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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.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

A Pregnancy Survey 2

When did you find out you were pregnant?
November 19th, 2008-- 11dpo

Was it planned?
Oh yes! H and I tried for 9 unsuccessful months before getting pregnant.

What was your first reaction?
I wish that evaporation line would be a real second line! Wait, it's not going away... holy...wait, is that another line?! Is it?! Holy crap! It is!!

Who was with you when you found out?
H was asleep about 15 feet away. When I realized it was a second line for real, he wasn't asleep much longer! All of the cutesy ideas I had for telling him when we were pregnant went out the window! I was screaming at him.

Who was the first person you told?
H of course.

How did your parents react?
They were so happy, but also very wary at first. They'd been through this before when we miscarried back in April 2008.

What was your first symptom?
I don't recall any symptoms that didn't feel like my period coming. I was crampy, but that was normal.

How much weight have you gained?
As of my last appointment (30 Weeks), I had gained 6 pounds, but I'm sure that at my appt this Tuesday, the weight will certainly go up.

Do you have stretch marks?
None from pregnancy yet

Natural or medicated birth?
I'll go natural as long as I can, but I will be medicated I am sure.

Who will be in the delivery room with you?
Well, definitely my husband, the doc, nurses, etc. But, I really really want a picture of when I very first see her, and I only trust my SIL to get that photo well since she's a pro. BUT, if I let her in, I feel like I will have to let everyone and their mama in... I don't know what to do. I'm not comfortable having everyone in there.

Will you breastfeed?
I will most definitely try. I have decided that I will do everything that I can to breastfeed, but if it doesn't work, I will not beat myself up for it.

Do you think you'll need a c-section?
At this point, no. I don't know what the actual delivery holds, of course. I honestly hope I do not have to have one.

Will you cry when you hold the baby for the first time?
Probably so.

What's the first thing you might say to him/her?
We'll see when the time comes.

Would you let someone videotape the birth?
No, I think that is something I won't really want to see again, and I definitely don't want other people seeing it.

Are you excited about the birth, or scared?
A little of both. It is an overwhelming thought.

How much does your baby weigh right now?
According to the websites, around 4lbs.

What do you think she will look like?
Obviously I don't know, but I really hope she has a lot of hair and H's lips and nose.

What do you want to do that you couldn’t do throughout pregnancy?
Lay on my belly.

What will you miss about pregnancy?
A lot of things. I love feeling her move, and I know I'll miss that, but I'll also miss having her all to myself whenever I want to.

What will you not miss about pregnancy?
Only being able to sleep in certain positions, being oddly unemotional towards things that typically make me really emotional, obviously the first trimester sickness, and maternity clothes.

What is different about this pregnancy than your last?
This one stuck thank God.

What is the same as your last pregnancy?

Any cravings?
I've eaten a whole lot of Cocoa Pebbles, sushi, and mustard. I have an even greater love of popsicles than I did before I got pregnant.

Who do you think is next to get pregnant out of the people you know?
Hmm.. this is a good question. One I really have no idea how to answer.

How many kids do you want?
When I'm done I'm hoping to have 3, but honestly, with our career choices (youth minister and teacher), I'm not sure we'll be able to afford to have that many! Lol...we'll see.

When will you try to have another baby?
Well, we talked about this the other day, and I think we will probably start trying when she is 3 years old. That way, since I still have to work regardless, we can have only one child in daycare since Norah will be in preschool where I work.

What are you most excited about?
Meeting her for the first time, then being her mom forever.

Where will this baby be born?
Nashville, TN

What do you think your baby will weigh and measure at birth?
I'm guessing around 7lbs. I don't think she'll be a really big baby.

Poking is fun

Last night I had a blast with Norah... she is going to be so mad at me when she arrives. I kept moving her around in my belly, and she kept moving like crazy right back. I'd poke one side, she'd move to the other. I've never seen her move so much. Then H got in on the action. He took an LED flashlight that he has and pressed it against my belly and moved it around. She went nuts! She moved around like crazy, almost like she was following the light. It was awesome! I read somewhere that babies around 31 weeks can see light from the outside. I'm so glad we tried it. I just love feeling her move!

31w 1d

Saturday, May 30, 2009

31 Weeks

31 Weeks now, and feeling pretty good. I took my picture today like I do every Saturday, and I swear I am not getting any bigger. I'm sure I am, but I can't see it very easily in my photos. Oh well. I know I'll get a whole lot bigger soon. I have my 32 week doc appointment this Tuesday, which means another weigh-in. I am hoping that I have gone up no more than 4 lbs, which will be 2lbs a week like I am hoping for. I've said it before, but if I go up 2lbs a week from my last appt to my 40 week appt, then I will have only gained a healthy 26 lbs.

So we've got 9 weeks left. I have a whole lot to do. We are going to SC next weekend to see my family, which is about 9 hours away. I am praying nothing goes wrong while I'm down there. When I go into labor, I want to be at MY hospital, not one that I'm not familiar with. We'll only be down there for four days though, so everything should be fine.

So my main frustration this week has been finding maternity clothes. It is impossible. I have looked everywhere. Old Navy, Target, Dillards, and Macy's all have NOTHING. Well, I take that back, Dillards and Macy's literally have not a single piece of maternity clothing, but while Target and Old Navy do, they only have maybe 2 racks, and they are all frumpy and gross-looking. Or, if I do find something, they NEVER have it in my size. They usually only have XS and XL... nothing inbetween. I also went to Motherhood Maternity, and they have some things, but most of everything is either baggy and huge or not in my size. So frustrating. I am convinced that I am going to have to spend my last 9 weeks in the same two pairs of shorts and the same three tank tops. Ahh...

Ok, that's it for now. Here is my 31 week photo. Sorry if it looks like I am holding my boob up. I was trying to not show off anything!

31w 0d
9w to go

Tuesday, May 26, 2009


Not much baby news to report. Norah's been active as ever. I have an appointment next week, so I'll get to hear her sweet little heartbeat again. :) I am eating like a machine lately. Not a whole LOT really, just small amounts very often. Hopefully my weight won't go up too much. I really don't want to gain more than 2lbs every week from here on out. If I only gain 2lbs a week, then by 40weeks I'll be up 26lbs over the whole pregnancy, which is a very healthy weight.

Overall I am feeling pretty good. Rings are still on too, which is shocking! I thought for sure that I'd swell up by now and need to take them off. They only get uncomfotable when we are outside for an extended period of time. The heat swells my hands pretty badly. Belly is getting bigger of course. Today I thought for sure that I could actually feel it stretching. Norah was also putting a lot of pressure low down on my pelvis, so that wasn't too comfortable. But oh well, anything for this chick!

In school news, school is out now... yay! Today I went back to the school though to try to finish up my classroom. I worked for about 5 1/2 hours and got so so so much done. I even did my bulletin boards for next year! Everything is organized and easy to find, which is a must since there will be a sub in there for the first month and a half. I need to start writing my lesson plans for next year, which reminds me, I really need to grab my teaching textbooks when I go back tomorrow. I still have about an hour of work to do tomorrow, so I'll go back in the morning and just be done with it. I'm excited, but nervous that I won't be able to get back in there to set everything up before she's born. I need to set things up, but if I can't, then hopefully my sub will be able to do it, even though she won't get paid the extra money for it.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Another scary episode

Yesterday we had a bit of a scare. Went to the restroom, and saw bright red blood. No good. It was just like it was when I had a bleeding episode at 12 weeks. Only that blood is a little bit more scary the closer you get to the end. I didn't panic, but I called the on-call doc, and she told me to go to Labor and Delivery at the hospital. We went, got put into a room immediately, and the very nice nurse came in and hooked me up to the monitors.

The baby's heartrate was fine, she was moving around fine, but the nurse did say something scary... she said, "we're going to monitor you for a little bit since you did have a contraction just then." Then she pointed to the screen and showed me where it went up on the graph. I hadn't felt it, so it was mild, but still a scary word to hear when you're only 30 weeks.

So they monitored me and Norah, then she came in and did an internal (NOT fun) to make sure I wasn't dilating at all, which I wasn't, thank goodness! They are going to follow up with me this week about some other tests, but after about 1 1/2 hours of monitoring, they said that we were good and that they had no idea why the bleeding happened...just like last time. They told me to come back immediately if it happened again though.

All in all it was a fluke, which I am very happy about, I just wish I knew what in the world was causing that. Norah really needs to stay in there at least 7 more weeks! On a positive note, at the hospital they put us in a birthing room, which is the first time I'd seen one. It was very spacious and comfortable. Nice lighting, well laid-out, and they even have wi-fi...lol.

Well, that's all for now. Time to get some sleep!

30w 2d

Sunday, May 24, 2009

30 Weeks

Wow... 30 weeks seems so close to 40. I read on someone's blog lately that 30 is so much different than 29. It really really is. 29 is still in the 20s, while the 30s can seriously hold the birth of this baby. So exciting!

I'm feeling really well all around. I've been eating fine, and aside of her kicking me really hard occasionally, I am not feeling pain anywhere yet. I'm still sleeping ok, which is wonderful, and I don't feel 100% huge yet. Now, ask me in about 5 weeks, and I might tell you differently. We'll see.

So for now, here is my 30 week belly pic. I'm so glad I kept these up through the pregnancy. I think that they are going to be really great to look back on later on.

Oh, and in great news, school is out!! I am going back on Tuesday and Wednesday for a couple of hours to finish cleaning up my room and setting up for next year, but I have no schedule. Bring on the summer paychecks for nothing!

Friday, May 22, 2009

First Baby Shower!

So, my wonderful team at school decided to throw me a baby shower today, which was so very sweet of them. It was so nice. Most of the teachers came to it, and Norah got some nice gifts. We ended up getting $115 in Target cards and a $30 Babies R Us card (yay!!). We also got an Eddie Bauer Travel Bed, a couple of adorable (and soft!) stuffed bears, the crib blanket that I had previously registered for before I found the bedding that we have now, so I am going to have to take that back, some super cute outfits for her, and an enormous (and gorgeous!) diaper cake! I had no clue that there was a pre-k teacher at our school that had that as a side business. It is fabulous!

So the baby shower was so great. They had a delicious cake there too, which is always a plus! As soon as I get my pics uploaded, I'll post them.

That's it for now. I am totally exhausted. Time to go eat some cake and take a nap!


Edit to add picture:

Here's the beautiful diaper cake. It did look a little bit better before being lifted and moved around so much. Still so pretty that I don't want to take it apart!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

30 Week Appt update

Today I had my 30 week appt, even though I'm only 29w4d, and it was uneventful, just as I predicted. She seems to be doing well. Her h/b was 149, I was measuring on time, and I even gained 3 pounds. That puts me at a total gain of 6lbs. I figure if I gain 2 lbs a week from now until the end, I'll only be up 26lbs, which is 1lb over what my doc told me to do. Hopefully I won't gain 2lbs a week every week, but if so, not a huge deal. I'm way to exhausted to write anymore right now, so I'll update more later.


P.S. Tomorrow is the last day of school!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Nursery Stuff!

Ok, I bought these a while back and forgot to post them. I bought these for Norah off of Craigslist fo $80... TOTAL! They are such good quality, and they are in perfect condition. I was so happy when I picked them up. The lady even loaded them in the car for me. Sweet deal!

This is the changing table. It is so stable, and awesome! She even gave me the changing pad and baskets! The birdie is mine. :)

And this is the amazing glider! It is so comfortable, and not squeaky at all. The original owners replaced the coushins and put these high quality chenille (sp?) ones on there. The green picks up the green in her bedding so perfectly! Love it!

And just for good measure, here is the crib with her bedding again!

Oh, and in other news, I found out that my shower at work is Friday! Woot! There aren't too many people who work there, so I don't expect much, but honestly, I didn't expect a shower at all there, so I'm pretty excited!

Burn, baby, burn

Had some mega-bad indigestion last night. My body burned from my stomach to my throat. Yuck. Other than that, nothing really new. Norah did do something kind of fun last night. H started playing his guitar, and Norah wasn't moving around at all. So I said, "Norah, daddy is playing a song for you!" Immediately she bounced harder than she ever has, making my stomach jump way out. Now, I know it was probably total coincidence, but it was still really sweet. :)

I have my 30 week appt tomorrow afternoon. That should be uneventful, but I do want to mention to her the number of bruises I've been getting lately. I'm wondering if I am low on iron. 2 1/2 days of school (with the kids) left! Woot!


Saturday, May 16, 2009

29 Weeks

29 Weeks! Wahoo! 11 Weeks left. (Insert scared to death face here). Nothing much to report other than news about my baby shower. So, the lady at church (the one who does the showers) came up to me and said that the only day she can do it is July 12th... I am so very thankful for the shower, and so thankful that things will be purchased for us that we don't have to buy, but here's the problem: I'm going to be 38 weeks. 38 Weeks pregnant in the middle of July. Could go into labor... could be swollen to the biggest I've ever been... I'm nervous. I'm thankful for the shower, but I'm nervous.

Anyway, here's my 29 Week belly shot. Finally I'm wearing something other than gray!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Just felt like updating.

I don't know why, but I feel like my husband loves me more these days. I have never once doubted that he loved me more than anything on this planet, but he just shows it and says it more and more lately-- like over the last week and a half. I don't know what it is, but I like it... a lot. :) I am so lucky to have that man, and Norah is so lucky that he is her father. He treats me with so much respect and love... I just love him.

In other news, I cannot get over the season finales of LOST and Hell's Kitchen. LOST I can't even get into right now because of how insane it was. Hell's Kitchen blew my mind, because I totally thought Paula was going to win. I am happy for Danny though. Oh, and even The Office had a nice surprise. I love the fact that Pam is Pregnant! The rest of the episodes from The Office this season sucked in my mind though. I cannot wait until next season! Crazy to think that I'll have my sweet baby girl here before then!

Speaking of my sweet baby girl, she seems to be doing fine. I don't know why she isn't as active as she has been, but every now and again I feel a great big kick or move, so I know she's still ok. Maybe she's just getting big and running out of room. Everyone says I look small for (nearly) 29 weeks, and I really don't think I do. I have plenty of time to get bigger!

Ok, that's all for now.

4 1/2 school days left!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Baby belly

Not too much to report really. I am getting bigger, I know that. I look at myself in the mirror every morning and every night now. I can't even really tell a difference between the two anymore. It used to be that I looked really small in the morning, and humongous at night, but now, I just look humongous. :) Actually, no, I really don't. To me I look very big, bigger than I've ever been, obviously, but I have been very blessed SO FAR to have only gained what looks to be baby weight. I have people telling me all the time, "You are ALL baby!" Which are words that make you want to jump up and kiss that person! I've always had this fear of gaining a whole lot of weight when I got pregnant. The kind that changes your entire appearance, like all kinds of weight in your face and legs. Thankfully, that hasn't happened YET. I say yet and so far because I have about 11 weeks to go, and a lot can happen in that amount of time.

5 1/2 days of school left! T0day next week will be my students' last day of school. I am so excited! I still have to report on the following day, but one day is not that bad. In fact, I'm looking forward to it because of the amount of stuff I need to get done. Yay for me finishing my first year of teaching!!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

28 Weeks- Mother's Day

Technically I am 28w 1d today, but I didn't have a chance to update yesterday. So here I am, at 28 weeks. 12 weeks to go... less than 3 months. Wow... this is going by so fast! I know it is about to slow down though. Once I start getting uncomfortable and hot, the time is going to go by so very slowly. I'm trying to put those days off as long as possible.

So today is Mother's Day, and I am having the hardest time figuring out if I should be celebrating it or not. I am a mother to the wonderful blessing of a baby girl in my ute, but I don't have an outside baby yet. Technically, yes, I am a Mother. But, I haven't had to do "mother" things yet. I haven't had to stay up all night with her, I haven't had to feed her, I haven't had to change her, I haven't had to deal with any of the things that actually makes you a mother. So I think today, I am celebrating Mother's Day .5, not quite there yet, but getting there. I'm reserving the actual thanks for my own mother, who I know put more energy and love into me than I can imagine.

Here's my normal belly shot for the week. 28 weeks and growing!

28 Weeks- Mother's Day

Technically I am 28w 1d today, but I didn't have a chance to update yesterday. So here I am, at 28 weeks. 12 weeks to go... less than 3 months. Wow... this is going by so fast! I know it is about to slow down though. Once I start getting uncomfortable and hot, the time is going to go by so very slowly. I'm trying to put those days off as long as possible.

So today is Mother's Day, and I am having the hardest time figuring out if I should be celebrating it or not. I am a mother to the wonderful blessing of a baby girl in my ute, but I don't have an outside baby yet. Technically, yes, I am a Mother. But, I haven't had to do "mother" things yet. I haven't had to stay up all night with her, I haven't had to feed her, I haven't had to change her, I haven't had to deal with any of the things that actually makes you a mother. So I think today, I am celebrating Mother's Day .5, not quite there yet, but getting there. I'm reserving the actual thanks for my own mother, who I know put more energy and love into me than I can imagine.

Here's my normal belly shot for the week. 28 weeks and growing!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Step on the scale.

How the heck did I LOSE 1/2 a pound since my last appt??? I have gained a total of 3 lbs over this pregnancy, and while I am not complaining in the SLIGHTEST since I've always had a fear of being enormous during pregnancy, I am just shocked at how 3 lbs at almost 28 weeks is possible. Oh well. Doctor says I am doing fine and she is doing fine, so I feel good.

So the appt today was ok. I got there, got the GD drink, drank about 1/2 of it and then they called me back for my regular appt. Norah's hb is 140, I'm measuring at 27 weeks, and that's about it really. After the appt, I finished the drink and waited the hour. The drink wasn't too bad, but sitting there in the waiting room for an hour with this sugar syrup on my stomach made me want to vomit over and over again. It was a difficult hour. Then I went back to the blood draw, and the vampire back there had some sort of grudge against me and hurt me during every step of the blood draw process. From the band to the rubbing of the alcohol, to the bandaid at the end... all of that. I just don't understand why on earth that woman HAS to put the tape/bandaid thing on my arm hair. Oh well.

So I should hear some results in a day or two. If they don't call tomorrow, then I'm going to call the next day. I just want to know if I have to suffer the 3 hour or not.

So that is all for now. I'm glad she is doing well, because I've been kind of worried lately since she hasn't been moving around as much. For now, we're good!

27w 3d

Saturday, May 2, 2009

27 Weeks

I don't think I look much bigger from the last few weeks, but at school and everywhere else, so many people keep telling me that my belly arrived overnight. I don't know what is up. Oh well. Anyway, I updated yesterday, I just wanted to put up my pic from this week.

Here is the belly in all of its glory at 27 weeks. 13 weeks to go. :)

Friday, May 1, 2009

3rd Trimester!

As of today, I am officially in the third trimester-- the last trimester. Holy moly. In approximately 13 weeks, H and I will find our lives changed forever with the presence of a little person that we created. I cannot wait to meet this girl. I feel her kicking and squirming all the time, but I don't feel like I know her yet. I don't have this complete bond with her yet. She is mine, and I love her with all of my heart, but I really can't wait for that moment when I see her, meet her, and hold her for the first time. Makes me smile just thinking about it. :)

So, third tri welcomes me with some new pains. I've had some crampy pains in my ute area, nothing too bad though. I also had that back pain again last night, but on the other side. I know the pains are bound to get much worse too. But, with all of the negatives, comes the positives: I am still wearing my rings! Taking them off is something I've been dreading since even before becoming pregnant. I'm so attached to them. I also don't have swollen feet yet. Woot! I think I've gained probably 7-10 lbs in the last month (we'll see on Tuesday), but I don't look completely enormous. And, most importantly, Norah seems to be growing nicely in there.

I have my 28wk appt on Tuesday. GD testing... I really hope I pass the one hour. I don't want to do the three hour, and I really don't want to take off more time in the last weeks of school. Speaking of school, 14 school days left! So exciting! Three weeks from today, I will be celebrating the beginning of summer vacation, and the completion (and survival) of my first year as a classroom teacher. It is so nice to know that my principal wants me back next year... even with taking the first 6 weeks of school off for maternity leave! It makes me feel like I did a decent job. I feel mildly proud. :)

Ok, enough of that. Welcome to 3rd tri!