Life has been so busy around here. Our second daughter was born February 9th via c-section at 36 weeks. She was breech and stuck. Following a procedure at the hospital to try and turn her I went in to labor so they did a c-section immediately. We spent a whiole week in the hospital due to some blood sugar and jaundice issues with baby and high blood pressure for
In other news Evy is turning two this weekend. Jon is enjoying being an instructor. We are really happy with base housing here. I am still trying to answer every email I get with questions about being a PJ spouse.
But anyways, we are thrilled to introduce Stella Marie! She was 7 lbs 14 oz and 19 inches long.
Here is our last month in pictures.
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The first enormous difference is that I haven't been very sick or nauseous this time around (knock on wood). I was throwing up every day for weeks with Evy and this time I only had a few weeks where I felt nauseous.
I was able to feel Evy starting at 15 weeks and this time I'm just now at 21 weeks feeling strong kicks, this is due to having an anterior placenta (in the front).
I was 100 times more exhausted in the first trimester than with Evy. That may be partly due to spending all day chasing a toddler around. But I was sleeping 12 hours every night and napping twice a day. Thankfully that part got a little better in the second trimester.
With Evy we had her name picked out before we even found out she was a girl. This time we can't agree on any names! Ugh its driving me crazy not being able to call this baby girl by name. My husband calls her "The Baby Who Will Not Be Named", which he thinks is hilarious.
This time we aren't really having to worry about buying anything other than diapers. Which is pretty awesome. We have a million baby girl clothes and plenty of baby gear.
This time we're seeing midwives at a Birth Center instead of an OB. So far I'm loving the personalized care I've received and I'm really looking forward to a natural birth there at the center instead of a hospital birth.
Braxton Hicks Contractions started around 17 weeks instead of 25 weeks. At least this time around I know that dehydration plays a big role in how bad they get.
New baby girl is growing perfectly and Evy is learning and growing like a weed. We're feeling really blessed.
It's been awhile. Lots and lots has happened in our lives. Big changes.
First off we moved! After four years of Jon being stationed in Tucson, Arizona they moved us to Albuquerque, New Mexico for him to become an Instructor for the Pararescue Apprentice Course. So far we're liking Kirtland AFB just fine, my only gripe is that its still on the other side of the country from the rest of our family.
Second huge announcement is that WE'RE EXPECTING (again)!
We are so excited to be adding another little girl to our family. Due March 2015.
So all of that and Evy is definitely not a baby anymore. She's a very energetic and happy toddler.
I started this blog with the intent of talking about my experiences as a military spouse and more specifically as the wife of a PJ. It turned into a whole lot of random with not many details about being a military spouse and since we had our daughter I haven't posted much of anything. But I'm going to leave the blog up because of the wonderful emails I receive from girlfriends, wives-to-be, and wives of men who are interested in becoming Pararescuemen.
I am still more than happy to answer questions, offer advice, and to just talk to anyone about being a Pararescue wife.
Here are some of the things that have gotten me through the first 6 weeks of being a new mom.
1. Motherhood Maternity Nursing Tanks: These are awesome. They have built in cups that unhook for easy access, they're slimming to hold in that extra baby jiggle, and they're comfy. I wear them all the time.
2. Korres Lip Butter Glaze: My makeup routine these days is very minimal, I guess that tends to happen when you're running on fumes. I love this moisturizing lip glaze that adds a pop of color to make a huge difference in brightening up my face. I feel slightly more put together when I wear this.
3. Milkmakers Lactation Cookies: I was skeptical if these would make a difference in my milk supply but they have. I have a recipe to make them on my own so I won't have shell out a fortune on them every month.
4. May Designs Baby Diary: Used to keep track of feedings, diaper changes, and sleep. Its personalized, cute, and fits in the diaper bag. We used this for the first three weeks to make sure Evy was getting enough to eat and all that good stuff. It was very helpful to show the pediatrician.
6. Kindle Paperwhite: I've been reading tons of books while I nurse, that or watching supernatural reruns. My new kindle paperwhite has LED lights built in so I can read in the middle of the night without waking up my husband.
7. The Body Shop Coconut Body Butter: After growing a baby for nine months your skin is a tad bit tired and stretched out that coupled with the fact that we live in the desert I'm constantly in the need for some serious skin hydration. I love the body shop's thick body butters, and coconut is definitely the best.
8. JJ Cole Diaper Bag: I'm super happy with this diaper bag, its got plenty of pockets inside and out, and it doesn't really look like a diaper bag.
Here are Evy's "essentials". Things that we love and get used daily!
1. Fisher-Price Newborn Rock 'n' Play Sleeper: This thing is amazing. She's slept in it every single night since we brought her home, it sits at the perfect level beside our bed and keeps her nice and snuggly. Now we're starting to transition into taking naps in her crib.
3. Aden and Anais Muslin Swaddle Blankets: We have received countless baby blankets since Evy has been born, I guess they are a favorite baby gift to give. But these are our favorite by a landslide. They are soft, lightweight, and big. Perfect for swaddling, using to cover the carseat, and keeping little baby nice and comfy. They come in lots of cute patterns. We also have matching crib sheets.
4. Chicco Keyfit30 Infant Carseat: This is one of the top safety rated carseats, thank goodness for that since we got rear-ended when she was 5 days old and already had to replace it. Its especially great for little babies since it has a handy little insert. Also it is super easy to get in and out of the car.
5. Pampers Swaddlers Newborn Diapers: These were the diapers provided at the hospital, they work like a charm. They are super-absorbant, fit perfectly, and have that handy wetness indicator. We also tried out Huggies Little Snugglers which we hated, had an almost immediate blow out. I also recently tried out The Honest Company's diapers, which are non-toxic hypoallergenic etc. etc. We didn't care for them, they weren't as absorbent and felt stiff and papery.
6. Philips Avent Soothie Pacifier: Evy only tolerates a pacifier sometimes and for just a little bit before she spits it out. But this one is her favorite, it buys us some silence every once in while.
7. First Year's Infant to Toddler Bath Tub: You can put it in the bathtub or in the kitchen sink, the removable sling keeps little babies from falling down into the water. Evy LOVES bath time, this bath tub works great for us and will continue to as she gets bigger.
8. The Honest Company Shampoo & Body Wash: I just discovered this in a trial kit it's amazing. Smells like an orange creamsicle and doesn't dry Evy's hair or body. It's natural and organic and I love it just as much for my own use. I know it'll be a staple of ours for a long time.
9. Carter's 4 Piece Set: Our absolute favorite clothes, adorable, soft, and comes in convenient sets. She wears the little sleepers at night and the onesies during the day. Easy Peasy.