weekend shenanigans

Weekend Shenanigans – The One Where I Learn to Swaddle

Oh, what’s up end of August?! I don’t know about you guys, but I am ready for some football next weekend!!! And cooler weather. Where is the cooler weather? Chris made the comment in the car last night that usually around this time you can walk outside and sort of smell football season in the air and put on some jeans and not die. (By not die in the south, we mean the 80’s.)

Anyways, this weekend just flew on by!

Thursday I had lunch with Laura at Holler and Dash. We had taken a survey last time we were there and got a free coupon for beignets so we had to cash that in before it expires! I ordered the Chicken.Set.Go. biscuit with fried chicken, pimento cheese, jalapeonos and sorghum. Yum!



Laura got me some super fun Alabama stuff for my birthday! I need to have a football party our house so I can make good use of this gorgeous tray.


Friday was a frustrating day. The internet went in and out all day at work because they were fixing a downed power line outside out building. Finally I got in to a good groove, then the power went out at our corporate office, which kicks all the remote offices (like mine) out of the programs that we need to complete our work. Ugh! So I am going to be struggling this morning to try to make up for the stuff I couldn’t get done last week. When I got home, Chris and I went over to his parents house for a little while and had burgers.

Saturday we were up and out bright and early to go to our Prepared Childbirth Class! The class basically covered the different stages of pregnancy, birth, post natal care, and a few other things. We also took a tour of the hospital so we know where to go and what to do when the time comes. I am very happy with the hospital that we chose. When you walk around, you feel like you are more at a hotel than a hospital. It doesn’t have the weird hospital smell, the lighting is amazing, everything is very clean and new looking.

I left the class only slightly traumatized. They really scare the shit out of you with those videos. I was ok if I had to have a c-section before but now I am terrified of one after watching them rip apart the muscles and stuff to get to the baby. I mean, I knew that is what happened…but seeing it? Oh man.

We mastered swaddling. Made me hungry for a burrito!


Our class let out about an hour early, so we took advantage of being in the area we were and hit up all three Bargain Hunts! I also talked Chris into walking around HomeGoods with me. You have to check these places out all the time because they are constantly getting new stuff in. We grabbed a few more baby items!


We were gone for about 12 hours Saturday and when we got home I was exhausted!!! One Tree Hill binging for the win!

Sunday I got our meal planning and grocery shopping done early because we were off to a BBQ at Morgan’s house to say goodbye to our friends Erin and Andrew who are moving to Huntsville. If it’s one thing I can say about blogging, it is that it has brought amazing people in to my life. All three of these girls I have met because of blogging. And look at all the little ones!!! I cant wait to our little girl comes out to play with these kiddos. It is so cool that we all have/will have kids around the same age.


The rest of our evening looked like this…


I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Linking up with Biana.

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  • Reply Andrea @ Living On Cloud Nine August 29, 2016 at 8:38 am

    Ha ha, The swaddling made you want a burrito, that’s hilarious! I’m glad the class went well. Love and all your Alabama football stuff! Yep will be glued to the TV Saturday night watching them and our Irish on Sunday night, can’t wait! Hope your week treats you kind and no internet probs!!!

  • Reply Cara August 29, 2016 at 9:07 am

    The heat is unbearable right now, although I won’t complain because I remember what it was like while being pregnant. Hoping it cools down soon and yay to football season! 🙂

  • Reply Biana @ Blovedboston August 29, 2016 at 9:09 am

    haha loving that swaddling a fake baby made you hungry for a burrito!! I hope the work load today isn’t too bad and you get through it in stride!! Happy Monday girl! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

  • Reply Lindsay Latimer August 29, 2016 at 9:47 am

    What a productive weekend! And I think you just traumatized me over ever having a csection. Omg. Love all of the Alabama football stuff! So ready to get the season started. Happy Monday!

  • Reply Rebecca Jo August 29, 2016 at 10:12 am

    I’d never watch any of the videos. Sometimes I would think I’d rather not know 🙂 haha
    Let the nurses & doctors do their thing – I dont need to see what’s going to happen.

  • Reply Bri @ North Star Girl Lone Star World August 29, 2016 at 11:30 am

    That food looks so good. I love that swaddling made you want food lol. I hope you’re able to use your awesome birthday presents soon.

  • Reply Mattie @ Northwest Native August 29, 2016 at 11:42 am

    I have never had beignets. I know, I’m mad about it. But I also desperately want to travel to NOLA so I’m like…should I wait and lose my beignet virginity there?! Not that we have plans to go…

    Oh gosh…I don’t think anyone would feel great about a c-section after watching a video of it!

  • Reply kathy @ more coffee, less talky August 29, 2016 at 11:46 am

    yes, those videos leave nothing to the imagination. i was scared as well! but it all worked out; it always does 🙂

  • Reply Heather August 29, 2016 at 11:54 am

    Awesome job with the swaddling!! I love that it made you want a burrito, LOL. #pregnantproblems 😉 You look great!! So nice that you were able to get some things done for baby & also see some friends this weekend. I had a c-section with both of my daughters, and was not planning/hoping for either one but I have to honestly tell you that they were nowhere near as bad as I would have expected. I was fortunate to still be able to hold my baby skin-to-skin immediately after the surgery, and in particular my second time around, the recovery was pretty good too. I know that’s not everyone’s experience but hopefully it sways any worries you might have (but hopefully also you don’t end up needing one!)

  • Reply Kate @ Green Fashionista August 29, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    LOL at swaddling making you hungry for a burrito! So glad your class went well aside from the graphic videos, and YAY for the hospital feeling more like a hotel. Isn’t that the best feeling?! Cheers to a fabulous week <3

  • Reply marie August 29, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    haha that swaddling made you hungry. That is hilarious. Glad to hear that the classes went well. Those videos leave nothing to imagination but don’t let them frighten you, It will all work out.

  • Reply kristen August 29, 2016 at 1:32 pm

    oh gosh i do NOT want to know about c-sections and stuff. they are scary enough as it is. i always just pictured that they open you up and voila the baby is right on top no problems, don’t have to move anything. and that’s how i want it to stay thanks!

  • Reply Audrey August 29, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    Too cool that you met all those ladies through blogging!
    I think the birthing classes and hospital tour would freak me out SO MUCH. Probably only because I’d know that this was it- no turning back. Haha. I’m glad you love the hospital, though! That’s such a plus when it comes to the big day!
    I love that tray!

  • Reply Erika August 29, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    That video sounds terrifying. No thanks! So fun that you met those ladies through blogging, all the kiddos are just adorable too!

  • Reply Kaitlyn August 29, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    “By not die in the south, we mean the 80’s.”, haha so true! I would say cute Bama stuff, but BOOO! Go DAWGS! Oh and the rivalry begins again lol. HomeGoods is always changing, I love visiting there and TJMaxx on a weekly basis. They’re my absolute favorite stores. I love that Zac enjoys shopping there equally as much as me, because then he doesn’t complain when I spend a couple hours there. So glad you mastered swaddling! Best thing ever. Those C-section videos sound brutal. The idea of having to have a C-section as always freaked me out. I know millions of women have them, but I’m with you. Seeing all those muscles be cut just doesn’t seem ideal. I’m mentally preparing myself for the chances of a c-section happening someday because my boyfriend was a 10lb baby…yikes.

  • Reply Emily @ Martinis & Bikinis August 29, 2016 at 9:44 pm

    Sounds like a great weekend but yes this heat needs to leave asap. lol You look gorgeous with your baby bump and I’m sure it was eye-opening but educational visiting the hospital and getting mentally prepared for what’s to come. I feel ya on the C-section after seeing the video, it sounds scarier than it probably is as so many of my girls have had it done and they healed very well.

  • Reply Ashley @ The Wandering Weekenders August 29, 2016 at 10:22 pm

    It sounds like you had a fun weekend, and I’m seriously so excited for football season to be here this weekend too! I don’t think that I’ll have time to do anything else but watch football once this weekend rolls around! Those beignets look so delicious along with that fried chicken sandwich! Why do they make you watch those videos? I don’t think that I want to know what all happens, or at least I don’t want to see it! And hooray for meeting up with good blog friends! It’s amazing the people that blogging brings into your life!

  • Reply Susannah August 30, 2016 at 12:00 am

    Why would they make you watch a C-Section???!?!??!?! Ignorance is bliss in my opinion!

  • Reply texerinsydney August 30, 2016 at 2:38 am

    The title of this post is adorable. One of the reasons that I’m okay with not having had a baby – I’m never had to watch a C-Section.

  • Reply ellesees.net August 30, 2016 at 8:52 am

    a good tight swaddle and some shushing in the ears are lifesavers in the beginning! I’m so excited for football! My Dawgs play here in Atl (not going bc traffic).

  • Reply SMD @ Life According to Steph August 30, 2016 at 11:08 am

    Swaddling is an art. LOL. Be on the lookout for Aden & Anais swaddle blankets at Marshalls! All the baby mamas in my life love them.

    Your hospital sounds great for the absence of the weird hospital smell alone.

  • Reply chelsea jacobs August 30, 2016 at 11:21 am

    That sound machine is the BEST EVER.

  • Reply laura August 30, 2016 at 11:28 am

    yes, Brookwood for the win! And by the time the actual C-section rolled around, I completely forgot what the video said about it –plus you know my story, and mine wasn’t bad at all. Also, pretty much everything makes me think about burritos, sooooooooo there’s that. 🙂

  • Reply Sierra August 30, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    Your food looks so good and now I can’t wait to head out for lunch! Haha, oh swaddling. My husband was actually much better at it than I was and after a while we ended up just giving in and getting the kind that has velcro. It made things so much easier! Beautifully Candid

  • Reply caitlin @ candyfloss & persie August 30, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    awwww, how fun!!! In my little busy month of stepping back from blogging I missed that you were expecting!! SO EXCITING, congratulations. I bet those classes are really cute to do together.

    And I’m ready for football too!

  • Reply Emelia August 30, 2016 at 6:04 pm

    I’m glad you found a hospital you like, that’s super important. I want chicken with jalapenos and cheese…that sounds so good. I wish I knew bloggers in my area, I have YET to find any! I hope I find some soon. I also want a sound spa machine, haha maybe that would help me fall asleep!

  • Reply Amy Getz August 30, 2016 at 7:18 pm

    Aww, love that you have real life blogging friends . . . that is so cool! Those classes are scary and nothing feels like anything you learned so just take it all with a grain of salt and get an epidural! Ha!

  • Reply StephTheBookworm August 30, 2016 at 7:48 pm

    Yeah you for figuring out the swaddle! I never did get it down, so we used the swaddling sleep sacks with velcro that basically do the swaddling for you. Those classes at the hospital are real life savers. We knew exactly where to go and what to do when I went into labor. So glad you got to take one!

  • Reply Jess August 31, 2016 at 9:07 am

    Beignets… yum!! I love those. Oh man, they showed you guys videos? Greg and I just took our newborn class, but I am not taking any labor classes. I’ve read stories online and watched some of the Babycenter class videos (nothing graphic), but otherwise I do not want to know. I was really surprised at the high rate of C-sections across the country. I think the national average is somewhere around 30% (don’t quote me on that), and our hospital has similar rates. I wonder how many of those are planned.

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