Monday, May 29, 2017

#RickerPartyof3: 35 Week Bump Date

Today marks 35 weeks and 4 days of pregnancy! Today also marks exactly 1 month until Baby Noah's original due date. I say original because we found out at my last OB appointment the other day that my Doctor does not want me to go past 39 weeks. Because of this, his new official due date is June 22 so, anytime between now and then is game on! I could not be anymore excited. 

Although I truly do love laying in bed feeling this little man squirm and party around my tummy, I can not wait to see and hold him! 

In these past few weeks we got all of our my pregnancy musts out of the way such as finishing his nursery, packing all of our hospital bags as well as a diaper bag, had our 4-D ultrasound, and did two maternity photo sessions. So now, we wait for this little one to make his arrival. 

Bump Date

How is Momma Feeling?
I am feeling so great! I am not at all naive to the fact that I have had an almost "perfect" pregnancy in the sense that I didn't get sick at all and barely had any of the not so desirable symptoms. I am also getting just the tiniest bit nervous for the whole labor part. I guess because I have no idea what to really expect I just don't feel prepared. 

How is Dad Feeling?
John is definitely excited and it is so cute to hear the way he talks about Noah. He has told me also that he is a little nervous but I know he will be the best! 

Do you think you'll go early or late?
Well, as I mentioned, going late isn't really an option for me however, I am thinking that I will  end up being induced on the 22nd as I haven't yet had any pre-labor signs. 

What has been your favorite part of pregnancy?
My most favorite part has definitely been feeling this little man kicking and squirming around all over. 

What has been your least favorite part?
I really don't think I have a least favorite part. 

What are you looking forward to most?
Just holding this sweet thing for the first time. 

if any of you mommas have labor tips please help a girl out! 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

#RickerPartyof3:Guide to a Heathy Pregnancy

Hi loves! 
Today I decided to share with you some of the tips/tricks I have picked up along the way to ensure a happy and healthy pregnancy. As we all know, everyone wants to give you their two cents when you become pregnant and I am definitely no doctor so just take these as you will! 

1. Take Your Prenatal Vitamins! 
Prenatal vitamins are really something that you should start prior to finding out that you are pregnant. I was advised to start taking them as early as three months before we even wanted to start trying. Prenatal vitamins are essential to your baby's growth and development. The folic acid helps prevent neural tube defects and the iron helps support the babies growth. 

2. Listen To Your Body!
Although pre-baby you may have always been go-go-go, having a watermelon seed growing inside of you is hard work and exhausting. If you knew me pre-baby R, you will know I had a sever case of insomnia. Becoming pregnant definitely kicked that ish right to the curb. It is okay to take a mid-day nap or want to be in bed by 8pm. Don't overwork yourself! 

3. Listen to Your Doctor! 
I am sure you will know many people that have had babies before you and they will all come out of the woodwork to tell you their remedies/tricks/advice. Definitely listen but take all of it with a grain of salt. Our parents grew up in a different time than us so although they may have an idea that worked for them, it could be outdated or not recommended today. When in doubt, fact check it with your OB. 

4. Re-evaluate Housework
It shouldn't come as a surprise that it is crucial to stay away from harsh smells and chemicals. In our house, I was usually the one that did most of the cleaning. Upon becoming pregnant, John really stepped up to the plate and has taken over any cleaning that requires more than just soap/water or a mild cleaner. It is also important that once the areas are clean, you are not just sitting in the chemically smell-make sure windows are open and fans are on to get that odor out! 

5. Mommy Time
Make sure that you schedule time just for yourself. Whether it is going to the movies alone one afternoon, a shopping trip, a manicure, or the house to yourself with a warm bath-make time for you! There are a lot of changes going on and you need to make yourself a priority. 

6. De-Stress
Whether it is at home or at work, these 9 months are not the time for people or situations to be stressing you out. Make sure that you know your limits and don't let people push them. If something is stressing you out, take the time to talk to someone about it and find a reasonable solution. Remember, everything you feel, the baby feels

7. Myth Busters: Eating for Two
I am sure we have all heard the phrase "eating for two". Although it is crucial to make sure you are eating the right balance of things and getting in all your nutrients, you want to make sure you aren't over eating. Putting on too much weight can cause stress on the baby, your back, and cause gestational diabetes. It is all about balance. If you are craving something sweet, try fruit over ice cream. If you have to have the ice cream, opt for something light/healthy for dinner! 

8. Hydrate!
This is probably what I have the hardest time with. I have never been a big water drinker but now, I am suppose to drink at least 10 cups a day-eek! I try to infuse my water which makes it easier for me to get it down. 

How do you stay healthy during pregnancy?

Thursday, April 27, 2017

#RickerPartyof3: A Letter To You

A letter to you, My Sweet Boy,

It is very hard to believe that in just two short months, you will no longer be a face on a screen but a baby boy that I can hold in my arms. I feel like it was just the other day that I found out you were coming. I am so excited to meet you and have so many questions that will be answered. What will you look like? Will you have my eyes or daddy's? Curly hair or straight? Regardless of all of that though, I am just so excited to meet the perfect little boy that will be the best mix of your daddy and I.

I don't think there is any greater gift in the world or bond you can have than with your baby. It’s amazing for to me to feel you grow inside of me every day. You are one with me and once you enter this world I will protect you with everything in me. I will wipe your tears when you cry and make sure you have everything you need and most of the things you want. I look forward to seeing your smile and holding you tight if for any reason you may be scared through the night. It is evident that you are already so loved. There are a lot of people that will be there throughout your life to help you develop and grow into the brave and intelligent man I know you will be. We already know that you're a strong one. You proved that for the first time at 3am around 22 weeks when you had some sort of an energy surge and wanted to have a party in my tummy. Your daddy and I thought it was pretty funny.

I do have to tell you though, although I am elated and can not wait for your arrival, I am nervous. This whole time I have been confident but at this moment, anxiousness is lingering. Will I be a good mommy? Will I know how to answer all of your questions? Will I always know what to do? I really thought that working with children for the last 7 years that I would be golden but now, now that you are mine and I know you will be looking to me to guide you through life I am nervous. I am sure that not every day will be perfect but I know that I will always try my hardest. Luckily for you , you have two amazing grandmothers who will also help me along the way.

Your daddy is excited. He is more than ready to introduce you to your favorite sports teams and teach you the ins and outs of football. His passion for the game is something I haven't quite ever seen before but, it is one of the reasons I fell in love with him. It is something he is excited to share with you and a bond that will be forever strong.

We truly can not wait to hold you in our arms,
We will meet you soon sweet boy.