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Raynor Turns 1

25 Jul

I’ve been gone. It’s been a while. I just can’t ever find the time to write anymore as a full time, stay at home, mommy. But I want to get some thoughts out about our first year with Raynor and his milestones so here we go!

Last week, July 20th, Raynor turned 1 year old! I seriously can’t even believe it’s been that long! While it feels like yesterday and also a lifetime ago that our sweet boy entered our lives. He has accomplished SO MUCH in the first 12 months of life and I know every month that passes he will become an even more amazing and independent little boy!

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1 year milestones:

  • Sleeps through the night, approximately 9-11 hours, I broke my own rules and nurse him before bed but he sleeps so I don’t even care ūüôā
  • He’s only taking 1 nap a day (around lunch time) but he stays asleep for between 1.5 and 2.5 hours
  • He eats almost anything I put in front of him (hates avocado) and still does a mix of pureed fruits and vegetables as well as finger foods. I love that he will still eat puree so I can hide more nutritious foods in there.

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  • He has 6 teeth and is always chewing on his hands.
  • He is in mostly 9-12 month clothes but can still fit into 6-9 month rompers and even has a swimsuit he wears thats 3-6! He’s still nice and tiny!
  • He loves the water! We did 2 sessions of swim classes before coming ot the beach for the month and we practice his skills almost every day in preparation for his 3rd session of swim classes in September. He kicks like the 2 year olds in his class and is learning to “dig” his hands to the wall as well. Surprisngly, he LOVES to go under water and doesn’t fight us at all when we do it!

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  • It’s amazing to me how little fear he has around strangers. He loves all our friends and will go them with little hesitation.
  • He LOVES to play with balls. He will throw the ball and put it in a basket if theres one close by. He lights up when he sees his favorite ball
  • Raynor loves music. He will dance to the music when his musical toys are on. We sing bedtime stories to him everynight and when he’s upset in the car we know just what albums to play to help him calm down.

  • After some trial and error we are back in our cloth diapers. We had some issues with properly washing them which turned me off cloth for about a month while we figured it out but I’ve decided to be less strict about diapering and will switch between cloth and Seventh Generation diapers.
  • He isn’t saying any words yet but loves to babble. His favorite is “dadadadadada” or “bubububububu”
  • Raynor is always laughing and he really is the happiest baby I’ve ever met!
  • We reached a major milestone just in the last week when he began to walk! I know that within the next week his walk will be a run and I can’t wait to chase him EVERYWHERE!

We love you sweet boy and can’t wait to see what new adventures you bring in the next 12 months!

Raynor’s Half Birthday

20 Jan

Today we are celebrating Raynor’s half birthday! I can not BELIEVE we are already at 6 months! I’m not ready! He has accomplished a lot in the last 6 months and it is truly amazing to watch him grow. Every day I am in awe at what he can accomplish!

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His Milestones:

  • Can sleep in his own bed with only minimal interaction. Although he won’t sleep all night, we feel good about him sleeping in his own room.
  • Started eating oatmeal cereal around 5 1/2 months. He enjoys it for breakfast and dinner which we started this week.
  • He is in 3-6 month onsies, 6-9 month pj’s and pants (mostly due to his larger behind from our cloth diapers).
  • Raynor enjoys being outside. He rides on a 3 in 1 trike around the neighborhood with us pushing him. He also enjoys being in our Lillebaby carrier.

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  • Raynor loves his grandparents and lights up when he sees all of them whether in person or on facetime.
  • Raynor can play and reach for toys and loves his crinkle book ¬†and a light up wand from the $1 of target the most.
  • His doorway jumper is his favorite place to be if he isn’t in the arms of either me or Britton.

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  • He almost always falls asleep in the car.
  • Raynor reaches for things Britton and I have in our hands, like our phones, and tries to put everything in his mouth.
  • He can sit up on his own but prefers to stand with support.
  • We’ve already traveled to Iowa twice to see family and he is a great traveler!

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  • Raynor loves to be thrown up in the air and enjoys BIG movement. I think he will be a thrill seeker!
  • He is beginning to recognize when we are not with him and cries for us to be near.
  • Raynor only naps for 30 minutes at a time despite our best efforts to keep him asleep longer during the day.
  • We love our BumGenius diapers most and travel with honest diapers when we need some disposables.
  • He loves to talk and can copy us when we make funny sounds.
  • Raynor is super ticklish and we love to listen to his sweet laugh!

We don’t have his 6 month check up for another 2 weeks so I can’t give an update on size but this kid is growing like a weed and its both exciting and sad at the same time. ¬†I can’t wait to see what he accomplishes in the next 6 months!

 

July 20, 2016

12 Oct

I’ve had a hard time starting up my blogging again since our baby was born 12 weeks ago today. But while he takes a nap today I decided I wanted to get going again. Not everyone will be interested in this post as it is the story of our sons birth. Life’s a little different these days and right now I just want to document what speaks to me.

This story actually starts the day before, July 19, 2016. In the last month or so of pregnancy I began heading to my regular OBGYN appointments and coming out worried about my increasing blood pressure. ¬†At my appointment on July 15th the doctors decided to send me to the Florida Hospital triage center to check for preeclampsia. ¬†After spending the afternoon in triage, they send me home as my blood pressure stabilized and I showed no other symptoms of preeclampsia. ¬†But I didn’t feel good. So every day that weekend I had my blood pressure checked and sure enough, it stayed high and kept me worrying.

So Monday I called our doctors office and was able to schedule an appointment for Tuesday for a blood pressure check.  As I suspected, it was still high (the numbers at this point have left my brain but they were in the 140/100 range). They went ahead and sent me back to triage.  Instead of going through the same battery of tests as they had the Friday before, after monitoring my blood pressure for an hour, they went ahead and admitted me to have the baby.

My worst fears before going into labor was having to be induced because I have heard so many stories of friends being induced and being in labor for 24 hours or more. I had a whole labor plan, I was going to walk around, dance with Britton, bounce on a ball, take a show.  I spent some time doing those things. I bounced on an exercise ball for almost two hours as Britton and I watched TV and movies.  Mom brought us dinner as I was able to eat until I got an epidural.  Everything was going relatively smoothly.  On top of the high blood pressure I also had group B strep during pregnancy, that while totally normal in a woman, can be fatal if passed to the baby during delivery. While they were pumping me with fluids and meds for induction, they were also pumping antibiotics into my body every 4 hours. That was the most uncomfortable part of the beginning of my labor experience. All in all, the first few hours were uneventful. I felt pretty good.  Only minor pain from contractions and I was feeling pretty good.

In the middle of the night the contractions started to get steadier and more painful. I asked my nurse if I could take a shower to relax… That’s when I learned that my birth plan went right out the window the moment I was admitted with high blood pressure. I had no idea that the monitors I was hooked up to meant I could not do most of the things I had hoped to do to help me through the labor pains. I was bed bound. And I didn’t event know it! So when things got bad at around 3 am, and I couldn’t take the contraction pains any longer, I went ahead and got the epidural that I was putting off. ¬†I didn’t want to be bed bound so I didn’t start with any pain relievers. ¬†But now I knew, there was no point in going through the pain if I was bed bound anyway.

The epidural allowed me to get some sleep so we did that until the bright sun was shining in our room.  The morning through the early afternoon during labor was very uneventful. What really sucked was no eating or drinking. At about 3 pm the doctor on call went ahead and broke my water as labor was progressing relatively slowly. At that point I started to get antsy.  We are talking, 24 hours into my labor experience. My nurse reconfigured my bed so that I would be sitting almost upright to help move the baby down the birth canal. At about 6 pm is when I started to lose my mind. There was a pinch in my right hip that made me begin to feel contractions on that side. I was hungry and thirsty and no amount of popsicles or ice chips were going to satisfy me. I had my first ever panic attack.

Britton did his best to calm me down but we called the nurse and she hooked me up to oxygen so I could catch my breath.  She moved my bed back into a lying down position and although I was exhausted, I was feeling a little better.  Sitting upright for a few hours DID help move the baby into position.  After my panic attack things seemed to speed up and by 10 pm we were ready to go.

We didn’t realize it until I began to push that our baby boy was facing sideways and had his head cocked in the canal. ¬†He was stuck. ¬†I spent half an hour pushing in the traditional lying on your back position before the nurses and the doctor made the decision to start having me flip from side to side to move him into position. ¬†I spent 15 minutes pushing on my left side and 15 minutes pushing on my right side. And then we were ready. They moved me back to my back and in my first push baby boy was in the arms of my doctor and soon on my chest!

Wow.

After 33 hours of labor, Raynor Eden Wall was born at 11:03 pm on July 20, 2016. He weighed 6 lbs 10 oz, 20 inches long, and absolutely perfect!

I had a hard labor. It took 33 hours (and I tore in 4 places!!) But I wouldn’t change it for the world. We brought into this world the most amazing little boy and we can’t wait to see who he becomes!

before we = 3

13 Jul

Last night Britton and I had possibly our last date night before we become a family of 3.  I had made reservations and cancelled them to various places at Disney Springs over the course of the last month and finally we made it a priority.  We wanted to check out Morimoto Asia so I made some reservations and we headed out there for an evening just the two of us.

As always we were stuck in traffic on Disney property but somehow still made it to dinner on time. Walking through the new marketplace was beautiful and we knew we would want to check it out after dinner.

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Morimoto Asia was absolutely stunning inside. We were at a table somewhat tucked away near the front of the restaurant but we had a great view of the whole place.  I was amazed at what Disney was doing out there to bring in some new restaurants and experiences for their ever committed fans. The food, the atmosphere, the company, it was a perfect dinner.

Afterwards we strolled through some of the shops in the marketplace but before we knew it, the clouds opened up and it started to storm. Before we had even pulled into the garage I made a mental note not to forget our umbrella but, guess what, baby brain kicked in and we left it in the backseat! So instead we rushed from store to store until we made it to a covered section where we slowly strolled through some great shops.  My favorite shop was called Sugarboo & Co. I wanted everything in that store! We will be back with a plan. So many things I wanted for our master bedroom but its too much of a disaster right now to think about decorating it.

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Once the rain cleared we made our way to Sprinkles cupcakes. I can’t ever go anywhere where cupcakes are nearby and NOT pick up a few! They even have a cupcake ATM at this location!

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We had a great evening and I hope we are able to dedicate some time every month to continue to stay connected once baby comes.

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Monday, a fresh start

20 Jun

I started to write a Friday I’m in Love post last week and I came up at a loss. ¬†My city, the city beautiful, the city I grew up in, was brutally attacked last Sunday morning. Everyone in the world knows all the news that plastered CNN, Fox News and local stations. ¬†So it was hard for me to come up with my loves. ¬†I spent the week alone while Britton traveled and every day I watched the news and talked with friends about what was happening. ¬†But the person I wanted to talk with most was in Mexico, so far from my reality.

Yesterday at Church we held a special prayer service to pray for our city, for first responders, for the families and friends directly affected. ¬†I found hope on Sunday. ¬†I’m working towards peace.

So today after spending a lot of time grieving, and feeling anger this week I plan to start a new. ¬†Find more things to love and appreciate. ¬†People always say to find the good that comes from the tragedy and all week I think I’ve seen those things. ¬†Over 5300 people were out to give blood THE DAY of the tragedy. ¬†Counter protesters blocked grieving families from the negativity of a hateful group and over 55,000 people showed up at Lake Eola last night for a candlelight vigil. ¬†And all over the world cities are standing beside our city, Orlando, to share their support and love for a community that has faced so much hardship.

These are the things that help me move forward. ¬†To see the world throw their arms around our city to help bring us light in the face of darkness. ¬†Our church put together a great list of ways we can support our community now in our time of need. There’s a lot we can do to continue to show the world that we are united. That love is love is love. That Orlando won’t live in fear.

I will be still. I will not fret. I will hope in the Lord.

#barbiesdreamkarr

1 Jun

One of my best friends got married on Memorial Day weekend and I was so excited to be able to celebrate with them!  Britton and I went down to Boca Raton for the wedding festivities on Saturday and hoped to be able to spend some time at the beach with the guests and wedding party.  Unfortunately we were running late that day and got there in time to get ready for dinner.

We ate in downtown Delray Beach which was absolutely adorable. ¬†I made reservations at a place called Racks Fish House and Oyster Bar. ¬†The food was great but the atmosphere was even more fun! ¬†There was a loud bar crowd but it didn’t deter from the experience. ¬†After dinner we walked the town and I got a delicious, chocolate covered popsicle ūüôā it was delicious!

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After dinner we met up with the wedding crew at their hotel, the Delray Sands.  I had a lot of fun meeting some new people and catching up with old friends.

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Sunday we were up early to join my friends Meredith and Candace for breakfast. Afterwards we went back to the wedding party’s hotel to swim in the pool and relax with old friends. ¬†It was very hot outside but I had a lot of fun in the pool with some old friends from Rollins.

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Sunday evening was the main event.  We got ready back at our hotel and then headed to the Seagate Country Club for the wedding festivities.  I was feeling quite out of place being 8 months pregnant and the size of a whale but luckily all my friends were extremely nice, telling me I was beautiful in my large state!

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The ceremony was beautiful and I danced the night away at the reception.  We had a great time that evening which made for an uncomfortable Monday for this very pregnant woman!

I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to celebrate the marriage of Amit and Barbara this weekend. ¬†After being Amit’s friend for almost 10 years, I am so glad he found his other half!

Friday I’m in Love

27 May

Happy Friday!

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Last Friday I got taped up by my chiropractor and OMG. Thank you KT. ¬†I had mentioned in last week’s post that I had begun to have more intense ligament pain as my belly has grown and the tape thing worked WONDERS! ¬†Britton is learning how to do it for me this afternoon¬†so I won’t have to go back to her every week to be taped. ¬†So glad I found this!

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This is hilarious. The mom cut on SNL with Brie Larson. ¬†I was catching up on some old episodes this week and this one cracks me up! ¬†Hoping the mom cut doesn’t choose me!

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Old Navy was having a BIG sale this week.  When I went to return some maternity clothes I got online I had to check out what they had in the kids section. OMG. This swim romper was CALLING MY NAME! And our plan this summer is to expose baby boy to the pool and beach as early as we can! So obviously I had to get it for 50% off!

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They say you aren’t supposed to eat lunch meats while pregnant. ¬†Well that’s been one of my only cravings (oh and last night I wanted one of those strawberry shortcake ice cream bars). So¬†needless to say I haven’t stuck real true to the no lunch meats deal. ¬†I love sandwiches! ¬†We have a Firehouse Subs right near the house but normally there is no parking anywhere near by to make this location convenient. ¬†Except on Tuesday ūüôā Thank you Firehouse for being so delicious!

This weekend will be a very special weekend for me as I watch one of my best friends get married! ¬†Britton and I will be in South Florida for a weekend long celebration! ¬†In reflection of my friendship of Amit here is a toast to you. ¬†To my Bridesman, and ever best friend! ¬†We can’t wait to celebrate!

Babymoon Part 2

24 May

On our second day in paradise we decided to book an excursion so we could do some snorkeling, see the sunset from the water, and get some boat time in without having to spend a fortune to rent our own boat.  We decided on the afternoon excursion leaving us with some time that morning to explore historic downtown and spend some time in our lovely pool.

I didn’t plan ahead for breakfast that morning and unfortunately the place I wanted to go was closed when we arrived. ¬†So we searched for another place and ended up at a french bakery. ¬†I had something called a Galette which is like a crepe made with buckwheat which was delicious. ¬†As we began to leave the crowds lined up for brunch and I was glad to be heading back towards the hotel to relax.

We had the pool almost to ourselves as most of the guests had already left since it was Monday.  It was perfect for me and Britton to float around for a few hours before our excursion that afternoon.  We got to the marina early so Britton could have a bite for lunch and we could check out the shops.  We even found a little bit of Iowa as we walked around the marina!

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Before long we were out on the bright blue waters off the coast of the Florida Keys and I was in heaven.

We made our way to a Reef to start the excursion with some snorkeling. This was by far, the best spot I have ever been to for snorkeling. ¬†Not 2 minutes in the water we spotted a Goliath Grouper being cleaned by a host of small fish. ¬†As we continued along we saw a sting ray swim past us. ¬†It was majestic! I do have some fears when I’m out snorkeling one of those being barracudas. ¬†After we saw the ray we turned around to come face to face with a 5 foot barracuda. ¬†I about had a heart attack… ¬†We calmly swam in the opposite direction to continue to take in the beauty of the reef. ¬†I saw schools of the most beautiful fish all along our path. ¬†We came across 3 more rays buried under the sand for protection. Britton and I stayed in the water far longer than any of the other participants but I just couldn’t pull myself away from the beauty we saw all around us.

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After snorkeling we headed to another spot where a mangrove island had formed. ¬†We learned a lot about the history of the mangroves and the protection it provides both for the islands of the Keys and the reef system. ¬†We didn’t see much wildlife but we did enjoy another opportunity to learn about the mangroves.

After the mangroves we were heading back to Key West to catch the sunset from the water. It was beautiful. ¬†My time lapse is a little shaky but you get the idea ūüôā

I wish we had brought a water proof camera so I’d have more to show for our snorkeling excursion but instead it’s etched in my memory.

After grabbing a quick bite to eat off the boat we headed straight for bed.  The next morning we soaked in the pool for a bit before heading to town for some donuts.  They were amazing.

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We picked up some artwork on our way out of town as that is my standard whenever we travel.  I love to find local art to hang on our walls.  This piece was a painting of the mangroves on a recycled piece of tin roof tile.  It fits perfectly on our wall of art!

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Then we began our journey home. It was a long journey especially for a 7 months pregnant woman!  We stopped for lunch in Islamorada and then stopped at the Sandal Outlet and Shell World just to break up the drive.

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Once we were off the islands was when the real fun began.  We hit traffic going through south Florida.  Then I missed an exit that routed us a good 45 minutes off the usual path. It was slow going but we finally made it home around 10 pm to an excited puppy that had been delivered back home by his grandma earlier in the evening.

We had an awesome trip. We spent a lot of time talking about how one of our goals is to own a home close to the water and let me tell you, I’m dreaming of that day! ¬†I can’t wait to take our little one to the beach so he can be a beach bum like his mom!

Babymoon <3

23 May

The last weekend in April Britton and I decided to go on a babymoon.  Originally we wanted to go to Charleston and Savannah but given my extra pregnancy weight and changing body we decided it would probably be too much to be walking around those cities for a long weekend.  So we opted for a more laid back location and booked a trip to Key West.

Due to some meetings in Gainesville that Friday we ended up driving only part of the way to the Keys and spent the first night in Miami. ¬†I also didn’t want us doing the drive in the dark as I love the sites of Florida along that route.

Saturday morning, we were up early enough to do a little driving through Coral Gables before heading on our journey through the Florida Keys.  We also made a pit stop at Robert is Here for some milkshakes and entertainment!

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Its pretty standard to hit a ton of traffic when leaving the mainland of Florida and this trip was no exception.  Nothing bothered me though because I knew we were headed to paradise.

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Our first night in Key West we had to hit up Mallory Square for the chaos and to watch the sunset.  I had made reservations for dinner for after sunset and we had a lovely date night on the front porch of an old historic home refurbished into a restaurant called Bagatelle.  I could have eaten there every night but Britton held me back!

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On Sunday morning we headed back into town and checked out the southernmost point and strolled the quiet streets of historic key west.  I love all the wild chickens you see roaming the streets!

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That afternoon we did a 3 hour kayak tour through the mangroves of the Florida Keys. ¬†This was an AMAZING experience. ¬†At first I wanted us to just rent kayaks and go on our own, but I am so glad we didn’t do that. ¬†I was in heaven as our guide literally wove us through the mangroves to big salt ponds with all kinds of fish and sea creatures below us. I even got to hold a jelly called a Cassiopea!

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After kayaks we got ready and headed back to Historic Key West for a quick bite to eat before hopping on a ghost trolly tour. ¬†I’m kind of a fan of learning about the eerie history of old historic towns so these tours are always first on my to do list! ¬†We got to see the most haunted doll, called Robert the Doll in an old museum and learned about some of the Key West hauntings. ¬†We had a blast but didn’t site any ghosts!

Our first evening and full day in Key West was so eventful it makes sense to me to share the rest in a second post. ¬†We had so much fun and I can’t wait to share the rest!

Coming July 2016

1 Mar

This has been a hard secret to keep from all of my social media and blogging friends but its finally time to make the big announcement!  Britton and I are so happy to announce that our family of two will become a family of three this coming July!

We’ve been saying for about 2 years we wanted to grow our family but it wasn’t until late summer, early fall I was ready to take the plunge. ¬†The story of finding out is kind of a funny one as I just had a hunch about it and took a pregnancy test while Britton was away in the Dominican Republic for business. ¬†The night I took my first test he did not even call as he was out late with business partners. ¬†I was shocked and, quite frankly, questioning our readiness, the moment I saw the word “pregnant” on the test so I¬†called a friend for a second test and then my sister to ball my eyes out as I knew from that moment on life would change forever.

The next day I was meeting Britton in Tallahassee for the FSU homecoming game so I planned a little surprise to tell him the big news.  When he got into Tally late that night I handed him a card and as he read the words he was just as shocked as I was at the news that we were pregnant.

We told my parents at Thanksgiving time, my dad with a sweet “Best Grandpa Ever” mug and for mom we added a high chair to the Thanksgiving dinner table while we all bowed our heads for prayer. ¬†Both were ecstatic as I am the first to be a parent in my family and they’re both ready to be grandparents. Unfortunately, I wasn’t thinking ahead and didn’t get a video or even pictures of the moment.

Fast forward to our 8th week of pregnancy when we first got a chance to see our little chocolate chip and hear the heartbeat. ¬†I ¬†honestly still didn’t believe it was real despite the overwhelming nausea and consistent food aversion I had been experiencing.

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We really wanted to tell Britton’s parents until we saw them face to face which meant we had to wait until after Christmas when we were up celebrating the holidays with the whole Wall clan. ¬†We DID think ahead and got video of their reveal and surprise surprise, Janet, was a little confused as so many other grand kids are on the way that she thought the “best grandma and grandpa” onsies must have been for one of the other new coming babies.

As I moved along through the first trimester my worst symptoms were nausea, food aversion and overwhelming exhaustion which lead to frequent naps and a necessary 9 hours of sleep a night. ¬†When I came to the second trimester I hoped to start feeling like me old self again. ¬†I did lose the nausea and for the most part I wasn’t having the same amount of food aversion (although sometimes it sneaks up on me) but I still feel pretty tired all the time.

We decided to have the Harmony genetic test done to make sure Baby Wall was healthy in there as some genetic disorders run in my family.  A few weeks ago we got the results back from the test that the baby is perfectly healthy in there which was a huge relief for me.   The Harmony test also shows the genetically the gender of our baby so we went ahead and did a small reveal party so we along with our parents and friends could find out the gender all together.  A nurse gave the results to my friend T so she could make us a cake but no one else there knew the results.  It was pretty fun!

We are so excited and feel so blessed to begin this new chapter (long chapter) in our lives. Baby Boy Wall will be joining us around July 24th and we can’t wait to meet him! ¬†Thanks Lizzie for our awesome photos!

Gender Reveal