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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Thank you to those who have been checking in on me and my apologies for not responding sooner! Layla is now 6 weeks and 2 days old, just over 41 weeks gestationally. She spent the first three weeks of her life in the special care nursery and we were so happy when we were finally able to bring her home. She's keeping me so busy with feedings, pumping, and in general trying to figure her out (what those cries mean!) that there isn't much time for sleep and Mommy is TIRED! I know it'll get better soon, although I still haven't figured out whether she'll follow a developmental schedule more like her actual age or her adjusted age (based on due date). So far there is not much communication going on other than crying, but she has done some exciting things physically - she can roll from tummy to back already, and when held up she has started to support some of her weight in a standing position. My little baby athlete!

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MILLER*TIME 2/18/2014 1:09PM

    look at all that hair! wow she's adorable :)

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SPARKNMOM 2/14/2014 9:45AM

    SO cute :)

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FEARLESSNOW 2/13/2014 11:32PM

    Cutie pie!

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SEEHOLZ 2/13/2014 4:14PM

    How cute :-) It'll pass... in hinesight, it'll go by in a flash, but in the meantime, while its hard, hang in there and the little thing you can when you can to take care of you :-)

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ARUNNINGKAT 2/13/2014 11:38AM

    Thanks for the update! She is so beautiful and precious!

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MBSHAZZER 2/13/2014 11:38AM

    Thanks for the update! She's so cute! Enjoy!

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CRYSBROWN1 2/13/2014 10:33AM

    So cute! Enjoy your little girl! Ah tiredness - the joys of new mommy-hood, but just when you think that you cannot take much more, it works itself out. Rest up and take care!

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IAMZBEE 2/13/2014 10:09AM

    Aww, what a cutie! Thanks for updating us all. Take care.

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MARATHONER340 2/13/2014 9:08AM

    So sweet! Enjoy her as much as you can. 8 know it's hard when sleep-deprived!

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MEADSBAY 2/13/2014 9:00AM

    Oh, my goodness- what a beautiful doll baby.
Take lots of pics and keep a journal or at least some notes (did you get a baby book?) so you will be able to remember all the special moments when life starts moving along faster.
My grand baby Pearl (born 12-11) has had SRV -a respiratory virus + double ear infection with a horrible croupy cough and was on prednisone and anti-biotics and nebulizer treatments - mommy had to take her to the doc every morning at 9 am- even weekends- all to keep her out of the hospital- successfully- yahoo- but it has delayed her growth a bit (hard to nurse when you can't breathe). She is fine now but it was a rough few weeks for Pearl and her family. She probably caught it from Lucy and William (4 + 3)- it's common but not so serious in young kids- just seems like a bad cold that lingers for weeks.
So keep Layla away from other kids for a while if you can!

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FITBECKSRN24 2/13/2014 8:58AM

    they go by due date.... and they stay that way up until two years of age when they are considered "caught up". isnt that crazy?! sleep when she sleeps! thats what i do even now =)

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KENSINGTONC 2/13/2014 8:41AM

    Awww what a sweetheart! Those early weeks are such a blur, and it was always hard for me to see the forest through the trees. Sounds like you are doing great though! I'm glad you have good support all around you as well. Don't forget to take care of yourself mama - Liz

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Layla Grace is here!!!

Saturday, January 04, 2014

Surprise! I was only 35 weeks 1 day, but my water broke and the risk of infection was greater than the risk of prematurity, so I was induced. I had a fairly fast labor (Pitocin started at 9:15 A.M., started having painful contractions about 4 hours later, and Layla was born at 5:28 P.M.) and had no pain medications. Even though she appeared healthy at birth (Apgars of 9) she had to be whisked away to the special care nursery due to being 5 weeks early. I was very sad because I wasn't able to be with her much during those early hours, but we've made up for it since with plenty of cuddling, feeding, and skin to skin contact. She will remain in the special care nursery until her breathing is mature, which at this point means that she will remain at the hospital until at least Thursday of this upcoming week. She also needs to prove she can continue to eat well. We are so proud of her - she is doing things that a 35 weeker shouldn't have to do and she is so healthy! I was officially discharged on Thursday, but so far they have been letting us board in a spare room to be near her. They will probably kick us out tomorrow though, although we can hang around in the hospital during the day as much as we want and just go home to sleep. She is an absolute miracle and we are so in love with our little nugget!

Um...can't believe I forgot her stats! She was 5lb 5oz and 19 inches. :) My precious little mini girl.

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MILLER*TIME 1/31/2014 2:18PM

    Wow!! Congrats!! I just came back from maternity leave (9 weeks) and haven't been on spark since before Maddison was born. It's funny that your little girl was born on New Years Eve cause mine was born on Thanksgiving! lol

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INBRAZILFORNOW 1/12/2014 12:43PM

    Just beautiful! Congratulations!

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MARATHONER340 1/12/2014 11:22AM

    I'm sure it's so hard to leave the hospital without her...but hopefully it's given you some time to rest and recover at night! Congrats!!

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MEGSMILEY 1/8/2014 4:54PM

    Congratulations!!! She is just perfect! Glad you are doing so well and that your baby girl is healthy and strong. Take care and enjoy these precious early days. hugs to you!

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MBSHAZZER 1/6/2014 11:53AM

    Congratulations!!! I know nothing about babies but 5lbs 5oz seems pretty hearty for someone born 5 weeks early! You must have been doing something right!

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CRYSBROWN1 1/5/2014 5:08PM

    AWWWWWW, Congratulations!! I am happy to hear that your little one has arrived and is healthy!

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SPARKNMOM 1/5/2014 9:29AM

    Oh yay!! So happy for you. My twins were born at 31 weeks and they are 13 years old now and amazing! Life is awesome!!

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SEEHOLZ 1/5/2014 9:07AM

    Congratulations Susan!!! What an amazing way to start your 2014!!! Awwwww... she is so cute- soak it all in!!!

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COWBOYMAMA 1/5/2014 6:27AM

    Congrats! I haven't checked in here lately!

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ARUNNINGKAT 1/5/2014 1:31AM

    So very, very excited for you! She is beautiful!

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 1/4/2014 11:21PM

    Oh my goodness, congratulations!!! I'm sure the day you bring her home will be an amazing one. I love her name!

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MEADSBAY 1/4/2014 8:47PM

Congratulations to you and your dear hubby on the birth of tiny Layla!
I hope she makes all her milestones asap so you can get her home and snuggle 24/7.

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KENSINGTONC 1/4/2014 7:15PM

    SUSAN I AM SO EXCITED FOR YOU!!! Congratulations! First off, how wonderful that she is so healthy and strong. Thirty five weeks is early, but not SO early, and as my medical school peds professor used to say, anything beyond 34 weeks is golden. Congrats on the fast and pain-med-free labor too! I'm so glad it was a good experience, even though you have to wait a bit until she comes home.

LOVE the name Layla. How big was she? How long? Ahh you must be in heaven. Keep the pics coming and congrats again!!

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MONSTERLAURA 1/4/2014 6:34PM

    So happy for you!!!

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WUMPASTAR 1/4/2014 6:31PM

    CONGRATS! I'm so happy for you guys - I know how much you wanted this!!! You look absolutely wonderful, :D

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FITGIRL15 1/4/2014 6:30PM

    Congratulations, you guys! Wow, she is sooo tiny! I hope all goes well in the hosiptal and that they let you go home as a family SOOONNNNN!!!

Enjoy your 2014 discovering all the wonders of parenthood!!! emoticon

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WALLINMW 1/4/2014 6:12PM

  Stay motivated!

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DEE1221 1/4/2014 6:10PM

    OH, how sweet. Congrats. So Special.

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33 Weeks

Monday, December 16, 2013

This is a quick post from work for FITGIRL15, who continues to check in on me despite my major lack of keeping up with SP. As you can see, I've really popped! I wish I felt as ready as I look. :) For the most part I'm feeling fine, although I've started to get really tired and continue to be plagued with bad heartburn some nights. We have just seven weeks to go and so much to do before then - so many house projects, work projects, and baby projects!

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SPARKNMOM 12/30/2013 3:14PM

    So glad to hear all is going so well :)

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HAPPYCUPCAKE 12/27/2013 10:40AM

    CONGRATS! What a cute bump too! So exciting. Can't wait to see pics and updates when the baby arrives, too :) Hope you had a great holiday!

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FEARLESSNOW 12/26/2013 10:39PM

    Heartburn means hair! Good luck!

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MARATHONER340 12/21/2013 5:46PM

    I know how you feel! I have so much I want to get done before baby arrives. And I KNOW how hard the first few weeks (or more) will be! Relax as much as you can now!!

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KENSINGTONC 12/16/2013 8:22PM

    Aw you look so cute, I love big bellies. I too felt like I LIVED on Tums those last few weeks. You have to keep us all updated! I'm seriously so excited for you. Liz

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MEADSBAY 12/16/2013 8:07PM

    You (your belly, anyway) look great!
My new grandDAUGHTER (it was a surprise) arrived last week-
Pearl Grace at 8-11 (smaller than her older sister and brother, Lucy and William).
Mommy and Daddy and baby are fine-
bedlam over at their tiny house with a 3 yr old, a 4 yr old, and a new baby,
but just fine, thank you.

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FITGIRL15 12/16/2013 3:35PM

    Wow, you are really pregnant now!!! Amazing!

Don't forget you have Christmas to get through before Baby arrives! LOL Lots going on in your world! I hope you are getting lots of support from your loving family!

7 weeks will fly by, Hun! So exciting!!!

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CRYSBROWN1 12/16/2013 2:54PM

    Almost there! You are in the home stretch! Any names picked out?

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ELFITZPA 12/16/2013 2:47PM

    You look great!! The 3rd tri can be tough but enjoy sleeping, being able to leave the house, etc. while you still can. Haha. Good luck with all those projects!!

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TIGER_LILY_613 12/16/2013 1:36PM

    Congratulations !!!

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 12/16/2013 1:33PM

    Wow, just 7 more weeks!! So happy for you!

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SEEHOLZ 12/16/2013 1:29PM

    I still think its so cute that you might have this baby on your anniversary (considering its due in Feb) - you look adorable!

As for all the stuff you still need to do, enlist your family as much as you can and tackle the stuff that actually NEEDS done first. Also, remember that babies need a lot less "stuff" than you might think they do- they don't care if their room is painted in 4 different colors or if their blanket matches their curtains-LOL. My only point is, try not to stress to much- I think it's important to take a step back and try to get as much rest in before the little one comes, because afterwards you'll be TIRED and very focused on her :-)
One thing I would suggest is to store some foods in the freezer for the first couple of weeks, when just getting adjusted to your new lifestyle is going to keep you busy.

I am sooo excited for you guys Susan!!!! I can't wait to see a picture :-)

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SEPPIESUSAN 12/16/2013 1:11PM

    Nope! I'm due February 3!

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MBSHAZZER 12/16/2013 1:03PM

    OMG, I thought you already had the baby!!! Hang in there....

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28 Weeks!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

I entered the third trimester a couple of days ago (28 weeks). It won't be much longer now!

Here's Little Bit on the inside (28 weeks 0 days):

(Her arms are both up, you can see one of her elbows by the side of her face...all the other stuff at the bottom of the photo is 3D ultrasound weirdness.)

And here's Little Bit on the outside (today, 28 weeks 2 days):

PS - SparkPeople's main page totally changed? Since when? I had trouble even finding the link to get to my own blog!

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SPARKNMOM 12/15/2013 8:18PM

    So excited for you!! You're glowing!!

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MARATHONER340 12/11/2013 9:08PM

    Just thought I'd pop in to say hello! It's getting close for both of us! Hope you're feeling well!

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HEALTHYCHIC 11/24/2013 7:51PM

    So so so fantastic. It is such an amazing experience. So glad you shared these pics! oh, and the new Spark format..took me by surprise. I had to sit and think how to get to my own page LOL!

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KENSINGTONC 11/19/2013 10:52AM

    Awww you look great! And she's so cute, I bet you can't wait. The 3rd trimester is my favorite - I liked being so obviously pregnant, and it's true that people are incredibly kind. Keep us updated!! Liz

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PAPER_WINGS18 11/19/2013 10:11AM

    You loook BEAAAAAUTIFUL, Susan!!! Little Bit is a very lucky peanut!! Can't wait to see her "in person"!!!

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IAMZBEE 11/14/2013 3:15PM

    WOOHOO!! So close!! =) emoticon

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 11/14/2013 12:24PM

    I've been thinking of you, glad everything's going well! You and baby girl look great!

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MEADSBAY 11/13/2013 11:41PM

    You look simply glorious!
And so does your wee kidlet-
she looks like you!
If my wonderful DIL doesn't go by Dec. 1st, they will induce her (2 weeks early but they are trying to avoid another 10 lb baby).
Can't wait!

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ELFITZPA 11/13/2013 8:31PM

    Welcome to the 3rd tri!! It's not so bad as everyone says, they just wiggle non-stop and people are generally freakishly nice to you. Enjoy!!

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MOXIE-IN-MOTION 11/13/2013 7:38PM

    This is complete awesomeness! Congrats!

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INBRAZILFORNOW 11/13/2013 6:10PM

    Lil bit is adorable and you look great. Congratulations!

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MBSHAZZER 11/13/2013 6:01PM

    Wow, that is super realistic!!! Holy smokes! You are almost there, so excited for you!

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PROUDNM1987 11/13/2013 5:53PM

    That is so awesome and amazing!! Congratulations!!!

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I was on the radio today!

Friday, September 06, 2013

I come in at 24:17.

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PAPER_WINGS18 9/16/2013 10:45AM

    Way to go, Susan! So proud of you. Your voice definitely sounds different than I imagined. :) But I think you are doing a great thing. You're right- it's only 9 months!

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BEWELL48 9/14/2013 8:43AM

    Thanks for the link. Interesting topic. Congratulations to you and healthy baby!

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TERRIANGEL 9/7/2013 3:32PM

    CONGRATULATIONS, SUSAN!!!! And you sounded great on the show. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SEEHOLZ 9/7/2013 12:10PM

    You definitely sound VERY convincing :-)

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REBECCAMA 9/7/2013 8:04AM

  Way to go!

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MEADSBAY 9/6/2013 6:45PM

    I heard that show earlier today!
It was a fascinating topic.
You sounded happy and wise.
My DIL has happily given up all those things for the duration, too.
Good job!

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    Nice! You're famous! ;)

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FITGIRL15 9/6/2013 4:05PM

    What is wrong with cold cuts? LOL

Good for you, Susan!!! I agree 9 months isn't that long! A short period of time to abstain from certain unnecessary things in life!


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MBSHAZZER 9/6/2013 3:58PM

    "Susan makes a tremendous amount of sense"... LOL! That was awesome! Your voice totally sounded different than I imagined!!

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MBSHAZZER 9/6/2013 3:50PM

    I'm going to have to listen; I love On Point! And yes, I am an NPR geek!

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