Baby boy you are growing up so fast!! This week we have been busy. I took you up the the hospital to get some insurance and maternity leave things finished. Your stoller is not in yet and I didn't want to carry your car seat around so I just carried you around. Good thing too, because tons of people stopped me and wanted to "see the baby". At least with me holding you I could keep their germy hospital hands off of you. We also met some friends at the farmer's market down town. We ate breakfast then did some produce shopping for the week. I have got to get better about taking pictures of us out and about instead of just at home. We also went to work for the first time for a few hours today. You did great. You just slept or laid there awake in your rocker. All the kids just loved looking at you, and you seemed to be very interested in them. You were well entertained all afternoon and hardly fussy at all. You went to your first birthday party for a little girl at church. It was a swim party but I think you are still a little young to enjoy the pool but I can't wait for the day you can. Friday we saw the doctor. He wanted to follow up with your billirubin levels. When we got there they didn't even see the need to draw your blood because you looked so good. They weighed you and you are 9 pounds! You like playing on your mat and being in your swing. Here are some picture from this week.
Keller you are really such a joy! You are a good baby, hardly fuss and
sleep pretty well at night. They days are going by too quickly. Momma has got to remembember to take more pictures!
Things are still going great with you little man. This weeks has been super busy. We took you to church for the first time and you were so good. Slept the entire time. This week is also the first time just you and I have been out by ourselves. You usually sleep anytime you get in the car so it's pretty easy to get out with you. I took you to my work and everyone said how cute and sweet you were. We kind of have a sleep routine down. You are usually able to sleep for 3-4 hours at a time and wake up to eat. Sometimes you like to be swaddled sometimes you don't. Sometimes you like a paci sometimes you don't. I've started putting you in gowns to sleep in because the hands fold over and keep you from scratching your face. Daddy has already cut your fingernails twice! I got your playmat out this week. You like it okay but only for a short amount of time. We will keep working on it. The first time I put you on it Tasso thought he needed to play too. Tasso also likes to snuggle. This week was also the first time mommy "fixed" your hair. I didn't get a picture when I first did it. This is the morning after look. The other night you were laying awake in our bed. Daddy was talking to you and you made your first "coo" sound. It was so exciting. You have done it a few times since. I love to hear you but I also makes mommy a little sad because you are growing so fast. I also love it when you finish eating and I look down at you and you have milk dribbling out of your mouth and you have such a content look on your face. So sweet. Funny story: The other night I gave you to your daddy while I was getting ready for bed. He was laying down with you on his chest. You were hungry and a little fussy. You began rooting and sucking on anything you could find. You ended up latching onto his neck and gave a hickey! Then you spit up on him. I told daddy it was like a bad date! We love you sweet boy!
You are one week today big boy! It has gone by SO fast! Saturday you had lots of visitors. I think at one time I counted 9 people in our room just to see you. Here you are with your cousin Gray. The rest of our time in the hospital was spent just getting to know each other and resting. Sunday we were told we could take you home from the hospital. We were so ready. I got you all dressed up in you going home outfit. Then the nurse came in said that your billirubin levels were high and that the doctor was going to have you stay in the hospital and I would be discharged. She said that I could "room in" but that you would have to be in the nursery for 3-4 hours at a time under the phototherapy lights. Your hormonal mother might have had a slight breakdown. Then the nurse came back and said that the doctor was going to allow us to go home. Hopefully the nurse learned to confirm the doctors orders before causing major motherly distress next time. So after packing up and giving out the rest of our treats to the nurses we headed home. We were sent home with some formula to supplement your feedings with and instructions to keep you in the sunlight to try to get your billirubin levels down. The formula did not sit well in your tummy and you spit up 80% of the time after eating it. Thankfully we have been able to phase out the formula and you are doing great on breast milk. We went to the Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday morning to get your blood drawn. You did pretty well with the sticks. You screamed for just a second to let them know you did not like what they were doing then you were okay. The levels rose just a little but the doctor wasn't to worried and things had evened out by Friday. Friday I mentioned to your doctor that I didn't think you were moving your right arm correctly. I felt like I was being a little over reactive but mentioned it anyway. He looked at it, agreed, and sent us for an x-ray. Sure enough. A broken collar bone. He was surprised that I picked up on it but said there is not much you can do but let it heal on it's own. It's something pretty common that happens with bigger babies during delivery. We are just tring to not let you lie on your right side. You had your first sponge bath and did pretty well. You like having your face and head washed but then you are pretty much over it. Especially when we take your diaper off. The first few nights you slept in mommy and daddy's bed because I was nervous about you spitting up from the formula. But then you started sleeping in your rocker. I have been having to wake you up every 2 hours or so to feed you since we want you eating as much and often as possible. Here you are with daddy after a bath and crazy hair. Everyone has asked about you and the dogs. They have actually done great! Every time they hear you cry they come running to sniff and check to make sure you are okay. Chox even sat in the living room barking one night until I finished giving you a bath. You were crying the entire time. I am so happy about how well they are adjusting and hope things keep going well. You all are going to be best buds sooner than later. So our first week has been filled with doctors visits, visitor, great people from church bringing us dinner, and we even got out and ran a few errands as a family. Things could not be better with you, little man. We love you so much and can't wait to see what else is to come.
We are so blessed to have Keller in our lives. Here's a recap of his birthday! We went in Thursday evening (7-7-11) to start the induction. I had planned on trying to go through labor naturally but that pitocin stuff is not to be messed with. I ended up having an epidural and all was good. By Friday at around 9:00 things were ready to get going. I pushed for a little over an hour and Keller entered our world, screaming.
The doctor was surprised at his size. At one point on of the nurses said 10, 11. I thought oh my goodness! He weighs 10 pounds 11 ounces! No, that was the time he was born. He weighed 8 pounds 15 ounces, 22 inches long. Still a healthy boy. I was such a sureal feeling. Coby was sure I would cry when he was born but I didn't. I think I was in such shock and on an endorphin high. After they got him cleaned up Coby and I were able to spend a few minutes with him and I was able to feed him. The nurses were amazing!! Then the welcoming comittee came in to meet and greet Keller. By the time everyone left it was after midnight. We were moved into our post partum room around 3:00 a.m. and ended up resting pretty well. This all sounds short and sweet and really it was. We were very lucky to have a smooth and uneventful delivery. What an amazing experience is all was, and to think it was just the begining;)
Just a quick post to say that Keller is finally here! He was born on Friday night at 10:11 weighing 8 pounds 15 oz and is 22 inches long. We are both doing pretty well. I just wanted to give a quick update and some pictures.
Do I even know what that is anymore? I seemed to have developed quite the case of insomnia these last few weeks. Sleeping in maybe 3 hour stretches. I think it's probably Gods way of preparing me for a newborn as well as that wacky summer sleep schedule I get on when I don't have to get up for work. So at 3 in the morning as I was reading some blogs I came across this contest. http://www.reluctantrenovator.com/2011/06/our-first-video-and-serta-icomfort-sleep-system-giveaway/#comment-473 You had better believe I entered. A brand new Serta mattress! Yes please. Our mattress now is not that old but it's a pillow top and doing Cobys back no favors. Hopefully we'll catch a break and will. Go enter you have until tommorrow.
...is still pending. Just wanted to give a quick update. I'm still 5 days away from my due date, but we all know babies rarely come on their due date. I've been feeling less than par these last few days. Swelling in my legs have gone down seeing as how I spend most of the hours of my day in bed. But my legs have now started to break out in a nasty, tortuously itchy rash. Gross I know. Dr seems to think it's from all the swelling. All I know is it's miserable. My reflux is still there as well. Thought I could make it these last few days without Prevacid but caved and bought a new bottle today. All this being said the dr went ahead and scheduled and induction for Friday morning. She is worried about my blood pressure continuing to slowly rise. This was not in my plan. I had been preparing my self to go into labor naturally and to attempt labor and delivery with no drugs. But after getting out of the house today to get to the dr and really not feeling great after all that activity I'm beginning to think it's the best option. So we are going to the hospital on Thursday evening to spent the night and start the induction early Friday morning. Still not sure about having an epidural, but I'm making up my mind now to just go with the flow and be happy about a healthy baby no matter how he gets here. All that being said...Keller will be here sooner than later. It is exciting and good to have a light at the end of the tunnel!!