Baby Delight: 18 Months

Oh my sweet boy… how are you 18 months?!??

He has grown and changed so much over the past 6 months I thought I would do a 1/2 year update for you all.

Now:

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1 year:

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He has grown physically by leaps and bounds.

New things:

He is a talking king.  He loves to jabber, but he is saying lots of words now.

He loves animals.  When prompted, he will moo like a cow, meow like a kitty cat, woof like a dog, he haw like a donkey, and his favorite… ROAR like a lion.

He is also very affectionate.  He loves to give hugs to people is knows, and he gives Mama kisses.

We love to snuggle on the couch and sometimes watch snippets of Veggie Tales.  Really, he just likes dancing to the intro song.

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Sitting still is not something he is fond of.  In fact, I think the only time he is still is when he is asleep.  He is an active little boy!

He loves to swing and go for walks at the park.
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He also loves his daddy.  He is a daddy’s boy for sure!

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We took our first trip to the actual beach, and he loved the sand and the water.  He is definitely going to be my beach bum!  :)

He is such a sweet boy.  I can’t wait to see him with a little brother or sister.

Although it has been a rough few months with me being so sick, he has been a trooper through it all.  I think he can tell something isn’t exactly right and he is such a good boy during the day for me.  Of course, he turns into a wild beast when Daddy gets home and it’s safe to let out all that pent up energy! (update on weeks 14-16 coming this week!)

Everyone told me life goes fast… but just wait to see how fast it goes once you have kids!  It’s the truth.  I feel like 2 will be here before we know it.

Little boy.. you are the best thing that ever happened to us!  I thank God every day for allowing me to be your Mommy!

A New Decade

I told you all yesterday that we have had a couple of birthdays around here.  I was going to try to squeeze them into one post, but it got way too long.

Last Thursday, July 16th, I turned the big 3-0!  It was surreal leaving my 20’s, but I honestly didn’t care.

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(my husband knows me too well… #catlady)

This was the first year that I didn’t get sad about getting older.  I don’t know why, but there is something comforting about my 30’s.

I did lots of exciting things in my 20’s: graduated college, got married, got my first real job, graduated from grad school, ran my first half marathon, became a mom.

Even though my 20’s were full of great things, it felt like a time of discovery and a time where I was trying to figure out who I was.

I’m excited about who God has in store for my 30’s.  How exciting we will welcome Baby D #2 just a few months into my 30’s!

The boys spoiled me with sweet gifts on my birthday.

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Baby D was a sweetie on my birthday.  He wanted to cuddle and play all day.

Love Grown sent me a birthday Love Drop!  Love them!

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Miss Clare even came by to wish me a happy birthday, and she spoiled me by getting me a cupcake and a gift card for a pedicure.  Love that girl!

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So, here’s to a new decade!

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Who else is joining me in their 30’s or already there??

Would We Still Have Adopted?

I hope everyone is staying safe with all the storms we have been having!

A question I have been getting after announcing we are expecting is: ‘Would you still have adopted if you knew you could/ would get pregnant?’.

The easy answer to this question is a big YES.

Adoption was never our “second choice”.  We always wanted to adopt, regardless of whether or not we had biological children.  Initially, the plan was for us to have biological children and adopt later in life when we were more “financially stable”.  However, God had other plans!  Boy, I’m so glad He did!

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I couldn’t imagine my life without my sweet boy.

You see, I don’t even think about the fact that Baby D is not my biological child.  I even forget he has a nice tan until someone points it out.  I just look at his flat feet and think how they look like mine… I see his curly hair and think about how crazy curly mine was as a kid.

I know this might sound insane to you since he is not my biological child.  When you adopt, you end up forgetting that part.  They are so much a part of you that it can physically hurt.

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Luvy and I were talking the other day after this question was posed to me.  I told him that even if we were given the option to immediately get pregnant when we started trying over 5 years ago, I wouldn’t change our path.  I would choose to deal with infertility and get Baby D years later—even without knowing I could have biological children in the future, I would choose Baby D every single time.  I can’t imagine my life without this sweet and funny kid.

I’m so thankful God gave us Baby D as our firstborn.  Any other children God bestows on us will be blessed and better off by having Baby D as their big brother.

If you deal with infertility and wonder if you could love an adopted child “as your own”, I can stand here and promise you can and will.  Baby D is my heart walking on the outside.

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Baby D2: Weeks 11-13

Hey friends!

I’m sorry for taking a week to get back to you all.  These have been some trying days.  My sickness has yet to dissipate and it doesn’t show signs of stopping.

Let’s talk about weeks 11-13 and get y’all ALMOST caught up!  Shall we?

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Week 13!  I look about as good as I feel… LOL

How far along?  For this recap we are covering weeks 11-13

Baby’s size? Lime (week 11), Large plum (week 12), Peach (week 13)

Total weight gain/ loss?  I had my appointment with my OB and I had lost a pound due to all my throwing up at this point.  By week 13, I had a definite baby pooch even though I hadn’t been gaining much.

Sleep: Sporadic.. I’m up to pee a lot and I have been having weird dreams.  I keep dreaming there is a man in my house so I keep running to check on Baby D.

Best moment this week: Seeing the little babe on the ultrasound!

Miss anything? My energy and being able to eat normally.  My barre family!

Maternity clothes? Not yet.

Movement? Can’t feel it but Baby D2 was a jumping bean on the ultrasound.

Food cravings? The are all gone and I’m down to just a few foods I can tolerate.  Blueberries are my favorite.

Gender: I have a hunch, but nothing for sure!

Symptoms: Super tired- I took naps when Baby D naps. My skin is starting to clear up at this point.

My biggest symptom is debilitating nausea and vomiting.  I have had nausea since week 5 with random vomiting.  Weeks 11-12 I was throwing up almost every hour.  I’m starting to worry about my teeth…  I also was getting super dizzy when I would stand up.

Happy or moody most of the time: Mostly moody.  LOL.  I’ve been feeling so drained from being sick all the time it’s been tough.

Looking forward to: The throwing up to calm down or stop!

Fitness update: I was not taking or teaching barre at all at this point.  I had to find people to cover my classes due to being so sick and dizzy.

Other updates: Baby D has been great through all of this!  He brings me toys for us to play with while I lay on the couch.  He also gets really excited when I get sick.  I think he thinks its a game…. Glad one of us is laughing kid!

It Takes a Village

Hey friends!

I’m slowly working my way to responding to all your comments about Baby D 2!  Y’all have me in tears over here… and it isn’t just the hormones.  You all are the best.

I have another update for you all coming next week.

Through being so sick, I’ve discovered that it takes a village to raise a kid.

With my husband at work, it has been a challenge to say the least to take care of Baby D while I’ve been so sick.  We live at least 4 hours from our closest family, so that isn’t an option for us.  Early in our marriage, our being so far away forced us to rely on each other and really bond as a couple.  Once we had a child, we quickly realized that there are major perks to being close to family!

Thankfully, we have some amazing friends here in Louisville who are willing to help.  My dear friend Audra has done everything from clean my house (well what I would let her) to take Baby D to the swimming pool.

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She has more than once taken Baby D so that I can rest and relax.

I’ve also had to lean a lot on John David as well.  He does literally any cooking that takes place in our house for him and Baby D.  He also does most the laundry, cleaning, and watching the boy when he is home.

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I honestly don’t know what I would do without all this help.  I seriously have no idea how single moms do it.  I have several friends who are single moms and I swear they have superpowers.

I just know one thing… I’m so thankful for my little village who have been and are helping us right now!

Whoever your support system is…. go thank them!  You never know when you might need major help.

Baby Delight 2: Weeks 8-10

We found out we were pregnant right at the end of week 4, so relatively early!

Instead of dragging you all through each week at a time, I’m going to start with weeks 8-10.

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I didn’t remember to start taking “bump” pictures until week 13.. forgive me!

(I love how Ashley structures her pregnancy recaps, so I’m going to loosely follow her outline.) 

How far along?  For this recap we are covering weeks 8-10.

Baby’s size? Raspberry (8 weeks), Green Olive (9 weeks), Prune (10 weeks)

Total weight gain/ loss?  I hadn’t weighed myself before my first appointment, so I’m unsure of weight changes.

Sleep: I’m up every couple hours to pee! (still am!)

Best moment this week: Going on vacation!

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Miss anything? My energy and being able to eat normally.

Maternity clothes? Not yet.

Movement? Nope.

Food cravings? I’ve been wanting things I normally don’t like or eat.  BBQ potato chips, sweet potato fries (all of this is gagging me while I type it now at 14 weeks…)

I’ve also been a huge fan of fruit.  Blueberries, strawberries, pineapple, and cantaloupe for the win!

Gender: I have a hunch, but nothing for sure!

Symptoms: Super tired- I took naps when Baby D naps.  I was also super moody at this point.  I would cry at the drop of a hat!  My skin was really broken out, especially my back and shoulders.  That was really embarrassing…. especially when we went to the beach!

My biggest symptom is debilitating nausea and vomiting.  I have had nausea since week 5 with random vomiting.  Come week 10, the vomiting was a multiple times a day occurrence.  It got to the point where we tried everything, and finally ended up taking Zofran.  Before you all gasp and tell me what a terrible person I am, please know that this was the absolute last resort and the only way I’m able to make it through the day.  I’m not happy about having to take it, or continually throw up.  For the sake of my baby, Baby Delight, my family, and myself, we decided it was best for me to take the Zofran.

So now you know why the blog has been so sporadic and I’ve been MIA from social media.  I love you all, but I have no energy to blog.  Plus, pictures of food make me sick so IG is off the table!  😉

Happy or moody most of the time: Mostly moody.  LOL.  I’ve been feeling so drained from being sick all the time it’s been tough.

Looking forward to: The 2nd trimester when hopefully the sickness goes away!

Fitness update: I was still co-teaching at barre the best I could at this point.  I didn’t take any other classes or doing any other workouts due to no energy.

Other updates: It was so hard to keep it a secret when we saw friends!  I was too afraid to tell people this early on, but with as sick as I have been it was so hard to keep it a secret.  Plus, everyone at barre has been asking where I’ve been!

Baby Delight 2 Details

Thank you all for all your love and congrats on Baby Delight 2!

I think I need a better name for him/her….

I guess I owe you all some more details don’t I??

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We are thrilled to have you all along for this journey.  For years, we tried to get pregnant.  I have loved the community of women who have reached out to me and have walked the road of infertility with me.

God has blessed John David and I more than we deserve by allowing us to conceive a child.

To say we were surprised is an understatement.

Start from the beginning?  Okay… grab some water.  No coffee please, I might hurl. 😉

My cycles have always been a bit off, so when I started cramping really bad I was expecting Aunt Flo.  When nothing happened, I got really confused.  I had been instructed by my doctor to take a pregnancy test.

There is nothing that will tick off a woman with infertility more than telling her to take a pregnancy test.  Plus, I had been losing it with everyone lately.  My emotions were all over the place.

I took the first test, and there was a faint second line.  I didn’t get too excited because… well you just don’t expect that after so many years of “negative”.  John David and I both were like….. I’m just not so sure…

The next day, I took another test.  This time there were clearly two lines.  John David was outside working and I yelled at him to come here NOW.  I shoved the test at him and we both just stood there like statues.  We were both in denial.  How could this be?

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I don’t think either of us really believed it until I went and had blood work done.  The first time they confirmed I was indeed pregnant.  Two days later, they confirmed my levels were right on track.  That was when it was REAL.

I’m now 13 weeks pregnant, and I feel like I have been hiding a big secret from the world.  It has been so hard to keep it from you all.

I’ll leave the story there for now and do a few weeks recap for you all.  I don’t know yet if I will do weekly posts, or just do some every few weeks.  I don’t want this to turn into a pregnancy or baby blog out of love and respect for those who it is painful to read that.  Let me know what you all would like to see and hear!

I want this blog to be a place of healing and of encouragement.  I pray you women who are dealing with infertility won’t feel abandoned or turned off by this.  I pray that it encourages you and gives you HOPE.  Hope that God can do anything… and that He does answer prayers.

God didn’t answer my prayers immediately, but I’m thankful he didn’t.  This is the plan God had for me and my family.  I’m more thankful for the journey, and more trusting and dependent on Him each and every day.

Thank you all for all your love and prayers.  It means the world to me.

Let me know what you all want to hear and how often you want updates!

Any nickname ideas for Baby D #2??

What’s REALLY Going On

It’s been a bit obvious that I’ve not really been around much…

I feel like I owe you an explanation of what’s really going on around here.

Lack of posts, lack of replies, lack of life around here.

Well, I finally get to share with you all our little secret.

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Coming December 2015!

More details to come….

Gluten Free Desserts that Will Make You Drool

Well hey there friends!

I don’t usually post on Sundays… especially on a holiday.

I wanted to wish my sweet husband, daddy, father-in-law, and all the fatherly figures in my life a very Happy Father’s Day.

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Since it is Father’s Day, I thought I would share some delicious gluten free desserts that you can make for Father’s Day.  These are drool worthy and easy peasy.

Check out Gluten Free Desserts that Will Make Your Drool

by Brittany at Mode

I didn’t mean to leave you all hanging for a week.  Whoops!

Tomorrow’s post will enlighten you all as to why I’ve been so absent lately!