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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Gabby Gets Her 2 Month Shots

I don't know who was nervous more; Me or Gabriella. But today it was time for Gabriella's 2 month vaccinations. I was nervous and felt sorry for my baby because I hate shots and I knew that they will not feel good at all to her. And she would be very unexpecting of it.
The calm before the storm. 

Since the doctor hasn't seen Gabby in a while she had to check up on her to see how she was doing and developing. The news that I heard was very unexpected. Gabriella has always been a spit up baby ever since she came home. I thought nothing of it but since she is also fussy, Dr. Robinson said that she has reflux disease. It is curable and all I have to give her is some medication. But that wasn't the only bad news I got. Since her last visit, Gabriella has only gained 1 pound. This worried both me and her doctor very much. It is possibly due to her reflux disease since she can never really eat anything without spitting it back up; Or it can be due to her not eating enough. I thought that she was eating just fine because I eat well enough to produce healthy breast milk and she eats 2.5-3 ounces which is good for her age and its just simply how much she eats. Or it can just be genetics, since I am a small person too. So Dr. Robinson wants to check back with her in 2 weeks and during that time she wants me to add an extra feeding and occasionally add a tiny teaspoon of rice cereal to her bottles that she takes to daycare. My poor baby. :(

After the checkup and the long talk, it was time for her shots. It was so sad to see the nurse come in because at first, Gabby was smiling. She really didn't know what was about to happen. But then the nurse sat down the kit that holds her vaccinations, and she had an idea what was up. The first vaccine they gave her was a liquid one so she sucked it through a tube. Then it was time for the needles...
I had to hold her arms down and I hid her head with mine while she got the shots. Her screams pierced the entire clinic's ears. It was so loud and high pitched, I felt so bad for my little baby. But she had to get them because we want the baby to be healthy!

One of the risks was that she might get a fever. Well, she did. They said I could give her infant Tylenol drops. Since, she caught a fever, she couldn't go to daycare so we stayed home and just cuddled all day. 

Make sure you are all vaccinated! Keep the world a healthy place!
-Kortney
 P.S.  Sorry I keep changing the name of this blog. Just haven't found the right fit. 

"Don't spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door." ~ Coco Chanel 

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Christening Planning: Getting Started

This Friday will be the 1st of March. That means it's time to start planning Gabriella's christening! I'm so excited because this is obviously my first time planning one and this is another party being planned. As you may know, I always find any excuse to plan and throw a party! I just love doing it. I even thought about becoming a party planner before. But back to the matter at hand!
Since this is my first time planning a christening, I am getting help from Claud's mom, Karen. Together we have split the responsibilities. I am in charge of the ceremony stuff and everything before it, and she is planning and in charge of the reception. Which means my responsibilities consist of:

-Booking the church and officiant for the ceremony.
-Getting the Godparents together.
-Making the invitations.
-Getting the photographer.
-Buying Gabriella and myself outfits.
-Buying all the things needed during the ceremony.
-Favors for the reception.

And so that leaves her in charge of:

-Selecting the reception space.
-Getting all the guests together.
-The decorations.
-The menu.

The fun stuff. Lol

We have already discussed some simple things such as the colors will be pink and silver, the date is March 23, and also we are gonna use the reception as a chance to get Gabby things for when she's 6 months and up. So any gifts given must be 6 months and up.

I'm so excited! I have my checklist ready and my money saved!

Another fabulous and luxurious event underway!
-Kortney

"Don't forget to pray today because God didn't forget to wake you up this morning." ~ Unknown 

Friday, February 22, 2013

Gabriella is 2 months and Happy Birthday Samantha!!!

Gabriella is 2 months today! My baby girl is getting so big. It makes me wanna cry to see her growing so fast. It seems like just yesterday I brought her home. Now, shes just a happy, smiley and cute little 2 month old. She has outgrown her Newborn diapers and now in size 1. But her Newborn clothes still fit her and she hasn't grown into her 0-3 month clothes yet. I seriously wanna cry. Haha I already want another baby because I just don't want it to end. But I will be waiting for a while until I decide to have another one. Lol.
2 Months


Gabby's month marks always fall on special days. Today is also my best friends birthday. Happy Birthday Samantha! We have been best friends since the 6th grade and have been through so much together. We are pretty much like sisters. I love you and Happy Birthday!
Also Happy Birthday to all the Pisces out there. You all are amazing and you are all so sweet. All of my good friends have been Pisces and my first love was even one. ;)

Love you!
-Kortney

 "Love is individual to each person and I don’t think you can define it before experiencing it because it isn't going to be the same for everybody." ~ Zooey Deschanel

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Valentine's Day 2013!

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!
I hope you all got what you wanted and/or got anything at all. ;) If you didn't, it's OKAY! Promise.
But this year was a really great Valentine's Day. The best one I have ever had. I have only had 3 Valentines in my life and all of them were either very cheesy or very fake. Ugh! I can't even believe I dated so many losers! But whatever! Live and learn right?
Well my day went excellent. It seems like everyone was receiving gifts. It was so lovely to witness that. My friends got lots of things too. Chelsea got a bouquet of flowers and a charlie brown card; LaDarria got a Valentine's puppy from Build a Bear and some stuff from Bath and Body Works; Gurley got chocolate covered strawberries from Shari's Berries. Of course some of my friends are single. But the single ones who were still positive about Valentine's Day actually ended up getting stuff, while the ones who proclaimed it "Single Awareness Day" didn't really get anything. See...it pays to stay positive.
 My main Valentine was Claud. Since he is far away in Arkansas, his plan was to originally send me something in the mail. But he instead had his dad pick up his gift and give it to me. Not too too thrilled about that but hey...he at least remembered and at least tried. I ended up getting a HUGE pile of gifts for me and Gabriella.
All the V-Day Gifts
What I got him was something so funny, yet so sexy and so perfect for Valentine's Day. As you may know, I am a Scorpio so everything we do has some sort of sex appeal to it. What I got him for Valentine's Day was a book....a sex positions book. Lol. It was hilarious. He liked it though. He really likes my sense of humor and he gets me. That's what I love about him. Can he handle me though? Of course not! No one can ;P Lol

Gabriella was also my little Valentine. I got so many kisses from her!

















This years Valentine's Day was great.
Happy Valentine's Day!
-Kortney

"Never chase love, affection, or attention. If it isn't given freely by another person, then it isn't worth having." ~ Unknown

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Winter Ball

Winter Ballin!!!

Saturday was my school's annual Winter Ball. Pretty much like a mini prom or as some people would like to call it, a winter dance, school dance, blah blah blah. Lol. Since my school doesn't have homecoming (nope, we don't have sports. it's an arts school.), this is our "close to it" type of function. Everyone looks forward to Winter Ball. 
Out of my four years of high school, I have sadly only been to 2 Winter Balls. My freshman year, I couldn't go because I was grounded (for a very stupid reason if you ask me). The theme that year was Roman Empire and took place at Fair Park Hall in Dallas. They said that it was soo fun. My sophomore year I didn't go because I had pageant things to do. The theme that year was an Elegant Ball. Everyone said that one was boring. My junior year I finally went. I can't remember what the theme was. It was pretty fun but only because I had a date...now that I look back on it... I hated him. Lol. This year, my senior year, my last and final, the theme was just simply Winter Ball. This year by far was the best. 
I have been planning for winter ball to be my first party after I had Gabriella so this was so much fun getting ready for. I ordered my dress online 2 weeks in advance, and I planned out my hair and makeup. I decided to go with Alexis since we both live close to each other. Out of all 4 of my friends, Me and LaDarria were the only ones with no dates. So we were each others. The ball took place at EM the Venue in the design district of Dallas. I felt so great walking in. I felt like I was back to my original sexy self. The night couldn't have went any better either. I immediately went on the dance floor after saying my hellos to everyone. I felt great dancing again. I just felt soooooooo much like KORTNEY lol. It was amazing. Dancing and having a good time with my friends and classmates. Our school is so small. Only 800 students compared to most high schools that have 1,000 something students. So everybody knows everybody and even though we all have our differences and opinions, we all get along so well. Especially my senior class. We are just one big dysfunctional family. I couldn't have asked for an even better night. 

I'm not going to get into too much detail because all we did was dance, sweat, talk, take pictures, dance, sweat  dance, dance and did I mention dance? Lol. Overall it was a great night. I drove home with Alexis and we did have plans to go to IHOP but those got ruined because she was running out of gas. I came home, took a quick bath, nursed a sleepy Gabby and looked through all the videos and pictures that I took. Earlier, Gurley. LaDarria, Alexis and I were sitting down and said...."You guys this is it...... We only have one semester left until this is all over..." I almost wanted to cry. This really IS it. I have been daydreaming and imagining my senior year since the 6th grade. It may have had a few "unexpected additions" but that's completely fine with me. I'm so happy with my life right now and I am so happy and excited for these next 4 and final months of high school. AWWWWW I'm not gonna cry, I'm not gonna cry....
This is definitely the start of my final high school journey and I'm just making as many memories as I can. 
Memories that last a lifetime...


Make every moment count! 
-Kortney

"Life is short, live it. Love is rare, grab it. Anger is bad, dump it. Fear is awful, face it. Memories are sweet, cherish them." ~ Unknown 


Saturday, February 9, 2013

Happy Birthday Mommy!

Today is my mother's birthday! Happy Birthday mommy!
Isn't she pretty? I get it from her! 

My mom is the ultimate trendy girl and very youthful. It's always so hard for me to choose a gift for her because she pretty much already has everything. So I got her a few candles from Bath and Body Works and a card signed by all of us including her granddaughter.
Her plans are to just go out and eat with her friends this year. Next year will be her 40th birthday so i'll definitely be expecting something more extravagant.

Have Fun Mommy and Happy Birthday
-Kortney

"Youth is something very new. Twenty years ago, no one mentioned it." ~ Coco Chanel 

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Gabby goes to Daycare

Today was Gabriella's first day at daycare. Unfortunately my mother wants to go back to work so she can't keep watching her all the time. It crushed me because I trust my mom over any daycare or babysitter.
When I dropped her off, it was pretty bad. Maybe a little worse than when I left her for the first time with my mom. It's because I'm leaving her with people I barely know and that she barely knows. And its some crazy crazy people out there so of course I was scared. I had to be sort of quick when I dropped her off because I couldn't be late for school. But I left a list of things that they should know about her while taking care of her.
While I was at school, I felt pretty anxious. I was just thinking to myself what was she doing, was she okay, was she being ignored, was she being taken care of.... a million questions were running through my head.
When it was time for me to go pick her up, I wanted to hurry up and leave. When I got there, I could hear her crying and I rushed to her room and saw my baby girl finally. I could feel the look of relief when she came back to me. Her caregiver said that she just has to get used to a new environment and she'll be fine.I missed my little girl so much.

After I picked Gabby up, we headed to the mall and shopped for both my mom's birthday gift, and Claud's, my boyfriend and Gabriella's daddy, valentines gift. You'll have to wait and see what I got them ;)

Good Day!
-Kortney

"Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring and integrity, they think of you." ~ H. Jackson Brown Jr.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

"I wanna see you work out for me, work out for me..."

I love that song. Lol
But it's that time...
Time to melt away this belly!
Since I dance pretty much all day at school, that's going to be my cardio and I come home and do workouts on the workout app that I have.
So keep up with me on this journey! I want to get back to my pre-pregnancy shape by Spring Break which is March 11! And if you want to do this with me, you can download the same app that I have which is My Daily Workouts app for iPhone (not sure if Android has it but you can look), and you can do what ever cardio you choose.

My starting weight: 112 lbs.

This isn't really about losing weight, more about toning my body. And I guarantee that if you stop thinking about the "weight" and focus on telling yourself that you are "toning", you will see better results.

Good Luck (to you and me)!
-Kortney

(My favorite quote)
" I can accept failure. Everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying." ~ Michael Jordan 

Monday, February 4, 2013

Back to School!

Wuaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah! I don't wanna go back to school!!!! :(
But I had to.
Today was my first day back and it was so hard. I woke up and did my usual routine that I was used to for so long, before I had Gabby but this time it  just felt different. It felt as if I shouldn't even be doing it. I wanted to wake her up and nurse her but I had to go :( My mom is going to take care of her for the next couple of days so I was a little relieved by that because I don't have to send her to daycare right away.I gave my mom instructions on how to take care of baby and then I kissed Gabriella at least 3 times before I walked out the door and held back my tears.
At school, the entire day everyone was so happy to see me back to my old self. (I wore heels of course to show that I really was back). People who were new or have only known me for a semester, was like " OMG I have never seen you not pregnant before. I'm so used to seeing you pregnant." Haha it was pretty fun. But all day, all I could think of was my little baby.
I rushed home after school. Even though I made a quick stop to get my eyebrows threaded with Alexis, I was in a rush to get home. When I got there, my angel was asleep but I didn't care. I wanted to hold her! I picked her up, asked my mom when was the last time she ate, she said 3 hours ago because that's how long she was sleep, I went to my room and I nursed her right away. I missed her sooo much!
Snuggling up with my angel
For the rest of the evening, even though I had some homework, I took care of her and never let her out of my sight. I was so happy to see my baby and cuddle with her again. 

Madly in love
-Kortney

"Let distance be another reason to love harder than anyone should." ~ Unknown

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Postpartum = I'm Done

My Awesome Dr. Weix. Thanks for everything!

Yesterday was my 6 weeks postpartum checkup. It was the last doctors visit of my "pregnancy stage". I'm done! My 9 month pregnancy is officially over. Now my true motherhood begins.

My recovery was somewhat between average and quick. Since I had an episiotomy performed, I had to get stitches. So as soon as my epidural wore off, I felt EVERYTHING :( But as the weeks went by, it of course healed and the more the pain wore off. My poor kitty :( lol! I was not happy about my doctor having to cut me at all. That's what all the Kegels were supposed to prevent...guess not.
The next couple of nights in the hospital, I got zero sleep. I chose to co-sleep with her in my room instead of sending her to the nursery. I chose to do that because she is breastfed and I thought it would be good to prepare me for the no sleep anyway. It did. Very well.
In the hospital and when I got home, the baby blues hit me pretty hard. It wasn't the sad baby blues but rather the very emotional one. I cried just by looking at her. I loved her so much. If a song came on and the word baby was said, I would burst into tears. I cried when we left the hospital and on our way home. It was because we were both entering a new world. We were in a place of transition, which was the hospital and we were finally off to start a whole new life. All I could think to myself in the car ride home was that, now... life really begins. I was so excited to bring my baby home. My little sisters stood outside with a sign that said "Welcome Home Gabriella!" as we pulled up. It made me cry even more. Yea, those postpartum tears turned me into a big cry baby!

So it's safe to say that I had a pretty easy and fast recovery. My stomach is still kind of flabby though. But not as bad as it was the first couple of weeks. Now I am off to pick up where I left. I go back to school Monday and I am not really excited about it. Only 40% of me is ready to go back just because I miss everyone and I miss dancing. But the other 60% just wants to stay at home and take care of Gabby because I know I will miss her more than I miss my friends.

Healed!
-Kortney

"Never love anybody that treats you like you're ordinary." ~ Oscar Wilde