Newborn Photos – By Tiffany’s Studio

We decided to get professional newborn photos done just a few weeks before giving birth to Charlotte I wasn’t sure if i wanted studio photos or lifestyle photos. I ended up going with studio photos, because I know when we have our next one I want to do the same thing. Lifestyle photos are really special to me but I think I’ll use a lifestyle photographer when we do her 3, 6, and 12 month photos.

Photography by: Tiffany’s Stuido

Charlotte’s Birth Story

Giving birth to Charlotte was one of the most crazy, scary, rewarding and amazing experience I have ever gone through. She was so comfy inside of me at 40 weeks and 3 days that I don’t think she would of came out for a few more weeks. I was way ready to meet her though. At my appointment with my midwife Charlene I asked her what I could do to get this baby to come since I was still only dilated to 1cm.

Now I originally had this crazy birth plan, and that I would wait 2 weeks to induce and that I didn’t want any drugs and I wanted to labor in water, and some people can tough it out and go along with their plan, but for me at 5 foot nothing after gaining 30 lbs, I just couldn’t take anymore, and I had no intentions of wanting to get wet anymore or anything else. I just wanted to meet my baby girl and get this show on the road.

Charlene suggested I try getting a foley balloon, and so at about 3pm she inserted the balloon and I immediately started having contractions. I told her and her MA and Eric that I had never felt a contraction like this before and I’m definitely going to need drugs later. haha. So after they insert the balloon she sent me home to get ready for midnight my induction time. When you get the balloon you’re actually allowed to do whatever you want shower, bathe, eat, sleep, whatever. We went and got some food and ate dinner and then I just paced around I just kept having the strongest contractions, which was good because that meant it was working. At about 9pm Eric suggested we lay down and try to sleep for a little bit, but I just couldn’t I was in so much pain. Then at 10:30 I told him I had had enough my contraction were two minutes apart and I was crying I was in so much pain. The balloon hadn’t fallen out yet, so I was worried I wasn’t dilated to a 4 yet. We then packed everything up and headed to the hospital.

When we arrived at the hospital we were told by the front desk at Labor and Delivery that if I was admitted now it would cost a whole extra day, so they had me wait until midnight in the waiting room to admit me to hospital. Once I was admitted they checked me and I was actually dilated to 6cm. The balloon really worked and I was really in labor. I told them I wanted an epidural immediately I was done being in pain and I was exhausted and wanted to get some sleep if I could. Within the hour I was dilated to an 8cm, and I still hadn’t gotten an epidural. The anesthesiologist at the hospital was busy on a C-Section, so they had to call in the On call doctor and he had to wake up at like 2am to come give me my epidural. We were all worried that I would go to a 10 fast and then I wouldn’t get it. Which was my plan originally so I wasn’t too upset about that situation.

Let me just say that epidural’s are scary but they are so freaking awesome. Mine worked amazingly, and it made me laugh. I’ve never been in the hospital before for anything so this experience was a first for me. Once I did get an epidural my labor stopped just like everything I read said it would, and then they had to start Pitocin which sucked. I stayed on Pitcoin until 11am when I was finally ready to push. Charlene came and we started to push, and then she goes, “Are you pushing?” and I was like “Yes obviously I’m trying to push” and she goes, “No you’re not, I think you’re too numb, you’re going to have to push way harder than this, why don’t you labor down some more and let the anesthesia wear off a bit.” So I slept for about 2 hours and started to feel everything again, and man was I ready to push. Charlene was in a meeting they had to call her out of and when she got there we immediately started pushing.

Pushing a baby out of you, is some hard work! They’re not joking when they say it takes a lot out of you. I pushed extremely hard for less than 30 minutes and Charlotte had made her arrival. 8lbs 2oz and 21 inches long of pure beauty. She arrived at 2:12pm, and it was the most riveting thing I’ve ever been apart of. So many emotions all in one.

The only thing I regret out of everything is not taking more pictures and documenting the moments. Eric and I’s first picture with Charlotte were ones we took at home, and then the newborn photos we got taken a few days later. I wish we would of taken one in Labor and Delivery right after she was born, but it was crazy day.

Gender Reveal… Boy or Girl?

Originally we had decided on doing a gender reveal party, but we just didn’t have much time to plan anything. So we found this awesome place called Miracle in Progress they had a Groupon available, so we purchased it, and invited our family and our closest friends to find out the big reveal with us. Most of our friends thought that the baby was going to be a girl, and a few thought that the baby was going to be a boy.

It took a while for the ultrasound tech to get a good photo of the babies legs open, to check to see if we were going to have a he or a she. I had to keep making this terrible coughing noise with everyone in the room. Eventually though after about 20-30 minutes this amazing picture came up on the screen and as she started typing everyone went crazy.

I’m a GIRL!!

Everyone kept asking Eric if he was ok. I mean, I’m a girl, so I knew I could handle her being a girl, but Eric’s whole life just changed in a split second. I already force him to go to Disneyland and to watch chic flicks, but now he was going to have to keep going, adding another little princess to the pack. It was funny to watch him sweat for a minute. His mother on the other hand was sooo excited that the baby was a girl, she had two boys and had always hoped for a girl. It was cute to see how excited she was.

The funny thing about the whole situation is that we only had a girl name picked out, we never could decide on a boy name. So I guess in the grand scheme of things having a girl was really just meant to be from the beginning.

Our daughters name is Charlotte Rose. We can’t wait to meet her next May!

How we found out we were expecting!

We found out two days before our trip to Europe. I was a day late on my period, and since we had been trying for about 6 months I decided I would just take a test. While I was out shopping for our trip I decided to grab a pregnancy test. When I got to my parents to drop off our keys they weren’t home so I just decided to take one of the tests there, and it was FAULTY. Nothing happened. I was so bummed. So I grabbed some water and left for home. When I got home I took the next test in the box, and it came back positive in seconds. I was shocked. Eric was golfing with his friends. So I called my best friends Krista, and told her I wasn’t sure if it was actually positive because the other one was faulty. She laughed, and cried, and told me that it’s pretty hard to fake a positive test. Haha. I still wasn’t convinced so I ran to Walgreens down the street and grabbed 3 different boxes of test, got home peed in a cup and dipped all of them. They ALL turned positive in seconds. Then I cried and was convinced. I was pregnant.
It was such a surreal moment in my life. Something I had been working 6 months towards. With all the tears and disappointments’ each month of not being pregnant. I was finally just that, pregnant!!  My/Our whole lives were about to change.
So like I said Eric was golfing with his friends and he wasn’t sure when he was going to be home. I told him not to eat without me, and he instantly thought something was suspicious. I just told him that he needed to hurry home because I had something huge to tell him.
I called back my friend Krista and told her how I’m definitely pregnant, and I wanted to find a fun way to tell Eric. She suggested airplane tickets since we were leaving the next day. I thought it was a great idea and got to work.
I came up with this.
  
When Eric came home I had it all laid out on the table. He was in shock, and a little drunk from golfing. He asked me if I was joking, and I said no, and his face just went blank. Haha. He was totally in shock.
Eventually the shock wore off and we talked about it, all was good, except we were leaving out of the country in 48 hours, and I was feeling very sea sick already. Time to book a doctors appointment and tell our family.
Xo,

Jessica

When in Rome!

Rome was our final stop on our Euro Trip. Even though we went to Rome, Italy has so much more to offer and I’d love to go back and see the Almafi Coast, and maybe head over to Greece as well.

When we first got to Rome we headed to the Trevi Fountain only to find out that it was under construction. I was so extremely bummed. I cried. After all the movies I had seen with the fountain I was just so upset it was broken. From there we decided to check out the Spanish Steps, which aren’t really all that interesting. It was extremely hot and over crowded… not like what you see in the movies. haha. That’s night I was craving Chinese food so we went to this amazing Chinese restaurant just down the walkway from our hotel. It had 5 stars on Yelp and it was the best Chinese food I think I’ve ever had. I know what you’re thinking.. in Italy and eating Chinese.. eventually you’ll know why I’m eating so weird.

Our next two days we book these excursions through Viator – Excursion 1Excursion 2 . If you’re new to traveling and looking for a safe way to explore Europe Viator is definitely the way to go. I wouldn’t necessarily book this excursions. It was so much walking, in the heat. Which wasn’t very fun. By the time we were this far into our 2 week adventure I just wanted to lay out by the pool in the heat. I even one day searched high and low for a pool, and was wishing I had booked an excursion by the ocean. Oh well I’ll know better for next time.

The Colosseum and Vatican City were both awesome, something everyone should see. The Colosseum is the oldest monument I’ve ever been in, and the Vatican was the weirdest and coolest place I’ve ever been.

Rome was fun. I stayed a lot in the hotel room because I was very sick, and exhausted. Eric ended up going out with his friend on our last night to dinner and got extremely drunk and puked the next morning before our flight home. Which was pretty entertaining for me, and I didn’t feel bad for him. haha.