Wednesday, August 17, 2016

You guys!? I'm 30 weeks!

When you think you are going to deliver a 26 weeker - and then don't - 30 weeks feels like a huge accomplishment. During our NICU consult they told us that each day that you stay pregnant is like 2 or 3 fewer days in the NICU. We just saved our little girl from 50-70 days in the NICU! 

Baby girl is around 15 inches, 3 pounds and roughly the size of a large head of cabbage. We took our "food" picture today but my laptop died before our hospital admission so I won't be able to post that for a bit. Here is our unofficial bump pic.

 

Brennan talks to my belly every day and says "stay in my mommy's belly." So far her little sister is listening. I've not had any more bleeding episodes since our admission almost a month ago. I still contract but they are not painful and not regular. It's fun letting other people feel her move now. She's one strong baby. 

Pregnancy wise I have been doing great. The rest of my body is a mess! I have bronchitis and pulled a muscle in my back from coughing so hard. After 10 days I think i'm finally starting to get better. My husband wishes there was a lemon law for pregnant wives but I'm pretty sure that's just for cars. 

I was fortunate enough to be able to go back to work last week. I'm doing the office only and the other 2 amazing midwives are covering the hospital. So far it's working out really well and I'm feeling great. Praying we get a few more weeks out of this girl. I'm pretty sure that after this big scare, a week hospital admission and light duty at work she's going to get cozy and stay in there until at least a week overdue! 

My dear friend Vanessa held a baby shower for all of my work friends this past weekend. It was so great and I'm so grateful for all of my coworkers. They were extremely generous and we are much closer to being ready for another little one. I will post pictures from the shower soon. 

Please pray for my friend Lindsay. She has been placed on bedrest for preeclampsia and may be delivering her little one sooner than she expected. Praying for a safe delivery and healthy baby. She was gracious enough to recover our rocker for us. Check out this before and after. I will be doing newborn photos for her in exchange for her hard work. I can't wait to snuggle her baby! 














Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Nursery Inspiration


When we did Brennan's nursery (at 5 months old!!) we did gender neutral in case we had another and God sent us a son. Since we are having our second little girl with no plans to have a third we decided to girlie. 

Here is the inspiration:




We went with coral walls hoping it would blend well with the bedding we had for Brennan. When someone gifts you the insanely expensive bedding you've loved for 7 years you definitely use it for your second child as well. 

The bedding:


These are the fabrics I bought to make the garland like in the top photo. Looking at the walls and blanket above the coral I got doesn't look great. I may scrap it or just add some more peach to blend it all in. 



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Monday, August 1, 2016

Day #7 - the best day yet!

"We'd like to send you home today" !!!!!

7 days at MUSC, 13 needle sticks, countless hours of monitoring, 2 visits from my favorite girl and lots of good Charleston takeout. I'm excited to finally get out of here!

We are so grateful for MUSC and all that they have done for us in keeping baby snowflake safe. They feel confident that I've been stable long enough to predict a normal outcome and a long healthy pregnancy. With close monitoring I should be set to return to work next week, at least in the office. May be a bit before they allow me to go back to catching babies. 

I feel like my body has changed so much in the last week. My belly feels huge! I can now feel her move constantly and its strong enough that her daddy, Mimi and GG have been able to feel it as well. Sometimes when I'm laying down she kicks so strong that she shakes the whole bed! Keep growing baby girl. 

Thank you again and again for all of your prayers. Let's keep this baby in another 10 weeks! 

How about a giveaway to celebrate our good news and continued pregnancy? 



Pink Blush Maternity has given me a $75 credit to their online store to give away to one of my readers. They have maternity AND women's clothes! Anyone can win unless you have won a Pink Blush giveaway in the last 3 months.

Comment on this blog post with your best parenting advice. Brennan will chose a random number and the winner will be chosen tomorrow afternoon. You MUST include your email address in the post.