{Tipful Thursday} Favorite Books 0-7 Months

I just love collecting books for kids. I actually started collecting when I was in high school and working at Toys R Us. I would always grab the clearance ones knowing someday they would come in handy! For my baby shower, my Mom and Sister asked each guest to bring their favorite book. It was pretty neat because I didn’t get a single duplicate. It was so cute to read some of the inscriptions as to why they were a favorite. The first gift I opened at the shower was this adorable book case. I had picked it out and planned on buying it for the nursery but my Mom beat me to it.

Parker got Rumble In The Jungle from his cousin, Emilia. He loves all the bright pictures and that I can read it pretty fast 🙂 I make all the animal noises and one day I am sure he will laugh at me!

Pop Up Jungle was one of the books I purchased on clearance when I worked at TRU. I had actually purchased quite a collection while I worked there. I knew they would come in handy some day. Parker, as if it was a surprise, loves the pop up part about this book. He is just now starting to grab at them to touch.

We found Color Train at the local second hand book store. It’s a goldmine for children’s book. This is probably more MY favorite book than P’s but it’s really neat how they incorporate colored ribbon throughout.

Beautiful Oops is another book that is probably more my favorite so I read it to P often. This is such a cute book that takes common accidents like ripping paper or spilling paint, and showing how they can be turned into something beautiful. This is a MUST have for any crafty moms out there to read to their little ones.

Very Hungry Caterpillar is a classic that is often the theme of birthday parties for little boys. I love all the big bold pictures and P loves looking at them while I read the story.

I always had a hard time reading Dr. Seuss because of the quick pace it calls for when reading. I am getting better though. I started practicing before P was born. I must have practiced more with Dr. Seuss Sneetches On Beaches because I can read that one pretty well! This particular one is a part of the Dr Seuss Nursery collection. It’s small and has a fun little squeaky button on the front. I also really like the moral of the story but of course, P won’t get it until he is older!

As you can see, the whole family loves reading to him!

Those are just a few of P’s books and I can’t wait to continue sharing our favorites as he gets older!

Welcome Home Parker!

Our new family of three came home today!!! We found this morning that they were giving us the green light to be discharged. I called my parents who were at breakfast buying us surprise balloons. They came over very quickly (we couldn’t tell they were excited) and helped pack everything up. Our discharge nurse was hilarious and gave us the run down on everything we could possibly worry about over the next few days. We cleaned out the room including all of the supplies both Parker and I were using. 
Parker was so alert looking around as we pulled out but quickly fell asleep 🙂
Snug as a bug! 

Someone was very excited to meet their new brother! 

Our first day/night home has been interesting so far. It’s weird to have this little person in the house but we are all working really well together and everyone is just trying to soak him in. Daddy made a great dinner and we took turns holding him while we ate. I had my first PP breakdown when my Mom asked if I needed my chicken cut up because I couldn’t bend forward enough to eat over my plate. It’s been really hard to move around but I am trying my best to take it easy and not do too much.

246 days ago ~ Parker William’s Birthstory

Our dearest Peanut,

246 days ago, I read the single most important word I will ever read in my life. Your Daddy and I were so overwhelmed, all we could do was hug one another and cry.

Over the last 9 months we have anxiously awaited your arrival and tried to be as prepared as possible. We went to classes, read books and asked all of the parents we knew for any advice they had. We also worked on your nursery for hours. Mommy made a ton of DIY projects (Daddy even helped) and Daddy did all the manual labor around the room 😉 He can’t wait to teach you someday!

Mommy also tried to take a picture each week to show how her tummy grew with you inside. This project was a lot of fun!!

Around 4:30 this morning Mommy woke up to use the bathroom like she did several times a night. She got back into bed and made sure Daddy was awake because he had to get up and start getting ready for work. Before Daddy had a chance to get up, Mommy had a weird feeling and JUMPED out of bed, running to the bathroom. After about 10 minutes, Mommy and Daddy knew that Mommy’s water had broke and this was it!!! Your birthdate would be June 22, 2012.
Mommy called the Dr. and Daddy texted the doula and birth photographer to let them know it was happening. The Dr. told Mommy and Daddy to come on in which was music to our ears. Mommy took a shower and ate breakfast while Daddy packed up the last few items in our suitcase. Mommy put the cookies she had made the day before, into baggies for all the staff at the hospital.
The last thing we did before we left was take one final picture of you in Mommy’s tummy.
The entire way there we couldn’t believe that today was finally here! It was only 6:30 am so we beat most of the traffic and arrived quickly. We were pre-registered so check-in was a breeze and made our way to our labor room. Mommy got settled which included getting hooked up to a few machines and an IV. It was a little difficult to get an IV in and took 5 tries, an anesthesiologist  and a local. Since Mommy wasn’t having contractions, they started her on Pitocen right away.
Dr. Emery came in to check Mommy and give a few updates. She told Mommy that she was GSB +, which wasn’t a big deal, but she had to start antibiotics. She also told Mommy and Daddy that it looked like Mommy was showing signs of pre-e and was surprised that no one had done a blood test at any of her check ups. This made Mommy and Daddy a little mad because they had been asking the Dr.’s at every visit if this was possible because of Mommy’s swelling. At that point Mommy knew you had come early because you knew you needed too!

Our doula and photographer arrived around 9ish and we all chatted for the next 2 hours. The Dr. kept coming in to check Mommy’s progress and although she was making some, she was “smiling too much” and the Dr. kept uping the Pitocen. Daddy decided to head to the cafeteria around 11 so he could eat come lunch before things got real. His timing was perfect because around 12 the “fun” started and Mommy’s labor really progressed. Because of the position you were inside her tummy, she had painful back labor. The Dr. told Daddy that Mommy was having a dysfunctional labor because her contractions were so sporadic. She would have multiple contractions in a row, then a break, then more and so on. Daddy and the Doula helped her manage the pain for about 4 hours.


Around 3:00, Mommy told Daddy that she couldn’t handle the pain anymore and started to consider an epidural. It was a hard decision because she really wanted to have an unmedicated labor. Mommy was already 8 cm but you still had not dropped very far so we were not sure how much longer labor would last.  
The anestesinalogist came very quickly, probably because everyone could hear Mommy on the floor. He told Mommy and Daddy that he was going to do a spinal to help with the pain right now and also insert an epidural line since he thought Mommy would need a cesarean in the end. Somehow, Mommy managed to sit up during multiple contractions and hold still long enough for him to finish everything. He was extremely talented and did an amazing job. However, Daddy was a little scared for the next 20 minutes or so because both your heartbeat and Mommies really slowed down because of all the medicine. The nurses worked quickly to make make you and Mommy better. 
Dr. Emery came back around 3:30, and although Mommy had gotten to 9 cm, you seemed to be having trouble dropping. She said your head was a little swollen because you were trying to fit through Mommies pelvis but it just wasn’t big enough. We asked to wait a half hour to see if there was any progress, now that Mommy was a little more relaxed.

She came back around 4:00 and told Mommy and Daddy that there was no change. At that time, Mommy and Daddy decided that it was time and to go ahead with a c-section. We were both scared but knew Dr. Emery would do a great job. Almost immediately  nurses and doctors started coming in and out talking to each other and Mommy and Daddy. They gave Mommy some more pain medicine and started to wheel her out of the room.
On the way to the OR Daddy had to leave Mommy to get dressed. She was a little out of it but Daddy told her he loved her and would see her soon. Once Mommy got into the room, it was a little surreal. There were tons of nurses working away to prep. Everyone seemed to have a job to do and were very efficient in getting it done. They moved Mommy to another table and started prepping her for surgery. Everyone introduced themselves to Mommy but she wasn’t really paying attention! They put up the blue screen and laid her arms out on each side. Daddy came in around that time and sat right next to her holding her hand. We didn’t even know they had started but at some point one of doctors told us that Mommy would feel some pressure. About 10 seconds after they said that, we heard you cry out for the first time. We both started crying as Dr. Emery announced that you were a boy! At that moment you went from being a Peanut to being a Parker!!!
Daddy went over with the nurse to be with you while they did your APGAR test and made sure you were healthy. You were trying out your lungs which was music to our ears. Mommy got to watch from where she was and could see you holding Daddies finger.
You love doing what we call the, “so big” pose and this was the first time you did it!
After you were all checked out, Daddy brought you over to Mommy so she could see you up close. You were the most beautiful baby she had ever seen and was immediately in love with you!

Daddy then left with you to go wait for Mommy in recovery. After what felt like hours, they wheeled Mommy into recovery and she couldn’t get you into her arms fast enough. She was still a little out of it, but feeling your skin on hers was the most amazing moment of her life!  

This may not be the best picture of Mommy but it was the first moment she got to hold you in her arms!!!

While you may not have come into this world the way Mommy and Daddy had planned, at 5:13 on June 22, 2012, nothing else mattered. We love you more than we will ever be able to tell you in words, but we will spend the rest of our lives showing you as best we can.





Mommy and Daddy

36 – 38 Weeks

Best moment over the past 3 weeks: The past three weeks have been great! So much is wrapping up with baby prep! 

1. We went to our Childcare class Monday 6/4. It was a great course and we both learned a lot. Rob got to change his first diaper! We learned a lot and received a good amount of information and resources to help us once Peanut arrives. I was dissapointed in some of the views/items the teacher did not approve of though. While I take opinions of those with experience seriously, some things I will not be following. Two examples are the Angel Care Monitor and mirror for the car.

2. We have finished the nursery. My parents came 6/8-6/10 to help finish everything. They have been such an amazing help over the last few months! They brought the dresser and nightstand that we had picked out and my Mom stained for us. She helped washed the rest of the clothing and helped me organize it into the drawers. See my nursery post for pictures!

3. We had another U/S on Monday 6/11. The baby looked great and weighs about 7 lbs 9 oz.

4. On Sunday 6/10, Rob’s unit threw us a shower. The games were great, cake was delicious and we got some adorable outfits. It was such a good time 🙂 His diaper skills came in handy during one of the games.

Miss Anything? Not at the moment 

Movement: Not as much anymore. Baby is getting so big there is not much room to move around.    

Food cravings:  Pb and apples

Symptoms:  I think I have had a few contractions over the last few days. It’s hard to tell now since I don’t know what to compare it to.

Looking forward to: Peanut coming!!! It’s just a matter of time now.

35 weeks down, 35 days to go!!!

How far along? 35 weeks and 2 days
Baby is the size of: Coconut
Best moment this week: This past week was a lot of fun! Rob and I finished up everything in the house (minus a few nursery things and some shelving). It felt so good to get everything done and the basement looks GREAT! Rob put together the stroller which was quite easy. Sarah and Chris came to visit on Friday so we went to get pedicures and the boys went to the range. That night we went to Melting Pot for dinner which was yummy!


Miss Anything? Being able to do things without feeling overtired. I can’t even stand on my feet long enough to take a shower without my feet swelling.   
Movement: Much lower this week and huge reactions after I eat something!   
Food cravings:  This week has been chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate.
Symptoms: My swollen feet and the arthritis in my fingers and wrists has been the worst.   
Looking forward to: 36 week appointment on Friday, my parents coming to visit next weekend and starting to make the nursery decorations.
Other updates: No labor signs yet. My belly button is making its way out but I don’t think it will pop before Peanut arrives.