October 10, 2018

He is Here!

On August 10th, we welcomed little L into the world at 2:02 pm. The sun was shining in the windows as he was placed on my belly and we all met for the very first time. Just two months later and it still feels amazing. I debated whether or not to share our story. So much of this journey has felt so intimate, private, and personal that I have not been sure how or which way to share it. As I sit here next to our little one sleeping, I am thinking about the steps it took to get him here safe and sound, and perfect in every way. I think about the emotions we went through, the blessing of health we had along the way, and what we learned along the way. Everyone’s story is different and I won’t be an oversharer of our birth experience, but I wanted to share what did happen, what it taught us, and even more importantly, what life was like leading up to the moment we met our little one two months ago.

The Friday before he was born I went in for my normal appointment at 38 weeks. I had a baby who was very low, but was measuring big, so at this appointment they decided that day to do an ultrasound. My blood pressure, urine, and blood work were all great so they just wanted to find out how big he was, how much amniotic fluid was there, etc...

He continued to measure big so we anxiously awaited my doctor to review the scan. I have a family history of c-sections for small babies. I implicitly trust my doctor and knew that she would recommend whatever birth (vaginal versus cesarean section) was the healthiest for both L and I. She recommended a c-section for the most successful labor so we set it up.

We drove to the hospital and everything felt very right for us. Arriving at the hospital, it was simple and we got settled quickly. They prepped me for the c-section. I was ready. He came at 39 weeks. Being a healthcare professional, but not in women's and children's area, I knew and didn't know a lot. When he first arrived, he was not breathing and the nurses and doctors fixed that rather quickly. My blood pressure and heart rate were low and I needed medications to stabilize them. Surprisingly, it was scary and not scary all at the same time.

The first few weeks of having a baby is a pretty untalked about and difficult time. As women I think we want to move inward and not share about it, because it is instinct. Sometimes dreams of specific goals have to be let go. You have discomfort, sleeplessness, raging hormones, and a seemingly fragile human being to keep alive. For me, my specific goal of breastfeeding my child had to be let go. I was planning to breastfeed, but my milk took a long time to come in and in the hospital, I had to give him bottles with donor breast milk. He had trouble latching from the beginning and it was frustrating for me and him. For me, it lead to bleeding and painful nipples. It was hard to let go of the idea of not being able to breastfeed. I had to then pump exclusively and bottle feed. Around week 3 my milk had really come in and been increased in supply by regular pumping and he started to breastfeed. Sure he still has trouble latching at times, but he is now getting some time with me breastfeeding.

As far as babies go, he is a good baby, but still a baby. He is content to look at the fan but has a mean crying streak from 6-9:30 at night (yay colic!) He is in 3-6 month clothing already. I love his squishy thighs and luscious lips. It is neat to see him develop right in front of me.

Overall, I have experienced joy, pain, exhaustion. love, frustration, and everything else it seems. I have the utmost respect for any woman who bears and births a child no matter how it happens. Women are amazing and no matter how each woman has or chooses to bring their little one into the world is a very personal and individual decision and journey. Life is a precious and beautiful thing worth sharing there is no doubt in whatever form it comes into our path.


August 15, 2018

Five Reasons To Go On A Babymoon

Babymoon. The expectant parent version of a honeymoon. My husband and I enjoyed ours on the big island of Hawaii. I think a babymoon is somewhat a new thing, but I highly recommend it. Here is why:
Being Pregnant Is Hectic
Growing a human takes a lot out of us. Pregnancy can be downright exhausting at least at the start and the end if not the entire thing. While you are growing this tiny human, you are also continuing on with everything else that you need to do as part of your everyday life, such as work, socializing, and home life. Add to that the extra preparations that may be going on, such as decorating a nursery, planning for the baby’s arrival and making frequent trips to medical appointments to ensure all is going well. Yep, it’s hectic. A chance to take a bit of a break from all of this is important.

You May Not Get Another Vacation For A While
This is not always the case. Some families pack up their baby and travel. However for many others, finances are not in favor of vacations and the thought of travelling with a baby can be daunting. So go somewhere and unwind. Travelling will never be this easy again.

Bond With Your Spouse
New babies take up a lot of our time and as such and it is a tired and trying time being a new parent. A babymoon is a great way to strengthen your couple bond before the arrival of your child.

Extra Sleep
Everyone warns you about the lack of sleep when a baby arrives. So taking some time away to sleep in and relax cannot be bad!

Because You Deserve It
One of the final reasons to take a babymoon is because you deserve it. Becoming a parent is a life changing experience and the fact that you are growing this tiny human inside of your body is downright amazing. Take a babymoon because you deserve to treat yourself and have a little bit of fun.

So go take that babymoon! Whether it is a fancy trip or a night away at a local hotel, it is still a babymoon. It doesn’t need to be fancy. You just should take the time to getaway.


What do you think of babymoons?

July 21, 2018

The Final Checklist

I can't even believe I just typed the words the final checklist. It really seems like yesterday that I was patiently awaiting a baby bump. Now I am ready to be without it!

Now, fully bumped out, I am saying, there's only 4 weeks left!! I'm officially 36 weeks pregnant (as of yesterday) and starting the final preparations for the baby's arrival. 

I love lists and so I have kept one for baby preparations and I figured I'd share it with all of you fellow expectant mamas! I started the list about 2 weeks ago, so 6 weeks out:
The Final Baby Checklist

Pack The Hospital Bag
The hospital bag needs to be packed. Haven't even started but I plan to get it done this weekend.

Ensure Knowledge
We could have taken a class, but I just went ahead since I know how was teach Kevin how to give adult and infant CPR. 

Find a Pediatrician
There were really only three pediatricians we were considering, and so we should pick one soon! Very important to find (and soon!).

Clean all the Baby Stuff
There is a little pile that had built up. Another plan this weekend is to clean everything and put it where it belongs!

Stock the House
I don't want to go to finally take a shower and be out of shampoo! I ensured I stocked up on doubles of everything: toilet paper, paper towels, body wash, etc. I even made sure my makeup (even though I doubt I will be putting much of that on in the beginning) is stocked.

Install the Car Seat
Time to start practicing! We will practice doing it over and over so we are confident once the baby is here!

Prep the Freezer
I am going to start stocking the freezer with some of our favorite meals so Kevin can help reheat those dishes for dinner. My family will come and visit and hopefully stock our freezer before they leave! But before that, there are definitely a few essentials I want to have in there, like my favorite soups, my enchiladas, and a bunch of veggies.


Am I missing anything? What are you doing to prepare for the baby?
We can't wait to meet you baby boy! Love Mom and Dad.

July 7, 2018

Life Lately

Life has been a whirlwind but I wouldn't have it any other way. I feel like I am living my best life right now. Here are some life updates for ya'll.

Baby Updates and Prep No. 101
There are a lot of things we have been doing. I feel bad for my husband since I can't do a lot of the heavy lifting. He has been super awesome in helping prep! We recently deep cleaned and stretched all of our carpets and I did some shopping to help update and prepare our guest bedroom and baby room. Also I have been working on organizing the house so that it is more baby friendly!

As for updates we had a growth scan and everything looked great (see below). I also have had some back pain and have tried kinesio tape. I went here to learn how to best wrap myself. It helped, but the tape did burn my skin. So still working through that.

I just can't wait to see little man's face!

Baby Shower No. 1
I have a great friend Ashley who threw me a small, cute baby shower with some of my great friends. It was a very fun day.
me with the beautiful host!

Baby Shower No. 2
My work threw me a baby shower and I just felt incredibly spoiled. So much fun!
me with one of the beautiful hosts.

July No. 4
I also worked the 4th of July, but afterwards I spent a romantic night of watching fireworks and dinner made by my hubby.

Birthday No. 29
I worked my birthday and followed the next day with a growth scan of my little man. Seeing my little guy growing and advancing well, then a great weekend where my husband spoiled me rotten was perfect! My little guy is measuring up not so little, but nothing alarming at this time. My husband made me dinner after setting me up to go get a massage. The next day he took me to a movie, shopping, and to a fancy dinner. Am I lucky or what?!


Have a great weekend everyone!

July 2, 2018

Why I Am Lucky I Married My High School Sweetheart

I think I am pretty dang lucky. I met my husband when we were in High School. We met 15 years ago. We started dating 13 years ago. We got married 6 years ago. Now we are going to have our first child. I know it seems crazy to some of you, since most people look back at the person they dated in high school and cannot imagine being with them now, but me? I wouldn’t change a thing. I married the most amazing guy and was lucky to meet him in high school.
I look at some of my friends who are navigating the dating world. I never had to do that, back when you were a teenager, things were so simple. There was no online dating or hoping to meet someone at a bar. We had it easy (minus the curfew).

I look at how much we were able to change and therefore we were able to grow and learn with each other. We have been there for the big important milestones and the small daily moments to celebrate. From high school graduation, buying our first car, navigating college, good and bad roommates, buying a house, you name it. I know that I am with someone who will stick by me when things get tough. And one of the very best parts is that we know each other really well, inside and out.

We have had lots of time to spend together to build our lives and experience the world together before having children. We spent over 10 years growing up, exploring hobbies, investing in our future and traveling the world together. Most people do these things before they meet their spouse, we did it together and grew closer together through those years. Now the time has come for us to start a family and we know that our relationship is strong. We have so much history together and this will help us in the future to raise our kids.
So yep, I am pretty dang lucky to have been dating the love of my life for 13 years ago today.
I wouldn't have it any other way.

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