Ain's Birth Story and How I Realized I am Strong

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I am strong because I labored for 27 hours and pushed for an hour and a half on three hours of sleep and without any pain medication.

 

WARNING: This is a birth story. If reading about childbirth isn’t your thing, you might want to skip this post.  

Labor was harder than I expected. Yes, I had done plenty of reading since I wanted to give birth without pain medication and plenty of people had told me it was the hardest thing they had ever done. But going into labor I didn’t want to have a lot of preconceived notions since every labor is different.

I told others I was trying to prepare myself mentally for a long (maybe 24 hour labor?) that I had heard other first time moms have had. But I wasn’t really. I didn’t know how to prepare for the mental and physical

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Breastfeeding Revolution - FREE virtual summit

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I don’t know about you, but ever since I gave birth, I’m reading up all I can about breastfeeding. I seem to constantly have questions and I have overcome my fair share of breastfeeding difficulties – and I’m still within the first two months!

Have you heard of Breastfeeding Revolution? Healthy-mom blogger and breastfeeding advocate, Christine Miskinis, has brought together 21 Mother & Baby experts for a special one time FREE virtual event: Breastfeeding Revolution: Discover the Secrets to the Art of Blissful Breastfeeding.

I’m SUPER excited for this breastfeeding video series  coming up!! It’s going to be running from Sunday, August 11th until the end of August. Everyday they will be airing one video for you to watch (which you will receive in your email). I love the simplicity of it and you can’t get better than FREE!

 

This unique interview series will

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Welcome to the World Ain Levi Pool!

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Welcome Baby Boy!

 

 

Boy, were you a surprise! Ain Levi Pool (pronounced ‘long A’ and the word ‘in’) was born on Monday, June 24th. His names mean ‘Merciful’ and “Gift of God’. He certainly is a gift. But, he was a surprise as we were expecting a girl (that’s what the 18 week sonogram showed).

He was 7 lbs. 12 oz. and 21 inches long – same size as his Daddy when he was born! It was a LONG labor – 27 hours and 21 of those hours I was in active labor! I am so thankful to have given birth at the New Birth Company in Overland Park and to have the staff there, my doula Brooke, and my husband as great supporters. I definitely could not have done it without them! The hardest part about it was that

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Week 40 of Pregnancy

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So, now I just finished week 40 pregnancy! My due date was June 14th. We’ll see how long Baby Girl wants to stay cozy – I want to see her and hold her!

How I feel

Waiting….waiting….My husband is home all week on Baby leave – even though there is no baby yet. His work needs him back on July 1st, so he started his two weeks off this week. We’ve been doing little things here and there around the house, but I’m relaxing for the most part. We’ve made this waiting time fun. Tuesday we went walking around the Kauffman Memorial Gardens – they are so pretty!!

Appointments

Tuesday and Friday we had appointments with New Birth Company. Baby Girl did very well for both non stress tests and that made me feel good.

I have a very encouraging  support team!! I’ve

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Week 39 of Pregnancy

Week 39

This week has gone by fast – I finished week 39 of my pregnancy! Today is my due date!

How I feel

We are ready, ready, ready! As of Sunday last weekend I have felt ready to go into labor. I think in part it’s because my extended family came into town and I just really realized “this is it” – my family is in town for a week – the week leading up to my due date. And now it’s here! I would really like Baby Girl to come before they leave town, but now it’s probably not going to happen. That’s okay – Baby Girl will come at the right time. I was reassured while reading and journaling yesterday that God is preparing me for the kind of labor I specifically will have. I love this quote from my Pregnancy journal:

“As you approach the final moments before

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Week 38 of Pregnancy

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Hello all! I finished week 38 of my pregnancy! Now just 6 more days until my due date – but we are as ready as we can be!!

How I feel

I’m satisfied at how ready we are. The nursery is done!! I’ve read the chapter about the first week of a baby’s life in Wonder Weeks and our bags are packed and residing in the car for the most part. I’m excited to see lots of family this weekend!! Next week my plan is just to relax, clean the house some, and maybe work on a hobby.

I went swimming yesterday and that felt good!! I definitely got adjusted to feeling buoyant because as I was stepping out of the pool – I DEFINITELY felt baby weight on my back again!! I probably will visit the swimming pool again next week.

I’ve been still feeling pretty good and sleeping

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Romance on a Dime Nursery Reveal!

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I am SOO EXCITED to show you the nursery!! ***UPDATE: We had a boy, not a girl! So, here is how I changed it.

It is finally done – all details in place (minus a name banner which I might add later above the changing table).

Nursery Reveal

About six months ago our office resided in the room that is now our Nursery. Here is what it looked like:

 

 

And the other side of the room was a MESS!

 

 

We first spent time decluttering it, which I show before and after pictures here. Then, with the help of a friend, I painted the room gray and the small dresser white. Here are the befores:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Week 37 of Pregnancy

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Hello all! I finished week 37 of my pregnancy! Only 2 more weeks until the due date – but we are as ready as we can be!!

How I feel

I’m a lot less stressed because over the last two weeks we have gotten so much accomplished!! Over the 4-day Memorial weekend my husband and I (with 2 piano lessons thrown in there) completed the nursery, spent our gift cards and have all the “needed” items purchased. A couple things will arrive in the mail this coming Monday.

I’ve been still feeling pretty good and sleeping pretty well (only waking up for about 1-2 hours each night). My feet are pretty swollen so I’m staying out of the heat and propping my feet up when I can! Here I am grading this week:

 

Stats

Total weight gain/loss? I gained 1 pound this week, so

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Week 36 of Pregnancy

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Hello all! I finished week 36 of my pregnancy! We are really getting close, aren’t we? Ahhh!!

How I feel

I’m getting excited to meet baby!! My husband is too. In fact, he is mentioning it more and I think he is a little bit more impatient to meet her. He has set a deadline of getting everything ready for baby by the end of Memorial Day weekend – we’ll see if we can make that happen. We did get our “go” bags packed and just have a few more things to buy to put in them. If you are curious what we packed, I made a pdf. Yes, we have two amazing diaper bags!! In the back is the skip hop double duo. I’ve heard it’s the best bag to have for cloth diapers – and Matt likes it too. Then, Matt surprised me by buying the diaper bag in front

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Week 35 of Pregnancy

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Hello all! I finished week 35 of my pregnancy! We are really getting close, aren’t we? 4 or 5 more weeks!!

How I feel

I’m still enjoying the nesting phase! We’ve been crossing more off our to-do list: spray painting the frames we are going to hang in the nursery, and getting all of our “to donate” piles to the car. This weekend we will try to pack the baby and momma bags for the birth center.

Most of the time I feel great, but this week on Monday evening I had a really rough night. I was up all night, going to the bathroom every 20 minutes or so. I called my midwife, my husband ran to Walgreens for some medication, and then I was finally able to sleep from 6am-11am. It took that Tuesday for my body to recover, but amazingly enough on Wednesday I

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