Arthur August Favela entered the world healthy and happy on Sunday, December 1, 2013 via unplanned c-section after a grueling 24 hour labor. Our sweet boy weighed in at 9 lbs, 13 oz! We’re all recovering well and enjoying our cozy time at home together as a family. :)
3:20 pm • 5 December 2013 • 7 notes
Due date! 40 weeks. We went Christmas shopping instead of having a baby.
5:19 pm • 24 November 2013 • 6 notes
We’re getting close. Very, very close.
Yesterday we had our 37 week appointment with our awesome OB. I was SO HAPPY to learn that I’m 2 centimeters dilated and 50% effaced! If you know what that means, yay! If not, I’ll spare you. But basically I’m making progress and my body is doing what it’s supposed to. Our doc is guessing that I have about 2 more weeks to go, so it seems like our boy MIGHT make his debut a little before my official due date, which would be SO AWESOME!
I know that having a newborn is going to be this whole other type of exhaustion but I’m just really, really ready to be able to do normal things like getting up off the couch without cringing from the pain, or walking down the hall to the bathroom at night without having to touch the walls to keep myself from toppling over. I’m also experiencing a slight return of my first trimester nausea but this time it’s coupled with its lovely friend indigestion. Yay!
The end of pregnancy is not a glamorous or pretty or comfortable time, but that doesn’t mean I’m not thankful for it. Overall, this pregnancy has been wonderful and I was blessed to sail through my first two trimesters with relative ease. Being pregnant has been a beautiful and humbling experience and I can’t even imagine how those feelings will be magnified once we actually get to meet our son. I am so thankful for Eric who has been amazingly calm and steadfast throughout this whole thing, talking me down when I feel anxious or scared, providing endless water refills as I sit beached on the couch, crafting little snacks designed to appeal to my fickle appetite, and, most importantly, helping me to keep my sense of humor about things when I feel overwhelmed by the enormity (and the hormones) of the whole journey.
Now that we’re full term and essentially just waiting around, I feel a sense of relief despite the increased physical discomfort. I feel a rising giddiness at the thought that our son will soon be in our arms — at last — a pink little person with eyes and fingers and toes instead of an abstract notion or a series of thumps and rolls inside my belly.
So, in the days to come, I’ll be propped up on the sofa with my water, laptop, phone, Netflix, raspberries (you don’t even want to know how many raspberries I can eating in one sitting), books, pets, and pillows, doing my best to distract myself while we await the arrival of our sweet boy.
9:56 am • 5 November 2013 • 2 notes
The hospital bags are packed! The waiting begins. Hopefully looking at two to three weeks but could be up to FIVE. :o
2:26 pm • 23 October 2013 • 1 note
Huge and uncomfortable. In just over a week we’ll be at the point where they won’t try to stop labor if it starts. I’ve been having a lot of Braxton Hicks or “practice” contractions so I’m supposed to stay off my feet and relax as much as possible. Baby feels gigantic to me and remains super active. I feel like a beached whale, am constantly out of breath, and can’t wait to be a mom instead of a waddling, huffing/puffing pregnant lady.
5:37 pm • 15 October 2013
Gluten-Free Pumpkin Spice Donut Holes
These are the easiest thing ever and they are AWESOME. I modified the recipe on the Pamela’s website to include half a can of pumpkin and it worked brilliantly. They’re not overly sweet, either — surprisingly.
11:07 am • 5 October 2013 • 2 notes
32 weeks! Come on baby!
So for the past couple weeks I was feeling really frustrated and tired but now I’ve hit some kind of second (or third or fourth?) wind and I’m a lot more energized! I think it’s partly because I’m getting to that point where I can see the finish line. WE ARE SO READY! The changing seasons are helping too — the crazy Tucson heat is starting to let up so we’re able to enjoy the outdoors a little more now which makes a huge difference for me.
I swear it seems like one of our cats knows something is up because he’s been acting like a crazy banshee and seems to want to destroy everything. This is also the cat who has claimed the nursery as his own, so basically he spends his days sleeping in the crib and his nights attempting to burn the house down. Needless to say I’m a little nervous about how he’s going to react when we bring an actual real live baby home, but I guess we’ll just have to take that as it comes.
Also, isn’t it great that fall is finally here? PUMPKIN EVERYTHING.
8:46 am • 29 September 2013 • 3 notes