Sunday, February 27, 2011


During my pregnancy I worried how Noelle would react to her new baby brother. We tried to prepare her throughout the 9 months as much as possible by talking to him in my belly, including her when we purchased things for him, decorating his room, saying "When Noah gets here (fill in the blank)," etc.

The first week flew by and Noelle did great. She wasn't very interested in him - probably because he slept 20 hours a day. Aaron was home that week and we had visitors every day who brought her gifts and gave her tons of attention. My mom and dad were also at our house every day helping with Noah and playing with Noelle.

This past week was a bit more challenging but overall pretty great. She threw a few fits when I was nursing him because I couldn't follow her to where she wanted to go and she cried at bed time twice when we denied her request to sleep in our bed (which she never does anyway). I've made a point to devote one of Noah's 2-hour naps to playing with her and teaching her, which is a huge adjustment since all of my day was devoted to her before his arrival. I've also showed her where all of his diapers, wipes, clothes, and bibs are so she can be "Mommy's Big Helper."

A few of my favorite Big Sister moments are: In the morning she covers Noah with her very special blanket to keep him "nice and warm," she often gently touches his head and says "ahhh," and she loves helping mommy give him a bath.

She also enjoys holding him...

Aaron, of course, is over the moon.
And I am so in love.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Deal of the Month!

We took a trip to Target today to check out the Dr. Suess Read Across America event. Noelle and I enjoyed listening to 4 book readings while she munched on popcorn and sipped apple juice. Aaron and Noah took the chance to get Starbucks and have some Father/Son time.

After the book readings we took a stroll around and I found this!

A leftover from the Great Sale Event. I'm a lover of teeth whitening so I was thrilled to find the Professional Effects strips on clearance. This value pack also comes with mouth wash, floss, a toothbrush and toothpaste!

A $60 Value on clearance for $30!

I busted out my coupon booklet and smiled from ear to ear when I found a $10 off Professional Effects coupon. I thought maybe I'd have trouble using it at the register but it went through with no problem. Only $20 bucks!

I have 4 more $10 off coupons (in the 2/27 P&G insert) so I plan on keeping my eye on them next week when they'll most likely go half off. There were more than 10 of them left on the shelf.

If you're not familiar with Crest Professional Effects, the 20 pack of strips alone costs $50.

Have a great week - I hope you find some great deals out there!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Baby Weight Loss

I'm very proud of myself for not gaining a ton of weight this pregnancy. My goal was to not gain more than 30 pounds and the day I went to the hospital I had gained a total of 27 pounds. Not bad. Here's what I looked like 3 hours before delivering...

And 10 days later...

I'm happily back in my pre-pregnancy jeans and a few pounds below my pre-pregnancy weight. Nursing is an amazing workout!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Noah's Birth Story

I had an appointment with Dr. T on Monday, the 14th (due date) and I was only dilated 1 cm and about 75% effaced but baby was still very low at +1 station. I mentioned to Dr. T that baby had been less active in the past couple of days and he sent me to the hospital for an NST and biophysical ultrasound. Everything came back perfect so I went home to spend Valentine's Day with Aaron and Noelle.

I went to sleep that night praying and praying that I would go into labor before Thursday - the scheduled induction day. As usual I couldn't sleep and ended up on the couch at 1:40 a.m. I began to feel semi-strong contractions around 3 a.m. and timed them at about 30 minutes apart. They were just annoying enough to keep me awake so I watched a couple of hours of TV and finally started to doze off at 5 a.m.

Just as my eyes closed I felt a strange feeling and jumped up to run to the bathroom. On my way there amniotic fluid started running down my leg. I went to the bathroom and out came my mucus plug along with more amniotic fluid. Woohoo! God is good! I laid back down and soaked through a pad, then another. When Aaron got up to go to work I let him know what happened but I insisted he go to work because I wasn't planning on going to the hospital until my contractions were closer together.

I took a shower and finished getting our bags packed and at 8:30 a.m. I started bleeding. Not long after the contractions went from 10 minutes apart to 5 minutes apart. My parents came over at 9 a.m. and I called Aaron to come home from work.

At 10:30 a.m. we arrived at the hospital and got settled in.

At 11 a.m. my contractions were 3 minutes apart and getting stronger but for some reason they went away. Nothing for almost an hour so Dr. T ordered Pitocin which started working right away and I was contracting every 2 minutes from then on. My sister and Aaron were squeezing my feet with every contraction and at 2:30 p.m. I ordered an epidural.

3:00 p.m. I finally got the epi and was at 5 cm dilated. From 3-4:30 I relaxed with my parents, Aaron and Noelle. Nurse Julie came to check me at 4:40 and I was at 8 cm dilated. She said she'd come back at 5:30 and I'd likely be at 10 cm.

A few minutes after Nurse Julie left the room my forebag broke and Noah came sliding down the birth canal. I told Aaron and my dad to go get a Nurse - I knew Noah was crowning, the pressure was super intense. Nurse Julie came in to take a look and sure enough, he was ready to come out.

They prepped the room and Dr. T came in just before 5 p.m. Because he's such a sweetie, he cancelled his dinner plans and was in his office playing online poker waiting for my call.

Once everything and everyone was in our room I started pushing and about 4 minutes later Noah's head came out - but he had the cord wrapped around his neck twice so I had to give one big push to get him out. And there he was at 5:13 p.m! Perfect and pink with the most adorable little cry. Unfortunately because I had to get him out fast, I tore in the same place as I did with Noelle. :-( Recovery was rough for the first 5 days, but now a week pp, I feel pretty good.

7 pounds, 8 ounces and 20.5 inches long

My mom's expression during the whole process was priceless. I'm so glad she was able to watch the birth of her grandson. Aaron was an amazing coach and supporter. He is my rock.

Watching Noelle meet her brother was a moment I'll never forget. She kept trying to hold his hand and said, "He's my friend." It was so sweet!

Now we are a family of 4!

Noah is here!

Noah John was born on February 15th at 5:13 pm! He was 7 pounds, 8 ounces and 20.5 inches long. I was anxious during my pregnancy to find out what he looks like, and let me tell you, it's like looking at Noelle as a baby. They are nearly identical - he's just a handsome version.

This is the first time in the past 6 days that I've been able to turn on the computer - and even now I should be napping - but I wanted to send this out just in case you were wondering. I started writing his birth story which I'll try to get posted this week.

I haven't had a chance to upload the pictures from my camera but here's a phone picture...

My baby boy!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Hello, Due Date!

Buh-bye, Due Date!

I feel great today. Last week I thought if I made it to the 14th I'd be upset and disappointed but I'm not. I'm just going with it. I've been praying and praying for this baby to come when he's ready, and apparently he's just not ready. I'm having mild contractions every 4-6 minutes but they haven't gotten any stronger since they began last night. So we wait...

There won't be a meal plan this week. I learned last week that my energy level is just too low by the end of the day to keep with the schedule. My mom treated us to dinner a couple of times last week which was, as always, a blessing. For Valentine's Day my amazing husband made me this delicious Surf and Turf dinner and the rest of the week is up in the air. We'll figure it out - even if we're eating PB&Js for dinner.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Lesson Learned

Last night I was hit with, "Oh my goodness, I'm going to have another baby ANY DAY!" After a minor freak out, I looked at Noelle and was overwhelmed with guilt. I've been so distracted with preparing for baby brother that I haven't spent quality alone time with her in a while.

So I made the decision to be entirely present for her today. No cleaning or organizing, no computer or phone calls. Whatever she wanted to do, we did. As usual the day started with, "Mommy, you want to play in my playroom?" We played, danced, learned and laughed.

Then while I attempted to quickly make myself semi-presentable to the world in my bathroom she asked me to paint our toes. I pulled out the nail polish box and let her pick the color...

Electric Blue!
Should be a great conversation starter in the delivery room. :)

After taking pictures of our toes she asked me to take a few pictures of her "happy faces." We practice happy face, sad face, mean face, surprised face, etc in the mirror while I do her hair. It's a great distraction when I want to put in pig tails.

Then we took a walk to the park and had a picnic. It was the most beautiful sunny day.

Me and my princess.

"What would you like to do after lunch?"
"See the puppies!"
So off to the pet store we went. We saw puppies, bunnies, turtles, fish, reptiles, birds, guinea pigs and hamsters. More fun than the zoo!

Then it was nap time. I'm exhausted but it was an amazing day. She is the sweetest little girl.

Lesson learned - Spend more time holding her hand and less time holding my phone.

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