Saturday, April 16, 2016

Maggie has arrived!

Margaret Katherine aka Maggie arrived on Saturday, April 9, at 12:39 pm weighing 7 lbs and 4 oz and 20 inches long! She is perfect in every way and we are so happy to hold her in our arms! 

Big brother is excited to have her home and is being an excellent helper! 

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Because Maggie is nearly here! Make your best guess!

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39 Weeks with Maggie

How Far Along: 39 weeks

According to The Bump: Your Baby is as Big as a Watermelon
  • Baby's probably able to flex limbs now.
  • Baby's brain is still rapidly developing—and getting smarter by the week!
  • Baby's nails may extend past the fingertips.
Baby keeps growing, despite being so crowded in there. She probably weighs around 6.2 to 9.2 pounds and measures about 18.9 to 20.9 inches. (That's a big discrepancy) -- The Bump 
Sleep: Braxton Hicks were in full swing the last two nights, so sleep wasn't exactly happening. Ryan and I both have a love-hate relationship with my Boppy Total Body pillow. It's getting old flipping over not to mention pulling the pillow over with me. Just a few more nights!! 

This Week: We had a busy week getting lots done. Vann had his 2nd dentist appointment and did fantastic. Vann and I both got our hair cut as well. Ryan and I enjoyed a nice date on Saturday. While we were out we ended up a bit stranded. About 4.5 months ago we replaced my entire transmission. My Edge just celebrated it's 9th birthday, it's paid for, and we did not want to have a car payment with a perfectly acceptable car, so we chose to replace the transmission. Well on Saturday night headed to the restaurant the car wouldn't go more than 5 mph. We had it towed to the Transmission shop, Ryan's dad brought us a truck, and we continued on with the date. THANK GOD the transmission was under warranty and it was the speed sensor that went bad and is now in the shop being replaced. We are also SUPER THANKFUL that the car stopped working at a time when we weren't headed to the hospital! It could always be worse!

Sunday started the Braxton Hicks and here it is Tuesday and they are still happening. I use my contraction counter every so often just to make sure they aren't gaining a regular pattern. Nothing yet. I go to my checkup tomorrow, so we will see if these are helping me make any more progress.

Erin will be here tomorrow! AHH! 

Food Cravings:  I haven't really had any cravings and that's probably because there is no room. I am still enjoying my shake each morning though, I do like that. I am packing a few for the hospital because there's nothing like being excited for food and the options aren't anything I would ever want. 

How’s Mama? I think I have reached the point of being ready. It's bittersweet because I think "will this be the last ____" fill in the blank: tuck Vann in as the only child, cook dinner for our family of 3, go to the store pregnant, eat at a restaurant, feel like I can't breathe, feel Maggie kick in my belly, etc.

What I am looking forward to: Knowing it's TIME to head to the hospital and meet our sweet 2nd baby! 

Our Baby in Veggie/Fruit Terms: 
  Fun Facts: 
  • weight gain: I will know tomorrow! I am not weighing at home anymore...over it! 
  • stretch marks: not that I can see
  • mood: trying to rest up and enjoy these last few minutes, hours, or days with my boys. 
  • belly button: Vann asked me today where my belly button's completely flat and looks like I don't have one. 
  • wedding rings: yep!
Maggie, we are praying for you, your birth story, and your future! We know God has HUGE things in store! Maybe the next blog post will be your birth announcement! 

Still TO DO: 
*Install car seat (it's in the nursery ready to go) - almost did on Saturday and glad I didn't or it would be at the shop! 
*Get one more pedicure before Maggie arrives
*Finish thank you cards from the baby shower

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38 Weeks with Maggie Katherine!

How Far Along: 38 weeks

According to The Bump: Your Baby is as Big as a Pumpkin
  • Baby may have about an inch or so of hair already.
  • Baby's slowly shedding that white goo on her skin (called vernix caseosa) but you might see some of it at birth.
Baby is about 18.9 to 20.9 inches long and weighs about 6.2 to 9.2 pounds. The head is now about the same circumference as the abdomen.
Sleep: YES! Much better this week. I have still been getting up a couple times during the night, but I can fall back to sleep much quicker. 

This Week: What a great week! While Vann and I ran errands last Tuesday, a sweet lady came over and cleaned our house. I am talking a deep clean. God bless her and her friend that literally made our house SPARKLE! If you need a recommendation, I would be happy to send you her info. She's an angel and our house looks wonderful. My whole demeanor has changed due to the house being "baby ready" now. I feel like this has allowed me to focus on other things that need to get done. She will be back before the baby and then more after while we adjust to being a family of 4. 

On Saturday I was given a beautiful baby shower for Maggie. We were surrounded by friends and family who already love Maggie so much. The food was delicious, the company was priceless, and the gifts were such a blessing. I will post about the shower soon! 

Food Cravings:  God bless Easter and all of the yummy food. I think I am good on food and not really craving anything except fresh fruit and veggies. I don't want anymore sugar! I've had too much the past 2 days. 

How’s Mama? I feel great right now! I went in yesterday for my 38 week appointment and am now a 2 and still about 50% softened. When I began having contractions with Vann and went to the hospital I was a 2 and they almost sent me home. So, to be a 2 right now makes me feel a bit more relaxed about some fears I had. There is progress! Maggie's heart sounded strong and she is head down and in a great position (anterior). Vann was sunnyside up (posterior) and it slowed my labor down for the last 4-5 hours once my water broke. He was healthy and REALLY that is all that matters, but it's nice to know that Maggie is turned in an optimal position right now. I have been praying for this and a smooth delivery. I am trusting God! I let Erin know how the appointment was and we are all saying prayers Maggie stays put at least one more week so she is here for the delivery. She's an amazing Labor and Delivery nurse and in NY for her travel nurse placement right now. 
What I am looking forward to: Meeting Maggie and seeing her in Ryan and Vann's arms! 

Our Baby in Veggie/Fruit Terms: 
  Fun Facts: 
  • weight gain: 30 lbs and HOLDING.
  • stretch marks: none!
  • mood: surprisingly relaxed! 
  • belly button: It's basically blending in with my belly unless I eat, laugh, or cough and then it pokes out! 
  • wedding rings: yep!
Maggie, GIRL! You are so close to joining us. We can't wait to see you and hear your little coos, cries, and snuggle you. Vann is ready for you to come out and play. He's been watching a few of his favorite episodes about welcoming a new baby along with some books that are helping him prepare to be a big brother. We pray for you lots and we are so excited to meet you! 

Still TO DO: 
*Finalize our hospital bags...I hate packing
*Install car seat (it's in the nursery ready to go)
*Get one more pedicure before Maggie arrives
*Gather gifts for nurses and hospital/home guests/visitors

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

36 Weeks with Maggie!

Growth: According to this weeks BUMP info, 
  • Baby's getting closer and closer to being able to breathe on his or her own.
  • Baby's skin is getting smooth and soft and the gums are rigid.
  • Baby's liver and kidneys are in working order.
  • Circulation and immune systems are basically good to go too.
Baby's still in the 17.2- to 18.7-inch and 4.2- to 5.8-pound range and continues to beef up.

My Symptoms: I have had a few Braxton Hicks, but if I sit down and relax I can normally get them to stop or chill out. My feet swelled up a bit on Sunday (2 different times), so I downed some Rehydrate to help with that. I have times during the day where I can hardly breathe and then times I think "has she dropped" because breathing is no issue and I feel like I have room. 

Gender: Sweet girl! 
Maternity Clothes: Since it's getting warmer, I have been able to pull out clothes that I wore while pregnant with Vann. That's been refreshing. 

Movement: She's super active right now! It feels like she is constantly moving! 

Sleep: Since the time change I am still waking up every 2-3 hours, but it's around 1 and 3 now and I can normally sleep in until 6 am. 
Vann is a great sleeper! He wants me to "seep wif him for just a wittle bit".
I will sleep wherever I can! 

Cravings/Aversions: Maybe some in season fruit will be here soon. I want fresh food! I can't find very good fruit anywhere!

Appointment: My 36 week appointment went great. Everything looks great. I am a 1 right now and 50% softened. I walked around like that with Vann until I went into labor the day before his official due date. 

Accomplishments: I still have lots to do, but have checked off a few more things. Hopefully my list will get smaller by the next post. 

Best Pregnancy Moment of the Week: I'd say it was on Saturday when Ryan and I got to work around the house a lot. We woke up and ran to Home Depot with Vann to get some plants and mulch. Vann loves Home Depot and it was precious to see him ride the cart and help pick out flowers. He helped me plant them once we got home and took a great nap. It was a good day to spend with my boys! 
Thoughts: Maggie, we are about a month away from meeting you! You are so loved and your daddy keeps saying he can't wait to hold you! Your big brother has more and more plans for you daily. I hope you're ready!! 
Vann was 'listening' to Maggie's heartbeat! He told me he put 'butter' aka jelly on my belly. He's been paying attention at the dr appointments!
Fun Facts: 
  • weight gain: 30 lbs. 
  • stretch marks: Belly is stretch mark free. 
  • mood: nervous and anxious
  • belly button: It's popping out after I eat! 
  • wedding rings: still on! 
Goals for next week:
Haven't changed!! 
*Still need to pack hospital bag (mine, Ryan's, and Vann's overnight bag)
*Finish up nursery - it's almost ready except for the finishing touches. 

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Thursday, March 10, 2016

35 Weeks & Maternity Photos

Growth: Grow baby grow, just go easy on mama's belly! Goodness! She is a ball of energy most times and loves to stretch out. I can't wait to meet her and hold her in my arms. Her heartbeat was strong at the dr appt last week coming in at 145. She's measuring right at 35 weeks. The average baby is around 5 1/2 lbs right now and putting on fat. She is head down, back is on the left side of my belly and her legs are pushed against the right side of my belly. I can feel her little punches as well. 
My Symptoms: After a breakdown on Monday (hormones) I have felt good. This weather is amazing and has really helped my mood. I have also been reading to prepare for the birth again, so that is helping my anxiety calm a bit. 

Gender: Sweet girl! 
Maternity Clothes: Yes! Along with Ryan's tshirts and his gym shorts when I am home...that means this is an everyday look. I mean it's real attractive...

Movement: Oh yes! My suspicions about how she was positioned were right. She really likes to stretch her back and then push her legs out...this makes my tummy feel like it may split down the center, but a great reminder that she is growing and moving. 
Sleep: I have my little routine to wake up around 2 am and then thankfully can go back to sleep until around 6 am. God is just preparing me for those nightly feeds and I am ok with that. One thing about being pregnant again is realizing the stages of pregnancy and after birth really fly by. If it's not easy, it will pass and everything gets better. I continually remind myself of this and it truly helps. 

Cravings/Aversions: I got to eat Olive Garden with my sis, mom, sis-in-love, niece, and Vann on Saturday night. I had my favorite salad along with eggplant parmesan (a favorite as long as I can remember...maybe started around 13?). It was delicious. On Monday we bought lots of fruit. Eating healthy has really helped me feel better as well! 
Appointment: My 34 week appointment went well. Vann has gone to nearly every appointment with me and he does so well. He knows the routine and gets pretty pumped about a lollipop at the end. My blood pressure was 111/70 I think which is a bit higher than my normal, but still good. The fundal height measurement matched up with the week of pregnancy and everything looks healthy. I will say I wish I had another ultrasound. I haven't had one since 20 weeks and we aren't getting a 4D this go round. 

Accomplishments: I am starting to read my birthing books again. It's a great refresher and it's helped me remember some good things that I did while in labor with Vann. Ryan seems totally ready and is excited. He was a pro for sure last go round. 
Best Pregnancy Moment of the Week: This week it was so nice to have my sister in town. We got to spend a good bit of time with her. She bought a kit that lets you make your own bows, so Mom and Erin looked at all of the outfits Maggie has and made some coordinating bows. That made it even more real to have bows in our house and see so much pink. She also took some maternity photos of the family while she was in town. I love them and I am so thankful she captured them for us! Hey, it's better to get the pics late than never take them right? 

Thoughts: Maggie, It's almost time. Last night you were just a moving and a grooving the whole time. It is such a great sign that you are getting ready to join us and let us love on you! We are praying for you and the people that will be helping bring you into the world. To say we are excited is an understatement! 

Fun Facts: 
  • weight gain: no idea and I don't think I want to know. I will find out at my 36 week appt. :) 
  • stretch marks: None on the belly, but I keep thinking I may see some because of how my belly feels when she stretches out. 
  • mood: feeling very excited and nervous about what's to come!! 
  • belly button: It's popping out as Erin pointed out on Tuesday afternoon. :)
  • wedding rings: yep!

Goals for next week: 
*Still need to pack hospital bag (mine, Ryan's, and Vann's overnight bag)
*Finish up nursery - it's almost ready except for the finishing touches. 

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

34 Weeks with Maggie!

And just like that, we have 6ish weeks left before we welcome Miss Maggie home! Here's the Maggie bump at 34 weeks. 

Growth: Maggie is still growing and I can tell because my belly is FULL of baby! She is around 17-19 inches and around 4-6 lbs. She should have all of her fingernails now and they reach the tip of her fingers. 

My Symptoms: I have almost kicked the cough. It's been the most annoying part of the cold I started about 2 weeks ago. I will be so happy to not cough, and I know Ryan will as well. Other than that, I have been able to breathe a bit better the last two days and that makes me HAPPY! 

Gender: Sweet girl! 

Maternity Clothes: Yep! The weather on Sunday and the past few days has been a taste of spring. I was able to go into my stash of maternity clothes from when I had Vann and use one of my favorite shirts. That was very exciting and hopefully the weather is just as good so I can use one of my dresses on Sunday for church and my cousin's baby shower. 

Movement: She's a little rockstar. Today she hasn't stopped moving. I am thinking I can tell how she's positioned and boy I hope I am right. My sis will be home on Friday and can feel my belly to make sure. I think she's head down, but her feet are now in my right rib instead of my left! 

Sleep: This week it's been going well. I had been avoiding my boppy body pillow because I was already getting really warm at night with the heat on, but with the weather the past few nights we've been able to turn the fan on. I took out the pillow last week and have slept pretty well! 

Cravings/Aversions: I am ready for fresh fruit to come into season. I am loving salads for lunch and my vanilla shake each morning. At dinner my eyes get bigger than my stomach is, and each night when Ryan and I sit down to relax I have a spoonful of peanut butter with some chocolate chips on top. 

Appointment: I have my 34 week appt this week, so hopefully it will go well! 

Accomplishments: Maggie's closet is a bit closer to being ready for her. I have gotten her room a tad more organized. I bought some laundry detergent to wash her clothes, now I just need to wash them. I washed her carseat liner (Vann's carseat originally). I also prepped and placed 40 lbs of chicken into freezer bags Monday. So, I have lots of chicken ready for crockpot meals when Maggie arrives. 

Best Pregnancy Moment of the Week: We took our big boy to the circus this weekend and he did really well. It was a great time to spend as a family and Maggie was bee-bopping around to all of the circus music. 

Thoughts: Maggie, To see pink floral clothing that is replacing your brother's blue clothes is making your birth even more real. We are on a daily countdown: 43, 42, 41...we can't wait to meet you and I am especially excited for your daddy and brother to hold you. 

Fun Facts: 
  • weight gain: 27ish lbs and going strong! It fluctuates a couple pounds but has been pretty consistent. 
  • stretch marks: None on the belly! 
  • mood: feeling very excited and nervous about what's to come!! 
  • belly button: It's still flat but when I cough it pops out! 
  • wedding rings: yep!

Goals for next week: 
*Pack hospital bag (mine, Ryan's, and Vann's overnight bag)

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