Boy or Girl??

Well friends, I have come to the conclusion that 1-2 blog posts a week is all that I’m able to do at this point.  It all depends on how I’m feeling that week as to what day it is.  Sorry to leave y’all hanging lately.  Next week, I’m hoping to do a post on hyperemesis gravidarum about what it is and how you can cope or help someone else cope with it.

So.. about that baby… we all know that’s the REAL reason y’all are here today.

Boy or girl???

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I’ve always said I would be the mom of 3 boys.  I grew up around all boys for the most part, so I’ve always seen myself as a boy mom.

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Now… I’m looking at bows, ribbons, and itty bitty dresses.

Even though I always thought I would be a boy mom, I was thrilled to find out Baby Delight 2 is a sweet baby girl!!!!

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I know Baby D will be an amazing big brother and so protective of his baby sissy, even if he does prefer a doggy right now.

We’ve already got him saying sissy now and it melts my heart.  He (not so gently) pats baby sissy every day.  We’ve got to work on being GENTLE.  I have a feeling this girl will be tough as nails with him as a big brother.

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Baby D2: Weeks 17-19

Hey friends!

It’s been what 2 weeks since we last spoke??  I’m really learning to give myself grace during this period in my life.  I promised you all after I announced I was pregnant that this wouldn’t turn into a pregnancy blog…. and that’s what it has turned into due to my lack of posting.  I promise things will go back to semi normal once I start feeling more human.

How far along?  For this recap we are covering weeks 17-19

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Baby’s size? Onion (week 17), Sweet Potato (week 18), Tomato (week 19)

Total weight gain/ loss?  I’m not certain exactly how much I’ve gained but I know I’ve gained at least 3-4 pounds since my last appointment.  My scale at home is always less than the doctors scale so I’m not sure of the exact amount.

Sleep: Getting some better!  I still wake up to pee a few times a night and to drink water.  So thirsty….

Best moment this week: Feeling the baby move!

Miss anything? Energy, food, barre….summer fun!  Since I’m on the zofran pump, I can’t get wet.  No pool relaxing for this girl!

Maternity clothes? Yes!  My body expanded and my clothes no longer fit with a belly band.  It’s dresses that are flowy or maternity shorts that my sweet friend LeeAnne got me!

Preggo mommas— favorite places to shop for maternity clothes??

Movement? Flutters started at 16 weeks and John David was able to feel the baby move at 19 weeks!  This one is a kicker!

Food cravings? I’m really liking Annie May’s allergy free biscuits.  Only bland food here still.

Gender: Not sure at this point.. I still have my hunch though!

Symptoms: Just nausea.  The pump has pretty much taken care of the vomiting.  I’ve only thrown up a handful of times since being on it.  However, the nausea is still fierce especially after 4pm.

Happy or moody most of the time: Mixture.  After 4pm, I’m a bit cranky to be honest.  :)

Looking forward to: The nausea lessening.  I’m being realistic that it will probably be with me for the long haul now… but it would be great if it lessened.

Fitness update: Taking care of Baby D is my fitness these days.

Other updates:  Hopefully next week I’ll be announcing the baby’s gender… what’s your guess?

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Baby D wants a doggie.  😉

Baby D2: Weeks 14-16

Long time no check in!

Sorry friends!  Let me catch up up on weeks 14-16 then in no time I’ll be giving you my weeks 17-19.  I’m half way through my 18th week already!

I am not a tall girl, and I don’t have a long torso.  This baby is growing OUT.

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Week 15

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Week 16.5 (I’m terrible at taking weekly pictures!)

How far along?  For this recap we are covering weeks 14-16

Baby’s size? Lemon (week 14), Orange (week 15), Avocado (week 16)

Total weight gain/ loss?  My throwing up took a step up.  At week 14, I was down 5 pounds.

Sleep: Full on insomnia now.  I go to bed tired, but as soon as I lay down I’m awake!  Lol.  I’ve been reading lots of books!

Best moment this week: Getting my Zofran pump…. I’ll explain below.

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

Maternity clothes? Just a belly band to keep my pants up.

Movement? Not yet!

Food cravings? None.  Very few foods are appealing.

Gender: We find out August 10th!!

Symptoms: Sleepy- I nap a lot.

Debilitating nausea and throwing up.  My doctor sent me for IV fluids due to being so dehydrated.  I have hyperemesis gravidarum which only occurs in .5-2% of all pregnancies.  Too bad I don’t play the lottery!

Happy or moody most of the time: Just tired.. I’m sure I have my fair share of cranky moments too.  😉

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

Fitness update: Still no barre or working out due to feeling dizzy and sick.

Other updates:  Since I was continuing to lose weight and throwing up so excessively, we had to intervene.  I went and got IV fluids and IV Zofran, but that only boosted me up for a few hours.  My doctor set me up to get a Zofran pump.  It is a little pump that attaches to a catheter in my belly and gives me a constant stream of Zofran.  The Zofran doesn’t take away the nausea, but it does keep me from throwing up.  This way, I can keep down what I am able to eat and hopefully start gaining weight back!

This was not the route I planned, but I’m just thankful for a healthy baby at this point!

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!