I'm Caitlin, I'm 20 years old and married with an amazing 20 month old little boy, and we are currently expecting baby #2, a beautiful baby girl, due October 15 - that's 2 days after DS's second birthday and 1 week after my 21st. October is going to be one hell of a busy month.
I am a SAHM and currently going to school part-time online.
I am in nursing school, and I would love to one day work in the NICU.
I am an incredibly motivated person. Once I get an idea in my head, nothing can stop me.
I am my own worst enemy.
One day I hope to live up to my own expectations.
Baby number 2!!!
Our princess, Hailey Sophia <3
Month 1 (1-4 weeks): Done!
Month 2 (5-8 weeks): Done!
Month 3 (9-13 weeks): Done!
Month 4 (14-17 weeks): Done!
Month 5 (18-21 weeks): Done!
Month 6 (22-26 weeks): Baking...
Month 7 (27-30 weeks): Baking...
Month 8 (31-35 weeks): Baking...
Month 9 (36-40 weeks): Baking...
Got our BFP! Two tests, clear as day. 4 weeks 1 day pregnant.
Took a third test because it doesn't seem real lol. Another BFP!
First appointment and first ultrasound! Everything looked great, got all my blood work done and pap smear, all that good stuff. Didn't get a call from the doctor in the days following so that means all my tests came back good! Baby's heartbeat was measuring in the 150's (I feel horrible that I don't know the exact number!). Also found out on this day that I've been accepted to the nursing program! Such a good day!
Second appointment! 11 weeks 1 day pregnant. Everything looks good, got to hear the heartbeat!
NT scan and blood work to test for Down Syndrome. Results came back great! Chances are 1 in >10,000!
Third appointment at 15 weeks 1 day! Blood pressure is good (low, actually), I've gained 2 pounds total this pregnancy, and we heard the heart beat RIGHT away! So loud and strong!
Anatomy scan at 18 weeks! IT'S A GIRL!!!!!
And everything measured perfect <3 not a single thing out of the ordinary.
Gender reveal party!!!
Fourth appointment at 19 weeks 1 day!
My plans for the future!
After receiving my acceptance to the weekend/evening accelerated nursing program on March 6, 2013, I had a hard decision to make. Baby #2 was a surprise so I needed to revise my plans. My two options were either to stick through the fall semester when I am due to give birth, take some time off (maybe 2 weeks) to give birth and rebound, and then continue through and graduate on time in August 2014, or to skip the fall semester, relax and enjoy my newborn and breastfeeding, and adjust to my new life as a mother of two, and go back to school in spring 2014 as a traditional nursing student and graduate in May 2015. I decided to take the break even though it means graduating 9 months late. I was stressing out just thinking about how stressed out I was going to be if I continued through the fall semester, and breastfeeding this baby is very important to me. So, I will graduate in May 2015 when DS is 3 1/2 years old and the new baby is 19 months old. As far as having a real wedding, honeymoon, and TTC baby #3 goes, I have no idea when any of that will take place. Life has thrown me some big curve balls and I'm just taking it day by day at this point.
I graduated high school in 2010, and I met DH on my 18th birthday at my house during a wild party I threw. By wild, I mean wild. Rave in the basement, beer pong upstairs, bonfire outside, and my dad, uncle, and grandma were there too lol. There were a good 80+ people there, but I don't remember much from that night. Cops showed up, everyone scattered. Someone lost a cell phone in my yard, another person lost his military ID in my yard. When I woke up in the morning, one of our lawn chairs was on the roof of my shed. Not exactly the environment you'd expect to meet your future husband in lol. We talked and hung out almost every day afterwards. Our first date was on 10/10/10, two days after we met. We went ice skating then took a random trip to Philly. Our first kiss was that night, on a dock by the water underneath the stars. Exactly one week after we met, we made it official. I seriously thought he was my prince charming. 3 months after dating, surprise! I'm pregnant! It wasn't planned, but we weren't being very careful so we both had a hunch that I was pregnant. Aiden was born October 13, 2011, 5 days after my 19th birthday. On my 18th birthday I met my one and only, and around my 19th birthday I gave birth to his child. Weird how things work out lol. You can find Aiden's birth story here: http://forum.baby-gaga.com/about1947092.html
I was in labor for 9.5-10 hours, got to the hospital when I was 8 cm, and gave birth to him naturally and unmedicated an hour after arriving to the hospital. It was perfect. Two months after giving birth, DH proposed to me. We got married August 21, 2012 in the courthouse. We decided on that because he was planning on joining the Navy, but it never happened. They never called after he put his application in, and now he doesn't want to join.
I went to school nonstop throughout my pregnancy, taking summer/winter classes as well, and I gave birth in the middle of the fall semester (online classes made this possible for me!). I get A's in all my classes, and if I don't, I beat myself up over it. This determination has been very beneficial to me though! My academic advisor said I am one of the highest qualified applicants for the nursing program! Hard work pays off!
My son changed my life. I wouldn't trade mommy life for anything in the world. I've grown up and matured so much since I learned of his existence. I am such a mom now, definitely not like other 20 year olds I know. I love my life. Everything I do, every choice I make, it is all for my son and my little family.
My parenting style...
-circumcising (go ahead and chew my ear off, i don't give a shit what you think)
-CIO when necessary (my son is not a snuggler. If he is fed, not too hot/cold, has a clean diaper, not sick, etc. and just wants to get up and play when it is bed time, I will let him CIO.)
I am so tired of mothers these days constantly judging others' parenting styles and shoving their beliefs down others' throats. I am guilty of it, but I won't start an argument over it. I'll keep my mouth shut and accept it. Accept that we all have different beliefs and move the fuck on. We all make mistakes, but we all do what is best for our child. Unless you are a trained professional, you have no room to offer an opinion on someones parenting style.
These pictures are kinda old
need to update them soon.
First child: Yes
First child? Yes
What day did you find out? Took first test on 2/12/11, concluded I was pregnant after test #6 on 2/17/11
How did you feel when you found out? After the first test I wasn't convinced. By the time we decided that pink line was a definite positive, I had some time to wrap my mind around it.
Who was with you? Only my boyfriend.
Who was the first person you told? We only told good friends at first.
How did the daddy react? We both had our suspicions. He never thought about leaving me. He's been supportive since day 1
TELLING THE GRANDPARENTS:
How did your parents react? They were about the same age as me when they had their first child, my brother. They were supportive. I told them alone, and when my boyfriend came over later that evening, my dad shook his hand and said congratulations my mom started giving advice. The initial shock didn't last very long.
How did his parents react? Supportive. They asked questions about what our plans were and how we were going to do it.
Are they helping with baby names? We didn't ask anyone for help
Have they bought anything for the baby yet? No. Not that I know of.
How often do they call to check on you? They ask how I'm feeling every time I see them. Multiple times every week.
ABOUT THE PREGNANCY:
When was your first appointment? March 9, 2011. I had court right before, but I didn't want to put it off any longer than I had to. I was over an hour and a half late. Woops!
When is your due date? October 22, 2011
How far along are you? He was born October 13 <3
Have you had an ultrasound? I've had 3 2D ultrasounds and 1 3D ultrasound
Have you heard the heartbeat? Plenty of times
What was the heartbeat? I haven't been told the bpm since my first ultrasound at 7 weeks 6 days, and it was 153 bpm.
SEX OF THE BABY:
What do you want? I wanted a girl at first, but I can't imagine not having a boy now.
What does the daddy want? He always wanted a boy
What do you think your having? I know it's a boy
Have you had your big ultrasound yet? Yes
If so, what are you having? Boy
ABOUT THE BIRTH:
Do you know what you are taking with you? I didn't use most of the stuff I took!
Who is going to be with you? No one made it in time for the birth lol! My now fiance was the only one in the room with me. We got plenty of visitors throughout the day though.
Are you going to videotape it?We had to rush through it all..he came so fast! And I was in way too much pain to even think about getting the camera out.
Natural or medicated? Alllll natural!
Do you think you will need a c-section? Nope.
Will you cry when you hold your baby for the first time? I thought I was going to, but I didn't. I think since I did it all naturally, I was just so overwhelmed when he came out and so happy that the pain was finally over lol
Are you scared about the labor? I never got scared. When the contractions started I wasn't sure if it was happening or not. I didn't know if they were real contractions or not. I had never even felt a braxton hicks contraction. And by the time the pain got so bad I knew we had to go to the hospital, I was too focused on the pain to be nervous or scared.
Do you have a name picked out? Yes
Girl names: If we were having a girl, her name would be Hailey
Boy names: Aiden John (his daddy and daddy's daddy have the same middle name.)
Is your baby going to be named after someone? Just passing down the middle name.
OTHER RANDOM QUESTIONS:
Where was your baby conceived? On one of our beds, not sure where exactly
Have you felt the baby move? Every day
What ethnicity will your baby be? Caucasian
Do you have stretch marks? Unfortunately, all over my ass and slowly spreading down my thighs. Oh joy...
What was your first symptom? I guess fatigue. But that could be me trying to adjust to my new work schedule. I never really had any symptoms at all.
What religion will the baby know? I don't follow any religion, but he will probably be christian.
What music or interest do you want the baby to know? Alternative rock. Some of my favorite music now is what my dad always listened to when I was a kid. Good memories
Will your baby have godparents? We don't have anyone picked out yet
Who will be the god-mommy-to-be? N/A
Who will be the god-daddy-to-be? N/A
What's the baby's room theme? Froggies modern patterned bedding with frogs and snails on it
What was the first thing you bought for the baby? Diapers! And some child-proof things