Monday, June 29, 2015

The Story of Preston Ray

On our way to hospital! Proud Big Sister!
Todays the Day!

It was week 37 going on 38 of pregnancy.
I was enjoying yet another week of preggohood. 
Thursday began justt like any other day. Nothing in me signaled that the following events would occur. 
The only thing that was happening that week and day that signaled labor was coming, was tons of loose bowels.  But given I wasn't contracting, I didn't hold my breath.
Miya and I went for a walk to 7/11 to get slurpees.  I did some final cleaning and laundry that day.  But nothing out of ordinary.  No special 'nesting instinct'
That night, I got ready for bed.  Shortly after getting in bed, I noticed that I was wet. Then, I noticed the bed was wet.  I was a little confused!  Did I just pee myself? I confirmed with my husband, he too indeed felt the wetness on the bed.  I honestly thought I was loosing my mind. 
Tummy during a contraction.
I got up and was leaking all down my legs.  I ran to the washroom kinda chuckling to myself...surely I was peeing myself.
After about an hour of the 'is this really my broken waters' debate, I finally just accepted my fate. My waters had broken...baby Preston was on the way.
I called my hospital and they said I could come in the morning after get a good nights rest.  Ha...Rest?  Rest at a time like this.  I tried...but to no avail! By 6 am, I jumped out of bed and got myself ready for the day. I began to get slight cramps but nothing major.  I gave my daughter and hubby breakfast and sort of skipped on it for myself. HUGE MISTAKE....I would not eat for another 12 hours...in total i went about 24 hour of no food. I was smuggled candy by a friend during labor though! LOL
Hard work being a Daddy in labor! LOL
I was definitely in a state of denial.  I figured I would probably be sent back home...
We dropped Miya at my friends (my oldest was away for a few weeks) and off we went.  Gary called into work and told them 'his wife was in labor'.
Those words struck me with excitement and nervousness. What if I wasn't?  I absolutely hate false alarms and getting riled up over nothing.   Once we arrived at the hospital, they confirmed immediately my water indeed had broken.
Now looking back it was quite obvious...lol I was constantly leaking clear fluid.  They checked me and I was only 1-2 inches dilated!  My cervix was nice and soft but still quite high up.
They gave me a few hours to see if my contractions would pick up...but nothing. So the dreaded pitocin was headed my way!  They asked me if I wanted an epidural and I replied yea before the pitocin please!  Lol I always said...if pitocin was involved...my natural plan was out the window...apparently it wouldn't be! LOL
Being that I wasn't very far along in labor they didn't give me the epidural yet. The pitocin started and I was managing.  It wasn't as bad as I remembered.  By 6pm things had picked up quite a bit pain wise, but I was OK. They checked me and I was 4 cm.  They predicted I could have my baby by 10pm. Surely I could hold out without an epidural.
Little did I know I was going to have to hold out regardless.  At 8pm my nurses switched. This lady decided to crank up my pitocin to a 18. I was fine at a 16.  Still in control. 18 was pushing my limit and by the time I was at 20 I was at my wits end. Since I have such a high tolerance for pain, she assumed my pitocin wasn't high enough...I should have been wailing the whole time instead LOL

And so the pitocin begins! :/
At 9 they checked me, I was 6-7 cm dilated. There was no way I was having by 10.  I asked for my epidural...and had to wait a long time for it to come. With each contraction I felt much pressure and lots of pain in my back.
Because I was on pitocin I wasn't able to move around...this increased my discomfort in the bed.  By 10ish the Dr came to give me a failed attempt at an epidural. They said 'within 15 minutes I will feel relief'. That hope got me through contractions for about 15-20 minutes.
As the pressure intensified I realized my fate. I was having this baby without any pain relief.  By 11 things were really picking up...and I began to feel the need to push.  They checked me again...I was 9cm.
At 11:35, I was 10cm and began to push.
This was the BEST part. Without pain relief, pushing feels like a breeze compared to contractions.  I pushed for 10 minutes, would have been less but they kept telling me to slow down!?? Lol slow down? Like I want to just push all night' lol
By 11:47 on Friday June 26 my sweet Preston Ray was placed on my chest.  His first cry was music to my ears. He weighed 8lbs 1oz and was 20 inches long.
He was perfect and worth the long and very laborious labor.
After 8 hours of pitocin still able to smile :D
That would soon change! LOL
Recovery has been a breeze with no tearing.  My body physically feels great. I had plenty of colustrum and my breast milk supply came in full and plenty!

So I didn't get my dream au natural non medically intervened labor!  Darn it. I am proud of myself for making it through without the pain relief I hoped for.  Though I didn't get the labor I dreamed of, I certainly got the Baby I dreamed of!
He has been a little gem. He latched right away, sleeps well and is the sweetest little snuggler. His cheeks and lips are so adorable you could eat them! :)
Now he is 3 days old and we are home and happy! I can't believe it!  I would have been going to my 38 week apt today!  Instead I am going to his first appointment!   
There are truly no words for the bliss mommyhood brings. He has brought joy to so many around us!  We love you Preston and are sooooo thrilled to have you with us! 
Thanks for all who have followed this journey. Sorry it's over a few weeks early. I hope to do weekly updates of his growth, progress and my journey from Mommy of two to three!
Stay tuned!!
Daddy's first time holding him

First time nursing him

Big Sisters first time holding him

My perfect little boy!

Preston Ray


On the way home!

Miya's first time holding brother! She was THRILLED


Week 38 Update

Last day of Pregnancy
37 weeks 5 Days
I had my sweet Preston Ray yesterday and will do a labor &delivery story. However I
wanted to document my final week of pregnancy!
Symptom of the week- Lots!
1)For a few days this week I felt like I was getting my period.  LOL Obviously not, but a lot of period like cramps, loose bm (sorry for tmi), upset stomach, and fatigue. Just felt very OFF. Thankfully it only lasted a few days...but there is still a lingering of off-ness!
2) I also have had a bit of insomnia. I just never feel tired at night! :/  I will get into bed exhausted and then after 20 minutes of laying there I am ready to get up! LOL  So annoying.
3) Also I can feel hiccups all the time now.  It's quite evident his head is down because the hiccups are right down there...lol  It actually took me a while to realize that they were hiccups!  I don't remember if I felt hiccups with my girls!?
4) Blotchy skin. Melasma has definitely caught up with me. I had it the worst with my first but have developed some spots on my cheeks this week.  I know it's from sun exposure and no hat or sun block.  Ahh well...concealer to the rescue!
5) wobbly & unbalanced.  When I walk, stand or move I just notice my balance is not quite there!  Lol.
Craving of the Week- Slurpee's. I think it was more of a craving for something colder than ice water...lol. I like things so cold it would give brain freeze. So Miya and I took a walk to 7/11 this week and got ourselves some slurpees. We were both kids trying all the flavors first lol.  In the end she had blue raspberry, banana, orange and punch and I had the same minus the orange flavor.  I hadn't drank a slurpee in YEARS. It was a nice treat...but I must say I needed to drink plenty water to chase it down after. I am not a sweet drink drinker...
Peak of the Week- My visit to my ob's.  This actually may be my last time seeing her.  Next weeks apt  is with another Dr.  She leaves that day! So here's hoping  this is the week! I just love my OB so much!
Another peak was a little staycation with hubby. We just hung out one night and talked. Meant a lot to me as that would be the night my water broke lol
Bump and Baby-
He is well over the size of a water melon that's for sure! I haven't been gaining any more weight though.  My belly is SUPER DUPER low. And very obvious because I carried very high this pregnancy.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Water Breaking News

No, my water did not break! Lol Gotcha!
I just love the title!
Did you know majority of women don't have a spontaneous rupture of membranes(water breaking)? Another neat fact is, even if they do, it's usually not in the grocery store like Hollywood portrays! Go figure and praise God for that!


Being full term I have been on water breaking, mucus plug checking and contraction counting patrol!
I literally can't go to the washroom without thinking ' is my water about to break?'
With Miya my water broke after 3-4 hrs of being in labor.  This is usually the norm, though some women it's reversed.

At my ob  appointment, I was reminded of my 2nd due date July 2nd...making me possibly 39 weeks preggo.  It has always been in the back of my mind, but I prefer to stick to my latest due date...but the thought of July 2nd certainly did give me a rush of excitement.
I have circled dates on my calendar I think Preston may come. Let's see if I am right for any of them?

  1. June 21  -I just thought...fathers day...lol maybe that would be appropriate! 
  2. June 29-just a random guess
  3. July 2 or 4th-I have a thing with even numbers...the second was always my guess even with July 13th due date.  
  4. July 8th-another random guess-but hoping not...Dr will be on vacay
  5. July 12th-This our church anniversary...as inconvenient as that would be (sunday) Preston is very active during church and I think will want to make a debut on a Sunday service! LOL
  6. July 16th-This is the day my Dr comes back from vacation...so if I am going overdue...it better be after the 16th LOL


Those are quite a few dates lol...
My friend guesses 24th of June
Another gives me until friday! 

 My youngest told me he's coming RIGHT NOW!! haha
I asked her how does she know?  SHe said "the Dr told her" lol
Then she said very seriously  "so mommy go to the hospital NOW'


My first born was a week late..
My second was either right on time or a week early depending on which due date I use.
So let's see what this little man does!  As long as he's healthy and ready, it doesn't matter to me when he comes anymore!   

Basketball Belly-Week 37

Symptom of the Week- Nothing notable. The usual end of pregnancy symptoms.  Been blessed back pain is minimal and only caused if I am sitting on a soft surface.  Still sleeping like a baby... Hopefully Preston sleeps as well as his Mommy does once he comes out! LOL

Peak of the Week- I got my hair did at the curly girl salon! What a treat it is to get your hair done??!  I usually do my hair myself, so that's one expense I never have to deal with.  I must admit I can do a better job on my own hair but it felt good to have someone else wash it! ;D And the stylist that did my hair was kind enough to give me a pair of special gloves to protect my eczema on my hands while doing my hair!:)

Peev of the Week- Pants! Oh how I loathe pants!:0  So uncomfortable! The moment I get home, I take off my pants immediately.  They just feel so restricting.  Dresses all the way!

Craving of the Week- My appetite is pretty much at a low now.  I eat because I know I need to.  I find myself going till lunch sometimes without eating anything.  Shame on me.  My husband really lucked out this pregnancy.  He hasn't had to make any craving runs! LOL

Bump and  Baby
At 37 weeks my boy is a full term baby! Yay!  My stomach looks like I have been smuggling basketballs.  Literally looks like I shoved a ball up my dress.  So round and perfect.  I will miss this belly!!  It's hard to believe 37 weeks have already passed? Some days I am so excited about his arrival, and then other days I feel a bit nervous.  It's the BOY part that makes me nervous! Boy diapers, boy toys, boy things, boy mess...lol
Nana getting her hair "raked" through

Me under the dryer...gotta dry this hair :D
Basketball Belly!
This is the day after I got my hair did...as u can see this is nothing new! LOL
It was a nice treat though 

A Walk to Remember

During my pregnancy I usually go on a couple ridiculously long walks. All three of my children I have walked hours on end towards the end.
This pregnancy I hadn't done as much walking, so this week, I decided to take a walk.
I have been lucky not to have back ache and soreness when I walk but this walk, was something special.
I had already been on my feet for 2.5 hrs that morning organizing an event at my daughters school.  After about 1 hr I did feel the need to sit, but more out of laziness than anything else. I pressed through and felt fine.
I decided I would walk to my church which is about a 6 minute drive away...but 40 min walk due to the driving speed limit.
Within 10 steps I felt  VERY pregnant. I was waddling and getting huge cramps in my tummy.  I was laughing to myself because I had only just started.
I could have called my hubby to pick me up,  but wanted to soldier it out and walk.  The cramps were getting sooooo strong. Preston felt so low in my tummy, I tried holding my stomach up for support!  What a sight that probably was?
Not to mention my belly kept peeking through my shirt and pants. I kept pulling up and pulling down... Just hilarious.
At one point I almost said 'to heck with covering my tummy but thankfully I just naturally kept pulling my shirt down because minutes after that thought, I heard 'Victoria'.  A brother from church was yelling across the street to say hello! 
Once I got to church the cramps continued and didn't stop until I layed down after lunch. I am eager to know if I dilated at all  because those cramps and pressure felt like they did something to the nether regions! Lol
I continued my walks this week with a stroll downtown and my longest one, my 5 k walk.  This is my usual jogging route but being that I can't jog, I figured I would walk it.  It certainly goes much faster running! Lol I felt great on the walk this time.
This week, I have another walk planned with a friend. It will probably take us roughly 4 hours there and back to complete this walk to Baskin Robbins!  As you can tell I love to walk! Or maybe its the ice cream? Lol Preggo or not, it's fun and relaxing! I feel like this pregnancy I really missed out on my walks due to bed rest and weather... So I will gladly spend the next few weeks catching up!  To my surprise it hasn't been overly hot either!  Yay!

Late Week 36 Update

Was having so much fun this week and super busy I didn't get a chance to upload my posts!  :)

Symptom of the week- increased need to pee!! My bladder is ALWAYS full!  Lol The hicks that won't quit ( by hicks I mean braxton hicks contractions) Leaky breasts....I would swear I have already began nursing. These babies are stocked and ready to go! Lol
Peak- with all things preparation baby out of my way...I will be spending the next few weeks doing fun things with my friends and family.  This week I went to a paint nite and painted a beautiful piece of art work. I also went to the distillery again with Preston's godmother.  We had a blast eating Mexican in the district.   Also hubby took a day off this week and we were able to go for lunch while the girls were at school. All things I truly cherish!  My priorities will be quite baby centered for the next few months...so getting my hoohaa's out now while I still have the freedom!
Peev- itchy lower belly!  Since my tummy has dropped, my lower belly has been VERY itchy.  Also my clothes are always baring my belly. Either my pants belly band falls down or my shirt comes over the belly.  It's quite the sight to see and something I need to be aware of when I go out!  Haha! 
Craving-baha fish tacos, guacamole....pina colada....virgin of course... And COKE :0 lol
Also this week at lunch with Gary,  I had the most fabulous spicy shrimp Alfredo & salad!  I don't usually eat much pasta (white carbs) but this was well worth it!
Bump and Baby- I went to my 8th OB apt this week. I am seeing my Dr weekly from here on out.  All was well, weight gain, blood pressure and urine were perfect. She said I look exactly like a pregnant women at my stage should!  She began asking if I am getting cramping or pressure.  Which I have been.  She smiled and said 'that's good'.  Today I found out she will be going on vacation right close to my due date! So we are hoping this little guy comes before week 39.  I was a bit disappointed but I guess it's a slow time baby wise...so it was the best time for her to take time off.
That being said I will be praying up a storm Preston comes when she is here!
Also his head is still down!  Cervix is soft and ready! Sooo happy about that!  He is pretty much a full size baby now. Woohoo!
Basketball Anyone?

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Fun ways to End Pregnancy

I made it! I am at the end of this wonderful journey!
Surprisingly I am not miserable.  I have no 'get this baby out of me now complaints'
But I do want to enjoy this last few weeks of preggohood having fun!
Here are a few ways to enjoy the end of pregnancy instead of watching the clock, internet,  the toilet, and your belly for labor signs!
1) Glam up- pretty obvious one, but when will you have time again to do your hair, toes, get a massage or facial?  Just do it!
2) A night on the town with a good friend.
Explore your city, go eat at that restaurant you haven't tried yet.  Have some good fun time with some friends!
3) Try something new. A cooking class, paint nite, pottery class or prenatal zumba...just go out and do a fun activity.
4) Take a ridiculously long walk with a friend or your hubby. Though it may be a bit uncomfortable or down right painful... You will laugh at all the stops you have to make and how silly you look! 
5)Read a good book!  That's if your the reading type of course.
6) Sleep, watch movies and relax unashamedly! This sort of lazy behavior won't be optional in a few weeks...days...even hours. Lol MINUTES :O
These are all things I have been or plan on doing during my final weeks of pregnancy.  It's been a blast and made this last time very special.
My first pregnancy I was so miserable and bored at the end. It was like watching the pot boil, or paint dry...the end just dragged on and on and on.  With Miya I did keep busy but my anxiousness got in the way of me 'enjoying'. By your third child your so chill about the whole experience.  As excited as I am...I can wait and have some fun in the mean time!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Project Nursery: Preston's Room Debut

Welcome to Preston's Nautical Nursery
This past Monday, myself and a couple sisters from church hunkered down and finished the nursery.
What we thought would only take a couple of hours turned into an all night affair. We truly had a blast though, with the hubby joining in to show us 'how it's done' periodically!
Now everything is perfect, clothes are washed and put neatly away.  Baskets are stocked, everything is in the perfect place so I can reach things readily.   I even have some storage space to spare! 
Over all I am thoroughly thrilled with how it turned out!  And thankful to all those who made this room what it is.  Everywhere I turn are wonderful reminders of the amazing,  loving people we have in our lives.
Funny story:While we were working, I was getting braxton hicks contractions quite frequently.  The girls were a bit nervous as they were coming back to back.  I told them even if my water breaks right now we are finishing this nursery tonight!! Lol
Thankfully they subsided.  Though they were uncomfortable it wasn't getting unbearable. However, they did get stronger at one point.
Ironically, it doesn't matter how many times you have been in labor, it's still hard to believe it's happening.  With Miya ( my first time going into labor without induction) I was in denial.  I had all the symptoms, yet chalked it up to not feeling well.  It wasn't until I lost my mucus plug it really hit me 'oh I am in labor'.
I hate unnecessary hospital trips and getting worked up over every contraction, back ache and pressure.  I must admit  though I was playing it cool with the girls, for a few contractions I was a little nervous.  Would you believe,  it all stopped once we were done!? 
I am so excited to meet, hug, snuggle and kiss this little man.  I always hear how amazing the bond is between a Momma and her son!  If it's anything like how I felt when my daughters were born, I am in trouble! Lol just when you think you can't love anymore you realize your heart has a whole lot more room!

On another note:

I got this bright idea this morning to postpartum-ify my wardrobe.
I emptied all my drawers and filled them with clothes that would be nursing friendly and flattering to my postpartum physique.

I also took the liberty to hang 10 pre-picked church outfits for me to wear.  This way I don't have to think about what to wear or what goes with what?  I thought this was genius... As literally all I have to do is open my closet and pull out an outfit.  Why didn't I think of this last time?

I am trying to do as many things to make life 'easier' for me once the baby arrives. De-cluttering my wardrobe and having all nursing friendly outfits in there will make things easy to keep organized...and laundry minimal.

Also after having a baby...who wants to have that pencil skirt and slim fit top just hanging there taunting your postpartum muffin top :O.  Lol
Here are some photo's  of my little sons room! I am thrilled with the turn out! :D Thanks again to my helpers and family & friends that blessed us with so many of the things in this room!
This shelf gave all of us a run for our money!!
IT TOOK FOREVER!!! Just when we thought we
had the step right...we didn't! Good memories though!
At this point we had already been working on the shelf one hour..hadn't gotten past step one! LOL
A Nautical Crib.  I love how the sides of the crib look like waves!

A few momentos from his shower, I plan to add photo's to this board!

Loving this lamp!  Next to it is a jar filled with
sweet notes for Preston from friends & Family!

Our change table...a Rodney design! LOL
The picture & quilt that have stolen my heart :D

Tadah!! All finished :D

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Whats in My Hospital Bag?

This morning I had the biggest scare of life.

I woke up and bent over to pick up something. When I stood up my stomach was looked deformed.  It  almost looked like there wasn't a baby inside. I pushed and prodded at the areas I normally would to wake my little man and I couldn't feel anything. Normally he moved the moment I wake up!

At the top of my stomach was clearly a body part...but it didn't respond to touch.
I went to have a cold drink and knelt in Preston's room praying for him to move.

I was in an odd predicament. Do I go to the hospital or wait and see if he moves.  My heart was racing... After about 5 minutes I felt the slightest kick.  But my stomach was still in a WEIRD shape. 

Finally after the longest 15 minutes of my life he began kicking as normal.  But it took about 25 minutes for my tummy to look normal again.  I am guessing he was just in a weird position and I got up earlier than usual so he was in a DEEP sleep!  Lol

That being said, during my 15 minutes of panic it dawned on me that I need to pack my hospital bag.  So today I did...even though I planned on waiting till week 37!

Here's what's in my bag

1) 1 button up night gown for labor
2) maternity tank top & loose skirt to wear after labor
3) long shirt & leggings for going home
4) reusable breast pads
5) nursing bra & undies
6) socks and slippers
7)a sweater
8)makeup bag(bb cream, lip gloss, mascara and eye brow pencil) lucky for me I have doubles so it's already in the bag
9)toiletry bag( pads, toothbrush &toothpaste, lotion, gel, hair tie, silk head tie, deodorant)also already in bag
9) mints
10) copy of birth plan
11)towel &face cloth
12)extra phone charger & camera

Lastly I have my dress to wear to the hospital on the very top.  Its a long maxi dress with slits on either side...just in the event...lol gotta be prepared!  I watched a story of a lady almost delivering in her car and the dilemma of getting her pants off...lol

Preston's bag was packed last week, but includes:
2 outfits
A few diapers(hospital provides)
1 pair mitts
1 hat
Baby lotion
Diaper cream
Wipes
Hooded towel
Baby wash

I feel much more relieved now knowing everything is good to go.  So when that special time comes I don't have to be adding this or that to my bag.  Just pick it up and go.  The hospital I am delivering at also provides care packages for the mom and baby... So a lot of these items I probably won't even  need.  But better to be prepared.

As for hubby, I am not packing a bag for him.  He usually goes home to check on the kids and doesn't sleep at hospital.  It's a big change for the girls, so it makes the kids more at ease and involved seeing Daddy come home periodically. 

My Dad & good friend are on baby duty when the little guy makes his appearance. Also another dear friend lives right up the street in the event things happen VERY quickly. 

Since my girls will still be staying home, I escaped packing another two bags! Score! I hate the unpacking afterwards!

As for a snack bag I will probably skip that.  I don't like many snacks that aren't fresh.  I will bring a bag of gummy bears though :D
The hospital is close to quite a few places to eat...plus the Timmy's inside the hospital itself.  Saving myself one more bag!  Lol. I hate carrying around baggage.  As does my husband...so we kept it all simple and compact.

Well Mr.Preston we are ready when you are!! :D And thankfully he is back to his normal kicking self!

So close...yet so far!

Since my nursery is all done, I have decided to start preparing for my baby in other ways.

No not cleaning... I do enough of that as it is! Lol

Today I started familiarizing myself with what having a new born is like again.
Sleep patterns, diaper changes, breastfeeding, bathing a newborn. Us moms get so caught up in labor, delivery and prepping for baby to come we often forget about the baby itself.

I downloaded two apps.  One was a contraction timer to use at onset of labor.
The other is an app to get me through the first year.  It's got everything you need to know all at your fingertips.  Including feeding charts and diapers trackers.  The contraction app actually tells you when to go to the hospital!  I thought that was neat!

I also began to look into what bible reading plans I will be starting once he arrives.  Right now I have an intense reading schedule, as I wanted to read the whole bible in 6 months or before baby is due( will be done 1st week of July).  I began looking into plans for new moms.  It's so easy to let your spiritual life take a back seat during the first year of a child's life...and quite frankly something I refuse to do. 

I have also been preparing my mind for a different life.  One in which not every t is crossed or I is dotted.  With Miya it was difficult for me to adjust to not having everything just so.  Actually within 5 minutes of being home from the hospital I was in tears because a few things were 'out of place'.  Lol no way to live a life! 

Another dilemma I have been having is whether to let the baby sleep in my room or his.  I have a bassinet for him but am unsure if I will keep it in my room or downstairs. 

The reason I am reconsidering having him sleep in my room is that when he wakes in the night:

1) he will need a diaper change... Meaning I have to walk to his room anyhow to change him.
2) I don't want to lay him in bed with me at such a young age to feed, meaning I will have to sit up to feed him. That would be way more comfortable in his rocking chair in his room.
3) I become a super light sleeper, meaning I barely sleep when I child is near me.  With miya she shared rooms with us and sleeping was VERY hard for me. Every twist, turn or little noise had my eyes WIDE open!:/ Not sure I want go do that again!

So I guess we will see how it goes...we can have all the plans in the world but once the baby comes they SET the tone. Lol
You have to learn to roll with it!

It feels like he isn't coming for a while
..that is until I look at my calendar. 33 days as per original due date and 22 as per second due date.  Those numbers are just so small now!  Lol

I am at a stage where I am ready to get the show on the road... As fun as this is...it's time :D

Saturday, June 6, 2015

35 Weeks-5 more weeks... No way!!??

Symptom of the Week:
Increased braxton hicks!  Wow, they are coming quite frequently now!  Not painful but very noticeable.  My whole belly gets hard like a rock.  Talking through them can be a bit tense and awkward.  But I assure you they are NOT real contractions! Lol, I don't want everyone thinking I am going into labor any minute now.  The reality is, this is normal and I can very easily go past due even having this sort of pressure and tightening! Braxton hicks contractions pump blood into the aging placenta so they are very useful and prepare my body for labor!!: D

Craving of the Week:
I am so over cravings.  I just eat because I have to.  Nothing excites me.  Well water and dark frozen cherries do...I went through a whole bag of frozen cherries in 2 days! LOL

Peak of the Week: My OB appointment.  So happy the Mr went head down.  His heart beat was good, as was everything health wise with me! And in 3 weeks I only gained 1 pound!  That was music to my ears...lol
My goal this pregnancy was 25-30 lbs and it seems I will stay in that bracket! Woohoo!!

His nursery is almost finished!  Should be done by this evening!  Over the weekend I was given a belated shower gift.  My dear friend Shara bought me wall art for Preston's room.  It's the famous confirmation of boy & name photo of a map of the world and the words 'dream big Preston, the world is yours'. Can't wait to put it up later today! Thanks again Shara...love you sooo much!

Peev of the Week: Random moments of fatigue.  Like I will be completely fine and then a WAVE of tiredness will just wack me in the face. I feel like I have been drugged.  Actually getting that feeling right now! It's annoying because it's not due to lack of sleep.  In fact I sleep like a baby.   How much sleep does one need? LOL

Bump and Baby
Weighing in the 5 lbs range and 18 inches my little one is almost birth length and a few short pounds from birth weight! I was convinced I was going to have a big baby(still could).  But as my weight gain is slowing I am reconsidering. I was always measuring two weeks bigger, but now I think I am right on point.  I love me some chubby babies...but he can get chubby after he comes out! LOOOL  His kicks this week are very hard in my upper ribs!  Sometimes I even have to say OUCH it's so distinct. 

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Let the fun Begin!

Big Sis won't leave this room!  Her fav place to be :D

My nursery prep is in full swing now!  So surreal watching an office turn into a nursery in a matter of days!
We have the crib set up and closet organized. Today hubby and I are making the change table.  Next week a stand up wall unit comes in and everything will be good to go!
I washed all of Preston's clothes.  Packed his hospital bag and have begun to disinfect bottles and breast pump.  I have been pretty productive this week.
Next week or the week after I will pack hubby and my hospital bags.  I am trying to stretch out all the excitement!  My bag isn't a huge worry. I have everything for my bag already...just a matter of throwing it all in!
I really can't get over how the time is really winding down now!
Prestons diaper bag(right) is packed and hospital bag (left) is packed
Didn't' want to bring diaper bag to hospital.
Fully stocked & ready to go

Just needs to be painted :D
Is that a baby sock I see?
He's leaving his stuff around the house already! LOL

Let's go down, go downtown!!

I came back from my OB yesterday happy to announce my little one is head down!
I can actually tell now that he is because the pressure down there is on a different level!
I have noticed for the past few days...but nothing like hearing your doctor confirm.
Her and I discussed my birth plan.  I began to ask her about induction and her face went serious!  Then she lightened up when she realized I wasn't asking for one(why someone would want to be induced is beyond me), I wanted to insure I could go the full 10 days past due date should baby be ok to allow myself to go into labor naturally!
Her face lit up as I began to discuss our plans.  We had only briefly talked about it before but she seemed impressed about my desire for natural child birth. I guess its not so popular anymore.
She gave me some tips and tricks to help get my body prepped for labor at week 37 and was completely behind my natural plan.  If felt soooo good to have a doctor on board.  It's nice to build that sort of relationship with her and have her share excitement in my natural birth plans.
Really pray all goes according to plan and I able to successfully go au natural!

Monday, June 1, 2015

Raining Showers From Heaven!


I really can't accurately, verbally expressed how AMAZING my shower was!
Everyone completely blew me away with their creativity, generosity and support!
I can't express enough thanks to all my friends and family who attended!

Here's how the Day went

Saturday morning I woke up. I was extremely tired from the night before.
The day before we had moved the office and painted the nursery.  My body was just DONE!
Something I have learned about "special days" is that something always has to go wrong or stress the situation.  At 9:30 I received a phone call from my mother in law that she wasn't well and wouldn't be able to drive to toronto to bring the food for my shower.  I was going to have to pick it up, as there wasn't anyone else, and I didn't want to worry the girls planning my shower.  Somehow by the grace of God is all worked out and my sister in law ended up being able to pick up the food and I was able to relax.
Me &  My Beauties
My Nautical Outfit :D


Since I thought I was going to be picking up the food, I got ready extra early!  SO now with another hour and a half to spare I decided to go to the mall and stroll around! I went on my own to sort of unwind from the hectic morning!  Oh and did I mention our furnace had broken that morning...so my house was HOT HOT HOT! What a way to start the day! :0

I treated myself to a few new items on my mall stroll, came home and picked up my girls!  I arrived promptly to my shower at 1 pm. Before I could even get out of the car I was in tears. My girls were trying to comfort me. I couldn't believe this day was here!  The weather was pouring out...very fitting for a "shower" lol

A brother came and escorted me into the church with an umbrella.
My first glimpse of my shower!


It was time to make my grand entrance.  My girls had already run in before me due to the rain and went and greeted all their friends.  I HATE grand entrances...especially ones in which I am crying already.
I turned the corner and the first thing I saw was a beautiful welcome table filled with all nautical inspired decor. Framed photos from my photo shoot earlier this week, rolled notes for Preston in a jar and beautiful sea shells.


Now for the next corner to turn.  I knew once I turned this corner a room filled with ladies awaited.  I slowly walked towards them tears in my eyes.  Everyone was standing, cheering and clapping!  I was overwhelmed to see how many people took the time out of their busy lives to come and celebrate with us!
My wonderful Friends and Family
The food was blessed and we ate like queens!  Dad's world famous macaroni pie, lasagna, pasta salad, jerk chicken, bbq chicken, salad, sandwhiches, blue punch, fried dumplings...too much goodness!

The room looked WONDERFUL!  Every where you turned was nautical inspired decor.
These ladies are just TOO creative!  I will just let the photo's do the talking!

Gold fish centerpieces!

Sign says Ahoy it's a Boy (these are all photos from my phone)



For games they played a funny one, in which people were partnered up and blind folded!  They had to feed their partner baby food while both of them couldn't see!  It was quite a sight to see! The winners were the ones who finished the most food the fastest!





Then it was time to open some gifts!  I was blown away by the generosity of my friends and family.
I never in  million years ever EVER expected to receive that much stuff! I literally got everything off both my Babies R us and Pottery Barn registry. And my pottery barn registry was more of a dream registry not really one I expected to get more than an item or two off of!  Everyone truly out did themselves. Each and every gift meant so much to me and my family! And has saved us A FORTUNE!

Preston got everything imaginable, from a new crib, mattress, bath tub, book shelf, to an entire closet filled with what looks like a shoppers drug mart baby isle.  He is literally stocked for atleast 4 years.  He has a new wardrobe to last him till he's 9 months to a year.  Beautiful nautical decor and bedding for his room!
His room literally will look like the pottery barn Anchors away, Preston and Harper Collections!

One gift that got me really choked up was his Anchors away quilt.  This quilt is so beautiful and when I saw the name stitched into it " Preston Ray"i just couldn't contain myself.  I had only seen the quilt online, so seeing it in person with my sons future name was very emotional!

This little boy is just so loved and adored by so many!  Even some of the cards had me in tears.  People have been praying for him even before I conceived him!  How touching is that?

After a break from gifts we had a sweet table that was to die for!  Pictures to follow!









We finished up with more gift opening  and my thank you speech!  I once again was in tears thanking all my friends and family.  Not only were we blessed with gifts, we are so blessed to have these people in our lives. How many people can really say they have friends or family that will go above and beyond for them?! I felt humbled and undeserving to have such generous people in my life!  I just pray God gives them a quadruple blessing for their generosity, love and support!
The shower Team!


The day ended with hauling 70+ gifts into my SUV.  This was hilarious as the car was filled to the brim on all angels!



I can't wait to set up the nursery and get things all organized.  I am pacing myself as its A LOT of work!
I hope to be complete by the end of this week or early next week! :D


The one time the mess isn't bothering me :D


Over all the shower was sooo special to us!  I had never had a big shower for either  of my girls.  Always just small intimate(which was just as special).  But i must admit this  was just beyond my wildest dreams and imaginations!  I will forever remember this special day...
This was one of the last milestones on my list before Prestons arrival. What started with 9 months of events to get through before he comes has now come down to the final 3!  As I  begin my 35th week I am just SOOOO excited, blessed and grateful!  God is sooooooo good!  


My Nana & Grandma...two great grans!  Aren't they so pretty??
Hope I look like that in my late 70's!