Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Life with bug

We call Paige bug.  She loves to be swaddled, and she looks like a tiny little bug baby in it.  She is so freaking cute, I can't get over it.  David and I are always saying, "I mean, we have the cutest baby in the world.  I am sure every parent thinks that, but it is true for us." It IS true for us : )  Pedi today:  back up to 7 pounds! So almost back to her birthweight (7 pounds, 3 ounces).  We are very pleased with this!  She is my big eater! Breast feeding is going well, and I started pumping today too.  I think it will be the best way to keep my supply up and let David give her a bottle at night.  I want them to have that bonding time too.  

I don't want this to just be a baby blog - this is about my life too...but for right now, this is all that is going on in my life! Breast feeding, pumping, nursing bras, number of poopy and wet diapers, finding any time in the day for me to eat...

Oh speaking of, I have lost 24 pounds already.  I gained a total of 30, so I am almost back! YAY! My stomach looks AWFUL, though.  I am hoping it goes back to normal by swim suit season, but I am not counting on it.  As if I am going to have much time to go to the pool this summer anyway!!

Monday, April 27, 2009

From Paige's point of vew

Our first dinner party!
Our first trip out! We went to babies r us, super target, and the post office! I was a good girl who slept the whole time! People kept coming up to me and telling my mommy and daddy how cute and tiny I am!
People were looking at my mom and dad like they were crazy - taking pictures of me in the babies r us parking lot.  They are first-time parents, for sure!
I love laying on my daddy's chest
Mom loves to put these huge bows on me!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Another round of pictures - baby blues

But mom, I told you I would SCREAM if anyone puts me down!
My bug a few hours old : ) I finally got everyone to leave the room and let David sleep and give me some alone time with Paige.  We were so tired after a very long day.
David finally found a girl who could wrap him around her finger.  We are so in love.  My mom asked me this morning if I had felt the "let down" (baby blues).  I said no, because honestly, I hadn't.  But after she left, I took Paige to go nurse, and just started bawling.  For no reason.  She is eating pretty well for being three days old and everything is going great - I just can't stop the tears.  I guess this is what they call the baby blues : )

Paige Madeline...born April 23rd, 2009

These pictures are out of order, but I don't feel like arranging here we go! Paige all ready to go home! Less than 48 hours after my C Section, I felt great and was ready to get my love bug home.  David calls her button, I call her who knows what she will go by.
Little "It's a Girl" flower my sister-in-law got her for her mini crib in the room.  Too cute.
Mom and dad the first time I got out of bed!
Momma with her little bug
Big yawn!
Right when daddy got her!
7 pounds, 3 ounces, 20.5 inches long
Yuck : )
Daddy ready to go to the operating room!
Me, right after they gave me my epidural.  After 10 hours of labor, I still ended up with a Section.

Birth story will be here shortly! Maybe later today. And lots more pictures! We have so many! But who knows when I will get to that. My little bug takes up most of my time now!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Leave me alone - I am unemployed.

Seriously.  I have no job, my baby could be a week away still.  I have nothing to do.  My house is spotless, the laundry is done, I have a cake baking in the oven...SO...I had some fun at the Hobby Lobby floral and wall decor sale.  Above:  new floral on my bath tub.
Paige's pack n' play newly set up right next to our bed.  You know, just in case she decides to come anytime soon.
New floral on my bathroom counter
Tree to go in the corner.
Wall decor.
Florals to go over my bed.  I love how I went to Hobby Lobby to get a cord cover for Paige's room.  But I didn't know it was the floral and wall decor 50% off sale.  Not my fault.  I did end up getting the cord cover, so it was not a wasted trip.
Now that mommy is home with her puppies, they get worn out! They are used to sleeping all day! Beefy taking a little rest on the couch.  I'm glad we paid a lot of money for a formal room.  The dogs are the only ones who use it.
Spike taking a little breather on the floor.
You kind of got cheated with my belly pics the other day.  This is the true almost 39 week (WHAT!!!) belly pic.  Yay!
I am now wearing David's polo shirts.  That is the only thing that covers my stomach! We are headed out to the golf course so I can do some walking and maybe encourage dilation, and it is tacky to have your stomach showing at the country club.  So I now wear men's clothing.  PAIGE - PLEASE COME!!! : )

38 week appointment

Goodness, this was a long one!  Weight - now up 25 pounds for the pregnancy. Blood pressure creeping up - 120/70.  I guess that is normal for late pregnancy.  Had an internal:  2cm dilated, 50% effaced.  This means baby could come at any time, or she might wait until her scheduled induction.  I hope she surprises up a little early, but I'm not sure that she will.  I had my non-stress test (NST), which is where they hook you up to the fetal monitors, and Paige was sleeping through it, so they made me drink a coke and try it again.  She woke up and did fine the second time.  I have another NST on Thursday, then on Monday.  Then induction on Wednesday! Holy crap! Is this really happening!?  I love the special treatment I get at my OB's office.  One of the perks of being a crazy, neurotic IVF patient.  

First week not working:  going well! I have discovered that Saved by the Bell is on every morning on TBS.  

Sunday, April 19, 2009

38.5 weeks

My body hates me!

I am so sore today! I will never learn.  Yesterday, I got up, cleaned my whole house, did 3 loads of laundry, cleaned out the garage, and went for a 40 minute walk.  When I got home from the walk, I laid in the bath tub, and by the time I decided to get out, I could barely move.  Who would think that being 22 pounds heavier would make it so hard to get around?  We went out to dinner, and I was miserable.  I couldn't even get comfortable on the couch when we got home.  I had to take a Tylenol PM and go to bed.  I have a feeling I'll be in bed all day today recovering!

I am sure everyone goes through this at the end of pregnancy - but one minute I am sure I will be in labor within 24 hours.  Then I feel nothing.  I have these intense back pains and my whole stomach tightens, but then I will feel fine for a whole day.  I know it is still early for me, and I probably have at least a week left of this.  I'll find out more at my appointment tomorrow.  She is going to do an internal exam to check for progress.  I assure you, there will be tears shed if she says there is little or no progress.  

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Last day

Tomorrow is my last day of work. It is with mixed emotions that I write this. I will dearly miss my friends at work. I love my boss. I have been so lucky these past three years to work at such an amazing place with great people. Sometimes I question my sanity...who would leave this dream job? And in this economy! But I digress...

I am excited about having a week to relax. David said this was my first big challenge: can I not go out and spend money while not working? Ha - we shall see!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Week 37 appointment

Nothing too exciting.  BP: 110-70, weight: +22 pounds, measuring:  "just fine" per my OB, Paige's heartbeat:  150 bpm.  Everything is going well! She didn't do an internal, and I am really happy about that.  I don't need to hear my progress, or lack there of at this point.  I know it really doesn't make any difference.  She has to check me next Monday to make sure I am ready for the 29th induction (dear God, please let me be!!), but I have one week left of not obsessing over dilation, effacement, and station.  So what can I obsess over?  We are finished with her room, we have everything we need, all her clothes are washed, folded, and put away, Friday is my last day of work...GOOD! I have nothing to obsess over, and that is fine! I am too tired to worry about anything! It is 6 PM and I am ready to go to sleep!

If you are my friend or have read my blog - you know I love the original 90210.  Today was a good one...Emily Valentine goes crazy - slips Brandon Euphoria, then flips out when he breaks up with her.  Oh, and (peeks around to make sure no one is watching...) I have finally fallen victim to the Hills.  Last Monday, David watched the NCAA Finals with the boys, so I went over to some friends, and of course they were watching it.  It is like a train wreck:  Heidi is so stupid, but I am oddly fascinated with her. I have to see what happens.  I'll have to record it since I can't stay up that late, but I'll watch it tomorrow.

This was the worst entry ever! Sorry : ) 

Friday, April 10, 2009

I smuggle basketballs

Week 37 belly
Yikes!! : )
Thought I would give a few more of the nursery that I took.  For the life of me, I couldn't get a good shot of the tassels.  But they are so cute.  You can kind of see, but it is very blurry.
And I was able to get one good shot with the shutters open.  The room has a lot of natural light coming in, which I love.   We had wanted to do a chandelier, but decided it was too much of a hassle.  It already had a nice fan, and I figured that was more useful. 

I hope everyone has a very blessed Easter.  If you don't celebrate Easter, then I hope you just have a plain old fantastic weekend!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

I hope Paige likes PINK!!!

First, I'll start by saying that our guest room has been taken over by baby gear. Two strollers, a high chair that she won't use for 5 months or so, an infant glider, a convertible car seat for David's car, a large stuffed animal, miscellaneous toys...

And now on to her precious nursery!!

Lamp shade I had made. The lamp is from Pottery Barn, and I had this pink and brown (duh) fabric sewn on the shade

Paige's ever growing closet. She has more clothes than me!

I love her glider!
This is a diaper bag that a friend of mine made for me!

Her lamp on the changing table, made by a friend and given to me as a shower gift.

Her crib
Piggy bank given as a shower gift. Hopefully she will learn how to save better than her mommy!

Her curtains! I agonized over fabric choices, and you can barely tell here, but they are beautiful! Brown with cream scroll

Of course like any proud decorator, I will say that the pictures don't do it justice at all. I am lacking in the photography skills. But it is exactly what I wanted! And more! We have every single thing we could ever need for her - now we just need her!!