December 14, 2015

The Nursery.

A little glimpse of Liam's nursery.

The red anchor on the wall was a purchase I made a few weeks after finding out I was pregnant. I had a feeling I was having a boy and I really loved the nautical theme for a nursery. The gold bell was given to us by Liam's Pappi. He bought it randomly at an antique store not knowing how perfect it would be for his grandson's nursery someday. The cute little crab I found at Crackle Barrel and instantly loved it! The picture in the frame is one of Liam's first ultrasounds where we got a good view of his profile. It was a true treasure of mine. The frame on his changing table was given to me as a christmas gift last year by a blogger friend that I had never met in person. She also didn't know that I dreamed of having a nautical theme nursery.

The one of the far left is Daddy's original Snoopy that started his love for Snoopy. It's 30 years old and been through a lot, but somehow he's still in one piece.

Almost every piece in this room was a gift, the crib set, the furniture, the glider, the quilt and even the pillows. I'm not sure what we did to deserve a blessing this big, but not a day goes by that I don't thank God for his blessings. Our greatest gift is in my arms today, Liam.

October 14, 2015

Dear Liam.

Dear Liam, 

Thank you, for all the sunrises we've welcomed together since you've been born. I never knew I'd be seeing this many with you but I'm not complaining one bit. 

Thank you, for teaching me to value every nap like it might be my last. I never knew how little sleep I could survive off of and yet look forward to the next sleepless night with you.  

Thank you, for teaching us to love in such an unexpected magnitude. Now I know what everyone's been talking about, we won't remember what life was like before you. 

Thank you, for teaching us to value time, being present, appreciating the moment because life is just passing us by so quickly. If only you could stay little forever, but at the same time we look forward to a future full of many "first." 

Your first giggle. 

Your first words. 

Your first steps. 

We can't wait. 

October 9, 2015

Birth Story.

(*This is the edited and brief version of what I remember during the birth of our son.)
On Wednesday, September 16, we walked into the hospital to be induced and not knowing what to expect, I was very nervous. Induction began around 11:00 p.m. and there wasn't much progression all night. As you can imagine, I slept very little that night with light contractions, the monitors ringing all night and my wonderful nurse coming in every 2 hours to check on me. The next morning my midwife came in, I can't remember what time it was but I was only 3 centimeters dilated, she suggested starting Pitocin. And so they did and contractions started picking up. By 3:00 p.m. I had only dilated to 4 centimeters, so once again my midwife made another suggestion and my water was broken. Right after that is when the intense full blow contractions began. I can't remember how far apart they were but what I do know is that I had an amazing team helping me breathe through each one. I didn't realize how important it would be to have each one of these people in the room with me. Even during labor I knew that I couldn't even make it through the next contraction without them there coaching me. Around 5:00 p.m. I needed another way to keep going through the contractions, so my nurse started the tub and I labored in there for about an hour. I had read all these great things about how this is another form of a natural epidural so I was really looking forward to experiencing that for myself. The water was amazing at the beginning and it did help ease some of the pain, but the contractions had reach such an intense level that I started feeling a little dizzy and I was worried I'd pass out. My nurse suggested I get out so they could hook me up to the oxygen machine that was next to my bed. Quickly between contractions I got out of the tub and walked straight to my bed only to experience even harder contractions as soon as I sat on the bed. My midwife comes in to check and I am at 7 centimeters. Thank God, labor is progressing well. I am getting ready for the next contraction when all the sudden my body starts pushing. I shout out that I'm going to start pushing but my Mom tells me it's not time to push. "Don't push!" Next contraction, my body is pushing and I cannot stop it so they call the nurse and my midwife comes back to check and I am at 10 centimeters and she say, "Start pushing!" It's amazing how the body just knows what to do. I completely surrendered myself to what my body was telling me and allowed it to push. What felt like an eternity of pushes, turned out to be only 30 minutes and there he was. Our little baby was born. The most amazing sigh of relief. The feeling of wow I did it. I actually did it. I carried this precious being for 9 whole months.
So, this is love.

On September 17, 2015 at 6:31 p.m. our most
desired prayer arrived and placed on my chest.

August 28, 2015

Baby Showers

Like I shared in my previous posts, we've had a few baby showers. Each one has been special and put together with lots of love. I couldn't thank the host and helpers enough for all the details and time they put into them. Although I've attended and hosted plenty of baby showers myself, it's so different when it's yours.  Being on the receiving end of a shower was really something else. I was overwhelmed by the support that was given to not only us but especially our little baby boy. To know that everyone around us is just as excited as we are to meet him and shower him with gifts was really sweet.

The first shower represented everything that the baby's nursery is all about, Nautical! I knew before we were having a boy that I'd be setting up his nursery all nautical with whales and anchors. Everything was perfect!

This baby shower was so soft and sweet like a little baby. The colors were so cute together. I love the details they added, like Lawrence's favorite bunt cakes from Nothing Bunt Cakes. Couldn't have asked for more!

A HUGE thank you to both of our families, we love you all!

August 26, 2015

36 Weeks

How far along: 36 Weeks = 9 months!!!

Baby Size: At our last visit he was 5lbs 1oz
Maternity clothes: Yes, if it fits I'm wearing it!
Sleep: Not very much sleep at night, with all the trips to the bathroom and waking up to rotate, I am up several times at night.
Gender: It's a boy!

Movement: Thankfully he's moving just enough. He's not an active baby at all, just kicks here and there plus his daily hiccups which has him bouncing. When someone actually wants to feel him move he refuses to so not everyone get's to feel him move, lol.

Best moment this week: There's been a lot of "best" moments in the last few weeks. We had another baby shower, my husbands co-workers hosted a work shower and we finally got things going in the nursery. I got to wash and fold a few loads of tiny baby clothes. We setup the bassinet in our room and I packed baby boy's hospital bag! Yay!

Looking forward to: At this point I am looking forward to holding him, he can come as soon as next week and no later then 3 weeks from now since I'll be induce around the 15th. (Official date not confirmed yet). I am also in nesting mode, so I am trying to get the house in order, pack my own hospital bag and hopefully get some freezer meals done. I'll be able to relax after that.
Food cravings: No matter what I think I'm craving, as soon as I see or think of watermelon I have to have it! It's so good!
  Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope!
Labor Signs: I'll have braxton hicks almost on a daily basis, so far that's it.
What I miss: I really miss wearing regular shoes, getting up quickly or moving around like normal.
Symptoms: Swollen feet have won! No matter how much swimming I do, they're just swollen all the time now. I have about 3 pairs of shoes that fit comfortably. The other biggest symptom is just being TIRED. ALL. THE. TIME. I can take a nap and still wake up tired.
Nursery: It's finally coming along. My biggest regret was not starting earlier as I had originally planned. I don't have all the energy to work on it right now like I'd love to. We have all the furniture setup and clothes put away in the drawers. Next is just getting the walls decorated.

Here's a little peak into the nursery.
Belly Button in or out? Really...really out!

Mood: Nervous and Excited....Anxious! I'm feeling all the emotions you can think of.

I also started drinking Red Raspberry Leaf Tea. 
If your interested in it's benefits click HERE

July 31, 2015

32 Weeks

How far along: 32 Weeks

Baby Size: At our last ultra sound baby was at 3lbs. 8oz.
Maternity clothes: I am still wearing a mix of regular and maternity clothes. If the shirt is long enough I can still fit into them.
Sleep: What's that? LOL! It is what it is, I just don't get much of it and I feel tired all day long.
Gender: It's a boy!

Movement: He's always moving and kicking. Sometimes they hurt but for the most part I feel him move most when he has the hiccups.

Best moment this week: Having my first ever baby shower was really special. It's such a sweet feeling to be "showered" by your friends and family. I also love seeing all the baby stuff around our home.
Looking forward to: Our 2nd baby shower and FINALLY putting the nursery together.
Food cravings: I think it has to be Hot Cheetos and an ice-cream cone from Chick-fil-a!
  Anything making you queasy or sick: I don't really feel sick anymore. I'll have moments were I feel a little off but I know it's all just part of the pregnancy.
Labor Signs: Are Braxton Hicks considered labor signs? Cause I did experience those this week.
What I miss: Getting out of bed like a regular person. Right now it's a processes of rolling and pushing up. LOL, gotta love the belly! 
Symptoms: I still have swollen feet but I got most of it under control by swimming at least twice a week. I don't mean free style/arm stroke swimming, it's just easy laps and water aerobics. But it has made a world of difference! I also can't bend down without feeling discomfort, so I try to ask for help more often and have people pick stuff up for me.
Nursery: The nursery should have been a little further along by now, but it's still empty. The good news is that we have the furniture and the paint so we'll be starting this coming week.
Belly Button in or out? OUT! To my surprise, my belly button has popped out.

Mood: Excited!

Baby Boy at 29 weeks

July 6, 2015

28 Weeks

How far along: 28 weeks + 3 day

Baby Size: Eggplant. Based on our last ultrasound he is around 2.5 pounds.

Maternity clothes: Yes, and lots of maxi skirts.
Sleep: Sleep is constantly interrupted by bathroom breaks and flipping from my right to my left side...and vise versa. I pretty much don't sleep very well and my body refuses to sleep in anymore.
Gender: It's a boy!

Movement: Moving is his current hobby. He doesn't like if I'm leaning forward while sitting down, he really kicks if I do. Sometimes I do it just to feel him move.

Best moment this week: Entering into my 3rd trimester was exciting. We are that much closer to holding our little man.
Looking forward to: Our first baby shower is definitely on the top of the list of things I'm looking forward to this month.
Food cravings: I don't have a specific craving anymore, I just enjoy eating cold fruit.
  Anything making you queasy or sick: I'd say all the sickness stuff went away...the gagging reflex comes and goes.
Labor Signs: Nope!
What I miss: I still miss sleeping on my stomach. I miss the cooler weather cause this heat is just horrible. 
Symptoms: My newest symptom is swollen feet. I wake up with them and go to bed with them, lol. I have certain shoes that work well with the swelling and high heels aren't one of them. Bye-bye heels.
Nursery: Nothing new has happened in the nursery. We need to paint and get the furniture in before I can start to decorate. I have almost all the decor I'll be using so I'm ready to go.
Belly Button in or out? Semi out.

Mood: Happy and Sleepy.

Around 25 weeks. 
You can see his little hand right above his head.

This was before the boards went up.
The boards are up and next step is to paint!
Thanks to Tia Valerie, we have a glider!
Nursery decor only $5 thanks to Amazon.

A little glimpse of his closet. Almost all of them have been gifts from loved ones.

Another gift and this one is from my husband's co-worker.

I bought this journal to document this pregnancy around 25 weeks and it starts at 9 weeks, so I have had a lot of catching up to do. I look forward to reading it in the years to come.

June 9, 2015

24 Weeks

How far along: 24 weeks + 4 days = 6 months!

Baby Size: Ear of corn or Eggplant

Maternity clothes: Still using whatever fits. Maxi dresses come in handy! I am always looking for new stuff since my selection is getting limited. 
Sleep: Sleep is good or as good as it can be with all those fun bathroom breaks all night.
Gender: It's a boy!

Movement: Lot's of movement these days. He loves to move early mornings and late evenings. He refuses to let others feel him move though. You can try and as soon as your hand touches my belly, he freezes. Maybe he's shy?

Best moment this week: Hearing his heartbeat at my last appointment (156 BPM), he gave the doppler a good kick. He doesn't seem to like that thing. Went to a baby expo at Babies R Us and got lots of free stuff for baby. Registered for a few FREE birthing classes. Bought an adorable outfit online for him to hopefully wear next spring.
Looking forward to: My next ultrasound, we'll see how much he's grown since his last scan 4 weeks ago. And looking forward to swimming this summer! Taking the classes we signed up for. Painting the nursery.
Food cravings: Watermelon. I want to eat the whole watermelon at one time. It's the best.
  Anything making you queasy or sick: Still gag when brushing my teeth, besides that everything feels pretty normal.
Labor Signs: Nope!
What I miss: Bending down quickly to grab something from the floor. I miss sleeping a full nights sleep, but I don't think I'll ever get that again. And I still miss sleeping on my stomach.
Symptoms: Just dealing with dry skin, but I just try to stay extra moisturized and use sunblock daily. Feeling sleepy one day but energized the next day.
Nursery: We started one of my major projects last week (pictures to come soon). We are also getting the carpet cleaned this week so we can start filling it up with furniture soon.
Belly Button in or out? I'm really surprised but it's kinda half out. I thought for sure that wouldn't happen to me since I had a really deep belly button. It's funny looking to me, I laugh.

Mood: Excited, blessed, happy....tired. LOL!

May 16, 2015

21 Weeks

We got to see our little baby boy at 21 weeks.
He's growing right on track.
He currently weighs 14 ounces.
His little bottom sits on my bladder.
His head is on my left hand side.
He's definitely a BOY!
And, he likes to suck his thumb or fingers.

 We treasure every little piece that we can of him.

May 8, 2015

20 Weeks

How far along: 20 weeks + 0 days

Baby Size: Banana

Maternity clothes: Still using whatever fits. I have a few maternity outfits and bought some maxi skirts that work great with my growing belly.
Sleep: Sleep is good but I toss and turn a lot throughout the night.
Gender: It's a boy!

Movement: I felt his first official kick on Tuesday and been feeling lot of movement since then.

Best moment this week: It has to be feeling him move! I can identify when he's moving around with no doubt. And that he has another little buddy growing in my friends belly!
Looking forward to: Seeing baby next week during our 20 week anatomy scan. We'll see how he's doing and how big he really is.
Food cravings: Probably Hot Cheetos, but I tend to crave those anytime so I'm not sure if that's pregnancy related or lot but I love those chips! I've also been eating lots of watermelon. It's so good!
  Anything making you queasy or sick: Pregnancy hormones were on the rise this week, that made me very queasy this week. I still have the gag reflux while brushing my teeth. And I can't stand the thought of eating any more chicken noodle soup.
Labor Signs: Nope!
What I miss: Besides just sleeping on my tummy, I can't really say I miss much. 
Symptoms: NAUSEA! Oh boy did it come back this week but this time it was an all day nausea. Today has been a lot better. And I have also noticed that my skin is dry(er) then usual.
Nursery: We're still continuing to work on the nursery. We're still clearing it out the room but we have all his little stuff in his closet! It's so cute to see it all in one place. We're also looking at nursery furniture and buying more decor!
Belly Button in or out? In!