Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Confessions Link-Up! 2/27/2013

Linking up with Catalyn for Confessions!

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  • I confess that I am not enjoying being back at work full-time at all.  I think if there were any way I could be a stay-at-home mommy, I would.  At least for a year or so.  If there were any way I could even go down to part-time, I would jump at that chance as well. But alas, there isn't.  So I'm not dwelling on it, but it still makes me a little sad.

  • I confess that if it weren't for Ulta concealer, people would mistake me for a character on The Walking Dead (I've never watched it, but I guess it's a show about zombies). Because really, my dark circle bags under my eyes are getting darker by the day.  I look like the undead without makeup over here.

  • I confess that I get really annoyed when people make stupid comments about me or my baby lately.  Maybe it's the hormones or the sleep deprivation. But seriously? Next person who says "Oh, you must have had a really easy time since you're back to work so soon" might get punched. Because I didn't. But sometimes you have to do what you have to do. For me, that included coming back to work.  And the question "Is he a good baby?" makes me stabby.  I am tempted to tell the next person "Not really. He knocked over two liquor stores this week and is a suspect in a bank robbery. What can you do?"  He's 6 weeks old (adjusted age 2 weeks). I'm pretty sure he doesn't have the thought processes down to be a "bad" baby.  Is he an easy baby? Not really. He gets tummy aches and cries a lot as a result. He doesn't sleep long at a time. This isn't because he's anything less than good. It's because that's just how it is for him.

  • I confess that 4 weeks after my baby shower and I'm still working on thank you notes.  It's harder to get them done when you have a baby! When I start to work on them, he needs something. Or when I wasn't back at work full-time, I was working from home.  But they will all be out by Saturday, I am determined. I did twenty of them the other night.  That's a lot of writing after working all day. But my mom was there to help with the baby, and it allowed me to get a lot done.  But here's the thing.... all twenty were for gifts I got outside of the shower.  Meaning the 30ish from the shower itself? Still not done.

  • I confess that I'm a little sad at how big Lucy is getting.  She's growing like a little kitty weed and I want her to stay a small little kitten forever. :(  (Introducing Lucy is one of the many blog posts I haven't finished. But she's....uh..... our newest kitten. Yes, we have 3 cats now.)
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Hospital Recap - Day 1

When we left off, I had met my sweet baby around 4 a.m. Saturday morning.  My parents had said to call when Jeremiah was born and they might come up and meet him then.  John called, but they did not answer or call back (we would later find out that he accidentally called their house instead of my dad's cell. Since they were staying at our house, that clearly didn't work!).  I also tried once I was in the room, but they slept through my call. I woke up around 6:45 (you would think after being awake for about 42 hours with almost no sleep and having had major surgery, I would sleep more than 2.5 hours, but you would be wrong) and "patiently" waited until 7 to call them again.  I called and they answered. I told them in summary what had happened and they said they would head up really soon.  Around 7:15 or so, I also met my new nurse, Melissa, and she said to let her know whenever we wanted to go see the baby. She would have to help since I was still hooked to an iv and a catheter, and I wasn't allowed to walk at all.

Around 8, my parents arrived and we headed down to Special Care.  Oh my word. I hadn't expected sitting up to be so painful.  I only lasted about 5 minutes down there, and then I headed back to the room while John and my parents admired the baby some more.  I got a brief update from the nurse on how he was doing.  I was able to take in a lot more of his handsome face this visit. It was also a little scary all the tubes and wires he was connected to. :(

My parents really enjoyed seeing him, but at that point, none of us had gotten to hold him. We'd later learn that they only allow the parents to hold them in the Special Care unit anyway.

Daddy and Son

Grandma gets to see her newest baby for the first time

Grandparents (Strange lighting in the unit caused by the heat lamps)
When they got back to the room, they were about to leave to go to eat breakfast. All of them.  Right then, my food arrived too. I couldn't sit up to eat it!  I needed help! So they delayed their breakfast long enough for my mom to feed me. (I'm such an adult, right? I needed my mommy to feed me!)  The food service lady was from our church, so it was nice to talk to her when I ordered.

Big Boy
After they ate breakfast, John went home to shower and stuff. Then he came home. While they were gone, I slept about 2 hours. I still wasn't getting much sleep! I think that got me up to 5 hours of sleep since Thursday morning at 2 a.m.  It was now Saturday at around noon. I don't know why I couldn't sleep!

That afternoon, my aunt came to visit. She was in town to throw the shower.... oops. We chatted and then went to see Jeremiah.

Something wonderful happened.......

I got to hold him!!!!

Yay!!!!! He was about 13 hours old at that point, but it had been a long 13 hours for me. I wanted to hold my baby. I'd barely even been able to touch him.  (Please keep in mind that I had not yet been allowed out of bed except to see him and as a result had not been able to shower. So..... 31 hours of labor, surgery, and then 13 hours of recovery had happened before these pictures.)

My sweet little man

 It was such a wonderful feeling. Yes, I had to be careful of all the tubes and wires, but it was still so great to hold the baby I had held in my belly and in my heart for so many months in my arms. To kiss his sweet face for the first time.   It wasn't easy - my surgery had had a few complications and sitting up 12 hours later was still a challenge, but it was wonderful.
 While I was in there, it was time to feed him so they let me give him a bottle.  Yay! Not how I had planned on feeding my son, but it was still nice to do that for him.

After about 20 minutes, I had reached my limit for being up. I was taken quickly back to the room as I felt I was about to pass out.  To the point where my friend from church was behind in the hallway (the one who worked at the hospital) talking to me and I didn't realize she was talking to me. So I got back into bed and rested.  They also brought a special pump for mothers of preemies to use so I could work on getting some nourishment for Jeremiah.

Later that evening when John was back, we went down and saw our son again.  We have our first family picture..... and it's not a good one! But it's still very special to me. 

Holding his son for the first time!
It was late at night by that point. We had to wait for the nurses to finish a meeting so Karen (our same nurse from the night before) could take us.  After that, I went back to the room, took some Motrin, and we both got some sleep.

January 12, 2013 - a day I will never forget!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

An Update in Pictures!

I keep trying to update this. But it's hard - working full-time, having a newborn, pumping for him, etc.  Plus just general life.  This weekend we had a comedy event that I volunteer at and 3 church services, one of which I had to teach at! But I have lots of drafts I'm working on. I didn't want to forget the things I want to write about - titles will help me remember.

While I'm waiting for the time to actually sit down and write, I thought I'd share some pictures of life lately.

Silly face!

Thinking pose

Eating his hand

Daddy and son in a staring contest

Mommy's very crowded lap

Leia sits on Leo

Sleepy boy!

Sleeping on the couch

Another funny face

Cute face

Enjoy and stay on the lookout for maybe a post with actual words soon. :)

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Jeremiah is One Month Old Today!

My sweet boy is one month old today!

He does not cooperate with posing :)
 The last month has been wonderful, exciting, scary, exhausting, and fun.  I've fallen more and more in love with my son as the month has gone on.

 Jeremiah is much, much more alert now than he was the first week or so. He looks around and you can tell when he's focusing on something or you.

His feeding issues that were very bad the first week of his life are much better now. From the premie who would fall asleep after about 10 ccs (or a third of an ounce) to a baby who frequently eats 75 ccs, he is doing much better!
Funny face!
 Due to his increased appetite, he has put on weight. Last week at the pediatrician, he was up to 8 pounds, 1 ounce! This is a whole pound up from his lowest weight.
 He typically sleeps about 3 hours at a time at night. Occasionally, he'll sleep 4 or 4.5 hours without waking up, but that's definitely the exception not the norm.  It is tiring, but at the same time, it's just a season. It'll pass, he'll eventually sleep through the night, and I'll probably miss the baby snuggles. You see, the night time hours he pretty much only sleeps if he's being held.  In fact, I'm holding him as I type this! :)
More pictures?
He's getting stronger every day. I notice it as I hold him and he tries to hold up his head, move around, etc. Even his suck on his bottles has gotten stronger.

John and I feel so blessed to have such an amazing son!

Monday, February 4, 2013

January Goals Review

Time for a check-in on my 2013 goals!  As you know if you've been reading the blog, January was a slightly crazy month with the birth of my son, a 6 day hospital stay, and more.  But I still want to check in. My goals were posted here. They're also listed below.

1) Read through my Bible this year..
I'm a little behind on this. I didn't have my Bible with me for the 6 days in the hospital. I will catch up though. Maybe by February I'll be right on track!

2) Read at least 25 books. 

I read three books so far.  Two non-fiction, 1 fiction, so I'm doing good on the goal! Of course, two of the books I actually started last year and just finished in January, but they still count! :)

3) Lose all the baby weight by April 1st. Lose an additional 20 pounds by September 1st.  Get into an exercise routine that works with my new lifestyle!

Well, no exercise so far. I'm still not allowed to. But we did order my Christmas gift which is an elliptical for the basement so once I'm cleared, I can work out without leaving the house.  But as for the rest of the goal, we are going to have to revise it. Why? Because I already met it!  When I got home from the hospital, I was 14 pounds lighter than when I got pregnant.  When I weighed this morning, I'd lost another 6 pounds.  So, that adds up to 20 pounds lighter!  Woohoo!  I'd love to lose another 30.  So we'll make that my goal by the end of the year.

4) Blog at least once a week (unless I'm on vacation and don't have computer access).  I love blogging and I love looking back on past blogs. With a baby on the way, I want to use the blog to document a lot of his growth and changes. 

I blogged 9 times in January, so without going and checking dates, I think I blogged every week. Either that or I blogged a lot some weeks. :)

5) Date night with John at least once every 2 months. They don't have to be expensive dates but I want to make sure we're getting out together
We have one scheduled for this month.

6) Finish unpacking all the boxes from our move.

No progress. I went from bedrest to the hospital to home with major restrictions on climbing stairs and lifting things (nothing heavier than baby!).  So no progress. I'm thinking this will be more of a summer goal.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Sunday Social - February 3, 2013

Linking up with Ashley and Neely for Sunday Social!
1. If you were stuck on an island what are the two material items you would want to have?
Lip Gloss. I need lip gloss/lip balm to keep my sanity. 
My Nook tablet (assuming it would keep charged magically). I'd get a lot of reading done!
2. What are two TV shows you'd watch over and over?
Gilmore Girls
Everybody Loves Raymond

3. If your house was on fire what two things aside from family, pets, etc would you grab?
Computer - so many pictures and documents stored on it!
My jewelry chest - family heirlooms that aren't super valuable, but mean a lot to me are in there!

4. What are your two most favorite articles of clothing?
For comfort, I would still say my maternity yoga pants. They are comfy and don't hurt my incision site.
For looks, I would say the dress I am wearing here. I love it and it's good for a variety of occasions.

5. What two movies that you saw in the past year would you recommend to us?
I only saw one that I would recommend (not a big movie-goer - expensive!) That movie was Lincoln-  very, very good!
6. What are your two biggest guilty pleasures? 
Reality tv and games on my phone. Phrase Friends, anyone?

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Jeremiah is 3 Weeks Old Today!

Jeremiah, you're three weeks old today!

One Week

Two Week

Three Week

Your first three weeks haven't been the easiest, but you're doing much better now!

At birth, you weighed 7 pounds, 12 ounces.
At one week (well, 6 days), you weighed 7 pounds, 1 ounce.
At two weeks, you weighed 7 pounds, 5 ounces.
At three weeks, 7 pounds, 10 ounces. You're almost back to your birth weight!

The jaundice that sent us to the hospital for testing 3 times within your first week out of the hospital appears better.  Weight gain helps with that.

You generally eat once every three hours, though occasionally you sleep a little longer. During the day, we try waking you for feedings after 3 or 3.5 hours - we need to put weight on you! At night, I usually am sleeping as well, so if you go 4 hours, you go 4 hours. You've never gone longer than 5 hours, and that was only once.  You still aren't quite strong enough to feed directly from Mommy, but you eat breastmilk from the bottle exclusively. You haven't had any formula since your first night at home.

You like to snuggle and be held.  You dislike diaper changes and baths.

You seem to be most alert in the evening. I guess you're a little bit of a night owl like your Mommy.

People always comment what a good looking boy you are. Mommy and Daddy definitely agree.

Mommy and Daddy love their sweet boy!
Leo, Leia, and Lucy have gotten used to you. Leo doesn't like getting less attention than he used to, but he's adjusted.  Leia was very curious about you at first, but now she's used to you. I don't think Lucy noticed much about you. 

You make hilarious faces. We watch you and laugh and laugh sometimes.  

Most of your clothes are still too big for you, but Mommy knows you're going to grow fast, so she has no intention of buying more newborn clothes. The 0-3 month clothes are almost the right size. 

 We're planning to use cloth diapers on you, but we're waiting until Mommy is doing well enough to use the stairs enough to do laundry.

We love you, little man!  We thank God for you every day and ask Him to bless you all the days of your life!