I purchased a new car, this time for real

I purchased a new car, this time for real

My Caddy has been giving me trouble, more and more lately. Being a 2005 and having 100K+ miles on it, it was just constantly needing maintenance. During 2014 I spent more on maintenance than I had left on the loan. The last needed maintenance in late 2014 was just the last straw. At 125K+ miles it was time to part with the Caddy and get something else. My Daddy recently bought a new Nissan Rogue and has been saying all these great things about it. One of these is the fuel economy – which is so important since I was […]

Posted January 22, 2015 by Julie in Reviews, / 0 Comments
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The Fourth Trimester is the Hardest

The Fourth Trimester is the Hardest

When I was pregnant, I thought the hardest part was the 3rd trimester and the labor and delivery part. Now I understand that the 4th trimester is really the hardest. I never knew that the first 12 weeks of your baby’s life was being referred to as the 4th trimester until the last month of my pregnancy. I thought it was an interesting tongue-in-cheek type comment, but life with a newborn it really is hard. I don’t remember my pregnancy being this hard. In the first month, I even joked about sticking baby back inside.   Reasons why the 4th […]

Posted January 19, 2015 by Julie in Parenting, TopPosts, / 20 Comments
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Top Posts of 2014

Top Posts of 2014

I thought it would be interesting to take a look at my Google Analytics stats and see what pages were visited the most by my awesome readers. So here we go. Top Posts of 2014 on Velvet-Rose.net My breastfeeding journey so far Top 10 Things I Am Thankful For This Year My body is amazing. My birth story Got some unexpected news at my last doctor’s appointment 5 things that make pregnancy oh so glamorous /sarcasm The birth plan I wanted, and the discussion with my doctor 3rd Trimester blues and some helpful stuff I bought Supernatural Convention #DallasCon I […]

Posted January 12, 2015 by Julie in Website and Blogging, / 4 Comments
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Hospital Packing List Guide for Mom, Dad, and Baby

Hospital Packing List Guide for Mom, Dad, and Baby

I thought it would be a good idea to reflect on my hospital packing list for my delivery. I read a lot of articles on what to pack in your labor and delivery suitcase and many of them were repetitive, and some had some great ideas that I haven’t thought of. So here is what I packed, and my discussion on whether I used the items or not. My Labor and Delivery Hospital Packing List For Me – General: Several /t-shirts Robe Sports bras/ Underwear Pads Toiletries – for showering, teeth brushing, deodorant, etc that you would travel with plus […]

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Goals for 2015

Goals for 2015

I haven’t really been big on making New Year’s Resolutions, but I decided it would be a good idea to think about some personal goals and things I wish to accomplish. I saw this great post at Crazy Little Projects and thought it would be fun to think about the changes I hope to make and then reflect on them at the end of the year. I like how she came up with different tracks for the types of goals one can make. 2014 saw a lot of changes in my life – moving, baby – so my world is […]

Posted January 2, 2015 by Julie in Family, Health, Parenting, TopPosts, / 14 Comments
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My breastfeeding journey so far

My breastfeeding journey so far

One of my goals with this baby was to breastfeed. While I understood exclusive breastfeeding may not be an option, both my own mother and grandmother struggled with low supply, but I was hopeful. I realize you have to have goals but be flexible in how things actually turn out, since things in life don’t always go as planned. My baby was born on a Monday but my milk didn’t come in until Saturday. Before that, I supposedly should have had colostrum, but I really don’t think I did. Baby H’s first day in the hospital was very stressful because […]

Posted December 20, 2014 by Julie in Family, Parenting, Smurfberry, TopPosts, / 29 Comments
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Top 10 Things I Am Thankful For This Year

Top 10 Things I Am Thankful For This Year

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Today is a day we gobble till we wobble and many think about all the holiday shopping they plan to do, but it is also important to set aside some time to think about everything wonderful that has happened to us and share what we are thankful for. Top 10 things I am thankful for this year: My husband coming back safely from deployment. The fact that I am strong and independent and was able to take care of everything by myself for almost a year. The amazing house we bought thanks to the money we saved […]

Posted November 27, 2014 by Julie in Family, TopPosts, / 24 Comments
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My birth story

My birth story

So here it is, the obligatory birth experience post. I was induced at 38 weeks due to gestational diabetes, and I’m writing this on my 40th week. Happy due date. I was told to report to Labor and Delivery on Sunday evening (Nov 2) at 5pm to start the inducing process. I had to change into a hospital gown (boo, didn’t even get to sleep in my own clothes before labor truly kicked off) and get the IV started. Let me tell you, the IV hurt so much! I had no idea. This is one of those things no one […]

Posted November 17, 2014 by Julie in Pregnancy, Smurfberry, TopPosts, , / 19 Comments
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#AskAwayFriday Nov 7, 2014

#AskAwayFriday Nov 7, 2014

    This is my second #AskAwayFriday. Today I’m exchanging with Bernadyn @ B is For.  Here are the questions she asked, and my answers. If you want to exchange questions with me for an upcoming Friday post, just let me know 🙂   You’re about to embark on your parenthood journey, congratulations! What are you the most excited about with being a mom? What’s something you are nervous or anxious about with being a new mom? I think I’m most excited about getting to know this baby, learning his personality and seeing what he will become. I’m most anxious – […]

Posted November 7, 2014 by Julie in Memes, / 6 Comments
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My body is amazing.

My body is amazing.

As my pregnancy is drawing to a close, I wanted to reflect upon the amazing journey my body has been going through. Ladies, this body that we have – it is amazing! It can do amazing things that I didn’t appreciate until now. Being the typical girl, I’ve always had body issues and was never satisfied with the way I looked. It wasn’t until I agreed (finally, after many years of people wondering if I ever would) to try out this whole baby thing, that I realized how amazing my body really is. I’ve watched my body change and grow […]

Posted October 30, 2014 by Julie in Pregnancy, TopPosts, / 34 Comments
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