Thursday, May 27, 2010

August - One Month Old

It's hard to believe it's already been one month since August joined our family!!

The Cheese Stands Alone

So August (aka Mr. Fussypants) has gone from being a totally mellow baby (first two weeks) to someone who's....not so mellow. Someone who's fussy & who toots (a lot); someone who isn't content to be held, rocked, swaddled, left alone, bounced, driven around in the car, etc. Yesterday he screamed, for several hours, until I nearly lost my head.

Luckily I'm friends with my pediatrician & she'll answer my barrage of questions over Facebook. She suggested that perhaps he has a sensitivity to dairy. Argh! So, I'm trying to be dairy free (or WAAAAY less dairy) & we've switched him to some soy formula for when we supplement him. I *think* it might be helping - at least today he didn't scream the whole time I was driving to the grocery store, he was mellow IN the store & is currently napping. This is a HUGE HUGE HUGE improvement to yesterday's situation. So we'll see.

Sadly, I love cheese. All I can think about is how I can't EAT cheese (well, that & ice cream. I'm not holding my breath for the soy ice cream sandwiches I bought myself as a consolation today). I know Kate will understand.

Well, if this works it will be worth it. It's just frustrating that I'm finally getting the breastfeeding thing to work & now there are more complications. Argh! Ah well, my boy is getting chubby thighs & that's all that matters.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Rhubarb


This is my 2nd spring in a house with no rhubarb plants. I am starting to think that I should plant one (or dig one up from my Step MIL's) so that I can make my single rhubarb recipe each year. I love rhubarb, but in moderation.

Last night said Step-MIL cut me a bunch of her rhubarb (so early for Duluth! We've had a heck of a spring!) and today I'm going to make something.....
pie? Martha's Rhubarb Upside Down cake?

Muffins? Crisp?


Mmmmm, the possibilities are endless....

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Laundry Baby


I've been doing a lot of laundry lately....

Dumb Sleeping

Last night August slept from about 9:30 til 1 or so. I went to bed shortly after he did & actually had time to dream - yay!

At 1 I heard him making some noises, so to avoid a screaming baby - got right up, scooped him up & prepared to feed him....then realized that he was not awake. AT ALL.

Instead of being SMART & laying him immediately back down in his crib, I sat in the glider thinking he would awaken & be starving at any moment. He slept. I waited. Surely, any minute. Any minute.

I fell asleep in the chair & woke up after 2am! Argh! I robbed myself of a DANG HOUR of sleep! I laid him in his crib & he started fussing (of course) so I stood there.

And stood there. Finally laid on the floor because I knew as soon as I went back to my bed he would wake up. Luckily I only had to lay on the floor for about 20 minutes (oh I remember the days of floor laying in Dahlia's infancy too - UGH!)...he woke up, I fed him & we both went back to bed.

Tonight I am letting that kid sleep til he TELLS me he's awake. I need to turn down my Mama-Ears a little bit. Sheesh.

Monday, May 17, 2010

I'm spoiled!

I've been blessed with some awesome friends & family lately -helping out with the new wee on + toddler; bestowing upon us awesome gifts (for both!); loading us up with borrowed boy clothes & hand me downs which are ridiculously appreciated & of course lots of fabulous comments, texts & chats about how adorable my offspring are. :)

My friend Julie visited the other day - she is an expert baby snuggler as evidenced by the fact that August slept for nearly 3 hours in her arms! She also was gracious enough to stay while I went through the ungodly naptime routine with Miss Dahlia which was a hUGE help. AND the week before she loaded me up with clothes for both kids from her garage sale! THANK YOU!

And she brought us gifts....


August got some super-soft bamboo washcloths & a maple teether; Dahlia got a hexagon ball & I got snacks! Whohooo! Kashi cookies & cereal bars, almonds, tea, jolly ranchers, trail mix & dried fruit. Thank you SO MUCH Julie. Julie came through last time with Dahlia too - spoiling me & my nursing-time snack habits.

My Mom also put together an awesome "care-package" for me after August was born...

I'm a sucker for gifts like this - love to give 'em & love to get 'em (I admit!) so both of these really made my day!!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Mother's Day - nearly a week late...


Dahlia gave me this little plant that she planted at daycare for Mother's Day (I think it's marigolds...not 100% sure). It has a photo of her inside the card too. Oh the sweet gift's from your child.

Steve, Dahlia & August gave me a gift certificate for a hair cut at my salon & a fabulous bottle of wine. :) We also went to Grizzly's for dinner - thankfully (I needed to get out of the house at that point).

And our first outside-the-hospital family photo...self portrait taken in our backyard. If I didn't have so many wrinkles I would say this is quite a nice photos...*sigh*

Friday, May 14, 2010

The Kindness of Relatives in Denver

So I've been corresponding quite a bit with Steve's cousin's wife Michelle (hi Michelle!) via Facebook lately. We have children of similar ages & she's about to have her 2nd baby in June...so we have a fair amount in common right there. Plus I think she's smart & funny & cool & I enjoy getting to know her more (okay, now I sound like a complete weirdo but, ah well...most of you probably knew that already).

Anyway -a couple weeks ago she said that she & David would like to have dinner brought in for us so our sleep-deprived brains could take a night off - at least from cooking!

What they delivered was amazing!

First of all, they managed to find one of our favorite local restaurants - At Sara's Table/Chester Creek Cafe. The menu was incredible...

We had:

Some delicious garlicky mushrooms & smoked salmon with veggies as an appetizer.

Two entrees - a lamb/bison burger with sweet potato fries (super yum)...

...Roaster duck with some shredded beets (super yum again!).

And dessert! A piece of blueberry pie (mmmmm) & a big brownie with a some vanilla ice cream.

Dahlia even had her very own serving of kids mac & cheese.

All this & a bottle of fabulous Pinot Noir (yeah, I pumped before this meal so that I could enjoy that wine!

So - just wanted to say THANK YOU again Michelle & David. IT was such a pleasure to have a 'fancy' meal that was so easy for us. Carla (the restaurant owner) even picked up our own dishes as she didn't think it would "present" well in the restaurant's take-out containers! They thought of everything!!

Your kindness will not soon be forgotten. I only hope we can find some way to repay it to you!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Every Other Day

Has anyone else noticed/had this in a newborn?

Every other day (it seems) August is starving. Eating every 40-60 minutes. Not giving me much of a break & being fairly fussy & not sleeping well during the 20 minutes he's not eating.

Every other day he is sleeeeeeeeeeeeepy. Eating every 2-3 hours, sleeping like a peaceful beautiful calm baby (which he is, really). Allowing me to do things like laundry! eat! shower! (there was NO shower yesterday - ay yi yi).

I'm assuming this is a natural growing/eating cycle and since he did gain is 7.5 oz in 6 days this past week it's probably right on track, but I was just curious if anyone else has noticed this trend.

Ahhhh, is there anything better than a sleeping baby??

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

August's Two Week Check Up

We get to the clinic this morning & I was checking August in. They told me that the appointment with our doctor had been cancelled. Hmm, that's weird. I had confirmed using their automated service on Friday. And obviously I didn't want to cancel as 1) I was there and 2) I'm a paranoid mother of a newborn & want to make sure he's getting enough to eat.

So, I headed over to the pediatric department to get things sorted out. They told me there that "I" had called at 8:42am this morning to cancel the appointment - and I needed to reschedule, a morning appt for later in the week. WTF?

Then they proceeded to tell me that my Doctor's schedule was full & I could *maybe* see someone else. Um, no. I love my pediatrician & am friends with her & most DEFINITELY wanted to see HER. Well, after some finagling they worked us in.

I'm still a bit troubled by this. Some people have suggested identity theft or insurance fraud - but that still seems weird to me. August isn't even ON our insurance yet! And they didn't have info about ME just about him. Plus, as I said, my doctor really kNOWS me/us and would figure it out if someone was trying to get THEIR newborn in under August's name....I'm confused.

Anyway - the appt went great. He was so good the whole time (even though he was hungry).

His Stats:

Weight 7lbs 12 oz!! (22th percentile) YAYA!!!!! he regained his birthweight (7lbs 11.5oz) by the 2 week milestone! Yay!! And that's on 95% breastmilk. Whohoooooo!! So even though I have to feed him hourly - it looks like it's working.

Height 20 1/2" (33rd percentile) still down from birth height but that's okay.

Head Circumference 14 1/4" (31st percentile) (Dahlia TOTALLY has him beat - still - on this ranking - haha).

He is doing & looking good. He's gaining weight, his umbilical cord fell off & healed up nicely; he's starting to track with his eyes & he seems so much more present than he did 2 weeks ago...

I can't believe it's already been TWO WEEKS!!

Crazy, time flies...

Monday, May 10, 2010

I hear it all at 4am

"Mama!"

"I need to go potty."

"I need a drink of water."

"I need a kleenex."

"I need to see August."

"I need to sing."

"I need my blanket."

"I need to snuggle."

"My diaper hurts."

"My eye hurts."

"I need a new diaper!!"

"Mooooooooommmmmmmy"

My newborn is sleeping awesomely at night. Usually a couple 3-4 hour stints (early in the night), and then not as well after 4/5am (but okay).

My 2 year old, however, has been waking up around 4am & giving me an hour's worth of nonsense every night. Ay yi yi! Luckily it hasn't corresponded with when I'm actually feeding August (yet) but it is so annoying to be woken up by a 2 year old every 20 minutes when I know the clock is already ticking on the newborn!!!!

Hopefully this phase will pass soon....

Thursday, May 06, 2010

9 Days Old



He looks like a cozy old man, doesn't he?

Weight Check

August just had a visit from the public health nurse (why didn't one of these fabulous people come to visit me after Dahlia was born? Hmmmm). She brought her scale & weighed him, measured him, looked at his umbilical cord (the stump fell off on MONDAY -ack!); assured me that his dry skin & the bumps on his leg were no big deal & chatted extensively about breastfeeding, sleeping, etc etc.

August now weighs 7lbs 4oz. That's up 3oz from last Friday - but it means he *probably* won't make his weight goal of birth weight (7lbs 11.5oz) on Tuesday. He'll probably be a bit shy. Is it because I don't have enough milk? Is it because he's not *that good* at eating (although better than some babies I've raised...)? She said he's on the right track & to keep doing what I'm doing & it'll all work out okay. I shouldn't really even need to supplement him because really that just stresses me out (okay, a little) & that in turn affects my milk supply (ah mental mental!!).

He also lost some height! ha. I guess that's normal too due to the generally "loosey goosey" nature of newborns when they're fresh out of the oven.

His head, however, is a skosh bigger...well, that's just cause he's smart.

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Lessons

Lansinoh before a shower is just about the best thing I've done for myself today.

That is all.

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

The Story of August's Arrival

Last Monday we checked into the hospital at about 6pm. Arrived at the ER (which feels weird) & they wheeled me right up. Funny - with Dahlia I walked up myself while in active labor - no one gave me a second glance. This time, nothing happening & we get the special treatment. Weird.

Got to our room, I donned my beautiful gown & we waited. We chatted, took some video, waited, wondered, Steve went to get dinner, I was very hungry (they wouldn't let me eat...yet), etc. There was a near full moon & the maternity floor was BUSY! 6 admissions that night which is a lot for them.

Finally at 10pm the Resident came in to chat & check on me. He was nice & apologetic for it taking so long. Still we waited.

At l1pm they came in & gave me the Cytotec. A small pill that they put on the cervix to soften it. I asked numerous times if this could jump start labor (asked my doc earlier that day too)...they said...unlikely. Very rare.

I was at MAYBE 2.5cm & -2, I don't even remember how much effaced....10% Not much. It wasn't looking promising.

At about 11:30 they told Steve he might as go home & get a good night's sleep & I should sleep too - did I want a sleeping pill? I declined, Steve went home & we were prepared for the pitocin at 7am.

At about 1am I felt a POP. Literally. Hmmm....and then gush. Yup. My water broke. I called the nurse in & she helped me out & started getting things set up. The doc came in & checked again and I was only at 3cm or so. He was pretty sure that we'd do another dose of Cytotec around 3am.

I was having contractions all along & they were starting to get stronger. Nothing real painful, just more intense. I could watch them on the monitor & was happy to see them come & go. I could hear the baby's heartbeat & movements all along too. He was really wiggly!

Around 3am they checked me again and I was at 4cm or so. So, making progress, no 2nd dose of Cytotec needed & they'd probably do the pitocin at 5am instead of 7am.

By 3:30am the contractions were REALLY ramping up. Time for me to start breathing & using the meditation/relaxation techniques that I had been reading up on. My goal was to do the delivery drug free...with an open mind, of course. I felt like I wimped out with Dahlia - yeah, I delivered her drug free but I caved & asked for drugs...there just wasn't time for them. So, I wanted to see if I could do it this time. My nurse kept telling me I must have a high pain tolerance. I think I'm sort of a wimp because the thought of an epidural in my spine makes me just about freak out!

3:30 was also when I decided I should probably call Steve. I would've really hated for things to happen too fast & for me to NOT to be able to call him...especially since he was only 10 minutes away. He was sleepy & didn't sound too thrilled to be woken up but was there by 3:45 or so.

From then until about 5 the contractions were INTENSE. Yeah. That's the word. I was laboring on my side & that dang cervix just wasn't moving (on one side). I was grabbing the bed rails so hard that my entire back/sides were sore the next day. I kept breathing & blowing away the contractions & not even moaning/groaning as much as with Dahlia. For some reason (this is not something I thought about before I started these intense contractions), I would call upon all the women I knew that had had babies before me during each contraction. Where did that come from? I have no idea, but it was amazing & it really helped. During the worst of each one I would picture my Mother, my Grandmothers, my Mother-in-Law; my sister, my sister-in-law, my cousins, friends, and ALL the women who had ever delivered a child before me. I felt like I was calling on the Universe to give me strength. That & a few prayers to God (I will admit) (can you pray to God & Luna at the same time? apparently you can!) and it worked! I felt this amazing energy & strength. I have no idea where it came from.

at about 5am I heard our (totally incredibly awesome) labor nurse go out in the hallway & tell the docs out there that I was at 10 and ready. I was thinking 'Hallelujah!' now it's time for the pushing. I can handle the pushing. (breathing through the contractions...ay yi yi)....They came in & we started. It was tough. Steve thought the blood vessels were going to pop out of my forehead, but with his help & Char (our awesome nurse) I pushed for 19 minutes and then there he was!

All slippery & slimy, right in front of me....there he was. It seemed like an eternity before they said 'IT'S A BOY!' Steve had tears in his eyes as they laid him on my chest. What a perfect human being. What a beautiful beautiful boy. Steve cut the cord & took lots of photos while he was being weighed, measured, dried off, swaddled etc. (I won't go into details as to what I was doing at that time...that part, not so pretty....).

All in all it was another amazing experience. 4 1/2 hours from water breaking to his arrival; we were already at the hospital so we didn't have to rush to get there or deal with a, um, mess at home; he came before I was induced which I am every so grateful for...and he's perfect.

I cannot believe it's been a week. I am feeling okay - a little, uh, sore in places, obviously a little tired but I feel pretty darn good. The weepies haven't been *too* bad but I know they could be lurking around the corner. I'm breastfeeding successfully (I think!) so far - (he lost 8% of his weight, down to 7lbs 1oz) by Friday - but that is acceptable) & he's only had a few ounces of supplement (when he forgets how to latch or just won't take the breast).

Dahlia's been an amazing BIG SISTER. She thinks he is SO cute; wants to hug & kiss & just "see" him all the time. She asks about him every morning, wants to give him toys & his nuk - it's amazing. (I hope it lasts!)

And August is pretty dang mellow. He will just hang out, be wide awake & looking around or napping when he's not eating. His cord fell off yesterday (6 days - average is 10 days) which freaked me out but the nurse assured me it's okay - just keep in eye on it. He's SUPER super snuggly & his cry is teeny tiny. He's a very sweet boy.

So...there you have it! If you want any more of the gory details, you'll have to ask me I guess.

Monday, May 03, 2010

Meet August Steven

Born 5:32am on Tuesday, April 27th, 2010
7lbs 11.5oz
21 inches long

He came before the pitocin which made Mama very happy & he's 100% all natural. It was tough, but I admit I'm proud of myself for doing it!

Labor story to come, but first I must eat a cinnamon roll....