Surprise!

So we made a thing.

I was late and took a test the day before fathers day and it looks like baby Howell will be here in early 2019. We are very excited about this new addition. This round is so different from when I had Ethan. I was so sick! This time I’m tired but otherwise feel fine.

  • 6/28/18
  • How far along?: 6weeks
  • Baby is the size of a: lentil
  • The Bump: just bloated so far
  • Symptoms: Really sore breasts but thats about it
  • Food Cravings: cherries
  • Anything Making Me Queasy or Sick: Tiny waves of nausea, but no sickness this week
  • Sleep: still going great, when I get it
  • What I miss: drinking, I really want a beer and a margarita
  • Rings On or Off: On
  • Any Names Picked Out Yet: No, waiting until after the first doctors appointment
  • Gender: TEAM GREEN—Joe wants to wait until a gender reveal party….I’ll probably decide if I want to know the day we get the scan
  • Movement: NOPE
  • Maternity Clothes: none yet, but leggings are starting to be a regular go to.
  • Labor Signs: NOOOO
  • Best Moment of the Week: Ethan is so excited to be a big brother
  • What I’m excited about/looking forward to: getting to the doc to make sure everything is ok.

7/5/18

  • How far along?: 7weeks
  • Baby is the size of a: blueberry
  • The Bump: non existant
  • Symptoms: tired and have had a few waves of nausea
  • Food Cravings: nothing really, just hungry all the time
  • Anything Making Me Queasy or Sick: certain smells are starting to make me really uncomfortable
  • Sleep: still going great, just a little uncomfortable
  • What I miss: drinking, yesterday was the 4th and this weekend is a BBQ
  • Rings On or Off: On
  • Any Names Picked Out Yet: No, waiting until after the first doctors appointment
  • Gender: TEAM GREEN—Joe wants to wait until a gender reveal party….I’ll probably decide if I want to know the day we get the scan
  • Movement: Nope
  • Maternity Clothes: none yet, but leggings are starting to be a regular go to.
  • Labor Signs: No
  • Best Moment of the Week: Getting so close to the appointment to make sure everything is ok.

7/10/18

  • How far along?: 8 weeks
  • Baby is the size of a: kidney bean
  • The Bump: a tiny, i ate too much, probably a food baby bump
  • Symptoms: more waves of nausea and I can’t even think about eating meat
  • Food Cravings: anything I look at that I actually might eat
  • Anything Making Me Queasy or Sick: my sense of smell is through the roof…a lot of things make me queasy
  • Sleep: still going great, just a little uncomfortable
  • What I miss: ordering food and then actually wanting to eat it.
  • Rings On or Off: On
  • Any Names Picked Out Yet: we agreed on a middle name for a girl. possibly a first name
  • Gender: TEAM GREEN
  • Movement: Nope
  • Maternity Clothes: none yet, but leggings are starting to be a regular go to.
  • Labor Signs: No
  • Best Moment of the Week: hearing and seeing the baby.  seeing Joe finally have relief that the baby is fine, and finally showing excitement about it
  • What I’m excited about/looking forward to: enjoying pregnancy now that we are sure everything looks ok
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7/17/19

  • How far along?: 9 weeks
  • Baby is the size of a: grape
  • The Bump: popped out this weekend
  • Symptoms: getting over being sick, super fatigued, and sunburnt 😦
  • Food Cravings: collard greens- future father in law delivered 2 days later…amazing
  • Anything Making Me Queasy or Sick: coughing too hard
  • Sleep: really uncomfortable after this sunburn
  • What I miss: wanting to eat regularly
  • Rings On or Off: On
  • Any Names Picked Out Yet: We have a girl name picked and a possible middle for a boy
  • Gender: TEAM GREEN
  • Movement: Nope
  • Maternity Clothes: my first pair of shorts don’t fit
  • Labor Signs: No
  • Best Moment of the Week: making it through our annual float trip
  • What I’m excited about/looking forward to: seeing my bump grow weekly

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30 by 30

In 2015 I wrote a list of 30 things I wanted to change by 30…here’s how I did.

1. Be debt free- have all of my stupid debt paid off….–as of TODAY I paid off the last of my stupid debts. I still have a car payment and student loans, and one credit card…but anything in collections is OVER. I’m so happy to be done with that part of my life.

2. Create and live off a budget–Working on it. I try really hard to live by a budget. I’ve started tracking my spending using an online app and have plans to take a Dave Ramsey class.

3. be a work from home mom–I’ve started two businesses that have my 3 year plan to be able to quit my job.

4. have my own business….or be well on the way to that–CHECK. I started a tshirt dropship business and now operate I Wink STL- a lash extension company and am starting to teach classes.

5. travel outside of the united states–CHECK- I went to Mexico

6. have my own place again–almost CHECK- I have a contract in on a house. I’m praying to be a home owner before by birthday next week.

7. find my tribe—I’ve always had my tribe—I’ve been surrounded by a group of great women from a very young age.

8. go on a trip every year—since I made this list–CHECK–I’ve visited South Dakota, New Orleans, Cancun, and this year will go to Tennessee and hopefully the beach.

9. have a job i love–CHECK- my full time job has gained a lot of responsibility and benefits that I’m happy there again and I’m well on my way to being a full on business owner.

10. be in love again–CHECK- and engaged

11. foster great relationships—CHECK—I think I’ve pushed out all of the negativity in my life. My circle is small and appreciated.

12. have a plan to pay off my student loans—not check, but I’m paying on them regularly so big steps

13. pay off my car—not check- but I’m working to pay it off a year early

14. cherish my time with ethan—sometimes check—I know these days pass by quickly but I get lost in the trenches sometimes. I love that boy and I try my best.

15. figure out how to grow up, not grow old—The last few years have taught me a lot. I value my time and happiness above all else now…I think I’m on my way to this one.

16. throw a great dinner party for friends—A thousand great girls nights CHECK

17. do something truly exotic—I’m still waiting on my jungle expedition or trek across Europe, but I’ve taken my life into my own hands and I think that’s pretty exotic.

18. throw myself a huge birthday party—My mom is doing it for me…but I love birthdays and I’m really looking forward to 30

19. learn how to make a great drink—I can make a pretty killer martini and a bad ass sangria

20. go on a road trip–CHECK– I took Ethan to see Mount Rushmore and went to NOLA with my mom

21. work out regularly—not so check–but I try and I eat better these days

22. write a book–not check, but I have an outline for a novel and the write ups for about 3 ebooks–working on it

23. visit memphis—drove through it

24. visit new orleans–CHECK- mother daughter trip complete with tattoos

25. visit new york and vegas for fun…not work– i haven’t made it back to new york, and though technically It was still for work, I flew out a couple days early to vegas and enjoyed time to myself!

26. celebrate mardi gras–not check-maybe next year

27. take a trip with my best friend—me and Ali have yet to get our road trip—one day soon I hope

28. learn how to make a difficult dish from scratch—check- I perfected my lasagna and have made quite a few dishes since this original post

29. go on a helicopter ride—not check, but I FLEW A FREAKING PLANE which is way cooler

30.  play hookie for a day.—lots of checks….one of my favorite things is playing hookie and having a mommy and ethan adventure day. I’m planning one in the next week or so.

 

 

I did pretty good so far…plus there are a million other experience’s i’ve had that I couldn’t even have thought to add to this list.

 

Goodbye 20’s. I sure learned a lot from you. I learned about love, partied with rock stars, got lost and came back stronger. I became a mom, took responsibility for my life and learned a lot of tough tough lessons.

I’m ready for my next decade. I’m ready to take it on with open arms.

 

2017

 

What a year. 2017 is the first time, in a long time, that I’m not lamenting about all of the highs and lows. Of course there were lows, but they weren’t the kind of lows that have to be included when reviewing the year…they were so insignificant that I don’t need to talk about them. Do you know how fucking amazing that feels?! For the first time in a decade, it was a year full of nothing but good. I. AM. THANKFUL.

I am content, at peace and comfortable.

I am in love, my son is healthy, my family is full and healthy and happy, my job is comfortable, my goals are overflowing, my car runs great, my bills get paid on time, I have a fantastic support system. Life is good.

This year was full of life experiences, from traveling to Cancun with all the ladies in my family, to Vegas, to FLYING a freaking plane. I learned how to do lash extensions…which is going to change my life, I was invited to be on the Fashion Advisory Council at Lindenwood University, I went to weddings and Butchlorette parties, concerts, New Orleans, got 2 tattoos, got engaged and got a cat. Bucket lists and goals checked off all around.

 

2017 was a great year, and I can’t even imagine how incredible 2018 is going to be for me. 2018 is going to be a time of HUGE change. By summer next year, nothing in my life is going to look the same and I’m so excited and ready for what is about to happen to me.

For everyone in my life, thank you. I can’t do this without you. I love you.