And Now We Are Four.

Baby boy is finally here. Here is his story and all that lead up to it.

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This was one of my last photos while pregnant. I believe I was 39 weeks here. I felt very big at this moment.

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This photo is a comparison of my two pregnancy. On the left was 38 weeks pregnant with Olivia and on the right is 38 weeks with baby boy. He was definitely bigger.

So, the start of his story. We went in for our 39 week appointment at the beginning of March. Everything was looking good. I was progressing with dilation nicely. I was actually 4cm when I left. I did have a membrane sweep but that didn’t do anything for me. So we actually scheduled an induction. This wasn’t my initial plan. I had wanted to wait til he came on his own but I was so incredibly stressed out about child care for Olivia and with how M’s schedule is that choosing a date that worked for us just seemed like the right thing to do. We scheduled for 1 day before our due date.2015-03-13 19.27.43 2015-03-13 19.27.51These photos are from our last dinner as a family of three. To be honest, I was very emotional that day with just the thought of Livi not being an only child anymore. I was worried she would be so mad at me. I wanted her to have a special time with us at least 1 more time before baby came.

We were scheduled to come in at 7am on Saturday, March 14th but I got a call at 5:45am saying that they were full and I needed to wait for the call. I knew that was going to happen. As much as it sucked to wait around, at least we were able to hang out with Olivia before leaving for the hospital.

On a side note, Liv had probably the best day of her life. While we were at hospital, she got to go to the zoo with my friend and her daughter. After that, they took her to get ice cream. When Liv had to go with another friend, she got to spend 3 hours at the local park. Right before I started pushing, M went to pick up Liv since it was getting later in the day and she was there and got to watch her brother be born. :) And she even got an awesome “big sister” gift. Her first legos duplo set. She loves it.

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Anyway, we got the call to go in at 9:30am. We got there about 10am and they got me all hooked up and bouncing on a birthing ball.  I was still only 4cm and 70% effaced. So they started a low dose of pitocin. That really didn’t do much at all. I would get contractions but I wasn’t really feeling them and it wasn’t helping me progress. So they did amp it up a little….still nothing. So around 1-ish in the afternoon, my doctor suggested breaking my water. I was a little nervous about that so I requested my epidural before she did it.

For the epidural, I decided to start with a low dose since last time, with Liv, it was so much I couldn’t move my own leg, M had to do it for me. So the low dose was nice, I could still sort of move and feel things but not feel pain. Doc came back and broke my water. It was such a strange feeling and so much. Doc said it was a lot more than she expected. So no wonder my belly was so big! :)

Contractions started coming very quickly but I was still not progressing as quickly as we all thought. At that point, my epidural was starting to wear off on my left side. It wasn’t so bad at first but within an hour it was terrible and I was begging for it to be fixed. I was experiencing back labor and it was not fun. Come to find out, baby boy was “sunny side up”. I had a feeling he would be. This was also why it took so long to progress. So, after I was back to being comfortable with a little boost to my epidural, they suggested I lay on my side and use a peanut shaped ball between my legs to help baby boy get into position. They also turned down the pitocin since my contractions were pretty much on top of each other.

Finally, around 6:30pm, they told me I could start pushing. And it was so much easier this time. With Liv, my epidural was so high, I couldn’t feel “where” to push and it took 3 hours to get her out. With baby boy, I could feel him moving down and was able to push productively and it only took an hour. And no help from forceps and I didn’t tear! He came out beautiful and REDHEADED!! Lol we were not expecting that at all! We delayed cord clamping for about 5 minutes and then he went to get cleaned up. Everything about him was perfect. He even latched on and fed right away. Such a champ!

Troy Michael Eugene was born at 7:34pm on March 14th 2015 (Pi Day), weighing 7 lbs, 15 oz (1 lb bigger than Liv) and 20.5 inches long (1.5 inches longer than Liv).

He will be 3 weeks old tomorrow and is doing so great. And his big sister is doing well with the transition. She has her moments but she is getting better every day. :) Oh, and he even looked exactly like Liv at first.

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But he is getting his own look now. :) He was even a little model today. I got one sneak peek photo and can’t wait to see the rest.

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I’m amazed I have 2 kids now. It’s rough but I can’t wait to see them both grow together. <3

Happy Easter!

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Crafty Momma

I have been going nuts these last few months making things. Mostly things for the new baby just I have just been feeling restless so I have been sewing and crocheting and cross stitching.

Here are some photos of things I have made or am working on currently.

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My Zelda quilt. I finally finished the top. I still need to quilt and bind it but for now, this is complete. I love it a lot.

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Carseat canopy I made for the little man. I really love Michael Miller fabrics. I used other prints from this line to make crib rail guards. Hoping they will prevent the little guy from chewing on the crib.

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Some more Michael Miller fabric. So in love this these prints. It’s an overnight bag but I’m thinking about using it as a diaper bag. We will see how that all works out. This was only my second time working with zippers and my first time making my own piping. That was fun!

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Even Liv got in on the crafting. I let her use some acrylic paint to play around and I helped her make this little piece of art for our home.

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Made a little removable bowtie for the little man to wear at the hospital. I’m hoping to get photos done while in the hospital like we did with Olivia and this time I’m a little more prepared.

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And this…this is what I’m currently working on. Pretty obsessed with working on it almost all the time. This photo is from last night (3.1.15). Day 5 of progress. I’m tracking how many days it will take me to complete this very large cross stitch piece. I already have another very large piece (a Zelda piece) and 2 smaller pieces (family pieces) I want to work on after this. Maybe biting off more than I can chew but, at least I’m only working on one at a time. I will try to post more progress photos along the way.

I also have a small quilting project I’m working on. It’s mostly done except for sandwiching and quilting. But I’m not in a hurry. It’s a little quilted/embroidered growth chart for Livi and plan to make one for the little man as well. They are very cute.

So I have been pretty busy. Hope I still have some little time to craft once the baby gets here though.

Everything has changed!

I realized last night that I haven’t posted in a long while. So I log in today and notice that everything has changed!! I hope it’s not to difficult to post and upload photos. Oy!

I don’t feel like a lot of crazy has happened since my daughter’s birthday. I mean, there was Christmas. Olivia loved that! And with having her birthday and Christmas so close together, she has understood the idea of presents very well. For several days afterwards, she would ask every morning if it was Christmas or her birthday. She definitely wants more presents. She still asks when her birthday will be but she doesn’t do it every day.

Pregnancy is going ok. It’s definitely more painful this time around. I’m very sore at night. And that’s just from light walking and what not. I have started to notice my hands and feet like to swell up as well. I didn’t experience any of this when I was pregnant with Liv. I’m just ready to be done though and have my body back. It’s very difficult to put pants and shoes on. My tummy is always in the way and with potty training Olivia, as ONLY wants me to help her out. It’s tough getting off my butt.

She is doing well with training though. We have come a long way and I’m happy she is only in diapers at night. I’m not sure when I want to start night training though.

Anyway, here some photos to include a pregnancy collage up until this week.

And my growing belly….

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I have also be working very hard on making things these last few months. Just going nuts. I’ll make a separate post about that!

Happy Birthday Little Lady!

Olivia recently celebrated her second birthday. I didn’t have a whole lot planned since I didn’t have a lot of time to really think about it and from the crazy disappointment of her first birthday. But I did choose a Frozen theme since I know that’s her utmost favorite thing right now and it would make her happy.

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I made cupcakes, bought Frozen toppers and cupcake papers. I got a sign, made a tissue paper pom-pom (kind of a fail), and strung some cotton balls on sting to make it look like falling snow. I also made a very quick outfit for Livi to wear. I appliquéd a number 2 on a shirt she had and made a scrappy tutu skirt to wear with it. I also crocheted a crown for her to wear to make her stand out from the other kids.

I didn’t make anything fancy like dips or anything, just sent hubby to buy some pizza’s and called it good.

The turn out was pretty good. It got a little crazy with the amount of people in our small home but it worked out. Olivia was kinda freaked out by all the people (even thought she knew them all). She didn’t start to warm up until her grandpa showed up. Then warmed up even more when we told her she could open her presents. That was one of her favorite parts! So much so, that she didn’t bother to stop and tell me she needed to use the potty. She peed right in her spot and only noticed it when she got up to move. Then she kept looking at the wet spot on the carpet to make sure she didn’t sit in it again. It was pretty funny.

Then we let her blow out candles and she enjoyed that just as much. She didn’t even want to eat the cupcake…just blew out the candles and started playing with her new toys.

She did get lucky and received a lot of pretty awesome things that she likes very much! She plays with all of them still today!

She still asks to open more presents. She is very excited for Christmas. :)

Happy Birthday little lady! You have come so far in the last year. I love you very very much and you will make an excellent big sister!

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23 Months, Halloween Update, Home Update, and Baby Update

Holy moly!!! I haven’t updated in a while and lots have been going on.

I’ll try to keep it all in order and I hope I don’t repeat too much.

We have officially lived in our new home for over a month now. Still need to do a lot of stuff/get a lot of stuff for it but it’s coming along nicely. I have painted Olivia/baby’s room and the living room. I plan to just wait a while to paint my room because it’s so very large and not necessary yet.

For the living room, I just added a blue accent wall because I thought the color went very well with the existing wall colors in the house but didn’t want to do the whole room in the color and then hate it in a few months. We also got a brand new couch to go with everything. I like it a lot. I plan to make a sofa table to go behind the couch. I can’t wait to get that going.

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I painted the baby’s room a very light gray color. It almost looks white. Then I painted a few trees on one of the walls for a cute accent. I couldn’t afford the tree decals that you can find online so painting them was my next option. I like how they turned out. I still have so much to do in that room to make it “finished” before baby comes. Also, the crib is in front of the trees so it hides the wonky bottoms.

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So….I’ll try to keep everything in order. Starting with Halloween.

This was Olivia’s first real halloween. I made her costume. She was a little skunk. And I took her trick or treating around out new neighborhood. At first, I only planned to do our little street because I thought she would be so nervous about asking people for candy. I was so wrong. Before we left, we had a few kids stop by and Liv got to see how they acted. At the very first house, I asked her to knock and then she said “trick or treat” and thank you all by herself. Such a smarty pants. She had so much fun that we did several streets until I was tired and too cold to keep going. The next morning she asked to go again. And the day after. She really really loved it.

That morning was pretty special too. We had our 20 week appointment (anatomy scan) of the baby. Yea, as I’m writing this, I’m 22 weeks, 23 tomorrow. It’s going pretty quickly. Getting to see the baby was good and always fun. And showing Olivia was pretty cool. Everything went well, baby is doing well.

And….we found out the gender…..it’s a…..

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BOY!!

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I’ll be honest, not exactly what I was hoping for. I wanted another little girl so Olivia would have a sister. Plus, I know nothing about little boys, I have none in my family. So I’m extra nervous but the idea is growing on me. I’m sure I will love him just as much as I would have loved a little girl.

Picking a name has been pretty difficult. We can’t decide on anything together. Hoping we can get this figured out soon.

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He is pretty active too. Kicks a lot, he yawned during the ultrasound and spread his little toes. It was so cute.

Olivia is now 23 months old. It’s hard to believe she will be two very soon. She loves counting and she actually tries to sing her ABC’s. She is good up until G and then great from S and after. It’s just the middle that confuses her.

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We don’t have a chalkboard anymore so we have to resort to this method of photos for these last 2 months. Thankfully it’s only 2 photos….she had a hard time holding it where I could see it in the photo and not cover her face. Silly lady.

So I have been getting back into sewing finally. I don’t actually have a spot set up in the house for my gear but I plan to soon. We have a whole unfinished basement I can use, I just haven’t gotten to it yet. So I set my sewing machine up on the floor in my bedroom. I actually finished quilting my king size quilt on my little machine. I’m thankful that that part is done. Just need to bind it. In the mean time, I have been working on little projects for the baby and Olivia.

I had purchased some cute woodland flannel fabric a while back so I wouldn’t miss out on it and planned to use it as a crib sheet but when I pulled it out the other day, I realized it was too girly. So I am in the process of making it into a sheet for Olivia. I found a different flannel fabric that will work great with the theme of the nursery so I have that to work on next as well. So many little projects, but I enjoy it.

I also started working. It’s seasonal but it’s better than nothing so I’ll be pretty busy next month along with getting the nursery ready, Olivia’s birthday party, potty training, and just trying to get the home more organized.

I’ll try to post again soon with more finished or in progress projects.

22 Months!

So I almost forgot to even take this photo on the first. So much is going on around here.

First off, it’s finally October! In my opinion, that’s the best month of the year. The weather starts cooling off, leaves start changing colors, my birthday happens in the couple of day, pink everywhere (for breast cancer awareness), it’s all great! This year even more is happening. We will be closing and moving into our first house in hopefully a weeks time. We have everything done and just waiting for whatever goes on after the appraisal….which was amazing. It came back over $20,000 more than what are paying for the house!

Not just all the that but my father and step mom is coming to visit. It’s always nice to see them. And then shortly after they leave, all of M’s family is coming out to visit. It’s gonna be one very busy month!

And Halloween, can’t forget that! Not only is it a fun holiday for costumes and trick or treating but that morning we will get to see the new little baby and very hopefully find out what it is, boy or a girl! So much fun!

I told you October is the best month!

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Olivia-isms!

Some silly things Olivia has been saying lately.

Yesterday we stopped at PetSmart to check out dog/cat doors for our new house. Liv saw a dog and “barked at it”. Later in the car I was asking her about it…

Me: Livi, what did you say to the doggie in the store? Woof?
Livi: Woof!!!!
Me: That’s right. Silly lady, woof.
Livi: “Wivi” turn, WOOF! Daddy turn woof.
Daddy: Woof!
Livi: Mommy turn woof.
Me: Woof.
Followed but tons of laughing.

Then, last night at 3am, Liv woke from a nightmare. So I changed her diaper, Mike got her some water, and we let her play a quiet game of ball in her room.

Livi: :hands me the ball: Momma, throw ball daddy.
So I roll the ball to Mike.
Livi: Daddy throw ball “Wivi”
So he rolls the ball to her.
Livi: “Wivi” throw “Wivi”
And she would throw to Mike. But kept saying that. 

I supposed that Liv has started referring to herself in the third person because the you/me thing kinda confuses her. And the whole narrating thing…totally new and so silly! 

21 Months and a Surprise

I know…this time I’m way behind. I just haven’t actually felt like blogging. Things have been going on in my life and I just don’t feel like sharing just yet so I kinda stay away from wordpress.

But, I figured I should update with a 21 month photo of Olivia. She has grown so much. Especially mentally.

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She is showing us how very smart she is. She already knows her letters of the alphabet and can count up to 10. She speaks all the time and surprises us daily with new words/sentences. It’s pretty awesome to watch her grow like that.

And you read her shirt right. We are expecting baby #2 in March!

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On the first I was 12 weeks along. I’m currently 13 weeks now. Finally feeling better as well. This first trimester was a lot more worse than when I was pregnant with Olivia. At least from what I can remember. With her, I remember being so tired I would sleep in my car during my lunch break, and my smell was going crazy. I think I only experienced the sensation of needing to vomit once or twice with her. This time around, not only is my smell gone crazy but I was nausea all day, every day and would need to take time to breath just to keep from vomiting. Eating had become a chore because I had to eat all the time to avoid the worst stomach aches. I didn’t feel nearly as tired as I did with Olivia. I’m still having a hard time eating but at least I don’t have to eat someone every hour. I’m hoping I start feeling even better soon with more energy.

Can’t wait to find out if we are having a littler girl or boy! :)

20 Months

“Only 4 months left til my birthday mom!” – Olivia

 

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My little lady has grown so much. She is talking so much. Just random words here or there and a few two word sentences like “up please” and “bite please”. She is also practicing her ABC’s and her cutest letter is W which sounds like Double-Do!

She also appears to be growing like a weed. I put pants on her in the first time in probably weeks and they were too short. Unfortunately they were brand new pants as well. Who knows when they happened since she is either in shorts, skirts or just pantless due to the heat. Then we had two days of no sun and lots of rain. I have never seen a day like that in Colorado. So with the cool weather, pants were needed. Luckily, not all her pants are too short but I’m not ready to buy the next size up until it’s actually time for fall clothing.

17, 18, 19 Months

Oh man!! I didn’t realize how behind I was on my blog. I guess I forgot all about it. I’m sorry!!

Here are Olivia’s monthly photos to catch up.

 

 

She is growing up fast. She can say a ton of new words now. It’s really cute to listen to her.

Below are a ton of photos from the last couple of months.

I have been working on several little projects currently. The large quilt top is called A-maze Me. It’s from the Modern One Block Wonder book. I really like some of the quilts in the book. :) I’m struggling to find fabric for the back. I did happen to find something last week but it was roughly 6 inches too short. I’m still in search for fabric. I’m also working on my first english paper piecing hexes. I just wanted to try something new. I’m hoping to find a cute flying geese quilt so I can try that block for the first time as well.

Just being very random lately.