Monday, July 6, 2015

Leah's Birth Story

Hi everyone! I'm finally back to share the amazing birth story of sweet little Leah. 
Let's just jump right into it...

The day before my due date I had my final 40 week doctors appointment.  The doctor checked my cervix, and just like every week leading up to it, I was 0cm dilated and 0% effaced. It looked like our little girl wasn't in any rush to come out. The doctor said she would call me the next day with an induction date for the following week.  CV and I both left the appointment a little disappointment, but we thought..."at the most...we will meet her in one week!"

I woke up the next morning on my due date, feeling completely normal, and started getting ready for work.  I took a shower, and as always, I stand in a towel while I blow dry my hair and put on my makeup.  Well, as I was standing in the bathroom blow drying my hair.....a trickle of "water" ran down my legs.  I immediately thought I peed myself and ran to the toilet and sat down.  I emptied my bladder...and then continued to blow dry my hair.  Then, it happened again....and I knew at that point my water had broke.  CV was in the shower in our other bathroom, so I just patiently waited for him to come out, and continued to fix my hair. (I mean, I can't go to the hospital with wet hair!) ha!  CV finally got out of the shower and I said "sooooo....either my water just broke, or I just peed myself twice!" And then...it happened again, more water trickled down my leg.

We honestly were both very calm about the whole thing. Chris called the doctor to tell them my water broke, they told us to head to the hospital right away, I packed my last minute hospital bag items, snapped one last bump date photo, and we got in the car and were on our way to the hospital!! :)

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When we got to the hospital, the nurse confirmed my water had broke. She said I was now 1cm dilated and 80% effaced.  Since I was only 1cm dilated, they had to start pitocin right away to speed up the labor. They gave me an IV (my first IV) and all that fancy stuff and sent us to the delivery floor where CV and I walked around the hospital floor to speed up the labor. I started feeling major contractions! We finally had to sit in our room because walking was pretty hard when my contractions were 2-3 minutes apart.
Every few hours I would ask them to check my cervix...thinking "I HAVE to be at least 5cm by now"....and every time I was only 1cm! Which is very frustrating after going through all those contractions! Finally, the contractions got so strong I had to ask for my epidural. I think I was only 2cm at this point, but at least 7+ hours into labor.  I was feeling soooooo good after the epidural!
CV's best friend stopped by to bring CV lunch and they played cards while I rested. It was a nice distraction for the both of us! 
I find these photos hilarious! Not a lot of husbands have time for a game of Rumy while their wife is in labor!! haha.
About this time, I was relaxing and the nurse came in to check my cervix and she finally said "great news, you are now 5cm dilated!" We were super excited to hear good progress! 
Then, all the sudden another nurse comes in and puts an oxygen mask on me, which for some reason I thought was standard practice since I felt fine.  Then, my nurse got on the phone and called in a "code red" to my room. I looked at CV confused, like, what in the world is going on. 
Ten doctors rushed into the room, one gave me a shot in the leg, others were checking on the baby, etc., others were prepared for an emergency operation. I was FREAKING OUT and crying behind my oxygen mask - and I couldn't even hold CV's hand since they had pushed him out of the way! I had no idea what was going on.  
Apparently, my blood pressure went way down, and the babies heart rate dropped drastically and it was down for 5 minutes.....
Luckily, the doctors were able to help us. They removed my waist monitors for contractions and heart rates and attached it internally on the babies head for a more accurate reading to keep an eye on her. 
I wore the oxygen mask for a while and finally everything was good. Shew!
Definitely a terrifying experience!
The rest of the day was just waiting around..."waiting" for the doctor to finally tell me it was time to push. I slowly kept progressing from 5cm, to 7cm, to 9cm (where I was for the last few hours), to 10cm....and then we had to wait for me to be fully effaced. 
Finally at 11:30PM (15+ hours after my water broke), it was time to start pushing. 
The doctors set up a mirror so I could watch the entire birth happen. I  didn't think I would want to watch something like that at all, and I KNEW I didn't want CV to look....but after seeing my baby crowning and coming into the world, I couldn't help but stare and yell at CV to "look now! This is incredible!!". It was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen.
45 minutes of pushing and we finally got to meet our beautiful daughter at 12:18am!
The doctors put her right on my chest (and she immediately peed and pooped on me!) and cleaned her all up while she was laying on me. She was absolutely beautiful and we couldn't stop staring at each other. 
Then, they took her away for a few short minutes to measure her and get her weight. 
She was 7 pounds and 4.4 ounces and 20 inches long.
 We stayed in the delivery room for a few hours before heading to the recover room...I breastfed for the first time and we both just soaked up all our time with our little one.
The entire day was purely incredible and I'm so glad that it happened exactly the way it did.
Little Leah is finally here and she's perfect!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Pregnancy Journal: Weeks 39-40

(I wrote this the night before my due date, and wasn't able to post it since I went into labor...so enjoy the delayed 40 week bump date!)

Happy 40 Weeks Pregnant to ME!!!
This weeks pictures look a little different this week because we took these AFTER my water broke!! I couldn't leave for the hospital until I took my 40 week pictures. Haha. And since we were in a rush, CV took the pics instead of using my tripod, which is why they look a little different.  I'm so glad we took my last pictures with the bump!

Size of Baby: Watermelon (39w) and Jackfruit (40w)
GenderIt's a Girl
Feeling: I've actually had a pretty great last two weeks, sure I'm uncomfortable and tired but all-in-all I'm feeling pretty great!
Symptoms: Lower back pain, swollen legs/feet/hands. My belly button is still flat - no outie for me. As of my 40 week doctors appointment at 39w6d, I still haven't dilated at all. I wish that was one symptom I had - I'm ready to meet this little girl!
Stretch Marks: None that I can see, and I'm super happy about that! 

Movement: Lots of baby movements, mostly at night when I'm reclined or laying on my side.
Cravings: Still Watermelon...and ice cream, or anything cold! I've been craving bad-for-you foods lately...like fast food and greasy pizza! But I'm "trying" to resist!
Highlights: Getting out of the house and being social! We went to a birthday party at Eli's BBQ, out to dinner with friends, had friends over for dinner, etc. I'm so happy we are being social in the last few weeks, it sure does take my mind off of the "waiting game"!
Looking forward to: DELIVERY! I can't wait to meet this little girl and meet eyes with her for the first time! I'm also looking forward to our birth photography in the hospital because I know those are photos I will treasure for the rest of my life. (You guys know I love photos, right?!)
The doctor said if she doesn't come out on her own in the next week, I will be induced next Thursday!
I'm hoping baby is prompt and will make her debut sometime today (or this weekend, puhleeassee???) Only time will tell.  
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And one last photo minutes before we left for the hospital! :)
Stay tuned for my birth story!!

See my previous weeks here:Weeks 4-12 // Weeks 13-14 // Weeks 15-16 // Weeks 17-18 // Week 19
Week 20 // Weeks 21-22 // Weeks 23-24 // Weeks 25-26 // Weeks 27-28 // Weeks 29-30

Baby V is Here!!

Our sweet little angel has arrived!!!
Leah Moon was born on Saturday, June 13th at 12:18am.
(Moon is my mother's maiden name for any of you interested in why we chose it!)

Leah weighed 7lbs and 4.4 ounces and was 20 inches long.
She's perfect in every way!!
I'll be back soon to share our birth story!!

Monday, June 8, 2015

Our Colorful Yard

If you've ever been to our house...you know one thing is very true.
We have the most colorful yard in the neighborhood.
Thankfully, CV has a green thumb and keeps our house looking amazing with huge hanging baskets on our front porch....and potted plants next to our front door.
...and by planting flowers, rose bushes and trees throughout our yard.
(Below is from the rosebush he bought me for mother's day!) :)
I've even seen him out there with regular scissors to edge the grass because our motorized edger couldn't get that close to our rose garden....now that's a yard-perfectionist if I've even known one!
 And our neighbors always tell us that they are jealous of our landscaping and yard work....and even come over to get tips and borrow gardening items from CV.
So I'm pretty thankful to have a hubby who knows how to make the outside of our house pretty!
Hope you enjoyed the little close ups of our yard!

Happy Monday, everyone!! :)

Friday, June 5, 2015

To-Do List Update and A Review

One of the best feelings when your 39 weeks pregnant (other than having the baby early!) is checking things off the old to-do list!  I'm happy to report that we have been pretty productive lately and are getting things completed.
House Accomplishments:
+ The bathroom renovation isn't 100% done yet, but we've made a lot of progress and it's still in working order. Our guests will still be able to use it, we just have a few more cosmetic pieces to add and some caulking to do.
+The Guest Room is super clean and ready for visitors!
+ The rest of the house is 90% clean! We are trying to maintain it's cleanliness, but with another day of dusting and vacuuming and everything will look fresh and clean!
Jax Related Accomplishments:
+ Being Pampered! I've done a lot of pampering in the last month...I got a prenatal massage, a hot stone pedicure, etc! I still want to add another massage, pedi and mani to the list in the next week so I can relax some more.
+ Lots of walks with the hubby and dog, dinner dates, hanging out with friends and relaxation!
Baby Accomplishments:
+ I packed my hospital bag and babies hospital bag.
+ We purchased a second car seat base....we still have to install them though...oops!!
+ All the baby laundry is washed and in it's place.
+ I purchased everything I need for post partum care...and I even made these padcicles.
+ We bought a birthday present for the baby....and its adorable!! (I'll show ya later!)
+ And I washed all the baby bottles and breast pump items!

Seeeee - productive, right???
Which brings me to one item that made one of my to-do items soooo much easier.
Everyone has seen the "lawn" or "grass" from Boon, right? It's a drying rack for all things baby feeding items. We had a few Boon items on our baby registry at Target and I couldn't wait to get it in my kitchen. Not only is it functional - but its pretty cute too.
What's also cute is the FORB, which is the brush to clean the bottles out.  It's sooooo helpful. A lot of those bottle brushes don't fit in the bottles, but this one fits perfectly and cleans the bottles really well.
 See how well it fits in the tiniest spaces!!
 And it's a flower - can you get any cuter?
I'm so happy there is a great product out there that is cute, functional, and safe since it cleans all my baby products so well. 
First set of bottles are washed....checking it off the list! :)
Now.....still waiting on that baby to arrive! :)

*I was supplied the FORB by Boon for a review, but all opinions are my own.
Buy yours today at Target!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Pregnancy Journal: Weeks 37-38

Size of baby: Winter Melon (37w) Pumpkin (38w)
Gender: It's a Girl
Feeling: Super anxious! I can barely sleep at night because my mind just races about all things childbirth.
Symptoms: Lots of pregnancy symptoms going on, a lot of "pressure" everywhere. A lot of swelling in my legs/ankles/feet/hands that is very uncomfortable. I haven't been able to wear my wedding ring in about three weeks thanks to my swollen fingers!
Stretch Marks: None so far!! Hip Hip Hooray!!
Movement: This little girl is still moving all around! She seems like a spunky little thing! :)
Cravings: Still watermelon....and ice cream or anything cold and soothing.  I bought some Klondike bars the other day and they were amazing (yes, I already ate all 6 of them)!! And I eat about 1/2 a watermelon a day, and that's no exaggeration.
Highlights: Being JUNE!!! I 100% wanted a June baby (part of me was afraid I'd be early and have a May baby). So I'm super excited she will for sure be a June baby! Which is great because I already have a few June birthstone (pearl and moonstone) gifts for the baby...and myself!
Looking forward to: There's really nothing to look forward to other than holding this sweet baby in my arms...just waiting for that time to come!!
Any day now....
I'll be 39 weeks on Friday!!
(Unless baby wants to come early, which I'm totally okay with!)
 
See my previous weeks here:Weeks 4-12 // Weeks 13-14 // Weeks 15-16 // Weeks 17-18 // Week 19
Week 20 // Week 21-22 // Week 23-24 // Week 25-26 // Week 27-28 // Week 29-30

Monday, June 1, 2015

The Guest Bathroom {Before}

Welcome to our (original) guest bathroom. 
Where you feel like you stepped into the 60s!

*This is after we removed 2 layers of wallpaper.
Our vanity was slanted on the front. Isn't that weird??
 And our light fixtures were hideous and were mounted on the ceiling. Gross!!
 The sink and the toilet were the only updates in the entire bathroom...everything else was original to the house.
 And our tub was BLUE....because that was obviously very stylish back in the day.
 As well were these pulls for the vanity!

Luckily, we've already started the bathroom renovation and got that ugly bathroom vanity out of there!!!
I can't wait to show you how we decided to redo our bathroom and show you the completed project! We are almost done!! Stay tuned!! :)

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Our Bright and Bold Nursery

Welcome to our bright and bold nursery and my most favorite room in the entire house!
I hope you enjoy looking around and love this room as much as I do!
**All product sources are at the bottom. If you have any questions about any products not listed - please let me know!**

The view as you walk into the nursery.
Another view when you walk straight in.
  The pillow actually has baby's name on it - but I photoshopped it out!
You'll just have to wait and find out the name! :)
 Love this little peek of the room.  So many fun things from the fabulous monogram to the diaper cake made by my MIL, to the plush camera...so many things that I love!
I also love our crib and crib sheets! And check out the custom made quilt! I just love it. It's the perfect match for our room!
 The crib storage on the side is just genius!
 This is where I keep the SIDs monitor, pacifiers, teethers, and other small go-to items!
To the right of the crib, we have our little reading nook...complete with many books and a little reading chair! :)
 And of course block out curtains (and a cute garland), so I can control the sunlight!
 Behind the glider is our sweet little closet filled with clothes, diapers, blankets, and a million other things.
We have an 8 cubby system at the bottom, filled with a bunch of books, bottles, bath stuff, nursing pads, breast pump stuff, and everything else!
 Then, on the other side of the room, we have our dresser/changing table.

 It's on the opposite side of our window, so it's really hard to get a good photo with the light shining through.
And we have a cute little hamper (and diaper pail which is hidden in the corner) right next to the changing table.

And of course...the inside of the drawers where are the pretty things live! :)
(And yes, I'm super organized!)
So there you have it - our perfect little bright and bold nursery.
If you need me, you can find me sitting in the glider with my feet up! :)


Furniture:
Crib: Baby Mod Olivia 3-in-1 Crib from Amazon
Dresser: Hemnes Dresser in White Stain from Ikea
Bookcase: Threshold Carson 2-Shelf Bookcase from Target
Glider & Ottoman Set: Custom order from Buy Buy Baby

Décor:
Pink/Gold Canvas Painting: DIY
Gold 8x10 Picture Frames: Ikea
Ombre Paintings: DIY
Print: "I Love You To The Moon and Back" c/o Project Nursery Shop
Wooden Monogram: Vine Monogram c/o Craft Cuts
Picture Ledges: Ikea
Lamp: Steel Droplet Accent Lamp in Fushia c/o LampsPlus
Rug: Threshold Fretwork Rug in Grey from Target
Curtains: Navy Block-out Curtains from Ikea

Bookshelf Décor:
Plush Camera: Land of Nod
Pink Luggage Boxes: Land of Nod
Pink Elephant Statue: HomeGoods
Wooden Pixie Camera: Etsy
Hippo: Nuby

Bedding:
Quilt: Custom Made from Prim Society Etsy Shop 
Sheets: Mini Dot Bright Pink Crib Sheets from Pottery Barn Kids
Plush Elephant Rug: Pottery Barn Kids
Personalized Pillow: Pottery Barn Kids

Organization:
End of Crib Storage: Pottery Barn Kids
Closet Organizer: Menards
Closet White Wicker Storage Cubbies: Menards
Dresser Drawer Dividers/Organizers: Ikea