Thursday, December 1, 2011

It's been quite a while!

Let's see... Last time I wrote I was 26 weeks along. I am now 37 weeks and 4 days. I feel like these last weeks have been going by so slow! Last week at 36 weeks my doctor checked me and I was dilated 1cm and 70% effaced. She checked again yesterday and I'm still 1cm but 80% effaced. She went ahead and did a membrane stripping to move things along. I've been having some pretty strong period like cramping for about two weeks now. I wish it would just go away or things would get moving. I know I still have two weeks but they are so bothersome. Although, I would rather have a happy, health baby and be uncomfortable than a sick baby.

Jon started a new job last week where he is on the road for five days and home for the weekend. The farthest he goes is about four hours away. So hopefully when my body says it's time he'll make it here in time for the birth. I don't think I've shared what he is doing now that he is out of the Army. He is a truck drive. Yep, he drives 18-wheelers. He hauls anything from corn, fertilizer, soymeal and other commodities.

Things are pretty lonely here especially since I don't know really know anyone. Sure, I know the people I work with but they aren't people I would ever hang out with. They just aren't my "type" of friends. Speaking of work I guess my boss decided it was time for me to just not work anymore. I was trying to work right up until I gave birth. He had other plans though. Friday is my last day on the schedule. I guess it gives me time to relax and clean this place up some more. Not that I haven't been on a cleaning spree or anything of the sorts.

I'm really hoping that my Mom can make it up here for the birth as well. I'm really scared that Jon and my Mom won't get here in time. I'm already scared of the whole labor part as it is. My luck I will be doing it all alone. Fingers and toes crossed that I won't though.

Now that I won't be working I hope to have more time to blog.

I'll leave you with some belly pictures and 3d/4d pictures of Beau.

Monday, September 12, 2011

26 weeks

Week 26- September 11th-September 17th

Due Date: December 18, 2011

How Big is Baby: An app on my phone says he's as big as a cucumber.

Weight Gain: 2 lbs!

Symptoms: Just some round ligament pain.

Cravings: Cantaloupe! I ate a bunch of it though, so that craving has now come and gone. I haven't craved much of anything else.

Sleep: Sleep these days is okay. Sometimes I can't get comfortable so I just lay there.

I Can't Live Without: Nothing at the moment actually.

I Miss: Not peeing in the middle of the night.  I seriously wake up about three times a night.

I am Looking Forward to: Meeting our little boy.

Movement: He's most active at night and in the mornings. Jon was able to feel him at around 24 weeks. Usually his kicks are pretty mellow but every once in a while he gives a nice big kick. As of right now I like feeling him kick. Ask me later though when he is kicking my ribs.

Gender: It's a boy! Beau Levi!
It's hard to believe I have only gained two pounds but the scale at the doctor office doesn't lie.

Monday, August 15, 2011

We found out what we are having!

On Saturday we drove down to Wichita, Kansas which is about a 3 hour drive for us.We had an appointment at a 3d/4d place to get an ultrasound done so we could finally find out the sex of our baby. We just did the 2d for now since we were there specifically to find out the sex. We'll be doing the 3d/4d in about 6 weeks. It was so amazing to find out what our baby is! We are having a....

We are extremely excited! Jon and the rest of my family had all been saying before we knew that they thought he would indeed be a boy. Wichita has a lot more shopping opportunities so we took the rest of the day to go to Babies R Us to get things we needed. We left Babies R Us with a Chicco travel system. We also went to JCPenney's because they were having a huge sale and we bought baby clothes! I had got our pack n play about a week prior to our appointment. I ordered it online and had it shipped to us. It was a gender nuetral one since with didn't know yet what we were having. We're now waiting for our nursery furniture to be shipped to us.

Don't mind me with no makeup. This was me at 21 weeks and 4 days. I am 22 weeks today.

 Sorry for the blurry picture.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

We have a stubborn baby on our hands!

I had my doctor appointment yesterday. It was awful. I had checked three or four times prior to my appointment that I was getting an anatomy scan. Each person I talked to said it was in their system for me to have one. So I show up at 4:30pm yesterday (20 minutes early) to fill out some paperwork. My actual appointment was at 4:50pm. 5:10 rolls around and a receptionist calls me up front to sign a paper. I told her my appointment was supposed to be 20 minutes ago and what does she tell me? "You'll be fine." I was so shocked at the way she said it that I didn't say anything back. Normally I don't tolerate rude people. I finally got called back at 5:40pm. Yep, almost an hour after my scheduled appointment. So I'm talking with the nurse about the anatomy scan and she says I'm not down for one. I was already irritated from them running late and when said I wasn't getting the sonogram I really wanted to rip into her. I remained calm and collected though. She told me they don't normally do them for first time appointments (I was seeing this doctor for the first time). So she goes and talks to the doctor about it and comes back and tells me they will do it but it's going to have to be quick. At this point I could care less about finding out the sex than I do about making sure my child is growing right on track. The nurse takes us back into the sono room and we then proceeded to wait another 45 minutes for the doctor. FINALLY, the doctor comes in and she does her thing. We didn't end up leaving there until 7pm. It's actually weird, this particular doctor office doesn't close until 8pm. I had never heard of that.

Good news? Our baby is growing right on track and is developing wonderfully!

Bad news? Our baby was laying across and on it's side (His/her back was facing outwards). So we couldn't find out the sex. Needless to say I was bummed about that part.

I scheduled a 3d/4d appointment for next Saturday. Fingers crossed that we will find out what this little munchkin is! If not we have to wait until August 31st for my next doctor appointment.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

It's been way too long!

I haven't had internet since May which explains my lack of writing. I've now been in Kansas for almost a full month. The first two weeks were super hard being so far away from my family. Every now and then I still get sad about not being able to hop in my car and visit my Nana or other family. I am currently 20 weeks and 1 day pregnant. It's seriously been so easy going. I've had no morning sickness at all. My face breaking out has calmed down in the last two weeks. I'm just now starting to feel our little peanut's movements. It's still faint but it's amazing knowing I'm growing a tiny human inside of me.

I did have one scare a couple of days after I get here to Kansas. I was welcomed by Kansas with some eighteen wheeler throwing a rock at my window and leaving a crack. So the next day I was outside with the repair man (he makes house calls) while he was doing his thing. It was only 80 degrees outside at the time. I was outside for about half an hour when I started to feel nauseous then my ears started ringing and I felt dizzy. Then my hearing went muffled and I couldn't see anything. I started to tumble forward (I was leaning my hip onto my car) and caught myself on my car. The poor old man working on my windshield was freaked out. He asked if I needed anything and I said water but my speech was slurred. I leaned on my car until I gained my sight and hearing back. I then slowly walked to the house to get water and call Jon. He hurried home and took me to the er. They admitted me asap. They gave me fluids and took a urine sample. They came back and told me I had a urinary tract infection. They then gave me an antibiotic and gave me a prescriptions for one.They said it could cause what happened to me. It definitely was scary.

I saw this on another blog that I thought I would fill out.

How far along? 20 weeks and 1 day, 19 weeks and 6 days to go!

How big is baby? About 7 inches and 11 ounces, so may what to expect app says.

Gender? Don't know yet.

Weight gain? As of July 18th I haven't gained a single pound. That's actually good for me seeing that I went into this pregnancy weighing more than I should.

Symptoms? My back has been starting to ache.

Food cravings? Chuy's or Chick-Fil-A. If I want Chuy's I have to go back to Texas and if I want Chick-Fil-A then I have to drive 63 miles to get it.

Sleep? I toss and turn all.night.long. We are sleeping on an air matress though at the moment so that could be why.

Movement? It's real faint right now.
Stretch Marks? Sadly, small ones on my boobs :/

Belly Button? I've always had a deep belly button and it's still currently the same.

What I am looking forward to? My anatomy scan tomorrow! I'm really hoping to find out the gender!!!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011


A surprise is what I got about four weeks ago. Jon and I found out we are pregnant! I went to the doctor on May 11th to confirm it. I was pretty sure after 5 digital tests that I was pregnant but I knew I should go see a doctor. I went in there thinking I was 4 or 5 weeks at the most. That was not the case at all!  At the time I was approximately 8 weeks and 1 day. I was definitely suprised!! I am now 10 weeks and 1 day. I had my first ultrasound on May 18th and it was amazing! I saw our little peanut and it was love at first sight. Hearing the heartbeat is one of the most fantastic things ever! I actually cried when I heard it.

I've actually been lucky and have not had an ounce of morning sickness. Although I can't brush my teeth or tongue anymore without gagging. The only other syptoms I've had is exhaustion and my "girls" are sore.

I'll leave you with a picture of our little peanut =)

Oh! Look what they did to my arm when they drew blood :/

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

I've got Adele on repeat.

 Whenever I'm in a sad funky mood I put Adele on repeat and sulk. There is just something about her voice and the lyrics that help me cry. I think a long cry is good every once in a while, at least for me it is.

I know I haven't wrote in over a month. My apologies. I doubt anyone is reading this but at this point I'm writing to help release all the emotions I'm feeling at the moment. Life has been pretty crazy since starting my new job at the beginning of last month. I feel as if all I do is sleep, eat, work and repeat. I enjoy my new job that I'll be leaving in less than a month.

Yep, you read that correctly. My new job ends on May the 7th. Why? I'm moving to the middle of nowhere, aka Cimarron, Kansas. Jon is getting discharged from the Army next month. We found out last Friday. It's a long story and I would rather not talk about it. He did nothing bad, he hasn't disgraced the Army, nothing of the sorts. To say this is very unexpected is an understatement. My job alone won't pay the bills and there is no work for him in Killeen. I hate when everything is going great and then life comes and knocks us on our ass.

So off to Kansas we go. We'll be living with his parents until August. Then Jon will be going to school in either North Carolina or Houston, Texas. I'm hoping for the latter. I'm always up for an adventure but I'll be honest, I'm scared. I have a big family and I am so used to seeing them anytime I want. I can't do that when I move 10 hours away. It's scary.

I just don't want them to forget about me. They already do with me living an hour away.

Friday, March 11, 2011


I saw a couple of blogs do this and thought I would join in!

Favorite time of day: Afternoons. I'm not a morning or night person. ha!

Favorite season: Summer and Spring. I love the cool winds and warm sun we get in the spring but I love love love the summer times.

Favorite month: July, my birthday month!

Favorite holiday: The Fourth of July. I love getting together with friends and family to BBQ and celebrating our country's independence.
Favorite subject in school: I love History! Especially Texas history.

Favorite channel: Eh, that's a hard one. Either ABC or ABC Family.

Favorite color: Purple!

Favorite song: I have way too many favorites to choose.

Favorite movie: Again, way too many favorites.

Favorite celebrity: Reese Witherspoon.

Favorite kind of music: I really love me some good Texas Country.

Favorite TV show: Pretty Little Liars, The Bachelor, One Tree Hill, Gossip Girl and of course Grey's Anatomy!
Favorite thing to do: Spend time with my hunny :)

Favorite place in the world: My bed!

Favorite hobby: Taking pictures.

Favorite kind of animal: Dogs.

Favorite place to live: I love living in the country.

Favorite place to vacation: I haven't been on too many vacations. I guess I would have to say the coast.

Favorite restaurant: Chuy's!!
Favorite food: Mexican food. Yummm.

Favorite thing to cook: Goulash.
Favorite drink: Sweet tea. Not northern sweet tea though.

Favorite chore: Dishes by far!

Favorite makeup: I have an obsession with mascara.

Favorite hair products: It's A 10! 

Favorite lotion: Eh it doesn't matter.

Favorite perfume: Marc Jacobs, Daisy.
Favorite blogger: I have wayyy to many favs.

Favorite thing to blog about: Anything!

Favorite books: Twlight Saga!
Favorite thing to wear: Jeans. I'm a jeans and tshirt kind of girl.

Favorite kind of day: The kind where I can sleep in.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Just A Quick Update

I haven't wrote anything in two weeks. It's been a long two weeks.

I start a new job on Monday. I'll be working as a receptionist at a spa.
I'm excited for the new opportunity but I will definitely miss Caden.
Who seriously wouldn't miss this precious face?
He calls me "Tika".
When I first started working with him I would tickle him and he would want me to tickle him more.
His mom and I thought he was calling me "Tika," it turned out he was just saying tickle.
It's become my name now though.

I've recently dove head first into photography and I'm really enjoying it.
A friend of mine had twins and I got the wonderful opportunity to photograph them.
I'm kind of hesitant to show them though.
I'm still learning as much as I can and I don't think at the moment my photographs are up to par.

This is my last weekend to not have to work Saturdays.
I'll be honest, I really enjoyed not having to work on the weekends.
Good thing is the spa is closed on Sundays so I'll at least have that day off.
I plan on just relaxing this weekend.
We've been going, going, going for the past few weekends.

What are your plans for this weekend?

Tuesday, February 22, 2011


The lovely Mrs. Lou over at Guinn and Bare It is doing her first giveaway.
She's giving away cupcakes!
How awesome is that?! Everyone loves cupcakes.
Well at least I think everyone does. I've never met anyone who doesn't.
You should go enter.
Right now.

You can click on her button right below and it will take you to the giveaway page.

Friday, February 18, 2011

I'll Be Honest...

I haven't blogged in the past two weeks because I haven't felt like it.
I just wasn't in the mood to write.
I'm back now though.

I received the Stylish Blogger Award from Alison at One Luck Monkey.
You should head on over to her blog after you read this.
She has the cutest little girl!

Thank you so much for the award, Alison!
I appreciate it!

1. Thank and link back to the person who send you this award.
2. Share 7 things about yourself
3. Award 15 recently discovered great bloggers.
4. Contact the bloggers you picked and let them know about the award

Seven things about myself:
1. I am obsessed with Hobby Lobby! They always have sales going on. I could spend hoursss in there just wandering around.
2. Heights used to not bother me. I've recently found out they do now. It makes me really uneasy and dizzy being up so high.
3. Another recent obsession of mine? Nail polish. I especially love buying nail polish from China Glaze and OPI collections.
4. I recently started a photography course and I am excited to learn things I never knew about.
5. I can't fall asleep unless the t.v. is on. If Jon falls asleep before me (which is rare) then I'll put the volume real low and set the timer so it doesn't stay on all night.
6. I am a nanny.
7. Finding seven things about myself was actually harder than I thought.

Sierra @ OceanDreams

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

My New Holy Grail Hair Products

Do not walk but RUN to your nearest Ulta (or anywhere else they sell it).
You must get your pretty little paws on these hair products!

You're probably wondering now what on earth I am talking about, huh?

I recently bought two products from the It's A 10 line.

First I went and bought their Miracle Hair Mask.
I've been using it for two weeks now. I've used it twice each week.
It makes my hair feel so silky smooth. I thought I had found the best product ever invented.

That was until I bought this little baby.
This ya'll is actually the best hair product ever.
 It does 10 things for your hair, hence the name.

This bad boy:
1.) Repairs dry damaged hair
2.) Adds shine
3.) Smooths & controls frizz
4.) Seals & protects hair color
5.) Detangles
6.) Prevents split ends
7.) Stops hair breakage
8.) Creates Silkiness
9.) Enhances natural body
10.) Flat iron spray & thermal protector
After I get out of the shower I comb my hair and then spray this all throughout my hair.
My hair has seriously never felt softer.
It just feels overall healthy again.

You must go buy at least the Miracle Leave-In Product!
I promise you will love it.
If you don't then...
I'm sorry?

Monday, February 7, 2011

New Hair and A Accent Vlog!

Just as the title says, I have new hair and I did the accent vlog.

The Words: Aunt, Route, Wash, Oil, Theater, Iron, Salmon, Caramel, Fire, Water, Sure, Data, Ruin, Crayon, Toilet, New Orleans, Pecan, Both, Again, Probably, Spitting image, Alabama, Lawyer, Coupon, Mayonnaise, Syrup, Pajamas, Caught

The Questions:

• What is it called when you throw toilet paper on a house?

• What is the bug that when you touch it, it curls into a ball?

• What is a bubbly carbonated drink called?

• What do you call gym shoes?

• What do you say to address a group of people?

• What do you call the kind of spider that has an oval-shaped body and extremely long legs?

• What do you call your grandparents?

• What do you call the wheeled contraption in which you carry groceries at the supermarket?

• What do you call it when rain falls while the sun is shining?

• What is the thing you change the TV channel with?

A One Line Vent...

I feel like the red head step-child of my family that no one wants.

Edit to add: I'll explain later when I'm not too upset that I say something I'll regret.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Oh How I Love To Read!

I really do love to read.

So much that when I was younger my parents would take away my books when I was grounded.
I could sit in my rooms for hours on end and just read.

I honestly haven't done much reading lately though.
When I started college my personal reading took a seat on the back burner.

Now that I am taking a break this semester I have decided to pick it back up again.

I just picked up two books on Saturday from Target.

Look Again by Lisa Scottoline and A Lucky Child by Thomas Buergenthal.

When reporter Ellen Gleeson gets a "Have You Seen This Child?" flyer in the mail, she almost throws it away. But something about it makes her look again, and her heart stops—the child in the photo is identical to her adopted son, Will. Her every instinct tells her to deny the similarity between the boys, because she knows her adoption was lawful. But she’s a journalist and won’t be able to stop thinking about the photo until she figures out the truth. And she can’t shake the question: if Will rightfully belongs to someone else, should she keep him or give him up? She investigates, uncovering clues no one was meant to discover, and when she digs too deep, she risks losing her own life—and that of the son she loves. Lisa Scottoline breaks new ground in Look Again, a thriller that’s both heart-stopping and heart-breaking, and sure to have new fans and book clubs buzzing.

Thomas Buergenthal, now a Judge in the International Court of Justice in The Hague, tells his astonishing experiences as a young boy in his memoir A Lucky Child. He arrived at Auschwitz at age 10 after surviving two ghettos and a labor camp. Separated first from his mother and then his father, Buergenthal managed by his wits and some remarkable strokes of luck to survive on his own. Almost two years after his liberation, Buergenthal was miraculously reunited with his mother and in 1951 arrived in the U.S. to start a new life. Now dedicated to helping those subjected to tyranny throughout the world, Buergenthal writes his story with a simple clarity that highlights the stark details of unimaginable hardship. 

I've only gotten into the second chapter of Look Again but so far it's good.
After I get done reading it I'll be sure to let you know how I liked it.

Friday, February 4, 2011

MilSpouse Friday Fill-In #29

I haven't done this in forever! So I thought I would give it a go again.

1. Since most of the country has had nasty weather, what has your weather been like this week?
It's been awful! Way too cold! We got sleet and then snow last night. People were so crazy on the roads today. They were slipping and sliding everywhere. There were a couple of times where our tires just kept spinning and we weren't going anywhere. It's funny that it took a week to get here but it took a couple of hours to melt.

2. What is/are your best money saving tip(s)?
We plan our meals before we go shopping. Everyday there isn't a day where I don't have something to cook. It's really cut down on our grocery bill. We aren't going in there blind wondering what we should and shouldn't be getting.
3. What was your favorite vehicle you’ve ever owned??
It would most definitely be my current vehicle! My 2011 Honda Civic. I've had it for three and a half weeks now.

4. What is a question you’d like to see asked in a future fill-in? (Your question & blog just may appear one week!)
What has been your favorite duty station and why?
(Sorry if this question has already been asked!)
5. Fill in the blank: You might be a MilSpouse if….
Hearing noises from the gunneries and artillery at home don't phase you anymore.

Friday, January 28, 2011

CSN Store Review!


I was recently contacted by CSN Stores to do a review on one of their products.
I am so excited to have been given this opportunity!
CSN Stores has over 200 online stores. Yes, you read that correctly. Over 200 stores where you can find anything you need whether it be swingsets, cookware and even nice home furniture!

Here are a couple of items that are available.

CSN Stores has offered to give me $25 toward any one item to do a review on. I am not quite sure yet what I will be choosing. I need to look around some more and see what I would like to review. If you want to see something specific, please let me know.

Disclaimer: I was asked by CSN Stores to include a link for a "swingset" as part of the agreement of the review. By doing that, I am receiving $25 in compensation for advertising their store. Therefore, I am receiving an item from CSN Stores to review. I entered into this agreement by my choice and the compensation will not in any way affect my review.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Blizzard Bloghop

I've never participated in a Blog Hop before so I apologize if I am doing this wrong.

Hi! Welcome to Life Is A {Beautiful} Mess. My name is Katelyn.
I am currently engaged {have been for almost 7 months} to a wonderful man named Jon.
He is a Soldier in the United States Army.
The Army only has his soul him for another year.
We have three fur-babies who we adore.
 Top left is Thumper. Top right is Jake. Bottom is Maci.

I started this blog as a way to express how I was feeling.
Since then it has definitely changed.
My blog is all over the place and I wouldn't have it any other way.

As of right now I do not have a wedding date. Crazy, I know!
We are kind of just taking it day by day right now.

I was a full time student and nanny. I am taking a break this semester though.
Sorry you had to find out this way, Mom!
For the time being, I am just a full time nanny.

I carry my Nikon with me everywhere.
I love photography but I don't call myself a photographer, for now anyways.
I've been studying and reading up on it as much as I can so maybe I can call myself a photographer one day.

I love trying new recipes. Do I love cooking? Not always.
Reading is another passion of mine.
If I sit down with a good enough book chances are I'll finish it within a day.

I unfortunately was born in California.
Only lived there for two years of my life so I don't remember a bit about it.
Texas is where I am from. I am a southern girl at heart and always will be.

Want to join?

Blizzard Bloghop

I'm really looking forward to meeting new people and finding new blogs!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

This Is Way Overdue!

Remember this post about the Marc Jacobs perfume I won?

I received it....

Over a week ago.

I feel awful that I'm just now sitting down to write this.

My apologies, Jen!

I took a picture of my winnings and thought I would show ya'll!

I love love love this perfume!
I had a little roller ball of it but it was almost out so I am very happy to have won this!

Buyer's Remorse?

I had it for maybe half a second when I bought this!

I always have that feeling though when I buy big items.
After that half second was done, I was over the moon with my purchase!

I would show you pictures of my actual car but it's been raining ever since I got it and it now needs a bath.
I've had it for exactly two weeks now.
I still get all excited when I get to drive it.
The kind of excitement where you squeal out of delight.

This is my first brand new car.
My last car was "new" but it was used.
The car before that was given to me as a graduation gift.
And then the car before that was a hand-me-down when I turned 16.
Three cars in four years is no good.
It was time to have one that is going to last me for years to come.

I still don't have a name for her.
Am I the only one who names my cars?
I sure hope not. 

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Want To See My Makeup Bag?

I thought I would share with you what I carry daily in my makeup bag.

Here it is!

I got this makeup back at Charming Charlie.

Yes, I have five mascaras in my makeup bag. I like to layer them. Not all five at once though.
From L to R: L'Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes, Buxom (my all time favorite!!), BADgal Lash, Maybelline Falsies.

From L to R: Benefit Brow Zing, NYX Blush (This is my go-to blush lately. It's in Dusty Rose.), NYX eyeshadow (I actually use this to contour my face. It's in Taupe.)

From L to R: A travel brush, Urban Decay De-Slick in a Tube, a sample UD De-Slick, Benefit Eye Bright, and a little spooly thing to tame my eyebrows.

What's in your makeup bag? I would love to see!


This was supposed to post last Thursday (Janurary 13th) but if you read my previous blog then you'll know it didn't.

I ran across this through Adrienne at Right Here, Right now!

It's called Business2Blogger. (Duh, Katelyn, it's in your title.)

It's a free opportunity for bloggers (and businesses) to review products.

Like I said, this is a completely free service.

How does it work, you ask?

They will send you an email at least once a week with opportunites to sign up for to do a review.

There are two ways bloggers can be selected for these campaigns.

Free campaigns and paid campaigns.

Free campaigns are open for submissions for 18 hours. B2B will then use a random number generator ( to choose 10 Bloggers submissions to send to the businesses who want you to do the reviews. Businesses then look at who was sent to them and they choose who they want.

Paid campaigns are also selected by to select from the Blogger submissions. They are then looked over to make sure they meet the campaign requirements. B2B repeats this process until the required slots are satisfied, and the results are then sent to the Business.

B2B is run by three bloggers.

Shauna at Blah Blah Blog.

and last but not least

Want to know anything else? Just click on their button right below.

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