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White Lights vs Colored Lights

8 Dec

Growing up we always had a real Christmas tree decorated with color lights. My husband grew up with decorating a fake tree with white lights.  I have compromised. The first floor is decorated with the bright white lights with coordinating matching ornaments and the finished basement gets decorated with colored and a mix match of ornaments.

During the Christmas season how do you decorate?

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xoxo – Elizabeth

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Shopping for Him

7 Dec

Christmas is around the corner and I am just about finished with my shopping. I am still figuring out what to get my darling Husband. We are not doing big gifts, but still looking for something quality!

Below are of my ideas I wanted to share:

  1. Husky 20 in. and 8 in. totes – I hope to never hear “Where is that…” again.

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2.  Personalized Watch Case – This is gift he actually bought for himself, but wanted to share as I wish I had got it for him.

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3. LED Knit Hat – These actually are very bright at night! A cheaper gift that is perfect for the outdoors man.

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4. Car Wash Coupons! I usually get a 10 pack from out nearest Carwash. He just loves these, especially for the winter!

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5. Smoker  – We smoked our Thanksgiving turkey this year and now he is obsessed!

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Please share your ideas!!

xoxo – Elizabeth

E.

 

Blessed with Twins

12 Jan

Four long years and we are finally blessed with two amazing little humans.

my babies

 Kelland – Girl 6.8 lbs, 19.5 in

Carter – Boy 6.10 lbs, 18.5 in

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The pregnancy was going fine until 16 weeks. They noticed that my cervix was depleting at a fast rate. Thank the man above they caught it when then did. I had a cerclage placed to keep my cervix shut. I was also put on 100% bed rest.

Even though we had a cerclage, my cervix continued to shorten and funnel. At 20 weeks it was 1.3 millimeters (.05 inches). Each visit my heart was sad by the time we left. Baby girl was VERY low, her water bag was bulging around the stitch and I had sludge settling in the bulge.

For a few weeks the pressure was unbearable. At the 24 week appointment I was admitting to Triage. I was having contractions and since I was entering viability and the babies could possibly survive a delivery I stayed a very long week while they monitored me and the babies. I was giving a steroid shot to help develop their lungs if they decided to come early.

At 28 weeks I failed my gulocse test. What was one more thing to add to my list of issues. With a change in diet I was back on track. The testing 3 times a day became slightly annoying.

At our 30 week appointment my OB was seeing contraction and sent me to Triage again. They kept me for 3 days. I was not giving the second steroid shot since I they were able to get everything under control.

We were very excited we had made it so far. At 35 weeks they decided to remove the cerclage. This process lasted 5 minutes, but it had to have been the most painful thing I have gone through.. We were prepared to go into labor after the stitch was removed….. We didn’t. I was sent home and taken off bed rest.

For the next few weeks I was on the go. I was giving many funny looks and was always asked if I was shopping alone. People were terrified of how large my stomach was.

Finally, we scheduled C-Section at 37.5 weeks. Baby Girls was always head down, but we were where Baby boy was going to be.

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 We had a very successful delivery. Both babies were born healthy. They did not have to go to the NICU and were able to come home with us!

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XOXO – Elizabeth