Monday, March 30, 2015

Daddy to the Rescue

So Friday my dad came home and stayed outside for a while. I wasn't very curious as to what he was doing but eventually, meaning once he got finished, I tuned in to find this.



I admit that I sneaked and looked a couple of times to see what he was up to, but I wasn't that interested because of the cold weather that sneaked in. I got used to the 70 degree weather and now if it drops below that I feel like it's winter all over again.

A very, very, very long time ago, I showed you how this space looked. Since dad decided not to holla at me and tell me to come take some before pictures, I found myself rumbling through my old photos to only find a photo that does no justice. This space looked nothing like this at the time, but just picture all the toys gone and just some muddy areas and some weeds.





Yea it looks horrible. But let's go back and look at how beautiful this space is becoming.








This is only the start of the backyard. There is way more to do trust me. I would write a list back up but who knows how long that would be or how long it would take to do any of those things. I'll let you in on the things I'm determined to do before the winter comes back around though.

Stain screened porch ( maybe fix the screen also and replace screen door)
Redo flower beds with mulch
Create a DIY water hose holder
Create a walkway from back porch to driveway

And that's where I will stop. I have plenty of more ideas but I doubt I will get to them this year. If I do then that would be a miracle.

Before we go, let's look at my dad hard at work.





Monday, March 23, 2015

Labor Pains

Get ready for a load full:

So we all have heard the many stories of many people's labor and some of them may have gotten us a little freaked out. Before you start getting scared or even overwhelmed, it's good to know that each and everyone of our bodies are totally different from each others.

Today I'm here to share you my story.

It all started Sunday morning around 8:00 am. I felt this cramping sensation which pretty much felt like the small cramps you feel before your period comes on (or maybe I'm the only one who feels this). Throughout the entire morning I felt the same feeling. Tried changing positions, walking, resting, drinking water, worrying, thinking, the whole nine yards if you ask me. Did I think I was in labor? OF COURSE NOT! Well there was a slight thought that I could be, but since the pain didn't increase and wasn't constant, I thought that it would just eventually go away on it's on.

Let me also inform you that I didn't have Braxton Hick's contractions my entire pregnancy. Lucky me right? Wrong. I always questioned how labor would feel like and how I would actually know. When you ask someone they tell you these things:

Bloody Show, Mucus Plug, Pain going from your lower back to your upper stomach, and only once I heard about feeling period cramps. There was probably a million other things people told me but who keeps up with all the signs when you are already overwhelmed.

But to continue on with the story that I am supposed to be telling you...

Luckily I didn't sit around all day since I had to work that day, but before work I decided to go on a walk. And to sum it up, the picture I took after walking was the last picture of me pregnant.

39 weeks and 1 day

And this is the first picture of me photographing my entire body willingly while pregnant. I hated how swollen my face was and that I just didn't feel or look like myself. But the sacrifice was indeed worth it!

Once getting to work, I felt somewhat fine. Didn't feel the pain, maybe because my mind was focused on cheerleading, but knew it was still there. Eventually when I got home, which was around 5pm, I decided to call the doctor and to see what I should do. Of course they ask you the million questions about what you feel and then ask you about the million things people tell you labor supposed to feel like but yet you don't feel anyone of those feelings they are telling you. So finally she tells me to go to L&D (Labor and Delivery).

Remember, that I'm still not in a lot of pain. The pain has increased a little but no where near the pain when you are on your menstrual cycle. Pretty much I was contracting but wasn't dilated any. I stayed there from 7:30 pm to around 9:30 pm, only to be sent home and given a sleeping pill. Deep down before I even went, I knew I was going to be sent home and I knew I hadn't dilated any. Did I jinx myself? Doubt it.


Oh yeah, around the time I was leaving the pain had increased and pretty much got me into tears. I have a high tolerance for pain so I knew that this is finally the real deal. So I took the pill and she told me that if I didn't end up going to sleep immediately I would be out of it and doing some crazy things. Well I went went to sleep once I finished eating a healthy snack from Mcdonald's for it only to be thrown up in the car on the way home.


10:00 pm - 1:30 am

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I'm completely out of it from the pill. I'm contracting and in a lot of the pain. I feel like a drunk and I've never gotten wasted before or even taken any pills but I'm sure how I was feeling would be how a drunk person felt. I know what's going on but then again I don't. I can't walk myself, I say whatever comes to my mind, I call my dad 20 times when walking in just to say hey. I lay on the couch and don't even know I'm laying on the couch. Yeah, you get the idea. When I look back at it, I wish someone would have recorded because I am indeed laughing at myself right now.

I lay down and try to sleep and that didn't last long. The pain became unbearable to the point where I couldn't take it anymore and was crying out to my mom to please take me to the hospital. I pretty much felt like death, if it's possible to feel that way. I don't think we will ever know though.

This time around was the real freaking deal. It was time. Not time to push or anything though. That would take a little under 6 hours.

ADMITTED

It's about dang time right? Finally after seeing the million and one birthing shows on Discovery Health, I finally understood why those crazy women yelled out give me a (insert your choice of curse word here) epidural. I thought getting an IV and epidural was going to feel worst than labor. Boy was I wrong, IT WAS THE BEST FEELING EVER! Especially the epidural. Can you say magic? Like paradise! I was finally able to sleep and not worry about a darn thing besides not being able to feel my legs and wondering if I will ever feel them again. Besides that, life was pretty much great at the moment. The best I've felt my entire pregnancy.

PUSH IT REAL GOOD!!

I think this is the part where I had it the easiest compared to most people. Around 6:00 Monday morning I told my mom that I had felt pressue and she told me to call the nurse and went back to sleep. My poor mom didn't get any sleep because she was up dealing with me the entire day so I didn't blame her. I did the same. Yep, didn't call the nurse that is. Dumb move right? It could've been but it worked in my favor. Oh I forgot to tell you, a nurse never did come and check me since 3:00 that morning. I was only 2cm dilated when they admitted me so I guess they didn't think I would progress that fast.

Around 7:00 that morning, the doctor came in just to check and see how I was doing since my doctor hadn't gotten to work yet. I told him I was feeling some pressure but other than that I was good. When he looked, Caiden was pretty much almost there. It was time to suit up and get to action!

I only pushed 2 (1.5 really to the doctor) times and he was here. I only had a 1cm tear and the doctor pretty much said that a lot of people would have loved to have my kind of delivery. I think the reason why I didn't tear as much is because I pretty much let Caiden do all the work since I didn't know it was time to push when it was time to push. I'm not saying to hold out like I did, please don't. I don't think it's recommended, but ask your doctor because I'm sure as heck ain't one.

Meet the Mr.

Caiden Ahmir Jenkins


March 16th, 2015 . 7.18 AM . 6lbs 2oz . 18.75in

He's pretty much the love of my life. There's no words I can say to describe how I feel, I just know I greatly enjoy being a mother. All those worries I had don't even matter anymore to me. He canceled all fear and doubt I had in myself and replaced it with hope, determination, and joy. There's NO ONE that could ever take his place. Welcome to the world Caiden! Mommy loves you!!





Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Watch & Learn

A lot of times I find myself confused on how to make a ranch style home look more modern, but watching the episode of Fixer Upper last night allowed me to see how it's possible to bring a home back to life while still keeping it's character.

If you didn't watch the show last night then you missed out or maybe it's just me? I know I haven't stayed in tune with this show but when I do have time to watch it, I enjoy every minute of it.

Here are a few ideas I love from last night's episode.

New Windows & Paint

BEFORE

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AFTER
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Of course some trees got knocked down so that you can actually see the house but what draws me now is how the big the windows have gotten and of course the paint color! 
I never thought about making windows bigger to not only bring more light into rooms but to also make the house look more uniformed. 

And let's talk about that paint. I've seen a few houses that were painted and sometimes I'm like why on Earth would you paint your house that color? If it makes them happy then who am I to say it's hideous when it is. I got my love from painted brick from Liz's blog, It's Great to Be Home . She has done quite a few flips where she has painted the brick exterior of the home and boy does it make the houses pop and feel more updated. When I think about it, I never did like all brick homes growing up. I always felt like they were outdated.

Kitchen

Of course how could I not love the kitchen! I easily fall in love with white kitchens. I used to love the cherry cabinets but white has stolen my heart since it brightens up the room a lot.

BEFORE
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AFTER
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For some reason I'm also a sucker for the hoods with tile all around them above the stove. I am also a big fan of those kind of cabinets. If you noticed, they are the same design that I want in this old style ranch I hope to update one day soon.

And that's where I will leave you guys before I get out of control. I had to narrow down what I like because I would end up showing you the entire house when you can just go check it out yourself!

Am I the only one a big fan of white cabinets and just the entire house feeling bright and airy?

Monday, March 9, 2015

Caiden's Closet

Well soon Caiden will be here hopefully. I've been crossing my fingers that he will be here before my due date but I'd be just as happy if he came afterwards, just not April. I've prepared myself for a March baby. Now if only I can convince Caiden that.

Back to this closet situation though.

I've been on this organization high horse lately and decided to make some dividers for his closet DIY style! I know, it's been a while since I've done a project but since I'm sitting at home all day with nothing to do, I decided, why not?



So here are the materials you need:

A circle to make the dividers (Painters tape worked for me)
Scissors
Adhesive (glue or tape, whatever you can find)
Decorative Paper (I used scrapbook paper)
Pencil/Pen 
Marker


So first I opened the cereal box and laid it out



Then I took my painters tape and traced it. I looked around for an object to make a smaller circle on the inside and found my Georgia State University class medal I got at freshman orientation.




Once everything was traced, I grabbed my scissors and got to cutting.


Right now I'm not worried about it being not perfect because next I got my scrapbook paper and traced each divider on it, cut it out and then placed it on top of the divider using my Scotch double sided tape.




Once it was cut out I wrote whatever size on the divider and then I trimmed it up to make it look somewhat presentable to myself. And this is the final product:


If you are wondering about the mix match hangers, I thought it would be a great idea to use that as a divider until I ran out of colors to choose from. I may end up further organizing and using the white as onsie tops and pants, green as sleepware, and blue as outfits, but for now it's fine the way it is.

This project cost me $0 so I'm ecstatic about that! Not the color scrapbook paper I wanted but I used what I had and it was better than my other choice, PINK! Overall, I think everything turned out perfectly for me. No more trying to remember what color hanger goes with what size!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Ease My Mind!!!

For the last month my mind has been focused on one project that I wish could happen and that's renovating this old house.



I have already been brainstorming and it is getting the best of me. Since I can't just go in and do what I want to do, I've been designing each room of the house. I've only been in it once and I thought about taking pictures, but that didn't quite happen the way I expected it to since it was darker in some rooms than others. So I'm here to share my plans with you all if I ever get a chance to renovate this small ranch style home.

For starters this home is around 672 square feet, 2 bedrooms and 1 bath. Quite small, but it is bigger than my first apartment rental even though the ceilings are lower than usual! It has a lot of potential if you do the right things to it. I understand that my dreams for this home is pretty much over the top, but who can blame me? Everyone wants the nicest home that feels like their dream home if they can't afford it at the time and that's exactly what I see for this home. A cozy, but luxurious place to call your own. I have put together a floor plan even though I'm not sure of the bedroom closet space since there were spider webs all over the place, but this is the best I could come up with.



Well this week I will let you see my kitchen plans for this room. Photoshop has helped me a lot and I found out a lot of things that I never knew how to do. For example, turning angled objects into straight ones using the crop tool! Anyways, this is not your average kitchen as you can expect in a home this small. If it had only one bedroom a lot more space could be used for the kitchen, dining, and living area, but I think I would rather have a two bedroom home than a one bedroom with a lot of living space. Maybe it's just me though?

I haven't measured the kitchen yet, it's on my to do list, but from what I remember I would say this room is at least 7ft by 5 ft or maybe even smaller.

Well here's my mood board for it.




Right now, this room will cost around $5,628.94. That doesn't include if I wanted to ship all these items to the home instead of picking them up or trim to finish off the space. And that doesn't include any hidden cost like electrical or new windows that this home needs. I tried to keep all cost as low as possible without sacrificing the design. 

The item that will cost the most in this project is cabinets of course and then counters. Yes, I estimated how much it would cost for the counters for the amount of counter space there is. 

The cabinets I would go with in stock cabinets at Lowes and the counters i'm still debating on. Even though there are mix matched appliances, if I could find a cheap appliance package less than $1300 that would be idea. Since this is stainless steel, that price would be hard to find but hopefully not. If I couldn't get stainless steel for this space, I would settle for black appliances. Not the wow factor I was looking for but they could always be replaced later on down the line.

I chose a light grey for the area so that it will still feel light with the dark floors to contrast. On the shared wall of the kitchen and bathroom I would put the accent color of the darker grey. Don't ask why, I just want some pop somewhere.

I even laid out the entire kitchen with the cabinets and appliances in place. I know, I'm doing too much right?


On the far right of the fridge is a pantry since the kitchen doesn't have that much storage space. If the pantry can't fit on the same side as the stove and fridge, I would move it to where the washer and dryer is and place the washer and dryer in the bathroom closet. I really don't want to do that though since that would take up some of the bathroom storage for towels, toilet paper, sheets, broom, vacuum and all that special stuff that goes in a house with only one closet besides the bedrooms.
The only other option would to put a pantry in the dining room and take up some of that space. It may work out though who knows.


I know I've done a lot of brainstorming in the past few weeks, now if only Caiden can make his debut so that I can get ready to make some things happen. I know I won't get everything I want but I do want this to be a really nice space that one can enjoy to the fullest! Either way, a month after Caiden comes I plan on being inside that house cleaning it up and seeing what all really needs to be done!