Sunday, November 16, 2014

Week 16 & Our Pregnancy Story

Hey y'all!

This will be my 16 week update. Today I am 16 weeks and 3 days.

The Bump App says Lucy is..
* The size of a Avocado (4.6 inches & 3.5 ounces)
* She is listening to my voice
* She is growing hair, lashes and eye brows

Pregnancy Symptoms..
* Back aches
* Growing chest
* Forgetfulness
* Nails are breaking
* Dry, itchy skin
* Itchy eyes

I feel like my belly has really popped! I know I've said that before.. its just crazy seeing the difference from pre-pregnancy to now! Speaking of pre-pregnancy.. I want to do a little back story.

When I was 13, I was told I probably wouldn't be able to have kids due to endometriosis. Hearing that at 13 I was crushed. Even at a young age my dream was to be not only a mom, but a great mom. Anyone who knows me, knows having my own family has always been #1 on my list. It's just something I always knew I wanted. At that time I was placed on birth control (Let me be clear, I was not sexually active at 13, it was to help with my awful periods). I took birth control on and off up until i was 21 years old. I had started getting the depo made my hormones go nuts. I only had like 3 shots and i had to stop. I would get so upset over the smallest things and I was so depressed. A lady I worked with kept telling me it was the shots, that they were bad. I finally listened and stopped, once i did things started getting much better. She was right. I had a few cyst here and there from then to now but not to many. I still had hopes that I would still be able to have babies. I got really sick in 2012. It was a mixture of my kidneys, gallbladder, and ovaries. I ended up having to have my right ovary removed for many reasons. I was told them in order to get pregnant I would more than likely have to be put on fertility. I was upset about it, but at the same time there was still hope so we were excited. Joseph and I got married in May. We wasn't trying to get pregnant, but we wasn't preventing it either. I honestly didn't think it would happen without fertility. We are SO thankful the doctors were wrong! Lucy is such a blessing. I know some people think we should have waited a little longer to have babies, this was Gods timing, not ours. Like I said earlier, Lucy is a blessing!

This is just a short version of a long health history! lol

I guess that is all for now!
Until next time!

L. Stratton

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Week 15

Hey Y’all! This will be my 15 week update!

Lucy is..
       *  The size of a Navel Orange (4.0 inches & 2.5 ounces)

       * She is squirming a ton (I have felt some flutters, still unsure if its her or not)

       *  She is hiccupping
       * She’s making lots of progress: her joints and limbs can all move now

Pregnancy Symptoms

       * Nosebleeds every now and then

       * Heartburn

       * Tired

       * Very emotional

       * Weight gain total – 7 pounds

I had a check up with my midwife this week. Everything seems to be on track with Lucy. Her heartbeat sounds great; Lisa (my midwife) said I should start feeling her because she is very active. I’ve gained a total of 7 pounds at week 15, I’m expected 25-30 pounds by the end of my pregnancy. We went over “if” I were to need a c-section what would happen. I love knowing that if I have to have one she will be there with Joe and I the whole time. Dr. Ottman will do the c-section, but Lisa will be in there for Joe and me, so we will be a little more at ease. My next appointment will be my 20 week ultrasound. We ARE so excited for that!

I’m sorry this is a week late. My 16 week update will be posted in a few days with a baby bump picture!

Until next time!

L. Stratton

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Sweet Baby Lucy!

Hey y’all! This is going to be a very exciting post! Its going to be my week 14 pregnancy update, gender reveal and name reveal! So, let’s get started!

Everyone knows we thought we were going to have a boy. I was dead set on it being a boy. I even started making a baby blanket for a boy! All of the old wives tales pointed to a boy, I’ve heard many times “Stratton boys don’t have girls”, and everything but my break outs made me think it was a boy. My skin has never been this bad. Everything I have tried just hasn’t helped at all. I’ve always heard “a girl steals her mother’s beauty”. This was the only thing that made me think it could be a girl.

We went to Precious Views (website) in Bowling Green to see Baby S. I am so glad we did. The lady that did our ultrasound was SO nice and made me feel at home. We had a total of 5 people (not counting me) with us and there was plenty of room. I would definitely recommend other pregnant woman go here! We will be going back around week 30!

Okay, so we are all in the room watching the ultrasound that was projected on the wall and Baby S was moving like crazy. Watching it at first I thought “it’s a girl” then “no, it’s a boy”. The lady asked if I was ready and I said yes! She then said “IT’S A GIRL!!” My mom, Joseph and myself all said “huh?!” She laughed and said “yes, it’s a girl!” Joseph’s mom, our sister-in-law and my best friend all thought it was going to be a girl so they weren’t nearly surprised as we were! I’m not sure about anyone else but I started crying. It was a happy cry though! I was just so set on having a boy, I was just so surprised! We would be just as happy if it would have been a boy. I love when God shows you HE makes the calls, not us! I wish I could explain the feeling I’ve had, but words can not describe it!

Baby had the hiccups during the ultrasound, it was so sweet to watch! She was yawning, trying to suck on her thumb, using her hand to cover her bottom, she even went to sleep at one point. It was all just so cute!  When she was awake she was very active. I can’t wait to feel her move around in there!

Here are some pictures!

Her first dress!

We can stop calling her “Baby S” now and call her by her actual name, and that is… LUCY! We still aren’t 100% sure on the middle name. We have one picked out, we just want to be sure about it before we start telling people.

Growing up I always wanted to have a little girl named Sophia. When I found out I was pregnant the name Lucy just hit me and has stuck with me the whole time. The name is perfect!!!

I’m going to go ahead and do my 14 week update. I was 14 weeks on Thursday (10-30-14), I just wanted to wait till we knew the gender before I made a post!

Lucy is…..

·      *   The size of a Lemon (3.4 inches & 1.5 ounces

·       *  She is probably trying to suck her thumb & wiggling her toes

·        * Her kidneys are making urine, liver and spleen are doing their jobs, too!

·        * She is growing lanugo, a thin, peach-fuzz-like hair, all over her body (it keeps her warm)

I get all of this information from “the bump” app!

There really haven’t been any changes in my symptoms from last week to this week!

I guess that’s all for tonight! I hope everyone had a wonderful Halloween!! 

Until next time!!

L. Stratton

Saturday, October 25, 2014

13 Week Update!

Hey y’all! This is my week 13 update & belly pictures!

Baby S is the size of a peach (2.9 inches) and 0.81 ounces this week!
Baby is also…
·        * Forming vocal cords & teeth
·        * Has finger prints
·        * Intestines are moving from the umbilical cord to their more permanent place, in its tummy

My symptoms this week
·        * I’m SO tired
·        * Trouble sleeping
·        * When I do sleep, my dreams usually wake me up (they are so vivid and scary at times!)
·        * I’m still hungry most of the time, but I’m having trouble finding anything that sounds good
·        * My lower back, top of my butt is extremely sore
·        * A lot of pain on my right side under my ribs. It is so painful it takes my breath away. I did occasionally have this pain before I got pregnant, however it is more constant now. I don’t have a gall bladder, so it’s not that... I will ask my midwife about it at my next visit
·        * My emotions have been a roller coaster ride lately. I will be happy one minute, needy the next, mad and sad. For some reason I’ve felt so lonely and scared. Hopefully these feelings will end soon!

We have a gender ultrasound on November 1st (one week from today)!!! We are so excited!!  We are just praying for a healthy and happy baby! I love hearing what everyone thinks we are having. Most people are saying a boy, while some say a girl. I honestly feel like its going to be a boy. I’ve thought this from day one!

Now I will share some belly pictures!

                                           10 Week Baby Bump                                                  

12 Week Baby bump & My little jealous princess

13 Week Baby Bump!

That’s all I have time for tonight!

Until next time!!


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A Little Something Different

Hey Y’all! I’m sorry its been a while. I’ve decided to do my blog a little different then just makeup. I’m going to start documenting my pregnancy as well! I will do my weekly symptoms, belly bump pictures, thoughts… just all things Baby Stratton!


I’m going to start this blog out with pregnancy then I’ll go into my latest makeup reviews!


Today I’m 12 weeks and 5 days! According to “the Bump” app on my phone Baby S is..

*The size of a plum (2.1 inches)

* Most of his/her critical systems are fully formed

* He/She is about to enter the growth and maturation stage, in which his/her organs and tissues will grow and develop rapidly

*He/She is now developing relaxes – if I were to poke his/her body, she’ll likely move

*He/She is opening and closing his/her fingers and curling his/her toes (how cute?!)

*His/Her brain is developing fast

Week 12 Symptoms for me

*Very tired

*My belly has really popped out

*I’m hungry the majority of the time

*cravings this weeks – chips and salsa

*I’ve not really had any morning sickness at all my whole pregnancy.. Until the day I turned 12 weeks.. I was sick all day. I’ve been sick a few times the past few days, but I’m not going to complain.. I will gladly be sick knowing there’s a baby growing in my belly!

*My face is still breaking out


That’s pretty much all of my symptoms for this week.

I think its starting to hit Joseph that we are having a baby. One day this week when I got home from work, I laid in the bed and he laid his head on my stomach and just sit there for a few minutes. I melted… it may not seem like much to some people but I thought it was the sweetest thing ever.  I said earlier that my stomach has popped out.. I can no longer button my work pants, my jeans are getting tight ( I can’t still wear them though!). Joseph was actually picking on me before I left for work because my work pants (size 1) no longer button. He said “  Ms. Stretch pants, its time to buy new clothes”. Such a punk! Haha. Don’t worry y’all, he is only picking. He would never say anything to me that would hurt my feelings. Hes to precious for that J.

I have always been a fan of youtube videos. I love watching makeup videos, I can sit for hours watching those videos. Recently my selection of videos have changed. I’m OBESSESED with pregnancy vlogs. There are 5 that I have been watching daily. Some vlogs are from a few years ago, and some are pregnant now. I LOVE LOVE LOVE watching these. I have sat a cried happy tears with these ladies, sad tears, I have been excited with them, nervous  for them.. just every emotion they go through in the videos. I’m not sure if its because I’m pregnant or what. This may sound weird but I feel like I know these people! I will post a link for their youtube accounts for anyone who may want to watch them! The more videos I watch, the more excited I get! I’ve been talking about filming some makeup videos and posting them… now if I do film some videos I think I may vlog about makeup and my pregnancy. Its just so nice to be able to relate to these ladies on the video. I want to be able to help other women and be there for them like these women have been for me (as crazy as that sounds). If this is something y’all would be interested in please let me know!

 Ellie and Jared


Now lets talk about some makeup…


I bought BareSkin by bareMinerals along with the brush they recommend. Unfortunately, I am not a fan. I tried it for about a week, applying it every way I could.. Its just not for me. It left streaks on my face and made my face feel very oily. I have somewhat dry skin and after reading the reviews I was hoping it would be perfect for me… but it wasn’t.


After the BareSkin was a bust I bought Physicians Formula Super BB All-In-1 Beauty Balm Kit (around $20.00 from Wal-Mart). It includes  BB cream, concealer and powder. When I first opened the package I was nervous, even though the package looks nice and pretty…. Its made very cheap. Once I applied all 3 products I feel in love. I love how it looks on my skin, I love how it feels on my skin, I love how it covers… the only bad thing I can find about this product is the packaging is made cheap. I have recommended this product to a few of my friends/clients already and I’ve only had it for a week. I do not apply any other foundation with this when I wear it.


I bought a few more items that I will do a review on in the up coming blogs!

I'm not going to post a belly picture right now since I'm a few days away from week 13. I will post a blog that day that will include pictures!


I truly am sorry its taken me a while to get back to blogging. I do plan on posting at least once a week, maybe more if I can!

Until next time!