Category: Smurfberry

To My Son, Now That You’re Two

To My Son, Now That You’re Two

My darling little boy. You are two years old now; no longer a baby, but still my baby. You have grown so much and continue to learn new things each day. I have watched you change from a tiny baby, watched you crawl all over until you decided to stand up and walk. Now you run around, always in a hurry to explore everything around you and absorb all that you can. You notice everything now, and you constantly surprise me at the connections you make between items. You remember where things were and if they were moved, and you […]

Posted December 3, 2016 by Julie in Parenting, Smurfberry, / 23 Comments
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To my son, on your first birthday

To my son, on your first birthday

  Dear sweet little Baby H, Do you know you just had a birthday? You are one now; no longer a little baby, though you’re still my little man. You’re a toddler now and are really becoming aware of yourself and all that is around you. You are curious and are always trying new things. I love to watch you explore and grow. It was amazing to watch you start crawling, and now you’re a pro at that and have moved on to bigger things, like walking. Just a month ago you were barely taking a few steps, and now […]

Posted November 17, 2015 by Julie in Family, Parenting, Smurfberry, / 11 Comments
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Baby H 9 Month Update

Baby H 9 Month Update

I can’t even believe that my little baby is 9 months old today! He is also 39 weeks old, so he has been out in this world longer now that he was inside of me. That is just surreal.  Both of us have grown so much over the past 9 months (obviously him more than me, but still). I wanted to take a moment and reflect on all the milestones reached. Baby H’s Milestones: He is nearly 22 pounds now! We have a 9-month check-up on Friday so we’ll find out the actual height/weight then. EDIT: at this appointment Baby […]

Posted August 3, 2015 by Julie in Family, Parenting, Smurfberry, / 26 Comments
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My breastfeeding journey so far

My breastfeeding journey so far

One of my goals with this baby was to breastfeed. While I understood exclusive breastfeeding may not be an option, both my own mother and grandmother struggled with low supply, but I was hopeful. I realize you have to have goals but be flexible in how things actually turn out, since things in life don’t always go as planned. My baby was born on a Monday but my milk didn’t come in until Saturday. Before that, I supposedly should have had colostrum, but I really don’t think I did. Baby H’s first day in the hospital was very stressful because […]

Posted December 20, 2014 by Julie in Family, Parenting, Smurfberry, TopPosts, / 29 Comments
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My birth story

My birth story

So here it is, the obligatory birth experience post. I was induced at 38 weeks due to gestational diabetes, and I’m writing this on my 40th week. Happy due date. I was told to report to Labor and Delivery on Sunday evening (Nov 2) at 5pm to start the inducing process. I had to change into a hospital gown (boo, didn’t even get to sleep in my own clothes before labor truly kicked off) and get the IV started. Let me tell you, the IV hurt so much! I had no idea. This is one of those things no one […]

Posted November 17, 2014 by Julie in Pregnancy, Smurfberry, TopPosts, , / 19 Comments
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Got some unexpected news at my last doctor’s appointment

Got some unexpected news at my last doctor’s appointment

On Friday I had a bit of meltdown at/after my doctor’s appointment, because my timeline is being cut in about half. It started out like a normal doctor’s visit, but this one was a little more involved because the doctor took the Group B strep culture and I also got my flu shot and my Tdap vaccine. I also brought a copy of my draft birth plan because I wanted to go over it with my doctor before meeting with my doula. My original thinking was I’d go into labor and wait it out a bit at home until the […]

Posted October 20, 2014 by Julie in Pregnancy, Smurfberry, / 8 Comments
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Welcome to Third Trimester

Welcome to Third Trimester

Today I am at 29 weeks pregnant, so I’m well into in my third trimester. I thought this would be a good opportunity to reflect upon the end of the second trimester and everything we’ve accomplished so far. I took this photo a few days ago so I thought I’d share it as part of this post. Smurfberry’s accomplishments: By the end of the second trimester, Smurfberry: * Weighs about 2 pounds (or more, since we’re measuring bigger) * Can kick and poke (and oh boy does he!) * Has thickened layers of skin, some hair and body fat. * […]

Posted September 1, 2014 by Julie in Pregnancy, Smurfberry, TopPosts, / 22 Comments
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Second Trimester Update

Second Trimester Update

As  I’m finishing up my 24th week, I thought I’d reflect on how my second trimester has been going. In short: it has been great! The second trimester is known for being the most comfortable, and I can certainly say it is much better than the first! What has changed: 1. The nausea is gone, hurray! All the food aversions seem to be behind me. I guess bring on the cravings? 2. The breathlessness is gone and I finally have the energy to go up the stairs once or twice if I really need to. I’ve even walked over a […]

Posted July 31, 2014 by Julie in Pregnancy, Smurfberry, TopPosts, / 11 Comments
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Cali trip: My baby shower and best friend’s wedding

Cali trip: My baby shower and best friend’s wedding

The last two weekends (and the week in between) I spent visiting my family in Bay Area California. I flew in first and hubby joined me later for the second half of my trip. I flew in on Saturday and my parents and I spent the day with Grandma. She served us lunch and then we took her to my parents house since we were having the shower the next day. Yep, my awesome parents threw me a baby shower. It was cowboy themed and we had a pretty large turnout. I got some cute stuff, but mostly money/gift cards […]

Posted July 26, 2014 by Julie in Family, Smurfberry, Travel, / 3 Comments
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A blessing, and a curse. Or, lightning is no joke!

A blessing, and a curse. Or, lightning is no joke!

OK so I’m in a silly slap happy mood so there you go the title is a Monk reference. So here’s my recap of our Fourth of July trip to visit hubby’s family. We were picking up some really nice office furniture that his Mom didn’t want anymore so we rented a U-Haul trailer to tow behind the truck. We drove to Georgia first to visit hubby’s parents, after that we drove to Florida for the family reunion. We had a very nice visit with hubby’s parents, and even got to hang out with my niece for a while. She stayed […]

Posted July 11, 2014 by Julie in Smurfberry, Travel, / 1 Comment
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