My little family!

My little family!

Friday, January 25, 2013

11 days old, 10 pounds, endless amounts of love.

A family of four.
11 days gone in the blink of an eye. 
A perfect, dream-worthy newborn who fits so seamlessly in our lives, it's as though he's been here all along. 
A 19 month old talking-running-crazy toddler so in love with her brother, it literally brings tears to my eyes.
A husband so extraordinary he stepped it up when needed most and made me fall in love with him in a whole new way.

Let's rewind....

On January 14, 2013... after weeks upon weeks of contractions, Josh & I went to the hospital around 11:00 AM. Just like Layla's birth-day, it was a calm and collected morning. We checked in, went back to a room where I was put on an IV (which took 3 attempts due to dehydration), answered a zillion questions, played and talked about what we thought Benny would look like.. and off we were to surgery. Josh's mom & Layla stayed behind. My parent's waited in the waiting room. I had my spinal, got numb, cried over the anticipation, cried over being short of breath, cried because I needed Josh. Then Josh came in the room and surgery began. You don't feel much, if anything at all. It took longer then Layla's C-Section so I began to worry. Then...

At 1:39 PM... I heard his first cries. Long. Loud. Important. Like he had something to say. And I heard the giggles. 

"That's a BIG baby!" "He's perfect and HUGE!" "I can't believe that big baby came out of your BELLY!"

I looked at Josh and begged him to go check on our sweet boy. And that's when we found out we had a 10.0 pound BABY. A turkey. A perfect gem. Josh took pictures with his cell phone and with the camera. He showed me and I cried. He looked a little like Layla (which I later realized he looked exactly like Layla). The doctor continued surgery and suddenly the brought Benjamin over and laid him on my chest. It was so insanely magical, so beautiful, so special. I didn't have this with Layla -- during the remainder of the surgery, I was able to lay (completely numb and terrified i would drop him) with Benjamin on my chest. 

After surgery, we were wheeled to the recovery room. It was there that I was able to immediately nurse Benny. I was nervous (although I had breastfed Layla for 11 1/2 months) that I wouldn't remember how to nurse -- but as it turns out, little man was a PRO. He nursed on both sides for 30 minutes each. ONE SOLID HOUR OF NURSING. It was so cool. I was also able to drink water again for the first time which was SO good. I sat in recovery for a while because it took some time for feeling to come back to my legs (a very strange feeling, to say the least). Eventually I went to my room - (room 215) - much smaller then my last room. On my way to the room, I wheeled past my parents, Layla, Josh's mom. It was so cool. I got set up in my room and they all came in. I was in a lot of pain but felt pretty good. Layla was confused and crying which was impossible for me to watch. I cried a lot and eventually asked that they took her home because it was so hard for me not to climb out of bed and pick her up and kiss her cheeks. It was a confusing time for her but she was a champ.

The next 4 days (Monday-Thursday) were spent visiting with family & friends, nursing Benny a zillion times (he loves to eat), regaining strength, spoiling Layla as much as possible and eating late night dinners with my sister (who was always the last one to leave which was awesome). We took so many pictures but I'll only post the pictures from my cell phone until I get the chance to upload my camera. 

By 5 AM on Tuesday morning, I was out of bed moving. I definitely got better, faster, this time around. Benny did great - slept a bunch, ate a bunch. I sent him to the nursery the entire time we were there at night and he went LONG periods of time without eating at night (which has been his way of life so far.. praise Moses). The hospital stay was nice and quiet and relaxing. We had less visitors this time around and I actually loved it. Not that I didn't LOVE when people visited - but the quiet mornings spent with Benny & myself.. priceless. Josh slept over at the hospital the first night but I told him to sleep home after that because he needed rest. 

Thursday, January 17th (one week ago today) we came home. Discharge was easy. Benny weighed 9.3 pounds after we left (normal for babes to lose some weight). We were out of there by 11 AM - Benny did great in the carseat and car. We decided to stop and pick up my prescriptions on the way home. He didn't like when the car stopped but otherwise no crying. As soon as we got home, I felt better. Layla ran to us with open arms. As soon as she saw the carseat, she smiled. She looked inside, looked at me, and smiled again. She then said "Here ya go!" which in Layla speak means "Give him to me!" I asked her if she wants to hold him and she proudly shouted "YEH!" I couldn't believe it. Within 10 seconds of getting home, she showed major interest so I quickly unbuckled Benny and she held him. I cried tears of pure joy. While in the hospital, Layla had a tough time - she kissed Benny a lot but otherwise just wanted me. But at home? She was perfect. She held him for a long time, gave him back to me, and played with her books. It was great. 

That night, Nonnie (my sister in law, Danielle's, mom) brought us over an amazing home cooked meal. Eggplant parm, ziti, salad and bread. It was SO great... and a reminder that the best gift is always food <3 Thanks Nonnie!!!

Our first night - a newborn sleeping beside me (in a brand new deluxe Rock & Play Sleeper, thanks Shari & Brian) - the worry of no sleep. And then.. he slept. A lot. I had to set my alarm to wake myself to feed him. COMPLETE OPPOSITE OF LAYLA. With my sweet girl, I was up every 2 hours like clock-work. I got no sleep. By the time I was done feeding her, changing her and cleaning up - I slept for a few minutes before she was up again to eat. Not my dear boy. He sleeps. And sleeps. And sleeps some more. This trend has continued into day. There are plenty of times I need to wake him to eat during the day, as well. I think it's his size? Or complete luck? I don't know. I was worried the first few days but now I'm counting my lucky stars. I know it may change soon but for now? I'm sleeping and it's glorious. 

Friday, Layla left for school and quickly returned after she puked all over Josh's brand new Mercedes (uh - thank God for a local car wash that made his car look new again). She returned home and acted normal (we think it was motion sickness?) so our plans changed slightly but we made it work. 

(Lots of visitors throughout all of these days but they are all blending in my head)

Saturday, Josh's Dad & Sister came to visit. It was great to have them, although unfortunately Josh's sister got sick soon after arriving and went to a hotel to recover. (Poor thing - I'm SO ready for this flu & cold season to be GONE!!). Lots of relaxing, lots of cuddles, lots of Layla goofballness. 

Sunday, in the morning, I had a local salon (Blo-Out Blow Dry Bar) come to my house. I know it sounds insane but I wanted good hair and there was no way I was making it to a salon. I'm so glad I did it - it was awesome. She blew out my hair in the comfort of my bathroom while I stayed in my pajamas. She made me feel prettier then I felt in a while. After naps, the photographer arrived and it was time for Benny's newborn pictures with B. Side Photography!! We had so much fun and Beth was amazing. We took a zillion family photos and a zillion Benny photos and I can't wait to see them all -- I hope we got some cute shots and I don't look like a pregnant mama (my belly is going down everyday but still is resembling a pregnant woman - a perk of carrying a 10 pound baby, I suppose). 

Monday, with the amazing help of my in laws, we cleaned the entire house and prepared for Benjamin's Bris. By 1 PM, Layla woke up from her nap and it was time to start preparing. My mom showed up to help. By 2 PM, the food arrived. And soon after, guests came. It was a perfect afternoon. We had about 50 people show up (which was fabulous for a Monday afternoon). The food was amazing (Famous Deli Sandwiches and Hesh's cake, obviously). The service was so beautiful. Benny survived. It was a great night and something I'll never forget. I am so lucky to have the best family & friends in the world who are so lovely and supportive of my little family. 

That night, I went to bed and started with chills. Oh no. Then body aches. Seriously? By Tuesday morning, I felt pretty awful but with my medicine felt (slightly) better. I took it easy but needed sleep. I was devastated because Tuesday morning was B's first doctor's appointment. Like a champ, Josh took the baby alone. He was so nervous and I'm so proud of him. We ultimately found out that Benny was growing great, looked good, but was jaundice. (We suspected because his color was yellow). The doctor sent Josh straight to hospital to get a bilirubin check. I was devested. I couldn't believe I wasn't there  and i couldn't help. Josh came home first so I could feed him and then they were off. We later found out Benjamin had Breastmilk Jaundice. Long story short, they asked that I stopped breastfeeding for 24 hours to see if it helped. Slap in the face. I was (am?) devested because it's so important to get breastfeeding down perfectly before switching to bottles. Luckily, he took to the bottle immediately and formula didn't bother him. I pump while he gets the bottle and now my freezer is already full of 20 bags of breastmilk (a perk of this otherwise horrific situation). We also introduced the pacifier and he is in love (not surprised). I am limiting it because he's really good at finding his fingers but i don't mind and he realllly calms down when he has it. 

Yesterday, we went back for a 2nd bilirubin test and while it went down slightly, they asked that I continue to pump for another 24 hours and he gets formula. UH. So we did.

Last night, he slept decent but has a hard time falling asleep after his bottles (versus falling asleep comfortably at the boob). He is still needing to be woken up at night to feed and sometimes during the day. So insane. So not complaining. 

And now..... here we are. Layla just woke up from a nap in bed with Josh because she cried in her crib. She also woke up at 6 AM (waaaay too early, she usually wakes up between 7 & 8 AM so I'm not sure what that's about). 

I'm learning. I'm discovering this new life. There are moments of pure joy. Every morning, Layla can't wait to hold and kiss him. Every night, after Layla goes to sleep and Benny eats, I get a few minutes with Josh. I asked (begged) Josh's mom to extend her stay a bit so she'll be here until a week from today (rather then leaving Monday). I'm thankful for the days Layla goes to school but miss her by the time mid-morning roles around. I'm so nervous about his bilirubin (we go to get it tested again tomorrow). I'm terrified to watch both of them at the same time by myself, despite knowing I'll be okay. I'm thankful for the perfect days when Layla plays happily by herself and I'm able to feed Benny and they both nap at the same time. 

I'm just so lucky. This perfect, squishy, sleepy, adorable baby boy is ours. And this little family we have created is happy. And there are moments of insanity. And our house is a disaster because there are toys and boxes and gifts and diapers everywhere. 

And I wouldn't change it. Any of it. Because this is ours. This is us. 

So now, here we are..... four more days before Josh has to go back to work (NOOOOOO!!!) 

We are about to take Layla out for a lunch date while Josh's mama watches the baby boy. <3

I'll be writing weekly, if possible. I am annoyed at myself for keeping HORRIBLE track of gifts I have received so far (so if you read this, and you gave me a gift, and I don't send you a thank you - I'm SO SO SO sorry) - but I'm slowly getting it together and soon I'll perfect this whole mother-of-two-under-two things ;)

Cheers and enjoy the pictures!
xx
Layla Jules & Benjamin Sawyer's Mama

(I wrote this yesterday -- just an update -- today, Benny's bilirubin was 14.5 - he's in the clear!! No more testing needed!! He's still slightly yellow but I like to think he has a nice sun tan) ;) 

...ok, apologies for the major picture overload!!

Benjamin Sawyer

10 pounds of perfection

Squishy!!

Layla (1 day old) & Benny (1 day old) - they really look alike!!

He thinks I'm funny ;)

Baby smiles! 

Layla's first time meeting her baby brother. She's clutching the baby doll "Benny gave her" - so cute.

KISSES!

SMOOOOOCH!

FaceTime with Aunt Ray & Uncle Jason while they were on vacation in Antigua - amazing!!

Snoozin'

2nd going home outfit because he peed all over his first ;) Silly boys!

Time to go HOME!!! Birth: Nailed It! (Bought from Etsy)

Smooches for my girly who visited me everyday in the hospital.


Layla's coming home & Benny's coming home... tell me they aren't twins?!

The second we walked in the door she wanted to hold her baby brother - this was her first of a billion kisses. Melt.

Buddha! 

Typical morning in our house.

Mustache pacifier. Is there anything better...?!

My love.

First try with a pacifier... he's addicted. It's bigger then his face.

His Bris outfit. He peed all over it within a few minutes and needed a change. Wah.

One week old!!

Grandma & Benny!

Late night FaceTime with Dada while we were in the hospital - I love this.

Early morning with my sweet boy in the hospital. I loved our bonding time so much.

Aunt Kim & Benjamin in serious conversation.


After his first bath - fresh, clean, happy.

Abbey & Benjamin!

Max, Benjamin and the Batman shoes that he bought for his new baby cousin!

So amazing.

A lunch date yesterday with our girl - yum!

After his second bath. So serious!

Love his little face.

His first playdate with our neighbor's new baby, Layla! They are 5 days apart and already in love!

Monday, January 14, 2013

My baby boy.....

Today, I am 39 weeks.
Today, in (roughly) 5 hours, we will be a family of 4.
Layla will become a big sister.
I will become a mother of two.
Josh will become a father of two.
We will have a SON!
.... we are ready. We can't wait. It's a perfect day to have a baby!!!

A little letter to my little one...

Dearest Benjamin,

This is my first letter to you - one of many.
The time has come for you to make your arrival and we are so very ready.
You are coming into a world full of love. We already adore you and you're not here yet.
These past 40 weeks have been hard, amazing, interesting and special.
I have worried about you, thought about you, dreamt of you.

This pregnancy was so very different then Layla. Maybe it was chasing your sister around. Maybe it was the scare we had mid-way through. Maybe it was the way my belly grew to a size I didn't think was humanly possible. And despite all the sickness, all my complaining, all my tears -- I wouldn't change a THING. I loved every second of the pregnancy, even the hardest parts, because it brought me closer to you.

I hope today is easy. I hope I recover quick so I can take care of you. I (selfishly) hope you breastfeed easily, sleep well and are comfortable.

Above all, please know how much we love you. Your sister will take care of you, your Dada will be your best friend and biggest supporter, and I..your Mama.. will simply adore you.

Happy Birth Day, my sweet.
Lots of love and see you soon!!!

Your Mama

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

38 weeks.



We made it!
We are here.
The journey is just about over.
It's been really fun difficult exhausting interesting but the time has come...
In just a short 5 days, we will meet our dear son. Our little family will grow and we will, once again, be blessed by the beauty of new life.
I am so ready. I am so excited. I am so nervous.

I have lots to do but I'm trying to take it easy.

Tomorrow is my last doctor's appointment. I don't think it will be very exciting but I wonder if they will do an internal? What if they tell me I'm 10 centimeters?? haha - fat chance.

I have my blood work on Friday for my C-Section. I'm still hoping I get a phone call from the hospital that my appointment is moved up from 3 PM for the surgery.

Josh's mom comes on Saturday - it's all here. It's all happening.

I am very much looking forward to relaxing these next two days. I am hoping to squeeze in one more manicure/pedicure to ensure I have good nails the next few weeks.

I have had a lot of pressure and cramping today... I keep thinking -- could this be it?! I don't know. I have a feeling our sweet will wait until his scheduled day 1/14, but who knows?? I've made it this far and for that I'm grateful.

I will be updating one more time - a letter to my son.

Unless he shows up sooner....??

Cheers to a good night's sleep, losing all this baby weight, an easy and uneventful C-Section, Layla adjusting well, breastfeeding coming easy again and most importantly a perfect, healthy, baby boy.

:)





I may explode. Look, even Layla can't believe how big my belly is.
  • How far along? 38 weeks, 2 days.
  • Total weight gain/loss: I gained 0.8 pounds for a grand total of .... I'm now up 48.4. I have a long road ahead of me. On the positive side? I'm about 4 pounds less then I gained with Layla. 
  • Maternity clothes? I want to be naked all the time. Nothing is comfortable but I'm wearing my black maternity leggings and long sweaters because my belly pokes out of shirts that are too tight.
  • Stretch marks? Sad, but true...I have about 5-6. They are on my sides. I am ecstatic we're so close because I think I'd get more the longer he cooks.
  • Sleep: Tough, rough, non-existent. I did have 2 good nights this week which was a blessing.
  • Best moment this week: It was so nice to take Layla to music class on Monday and Toddler Tunes on Tuesday... it's been a blessing spending so much time with her. Squeezing in hundreds of hugs and kisses. 
  • Have you told family and friends: Yes.
  • Movement: Tons. Including right now. OW.
  • Food cravings:  Not really. I guess the only thing I can think of is dunkin donuts iced coffee with mocha. YUM.
  • Anything making you queasy or sick: I had some nausea today. That sucked.
  • Gender prediction: BOY!! 
  • Labor Signs: An insane amount - contractions, pressure, cramping. I am not used to this and keep thinking he will be here any second!
  • Belly Button in or out? Barely in.
  • Wedding rings on or off? Still wearing my wedding band, no e-ring. 
  • Happy or Moody most of the time: Both - very uncomfortable. Nervous about all the things I still need to do. Worried about the Bris. Worried about Layla. Excited to see his face. Lots and lots and lots of emotions. 
  • Weekly Wisdom: Basically, moving around causes contractions. So sit down. The house will remain dirty and the laundry will be there waiting.
  • Milestones: WE MADE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! In 5 days (or less), our family will become FOUR!

  • Sunday, January 6, 2013

    19 months!!!


    My gorgeous 19 month old!! (Pictures taken with IPhone instead of good camera  - not the best quality but oh well)

    Talks with Mr. Bear

    Mr. Bear loving!!!

    Love this face.

    She wouldn't take any pictures wearing the sticker... 

    19 months.. says the chair ;)

    Giggle face.


    19 month stats:
    Weight: 25.6 pounds - barely gained - lots of running!!
    Height: 32 1/4 inches - still the same!
    Eating: Getting better & better - eating a ton - organic milk 4 times a day (wake up, 2 naps and bedtime)
    Clothes: 18 month, 18-24 month, 24 month and 2T! 
    Diaper: Size 4. Size 5 at night.
    Shoe Size: 4 1/2 - 5


    My dearest girl....

    I  am taking a break from writing my usual month update. It's not that you haven't grown leaps and bounds this past month. Your language skills are booming. Your eating habits have grown and you are now willing to try mostly all and any foods (and enjoy many of them). You are kind, smart, sweet, loving and silly. You run, sing, dance, play. You are the toddler I knew you'd become, complete with a dash of tantrums. Your favorite sayings are "Here ya go!" and "Okay!" We can now ask you if you have a poopy diaper and you happily reply yes or no. We even bought you a Mickey Mouse Potty and you're already showing tons of interest. You love to play in your kitchen that we gave you for Hanukkah. You pretend to cook and eat all sorts of food and share with anyone willing to try. You really are starting to love school and you especially love your teachers. This past month included celebrating Hanukkah, New Years Eve and more. We are almost positive it's time to go to one nap a day - we are still figuring out the timing of it all. Today, you fell asleep in the car - we tried to put you in the crib and you cried hard so instead I let you nap on me in your room on the glider. We haven't done this in months -- I sat still for 2 hours and kissed your sweet face.  I listened to your sleepy sounds and watched you smile while dreaming. That's when I decided to write you this letter....

    In one week (from tomorrow), we are giving you the greatest gift we could ever give - a sibling. He will become the most important person to you - he will be your best friend, your confidant, your partner in crime. He will be the biggest link between your present and future. He will be there for you long after we have gone.  I need you to take care of him as he will take care of you. 19 months apart -- practically twins! :)

    My love, my sweet, my first child -- you will always be our number one. You taught us the beautiful life that comes with becoming a parent. You showed us love, kindness, patience, understanding, compassion and the unbelievable bond that comes with parent and child. You showed us the simple things this world has to offer. You are teaching us every single day and we are forever grateful for that.

    I have been so worried these past 9 months about how you will react to another baby. How will I be able to love anyone as much as you? How will you handle sharing our attention? Will you understand?  Will you feel less loved? Will you learn to share everything? Will you realize that I won't be able to sit with you, hold you, hug and kiss you because my attention may be elsewhere?

    And suddenly I'm feeling at peace. You will always be our number one - but now you will share that spot. My heart will have the unlimited space it needs to love another baby - and without a doubt you will love him as well. You are so caring and sweet and gentle with every baby we meet (especially Remi & Samantha) that I have NO doubt you will love our dear boy as well. You will learn we are not ignoring you, we are simply trying to tend to a newborn's needs.

    My girl, my best friend, my baby.. I love you so much and I'm so excited to see you bond with your brother. I love you so much and I'm so proud of you - 19 months in the blink of an eye.  I can't wait to see what this next month brings -- what silly sayings you will come up with, how you will react to all the changes around you. I'm already well underway in planning your 2nd birthday but I am working on not rushing through a simple day. One of the best parts of your brother's arrival? I'm on maternity leave until MAY! That means tons of time for us to play, giggle, and make millions of memories together -- I'm so excited!!!!


    WE LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Your mama & dada ....and your (soon to be) baby brother, Benjamin <3








    Thursday, January 3, 2013

    2013 & 37 weeks!!



    My snow lover!!

    Happiest new years, dear family & friends!!! 

    I have made it to a very exciting and crazy time in pregnancy - 37 weeks - FULL TERM BABY!!! 

    It's been a bit of a crazy week...a horrific lingering cold turning into a full blown sinus infection, TONS of contractions (some very painful), a big snow storm, a visit from best friends and the start of a new year... lots of updates and lots of fun!!! 

    Josh even got a new car..... a brand new 2013 MERCEDES BENZ!!! Never in my life did I think I'd own a Benz. It's gorgeous and I'm so happy for him - he worked so hard to get his dream car!!!

    First off... a little look back at this past year :)

    Favorite trip? We were lucky enough to travel a lot this year - I think my favorite trip was Miami in May. It was the first time Josh & I left Layla for an extended time (4 days) and it was romantic, lovely and relaxing. 

    Favorite book? I SO wish I read more... but hands down, the Hunger Games trilogy. I loved every second of it.

    Favorite movie? I stink at this game as I forget what movies we have seen -- I really loved Argo, Wanderlust and the 20 minutes of Les Miserables I saw before we had to leave due to my extreme contractions (ha!)

    Favorite TV show? This is tough as well. I love Californication, Once Upon A time... but I think my favorite was Homeland. I watched the entire series in a VERY short time.

    Favorite song? Album? I listened to a lot of Ingrid Michaelson, Regina Spektor, assorted Glee songs and a ton of children's music :)

    Favorite purchase? I'd have to say my min-van. I'm obsessed and I'll most likely drive a mini-van for the next 20 years - they are the best invention.

    Favorite meal out? Josh & I went to DC for my 29th birthday and ate at the Occidental - it was SO yummy. 

    Favorite new recipe? Josh started crock pot Sunday... he makes amazing & yummy recipes including lasagna, sloppy joes and Hawaiian chicken - all so good. 

    Favorite day? I LOVED Layla's 1st birthday party - it was so full of love. I also love the day we found out we were pregnant again. It was intense, I cried and I realized how completely lucky we are.

    Favorite outfit? Pre-maternity clothes, I fell in love with "Not Your Mother's Jeans" - they made me feel skinny and good. I bought 2 pairs and plan to buy more post-baby.

    Favorite holiday? I love all holidays... I'll go with Valentine's Day! :) 

    *****
    So let's see..... 
    It's been a great week despite feeling like COMPLETE poo. We had a lot of fun with Laura & Clay but all of our plans got screwed up due to sickness, contractions and snow... literally everything I planned fell through. Luckily, they are the best and the 4 of us have fun sitting on my sofa watching Layla run around. Laura is more then half way through her pregnancy and it's so exciting -- I can't wait for our boys to grow up together! 

    New Years Eve was spent contracting and ALMOST going to the hospital... I ultimately decided they weren't consistent enough and we went to Matt & Danielle's house instead. It was a really fun celebration but we left early so Layla could sleep and I could to be comfortable. 

    And now here we are.... a new year, a baby coming (any second??), an amazing soon-to-be 19 month old stealing my heart and so many more exciting things coming our way. 

    I look forward to this year with open arms & an open heart. We are so lucky, to blessed. 

    Today is my last full day of work - I'll sign on tomorrow for an hour to finish up, then I'm done until MAY - I am really looking forward to spending the next few days relaxing and preparing. I will be back this weekend to write Layla's 19 month entry along with a letter to my dear, sweet boy... 

    Lots of love & Happy new year!
    -Court

    What a difference a year makes.....

    37 week belly with Layla Jules!

    Layla at 37 weeks!

    Baby belly today!!! 
      
  • How far along? 37 weeks, 3 days.
  • Total weight gain/loss: If it's possible, I gained 6.2 pounds the past 12 days. I think it's due to water weight. I'm really swollen, so we'll go with that..... I'm now up 47.6. Wow. I hate even writing that.
  • Maternity clothes? I would love to burn all of these maternity clothes. At the very least, they're going to the back of my closet as soon as I can get into my normal clothes.
  • Stretch marks? It's official - I have about 5 stretch marks. They are on my sides and not too bad. My belly is so large, I don't think Bio Oil could have helped no matter how much I used. Hoping I don't get anymore.
  • Sleep: Really rough. Most recently, it's due to coughing.. but it's also back pain, peeing, and overall insomnia. Awesome.
  • Best moment this week: Lots!!! New Years, hanging out with Laura & Clay, Layla's vocabulary seriously exploding and her not crying at school drop-off :) Also, a random mid-week dinner with just my parent's last night was really nice.
  • Have you told family and friends: Yes.
  • Movement: Always moving - and always contracting! 
  • Food cravings:  No... but my mom made me an egg and cheese on a bagel last night and now I can't stop thinking about it.
  • Anything making you queasy or sick: This cold is the worst illness possible. I cough, I sneeze, I have head pain, pressure... it's awful.
  • Gender prediction: BOY!! 
  • Labor Signs: TONS - I wonder if he'll stay in the next 11 days???
  • Belly Button in or out? Barely in.
  • Wedding rings on or off? Still wearing my wedding band, no e-ring. 
  • Happy or Moody most of the time: Both. Josh is sick again which sucks. I'm ready for my house to be CLEAN and GERM FREE!!!!
  • Weekly Wisdom: TAKE. IT. EASY.
  • Milestones: It's a NEW YEAR!!!!! Exciting stuff!!!!!