Father’s Day 2016

June 20, 2016

Like so many of you, we celebrated dad this weekend! Marcus really is absolutely amazing in so many ways – being a superb dad is just one of them. He’s always been extremely involved with everything, but has really shined these past few weeks since Davis has been here. We are so unbelievably lucky to have him!

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We started out our morning with a yummy breakfast and then headed to the Riverwalk for some fun! Marcus and I have gone running here a few times, so a nice stroll was a great way to spend the morning. My dad was out of town visiting my sister, so Marcus’ dad was the only one able to join us for our outing. We all had a blast!

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June in Florida is nothing short of blazing hot, so we loaded up our sunscreen and Davis and I caught shade under an umbrella. It was a great way to stay out of the sun!

Our typical ritual when we head to any of the local parks is to play hard at the beginning, and then head to the fountains towards the end. This trip was no different! We didn’t bring our swimsuits, so Grant and Marcus just went right into the water in their clothes. Grant thought that was soooo funny! He ran right into the water and didn’t look back!

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I hope you all had as much as we did on Father’s Day!

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Davis’ Newborn Photos

June 17, 2016

I find newborn photos to be one of the most special parts of the first couple of weeks of a little’s ones life. Having the memories to cherish in photos really is priceless. We are lucky enough to have a high school classmate who takes amazing photos, so we asked him to take the photos of our growing family. He did an amazing job – I really can’t say enough great things about the entire process. From the actual session (where he came back the day after to get some more shots) to the quick editing process, to the turnaround time on receiving the photos – I was truly blown away! Take a look at DA Photospot and contact Dennis for your next family photo session in the Tampa area :)

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Davis’ Birth Story

June 13, 2016

Davis has been here for almost 2 weeks and I am finally getting some time to sit down and reflect on him arriving earthside!

As I mentioned before, I was required to have a scheduled c-section, rather than attempting a VBAC with Davis. As I was quite upset about this before, it ended up being the best course of action after the doctor got in there for delivery!

First thing in the morning, Marcus and I woke up and started getting ready for quite the big day! My sister was in town to take care of Grant, so we didn’t have to worry about him at all during the day. We gave Grant a huge hug and kiss, and were on our way to have a baby! We stopped to take one last bump photo, and it was truly an absolutely beautiful day to welcome a new little one into the world.

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We arrived at the hospital 2 hours before the scheduled surgery time, and I was called back almost immediately to start the process. I changed out of my clothes, got into a hospital gown, and then sat on my bed in the pre-op area. I had a super nice nurse who chatted with me while doing my IV, keeping my mind off of everything. She kept telling me to relax, as she could tell I was uneasy and really just didn’t want to be delivering this way. Marcus was able to come back shortly after the IV was all squared away (it took 2 tries – ouch!) and I felt so much better when he was by my side. We sat and chatted about how our lives were about to change in such a big way, and took some time to just sit and be together. Even though we were in pre-op for all of this, I don’t think I will ever forget this time with my husband.

After a bit of waiting due to some paperwork issues, our surgical team came in and wheeled me away to the operating room. Once in the OR, the team didn’t waste any time. I quickly got my spinal anesthesia, and felt a super rush of warmth down to my toes. They laid me back very quickly, as they weren’t sure how I would react to the meds, or how fast it would start to work. It seems as though it takes a bit for the numbing effect to start with me, as they actually had to tip the surgical table backwards to have the meds come closer and closer to numbing everything from my trunk down to my toes. The team did a number of “can you feel this” type questions, with pins and cold, wet cloths. After 10-15 minutes, my body was numb and we were ready to start surgery.

Marcus came into the OR at this point and had a seat next to me, waiting for our little guy to arrive. We talked about a couple of things, but really didn’t say terribly much, as the medicine had made me a bit sleepier than I had anticipated. I felt like I was in a bit of a fog from the time the anesthesia was administered to the time the doctor started to deliver Davis.

Once the doctor came in, she got to work right away. As soon as she opened the previous incision, she started asking me a couple of questions regarding Grant’s birth – how long was it, how long was I pushing, etc. They were having a tough time getting the baby out because my uterus was really hard – they used the term “frozen” actually. There was so much scar tissue around it that it wasn’t moving at all. Apparently, I produced an insane amount of scar tissue from my first birth, and this was an issue for getting Davis out at that moment. The surgical team ended up having to use kiwis (forceps) 3 different times to get him out of my uterus. This part was extremely uncomfortable, as they had to press down extremely hard on my upper abdomen multiple times, so I really couldn’t breathe well. It was a significantly different feeling that then first time I had a c-section – I could just tell something was off a bit.

After a few more pushes from the team, we heard some tiny little cries and then bellowing screams – the perfect sound I was listening for! Davis was finally out of my tummy and into the world! 7 lbs 5 oz of absolute amazing little baby, born at 10:52 am.

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Once he spent a couple of moments on the warmer getting fluid out of his nose and mouth, I got to hold him – skin to skin. I never had this moment with Grant since he was whisked quickly to the NICU, so this special time was absolutely amazing.

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Davis birth 2Once the baby was actually born, my doctor started talking a bit more to us about what was going on and her discoveries when she opened me up. She said the type of scarring I had was the most she had ever seen. To her, it looked like I had 4-5 previous c-sections, just due to the amount of scarring around my uterus. Due to this, the surgery ended up lasting quite a bit longer than expected, as she “left me better than she had found me” in terms of the scarring she left behind.

Lucky for me, the extra time in the OR just meant more time I was able to spend with Davis on my chest, soaking in the baby cries and newborn cuddles. I was in awe of my little guy and truly cherished the time I was spending with him right then and there.

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As soon as surgery was complete, both Davis and I were taken to recovery. He had a nurse checking on his vitals with Marcus, and I had the same just a couple of spots down. We were apart for maybe 15 minutes, and then I got to have him back with me again.

An hour in recovery zoomed by, and then we were off to spend a couple of days in the mommy baby wing of the hospital. The planned c-section wasn’t what I had wanted for sure, but due to the complications with the scarring, I ended up being very fortunate that we went this route for delivery. There could have been some pretty serious issues if we had tried for a vaginal delivery, so I am very thankful I had a doctor who gave me the safest recommendation for delivery.

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Meet Davis James

June 3, 2016

Tuesday was a big day in our family! We added a 4th family member to the mix. ❤️

Meet Davis James. 7lbs 5oz of beautiful baby boy, born on May 31st.

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We are home an adjusting to our new family of four. The best news thus far is Grant’s absolute joy of being a big brother! More to come!

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Baby Baum #2: Week 38

May 24, 2016

T-1 week until Baby B is here!

Here is what is going on with Baby Baum #2 at 38 weeks

  • He is close to 7 pounds now, and nearing 20 inches in length.
  • His organs are mature and ready for life on the outside :)
  • He might have an inch of hair already

What’s going on with me:

Weight Gained: No clue. At this point, I don’t really care. Small meals have been the name of the game, as there just isn’t much room in there now. By the time he is born next week, I’ll be in the 25-30lbs of gain range.

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Workouts: Unfortunately, all I’ve been able to do is some weights and walking. My hip has been beyond killing me for about 4 days now. I’ve never experienced pain like this before, and am most definitely hoping the baby is just sitting on a nerve. That way, the pain will go away once he is born. Fingers crossed!

Symptoms: Pretty much the same as before – braxton hicks contractions like whoa, fatigue, not sleeping well – the normal last week of pregnancy stuff :)

Food Aversions: None!

Food Cravings: Nothing to report here early. I’ve been eating pretty much the exact same stuff all pregnancy, which is exactly what I ate before too.

Sleep: Still pretty bad. I am waking up 4-5 times a night needing to go to the bathroom or just tossing and turning. He is just getting me ready for life on the outside with no sleep I guess!

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Baby Items Purchased: Nothing to report here. We are set and ready to go, so we really don’t need anything else! I’m sure I will find some more adorable clothes and plenty of diapers and wipes in my near future.

Miss anything?: I would say laying on my stomach, but even laying on my back is envious now. I would love to be able to just lye in bed reading on my back, but this baby is way too heavy!

Do you know the sex? Boy Boy Boy!!!

Happy or Moody? Happy happy happy! I can’t wait to meet this little guy!

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Wedding rings on or off? On, no prob. I haven’t swelled up at all with either pregnancy, so I feel very fortunate.

Looking forward to: Meeting him in one week and introducing him to the world!

One more week until life on the outside begins Baby B! Can’t wait to meet you!