Being Brickner : August 2018

Thursday, August 16, 2018

37 Weeks: Baby B Three

FULL-TERM!!!  We are just a couple weeks (days?!) from meeting our newest baby girl and feeling all the feelings.  Soooo much excitement and of course some nerves, I cannot believe we will have her in our arms so soon!


From the start of this pregnancy everyone I told my due date to said I would have a brutal summer.  It really hadn't hit me until the last couple of weeks, but now I am HOT, getting out of breathe really easily, and food is pretty hard to get down with all of that combined.  On the plus side, I have been loving shaved ice and cannot get enough water, and seriously loooove the feeling of being weightless in the pool.  Also a constant rotation of dresses and little clothing are way more acceptable in the dead of summer, I have a few that still fit left and will be living in them until she gets here!
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Of course with being so close I am now to weekly appointments with my OB, we have finally decided on a birth plan and I thankfully do not have to go through a planned c-section (at least for now).  We were going back & forth because of Avalon's shoulder distocia during birth, but after going back over her notes, my doctor confirmed that it was because of Avalon's position and not because of me -- which if it was the second, would obviously make it a higher risk that it would happen again.  Avalon was also a smaller baby at birth than Waverly, so it's encouraging that Waverly did not have it & was bigger.  So now, we wait!!!!  And fit in some last summer fun with our two big girls, who are both so excited about their baby sister and are constantly talking about her.  Also worth noting, I bent down the other day to grab something and came back up to Avalon clapping for me saying, "see mom, you can get down on your own!".


This could possibly be my last pregnancy three update, hoping to be back with some news on the arrival of our third little girl before long!!!  XO

Monday, August 13, 2018

Summer Days

Here in VB we don't go back to school until the Tuesday after Labor Day (I always think it's so crazy to see pictures of kids in their school outfits in early August!) -- so we are still soaking in all the summer things and making the most out of our last few weeks!  Summer seems to fly by faster every year, I feel like we spend forever counting down to it and then it comes & goes in the blink of an eye.  This time around has been a fun mix of settling into the new house, getting a million projects done, nesting for baby sister, and spending LOTS of time at our new neighborhood pool.  The girls are loving swimming more than ever (they are like little fishes now!), and when they aren't barefoot in bathing suits at the pool, they love to be riding their bikes down the street playing "sister".  Which is just about the cutest thing ever.

The days are long, especially since Avalon has recently dropped her nap (except for the rare occasion she falls asleep on her floor or the couch, which is almost always about five minutes before dinnertime and way too late to let her sleep).  It's hot, like I swear it's the hottest summer ever, all of a sudden I feel like I might be 150 weeks pregnant.  And Waverly is starting a week-long dance camp today because I quickly realized that no group activities or structure for an entire summer was just a little too much for her after being used to full-day kindergarten all year.  But I have said it a million times and think it at least a few times a day, I am FOREVER grateful for my summers at home with my girls.  If you haven't seen this video, you must watch it -- it is so true and makes me tear up just thinking about it.  More than ever, I am determined to make every summer count!



Hope you and your sweet families are having the best summer and if you are back to school (or getting ready to go back!), a smooth start back to the school year!  XO

Friday, August 10, 2018

Baby Essentials // Nuna Mixx2

We have been super busy packing our hospital bags, finalizing the nursery, and getting all the last-minute things for baby sister -- tomorrow I will be 37 WEEKS and technically she could come anytime now!  Baby prep is so much fun, but also can be overwhelming, there are just soooo many products out there to choose from (way more now than even just a few years ago when I was pregnant with Avalon!).  We recently teamed up with Nuna on a new big stroller for the baby, we will be using this in addition to a smaller one for quick trips and also our double one.  We are so excited about the Nuna and have already been testing it out by taking the girls favorite dollies on trips around the block!


I am kind of addicted to reading reviews on products before getting anything, especially something as big as a stroller we will be using all the time, so I read a ton about the Nuna Mixx2 before this partnership.  Almost everyone I read who had it, loved it, and after it arrived I completely understood why.  It is easy to maneuver and glides so well, and also is soooo easy to collapse -- which is something that I have found to be super important over the years.  The basket at the bottom is big enough to carry your bag (as well as 10 million snacks and drink cups for your other kids, plus the purses you have to hoard if you are a girl mom like me!).  I also love how sleek and minimalistic it is!

We also got the Nuna PIPA car seat and will be using that when she is little, the seat pictured is for babies starting at about six months!


If you are in the market for a new stroller or know someone who is, you can find the Nuna Mixx2 here.  Happy Friday, friends!! XO

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Favorite Pregnancy Products // Bloomlife

I am so excited to share about my partnership with Bloomlife, after three pregnancies, their contraction monitor has quickly become one of my favorite pregnancy products and I will forever be recommending it!  It is the world's first clinically validated wearable contraction monitor, so basically, it's like you are at the hospital hooked up to the monitor, but really, you are comfy at home and just checking to see what kind of progress your body is making.  Best idea ever.


The Bloomlife is offered as a rental, I started using it a couple of weeks ago right when I turned 33 weeks.  There are three parts, the sensor & reusable patch (both which are sent to you in the mail) --  and then the app which is super easy to download on your phone, and then use afterwards.  It tracks your contractions with real-time data, shows how far apart they are, how long they last, and even shows a bar to find patterns.  It also allows you to share all your data with friends or family, which I think is so fun! 

  For me, this pregnancy has been just as exciting and magical as the first, and as we near labor and my due date, those anxieties and nervous feelings about actually getting her here all feel like I am going through it for the first time, too.  Maybe even more now, after going through two very long labors and deliveries, and knowing really how much goes into them.  At 35 weeks, I am already questioning every cramp or pain, and trying not to google them immediately to see if it could be a sign that I may actually go into labor on my own.  It's been SO NICE to actually be able to get the information on my own this time, especially being able to do it right from home!


I am so excited to use the Bloomlife for the weeks ahead as we wait for baby girl, I know I will be relying on it even more the farther along I get!  If you are pregnant or know someone who is, use the code AB10 for 10% off your own weekly rental.  Enjoy!!  XO

34 Weeks: Baby B Three

Or actually 35 weeks this past Saturday, but I have been about one week behind this whole pregnancy so I'm just going with it.  Either way, this belly is going to turn into a baby sooooo soon!!!!!  We are getting more crazy excited by the day.


I updated last at 31 weeks, and since then, we had a big ultrasound and were able to get a really good look at baby girl!  She looks so much like Avalon, has the sweetest button nose and little lips -- it is crazy how good these machines are now, I feel like we really saw her!!  The main reason for the ultrasound was to check on her growth, as we are hoping that we won't have to go through a c-section or induction based on Avalon's shoulder distocia during birth.  She measured small, 4.2 pounds & in the 17th percentile, so we hope that is enough to make us all feel comfortable enough to go ahead and wait until she is ready to come on her own.  We will decide in the next couple of weeks and even though I reaaaaally hope I can go into labor on my own for the first time -- our main goal is ultimately a healthy baby girl and I am at peace with whatever way we need to get her here, in our arms!

Her nursery is coming right along, the wallpaper & crib are up and I will be going through our box of newborn clothes this weekend.  One of the things that excites me the most about having three girls is thinking of some of the special outfits that I will be able to put all three of them in, starting with some of the sweetest little newborn things!  We still haven't gotten (or even started looking for) a new car, I honestly love my SUV so much and wish I could just keep it, but when we put three rows up there is no room in the back for a stroller or pretty much anything else.  It's so funny, I am 100% positive that at this point with both big girls I had the car seat installed, and even checked at the fire station -- with Waverly I can remember even going to the car wash every other day to make sure it was cleaned and vacuumed out!!!  Annnnnd this time we don't even have the car yet!  I know we will get there, life is just a little crazier these days. :)

Just like labor, and the first trimester, I had forgotten about allll of the typical third trimester things.  I have the insomnia, the leg pains, am peeing every five seconds, cannot bend over, and the Braxton Hicks have been brutal, especially by the end of the day.  But even with all that, I still love being pregnant and am so thankful for it.  It's always bittersweet and the craziest feeling getting to these last weeks of pregnancy, I already know I will miss having her all to myself in my belly and with me wherever I go, but really I just CANNOT WAIT to meet her and to officially become a family of five.


Keep growing in there sweet angel girl, we love you so much already!