Thursday, August 8, 2013

Bentley Rose

Since reading the pregnancy test back in November, I have thought and spoken about 'July 22, 2013' constantly. It's really weird having an exact day that your whole world will change forever, yet calming that you know when it will happen. So after my due date came and passed, I spent every moment holding my breath. I tried to ready myself for every possible scenario- my water breaking while shopping at the exchange, active labor kicking in while sitting in traffic on 58, not being able to get a hold of Bryan at work and having to give birth on my couch.. I got to the point where I was terrified to leave the house.

Thankfully, none of the nightmarish possibilities came to pass. It was 3:45pm July 24th when I started to get pretty uncomfortable, and after talking to a couple people and really paying attention to the discomfort, I realized I was in the early stages of labor. When contractions were coming every 8-10 minutes, I figured it was as good a time as any to pack my hospital bag. Bryan came home from work and didn't take my claims too seriously.. probably because we were lounging around and every once in a while I'd say "oh, yep. there's another one". We watched a movie, ate dinner, and went to bed. 2AM rolled around and contractions were every 5 minutes. I had a mom and mom-in-law advising me to get going to the hospital, but I was REALLY wanting to avoid showing up, being told I was being a weenie, and getting sent home. So I waited.  For.. about 10 minutes, and then I woke Bryan up and told him it was go time.

I'll spare you from having to read about the condition of my uterus upon arrival, so let's just say I was immediately checked into Labor&Delivery and given a room. I was happy my numbers stood as evidence to the staff that I was actually laboring, because I caught a fair share of eye rolls for being goofy and relaxed.

Some blood sampling, paperwork, and Lord of the Rings later, I actually started to feel some pain! Which I hear is pretty standard when you're having contractions every minute. 

--Fast forward through the failed epidural, family back in the States texting every minute for updates, and hours of pushing--
And.. this is why I force myself to blog. Because I don't want to forget that after the 24 hours of labor, 2 hours of excruciating pain, and being surrounded by doctors, nurses, IVs, and catheters, the room became silent. For about 5 minutes, I really can't recall hearing anything. It was just me, Bryan, and our tiny little baby that had just been placed in my arms.

Bentley Rose is 2 weeks old today, and I still haven't wrapped my head around the fact that she is mine. She sleeps all day and keeps me up all night, but her sweet little spirit makes it well worth being confined to the house and looking like a zombie on the daily.

Life with a newborn is definitely tiring, but Bryan and I have been loving learning how to be parents together. We don't know what we're doing, but it's been fun pretending like we do!

ANDDD in just a few days, Bentley will get to meet her Nana, Uncle J-Man, and fur sister June!! In the meantime, I'll just be spending my days soaking in the baby cuddles, and taking an embarrassing amount of pictures of my doll baby!

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Forever to Go

Bryan and I were married in Atlanta on June 3, 2011. June 3, 2012 he was off at boot camp, and I was back in Georgia celebrating with our families. But June 3, 2013 we were able to celebrate TOGETHER! It was awesome. Would I have guessed that our first anniversary together would be spent with a big ol' baby belly? No. It was a sweet reminder, though, of the life and sweetness that our love has created.

Anyway- Bryan surprised me with a stay at the Marriott Resort & Spa in Nago (about an hour and a half north of us) and had already taken care of the reservation and requesting leave from his shop, so all I needed to do was pack my bags. Upon checking in, we got bumped up to the executive suite, and spent the entirety of our time there feeling like celebs. The seven indoor/outdoor pools, hot tubs, buffets, and all else made for an incredible stay, and I sported my bikini, flaunting my 8-month prego belly proudly!

And how could I forget?? In addition to the romantic getaway, Bry surprised me with a 60D Canon.. a camera that I feel WAY under qualified to be handling, but I'm ecstatic that I now have an incredible camera to document our little one's big day, and every day afterwards!

Now we're just waiting for our baby girl to get here! As of today we're 42 days away from the due date.. which still sounds insanely far away, but trying to stay patient since we know there's some crucial cooking goin on in there. As much as we've loved our time being alone and just having each other, we're excited to share our love with our little sweetheart. Can't wait to meet you, Baby T!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

New Everything

It's hard to know where or when to start when pretty much EVERY single thing in my life has changed since I last blogged.

First off, my last entry made it sound like I was going to be able to live in Florida and even potentially with Bryan- neither happened. We took turns visiting as often as we could, but the ideal accommodations couldn't be made, so I lived in Georgia while Bryan completed his A school in Pensacola, and then C school in Jacksonville. (Each about 6 hours away from me).

November 18th I visited my good friend Lexi and her new doll baby Ryder, and she was telling me the few small indicators she noticed that led her to think she was pregnant. My smile quickly shifted to an expression of panic upon hearing how similar her indicators were to the ones I'd been experiencing for the last few days. Having to leave to go to a family dinner for Brittany's birthday, I swung by CVS on the way down. By the time I arrived at the party I was laughing at myself for being so worked up, knowing I wasn't actually pregnant, but decided to take the test to ease my mind. 
It's funny how one little word immediately changes you and your life forever. Once I got my hands to stop shaking, I called Bryan (in Jacksonville) and had to repeat myself about 3 times before he understood what I was saying, through all my blubbering and what not. I love Bryan for lots of reasons, but one is how perfect his reactions always are. He immediately burst into laughter and kept saying over and over how excited he was and how happy this would make us. He's gonna be a sweet daddy.

So, that's how I learned I was going to be a mom. The biggest news I figured I'd ever receive.. until 10 days later it was Bryan making the call to me- He had just received orders to Okinawa, Japan for a 36-month tour.

After months of paperwork, stress, and goodbyes, we're in Japan! There are many husbands here who were unable to bring their wives with them for various reasons, so I feel blessed that I'm able to be here. And, honestly, after 10 months of living away from each other, we couldn't care less where we are stationed.. just excited that we're together again! 

A few days shy of 5 months pregnant, we know that it will be a little girl that we're bringing into the world, and the clothes are accumulating quickly. We are using ugly government furniture for the next month or so until our shipment arrives, but even IT can't take away from the adorable outfits stacking up on the shelves.

We've been here for about 3 weeks now, and it's been really fun exploring and eating our way through the island. The weather is incredible (I think the coldest we've experience thus far is low 60s) and nothing beats leaving the grocery store and having a perfect view of ocean and palm trees.

So far it's been a pregnant girl's heaven- carbs in every meal and some of the most fresh, juicy fruit I've ever encountered. Bryan's been loving the sushi.. and his baby mama can't wait until she can join him!

Despite the awkward 14-hour time difference from home, missing our little Junebug, and being 7,048 miles from our nearest family.. we love being on this island. Now that internet is set up, we're starting to feel more civilized, and can't wait until our shipment of things arrives so we can really make this place our own!