Saturday, March 7, 2015

Baby Girl #2 - 18 Weeks

We announced a few weeks back on Facebook that we are having Baby #2! And due to an early blood DNA test we found out at 15 weeks its a GIRL! Our second daughter will be born on or before August 8th, 2015. We are thrilled!

I tracked my pregnancy with Bree and have found it fun to go back and look at it now. I’m also planning on putting it into a book form so that she can have it when she is older. I thought for this next little girl that I should try to do the same thing so that she can have that same memory as well. I will admit how much harder it is to find the time to do this when you have a crazy little toddler running around who no longer naps though!

But here goes. Baby Girl #2…

How far along?: 18 weeks

Total weight gain: 2lbs – I started out 8 lbs heavier than I did with Bree, at this point with her I had gained 7 lbs, so I’m only slightly bigger than I was with her. I blame this on the fact that I actually lost a lb in my first trimester due to being soooo super sick!

How big is baby?: 5.5 inches – the size of a bell pepper.

Maternity clothes?: My bump started sticking out at 12 weeks and at 16 weeks I gave up on the rubber band trick and brought out my maternity clothes. Last weekend I went over to Kathryn’s and basically picked up my entire (AWESOME) wardrobe for the next 6 months and was wearing stylish pants all week this past week. Not really able to wear maternity tops yet, I’m not quite that big, but the pants are so much more comfortable.

Stretch marks?: Nope, I broke out the lotion I used all through my pregnancy with Bree, and I was lucky enough to avoid them with her, hoping for the same result this time around.

Sleep?: All through my first trimester I woke up 1-3x per night to go pee, that seems to have reduced. I now manage one wakeup or on some night even none! But I definitely get up earlier on those days.

Best moment this week?: This morning the baby was moving so much Jeremy was actually able to feel her! She is a strong one!

Movement?: Oh ya! Started feeling her around 15 weeks, a week earlier than Bree and they just keep getting stronger. Bree has continued to be an active kid even outside the womb so I’m sure to have two very active children.

Food cravings?: Ice tea and popcorn. I have never drank as much ice tea as I have in the past 3 months.

Labor signs?: I think I had Braxton hicks contractions yesterday in the car, super uncomfortable.

Belly button in or out?: In.

What I miss: Soft cheeses. I have had a few “pasteurized” ones but if I could eat one thing all the time right now this would be one I would want.

What I'm looking forward to this week: Starting to get Bree’s big girl room put together. Jeremy took down the popcorn ceilings last weekend and is working on painting the ceiling today. I’m going to paint parts of her new bed we bought off the swap and shop site on Facebook. And hopefully within the next week we can decide on a paint color and get those on the walls next weekend. Bree has decided she wants her room painted purple, so we are doing ONE purple wall. I put two swatches on the wall the other day, which I don’t like either, but she was SOOOOO excited when she walked into the room and saw them. Makes me very happy.

Weekly Wisdom: Try not to sweat the small stuff, everything works out in the end.

Milestone: Jeremy feeling the baby move today!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Brianne's Fairy Cute Nursery

I am so happy to finally post Brianne's nursery pictures. Both Jeremy and I put a ton of time into it to make it a great place for her to grow in. This room was made from love!

Here is a list of everything that went into making this room perfect!
  • Nursery wall art - hand painted by my girlfriend Heather
  • Hanging bookshelves - Ikea spice racks painted white
  • Brianne Blocks on top shelf - bought on etsy
  • Crib and Dresser - gifts from my parents
  • Dresser - created with Ikea Expedit bookcase and drawer inserts. Added Pink glass pulls to make it more baby
  • Rocker - Purchased at Value Village for $25, Jeremy painted it and I recovered the back and seat to match the room
  • Chevrom Curtains - Fabric bought locally and my girlfriend Heather sewed them into panels so we could hang them with curtain clips
  • Butterfly Mobile - bought on etsy
  • Closet system - Martha Stuart system at home depot, Jeremy and his dad installed it when they came up for the baby shower
  • Closet extras - On the right hand side I hung a ribbon on the wall that keeps all her little flower hair clips, its both functional and decorative
Brianne Madison Weaver Fairy Nursery

Brianne Madison Weaver Fairy Nursery

Brianne Madison Weaver Fairy Nursery

Brianne Madison Weaver Fairy Nursery

Brianne Madison Weaver Fairy Nursery

Brianne Madison Weaver Fairy Nursery

Brianne Madison Weaver Fairy Nursery

Brianne Madison Weaver Fairy Nursery

Day 13 Pictures

Here are the pictures we had taken when Brianne was only 13 days old. Compliments to J Shelton Photography.

Brianne Madison Weaver

Brianne Madison Weaver

Brianne Madison Weaver

Brianne Madison Weaver

Brianne Madison Weaver

Brianne Madison Weaver

Brianne Madison Weaver

Brianne Madison Weaver

Brianne Madison Weaver

Day 1 Pictures

A Few Pictures that were taken at the hospital. Compliments to Bella Baby Photography

Brianne Madison Weaver

Brianne Madison Weaver

Brianne Madison Weaver

Brianne Madison Weaver

Brianne Madison Weaver

Brianne Madison Weaver

Brianne Madison Weaver

Friday, July 6, 2012

Brianne's Birth Story

May 16th I was 36 weeks and 6 days.  I hadn't packed my hospital bag yet, it was on my to do list, I hadn't finished the rocking chair for her room, that was scheduled for the next weekend, and I never expected to have my baby 3 weeks early.  I thought for sure she'd be late.  My birth plan was to go with whatever, because my expectations were that I'd go into labor, be in labor for 24 hours or so and end up having a c-section.  I hadn't prepared work for an early departure either, because well...that just couldn't be in my cards.  Boy was I wrong.

I woke up at 4 am on May 16th, I went to the bathroom got back in bed and all of a sudden noticed my underwear was soaking wet.  Weird I was white underwear, clear liquid, drenched, no smell - yes I checked.  I went to the bathroom again (bright yellow - prenatal vitamins do that to you), changed my underwear, got back in bed and again - drenched.  Something was not right.  So I woke up Jeremy "Honey, I think my water just broke"  That got his worries I thought, we have time, I'm not in labor.  He had me call the doctor and she instructed us to take a shower, pack our bag and go to the hospital, I was early and the baby needed to be checked.  So we did.  we threw together a bag in about 5 minutes, tossed the car seat into the car, and headed to the hospital.

We arrived at the Overlake birthing center and entered their screening room, they monitored the baby and took a swab to check for amniotic fluid.  The test came back negative.  Negative?  How is that possible I asked?  The nurse told me that it is very common for people near birth to lose bladder control and I probably just peed myself., I totally understand the concept of that happening, but I know the difference between pee and well, not pee.  Well, then she said, it could be a change in mucus.  Um?  that much?  This just didn't seem right.  Either way, I had a doctor appointment that afternoon at 4:30 so they would do more tests then, for now go home.  So we did.

I went home, I changed, and I went to work.  Ya, crazy, I went to work - but this particular week was the announcements at T-Mobile regarding the reorganization, and I had a 9am staff meeting to find out if I had a job or not!  I had to be there I went.  And after my staff meeting (hooray I had a job!), I spent the rest of the day writing up instructions on what to do if I went into labor early.  Things not to forget and I trained my boss on the few things no one else knew how to do...just in case. 

At 4:30 I went to my doctors appointment.  My mom was there because she had come to meet the doctor, something we planned weeks ago.  I told the doctor about what had happened that morning and she gave me the same song and dance, it was probably pee, blah blah blah.  It was NOT PEE!  I felt like screaming...but she would give me a pelvic exam and see where I was.  "Huh, your 2 centimeters dilated" she informed me, and as she took her hand out, it was covered with blood.  "OH" she says "well, maybe you are in labor, let me go get the ultrasound machine" and sure enough, I was low on amniotic fluid.  I'll never forget the smile on her face as she looked at me and said "want to have a baby today?" I had a choice anymore.

I called Jeremy immediately and his response was simply a "seriously?".  He knew she was coming, something I hadn't been ready to accept yet.  I kept asking the doctor, really, we're inducing?  I'm having this baby?  I won't be going to work tomorrow?  It was very unreal.  I was sent over to the hospital for monitoring, allowed to eat around 6pm and then wait.  They wanted to see if I would go into labor naturally, if not they'd be inducing me at 11pm.  The idea was that if I had her the next day she'd be 37 weeks and would not have to go into the NICU.  That is of course assuming she was over 5lbs we know, that was not the case. 

For the first hour or two I spent my time on my work computer, canceling meetings, setting up my out of office, emailing my boss everything he needed and of course letting people know I'd be out.  Jeremy and my mom thought I was crazy, but I knew I had to do it then or I'd never do it, and I would worry...this way all was taken care of.  and what else would I be doing just sitting in a hospital bed anyway?  After that the waiting game commenced.  I never thought birth would be quite like this, when we threw together the hospital bag that morning I hadn't packed things like movies or books, something to waste the time away, so we were stuck with TV and the movies that played - Gnomio and Juliet & the Smurfs...ugh, it was miserable!

I tried to sleep, since I'd been up since 4am, but that just didn't happen.  Around 11pm the nurse came in to start me on pitocin.  Luckily by then I was exhausted and managed to sleep through the first part of labor.  around 3:30am they woke me up to check me and I was 4-5 cm dilated and able to get an epidural.  Since I hadn't felt any contractions yet, and the whole idea of an epidural scared me I said I'd think about it.  a few contractions later I looked at the nurse and said "I'll be getting this anyway won't I?"  she nodded and I asked for the epidural now please.  I only had about 30 minutes of contractions, so I was thinking this whole thing wasn't so

Brianne's Birth

The epidural made one leg pretty numb and the other just slightly numb, I hated it but was glad I still had the use of one leg at least, from my understanding that's not normally the case. It started wearing off around 9 am, at that point we knew little Brianne was kittywompus (yes a technical term) in the womb and we were trying to get her strait.  so they gave me another dose of the epidural, this made both legs numb and I was miserable.  So a few hours later when that wore off, I just let it keep wearing off.  At 12:45 I started pushing, at this point I could feel all the contractions, but I think that's a good thing as I knew when to push and could feel what I was doing.  after 2 hours of pushing the doctor finally came in to check on me.  Yes I know...2 hours?!?  that's what I was saying.  The whole time I kept repeating that the doctor hated me.  Keep in mind this was not my doctor.  she had been on call all night so went home around 7am. 

Anyway, he checked me and told me I had 3 options; keep pushing, try the vacuum, but at this point it was only 50/50 it would work cause she was still far up there, or have a c-section.  Since I'd worked so hard the last thing I wanted was to give up and have the c-section, so I kept pushing.  Another hour went by and I was exhausted, I gave up, lets try the vacuum.  Luckily the last hour of pushing had brought her lower down and it seemed my only issue at this point was getting her over my pelvic bone.  So my room filled up with about 10 people, apparently its precaution when they have to assist like that.  they tried the vacuum twice, both times it popped off her head, and then they tried the forceps, if that didn't work, I was going into a c-section.  But, luckily it did and out she came!  I actually didn't know they were going to try the forceps, they just brought them out after the vacuum didn't work and Jeremy yelled to me - DON'T LOOK!  lol...apparently big metal objects were a scary sight...I only saw a flash of silver, I didn't look.

So 3 hours and 15 minutes of pushing, 3 attempts at assistance and my 5lbs 6oz baby was born.  My doctor informs me that if my 2nd child does not come early, we will be scheduling a c-section.  I guess Brianne just thought to herself, its now or baby she is! 

Due to her size, she had to go to the NICU for 6 hours, they put her on my belly after birth and let her nurse and lay there for 30-45 minutes or so, then they took her away.  I remember when the NICU nurse came she was talking to me and all I could focus on was the fact that she had two noses and 4 eyes and I was seeing double....yes, it was a good thing they took her, 2 nights of very little sleep and labor, I needed rest.  They bottle fed her in the NICU but when she came back to me 6 hours later we started a feeding process that involved formula in a tube to my breast, this insured that she would not lose to much weight while we waited for my milk to come in.  She latched on right away and was a great eater.  This process took 2 people and lasted 5 days every 3 hours, needless to say that first week was exhausting for both Jeremy and myself.  but in the end her lowest weight was only 5lbs and that was excellent! 

To this day, we have a healthy growing baby girl, who we love sooo sooo much!

Brianne's Birth

Brianne's Birth

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Making it to 37 Weeks...barely

So I hadn't updated the blog due to just being so darn busy, I planned on doing it at 37 weeks with a new bump picture as well...but we barely made it there before Brianne decided to make her appearance. (Her birth story will come soon)

A quick recap of the 3 weeks that led to her birth....we had my family shower which was wonderful and the Weavers came into town to visit, so we were able to spend time with them. We also had our maternity photo shoot at gas works park that weekend (photo's to come). The next weekend we had our birthing and infant care classes - very glad to get that done early - please take note! And the next weekend was mothers day. We went out whale watching in Anacortes. A great trip...but before we left Jeremy said to me, are you sure this is a good idea, what if the baby comes early? I laughed and said no way would she come this early....can you say eat my words? 3 days later I was in the hospital and on track to receive my first child. Crazy....

How far along?: 37 weeks

Total weight gain: 30 lbs

How big is baby?: About 19 inches, 6.25 pounds - the length of a swiss chard! Since she was born this day, we do know that 19 inches is correct - but she was only 5lbs 6oz, so little.

Maternity clothes?: Yep, big as could be at this point

Stretch marks?: Managed without anymore.

Sleep?: Same as every week prior.

Best moment this week?: The birth of my daughter.

Movement?: I felt everything the closer we got, she moved my entire stomach you could watch her dance.

Food cravings?: Sweets.

Labor signs?: LOL.

Belly button in or out?: Stayed In.

What I miss: Having time, I feel like there is so much to do and trying to get it all done just takes everything out of you. Hopefully we will be done soon....(my comment from 34 weeks - and its just comical now)

What I'm looking forward to this week: Well it wasn't labor! But mother nature had other plans...

Weekly Wisdom: Pack your hospital bag early, and be prepared for anything.

Milestone: At 37 weeks, full term...and just in time.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

34 Weeks!

Jeremy got the seed down in the backyard this weekend - so happy that part is done. Now in 2-4 weeks we should actually have grass in the backyard. I'm so looking forward to that. Our front yard and flower beds in general are a weed nightmare! But that is something I'll have to deal with this summer I suspect. I've tried to get some teenagers to come and weed for me, multiple ones said they wanted to - I'm paying after all! But non have actually shown up to do it. I'm not going to hold my breath...

We did not get the closet system installed though. Jeremy and his dad are going to do that this weekend while his parents are in town to visit and go to the family baby shower. Its the last one, after this I have to take inventory and start picking up all the stuff we will still need when our adorable tiny human makes her appearance. Its crazy to think how much stuff is needed to support a whole nother human being...our little human being. Crazy!

But with the backyard pretty much done, waiting on mother nature now, and hopefully the closet system up this weekend. We only have a messy garage to deal with now. And getting ready for the baby. With 6 weeks left...thats a good feeling, if the garage doesn't get cleaned its not the end of the world after all.

This weekend is going to be crazy busy, Jeremy's parents get in town tonight. Saturday we have our maternity photo shoot in Seattle and then we're going to a friends house for a Crawfish boil! Sunday is the baby shower, Monday we already have dinner plans to celebrate Jeremy's AA degree. And then his parents leave on Tuesday. We will be on the move pretty much every day, I hope I survive it! lol

And ya - did I mentioned, Jeremy's officially done with his schooling! He was able to get a substitute class for his internship credit, since he has 4 years experiance directly in games already, and he filled out the paperwork for graduation last week! I am sooo proud of him, and super happy for him too!

How far along?: 34 weeks

Total weight gain: 25 lbs...jumped up 3 lbs in a week! eeks! I need to get back to my workout schedule.

How big is baby?: About 18 inches, 4.75 pounds - the weight of a canteloupe! Crazy. Its weird to think if she was born now, she'd look just like a very small baby! I'm still having a hard time wrapping my head around that.

Maternity clothes?: Oh ya, and even that is starting to ride up. My belly is getting huge! And unfortunately so are my feet - i try to prop them up every night but they're growing...

Stretch marks?: Still no more.

Sleep?: Starting to wake up 3 times a night again, makes it really hard to get up in the morning.

Best moment this week?: Dinner out with my mom and Wendy prior to Cats. Cats itself (the musical) wasn't all that great, but it was good to spend time with the girls.

Movement?: oh yes, more and more. she basically moved during the entire Cats performance, I don't know if it was the music or the loud noise but it was definitely keeping her active. She is also just more active in general, it used to be just after I ate for a short while and then in the evenings, now its all the time.

Food cravings?: Nothing this week.

Labor signs?: No.

Belly button in or out?: Still In.

What I miss: Having time, I feel like there is so much to do and trying to get it all done just takes everything out of you. Hopefully we will be done soon.

What I'm looking forward to this week: Our super crazy weekend, and everything about it!

Weekly Wisdom: Relax and put your feet up, everything will get done in due time.

Milestone: At 34 weeks if she was born now, she would have no health issues! Yay!