Overdue Update!

I’ve attempted to update several times and I never got too far. When I’d attempt to update again, so much had changed that I’d start all over with the update. Well, so much has changed and I’ll try to update as best as possible without making this too long.

I’ll start with the news that our sweet girl was born and is more incredible than we could have ever imagined!

We were originally due at the end of May but T developed some blood pressure issues that ended up as preeclampsia. This caused her to go on bed rest at 32 weeks and deliver 2 weeks later at 34 weeks exactly. Pregnancy up until that point was going rather well with minimal discomfort. The blood pressure just kinda showed up and then all of a sudden got worse.

We had our baby shower on a Saturday and had our LuLu the following Thursday! T had to have a csection due to her high blood pressure and had a rather rough few days after delivery due to the magnesium they put her on. She is feeling so much better now!

We named our daughter Olivia. It’s a relatively popular name at the moment but there was no talking T down once she heard it. I think it fits her rather well now. Olivia ended up being in the NICU for 17 days. Most of that time was spent learning how to eat. She tuckered out easy and it took a while to get her to take all her feedings by mouth but we finally got there and got to bring her home. Those 17 days were rough and really made we look at the NICU experience differently. Thankfully, she was great in regards to health or I can’t imagine how much harder our time there would have been. In the end, I tried to look at it as a way to help T heal before Olivia came home and a way for us to ease into caring for our tiny girl.

Olivia weighed in at 4 pounds 15 ounces and almost a month later, she is working towards 6 1/2 pounds. She’s growing on track and has a bunch of catching up to do but she’s doing as great as she can be. We’re a bit sleep deprived but on cloud nine!

I’d promise a full report on her birth story and our first month of motherhood but that may be a tall order to fill at the moment. Instead, I’ll simply promise to try and fill in the details once things calm down a bit.

For now, here is Olivia, our sweet pea!

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25 Weeks

It’s been a while since I’ve updated.

Leading up to actually getting pregnant, there was a whole lot more hanging out in the unknown. A lot more feelings and thoughts to process. I guess that’s why I haven’t made the time to update here. There just hasn’t been a whole lot to figure out mentally for me, mostly just things I have to physically do.

Paint the baby’s room, get a registry setup, buy maternity clothes for T, run and get Taco Bell for T, buy some of the larger items needed for the baby, etc, etc. It’s all been a bit overwhelming for me because if I could, I’d have it all done five weeks ago when we reached the halfway mark. That’s not how life works though. Family commitments and work still take a good chunk of our time so we’ve bitten away at our task list as best as we can.

Today, I realized that I hadn’t updated this blog in 7 weeks! That made me think of how much has changed in those 7 weeks.

T is definitely showing now and feeling moment like crazy. I’ve even felt baby move a few times. I’m sure it will only be a few more weeks before we actually begin to see movement from the outside.

The baby’s room is a work in progress. We decided on a neutral color palette for the walls and furniture. Then we hope to pop some color in with everything else we place in the room. Here’s where I stand on the painting for the wall behind her crib:

The other three walls are the lighter grey of the mountains in the front. I still have some work to do on it but it’s coming along rather well. I’ll be adding more shape to the mountains, a moon and stars, and a few Dino heads peeking from behind the mountains.

We get married next week! A simple ceremony at home with our immediate families followed by a dinner at a local restaurant. So excited to make her my wife!!

I’ve also just realized that I haven’t formally introduced ourselves now that everyone knows we’re pregnant. T doesn’t do social media and was a bit apprehensive with me making this blog so I’ll have to make sure she’s ok with me posting personal pictures now but once I’m given the green light, I’ll formally introduce ourselves again.

Until then, here’s our pup with our bump!

Christmas and 18 Weeks

Time has been flying recently and I haven’t been able to post an update in a few weeks.

We are two days away from 18 weeks and it’s crazy! Crazy real, crazy fast, and just crazy to think that we finally spent a Christmas with a baby on the way!

We hosted Christmas and it was great! It ended a little early due to work today but we still had a lot of fun with our family. Baby LuLu was spoiled with gifts. My personal favorites were tiny baby converse to match my own and a beautiful metal star hanging light for her room. It was obvious that our family is incredibly excited for her arrival.

We’ve been pretty busy with holiday stuff in the past few weeks so I’m not sure if time is really passing this fast or if the added madness of holiday plans made it seem like it has flown by. Either way, we’re almost to 18 weeks!

How’s T Feeling?

Much better than my last update. Nausea is pretty much reserved for the mornings now with an occasional wave throughout the day. She seems to have a bit more energy than this time last month and she reports that her breasts are less sore. Her belly has started to take shape and I think most people have started to notice. Soon, she’ll start to have the awkward belly touching. She says she’ll be fine with it once it actually looks like a baby bump and not a food bump. We’ll see!

What have we bought?

Surprisingly, not much! I tend to avoid stores between Thanksgiving and Christmas so we haven’t been to check out baby stuff yet. We bought a couple onesies to put in her stocking but that may be the extent of our purchases in the past month. Christmas brought gifts of baby converse, booties, toys, Broncos outfit, dinosaur baby blanket, and the awesome light fixture I mentioned earlier.

What’s Next?

We still haven’t told T’s parents… we sent them a Christmas snack package and I joked that I would add “and I’m pregnant” to the gift tag but ultimately decided against it. I’ve left this one up to T because she’s really the one who will have to do it. I honestly feel like it’s an any day type of thing at this point.

We go in for our anatomy ultrasound on the 8th and can’t wait! We haven’t seen her since week 10 after seeing her every few weeks so this long pause in between has been hard. Our doctor said we’d likely get another view at 28 weeks so we’re looking forward to that as well!

What Else?

We’ll soon start “toy-training” our pup so that he can get out of the thought that every stuffed animal in the house is his. Up until now, all of the toys have been his and we learned during gift-wrapping that he assumes this to be true with all toys. So, we’ll be training him to “drop it” and “leave it”. I’m sure he’ll be thrilled!

Baby names! We’ve started thinking of names for Baby but no real luck so far. At this point, T is loving the name Olivia but I’m not overly in love with it.

That’s really about it besides getting back into the groove of things now that the holidays are over.

We hope all of you who celebrated had the best of holidays with your family and friends! Now, to set our sights to what lies in the New Year!!

Hello Second Trimester!

We are officially in the second trimester! When I think about how we got here, it seems like time has flown by but I know that it really hasn’t. So many of those two weeks waits felt like an eternity and lately the time between doctor visits seems to drag. Still, it’s like we blinked and jumped into the second trimester. It’s crazy how it feels slow and fast at the same time.

Things seem pretty settled down at the moment. Announcements have been made and now we’re just going through the motions of what we think we should be doing at this point. I’m hoping that if we start little by little now, we won’t wind up at Week 36 with a ton left to do for baby girl’s arrival.

We had our first visit with the OB who will deliver the baby. He checked in on how T has been feeling and we were able to ask various questions. We will see him again in two weeks to see if T’s nausea has calmed down and then again in 5 weeks for the anatomy scan. We’re really looking forward to the scan because it feels like forever since we’ve seen our girl.

How is T Feeing?

She’s still suffering from nausea but some of the medications she has taken seem to offer some relief. The sinus drainage is also still there and we believe it is the cause for some of the nausea. Our doctor suggested she take Zyrtec, so she began that today and hopefully it will help. She’s understanding that she can only eat small amounts of food at a time. This is torturous when we have some of her favorite meals but she’s doing great. We work at the same place so I’ve been able to keep plenty of snacks available for her. Lastly, she’s still in a slight state of disbelief. Her body is starting to show that she’s carrying a baby but there are still times hat she has to pinch herself to know that this is real life.

Who Knows?

Just about everyone! We still haven’t told her parents and are still trying to decide the best way to do that but I’m sure we’ll be doing that within the next few weeks. They may not be thrilled at first but I’m sure that will change when they hold our daughter for the first time. Even though they don’t fully agree with our relationship, they really are great people who I know will do as much as possible to make sure T knows she is loved and supported in this journey.

What Have we Bought?

I watched Black Friday deals like a hawk and made a few purchases. The first major purchase was a Britax Travel System. It includes a infant car seat/carrier and stroller. Amazon had this at $239 so I jumped on it! I also ordered a baby monitor that Amazon had a great deal on. The Infant Optics DXR-8 is their best selling monitor and has great reviews so when I saw it hit $123, I jumped on it as well. On the smaller end, I bought a couple of portable changing stations. These are the mats that you can lay out to change baby on the go. They also have pouches to carry a few diapers and wipes. I was a bit hesitant to make these large purchases so early but the deals seemed too good to pass up!

What’s Next?

We’re looking forward to the next few weeks as we get ready for Christmas and the New Year. I’m sure baby nesting will go into overdrive once the holidays are over!

It’s a….

Results are in and we are having a…..

GIRL!!!

I truly felt it in my bones that she was a she. We’ve even been calling her LuLu without really knowing. We both wished for a boy first because we both have older brothers who we are close to and love but alas, God had other plans for us.

We’re having a daughter! An incredible, smart, and fierce daughter! I can’t wait to meet her!

NIPT (NonInvasive Prenatal Testing)

Last Wednesday (Nov. 15th), we went in and had T’s blood drawn for what is called NonInvasive Prenatal Testing. Our local lab does their screening under the name Progenity but other similar names include Harmony, MaterniT21, and Panorama.

The testing consists of a blood draw and screens for Down Syndrome (trisomy 21), Edwards Syndrome (trisomy 18), and Patau Syndrome (trisomy 13). Other chromosomal conditions can also be screened for but our test only included these three. A huge plus to this test is that it can also detect gender.

We asked when we should expect our results and were told 7-14 days so we figured that we would know by the end of the month.

Imagine our surprise when our doctor called this morning to tell us that the results were in, less than a week later!

T ran over to my desk at work and pulled me in to a nearby conference room to put our nurse on speaker. She began to announce the results…

“The test came back negative for trisomy 13, 18, and 21.”

I got excited and then quickly remembered that negative isn’t always good and confirmed with her that negative actually meant good here. She confirmed and smiles lit up our faces.

These tests are not 100% successful in detecting chromosomal issues but are at least 90% accurate. So, while we know that our child isn’t completely cleared yet, we are still breathing a lot easier with the results.

She then asked if we wanted the gender results.

T asked her to place them in an envelope so that we could run by and pick them up during our lunch break.

We aren’t planning on having a big reveal but I think she’d rather wait until the end of the day to take in the news. She also asked me to not tell anyone that we know yet, so that we can enjoy the news to ourselves for a few days.

I’ve agreed, with the exception of this blog post! πŸ˜‰

So, tonight we’ll find out whether we’re having a boy or a girl. I’m really feeling like it’s a girl and we’ve basically been referring to the baby as a girl since we found out. Only a few more hours until we know whether we’re right or wrong!

Until then, I’ll do a happy dance at my desk for the great news regarding the chromosome testing. πŸ’ƒπŸ»

Letting the World Know

Yesterday was the day of our big reveal to my side of the family and the day we planned on going public on social media. The day didn’t quite go as planned.

I mentioned in my last post that T was having quite a bit of nausea and vomiting. Well, it ended up being an every hour type of thing Friday and began the same way Saturday morning. We decided to call the answering service to our OB’s office around midday. Nothing was helping and I just knew that T had to be or was very near being dehydrated. The nurse called us back right away and said that we should go to the ER for fluids since it’s lasted longer than 24 hours. This was about 5 hours prior to our family coming over.

Thankfully, most of dinner was already in crockpots, so we were ok there. T really wanted the nausea to stop but she also didn’t want to cancel our reveal plans. We decided to go to a freestanding ER because many claim to have no wait times. Turns out their claim was true. We walked in and were in a room within minutes. The doctor came in and asked questions. He was super nice and was great at explaining everything. They took blood and urine, then hooked T up to an IV that also had a nausea medication in it.

Before we left to the ER, I texted my family and told them that we needed to move dinner an hour later. Our hope was that that would be ample time to get treatment and then get back home. The fluids went in and soon T’s belly was screaming for food. We took that as a good sign and decided to keep our dinner plans in place. Thankfully the course of treatment helped and T was feeling a lot less pukey. They sent us on our way with two prescriptions in case it returned.

We arrived home in time for me to finish the last bit of dinner and then the doorbell ring as soon as I finished getting dressed. In walked my Mom and Dad. My older sister and her family arrived next and then finally my older brother and his family arrived. I ran to grab my brother’s shirt and then handed it to him. This was the shirt that basically called him an uncle. Unfortunately, he didn’t get what it meant and instead of “Tio” (uncle) he read the shirt as “T10” (T ten). That’s when my sister said “he doesn’t get it.” Nobody really got it but my sister. I quickly turned into Oprah and began shouting out “You’re going to be an uncle” and “you’re going to be an aunt” and “you’re going to be a grandpa” and “you’re going to be a Grandma” and then realization began to kick in. “What do you mean?” was said a few times and I explained that T was pregnant. That’s when the hugs and tears started. Everyone was in shock but still overjoyed for us. Once it really set in, my mom began to call everyone on her contacts list, or so it seemed.

I quickly sent a picture announcing our news to my siblings that live in other states and to our nieces and nephews who couldn’t be there. We then began to fill in everyone on exactly what we went through and the news that T was actually carrying my egg. That blew them all away and tears flowed again.

T wasn’t feeling the greatest but thankfully she felt well enough to enjoy the happy moment. Most of our family decided to head out early to allow T to rest but my mom stayed behind for a bit to hear the heartbeat on our Doppler. Thankfully, I was able to find it and see the look on her face while she heard her grand-baby for the first time. A moment that neither of us will forget.

Everything went a bit off course but the joy we felt in telling my family was exactly what we had hoped for and more. Our hearts are so full!