Category Archives: Pregnancy

Our Early Arrival!

Here she is!

Harriet Charles Libby – born 12/6/11 at 1:36pm

7lbs 10oz – 18.5inches

pure perfection!

-Graceface

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Nursery Wants & Haves

Here’s a little sampling of some of my favorite baby items! Many of these even already have a spot in Harriet’s nursery! I picked the crib out ages ago and the entire theme of the nursery is based on that lovely blue color as well as the clothespin dolls below and a FABULOUS piece of butterfly art my mother-in-law bought at the SF birth & baby fair several months ago. Also, I’m just dying for that squirrel pillow below!

doll baby clothesline paper cut outs

crochet butterflies/themis mobile/crochet afghan

kalon crib/lifefactory bottle/stuva cabinet

classic alphabet blocks/baby rocker/teepee

squirrel pillow

As of Tuesday I’m now considered full-term, which means I could give birth to a healthy and happy baby with no complications. However, I still have three weeks to go! We’re taking out birthing class this Saturday and have started meeting with our midwife every week now. We also have our last (?) appointment with our doula next week.

Everything is coming together. I’m nesting like CRAZY! Just trying to get everything ready for little miss Harriet’s arrival without losing it! The above photo was taken at our last midwife appointment. Pat is so cute with the instagram belly pics right now.

37 weeks down, three to go!

-Graceface

Halloween – Skelly Belly

So, I was less than motivated to dress up this year (I’m having a major lack of energy) but I figured I should suck it up and come up with something fun to wear for my friends Ashley’s and Jose’s Halloween party last Sunday. I had a fun pair of skeleton tights that I hadn’t worn yet so I wore those. And just for fun I cut out a quick skull image from one of my many black tee-shirts so that the skull stretched out across my big prego belly. It was fun to have at least some semblance of a costume – I kept saying that I was dressed with the spirit of Halloween in mind rather than in full costume. What do you think?

-Graceface

32 Weeks!

Getting ready for the wedding in Austin this weekend. It was a fantastic trip! I even wore red lips.

-Graceface

Notes From a Happy (and Healthy) Pregnancy

As you can see, in the photo above, babies love me. haha. Welll…this particular baby didn’t want anyone other than his mother or father to hold him. But it’s a pretty fantastic photo don’t you think?

I’ve been thinking that it’s becoming necessary for me to write down some of my thoughts about my pregnancy. I talk about it a lot with friends and family – particularly with Pat – but I get something completely different out of really assessing a situation for myself and writing it all out. So here goes!

I’m going to attempt a natural birth in a hospital with a nurse midwife and doula. I’m regularly watching what I eat and recently cut coke and coffee out of my diet completely. The only regular craving I was having was for coca-cola, which is TERRIBLE for me. Maybe it would be ok if I were drinking it once a month of so, but I was drinking it several times a week. Pat constantly attempted to keep me in check and make sure I wasn’t overloading on sugar and nitrates and all that funky stuff – but it wasn’t until being reprimanded by my midwife that I actually listened and cut it from my diet.

I’ve replaced the coffee and coke with an Herbal Infusion of 2 parts Red Raspberry Leaf, 2 parts Nettles, 1 part Oatstraw, 1 part Alfalfa, 1/2 part Rose Hips and 1/2 part Peppermint (for flavor). My doula was super excited when I told her that that was what I was drinking everyday. She even said that she drank a similar infusion while she was pregnant and that the amount of nutrients (vitamins and minerals) that I am getting could replace my prenatal vitamin completely. I haven’t decided if I will actually attempt to cut the vitamin but I do believe that 2 weeks of drinking up to 6 cups of this infusion has made a drastic difference in my mood, heartburn, leg cramps and headaches.

Pregnancy has been way tougher than I expected, but I’m managing. The severe migraines I had throughout my first and second trimesters have stopped (thanks to vitamins!) and now I’m just sitting back and watching my belly grow (and move). I LOVE feeling our little girl move around kicking and punching. It’s really the best way I’ve found to connect with her on a primal level. I really just love it.

Besides the heartburn, backache , carpel tunnel and leg cramps I feel pretty good. I was feeling a bit sad and alone for a while there – I am a social person and have felt really detached from my family and friends. I rarely want to go out – its just too much work for this aching body. So, I’m trying to make attempts to invite people to our house so that I don’t have to put forth too much of an effort to go anywhere. If people come to me then I am already at home when I lose the energy battle and need to hit the hay.

Also, I love clothes and fashion and I just wasn’t feeling like myself in all the depressing maternity clothes I had – they just weren’t “me” if you know what I mean? I recently got a new pair of black skinny maternity jeans and that ONE THING totally changed everything for me – I feel like ME again! Now I just need to work on getting a pair of shoes that fit because my feet have started to swell!

All in all I KNOW that to stay happy I have to feel good about myself. I hate to put so much emphasis on clothes and socializing and such, but its just a fact of life for me. If one pair of jeans, a movie night with friends and a baby shower can completely change how I feel about myself, then so be it!

I spent a lot of time in my second trimester building a Baby registry on Amazon.com that basically covered everything we would need. We are not rich by any means and simply can not afford to buy all of the things that babies need on day one! I was really careful to only include items that we would actually need and leave out all of the superfluous items (though I did throw in a few cute things I admired – and picked the most adorable crib and bedding EVER!).

We have three baby showers (amazing!), one of which was held last week in Ohio, and most of the bigger items like the stroller, co-sleeper, diaper bag and  pack ‘n’ play have already come to us. It’s fantastic to know that we have many of the things we need already! And we still have two more showers to go! I am SO THANKFUL for our wonderful family and friends who are being so amazing and supportive. It’s really a wonderful thing and a wonderful time for us. A lot of pressure has been taken off by our wonderful friends and families.

Another awesome thing, is seeing all the adorable little girl clothes start to roll in. I’m starting to get so excited to dress up our little Avocado in all of these precious get-ups. We’ve got everything from sweet pink princess frocks to plaid oshkosh overalls to a missoni for target onsie to a mini hello kitty tee-shirt! So much awesomeness!

All of this is a reminder that I am healthy, my baby girl is going to be healthy, I am happy and I have friends and family who love and support me when I need them. It’s all so wonderful and when I’m feeling down, all I need to do is remember how happy and excited my loved ones are for us, and I am motivated to be excited too. So thank you to EVERYONE for all the amazing support. We love you all so so much. And, thank you to my regular blog readers for taking the time to read this and helping me create a safe place for me to share all of my thoughts on my pregnancy and this time. You are beyond special to me!

-Graceface

17 Weeks!!!

I was just testing out the light in our new bedroom so the photos aren’t very spectacular – but look at that baby bump! 17 weeks and counting!

Pregnancy is a little strange – stranger than I expected it to be. I haven’t felt completely connected to Avocado (our friend Jimmy nicknamed him/her Avocado and it’s sort of stuck) until very recently. This week I started to feel the little one wiggling around  and that’s been very exciting! But overall, since my pregnancy symptoms have been few and far between, there hasn’t been much of anything to connect me to the little bugger! I am, however, fitting into very few of my old clothes and that’s a sign big enough to make me feel some sort of connection to this pregnancy even if nothing else does!

I have done a few things to attempt to make it all seem more real – a few weeks ago I attended the SF Birth & Baby Fair with Pat’s sister and mother, I’ve gone through my wardrobe and removed all signs of anything that doesn’t fit me anymore, I’ve scheduled an ultrasound for 20 weeks so that we can find out the baby’s gender, I’ve made an appointment with my friend Nickie who is going to be our Doula, I’ve started a baby registry on Amazon.com to help me organize my thoughts, I constantly read any and all baby books and blogs that talk about pregnancy and my list of most loved baby names is a mile long. So all in all I think I’m doing all the things I can to help make me feel pregnant – now I just have to wait and let my belly grow.

All of this is just so exciting for me though! One of my biggest life dreams has always been to start a family. I am very close to my family (and Pat is to his) and the desire to bring more little ones into such a loving and wonderful family is just overwhelming! That and my strongest desire is to create a loving and nurturing home for me and my loved ones – this includes starting my own little family with Pat. I couldn’t be more happy and excited to share this dream with Pat – He’s just the most supportive person I know and I truly believe we are going to be an excellent team at raising a family.

GO TEAM!

-Graceface