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Baby Products

Here is a list of the baby products we use and love!

Pampers

  • Pure
  • Pure Wipes
  • Swaddlers

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I have tried several brands and different types within the brands. I found some to be very hard and seemed no fun to be on such soft skin. Some just didn’t fit my baby. These are the ones that work great for us and I highly recommend giving them a try. We have minimal leaks and the pure wipes leave her skin soft and dry.

https://www.pampers.com/en-us

NanoBebe 

  • Breast milk bottles
  • Flexy Pacifiers
  • Breast milk storage bags
  • Nursing pads
  • Bottle Cooler

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This brand is amazing! Every product we have tried has been wonderful. I chose these bottles because they are specific for breast milk and allow the fat and water to stay mixed for better nutrition. The Flexi Pacifiers are soft and breathable they are the only ones my child will even entertain taking. The pads are so soft and absorbent I never notice feel wet or even feel them while wearing. They have additional products that we are waiting to get as well. #nanobebeambassador

https://www.nanobebe.com/ 

ExerSaucer

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This play bouncer is first off so cute with the animal theme, it is also gender neutral so great if you plan to have additional kids. It can grow for different heights and weight. Our daughter loves looking at the different animal faces and the seat is soft and easy to remove for cleaning. It is also easy to move from room to room.

https://www.evenflo.com/jumpers/61912186.html?gclid=Cj0KCQjw1Iv0BRDaARIsAGTWD1vprm6zItEpL8rLIs5es5WL3joxUBx20-UMeC03VYHPmWg_gdntNfcaAnu2EALw_wcB

Bumbo Seat

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I was skeptical about these but our girl loves her hand me down seat from her cousin. It has a tray which we will start using now that she is starting to grab and eat solids. The seat is soft and easy to clean and allows her to sit up and work on her ab muscles, while engaging in play and with the rest of the family.

http://www.bumbousa.com/product/floor-seat/

Maxi Cosi – Infant Car Seat

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I chose to get an infant only car seat to start because it offered many features I wanted but couldn’t get in the grow with me options. I love the awning that can go up and down, the easy to move straps for growth, and the amount of padding throughout. It is easy to carry and use as well as snap into our stroller. The ability to cover her was a big deal to me and the safety ratings are fabulous! I don’t like people seeing or coming to close at such a young age.

https://www.maxicosi.com/us-en/car-seats/infant-car-seats.html

Diono – Stroller

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This stroller is amazing. We chose black, gender neutral. It is easy to fold and travel with, light weight to carry, and looks great on a walk. There is plenty of room underneath for storage and you can get additional attachments for cup holders and such. I love that I can use the car seat or the bassinet. The bassinet converts into additional stages to grow with baby and toddler. Highly recommend.

https://www.diono.com/

Beauty Counter – Baby Wash & Lotion

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I love these natural chemical free options for baby girl. We use these for day time baths and skin care. They smell great and leave her skin soft and smooth.

https://www.beautycounter.com/

Johnson’s- Sleepy Time Bath Set

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I use this bath set for evening baths. The calming scent of Lavender does calm her and leave her skin soft and smooth.

https://www.johnsonsbaby.com/baby-products/johnsons-bedtime-baby-bath-wash?upcean=381371174737

These are the products I am loving for our baby and each child is different but if you try these let me know what you think!

 

Baby · Fertility · Health · McKinney · Texas Life

Welcome Savannah

If you follow along you know that I just welcomed my first child. I could not be more in love or happy with our miracle. After years of surgeries, medications, trial & error, we had a successful round of IVF that gave us this precious girl. So lets talk delivery…

Birth Plan, I didn’t have a written birth plan because to me that was silly. You nor your doctor have any clue what will happen. It’s so unknown and different every time. I did however have some things I hoped (really really hoped) would happen.

  1. Go into labor naturally
  2. Natural delivery with no pain medication
  3. Skin to Skin asap
  4. Leave the hospital in the required 48 hours
  5. Breastfeed

So yah….how many of those happened….ONE! Can you guess which one?

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I was induced because I had just zero movement or signs that labor would happen any time soon and with the complications I already had it was time to evict the baby. I was induced at 40 weeks plus 1 day.

After 18 hours of being induced there was very little progress at all, so they broke my water. Things did start to progress but after a several more hours I was just exhausted and not able to sleep and my anxiety had hit a point of no return. I was on the verge of a panic attack. So I agreed to an epidural which would allow me to rest and hopefully reduce the anxiety.

My epidural process was honestly the worst part. I felt the CRNA wasn’t very compassionate and didn’t really listen to me at all. After an hour or so, with many tears shed by everyone in the room, it was finally placed. I was able to rest and then I started to realize hmm it’s no longer working. So by this time shift had changed and a new CRNA came in and had to switch medications. It was also to a point now where my water had been broken for 18 hours and that brings on additional risks.

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My doctor came in and I was fully dilated so lets start pushing. I pushed and pushed and this girl didn’t move. She must have been very happy inside. My doctor knew how much I did not want a c-section she she had held off the conversation for as long as possible. But here we were. She said I know you don’t want this but she is not going to come out this way. She was kind and said if you want to keep pushing we can go for another hour. I looked at my husband and he gave me the look that I knew we were going to have a c-section. The tears started flowing and I agreed.

I just kept saying I don’t want to do this.

Once in the room and my husband by my side, tears still flowing. We welcomed our gorgeous baby girl. Savannah, was 7lbs 14oz. There were some additional complications that I won’t get into and NICU was in the room so she went straight to them. She didn’t cry so I kept asking through the tears if she was ok. The CRNA wiped my tears and assured me she looked perfectly healthy and was doing well. My husband was with her and I finally heard the cry. Such relief. While I was still being tended to by the medical staff the NICU team brought her to me and laid her on my chest for skin to skin.

We were in the hospital for 5 days total and convinced them to let us go home early Thanksgiving morning to our house filled with family. I was in labor for 43 hours prior to the c-section. I will never forget seeing her face and knowing it was all worth it.

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This miracle I prayed for and fought for years to obtain finally happened and I am a new person.

My recommendation to anyone out there, don’t have a set plan! Have some goals knowing it could all change. Health & Safety of mom and baby are the priority.

So which of my goals happened…..breastfeeding! I have so far been able to breastfeed successfully and will share more in other posts.

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Morning Sickness

I have always heard about women talking about morning sickness and one day I dreamed it would happen to me. Well it did, and boy was/is it not at all what I expected. It happens so suddenly, anytime and for me was really intense and almost violent.

I was so happy about my morning sickness! After wanting this for so long I would lay on the bathroom floor just smiling and laughing. I know that seems odd but it made me feel like it was real, like this baby was really going to happen.

I tried several different things to help me through upon the advise of other mommy’s I know. These are what worked for me. Everyone is different and different things help. For me personally I was told so many times to eat saltine’s or something similar I wanted to scream, that just didn’t help me. I know it really helps a lot of women though!

Here is what I liked!

Preggie Pop Drops. These I got at Target and loved that they were drug free and natural. So easy, just like a cough drop or hard candy. I would keep a handful on my night stand and pop them in throughout the night too.

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Sparkling Mama Fizzelixir. This was a yummy drink that allowed me to have the carbonation but without all the sugar. The ginger and citrus combo calmed my stomach and allowed me to get a little relief through the work day.

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Morning Ease Lemon Ginger. These are very similar to the Preggie Pop Drops but available at several retailers. Another lemon ginger combo that worked out great for me. Kept these in my purse and could just grab one anytime I was out and about and I just didn’t feel right.

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Sea Bands. I was most skeptical about trying these. I wore them for a while and didn’t really know if they were helping so I took them off and suddenly got a rush of morning sickness. I was like omg they work and put them back on as fast as I could. These are easy to use and a great suggestion if you don’t want to drink or eat something.

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These are the 4 products that I really liked and that worked for me. Again everyone is different but I recommend giving these a try. I am still using them all throughout my pregnancy on rough days.

 

Fertility · Health · Texas Life

Pregnancy

So during my years of fertility and trying to get pregnant I did a ton of research on how to get pregnant and things a long those lines. I never actually read about being pregnant because it was such a far off dream and so unobtainable for so long. Well now that I am pregnant I am surprised by many things. I think even if you read about it you are still surprised but every pregnancy and person are different so what I am experiencing may not be what you or anyone you know did. I am sometimes embarrassed to talk about what I am going through. Then I think to myself why? I am so open about fertility why not this so here I am back to share with you what I am going through.

Since my pregnancy is through IVF for the first 10 weeks (and weeks prior to) I had to give myself a shot every night along with taking a medication 3 times a day. These were both to ensure and help keep my baby attached to my uterus. I had bruising, lumps, bleeding and pain from the injections. I also have a terrible fear of needles so this really was a difficult thing for me. (Just as it was when I did the injections for the egg retrieval)

The next thing that surprised me was the bleeding gums. I had a regular dental cleaning scheduled early on in my pregnancy and prior to me telling the hygienist she said oh you must be pregnant. I was shocked, what? She said your gums, you have pregnancy gingivitis. Until this moment I didn’t know that was a thing. I asked what I could do and she said just keep flossing and brushing your teeth after your pregnancy the hormones will reduce and the bleeding will end. So yes I do still have the bleeding and it isn’t fun. It flares up on and off.

The exhaustion in the first trimester was very surprising. I am a very scheduled person and about 2pm everyday I really thought I was going to pass out from exhaustion in the middle of my work day. I couldn’t just have a burst of caffeine so I would just push through. So most days after my work was over I would just lay on the couch unable to do much more. This was really hard for me because I like to be on the move.

My morning sickness was not in the morning, typical for many women, so randomly I would just have to run away from what I was doing. This was hard during work and if we wanted to go out and do something. I am happy to say that in the second trimester it has subsided but still occasionally happens!

I also have sharp pains in my back in the ribs. I spoke with my doctor about it and she said I am popping out my ribs. It doesn’t happen to everyone but guess what yep me. So that is really painful but she said once they are done it will go away. Here’s to hoping that is soon!

I could go on but this is what I will share for now! I just want to say that I absolutely LOVE 100% of everyone of these. I smiled every time I threw up and I get so excited by each new symptom because after all this time it makes it real.

Fertility · Health · McKinney · Texas Life

Transfer

So to go back to the beginning of this baby’s journey….I shared with you in January I was having surgery to remove my Fallopian tubes after they were too damaged from Endometriosis. My RE (Reproductive Endocrinologist) was confident this would make the change we needed to carry our child. I was terrified because to conceive naturally you must have these tubes, this would take away any slim chance I had to conceive on our own. With my husbands support everything with the surgery went well and as of January 25 I was diagnosed sterile.

After recovering from surgery we were able to start the medication to prepare for an embryo transfer on February 14. Valentine’s day is my favorite holiday so I thought this was a great sign. We transferred our embryo on March 7 and this is a day I will never forget. It was very different then the last transfer we did (that was not successful). We were both much calmer, we were laughing in the room waiting for our procedure and the staff made us stay calm and were so excited. During the procedure I squeezed my husbands hand so hard and he was telling jokes (if you know him this is all he does) I was laughing and the doctor was also.

We could see our embryo before it was placed in the needle and could see it was already hatching out of the shell which was an amazing sign. During the first transfer I shook uncontrollably the entire time from nerves and this time I didn’t. Which made me feel so much better. It is so amazing to be able to have your partner in the room with you and we were able to see the embryo being placed into my uterus.

The next 10 days are the hardest! We didn’t take any tests at all during this time, some people do, but we wanted to wait for the definitive blood test done at the RE’s office. After the blood test I did do an at home test and it was the first time I had ever seen a positive result. I was elated and immediately called my husband at work!

 

Fertility · McKinney · Texas Life

Announcement

If you follow me on social media you know I have some news and that is why I haven’t been posting recently. I am very excited to say that after 6+ years, many surgeries, medications, countless tests and too many shots to count we are expecting our first child! I cannot explain how amazing this is and how literally since the news it has changed me in so many ways.

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I was so extremely excited but after about five minutes I was overcome with fear. Fear of what would happen next, would I be able to carry the baby long enough to birth a sweet new baby? I still have this sense of fear that can be debilitating at times. After everything we have gone through I am almost waiting for the bad news. We are now in our second trimester and all the test have shown a healthy baby. I could not be more grateful to the team of doctors who have gotten me to this point and who will continue to care for us through the next months and years to come.

Over the next months I will continue to share our journey and I will go back to the beginning and share how it all started and when we did our embryo transfer. I have enjoyed sharing our fertility struggles and all the questions I get. So many people have struggles and getting through it is scary and lonely.

I am so happy to share with you and feel free to ask questions.