Friday, May 12, 2017

One Month Update

This sweet boy of ours....y'all, I can't keep my eyes off him long enough to update this blog. Hence why I'm writing his one month post when he's a week or so away from being two months old. 


This pose is a go to for our funny posed little guy, who I've taken to calling Doodle Bug, Bug for short. His hands are always in the funniest and most expressive poses. I couldn't love it more!!!




First trip to the park with the whole family, I dressed him for a blizzard, even though it was almost 60 degrees.


First bath! Jude loves his baths, but only now that he can have a real one instead of the sponge baths. Those were NOT fun.


I mean, look at this face. Little goofy guy, he's such a hoot!

First month milestones:

  • Smiling at mom in the hospital, I know it's gas, but it counts.
  • Lifting up head at two weeks old, so strong!!!
  • First long sleep at 6 hours a few days after we came home from out hospital stay.
  • We've met almost all of our in state relatives, and they all love him just as much as I do!!!


First month memories to remember forever:

  • In the first few weeks home, you peed on mom at least 4 times. I've since wised up!
  • You hate to be swaddled and break free of them nearly every night. Don't mess with a boy and his hands!
  • You love to have a paci, hand, or couple of fingers in your mouth just like your dad when he was little.
  • We took our first (and second and third!) trip to Keeneland to watch your Uncle Sam race his filly Pour Girl and we ended up in the winner's circle photo!!!! I'm so excited to watch you grow up and learn the sport of kings that our state is so proud of! You really kicked it off right, kiddo!


{That's Jude in the K'tan with the white sun hat. He might have slept through all the excitement.}

Things are going so great, and despite how exhausting the days are, the weeks are so short. And life is so sweet. So wonderfully awesome and more than I ever dreamed it would be.  Bug, I love you so much that it makes my momma heart swell so big I can hardly contain it!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

"WeHadABaby,It'sABoy"

Hey! Guess what??? We had a baby boy...over a month ago. Did you know that newborns are a lot of work? Well, friends, I'm here to tell you they are very time consuming. So on that note, here's a few pictures and details until I have more than 45 seconds to spare.



Jude Werner
Born March 21st via C-section
9:26 pm
6 pounds 9.6 ounces
18.5 inches

We are so in love with our snugly,  little laid back guy and are soaking up every minute we have with him at this age!

I'll return one day (soon, I hope) with a birth story and one month updates!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

39 Weeks and OMG Get This Baby Outta Me


So here we are. 39 weeks, 5 days, a giant belly, and no signs of baby-to-be making his grand entrance anytime soon. Let's just say that I. AM. OVER. THIS.  So over this that my OB has decided that I qualify for an induction next week. And by qualify, I mean she wasn't going to let me go more than 41 weeks anyway. So at 40 weeks and 4 days, we'll be heading to the hospital for some good old Pitocin and water breaking. That is, if I don't chicken out and cancel the procedure. I really planned to wait it out until he came on his own. That was before I hit the third trimester. Or got pregnant and spent most of a year in pain or at the very least, extremely uncomfortable.

I'm secretly hoping he decides to come on his own before that so I don't have as high of a risk to end up with a cesarean, but we'll see.

So here's the last set of updates before we get to meet our sweet boy!

How Far Along:

Too far. Ha, only 2 days away from D-Day!

Baby's Size:

According to the apps, we're having a small watermelon until we hit 40 weeks on Friday and he's going to turn into a small pumpkin. Who knows how big he actually is, though. Judging by the rate of my ice cream and Girl Scout cookie consumption, he's probably going to be the size of a small butterball turkey...

Symptoms:

Lots of false labor contractions, still plenty of kicks and squirms, and lots of swelling. And I am STARVING again for some reason.

Movement:

Still pretty active in there, which is one of the reasons I doubt he's making any moves towards the other side anytime soon. He definitely loves (or hates?) my evening bath time ritual and prefers The Postal Service over my renditions of Toto's Africa. 

Sleep:

Ha. Let's just move on, please.

Nursery:

Finished! One of these days, I'll take some pictures with my real camera and do a full post. I love it, and sometimes just find myself sitting in there wishing for our little guy to be in my arms.

The Name Game:

Still Jude :)

Looking Forward To:

Meeting my little indie rock loving wiggle worm. 

Best Thing From This Week:

So this is actually from last week, but it was so dang sweet that I want to share it and preserve it in internet history. On the way home from school last week, Silas and I were talking about how I ended up working in construction and that led to the question "Will Jude work for you like you work for your dad?" My response was something along the lines of, well, maybe. He might want to be a biologist like his dad, or something totally different. And he piped up from the backseat with a very hopeful tone of voice and said "Or maybe an engineer with me?" Good God, just lay me down right there because I about died and pretty much burst into tears driving down the road. It was by far the sweetest thing I've ever heard. I hope he does want to be an engineer with his big brother too, Silas. I really do.

Rings:

Super off. I don't think I could get them past the first knuckle at this point. It's so incredibly uncomfortable to be this swollen. 

Missing Most:

The ability to move around without being in agony. Sleeping without waking up every hour. Oh wait, that's not going to get any better anytime soon. And red wine.

Left to Do:

Have a baby.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Week 37 Bumpdate

No, I haven't gone into labor early. I'm just too huge to post anything. 
That's a lame excuse, but dang y'all, I am feeling more and more like a beached whale and less and less like a human every day. Luckily, the end is sooooo close and we're only a few weeks (or less? Please???) from meeting our sweet boy!
{No picture this week because I'm too tired and giant to get up and take one. #sorrynotsorry}
So here's the stats as of today!
How far along?

37 weeks and three days. As of last Monday, I'm 80% effaced and 1 cm dilated. Keep on coming, little one! It's officially safe to come out!
Baby's Size:

Around 6 pounds, and about the size of a winter melon. But if you ask me (and my rib cage) he has to be at least 8 feet long...
Symptoms:

I don't know if I'm having contractions or Braxton Hicks, but things are definitely happening. Lots of shooting pains, called "lightening" as he drops. And oh so very swollen feet and hands. But no worries, blood pressure and protein is normal, so no eclampsia. 
Movement:

He's still moving around a good bit, and getting daily kick counts is a breeze, so I know we're still a bit away from his debut. He's definitely run out of room and his movements are a bit more uncomfortable each day. But I know that means he's growing, so I'll quit complaining.
Sleep:

Let's just put it this way, waking up every couple hours to feed/soothe/change a baby won't be as much a shock to the system as I previously thought.
Nursery:

I'm currently reorganizing his drawers. Because I have bought way too many clothes. I don't even care, he's going to be well dressed and possibly the subject of way too many fashion shows.  We also had the overhead light installed last week, so all work in the nursery is complete! Until I decide to rearrange his closet. Can you say nesting???
The Name Game:

It's still Jude (secret middle name) Last Name!
Looking Forward To:

Wearing non maternity clothes again. I know this is silly, but I am having major issues with my wardrobe. I am soooo tired of my maternity clothes and just want to wear a cute sundress again. The warm temps last week didn't help my itch to spring shop either. 
Some Great Things from the Week:

We finished all the house updates (minus the landscaping) and I'm happy with the way everything turned out. New light fixtures in the foyer, kitchen, and nursery. New paint in our bedroom and pretty new bed linens to match. New fridge installed in the kitchen and we're starting to fill our old fridge which is in the basement storage room with freezer crock pot meals. And we finally are finished with the repairs from our foundation work. The only thing left to do is stain the patio to match the driveway this summer. We'll tackle that after we get the landscaping redone.
Rings:

Still on a necklace. God, I hope they fit after he's born...right now, my fingers resemble polish sausages. Yuck.
Missing Most:

Being able to walk up a flight of stairs without panting.
Left to Do:

Tie up a few loose ends at work, download all my iPhone pics to a hard drive so I have room for baby pictures, and get a pedicure. Oh, and have the car seat inspected. It's installed, but I want someone to take a look at it that isn't me.
THE COUNTDOWN IS ON, Y'ALL!!! 20 DAYS UNTIL DUE DATE!

Friday, February 3, 2017

Week 34 Bumpdate

If we ever consider having another baby, the chances of me ever doing a single bump-date are pretty slim. I just looked over my past posts and there aren't a whole lot of these weekly bump-dates. I feel kinda bad for not being more on top of documenting the pregnancy of my first born child, and hopefully I don't regret that. I probably will, though. C'est la vie.
BUT! I did (sorta) get it together to take a picture, albeit grainy and dark, this morning after I got dressed. Don't worry, I'm not too on top of it today, my hair is still in a towel.

{So very charming and pretty. Snort.}

How Far Along:
34 weeks
Baby's Size:
A pineapple, or a cantaloupe, depending which app you use. Weight should be around 4-5 pounds. Length is, uhh, debatable. He's still short. Let's say 16-17 inches. The average is around 18 for most babies.
Symptoms:
So tired. So uncomfortable. Super moody again. Ready to meet my little ninja.
Movement:
He's still quite the active little guy, but he's running out of room. The movements have gone from the sweet flutters of the second trimester to more startling and slow movements with a bit more force up towards my ribs. It's still by far my favorite part of pregnancy. Even if it hurts, it's the one thing I don't mind.
Sleep:
It's been really bad this week, as in I'm up from 4 am until I get out of bed. Not to mention still up every couple hours to "relieve" myself.  I've also been having some CRAZY dreams again. I did sleep from 1:30 am until 6 last night, though, so that was awesome!
Nursery:
Drew was so sweet and hung the drapes for me a few weekends ago when I was out running errands. We got the rocker/glider chair back from the upholstery shop. And promptly ruined it (see post from earlier this week.) Now I'm just waiting on a few final details to get back from the monogram shop. I'll post pics at some point soon.
 
The (Middle) Name Game:
We picked one! And to make everyone crazy, we decided to keep it a secret. It's kind of nice to have something to ourselves, even if it's only for a little while.
Looking Forward To:
My best gals in Lexington are throwing me a shower this Saturday and I CANNOT wait to see them! I miss the days when we all lived within a few minutes walk of each other and got together on the reg. But these days are good too, just for different reasons. Some of the best reasons, in fact! Love our growing families. :)
Some Great Things From the Week:
We hired a painter to fix a few cracks from our settled foundation, and I'm getting our bedroom painted!!!! Can you say nesting? 
Rings:
Both are on the necklace now. I'm having quite a bit of trouble with carpal tunnel and swelling in my fingers and hands. Most mornings, I wake up with absolutely aching and awful soreness in both hands and wrists. I can't even image trying to put rings on my sausage fingers.
Missing Most:
Sleep. I'm not expecting this to change anytime in the next six months. Ho hum.
Left to do:
Make a bunch of those freezer crock pot meals, stock up on frozen stuff, oh, and buy a new fridge and freezer to house all these goodies. I'd like to throw in a romantic date night before our boy arrives, but most nights I'm so tired that romance is when Drew is ready to go to bed at 9:30. Luckily, he's not much of a night owl to begin with. Love that man. :)

Monday, January 30, 2017

Something Other than Baby Talk

It has probably been way too long since I posted something non-baby related. Can you say one track mind???
So here's what else we've been up to these days...
{Through our kitchen window you can sort of see where they dug out to place 3 or the 17 piers we needed to keep our house from falling down. Fun times.}

1. Major house repairs. None of them fun or sexy. Think foundation, plumbing, and concrete. Needless to say, it hasn't been cheap or clean around here for awhile. Hopefully we will wrapping up the work within the next few weeks. If I can find a painter....

{Fabric and trim for the roman shades}

{Newly upholstered rocker for the nursery. I'm also a little bummed with the way the fabric is pulling and buckling on the back and skirt. But it's an old chair, so I guess that's what happens.}
2. Home decor projects in the works. I'm ordering roman shades for our kitchen and I finally got around to getting the baby's rocker reupholstered. We brought it home Saturday, only to realize that there are blue dye or ink stains on the top from rubbing against a box it was next to in the car. Anyone have any tips for removing that kind of stain? I had a bit of a "come apart" when I saw it. I mean, wouldn't you??? (Also, isn't that the best term, come apart? My friend Courtney introduced me to that little gem.)
{Tess and her two Grandmothers!}
3. Met my sweet second cousin, Tess. My cousin Daniel and I are only a few months apart, and both of our first born's will be as well. She's so sweet and has the most adorable chubby cheeks in the world. Even more exciting (just kidding) is that my mom and his mom (my aunt) saved a lot of the matching outfits that Dan and I wore as kids. I've already busted them out of storage and can't wait to see the little babes all dressed up!
{Those are the epitome of puppy dog eyes.}

4. My brother in law is fostering this sweet faced pup, and I couldn't have been more smitten when we met him the last Saturday. I not so secretly hope that he ends up a permanent addition the family.
{That aqua FitBit on my left arm is just for show. Don't let it fool you into thinking I'm out here hitting more than 6,000 steps a day. Ugh...}
5. And just for inquiring minds, a 33 week bump picture. I feel like a whale, and have no idea how I'm going to carry anymore dang weight around. But if a zillion other mothers have done it, I guess I can too. Seven more weeks and counting!!!

Friday, January 6, 2017

30 Week Bumpdate!

Well, we are completely in the third trimester and I can see the end of this journey in the horizon. No one remind me that the end of this journey has less sleep than I'm getting now. Please and thanks.
But seriously, as much as I have complained, it really does seem like time is flying by and we'll be meeting this sweet, teeny boy soon. Someone please remind me of that when I'm ten days past my due date and ready to perform my own in home C-section.
So without further ado, here's what's cooking in week 3-0!
{Another quality bump photo, courtesy of the fluorescent lights in the work bathroom.}
How Far Along:
30 weeks exactly! How's that for posting on time!
Baby's Size:
A Butternut Squash, around 3.1 pounds. No telling how long, let's just assume he's still short like his mama.
Symptoms:
Getting more tired again, but still not as bad as the first trimester. The hormones are back in a major way. Not that they ever really left, but I feel like I'm more weepy than normal the past week or two. Other than that, everything that's been a symptom the past few updates is still one now. I'm just glad that the heartburn isn't awful today and I haven't had a migraine in awile! Woohoo!
Movement:
Little guy is super active in the morning before I get out of bed and night when I'm trying to sleep. I hear this trend continues after birth as well. Hmph.
Sleep:
What's that? I use the night time as my personal quiet time to spend in the bathroom. Seriously, all I do is pee. So. Incredibly. Over. It.
Nursery:
Change out the dang drapes, lady! Still haven't done that yet. And if I'm ever going to recover the rocker, I need to get it to the upholstery shop pronto.
The (Middle) Name Game:
I don't know yet. Leave me alone.
Looking Forward To:
Pizza night tonight with the in laws! And next week's ultrasound, even if I am a nervous wreck. It's always fun to his sweet face and hear the heartbeat.
Some Great Things From the Week:
First snow day? No, wait, it's cold and I don't like winter. Umm, I made lasagna and it was delicious. Not a very momentous week here a la Sass in the Bluegrass.
Rings:
One on, one off and on a necklace. I had a bit of a panic attack in the middle of the night on NYE when I couldn't get them off. Obviously, I eventually removed them (not without the help of some lotion and super cold water) but I'm not risking that again. So my engagement ring is on a necklace with the diamond my mom gave me from my parent's marriage. I'm still wearing my wedding band since it's a bit loose. I'm not looking forward to that not fitting. I feel weird and naked without it.
Missing Most:
I really wanted sushi the other day, but that craving has since passed. I'm doing okay with everything else for now. Try me again in a week when I have a girl's night. I bet I'm missing red wine that night.
Left to do:
I don't know, I'm tired and I don't want to think about it. But if we're being honest, I have been slacking on finding a pediatrician. Guess I need to figure that out fairly soon. And everything else on my list from two weeks ago. Have I mentioned I've been tired and lazy?