Introducing Briggs Beto Robinson

He is here! Born January 20 at 11:14am. Weighing in at 7lbs and 15oz. and 20 3/4 long. He is incredible. I will be posting his entire birth story soon which pretty much takes off from the 37 week post. But for now, I would just like to introduce our son...our miracle.

37 Week Update

Yesterday Friday Janury 6 at 37.3 weeks I went in for my 37 week appointment. Baby is head down still and fairly low. I'm at 1 cm dilation and 25% effaced.

I feel like this is pretty good progress considering I'm a first time mom. I am at the point where I am having contractions all the time but not enough to be considered active labor. I really have not been feeling well but I know the end is in sight.

A good night's sleep is becoming more and more difficult. Many of the reasons are physical pains and aches but another reason is the anticipation that each new day could be the day. It's like being a little kid on Christmas Eve and you are so excited you can't imagine that anticipation every night because you're not quite sure when Christmas day will arrive.

I know BB Robinson will come in God's time. I just keep praying for patience for me and a safe arrival for him.

Twas the month before baby...

December was a very busy month as far as preparing for Christmas, Ryan transitioning from his Muncie job back to downtown Indy (woohoo!), to tying up loose ends with work for the year, finishing our Lamaze classes and wrapping up all baby preparations. We did get a lot accomplished though! This post is all about documenting the baby journey along the way through December...our last month before Due Date Month!

This is an adorable little tee that my friends Caroline and Hallie had made for me. I love it! I wore it all around town while running baby errands. 
This is a video of my little Lola snuggling with the baby (her usual spot) but about half way through, you can see some major baby movement. I feel like I get to see this on a regular occurrence, but not many others get to witness this wild man from my perspective. 

Perhaps she thinks she is incubating the baby? 
Grocery Shopping has become a challenge. I really dread going by myself now. I have this terrible fear that my water is going to break in the middle of the cereal aisle. I did get brave and went this past week because we were running low on everything. So I put on my most comfortable attire: leggings and what used to be a loose fitting dress. I thought it would be fine through the pregnancy but it honestly looks like a booty dress (not the look I was going for) but at this point I don't have a lot of options so I dressed it down with some uggs. I went ahead and took some pics because I haven't taken 36 weeks pics yet. So here are some mirror shots after I came back from the grocery-completely out of breath after bringing in and unloading all the bags- (oh the little things I once took for granted).
36 week peak!

Finally, the baby's room is complete! I was trying not to be too anxious to get it done because I figured Ryan was not quite as motivated as I I had him help me in "baby" steps so he wouldn't get overwhelmed. Here are the finished results:
Hamper with hot-glued on animals, PBK dresser/changing table, and BRU chair. The items on the shelves all have significant meaning to us. The You Are Loved sign, I painted but friends helped with the board...I love the unique look and how it turned out!
He is all stocked up on clothes, hats, blankets and more! We are SO blessed to have such wonderful friends and family to shower us with all this baby gear. THANK YOU!

Baby Swing (shower gift), the book shelf was built by my Grandpa Beto Vargas...I wanted him to be a part of the baby's life. The crib is from PBK and there is my little Lola making sure her presence is known. Above the bed, is his name but I blocked it out because I want SOMETHING to be a surprise :)
This is a Christmas present from my sister. We are going to hang it up in the nursery too. The picture and verse are perfect. Thank you Kare Bear!
Here is the verse on the canvas she had made for us. How beautiful and perfect is this? Every good and perfect thing comes from up above. What a beautiful thought....that my baby belongs to Him.

And so there you have our December journey...almost the end of pregnancy and the beginning of a new journey. It has been such a beautiful ride throughout these nine months. Not everything has gone as planned. But it has been His plan. God is SO good.

Holiday Hiccups

So much to catch up on! For starters, we will have officially reached 37 weeks tomorrow! That means BB Robinson is a FULL TERM BABY!! Such a blessing! My weekly visits to the doctor started last week. The doctor said his head is very low and his heart sounded great. I am somewhat expecting an early arrival (somewhat) from this little guy. Every woman in my family has delivered early. Now that he is full term, I welcome the idea of his arrival at any time. We are as ready as we will ever be.

He has been quite the active one this holiday season. I think he just wanted to make his presence known. On Christmas Eve, the Braxton Hicks contractions started get a little more intense. The only comfort I could find was by sitting on a birthing ball all night while watching Christmas movies with the family. I knew it wasn't the real thing but I was so uncomfortable. I was 35 and a half weeks at that point so of course I don't expect to feel wonderful, but it really was the beginning of constant discomfort. Here are some belly pics from Christmas morning at 35 weeks and 5 days:

Business was pretty slow between Christmas and New Year, so I tried to take it easy. I wrapped up the finishing touches on the nursery, took care of all my baby gear warranties, and organized all my baby paperwork (from gift receipts to medical files...I don't think I've ever been this organized in my life-its the magic of nesting).

On New Years Eve, he was a party animal. We stayed pretty low-key just because I had not been feeling great. So we watched the IU v. OSU game at my parent's house and stayed there for NYE festivities. At around 8:00 pm that night I started getting really sharp back pain. Oh crap. Then my belly started tightening up. The pain would wrap around my whole torso. I started timing the tightening. They would last about a minute every ten minutes. This lasted about 3 hours pretty consistently. My belly bump took on a whole different shape as well. It was sticking out farther and much lower. Even my dad noticed the difference in appearance. 

However, I didn't want to be one of those first time moms that freaked out about something normal and went into the hospital only to be sent home. So I prayed and just began to trust my body. I told myself that if they got more intense and lasted all night I definitely would call the doctor. However, by the time we got home around 2:00am or so, I just felt exhausted from going through the rough night. The contractions had stopped though. I still get them intermittently, but not as long as I did that night. Since then, I feel so much more pressure on my pelvis. I think he was just dropping that night. So I am very anxious to see what the doctor says at my next appointment this Friday. Until then, I have told myself I am not going to be more than 10 minutes away from my family or Ryan at any time...just in case I need a Taxi ride up to IU North soon! I am so excited to meet the little love of our lives.