My little family!

My little family!

Monday, April 25, 2011

"365 days and a lifetime to go"


Good morning - welcome to 33 weeks.

This will be a very picture-heavy post, although I'll try not to go too crazy.

First, baby update -- last Wednesday, I had my ultrasound. It went really well...the baby's heart rate was 152 and she weighs a whopping 4 pounds, 11 ounces (54 percentile!). She looks great and is completely head down (preparing for birth) -- the technician was really sweet but couldnt' get good enough pictures at first to determine the status of my placenta previa. After pressing on the baby (ow!) and trying several times, we basically have been determined to NOT have placenta previa anymore (meaning NO scheduled C-section as of now!!) - I now have a "low-lying placenta" - I'll find out what all of this means today at my doctor's appointment, but it seems that we will be shooting for a regular labor and delivery!! I was shocked, to say the least. I am very curious to see what the doctor says. They want me to go for one more ultrasound in 4 weeks (May 20th) so we'll see. 

Josh & I gave our baby predictions... here we go.

Josh - June 11th, 8 pounds, 8 ounces, 19 inches, 3:36 PM.
Me - June 6th, 7 pounds, 11 ounces, 20 inches, 9:29 AM.

If you have any guesses, we'd love to know (leave it in the comments)! I hope to do an official baby pool with the family - I'll even give away  prize to the winner! :)

Now...moving on to something very special and exciting.

Yesterday was our 1 year anniversary. I can't believe it. 1 year since the best day of my life. We were engaged for 18 months and I loved EVERY second of wedding planning - I threw myself into the process and ate up every second. I actually miss the planning and I think if given the chance, I'd plan weddings for the rest of my life!!

We exchanged cards - the messages were so sweet, I cried! It's customary to give "paper" gifts for the 1st year, so I gave Josh the best kind of paper possible - toilet paper! :)

This weekend, we celebrated in the best way possible. On Saturday morning, we took the train to NYC. I planned this months ago and was so excited. We got into NYC and hopped in a cab over to the theatre district to meet my cousin, Allison, for lunch. It was POURING rain and the restaurant we had chosen was closed for Easter (oops!) so we scooted next door to a little place (I already forget the name) but it was really good! 

After lunch, Josh & I walked over the theatre and saw "Book of Mormons." If you are a fan of South Park and don't get offended easily, RUN (don't walk) to NYC and see this show. It was fabulous. Hilarious, entertaining, the music was awesome and the talent was SO great. My cheeks are still burning from laughing so hard!!

When the show was over, we got in a cab and went to our hotel. I was nervous because I booked through (a division of Gilt if you are familiar with that website) -- well, turns out I had nothing to be nervous about. The hotel was INCREDIBLE. It was on Wall Street in the Financial District and possibly the nicest room I've ever stayed in. We were so shocked! We relaxed for a bit before heading to our favorite NYC restaurant for dinner - Piccolo Angelo in the West Village. Yum. No other words to describe. Josh had a 2 1/2 pound lobster, I had spaghetti and meatballs and we split Oreo cheesecake for dessert. Every bite was better then the last and the whole dinner was divine. We took a cab back to the hotel where I was sleeping before my head hit the pillow. 

Yesterday, we woke up and our breakfast was delivered to our room (love room service!!) - we got ready, took a train back to Trenton, got in my car and went right to the Wells Fargo center for the Sixers vs Heat playoff game...3rd row seats (Josh's gift). Incredible. We were so close to the players, we could practically smell their sweat. It was insanely exciting and so much fun - the Sixers won and Josh was very sad but it was still fabulous and I think he really loved it. 

Pictures do no justice but look how cute he looks :)

We got home, realized we needed dinner and went to PF Changs... it was yum, of course. Our waiter was the sweetest and gave us a free yummy dessert for our anniversary :) 

A perfect weekend to celebrate a perfect 1st year. 

Here are some pictures from our very special weekend last year... I love you Joshua. You are my best friend, my other half and Layla is beyond lucky to have you as a Dada. :)

Rehearsal Dinner - 4/23/10
Rehearsal Dinner - 4/23/10
Rehearsal Dinner - 4/23/10

handsome groom getting ready for the wedding!
The dress ;)
Ready for my groom!

Just relaxing until our first look ;)

A smooch after our first look!

Best. Bridal. Party. Ever!!

A little dip ;)

Some photo booth fun!!


Toasting to the end of an insanely perfect night!!!

Our Jamaica honeymoon... a fantastic week!!! 

Okay.. I'm done before I add all my wedding pictures!! ;) I haven't made my wedding album yet -- I really need to do this before the baby is born!! :) 

33 weeks - excuse my pajamas ;)

•How far along?: 33 weeks.    

•How big is baby?: The baby is now the size of a HONEYDEW! Seriously, pick up a honeydew the next time you're in a super market and stick it under your shirt. It's big. ;) 

•Weight gain: I gained 2 pounds last week for a total of 39 pounds. No comment.

Maternity clothes?: I'm finding dresses to be the most comfortable by far -- with this 80 degree weather all week, it seems I'll be wearing dresses everyday! Too bad my legs are the color of Casper, the friendly ghost.

.•Sleep?:  Awful. I've basically lost any ability to sleep more then 2-3 hours at a time - it stinks :( It hurts for me to change positions and I can't find a comfortable way to sleep. Did I mention I got up to pee 6 times last night? (a new record!)

•Food cravings?: Still finishing my plate at every.single.meal. Whatever man...come 6-weeks post baby, it's weight watchers time! ;) Might as well enjoy it now. (YES, I know I have to wait 6 weeks and YES, I plan on breastfeeding!)    

•Gender?: Girl.  

•Stretch marks?: Bio-Oil -- bought a new bottle and I'm going to invest in their stock if it continues to keep these suckers at bay, fingers crossed!!

•Movement?: HA! She is beating me up from the inside -- Josh's grandma told me she used to laugh every time the baby would kick her because it was so exciting. I still laugh and I still love it but man, it does hurt!

•Labor signs?: No...I want her to cook for another 5 weeks. Then I think she's welcome anytime ;) 

Belly button in or out?: STILL sporting a weird, odd, "not quite popped" look. 

•What I miss: Sleep and a painless wake-up but I'm just so excited. With each day, I realize how much closer we are to kissing her cheeks!!

•Milestone: Celebrating 1 year of marriage to the love of my life... after this, the focus is all baby, all the time! :)

32 weeks, 2 days. Can you get over these cheeks?? They go on for days, I'm so in love.

Monday, April 18, 2011

8th month!!!

An amazing bib - a gift from my dear friend, Amy -- could it be anymore perfect?!
 Hello & welcome to the 8th month!!!
I'm at week 32.
I'm counting in DAYS until her due date.
This past week was good!

I had a doctor's appointment last Wednesday -- I had been experiencing some pain so I had my first "internal" -- due to placenta previa, it was a modified internal (and not very fun at all) - however, everything looked good! I am not dilated at all nor having contractions, phew! Apparently my body is preparing for birth, hence the pain... awesome! ;)

Saturday, I made a Babies-R-Us trip to buy the ottoman for our glider, a breast pump, a changing table mattress and a mattress pad for the crib -- I'm feeling more & more prepared. The nursery needs a few more things but overall is ready for the peanut! I'm on the hunt for the perfect floor lamp - I'm heading to Home Goods this week to check out the scene.

Yesterday, my brother-in-law Michael installed our window treatments at the house - what a relief! The neighbors can no longer see in all of our windows - oh yeh! They look BEAUTIFUL - we still need to hang the curtains in Layla's room but otherwise it looks so great. IF you need window treatments, let me know - Michael is fabulous!!

... so that's that. This is a big week. Tonight & tomorrow, we have our Passover Seders (woo!) - and Wednesday is our big ultrasound. If the placenta previa hasn't moved, we will be scheduling our C-Section at the next doctor's appointment (a week from today) -- I'm fully prepared for that and ready to know the birthday!!

Next weekend, Josh & I are heading to NYC to celebrate our 1 year anniversary... I can't believe it!!! We have plans to see a show "The Book of Mormon", dinner at our favorite restaurant & a sleepover at a fancy hotel ;) Sunday (our actual anniversary), Josh & I will be sitting 3rd row court side to watch the Heat vs Sixers playoff game (Josh's anniversary gift) - very exciting stuff!!!

Getting excited... less anxiety, more anticipation -- time is flying by and moving awfully slow, all at the same time.

On a side note - I'm sending lots of love and well wishes to my dear friend Vanessa who is due ANY day -- can't wait to see pictures of your darling Nat-Tat! :) :)

Apologies for the pajamas shot! ;)

•How far along?: 32 weeks. HELLO 8TH MONTH!! AHHHH!   

•How big is baby?: "Your baby will weigh about 4 pounds and measure over 17 inches long—about the length of a hot pair of above-the-knee boots." --HAHA.. I have my ultrasound on Wednesday, we'll find out how big the little lady is!

•Weight gain: I gained 3.8 pounds this week - literally. In one week. I cried, I sobbed, I ruined a perfectly good Friday morning and I decided that this whole weight gain thing is bizarre and happens for no good reason. I'm up 37 pounds and mentally prepared for a 50 pound gain. UHHHH.

Maternity clothes?: Clothes? Ha. I'm starting to realize nothing looks "good" - I'm trying to accessorize my huge bump. It's hard not to look like a whale. But maternity jeans all the time... still regular dresses and shirts.

.•Sleep?:  I slept GREAT this weekend - especially Friday night. It felt so good to sleep through the night (well, until 6 AM)

•Food cravings?: Just food! lol... I love food. Fruit (pears, oranges, bananas) especially.   

•Gender?: Miss Layla Jules England <3  

•Stretch marks?: Bio-Oil -- need a new bottle!

•Movement?: It seems like all day, everyday - and these punches and kicks are HARD!  I told Josh I think she bought a swing set and has friends over daily in there! haha!

•Labor signs?: Keep on baking my little ladybug. 

Belly button in or out?: Starting to pop out - it looks so funny. 

•What I miss: I am losing energy and it's hard to get comfortable but I feel good otherwise - I don't miss a thing - I'm so excited and anxious and ready to kiss her cheeks!!

•Milestone: 8th month of pregnancy!!!! AND... if I have to have a C-Section, 6 weeks to go!!!

Monday, April 11, 2011


What a week....ending in a positive and fabulous weekend!!

I had the pleasure of hosting a stomach bug beginning last Monday. I was overwhelmed by nausea and exhaustion and ended up missing 3 days of work (putting in a few hours both Monday & Tuesday morning). It hit me like a ton of bricks and I was terrified it was 3rd trimester fun, but by Wednesday afternoon I was feeling mostly better. I've now officially had a virus in every trimester - fun fun! Hopefully I'm healthy from here on out until she comes.

This weekend was fabulous.

Friday night, we had dinner with one of my best friends of many years, Keith & his wife Melissa. They are pregnant with a girl as well, due in August - it's so unbelievably exciting and great to swap pregnancy stories with Mel. We got to show them the start to our nursery and it made me realize how much more I need to do! We're so excited for Keith & Melissa and it'll be great to raise our babies together :)

Saturday, I was Atlantic City bound for my dear friend Shari's bachelorette party. We started out with manicures & pedicures (heaven), a lot of girl time, a fabulous dinner for 12 at Carmines, gambling (I won $37) and sleep (for me, a club for the girls!) -- it was SO much fun and well needed. I hope we can make this a regular occurrence - not too expensive and so great to have a huge sleepover with all of my best friends. I'm so excited for Shari & Brian and devastated to be missing their Mexico wedding next month -- I can't wait to see pictures!!

Shari, The Bride & I before heading out to dinner!

This week is pretty low-key... we are going to pick up the glider (we tried yesterday but it wouldn't fit in my car) - I have some things to return to babies-r-us and even more to buy -- I need to do Layla's laundry (although I've been told by numerous parents not to wash everything in case she grows out of it too fast!) - I have my regular doctor's appointment on Wednesday -- and we're really starting to get the house prepared for her arrival!

A couple of things I need for the house -- a locksmith, a security system and a screen door.

I want Josh to set up the mobile, baby monitors and swing this week if possible -- he's fabulous at putting things together.

I also need to decide where Layla will sleep the first few months - we were lucky enough to get the Arm's Reach bassinet from Josh's parents, however I recently found out some of these were recalled due to baby injuries and death. Luckily, ours wasn't recalled but now I'm too nervous and thinking about exchanging for a regular bassinet instead of the Arm's Reach -- decisions, decisions!!

As you can tell - my mind is all over the place. I'm an emotional mess the past few days and nervous/excited/terrified for the next few weeks.... I just can't wait to kiss her cheeks.

31 weeks - ahhhh! ;)

•How far along?: 31 weeks. I'm pretty sure this is what they call the "freaking out" period -- my anxiety is growing everyday with preparations for baby's arrival.   

•How big is baby?: "Weighing in at three-plus pounds and measuring 18 inches long, your baby is quickly approaching his birth length — though she's got to pack on another three to five pounds before D-day." (a random website)

•Weight gain: I gained 0.4 pounds this week - phew! Not too bad. I'm up 33.2 in total.   

Maternity clothes?: All maternity, all the time.  I was drooling over the girl's clothes this weekend and can't wait to shop post-baby for some fabulous and fun new (non-maternity) dresses!

.•Sleep?:  Insomnia.  Peeing 2-4 times per night. Planning, creating, thinking all night long ;)   

•Food cravings?:My heartburn is wicked bad this point, anything to help with the burn (which isn't much - bummer).   

•Gender?: Princess.  

•Stretch marks?: Bio-Oil is my savior, so far. 

•Movement?: Tons of movement. It's intense sometimes!    

•Labor signs?: No.. I do have pain below but it's apparently due to the weight of my darling girl. 

Belly button in or out?: In but raised -- STILL hasn't popped! 

•What I miss: Nothing really! I know I complain about the lack of sleep, pain, backaches, etc - but now that I'm counting down in single digits, I can't believe I'll be holding my girl soon -- I do love pregnancy, it's a magical and amazing time.

•Milestone: I'm counting in terms of Mondays... not including today (and assuming I have to have the C-Section at 38 weeks) I only have 6 more to go!!

Monday, April 4, 2011

75% cooked.. ahhh!

Stool  - a gift from Aunt Jaime <3 SO beautiful. (And the official announcement of LJE's name on the blog!)

SO... here we are. Week 30.
A huge and exciting and scary and crazy week to reach.
So much to write, where to begin??

Doctor's Appointment - Last week, I had my bi-weekly regular doctor's appointment. The baby is measuring great, her rate rate was a solid 158 and overall my doctor was very happy with my progress. I also found out some interesting (exciting??) news -- due to my placenta previa, she felt we were on track for a Cesarean section at week 38. That's right, folks. It's looking like I will be skipping the "MY WATER BROKE!" part of baby world and heading straight to surgery. I came to terms with this about 8 weeks ago and I'm realizing now that this will be what's best for both LJE and I. My doctor is allowing me to have one more ultrasound scheduled for 4/20 (2 weeks from Wednesday) and if the placenta hasn't moved, I'll be scheduling my day. I'm shooting for June 1st. In case you were keeping track - that's 8 weeks from now. Just typing that makes me giddy.

Visitors - This past weekend, we were lucky enough to have Josh's parents come visiting. We had a fantastic weekend with them -- they helped us with unpacking, organizing and making our new house really comfortable. Josh's dad painted the nursery a perfect shade of pink - it looks stunning. He did an incredible job - it's better then I could have ever done. Saturday, during the baby shower, Josh & his dad put together the crib, changing table & stroller. It all looks SO good. We spent the morning yesterday putting the bedding in the mattress, it's perfect!! Thank you Lisa & Levi for an incredible weekend and we can't wait to have you back again in 8 weeks!

Where the lady sleeps.... ;)

Baby Shower - On Saturday, my sister hosted the baby shower at her house - it was beyond perfection. Pink & brown balloons and decorations everywhere (the color of the nursery), incredible food and most importantly, all the special women in my life. I was blown away by the love I felt that day -- I can't say it enough. We received so many beautiful and wonderful gifts -- we're so very lucky. I spent Sunday afternoon organizing everything and I can't wait for the little lady to be here... she will be the BEST dressed newborn!! Thank you ladies for a perfect day.

Excited for gifts, much??

House - It's coming together so nice!! We still have a lot more to do -- but I'm pleasantly surprised at how far we've come in just 10 short days!! Our fridge is getting delivered sometime this morning (thanks for waiting for it, Daddy!) - we have the automatic garage door opener being installed this week, we still need a storm door and about a million other things, but overall.... I'm in love with where we live. It's pretty fantastic.

SO... that's that. In a nutshell, life is amazing. I'm so lucky and feel so loved.  I have the best husband that supports me, rubs my feet, and puts up with my insanity. (We celebrate our 1 year anniversary this month!) We have families that love us and would do anything for us. My best friends are my rock -- they are there for me when I need them the most. I can't say it enough -- we are blessed.

30 weeks and feeling the size of Kentucky.

•How far along?: 30 weeks. Doesn't seem real.   

•How big is baby?: At my last ultrasound, the baby weighed 2 pounds, 12 ounces. Per all the websites, the baby didn't grow too much in the past week - she should be around 3 pounds and between 14 to 17 inches (about the size of a Yorkshire terrier, lol).  

•Weight gain: I gained 1.4 pounds last week. I'm up 32.8 pounds. Despite how amazing this is and how happy I am, I hate gaining weight and it's really taking it's toll. I feel huge.  I can't wait to lose this weight.   

Maternity clothes?: All maternity, all the time.  

.•Sleep?:  Insomnia.     

•Food cravings?: Last night for dinner, I had pineapple chunks, activia yogurt and 3 scoops of peanut butter. What a weirdo.   

•Gender?: If she is not a girl, we're got problems...haha -- pink, pink, pink everywhere! :)   

•Stretch marks?: Not yet...

•Movement?: Tons of movement. My favorite.    

•Labor signs?: No.. keep baking honey bunch. 

Belly button in or out?: In but raised -- I can't believe it hasn't fully popped yet. 

•What I miss: NOTHING - I mean, yes... it sucks how sick I feel sometimes and how much my body hurts and how exhausted I am... but these moments of fixing up her nursery or chatting about what she'll look like are so special, I want to remember them forever.

•Milestone: We are now 75% there -- this is amazing. With each passing week, LJE is growing bigger and stronger and ready for the outside world.