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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Halloween 2018

I feel like I say this every year but I (we) love Halloween. I love planning our family themed outfit (hopefully we have a few more years of doing this!) and going to Michaels and JoAnn's to get supplies to make our costume. I love how sugared up the kids get and how excited they are to go to each house. But most of all I love making these memories with them. This year Halloween was busy. Harlow's preschool had a Noah's Ark parade and it was the cutest thing I've ever seen. So we put our annual spooky breakfast on hold and the whole family went to go watch her in the parade. I didn't think she would want to participate because she isn't great with crowds -- plus, the parade landed on the day she doesn't go to school (when this happens, they are still welcome to come in and participate). So Harlow got home from school on Tuesday and said she was going to be a flamingo in the school parade and she told everyone that's what she was going to be. Well okay, flamingo it is. Cue me running to Michaels to make her a flamingo head. Thank goodness she already owns a lot of pink.

She was so cute!!!! I used a headband she already had and just picked up some black and white felt, feathers, and foam balls. Flamingo head, DONE.

Now on to our spooky breakfast:

I always decorate the night before and plan a simple breakfast. Pancakes, muffins (which they didn't really eat), and Bolthouse Farm's green juice always makes for perfect potion.

Lunch was pretty simple too: jack o' lantern wraps (which they called Burt because that's what they named their carved pumpkin), clementine pumpkins, and a mouth with teeth.

Now it's finally time for Halloween night.....
Come one! Come All! Step right up to the Eskridge family circus.

For Joe and I, our costume was clothes we already owned. I ordered his inflatable weight from amazon and my "crystal ball" is Harlow's nightlight. I try not to spend a lot of money on ours, especially now with three kids. Our family costume came in around $30. I call that a win.

Harlow's tutu is from amazon and was less than $7 (thanks China) and I got her headband from Michaels and hot glued the feathers onto it.

Oliver's hat is from amazon, the red jacket was from Target, and everything else he owned. I made the red jacket into a ringmaster coat and it was a really simple DIY. I ordered the jacket a few sizes up so it would have a "tail" and cut off the hood and zipper. I hot glued on all the gold trim and the gold tassels.

No ringmaster is complete without his lion and ring of fire. Another simple DIY: a hula-hoop and left over christmas tinsel.

Waylon's mane and tail is a feather boa.

We started off the night at a Trunk or Treat and then came back to our neighborhood to Trick or Treat. The kid's ended the night sorting their candy and singing "I love Halloween" haha.

Waylon: 3 Months

Eating: Drinks a 3 oz bottle after nursing. 

-Very interactive and "talks" back
-Hits and grabs at things

Memorable Outings:
-Went on his 1st road trip to Greenville, SC
-Went to the Greenville Zoo
-Liberty Homecoming
-Went to a halloween event and dressed up as Baby Pubert

Loves: Harlow, she can make him laugh like no other. Bathtime, his bouncy seat, and being fed.

Hates: being hungry and constipated. 

Words/Sounds: cooing.

Nicknames: WayWay and Harlow calls him Waylie. 

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Harlow: This is Four

How old are you? Fourrr! (and shows me with her fingers)
What is your favorite color? Pink and purple.
What is your favorite food? Watermelon. 
What is your favorite dinner? Noodles.
What do you want to be when you grow up? A ballerina.
What is your favorite thing to play with? My dollhouse, LOL dolls, and my babies.
What is your favorite movie? Moana
What is your favorite outfit? My rainbow outfit.
What is your favorite song? Jesus Loves the Little Children of the World.
What is your favorite cereal? The one with the marshmallows (Lucky Charms, haha).
Who is your best friend? Lilly.
What is your favorite book? 'Today' and 'Room on the Broom.'
What are you really good at? Helping you clean up (and she is, she's a neat freak).
What is your favorite vegetable? Carrots (raw)
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? Orange and Vanilla from Mister Goodies.
What do you like to do with your best friends? Play in my room.
What is a perfect day for you? Jump in a bounce house and go somewhere to eat dinner.

Waylon: 2 Months

Weight: 12 lbs. 9 oz.
Length: 23.5 inches

Eating: Drinks a 2.5 oz bottle after nursing.

-Very interactive and "talks" back
-Smiling all the time
-Hitting at the toys on his playmat and bouncy seat

Memorable Outings: Sunflower festival, Holliday State Park, and pumpkin patch.

Loves: All the same things as last month. Me haha...bath time, being swaddled, wearing him in the wrap, and his bouncy seat. He also loves when his siblings talk to him.

Hates: being hungry and constipated. 

Words/Sounds: cooing.

Nicknames: WayWay, Jaxie boy haha.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Waylon: One Month

Weight: 10 lbs. 2 oz.
Height: 22 inches

Size: newborn diapers and wearing newborn/0-3 month clothes

Looks: A mix of Harlow and Oliver

Eyes: Blue. 

Hair: Brown but so much blonde underneath. It reminds me of Oliver's.

Sleeping: Giving us 4-5 hour stretches at night. Takes naps all throughout the day.

Eating: Drinks a 2 oz bottle after nursing.

-Starting to coo
-Almost smiling

Memorable Outings: 1st time at the pediatrician, 1st time at church, the Amherst Fair, the playground, and Harlow's 1st day of school.

Loves: me haha...bath time, being swaddled, wearing him in the wrap, and his bouncy seat.

Hates: being hungry. 

Words/Sounds: cooing.

Nicknames: WayWay, Jaxie boy haha.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Waylon's Birth Story

            I was a week late and set to be induced on my 30th birthday, but labor started on it’s own at 4 a.m. Intense contractions started right away and woke me up out of a sound sleep. I hadn’t packed anything yet, just had everything in a pile. So Joseph began to pack while I jumped in the shower and then ate a nutritious breakfast of Apple Jacks cereal. By this time it’s around 6:30 a.m. and we decide to leave for the hospital. We decided to stop to blow up my “30” balloons and Joe made a Starbucks run, allllll while having contractions.  I checked into the hospital around 7:30 a.m. and was examined at 8:15, I was already 5cm. I was so shocked and so happy that I was THIS far along. With my previous two, I was always at 3 cm and had my epidural by 4 cm, so this was a nice surprise. At around 9:30 my pain level was still tolerable, so I decide to not get the epidural (just yet) and bounce on the ball to help relieve pain. At noon it was time, time for the epidural and thank goodness I did because when I was examined at 1 p.m. I had only dilated one extra centimeter. So now I’m at 6 but my pain is beginning to subside. I started feeling awful, I told Joe I felt like I was knocking on deaths door. Dramatic I know, but that’s how I felt…and super nauseous. I told them something wasn’t right and they immediately start giving me meds. My blood pressure had dropped to 66/39. Once the meds kicked in I felt so much better. I rested until 2 p.m. and that is when my midwife, Lisa, came in and asked if I wanted to start a little Pitocin or if I wanted her to break my water. I chose for her to break my water. With my other two, things went FAST after my water broke so I was hoping for the same results. I was examined at 3 p.m. and that fast I went from 6 to 8 cm. I was examined again at 4:30 and I was fully dilated and at 4:45 I was pushing. I pushed during three contractions and he was born at 5:05 p.m.! They immediately put him on my chest and we did skin to skin for an hour. After that hour, the nurse weighed him and he was 9 lbs. 15.8 oz. (which they rounded to 10 lbs) and he was 21 ½ inches long. We couldn’t believe how big he was! Harlow was 8 lbs. 4 oz. and Oliver was 7 lbs. 4 oz. My pregnancy was super painful and in that moment it all made sense, I was carrying a huge baby. We finally got to our room in the mother/baby unit around 7:30 p.m. Once I was settled, Joe ran home to see the kids and put them to bed. When he got back he mentioned Waylon’s rapid breathing. I didn’t think anything of it because Joe is the worrier. When my nurse came in at 11 p.m. to do a routine check on Waylon and myself I mentioned his breathing. She said, “you’re right, he is breathing fast. Let me do a count.” She counted 80ish breaths a minute and immediately left to go get the charge nurse. She counted close to a hundred and said it should be 30-60 breaths a minute. They immediately take him to the nursery to assess him. It’s now 11:30 p.m., the nurse comes in and says they are taking him to the NICU where they will be able to tell us more. But that he shouldn’t be breathing so fast. I’m exhausted and emotional…and I lose it. We find out he has pneumonia due to fluid being on his lungs and that he has been put on oxygen (35%) and antibiotics.

            Waylon spent all day in the NICU and we visited him on and off all day. We couldn’t hold him because he was under an oxygen helmet and he couldn’t nurse or bottle feed because he couldn’t eat while breathing so fast, so he was getting nutrients through his IV. The NICU nurse said “picture running a marathon while eating a plate of spaghetti, it’s impossible. Same with him.”  So I pumped around the clock to let me body know I needed milk. It was the eeriest feeling being in the hospital room with no baby. I told Joe it was like we lost the baby or gave him up for adoption…I’m going through the recovery process but have no baby next to me. That was the toughest part.
            Harlow and Ama Irene got to meet him. Oliver came along too but he was too young to visit the NICU (siblings have to be at least 3 years old). Harlow was SO excited to meet Waylon.  She wanted to hold him so bad but understood he had to stay under his “Buzz Lightyear helmet.” She asked 100 questions about all the wires, the oxygen machine, and surroundings. His oxygen levels continue to decrease (down to 25%) and his breathing steadily improved: got as low as 60s then went back up to 80, then 70s, then back to 60 (needs to be 30-60 breaths per minute). Every time we visited him, he was always so content.

            I was discharged from the hospital. I was hoping to be able to stay in a boarding room but they were all being used. So we went home and commuted back and forth to the hospital (thank the Lord we live only 10 minutes away). Good news this day, his respiratory rate got below 60, so the NICU nurse tried to bottle feed. He took 10ml. He was able to get off oxygen completely and I finally held him after two days!! We found out that he won’t be home for a week due to wanting him on antibiotics for a full week, they say discharge will Tuesday evening.

            I was able to try nursing. He did really well for only nursing a bit during skin to skin right after birth. He gets sleepy very quick when nursing/bottle feeding. 

            This time was filled with lots of visits to the hospital. Me recovering. And lots of pumping. His NG tube came out, his respiratory rate was perfect, and never needed any more oxygen. We thought he was coming home on Tuesday, Aug. 7th but he had a rough time with feedings and wasn’t eating the full amount that they wanted him to, which means he lost weight. They didn’t want to send him home like that. Thankfully the following night he did really well with feedings and they felt confident in sending him home.

            After nine days in the NICU, FINALLY HOME!!!

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Bumpdate 36 weeks

Due date: July 23rd
How far along: 36 weeks
Gender: Boy
Weight gain: 23 lbs.
Maternity clothes: A mix of regular and maternity.
Belly button in or out: 1/2 in, 1/2 out. Looks very appealing haha.
Sleep: I wake up 2-3x a night but can fall right back.
Best moment of the week: My college friend visiting, getting last minute baby items, and starting to prep a small corner in our  bedroom. 
Miss anything: I miss my old body. This pregnancy has been really difficult (pain wise), so I can't be as active as I want to be.
Movement: Yes, lots.
Cravings: Food really isn't appealing at this stage, I have to make myself eat because nothing really sounds good. I'd say my biggest craving now is: sweet tea/really icy beverages.
Queasy or Sick: No sickness, just bad back pain (thankfully the chiropractor has helped with that) and lots of pains and cramping. 
Looking forward to: The 4th of July and meeting our sweet boy! 

 20 weeks: our gender reveal

21 weeks: babymoon in Austin, TX

 23 weeks: Tangier Beach

31 weeks: loving on their brother

32 weeks: maternity session