Introducing: Baby Milo!

5 Jul

HE’S HERE! My due date was July 3, but I started feeling contractions on June 25 at around 3 pm. They started getting really bad at midnight on June 27. I labored at home until about 9 am, when I felt like it was time to get to the hospital. The contractions weren’t regular yet, but they were reaching a pain level that made me wonder if we were getting close. Because we live 5 minutes away from the hospital, we decided to go in just to get checked and see how far along we might be. Turns out, I was already 4 cm dilated and 100% effaced, so they admitted me right away.

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I got an epidural within the hour, and it was AMAZING (besides the fact that you’re bedridden and need to have a catheter inserted). I was able to rest and spend the day talking with Paul and my mom. My wonderful midwife continued to check me, and at 8 cm she noticed my contractions were slowing down, so she broke my water to move things along and I reached 10 cm at around 8 pm. It took another 45 minutes for the baby to descend further down (this is when the epidural started wearing off, so I felt most of these contractions, along with an intense urge to push). I started pushing at around 8:45 pm, and Milo was born at 9:30 pm on June 27. (I only pushed for 45 minutes! They actually had to tell me to slow down because I was pushing too fast and the cord was wrapped around his neck so they needed to maneuver him out correctly.) He weighed 6lb, 8oz and measured 20.5 in long. They laid him on my chest, and he immediately peed and pooped on me.

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Welcome to the world, little one!

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He loves to peep at us with only one eye open

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Such a sweet sleeper. His face is so expressive.

Over the next few days, both of our families visited us in the hospital and brought us food. They are SO in love with Milo, and it was so fun watching them coo over him.

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Such a proud daddy!

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Paul’s parents

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My parents

After a 2 night hospital stay, we were discharged. Because his bilirubin levels were a little high at the hospital, they had us come back the next day for a follow-up. They discovered his levels had shot up, and ordered that we put him on biliblanket therapy to bring them back down to normal. Because of his jaundice, he wasn’t able to suck/nurse as strongly as he should, so he was also losing weight (he went from 6lb8oz to 5lb15oz in just two days). They had us supplement him with formula for a few days to get him to gain weight, in addition to hoping the biliblanket would work. We had to go back to the hospital every day for a blood draw and nursing session with the clinic. After a week, he was back at his birth weight and his levels were low enough that we could remove the blanket, yay!

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Hooked up to the biliblanket

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He looks like a little glowing alien

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Baby Buddha

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Snuggles with daddy

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Holding daddy’s finger so tightly

We are so in love with our little man, and we can’t believe we get to be his parents! Now we just need to work on getting him nice and chubby, and building up my milk supply through pumping. The sleep deprivation isn’t that bad (I honestly thought I would be a zombie, but I’m not… yet), and our little family is starting to settle into a routine. Even Dodger has been pretty mellow and following us around the house all day and night. I do love when Milo is sleeping (mainly because it makes for cute photos like these):

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The Final Countdown – 36 Weeks

3 Jun

I’m 36 weeks pregnant and have officially entered my 9th month of pregnancy – eek! I have two more weeks of work until I go on maternity leave, and only 28 (!) days left until my due date. The third trimester has been interesting. Not crazy difficult, but definitely harder than the first and second trimesters. I heard time slows down towards the end of the pregnancy, but it seems to be speeding by…

Here are my third trimester bump photos:

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How far along: 36 weeks
Total weight gain: 28 lbs
Maternity clothes: It’s been harder finding clothes in my closet that fit. I don’t want to buy a ton of new stuff this late into the pregnancy, so I’m cycling through the same 2-4 outfits every week.
Sleep: I’m waking up a few times throughout the night to pee and let Dodger out, and then I try to get back to sleep but can’t (usually because there’s SO much activity going on in my belly – I can tell that these 12a, 2a, and 4a feedings will be something I should get used to…) so I end up browsing on my phone until he goes back to sleep. Oh and I’m always waking up sweating. Thanks, hormones.
Exercise: Very light exercise. I will be completely winded after, like, 4 stairs. Or from walking around the house. And my feet hurt if I’m standing up for more than 5 minutes. I get Braxton Hicks contractions whenever I’m too active, so I’m trying to take it easy for the next 4 weeks.
Best moment(s) so far: My baby shower! My childhood best friend, sister-in-law, and two younger sisters hosted the shower at Goofy’s Kitchen in the Disneyland Hotel. It was so much fun, and I feel so blessed by all of the love and support that we received from our close friends and family.
Miss anything: Not having a double chin… :(
Movement: Lots of slow rolls and jabs, starting to get painful (and it makes me a little nauseous). Sometimes I swear he elbows me in the side HARD. He also gets the hiccups at least 3x a day. He’s been head down this entire pregnancy, so I feel his hiccups near my cervix and his kicks near my ribs (I’m super ticklish, so sometimes it’ll make me jump/squeal when he pushes his feet into my side). But I love feeling his movements, it’s still the best thing about pregnancy so far. I’m going to miss it!
Food cravings: Smoothies, boba, popcorn chicken, burgers, applesauce, cheese, cookies.
Mood swings: I’ve been fairly happy/excited lately, the nesting/anticipation is starting to kick in. :) Especially now that we’re almost done with the nursery.
Have you started to show yet: With 4 weeks left, I’d hope so. It’s crazy comparing my recent pictures to my second trimester posts (here and here). It’s been gradual, but I’m really glad I documented the growing bump every week so I can look back and remember what it looked like.
Gender: It’s a boy!
Belly button in or out: It’s gone completely flat – not an outie yet!
Wedding rings on or off: They’re finally off – they still fit, but not comfortably and I’m scared that my fingers will swell and they’ll get stuck!
Looking forward to: Going on maternity leave in two weeks. I’ll be able to get the last few things checked off my list, and then it’s just waiting for baby Milo to arrive. :D

Sneak Peek: Milo’s Nursery

27 May

With just 5 weeks left until our due date, we’re slowly putting together the nursery and baby gear. Being in this room makes me feel so calm and happy. Can’t wait to bring him home. Yay! I snapped a few pics over the weekend:

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Babymoon

3 May

We recently got back from our babymoon and it was wonderful! We had originally wanted to go to Hawaii, but then I decided I’d rather not have to fly to our destination and we could save some money by staying local. So we took a 3-day road trip up the coast instead, hitting up Pismo Beach, Santa Barbara, Morro Bay, and Cambria.

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First stop: Splash Cafe in Pismo Beach

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Really excited to try Splash Cafe in Pismo Beach

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Famous clam chowder at Splash Cafe in Pismo Beach

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Cinnamon rolls at Old West Cinnamon Rolls in Pismo Beach

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Walking along the Pismo Beach pier

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Using our selfie stick at the Pismo Beach Pier

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Dinner at Ventana Grill in Pismo Beach – we saw whales from our table!

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Calamari at Ventana Grill in Pismo Beach

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Carne asada nachos at Ventana Grill in Pismo Beach

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Taking a walk around Morro Bay

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Far view of Morro Rock

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Morro Rock in the background

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Exploring Morro Rock

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Hubby posing on the beach

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So nice seeing all the beaches

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Saltwater taffy at Carousel

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So much taffy!

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Stopped by Brown Butter Cookie Company in Cayucos

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We got the lemon sugar and snickerdoodle cookies

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Lunch at Sandy’s Deli in Cambria

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Moonstone Beach in Cambria

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Labbit @ Moonstone Beach in Cambria

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My favorite beach – Moonstone Beach in Cambria

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Using self-timer on Moonstone Beach in Cambria

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Using the selfie stick on Moonstone Beach in Cambria

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Hubby @ Moonstone Beach in Cambria

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It was soo windy, but still beautiful along the cliffs

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McConnell’s Ice Cream in Santa Barbara

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We got the Churros Con Leche and Brazilian Coffee Chip

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On the beach in Santa Barbara

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Breakfast at Boathouse at Hendry’s Beach

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Exploring Paul’s alma mater, UCSB

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Got some cute baby stuff at the UCSB bookstore

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Labbit on the Santa Barbara pier

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Walking down the Santa Barbara pier

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Pretty views along the Santa Barbara pier

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Garlic baked clams at Brophy Bro’s

Hello, Third Trimester!

10 Apr

We’ve hit Week 28! So much for doing monthly posts, looks like they’ll be trimester-ly posts instead. The weeks just go by so quickly now. The second trimester was fairly easy for me, besides some minor discomfort with the growing belly, constant lower backaches, round ligament pain, and Braxton Hicks contractions once in a while. Sometimes baby pushes against one side of my stomach and it’ll bulge out – such a strange sensation! Apparently, he’s going to triple (!) in size in the third trimester, so I’m bracing myself for what’s to come. Only 12 weeks left!

Here are some photos from the last few weeks:

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How far along: 28 weeks
Total weight gain: 18 lbs
Maternity clothes: I’m only wearing maternity bottoms now (mainly leggings), but I’ll still wear normal tanks on top that stretch over the belly.
Sleep: It’s getting harder to sleep for more than 1-2 hours at a time without interruption, but I think I’ve reached a point where I’m used to it and I know that won’t be changing anytime soon. The 3 am struggle is real – I’ll wake up and can’t get back to sleep until about 5 am.
Exercise: Walking Dodger will usually get me about 20 minutes of exercise/day, but even that short amount gets me super tired and out-of-breath and makes my back hurt.
Best moment(s) so far: Getting both brand-new & hand-me-down goodies from my mommy/daddy friends. Tons of adorable clothes, toys, baby products, nursing items, swing, rock&play, and some other gifts from our very generous family members (like a convertible crib and the BOB jogger stroller that we really wanted!).
Miss anything: I miss being able to put on my shoes or vacuuming without my back seizing up or my belly tightening like crazy. Because I’m carrying low, bending over can be quite uncomfortable.
Movement: He moves a LOT, especially after I eat, during showers, and while I drive. When counting kicks, you’re supposed to feel 10 movements per hour, but I’ll get like 1 per minute when he’s awake!  He just constantly rolls around in there (you can see it from outside the belly now). I’ll also feel kicks/punches on either side of my belly at the same time, probably when he’s stretching his limbs.
Food cravings: Rice Krispie treats, sour peach rings, Mcd’s chicken nuggets with sweet & sour sauce, Dole pineapple chunks/sliced peaches/tangerines (cold fruit in general), and popsicles. My sweet tooth has gotten even more intense! (Thankfully, I passed my 1 hr glucose test – results were negative for gestational diabetes.) I will also confess that I ate a few pieces of a sushi roll that contained raw salmon, just once – figured it’s fairly low-risk compared to other “off-limit” foods, and it was so worth it.
Mood swings: Still hormonal here and there. But I’m trying harder to control them…
Have you started to show yet: Neighbors (and a few times, strangers out in public) have started asking when I’m due without us telling them that we’re expecting. So I’ll assume that I’m obviously pregnant at this point.
Gender: It’s a boy!
Belly button in or out: It’s so close to becoming an outie. But not there yet.
Wedding rings on or off: They fit, but I’ve started to wear just my wedding band because it’s less constricting than my engagement ring.
Looking forward to: Our babymoon, baby shower, and baby classes! Also getting the nursery set up. I’ll do another update after all of this occurs. :)

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