Monday, March 2, 2015

1 Month

1 month old already? What?! It went by so fast!

At one month, Landon...

... is 11.5lbs according to our scale at home.

... is 22.5" long.

... is wearing size 0-3 month clothes and size 1 diapers (just outgrew Newborn last week). doing great with breastfeeding. Right now he nurses anywhere from every hour up to three hours during the day and up to 6 hours at night.

... is not a great sleeper, but if I remember correctly I think he's doing better than his big sister, so I'm hopeful he'll be a better sleeper than she is. He usually goes down for the night at 9:30 and then will sleep for 4 hours (I was lucky enough to get a 6 hour stretch out of him three nights so far), then another 3 and then 1.5 when we then get up for the day since Sophia is awake and Andrew needs to get ready for work.

... is still sleeping the majority of the day. He's awake a few times a day, but it never lasts real long and he's wanting to nurse and go back to sleep. But Sophia loves telling me "eyes open" every single time she sees him awake!

... does not like tummy time down on the mat, at all, but he is getting pretty strong working those neck muscles while he's being held on my chest.

She loves her little brother!

... loves bath time! He did not like the sponge baths at all, but he really likes the warm water in his little tub.

... thankfully rarely ever spits up, unlike his big sister. I had been so surprised by that with her, so prepared myself for it this time and then he never does. I could count on one hand how many times he has.

At one month postpartum, I'm doing well. I only had a very minor tear, which has healed up just fine. I'm finally getting the hang of this mom of two thing. It's definitely harder doing the newborn stage, with a toddler. The whole nap when baby naps... yeah well once big sis is down for her nap he's of course wide awake or fussing.

As far as weight loss, I am down 26 pounds. I quickly lost most of that the first two weeks and then it has now stalled. Time to start some light exercising and I really need to watch the snacking. I'm really hoping to lose another 35-40 by my big 30th birthday in June. We'll see how it goes.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Newborn Pictures

We got Landon's newborn pictures back this morning and I'm just so in love with them! They're all so cute!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Valentine's Day

I hope everyone had a nice Valentine's Day yesterday! We didn't do anything too special, since we aren't taking Landon out of the house yet, but it was still a nice day.

This was the first year I decorated the house for V Day. I made each of us (minus Landon) a little mailbox using empty tissue boxes. They were a little flimsy though, so I think I'll try something sturdier for next year. I (and sometimes Andrew) put little treats in them different days over the first two weeks of the month. Sophia loved checking her box when she saw the flag up!

The kids helped me make this card for Andrew.

I also made a peach cobbler cheesecake from a kit I got on our vacation in Gatlinburg. It's really yummy!

And I got these beautiful yellow roses from the hubby!

We usually go out for lunch for Valentine's Day but of course with Landon here this year that wasn't going to happen. So instead Andrew picked up dinner for us from Bandana's BBQ. It was really good!

My sweet little Valentines!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Landon's Birth Story

All through Landon’s pregnancy I kind of had two due dates. At my very first OB appointment, the dating ultrasound showed February 7th, but my OB decided to go with February 2nd based on some calculations. My charting had showed February 9th, so I thought the ultrasound date was more accurate and decided to go by that date for myself. However the later ultrasounds and belly measurements were all right on for the 2nd, so I then wondered if that one might be more accurate.

As that date was getting closer, I was getting more and more uncomfortable. Once I hit the date when Sophia was born (38w5d) I started walking around the house, up and down the stairs. I was just really ready for him to come. However, of course we all then came down with a cold. So I stopped walking for the week so we could all hopefully recover before he arrived. Our next hurdle was we had a big winter storm headed our way, with the possibility of 12 inches of snow. The snow started on Saturday, so I waited until Sunday to start walking again. I walked a lot that day/night and really felt like we were getting close since I was getting a lot of pressure and pains down low. 

And I was right! Sophia woke up at 11:45 that night and while Andrew went to tuck her back in, I went to the bathroom. As soon as I got back into bed I got my first contraction. I then had another and then another. At 12:20 I decided to start tracking them on my app. They were anywhere from 3 to 7 minutes apart and about 30-45 seconds long. I knew the rule was 5-1-1 on when to go to the hospital (contractions 5 minutes apart, 1 minute long, for 1 hour) but was confused on what to do if you’ve reached two of those, but not all of them. By 2:00 they were still going strong so I decided it was time to wake Andrew up. He was definitely surprised! We debated on what to do and decided I should take a shower and see if the hot water would cause any changes on the contractions. It didn’t. So we decided it was time to call my mom and have her start getting ready to come to our house to stay with Sophia. She got there around 2:45.

We still weren’t sure at what point we should go in. The contractions were getting more consistent to being 3 minutes apart, but still only 30-45 seconds long and weren’t that extremely painful yet. I could still talk/walk through them. We decided to give Labor & Delivery a call to ask them. They said to come on in and worst case was we’d be sent home. So I finished packing my hospital bag, Andrew sent an email to work letting them know and we were on our way to the hospital!

We got to the hospital right around 4am and up in our L&D room (the same room both Sophia and my nephew Brandon were born in!) by 4:15. Then the moment I was waiting for, finding out how far along I had progressed. I got a nice surprise; I was already a 5-6! So I was officially admitted and they had the lab techs draw some blood and get my IV started. Unfortunately it once again took two tries to get a good vein. Ouch! I was checked again at 5:15 and already progressed to an 8! I was so happily surprised with how things were going this time. I was progressing quickly and the contractions were still very manageable without the Pitocin. They were getting much stronger, but I was able to just concentrate and breathe through them. At 6:15 I was still an 8, but he had moved down much lower. My OB stopped by right then and asked if she could break my water, so we did that. Once my water was broken, things started to get more intense, but I was still managing ok through them. I was checked again a little before 7 and was a little disappointed to still be at an 8, but she said definitely some progress thinning out and moving down. 

Unfortunately, a few minutes later she came in saying my OB wanted me started on Pitocin since I was stalled at an 8. Looking back, I kind of wish I had said no. I had only been there for 3 hours and had progressed 2-3cm on my own. My nurse even said she thought my OB was being impatient. But she hooked it up and started me at a 2. By 7:30 the contractions were getting very painful. I was having terrible low back pain. Andrew helped by rubbing my back through the contractions, but it was still awful. Sometime around 7:45 the pit was moved up to a 3. I was starting to feel pressure during the contractions so she checked me and I was now at a 9 and getting close. I remember telling Andrew I really just wanted to push and get him out so the pain would be over. Finally during a contraction the urge to push was there. Andrew called for my nurse, she looked and must have seen him starting to crown because she yelled, nurses and my OB came in, quickly set the bed up for delivery and we were ready. It only took three sets of pushing before his head was out. Then they told me to stop. Apparently the cord was wrapped around his neck. After getting the cord clamped they put him up on my chest, but the nurse quickly grabbed him and brought him over to the warmer. Because of the cord, he wasn’t crying. They had to suction him out and rub on him, but we finally heard that beautiful cry. He sure gave me a scare for a few minutes!

So he ended up coming right on his official due date. He was born at 8:02am, weighing 8lb 3oz and is 21” long.  

I had just a minor tear again and needed a few stitches. I think because this time it was done while Landon was over with the nurse, where with Sophia I had her right on my belly to concentrate on, I could feel the shot and then stitches being pulled. I didn’t notice it at all with her. But once Andrew cut his cord and they cleaned him up a bit (and me, he pooped all over both of us when he came out), they brought him back over to me for skin to skin and started breastfeeding. He wasn’t super interested at first, but he really picked it up quickly and has been nursing great.

We just have one little issue we’re going to have to deal with. He was born with Hypospadias. I had never heard of it, but it’s a birth defect in which the opening of the urethra is on the underside of the penis rather than at the tip. It won’t cause him any issues now, since he’s in diapers, but the flow of urine would be a problem eventually. So, unfortunately, our little guy will be needing surgery (possibly two) sometime between 6-12 months. We will be meeting with a pediatric urologist in the next few months and we’ll see where we go from there.

But other than that he’s absolutely perfect! He is such a sweet baby and has the absolute most adorable dimples ever! We just love him to pieces. And funny enough, we now have two easy to remember birthdays with Sophia on 12/12 and now Landon on 2/2!

Big sister seems to be adjusting well. She wasn’t so sure what to think at first, but she’s doing great. If she sees me kissing on him she gets a little jealous and says “no, me” and comes over for me to kiss her, but she loves to rub his cheek or kiss his head and when he cries she tells me he wants more milky. So I’ve been really happy with how things are going!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

He's Here!!!

Landon Dale
Born at 8:02am on 2/2/15
Weighed 8lb 3oz and is 21" long

I'll be writing his full birth story eventually, but here is a picture of our sweet boy to hold you over!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Waiting Game

Ahh this waiting game is driving me crazy! I absolutely hate not knowing when baby boy is going to decide to come. And I'm so ready to be done and get this show on the road. Not only to not be pregnant anymore, but I can't wait to hold my little guy!

At my appointment yesterday I had made some progress. I'm now at a 2 and she said he was a little lower. I have been walking around the house, up and down the stairs, so I think that has helped. I get some mild cramping and pressure when I walk, so I do think he has dropped a bit.

With Sophia, my water broke in the middle of the night and then I had to be induced with pitocin at the hospital. I'm so anxious to find out if that will happen again or if contractions will start on their own first. I just have no idea what to expect!

Monday, January 26, 2015

38 weeks

Week 38: Your baby has really plumped up. He weighs about 6.8 pounds and he's over 19 1/2 inches long (the size of a pumpkin). He has a firm grasp, which you'll soon be able to test when you hold his hand for the first time! His organs have matured and are ready for life outside the womb.

Wondering what color your baby's eyes will be? You may not be able to tell right away. If he's born with brown eyes, they'll likely stay brown. If he's born with steel gray or dark blue eyes, they may stay gray or blue or turn green, hazel, or brown by the time he's 9 months old. That's because a child's irises (the colored part of the eye) may gain more pigment in the months after he's born, but they usually won't get "lighter" or more blue. (Green, hazel, and brown eyes have more pigment than gray or blue eyes.)

The bump:

This was the week I took my last weekly belly pic with Sophia, so hoping he'll follow the same.

How far along?  38 weeks
Symptoms:  More of the same; very uncomfortable, exhausted, sore, belly gets so heavy.
Gender:  Boy!
Maternity clothes? 
Yep, but everything is getting small. So ready to get back to feeling like myself and get back to my regular clothes.
Stretch marks?  Yes. Boo!
Belly Button in or out? 
So uncomfortable. I wake up so sore.
I've noticed he's been a little less active the last few days. I still feel him throughout the day, just not as crazy all over the place as he has some days. Hope that means he's getting cramped and will get the memo that he should come out!
Labor Signs:  Feeling pressure, light pains a little bit each day.
Food cravings: 
Nothing in particular.
What I miss: 
I miss my non-pregnant body!  As much as I've enjoyed being pregnant, I'm really ready to have my body back to normal. I just feel so huge and the weight has really been harder on me this time. I just want to get back to feeling like myself again.
What I am looking forward to: 
Labor starting! I'm ready to get this show on the road and meet my little man!
Best moment from last week: Finishing his nursery!