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Feeling it. 34 weeks. 6 days.

25 Oct

I am HORMONAL.
I’m already a pretty sensitive person as it is.
Nowadays I am extremely irritable.
& just about everything makes me sad/angry or hurts my feelings.
I’m sure my wife just LOVES this. -_-
Poor thing.

My wisdom teeth (all 4) have been coming in forever now.
& randomly my mouth just will hurt SUPER bad. Like tonight. 😩
On top of the never ending headaches.
Yay.

Seems like the past few days our baby boy has chilled down a bit.
It’s STRESSING me out.
I’ve contemplated going in to L&D to have him monitored but because I know he is meeting the “at least ten kicks every two hours”, I haven’t.
He still has his crazy moments.
I’m assuming/hoping it’s because of how cramped up he is getting in there.
I have started using the kick counting card given to me by the hospital though.
Just to be sure.

I LOVE being pregnant.
I really do.
Even with the terrible heartburn & headaches.
I’m even scared that I will miss my belly once he’s born. Lol.
I also like my body even more than I did pre-pregnancy. 😝
Baby bumps are just the cutest things to me.
HOWEVER, I am ready for these next few weeks to hurry along!
Every part of me hurts.
ALL. OF. THE. TIME!
& of course we are SOOO ready to meet this handsome liddo man of ours. πŸ’™

Since she doesn’t qualify for maternity leave
& everything will be totally unpaid.
We having been planning.
& HOPING that Domonique would get plenty of time off to spend with Kaimani & I once he’s born.
& we finally have everything straightened out!
She’s going to be off for about 8 weeks. ☺️😍😝
We seriously are so happy about all of that family time.

Baby bump. 34 weeks. & 3 days.

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I have been a FREEEAK about what we buy for him.
Like obsessing over the registry (we used this not only for the baby shower but also for everything we personally wanted to buy him) since I was 15 weeks.
Domonique picked most of the larger items we have for him.
I wanted to share a couple of our favorite things.
Just because I am always curious about other people’s picks as well. ☺️
(These are the same colors we picked too. Except the diapers, obviously we got a bunch of colors in those. 😝)

1. Chicco Urban Stroller.
I must say I am absolutely in LOVE with this beaaaautiful thang. 😏 it’s a 3-in-1 so it can be either a car seat carrier, bassinet, or a toddler seat. (With & without leg boot.)
It can also face front or rear which we loveee.
& we have an extra color kit so we can make it gray if we’d like.

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2. Chicco Keyfit 30 Magic Car seat.
So on top of being extremely adorable. It’s the number #1 ranked car seat in America. 😊 It fits in our stroller & has sure latch which makes it super easy to tighten it in the car.

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3. Evenflo DLX platinum all-in-one Car seat.
This car seat also has sure latch. It has cup holders for the little man. Some of my favorite things about it is that it reclines & has a temperature regulating fabric that helps him stay comfortable & not get all sweaty! & most importantly it has some fancy type of side protection that helps reduce side impact force.

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4. Graco Duetsoothe swing & rocker.
So originally we were gonna go with the mamaroo but we read/heard a lot that the baby would quickly grow out of it. So we found this which we like even more. You can use it as a full swing which like has a bunch of different levels, plays music & has a cute mobile. Or you can detach it (just pull it off) & set it on the floor as a rocker.

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5. Bumgenius 4.0 cloth diapers.
I already wrote whole cloth diaper post. But yeah, we are in love with these cute little diapers. They seem to be top notch. & are nearly as convenient as disposable (other than washing,which I personally don’t mind) They’re also better for our baby’s bum. & although they’re pretty expensive upfront it will save PLENTY in the long run!

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6. Bumbo & play tray.
I’m not even sure why I’m so obsessed with this little seat. It just seems like it will be really convenient. We are on the go a lot so I love that it’s something we can take with us to family/friends houses & he will have his personal little seat for feeding him snacks & stuff. It also is kinda squishy and comfy looking…SUPER cute as well. We got the play tray too which attaches on and gives him a little play/eating station.

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7. Dekor plus diaper pail
Some people use regular garbage cans (works fine I’m sure) which I just didn’t wanna do for keeping cloth diapers & obviously you shouldn’t use a regular diaper genie since they have disposable plastic bags inside & you will probably end up with a super funky room. But this diaper pail is the ONLY one that I could find that has the option of purchasing a pack of two CLOTH diaper pail liners that can just be washed with the diapers. It also comes with one refill of the regular plastic liners which is perfect since we will be using disposables while he is a newborn.

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8. Tommee tippee bottles
It was between these & Dr.Browns but these ones are just so much cuter. 😍 Annnd since I will be breast feeding/pumping for Dommie to feed him there’s also a lot of reviews on how these bottles are super easy to switch between breast feeding & bottle feeding. Our favorite pack we have are these colored ones. πŸ™‚ even though Domonique doesn’t want him to use the purple one. Lol.

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9. Vicks starry night humidifier
Since he has an iPod for his music we weren’t too worried about the projector/sound machines. BUUUUT, we needed a humidifier as well as a projector. So this works PERFECT since it does both. There’s also an option of adding scent pads.

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10. Petunia pickle bottom walkabout
I don’t plan on wearing our baby, there’s no particular reason. But Domonique does & will do it often i’m sure. So from the jump we knew we wanted to find her a nice carrier. There were like no options of cute ones. -_- they all pretty much looked the same & are super basic. The day we found out we were having a boy we went shopping. & we found this ADORABLE/boyish carrier. Of course this is our opinion but I would have to say it’s the cutest one I’ve seen, evaaa. 😝

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Nursery. 😝 32 weeks & 4 days.

9 Oct

So we had an appointment with our midwife on the 3rd.
Everything went well.
& he’s head down as he should be!
We had our final ultrasound. ☺️
Which was super quick. πŸ˜”
Unfortunately for us our baby boy stuck to his usual routine and hid from the “camera”.
We couldn’t make out anything in the ultrasound really.
Except for there was something… he didn’t mind confirming the fact that he’s definitely a boy. lol.
With his little legs sticking up in the air.
We didn’t even get one picture from it Cuz everything was sort of a blurr.

After telling the midwife how HORRIBLE I have been feeling lately she diagnosed me with carpal tunnel, which I guess is common in pregnancy
She also had blood work done to make sure I don’t have preeclampsia, because I’ve had nearly all of the symptoms of it.
Luckily for baby & me the results were negative.
I’m also being sent to the neurologist towards the end of the month for my constant migraines.
HOPEFULLY they will help me find some type of relief.

Th midwife said by looking at my belly the baby is about 4.5 pounds.
& because of the size of my belly she would be surprised if he were (at the most) 7 pounds at birth.
As long as our baby boy is healthy that’s all that matters!
My weight gain has been fluctuating between a 17/20 pound weight gain for a bit now.
Which is fineee with me!

We have gotten A LOT done in the past few weeks.
I spent two ENTIRE nights (from 11-8am) washing & folding absolutely everything of his.
Except his cloth diapers which will take awhile as well being that before they are used they must be “prepped” & that requires 6 wash cycles.

We also spent a weekend completing his nursery!
Saturday we separated all the clothes by size & type.
Figured out what we wanted hung & what could be folded.
(Nearly everything had to be folded as we ran out of closet space!)
& got it all put away.
Which was QUITE the task.
I’m not sure what a “normal” amount of baby clothes & blankets to have is.
But I’m almost positive he has an excessive amount!
We also took mostly everything out of its box and totally organized his room.
We finished the night off with pizza & Hocus Pocus. πŸ’œ
Domonique’s sister came over the next day & helped Domonique put up the decorations.
I must say I am IN LOVE with how amazing the nursery came out. It’s absolutely PERFECT.
The only thing left in there is we need to buy a base for his lamp shade.
Other than that it is complete!

I have to say thank you to Domonique’s sister for painting his name signs & helping put the room together.
& thank you to my mother for the roman shades & lamp shade! πŸ™‚
It all really helped to complete the look!
Also, I really can’t take credit for his room since my amaaaazing wife picked out and placed pretty much everything in there. 😍
I’m a lucky girl.

We still need to install his car seat. Assemble his stroller & swing.
& put up the baby gate in the hall way.
Then after that it’s little things like packing our hospital bags! 😝
We’re soooo close to meeting this little guy.

So originally we were going to wait to share his name on any social media sites until his arrival.
BUUUUT, we changed our mind. ☺️
Our liddo man is going to be named,

Kaimani La’bree Robinson. πŸ’™

Even before starting IVF we picked boy & girl names.
Domonique picked the girl name.
& I picked Kai for a boy.
Then she suggested Kaimani.
& so we went with that!
Also, La’bree is Domonique’s Paternal grandmothers maiden name.
We are obsessed with his full nameeee!! 😍

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Btw, his furniture kinda looks black, it’s not… It’s “cappuccino” πŸ™‚ lol.
& the little monster that’s currently in his crib is going to be brought with us & given to him at the hospital. πŸ’™
My Dommie picked it. ☺️

Baby Shower. 30 weeks & 3 days. πŸ’œ

24 Sep

It’s been like forever since my last post.
Hopefully I don’t forget anything!
But I’m sure I will.

First I wanna say thank you to those of you who nominated us for the “One Lovely Blog Award” I totally wrote a post for it in my phone & after I updated my phone that night it deleted. -_- So I’ll do my best to write another one soon. 😊

My wife started her blackwork sleeve/coverup.
& I must say I am IN LOVE with it.
So far she’s had a 10 hour session followed by a 6 hour session.
& there’s still a bit more to do.
She is a CRAZY person for sitting that long.
I could hardly even watch it. 😳
But it doesn’t seem to bug her.

I feel SUPER in love with her.
I am obsessive & organized and overthink everything.
It’s just getting worse the closer we get to our due date.
But she has a way of easing my nerves & making sure we get everything done so that I don’t freak out.
She’s so involved in every decision we make for our son & I love it.
☺️

Our baby shower was September 20th.
& I must say it was eveeeeerything we could ever want.
My mother & sister put so much time into it.
& it came out amazing.

Some of the highlights are:
Snow cone machine.
Blow up water slide for the kids.
Mini cheesecakes
Cupcakes.
Fruit trifle.
Cake.
Whale shaped Rice Krispies.
Yummy food that our guest just seemed to LOVE. ☺️
Baby games
Domonique & I even did a surprise baby name reveal!

We were super overwhelmed by the amount of our friends & family who came to celebrate our baby boy!
There literally had to be about 100 people who showed up throughout the day. 😝
We are so blessed to have been able to share such a special day with so many of our loved ones!

The ONLY thing I am sad about it the amount of pictures taken.
It was so hectic that even Domonique & I didn’t get ONE picture together. 😒

We are going to go within the next few days and purchase everything we need for the baby that’s left on our list.
Which isn’t much with all of the things we have already purchased as well as the lovely gifts from our family & friends! ☺️

We also are going to complete the nursery.
& get our hospital bag ready.
It may be a bit early for the bag but I don’t feel right about not having EVERYTHING ready being so close to his due date.

I passed my glucose test. ☺️
I know a lot of people complain but it wasn’t too bad in my opinion.
We finally met with our midwife who is just the sweetest thing.

EVERYTHING has been absolutely amazing lately.
The baby is doing perfect. ☺️
He’s kicking and moving a ton.
My whole tummy rolls around when he’s shifting.
I have a feeling he’s a big boy being that he’s constantly hurting me when he moves around. lol.
Our next & possibly final ultrasound will be October 3rd.
They’re going to make sure he is head down.
We also have newborn & breast feeding classes soon.
As well as a hospital tour.

Some nights I wake up and my legs hurt really bad, & feel sort of tingly.
I’m still being told regularly that my bump is small for being 30 weeks.
-_-
I’ve gained 17 pounds. ☺️
& have two tiny spots on both sides of my lower belly that have what looks like the beginning of stretch marks.
I couldn’t care less.
As long as I have a healthy baby boy he can give me all the stretch marks he wants. ☺️
Also as of my 30 week mark exactly my wedding ring & I are gonna have to have a break.
My hands and feet like to swell up if I’m too active so it’s easier to just leave my ring off so I don’t have anymore panic attacks trying to get it off my swollen finger. lol.

I gave in & started using tums with the advice from our midwife.
It helped at first but it’s not doing anything for me anymore. πŸ˜”
For the past few days I can hardly eat because ANYTHING I eat gives me the WORSE indigestion ever.
It hurts sooooo bad.
I’ve had to learn to not eat at least an hour before bed.
Otherwise I spend most of the night choking and running to the bathroom trying not to throw up!

I have VERY little patience lately.
& my wife is dealing with that surprisingly well. ☺️
Thank goodness.

Blackwork.
First session.

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Second session.

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Baby shower. πŸšΌπŸšΏβš“οΈβ›΅οΈπŸ’™

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30 week bump.
We didn’t take an official picture.
But here’s one my wife took while I was trying on dresses for the baby shower. πŸ™‚
This is the dress I chose btw.

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Six months. :)

10 Aug

Our SIX MONTH baby bump. πŸ™‚
We made it to viability today. ❀

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23 Weeks. & 1 day.

4 Aug

I’m sure I’ve said this before BUUUUT. We CANNOT wait to meet our son.
16 weeks & 6 days to go… Considering he comes on his due date. πŸ™‚
Which I hope he does because I really want to have thanksgiving dinner AND still be able to go shopping on Black Friday. Lol.
That’s probably not gonna happen, but I can dream!

We FINALLY finished putting our room together Friday.
Including the most amazing curtains ever which totally block out the sun.
This is extremely helpful being that we sleep during the day since Domonique is on graveyards.
I think we both had the BEST sleep ever since we’ve moved here.
We ordered a new bedroom furniture set when we moved a few months ago.
Since our last bed was low profile we didn’t have a boxspring.
So we finally got that as well.
& I just loveeee how cute our room looks. 😍

Another order of our cloth diapers came Friday as well.
Much smaller than the first, still Bumgenius but it’s a new color so I had to order it separate from the first set.
ANNNND my wife surprised me & ordered EVERY one of the diapers we wanted from this other company.
They only had 5 of each diaper in stock so i wasn’t sure if we would get them in time.
& yes. I know it’s silly, but it’s pretty serious. Lol. -_-
These diapers are a bit more expensive than the Bumgenius 4.0 that we are mostly using (17.95 compared to 26.00)
But they’re the cutest things in the world.
We also ordered a pack of cloth wipes from Etsy to use for pee pee only!
I will FOR SURE be using regular disposable wipes for poop.
Sorry this totally isn’t becoming a cloth diaper blog.
But with how obsessed we are with them I will probably talk about them often. πŸ™‚

We went to a baby shower Saturday. πŸ™‚
It was my first baby shower I attended as an adult. Lol.
So being the nerd I am about this stuff I was excited.

Tuesday Domonique was off & we got the BEST treat ever.
Her grandmother is from Louisiana
& she’s for sure one of the best cooks I know. πŸ™‚
Well her grandmother’s brother was in town (also from Louisiana)
& they made gumbo. 😍
Oh man.
Super delicious. πŸ™‚

I give myself a manicure & pedicure every Friday.
& the bigger my tummy gets, the harder the pedicure gets. Lol.
So I may have to retire and start going to the nail shop soon.

My indigestion is just getting worse.
Or maybe it’s heartburn.
I don’t even know the difference.
Or if there is a difference.
😦
Anyways.
If anybody knows of anything that will help other than medication cuz I just refuse to take ANYTHING while I’m pregnant.
Please let me know!

Domonique was able to feel our little man move last night for about five minutes straight!
He was going crazy in my tummy like he usually does at night. πŸ™‚
I’m not sure who was more excited that she was able to feel him, her or I. Lol.
I could tell by her reaction she’s absolutely in love with him.
After she felt him she started worrying even more about him.
Asking if I was hungry and telling me to lay down & rest.
Today while we were driving she seen him kicking as well. πŸ™‚

Our next appointment will be Friday, we can’t wait to hear our baby’s heartbeat again. 😝
I wish we could have an ultrasound too. 😦
But I won’t be a brat about it!

I CANNOT wait to receive these diapers she surprised me with. πŸ™‚ Are they not the best looking things ever. πŸ’š

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Bumgenius 4.0 in Armadillo.

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Our cloth wipes. πŸ™‚

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Baby beach bum. <3

11 Jul

(Domonique is my little beachbum. & I’m sure he’ll be her mini. When I first moved in with her we lived a few blocks from the beach & she’s totally obsessed with it. 😝)

So I really haven’t been writing too much lately.
Not because I don’t want to.
But there’s been A LOT going on. Like too much to even think about.
Mostly good & some bad too.
Anyways.
We’re blessed so I’m not going to complain.

My ALL DAY sickness is gone. & I have been taking a different prenatal that my doctor recommended in place of those seven horse pills.
Which is so lovely.
My overwhelming, sight blurring headaches every night= NOT so lovely.

After losing ten pounds since becoming pregnant I have finally started gaining a couple of those pounds back. πŸ™‚
I have an obsession with not looking pregnant enough.
So this is of course good news.
Alsooo, I have been EXTREMELY hungry all the time. & not as picky so this is for sure helping with the weight gain.

Also as far as food goes…
I am still eating fruit 24/7.
Rarely any meat
& really a bunch of random things.
I’m finally able to cook meals for us again without wanting to throw up. πŸ™‚
Which I know Domonique is happy about.

I have always loved spicy foods.
But since I’ve been pregnant I REALLY should not eat them.
I decided to have some of my wife’s Thai chilies that she eats with pretty much everything & I am paying for it. -_-

Since our gender ultrasound we have had two check up’s where we got to hear our little man’s heartbeat. πŸ’œ
& we have completed all of the Down syndrome test.
Everything’s looking good. πŸ™‚

My wife recently had a week of vacation from work for her birthday.
She is now 25. πŸ™‚
It was awesome to get to spend so much time with her since she works so much & when she’s not working we usually have errands to run!
We went to the Russian river in guerneville.
Finished the new season of Orange is the new black.
Started watching true blood, which although it’s kind of corny we absolutely love. πŸ™‚
SHE got turnt up every night. Lol.
And mostly we just chilled at home and RELAXED which is something she doesn’t get to do often.

We have purchased all the decorations for his bedroom.
I cannot wait to see it all put together. 😍
My wife has pretty much designed his room, with some input from me of course. πŸ™‚
& the baby shower planning is underway!
Nautical theme of course.
Which my wife also picked. Lol.
I am a planner by nature so although I’m not the one throwing the shower I can’t help but assist in organizing everything.
I would probably freak out if I couldn’t help.

We have gone back and forth about cloth diapering.
My wife mainly being the one wanting to use cloth & me well…not so much.
BUUUUT she brought it up again recently & I finally agreed.
This has been a topic of discussion way before we were even expecting & we have committed!
The benefits of cloth are just too good to pass up!
It’s sort of confusing.
But overall I’m happy my wife kept pushing for us to use them.
She probably regrets it now that I’ve been obsessing over them. Haha.
We’ve picked a brand (Bumgenius 4.0, one size fits all) & I’m still researching specifics of all the other accessories we will need.
We’re both super happy about this decision!

Today we had our anatomy scan!
They once again confirmed it’s a boy.
Of course our little man was being a booger like always!
He was covering his face and all squished up making the technician work hard to get her pictures.
He is a healthy baby which we couldn’t be happier about!!
There’s nothing I love more than looking over at Domonique while she’s watching him on the screen. πŸ™‚

It was strange to see him move on the screen as well as feel him kick inside of me at the same time! ❀
We SERIOUSLY couldn't be more in love with our liddo K______.
CLEARLY we have decided on a name!
It's the name we picked when we first starting looking into IVF.
But we aren't sharing until he's here. πŸ™‚

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MAAAYBE things are starting to go our way. ;)

19 Jun

It’s been awhile since our last post.
A lot has happened since then.
Domonique’s 24th birthday was on Monday. : )
& Our fuzzy baby got stung by a bee & we ended up paying a pretty penny for her emergency visit.
But all that matters is she’s okay of course! : )
I started my period Sunday.
& let me tell you it is on & POPPING.
Major cramps & all yay. -_-
We are somewhat “happy” about this though because it means we are that much closer to our next treatment.
: )

So the clinic we go to usually doesn’t accept payment plans.
You pay in full for all treatments, no financing or anything.
Howeveeeer, being the kind hearted people they are they offered to work with us on our next treatment. And are allowing us to make payments which is great!
So the fee of frozen egg transfer is $2,930.
The thawing fee is $1,050.00
Medication will be about $800.00.
& we still need to pay the remaining balance of the egg freezing fee which is now $600.00
I have been making a budget, planning our payments. & everything like that.

So I emailed our clinic so I could set up exactly how much our monthly payments would be for thawing & the cycle fee.
You can imagine how surprised we were when we got an email back stating I had misunderstood the previous email regarding price & that we are only going to be charged for thawing by the clinic.
Meaning we will NOT have to pay the almost $3,000.00 fee!!!
❀
Yesterday soon became an AMAZING day.
We are so very grateful for that.
Now we don’t have to worry about payment plans or not having the funds within the next three weeks!
We’re good to go!!

The only thing we now need to decide on is to transfer 2 or 3 embryos.
Which is a MAJOR decision for us.
Luckily we have some time to decide. : )

Our poor baby, all swollen from her bee sting.
Ugh.
I hate looking at this picture. 😦
I feel so bad.

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