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 was...it'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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