My miscarriage story and the dangers of Misoprostol (Cytotec)

March was going to be the month that we announced our baby due in the fall. The more and more I’ve thought about it, why do we only announce the good things? Things like, the cute baby announcements, the belly bumps and the gender reveal parties. We hide behind what society says should be kept private, but that is really only for the benefit of the reader, maybe they will feel uncomfortable. Bleeding and death aren’t exactly dinner table topics. As a mom of two healthy babies with no complications, I feel like we were almost naive to think nothing bad would happen. But for some reason, I couldn’t make any plans until I heard my baby’s heartbeat. I didn’t want to talk about minivans or baby names until I heard that heartbeat. Not sure what was different this time around. We went for the first ultrasound, with our biggest hopes and dreams for this baby. The tech didn’t say much, other than your baby is measuring a little smaller than the due date. Maybe I calculated wrong. But nope, I was spot on and knew when my last period was. My husband remembers seeing the low heartbeat but all I remember is hearing some heartbeat. It wasn’t until I met with the doctor after that when she said the word. I was alone because of Covid restrictions. This could be a miscarriage, she said. I lost it. Whatever she said after that I don’t remember. Fear set in. I met Dan at the car and told him as my tears rolled down. We were told to wait a week and come back for a followup ultrasound. Never did we imagine after the first ultrasound around 8 weeks the word, “miscarriage” would frame the following week. I would google the internet for any glimpse of hope, reading other similar stories. The baby was measuring a week or so small and the heartbeat was very low at 68 bpm. It would create anxiety, crushing any dreams we had of our little baby. We waited until the following week and that is when we found out the baby’s heart stopped.

This was the last picture taken before our second ultrasound when the heartbeat stopped.

I share my story not for sympathy. I share because 1 in 4 women will experience a miscarriage in their lifetime. I didn’t think it could happen to us, especially in our case, when we had two healthy babies with no complications. But truth is, it is very common. But, that doesn’t make it any easier. It might make it worse because it gets brushed over. We have been told, it’s ok, you can try again.

As our friends and family have found out about our baby, they began sharing their stories with me. The nurses I have interacted with along the way tell me about their babies in heaven. By sharing my story, it has been healing to talk about and others find comfort in knowing they are not alone.

WARNING: THE FOLLOWING DETAILS ARE VERY GRAPHIC.

So after the diagnosis, I was given a couple choices by my OB. Let the baby pass naturally, take a medication that will induce cramping to expel the tissue, or have a D and C procedure to surgically remove the tissue. After giving it much thought, I decided to take the medication and attempt to do this in the comfort of my home. Letting things happen naturally would take a while and I wasn’t sure I could handle it emotionally to wait that long. Having a dead fetus inside your body is the opposite of any natural feeling a woman should have to go through. And wondering, just how long has your heart not been beating? Are you ok? Are you with angels in heaven? And the pregnancy hormones were still going strong. I had all the nasty pregnancy symptoms, but no baby.

The medication is called Misoprostol (generic for Cytotec) and it is inserted vaginally to ripen the cervix. My first dose of the medicine kick started the bleeding after about 6 hours. I immediately had chills after taking it. I laid in bed for the rest of the day. By the next morning, the bleeding had slowed down tremendously and after talking to the nurse and describing what had happened, she thought all the tissue had passed. I literally coughed in the shower and a huge clot came out. It didn’t resemble any sort of baby, but at that point you just don’t know what to think. I thought, this is it. I can heal emotionally and physically. I was wrong and this wouldn’t be the first time I thought it was over. I had to go to a lab the following week and have my HCG levels checked to make sure all the tissue had passed. My levels were still pretty high. Higher than they want to see after taking the medicine. I went back again after another week and my levels were checked and they had lowered some, but still not enough. I was given the same options, medicine again or the D and C procedure. I went ahead and did another dose of the medicine around 7am. This was about a week or two after the first dose. I wanted to again, feel some sort of control in all of this and stay in the comfort of my own home with my family by my side. This is the point it got scary even more as the day went on. This is also part of the reason I wanted to share my story. If I had read more stories like the one I am about to tell you, I would have heavily considered NOT taking the medicine. Disclaimer: You may have had a pleasant experience with the medicine, but I am sharing the details of my experience.

Around 9pm the same night, the cramping got really intense. More so than when I took the medicine the first time. The cramping and bleeding was starting to be so bad, I asked my husband to just stay with me. After several hours of gushing blood and clots, I called the after hours nurse line and she told me to get to the ER if it didn’t stop. Blood was easily going through layers of clothes and pads. I couldn’t walk to the bathroom without feeling like my insides were coming out, quickly. Clots were falling on the floor because the amount was too much for any amount of clothes to handle. I vomited into the trash can and could barely walk without feeling light headed. My husband never left my side. He sat with me that night, suggested to call the nurse, he drove me to the ER, and stayed with me every step of the way. We both went through this together and I am so grateful for his support.

When we got to the ER, my husband had to wait in the car because of the pandemic restrictions until I got a room. I checked into triage where they took more blood to check my levels and vitals. I passed out. When I came to and got a room, my husband was able to join. One of the first things they did was take me back for a transvaginal ultrasound. In the last month, I had several of these with minimal pain to check on the baby. This was much different. I was in writhing pain. It seemed like thirty minutes of the tech digging around in my uterus taking pictures. I was clenching the edges of the table while blood was dripping down my legs and onto the floor, just wondering when this would be over. They wanted to find the source of the bleeding, even though I was pretty sure it was my baby and the tissue expelling, after the effects of the medicine. I left that room after changing into the thinnest pad that left me absolutely no protection against the amount of blood and tissue that was leaving my body. Nothing would ever prepare me for this. I got back to my room with cramping ten times worse after that ultrasound. The nurse gave me some pain medication which did take off the edge. That nurse was a tiny blessing that night, just offering me pain medication and helping me change pads.

Around 7am, they sent me up to the operating room to have the D and C done. At that point, the bleeding wasn’t slowing down. In hindsight, I wish I would have just gone that route from the beginning. But I don’t have any regrets because my choices were based on what I thought was the best decision at the time. The nurse did tell me that there was a chance that even after taking the medicine, I may still have to get the D and C done. Another reason I am writing this is that maybe someone will read my experience and have more information to make the best decision for their situation. My experience with the Misoprostol was so different the second dose than the first. I spoke with my nurse and she said that my uterus lining had possibly built up more after the first dose (my body thinking I had a period) and that is what was creating that much more tissue. I will never know for sure, but all I know is I will never willingly choose that medicine again. As i sit here writing this just several days out of the surgery, my entire body aches. I don’t want to be touched my muscles ache so bad. Maybe it was the tension my body went through, the cramping, the emotional toll. I feel like now that the tissue has been removed, I can begin to piece my life back together and focus again on what matters and really begin to heal both emotionally and physically.

The last few weeks have been hard to say the least. But the part I will remember most is the love and support of the people closest to us. Even things as simple as a phone call or text asking how we are feeling. I know our baby in heaven has so many angels watching over her or him. But I still feel like it is always better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all. Baby #3 will always be a part of our hearts. Someday we will meet again.

Thanks for reading my story and I hope if you are going through anything similar, this story gave you a little bit of clarity and compassion in that you are not alone. We just need to do a better job of making women aware of what our bodies really go through. Not just the beautiful baby pictures, but all of it. Motherhood is truly a beautiful mess in every sense of the word. It is amazing what our bodies can do, and it is amazing how much love we have for our babies both on earth and in heaven. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or discussion. You are not alone.

My latest Amazon finds

Hi! It’s been a while since I have shown my face over here! Thanks for sticking with me through all the chaos of stay at home mom life! Having two little ones makes it increasingly difficult to get out sometimes and Amazon is pretty much our go to for the necessities and fun stuff! I thought I’d share some of our latest finds and let you know how we are liking them so far!

Kona Coffee– We stumbled on this K-cup coffee pod after wanting some Kona blend coffee, missing Hawaii. We now buy the 100 count box and have added it to our subscriptions. We are loving it! It’s smooth and affordable at just around $22 for the subscription. It is an Amazon owned brand, Happy Belly.

Wooden Dish drying rack– I got this drying rack after I got sick of piling dishes up on the counter and then nothing was dry. I had the Boon drying lawn for bottles and things for awhile and finally was able to get rid of that. I am loving this bamboo drying rack so far. I have piled heavy pots on it and then it still has room for everyday dishes. Highly recommend!

Sewing clips– The name brand bigger sewing clips are super expensive, so I continued to pin everything for awhile. These little sewing clips are perfect for making tea towels or other things you need to clip the edges. They have held up well and even come in a cute little tin can. They are easier to clip and unclip then being stuck with pins all day too!

Make Something Good Today book– This book is written by Erin and Ben Napier from the hit HGTV show, Hometown. Not only do I love their show, but their hearts are evident in this book. They tell their story of how they met and chase their dreams. I haven’t finished the book yet, but am so excited every time I read it. They are the most modest, down to earth people. Can I please meet you someday??

Wet brush– I finally got Savannah her own hairbrush πŸ™‚ Her hair rarely needed brushing, but now that we have this, she doesn’t mind and it leaves her hair so soft. As the name implies, you can use the brush with wet or dry hair. As with any hairbrush, you brush bottom to top and it works great! Would buy again or for niece gifts!

Amazon photos– Did you know that with Amazon Prime, you get access to free shipping on photos and unlimited free photo storage? I have been ordering prints from Amazon Photos for several years now and it is my go to! The quality is excellent and so is customer service.

Hunter boots– Ive worn these about three or four times now and the more I wear them, the more comfortable they get! When sizing, they run a little big, but consider if you will wear socks with them. I like to wear thicker socks with them for warmth and for more cushion against the back where it may rub. I love the red color for winter. It gives that extra pop of color! Perfect for Christmas or Valentine’s Day too.

That’s it for now! Considering, I am always ordering from there I will have more to share! Let me know if you have questions about anything!

Thanks for reading,
Kim

Learn to sew for Christmas

Two of my favorite things: Christmas and sewing! I thought I’d share with you how I taught myself to sew and some of my favorite sewing must haves, including my sewing machine. Many women my age have commented how they wish they knew how to sew or have asked me to teach them. But guess what, you can teach yourself! I have two kids, a husband on night shift, and chronic back pain. If I can do it, so can you! And now I’m making home goods and have an Etsy store where I can give back by buying massages for moms!

When I was pregnant with my second baby, I purchased my sewing machine during Prime Day, 2017. It has always been something in the back of my mind, but anytime I saw a project that was ‘no-sew’ I jumped on that because I didn’t know how. If I would have known sooner how easy it can be once you learn the basics, I would have looked into it sooner. For instance, one of my first projects was a window seat cushion cover, not necessarily the easiest thing but I did it!

As a kid, I watched my mom hand sew a lot of things and even thinking about sewing a button on seemed daunting to me. I really feel that sewing is going to be such a valuable skill for my kids to have. They love to help and Savannah is even in charge of putting the pins in my old tomato pin cushion. When I am working at home on sewing, I don’t feel as much mom guilt since they are learning valuable life skills. Right??

Sewing is not easy. But with practice, it can be. There are some basic things to know about a sewing machine and the process:

  • There is a lower and an upper thread. These two threads hook together to form the stitch.
  • Some of the newer machines are so much easier to use than your grandmother’s old sewing machine (trust me, I’ve been there)
  • There are a few terms you need to know: tension, bobbins, and backstitching.
  • When sewing different types of fabrics, you need to make adjustments on your machine.
  • Keep your sewing manual handy. I still refer to it often.
  • The internet and Pinterest are your friends. Search and explore different projects that you are interested in and make it happen!

So consider this Christmas, asking for a sewing machine. What a gift that can keep giving! Think about all the fun things you can make and save money on; custom curtains, pillows, and clothing. And even make some of your own gifts for your family! All while teaching your kids a life skill they can take into their adulthood.

Here are a list of items to get you started! All found on Amazon, so go ahead and create your wish list πŸ™‚

Go into the New Year with a goal to learn sewing! And make sure to tag me on social media so I can see what you are working on!

Farmhouse aprons
Mistletoe Christmas tea towel

Thanks for reading!
Kim

How we chose our kitchen countertops

Wow, we are now in September and this summer has been a whirlwind of kitchen making decisions. It all started when we were shopping for new kitchen cabinet knobs. Then said, well why don’t we get a quote for new cabinets. (before we spent the $50 on hardware) πŸ˜‚

We decided to get a brand new kitchen, except for the appliances. And we kept everything in the same place. So saved some money there. (See we saved money, right husband??) I wanted white shaker cabinets and white or light colored granite countertops. Little did I know that white granite doesn’t exist (with the marbled look I wanted). Granite is a natural stone but has more of a speckled look to it. To get the marbled look, you have several options.

Closest to β€˜white’ granite with the natural speckled look

The first option is to buy marble. Marble is in the same price range as granite and we were seeing that it was cheaper. You will also hear marble called quartzite. I even was sold on some so called ‘quartzite’ until I took the sample home and poured wine on it and took a knife to it. You can see in the picture below, although that sample wasn’t sealed. But true quartzite is a harder material than marble. As much as I love the look of marble and the fact that it’s a natural stone, it stains, chips easily, and with two kids it would stress us out. I also know that there are going to be days where I can’t get to the mess right away and don’t want staining from food sitting there overnight.

Notice the wine stain and cuts from a knife
The full beautiful slab of marble!

Quartzite is a natural stone that is harder than granite, but true quartzite is so expensive. Not even worth discussing in this blog, haha! I searched high and low for a natural stone that is stain resistant, affordable, and beautiful.

And then there is quartz. The name just sounds expensive, but once we did the research, it sounded like the best option for us. Quartz is 93% natural quartz stone and 7% manmade resin and other materials. It comes in a variety of colors, durable and achieves the marbled look we wanted.

Once deciding on the material we wanted, we started shopping around for the best price and quality. We shopped several local shops and decided on Prestige Granite in Nicholasville, Kentucky. We learned that Hanstone Quartz was on the less expensive end of quartz countertops and everything I was reading and seeing was positive about Hanstone Quartz. They have a new boutique collection and we took several samples home. We went with Montauk from Hanstone Quartz and couldn’t be happier with our countertops. Montauk was even featured on some of the HGTV shows (so it must be good right?)

I know way too much about countertops but so happy we spent the time researching what we wanted. And this decision was made after signing our contract for the cabinets so that gave us about six weeks to decide. This has been such a learning process. I thought we were going to settle on granite at the first shop we went to. But with making such a big decision and spending so much money, it is worth the patience finding what fits your style and budget.

A little reminder of the before, dark and enclosed
The after! More pictures coming soon!

It has been about two months now with our countertops and having white really brightens up the room and makes it so easy to see the mess and clean it up. We use Mrs. Meyers all purpose cleaner to wipe them down. Coffee stains have sat on the counter several days (yikes!), with no problem cleaning them and same with other acidic foods that would typically stain other materials.

Stay tuned and I can give you a full review of our quartz countertops after more time passes. But for now, we are still doing a bunch of last minute kitchen touchups. And believe it or not, our cabinets are still not complete. More on that later! I can’t wait to show you how our entire kitchen remodel turned out. I even managed to get some herringbone marble in there for our backsplash! Need a kitchen remodel, just ask your husband for new cabinet knobs. At least that is how I remember it! 🀣🀣🀣

Our marble backsplash 😍

Thanks for stopping by,
Kim

Raising money for our rescue animals

I was thrilled when I found out I was invited to the Woodford Humane Society Summer Gala to raise money for our rescue animals here in Kentucky. Having our rescue dog, Blue, has been one of the best things for our family. We can only guess the condition Blue was in when we rescued him, but he has come a long way. He use to be afraid of people. What dog is afraid of people?? It really is so sad to learn about these animals’ stories. When they started the auctions to raise money I was surprised to learn that even simple things we take for granted they are in need of, like a washer to keep their beds clean and warm.

The gala also had such a nice variety of silent auction items to bid on.

It was definitely the place for all things pup! Look at this adorable little treat jar and pet portrait.

Your ticket for the event includes dinner and two complimentary drink tickets. I tried their signature cocktail, the Bourbon Punch. With a cute little kitty on the picture, how could you choose anything else?

Dinner was buffet style followed by a dessert bar with macaroons and Kentucky bourbon bread pudding. Definitely a local favorite! My favorite macaroon was the pistachio, but if you know me, you could probably easily guess that.

After dinner, we mingled and took pictures on the lawn of Keeneland, such a beautiful venue for this event.

I hope you will join next year or consider a gift to the Woodford Humane Society. These animals need us just like we need them. Tell me a little about your rescue animal in the comments!

Cheers! And check out my friend’s page, the Bluegrass Blog to find more fun things to do locally and around Kentucky. She’s the kindest person and was so sweet to invite me to this fun event. Mama needed a night out!

Thanks for stopping by!
Kim

A note to the new mother

For the last three years I have been raising babies and call me crazy, but I’m still learning. Each sweet baby is so different and has so much of their own personality. But, there was a time when I was pregnant for the first time with so many fears and uncertainties. So to that new mom, here is what I want to say:

baby ultrasound

Dear new mom,

Life is now so different. It feels unreal in fact. Your new baby is quite possibly the greatest love you will ever experience. And that feeling doesn’t go away. The level of exhaustion you will feel will make you wish your baby was older, sleeping through the night, despite EVERY SINGLE PERSON telling you to savor these moments because they go by so fast. Your entire journey of motherhood will feel this way. With every new phase and growth spurt, you will learn so many new things about your baby.

People will tell you that you come second to the baby. It’s not popular opinion but I will tell you the opposite. You will realize that self-care is so important and so worth it. In order for you to make time for this, you will have to get out of your comfort zone and ASK for help. Remember before your baby when you could just do whatever you wanted? NOPE. At least in the first phases until you can get a nap rhythm going.

You are beautiful. Embrace the messy bun. I gave up on drying my hair a long time ago. Pick your battles. I bet your husband thinks you are amazing, watching you as a new mom nurture and love your little baby. And he may have just witnessed you give birth. WOW mama, what a crazy beautiful thing you just did!

newborn baby

Don’t rush to get your body back. You just spent 9 months growing a baby and an entire new organ and then birthed both! Your body is amazing! Easier said than done, I realize. So instead of looking in the mirror and judging your body, thank it for all it has done. And then go shopping and buy some comfy bigger clothes.

Tell family and friends NO. This is also not popular opinion, but I firmly believe it is necessary. You need bonding time with your baby and your new family unit. It is not your job to entertain. Your job is to sleep when you can, feed the baby, and SURVIVE. There are still days of just pure survival for me with a three and one year old. There will be friends that don’t come right away to visit the baby, but don’t take it personal. Maybe they just know this already.

Take all the help that gets offered. Bring me a meal, sure! Do some laundry, sure! Drop the food at the door while I sleep, sure! The people that genuinely reach out to help love you and really do want to know what they can do to make life just a little easier for you. Don’t be shy.

EMOTIONS! This is a big one. Hormones are constantly changing throughout pregnancy and after birth. Crying is ok and normal. You will cry when you have anxiety about your baby or cry because you are so overwhelmed. Some of this is normal. If you think you need help because it is disrupting your daily life, ask your doctor or family for help. NO SHAME. In fact, it is so brave to ask for help.

And my last piece of advice is to not set any expectations. Don’t worry about the dishes, the baby book, or the cute clothes. Don’t know how to change a diaper? You will be changing 10 or more a day; you will catch on pretty quickly. Wondering what birth feels like? How will my husband be with a new baby? Pray about the things out of your control. Have faith that God is bigger than our own plan.

And above all else, embrace the hot mess. Welcome to motherhood! Find your tribe and love them because community in motherhood is so important!

Sincerely,
A new mom x2 and wouldn’t change it!

Mother’s Day gift guide for the new mom

Happy May! Nothing feels better than hanging outside with short sleeves and taking the kids out without lugging coats and blankets. May is also the month of mom! Cheers to all the moms! In case you haven’t heard lately, you are doing an amazing job! I’ve put together some of my picks for Mother’s Day gifts. These are specific to the new mom, because let’s face it, she’s a category all her own! God Bless her, she is sleep deprived, figuring out new family rhythms, and if I can guess, she probably needs some alone time (or self care as I like to call it). So I’ve paired each gift with a moment to herself. (See below!)

Savannah & Co. garland

Savannah & Co. tassel garland + cleaning

This soft bamboo yarn tassel garland is custom made and a portion of sales go towards buying massages for moms so you can feel good about your purchase! Pair this with a clean home (hire that cleaning person) and mom can relax and take in the beauty of her home. This shop is local to Lexington, Kentucky.

Girl Stop Apologizing

Girl Stop Apologizing + pedicure

After reading, Girl Wash Your Face, by Rachel Hollis, her next book is on my wishlist. This book is motivational, and self care all in one. Pair this with a pedicure, and mom can get out of the house, put her feet up and read ALONE. She will come back feeling invigorated and relaxed.

Raising Y'all Mimi blanket

Raising Y’all Mimi blanket + wine

What a mom really wants? To cuddle with her kids but WITH HELP! So bring her a glass of wine so she can snuggle up with her kids in these adorable handmade blankets. Then, when she gets hungry, bring her food. And then tuck the kids in bed so she can enjoy her feet up. This shop is local to Lexington, Kentucky.

The Fire Within Her bracelet

The Fire Within Her oil diffuser bracelet + massage

“The Fire Within Her (TFWH) exists to come alongside women to help them overcome the adversity that life throws their way.” These beautiful bracelets are a true labor of love. They are a reminder to each woman that she has the strength to overcome any hardship. For a new mom that looks like a number of things; healing her body, postpartum depression, no sleep and the list goes on. She can look down at her wrist and be reminded of her worth and her fire! This shop is local to Louisville, Kentucky. Throw in a massage for mom and it’s the perfect combo. I’m loving my monthly massage at Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa.

Trader Joes MoonX wine

Trader Joe’s Moon X wine + pedicure

This is my go to wine!!! I’ve only tried the red wine, but it came highly recommended at Trader Joe’s. As far as I know, it’s only sold there. Send your husbands!! Bonus, it’s around $7.00! Send mom to get a pedicure while she is sipping on this wine.

Q & A for moms 5 year journal

Q & A a day for moms 5 year journal + wine

This came recommended from the Today Show, but is something I wish I spent more time doing. Journaling all the funny sayings from the kids or sweet things they do. All I hear is, this time goes by so fast. And yes it does. This journal can be a keepsake for all those sweet memories. Amazon baby! And throw that bottle of wine I just recommended in with it!

Anthropologie Garden Greeting Pot + her favorite flowers

In case my husband is reading this, this pot would pair well with some beautiful pink flowers or some tulips. πŸ™‚ We are also using it for part of Savannah’s birthday party table decor! This pot is the cutest and can be used year round.

Lovepop greeting card

Lovepop Greeting card + her favorite smoothie

I received my first Lovepop card this year and it is so beautifully displayed on my shelf. Honestly it’s a keepsake that is more than a card. It tells a story and makes me smile every time I see it. Go check out all the designs they have. From weeping trees to flowerpots to birds. Think about that moment or memory you have with your mom and pick a card accordingly. Add a cute little note and pair it with her favorite smoothie.

Savannah & Co. family
photo credit: Meghan Beth Photography, Lexington KY
photo credit: Meghan Beth Photography, Lexington KY

I hope you share this list with your friends and family. Mothering has been the hardest job thus far in my life. And here’s a postpartum news flash; it is not just a six week timeframe after giving birth. I am over a year out and still in what I call, postpartum. So this list of gifts is meant for the new mom, however you define that. Let’s celebrate mom all month. Let’s celebrate the moms who haven’t met their babies yet. And celebrate moms who want to be a mom so bad, but are waiting. Celebrate the seasoned moms. Celebrate the moms who have it together one day and not the next. Just to hear that you’re appreciated is often the best gift.

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Mother’s Month! #monthofmama

Kim

 

Our stay at the Beaumont Inn Bed and Breakfast

A night away is just what we needed after the last year with two kids. Not that the time is not wonderful with them, but we all need a little breathing room and relaxation.

Grandma came to stay so we could get away and we were so glad to finally get to the Beaumont Inn. We tried to go last year but didn’t plan far enough ahead (because who does with kids) and it was booked for Keeneland season.

We arrived for a 3pm check-in and then headed over to our couples massage in their little cottage on the property. This made it so easy to get there and not have to rush to another location.

We headed back to the room and freshened up for dinner at their tavern on site, The Owl’s Nest Pub. It was a cozy little atmosphere with lots of bourbon selections. And GOOD southern food.

The weather was perfect so we walked back to our room and ended the night. πŸ™‚ We woke up to breakfast with a cold bar and a wide selection of hot foods. The fresh cornmeal pancakes with syrup were just what my southern mama heart needed.

We walked around the property taking in all the history of the Inn and taking pictures. It felt peaceful and serene, just like our stay. Oh and if you have the option for the rainfall shower, DO IT! Three shower heads beating down on you. HAHA I got to shower in peace.

We felt welcomed and at home at the Inn. And I’m the mom weirdo who missed her kids and felt just a tad homesick. Why is motherhood so strange? You can’t wait to get a break and then you suddenly have nothing to do other than miss your kids? Or talk about them? (I’m kidding about the nothing to do :))

We are so thankful to have an amazing community of friends and family who made this little getaway possible. You are more than we could ever ask for! This was my birthday gift by the way, so does that mean I get the entire month of April?? (For those that don’t know, my birthday is in December but we planned this for when I would be done breastfeeding)

If you get the chance to check out the Beaumont Inn you definitely should! It’s a little hidden gem in the heart of Kentucky. (Harrodsburg, Kentucky)

My favorite part was just being able to connect with Dan. It was nice to not have all the daily distractions and responsibilities. He is my number one, and will still be long after the kids are gone. (But let’s not talk about that, haha) And we wont talk about how our loved ones often get to see the worst side of us. SO crazy how that works!

Some fun facts about the Inn:

  • It is about 30 miles from Keeneland race track (so plan a trip there)
  • In this month’s Southern Living Magazine listed as one of the top Inns to stay in the south
  • The Inn is an official stop on the Bourbon Trail

Let me know if I missed anything! We only stayed for one night so it was a quick, but relaxing trip. SO MUCH FUN! We have kind of made it our tradition between Dan and I to visit a bed & breakfast each year, beginning with of course, our prized trip to Savannah, Georgia, right across from Forsyth Park.

In case you were wondering, the kids had fun with grandma (of course!)

Thanks for reading,
Kim


An afternoon under the cherry blossoms

Cherry blossoms in Lexington, Kentucky

What could be more exciting than spending the day under the pink curtain of cherry blossoms in your own city?? HELLO SPRING! Today was perfect weather for a sweatshirt or no sleeves. When my friend, Julia, suggested we go to the Lexington Cemetery to see the trees, I jumped on the idea volunteering to take pictures. Nothing gets me like a spring, pink backdrop for pictures. Especially having a little girl, I can’t get enough of pink, dresses and hair bows. And I have a specific place in my heart for cherry blossoms.

My husband and I wanted to grow our family and that journey began in Washington, D.C. during spring of 2015 when the cherry blossoms were blooming. So these trees certainly leave me with all the feels!

Savannah and her friend, Emma

I felt like a magical princess today, even chasing two toddlers. There is a street lined with these beautiful trees in the middle of the Lexington Cemetery and there were lines to get pictures. Everyone waiting for everyone else to move out of the way! So when Savannah was sitting on the potty in the back of the car, I snapped some shots. (HAHAHA) But we also spent several hours there soaking up the sunshine and little hands were reaching for the little pink flowers. Savannah was so excited today to see the “pink trees!”

Cherry blossom lined street

Before you freak out about taking pictures in the cemetery, take it from me, so did I. I tried to get shots where the headstones are not front and center. The grounds are beautiful and there are fountains, ducks, flowers and calm. Lots of calm. It was very peaceful and the kids loved getting outside.

There is so much to explore in your own city. I didn’t even know such a beautiful, hidden gem existed like this here. So ask around, find these beautiful trees! They are not in bloom for very long. Tomorrow is going to be perfect weather too!

Tell me about more beautiful places in Lexington, Kentucky! Leave me a comment below!

Thanks for stopping by,
Kim

Our favorite things of 2018

Hi everyone! Now that Christmas has passed and we are enjoying our new stuff, I thought I would share some of our favorite things! Whether it was a gift this year, or something we continually use and love, I’ve included it. Being a stay at home mom of a baby and a (very independent) toddler makes life challenging, but these favorite things definitely help make life a little easier! And who doesn’t want that?! Cheers to all the bubbly tonight as we ring in the New Year! (as I’m typing this baby Owen is clapping)

Clothing

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Kid Stuff

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Household

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Mama time & Wellness

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Thanks for reading! Happy New Year! Please share any of your favorite things from this year. I’d love to hear from you!
Kim