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D {One Month Old}

One Month Old! "hello there!"

Phew, that went fast! On the one hand I feel like I was just whining about being pregnant forrrrrrrrreeeeeeeeeevvvvvvvvvveeeeeer. I still remember that misery, actually. I remember that better than my super crazy fast delivery! On the other hand, it feels like he’s been a part of our family forever. That’s the funny thing about having kids, when they arrive it seems like they’ve always been apart of your family! And what a blessing they are…

My little snuggle bug is already getting so big. He had his one month check up today. He’s a plump 9#15oz! He’s grown two inches (21 inches now!) I’m noticing his newborn jammies are starting to seem small… I’m not ready to give them up yet though!

You can't tell, but his room is a DISASTER. :/

He’s different than C. C would get hungry and eat and when she ate she would chow down. This little guy pops on andΒ  off about a hundred times while he’s eating. OR he will only eat 5 minutes and fall TOTALLY asleep. So I really never have any idea what will satisfy him! And he’s started up with some reflux, poor guy. The doctor wants to keep an eye on it for now, since he is gaining well she wasnt too concerned. But I’m so sad when it seems like he’s in pain!

He wakes up quite a bit in the night still. My dear friend posted something on twitter the other day and it has become my new mantra:

“The days seem long, but the years are short.”

How SO VERY TRUE. I remember being exhausted and burned out with C… It seems SO VERY LONG AGO now though. I truly can’t believe how fast it goes, so I’m trying to pray “breath of heaven, hold me together” throughout the long nights. And I’m very thankful that while it is SO HARD to wake up in the night, I actually do feel the strength I need to get through the day!

also, looking at this helps πŸ™‚

I’m making a point to snuggle this guy as much as I can. Because I thought I cherished these days with C, and they went so fast. And time seems to go faster with two… I love his soft sweet skin on the side of my face for a snuggle! I love looking down at a satisfied face with milk dribbling from both sides of his mouth.

I love when he does the newborn chicken dance (where he’s sort of Pecking my shoulder looking for food). I love the gummy mouth, and how cute he looks with the pacifier in there.

I love his tiny tiny round head. I love the weight of his little body,I love when hes all curled up and clings to me like a little Koala.

I love C looking on him fondly,

I love how much more confident B is this time around.

I’m such a sap!

Just for fun…

I’d forgotten…

How much I love…

…nursing a newborn. He’s so content while eating. He’s not interested in anything else in the world yet, so it’s super peaceful.

…the “marsupial” stage. He just snuggles up as small as can be like my little koala bear. Sometimes he will grasp my shirt or necklace, which makes him look even more koala bear like.


How…
…much they change! 9 days old & he’s already so much more alert than a week ago! He’s gaining weight (back 8#2oz at his 6 day weight check), he’s slowly starting to “uncurl” from that squished up position he had to maintain in my uterus.

…soft newborns are! I can’t help but rub my cheek on his face pretty much all the time just to feel his velvety skin! So different than the (also awesome) two year old kisses i’m used to. πŸ™‚

…tiny they are! he’s sooooo small. And it seems even more small next to my now ginormous two year old. When I rock her after rocking him,.. I’m just astounded. It makes me feel like she’s practically a teenager! (hold me!)

…how sweet every little facial expression, noise, even every toot, is.

…how much I absolutely love this stage!

I’d forgotten.

He’s Here, He’s here!!

For someone who was so content to stay in my uterus, he definitely made a speedy entrance into the world!

8 lbs, 7 oz

I ended up being induced at 41 weeks, 4 days (12/2). I had wanted to avoid being induced, but in retrospect I think it was a good thing, since he came so quick! I had to ask the nurse to tell me all the times of everything because I seriously had no idea what had happened afterwards!

Last Bump Pic! 41.4 weeks!

My induction was set for 12 instead of 7 because the hospital was really busy that day. My midwife had me get there early, and basically the nurses tag teamed getting me ready for the induction because they were so busy. I have crummy veins so I won myself SEVEN needle sticks. Aren’t I lucky? When they finally got an IV in me, my induction started, about 12:50pm. My MW evaluated me before everything started and said I was about 3cm.

I had been contracting for the last 8 weeks or so on and off, so the pitocin seemed to finally get me into a regular pattern. Still felt like braxton hicks to me- just more regular. I got up to pee around 2 and when I sat down on the bed again I was like… “Did I just pee myself? nope, I think my water broke!” and sure enough it just kept coming and coming ! I was surprised that it had happened already, it made me feel good that my body was more ready than I had thought!

I had been pretty discouraged about my lack of labor all along and that coupled with being induced made me really unsure about whether or not I’d be able to endure labor without an epidural. B and I went out for a little bit the night before the induction and prayed about everything and discussed it, so i was feeling a bit better until my contractions started to hurt! Up until about 3pm I was reading/playing on my phone (even managed to post on facebook to throw people off around 2pm πŸ˜‰ ) and B was editing pictures…occasionally we would look up and laugh about how weird this was that technically I was in labor but we were just hanging out… such a difference from when I was in labor with C!

Anyway, around 3 I told B that it was time to get down to business as I was getting uncomfortable. My midwife had gotten me on a physioball for the last hour and it started to be uncomfortable to be on there so I got back in the bed and she came to check me. I had progressed to 5cm, which was great, but I still felt defeated about how far i had to go. My midwife (& B) encouraged me REALLY well, giving me the push I needed to keep going. She told me to moan through my contractions, if for no other reason than to have something to “do” during the contractions- and that definitely helped!
She also encouraged me to take something to take the edge off the contractions – the same stuff I had with C- definitely seemed like a good idea to me! I got the medication about 320.

For me, the next part felt like it all happened SUPER fast– which it did. But since I was high on the Nubain I definitely have no real memory of how long this actually was. πŸ™‚

After I got the Nubain B suggested we listen to some music on my iphone, which was great. I sort of closed my eyes in betweeen the contractions and then during them made my little moaning noise. I asked B to call for the nurse and I told them I was feeling pressure. When Katie (my midwife) appeared I told her it was probably wishful thinking but I thought I felt pressure… She watched me for a contraction and I motioned that I definitely was feeling it. So she checked me again.

And sure enough, I was 10cm! (This was at 420 pm, the next paragraph takes place in about 6 minutes) But because I was still out of it, I didnt really understand that that was what she was saying! And this whole time, I have my eyes closed…I’m not really aware of all the people coming in the room … Katie called the nurse to bring a birthing stool and get ready for delivery. And then I’m pushing the baby out without even realizing it.Β  So she calls again, “forget the stool, we’re having a baby!” and she barely gets her gown and everything on/everything under me. I sat myself up a little and pushed out his head- at which point I said to B “what is happening?” LOL!! he was like, “what do you mean what’s happening? You’re pushing him out!” Then they were worried he would be huge since he was so late so they had me lay down flat and push him out with my legs pushed way back- which was so weird. But he came right out and I remember I had to tell myself to open my eyes and look because the baby had come out!

So all in all, I was actually only in painful labor for an hour/hour and a half. And I only pushed maybe three times? So, I’d call that an AWESOME labor. And I am so so happy that B and my midwife were able to convince me that I could do it! I felt great after delivery, no tearing, minimal bruising and swelling.

He's here! He's Here!

D was born at 4:26pm (3.5 hours after the induction started!). He weighed in at 8 pounds, 7 oz (7 oz less than his big sister) and was 19 inches long. He pretty much nursed like a champ right away! I think his apgars were lower, like 7/9 and 8/9…as you can see his color wasn’t great right away.Β  But I think he was just stunned into the world!

I love this picture...even though i'm still high looking...

Big sister is pretty uninterested and this picture is the closest she’s been to him in 3 days. She thinks he’s SO CUTE (she declares it every time she notices him) but otherwise is too occupied with the grandparents who are visiting to notice him. πŸ™‚

I’m so very happy to not be celebrating 42 weeks of pregnancy today, and am instead happily snuggling my newborn son. πŸ™‚ We are home and settling in, hopefully I’ll post some more pictures soon! Daddy has gotten some great ones!

I never thought I’d have a December Baby…

Still here πŸ™‚

41 Weeks, 2 Days

If you know me at all, you probably have heard me whine about December birthdays. While it obviously isn’t AS big of a deal as an adult, I still have 18 years of trauma to complain about… πŸ™‚

All my life I swore I would NEVER have a December baby.

Well, God sure is funny! He decided to show me how important silly little things like that are… Cause here it is, December 1 and I’m STILL PREGNANT! πŸ™‚

I’ve had testing done for the last week or so and I am so very thankful that the baby continues to be healthy! (there are concerns about the health of your placenta/the baby when you go past 40/41 weeks) He also doesn’t *seem* to be huge- but ultrasound technology can be off, so I’m not holding my breath for a tiny baby either πŸ™‚

Most people are shocked to hear that I am still pregnant, because in our current culture it is common to be electively induced even before 40 weeks. But 40 weeks is not an exact science.. due dates can (and often are) off. For example, with my pregnancy with C, my due date wouldve been a full two weeks earlier than when I was actually due, if I had not known my cycle well.Β  Based on my experiences,Β  I chose providers that would allow me to go as late as the baby wanted to come. (I’m not judging anyone, please don’t read me wrong!)

However, I never imagined that the second time around he would decide to come SO LATE!Β  Nor did i anticipate how tired I would be πŸ™‚Β C was technically born at 39 weeks, 4 days. I thought for sure I would go earlier with this one than i did with her! So I really set myself up for disappointment! I found myself in tears a WEEK ago because I couldn’t get induced at 40 weeks 5 days. Since then I’ve gotten (some!) perspective back… I wasn’t even late yet! 41 weeks is when you technically are post dates. And here I sit at 41.3!

I’d like to take this moment to apologize mentally to all the women who were 40 weeks and got induced for post dates at my old job and I would mentally think, “you’re not even post dates yet!” To watch your due date come and go is pretty disheartening. Every day I walked by our calendar in the kitchen and saw it mocking me… I’m glad to move on to december where I wont have to see “baby boy due date” laughing at me any more πŸ˜‰

bye bye november!

And other than extreme insomnia, hot flashes and very little patience, I’m actually doing pretty well at 41.3. I can’t wait to meet our little guy, and now we will share our birthday month! and I can’t wait. December will be even more awesome now πŸ™‚

You’ve never been 41 weeks pregnant if…

40.3

…you’ve never answered the phone: “i’m still here” “not in labor” “don’t call me, I’ll call you..”

…you’ve worried about your water breaking in public. At this point, I HOPE it breaks in public. I think the only place I give a second thought to my water breaking is in my brand new car. And even then… it can get detailed.

…you’ve never stopped believing pregnancy actually ends… Most people believe that pregnancy has an end point. But when you’ve hit 41 weeks, you actually come to know the truth…you know you will be pregnant forever and itsΒ  your new status in life, along with your infinitely expanding self…

…you’ve never had OTHER people stop believing you are ever going to give birth. Sure from about 34 weeks on people will start asking you “any day now, right?” and every time they see you they will want to know “how much longer?” And your family will believe every time you call them you’ll be calling with THE call. But around 41 weeks your parents stop answering your every call, breathless from racing to the call. They might even stop answering. They know you’re just calling to say “YUP.STILL.PREGNANT.”

…you’ve never cried because of the lack of progress in the “delivery department” (enough said.)

…you’ve never ripped a pair of your own pants. (Okay, i know this happens even when you arent pregnant- heck, it’s happened to me when i wasnt pregnant. But these were PAJAMAS. Who rips PAJAMA pants??…this happened on the morning of my 287th day of pregnancy.)

…you’ve never contemplated answering “when are you due?” with “I’m not pregnant!” just for your own amusement…

…you’ve never trained your toddler to run her own dirty diapers to the trash… (hey, one less trip off the floor for me!)

Edited to add:

…if you’re daily diet has never been pepsi and oreos. Yup. CAFFEINATED Pepsi. Because you NEED the caffeine to even BEGIN to function. And Oreos because well, I’m 41 weeks pregnant!!

…you’ve never made plans with friends, HOPING that you’ll have to cancel them

…you’ve never made plans with friends, based in total “superstitious” beliefs that the plans might send you into labor… (examples: when i went into labor with C I had a pedicure with 2 girlfriends and walked a lot. I got a pedicure with one of the girls last weekend just in case that might send me into labor… ORΒ  my friend L’s water broke the day she had lunch plans with me. I’m making lunch plans with her this week now…)

…you’ve never thought, “Okay, I know *I* was 8 days late…this must be karma… (and you dont believe in karma!)

…you’ve never had to return a holiday onesie. (Stupid first thanksgiving outfit was so cute too!)

…You’ve never been so anxious to meet your unborn baby that you just can’t stand it!!! I cannot waitΒ  for him to be born!!! this is the # 1 thing that is driving me crazy at the moment!! Come on out, D! πŸ™‚

The end is near…

39 weeks, 3 days today.

Crankopatamous is often here. I know, I know, I’m not even late yet. Prior to this pregnancy I’d often join in with thoughts of “oh, I hate when people complain about being pregnant for the ENTIRE pregnancy!” or “you’re not even late YET”. But now I know, every person and pregnancy is different and we all ought to mind our brain business and just pity anyone who is in the last month or so of pregnancy.

My pregnancy with C was MUCH easier and I really wasnt uncomfortable until the very last 2 weeks. Even though I’ve gained less weight this time (yay!) I’m Sooooo much more uncomfortable. I still feel much more “DONE” this time around.

I think maybe some of it is the holidays looming before me… I’ve done a lot of shopping already (probably too much!), but I want to decorate and do all the fun stuff that I feel too drained to do anything! and really I ought to do some laundry before I get started on anything fun.

My clothes don’t fit, I don’t sleep, and I’m definitely past the “cute” stage of pregnancy (if that even exists) and in the “wow, she looks like a whale” stage.

I think the biggest thing though, more than ANYTHING, is that I JUST.CAN’T.WAIT to meet this little guy! I’m around my friends teeny tiny baby often, and I am so jealous! πŸ™‚ I can’t wait to hold him and snuggle him and have C meet him!

But God is in control and he knows better than I all the good things that are waiting for me on the day that I do deliver. So I’m snuggling my big girl as much as she will let me, going for long walks, talking with my awesome husband and trying to take my mind off the not so imminent birth.

But feel free to join me in praying that it happens soon. πŸ™‚

39 Weeks!

A bunch of random October

I wonder if it’s because I’m expecting a baby NEXT month.. but I’m really finding that October may be one of my new favorite months. This is big coming from the gal who seriously LOVES summer. But I’ve really enjoyed this October and looking back I guess I’ve enjoyed the last few.

I keep trying to write organized posts about the different things going on, but really, if I do that it will never get done! And I’m on a time limit here! πŸ™‚ So this will be a bit random, i think!

We’ve been doing a lot around the house (or, erm, paying people to do stuff), and I can’t remember how much I posted on here, so here’s some updates… We paved the driveway, painted the exterior, and repaired/restained our deck. We LOVE all the recent changes. Here’s a pic of my “fall stair decor” – you can see my homemade wreath and our new paint color in the background!

C and I went to the OBX again this year with my Dad, step-mom, Bro & Sister in law, niece and nephew.

enjoying the beautiful mornings πŸ™‚

B missed out on all the fun this time around. C thoroughly enjoyed her time with her cousins and they are all pretty darn cute together! πŸ™‚ She amazed me that she remembered where we went mini golfing (in June when we were there for Shani’s Wedding). It was fun to see her enjoy it with my Dad and step mom!

"I Dih it!"

We had A LOT of delays and annoying travel issues. Just what I needed when it was just C and I traveling alone. With a carryon and a stroller. LOL. But actually, she LOVES flying so much she made it easy on me to deal with the annoyances ! and we got to fly first class on one flight – a first for both she and me :).

not super reassuring to be handed this when you check into a hotel you have to stay in thanks to flight delays...

Thanks to all the delays and stuff, I was cutting it very close to making it back for my “sprinkle!” I am so glad to say that I did. Shani and Scott came up to visit us and weΒ  had so much fun all together. I sadly only have this picture on my computer (Aly! I need the disc still… and whomever else took pictures!!) from the sprinkle for baby boy. But I am so thankful for all my friends who were able to attend, we had a great time and the place was super nice! πŸ™‚

We went to Boston Common with Shani and Scott, (missing the swan boats yet again this year… next year we need to pay more attention to their schedule lol). I love them! I can’t wait for their next visit. πŸ™‚

Make Way For Ducklings!

C uses my belly as an armrest a lot lately:

lots of tower building!

Just a few of my 36 week Maternity Shots that B took on Sunday. I’ll share more favorites later! πŸ™‚ (and yes, apparently purple is the only color I think I look good in lately, I have 3 different shirts all this same purple color!)


Randomness done for tonight! πŸ™‚ I should be going to bed, but we are caught up watching the world series! Gnite! πŸ™‚

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