Monday, August 18, 2014

Brandon: Week 3

This picture makes him look bigger than he is. Which I am not a fan of! We went to the doctor and he was 9lbs 14oz and hitting all his marks. Another strong neck, strong armed baby. He is still pretty much a dream although the evenings he seems to be a little fussier. Ellie was too though, so I at least knew what to expect and can calm him, or pop him on the boob. Second time around is much easier. We are nursing on demand although I need to start a schedule soon. I cut dairy on the recommendation of the doctor due to his mucus poops. We will see how it works. He is not unhappy in any way so I'm not too worried. Another busy, but great week.

Logan: 6th Birthday

Love you buddy!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Brandon: Week 2

Little boy. You are still a dream baby. The past weekend my body finally gave in to the cold Ellie gave me and I had to go get antibiotics from urgent care. You and your sister were awesome and let everyone get lots of sleep. You have started to get a little fussy around 7-9 not wanting to go down for the night so dad takes you while I get some sleep. You eat every two to three hours during the day and a good 4-5 hour stretche at night. I normally feed you at 2 and 5 or 1 and 4. Other than that you snooze or eat most of the day. I love the miracle blanket because it is the only swaddle you can't get out of. You are so strong! You like the swing ok and sit in it a lot when you are sleeping. Overall a great week. 

Monday, July 28, 2014

Brandon: Week 1

This little boy has yawned his way in to all of our hearts. He has slept 90% of his first week and ate the other 10%. He is a great nurser, the best snuggler and is very heard not to love. He had a little jaundice so we had some extra blood test to get done but nothing that a little time, some sun and mommy's milk couldn't solve. With his big sister sick his extra sleepy behavior has been a bit of relief. He is very mellow and a go with the flow type of guy. We hope this continues as mommy is getting lots of sleep! Speaking of sleep he is in the rock in play right next to mommy and has to be woken up to feed. This striped outfit is 0-3 which is a little big but his newborn clothes are tight to get on so we are a bit in between. 

Brandon Patrick: Birth Story

Like Ellie, Brandon was overdue. Unlike Ellie, we made it to our check-in time at the hospital. On July 15th at 3:00pm, 41 weeks and 1 day, we drove to the hospital and waited to check in. No one was in a hurry. Not Brandon, not the nurses, in fact I think it took over an hour to get into our room. Once in the room we did more waiting and I was just being monitored until 9pm where they gave me a tiny little pill to help ripen the cervix. It started to cause contractions that were painful enough to ask for dugs but not painful enough for an epidural. The drug they gave me made me feel awful. Like I had to much to drink, sweaty, dizzy, and tired. I was able to get a little sleep at least. Because I was contracting on my own they didn't want to do anything else but wait. So we waited...until my contractions went away. At 7am on July 16th, I got an epidural, I was at 4cm and having lots of back pain. The epidural was great and had no pain at all by 8am. Started pitocin at 1pm and was 5cm dilated. At 5pm I was only at 5.5cm so the doctor broke my water. At 6pm I was having a lot of pain. I asked to get another bag for the epidural and we were waiting for the Anesthesiologist. A random midwife checked me and said I was only 7-8cm but I was still in a lot of pain and felt like I needed to push. The Anesthesiologist refiled my bag but I still felt like I needed to push. Dr. Dissandro checked me and said that I could try pushing. Within 4 minutes he was born and put on my chest. A perfect, BIG, baby boy. After an hour of skin to skin the wiped him up and weighed him. 9lbs 13oz, 20 1/2 inches. Everyone thought I was crazy to guess he was 10 pounds but I just knew it! The rest of the stay at the hospital was routine with nothing out of the ordinary. Exactly what you want with a new baby. Sean and I both fell in love instantly with this perfect little boy. 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Ellie: 17 Months

Loves: Her baby doll and her baby brother

Hates: Not being able to touch the baby (she is sick and snotty) 

Tastes: She would eat yogurt melts all day if we let her. But also loves, cheese, bread, watermelon, peanut butter. She can eat apple sauce and yogurt with a spoon all by herself. Meal time is not always enjoyable but we are both learning about each other and about patience. 

Health: Three days ago the doctor checked her and she was perfect. Today she has a fever, runny nose, cough, and threw up last night. It's hard to keep her well, but I am glad she was well while we where in the hospital. At least the family didn't have to deal with the sickness. 

Mood: Right now she is miserable but in general she is a happy, loving, very energetic girl. 

Extras: She stayed with Pam and Kala while we were in the hospital and did great! I am so proud of her. She is so adaptable and slept great for everyone. Her golden curls are just a wonder to me. They are beautiful and sure to be one of her stand out features for years to come. This past month our family of three grew by one. I am filed with such emotion over it. I am already head over heals for Brandon. That chemical that bonds you to your children is strong and works fast but Elle will always be my first born and is my everything still. I am glad to be able to have the energy to play with her, the strength to hold her and an amazing son who sleeps all day and lets me spend time with her. I have missed it. 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Week 40: Number 2

How far along? 40 weeks 1 day

Maternity clothes? Wearing work pants, maternity tank top, normal cardigan 

Stretch marks? Yes. It's hard to tell whats new and old. I did not get that dark line down my belly this time

Sleep: The worst! Hips Huuuurt. Hurts to turn over. Hurts to stand up. Hurts to walk to the bathroom. Trying all kinds of sleeping position. Nothing feels good. Up at least once an hour. Maybe 2 hours.

Best moment this week: watching Ellie and Sean play, having my mom around to complain to, got a pedicure
Miss Anything? Sleeping on my old clothes..
Movement: Yep. Same as Ellie. He is running out of room and getting really pushy. 
Food cravings: Everything. I have been so hungry. 
Anything making you queasy or sick: No.
Gender: Boy!
Labor Signs: Contractions but nothing steady or painful. Tons of pressure
Symptoms: So tired and sore. Some days very swollen feet. 
Belly Button in or out? In, but stretched. 
Wedding rings on or off? Off, I think due to the heat. It is 90 and humid. Very different then with Elle. 
Mood: So ready! Very moody. Easily annoyed haha
Looking forward to: A baby!!
Anything else? Went to the doctor on Tuesday.Bran is measuring 8.9lbs plenty of fluid and placenta. No dilation but baby has dropped a little. Plan is to have a stress test Monday, then Tuesday night for cervidil then start pitocin Wednesday morning....this sounds all to familiar. Ellie had the same plan but luckily came 3 days later. Hoping that happens with him too (or sooner!!) 


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