Now We're Three!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Well, just as mommy had hoped, our baby girl came a week early. Noelle Irene Silverman was born on October 15, 2012 at 12:32 pm. She was a petite little lady weighing 6 pounds, 3 ounces, and only 18 inches long. She stole our hearts immediately.

It's hard to believe that a week has gone by so quickly. While my parents visit, we're sending photos to Las Vegas until Noelle's west coast grandparents can come for a visit in November. Here's a few of my favorite shots from the past week.

I'll do my best to keep up the blogging as much as I can.  We'll definitely have a firsts to tell you about in the coming weeks. Noelle enjoyed her first Bears game last night, will meet her Aunt Erica this weekend, and celebrate her first Halloween next week. We're staying busy as usual, and trying to catch as much sleep as we can in between!

39 Weeks

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Well, 39 weeks, and we're still here anticipating Noelle's arrival. This weekend I did a lot of cleaning around the house. I've been trying to keep myself busy to help the time pass more quickly. I did a lot this week, and have plans made up until the time when she's supposed to join us. I'm not one to cancel, but this is one instance when I'll be totally ok with canceling plans :) 

How far along? 39 weeks. 
Total weight gain? Enough! Haha. 
Maternity clothes? Absolutely!
Stretch marks? Nope.
Sleep? I've been tossing and turning more this week. I think I'm just anxious at this point, and wondering when I'll wake up and it will be "the day." 
Best moment this week? This week was really great, and there were several best moments. 1. Dinner with a long lost girlfriend and lots of catching up. 2. A double date dinner at a Lebanese restaurant, Semiramis, in our neighborhood. So delish, we'll definitely be back. 3. Pizza & girls night in. 4. A pedicure. Really, is there a better week than that?
Miss anything? Cold weather jackets that fit! Haha. I think baby girl is just so snuggly and warm she doesn't want to come out. She can probably feel the cold air because my jackets don't close all the way. 
Movement? Mostly when I eat or drink something. Otherwise, she's packed pretty tightly in there. 
Food cravings? Not really. The cold weather is making me want soup more though. One day this week I had grilled cheese and tomato soup for lunch - it was perfect!
Anything making you queasy or sick? Nah. 
Labor signs? Not really. Some cramping and, probably, mild contractions, but nothing so consistent that it has made me call the doctor.
Symptoms? Swelling, water retention, and soreness now that little miss is getting bigger. (Same as last week. I don't really expect this to change until baby is here.)
Belly Button in or out? In! 
Wedding rings on or off? Off. 
Happy or moody most of the time? Happy. It's been a great week!
Looking forward to? Baby girl's arrival. I'm hoping that my "last" scheduled doctors appointment on Friday is one I won't have to attend :)

Hopefully we have less than one week left for this part of the journey. We are so ready for our little girl to join our family, and go from the four of us, to five (you can't forget the creatures)! 

Wednesday Wisdom

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

I read a great post today about remembering what it's like to be a child. It mostly caught my interest because it was so true! Many of the things they talked about you totally lose as an adult. 

D and I are lucky in that we've both held onto a few of these great characteristics that come so naturally to children. When baby girl arrives, and grows into a little person hopefully all of these qualities will come back to us too!

10 Things We Did Better As Kids - Thought Catalog

I hope you enjoy this as much as I did!

Happy Wednesday :)

38 Weeks

Sunday, October 7, 2012

I don't have too much exciting news to share other than the update this week. So, why don't we get right to it? Two more weeks (hopefully) to go!

How far along? 38 weeks. 
Total weight gain? Not quite sure anymore. It fluctuates a bit and I think I'm retaining a lot of water based on the size of my calves and ankles...
Maternity clothes? Absolutely!
Stretch marks? Nope.
Sleep? This week I slept really well for the most part. Very deep sleeping, and actually feeling quite rested when I wake up in the morning. 
Best moment this week? Lunch with a friend who moved away, and was in town for the weekend. It was so enjoyable and nice to catch up like the old days!
Miss anything? Nothing new this week. I am looking forward to wearing more than about three pair of my shoes. 
Movement? Not as big movements as before, but she's wiggling around as much as she is able to. 
Food cravings? Nothing new that I'm dying to eat. 
Anything making you queasy or sick? Nah. 
Labor signs? No. Hopefully we'll get news from the doctor on Monday that more progress has been made. I'm happy to cook this baby as long as she needs, but as soon as she's ready, so am I!
Symptoms? Swelling, water retention, and soreness now that little miss is getting bigger. 
Belly Button in or out? In - I seriously can't believe it. 
Wedding rings on or off? Off. 
Happy or moody most of the time? Happy, but very ready. 
Looking forward to? Hopefully news that baby girl is making progress on her escape route at the doctor on Monday. 

Have a great week everyone :)

Wednesday Wisdom

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

37 Weeks

Monday, October 1, 2012

Aside from the obvious reasons, I love having a live-in EMT! Why you ask? A stethoscope at home! It's been really fun in the past week listening to Noelle's little heart pump away before going to sleep. She's finally snug enough in her little home that we can hear her heart with our basic stethoscope. It's very cool!

Now that we're at the 37 week mark, our baby girl can join us anytime, and she'd no longer be a preemie. I'll tell ya, while I know it's best for her to cook for the full 40 weeks, the commuting certainly isn't getting any easier, so if she did come a bit early I would not be disappointed.

How far along? 37 weeks. 
Total weight gain? About 32 lbs. 
Maternity clothes? Absolutely!
Stretch marks? Nope.
Sleep? Mostly sleeping pretty well. If I wake up in the middle of the night uncomfortable though, it's pretty hard to fall back asleep immediately. 
Best moment this week? Lots of time with girlfriends. A sushi dinner (nothing raw for me), and Noelle's final baby shower. 
Miss anything? Wearing all of my cute shoes. My feet are pretty scary most days. 
Movement? She's definitely getting cramped in there, but still slithering around. 
Food cravings? No new cravings this week. I am very hungry in general though. 
Anything making you queasy or sick? I have not been queasy or sick at all - fingers crossed for three more weeks!
Labor signs? Starting to have minor cramping here and there, but nothing indicating actual labor quite yet. 
Symptoms? Definitely have some swelling going on, and probably a good amount of water retention. 
Belly Button in or out? In!
Wedding rings on or off? Off. 
Happy or moody most of the time? Mostly happy, though I did have a moment (ok, several) at work today. 
Looking forward to? More time with girlfriends this week. Dinner with a long lost Chicago friend, lunch with a west coast friend, and breakfast with some besties :) 
Hope everyone has a great week! We had a doctor appointment today, and all is well with baby girl. The waiting game is on. When do you think she'll join us? Will she be early, on time or late?