April 14, 2014

How I Survived the 4th Trimester

Fourth Trimester, what?? I thought there were only three?  It's kind of like the whole, oh you're only pregnant for 9 months - LIE - its TEN!!!

So, what is it these people call the fourth trimester? Essentially it's the first 3 months that the baby is alive. I don't think I need to give you the whole scientific answer for what it is, but you can just think of it as the "most fun you will ever have".  Cough, Cough....

I feel like everyone tells you what every single step of pregnancy is going to be like, but no one tells you what it's going to be like to care for a newborn 24 hours a day with little to no sleep. There's no class that could prepare you for this even if you wanted to. Now don't get me wrong I love my son more than anything in the whole world, but learning to take care of him is one of the hardest things I've ever done.

Before you have the baby everyone talks about labor and how scary/painful that's going to be, again LIE!  I took all the drugs that I possibly could and giving birth was like going to the spa for a few days.  The baby was an absolute angel in the hospital, I don't even think we heard him cry except for a few times.  About an hour after getting home the baby is crying and I'm already wondering what in the hell I'm going to do... Diaper change, check! Full tummy, check! Burped, check! Now what? Maybe I should check his diaper again, maybe he's still hungry? Wait maybe he's just tired?? I mean why would a baby cry when they're tired, they should just go to sleep... Haha, we all know this isn' true!

Okay, so let me get to the part about how I survived the first 3 months of my sons life!  The first 6 weeks are Pure Survival Mode. Do what you need to survive... If the house is a mess, so what; if dinner isn't on the table when your husband gets home from work, oh well; if you haven't showered in 3 (I mean 5) plus days just add dry shampoo and deodorant you'll feel like a new person; if the cats haven't been played with for a few weeks, tough luck!  When the baby sleeps, you sleep - DO NOT waiver on this one!

I also found it really hard to find time to eat and when you are breastfeeding you HAVE to!  Buy things that are really easy to grab and eat with one hand.  Larabars, Cliff bars, pre-cut fruits and veggies (aka starburst jelly beans & rolos), pre-packaged snacks, basically anything that doesn't require any work...I literally think I survived on granola bars for the first 2 months except for when someone would bring me lunch or I actually was awake enough to cook one of the frozen meals I had made prior to having the baby.  You MUST find time to eat, my pediatrician said I should be eating at least 2,500 calories per day which I found to be really difficult!

Try to get out of the house by yourself at least once a week, even if it's only for 15 minutes to take a walk around the block.  Being home all day everyday with a baby can take a toll on you mentally and physically and mommy needs break every now and then, even if you think you don't!

Just know that everything with a newborn is temporary.  If something is really difficult one day just remember it's only a phase and this too shall pass!

November 19, 2013

My Baby Shower

My first baby shower was more than I ever could have asked for!  My poor mom had gotten in a car wreck at the end of September and broke her knee and sternum.  We were going to cancel the shower and have it later in the year, but she decided not to.  Luckily she had been preparing for my shower for months, so she had already bought almost everything that she needed and had already planned all the food.

Luckily by the time the shower rolled around she was feeling much better, but still probably only at 70% or so and she still did an amazing job! She thought through every little detail and made it absolutely amazing.  I was so grateful for all  the gifts and everyone that took time out of their Saturday to come to my shower, it really meant alot to me!

Even though it really didn't look like it, I was exactly 28 weeks pregnant at my shower.  I think my tunic/dress did a good job of hiding the belly :) I really wasn't trying to hide it, it just ended up happening.  I bought the dress at Target in the junior section and just bought a size larger - worked like a charm!

I'm looking forward to Shower #2 on December 7th!!

November 17, 2013

32 Week Bumpdate!

I went a little crazy this week with the pictures, but I just couldn't help myself! I was only going to post one picture, but then I couldn't make any decisions (surprise surprise) so I posted them all! I've been pretty terrible at taking weekly pictures, but atleast I have some, better than nothing, right??

Size of Baby: Head of Lettuce, we have a sonogram in a week so we will find out just exactly how big he really is!  I'm guessing around 4 lbs, they keep saying he is going to be a big baby.  At the last sonogram he was in the 87th percentile for size (whatever that means...)

Stretch Marks: Nada, I keep checking every morning and I haven't seen anything yet.

Maternity Clothes:  All Maternity, but I've been incorporating some of my fall vests and cardigans into my wardrobe

Gender:  Boy, the same that it has been since 13 weeks :)

Movement:  It's literally like a party in my stomach!  Sometimes it makes me jump because the kicking and punching are so powerful.  He surprises me every once in a while with a swift kick that I wasn't anticipating!

Sleep:  Good, I don't know how I would make it without my maternity boppy pillow!  I might not give it up!

Missing:  Really nothing other than being able to do whatever I want.  Top Golf just opened by our house and I can't go with this basketball in front of my stomach... 

Loving:  My Belly, I love seeing it grow.  I just can't imagine it getting larger, but it's definitely going to since I still have 8 weeks!

Craving:  Breakfast food - Pancakes, Waffles, French Toast, Bacon, Chicken Minis - anything and everything breakfast!  If I could wake up early enough I would go to IHOP every morning to eat - YUMM!

Feeling: Alright.... I think the baby is laying on my sciatic nerve because I get shooting pains in my back every time I walk.  I've been sitting on the couch all weekend and it's already getting pretty boring! I still have pretty itchy skin, but it's getting a little better.Also been getting a ton of Braxton Hick contractions, luckily none of them are painful yet, but it feels weird when your stomach is hard as a rock!

Looking Forward: Getting excited for Christmas!  It will be here in no time!

Best Moment(s): Seeing the nursery finished!  Might add a few more small touches, but it's probably 95% Done.

I also placed a few Etsy orders this weekend since I was couch-bound!  How cute is this little newsboy cap??

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October 27, 2013

29 Week Bumpdate

Size of Baby: Butternut Squash, I'm guessing around 3 lbs at this point

Stretch Marks: None, thankfully! 

Maternity Clothes:  All Maternity, so glad the weather is finally cooling off, so I've been living in leggings, boots and big sweaters!  Makes it pretty easy!

Gender:  Sweet Baby Boy!  Name is decided on, but I'm not announcing officially yet!

Movement:  He is kicking all the time, I absolutely love feeling him kick and move all around my stomach!  My favorite part is seeing my belly move!

Sleep:  Still really good! Lately my hands have been falling asleep and that has been waking me up, but other than that good.  I googled it today and it sounds like it's Carpal Tunnel while pregnant and it goes away after you have the baby.  I had no idea how painful carpal tunnel is.  I was working on writing thank you notes and I had to stop because my hand hurt, makes me feel like I'm 100!

Missing:  Nothing!  I'm honestly not lying when I say that I LOVE BEING PREGNANT!

Loving:  Every single second of this pregnancy! You have to live life to the fullest and enjoy every second of it which is what I've been doing.  

Craving:  Gobstoppers, candy all candy anything sugar :)

Feeling: Great! I did however go to sleep at 6:30 one evening and slept until the next day - I felt fantastic the next day! I think I need to start going to bed earlier!

Looking Forward: Baby Shower #2 in the beginning of December.  Also looking forward to finishing the nursery. I basically have everything purchased, I just need to start hanging and decorating everything!

Best Moment(s): My first baby shower!  It was so much fun, I couldn't believe the generosity of all my friends and family!  Pictures coming soon :)

October 6, 2013

26 Week Bumpdate

Size of Baby: 
2 Lbs. 2 ounces

Weight Gain: Slightly over 20lbs

Stretch Marks: Nada, I hear that it's hereditary and my mom and gma don't have them so hopefully I'm good

Maternity Clothes:  Everything Maternity except cardigans and jackets, I'm getting really sick of my clothes, but I'm excited that Fall is here so I can just wear leggings, boots and long shirts! Work, I still have to dress-up and it's the same black pants and boring shirts everyday... Oh well, only 3 more months and I'll be lounging with the baby in yoga pants every day!

Gender:  Boy - I'm 99.9% sure we have decided on the name too!

Movement:  All the time, kicking like a mad man

Sleep:  Good still.  I've been having trouble with itchy skin so I've been taking Benadryl at night (per my doc) and I've been sleeping like a baby.

Missing:  Nothing really

Loving:  The Nursery! We re-did a changing table (coming soon), just got the crib put together this weekend and we have the glider.  All the major pieces of furniture are done, we just have to decorate!

Craving:  Nothing specifically

Feeling: Tired every now and then, but nothing too bad yet.  Also been a maniac trying to get everything done before the third trimester because I know I will get really tired and not have the energy to do much other than go to work!

Looking Forward: I can't wait to get the nursery all decorated and finished!  It will be fun to see my vision come together.

Best Moment(s): Just being pregnant.  I'm really trying to enjoy every single second of it! 


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