Me @ 33 Weeks
How was your pregnancy overall?
I was incredibly blessed. My pregnancy was very easy. I did not know that I was pregnant for 7 or 8 weeks, so I think that sometimes not knowing can be easier on your mind in the very beginning. I have also had a lot going on with work, so I did not have much free time to think about being pregnant!
Me and Brantley, anxiously awaiting the birth. Little did we know, it would only be a few weeks after this photo was taken!
Did you have any weird cravings? Yes, watermelon….There were a few days where I ate an entire watermelon!
You look so fabulous – how did you stay in such good shape during this pregnancy? Thank you, I felt huge! I am a big runner, so I ran until I was 24 weeks and physically could not run anymore. I also went to my routine workout classes 3 times a week still when I was in town. They modified my routine to fit my pregnancy, but I still got a bit of a workout in. Also, I still believe that just because you are pregnant does not mean you have to over indulge. Yes, you might want dessert….but it is necessary every night!!
Thankful for some "me and baby" time after all of that traveling!
Your pregnancy was kind of a whirlwind. How so?
I was pretty busy during the entire pregnancy. When I found out I was pregnant, it was in the middle of my crazy busy season, and near the end of my pregnancy, it was my big show season…I wanted to try to get as much done as possible before the baby came. My philosophy is and was to keep on moving.
What was it like traveling so much during pregnancy?
Traveling has become such a big part of my life that it did not bother me at all. It was only tough when I had to fly to Vegas which was a 4 1/2 hour flight….My back started to hurt, but other than that it was okay. I was officially not allowed to leave Florida past my 34th week. It is kind of strange not having to travel…
I was so excited to share this special day with my best friend, who flew in from New York.
My adorable invitations, designed by Ashley Brooke.
How was your shower? What were your favorite moments?
My shower was fabulous. I am truly blessed to have so many amazing people in my life. My best friend flew in from NYC, so it was fun to spend time with her. Also, my mother-in-law threw the shower and her speech to me was so sweet! This baby was already loved before he even arrived…
Me with Burcham's two very excited grandmothers at the shower :)
Is Burcham the first grandchild?
Yes, this is the first grandchild for both my parents and my husband’s parents. My husband is also an only child….So this baby is already a young prince!
What did you do to prepare for the baby?
I just took everything a day at a time. I was very relaxed about the process. I picked out everything for the baby’s room in one day with my mom. When you’re busy like I am, time is limited!!! It’s all about multitasking, making a decision, and moving forward.
The baby was due in November, so when you went into labor 5 weeks early, did you realize that’s what it was?
No! Not at all. Actually it is a funny story. I was sitting at my desk working and finishing up some e-mails. It was around 4′ish on Friday, and I all of the sudden started peeing (or what I thought it was) at my desk. So, I changed….Then about 2 minutes later it stated again. I was nervous because we were planning on going over to our friends for dinner and there is no way I could have gone because I could not control the peeing! I then skyped my husband and told him what was going on. He said, “Oh my god, call the doctor – I think your water broke!” I told him he was crazy because I was 5 weeks out. So I called the doctor and she said either one two things had happened: My amniotic fluid has started to leak or my water had broken. She asked if I was having contractions, which I was not. She then told me to pack up and head to the hospital. I live in Orlando, and I was planning on having the baby in Clearwater, where I am from. I wanted my doctor who I have been going to for years to deliver the baby. So we jumped in the car right around rush hour and headed to the hospital two hours away….
Just moments after his birth...
How was your labor?
It was very fast and not that bad. We got to the hospital at 8:30pm . I started having contractions around 1:30 am had an epidural at 3:19 and delivered the baby the next morning at 9:54 in the morning. What a whirlwind!
What did you think when you first heard him cry? It was an amazing feeling, although he was 5 weeks early, so it was not a typical cry. More like a light cry. I got to hold him for a few seconds and then they had to take him to the NICU right away…
Our beautiful boy in NICU
You guys named him Burcham. So unique! Is that a family name?
Yes, my husband is named after his great grandfather Brantley Burcham, so we thought it was fitting.
What was the most difficult aspect of his birth?
The fact that he was in the NICU for 5 days. Not being like many of the other moms in the hospital where the baby gets to be right next to you. It was weird because I was in the hospital, but not right next to the baby.
I was thrilled to take him home for the first time!
You must have been overjoyed when you were able to take him home!
It was such an amazing feeling when Burcham was released from the NICU. I was so happy. The feeling of being able to hold your baby without wires attached to a monitor was amazing. Just to be able to have the baby right next to me was a huge blessing. We brought him home on October 18th, which was our 4th anniversary. We could not have asked for a better anniversary present.
Talk about your husband’s support throughout this process. My husband has been amazing throughout this entire journey. We are both taking everything a day at time. He is loving it and doing a great job helping me out, and he is incredible with the baby.
First stroller ride...We couldn't be more happy :)
How are you guys doing with sleep?
We are doing okay. A bit sleep deprived, but that is normal. My family has helped me with the night shifts, which is awesome. Plus, I am still working some during the day….It is a big balancing act.
Cosmo greets Burcham.
What have been your favorite moments so far?
Just holding him and giving him kisses. Honestly, I just love watching him. It is my favorite thing to do.
Are you breast-feeding?
Yes, I am. It is pretty cool to be able to personally provide for my little one. My scarves have become pretty handy, since I can fashionably cover myself with them when others are around :)
Do you plan on working as much? How will you balance the baby and work?
Yes, I received some great advice the other day that I am really going to follow: You can either live your life around your kids, or you can have your kids live your life. I am going to do my best to have my kids live my life. It might be a hectic and busy life, but we will make it work somehow! So I will be working just as much and more involved than ever, while still being a hands-on mom.
Grandma Liz and the baby boy :)
How do you plan on balancing work and baby?
My philosophy, as with the pregnancy, is just to take it a day at a time…It is not healthy for anyone to get stressed out. People make it work every day, so there is no reason I can’t. I am excited to be enter into a new phase of my life! I am also excited to be a younger mom. I always thought I would wait until I was a little older to have kids. I just hope I can be a cool and hip mom!!!
Baby's first walk on the beach!
What is your advice to working mothers?
It is all about time management, being organized, and having an optimistic attitude. Make the glass half full even when you are exhausted.