Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Getting Ready for Baby Jude

Baby Jude's 20 week ultrasound

This pregnancy has been so different from my pregnancy with Max. So much so, that I swore I was having a girl. I was really sick the whole first trimester, but with Max I never felt nauseated. I also had terrible heartburn almost everyday. Between the nausea and heartburn, meals were a challenge. I craved lemonade, chicken broth, ensure protein shakes, ice cream, and Zaxby's chicken and french fries.

Jude was extremely active in my belly just like Max, and I was always so thankful for that. I absolutely loved being pregnant and I tried to enjoy every minute as much as possible. It's such a special and short period of time in your life. So much to celebrate before the baby is even born!

The first thing I ever monogrammed for Jude was his Christmas stocking

Having our weekly echocardiogram at Vandy to make sure Jude's heart is healthy.

The week before Christmas we completed our last echo when I was 34 weeks pregnant and Dr. Kavanaugh officially cleared Jude from needing more monitoring and determined he is heart healthy. No heart block for Jude!!! We have been doing weekly echoes since I was 16 weeks pregnant, so it felt so good to get to this point and be cleared of any problems with his heart. What a wonderful feeling and something to celebrate!!! Dr. Kavanaugh was one of the doctors that took great care of Max when he had his surgery in August. We love that she was able to take care of both our boys. 

Our sweet friends threw us a baby shower a few weeks before Jude was born. We had lunch at Puffy Muffin and then visited and opened gifts. It was perfect!

 These cookies that Rebecca had made were adorable and absolutely delicious!

Here are the adorable gifts we received. It made me so excited for Jude to get here!

39 week baby bump

Tyler's friends at Region's Bank threw us a shower a few days before Jude arrived. We had lunch, cake, and visited with friends. They gave us gift cards to buy some things that Jude might need. We are so thankful for this group of people that Tyler works with. 

Dede and Pop came in town the Saturday before Jude was born to watch Max so Tyler and I could attend the AHA Heart Gala. It worked out great because they stayed for a few days to meet baby Jude and to help keep Max while we were in the hospital.

On Sunday January 25th, the day before we delivered, we took Max to Build-A-Bear so he could make a "Big Brother Bear." He picked out his own bear, his clothes, and his character traits. It was a really fun family thing to do and Max loved it. 

Here he is selecting which character traits he wants his bear to have. He chose smart, funny, kind, sporty, sensitive, loving, etc. He also got to pick out the bear's heart and put it in the bear. 

Adding more characteristics to the bear. He also added sound recordings to each hand. When you press one hand, the bear says, "I love you," and the other hand giggles. 

Stuffing his bear

Giving him a bath. Afterward, we gave him a birth certificate and officially named him "Paddington Bear," per Max's request. (he had just seen the movie with Tyler).

Max loved the process of making his bear and we told him to make sure he brings Paddington Bear to the hospital to introduce him to baby Jude. We loved doing this as a family the night before we welcomed a new member to our family. It was a sweet memory and helped Max feel special when so much of the attention is on the new baby.

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