Monday, July 27, 2015

Baby Mead: 8 months!

{Catching up on my "pregnancy journal" from the end of my pregnancy!}

{29 weeks}

{30 weeks}

{32 weeks}

{33 weeks on Mother's Day 2015}

{34 weeks}

{35 weeks}

How far along: 35 weeks on 5/24 (Memorial Weekend)

Baby's Size: Baby is the size of a coconut (Which is very fitting considering all the pina coladas I drank on our babymoon!)

Weight gain:  I'm up about 25 lbs now! Eek! Goal is not to exceed 35 lbs. 

Food Cravings/Aversions: Still craving Mexican food, especially tacos! I've had a slight aversion to pork, especially pulled pork. (Bacon sounds good, though!) Nick and I made a last minute trip to South Texas (more on that down below), and the silver lining was getting to see my family AND getting some amazing Mexican food. Nick said the food was so good, he now really understands why I crave it so often! 

Appointments: We've started our Natural Birthing class and our instructor is so helpful! We've practiced lots of pain management techniques and mainly just learned what to expect and what is "normal." One thing that we really took to heart from our birthing class was to make sure we were surrounded with people (care providers) that really supported us in our choice to pursue a medication free birth. After a not-so-encouraging conversation with our OB, we decided to switch from our doctor to a midwife group that practices at St. Joseph's, the hospital where we want to deliver. When I asked our OB if she supported natural birth, she said, "Yep, but you know, you don't get a gold star for not having an epidural" and "Doulas aren't medical providers, so you have to be careful what information they give you..." Totally NOT what we wanted to hear. It was kind of stressful deciding to switch to a new provider at 34 weeks pregnant, but I'm so glad we did. I love the new midwife group.  We also hired a doula, Barb, to help us navigate all the information and support Nick and I during labor.

Thankfully, all of our appointments have been short and sweet. Our little peanut is growing strong and healthy without any complications.  

{Super Dad at our Breastfeeding 101 class, which was really helpful!}

Maternity clothes: Maxi dresses are my favorite! So comfortable and breezy - perfect now that it's warmer outside!

Sleep: I really have been blessed with a great pregnancy and I've loved every second of it. I'm sleeping really well and feeling great. And sometimes when people roll there eyes at how good I'm feeling, I want to say "I deserve this!" but I never do... After finally being pregnant after 3 years of infertility, you better believe I'm going to cherish every moment and not take this pregnancy for granted.

Gender: ??? It's a surprise! My hunch is that it's a boy and Nick's guess is girl. We're 98% certain on our names for each a boy and girl, but we're not sharing! (So many fun surprises!) We really don't have a preference either way, but I'll be honest, it would be easier to decorate the nursery if we knew pink or blue!

Movement: The midwives confirmed that our baby was head down and I can feel a the baby's bum up by my ribs. I'm feeling lots of movement still, specifically kicks or jabs on my right side. It's so crazy that you can not only feel the movement from the outside, but see the little kicks too! I've tried to get it on video, but as soon as I start recording the little peanut stays still!

Symptoms: Heartburn. Dang heartburn. I'm taking Zantac for it (when I remember to) and Tums when needed. It doesn't matter what I eat... it's just constant! Oh yeah, the pregnancy hormones are in full swing... I've never been much of a crier, but lately I've just been a huge baby! Nick and I upgraded his Volkswagen Jetta "Vickie" recently to a bigger SUV and when we pulled up to Carmax to sell his car, Nick patted the dashboard and said, "Thanks Vickie, you've been a great car. Now be good to another family." and I just BURST into tears. Ugly, red face, can't.stop.crying. tears. I never really cared for that car, but in that moment, I was reminded of all the good times we had with that car... Nick picked me up for our first date in that car, we had it when we were married, and when we moved to California, and when we moved to Colorado, and when we went to our first appointments for Baby Mead. I could not pull in together, so finally I just went inside Carmax with a red face and pretended like everything was OK. Poor salesman what probably thinking What the heck is wrong with this chick!?

{Goodbye, Vickie!}

Best moment this month: Our best moment this month was definitely going on our babymoon. It was so fun laying by the pool in paradise, spending quality one-on-one time with Nick and watching my belly move, knowing that our little guy or girl loves (virgin!) pina colada's just as much as Mommy does! :) 

Also, I mentioned before that I was studying for an HR certification for work... well, after lots of cramming(!!!) I took my test on May 18th and found out immediately that I PASSED!! Woo hoo! I am now Lacey Mead, PHR (Professional in Human Resources). It was not the wisest plan to try to knock this test out while pregnant. When I wanted to be reading baby books and scouring Pinterest for nursery ideas, I was studying. It was brutal, but I'm SO HAPPY to have it the certification and be done with it. (And, I've vowed to never take another test again! Hah!)

Not the best moment this month: My grandmother, Baba, passed away in early May. Nick and I flew down to South Texas for the services. I was 32 weeks pregnant and thankful that I was still able to fly and be there. I put together a slideshow for the funeral and said some words to remember my grandmother by. It was bittersweet to see all of my family... it had been a really long time since I had seen a lot of my cousins (like 5 years!), but just wish it had been under happier circumstances.

{My family}

Nursery: The nursery colors are aqua and spring green. So bright and fresh! We made the decision to NOT finish the nursery until after the baby arrives. We want to personalize some of the things (like a big monogram over the crib) and will add pops of pink for a girl or more blue for a boy. We had a baby shower this week (and I don't have a single picture from it since the hostess took them all on her big camera... I need to get those!) and we are mostly set with big items. We are so appreciative of all our friends and family for coming together to help us get ready for Baby Mead, we couldn't do it without y'all!

{Cricket likes the nursery}

Mood: Lots of the big things that were stressing me out last month have been wrapped up (switching doctors, finding a doula, passing my HR exam...) so I'm feeling a lot better. I've been emotional lately, as mentioned above :) but I think its all pretty normal!

Looking forward to: Meeting this baby in about a month! Will our life be sugar and spice and everything nice or snips and snails and puppy dog tails? Will the baby have my nose and Nick's eyes?! Will he or she cry right away? I'm just so excited!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Two Weeks Old

Worth is just over two weeks old! The last two weeks have gone by so fast - too fast! My tiny little baby is getting bigger and bigger each day. (He's almost grown out of his newborn clothes!) While I'm excited to watch him grow and learn and develop, it makes me sad too. I just want to savor every single moment and not forget a thing!

We went on our first "family walk" last night in the neighborhood. Nick, me, Cricket and Worth. It was such a gorgeous, warm summer night! We may have walked a little too far, since I was reminded by some aching at my incision line that I did have a c-section just over 2 weeks ago and am still healing (as much as I hate to admit, since I want to be up and at 'em).

Worth is just the sweetest little guy. He is very serious and has the best expressions. I wonder if he'll grow out of some of the expressions or if those are just "Worth faces" and he'll continue to make them as he's older. 

I love when he sneezes, then makes the cutest "Ahhh" sound after.

Since he was born frank breech, he was used to having his legs up by his head. They have straightened out quite a bit in the last 2 weeks, but he still has "froggie legs"!

Worth is a great eater! He was 7 pounds 14 ounces at birth, lost down to 7 pounds 3 ounces in the hospital and was back up to 8 pounds 3 ounces by his 2 week appointment! Breastfeeding has been going really well. Other than just general soreness the first week and a half, I think we've gotten the hang of it! He's a bit of a "grazer" but I secretly love the fact that I am the one who gets to make him full, happy and nourished, so I don't mind a bit.

When he's transitioning from nursing to full on milk coma, he'll close his eyes, raise his eyebrows, sigh, and then stretch out as far as his can with his arms above his head and his back arched. Cutest thing ever! I need to get this on video!

"A mother's love" really is a powerful thing. I didn't understand how deep it was until I laid eyes on Worth for the first time and it just washed over me. It's only getting stronger and combined with all the hormones, just looking into Worth's eyes can bring me to tears. I just love him so much and am so thankful that he's here and he's perfect.

Worth doesn't like laying on his back unswaddled. Every time I lay him on the changing table, his arms fly back frantically like he's falling backwards. He doesn't put them back far enough to feel the cushion, so he just waves them around erratically. When Nick is home, we'll tag team diaper changes... one of us does the dirty work and one of us holds Worth's hands so he's not "falling."

He loves his daddy!

I need to learn some lullabies! When I desperately needed a song to sing to little W, the only thing I could think of was "Part of Your World" from The Little Mermaid. Nick and I will also sing "Beautiful Boy" by John Lennon, but it's hard to get through that song without tearing up!

Worth is very alert and it's so amazing to watch his eyes focus on different things (Dad's hairline is his favorite!) and discover the world around him.

Worth's first trip away from home after the hospital was to Babies-r-us for some little boy clothes when he was 4 days old. He went to his first party (a baby shower) when he was 6 days old. And, his first trip to a restaurant was when he was 11 days old... Vine Street Pub and Brewery. He was very well behaved each time.

(6 days old)

(11 days old)

We're not totally sure yet who he looks like... we're thinking mom's eyes, nose, toes and hair and dad's mouth, head (97th percentile!) and eyebrows. His eyes are still more gray than anything, but I'm seeing more blue in them these past couple of days.

He loves to curl up on mom's chest - and I love it, too! I've probably kissed him over a thousand times in just two weeks. I'm dreading the day he won't want to snuggle and let me kiss him all over!

Sometimes when he's dreaming, he'll smile the sweetest little smile. What do newborns dream about anyway?!

His umbilical cord stump fell off when he was 13 days old (yes, this made me cry, too!). We've given him a few sponge baths, but haven't done a full bath yet. We'll give it a go this weekend.

Funny how the little things are so monumental the first time around, right?! And since everything with a newborn is brand new, you better brace yourself for what this blog will turn in to! :) These are the little moments I never want to forget!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Our Babymoon in Vieques, Puerto Rico {April 2015}

Nick and I love to travel and explore new places together. Knowing that a little one would completely rock our world (in the best possible way!) and that we probably wouldn't be doing much traveling just the two of us after Baby Mead arrived, we decided to plan a little babymoon escape. I knew that I wanted to go somewhere warm with a beach/pool because it's so much easier to relax and just take it easy, compared to visiting a city where you want to sight see.

We toyed with the idea of going back to Maui (where we honeymooned), but flights from Denver are long and expensive! I ended up coming across the W Hotel in Vieques and I had vaguely heard of the little Puerto Rican island from the Bachelor (Ben's season, I think!) and it looked perfect.

In April, when I was 29/30 weeks pregnant, we flew into San Juan, Puerto Rico and had a quick 20 minute flight from San Juan in a tiny Cessna over to the island of Vieques.  Normally, I try to plan out restaurants and what all we want to see and do ahead of time, but we had a different agenda this time around. Other than reading pregnancy books and drinking virgin pina coladas, I didn't have ANY plans!

We lounged by the pool, had the beach to ourselves, went kayaking and ate lots of delicious food! I was surprised at how phenomenal the food was for such a small island! El Quenepo and Next Course were my two favorite restaurants! Our hotel was amazing and we had a great room on the ground floor right by the pool. 

The one adventurous thing we did, which was so worth it, was kayaking at night in a bio-luminescent bay. Microorganisms in the water lit up when touched... it was as if we had a light under our kayak and with each paddle the water glowed! We couldn't have picked a more perfect night to do it either; it was a new moon and completely dark other than the glowing water. We didn't take our camera kayaking, but I found this pic online. This is exactly what it looked like...

It was gorgeous!

We also did yoga several mornings overlooking the sea and the bartenders made me the most refreshing watermelon virgin cocktail. We were totally pampered and spoiled!

We were there for 5 nights and it was the perfect retreat for Nicholas and I. It was a wonderful celebration of us going from the two of us to a family of three! I'd love to go back and bring Baby Worth with us now that he's here!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

It's a Boy!

Baby Mead has arrived and HE is absolutely perfect! 

Worth Allen Mead 
was born on July 6th, 2015 at 9:07am, 
weighing 7 pounds 14 ounces and 20 inches long. 

Family of 3!

Nick and I are both more in love with this little guy than we could have imagined possible. I had a great delivery via scheduled C-section since our little guy was breech. We spent 2 nights in the hospital and have loved being home with Worth. We've had lots of visitors over the last couple weeks. My parents left yesterday and Nick is back at work. So, now I get all the precious baby snuggles to myself! Can't believe W is already 2 weeks old. Slow down, time!

(I never quite got around to blogging about my last months of pregnancy, but now that I'm home on maternity leave with this sweet boy, I hope to catch up. There are so many sweet moments that I don't want to forget, and time is just flying by. )

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Baby Mead: 7 months!

28 weeks along on my 29th birthday/Easter Sunday!

How far along: 7 months, already. This pregnancy is flying by!

Baby's Size: Currently about 14 inches long and 1.5-2.5 lbs; the size of an eggplant.

Weight gain:  About 18-20 pounds so far... still on track, which is a surprise because I've been eating a ton! Pregnancy sure does put a different perspective on weight gain... it's a blessing that this little one is growing as expected, but it's still a shocker to see the numbers on the scale!

Food Cravings/Aversions: Still craving Mexican food,  but that's not much different than pre-pregnancy! A couples weeks ago we went to Dallas to visit friends and I was so excited for Mexican food (specifically Tex-Mex... I just can't find that in Colorado), but I ended up with food poisoning or a 24 hour stomach bug (I felt horrible!) and we had to cancel our reservations for Mexican food. Such a bummer!

Appointments: Tomorrow is my glucose test where I get to drink a super sugary orange drink and get my blood checked! Wish me luck. :) We also toured the hospital where we were going to deliver this week and feel really good about our decision. On the tour, the guide said that they are a very popular hospital for babies and have about 4,000 babies per MONTH, haha. We all gawked at her and then she said, Oh, I mean 4,000 per YEAR! That's still a lot of babies, but WAY more reasonable than 4,000 per month. 

Maternity clothes: Absolutely!

Sleep: Still sleeping pretty good. It's way more effort to flip over from my left to the right side and I'm loving my body pillow.

Gender: ??????? It's a surprise!

Movement: I can't tell how the baby is positioned, but the movement has gradually changed from strong jabs and kicks to more graceful waves and rolling. Such an amazing feeling and reminder of the little life growing inside of me. What a miracle!

Symptoms: After being sick for a day with food poisoning, I am so incredibly grateful to have had such an easy pregnancy so far with minimal nausea! Still battling the heartburn... if the old wives' tale about heartburn is true (if you have heartburn, your baby will be born with lots of hair), then I'm going to have a monkey! My belly button is half innie and half outie. 

Best moment this month: Just spending time catching up with friends and family. Nick and I visited our good friends in Dallas for a weekend and my parents came up to Denver last week to celebrate my 29th birthday and my mom's 60th birthday! (Our birthdays are 1 day apart.) 

Nursery: We have paint, a dresser, a storage/bookcase, a rug and ... A CRIB! The crib really made it feel like a baby's room. So exciting! Nesting has begun and I find myself sweeping and organizing and putting clothes away like never before! 

Mood: I find myself getting a little overwhelmed at times. Work, studying and going to classes for the HR certification, finding time to research doulas and pediatricians and childbirth classes and newborn photographers, working on the nursery, volunteering with Junior League, keeping the house clean, watering the plants, reading pregnancy books, travelling on weekends or hosting company... it's all fun and exciting stuff, but quite a bit to juggle. I've been feeling guilty for not being able to give everything 100%. I know I need to slow down on something (and will HAVE TO slow down soon), but responsibility is a top strength/characteristic of mine and it's hard to let things slide.

Looking forward to: Our birthday/babymoon vacation to Puerto Rico is next week! With how busy I've been (and Nicholas is just as busy!) we are both really, really, really looking forward to relaxing on the beach or by the pool and just taking a week to ourselves.

Q&A: A couple questions that I've gotten this month: 
Are you going to keep working after the baby arrives? Yep. I really enjoy my job and the lifestyle that dual incomes affords us. I think it's going to be very tough for me to go back to work though... I can already picture myself crying at work because I miss this little one that I haven't even met yet. But, we found a great daycare right across the street from our office, so at least I'll be close enough for a (few!) visits throughout the day. I'm planning on taking about 14 weeks off for maternity leave. 

Have you decided on names? I'm pretty much set on each a girl name and boy name. Nick agrees with the girl name, but hasn't come around on my choice for the boy name yet... so we have a little more pondering to do. And, we're still going to keep them to ourselves until we meet the baby and pick one for sure!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Baby Mead: Weeks 21, 22 & 23

How far along: 23 weeks

Baby's Size: 10.5 to 12 in and just over a pound!

Weight gain:  15 pounds so far. This mama is growing!

Food Cravings/Aversions: I've been craving olives, sweet tea, French fries and English muffins with raspberry jelly and butter! SO random. As far as aversions, I've been trying to stay away from anything that gives me heartburn... spicy foods and tomato-based foods.

21 weeks - Valentine's Day in Wash Park

Appointments: Our next appointment is on Monday! It should be a pretty quick one. No ultrasound this time. Last weekend, we took a tour of one of the two hospitals we're considering for delivery, Rose Medical Center. We saw the other hospital, St Joseph's, around Thanksgiving. They had just completely renovated the hospital and weren't open to the public yet. We're leaning towards St Joe's, but want to take a another tour now that they're open and operating just to make sure!

Maternity clothes: Yep! So much more comfortable and they fit so much better. 

Sleep: Still sleeping pretty good. Just not getting enough! I need to start going to sleep earlier... morning comes way too fast.

Gender: Still a surprise!

Movement: The little one is moving around now as I type! Hi Baby!! I love you!!

Symptoms: Heartburn and backaches are my biggest complaints, and since that's it, I consider myself very lucky! Other fun things... I'm pretty sure I'm going to have an outie bellybutton. It's flat right now and this baby still has lots of growing to do! Also, my linea nigra showed up around 20 weeks. It's still light in color, but just an example of all the crazy things that happen to your body during pregnancy!

Best moment this week: I was warning Nicholas to get ready because I will probably get stretch marks... I've gotten them before just from fluctuations in my weight during high school and college. He said the sweetest thing in the world to me... "Your stretch marks will just remind me of how beautiful you look carrying our baby." Cue tears! What a sweetheart! Gosh, I love him.

Nursery: As with the rest of our home improvement projects, the nursery is a SLOW work in progress. We picked our paint color and primed the walls, but that made the trim look really dingy (because it is off white - see below pic). So then we painted the trim white, and we've yet to paint the walls! One of these weekends we'll get to it. We still have time, right?! 

Lots of work to be done!

22 weeks

We pulled up the carpet and were less than impressed with the condition of the hardwood floors underneath. Bummer. We've toyed with the idea of refinishing the floors on the whole first level and go with a dark stain, but for now, we've decided we have enough on our plate and we'll just put a big rug down in the nursery...

Am I crazy for wanting a cream-colored rug?
I think it would look so good, but would probably get dirty fast.

Mood: Happy, but busy, so feeling a little spread thin at times. I decided to try to knock out an HR certification test before Baby Mead comes, so I started taking a class once a week and have been studying a lot! I figured even though I'm busy now, there's no way I'd want to study when I have a sweet newborn to look after, so might as well squeeze it in! (What in the world was I thinking!?!) :)

Looking forward to: Finishing up our registry, visiting friends in Dallas in a few weeks and getting back to the gym! Nick and I have been sharing a cold for the last few weeks and we're both finally feeling better. I had been going to a Yoga Sculpt class at our gym before getting sick and I'm excited to get back!

Q&A: The question I get all the time, other than Do you know what you're having? and When are you due? is Do you miss alcohol/wine/happy hours? etc. Maybe I seemed to enjoy happy hours quite a bit before! :) Answer is, no, I don't miss it at all! Once the weather changes and it's warm, patio weather, I'll probably want a margarita or glass of wine, but so far, so good. 

I've also gotten a few questions on names... we're still undecided but have a handful of favorites. We've decided to keep them to ourselves though until Baby Mead is here and we've chosen the name. We do know that we'll follow my family tradition if it's a girl... no middle name, so the first name needs to be amazing! And if it's a boy, we'll likely use a family name.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Baby Mead: Halfway There!

How far along: 20 weeks - halfway through this pregnancy!

Baby's Size: Baby is the size of a banana! About 7 inches long and 13 ounces. Baby measured just a few days bigger than expected at our last appointment.

Weight gain:  12 pounds total, but it fluctuates daily based on what I eat :) 

Food Cravings/Aversions: This week, I've been craving avocados, chips and queso, smoothies, popcorn with M&Ms, and carbonated beverages!

Appointments: We had our 20 week appointment on Tuesday and Baby Mead is just perfect. We are so thankful for that! We were able to watch the ultrasound on a large flat screen TV, so during parts of the ultrasound the technician told us to close our eyes so we didn't accidentally see something we didn't want to see (whether baby's a boy or girl!). But, we did see the cutest little feet and a darling profile!

Nick thinks the baby has his lips and my nose!

Maternity clothes: I visited a maternity clothing store earlier this week hoping to find a pair of pants I liked and ended up leaving with 2 dresses, 4 pairs of jeans, leggings and 2 tops!!! I think I'm set for a little while! 

Sleep: Still great. I wake up about once per night, but am able to go right back to sleep.

Gender: Still a surprise! But, just for fun, based on Old Wives' Tales...

  • Chinese Gender Predictor: Girl
  • Linea Nigra: Just barely starting to show, but it is above and below my belly button... Boy
  • Dry Skin: Yes... Boy
  • Heart rate: 137 at 20 week appt... Boy
  • Hair: I'd like to think I've been having good hair days... Boy
  • Numbers: Age at time of conception + Month of conception = Even number... Boy
  • Numbers 2: Age at time of conception and Month of conception are both even... Girl
  • Morning sickness: Girl
  • Complexion; Boy
  • Sleep position: Right side preferred... Girl
  • Graceful or clumsy: Slightly more clumsy... Boy

So that's 4 for girl and 7 for boy... sounds like we should plan for a mini-Nicholas!

Movement: These little baby kicks never get old! Nick and I will sit on the couch with his hand on my belly waiting to feel the little kicks... each time is just as exciting as the last!

Symptoms: Still feeling great. I've noticed that my back has been feeling a little tight lately... perhaps I'll just have to book a pre-natal massage soon!

Best moment this week: We are so, so thankful for a healthy baby and that we've received nothing but good news from the doctor! Experiencing infertility (at least for me) has made me feel like I'm not exempt or immune from all the things that could go wrong with a pregnancy. So each time we hear good news, we are just so happy and feel so blessed.

Nursery: We purchased one of the first things for the nursery... crib sheets! We found the cutest green gingham sheets from Pottery Barn, and those helped us to narrow down the paint color to Celery Sprig by Behr! It's all coming together now!

Here's one of the crib sheets:

And, here's a random pic I found online (here) of the paint color we chose, although of course it looks a little different in our room with our lighting:

Mood: Energetic, happy, and maybe a little fiesty! :)

Looking forward to: Continuing to put the nursery together, taking a tour of one of the two hospitals we're considering for delivery, and getting signed up for our birth classes!