Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Introducing Bentley Brian Buhr!

I went into labor late Friday night and our sweet and healthy little Bentley was born via C section on Saturday, 9/13/14, at 4:41am. He weighed 6 pounds 4 ounces and was 20 inches long.

We are still in the hospital but I will share more soon.  This all feels like a dream!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

WordY Wednesday

Yesterday I finished my last full project for work that had to be done prior to my baby break.  It was the Polynesian Cultural Center if you've heard of it!  So it is starting to sink in that this time next week we will have a little baby boy and our lives will be so different than ever before.  Crazy talk.

My belly is so big.  It is 10x more basketball crazy without my shirt on.  I wondered how my 5'-2"+ frame would carry a baby at this point in pregnancy, and now I know...10' in front of me!!

^^I was all ready for the gym and ended up at Chipotle instead.  haha


We have done so many things to prepare, but the list is never ending, really...
  • Stock up on post surgery recovery items
  • Finalize baby photography plans - OMG I'm not spending 2k on a baby shoot are they crazy
  • Get Rykar on heartworm meds - that's something baby/dogs can share although very unlikely

  • Design birth announcement - lower on my priorities list, but still there!
  • Finish nursery decor - I had my brother in law draw some adorable MONKEYS after the cutest ones I could find were really expensive.  This is one he drew.


I never did find a good rug, and we haven't purchased the glider yet or a baby tub which I think we will want.  It's still TBD.  And I can't find a crib skirt that I like.  But oh well.  Trivial matters at this point.

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I know it's ridiculously premature to be thinking about my fitness comeback considering I don't know if I'll have any motivation midst the lack of sleep, but I cannot help but want to set goals already and they EXCITE ME.  Even if I have to change them or just throw them out the window.

My #1 goal is to get back into running but VERY SLOWLY after I'm cleared by my doctor, probably 6 weeks post partum.  I'm super injury prone and I know I'll want to ramp it up once I'm feeling comfortable with bouncing [my insides].

This plan is slower in mileage increase which will be a perfect start in combo with Crossfit.


When I stopped running in the 2nd trimester, I had bad runner's knee.  I have not done much about it but not run and solely cross train, but I am fearful it'll come back if I'm not very careful with recovery.

Obviously running has been on my mind more lately.  Ben bought me a running charm for my nekked charm bracelet which I'm stoked about.  This is a horrible picture of it, but I love.




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September is usually the end of the monsoon season (maybe mid September, I can't remember).  Well we had flooding a month ago and then on Monday we had a 100 year flood which put Phoenix in a state of emergency and shut down the schools.

It first started out as a haboob (thanks James for unknowingly allowing me steal your picture).

Then the rain started overnight.  I woke up with some contractions in the middle of the night, and I heard the crazy storm and thought, "I would go into labor during a monsoon."  But I didn't, they eventually stopped thank goodness.

This is the FREEWAY.

I know we live in either a 100 or 150 year flood zone, but we were lucky with our location both storms.  But I wanted to share some crazy pictures of this desert we live in.








Crazy.

6 days until baby day, unless he decides to flip.  Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

38 Weeks - Baby's Eviction Notice

My age:  30!



How far along:  38 weeks - most likely my last week of pregnancy!  My tummy got taller this week and I can feel it.  It's amazing how fast it can grow.




Labor signs:  There was not much progression at my 37 week appointment, which, considering baby is still breech, I am a little relieved to hear.  Dr. L said labor with the first child is typically longer, so a breech baby usually isn't a big concern if I were to go into labor.  But that still just scares me.  What if I went into labor during rush hour... 




How big is baby:   According to the baby emails I get, he is about 6.8 lbs or so.  I'm guessing that's probably pretty accurate and we'll get another estimate this week after the ultra sound (I'm guessing).  I can tell he has grown considerably over the past week because I am getting much more uncomfortable and notice a lot more head butting.



What have you been up to:   Like previously mentioned, my doctor's appointment was nearly identical to week 36 with little labor progression and lil B hadn't rotated at all.  Baby received his eviction notice and will be arriving on Tuesday, September 16th, via C Section at 9:30 in the morning (aka 9 days away)!

^^that is also my mom's birthday!


Ben and I took Infant CPR (ah ah ah ah stayin' alive, stayin' alive) which completes the courses we wanted to take during pregnancy (Birthing Basics, Will I Ever Sleep Again?, Breastfeeding, Infant CPR) and we are feeling as ready as I think we can.



We started packing our to-go bags a couple of weeks ago and mine is complete at this point, including the diaper bag.





Exercise/Activity Level:  Still doing CrossFit.  I will miss going with Ben, so I am soaking it up.



Maternity clothes:  I got a cute tee from my mom that has a baby's face peeking through at the belly (the orange tee you can see down below).  I wore it on my birthday and got a ton of compliments on it.  :]  Thanks ma.



Stretch marks:   None so far.



Belly Button:   Flat.  Perhaps the outie is reserved for baby #2.



Sleep:   Not so great.  But home stretch ahead!



Best Moment of the Week:  My birthday over the extended weekend.  It was a lot of fun!!  I got my seafood allowance in for the week at Angry Crab Shack, and I was spoiled by my family and Ben.  I also got a prenatal massage.  :D


Ben added a little bit of cake mix to these waffles.  :D






And of course, Rykar.  Ben puts him clear down the hall, puts dinner scraps in his bowl and makes him wait to get them.  lol  He'll wait all day.  Such a good doggy.




Worst Moment of the Week:   This is TMI (like 90% of pregnancy related things), but throwing up when you have weak to no bladder control is memorable.



Food cravings:  None.  Food has lost its luster these last few weeks.



Food aversions:   Same as before.



Symptoms:  I'm dealing with daily headaches.  The swelling has gone down which is awesome.

We learned about baby dropping and becoming engaged near the end of pregnancy, but I don't know to what extent that happens when a baby is breech?  Maybe he's engaging his lil bum... :]  The past few days I have been having constant Braxton Hicks and a whole lot of pelvic and tailbone pain.  I have had moments of wondering if we're going to make it to the 16th.  But I am having less BH today.



Movement:  All of the time.



Gender:   Lil boy!



What I’m looking forward to:   I'm looking forward to hearing his cry for the first time and to seeing how happy Ben will be at first sight.  We are so excited!!!



What I’m nervous about/praying for:   The C section recovery period.  I have never had an incision greater than like 3/4" long nor a surgery where I couldn't recover like so...




What I miss:   Fitness goals.



Next appointment:   Wednesday, 9/10/14 - my final appointment to check to see if baby has flipped (which at this moment I'm fairly certain he hasn't).  Then it's 6 days until baby's birthday!  TBC...