Bump Update: 18 Weeks

Had our 18 week doctor appointment yesterday morning with the anatomy scan (ultrasound) and we were able to confirm a gender! YAY! I officially know this information and I am keeping this secret until we tell all our family! Tonight we are doing our gender photo shoot with Dan’s cousin who is our AMAZING photographer! So hopefully she can get a couple pictures back to us by Friday. My sister’s 30th birthday is this Friday and we offered to host a little birthday party/gender reveal. So we’ll share with them Friday evening and then we’ll send the photos around to Dan’s family, since 50% of them live out of town.  Once we share with them, I’ll probably (finally) make it Facebook official and then I will share our news on the blog! This is how we’re telling my family on Friday night, our secret is revealed inside…

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So that’s how its going down! For now, I’ll share how 18 weeks has been… CrAzY!! We finally moved into the new house, so my stress level has decreased tremendously. It was a crazy weekend while we put our life back together and its an ongoing work in progress to move things around and figure out where we want everything. I’ve been on my feet for like 15 hours a day the past 5 days, but we’re finally at a point where I can relax a bit.

I’ll go right into my weekly updates:

How far along? 18 weeks, 5 days

Total weight gain/loss: About 7 pounds 

Maternity clothes? Not much at all really

Stretch marks? No

Sleep: Sleeping amazing! So exhausted by the end of the day that I just crash! We also have a king sized bed in the new house and ordered the Leesa Mattress, which I am LOVING! The first few nights, I slept good, but it just didn’t feel like my bed. Now that I’m getting more used to it I’ve realized that I fall asleep in about .5 seconds and I’m out cold all night, until Ada wakes me up around 6am, which has been getting earlier and earlier. Fortunately its just giving us more time to get ready in the morning, which isn’t a bad thing!

Best moment this week: I’m torn between saying moving into the new house and finding out the baby’s gender! Such a great week so far, and even more excited to tell everyone else the gender, having a lot of fun with it this time around!

Have you told family and friends: Yes, I think nearly everyone knows. Still not sure who at work knows and who doesn’t though. I feel like its pretty obvious, but some people at work are much younger then me and aren’t as perceptive to it I don’t think.

Miss Anything? I’ve been too busy to notice a lack of anything this week, plus our realtor bought me a nice bottle of alcohol free champagne to celebrate our closing and that surprisingly has done a good job of fooling me that its wine!

Movement: Lots more movement. Hard to notice when I am super busy and on my feet, but when I slow down and relax on the couch or in bed at night I can feel it. The baby was moving SOO much at our sonogram yesterday that the tech couldn’t get some of the pictures that she wanted. I was able to see it kicking and thrashing all over the place, which was so cool! I think Ada and Dan will be able to feel it soon too!

Food cravings: Not really anything right now.

Anything making you queasy or sick: I’ve been feeling good again this past week, no headaches, thankfully. Been able to just get done the things that needed to get done and now we can settle into a normal routine again.

Have you started to show yet: Yes, have a little round bump. Still able to wear normal clothes but when I do wear a maternity shirt I look WAY more pregnant. I was curious as to how I compare bump wise to last time around so I did a side by side at the end!

Gender prediction: It’s a …. Coming soon!

Labor Signs: No

Belly Button in or out? Out 

Wedding rings on or off? On

Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy! So happy to know what our growing family is going to look like soon! Happy to be in our new forever home and to start making awesome memories right inside these walls and in our beautiful backyard.

Looking forward to: Revealing the gender to everyone!! Everyone is so excited for us and I love hearing what everyone’s guesses are while we know our little secret! Its so much fun to reveal the news to everyone separately this time, instead of with one big party. I was able to plan a few different surprises to share and its been so much fun!!

So before we share the news here on the blog, I’ll leave with a sono picture from yesterday and my first bump picture in the new house (Ada took this photo, so its from a low angle and she cut my head off a little. I need to get her a stool for picture taking, otherwise she did a good job!) Stay tuned for the gender reveal!

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And here’s a fun side by side I did. I thought I was a little smaller with number 2, but it turns out I think I’m about the same. The picture is bigger (and closer) in number 2’s picture, and maybe I’m a tad bigger, but its pretty close!

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Bump Update: 16 weeks

I missed 15 weeks because not much is going on. I am still feeling like crap most days with bad headaches at least every other day, if not more often. They are still making me feel nauseous and I had my first bout of “morning sickness” the day after Ada’s party, I think I just over did it, it was non-stop all day long. I’m killing myself getting ready for the move right now, we close in 1 week, so maybe that has something to do with feeling so terrible, just completely run down and exhausted. I’m in the second trimester now and somehow feeling worse then most of the first. I’m really hoping once the move is over and I can relax with my feet up more often that I start to feel better. This is going to be a looong pregnancy if this keeps up.

How far along? 16 weeks 5 days

Total weight gain/loss: I actually have not weighed myself in awhile, my scale is packed in a box and we haven’t been to the doctor. Probably not the worse thing!

Maternity clothes?  Not yet, still wearing regular loose clothes and just the maternity jeans that I’ve had. The weather is finally changing to Fall around here and I’m looking forward to getting some of my Fall stuff out after we move. 

Stretch marks?  Nope

Sleep: Sleeping much better lately. Or I should say Ada is sleeping better, as long as she stays asleep so do I. I still might get up with her once or twice a night very briefly, but only for a couple minutes and not every night. I think she just likes to know I’m nearby.

Best moment this week: I actually had a freak out in the middle of the night about a week ago, It started as a dream where I thought something was wrong with the baby and then it kept me awake for about 3 hours worrying about it. So at 4am I went online and bought one of those fetal, doppler heart rate monitors. Extreme? Probably, but I had it delivered like 3 days later and I’ve been able to hear the baby’s heart beat whenever I want to. Its actually really cool and gives me great peace of mind, so in my mind, it was money well spent!! This is the one I bought here.

Have you told family and friends: I told a couple co-workers this week, (the big boss included) so I’m glad he finally knows because I didn’t want it to go on much longer before he knew that I’d be out on maternity leave for awhile. I also need to start finding out about the maternity policy at work, so I’m glad he knows now.

Miss Anything? Wine, (always my answer) and just feeling good in general.

Movement:  A little bit! I know I am feeling it now, I’ve been kinda thinking I felt stuff, for awhile but now I am feeling it more, its still VERY subtle and I have to be sitting very still. Moves around at night time a lot, and I can sometimes feel it in the car.

Food cravings:  French toast. I’ve been making this for breakfast almost every day. Tim Horton’s Iced capp. I still get one of these almost every other day. I try to limit it, but the caffeine really helps my energy level, which I need and I think it helps my headache as well, and I’ll do just about anything to help with those.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Headaches make everything feel worse. I think the stress of moving and work is making me sick too, just run down and constantly thinking about what I still have to do.

Have you started to show yet: Yes, pretty hard to hide, but It still depends on the day a lot, some days I’m definitely bigger then others and certain clothes hide it better then others.

Gender prediction: October 18th is our anatomy sonogram, followed by my 18 week doctor appt. So we will know (FOR SURE) then. We have a cute gender reveal photo shoot planned for that evening so once we do that we’ll be telling the world, which I know many people (my sister- haha) can’t wait for!

Labor Signs: No

Belly Button in or out? Oh the belly button!! I had some extreme pain a couple days ago, it lasted longer this time then ever before. It was the same pain that sent me to the doctor a few weeks ago, only instead of lasting 3-4 hours, it lasted a day and a half. My belly button was the size of a grape and I couldn’t get it to go in, just touching it brought so much pain. Its better lately, a tad sore but feeling ok. I think we’ll have more and more of these days as my belly grows.

Wedding rings on or off?  On

Happy or Moody most of the time: Neutral. Anxious. Tired. I wouldn’t say a bad mood because I’m not the type of person who is ever in a bad mood, but as I think I’ve mentioned, I really just want to get this move over with.

Looking forward to: Moving!!! We can just stop there!

Here’s a pretty picture to commemorate the giant POD (and eyesore) sitting in my driveway!

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And here’s a glimpse at 16 weeks for us! Getting bigger and trying to soak in every moment with my big baby!

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My little love, she loves snuggling with the bump and talking to her baby! 

Baby Bump: 14 Weeks!

Yay! Officially in the second Trimester. Unfortunately feeling worse this week then most of my weeks in the first trimester, but surviving! We got word this week that our mortgage was approved, which means it just has to go to our lawyers now and we can set a closing date. So that is happening sooner then we thought. Our closing date was October 19th, we were pushing for a 45 day close which would have been around October 8th, so we’re way ahead. The problem is, I’m not ready! I’ve been feeling kinda crappy and so tired at night again that I’m not getting much packing done. I try to do a little each day. Hoping I start to get my second trimester energy boost in time to make this transition.

So we’ll just get into this week’s update!

How far along? 14 weeks, 6 days

Total weight gain/loss: Still 5 pounds

Maternity clothes?  Trying to just wear loose fitting clothes as most people at my office still don’t know. Its getting harder to hide, but still only wearing the one pair of maternity jeans I bought and the rubber band trick on most everything else.

Stretch marks?  No

Sleep: Sleeping much better! I think we’ve gotten to the bottom of Ada’s sleep issues as Night Terrors, so we’re better managing that by making sure she gets to bed a little bit earlier and going through the full bedtime routine every night. She’s only been waking me up once per night between 2-4am to “cover me up”, I’m sure this is just a phase as well but I’d rather do that then be up for hours at a time with her crying.

Best moment this week: Getting word that our mortgage was approved and we are cleared to move ahead. We also had a doctors appointment yesterday and everything was great. We were able to hear the heartbeat with the fetal monitor thing (156) and it sounded good and strong. We scheduled our Anatomy screening for October 18th so we’ll be able to confirm the gender then!

Have you told family and friends: Most close folks know. Still haven’t told work. It hasn’t come up naturally yet and since its mostly men in my office I feel like it just won’t, I guess soon it will just be assumed!

Miss Anything? Feeling good. Its been a crappy week with headaches and nausea. The nausea isn’t terrible and I think its mostly caused from the headaches. I’ve been just dealing with them because I felt like I was taking too much Tylenol and that was making me uneasy.  They have just made me feel not so hot and I miss more then anything just waking up and feeling good every day.

Movement:  Definitely starting to feel things. Its not super obvious all the time, but once in awhile I’ll feel some little “clicks”. I also had some shifting feelings really low in my abdomen the other night, which was that all too familiar feeling of Ada moving around. It was before bed and I remember Ada always being very active around the time.

Food cravings:  Mostly if I hear it or see it, I want it. Its nothing specific and nothing repetitive. But if someone says “turkey sub” then I want one. The other day it was macarons. I saw some on Facebook and I went to some extreme measures to find a bakery downtown that had them. I came up short and still want one!

Anything making you queasy or sick: Headaches. I’m sure that’s what’s got me feeling so crappy. Its not all the time, they come and go and fortunately are not super intense but just enough to feel shitty! I haven’t had any food aversions,  I’m kinda curious what they would be like, to get something and then completely turn my nose from it, I’m more If I see it I need it!

Have you started to show yet: Definitely yes, but I can still hide it kinda well depending on what I’m wearing, or at least I think I can. I don’t know what everyone else thinks. I feel very pregnant though, but can’t help but think how much farther I still have to go (sigh).

Gender prediction: Skip! Gender reveal coming soon. I’ve figured out what we’re going to do and as soon as we do it and share with family, I will share the news here!

Labor Signs: No

Belly Button in or out? Its been flat, and not giving me too much trouble this week, thankfully! The doctor gave me strict instructions to NOT lift anything heavy anymore, this is mostly because of the hernia and because I told her we were moving. Ada is going to have a problem with this!

Wedding rings on or off?  On

Happy or Moody most of the time: I think happy? I’m kind of indifferent, with feeling not so hot and having a lot on my plate between moving, work and Ada’s birthday this weekend I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed, managing, but too much going on. We have a lot of exciting things coming up, so I am happy and excited, but I am looking forward to slowing down a bit and not stressing over everything soon. Which then it will just be the holiday season, and I’ll have something else to stress over!

 Looking forward to: Ada’s Birthday!! My baby is FOUR today!! How is that even possible?!! She is so excited for her presents and her party. I love this age because she gets it! I tried to play down the gift part this year, but every four years olds birthday revolves around the gifts. We tried to keep the party small, but with such big families even that is hard to do and we wound up with 11 kids and 19 adults. She is having a Trolls birthday, and I love to get all themed and creative, but I’m trying to just keep it simple this year! Its rained EVERY year on her birthday, and we’ve had to move it inside, and this looks like the first year its going to be 85 and sunny, almost too hot! I headed to Target yesterday to look for some fun activities for the kids and found a slip n’ slide and I’ve made note on the Facebook invite to bring the kids swim suits as we’ll have the pool or sprinklers set up also due to the heat! A real summer birthday this year which is different!

And to conclude, a 14 week bump picture. I found this fun App last week called Baby Story. The App itself was free but I paid $1.99 to get fun stickers to add to each week. You can even get them for after baby is born. I made my own when I was pregnant with Ada, but that was 4 1/2 years ago, so one, they didn’t have these cools apps then and two, let’s face it, I had waaay more time to just sit around and count down the days until my precious first child was born, I even had a bump baby book for her. Baby #2 gets shafted a little! No baby book, but at least I’ve been really good about updating the blog, this will be the baby book for all my kids!

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Baby Bump! 12 Weeks and more exciting news!

We’ve almost made it through the first trimester!! Nothing makes me happier then to get over this hurdle since I know the risk of miscarriages starts to drop dramatically. We had another doctor appointment with sonogram today, and we took Ada along to see the baby, she wasn’t as into it as I thought she’d be, but she was excited after the fact that she was there!! Everything looked great, heart rate was 157. She had a guess as to the gender but said she wasn’t confident enough to confirm that, but she did tell us her guess!! I tried to schedule the appointment for as late in week 12 as I could. We’ll either be waiting until 18 weeks, which will be around the end of October, or I might consider a trip to Baby Bungalow, which is a neat little place that does 3D sonos, but they kinda cost a lot! We have an idea now which might be enough to hold me over, but we’re not sharing until we are sure and right now I’m not sure what I want to do once we find out or how we plan to share the news.

Before I do my weekly update I wanted to share our exciting house news!! I last left off saying we put an offer in on our dream home, and after some price negotiations, our offer was accepted!!! I was driving in my car on my way to work when I got the news and I shrieked with joy and laughter, followed by a whole lot of happy tears! I’ve never done that before! Damn hormones! We quickly took care of all the odds and ends and accomplished in two days what takes most people 2 weeks, but we were able to officially sign off on everything, including a home inspection before we left for vacation! Here’s an outside picture of our new home from Realtor.com…

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I could not be more excited to call this new place home! We’re aiming for a 45 day close since the house is vacant and our current house sale is a cash offer, so as long as we can keep our bank and attorney’s moving, we should be able to wrap this up pretty quick! I’m ready to get in there! It needs ZERO work! Which is just the most refreshing thing for us to move in and not need to start 10 reno projects. We should be all settled by the holidays and I’m excited to host some parties this year and get ready for our new addition to come HOME here!

I’ll try to keep updated with how that progression is going, moving while pregnant should be fun, but It will be nice to be settled back in soon!

On to my 12 week update!

How far along? 12 weeks, 5 days

Total weight gain/loss: Still 4 pounds (or zero pounds since my first doctors appointment which is probably the number they will start from)

Maternity clothes?  Not much, I have the jeans but haven’t worn them much because they fall down easily. I bought a new sweatshirt thing to wear with my leggings once the weather starts changing, still too warm now, but I’ll probably live in that shortly!

Stretch marks? No

Sleep: Ada is killing me with this lately, she’s usually up at least once, if not twice a night for something. Sometimes its for much too long, like an hour or more. Sometimes its quick but once she wakes me up I have a million thoughts running through my head. Between packing, moving, a new baby, work, birthday parties, or one of the other hundreds of things I have to do, I simply cannot fall back to sleep easily.

Best moment this week: Having another sonogram today and seeing our little peanut look more and more like a baby. It was moving around a lot again and we have insight into a gender now which is a little exciting but still makes me anxious since it could still change.

Have you told family and friends: Same as last week, I don’t think anyone new has found out since them!

Miss Anything? Not really anything right now

Movement:  Saw the baby moving a lot on the screen but I haven’t really felt anything since last week when I THOUGHT I was feeling something, maybe soon though since it does seem to always be moving.

Food cravings:  Not anything specific, been having a hard time finding what it is I want to eat again, tried a salad for lunch the other day (trying to eat healthy) and I just couldn’t do it, I do feel hungry all the time, I just never know for what!

Anything making you queasy or sick: The cold I have had has had me feeling under the weather, and left me with a lot of headaches, I’m hoping its all related to the head cold and not to my headache trends that I tend to get. I hate having to take anything with a baby on board, but they get so intense sometimes I don’t have a choice.

Have you started to show yet: I have moved to the couches at my office because its more comfortable to lean back and put my feet up, the big bubble in my stomach makes sitting up at a desk feel uncomfortable, but we’re still really just popping out at night time for the most part! Starting to show more for sure and hopefully we’ll be at the cute bump stage soon and out of the fat stage.

Gender prediction: I feel bad for answering this question now because the sono tech gave me her insight and I feel slightly biased, But I’ll answer based on what I would have went off before, those old wives tales. The heart rate dropped pretty low compared to where it was two weeks ago 171 down to 157, and lower means boy (supposedly), but I hear anything over 140 is girl. I still think based on timing it would be a boy, but my gut says girl. We’ll have to wait and see!

Labor Signs: No

Belly Button in or out? I don’t even want to answer this question anymore because its so strange and I can’t even keep up with what its doing.

Wedding rings on or off?  On

Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy! As usual! I feel so relieved after today’s sono to see that all is well. I get so incredibly nervous before a sono appointment and I just feel so happy when its over to know its all good.  It gives me such peace to see it moving, see the heart beat, the brain, arms, legs, everything. It looks so perfect already and I’m just so happy and blessed that I am able to do this again!

Looking forward to: Confirming the gender! We have an idea now, but there is just something special about knowing and starting to plan and imagine what your family will look like in a few months. I love so much my relationship with Ada, and I really hope for a boy so Dan can enjoy the special bond of father and son like I do with mother and daughter, but I also love my little girl so much and would take a whole house of them if that’s what is in store for us! Keeping it a surprise just doesn’t sound fun to me, I get so excited to start thinking about our family as soon as I can!!

Took this picture in the mountains last week, but it was on Saturday the official start to week 12!

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A tiny 12 week bump starting to pop out!

And another sono picture of our little baby actually starting to look like a real baby! An adorable little side profile of the face. Its weird since sonograms all kinda look similar, but I feel like this is exactly what Ada’s 13 week picture looked like too, lol

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And a cute one of Ada doing some light reading in the doctors office. Good thing she is reading up since she went back to school this week!! Pre-k 4!

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Baby Bump!! 10 Weeks

10 weeks 4 days today! We saw my IVF doctor for the last time yesterday. I am going to miss them there, they were so great and so on top of everything that it gave me such piece of mind, even in a high stress time period. I really felt like I was in the best hands. I know anything could have happened but they’ve been so quick to move on things that Its felt good!

Friday we meet our new OB doctor. I’ve decided to switch practices because I didn’t like how some of the miscarriages and stuff were handled, even when they had reason to suspect I had some fertility issues going on. I just felt like a lot of things went ignored and I needed a clean slate with someone new! They see you at 10 weeks for the first time, which I feel like is super late,  but I’m going into it with a head start, so its exciting!

I got some REALLY exciting news late last week, that my BEST FRIEND is 4 weeks ahead of me, so I am sooooo excited to share in our pregnancy journey together and that our kids will be so close in age! Its always nice to have someone going through the same thing as you, and we’ll be on maternity leave together!! It just further proves my point that everything happens for a reason and exactly when it’s supposed to, now I can share this pregnancy with her!

Here is my 10 week Recap!

How far along? 10 weeks 4 days

Total weight gain/loss: 3.1 pounds

Maternity Clothes? Not yet, will be considering maternity jeans soon though perhaps.

Stretch marks? No

Sleep: Good, as long as Ada doesn’t wake up. Still need to go to bed by 10pm, and when I wake up I still sometimes feel as though I could use another couple hours. I still wake up on my stomach some mornings, which is not the most comfortable way anymore.

Best moment this week: Our last sonogram with the IVF doc yesterday, any excuse to see pictures! Another one on Friday too, AND we FINALLY sold our house!! It will be official this evening after they finish the home inspection, but its a cash offer, so we don’t have to deal with the bank or any assessments and stuff which feels AMAZING! We also put an offer in on my dream home, it was slightly over budget, but has everything we want! Waiting to hear if they are accepting our offer or not! Fingers Crossed!!

Have you told family and friends: We have told most of our immediate family and closest friends. Both Dan and I have let it slip a couple times to people who we interact with on a daily basis, co-workers and such! But after yetserday’s doctor appointment I feel much more confident that everything is just fine, and we can start telling more people. Its going to be hard to hide soon enough!

Miss Anything? I’ve been fairly good lately, the smell of alcohol is a major turn off so I haven’t had too much trouble with that. The tailbone pain that I had with Ada is slowly creeping back, which is disappointing because I remember that being my biggest complaint with her early on. Its showing up much later this time around, so hopefully it won’t last too long!

Movement: The baby was moving like crazy in our sonogram yesterday, flailing arms and legs all over the place, it was so cute! I love the early sonos because the baby is still small enough to see everything. I swear when I was laying still on the table during the sono that I felt a small pulse or heart beat in there, and they told me I was probably feeling it move since it was going crazy! (I can’t wait till I don’t have to call it an “IT” anymore!)

Food cravings:  I have a major sweet tooth which I hate, buying candy in the checkout line is not like me and I don’t like eating that kinda garbage, but I just want it so much! Mostly fruity things, like airheads, starbursts, sour patch kids! Doesn’t help that Ada always asks for it, so I’m just like “yeah, throw it in”.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Not really, I haven’t had too much nausea at all in the past week or so. Once in awhile (when I’m hungry) as usual, and I’m pretty much always hungry, but I’ll basically eat just about anything!

Have you started to show yet: A little bit, definitely at night, and I can push my stomach out and make it look really big, or when I suck it in, only the top goes in and the lower abs don’t move anymore! Ada loves when I push my tummy out.

Gender prediction: I’m still inclined to say boy by timing, Dan thinks Girl because he’s just going to get all girls, Ada still flip flops. The heart beat was 169 yesterday which would suggest girl, but they also said with the amount of moving it was doing, its not a surprise that it was so high. She said they like to see anything over 120 bpm. My face has been breaking out a little and the sweet tooth would suggest girl too, so most signs pointing to girl right now!

Labor Signs: No

Belly Button in or out? In

Wedding rings on or off?  On

Happy or Moody most of the time: Pretty happy, the moodiness of last week has subsided, thankfully, I’m definitely more patient with Ada again (for the most part). It helps that we have an offer on the house, so we haven’t had to do showings and stuff which has taken another layer of stress off. The search for our house has been a bit stressful, but now I am just super hopeful that we found our perfect place and we can move on!

Looking forward to: Friday will be our first appt. with the new doctor, another sonogram (and probably our last until the gender one). Excited to hear back about our house offer, the home inspection on our place is today, which I hope goes well. If we hear back from our offer, we’ll probably try to do a home inspection Friday or Saturday before we leave for Vacation, and of course, I am looking forward to vacation next week, hopefully all the house stress will be behind us, I am confident about the baby being well and we’ll be able to relax and have fun as a family! Lot’s and lot’s to look forward to right now!!

Here is our latest sonogram from yesterday, and I’ll skip the baby bump picture this week since it doesn’t look much different from last week and instead leave with a picture of an amazing rainbow from last night. I think it was a sign that our Rainbow baby is giving us a new life to look forward to and good luck in our near future!!

 

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Baby Bumps! Weeks 7, 8 & 9

Here’s a recap of the last 3 weeks! (I added all the questions back in now). From here out I’ll try to stick to one recap a week instead of these long ones! Now that we’ve told a lot of people and next week is my last IVF Doctor Appt. I’ll be making the blog public again soon!

August 3rd – Week 7  

How far long? 7 weeks 5 days

Total weight gain/loss: 1.6 lbs probably because healthy food is loosing its appeal and I’ll just eat anything that I think I can stomach.

Maternity Clothes: Not yet, I told my sister this week though and so she gave me her bin of maternity clothes so I have some stuff to go through now before I do need anything.

Stretch Marks: Nothing. Worried about how my appendectomy scar is going to look in a few months though! Hopefully it had enough time to heal before it starts stretching!

Sleep: Sleeping great! And out like a light by 10pm. Sometimes I need a nap when I get home from work, my body is just so tired. Dan will take Ada outside to play and let me lay on the couch for a half hour after dinner. Ada had a few sleepless nights over the weekend which nearly sent me over the edge in patience, but she is back to sleeping again, thank goodness!

Best moment this week: Had another sonogram today. This is the one I have been waiting for. My nerves have been on edge trying to get through week 6 and thankfully everything looked great! She had nothing bad to report, we saw a little flickering heart beat at 159 bpm and the crown to rump measurements were exactly on point with 7 weeks 5 days.

Have you told family and friends: I told my sister and brother in law this past weekend but we haven’t been able to tell anyone else. Dan was out of town all weekend so we weren’t able to tell Ada. We want to tell her together obviously and we have to be strategic about telling her, because once we do its game over, she’ll tell everyone, lol

Miss Anything? Not really. I’ve been doing pretty good lately.

Movement: Not yet.

Food cravings: Peaches! I’ve been buying them like crazy and I’m the only one in the house who will eat them, so more for me!

Anything making you queasy or sick: Doing better on the nauseous thing this week. Last week was bad and I was afraid it was only going to get worse, but so far its not been terrible. Still a little bit when I am getting hungry, my pre-natal vitamins are getting harder and harder to take. And once in awhile I just feel like I can’t eat anything at all, but once I do manage, I’m ok.

Have you started to show yet: I don’t think so, but feeling a little thicker lately. It varies by day!

Gender prediction: Still thinking boy, but so far things have been pretty similar to my pregnancy with Ada, so maybe girl?

Labor Signs: No

Belly Button in or out? My belly button is so messed up and funny looking from my first pregnancy and from a couple of the surgeries I had, so I am terrified to watch and see what it turns into this time. I told Dan I’m having surgery to fix it once we’re done having babies.

Wedding rings on or off? On, all the time.

Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy! We’ve had lots of family in town for Dan’s brother’s wedding and so we’ve spent a lot of time with them! I wish we could have told everyone in person while they were here, but the timing was not right. We have some hurdles I wanted to get through before I opened up to everyone about everything. I’m excited to start telling everyone though!

Looking forward to: I guess see above. Starting to tell family and friends will be happening soon, so hopefully I can document some of that and share it on the blog!

Here was our second sonogram at 7 weeks 5 days. A little bigger then 2 weeks ago!!

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And here’s just an adorable picture of Ada with her two cousins from the night we went to my sister’s and told them! Ada still didn’t know at that point so we had to keep quiet, but she was busy playing with the girls anyway!!

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August  9th – Week 8

How far long? 8 weeks, 4 days

Total weight gain/loss: 1.6 pound still.

Maternity Clothes: Not yet,  I went through the bin my sister gave me and pulled some things out. I guess I’m kinda excited to dress the bump for fall and winter this time. The seasons are exactly opposite of my pregnancy with Ada, so I’ll definitely need to do a little shopping, there wasn’t much I can use.

Stretch Marks: No

Sleep: I wake up a few times a night but usually have no trouble getting back to sleep. I usually have to get up to pee at least once, otherwise I’m in pain in the morning! I’ve had some crazy vivid dreams though!

Best moment this week: Telling Ada!!! We took a video of us telling Ada about the baby in my tummy and it was beyond perfect. Her reaction was everything for a 3.5 year old! She was so excited at first, and kept asking me if I really had a baby in my tummy, like she didn’t believe me. Then I made a comment about her having to share mommy and daddy and she broke down into uncontrollable tears forever! lol The next morning though she was really, very excited, I think she was crying because she was a bit overtired and it was right before bedtime!

Have you told family and friends: Its been so hard figuring out the logistics of telling people this time because we knew Ada would talk, we wanted to make sure we told her first, but we also want to make sure we are there if she tells anyone else. Its been tricky having a chatty almost 4 year old. But in some ways it makes telling people easier because she is more then willing to tell everyone for us. She told Grandma yesterday morning. She was leaving for California for 2 weeks, so she stopped by before school to say goodbye and Ada just kept showing her the sonogram picture. Grandma was of course thrilled! Later that day we told the rest of Dan’s brothers and sisters by sending out a group text message, not the ideal way to share the news but with more then half of them living out of state its the only way to make sure everyone finds out at the same time! We’re telling my parents tomorrow night, having them over for dinner on the patio!

Miss Anything? Wine or a nice summer cocktail outside on my patio. Flavored water with mint in a wine glass has been a decent substitute but not what I really want.

Movement: Too soon, but I cannot wait to feel this again!

Food cravings: Not really, I’m not too much into sweets usually and this week every night I’ve wanted chocolate peanut butter ice cream or s’mores with peanut butter on them! Maybe its the peanut butter I’m craving!

Anything making you queasy or sick: A little nauseous again this week here and there. Nothing really major and fortunately I haven’t actually gotten sick yet.  Its still usually when I have an empty stomach.

Have you started to show yet: Not really but by the night time I definitely feel like I am showing. I don’t know what it is about the end of the day?

Gender prediction: If judging by the heart rate in our first sonogram where it was detectible I’d say girl. It was 159. Old wives tales says anything over 140 is a girl and under is a boy. The first sono was a lot earlier then usual, so I’ll bring the jury back out in 2 weeks when we go for our next sonogram and see what it is then.

Labor Signs: No

Belly Button in or out? Flat for now.

Wedding rings on or off? Always on.

Happy or Moody most of the time: Pretty happy, frustrated with our house still being for sale, but I think that’s unrelated to anything hormonal and just normal frustrations of selling a house. Now that we know we have a baby on the way, I’m just more anxious then anything to get the house stuff sorted out and moving on.

Looking forward to:  Our next sonogram which is my last appointment with the Fertility Doctor. I will sure miss her, they have been fantastic there. But looking forward to meeting our new ob/gyn as well, and of course getting another sonogram with them! I hope I have good insurance!

 

Here is a snapshot of the text we sent to family telling them!!

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And here is one of the first weeks I remembered to have Dan take a bump picture for me!

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8 1/2 weeks Preggo with # 2

 

August 15 – Week 9

How far long? 9 weeks, 3 days

Total weight gain/loss: up 3 pounds (My app says 1-5 pounds is normal for the first trimester, I haven’t been eating so great lately though, so its time to watch that!)

Maternity Clothes: No

Stretch Marks: No, the inside of where my appendectomy was is pretty sore though lately and I have a feeling its related to everything inside starting to move around and push things. Definitely something I have to address with my doctor as I’m really afraid its going to get worse.

Sleep: Ada has been not sleeping so great, which means I am not sleeping great. I am usually in bed by 10pm and out within minutes. I think she has allergies, so on days when she is outside or in the grass a lot she wakes up with coughs, boogers and all itchy. Also something I may address with HER doctor soon.

Best moment this week: Telling our friends (see below)

Have you told family and friends: We told a bunch of our close friends on Saturday, which was really fun. Dan just threw the sonogram picture out on the table and walked away, there were then 6 girls sitting there trying to figure out whose picture it was, until someone finally grabbed it and read the name! They were all very excited for us as they all know how long we’ve been trying. So that was really fun! We’ve now told, most of our closest friends and our immediate family. We’ve still asked everyone to keep it quiet until we are ready to share more. Next week we have 2 appointments and I know I’ll feel really good about everything once we get good reports from both of them!

Miss Anything? Cold beer. We had a very nice family lunch date on Sunday to this place called Public House on the Lake, amazing views of Lake Erie, perfect summer day, really called for a cold beer. I don’t usually want beer but everyone else’s looked so good that day!

Movement: Not yet. I read back over my blog posts with Ada to see when I started feeling it last time and shared last time at 14 weeks that I hadn’t felt anything yet, but at 16 weeks I shared that I felt little flutters when I sit still. I know I got sick of the moving around by the end of my last pregnancy because Ada had some crazy legs, but I really am excited to start feeling it again. Hopefully this one is just a little less rough on me.

Food cravings: Chocolate and peanut butter. Last week this was starting to become a thing and now its real! Anything I can do to combine chocolate and peanut butter is a win! I even bought a pack of Reese’s peanut butter cups the other day, I’ve never done that before! I do have more of a sweet tooth then I usually do.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Not really. The nausea has been much better lately, to almost none at all. The fatigue it still bad but getting better!

Have you started to show yet: Definitely more so at night, but mostly not. I have been wearing much more flowy tops lately since I never know when Its gonna round out a little, some days are more then others. I also looked back at blog posts with Ada to see when I started to pop out and I see little bit around week 12 but much more noticeable around week 14. I didn’t really pop last time until 17-18 weeks.

Gender prediction: I keep saying “her” or “she” when I talk to people, maybe its because I already have a she and I’m used to it, or maybe its a sign!

Labor Signs: No

Belly Button in or out? Still flat

Wedding rings on or off? Still on

Happy or Moody most of the time: I’m gonna have to say moody for like the first time ever! I don’t think I’ve really ever thought of myself as moody, but I’ve been soo irritated lately. I thought it was Ada’s behavior that was making me nuts but I’m starting to think its just my level of patience with her (maybe a little of both?) Where I used to let things go, now they drive me mad. It doesn’t help that the house is still not sold, and we are getting showings like crazy, like every other day, which means people are making me clean and maintain a show worthy house every waking moment, and then not giving us an offer, which in itself its irritating! Keeping the house that clean with a family living in it is damn near impossible, and adding another level of stress to normal life! The worst part is probably half the showings are second showings, which means the same people are making me do it twice! My hormones cannot handle this right now and just writing it is making me angry!

Looking forward to: Of course the 2 sonograms we have next week, but we’re also leaving for our annual Adirondacks vacation at the end of next week. I’ll be finishing up my first trimester while we’re away and I just cannot wait to get the family on vacation for a full week of relaxation! I don’t think I’ve ever needed a vacation more then I do now! Every year I complain about this Adirondacks trip and how I would rather we take the week and travel some place different every year instead of taking the same trip, but each year around this time, I become more and more grateful for the full week of doing nothing, sitting at a lake, and sitting in the sun. Definitely looking forward to that!!

I’ll leave with a few pics I took myself of week 9 bump, starting to get a little one I think!

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9 weeks!! Moving along!
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9 Weeks, my view!

Baby Bumps! Weeks 4, 5, & 6

With Ada, I did a little survey each week answering the same questions and including a bump picture, so I’m going to do the same again this time. Here is my first questions post recapping weeks 4, 5 & 6. I’ll double/triple up the early weeks since there isn’t much going on and we don’t plan to tell anyone for awhile.

July 13 -Week 4 (I I removed some of the questions that are just not applicable at the very beginning, so as we go along you’ll see new questions being added)

How far along? 4 weeks 5 days

Total weight gain/loss: 0 lbs.

Sleep: Sleeping great at night, starting that whole falling asleep fairly early on the couch thing though.

Best moment this week: Getting a positive blood test on Monday afternoon, and another positive on Wednesday, telling me my levels are great and right where they should be. They did call this morning and told me my thyroid is under active, so I’ll be taking something to help with that, then they will test my levels again in 4-6 weeks to see if I can stop.

Have you told family and friends: Only my husband knows. I really love the early stages when just the two of you are in on this HUGE, MASSIVE secret and no one else knows about it. It makes marriage feel really special!

Miss Anything? No, I am so beyond thrilled to finally be here that I would have made any sacrifice right now.

Food cravings:  Fresh food! I really just want to eat super healthy, and I can’t stand the thought of putting anything bad in my body for fear of messing it up. I’m super, overly sensitive to the thought that I could cause a miscarriage by doing something. (Even though I know this is so not true).

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nothing in particular, I do feel a little off when I’m hungry, like I know I need some food ASAP!

Gender prediction: Boy, based on timing of how the heck this could have actually happened, it had to have been a fast swimmer!

Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy, so beyond happy!!!! I was impatient as I waited for test results, and we are in the middle of selling our house which is adding another layer of stress, anxiety and impatience to my mood but other than that, I couldn’t be happier!!

Looking forward to: Our first sonogram which is scheduled for next week. Nice and early! The best part of using a fertility doctor is its her job to get me through the first trimester which means we get lots of extra TLC to make sure everything is perfect, unlike a regular OB/GYN who makes you wait until 8-9 weeks for your first look! I feel like I am in the best hands and someone is checking my charts like 10 times a day! They did tell me I’m a few days behind what I thought I was, but everything they say makes sense and all my levels line up, so we just found out SUPER early!

 

July 19th – Week 5 

How far along? 5 weeks 4 days

Total weight gain/loss: Same

Sleep: Sleeping great, going to bed earlier then usual and I took a super long nap Saturday which is not like me. I’m not usually a napper, I can find 100 other things I should be doing!

Best moment this week: We had our first sonogram today! They told me everything looks great and they saw everything they would expect to see at this point in the pregnancy. We had a clear gestational sac with a nice thick cushion around it and it appeared to be in the right place. The measurements of it were perfect too. We’ll be back for another sono in 2 weeks at which point we should be able to see the itty bitty baby and maybe even a heart beat at that point.

Have you told family and friends: Not yet, we haven’t told anyone. I’m not sure when I want to do this. Maybe after our 7 week sono, to be sure everything is still looking good.

Miss Anything? I really want to make Starbucks runs in the afternoon, not because I need it, but because its a nice excuse to get outside and walk somewhere. I’m trying to avoid ANY caffeine until I know I’m in a safer place in the pregnancy. I know I can have a little but until were confident that this one is going to stick, I’m staying away!

Food cravings: Not really, still just trying to eat real healthy. Been into making smoothies in the morning so I can get a ton a nutrients packed into one drink!

Anything making you queasy or sick: Not yet thankfully,  avoided all morning sickness with Ada and I’m hoping to have the same thing again.

Have you started to show yet: No

Gender prediction: My Chinese calendar predictions said girl, but the Mayan calendar prediction said boy! Who knows?

Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy!! Trying to stay calm and confident about everything. Each time I see or talk to my doctor I get a little more reassurance which helps!

Looking forward to: Our next sonogram in 2 weeks!!

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Here is baby’s FIRST photo! Doesn’t look like much, but in a few weeks we’ll see an actually baby in there!
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Here is my first official “Bump” picture (or lack thereof currently) Ada took this picture so she cut my head off, but its a start, we’ll get better at these!

 

July 26 – Week 6 

How far along? 6 weeks 4 days

Total weight gain/loss: 1 lb. (Its starting already! But it does seem to fluctuate day to day, I think this is just normal life still, lol)

Sleep: Sooo tired!! I am ready for bed by 7:30 and I fall asleep within 3 minutes of putting my head down! Its that heavy, exhausted feeling too! I also don’t feel rested in the morning, I feel like I could sleep for days right now. I could really use a nap around 2pm, when I feel like I could fall asleep sitting up right.

Best moment this week: Nothing spectacular this week, just some of the hardest pregnancy symptoms kicking in, nothing exciting, mostly the opposite. Until I get to my next doctor appt. I’ll still feel slightly worried. Although having some of these strong symptoms is actually a little reassuring because It really makes me feel like things are progressing, which is good!

Have you told family and friends: No, we still haven’t. I’m not sure how I’ve gotten away with 3 weekends now and no one calling me out for not drinking. I’ve gotten lucky so far.

Miss Anything? I’m starting to feel pregnant, and I wanted this so badly so I don’t want to complain, but I’m remembering already how much I don’t like being pregnant. I’m hoping once its public I’ll start to embrace it a little more.

Food cravings: Still want fresh food, which is usually something along the lines of a taco/burrito etc. because then I can just pile on the tomatoes, guac, cheese, lettuce etc.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nothing specific makes me sick, but every time I approach the “getting hungry zone” which is about every 1.5-2 hours I start to feel nauseous. It makes it hard to eat, because I don’t have an appetite for anything and its hard to figure out what I want, but as soon as I do eat I feel much better. Unfortunately its just a mean cycle and its getting a little worse each day. I hope it doesn’t last too long, as soon as I hit 6 weeks it kicked in.

Have you started to show yet: Not yet, but some evenings I definitely get that bloated look.

Gender prediction: Boy, still just a guess!

Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy, pretty normal moods so far. A little more impatient with Ada then I usually am, but then again it could be her too, she is 4 after all and can be kinda a beast at times! I lose my temper a little easier at bedtime, probably because we are both exhausted, I’m just done for the day and she doesn’t nap much anymore, so she’s usually just about done too!

Looking forward to: Our 2nd sonogram next Thursday!! With our first miscarriage we lost the baby around 6.5 weeks, so I’m really nervous to just get through this week and to our sono next week which will be at 7 weeks 5 days. Once I get there and find out how everything looks I think I’ll start to ease up. We didn’t go in for a sono last time until 9 weeks and because I didn’t miscarry on my own, we didn’t find out until much later that things had gone wrong, so I’m really happy to be going in right away to keep watching things.

Some exciting news to share!!!

Baby Mags #2 is due!!! Finally!!! We found out on Friday, July 7th 2017! Its been quite the 2 year journey getting here, which maybe I’ll recap in another post. For now we are basking in joy that we have another little one joining our family!

I took a test before the 4th of July on the off chance that I was pregnant I wanted to know before I spent the holiday weekend drinking. I thought I was crazy when I saw the faintest line ever and literally chalked it up to wishful thinking! It wasn’t even enough for me to show my husband, it didn’t seem likely. A few days later I was about a day late, which didn’t mean much because my cycles have been a bit longer then they used to be 29-32 days. But I thought I saw another VERY faint line. This time I showed my husband, but still thought I was crazy. It was so light, but when I looked at it 2 hours later, it was darker. I’d read about evaporation lines and how your not supposed to read after the 10 minute window. After that though, the next day I went to the store and got one of the digital ones that say “Pregnant” or “Not Pregnant” because I was over investigating lines, to my HUGE surprise I got a Big Fat Positive!!

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I called my IVF doctor that afternoon, and they told me to go get some blood work done first thing Monday morning. If I went in by 10am I’d get same day results. They called back Monday evening and confirmed a positive blood test. They wanted me to repeat the blood test on Wednesday morning and make sure that my numbers we’re doubling every 48 hours. Which they did!! After that they scheduled my first visit with them at just 5 weeks 4 days! The great part of being with my IVF doctor is that they will see me every 2 weeks, and hang on to me as a patients for most of the first trimester!

I’m high risk miscarriage, and so needless to say I’ve been very nervous about it. I’ve held off telling anyone, and we probably won’t for awhile, if I can get away with it.

So we are THRILLED to finally be giving Ada a sibling and make her the best big sister around!! Join us for the journey, I’ll be posting a weekly update on how things are going and doing a little survey each week like I did with Ada. (I made the blog private for a few weeks so that I could share all my posts, but not make it public until we are ready to share our news with the world!)

 

 

 

Little Ada’s Birth Story

So this post has been a long time coming but I thought I would share the details of the Little Ada’s entrance into the world. Before I go on, I have to say this was not nearly as bad as so many women make it out to be and especially not as bad as it looks on TV and in movies. Now I might be in the minority and my second child may give me some serious pay back, but Ada’s birth was one of the best experiences of my life.

I’ll start out by saying that I didn’t like being pregnant, I felt out of control, and more out of shape then I ever had in my entire life. I am not one of those women who “Loved being pregnant” and “Can’t wait to do it again”. I felt fat and slugglish and found myself counting down the days until I could have my body back, but I wouldn’t change anything in the world for my little Ada! My original due date was October 7th and if you’ve been following my blog you’ll know that I had a scheduled c-section for September 30th (1 week early) because baby girl was thought to be breech, but on September 22 (1 day shy of two weeks to go) Ada decided she was ready!

We had just gotten home from dinner at my sister’s that Saturday night. I had felt fine all day and all night, and had no idea what was coming. I buzzed around and cleaned the whole house earlier that day, I mean really cleaned the house. I dusted, scrubbed the bathroom, even cleaned out every nook and cranny in the refrigerator. (Maybe that should have been my first clue – I hear nesting gets out of control at the end) We got home that night around 10:30 and I started complaining that the “braxton hicks” I had been getting nearly all of my pregnancy were really bad, so I started timing them and they were all over the place like they usually were. 10 minutes, 17 minutes, 6 minutes, 20 minutes and on and on. Finally around midnight or so, we decided to go up to bed. Hubby went right out, but I was up for the night. The contractions were getting worse, but still bouncing all over. I got back up and went to get a drink of water, back to bed, up to go to the bathroom, back to bed, downstairs to straighten up the living room (I dunno why? It was already clean.) I just couldn’t sleep and couldn’t get comfortable that night. Back to bed I went, started dozing off, woke up 8 minutes later with severe pain, dozed off, looked at the clock 8 minutes gone by, closed my eyes, opened them 8 minutes later. Finally around 2:30am I decided I needed to wake up my husband. He told me to call the doctor, but I was fine at that point, so I said “No I’ll wait a little longer” 8 minutes later, yelling in pain, “ok, ok I’ll call” pain went away, I’m fine, lets just wait, its 2 in the morning I don’t want to call just yet. 8 minutes later screaming in pain, “ok I”ll call!” I finally called and explained that I know I wasn’t supposed to call until they were 5 minutes apart but I had a scheduled c-section in a week and wasn’t sure what to do. The on call doctor (Dr. Trevette) called me back a few minutes later and said to head to the hospital just to get checked out. So my husband and I looked at each other and said okay I guess this is happening. Dan started frantically running around, what do we need? Where is the bag? Where’s the car seat? (We hadn’t even figured out how to put the car seat in yet.) I decided at that point that I needed to straighten my hair, before we left, so while Dan ran around crazy gathering things and texting our parents I casually stood in the bathroom straightening my hair, delaying the inevitable. Finally we were off and I was admitted shortly after 3am. I was admitted right away due to the fact that we thought baby was breech and I’d be getting a c-section, the only thing I had prepared for. They got me all set up on machines and what not and while Dan was in the bathroom dressing in his scrubs, they did a sono on me. Turned out that baby girl had flipped over and was ready to come into the world the right way!

They had to do some convincing on my part to have her naturally since I was really not prepared at all for that to happen. I finally agreed only if I could have an epidural, which of course they administered right away. Dan had to leave the room and the very sweet nurse stood in front of me and held my hand while I got the epidural, much of this I hardly even remember since I feel like it all happened so fast. I was already 4 cm when they admitted me and it was the middle of the night. Once I had the drugs they turned off the lights and everyone left. They told me to sleep. Haha. I sent emails to my co-workers, I had about 8 different group texts going with friends and family. The last thing I was able to do was sleep, yes I was comfortable and wasn’t really feeling any pain at all, but this wasn’t supposed to happen this early, I just kept thinking about the baby, what I hadn’t finished doing yet and a billion other things. It was a good rest time, but no sleep.

They came in to check on us every half hour or so, they would check the machines, adjust the monitors etc. Probably around 7am or so they decided to come in and break my water, only to find that it had broke on its own. Then maybe an hour and half later I had to ask them to check me again because I really felt like she was coming out, and she sure was!! They asked me around 10am if I wanted to try a few practice pushes to see where we were at, so I did. STOP! They needed the doctor in the room, she was really coming soon. So I waited, the doctor came in and had me push again. STOP! She needed her scrubs on, this baby was coming now! After about 20-25 minutes of pushing at 10:26am I held a beautiful baby girl in my arms!!

The rest of the day was a compete blur, I had not slept in over 24 hours, we were moved from one room to the next, and had people coming and going all day long. They moved us from the labor and delivery room shortly before 1:00pm, I know this was the exact time, because my husband was very concerned that we were going to miss the start of the Bills game. We couldn’t figure out how to get cable on the TV in our new room and also, I couldn’t find my baby! I asked 2 different nurses if I could see my baby and both of them went off to find her! We had family all waiting in the waiting room for us and I refused to let anyone in until I got to see and hold my baby myself for awhile. They did finally wheel her in, and we had to try breastfeeding before they let anyone in anyway.  Here’s a few more photos of my beauty just minutes after birth.

They put her footprint on daddy’s hand

That first night was a doozy, I was beginning to get delirious after lack of sleep, at this point I was going on nearly 36 hours of being awake, and the constant visitors and disruptions from nurses, oh and the fact that I just gave birth to a human, was really wearing on me. Once the night came and everyone had left then they would bring the baby in to me every 2 hours to feed. 2 hours goes by really fast! We had to send her down to the nursery because we just needed to get a little rest, I could tell as long as she was in our room we were never going to sleep. This is where I kept seeing my husband when I finally called a nurse…..

Its hard not to just stare at her all the time. We are so in love in with her and now cannot even remember what life was like before she was here! Its hard to believe 4 months have already gone by, when they say time flies they aren’t kidding. I feel like I will be planning her first birthday before I know it!

Its a big adjustment having a baby around all the time. It really is a rough first few weeks, lack of sleep and emotional meltdowns just skim the surface. I had a few break downs in those early days when we were trying to figure each other out. Breastfeeding is by far the hardest part, sleep came eventually, and thanks to my awesome husband we worked out schedules so we both could sleep, but that breastfeeding thing is still my biggest enemy. I’ve gone to exclusive pumping because I just couldn’t get the hang of making sure she was getting enough and me producing enough both for her and to store so we could actually leave the house for more then 2 hours. Ada is such a good baby and I cannot complain about a thing, I think we’ve had it really easy both with the birth and even in the months that have followed, she’s been sleeping through the night since 8 weeks when I put her in her crib in her own room and has been there ever since, we’ve had a few rough nights recently and I’m sure there are more rough ones ahead. I’ll finish this post with our first family photo! As well as a beautiful family photo we had done for Christmas!

Top 10 Favorite Baby Items

So I know I promised a birth story blog, and I should really do that before I start forgetting details, but it turns out having a baby and working full time is pretty time consuming. I went back to work right after Thanksgiving and with the holidays and friends in town and everything else in between I haven’t even thought about the blog lately. Since that story will take time to write (and re-live) I thought I’d do a quick post with some of my most favorite baby items so far. This will also be my shopping list for future friends having babies since these were my life savors!! So if your one of my friends reading this, expect to get this stuff! 🙂

1. Aden+Anis Swaddle Blankets – I’ve only found these in a 4 pack, and they are almost $40 which seems like a lot for blankets but I figured they are only about $10 per blanket and it was great to have 4 of them, one was always clean. These are the BEST swaddle blankets because they are big enough that you don’t have to have the perfect swaddle wrap, you can do it real quick and nice and tight. It worked best for us because little Ada didn’t like her arms swaddled so those wraps with Velcro didn’t really work for us.

2. PJ’s with zippers!!! I don’t even know why newborn jammies come with snaps, they are a nightmare to figure out in the middle of the night. Newborn PJs with mittens and zippers were the best. A lot of our jammies that had mittens only had snaps and the ones with zippers didn’t have mittens, so she wore the same ones a lot! If you can find both, buy multiple pairs. As she gets older the snaps that only go down one leg are okay, and we don’t need the mittens anymore, but forget those silly PJ’s that you have to match up snaps in the crotch, we left them undone half the time because we were only gonna take them off again in 20 minutes!

3. Fisherprice Rock N’ Play –  This is the exact one from Target that we got, I thought the colors were awesome, but more then that this little cradle was our favorite place for her. She slept in this for the first 4 weeks when she was too little to lay in the cradle that was in our room (she would just flop over in her little burrito roll) This kept her nice and snug and sitting up right a little bit. It was also perfect to transport up and down the stairs if she fell asleep and we didn’t want to disturb her. During the day I could set her down, she would nap there and even now she’ll just chill in there. It goes up to 25 lbs. so it will be with us for a little while longer. We got good use out of this one!

4. Vera Bradley Bottle Caddy – I got this little gem for free when I bought my diaper bag and its awesome!! It only holds one bottle which is all you need a lot of the time. I actually froze some yogurt in a tiny round tupperware container and I toss that in the bottom to use as an ice pack.

5. Vera Bradley Convertible Diaper Bag – Speaking of the bottle caddy, I will say this is the best diaper bag! I actually don’t use the one I registered for because it was ridiculously small. This one holds everything I need! I look forward to the day when I can just throw some stuff in my purse, but for now while we travel heavy and for packing her up when she’s with the grandmas all day while I work, this has all the room I need for plenty of diapers, changes of clothes, bottles, burp clothes, toys etc… and anything else I can jam in there. The best part is it comes in plain black if you’re not into the Vera Bradley style. This bag is worth every penny even though it seems kinda pricey!

6.  Halo Sleep Sacks – This is what we put her to bed in every single night. When she was a newborn we did do the swaddle, but once she started waking herself up just trying to bust out of it, we deiced it was time to try a sleep sack. Since she was born at the end of September, most of her infancy has been in cooler and now freezing cold weather, so these fleece blankets keep her nice and toasty without putting a blanket in her crib. They come in 4 sizes, so she can  keep growing into them. We’ve already moved up to the second size, we’ll probably continue using these at least until the summer time. Again something else that has worked at night time and I will not stop doing what I do as long as she’s sleeping through the night.

7. “Blankey”– So this is not exactly the one we have, we have a white lamb but its as close as I could find. A friend bought this for her at a specialty gift shop and from what I can tell this already is going to be her attachment item. At 3 months she loves to just hold on to it and loves to play with (and chew) the ribbon around its neck, and its small enough to throw in that awesome diaper bag or tuck into her car seat. I may be encouraging this to be that item a little bit too because its so cute!

8.  Sound Machine – This is the one we have but it comes in a million brands and varieties.  Its the idea of the sound machine that puts it on my list. It has several different sounds, white noise, rain, ocean etc. and the volume knob is how you turn it on an off so you can gradually increase or decrease. We’ve used this thing every night since she’s been home, whether it calms her or not I will never know, but she’s been sleeping through the night since 8 weeks so I won’t stop using it now.

9. Organic Cotton Washable Nursing Pads – I don’t know who got me these specific ones or where they found them around here, but here’s a link to some on Amazon. These were the best!! They were so soft (and got softer with each wash) They fit right inside your bra comfortably and absorb everything during those first few weeks of breastfeeding. The disposable ones were way to rough on sore nips, these actually just feel like part of your bra which makes you feel just a little normal again, and the best part is they are re-useable!

10.  Dishwasher Basket This is the one we have, but I think any of the million varieties would work. I didn’t use this for the first month or two because we were strictly breastfeeding and I wasn’t going through bottles that much, but now that I am exclusively pumping, I go through bottles, nipples and pump parts like crazy. This thing can hold almost all my bottle pieces in one load and when I don’t feel like hand washing all that stuff, its fantastic to throw it all in the basket and be done with it. Also, along this line is the Boon Grass, which I also love for when I do hand wash everything. All the little pieces fit nicely on here.I originally registered for the lawn but took it back because it was so big, the grass has more then enough space and doesn’t take up your whole counter.

So there you have it, in no particular order, my top 10 list! I could probably do another post with my thoughts on other items that we found useful, and I could also probably do a post of things I found to be a waste of money. As new moms we think we need everything out there and while a lot of the things have been created to make life easier, there are a lot of things that we really don’t need. My best advice, Don’t open, take off tags or use everything before baby arrives, wait and see what you’re baby and you really need.

And to finish, a few pictures of my love bug because she’s just too cute not to have some in every post!!

Sitting around watching some TV
Ready to watch the last Bills game!
All smiles on Christmas day!