On June 25th our family became complete. Our son Duke was born. I didn’t post much on social media while pregnant with him because I suffered from a condition know as Hyperemesis gravidarum and I was very sick throughout my pregnancy. I had HG with my first pregnancy as well and that’s largely the reason we waited four years after our daughter was born to try and have another baby. And then we struggled with infertility and miscarriage for an additional two years before conceiving this rainbow baby. I prayed that things would be different this time around and thought maybe if it was a boy I wouldn’t have HG, but deep down I knew better. That’s how badly we wanted this baby, that I was willing to go through all of that to bring him into the world! I still remember the day we found out the gender. We were so excited for all things BOY related! We found out early through a blood test. But then the vomiting started. So I couldn’t even think about converting our home office to a nursery. Even on the highest dosage of anti-nausea medicine I could barely function. I missed eighteen days of work and literally went nowhere else other than straight there and straight home. The medicine also contained a sleep aid and I was taking two at night, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.
Duke had his share of health related issues throughout my pregnancy as well, something else I kept pretty silent about. Another day I won’t forget is the day they called us back into the office to go over the results of his twenty week ultrasound. I knew this wasn’t standard procedure so I was a nervous wreck and sure enough they told us there were “abnormalities.” There was a spot on his stomach wall that they were concerned about. We were sent to the University of Illinois Chicago Fetal Center on multiple occasions for a series of tests and were told that our “baby had chosen to do something unusual.” That one spot had turned into three. And the specialists had “never seen this before and could not find any studies of this happening.” Not what you want to hear. So we were referred to a pediatric surgeon at Comer Children’s Hospital. We were given the best and worst case scenarios, that the spots on Duke’s stomach could be benign growths or they could be malignant tumors. But we would not know more until he was born, at which time they would need to see him in Chicago to do an ultrasound, scope, and biopsy. I think the not knowing was the worst part. Because of my age, my miscarriage history, and these stomach abnormalities my pregnancy with him was labeled high risk. I finished out my pregnancy by going to the hospital weekly for non stress tests to see how Duke was responding to movement, and biophysical profiles to evaluate his well being, as well as monthly fetal growth scans to assess his size and amniotic fluid volume. It was basically my second home, as I spent hours there every week.
But Duke entered the world at a healthy 9lbs! And we were recently told that his spots resolved themselves, are no longer showing up on his scans, and he was dismissed by the pediatric surgeon! We thank God for our healthy boy. And after much consideration and many discussions with my husband I decided to resign from my teaching position and stay home with him. Although leaving a career after ten years can be a little scary, we felt strongly that with my husband’s demanding work schedule this was the best thing for our family at this time. It also gives me the opportunity to pursue some of my other passions full-time, like blogging! And finally make some progress in the nursery!
My whole life has revolved around basketball. And my husband also played basketball in college on a scholarship and loves the game, hence our son’s name. So we knew we wanted a basketball themed room. But I wanted it to have the same farmhouse feel as the rest of our house so we went with a vintage sports theme. And I want to share some of our must have pieces for this space. The first thing we added to this room was the interactive, reclaimed wood scoreboard. It’s made by Rockpapersawzall on Etsy and we had it customized with our last name and Duke’s birth stats. Beneath the scoreboard we have vintage gymnasium seats. I found them on Craigslist and they were located about an hour and a half from my parents house so I called my dad to go get them. He went to this closed down school, scraped an inch of dust off of them to find three together in decent condition, unbolted them from the floor all by the light of his cell phone, and then drove them to my house. Yes my dad is better than your dad! Next we have this Emory crib by Franklin & Ben which screams farmhouse! Sitting on the ledge of the crib is the Owlet cam waiting to be hung up (for safety) when Duke moves into his room eventually. We are so excited they came out with this cam so that we can see and hear our baby, and when we pair it with his smart sock we can have his heart rate, oxygen levels, and sleep history displayed in the same cell phone app. The large metal letters hanging on the wall above the crib are from Craftcuts. They were the last touch we added to this room and I think they really help complete the look and pull the room together. Then on the opposite wall we’ve added a wooden basketball hoop by Humphries Garage for more of that old school feel. And we paired it with some Easy Stick wall pads from AK Athletic Equipment.
I can’t imagine a more fitting room for our future hooper. I can see him enjoying this space for years to come, shooting baskets with his friends and changing the score on the board…maybe even following in his mom’s footsteps and breaking a few light fixtures in the process but that’s okay haha!
Thanks for stopping by the blog today to share in our lives and our joy! I love to hear from my readers! Please take a moment to leave a comment below and let me know what you think of Duke’s nursery!