Saturday, April 21, 2012

After Baby Update: 1 Week Post-Partum

After Baby Update:
1 Week PostPartum

Wow, a week has flown by already!! (Actually, it's been 11 days, but I am just getting around to writing this post)

Baby Gibson is over a week old, and doing great! 

I made it through a miserable pregnancy, and the moment I laid eyes on Gibson, I knew I'd do it all over again if I had to!

He's the best baby....just over a week old, and already seems to be on (somewhat) of a schedule. He's got his days and nights RIGHT, and has predictable sleeping and waking times. He's showing us he's got a great temperament....laid back....only fussy when he's hungry. I couldn't have dreamed of a better fit for our family...he fits right in and totally completes our family!

One week after delivery, here is our sweet little guy....

My sweet friend, Kristen, is a photographer and came over this past week and did his first photo shoot.  He was such a little trooper throughout the whole thing...he only pooped on the props twice! ha!

Here are 2 more sneak peeks of our session...

I'm on a journey to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight and get back into exercising. Oh, how I have missed it these last 9 months. The last time I went for a run was when I was 8 weeks pregnant. I ran a wonderful 4 miles...the next day the morning sickness hit me like a ton of bricks and the start of a very rough pregnancy began. 

I'm on a mission to get back into running and working I want to document my journey....

So, here I am at 1 week postpartum...about 17 pounds lost....about 13 to go...

Overall, I gained about 31-32 pounds while pregnant. As of today, I have about 13 pounds to go....and it's all in my belly. I am in that awkward stage right now, where maternity clothes are too big, but my regular clothes are too small...

We ordered my BOB Stroller this week, though, and as soon as it's in I can start walking. I can't run for 6 weeks, but I have been told I can that's what I will do until the dr. gives me the okay to exercise.

Thank you all for your sweet comments you have recently sent! It means alot to me to have your support and kind words. We are in heaven with this little guy!!! Can't wait to show you more pictures of this new little man in our lives!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

HE'S HERE!!!!!

From God's Hands to Ours.....

Gibson Ryan
April 10, 2012
8:47 A.M.
9lbs. 12oz.
21 and 1/4 in.

We are all in love with this little fella!! He's perfect in every way!!

More details to come, later!!!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Baby Bump Update: 39 Weeks....How on Earth Am I Still Here??!?

39 Weeks!! Last Bump Update

*How far along?: 39 weeks when this photo was taken

*Total weight gain: I am at 31 pounds...I DID IT!!! After a 77 pound and a 50 pound weight gain with my first 2 pregnancies, I actually gained the recommended amount....I kept it under 35 pounds like I wanted to!!!!!!!!!! So excited about that!!!!  ......Now, where's the ice cream?!?!?!?

*How big is baby?: I am about 15 hours away from delivery right now as I type this, and the doctors said weeks ago if I made it to my delivery this baby would weigh 10 pounds, easily...sooooo, we are looking at a BIIIIGGGG baby boy!!!!

*Sleep?: Up until Saturday night I was sleeping the nerves, anxiety and feeling overwhelmed are here.....looks like my sleepless night have begun!

*Best moment this week?: Having my family come in town...with more on the way...has been a great feeling. My brother is here all the way from Tokyo, Japan, my dad and step mom are coming in from Tennessee, and my in laws have been here helping me get everything ready for Tuesday's big delivery. I am so blessed to have such a wonderful support system...I even have sweet friends who want to be at the hospital when this little guy is born. Such an amazing feeling!  

 This is also the first time I have made it to my scheduled delivery date....with both girls I went into labor. But I have been able to plan down to the exact day now with this one. Tomorrow, April 10th, will be the 14th anniversary of my first date with my husband. We get to mark the anniversary of our first date with the arrival of our son!! How neat is that?!?!?

*Movement?: would think a 10 pound baby wouldn't have any room to move, but this kid is a kung foo machine....always moving and grooving.

*Food cravings?: Water, Ice and fruit.....the same as it's always been. 

*Labor signs?:  I've had some contractions here and there...sporadically...but nothing to get excited about. Booo!

*Belly button in or out?: It's out, and has been out...and sometimes the baby will stick his heel right in my belly button, which makes it stick out even further! ha!
 *What I miss: I miss it all.....feeling normal....eating without getting sick....sleeping on my stomach....being name it, and I miss it. BUT, on Tuesday morning it will all be over and I will be on my way to feeling normal again. I'll take the sleepless nights over having my body as my own again!!!

*What I’m looking forward to:  Obviously looking forward to getting this little guy here....praying it all goes well....also looking forward to getting recovered from the c-section, which I know will take a while. Anxious to get this delivery behind me and look ahead to the next chapter of my life with my family of 5!!!!!!

Prayers for a safe delivery are appreciated....I've discussed how I am blood thinners and am a little nervous about how my surgery will prayers are welcome!! ;-)

My next update will be pictures of our sweet baby boy! Can't wait for you to meet him!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Baby Bump Update: 38 Weeks

38 Week Bump Update

Why am I still here?!?!?!?

*How far along?: 38 weeks when this photo was taken

*Total weight gain: I am at 30 lbs right now....lost a pound at the dr this past week because of the returning queasiness at night....just days away from hitting my goal of less than 35 pounds!!! YEAH!.

*How big is baby?: Well, we will find out REALLY soon, but the are estimating him to be 9-10 pounds next week when he is born!!!!! YIKES! I have already made it farther this pregnancy than last time....and my last baby was this one will definitely be bigger than that!

*Sleep?: This week has probably been the worst for sleep but hasn't been too terribly bad. I was up 4 nights in a row...all around 3-4am for an hour or two.....this pregnancy has given me some good sleep, so I can't complain.

*Best moment this week?: There was no ONE moment that was great...had a good week, but am enjoying this time with my girls before the baby gets here. I know I will have a tough recovery, so I am trying to soak up these last few days.

*Movement?:  Constant.He has no room left in there, but that doesn't stop him from wiggling like a worm!! The movements are painful and can bring me to my knees in pain at times.

*Food cravings?: Water and Fruit still....made it through this pregnancy with no big cravings...isn't that strange?? I will say, I NEVER EVER drink soft drinks, but in the last week I have had a craving for Coke....I did give in and have a few....but the first Coke sent the baby into lots of wild dancing, so I switched to Caffeine free Cokes after that....but that craving seems to have passed....I'm back to water now! ha

*Labor signs?:  I've had some contractions here and there...sporadically...but nothing to get excited about. Booo!

*Belly button in or out?: It's out, and has been out...and sometimes the baby will stick his heel right in my belly button, which makes it stick out even further! ha!
 *What I miss: 38 weeks pregnant....I miss it ALL!!!!!! I miss being able to stand up for longer than a few minutes at this shopping is  a challenge....I know, that's sad....but this pregnancy has just knocked me out for the count! Can't wait to get back into exercising!!!!!

*What I’m looking forward to:  Well, I am 38 weeks now and today just 8 days away from my scheduled c section. This is my last full week as the mother of week will be a while new ballgame! But I am looking forward to getting this little guy here and starting the next chapter of our lives as a family of 5. Can't believe I am almost there!

Check out this picture I dug's me at 37-38 weeks pregnant with my first. And the other picture is me now. Remember I told you I gained 77 pounds with her. This was taken on Christmas morning, 3 weeks before I delivered her....I'd have to gain almost 50 pounds this time to be in that position again!! Thank goodness I didn't!!

 I'd say there is a slight difference!!!!

I'm working on a pregnancy chart with all of my pictures....doing lots of sitting this week, so hopefully I can show it to you soon! 

Maybe I will see you back next week for a 39 weeks update....maybe I will have already had the little guy....stay tuned!