C’s 2nd Birthday/Mother’s Day

May 13, 3018 | Little C LOVES Moana right now, so it was only fitting that her 2nd birthday party feature PINK and tropical themes!  You can tell that she really “gets” birthdays this year… 🙂  The kiddos loved throwing the balloons in the air, and the leis were a big hit for all.  I was SO pregnant that I only took photos from the couch…and thanks to A’s planning we were able to combine the party AND Mother’s Day because of my physical state.  I can’t do a whole lot (ie I missed the CF walk the day before)!

After finding out baby was breech, and planning on having the baby Tuesday, we took a few last photos.  WHOA that belly!!  That’s wearing compression tights AND a support band…eesh.

Breech??

May 10, 2018 | After weeks of praying/wishing/hoping that this baby would come early — a regular appointment this morning just changed all of that.  Somehow in the span of one week, at close to 39 weeks, baby has flipped to the breech position.  HOW?!  There isn’t SUPPOSED to be room in there for a flip…and then there’s talk of this “Version” procedure where they’ll manually manipulate my belly from the outside and try to get the head-down.  It was all overwhelming — enough to make me start breathing faster and sweat on the exam table.  Not because I’m worried about me, or really a C-section…but more worried about BABY.  If I go into labor this weekend (Mother’s Day Weekend) will we make it to the hospital on time that it’ll be safe?  And if the procedure does work, I asked if the induction could still take place (to avoid a second-flip)?  Thankfully, yes.  Geez the emotions!

I know that it will all be ok, and things will work out.  This little one has just kept us on our toes the ENTIRE pregnancy, in ways I didn’t even think were possible.  The beginning was pelvic-pain all the time, then back-pain, then vericose veins requiring compression tights, quickly followed by needing a belly band (that I destroy the velcro in NO TIME)…BUT, all this to welcome a sweet little one into our arms, and for E to finally have that role of BIG SISTER.  This blip in time will be long forgotten soon enough… 🙂

Maternity Photos

April 16, 2018 | After numerous reschedules hoping for the flowering trees, I finally decided that no matter what we were going to take them on this day. The location has special meaning, because it was where I spent a lot of time after our loss a year+ ago. I thought that it would bring everything full-circle to capture this pregnancy in the same physical place that brought so much heartache before.  But it still worked…even though the trees weren’t flowering, a nearby tree was, and it was a lovely sunny-day for photos.  I love them…and this lovely life we have created.

Nursery, Misc

March 27, 2018 | As we are creeping slowly towards the newest member of the family, I thought I should do a “generic” post with images of the nursery, and some fun things that E is up to — and maybe throw one of the VERY FEW bump-photos I’ve taken over the course of this pregnancy.  I can partially blaming it on not wanting to get too excited until we were really far along, but also I just haven’t felt all that great for most of the time.  Quite different from my time carrying E, that’s for sure!

First let’s start with the nursery.  While we debating finding out the gender this time, ultimately we thought it would be fun to have a surprise again.  Which meant another neutral nursery!  I didn’t want it too look like E’s did, so I went with black and white pieces that gradually accumulated into a geometric/wool/sheep “theme” I guess?  First step was taking all of my Office and moving it to the guest room…

I’ll have to take some actual camera-photos once it’s completely done, but I’m actually really happy with how it turned out.  Sure I’d LOVE to get a new chair that’s black or ivory, but that just doesn’t make much sense when this one still works perfectly!

Then E…her first bout with Pink Eye (I think)?  We were able to get drops without going into the office, and I was pleasantly surprised by how well she handled them.  Even reminding me to give them to her at breakfast/dinner most of the time!  But that first morning she looked so pathetic…lol!

She’s been on a new “kick” that involves her coming out of her bedroom in the morning (now that the doorknob locks are gone) and coming into our room for morning snuggles.  She really hasn’t been a snuggler until recently, and the pregnancy pillow is just fascinating to her!  It’s pretty great to hear those little feet RUNNING into our room around 6:30 AM or so.  “I need some morning snuggles!” she’ll say…and maybe occasionally fall back asleep.  It’s nuts!  Who is this kid!?

Finally a bump-photo — we are planning on maternity photos, but here’s a cliche bathroom-selfie for now at 32 Weeks I believe?

Social Media Announcement

February 2, 2018 | We finally made the news public to the interwebs — at 24 weeks along. I debated even posting it, but having a business that relies on social media to attract clients made the decision for me. This was the post on Instagram and FB:

“It is with a joyous heart, we share the news we are expecting a little one in May. While this is truly happy and exciting, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention/send a prayer to anyone facing hardships growing your own family. Last year was an incredibly rough road of heartache & loss. Without so many of you being an ear to listen and a shoulder to cry on, I wouldn’t be sharing this news today.  We are incredibly grateful, and look forward to meeting this boy/girl in the Spring!”