Thursday, October 31, 2013

Live Learn and then Get Luvs

If you haven't seen these Luvs commercials by now, you are in for a treat! I luv them! Especially this one --

For me, it just rings so true!

With Miles, I nursed under the Hooter Hiders everywhere we went. Even in my own home when anyone (including the big kids) was over. I hid in cars, nursed in corners, and basically kept the girls completely hidden.

This time around -- I give up. It's just too much hassle. And honestly - I've gone through so much pain to get to a good place while breastfeeding -- I shouldn't have to hide to do it!

And you know what? It's not that big of a deal. I've pulled the boobs out at Izzy's soccer games, at Target, walking around the Pumpkin Patch, at Home Goods (where I got a "Good for you" from a fellow shopper), at Spring Creek BBQ, and at home in front of anyone who happens to be here.

I am discreet and usually have a blanket nearby if I feel uncomfortable. It's not like I'm trying to make anyone look at my boobs. I just don't feel like I should have to hide anymore.

I read this article the other day that really helped. In it, the point is made clear that pregnancy, postpartum bodies and breastfeeding are not well represented in the media. Case in point -- the world was in shock over Kate Middleton's belly just a few days after she had her baby. On that same note - breastfeeding "has yet to be normalised by the sheer repetition of seeing it every day online, on television or in print media." And then it goes on to explain how us momma's -- we just can't win! It's not normalized or accepted for us to do in public "But on the other hand women are shamed if they do not do it."

Basically, society is telling us that breastfeeding is best for your baby for at least 1 year. But please don't do it in public unless you are appropriately ashamed and embarrassed enough to hide under a blanket. But preferably hide in a bathroom if you can.

And that sucks.

I don't particularly want anyone looking at my nipples. But I also want to feed my baby without feeling embarrassed. And it's too fine a line in society today.

I don't want to hold any nurse-ins (which are becoming a thing), but I do want to breastfeed without feeling embarrassed or ashamed. Maybe with a blanket over me, maybe not. Either way, it's not a big deal. It's normal.

Miles Haircut

Miles had his 4th ever haircut this past week. It went about as well as you could expect. Those hair trimmers just sound too scary! But this time we went to a fun kids haircut place! The car, the movie, the trains and the lovely lady cutting his hair all helped.

Daddy and Tia Pam ran interference as I took pictures.

Although he looks less than thrilled, I can assure you - he loves his haircut. Or maybe that's me. I love his haircut. He loves it when I stop bugging him for a picture and he can get back to his trains.

Healthy Kiddos

I have lots and lots to catch up on in my little blogging world. My parents left yesterday morning and the weather reflected my mood all day - gloomy and sad. I spent the day trying to figure out how to help Miles pee while breastfeeding and holding a very spoiled 5 week old baby. Allegedly you can't spoil a newborn. Tell that to my arm that's about to break as I type this while holding a baby who won't let me put her down!

I'm not complaining about holding her though -- it's actually my favorite thing to do. Besides the fact that it's the best excuse for not doing laundry or the dishes - she smells so good and is so warm and cuddly that I can't get enough!

And she is growing so stinking fast I want to get in all the tiny cuddles I can.

But, of course Miss All-I-Wanna-Do-Is-Nurse is already too chubby for her newborn clothes. And those chubby cheeks are back with a vengeance! At her 1 month appointment this week Girlfriend weighed in at a healthy 10 lbs 6.5 oz!! I guess all that nursing is working.

The appointment went well - they said Ms. Natalie is doing great! She is eating and sleeping on demand with no rhyme or reason as of now. So I asked the nurse how long that should last and she said as long as it works for us. I guess that means my boobs will continue to be on demand for every cry she makes.

Which is so different from how I nursed Miles. I had a phone app, I kept exact track of when I fed him and for how long every single time. And if I felt it hadn't been long enough between each feeding I'd be so resentful of feeding him again already. It's no wonder my milk supply suffered.

This time around I just feed her if she seems fussy without worrying about the clock. And it's so much less stressful not having to keep record and check it constantly.

Also different this time around -- I am refusing to pump. Maybe I should, and maybe I will eventually -- but I loathed pumping before. Hours spent feel like a cow only to get 2 oz of milk. Hours spent pumping at night when I'd rather be sleeping. I just can't bring myself to do it. There's formula for nights out and I haven't even had to use any yet, so hopefully my plan doesn't backfire on me!

On another note - her sleeping is slowly getting better and better. She is usually down in her bassinet by 10 or 11 and then wakes up around 3 or 4 to eat. Then she sleeps again until 6 or 7. Sometimes she makes it to 8 even! If she does wake up super early, Tony gets up with her to let me sleep in some. I am loooving having him work from home!! It's ah-MAY-zing!

In other news - Miles finally had his 3 yr appointment. Poor kid just kept getting the backseat to his sister and the move and everything else we had going on. Plus, he's just so healthy that I forget I'm supposed to take him to the dr. What a great problem to have, I do truly know how blessed we are to be able to say that!

So, I'm happy to report that Miles is also a health cubbster. 35 lbs, 2 oz. And I swear it's solid muscle cause it feels like so much more!!

He was a little congested, so we delayed his vaccines for now. Which is good, because I learned about this awesome stuff called DPT Tox to give him and help with the side effects. I need to get it before our next appt!!

That's it for now. Stay tuned for nursery paint pics, Miles' 4th haircut adventure and more boob stories soon!!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Baby Land

We are in full on baby/kid land over here. Prepare yourself for poop, pee, boobs, and me gushing about my kids right now. Hopefully I can get it all out on my blog and then when you see me in person I will be able to carry on an adult conversation without mentioning my boobs. But no promises.

Speaking of boobs -- you should see my rack! My boobs may hurt like crazy, but at least they look good!! The thrush is finally getting better, thank goodness. For a couple of days I wanted to cut the left one off, the thrush was hurting so bad. But a friend recommended something called Gentian Violet. For two days Natalie's mouth (and my nipples) where blue. Natalie looked like a baby zombie -- it was sad and cute at the same time. But it did the trick and I'm almost pain free now!! Thank goodness for holistic medicine, because the Rx they gave Natalie did not get rid of her thrush 100%. And I feel so much better knowing that we have Gentian Violet and Grapefruit Seed Oil to use should the thrush come back.

In other, non boob related news -- Natalie and I had our 3 week follow up and we are both doing great! Natalie weighs in at 9 lbs 10 oz! Which is why the cheeks are starting to come back!

I cannot get over those eyes!

Miles is still doing great with her. He loves her and is always worried about where she is. She woke him up crying the other morning and out of his deep sleep he woke up, said "oh no, baby sister" and then feel right back to sleep.

And Natalie LOVES her brother. She loves to watch him play and jump around. And she loves kisses from him! Which he gives freely.

I know everyone thinks their kid is the cutest, but I was seriously not prepared for this level of cuteness from Miles. Last night Miles grabbed one of Natalie's baby dolls and started to carry her around like she was his baby. I've given him dolls and stuffed animals before and he has 0 interest in them. But last night he hugged his baby, laid her gently in the bouncy, made us take her upstairs to the swing, give her a paci and then he sat down with my Breastfriend to fed her.

I don't think I'll ever get over how cute that was.

Every time he sees that baby doll he wants to do it all again. And then I want to eat him up for being so cute.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

In Love

I am completely head over hills in love with my babies!!

Miles just keeps getting cuter and cuter every day. Today he ran to his daddy when he got home and said "Daddy, Daddy -- you're here! I'm so glad you're here!!"

He is just the sweetest, cutest thing I could ever hope for! He drives me crazy sometimes, but then I get my revenge somehow...

He wore that bow for hours. Isn't he pretty? :)

He's still doing great with his sister. But my mom is only here for 2 more weeks. I'm scared. Oh so scared!

Natalie is still just the perfect baby. Currently she is sleeping on my chest as I type this. She loves it right there, listening to my heartbeat. But she is also perfectly content to sleep in her bouncy and swing. Often she just hangs out in the bouncy and then dozes off all on her own. I hardly know what to do with a baby so sweet and easy going.

And she LOVES to be talked to. She loves it when you give her your full attention and just talk and talk. If she's fussy, we can usually get her to chill just by talking to her.

Breastfeeding is getting better. Finally. I just want to say - I HATE breastfeeding. Ok, I hated it. The first 2 weeks are the WORST. I honestly think that if you can go through the constant pain of breastfeeding 8 to 10 times a day then you can do natural childbirth, no problem. Breastfeeding is the pain that never ends. Once you finish one feeding there's only 2 short hours until the next torture session. And Natalie's thrush made her latch horrible -- so that didn't help. Her thrush is finally getting better (although, not gone yet :(...) so breastfeeding is getting better. Her latch is still bad, but after the initial pain, the rest of the time it doesn't hurt.

And worrying about my milk supply is a fun part time job!! Making sure I'm eating the right foods, and drinking enough water and feeling like I don't have enough during the day, but way to much at night. Oh the roller coaster of emotions.

But, trying to wake Natalie up to finish eating at 3 am is one of my favorite things. She's so snuggly and cuddly. And she does that Superman yawn with her baby arms over her head where her fists shake but her eyes stay closed and then she falls back asleep anyway -- and then I die!!

My absolute favorite though is all of us sleeping together. She snuggles in my arm, Miles snuggles with his daddy. Seeing all my family snuggling together in bed just makes me realize how blessed we are. And I am completely in love!!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Natalie's Firsts

We've been having a week of firsts over here. Firsts poopies. First pictures taken. First Dr. visit.

At 3 days old Ms. Natalie rocked her home visit from the Birth Center. She had only lost 7% of her baby weight, which is normal.

Then I scheduled her new born pictures to be taken by the famous (infamous?:)) Bratton Photography. I worked for Stacy at her studio a few years back and Tony and I just love with her. It's an added bonus that her pictures are AMAZING. But I think we mostly just love going to hang out with her for a few hours. She did Miles pictures and we couldn't love those more!! I can hardly wait to see Natalie's!!

After her photography session I realized that I should probably schedule her first pediatrician visit. Poor girl, I should check my priorities. :)

So Tuesday we went to the awesome Dr. Bane in Frisco. She came highly recommended. And she was a thousand times better than our last Pediatrician, so we love her! I told her that we are behind on Miles vaccines and she didn't make me feel bad or guilty. She seems pretty holistic and laid back about things, which is exactly our style.

Here are Ms. Natalie's stats --

How cute is that card!! Just another reason I love it there!

Ms. Natalie is doing great. Except that she has the worst case of thrush the Dr. has ever seen. She is the best at being worst! Yay? We got an Rx for some meds and some probiotics, and she already looks so much better. Poor thing though...

But besides having thrush she is absolutely perfect! I hardly know what to do with a baby who is so chill and easy-going. It must be a combination of me being more confident as a second time mom and Natalie having to fit into our loud and crazy life. But she is just so good. She sleeps so much, acts so chill, hardly cries. Maybe this is the calm before the storm, but I just can't get over how good she is.

I'll get back to you in a week! :)

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Big Brother/Little Sister

For the past 2 days the first thing Miles says when he wakes up in the morning is "Oh no, where'd baby sister go."

Somebody loves his new sister!!

I think that is do LARGELY to the fact that my mom is staying with us. If I'm feeding Natalie and Miles needs the potty - my mom can take him. If I'm breastfeeding and he needs attention, my mom is always there to read to him, take him outside or fix him a snack. Right now his Nana is his favorite. Which is totally understandable, and I love that he is getting to know her and loves her so much!

And thankfully, I think because he has her full attention, he is loving on his sister even more than he normally might. He loves to kiss her and rub her head. He give me her paci if he sees it anywhere. He asks for her when he remembers that she's supposed to be here.

We took my sister to Chuy's on Thursday when she was in town for a day. When we got there and sat down Miles looked all around and said "baby sister, oh no. Where's baby sister?"

He does love to sit in her car seat. And he tends to follow whoever is holding the baby around to compete for attention. He asks us to put her down sometimes, but not often. We try to comply if we can. I just want him to know that he's still just as important.

Currently we are all sleeping in the same bed together. Shhh... don't tell. But I absolutely LOVE it. I'm not sure how long it can last, but I love waking up in the morning and seeing my whole family snoozing together.

Last night they both fell asleep downstairs and I let them cuddle for a bit.

I know this might not last and we'll have our ups and downs, but I love that we are off to a good start!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Natalie Aurelia Lauro - Our Second Natural Labor Story

Look who decided to show up only 4 days late!! I'd like you all to meet Ms. Natalie Aurelia Lauro. Born 9/24/2013 at 2:18 am, 8 lbs 15.5 oz (let's just say 9, shall we), and 21 inches long.

(For reference Miles was born 7/31/2010 at 12:54 am, 7 lbs 12 oz, 21.5 inches.)

Everyone told me that things would go much faster the second time around. But I think I became skeptical once I passed my due date. Not that 41 weeks isn't better than 42, I guess I was being a diva.

But, man I am still in shock at just how fast things went Monday night!

I had been having contractions off an on for a week. They had been getting stronger over the weekend-- but I'd have 3 strong ones in 30 minutes, and then nothing. Then on Saturday night I passed my mucus plug. (Gross, I know. Sorry, should have warned you!) I knew it could still be a few days, so I didn't let myself get too excited. Sunday more contractions, but only a few.

In the meantime we were trying everything possible to get labor started. Walking, foot rubs, acupressure points, wine... along with (ahem) other things. On Monday we went for Eggplant Parmesan at Sal's in hopes that the stories were true! (Christine - you are a genius!)

Then we went to the old apartment to finish up what we could and start cleaning. At around 4, I started getting some pretty consistent contractions that didn't seem to be letting up. I wasn't timing them yet, because I didn't want to get too excited too soon. But by the time we left at 5:30 I started to look at the clock. Every 6 minutes!

When we got home I started really feeling the contractions and by 6:30 I texted Tony (teaching Pilates) that this might be it. They were not letting up and seemed to be getting closer and I didn't want to sit down, I felt like I needed to stand up through them.

When he got home at 8, I called the birthing center and they suggested a shower to make sure things were gonna stick. I showered, did my hair and makeup and still felt like we should go. So we put Miles to bed, packed up all our bags and left.

Because of how things went with Miles, I just wasn't at all prepared to have a baby within a few hours.

We got to the birth center at 10 and I was dilated to a 3/4. They suggested that we walk outside and Power Walk through contractions. Which we did. For 2 hours.

We came in at midnight and I was about a 4/5. But the contractions were about 2 to 3 minutes apart and very strong. So we headed upstairs to labor in (thanks to my awesome Midwife Leslie) the same room Miles was born. (And the same dress!)

At 12:30 am, as I was having a contraction at that post, Tony and I heard a pop and a gush. My water broke. And I freaked out. That didn't happen before so I just had no clue what to do. Then the contractions got worse, so I begged to get in the tub.

Once in the tub, the water immediately felt AMAZING. But the contractions picked up even more. They started getting so intense, so fast that I was freaking out. Then I felt like I needed to push. And it scared me. There was no way I was a 4/5 last time I was checked and already ready to push!

At that point I got overwhelmed and just thought I couldn't do it. Up until then I had been laboring very quietly, breathing through contractions. But now I was screaming. I pushed a couple of times and then the midwives asked me if I wanted to get out, and I did. But before I could even make it to the bed I had to push through another contraction - they were so fast.

Once on the bed I didn't understand that this was it, she was coming in a matter of minutes. I pushed through 2 or 3 contractions, but was getting bad leg cramps. I just really expected to have more time and I was overwhelmed by how fast it was all happening.

Leslie and Terry, the Midwives helping me, explained that if I followed their pushing instructions I could have Natalie out after the next push. I just remember thinking - no way. So I made them clarify - Really, one more push? They both assured me yes, so I gave it everything I had and she was out and on my chest in seconds.

She was warm and pink and beautiful!

But I was shaking so bad I could hardly hold her. Things went so shockingly fast I just could not control my arms and legs anymore. So I asked Tony to take her as I labored out my placenta. Which was scary because it had gotten stuck last time. This time things went perfectly though!

I know it sounds hooky and hippie to say - but I followed all the advice of mind over matter. I told myself the whole time that "I have done this before and I can do it again". I repeated "this contraction isn't any worse than the last and it's opening my cervix". "I'm going to labor out my placenta just fine this time." And it absolutely sounds crazy, but I'm sure that's why this time was so much faster. I just new I could do it. And by the time I did get scared and let the pain overwhelm me, it was too late - my body was on a roll to get her out.

If I would have known the second labor and delivery would be so much better I probably would have had a baby years ago! Don't get me wrong, it was scary and painful and scary still. But 8 hours instead of 36 is so much more bearable!

Leslie and Terry were so amazing! I didn't think I would like it, but Terry talking me through contractions with positive words and rubbing my back helped so much. And Leslie taking control of every situation and then holding my leg and letting me push her through contractions - I will forever think of her as my pillar of strength for this birth. Even Debbie, our nurse, was perfect. With her soft voice and helping me pee after - I'll forever love her.

All in all, this birth went perfectly. And I couldn't have asked for a better prize to take home with us!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Thoughts from the Trenches

Yesterday was my Due Date. I should have known I'd still be pregnant and not in labor. History repeats itself.

Currently we are about 85% moved out of the apartment and 98% moved out of the storage unit! Thanks to my amazing husband and his muscles. And my mom and her packing/climbing/cleaning/unpacking skills. And my in-laws and their friends and muscles!! And Beverly - who never fails to show up and help any time we need her!

Moving in the rain sucks.

We moved from a one-room loft to a 5 bedroom house and it is a little crazy how full this house is with furniture right now. I'm embarrassed at how packed we must have had that loft.

I have everything I need for the baby right now (scattered around and in boxes). But the bags are packed and we are ready for the birth center - should Natalie ever decide to come out.

I am so nervous that something will fall through and we'll have to move again. Chances are good that we can buy this place, but nothing is 100% and as we unpack box after box - I can't help but worry.

Miles loves his 'new house'. He keeps jumping and running around and spent hours out back in the rain with his Nana yesterday. He needed a house!

I don't know what I would have done without my mom here. She is my life-savor! From playing with Miles to deep cleaning everything in site - she is just the best. She's about to kill me for not going into labor yet. I'm trying mom! :)

I had no idea my husband was so handy. He's already fixed our fence, the garage door, and spent hours carpet cleaning and vacuuming. Between him and my mom this house might actually be clean and nice enough for us to live in soon!

I can live in the worlds ugliest kitchen and not "kill myself" as I had previously thought. Although, I refuse to use the foul oven in here. Anyone selling an oven?

Other than being impatient to meet this little girl, I am really okay with being pregnant still. Everyone keeps asking me if I'm miserable yet - and I can honestly say I am not. Don't get me wrong - I can't wait to have my body back to myself, to jump out of bed, to run up the stairs, to lay on my stomach. And during labor - I'll have my share of miserable. But right now - I'm actually doing good!

I cannot wait to drink a HUGE margarita. And a beer. And a martini.

Bugs LOVE me. And houses have LOTS of bugs. So I have lots of bug bites.

Still no baby...

Friday, September 6, 2013

Moving While Pregnant - Again

What could be more fun than moving while 6 months pregnant?  Moving while 6 months pregnant and THEN moving again 9 months pregnant!!!  I bet you didn't see that answer coming!

When we found the perfect house, for a steal as a short sale -- 6 months ago, we knew it was going to be a long process.  But this house is perfect for us.  And the price makes it something we cannot walk away from. So began the waiting game. 

Amazingly, no miraculously, while waiting we sold the loft!!  And then moved into the apartments from hell.  3rd floor while pregnant.  Neighbors who won't stop complaining about Miles running.  Animal control visiting us twice because our dog is outside too much (in the shade with water - the horror). 

But thanks to our AWESOME realtor (we seriously love you Bev) we have just signed a lease to rent the house we are trying to buy!!!  So, until the bank decides to start the short sale process with us, we get to move in and start living in a house!!  (It was really hard not to write that last sentence in all caps.)

The house needs a ton of work - most of which we will not do while renting it just in case things don't work out with the sale.  So the situation is not exactly ideal, but a house with FOUR bedrooms and THREE living rooms and an office.  And a garage.  I can't even begin to imagine what that's like.  You people with houses -- don't take them for granted.  They sound lovely.

I don't ever ask for prayers - but I need everyone I know to pray we get to buy this house.  Because moving again with a newborn might just put me in the looney bin.  Also please pray that I don't give birth in a moving van.  At this rate - that is entirely a possibility and it sounds less than sanitary.  

We officially get the keys on the 15th and need to be out of the apartment on the 30th.  And I'm due smack dab in the middle on the 20th.  So, that should be fun.  I have absolutely no idea how that's gonna work out - I just know that it somehow has to.  And I'm not even sure if having the baby early or late or on time would be better.  But, again - it'll work out.  Somehow.  Pray for me.

In other news - my mom is coming to visit next Wednesday - thank GOODNESS!  I cannot wait for her to get here!  Moms make everything better!!

And lastly (just because I think it's hilarious) I posted this picture on my DMB post about discipline on Monday.  I didn't have any pictures of Miles in time out so I totally had to put him in a 'fake time out' for the shot.  I said - "let's pretend to be in time out!" and he said "sworry momma" and then I put him in the corner and he was so confused.  I was laughing and smiling and he was alternating between laughing and looking miserable.  So I promised him some candy and after I got a few shots I gave him his gummy vitamins. 

Mother of the YEAR!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Such Sweet Friends

I told Tony - no baby shower this time around. With moving and being in the apartment and not having family here - I didn't want to impose on friends to buy us more gifts when we already had most of what we needed anyway. Plus things have been crazy waiting on this stupid house and I just feel like everything is on hold.

But when do husbands listen.

My new favorite client from the Pilates studio, Carolyn, insisted that doing nothing would be a mistake. So with her help, Tony and Beverly gathered all my other favorite clients and put together the sweetest work-dinner/shower ever!! As a surprise!

There were a few hints leading up to the night, but seeing all my favorite Pilates co-workers and clients waiting with a diaper cake and cupcakes was completely out of nowhere. And it blew me away.

I feel so blessed to be surrounded by such wonderful people. There is nothing about working at the Pilates studio that I don't love. The hours are beyond anything I could have hoped for -- half days at work and half with Miles. The clients are obviously awesome! And the workout is my favorite.

Last Monday was my last shift there until I'm ready to come back after the baby. I know I'll want to stay home for as longs as possible with Natalie, but I also know I'll be ready to get back into working out and seeing all my old friends. So I'm hoping to do one day a week for a while as soon as I can. Hopefully my boss will let me. :)

Anyway - back to the shower! It was a diapers and wipes shower. And who knew you could be so creative with diapers and wipes. I had always wanted a diaper cake. Aren't they just amazing?!

Side note -- this thing took me over an hour to take apart, so I cannot imagine how long it took to put together. Seriously appreciative of the hard work that went into it!!

And tell me this is not the COOLEST thing you have every seen. Bev made it and I cannot make myself take it apart. It's just so stinking cute. And I'm sure it took a while to make also!

Natalie might not ever get to use those blankets. But she will definitely be snuggling with the musical turtles.

We also got some super cute outfits, onesies and receiving blankets. My favorites of which came in the most creative bouquets I've ever seen! Thank you Iris, I just love them!!

We now have plenty of diapers, wipes, onesies and blankets. All I need to buy are some new bottles and get the rest of the stuff out of storage and we are all set! Set to patiently wait....

Whenever you are ready Ms. Natalie...

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

36.5

Fluid Watch 2013 is finally over -- at my last check the fluid was 14 AFI - and normal is between 10 and 12. So I kicked that test's BUTT... hard! Whew. My numbers are so good I don't even need to go back!! Take that amniotic fluid!

They also said that Natalie is 57% for weight and that she has a big belly and lots of hair. Again with the hair! I cannot wait to see this hair!!

So everything is back on track for a natural birth at my favorite place on earth Allen Birthing Center. We have started the final month of visits - which means we go every week now. At my last visit I was dilated to 1cm and 50 % effaced. Which really means nothing at all, I could stay that way until 40 weeks. BUT, it's already better than where I was with Miles at this stage, so I'll take it.

But, on that note -- the Braxton Hicks contractions I've been having are out of control. In the evenings I cannot get up without having one. Last night I woke up to pee around 2 am and could not go back to sleep because of the BH contractions. Most of them are painless, but they usually take my breath away so it's a slight distraction if you are trying to sleep.

And in the last two days I am certain that she has dropped.

If I make 40 weeks I will be so surprised.

Which is why I'll probably go to 42 again.

I did start packing my bag last night though. But we need to go to the storage unit to get a bunch of stuff, including the car seat and bassinet.

Oh please let this house stuff happen soon. We did ask the owners if we can rent the house until the bank approves the sale. So that is a possibility as of now. But that would mean moving in the next couple of weeks -- which just seems insane. But worth it in the long run. Hopefully??

Friday, August 9, 2013

My Little Acrobat

Apparently I can drink a lot of water. My fluid levels are back up! Normal is 10 to 12 and I measured an 11. HORRAY!!!

But of course, in true stubborn Lauro fashion - Natalie decided to turn head up! What a stinker!

BUT... at my appointment at the Birth Center the very next day she had already flipped back head down. WHEW.

Talk about a roller coaster of emotions.

So for now - I have 6 weeks left (approx), I still need to drink a ton of water and take it easy to keep my fluid levels up. And we go back every week for the next two weeks to make sure my levels stay where they need to be. But they have the most awesome 4D sonogram machine - so I won't complain!

Again, a totally different sonographer noticed how much hair Ms. Natalie has and just had to comment! I seriously cannot wait to see it!! And her lips are still looking so full and beautiful. I thought I would hate 4D sonograms -- they just look so weird and squished. But it really is cool to see those details.

In other news -- I'm pretty sure Miles is simultaneously the sweetest kid and the most horrible one I know. For instance, right now he just bumped my coffee and spilled it all over. I asked him to go get a towel and showed him the spilled coffee. He said "oh no" and ran to get a towel and cleaned it up himself. When he wants something from me I make him say "I love you" and he always does and gives me the sweetest kiss.

But take that kid to Best Buy and he will make you regret every second you are there. He runs and screams and will not sit still for even a half a second. People will stare. You will take him to "time out" outside no less than 6 times and it will not work. The store employees will give him a balloon and that will entertain him for all of 2 minutes until he plays the game "Throw your Body On the Balloon Until it Pops". Then he will run around and steal every single display phone and rearrange them all over the store.

Needless to say - it did not go well yesterday when I went to trade in my Note 2. Know what else didn't go well - coming home to find that the GS4 already doesn't work. Seriously - it won't let me back on the App Store and won't download any apps. I have gmail and text messaging on my phone. So all it does is make calls. Unacceptable!

Now I have to go back to Best Buy. I'm leaving Miles behind today though. Guess it's back to the iPhone for me...

Friday, August 2, 2013

How Much Water Can You Drink?

August, I am so happy to see you!! July was just a crazy whirl-wind of a month. And as much fun as it was, I'm ready for things to chill out a little bit. We had the big kids for the month, then we had my in-laws and nephews visit for a week. They all stayed with us - 9 of us in our new 2 bedroom apartment. It was less crazy than New Years with everyone visiting in the loft, but it was still a bit crazy. The kids had a blast though, so totally worth it!

July 31st was Miles' 3rd birthday!!! I was seriously hoping we'd have a house by now so we could have his bday party there, but apparently it was not meant to be. I refuse to spend tons of money on a bday party he could care less about and won't remember. So a house party where friends can come relax and drink and kids can play in the yard is my dream. Maybe next year! This year we just had balloons, cupcakes and presents --- and he loved it!

I'm so proud of my big 3 year old boy! It's crazy to think that 3 years ago he was a teeny tiny newborn with a bald little head and the most wrinkly skin I've ever seen!! I miss that baby, but I couldn't be more thrilled with this toddler who makes me laugh and want to pull my hair out each and every day. Every nap and night when I'm laying down with him to put him to sleep (I know, I'm so bad) he delays sleep by repeatedly telling me "Love you momma." Then I say "love you too Miles." He says "love you too. Kiss" and then kisses me. Then he pretends to sleep for a second and starts all over - "love you momma". Then I laugh and he laughs and I just want to stop time forever!

In baby related news Natalie is doing great! I was sent to a maternal fetal specialist last week for low amniotic fluid. They checked her and said she is great! But my fluid is still a bit low, so I need to be checked weekly to make sure the numbers don't get worse. If they do it could mean a number of things - from being put in the hospital to be monitored right away to inducing labor at 37 weeks. Basically, since Natalie is okay it could be something wrong with my placenta causing the low numbers and they just want to be careful.

Scary - yes. But thankfully I feel like everything is being taken well taken care of. And although a monitored hospital birth wasn't exactly the plan -- I talked to Amy from the Birth Center last week and she made me feel a thousands times better. Of course, they have a plan for when something like this happens. IF that's what we have to do -- she will still be there for the birth, it can still be natural and a water birth if that's what we want. It will just be a Baylor in McKinney.

And - nothing is set in stone right now. Each week we will just play it by ear and see what my fluid levels are and they will make the decision then to wait another week or take a course of action.

In the mean time - I've been instructed to take it easy (no working out :(...) and drink a TON of water. I've taken it a bit further and included "eat a ton of candy" into those instructions. I'm also trying to convince Tony that "have your feet rubbed nightly" was also part of the plan - but as he was at the appointment there's no fooling him.

I will for sure keep the blog updated as I get more info.

And to lighten the mood - here are some really awesome 4D pictures of Ms. Natalie's face... which looks adorably smooshed. Her lips are my favorite! :)

That's her arm covering the left side of her face, she refused to move it. But at one point she started sucking her thumb and oh my gosh - talk about cute!! :)

And here's a picture of her hair for my mom. Apparently she's gonna be a monkey just like her momma!

Ya, that one I have no idea what I'm looking at - so I just took the Dr.'s word on it. But she said, and I quote, "Look at all that hair! WOW! That is a LOT of hair!" :)

And a gratuitous belly shot just for fun!

Friday, July 19, 2013

All Dressed Up and No Where to Go

Our car is in the shop this week (with no chance of recovery, tear) so we are stuck at home today since Tony took the car to work.

Izzy and I had a lovely morning of watching an America's Next Top Model marathon. Thankfully it was a tamer season, but I had my hand on the remote to fast forward -- sometimes those ladies get cray cray!

I turned the tv off at lunch and made the kids have an electronic free afternoon and they have been playing SO well for the past hour that I didn't know what to do with myself. So I took a shower and then did my hair!

All dressed up and no where to go. Not even a car to go in!

And here's a belly shot since my hair's all did.

Sorry for my serious face... I must have been concentrating too hard. :)

10 minutes left and I'm gonna let them play video games and turn ANTM back on. I'm dying to see who won this one!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Things I Love About Natalie - 30 weeks pregnant

Ok baby girl, I haven't quite met you yet - but I feel like we are already so very close. Haha! Get it, see what I did there?? You are all up in my business and you don't mind kicking my bladder repeatedly all night long. It doesn't get much closer than that! But I love feeling you move around in there, even if it is simultaneously the weirdest feeling ever.

Thank you, thank you for moving head down!! Your brother refused to until the last minute but I decided to see a chiropractor earlier this time and it has apparently worked! At the last sonogram you were head down and right where you're supposed to be. You may move, but at least you know where you belong!

Thank you for the wave during that last sono. And for winking at me. It was precious beyond words!

So, since that's all I have about you so far I guess I can update how the pregnancy is going in general. Just like last time - so far so good!! I know I am truly blessed to have it so easy. And I am so very thankful.

Although, sometimes Ms. Natalie kicks or pushes on my lungs and I have the hardest time breathing. It is so weird to be sitting up right and not doing anything and then just become so short of breath for no apparent reason! And like I mentioned, she loves to kick my bladder at night so that I get up to pee, but barely even have to. Speaking of kicks - she is getting bigger and stronger every day and those kicks are becoming soccer star worthy. Some are ok, but some huuurt like crazy! But I have to admit, it's so cool to sit down in the evening and watch you go crazy. My whole stomach looks like that scene out of Aliens where the alien is about to explode out. We keep waiting for that to happen! :)

Oh, and the leg cramps have started. Yuck! Nothing too bad yet, but it's slowly getting worse and worse. If I stretch wrong my leg muscles (all of them) threaten to cramp and seize up and never relax. Those hurt! Ouch!

But, on the brighter side - the chiropractor has completely fixed my round ligament pain!! I cannot tell you how much I love my chiropractor. She has a pregnancy table where the middle drops out for the stomach. The table is standing upright on it's feet and you stand up, lean forward and then take a ride down to laying down. She moves the middle out of the way and then cracks up and down and all around and I get instant relief from all the aches and pains of being pregnant! I swear - it feels like magic! Then I get a 30 minute massage. All for a co-pay! HEAVEN! If I could give one piece of advice for pregnant women, it would be to go to a chiropractor!!

Other than all that, there's not much else to report. This pregnancy seems to be going so much faster than the last. I guess it's because Miles keeps me pretty busy and distracted. We are still waiting on the short sale that we put an offer on. I've pretty much given up hope that we'll get it before the baby comes. But, it's okay because this house is gonna be worth the wait. Plus, how much room could a baby take up in a small apartment anyway? (haha, I'm totally gonna regret saying that!)

Still in love with the birth center and the care we are getting there! Hugs at every appointment. In and out in 30 minutes max. Miles comes with and plays and never wants to leave. I mean - I really love it.

And on a totally random note I am loving livin in the 'burbs!! Everything is so close and convenient. I left 30 minutes early for my chiro appt the other day and was 20 minutes early. Haha! I forgot what it's like to not have to drive 30 minutes to get anywhere.

So, I think that's it for my completely random post. 2 posts in 2 days -- I don't know what's happening, but hopefully it's a good sign! I've started working less at the Pilates studio and we've been doing more fun things around here since we have Nick and Izzy for the month. So I'll do my best to find my blogging groove again. Hopefully the next one will be less random and wordy!

Happy Saturday!!