Monday, August 29, 2011

These 9 Months are Over?!

I have officially carried a baby full term.  It's kind of bittersweet now that it's all coming to an end.  I have to admit, pregnancy hasn't been my favorite.  I've had a hard time adjusting to these changes.  I'm very thankful that I was able to carry a child to full term.  I've always been told that you will either LOVE being pregnant or you will HATE it. I haven't totally hated it.  I just don't think I expected my hormones to be this bad.  Who knew that one could go from being totally happy one minute to crying the next.

First Trimester

I took my pregnancy test on January 6, 2011.  I had a hunch that I was pregnant.  Little did I know, as soon as I peed on that stick.. the positive sign showed right up.  My little peanut was with me all during the month of December.  I just didn't even know it.  Morning sickness reared its ugly little head about a week after I found out I was pregnant.  I wasn't one of those that had it every morning during the first trimester.  Yes, there were some things I found I couldn't eat.  I still cannot eat them to this day.  I remember eating and sucking on starbursts, airheads, and sour candy.  Those are the only things that would take my nausea away.  

We told Lilly that she was going to have a brother or sister about a month after I found out I was pregnant.  We wanted to wait until the right time.  I had no idea how she was going to take it.  She was very surprised about it and wanted to know every little detail.  I didn't really know how and when to tell my co-workers at the time I was pregnant.

We had our first ultrasound on January 28, because of a fall that happened while I was working.  I can't believe how tiny he looked.  The ultrasound tech said he looked like a little gummy bear.  This is where we got that name from.

Second Trimester

My love for food was starting to begin.  During this stage in the game, we found out that our sweet little gummy bear was a little boy.  The name game began.  It took us forever to find the perfect name.  In all reality, Lilly was the one to come up with the name Brady.  He will have the same name as his daddy, but he will be called Brady.  

During my second trimester, I honestly didn't have a lot of symptoms.  About a month into my second trimester, we made the decision to keep Lilly at home and for me not to work.  We saved money by not having her in daycare, which is always a plus. But then again, there was that feeling of having her away from her friends.  All in all she adjusted pretty well to staying at home and we felt like that was the best decision.

I think this was the best trimester of my pregnancy.  I first felt him kick, flutter, and have the hiccups.  Being able to feel your baby move like that is the best feeling in the world.

Third Trimester

This has been the most eventful trimester yet.  I slowed down sooooo much.  I couldn't bend over or walk up the steps without getting winded.  The summer heat didn't really help out either.  I think this was the hottest summer that I have ever been through. And it would be the summer that I was pregnant!  Fatigue set in sooo bad.  I cannot express how tired I have felt over the past 2 months.  

I had a lot of issues with my crappy bladder and my irritated uterus.  They were causing me to have contractions countless times, which then led to countless L&D visits.  Needless to say, this hasn't been my favorite trimester. 

I'm at the end and I cannot wait to meet my sweet little boy in the morning.  Now here's to hoping I can get some sleep! 


Saturday, August 27, 2011

T-minus.... 2 days!

I don't know if you can tell, but I'm a little bit stressed!  I feel like I have about ten thousand things to do before Tuesday gets here, but in all actuality.. I don't have a lot to do. The main thing is getting my hospital bag packed and making sure I'm not leaving anything out of Brady's bag.  

I've never been under any kind of major surgery.  Unless you count the time I had my tonsils taken out, and that was horrible (only because it was just 2 years ago).  I'm so scared about having a c-section.  I've been reassured by a lot of people that it won't be that bad.  I think the recovery process scares me more than anything.  If anyone has any words of advice, feel free to share! :)

Lilly has successfully survived her first two weeks of kindergarten!  I'm glad that this transition to "big" school hasn't been that hard.  I just hope she will continue to keep up the good work!  We're going to be under a lot of new changes here soon!  Any tips anyone can care to share about having a school age child and a newborn?  How hard is it gonna be?  I'm completely clueless when it comes to this.

Here is my latest baby bump picture.. I will take the last one before I go to the hospital on Tuesday!
I have a few ideas for more posts, hopefully I can get them out by Tuesday!!  :)


Friday, August 19, 2011

We Are So Close....

I can't believe it is almost time for our sweet lil boy to enter the world!  We have finally got everything ready for his arrival!  Except.... the hospital bag for myself and my sweet other half.  I got my diaper bag in this week that I had ordered and as soon as I got it, I packed Brady's bag!  I just couldn't help myself.  Why I can't do this for myself..??  I'll never know.

 lilly on her first day of kindergarten

Our sweet 5 year old started kindergarten on Tuesday!  My nephew started kindergarten as well.  My niece is in first grade!  I can't believe how time has flown by with my niece and nephew!  I'm so proud of them, and especially proud of Lilly for doing so great her first week!  Her teacher is amazing!  We didn't really know what to expect with her on the first day.  When we walked her on in, she sat down where her name was and was actually telling us to leave!  We are so excited that the transition has been smooth!  The only thing that has been hard is waking up so early and going to bed early.  I'm totally guilty of her sleeping til 10am during the summer!  We will are be getting used to it, especially with a little one coming soon!

I'll admit that I haven't taken any new belly pics, but supposedly Brady is the size of a....

How far along?  I am currently 37 weeks, 2 days.
Weight gain?  I'd really rather not go there, but I'll tell.. I've gained 51lbs.  Yes, you did read that right.. I started out very UNDERweight before I got pregnant.  My doctor isn't concerned because I was 5'7 and 130 pounds at my first appointment.  Soooo, hopefully I will not have a hard time losing it after Brady is born.
Symptoms?  Swelling has gone down, thank goodness.  I'm starting not to sleep at night, and sleep during the day.  I cannot get comfortable whatever I do.  I've been having Braxton Hicks contractions.  Other than those, I'm good.
Cravings?  I've been craving a lot of vegetables lately.  My sweet tooth has tapered off a little bit!
Sleep?  As I said before, my sleeping habits are crap right now.
What I miss?  Not being hormonal, sleep, sleep, and more sleep!  I actually miss being cold natured!  It's not fun being cold all the time!
Movement?  He moves ALL the time.. never slows down!! :)

We have finished the nursery, bedding came in and everything is ready!  BUT I have not taken all of the pictures yet.. I will give a sneak peek until I take the pictures!
changing table and curtain view

these decals were a PAIN!

LOVE the cocky pillow pet! :)

Happy Friday!!! ;)

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Busy Little Bee!

Wow!  It's been awhile since I have posted anything!  I can't believe that I have waited so long to update!  We have had so much going on around the house.  Major home improvements have been happening!  Lilly moved into the bigger third bedroom, and then we put the nursery in her old bedroom.  Her old bedroom was painted purple.  So you can imagine.. I didn't want to use purple for the nursery!  We have painted her new room as well as the nursery!  I promise to have pictures soon!  I'm so excited about both of the rooms! 

I had a wonderful baby shower on July 31!  I couldn't have asked for a better shower!  I'm going to have to do a major picture overload on just one post!  Here is my cake that my aunts made for my shower!

Isn't it adorable?! 

We have just a few more things to get and then we will be ready for Brady!  Some of you may or may not know but I will be having a scheduled C-section on August 30!  We are 3 weeks away!! 

School will be starting here in about a week!  Miss Lilly will be in kindergarten!  Poor thing has so much going on this month!  She seems to be very excited about it all.  We will meet her teacher this week!  I'm so excited for her.  This is an exciting time for her!  I just hope the transition will be a smooth one, since she has been here all summer with me!  I'm sure she will be fine!

 Pregnancy Updates:
this picture was taken at 33 weeks

How Far Along? I am currently 35 weeks, 6 days! Almost full term!
Weight Gain?  I am so ashamed of this.. my current total weight gain is 48 lbs.  Everyone tells me it's all belly.. so I'm hoping they are telling me the truth!! :)
Symptoms?  My feet have been swelling up a storm.  I had another wonderful trip to L&D this past weekend, only to discover I have ANOTHER bladder infection!  I can't catch a break!  I get tired VERY VERY easily!  Nesting has set in as well!  Hormones are awful, as always.  I'm ready for my normal emotions to take over again!
Cravings?  Me and food have a love/hate relationship at this stage in the game.  Some days I am hungry, then some I am not.  I still love sweets though!  I'm wondering if that will stay the same after he is born!  We'll see! ;)
Sleep?  Thank goodness my sleep is decent!  I cannot and will not complain about sleeping, other than I can never get enough! :)
What I miss?  Bending over, getting up without having to lean or rely on someone to help me!, my normal emotions.. of course.  Being cold natured!  I HATE being hot!  I think this has been the absolute worst summer!! 
Movement?  He is active all the time! 

Don't worry, I will get back to my normal routine of posting! :)