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Sep 29, 2016

A New Arrival : Part 1

If you follow along with us on social media, you may have noticed that we've had quite the eventful past couple of weeks.
Short story....Little Mister is here!!! (10 weeks early)
Long story...keep reading ;)
I apologize in advance if this is long but I want to make sure I capture all the details that I can recall- especially considering how quickly everything transpired (I apologize if any of this is TMI). 
Thursday September 15th - Mister and I spent the morning at our 30 week appointment.  Everything checked out fine and we were on our way.  The doctor did mention that I was at the point in my pregnancy that if Little Mister really kicked me in the bladder, I may pee my pants.  (I promise this tid bit is important.)  We laughed, said okay and chalked it up to another pregnancy symptom.

Friday September 16th - I had the day off work because I was picking Kait up from the airport, Casey was coming into town as well and our baby shower was the next day.  I spent the morning prepping for house guests and the shower.
That afternoon I headed to the airport to pick Kait up.  On the way home we stopped at Wendy's for a bathroom and Diet Coke break.  I stood up out of my car and (what I thought) peed my pants.  I looked at Kait (and it's a good thing we are besties) and said 'I'm really sorry but I'm peeing my pants.'  We laughed, said okay and went home to change clothes.  I was fully convinced I had peed my pants solely based on what the doctor had said to us.  And also because I was 30 weeks pregnant, it really seemed plausible.  
Later that evening I had some increasing back pain but, again, didn't think too much of it because I was 30 weeks pregnant, I had been on my feet cleaning, running around and working out all day.  
That night the pain kept up and I didn't sleep very well.  That was due in part to the hours I was up googling.  The googling did nothing to ease my mental or physical pain.  Seriously Google access should be revoked from pregnant women.

Saturday September 17th - When we woke up the pain was still there and I had this underlying sense that something just wasn't quite right.  (Keep in mind this was the day of my baby shower...) I laid on the sofa for a while and eventually started watching the clock and could tell the pain was coming in waves about every 10 minutes.  This started to freak me out.  We finally decided to call the on call doctor and just ask some questions.  
I explained to him what was going on and he said 'nothing you are telling me is alarming'.  
Okay, sounds good, Doc!  I must just be pregnant!
Well the pain continued and we made a quick decision to just run to the hospital real quick, get checked out and be back home in time for the shower.  I knew that maybe I would be late for the shower but I would still make it.

Fast forward to about 10am and being checked into triage, getting hooked up to an IV and being checked out.  Now my back pain was getting even worse.  They had the diodes on my belly looking for contractions but were not detecting any.  The doctors finally decided to check me and take some swabs.  Once checked it was determined that I was 1cm dilated.  Not ideal at 30 weeks.  They also determined that I was/had leaked amniotic fluid.   Also, not great at 30 weeks.  Turns out what I thought was peeing my pants was my water breaking.
The first plan of action was to give me a steroid shot to boost Little Mister's lungs in case he were to come early.  The second step was to stop any labor progression that was going on.  The plan for this was that most (very) likely was that I would be transported to a different hospital and would stay there for at least 4 weeks until I was 34 weeks along.  Obviously we would do anything that needed done but this crushed me.  The idea of staying in the hospital that long was terrifying, scary and full of unknowns (plus what would Floyd think?!).  
As time progressed, my back pain continued to get worse and worse.  Mister was timing them and the waves of pain were coming about 7 minutes apart.  This pain was excruciating.  I would not wish it on anyone.
A few hours later, the ambulance was there to transport me.  I've never ridden in ambulance and this was not the most enjoyable first ride.  

I arrived at the second hospital about 3:00pm and was whisked into triage.  At this point I was in so much pain I could barely speak.  The doctors there checked me and I was then 3cm.  They told Mister and I that they would do what they could to stop the labor but there was a good chance that the train was coming down the tracks and we may not be able to stop it.  I was so delirious and in pain I am not even sure that this registered with me.  I just wanted Little Mister safe and for my back pain to go away.
Thankfully within the next little bit I was able to get an epidural.  I was SO excited for my back to stop hurting that the pain and awkwardness of the epidural did not phase me.  About 60 seconds after it was administered I FINALLY had some relief from the back labor.  It was glorious.

The next glorious thing was that a crew of my besties came barreling in the room.  I was SO overjoyed.  I knew they were in town for the shower (which I clearly wasn't making it to/had missed) but I had NO idea they were at the hospital.  
After the day we had already been through, seeing their faces and being able to hug their necks was truly lifesaving.  They even brought me the best gift bag of goodies and treats including my new favorite robe.  
After visiting for a while it was time for me to be checked again.  
At 4:30pm I was checked and I was now 8cm (!!!).  You could say the train was coming down the tracks.  I heard the doctors say his head was really low a few times and they looked at us and said it was go time.  Mister and I looked at each other and said, '9/17/16, we're having a baby!'.  The doctors and pediatrics team fully whisked my room into a delivery room and a warming bed for Little Mister.  
(Side note, I could dedicate a whole post to this but our doctors were BEYOND amazing.)
By 4:50pm it was time to push.  This is where I slightly blacked out but I do remember pushing quite a few times and at 5:09pm Little Mister was here!! 
 To say we were in LOVE, shock, awe, amazement would be the understatement of the of the century.  Up to that point, the whole day had been such a whirlwind, we were in complete shock but our baby was here and healthy.  He was 10 weeks early but he was here and by all accounts, doing quite well.  He APGAR was 9,9 and he came out screaming at 3lbs.56oz and 15.59" long.
We were able to hold him for a few minutes before they took him to the NICU.
After that Mister and I finally had the chance to look at one another and breathe and cry and be even more overjoyed.  

Once the dust settled a little, our families came in and here came my girls AGAIN! Again, I had no idea they were still there along with Kait and Casey.  It was so great to have so many people we loved there with us.  In a way it worked out that our shower was scheduled for the same day because we were able to have so many people around us amidst the absolute craziness.  

I think that's a good stopping point for Part 1.  
Part 2 to follow ;)

Sep 16, 2016

Fridays with Floyd : Salty or Sweet

As I've mentioned, Floyd is just about the first question out of our friends mouth once they find out we're expecting. 
It was ours too.
I've read plenty of stories about dogs and their intuition and protecting their mamas once they know they are pregnant.
Early on, there were a few times that I knew Floyd could tell something was up.
But more so here lately, his senses are definitely heightened.
It really warms my heart to know that he feels the need to protect me.
To a certain extent ;)

A few occasions lately Mister and I have hugged/kissed and Floyd comes barreling around the corner and barks at us.  I told him we were not starting that habit and to cool his jets.  
'Stay aray from my mama!'

If it is just Floyd and I out on a walk, he has been known to bark and lose his cool if we pass another dog that he normally would have just walked on past. 
'Stay aray from my mama!'

And on the flip side of his multiple personalities, he has actually been really, really sweet lately.
That or his jealously is already building and he is stocking up on snuggles...feel free to weigh in your two cents.
Lately when it is just him and I on weekend mornings, I make (decaf) coffee and sit on the sofa and read.  He has been coming and snuggling with me and laying his head on my stomach.  And then I die of cuteness.
 Last weekend I was in Little Mister's room sitting in our glider and here he came to investigate and then laid down and just snoozed while I was in there.  Precious.
   So it's really a toss up, but I hope we are leaning towards the sweet side.

Sep 13, 2016

Recipe : Summer Transition Soup

I am someone that can eat soup all year round.  There are so many delicious varieties out there and I LOVE making it, there's no reason not to eat it all the time. 
However because it has been SO SO hot lately, I have put my soup love on hold.
That is until this past weekend when Fall decided to peek it's head out just a little and it was a little cooler out.
Once I saw that coming on the forecast, I knew this soup was going on our menu.  I pinned this soup quite a while ago and have been dying to try it.
Let me just say, it did not disappoint.  At all.

I did make a few changes to the recipe but overall, followed it pretty closely.
You guys know me, I always have to add my own little twist of my own.
The biggest changes I made were:
-swapped out bacon for a rotisserie chicken- I will say this was a delicious decision, plus with the chicken already cooked, almost all of your work is done for you
-swapped out regular potatoes for sweet potatoes
-swapped heavy cream for a can of coconut milk
-did not put 2 cups in the food processor - while this part does sound delicious and creamy, we were getting slightly impatient to eat and generally prefer chunky soups
I am already planning when this can go on our menu again, it was quite the hit.
And with most soups, it was even better the second day. 
I loved how hearty, healthy and full of good for you veggies this soup had in it. 

Sep 8, 2016

Second Trimester Essentials

Now that I am into my third trimester (WHEN did that happen?) I thought it would be a good time to look back at what was necessary for my second trimester. 
You can read my first trimester essentials here

All in all the second trimester went pretty well, no huge complaints.  I did start to get some more random aches and pains but that is to be expected.  Round ligament pain, sciatic pain, charley horses; all of the above!  Nothing has been unbearable and I'm pretty sure this all just comes with the territory ;)

Thankfully my appetite continued to be pretty good throughout the second trimester.  Things generally sound good which wasn't always the case in the first trimester and some days I am downright ravenous. 

Second Trimester Essentials

1. Honest Company Belly Balm : A friend gifted me this balm and it is fantastic! I have used it religiously every night and I love it! I am hoping that I can make it last until the end.  

2. Prenatal Pilates : On the days I don't make it to the gym or I am on Floyd duty, I do my best to work out at home.  Lately I have been a really big fan of prenatal pilates.  I've always loved pilates and finding modified versions for pregnancy have been great!  Granted 20-30 minutes is about all I can do, but just that little bit makes me feel better and stronger.

3.  Ice Cream Cones : Our intake of these of greatly increased.  Hey they are a $1, it is practically a crime NOT to get one.

4.  Maternity workout clothes : Cute, affordable and comfy maternity clothes are not the easiest thing to come by.  I picked up these pants a few weeks ago when Old Navy was running a 40% off sale and I am very glad I did.  Yes that band goes just about up to my chest BUT it holds my belly in and I sort of love it.

5.  Watermelon : I've officially lost count of how many watermelons I've gone through this summer but it is probably somewhere around 47.  I am going to place some blame on Floyd too.  Homeboy LOVES himself some watermelon.  It has been the perfect, refreshing snack for us.

I am sure there have been more things but pregnancy brain is a real thing and causes me to not remember what day it is sometimes so this is what we've got for now ;)

Sep 6, 2016

Weekend Wrap Up : No Laboring

We managed to do just about 0 laboring this weekend and it was fantastic. 

Friday night we made burgers and watched The Boss.  
We love a good, low key Friday night and this was a great way to start our weekend.

Saturday was chock full of action. 
I remember looking at the clock at 8:30 in the morning and then all of a sudden it was 8:30 at night.  I am not entirely sure where the day went.
It was somewhere between bootcamp, brunch with our small group, visiting our friends out on the river, snuggling Floyd and watching Stranger Things. 

Sunday was a day I had been looking forward to for a while.
Last year we had it on our list to take a day trip to Columbus but never got around to it.  I have been up to Columbus a few times but they were always short trips (and the ill fated non Taylor concert) but never with Mister.  There are a ton of good restaurants up there and plenty to see and do.  So with an extra weekend day, we decided to head on up after church.
We had delicious burgers and nachos at Stack City Burgers and walked around Short North.  
 We picked up a few things for Little Mister, including this.  Totally necessary.
We then walked around Easton....possibly bought a few more things for Little Mister and ended our trip with a McFlurry.  All in all, it was a really, really great day. 

Monday I ran some random errands that were on my list, including Target, where I saved $36!  I'm pretty sure that deserves an award.
And we could not miss out on the last pool day of the year.  It was sad to leave for the last time.  I wouldn't be surprised if we caught Mister jumping the fence for one last dip ;)
We ended our evening with grilled salmon salads which I think may need to become a staple on our menu.  And more Stranger Things of course.

Hope everyone had a great Labor Day! Back to the grind!
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