Monday, September 10, 2012

Meet My Little Princess!

This gorgeous (no I'm not biased AT ALL *sarcasm*) little pumpkin was born April 26th at 3:50am weighing in at 6 lbs 10 oz and 19 inches long. She is absolutely perfect! I'm so in love with her. :) And because I'm such a paranoid schizo of a mom, I won't be sharing her name here. If you want to know what we named her, shoot me an email and I'll consider telling you. :) We'll just call her Ladybug here for now. That is what her daddy calls her quite frequently. More to come!

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

I'm Back & My Birth Story

Wow, I can't believe it has been over 7 months since I last blogged.  Where has the time gone???  Life happens I guess!  Well, the last time you heard from me, I announced that our little bundle is a girl.  So much has happened since then!

Back then I was still pregnant...but now I'm a MOMMY!!!!!  Best feeling in the world.  I feel so very blessed.

So for my return post, I'll get you all caught up.  But I'm gonna make you come back for pictures of my princess. :)

I'll start with a progression of my belly.

The last time I actually blogged about my pregnancy, I was 17 weeks along.  Wow, that seems like forever ago!  The first trimester for me was relatively easy.  Minimal nausea and fatigue.  The second trimester was a breeze.  If I hadn't had a belly I wouldn't have known I was pregnant!  In the second trimester, we got the nursery painted.  I didn't actually do any painting...supposedly that is a big NO NO, but my wonderful husband and in-laws got the nursery all set up.  Pictures will be in an upcoming least I hope!

We had our anatomy scan on December 7th.  We had a gender reveal party planned (for close family and friends) for that weekend so we were praying she would show the naughty bits and she didn't disappoint.  I went in convinced she was a boy.  We had been calling her "he" for months.  I didn't have a preference either way...I just want a healthy baby, but my "gut" feeling was that she was a boy.  So much for my "gut"!  There was absolutely no doubt that she is a girl.  The ultrasound tech at my OB's office (who was AMAZING by the way) was 100% certain that she is a girl and it was very plain to both hubby and I that she was correct.

At 28 weeks we elected to have a 4D ultrasound done.  We were able to see her sweet face and it was so awesome.  We invited my mom, dad, stepmom, mother-in-law, and father-in-law along.  Unfortunately my dad and step-mom couldn't get out of work to come but my mom, MIL and FIL were able to make it.  It was a nice experience to share with them. The umbilical cord was in front of her face, obscuring her lips, at first, but we were able to get her to move so we could see her whole face.  She had been so active all morning and then of course as soon as the test rolls around, she wants to sleep!

The first weekend in March started a series of baby showers.  There were three actual showers, a baby brunch with my closest girl friends, and a luncheon at work.  The outpouring of love people showed for our baby girl was truly amazing.  We are so blessed to have so many people in our lives who love us and her.

The first full weekend in April, I was officially full-term (37 weeks).  By that point I felt humongous and was very uncomfortable.  I was so very ready to have her.  She couldn't come fast enough for me!  But, as she is my daughter, she has a mind of her own and will NOT be rushed.

April 25th, I had my last OB appointment.  I went in hoping I had progressed in the previous week and that the doctor would say, "let's go have a baby today."  But of course, that didn't happen.  I had progressed since my last appointment, but not enough.  I was 2 cm dilated, 50% effaced, and at a -2 station.  We scheduled an induction for the following Wednesday and I went back to work (very reluctantly, might I add).

I left work that evening fully expecting to finish out the week.  All day, I kept questioning whether or not my water was leaking.  I couldn't tell if it was that or if it was my bladder (and yes that DOES happen when you are 9 months pregnant).  By the time we went to bed, I was convinced it was just my bladder.   Not too long after we got settled and were trying to go to sleep (around 9:30pm), I felt a huge gush followed by a waterfall.  Talk about excited!  Dru didn't think I was serious when I told him my water just broke.  But, there was absolutely no doubt.  I think he panicked for just a second but then rallied and began getting everything together and putting it in the car.

I had been having Braxton-Hicks for weeks but they were never really consistent and never painful.  It just felt like a tightening but I had gotten pretty good at ignoring them.  My contractions that day were pretty much the same.  Not consistent and no pain.  Just tightening.  Even after my water broke, there was still no pain and I didn't feel consistent contractions.  Once we got to the hospital and they admitted me, they told me I was having consistent contractions but I wasn't feeling all of them.  So I think I was probably contracting consistently all day but wasn't feeling them.

I was 2.5 cm dilated, 75% effaced, and at a 0 station upon being admitted.  They started pitocin and the anesthesiologist came in and started my epidural.  Once all the paperwork was done and the nurses had hooked me up to everything and such, Dru and I tried to catch a nap.  They said they would check me again in 4 hours.  We were expecting, since this was my first pregnancy, to be waiting a while and we would need the rest.

The nurse came in about an hour later because the baby's heartrate was dropping a little but they assured me that it wasn't dropping dangerously low.  It was just a little lower than they like to see.  She turned me on my side, the heartrate stablized, and we tried to nap again.  It wasn't long before she came back in and tried turning me again.  The heartrate didn't really stabilize so they decided to check me again.  I was already 6cm dilated, 90% effaced, and at 0 station.  She was starting to descend more and that was causing the fluctuating heart rate. 

Six hours after my water broke, my little lady made her appearance.  It took approximately 30 minutes of pushing...and that was only because my contractions were so close together that the nurses were missing some!  Absolutely ZERO pain.  I felt nothing but pressure when I needed to push.  I could kiss the anesthesiologist who started the epidural.  He was FANTASTIC.  :)

My sweet girl is absolutely perfect!  Prettiest baby ever, ha ha.  And you know, of course I'm not AT ALL biased *sarcasm*.  I am one proud Mommy!

So that is my birth story!  Next post will be stats on my little lady along with pictures.  Stay tuned!

 Memoirs of a Munchkin Mommy

Friday, August 17, 2012

Heads Up!

For those of you who are still out there, I have a few big posts coming up VERY soon!!!!!!!!!!!

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Thursday, January 12, 2012

It's A...

This is ridiculously late, as we've known since December 7th, but with the holidays, time got away from me.  So, here is the big announcement.  Our little peanut is a...

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Belly Update!

I'm still here! And I've still got a little peanut growing in my belly. This week my What to Expect When You're Expecting app says he/she is the size of a sweet potato. :)

The first trimester went relatively easy. I consider myself one of the lucky ones anyway. Some nausea but very minimal vomiting. Just quite a bit of fatigue but I have gotten some energy back in recent weeks.

I am currently 17 weeks and 3 days. We go for our anatomy ultrasound in a little over 2 weeks. Hopefully the little one will show the goods! We certainly hope so because we have a gender reveal party all planned and our families have already been invited.

We have been busy getting the room that is to be the nursery cleaned out. That is pretty much done now and we are just waiting to find out if we have a little Mama's boy or Daddy's girl on our hands so we can start painting (well, not me with my pregnant self, mostly hubby) and decorating.

Here is a little peek at my belly's progression since 12 weeks. I possibly had a little bit of baby showing but mostly a whole lot of bloat then (let's just say I haven't seen my previously flat belly since about 4 or 5 weeks) and now I'm starting to really pop! Ha ha. Definitely got some baby showing.


Right now we are just gearing up for the holidays.  I've already started putting out some Christmas decorations and now I'm just waiting on picking out our tree (we do a real one) so I can get it up and decorated.  Christmas is my favorite time of year. :)

I'll try to check in again soon.  I was hoping I'd be able to do the pregnancy updates that so many expectant blogger moms do, but I have too much going on.  I'm lucky to get the pictures and measurements every week!  Ha ha.

Happy Thanksgiving to all those who celebrate it. :)
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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

A Peek at our Bundle of Joy!

Well, it looks like this blog will finally live up to its name! If you didn't catch the last post, we're expecting! :) I am just bubbling over with excitement! It was the hardest thing I have ever had to do keeping it a secret for as long as we did. And now it feels so wonderful to be able to share it with you!

I am currently 10 weeks and 4 days along.  Our little peanut is the size of a lime! :)  He/she is growing fast.  My official due date is April 28th and thank goodness for that!  I always hear being pregnant during the winter is so much easier, especially here in SC where our winters are mild and our summers are ridiculously HOT.

I know they say you should wait until after the first trimester to tell people, but honestly I think that is a personal decision.  No one can tell you when the right time is for you.  I was on the fence about it for a while.  We knew we wanted to tell our parents as soon as possible because we would need their support and advice no matter the outcome.  We wanted to tell them in person, so we ended up waiting a few weeks after we took the HPT until we could arrange a trip to hometown.  I'll share how we told them in a later post.

At first I was determined to keep everyone else in the dark until 12 weeks.  But, after we saw our little one and heard his/her heartbeat, I knew it was time to share.  The more people who knew, the more people who could be praying for this life I am so blessed to be allowed to carry.  I'll share how we announced it to the rest of the world soon.  Once the cat was out of the bag, it was a huge relief.  No more being cautious with what we said in front of people, no more worrying someone would spill the beans.  It was wonderful!  And the support from everyone has been amazing.

We had our first appointment at 8 weeks and were able to have some ultrasound photos taken.  Hubby also recorded the heartbeat on his phone.  We listen to it whenever we have the inkling.  It is just such a miracle. :)  Our next appointment is in a couple of weeks.  I am trying to enjoy everything as it happens but I am also really anxious for our 20 week appointment to find out the gender.  So far the majority think it is going to be a precious baby girl, but my Mom is convinced it is going to be a sweet baby boy.  We shall see!  We will find out in December.  It seems like forever!

And here is a little peek at our sweet bundle!

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Monday, September 19, 2011

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Slacker Much? + Photos!

Yes, I realize I am a complete slacker when it comes to blogging and being a good blog reader.  If there are any of you still out there, please comment and let me know you are still here!  I am certain I have lost most of you though. :(  I'll try to be better...but it seems like everything I make a pledge to blog more and read blogs and comment more, something happens to throw a wrench in my plans.

My photography business has completely taken off.  I have photo shoots booked nearly every weekend.  If only I could quite my job and let photography become my full-time job.  THAT would be wonderful!  But not in the cards at the moment.

I have lots of photo sharing to catch up on.  These are from back is April, how terrible is that?!  If you remember THIS post where I shared photos from Lane's first birthday shoot, the following photos are from his actual birthday party which I also photographed.

The Details

How creative and adorable is this?  Don't you love it??



I ADORE this cake. :)

It was a candy-themed party if you haven't already guessed!

The Party


This is the outfit I bought him.  Isn't is presh?  Etsy, of course!

Hopefully another post will come soon so I can catch you all up on what's been happening in Munchkinland!

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