Sunday, July 5, 2015

Our Little Girl's Nursery

Here is the space we created for our nursery!  It was a long process, but we had so much fun with it and cannot wait till it is home to our little girl!  

Get ready for photo overload... I couldn't pick favorites :)

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Bump Update: Weeks 31-32

How big is baby? At 32 weeks, baby is the size of a squash (again this comparison makes me think she's shrinking?).  She's around 17 inches long and weighs almost 4 pounds.  She feels BIG and I can feel her pushing out all the time trying to make more room.  

How am I feeling?  Well, the first of these two weeks was pretty great while we relaxed on the Florida beach. Living in a swim suit was by far the most comfortable way to dress the bump.  Frequent trips to gross airplane bathrooms were the only bad parts of the 5 hour flights - thank goodness! 

Showered with baby gifts! Little girl is so loved. 

Rehearsal dinner

H loooved kicking her Grandma

Best husband ever.  Definitely will be the best daddy ever.

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Gorgeous wedding

Dressing up the bump.
The week after we got home, things got a little more interesting.  Tuesday night (with hubs out of town), I was in a lot of pain and alternated between a slightly warmed hot tub and laying on the couch.  I wasn't sure what was going on but was happy Wednesday when everything returned to normal.  Unfortunately Saturday around lunch time, contractions returned with a vengeance.  I've had tons of Braxton Hicks in the last few months but these seemed a bit different as they'd come and go pretty regularly and there was nothing I could do to get them to stop.  Most weren't painful, but a few were fierce enough to take my breath away and bring tears to my eyes.  At around 5:00 we decided it was better to be safe than sorry and went to Labor and Delivery.  The nurse at check-in was less than helpful.  She never even asked when I was due and basically wrote them off as Braxton Hicks and said come back if they get within 2 minutes apart.  Luckily we were persistent and eventually a second nurse came by and heard us out.  She suggested we check things out just to be sure.  About 15 minutes after being on the monitors they came in armed with shots of Terbutaline and said they were definitely real contractions and it was a very good thing that I stayed.  Of course, that freaked us out a bit but she assured us no babies would be allowed to be born that night!  After two doses and a couple hours, the contractions slowed down enough for them to let us go home.  

Unfortunately, I woke up around 2am with a couple more and by late morning they were back just as frequently.  We went BACK to L&D and got to repeat the whole process.  Luckily, this time the on call doctor was awesome and very helpful.  He again confirmed that I was not dilating as a result of the contractions (the best news) and did an ultrasound to check and make sure everything still looked good.  (added bonus to the ultrasound - we learned she is head down, so hopefully she remains that way for the duration).  He consulted with my OB and the decision was made to put me on Nifedipine for the next few weeks to hopefully minimize the severity and frequency of the contractions.  It sounds like I'll be on it until about 35-36 weeks and then we can see what happens from there.  I'm not crazy about taking any kind of drugs with a baby inside of me (considering I won't eat lunch meat or soft cheeses or even take tylenol) but I guess it's worth and we've been reassured that there is little risk. 

getting things under control!

At my OB on Tuesday, we did a Fetal Fibronectin test and were so relieved for a negative result.  It was scary discussing the plan if it were positive so we are so happy to hear that I would probably NOT go into labor in the next 1-2 weeks.  After a few days on the drugs, I definitely think they are helping if I keep up with them regularly.  I'm still being very cautious with my activities and trying to take it as easy as possible (so not fun).  M has been amazing through the whole process and takes such good care of us.  I'm so thankful for him being so awesome.  
Food aversions/cravings?  Carbs and fruit are still the best but I'm trying to eat as many high protein snacks as possible to get her little brain developed and keep me from feeling overly full (hah).  I find it SO hard to eat at night because I feel so stuffed.
Sleep:  Yeah... no.  I'm up to pee all the time and little girl has some crazy dance parties several times a night which make me smile in spite of the lack of sleep.  It's amazing how her movements in my sides feel just like tickles!  I actually shot up out of sleep the other night thinking Mike had tickled my side.  But no, just baby kicks.  

Maternity clothes: Yes... still thankful for the elastic and drawstring waist shorts Jcrew has out this year as I mostly live in those and maternity dresses.  Also, it's HOT here.  Summer came early and we're on a string of like 20 days with the highs over 110.  This is no joke.  
Best moments:  All of our Florida trip- spending time with my Mom, our mini shower in Hannah's honor, seeing lots of our Florida friends.  Also, getting the good news after our scare.  While on the monitors, everyone remarked how strong her heart is and how well she's doing.  There were also several comments on how crazy active she is...  yes, I'm aware!  She's constantly wiggling, hiccuping and I've experienced the weird "practice breathing" movements a couple times.  I feel like I'm getting to know her little personality with all the movements.  It's fun to have her reacting to my voice and rubs.  She definitely wakes up when her Daddy reads to her at night and she startles when Ellie barks or other loud noises happen.  So cute.  

Miss anything? I definitely miss feeling like my body is my own.  Spin and weightlifting are now out of the picture so I am relying on walks and am getting back into swimming laps at the pool.  It's crazy to go walking and have to stop to take a break.  My lung size is making me pretty pathetic these days!  I know it will all be worth it though!

Nursery progress:  I think I'm officially calling it done.  After all the excitement, all of her stuff has been washed and sorted and essentials were ordered.  All I could think last week was "but my car seat hasn't arrived yet!"  Full pictures coming soon!
I pretty much hang out in the nursery all the time ;)
Thoughts on pregnancy:  Just when I think I'm handling things well, it throws me another curveball.  I'm getting more uncomfortable every day, but the scariness of this week made me so, so grateful for every day she's safe inside me.  I'm so excited that the number of weeks left till we have her in our arms is in the single digits!  
Looking forward to:  Counting down some more weeks.  I'm so ready for it to be August!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Bump Update: Weeks 29-30

How big is baby? At 30 weeks, baby is as long as a cucumber (this comparison makes me think she's shrinking?).  She's 16 inches long and weighs about 3 pounds.  She feels BIG and I can feel her moving on both sides of my belly simultaneously. 

How am I feeling?  Pretty good still.  Definitely starting to slow down a bit and feel slightly exhausted again.  Belly feels stretched out and 10 more weeks of growth is intimidating!  Lots of Braxton Hicks and pressure down low.  That part is not fun.  But also, thankful.  I've spent most of the pregnancy terrified and, while still very anxious, the end is in sight and I can.not.wait.
Food aversions/cravings?  Cereal, pizza, and fruit are all still so good.  No real aversions.  Trying to eat slow and steady throughout the day to stay comfortable!
Sleep:  Hah... They say the insomnia prepares you for baby, right?

Maternity clothes: Yes... Hopeful my non-maternity gym clothes keep working for another two months.
Best moments:  Still the movement.  I didn't think she could get crazier, but she did.  I've grown pretty fond of this little girl's wiggles and somersaults.  Also, summer has officially arrived in Vegas so we've spent lots of time in the pool.  Being in the water makes me feel like less of a whale and more of a human so that's a nice change!

Miss anything?  Backing off workouts a bit has been kind of a bummer but I'm thankful that I'm still able to be active most days.  I'm still making it through MOST of my spin classes and body pump for now, though we'll see for how much longer.  The elliptical and long walks are my friends.  

Nursery progress: It's mostly done!  I just need to wash the bedding so I can put it on the crib (that she won't sleep in for a very long time).  I go in there daily and sort through her stuff and dream about bringing her home!
Thoughts on pregnancy:  "TWO months to go" is the greatest sound ever.  I feel like I've just had a shift from being excited for the next stage of pregnancy to now being excited to meet our daughter.  I'm constantly imagining how it will be holding her for the first time and seeing her with her Daddy and I can hardly stand the excitement!  
Looking forward to:  Our labor and delivery tour is coming up next week and our infant CPR class is shortly after.  We also booked our newborn photographer and she's coming over soon to discuss the plan for her first photos.  We're on our way to Florida to relax on the beach and celebrate a friend's wedding.  I can't wait for Hannah to get to kick for her Grandma :)

29 Week Bump

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Bump Update: Weeks 26-28

How big is baby? At 28 weeks, baby is the size of an eggplant.  She's about 16 inches long and weighs somewhere around 2.5 pounds.

How am I feeling?  Still doing pretty good.  Some days I've actually seen why people enjoy being pregnant.  Most of my pains have subsided and I am loving the current bump size.  Other days are filled with too many Braxton Hicks contractions and overall belly tightness that make me feel like I can't eat, or really move.  Those days require soaks in the tub and laying down.  I'm not much for resting so this is NOT ideal.  At my doctor's appointment this week, he nicely suggested I start to back off of more strenuous workouts and try to slow down in general. 
Food aversions/cravings?  I had a Chic-fil-a sandwich on the way to California and it was every bit as amazing as I'd hoped.  I wish we had one near us!  Otherwise, nothing really to report.  I'm hungry often but feel like there's no room in there for food.  Eating full meals is more uncomfortable than anything. 
Sleep:  Not too bad.  Usually awake for an hour or two in the middle of the night but that's about it.  I'm definitely noticing myself being more tired in the mornings.

Maternity clothes: Yes! The belly is officially large.  Sometimes I try old clothes on thinking they will have plenty of room and then just have to laugh at the belly sticking out of the bottom. 
Best moments: SO many kicks.  She's crazy and people near me can notice my belly hopping all around.  I've also reached the point where I can feel if she has her foot (or head, or butt) stuck against the surface.  It's so fun.  

We did our HD ultrasound yesterday and got to see our little girl.  I learned that 2D ultrasounds (which I actually like better usually because I find them to be less creepy) don't really show much at this stage because she's so crammed in there.  She did not cooperate and held her hands (and one foot) over her face most of the time.  It was exciting to catch a few glimpses of her little profile though!  We saw her smile, open her mouth and eyes and suck on her arm which was pretty cool. 

Miss anything? Being able to bend over easily.  Those days are definitely over.  Also, lung capacity.  I definitely huff and puff walking up hills now and had to take plenty of breaks on our recent hike to catch my breath. 

Nursery progress:  We finally got her shelf and a few of the wall d├ęcor items I'd been waiting on.  When we get them all up, it will mostly be done!
Thoughts on pregnancy:  I'm thrilled to be in the third trimester!  I feel like it being June means August is FINALLY getting close.  Also, slightly terrified about how uncomfortably huge I'm about to be.  Spending three hours in the OB waiting room for my glucose test reminded me just how much more growing I have ahead of me.  I can't even imagine...
Looking forward to: June will be a fun month as we are traveling for a mini beach vacation in Florida and spending a few days in Texas and seeing Garth Brooks!  I can't wait to see my family and for them to feel the little one move!

26 week + 5 days

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Bump Update: Weeks 21-25

How big is baby? At 25 weeks, baby is the size of a head of cauliflower.  She's about 14 inches long and weighs almost 2 pounds.  All organs are formed and functioning and she's adding fat and growing hair (or maybe not since she's got my genes).  Her lungs are undergoing very important changes and producing surfactant.  Babies born at this stage have a chance at survival with lots of medical intervention. 

How am I feeling?  SO much better.  The nausea is pretty much gone which is beyond awesome.  The belly has grown a lot and I'm definitely feeling pregnant now.  Some days I feel stretched to capacity (though I know I'm no where close) and like there's no room for anything else in there.  My back and feet get so sore from supporting the extra weight and I'm still having lots of pressure pains after standing a bunch.  Some days are more uncomfortable than others but overall the last few weeks have been pretty good!

My belly button is getting so flat and I'm anxiously awaiting an outie.  Mike thinks this is gross but I totally want one!
Food aversions/cravings?  I've reached that stage of liking all the food.  Carbs are still extra delicious but I'm not sure I can really blame that on pregnancy anymore.  Fruit is still amazing and I love apples for the first time in my life.  Also, pregnancy really has made me want pickles!  I heard news of Chic-fil-a coming to Vegas and now all I want is a chicken sandwich with pickles. 
Sleep:  Not the best, but not the worst. The Snoogle is truly life changing and keeps me mostly comfortable.  I just have a few hours of insomnia in the middle of the night where I lay there wide awake.  Little girl is SO active at night that I often stay awake just to feel her kick. 

Maternity clothes: Yes! Old pants are not cutting it anymore and maternity clothes seem to be a bit more flattering than my regular clothes.  But I'm still getting away with some regular dresses and shirts.  I'll definitely need to be buying some larger swim tops before our beach trip next month as my current ones are encroaching on inappropriate!
Best moments: Baby kicks might be my answer every time.  I love feeling her move like crazy.  It's also fun that Mike gets to feel them almost daily now (when he's patient enough).  She's definitely a wild one in there and I often wonder when she sleeps.  It's also been fun that strangers are finally recognizing that I'm pregnant and not just fat! I get the most comments on this at the gym. 
We also have had a fun couple of weeks complete with camping and hiking in Zion (you should have seen my awesome bed), a trip to Memphis to see our friends and their perfect baby, and hosting a Kentucky Derby party.
23 weeks

25 weeks

Miss anything?  Our families!  I'm already realizing what people mean when they say you'll never miss your family more than when you have a baby.  Still missing deli meat and my morning caffeine.  I'm already dreaming of a big turkey sandwich immediately post-delivery :). 

Nursery progress:  The nursery is getting so close to being "done."  I'm waiting on a few more things I've ordered for the walls and still wanting some other "non-essential" items, but the majority of it is complete and we LOVE it.  It's been such a labor of love and has turned into our most favorite room in the house.  We can't wait to show it to everyone! 
Thoughts on pregnancy:  40 weeks is a very long time.  I'm definitely getting more and more excited as the weeks go by.  I've never wished for time to pass so quickly before in my life!  I also feel like my to-buy list is insane.  Newborns need a lot of stuff and I'll need to stop researching and start purchasing in the next few weeks!
Looking forward to: Third trimester is right around the corner and I can't wait to be in it.  We're also doing an ultrasound at 28 weeks as they say that's the best time to get a good look before things start to get too crowded in there. 

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Bump Update: Weeks 19/20

How big is baby? At 20 weeks, baby is the size of a banana!  She's measuring 7 inches crown to rump (next week we officially switch over to head to toes measurements).  She was estimated to weigh 12 ounces at my ultrasound yesterday.  She's pretty much fully formed at this point and is starting to fatten up and just needs to grow like crazy for 20 more weeks. 

How am I feeling?  More and more days with only mild nausea.  I am crossing my fingers I'm finally through the worst of it! I've been dealing with LOTS of awful nerve pain.  Made an emergency trip to the doctor last week because of all the pain and was assured everything is fine.  Apparently baby was just really low and pressing on everything.  Hopefully this will ease up as the belly grows to better accommodate her.  This pain has been much improved the last few days and is only happening a few times a day (and night when I'm trying to sleep!) so I'm really hoping it is gone soon. 
Food aversions/cravings?  Most foods are good now the first time through.  Leftovers, however, are frequently making me gag.  Still loving cereal and bread and finally loving salads again!
Sleep:  Still pretty bad.  I wake up all the time and have a hard time being comfortable.  Little girl dances a lot at night so part of it is just wanting to stay up and feel her move instead of sleep.  My snoogle (an absurdly large but awesomely reviewed pregnancy pillow) arrives today so I'm hoping that helps! 
Maternity clothes: Thankful for the maternity jeans and shorts sent by a friend.  I'm not sure I'll ever want to wear pants with buttons again.  I'll probably need to go shopping soon as the bump definitely made itself known the last week or so. 
Best moments: Right at 19 weeks, Mike got to feel several strong kicks from outside the belly.  It was so awesome to be able to share that with him.  His expression on his face was my favorite!  Days with lots of movement are my absolute favorite.  I can't wait till they get stronger and more obvious. 
Our 20 week anatomy scan was obviously the best moment so far.  We got to see her dancing on the screen for almost 45 minutes as they measured her arms, legs, belly, and skull and confirmed her heart, kidneys, and brain were properly formed.  It was pretty amazing and every single measurement came back perfectly.  She kept looking right at us or holding her hands over her face so it made it hard to get a good look at her profile. This was my favorite photo of the day.   
looks comfy! ;)
Miss anything?  My abs? haha.  I haven't worked out much the last two weeks because of all the pain but I'm hoping to get back in the groove asap. 
Nursery progress:  The nursery is looking amazing.  We finally finished all the work on the walls and unwrapped the furniture.  We sit in there a lot because we love it so much.  I cannot wait for it to be finished and home to our little girl!
Thoughts on pregnancy:  The past two weeks were definitely an emotional roller coaster.  A week of bad pain and I'm convinced something is horribly wrong.  A week later and a good doctors appointment and I'm back to being the happiest, most grateful mama-to-be ever. 
Looking forward to: Now that the bump has started to actually look more baby and less dinner, I'm super excited for it to keep growing! I also can't wait for the kicks to get stronger!
Shopping for the little miss is my new favorite thing to do!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Bump Update Pics - Almost Halfway!

Halfway done next week.  Here's the bump progress so far!