Adventures in Motherhood…

4 Aug

Little Girl is 8 weeks old tomorrow – and how amazing it has been!

I never thought I’d enjoy being a Stay-at-home-Mom.  However, its been a blessing! There have been tears, adjustments, little seep, and headaches but I wouldn’t change anything.  We finally have a bit of a schedule and she’s giving us one long chunk of sleep a night between 3 and 6 hours.She also has self soothed herself to sleep some (without a pacifier – she’s only taken one a few times. She prefers her hand or wrist)! We constantly say it but we are blessed with an exceptionally good baby.

nap time cuddles

nap time cuddles

It is demanding breastfeeding, but we are getting it. It seems like so much of my time is feeding her. I know I will miss it someday so I’m just trying to live in the moment.  It’s easier than I thought it would be, and I know that’s not the case for everyone.  I’m just thankful that I am capable to provide the nourishment for her and hope I can keep it up with pumping at work. I’m not going to lie, I also love the easy weight liss that I’m having with it.

She keeps trying to roll over during tummy time and she has great head holding skills already.  Each day I try to vary up our schedule so she doesn’t get bored.  Tummy time, plat mat, swing, etc!

We’ve also adventured into the world some! She has only opened her eyes a few times. However, she mainly sleeps. I know I will get a freak out eventually. I’m just enjoying the well behaved baby phase.

By our guesses on our scale, she weighs around 12 lbs! I’ll be curious to see what she weighs in a few weeks at her two month check-up. Her blonde curly hair is also growing and I’m curious if she will keep her curls.

I had all these great house cleaning plans for my maternity leave. However, I’ve mainly just enjoyed my time with her. When I’ve had the thought to do something, she normally is fussy and wants to sleep while being held – I’ll take it as I can never get these moments back with her. She’s definitely taught me to stop and smell the baby! (New human smell is amazing!)

My big plan was to sign up for the Tinkerbell Half Marathon next week and take her to Disneyland for the first time in May of 2016 – just shy of 1 year old. However, it doesn’t appear that we would all get to enjoy our time there together, so I won’t be signing up.  I’m a bit sad that I won’t get to run the race as planned, but I know I’ll get her to Disneyland someday and we’ll be able to enjoy our time as a family. Things happen for a reason! I can always plan to tackle the race is 2017 or 2018.  It also gives me longer to train, so it will work out.

I can’t wait to see what great little human she turns into – her interests, likes, her personality even more so, etc.  I had planned a longer blog post, but she’s awake from her little cat nap and Bailey wants to go outside.  So I will end this now… by sharing one of her great newborn photos!

Newborn photo from: Galati Photography -

Newborn photo from: Galati Photography –

Birth Story…

22 Jun

While Baby Girl is napping, I figured I’d do a quick post about our labor and delivery.

My water broke at home at 9:55 p.m. They always tell you that you will know when your water breaks. Well, I heard a sound like a balloon popping in my stomach… and then there was hardly any water. I was in my pajamas as I was about to crawl into bed, so my husband and I changed and headed off to the hospital. I had been having contractions all day, but they were anywhere from 6 to 12 minutes apart – nothing that I needed to go to the hospital for.

When we arrived at the hospital, I was taken to triage and they found out my water did in fact break and I was between 7 and 8 cm dilated. They told me that my time for an epidural was running out, so if I wanted one I had to decide quickly. I said I was going to tough it out for awhile. I got moved over to a delivery room and got assigned one of the most wonderful nurses. I signed a bunch of consent forms and I was hooked up to the fetal monitor right away. They also called my doctor and gave them a heads up as I was progressing quickly. They also gave us a warning that with our next child we need to get to the hospital even quicker as it’s normally about half the labor of the first child.

I worked through a bunch of contractions and was absolutely exhausted. I thought I’d be able to get through it, but I also told myself to not feel bad if I got the epidural so we called and they checked me again and I was at 9 cm. I had been up since 5:30 a.m. that morning. I decided to get the epidural and am glad that I did. I got about 45 minutes of not as painful contractions before it was time to push.

I have a slight curve in my back. This made it a bit more difficult for my epidural. I could either be extremely numb on the left side or the right – they were having trouble getting both. Eventually, my left side ended up being extremely numb and I still felt some pain on my right side. Even with the partial epidural though, it did help with the pain. I had been up for getting close to 24 hours and I was exhausted.  Even though I still felt the pressure, the pain being gone helped me relax some.

They got permission from my doctor to push before she got there. We were then asked by our nurse as to who had curly blonde hair – which my husband did and mine was blonde. They could already see the top of her head! After only about 20 minutes of pushing, we had our Baby Girl! My doctor arrived right towards the start of the intense pushes. She was born at 2:12 a.m. and the majority of my water came out after her – apparently she was riding her first water ride! (It explains why there wasn’t really any water before her.)

The rest of the birth process was pretty easy as I was watching this wonderful squirmy screaming little girl that was placed immediately on me. She started out a blue color as her systems kicked in and they told us it was a wonderful sign that she was screaming – it clears out her lungs and airways. I watched her turn into the beautiful baby color as she continued to scream. We tried talking to her a bunch, but she just screamed and that was okay.

My husband cut the cord and then I got the pleasure of plenty of stitches as she came out so quickly. We got a bit of extra time in the delivery room as they were stitching me up (which I still ended up getting extra numbing shots for – later my doctor said she was so grateful I had the epidural as it really helps for everything after if you need stitches).

Eventually she got her first bath and they weighed her. She was 7 lbs, 8 oz and 20 inches. She was perfect! We also breast fed right away within the first hour and I will say that the hospital I delivered in is amazing for breastfeeding. They have lactation nurses for you to call for over 12 hours each day. Any time I had issues while they were there, I just called one and they gave me different techniques, tricks, and helped Baby L and I figure it out. It was really amazing how wonderful they were and got us off to a great start. (Breastfeeding is a great weight loss tool. I’m already only 15 lbs away from my pre pregnancy weight after gaining about 40 lbs due to water weight at the end of my pregnancy.)

We were moved over to the post delivery room into a regular hospital room about 3 hours later. My husband curled up and took a nap, while the nurses helped me to the bathroom and got me food. I had dinner the night before and considering my labor was only 4 hours, I wasn’t too hungry but they brought me a turkey sandwich, cookies, juice, and water to get some energy back up. While Baby Girl and my husband slept, I just watched her sleep and squirm.

Eventually, I’d learn to sleep with her in the room, but the new mom in me was just worrying at every little movement and squirm and sound. She’s definitely a squirmy worm.

She’s now been with us just about two weeks and I can’t believe how amazing she is! It’s like she’s always been here. I’m going to love these next few weeks bonding with her and enjoying every second!

Baby Girl

Baby Girl

37 weeks…

25 May

We are getting down into the last month.  Soon Baby Girl will be in our lives and we will be a lot tired but so in love with her! (At least that’s the plan!)

We are pretty much as prepared as we can be. Her car seat and our hospital bag are in the car.  We have a baby swing our living room, a sleeper set-up in our bedroom, her room is complete, and we are just trying to enjoy these last few weeks (or however much time she gives us) just the two of us before she’s here.

37 week. Don't mind the messy hair.

37 week. Don’t mind the messy hair.

We hope to take the next few weeks early and maybe do some fun stuff if she doesn’t come early.  We’ll see what happens as we have also entered the time of weekly doctor’s appointments! They will now start checking her for labor and make sure that everything is okay with her for her big debut.  I’m not too nervous about labor at the moments, but I know it will be unlike anything I’ve done before but have the support of my amazing husband to get through it with.

My work surprised me and threw a surprise baby shower this past week. I was completely shocked and just cried for a good chunk of time once they surprised me.  I am incredibly thankful to work with such a great group of people and was in shock.  Apparently they had been planning it for a few weeks and were amazed that I had no clue.  It’s the little blessings in life that make you smile!  We had  Figment themed sign (which is being hung in her room for the time being) and a Figment cake.

Our Cake!

Our Cake!

My main complaint is that my feet are swelling a lot. We went out yesterday to get me another pair of shoes in hopes it will make it until the end of my pregnancy.  I officially got a wide type shoe. I can’t wait until the swelling goes down and I can fit until the dozens of pairs in my closet. My feet definitely don’t look like anything special in them, but they don’t hurt (at the moment), I think I got them big enough to swell a bit more, and they hurt less than my previous ones.  So hopefully it works out.  If they keep me a bit more comfortable for the next few weeks, the $25 is worth it!

I’ve spent a good chunk of today with my feet up on the couch.  I believe the swelling is going down a tiny bit which is good for work this week.  I’m still sleeping through the night although I find it harder and harder to get up.  And I will end this rambling with the random questions that I’ve been filling out:

Must have items: Bigger Shoes; no shoes, some place to elevate my feet and a pillow for back support when I sit most of the time.

Sleep: I’m still good thankfully. Apparently Baby Girl L and her Daddy were playing a game last night while I was sleeping with them poking each other. I slept through it!

Cravings: Nothing specifically. I’ve been getting sick of water and craving more liquids with flavor, but I’m still focused on my water intake.  Other than that, I still eat Mexican, but I was craving cottage cheese this past week.

Baby movement: She’s moving.  I haven’t seen a foot or anything stick out yet and am curious if I will or not.  However, I just am thankful that I feel all the kicks.

Challenges this week: Foot Swelling. My feet just hurt sometimes. They’ve made me not want to do my yoga or much of anything anymore.

Best moment this week: Surprise Baby Shower at work and Hitting Full Term! She’s officially considered Full Term at 37 weeks and I am extremely thankful that she seems to be doing okay.

33 weeks… and baby shower…

3 May

It’s been awhile since I blogged.  My amazing husband is putting together our many boxes of baby things (swings, rockers, play yards, strollers, car seats) while I sit on the couch.  I was attempting to help, but I proved myself to be completely unhelpful and useless as I couldn’t put the first thing together that I picked up (apparently I lacked arm strength).  I just ordered a few last minute essentials off of our target registry.  (We are registered at Target and Babies R Us and still have plenty that we will need/want if anyone is feeling generous!)

We have the necessities for our little girl who is due to arrive in less than 7 weeks!  Our goal is to get everything set up and ready so we have a few weeks of being just us – as we totally understand our lives will change.  I’m going to pack our hospital bag a bit later today.  We will basically be done and prepared for her and hopefully have a few weeks to do silly things like go to the beach, go to Bok Tower, walk around Disney, relax at home and do nothing… all the good things!

We had our baby shower a few weekends ago.  We were lucky enough that our parents were able to come in, help us set up for it, and contribute to have a grand celebration with our Florida family.  We are very thankful and blessed that we were able to celebrate with everyone!


crib sheet set-up


corner of her room

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We had our Guests decorate onsies. I didn’t post all of them (they are all really awesome), but above is a small sampling of them! Our favor theme was “mini” items which is what the little boxes are filled with.  It was super fun to make! Thank you to everyone who attended!

And now…

Must have items: Preparing for baby items!  I’m wanting to get stuff done. I also picked up a bunch of nursing clothes to get myself prepared for the first few weeks after baby. I’m loving my slightly bigger shoes although my feet do swell throughout the week.

Sleep: It depends on the night. Some are better than the other.  However, if I prepare I can still get about 8ish hours a night as long as I allow extra time for my five bathroom breaks!

Cravings: Nothing too specific. I still crave Mexican, but it gives me more heartburn, so I am avoiding it a bit. I still love all varieties and sweets and I’m eating more things my husband eats than I normally do!

Baby movement: She’s moving and grooving! Lots of movement throughout the day.  She doesn’t like anything on my stomach. I was resting my phone on my stomach while reading during my lunch break and she flipped it onto the floor when I wasn’t paying attention. My arm is over my stomach as I typed this and I just got a big kick.

Challenges this week: Back pain. It’s getting worse as she lowers. Yoga helps thankfully.  Bailey also barked at the pack and play and growled so I’m worried about him with Baby Girl, but we will adjust and make it work.  We will keep everything up for a bit so he can get used to it and I know we will introduce them and they will all hopefully love each other!

Best moment this week: The baby shower was wonderful a few weeks ago.  I’ve also enjoyed getting stuff done and preparing. Our lives are going to change a lot over the next few months, and I just want to make the most of every moment and enjoy everything! “Live in the moment.”

33 Week Bump Shot!

33 Week Bump Shot!

30 week update…

8 Apr

30 weeks!

I figured I’d do a 30 week update since it’s been awhile. I’m officially in the third trimester – not in too much pain, but some of my first trimester symptoms are coming back which can happen. We have tons to do before little girl gets here, but it’s finally sinking in that we are going to have a baby in a bit over 2 months!

Must have items: Bigger Shoes! My feet are swelling a tiny bit. I finally bought a pair of shoes for work that don’t make them swell as much as they are bigger. I probably need another pair of flip flops with more support or something, but we’ll see how the next few months go!

Sleep: I wake up about 3-4 times a night to roll over, use the bathroom, or get a drink of water. I’ve still been actually sleeping pretty good and sleeping through baby kicks that my husband feels, so I hope that it continues!

Cravings: Sweets or just more food. I’ll really eat whatever these days, but my appetite has increased a lot! We made a pumpkin pie last week for a craving and I’ve been snacking off of it! I’m glad I passed my glucose test and don’t have to watch my diet as I just want to eat. However, I’m making sure to get tons of fruit and veggies so my weight gain hasn’t been too bad at all.

Baby movement: Around the same as last time. If I’m really busy during the day or moving a lot, I don’t feel her as much, but I feel her enough to know that she’s doing good.  She poked me once hard today and it hurt for a moment, but then it stopped. She also discovered my ribs late last week, but has since turned back around. She still has plenty of time to get into position so I’m not worried.

Challenges this week: Not feeling overwhelmed. It’s starting to sink in we are having a baby. I’m thrilled. There is just a lot to do and I’m a planner. I’m happy that our baby shower is in a few weeks so that we can set up her room with gear. We still have to start decorating it.  I’m sure we will get a lot done over the next few weeks. I just wish I wasn’t working so much so I’d have more time to work on baby stuff.

Best moment this week: Sometimes my stomach just moves a LOT really quickly almost like she’s dancing. Her dad finally saw it this week and it brought a huge smile to his face. It always makes me smile when it happens as it’s a wonderful feeling.  I really do enjoy being pregnant so I’m thankful for this time. <3

Babymoon/Birthday Vacation…

26 Mar

Last year when we were setting up our vacation for this year, we took time off for our birthdays. It was the first year that we ever took any time off in quite a few years. We wanted to either get on a cruise or go away somewhere for my birthday.  However, since we originally took the time off, we are now blessed with a little baby girl so it became our babymoon or last vacation before baby arrives.

A cruise was out as I had passed 24 weeks and am no longer allowed on cruise ships. So a road trip was our next choice. I didn’t want to fly (as much as I would have loved going to Disneyland), I’ve made the choice not to fly during this pregnancy if I can help it.  So two road trip possibilities came into play either Memphis or Hilton Head, SC.  Eventually, Hilton Head won as it is only about a five hour drive from our house.  Considering I’m now just in the last trimester of pregnancy and needed to get up and stretch my legs every 1.5 hours in the car, I definitely think we made the right choice.  We both had never been to South Carolina so we didn’t know what to expect.

The Beach House is located on the beach, while the actual Resort is not. It's just a 1.5 mile bike ride or 5 minute drive away.

The Beach House is located on the beach, while the actual Resort is not. It’s just a 1.5 mile bike ride or 5 minute drive away.

We stayed one night at the Omni Oceanfront Resort. It was a gorgeous resort with plenty of amenities. We didn’t arrive until about 9 p.m. after leaving our house late and stopping for dinner at Cheeburger Cheeburger nearby, so we didn’t really explore the Resort much. Our room was gorgeous and we’d definitely stay there again.

It was also a bit colder than we would have liked since it was 60s/40s most days and cloudy or rain. However, we can have fun wherever we go and make the best of things.  After our one night right on the beach, we moved over to Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort which checked off our last Disney Resort in the US that isn’t attached to a Theme Park. We were lucky and our room was ready when we showed up at around 11 a.m. after a late breakfast at the Palmetto Bay Sunrise Cafe. (The Cafe was super delicious and is on our must-visit list the next time we return.)

Banana Rum Pancakes with Sausage! Yum!

Banana Rum Pancakes with Sausage! Yum!

We were impressed with the Resort as the Front Desk Cast Member came out to greet us by name after buzzing us in through the gate. She also checked us in and called our room after we were settled to make sure that we had everything we needed. The Resort is located right on a harbor between other hotels, apartments, restaurants, and stores.

We were in building 20 which is close to the middle of the Resort. The Resort has corn hole, horseshoes, shuffleboard, and tons of other activities on the grounds along with two pools.  It’s surrounded by nature and even though they were doing construction on the building next to us, we hardly heard it.  Our room was absolutely gorgeous and it was definitely a convenience to have a full kitchen.

We settled in the room and then went to explore the island after reading through two guides they provided about things to do. We drove around looking at various shops and also went to the Coastal Discovery Museum.  We went through the building of the museum and part of the outside. However, it then started to rain and considering it was only in the 50s, it was cold. My husband graciously agreed to cut the museum trip short and we went back to driving around the island exploring.  We stopped at Publix to pick up some groceries for breakfast the next morning and some beverages for us to enjoy over the next few days and then headed back to the Resort. We had lunch at a local BBQ place that was recommended, but we both weren’t that impressed and I didn’t end up eating much.

We then headed to meet Shadow, the resident dog of Hilton Head. He seemed to love my husband (with good reason most dogs do!) We learned about Shadow from his trainer, played a game of pool in the den, and I discovered the put out fresh cookies and hot apple cider daily. (Yum!)


I have been battling a cold, so I was tired and just wanted a night in our room. I used yelp to find a local pizza place. We ended up calling Giuseppi’s Pizza and ordering a pizza and garlic knots to pick up which was five minutes from the Resort via car. We then curled up and watched a DVD (Bears) while I devoured half the pizza and garlic knots. It was drizzling out still, so it was perfectly okay with me that we just enjoyed our hotel room and some uninterrupted company with each other.

The next morning we got up and it was my birthday. The Resort had dropped off a birthday gift of chocolate and taffy. I was also given a card at check-in. (Very Nice!) It was the warmest day of our visit so we had plans to go explore the beach house and spend some time at the pool.  The beach was cold. We were bundled, but we sat there for awhile reading books and just enjoying the fresh air. We ate lunch at the Beach House (steak sandwich, mahi mahi sandwich, and onion rings) which was delicious and then headed back to our room and went to the pool.



We spent some time at the pool which was heated reading. During this time we got to watch a lifeguard save two girls that were being ignored by their parents. They were crying hysterically for help and the life guard jumped into the water to save them. He blew his whistle, and by the time he hit the water, three other lifeguards appeared from nowhere. One took over his post patrolling the rest of the pool while the other two went to help in any way that they could.  Meanwhile, the girls parents just stared at the lifeguard saving their children.  Eventually after they were questioned, they got up and were told by the life guard that their children needed life vests. Sadly, the girls had been swimming fine moments before and had been obviously trying to get their parents attention. We were very impressed by their response and I was glad that the lifeguard was sent to go get new clothes as it was still only in the 50s and he was now drenched.

We spent some more time at the pool and my husband enjoyed the slide.  After that, we went back to our room and got into dry clothes and warmed up. We had picked up hot chocolate the day before, so we made some hot chocolate and slowly got ready for dinner.

Our Room

Our Room

We then went out to explore a different section of the island and stopped at the Island Fudge Shop.  We then ended up driving out for dinner a bit early as we were done exploring the island. We debated going to the lighthouse, but you had to pay to get even close to it which wasn’t worth it in our opinion.  We had decided on Hudson’s on the Docks for dinner due to multiple yelp reviews saying how delicious it was and it featured fresh seafood.  We enjoyed our dinner and were impressed by the quick friendly service.

After dinner, we went back to the Resort and went out to play corn hole.  Apparently, I’m a natural and won the first game rather quickly.  After a few games and a walk around, we went back to our room and enjoyed our last night.

Hilton Head Island is definitely a different sort of vacation. It’s relaxing. There is plenty to do if you want to do activities at the Resort, but if you want to just relax on a beach, a bench, or a hammock there are options. It was definitely quiet and a nice relaxing getaway.  We would definitely visit again in the future. We realized that next time we would have a little one that may want to do more of the kids activities.

We drove home the next day after sleeping in and going to part of Shadow’s Bunny Hunt.  We stopped in Savannah for lunch right by the river. While it was nice to see the Savannah, it wasn’t really a city that either of us could see ourselves vacationing at in the future.

It was a good trip. We got to spend some time together and relax away from preparing for our exciting addition arriving in June!

25 weeks and counting…

7 Mar

We are officially over 25 weeks with our little girl! It’s fast approaching that we will soon be a family of seven (three humans, three cats, and a dog).  We had another doctors appointment this week that gave us good news. I get to do my glucose test and get a TDAP shot at my next appointment.  (What’s the best flavor for the glucose drink?)

Must have items: Comfortable Shoes. I have a feeling I will be going shoe shopping soon. My feet have been swelling during my longer days at work. Considering that I don’t see my longer 10+ hour days ending anytime soon, I will probably need to go look for some shoes that hopefully help relieve the pain.
Anything that helps me Organize. We sent out our baby shower invites this week! (RSVP if you got one please!) I think I’m starting to get a tiny bit forgetful, so I’m organizing up the wazoo to try and keep a handle on everything.

Sleep: I’m starting to struggle a little bit.  I wake up more and more during the night. I can no longer roll from one side to the other so any shift in position involves me waking up (and normally going to the bathroom and trying not to step on the sleeping puppy next to me) and sitting up to move.  I still have been managing 8+ hours most nights. I just need longer to get all the sleep in.

Cravings: Cookies & Cream Flavored anything or cupcakes! I’ve definitely been gaining weight the last few weeks, so I’ve been trying to focus on eating healthier, but still feeding my cravings.

Baby movement: A lot most days!  She definitely enjoys kicking and poking and letting us know that she’s there.  I love feeling all the movements and my husband has gotten to feel her more and more lately.

Challenges this week: My hips are starting to hurt a bit. Although, part of that is from my yoga class yesterday.  I know pain and discomfort is on its way, I just hope that it just keeps coming and going in doses.

Best moment this week: Waking up in bed this morning and we both feel a few big kicks from our baby girl.  It was an amazing way to start the day!

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