Sunday, December 30, 2012

She has arrived!

Avelyn Kai Doucet
Born December 29, 2012 at 8:41 am
6 lbs 14 oz, 20 inches

Birth Story to come soon, hopefully. For now, I am just soaking in every beautiful inch of her!!

Monday, December 24, 2012

Avelyn's New Dress

Her aunt Maile recently travelled to Paris and brought back this dress for Avelyn. It is the most gorgeous dress I've seen!!! Let the spoiling begin!

39 Weeks

I'm starting to feel a little anxious. It's a difficult feeling to describe...just very restless and antsy. I hope this is a sign that she is coming soon! She still moves alt and I heard that should slow down right before labor so I'm confused. I've been experiencing period type cramps and back cramps for a few days now but nothing consistent with what I've read labor to be. I do hope it means I will have made progress. Merry Christmas y'all!!




How far along? 39 weeks +1
Total weight gain/loss? Final weight: 160 lbs. (+45) yikes! That was much more than I thought I would gain but I'm happy to be having a healthy baby and I don't feel unhealthy. I'm going to be very honest about how long it takes to come off as well. We shall see!
Maternity clothes? if it stretches over this belly I will wear it...B's clothes, Maternity clothes, pajamas..yup IM THAT LADY
Stretch marks? Still just those few on my right hip...fingers still crossed
Sleep? Not sleeping much. I can't fall asleep until 3 am or so and then I wake up constantly because I need to pee or I'm thirsty or my hips hurt and I have to roll over. I usually wake up at 9 or 10 but then just lay in bed for a bit. I'm not tired during the day and I can't take naps so I'm guessing this is all just preparation.
Best moment last week? Getting a mani and pedi! Wow! It was so nice to get out of the house and relax into some "me" time!
Movement? Her movements can be a little painful at times now. I think it's a sign she is strong though and I don't mind.
Food cravings? chocolate milk and apples...weird but I saw these on a few other blog posts at 39 weeks so it must be hormonal
Gender? A sweet baby GIRL!
Labor signs? 70% effaced, -1 station, 0 cm dialated
Belly button in/out? its pretty much flat now
What I miss: being able o be active. I miss exercising and even just power walking! I feel like a baked potato.
What I am looking forward to: same as before..seeing her for the first time..kissing her cheeks!!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

38 Weeks

Holy Schmpimmolli! Time sure is flying! I've been diagnosed with PIH (Pregnancy Induced Hypertension) but luckily it has not become Pre-Eclampsia (no protein in urine). Only 2 weeks left so I'm hoping she stays in there a bit longer! The husband has been freaking out a little bit this week since they have been offshore with no signal and are about to be again. I am just trusting God in His timing with all of it. Here is my bump:

 

How far along? 38 Weeks
Total weight gain/loss?  not sure. my dr appt is tuesday and I will update then
Maternity clothes?  if it stretches over this belly I will wear it...B's clothes, Maternity clothes, pajamas..yup IM THAT LADY

Stretch marks? Still just those few on my right hip...fingers still crossed
Sleep? It has actually gotten better. I've only been getting up once or twice a night..though I can't go to sleep until 1 am or so..and I still wake up at 7..so maybe I just get up less since Im sleeping less . hA!
Best moment last week? Showing my in laws the nursery. They came to visit me and it was so great to have someone here in person to look at all her little onsies and stuff :)
Movement? She has definite active and rest periods. While her active periods are more seldom, when she moves ..she really moves. Her knees and elbows flow across my belly and she still is almost always leaning to the right side. Its funny because my belly is almost flat on the left side.

Food cravings?  chocolate milk
Gender? A sweet baby GIRL!
Labor signs? she has "dropped" so she is at -1 station (feels like she is going to fall out sometimes), still 5-% effaced and not dialated.Been having more back cramping and alot of pressure very low in my abdomen. My body is getting ready!
Belly button in/out? its pretty much flat now
What I miss:  having room to breathe, rolling over in bed without a big production.

What I am looking forward to:  Holding her!! I can't wait to see her little face!!!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

37 Weeks

Full Term! Yayyy!! Though that means very little to me because she MUST stay in there until her daddy comes home on the 26th. :)

I was laying awake last night thinking...there are definitely things about being pregnant I am going to miss. I am going to miss feeling her every little wiggle and hiccup. Its so strange to me that she will be OUT. Does that even make sense? I have been a little nervous and afraid. Its a scary world!! and well-meaning loving people could drop her or make her sick or she could get too cold or too hot..or not have enough food. So many things can go wrong. For a control freak like me, this is very nerve-wracking!

I need to focus on the positive. Yes, I am going to have to share her..but also..that means she gets to experience so much more love...not just mine (which is ALOT).. but she gets to meet her daddy! That man loves her sooooo much! So I guess it's okay that she is coming out after all.

Here is the bump!


How far along? 37 Weeks (+2 days)
Total weight gain/loss?  44 lbs..ugh yes..BUT I drank 32 oz of water, a smoothie, had toast AND didn't take off my boots...so I estimate my real weight gain to be about 42..haha..
Maternity clothes?  if it stretches over this belly I will wear it...B's clothes, Maternity clothes, pajamas..yup IM THAT LADY

Stretch marks? Still just those few on my right hip...fingers still crossed
Sleep? I have been really congested from allergies these past few weeks so that has further interrupted my beauty sleep..getting up to blow the nose..then pee..then go back to sleep...
Best moment last week? Finishing her nursery!! It bring such a calm to me knowing its all done (for the most part)
Movement? She gets the hiccups a few times a day...I feel so bad for her when she does. I know its a good sign and that its from her practicing breathing but poor baby...her lil head just bumps against my bladder for anywhere from 30 mins to an hour a time..i even yelled BOO! once to see if it would help..but it didn't and then i felt horrible
Food cravings?  apparently anything fattening

Gender? A sweet baby GIRL!
Labor signs? still 50% effaced and closed
Belly button in/out? half innie half outtie..getting flatter though!
What I miss:  COFFEE!! and a Full night's sleep..although that is probably gone for quite some time anyway..

What I am looking forward to:  Meeting her, bringing her home, watching Brandon with her..lots of good lovey things

Monday, December 10, 2012

Maternity Photos

We took some pics with our amazing photographer Abby (Abby G Photography) a couple of weeks ago and they turned out so lovely! It's really hard to feel pretty when you are this huge but she made the shoot so much fun and I am so glad we were able to document the experience. Side note: How handsome does B look in these?! For reals!














Saturday, December 8, 2012

Avelyn's Nursery

 It's not 100% finished but I just couldn't wait to show it to y'all!

Also, I've been debating something... seeing as I could NOT find a cute nursery that was also affordable, I decided to post how much everything cost.

Without further ado...






My hubby and I found this Ikea dresser for FREE on Craigslist. B repainted it and the pink drawers were actually his idea! I love the way it turned out. The wall decor above the dresser is hard to see but it was used at one of my baby showers and it was too pretty to not put up. Eventually, Avelyn's newborn pics will either hang from it or replace it.

Dresser: $0
Toy Chest: Leander Flea Market $6
Noise Machine/Alarm Clock: Brookstone (an old purchase for B)
Mirror: Ross $7
Frames- Gifts from Holly $0



I found a tutorial for these on Pinterest. The white ones were made with scraps from my wedding dress.

Tulle: Hobby Lobby $3
Fishing Line: $3



The swing was a gift from my momma. She got it at Babies R Us.


I love, LOVE, loove the glider chair. I find myself going in the nursery just to sit and rock in this chair. I hope Avelyn likes it too because it is soo comfy!!

Eiffel Tower Canvas- Ross $15
Trunk- Mine from years ago then painted white
Curtains and Satin Ties- handmade by moi $22
Curtain Rod and Pull Backs- Ross $10
Glider Chair- again gifted by my momma and from Babies R Us $0





I haven't made the crib bumper yet and it's a little intimidating. We'll see if it ever happens.

Crib: hand me down from my bro and sil $0
Rug: Ross $7
Bear: Build a Bear
Crib Skirt: handmade by moi $10



This mobile was very tedious to make but it is by far my most favorite piece in the room! I found the tutorial a few months ago and have been dying to make it since. The fabric matches the fabric of the crib skirt.


Wire Wreath: Michaels $3
Crystals: found on Ebay $7
Fishing Line: $3
Fabric: leftover from skirt $0


 Brandon made the wooden plaque that says "Daddy Loves You" and the pink cross next to it. Seriously, how sweet is that?!

Top two crosses: gifts from Shannon and Holly $0
Ballerina Bow Holder: gift from Melissa $0
Diaper Genie: Babies R Us $30


Changing Table: hand me down from sil and brother $0
Pad Cover: Target $10
Decorative Letter: Used as decor in baby shower then I spray painted it and added the ribbon
Light Plate: Hobby Lobby $2.50


Total Cost for Nursery: 138.50!!

It can be done! It was very time consuming to find the furniture but I have plenty o time on my hands and I cannot resist a bargain. Many thanks to my hubby who I dragged asked sweetly to accompany me to many, many Goodwills and Salvation Army stores and who also spent hours painting and carrying this stuff up stairs!!!


All that's missing is our little princess!!