Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Hello- I'm a mom now! Luke's birth story

Greetings from the other side!  It's been 3 months and I'm finally coming up for air.  I had big dreams of documenting all the moments of Luke's infanthood on this blog, but when quiet moments to yourself are few and far between, sleeping/eating/showering trump blogging any day.

Luke entered this world on September 12th, bright and early at 5:59 am, weighing 6 lb 14 oz and measuring 19 inches long.

Without further ado, introducing Luke Bingham-

2 weeks old
Milam Photography

In true doctor's wife fashion, I went into labor one afternoon while my husband was performing surgery.  Being new to the whole labor thing, I didn't know I was actually in labor at first.  After all, it was a week early and I was convinced that I would go overdue with him.  I had just seen my ob/gyn the day before and was only 1 cm dilated!  I even called the on call ob/gyn who told me he didn't think I was in labor and "this could go on for days."  Well, "days" ended up being a couple hours before the pain was unbearable and I was having contractions 30 seconds apart.  

I called Jeff's cell phone knowing the scrub nurse would answer and relay whatever I had to say to him while he was still scrubbed in.  I probably called 3 or 4 times over the span of 3 hours.  The first time I called my message was something like, "I'm in a lot of pain, but I can wait till you get home."  An hour later, it was more like I need to go to the hospital NOW!  I could hear him cursing in the background because there was literally nothing he could do for me at the moment, since he was still finishing up a surgery.  

Starting to panic, I called my one friend here since we were still new in town and couldn't get in touch with her for over an hour.  Afraid I would be one of those people having their baby on the side of the road, I finally called Jeff's phone one last time and screamed at the nurse to call our friend's husband who also happens to be my husband's partner, a fellow orthopaedic surgeon.  The last thing I wanted was for him to see me in full crazy lady mode, as at this point every other word out of my mouth was "F*@!", but at this point I knew I just needed to get to the hospital and get an epidural FAST.

We made it to the hospital and hilarity ensued as our friend wheeled me into labor and delivery and everyone thought he was my husband.  Then the nurses, bless their hearts, made me sign about a million papers and answer a thousand pointless questions before admitting me and letting me get an epidural.  Questions like- 'Have you taken a birth class?'  Now tell me, why do you need to know that as I'm screaming in pain?  Maybe we can save this little Q&A sesh for later?  I was most definitely that lady in movies you hear screaming curse words down the hall.  

My husband finally arrived and I thought, hey, I've never once pulled the "Doctor" card, but now is the time to use it!  The nurses kept telling me I couldn't get an epidural until my ob/gyn came to check me and she was currently finishing up a c-section.  I turned to Jeff and said, "Call Anesthesia, NOW!"  Before I knew it, we had anesthesia in our room and I was getting a blessed epidural before I saw my ob/gyn.  Why ANYONE refuses epidurals is beyond me, but more power to ya!  I am just not cut out for a "natural" labor, that's for sure.  I had relief for a couple hours, but as my labor progressed overnight and into the early morning hours I began to feel very uncomfortable, shaky, and an unbelievable amount of pressure.  I'm jealous of all those moms who are able to sleep after getting an epidural, but that was not the case for me.  Although I had relief from the intense pain, I still felt terrible all night and didn't get a wink of sleep (although Jeff did- there is nothing more frustrating than watching your significant other sleeping peacefully in the chair next to you as you suffer through labor!).  I had to stay laying on my left side because in any other position, Luke's heart rate would drop.  Towards the end of my labor, they put me on an oxygen mask and I started to get really nervous.  Finally at 5am it was time, and after an exhausting hour of pushing, we finally got to meet our precious little man!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

It's Baby Month!

Today I'm officially 38 weeks pregnant and Luke will be here in a matter of weeks!  People look at me like I'm going to go into labor at any moment.  I'll be glad to stop getting stares in the grocery store after he comes.  Don't worry people, I'm not going to pop this baby out on your floor!  Geez.

I guess I've been doing what everyone calls "nesting."  I get super anxious about things left on my to-do list until they're checked off.  Baby clothes are washed, freezer meals prepared, house semi-organized.  But just when I think progress is being made, a surprise happens that sets me back.  Take a look at this:

We were having an alarm system installed last week and the guy threading wires in our attic stepped his foot through my kitchen ceiling.  My FRESHLY painted ceiling.  So right now I'm sitting on the couch while a painter hopefully finishes repairing what they screwed up (on the alarm company's dime, obviously).  Oh, and did I mention we had to replace all the A/C ductwork in our attic a week after we moved in because it was leaking through our dining room ceiling (also freshly painted)?  And just for funsies, we got a letter in the mail a couple weeks ago from our homeowner's insurance company saying our policy was cancelled due to tree limbs overhanging our roof.  Seriously?  Our rep at the company straightened everything out, but I was thisclose to going hormonal-pregnant-lady-crazy on them.  Also, I get to deal with all of this on my own as Jeff is super busy getting settled into the new attending job.  I wouldn't trade staying home for going back to that terrible job I hated for anything, but things have definitely not been as "restful" as I had anticipated.

Home ownership!  Two steps forward, one step back.  Fingers crossed that there will be no more fun surprises before Luke comes!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Big Move and Third Trimester Update

It's been forever since I posted an update on here, but things have been pretty busy lately so please forgive me! 

Jeff graduated from his Sports Medicine fellowship in Jackson the last week of July and the program celebrated by having a nice dinner:

Fellowship grads

Proud wives!

Jeff and I moved to Louisiana last week and have been busy bees getting settled in our new home.  We had someone paint the entire house, so all the walls are fresh (and so clean clean), but we are still waiting on the painter to come back and install all the cabinet doors and drawers in the kitchen (he took them with him to sand down and re-paint so my kitchen is still all in boxes). 

We had an amazing contractor work on the nursery and replace wainscoting all along the walls.  It looks great!  We also finally got the crib put together and the rest of the baby furniture moved into the baby's room.  We have no furniture in the rest of the house besides our old couch and a plastic folding table, but hey!  The nursery is pretty much done!  We still have to add drapes and some artwork for the walls, but here's what we have so far:

Tomorrow I will be 35 weeks!  I can't believe how fast these last few weeks are flying by.  I would say about 3 weeks ago I started to have trouble sleeping due to hip pain at night and I can't do quite as much throughout the day without feeling really tired and getting painful cramps under my belly.  Oh, and it's been 95 degrees outside for the past month, so that has definitely added to the "fun" of being 8 months pregnant.  But other than that, I am really enjoying not working and nesting in our new home!

In other big news, Jeff starts his new job on Monday!  I don't know what we would have done if he hadn't taken these 2 weeks off between finishing fellowship and starting this job.  We have been scrambling trying to make minor improvements to the house, fill out job-related paperwork, and tying up loose ends.  We also went to New Orleans last weekend for my baby shower and Jeff went fishing with his Dad and one of his brothers.  Here are some pics from my baby shower high tea at the Windsor Court in New Orleans:

I had a great time celebrating baby LUKE (I don't know if I've shared his name on here yet?!) with sweet family and friends!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

NYC Babymoon

Jeff and I decided to take a little "babymoon" of sorts a few weeks ago to NYC over Memorial Day weekend.  I think most people do something relaxing, like go to a B&B, but not us!  We completely exhausted ourselves every day on our trip.  I was 23 weeks pregnant and luckily still had the energy to trek around the city!
It was Jeff's first ever trip to NYC, so I thought a good way to start off would be a ferry tour around Manhattan.  We even got a close up view of Lady Liberty herself, something I've never done on my visits to NYC.  It was a great way to start the weekend, and the overcast weather cleared just in time for us to enjoy the sights!

After a quick pit stop at an after hours walk-in clinic for an emergency allergy shot for Jeff (and a few hundred dollars poorer), we headed to the UWS for Shake Shack.  When you're on vacation and your only options are paying out of pocket for quick medical care or ruining the rest of your vacation, I'll pick the former any day!  Shake Shack had been on my to-do list for years, and I was not about to miss out on yet another chance to see what all the hype was about!  The line moved quickly and in no time we had our delicious burgers, fries, and custard for me/shake for Jeff.  It was 2:00 in the afternoon before this pregnant lady finally got lunch, and let me just say I was ha-ppy!

The UWS location of Shake Shack is right across the street from the Natural History Museum, so we popped in there because we had heard such great things about it.  The dinosaur fossils were really cool, but other than that I would skip it unless you have kids.  By this time, my feet were killing me and Jeff's allergy shot hadn't kicked in yet so we half walked/half limped back towards our hotel by way of Central Park. 

We made it about halfway through the park when the sky opened up and it started to rain.  We somehow got lucky and nabbed a cab right before the heavy downpour started and went back to our hotel to recuperate for a little while.  Our concierge recommended an Italian place in the theatre district for dinner called Osteria al Doge, and it was really good!
The next morning we had tickets for the 9/11 museum that had just opened earlier in the week.  It was so moving and I had to stop the tears from forming in my eyes a few times, especially when I read some of the last voicemails the victims left for their loved ones.  Definitely a must see when you're in New York.  We spent about 2.5 hours there and then took the subway over to Brooklyn to go to Smorgasburg!  It's basically a huge open lot with tons of gourmet food tents lined up- basically my dream come true.  You can read more about it here.  My friend Brittany who lives in NYC met up with us, and we all had these amazing lobster rolls, followed by these homemade ice cream sandwiches seen below.  Incredible!  I love going to Brooklyn and having the chance to get out of some of the craziness of Manhattan.
After another exhausting day (and thinking my feet would never recover) we got cleaned up and met up with some good friends for some rooftop drinks (and water for me!) before heading out to a delicious dinner at Buddakan in Chelsea Market.


Anyone recognize this from Carrie's rehearsal dinner in Sex & the City?!
The next day we had to head to the airport around 1:00, but we found time to stop at FAO Schwartz first to buy baby Witty a couple cute stuffed animals for the nursery.  This was a babymoon after all, so I couldn't leave without getting something for him!
I'll leave you with a bump pic from this past Sunday at 25.5 weeks!


All of our house negotiations are finally done and all that's left to do is close mid-July, pack up our apartment, move August 1st, and have this baby (hopefully in September when he's due)!  I'm very anxious, yet excited for what these next 3 months have in store for us :)

Monday, May 5, 2014

Last few months of training

Happy Medical Mondays!  It's been awhile since I've linked up, but it doesn't mean that exciting things haven't been happening over here!  Jeff is counting down to the last couple of months of his Ortho Sports Medicine fellowship before he starts his first attending job in August... 

...we're buying our first house...

Our Louisiana house!

And more importantly, our little family of 2 will soon be a family of 3 come September :)

20 weeks
Not to mention me transitioning from being a full-time scientist to a full-time mommy.  Things are going to be changing pretty quickly around here!  We'd love to have you follow along as we get used to life on the "other side," aka post-training!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Halfway there!

Well guys, as of today our little chicken is officially halfway cooked!  Yep, I'm 20 weeks today and wondering where the time has gone.  I've been taking semi-regular bump pictures next to a chalkboard, you know the type you see on Pinterest.  And by semi-regular I mean every 2-3 weeks or so.  Haven't uploaded any of them onto the blog because that would require me actually transferring them from my fancy non-iPhone camera onto my laptop.  Maybe I'll get around to uploading them all at once somewhere before the end of this pregnancy.  Plus, I feel like who really wants to see a bumpdate every other week?  I'll spare you.  Here's a bathroom iPhone pic instead (excuse the dirty mirror).

Picture taken 4 days ago
The most exciting thing to have happened thus far though is that as of about a week ago I can feel the little guy kicking around in there!  I was suprised that I started feeling him at only a little over 19 weeks, because I've heard that some first time moms don't feel him til about 22 weeks or so.  Maybe it's because he's measuring a little ahead according to the ultrasound tech?  Regardless, it's pretty cool.  What's not cool is that I'm starting to get what I expect is round ligament pain in my lower abdomen, I guess from everything stretching.

In other news, we got the inspection on the house we are buying and there were no big surprises, thankfully!  We are submitting what we want fixed to the sellers today.  Fingers crossed they will fix the few things we asked for.  Next step, appraisal!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

28 is gonna be a good one

Happy (belated) birthday to me!  Monday was my 28th birthday and it was a quiet one, as many Monday birthdays probably are.  Mondays just don't feel very festive and birthday-ish.  I enjoyed the low-keyness of it all though and spent a lot of time reflecting about how much our lives are going to change in my 28th year.  A new job, new city, and new baby are all on the horizon and I couldn't be more excited!
But before I share what we did over my birthday weekend I have other news to share-  we are officially under contract on a house!!!  Trying to keep it together for the time being though because inspections are this Friday and I know it could all fall apart if there is something big wrong with the house.  But we are under contract!  After 3 months of searching it feels good to finally be moving forward. 
Here are the deets/advice from my limited experience:
     The house is only a few minutes from where Jeff will be working AND we stuck to a budget that's less than half what we were approved for by the bank.  Our biggest concern was falling into that trap so many new doctors fall for when they buy a huge dream home right out of training and then find themselves house poor when their income unexpectedly drops after a few years.  But not us!  There were lots of gorgeous homes towards the high end of our budget for sale, but that's exactly what made us buy a less expensive house.  There were LOTS of expensive homes on the market.  Just sitting there, some for 1-2 years.  What happens if we don't love the job and move on after 3 years when the contract is up?  We'd be stuck with that gorgeous home sitting on the market for a year (or more) while we tried to sell it, that's what!  There are not as many people who will be qualified to buy that dream home once it comes time for you to sell it.
*Stepping off soapbox*
Here's what we did last weekend-
We benefitted from a guest speaker and his wife being in town who came to talk to Jeff's fellowship program.  The program director hosted parties for him on Friday and Saturday nights and invited the whole practice, fellows and wives included.  You know what that means- free food (and booze for the non preggos)!  Friday night they had an beautiful sit down dinner in their backyard complete with tables that were decorated as if it were a wedding reception (seriously- we rented the exact chiavari chairs at our wedding).  I'm sad I didn't get pictures of the whole setup! 
Saturday night everyone drove out to the program director's lake house where he hosted a more casual southern barbeque type dinner.  More free food!  They really knew they way to our hearts and sent all the fellows home with doggy bags, which were enthusiastically accepted.  Free dinner two nights in a row = happy fellows/wives!
Dinner Saturday night at the lake house
View at the lake house

Monday rolled around and even though I had to work, I was in a great mood all day because we had our anatomy scan scheduled for that afternoon.  We hadn't seen the little nugget since I was only 6 weeks pregnant and basically all you could see was a tiny little bean shaped thing.  We knew we were in for a surprise!  Our ultrasound tech told us that all his measurements looked "great" and that he was measuring about 5 days ahead.

17 weeks + 5 days

He was moving around like crazy even though I can't feel him yet!  Can't wait to start feeling his little thumps.  We are already so in love and can't wait to meet him!  We topped off a wonderful afternoon with dinner at Ely's restaurant in Jackson.  Couldn't have asked for a better day! 

Redfish with lump crabmeat and mashed potatoes

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Gender Reveal- It's a...

Yep, that's BLUE inside that cupcake!  We are so excited for our baby boy to makes his arrival this September!  My mom hosted a wonderful little gender reveal party for a few close friends and family members this past Sunday.  We had everyone vote whether they thought it would be a boy or a girl and it ended up being split down the middle- we had 4 votes for boy and 4 votes for girl after everyone had voted (not including Jeff and I since we had already peeked at the results!).

There are hardly any boys on my side of the family, so we were definitely due for a boy.  Jeff's family is full of boys though, which is great because they will know exactly what to do!  One thing is for sure, this little one will be spoiled rotten since he will be the first grandchild on both sides.  Even more exciting, he will be the first great-grandchild for Jeff's grandmother!
I'll leave you with some of the decorations from the party-




Thursday, March 20, 2014

We Caved

We completely and totally caved to impatience.  The gender of our soon to be little one was sitting in a little white envelope on Monday of this week.  We were planning on not finding out the sex until this Sunday at our gender reveal with family, but the temptation was real, my friends.  Six days of waiting while life-changing info was right there before us in our very hands seemed like an eternity!

So we did what anyone else from our I-need-to-know-right-now generation would do. 

We opened it.

It's been kind of fun having this HUGE little secret to ourselves for a week.  We haven't told a soul.  We're still doing the gender reveal on Sunday for family so we'll spill the beans after that.

We can't wait to share the news!

Monday, March 17, 2014

First comes love, then comes marriage...

...then comes the baby in the baby carriage!


I'm excited to finally share the big news on the blog!  Jeff and I are over the moon for this baby already!  These are the announcements we sent out to our extended families.  I'm 14 weeks on Wednesday, and baby's official due date is September 17th.  Jeff's start date for his new job is August 18th, so it will be one heck of a Fall for us.
We told our families back in January because we didn't want to wait!  One weekend we went up to see Jeff's family and brought them a King Cake because it was the start of Mardi Gras season.  As everyone began eating their piece, they quickly discovered that every single piece had a baby inside.  Usually, there is only one baby hidden inside a King Cake and the person who gets that piece has to buy the next cake.  Everyone was so confused until we handed Jeff's grandmother a card with an ultrasound picture inside!
The following weekend, we went down to Louisiana to surprise my parents.  I had these special wine labels made off Etsy for the announcement.  We told them we found this great wine we wanted to try and waited for them to read the labels.  It was a lot of fun!  They say,
"Drink this for me
I'll join you soon
Baby Witty coming
September 2014"


We will be doing a gender reveal in Louisiana next weekend.  Can't wait to find out whether the little one is a boy or a girl!

Monday, February 17, 2014

On being a real grownup

The contract has been signed, sealed, and delivered!  We're officially moving back to Louisiana this August and we couldn't be more excited.  Four years of med school, five years of residency, and one year of fellowship are almost complete and Jeff will be starting his first "real job."  It's all very grown up if I do say so myself.


Speaking of grown up things, we're going house hunting this weekend in our new city.  We don't know the neighborhoods that well, so I'm a little overwhelmed at the thought of finding THE house.  And before anyone says to just rent for a year and get to know the town, let me just say I am DONE renting.  I'm ready to really unpack, you know, all the boxes of "things" that we have just been storing in closets because it's not worth the effort to hang pictures or utilize fancy wedding gifts.  The only way we will be renting yet again is if we don't find anything that meets our somewhat picky list in time to move in August.  That is probably my worst nightmare!  So with that being said, our poor realtor is going to be showing us about 20 houses this Saturday.  Fingers crossed that one's a winner!

Nola Weekend During an Away Rotation

Jeff is in the middle of his second New Orleans rotation for fellowship, so I drove down this past weekend to stuff my face visit him.  I was really craving our old neighborhood sushi place, Kyoto, so we went there Friday night for Valentine's Day.  After gorging ourselves on sushi, we decided maybe we would just get a pint of ice cream from Creole Creamery to-go to eat sometime that weekend.  But once we walked in we realized how silly that was.  I mean, you're never too full for ice cream!  As my Dad always says, it just fills in the cracks.  Their red velvet flavor is the stuff of dreams.

The best ice cream EVER!  No really. 

As if that wasn't enough saturated fat for the weekend, I had my sights set on some beignets.  I had been trying to convince Jeff for the past week that this would be a good idea, but I just couldn't get him on board.  You see, I have a sweet tooth and he has something called self-restraint.  So while he was gone on Saturday on a fishing trip, I took the opportunity to rope my mom into splitting an order with me.

How can something so delicious be so wrong?

We rounded out the weekend by taking Jeff's Dad and brother to a much hyped burger place Uptown called Company Burger, followed by some Pinkberry (duh).  I think the guys liked their burgers because they ended up ordering another one to split.  Oh, and I can't forget breakfast at Surrey's on Sunday morning.  Thanks to their Costa Rican breakfast (brown rice, black beans, scrambled eggs, pico, avocado, plaintain chips, and cheese! all piled in a bowl) that place is quickly climbing to my top breakfast spot in the city.  All in all, it was a delicious, gluttonous weekend (as all New Orleans weekends should be).  To top it off, the weather was downright glorious!  More weekends like this, please.  
Pelicans on the dock

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

MIA and a Snow Day

I haven't posted in several weeks, but here's an update on our lives according to my iPhone:

Mischa by the fire

At Jeff's parents' house last weekend
That's right, we've been doing a whole lot of nothing too exciting around here.  Thus, the lack of posts.  One thing that has been semi-exciting is the snowpocalypse today.  If by snowpocalypse I mean there's an inch of snow, several schools have been cancelled, and my instagram feed is full of pictures like this one I took below.  I know everyone up north is rolling their eyes right now.  Don't hate.

The view out my window at the medical center
Even though I still have to be at work, it's pretty cool.  Cause there's snow in Mississippi, y'all!  That doesn't happen very often.  The crazy part is that New Orleans and all of Mississippi south of Jackson are supposed to get even MORE snow.  Tulane has a snow day today after I move 3 hours north.  Of course that would be my luck!  Oh well, I guess it could be worse.  I mean, I'm pretty sure New Orleans will be without power for like 3 days since Entergy can't maintain power in the city when there's a light breeze outside...
In other news, Jeff is *thisclose* to signing the real job contract.  We got the final version in the mail over the weekend.  All that's left to do is sign it and mail it back!  It feels surreal.  Only 6 more months of fellowship!!