Southern Sayin' Of The Month

I live for the light of a full moon. -me

Sunday, January 27, 2013


Weekend Update

What I'm reading:
 Ha! With a newborn, the most reading I do is on Twitter (140 characters at a time).
What I'm watching:
Downton Abbey  Can I just say I love this show!

What I'm eating:
The RedHead and I are trying to eat clean so there's lots of veggies, quinoa, chicken, oats, pitas, hummus, and fruit smoothies.

What I'm drinking:
Gloria Jeans Butter Toffee Coffee for the Keurig

What I'm loving:
Morning snuggles with my babes, enjoying a beer for the first time in a long time, and having other new mamas to talk "baby talk" with!

What I'm hating:
The promise of snow that doesn't deliver. Only a dusting the first time, and sleet and freezing rain the next. Boo Hiss!

What I'm wearing:
Pre-pregnancy jeans...yeah baby! (Nevermind the muffin top. If they button they fit and nobody better say anything to me about it.)

Where I'm going:
How about where I'd like to go? Back to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic where the RedHead and I honeymooned.

Where I'm shopping:
Not doing any actual shopping these days, but I do enjoy perusing online. Here are a few things in my imaginary shopping cart.

Marley Lilly Tank

These awesome sweatpants...I need either Fancy Pants or Sassy Pants

Old Gringo Boots (because I'm a sucker for boots!)

What's going on with you?

Friday, January 25, 2013

Life List Update

I thought it was about time to update my Life List since I can now mark off a few things.

Here's what's happened so far:

August 2011- I commissioned a handbag to be made by a lady on Etsy. It was inspired by this Mulberry bag.

Fall 2011- I bought a pair of cowboy boots. I love wearing them. They make me feel sassy. :)

Fall 2012- I have grown my hair to the middle of my back.

December 2, 2012- I had a third child...Master Samuel George!

Now what to do next? I have a tattoo idea in mind. (which I'm sure my mother and husband will just love!) ;)

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Chocolate Banana Overnight Oats

I've seen "Overnight Oats" all over Pinterest and Instagram for a while now, so I decided to give them a try. The verdict...delicious!! I can't wait to try different variations.

Here's what you need to make them yourself:

1/2 cup Rolled Oats (no 1-minute or quick oats)
3/4 cup Almond Milk (I like the vanilla to add a bit of flavor)
  *My oats had a bit of liquid left, so if you want them thicker I'd reduce the milk to 1/2 to 2/3 cup.
1/2 tablespoon Chocolate PB2
1/2 sliced banana

Mix the oats and milk in a container (I used a glass jar) and place them in the fridge overnight.

The next morning, add in the PB2 powder.  I liked mine cold, but here's where you'd pop them in the microwave if you want them warm. Add sliced banana and enjoy!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

The Nail Files

Today I'm linking up with The Nail Files to share this week's mani.

On Wednesday I got both Lilly-Belle and Sam to nap at the same time...but only for long enough for me to paint my nails (which was the most productive thing I did that day).

I used China Glaze's Ahoy which I would describe as a bright wine color with sparkle. Very pretty!

*And guess who forgot to schedule her post and actually link it up...this girl. Mommy brain!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

My Confessions

I am linking up with Catalyn this week to share my confessions...

Confession 1: I have been meaning to write a post since the first week that she hosted the link-up, but it just never seemed to happen. (Lazybones!)

Confession 2: I think it's a total waste to do you hair when it's raining. Just pile that mess up in a bun!

Confession 3: I think so many more things are possible after morning coffee which is why I'm glad this lovely has entered my life. Thank you to the RedHead!

Confession 4: I have a slight obsession with dishes. I currently have 2 sets: the first set are the ones that we got for our wedding and the second set are ones that I fell in love with (from Walmart of all places) by Better Homes and Gardens.

If I could get another set I'd buy these:
Aren't they gorgeous!

Confession 5: This post took me twice as long to write as it should have because it was written while trapped under a nursing baby...which coincidentally is how this blog was started back in 2009 when Lilly-Belle was just 3 months old!

What do you have to confess today?

Misty, Southern Belle Mama

Monday, January 14, 2013

Life With Three

Time for blogging is scarce these days as our family adjusts to having a new baby in the home. Simply keeping up with laundry is a full time job...I did four loads yesterday and there's one in the wash now. Enough excuses as to why I haven't written lately. Here are a few truths about life with three.

-Timing is everything. This is especially true when it comes to lunch and naps. It is like a carefully choreographed dance in order to get both fed and asleep so that they have a good nap before I wake them to go pick up Colson at school.

-#2 will not be like #1. Colson was always so patient while I had to feed Lilly if he needed something (snack, video put on, etc). Lilly is not so patient. If I'm unavailable, she'll simply do it herself...which usually results in her climbing on cabinets, turning on water, or some other dangerous/messy action.

-Going anywhere is like a three ring circus. First, we all have to pile into the car (careful to make sure the one in the middle gets in before the two in the outside seats. Get everyone buckled, find a place for the massive diaper bag, warn everyone not to touch each other, and off we go. Then, the second act occurs once we arrive. Adults out, stroller out, baby out, and then Colson and LB out (which has to occur last so we make sure LB doesn't take off across the parking lot). It makes me tired thinking about it!

-And then there are moments where I have Sam on my lap on the couch or in the bed and Colson and Lilly-Belle snuggle up beside me and talk to their little Sam-a-do, each trying to get a smile or for him to reach for their finger. These moments calm me from all of the crazy moments. They warm my heart and make me so thankful that I have a life with three. A busy, crazy, lovely life with three.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Christmas 2012

This holiday season seemed to pass by in a blur! A six year old, three year old, and 3 week old kept us quite busy.

Our elf, Reddy, visited again this year!

We had Lilly-Belle's preschool Christmas program. Her favorite song was This Little Light of Mine. 
Shaking those Jingle Bells!
 This year we decided to pass on the gigantic real tree we've had the past two years and opted to just use one of the artificial ones that we had. I named her "Minnie" and this is the only picture I have...once Santa had dropped off the kids' loot.

Christmas morning, Nick cooked his traditional biscuits and gravy and we had his parents, brother, and my mom over to eat and open presents.
Lilly-Belle playing a song for Sam

Colson throwing darts at his new dart board
Sam chilling on his playmat

Mama snuggling with all of the babes

The cousins with their GiGi, great-grandmother

We celebrated with family and everyone loved on was a wonderful Christmas (even if I didn't take but a few pictures). :)

Friday, January 4, 2013

Welcome, Samuel George!

A lot has happened since the last time I wrote. I was 34 weeks, 6 days in my last weekly pregnancy post. I took a picture at 35 weeks, 6 days, but was feeling pretty crummy so I just never got around to writing out my post. Here's the belly!

When I went to my weekly doctor's appointment that week, they were out of my 17p shot. So...I used a progesterone cream for one week and then I went back when I was 36 weeks, 1day and they were still out of the shots. We decided to just be done with them since I was out of any "danger" zone for preterm delivery. Then the waiting began.  I had several nights where I had contractions fairly consistently, but nothing that ever became stronger or closer together.  On Saturday (36weeks, 5days) I went with my Mama and my Mother-in-law to tour the Holiday House that the Charity League decorates each year and I answered lots of questions about "how much longer". I really felt like it could be any time, but I knew that I may still have several weeks yet.

That night I went to bed and awoke around 1:00am with contractions. Nothing new. I thought these were the same contractions that I had been having every night when I'd wake up. But then I couldn't get back to sleep...I tried eating a snack, walking around, and finally took a bath. And they never quit. We decided to call my Mama around 3:00am so I could go into the hospital and be checked. She came and stayed with Colson and Lilly-Belle and we headed to the hospital.

I went into the triage room about 3:30am and they hooked me up to the monitors and confirmed that I was contracting. They checked me and I was about 3cm dilated. They decided to keep me for about an hour and see if I was making any hour later I was 4cm. This was it!
Belly at 36weeks, 6days

At this point, Mama had called Nick's parents who came and stayed with the children so she could come to the hospital. Mama also called the massage therapist I'd been seeing so she could come in to help with my labor. They moved me to a labor and delivery room and I settled in. Tiffany, the massage therapist, came in about 5:30 and spent the next 4 hours working on my pressure points to help move my labor along. I was making good progress, and it was so neat to see how the reflexology really increased the intensity of my contractions. I opted to pass on the epidural (since I had Colson and Lilly-Belle without one, I felt like I would be fine).

About 9:30, Tiffany had to leave because her family was lighting the Advent candle at church that day. When she left, I was 6cm and I stayed there for a while. Since my contractions had slacked off a bit, Nick decided to make a quick run to get some breakfast and check on the children at his parents. Not long after that I started to have some painful contractions so I had Mama call him to come back. He was coming back into the hospital about 10:20am, just as the doctor was arriving. My midwife was in Texas visiting family, so another doctor from the practice was going to deliver ButterBean. He came in and checked me and I was at 7cm. At this point, he said he would break my water and I'd probably have a baby by early afternoon. Early afternoon!?! I was in quite a bit of pain, so the thought of several more hours sounded daunting. It must have shown on my face because he asked if I'd like a little something to "take the edge off". He said I'd still feel everything, but I would just relax. Yes, please.

Now my water has been broken and the nurse is just putting the medicine into my IV. As soon as this is done, I tell her I need to push. I can feel the medicine kicking in...which made me feel more drunk than relaxed. Nurse Nancy says not to push and she gets the Doctor to check me. I'm now at 10cm. I think I could have handled the 5 minutes it took me to go the last 3cm, but we had no idea how fast I would go.  Things get set up as I keep telling myself not to push and then I distinctly remember the doctor looking at me and saying "You're going to push the baby out now." I was thinking, "Why didn't anyone tell me I could push?" (thank you Stadol) Nick was in position to "catch" the baby and I pushed through two or three contractions and out came a precious little boy!

He was absolutely perfect and the moment he came out all I could think was, "It's you. It was you all along. My little boy!" We had some bonding time before they took him for a bath and to do all of his checks and such. I just kept thinking how perfect he was. My little Sam. He was born at 10:54am, weighing 6lb, 9oz, and 19.5inches long.

We stayed in the hospital until Monday evening and then we were released to go home. From day one he has been the sweetest little baby.

The first two weeks were definitely an adjustment...but not for any reason due to Sam. Nick and the kids were sick that entire time and when he was just a week old I got mastitis and some pretty bad baby blues. All I can say is thank goodness he is such a good baby. By Christmas things were getting better. I was so thankful we were all better and could enjoy the holidays.

The days have just flown by and now our little man is one month old. How is that even possible?!? Here is his One Month Stats:
Weight: 8lb 7oz
Length: 20.5inches
Sleep: About every 3 hours, but will sometimes have a 4 hour stretch.
Awake: Is very alert first thing in the morning and then for a good amount of time in the evening.

Sam looks a lot like his big brother Colson. He has the sweetest temperament and is showered with hugs and kisses from the entire family!

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