Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter from the cutest bunny in town. 












May God bless you all as we remember the ultimate sacrifice that He made for us.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Newborn Pictures

The day we were discharged, we had Jeremiah's newborn pictures done at the hospital.  We had planned on having them done after discharge by the photographer who did our wedding, but then with him coming early and us both staying in the hospital extra long, etc.  driving so far to get them done was not practical.  (It would have been about 2 hours each way!)  So we had them done by the hospital photographer.
Not all of them were edited with the package we got, but I still think they turned out really cute!
Oh, and he's already changed so much!
One of the greatest gifts ever deserves a pretty bow!

Safe and secure in Daddy's arms

Not so sure about this

Tiger fan!

These booties were one of my first "boy" purchases

Feet shaped like a heart



You can tell he's pretty jaundiced here!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Finally!


One of my life goals recently (okay, slight exaggeration) has been to capture Jeremiah's sweet smile on camera. I finally got a still photo of his smile last week (actually, his babysitter for the day did).  But it was really more of a half smile. Well, last night, I got the full fledged thing on video! He was just cooing and chattering so I decided to make a video when all of the sudden - BOOM! SMILE!

You can hear my excitement on the video. Oops. :)


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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Finish the Sentence


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I haven't done this link-up before, but it looks fun!

1. If calories didn't count, I would eat... massive quantities of food. I've been starving all day today. I could especially go for some cookie dough ice cream.

2. On my Prom night....there was no such thing! My school didn't have prom!

3. When I go to the store, I always buy...more than I intended to.  :)

4. Family functions typically...are missed by me. We live too far from most family members. But this weekend, we'll see a lot of them for Easter!

5. I think my blog readers... are practically non-existent. If I'm wrong, leave me a comment so I know you're there! ;)

6. I'd much rather be...home cuddling my baby than here at work enduring tax season. :)

7. I have an obsession with... taking pictures of my adorable son. But really? Can you blame me?


8. My work friends... rock. I have the best co-workers. :)

9. When I created my Facebook account....I still much preferred myspace.  Yeah, it was a long time ago!

10. My least favorite word is... dilemma. I always have a hard time spelling it right the first time!

11. I really don't remember... very little. My memory is insanely good. Near photographic, actually!

12. Justin Bieber... sounds like a girl.  I don't know much about him though.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Jeremiah is 2 Months Old!

As I write this, Jeremiah is two months old! (Posting 2 days later to include stats from the doctor)  I can't even put the last two months into words. Exhausting, sure. Wonderful, absolutely! Confusing, at times. Priceless? Yes, definitely.


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Happy 2 month birthday, Jeremiah!
My preemie son with trouble eating? Doing just great. Growing like a champ.  
Length: 23.5 inches
Weight: 12 pounds, 3 ounces (this is 5 pounds over his lowest weight!)
Head: 15.5 inches

Length and weight are around the 60th percentile. Head circumference is 25%

  Jeremiah generally eats about every 3 hours, 3 ounces at a time.  Occasionally, he'll want to eat after 2 hours, but he's pretty consistent with the 3 hours.  He eats  exclusively Mommy's milk but usually from his bottles.   



He's had a kind of rough month in some ways - stomach aches almost every day, his first cold, etc. But he's doing better now, though I wish we could resolve his stomach problems. (The dr. does not recommend changing anything for his food. I was considering soy formula, etc. He strongly recommends against it.)
 He loves being worn in his Seven Sling. Sometimes it's the only thing that keeps him and Mommy happy and the only reason Mommy gets to eat dinner. :)  He usually falls asleep in it.

On his special blanket with his name and birth date
 A lot of times he gets really, really fussy and just when I'm starting to worry, he falls asleep.  It was especially bad when he had his cold.
Most of the time when Mommy is at work, Grandma and Grandpa have been with you.  There were three days though that he stayed with his Aunty Ashley and friend Brayden.  He did great. Mommy may have cried though. Oops.

With his elephant from a friend
Jeremiah still looks mainly like his daddy, but I think he's going to have my eyes. They've lightened from dark blue to a pale blue. John's eyes are dark brown where as mine are light green/hazel, so I think he's taking after me.

He has lost a lot of his hair on top, so I say that's another way he looks like his daddy.
Jeremiah smiled on purpose for the first time on his 6 week birthday!  He still only does it infrequently, but it's super cute when he does. :)

He also has started rolling from his back to his stomach on occasion, but he doesn't like it once he's there.


Now that he's a little bigger, we plan on starting the cloth diapers (at least during the day) within the next week or so.  His size one diapers are getting too small!  He's also outgrown the few newborn outfits he had and even some 0-3 month clothes are getting snug.  


What's that doing there? It's my photo shoot!
Jeremiah makes a lot of noises. He grunts, coos, etc.  He makes noises the whole time you eat and they're very cute.

He is an absolute joy and we are so blessed to have him in our lives - even at 2 a.m. while he waits for a bottle to warm up. :)


Outtakes from the Photo Session:




Leo wants in on the action
"Enough of this sticker!"







Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Hospital - Day 2


My sweet son is two months old today! Guess I better finish these hospital memoir posts. :)  His two month old post shall wait until after his doctor appointment Thursday - that way I can include his measurements.

Sunday was a good day. Sunday was a terrible day. Sunday was one of the best days of my life.  Sunday was one of the worst days of my life.  (Um, Sunday definitely had post-partum hormones going on.)

The day started pretty good. I woke up around 1 and knew I was due for more medicine around 2:30 (blood pressure medicine, that is). I was hoping for more pain medicine as well. At that point, I'd been taking Motrin and Tylenol on alternating times.  Also, the room was freezing.  2:30 rolled around. No nurse with medicine. 3:00 rolled around. Still no medicine. Finally at 3:30, I decided to ring for the nurse.  Apparently, she'd been very busy as the hospital was experiencing a baby boom. SEVEN babies had been born in the last 8 hours. Now, this isn't a huge hospital. I think they're maxed out at about 20 new moms/laboring moms.  When you think that usually ladies are in there for 3 days or so, that doesn't average out to 7 babies in one night. And the shift was barely half over!  So, that was why my medicine was a little late.  I told her I was freezing and also in a lot of pain.  She suggested I take something stronger than Motrin with the Motrin - it was called dilaudid. She said since I hadn't been sleeping much, it would help me sleep. She also was finally able to take me off the iv of magnesium sulfate. I had been on it for about 55 hours!  So I agreed.  She brought me another warm blanket, and I slept for about 4 hours.  :) 

That morning, after I woke up, John decided to go to church. Normally, being alone wouldn't be so fun, but I had big plans for the morning.... very big plans. You see, now that I was off the mag iv, they could take out the catheter and I would be allowed to shower!  I was quite excited at the prospect of getting clean!

Well, the shower didn't live up to my excitement. After being bedridden for about 60 hours, major surgery, and only having gotten up long enough to sit up for about 10 minutes, a shower is a lot of work! I felt like I was going to pass out by the time I was done. So after my shower, I took some time to rest from my shower. I also, sadly, could not find my mascara while getting ready (no worries! It would later turn up!)

But as soon as I had recovered from that exertion, I asked my nurse to go take me to see my sweet boy.  Now 1 whole day old, he was even more handsome! And he was doing better, so he was no longer under the heat lamps. He could regulate his own temperature - go, Jeremiah! :) 



My handsome sweetie
Holding him was so much easier without having to keep our ivs from getting tangled.  I asked the nurse how he was doing - still not as well as they would like with the feeding, but doing fine in other areas.  The ultrasound of his brain from the day before?  Oh, she couldn't give me those results. I needed to talk to the doctor (frustrating, but I would later find out they were fine).  He had been bathed so he no longer had ultrasound gel in his hair. :)

I still didn't have much stamina, so it wasn't long before I was back in my room in my bed.  At that time, they also brought me a pump so I could start working on providing nutrition for him.

I was restless there.  I tried sleeping and was a little successful. I tried watching tv. There was nothing on. I tried reading, but I was too tired.

Around lunchtime, John came back from church. He told me we were going to have some visitors. Before they arrived, we decided to go visit our sweet angel.


Around that time, I was officially switched from Labor and Delivery to Mother Baby.  Usually you switch pretty much as you deliver, but because of my complications, I needed to remain a L&D patient a little longer.
Loved seeing my two loves together!
The visitors arrived quickly. My friend Dy, our friends Kat and Nate with their infant daughter, our friends Ms. Karen and her 2 daughters, Jason and Jessica, and then my parents. At one point, all at once. It was a little overwhelming! And I was far too tired to take them to see the baby! So we went in shifts. John took them while I stayed back with the other visitors.

Dy with Rhema
The afternoon was fun, but tiring.  I think that may have contributed to.... ahem..... the overabundance of emotion later. (Seriously. I loved seeing everyone, but my advice to anyone recovering from major surgery is to limit visitors at 1 day post-op.  At one point, I had THIRTEEN visitors at once! Plus John.  That's a lot.  And even though they all weren't there the whole time, there was a lot of overlap and a lot of tiredness! I think someone was there for a solid 3 hours.)


That afternoon one of the nurses who had been in the Special Care unit to cover breaks decided to tell me that she didn't think Jeremiah was doing as well as a 36 week old baby should be doing.  I was really sad. I thought he was doing so much better than the day before.  But he still was not responding well to feedings and there was no way he could be discharged the way he was going.


Cue the tears from the exhausted mommy.  I remember crying and crying to John about how I didn't want to go home without my baby.  I only had 5 weeks before going back to work to spend with him. Why wasn't he doing better? I just wanted him to do better!  I calmed down a little and then he left to go home for dinner.  While he was there, I may have had another (okay fine - 3 more) breakdown.  I even took out my computer to upload pictures to get my mind off of it.  It didn't work. My mom tried calling 3 times (I was pretty sure John had told her about my breakdown) but I was too emotional too talk so I didn't answer.  I even did some work related e-mails in an attempt to cheer myself up.  Nothing worked.  Finally after John got back, I called my mom back.  I was right - she was worried about HER baby (me).  I cried to her some more. Cried to John some more. And then we went back to see our son.

That was the one thing that could cheer me up! Even though I still didn't like seeing him the way he was. Even though I was seeing him knowing he wasn't doing as well as they would like, it was still truly a balm for my injured soul to hold him.

Around that time, it was a shift change, and my nurse changed again.  My new nurse was named Carol. She was seriously a fantastic nurse. I loved her. She was so motherly and kind and I just felt so comfortable with her.  She was expecting her first grandchild and so we talked about that, about our families, etc.

One thing she thought after reviewing my chart was that I needed more pain management. She was hopeful that would get my (still skyrocketing) blood pressure under better control.  She pushed me to let them treat it how they thought best (I could have resisted, but it made sense. And I was ready to feel better.) So she started me on a regimen including narcotics in addition to the Tylenol Motrin combos I'd been doing since surgery.  She said "Your body needs to heal. It can't heal if you're not sleeping and if you're not sleeping because you're in pain, you're really hurting yourself!"  I have to say, I think she was right.  I still didn't get a ton of sleep, but I did manage to fall asleep earlier and stay asleep a little longer.

Overall, it was a day of highs and lows.  At the end of the day, my baby didn't get to come out of Special Care like I had hoped for much of the day. But at the end, we were all going to be okay.

Day 3 to come. :)

Sunday, March 10, 2013

February Goal Review


A little late this month, but time to catch up on how I'm doing on my yearly goals!  Time for a review.


1) Read through my Bible this year.

I'm a little behind on this. It's hard reading a lot with a newborn. But I'm getting better about it!


2) Read at least 25 books. 


I only read one book in February. That is less than my 2 books a month goal, but it does put me at 4 for the year, so I'm still on track!

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!


As a reminder this got revised to lose an additional 30 pounds by year end as I met my original goal by February 1st. :)

So far, I've lost 3 on this new goal. But I'm now cleared to exercise and maybe soon, Jeremiah will start sleeping more and I'll have energy to exercise. 


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. 

Seven blogs in February..... that averages to more than once a week, though I know I skipped a week.

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 had a date on Valentine's Day! My parents watched Jeremiah.





6) Finish unpacking all the boxes from our move.

No progress. Again, I'm thinking this will be more of a summer goal.

Sunday Social - 3/10/2013

Linking up with Neely and Ashley for Sunday Social again this week. :)




1. What is one movie you are terrified to watch?
I don't like scary movies - at all. I don't watch horror movies or anything.  One in specific would probably be Psycho. They keep playing previews for this new show based on the characters of Psycho on A&E while I'm innocently trying to watch Duck Dynasty and... well, can you say creepy?

2. What is one tv show you have always wanted to get into but haven't yet?
I keep hearing good things about The Good Wife, but I've never watched it and feel I'd be missing something starting at like season 3 or 4.

3. What is one daring activity on your bucket list?
I don't think any of them are daring. I'm not all that interested in danger. :)

4. Would you ever travel alone? 
Yes! I love travelling and doing it alone doesn't bother me. I've taken several road trips alone (as far away as Alabama), several trips on the plane, etc.  Usually, I meet up with someone I know once I reach my destination, but not all the time.

5. What activities do you like to do alone?
Read, shop, and exercise. I have a hard time doing these with other people. 



Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Jeremiah Update

I love talking about my little man. 


He changes so much from day to day. I don't want to forget all these milestones, big or small.

Some recent milestones / changes?

On his 6 week "birthday" we had our first intentional smile. By intentional, I mean he responded to something with a smile. And I mean something other than gas.  I was talking to him and he gave me a smile. I promptly became a pile of goo. My new goal in life is to capture a smile on camera.

He's losing his hair on top! I hadn't realized how much until I was looking at pictures earlier from when we first came home from the hospital. People always say he looks like his dad, and ......well. Here's one more way now. ;)

His eyes are changing. They were a deeper blue but they are lightening up a lot.  I think maybe he'll have my eyes since John's are a dark brown.

On Sunday, he discovered a new trick - he can roll from his back to his tummy! I thought it was a fluke the first time, but he did it 3 times, so I don't think so. Wow! So strong for such a little guy (7 weeks old, adjusted age 3 weeks). Problem is, he doesn't like being on his tummy. And he can't roll back..... so he cries. Then Mommy rescues him.

He loves being held and cuddled. He rarely tolerates being put down..... especially when Mommy is busy trying to get ready for work.

Yesterday was his first day having someone other than Mommy, Daddy, or Grandma care for him while Mommy worked.  He was with "Aunty" Ashley for the first time. He did great. Mommy, on the other hand, cried while driving away and checked her phone 154,228 times to make sure all was well.

He's still been pretty fussy - his stomach is very sensitive. He has increased his food intake a lot lately; maybe a growing spurt is happening?

Either way, even on his fussy days, he is still the light of our lives and we love him so much!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Sunday Social - 5s!



Linking up for Sunday Social with Neely and Ashley!

1. 5 songs you'll listen to for the rest of your life:
Hmm.... one of my all-time favorites is Amazing Grace.... Our God by Chris Tomlin.... Great I Am by Jared Anderson.... Who Am I by Casting Crowns.... Intimacy by Nate Marialke

2. 5 things on my bucket list:
I don't really have a bucket list. But some things I'd like to do are.... Go back to Europe. Travel to all 50 states.  Go to New York City. Have another child. Beat Candy Crush Saga....

3. 5 celebs I'd love to hang out with for a day:
George W. Bush, Condoleeza Rice, Reese Witherspoon, Brian Williams, and Curtis Stone. I find the first two fascinating and would love to hear their stories.  Reese Witherspoon always looks so put together that I'd like to shop with her.  Brian Williams anchors the evening news and I think that would be interesting to watch. And Curtis Stone? I wouldn't need to cook if I was hanging out with a celebrity chef!

4. 5 things I always carry in my purse:
Wallet, keys, phone, lip gloss, and breath mints/gum.

5. 5 books on my reading list:
Happiest Baby on the Block, The Maze Runner, Great Expectations, A Cry for Justice, and Jane Eyre.




Friday, March 1, 2013

Five Question Friday - 3/1/2013

Time for 5QF!  Linking up with Mama M. :)

1. What was the most productive thing you have done this week?

Well, I returned to work full-time. That was productive. And while at work, I re-organized my area.  I also met with 2 staff people I needed to meet with. Outside of work, I don't think I was very productive. I guess doing thank-you notes? 
2. Enjoying the winter or ready for spring?


SO ready for spring. I'm not a fan of winter in general, and this winter has been colder and snowier than a lot of years. Spring, please hurry! Pretty please? Warm weather. No snow. Pretty flowers. No snow. Going for walks. Not a hint of snow. Did I mention no snow?
3. Are you an introvert or extrovert? Is your spouse the same as you?


I used to be a total introvert. Now I think I'm somewhere in between. I'm a lot more introverted than a lot of people would think. I can project friendliness without really ever putting myself out there.  John is also a blend of introversion and extroversion. But definitely  more on the extrovert end of the spectrum.
4. Would you rather go without music or television for 1 year?

Let's see..... that's a tough one! Probably...... television. Would I still be allowed to watch movies? Then definitely television.  But if I can't use my tv at all, it's a harder decision.
5. Have you ever been truly scared of someone?


Yes, I was.  I used to work at McDonalds and we had some shady people there from time to time. It wasn't in the best neighborhood. At one point, we had (unbeknownst at the time) gang members working there.  They somehow got something started with another gang and a fight was supposed to happen in our parking lot.  Yeah. I didn't feel comfortable working nights for awhile after that, even though the cops came before the fight started.