Skipper is here!

Skipper arrived late last Tuesday after 48 hours of labor and 21 hours in the hospital. She surprised all of us–doc included–by being a tiny 7lbs 13oz and 20 1/2 inches long. No 9-10lb baby here!

Her birth story, including the complications we both had after, will come. For now, here are some photos of her.

Two days old

Two days old

Kissy cuddling her at 4 days old (just before this was taken, Kissy had her paw wrapped around her).

Kissy cuddling her at 4 days old (just before this was taken, Kissy had her paw wrapped around her).

Four days old

Four days old

Six days old

Six days old

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Bumpdate: 25-28 Weeks

I’m so grateful to be at 28 weeks. From what I’ve been told by others, most babies who are born here or after don’t have long term issues, even if they need to spend weeks in the NICU. I’m so incredibly grateful to be here.

How Far Along? 28 weeks yesterday… whoa!

This was me at 26 weeks, 4 days.

This was me at 26 weeks, 4 days.

Size of Baby? 15ish inches, head to heel, and 2 1/2-ish pounds

Maternity Clothes? Maternity everything. Even some of my maternity clothes can no longer be worn because they creep too far up my belly.

Weight Gain? Of course. I’ve gained 21 pounds total, and with 12 weeks left, that means I’m going to probably gain more than suggested. Stupid additional 8 pounds due to thyroid. It’ll be a pain to get this off before having to take the PRT six months after I give birth.

Stretch Marks/belly button? No stretch marks, but my belly button is getting awfully shallow and the top of it pushes out when I cough.

Baby’s Sex? Still a girl.

Sleep? Sometimes. On good nights, I can go four hours or so without having to get up and pee.

Food Cravings? Nope! I still can’t do super sweet stuff, though I can have a little here and there.

Best Moment This Period? “Playing” with Skipper

What I am loving? I’m loving the movement and still just being pregnant.

Movement? Definitely. Though there have been times her kick counts weren’t up to par, so I had to poke/prod.

What I’m looking forward to: Just enjoying this pregnancy and her movements.

Other Updates… I had my gestational diabetes test yesterday morning, but won’t know the results until Monday. I’ve also graduated to my next OB appointment being three weeks away instead of four (after that, it’ll be every 2 weeks for a while).

 

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Army vs. Navy Battle!

I’m looking for TWO AWESOME LADIES who want to battle it out for fabulous Jamberry prizes! I’m looking for one Army fanBattle of the Hostesses- Army-Navy and one Navy fan (preferably Army/Navy spouses or veterans) in our own version of the epic Army-Navy game. Our event will take place on Facebook on the evening of December 10 (the Army-Navy game is December 13th!)… all orders ordered by the 10th are guaranteed to be there by Christmas!

Two hostesses. Two parties. One event. Each hostess will receive a free wrap from me before the party & will receive all hostess rewards earned from your individual party! All qualifying* parties will mean I will give away the choice of an application kit or our new mini heater to a party guest as a door prize.

The WINNER, the party with the most sales at the end, will not only receive all the hostess rewards for their party PLUS an exclusive Holiday Gift Box (contains 1 Holiday Gift Box, 1 Holiday Greeting Card, 3 Exclusive Nail Wraps–1 Sparkle, 1 Glossy, 1 Tint–, 1 Application Kit). It’s perfect for yourself OR a Holiday gift!

Interested? Comment below that you’d like to join! This will be SO MUCH FUN LADIES!!! On top of all this, my Jamberry team was challenged by another to a booking contest. Our Team Manager is putting the names of every hostess that books with me and any other consultant on our team into a drawing and on Friday she will choose two lucky ladies (and their consultant) to win an extra free lacquer or set of wraps when they close their party!

Check out the Holiday Gift Box for the winning hostess of my Battle of the Hostesses!!
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Trip Back to Michigan

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Mt. Rainier greeted us as we touched down on the runway.

Last week, I was on active duty in Michigan while I escorted an admiral to the outreach events I had planned for him in his hometown of Detroit. It ended up going well and the admiral was happy… and when the admiral is happy, so is everyone else.

Detroit is literally about 45 minutes from my mom, brother, sister-in-law, and four month old niece, so I was able to see them and meet our niece for the first time. She’s absolutely adorable and loves both her aunt and her uncle. Huzzy was able to go with me because I have flown enough in the last year or so to have enough miles that I could purchase a roundtrip ticket for only $12.

Huzzy isn’t too comfortable around babies (yeah he’ll have to learn quickly, I know) but he wasn’t comfortable around kids until I taught him how to play with his nieces years ago. He’s comfortable enough to play with my cousin’s 7 year old daughter now. I know he’ll learn with babies. I could tell he was watching my brother, who is AMAZING with his daughter, and he watches and takes cues from my cousin, who is also amazing with his daughter.

I have a picture of me in my giganti-blouse uniform, but I’ll save that for a “bumpdate” later this week. For now, you get the picture of the gorgeous view we came home to. I love the Pacific Northwest so. dang. much.

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First OB Appointment

Yesterday was my first OB appointment. Luckily, Huzzy was able to come with me (it is never guaranteed that he can). With him next to me, I was able to not have a panic attack like I did when I walked in to make the appointments several weeks ago. There were huge pregnant bellies everywhere and extremely unruly kids running around unchecked.

The appointment was a two-part appointment. The first was with a nurse and my husband wasn’t allowed to go to, which made both of us think that it was an appointment where they ask if there is abuse, etc in the home. But it wasn’t. It was just my medical history and they gave me a great pregnancy week-by-week book and handouts. There was NO reason for him not to be there if I wanted him to be there.

The book I received from my OB's office.

The book I received from my OB’s office.

The second appointment was with the OB. While I’ve been with this clinic for GYN stuff for more than four years, I decided to switch providers because my original one is a bit abrupt and I’m not sure she’d be as compassionate about my concerns as I need her to be. My new OB was all I hoped she’d be… kind, caring, compassionate and willing to listen to anything I had to say and talk to me about it. She also “got” it that this pregnancy, while “normal” in the fact that it was a spontaneous conception… isn’t normal. There’s no guarantee that we can ever get pregnant again, especially without medication. She was amazed that we were pregnant spontaneously after a failed IVF and just before lap surgery for endo. I really, really like her and am so glad I have someone I immediately connected to.

During this appointment, I had a full physical, along with testing to see if I had any STD’s (they do for every pregnant woman) and testing to see if I had any other infections that may harm the baby. We also listened for Squish’s heartbeat via doppler and I about had a heart attack.

The first doppler didn’t find anything except my stomach noises. The doctor said it was an old machine (more than 20 years old) and she had a new one on order because it didn’t always work. So she went to get another one. Cue deep breaths and calming thoughts to keep me from freaking out. The second doppler didn’t pick up ANY sound… because there were no batteries in it. Finally, the third doppler picked up the heartbeat right away… Squish’s heart was beating away at about 160bpm.

Next week we’ll get to see Squish again as we have our NT (nuchal translucency) ultrasound scan, which will assess baby’s risk for Down’s Syndrome, other chromosomal abnormalities, and major congenital heart problems. I’ll also be getting the integrated blood test, which will will screen for many of the same things. While neither test can tell with 100% accuracy, if either show a possibility, my doctor said she believes my insurance will then pay for the Mat21 or other similar test, which costs about $2,000 and is 99% accurate.

My mom disagreed with my decision, but even though I wouldn’t abort for DS or something similar, I believe it’s a good idea to know up front. The hospital I will be delivering at does not have a NICU, nor does it have the specialty doctors that may be needed in the case of DS, a chromosomal abnormality or heart defect. I think it’d be best to know ahead of time so I could have the proper specialists on hand and also get to the right hospital that can handle it rather than being surprised, have the baby emergency airlifted to a different hospital and be separated from him/her until I was released. Huzzy disagreed at first, but understood my reasoning and said he was ok with knowing.

We’ll have another just-listening appointment around 16 weeks and then the anatomy scan around 20 weeks.

So… so far so good. I believe we will be announcing our pregnancy this weekend on Facebook as I enter the second trimester either tomorrow or in a week and a half, depending on which method is used to calculate trimesters. One of my bestest friends, Poe at Many Waters is going to take a few photos for us for the announcement.

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East Coast Visit and Pregnancy Update

Last week, I flew to the east coast for a week of active duty. Normally, my duty includes being the officer-in-charge of a team of 3-5. This time, it was just me and my chief… who only worked 1/2 days due to his other job. This meant I had to make up for not only the half day the chief wasn’t there, but also the missing 1-3 team members. 

I may have been born and raised in Michigan, but I still do NOT deal with heat and humidity well (yes, Michigan has both… in spades). Apparently the week I was in Virginia was one of the most humid of the summer. Yay. Pregnancy has my core body temperature running high and adding on to the fact that I’m no longer used to the heat and humidity and… I was a mess. 

I was supposed to spend two days aboard the ship as it is being constructed (it won’t be commissioned until 2016), but I soon found out that if you are pregnant, you aren’t allowed to step foot on the ship. Which saddened me because I have wanted to be on this ship since it was announced years ago. But it’s ok because I have something better on the horizon and a good reason to not be there. 

While I was there, I managed not to gain any weight (which is good, because now I’m perfectly on track for where I am in this pregnancy). This, of course, was in spite of the fact that I was enjoying food I don’t normally see on the west coast… namely, Cracker Barrel (yes, I stopped there twice). I also tried Chick-fil-A for a third time in my life. Once again, I was not impressed. It was ok, but not fantastic–though I do have to admit the milkshake was super yummy!

Tomorrow, I have my first OB appointment. I can’t wait to hear the heartbeat for the first time. I haven’t had a doctor’s appointment for nearly a month and that feels like too long. I would be lying if I said I’m not terrified that there won’t be a heartbeat. I have no reason to think this because I’m still having symptoms and my belly is obviously growing. It will just make me feel a little better that we will have made it through the first trimester (I’ll be 12 weeks on Thursday and according to the developmental timeline, that’s second trimester… the gestation timeline says it’s not until September 7–a week and a half later). 

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