Welcome to the World, Baby Girl!

I’m sure you’ve noticed I have been a bit absent lately.  That’s because our amazing little girl decided to arrive on the 15th at 9am! 

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She weighed 8 lb 3 oz, and measured 21.75 inches long. About the same length as her brother, but 6 ounces lighter (I wasn’t expecting that…I thought for sure she’d weigh more than Ian)! She has a perfect button nose and round face, and we are completely smitten.

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Welcome, Hazel Rose, we are so blessed to have you in our lives!!

40 Weeks…. and No Baby

Well my due date (May 9) has come and gone, and baby girl seems content to continue to just hang out.  I had a feeling (or maybe it was just a wish?) that she wouldn’t be late like her older brother, but apparently I was wrong.  My only hope now is that she won’t be QUITE as late as Ian.  He was 10 days overdue, and after going into the hospital to be induced he decided he’d rather do things on his own timetable than be forcibly evicted.  Oh what foreshadowing to his future personality!

If she doesn’t arrive before Thursday, we head back to the doctor for an ultrasound and check up just to make sure everything looks OK and then we start talking induction (probably to be scheduled for early next week).  While I’m certainly hoping we don’t have to wait ANOTHER week to meet this little girl, there are some fringe benefits to being induced.  It takes the element of uncertainty out of the whole thing- we know when exactly we’ll be going to the hospital, which will definitely help with the Ian watch situation.  My parents will be able to come into town early enough that we won’t have to inconvenience one of my incredibly generous and caring friends by dumping him off on them (even though they’ve said they are more than happy to help).

All that said, though, I’d be perfectly happy if she would make her arrival sooner rather than wait.  We are SO ready to meet her!  So, come on, baby girl!

37 Weeks…WHAT?!

So I am officially 37 weeks along.  This little girl could literally make her appearance any day now (though I’m kind of hoping she hangs out a bit longer).

Her room is all set up and ready for her (minus her “name art”, which I’m planning to finish in the next few days- it’s almost done, I PROMISE!).  We have clothes and burp cloths and bottles and a car seat and everything else we could need to get her settled in at home.

The only thing that’s weighing on my mind still is… Ian.  Not concern over how he’ll react; I’m sure he’ll be fine.  But what to actually DO with the toddler monster when this baby girl decides she’s ready to get the show started.  With no family nearby (10 hour drive), no regular babysitter (seriously, we have never used a babysitter before), and our close friends/coworkers (who I’m sure would be more than happy to watch Ian) being 45 minutes in the WRONG direction, I’m starting to get just a tad nervous about the uncertainty of this whole birth thing.  So, I’ve been soliciting babysitter recommendations and looking up drop in daycare and even debated looking into care.com to find a reliable on-call nanny.  I’m sure we’ll figure SOMETHING out, but since I don’t have a plan in place just yet, I’m really not too anxious for this baby to get here before May 9…

Here’s a recap of my pregnancy experience/feelings over the last few weeks:
– Still getting occassional heartburn, though my Pepcid AC and my diy Young Living Essential Oil rub (which I shared in this previous post) have both been saving my bacon!
– Having issues sleeping at night… getting comfortable seems to be the main problem.  Normally, once I’m asleep, I’m good- it’s just getting to sleep that is tricky.  Again, my Young Living Lavender Oil seems to be helping with this…when I don’t apply a drop to my wrists and inhale before bed, I really notice a difference.
– I feel like I live in the bathroom.  Seriously, this kid must be snuggling up close with my bladder. No real remedy for that other than to continue to make bathroom trips…
– Lower back pain comes and goes.  Sometimes my back is fine, other times it feels like I need to be stretched and massaged and pulled to get my back to feel better.  I’ve been rubbing some of my Young Living Joy Oil on my lower back, though I’m not sure if that’s really made a huge difference.  I also mixed up an ache oil with Young Living PanAway and Valor oil, but I haven’t had a chance to really use that yet.  So, in the meantime, I’m just dealing.

Other than that, this baby girl is still kicking and moving like crazy, and I continue to feel as if I’m growing exponentially.  But considering all the problems I could be experiencing, I’m counting my blessings and am very thankful that (on the whole) this has been another easy pregnancy.  And, in 3-ish weeks it will all be over (which is surprisingly bittersweet), so there’s always that to keep things in perspective.  Oh gosh, we are excited, anxious, nervous….we’ll be seeing you soon, baby girl!

Countdown to Baby #2: 9 Weeks to Go

Well I am officially into the single digit-week countdown with baby #2!  Saturday marked 31 weeks of pregnancy with this little girl.  AHHH… I can’t believe we are already here.  Where did the time go?

It’s funny how the concept of time is never constant.  I remember when I was pregnant with Ian feeling like time was absolutely dragging.  I couldn’t wait to meet my little boy and every day felt unbearably long.  And then, of course, he was 10 days overdue, so that didn’t help.

But now, with this new baby, I feel like my time has just evaporated.  Maybe it’s because in addition to work and the pets and the house (everything I had to deal with during my first pregnancy), I also have an extremely lively and rambunctious 2 year old ruling my life.  My evenings and weekends are full of Ian, and I love that- but it also means that time goes skipping along at an incredible pace.  SLOW DOWN, darn it!!

It also means that I’ve had significantly less pre-baby documentation time.  Or maybe I’ve had the time but have just been too tired (er…lazy??) to actually follow through.  With Ian, I took belly pictures every week and tried to jot down a few thoughts each week about how I was feeling and what was happening with my pregnancy.  This time around, I’ve only taken a handful of photos (sorry baby #2- you are not loved any less, I promise!), and I’ve only had the time to jot down just a few fleeting thoughts and feelings.  I feel a little guily, but then I am off doing something else that demands my time and attention and my guilt receeds- at least for a while.

Fortunately, I’ve at least recognized that I’m having this issue.  And that means that when I do have some time to breathe, I’m trying to use it more effectively and efficiently.  I have a nursery to refresh and make ready for a little girl, after all, and that does take time and energy.  I already have it planned out, and I’ve slowly started making progress on the execution.  With 9 weeks to go, I should have plenty of time (if I don’t procrastinate!) to get it all done before this little girl makes her arrival.  So, baby girl, I can’t wait to meet you- but, please, don’t rush.  Please- hang out until your due date (or close to it), so that I can finish getting your room and our lives ready for you.  I still have a lot of things to get done before you get here.