Thursday, March 27, 2014

Two Months!!!


 

Miss S turned two months on March 16th!

At her two month appointment on the 24th she weighed in at 11 lbs. 10 oz. Her birth weight was 8 lbs. 14 oz. so she's gained quite a bit!

She did great getting all her vaccines at her 2 month appointment!!

Little Miss really started cooing and smiling at around 6 weeks old. Sweetest thing ever! She's just adorable. :)

She's still a very calm, easy going, laid back little baby. She loves to sleep and sleeps very well at night. None of my babies have been great nappers which is a little annoying but as long as they sleep well at night I can't complain. :)

She's wearing size 0-3 clothes. Most of her 0-3 pants or leggings are still a little big though. She's wearing size 1 Pampers. And drinking 4 oz of formula every three hours or so except when she's sleeping.

She just started sitting up in her Bumbo and seems to like it. She's also really starting to enjoy her playmat. She loves being worn in the Moby Wrap but I don't put her in it very often. I can't have her getting to used to the idea. :) She loves bath time and I have a feeling she's going to love the pool this summer! She also loves being outside. (She was so calm and happy at the Dallas Arboritum last week.) And she seems to really enjoy being out and about.. shopping, church.. wherever there are new sites to see. She's generally quiet and calm in the car too and goes to sleep in the car pretty often. She does get a little nervous around her siblings.. particularly 3 yr old C. He means well but gets a little intense around her. Baby S seems to prefer C when he keeps his distance and just looks at her and talks quietly. She does like J a lot though. J is calmer and more of a help. Baby S smiles at her siblings and us (her parents) a lot. I think she's starting to recognize my mom too.

We love little Baby S so much! She's such a sweet little joy to have around. We really couldn't ask for a sweeter, calmer, happier baby. Sure she has her moments but over all she's been very, very easy and already a lot of fun!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

One Month Old!





Okay, this post is a month late since baby girl just turned two months old. This is what I wrote down a month ago on another blog that I keep.
February 16, 2014

Our sweet baby girl is a month old today. This past month has gone by both quickly and slowly. I want to savor these days and remember each moment.

Before she was born I knew baby S would be a gentle and sweet little soul. I knew she'd be an easy, relaxed and mild baby. Even at her 16 week sonogram her movements were slow and relaxed and serene. Since her birth my predictions have proven to be true. She is very sweet and mild and relaxed. She's a wonderful baby.

Even though she's an easy, good baby I'm still adjusting to life with a new baby and being a mother of three. I'm tired all the time.. exhausted half the time. I think a lot of it's just trying to get back to normal physically and hormonally. A lot of it's trying to adjust to new sleep patterns. Even though baby S sleeps well for a newborn I'm still waking up at least once a night, most nights for about an hour or so. Trying to juggle three kids.. one of whom is a very high energy three-year-old boy.. is also exhausting. So, it's no wonder I'm beyond tired.

When we stay at home all day baby S is pretty much on a nice little schedule. She wakes up around 8 for her first bottle of the day and a diaper change. Then she'll lay on my bed to look around and stretch. I'll usually set her toys around beside her and give her her binky and she'll lay like that for quite a while while I get breakfast for the big kids and for myself. After that I'll bring her to the living room to lay on the couch or on the floor in her boppy pillow. She loves to look at her toys or just gaze around at whatever room she is in. She also loves the TV. She likes to sit on the floor, in her boppy pillow, and "watch TV" while dozing off. It's so cute. She spends the morning "playing" and dozing. Then she'll have a bottle around lunch time and usually take a nice long nap afterwards. Then more "playtime" and dozing off in the evenings. She has lots of little catnaps during the days where she dozes off into a light sleep but normally only has one really long, deep nap during the day unless we're out and about. If we're in the car and/or she's in her carseat quite a bit then she tends to sleep a lot more. At night she has a bottle right before bed.. even if it hasn't been 3 hours since her last bottle.. then we swaddle her (below her arms) and put her down. She seems to know when it's bed time and goes into a nice deep sleep. She loves her little Sleep Sheep sound machine and sometimes stirs or fusses when it goes off. And she sleeps so well in her Rock N Play just like C did. And she loves bath time unless she gets too cold. As long as you keep the warm water on her she loves her bath time. It's so cute! When she was born she had really, really dry skin. I've found that Johnson & Johnson baby lotion and Johnson & Johnson baby oil work really good and getting rid of the dry skin. Her skin is really soft and nice now. You can tell her eyes are focusing a lot better and she's even started to really smile in the past couple days. It's so sweet! She's also started reaching out to touch her toys in the last couple weeks. And she can hold her head a bit. The first time I laid her on her tummy she even pushed up on her elbows and turned her head to face the other side.. this was probably when she was 2 or 3 weeks old. When she wants her binky she starts frantically waving her hand by her mouth. It's the cutest thing ever and so smart! She's done this since about a week or two old!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

catching up


Well, miss S has been here for a month already and my head is just starting to come out of the fog. She's a really good baby but having a new baby is always an adjustment especially when you have other children. The first couple weeks I was in the typical just-had-a-baby/still in pain/sleep deprived fog then my husband went back to work and C has been CRAZY as heck for a couple weeks. Poor guy. He was the baby for 3 1/2 years and he's a typical hyperactive little boy and he's just trying to figure out his new place in the family. On top of that we decided to kick him out of our bed and into his own room about the time we brought the new baby home. Bad idea. And the kids just switched from two days of day mother's day out to one day so they haven't been getting out of the house so much. Anyway, C has been driving me out of my ever loving mind the last couple weeks. He's not a particularly naughty kid.... he's just very, very, very active especially when it's cold out and he's stuck inside for days at a time. He also wants to "help" with the baby but that means smoothering her with hugs and kisses, frantically shaking her toys two inches in front of her face, jamming her binky into her mouth.. things like that. He tries to be gentle but a three year old boy's idea of gentle is a little different at times. When the baby was first born we were staying home quite a bit since it was pretty cold out and flu season was in full swing. So we all had cabin fever and I was going through the typical postpartum hormonal crap that I always go through. Thankfully that seems to be over since I'm not breastfeeding and know what to do to prevent the PPD that I've gone through before. I feel SO much better emotionally, this time around, than I felt right after I had my other two. Thank goodness!!

Anyway, we had a few rough weeks of adjustments but things have really started looking up this week. The weather has been really nice and I realized we need to start getting out of the house to save our sanity. We went to my mom's for the day on Monday. I didn't sleep really well the night before so baby S and I took a long two hour nap together while my mom took the big kids outside to play. C was a different boy while we were there. I really think he just needed to get out and do something different. And going to grandma's is always the best! On Tuesday the big kids went to MDO and baby S and I met a childhood friend of mine who was visiting from out of town. It was great to catch up! Tuesday afternoon the kids and I took a nice little walk to the playground. Today, by some miracle, the big kids played beautifully together all morning and I hardly heard any arguing at all. So, things are looking up. Getting out and about has really helped! We want to get to the museum later this week and if the nice weather keeps up we'll try to get outside some more too! We're definitely ready for spring around here!!

I'm way behind on posting. As soon as I upload my pictures I'll try to post more pics and updates of our sweet baby. I can't believe she's a month already!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Birth Story

(Baby S's first pic!) 

Our sweet baby girl arrived four weeks ago on Thursday afternoon, January 16th!

I didn't feel good the day before.... just more tired and achy than normal. Wednesday evening I started having contractions pretty consistently for about 2 hours. I was at the Dollar Tree with my mom and the kids when I started feeling contractions but we needed to go to Walmart. At Walmart I actually rode in one of those scooters for the first time ever! Ha! I felt so dumb but I didn't feel like walking either. Late Wednesday evening all the pains stopped and I was pretty annoyed. It was a full moon and I was really, really hoping I would go into labor.

Thursday morning I was still feeling fine. No contractions at all. I took the kids to school and went on to my 38 week appointment.

(Side Note: I was induced with my first 2 babies at 38 weeks with high blood pressure. Even though my blood pressure was great this whole pregnancy I joked for months that I hoped it would be up at my 38 week appointment so my doctor would go ahead and induce. My first 2 babies were 8lbs 5 oz and 7 lbs 14 oz at birth so I couldn't imagine going past 38 weeks with this one. I knew she would be a good size at 38 weeks.)

So, I went in to my 38 week appointment. I knew something was going on when the nurse checked my blood pressure three times. Sure enough, my blood pressure was up. I wasn't really surprised because I had been feeling a little off the past couple days. I have to say I was excited because I was more than ready to be done. With my history I was pretty sure high bp at 38 weeks meant induction right away. I got to an exam room and my blood pressure was still up. I was also 3 cm dilated and 80% effaced by then. The doctor and I went over my past pregnancies and inductions. The whole time I kept my fingers crossed that he would please induce me (I was thinking the next morning) because I did not want to go home and be on bed rest for a week .... which I figured would be my only other option. (I was on bed rest for 2 weeks before I had J and it nearly drove me crazy.) I asked the doctor if he'd induce the next morning and he was like "Actually, I'm thinking of today. Let me make a phone call." He left and came right back and told me to walk right over to the hospital and they'd induce right then! I was kind of shocked. That's not what I had expected at all. I was really hoping I could at least go home and pack my bags. But I walked across the parking lot to the hospital and checked myself in. It was a weird feeling to be so unprepared and walk in with just a coat and a purse. Ha! (Of course I texted and called my husband with updates several times. I think he was shocked that things were going the way I had joked.. bp up and being induced again at 38 weeks. I'm not sure he's convinced that I didn't make my blood pressure go up. Ha!)



I got to my room and changed into a gown. I was there by myself when they started Pitocin. I had my water broke right after. Thankfully hubby was able to get off work right away. He went home and packed my bags and came up to the hospital. He was there by the time I got my epidural around 4-5 cm. It took a while for the Pitocin to kick in but when things started moving they moved fast! I went from 7-10 in no time. They started Pitocin around 11 am and I started pushing right around 4 pm. Pushed for, maybe, 10 minutes and then she was here at 4:10!


I couldn't have asked for a better outcome! I know inductions and epidurals aren't for everyone but they're definitely for me. :) I love how quickly things move and how pain free it is. I've had all three babies the same way (induced and epidural) and three great birth experiences. :) 

(7lbs.14oz. 19 inches) 

(Me and my sweet baby girl)

(J loves her baby sister and is such a great help with her!) 

(C loves his baby sister too!) 


(All ready to go home from the hospital.) 






Monday, January 27, 2014

Five Years Old!

I can't believe this sweet girl is already five years old! It seems like we brought her home just yesterday. {She turned five last week, on the 23rd, so this post is a little late.}

The past five years have been a wonderful and amazing journey with our sweet J. She's grown into such a sweet, sensitive and helpful little girl. She's smart and funny and creative. She loves school, loves to learn, loves arts and crafts and playing outside. She loves all things girly girly too.. like bows, and jewelry, playing with make-up, nail polish, pretty clothes and shoes and pretty tutus.

Here are some of her favorite things at 5:

ANIMAL: BUNNY, ELEPHANTS, GIRAFFES, DOLPHINS

COLOR: PURPLE, PINK, GOLDEN

SWEET: CHOCOLATE

PLACE: MALL

RESTURANT: MACARONI GRILL

FAST FOOD: PANDA EXPRESS

FOOD: PIZZA AND SPAGHETTI

STORE: TARGET, BUY BUY BABY (ha! so cute that she likes Buy Buy Baby.. lord knows we go often enough. :) 

OUTFIT: BUNNY SHIRT

MEMORY: PETTING THE DOLPHIN AND MEETING NEW BABY SISTER

BEST FRIEND: C (her cousin) 

SCHOOL SUBJECT: SINGING ABC'S

FAVORITE SONG: TWINKLE TWINKLE LITTLE STAR

CARTOON: HANDY MANNY

MOVIE: FROZEN, DOLPHIN TALE, TANGLED


We celebrated pretty small this year and I'm still feeling pretty guilty about it since five is supposed to be a *big* birthday. We had a girls' day out to Dallas a few weeks ago. And then for her actual birthday we had gifts and cupcakes at home, just as a family, and we watched "Tangled" together. When she went to bed that night she announced it was her "best birthday ever!" As long as she had a great birthday I guess that's all that matters.. no matter how big or how small we celebrated. :)

Happy Birthday sweet J! We love you so much! 

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

She's Here!!


Baby girl arrived Thursday, January 16th at 4:10 PM at 37 weeks, 6 days. She's healthy as can be, a great eater and (so far) a great sleeper! She let us sleep 5 hours straight the past 2 nights! If you follow me on Instagram or my personal Facebook I know you've already seen a million pictures. I'll be posting her birth story here soon and lots more pictures, of course! We love our little baby girl so much.. she fits into our family perfectly. :)

Friday, January 10, 2014

37 Weeks!!


I had this whole post written out and even published on my blog but for some reason that post had a glitch in it and was messing up my entire blog. So, I had to delete the whole thing and start over. 

Anyway, I can't believe I'm already 37 weeks! At this point in my first two pregnancies I had just a week to go until I delivered. I had high blood pressure at the end of my first two pregnancies and was induced, with both, right at 38 weeks. I'm thankful that my blood pressure is fine now but I'm also anxious to see when, and how, this baby will arrive. The doctor thinks it could be any time which makes me nervous. I've never gone into labor on my own. I'm due on the 31st but I'll be induced a few days earlier if I make it that far. 

It's crazy to me that exactly 5 years ago I was on bed rest with J and she would be born in about 2 weeks. She was due February 5, 2009 and born on the January 23rd. This baby is due on the 31st but will be born earlier.. one way or another. I'm just hoping to avoid J's birthday and several other family birthdays that are this month. 

Last week I made a list of things I still need to do and buy. I'm slowly chipping away at it and getting things done, and bought, little by little. My list looks like this now: 

TO DO: 
- Have car detailed
- Re install baby carseat & base
Wash baby's going home outfit
Wash newborn and 0-3 clothes 
Wash towels and blankets
- Wash Rock N Play cover
Wash boppy cover
- Pack diaper bag
- Pack my hospital bag
- Pack big kids' bags for night at grandma's
- Wash and wrap "Big Brother" and "Big Sister" shirts

TO BUY:
Diapers
Health kit
- Wash rags
Bottles
- Formula
- Bottle drying rack & accessory 
- Pacifiers
- Snap N Go stroller
- Swing or Mamaroo
- Baby book
- Figure out "big brother" and "big sister" gifts, buy them, wrap them

We still have a lot to do but we're getting there. I think we'll get the car detailed and the carseat & base re-installed this weekend. We're also hoping to rearrange, clean and organize our room a bit and get it already for the new baby in the next few days. 

I was able to accurately determine the personalities of J and C before they were born just by their movements and what we saw them doing in the sonograms. J moved a lot and seemed anxious to get out! She would jump around and seemed like she had such a little temper. I correctly guessed that she would be a go getter, have a temper and have plenty of spunk. And man, she does! When she was born she was mad. It was funny! It took her quite a while to settle down and when she did her eyes were wide open and she was taking in everything. Everyone was amazed at how alert she was. 

C, on the other hand, was very calm in the womb. I thought he would be very laid back and easy going and he is. He was born, barely cried and went right to sleep. Ha! 

This baby girl's movements have always been so calm and easy going. In the sonograms we've seen she's always moving slowly and calmly. It's really cute. So, I'm pretty anxious to see if I've pegged her personality accurately like I did with the other two. I totally *get* J. She and I are exactly a like.. it's scary. But if I'm guessing correctly with this baby her personality is going to be very, very different than mine. It'll be interesting to see.  Here are a few more 3D sonogram pics from around 30 weeks. I think her face is so pretty and calm looking.




I love how she's sticking her tongue out here. We have this part on video too and it's so cute. :) 




How far along: 37 weeks! 





Due Date: Jan. 31, 2014




Total Weight Gain/Loss: About 30 lbs now. :/ 


Maternity clothes: Of course

Stretch marks: I got a few during my second pregnancy but haven't gotten any more with this one.

Sleep: Not too good and I'm always exhausted. 

Symptoms: Tired, moody, anxious, heartburn, achy

Food cravings: Still craving ice water and ice!  

Food aversions: Sweets still aren't sounding as great as they normally do. 

Labor signs: Dilated to 2 cm and 75% effaced (if you care to know.) The doctor thinks I could go into labor at any time. I've had cramping off and on and braxton hicks are becoming more frequent.  

Belly button - in or out? Neither.  

What I miss: Being able to sleep, not having a stuffy nose, being able to actually lean over my plate and eat, not having heartburn. But, I wouldn't change any of it for the world. :) 

What I am looking forward to: Meeting our sweet baby girl and deciding for sure on her name! And watching the big kids meet the baby for the first time! :)  

Movement: She moves quite a bit but I can tell she's running out of room.  

Milestones: I'm down to the last few weeks! I think 37 weeks may be considering "full term" too.

How big is baby: (According to Baby Center)Your baby weighs 6 1/3 pounds and measures a bit over 19 inches, head to heel (about the size of a bunch of Swiss chard). 

Gender: It's a GIRL!!! :) 

Names: I've actually been debating two first names for months now. I've been leaning towards the name hubby prefers but the other name won't get out of my head. Ha! I told my husband we'll have to wait and see the baby before we can decide 100% on the first name. I *think* the middle names are set though. 

Best moment(s) last week: Having a great appointment! Feeling the baby kick and move around. Hearing her heartbeat. :) 

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