Monday, May 22, 2017

Weekending

Happy Monday!
Ours is a bit dreary here with rain and clouds--perfect sleeping weather haha

This weekend, like many, revolved around baby Ella but we still got out a bit--venturing out into the real world before MG goes back to work.

The highlights this weekend included:
~Fitting into my pre-pregnancy shorts/shirt for a trip to the outlets
~Picking up some super cute flamingo shorts for the summer!
~started doing tummy time (not just on my chest haha)--Cooper thinks this is play time and attempts to steal all of the toys on the mat lol
~Night time baby and puppy snuggles (the falling asleep on my chest at night is my favorite!)
~Visitors on Friday morning, Friday night (our best couple friends came with pizza, and for Ella snuggles and some catching up) Saturday morning and afternoon
~Daddy baby snuggles #allthehearteyes
~Started watching Friday Night Lights since neither of us had seen the show before--so good already!
~Cute baby outfits!
~Ran errands that quickly turned into this

 ~Tried out my baby carrier for a neighborhood BBQ which Ella loved and slept in for the whole time! Thanks Brittany for telling me about this easy carrier! #handsfree
 ~aaaaaaand more baby snuggles!!!!
That was basically our weekend in a nutshell--we got out some, got snuggles (and changed lots of diapers haha). 
Hoping your Monday is a little less rainy than ours is!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

WHW {#93}: Currently

Happy Wednesday! Is it possible that I'm here two days in a row??? I'm shocked myself! #sleepingbabyblessings
Reading ...
I'll be real with you all, I haven't read anything since Ella was born so I've still got No Way Back by Andrew Gross loaded in my Kindle. Although at this point I kind of forgot what was happening in the story. Oops.

Watching ...
MG and I watched the new season of Catastrophe in about a day and a half because we're both home, and the season is only 6 episodes long. We've moved on to Aziz Ansari's Master of None which I love--I wish that the seasons came out more frequently and were longer because the show is just cute and funny.
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And because of late night feedings, I've been able to keep caught up on all of my Bravo shows, plus Married at First Sight. I suppose I could be reading, but at 2am, I'm lucky to keep my eyes open.

One show I can't get behind is Southern Charm Savannah. I stopped watching it midway through the first episode because I was so bored by the people. Anyone else feel the same way?
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Eating....
Friends and our neighbors have been so nice to drop off meals for us the last two weeks. And now we're getting back into cooking at home because we're beginning to figure out how to function like human beings again lol
On the menu this week:
Baked Queso Tacos
Shrimp and Feta Dip Pasta
Buffalo Chicken Meatloaf
Neighbor is bringing over tuscan chicken and artichokes--Yum!

And, yes, I've been enjoying my fair share of carbs and sweets since having Ella and it is GLORIOUS!!!!


Looking forward to ... 
getting our newborn photos back in the next week or so. We took them last Wednesday and they were adorable from what our photographer showed us. Here's a behind the scenes shot that I took:

Enjoying ...
how much weight falls off of you when you're breastfeeding. It's pretty damn incredible! I'm about 3 pounds away from my pre-pregnancy weight. Given, there's a lot more squishy areas than there were before though haha


Drinking...
water water and more water! 


Loving....
that I'm not at work even though I check my work emails, and I see the stupid annoying things that are happening. I'm glad I'm not the one there dealing with them. I see those emails and I snuggle Ella a little bit closer.

Dreading....

when MG goes back to work after Memorial Day.

Wanting ... 
a massage and a pedicure. MG encouraged me to get both scheduled, so I have a massage schedule on Friday and I have plans to get a pedi this afternoon. Bless that man.

Wearing ...
all things comfy. And still wearing some maternity stuff because I don't quite fit back into my clothes the way I want to. Also....nursing boobs are a HUGE difference, too. Loose tops for the win!
I wore this during our newborn photos
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Grateful For...
MG. He's been beyond amazing through everything. He deals with my roller coaster of post baby emotions, he changes diapers without flinching (in fact, he changed all of the diapers when we were in the hospital and when we first got home), he makes food, cleans up around the house, and is always there when I need him for anything. I'm so glad he's had this time off from work because I'm not sure how I would have managed without him. We make quite a good team, and I thank God every day that he's my husband.

And just because I love her so much....
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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

My First Mother's Day Weekend

Gosh, as much as I plan on getting online and writing a blog post, real life happens, poopy diapers happen, crying and cuddling and sleeping and feeding happen....and all of a sudden it's been a week since I've posted.

One of these days I'll get back to normal posting. Sometime in the next 18 years I'd guess :)

Anyway, not only did baby girl turn 2 weeks old on Sunday, it was also my first mother's day weekend--a weekend I've longed to celebrate for a while and was so thankful I had my little muffin in time to celebrate mommy-hood!

Our days often look like this:
Morning coffee (sometimes with a side of puppy company)
 one of us has baby....
and the other has puppy in the lap haha

Our weekend started off with a trip to the lactation consultant because (get ready for real life), my nips have been destroyed by breast feeding. Ella was feeding so well and on a great schedule where we were sleeping a combination of 8 hours (interrupted) through the night. And then we introduced the nipple shield so mama could let her nippies heal and all hell broke loose. Apparently baby girl wasn't getting as much milk with the shield because she became super fussy, and was feeding every 45 minutes to an hour and a half.

Needless to say, our next two nights were tough as I had to pump instead of breast feeding since I needed the time to heal, but I couldn't keep up with her demand, so we supplemented with some formula in the meantime.
We also had a baby who only wanted to fall asleep on us instead of in her swing
Sunday morning was Mother's Day and I had a pancake breakfast made for me by MG, and a card from Ella (which suspiciously looked like MG's handwriting ;) which totally made me cry.

My mom came over around lunch time and got in some Ella time--during which MG and I both took a much needed nap and then we got in all kinds of snuggles



We took an afternoon walk around the neighborhood and then grilled out since the weather was so gorgeous out.

And little miss gave us the best mother's day present by sleeping right after her feedings all night long Sunday night. Bless you, baby!
So thankful for this little girl...even on the nights we don't get as much sleep. Because, look at that face:
Hoping all of the mommies and mommies-to-be had a nice mother's day weekend. And for any of you out there struggling with infertility, I hope you made it through the weekend ok...I know it's tough, but there is hope. Keep your faith.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

It's a Girl!

You may have noticed that I've been a little MIA in blog land, and that's because....

our little Ella arrived early, on Sunday April 30th in the morning!
Today, May 9th, is actually her due date, which is crazy because we've already had her with us for 9 days, and we've already gotten to know and love this little girl so well, it's hard to imagine life without her. It still feels so surreal that she's actually here, and that she's ours. I find myself staring at her wondering how we got so lucky. And gosh was she worth the wait!

I'll share her birth story in a bit--it's kind of an entertaining lead up to our arrival at the hospital, but for now, I'm just gonna share a couple of pics from the day that our lives changed forever.
Proud daddy!
 Skin to skin time:
She looks so different 9 days later!
Happy Toes-day! :)

Friday, April 28, 2017

Peaks and Valleys from the Week

Happy Friday!! Hopefully things are looking and feeling Spring-like where you are! After starting the  week with cold and rain, we're getting back into the warmth and sunshine today with 80 degree weather. 
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I thought I'd change it up a bit and write about the peaks and the valleys from the week.

Let's get the valleys out of the way:

~Having a bit of a breakdown after preschool teachers are harassing me to get meetings scheduled before I go out on maternity leave (one of them even showed up at my school to stalk me!) It's not my fault that these should have been done by May 1 and all of a sudden they're all panicking that I won't be here soon. I'm living by this motto now:
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~After scheduling two of said meetings, getting the crappiest goals for kids' IEPs that I've seen. I swear one teacher just uses the same goals for all of her kids because I've seen the same crap goals last year with kids that she sent to my school.

~Coming down with a cold or allergies or something starting on Tuesday morning. So far it's a head cold/allergies only. I'm hoping I can kick it soon and that it stays out of my lungs. The last thing I want is to be having contractions and dealing with sniffles and coughing. Ugh.

Now on to some of the peaks!

~Because of my friendship with the building guy at our school, I was able to get my AC fixed to the point where it actually cools my room instead of blows luke warm air around. Key on 80+ degree days!

~The woman who is covering my maternity leave (and is overlapping with me for a couple of weeks before I go out) is amazing! She's helped me so much with seeing kids while I'm in meetings. I know that when I'm gone, my kids will be in good hands.

~I get to see some of my favorite people this weekend at my friend Bree's baby shower!

~My husband's female coworker got the baby this funny onesie:
~The sweet gift from one of my private school students and his little sister--they are such a nice family!
~I guess this would be a peak: some minor contractions throughout the week here and there (nothing consistent), but signs that baby girl is hopefully getting ready in there!

~Getting another check up on baby girl this afternoon!

Wishing you a happy, sunshine-filled weekend!!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

National Infertility Awareness Week

It's been super hectic at work this week and I've had almost no time to blog, but I couldn't let this week go by without mentioning that it's National Infertility Awareness Week.
I know there are people out there who are dealing with the ups and downs of infertility, some out loud and some in silence.

To those of you out there, I just want you to know that you're not alone. I know the pain of each pregnancy announcement on Facebook or in blog land. I know the pain of watching your friends' baby celebrate their first birthday when you were trying to get pregnant the same time they were. I know how it feels to dread getting your period every month. And I know the struggles of making your life revolve around trips to a fertility clinic.

I also know the things that people say, that make you angry, or want to cry. Yes, they're just saying those things to try and empathize or to help, but they don't realize how hard those things are to hear. (And for those of you supporting someone through infertility, I'll re-post something that I posted a while back about things you should and shouldn't say).

It's ok to be angry. It's ok to struggle to be fully happy for someone else when they tell you they're pregnant, and just wish that for once it was you. It's ok to cry and grieve. This process isn't easy on anyone, physically, mentally or emotionally.

I've learned so much about myself by going through infertility. I'm stronger than I thought I was. I'm  able to face fears better than I was before. And most importantly, I've grown closer to my husband through this process of getting our miracle baby, as well as discovering a whole network of incredible women who are always willing to listen, support, and lend an ear or shoulder to cry on or celebrate with.

Keep the faith. Keep rooting yourself on. If you need a cheerleader, I'm cheering you on!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

WHW {#90}: 38 Weeks

How Far Along: 38 weeks
Size of Baby: Technically she should be 7 pounds right now, but she was measuring at 7 pounds 2 Fridays ago. But on Monday my stomach was measuring at 36.5 weeks, so...at this point, I know she's in there and she's probably around 7 pounds now. Give or take.

Gender:  Still a girl!

Weight Gain: About 27 pounds as of now

Food Cravings: I would give anything for a milkshake. Or a rootbeer float. 

Food Aversions: None anymore

Movement: Oh yes! My stomach does dances every night when baby girl is super active. We've tried to get it on video but she gets camera shy whenever we try. So in the meantime, we just enjoy watching my stomach change into different weird shapes

Sleep: still sleeping through the night pretty well, just getting up for pee breaks. Occasionally I stay awake for a bit or end up dreaming about stuff related to work and trying to get things done before I go out on maternity leave.

Clothing: Those swing dresses I got from Old Navy are awesome! I wore one last week when it was in the 80s and plan to wear some more tomorrow and Friday when it's in the 80s again.

Other Pregnancy Symptoms: some contractions on Saturday, and on Monday it felt like she had dropped down based on the pressure I was feeling, but that's subsided. She seems pretty comfy all nestled in there.

What I Miss: being able to pick up things with ease when I drop them. Because I drop things all. the. time now haha

Best Moment: Yesterday I saw one of my private school Kindergarten students and his younger sister insisted on waiting for me so that she could give me this cute teddy bear for the baby (with a happy birthday balloon). The mom shared that she had been loving on the bear and was excited to give it to me. She was SO sweet! And along with that, was a huge bag of goodies for the baby, from the boy that I work with. Some families are SO generous and thoughtful--the whole thing really warmed my heart :)
Looking Forward To: baby girl making her arrival whenever she deems it appropriate. Or...when the docs give her the eviction notice on her due date!

Now it's your turn to link up with Jessi and I to share what's hap-"pinning" with you!


 
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