Thursday, May 23, 2013

18 weeks!

It's hard to believe that we are almost 1/2 way thru this pregnancy! Holly continues to do well and that sweet bump continues to grow! 

Every week continues to get more and more exciting the closer that D-day gets! This week Brystol is the size of a 6 inch mango. Now, finding a mango that is 6 inches long proved to be quite the task. When my Mom went looking for a mango of that size and couldn't find one, we figured making our own 6 inch fruit was the next best thing. So, here you have this lovely chopped up mango that is wrapped in suran You get the idea! 

A along through this journey I knew I wanted to induce lactation in order to breastfeed Brystol. I've gotten in touch with all the right people, had long conversations with people that have successfully induced lactation, talked with lactation specialist and bought a pump. After we got back from vacation a few weeks ago I started the process and had been at it for a little over a week. Towards the end of that week I had a doc appt and found out that due to the meds I'm on for my heart( I had an infection in the lining of my heart a few years ago and since have a high heartbeat, so I'm on meds to keep the ol' heartbeat down) I can't breastfeed. Going off the meds in order to breastfeed is also not an option. Talk about frustrating! I already can't carry my own baby but now I can't even supply breast milk for her. Always has to be something it seems! It was a frustrating few days and yet again, I felt I was failing. A few days later I decided to post in a Mommy and Baby group I'm in on Facebook. I asked if anyone in the group had ever used a breast milk donation bank. I got quite a few responses, all from women I didn't know saying they'd be willing to pump extra and donate it to me. It's so nice to know there are still some good people in this world and such a thoughtful thing to do for a complete stranger! However, I couldn't bring myself to be completely comfortable receiving donated breast milk from someone I don't know nor have a way to screen it for any drugs, diseases, etc. While I was in the midst of looking around at a few different breast milk banks I received a message from a girl I went to high school with. Her message,
 " Hey Christa! I just wanted to say how happy I am for you guys! I have been following along your journey and I am so amazed by your strength.
I wanted to mention that I have quite a lot of milk in my freezer that I will likely never use. I was going to find something to do with it but I saw your post in the mommies group and it got me thinking.
If you would be interested I would be willing to donate some of my milk. You can think about it- and ask me any questions. I'd love to help if I can.
Let me know what you think. 😊" 
I don't know this little Momma(her name is a secret, for now. :-) ) all that well but I do know she's a healthy girl, has a 4 1/2 month old that breastfeeds and has been one of our cheerleaders through this whole process. As of last week she already had 170oz saved up in her freezer for us and that was without starting to pump both side! Impressive little milk machine! Her generosity brought me to tears the other day while we were talking on the phone and I just can't thank her enough for what she's going to be doing for us. Brystol is one lucky little girl! Little Momma, I know you'll read this and I literally can't say "thank you" enough! 

Next week we have our official gender scan with the doctor and 20 week appt! Brystol's Great Grandma will be joining us for that ultrasound. She was a nurse practitioner for years and I'm sure will just be in awe of how far technology has come in the baby world since she was on that side of the fence. Can't wait to see how much our little lady has grown in the last 5 1/2 weeks!!!!! 

Sunday, May 12, 2013

17 weeks!

Time is flying by! We are officially 17 weeks along. Wow!

Check it out...

Pretty soon that bump is going to be poking out of that shirt!!! 
I love it!!!

Today is Mother's Day. 
It's weird to actually be celebrating this day. For the last 5 years its been a day that I would mourn. 
I have a baby, but it's not in my arms and hasn't been for over 5 years.This time next year I will have a 2 babies!

 I had a great weekend. To kick it off I walked in the house to some beautiful flowers and sweet card from my hubby. We then headed east for the weekend to Joseph where we stayed in a great cabin, went for a long drive, did some fishing and relaxing. It was beautiful & warm weekend!!!! I didn't want to come home today!!!

How's this for a Mother's Day gift from my Mom and Dad..

  I love it and think it will be perfect to keep Brystol warm on those cold fall and winter days. 
Thanks again Mom and Dad!

It's hard to believe that in 3 days Holly will be as far along in the pregnancy as I was when I had that horrid miscarriage. I find it ironic that 17 weeks along hit the same weekend as Mothers Day weekend. I guess it just goes to show that sometimes things really are meant to be!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Gender Ultrasound Video

14, 15, 16 weeks & it's a......

How did I ever get so far behind?! Whoops! Time is really starting to pick up and go by quickly!

Here is that baby bump at 14 weeks...

15 weeks...

On April 24th we got to have our gender scan! Ohhh my goodness, it was amazing!  Here was our gender reveal picture that we sent to our family and friends...

Yep, it's a GIRL!

  Here are a few ultrasound pictures of our little Brystol Ann...

We are both so excited for a girl! The day we found out we were also heading out on vacation. We traveled down Hwy 101 all the way down to San Francisco to Brystol's Uncles house. Stayed there a few days and got to see The craziness of San Fran, the Golden Gate and down to Half Moon Bay for an AMAZING lunch. We also got to see the beauty of Yosemite. Oh my, it was SO pretty! We also drove through the Redwood Forest on our way down 101, that was also BEAUTIFUL! After that we went east to Lake Tahoe. I think this was one of my favorite parts of our whole trip. That place has some seriously AMAZING beauty and we will be going back!! After Tahoe we went to Reno...blah! Not my kind of place but we did get some good people watching in! All in all our vacation was wonderful! We drove over 3,000 miles and had a great time. Oh yes, we alsoooo got some good shopping in for our little lady! Actually, we may or may not have gone CRAZY with the clothes shopping. Haha, oh well. Guess that is what happens when we've been waiting for a baby for 6 years!

On the 2nd of May we had an OB appt with Holly. All went great, Brystol is growing right on track and has a good healthy heartbeat. It was a quick appt but I'm glad all is going well. Holly is also still growing Brystol like a champ and has had no problems, especially now that she's got her energy back.

Well, here we are at 16 weeks!
Have you ever seen a turnip that was 5 inches long? We used an onion instead..

The day we had our ultrasound we gave Holly the start of a Pandora bracelet. It's a little gift to show the GINORMOUS amount of appreciation we have for her and what she is doing for us. The first charms are a baby carriage and a family circle. We can't wait to continue adding to it!!