I never felt like I was one to struggle with my weight. I had my ups and downs in weight like many people. Those few extra college pounds. The time I broke up with a boyfriend and lost 25 lbs by eating cheerios and drinking water. Everyone told me I looked good and lost weight.… Continue reading Owning My Mom Bod
I knew what Wilder was going to be for Halloween for quite some time. Finding the right costume was difficult. I’m not super crafty and didn’t find a lot of time to make a costume for him. But, I did find one that was cute. Here is my little BB8: Jake was Poe and I… Continue reading Wilder’s First Halloween
This parenting thing is the real deal. I know people would tell me, “your heart is going to explode” and “you’ll love him more than you know” – and yes that’s true, but it took me a while to get to that point. I loved those embryos when we did the transfer. I loved Wilder when… Continue reading So Much Love
I’m a new mom. And only by 2.5 months. So I’m not expert on parenting or baby gear. But, I’ve learned a thing or two on what works for us. I’ve also learned that there are some products that I swear by, and some I could do without. I’ve had a few friends reach out… Continue reading Baby Stuff: What to skip and What’s a Must!
[Warning: LONG POST] It has been a busy week! Things worked out perfectly for us to travel and visit all THREE sets of grandparents in one week. We had a baby shower planned in Duluth, Jake had a work event in Nebraska, and then we decided to hit up Burlington and make a loop across… Continue reading First Family Road Trip
This little one is for sure keeping me on my toes. I just love when he lays on my chest and I can soak in that amazing new baby smell. Although right now, he’s laying on me and I’m trying to eat a Pop tart – so he most likely has crumbs in his hair.… Continue reading Wilder’s “Wild” First Weeks
You guys….he’s here! And I could not be more in love. I was nervous. I was scared. And when I look at him, I think, “what was I so afraid of”. He’s perfect. I’m still in awe that this lil guy was inside me. I grew him. It’s so crazy. Jake and I are adjusting… Continue reading Wilder’s Birth Story
In July, the Flutter girls teamed up with Anjali from Destined Designer Events to host a shower to honor Wilder. Since my nursery is Wookie the Chew/Woodsy theme, it was a cool and unique idea for baby boy Wilder. And the perfect place to have it was at Flutter. There were a few hiccups with the… Continue reading Wookie the Chew Baby Shower
Even before I was pregnant, I had looked at nursery ideas on Pinterest. It wasn’t until we were officially pregnant that I got excited and actually decided what the theme should be. It didn’t take me long. I found “Wookie the Chew” and became obsessed. It’s like Winnie the Pooh, but reimagined with Han Solo… Continue reading Nursery Reveal
This is a post I’ve been wanting to write for a while. I haven’t because I know it will probably make me sound like a horrible person. But I wanted to share some honest truths about what I’ve gone through. So, here goes…. Let me also preface by saying that I do feel extremely blessed… Continue reading Pregnancy
This last year has definitely changed me. Mostly for good. But as I am sitting here about to take off on “maternity leave” – I wanted to reflect on a few things I’ve learned. I’m hoping this will help me navigate motherhood and businessowner-hood. When I worked for Hertz and ABG, I was a hard… Continue reading Boss or Friend: Defining the line
We have come a long way. I feel like I’ve been pregnant FOREVER! It’s taken me a long time to write this post because there are so many things I have wanted to write about. It’s been hard to narrow it down and gather my thoughts. I try to make this inspirational and helpful to… Continue reading 37 Week Update
Last summer when we put the boat away for the winter, I knew that I had hung up my surfboard in the hopes I would pregnant for the next season. Well, we actually sold our boat so we could upgrade, so I guess we really didn’t put it away for the winter. With the thought… Continue reading Pregnancy and Wakesurfing
Phew. We’re getting closer Wilder. 6 more weeks. I was just thinking about what all crazy things my body is doing lately, and realized something. I always knew what pregnancy was. I knew that women’s bodies changed. I know that they get tired and swollen and out of breath. I just didn’t know exactly how… Continue reading 34 Weeks
I’m sad to say, I was extremely disappointed with our birth prep/parenting class. I was excited to go at first because Jake doesn’t have too much experience with babies. Even to this day, he does not like to hold babies. We had talked about going to one and I had thought it would be cool… Continue reading All in One | Birth and Parenting Class
Tomorrow, I’ll be 8 MONTHS PREGNANT. 32 weeks are in the books. Wilder is constantly moving and keeping his momma busy. It’s hard to fall asleep with his jabbing at my sides and rolling around. It’s such a crazy cool feeling. I try to describe it to Jake, but it’s something he’ll never fully be… Continue reading Being a Boss Lady & a Mom
It’s a day that I thought I’d never have. I had it in my head that I’d never be pregnant. After I went to Mayo Clinic and they said to never try, I kind of had it my head that I didn’t want to get pregnant. I mean, I thought if we did adoption we… Continue reading Garden Party Baby Shower
I thought since I had to go to a friends baby shower last Sunday, I’d take the opportunity to dress up a little and play with my new shirt and shoes! Shoes: DSW | Shirt: Primp Boutique | Jacket: Target | Necklace: Flutter | Sunglasses: Penguin [Jenn from Rosetree Events and I showing off our… Continue reading 23 Weeks and baby kicks!
Here are just a few pictures of our growing baby boy. 2o weeks 2 days [smiling or yawning] [he looks like Jake, doesn’t he?] [Jake finds this super creepy – but he’s still growing his fat]
This week, we finally hit the half way mark. I was so excited for two reasons – we get to see our little baby again and we get to find out the gender! It’s been so crazy keeping this secret. Our appointment was set for March 15th (which I’ve had for weeks). I wanted to… Continue reading IT’S A……
Last Friday, Jake and I had our monthly visit with our OB. We got to hear our sweet baby’s heartbeat and it felt so good to hear it again. I wasn’t too worried, but sometimes, you just wonder if you’re doing everything right. If I wake up feeling really good I wonder what’s wrong. Even… Continue reading 18 weeks (19 tomorrow!)
We are at 16 weeks and 2 days today! Things are moving and shaking in my uterus. I can’t feel any kicks or movement from the baby yet, but my body is being stretched a lot! I sometimes just rub my growing belly and think, “I can’t believe I’m pregnant.” It’s been a long road… Continue reading Nursery in Progress!
The last two weeks have been going so slow. I still have little to no energy. My appetite is for sure back and I have been enjoying eating a lot. Symptoms I’m feeling this week: breaking out like whoa hair is just awful – grays and it’s getting greasy exhaustion headaches hormonal – the internet… Continue reading 13 Week Bumpdate
20 shots of Lupron in the belly. 71 shots of Progesterone in Oil in the upper butt muscles. Done. [last night was one of the worst – lots of blood and I had to do it myself since Jake is yet again in China] Today we are at 12 weeks. Lil nugget is the size… Continue reading Bye, Felicia
Well, we have made it to 11 weeks, Little Baby and I. The Nausea has subsided and I have been so hungry lately. I ate so much yesterday and didn’t get full until right before bed. I am definitely feeling my bladder being stepped on, my ligaments stretching, and some other random jolts and pinches… Continue reading 11 Week Update
How is it possible to feel complete heartbreak and utter happiness at the same time? Today has been a roller coaster of emotions. I didn’t even think I could write this today. We had our third ultrasound today with my OBGYN in Wyoming, MN. If you can’t tell, it didn’t go well. I’ve been with… Continue reading Heartbreak and Happiness
Merry Christmas Everyone! Jake and I went to our RE clinic on Tuesday for another ultrasound to see how both babies were doing. I also had another blood draw to check my hormone levels. Here is what we found out: We are having DI/DI twins (Diamnitoic/Dichorinic) – I’ve googled it – basically the best kind… Continue reading 8 Weeks 3 Days
Today was our first ultrasound! We got good and bad news. The ultrasound tech said, “We have one healthy heartbeat and baby!” Then, the doctor looks and finds the second. Baby A is strong and measuring 10 mm and 7 weeks and 1 day. Baby B has a smaller gestational sac and is measuring 6.8… Continue reading Twins Basil! Twins!
Hey Ya’ll – Yesterday was 6 weeks weeks for me. I thought I was lucky because I hadn’t gotten sick yet, but then today happened. Mostly I’ve just not been hungry and haven’t been interested in eating much. The last few days I had stomach aches and didn’t feel well. It’s not uncommon to have… Continue reading We’ve Made it 6 Weeks!
I had my second Beta HcG blood test on Wednesday (11/25) and the number was 868!!! We wanted that number to double, and it more than doubled! This is such a good sign and a big relief. However, I didn’t really have a reaction. I was so tired and had such a headache I was… Continue reading 15dp5dt
BIG FAT PREGNANT! Well, last week I decided to take some home pregnancy tests. I wasn’t going to test. I didn’t want to. I wanted to wait until Beta day. But, I didn’t want to leave it up to one day and be anxious the whole day. So I did. I tested for 4 days.… Continue reading 9DP5DT – Beta Day!
Today is the 6th day past our 5 day transfer. By now, the little guys or girls should have dug in good and are almost done implanting (or should be implanted). I have 3 more days until our Beta blood test!! What is Beta? Beta is the hcg hormone level found in your system when… Continue reading 6DP5DT
Nothing I have read about or researched about can prepare you for this moment. I’ve always seen my situation as a little different because I’ve known for so long that I would be doing this. I’ve been treating it like no big deal. A few shots, sure. Some pills, sure. Maybe it was the valium… Continue reading 2DP5DT – Two Days Past 5 Day Transfer
It’s the day before my transfer. I can barely focus on work. I’m like the kid in the Disney commercial “I’m too excited to sleep.” I am struggling to get through these last few days before transfer, I don’t know how I will do during the two week wait. Since I began my journey… Continue reading Just a little stitious..
We got the call from our donor coordinator – She (Donor 512) is triggering TONIGHT! She has 23 mature eggs and they will retrieve on Monday! Our transfer should be all set for next Saturday, November 14th! I’m not sure times yet, but I’m sure we’ll get an update soon. I’m feeling much better today. After a… Continue reading Trigger Shot and Transfer Date
I had my second ultrasound and blood work this past Monday (Nov. 2nd). I went in and they looked over my chart. It still somewhat bothers me when they say, “We just want to check on the ovaries and make sure they’re quiet.” I responded with a smart ass reply, “Well, they should be silent because… Continue reading Two more weeks until Transfer!
I’ve always known that if I wanted kids, I would have to go to extreme measures. Whether that was adoption, surrogacy, or trying IVF. With some encouragement from my doctor, I decided to go through with IVF and give it a shot. I look at Jake’s baby pictures and want that little cute boy thats… Continue reading Side Effects
Hey All – It has been a crazy busy last few weeks. I have a few updates on our progress! Last Wednesday, we hit up our clinic and had our RN consultation. There, we went over my medications and timeline for when and much to take them. We also learned how to administer the shots.… Continue reading Shots and Bridal Market
As long as this works for our donor, we should be on following this schedule. There are still a few things to work out (progesterone shots, etc). I start taking Lupron shots while at Bridal Market in NYC. Luckily, I’ll be going with my sister in law (and nurse) who will help me figure those… Continue reading Tentative Schedule
Monday, August 31st 2015 – our 2 year anniversary! It’s been a week even 13 years can’t prepare you for. I received the phone call last Monday, on our 2 year anniversary. My donor coordinator said that she found us an egg donor. When I had called in Mid August, she said that she was… Continue reading The Call and Donor 512
It is so true what they say, that time really does fly. It’s crazy that four months ago, we welcomed Wilder into the world. That experience is something I will never forget, but it’s also good to remember that it’s all worth it. My little nugget has grown so much. He’s developing quite the personality.… Continue reading Wilder: 4 Months