Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Baby Blair's First Christmas

December was magical.  Blair turned two months old and we had our first Christmas season together.  If you ever wondered how Christmas is with a kid of your own let me tell you... it's amazing.  Blair was so fun to have this year and I can only imagine next year and the following.  We saw Santa, wrapped lots of gifts, cuddled a lot, and watched lots of movies.  I took a bunch of time and decorated her tree and it was probably the sweetest thing I have ever seen other than her.  Obvs. 

She started daycare a week before Christmas so we dealt with that. Not as gracefully as I  had hoped.  I had so many emotions this year between daycare, not being with family for the first Christmas ever, having her with us, and just straight crazy hormones.   I am a little glad to say been there done that at this point.  I'll probably cry thinking back on it or even just as I write this post.

I made myself drive to Denver and Boulder so I wouldn't pick her up early.  We started daycare before I went back to work so I could transition from being at home with her to working full time again.  She loves to watch all of the kids in her class.  They are all a couple months older and mobile.  Her teachers say that she tricks them by crying a little to get their attention and then when they talk to her she smiles and they know she was just messing around with them.

Monday, October 30, 2017

My favorite baby products Month 1

Blair has used a few items exclusively since making her appearance.  I thought I would jot a few things down for people who are interested in infant items and might like to register for a couple of them.  I didn't have a big baby shower or anything and didn't want a house full of baby stuff taking up every corner of every room.  I don't think that babies need a lot of stuff.  I say stuff loosely.  If you asked me if a baby needs a lot of smocked dresses?  Absolutely.

First off you are going to need a stroller and car seat.  We bought the Nuna PIPA car seat from Nordstrom.  It is so light and is so easy to snap on and off of the stroller.  You can get it a few places I have seen it at Pottery Barn Kids and Nordstrom.

Along with the car seat we bought the nuna Mixx Stroller system.  The car seat snaps on and off of this until you are ready to use the big kid seat.  Here is the system at Nordstrom...  Honestly what sold me on this stroller was the adjusting handle bar.  I am taller and hate seeing people scrunched over pushing a stroller that the handles are way too low for them.

Blair has slept in her Dock A Tot in her crib since day one.  The great thing about this is that she can't roll over in it. 

We use this Boppy pillow during feedings.  It was a huge help when we were at the NICU and feeding so often.

The Ubbi Diaper Pail comes in a bunch of different colors and has a lock on the top to dog and baby can't get in there if they try.  Also,  let me suggest buying the garbage bags that match it.  They are super sturdy and block any and all smells.
We don't have a bunch of toys yet but we have loved the stuffed animals that we bought for her room...  Jelly Cat, BlaBla Kids, and Cuddle and Kind.  The Cuddle and Kind and BlaBla Kids are fun to put next to her for photos for size comparisons plus all three brands look really cute in her room.

Jelly Cat
BlaBla Kids

Cuddle and Kind
Lastly, we returned a bunch of baby monitors because we didn't like any of them and finally found the iBaby.  It iPhone compatible, black and white and color, sound, you can take photos and videos, allow others to log on and view (great for grandparents), you can play music for the baby, it has books loaded on it so it will read to them, and has alerts for all kinds of different things. 

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Blair Louise Adams

She is here!  It's so hard to believe.  I had to be induced because of some complications.  I didn't really share what was going on with social media friends when it was all happening because I was scared.  Seems like the theme of this pregnancy doesn't it?  I have chronic hypertension which was causing nutrients not to make it to Baby Blair.  I was in and out of the triage at our hospital weeks 28-36.  There was a scare at around 31 weeks that I would have to deliver then but by Gods grace I was able to pull it together and keep her in until my induction date of October 1. 

How was labor?  Well...  she didn't arrive until 7:54 PM of October 4th.  So you can only imagine right?  They gave me a small dose of something orally that didn't work to dilate me the night of the 1st so the day of the 2nd they gave it to me vaginally and that didn't make much difference.  Then to hurry things along they inserted a balloon to push my cervix open and make me dilate... that worked.  I asked for my epidural within a couple of hours.  The epidural was a piece of cake compared to the contractions I was having.  Fast forward to Wednesday and my epidural ran out.  I had serious contractions for about 2-3 hours that afternoon while I waited on the refill to kick in. The contractions hurt like hell.  That's my best description of them.  Chad jokes he made a lot of promises about buying things for me and giving me presents for enduring the pain during this period.  I wish I knew what they all were!   The epidural kicked in so much that I couldn't move any of my lower body and had to wait to deliver Blair until I could move my legs.
I had Chad take this photo of me right after check in.

About 6 the doctor decided she was going to let me try to push. Blairs heart beat stopped.  A team of about 15 people rushed into the room and the doctor gave Blair a couple minutes to regroup herself.  Luckily, after the doctor inserted a probe through my uterus to monitor Blair she was able to make a decision and let her stay there without a C-section and let me try one more time around 7:30. 

7:30 came and I started to push.  It was easier than the epidural.  I think my adrenaline kicked in from being in the hospital so long and that anticipation to Blair was so intense.  The plan was for Chad not to look at anything but the doctor on call insisted he keep looking at things that were going on.  I don't know if it will haunt him later or not but he seems ok with it now. Ha! Her official arrival was 7:54 PM under a bright and beautiful full moon.  I was able to hold sweet Blair for a few minutes after she came out but then she was rushed back to the NICU where she stayed about a week. 

I was on oxygen between the times that they had me try to push.

The hardest thing was not having her with me.  I still cry thinking about it.  She was only able to eat about 10 ML of milk every 3 hours.  It was like we were feeding a baby bird.  We celebrated her eating and cried when she didn't.  She had a little jaundice and had to lay under the lights for a couple of days but the eating was what was really being monitored.  We don't have any issues with her eating now.  She wakes up on the dot every 3 hours and screams for food.  She can have whatever she wants. 

A good night during out feedings.  We went back and forth to the NICU every 3 hours so we could feed her.

I called Chad at work the day she was released and he ran over to the hospital to meet me and help me get Blair home before his parents arrived that afternoon.

This is a photo of Blair on her actual due date October 24.  Happy and healthy.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Maternity photos

We delayed taking our maternity photos as long as we could.  My bump didn't show much until week 25 and between that and complications with pregnancy (more on that later) we couldn't wait much longer.  I love these last photos of Chad, Quincy, and me.  We have been a small family close to 15 years now so this will be such a huge change for us having Blair tagging along. We wouldn't change a thing.  All the troubles that we have had along the way have made this experience that much better.

Family baby shower July 2017

Last beach vacay for the two of us alone.

Friday, June 9, 2017

It's a girl!

I am really excited to announce that we are having a girl!  We had an ultrasound last week and without a doubt the technician knew.  I started to cry immediately when I saw on the screen "I'm a girl."  I looked over to Chad and he was reading an email.  He said he didn't know what was on the screen so he dozed off into Internet oblivion.  I can't blame him it was really confusing looking at all of the different things on the screen. 

Blair Louise

One of my sisters, Hildy, agreed to take balloons for a "Gender reveal" to Chads and my parents because we weren't able to be there ourselves.  We won't see any of our family until the end of July so that would be a long time to wait.  My dad was in ICU all week last week with complications to advanced prostate cancer.  We watched her walk into the hospital with a black balloon (ironic right?).  Thankfully he was being discharged at the time so they had a laugh about it all and popped the balloon in his room on his way out.   

After she left my parents at the hospital she found Chads at their house in the country.  His dad just had foot surgery so he has been sequestered to "the recliner" for a couple months.  His mom was pumped and jumped up and down enough for both of them.  There aren't any girls in their family.  She and her sister both had two boys so we know Blair will be a favorite.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Did IVF work?

I didn't want to post anything on here and spoil the surprise but I am comfortable with it now.  IVF was successful!    It's so scary to think about but we are so ready.  The time has gone by so slow because we have known for so long.  Our doctors have done their best to make it feel like  a normal pregnancy.  We won't find out the sex until June and we are dying to know. 

I was extremely tired the first 10 weeks and was only nauseated at night.  Specifically at 7 PM twice a week.  I learned to wait to take any medication at least 45 minutes after dinner.  That makes a huge difference.  Not sure why.  I did have one day that I got really sick and had to have a co worker take me to the doctor for IVs.  That was intense and would never want a repeat of that day.   This week I started to experience carpel tunnel at night.  It's the worst thing ever.  I have sexy wrist guards that I sport while sleeping.  Hopefully that will help relieve the pain I am experiencing.  Other than that its been relatively easy. 

I am going to share photos of our ultrasounds on here just because I want to document it.  They aren't Facebook or Instagram worthy but they are part of the journey and deserve to been shared.   It's amazing what you can see at such an early stage of pregnancy. 

This photo of the shots is two of three containers that I had to endure the first 12 weeks.  Chad was traveling for work a bunch during the first 12 weeks and we have an amazing neighbor helped me out with them.  I hate needles and would never be able to give the injection myself.

We had 3 embryos after all was said and done and we chose two for insertion our first round.  Only one made it but that's ok.  We have another in a freezer for later.  That sounds so crazy.

We had ultrasounds at 6 weeks, 8 weeks, 10 weeks, and then at 12.  It was tough to "graduate" from our specialist because they were so helpful and compassionate.  They put up with a lot.  That has to be one of the hardest jobs.  I couldn't do it.  I'm a really emotional person and I would hate to deliver sad news to people wanting something so badly.  Below are photos of our videos to show the progression for the 1st 12 weeks. I am really thankful to be fortunate enough to have IVF and on top of that it be successful the first try.  After 5 years of trying to conceive naturally it is a welcomed gift.   God is really good.

Monday, January 30, 2017

I survived week 1 of IVF

Well, tomorrow is the day of my retrieval.  I haven't posted anything about it because I have been scared.  Chad and I spent the week last week shuffling around having my blood drawn, shots in the stomach, shots in the butt, ultrasounds, etc.  It was exhausting.  It hurt. It was exciting.   I can't describe how excited I am to see the end of it.  I know tomorrow is going to be long.  We have to be at the office at 6 AM so they can start my IVs and make sure that I am ready to retrieve exactly 36 hours after my HCG shot last night.  Our doctor was adamant that it had to be exact.

The HCG shot is what triggers my 12 eggs to release from my ovary.  I didn't grow any eggs on my left side.  There are eggs only on the right.  So now we just wait.  We wait to see how many eggs survive the retrieval and then we have the transfer on Saturday morning.  Finally.

Below is day two of shots that we had to do at home.  I don't want to show you my bruises from the end of the week.  It looks rough.  Basically, you give yourself 4 shots a day in your stomach fat.   The Gonal F pen was no problem, Menopur burned like crazy, and then the Ganirelex was no issue because the Menepur was so bad. Last night I had my HCG injection and I didn't even feel it.  At this point I can handle shots.  Ask me again in 12 weeks and it might be a different story.  I am numb to it.