Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Meet Bella Mae

I think it is very appropriate to make my first Bella post the week after Easter considering this is where we were last Easter.
Sitting in Little Rock hoping for good news. Little did we know, it was only a matter of time before we got our little miracle.

Now that the swelling is gone, the hormones have leveled out and I am getting more than 2 hours of sleep…I finally have time to write about Bella, and not cry:)

Between finishing the nursery and wrapping things up at work, the last few weeks of my pregnancy flew by. Since we knew the exact date we conceived and exactly how far along we were, we scheduled an induction just a couple of days before my due date. This is the last picture before we left for the the snow!
I could write about all the details of the delivery, but really it was an uneventful day for the most part (which was fine by me!).
We went in the night before and tried for almost 24 hours to get her to come, but Bella was not having it so they ended up having to get her through cesarean (again, fine by me as long as she was healthy).

Now, I had no idea what to expect with a c-section. It wasn’t planned and no one really expected it. I have experienced a lot of physical pain in my life, but the pressure and pulling of them getting her out was one of the most painful experiences yet. She was so far down that it took some muscle by my doctor and another doctor to get her out. But I was never worried. My doctor is a childhood friend and provided the reassurance this first time momma needed through both my pregnancy and delivery.

Bella Mae arrived at 5:15 pm on February 21st at 6 lbs 11 oz and 18 inches long.
While I stayed in recovery, Jeremy went with Bella to the nursery where my family was waiting. This is one of my favorite pictures of my nurse showing Bella to my mom.
My nurse Dana was AMAZING! Seriously, she was an absolute joy to be around all day and made everyone feel at ease through the entire process.
The hours following the c-section, the next couple of days in the hospital and those first few nights home all are a blur, especially because I was so sore and on pain medicine.
But we got through them with the help of my mom. She was there every step of the way and provided a huge help to us both.
Jeremy has been so over the moon in love that he has shed many tears of joy over the past few weeks. Both of our families have made countless visits to the house just to hold her. And all I can say is we have some of the best friends in the world! The calls, texts and visits were more than we expected. I don’t think there was anyone more excited to meet Bella than her Aunt Natalie:)
The last few weeks have obviously been an adjustment, but again, my mom has been a life saver and we are finally getting in the grove of things and a steady schedule. I think she’s been great, but since I have nothing to compare it to Mom keeps reassuring me that she’s a good baby! Bella’s check-ups have been great too. She’s growing like a weed and is the spitting image of her daddy.
I still can’t believe I’m a momma and that my baby is 6 weeks old!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

The Year of Bella

Where to start, where to start??

December flew by and I couldn’t be happier. That sounds horrible, but it means we are that much more closer to meeting Miss Bella! To catch everyone up, a few milestones...tomorrow we will be 36 weeks, I officially hit 40 lbs (which about killed me), my appetitie has slowed down, I'm very swollen, carpal tunnel that makes my hands numb at night, my sciatic nerve has bothered me quite a bit, but then again, I feel good for the most part, check-ups have been great and Bella has started moving south!

And yes, I do have shower, nursery and maternity pics to post, but first thing is first…

With every December we get to celebrate the old man’s birthday! Jeremy turned 32 on December 1st and we celebrated the way every crazy young couple would – a trip to the gym, lunch at our favorite little Cajun restaurant and a nice relaxing Saturday night at home.
I am not one to brag about my husband, yet I should more than I do, but I will say he is one of the great ones and has taken such great care of me (and Bella) especially over the last year. He is absolutely my best friend and a wonderful, caring man that I’m more and more proud of every day.

That being said, he also puts up with my crazy family when they want to go to Silver Dollar City right smack-dab in the middle of Christmas season!

Mom and I could not remember the last time we had been to SDC, so we picked a weekend to make the trek. To say it was crowded is an understatement, but it was fun to spend the day shopping and seeing the lights with my mom and Jeremy.

Jeremy even made Bella a stuffed puppy dog that looks like Waylon!
In keeping with one of our favorite Christmas traditions, we had dinner with the Keeth’s and walked around the square in Fayetteville to see the lights. Chloe is at such a fun age right now and was dancing as we walked around the square!
And our favorite new tradition is staying home for Christmas, which we did again this year. We went over the Berryville Saturday to see the in-laws and then my family came up Christmas Eve. Which left Christmas day all to ourselves! Definitely my new favorite thing!
Uploading nursery pics now and will post asap!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

The Perfect Plan

I seriously hate the fact that I am writing this, but I’ve put it off for over a week now and just need to get it down.

Last Tuesday, I received a troubling phone call from a colleague that a fellow co-worker and friend had lost her life in a horrific car accident. All we knew at the time was that her husband lived and she didn’t, but we didn’t know any specific details. As the next few days pressed on, the events of the wreck unfolded and it continues to be a disturbing event to picture to say the least.

Kristin was 33 and one of, if not the, most talented person I’ve ever known. We worked almost daily together on projects and she sat maybe 20 feet from my desk. She loved to see my growing belly and even recently told me her and Justin were considering having kids of their own, which completely breaks my heart thinking about now. She was full of life and a very driven and unique individual that I grew to respect with the highest appreciation.

I’ve asked several of the ‘lifers’ here at work if they have ever experienced something like this before and no one can recall something this close ever effecting our work family. It has taken the breath away from us all and left us with very heavy hearts.

3 things really got me thinking this week as I’ve reflected on KJ’s passing.

1) My first thought was that I was so, so, so very glad I had just told her how talented she was and how I enjoyed working with her so much. Sometimes, a lot of times, people regret not getting to say what they wanted to someone before they die. I am very grateful I told Kristin those words and she knew how I felt about her.

2) How well do you really know your colleagues? And do they know you care? I spend more time with my boss and co-workers in a day than I do my husband and family. That’s crazy to comprehend and even more crazy to fathom that I really don’t know that much about them, beyond the basic hallway conversation. Sitting at Kristin’s memorial service in Dallas on Saturday I started thinking that I thought I knew KJ pretty good, but in fact, I only knew a small portion of her amazing life – that she was even more fascinating and an even more faithful follower of God than I ever knew.

3) God’s Plan – I wrote here before that I am a firm believer in God’s Plan and that you don’t think about it, question it or doubt it. It is what it is and you simply trust in it. But this weekend I heard one of Kristin’s sisters take this belief to a whole new meaning for me. In her eulogy, she said ‘God’s Plan is perfect, even if we don’t understand it’. Like I said, I’ve always believed in The Plan, but I’ve never thought about it that way. It’s not just the way it is, it is the perfect plan.

The most reassuring thing I heard over and over, was that Kristin was a firm believer in point #3. Hearing that from each of her siblings during the memorial service I know gave comfort to not only me, but everyone else in the church.

My New Year's Resolution will be to honor KJ and pay it forward. It's easier than you think.

Friday, November 30, 2012

27 Weeks?

If this tells you anything about how time has gotten away from me lately, I had to ask Jeremy how far along I was! Not that we have been super busy, but I think the weather and time change got to me.

A little recap of the last few weeks. First off, I just noticed I never posted about Baby Wyatt! Wyatt Blake made his debut on November 26th and was 7 lbs. 13 oz.!!
This is the first picture we received from Adam and it made me giggle at his little old man face. So dang cute! I could hardly contain myself from not going straight to the hospital when we got the text, but glad when we did get there to see Wyatt awake and Natalie doing great.
I love this family and can’t wait for all the Keeth and Cole kids to grow up together.

I looked back at my calendar to make sure I haven’t missed anything and all it says is ‘deer hunt’ just about every weekend.
We decided several weeks ago (due to poor performance and it being uncomfortable for me) to sell the rest of our football tickets and watch the games from the luxury of our couch. I have to say it was a good decision.

So besides watching a game here and there on TV, a lot of our time has been spent in the deer stand or getting Bella’s room ready.

Just as I’ve posted several times before, this is our favorite time of year! Yes, the holidays, but before the turkey and stuffing we celebrate an Osburn family tradition! Four days and nights in the deep woods of Arkansas spending time with my Papa and hunting a little.

We’ve hunted a bit in Mountainburg on mom’s property, but just haven’t got lucky yet. Papa bought me a new Muzzleloader and I couldn't wait to get in the stand and use it!
I sat in the treestand the first weekend of muzzleloader, but decided it would be better on everyone’s nerves to take the ground blind to camp this year.
We went out a few weekends ago and cleaned up camp with Papa. We thought we would be able to take Waylon this year to camp, but he didn't behave so well on 'clean-up' day so we quickly decided against that idea!
Since the Blazer is in the shop getting a new paint job and my back has been hurting more lately, we decided to take Jeremy’s cousins pop-up camper this year.
This is definitely the most sophisticated camping set-up I have ever stayed in out there!

Papa is a trooper when we go camping and loves it in the woods, but I could tell this year that it took a toll on him. He would never admit it though. Regardless, I’m glad we got to spend another memorable trip with him.

Monday, October 15, 2012

You're Going to Hate Me

Oh baby, oh baby, oh baby! This weekend was full throttle everything baby. Even the blog got a baby uplift! Yep, we’re having a baby girl:)

But, first thing is first…With everything we have been through, I absolutely never thought I would say this, BUT, I have become that girl. I’m Melissa and I love being pregnant.

And by popular demand...I give you 'the bump'.
I feel great and I absolutely love talking about Baby Girl. I never had morning sickness, only a short stint with migraines and mood swings, my energy is good and my bump is finally poking out. I’ve even continued with a modified version of my workout regimen 3-4 times a week! Go ahead and hate me:)

Check-ups have been great too. We absolutely love hearing the heartbeat. It’s one of the only times Jeremy and I both have nothing to say because we’re in awe.

Over the past couple of years when we’ve seen other couples 3d/4d ultrasounds we’ve both agreed that they look ‘creepy’ to us and that we really didn’t have a desire to have one done. Well, we ended up not having a choice. 3 weeks ago while we were finding out the gender, the u/s tech just switched it over! I was talking to Amber, my doctor, and then looked back at the screen to see it. I wasn’t sure about it at first, but we both agree it is completely different when it’s your own. It’s not creepy, she’s adorable!
The day we found out the gender was almost as exciting as finding out we were pregnant. I called our close friends and my mom cried hysterically. She’s never said it, but I really think she worried if we would ever get here. As far as I know, everyone else in my family (and I have a big family) has not had any problems, what so ever, getting pregnant. So when we were struggling, it really got to mom because she knew how bad we wanted kids.

But everything has been good for the most part. Don’t get me wrong, there have been some bumps in the road and the worrying really got to me. At first I worried about gaining weight, and ultimately how hard it would be to lose the weight. I worried about not being able to do the things I used to do. And of course, I worried about miscarriage. A lot.

And with my worrying, I’ve put off buying anything. Not one single item. That is, until now! 21 weeks today and I bought my first baby item on Friday. And it feels great.

Friday I left work a little early and went down to the square to Riffraff. Several stores around town have had events and donated proceeds to Preslee’s College fund and Riffraff was one of them. I couldn’t pass it up! I think it is very bitter sweet that I bought Baby Cole her first onesie at Riffraff Friday:)
Saturday was the BIG day. Mom and I went to register. Jeremy was out of town hunting, so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to knock it out! I was kind of dreading it since again, I hadn’t had the desire to shop, but I was quickly mistaken. I loved registering especially when we got to The Baby's Room in Rogers! It took a lot of the day and I was tired, but I’m so glad we got it done. We finished the day at Hobby Lobby to get more pink fabric.
Mom bought a new sewing machine last weekend and she has been on a role lately! I loved that a man had to show her how to use her new serger!
We keep buying more fabric and more patterns every time we go to Hobby Lobby or pass by Hancock's. Baby girl is going to have a full closet no doubt!

Sunday was another fun baby day. First I got up and went to a great church service then headed up to Rogers for Natalie and baby Wyatt’s shower. I can’t believe Wyatt will be here in 2 short weeks! Love his momma!
After the shower I went over to Bridgett and Matt’s to visit and play with baby Hudson. Hudson is 11 weeks old this week and simply adorable.
Baby girl is going to have some cute boyfriend choices one day!
This week is full of more exciting baby events with shower invites going out tomorrow!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Behind Every Man…

This week has been full of emotions.

Sunday mid-morning we got a call from a friend that sent me to my knees. Everyone has heard by now, but our sweet friend Julee lost her beloved husband in a tragic car accident Saturday night. I thought, and wanted to believe so bad, it was not a truthful story, that it was not verified yet and maybe he was mistaken for someone or even just in the hospital. But after checking numerous times, even for most of Monday, it slowly started sinking in. You can read Matt's obituary here on Julee's blog, but in short, Matt was a wonderful man, father and husband.

Jeremy and I have caught ourselves glued to every news story, sending each other every post and crying together over stories Julee has told us about Matt. It has also got us thinking about the future and bringing Baby Cole into this life. Matt had prepared for the worst and I have to think that provided some comfort to Julee and his family.

Today we drove down to Matt and Julee’s hometown for Matt’s Memorial Service. It was both the hardest thing I’ve had to go through in a long time and one of the most beautiful services honoring someone I’ve experienced in my life.

The most interesting and amazing thing I’ve noticed this week, and today, is how many people, from all walks of life, knew Matt and have reached out to provide their condolences. It unquestionably speaks to the type of person Matt was and how he touched so many lives.

I’ve learned so much more about Matt this week as I’m sure others have, but what has amazed me even more is Julee’s strength through all of this.

I absolutely have no idea what she is going through, but I know her strong faith in God has and will continue to give her the most comfort in the days to come. In light of everything that has happened, it is inspiring to see Julee handle this situation with such faith and hope.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Long Hot Summer Days

I know, I know, it’s been a while. I got a new computer at work and for some reason it completely screwed up Blogger. But, I figured out the glitch and back at it now!

First things first, I kind of hate to say it because I know so many women do not experience this and I don’t want to jinx it, but I feel great. Heartbeat and ultrasounds have been good and so far no real issues besides the norm.

Now, to catch up and recap the summer.

I left off in Denver, but before that we had another great weekend on Bull Shoals with Lindsey, Michael and my brother. We took off almost the entire week of the 4th and enjoyed 5 days and nights on the water.

On the 4th we all sported our new patriotic shirts Michael made for us:) And of course we made a Jackie’s trip for some pizza and beer (or water).

I thought I was a sleeper, especially since Baby Cole, but I don’t hold a candle to Michael! I caught him just about every day dosing off periodically.

It was so nice to relax and not have an agenda.

The trip to Bull Shoals was amazing and relaxing as usual, but I did get my first case of heat rash. I have to say the most noticeable symptom I’ve had is my skin changing. I have acne like a 16 year old little girl on my
face and shoulders. And the heat rash came about halfway through our Bull Shoals trip. It finally subsided when we got back and I wasn’t in the sun or heat for 3 days.

The boys did take one day and took the duck boat to the White River to fish. Leave it to us to take 2 boats with us to Diamond City!

Again, I was so thrilled my brother decided to come with us. Chase has really broken out of his shell the past few months. It’s only taken 26 years! He has lost nearly 75 lbs and is in such a better mood. I’m so proud of him. And he couldn’t be happier at becoming an uncle! Chase was actually the first person we told when we found out and it’s so cute to see him so interested in the pregnancy. He said he can’t wait to find out what it is! Which is coming up!!

And this is why I love Diamond City. We can walk down the street to breakfast and not see a car in sight.