Chloe Grace: One Month Old

Happy Monday y’all! I’m a few days late, but today I’m celebrating Chloe’s one month birthday! It’s hard to believe that it’s already been a month since I finally got to meet my little angel. She officially became a month old on Saturday while we were in College Station! It was a weekend of firsts for Miss Chloe.

First road trip out of the Houston area {Which means her first trip to Buc-ee’s!}

Thanks to Timehop, I got this gem! We love Buc-ee’s and I insist on stopping for every road trip!

First visit at Grandma & Grandpa Gougler’s house

Grandma and grandpa were prepped and ready for us! They made sure that we had all of the necessities for Chloe Grace! They even got one of her favorite pillows {seen above}. The upstairs is all set up for our little family. We have beds, a couch, a microwave and a fridge stocked with drinks just for us! We also have a pack ‘n play fully equipped with a diaper changing station, noise machine and bouncer. We are completely set! We’re so excited to be heading up there for football in less than two weeks! We couldn’t be more grateful for all the love and effort Jody and Phil have put into making everything perfect for us!

First visit to Texas A&M University

We had to show her some important places like Kyle Field & the MSC…

…and the Century Tree where Mom & Dad took some engagement pictures!

And we couldn’t leave without a quick stop by the Fermier building where both Mom & Dad spent many hours in school! We were both Industrial Distribution majors {diet engineering/engineering for people persons!} and her Grandpa was an Engineering Technology major!

First time to meet her Great-Mimi & Papa

It was such a blessing to have four generations of Gouglers in the house this weekend! Mimi and Papa met Chloe for the first time Friday evening and they were able to see her again Sunday before we had to leave. I am so happy that Mimi was able to hold her great-granddaughter for the first time. You could see the love and joy that lit up both of their faces. I’m so lucky to have these two as grandparents since all of mine have passed away. Chloe is even luckier 🙂 

First run with Momma in her jogging stroller

We had been on many walks but no actual runs. Okay, I ran about 100 yards one time to see how it felt. But this time, I really ran. In fact, the weather was nice enough and the distance was short enough that I didn’t even stop to walk! Granted, I’m a bit slower than I used to be, but I’m running with a jogging stroller and I only gave birth a month ago. I know I’ll get back to my usual self in time. Until then, I’ll enjoy not worrying about my pace and take walk breaks when needed.

First trip to Blue Baker {My favorite sandwich place in the whole world} & David Gardeners {The jewelry store we buy all of our expensive, shiny things from!}

I dream about Blue Baker. Their sandwiches are amazing, the cookies are delicious and the bread…oh the bread…I love bread. We’ll leave it at that. JP was out and about doing Fantasy Football stuff with his buddies, so Jody, Phil, Chloe and I went to lunch followed by a pit stop at David Gardeners to pick out my push present/birthday present! I wanted a David Yurman bracelet with Chloe’s birthstone on the ends. Unfortunately, the bracelet size I wanted doesn’t come with Rubies and the Garnet is hard to find. However, we came to an even better conclusion. I should get pink stones for baby girl! The ends of the bracelet are tourmaline gems and it’s perfect because I also have one on the side of my engagement ring!

First evening without Momma

I’m bummed because I didn’t get a picture for this one! Saturday night, I went to a dinner with Phil! It was kind of like a father/daughter date and it was my first evening away from Chloe. Phil had a scholarship dinner with several of the students receiving scholarships from the class of ’80 as well as some of the class representatives {Phil is a class rep}. We got dressed up and went to a nice Italian restaurant called Luigi’s! It was a great evening with good conversation and delicious food. Chloe did great back at home with Dad and Grandma. She took her bottle like a champ and wasn’t even hungry when I got home which meant pumping was mandatory before bed 🙂 It was so worth it because I had such a wonderful night and it’s always special to get to spend some extra time with my father-in-law!

Like I said, a weekend of firsts! It was such a fun adventure and now my baby girl is hitting milestone after milestone! It’s hard to believe she’s a month old, but I also forgot how life was without her.

The last 31 days were the most challenging, sleep deprived adventure and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’m excited to see the changes, challenges and developments this next month brings us! Most of all, I’m excited to spend each and every day with my Chloe Grace.

My darling Chloe Grace,

Words cannot completely express the love I have for you. Everyone told me that you cannot understand a mother’s love until you become a mom. They were right. I didn’t know that my heart was big enough to love this much. You have become my everything and life before you is a distant memory.

Your daddy and I have enjoyed this first month with you more than we could even imagine! You are a light in our lives and have completed our family. Your puppies adore you. Maggie can’t get enough of you and checks on you every time you cry. Then she covers you in kisses to make sure you’re okay. Moose is starting to become more interested in you, but he’s not always sure what to think.

Even though sleeping at night isn’t always your favorite thing to do, I don’t mind. If there was anyone I wanted to snuggle at 2am and again at 4am, it is you. I cherish our time together in the middle of the night, breastfeeding and when you’re in your Moby wrap. I know that you won’t always want or need me this much, so I want to soak up every moment.

I love you more than you will ever know Chloe Grace and every day I thank God for making me your Momma. I can’t wait to see what each new day brings us!

I love you forever,
Your Momma

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Friday Favorites: Baby, Training & Tailgating

It’s time for a Friday Favorites post! There are so many things coming up that I am absolutely looking forward to: football & tailgating, marathon training season, fall & dressing up my baby girl, and so much more! Here are some of my current favorites that I have or I’m crushing on!

Friday Favorites 8-28-2015

Let’s start from the left top to bottom:

  • Nursing Scarf: This is perfect for fall outfits and allows me to stylishly cover up while I’m feeding baby girl! I have one similar in grey and white chevron print. My mom bought this for me then my Aunt Dianne took some measurements and created two new ones for me! One has a beautiful floral print and the other is a fun and colorful stripy print.
  • Fall Baby Clothes: JP often says that he thinks one of my favorite things to do with Chloe is dress her up. Well he’s not entirely wrong. I absolutely love picking out her outfits and dressing her up. Even just putting on adorable onesies or sleepers brightens my day. She’s just so cute in everything that I put on her! I’m super excited for adorable fall baby clothes! She has so many cute jackets and sweaters. Of course it’ll be a few more months before Houston is cool enough for those.
  • Fun Running Tanks: Anything that has a Texas on it is adorable and a wardrobe necessity in my book. Plus it’s pink! I have some other cute ones in my collection with awesome sayings like “Will Run for Peanut Butter”!
  • The Perfect Running Shoes: I’ve talked about running shoes on here before. (here, here, here, here) Mizuno is by far my favorite and go to shoes for running. The Wave Rider 17s and 18s are the two pairs that I’m currently switching between, but I’ll need some new ones soon. And you better believe I’ll be sticking with Mizuno! Marathon training season, I’m ready for you! And Chloe is too (with her awesome jogging stroller!).
  • Tailgating Attire: Kendra Scott with maroon Aggie dresses are in my near future! I love all of my tailgating clothes from dresses made out of t-shirts to the cutest maroon outfits…bring on football and all the awesomeness that comes with it!
What I’m pretty much saying is that I am so ready for fall, football and getting back into running! We’re heading to College Station this weekend to visit JP’s parents and take Chloe to Texas A&M campus for the first time! She’s super excited and already in some Aggie gear. We haven’t told her yet, but she get to go to Bucee’s for the first time too. I didn’t want to overwhelm her with all the awesome firsts she’s going to have today, so that will just be a surprise. 😉
Have a wonderful weekend y’all! And before I leave…an adorable face to brighten your day.
Chloe stop trying to grow out of your newborn clothes!

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iPhone Photo Dump!

I take so many pictures. I always have. Now I take even more than I thought was possible. They’re pretty much all of Chloe along with a few other random things here and there. Okay the few other random things are object in the pictures with Chloe like her swing, her playmat, my arm, her bouncer, another human, etc.

Today has been a bit crazy and I can’t think of anything exciting to write that’s worth reading. Instead I will post tons of pictures. Because everyone likes pictures. It’s true! That’s why we have Instagram 🙂

There you have it…an overwhelming amount of cuteness. I’m kind of biased though! I promise I’ll be back with more exciting, but possibly less adorable news later this week!

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Chloe’s Birth Story: Part 2

Before I begin, in case you missed it, here’s Chloe’s Birth Story Part 1!

Now time for a warning. This is a loooong post, but I wanted to document and remember the whole day! There are tons of pictures and lots of words. I have some pictures from the delivery, but I promise they’re all PG-13; no private parts are showing…besides Chloe’s cute bootie!

We left off on Tuesday evening when I attempted to get a good night’s sleep before the big day. Needless to say, I was uncomfortable and restless due to being super pregnant and pretty nervous! My alarm went off at 5:00am and I couldn’t believe the day was here…

First things first (aside from the usual brush teeth, put on clothes, etc routine) was to take our very LAST bump pictures!

Of course my very active and nosy puppies had to get involved. They wanted to know what was going on! We took our last picture as a family of 4 and shockingly the dogs cooperated some what! Not that you can see Moose’s face 🙂

We finished calmly gathering last minute items, double checked the car and then headed up to the Medical Center! We arrived at Methodist at 7:00am and they had me checked in and in a room in just minutes. I got to get all fancy in my sweet hospital gown, have all the monitors hooked up to me then it was time to get my IV and start the Pitocin! I was all set and officially started laboring around 7:30am.

Now let the waiting games begin! The contractions came pretty quickly. I had been having mild contractions already, so the Pitocin just amped them up. At first they really weren’t painful at all. JP, Emily and I were the only ones in the room at this time, so we hung out, joked, played on our phones and the watched Divergent since it was on the hospital’s movie channel!

My doctor came in to check me out and see how everything was going around 8:30. I was still 3cm dilated and almost completely effaced. She said that she was going to have her colleague come in an hour or so to break my water which would speed up the whole process.
About an hour later, my water was broken and I was about 3 1/2cm dilated already! By the way, having your water broken isn’t necessarily painful, but it’s one of the weirdest feelings! My doctor was due back to check on me mid afternoon, so the waiting continued!

Around 10:30-11:00 my parents and JP’s mom arrived! I was thankful to have them there because I was starting to have more painful contractions at the time. We continued to just chat excitedly until 11:30 when JP, Emily and my dad went down to the cafeteria for lunch. I’m glad they did because my contractions started getting worse. It was nice just to have my mommas in there to support me through the pain. During this time Alison arrived and it was wonderful to have her there as well!

Everyone got back from lunch around 12:30 and I was hurting pretty bad. This is when I asked for the epidural. I probably waited a little longer than I should have, but I really wanted to experience everything! The pain was bad, but I could have endured it for a little longer. Here’s why I think I waited too long…the worst part of the entire day was the epidural. Not trying to scare anyone, so let me explain. Remember that I was having very bad back pain leading up to all of this, it continued throughout my labor. This made getting in the proper position for an epidural very hard. Between the back pain and the contractions, I couldn’t keep my back rounded properly. I was shaking, breathing poorly and in serious pain at this point. The anesthesiologist had to insert the needle 5 times before getting it in the right position. The first 4 times he hit bone. It wasn’t his fault. Honestly, he was absolutely amazing and very comforting; I just couldn’t stay in the proper position. However I survived and was lucky to have my amazing husband by my side cheering me on during the process.

Everyone then came back in the room as the epidural kicked in. It was weird though, it was completely numbing my left side but not my right. I had zero control over the left side of my body, but I could still move my right and had some feeling. Not a ton of feeling, but it was there and I could sense all pressure. At 2:00pm, my doctor was back! She checked me and I was 8cm dilated and completely effaced! So, so close. (I had been in labor for 6 1/2 hours at this point, not too bad!) She said she’d be back in about 2 hours and thought I’d be ready to push then.

30 minutes later, I was in so much pain yet again. Despite getting the epidural, I was still feeling a lot. It was a different kind of pain, but just as painful as the contractions I was having before the epidural. Instead of the cramping pain in my abdomen, it was an intense pressure down below. Really, really intense. I felt like I needed to push! I needed the anesthesiologist and my doctor again badly. Apparently, some women still feel all the pressure despite the epidural and need an extra bit to make it through labor and pushing. The anesthesiologist upped my dosage and it felt better,  but I still felt every contraction. This ended up being a blessing in disguise. Immediately after, I told my nurse that I was still convinced that I needed to push. I was checked again and crazy, I was fully dilated. It had only been an hour since my doctor checked me out. They told my doctor, had me do a practice push, and then it was time to get this little girl out!

Pushing is hard. Holding your breath is not fun especially when you’re already so exhausted. Luckily, I only pushed for 20 minutes. I started at 3:00 and Chloe was born at 3:21pm! Since I was able to feel my contractions, I knew when to push, how to prepare myself and when to breathe. Maybe that’s why it didn’t take too long!

Funny story (and a reason I love my OBGYN): After my practice push, I said that I hated holding my breath. (#truth) Without skipping a beat, my doctor walked into the room and said, “Too bad! Let’s have a baby!” It was perfect timing and very light hearted and funny. I needed a little laugh before all the pushing!

As soon as she came out, she was immediately placed on my chest for skin to skin. It was the most beautiful and breath taking moment of my entire life. I didn’t care what she was covered in or what was going on around me. I had my princess. She was mine. JP and I created her!

I couldn’t stop staring at her or crying out of shear joy! All of us were mesmerized by this tiny little human that changed our lives in an instant.

After the nurses got Chloe wiped down a bit and me cleaned up (I did tear and needed some stitches!), it was time to breastfeed for the first time. I was terrified that I didn’t know what I was doing. Would Chloe latch well? Would I know what to do? Luckily, my mom was there to help guide me and Chloe really knew what to do. As my mom said, “She has a perfect latch!” That helped ease a lot of my fears. We were learning together and it was perfect.

 The nurses got her cleaned up a little more and all the girls came in to say hi to our little Chloe!

After a little while, we told all the guys to come on in! (JP’s dad and my brothers got there sometime after lunch and were hanging out in the waiting room!)

Aren’t the cutest, happiest grandpa’s in the entire world? They were so excited to meet their very first grand baby!

Everyone was so in love! I mean, why wouldn’t they be? Babies are seriously the best medicine for sadness; they just bring so much joy!

After everyone said hi to baby girl, I FINALLY was able to eat. I hadn’t eaten since about 8pm the night before. Y’all that is sheer torture for someone who is very passionate about food, has a fast metabolism and is eternally hungry. Just was showing me the menu and I was just too overwhelmed. I told him that he knows what I like and just to order something! It needed to contain carbs, something healthy and dessert. Let’s just say, he did a great job. I got veggie lasagna, mac ‘n cheese, broccoli, a roll, diet ginger ale, a brownie and some chocolate ice cream. JP for the win. The only problem was that it was going to take 30-45 minutes for it to arrive. That I could not handle.

Snacks for the win! (Lots of winners here today.) Alison fed me Chex mix while I continued nursing Chloe. That’s pretty fitting considering the fact that Alison carries snacks in her purse everywhere we go incase her husband or I get a case of the hangries. That happens more often than I care to admit!

Clearly food was very important to me. In fact (aside from the actual getting the epidural) it was one of the things that bothered me the most. Not the contractions, not the pushing, not all the pain. The things I complained about the most were being hungry, my IV bothering me constantly, the blood pressure cuff restricting my motions and the catheter once they put that in. All the little things made me angry and uncomfortable. My mom and Jody told me that even when I was in pain, I handled everything very well. They thought my complaints about the little things despite what was really happening was kind of funny. I’m proud that I wasn’t a terrible pregnant lady in labor!

To further distract me from the fact that I still wasn’t eating my dinner, we decided to have a photo shoot!

Eventually my food did arrive and I was the happiest girl in all the land. Food is important y’all! The nurse swept Chloe up to do measurements, bath time and other procedures while I enjoyed my meal.

As you can see, I am no longer aware of any of my surroundings. All focus on food.

Chloe Grace Gougler was officially born on July 29, 2015 weighing 7lb 6oz and was 19 3/4 inches long! She was also born completely obsessed with her momma and didn’t like being taken away. At least that’s what I think the face below means!
I ended up being in labor for just 8 hours! My biggest fear about being induced is that I would be in labor for hours upon hours because my body wasn’t as ready as my mind. I was terrified of the thought of a C-Section and really wanted to experience a vaginal delivery. I couldn’t be happier with how the entire labor and delivery went!

The nurse measured and weighed her, took her footprints and did the other tests necessary before asking if Chloe’s grandma’s wanted to give her her first bath! They immediately said yes! Chloe wasn’t very impressed with her bath at first. Can’t blame her, it’s cold out in the real world! She did love getting her hair washed though.

Eventually, we got to take our first “official” family photo!

After a few hours and more pictures, everyone trickled out, and we were on our own for our first night with our little girl! It was the most overwhelming and exciting day of my entire life. It was far less glamorous then our wedding day, but emotionally it topped it completely! I knew that I loved my husband more and more each year we’ve been married, but seeing him as a father has expanded that love once more. I never knew my heart was capable of feeling this strong and passionate, but it continues to grow! Chloe Grace has shown me more about myself in the past few weeks than I could imagine. She has made me a better person. More importantly, she made me a mommy!

More to come on the rest of our hospital stay adventures next week!

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Workout Wednesday: Full Body Mini Circuit

I’m about to shock y’all…it’s not a baby post! Since I can’t workout yet, I’m going to live vicariously through each of you. I have a workout to share that I’ve done before (at least a similar variation), and I want y’all to give it a try. Don’t forget to let me know what you think!

It’s time to sweat. You can do this outside if you live somewhere that isn’t absolutely miserable this time of year, or if you live in Texas, (or any other crazy hot state) you can do this inside your own home. No equipment required, but you should grab a medicine ball or weight if you’re up for a challenge and have it on hand! Let’s do it.

Here are some more details on the exercises listed in the workout above! Let me know if you have any questions about the movements or if you need a different variation due to injury or restrictions. I’d love to help!

Squat Jumps: Remember to be careful on the landing by bending your knees to act as a cushion. If you’re going to add a medicine ball or weight, press it over head as your jump up. You’ll give your shoulders an extra workout too.

Judo Push ups: See below. After (c) press your bootie into the air and return to position (a).

Judo Push Ups. See Women’s Health Magazine for further details!

Leg Raise: Keep legs as straight as possible. The straighter your legs, the more challenging the move. Plus you’re working on hamstring flexibility!

Leg Raise

Plank Jacks: Keep your core tight and stay in plank. If you notice your bootie rising up, flatten out and continue!

Plank Jacks

Mountain Climber Twist: Draw your knee up towards your opposite elbow. Start slow at first and then speed up the move for more of a challenge!

Mountain Climber Twist

There you have it! Your official Workout of the Week. We’ll call it Workout of the Week #1 post baby. I told y’all, I’m finding a flow and rhythm to my new world and it includes blogging more often. I want to continue to share my love of health and fitness while overwhelming you with cute baby pictures at the same time. It’s really all just A Balancing Act…

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P.S. Chloe’s birth story part 2 will be posted on Friday!!!

Finding a flow.

Getting into a groove.
Realizing a rhythm.
Starting a schedule.

Whatever you call it, I’m trying to find a way to re-normalize my life. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to put Chloe on a schedule at just under 3 weeks old. I’m just trying to find a way plan out my days while I’m home along with my little girl and can’t drive anywhere.

The past few weeks have been an absolute whirlwind! Let’s just start with the fact that I had a baby. What? I know, crazy. (You can meet Chloe here!) We’ve had so many visitors and support which has been wonderful! This little girl is so loved; we are so blessed. Every day we’ve had something. Our mom’s taking turns spending the day with me while JP went back to work. Friends coming over in the evening to spend time with us and give me a little break. People cooking meals for us! (Seriously, a life saver because cooking still isn’t on my list of things to do.) Emily and JP constantly helping me clean up the house. The support is overwhelming. But now we’re starting to find a rhythm.

I’m at home. A lot. It kind of sucks for this busy body. I’m ready to be able to do more, to drive myself, to work out, etc. Instead of pushing it too hard, I’m taking everything day by day and picking up my activity level bit by bit. Until I can resume a normal routine, my focus is on introducing new things to little miss. Here’s what we’ve tried out so far (when we don’t have visitors)!

Playtime with our puppies! And by puppies, I mean puppy. Maggie is interested in her always and Moose could pretty much care less.

Nap and Playtime on our Boppy Lounger!

Bath time! She’s only had a couple in her tub, but she absolutely loves it.

Tummy time on her jungle play mat! Maggie is always sure to supervise all tummy time activities.

Snuggles with Momma and Daddy!

An occasional outing. This past weekend we went to a family friend’s couples shower out in Katy! She got to meet some of her “great aunts and uncles” and visit with her grandma and grandpa (actual names to be determined by Chloe as she grows up!) We also take trips out to Sugar Land to visit with my family. I spend at least one weekday out there to give me a chance to get out of my house which is wonderful! It gives me more chances to get naps and Chloe gets to hang out with her Nonna and great Aunt Dianne.
Naps in her swing! She likes it once she gets settled. Maggie has a habit of stopping it because she wants to peek in at her baby. I swear this dog is absolutely in love with her. It’s kind of cute.

 So as you can see, we’re doing exciting things. We wake up and eat. Snuggle and eat. Play with the dogs and eat. Nap and eat. Swing and eat. Go on an occasional walk (only if Daddy is with us) and eat. Then throw in some poop and pee and some more naps all through out the day and eat. It’s not exactly the most exciting schedule, but I’m able to do more and more. Last Friday, I did laundry! On the weekends, we can go on morning walks! JP takes the pups and I take her in the jogging stroller. Life has changed so much since she came into the world and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I could stare at this girl all day long.

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Chloe’s Birth Story: Part 1

I’ve started to write down Chloe’s birth story and I’ve realized that it is something that I want to remember forever. I don’t want to miss out on a single thing! My wedding day has become a fairly faint memory in just 5 1/2 years and I don’t want this to slip away. I’ve decided to split it up into a couple parts. Now remember, this is a birth story, so there may be some TMI. If you’re squeamish or don’t like hearing/reading about some kind of gross things then beware. (Don’t worry it’s nothing too gross 🙂 This may be a little long…

It all started Thursday, July 23rd. The day before had been my last day of work (thank goodness) and I was out and about trying to run a few errands and pamper myself before baby girl arrived. I got a pedicure, went to the mall to walk around and pick up a few things, and grab a late lunch. While I was eating lunch, I noticed that my back was killing me. Even while sitting and relaxing. It had started to bother me a week or so prior, but not nearly as intense as this. I finished up and walked around a bit and my back hurt worse. I decided just to hop in my car and drive home. The back pain continued all day and progressively got worse. I did prenatal yoga poses. I stretched on my labor ball. I sat on my labor ball. I put the heating pad on my back. After a few more hours, I texted my mom to see what she thought was up. I was told to get in a warm bath and relax to see if that helped. If it didn’t, call the doctor. Luckily Emily got home shortly after I got in the bath. She massaged my back and said that it was completely tense and my muscles wouldn’t let up no matter what she did. I got out of the bath and went downstairs to eat some dinner, then the plan was to call my doctor.

I called my doctor around 7:00pm and she recommended I come in just to be safe. Her thoughts were that it could be back labor or possible issues with my kidneys. So naturally, we went upstairs to take pictures before we left in case it was my last bump pic! We also grabbed all the last minute things to throw in the car and we were on our way!

Emily made the comment that it was the calmest ride to the hospital ever. It really was. We had no idea what was going to happen. Would we be staying or going home? I was 38 weeks and 5 days, so Chloe was well done and could come at any time.

 We got to the hospital and walked up to Labor and Delivery, then taken straight to triage. They got me in a sexy hospital gown, hooked me up to all the monitors and started checking all the boxes. It was definitely a nice trial run if I wasn’t going to stay!

I was having contractions, but nothing regular. I was still about 2 1/2 cm dilated and 75% effaced, so not much further than the previous Friday at my doctor appointment. It was kind of demoralizing because I was ready to meet my girl! After watching my contractions and Chloe’s response for about an hour, it was determined that I was in early labor. I was having back labor pains and my muscles around my spine were in constant contraction and not letting up. I was released and given a muscle relaxer to help me get through the night. I had another appointment the next morning to follow up and discuss what to do from there.

Maggie and Moose were so ready to meet their baby, but I told them they would have to wait a little longer…

Friday morning (7/24) we went to the doctor. She said that I was actually 3cm dilated, 80% effaced and still progressing nicely on my own. Since my body and Chloe were doing everything necessary, she asked if I would like to be induced since I was in constant pain. Being induced wasn’t on my to do list, but my doctor said that I was a good candidate considering how nicely my body was working for me (aside from the back pain). Early labor can last for weeks and I wasn’t sure if I would be able to last that long! I decided to set a date for the following Thursday, July 30th which would still give me time to go into labor on my own. Unfortunately, Thursday was crazy busy, so we moved it up to 7:00am on Wednesday, July 29th! The rest of the day, I spent with even parts relaxing and walking. I was determined to walk this baby out! Later Friday evening I lost my mucus plug! My body was still working hard to have a baby, so there was a possibility she would come on her own.

Saturday (7/25) we went down to my parents for some pool time! My mom recommended keeping myself busy so I wouldn’t think about everything so much. I swam some laps, relaxed in the water and just tried to give myself a break. Around lunchtime, my relaxing day turned into panic. Chloe had always been a very active baby, like rarely stopped moving and would constantly reassure me that she was still there. But this day, her movement just stopped and I about LOST it. I texted my mom and she told me to drink some ice water and lay on my left side. In an hour, I thought I may have felt her move a little, but that was it. My dad and JP were getting really worried about me, so dad texted mom who called me. It sent me over the edge and I started bawling. I was told to take a shower, drink something sweet, lay down and call my doctor if I didn’t feel anything after an hour. I ended up feeling her move and felt a little relieved because she was still not moving a lot. During this time, I was also having contractions. They weren’t consistent though. Roughly 5-15 minutes apart with moderate intensity. I decided to take a short walk to see if they got worse. Instead, they went away. Boo prodromal labor! With all the stress of the day, I was ready to just see my baby. Everything ended up being okay in the end, but what a day! It turns out that Chloe dropped that day which is probably why I wasn’t feeling her.

Sunday (7/26) was a much more relaxed day. I met up with some of my girls, Alison, Caitlin and Rachael, for brunch and shopping at City Centre. We had crepes, walked around a bunch, window shopped in Anthro and Kendra Scott, and ended at the macaroon shop! It was such a nice day compared to the day before! I was still in pain, but girl time gave me several hours of activity to keep my mind off of everything going on.

Monday (7/27) was pretty anti-climactic. I cleaned several things in the house, ran a few errands and relaxed.

Tuesday (7/28) was going to be my last day pregnant no matter what! Ideally, I wanted her to come this day! Then we would both have been born on the 28th! I power cleaned the kitchen, got some work done on my computer, watched birthing videos on Netflix and after lunch Emily came home to spend the afternoon with me. She knew how anxious I was and I’m pretty sure she was anxious herself! We played Scrabble while watching Big Hero 6 and I sat on my ball the whole time. My back was killing me and I wanted to take my mind off of it! For the record, I won Scrabble. And we used every single letter. #winning

After our game, Emily decided to help me out by working on opening up my pelvis. I had to take a picture because it looked like she was trying to catch my baby or something since my belly is so big!

We ended the day with a delicious meal at Dolce Vida, an authentic Italian eatery, with JP’s mom, aunt and uncle. I had Margarita pizza as you can see! To top it off, JP took Emily and I to Sonic for peanut butter Oreo shakes!

Once we got home, it was time to go to bed because we would be waking up at 5:00am the following morning to get ready to meet our baby girl!

To be continued next week…

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What I’m Loving Wednesday: New Mom Edition

Look, I’m back again! I told y’all I wanted to get back into a normal blogging routine. 3 days a week is my goal, so today is perfect because it’s What I’m Loving Wednesday!  Probably one of my favorite link ups ever, and lately I’ve been loving so much.

I’m loving…

The Boppy Newborn Lounger! Y’all this thing is fantastic. I can put it on the couch and snuggle right next to her or work on my computer…like I am right now! I actually was so lucky and scored this Boppy for next to nothing. It was a steal! I got it from a swap shop type group for people in my parents’ neighborhood for only $10, and it’s practically new. Best post baby purchase so far.

Puppy/Baby Snuggles. Maggie is completely obsessed with Chloe. Moose on the other hand is kind of apathetic towards her. He’ll sniff at her for a second, but really he ignores her most of the time. Maggie wants to check on her baby and snuggle her baby and lick her baby all the time. When I was still pregnant, I would ask Maggie where her baby was and she would lay her head on my belly or sniff it. Now she runs over to Chloe to make sure she is okay. I just love it.

My Brest Friend Breastfeeding Pillow. As a first time breastfeeding mom, this thing is awesome. I call it my baby shelf. Most people are drawn towards the very popular Boppy, but my mom recommended this one to me. It wraps around your body and buckles on securely. There are two humps to support your arm and baby’s head when feeding. It’s also nice to be able to lay your baby on the pillow as soon as they’re done feeding. Chloe seems to like it and I love it. I can also move around with it still attached to me or use it as a support when holding her!

Chloe’s Newborn Photoshoot and Pictures. I had the same photographer that did my maternity pictures come out to our house and shoot Chloe’s newborn pictures. (Marci from Three Peas Photography is a gem if anyone is looking for a Houston/Katy area photographer!) Capturing moments of Chloe with JP and me as well as ones of just her was magical. These pictures are something I will cherish forever and I highly recommend having them done! I can’t wait to see what Marci comes up with for our 6 month shoot…but I can patiently wait. No need for time to speed up!

Those are just a few of my favorites! I’ll post more sporadically later on! I hope everyone has a happy hump day and can think of a few things you love to brighten your day. My baby girl is currently the center of my world and the biggest joy in my life. It’s hard to be sad!

What I'm Loving Wednesday

**Disclaimer: I was not paid to promote these products. I just really do love them and want to share with other new moms!**

Introducing Chloe Grace Gougler!

Hi there! I’m back! And hopefully I’ll slowly start posting more again. Here’s what happened since I last updated you with my 39 Week Bumpdate!

The past few weeks, I…

  • …had a baby! Chloe Grace Gougler entered the world on July 29, 2015 at 3:21pm.
  • …experienced a great and fairly easy vaginal delivery and spent just 2 1/2 days in the hospital.
  • …started adjusting to life at home with baby.
  • …had lots of visitors! Chloe is so very loved and I’m incredibly thankful for everyone in her life.
  • …had Chloe’s first photoshoot! I can’t wait to see the pictures that Marci captured of Chloe. Based on what I saw during her session, I know I’m going to love them!
  • …spent some time in Sugar Land at my parents’ just to get out of the house.

  • …snuggled my little girl as often as possible.
  • …went to my mom’s World Breastfeeding Week event at her hospital! #normalizebreastfeeding (My mom is a lactation consultant and neonatal nurse and has been the biggest life saver. I don’t know what I would do with out her!)
  • …had what would have been my first day home alone with Chloe. And by that I mean, today is JP’s first day of work, but luckily JP’s mom is here to help me! She has been such a God send the last few days. I’m so thankful that she doesn’t start work until later this week 🙂
So I’ve been really busy. Busy being a new mom and getting used to life with little Chloe. I’m so glad she’s here and we’re looking forward to starting some sort of routine. I’m blessed to get to stay home with her until October. I’m going to soak up every single day because they’re already going so fast! How is my baby girl 12 days old already?!
I’m planning on sharing her whole birth story once I can sit down and put all on my thoughts and emotions into words. Then hopefully I’ll be back to blogging about fitness, food, Chloe, football, travel and more!

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