Thursday, February 18, 2016

Soren's Birth Story

(the nurses gave him this cute red hat for Valentine's Day)

Soren Thatcher Sandberg was born on Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 1:00pm - 41 weeks and 1 day. Weighing 7lbs 12oz and 21.5 inches long. He came with a full head of dark hair and mellow little personality. He definitely made his momma learn a little patience waiting that extra week to get here but it was totally worth the wait! At my 40 week appt I was dilated to a 5 and 90% effaced. I couldn't believe he hadn't made his appearance yet, especially because Ames came on his due date. I was a little nervous I was going to be giving birth to a 10 lb baby (Ames was 9lbs) if he waited any longer. I really wanted a natural birth again though so I decided to wait it out. I think everyone thought I was crazy and I got asked on the daily if I was going to be induced. Fortunately I'm lucky and really wasn't too uncomfortable - just at nighttime - the hardest part was just not knowing when he would come and wanting to meet him so badly!

Well early Saturday morning (about 2:30am) I woke up having bad period like cramps. I honestly didn't know what early labor would feel like because with Ames I woke up in the middle of the night with contractions 3 min apart and in full on labor. So this time I wasn't sure if it was labor or not. The pain was pretty consistent though, about every 15 min I would feel the cramping so I figured it might be it. I was finally able to go back to sleep at about 4:30 in the morning and slept until 8. I woke up still not feeling anything too painful and feeling like the timing wasn't very regular either. We had decided to get out of the house that day and go down to Scheel's and use all of the gift cards Landon has accumulated from Christmas and credit card rewards. I made pancakes and we started getting ready for the day and that's when it all started to kick in. I got out of the shower and told Landon I didn't think we would be going anywhere but straight to the hospital. The contractions got stronger pretty quickly and I didn't even manage to finish getting ready for the day before we headed out the door. We hurriedly tried to find someone to take Ames because both of our parents were out of town for the weekend on trips they had planned a while back thinking he would have been born already. Our awesome neighbor came and took Ames to her house and we were off.

Contractions were 3-4 minutes apart when we left the house. Luckily my midwife had given me her cell number and told me to text her when we were on our way. She knew he would come fast once I finally went into labor because I was so far dilated and effaced. We got to the hospital and literally within 1 hour Soren was born.

My midwife came in the room shortly after we got to the hospital, I was dilated to an 8 and she broke my water. I know some of you will hate me for saying this but I honestly couldn't believe it when I felt the urge to start pushing an hour later. I felt like the contractions weren't painful enough yet. I don't know if I was just coping with them really well using my breathing or what but it was all just so fast and so insane. With Ames I was in labor for about 7 hours which still isn't that long but it was long enough that I sort of went into a brain fog and don't really remember the pain of pushing him out. So I will say that I did feel that ring of fire everyone talks about this time.

It was such a completely different experience this time around though. I kept telling my midwife and Landon that I couldn't believe it was going this fast. I knew my labor would be shorter than with Ames but I didn't expect to be pushing him out within an hour. It honestly was invigorating and really amazing to be so coherent when he came out and to experience everything so differently than I did with my first labor. Don't get me wrong, my labor with Ames went great but I was exhausted by the end and like I said was in a bit of a brain fog so I didn't get to experience it in the same way.

My midwife was amazing and helped me through every contraction, along with Landon, and the plan was to go a little slower once I started pushing so I wouldn't tear (she doesn't do episiotomies which I was glad to hear because I didn't want one with Ames. The doctor talked me into it - of course I'm going to say yes when I'm in pain and want to get the kid out of me!) but Soren's heart rate dropped to the 60-70 range when I started pushing, so they needed to get him out sooner than later. We found out after that it was because the cord had been wrapped around his neck. So 2 pushes and he was out! Unfortunately that meant I did tear, but for good reason, and it has been a heck of a lot better healing than with an episiotomy so I can't complain.

Postpartum has been great this time around. I did have my placenta encapsulated again just to be safe since I had such bad postpartum anxiety with Ames. My midwife also suggested taking fish oil, so 2 months before I had Soren I started taking it. I don't know if it was the short labor, the witch doctor pills, or what, but I'm feeling great! I just wish it wasn't flu season so I could get out of the house more. Luckily Spring isn't too far away and the weather has been great so we can get outside a bit.

Soren does have a bit of jaundice like Ames did which I was worried about because it affected his feeding, but luckily Soren's isn't too bad and we don't have to have him on lights. He also hasn't been overly sleepy and has been eating great. We couldn't be happier or more excited to finally have him here!

Ames has been doing pretty good. He loves to share things with Soren and help me take care of him. We have definitely seen a side of him that we haven't and don't want to see again though. Ames is normally a pretty obedient kid and isn't a huge tantrum thrower. The other night when Landon tried to get him ready for bed he literally was screaming at the top of his lungs for a good 15-20 min because he didn't want to take a bath. He's also being really resistant with eating dinner along with a few other things. I feel bad and expected some what of an adjustment period, but hopefully we can get back to normal soon. He definitely still has his sweet moments luckily, so I can remember why I love him so much ;)

Also if you're wondering where his name came from, both are family names. Soren is my great-great-great grandfather on my mom's side, and Thatcher is Landon's grandma's maiden name.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

20 Weeks

I will be 20 weeks with baby #2 in just a couple of days. Baby boy #2 that is! Half way!
I'm finally getting around to taking a picture of myself and writing down a little bit about this pregnancy. 
It's definitely been different this time around both emotionally and physically. 
Of course I have another child to attend to so I can't nap whenever I want, I felt more sick this time around and it lasted longer, and worst of all for me is the teenage acne I've developed. 

I don't intend for this to be a sob story, but I've never been the girl that everyone says "You're so pretty" to and I've never been the skinny girl. But I have always had really great skin. To be honest, most of my confidence in my outward appearance is because I have my mom's skinny legs and I have clear skin and a natural tan. Well these days I literally cringe when I look in the mirror. I've NEVER had acne. I've always had the occasional breakout that time of the month or a pimple here and there but nothing like what has come over my face lately. Hormones... their a certain word that starts with a  b I tell ya. 
This time around I'm also a lot more nervous. Round number 1 I was just all kinds of excited because I didn't know what was coming. I'm not really nervous for labor, just post partum. I had such a hard time emotionally with Ames that I'm really nervous to see how this time goes. At least I know how to handle it better and I know what might be possibly coming - last time was a blindside. 

I also wasn't really ready to get pregnant again, like I said, it just made me nervous to have a newborn. I planned on waiting until Ames was 2 to even start trying to get pregnant but Landon was ready and I kept feeling like it was the right time too so here we are! I'm feeling better as time goes on and once 9 months is up I think I'm going to be pretty baby hungry. 

We have a few names picked out but nothing for sure yet. And as far as it being a boy, Landon was 100% sure it was a girl. I think he had me talked into it too up until the ultrasound. Before then I had been hoping for a girl but always felt we would have another boy first. As soon as the doctor pulled up the ultrasound - it was right on his bum and there was not doubt it was a boy! She said that was the fastest gender reveal she's ever done! 

My plans are also to go natural again. I'm going to a midwife this time and I've already been really happy with the difference. In Iowa I saw a group of doctors which meant I saw someone different each time and the doctor on call delivered Ames. It's been nice to have some consistency and more personalized checkups this time around. 

This little munchkin also had to carry on the miscarriage scare like his brother. At 12 weeks I started bleeding really bad one night just before bed. I didn't feel the need to go to the emergency room but I went straight in to the doctor the next morning. The whole night I hardly slept but kept having this feeling of peace that everything was ok. I couldn't figure out how it could be ok though. I was pretty much 99% sure I had miscarried. I didn't know what else it could be with that much bleeding. Well she pulled up the ultrasound and there was a happy little baby with a perfect heartbeat. I was obviously an emotional wreck.

I will mention that some other very emotional and hard things had happened earlier that week and I did not know how I could pile having another miscarriage (I had a previous miscarriage before I had Ames) on top of it. Seeing that healthy baby was the biggest relief I've had in a long time. It turns out I had a cyst on my ovary that had ruptured and caused all the bleeding. 

Well I will finish my novel. I knew I would regret not writing any of this down or documenting at least some things with this pregnancy. Better late than never! P.S. I've also felt baby boy moving the past couple of weeks. I felt Ames about 20 weeks.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Ames Room

Well now that Ames is 15 months old his room is officially done! 
I've been dreaming of this room since before we were even expecting a baby. 
I always knew I wanted a room that was somewhat gender neutral, 
with a mostly neutral color scheme and pops of bright color. 

It's taken me 3 years to make and collect everything for his room,
so it's definitely a project that's near and dear to me. 
The green chair I found at an antique store while we lived in Iowa, 
and when I got it home, 
I realized on the bottom that it says it was also made in Iowa. 
So it's a pretty sentimental souvenir from our time in Iowa -
 especially since that is where Ames was born.
 I also made quite a few things in this room - 
like the mobile and some of the artwork 
and my mom made the beautiful quilt 
and helped me with the curtains. 

Ames loves to hang out in here during the day too. 
Mostly reading books or pulling things off of his shelf. 
Good thing it's pretty fun for me to style and rearrange it often :)
If you are interested in any of the decor or furniture used in his room, 
there is a source list at the end of this post. 

Dresser - IKEA (no longer available) 
"A" Monogram - Hobby Lobby 
Giraffe Pillow,  Fur Throw,  Rhino Head, Wooden Sail Boat, Rug - Homegoods 
Storage Baskets - Homegoods & World Market
White Roman Shade - Allied Furnishings (Bountiful, UT)
Animal Menagerie Art, Mobile, & Felt Quote Art - handmade by me
Quilt - handmade by my talented mom :) 
Green Chair - Antique 
Paint Color - Pure White by Sherwin Williams 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Another Week, Another Hike

My aunt, mom, and I headed up Holbrook Canyon
last Saturday to take in more of Fall's goodness.
This canyon is just above the Bountiful, Utah Temple.
The last time I hiked it was ages ago, so I forgot about how long of a hike it is.
I looked up the mileage online which said 8 miles up and back.
Well I don't know if that's accurate or what because after we had gone what I swear was 4-5 miles, we still weren't to the top and had to turn around so we could make it back before dark.
A lot of the trail is uphill and it's not a really easy hike, so maybe we were just making slower time and didn't go as far as I thought, but maybe next time we'll actually make it to the top.
Even though we didn't make it, it was still worth the beautiful scenery.
As we got toward the bottom as the sun was practically gone, the canyon was glowing from all the brilliant colored leaves.
It was seriously magical, as cheesy as that sounds.
It's a shaded hike, almost the whole way, with a small river and lots of little waterfalls along the trail.
Fall is definitely the perfect time to do this hike.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Fall 2014

Fall is without a doubt my favorite season.
 This year I've been trying to soak it in as much as possible, 
so we've hit up Silver Lake, Mueller Park Canyon, 
and Red Butte Gardens in the last couple weeks.
I wish this time of year could last as long 
as the bitter cold of winter seems to stick around.

(Silver Lake - Big Cottonwood Canyon - Utah)

(Red Butte Gardens - Utah)

 (Hike to Elephant Rock - Mueller Park Canyon - Utah)

 I also did a little foraging in my parents' yard 
and designed a fun fall arrangement for my mother-in-law's birthday.
 I love how it turned out! 

Monday, September 22, 2014

Interior Design Trends 2014

With Pinterest and social media, design trends come and go as fast as ever.
Lucky for us, many trends this year are quite classy and won't necessarily scream "trendy."
Here's a few that I'm really loving...

Black and white. 
Whether it's home exteriors, wall paint, or decor, this classic color combo is all the rage right now.
I love the contrast that a little black can add to any room, but paired against some crisp white walls, it's even better. 

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Blue, specifically Navy Blue. 
Navy will always be timeless, but it's really on display this year. I'm loving navy walls and navy velvet pillows or upholstery, but you can really add this classic hue anywhere! 

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Natural and blonde wood tones.
I'm always a sucker for dark wood floors and let's face it, rich wood tones will never go out of style, whether it's furniture or flooring, but I'm loving the lighter woods that give a Scandinavian feel. 
And bonus, you won't be mopping your floor daily to keep away the dusty footprints ;) 

Traditional furniture styles. 
Although modern furnishings are still ever popular, designers are getting back to basics and 
using more traditional furniture pieces to anchor designs. 

Mixing metals.
Mixing metal finishes makes keeping your home updated, much more affordable. 
Instead of feeling like you have to deck your entire home in the latest brass/gold trend, you can add a little here and there along with more classic finishes, such as chrome, and it's totally ok! It looks great and adds interest!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

10 Months

10 crazy fast months have gone by with this munchkin!
Here's what's been up this month...
- 2 new teeth (7 total now)
- crawling, climbing, and standing
- lots of jibber jabber. He loves to make "sssss" sounds like a snake 
and say da da, although he obviously doesn't know what it means yet. 
- as his hair grows in we've noticed he's got some curl going on in the back
- loves his binky
- has really taken an interest in books. His favorites are the touch and feel books.
- has become a great eater. favorites are yogurt and peaches
- gets in to everything! 
Loves to take the covers off the floor air vents, play in the dog dish, pull the books off the shelf, unroll the toilet paper, etc. 
- wearing 12-18 mo. clothes, size 4 diapers, and still hates getting dressed or diaper changed
- loves dogs
-made his first bite marks on the crib 
- learned to wave

* I found this little green chair at an antique store in Iowa before Ames was born. My mom noticed it even says it was made in Iowa on the bottom. A little momento from his birthplace that will find a home in his new room.