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  • The Birth of Grayson River Moy - Baby #2

    Wednesday, Oct 17th- Grayson’s due date. I had been counting down the days to this exact date for the last 9 months and as it slowly came and went I wanted to cry. This pregnancy had been a struggle and I was so ready to meet my Grayson River and wasn’t ready to wait. I did ALL the things they tell you to do to induce labor. Literally all of them. I pumped, ate spicy foods and pineapple, drank raspberry leaf tea, bounced on a yoga ball, walked for miles and so on. Nothing seemed to be working. That Sunday, 5 days passed his due date, after walking around the farmers market for hours, Camden asked if we could go on a treasure hunt for acorns and leaves around the neighborhood. We walked and walked for over an hour. Still nothing. Whyyy wont he come out? Camden kept saying he was stuck in my tummy and I was pretty sure he was exactly right.

     Fast-forward to that evening… I took a bubble bath, watched an episode of Daredevil then went to bed thinking, well, today isn’t the day. Maybe tomorrow? Around midnight I was woken up by horrible cramps. Was this it?! The cramps went away, and 10 minutes later they returned. Ummm, ok, I am starting to get excited. I timed them with my contraction app, just in case they weren’t contraction cramps but gassss 0_o Sure enough every 10 minutes a wave of pain came over me. I tracked them for about 2 hours because they started to become irregular and came every 10 to 5 minutes. Maybe it was false labor? Camden’s labor started with my water breaking so it was obvious, this time, not so much. They started to hurt more and more so I woke Phil up and told him that I THINK baby boy was coming! Get the bags daddy!!

     I took a shower, put on a little make up, made coffee and breakfast and waited for my aunt to arrive to hang out with Camden boy while we would be at the hospital. By 6:30am my contractions started to really suck. I wasn’t able to talk through them anymore which is a good indication that its time to go to the hospital. At this point, still irregular, they were much closer together.

    We arrived at the hospital around 7:30am and went straight to the evaluation room. I was dilated to about 4cm. Before the nurse could get “are you getting an epidural?” out of her mouth, I was already begging for one. I had to wait the longest hour and a half of my life to get the epidural. My contractions hurt so bad, it felt like my hips where being torn apart. I sobbed and squeezed the living shit out of poor Phil’s hand with every contraction. The anesthesiologist, who probably thought I was a huge psycho pain in the ass, was literally my best friend forever as soon as he stuck that giant epidural needle in my spine. As I finally felt relief my anemia started making me feel sick and woozy. Typical. The same thing happened with Camden only I was holding him in a wheelchair on my way to recovery and nearly dropped him on the floor as I started to pass out. Opps. I was given a little medicine and perked right up. I figured I had a couple of hours to progress and had planned on a nice little pain free nap while I waited. Phil stepped out to buy flowers and a breakfast sandwich. My nurse came in to check on me and to see if I had progressed and well, I was already at 9cm. I had jumped from 4cm to 9cm in 2 hours. Everyone told me second baby comes quicker and they where so right. So, I was pretty much ready to push this child out, Phil was gone, and my doctor was on his way. My nurse, who was super sassy and hilarious told me to close my legs and wait. LOL. So I did. I called Phil and told him to hurry back, Grayson was ready! He made it back just in time. I started pushing with the nurse and Phil for about 5 minutes. Gray’s head was right there and my doctor was still making his way to me. The nurse broke my water, which I guess spewed all over the place (sorry Phil!), and in came my doctor. He quickly geared up and had me continue to push. My epidural had just started working so I felt nothing when I was pushing. I had no idea how hard I was pushing or if I was even doing it right? It was weird. Right as Grayson was about to enter the world, Phil’s phone, which was connected to my speaker playing some relaxing Enya tunes, started ringing. My labor was interrupted by the Super Mario theme song by a call that was deemed “spam likely”… At that very moment, 10:30 am, Grayson River Moy, who was tired of waiting and clearly super interested in Phil’s ringtone, wiggled his own head out then followed by the rest of his body with one last push.

     His umbilical chord was cut by daddy and he was all mine for the next 2 hours. It felt like time stopped for a minute right before he was placed on my chest, as I processed everything that had just happened. I was now a mom of two!!!!

     A little side note-

    Something I had not talked about with more than a few close friends, my doctor and Phil, had been bothering me since I found out I was pregnant again. When Camden was born, I felt nothing. I was numb. I was cheated out of feeling overwhelmed with love for my newborn baby that I had dreamed about and spent months growing inside of me. I did not understand why I wasn’t allowed to look at him and feel happy. Instead I would sob and felt like I had already failed as a mother because I wasn’t emotionally available to him. Was this going to happen again with Grayson? I was terrified.

     Once Grayson was in my arms I felt what I had been waiting for for so long. I could breathe! I was overjoyed, proud, happy, excited and just madly in love. He was perfect. He looked so much like his brother, which oddly made me feel slightly at peace with what I had missed out on with Camden.  For the next two hours we bonded over our first skin to skin sesh. It was a dream!

     Grayson River Moy was born on October 22, 2018 at 10:30am. My little Libra boy was a healthy 7lbs 15oz, and 21.4” long.

    meeting grayson 

    giving grayson his broher gift. cuddle + kind doll 

    home sweet home

  • Playing Chef for a Day! Soul Food Session + Coca Cola: The Table is Set

    Soul Food Sessions has a mission and it is to increase the opportunities for minority chefs throughout the culinary industry on a four-city tour thanks to a partnership with Coca-Cola Consolidated.  Charleston is the last stop of “The Table is Set: A four-city tour served with a Coke” and is to be held October 16 at the Dewberry Charleston Hotel.


    The main course is a New Orleans Grillades with Green Strawberry Relish paired with a Coca-Cola. This sounded like a great dish to make for my house of boys so I went to my local Harris Teeter to pick up the ingredients. Recreating this dish was so much fun and totally different than anything from our usual family menu. I love getting inspiration from others and making my family happy with a new and exciting meal. If the recipe contains meat and strawberries, its bound to be a hit in this house!

    Want to give it a try as well? I will link the recipe HERE. Don't forget a delicious bottle of 

    Classic Coca-Cola! It cools down the spice and enhances the earthiness of braised beef while the acidity from strawberries paired with the refreshing pop from a Coke cleanse the palate after every bite. NOM!


    If you are in the Charleston area and would like to attend the final stop of the tour, you may purchase tickets HERE

  • Pregnancy in my 20s vs my 30s | Gender Reveal

    Half way there! Woohoo! In a way, I feel like I have been pregnant for everrrr, but at the same time it feels like I was just racing to Target because I had “that feeling”. I am so excited for this little babe to complete our little family! OK, so here is what I have experienced so far. Its not at all what I expected this time!

    If you followed my blog while I was pregnant with Camden, you know it was a magical pregnancy. It was easy and amazing. I wasn’t sick, sore, tired or miserable AT ALL. I was so lucky!!
    This time, things are very very different. Sure, I am almost 4 years older (not in my 20s anymore WAHHH!!) so I get it, but man… its been brutal and scary at times!

    Lets start with the first trimester…
    I was so sick. Like could barely eat anything, my tummy always felt like it was turning! Even water made me want to vom! Eventually, the only thing I wanted to eat were caesar salads, pickles, watermelon and smoothies.

    Another not so lovely symptom that hit me pretty hard was exhaustion. I was more tired in my first trimester than I was when Camden was a newborn. Peeling myself out of bed felt like torture and when I finally got up, I went straight to the couch. Luckily, Cam is a pretty independent kiddo and just played, drew and read so I could sleep. I don’t know how mamas with a demanding child manage while they are in zombie first trimester mode!

    Lets throw a positive in there because I feel like I am bitching too much and there is more bitching to come. I felt my first tummy flutters super early. I think it was like 12 weeks or so I felt him swimming around and by 14 weeks I felt full on kicks! Those little kicks made it feel real, and made me forget about all the agony I was going through. I felt an instant connection and my heart, which was already so full, was about to overflow with love for this child.

    Suddenly, I found myself in my second trimester which usually means a relief from morning sickness and exhaustion. I patiently waited for that relief but I was still a hot mess. Distracted my a growing belly (which popped super fast), a few weeks went by and I was feeling like myself again! The weather was getting warmer, here in Charleston, SC and I could finally wear dresses that made me look pregnant and not just full of tacos! I was embracing pregnancy and LOVING IT! Then I started having a difficult time again. I was getting light-headed to the point of almost passing out multiple times a day. Its a pretty scarey feeling especially when you’re alone a lot or its just you and your toddler. I called my OB office and the nurse immediately blamed it on the lack of meat in my diet (eye roll). Obviously, keeping myself healthy for this baby is my priority so I increased my protein intake with alternatives like nuts and beans, as well as increased my iron intake with strawberries, spinach and tofu. These light headed spells aren’t as frequent now so I guess I am doing something right! I have learned to be careful, especially when its hot and humid (so, like everyday here). I’ve noticed my body is trigger by humidity and extremely hot weather so I will be living in AC ally summer long.

    OK, lets talk varicose veins for a second. I thought varicose veins came with menopause or something? Certainly not in your early 30s! One day, I randomly noticed the veins in my right leg, around my knee looking pretty upset and more noticable than usual. Naturally, I freaked out and went straight to google to learn that its another very unglamorous symptom of pregnancy especially when you’re older (I hate that word). An Instagram friend who is also pregnant had shared that she too had varicose veins, and had experienced them in previous pregnancies and they went away! So, I immediately felt a little comforted. These bitches hurt and if I stand for too long, they begin to bother the hell out of me. So yay for gross bulgy veins! -_- I ordered compression socks and I am impatiently waiting for them to be delivered!

    Currently, I am 24 weeks and feeling extremely large. I was told this baby is big and that my small frame might have difficulties carrying full term but I’m not going to count on that. I think my body will do what its supposed to do and make sure my baby and I are ok.

    So, in the mean time I am happily adjusting to being uncomfortable because after all, I am growing a human… I perfect little human and that makes it so so worth everything. I may not be sleeping well and I may be feeling the every pain of my body expanding and making room, but I am so grateful to be pregnant again and I can’t wait to hold this BOY in my arms!

    Yup! Another BOY!!!!! I am over the moon to be able to raise another dude! Boys are so special, and my life goal is to raise respectful, smart, polite and hard working men in a world that so desperately needs it. Little Moy Boy has a name, but we are keeping it hush until he is born. All I can say is that it starts with a G! Baby G!

    Dress-TJ Maxx

    I have already started to collect little things for little moy boy. Here are some favorites! 

    Prints- Honey and the Hive

    Shirts for big brother and little brother - The Wild Kids Apparel 

    Abby and Finn diapers Size 1

    Avery the Lamb Doll - Cuddle + Kind (One doll purchase = 10 meals to children in need) \\ Sweater, romper and onesie - TJ Maxx

    Wall art, pants and jumpsuit are from Target

    Diaper bag but One Tree - Amazon 

    Postpartum Spray by ma mere- Amazon 

    Boys bating suit- Ollie & Squish

    Vintage find! 

    I was sent the new DockATot from Oh Joy for baby G to enjoy!  I am gratful and excited for him to have sweet dreams in this beauty! - DockATot

    As always, thank you for for stopping by! <3

  • Pregnant With Baby #2 | First Trimester

    Hi Friends! It’s been ages and I've been wondering when I would finally have the drive to start the blog back up. One of my favorite things to do is make a fresh cup of coffee, sit down and get lost in writing about our life adventures... so I don’t' know why I stopped? Anyways…

     So much has happened but lets start with the biggest and most exciting... 

    WE ARE PREGNANT! Baby is due October 17th and we are over the moon! This little one will complete our family! I cam so excited to have a fall baby, October is my favorite month plus Phil, Camden and I are all born in the Spring/early Summer so it will be nice to have a gap in celebrating birthdays $$$$ 

     Currently, I am 14 weeks and oh so happy to be in the second trimester, as the last couple months have been brutal! Quite the opposite as my first pregnancy, I have been extremely tired and just plain sick. Thankfully, I have been feeling a little less like a cranky zombie and more like a human this week! Woohoo!

    Camden is so excited to be a big brother! He has already told me he will help with daiper changes and feedings lol. Some days he talks about how much he loves his baby brother and how they are going to play trucks and some days he says he loves his baby sister soo... I suppose that means he would be happy with either! 

     

    Food Aversions:

    The smell of my spice cabinet makes me dry heave, so no thank you. 

    Meat. Ugh, I cook it for the boys but it’s a battle to not throw up now.

    Food Cravings: 

    Beer? Uh, this is a weird one for me since I am (was) a wine and cocktails kind of gal. The smell of beer literally makes my mouth water! 

    Caesar Salads

    Raw Oysters... another thing I can't have (basically I am torturing myself with my cravings)

    Watermelon 

    Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches 

    Pickles (cliché pregnancy craving but OMG… GIMMIE ALL THE PICKLES!) 

     Sleep:

    My sleep has been all over the place. Some nights I sleep perfectly and others I literally go crazy laying there waiting for the alarm to go off. I have been using my Himalayan salt lamp, which has helped calm my anxiety and turn off my brain.

     Weight Gain:

    My pre-pregnancy weight was much more healthier than with Camden. I was 97 lbs. at my first appointment with him, but this time around I came in at 112 lbs. and have gained 1 pound so far. Lets hope I don’t gain FIFTY FREAKING POUNDS again!

     How I Have Been Feeling?

    Moods are pretty consistent with random bursts of psycho. I think I have just been too tired to be a total psycho soo that’s cool. LOL

    The tears have just started and mostly because I can’t stand that Camden is growing up so fast. I have been watching old videos of him on my phone and I just sob. Like full blown tears streaming down my face and dripping on absolutely everything.

     I am a little uncomfortable with my body right now, which I expected. I am starting to get a little bump, which only really fits in high-waisted yoga pants or stuffed under a skirt or dress. Bump also looks like it could be beer belly so I have been embracing allll the flowy shirts!

     Movement?

    I did not expect to feel baby until at least 18/20 weeks but at 13 weeks I started feeling little flutters. I went in for an ultrasound and asked about it. Was it just tummy toots or is that my little baby? Apparently, it is totally possible to feel baby as early as 12 weeks with your second baby. So yea, I can already feel my little bean bouncing around.

     Boy or Girl?

    We will find out May 21!

     Baby Gear:

    I haven’t bought much for baby yet, as we have so much leftover from Camden but I am sure that will change soon. I love baby shopping!

     

     Thank you for reading and more blog posts will be coming soon! I have so much to update you all on!