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March 31, 2017

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Our Birth Story

Our birth was nothing like I expected it to be – but it was the most challenging and rewarding experience of my life – so I wanted to document it here and share it with you today, while it's still fresh in my mind.


Our journey began with infertility, but thankfully, after a year of medication and treatment, we found out that we were expecting and due in the spring of 2017. The next thing we knew, after what felt like both a minute and a lifetime had passed, spring had arrived and we were approaching labor.

We had a high risk pregnancy due to several diagnoses – including intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) – that had me on bed rest, in addition to daily appointments and check-ins during our last trimester. We knew this would affect our labor, but had no idea how March 22-23 would unfold.

Our Birth Story


On March 15 – a week before our delivery – I had gone into prodromal labor, which meant that I would experience contractions every evening that would come three to five minutes apart and last for eight hours or more, just to stop suddenly and then repeat again the next evening.

Our doctors informed us that this meant we could go into active labor at any point during the experience, but without any further developments, we were going to have to continue laboring each night until we progressed far enough to go to the hospital.

March 22:

10 a.m. Prodromal labor painfully persisted every night for a week and left me emotionally and physically exhausted each time, so Ryan and I went into our doctor's appointment hoping for another sign that we would be admitted to the hospital soon.

12 p.m. Our doctor's appointment confirmed that the prodromal labor we experienced had helped me progress far enough to head to the hospital that day – which we were initially happy about. Unfortunately, tests also showed that I had become increasingly preeclamptic that week, so I would need to be induced immediately upon arrival.

3 p.m. We grabbed our hospital bags, had one last meal together and drove to the hospital – in disbelief that our time had finally come, and that we would have our baby within the next 24 hours. We arrived at the hospital and I was immediately admitted to begin treatment in the form of magnesium for preeclampsia and pitocin to induce labor.

5 p.m. We were not responding to the initial treatment levels of either medicine, so my sweet nurse Sam apologetically explained that they'd be pushing me up to a higher dose of each throughout the evening, and that I'd likely start having reactions to the medicine soon.

7 p.m. - 11 p.m. I began experiencing the side effects of magnesium – which I believe was the worst part of our labor – and I was still not responding to treatment as quickly as we had hoped, so it was determined that our doctor would need to manually break my water to speed up our timeline.

March 23:

12 a.m. Our doctor gave me the go ahead to request an epidural before he manually broke our water, and thankfully, the anesthesiologist was able to immediately accommodate our request. We had some difficulty getting it set because I was still actively contracting and getting ill from the magnesium – but we were successful, and I was able to receive the epidural and have my water broken soon thereafter.

2 a.m. - 8 a.m. The contractions began to increase with the help of another dose of pitocin after my water broke, and since I had already received my epidural and wasn't in pain, Ryan and I were able to have a few hours of sleep while waiting for me to progress further.

9 a.m. We woke up when our doctor came to check our progress once more, and he asked if I had begun to feel the urge to push, because we were "ready to go at a 10." Our doctor then stated that he was beginning to feel the baby move further down at this point, and I replied that I was noticing some increasing discomfort and pressure, so we both agreed that now was indeed the time to "do this."

9:30 a.m. Our doctor felt that I would need some additional medical assistance before he allowed me to begin to push, due to the side effects I was experiencing from the magnesium. The medicine had made it difficult for me to breathe, given me blurred vision, drowsiness and weakness among other symptoms – so I was soon put on oxygen to help me through labor.

10 a.m. With the oxygen, I was now feeling strong enough to begin pushing through my contractions. We had our doctor and nurses, high-risk and NICU teams, and several resident doctors all assemble in our delivery room – but at that point, I didn't care how many people were in the room with us, I just wanted to have our daughter here healthy and safe at last.

11:01 a.m. One hour of pushing brought Roselyn to us, and I recall hearing her cry and Ryan gasp simultaneously. I remember being so relieved to hear her cry because I understood that it was a sign of her health despite our early delivery and IUGR diagnosis. The next thing that I remember is Ryan telling me she has a full head of hair and that she's perfect – to which I cried, laughed and replied "so that's what all the heartburn was for."

Ryan then cut the cord and followed Roselyn over to the NICU team's table where she was evaluated and it was determined that she was, indeed, in perfect health.

Our doctor then assisted me in birthing the placenta, and informed us in that moment that our IUGR complications were most likely due to a placental abruption – which made me feel slightly better that we could attribute the diagnosis to something, but mostly just ready to see our mighty, tiny girl who had persisted through it all.

So, after she was cleared by NICU, I was able to soak up time with Roselyn on my chest and Ryan by my side. Roselyn listened and looked up at us with her beautiful, dark eyes as I spoke to her and told her how she was a miracle. Time stopped as she looked between us and as we looked at each other – in disbelief that we could create something so perfect.

We were officially a family of three, and there are no words to describe the overwhelming sense of joy and love that moment held. Ryan was officially a Dad and I a Mom, and our perfect daughter was happy, healthy and here with us.

February 19, 2017

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Baby Burm Nursery Reveal With Swaddle Designs

I've been designing Baby Burm's nursery on a design board since we found out that we were expecting, but didn't begin putting our baby girl's room together until the nesting phase hit me hard in the second trimester.

Now that we're in the third trimester and have just six short weeks left until her due date, I am thrilled to share the finished result with you today!









We decided to go with a neutral travel-inspired nursery theme filled with cream, grey and pastel colors that really fit our simplistic style.

We also found that it was important for us to fill the room with clean and cozy textures, and couldn't have pulled it all together without the help of Swaddle Designs – a Seattle-based and woman-owned business – whose muslin swaddling blankets are now available at Target!







We were first introduced to Swaddle Designs while looking for fun, multi-use baby blankets that could be used as nursing covers, play mats or stroller covers. We really loved that each 46x46 inch swaddling blanket came with instructions sewn to the edge for new parents like us, and feel secure knowing that the design was perfected by CEO, RN  – and mother of two – Lynette Damir, of Seattle.

We own Swaddle Designs' sterling "Touch of Shimmer" collection – featured here – and are counting down the days until we can wrap our baby girl up in her nursery now! You can view the "Touch of Shimmer" collection at Target and receive a free bandana bib with purchase here.

Sources:
Nursery Basket: Tadpoles
Nursery Bedding and Changing Pad: Burt's Bees Baby
Nursery Crib: Union
Nursing Lighting: Kirkland's
Nursery Mirror: Target
Nursery Pail: Playtex
Nursery Prints: Etsy
Nursery Rocking Chair: Ikea
Nursery Rug: Target
Nursery Swaddles: Swaddle Designs

Blog shared in partnership with Swaddle Designs. Product choices and opinions are my own.

February 15, 2017

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35 Week Bumpdate with PinkBlush Maternity


Being a modern pregnant mother means that it can be difficult to find clothes that fit comfortably and are still stylish throughout the entire pregnancy. The issue becomes more prevalent as you grow through each trimester, which is why I have been on the lookout for comfortable clothes throughout most of the past eight months.

Thankfully, I recently discovered PinkBlush Maternity – a small, family run and operated company that provides the latest maternity clothes and trends for pregnant mothers and women looking to add stylish pieces to their wardrobe. They specialize in maternity dresses, which I absolutely love to wear – especially now that there are only five weeks left until our due date – and my only regret is not finding their stylish pregnancy clothes sooner!

This weekend we had the perfect spring weather in the Mid-Atlantic to go out on a date in the sunshine, and my wonderful husband captured these photos to commemorate our 35 week bumpdate. 

Thank you, PinkBlush Maternity, for making me feel so beautiful during my last trimester!

Maternity dress courtesy of (c/o): PinkBlush Maternity









Jewelry: Target Style
Maternity Dress: PinkBlush Maternity

Be sure to stay tuned to my Instagram this week, where I will soon be hosting a $75 gift card giveaway in partnership with PinkBlush!

35 Week Bumpdate

Baby Size: Approximately the size of a pineapple!

Clothes: I'm so fortunate to have found PinkBlush Maternity at this point in our pregnancy – I've recently been searching for maternity clothes that will also fit me through the beginning stages of motherhood and nursing, and I can't say enough about how comfortable and stylish I've felt wearing anything by PinkBlush.

Gender: Girl! We get to see our sweet girl again at our 35 week ultrasound this week, and can't believe that it's the last time we'll see her before we're actually holding her in our arms.

Mood: Anxious to have her here with us already, but also anxious that time will pass by too quickly these next five weeks – we still have a few days of dog training left with her sister Olive before her arrival.

Movement: She's continued to remain active, although I know we're both running out of room, because I have felt each and every one of her kicks and stretches this week!

Sick or Queasy: No – I have been feeling sore by the end of each day, but I'll take that over the nausea and sickness anytime.

Sleep: Who needs sleep?

Symptoms: I'm becoming increasingly more tired as we approach our due date, but the urge to nest and ready our house for her arrival is still so strong.

Wedding Rings: On!

What I Miss: Being able to make it from the bottom to the top of our three-story townhouse without running out of breath.

Blog shared in partnership with PinkBlush Maternity. Product choices and opinions are my own.

January 31, 2017

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How to Claim an Amazon Baby Registry Box


Over the years we have frequently used Amazon.com to do our online shopping, because of it's accessibility and ease – especially when we lived and worked near their headquarters in Seattle. Now that we're away from our home in the Northwest and having a baby, we've found that Amazon Prime has become even more essential to our growing family.

Since we became Prime members and parents, we have been saving so much through their discounts and recently learned how to claim an Amazon Baby Registry Box – at no cost – after registering with Amazon.com for all of Baby Burm's needs this year.

We wanted to share our experience with you and any other expecting parents today, because who wants to miss out on quality baby brand products that are free?


How to Claim an Amazon Baby Registry Box

  1. Become an Amazon Prime member if you aren't already.
  2. Complete an Amazon Baby Registry and have over $10 purchased from your baby registry.
  3. Click the "Claim Now" button on your baby registry, which will allow you to redeem the free offer.
  4. Wait 3-5 days to receive your free Amazon Baby Registry box ($35 value) and products while supplies last.
That's it!



We were pleasantly surprised to receive the following items in our Amazon Baby Registry Box:

We also received a teething toy in our box that was left out in the nursery (oops!) and soon stolen by our baby girl's big sister, Olive the Aussie, who unfortunately left it unrecognizable.


We cannot review all of these products until our baby girl is here, but we look forward to testing them out when she arrives!

We hope that you found our tutorial helpful, and that you can claim your Amazon Baby Registry Box while supplies last.

We also want to note that all opinions here are our own and 100% truthful – this not a sponsored post – we just wanted to share the deal with any of our expecting family, friends or followers!

January 22, 2017

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30 Week Bumpdate


We're officially in the third trimester now and we're ready to begin our final countdown of the pregnancy – only 10 weeks to go until we get to meet Baby Burm!

We feel – in some ways – like this pregnancy has lasted a lifetime, but at the same time, we still can't believe we only have weeks left to go.

We're sharing our 30 week bumpdate and some more nursery photos today, but you can view the other updates that we've made throughout the pregnancy here on the blog, or on my Facebook or Instagram.

Thank you for allowing us to continue to share this journey with you!







Nursery Bedding and Changing Pad: Burt's Bees Baby
Nursery Crib: Union
Nursery Changing Table: Ikea
Nursery Rocking Chair: Ikea
Nursery Rug: Target






30 Week Bumpdate

Baby Size: Approximately the size of a cabbage!

Clothes: I've still been wearing maternity clothing lines like Gap Maternity – but have also been working with a stylist at Stitch Fix who set me up with some great items to wear in the last trimester. I will be sure to share my review of their maternity pieces soon.

Gender: Girl! We were so excited to get to see our sweet girl again at our 30 week ultrasound this week, and can't believe we'll get to meet her so soon.

Mood: Ready to take on these last 10 weeks of pregnancy. We've almost completed her nursery and have our hospital tour coming up this week, so we're ready to begin the final countdown now.

Movement: It's constant! We thought she would have been running out of room and slowing down by now, but she's been really active this week.

Sick or Queasy: No. Surprisingly, as soon as we hit the third trimester, my nausea completely cleared up naturally – because of that, this has been my favorite trimester thus far.

Sleep: I’m not necessarily sleeping, but instead, napping whenever I can at this point! I resent anyone who's told us to "sleep now before the baby comes," because for pregnant mothers, sleepless nights come much sooner than the baby does.

Symptoms: Thus far, my energy has been sticking around, so I'm trying to do all the errands I can now and enjoy all the time I have with my husband before we become a family of three.

Wedding Rings: On! Though, I'm down to just my wedding band, in case we do happen to have any problems with swelling in the next 10 weeks.

What I Miss: Eating comfortably and naturally without spilling on my bump.

All opinions are my own and 100% truthful in this post. I may have used affiliate links in this post, which means that there could be a small commission from sales purchased through these links.

December 24, 2016

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Burm Family Christmas Card and Year in Review


Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to our family and friends!

In years past, we've posted both our family Christmas card and a family year in review blog, but 2016 went by so fast with us primarily focused on Baby Burm and our pregnancy and travels, that we thought we'd combine the two this year.

We hope that you all have a great time celebrating the holidays and are wishing you a Merry Christmas – from our family to yours!



We are thankful that Vistaprint let us design our own Christmas card with their support this year, and that they also provided us with custom envelopes!

We designed our own infographic to illustrate what our year was like in 2016, below.

We hope that your year was as fun-filled as ours!

December 18, 2016

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25 Week Bumpdate


Christmas is almost here, we're now more than 6 months pregnant and we can't believe how quickly this time has passed!

We become more excited every day to be closer to meeting Baby Burm, but this week, with the arrival of her crib and these nursery frames, it's really beginning to dawn on us that she'll also be arriving and filling out our family so very soon.

We can't wait to be her parents, but until then, we'll continue to enjoy our time preparing for her and the time we spend together as a family of three.



Nursery Crib: Union
Nursery Lamp and Pillows: Kirkland's



Nursery Print: TypoHouse

25 Week Bumpdate

Baby Size: Approximately the size of a cauliflower!

Clothes: It felt as though this week was the week that my bump turned into a belly, and now that it only continues to grow, I've primarily been wearing maternity clothing lines like Gap Maternity – and am feeling so much more comfortable now.

Gender: Girl! We still can't believe how fortunate we are to get to be parents to this sweet girl. We have had her name selected for the past decade that we've been together, and we'll be excited to share it with you after she's born.

Mood: Ready to enjoy the next 15 weeks or so that we have until we meet our baby girl, and ready to begin nesting and preparing a nursery for her now.

Movement: I've been feeling her move non-stop after I've eaten and throughout certain periods of the day and night – she still appears to be a night owl like her Dad!

Sick or Queasy: Yes, I've accepted that I am one of the unlucky mothers who has nausea up to the third trimester, but I remain faithful that this will soon pass.

Sleep: I’m continuing to sleep less and less throughout the night due to her activity and my bathroom breaks, so I'm taking naps whenever I can get them!

Symptoms: My appetite has really increased this week, with cravings for green vegetables like brussel sprouts, green beans and salads.

Wedding Rings: On!

What I Miss: Being comfortable napping on the couch and sleeping on my back.

November 30, 2016

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It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas in the Mid-Atlantic


After traveling back to our desert home in Phoenix for the Thanksgiving holiday and spending time with family and friends in the sun for the week, we recently came back home to snow in the Mid-Atlantic.

It didn't stay around for too long, but that first snowfall was enough to get us in the spirit for the holidays! We decided to make the most of it and head out both to find a Christmas tree and take a winter hike in the snow.




Gloves: L.L. Bean






Sweater: Matty M



Having a few days in the snow also gave us the opportunity to start cozying up our home for the holidays and really sent me into Baby Burm nesting mode – we'll be sure to share photos of both those events soon!

How are you getting in the spirit for the holidays? Share your stories with us in the comments below, or on my Facebook or Instagram.
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