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I’ve Got Answers…Part 3


April 11, 2013

Mrs. HVK asked…
1. How old are you? I am walking the thin line of my 20’s…I’m 29, and will turn the big 3-0 this July!
2. What does Jeff do for a living? I know my husband, and I know how he feels about me sharing too much detailed info on the blog, but I will just say he does corporate sales. I’ll leave the specifics out, just because I can get confused by his exact role, and that’s not really my place to share either.
3. Are you going to try for a boy? I know practically EVERY guy wants a boy…and I totally understand that Jeff wants a mini to play sports with and to carry on his last name, however, that is a decision we will have to revisit in our future. I say I’m done with two, but he says one day I’ll want another…only time will tell.

CMae said…
I’m not a mom (YET) haha it’s a work in progress at the moment, but I’d like to know what was the one thing people didn’t tell you that you wish they would of regarding birthing your first baby, and that first night home? 🙂

GREAT question my friend! Let’s see, that’s a hard one. I guess the one thing I didn’t realize about the whole birthing process was the aftermath of it all…people talk openly about the contractions/pushing/delivery aspect, but then a lot fail to leave out the nitty gritty details (which now I know why). Honestly, it’s not pretty…you need to make sure to have LOTS of comfy granny-esque underwear, and you need to stock up on Tuck’s pads and those lovely “napkins” we all had to wear when Aunt Flow first appeared way back when. It does get better, but it takes some time!
As for that first night home, try to take a deep breath and just soak it all in…you’ll be confused about what’s going to transpire those first 24 hours at home, and if you have someone staying over to help (AKA Mimi) take advantage of their knowledge…I don’t know how Jeff and I would’ve survived those first few nights if it hadn’t been for her. Try to set a schedule for sleeping/feeding/responsibilities, because you’ll all be confused and out of it come 3AM 🙂
Kelly Belly said…
Hey, could you a link on your sidebar for your workouts? I remember reading about one a few months ago. 
I will do this ASAP! I know it can be hard to find certain posts, etc via Blogger search, so I’ll make a button to help you find it easily.

Jessica asked…
Hi! I would love your tips on eating healthy during pregnancy while still indulging cravings…maybe a pregnancy day in the life of your food? I would also love to know what you eat to take off the pregnancy weight, and any exercises that helped you get your body back!

I mentioned my daily food intake in Part 1 of my Q&A so I’ll focus this answer on taking off the weight and post-baby exercise routine. The thing that helped me lose the weight quickly was counting calories (once I stopped breastfeeding) and making sure I hit up the gym 2-3 times each week. Yes, this is doable with a baby, but difficult as well. I was lucky to be able to have my grandparents come over to watch CC when I went to the gym, and our YMCA offers childcare so that was a big win in my book! Mainly, I focused on cardio-runs on the treadmill, utilizing the arc trainer (which works WAY better than the elliptical), weight training (both arms and legs), and then the dreaded stuff-the ab workouts, since that is the area that needed the most attention. Your body won’t change overnight, but in time you’ll get it figured out and I can say I was happy with where my body was, right before I got pregnant with Carson. We will see how hard it is to lose the 2nd time. 

Erin said…
I would love to see a look at your work out routine, but also how you manage stress/tips for maintaining balance in one’s life! And if you have time, what your reading or watching this week, as I love to read other people’s guilty TV or reading pleasures!
Workout routine..like I mentioned above, I will post this soon and get it up for all to see! 
In regards to managing stress/maintaining balance, I am not so certain I am the person to ask about this topic since I thrive on stress..I know, I’m a weirdo. However, you asked so I’ll let you know what I do. I am a constant list maker. I love to cross things off and feel like I am being (at least somewhat) productive each day so to-do lists help me keep it together. Working out REALLY helps me reduce my stress levels as well, and I love to do anything outside…vitamin D is always good for the soul. 
As far as what I’m reading, I just started back on my Bible reading. I am tackling the Old Testament this go around, so once I’m done I will have read it all…a goal on my “life list”. I feel my life is so much more balanced when I add scripture into my life each day. I try to not watch nearly as much TV as I used, to, but of course I am a sucker and get pulled into shows just like everyone else…my guilty pleasures are any of the Real Housewives franchises (Beverly Hills is my fav), Shark Tank, Game of Thrones, Grey’s Anatomy, Modern Family, Boardwalk Empire, Nashville, Homeland, and basically anything on Bravo (Rachel Zoe, Millionaire Matchmaker, etc)

natasha {schue love} said…
1. I would love to learn more about your family dynamic with hubby and C and baby on the way!

Our family dynamic…that is an interesting one my dear. I think right now it’s us trying to juggle all the balls we have flying around. We have so much going on that sometimes it’s a cluster trying to figure it all out. We try to keep ourselves on a schedule most days, like me attempting to cook dinner so we can eat as a family once Jeff gets home, spend time with just us three on the weekends whenever available, and we are savoring this time because we know chaos is about to ensue once again. It’s been difficult because Jeff is travelling a lot right now, and I am having a harder time at home because I get tired very easily with being pregnant and still trying to take care of Caroline day in and day out. It’s not easy, but we are working our way through it. I am trying not to put so much pressure on myself and that has really helped ease a lot of my worry.
2. Also, what logistics you figured out to be a SAHM.
When I first made the decision that staying home was what I wanted to do, Jeff and I sat down and had a lengthy discussion about everything that entailed…putting my career on hold, cutting back on the expenditures, my role and what daily life would look like at home, and so on. It wasn’t something we finalized overnight, but we really tried to think through each scenario and see how we could work it out  so that I could be with Caroline everyday. I think it was trying to talk through everything that could potentially happen and plan the best we could.
3. And of course, like the other readers, more insight into the new house!
House progress is still a long way out, but we are still looking online for ideas, scouring through floor plans to create the “master plan” to have everything we are looking for, and most of all trying to be patient…I have to keep telling myself that we will not only be building a house, but we will be selling our house at the same time, and I know this isn’t going to be an easy undertaking given how crazy the real estate market is. Right now, we are just saving as much money as we can because we know sticking to a budget is really tricky when it comes to building a new home. I promise to keep yall updated as things progress!

Megan said…
1. Who are your “must read” blogs?
There are a ton of blogs that I love to read and check up on, but some of my favorite ladies are listed below…beware, they are addictive I assure you 😉
Jessica at Little Baby Garvin
Katie at Miss Dixie
April at A. Liz Adventures 
Sara at Running From the Law
Kate at Set This Circus Down
Natasha at Schue Love
Darci at The Good Life
Samma at Spice and Sass
Tracy at Then I Got to Thinking
Andee at The Honeybee
Christina at Carolina Charm
2. Do you have a bucket list? That would make a fun post!! 🙂

I sure do! I crafted this list a little more than a year ago, and it’s crazy to see just how much I want to accomplish, but hey, it’s a goal worth shooting for! You can see my “Life List” here
jenny collier said…
I think I would want to see some of your inspiration for the new house. 
Here are some pictures, taken from my computer folder for “All Things Home”. I have been bookmarking things for years in anticipation of when we would build so we wouldn’t have to start from scratch. Keep in mind…these are exactly that-inspiration pics, for I have a feeling we’ll be living in an unfurnished home for quite awhile once we move in, but a girl can dream!!

Jenn asked…
What are you most nervous about with having 2 babies, especially so close in age? My husband definitely wants another baby, but I’m not so sure.
Let’s be honest…I’ve started getting a lot of anxiety about this topic as of late. I think I’m most nervous about the daily things that come up. Like running to the grocery store with a 1.5 year old and a newborn-if you’re a mom, you can relate as normal tasks take on a life of their own. You have to think about the diaper bag and all the necessities, how you’re going to get them in and out, keep them entertained (i.e. not screaming their heads off), and such. I know I will look like a hot mess for the first few months as I try to re-learn all of the things I had mastered with one child, because it’s going to be a lot different juggling two. Everyone keeps telling me that with kids close in age, the first two years are really tough, but then they can occupy and entertain each other and then life will become “normal” again. And the second part of that entails Caroline…I’m nervous about how she is going to react to a new baby in the house-she is used to being the center of attention and even though she is still very young, I know she has good intuition and will get confused about this new little being Mommy and Daddy brought home. I want to make sure both Jeff and I make time to do things with her and her alone, just so she knows how much we love her, and that she feels special and a part of this whole new experience, too.

Erin asked…
I would also love a day in the life post. Also, I know you’ve mentioned that you may be opening your own business…just wondering if you’re still thinking about it and if so, what is it?
A day in the life post is coming up! As for opening my own business, I wish that was in the works these days, but that idea has been put on hold indefinitely unfortunately…life gets busy and babies have taken over-haha. (and P.S. yes, I am totally OK with that!) Eventually, I hope one day I will be able to start my own business, which was to be a women’s clothing boutique here in Nashville, but only time will tell!

That’s all folks! I hope I answered all the questions out there. What a fun series and I hope you were able to learn a little bit more about me and my life, other than what I have shared previously here on the blog. Have a great one!

  1. rachel says:

    Thanks for always being so honest! Looking forward to some upcoming fun posts…especially "day in the life." I too have baby #2 on the way and am curious to hear how others with two under two are making it work. 🙂

  2. Thanks so much for sharing! It is always fun to get little glimpses into other's worlds. 🙂

  3. Loving these posts and getting to learn more about you and the fam! Thanks for the shoutout!! I need to check out some of the other blogs you mentioned, but most of them are daily favorites of mine too! XO

  4. Love reading these! You certainly have so much going on right now, and I'm so impressed with how you keep it all together. Your inspiration pics for the new house are gorgeous!! Love that living room.

  5. Thanks for sharing! Love your inspiration for your home – it is going to be beautiful!


  6. Samma says:

    Thanks so much- I am thrilled to be a must read. Hey- did you ever meet Valerie Weissinger Guess in Nashville? She went to UT, from Farragut, and married JP Guess who is Jeff's age and was a Sigma Chi. Anyway, she had a sort of traveling boutique where she would do shows at people's houses, moved back here and started a brick and mortar store. It is doing great, and she just opened a baby boutique too. Long story short- she would be a wonderful person to talk to once you get geared up to start your own business!

  7. Natasha this was so fun! Thank you for being so open and sharing, I am so excited for you and your little family of soon to be 4!

  8. Ashley says:

    I love these posts! Like everyone else I'm sure, I'm excited to see more posts about the house. It looks like it's going to be basically my dream home – southern style.
    You, Sara, Natasha and Tracy are on my must read list as well – love all of the blogs!

  9. Sarah says:

    I loved loved LOVED your answer to what you're nervous about having 2 babies so close in age. I'm in the same boat as you, just a few months behind. We have one little girl with another one (90% sure it's another girl!) on the way due October 1st. They will be 15 months apart and I'll be honest…the 1st 2 months of my pregnancy I was freaking out! You just summed up all my fears perfectly (the grocery store thought has crossed my mind a million times!). I'm now so excited about our new addition and the prospect of 2 little girls. I can't wait to keep reading to get some inspiration and advice on how you adjust to Carson's arrival! It's a comforting thought knowing I will not be the only mom in the world who is going through the chaos!

  10. I've loved all of these posts and learning more about you! My goodness, I cannot wait to see your dream home come to life- it is going to be gorgeous! And thanks so much for the shout out lady!! xo

  11. Nat says:

    Loved all these question and answer posts! I cannot wait to see how your new house turns out- all your inspiration photos are goreous!

  12. Aw, thanks for the mention, and I assure you that the feeling is mutual! 🙂 I'm loving your responses to these answers, but probably just because I always find you to be a very honest, approachable, and captive writer. Your home inspiration photos are on POINT!

  13. Jen Gordon says:

    I am loving your home inspiration!! You have fantastic taste and I cannot wait to see what you do with your new home when the time comes!!

  14. Caroline says:

    I love the home inspirations. We've been here 5 years and I'm ready for a little updating.

  15. Andee Layne says:

    I love these posts 😉 I am in love with all your home inspirations pics and can't wait to hear more on that progress…how exciting! and thanks for the love, your blog is one of my must reads as well! xoxo

  16. Mrs.HVK says:

    Thanks for answering my questions and your honesty! Wishing you and your family the best!

  17. I love all of your answers – and oh my goodness… your new house will be absolutely gorgeous!!

  18. Sara says:

    I am so honored and humbled to be included in your blogroll! You are an absolute doll and wonderful blogger and I'm so incredibly thrilled that you take the time to stop by my little neck of the internet. Thank you, you made my day.

    And I'm drooling over the amazing home inspiration photos! Mac and I might need to arrange a weekend visit to Nashville to see this amazing place (and meet your gorgeous babies, of course). 🙂

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