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Welcoming Baby Z: His Birth Story

This past week, I took a much needed blogging break to welcome our sweet baby boy into the world.

So much has happened this week it’s hard to know where to begin, but I’ll start with simply sharing his birth story with you.

A little background for those of you who are new followers, the delivery of my first son was not a pleasant experience for me. You can read the full story here, but to sum it up in a few words: late arrival induction, 13 hours of labor, giant head & 9 lb baby = 4th degree tear and lots of physical/emotional pain.

Leading up to his delivery, I was extremely nervous about my C-section surgery. I was slightly hoping I’d just go into labor and not have to worry about it anymore, but, of course, that didn’t happen.

Early Monday morning came, and it was time!

We arrived at the hospital around 5:30am, and were shown into the pre-op room where the questions and fluids began. After giving my complete medical history to the nurse, assistant anesthesiologist, anesthesiologist, and blood tech,  by 6:45am, all that was left to do was wait . . . and let the anxiety build.

By 7:15am, they were ready to move me into the OR.

Everything at this point happened very quickly. Epidural went in, Tim was brought into the room, and the cutting began.

There was a lot to the surgery that I didn’t expect. I was told you’d feel a lot of pushing and tugging but what I didn’t realize was that I’d physically feel everything. Although there was no pain or temperature sensations, I felt touch and movement along my skin; down to the scalpel moving across my belly. I also wasn’t expecting it when I began to smell the burning.

After what felt like an eternity (but was more like 10-15 minutes) of movement on the table, tugging, and pushing, at 7:46am, our son was born!

He weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces and was 18.7 inches long; although the doctors and nurses thought he looked larger than that!

Overall, this birth experience was a 100 times better than my first. I could easily see doing it all over again. Even now that I’m 6 days post surgery, I’m moving around and doing things I could never imagine doing after the birth of my first!

I remember the moment I saw him for the first time, I was a little speechless. Based on our last sono the Thursday before, I was convinced he was going to come out looking almost identical to my first son. Jet black hair, chubby checks, and large blue eyes. Although he had those same traits, I don’t think they could have looked any more different. 

I don’t know how it’s possible to love someone at first sight before you’ve had any experiences with them, but both times I saw my sons after they were born, it happened. Sorry to my husband, but these little guys didn’t have to woo me before they captured my heart. 

30 Weeks: The Bump

Yesterday was officially 30 weeks into the pregnancy, and now instead of feeling like I’m 30 weeks in…I feel like there’s only 10 weeks to go. It’s officially now a countdown! 
What the baby’s doing at 30 weeks
  • He’s now about 3 lbs, and averaging about 16″ (according toBabyCenter.com).
  • The kicks and punches are much stronger than before. Last night, I was actually awoken to what felt like a dance off in my stomach. Hands and feet going in all directions. 
How I’m feeling at 30 weeks:
  • Tired! I’m having trouble falling asleep at night. I wake up at least 2-3 times a night to go to the bathroom and then struggle falling back asleep. And of course, I’m back up between 6-7am with my other little one.  
  • Ligament pain has begun, but it’s not near as frequent or as painful as the first pregnancy. 
  • I feel really blessed that my leg cramping STILL hasn’t returned
  • Getting grumpier. I can tell my moods are swinging, and I feel really bad for my husband. Lately I just feel like I can’t do anything (play with my son, clean the house, make dinner) and it’s taking a toll on me. I want to be able to do all the projects and plans I have in my head, but it takes me so much longer to do anything than before; and twice as much energy. 
I’m also feeling more at ease. We spoke with our doctor last check up, and we’ve made some important decisions about the delivery of Baby #2. For the first time in 20 months, I feel comfortable and calm about how this pregnancy will end! 

From 1 to 2: Your Stroller Advice

The time has come to make another baby purchase, and I’m at a loss! 

It seems like only yesterday we were making the “big” decision of what stroller to buy for our first child, and now almost 2 years later, I’m feeling the same anxiety I did with the first. 

Which brand should I buy? What size of stroller should I buy? What style of stroller should I buy? Do I really need to spend more money on a stroller when I already have 3?!

I’m not a hoarder by any means, and I hate wasting money, but over the last 2 years a lot has been invested in strollers! 

The first stroller went with his car seat and was used solely until I joined Baby Boot Camp. Once I began Boot Camp, the cruising stroller wouldn’t work for running on pavement and with quick turns, so we bought a jogging stroller on Craig’s List. 

Then sometime before the Little Man’s first birthday, his newborn stroller became too uncomfortable to him, and we started using the jogging stroller more than his cruising stroller. 

Then we planned vacations. . . There was no way I was going to try and take either stroller across the country, so we made a small investment in an umbrella stroller for travel. Now that I’m no longer participating in Baby Boot Camp, the umbrella stroller has been our main stroller; although it’s about to fall a part since it was cheap. 

So, now Baby #2 is almost here, I’m starting to panic about how we’re going to function with two under the age of 2!

I don’t know at what age it’s okay to allow your child to walk by themselves, so I’m not sure how long I’ll even need a double stroller, and if it’s even worth the money to invest in one. I definitely don’t feel comfortable letting my toddler walk on his own in public places. I’ve had nightmares about having to drop the baby carrier while I chase after my son through the Galleria Mall. 

So, do I purchase something like this? 

I also don’t think I want to sell my cruising stroller because once the Little Man can walk by himself, I’m pretty sure I’ll still want a single stroller for the baby. . . 

But do I really need something this massive. . .and this expensive AGAIN?!


26 Weeks: The Bump

This week officially marks the beginning of the end. I know that technically a lot of websites don’t count the beginning of the third trimester until week 27, but since I know I won’t reach week 41, this is it for me! 

I have a little more than 13 more weeks to go, and I’m getting really excited! 

This pregnancy already feels so different in a lot of ways. With my first, I felt as if the first 25 weeks went by really fast, and then, it took forever to reach our due date once Christmas past. 

Now, I feel like the first 20 weeks went by so slowly, and the due date is approaching quickly! I still sometimes have to remind myself it’s October and not September. Before I know it we’ll be celebrating Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. And once we hit New Years, it’s only a matter of days before Littler Man arrives! I keep laughing with Tim’s work schedule for December and January. Out of the 10 weeks in these months, he’ll only be at work for 6! Too bad the baby couldn’t have timed it a little better to come around Christmas or New Years, then he wouldn’t have to worry about going back to work for a week or so before taking Paternity Leave. 

What the baby’s doing at 26 weeks

  • He’s now about 1 2/3 lbs, and averaging about 14″ (according to BabyCenter.com).
  • Kicking and Summersauts are happening frequently; mostly as I lay down at night but through out the day too. At our last check up, he even kicked the heartbeat monitor as she went to put it on my belly. 

How I’m feeling at 26 weeks:

  • Tired! I’m having trouble falling asleep at night. I wake up at least 2-3 times a night to go to the bathroom and then struggle falling back asleep. And of course, I’m back up between 6-7am with my other little one.  
  • Indigestion is a common problem. I’m often very uncomfortable after I eat; no matter what I eat.  
  • Ligament pain has begun, but it’s not near as frequent or as painful as the first pregnancy. 
  • I feel really blessed that my leg cramping hasn’t returned (yet). 
  • Overwhelmed. Knowing now how difficult it is to manage a household with a newborn, I’m desperately trying to get onto some kind of schedule or organization routine that I can establish before the baby. Unlike with the first, life can’t stop this time! We also have to figure out timing on how to transition the Little Man into his Big Boy Room before the baby comes. 
There’s just too much to do! 

Nesting in the Laundry Room

There is absolutely no doubt that I’m fully into this pregnancy. Today as I was walking around my home, I came up with project after project that I’d like to accomplish before Baby Zach arrives into the world. I actually had to stop myself when our much neglected laundry room ended up spotlessly clean and I started making a Home Depot list. We had so much to do today, and of all the rooms that I feel like I should remodel, the laundry room seems like it should be last on the list. 
But the more I started thinking about it, the more convinced I was that maybe the laundry room DID need a make-over. After all, laundry was only going to get more difficult, and anything I could possibly do to make my life easier (even if it involved a little laundry room renovation) seems smart to me! 
Oh the joys of nesting. . . 
So, now I’ve got a new home improvement project on my mind and I can’t wait to get started! 

Of course, in order to get to this little agenda, I need to accomplish the other items on my “nesting” list first; including finishing up The Little Man’s big boy room . . . and cleaning the house. . .and making letters for their rooms. . .

Did you find yourself more productive during pregnancy? 
Or was nesting not an issue for you? 
*Images courtesy of: alittlechippy.blogspot.com, little-inspirations.blogspot.com, savingwithaplan.com, sweetpickinsfurniture.com, and inspirationfordecoration.com

We’re having a . . .

Oh come on!

You didn’t think I’d just tell you, did you?

Where’s the fun in that? 

I’ll give you two hints. 

1) It’s the baby’s first and middle name. 
(Yup. We’ve already decided. We’re efficient like that.)

2) The first name = 24 points, and the second = 7

They figured it out! 
Can you?

So, tell me what you think . . .

Is it a Boy or Girl? 

And what’s the name? 

20 Weeks: The Bump


Not only am I getting bigger, but look at our flower garden! 

This is probably the best we’ve ever done at not killing our plants. 

I’m so proud! 

I’m now definitely feeling pregnant!

I hadn’t really paid attention to how large I was getting until I took the Little Man for a walk yesterday. We just walked around the block while I pulled him in his wagon, and my back was killing me. You would have thought I had strapped a 20 pound brick to my belly, but according to my scale, I’ve only gained 8! 

At 20 weeks today, I’ve officially reached the halfway point. The baby should be about the length of a banana and about 10 1/2 ounces. Most people say that the second pregnancy seems to go by much faster than the first, but it seems to be going slower for me. I feel like I’ve been pregnant for forever, and based on my belly size I would have thought I was at least 25 weeks. (Here’s a picture of me at 26-27 weeks.) I mean, we still haven’t found out the gender of our baby yet!

But it’s coming! This Thursday, we have our sono appointment where we get to see the little munchkin again. We’ve been praying for all good news and nothing but a positive and healthy report. And of course, finding out what we’re having. If you believe the Chinese Gender Calendar, we’re having a girl. If you believe the old wives’ tale of heartbeat rate, originally we were having a girl, but now we’re having a boy. 

Tim thinks Girl. 
I think Boy. 

What do you think?
Let’s see who’s right! 

15 Weeks: The Bump

I had every intention of taking a bump pic every 4 weeks, but since we were out of town last weekend, we’re going to make it every 5. 

Yesterday I turned 15 weeks, and well…I don’t feel much different as far as size. Tim says I look bigger. What do you think? 

Currently, I’m experiencing: 

  • mild and infrequent nausea
  • an increase in energy
  • slight to moderate food aversions (I can eat chicken again, but chicken smothered in sauce sounds way better than just a grilled chicken breast!)
  • lower abs are starting to feel tight from beginning to be stretched
  • headaches are frequent and annoying
According to BabyCenter, my little apple is about 2 1/2 oz. and 4 inches long. His or her lungs are beginning to develop and breath amniotic fluid in and out. He or she should also be able to move all of his/her joints or limbs!

Unfortunately, due to my doctor and I traveling, we’ve had to push back my next appointment until August 13. Which means we probably won’t be able to find out the baby’s gender until the middle of September. I think a lot of people are slightly disappointed, but since the whole point of the ultrasound is to make sure the baby’s healthy. . .not just the sex. . . I completely understand! I want to know the kidneys, heart, brain, and limbs are developing the way they should be more than whether or not we’re having a boy or girl. 

Tim tells me to think more positively. If you go into it assuming everything is fine, then you get more excited about the gender and don’t think about the negative. I’m too paranoid of a pregnant person for that. With each ultrasound I hold my breath until the tech says everything looks good. Just me?? 😉 

One Trimester Down!

Saturday was the official end to my first trimester!

I’m currently a 13 weeks and 2 days. My baby’s heart rate at our last appointment on Monday was 153 bpm. The doctor kept joking that it wouldd be a girl. Our baby should be almost 3 inches long (the size of a medium shrimp) and about an ounce.

I wish I could say the first trimester flew by quickly, but it seemed to take forever. Nausea began in my 6th week of pregnancy, and it’s made an interesting last 7 weeks. I’m relieved to say that it’s all been downhill since about week 9 or 10. My nausea was limited to just morning and nights instead of all day. And now, it’s even less frequent than that. 

I’m still not able to eat like I wish, and I’m constantly hungry which makes eating not very fun. I’m so ready to have my normal appetite back! (Especially with our trip to New York City and Restaurant Week coming up soon!)

I also had a fun phone call right before the start of this trimester from my doctor. I’ve been diagnosed with hypothyroidism. This doesn’t really surprise me since I was borderline about 5 years ago. She explained that it sometimes pops up in pregnancy and could go away once the baby’s born, but I’ll need to take medication every day opposite my prenatals. This is just my luck since I HATE taking pills on a regular basis. My brain is such mush. I know I’m going to forget to take it at some point. But at least the doctor caught it! Those who have hypothyroidism and go untreated have a risk 4 times greater to having a child with lower IQ and learning difficulties. If that’s not motivation to remember to take my pill, I don’t know what is!

On a separate note, can I just say how ready I am for this weather??

We’ll be leaving in a few days with the entire Hurst family and heading to Maui, Hawai’i for one last big family vacation before it gets too difficult to do. With 3 babies being born within a few months of each other, it’ll probably be awhile before we can all take off as a family together (with the exception of Dopps Camp of course!)

I know I’ve mentioned to several of you how nervous I am about this trip, but for those of you who aren’t aware…I’m nervous! VERY nervous! We’ll be taking our first long-distance airplane trip with our 16 month old, and I’m predicting the worst. Thinking about time zone changes, lack of sleep, lack of entertainment, and long hours on a small airplane, I am beginning to panic. 

I feel like I’ve done everything I can to prepare for every catastrophe, but I just know no matter how much I prepare, if he doesn’t want to watch his DVD or play with the million toys I’m bringing, and all he wants to do is “walk!” then I’m in trouble. We have a 3 hour flying time for the first flight, and a 5 hour flying time with the second. Our only prayer is that he sleeps most of the second flight since it’ll be during his nap time. 

Then, once we arrive, how do we handle the time difference? We’ll be leaving Dallas at 7:30am and arriving in Maui at 12:40pm; which is almost his bedtime in since it’s a 6 hour time difference. 

On the way back, I don’t know if it’s better or worse: We leave Maui at 12:20pm and arrive back in Dallas at 5:00 AM the next day.


If you have any advice for me, or ways to make me feel better about the flights and/or time changes, I’d love to hear them! 

I’m Having a What??

Just for fun, one of Tim’s cousins and I were playing around with the Chinese Gender Calendar, and now I’m starting to get a little antsy. 
Have you heard of this? 
I say that like it’s a “trend” but the Chinese have been using this method of prediction of generations and claim it to have 90-100% accuracy. Researchers aren’t sure whether the calendar was originally created based on astrology or lunar cycles. 
According to Chinese Gender Calendar:

The Chinese were used to thinking in terms of cycles and had understood that two separate cycles are at work in the female reproductive system. The one is the ovulation cycle and the second, which has been virtually ignored by modern medical science, is the polarity cycle of the ovum membrane. 

In the western world, this cycle was not examined until the 1950s, when Dr Eugen Jonas, a Czechoslovakian gynecologist, was brave enough to think outside the box. He set up a fertility clinic and carried out scientific tests on thousands of women, where he linked the female cycles and gender selection with astrological alignments.

When we began testing a few of our children, slowly we began to see a pattern. The calendar was accurate on the Little Man and both of her girls. So when I went to plug in the information on our current pregnancy, the following popped up. 

If I belief the hype, we’re having a girl. 
In my mind this if virtually impossible. Girls do not run in my husband’s family. It’s been almost 5 generations since a girl has appeared on my father-in-law’s side, and it took 7 boys before my husband’s grandparents had his mom. So, we’ve just always known we were probably going to have 2-3 boys. 
Of course, I’m not putting any hopes and dreams on this one simple calendar. But I did think it would be fun to test its’ accuracy! 
So, if you have a minute. . .head over to BabyCenter.com and take their Chinese Gender Predictor. All you have to do is enter in your birthday and date of conception or your child’s actual due date. 
Was it right with your little ones? 
Make sure to let me know!