Monday, October 26, 2015

Baby Levi Update

I'm not sure if it's all the walking I did on Saturday on our Halloween Hike or if Baby Levi wants to follow in his sisters' footsteps, but I definitely was feeling funky on Sunday. We went over to my sister's house to eat dinner and watch Noah's football team and I was feeling contractions. I have felt my belly get tight but it has either been from the baby moving around and it has never lasted as long. I started to time them and they were pretty close together, about 4-7 minutes apart.

Ha, in true Noah fashion, we waited until halftime and decided we may need to visit the ER. We dropped the girls off with Mimi and headed to the hospital around 11:00. They hooked my up to the monitor and the nurse checked my cervix for dilation. I was indeed having contractions and I was 2 cm dilated. The baby's heart rate was good so at least I knew he was doing okay. He was also moving more than I have ever felt in one evening.

After being monitored for another 20 minutes the nurse came in and told me the on-call doctor wanted me to get a shot of terbutaline to halt the contractions. She checked my cervix again and since my cervix had not dilated anymore, we were allowed to go home.

I called my doctor first thing this morning and he also checked to see if anything had progressed. I was hooked to the monitor again and it was showing I was having contractions but about 10 minutes apart. I dilated 3 cm and was instructed to be on bedrest. So this baby has his own plans I guess. Ideally, we want to keep him from arriving for at least another week or two. I was prescribed another anti-contraction med and hopefully it will slow my labor down some. I see the doctor again tomorrow and hopefully things remain unchanged.

35 weeks 

The doctor said that if I am any more dilated he will admit me.

I'm having a bit of deja vu because the same thing happened with Ava. She ended up coming at 37 weeks. Lily did too, actually, at 37 weeks and 2 days. I guess Levi wants to do the same thing.

So now it's just a waiting game. We will take it one day at a time and as long as the baby is healthy and moving I'll be okay. Stay tuned for more! Maybe by next post baby Levi will be here!

Friday, October 23, 2015

Getting Ready for Baby

I have reached 35 weeks! That means we could be meeting baby Levi anytime in the next 36 days! I had both my girls at 37 weeks so I am expecting him to be here in the next two weeks! Of course, he is in charge so we shall see! 

Today I wanted to share with you some baby items I think are either essential or just cool for getting ready for baby! 

Since having a baby three years ago so much has changed in terms of what is offered out there so it's been pretty fun to pick up a few new things! 

1. I wanted a new stroller. We purchased a travel system that I used for both Ava and Lily but this time I wanted a lighter stroller that I could potentially jog with. I love how light weight this stroller from Britax is and we also ended up replacing our car seats too. 

2. Lalabu Soothe Shirt: I just love this idea of this versatile top doubles as a baby pouch to carry your newborn. There is also a built in nursing bra for easy breastfeeding. I'm so excited to use my Soothe Shirt! 

3. Owlet Baby Vitals Monitor: This smart sock is going to change my life! I am already an over protective mommy but it will allow you to relax knowing your baby is sleeping peacefully. The smart sock uses the same technology that hospitals use to monitor baby's vitals (heart rate and oxygen levels). It is smartphone compatible and will alert you when either levels are low. You have to watch the video and you'll understand how much you need this! Who wouldn't want that extra peace of mind? And below is a special link for $20 off the Owlet Monitor. 

4. Cover Me Ponchos: This simple concept of making a nursing cover that also has so many other uses is genius! Not only does this super soft poncho provide full coverage so you can breastfeed discreetly in public, but it can be used as a swaddling blanket, grocery cart seat, car seat cover, scarf, and top! It is totally worth every penny! 

5. 4moms mamaRoo: I'm so excited about this one-of-a-kind swing. This swing moves likes you do. There are five unique movements to choose from and has four built-in sounds. You can even connect your MP3 device.  If you have not checked out the video for this you should! 

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Baby Boy Cruzan's Nursery (And Name Reveal!)

Today I am so excited to show you the finished nursery for baby boy Cruzan! I thought it would be fun to show you what we started with. Our guest room was previously occupied by Noah's mom and she recently moved into her own place over the summer.

Below is the bare room after Mimi moved out. 

Then, we started with fresh paint. I liked the idea of having a central accent wall and Noah picked this color blue. Excuse the mess. 

Here it is slowly coming together. We bought some birch tree decals to stick on the wall and a few things to hang on the wall. 

So introducing, baby Levi Everett Cruzan's nursery! I love the woodlands theme. 

Now we just need to do some last minute organizing of the closet and dresser and we're all set! We will be ready for baby Levi's arrival! 

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Big Sister Bags

The baby will be here soon and that's a big deal for us all. Especially for my girls, Ava and Lily. Ava is a pro-big sister and Lily is being promoted to big sister for the first time! I thought it would be fun for the girls to have a little something special from their baby brother.

The plan is to give them their big sister bags the day we go to hospital. I used my Silhouette Cameo to make some personalized heat transfer glitter decals and ironed them on these canvas backpacks.

I filled them with all kinds of goodies. Let's check out what's inside! 


I kept most of the items similar to keep the girls from fighting.  I found these great shirts and leggings from Carter's and ordered the books off Amazon. The other small items were found at Michael's or Target's dollar section. 

I want to make the day we have the baby just as special for the girls so I hope they love these goodies! 

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