KEEUMM's SparkPeople Blog KEEUMM's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 4 Months of Baby Olive had her 4 month check-up a few days ago. Our little baby is not so little anymore! <BR> <BR> Weight- 16 lbs (83%) <BR> Height- 26.5 inches (99%) <BR> <BR> We were also given the okay to start solids. Olive is great at sitting up with support and has good head control, plus she has always shown an interest in our food/eating. In the past week we have noticed that she mimics chewing with her mouth when she sees us eating. <BR> <BR> We tried rice cereal for the first time on Wednesday ... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 09:12:33 EST Feeding the Baby Before I had Olive, I knew that the thing that I was the most scared of was feeding. I knew I wanted to breastfeed, but I also knew that if it wasn't for me, it would be okay to formula feed. My siblings and I were all bf, but my niece and nephew were both ff. My friends were a mix of bf and ff, which meant that I had support to bf, but also support to ff. <BR> <BR> I started in the hospital trying to bf. I thought it was going great! I had done ZERO research on it, but the lactation nurse ... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 09:39:48 EST Olive's Birth Story A good friend of mine reminded me that I still hadn't written down Olive's birth story. Since Olive is down for a nap, now is a good time to get it done! <BR> <BR> Friday, May 23rd: <BR> My last day of school before Olive's due date. Bruce's parents arrived from Florida. <BR> <BR> Tuesday, May 27th: (Olive's due date) <BR> Bruce's parents were still in town from Florida. Poor Bruce's Mom. She so desperately wanted Olive to come on her due date, and every time that she saw me she would basi... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 10:59:34 EST 6 weeks Olive is 6 weeks today. <BR> <BR> And is wearing her first 3-6 month outfit because she is basically a giant. <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 12 Jul 2014 10:02:33 EST 5 weeks old The time is flying by. I can't believe our sweet little girl is 5 weeks out already. Things are going well as we learn about what works best for Olive. We have had family and friends visit, and now we have the next month and a half to enjoy her before Bruce goes back to school (I go back in October). <BR> <BR> Here are pics of our growing girl <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> ... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 17:47:14 EST Baby Olive is here! Olive Rose was born Saturday May 31st at 6:15pm after over 60 hours of labor. Of course, she was totally worth it. :) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 7 Jun 2014 09:59:37 EST Last day! Today is my last day of school until October. Whoohoo! <BR> <BR> Olive's due date is May 27th. Her induction date is June 2nd. <BR> <BR> Everything is ready and we are so excited to finally meet our little girl! Fri, 23 May 2014 05:59:01 EST Done! I just got my test score and my final grade in my internship class. <BR> <BR> Passed my SLLA test (it's a $400 Praxis type test that assesses you on how will you know administrative material)!!!! <BR> <BR> Got an "A" on the last paper and in the class!!!! <BR> <BR> I am thrilled beyond words that all of this is taken care of and that I did well. I'm not looking for another job right now, but it will certainly be pleasant to know that the door is open when I want to. <BR> <BR> Now, time ... Sun, 11 May 2014 21:45:11 EST YAY! I submitted my final paper and my final internship log for my final grad class, and after class tonight, I'm completely done with the my 2nd Master's degree! HOORAY!!! <BR> <BR> Baby is officially allowed to come after tonight :) Wed, 7 May 2014 16:21:13 EST 35 weeks Only 5 weeks left. <BR> <BR> I'm fairly constantly uncomfortable. I feel good, though, because I realize that many people have it significantly worse than I do. This is nothing that I cannot breathe through. I am thankful for my height in times like this, because it means my extra long baby has extra room to stretch. I am also very thankful for my husband, who has been taking on all of the cleaning and cooking so that I can spend every spare minute with my feet up. <BR> <BR> I'll be done ... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:20:21 EST 31 weeks 31 weeks and feeling great! <BR> <BR> Here's a pic from our shower last weekend. Great food, friends, and weather. What more could I ask for? <BR> <BR> Also, one of my BFFs had her babies last week. 7 weeks early! I can't even imagine (neither could she!) Everyone is doing fine, but it made me realize that I really need to get my act together. <img src=""> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 19:37:36 EST 29 weeks I had my GTT this morning. I went with the orange flavor. Not terrible, but certainly not something I would choose to drink again. None of my doctors seem concerned that I would have GD, so I'm hoping that I do not hear from the clinic. :) <BR> <BR> I've gained about 15 pounds so far, which I'm convinced is entirely in my belly. I feel like all I do is eat and pee. Fun times. <BR> <BR> I am getting over a cold, and today I am home because of the doctor and now resting in the hopes of fully... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 12:08:14 EST 27 and 5 Another week, another snow storm... <BR> <BR> Here are some nursery pics that are sure to <BR> Brighten anyone's day! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Our theme: Colors! The brighter and bolder, the be... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 09:33:41 EST 25 weeks Today I hit a kid in the head with my stomach. <BR> <BR> The end. Tue, 11 Feb 2014 20:43:27 EST 24 Weeks and Ice Storm 24 weeks, 1 day. I am so excited that there are only 3 more months to go! <BR> <BR> I have been feeling great. I take many naps during our many snow days. Teaching is on auto-pilot (same curriculum for the last 9 years will do that to a person), so I'm not stressed about school. Grad classes are good- only 2 more big projects, one due in March and one in April. Technically I should be working on both of those things, but I'm not. Oh well. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.c... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 10:06:22 EST 21 weeks and gender! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We weren't going to find out the gender, but we decided that we needed a pronoun. <BR> <BR> It's a girl!!!! <BR> <BR> Olive Rose will arrive May 27th, and we are thrilled. :) <BR> <BR> Today we saw our OB and our specialist. Heart rate is great, and fetal echo came out beautifully. <BR> <BR> Hooray! Tue, 14 Jan 2014 22:59:53 EST Anatomy Scan <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today was the anatomy scan. (Oops, I thought it was the fetal echo. Wrong.) <BR> <BR> Baby is very healthy! Doctor said everything looks great, and baby is progressing well. We go back on Tuesday for the echo. <BR> <BR> Also, we are still Team Green....BUT....we think that the ultrasound tech may have let slip what the gender is. We are g... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 18:08:28 EST 19.5 Weeks Feeling- Good! I have energy, but still find 30 minutes (at least) daily to doze off on the couch. <BR> <BR> Eating- Who knows. We made soup that we have had before. I loved it previously. This week, it made me want to vomit. On the other hand, I usually HATE cheese. Christmas day, I ate nearly an entire container of pimento cheese with pretzels, then yesterday I bought cheddar cheese to put on crackers. Amazing. <BR> <BR> Weight- Gained 8 pounds. Considering this was over a holiday break... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 22:26:40 EST Calling All Moms! (19 weeks) I had my first "OhMyGodI'mANewMom" Freakout yesterday. <BR> <BR> I was sitting on the couch for about 30 minutes, and when I stood up, my lower abdomen (bottom of the baby bump) burned for about 10 seconds. I, of course, Googled it. <BR> <BR> Don't. Google. Stuff. <BR> <BR> So then, after being adequately scared that maybe my insides were actually exploding (never mind that I always have a bit of soreness when standing up at my hip and waist since becoming pregnant), I called my doctor.... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 08:29:11 EST Bruce's Blog My amazing husband just created this blog about our story. Enjoy! <BR> <BR> Sat, 28 Dec 2013 10:24:28 EST Morning Sick Sigh. <BR> <BR> I had hoped to go my whole pregnancy without getting morning sickness. <BR> <BR> I was wrong. <BR> <BR> Sigh. Thu, 26 Dec 2013 08:08:47 EST 18 weeks Merry Christmas Eve! <BR> <BR> Here we are at 18 weeks, on our way to church. The service was 1.5 hours, and I wasn't able to last the whole thing without a bathroom break and a bag of fruit snacks. <BR> <BR> I'm feeling good, except for heartburn and the start of a cold. I keep hearing that I look like I'm carrying a boy, which I did have a dream about. (The boy had a lot of dark hair when he was born- a sign from the heartburn fairy that visits me every night? :) ) <BR> <BR> You be the... Tue, 24 Dec 2013 22:41:30 EST 17 weeks! It's hard to believe that in 3 short weeks, I will be halfway done! <BR> <BR> We had a doctor's appointment today. Baby's heart beat was 140-150. I've gained 6 pounds. Doctor was very pleased with everything. <BR> <BR> A couple of new issues since the last post: <BR> *Extremely bad headache last week that lasted 2 days. I started feeling ill during a school assembly. When I got back to class, I thought "This is the day I puke in a garbage can." Fun times. (Don't worry, I didn't get sick.) ... Tue, 17 Dec 2013 19:32:26 EST 15 Weeks and Wisconsin Wedding! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is a picture of my friend, Krystel, and me before the wedding. She is pregnant with twins, and due a few weeks before me. <BR> <BR> *********I just sneezed and nearly cried from the abdominal pain. Love being pregnant, hate when I have to sneeze! <BR> <BR> Hooray, officially, officially married! We had a beautiful wedding weekend in Wisconsin thanks to my dad, my family, and my friends (Leigh, I can't thank... Tue, 3 Dec 2013 20:59:03 EST 14 weeks picture Enjoying my new belly! <img src=""> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 21:49:18 EST 14 weeks Yay! Done with the first trimester! <BR> <BR> Baby is doing well. We went for the first trimester screening on Friday. My friend went with me (my recently married, not looking to have children any time in the near future, still likes to go out with friends, friend ;) ) and I think it was rather eye-opening for her. <BR> <BR> We had joked about her going before the appointment, but when she first saw the baby, she grabbed my arm and said "OH MY GOD! IT'S A BABY!" I wanted to look at her and... Tue, 26 Nov 2013 14:51:56 EST 13 weeks 10 days until our wedding ceremony <BR> <BR> We heard the heartbeat yesterday. AMAZING. We have seen it a few times, but this was the first time to hear it. <BR> <BR> I told me students today that I am pregnant. My clothes don't fit anymore. There's no hiding it. <BR> <BR> :) Wed, 20 Nov 2013 10:35:14 EST 12 weeks pregnant 12 weeks pregnant today, and feeling great! <BR> <BR> Sleeping is the best/worst part. I want to sleep all the time, but I am a stomach sleeper. I suddenly feeling like Princess and the Pea, except that it's Kim and a Rock Named Baby. Luckily, I've been sleeping really well no matter what, so when I do fall asleep, I sleep like a baby. :) I've heard about the pregnancy pillows, but I don't want to buy one because I feel like it would separate me from Bruce. <BR> <BR> Eating has definitely... Tue, 12 Nov 2013 12:47:49 EST 12 weeks pregnant 12 weeks pregnant today, and feeling great! <BR> <BR> Sleeping is the best/worst part. I want to sleep all the time, but I am a stomach sleeper. I suddenly feeling like Princess and the Pea, except that it's Kim and a Rock Named Baby. Luckily, I've been sleeping really well no matter what, so when I do fall asleep, I sleep like a baby. :) I've heard about the pregnancy pillows, but I don't want to buy one because I feel like it would separate me from Bruce. <BR> <BR> Eating has definitely... Tue, 12 Nov 2013 12:47:48 EST 10 Weeks Pregnant <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Whoa, when did this belly get here? :) <BR> <BR> (Loving every minute of it!) Sun, 27 Oct 2013 20:35:47 EST First OB Appointment We had our first OB appointment on Tuesday. Until this point, we have been going to our fertility clinic about once a week for sonograms. The appointment went great (except for the part where I decided i had to go to the bathroom right before the doctor examined me, and I had to wander the hallways in my gown. Oops.) <BR> <BR> Feeling- Great! I had a bit of a sore throat earlier this week, but I feel better now. I haven't felt nauseated at all, which is nice. <BR> <BR> Eating- I *almost* f... Thu, 24 Oct 2013 06:38:45 EST Nearly 9 week sonogram <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Say hello to our little teddy graham. :) <BR> <BR> I'm wondering how far along people think I am. Because I did IVF, I've heard it's a bit harder to be exact. Also, based on looking at other sonogram pics, it seems that our babe is a bit developed for week 8. The doctor's comment of "That's a BIG baby" also made us think that maybe he had slightly underestimated what week I'm on. <BR> <BR> Regardless, I am lovi... Sat, 19 Oct 2013 06:45:20 EST 8 weeks My feelings: Kind pukey. I haven't thrown up yet (hooray!) but ever since I woke up today, I've felt really bleh. It's a mix of "I'm so hungry, I should eat the kitchen" and "Please, I beg you, let's never eat again." For lunch today, I had the noodles from chicken noodle soup, and then 2 hours later had some pasta with marinara, but couldn't finish either. And then 2 hours later was starving. Again. <BR> <BR> My belly: I took an 8 week picture today. I feel/look/am bloated. <BR> <BR> My m... Sun, 13 Oct 2013 20:12:17 EST Our baby <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hello little one! Your heart rate looks great (143) and you are growing big and strong. We love you so much! Fri, 11 Oct 2013 11:44:52 EST Sonogram today! We have our second sonogram today! I'm so excited to see our little BLUEBERRY again. :) <BR> <BR> Also, I swear that Bruce's (I guess I should start calling her "our") female cat knows that I'm pregnant. She usually avoids me and hangs out with Bruce. Ever since we moved into the new house, she sleeps next to me instead of Bruce, and lays right against my stomach. <BR> <BR> Think happy thoughts for a good sonogram today! Fri, 11 Oct 2013 06:33:53 EST Pizza anyone? I may have just followed the smell of pizza to another classroom and snuck a piece of it when no one was looking. <BR> <BR> Also, I lost 3 pounds this morning. And yes, I had 2 dinners last night. <BR> <BR> Being pregnant = my favorite thing ever!! <BR> <BR> Fri, 4 Oct 2013 12:44:08 EST Tired and Hungry (So very, very, very hungry) I can say without question that I have never been so tired or so hungry in my life. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, just to give you an example, I think that I never stopped eating. <BR> Breakfast: Raisin Bran cereal <BR> Morning snack: Yogurt <BR> Lunch: Sandwich and yogurt <BR> Afternoon snack: chips...and veggies with dip...and olives (of course) <BR> Dinner: Turkey burgers, fries, corn <BR> Dessert: 2 mini chocolate chip cookies <BR> <BR> My stomach never stopped growling all day. <BR> <BR> To... Thu, 3 Oct 2013 11:57:52 EST Sonogram We had a sonogram today... <BR> <BR> ...and we saw a heartbeat!!! <BR> <BR> I'm 6 weeks, my due date is May 27th, and the baby's heartrate is 103 beats/min. <BR> <BR> I go back next Friday for my 8 week sonogram. <BR> <BR> Tue, 1 Oct 2013 09:54:31 EST Amazing and Heartache We moved in to our new house today. Amazing! <BR> <BR> My dog of seven years died without warning. Heartache. <BR> <BR> With life comes good and bad. You must take them both. Appreciate what you have. Sun, 29 Sep 2013 06:57:41 EST Today's beta My beta today was 1676, which means that I have graduated from having bloodwork to having a sonogram!! Bruce and I will go in on Tuesday morning to have a sonogram and see our first look of our beautiful (teeny, tiny) baby. We don't care that we can't see much right now- it's the knowledge that we will finally be able to see inside and know that this is our creation. What a cool thought! <BR> <BR> How do I feel: Last night was ROUGH. I woke up at midnight and had to get a bucket (TMI, but le... Wed, 25 Sep 2013 22:10:51 EST Still Pregnant :) Beta 11 days post transfer: 176 (My clinic is looking for a number over 100) <BR> Beta 15 days post transfer: 911 <BR> <BR> I will go back on Wednesday (day 17) for more blood work. The goal is to have your beta double every 2 days. That would mean that my numbers *should* look like this: <BR> Test 1- 176 <BR> 2 days- 352 <BR> 4 days- 704 (mine was 911) <BR> 6 days- 1822 (based on the 911) or 1408 (based on the 704) <BR> <BR> The magic number is 2000. I'm not sure what happens then, but I'... Mon, 23 Sep 2013 22:09:04 EST Sooo... ... We are pregnant. :) Thu, 19 Sep 2013 17:32:42 EST TODAY! Everything is happening today! <BR> <BR> Are you ready? We are! <BR> <BR> In all seriousness, thank you everyone for all of your positive thoughts, prayers, and energy. We are truly blessed to be surrounded by such supportive family and friends. Thu, 19 Sep 2013 06:16:16 EST THURSDAY!!! We settle on our house on Thursday! <BR> <BR> Officially! <BR> <BR> We are homeowners! <BR> <BR> As of Thursday! <BR> <BR> We did the final walk-through today. We met the previous owner who walked us through the house and showed us everything that he had done to update it. After meeting him, I'm even more excited/comfortable buying this house. <BR> <BR> Also on Thursday... <BR> WE GET TO FIND OUT THAT WE ARE PREGNANT!!!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> They have moved the date up one day so we will kn... Tue, 17 Sep 2013 20:45:11 EST House Well, our lenders were not pleased that we took out a loan of $25,000 for IVF, so they had to do some fancy stuff to make our loan work. We were supposed to settle tomorrow, but now it is delayed. We are supposed to hear tomorrow whether our house loan has been approved. <BR> <BR> I will never regret my decision to become pregnant. I believe that all of this is working out exactly as it should. We have a place to live, which we will be paying for until October 31st, so we can live here unti... Mon, 16 Sep 2013 18:31:37 EST Saturday I.Feel.So.Pregnant. <BR> <BR> Cramps. Can't seem to get comfortable. Sore boobs. Tired (I laid on the bed for a minute today and woke up 20 mins later. Oops.) Peeing a lot. Kinda feeling like I could vomit at any minute. <BR> <BR> For the past few nights I've been having "night sickness" as compared to morning sickness. There was one night where I said to Bruce that I needed to throw up or go to sleep. Luckily, I fell asleep. <BR> <BR> I've been on IVF meds since August, and many pregna... Sat, 14 Sep 2013 21:28:00 EST Must.Say.No. I stopped at the store last night and bought the cheapest pregnancy tests possible. <BR> <BR> I don't know exactly why I did this. Wait, yes I do. I want my body to scream out "YOU'RE PREGNANT!!!" immediately. <BR> <BR> I took one- it came back invalid. Um, what? <BR> I took the second one (We all knew I was going to)- Negative. <BR> I took the third one (Obviously)- Invalid <BR> <BR> I then OBSESSED about it for the rest of the night and this morning (no kidding). Here is what I have f... Wed, 11 Sep 2013 06:28:18 EST Dogs Know <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Bogie laid on top of me for about an hour today. He kept trying to snuggle closer to me. Bogie is not typically a lap dog, so this was a bit unusual. <BR> <BR> I think he was trying to introduce himself to his future best friends. :) Mon, 9 Sep 2013 12:45:21 EST Today 1. Bedrest- While I can definitely loaf around with the best of them, being told to keep your feet off the floor for 24 hours is difficult. I find myself wanting to stand up, stretch, get water, take the dog out, clean... Especially with Bruce gone to school today, I am bored. I've been up since 6:00 when he got up for work, and there is only so much TV I can watch. My school bag is packed to the gills with stuff I could do, but it's heavy, I know I shouldn't life it, and it's not close to me... Mon, 9 Sep 2013 10:52:07 EST Dear Future Babies <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here is your first picture! So cute already! Sun, 8 Sep 2013 12:23:58 EST