Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Nesting Now?!



Ever since baby boy was born my nesting instincts have kicked into full gear! Where were they when I was pregnant? I actually find myself weighing whether I want to take nap time, morning time or children's bedtime to go to sleep myself (which is sorely needed) or use the time to work on a project around the house. Today, napping won hands down, but I have a project I'm dying to tackle. It may have to wait until tomorrow.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Who Are You?



Who are you?

That's the question I ask my newborn son almost every day. Today is his 2 week birthday and he's grown and changed so much already! Yet, he is still a mystery. Who he is: his personality, his interests, his character, his faults, his strengths are still wrapped up inside his newborn soul.

He moved a LOT in the womb, so I figured he'd be a wiggly spit-fire. Then he came out and proved to be quite laid back.

I don't assume he'll be just like his big brother, all outdoorsy, and all about farms and tractors.

Will he play instruments with those LONG fingers he has?

Will he continue to be quiet and easy going?

Who are you, little man?

I can hardly wait to find out!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

How's It Goin'?



Baby boy gained back 60% of the weight he lost after delivery!

Thanks to Renee's suggestion of www.kellymom.com/bf/index.html, I got some great info on everything breast feeding.

Things are going well now and I have plenty of milk.

Now, baby boy is asleep and I should be as well.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Delicacy of Breast Feeding



It is funny how some women, no matter what, can make milk like crazy. For me, breast feeding is a delicate matter. I dried up within 3 months after the birth of my oldest and my middle child. Yesterday once again proved that I have to be mindful and careful when it comes to my milk.

Big brother and big sister were rather disobedient and difficult and it caused me great stress. It felt like every time I put baby to breast a fight broke out...a fight bad enough to need physical intervention to tear them off each other. My milk was reduced by half and my let downs were fewer and much weaker.

So, once the older kiddos were tucked into bed, I made every effort to relax. I also nursed baby boy on demand, as I've done since he was born, and turned out from 5 pm to 9pm, he nursed every hour on the hour. Then, overnight, he nursed every 2 hours until 3:30 am when he obviously had a good, full feed and was able to sleep for 3 hours until the next feeding. I am fuller this morning. Before I went to bed, I pumped, too. I got an ounce less than I normally do, but was pleased it wasn't less.

Because I have such a difficult time keeping my milk, I'm considering researching and going on a breast-feeding conducive diet. Any ideas?

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Adventures in Babyland

Baby boy's cord stump fell out yesterday!

My cousin and his wife had their baby yesterday morning!

She's adorable, but baby boy and I got kicked out of the maternity ward by the head nurse. Apparently, babies aren't allowed in the maternity ward. At least not the ones that weren't born there. :b

Baby boy's been sleeping most of the day and choosing his wide awake time to be in the late evening. This early-to-bed Momma is a bit sleep deprived now.

I usually correct this by co-sleeping, but baby boy is too small to co-sleep for the purpose of nursing/suckling. He's nose gets squished and he can't latch on properly in the lay-down position. So that means Mommy has to sit up with him. Not that I really mind. He's so precious to look at and it's amazing watching him grow!

A young lady from church came over with a pint of Ben and Jerry's and a helpful hand weeding the garden. We had a great time chatting and weeding until the rain drops started to fall.

I had to pile up the potatoes yesterday. Looks like I'll have a nice crop if the bugs stay out of them.

The woodchuck just about devastated the lettuce, spinach and beets.

And I better catch a shower before baby boy wakes up!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

1 Week




Baby Boy is one week old today! He's doing so well and we are all smitten with him. I am amazed at his growth and progress in just 1 week!

Baby Boy is a quiet lad who only cries when it is necessary (at least so far). During his wakeful times, he enjoys staring at patterns or his mommy. He's great at turning his head to look around and listens intently when I sing. He's not the strongest feeder, yet and prefers multiple quick snacks rather than spaced out dinners. His umbilical cord stump is almost ready to fall off. He likes to be swaddled and loves being held. So much so that when I do hold him, he falls asleep almost instantly, but if I put him down, he wakes up. Not all the time, though. :)

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Father's Day/Birth Story




Happy Father's Day to my dear husband who is an excellent, loving, supportive, hardworking, caring, fun-loving, endearing father to our children.

Anyhow, I decided to post my birth story here:

Monday, I felt great! I cleaned the house in preparation for our son's arrival and spent part of the evening praying with a friend of mine that we may both go into labor soon and avoid being induced. By the way, both our prayers were answered. I went to bed around 10 pm and was just drifting off the sleep when my pants felt wet. I thought, "you've got to be kidding me!" You see, I was hoping the baby would arrive later that week. Hubby was working out of town and had just left Sunday evening. After some double checking, I called hubby, called my parents and called the hospital. They wanted me to come right in.

So, off we go to the hospital. I prayed hubby would make it in time for the delivery since he had quite a drive. At the hospital, I wasn't having any contractions (just cramps) so I registered myself and walked to L&D. They sent me to my room and got me in my hospital gown. My nurse kept looking at me like I was just a crazy, pregnant woman over-reacting about peeing my pants. She checked my cervix and it was still only 2 cm dilated and only about 50%...maybe 60% effaced. However, the gush that followed the exam and the subsequent positive test on the swab confirmed that I didn't just pee my pants but had broken waters.

Soooo......I was set up for possible pitocin. After all, I wasn't acting as if I was in labor at all. She did confirm that my cramps were registering as actual, strong contractions and I had hope that this labor wouldn't be so bad. I admit, I was getting frustrated at how long it was taking! My daughter was born in less than 3 hours after all.

The act of God in all this was I was sitting on the hospital bed talking to the nurse when I saw a familiar pair of black boots appear beneathe the privacy curtain. "He's here!" I exclaimed as hubby walked into the room and gave me a big kiss. Immediately, real contractions started. It still took longer than I thought, but I was able to walk and talk up until 6-7 cm. By 7, I had to sit on the side of the bed, wiggle my legs and breathe.

I called my nurse when a contraction felt "pushy." She checked me. 8 cm. The next contraction felt pushier, but I waited a few more before calling her again. I could feel the head bearing down. She checked me again. Almost there, call the doc. He'd check me soon. The other nurse just stared at me as I looked up and smiled a big smile at her. By now, they had me in the bed, reclined (crazy enough, I actually don't mind birthing in this position). The doctor checked me and said there's just a little bit of cervix left. However, my body was CLEARLY telling me to push. So I pushed only enough and then I (and everyone else knew) it was time. I had a big ol' push contraction that I actually didn't have to force myself to push too much through. My body kinda did it on its own! The doc announces, next contraction we're going to have this baby. All righty, I thought. Here I go! Big ol' grunty pushing through this contraction (thank God it was a long, strong one) and a quick little scream as the head crowned and baby boy was out! All the doc had to do was push the opening a little and catch the baby. The nurse just stood by the bassinet waiting for the baby. She remarked later that she wished all mothers birthed like me, but then she'd be out of a job. She also said that natural births were very VERY rare in that hospital. Most women get induced (and even more rare is the woman who induces without pain meds. OUCH!) or get epidurals right away. I guess one woman who was laboring the same time as me tried going naturally and ended up screaming bloody murder.

Before anyone thinks I'm some snob for being able to birth naturally, let me tell you straight up that I am actually humbled that I can. I have fast labor and deliveries and small babies. This labor was actually so easy and low on the pain scale that I can't believe it! I know that my next L&D might not be as easy, just as this one wasn't as fast as my daughter's.

From water breakage to delivery, my 2nd son got here in 6 hours and 45 minutes.

I didn't need stitches for the first time!

6 lbs, 11 ounces and 18" long at 37 weeks.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

I'm Back!!

More news to come when I'm not typing one handed. Can you guess why?