Now My Life is Rosie

Announcing the arrival of our sweet baby! On March 31st, my water broke at home and after an uncomplicated delivery at the hospital, we welcomed our DAUGHTER, Rosalina Bettye!

If you are following along, you'll know that my husband and I decided to be surprised with the sex of our baby. We were thrilled to learn our baby was a girl as she emerged and breathed her first breaths. I was actually the one to announce her gender because I looked down just as she came out and I was so shocked and emotional. I believe my words were, "Oh my gosh! It's a girl!!"

We've been living in a cozy little bubble since her arrival 2 weeks ago. My sister was able to visit us in the hospital on Rosie's birth day and we had a few visitors to our home, but it's been so nice being just the three of us. (Four if you count our lil Molly kitty who is adjusting very well to the newest addition to the household).



Overdue: Pregnancy Update

Can you believe it's been 2 months since my last blog post? A lot has changed! And can you believe I am still pregnant?! My due date has come and gone and this little pumpkin is still baking in my oven. I am only 2 days overdue, but it feels like an eternity that I've been pregnant!

Here's my final pregnancy update. My next post will feature our sweet little one!

How far along: 40 weeks, 2 days
Total weight gain:  a whopping 50 lbs! Eek!
Maternity clothes: I’m living in yoga leggings and dresses lately, the less belly binding the better.
Stretch marks: They have arrived. I had some on my hips from puberty, so the new ones are on my lower belly and are small.
Sleep: Insomnia and I are good friends. I get up every 2 hrs to pee, then halfway through the night I wake up starving and can’t go back to sleep until I have a snack, and then still I’m awake for 3 hours in the middle of the night until I get tired again.
Best moment of this month: Finding out from the doctor that I am dilating and thinning and baby will be here any day now! (Although, this news came 10 days ago… still waiting!)
Miss anything: My skinny jeans and heels! Thought I’d say wine again? I had a small glass of red last night in hopes of inducing baby. It was so nice!
Movement: Baby has been head down for a few weeks now, so I feel its butt at my upper belly all the time. I haven’t had kicks in the ribs, but I do get bladder punches! Wowza!
Food cravings: Tortilla chips. I could eat them daily as nachos, chips and quac, chips and salsa, plain…. You get me.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Too much dairy makes me feel gross. So I don’t go overboard on cheese or ice cream.
Have you started to show yet: Oh what a funny question! Passers-by are constantly asking when I’m due, what sex the baby is, and giving me tips and advice. Thankfully no strangers have tried to rub my belly!
Gender: Still don’t know! Coworkers usually guess boy, family has been guessing girl. We’ll see!
Labor signs: Every day for the last 10 days or so I have been having mild to moderate contractions. Last Friday I was certain I was in labor until I laid down to rest and all contractions ceased. My poor husband is almost as anxious as me for the real thing to happen!
Belly button in or out: Does flat count as innie still?
Wedding rings on or off: Finally had to take them off. The wedding and engagement rings together stopped fitting about 8 weeks ago so I would wear just my wedding band. But I had to finally put that in my jewelry box a few weeks ago and replace it with a ring I normally wear on my right hand.
Happy or moody most of the time: I’d say I’m still happy. Although with some of the movies I’ve been watching lately I have been teary. I just want baby to just get here already!
Looking forward to: Freaking labor! I have never wanted pain so badly. I welcome the contractions even. Bring it on!

Papa and Mama, I'm 39 weeks here.

Taken yesterday, 40 weeks 1 day.


Snow Mama

  • How far along: 32 weeks
  • Total weight gain: more than I care to admit! About 30 now! Eek. I've definitely broken down and cried several times. It's a hard adjustment to have once had a well defined tiny waist and now not be able to see your toes.
  • Maternity clothes: Yup, I finally had to admit that my pre-pregnancy pants wouldn't fit, even with the BellyButtonBand. I can still wear my scrub tops to work, but that number is also dwindling.
  • Stretch marks: Nope!
  • Sleep: I do pretty good. I don't need any special pillows or props. I start permanent dayshift this week, so the adjustment has been a little rough but I definitely LOVE seeing daylight!
  • Best moment so far: Getting ready! We got a family car (Subaru Forrester), installed the carseat, assembled the crib, and I made my first ever quilt for the baby.
  • Miss anything: Red, red wine. And sushi! <-- Those didn't change from last time! Haha
  • Movement: This baby has it's parent's dance moves :P Every few hours I smile at the little dance party in my belly and just revel in the experience.
  • Food cravings: I've been loving big bowls of cereal more than ever these past few weeks. Last week I finished off one of those big bags of off-brand cinnamon toast crunchies. This week it's Frooty pebbles!
  • Anything making you queasy or sick: I get heart burn. Like a lot. So I try to limit foods that usually set it off but sometimes a girl just needs a humongous slice of pepperoni pizza.
  • Have you started to show yet: Oh yes. There's no hiding it anymore! Strangers even ask when I'm due now and sometimes try to guess the baby's sex.
  • Gender: It's still a surprise! We were thinking boy for a while, then I thought girl, now I just have no clue. None.
  • Labor signs: Nope. I think I had one Braxton Hicks contraction. Once. :P
  • Belly button in or out: In, but getting weirdly shallow and flatter.
  • Wedding rings on or off: On. All the weight gain has gone to boobs, belly, and bottom.
  • Happy or moody most of the time: I've been a bit more moody this week, but I also attribute it to finally stepping on the scale and to the change in going from working nights to working days.
  • Looking forward to: March! I really can't wait to meet this lil babe!

 Thanks to my wonderful husband for taking these photos for me in 5 minutes flat! We got some snow the night before and I laid in bed that morning thinking how neat it would be to have a mini shoot. I was very happy to see that the silver skirt I have been holding onto fit above my bump! I'm glad I never got around to hemming the extra length off the bottom or else it would have been too short for this.

Flower Headband: Forever 21
Crochet Crop Top: Forever 21
Grey tank top: BumpStart 
Silver Skirt: thrifted
Snow boots: Chooka


Our Lil One: Pregnancy Update

Some days it feels like I've been pregnant forever, some days I look back at the calendar and wonder where the time went! My husband had been graciously taking intermittent bump photos for me and I wanted to share our progress thus far. The dress I chose is a nice stretchy T-shirt material but isn't actually maternity, so we'll see how long I can keep wearing it!

I found this handy little update survey on another blog, and tweeked it for my personal taste. Hope you find it fascinating ;)

  • How far along: 21 weeks
  • Total weight gain: about 12 lbs total
  • Maternity clothes: Here and there. I have about three tops and my BellyButtonBand I use for my tighter pants but I haven't splurged on maternity pants/jeans yet.
  • Stretch marks: None yet! I guess time will tell :P
  • Sleep: Some days are better than others. Even though I work night shift, on a night off, I still sleep the best at night with my hubby by my side. (aww!) I tried to limit my water intake a few hours before bed to prevent my getting up to pee so often, but I was getting headaches from dehydration so that stopped. Soooo it's back to getting up 1-2 times, depending on how long I am able to sleep.
  • Best moment so far: Abe (my husband) felt tiny baby kicks on Halloween night as baby was dancing around while we watched The Addam's Family. It was so sweet and precious, I of course cried! We also had our complete anatomy ultrasound on Halloween and we were able to take home a several photos and a video of baby on a CD. Lil One is definitely flexible and doesn't like to sit still. At one point baby reached up to scratch its nose with a foot! Too funny.
  • Miss anything: Red, red wine. And sushi!
  • Movement: Some days more than others. But I was surprised that I first started feeling baby at 15weeks on our wedding anniversary. Those were butterflies compared to the jumbleees I feel lately.
  • Food cravings: Nothing in particular, but I won't turn down Taco Bell nachos!
  • Anything making you queasy or sick: It was tomatoes and fresh green salads during the first trimester. Still tomatoes at times, but it all depends on smells now.  The other day I was gagging at the smell of a mushroom quinoa dish Abe made. Sad day.
  • Have you started to show yet: Yup! Although if you don't know me, you'd think I had a beer belly. It's not quite obviously a baby bump, especially in my nursing scrubs which are most forgiving.
  • Gender: It's a surprise! At our 20 week ultrasound, the technician was very good at avoiding all the bits that could have revealed baby's sex.
  • Labor signs: NOPE! And lets keep it that way. It is way too early for Lil One to arrive.
  • Belly button in or out: Same innie as pre-pregnancy. But doesn't my belly look pointy?? I wonder why that is. I think it may be the dress actually, haha!
  • Wedding rings on or off: On and still the same fit. The only swelling I've noticed has been boobs and sometimes my ankles.
  • Happy or moody most of the time: Pretty happy actually. Everything makes me laugh and it's been so fun!
  • Looking forward to: Seeing my pregnant sister over Thanksgiving and rubbing her belly while she rubs mine! I can't wait to see how our bumps compare for being 2 months apart.

Today I return to get the rest of the ultrasound we started on Halloween. Baby wouldn't cooperate for the tech to visualize the spine or kidneys, but everything looked healthy otherwise which is a relief.  Little One likes to kick and swirl in my lower abdomen when I'm watching TV with my husband and again right when I lay down to start to sleep. We've picked up a car seat and stroller, my sister is giving us a crib, and I found some cute and basic gender-neutral clothing at a recent trip to my favorite thrift store. I washed everything, of course. All I feel I need is a carrying wrap, swing, and diapers. We're pretty low-key, so I'm not even planning on having a baby shower. But if you have recommendations on any "can't live without it" items, or a good cloth diaper you trust, please let me know!!