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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Baby Shower!

Today is your big party baby girl. I'm so excitied for our baby shower today. So many people love you already and your not even here yet. I'm looing forward to seeing my friends and family today and celebrating our miracle. God has blessed us so abundantly, I praise him for his glory and trust in him with my faith. I will post pics soon.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

I felt the earth move under my feet ~ Today at 1:57pm I felt a earthquake tremor. The recliner started to shake and the stuff on the walls moved.  There was a 5.9 earthquake in Virginia and it was felt here in NY. So baby girl you experienced your first earthquake today :) 

Pregnancy Challenge Day 13

Day 13 ~ How are you preparing for baby?

Well my husband has been doing most of the preparing. We remodeled the apartment we live in (upstairs) from my Mom.  She helped us get the front part of the attic turned into a new bedroom for us so Shyann could have the other bedroom for her nursery. Both rooms are just about done. I will handle the deocrating and Steve will handle the rest :)  He has repaired and painted the walls purple.  We are cleaning the carpets this week so after my baby shower on Saturday we will be ready to start filling up the nursery.
We signed up to take a birthing class that starts Sept 6th and a breastfeeding class on Sept 21st.  I am excitied and nervous. Once i see her crib actually set up it will finally hit me that I am having a baby :)

Monday, August 22, 2011

Pregnancy Challenge Day 12

Day 12 ~ How did you tell your parents you were pregnant?

My Mom was actually the first person I told. I felt terrible I did not wait to tell my husband but he was at work and I totally freaked and run downstairs to my Mom's house in a panic. (he was totally OK with it) My Mom was crying and screaming and soooo excitied. (she is awesome like that)  I was not expecting to see 2 lines that day. We were trying very hard to get pregnant but for some reason I thought it would take forever. We started to tell alot of people and then I started bleeding and panic struck, thinking I was going to miscarry.......we stopped telling people and just started to pray REALLY hard. At my 6 week sonogram I called my Dad and told him but also warned him we were having issues. He was beyond thrilled and even cried, which shocked me. Steve does not have "parents" per say, His mother passed years ago from breast cancer, so she knew about her granddaughter long before we did. I hope she is up there taking care of her for us tell we get her here on earth. Steve did call his estranged "real" father and then his stepdad. They were both very happy and excitied for us.
Our family and friends cannot wait for this baby to be born. She is so loved by so many already it makes my heart so full.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Pregnancy Challenge Day 11

Day 11  ~ When is your baby shower? What do you have planned or expect?

My baby shower is next Saturday 8/27/11 at my church St Pauls Lutheran in Elma, we are having it in the parish hall. My Mom has paid for just about everything. We are having a butterfly theme since Shyann's nursery is going to be butterflys. We have chocolate butterfly suckers as favors. I made centerpieces out of babywashcloths that look like butterflys. We have about 85 people expected. I hope to have a wonderful time with all my family and friends and welcome our new lil girl into the world. She is loved by so many already, it amazing to see how many people are waiting for her arrival.

Pregnancy Challenge day 10

Day 10 ~ A picture of your baby bump and how you feel about how you look!

I don't think I look to bad actually ~ My hair is getting so long (I love it) I feel like I do have a glow about me some of the time. I have had alot of acne break outs which is normally VERY rare for me but since I got pregnant its a weekly occurance. I have not had to buy new underwear or bras (YET) only wear stretchy shorts simply for comfort. I have needed to get new shirts thou.  Otherwise I think I look pretty good as a preggo.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Pregnancy Challenge Day 9

Day 9 m~ What sex did you what or hope for?

To be completely honest I really wanted a GIRL. I have wanted a daughter my whole life, especially now that I have two amazing nephews and a godson that I adore........this family needed another girl. Sabrina is going to be 10yrs old and she was our last and only girl. I knew in my gut we were having a girl, I dunno why call it mother intuition or something but I just kept getting the feeling. Plus we had boys name decided for sure and the girls name was still undecided so I figured that would happen. On June 1st we were confirmed that we were expecting a baby GIRL.  Shyann Patricia and Mommy and Daddy could not be happier :)

Pregnancy Challenge Day 8

Day 8  ~ What is your biggest food craving?

SWEETS ..............  all is want is ice cream, cake, COOKIES, candy bars, and ice cold milk. I also am loving deep fried stuff ~ chicken fingers, mozzerella sticks, fried mushrooms & cauliflower etc.........and soft pretzels with ketchup.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Pregnancy Challenge Day 7

Day 7 ~ Do you have a birthing plan?

Well I have what I would liketo happen in my mind but I know already that is not how its going to be. I want to have a drug free all nautral childbirth. But I am a high risk pregnancy, I have high BP and diabetes so the chances of me having a vaginal birth are highly unlikely. My doctor has already talked about a c-section at 38wks. depending on how big the baby gets, so far so good (29wks). I am fine with whatever the doc decides I trust her and in the end I just want a healthy baby in my arms. I plan to have my husband and my mom in the room, unless its a section then just my husband will be allowed in. I know my sil, brothers, gram and tons of other friends will be at the hospital too. Everyone is waiting for this lil girls arrival, but no one more then her Mommy and Daddy.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Pregnancy Challenge Day 6

Day 6 ~ post of picture of your 1st sonogram

There she is at about 6wks......we saw the lil heart flicker and my heart skipped a beat.  Amazing that a lil dot has now turned into a beautiful lil girl.

Pregnancy Challenge Day 5

Day 5 ~ What trimester are you in and how do you feel?
I am in my 3rd trimester ~ so we are close to the end and I can finally hold my baby girl. I feel ok most of the time, my biggest and only complaint has been the issues with the vasospasms in my breasts. It is extremely painful, I get no relief and its consistently breaking my spirit and my enjoyment of this pregnancy. Once the I am off the LARGE dose of BP meds I am hopeful it will stop and I can breastfeed my daughter. Dealing with this since March has been a test of my endurance and strength but I must admit I am at the end of my rope.
Feeling Shyann's kicks and movements makes it so much better, know she is in there and she is a feeling like no other. I am so IN LOVE!

Pregnancy Challenge Day 4

Day 4 ~ How did you find out you were expecting?  ( I was out of town so I am behind by a few days so its catch up time)
 I wrote a blog about when we found out we were pregnant here it is ~!

Its really werid to say outloud but its true, I am going to be a Mommy.......Steve and I found out I'm pregnant on 2/26/11 ~  I took a pregnancy test because I was not feeling well and my period was about 3 days late. We had been trying since the wedding with  no luck so because of my age and the fact that we would like to have more then one child (not at the same time mind you) my doc gave me clomid to help me ovulate (which we ended up not needing). We decided to try one more month (february) without any drugs. I ovulated on my own on the 2/10 and then of course I had to go out of town for the Bon Jovi concert. I remember on the drive to Pittsburgh telling Karen and Kristen that it felt different this time (my cycle).  I had alot of cramping and werid pains (which is apparently normal).  When we got home the next day Steve was very sick with some kinda 48hr bug so we literally only BD'ed 2 x's my entire ovulation.  Sooooo I thought for sure there was NO way in hell we got pregnant (I was wrong). I was so sick to my stomach friday night and so tired we ended up canceling plans to go out with friends that night.  Saturday morning I got up early and was cleaning up around the house, went online to check FB and emails, etc the "normal stuff".   I took my meds and made some breakfast and was sitting on the recliner and starting getting waves of nausea. So I thought maybe I should go take that last pregnancy test I have in the cabniet. So I did, mind you this was at like 10am so I had pee'ed like 4 times already that morning, hence this was not my frist urine of the day. So I put the cap on the test and turned around to wash my hands, I looked back and I screamed "HOLY SHIT" there are two lines!  I thought for sure I was seeing things, SOOOO many times I had taken that test and got only one line (negative). So I grabbed it and ran into the kitchen to look at it in better light, well by then it was a very DARK pink two lines and it was very obviously POSITIVE!  I was shaking and crying and jumping around like a lunitic. Steve was working OT of course, So I grabbed the test and the instructions and RAN downstairs to Mom's house. I could not say a word, I had this HUGE lump in my throat. I just was holding the test out towards her crying.  She was like "what, whats wrong????" (sabrina and josh were here that morning) I said "Is there two lines Mom, tell me do you see two lines"  Sabrina jumps up and says " Aunt Stacy are you pregnant?" (im still trying to figure out how Sabrina knows what a pg test looks like? but, anyway) I think it finally started to sink into Mom what I was showing her, she grabbed it and said "Praise God its positive, yes there are two lines" Mom, Sabrina and Josh jumped up and we were all crying, laughing and hugging (it was great) !!!!!  I felt horrible that they found out before Steve but I could not help it, I was in shock and awwwww!  (btw Steve understood and was totally OK with it) I ran into Justin's room and said "Jus get up, get up now I gotta show you something" He jumps outta bed " what whats wrong, are you ok" he puts his glasses on and I hand him the test and he started screaming "OMG OMG your pregnant" and was hugging me (he cried too but shhhh don't tell anyone) So after reality started to set in (well it still has not set in yet 14 days later HONESTLY) I just kept crying and staring at that test like it was a check for a billion dollars or something (actually it is worth MUCH more then that) I wanted to call Steven at work and tell him, but I  wanted to tell him in person. I took a shower and tried to calm down and process this. I put on my makeup and did my hair all the while staring at the test on the bathroom cabinet, I kept thinking it was going to change :)  After 3 loooong hours Steve finally got home. I put the test in a bracelet jewelery box. I handed it to him and I said "Honey look at this cute bracelet I got today in the mail" he takes it and opens it and just stares at it and says nothing then finally he said " What is this?" I jumped up from the recliner and said " Were pregnant babe" he was in total and complete SHOCK .....seriously!  He said "What, where? I don't see it" So I took the test out and showed him the two lines and that it means pregnant. He said " wow thats awesome babe" (typical steve response) We hugged and cried. He changed clothes and slowly it starting sinking in that he was going to be a Daddy! He just kept staring at me smiling and staying "wow"....This huge smile was permanently on his face all day :)  He gets that smile anytime we talk about it. I was never so happy in my life, to be able to give my husband something he has wanted his whole life, well it just don't get much better then that! 
Since that day it has been an emotional rollar coaster. The concept of "waiting to tell everyone" flew out the window. We told my brothers, Lisa, Cheryl, Tracy, Ray, Alex, Lyd and the kids, Kris, Sue, Steve's brothers, Pastor, my Gram and John but I starting having these cramps pretty severe ones and I thought OMG here we go I am gonna lose the baby. I called and got into the doctors on Monday. She sent me for bloodwork and told me the cramps are normal for the 1st trimester. She said the bloowork results would be the best way to determine if its a viable pregnancy or not. So after 5 long scary days the nurse called and said "Congratulations your pregnant, your HCG levels are doubling and the doctor wants you to have a ultrasound". So Friday 5/11 at 9am I am going to have ultrasound done and I cannot wait to see my lil baby yolk sac :)  The cramps have been getting less and less, I actually feel really good, a lil tired no morning sickness yet!  I plan to announce it on FB and to the rest of my family and friends on Friday after the ultrasound.  Afer the cramping starting I got scared and stopped telling people. I need to actually see my baby first. I have taken 5 pregnancy tests since I found out and YEP I am still pregnant LOL.  It is so hard to believe that I something I have wanted, wished for and dreamed of my whole life is really happening. Steve and I have had many discussions about this pregnancy already and have decided we are going to take this one day at a time, and all we really care about it a healthy baby.   Boy or Girl who cares!  Don't ge me wrong I would LOVE to have a lil girl to dress up pretty .....but I love my Joshy and Dillon so much I can only imagine when its my own son how much love and joy it would bring. Steve would love a lil boy to play footbal with and stuff but when it comes down to it, we just want to be parents. We have our names picked out already, but hat will be kept a secret for awhile!  I am scared to death I am not going to lie, I know without any doubt I will be a great Mother, look at the example I have had my whole life how could I go wrong??? I just don't want anything to go wrong with the pregnancy.  I am on insulin injections now, my blood sugars spiked as soon as I got pregnant, so that has not been easy, but I will do whatever I need to do.  I am excitied, nervous, happy, thrilled, and most importantly Thankful!  Praise God for his blessings and I hope he watches over me and my lil baby and helps it to grow and be healthy. Anyone that could send some extra prayers up for Baby Shaver for the next 8mths would be greatly apprecaited ~ Thank You!
4/15/11by Stacy

Friday, August 12, 2011

Pregnancy Day Challenge ~ Day 3

Day 3 ~ Do you know the exact day you concieved?

 I do ~ We were trying to get pregnant for a few months so I had been taking OPK so I knew when I was ovulating. I ovulated on Thursday 2/10/11 and I believe we got pregnant that evening. TMI moment approaching ~ I took the test and texted Steve at work and said " Babe when you get home we gotta have sex, I'm ovulating" His response "OK sounds like a plan" I had tickets to see Bon Jovi in Pittsburgh and was leaving to go out of town the very next morning so I knew we only had a small window, seeing as this was a overnight trip. I left Friday morning with my friend Karen and Kristen, and I remember telling them on the car ride down to PA I was OV and that something felt werid this time, something was different. I was having some

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Pregnancy Challenge Day 2

Day 2 Post of picture of your babys Dad and list 5 facts about him
1) Loves football & The Philadelphia Eagles
2) Loves Rock & Roll music
3) Has 2 brothers (no sisters)
4) Is a metal machinist by trade
5) His birthday is 11/12/1975

Pregnancy Challenge Day 1 ~

Day 1 ~ Post of picture of yourself and list 5 facts
1) I am newly married to my husband Steve 10/16/10
2) I love music
3) I have 3 brothers (no sisters)
4) I collect frogs
5) Purple is my favorite color

21 Day Pregnancy Challenge

Pregnancy Challenge
Day One: A picture of you and five facts
Day Two: A picture of the father and five facts
Day Three: Do you know the day you conceived?
Day Four: How did you find out you were expecting?
Day Five: What trimester are you in, and how do you feel?
Day Six: Baby’s first picture. A picture of your first ultrasound.
Day Seven: Do you have a birthing plan?
Day Eight: What is your biggest food craving?
Day Nine: What sex did/do you hope for?
Day Ten: A picture of your baby bump and how you feel about how you look.
Day Eleven: The baby shower: What do you plan for? Hope for?
Day Twelve: How did you tell your parents the news? The baby’s dad’s parents?
Day Thirteen: How are you preparing for the baby?
Day Fourteen: A picture of a baby that you feel your baby will resemble.
Day Fifteen: How are you feeling?
Day Sixteen: Parenting tips you’ve learned from the internet or other moms.
Day Seventeen: Who will help you most when your baby is here?
Day Eighteen: Do you plan on breastfeeding?
Day Nineteen: Who will be in the delivery room with you?
Day Twenty: What are you looking forward to most about being a mother?

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

One of the outfits Shyann will wear for her NB photo shoot :)

3rd trimester fastly approaching

So the finish line is in site!  3rd trimester starts on thursday as I being my 28th wk of pregnancy. I have been through alot of up and downs and its been scary, amazing and terrifying all rolled into one.  To fall in love with someone you have never met and to be soooo terrified of losing them before you ever even held them in your arms, has been the most insanely scary thing I have EVER gone through in my life.  All I have ever wanted was to be a mother, and even more so to have a daughter and God is giving me  both……I have had to work for it, but nothing good in life is ever easy, is it?  She is worth ever second of pain, stress, hurt and worry I have gone thru and continue to go thru.  Just to hold her in my arms is all I want and need in this world. I have been so blessed with an amazing husband and a wonderful family to help me through all this craziness…..but like I said I can see the end in site and its making me so much more excitied.  To look around our apartment and see “baby stuff” makes me giggle.  We are starting her nursery next week, OMG when I see a crib IN MY HOUSE for MY BABY I think I might lose my mind :) 
Doc appointment went good today, she said if I keep my sugars under control like I have been and the baby stays at a good weigh then a c section can be avoided (which is what I want) I have only gained 8lbs during my 7mths of pregnancy which has been great for me…..I plan to lose 50lbs or more after her birth (then and ONLY then will I try for baby #2 but the jury is still out on that). Shyann’s HR was good 163 as usual, she was moving and the doc had to chase her around with the doppler. She is not measuring to big or too small, right on track PERFECT just as I assumed ;)  My lil booboo is perfecto!  My bp was very good today and we discussed and decided to change my bp meds in hopes it will help with the boob issues (vasospasms = horrific pain) This has been the worst part of my pregnancy, since the bleeding stopped in June things have been really good except for these vasospasms, they are literally keeping me house bound……so fingers crossed the new meds will help. All is all I must say this has been the experience of a lifetime…….its like christmas with the best present at the end. I cannot wait to hold my baby girl and kiss her lil face……..Shyann I love you so much already……no words could EVER express how much!

Friday, August 5, 2011


So I was told that if you crave sweets and salty things its a girl......I guess that theory is correct.
Ice Cream

Candy bars

Mozerella Sticks with ketchup

Chocolate chip cookies

Deep Fried Pickles with Ranch Dressing

I think I would be a good preggo IF............

So I started my 27th week of pregnancy yesterday, which is my last week of the 2nd trimester. So we are heading the final stretch.  I cannot wait to be done being pregnant, There are times of the day I LOVE IT......and then the whole boob pain kicks in and the loving it part ends very quickly. If it wasn't for that horrific pain I must deal with several times a day and most of the night, I would really be enjoying my pregnancy. I hate to complain because I know so many woman who are trying to get pregnant and would do anything and endure any amount of pain to just have a me so would I and trust me I am. After 5mths straight of dealing with this and no pain relief in site I must say it has pushed me to the end of my rope. I cannot go anywhere or do anything in fear that pain will kick in and that is NOTHING I can do to stop it or relieve it. The doctor has no clue what to do about it, shes never heard of it so basically I am screwed until the baby girl arrives. I am almost positive this is happening ( ) because of my drastic increase in blood pressure meds. It dawned on my after reading some more info about this syndrome.  My doc had to change my BP meds and increased them from 300mgs to 1200mgs all within a month. This all started in March around the same time as the bp med changes. The doc cannot risk changing my meds or reducing the dosage at 7mths pregnant. It has been somewhat controlling my BP and to change anything right now would put me at risk for stroke and the baby at risk too. So after she is born we can hopefully change the meds or lower the dose. I don't want to sound like a wimp this is honestly one of the most painful and stressful situations I have ever had to deal with. It happens all day long and to think of having to deal with this for another 2mths is so daunting. I would and will do anything for my daughter I just wish God would answer my prayers and cut me some slack here. Why must everything be so difficult and painful for me and my family. Its never easy is it?  This is a rare condition that most woman never have to deal with so no one really knows how to treat it. I am trying evening primrose oil but I am not hopeful it will help.
Just gonna keep praying and hope God hears me ................

Wednesday, August 3, 2011


Yep 92 days until I finally hold you in my arms ~ Until I can finally look into your eyes and know you are mine forever. ~ 92 days until I can kiss your face and cuddle you close. Mommy loves you Shyann!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Thats you in there baby girl

Mommy at 26weeks :)