Hi there! I wanted to just pop in today to give you a quick update. If you follow me on Instagram, then you are already aware that I've been in the hospital for the past couple of days.

My blood pressure has started to creep up and because of my history with severe pre-eclampsia, my doctors feel it's best to monitor me and baby in the hospital. At this point my diagnosis is simply gestational hypertension which is now being managed with medication. I have also received steroid injections to help the baby's lungs  should we need to deliver early. Baby has already had one growth scan and looks great! He is also having twice daily non-stress tests while we are here which have been going perfectly. Our goal is to stay pregnant until 36 weeks. (I'm currently 30 weeks and 3 days.)

The plan as of last night is for me to remain in the hospital through the end of this week. Pending another favorable growth scan of baby and stable blood pressures, I can continue bed rest and medications from HOME!

Of course I'm no stranger to the hospital and have trained myself to think of my time in hospitals as a vacation of sorts. A time when I'm not responsible for taking care of myself. Let me tell you, all of that brain training has turned to shit now that I have Mallory. Being away from her for the first time in her life is quite possibly one of the most emotionally challenging things I've faced. Of course SHE is as happy as a clam playing at her friend's house while Kyle is at work. (Thank God for loving friends.)  This mama however, total freaking basket case. Someone have a beer or six for me, please!

In other news, my cancer scan from last week came back clear!!! Cheers to that! 

Deja Vu

I'm hell-bent on making sneakers look cool with any outfit. (Well, at least pregnant me is anyway...) I used to have a stout collection of running shoes, sneakers, and chucks, but over the years that collection has dwindled. I felt because I was no longer on a soccer or basketball team that I could no longer get away with wearing shoes like this. Oh how wrong I was! Dressing up sneakers could be a new "thing" for me. Part of my "new classy, mom wardrobe" if you will... Perfect for toddler wrangling and maybe even a little fashionable. I don't know, what do you think?

jacket || Target (old) (love this one also from Target)
sweater || Nordstrom (sold out) (this one is great too!) 
pants || Gap Maternity
shoes || New Balance @ Nordstrom (sold out) (these are next on my list!)
nails || OPI
lipstick || L'Oreal
shop this look :

Hopes & Plans [Monthly Goals Link Up]

Welcome to the "Hopes & Plans" link up! Any hopeful or goal-oriented post is welcome! It can be your life's dreams, aspirations, monthly goals or simply your chore list. Share with us! I hope for this to be a place where we can come to be inspired and motivated by the things other people have in the works. The possibilities are endless! Most things in life begin by first having a hope and then some kind of plan.

March?! I'm sorry what? How in the world is it March? Wasn't Christmas like last week?? We have a bunch to review between last week's and month's hopes & plans so lets hop to it!

Last week's hopes & plans...

|| "Neutralize" the kids' room. Mostly done. All I need to do is purchase a gray changing pad cover, spray paint a letter and find some fun bunting to put above the crib. Do you have a favorite ETSY shop for bunting?

|| Make a "tie blanket." Just finished it up not 10 minutes ago. Will I ever get used to boy things? I mean this blanket has bugs on it!!! eeeeek!
|| Bring remaining baby gear up from the crawl space. Well, we made another list of "shit to do before baby is born" and this was on it...that's gotta count for something, right?

|| Have a clear scan on Friday and celebrate another cancerversary!! I'm so thrilled to report that unofficially my scan looked great! I don't want to jinx it though since my oncologist hasn't looked at it yet. 
Last month's hopes & plans...

|| Get outside more. Ehh. We did do better with this, but I wish the weather had cooperated more. I just can't decide if I want summer to hurry it up or if I hold out of another good dumping of snow??

|| Enjoy swim lessons with Mallory. Yesss! Mallory and I had such a good time with swimming lessons last month. Kyle was even able to make it to one! If you live in the Anchorage area and have a toddler, I highly recommend H2Oasis.

|| Have clear scans. You know how that cookie crumbled already. ;)

|| Continue preparing for baby Woody. Dare I say that we have everything we need?! (Or everything I think we need...)

|| Visit Alyeska. Ugh no! Kyle's work schedule blew the big one this month...

This Month's Hopes & Plans ::

one || Stay pregnant! Pretty self explanatory stuff, right? We have adjusted our pregnancy goal to just make it to 36 weeks. (I explain a little bit more on Instagram if you are interested.)

two || Celebrate our three year wedding anniversary. Three years... Maybe I'll even share "our story." I've gotta practice how I edit it for the kids. Hehehe (Read about our wedding here.)

three || Go to Fur Rondy. Remember when I went last year? Haha!! This year I should have some extra hands and a bit of experience under my belt. ;) The goal is to witness the ceremonial start to the Iditorod! We missed it last year..

four || Enjoy family time. One of the perks of have high blood pressure is that my doctor says I NEED to take it easy. (I don't like the term "bed rest." Is that even possible with a toddler??!) Anyway, my mom and sister will be here for the better part of the month followed shortly thereafter by my mother in law. You know I'm excited to get this rotation of visitors started!!! :) 

Your turn!