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I am a 29 year old teacher of fourth grade. My husband and I began TTC in March of 2008. We conceived our first month, but unfortunately it only ended in an early miscarriage. 8 months later we finally conceived again, and she was our take-home baby! Norah Jane was born on July 16, 2009. 7lbs 0oz 19" long and amazing. We recently had our sweet baby boy, Miles! He was born on June 12, 2013 at 3:37pm, weighing in at 8lbs 4oz, 20 inches long, and PERFECT! We are loving every minute of parenthood (even the frustrating minutes!). This blog is an attempt to chronicle the baby steps, foot steps, leaps, bounds, and milestones of this journey.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

It came!!

I LOVE LOVE LOVE it! The pictures are kinda sucky because my camera is missing, but you get the idea. I just adore it!

Nursery update and a bit about the baby shower.

My SIL is throwing me a baby shower, and we have a date! June 13th (I'll be 33 weeks) will be my friends and family shower. I will also be having a work shower on May 22nd (I'll be 30 weeks), and I will have a church shower somewhere in between that. I am really excited about the showers, because I don't even have to think about the showers... they are doing all of the work for me! I am so thankful for all of them!

Also in fun news, my mom bought my bedding set for me! What is crazy is how we picked it. She found a dust ruffle at a thrift store that was Carter's and brand new in the package. She bought it for $3 thinking that I *might* be able to use it. So I got it, liked it, but then turned the package over and saw the bedding it was supposed to go with and I loved it! I looked everywhere on the internet trying to find it, but since it didn't have a name or style, I had a really hard time finding it. I couldn't find it at all, actually, so I gave up. Well, a few weeks later my mom calls me up and says that she found it on ebay and she bought it! It was only $49 too! So here I am anxiously awaiting it to come in the mail. Here are the ebay pics of what it looks like though.


I cannot wait to get it in the mail. It totally goes with my nursery bird theme and I think it is going to look super cute. Plus, it is not all PINK PINK PINK, which is what I am trying to stay away from, and it will look really good with the amazing green walls we have in there already.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Boring Entry.

There really isn't anything major to report right now. I am going to be taking a belly pic this weekend to post. It'll be my 22 week pic. I didn't take a 21, and I feel like such a slacker. Oh well... what are you going to do?

Norah has been an active baby. She is kicking me a whole bunch, which is very reassuring after this week's tirade. :) I love feeling her. I know that I was terrified to feel her the first time, but it really is an amazing feeling. And every day I feel her, is another day I know she is healthy and comfy in her little world called my ute.

This weekend I am catching up on sleep. Three days in a row of going to bed at almost 1am and getting up at 6 is not healthy. I was invincible in college, but as a pregnant chick, I just can't do it anymore. I am so so so tired.

Ok, that's all for now... gotta go get the kiddos from guidance class!

21w6d

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

That was nerve wracking.

I've had an eventful week so far, and it is only Tuesday! So this past week (Spring Break to be exact), I went up to Boston to visit my gma who has multiple cancer all over her body. I am praying so hard for her and hope that she can make it a little while longer. She is desperate to meet Norah, and I will be heartbroken for her if she doesn't make it that far. Anyway, I came home on Saturday morning, and realized that my belly looked smaller, and I hadn't felt Norah in a long while. Typically I feel her 6-7 times an hour. Well, I figured she was sleeping.

Fast forward to Sunday, same type of thing. I felt her two or three times the whole day... I got more nervous. Same thing for Monday. I felt her around 9am on Monday, then I couldn't remember feeling her after that. I started to get really worried, so to ease my fears, I called the nurse line at my doc. She advised me that decreased fetal movement should not be taken lightly and that I should head straight to the hospital.

It was 2:40ish, so I separated my students into two other teacher's rooms and left immediately. I love my team. :) I got H from the house (since it was on the way and I needed him there) and we headed to the hospital. Thankfully Norah kicked me quite hard on the way to the hospital, but it was still only the SECOND time I'd felt her all day.

We get to the hospital and the nurse hooks me up on a fhr monitor and movement monitor. Immediately the HR came up in the 150s and we heard movement, even though I couldn't feel it. I was so so happy. It turns out that Norah had changed positions and was kicking more towards the back and she was probably going through a growth spurt, so she was sleeping more.

I felt so silly going in over what turned out to be nothing, but I really needed that peace of mind. I would have driven myself crazy for the next few weeks if I hadn't gone in. Plus, they preregistered me while I was there and gave us the birth certificate packet too! Woot! So, all is well with my baby girl, and we couldn't be happier!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

A Pregnancy Survey.

My Pregnancy
Mother Name: Jennifer/Jiff
Age: 25
Birthday: Sept 1983
Birth Place: Georgia
Height:5' 3"
Pre-pregnancy weight: 159
Current weight: 157
Fathers Name: Daniel
Age: 25

RELATIONSHIP STATUS
Are you with the baby's father?: Yes. lol... this survey totally came from baby gaga!
Are you married?: Yes
If together, how long have you been together?: We were married Oct. 13th, 2007
FIRSTS
Is this your first pregnancy?: No, I had an early m/c before this.
How did you find out you were pregnant? I tested at 11dpo and got a positive after getting a negative two days earlier.
What were your first symptoms?:Sickness.
Who did you tell first?: My H. I was jumping up and down with the pee stick in my hand at 6am.
Who was with you when you found out?: No one, but H was about 15 feet away in another room.
Was baby planned?: Most definitely. We tried for 9 months.
REACTIONS
What was your reaction?: I was so happy, and very much in shock that it was our month. Our, ahem..timing... wasn't great because of my food poisioning.
What was the baby's father's reaction?: He was in shock and wouldn't believe it until I got the doc confirmation. He was so freaking happy!
What was the parent's reactions? They were elated!
What was friends and family reactions? Everyone was really happy for us.
BABY
Due date: August 1st, 2009
Do you want to know the sex? Yes, we wanted to know.
Do you know the sex?: Yes!
If so, boy or girl?: Sweet baby girl!
Any names?: Her name will be Norah Jane B______.
Any ultrasounds?: I've had three total. One at 7w4d, one at 12w1d, and one at 18w6d. I don't think I'm having anymore though. :(
Have you heard the heartbeat?: Yes, and I love it every time.
Baby ethnicity?: White.
Who do you think baby will look like? I'm hoping she will have H's nose and lips, and my hair.
Will baby have any siblings?: Yes, but later.
Will baby have their own room?: Oh yes.
What is baby's nursery theme? Birds and nature. Hard to explain really.
Have you and dad felt baby move?: Yes, and I really love it.
LABOR
Who is your OB/GYN? A woman doc.
What hospital will you deliver: A great one in Nashville
Who will be in the delivery room? H... and possibly SIL as the photographer (she's a professional photographer, and I really want a pic of the baby and me/H meeting for the first time.
Will you use medication?: Yeah... I'll go as long as I can w/o it.
Are you scared about labor?: Yes... mainly tearing and misadministered epidurals and such.
Will you videotape or take pictures?: SIL will. H will video some parts.
How will you react when you see baby? Honestly, it will either be shock or crying... probably crying.
What will you say?: We'll see.
MISCELLANEOUS
Did you have morning sickness?: Oh yes... until about 16w. It returns in small episodes every now and again.
Did you have any cravings? I've eaten a lot of mustard during my pregnancy. Mainly salty things. Sweet stuff just doesn't do it for me right now.
Did you have any mood swings?: Not too bad.
Are you a high risk pregnancy?: Not technically.
any complications?: Not so far.
Formula or breastfeeding?: I am going to try to breastfeed, then we'll see how it goes.
Have you bought anything for baby yet?: Yes, crib, bassinet, clothes, exersaucer, bouncy chair, sooo many things.
When did you start to show?: I blew up at 17w.
How long could you wear your regular clothes?: I wore them until about 15-16 weeks.
Are you excited?: So excited... I cannot wait to meet her.
Who will help with baby after their born?: H and my mother will be here for two weeks or so.
What is your favorite thing about being pregnant?: My baby and not having to suck in ever. :)
What is the worst thing about being pregnant?: m/s sucked, and sometimes I feel like I swallowed a bowling ball, but so far it hasn't been too bad.

Exhausting week.

Well, my week of relaxation turned out a little differently than I expected. I went to Boston to visit my grandmother, and although it was a bit exhausting, it was great. I really enjoyed seeing her. She can't wait for Norah to get here. She will be her first great grandchild. She has cancer in almost every part of her body, so she is really worried that she won't make it to see Norah. From the looks of how she was doing when I was up there, I think she will make it...I hope so.

So Norah has been a kicking fanatic lately. I was sick on the plane on the way to Boston, and her kicking actually made the nausea worse. It feels nice though that I know she is doing well in there. I cannot wait to meet her.

I am 21 weeks today. I am feeling really good and big. I just know there is a crazy growth spurt coming up. Next milestone to look forward to is three weeks from now. 24 weeks=viability! Can't wait!

Monday, March 16, 2009

20 weeks 2 day picture


My belly is definitely getting bigger! Some days it feels huge, and others it feels smaller, but either way, I've got a baby growing im there!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

20 Weeks!

I cannot believe I am halfway done with pregnancy... it is all downhill from today on. Wow. This is going by so so so fast.

H and I registered today at Babies r Us. It was so much fun! We were there for about an hour and a half, and we ended up registering for about 300 things... lots of little things, but everything very useful! I am really excited that H went and had fun. He scanned everything in the world... he would say, "oh, that's adorable." Then he'd scan it. He was adorable. :)

Friday, March 13, 2009

H felt her!

So last night, after the last kids from our youth group went home, Hand I were laying on the sofa watching our newly-installed cable, and I felt Norah kick over and over. One kick was particularly hard, and I said outloud, "I've got to be able to feel that from the outside!" This is after a conversation with H earlier that day about how it would be another 4 weeks or so before he could feel her.

So I put my hand way down low on my tummy, because that is where she is, waited about 3 seconds, and POP! I felt it like crazy. I said real fast, "Put your hand here!!" I grabbed his hand, put it in the same spot, and after waiting about 30 seconds, she kicked him, then again, then again... He sounded like a little kid all giddy when he said, "I felt that! I felt that!!" It was really cool. :)

I felt her a couple more times, then she went to sleep or something, because she stopped kicking all-together. I'm so glad he got to feel her. :)

In other news, my gma isn't doing so hot. My parents went up to see her in Boston, and my dad is going back next week to meet with the doctors. They are saying it is breast cancer that she's had for over five years that has spread to her lungs. She knew that she had the lump in her breast for five years, but was too afraid to tell anyone. I love that woman so much. I really hope she pulls out of this and lives another 10 years. She deserves it. She's an incredible woman who's been through so much.

After the workday today, I am officially on Spring Break! I plan on relaxing a bit and arranging the house we just moved into. I bought more decor for Norah's room, and I can't wait to see what it looks like all done up. I bought this dandelion decal:





And I also bought these: I LOVE them! I got them in a taupe color to go with the room.



Monday, March 9, 2009

Shopping!

There was this consignment sale this past Friday that I went to after finding out that the baby is a girl, and while I thought I was going to get good deals, I had NO idea HOW good I was going to make out. I'll post some pictures later, but here are some of the things I got:

A perfect condition sleigh style natural wood crib. (Retail $250)
An Eddie Bauer Bassinet in perfect condition (Retails $159)
An exersaucer in beautiful condition (with working batteries!) (Retail $85)
A gorgeous lamp (Retail $20)
A brand new saftey first plastic gate (Retail $45)
A Fisher Price bouncy chair (gorgeous) (Retail $60)
A dress that she can't wear until she's two, but was too cute not to get
A closet hanging organizer (Retail $15)
10 maternity outfits (Retail ???)

How much? $243. For everything. I was amazed. :)

We set up the crib and bassinet in her room and everything else is put in there with it. I cried after we got her crib up. I am just so happy. :)

So happy.

So I figured I'd write down the u/s story before I forgot.

We got to the u/s place, waited for what seemed like forever, then finally got called in. The lady came in and told me to strip down to my skivvies. I looked at my H with an expression of terror that said, "I had no clue this would be an internal..." I did what was asked and she came back in. I looked at her and said, "um, is this an internal?" all scared like. She said, "Well, maybe. It depends on how much you have in your bladder. I just like to ask everyone to get undressed just in case." Now none of this made me feel any better seeing as though it was 8:45 in the morning and I had just woken up and gone to the bathroom less than an hour ago. I reeeeeeeally didn't want to deal with that wand thing.

So I get up on the table, she squirts the warm jelly on my belly and starts with the paddle thingy... thank goodness we could see what we needed to see. No internal! Wahoo! She checks for the heartbeat immediately, and found it very quickly. 155bpm. :) She asks us if we want to know the sex... I scoff and laugh and say, "YES!" She tells us that she has to do the health scan first, then she'll do gender determination. The u/s was really cool from that point on. We got to see almost all of the parts of her body, including her heart chambers, kidneys, legs, arms, face. So sweet. :) Then she asked us if we were ready for the gender shot. I said yes emphatically again.

Now, I've been studying u/s photos to see what I would be looking for for a boy or girl. A boy is obvious, but a girl is a little tricky. I must have been well-informed, because as soon as the shot came on the screen, I yelled out, "it's a girl!!!!" before she did. It was quite funny. She laughed and said yes it was and that there was no doubting it. H was wrong, but was smiling from ear to ear. :)

For the rest of the day I could not wipe the grin off of my face. I'm having a daughter, and her name will be Norah Jane. I am so so so blessed. :)

Friday, March 6, 2009

It's a GIRL!!!

I am so excited and happy! I am going to have a daughter in 4 months! H and I could not be happier! We didn't have a preference... we just wanted a healthy baby. She is healthy and measuring on time. :) I am so full of joy! I'll post the adorable u/s pic later and update more later. I am totally going shopping tonight!

18w6d

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Tomorrow.

Big u/s is tomorrow! I am so excited, I can't stand it. In my classroom we've had a countdown going on the board since the day I found out when the appt would be. It said "3w6d" when it started, today is says "1 d". I am only taking a half day tomorrow since I need to save up my time for next school year's maternity leave, which sucks, so I will be back to school around 11:30. I told the kids that I would bring them cookies. If it is a boy I would have cookies with blue icing, if it is a girl I will have cookies with pink, and if they couldn't tell then I'd bring cookies with green icing. They are all so excited. Ahh... I wish tomorrow would be here already.

It is strange to me to think that in 21 short weeks I will be a mom to a son or a daughter. I mean, technically I am already a mom, but this will be a mom to an outside baby. It is easy to be a mom to the baby now. All I have to do is take care of myself and live. But in 21 weeks, everything will change... I can't wait. :)

18w5d
1d until BIG u/s!

Monday, March 2, 2009

We Moved!

I'm so happy that this past weekend is over! We moved from our tiny townhouse to a bigger house, and it is WONDERFUL! We got everything in (with the help of our wonderful youth group) by 5pm yesterday. We still have some cleaning to do at our old place, but we are essentially moved in and I love it! I love walking down the hall past the nursery... it is so perfect. Hardwood floors, painted a beautiful green color, beautiful old german-style window... :) I now have a 20 minute drive to work instead of a 5 minute one, but in all honesty, it was a wonderful drive this morning! So peaceful and pretty (scenic road going against traffic).

We have lots of decorating to do, but for now, it is perfect! Although I did have a small problem this morning. 30 seconds is how long the water stayed hot in the shower this morning. I went in and told H, "You NEED to call the guy TODAY!" I Don't know why it is like that, but hopefully it will be fixed soon.

In baby news, 4 days left!!

18w2d
4d until big u/s!