Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Blair's Birth Story.

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 Blair Nicole. Born on December 10, 2014 at 12:15am. 8 lbs 9 oz. 21 3/4 inches.

Jacob and I headed to the hospital so I could be induced at 5:00am on December 9th. The only thing scaring me about going to the hospital that morning was the fact that I had to have an IV. It's the first one I've ever had and it really freaked me out! Ha, now looking back I think how silly, cause that was the easy part. 

About 6 hours into being induced and having many contractions I decided to get my epidural. Now that was even more terrifying than the IV. I hated not being able to move my legs around very well, they felt like they weighed 100 pounds a piece. However, it was nice to no longer feel contractions! I felt pretty good and even ate a couple of orange popsicles and ice-chips (I've never been so thirsty in my life!) I even got in a nap!

But about an hour in the epidural started making me extremely sick and I was throwing up nonstop and my whole body was shaking out of control. It was awful. Such a terrible experience. This went on for about 8 hours. Finally the doctor came to see me and gave me medicine to stop the nausea. After that I felt good for a couple of hours! (Why couldn't they have given me the medicine sooner? I'll never know...)

Soon I started being able to feel part of the contractions. I know I was only feeling some of the pain from them, and it was awful. I couldn't imagine feeling the full blown thing. Finally after 17 of the toughest hours ever it was time to start pushing.

I pushed for 2 hours and 15 minutes. I had Jacob and my mom with me during the whole thing and they helped me out as much as possible by cheering me on, holding my legs up, feeding me ice-chips, and holding their breath with me. I was trying to beat time and have Blair on the 9th, but she just wasn't having it! 15 minutes after midnight Blair finally made her appearance. 

I've never seen anything or anyone so beautiful. She was just staring at me, not yet crying, and I have never felt so much joy and love than I did at that moment. All I could do was tell her how much I loved her before the nurses took her away to clean her up and suck everything out of her mouth and nose to get her to have that first cry. When I finally heard it, it was like music to my ears.

Jacob was with her while they were cleaning her up and he got to put her first diaper on. Afterwards he immediately brought her over to me so I could hold and kiss her. It was the absolute best feeling to have her in my arms again and to have Jacob kissing my forehead telling me how proud he was of me and how much he loved his 2 girls. We've never been so happy!

Blair is a week old today, and I am so in love with her, but I have been since that first moment I saw her when she was still in my belly at Week 8. I simply cannot imagine life without her. We've already had so many unforgettable experiences with her and I can't wait to see what the rest of our lives together have in store! She is our sunshine and we can't get enough of her big beautiful eyes, chubby cheeks, soft skin, her little feet, and all of that hair! Just everything....I could go on forever!

I love you Blair!

I'm so excited to share our stories with you all.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

40 Weeks.

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Blair was as big as a small watermelon!

The night before I went in to give birth to our baby girl! The birth story will be up soon!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

39 Weeks!!

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Blair is 39 weeks (Tuesday) and is as big as a mini watermelon!!

We were so certain that I was going to be giving birth this week, but my body had other plans. We have another appointment tomorrow to see if anything has changed (fingers crossed that it has!) and if everything looks good we might be picking out a date for next week! Meep! 

I'm so ready to hold and kiss this little munchkin, I don't think I can wait much longer! I also don't think my body can handle much longer. She's just getting stronger by the hour it feels like, last night was the worst night so far.....and it was just because of her kicking me in the ribs, bladder, and whatever else she could reach. She's a feisty little thing! 

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Love at First Sight.

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So here's our "getting pregnant story"

Jacob and I decided to wait awhile to have a baby so we could explore and travel the world and do everything we dreamed of before bringing someone into our lives that would change everything. I absolutely had the best 7 years with him doing just that. We were able to live on the West Coast and the East Coast. We were able to travel to the beach just for the weekend whenever we wanted. We were able to explore the most beautiful National Parks and sleep under the stars. It's been nonstop fun and adventuring with him and I wouldn't change it for the world.

But soon we both started getting baby fever. Even though it would only last for me for a few months, then I would be done with trying to get pregnant and get back on birth control. After trying to get pregnant twice I was getting convinced that maybe it wasn't in the books for us, maybe it was just ment to be Jacob and I and no one else. When he convinced me to try a third time, I agreed cause I knew it wouldn't happen right away, if it even happened at all. 

Three months later, Jacob told me to take a pregnancy test because I was being so mean/moody and just wanted to sleep all the time, so he was convinced I was pregnant. And he was right! I cried from shock and disbelief but he smiled the biggest/goofiest smile in the world. I knew when I saw that smile that everything was going to be okay. And that we were going to have the happiest little family. 

Once I saw my little munchkin a few weeks later and heard her heart beat, it was instant love at first sight. I had the same kind of butterflies I got when I first met Jacob. Now that she's almost here I'm so excited I could burst at the seams! Everyone says that our traveling days are over and no more this and that. But actually I'm more excited to travel now that we have Blair. I can't wait to show her the world and see her get excited over seeing a big mountain or jumping in the ocean waves with her daddy. I love that kids get excited about the most simple things in life.

This is going to be the best adventure yet.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

38 Weeks!

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Blair is 38 Weeks! She probably weighs 6.5 pounds (though I suspect she weighs more than that!) and is the size of a length! 

Sorry there are so many belly pictures, I just can't get over how....round it is! I mean seriously? Is that belly for real?? 

Jacob and I ventured out to snap some pictures on that very cold day (about 2 days ago), when a sweet shop owner asked us if we would like to come inside and take some pictures in her shop where we could stay warm. So of course we said yes, and went and snapped a few pictures (not the best lighting soooo that's why there is only one picture from inside the store!) Anyways, on our way out she gave me a rose for baby Blair. It was such a sweet gesture that I will always cherish. 

I am pretty miserable (though it could be much worse I'm sure. I am also bloated or swollen (WHATEVER!) beyond belief! My face looks like it's gained 5 pounds in one week. Pretty much can only fit into like 3 pairs of shoes, and those are tight. The ring that took my wedding ring's spot (about 3 months ago) is getting too tight.....and I had to add an extra link to my watch for it to fit! Ah!! Hopefully this little munchkin comes soon before I blow up anymore!!

Jacob is trying everything under the sun to try to induce labor. And every time I whine about a braxton hicks contraction his eyes get huge and he wants to time them to make sure they aren't real. He begs me to give birth every day because he wants to meet his daughter so bad. It really is the cutest thing ever. I can't wait to see his face when I actually do go into labor.....and most of all when he sees our daughter for the first time.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Me and My Big 'ol Bump.

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(He's so thrilled to take a selfie in Target with me)

Be prepared for quite a few posts this week, because now that this pregnancy is coming to an end, I'm trying to savor every last moment. I know I will miss feeling her move around inside me more than anything and I will miss the feeling of knowing that she's safe and warm in my belly...(and probably extremely happy that she doesn't have to face this cold weather yet!) 

And I'm 100% blaming this big belly on me being whiney about not having a bump.....and maybe a little on all the milk I consume.