It’s a Boy! Introducing Baby Christopher + His Birth Story

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I’m excited to announce that our son, Christopher, was born October 6! He entered the world at 12:23 pm measuring 6 pounds, 7 ounces, 19 inches long. Chris and I feel so lucky to be mom and dad to a  healthy and perfect baby boy.

induction birth story

Chris was off work the past two weeks, and it was wonderful having that time to bond as a family of three (or should I say, a family of 6, if you count our fur babies!). Our days have been full of nursing, napping, diaper changes, and cuddling.  I’m not ashamed to say I cried like a baby last night when it hit home that Chris’ time off work was coming to an end.

newborn photography

I have felt very blessed the past couple weeks. Our family and sweet friends have been amazing, showering us with love, support, and lots of gifts. And thank you, dear readers, for all your encouragement and positive comments throughout my pregnancy! Baby Christopher is already spoiled rotten!

Newborn Family Photos

Here is Christopher’s birth story, if you’re interested in reading. I promise there aren’t too many gory details ;)

Christopher’s birth wasn’t exactly what I had “planned.” I went to the doctor on Friday, October 3, two days overdue. After an ultrasound that showed my fluids were low, my doctor scheduled an induction for Sunday night. I was strongly opposed to being induced for fear it would lead to a c-section, but I had to come to terms with it knowing our baby’s health would be at risk letting the pregnancy go on much longer.

Sunday night Chris and I headed to the hospital. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t scared to death! I was barely dilated, so that night was all about getting things “ripened.” Chris and I barely got sleep that night. I had a blood pressure cuff strapped to my arm that went off every half hour. I also needed continuous fetal monitoring because Christopher’s heartbeat dipped really low a couple times, which was terrifying.

On Monday morning at 6 am they started pitocin. I was still hardly dilated and the doctor came in to warn us that if things didn’t start progressing a c-section might be necessary. Luckily, the pitocin in addition to the medication they gave me the night before got the ball rolling.

By 11 am my contractions were about three minutes apart and very painful in my hips and back. Chris was amazing during this time, rubbing my hips and encouraging me. I was four centimeters dilated and requested an epidural. Getting an epidural wasn’t as horrible as I imagined — it was actually nothing compared to the pain of contractions! The epidural completely took away the pain, but I HATED the sensation of not being able to feel my legs. I felt really panicked that my mind could make my feet move, and I could see them moving, but I couldn’t feel it.  I was shaking and afterward Chris said I was white as a sheet. Fortunately, with major support from Chris, I was able to relax and let my body work.

Around noon the nurses and doctor came in and told us it was time to push and have a baby. Chris and I were both shocked that I went from four to 10 centimeters in an hour! Once everything was prepped and it was time to push, it only took six minutes for Christopher to make his dramatic entrance. He came out screaming, in a pool of meconium, with his arm by his head, and the cord wrapped around his neck. They cut his cord whisked him right away to clear the meconium from his lungs. It was disappointing that Chris didn’t get to cut the cord and those first moments were spent in a moment of panic, but Christopher’s screams reassured us that he was okay!

induction birth story

A few minutes later baby Christopher was in my arms. It’s a moment I will never forget! He was ready to nurse right away — and that set the precedent for life with Christopher. Our boy loves to eat!

Induction Birth Story

I’ve been very fortunate in terms of postpartum recovery. I only needed pain medication for a few days before I felt pretty much back to normal. Except for a bit of baby weight, being pregnant is quickly becoming a distant memory. I’m also lucky that nursing has come really naturally to Christopher and me. He latched like a champ from day one.

All in all, I had a positive birth experience. It wasn’t what I had planned, but neither the birth nor my recovery were as horrible as I had mentally prepared for. I think I read one too many horror stories online and had worked myself up into thinking the experience would be horrendous. Our sweet boy makes any pain and panic 100% worth it!

*To any pregnant women reading this, I  hope it can serve as a positive induction story. However, please realize that this was my personal experience and every birth is different.*

 

 

 

36 – 39 Weeks Maternity Style + SEE Indianapolis

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Dress — Liz Lange Maternity, Target
Blue Top — Forever 21
Sandals — Sam Edelman
Glasses — C/O SEE Eyeware

SEE Eyeware Indianapolis Review

So, I’ve gotten a bit lazy with my weekly updates and I should probably change the series name from “Maternity Style” to “What I’m Wearing to Scrape By.” I wear the same couple outfits whenever I go out in public these days because A) they still fit, and B) they’re comfortable. I do try to mix things up by swapping out cardigans, scarves, jewelry, and recently, my glasses! Just this week I picked up my new glasses from SEE, an eyewear brand that recently opened a new location at the Fashion Mall in Indianapolis!

SEE Eyeware was kind enough to invite me out to check out their new store, browse their frames, and pick out a new pair of glasses for myself. They only carry their own line of frames, which are available in limited quantities because they add new styles frequently. Their line features a fun and eclectic mix of frame shapes and colors, and picking out new glasses at SEE was more like shopping a well-curated boutique than choosing a pair of glasses from your average glasses-store-attached-to-the-optometrist’s-office.

I ended up selecting a pair of rectangular pair of plastic frames in a color called “moss.” Normally I gravitate toward more classic black or tortoise frames, but theses called my name and complemented my complexion! These glasses are from their Core Collection, which features a great price point of $159. SEE accepts most insurance carriers and the location here in Indianapolis will soon have an optometrist on staff to give exams.

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If you live in the Indy area, be sure to check out SEE at the Fashion Mall. And if you’re located elsewhere, check out all their locations here! I HIGHLY recommend them!

On another note, we are still (im)patiently waiting for Baby H’s arrival! The hospital bags are packed, the car seat is installed, and all of Baby’s things are washed and folded. Now we just need a baby! I’m planning on sharing photos from Baby’s nursery soon, so stay tuned!

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37 Weeks Pregnant

38 Weeks Pregnant

39 Weeks Pregnant

Maternity Style 33, 34, 35 Weeks — Alive & Still Pregnant

Long time, no update! Yes, I’m still pregnant… I’ve been dealing with allergies and it’s been misery! For a while I wasn’t sleeping or eating well (couldn’t breathe, couldn’t taste) and the aches and pains of the last month of pregnancy hit at the same time. Luckily, I seem to be on the mend and I’m feeling much better.  I’ve never had problems with allergies before, so it’s unfortunate timing that my first bout happened at eight months pregnant. The body sure does crazy things when growing another life!

On a brighter note, I have managed to have a little fun, despite not feeling well. We hosted Chris’ family the other weekend for a fun little visit. We took them to the art museum and Chris made his legendary chicken-tomatillo tacos. Last weekend my cousin threw me a lovely baby shower at a chocolate shop in Ft. Wayne, which was amazing. And this weekend, Chris’ family is throwing us a shower. Baby H is already one spoiled child — watch out, world!

 33 Weeks, worn to farm store

33 Weeks Pregnant Outfit

33 Weeks Pregnant

Black Tank & Grey Dress — Old Navy (Dress is non-maternity, last seen here)
Black Leggings — Motherhood Maternity
Sandals — Havaianas
Bag — Longchamp
Sunglasses — Payless
Hair Clip — Cloth, Carmel City Center

34 Weeks, worn to baby shower

34 Weeks Pregnant Baby Shower Outfit

Baby Shower Outfit

34 Weeks Pregnant

Kimono Shrug — Marshall’s
Dress — Liz Lange Maternity, Target
Sandals — Sam Edelman
Necklace — gift
Hair Clip – Cloth, Carmel City Center

35 Weeks, worn to orchard

35 Weeks Pregnant Outfit

35 Weeks Pregnant

Vintage Sundress — Stylebook Vintage, Etsy
Sandals — Havainas
Bag — C/O OASAP

 

Antique Candle Works

Antique Candle Works Review

Vintage Measuring Cup Candle, buttercream scent — $24 (Similar)
Vintage Heart Mold Candle, vanilla scent — $8 (Similar)
Vintage Enamal Pourer Candle, lavender scent — $16 (Similar)
Antique Ball Jar Candle, buttercream scent — $35 (Similar)

It’s no secret that I love candles. I burn them all the time and have tried many different kinds, from cheap big-box brand candles to more pricey boutique candles. So, I was very excited when Brittany from Antique Candle Works sent me four candles from her online shop to try out!

Candles in Antique Containers

Antique Candle Works sells all-natural, 100% soy candles. The candles are poured in antique and vintage vessels, which Brittany and her husband locate themselves. Brittany hand-pours all of the candles using premium fragrances and soy wax, which burns cleaner and almost twice as long as paraffin candles. The cherry on top is that Brittany is a fellow Hoosier from northwest Indiana!

Candles in Antique Containers

So what do I think about the candles…?

Candle in Vintage Ball Jar

Love them! I adore the antique and vintage vessels. My favorite container of the candles I received is the Ball jar, which can be dated back to 1923 – 1933. I love that even after the candle is all burned, you still have a fun antique container left over, which you can clean up using my candle cleaning method and then repurpose.

Candle in Antique Heart Mold

The candles burn really well and smell really good. They’re not sickly sweet like a lot of candles you find at Anthropologie or Bath and Body Works. My favorite scent of the candles I received is vanilla, but I also really enjoy the scent of the lavender candle while it’s burning. It’s perfect for evening time before bed.

Candle in Antique Aluminum Measuring Cup

I’m a sucker for good packaging, so I also have to mention how much I loved opening my box of candles and seeing the way they were all bundled up. They were cushioned with wood wool and each candle arrived in a branded Antique Candle Works sack. I thought that was a really nice touch so the antique vessels don’t get scratched and dented during shipping.

Candle in Antique Enamel Pourer

These are very special candles, and I’d definitely send these as Christmas gifts! (Yep, just went there. With a baby on the way, I’m all for getting a head start on Christmas shopping this year!)

 

Maternity Style 32 Weeks — A Sweater in August

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32 Weeks Pregnancy Style

32 Weeks Pregnancy Style

32 Weeks Pregnancy Style

32 Weeks Pregnancy Style

Tee — Motherhood Maternity C/O Gordmans
Shorts — Pea in the Pod Maternity
Sweater — C/O OASAP
Moccasins — Minnetonka
Bag — C/O OASAP
Hair Clip — Ban.do

Happy Friday evening! Hopefully by now you’re enjoying your weekend.

Do you see what I’m wearing in these photos? A sweater! In August! I try to not be one of those bloggers who wears unseasonable clothes; it’s really that cool here this evening. In fact, this morning on the news they said this is the coolest summer Indiana has seen in 22 years. I couldn’t have picked a better summer to be pregnant!

It’s been a good day for this girl. This morning I took Gauge to the park and we walked for about 45 minutes. We then swung by the orchard and picked up some peaches, sweet corn, green beans, cucumbers,  and bacon. The bacon was used for dinner for some delicious BLTs, which featured tomatoes from our garden. After dinner Chris and I went out and took these photos and picked up popcorn from the movie theater, which we’re getting ready to enjoy here at home with a movie…

Have a good one!

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Maternity Style 31 Weeks — On Repeat

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31 Weeks Pregnant Maternity Style

31 Weeks Pregnant Maternity Style

31 Weeks Pregnant Outfit

Top – Liz Lange Maternity, Target
Skirt — Old Navy
Sandals — Sam Edelman
Bag — C/O OASAP
Head Scarf — Vintage
Sunglasses — Payless

I’m not even embarrassed to say I’ve worn this outfit three times in the past week. Or was it four? I’ve lost count. It’s so comfy and I don’t want to spend money on anything else “maternity.” So, for the next seven-or-so weeks, I’ll be repeating this outfit and the others that are still comfortable. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to go do some laundry…

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Maternity Style 30 Weeks — Vintage Nautical

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30 Weeks Pregnant Vintage Maternity Dress

30 Weeks Pregnant Vintage Maternity Dress

Border Collie Puppy

30 Weeks Pregnant Vintage Maternity Dress

Dress — Vintage
Bag — C/O OASAP
Shoes — C/O Gordmans

30 weeks! I’m in the home stretch!  You may remember this vintage nautical sundress from when I wore it during our trip to Madison last May or when I wore it to a Labor Day cookout last September. Back then I belted it, but now it has just enough “tent” to fit over my bump like it was meant to be maternity. I have a couple other vintage tent dresses that I’ve been saving for the end of pregnancy. I know the general consensus is that maternity clothes used to be awful, but I think tent dresses from the 60s can be  pretty adorable. I’ve always loved Mia Farrow’s maternity wardrobe in Rosemary’s Baby:

Rosemary's Baby Maternity

Rosemary’s Baby, 1968.

Cute, right?!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

30 Weeks Pregnant Vintage Maternity Dress

 

7 Things I’m Looking Forward To Post-Pregnancy

Everyone knows pregnancy is full of dos, don’ts, and body and lifestyle changes (duh!). And while I’ve enjoyed being pregnant for the most part, there are a few things I’m really looking forward to post-pregnancy. Obviously, becoming a mother to our little one tops the list, but here are a few other not-so-consequential  things I’m counting down the days for:

1. Shopping for baby clothes.

Baby Boy and Baby Girl Clothes

Not finding out the gender of Baby H has been easier than I originally thought it would be. I think it’s been harder on our friends and family than us! For me, the most difficult part of not knowing is not being able to buy baby clothes! There are so many cute outfits, especially for girls, that I can’t wait to get my hands on. We’re planning on buying one baby boy outfit and one baby girl outfit for Baby H to wear home from the hospital, but other than that all we have are basic onesies.

2. Sleeping on my belly and back.

Sleeping Border Collie Puppy
I never realized how glorious belly and back sleeping are until I physically couldn’t anymore. I’m like a beached whale at night trying to roll from side to side to get comfortable. Also, not needing to get up three times a night to use the restroom will be nice…

3. Having a hard cider.

Crispin Honey Crisp Cider

I haven’t missed alcohol very much during pregnancy, but do enjoy hard cider. We’ll be in full fall swing after the baby is born, which is the best time of year for hard cider!

4. Wearing my regular clothes…and shopping!

Tulle Skirt
Summer is my favorite season to dress for, so it’s been a bummer not being able to wear most of my summer wardrobe. I’m looking forward to getting back into my old clothes and maybe shopping for a couple new things! Oh, and NOT having a maternity band hugging my stomach all the time will feel glorious!

5. Showering without difficulty.

Shower Products

Do you realize how hard it is to bend over and shave with a baby belly in the way?!

6. Running.

Exercise After Baby

I feel lucky that I’ve been able to keep walking and exercising during my pregnancy, but I’m looking forward to getting back into the swing of running. I’m hoping to get a good Craigslist deal on a jogger stroller so that next spring Baby H and I can go out and exercise!

7. Not stressing.

Beating Pregnancy Stress

Every ache, cramp, and pain has given me reason to worry during pregnancy and I’m looking forward to not dealing with that stress. Course, I’ll have a son or daughter to stress about for the rest of my life … I’ll have to report back on what’s worse ;).

 

 

Maternity Style 29 Weeks — Out & About

29 Weeks Pregnant Outfit

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Shop Suey Boutique Review

Tank — Liz Lange Maternity, Target
Jeans — Old Navy Maternity
Sandals — Nine West
Watch — Urban Outfitters
Helena Satchel — C/O Shop Suey Boutique

Happy Saturday! So, this week totally got away from me and I’m a little late on my 29 weeks outfit, but better late than never, right?!

I wore this casual outfit out and about today. Chris and I met up with my oldest friend and her boyfriend for lunch. She and I grew up next door to each other and have literally been friends for life! It was really nice getting to catch up with them over a delicious lunch at The Local, one  of our favorite restaurants. After lunch, Chris took me out for a little bit of shopping , and on our way home we picked up dinner ingredients at Earth Fare. It’s been a fabulous day!

PS – I would like to thank Shop Suey Boutique for sending me the beautiful satchel I’m wearing in the photos! Shop Suey is an adorable online boutique that sells accessories like jewelry, bags, and scarves at prices that make my wallet happy. Also, can we talk about how cute and creative the name Shop Suey is?!

I hope you’re having a great weekend!

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Maternity Style 28 Weeks — Hello, 3rd Trimester!

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28 Weeks Pregnant Outfit

Dress — C/O Gordmans
Belt — C/O Gordmans
Sandals — Nine West
Bow Necklace — Tiffany’s

Pregnancy Bump Photo

I’m in the final stretch of this pregnancy! Other than sharing outfits, I haven’t really talked much about being pregnant on here, mostly because this isn’t a pregnancy blog and I think a lot of things related to pregnancy are private. But today I thought I’d answer some questions I frequently get asked:

 

When/how did you first find out you’re pregnant?

Baby H was planned, but also a surprise because we weren’t anticipating it happening so quickly. While putting on my makeup one morning before work (Friday, January 17, to be exact…),  I felt a little lightheaded and queasy. I’m pretty in-tune with my body noticed feeling a little off that entire day, so as soon as I got home from work I took a pregnancy test, and it was positive! I could barely believe it, so I confirmed the results with a second test.  I’ll never forget the feeling after I took the tests: excitement, a racing heart, and disbelief! I put the tests in a paper bag and set them on the kitchen table to surprise Chris when he got home from work. He was thrilled, of course, when he opened the bag to see what was inside.

How have you been feeling physically?
Honestly, I’ve been feeling pretty good so far. I dealt with morning sickness during my first trimester, but feel very lucky that it hasn’t persisted. I get hip pain at night, but it always goes away in the morning after moving around a bit.So far, I’ve kind of liked being pregnant (I know, I’m one of THOSE), but that could certainly change as I progress through the third trimester!

How have you been feeling mentally?
Excited. HAPPY. Scared. Overwhelmed. Emotional. Unprepared. Lucky. Etc. Etc. Etc. I think almost every pregnant woman goes through feeling all the feelings! I’ve overwhelmingly been excited and happy, but it’s also a scary thought that delivery is right around the corner and once the trauma of that’s over, we’ll have a child to raise. I’ve been reading up as much as I can on delivery, parenting, and breastfeeding, and we’re also signed up for several classes at the hospital. F
or me, knowledge has been power and has given me more confidence. Funny pregnancy hormone story: Chris and I were at Gander Mountain this past weekend watching a Dock Dogs competition and I started crying for no reason. The dogs looked so happy and were having so much fun it brought on the waterworks! 

What have you been craving?
I really haven’t been craving anything crazy. I definitely love my sweets and ice cream, but to be honest, I was like that before I got pregnant! My diet hasn’t changed all that much compared to pre-pregnancy.

How’s your body/weight changed? 
I won’t lie, it’s kind of scary seeing the number on the scale creep up. So far for the most part, I like how I look and am feeling confident. Looking back on the photos of myself each week shows a rounder face and figure, but that’s the nature of the beast. Chris has told me he thinks I’m more beautiful than I’ve ever been, which makes me feel very lucky to have him by my side through it all.

Any food aversions?
I had an aversion to meat during my first trimester, but nothing since then.

Have you been exercising?
I try to go on long, brisk walks several times a week. It’s been easier this week because the weather has been so cool!

What are your delivery plans?
Before I got pregnant, I watched The Business of Being Born and felt empowered to do a natural, at-home birth. While I still think women who do that are amazing, actually getting pregnant and realizing that this baby is coming out in a matter of months has made it clear to me that I’d like to be in a hospital. I’ll be delivering at the hospital that’s near our house, and I’m planning on having a medicated delivery. I’ve been dealing with a bad case of “White Coat Syndrome” where my blood pressure spikes up every time I go to the doctor. I’ve been tested for pre-eclampsia several times (which includes a super-annoying 24 urine collection…). I’ve passed each time, but the risk is there that I could develop pre-e and I don’t want to pull a Lady Sybil!

Do you have any feelings if it’s a boy or girl?
Honestly, no! And I’m trying to not dwell on it so I don’t get my hopes up one way or the other. Most people guess we are having a boy. Here are some of those  classic old wives tales that predict gender. It’s pretty split between boy and girl!

No acne … BOY
Baby’s heart rate … GIRL
Craving sweets … GIRL
Chinese birth chart … BOY
Mayan birth chart … GIRL
No husband sympathy weight … BOY
Morning sickness … GIRL
Skin is not dry … GIRL

Have you picked out names?
Chris is named after his dad, so if we have a boy the tradition will continue and he’ll be Christopher Alan III. We haven’t decided on a girl’s name and I don’t think we’ll be sharing it when we do decide. We’re not looking for unsolicited opinions when it comes to names!

How’s the nursery coming along?
The nursery is quickly becoming my favorite room in the house! It’s all painted and most of the decorating is done. Chris is turning a nook in the room into a closet and the crib needs to be built. I’ll be sharing room details on here once it’s all ready.

Are you going back to work after Baby arrives?
I have already transitioned to part-time at work in preparation for Baby H, so I’ll be part-time career woman, part-time at-home momma. It’s the best solution for us because we still have my income and won’t have to rely on day care five days a week. Not to mention, I like my job and career and would be sad to give them up! I have been SO lucky when it comes to the flexibility and understanding of work.

 

28 Weeks Pregnant