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 belly...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!!) 

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Ellie: 16 Months







So much to say about this little girl.

Loves: Lolo our dog, iphones, ipads, computers, the Daniel Tiger theme song (shrieks with joy!) books, dancing with daddy (ring around the rosie) being chased by daddy, cheese, yogurt melts, rolling on the floor like a little fool, feeding lolo, sand box, slides.

Hates: She is VERY whiny right now. She is so verbal and can say a lot of words but gets easily frustrated when we can't figure out what she wants immediately. I would say what she hates most of all is waiting. Waiting for food, for the iphone to load, waiting to be picked up. She does not like being told no. For example no, don't climb up the chair and try to open the gate or no we can't feed Logan for the forth time today, he only eats twice.  She is hit or miss in the car.

Tastes: Food right now is hit or miss. Maybe because she hasn't been feeling well or because of teeth. Just a month ago she would eat a whole banana, two eggs and some cereal for breakfast. Now she wants none of those things. This morning I got her to eat a piece of cheese and a smoothie (whole banana, peanut butter, oatmeal, blueberries and almond milk). She will almost always eat a pouch of whatever but I am trying not to give her many.

Health: Right now we have a double ear infection, Hand Mouth and Foot Disease (really just a body rash with all kinds of bumps), and I think pushing two teeth through (but I always thing that) She has 8 teeth so far! Her poops are all over the place but every one tells me it's normal. For awhile I thought she might have a food sensitivity but I guess it's just part of her growing and getting use to different things. She is wearing size 4 diapers and size 12-18 month clothes.

Mood: Every 5 seconds is different. For the most part she is very happy, loving, chatty but in a second she can be on the floor screaming and kicking. We love her all the same.

Extras: She is so smart! I am sure everyone says that about their kids but really I think she is. Beyond all the words, which is to much to name, she just gets stuff. I see her little brain working things out (for good and evil) and I am so impressed. She loves coloring and being outside. I haven't been taking her out as much because I am HUGE but I hope to after the baby. She is doing great at school and all the teachers are happy with her.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Week 36: Number 2

How far along? 36 weeks 
Maternity clothes? Mostly maternity and stretched out shirts
Stretch marks? No more than I had before. They never went away. 
Sleep: Nights seems to take so long. I have to get up to pee every hour and turning over really hurts but if I don't my hips scream from pain. So sleep, it's not fun.
Best moment this week: Watching Elle learn new things. Watching her bond with her dad and them laughing together.  
Miss Anything? Being able to roll around on the ground with Ellie. Holding her all day. Just getting down on her level and having fun.  
Movement: Huge kicks, sometimes painful movements. Hiccups like his sister. 
Food cravings: I have had stomach issues the past two weekends so nothing seems good. 
Anything making you queasy or sick: No
Gender: Boy!
Labor Signs: Lots of Braxton Hicks. Sometimes I think it's more but they usually come when I do too much. 
Symptoms: Swelling, I had to buy new shoes. Size 10! I was 8 1/2 before Ellie. They are loose in the morning but fit great at 5pm. Hot all the time. 
Belly Button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? Off, and I hate it but by the end of the day they are just too tight. I think its the heat.
Mood: I'll be honest I'm over it. I want him to stay in at least until 39 weeks but sometimes I just want to have a melt down and get him out right there. 
Looking forward to:  A fathers day celebration with Sean. 
Anything else? One month to go and it is getting very hard. With Ellie at this point I was not working and did not have to take care of a toddler. It was much easier. I get so tired mentally and psychically. I feel like a bad wife and bad mother. The house is never clean and I am lucky to keep up with laundry. My body seems to be taking it harder this time too. I walk so slow and struggle to carry Ellie up the stairs. I hate not being in control of my body. I hate to complain because there is only a month left and I will have a healthy baby boy but goodness its not fun right now. 

Ellie: 15 months


Oh Miss Ellie, you are a joy. You are also sassy, stubborn, silly, sweet and smart. Every day I am amazed at how much you know, and how quickly you learn. You are quite a handful for mommy but I think it's a little of my own personality in there, so I shouldn't be so surprised. You have a new tooth coming in and the drool never ends. You are sleeping great from 7:00pm-5:30-6am every day. Normally you have one nap at day care and two naps on the weekend if we are lucky. 

You are one picky eater. Right now you will eat most any pasta, cheese, bananas, eggs, yogurt, cereal that I soak in milk, some breads, smoothies (that I sneak oatmeal, spinach, blueberries and almond milk in) and cereal bars. Everything else is hit or miss. One second you LOVE grapes the next are repulsed that I would even think to put them on your plate. Veggies are almost always a no. I break down and give you pouches of purred broccoli, or peas, or whatever veggie pouches I have around. I'd love to break you of them but I also want those nutrients in your body. 

You LOVE your brother Logan. You always want to hug him, bring him his toys and sit on him, but you also love telling him, "NO!"

You are such a little daredevil. You are climbing the rock wall at school and everything else you can get away with. Your favorite things to climb are my belly, your chair onto your table,your pink chair, a turned over bucket, standing with no hands on your rocking horse and pushing your pink horse to tables, tv stands, couches and climbing up. 

You weigh 23lbs 14oz (65%) and are 31 inches tall (70%).










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