Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Sweet Leighton's Birth Story

Thank you all so much for all your kind words via blog, IG, facebook, and e-mail! We feel so very loved and blessed and really appreciate our little blogging world family! :) My little angel is 10 days old already and I cannot believe it. It has been a whirlwind of 10 days, but I already can't remember life without her! I will share some pics of our new life at home, but first, let's do Miss Leighton's birth story! 

Since I was set to be induced, the beginning wasn't quite as exciting as her sister's :).
I spent Wednesday and Thursday getting the all the final projects done before checking into the hospital Thursday night. It was very odd and surreal knowing when you are going to have the baby, for a planner like me I very much enjoyed knowing the end time so I could get all those things done....but at the same time, I did kind of miss the excitement of getting those first few contractions at home.
The Hubs was able to work from home too so we spent some quality time with E and each other before we became our family of four. It was a very special few days for us! :)
Thursday afternoon seem to drag by...I was so eager to get in and get this thing going! The Hubs' Parent's came in town to watch Elise as we went to check into the hospital. 
We checked in at 7:00pm....it was weird doing it without having any contractions this time. 
We got in, they got me hooked up to the IV and monitors, my sweet parents stopped my to wish us luck, and then we were all set to wait! 
My sweet friends were all texting and wishing us luck...and of course taking bets on Miss Leighton's arrival stats!
One big bonus with this delivery....they had slushies!! 
And it was delightful!! 
At my first check at about 8:00pm I was 3 cm and 50% effaced. This was huge as I was only 3cm when I checked into the hospital with E and that was after having contractions for 10 hours! I was definitely excited that my body was doing some on its own. 
I had had a few little contractions that day, but very sporadic - not close enough to be concerned. They then gave me some Cytocen at 8:45pm, this is a drug that helps thin you out which is what you want before they give you the Pitocin. Typically they do 2 doses of this (2nd after 4 hours) and then if you are pretty much thinned out they will start the Pitocin. It doesn't cause you to have contractions like the Pitocin does, but if your body does start to have them it intensifies them to help with the progression. Well, apparently my body was ready because at 9:15 I had my first BIG contraction...that one that makes your toes curl! 
Within the next hour they were on top of each other and getting pretty intense! The nurse said with the looks of the contractions I may not need that second dose of Cytocen, and that they may just start the Pitocin (rather than waiting until 6:30am to start it -YAYYYY!!!). 
Again, my body was ready for this and the meds just helped the process along....exactly what you want to hear!! So much for getting sleep - ha! 

At this point the contractions were getting really intense, so at 11:15 I decided it was time for the epidural.

Lemme tell ya'll that epidural was awful. 
I have a love hate relationship with epidurals. I definitely love them for allowing me to not feel those crazy contractions and making the delivery pretty painless....but I hate getting them, like totally freak myself out...and I absolutely hate the sensation of not feeling my legs. 
They are tingly and weigh about 300 pounds...each. The Hubs has to physically move my legs around for me just to roll over. It's an awful feeling for me....but again, I'd rather that than the latter! 
With E, the process was pretty quick and painless....this one....was neither. 
Took forever and hurt like hell. The anesthesiologist was not too fabulous with her bedside manner.....I may have cried real tears. The Hubs was awesome though, helping me push through it and being my # 1 cheerleader, telling me how amazing I was. Those words of encouragement got me through it, no doubt!

At 3:30am they checked me again and my progression had started to slow down, only 4cm and 90% effaced. 
I had had the chills pretty much since my epidrual and was just not feeing too hot. 
At about 4am my blood pressure dropped to 90/I can't remember - I was really nauseous and before I could push the nurse call button, two of them were already rushing in the room asking if I was okay. 
They had called the anesthesiologists back in to give me more meds. They gave me those and within minutes it dropped even lower to 74/51. 
At this point I was extremely dizzy and extremely nauseous. They had to give me more meds to try to get it back up. It was a scary 30 minutes or so, but once it came back up it stayed up and I felt better! I was able to even get about 2 hours of sleep! 

At 6am the nurse came in and said Leighton seemed to be sleeping too - due to the low blood pressure, which was slowing down my progress again....so next, they hooked me up to some oxygen...so much fun!
For the next hour or so my contractions were extremely intense, enough so, that I could feel the pressure through the epidural. 
At about 7:15 my doc arrived and did another check on me, I was about 6 1/2 centimeters and he went ahead and broke my water....and ya'll know that's when things get real, ha!
 At 8:30 I was feeling the pressure a lot, the nurse checked me and I was just about 100% effaced and 8cm!! Yaaaaaaayyy!!!
The next hour contained a lot of ice chips, a lot of contractions, a little of watching GMA, and a lot of texting with the girls! :) And I also found out that my crazy, awesome, sweet parents had been waiting in the waiting room....all. night. long. How crazy sweet is that? They were determined to not miss it for anything! 
Side note: I am so blessed for those two people. Thank make everything better.

At 9:30am I decided it was time to call the nurse because I was feeling that oh so serious pressure...like it was time! She checked me and I was 100% and ready to go! 
It was so cute, once she said that The Hubs and I both got super giddy and excited...he got a big ole grin and starting clapping! HA!

The nurse did the magic with the table and then looked at me and said, "I think I see her head (TMI???), so I don't think you are gonna push much at all, so if I say stop pushing - stop pushing"....strangely familiar to what they told me during E's delivery

So at 9:55am, we sat me up (and I say we because it took effort from everyone thanks to the epi, ha!), I did one push and she told me to stop. 
She pushed the call button, called for my doc, gave me a big grin, and said "yep, that's about all we will need from you!". 
Another side note, I loved my nurse....LOOOOOVED. She was funny, on the ball, helped me relax, and could throw some dry smart ass humor BACK at My Hubby - it was fabulous!

So my doc came in, said pretty much the same thing as the nurse and immediately said, let's push. 
I started to give my biggest and strongest push ever and he almost immediately told me to stop and then I felt "the pop"......and just like that, she was here. 
One and half pushes and our precious Leighton Kate was welcomed into the world.
 The nurse immediately told me to look down and that's when I saw my sweet little baby for the first time. 
I never saw E until she was on my chest, so this was such an awesome and special moment.
She seemed so big. I couldn't believe what I had just done...what my body and just done...it just made it oh so real and such a perfect moment that I will never forget. 
The Hubs leaned down and kissed me and I teared up with such pride and joy. 
We did it. 
Again. 
They laid her on my chest and all was perfect. 
There is truly no better feeling, than your brand new baby curling up on your chest and being able to comfort those sweet newborn cries.
 It reassures me that I was put on this earth to be their mommy. 
And then and there I thanked God above for blessing us with another miracle. 
For making our family complete. 
Leighton Kate Bellar
March 14, 2014
8 lbs 2 oz - 20.5 inches long
We spent the next few minutes just us, and it was awesome. 
Both of us just taking all of her in, going on about how much she looked like her sister, and saying over and over.... "we have two kids....we have two kids.."

Mom and Dad/Mimi and Papa came in to meet the newest member of the family.....

....while The Hubby went on a little run for Momma.....
That's right, cheeseburger, fries, and the biggest fountain diet coke he could get! 
 
Same post labor meal as E!
And it was GLORIOUS!

About an hour later we were taken to our recovery room....and that is when Nana and Papa came...

and then the big moment....
When Big Sister met Little Sister!



And all was right with the world!! :) 

 Again, I have to give a big...okay huge and special thanks to my sweet hubby. 
He not only helped me move around my 300 pound legs (haha), he told me how awesome I was, got the nurse when I needed, held my hand, kissed me, and encouraged me 150% the entire time. 
No WAY could I have done this without him. 
I love you, babe.


Saturday, March 15, 2014

And then there were four!

She is here, ladies!!



Leighton Kate March 14, 2014 at 10:08am
8 pounds 2 ounces and 20.5 inches long



We are all more in love than we thought possible was & all doing fabulous!
We'll head home tomorrow and I will hopefully get her birth story done soon...before I forget it all! :)

Thank you all for your kind thoughts, words, and prayers!!

XOXO,
Sarah

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Sunday, March 9, 2014

38 weeks!!







How far along? 38 weeks (half way to 39 now!)

Size? She was measuring 7 lbs 8 ounces at her ultrasound on Thursday. She is measuring right on schedule in everything....except her head, that measured at 40 weeks 4 days....awesome. Just like her sister! :)

Maternity Clothes? I was able to break out some of the maxi dresses from when I was pregnant with E thanks to this awesome weather Nashville has been having - which made it fun to mix it up!! :)

Weight Gain? Well I was up to 33, but I lost 2 pounds (thanks to a 24 hour bug I had on Wednesday, no fun!), so we are holding strong at 31! !

Stretch Marks? Lathering and lathering!

Gender? Leighton Kate!

Sleep? It's so off, I was up from 3-5:30 last night....just wiiiiiide awake. Thank you heartburn and tiny bladder.

Movement? Like crazy, and I love it! I really am gonna miss that!

Food Cravings? Ice cream and fruit
Anything making you queasy or sick? nada!

Labor signs? I was 1 cm dialated and 50% effaced on Thursday!! Yaaaaay! I never showed progress with E, I actually was only 1 cm when I checked into the hospital - so this is huge!!

Belly button in or out? it's out, especially when I am really full!
Wedding rings, on or off? still on!!
What I Miss? an ice cold beer to sip on while enjoying this patio weather!

Symptoms? still heartburn, Braxton hicks, a few contractions, and lord help me the swelling started this weekend. It is nothing like with E, but my feet are definitely puffy!

Happy or Moody? So happy and soooo excited!!

Best Moment of the Week? seeing her sweet little face on the Ultrasound! Can't wait to kiss that sweet little nose!!

Looking forward to? Her grand entrance!!! 5 more days!!! Not gonna lie, still hoping she surprises us a little early on her own!! :)

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Leighton's Sprinkle!

Happy Tuesday, Friends!

I hope you all are having a fabulous week so far and are staying warm (for all of you getting the fun craziness from this March Winter Storm #overit)!

My sweet and fabulous and dear friends threw a little "Sprinkle" to celebrate Miss Leighton this weekend, and it was just perfect!! All of my favorite ladies (minus my out of town loves - who are waiting to come once she makes her debut!), lots of sweets, and lots of monograms! 
Makes for a good Saturday Afternoon, right!?

Here are a few of the fabulous details...
 And just a few of my favorite goodies Leighton received!
 And the party guests!
Oh and here are the goodies I got for my sweet hostesses! 
It's a big ol' double zip cosmetic bag with their inital on it, some nail polish, and some eos lip balm - AKA, my crack! HA! 
I am going to have to go back and get one of those bags.... :)
It was such a fun afternoon, I just love an excuse to have all my ladies in one place....which seems to never happen these days! 
And I feel so loved and so blessed to have such amazing women in my life and my girls! 
Lots of amazing role models for them!! :)
Thank you to everyone for our sweet and lovely gifts, I cannot wait to put them all to use!!

Friday, February 28, 2014

Leighton's Nursery Reveal! Finally!!

So, it has been done for a while now.....I just got around to taking the pics yesterday....so sorry!
But I must say, I am in love with how it all turned out! 
It is so soft and sweet, very different from E's, but it is the other vision I had in my head when deciding on E's room (big plus about having 2 girls!! :)). 

I have a slight obsession with gold these days, so when I found out it was a girl Pinks and Golds were a done deal!! 
Enough talking, here it is! 





I think my favorite part is the name sign & tassels! 
Love the colors, love the simplicity, and of course I love seeing her name! 
I cannot wait to get my little Leighton home and in her sweet little room! 
Big Sister loves it too, she loves to roll around on the rug and steal her stuffed animals! HA!
 
And because you all know I loooooove me a "before and after", here is a little video of what it started out as....
 
Here is a list of where it all came from:
Rug - HomeGoods
Glider - local store, USA Baby - but is a Best Chair, style Beckner
Pillow - HomeGoods
Gold Side Table - Target
Lamp - Target
Glass Owl - Target
Picture Frames - Target and HomeGoods
Prints - designed and printed by me!! :)
Starburst Mirror - Kirklands (no longer available)
Gold Vase - Target
Pink and Gold "L" - Cardboard from Joann's, painted by me! :) 
Wood Name Sign - Etsy, ALittleMiscellany
Tassle Garland - Etsy, Paperchain Press
Chandelier -  Amazon
Baskets for closet - Large Coral - HomeGoods, Small bright pink - Land of Nod, Medium Pink - Wal-Mart, White - Wal- Mart
 
Happy Weekend Everyone!!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

37 weeks - full term!!!

How Far Along? 37 weeks 
Size? Well, the normal 37 week baby is 6 pounds and the size of a swiss chard (19 inches long)...but according to the doc she is still measuring over a week ahead! EEK! So he is going to have an extra ultrasound done next week to get a better idea of her actual size. Yay for more pics of baby girl!! :) 
Maternity Clothes? same as last week, less and less options make getting dressed everyday trickier!
Weight Gain? 32 pounds...eek!
Stretch Marks? Lathering and lathering!
Gender? Leighton Kate!
Sleep? when I get it, it's glorious! but it is never enough!! 
Movement? big ones, waking me up!
Food Cravings? chocolate...all kinds! 
Anything making you queasy or sick? nada!
Labor signs? nothing new, much to my dismay
Belly button in or out? it's out, especially when I am really full!
Wedding rings, on or off? on and still loose, yay!
What I Miss? bending over....and my waist after seeing the video below!
Symptoms? still heartburn and that tricky little back pain keeps popping back up
Happy or Moody? So happy and soooo excited!!
Best Moment of the Week? 
Having a dinner with another group of fabulous ladies to celebrate Miss Leighton. My fabulous little play date was sans kiddos this time, at Cheesecake Factory, and they treated me to good conversation, yummy food, goodies for Leighton, and 4 different desserts! THANK YOU, LADIES!! I am so blessed to have each of you in my life...sorry, the dessert took priority over pictures...ha! 
AAAANNNNNNDDDDD.....
Getting everything finally finished in the nursery! Post coming up next!!
Looking forward to? My Sprinkle this weekend! Some of my bestest friends are throwing a little "Sprinkle" for me and Miss Leighton and I can't wait to have (almost) all of all my favorite ladies in one room!! :) 

And I will leave you with this video of my growing belly progress!

Friday, February 21, 2014

36 weeks - almost there!

How Far Along? 36 weeks - 3 weeks from today!! :)
Size? she is as long as romaine lettuce.....odd comparison, but I'll take it! 
Maternity Clothes? over my clothes, I just want to live in yoga pants and tank tops. and with this weather getting warmer (which I LOOOOVE), it is making it a bit trickier!
Weight Gain? 31 pounds...I am definitely starting to feel it in my legs!!
Stretch Marks? Lathering and lathering!
Gender? Leighton Kate!
Sleep? when I get it, it's glorious! but it is never enough!! 
Movement? big ones, waking me up!
Food Cravings? no real cravings, but I am enjoying the girl scout cookies... 
Anything making you queasy or sick? nada!
Labor signs? I have had a few contractions here and there. I wondered if I would realize I was having them this time, and oh yes I did!
 They aren't painful yet, just really crampy....but I'll take it, that means we going in the right direction!!
Belly button in or out? it's out, especially when I am really full!
Wedding rings, on or off? on and loose again! yay!!
What I Miss? sleeping on my stomach!
Symptoms? the devil that is heartburn is still around - prilosec, zantac, and tums....and they really don't even do the trick. if the old wives tale is true, this is gonna be one hairy baby! HA!
But we all know how bald my E is....so I am not holding my breath! :) HA!
Happy or Moody? HAPPY!!!
Best Moment of the Week? My sweet girlfriends from work threw me a little lunch party to celebrate Miss Leighton! It was so fabulous to have a long girly lunch....starting out with caramalized brussel sprouts (my fave!!) and kale...and then ending with not one, but two desserts! HA!
They are so sweet and made me and LK feel so loved...not to mention the balloons to match her nursery that are now Elise's favorite toy!! :)
Good lunch!! And Good friends I have, Good Good Friends!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

35 weeks - only 4 more to go!! :)

How Far Along? 35 weeks - 4 weeks from tomorrow I will be checking into the hospital....holy hell. 
Size? Size of a honeydew melon....but this girl is now measuring 2 weeks ahead!! No wonder I can't bend over!! 
Maternity Clothes? same, limited options these days. even some of my maternity shirts wont cover this belly!
I was noticing this pic wasn't showing the belly's true length....so here is one I posted to instagram the other night...this thing is large and in charge!!
Weight Gain? I was right, 29 whole pounds! That is right about where I was with E at this point, but I am definitely carrying this weight differently...and I am not as swollen as I was with her. Thank goodness for not having 90+ degree weather!
Stretch Marks? Lathering and lathering!
Gender? Leighton Kate!
Sleep? I have officially failed on "tricking" my body into thinking I don't reeeally have to go to the bathroom....I'm up at least 2-3 times a night. Not to mention this heartburn keeping me up!
Movement? still crazy movements! i think she is running out of room!
Food Cravings? today, it's bagels....weird. but for the most part it's been pancakes....with blackberries all over them. I had some like 2 weeks ago and I cannot stop thinking about them.
Anything making you queasy or sick? nada!
Labor signs? just the braxton hicks, but they are getting more common and more intense! like when I walk up the stairs or pick up E, they get serious!
Belly button in or out? it's out, especially when I am really full!
Wedding rings, on or off? on and loose again! yay!!
What I Miss? Nothing these days! 
It's weird, I have been so ready to have this baby, but now that I am so quickly in the 4 week window I feel the need to enjoy and embrace the last bit of this pregnancy - as it will probably be my last! So I am going to put my feet up, eat too many sweets, and spend some serious quality time with E for the next couple weeks!!
Symptoms? heartburn. it's awful. It's waaaay worse than it was with E. Even the Zantac isn't working like it used to. My doc said to try prilosec too...so that is happening today! 
Happy or Moody? HAPPY!!!
Best Moment of the Week? finishing up the nursery! 
It is all done except for hanging 2 shelves, so a full recap coming, I promise!! :)
And I will leave you with E's sweet little Valentine's goodies!
I made sure to get them done last night.....just for them to cancel school today due to possibility of snow. Boo!

 
Happy Valentine's Day to you all!! 
Hope you are all spoiled by your sweeties! :)