My Pregnancy Journey| 40 weeks prego🤗

Good Evening y’all!

Most of y’all who follow me on social media already know, I’m currently 40 weeks and 4 days pregnant and expecting my 1st baby boy. I’m in the hospital right now being induce, sense my son is acking like my belly is his permanent address. Right now the contractions are mild and I’m bored and writing a blog post is going to keep my mind occupied.

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Cam is excited about being a big brother! @marionlovenotes

It has been an very interesting journey for Ken and I. I recently recorded a vlog of our baby boy’s nursery on my youtube channel and today I thought I’ll give y’all quick run down on how I found out that I was pregnant and a recap of my pregnancy. 

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We stayed at the Chic resort at Punta Cana. We had such a lovely time there. @marionlovenotes
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We had a pool right off our balcony. We loved sitting out there snacking on a variety of yummy foods all day. @marionlovenotes
The weather was perfect almost everyday. @marionlovenotes

I found out that I was pregnant when we came back from our trip to Punta Cana in Feburay. I belive I was around 6 weeks pregnant at that point. I kept remembering telling Ken something is wrong with my body, but couldn’t pin point what it was. We decided to take a pregnancy test just to rule that out. Me being pregnant was the last thing on my mind. 

Let me rewind really quickly if y’all don’t mind. Before we left to go to Punta Cana I had my yearly women exams & physicals. All my tests can back good and I wasn’t pregnant. So we were definitely ready to go party. 

Okay so let’s fast forward to mid February,  I took a at home pregnancy test and to my surprise it said that I was pregnant! I could bearly believe it. Now keep in mind I wasn’t trying to be pregnant and don’t start coming for me in the comment section.  We were doing everything not to get pregnant but sometimes it doesn’t always work out that way. So we were very surprised to find out that we were expecting. 

Now that you have a little back story of how I found out.  Let’s talk about each trimester and how pregnancy been treating me. 

1st Trimester

Omg morning sickness was no joke! I was throwing up in the morning,  nauseated  all day, throwing up all night. I couldn’t really eat much but toast,  salty crackers and chips. I couldn’t hold down water, I could only drink gringer ale. When I was brushing my teeth I got nauseated and wanted to throw up. I was bloated and over it. The only good thing from this trimester that I could remember was finding out that I was having a baby boy. I didn’t go rush out to buy a bunch of baby boy clothes or toys but we were able to start talking about names, nursery room themes, etc.

Yep I’m pregnant! @marionlovenotes

2nd Trimester 

I really started showing at this point. My stomach was and still is round like a basketball. I wasn’t throwing up as much and was finally able to to drink cold water! I didn’t have any cravings but I definitely did have foods that I couldn’t stand eating or smelling. I’m a southern girl and love smoked bbq meat. I couldn’t and still don’t like the smell or taste of smoked meat. One of my highlights in this trimester was that I had my 1st baby shower with my family. Having a baby started to feel real when you are getting a tons of baby gifts. I also felt the baby move for the first time.  It felt like butterflies fluttering inside of me. This is something I’m going to miss feeling after I deliver my baby.  

I enjoyed crocheting sweathers for my baby boy. @marionlovenotes

3rd Trimester 

I became a huge fan of fresh fruit and crushing on ice. My stomach continues to pop out however no stretch marks on the belly. All my battle scars are on my thighs and hips. At this point I’ve gained about 25 pounds which was pleasantly surprising to me. My ankles and feet are swelling when I get too hot. My feet expended and had to move up 2 shoe sizes. I’m really uncomfortable and get tried so easily. I’m hot all the time and thankful for cool Fall days. My legs cramp up a lot at night and I’m starting to miss not being pregnant. Sorry y’all but as much as I love having my baby in me, however I miss having my body back. My highlights for this trimester has been having my 2nd baby shower.  I enjoyed having my friends over celebrating my son. Two of my friends hosted this super fun baby shower for me. I also took my marernity photos when I was 35 weeks pregnant. I am very thankful to have those photos cherish forever.

Look at my yummy candy bar! @marionlovenotes
I love how they made a train using Oreos and cupcakes! @marionlovenotes

Things that has been helpful for me throughout my pregnancy;

  • Ginger chews for nausea
  • Pregnancy pillow for additional support while sleeping or relaxing 
  • Belly back brace for support while working
  • Back rubs for backaches
  • Tums for additional calcium to help with night cramps
  • Pedicures for my sore feet
  • Birthing & breastfeeding classes provided great knowledge and they also opportunity to ask questions
  • Braids, having my hair done made it easier for me

So that’s my quick recap of my pregnancy. My contractions are starting to get more intense so I’m going to end this blog post and try to rest now. Let me know if I left anything out and I’ll try to get back with y’all soon. 

Xo,

Marion

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Bye-bye Craft Room…Hello Baby Boy Nursery

 

Happy Halloween Y’all!

I know it’s been awhile sense I’ve blog about anything on here. Its really hard when you work full time & pregnant.  Yes I’m pregnant and having my 1st baby boy! 39 weeks and 5 days to be exact, so I’m ready to pop any day now. I’m currently not working any more sense I’m so close to having this baby. I wanted to record a quick vlog of my son’s nursery.

His nursery use to be my craft room which was fully furnished. So it took a lot of work (and tears) to get it looking like a baby boy nursery.  I decided to not to go for the typical boy theme room with blue walls. I wanted it to be simple and easy to transform into another room later down the road if need be.

I spent a lot of time watching baby boy nurseries and looking up ideas on Pinterest. Honestly I didn’t see anything that I really liked or felt inspired by. Most of the nurseries that I saw were over the top and was jammed pack with a bunch of expensive baby products. My inspiration came from Ken who loves cars and wants to fly airplanes one day. So decided to go with an airplane theme which kind of turned into a transportation themed room for his nursery.

Majority of the items in the room were used so it didn’t cost us much to pull his nursery together.  We were okay with not having brand new top of the line baby products.  As long as the baby products are in good shape and not recalled we didn’t mind.

There are a few items that I would like to add to his room. Such as a small rug, pictures of him, large ruler to mount on the wall to measure his height, and a night light. I still need to finish sewing his curtians too. I really tried to stick to the basics especially sense the room is really small.

Below I have listed all the links and the places where we bought the baby products that are our son’s nursery (that was not gifted or used).  If you have any questions about anything in the nursery feel free to ask in the comment section below. I’ll do my best to answered them.  Keep in mind I’m 39 weeks and five days pregnant and baby boy might be popping out soon.

Xoxo,

Marion

 

*Felt Airplanes & Cloud Pattern

https://www.etsy.com/listing/192313800/airplane-nursery-airplane-decor-baby

*Baby Mobile

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00JVOD6IO/ref=mp_s_a_1_3_s_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1509536396&sr=1-3&keywords=baby+mobile+for+crib

*Personalized Name Wall Decals

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0716MPRKX/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_x_WyYVzb2S98JX5

*Wall Color

“Green Garland” I found the color at Wal-Mart and went to Home Depot buy it. They did a great job on matching tge color.

*Ceiling Fan & Light Switches

Lowes (we no longer have the box so I don’t know the name of them)

*Closet Organization

All the baskets, baby cloth hangers, over the door shoe hanger, etc. Came from Target.

*Laundry Bin

Ross

*Shelving & Trashcan

At Home

*Crib Skirt

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B073GQLK3V/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1509537911&sr=8-1-spons&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_FMwebp_QL65&keywords=grey+crib+skirt&psc=1

 

 

Transitional Spring/ Summer Elegant Floral Tablescape |August 2017

Good morning friends I hope you guys are having a great start of a new beautiful week! This morning I uploaded a really quick video of my spring and summer tablescape. Summer is my favorite season and I hate to see it go but next month is September and it’s time to bring out all my Fall decor. I’m still currently looking for a gold silverware to go with my tablescape . If you know where I can find a good deal please let me know . So before I take everything down and bring out the pumpkins and corn, I thought I’ll show you guys what my table has been looking like this past spring and summer. If you have any questions about where I got any of the items feel free to leave them down below. I also took a few pictures of the tablescape. I hope you enjoy the video and pictures. 

I’ll chat with y’all real soon. 

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Xo,

Marion 

Garden Harvest & Updates| July 2017

Good afternoon y’all!

The garden in the backyard is growing really well and I was even able to pick a small harvest today when I went out there to do a little pruning. I recorded a quick vlog of my garden showing y’all how my garden looks this past weekend. My pickling cucumbers are finally growing bigger, I have tomatoes growing, peppers, and okra! Of cousre my blackberries are ready to eat too. However they hardy make it to the basket (I can’t stop eating them)!

Look at those delicious blackberry!

My none pickling cucumbers are huge! I couldn’t believed that I was able to grow a cucumber this big. This is proof that you don’t need a large garden to grow food.

Here are a few more pictures of my small backyard garden. As always leave any questions that you may have below in the comments I’ll be sure to get back with you soon!

Have a great weekend y’all! I hope I’ll be back soon with another blog post. In the mean time follow me on all of my social media to see what I’m up to!

Xo,

Marion 

Growing Heirloom Tumbling Tom Yellow Tomatoes 

Good Morning Friends and happy Saturday!

I’ve walked Cam, tended to the garden, and now eating breakfast. How has your morning been? 

This year I’m growing Tumbling Tom yellow tomatoes in a container on my deck. This is the perfect tomato plant to grow if you live in an apartment, have a small yard, or want ease your way into gardening without the full commitment of a raised bed. These sweet little tomatoes are so yummy its hard not to eat them all straight from the vine. 

As you can see in the pictures below. This tomato plant grows like a small hanging bush. I have to bamboo sticks and string to keep it growing up straight. This would also grow perfectly in a hanging basket too. 

I bought my plant from a local gardener in my area. I’m sure y’all could find something similar to this one in any plant nursery, greenhouse,online, or Lowes, etc. in your aera. 

The other night I chopped these juicy tomatoes up in a bean and rice dish.  It was so yummy! I hope this encourages y’all to grow your own tomatoes.  Growing your own food is not hard it takes just a little patience and lots of love!

I hope y’all enjoy the weekend!

Xo,

Marion 

Raised Bed Garden update| June 2017

Good Morning y’all!

I’m back with another garden update. My veggies are growing very quickly and I wanted to share with y’all my progress. Still no harvest however I’m sure I’ll be blogging about that soon. I’m almost 20 weeks pregnant so I sound a congested and breathing hard (bear with me). I’ll do a blog post about my experience being pregnant soon. If you have any questions please feel free to leave then in the comment section and I’ll get back with you soon.  Below I uploaded a few pictures of my garden.  

It’s amazing how much you can grow in a small space.

Here are my bush beans starting to grow.

I have tiny cucumbers starting to grow too.

Xo,

Marion 

Spring 2017| Small Raised Bed Garden Tour

Good Morning y’all!

I know its been awhile sense I’ve blog about anything. Today I wanted to give you a quick tour of my Spring 2017 garden. I hope you enjoy the vlog. I also took some pictures too (which are down below) for y’all to see. If you have any questions please feel free to post them in the comment section and I’ll do my best to answer them. I’ll be back with more updates about what’s going on in my life soon.

Xo

Marion