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.

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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.