Exactly three years ago, our family shared some very special news: that we were expecting our first child, a baby girl born in January of 2015. Now, at age two and a half, Alexandra August has some big changes coming up in her future… Ryan and I are expecting our second child! Alexandra will be Big Sister to a little mister! Baby BOY Wiese is due in February 2018.
I imagine going through infertility treatment is very much like going through any other major medical care. While the end-goal here is not to find a life-saving cure for yourself, the similarity lies in that finding a cure still equals life…not for you, but for the potential of life for your future child. You as the patient are bound by the condition of your physical body, the prescribed medical treatment plan, and the will of God/the universe/karma/chaos. –Whatever you chalk it up to, it feels as though powers outside of your control hold your fate.
As evidenced by the title, this post is about leaning into faith in God during an infertility crisis. I know not everyone shares my Christian faith or follows this doctrine, but I personally believe my Savior is in control. It doesn’t mean that we don’t have our faith tested and certainly a negative medical diagnosis can bring even the most devout follower to doubt. After going through a three-year struggle to become pregnant, here are some personal truths I’ve realized after making it to the light at the end of the tunnel.
God’s ideas were better than mine: It never quite comforted me when a fellow Christ follower would advise, “It may not be the Lord’s will right now” or “God does things in His own time.” While this was disheartening to hear, I forced myself to take comfort in knowing that His plans for me & my family are greater than I could imagine. — After all, how limiting it would be if the extent of our life’s richness was limited to our simple human mind’s own vision! The Bible says, “‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the Lord. ‘As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.'” (Isaiah 55:8-9 NIV)
Prayer can give life to His plans: I don’t think we as Christians give enough credit to the power of our prayers, especially during a health crisis when it can feel like our hands are tied. There is life-affirming power in the words we speak and there is weight in the fervent prayer of children to their Father. What’s more, there are instances in the Bible when man’s communication with God appears to persuade Him onto an alternate course of action, i.e. Moses asking to spare the Israelites (Exodus 32:9-14), Abraham speaking on behalf of Sodom (Genesis 18:22-33) and Hezekiah pleading for his own life (2 Kings 20:1-7). While He is sovereign, omnipotent, unchanging and doesn’t bargain, I do believe prayer was an integral factor in my path to pregnancy.
Cling to the Lord’s promises: After receiving the frustrating diagnosis of ‘unexplained infertility,’ the fear of the unknown drew me closer to God, my rock. Somehow, in my heart of hearts, I knew that He wanted me to have children and I held steadfast onto that intuition. I wholeheartedly believe our Lord wants us to receive the desires of our hearts…especially when that desire is to build a family. In the end, I think the strongest notion –my saving grace throughout treatment– was the promise conveyed in Luke 11:9 (NLT): “And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.”
No better time than National Infertility Awareness Week (April 24-30, 2016) to finally begin sharing my personal journey through infertility on social media. Even after crying tears of joy, making it to some major motherhood milestones —successfully getting pregnant, a smooth birthing experience, and even upon celebrating my daughter’s one year birthday– still, I wasn’t ready to openly discuss it.
However, I received an email today about Kaya Singer — entrepreneur, mentor, and author of the book Wiser & Wilder. Singer says that success comes to those who focus on being authentic, in the right circle of people, in a balanced and actualized way, with a strong voice. It also means being willing to face the unhealed parts of yourself that hold you back.
I have no reason to remain held back by my infertility, I have beat it once and I can beat it again. Kaya’s mission is to support visionary women to wake up, stop hiding and invest in themselves so they can reach their true potential and make a bigger difference in the world. So, I’m following Singer’s advice and facing my experience head-on by sharing that tough part of my life as openly and honestly as possible. Look out for a more personal post here later this week, as well as one I wrote to go live soon on Austin Moms Blog.
Back to this being National Infertility Awareness Week: the theme for this year is #StartAsking. Awareness is important as there are so many women and men (7.5 million suffers) that don’t know where to begin. Every day people with infertility are asking real and important questions. “Why me?” “How can we afford this?” National Infertility Awareness Week is not only an opportunity to raise awareness about this disease, but also motivate all that are touched by infertility to commit to the cause.
Employers for insurance coverage.
Your lawmakers and legislators to support issues important to the infertility community.
Friends and family to support you.
The media to cover infertility and the real challenges we all face.
Your partner to get involved.
Those who have resolved their infertility to stay involved.
OB/GYN or healthcare provider to talk about YOUR reproductive health.
For affordable care for treatment of a disease.
Legal access to all family building options nationwide.
About men’s reproductive health
Here we are, six-weeks postpartum and I’ve finally emerged from the haze of newborn survival-mode. The first month was quite a doozy, let me tell ya! I’ve never been so anxious, sleep-deprived and overwhelmed in my life. It’s an understatement to say that life will never be the same. Even though it’s been tough, we are now settled into our new family home and baby girl is even sleeping through the night! A couple other special milestones were reached today, too: Although we’ve seen her smile during her sleep (happy baby dreams!), she gave us her first real smile today. She was just finished with her morning feeding and I asked her if she wanted to go to church today…she replied with a wide-awake smile and we both just ate it up and took it as confirmation that it was finally time. Because she hasn’t had her first round of vaccinations yet, Ryan’s been hesitant to take her out in large crowds but I just couldn’t wait any longer. Thus, this morning was her first visit to the Lord’s house and going together this Sunday morning as a family made my heart so full.
Several weeks ago, I began a blog post sharing Alexandra’s birth story…our time in the hospital was so memorable that I wanted to capture everything that happened. The aforementioned newborn “survival-mode” quickly took over my time & energy and I never got around to posting it. So, now that I finally have a minute to collect my thoughts & properly organize a sentence, here is my recount of our daughter’s entry into the world:
Our precious baby girl decided to come early! Saturday, January 10th was her actual due date but my water broke at home at 5:30 a.m. on Monday the 5th. I’ve never really placed much stake in the effect of the tides, moon, storms, etc. on our lives, but I believe my “spontaneous rupture” as they called it, was surely brought on by the first full moon of 2015. Shining brightly into the floor-to-ceiling windows of our downtown condo, the moon was at the height of its fullness right around the exact time my water broke. In fact, that day the hospital’s maternity ward was at full capacity and the nurse said although it sounds a little crazy, a full moon will usually do that.
During my chat with the doctor on-call, we were told that since it was my first pregnancy we had a couple of hours to gather our things, eat, and make it in to the hospital without rush. It was so nice to shower up, do some final cleaning, take a couple of pictures, and apply a little makeup before heading out the door.
One huge benefit of choosing the OBGYN practice we did is that their office is located directly across the street from the hospital in which we elected to deliver, Seton Main. We were already scheduled for a regular weekly appointment with that day, so we just called-in & headed there first to confirm that today was the day. After testing the amniotic fluid, they determined my water had indeed broken but I still had not begun to dilate. My doctor advised starting with a single dose of a drug called Cytotec, which is like a step before Pitocin and has an off-label use of initiating dilation/induction. Since it’s administered at the hospital, we headed on over to get all checked-in. We arrived at the Labor & Delivery floor around 9:30 a.m. and took one last belly bump pic before everything changed forever!
Luckily, the Cytotec began to work after just one dose (they were willing to try up to three doses throughout the day) and without having to use Pitocin, my contractions started within about 3 hours. During this period before contractions began, we had ample time to get acclimated to our room, meet the nursing staff, ask all our questions, chat with my doctor again, and begin to call & alert family that yes, it was actually GO TIME!
The next five hours of contractions were no joke. Going through labor pains is seriously the most intense experience, but I’m grateful I got the chance to go through it. The waves of pain rolled in lightly at first but naturally, intensified significantly over time. I used breathing techniques, the exercise ball, a heating pad, and my husband’s support to get through each wave of pain. Ryan was such a trooper for me during this part of the process and I especially appreciated him applying counter pressure with his thumbs to the small of my back when I asked for it. I didn’t expect to feel it so bad in that area, but the severe lower back pain might’ve been the worst part of each contraction. I got to where they were coming in a minute & a half apart and was dilated to a 4 when I decided to go ahead and take an epidural. Because you have to be able to sit still for five minutes straight in order to receive the shot into your back, I got nervous that if I waited any longer I wouldn’t be able to hold still! The intensifying contractions required me to move to get through them and I knew that if I waited any longer, they would prevent me from sitting still & holding that hunched over position for the required amount of time. Luckily the epidural wasn’t painful or scary at all, and it was successful at providing relief for the next part of the process.
The next few hours of labor held a night and day difference from the first half of the experience. Our parents came into the room & visited with us, I was actually able to hold a conversation with them, and I had time to rest my eyes and attempt to relax before the big moment. Around 8/8:30 p.m., it was time to get checked again and the doctor proclaimed that it was time to push! The most amazing part of the whole process is that baby girl was more than completely effaced…even to a +2 (I believe that’s how they put it?) — basically, you could tell for weeks that she had “dropped”…in fact, she was always really low from early on in my pregnancy and now that it was time for her to come out, she had already done most of the work getting there! With the mirror, I was able to see her little head and touch her hair before I even started pushing. No episiotomy, either — my doctor just used olive oil to stretch & massage the skin during delivery. I was told my pushing style was unique — I could quickly tell having other people hold my legs wasn’t cutting it, so I held ’em back myself. The nurses were cheering me on & said they’ve never seen someone do that but the ‘Happy Baby’ pose from yoga class was working for me: I only had to push for 30 minutes and she was here!
Hmmmm, how to convey the epic moment you see a little person emerge from out of you? An actual human being who’s been cooking inside your belly for 39 weeks? To see their eyes blink open and hear their cry? –It’s incredible, amazing, miraculous. I didn’t care that she was covered in goop, I wanted to hold her close and just be in awe of her. I could tell immediately how much she looked like Ryan and upon seeing her face, we both had confirmation of our top choice of names: Alexandra August. I wanted to do “delayed cord clamping” and although I don’t think she agreed with the merits of the practice, our doctor obliged and we kept her cord connected for 5 minutes after birth. I was nervous he wouldn’t want to or be able to stomach it, but Ryan cut the cord! Oh, and they asked if I wanted to see my placenta and I said yes — yikes, this mass of afterbirth looks like a huge sack of yuck! But, next time I will definitely look into saving it for freeze-drying into placenta pills. (No one warned me about the Baby Blues and I’ve heard the hormones in your placenta can help with that.) I can’t say enough great things about my OBGYN, Dr. Kung at Women Partners in Health and I can’t sing enough praises for the labor & delivery nurses at Seton Main. I couldn’t have asked for better partners to see us through the birthing process.
So, on January, 5, 2015 at 9:38 p.m., we welcomed our baby girl Alexandra August Wiese into the world. She was 6 pounds, 4 ounces and 21 inches long. Half an inch of that height was from a pretty gnarly cone head, but that evened out within a couple of days — haha! But seriously, our prayers were answered: she was totally healthy and I fared the labor & delivery process pretty well, too. Came out of it with an ‘average tear’ (level 2 laceration) and some numbness in my knees attributed to temporary nerve damage during labor. Our parents were obviously overjoyed with the news of a successful delivery and they were able to come in and meet their grandchild just in time for her first bath. I remember being ravenously hungry but feeling & looking pretty good, considering I just had given birth. –I guess when you only push for half an hour your makeup doesn’t sweat off! Soon after our visitors had left but before we were put into our recovery room, it was time to try to breastfeed. We tried cross cradle hold & football hold with no luck, but side-by-side was a success. She now nurses like a champ — no issues with latch, nipple confusion, or anything!
The first night in the hospital was a sleepy blur…in hindsight, I would’ve utilized the hospital’s nursery (it was full anyway, apparently due to the full moon) but because I was breastfeeding, we were advised not to offer her a bottle or pacifier just yet and keep her in the room with us so she could nurse on-demand. The second night was sleepless, too…up for hours upon hours rocking her side-to-side, skin-to-skin. Our post-delivery hospital time was rotation of specialist visits, not-as-bad-as-I-was-warned hospital food, and just plain exasperated exhaustion…when it was time for discharge, we were certainly ready to go home.
Now, here we are: out of the hospital, out of our downtown condo, and in our new home, happy & cozy. Her nursery is coming together, she’s past her one-month fussy stage, and I’m getting the hang of this whole newborn parenting thing. She’s growing splendidly (is breastfeeding as I type this now, actually) and is just so beautiful. We are incredibly thankful for our blessing…she’s truly made us into a family.
Now that Black Friday & Cyber Monday are under our belts, do we have our holiday shopping all wrapped up? Um, no. We –cough, cough– did a lot of shopping for ourselves on those days. –The deals were just too good to pass up, y’all! However, I managed to cross my parents’ gifts off the list, so it wasn’t ALL for us.
If you’re a Nordstrom Rewards member, they’re offering amazing promotions this month. From a choose-your-own Personal 10 Points Day to a Private Holiday Shopping Party, they are making it quite tempting to shop them exclusively this holiday season. Our Austin Private Holiday Shopping Party at Barton Creek Square is tonight, actually, and here are some of my personal holiday picks:
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1. Fresh ‘Favorites’ Set: For the longest time I wondered why Fresh was trying to charge so much for what I saw as glorified chapstick, but this “lip treatment” has a bona-fide cult-following status and I’m curious to see what the rage is all about. Plus, value sets like this one are a fun way to dive in and explore a beauty brand’s top sellers. ($28)
2. Ugg Slippers: My hubs has a man-version of these house shoes — he’s been wearing them on the daily and now I’m jealous & want some of that comfy cozy footwear action for myself. 😉 These by Ugg are crafted from luxe materials in glitzy leopard print…kind of a splurge to buy for yourself but they would make a functional yet fabulous present for the lady of the house. ($119.95)
3. Yves Saint Laurent Eye Essentials Set: For the same reason that I’ve been eyeing the Fresh set above, I’m also intrigued by this one. Their well-reviewed Touche Eclat under-eye highlighter has been on my radar for awhile now & this is a good way to sample it & other offerings from luxurious beauty brand YSL. ($41)
4. Little Giraffe Chenille Blanket: I received one of these at my Austin baby shower and it is the softest little blankie I’ve ever touched! Can’t wait to wrap our little girl up in its sweet softness. They are top-rated (5-stars all around), washable, moms love them (because their babies love them!) and makes the perfect gift for the ‘New Mom’ or ‘Baby’s 1st Christmas’ category. ($68)
5. Kendra Scott ‘Elisa’ Drusy Pendant Necklace: Of course I’ve gotta put some Kendra Scott on my list! I’ve seen these necklaces on ladies around Austin (my mom has one in an Iridescent Cobalt, in fact) and let me tell ya: they sure do sparkle beautifully. I chose to picture the ‘Gunmetal’ color here…I have some KS drusy earrings in Gunmetal and get compliments on them all the time. Because it’s sparkly white it doesn’t photograph so well but my favorite color of this necklace is actually the Iridescent drusy…how to describe it? –literally looks like you’re wearing a magical fairytale snowflake. ($65)
6. Cake ‘Cotton Candy’ Seamless Nursing Bra: –What can I say? When they’re giving me 10 rewards points per every dollar spent, I’ll go ahead and stock up on some essentials, right? With our baby due next month & planning to breastfeed, I know I’ll be needing a good non-binding nursing bra for daily wear around the house. This one is reasonably priced and boasts rave customer reviews so that was enough for me to get it ordered (in beige) & on its way. Now, we just need little Baby Wiese to make her world debut! ($49)
This month, Texas experienced its first Arctic cold front of the season and baby, it was cold outside! I loved our temps in the 30s & 40s, actually…finally got to wear my chic new winter coat and bust-out my cozy fall sweaters. Here are some other highlights of November that are brightening my holiday season:
1. Friendsgiving hostess gifts: The weekend before last was my baby shower in Houston and the trip marked the last time I’m leaving Austin before baby arrives. Unfortunately, that means no traveling to family for the holidays! 😦 Not having Thanksgiving dinner with our parents will be different, but different can be good, right? Thankfully, we were invited to attend a ‘Friendsgiving’ on Thanksgiving Day in Austin, so we wont be all alone. Ryan is planning to bring along a bottle of Cab Franc from one of his favorite vineyards, Trefethen. I’m gifting our hostess with my new go-to teacher/nurse/hostess/thank you gift: the Monogram Mug from Anthropologie. At just $8, not only is this little token of appreciation budget-friendly, but it’s personalized, multi-use, and goes with almost every decor. Plus, every lady loves to unwrap a little something from Anthro, right? I appreciate that they’re great given alone or you can personalize it further by filling it with other fun trinkets the recipient would enjoy. I like to think of it like a modern, mini gift basket…and everyone is gaga over all-things monogrammed these days. Bonus: for a couple bucks more, snag one of the limited edition versions in GOLD — so pretty for the holidays!
2. Styling the bump: A cute part of the weather change is that my baby bump is really starting to show and it’s so fun dressing it up for the season! I’m soaking up the love from strangers I meet…now that I finally really look pregnant, it’s heartwarming to hear the compliments & well wishes for our little one. Ryan took these photos of me during our Babymoon in Half Moon Bay, CA.
I wanted to share that a valuable layering piece I’m wearing underneath both of these looks is my basic white tank sent to me by SkinnyTees. SkinnyTees offers a collection of seamless tanks, tees, tops, skirts, dresses, bandeaus, leggings and active wear and their products are perfect for that in-between period during and post-pregnancy. With plenty of material to cover the entire bump, there’s no rolling or riding up here! Previously, I was living in my Shimera 2-way Seamless Tanks from Nordstrom but for now, the SkinnyTees seamless tank wins out due to the longer length and flattering cut.
2. Delice: Arriving exclusively in Texas and Florida this month, this brand new bubbly from the sparkling experts at Chandon won’t be available nationally until February 2015. Described as crisp & refreshing, they recommend it on its own or in a spritz over ice with a fresh garnish like mint, grapefruit or cucumber. I was one of the first to receive a bottle of this debut cuvee — while it’ll be awhile before I can enjoy a glass or two myself, I was thrilled to be gifted with a bottle of champs whose name means ‘Delicious’ in French…perfect for Blog Joie de Vivre, no? Cheers, y’all and Happy Thanksgiving!
La Torretta Lake Resort & Spa, Lake Conroe, Lake View Suite at La Torretta, Lakeside Restaurant & Bar, Muscle Milk, Mustela, Organic Protein Shake, Staycation, Stretch Mark Prevention Cream, Stretch Marks Double Action
Hope everyone had a lovely Fall weekend! Blogging today from the shores of Lake Conroe at the La Torretta Resort. On Friday morning, I had to take the dreaded 3-hour long glucose test (pregnancy-related test to check for gestational diabetes), so it was such a welcomed escape to jump in the car for a little staycation escape over the weekend.
1. La Torretta Lake Resort & Spa: Located about an hour north of Houston & 2.5 hours east of Austin, this Lake Conroe resort offers a ton of amenities at a great price. Upon check-in, we received one of their Lake View Suites on the 17th floor — what a splendid view of the waterpark & lake!
Our first evening was enjoyed exploring the resort grounds…they have just about everything you could want in a vacation property. My favorite features are their lazy river, room views, and lakeside location; Ryan is happy with the ESPN in HD, hot tub, and on-site dining options. Our first night, we had dinner at their flagship restaurant, Lakeside Restaurant & Bar…we recommend the Spinach & Artichoke Dip appetizer and housemade cheesecake for dessert. Saturday night was spent at the sushi bar watching the MLB World Series –Go Royals!– over a delish Philly Roll. Finally, we capped off our evening at the lively piano bar for a little live music and people watching.
Part of me wishes we would’ve at least gotten out on the lake/rented a jetski or something, but between packing boxes for our upcoming move & all my pregnancy appointments back home, simply taking it easy and never leaving the resort property was exactly what we needed. You can’t really tell so much from their web site, but the fitness center is huge and we were impressed with the variety of workout rooms & equipment options at our fingertips. A good workout, soaking up a little sunshine, springing for room service, and a nice nap will do wonders for the soul, I tell ya.
2. Organic Muscle Milk: Being pregnant, my husband is always pushing for me to get more protein…he wants that baby to GROW! 🙂 Because their organic line is newly launched, I recently received a complimentary shipment of 2 four-pack cartons, one chocolate and one vanilla. Besides endorsing this drink as a great way for me to get in those grams of muscle-building protein, the hubs loves this stuff too. He gulped down both flavors eagerly, going for them as a breakfast on-the-go, post-workout protein supplement, and ‘just because’ as an afternoon snack…goes without saying, I had trouble keeping them stocked in the refrigerator.
I’m usually a chocolate girl but the vanilla is hands-down my favorite. I had one of those crummy-feeling days a couple weeks ago, full of pregnancy symptoms like headache, nausea, and all-around lack of energy…was contemplating cancelling my afternoon beauty appt. just becuase I didn’t want to leave the bed. After some self-coaching (get up! you can do it!), I peeled myself up and drank a muscle milk during the drive there. –Must’ve been exactly what the doctor ordered, becuase I felt energized after finishing it and the delish vanilla flavor made me feel like I was treating myself to a milkshake!
Being organic is a game changer for me on these drinks, too. I don’t know of many protein shakes that taste as good (especially while containing as much protein) while maintaing that USDA Organic stamp of approval. Plus, they are low fat, low cholesterol and sweetened with organic cane sugar and organic stevia. You can try Muscle Milk Organic Vanilla Protein Shakes at Target.
3. Mustela: I’m 29 weeks along now and among other pregnancy concerns, I’m in full-on stretch mark prevention mode. The baby is estimated to weigh about 3 pounds at this point and is expected to triple in size during the third trimester! Although my preg-o belly has been pretty small-ish so far, I know this bump is primed to really pop in the coming months. My mom says she used olive oil to prevent stretch marks and I think I’ll follow her natural oil-based lead by experimenting with my organic coconut oil from Whole Foods. Mostly, though I’m leaning on a stretch mark prevention cream by Mustela. It’s a little pricey at just under $50, but I got mine with a 20% of coupon at buy buy BABY. This one seems to be the most reputable: successful in clinical trials, legit sounding active ingredients, and Paraben/Phthalate-free. It’s worked so far…not a single stretch mark yet (fingers crossed my skin stays that way!)
Last weekend, my husband and I threw a Ba-By-Q to celebrate the news of our pregnancy with our Texas friends & family. Never heard of a “Ba-By-Q”? –Think co-ed baby shower meets afternoon barbecue. Since it was too soon to call it a baby shower, we deemed it a combo Diaper Party and Gender Reveal. A Diapers & Dudes / Burgers, Beers & Baby kinda thing. –I have Pinterest to thank for the idea, of course! (If you’re on Pinterest too, I’d love to swap ideas…follow me here.) It was just our luck that my in-laws rented out a casita at the UT Golf Club as their lodging for the occasion and they agreed to allow us to host the party out there. The space was the perfect place to gather and we loved our weekend out in the hill country.
Since we would be revealing the sex of Baby Wiese to both our parents during the event, I wanted to create a comfortable atmosphere for guys and girls alike. I feel like gender reveal parties can easily get a bit of a vanilla-sweet ladies lunch vibe, so I kept the day casual by serving sliders, hot dogs & cold beers. But, it all had a tie-in with the theme: the beer chest had a chalkboard “Huggies and Chuggies” sign and the white wine was labeled “Pampers and Pinot.” Oh, and I couldn’t resist these Barefoot wines with their tiny baby foot imprints on pink & blue labels!
Although it was a grill-out, we kept it upscale by serving all organic foods & sodas, i.e. sliders were made of grass-fed, pasture-raised organic lean beef and the hot dogs were humanely raised uncured beef, made with no antibiotics or preservatives. A rainbow of organic chopped fruit was served kabob-style and rather than a traditional sheet cake, dessert was comprised of mini bundt cakes (cupcake size) in a variety of flavors. Have y’all tried Nothing Bundt Cakes? –OMG, so good and moist! I opted for three dozen of their little “Bundtinis” in chocolate/chocolate chip, red velvet (everyone’s favorite), white chocolate raspberry, and lemon.
Now, for the highlight of the evening: the big reveal! We had our friends “Cast Your Vote and Wear It’ by signing a black foam board w/ chalk markers and don a boy or girl lanyard made of a cute little pink or blue lucite charm strung with matching baker’s twine. Additionally, I drew up a board of clues to help everyone narrow it down…
So…any guesses?!? The “Old Wive’s Tales” where the responses would indicate boy are written in blue, and girl are obviously in pink. As you can see, that gaggle of ol’ wives would predict we’re having a BOY. To keep things interesting, I came up with a way for our voters to get some skin in the game: I knew that after the reveal we’d be doing a champagne toast, so those who guessed correctly got to cheers with Moet & Chandon champagne from France…those who guessed wrong got Korbel sparking white wine from Cali. 😉
As to how the actual reveal would be done, I definitely did my research to find something new. I’ve seen the cake-batter reveal (kinda anti-climactic, honestly) and the whole ‘releasing a box of balloons’ thing can easily go haywire (the balloons don’t always cooperate the way you hope ’em to), so I settled on the balloon-pop idea. Each set of Grandparents-to-Be got one opaque black balloon filled with either pink or blue confetti. This way, each of our parents found out at the exact same time and the popping of the balloon visually revealed baby’s gender in a nice ‘Surprise!’ way to our guests. Gotta say, it went over so well…our dads held the balloon steady while our mothers popped it with a toothpick on the count of three, and the silk rose petals I had placed inside flew into the air and fluttered slowly to the ground. It was a complete shock to our parents and so much fun to see the excitement on their faces when they found out their future grandchild is a…
Big thanks to those who flew in from out of state, who drove in from Houston, and to all who came out to Steiner Ranch for the party. It was such a memorable day for our family and I am thankful to share it with each of you.
More maternity pics from our shoot with Laura Vogt Photography…
I first felt the baby move at 18 weeks and now feel it moving around all the time. Both my husband and my mother have felt Baby Wiese’s little kicks, too. We find out the sex in just a few days! Gender Reveal Party is in Austin on Sept. 6th.
Now that we’ve officially announced the pregnancy, I thought I’d share some highlights from our pregnancy announcement photo session. We were so lucky to be vacationing in the picturesque setting of North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains at the same time as my Sister-in-Law, a talented photographer based in Tulsa, OK. Laura of Laura Vogt Photography specializes in engagement, wedding, and boudoir photos with an ethereal, soft, romantic quality about them. She does a lot of outdoor shoots in fields of flowers at sunset, beautifully capturing ‘golden hour’ to give her photographs the essence of a fairy tale. She graciously took time out of her holiday to shoot some 800+ shots of us, which came out to one click every four seconds! I’ve narrowed down my favorites and although totally unedited, they truly capture how I’m feeling right now.