Well, I am sorry that I have been rather quiet lately, but I swear I had good reason. Last Saturday, Jordan and I welcomed our little boy into the world.
I'm never really sure just how much detail people want, so as for now, I will leave it for the light version. We knew all along that I wouldn't make it to 40 weeks, but at 36 weeks we started talking induction due to medical complications, and I ended up starting the induction process on Thursday November 19th, and had my son on Saturday November 21st.
While I'll spare you the intimate details, I will tell you this, I have never felt more excited, nervous, and powerful as I did in labour. We went in without a plan because we knew that we would have a slightly complicated labour, but we were lucky to have great nurses who were able to guide us through the labour process and great doctors too.
I feel very lucky and blessed to have my son with me. It took us a long time to get to where we are today, and it's hard to believe that he's already a week old. I din't realize how much your heart could grow and how quickly.
All this being said, I am still a first time mom and am completely open to different resources and blogs and what not - so please help a girl out and leave them in the comments below!
As you likely know, I have been on leave due to complications, and while it was the best thing for me, I find it very hard as I am normally a busy body, so it has been a challenge to feel like I don't have much to do. So I came up with a list of 10 things after talking to friends and family, and once I have accomplished all ten, I will give a bit of an update.
So, I had another crazy week of good intentions, but lack of follow through when it came actually posting. If you've read my pregnancy updates you will know that I am a little less of a glow kinda pregnant lady and a little more of a hot mess. I kept on that trend by getting a wicked cold last week, some might even have called it a flu.
It was so bad I had a hard time keeping food and water down and because I was so sick we went to L&D (labour and delivery for those of you who don't live and die by pregnancy short forms) and got a bag of fluids and had baby checked out. He's still doing well and still big!
Anyway, I am almost feeling like a human so it felt like a good time to do a bit of an overdo update. Over the past couple weeks we were very fortunate to have a few baby showers and I thought I would tell you a little bit about them.
My first shower was hosted by my Aunts (apologies if some of the pictures are dark, we forgot the camera, I know, rookie new parent mistake). The shower was so much fun, they completely captured our nursery theme (elephants) and everything was perfect from the food to the decor. This shower was just for family, and was special because a) it was a mixed shower so Jordan got to participate b) Jordan's Nana and my Grandma were there, so we got to celebrate with the future great-grandmas which was extra special.
My Grandma has always been a huge part of my life and I love her dearly, and it was so exciting that at 92 she was able to come to my shower and that I'm getting to share this experience with her. I'm really excited to introduce her to her first great grandchild.
We were very fortunate to be spoiled by our family in terms of not only gifts but lots of love too. It was a wonderful afternoon that set us up for baby (thank you for the gifts!) and really just reminded us how loved little guy is already.
My second shower was hosted by three dear family friends, not sure if family friend is the right term, because they've been a huge part of my life since I was about 7 or 8. But they hosted a rainbow baby themed shower for me. The rainbow theme was special because that's what they call a baby after a loss, so all the little rainbow touches made the day extra special (thankfully, Kelsey & Karli are Pinterest addicts and made a ton of extra touches).
The day was filled with family and friends who all came together to help us celebrate our upcoming little guy. When the invitation was sent the ladies requested that guests bring books for our little guy, which was a wonderful idea, we now have a little library all ready to go.
They also had a lot of yummy food (both did, and I was very excited that I was able to keep my blood sugars under control while enjoying both showers), including lasagna cups and spinach dip tarts (the last one was my favourite, I will try to post the recipe soon).
I felt luck to have some of my really close friends at this shower. I feel like I'm already going slightly crazy with the pictures, so I will save you form anymore, but here are some snaps of me with my close friends and family. One of my girlfriends summed it up best by saying that the day really showed how much love and support Jordan, baby and I have, and she's right.
We are very lucky, from our family shower to our family& friend shower the theme was always love and excitement. We're looking forward to showing little guy off when he comes in the next few weeks.
What was your favourite memory of your shower? What do you remember most looking back?
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