Baby Blog: Heather's Expecting!

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - 3/22/2019: UPDATE:

Meet Owen James! Our perfect little man was born yesterday (March 21) at 2:06pm weighing 7lbs 14oz.

He is currently in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) for a fast delivery that didn't really clear his lungs, and he had some trouble breathing at first. But he is doing WONDERFULLY and should be back in our room with us in the next day or so.

2/15/2019 UPDATE:

We're due NEXT MONTH.

Time has both flown by, and gone so slowly! We have 5 weeks to go until our due date, and one of the fun parts of being this far along is the reaction from people when I tell them that I still have more than a month left. I know, I look like I'm "ready to pop" any day, and I feel like it too! And, we announced our pregnancy before a lot of people do, so it seems like I've been pregnant forever. But, every appointment confirms that we're still right on track to deliver in March.

Of course, we're at the stage of getting everything set and in place for when baby boy is here. We had our baby shower last weekend, and were so blessed to receive hand-made gifts, blankets, books, toys, clothes, and so much more!

Baby is doing great. He's right around 5 lbs now and is consistently practicing breathing and hiccuping. He's also discovered my ribs and stomach, and seems to have adopted both as his toys.

Our nursery furniture is all set up, and now we're working on getting everything washed and put away. I'm also working on getting my hospital bag together, which makes is REAL that I have about 35 days until we're officially a family of three!
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1/26/2019 UPDATE:

32 weeks now, and we've been extremely lucky to go this long without any hiccups or complications. That changed for us a little bit this past week.

A small amount of bleeding prompted my OB to send me to the hospital on Wednesday, and they kept me through Thursday night. Baby was very active and happy every time they checked his heart rate and movements, and after a lot of tests, I was deemed healthy, too. My doctor found me to be at a potential risk for preterm labor in the next few weeks, so we're taking it easier and making sure I get plenty of rest. We did a round of steroid shots to help baby's lungs develop, just in case.

We'll see if this recent "scare" is enough for my doctor to increase my appointments, tests or restrictions. For now, I can't travel outside of the area. I'm very thankful to be able to stay working, though!

The journey so far has been relatively easy, and Zach and I are extremely thankful for that. He's always offering and stepping in to help with housework, as is my mom. After this past week, I'll be taking them both up on their offers to do laundry and clean for me. (Yep, now it's in writing, so I have to stick to my word!) It'll be tough for me, though, because I thoroughly enjoy keeping up with the house and being active.

I wanted to share this experience with you, since not EVERY second of pregnancy is easy or pretty, and it's really taught me to trust and call the doctor when I have doubts. Had I not called on Wednesday, I wouldn't have learned that my body is a little more fragile than I expected it to be at this stage, and I could have risked a very scary, dangerous early labor.

More exciting, happy updates in the next few weeks as we finish the nursery and get ready for our baby shower! (And yes, I've talked to baby and told him he needs to stay in for at least a few more weeks so we can get through the shower!)
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1/9/2019 UPDATE:

Hello, third trimester!

My days are full of kicks, punches, heartburn and backaches, but I wouldn't trade any of it for anything. Doctors say baby boy looks perfect, with a steady heartbeat and almost constant movement.

In fact, doctors say we're BOTH perfectly healthy! I did my glucose test right after Christmas, which tests for gestational diabetes. I tested negative, which means I don't need a restricted diet.

Zach and I are now focused on finishing the nursery (we're almost there, thanks to our moms!) and getting ready for our shower, which is next month. I'll be 30 weeks this Friday, and the next 10 weeks are going to FLY by!
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11/1/2018 UPDATE:

It's been a busy few months for my husband Zach and me: cleaning and decluttering the house, going to doctor's appointments, and slowly starting to collect things for the baby. The focus this week is turning my office into a nursery.

Since hitting the second trimester, I'm getting sick less often, and I have much more energy! We've pulled up the carpet, now we just have to get a new rug, and of course some furniture.

Another motivator for us to get started on the nursery is that we're already starting to get things for the baby. We've gotten gifts from family members and friends, including blankets and toys. We started running out of room in what used to be my office, so we decided that now was a great time to finally convert to a nursery.

Also this week, I hit the 20-week mark! On Monday, we got a look at the baby with another ultrasound, and the doctor took measurements of everything, including his heart, eyes, and lungs. The doctor says he's growing right on schedule!

Another exciting development is that baby boy can now hear my voice. I’m trying to find more ways and opportunities to talk to him, read to him and get him used to my singing in the car!

I’m also starting to feel him move more, although with the placement of the placenta, it’ll be a few more weeks before I feel any big kicks or punches. But the biggest adjustment has been having to buy maternity clothes! Yoga pants and sweatpants have been my best friends at home, and stretchy skirts for work.
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9/13/2018 UPDATE:

My husband and I finally received the results of our genetic tests!

The doctor's office called to let us know that everything looked good, and the baby tested negative for any chromosomal abnormalities.

We also found out the baby's gender! It's a BOY!

Since Zach and I work opposite hours, I had the doctor's office call us back and leave a message with the gender result so that he and I could listen to it and find out together. Hearing that message together was one of my favorite moments ever.
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9/7/2018:

We were trying for more than a year. Now, all of a sudden, we're here!

My husband, Zach, and I have always wanted to be parents. We're both kids at heart, and we have a strong relationship and marriage that we're excited to raise a family in.

Officially, our due date is March 22, 2019. It still feels weird to talk about due dates and baby things. I'm 11 weeks along, but it feels like I just got pregnant yesterday. Of course, since I found out I was pregnant, I've been dealing with the usual morning sickness, exhaustion and increased appetite. It's been a long couple of months, and I'm looking forward to the start of my second trimester in a couple of weeks!

One of the biggest questions I'm always asked is, "is the morning sickness tough with your hours?" The answer: YES. Of course, I'm so grateful to have the opportunity to even have pregnancy symptoms, but staying hydrated and eating frequently really helps. Every pregnancy is different, but for me, the sickness comes in the mornings AND the evenings, probably because I wake up so early.

I'm so excited to share my pregnancy journey with all of you! If you have any questions, tips, or encouraging words, feel free to drop me an email. I'll update this thread as we reach each new, exciting milestones on our way to March!