Calvin’s Hospital Photo Shoot

When Viv was born, the nurses took a few shots of her in the nursery which were available for purchase at Mom365.  I wasn’t wowed by them, since she looked a little like an alien. Long story short, we never purchased any.

Not even two years later, the whole system changed. The very day Cal was born, a photographer from Mom365 came to the room to take a few newborn pictures.  While they are no means stellar, it was really nice to have a few posed pictures of him in the hospital. Being the hormonal ball of love that I was that morning, I obviously purchased them all haha.

 

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Cal’s “real” newborn photo shoot with Rachel Christensen Photography took place on April 3rd – stay tuned!

 

 

 

 

Visit from Harper

Remember about this time last year when my cousin Betsy came to visit with her new baby Harper?

Well, they came back this weekend! Betsy is pregnant with her second and due only 7 weeks after Baby Lafe is due.

We had a busy busy day. And naturally viv didn’t have a good nap after swim lessons. She held her own and was as active as ever!

We headed to the NYS Museum, where they have a ton of great exhibits on animals (which of course the kids love) and a toddler hands-on playroom. You may recall that we’ve been there before….

But by far the hit of the Museum is the antique carousel. Harper had never been on a carousel before and LOVED it! We were even able to try out our new double stroller!

As soon as we got back to my parents’ house, Viv and Harper both took solid naps. A perfect refresher for a delicious dinner!

Here is a photo dump for you

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Now off to bed to get plenty of rest to do it again tomorrow!

Pregnancy 1 versus Pregnancy 2

**I started this post before Monday’s scare, and was just waiting to upload the most recent belly pic. Definitely not feeling quite as light hearted, even though everything turned out quite fine**

Now that I’m in my third trimester (!!!!), I’ve taken a look back on how this pregnancy has compared to my pregnancy with Viv.

The first main difference was morning sickness.  I felt just as sick this time around (moderate nausea, occasional vomiting), but it hit me a lot harder.  First, I had a baby to chase around.  But more significantly was that my “morning” sickness with this pregnancy began around 1pm and continued through the night.  With Viv, I woke up feeling awful, but would gradually feel better throughout the day. It was really hard this time to know the day was just going to get worse, especially when I was cooking (or smelling) dinner at night.

By 12 weeks, my morning sickness was mainly gone.  I had a few occasional nauseated feelings, but was getting my appetite back.  And thus began the belly pictures*.

I absolutely started showing earlier this time.  I attribute that to the fact that my uterus had already been stretched to the max, and not at all having to do with the fact that I hadn’t lost all of my “pregnancy” weight from Viv. Surely it had nothing to do with the fact that I wasn’t exercising regularly either….

12 week compare

12 Weeks on Christmas Day 2011 (with no belly whatsoever!) versus 12 Weeks on September 20, 2013

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By 16 Weeks, my stomach started to feel more solid, but I still was popping out more than I had with Viv.

16 week compare

16 Weeks on January 22, 2011 versus 16 Weeks on October 18, 2013.

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By 20 Weeks, I was feeling and looking Pregnant.  People who I hadn’t told were clearly in the “know” now.  We had our mid-term ultrasound, and all looks fine and dandy. We didn’t find out whether we’re expecting a girl or boy (we didn’t find out with Viv either), so there is a whole other level to this belly comparison.

20 Week Compare

19+ Weeks on February 16, 2011 (and dressed up for a work party) versus 20 weeks+ on November 17, 2013.

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I hit the 6 month a few weeks before Christmas.  The belly picture with Viv was the first I shared on social media.  I purposefully wore the same shirt for the 6 month picture with this kiddo.  I don’t see much of a difference in belly size and shape! A little sister for Viv, perhaps? only Time will tell!

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24 Weeks on March 18, 2012, versus 24 weeks on December 13, 2013.

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28 W compare

28 Weeks on April 15, 2012, versus 28 Weeks, 4 Days on January 14, 2014.

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At this point, the only “medical” difference in this pregnancy has been the baby’s heart rate: Viv’s was consistently high, in the high 160′s or low 170′s.  This baby’s heart rate runs in the 140′s every time.  So to counter the belly-image deduction that there’s a little girl cooking in there, Old Wives tell me that a low heart rate means a little boy!  It’ll be quite the guessing game until April.

* I’ve been doing the same for ultrasound pictures, because why not start the “lets compare the little sibling to its older sister” now!? But since I’m not keen on showing off pictures of my uterus, despite its adorable contents, those won’t be shared online :)

 

 

Labor and Delivery: part too early

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This weekend was a foul weekend. Just basically awful. I was in the worst of moods all day Saturday, was even more angry and upset Sunday, and was raging against everything and everyone.

That, unfortunately, did not change yesterday morning.  The Man headed in to work early for a meeting, and my patience was worn so thin.  I was rushing to get Viv ready to go to my mother in law’s house, so I could catch up on work at the office (the office was closed, but nothing like a quiet day to get 10x more work done).  We left the house at 8:10 or so. I’m normally so mindful of snow and ice, especially being as pregnant as I am.  But yesterday, I was too irritable, too hurried, and too frustrated to take the extra few minutes to bring my bags out to the car before carrying Viv out.  So with Viv in my left arm, and her diaper bag, my purse, and my lunch bag in my right arm, I walked 15 feet to my car, and BAM.  I stepped off the curb, lost my footing, and my feet fell out right in front of me, my butt hit the curb, and Viv landed on my stomach.  Cue immediate sobbing from both of us.  Viv calmed down relatively quickly, and seemed more distressed that she was covered in snow (“nooo! nooo!” = “snow! snow!”).

After I composed myself, I got Viv and myself into the car and proceeded over to my mother in law’s house. My sister-in-law was dropping off our niece at the same time, so I let her and my mother in law know the scoop, before I headed off to my doctor’s office.  I called on my way (knowing the office opened right at 8:30), and left a message telling what happened and that I was coming.

Once I arrived, i was checked in pretty quickly, then tracked down only to be told that heeey, actually you should just go to the hospital. Fun fact:  any time a woman has a fall or abdominal trauma after her fetus is past the point of viability (22 Weeks), straight to labor and delivery for continuous fetal monitoring for 6 – 8 hours! The concern at that point is a placental abruption, which is when the placenta comes detached from the uterus.

cue panic.

I went straight to Labor and Delivery at the hospital down the street (where I delivered Viv, and where I plan to deliver this kid), and was put in a room for observation. It was very reminiscent of my trip in to deliver Viv (absent contractions, thank Goodness): gown, belly band, monitors, paperwork.  Right after I was hooked up, I could tell that baby’s heartrate was super perfect and strong. I could feel him/her kicking lick crazy, even kicking the (truly fantastic) nurse when she was placing the monitors on my stomach.  After a while, I saw that the monitor wasn’t showing any contractions (a very good sign).

The Man arrived shortly thereafter, and sat with me while we waited for enough data to be collected so that the doctor could give us an opinion. By 10:45 am or so, the doctor told us everything was looking perfectly fine, and that if I kept going at that rate, I would be allowed to go home around 2 pm.  That’s when The Man and I were able to relax a little bit.  Our spirits started rising again, and we were entertained by the alien like punching of Baby Lafe, which we could clearly see given my angle on the bed.

Let’s Make a Deal, the Price is Right, two episodes of Bones, and very scary discharge instructions later, we were on our way home, still quite stunned, but VERY grateful that no harm had been done.  I’m feeling stiff today and my hips are much more achy than normal, but that’s a very small price to pay for a healthy 29 W 3D baby safe and warm on the inside.

PS I should note that BOY BOY BOY BOY BOY was running through my mind the entire time I was in the hospital. We’ll see in a couple of months whether that instinct was right!

PPS Obv that picture was taken after we knew all was well and good with the world. and while I was feeling very antsy and uncomfortable and sad about sitting in a hospital gown.

 

Farewell 2013

Last Year, I said farewell to 2012 through my favorite pictures.

Once again, I have chosen one picture from each month, with an explanation about why each is significant. I should note that most are “favorites” for the memories they stir up, not for composition. By far the best part about this project is combing through all of the pictures I’ve taken over the last year.  I lost track of so many of them!  Enjoy!

 

 JANUARY

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The Man and I spent a night away in Lake George for our 5th Anniversary. It was sorely needed – one of our first date nights since Viv was born.

FEBRUARY
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What I loved about the 6-9 month stage was the cuddle-nap times. Viv LOVED taking snoozes in our bed, and I was not one to say no.

MARCH

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Excuse my barefooted baby outside in the end of March, but it was pretty warm those days.

APRIL

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I had a Court appearance for work in Elmira, where my parents are from, and where my grandparents still live.  So my Dad came with me and Viv, so she could spend some time with her great-grandparents while I worked. This was one of the outtakes of the family pictures we took. I love how my Pop Pop is playing with Viv and how Mema is smiling, looking on.

MAY

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Ok. hear me out.  I went to the bank one day and got this $20 from the ATM.  I laughed. and laughed. and laughed and laughed.  I hadn’t laughed at something so stupid and silly in a long time and it felt amazing.  And no. I didn’t call (though I was tempted…)

JUNE

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BIRTHDAY PARTY CAKE FACE! what more could be said?  Except the fact that we really weren’t equipped to clean that up….

JULY

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Baby #2 is coming! I had been feeling off, so when I came home from work hopped up on baby fumes from reading all about the new baby Prince George, I figured why not? Good to know I’m in tune with my body! ha

AUGUST

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Another week at Keuka Lake.  Our families didn’t know we were expecting again, though in retrospect, they all wondered why I would take 3 hour naps with Viv in the middle of the day.  Thankfully I hadn’t started to feel sick yet – just tired.

SEPTEMBER

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Around when Viv turned 14 months, she started really playing with Luke and Lacey. before, she was a little unstable crawling and walking, and they didn’t love the sudden movements. and the ear pulling.  This is when she started to get “gentle” and the pups loved it.

OCTOBER

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My friends Andria and Rob got married. There was a photobooth. That’s all I have to say about that.

NOVEMBER

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I took this with my iPhone while Viv and Lacey were cuddling/playing in her bedroom.  Can you tell that they were not pleased with my requests that they look at me for a picture?

DECEMBER

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Christmas morning. I can’t get over that look of utter amazement.  She was either yelling “DOC” or “WOW”. Either way, it’s pretty awesome.

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Thanks for stopping by today! Have a safe and Happy New Year! See you in 2014!