Saturday, April 27, 2013

Moose: The Moose is Loose!

Moose arrived at 5:27pm on April 26th! He is 6lbs 14 oz & 18.8 inches long.

He is so perfect!! Birth story and more details soon :)

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Pregnancy: 38 Weeks

How far along? 38 Weeks 2 days
It is just 12 days until our due date.  In less than three weeks, I will have a baby. This is getting real.
Total weight gain/loss: 50ish, I thought I would be little and gain little.  I was wrong.  It hasn't been the easiest 9 months ever, so I guess I'm not shocked. I am very much ready to have him and be able to get loosing the extra pounds.
Maternity clothes?  Wearing my weekend pants. I have an old Old Navy pair of strechy pants, and it is what I wear each weekend.  Looks like I will be repeating my work outfits for another week.  
Stretch Marks? Veins veins veins, and a very purple one... Is it a stretch mark? I don't really think so, but I will give it another day or so before I decide.   
Sleep: Everything I read says that not sleeping at this point is totally normal, so at least there's that.  
Best moment(s) this week: Getting off work on Friday... haha! It was a very long and emotional week for me.  My mom is an ultra-marathoner, and before pregnancy, I was training for my first full marathon.  The news of the Boston Marathon bombing was very hard to hear.  Then, the fertilizer plant explosion in West isn't that far from us and the community we are a part of.  Teenagers are just not as sensitive about things because it's hard for them to wrap their minds around it all.  It made it a very hard week to teach them.
Miss Anything? I miss exercise. I can't wait to start walking with the baby & eventually running again! I miss laying on my belly! OMG 
Movement: His feet seem so big!
Food cravings:Food! Nothing much, just hungry.
Anything making you queasy or sick: I drank a ton of tea that I heated up in the microwave because I am also fighting a cold/sinus thing (yes at 38 weeks pregnant, fun).  It with my heartburn made me a little sick at one point, but it passed quickly.   
Gender: Moose Boy!
Labor Signs: Okay this is where I'm trying to document this for myself for next time, trying to share with others that might also be pregnant, and learning to be less sensitive about what I share. That being said this could verge on TMI... I have been having a great number more contractions this week.  Baby boy feels like he has dropped to me. I feel like his head is below my panty line and like he might just stick it out and say hi at any given moment. Been losing my plug, too.  I am 1 cm dilated, 50 % effaced, but cervix is still very high. (That was as of Wednesday when I saw the doc this week.)
I read this great article that was "25 Signs That Labor Is Starting." It said X can mean labor is starting or it could be weeks away. X can mean labor is just hours away or it could mean you ate something bad. Every single sign meant labor is just moments away OR it could mean NOTHING. So really, even as I share my own labor signs it all could mean I'm actually going into labor right this second, or it could mean jack.
Symptoms:  Heartburn, achy back, swelling, slightly elevated bp, exhausted!
Belly Button in or out?Yeah, I don't have one anymore.
Wedding rings on or off? Off :(
Happy or Moody most of the time? Very moody this week
Looking forward to: Moooooose time! When? When? When?

My doctor went to a conference out of town this weekend, so I was really afraid the baby might try to make his appearance.  It's officially Sunday afternoon, and the doctor is coming back tomorrow so maybe we have skated by.  I won't count my chickens too early, but it's looking pretty good.

On Monday, we have 7 weeks left of the school year.  I asked the baby to just stay put until I didn't have to come back to teach this year, and I have budgeted to have 6 weeks off so maybe he heard me.  Yeah, teachers don't get paid maternity leave, so that's been a hard thing to work out... No matter when he arrives, now, it's really so much less stressful than it was when I was afraid he might show up WAY early.

God is good! He has a plan that is far beyond my understanding.  Doing my best to put it all in his hands, even though I keep asking, "When????" Haha!

Lots of Love,
The Rileys

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Pregnancy: Maternity Pictures

About 6 weeks ago, the morning after my first baby shower we had our maternity pictures taken.  The Texas weather had one of it's many bipolar days, and after many beautiful March days the temperature had plummeted.  It was freezing. Literally.  I don't typically do well with the cold, but we sucked it up and I think the pictures turned out great!

We used a new photographer for the first time because we had the recommendation from some friends of ours.  (Incidentally, the reason we took our maternity pictures at 32 weeks is because the same couple had their baby 6 weeks early last year... only days after having their maternity pictures taken at 34 weeks!)

I definitely recommend the photographer Maegan, and we look forward to her shooting Moose when he arrives.  You can check out her FB page here.

Without further ado... I present Moose in the Belly.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Pregnancy: 37 Weeks ... Full Term

How far along? 37 Weeks 2 days ... Full Term! What the heck.  Today is 19 days until his due date! He will for sure be here in 26 days.  It's almost GO time!
Total weight gain/loss: Okay let's face it... I don't get on the scale anymore. I just don't want to know.  I also no longer care.  My guess at this point is in the 50 pound range, but who knows.  I was a rail to begin with and now I'm not.  What I am geared up for is to see what I weigh a week after he's born! Bam, let's prepare for that instead :)
Maternity clothes?  HAHA! I am on outfit repeat for work, but it's Texas and getting HOT... I managed to find the stretchiest tank top ever in my closet, so that I don't sweat through my other maternity shirts. (Which are too small really now anyways)
Stretch Marks? I am vein-y as all get out.  It's almost as if I have see through skin, but still the belly lacks any purple, red, or white marks.  And even my line thing (the linea nigra) isn't super dark. 
Sleep: I don't sleep much these days.  It's impossible to get into a comfortable position, plus I have just been having weird insomnia. 
Best moment(s) this week: The wonderful teachers at work through us a shower this week.  I think Moose is going to be one swell dressed little dude!  Sam and I also made it a priority to have a date this weekend.  We know that once this baby comes, life as we knew it is gone.  We went to eat Friday night, just the two of us.  Yesterday, we took a drive down memory lane.  Driving around the city we grew up in and reminiscing.  Those moments are what life is all about! 
Miss Anything? I miss lots of things. Shoes for one. I wear only flip flops right now.  I miss sleep.  I miss laying on my belly.  I miss wearing jeans. Don't take the little things for granted :)
Movement: Big alien movement. Crazy Moose man!
Food cravings: This week not so much.  Sometimes I am ravenous, but other times not so hungry anymore.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Just the heartburn from Hades! 
Gender:Moose Boy!
Labor Signs: Still less than 1 cm dilated.  I have a burst of energy.  No contractions though.  Mere hours after posting this my body decided it was time to FREAK me out.  I had about 2 hours of consistent contractions, and then... nothing. Who knows.... I guess I will just keep nesting.  Doctor said no change... He's still not dropped, and my body isn't all prepped for labor.  This could change at any point, but I will see what she says next week. 
Symptoms:  Heartburn!!!!! Back pain, swelling, retaining water, discomfort... a million other things I am sure.
Belly Button in or out? It's gone. It's just another flat part of my belly.
Wedding rings on or off? Off :(
Happy or Moody most of the time? Still a rollllller coaster ride of emotion.
Looking forward to: Meeting the Moose... I cannot believe that he can just come anytime now.  I want to know what color hair the kid has!

Everyone asks, "are you just so ready to get the baby out?"  I never did understand how women could say things like get this thing out of me... But now, actually being pregnant, I am a lot more understanding.  I am more uncomfortable than I've ever been.  My body is totally not my own.  I wouldn't say that I am completely ready for him to out, but I will definitely not complain when it's time for him to come.

If he makes it until 39 weeks, I won't have to go back to work before school gets out.  That would be really great.  Another two weeks, also seems completely insane.  I do this several times a day.  I count it out. I try to guess his birthday.  I look at all my symptoms and wonder if I'm suddenly closer with every little thing.  Then, I remember it's out of my control. And I give it to God.  He knows best when this baby will and should come.  I do know that... but then I start all over, and I still give it back to God each time.  Now, if I could just get my brain to chill out!!!! :)

Lots of Love,
The Rileys

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Pregnancy: 36 Weeks & Birth Plans

How far along? 36 Weeks 2 days
Total weight gain/loss: 40+ pounds... Workouts will begin again once moose is here!
Maternity clothes? Let's face it... I have two pairs of pants that are acceptable to wear in public & two skirts to wear.  How anyone manages to not feel like a hippo at this point is beyond me!
Stretch Marks? Fingers crossed that we are staying good!
Sleep: I toss and turn, and I wake up about every hour.  Comfort is seriously overrated.  Between having to pee and the heartburn, I will probably get good sleep again in a couple years. (when Moose goes for sleeepovers, haha!)
Best moment(s) this week: My sweet cheerleaders and their moms had a baby shower for me this week! I cannot explain how truly blessed we are.  We also finished our English state testing! Woohoo! I am so relieved. :)
Miss Anything? I miss doing things myself so much! I cannot bend over comfortably, which severely limits my abilities.  The doctor is also on me to rest, so I feel like a slug.  I want to do so many things... hello nesting! Eesh.
Movement:Yes oh yes.
Food cravings: Pop Tarts. I had a dream about pop tarts. This is very sad, and I realize how awful they are for you... But I can't help it.  I think of pop tarts lol!
Anything making you queasy or sick: Oh gosh. I almost threw up kale this week.  Awful, no good.  It was slimy and feet tasting. Bad news bears.
Gender:Moose Boy!
Labor Signs: The time is officially drawing nearer! Braxton Hicks & nesting for sure! Less than 1cm dilated, and I think he is starting to drop a little bit.
Symptoms:  My mood is all over the place! I have the worst pregnancy brain... so bad that I actually forgot to take my own car to school for my doctor's appointment Friday. My mom had to come pick me up and take me. Whoops! Heartburn is a beast, but it really only happens when I lay down now (aka bed time).  My knees are a little unhappy from my extra weight.  Still having some darkening in a few spots on my face and neck.  Retaining water like a crazy lady. Pregnancy is sort of crazy.
Belly Button in or out? I am not sure I really have one.  It is a flat flat button.
Wedding rings on or off? Off. Sad, sad momma! I love my ring!
Happy or Moody most of the time? I'm a roller coaster of emotion.
Looking forward to:  This week the teachers are having a baby shower for Sam and I at school.  I am so excited.  I also am excited to be seeing the doctor every week now.  It keeps my mind at ease, since I know that she will be able to help "warn" me when this baby is coming. (Well, at least she might be able to, haha!)  I am looking forward to my moose.  I cannot believe he will be here so soon!

Doctor's Appt & Our Birth Plan.: April 5, 2013
This trip to the doctor was a little different than the most recent ones.  This time the doctor actually checked my cervix to see how things were progressing.  I am less than 1cm dilated, so we are headed in the right direction. She wasn't concerned about things progressing quickly at this point.  I am (as she continues to say) textbook.  I am measuring spot on for 36 weeks, and my progression towards labor is exactly what she wants to see.  She hopes that next week I will be at a 1 and the following week a 2.

My blood pressure is slightly elevated, but some of that is to be expected this late in pregnancy.  She is just encouraging me to rest as much as possible.  She didn't have any other ideas of when this little dude might show up. :)

We talked briefly about my birth plan... which is mostly full of "game day decisions".  The doctor and I agree the less of the plan the better! We are on the same page about things, so all is good.  She won't do a C-section unless it becomes medically necessary.  She won't induce unless I go a week over. (The moose has to be here by May 10th.. doctor's orders, haha) No pitocin unless we have to induce.  Sam is going to cut the cord, if everything is ok with baby.  I guess I thought I would be one of those uber-controlling gals with a specific game plan, but I just can't be.  The burning question everyone asks is about an epidural.  Half of the folks you talk to tell you, "There's no way to do it without one!" The other half say, "You'll just have to see how you feel!"  I am going to wait and decide once I have all my information, which means once I am labor.  Call me crazy if you want, but that's just how we are doing this... Though I don't want any IV pain meds that would drug the Moose.

The only thing that is vital for me is having Sam there.  I want our labor experience to be personal and private.  I watched many of those videos in our birthing class, and I just couldn't get over these women in labor with all these people in the room! (Sam kept joking that he was going to invite everyone we knew in the Labor & Delivery room... my tears, however, squashed that joke pretty quickly.  Now, he assures me that he is the L&D bouncer. No one gets in without ID haha! What a wonderful husband I have.)

Anyways, I am far too modest for all that, but also I want it to be a special quiet experience.  It's the very first time our family will be "our family" in that sense.  With all that being said, I am so so excited for everyone to meet our handsome boy! And when we get up to our room, I know that we will be blessed with lots of visitors to going crazy to meet our little dude.  (Thank goodness lent is over because I have a feeling I will need some caffeine to keep me going at that point!)

My hospital bag is ready... so I guess now we just watch me like a hawk. Question every little hiccup, bump, movement, cramp, & contraction and wonder when it will happen.  I cannot believe that for sure in less than 5 weeks time I will be someone's mom.  Weird stuff. Weird, weird stuff.

Lots of Love!
The Rileys & MOOSE