baby a : 2 months

2 months!

and just like that, austin is 2 months! and what a great month!
we are cooing so much more now! i’ve learned when and how to get the most of this guy’s little voice. he has to be completely full, diaper changed and propped up. sometimes he’ll coo up a storm on his back but more often than not he has to be propped up on the boppy!

wanna hear something amazing?? austin never spits up! that’s impossible you say?? but it’s not and it’s amazing! jaz used to spit up all the time so everything smelled like baby puke but not this guy! there was one night that he projectile vomited his bottle but that’s because i’m an idiot and let him down a full 4 oz bottle without stopping to burp him. doh! my bust! but even then it was right back up as soon as it went down and hadn’t even curdled yet so it doesn’t count!

how many moms are familiar with the 8 week growth spurt?? what a freaking doozy! literally happened overnight. he slept from 9 to 6 and i was like oh my god, i have the most perfect baby! that morning he woke up, ate, took a 20 minute nap, woke up was hungry again ate 2 more oz…took a 10 minute nap, woke up ATE AGAIN! THIS WAS THE WHOLE DAY FOR 4 DAYS! i’m almost positive he gained 3 pounds in just one week. cale and i had to google, “can i overfeed my infant” apparently you can’t so that’s good to know.
and because he wasn’t napping, he was sooooo fussy. however, he did let us sleep at night so THANK GOD! it was rough you guys but just like it started, he went back to his normal routine overnight.

i’ve tried to keep him on as much of a schedule as i can. not so much during the day but just in the morning and at night. morning time, he’ll wake up around 4:30 eat, burp, get a diaper change and go back to sleep till around 6 where he gets a little fussy. i’ll get him out of the bassinet and snuggle with him a bit. at 7 i’ll nurse him which usually won’t fill him up so then at 8 we supplement with a bottle. then its off to take jaz to school. at night i am trying to get him down when we put jaz to bed which is at 8 but that hasn’t really been working in my favor. so he’s usually down by 10 and won’t wake up till 4:30.

we had another sickness run through our home again and taking out both jaz and cale so we are really working on getting everyone healthy again. jaz seems to be back to normal so i’ve been letting her feed him and hold him as much as he will let her since she will be leaving next week for her summer break in texas. she won’t be back till august! get in as much baby snugs as possible!!!!

turning 2 months old comes with the icky first set of vaccinations…blegh! that happens later today so i will update you on how that went next month! i know austin will be a champ, it’s more me i’m worried about since i will be alone. 😦 i’ll probably cry. get it together mom!

it’s been another great month home with my boy! he is proving to be the most chill baby ever which, according to my mother-in-law, is just like his papa!

likes // still loves his baths, loves when women sing {men not so much}
dislikes // getting his hair brushed…but loves when i wash it, weird boy,
weighs // 12.3 pounds
length // not sure we will see at the doctors today! but he is in 3-6 month clothes sooooo
eye color // dark slate grey, still! yessss!
hair color // black brown
nicknames // mr.sweetface, a, duderz, bud, handsome
sleeping through the night? // kind of? 10-4:30
tummy time? // working on it! not his fave but he enjoys his mirror!

happy 2 months baby boy! 

baby a : his birth story

HI GUYS!!!

i am so sorry i have been mia but incase you missed it on my instagram or facebook

OUR PRINCE HAS ARRIVED!
we are more than thrilled to announce
austin david anderson
born 4/12/2017 @ 3:25 pm
6 pounds 15 ounces
19 inches long

 

austin’s birth story :

this is a very long post. you are warned.

4/27 was our due date but circumstances prevailed and A came 2 weeks early! as so many of you know…i was miserable this entire pregnancy. his little testosterone body wreaked complete havoc on my body. as soon as i turned 37 weeks, full term according to most doctors, i was praying he would decide to come ASAP!
be careful what you wish for…
on monday, 4/10, i woke up with an incredible headache. not a migraine, just a really weird headache. not normal for me. not only did i have a headache, i was also very swollen, my feet, my hands, my nose, i just looked and felt more puffy than usual. i just shrugged it off and took two tylenol so that i could get through work without wanting to kill somebody.
when i got to work something told me to check my blood pressure. i hadn’t really been worried about preeclampsia since i didn’t have it with jaz but it was in the back of my mind. one of my coworkers had a blood pressure cuff that she said i was welcome to use at any time so i took her up on the offer, after checking it twice the diastolic number (bottom number) was high, i called my doctor justttt to be sure. she said come to triage, we need to monitor you, baby and see if there is any protein in your urine. well…crap. i called cale and he met me at the hospital.
after being in triage for 3+ hours and finding a small trace of protein in my urine, i was sent home with 2 ginormous jugs, a pee hat and orders for a 24 hour urine sample…so.much.fun….so that’s exactly what i did for the next 24 hours…all the while, still swelling and contracting. i had been having steady contractions that i knew weren’t braxton hicks but they were never consistent so i paid no mind to them.
4/11-i had to call in to work on tuesday. i’m sure my co-workers would not appreciate there being 2 jugs of pee in the fridge so i decided to spare them. around 3 was when my 24 hours was up and i headed back to triage for them to test my sample and to monitor both me and A. the good ol hubby met me there, and jaz was at school. at this point, the thought that we might get admitted and have a baby tonight was there but highly unlikely so we didn’t set anything up for what we would do with jaz…FAIL!
contractions were becoming much more frequent and consistent. probably about 20-30 minutes apart. again nothing too alarming but definitely showing signs of pre-labor. {yay!!} after 2 hours of being monitored {and becoming more and more famished} the doctor finally came in. for me to pass my protein test, my levels needed to be under 300, my result was over 430 {yikes} and because i was over 37 weeks and to avoid any major complications closer to 40 weeks, the doctor said, IT’S BABY TIME!
SHIT JUST GOT REAL, Y’ALL!

the induction would start with me taking misoprostol every 4 hours to soften my cervix, which was supposed to start at 7 pm on 4/11. my body had other plans though. i was contracting about every 7-10 minutes, meaning i was laboring on my own, which coincidentally happened with jaz too. i guess when my body hears induction, it kicks into gear and gets it done on it’s own, haha! so in order for them to give me the miso, they had to stop my contractions {don’t ask me why…it seems very odd to me to that in order for me to start contracting and go into labor with the miso, they had to stop natural contractions to induce fake ones…I DUNNO!} so i got hooked up to some fluids to space them out a bit. i got my first dose around 8!

hospital gown and pillowcase // baby be mine

for the rest of the night i contracted, not bad though. i was able to sleep through them so that should tell you the level of pain they were. every 4 hours i would get woken up to take another dose.

4/12- 7 am – i woke up to a gush. so being curious i reached down just to be sure and yupppp! that was my water! cale was still sleeping so i said “cale…calllleee, can you hand me the phone…my water just broke.” i think those words have been haunting him because i swear i’ve never seen him jump up so freaking fast! my nurse came in and confirmed that it was my water and checked it to be sure austin didn’t have a bowel movement. everything looked perfect…felt gross though. with jaz, the doctor had to break my water so i really wanted for it to happen naturally this go-round. and it did! my nurse {amy} was really surprised it did happen and i think that hit the nail on the head that yes i was being induced but my body had already started the process all on it’s own. but because of the preeclampsia they couldn’t just let me labor on my own because who knows how long that would actually take so, pitocin started at 11.

HELLLLOOO PAINFUL CONTRACTIONS!
every 2 minutes. with jaz, i only made it to three centimeters so i was hell bent on making it as long as i could without the epidural.

can we talk about my husband real quick?
we had talked about what he should do while i was laboring and all i asked was not to ask me if i was okay…because OBVIOUSLY! but you guys, i could not have asked for a better partner to labor with. i was legitimately concerned about snapping at him or getting annoyed with him {sorry honey} but he was amazing. he laid behind me and put pressure on my lower back through contractions. once they got stronger he sat in front me and let me squeeze him, basically head butt him, sometimes i lightly kicked him…WHAT A TROOPER! haha he was even keeping track of the machine to warn me when another contraction was about to rear it’s ugly head again so i could prepare. thank you for being amazing, honey.

5 cm – after two boosts of pain meds through my iv, it was time for the epidural. they were coming way too fast and way too hard. before the anesthesiologist came in i told my nurse, okay with my daughter i went from 3 to 10 within 2 hours… so just a heads up! after it was placed, amy told me to try and take a nap, i was going to need it to push.
30 minutes later – something was funny feeling, i felt lots of pressure and tingling, so i gave little amy a jingle. “uhmmmm, yeah i feel tingling…” she came in, checked me, her eyes got big and she said “oppp you’re ready” 30 minutes, y’all…i went from 5 to 10 in 30 minutes!! my epidural hadn’t even fully taken yet! i could still move my legs!

as amy is trying to track down my doctor, she looked over at me and could see the “oh shit, i’m pushing” face and she said, “you need to have your baby now, don’t you? don’t push don’t push!” of course this sent me overboard and i instantly started crying and saying, i can’t help it! all the while, cale had went potty, maybe in there 2 minutes, he went in with just amy in the room, came out with another nurse, and the nearest midwife {she was checking on a patient next door} suiting up. his literal words were, “OH SHIT THIS IS HAPPENING NOW”
as the midwife was getting her gown on, she was simultaneously telling me to push when i needed to, with one hand there just in case a baby plopped out.
AGAIN…EPIDURAL NOT FULLY IN EFFECT. I COULD FEEL EVERYTHING.
3 contractions later, the midwife asked me to reach down and pull my baby out, i got to pull austin out, y’all!

and our beautiful baby boy was born. cale & i instantly started crying and it will forever go down as one of the most beautiful and chaotic moments in our lives, it all happened so fast!


skin to skin with papa!


not even an hour later big sister jazmyne was there to meet her baby brother!


we stayed overnight and i could not put him down.


i’m a spoiled mama! my push gift from the hubby!


custom receiving blanket // etsy-gingerlous
and less than 24 hours after giving birth, we were able to go home! austin passed all of the necessary tests with flying colors and i was walking around, both patients were ready.to.go!


proud papa!

austin is now 2 weeks and 2 days! what a whirlwind it has been!
i still have his nursery reveal to post about and now his newborn session as well!
stay tuned!!!

always,
-the proudest mama bear ever, jess

our weekend adventures

friday


my sciatica has been really acting up lately so i spent the majority of my day on my fun bouncy ball! this thing is so much fun!


i am trying to find a light fixture for austin’s room and did you know that the land of nod‘s online store has knock knock jokes on every item page?! i’m such a sucker for bad jokes so i was on this site for a while reading every one! how fun!

saturday


saturday morning i got to celebrate the pending arrival of baby lower #2! i am so excited to meet this little girl or boy! i think it’s another girl! ❤


the hawks had a late game against the lions so we decided on good ol’ pizza and wings! thank goodness they pulled off a win! and gooooodd lord all of richardson’s catches were insane! not to mention the butt catch by baldwin! hehehe

sunday


this guy can never seem to wake up in the morning with jaz & i. he’s like a little kid when i open the shades. ‘no mom, i don’t wanna!’ but you bet your butt as soon as he smells the pancakes, sausage and potatoes, he’s up!

every sunday morning i make a big breakfast and we all eat together without the tv and without our phones. it’s really hard to do this during the week since i leave the house before cale & jaz are even out of bed. so eating at least one breakfast together is really important to me.


after breakfast it was back to the grind. the holidays are over which means our schedule isn’t all cattywampus, which meannnnss sunday is back to our cleaning, grocery shopping and laundry day! i still have so much work to do in through the whole house so this isn’t finished being decorated but all of the christmas decor is down and it makes me so sad!

 
with jaz back and our schedules back to normal means we are back to dinners everynight, snacks and lunches for school, you know…the mom life! weekly grocery trips always hit hard…i can’t even imagine what it’ll be like with a family of 4 and when austin hit’s his teen years….OH MY GOD! now taking donations for the anderson food fund.


anyone else a huge fan of meyer’s cleaning supplies, basil scent in particular? because i can sit at a table and smell this all day!


our cat, ya’ll. she’s such a dork!

phew! it was such a busy weekend! we got so much done, and by “we”, i mostly mean cale. here’s a list of everything my hubby got done this weekend.
• finished the trim and all of the woodwork on his cl-office
• painted all the trim and shelves about a hundred times because he’s a perfectionist & didn’t like how it was laying down….
• took down all of our outside christmas lights/decor
• painted austin’s nursery… {!!!!!}
• came to my rescue every time i dropped something, seriously, bending over is literally the hardest thing to do these days.
• helped me rearrange the formal living room.
• changed the oil in his car
• and after all of that…STILL cuddled and rubbed my belly!
he’s a keeper you guys. i love my handy man!

what did you guys get into??

always,
-jess

2016 family pictures

hey y’all!
this year was the first year we did family pictures…wierd, i know.
so i thought i would share some of my favorites!

 
this girl! ❤
i can’t believe how big my baby is! she can be a grown adult and she will still be my baby! always!


always sassy.


mama’s girl!


these two.
be still my heart. ❤


love this hubby of mine!


obsessed with this family of mine!

ready for the goofy ones?


kissing the food baby!


i am the only one that fully committed to this one…lame-o’s!

2017 is almost here!! i can’t wait for next year’s family photos with austin!!

baby a : months 2-6

as promised, here is a recap of our pregnancy thus far!
at the end i’ll do a little q & a with some popular questions that i have been being asked!

i also decided to do these in months rather than weeks because that just got too cumbersome. some weeks i just didn’t feel like taking pictures so…:)

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also, for those that don’t know and think i can’t math. here is how pregnancy is broken down in weeks to months. it’s not your normal 4 weeks = 1 month scenario. so put those judgy judy thoughts back into your wittle head…i know how to math, mmk.


the awesome beginning!
we found out i was pregnant about a week before i took this and every thing was running so smooth! no nausea, no weight gain, no huge cravings besides pho, just all around, GREAT!


hello nausea. i hate you.
seriously, my life was miserable from weeks 9-18… AWFUL.
i repeat….AWFUL!


even though i was still as nauseas as ever, this was such an exciting month!
we found out we are having a litte….
BOY!
and his name is
– austin david anderson –
austin because, that’s where cale & i met, that’s where we got married and that’s where jaz was born! it just seemed perfect! and david because that is cale’s dad’s name!


finally getting some reprieve from the nausea. hallelu!
austin’s monthly appointments have been going awesome! his heart beat is always so strong and i finally started to feel some movements! he’s an active one, that’s for sure!

 
& here we are! 6 months pregnant!
{yes i’m in my undies, we have a strict no pants rule in the house}
i cannot believe how fast this is going! this month we had his anatomy scan and he is definitely still a boy! like for sure for sure, haha. everything looked great and he is growing right on schedule! they did however, change my due date to april 27th so my cinco de mayo date is no more…womp womp. in other news, nausea is completely gone, but heartburn and constipation has reared her ugly head! but you know what? i’ll freaking take it! anything is better than being sick constantly. seriously anything!

alright now for all the questions!

what names were you considering? – before we found out that we were having a boy we knew our girl name. 100%. the first time we heard it, even before we got pregnant, we knew that was the one. it was lena cohen. lena would’ve been pronounced lee-na {like sisterhood of the traveling pants!} but we could never agree on a boy name. liam, leo, aksel…our list went on and on…and on. it wasn’t until one of our friends jokingly mentioned austin, that it dawned on us. DUH! that’s perfect!

will you breastfeed? – yes…well i will try to. i have already started producing colostrum so i know supply won’t be a problem but jaz didn’t take too well to the boob, so we will see. i was also 16 with jaz and gave up on it pretty fast so i will work harder at it this go-round.

will you stay home? – this question you guys…i get this all of the time and it’s obviously by people who don’t know me very well. yes, i will stay home for 3 months after austin is born, but my butt will be back in the office right after that. now let me just step up on my soap box for a quick sec…
i literally had someone tell me, “oh…you’re not? {while pursing her judgy lips} well…i’m just so grateful that i have a husband who can provide for me and my family so i can stay home and not have to work”
yep. can you see me fuming?
i am going back to work after my son is born because i want to. not because i have to. my husband can provide for me and our children just fine on his own, but i just love to work. that’s just who i am. i’ve worked since it was legal for me to work and i don’t think i ever won’t work. i don’t judge stay-at-home mamas, so stay-at-home mamas don’t judge us working ones.

will you have a nanny or daycare? – as of right now, we are planning to go the nanny route. i’ll let you know how that goes though…looking for one is so overwhelming!

how much weight have you gained? – yes, that has been a question but i’m not so put off by it like most pregnant women are. mainly because i haven’t gained much at all hehe if it were opposite then maybe i would be offended. but as of this morning i have only gained 3 pounds. austin is growing fine and all my labs have come back normal so the doctor isn’t concerned. i am all belly, thank goodness, but those three pounds are probably in my cheeks and my boobs. these things are gigantic. i have noticed my arms and thighs have slimmed out so i guess he is just pulling all of fat from there into my belly. FINE BY ME!

do you plan on delivering naturally? – haha i would like to say yes. but in reality i know that answer is hell no. i mean…i got an epidural when i was only 3 cm with jazmyne…so yeah you could say i’m a weenie.

i can’t think of any others off the top of my head, so if you have any, please feel free to ask me in the comments!

happy 6 months to me and austin! 

if you don’t already follow me on other social media, you should! i am obnoxiously sharing pictures of the bump and all things baby, family & shenanigans.
follow me at :
instagram : @jess_g_anderson
snapchat : @jaevas

see you next month!

always,
-jess

our weekend adventures

i’m backkkkk!
nausea has finally kicked the bucket and i have most of my energy back!
WOOHOO!!

so with that, i am back to blogging about our shenanigans on the weekends. and what a great weekend to get back in the mix. jazmyne is leaving for texas on wednesday so we celebrated our christmas eve & christmas this weekend.
so here we go!

friday

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we had an appointment to check up on baby a {which is a boy!} and his anatomy and everything looks perfect! he is perfect! and look how cute!
i promise to do a recap on the bump, that post is in the works!

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i compared his profile to his papa and
oh my gawsh!
he’s going to be his mini!

saturday

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cale took jaz to altitude, which is an indoor trampoline park so i unboxed the most awesome package ever! my mother-in-law sent us all of her wedding china and threw in a couple of other awesome pieces! they are so beautiful, i don’t ever want to use them!

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jaz & i went shopping for some xmas gifts for family and supplies for the night and christmas morning and this belly is getting quite large! and i am so in love! i always said before i got pregnant that i loved being pregnant with jaz. and now that i am in the clear with the nausea i am back to feeling that way! it’s amazing what my body is doing and i am absolutely obsessed with it!

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cale just had to try on this vest before i returned it. what a fashionista!

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cookie time!!!

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it’s been a tradition, ever since jaz was a baby, to decorate sugar cookies on christmas eve. these two were so serious!

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our master-pieces! andddd of course cale has to make his inappropriate.

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another xmas eve tradition, jaz gets to open a present! it usually is a movie, some sort of snack and pjs! this year she got the secret life of pets.

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once everyone changes into their pjs, we make palettes {or forts, depending on the mood} and watch jaz’s movie while drinking hot cocoa and eating our cookies!

sunday

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it’s christmas morning! time to open presents!

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someone is excited!

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so i got this for cale but it’s secretly for me too! god i love this game!

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the aftermath…yikes. you can’t see her but there is a cat underneath there. she loves to be buried with paper. freaking weirdo!

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one of jaz’s xmas gifts was a lego american girl set that she did all day. literally…not once did she ask to watch tv or play on the ipad. she just sat there at the table all day long! parent win!

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while jaz was busy putting together her lego set, i got some free time to get some sunday cleaning done. anyone else just feel happy when they are done cleaning their kitchen and it looks this pretty!? i love me a clean kitchen!

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i also finally got around to putting all of the fall decor away! see you next year!!

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we finished our night with quite a few games of guess who. another present that we got jaz! nostalgia much?

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what a great weekend! we will miss our mina girl this christmas but we always know she is going to have so much fun every time she goes to texas, so it makes my heart feel a little bit better. and while it will be so weird to wake up christmas morning without a child we just remember that next year we will have TWO children to share such a wonderful holiday with! so with that happy note…
MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM THE ANDERSON FAMILY!

always,
-jess

fiesta de gingerbean

hey, y’all!
so a few weeks ago i had to make a little trip to good ‘ol tejas for a little business that i had to take care of. totally not for fun, strictly for business.
little did i know, my best friend and all of my closest friends were scheming behind my back to plan the most wonderful surprise baby shower!

i literally had no idea.
preslee did such an amazing job of keeping mum and so did everyone else! i really am surprised i didn’t pee my pants when they all jumped out and screamed surprise…or was it ‘OLE’….you see, i don’t even remember because i was so dang scared! haha

i cannot even begin to tell you how loved and special i felt. i have the most amazing group of friends. they always go above and beyond for me and i am forever grateful. my mama and sister made it too, which made it 100 times more special since i haven’t seen them since the wedding.

before i get to the photos i just want to give some shoutouts and kudos!
thank you for all the wonderful photos to the amazing misty mclendon photography!
and a HUGE thank you to posh print design for creating all of the awesome props, signs, cupcake toppers, and screen printing!
everything came out great!! i couldn’t have asked for a better fiesta!

and just a little tidbit on why it’s fiesta de gingerbean…my due date is may 5th… cinco de mayo, and my husband has the most red beard ever and well…i’m mexican.
so gingerbean!!

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so glad my tummy popped earlier than most (2nd pregnancy apparently does that to you) so that i could sport a little bump!
how fricken sweet is this?! we love our little ginger bean so much already!

gingerbean28 thankful for these amazing women that i have in my life. you guys always make me feel so special! we know our little man will be so loved!

i cannot thank my best-friend and all the wonderful people that helped her with this gorgeous surprise baby shower. i am so lucky.

**sidenote** so sorry i have been mia, ya’ll. this pregnancy has been kicking my ass. i am into my second trimester and still sicker than a dog. so blogging has been on the backburner as of late. i am hoping that i start feeling better soon and when/if that happens i will get back to our weekend shenanigans and some home updates. thank you guys for sticking with me through it all!

always,
-jess♥