1.22.2015

Mommy Life

 one week old in this pic!

Hi friends! Where to even START?! These past two weeks have been a whirldwind, to say the least, and I feel like I have so much to catch you up on! 

I've so missed this space, but taking off some time in the first few weeks transitioning into mommy hood with Cam has obviously been my first priority. I wanted to, at the very least, give a little update today with what's been going on over here and how we've been doing. I'm still hoping to get his birth story up soon, but for the next few weeks posting might be random and well...inconsistent. Once things start to settle down, my goal is to get back to blogging more consistently. 

So what's been going on?! You know, besides the whole labor thing that I will get into another day (definitely deserves a post, or 10, on it's own!)

Baby

Camden is doing great. We were so happy to have had no complications or any health issues at the hospital so we were able to be discharged at the normal time. We've had two pediatrician appointments so far and he is back up his birth weight (and some more!), which is a relief! He's already grown an inch and is definitely on the taller side! Obviously we are biased, but he is just the cutest little peanut and he is one strong little man! He has the prettiest eyes (I'm hoping they will stay blue-they are a blueish gray right now) and a little dimple on his left cheek. He's already trying to hold his head up at times, has the strongest little kicks, and loves being held up to our chest. He absolutely hates being changed and is sometimes pretty fussy when being put down at night (which our parents say is payback for how we were when we were little.. ;))


We had newborn photos done the other day that I am SO excited to share once we get them back! He was such a champ during the session, luckily, which must mean that he's already getting used to many hours of having his picture taken, which is good considering who he has for a mother. :)

Every single morning we love him a little bit more. and more. and more. Every time I see him I am reminded how much of a miracle he is, and how awesome it is to be his Mommy.

Speaking of...

Mommy

She's (this sleep deprived lady doing the writing here) doing well. However, if you were to ask me this very question the first three days I would NOT have the same answer for you. The first 3 days were ROUGH. I felt like I got hit by a truck (how come no one tells you how horrible you feel after labor?! Seriously! OMG!), was trying to get nursing established, and could barely keep my eyes open enough to enjoy my sweet baby. I cried a lot the first week. More than I expected to. There were times I felt like I couldn't make it through the day. Now, two weeks in, I am starting to finally feel like a normal human again and everyday gets better in some way, shape, or form.

I do NOT miss being pregnant, even though I had a really great pregnancy for the most part. It feels good to have our baby here with us and I'm really enjoying being able to wear normal clothes again! It feels REALLY great actually. Really. My jaw literally dropped when I stepped on the scale the other day and was down 20 pounds. Didn't expect that at all, but am not complaining.

All in all, I love being a Mom to our son. I love having a son. If there is one thing he has taught me so far it's that I can't have a plan. I won't have all the answers right away and maybe never will. Him and his well being is my plan right now.


Nursing

Holy crap...hardest thing I have EVER done. I had no idea how hard and exhausting it would be! Cam latched on great in the hospital and was nursing like a champ, but then when my milk came in he randomly stopped latching and after a few epic meltdowns (on both of our ends) we ended up seeing a lactation consultant at the hospital. She set up a plan for us and has helped us SO much (seriously-we asked her if she would come live with us...ha). After a few concerns about my supply and having to use a nipple shield, things are back to normal and he is nursing every 2-3 hours. Sometimes...okay, most times...it feels like all I do is walk around topless, feed him, look for my nursing bra/tank but can't find it, and repeat. Now that he is back to his birth weight, we don't have to wake him to feed at night and can (hopefully) get a few 4 hour stretches. I am also pumping 1-2 x per day, per the recommendation of my LC. I hope to continue this plan until a few weeks before I go to back to work and at that point I will ease into pumping more often. 

(oh, and while I'm thinking of it-girls who are currently pregnant-take back the boppy and get the breast friend pillow! just trust me on this one!) 

milk drunk ;) those lips! 

Daddy

This guy has been the best partner, spouse, Dad, and so on that I could have ever asked for these first two weeks. He took great care of me in the hospital and has stepped up here at home so much. The first week we were home I think I changed maybe two diapers because he has always been so willing to do it. He gets up with me when I nurse...he cleans up the house...has done so many grocery runs...and is constantly encouraging me and telling me I'm doing a great job. We have both learned so much together and I feel like it's brought us even closer together. When Cam is fussy and not going to sleep or down for a nap, nine times out of ten he will tell me to go take a bath for myself or go rest and he will soothe him. I just don't know what I would do without him...he has just amazed me and I'm so proud of him.

I'm totally being that wife and "spying" on him at times too when he talks to Cam. It is just the cutest thing in the world when I hear him talking about future plans together,  how much he loves him, or talking about the day. Just love it.


Big Brother (Rocky)

Rocky seems to be adjusting really well to his new little brother! He kind of ignored him for a bit at first, but now gives him kisses often and they've even napped together on the couch with me a few times (one baby in each of my arms side by side!) It melts my heart. We have been really trying to make sure he is still getting a lot of love and attention and doesn't feel left out. I can only hope it stays this way and that they become best buds! 


Again, thank you all for all your love. Cam says thanks, too!

Be back soon. :)

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1.14.2015

Introducing Camden Krysh



He's here! 

Camden James Krysh, born January 10th at 1:20am
7 lbs 6 oz, 20 inches long
I wanted to give a quick little update and introduce you all to our beautiful boy! My water broke around 9am last Friday, but I didn't have any contractions or go into active labor until around 2pm. I started pushing at midnight, and he was born an hour and 20 minutes later!

We are home now (we got to come home on Monday, the morning of the National Championship football game so he got a little OSU hat!) and are just trying to adjust and get into a little bit of a routine. It's definitely tough, but he is absolutely without a doubt the best thing to ever happen to us. Rocky is doing really great with his little brother, too! He's so gentle and sweet around him. They've even napped together already and it made my heart melt into a million pieces!

We think Cam has his Daddy's ears, hands, and hairline (so funny!) and my nose and lips! We just can't stop looking at him and admiring him and feel so blessed. 

Thank you for all your love and support! It means so much! 
I hope to be back soon with his birth story and more. :)
(name blanket from here!) 

1.06.2015

Insta Lately (+An Update)

Hey guys! Remember how I've done those "Currently' posts in the past? I had one planned for today, but then realized it would look a little something like this...

Currently...Reading: How to go into labor naturally, Wishing: that I would go into labor, Hoping: that we get to meet our baby boy soon, sooo yeah, I think I'll spare you. :)

I can hardly believe it myself...I'm still pregnant and we are only 2 days away from our due date! Two. days! I have been getting some contractions recently and feeling a little bit off so I hope that we are getting close to that time. We are so excited, but somehow at the same time we're trying everyday not to be too excited because we know it could still be a week or so (at the latest) that we get to meet little Cam...
 
picked up this onesie from Target the other day.. :)

The past few days? Well, for the most part, they have been nothing but awesome! I've relaxed a whole heck of a lot, our house got a good professional cleaning (seriously the best money I have ever spent-you can't put a price on a clean house the week you are due with your first baby!), and I've had some time to play with my new camera that we got for Christmas.

I plan to do a detailed post about the camera for those who are interested hopefully in the next few weeks, but I just need some more time to play with it and take some pictures!


We had a wonderful low-key New Years Eve/New Years day, too. We went out to dinner at a Japanese steakhouse and followed it up with our favorite Graeters ice cream afterwards. Extra scoop for the almost 40 week pregnant chick, obviously. :) It might not have been the most exciting New Years Eve (don't ask me if we stayed awake to see the ball drop...), but it was so special to me to have that last memorable night with Billy and it was so fun talking about our plans and goals for the upcoming year!

 

And don't get me started about my Buckeyes beating Alabama and heading to the National Championship...happiness x 350 over here! But you want to know what wasn't so awesome? My poor husband getting a terrible stomach bug almost immediately after the game ended. He was sick all weekend long and it was pretty bad. Let me tell you, I was semi freaking out that I would go into labor and he wouldn't be allowed in the room with me! It was not great timing, that's for sure. He quarantined himself to our guest bathroom and bedroom for 2 days because he didn't want me to get it...I felt so bad for him. He was miserable, but thankfully is all better now. Phew.

Even Rocky is ready for his little brother to join us! He had a day of pampering and they gave him the most perfect haircut. How adorable does he look?! My heart just melts into a million pieces every time I look at this picture...

 He will absolutely be sporting his new blue bow tie for when Camden comes home from the hospital, I'm sure. ;)

I will try to continue updating here and there until I go into labor, but since I'm feeling pretty uncomfortable lately I can't make any promises. In the mean time, follow me on instagram (@katiewkrysh) and I know a lot of you already saw and love the recent philosophy giveaway I posted (thank you for entering!), but if you missed it...make sure to enter here.

Have a great week! Here's to hoping and praying I go into labor SOON!! Prayers and positive thoughts are much appreciated...thank you all! :)

1.01.2015

renewed hope in a jar for the New Year ($100 Gift Card!)


 
Happy 2015 everyone!

New Year... New You. Isn't that how it goes? Something like that?

Aside from making some personal and professional goals, one thing I love to do at the beginning of a new year is switch up my beauty routine and try some new products (which also includes tossing out all those products that I never use!) It's nice to switch up my routine every once in a while and it's the perfect time to do so! Besides, your skin deserves a little renewing and pampering too, am I right?

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12.31.2014

Week 39 Bumpdate


You know what this means...still pregnant over here!

It's weird. This is exactly the situation we hoped for and wanted this entire time! We wanted Camden to not come too early (especially not on Christmas) and to be a January baby coming close to his due date, and now that we are actually at that point it's so much harder than we thought. Imagine that, such big fat hypocrites we are!

It's true what everyone says...the last few weeks go by so. so. so. slow! We are really happy that he is growing bigger and stronger by the day, but HELLO, we are beyond ready for him to join us. You know, in the next 7-8 days preferably...hint hint Camden James.

UPDATES:

How I Feel: Not as bad as I expected to feel at this point. I feel good, except for the constant tossing and turning at night when I sleep. That part is horrible, but other than that, I'm not miserable by any means (no swelling, no pain, etc.) and have only little complaints. Everyone keeps telling me how small I still am, which is really nice of them to say because I feel like a whale laying out on a beach...

However, I'm over being pregnant. I'm over the waddling. I'm over chugging bottles of Mylanta (acid reflux has been a nightmare this week). I'm over not fitting into anything. I literally want to burn my maternity clothes. But most of all, I'm really wanting to get this show on the road (er-car to the hospital...) See, those are the little complaints I just mentioned.

Billy and I have been joking that we shouldn't be that shocked by all this because if he's anything like me he will be right on time and come on the 8th, or if he's anything like Billy he will show up on the 9th. Haha! ;)


left: top is maternity (here) - it's a great buy, really stretchy and fit me throughout my whole pregnancy! right: holy baby bump!

I went on a 3 mile walk a couple times last week at Billy's gym (and ran into a sweet blog reader who came up and introduced herself-it was so nice to chat with her!) and afterwards felt a lot of pressure and think he might have dropped some more? Maybe? 

Am I Still Working? Yes! Thanks to the holidays and the fact that I still feel fine, I haven't felt like I needed to take any time off or start my leave early. Last week I only had to work 1.5 days and as of today I'm already off for the rest of this week, so it's been pretty great timing! I plan to continue to work up until I go into labor, too, and then will be taking a glorious 10 weeks off once Cam is here! 

Progress? No signs of labor yet. As of last week doc said my cervix is softer than the previous week and he's in a great position, but I'm still not dilated and I haven't had any contractions yet. I actually get checked again today, but am not expecting much news. I'm now thinking he might be late, which I can handle, but I REALLY don't want to be induced. I'm crossing my fingers that even if he's late, he will still come within that week following, and labor will start on his own terms! If you are the praying type, I would love prayers for that.

Epidural // Platelet Update? Last week we got the fabulous news that the steroids I'm on are working and my levels are up enough to get an epidural (!!!) SO.THANKFUL. I will continue to stay on them until I go into labor, but doc said I should be good to go to get one when the time comes. Hooray!

Nervous Or Excited About Labor? I would say a combination of both, but more excited than anything else! It also doesn't help much that my husband is naive and swears that I will only be in labor for like 5 hours. I keep telling him how rare that is and to prepare for longer than that, but he just "knows it". Yeah...yeah. I'm not sure if he actually believes this or is just trying to keep my spirits up. The only thing I would say I'm nervous about is if I have to be induced-I've heard horror stories and would prefer to avoid it.

In the meantime, we're going out for another "this could be our last potential fancy dinner out for a while" date night tonight for New Years Eve..I got my eyebrows done..scheduled a mani/pedi (I mean might as well, right?)...and even Rocky is getting a fresh cut tomorrow so he looks all handsome for his little brothers arrival!! Things could definitely be worse, I guess! ;) And now that I type all that out, it's actually pretty kind of our little man to give us these last few moments to do all this...but that doesn't mean this waiting is easy.

If he's not here by early next week, I plan to try some things at home to hopefully get him going. I've heard lots of walking, squats, red raspberry leaf tea, sex, spicy food, and bouncing on an exercise ball can help. Any other suggestions moms?! And what did you do to help pass the time? I need some activities to keep me busy!

*I really hope this is the last pregnancy update and the next time you hear from me will be his cute birth announcement picture! I still have a few other posts that will be up (a great giveaway tomorrow!) but other than that I will probably post on instagram for a while until I get a post up, so follow me there if you'd like! Thank you for all your prayers and support, girls! Happy New Years Eve!!

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