Monday, July 7, 2014

Cooper is 2 Months!

Cooper turned 2 months old yesterday, and he just keeps getting bigger.  I am constantly amazed at how fast this boy is growing. He's pretty smiley, which you can't tell from this picture, but it's easy to make him smile. He's sleeping 5-6 hour stretches at night, so that's been nice.  He's in cloth diapers, which I love! I'm using BumGenius brand, and they're amazing. I use the all-in-one, so I don't have to stuff diapers. 


birth: 6 lbs. 14 oz.
1 month: 9 lbs. (weighed at home)
2 months: 11 lbs. 4 oz. (weighed at home)

birth: 19 1/4 inches
1 month: 21 ¾ inches (measured at home)
2 months: 22 ½ inches (measured at home)

Want to compare Cooper to Brooklynne at this age? Here's her 2 month post.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Cooper's Birth Story

I had planned on typing this out soon after we got home from the hospital, but that did not happen because I am a champion procrastinator!

My pregnancy with Cooper was a lot different than B's, which means I should have suspected his birth would be different than hers, but I figured it would be similar.  

We moved to the Bay Area (living with the parents......) in February, but I continued to drive out to Modesto for my doctor appointments because I love my midwife and I really didn't want to find someone else.  April 18th I "moved" back to Modesto so that I could have Cooper there. Brooklynne was born 4 days early, so I wanted to be there with plenty of time before he came, and I definitely had PLENTY of time. I was 38 weeks when I got there, and B and I stayed with my in-laws. Matt would be there on the weekends, and then come back to the Bay on Sunday night so he could work during the week. 

B and I tried to live life as normally as we could. I went to classes every day, which was wonderful. I loved being "home," and I loved being able to see my friends on a regular basis, I got to see my best friend 2-3 times a was wonderful! I lifted weights in BodyPump, shook it in Zumba and Boxed in Piloxing, all while trying to get labor going, and none of it worked. I tried every old wives tale to get labor going, and none of them worked, so we waited, impatiently.  It was hard being away from Matt during the week. It was hard on Brooklynne having discipline from multiple people constantly, and it was hard feeling completely stuck there.  I didn't feel like I could go anywhere because I didn't know when I'd go into labor.  

I had been having Braxton Hicks for a few weeks, but it didn't seem like they were doing much. Monday morning (May 5th, 3 days after my due date) I went to BodyPump for the 3rd time since I had come to Modesto (I thought that I'd get in one week of it), which was from 9-10. I got B a cheeseburger afterward (because she likes McD's at 10 am apparently), and then we drove across the street and got me a coffee from Starbucks. Driving home I could tell that the BH contractions I had been having had changed and were obviously regular contractions.  We got home and I set B up with a movie and I took a shower then bounced on the exercise ball.  I called Matt after an hour of regular contractions (15 minutes apart). He was 2 hours away so he left work to come to Modesto. Of course, as soon as I called him the contractions stopped completely for an hour, but luckily started up again. 

By 3 pm the contractions were between 8-10 minutes apart and pretty hard. Matt had gotten there at about 2. I was on the ball all afternoon, if I got off and walked around, the contractions picked up to be every 5 minutes, but as soon as I sat down they slowed. It was the serious premier of 24 that night, so we watched that once B went to bed.  At 11 pm Matt and I took a walk and they were 2-3 minutes apart.  We decided it was time to go to the hospital, so we loaded our bags into the car and headed over. 

As soon as I laid on the bed for them to check me my contractions slowed again to 10 minutes.  I had been dilated to a 3 for a week so I figured that with a whole day of contractions I'd be at least a 6...I wasn't even a 4, so they couldn't check me in as active labor, so Matt and I walked.  He walked with me for an hour, then they checked me again and I was almost a 5, so they were able to check me in.  My midwife (Irene) came soon after that (at about 2 am), and Matt laid down to take a nap (he had been up driving and working for almost 30 hours).  Irene walked around the empty halls with me for about an hour, and my contractions were 1-2 minutes apart and really hard. Giana got there at 3 and switched with Irene and walked with me. I swear I walked 5 miles that night/morning.  

They had hooked me up to my IV for fluids (best thing ever) and monitored the baby and my contractions. Irene checked me and I was still a 6, and offered to break my water, but I declined.

At 4 am my mother in law got there, and I kept on with the contractions (not much else I could do).  By then they were extremely hard, but still not any closer together. Since I was laying down, because I was exhausted, they were still every 8-10 minutes.

I tried multiple different positions, side, back, other side, squatting, and nothing seemed to help push them along. At around 5am Irene checked me again and offered again to break my water to see if it would help me dilate more or bring my contractions together more. It didn't really do either, instead it just took my cushion away, my contractions got harder and harder with each one, but not closer together.  I was beyond frustrated, completely exhausted, and extremely annoyed that I wasn't progressing. I'd have one and then another 3 minutes later and then right after and then it would be 8 minutes till another one. I finally got almost to 8 cm dilated at around 7am (almost 24 hours after my contractions had started). The contractions hurt extremely bad and I was totally over it. I'm impressed with myself that I never asked for an epidural, but there were quite a few times I was hating myself for not getting a c-section because I just wanted it over. 
Irene started talking about pitocin because of my lack of progression and because my contractions were so sporadic. I never once had an urge to push, but around 7:50 or 8am, I had had enough and just needed to get him the heck out of me.  My contractions weren't regular, and I was only a 9, but I decided to start pushing anyway.  As each contraction came (2, 8, 4, 3 minutes apart...ugh) I pushed.  I pushed so hard I popped a blood vessel in my eye and a bunch under my eyes.
They started talking about how it was time, and nurses started filling the room and breaking apart the bed, the bright lights came on and Irene got in position. I never thought it "was time." Since I had experienced such a different birth with Brooklynne and such and intense "urge to push," that is what I was looking for, and I never once felt that even though I was completely drug free.
My legs were shaking SO bad, I couldn't control it, and I felt so hot, it was ridiculous!

At 8:37am on May 6th, after about 30 minutes of pushing, my beautiful son was born. Feeling him come out was the most incredible thing ever (just like with B). They put him straight to my chest, all covered in our nastiness, but I didn't care, I was just so happy. He pinked up slowly, but I wasn't worried. 

Irene, my midwife, was just absolutely incredible!!

They weighed him and measured him, 6 bs 14 oz, and 19 1/4 inches long, then gave him back to me. I had orange juice to help get my sugars back.

After all the tests had been done, and they had cleaned everything up, they all cleared out of the room. My mother in law left to change and get our daughter and my brother in law. And we were alone, with our son. Our son! I got up about 25 minutes later and took a shower, which felt SO good! My legs were still a little shakey, but I managed just fine by myself, never once felt out of control.
My mother in law came back at 10:20 with Brooklynne, and I could just feel her excitement. Apparently when my MIL had gone to pick her up and get her ready she asked her if she wanted to go meet Cooper, and she said "he's here already?" She was calm but so proud. I couldn't believe I was finally introducing our daughter to our son. She walked into the room carrying the dog she had made for him at Build A Bear.

We then moved to our postpartum room (the same room we had with B), and she was so excited to help carry my bag, and press the button that turned on the lullaby announcing a baby had been born.

Our first photo as a family of four!
We stayed in the hospital until the following evening, May 7th. My recovery has been incredible so far, and we are so thankful for our little son!

Photography by Giana Silva Photography!

Having her take pictures was amazing and such a blessing!!

Friday, June 6, 2014

Cooper's 1 month birthday!

I know I haven't even announced on here that Cooper was born, but I'm working on the post. Until then, he is officially a month old today, so I can't not post about it!!

He has been such a joy so far, we are so in love with him! He's a champion eater, and gaining weight quickly! He's sleeping well at night, about 6 hours between feedings, so I feel very blessed to be getting sleep!

Happy National Donut Day!

Baby Stats:


birth: 6 lbs. 14 oz.
1 month: 9 lbs. (weighed at home)


birth: 19 1/4 inches
1 month: 21 3/4 inches (measured at home)

Curious to compare him with B at this age? Here's the link to her 1 month blog post

Monday, April 21, 2014

Cooper's Baby Shower #2 - Circus Theme

My "little sister"/dear friend and her mom threw a beautiful baby shower for Cooper and me last weekend, and just like my sprinkle, it was so completely thought out and creative and perfect!  I've been liking all the little elephant stuff around lately, so Kelsey went with a circus theme. By the way, sorry for the bad photography, Giana wasn't there to take perfect pictures. haha!

She ordered these invitations off of Etsy, and had them printed at Costco.

I loved the banner she made, it's going to hang above Cooper's bed.

Kelsey used a hula hoop and double stick tape to make the circus tent, it was seriously so cute and clever, perfect for the theme.

Such a yummy array of snacks.  The shower was at 2 pm, so she didn't want to do a meal, but the food was perfect to snack on.  One of my favorite snacks is popcorn, and that tied in perfectly with the theme.  She also had my favorite chocolate chip cookies from A Sweet Affair in Walnut Creek...yum!!

Kelsey's friend Caroline made the cupcakes, and they were delicious. I love all the C's and stripes, super cute!

Baby belly by the food table.

So many wonderful women that I have known all or most of my life were there to celebrate with us, and it was so great to see all of them!!
The first game we played was mad-libs (my favorite).  She passed around a sheet of paper with blanks you had to fill in: adjective, noun, etc. Then after everyone had those filled in, she passed around papers to everyone and you had to transfer the words from the first page to the story on the second page, with no changing words.  Then I read them all aloud and picked my favorite.  It was so funny, some of them were hilarious.  I was sweating and laughing so hard!!

Everyone also decorated onesies for Cooper, they're really cute!

Kelsey and me, she's just a delight!  Thank you for the beautiful shower, Kelsey and Barb, you made me feel so very special!!

Friday, April 18, 2014

What's in My Hospital Bag

I leave today to drive out to Modesto, and I'll be staying there with my in-laws until the baby comes.  It's kind of crazy because this means he is due soon, I'm officially 38 weeks today (feel free to come anytime, Coop).  All of our bags are packed, and I'm excited to show you all what I have packed in mine.

My Hospital Bag

1. Suitcase - This is actually Brooklynne's bag, but it was spacious enough, without being too huge.

2. Almonds - I wanted to bring any easy snack with me to have after delivery and for Matt to be able to have.  These are from Trader Joe's, they're the roasted and lightly salted kind, my favorite!

3. Rattles - These are what Brooklynne is giving to Cooper when he's born, they're the type that will hang from his carseat, and she;s very excited about them.

4. Brooklynne's Hospital Outfit - I told you all about the outfit that my bestie got for Cooper and B, so this is what she'll wear to visit him at the hospital.

5. Baby Book, Birth Plan, Magazine, FoxTrot Comic Book, Notebook - The baby book is for if they're willing to stamp his hand print and footprint in it (we didn't do this with B). Birth plan...obvious. Magazine is for downtime after the baby is born. Comic book - FoxTrot is my favorite and it was only $2! Notebook - for writing down nursing times, or any gifts people bring, or anything I need to write down.

6. Flip Flops - for walking around the hospital, but also if I get a room without a shower, I'll need these for using the communal shower.

7. Makeup Bag - This will be one of the things I put in before I go to the hospital since I use it every day.

8. Labor Bag - I will detail this below.

9. Extra Toiletries - Also detailed below.

10. Belly Bandit and Belly Bands - the first is an elastic band that velcro's tight around the waist to help shrink the uterus, and offer support. I didn't use this with B, but I have heard a lot of good things from people who have used them. They're common with c-sections. The belly bands are just for extra support if I need it.

11. Nursing Tank Tops - these are the Gilligan O'Malley brand for Target.  I like them because they're longer than some other brands I've used before. I packed two of these and I'm assuming I will be wearing them in the hospital the whole time.

12. Nursing Bras - One Nursing sports bra, Two nursing bras, also Gilligan O'Malley. One has underwire and the other does not.  A friend posted on Facebook a few weeks ago asking of r nursing bra recommendations, and this is the brand she got the most recs. for.  I used Motherhood Maternity nursing bras with B and HATED them (the underwire came out on every one I had). The nursing bra, however, is Motherhood Maternity, and it's my favorite.

13. Toiletries - Shampoo, Conditioner, body wash, face wash and deodorant...the necessities.

14. Socks and Underwear - I bought a pack of underwear for the sense in running my regular underwear.

15. Going Home Outfit - I chose my cute maternity maxi skirt and a nice coral tank.  I want to look nice, but I want something stretchy!

16. Pajamas - I used to wear these two nightgowns when I was overweight.  They're really comfy, and have buttons up the front which will help for breastfeeding.

17. Nursing Cover - For when I have to nurse while we have guests.

18. Hair Dryer and Straightener - The dryer is in the bag now, since I can use my mother in laws for the time being, but the straightener, along with the makeup will go in the bag right before we leave.

Not pictured - Yoga pants (I'll live in them at the hospital), sweatshirt (zip up hoodie).

Extra Toiletries

1. Bag - Forever 21

2. Nursing Pads - Lanisonoh brand.  My bestie suggested these, and I just happened to get a sample at Target, so I'm packing them. They're disposable, and have an adhesive strip on the back to prevent them from sliding around.

3. Washable Nursing Pads - Depending on how I end up feeling about the Lansinoh brand ones, I may not use these. But I like having back up, so these are good.

4. Prenatal Vitamins, Tylenol - Just because I won't be pregnant anymore doesn't mean I get to stop taking my vitamins, I will definitely need them while breastfeeding. 

5. Toothbrush and Toothpaste - I use an electric toothbrush at home and didn't want to worry about packing it.  This one can just be thrown away when I'm leaving the hospital.

6. Eucerine Dry Skin Cream - just in case I need a bit of lotion.

Labor Bag

So, this bag is in my hospital suitcase, but it's specifically for while I'm laboring at the hospital. It will help make Matt's life easier, I can just have him bring that bag to me.

1. Bag - from Forever 21 (I love their makeup bags)

2. Emergen-C - I also packed 3 of these in Matt's bag, because I don't want us getting sick!

3. Red Raspberry Leaf Tea - I steep this over water then add ice.  It is said to help with labor, strengthening the uterus, and lots of other things.  I have been drinking it almost daily since 35 weeks.  I use this brand, and I got it from Target.  I enjoy it plain with ice, but you could add raw honey to it if you like a sweeter tea.

4. Crystal Lite Packets - These are the leftovers from the nurses thank you gifts, and Matt loves both of the flavors (raspberry ice and peach tea), so I thought they'd be nice to have for him, and then he can use them in postpartum as well.

5. Raisins - high in sugar for if I need a quick pick me up during labor, keeping your blood sugar up is so important.  I'm hoping to pick up some dates, or coconut rolled dates from Sprouts to add to the bag.

6. Tissues - for my emotional husband. HAHAHA, I'm hilarious, he's really not at all (in 8 years I've never seen him cry). I had them, so I packed them...they're nicer than the hospital ones.

7. Bobby Pins - for my bangs.

8. Head Bands - if I decide I don't want to use the bobby pins.

9. Chapstick - the hospitals are so dry.

10. Gum - I do realize that I have 3 different kinds, I just don't know what kind I'll want (if I even want any), but it will help in keeping my mouth moist.

11. Date Bar - I have a few more of these packed.  They have a descent amount of protein, but again, they're high in sugar.

12. Comfy Socks - Warm and cozy just in case my feet get cold during labor.

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Also, today is our 8 year anniversary...of being together.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Maternity Photos

So, if you haven't already realized, Giana takes most of our pictures.  She's one of my dearest friends and doesn't seem to mind when I ask her if she'll bring her camera to functions (B's birthday party, my baby sprinkle)(or, at least she says she doesn't mind).   She's super talented and one of the kindest women I know!  I am blessed to have her in my life and that she's my friend...she's pretty darn amazing! And our daughters love each other!  Anyway, she did our maternity photos and they turned out spectacular (not too surprising because she's amazing).  She took us to the Ripon Military Corps Park and it was gorgeous, everything was so lush and green!  Get ready for a lot of pictures, it was really hard to narrow it down to these!

That leaf is belly button is super weird and not in the middle of my belly...what the heck????

This one is cute, but husband is just getting a ton of boob in his face.

This is her "lion" outfit

Close up of my tattoo

my sentiments exactly, kid!

Thank you Giana for these incredible photos, I can't wait to print and frame them!!

Like I've said before, if you're in the Central Valley, call Giana for photography!