Category: Birth Story


Emma Marie

Born: 8/9 @ 6:20PM
Weight:  7lbs 3 ounces
Length: 20inches

Thank you for all of the love and support!  I can’t wait to share more details soon.  But for now we are relishing in our new “Family of Four-ness”.



10AM Today!

Hopefully in a few short hours we will be holding our Baby Girl!
Thank you so much for all of the sweet messages from yesterday!  
It means the world to me!


Big Brother Present

One of the things that may or may not help The Toddler’s transition into big brotherhood are presents from our little baby girl.  I am hoping to make sure that he feels just as loved and supported as we start out our life as a family of four together.  The Husband and I are going to make sure he has solo time with each of us and excursions to the Zoo, Splash Pad and other little just D trips.

Most of these items come from the dollar bin at Target-with exception to the puzzle which I am really excited about- hope The Toddler is too!

Preeclampsia Hospital Stay

Operation Baby 
Shortly after posting this past Wednesday I called my Doctor to give her a heads-up on my health.  She immediately told me to come in and get checked.  I called Gabe and because I was too dizzy to drive he rescued me and took me to the Doctor. His boss and colleagues are so supportive and have been a real blessing throughout this pregnancy!
Gabe got home just in time to pack-up the car(just in case) and head out.  We made it in and immediately our Doctor said, “Oh dear, you are so puffy.”  I knew it! After a round of labs, reflex tests and BP reading she called the hospital and told us to head over ASAP.  My blood pressure had once again shot up another 10 pts and was at a very dangerous level considering all of the other labs and symptoms.
Thankgoodness for “planning” ahead and packing.  Gabe talked to me continuously throughout the car ride knowing that I was anxious and that I needed to just hear his voice- he knows me so well.
We checked in and got to our room. They wanted to keep me for at least 24 hours for observation and lab work.  I have never been poked and prodded so much in my entire life… so much blood and labs!  We were told to not have ANY visitors… to which I said, ” But one of my best friends works in your ICU dept…” And she said, “Oh, okay.” Our friend Nikki who works in the hospital came in and checked on us after her shift.  It was sooooooo sweet for her to come, wonderful to see a friendly face! <3
We just got checked in and feeling safer being at the hospital.
Yes, they are mismatched. No, I didn’t care. They were comfy. Period.
Cards… helped playing through the pain. Gabe kicked my butt(which is rare : ) ).
Gabe’s food… he LOVED it.
We arrived too late to order dinner… so Gabe went down and ‘secretly’ changed my meal they were going to give me to one of my favorites in the whole wide world- steak, mac-n-cheese, and potatoes!  It was nice to ‘feel’ hungry because I have been struggling to eat the past week and a half.
Medicine- feeling slightly better now <3.
Gabe set-up in his bed(fold out chair).  He read one of our Clive Cussler(where baby gets his name) books as I drifted off to sleep = super sweet <3.
Awake… with the lowest BP reading in three weeks!!! It still is 20 points higher than my BP has been for the past 7 1/2 months but it is about 15 points lower than the past week.
After the last set of labs and finishing the 24 hour test my Doctor said that they were happy that I was stabilized and could head home with a list of “what-ifs” to come back and that I am allowed to do NOTHING. AT ALL.
Gabe and I got home… and we immediately went into Baby Prep again in case we don’t make it through the night or weekend.  He set-up a stool in the kitchen for me so I could make tacos(again… it sounded good) while he vacuumed, spot cleaned, changed our cat’s litter/food/water, and did a load of laundry so we could re-pack our hospital bags.  Dinner- Strawberry Milkshake- Fell asleep watching world series on the couch- Bedtime.
Woke up to my station set-up for me… snacks, cooler, computer and clickers = Can I say… I AM JUST SO DANG LUCKY!  <3 MY HUSBAND!!!!! <3
Goal Today: Relax! Mission in progress! <3 Thanks for all of the supportive messages! <3