Monthly archives of “December 2017

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2017’S TOP 10 POST

10. “Jackson Indie Music Week-ish

I don’t know if it has anything to do with me being a transplant but I think there are at least 2 groups of Jacksonians: The ones completely entrenched in the scene, experiencing their best Jackson and the ones who may be a little apprehensive and need more information before buy-in. Nonetheless, this post is a start; although, I wish I could’ve attended all events. Due to having a newborn and not feeling like catching the flu, it is highly unlikely that I will attend this year but miracles happen every day, right?

9. “Storytime 2: Dad, That’s Not a Limousine

Husband has some funny stories and I thought this one was perfect for prom season (although I doubt anyone of prom age is reading this blog).

8. “Baby Gumbeaux Turns 1 Month Old

The popularity of this post is likely because inquiring minds want to know how long before Baby Gumbeaux starts showing personality, how I’m coping with motherhood and nosy family members wanting to know what this blog is about.

7. “2 Years of Marriage

Announcing my marriage was one of the most popular posts in this blog’s history. It’s also when Husband told me that I should stop trying to make fetch happen and to blog more about my life.

6. “Shit Husbands Say to their Pregnant Wives

I don’t know why you find anything Husband has to say interesting.

5. “A Review of Get Out

It looks like you guys love spoilers or you wanted me to do all the dirty work before you determined if it was worth seeing.

4. “100 Things to do in Jackson, MS Before You Die

The popularity of this post is likely because locals didn’t know there were 100 things to do. For those of you who aren’t local, you were wondering “what’s Jackson, MS? Well, I guess I’ll read to find out.”

3. “The Awesomely Review

Luvvie came to Jackson and preached a word. Although I wish I wasn’t busy taking notes, I’m glad I documented her lecture and can reference it from time to time. Why was this post popular? Because I tagged her and she retweeted it *screams*

2. “The Final Trimester & Arrival of Baby Gumbeaux

The post you all have been waiting for. Not so much of me bitching about my pregnancy but more of me bitching about giving birth (due to being pregnant the same length of time as giraffes).

1. “Condoms, Comedy & Husband’s Bruised Ego

Another local event makes the list; however, Rita B has somewhat evolved from a local comedian. She’s appeared on “The Ricky Smiley Morning Show” and most recently “Kevin Hart Presents: Hart of the City.”

Next year, include reading, sharing and following Pink Gumbeaux in your New Year’s Resolutions. Ashlee, out!




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It would be totally neglectful if I did not mention Daniel Caesar before the year ended. I know you guys live for my opinion on everything. Right? *stares*

As stated numerous times, Insecure has the best soundtrack of any show or movie, past present and future (Read: How Insecure Made Me Obsessed with Nick Hakim). In that post, I forgot to mention a song I liked, forgot it existed then it showed up on YouTube. Shout out to YouTube for being hella stalkerish but always giving me the best recommendations. Anyway, the song I’m referring to is “Blessed” (Season 2, Episode 8).

Daniel Caesar is a Canadian singer-songwriter who built his popularity online through several singles and EPs and dude is just 22. In August, he dropped Freudian (his debut album) to rave reviews. I literally listen to this album every day and Husband is highly annoyed by it. My favorites:

Who else is listening to this? If you’re not, you probably have sucky taste in music *stares at Husband* Anyway, Read and share my previous post: Baby Gumbeaux Turns 1 Month. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @pinkgumbeaux and @babygumbeaux

Oh and Happy New Year. Ashlee, out!




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Most importantly, I survived a month of motherhood. By the way, the word “motherhood” is super aggressive, is there an alternative?

About Baby Gumbeaux

In 1 month, I’ve changed numerous poop- and pee-filled diapers; although, sitting in dirty diapers and onesies is one of her favorite pastimes. By the way, she has already pooped and peed on me and vomited down my boobs which clearly demonstrates the level of respect she has for me.

She sounds like she’s having a panic attack when her pacifier isn’t in or near her mouth and screams like a banshee when we take too long to get her bottle.

She falls asleep when I play Diana Ross’s greatest hits, thinks “Tummy Time” is for chumps, and prefers listening to “5 Minute Minnie Tales” over all other books including the Bible which leads me to believe she’s probably Muslim.

The most challenging thing is the lack of sleep. She seems to be most alert when we are sleepy and spends the wee hours staring at us and probably hoping we turn into stone. Note: I have not received a full night of sleep since I was 19 weeks pregnant which means I’ve been deprived of sleep for nearly a f***ing year!

Update: Husband read this post and told me “don’t act like I don’t keep the baby overnight so you can sleep a few hours.”

Postpartum Depression

I prayed, meditated, spent my Ibotta cash on an album full of pregnancy and parenting affirmations and think I have a pretty good support system so I was well-prepared to bypass Postpartum Depression; however, it’s inevitable.

I cried more in the short period after having the baby then I did in the entire pregnancy and suffered from high blood pressure the first time in my life which resulted in a visit to my doctor’s office and the emergency room. To make matters worse, I still mull over the C-Section and not being able to produce a sufficient amount of breastmilk (although I am now working with a lactation doctor to change things).

I’m doing a lot better than my first few weeks but will chat with my OBGYN at my appointment to determine if I need additional help aka drugs!

Postpartum Body

I spent my entire pregnancy nauseous, with heartburn and acid reflux, and suffering from food aversion; as a result, I only gained 8 pounds. Sounds cool, right? Less weight to lose; however, it was something that could’ve put Baby at risk so it was not something I did intentionally.

Right before I started my 3rd Trimester, my OBGYN wanted me to gain 7 pounds. I gained 5, got sick, lost 5 then lost a few pounds prior to giving birth (which means I basically gained no weight).

What I do have is a weird stomach. When I left the hospital, I looked 6 months pregnant. I was told it takes time for swelling to go down and for everything to retract. The area immediately surrounding my belly button shakes like jello and the area below that is painful and the area below that area is still numb (probably from the C-Section). Last but not least, the stretch marks seem to have grown out of nowhere so I’ve increased the amount of times I exfoliate and am basically sliding around my apartment from all of the Cocoa Butter I’m wearing.

Well, you guys are uber nosy. Read and share my previous post: The Illuminati Created Fall Finales Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @pinkgumbeaux and @babygumbeaux

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The illuminati created fall finales which brings them one step closer to New World Order. While we were sleeping, some high-powered asshole decided that we needed a “break” from our favorite TV shows during the holiday season. I don’t remember the exact moment it happened but want to know who asked them to make this decision for us? What else are we supposed to do during those scheduled times? Spend time with family and friends?

With “on demand,” Netflix and Hulu, we will survive. Because I’m such a helpful noodle, I have compiled a list of my favorites as well as new, lesser known shows. I know some of you need help expanding your horizons, you’re welcome.

Insecure (HBO)

Creator Issa Rae (The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl) stars as Issa Dee, who struggles to navigate the tricky professional and personal terrain of Los Angeles along with her best friend Molly (Yvonne Orji).

This show is hilarious, relatable and has an awesome soundtrack as noted in How Insecure Made Me Obsessed with Nick Hakim.

Runaways (Hulu)

Every teenager thinks their parents are evil. What if you found out they actually were? Marvel’s Runaways is the story of six diverse teenagers who can barely stand each other but who must unite against a common foe – their parents.

No nerds, I have not read the comic books, do not care about possible inaccuracies, really like this show and think it’s the best thing that has come from Marvel (in my opinion). Also, it’s probably the only show on this list that you can watch as a family.

Schitt’s Creek (Netflix)

Suddenly broke, the formerly filthy-rich Rose family is reduced to living in a ramshackle motel in a town they once bought as a joke: Schitt’s Creek

This show is hilarious, I love most of the characters and have been told I act very similar to the mother.

Search Party (TBS)

Search Party is a dark comedy about five self-absorbed 20-somethings who become entangled in an ominous mystery when a former college acquaintance suddenly disappears.

Yep, this show is a prime example of why one ought to always mind their business…

She’s Gotta Have It (Netflix)

Nola Darling struggles to stay true to herself and her dreams while juggling three lovers in this Spike Lee series based on his breakout film

No, I haven’t seen the original. Quite honestly, I have not seen most of Spike Lee’s movies; however, School Daze is one of my favorites. Anyway, I’m assuming this version is a modern spin on the classic; particularly, since the main character uses labels that were not common when the movie was first released.

Shut Eye (Hulu)

SHUT EYE takes a darkly comedic look at the world of Los Angeles storefront psychics and the organized crime syndicate that runs them. Former magician Charlie Haverford (Jeffrey Donovan) oversees a number of fortune telling parlors on behalf of his violent and domineering Romani kingpin boss, until a blow to the head jars him into a new mindset, making him question everything he has ever believed.

Season 2 premieres on December 6th which means you should probably stop reading this blog post, watch Season 1 then return to read the remainder of this post…

Stranger Things (Netflix)

When a young boy vanishes, a small town uncovers a mystery involving secret experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one strange little girl.

Fun fact: I went to a binge-watching party for Season 2 and snored through the first episode. I mean, I don’t think I was up for 15 minutes. In my defense, it was my last trimester and I was hella tired. After the second episode, I went home and slept for like 6 hours.

The Mayor (ABC)

In the new ABC TV show, young rapper Courtney Rose (Brandon Micheal Hall) runs for mayor of his hometown to generate buzz for his music career. Unfortunately for Courtney, his master plan goes wildly awry, ending in the most terrifying of outcomes: An election victory

Have you ever heard of anyone running for office for attention then actually winning? No? Me neither…

The Mist (Netflix)

Trapped by a mysterious fog, residents of a Maine village discover that it hides nightmarish creatures. A new series based on Stephen King’s novella

Don’t get too attached to this show, there’s only 1 season. I even signed a petition for another season but was the 65th signature so yeah… don’t hold your breath.

Consider this your Christmas present. Now, what you can do for me (because it’s always about me because it’s my blog), read and share my previous post: The Final Trimester & Baby Gumbeaux’s Arrival and follow Pink Gumbeaux and Baby Gumbeaux on social media. Ok, I think that’s it. Be gone!




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