Recap: Months 0-3

Reflecting back on the first three months of Lucy’s life and also on how my life has changed since becoming a mommy!

Everyone always told me when I was pregnant that it goes by so fast, and I was always skeptical (especially during that first month of non-stop crying). I now realize everyone is absolutely right, it really does fly by. My once itty bitty newborn has almost doubled in weight and her non-stop crying has turned into non-stop irresistible smiles and happy squeals. I wanted to use this post to showcase Lucy’s first 3 months of life and also try to provide some insight as to what products were most useful during this time for any expecting mom-to-be’s out there!

0-1 Month: Small Victories

For me, the labor, delivery, and recovery process was extremely overwhelming in every aspect of the word (good and bad). Bryan coined the phrase “small victories” to help get us through. The idea behind the phrase was to be acknowledge the progress we made along the way and I can proudly say now that all of those small victories combined helped lead me to my greatest victory of all, motherhood.

Now that the labor and delivery process is behind us, I feel like I can share the condensed version of Lucy’s birth story. Lucy was super comfortable in the womb and didn’t want to come out on her own so 3 days past her due date, we scheduled to have her induced because she was measuring large and that increased the chance of complications. I spent 38.5 hours being induced with no sleep and only ice chips to eat. During those two days of induction there was a full moon and the labor and delivery wing was packed with women who had gone into labor! This was an exciting thing to hear, but because of the amount of people having babies none of the nurses were able to answer my calls for the most painful 5 hours I had ever endured before they could finally come in and give me an epidural. In order to pass the time, there happened to be an “I Love Lucy” marathon on television, so I tried to just focus on that instead of the pain. Unfortunately, the induction failed overall and it lead me to get a C-section. Even though I was physically exhausted, I was so happy to hear that I would soon get to see my baby girl and I was overcome with a new wave of energy and positivity. Bryan and I put on our surgery outfits and I was wheeled into the surgery room.

It all started out fine, I couldn’t feel a thing and Bryan and I were laughing and talking about golf as they started the process. All of a sudden I felt a painful pulling feeling and I could hear the doctor saying that she was stuck. Lucy was already so far down in my pelvis after being induced for so long that they couldn’t pull her out of the standard cut. It was then that I felt the most excruciating pain I had ever felt as they made a second cut upwards. I learned afterwards that the reason I felt so much pain was because the numbing stopped at my bellybutton so when they cut past that point there was no longer any sort of numbing medication. The last thing I remember hearing was that she was out and that it was 10:50 PM, and then it was a complete blur until a few hours later I woke up completely out of it and I remember thinking that I was dead. I then realized I was being handed my baby girl. What should have been an amazing moment of holding my baby for the first time, was full of anxiety as I couldn’t open my eyes and I felt terrified as I thought “why are they handing me her I don’t even know what is happening!” All I could do was ask Bryan if everything went okay and I heard his reassuring voice saying that she was perfect and in that moment that is all I focused on to get me through. Finally, after my blood pressure and temperature stabilized, we were taken to our hospital room where I was finally able to process what was going on and I saw my sweet baby Lucy finally and breathed a sigh of relief.

A few days later when we finally left the hospital it felt so great to be home and out of the hospital room without all of the nurses coming in every hour to check on mine and Lucy’s vitals. Unfortunately, the recovery process was no walk in the park. I was swollen from the waist down due to water retention from the surgery which made it difficult to walk. My cuts were healing and still caused me a lot of pain. I was limited to only taking stairs once per day and holding nothing heavier than Lucy. On top of that, I had a very hard time with breastfeeding. Those first few weeks I felt completely defeated. I felt like the worst mother ever because it was hard for me to care for Lucy since I could hardly even care for myself. Thankfully, Bryan handled most everything those first few weeks. All of Lucy’s diaper changes, all of the household chores, and he took care of Rooney. My mom also came the first week we were home during the day while Bryan was at work and she took care of Lucy and I and I couldn’t be more appreciative. We ended up camping out in the living room for 2.5 weeks while I recovered. Let me tell you, finally sleeping in our own bed again was one of our greatest small victories.

The remainder of that first month home continued to improve with each passing day. What once was a feeling of exhaustion, depression, and defeat was now turning into feelings of comfort, healing, and confidence.

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About Lucy this month:

Lucy LOVES eating, sticks her tongue out on cue, smiles at mommy and daddy, wears size 3-6 month clothing since 1 week, is very alert & attentive, lifts her head, has RED hair and blue eyes, loves bathtime, loves being held and rocked, sleeps 4-5 hours at a time at night!

2 Months: Hey this is E.A.S.Y.

Around the 2-month mark, Lucy and I began to figure it out. I never thought a baby was like a puzzle, but for me I had to literally try to figure out what to do piece by piece! Our days consisted of snuggling and lounging around the house with many feedings, diaper changes, and naps in between. After reading Secrets of the Baby Whisperer by Tracy Hogg, I realized the importance of schedule and routine and began following the E.A.S.Y. method. What this stands for is Eat – Activity – Sleep – You. I found a great description of the process here (credit Noob Mommy). Some common activities Lucy and I did were playing on play mats, practicing tummy time, playing peek-a-boo, taking Rooney to the basement to let him out to pee, and watching Calliou. You’d be surprised at just how entertaining these things could be for a 2 month old! Some common me time activities included watching movies on Netflix, doing the dishes, doing endless loads of laundry, and attempting to blog but then getting distracted by Amazon.com. It really is insane how little you can get done for yourself while you are caring for a newborn baby!

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About Lucy this month:

Lucy sleeps in her own bedroom, is SUPER chatty and happy when she wakes up in the morning, squeals when she is happy, can roll from her tummy to her back, likes kicking her feet when music is playing, is SUPER gassy, notices her brother Rooney and smiles at him, loves playing on her play mats and swatting at the toys, holds onto her hippo pacifier tight, likes to see herself in the mirror, sleeps 6-7 hour stretches at a time at night!

3 Months: Work/Life Balance

This past month, Lucy has really developed her own personality! She is constantly smiling and she “talks” to us non-stop. Staying at home with Lucy turned from something that was overwhelming at first into something I could see myself doing forever (if only I was able to). I returned back to work 2 weeks ago and the day we left Lucy with her daycare provider was one of the hardest days of my life. The second we dropped her off and walked out of the door I cried my eyes out. The rest of my commute was spent crying as well. Each day that passes gets a little bit easier, but I still spend a majority of my day thinking about how she is doing. Bryan and I are so lucky to have found such an amazing daycare provider for Lucy, so that has made this transition easier on us. Still, the absolute best part of the day is picking her up and being able to spend the evening with her. The second best part of the day is when I receive photo updates through texts from her provider (I’m a wee bit obsessed with my little one if you can’t tell)!

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About Lucy this month:

Lucy started going to daycare with Mrs. Lucy and loves all of her new friends (especially Gus), tries to stick both of her hands in her mouth at the same time, drools, is chatty, talkative, and sqeals all of the time, likes to yell for no reason and then smile, splashes in the bathtub, likes to lay on her back and put her feet as high in the air as possible, stares at her toes and wonders how to get them into her mouth, grabs at Rooney’s fur and tries to grab his face, smiles at herself in the mirror when she sees the “pretty baby”, grabs toys that are hanging down, can grab her pacifier and take it out of her mouth, likes watching soccer and golf with daddy and Calliou with mommy, sleeps 6-7 hour stretches at a time at night!

12 Items We Couldn’t Have Lived Without: Months 0-3

  1. Little Remedies – Gas Drops: These drops as well as the next two items were lifesavers for our VERY GASSY baby. From day one Lucy has had really bad gas pains and she would cry and cry until she was able to get the gas out! The gas drops contain the same active ingredient as Gas-X and give Lucy that extra push when trying to get that pain out of her tummy!
  2. Mother’s Bliss – Night Time Gripe Water: Life…Saver. We used this product for month 2-3 at bedtime and it helped Lucy get some much needed gas-free sleep.
  3. Dr. Brown’s Bottles: I originally registered for completely different bottles but once Lucy’s gas issues popped up I knew I needed to try to find a bottle that kept the air out while she drank. These bottles have a vent system that helps create a paced flow which in turn helps reduce any problems while feeding. Since we have switched to these bottles Lucy rarely spits up.IMG_9363.JPG
  4. Fisher-Price Rock and Play (auto-rocking): This is what Lucy has been sleeping in since we brought her home. We will be transitioning her to the crib within the next month or two, but for those first few months this was the ideal sleeping solution. The Rock and Play craddles baby more and the auto-rocking feature helps soothe her to sleep. We also have two other non-rocking versions of this, one of which we keep in the car to bring with us when we go out to family/friends homes, and the other stays down on the main level of the home for a safe place to place Lucy.
  5. Aden + Anais Muslin Swaddles: Any Muslin cotton swaddling blankets will do! Muslin cotton is a breathable and comfortable fabric. These blankets made it easy to use to swaddle baby safetly, plus the designs are all super adorable!
  6. Activity Mats (for different spots in the house): Around the 1 1/2 month mark Lucy started to enjoy activity mats. On these mats she practices tummy time and likes to swat at the different toys that hang down. Her two favorite mats here and here, have toys that hang down, lights, and music. All of those features really keep her stimulated and entertained.

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    Mesmerized by the lights and sound!
  7. Graco Pack n’ Play with changing station: We keep this on our main level and it proved to be one of the most useful items during my recovery process. Since I was unable to take stairs during the day I pretty much lived on the main level. Having a changing table on this floor made it easy to change all of those newborn diapers! Also, this particular version has really convenient shelves at the base which we store clothes and extra diapers in. I highly recommend setting up one of these BEFORE you go into labor so that it is all ready to go when you come home from the hospital!
  8. Diaper Champ: This bad boy sits right next to our changing table! It keeps the odors out of the house and unlike the Diaper Genie, this diaper holder uses any type of trash bag instead of special cartriges. It is a much more cost effective diaper pail and does just as good a job if not better at masking the odor.
  9. Soothie Pacifiers and Booginhead Pacigrip: When you are pregnant, one thing you seem to acquire a ton of are pacifiers. I must have had 10 different brands of pacifiers when Lucy was born but it turned out that the Soothie pacifier the hospital provided to us is the one that Lucy likes best. After we found that the pacifier was sometimes the only thing to stop Lucy from crying, we bought a ton of them just to make sure that we were never without this magic little mute button! Also, for some reason out of all of Lucy’s things, our dog Rooney is drawn to the pacifier the most and this has resulted in many a chewed up pacifier being found around the house. After about 2 months I found the Booginhead pacifier holders that can hold this brand of pacifier Since we bought one of these clips Lucy pretty much lives with a pacifier clipped on her outfit at all times.IMG_9371
  10. Lil’ Critters Soothing Starlight Hippo by Vtech: My sister gifted us this hippo for Lucy because she knows that hippo’s are my favorite animal and couldn’t resist. It turns out, that this is not only adorable sitting in the nursey, it is also extremely useful in our bedtime routine! During Lucy’s last bottle of the night we turn off the lights, sit on the glider, and turn on the hippo and it plays music and shines stars around the ceiling. Then once she is finished we can set her into her Rock and Play to go to sleep and she just stares up at the ceiling and watches the stares until she falls asleep. It has different time settings and also has a great setting that turns the hippo on automatically when baby starts crying in the night which helps to calm her down.
  11. Nose Frida: Who thought sucking boogies could be so much fun?! Around the one month mark, Lucy got her first runny nose. Of course as first time parents we were nervous and didn’t know how to help her so we called the pediatrician. They let us know that it was safe to suction out her nose to help clear her up so we finally were able to put the Nose Frida we received from our baby shower to use (thanks Jennie)! This thing makes getting the mucus out so easy and honestly, kinda fun! You take one end and place it in babies nose and the other end you put your mouth on and literally suck out the boogies. I was so grossed out by this at first because I thought they would get in my mouth – but this little tool uses a tube and filter to ensure that doesn’t happen. Best of all, Lucy LOVES it and always smiles after we use it!
  12. Fisher-Price Sit-Me-Up Floor Seat: This seat has been incredibly useful during her third month! As Lucy grows, she wants to see more of the world around her and not always be laying on an activity mat. This seat is perfect for small babies to be able to sit up and observe. We used this seat in place of the Bumbo Floor Seat as we found Lucy hated sitting in the Bumbo.

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    Rooney loves her seat too because he can give her all the kisses he wants!

Again, let me re-state just how fast time is flying! I cannot believe Lucy is already three months old. It is crazy to think about all that is to come and what I will be able to talk about in just three more months when recap again!

love & lots of whit – jen xo

 

little feet, little hands, little baby

To celebrate my blogs new appearance I wanted to look back at all of my different title taglines that the old original template lived through. These taglines changed throughout the past 3 years as our life has evolved and I love the story it tells.

After three years of blogging, I decided it was time for a blog facelift!

To celebrate my blogs new appearance I wanted to look back at all of my different title taglines that the old original template lived through. These taglines changed throughout the past 3 years as our life has evolved and I love the story it tells.

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The blog started with a post titled “Home is where one starts from” – a line from T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets. This was a fitting beginning to our story having just become husband and wife and going through the process of buying our first home. I can remember that time like it was yesterday, eagerly anticipating our life ahead with such excitement and wonder. The reason I can remember the feeling so well is because today I am still filled with the same excitement for what is to come. Our next chapter was bringing home our French Bulldog, Rooney, and realizing that our hearts grew in size as our new love for this silly boy filled them. “Puppy makes three” was a fitting tagline for our new chapter as our life as doggy parents began. I couldn’t imagine how dull our life could have been without our sweet bundle of Rooney in it. He makes us smile every single day and that totally makes up for all of the mischief he gets into!

That leads to the present tagline and the title of this post – “little feet, little hands, little baby”. This is a line from Dave Matthews Band’s song, So Much To Say. Bryan and I both have a strong love for Dave Matthews Band and the line just seemed to fit this next chapter perfectly when we welcomed our daughter, Lucy. Lucy’s entrance into our family has truly been the most amazing chapter of all. I cannot put into words the amount of love we have for her. To honor this current tagline, please find my photos below which reflect the line by showing Lucy’s “little feet, little hands”, our perfect “little baby”. 

 

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love & lots of whit – jen xo

Sweetest Dreams Little One

We have FINALLY completed Lucy’s nursery! Please take a scroll through Lucy’s hippity hoppity nursery!

We have FINALLY completed Lucy’s nursery! What started as a very blue bedroom has now been transformed into Lucy’s gray, white, and pink bunny themed bedroom. Bryan made his striped accent wall vision come to life and we had brand new carpet installed throughout the house to give the room a much needed update. Please take a scroll through Lucy’s hippity hoppity nursery <3.

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Lucy’s Library
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Bunny prints from Sweet Melody Designs

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We restored this diaper cabinet which has been passed down through my family.

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Now, all that is missing is our sweet baby!

love & lots of whit – jen xo

Crib & Dresser: DaVinci Jayden(buybuyBaby)

Glider: KACY Collection Madison Glider – Ash (BabysRUs)

Bookcase: Dollhouse Kids Bookcase (Target)

Prints: Sweet Melody Designs (Etsy)

Bedding: Hop to It Crib Bedding (Land of Nod)

Paint: Cathedral Gray and Ultra Pure White (Behr)

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Oh yea, Rooney wanted to let you know that HE helped too!

6 Things I Learned about Pregnancy

Pregnancy has opened my eyes to a whole new world. The ups and downs of pregnancy have taught me more about my body and its capabilities then I have ever known were possible.

Pregnancy has opened my eyes to a whole new world. The ups and downs of pregnancy have taught me more about my body and its capabilities then I have ever known were possible. I wanted to continue my 6 Things I Learned (see first time house hunting, and home owning posts) series with a post about some of the information that I have learned over the last 37 weeks of being pregnant for the first time.

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  1. Give me all the FOOD!…except orange juice, spicy food, tomatoes, garlic, or anything with any hint of flavor. I will say I am VERY fortunate to not have had morning sickness during my pregnancy. In the beginning of my pregnancy I used this to my advantage and literally ate everything imaginable and was able to justify it for some reason in my head as just being a “pregnancy craving” or  “for the baby”. Top cravings this pregnancy: avocados, hot fudge sundaes, Cheetos, baked potatoes, giant chocolate chip cookies, and strawberry Pop-Tarts. SUPER healthy right? Now as I am nearing the end, there are a lot of foods that I cannot eat without getting heartburn, gas, and acid reflux like whoa so my diet mainly consists of previously mentioned craving foods accompanied with a side of Tums and Gas-X. TMI?
  1. I’m sorry I must have dozed off for a second. Pregnancy and tiredness went hand in hand for me since day one. The first trimester was by far the most noticeable as far as my energy level went. I will call these my granny days. I would make it through my 10-hour day at work (barely), come home and eat something quick for dinner, and then be sound asleep by about 6:30 PM. Second trimester everyone tells you that you are likely to get more energy, which I will admit that I did…but I was still generally tired. My advice for any future moms-to-be: USE THE 2ND TRIMESTER WISELY! Get as much done while you have the energy because in the third trimester the tiredness takes over once again. As I am coming towards the end of my third trimester, the sleepiness has returned and most of that is in part to not being able to sleep straight for more than 2 hours before being awaken to go to the bathroom, getting a killer leg cramp, or from having a crazy pregnancy dream! Yes, pregnancy dreams are a real thing, I woke up freaking out one night after I had just given birth to a 5-year-old child.
  1. My body is now Lucy’s body. I never thought I would lose control of my body, but our sweet baby Lucy has absolutely taken over!  I won’t get TOO in depth with this, but just know that things I never thought could change are now completely unrecognizable. They say most everything will go back to how it was pre-pregnancy so I just hold to that hope. In the meantime, I watch in wonder at how the female body changes itself to become the perfect host for baby.

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  1. Maternity clothes are my favorite thing about pregnancy. Okay, okay, so growing my little miracle is my actual favorite part, but maternity clothing is right up there! I inherited my sister and sister-in-law’s entire maternity wardrobes from their previous pregnancies. They both have wonderful taste and had cold-weather, seasonally appropriate clothing, so I was very fortunate to not have to invest a lot of money into a whole new wardrobe. I can’t say enough about how amazingly comfortable cinched shirts and maternity pants with elastic bands that go all the way past your belly button are. I don’t know how I will ever want to go back to wearing clothing that I have to worry about bending over and showing skin. On special occasions when I wanted to treat myself to a new dress, PinkBlush was my go-to online boutique. I found my baby shower dress here as well as the dress I wore for my maternity photo shoot which I will be posting soon. Their maternity line is not only adorable, but it is also very affordable and the quality is superb! In the photos on this post you can see my latest find from PinkBlush. I am wearing their Draped Pocket Maternity Dress in teal which I found to be perfect for the “it’s almost spring” weather we had this weekend.
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Dress: PinkBlush | Draped Pocket Maternity Dress in teal
  1. Support systems are everything. From our family and friends helping in any way they can, to my coworkers who offer to help me each day at work as my belly grows and grows, the support we have had these past 37 weeks is out of this world. Another less conventional support system I have found throughout this experience has been online “mommy boards”. It is so comforting talking to other women who are due the same month as you because you know that you are going through all of the same symptoms and stages of pregnancy together. It’s nice to be able to talk to them about all my thoughts, questions, concerns, fabulous baby supply coupon finds, etc. and give my husband a break from hearing about pregnancy 24/7. Speaking of my husband…Bryan has been my savior throughout pregnancy. From running out to fulfill late night food cravings (extra hot fudge on that sundae please), to putting on my socks and shoes in the morning, and everything in between, he has helped more than I’m sure he even knows and I feel so unbelievably lucky. These past few weeks especially as I can no longer stand or walk around without getting out of breath or having crazy aches and pains, he has been cleaning like there’s no tomorrow, taking care of our dog who just sprained his leg, and setting up all of our baby gear and furniture like a pro (except maybe the installation of the baby gates which almost ended up getting thrown off the deck in frustration). They say that in a marriage your love for your spouse will grow every day and throughout this pregnancy I have learned that this is true. I love him in a whole new way and I see how seriously he takes his vows to be there for me through it all. I can’t even imagine what kind of love I will experience when I see him hold our daughter for the first time.
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Hubby took these photos of me but first I had to test the lighting and he was my model, hehe…(don’t kill me, babe!)
  1. As much as I may have complained along the way, I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Pregnancy and welcoming a new life into the world is truly a miracle. In just three weeks or less we will be welcoming Lucy into our family and I couldn’t feel more overjoyed. As hard as some of the aspects of pregnancy are on me physically and mentally, it is something I continue to thank God for every day.

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love & lots of whit – jen xo

We Love Lucy

This past weekend I attended my one-of-a-kind, extraordinary, family- and friends-filled, I Love Lucy themed, baby shower!

This past weekend I attended my one-of-a-kind, extraordinary, family- and friends-filled, I Love Lucy themed, baby shower! Together, my sister, mother, and mother-in-law (with help from other family members) planned the best shower I could have ever imagined. As you may remember in our name-revealing post, Bryan and I are naming our daughter-to-be, Lucy. Using one of my favorite TV shows, I Love Lucy, as the inspiration behind the baby showers theme was a no brainer! The creativity my family had in executing the theme was represented perfectly in the décor, games, and food.

The favors at the shower were grape juice and chocolates which go hand-in-hand with two of the most popular I Love Lucy episodes, ‘Job Switching’ and ‘Lucy’s Italian Movie’. There was a game to take the most creative Instagram photo using one of many photo props such as a chocolate conveyor belt, a grape stomping tub, and an insert your face here baby that my sister painted! In addition, there was a banner that hung over the main entry way which said “We’re having a baby, my baby and me” and throughout the rest of the space the lyrics to the full song that was sang by Ricky to Lucy on the ‘Lucy is Enceinte’ episode were displayed.

Even the food played on the I Love Lucy theme with the adorable punch bowl with the “Vitameatavegamin” signage from the episode ‘Lucy Does a TV Commercial’. Various finger foods were set up for guests to enjoy as well as an adorably pink cake and heart shaped cookies.

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Just call us Lucy & Ethel!
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A preview of what Lucy is going to look like if she takes after her Daddy…

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Adorable diaper cake made by my sister-in-law!

My fabulous shower planners came up with a ton of great shower game ideas which you will see some of pictured below! They were original and I hadn’t ever seen any of them done before. My FAVORITE game was one that required each guest to make a baby out of Play-Doh. Near the end of the shower I was tasked with choosing my top two favorite Play-Doh babies! Another game was called “Tinkle in the Pot” which simulated being pregnant. Guests had to hold a balloon in front of their belly, place a ping-pong ball between their knees (to create a waddle), and then rush to a jar placed on the ground as fast as possible to drop the ball. Let’s just say I was a pro at this game because I waddle daily! There was also a calendar displayed on the wall where guests had to guess the date, time, weight, and length of baby-to-be (details on who wins that game will be decided once Lucy decides to show up)! At one point during the shower for another game, each guest was given a sign with a photo of young Bryan and young Jennifer on each side and asked questions to determine “What Kid Was It?” Our mom’s came up with a lot of great memories about each of us that stumped many of the guests!

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“Tinkle in the Pot” Game

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This kid poured a full baby powder bottle into their crib and covered themselves from head to toe.
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This kid’s first word ever was “clock”.

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Here is where I THANK EVERYONE again that made it to the shower and made me, Bryan, and Lucy feel so LOVED. Between the words of wisdom and advice, the adorable books that helped to build Lucy’s library, the mountain of gifts, and the genuine excitement and support from our family and friends – our little growing family could not feel more blessed. To anyone who was not able to attend or who we were unable to invite, we also thank all of you for your kind words as we have started this journey into parenthood.

Lastly, the loudest THANK YOU to my sister, mom, and mother-in-law, grandma, dad, step-dad(s), step-mom, brother and anyone else I am missing, who all came together to put this shower together. The memories from the day will live on forever and I cannot wait for Lucy to have you all in her life!

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My mom, sister, and I
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My mother-in-law and I
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Bryan and Grandma

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love & lots of whit – jen xo

Ultimate First Trimester Survival Care Package

Enclosed in the box was everything I needed to survive my first trimester – the Ultimate First Trimester Survival Care Package!

My sister is the most thoughtful person I’ve even known. Luckily for ME, she has been in my life since day ONE so I have had to her to guide me throughout my entire life. When we were young, she kept me safe on the playground by making sure my feet didn’t touch the “lava ground”, she led the path for me through grade school ensuring all of my teachers knew who I was because of her stellar reputation, and she warned me of the ins and outs of understanding boys – cooties and all. In our later teenage/adult years, she set the standard by going to college, finding a great job, and getting married to the love of her life. Being the copycat younger sister that I am, I followed suite and did all of these things too (so much so that I even work for the same company that she did)! Her latest remarkable life event was entering motherhood. In November 2013 my niece was born and this past May my nephew was born. Seeing my sister embrace the journey of being a parent is inspiring and the way her children look up to her is endearing. As I now am in the preliminary stages of entering parenthood, I can only hope and pray to be as amazing of a mother as my sister is to my niece and nephew.

I tell my sister EVERYTHING. Bryan and I were going to try to keep our news of being pregnant a secret for a bit until we were at a lower risk stage. That secret lasted one day. I spilled the beans to my sister in the parking lot at work during my lunch break the next day. Even though I was crying tears of nervousness and self-doubt, she was ecstatic and crying tears of joy and completely reassured me that I was ready for this new chapter.IMG_9175

Now back to my first statement. My sister’s thoughtfulness.

Within a week or two of telling her the news, I received a box in the mail with perfect handwriting on the box. That could only be from one person!

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Along with the sweet card, enclosed in this box was everything I needed to survive my first trimester. The Ultimate First Trimester Survival Care Package!
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At the point I received this box, I was nauseous all day every day and had done little to no research about how to get through all of the symptoms I was experiencing. The items enclosed as well as the customized hand-written notes comforted me and helped me feel like I could get through it! Here is the full list of all of the items (as well as the links on where to find them) that were inside of the box:

  1. Mama Bee Belly Butter
  2. The Belly Book: A Nine-Month Journal for You and Your Growing Belly by: Amy Krouse Rosenthal
  3. TUMS® Ultra Strength 1000 
  4. Lifefactory Glass Water Bottle 
  5. Gin Gins® Original Chewy Ginger Candy 
  6. Scünci® No Damage Hair Elastics 
  7. Earth Mama Angel Baby: A Little Something for the Mama-to-be 
  8. Baby Be Mine Belly Band
  9. Preggie Pop Drops: Ultra 
  10. Nerds Candy 
  11. Target Gift Card

Her Survival Care Package helped me through that first trimester, and I am happy to say that now at 15 weeks I am now in my second trimester and have regained energy and am starting to feel like myself again…myself with an ever growing baby bump that is. Updates on that to come!

Two weeks ago, at our 13 week mark, Bryan and I were able to travel to go visit my sister and her family. During this visit my sister had me model all of her maternity wear and pick the pieces that fit to bring home with me, we celebrated her and her husband’s 3 year anniversary, and of course, the absolute highlight of our trip was spending time with my precious niece and nephew. I will leave you with a couple pictures of me with those two cutie pies:
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love & lots of whit – jen xo

We’re having a baby, my baby and me…

On Sunday, July 12, Bryan and I found out that we are going to be parents!

After a few moments of sheer panic, the excitement and joy kicked in. Mommy and Daddy. It’s one thing to have our little furbaby, Rooney – but a REAL human baby!? Oh boy, we are in for the time of our lives!

As the great Ricky Ricardo sang to his wife Lucy in this classic tear-jerker scene, “We’re having a baby, my baby and me!”

On Sunday, July 12, Bryan and I found out that we are going to be parents!

After a few moments of sheer panic, the excitement and joy kicked in. Mommy and Daddy. It’s one thing to have our little furbaby, Rooney – but a REAL human baby!? Oh boy, we are in for the time of our lives! My blog title, ittybittywhitty, suddenly takes on a new meaning for me. This ittybitty miracle is growing day by day. At our first appointment, seeing and hearing babies heartbeat absolutely made the reality sink in. Here is a picture of our first glimpse at the ittybittywhitty to be:

Paper Gown: Check – Tiny Flickering Heartbeat: Check – Tears of Joy: Check
Paper Gown: Check – Tiny Flickering Heartbeat: Check – Tears of Joy: Check

*Side note (sorry Bryan): Before we were able to actually see the little jellybean baby, Bryan thought the whole black area was the baby and started getting teary-eyed before even seeing the actual baby. Love <3.

After out first appointment we shared the news with our parents and immediate family. The amount of love and support from all of them was overwhelming and beautiful. Baby is going to be one very LOVED grand-baby and niece or nephew, and that couldn’t make me any happier. To commemorate the beginning stages of my ever growing bump, here is a picture of me back at my 9 week mark:

ittybittybump – 9 weeks
ittybittybump – 9 weeks

In the weeks following our announcement to our families, I endured a tough few weeks of that first trimester feeling. I think I had all of the symptoms in the book (look for my next post showcasing the incredible care package my sister sent me.) Now upon just reaching my 12 week mark, I feel as if I am seeing the light at the end of the sickness tunnel…at least I am hoping this is the case! We have had two more appointments since our first, and each time baby is has been growing right on track. Every time I see my little baby and hear it’s heartbeat, I get more and more ready for the day I will hold him/her in my arms. Speaking of him/her – we will be finding out our babies gender around Halloween so stay posted! Until then, Bryan requests everyone refer to it as a “he” because he says he only makes boys. 🙂

Our official due date is projected to be March 19. A little pisces fish baby. As you may already know from this previous fishy post‘s explanation, Bryan and I have had a common theme of fish that has been reoccurring since we first started dating. It is more than fitting that our baby will be born in the sign of the fish and for our first announcement to the public we made sure to carry out our fish theme:

Our Little Guppy

As my belly and excitement grows and as our due date approaches, I will continue to update this blog to document our journey. Thank you to all of our friends and family – whose love for our baby-to-be has blown both Bryan and I away. We are so truly grateful to have such an amazing support system in our lives.

love & lots of whit – jen xo