Sunday, January 31, 2016

She's Here!


Introducing: 


Adele Genevieve Hunt
Born January 28th 2016
at 11;55am
weighing 8lbs 11oz
and 20 inches long


She was born after 8 hours of labor, all unmedicated. :)

We are so in love with our new baby girl.  








We are home now and adjusting to life with two kids! 

For the record, my mom and Nannette were both right on for her birthday, guessing January 28th. Leland and Kris were both close for the length of labor, guessing 7 and 9 hours. 
Everyone was way off on the weights, no one thought she would be such a chunk haha, 
And I was right when I guessed that she would have a lot of hair, she has even more than Esther did, She was also covered in little black peach fuzz, called Lanugo. It is going away some now but it was all over her back, arms and ears. So she really had tons of hair. :)

I am really happy with how her birth went. I plan on writing up her birth story this week before I forget everything, so stay tuned for that!

Monday, January 18, 2016

39 Weeks with #2


So I have officially made it full term! This past weekend we went down to Southern Utah for Bennett's homecoming. It was a quick trip, but I didn't want her to come before that. Now I am ready for her :) 

Today at my appointment I had my first cervical exam. I am 2cm dilated and 75% effaced. I was very happy to hear this! With Esther even when I was induced at 41 weeks I was still only 1cm. I am hoping to go into labor on my own sooner than that, but I am have not hit that "super done being pregnant" phase yet. But ask me this time next week and I'm sure I'll have hit it.

One reason I am not super anxious for her to come yet is I still feel like I have a ton that needs to be done. I have all the baby gear and clothes ready and a few freezer meals made, I just need to work on cleaning. I made this huge list of deep cleaning to do and I have barely touched it. Is there a such thing as being too lazy for nesting? Lol. The main problem is Esther and her horrible sleeping. She has been regressing with her sleeping the past couple months but the last few weeks she has hit a new low. She refuses to sleep unless one of us are in her bed with her at all times. Even then she would mess around for hours before going to sleep. I was trying to just deal with it and hope she would improve on her own but she's just been getting worse. After a couple nights of getting only like 4 hours of sleep we have decided to let her cry it out in her room. We started tonight and she is currently still crying so yeah, sometimes parenting is the worst. Hopefully all of this leads to her sleeping better. Anyways the point of that was to say that during the day I'm too tired to get anything done and at night we spend hours just trying to get her to sleep, so nesting will probably just be happening the day I go into labor. 

My family and I have been making predictions about the baby. With Esther she was born 8 days past her due date and was 7lbs 11oz and 20.5 inches long. She was also born at 3:22am after a 22 hour labor. Here are my predictions for baby #2.

Birthday: January 23rd (39 weeks 6 days)
Time: 10:22pm
Weight: 7lbs 14oz
Length: 21 inches
Length of labor: 10 hours (wishful thinking haha)
 I also predict she will have a lot of hair like Esther, maybe red because I had a dream she was born with red hair haha.

Here are Leland's predictions

Birthday: January 26th (40 weeks 2 days)
Time: 10:42pm
Weight: 8lbs 1oz
Length: 20 inches
Length of labor: 7 hours

Feel free to leave your predictions in the comments and we'll see who is closest :) 



Thursday, January 14, 2016

The Clark Planetarium

On Saturday we didn't have anything planned so we decided to go checkout the Clark Planetarium in the Gateway. Admission is free, you just have to pay if you want to see any of the movies or shows, which we didn't. There wasn't a ton to see, but for it being free it was still pretty interesting. Leland was at one time an astronomy major in college, so he loved looking at all the exhibits. Esther loved it too. I was (am) feeling very big and pregnant but all the walking we did that day got baby to drop. Yay! Hopefully it means she will be making her appearance sooner rather than later :)



Me and Esther on Mars

Esther and Leland on the Moon

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

All Esther


Esther has been doing so many new things lately I figured I had better write it all down before she is sharing the spotlight of this blog with her little sister. She is officially in full blown toddlerhood now including the terrible twos which I think she decided to start a few months early. Right before Christmas she decided she hates sleeping in her crib. She would scream and scream whenever we put her in there. I was prepared to power through it though because I didn't want her to have a huge change right before the baby was born. But she climbed out one night, and we were worried about her getting hurt so we moved her to a "big girl bed" aka a mattress on the floor. The good news is she loves it, the bad news is the day after we made the switch she got a fever/cold/cough so her sleep has been pretty hit and miss. She usually either stays up until 10pm or wakes up at 5am. So I am really hoping that once she is better she will get back to normal sleeping and maybe even sleep through the night. 


She has really started talking a ton now. She can pretty much learn any new word, as long as she wants too, if we repeat it 2 or 3 times. She also said her first long sentence. It went down something like this:

***2am, trying to get her to lay down in our bed and go to sleep, Loki starts meowing from the bathroom***
Esther: Tat? (Cat?)
***Loki Meowing***
Esther: Tat? Ere are ooo? (Cat? where are you?)

It's probably just because I'm her mom but I thought it was the cutest thing ever haha. She usually only says two word sentences, and typically only when prompted. I was just so surprised to hear here say so many words at once. Now she says it all the time whenever she's looking for me, Leland, or her toys haha. 

She has also learned how to say "thank you" and "I love you" which sounds more like "Iluh ooo" but it melts my heart every time she says it back to me. 



Another funny thing she does is in the mornings when she wakes up. Lately she's been in our bed so when she starts stirring I pretend I'm asleep and hope she'll go back to sleep too. Once when I was pretending to sleep she just sat up, shoved her binky in my mouth and laid her fuzzy on my head, then scooted off the bed and left haha. Now whenever I sleep, real or fake, and she wants to wake up she gives me her binky and fuzzy and leaves lol. She is also not scared of the dark one bit and has no trouble wandering around the apartment and attempting to play with her toys at 3am. 

This picture perfectly depicts her little attitude. I think she was mad at me for taking pictures and not showing her after. She is pointing at the camera and yelling "MAMA!" like she does whenever she is frustrated, whether I have anything to do with it or not. 

And here she is back to being a sweetheart haha

She loves climbing and trying to balance on things so much, I think we'll have to sign her up for gymnastics soon. 


She still loves Loki most of the time. She finally has learned how to carry him correctly, so she often just picks him up and puts him in baskets or boxes. He likes this little game too. 

37 Weeks with #2




I'm officially full term now. Yay! Things have been going better with the pregnancy lately. It felt like weeks 32-36 were really hard. I think baby just had a huge growth spurt that made everything worse, heartburn, a very itchy belly, and being overall uncomfortable. I didn't know how I was going to make it if things kept going at that rate. Luckily things have slowed a little. My belly doesn't itch as much and it doesn't seem to be getting much bigger either, which is a relief haha.  Sleep is another issue but that's mostly Esther's fault. 

Baby is head down and in a good position for birth last time they checked. I'm happy about that, hopefully she won't be posterior like Esther was. She is still moving lots and according to my doctor "floating" with tons of room. It sure doesn't feel like she has tons of room! My old doctor said that about Esther too, so hopefully it doesn't mean that I'll go overdue again.  

Nesting has officially kicked in. This whole pregnancy I basically put everything baby related off until the end to give me something to do the last month, and now I definitely have a ton to do! I still need to pull out the infant car seat and wash it, set up the swing and bouncer, wash all the baby clothes and blankets and buy a few things like a diaper bag, breastfeeding supplies and probably more diapers too. Not to mention all the deep cleaning that nesting makes me feel like I need to do. I'm thinking next pregnancy I'll do all these preparations before I'm nine months pregnant and too tired to do anything haha. 

I am also getting psyched up for the birth by reading tons of birth books and birth stories. I've also started eating 6 dates a day. Apparently there was a study done that found that women who ate dates everyday for the last month of labor were more likely to go into labor on their own before their due date and have a faster labor. Here's to hoping! I figure dates are healthy anyways so it couldn't hurt. 

I am having lots and lots of Braxton Hicks contractions, usually at least 2-3 an hour lasting a minute or so each. They aren't painful or regular at all though so I never get my hopes up that it's the real thing. I'm not having the same swelling like I did with Esther's pregnancy. My wedding rings still fit fine. I've gained about the same amount of weight though. I think last time since I was working and on my feet a lot more it caused the swelling. Anyways I'm glad for it. I definitely feel like I can hold out 3-4 more weeks to wait for this little one to come. Even though I'm super excited I know it will be a huge change, so I'm just cherishing this time that I have with Esther still being my baby. 





Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Sledding

I have been meaning to write about this forever, but our computer wasn't working for the video. Finally I got it work, so here it is. The day after Christmas we took Esther sledding for the first time. It was super cold, like 25 degrees, plus it was windy so we didn't stay long. Esther loved it though. She would say "weeee" every time we went down the hill. Leland had only been sledding one other time so he was a newby too :)







Sledding from Courtney Hunt on Vimeo.
 
Images by Freepik