now. I had to lean on something and breath through them.

Finally I went to bed at 9:30pm. I woke up with contractions at 11:00pm, the contractions were now coming 3-5 minutes apart and were so painful, I could not lay in bed.
I labored on the floor, on my hands and knees for a bit.

I decided to try to get in a hot shower and see if they go away. I was in the shower for a good 30 minutes, until I have used up all of the hot water. It was wonderful to relieve the pain in the shower during a contractions, but I noticed that while I was in the shower, the contractions kept coming every 3 minutes- one after another.

I got out of the shower and hubby asked what I wanted to do. I told him that we should go to the hospital and get checked, since the contractions were not going away.
I thought that I may be sent home, since just the day before I was only at 2cm, but I figured that I better check, because there was no way I could sleep that night with these contractions.

We got in the car, the seat warmers felt wonderful on the back during the contractions, I remember driving and looking at the clock to see when another contraction will hit, they were 5 minutes apart on the dot.

We arrived at the hospital and I was checked at 1:30am. I was 4 1/2 cm dilated!

Plus I was marked as "high risk" because of my previous C Section and size of my babies, so they didn't waste any time.

We were admitted and taken to our room.
I could not walk and It was so uncomfortable to labor in the hospital room.
I am so glad I labored as much as I could at home.
The contractions were so painful, I could barely manage to breath trough them, I kept waiting for one to end and then another one began.

Sunday Linky #41


I hope you all are enjoying your weekend! 

Thank you to everyone who linked up last week! 

There were so many projects and posts I loved, Here are some of my favorites:
Hayley, from Welcome to The Mouse House, shared her daughters stunning room!

Sarah, from A Little of This shared her beautiful Master Bedroom.

Amy from Homey oh My! Shared how she created this gorgeous plate. 

Sunday Linky #40


I hope you all are enjoying your weekend! 

Thank you to everyone who linked up last week! 

There were so many projects and posts I loved, Here are some of my favorites:

Brandi, from Nest of Bliss, shared her beautiful Winter mantle, BTW I am in love with her living room!

Tricia, from A Little Cottage on The Pond, shared her gorgeous new Library. 

37 weeks pregnancy update

Oh my Gosh!! That is one huge belly!
Every where I go, people are asking me when I am due. I don't blame them, It looks like I have a basketball in there, doesn't it? 

How far along:

37 weeks and 5 days!

 Our little boy will be here in 2 weeks!(give or take a bit.)
I am honestly so excited. I can not believe we are so close to meeting this little guy. 

Weight gain: 
35 pounds! Yeah, scary. I don't even bother getting on the scale anymore, but the doctor says that I am fine. 

Baby Growth:
Baby boy is about 19 inches long and weighs 6 1/2 pounds. 


My pelvis is feeling numb with pain and feels swollen. 

For the past 2 weeks, whenever I lay on either of my sides (during the night or for a nap) And when the baby moves his head, I get a shocking, almost electric feeling in my pelvis. I have no idea what this is, I don't remember this with my other two pregnancies. 
OB says that the baby might be pressing a nerve. 

I have also been having a lot of period like cramps and back ache, down below. 

4 Diaper Bag Reviews.

After I posted my Hospital Bag post, I got a request to share my thoughts on my diaper bags. I would love to, since I heavily rely on reviews myself. 

After two kids and another on the way, I have gone through a few diaper bags and I kind of know what I want and look for in a diaper bag. 

As you can see, all of my diaper bags are very neutral. It doesn't matter if I have a girl or boy, I will not buy a pink or blue diaper bag. It is MY bag, I will be the one carrying it (a lot of times instead of a purse), so it needs to be neutral. 

The other thing that is very important, it needs to be comfortable, roomy and easy to clean. 

So lets get started in the reviews. 

Ju Ju Be

Retails: $140

 Amazon has this in the black color, I got this bag at Nordstrom 6 years ago when I was pregnant with my daughter. 

I used this diaper bag with my daughter and my son. 

It has:
  • Magnetic flap closure.
  • Adjustable shoulder strap.
  • Exterior slip pocket; mesh zip pocket under flap.
  • Interior zip and mesh pockets.
  • Two insulated bottle pockets.
  • Coordinating Memory Foam changing pad and zip pouch. 

Lots of pockets and a changing pad. 
Am I the only one who finds those changing pads useless? I always keep a receiving blanket to change my baby on, I feel those changing pads are so small. 

There are a ton of pockets everywhere.

It is easy to clean the bag, I have even thrown the whole bag into the washer and dried it outside.

I like the fact that it is a messenger, and it is easy to carry with a small baby.  The messenger strap is very soft and does not dig into your shoulder. I love the insulated bottle bottle pockets to keep drinks cold/hot.

DIY Large Chalkboard

I have wanted a large chalkboard for a few months now. I was just to lazy/tired to build one. 

It meant going to Home depot, buying supplies, getting the saw out, cutting, nailing, gluing, priming, painting. 
That just didn't sound very appealing to me being pregnant and all.

I  considered for a split second to buy one online, But I couldn't find anything for less then $100!

Then one day, I was browsing craigslist, and I found this mirror for $30.

I sent hubby to pick up the mirror and got started the next day. 

First thing first, I cleaned the mirror really well and taped off the frame. 

Packing the Hospital Bag

I am now 37 weeks and 3 days pregnant. So exciting that we are almost there!

I can not wait to meet this little guy, see what he will look like, dress him in teeny-tiny clothes, cuddle him and rock him. We honestly can not wait. 

Both times I went into labor before, my water broke and things just went crazy after that. Intense and crazy. 
 So this time I packed my bags early. 

So lets see what I am packing.

My robe (for laboring in) since those hospital gowns have a nice big slit where everyone can see everything. 

My Pjs and slippers. 
To wear after I deliver. 

My going home outfit consists of: Knit legging/pants, nursing bra, underwear, loose knit tee, long cardigan, flats/socks. 
I am also bringing 2 nursing tanks (to wear under PJs), socks

Sunday Linky #39


Sorry I missed the last three weeks of The Sunday Linky Party. 

I have missed seeing your projects and recipes. So lets see what you all have been up to. 

Link your crafts, DIYs, recipes, home tours, parties, sewing projects or health/beauty posts. It doesn't have to be a brand spanken new post, just make sure it is new to this blog :)

Stay a while and visit a few links and leave some nice comments.