Saturday, March 25, 2017

The C-Section Birth Experience

My first c-section, due to breech presentation, occurred at around 4 a.m. Needless to say, I was a little tired and everything was a little rushed which didn't leave me a lot of time to take in the experience and everything was a bit of a blur when I looked back on it. With baby #2, I underwent a scheduled c-section delivery which was done at a much more leisurely pace. This left me more time to be nervous, but also more time to take in the details.




Here is my story...

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Welcome Baby!

We were so excited to welcome our second little boy, Lucas, on March 12. It snowed that morning here in Charlotte but we had an uneventful drive to the hospital and an uncomplicated delivery. Lucas weighed in at 7 lbs and 14 oz., immediately started breast-feeding, and loves to snuggle!




Pictures and posts including: c-section delivery story and our first week at home are coming soon!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Finally Friday - Final Baby Prep

This is a banner Friday for me! It is my last day of work and the end of my 38th week of pregnancy. As you may know, my first baby was breech and therefore was born by c-section. He still came early, which rushed the c-section process leaving little time for nerves! (My First Birth Story)

This time around, I debated a scheduled c-section versus an attempted VBAC. Ultimately, my husband and I decided with my doctor to schedule a c-section, but if I went into labor before the scheduled date I would consider a VBAC if labor was progressing well. Now Friday has rolled in, my c-section is scheduled for Sunday, and (not to jinx myself!) I'm still pregnant.

Here's my son, sharing his thoughts on the limited space he currently has on my lap:




This week has been all about final preparations!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Bump Photography - Part 2

I have many fewer bump pictures from my second pregnancy... I think that may be the way of things for a lot of moms. It's harder to schedule in photos when you have a toddler and if you want the toddler to be happy and compliant to take part in the photos...well that is even more difficult! We've made more time for taking pictures towards the end of my second pregnancy. 

I casually mentioned in one Five on Friday post that I was waiting on photos to be edited and my husband got right on it. He's such a great guy! So here is Bump Photography: Part 2!



My post on Bump Photography from my first pregnancy is HERE. All our pictures are self-taken, by my husband or with the use of a tripod. We never considered hiring a maternity photographer to take pictures of our family together and give us more direction, but if you have the funds to do so a professional can direct a lot of the "classic" maternity picture shots you see on Pinterest.

Monday, March 6, 2017

My Top C-Sections Myths

When I found out my first baby was breech and would be delivered by c-section, I set out reading oodles of tips online. Some of these items I read before my delivery, others I've come across since then in my reading of mom blogs. 






Now potentially approaching my second c-section, I wanted to share  these few things... These are the items which caused me the most concern and, for me, they ended up not being true.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Five on Friday

I'm going to try to link this post to a little blogging party for "Five on Friday" where you share five thoughts on a Friday! However, with me being technologically challenged (still haven't figured out the WordPress software I downloaded...) and my husband being very busy, it may or may not work... Seemed like fun though and it's been a BUSY week so here I go...



ONE

Pregnancy photos are officially done until delivery time. We did our last planned photo shoots this past weekend. We've done several since 34 weeks, but my husband is way behind on photo editing so my post is also delayed! He completed this one to post to his Facebook site:

37 Weeks Baby #2
It's similar to the compilation we did with my first pregnancy, but Henry got to make an appearance instead of Frisco. 

37 Weeks Baby #1
Here's my initial post on Bump Photography.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Streamlining Prenatal Services

Especially with the new trend toward high-deductible insurance plans, the cost of pregnancy can be staggering. There are a lot of optional tests and services during the prenatal period. I chose a streamlined schedule with visits only every 4-5 weeks (until end of third trimester), limited genetic testing, and only one ultrasound. You should discuss all services carefully with your treating provider (doctor or midwife). 




Read on for the service schedule I followed during both my pregnancies...

Thursday, February 23, 2017

My Favorite Blogs

The blog which inspired this post is actually the most recent one I started reading. At first I couldn't figure out why it appealed to me so much. The page just looked attractive to me. Then I realized, there were no ads. But the majority of blogs contain ads, they are hard to avoid. Here are some other things I look for in a blog...

  1. Easy to read
  2. Easy to navigate
  3. Lots of historical content to peruse
  4. Topics of interest 
  5. Frequent posts

My main topics of interest include: Recipes, Photography, all things Pregnancy and Mom, Diet and Fitness. Read on for my current favorite blogs!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Toddler Activity: Learning with Puzzles

My son started working these puzzles between 15 and 18 months of age. I was surprised how quickly he caught on! We love the Melissa and Doug brand which can be found on Amazon and at Target. Although the puzzles are recommended for either 2+ or 3+, the hardest part for him was only the dexterity needed to get the puzzle pieces to fit exactly in their spots. If you work with a new puzzle and your toddler continues to be frustrated by it, they may not be ready. Put it aside for a month or two and then introduce it again.



Read on for our favorite puzzles and our favorite ways to play!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Preparing for Baby: Diaper Stations

I found diaper changing stations to be wonderful for a couple of months after delivery. They were especially useful to me because I had a c-section and I live in a 2-story house. If you are in a ranch style house or have a normal delivery, moving around your house to the changing table might not be a big deal for you after delivery. Consider your needs!

I used one diaper station downstairs in my living room on my couch and the other in my bed for overnight changes before my son started sleeping in his nursery. He moved to his nursery at around five weeks and upstairs diaper changes moved to his real changing table. I continued to use the downstairs set up until I returned to work from maternity leave, and even after we kept it stored downstairs for the occasional diaper change.



You don't need much to make an efficient changing station!