Brielle’s One Month Favorites!..

I can hardly believe that next week Brielle will be two months old already!  Time really does fly.  It’s incredible to see how much she has grown since she was born.  She is changing so much and I love being able to witness everything.  I wanted to share her one month favorites since I wasn’t able to when she first turned one month.  Let’s get started!

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Aden & Anais

Aden and Anais sent me a few products to try while I was pregnant and to use once Brielle was born.  They sent me their Ultra Gentle Lotion Skin Care:

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This lotion is safe enough to be used for both myself and for Brielle.  The lotion is light and has a slight fragrance to it which I like.  I use it on myself and I’ll use some on Brielle’s legs which tend to have dry skin.  They also sent me their Stretch Mark Reducing Cream Skin Care:

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I love this cream and I still use it today.  It’s not greasy at all and feels light on your skin.  I used this throughout my pregnancy on my belly to prevent stretch marks.  It really helped.  The only time I noticed a few stretch marks is after I delivered Brielle.  I have some on the lower portion of my stomach and I use this cream to help minimize it everyday.  The last item they sent us was a package of their Jungle Jam Classic Swaddle Blankets:

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Brielle loves these swaddle blankets.  We use them all the time and wrap her in them while she is sleeping.  We also use them to cover her or for her to lay on.  They are VERY soft which I like and it’s gentle on Brielle’s skin.  I cannot say enough things about these swaddle blankets.  I sometime use them to cover her when she is in the car seat and I’ve had people stop me in stores to tell me how much they love Aden and Anais blankets.  I couldn’t agree more.

Dr. Brown’s Standard Bottles, Bottle Warmer and Sanitizer

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I had mentioned that Brielle has some digestive issues and acid reflux.  It’s been a process trying to find bottles which work for her and don’t allow her to suck down as much air.  We’ve tried numerous bottles and we finally found one that works.  We love Dr. Brown’s products.  These bottles contain a vent system inside of them which eliminates air and allows the baby to feed comfortably.  Brielle loves these bottles and I couldn’t recommend them enough.  I really like the bottle warmer too because you can program the unit for the exact amount of time that you need it to warm for and it will beep when it’s ready.  The sterilizer is great and it makes for getting the bottles completely clean and safe for the baby to use.  It holds 6 bottles and you can also put pacifiers or any other baby item that you might need to be sterilized in the machine.

Fisher Price My Little Lamb Platinum Edition Cradle ‘n Swing

This swing is one of the best baby items that we own.  Brielle loves to lay in the swing and fall asleep.  It has a few different swing settings, plays music, has lights and a mobile.  It’s very soft and plush.  This past week, Brielle realized that there is a mobile above her that lights up.  She absolutely loves it.  Her face lights up and she smiles and coo’s when she see’s it.  I love it.  If you are going to purchase one baby item, I would recommend this swing.  I can’t say enough great things about it.

Graco Minnie Mouse Pack ‘N Play Playard with Cuddle Cove Rocking Seat

This pack ‘n play has been in our room since Brielle was born.  She sleeps in this next to my side of our bed.  It was difficult to put together but it is completely worth it.  The bassinet is removable and is great for transporting her around the house if she is sleeping in it.  I love the print on it since it is Minnie Mouse.  The changing table was a lifesaver when she was born.  She was able to sleep in it and we could change her on the changing table and then put her back to sleep.  It made things really easy.  This pack ‘n play has so many settings on it too.  The unit plays music, has a light, and vibrates.  The best part is that you can take it apart and bring it with you.

Boppy Heirloom Pillow – Giraffe

This boppy pillow is great!  It is perfect to use when feeding.  The baby can also be propped up on it and it can be used for tummy time.  I have this exact pillow with the giraffe print on it.  The cover is very soft to lean on and the print is super cute.

Carters

I LOVE love love Carters baby clothes!  They are by far my favorite.  Brielle is a small baby.  She is long but tiny.  Carters clothing fits her the best out of the clothing brands that I have tried.  Their clothes are super cute and they always have coupons that you can use on your purchases.  I have found Carters clothing at Kohl’s and Target in addition to the actual Carters clothing store.  Kohl’s sends a lot of coupons and I have bought Brielle numerous Carters clothing items for next to nothing pairing with sales and coupons.  I am always looking for great deals on Carters because they fit her so well.  If your baby is on the small size, I recommend trying Carters.

So those are some of Brielle’s one month favorites.  I’m looking forward to sharing her favorites for each month.  I know when I was pregnant, I was always on the search for items that I could use for Brielle once she was here so I think this will be helpful for those who are interested.  Feel free to let me know of any good items that I should try out too!

Have a great day!

A Story I Waited 9 Months to Tell….

Hey there!  This post is a story that I have been waiting nine months to tell.  It’s the first time that I am going to put my experience into words and tell the story of the best day of my life.  It is a day that has forever changed my life for the better and I can’t wait to share the details with all of you.  I’m going to go into some TMI details so if you aren’t interested, skip over them.  Just warning you now.

As I mentioned numerous times, I was under a lot of stress and anxiety with my job.  It only got worse leading up to me leaving for maternity leave and I am still going through a lot.  I decided that I was going to take the week before I was due off just so I could decompress and get some last-minute things done in the nursery.  We did the maternity pictures on the Saturday after my last day and then that Monday, August 11th, started my first week of leave.

I remember watching the Today Show that Monday and seeing that it was the anchor Savannah’s last day before her baby was due.  It was a coincidence that it was her last day and that was my first day of maternity leave.  She was due at the end of August just like I was but ended up delivering that Wednesday.  I wondered to myself if that would happen to me.  I had quite a few things that I needed to get done that week which included a trip to Ikea.  Ikea is pretty far from my house but I wanted to go there to get something for the nursery.  I ended up going and did a lot of walking while I was there.  I was glad I didn’t go into labor while I was there.

The whole week, I wasn’t feeling all that great.  That Wednesday night, Mike and I took a baby basics class where they taught you basic baby care.  I was the furthest along in the class but I was really glad that we decided to take it.  It gave us some tips that we didn’t know and made us feel more prepared.

On Thursday, August 14th, for some reason I finally decided to do something that I had been waiting my whole pregnancy to do.  I wanted to record a video of myself pregnant talking to my daughter and just telling her a few things so that years from now she can go back and watch it and see when I was pregnant with her.  I did that in the morning and took a picture of myself.  Little did I know that it would be one of the last pictures of myself pregnant.

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I had my OB appointment in the afternoon and Melissa came with me and waited in the waiting room.  The midwife said that there was no progress being made and I made an appointment for the following week on my due date for an ultrasound and a non-stress test.  I walked into the waiting room and told Melissa the news.  We went upon our day and spent the rest of the afternoon together.  I got home and Mike and I had dinner together.  After dinner, Mike’s cousin who just so happens to live around the corner from us asked if she could stop by to see us and see the nursery.  She was at our house for a little while and then Mike and I got settled and watched Big Brother.

The entire time we were watching Big Brother, it felt like the baby was doing somersaults in my belly and was kicking me really hard.  She was extremely active and Mike and I watched her from the outside of my belly because she was moving so much.  I went to the bathroom during a commercial which was around 9:50pm.  I walked outside of the bathroom towards the sofa and all of a sudden I said “oh my god.”  I went back into the bathroom and saw and felt that I was losing the mucus plug.  I didn’t think too much of this because I know that most of the time when you lose it, it doesn’t mean you are going into labor.  It could be days/weeks before you give birth.  So I told Mike and then we decided to start getting ready for bed.  Well, it didn’t end there.  I started to feel leaking that wasn’t stopping, in addition to the mucus.  I couldn’t believe this was happening!

I called the midwife on call.  This was around 11pm.  She said that it sounded like I was just losing the mucus plug.  If I soaked through an entire pad then to call her back because that meant my water was breaking.  So I told Mike, let’s try getting some sleep and seeing what happens.  I laid down and fell asleep for an hour.  I woke up to a completely soaked pad with no end of the leaking in sight.  I started to feel cramping which felt like contractions.  I woke Mike up and called the midwife again.  She said to call back when my contractions were 5 minutes apart.  So in the meantime, I started packing my hospital bag.  Yes, I know, I should have been packed way ahead of time but I wasn’t.  I had everything together for the baby but not myself.  So Mike and I started running around the house like two idiots trying to get everything together.  I still kept thinking that we were going to get sent home from the hospital and this wasn’t going to happen yet.  I started freaking out and getting really nervous.  Was I ready to become a mom now?  I thought I was going to have more time to get things together.  The nursery wasn’t complete yet either.

Finally the contractions were 5 minutes apart and we headed to the hospital.  We got there around 4am and I decided that I was going to walk from the car to the front of the hospital.  Don’t ask me why I thought I should do this when I was having contractions and in pain.  By the time I walked into the maternity triage, my pants were completely soaked from the amniotic fluid.  I was so embarrassed but at that point it all went out the door because I knew giving birth everyone was going to see embarrassing things the entire time.  I might as well get started now.  A nurse came into the bathroom with me and did a test on the pad to see if the liquid was amniotic fluid.  That it was!  She told me that I would be having a baby today.  I was nervous and excited at the same time.  I couldn’t believe this was actually happening, exactly one week early.  I turned 39 Weeks on Friday, August 15th.  The nurse told me that it’s very rare for you to lose your mucus plug and have your water break at the same time.  It only happens in about 30% of women and she congratulated me for being in that 30%.

They brought us to the labor and delivery room and we made ourselves comfortable.  Well as comfortable as I could possibly get at this point.  I changed out of my clothes and put on a hospital gown.  My contractions were becoming more intense at this point but I was determined to labor naturally for as long as I possibly could.  The amniotic fluid just kept leaking and leaking like a leaky faucet.  I was told that is what happens up until you give birth.  It just keeps leaking.  I thought it comes out and then that is it.  Apparently that is not the case.  I was given a lot of IV fluids because I was pretty dehydrated.

Mike and I let our families know that I was in labor and to be on call for when to come to the hospital.  I also let my friend, Courtney’s mom know that we were at the hospital because she works there and wanted to know when we were there.

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I was in a ton of pain at this point and the nurses were telling me different things to try with each contraction.  Mike would watch the machine and let me know when a contraction was coming.  I can’t even put into words how intense contractions feel and how to get through them when you are having one.  It was the worst pain that I had ever felt in my life.  I decided that I was going to walk around the hallways to see if it would help me during the contractions.  I found myself collapsing on Mike during each contraction.  They were REALLY intense.  I tried the rocking chair in the room which helped a little bit.  Courtney’s mom came in to see us and it was so hard to have a conversation with someone when in this intense amount of pain.  Luckily, she understood and left after a few minutes after checking on us.

The nurses kept checking for progress and I was stuck around 1-2 cm dilated for a while.  I was so happy when the midwife walked in because it was my favorite one from the practice who just so happened to be on call that day.  I was so happy to see her and knew that we were going to be in good hands with her taking care of me.  She let me see if I could progress more by myself before giving drugs but that wasn’t happening.  I finally decided to take some pain medicine in the meantime.  The pain medicine made me feel so loopy and tired.  I can’t even remember what I was saying to people at that point and I fell asleep for an hour or two.  When I woke, the contractions were extremely intense to the point that I just couldn’t take it anymore.  I felt disappointed in myself that I couldn’t do the labor naturally and finally decided to take the epidural.  I was upset and scared about the epidural but the anesthesiologist calmed me down and made me realize that I was still having a natural birth.  I was just getting rid of the pain so that I’d be able to push when I needed to.

I was started on Pitocin to move things along and then was given the epidural.  I felt immediate relief but I could feel the catheter.  They need to insert a catheter because you are not allowed to get up to use the bathroom.  That was the most uncomfortable part of all.  I was feeling the catheter because the epidural wasn’t strong enough.  So they came back and gave me more.  All I felt at this point was pressure during a contraction.  I didn’t feel all of the pain.

At this point, it was around 5-5:30pm and I was getting restless feeling like we were never going to have our baby.  I had been in labor for over 20 some hours at this point and I was exhausted.  When I was getting ready to give up, I started feeling a ton of pressure on my bottom.  I told the nurse that it felt like I had to poop.  Gross, I know but that is what it felt like.  The nurse grabbed the midwife to check me and she yelled, I see the head!!  It’s time to have your baby!  I literally couldn’t believe what I just heard.  Everyone started rushing around like crazy in the room to get things together.

Mike and I looked at each other and realized that this was the moment we had both been waiting for.  I couldn’t believe that my dream of becoming a mother and holding our baby in my arms was actually going to happen.  I started getting really nervous and hyperventilating.  The midwife put oxygen on me so it would be easier for me to breathe.  Then it was time to push.  Pushing was so intense and took a LOT out of me.  I was already tired for laboring naturally for as long as I did.  Looking back on things, I should have taken the epidural early on so I would have had more energy to push.

There were 2 nurses in the room, my midwife and Mike.  All of them were coaching me along and cheering me on.  If it wasn’t for them saying the things that they did to me and helping me along, I don’t think I would have been able to push for as long as I did.  Mike was helping me the entire time and was completely involved.  I kept hearing the midwife say that she has a ton of brown hair, just like me.  I wanted to see her so badly!  I kept getting so frustrated throughout pushing because it felt like I wasn’t getting anywhere.  I don’t know what came over me but I suddenly got a burst of energy and she finally came out!  It took an hour of solid pushing before our baby was born.  She didn’t cry when she was born and I started getting upset because I thought that is what babies are supposed to do.  They assured me that not all babies cry when they are born.  Trust me, she definitely has a nice set of lungs that she uses daily.

They put her on my chest and I instantly fell in love.  After everything that I was told my whole life about possibly not being able to ever have a baby and having that miscarriage, my dream finally came true and I was holding her in my arms.

Meet Brielle Madelyn

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She was born at 6:37pm on August 15th, weighing 7lbs 3oz and 20.5″ long.  I never knew that I could feel so much love instantly.  She looked directly into my eyes and at that moment I knew that I was meant to be a mom.  After her birth, I was feeling pretty rough.  She ended up giving me a 1st degree tear so I had to be stitched.  That was extremely unpleasant and made for a LONG recovery.  I was grateful that it was only a 1st degree but it was still intense and very painful.  It was a lengthy process when wanting to use the bathroom.  I am finally just starting to feel better from the tear.  Am I still wearing maternity clothes?  Unfortunately yes.  I’m hoping to get back into my normal clothing soon.  Brielle is worth it though and I would go through all of it again just to have her in my arms.

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After I delivered, our families came to meet their new family member.  At that point, I started feeling very strange like I was going to pass out.  I have never felt like that before.  I couldn’t see straight, I felt loopy, nauseous and in pain.  It made for a really rough night.  I couldn’t even manage to make it out of bed and felt disappointed in the fact that I could barely take care of Brielle the first night of us having her in our life.  Luckily, Mike did everything that first night and gave me time the next morning to be alone with her and have the moments with her that I didn’t get to when she was born because of how I was feeling.

We stayed at the hospital until Sunday, which just so happened to be our 2nd wedding anniversary!  Talk about an exciting weekend.  It felt surreal being able to celebrate our wedding anniversary as a family of three.  Now each year for her birthday, we will be able to celebrate our anniversary only a few days later.  She was definitely the best anniversary present anyone could ask for.

It’s been a huge adjustment to having a baby and she has had some digestive issues which have been really scary and hard to handle.  I wouldn’t wish it on anyone.  Watching your newborn baby projectile vomiting is a sight that you hope you never have to see.  It’s even worse watching a baby lay in a hospital bed having an ultrasound and thinking the worst.  I am glad that she just has a milk allergy, acid reflux and bad gas but it was a long road to get to that diagnosis.  If I could take away any pain from her, I would in a heartbeat.  She means everything to us.

It’s not always rainbows and butterflies but when she looks me directly in the eyes and now gives me a huge gummy smile, I know that everything is going to be okay.  The worst part of everything is dealing with the work situation that I have mentioned.  There is a lot going on and it is extremely stressful and gives me anxiety.  It’s going to be process to handle what is happening and I am hopeful that it will all work out for the best.  In the meantime, I am home and learning how to take care of this little girl who has us wrapped around her fingers.

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I wanted to say thank you for following along during my pregnancy journey.  It has meant a lot to me.  I am planning on focusing my blog more on being a mom, baby related things, and my everyday life.  This is who I am now and I am proud to be a mom and want to share with other moms and help as much as I can.

I am going to share some of Brielle’s newborn photos, along with her 1st month recap.  It’s hard to believe that she will be 2 months old soon.  Being a mom is definitely a learning process and I am learning as much as I possibly can.  It is probably the hardest thing that I have ever done.  There are a lot of really hard moments but there are also some really rewarding ones. Brielle has forever changed my life and I couldn’t imagine it without her.

“A baby fills a place in your heart that you never knew was empty.”

“Motherhood is the greatest thing and hardest thing”

“A baby makes love stronger, the days shorter, the nights longer, savings smaller and a home happier”

My Maternity Shoot!…

Hey there!  It’s been a while, hasn’t it?  I really didn’t mean to take such a long break from blogging but as you can imagine my life has gone through a change and I needed some time to adjust.  It’s not the fact of just having a new baby in our life but I am having major problems with my job.  I’m not going to get into any specific details.  I have mentioned in the past that my job was causing issues.  It was multiplied and made worse for me.  It has caused tremendous amounts of stress and anxiety for me.  So I am dealing with all of that in addition to adjusting to life with our new little one.  I’m hopeful that I will figure things out and will eventually be happy with a job and my career path.

Enough about that, let’s talk about something a little happier.  I know I owe a birth story and I want to share pictures and details about our little one but I want to first show some pictures from my maternity shoot.  Instead of hiring a photographer, I decided to ask my friend Bob if he would take maternity pictures of Mike and I.  He takes photographs as a hobby and I thought this would give him the opportunity to do something that he enjoys plus it would give us time to hang out and talk since I don’t see him as often anymore.  I used to work with him at my other job where I went from seeing and talking to him everyday to not seeing him nearly as much anymore.  I also thought it would be more comfortable to take pictures with my friend than a complete stranger.

I ended up putting the pictures off for so long that we finally had a chance to take them the weekend that I turned 38 Weeks.  This is perfect because I didn’t get a chance to post a 38 Week picture so these maternity pictures will give you a chance to see how I looked at 38 Weeks.  I am very thankful that we took the pictures when we did because that coming week, I ended up giving birth to our daughter.  She was a week early.  I’m really glad that we took the pictures when we did because otherwise I might not have had the chance to have these photographs to remember my pregnancy by.

My friend took a ton of pictures and I am just going to share a few with you.  I am so pleased with how these turned out.  He did exactly what I was looking for.   Every time I look at these pictures and then look at my daughter, it feels surreal that I carried her and took care of her for 9 months and now I finally have the chance to hold her in my arms.

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Those are just a few of my favorite pictures from the shoot.  The entire time we were taking the pictures, our daughter was very active in my belly.  It was as almost she knew we would be taking our final pictures with her in my belly.  We took the pictures on Saturday and then on Monday, August 11th, started my first week of maternity leave.  I took the week before my due date as a chance to relax and get last-minute things together before she was born.  Little did I know that she had other plans for us…

I’ll leave you with that and then I will finally post her birth story.  I look forward to sharing her story with you because everyone’s birth story is different and everyone has a completely different experience.  I’ve loved reading other bloggers birth stories and seeing how unique and different they are.  It definitely was an experience that I will never forget and I look forward to sharing the story of our little girl.  Be back soon!

Well Beginnings from Walgreens…

Hey there!  It’s been a while.  I know I owe a birth story post and some of our maternity photographs.  I will most definitely get to that.  In the meantime, I received a few products that I neglected to post about since I’ve been very busy getting adjusted to life as a mom with a newborn.  So I am going to post about these products first and then I will get to posting about my new life as a mom.

I am a member of Mom’s Meet and they graciously selected me to try a few of Well Beginnings products exclusively sold at Walgreens.

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I was sent samples of Well Beginnings pack of size 4 diapers, wipes, baby wash and Walgreens Pediatric Electrolyte solutions.  The entire Well Beginnings line of products is sold exclusively at Walgreens.  The diapers that I received obviously are way too big for my daughter to try at this point.  She is currently in newborn diapers.  So I didn’t get a chance to try the diapers.

The Size 4 Jumbo Diapers (31 count) have a stretchable waist and side panels that wrap around the baby and offers leakage protection.  The soft inner layer contains natural botanicals, vitamin E, and aloe to soothe the baby’s bottom.  The price for the Size 4 Jumbo Diapers is $8.99.  These diapers are available in Newborn to Size 6 and they are satisfaction guaranteed.

The Newborn, Size 1, and Size 2 diapers contain a wetness indicator which turns blue when wet.  As a new mom, I can say that I really like this feature of diapers.  The wetness indicator immediately lets you know that it is in fact time to change the baby, which since being a new mom is a great feature to have in a diaper.  Since I was unable to try the Size 4 diaper, I went to purchase the Newborn diaper.  I have to say that I was impressed by the fact that these diapers contained vitamin E and aloe.  I notice that my daughter was getting irritated from other diapers and when she tried these, they did not irritate her sensitive skin.  I like that it is gentle on baby’s skin.

The Baby Body Wash, is made in the USA which I should have mentioned that the Diapers are made in the USA as well.  The wash can be used all over the baby’s body.  The body wash is not drying because it’s 100% soap-free, dye-free and pH-balanced.  It is milder than baby soap.  The tear-free formula is tested hypoallergenic and is dermatologist- and allergy-tested as well as paraben- and phthalate-free.  The cost for the baby body wash is $2.99.

Mike and I used the baby body wash on our daughter when bathing her.  We are very conscious of what we use on her skin because it is quite sensitive and has been very dry.  This body wash did not irritate or dry her skin out which we both liked.  I like that the body was has been tested by dermatologist and is allergy-tested.  I feel safe using this product on my baby and know that it is not irritating to her gentle skin.

I also enjoyed the Well Beginnings Sensitive Wipes that I was sent.  As I mentioned, our daughter’s skin is quite sensitive so I am always looking for products that won’t irritate it or make it worse.  The wipes are made with Tri-Form, a unique 3-layer fabric, specially designed with 2 quilted cottony soft outer layers for superior and gentle cleansing.  The inner layer is strong and thick to prevent tearing or stretching, keeping your hands clean.  The wipes are hypoallergenic, alcohol-free, dermatologist-approved, and made in the U.S.A.  For a 72 count of these sensitive wipes, the cost is $2.39.  I keep these wipes in her diaper bag so that I have them on the go.  They do not irritate her skin and I know that they keep her clean.

The last item that I was sent that I was unable to test out was the Pediatric Electrolyte solution.  This solution restores fluid & electrolytes lost during diarrhea & vomiting to help prevent hydration.  I have experience using electrolyte solutions for myself when I was a child due to my stomach problems.  I’m hoping that I won’t ever have to use this for my daughter but I feel confident in knowing that it is a trusted product and that I have it just in case I ever need it.

Overall, I was highly impressed by Walgreens line of baby products.  I use their Ology laundry detergent all the time and I now enjoy using these Well Beginnings products as well.  If you are looking for a new baby product to try, I highly suggest trying out these.

Have you ever tried Walgreens Well Beginnings products?  What is your favorite baby product?

I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer.  As a Moms Meets blogger, I agreed to use this product and post my opinion on my blog.  My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of the product.

SURPRISE!!…

Surprise is an understatement!  It certainly has been a crazy couple of days.  You might be wondering why I haven’t posted my 38 Week Recap.  Well that is because our little girl had her own set of plans of when she was going to arrive.  I ended up going into labor last Thursday night unexpectedly.  After 20 hours of labor, our beautiful baby girl was born on August 15th (exactly one week from her expected due date and I was 39 weeks) at 6:37pm, weighing 7lbs 3oz and 20.5″ long and I officially became a mother.  I have experienced a whirlwind of emotions these past few days and have fallen in love with this little girl who has literally wrapped Mike and I around her fingers.

I never thought it was possible to love someone as much as I love our little girl.  I have so much that I want to talk about and discuss about her birth story and how everything happened and how I am feeling now.  I can’t wait to share that with you.

I am so thankful that we were able to take maternity photographs so that we have those memories to look back on especially since she came early.  I am also happy to say that I was healthy and over my sinus infection.  I don’t think I would have been able to go through everything that I did being sick.  So I’m really thankful the medicine made me feel better so quickly.

I will most definitely be back once I gather all of my thoughts to share her birth story with you.  I am still debating on whether or not I am going to share pictures of her on here or her name.  I still need some time to think about that and discuss with Mike whether or not we want to share that information about her.  I do definitely want to share some maternity photographs, her birth story and post about how I am feeling postpartum.

In the meantime, thank you for following along during our pregnancy journey.  It truly was an experience that I will never forget and I will cherish each and every moment that I had while I was pregnant and cherish these moments with our daughter now that she is here even more.

Talk to you soon!

 

 

37 Weeks!!!…

Hey there!  Happy Friday to you!  I hope you had a great week.  I don’t know why I only update on Fridays now.  I’m going to change that because today is my last day of work.  I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t over the moon excited about this.  It truly means that our baby is going to be here very soon.  I was allowed to take a few weeks before my maternity leave officially starts due to the state laws of where I work.  So I decided to take two weeks before my due date in case something happens and because I need the time to prepare especially since I’ve been having some complications.

This week has been really hard.  Mike ended up getting a sinus infection and had to get an antibiotic and then I came down with the same exact thing.  I was trying to let it go and take over the counter medications that I was allowed to take but they weren’t doing anything.  My OB office was getting nervous since I am so close to my due date about me delivering being sick.  So I finally decided to go to the doctor and I do in fact have a bad sinus infection as well.  I am now taking an antibiotic  that is safe to take when pregnant.  It hasn’t kicked in yet because I am still feeling miserable but I hope it does soon.

Anyway, let’s get started on my 37 Week Recap!

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37 Weeks

Fun Facts About the Baby At 37 Weeks

  • Your due date is very close now, but doctors don’t consider your baby “full term” until 39 weeks. Spending the next two weeks in the womb allows your baby’s brain and lungs to fully mature.
  • Your baby weighs 6 1/3 pounds and measures a bit over 19 inches, head to heel.
  • Many babies have a full head of hair at birth, with locks from 1/2 inch to 1 1/2 inches long. But don’t be surprised if your baby’s hair isn’t the same color as yours. Dark-haired couples are sometimes thrown for a loop when their children come out as blonds or redheads, and fair-haired couples have been surprised by Elvis look-alikes. And then, of course, some babies sport only peach fuzz.

How far along?  37 Weeks & 6 Days

Baby’s size? A bunch of Swiss Chard

Stretch marks? No, I’ve been extremely lucky in this department!

Sleep: Sleep has been worse since I’ve gotten sick.  My nose is super stuffy and I have to change sides that I am sleeping on multiple times a night in order to breathe.  I’m thinking about getting those breathe right strips and seeing if that would make breathing easy.  I do have a humidifier running right by my side of the bed but it doesn’t appear to be working.  Hopefully I will have nasal relief soon.

Best moment this week: The other day, the baby was literally doing a dance routine in my belly for about 2 hours straight and she would respond to my touch or poke by poking me back.  It was so cute and makes me even more excited to finally meet her.  I ordered a few prints that I am going to hang up in her room so I am looking forward to doing that this weekend.

Miss Anything?  No, not really.

Movement: As I mentioned above, she is extremely active.  I know that babies movement is supposed to slow down at this point in pregnancy because they are running out of room but my daughter seems to be doing the opposite.  That is perfectly fine by me because I love feeling and watching her move from the outside of my belly.  It is by far my favorite part of being pregnant.

Food cravings: Cheese, Decaf Iced Coffee, Outshine Fruit Ice Pops, Fresh Cherries, Potato Chips, Ice Cream, Sprite Zero, McDonald’s, Nifty Fifties Reesey Cup milkshake with spicy cheese fries, Fried chicken from the Plain and Fancy restaurant, Arby’s roast beef sandwich (random!)

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope

Gender: Girl!

Labor Signs: I have a lot of braxton hicks contractions.

Symptoms: tired, swollen feet, back pain, heavy stomach, pains in groin area (feels like I’ve gone horseback riding for hours upon hours), Braxton Hicks Contractions, severe heartburn, nausea, extremely uncomfortable, hot

Belly Button in or out? Partially out.

Wedding rings on or off? On.

Happy or Moody most of the time: I’m happy but I’m just hoping and praying that I will not go into labor until I am over this sinus infection.  I really do not want to deliver being sick.  I’m getting very anxious and excited about meeting her.  I cannot believe my due date is two weeks away!  It’s getting very exciting.

Looking forward to: My OB appointment today, printing out the art for her nursery walls and framing it and hanging it up, our baby basics class next week, maternity pictures tomorrow!

So there you have my 37 Week Recap!  I still can’t believe I am only 2 weeks away from my due date.  It felt like it was so far away.  We are finally going to do maternity pictures tomorrow.  We aren’t going all out and didn’t hire a professional photographer.  My friend who loves taking pictures and does it as a hobby is going to take some pictures for us.  I didn’t want to make a big deal about it.  I just wanted a few pictures of myself and with Mike, of me pregnant to remember this pregnancy by and to show our daughter when she is older.  I’m looking forward to it.

Have a great Friday and an even better weekend!

36 Weeks!!…

Hey there!  Happy Friday to you!  I can’t believe it’s literally been a week since I last posted.  I just haven’t gotten around to posting lately.  I’ve been focusing on taking care of myself and getting things ready for the baby.  It’s hard to believe that we are just 3 short weeks away from my due date.  After everything that I’ve been through, it doesn’t feel real that she will be here in 3 weeks or less.  It still feels surreal to me.  It also makes me realize that my entire life is going to change within the next three weeks.  It’s a positive change and I am welcoming it with open arms.  So let’s get started on my 36 Week Recap.

36 Weeks Pregnant

36 Weeks

Fun Facts About the Baby At 36 Weeks

  • Your baby is still packing on the pounds — at the rate of about an ounce a day. She now weighs almost 6 pounds and is more than 18 1/2 inches long.
  • She’s shedding most of the downy covering of hair that covered her body as well as the vernix caseosa, the waxy substance that covered and protected her skin during her nine-month amniotic bath.
  • Your baby swallows both of these substances, along with other secretions, resulting in a blackish mixture, called meconium, will form the contents of her first bowel movement.
  • At the end of this week, your baby will be considered “early term.” (Full-term is 39 to 40 weeks. Babies born before 37 weeks are pre-term, 41 weeks is late term, and those born after 42 are post-term.

How far along?  36 Weeks & 6 Days

Baby’s size? A head of romaine lettuce

Stretch marks? No, knock on wood.

Sleep: Sleep is hard.  I find myself waking up every hour to use the bathroom.  It’s harder and harder to get comfortable. I will fall asleep for periods of time and then I wake up.  The best sleep I get is when I first lay down.  I can usually stay asleep for about 2-3 hours and then I start waking up every hour.

Best moment this week: Getting her swing, bouncer, and rocker that she is going to sleep in put together and starting to pack my hospital bag.

Miss Anything?  Sleeping on my side, and tuna fish (I know some women eat it while they are pregnant but I stay away because of mercury levels).

Movement: She is a VERY active little lady!  I can feel her foot perfectly on my side and I can tell where her butt is.  She makes very strong movements and I swear I will never get tired of feeling her move.  It’s the highlight of my day and I wait for it every single day.

Food cravings: Cheese, Decaf Iced Coffee, Outshine Fruit Ice Pops, Fresh Cherries, Potato Chips, Ice Cream, Sprite Zero, McDonald’s, Nifty Fifties Reesey Cup milkshake with spicy cheese fries, Fried chicken from the Plain and Fancy restaurant, Arby’s roast beef sandwich (random!)

Anything making you queasy or sick: Just heartburn.  I’m managing it as best as I can.

Gender: Girl!

Labor Signs: Not so sure about this one.  I will talk to my midwife today about it.

Symptoms: tired, swollen feet, back pain, heavy stomach, pains in groin area (feels like I’ve gone horseback riding for hours upon hours), Braxton Hicks Contractions, severe heartburn, nausea, extremely uncomfortable, hot

Belly Button in or out? In.

Wedding rings on or off? On.

Happy or Moody most of the time: I’m happy but I’m getting very nervous about becoming a mom.  I just hope that I will know what to do and I want to be the best mom that I can be.  In two weeks, we are taking a Baby Basics class that should teach us all the basics that we need to know.  I’m praying that she won’t come before then so that we can attend this class and learn last-minute skills that we need to know.

Looking forward to: My OB appointment today, ordering art to hang up in her room and getting the nursery finalized soon.  We are almost there!

So there you have my 36 Week Recap.  I’m getting more and more uncomfortable as the days pass which is expected.  I’m also getting very excited because every day that passes means it’s one day closer to meeting this little lady.  I have my OB appointment today so we will check and see if there is anything progressing.

I’ve been taking it easy with work.  I go in a few days and then I work a few days from home.  I’m just trying to play it as safe as I can be because that is what my midwives want me to do.  I’m glad that next week will be my last week of work.  I will feel much safer being home in case something happens.

Well, I hope you have a wonderful Friday and a great weekend!