Baby Bump #2 | Weeks 37 & 38

I had these done, so I might as well post them! The final two weeks of my pregnancy, which was very unexpected.
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And then he came, less than 48 hours after I took week 38’s picture and wrote the blurb. Who knew he would listen so well? Let’s hope that continues…(though based on his fussiness lately…notsomuch. #sendalcohol #andearplugs #andsweetbabymagic)

Here’s a look at the growing bump from start to finish…

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{Justine}

So this happened…{hello Jackson Ryan}

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Jackson “Jax” Ryan Stuckenschneider made his entrance 12 days early on Friday, January 2. He was 20″ long and 8 lbs 1 oz. I think I’m the most surprised of all, even though I wanted him to come ASAP most of all. We couldn’t be more in love with him.

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So the birth story (mainly so I have a record of it somewhere, before I forget it!): I had been super uncomfortable in the last week, in general and because of contractions that started to hurt a little vs. just be uncomfortable. It made me wonder if the real deal was going to happen soon, but given Henry was 11 days late after inducing, I didn’t really think he would be coming, at least that soon. I didn’t even have my hospital bag packed. The morning of January 2nd I was woken up at 5:45am from what felt like being kicked in the stomach (like, hard, not like a usual baby kick). I got up and went to the bathroom and tried to go back to bed, but I was having contractions that hurt, often. I started timing them and they were four to six minutes apart, which surprised me, since I thought usually they would start further apart? After a good half hour or so without them letting up and becoming quite a bit painful I got up and took a shower, since I thought “holy sh*t, these feel how they did with Henry. This could actually be it.” and apparently I felt I needed to shower before the big show. As I tried to get dressed the contractions were even more painful, causing me to stop whatever I was doing, and convincing me that this was it. So I finally woke Ryan up about 6:30 or 6:45am and then I tried to get ahold of my parents so they could come over to be with Henry. We also tried texting a couple neighbor friends (it was 7am which isn’t super early but early enough we didn’t want to disturb anyone if we didn’t have to), but no answers all around. Luckily my sister heard me call her while she was asleep and she was able to wake my parents up, who came over to relieve a friend who was actually up and able to come over to be at the house with a still sleeping Henry (Thanks, John!). As I was throwing things into my hospital bag (I had no idea what I was doing or putting in there) and trying to get dressed (I seriously couldn’t figure out what to wear to the hospital while in labor), my water broke in the bathroom, shortly after 7am. <insert two changes of underwear>. On the three minute drive to the hospital even more water gushed out – yes indeed, I really was in labor. For real. As if I couldn’t tell before.

At the hospital I had to have a wheelchair to get to the labor and delivery ward and was swearing a lot, because geez, those contractions hurt! And were every few minutes so there wasn’t much relief. They quickly checked me in, as I told them that I was ready for my epidural, ASAP. The longest hour later I finally (though was informed it was quick) got the epidural, and thank goodness for drugs, friends. My completely asleep right leg, my extremely dry mouth and hunger were more of an annoyance than the contractions for the rest of the time. God bless a fantastic nurse (if you go to Delnor you will want Becky) who snuck me water and said I could take some sips. About 3:20 pm it was time to push (my nurse, Ryan and the doctor were really encouraging and helped this along!) and at 4:02 pm my perfect little Jackson was born. He definitely had lungs on him, and came out with some rolls! I was super excited to see those rolls 🙂 I’m hoping they stay/grow. When Henry came to meet him that night with my family, it was the best thing ever. He was so excited, kept asking to see “baby Jax”, proudly showed me his visitor sticker, tried to give Jax his new toy and kept wanting to hold him.

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Everything was a bit surreal to me. I felt so unprepared for everything that happened! I was not supposed to give birth almost two weeks early – I was in the middle of projects, didn’t finish the nursery yet, hadn’t finished all the baby laundry (thank goodness we had at least gotten out and washed all the gear) and hadn’t packed. But everything happened as it should have, and really couldn’t have gone any better. I’m very happy he was an impatient guy and was so glad I was able to have a successful VBAC, with my chosen doctor who was miraculously working that day, for the experience and the recovery. My recovery is much easier this time around (though let’s be clear there is recovery and it’s still going on) and I was able to go home the next day – which may be crazy, but I was anxious to get home with Henry.

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going home

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So we’re home and healthy and happy — and tired, but my mom was here for several days doing all the things, which was amazing. I’ve had my food cooked, laundry done, house cleaned, flowers and food delivered – a girl could get used to this 🙂 I guess it’s not every day you have a baby, so I’ll soak it in…along with baby snuggles and the joy of watching Henry with Jax. Seeing Henry with him is one of the most special things ever, my heart could burst every time he gives him a kiss or a face hug or tells him “it’s OK baby Jax”. He is also no longer a “big boy” but is instead a “big brother”. So so so so so awesome. I can’t believe he’s a week old already today and I seriously can’t believe he’s here – have I said that already? My heart is so full, what a perfect start to 2015!

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{Justine}

(I have 2 weeks left of my maternity book to post, which I’ll still do since it needs to get done anyway. Though if it will be anything like Henry’s, it still won’t be printed a couple years later…)

Merry Christmas

Just a quick pop-in to say Merry Christmas!

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One day Henry was in the best mood, agreeing to everything, so we had an impromptu photo shoot for a Christmas card photo. He’s just the cutest thing, and I cannot believe that next year at this time I will have a 3 1/2 year old AND an 11 month old. Crazy! Don’t worry, this year we’re not thinking too far ahead and are savoring the last one with just Henry — of course he will be getting spoiled – it’s so hard not to do. I mean, look at that face and smile!

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Hope you get spoiled and/or enjoy doing the spoiling!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

{Justine}

Baby Bump #2 | 34 Weeks

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You guys, I keep getting larger (I am already 2 weeks larger than the above photo, at the time of writing). Just when I think it’s not possible, it just keeps happening. And I know it will continue to happen. It happened last time, it will happen this time. I know I’m not extra large, I’m measuring right on track, but, ugh. You can’t help but feel this way in the moment. I officially reached the weight limit I had wanted to gain, and with several more weeks left with the baby gaining weight, well, I will too. Ah vell. I’m not about to not have my sweets and cereal (as I eat a bowl and a half of Kix while writing this), what with not being able to indulge in all the holiday drinking.

I can’t believe it’s Christmas next week! It’s so exciting. And after Christmas comes baby watch 2014/2015. I really do feel like this one might come early for some reason, though if he’s anything like Henry, it’s only wishful thinking. I’m not wishing to hard yet though, I do want to make it to Christmas at least – for his sake, and mine. Time to finish the nursery and do loads of tiny laundry…

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{Justine}

Baby Bump #2 | 32 Weeks

Time is flying by. Thanksgiving is over (How was yours? Hope it was as good as mine! Good food, family and relaxing, nothing is much better.) and we are full swing into Christmas season. We actually got the tree and decorated the house inside and out the weekend before Thanksgiving (we were those people), which is a first for us. I blame Henry and all his Christmas movie watching. I’ve started my Christmas shopping, and most of it is done online, so I’m pretty sure the UPS and FedEx guys know where to go automatically when they see our last name. But I still have a bunch to do, though I don’t feel the time crunch, yet. I do feel a time crunch with the nursery, since it’s a bit of a disaster right now, and I’m still trying to get house projects and nursery projects done before the babe gets here in approximately 6 weeks. Yikes! Yes, I’m 34 weeks tomorrow, so this is a little late to post. Story of my life.

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I have so much to update on, including our laundry room renovation that is going along great, and Henry transitioning to a big boy bed last week. Hopefully one day before the baby is here! Enjoy the most wonderful time of the year!

{Justine}

Baby Bump #2 | 29 Weeks

So I’m 30 weeks tomorrow – last one before there’s only a single digit week countdown! Eeeeeeeeeek.

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Also also – I need a haircut. It’s like Kardashian length up in here with none of the (professional) styling. One is scheduled for Saturday, finally.

Even though there’s still 10 weeks left, I feel like it’s the fastest 10 weeks of the year – Thanksgiving is going to be here in a matter of weeks, and then it’s the quickest four weeks ever until Christmas, then it’s the New Year, and then it’s baby time. Oh baby. 

{Justine}

Baby Bump #2 | 27 Weeks

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I have grown a basketball, officially. Not that the last couple weeks weren’t basketball-ish, but this week it’s definite, all I feel like is “basketball”. Ryan has remarked how huge my belly is already, several times, says how he can’t believe I still have so long to go. I know he’s not saying it meanly, just stating a fact that still surprises him the second time around, but thaaaaaaanks. We went out the other weekend and let’s not discuss how many outfits I had to try on to find one that not only flattered but fit the basketball. So far the weight gain is about 20 pounds (perhaps 21, but let’s not get too technical), which is gaining about 15 pounds in 11 weeks, which better slow down. Or I should stop eating donuts weekly? And I was doing so good.

One big to-do was checked off the list this past week, painting the nursery. I’m so glad for that to be done, though I do still want to paint the trim (yuck). I used Valspar Signature paint for the first time (almost sprang for their new Reserve line but didn’t), and I have to tell you, I really really enjoyed the paint. It was true one-coat coverage, which has never happened to me before. Though I did prime two walls that were like a “woah, blue”, and so it was painting a light color over a light color, but still. Just FYI. I’m super happy with the color, it’s a very soft mint, and it’s bright and airy and calm and I can’t wait to get it all pulled together.

Baby boy has been moving a lot this week, (as I’ve read this is one of this most active weeks, he’s so by-the-books already — let’s aim for being on-time now, huh?), and to be honest I’m at the point where it’s good that he’s moving (because it means everything is A-OK in there) but yet I don’t want him to move because he’s just getting so big that movements are just so much and are getting quite uncomfortable. Sorry, kid. But I still love you.

But all in all, things are good! Other than my total exhaustion, all the time, but what else is new? Tomorrow I go in for my glucose test – fingers and toes crossed!

 

{Justine}