In May of 2018, Hailey is going to become a big sister and Tyler is going to be a big brother again! That's right, baby #3 is on the way. We couldn't be more excited and maybe a little nervous. Can you say #outnumbered!
She finally arrived!! At 3:30 in the morning on Thursday, May 12, my water broke. At 2:40 that afternoon, Hailey was born. She was born weighing 6 lbs 12 oz and 20 inches long. Hailey came out loud and proud letting everyone know of her arrival.
Tyler was able to meet his new sister later that evening. He was definitely happy to meet baby Hailey and curious about her. He even got to hold her for the first time. On the the other hand, he is definitely not at all clear on how Hailey got here. I don't mean the details of course. However, he has commented several times that now we have 2 Hailey's, one in my belly and one in person. I'm sure as my belly goes down and with repetition he'll come to understand that there's no Hailey in my belly anymore.
Tyler's confusion about the process didn't start there. When my water broke Thursday night, I rushed to the bathroom so as to minimize the mess. Shortly thereafter, Tyler emerges from his room with his blue bunny sippy cup. He wants water. He reaches over to hand it to me and I fill it in the sink. As he steps a little closer he steps in the fluid on the floor. He starts crying thinking he peed himself just as I am handing him the water. The water drops only adding to his distress. I try to explain that it's not his fault and he didn't do anything wrong, but he remained upset for a while.
On Saturday when we all arrived back home, Tyler went looking for his toy phone. I asked him who he wanted to call. He said the hospital. So we find his phone and he makes his call. He states into the phone that his bunny water broke and he needs them to fix it. Apparently, this is his interpretation of the events on Thursday night. I love three year olds!!
And now, the moment you have all been waiting for, introducing Hailey Jean!!
We are so excited about Hailey's arrival. Being 6 days late, she did slightly disrupt my school schedule as I missed taking a final exam. However, the professor agreed to allow me to take the exam this week so I am still able to complete the class. Also, summer classes began Monday, so no rest for the weary on that front, but breastfeeding does give me a lot of time to read!!
Back to our regularly scheduled programming on Friday!!
For those of you following along, on Friday, April 1, 2016 I reached 35 weeks of pregnancy. I am super excited to be heading towards the home stretch! We have been continuing to take our weekly belly pictures and Tyler continues to make an appearance in them. You can see all the pictures from each week on my Instagram page.
Here are the pictures from the last few weeks:
All in all, I have been feeling really good. I continue to work out 5-6 days a week including light cardio and weights. I try to eat healthy with a few splurges here and there. Hailey has been pretty active in there but not nearly as violent as Tyler was. With Tyler I felt a lot more sharp kicks and jabs. With Hailey it feels more like shes just rolling around in there. Although I feel 100 times bigger that I was with Tyler, size wise we are right on track.
As far as weight gain at our last appointment we had gained a little over 30 lbs over the course of the pregnancy. I expect that we will be slightly over the desired 25-15 lbs weight gain that is recommended, but I'm pretty comfortable with that. Once we have recovered from delivery, I will be tracking my weight loss progress here on the blog as I get back to my pre-pregnancy shape. I plan to include everything from diet to exercise as I work off the baby weight.
If you are following on Facebook or Instagram, you know that this past weekend was our maternity photo shoot with my super talented sister in law, Katie. Not only does she take fabulous photos, but she is great with kids, even when they are being recalcitrant...
Here are just a handful of the amazing pictures:
You would never know that Tyler was refusing to take pictures, hiding his face, and just wanted to run around. Katie was so kind and patient and worked both with and around him to get some pretty amazing shots. Definitely go check out more of her work at Katie Joy Photography.
On a separate note, the more I look at my maternity pictures, the more I think it looks like I just put a basketball under my dress... I guess that's a good thing; only one area to work on post baby. Everyone keeps telling me I don't look pregnant from behind. I guess that's why.
What I'm Missing
For this second part of the post I decided to create a list of the things I can't wait for when Hailey is born. I finally feel comfortable allowing myself to dream about these things since delivery day is coming soon. Meeting and loving on Hailey is a given, so I have not included that on my list. Here is everything else that I can't wait to do/have.
- Wine: I'm not even a huge drinker, but every once in a while a nice glass of wine can really save the day. It has been a long while since I got to enjoy that.
- Lying on my front: As a front sleeper, I really miss this one. I hate the pressure that side sleeping puts on my hips. I can't wait to be able to knock out lying on my belly.
- Sushi: I truly miss this part of my diet. Sushi is my favorite way to consume fish. It's also one of my favorite meals to order in. I can't wait til that's back on the menu.
- A good deli sandwich: I grew up in the Bronx, NY. I know what a good Italian deli sandwich tastes like. I miss it more than I care to admit.
- Comfortably having Tyler sit on my lap: Tyler regularly wants to sit on my lap, but with this basketball sized belly it has become increasingly difficult. It now involves a lot of sliding and squirming to reach a comfortable position. I can't wait til that is no longer an issue.
- Comfortably sitting in general: We are getting to the point where sitting means discomfort no matter how you sit. You have to stand up to feel like you have room to breathe. I'm over that.
Other than that, I have really enjoyed my pregnancy. I haven't really had any issues. Little to no swelling, little to no heartburn, and minimal aches and pains. Actually, the biggest pain is rolling from side to side in bed. I get a pain in my pelvis that is pretty awakening, making it more difficult to get back to sleep. Other than that, I have been very fortunate. This coming Sunday is our baby shower/my birthday party. I turn 31 on Monday the 11th. I can't wait to celebrate with friends and family.
This Friday's post will include some really useful time management tips for Spring cleaning.
See you then
Pregnancy Progress and Humor
I don't know about you, but this year seems to be the year of pregnancies for practically everyone I have ever gone to school with. Clearly, I am not an exception to this. At 24 weeks, I am well past the halfway point. I have been very lucky in that both of my pregnancies have gone pretty smoothly. Other than a few days of upset stomach/nausea in the first trimester, I haven't really been sick at all. I was exhausted 1st trimester, but that's about it as far as symptoms.
This trimester has been going very well. I'm showing a lot more than I did with T, but I'm still all belly. In fact, people are often surprised when I tell them I'm having a girl. At least those people that believe in old wives' tales. Ever since Christmas week, I have been back to working out 5-6 times a week. Although it is sometimes hard to get up and workout, and it is easy to think I have any awesome excuse why I shouldn't have to, I also know I have any awesome reason to workout. A healthy mommy and baby!! I also feel 100 times better on the days I do workout so that is also motivating.
Tyler loves telling people where the baby is and he will sometimes talk to and kiss the baby. However, I don't think he has fully grasped what is going on and he just likes to follow daddy's example. Both of my boys have felt the baby kick. Well, sort of. I put Tyler's hand on my belly one day while we were watching Sesame Street together. Baby Hailey gave 2 really good kicks so I look to Tyler for a reaction. However, he was so distracted by watching Mr. Hooper surf (it was a very old episode) that he had no reaction at all. At this point, the kicks are often sporadic and it's hard to get Tyler to keep his hand there waiting for a kick, especially since he doesn't know what he's waiting for. But, I hope to get a reaction out of him soon.
What Tyler really does love is taking the belly pictures every week. As soon as he sees me write the number of weeks on the paper he is ready with his shirt up for a picture. Below are some of our more recent progress pics. After delivery, I will definitely do a post with every pic from when we first found out til the end so you can all see the progress.
Luckily, I still have my energy up since this is the first week of the spring semester of grad school. Even though my professors have been forewarned about my pregnancy and due date, and they have promised that accommodations can be made, I can't help but be a little worried about the end of the semester. This is especially true if this little girl decides to come early. But we can only take it day by day. So to relieve some stress, I have a few more pregnancy poems for your enjoyment!
I have a foe who is always with me, always on the attack. They’re quick and smart and stealthy, never to be seen when I look back. I cannot seem to loose them, wherever I may go. When I try to fool them, they always seem to know. They kick and punch and jab me every time I take a ride The funny thing about it is it's coming from inside The creature that’s inside me, will never let me rest Despite all that I do for it (I really try my best) I feel you punch my kidneys, I feel you jab my spleen I have to be quite honest, I think it's very mean When I try to go to bed and get a little sleep I sense you calmly lying there lurking in the deep As soon as I lie down at night it’s like an alarm just rung You don’t want mommy to relax, you go and kick my lung I love you little peanut but you need to understand I need to go to sleep sometimes, it's something I demand So please get off the defense and lower down your guard Let’s call a truce, at least at night, so sleeping is not so hard
My Newest Love
I have fallen in love for the third time The excitement of it makes me rhyme They come with me when I go to the gym They make my bottom feel so slim They come with me when I go to work They never make me look like a jerk These leggings are my new best friend My time with them should never end They look like tights when under skirts They’re also great under long shirts They never bother my growing bump Nor fall down when I move or jump If possible they're all I'd ever wear Without a worry or a care I wear leggings nearly everyday And that's the way it's going to stay Until this little babe is born It's the only bottom that will be worn
An update on my pregnancy with baby #2 as well as a few poems to describe my pregnant feelings at the moment.