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July 14, 2015

Birth Story, Anyone?

Hopefully I am back from my blogging hiatus - I am ready to get caught up with this stuff! My last post detailed some of my pregnancy and had me clocked in at 37 weeks. As you probably realize, I am no longer pregnant. Instead, I have a new little (now three-month-old) baby! Do you want to hear about the delivery?

This pregnancy was very different from my last, which I think is mainly because my body had already done it all before. I wasn't nearly as sick as I was the first time (I only threw up twice in the first trimester instead of multiple times daily), but I had a lot of other new pains in my back, hips, and pelvis. I'm sure that entertaining a two-year-old while pregnant made things different this time around as well. I started having Braxton Hicks contractions right around 16 weeks, although they didn't even feel real until closer to 36 weeks. I would have steady contractions for hours and hours (like all through the night keeping me awake), sometimes as close as four minutes apart. They were mostly painless (just uncomfortable) but would stop as suddenly as they had started. After a few rounds of this I was starting to get frustrated. If I was going to have such regular contractions then I would prefer to get a baby out of it! A few days before my due date I got my wish.

Saturday, April 11
7:30 am - Scott gets home from his overnight shift in the ER
8:00 am - I start having regular contractions while in the shower
8:30 am - Scott goes to bed, Cannon and I leave for Walmart. My contractions get painful in the car.
9:30 am - We head to the Children's Museum (free day!)
10:00 am - Cannon runs around the museum. I follow, having regular (and painful) contractions.
12 noon - We head home, have lunch, and Cannon naps. I pack our bags for real.
2:30 pm - I update Scott's mom and sister Janelle then check that Cannon can stay with a friend.
3:00 pm - Cannon wakes up and wants to color. I wake Scott up and tell him that we need to go soon.
3:30 pm - I call the hospital to tell them I'm coming. Scott showers and packs his bag for work.
4:00 pm - We all leave the house together and take Cannon to our friend's house.
4:30 pm - Driving to the hospital, listening to Goo Goo Dolls. Contractions four minutes apart.
4:45 pm - We arrive at the hospital!
5:00 pm - Meet the OB. I am dilated to a six and am being admitted. We update friends and family.
7:30 pm - I am in my room, getting an IV with fluids and antibiotics.
8:00 pm - Epidural is in and feels great! Scott goes to the ER to get his night shift covered.
10:00 pm - I get my second (and last) dose of antibiotics.
10:30 pm - The doctors are all in the OR with a complicated C-Section. I can feel contractions more now, and the baby is moving lower.

Sunday, April 12
12 midnight - One OB comes to break my water, but it breaks while we are talking about leaving it intact. We try a few pushes and realize that baby is ready, so the nurse quickly gathered everyone for delivery.
12:44 am - Baby Andrew is born!

March 24, 2015

Pregnancy Update

I'm still pregnant over here and just hitting the (full term!) 37 week mark. Up until this month I have been kind of set on this guy's birthday being within a day or so of his due date (just like Cannon), but I have been feeling more and more lately that little man will arrive before our April 15 due date. I guess we will find out soon!

At my 36 week appointment, my OB said we should come up with a plan for what to do if I go over my due date. She said they don't do inductions until 41 weeks, which I understand. That's cool. Then she was like "Now if you're okay at 41 weeks we can actually monitor you daily for another week before inducing you at 42 weeks. So think it over and at our next appointment we can make a plan and schedule your induction just in case you need it. So, 41 weeks or 42 weeks. Let me know." Oh lady. Let me tell you that 42 weeks is not happening! She did make me feel better by saying that she doesn't think I will actually go past my due date, but the mention of 42 weeks was not exciting in the least.

Everyone at the grocery store likes to comment, probably because you can safely say that I am pregnant just by looking at me. The people who talk to me the most are actually men in the 50-60 age range. The comments started off as "How long do you have left?" and "I hope you're getting close!", but now it's things like "You look like you could go any day now!" It really doesn't bother me, especially because I know better than anyone how big I am. I am glad that the conversations aren't lengthy and full of advice though, it's mainly people who want to wish me well which is actually kind of nice. One lady didn't say a thing about my being pregnant, but stopped me to talk about how nice the weather was outside (to be fair it was sunny and like 60 degrees). She tried to talk to Cannon and he just held up a tortilla in front of his face (yes, he was eating a tortilla while we finished our shopping). He is good at ignoring folks he doesn't want to talk to.

All through December and January I wanted red meat all the time. I'm just going to chalk that up to my anemia. I have been taking my iron supplement in addition to my prenatal vitamin, and for the most part it has curbed my need for red meat. I still want to eat ice though. All the time. Anytime we go to Costco or the mall I ask for a water cup and walk around eating the ice. I even had Scott bringing home cups of ice for me every day from the hospital - they have that really great crushed ice! Otherwise I just make and eat lots of ice at home. All day every day.

Pelvic pain y'all. It's real. Little man is very active, maybe even giving Cannon a run for his money! He has been much lower than Cannon was and I think that's the reason for the early discomfort and the constant need to use the bathroom. The plus side to this is that I really haven't had him up in my ribs much (until now...) and there hasn't been pressure on my lungs. The pelvic pain is seriously terrible though. i have been waddling for weeks because of it, but I just learned to manage it for the most part. I babysat for a friend for a few days in February, and that was really tough because of all the bending, lifting, crawling, and floor sitting that goes on with a three-year-old, two-year-old, and nine-month-old. It definitely felt like my bones were on fire most of the time, so my babysitting days are over until further notice. Kudos to women who have kids that age all the time, especially while pregnant!

The other night I told Scott that I am so tired of feeling this way that I am ready for all the postpartum stuff instead. He was pretty surprised to hear that, but I think that was at the height of my pelvic/his pain. I have been feeling better since then, so I'm a little more content to keep this guy in for a few more weeks. My friend Jan asked if this pregnancy had been different than my first one, and that got me thinking. Everything has been SO different this time around! I feel like everything (gaining weight, sleeping less, round ligament pain, braxton hicks, etc.) just happened sooner for the most part. I have already gained 10 lbs more than I did with Cannon, and I still have three weeks left. Some of my maternity shirts aren't quite covering my tummy anymore! I didn't think that day would come... haha!

Saturday night I had regular contractions all through the night and through the morning at church. Little man was also moving like crazy the whole time, which is exactly how things started when I went into labor with Cannon. I wasn't too worried because while I was uncomfortable, I wasn't in pain and I was able to focus on other things. Scott got home from work just before Cannon and I got back from church, and it was about that time that the contractions started picking up and becoming painful. I was finding it hard to talk through some of them and I couldn't stay standing with each one. I headed to bed for a while and things slowed down. The painful contractions stopped and they became less frequent all-together. I have still been having regular contractions since then, but very few are painful. Scott kept asking, "Are we having a baby today? Are we having a baby tomorrow? How about the next day?" I don't think he will be here quite that soon, but it is probably time to pack a bag for the hospital instead of waiting until the final hour like I did last time. :)

Yesterday was my 37 week appointment and my OB is convinced that I won't make it to my due date (let alone 41 weeks), so we didn't schedule an induction. My Group B Strep was positive though, so we have to make sure I get at least four hours of antibiotics while in labor before the baby is born. I guess I probably can't sit around at home while in labor this time, I'll have to go in sooner just to be sure. With everything from the last few days, I am definitely feeling more anxious about this dude's arrival. I started preparing early, but I still feel that there is so much to do! It definitely wouldn't be ideal to have the baby for another few weeks, mainly because Scott's schedule is pretty crazy and there isn't really a way to change that. His next rotation starts on April 6 which will really lighten his load because he has paternity leave and vacation time scheduled in. I have also been worried about where Cannon will go if baby arrives before Scott's parents do, but I had a bunch of friends approach me at church on Sunday and offer to help.

My last update included pictures up to 28 weeks, so here are a few more I have taken since then. Please excuse the selfie-style, dirty mirror, and unmade bed background.

31 Weeks

33 Weeks

37 Weeks

February 13, 2015


Well, we haven't been up to much since the holidays. The little man and I spent a good six weeks passing a cold back and forth, but I think it has finally left for good! It was also insanely cold for a few weeks so we stayed home a lot. We really just ventured out when taking Scott to work (I wasn't ok with him walking to work at 6 am with a wind chill putting temps around -20) and to go to the store once or twice. Our play groups were even rescheduled because it was so cold out! We watched a fair amount of football with all the college bowl games happening, and Cannon enjoyed relaxing with Scott and eating snacks.

We are getting closer and closer to little baby's arrival, and I am in full nesting mode. Aside from wanting to organize baby stuff, I am really into organizing and cleaning out everything possible. I went through all of my printed photos and scrapbooking stuff as well as my craft stuff. Cannon had a blast playing with the cool stuff we found, and I enjoyed throwing a bunch of stuff in the trash and in the donation bag. I also went through my cookbooks and my jewelry box. Next up I need to clean out my fabric and sewing stuff.

I think that our little guy is going to be a good big brother! We enjoyed snuggling together a few days ago, and he kept scooting down to give kisses and loves to baby brother. :)

February 1, 2015

Guilty Pleasure

So I really love watching The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. Like a lot. I first watched it when Scott was off hiking Mount Timpanogos (years ago) and I didn't want to go to bed alone (they started the hike around midnight so they could be at the top for the sunrise). Side note: Sleeping alone now comes with the job.

Well nowadays I don't watch the seasons quite as religiously (in fact I haven't watched any of this season yet), but I am still a fan and I keep up with the "news" of the show. Last season on The Bachelorette, one of the guys was an Iowa boy so I was always rooting for him! He wasn't "the one" for her, but this season he is the new Bachelor! I am really excited to watch his season.

In September we had the rival game here in Iowa City (Hawks vs Cyclones) and a few days before the game I learned that the famous Bachelor, Chris would be taking photos and signing autographs before the game! Well. I had to go. I had a fun time walking to the stadium and seeing all the awesome tailgating action while Scott was working, then I stood in a really long line to meet the guy. Cannon came with me, and I was one of two women who came with their kid. So there's that. The rest of the line was a bunch of college girls hoping that he would fall in love with them at first sight. I just figured that I'm a fan and he's kind of famous so I should take the opportunity to meet him!

Just before they closed shop and Chris went to the game, we got to meet him! Apparently he is a Cyclone fan, but he still complimented Cannon on his Hawkeye shirt. We said hello, snapped a quick photo and went on our way! Oh and there was a rumor that Cody was also there, standing just off the stage where Chris was, but I didn't see him. Fun side note, you can see my baby bump in the photo as well.

Holiday Flashback

Now that it's February and all, I thought I would share two of my favorite things from Christmas. Cannon's craft from nursery, and the cards! We received so many wonderful cards from family and friends, and I loved having them hanging up for a while. After we dropped off homemade goodies for a few neighbors (most of whom are elderly ladies) they each brought us something in return. One friend gave us a cute box full of m&ms and wrote on the card "for the little one", another left a gift for Cannon (a pack of matchbox trucks that he adores), and the lady who lives below us (we have never actually met) left us the sweetest card! It said, "What a delightful surprise and treat to find the Christmas sack of home-made goodies at my door! Thank you so much! It was a 'Hallmark Movie'." That card was my favorite, and although I haven't met her I was glad she enjoyed the treats. I'm sure we aren't very quiet upstairs neighbors and things are only bound to get a little more noisy.

Fun side note, I was cleaning up our extra bedroom and found a small stack of our Christmas cards that didn't get mailed out. Oops! So, if you didn't receive a card from us yet, look forward to a fun February Christmas card in your mailbox! I'll get them sent out this week.

January 25, 2015

Another Little Man!

In late July I started noticing a few signs of being pregnant, but I held off on actually taking a test. I was waiting for what I determined to be the 6-7 week mark when I was sure the morning sickness would hit. Then the pregnancy test would just be more of a confirmation to what I already knew. Well that point came right about the time that Cannon had surgery. Although my stomach seemed to be a little more sensitive than usual, I still didn't take a test for another week or so. I didn't tell Scott my suspicions until I finally had the official proof, and we were both excited but waited a bit to tell our families. 

I got myself in quickly for an OB appointment while Lisa was in town so she could watch Cannon for me, and I had an ultrasound to determine the actual gestation. I was measuring about a week behind what I had initially thought, so I recalculated my due date and starting telling people that April 15 was the day!

This pregnancy has been so different from my last that I was convinced up front that I was having a girl. I wasn't nearly as sick and only threw up once or twice, although I did have some weird cravings and I felt nauseous all the time. I ate a lot of tomatoes, oranges, raspberries, apples, carrots with ranch, cucumbers and pickles. I was really specific about the types of tomatoes and pickles even though I tried not to be picky. Don't worry about that healthy list though, I balanced it out with countless pop tarts and ritz crackers with easy cheese on top. I also drank a lot of milk and gatorade while anything carbonated and sugary made me sick. I also didn't feel up to eating chicken very much either.

I was glad when the sickness and fatigue wore off, especially because I have Cannon around. I felt so bad being curled up on the couch and watching way too much TV, but played with him as much as I could. I at least let him pick what we watched, which was usually Toy Story 1-3. It felt good to go places without feeling sick and being able to eat a little more normally again.

At my 18-week appointment I also had my anatomy ultrasound and Scott was able to come! He was working nights at the time and finished morning rounds just before my appointment started. The ultrasound went well and everything looked good on the little man. We were so excited when the tech said it was a boy that we gave each other a high five. We are really excited for Cannon to have a brother! The ultrasound tech made a big deal about how I was still measuring a week behind and she was really concerned. Long story short, we ended up officially changing my due date to April 15, which is something that I thought had been done weeks before.

Initially I planned to have a gender reveal because we were finding out the gender just before our trip home for Thanksgiving. Then I realized that we would actually have to wait two weeks before telling anybody, and one of those weeks would be around family where I was sure I would slip up and mention it. So, we told everyone the day we found out and then we had a "Gender Celebration" instead. It was low-key but super great! My sisters-in-law made it happen and I couldn't have been happier about it. We had delicious snacks and tasty treats that were blue. Cannon seemed to enjoy himself as well!

This time I have had a lot more back and hip pain, which I wasn't expecting so early in the game. It has actually tapered off a little bit since I have learned better how to handle it. I realized that certain activities will make the pain worse later in the day, so I'm careful with that stuff. Sleeping is more tricky now that I can't be on my tummy or my back, but I have figured that out for the most part as well. Our little guy is really active just like Cannon was! The other night he punched me so hard that I saw a little fist poke out from my stomach - weirdly cool. Today during church I was feeling some swift kicks to my ribs and realized that little man was head down! Since he still has plenty of space to roll around I'm not putting much stock in him staying that way, but it was encouraging that he sat that way for a few hours.

My glucose test was a few weeks ago and I passed with flying colors, although my blood work showed that I am slightly anemic. I actually had the same levels as I did with Cannon! After giving birth before I was very low on iron and it made me quite tired and dizzy. I am now taking an iron supplement in addition to my prenatal so we can hopefully avoid low levels when this guy arrives. The contractions also started in about four weeks ago, and although they are painless they always remind me of what is to come. :) I have a few contractions throughout the day where my tummy gets really hard and I can't quite catch my breath. This is one thing that feels exactly the same as my first pregnancy. 

I have been planning some freezer meals to make ahead of time, and I got out all of Cannon's clothes from size newborn to three months. As we get closer I think I'll put the next sizes out of storage too, just so I have easier access to them. I briefly sifted through some of the clothes and was amazed at how little Cannon was and how little this guy will be! In the coming months I'll get all the clothes settled for our newest addition. I have also been making sure that we have a good stock of some basics that I don't want to run out of like toilet paper, laundry soap, deodorant, razors, etc. As we get a little closer to my due date I'll be sure to build a nice stock of snacks for Cannon and I. Last time around I had trouble eating enough while I was nursing, so I want to be prepared!

I definitely started showing sooner this time around, and I seem to be carrying just a little differently. I also had to bust out the maternity pants much quicker than last time, and my wardrobe is a little sparse now because not much fits. Out of my maternity selection, about half of it isn't really wearable for winter in Iowa so I invested in a few new pieces with longer sleeves (I have never been so happy while browsing through the clearance racks at Target!). My jackets and coats no longer close over my tummy, although I think that my ski jacket might do the trick if needed. At least it has warmed up a little bit and we don't really go play at the park when it's 20 degrees, so I think I'll be ok. Last week I had to take off my wedding ring - something I never had to do last time around. I have also developed a case of the cankles. No big deal, I just think it's interesting how one pregnancy can vary so much from the last!

Last time around I posted a few photos of my growing baby bump here. I was really diligent taking pictures last time around, but I think that is mainly because I looked presentable every day for work and felt up to taking photos. This time I have had quite a few days in yoga pants, sweat pants, t-shirts, and sweaters so I didn't exactly feel up to taking many photos. Now without further ado, here are some shots I have taken to keep track of this pregnancy.

13 Weeks
15 Weeks
18 Weeks
20 Weeks
24 Weeks
27 Weeks
New sweater!
28 Weeks
New dress!
Overall, we are very excited and quite grateful to be having another little one join our family and we are excited for the big day!