Oh blogging…where to find the time? Ha!
I know I’ve been MIA but seriously blogging with a newborn is hard. At least with mine.
So how have things been? Well, Trey is 5 weeks old and it’s the happiest, most exhausted, most overwhelmed and most amazed I have ever been. All at once. People weren’t lying when they said the newborn phase is hard. But they also weren’t lying when they say it’s amazing.
Let’s break it down by category:
Breast Feeding: I’ve had a hard time with it. I produce a ton of milk but Trey absolutely will not take the boob. We’ve tried everything under the sun and met with a lactation consultant several times. He just won’t latch. This has meant I’m exclusively pumping. It’s hard…probably the hardest part. Every time he eats I pump right afterwards. So every feeding takes longer and at night time it is especially trying. But the bright side is that he is only getting breast milk and I produce so much I’ve already created quite the stockpile in my freezer for when I go back to work. I just keep having to remind myself that it’s worth it and not to throw in the towel. But let’s just say that when I am finished breast feeding I plan to burn the breast pump! Ha! It’s a love/hate relationship for sure.
Sleep: We’re following the book The Baby 90 Minute Sleep Program. It is working for us and it helps keep me (a schedule lover) semi sane. At night Trey is sleeping in 3-4 hour stretches and while I wish it was more like 4-5 hour stretches I’m going to take what I can get. During the day is harder because he isn’t a fan of his crib during the day (at least he likes it at night though right??) and wants to take naps on me. I use the Ergo A LOT! Trey also when awake will not use any device like a bouncer, swing, or activity mat for longer than 20 minutes so it’s a challenge to always be holding him…again the Ergo has saved me. He liked the Moby for about a week but then decided the Ergo was more his style.
Body After Baby: I ended up gaining 30 pounds. To date I’ve lost 22 pounds and have 8 to go. At 5 weeks post partum, I pretty happy with that. Although things are softer than they once were I know with time it will firm back up. I also wore a post partum girdle for the first 3 weeks and that helped my stomach tremendously! It also helped my back since my stomach muscles weren’t as strong as they once were. I would highly recommend wearing one to anyone after labor for at least 2-4 weeks.
Bella: She is adjusting. It’s been hard on her because she hasn’t gotten the amount of attention she was used to. Plus there is a noisy new addition! But she’s been great! She licks Trey and comes running when he starts crying! I am so excited to see Trey grow up with Bella by his side. Makes my heart smile.
Keith: he has been AMAZING! He gets up with me and does every night feeding while I pump. He’s great at helping and I feel like we’re a good team. I will admit that at times I get jealous because he has a little more freedom than mom does but he’s a great dad and I wouldn’t want to be sharing this with anyone else but him!
So that’s most of it at this point. Lots of crying (me and Trey…ha!), lots of pooping, lots of broken sleep, lots of adjusting. But….everyone says the first 3 months are the hardest. I still can’t believe I’m a mama!! My life has changed forever and I’m still a little bit in awe.
Hey guys! Well as I am sure all you know by now (via Facebook and Instagram) I am a mama!! Baby Trey made his debut on Sunday, October 27th at 2:38p.m. He weighed 7lb 1 oz and was 19 1/2 inches long. I was 38 weeks and 3 days pregnant when I went into labor. Keith and I are beyond amazed at how much we love our little guy and we could not be happier. We both agreed that everything we went through to get Trey was more than worth it. He is our miracle baby and we love him dearly.
Fun side note but today, November 7th, was my actual due date!
Trey’s Birth Story:
I had had my 38 week appointment on that Thursday and when the doctor checked me I was about 2cm and 60% effaced. He said Trey was sitting very very low in the birth canal indicating that he had moved into position. My doctor told me he thought I would go into labor within the coming week. He was right! I was stressing a little about going into labor because I was sick with a nasty nasty cold that I am sure I caught from my kiddos at school. I was congested and had completely lost my voice. I was nervous that Trey was going to get sick on his first day of life because of me.
That Saturday I was starting to feel marginally better. My voice had returned although it sounded very strained and raspy. I had a hair appointment that afternoon at 1:00 that I was refusing to cancel just in case it was my last opportunity to go for a while. I got my hair cut and was home around 4:00p.m. I was resting on the couch. I could feel some contractions but that was normal for me as I had been having pretty regular contractions since week 33. I didn’t think much about them. Keith ordered in Mexican food and I remember feeling a little nauseous after eating it. I decided to go lay down around 9:00. In bed I started getting some contractions that felt more intense than I was used to. Each one seemed to be a little worse than the next. I started timing them and by 10:30 had a very accurate picture of what was going on. They were every 3 minutes for 60-90 seconds each. I walked downstairs and told Keith I thought we needed to go into the hospital. So he took Bella on a walk first and I made some calls to my parents letting them know what was going on. My mom was going to meet us at the hospital and my Dad was going to get Bella. By the time Keith got home the contractions were so bad I couldn’t talk through them and was having to concentrate on my breathing. The fetal position felt the best and I would rock my body back and forth during each one.
Keith called Labor and Delivery for me and they said for us to come in. Keith decided that he first needed to shower, shave and make himself coffee. I kid you not! And he still needed to pack himself a bag. Let’s just say it was a good 45 minutes before we hit the road and I was almost in tears. We finally get to the hospital and they get us checked in about midnight. The L&D nurse on call checked me and declared me dilated to an 8. The entire room sprang into action. Keith was furiously calling my parents telling them it looked like we would be having a baby soon! They prepped me, got my IV hooked up, took a quick medical inventory, and called in the anesthesiologist. I had decided to get the epidural since the pain was bad and I just didn’t think I could go all the way al natural.
So after everything was in place and doctor poked his head in everyone told me to let them know when I felt pressure down there or if my water broke because that would be a good indication that it was time to start pushing. In the meantime my mom had showed up and we were all just waiting. Well about 4:00a.m. (4 hours after we had checked in) nothing had happened so the L&D nurse decided to check me again and declared me to be at a 4. I was instantly like WTF? How did I go from an 8 to a 4….wasn’t it supposed to go the other way?! Turns out when she had checked me before I was in the middle f a contraction which opened me up to an 8 but once the contraction passed I closed up again. To say that I was disappointed would be a huge understatement. I knew my nurse felt bad so I tried to keep my frustration hidden. We ended up all going to sleep for the remainder of the night (or morning???) Finally around 10:00a.m. the doctor went ahead and broke my bag of water. That felt odd.
They started noticing that Trey’s heart rate would dip at every contraction indicating that the chord was most likely wrapped around something. They kept a VERY close eye on me. I was worried and I knew they were too but the doctor told me that as long as his heart rate went back up after the contraction passed it was okay. After you have an epidural you have to keep rolling from side to side because gravity is what keeps the medicine flowing and keeps things numb. Well on my left side Trey’s heart rate would drop too low so they kept me on the right. This meant that my epidural wore off on the left side. It was agony. They ended up giving me an epidural booster and allowing me to lay on my left while closely monitoring Trey. 15 minutes later I was numb again and they rolled me over. Finally I started feeling the urge to push. They checked and I was ready! Hallelujah! It was about 1:15-1:30.They started getting everything set up and I started pushing at 1:58p.m. That was the weirdest sensation because I couldn’t tell if I was pushing or not. With every push his heart rate dropped and I could tell that the doctor was worried. They put me on oxygen and at one point I heard him say that if he wasn’t delivered soon they were going to start prepping for a c-section. But a couple of very strong pushes later out he came. I pushed for 40 minutes and welcomed Trey William Bruneman into the world.
Keith was an amazing cheerleader and he watched the entire thing. He said watching his son being born was the most amazing experience of his life. I couldn’t have done it without him. He and my mom were both lifesavers and helped me so much!
I am the luckiest woman in the world. Keith, Me, Trey and Bella are one happy little family these days. (Speaking of Bella…she loves Baby Trey and wants to give him kisses all the time! :))
Thanks to all of you for the wishes, prayers, love and support. Some of you have been on this journey with us since May 2011 and I am so grateful for the outpouring I received from this amazing blogging community.
I am 38 weeks ! Yay!
I am still hanging on. I have a doctor’s appointment this afternoon so we’ll see what (if any progress) is being made. The last 2 weeks I have been 1 cm dilated with a spongy cervix.
Oh, I am also sick. Grubby kiddos! I am super congested with a stuffy nose so I am hoping Trey stays put until I kick this thing. The weather finally changed here and it has caused everyone to be sick. This happens to me every year too! The weather FINALLY changes to be beautiful and I’m sick. Whatever.
Me at 37.5 weeks
Me at 38 weeks playing with Bella in the backyard
Cravings: Same. Last night I ate chips and salsa for dinner. No lie. Oops. #dinnerfail
Weight Gain: I’m up 29 pounds. And that’s all I have to say about that.
Stretch Marks: Still NONE! Although I am starting to seriously wonder what on earth my stomach is going to look like after this is all over. Ha!
Swelling: Still no swelling! I love love love that I am still wearing my wedding rings without problems.
Movement: Trey moving is my nemesis. I live and die by those movements and he has never been a super hard kicker so it took me a long time to feel him (and I have an anterior placenta) and then once I could feel him he was inconsistent with his movement. He still is. Some days he is a kicking, rolling mess and other days barely a peep. It stresses me out so badly.
Sleep: Better now that it has cooled down. But I am still uncomfortable as can be! My back and hips hurt a lot at night. But sweet Bella has started sleeping right up against my back and that helps a ton. It’s like an anchor for me to lean on. She’s a good dog!
Group B Strep Test: PASSED! Holla!
Can’t wait for my appointment today….hopefully I have something to update you with soon!
I made it to 36 weeks. Wow!
I can’t believe it. I am really going to be a mom! It all seems so surreal to me.
I am feeling really good. I am still having pretty regular contractions but I am going in today for my 36 week appointment and I know my doctor is going to check me. So we’ll see…but since my contractions have not increased at all in intensity I am going to say there is probably nothing going on down there yet.
I think Keith and I are both a little nervous about Trey’s arrival. Life as we know it is going to change and that’s scary for us. We’ve been together for 9 1/2 years (married for 7 1/2) and it has always just been us: Keith and Kelly. We are so beyond excited about Trey entering our lives but I think we are both just a smidge apprehensive about it. I mean we have no idea what we’re doing! Ha! But I know that with the help of friends and family and just following our own path we will figure it all out. I just sometimes look at my belly and think…holy cow! I’m really going to be a mom in a few weeks.
Cravings: Still the same old same old…spicy spicy spicy! Although ever since my baby shower I have had a sudden love affair with M&M’s.
Weight Gain: I’m up 28 pounds. Inching closer to that 30 pound mark. Honestly, at this point I so don’t care. I’m uncomfortable as hell so I doubt a few more lb’s is going to make much of a difference. I have started putting a pillow under my back at night and it has helped take some of the pain away. The only thing that bothers me is when people make comments about how huge I am. It is like people don’t think pregnant women have feelings. I know I’m big but I don’t really think I am that big. But whatever.
Stretch Marks: Still NONE! I can’t believe it. But I am hoping that continues. I am so close! But as my belly stretches to it’s maximum in the coming weeks I will definitely still be using lotion twice a day.
Swelling: Still none thank goodness. I still have ankles and my wedding rings still fit fine. I am considering myself lucky on this one! Although I know swelling can pop up really suddenly in the last few weeks I have been super lucky on that front.
Movement: All the time. Trey is active and I love it! I also realized what hiccups felt like and he hiccups quite a lot. I always drink a lot of water when he starts hiccuping but then Keith told me he doesn’t think me drinking water is going to help Trey. All it is doing is making me pee more. Ha!
Sleep: Eh….not great. I am usually up anywhere from 3-5 times a night to go to the bathroom and I am uncomfortable. Sleeping on my sides isn’t great because my hips and back start hurting half way through the night. I was a tummy sleeper in my pre-pregnancy life and I am so ready to sleep on my tummy again. Plus in recent weeks Bella has taken to sleeping most (if not all) of the night with us in bed. She nestles in close to me (which, who am I kidding, I LOVE) but she makes me even hotter than I already am! WHEN IS FALL COMING TO TEXAS?! I know I shouldn’t complain, our high today is only 88 which considering I spent my entire second and third trimester in 100+ degree heat almost everyday this should feel like a regular cold front. Everyone is wearing cardigans and boots. Me? I am in tank tops and shorts. Ha!
So, that’s it. Like I said I have my 36 week appointment today and I am also getting the Group B Strep test…cross your fingers. I would prefer that to be negative. I’ll update again soon.
Have a GREAT Wednesday!
This weekend was good although we did have one little scare. I got into a minor car accident. A lady rear ended me at a stop light. She wasn’t going very fast and my car only needs a new bumper due to minor damage. But being 8.5 months pregnant I was a little freaked. I ended up going into the hospital to get checked out and was actually having very regular contractions. They were coming every 3 minutes for about 30 seconds. The hooked me up to the monitors and Trey was fine. They checked my cervix and it was closed. They then made me stay on the monitors for 4 hours. At the end of the 4 hours I was still having contractions 3 minutes apart so they checked my cervix again and there was no change. So they sent me home and told me to come back is they got worse, they haven’t, and to follow up with my doctor today, which I will.
I am so thankful that the accident was minor and that Trey is okay. But this mama-to-be is a little freaked out by my constant contractions.
So onto a more exciting thing….nursery pictures! The nursery is finally 100% complete and I am thrilled with how it all turned out! Here are some pictures. I took these with my phone and they are a little yellow. So sorry for the quality. I did a sports theme….shocking right?
It’s all so exciting! I can’t believe that it is almost time! AHHHH!
My baby shower was last Sunday.
It was amazing.
I was overwhelmed. For several years (our journey to be parents started 2 1/2 years ago) I never thought I would be the one having a baby shower. It seemed like I was never going to be a mom and this shower meant so much to me. It was a place I never thought I’d be and a place I so desperately wanted to be. It was a little emotional.
I don’t have a ton of pictures because I wasn’t taking any. But my hostesses are taking all the pictures and making me a shutterfly book so I am SUPER pumped about seeing them all! I have only seen the ones below so it will be fun to relive the moment!
Baby Trey’s First Party!
The Entry Way. The Hostesses had all these old baby pictures of me and Keith around the house. It was so fun to look at them!
The Diaper Cake!
Keith’s Family! (Keith’s mom, niece, wife (duh!), sister, niece, sister)
It wouldn’t be a baby shower without a bump shot. And believe me….that is SOME bump! 34 weeks!
It was a great party and I am so thankful to all my family and friends who came to show their love for me, Keith, and Baby Trey. We are very blessed to have such amazing people in our lives!
I am a favorites person. Keith isn’t. There is no more annoying question in this world than asking him what his favorite [insert anything] is. He always says he likes a lot of things and doesn’t have one favorite.
I have favorites. Favorite color, favorite book, favorite food, favorite number, favorite parts of vacation, years, days, etc. There is something so satisfying to me about picking something as “the favorite.”
So it would be only natural that throughout this pregnancy I would have favorites. I know Keith is rolling his eyes.
Favorite Trimester: Definitely the third. Hands down! The first trimester was so stressful for me. After the two miscarriages I didn’t know from week to week (or day to day) what was going on inside my body and every ultrasound (I had one a week) was stressful. The second trimester I got all my energy back but my body was weird. I was showing but not enough to really be considered pregnant and then once I did pop out I was worried that I was too big. That trimester was characterized by a lot of body insecurity. The third has been THE BEST! I am without a doubt pregnant to the naked eye. I’m tired but I feel really happy about almost being a mom. I am just happy. Very very happy. Still a little worried that something will go wrong but that’s me. I’m a worrier and always have and probably always will be.
Favorite Pregnancy Symptom: My skin is AMAZING! Since I got my positive pregnancy test back in February I have not had one pimple. Not one. I am attributing it to the new surge of hormones and I’m sure the fact that I started using a Clarisonic in May hasn’t hurt either. But seriously guys…not one pimple in 33 weeks. That’s awesome! (knock on wood lest my face explode tomorrow…ha!)
Favorite Food Craving: I am going to go with a genre here. Mexican food is my absolute favorite. I could quite literally eat it every single day for every single meal. I crave hot sauce, guacamole and fajitas. Crave them. Even Keith, my serious Mexican food loving husband, gets sick of it! And that is hard to do!
Favorite Baby Book: I read a lot of books simply because I am one of those really annoying people who likes to be as prepared as possible. But my favorite is Baby 411. I just liked how it was broken down in easy to read question and answer format. I found that to be less overwhelming than long chapters of information. I will also definitely buy Toddler 411 once Trey is 1.
Favorite Clothing Brand: Pink Blush Maternity! They have the cutest stuff for reasonable prices. I have lived in their long maxi skirts most of the second and third trimesters. Especially when I want to dress up and go out with Keith. I got super lucky because my friend Allena (blogger at A Gurley Gurl) gave me boxes and boxes of maternity clothes that she wore during her two pregnancies. She was a lifesaver!
Favorite Baby App: Baby Bump Pro. This app lets you track everything, upload pictures and even write a birth plan. I check it everyday for my daily updates. A must have in my opinion.
Are you a favorites person?