Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Pumpkin Patch 2014

The weekend before Miss K joined us, we ventured to the pumpkin patch as our last outing as a family of 3. We made a trip to town for lunch and some errands and then stopped at the patch on the way back home. It was a beautiful, warm day. Little B had so much fun and Mr. A and I just loved watching him experience all of the fun activities.

We started out by checking out the petting zoo. B loved looking at all of the animals and feeding the goats and sheep. He also was fascinated by the rooster crowing.
Mr. A took B on the adult tricycle ride. He thought it was so fun racing around and around the track.
The big hit this year was the corn pit. B had a blast going down the slide and playing in the corn. We even went back and played again after we left the first time.
B took a ride on the mini tractors and tricycles before he and Mr. A went down the big hill slide. He wanted to do the slide over and over but Mr. A was dying from climbing back up the hill repeatedly.
He also enjoyed the big bounce pillow and the net swings. He played on the playground a little bit before we caught the trip on the hay ride.
We made the last trip of the day out to the pumpkin patch to pick our pumpkins. We ventured into the field looking for 2 smaller ones for the kids. We let B pick out his own pumpkin.
We also posed for a couple of photo ops throughout the day.
And now you can cue the hormonal tears comparing these two pictures from last year and this year. Where did my baby go??






















It was a great time and I can't wait to visit again next year with TWO kiddos. It'll be double the fun!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Miss K's Birth Story

Two words...

She's here!
Miss K made her appearance on October 2, 2014 at 7:53 am. She weighs a whoppin' 6 lb 6 oz and is 18 inches long.We are both healthy and happy and doing well. We are so in love!

Let's start at the beginning. Brace yourselves, this is long, but I want to get it documented while it's still fresh.

On Monday, September 29th, the day after my baby shower, I started having back cramping and irregular contractions at 10:30 am. My mom was staying for the day and I kept complaining about how uncomfortable I was feeling. I texted Mr. A and told him what was up and I just went on with my day. I bounced on my exercise ball for an hour in the afternoon and when I stood up, real contractions started coming in regular intervals and increasing intensity. I started timing them and paying attention to them and I thought this might be it! I didn't want to go to the hospital for a false alarm so I waited until Mr. A got home at 5 and we discussed it. I wasn't comfortable at all so we decided to go on a walk. Contractions kept getting stronger and closer and I was certain that we were going to be having a baby within the next day. After putting B to bed, and asking my mom to stay another night, we headed to the hospital at 9:00 pm. They hooked me up to monitors and checked me. I was a 2 and 50% effaced. They kept me for a couple of hours and my contractions continued and when they checked me two hours later, I was a 3.5 and 50%. They decided this was progress and admitted me! We were having a baby. They started my IV and fluids and I walked and bounced on the ball all night. At 3:00 am, my contractions stopped. They slowed way down and then stopped completely. I bounced and walked and swayed and NOTHING. Talk about a let down. Doctor came in at 9:00 am and checked me and I hadn't made any change so they sent me home. I was 100% sure when they admitted me I wouldn't be leaving the hospital without my baby and we went home empty handed and continued the waiting game. 
My mom stayed Tuesday so Mr. A and I could sleep since we had been up all night and she left that evening. I didn't have any more contractions the next two days. Mr. A was off work on Wednesday and we were both still sleepy from the hospital escapade on Monday night. We spent the day together as a family of 3 and he agreed to get some Subway for supper and sent me to pick it up. When I returned from Subway, I set down the bag of sandwiches on the table and walked into the living room. I asked Mr. A a question in the other room and all of a sudden I felt like I peed myself. I gasped and told him, "Oh my gosh! I think my water just broke!" I ran to the bathroom and he ran in and it dribbled into the toilet and then stopped. I had soaked my clothes and it ran down my legs but then it stopped. I thought, "Oh I'm making a big deal out of peeing my pants." and put on a pad and sat down. It didn't leak again for at least another 45 minutes with another small gush and it was then that I realized that it DEFINITELY wasn't urine and HOLY CRAP it was happening! I called the hospital while Mr. A called my mother-in-law to head this way to stay with B. I went to the hospital at 8:45 pm while Mr. A stayed at home and put B to bed while he waited on his mom to get here. 
They checked me when I checked in and I was a 4 and my cervix had thinned since Tuesday. Progress!! They also did a test on the fluid and it came back positive as my water breaking. They started the paperwork to admit me. I got another IV and fluids. Mr. A showed up awhile later and I was starting to have contractions. I had leaked a lot more fluid since I had arrived. They had a hard time picking up my contractons on the monitor but they were definitely getting stronger. The next few hours were slow to progress as my body started to do it's thing. Mr. A got some sleep and I chatted with the nurse and bounced and swayed. They checked me at 2:30 and I was a 5 and 70%. My contractions up to that point hadn't been too severe but they were getting stronger. All of a sudden it felt like my body kicked into overdrive and everything started coming way faster and a lot more painful. I made the nurse go and wake up my husband so he could come in and be with me. I breathed and huffed through each one and I finally broke down and asked for my epidural. Then began the shakes. Oh my word. I have never shaken like that in my life. I was having convulsions for the next hour at least. The anesthesiologist came in 30 minutes later around 4 am and administered the epidural. Her first attempt, she must have hit a nerve because I had weird dull pain in my left hip and thigh, she did it again and was successsful. Thank the LORD! I have never been in so much pain as those last few contractions before the epidural. It was so much worse than labor with B. I felt so much pelvic pressure that I couldn't breathe. After the epidural kicked in, the nurse checked me, and to my disappointment I was STILL a 5. I could not even believe it. I was bed bound and catheterized and was able to get a little rest before the doctor came in at 6. She checked me and I was still a 5. I had been feeling pressure but no pain during the contractions and I was still able to move my legs. She was supposed to be leaving town for a funeral but she decided to stay because she is the only doctor that does c-sections at the hospital and she was concerned by my inability to progress. This scared me. I did NOT want a c-section. After that cervical check, I rolled onto my left side and Miss K shifted. They had a hard time finding her heartbeat on the monitor. They finally found her all the way on the right side. She had NEVER been on the right side the entire pregnancy. 
After they finally got the heart monitor hooked back for the baby, I started feeling INTENSE pressure. It wasn't painful but every contraction almost took my breath away from the pressure. This continued for the next hour. Finally the nurse asked if I wanted her to check me again and I agreed. The look on her face was priceless. She said, "Wow! You're complete! The head is right there!" and she left to call the doctor. I progressed from a 5 to a 10 in one hour! She said something about the way the baby had been positioned before she shifted might have been keeping me from progressing. And once she moved, BAM! It happened. My doctor arrived a few minutes later along with a medical student. They hurried and got things set up and I breathed through each contraction and the pressure. Finally, it was time to push. I didn't force it this time like I did with B. I felt the pressure and the urge and I could feel her bearing down with each push. With each push, it seemed that my epidural was no longer working as I felt more and more pain down below. My belly was numb, but I could suddenly feel everything else. It was the most amazing experience. I pushed for 30 minutes and I felt every inch of her come out. They had to cut me a tiny bit and after that she slipped right out! They kept commenting on how slippery she was. They also commented that she had a humongous cord. It was ridiculously thick! Mr. A cut it while she laid on my chest skin to skin. She cried for a little bit to clear her lungs and then she just laid there completely content with her hand on her face.They did a check and she scored a 7 on her APGAR. They didn't see any need to take her away so we did skin to skin for awhile before they weighed her and wrapped her up. 
My mom came up and saw her and then she left to pick up my mother-in-law and B at our house. We moved to our regular room and waited for them to arrive. Mr. A got out the video camera and captured the moment when B met his baby sister. I can't even explain this moment. It was amazing. I was so glad to see and hug B. I missed him so much and was happy to give him love. He walked in the room and jumped up and down when he saw the little bundle in my arms. He exclaimed, "I'm so excited!" and crawled up on the bed with us. He checked her out and told me he wanted to feed her a bottle. We asked B if he wanted to hold her and he agreed. Mr. A helped him and he was very cautious and happy until she started to cry. He got a pouty lip and tears in his eyes and said, "I hold her for mama. You hold her, mama." and then he proceeded to cry too as Mr. A gave him a big hug.
They stayed for a little bit and then headed back to the house for lunch. We spent Thursday night in the hospital and left after lunch on Friday. 
 My mom and B were at the store when we got home, so we were there when they returned. We had B's Big Brother present from the baby sitting out. He got an excavator truck, a truck book, and a punch balloon. 
The transition to a family of four this past week has been pretty smooth. B is very gentle and caring with the baby and she sleeps all the time. She's finally gotten the hang of nursing and I'm not that terribly sleep deprived... yet. I am just so glad that she's here and healthy and we can begin this new chapter in our lives.

Welcome Miss K. 

We love you sooooooooo much!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

To my babies:

Well after writing through a mess of tears and sobbing, here is what I came up with as a letter to my babies.

Miss K,

After a few weeks of worrying about keeping you in longer, the time has finally come where I can say that I'm fully ready for you to make your arrival any time. I feel your little feet in my ribs and your booty sticking out and it is a constant reminder to me that you're with me and soon I will be holding you in my arms. We've worked so hard to prepare our home and family for you. We tell B how we'll be bringing you home soon and how he's going to be your big brother. He can barely wait. He watches you move and kick in my tummy and gives you hugs and kisses. Your room is almost ready and I can't wait to add the finishing touch... you!
I can't wait to see your little face and compare your features to you brother. I am so excited to smell your sweet, baby smell and nestle your head under my chin. I know these days are fleeting and I want to take it in as much as possible. I can't wait to see how you nurse and dress you in all of the adorable outfits that your loving family has picked out for you. I know that daddy is excited too! You react to his voice when he talks to you and kick and roll when he puts his hand on my belly. We might not know what to expect having a baby girl, but we are up for the new adventure! I'm so thankful for a healthy pregnancy that has brought us to this point. I pray every single day for a good delivery and that in the end we are both healthy together. 
I can't wait to meet you, my sweet baby girl!

Love, 
Mommy



My Little B,

First off, you know you'll ALWAYS be my baby.... you have to remember that. Any day now, your life is going to change for the better. It'll also be the biggest change that you've experienced so far. We'll finally be bringing home your baby sister. It's what we've been talking about for 9 months. I am absolutely ecstatic to see you and her together and to see your reaction. I know you are going to be an amazing big brother and mommy's little helper. You already tell me how you're going to bring her her a blankie and binky. How you will hold her and give her kisses. We have these conversations often and I think you understand the responsibility. But it doesn't end there... you have a responsibility as her brother to always love and protect her! What a special duty that is... to be a big brother. It's unlike any relationship out there. 
These past few weeks have hit me hard that we will no longer be a family of three. Mommy and her boys. It's been a tough pill to swallow. I know that she will complete our little family, but I will miss these days of just you and I. Playing all day, building towers, reading books, cuddling and watching your favorite movie or show. I treasure these times with you and don't want them to end once she comes. I will always have room on my lap for you, always have plenty of kisses for you, always be interested in what you have to say or think. Please remember that! You were my first. You made me a mommy and that's something that we'll always have. I love you more than anything under the Heavens, Little B. 

Love,
Mama


Friday, September 19, 2014

Life Lately

I haven't been on the blogging train as often as I should. It's just been a lot of work, play, rest around here. I thought I would do a post about life lately here at the A's. Be prepared for a lot of randomness.

We've been doing last minute projects to get ready for baby girl! Sewing, painting, and so on... I spent a couple of days sewing washable nursing pads. It was my last sewing project that I needed to complete. My step-dad also completed her bookshelves and we got them painted and hung. The last remaining things to do: clean out the car so we can install the car seat, install her ceiling fan, and hang some art on the walls.
We are so excited to spend our Sundays watching the Chiefs again. Even if they haven't performed the best (tsk tsk) the past couple of weeks, we've been looking forward to this for months! I wish we would be able to attend a game this year.
We were so worn out from traveling that we have been pretty lazy on the weekends. There have been lots of toys played and forts built. Daddy builds the best forts!
We were able to spend an extra day at my mom's house after the wedding. I love spending time with family and making memories! And getting to spend time with my adorable niece.

The weather has been record level lows the past week. We had three nights with frost! I think it's kicking our bodies into gear to stay inside and hunker down for the fall/winter. I am itching to get all of my fall decorations out and take B to the pumpkin patch!

So there's a little glimpse of what we've been up to lately. I need to do these posts more often when I've been absent for awhile. I hope everyone has an awesome weekend!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Bumpdate: 36 weeks



36 Weeks
 
How far along: 36 weeks. 4 weeks left till full term. 1 week left till 37 weeks!

Baby Size: 18 3/4 inches long and around 5.75 lbs


Weight gain: 5 lbs gained after gaining back all of the weight I lost in the beginning.

Maternity clothes: Oh yes. Either that or comfy pants shorts and t-shirts.   

Stretch marks: I noticed two new purple ones starting to bud at the top of my belly. All of my marks from B are on the bottom and sides.
  

Sleep: Getting to be a challenge. Turning over is a huge ordeal, I always get shooting round ligament pain from moving too fast. My hips ache if I sleep on one side too long and the baby is always so active at night it wakes me up. Not to mention the multiple bathrooms trips every 3 hours or so.
  

Gender: Sweet baby girl!
 
Movement: Oh my word, yes. She goes so crazy in there and the movements are getting more painful. She grinds her little head in my pelvis and sends me out of my chair. Ouch! 

Best moment this week: Hitting the 1 month remaining mark!
 

Looking forward to: Seeing B become a big brother. I can't wait!
 

Food cravings: Coffee with creamer and anything cinnamon.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope.
 

Labor Signs: It's been rough. I've been having contractions on a daily basis. I had them consistently for 4 hours last week and went and saw my doctor. She put me on Procardia to help quiet the irritable uterine muscles. I have to take that until 37 weeks.
 

What I miss: Being able to carry B around without feeling like I'm going to keel over.
 

Symptoms: Heartburn, feeling tired and worn out, back pain.  
Nursery: We are pretty much done with this! I have everything necessary done and ready if she decided to come today. That is such a good feeling.

Belly Button in or out? Still in...


Wedding rings on or off? Still on...

Mood: I'm to the point where I'm really uncomfortable, tired, and hurting. I'm getting more and more ready to have her and move on with life. I just pray on a daily basis that she comes when she's ready and in God's perfect time. 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The A's Wedding Weekend

A couple of weekends ago, we finally celebrated the nuptials of Mr. A's brother and his new wife! Mr. A was the best man and B was one of the three nephew ring bearers. It was a really busy day and I didn't take many pictures, but I wanted to share the adorableness of my little man in his tuxedo. 
 He was such a ham for the pictures and cried when they were over. He kept saying he wanted to say "more cheese". He got to spend time with both sets of grandparents since my mom and step-dad attended the wedding as well.
 He did a phenomenal job walking down the aisle and wasn't scared or shy at all. He stood up and hen came and sat by me during the ceremony. We made our way to the reception and visited with family and friends. B got to run around the huge building and run off some energy. He stayed for dinner and cake and then he headed back to my mom's house. He hadn't slept all day and was absolutely exhausted. Mr. A and I stayed to enjoy the reception.
Mr. A delivered an AMAZING best man speech. He worked so hard on it and it got an awesome reaction from the crowd. I was so proud of him! We talked with his siblings and danced the night away. I still managed to get my groove on at 8 1/2 months pregnant. We took a bunch of pictures in the photo booth. It was a great day and a wonderful evening with my husband. I enjoyed our time together so much!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Nursery Progress

The nursery isn't 100% complete yet, but I wanted to share the progress with you. I worked really hard one weekend and got all the painting done and furniture assembled and set up. I used frog tape to tape off the arrow pattern and painted it with Clark and Kensington color matched to Benjamin Moore's Hale Navy. I only had minimal touch up to do after the removal of the tape. I am THRILLED with how it turned out.
After the painting was done, I was extra motivated to complete my sewing so I could see the room come together! I made two crib sheets, a crib skirt, three swaddle blankets, and a changing pad cover. I also hung the white blackout curtains and navy sheers. I purchased a grey/tan rug and a simple modular storage for next to the chair.

Here's where we're at today.

It's pretty basic and bare bones as of now. I still have wall decor to hang and my step-dad made some adorable bookshelves that I need to paint. Add in some personal little items and it'll be finished! I am absolutely in love with how it turned out and I can't wait to put on the final touches.