welcome to the jungle

on 1/26/16 i gave birth to a beautiful baby boy named Milo. he was 8.4 oz and 20.5 inches long. needless to say, all of the nurses said “he’s a big boy”. we just spent the our first night home, and let’s say the cats were not happy… more to come!

 

oh yea, the salad worked!

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bye bye bye

goodbye 2015, hello maternity leave! i’ve been on maternity for 1 week now, and have had a long list of things to do for my hubby. i’m 36 weeks, and i have the mindset that baby boy will come at any moment, so i need to act quick. first on my list: car seat installation!

who knew how complicated installing the car seat could be?! i’m in a group on FB that speaks about nothing but car seats and the million things you can’t do with them. i also heard that 90% of parents are using them wrong. why is it so hard??? to save our sanity and for peace of mind, i think we are going to hire a professional.

i’m also thinking about a baby photographer. we’re so bad at taking pictures of ourselves. we go on vacation and come home with like 3 pics. it will be nice to have someone else whose in charge of the pics. they’re expensive, but oh so cute!

last on my list is interviewing a 2nd pediatrician option. we met with the now famous dr. hamilton who created “the hold”, but the commute is bit longer than we’d like. with all the visits we have to make, it would be nice to find someone closer. but will they have the magic touch like dr hamilton???

my goal is to have answers to all of these by the end of the week. i hope….

 

if it walks like a duck

i’m 34 weeks and preparing for my maternity leave. it’s been really stressful trying to get answers from my HR on what i need to do. it seems like everyone’s suggestion is to go on leave, and figure out everything then. this doesn’t make sense!! how can i just stop working and hope i qualify to receive state disability?

on top of that stress, it’s getting harder to walk. i’m waddling around the office at a snails pace. the baby suddenly feels so much heavier and is putting a ton of pressure under my belly. i’ve gained 30+ lbs and i’m ready to be on maternity leave. Only 2 more weeks to go. Believe me, the countdown has already begun.

heart to heart

it’s been 2 months since our last ultra sound that viewed our baby’s heart. the doc is still seeing the same coarcatation of the aorta. i’ve had 2 months to digest this information, so it wasn’t a shock. as for next steps, we just have to wait for the baby to born to confirm. there will be a cardiologist on hand to perform an echocardiogram, and a chance that he will have to spend the night in the NICU for further monitoring. we’ll take everything one day at a time, and not assume the worst until told otherwise.

stuff no one tells you #3

we had our last prenatal class that included a tour of the hospital. we saw the labor room and the room you recover in. there is a BIG difference between the two. the labor room has mood lighting and is spacious. there is a couch that converts into a bed for daddy. it looks like a hotel. after your baby is born, you are put into a closet with a roll-away bed. congrats! here are some other things i learned:

  1. a birth plan seems like a good idea. there are sooooo many decisions you have to make. i’d like to make them when i’m not in pain
  2. after birth, you can swell even more
  3. after birth, you may lose hair
  4. once you get to the hospital, you can’t eat anything
  5. aroma therapy is offered for pain management

5 years later

FB reminded me that it’s been 5 years since Johnney proposed to me. Seems like maybe …2 years ago? I still feel like i just graduated college. Time goes by too quickly!

The same goes for my pregnancy. Shortly I’ll be in my 3rd trimester, and soon on maternity leave. I feel like there are a million things I need to do and buy. We started signing up for maternity classes. Things are getting real

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