Peter is 9 Months Old Today

Whoosh! Time flies! Peter is crawling and pulling himself up on furniture. No rest for the weary in this household!

As you can see from the pics below, this boy loves food and his sister 🙂 He’s going to outweigh her pretty soon.

We moved into new house (still in the city) two weeks ago, I’ll post more about that and the sale of our old house very soon. It’s just been a little hectic with all the packing, unpacking and balancing of kiddos the entire time. So stay tuned for a super fun post very soon.

xoxo

 

 

Peter is 7 months old!

My love bug is growing so, so fast. He weighs 18lbs and is eating solids like it’s his job. He’s beginning to show signs of crawling (or creeping? I can never keep it straight). In any event, he’s moving around really well on his tummy. 

Nora and Peter are still crazy about one another. Honestly, they can’t get enough of each other. Every morning when Nora wakes up I take Peter into her room and she says “Mama, put Peter in my crib. I move over. I gunna make room for him”. After I lay him next to her she sings songs to him and pets him. It’s truly the most adorable thing on the planet. 

Let’s hope this love fest lasts (knock wood, right?!)


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Ok, it’s been a long while!

For those of you still reading my blog, I do apologize. I’m just crazy busy with two littles and trying to balance my own, adult life.

I’ve been posting my updates to Facebook, Insta and Snapchat; and, as a result I’ve been totally neglecting my blog. 

So let me make it up to you. Below are Peter’s monthly growth pics, plus a few other fun ones thrown in for good measure. 

Nora continues to love her brother with all her might. They’re adorable together. Peter is thriving and the happiest little boy you’ve ever met. 

For the first time in a long while I’ve got a lot on my mind and will try my best to post my deep thoughts here. Not that anyone cares, but it’ll ultimately make me feel better to write and get it out. 

I thought I’d lost my blogging voice – but indeed it’s still here. Just lurking beneath the surface. So, I hope to pay more attention to that inner voice in the coming months. 

Stay tuned! Lucky you…..


Peter’s One Month Old & Pumpkin Patch

Hey everybody!

Well, I missed posting Peter’s one month photo yesterday – agh, such is life with two under two! Better late than never, right?

I can’t believe it’s already been one month. Time is just flying by. Peter’s jaundice is all better and he’s growing like a weed. He weighs 8lbs 10ozs and is 20 inches long. He’s got a touch of baby acne, cradle cap and thrush (damn you pesky hormones!), but he doesn’t seem to be bothered by any of it.

Nora is an amazing big sister. She loves to hold Peter and kiss him. She’s got so much love to give!

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How he really feels about this photo shoot!

This morning Paul played hookey from work for a few hours and we took Nora and Peter to the pumpkin patch in Half Moon Bay. It was a fun morning – but we had to play a little man on man defense as we each tended to a child. As soon as we got to the farm, Peter needed to eat. So I took care of that while Paul entertained Nora. Sadly, we weren’t able to get a family picture — but we did the best we could. Something tells me it’ll be a few years before we get a family picture again! haha!

This weekend we’re having a Sip & See for Peter. We’ll have an open house for a few hours so that friends can drop by to meet Peter. Stay tuned for pictures from that as well as Peter’s newborn photo shoot. xoxo

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Happy Birthday!

We welcome with so much love and joy, Peter Vikram Sieminski

Born at 10:25pm on September 19, 2016

Weighing in at 6lbs 14ozs and 18 inches long

We’re so proud of our 36-weeker. He didn’t have to go to the NICU and is happy and healthy in the well baby nursery. So many blessings!

Nora is coming to the hospital later today to meet her brother 🙂 Here we go………

6.29.16 – 24 Weeks, 4 Days

Huge hugs and kisses to all of you for the many, many messages of love and support. Your thoughts and prayers are working!

As I write this I’m listening to the baby’s heart beat glub glub on the monitor. It’s the best sound ever. I get fetal monitoring and contraction monitoring every four hours throughout the day. I’m on the monitors for an hour session each time. It’s a great activity that takes up four hours of my day and I just love hearing his little body moving around and his strong heart thumping away. Yay!

This morning I had an ultrasound done to check the stability of my cerclage and all looks good. The doctors were very happy with the way everything looked. They’ll check it again in a few weeks.

Our game plan remains unchanged. I’ll stay on hospital bed rest for the foreseeable future and will just cross fingers and toes that my body keeps responding to inactivity.

Onward and upward.

xoxo

6.14.2016 – Seriously?

When life keeps giving you lemons, I’m here to tell you, you WILL get sick of making lemonade.

Two weeks ago I went to see my OB because I’d been spotting for about 24 hours. I was 22 weeks and 3 days pregnant. She did an exam and told me that she could feel my membranes. She said I have an incompetent cervix and I needed to immediately go to the hospital where I’d be admitted for at least a couple of days.

She told me that she was going to call a high risk surgeon to meet me and she was hoping he’d be able to place a “rescue”cerclage in my cervix. There wasn’t a whole lot of certainty in her voice though. She was really unsure whether anything could be done. She was very factual and calm, but I could tell baby boy and I were in deep shit.

So I hopped a cab (faster than uber or an ambulance) over to CPMC California. The nurses in triage were expecting me (I started having major PTSD flashbacks of the adria leak and my trip to the ER for the antidote….)

Long story short, I was having emergency surgery within an hour and a half. I was 3cm dilated and the surgeon could see baby boy’s feet coming out through the membranes (which were bulging out of my cervix).  Thank heavens the doctor was able to get the bag back into my cervix without rupturing it and there was enough cervix left to work with to insert a cerclage.

I’m not going to lie to any of you. The outlook those first 72 hours was really, really grim, but my body pulled through, and, far as anyone can tell, the baby is none the wiser (though he did get a good healthy dose of narco post-op and a 4-day-round-the-clock-dose of antibiotics via IV to my body).

So now I’m on indefinite bed rest at the hospital. Since I was asymptomatic when all of this started (save a little spotting) my doctors are hesitant to breathe a sigh of relief. We’re forced to take everything day by day and pray for the best.

It’s been 14 days since I arrived here. It’s been incredibly hard not to see Nora, Maisey and Paul all the time. It’s been a major test of character to have to surrender 100% control of everything in my life. From caring for my child, to my own body. I have to be strong every day and remember that I’m a mere vessel. Here to incubate the newest member of our family. It’s not an easy job at all. I was in a lot of physical pain early on. Now I’m in a lot of emotional pain. But when I focus on one day at a time, that helps.

This past Saturday I hit 24 weeks in my pregnancy, which is a huge milestone. Should baby boy arrive at this point, there are life saving measures that can be taken. That was not the case when I first arrived at 22 weeks.

So we are grateful for every small victory and we’ll keep pushing on. There are so many more details to the story, but the above is the gist. We’d appreciate it if you could keep us all in your prayers and hold space for us. We’ve got a long, long road ahead and hope that it’s drama free.

xoxo,

Andrea