Welcoming Evan to Lil Burghers’ World!

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As scheduled, our (not so) little boy was born on Friday afternoon, weighing in at 9 lbs 1 oz and 21.25 inches long. Big sister Ari is very proud of him and learning to be very helpful with “m’evan”. It has been a blessing to get to spend time falling in love with him and having him meet his family the past few days. Like any new baby, he is working on getting adjusted to a schedule….he just needs to decide if that schedule will be aligned with mama or daddy! 🙂

Tomorrow is Delivery Day!

Well, everything is officially set up and ready to go, both here at the house and at the hospital. We are set to arrive at 10:00 tomorrow morning in order to get prepped for the c-section, and I couldn’t be happier. My only concern is the scariest part for me, getting the anethesia, will not be in Greg’s presence. When I delivered Ari, my mom was not in the room either. During this ordeal, the orderly almost pushed me off the surgery table and I could feel the needle going into my back and “squishing” around. NOT fun, so you can see why I am scared of this part. When the nurse told me I would be alone, tears started running down my face, but it is what it is.

Greg and I are in the middle of a quiet evening at home–Ari went to my parents’ for the night and they will meet us post-op along with my brother. Unfortunately, due to snow and ice falling across WVA, VA, and NC, the trek north by Greg’s parents has been postponed until tomorrow. They will get to join us at the hospital later in the evening to greet the baby. As for the house? The crib is set up, the playpen ready, and the swing in place. The only thing not set out are diapers…mainly because we do not have any clue if he will need Newborns or 1’s. Frankly, I think I am carrying a huge kid inside me and that we won’t be in 1’s for long. Hopefully the hospital will send along some N’s if he’s smaller than we think because I did not buy one pack for this kiddo. Other than that, everything is more in line than usual. 🙂

With all that said, so much anticipation over the last 8 months finally comes to bear fruit! We found out we were pregnant the night before my cousin’s wedding–it was April 16. A few clues had led us to believe we could be pregnant, so I took a test to be sure so that I wouldn’t do anything I’d regret. Thank goodness I did, because it was definitely positive. With Ari, I took three tests to be sure, but all I needed with this kiddo was one. My body KNOWS it is pregnant.

This leads me to a list of things I will and will not miss about being pregnant, then it’s back to enjoying our last evening as parents of one. 🙂

What I will NOT miss about being pregnant:
* Having to take medicine so as not to be sick 24/7.
* Not being able to pick Arianna up as easily as before
* Not being able to take medicine for a cold
* Missing out on chicken meals
* 3 weeks of contractions
* Having feet in my ribs
* Maternity shirts
* Preggers photos (notice the lack of them LOL)
* Having to drive to work on snow and ice…because now I get out of it for 8 weeks!
* Weird, random medical stuff

What I will miss about being pregnant:
* Arianna and Greg’s kisses for the baby at night
* Maternity jeans (a thrill because I never wore them with Arianna, now I can’t imagine life without them)
* Sleeping or resting just because, hey, I’m with child!
* Feeling the baby move and grow
* Getting out of diaper changes 🙂
* Not having to share the baby 😉 (Just kidding…a little…)
* Random foot rubs and having the truck started for me (hey…this shouldn’t stop!)
* Hearing his heartbeat

Tomorrow, our lives change once again for the better. Three years ago, I felt like I was at the bottom and now I can’t tell you how great life feels. All it took to rescue me was a beautiful little girl and her amazing Daddy. Now we get to share our love with one more amazing addition. Can’t wait to update you all with pictures, details, and Arianna-isms regarding the baby. *Loves!*

Still waiting!

You are all well aware, but Baby 2 has not made his entrance. Trust me, we’ve been trying to make it happen. I thought yesterday was it–felt like cramps and hunger pains were having a fight in my stomach and not letting up–but nope. Luckily, my body is making some progress and I am not alone. The doctor said all the babies born in the last month have been causing crazy things to happen to pregnant women who are seen at their office. Guess this is what we get! Of course, I’ve been nesting lots, but it is not helping. I am still in a good deal of pain, but luckily I have a little girl who loves to just chill on the couch with her mama and a husband who is ok handling all the lifting and potty training. Speaking of–Ari wore Dora underpants today for a few hours while we worked on Christmas treats! She is growing so fast. Unfortunately, we took them off her when we started experimenting with some foods, but who wants to deal with an allergic reaction in big girl pants anyhow? Fate has the baby set to arrive tomorrow…my parents will be traveling back from my cousin’s wedding during a major snowstorm. I can just feel it. If not, I am strapping myself in and dealing with the pain until Friday when we’ve scheduled the c-section. One way or the other, we have less than a week to go which feels great!

Latent Labor, Adoption, and Making it to December

Stressful cannot even begin to describe the T’s and D’s we’ve overcome as a family this past week. After Thanksgiving, sure enough, the turkey gave me contractions. Two trips to Magee in one weekend showed I am not progressing, so it is contraction city until my water breaks. On top of that, all three of us caught a nasty cold. Thank goodness Ari bounced back pretty quick. Tomorrow is the first hearing in the adoption process (to make Greg legally her father even though we all know he has been since day one). Just a tad stressful when you are 37 weeks along, contracting, and can barely breathe (thank you to no medicines but tussin). Regardless, our love for each other, family support, and faith (prayer is powerful my friends) have got us through and we are just under three hours from holding off for a December baby. Continued thoughts are appreciated, and we will continue to give thanks for our blessings. Cannot wait to post the “this time it’s real!!!!!” post and status updates!

Four weeks Five days….

Tomorrow I will be thirty four weeks. So glad to make it this far, but everyday I feel more and more tired and more and more ready to have baby boy! This past week, we scheduled the c section for December 17 at noon. That means just over four weeks to go for sure! Hopefully if I am to last that long it will not be so rough on my body. The good news is that he hasn’t been moving nearly as much so room is running out! We have got to be close! There just might be a Thanksgiving baby on the way!!!

Another trip to the hospital!

Yesterday I had a bit of a scare and ended up on an overnight stay at the hospital. My heart was pounding and rising irregularly. Turned out to be a case of sinus tachycardia. Thanking God that the baby is fine, that I have a great force of prayer warriors behind me, that my dad and mom watched Ari for us, and that my husband is simply an amazing caregiver. Also, Ari got to go to sibling class while I was in. She diapered and “fed”her baby…just an amazing sight. Definitely the best little student and proof she is excited to be a big sister. Even the sight of me with an iv cath, icu linked heart monitor, and dressed in a robe didn’t scare her. Even tho it was scary and a busy day/night of tests, I am so glad we have the care of Magee!

October is here!

It is so hard for me to believe that just about six months ago we found out baby #2 was on the way…and now here it is three days into October and we are getting so much closer to his arrival!  October and November both promise to be very busy months for our household, but they truly are two of my favorite months to have.  First and foremost, October is Arianna’s birth month!  It also helps that with October comes cooler weather, falling leaves, and the awesome feel of fall.  Unlike South Carolina, Pittsburgh experiences some of the most drastic season changes anywhere and it is absolutely beautiful.  I have to admit, I loved life in SC but fall makes living in Pittsburgh VERY worthwhile.  (Oh…and DQ’s pumpkin blizzards help ALOT too!)

With the theme of keeping busy, let me share some of my favorite moments of the past few weeks before time starts to fly by…

We went to Kennywood for my company picnic in September.  This sealed the deal that our plan to attend HallowBoo at Idlewild was out of the question:

We are really not sure why she had such a bad time on the rides, but figured that adding one more trip to our jam packed fall was just not worth it this time around. Maybe next year.  But, at least she had a good time playing Bingo with Grammie, duck pond with Mommy, fish pond with Pappy, and riding the carousel with Daddy (I got nausea standing in line…wow to that).

As for me, Mama of the Lil Burghers, I have kept very busy beyond our weekend fun.  I volunteered at and attended PodCamp Pittsburgh 5, attended an Etiquette Dinner at my college alma mater, and spent a day in the hospital with apparent bad heartburn or a reaction to a virus. Growing a baby is exhausting but worthwhile!

And yesterday we went out to Blairsville for my dad’s family reunion.  It is at the gorgeous Pine Ridge Park (Pine Lodge) with a pond and beautiful woodsy setting.  Greg got to take some neat pictures around the lodge and Arianna had a good time hanging out with her Unca Ja (who she has missed very much!).  She gets her artistic side from him and my mom…and she chose 4 packs of crayons for her gifts during the kids’ games.  Here are some awesome shots Greg captured of her and Jack:

And last but not least, we have really enjoyed spending the last four Sundays watching Steeler games (ok, today was a rough ending…).  Arianna wakes up and says “Steelers!” which is just awesome.  She is the biggest little fan I’ve ever seen.  Next Sunday is a bye week (which works oh so perfectly for her birthday party!) so we are not sure how she’ll take that.

Arianna’s birthday is Tuesday and she is fully aware that she is turning two (and thus gets every right to be “terrible”!) .  Good thing she’ll have a little playmate soon! 🙂

Uncooperative Baby #2

Getting a fresh start plus being a working pregnant mom is nearly impossible! Not to mention the fact that I got a wonderful infection from swimming in the lake last week. The husband and I are not exactly enjoying our week “without the kid” like we expected; however, we have been able to get the relaxation we probably need.

Today was our first (and we had hoped only) Ultrasound for Baby #2…but our first little one apparently wrote instructions in my womb to be difficult. This child had its arms in its face and was sitting indian style with the cord between the legs…so we still don’t know what we are having. Good thing is that the pictures, although they appeared normal and healthy, weren’t 100% good enough for the doctors so we get to go back and do it all again in a few weeks when the baby is a bit bigger.

Wish us luck!