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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

Friday, January 19, 2018

First Bumpdate: 13 Weeks

Due date: July 23rd
How far along: 13 weeks (size of a peach)
Gender: ?
Weight gain: 1 lb.
Maternity clothes: No, just living in leggings.
Belly button in or out: In.
Sleep: Overall, sleeping good. I have some "off" nights.
Best moment of the week: That I'm feeling better. 
Miss anything: Doing things, haha. I've been so sick that I haven't been able to really do/schedule anything because I don't know how I'll feel.
Movement: Not yet.
Cravings: Meat repulses me -- if it's made for me (meaning, I can't see the raw meat) I can handle it (like a cheeseburger from Five Guys). But I can't prepare it. Anything fresh sounds amazing (salads, fruit, smoothies) and I could live on cereal.
Queasy or Sick: Ugh, the worst of all because it's lasting all day and I'm having to take care of two toddlers. This has confirmed, 3 and DONE.
Looking forward to: Better days.
Everyone's reaction to the news: Everyone was shocked, which was shocking to me. We had been saying "one more" so I was shocked when everyone else was so shocked. I guess they didn't expect it to be now. Well ready or not, here we go. Almost everyone is guessing a girl, we'll find out in 6 weeks. I'm leaning towards girl too, so it probably means another boy lol. I thought Harlow was a boy and Oliver was a girl....so my track record and "motherly intuition" is way wrong.
Harlow's reaction: She was so excited when we told her! She hugged my belly and immediately asked to see her "baby sister." We don't know what we're having yet, she's just highly convinced. She was only 10 months old when I was pregnant with Oliver, so seeing this pure excitement is the sweetest thing. She told several people our little secret and it went like this, "my mommy has a baby in her belly and it's a baby sister!" Lesson learned, don't trust a 3 year old with important/exciting news. She refers to the baby as "her baby" or will say "when MY baby comes." She asked what the baby was wearing and when I said he/she was naked she said "NAKED?!" She'll ask me what the baby wants to eat, if "she's" napping, and how the baby is making me feel. She is over the moon and asks every week if the baby is soon coming. She really wants a sister but I remind her it could also be another brother. So she'll say, "a baby sister or it could be a brother!"
Oliver's reaction: Has no clue what's going on.
Ages of the kids when the baby is born: Harlow will be 3 years and 10 months old (she turns 4 in September) and Oliver will be 2 years and 3 months. Yes, we're crazy but it's so fun watching them grow up together.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Halloween 2017

October kicks off the holiday season in my book. I love all the traditions, the food, the clothes, and decor that come with "ber" months. Halloween is one of our favorite holidays -- I love a good family themed costume. I know it won't last forever, so I'm enjoying it for the two or three years that I have left. 

I wanted the kids to wake up to something special and had thought about giving them a cute little Halloween basket. But in reality they don't need a thing and lets get real, #budget. So a spooky Halloween breakfast it was! 

I bought the spider cupcake holders on amazon -- they would look so cute scattered around a food/dessert table at a Halloween party. They are really sturdy and will last for years, so I didn't mind spending the $10. I used store bought chocolate muffins and added some googly eyes to toothpicks. I found the glass beakers/flasks (whatever you want to call them) last year in the Target dollar section. I filled them with Bolthouse Farms' green goddess juice -- which worked perfect for "potion." And lastly, pumpkin spice pancakes topped with a whipped cream ghost.

For lunch: tortilla wrap filled with cheddar cheese (a fun twist on a grilled cheese) and topped with a piece of celery for the stem. Mummy turkey roll ups using edible googly eyes and string cheese. And a cute little clementine pumpkin.

Now for the fun...our costume: The Little Mermaid
I really wanted to be Ursula but I had everything for the "Ariel with legs" costume (this is what Harlow called me)

For me: two years ago I used this same dress and bow to be Wendy and I used a black tank top for the corset. 
Joseph: he already had everything and I used Christmas ribbon for his red sash.
Harlow: she got the mermaid tail for her birthday, already had this purple top, and I bought the wig.
Oliver: he is wearing Harlow's mustard leggings, top, and beanie. I had to buy the felt.
Total spent for 4 costumes = under $15

We had an awesome time and the kids passed out pretty quick -- even with all the sugar they consumed.