He is my Valentine!

Happy (very late) New Year. Happy belated Valentines’ Day. And of course, Happy anniversary to the blog. 

If you can even imagine, about 365 days ago I was pregnant with little Max and still in my first trimester. And flash forward to now, he is my “book-loving mohawk-wearing” six month old baby boy.

It is insane how fast this time has been flying by with him.

Jake and I also recently celebrated our four year anniversary so this has been a crazy way to start 2018.

We took Max for his first outing, to Cheesecake Factory for our celebration dinner. Then a couple weeks later, we followed up by having a nice evening home for Valentines’ Day. We also took some adorable pictures to add to Maxy’s “first-year” book.

There are so many things to look forward to this year; from starting my Nursing program to Max’s first birthday and vlogging and so much more. And as for the blog, I have made some updates so look around and tell me what you think.

I also added a section to shop with me! So now you will be able to find all the cool products I talk about. I’ll definitely create a post once the shop goes live.

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A Guide to Baby’s 1st Xmas

Happy Holidays to everyone out there. We hope you’re having an amazing holiday season.

Because a lot of people have no idea what to get for little ones, we thought this would be a great post!

Let’s jump right in…

Gift 1: Something you want.

Maxy is just a tiny little fella so he may not have “wants” in the traditional sense, so we went with toys. Below is a Burt’s Bees Baby toy. Best part is, he’s already had this, he’s just never played with it.

Gift 2: Something you need.

Babies always need a ton of stuff; from diapers and wipes to teethers and soap. So we wrapped up his wipes and teethers and other things that he needed. I mean, he needs it’s anyways, why not make it a gift? 🙂 Below is a teether set that we gave him.

Gift 3: Something to wear.

This goes without saying, babies grow like crazy so it’s always thoughtful to give a little one some clothes. Here is a cute little Cat & Jack clearance outfit from Target and a pack of adorable Gerber sleepers!

Gift 4: Something to read.

Here is something you may not have thought of: Books! We started reading to Maxy when he first came home from the hospital and you can really tell. When he sees books, his face lights up like nobody’s business. He smiles and even tries to turn the pages. We had no choice but to get him some awesome books. Pictured below are the 17 books we scored for under $15 from Marshall’s. Best part is, books are the gifts that keep giving.

Its A Boy!

Okay, as you can probably guess, the baby is here!

And he has been here for a little while now; 2 months and 20 days to be exact!

 

The Babe: arrived via c-section on August 14 at 12:25PM. He came in weighing 7lbs 10oz and 21 inches long. He was literally the most beautiful baby I have ever seen. I was put under so I did not get to meet him right away. I am not sure what his very first cry sounded like but I bet it was beautiful. He is the sweetest little boy, much like Jake.

The Mom: I am doing great! My recovery went really smooth and I was not in much pain at all. I was actually able to comfortably walk before leaving the hospital. I was even able to quit my pain meds before the prescription even ran out. S/o to my amazing DR.

The Dad: Jake has been a real trooper during this whole entire process. He is the best dad anyone could ever ask for. He stays up late after working long shifts. He makes bottles in the middle of the night. He changes tons of diapers. He does it all, lol.

The Life: I would actually say were killing it. No, really. We are very lucky this little guy sleeps through the night and rarely cries. He is the best! Whenever we go to appointments, the staff always comment on how great we look, how organized we are, and how intuitive we have been. They always tell us they have never seen new parents handling things the way we do. This makes me really happy b/c I believe it. But it really is b/c we have the best baby, so he makes everything very easy for us.

Since I have been away for so long, I have decided to do weekly posts on various topics. I just want to share some things I am thankful for, some things we are up to, etc. Now, although I have decided, it does not mean it will happen. But I am going to try extra hard to make it happen. 🙂 

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Max Steele, the babe. ❤

Not MY Delivery!

This is a long-ish post about the devastating news I recently received that changed my entire birth plan.

 

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Here is the beautiful drawing I created as my birth plan for delivering this August. Unfortunately, none of this will happen as I am not allowed to deliver vaginally. My DR thought it would be beneficial for me to have an MRI to test for a neurological disorder that runs in my family.

I had no worries b/c I knew it would come back negative. Right? WRONG! It came back positive; I was diagnosed with Chiari Malformation Type I. This means my cerebellar tonsils are herniating down through my magnum foramen.

Therefore pushing during labor could cause too much pressure, resulting in a seizure, deeper herniation, and even death. Although I was bummed about being scheduled for a c-section, it was not so bad b/c at least Jake and I could experience this wonderful time together. I later learned that I cannot receive neither an epidural or a spinal, as those also pose too many risks for my condition. So now I’m forced to get general anesthesia during my c-section, which means Jake cannot be present for the baby’s birth. He may not be able to cut the umbilical cord and I will not be able to nurse the baby, as a result of the anesthesia.

 

On to better news: 

We are officially hospital and baby ready! The bags are packed, clothes are washed, and the nursery is complete. All that is left is to sanitize bottles the week before baby arrives and install the car seat next week. We are also having our carpet professionally cleaned but that is not as exciting.

And How is that Little One?

Baby is doing great! Gaining so much weight; coming in at an astounding 6 lbs and 5 oz. This means the baby is measuring in the 85th percentile, 🙂

Pic 1 shows the baby’s adorable face, although s/he is blocking the view b/c s/he is obviously tired of taking photos. Or maybe the baby is just being dramatic. Pic 2 shows the “fat rolls” the baby accumulated over the past few weeks. We are so grateful this little one is doing well and gaining a lot.

 

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And here is the most beautiful 3D ultrasound of the baby at 35 weeks and 4 days old. One upside to the c-section is that we know the exact date the baby will come. We are now just 22 very short days away.

Arriving:

Saturday, August 12, 2017, in the AM.

 

How’s Baby Anyway?!

Believe it or not, we are 54 very short days from meeting this little bundle of joy!

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Everything is going and great and progressing right along. We decided to hold off on posting until we had more very cute pics to share! The good news is, we just had an appointment this week, therefore, we do have new pics to share!

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A little profile of this sweet kid. 

 

We found out this little chunker is measuring 10 days ahead of schedule. (Coming in at a whopping 4 lbs!) And the little one is already head down. We meet with the DR again next week for another routine visit. Since we are nearing the end of this portion of our journey, our visits will become more frequent.

 

 

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The little one has hair!

 

Mama and Papa:

Jake and I are doing great, just wrapping up things around the house and at work, as we prepare to welcome the little one. We have bought all the baby necessities and essentials. Now we just need to start packing our bags, install the carseat, wash the clothes, and sterilize the bottles.

We have completed our baby care class and started our weekly birthing classes, which have been very informative. We have narrowed down the list of potential baby names.

We have even found out the gender! (Well… Jake has.)

 

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The chunkiest cheeks in all the land!

Now just look at this cute wittle face!! We are dying to meet this kid. Stay tuned.

 

Born A Fan: The Announcement!

Happy May!

I hope you are having an amazing day, like I am. So last month I posted a picture of some of my favorite baby items that we have gotten so far. And today, I would like to tell you about one of my absolute favorite brands for baby!

And what brand is that? The Honest Company, of course!

Below is a (FREE) trial size bundle of some of their most popular products, that I will most definitely be using on the little one.  Not only are these products effective, but they are eco-friendly and free of harmful chemicals. So to me, it is a no-brainer. Their products are also backed by their Honestly Free Guarantee, which you can read about here.

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But Guess what? Just when you thought this company could not do any better, they did it. Introducing their new collection of MLB Diapers:

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These diapers are full of swag, not chemicals, and will have your little one dressed to impress!

Like, it seriously does not get any cuter than this. These diapers are great for the whole family; mom can use them knowing she is not harming her little one and dad can use them because he loves the team.

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Even if you are not a huge MLB fan, you will definitely find a pattern that you love because they offer so many prints. Click here to see their entire line of fabulous diapers.

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And what is the best part of their entire line of diapers? Two things actually; 1. The fact that the diapers are not only cute, but they are also sturdy, durable, yet disposable. And 2. The fact that you can order in bundles! (This means you will not be making midnight trips to the supermarket because you ran out of diapers.

Counting Down: 124 Days To Go!

Whew!

It seems unreal that this pregnancy is almost over, as I am officially over halfway done. (I am 22 weeks and 2 days.) I guess its true when they say: “time flies when you’re having fun.” 🙂

This pregnancy has been so unique for multiple reasons. Well, for starters, I only recently started to “feel” pregnant. As I mentioned before, I have literally had zero morning sickness. Not to mention a lack of basically all other signs. If it were not for seeing this little baby during ultrasounds and the recent movements, I would probably be in denial.

So much stuff has changed since the last post: 

Us: We actually saw the little one moving for the first time. (At our first ultrasound the baby was sleeping so there was not much to see.) However, this time was the total opposite. This baby was moving all over the screen, making faces (pictured above!), and I am pretty sure the baby even cried at one point during the ultrasound. (Sounds weird, I know.)

Me: I also feel like I am starting to show a tiny bit, although no one else notices lol. And I just got a brand new job and I am so excited to start because it’s a full-time position with great benefits and… I will actually be using my first degree.

Jake: He knows the gender of the baby! Initially, we wanted the gender to be a surprise but the morning of he decided he wanted to know, so the ultrasound tech gave him an envelope containing a pic and the gender. And trust me, despite numerous attempts to find out – from multiple family members, his lips are sealed. (However, I am pretty sure I know the sex based on his reaction.)

My Favorite Baby Finds:

Above are some of the pics we have taken since the last post, including some great things we have found for baby.

  1. Adorable diapers we got free from the Honest Company trial. Not only are these natural but they are waayyy cuter than the standard disposable diapers.
  2. “The Bump” which is the pregnancy bullet journal that I started as another way to track progress, name ideas, baby class schedules, etc. This is pretty cool because Jake and I both write entries about appointments and current feelings surrounding the baby.
  3. An awesome Foo Fighters shirt from Target that we got for super cheap. Now I actually did not know who they were but apparently, it’s a music group that Jake fancies. (They made a song called “Hero” that I love but had no idea they made it.) Ps… Jake obviously picked this out.
  4. A little unique outfit we found at H&M (also very cheap!), which we may bring baby home in. But it depends if I find a more gender specific outfit that is cuter, lol.
  5. An awesome picture of the cutest baby ever making a frowning face, as Jake often does. I will have to remember to post a side by side pic of those two because it is remarkable how the baby already takes after Jake.
  6. An old but great pic of the little one hanging out.

I look forward to updating you as more stuff happens during the journey.