Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Silas Grayson's Birth Story

So 5 days ago on July 13th 2012 I gave birth to a baby boy! Yes it was Friday the 13th and we couldn't have been more excited about your "spooky" birthday since big sister Gabby's birthday is on May 13th and big sister Lainey's birthday is 3/10 making it.... yup a 13, so it was only natural you had a 13 connection with your birthday too.

We did not find out if you were a boy or a girl ahead of time as you are our last planned baby and we wanted a surprise. Thing is mommy and daddy weren't surprised at all! We just knew you were a boy! The pregnancy overall was my best pregnancy in regards to how I felt the 9 months as well as you were my most active baby. It was so fun and amazing to feel and see you moving around inside of me as you grew. I am already missing feeling all those kicks and hiccups and movements.

We had to be at the hospital at 5:30 am to be admitted. Daddy picked up the babysitter at 5am to come and be with your sisters while we were gone and off we went. We got there a little early and I signed paperwork and they got me settled into a room. I was doing good and was calm until they had to do the iv. Despite my tattoos mommy does NOT like needles. The iv was a little painful and while the nurse was trying to get it in I felt myself  "caving out" as I like to call it. What I mean by this is I felt like I was going to pass out, everyone started to sound really far away and I felt myself getting very hot. I had Daddy get me a cool cloth and he explained to the nurse I was scared for the needle in my back that would be coming soon. I had a bad experience with Lainey where they went into my back 3 or 4 times and this was making me panic. The nurse was super sweet and caring and promised me it was not normally like that and that the anesthesiologist that was on duty was really good. He came in to meet me and assured me he was good and I made him promise he would get it in first try haha!

I calmed down again and blood was drawn and various meds were administered to me. They then had me walk down the hall to the OR and Daddy suited up and was in the waiting area while they did my spinal and prepped me. They got the needle in first try! It was such a better experience than before and I have to say the iv hurt worse! The nurses assured me that it may take longer this time to retrieve the baby since it was my 3rd c-section and there would most likely be scar tissue to work through.

Daddy was brought in and I held his hand almost the entire time. It seemed to be quite awhile of pushing and pulling before they finally said for Daddy to get ready with the camera and for them to lower the curtain so that I could see you be born as well.

But then there you were! Our beautiful baby boy with a great set of lungs! You weighed 7 pounds 4 ounces and were 18 inches long. Daddy went over and got to cut your cord while they dried you off a bit and they brought you to me to hold. I didn't get to hold you too long as I was then overwhelmed with nausea. I started to gag but nothing happened (the anesthesiologist did warn me of itching and nausea)...they had Daddy bring you out to the room I would be recovering in and then I did throw up several times before they wheeled me out, yuck!

Once we got to recovery I did ok but the itching in my face began and I was still nauseous. All went ok though and soon we were moved to our room where we would stay until we were discharged.  The rest of the day I felt very out of it and nauseous. I got sick several more times (while Aunt Katie and mommy's friend Elizabeth were visiting) and finally after a combo of several anti-nausea medications I was starting to feel more with it and able to eat more.

Right from the beginning you seemed to nurse well but you definitely did not want to open wide to latch on. Mommy has been suffering a bit because of this but we are working on it! I wanted to go home really badly by the next morning but of course that was not happening. I even had gotten up quite a bit the first day/evening and walked around and even showered. Aunt Katie, your sisters, Grandma Nana and Grandpa, and my friend Elizabeth were your first visitors.

On Saturday my friend Andrea and her 1 month old Isla visited as well as my friend Kendra and then of course Daddy and your sisters again and Elizabeth again too. Saturday went much better overall and the nurse Crystal I had in the evening was amazing and took you to the nursery a few times in between feedings so Mommy could get some much needed rest!

Sunday we were discharged and released to go home! YAYYYY let the adventure begin!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Lainey's words 2 years 4 months old

We have just begun to have an Early On speech person come and work with Lainey since she is behind verbally for her age (and I figure free help sure doesn't hurt a bit!). I wanted to jot down words she knows right now so that I have it to refer to in another few months to see how she is progessing so I am going to attempt to put them all down here (that I can think of being pregnant and all my memory is not great!).

Without Prompting
  1. hi
  2. bye
  3. milk ('ilk)
  4. mama
  5. dada
  6. booboo (bruno the dog whom we also call booboo)
  7. Gabby
  8. Lainey
  9. hungry
  10. food
  11. cookie
  12. "whas that"
  13. "I did it"
  14. "oh no"
  15. bumbum (for anytime she goes in her diaper)
  16. bath
  17. shoes
  18. outside
  19. "nigh nigh"
  20. "where'd it go?"
  21. tree
  22. feet/foot
  23. eye
  24. green
  25. Gabba (for Yo Gabba Gabba)
  26. guppa...ssss (for Bubble guppies)
  27. Blues Clues
  28. "yee haw"
  29. sit
  30. tickle
  31. purple
  32. brown
With Prompting
  1. pink ('nink')
  2. red
  3. yellow ('lellow')
  4. black
  5. blue
  6. sky
  7. banana (nana)
  8. cup
  9. cheeks
  10. nose
  11. ears
And more and more each day!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

9 Sleeps until Baby Firefly Arrives!

I honestly cannot get over how freaking fast this pregnancy has gone compared to my first two! Sure I had morning sickness and a myriad of random infections that have annoyed me the past 9 months but overall this has been my best pregnancy so far! For the most part I have felt great and my allergies have been the cause of most my misery this pregnancy.

Then there is the movement! Oh my goodness you are such an ACTIVE baby! It has been so awesome to feel how much you are moving around in my tummy! Daddy and Gabby have both been able to feel you and see you moving around in my tummy so much which has been just as awesome for them as it has been for me. We are a bit nervous to what this all may mean to your personality when you are born though! Are you gonna be a little crazy maniac our sweet baby? haha...

You are scheduled to arrive on the 13th and Mommy is lucky enough to have the week off so maybe I can start to feel officially ready for your arrival!

We just cannot wait to meet you and find out if you are a boy or a girl! (Mommy and Daddy both think you are a boy right now!).

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

My oldest baby is 10!

Gabby I cannot even believe you are 10 years old already! Where has the time gone? Becoming a mom to you was the best thing to ever happen to me and I treasure you so much my sweet Muffin! You are such a caring, sweet, funny young lady! You have done so amazing in 4th grade this year and have just been blossoming more and more. Your love for reading is insatiable and you will easily read several paperback chapter books in a week. You love doing art projects as well and have just recently gotten into legos thanks to the new “girl” line they have come out with called lego friends. You have almost every set that you have mostly spent your own money to purchase. You love going to garage sales and thrift stores with Mommy and we try to do this along with the library every Saturday as our alone time together. 

You recently bought a mini guitar (missing a string or two but you didn't care!), and just today you spent the rest of your birthday money on a pink strap for it and a learn to play guitar book on amazon as well as two mini lego sets you did not have yet :) 

Some of your quirks equally amuse and annoy Mommy! You still eat a very limited diet and have particulars about even what side of the toast butter goes on etc....At age 10 you still have not had a hamburger, hotdog, pizza, spaghetti, macaroni and cheese, soda pop, etc.....Some of these things you did have before age 3 but not since then! We are trying to encourage you to try more but it is a difficult task! 

You definitely know what you like and what you don't (even though majority of things you don't you have never even tried!). You know when people are not nice and you tend to stay away from those people at school and are not afraid to tell them when they are in the wrong. I love this about you but also worry about how you will handle this in the near future. I know you know not to hang around those that are mean but I also know you tend to still take meanness to heart if it is directed towards you. I hope you develop a tough skin for middle school and stay true to who you are and surround yourself with those deserving of your friendship! 

You have been taking your school health class you had as well as your book on growing up (Care and Keeping of You) very serious and have begun to be faithful with teeth brushing, deodorant, showering almost daily, of course are a bit freaked out about what puberty is going to be bringing you in the future hahaha! Our talks about this our priceless and I hope you will forever feel comfortable coming to me with your questions.

I love you so much Gabby! 

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Before Baby To-Do List

I officially reached my "only 99 days to go until this baby arrives" day yesterday! Cannot believe it! On one hand this pregnancy has flown by but then again I then think about the fact I still have 3 months of growing and getting even more uncomfortable to go!

Here is my current to-do list of things I need and want to get done before July!

  • Get some art on the wall above crib
  • Prep all diapers and what few gender neutral clothes we have
  • Go through my cubes and pack away what doesn't need to be in there (socks I refuse to get rid of yet I hardly wear, too small bras and undies etc....) making room for baby stuff!
  • Wash up all pump parts and the milk storage tubes/get breast pads
  • Make room in a cupboard somewhere for all the milk storage tubes and bottles again!
  • Start pricing stuff for end of summer garage sale/also get more things pulled and put into the pile to get rid of!
  • Car seat cleaned up and installed
  • Hospital bag packed closer to the time
  • Maybe attempt a few freezer food items/meals
  • Buy small gas grill for easier grilling all summer long!
  • Prepare myself to get back on weight watchers and get out and walk walk walk post baby!!!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Lainey's 2 year update (a little late)

Miss Lainey Raine cannot even believe you are two already (well until your temper tantrums ensue that is!). These two years have gone by!

About you at Age 2

  • You are SO active! You have been jumping off the ground for months now (your big sister was still not able to until I think closer to age 3!) 
  • You learned how to get out of your crib even when mattress was all the way lowered! And you did it fast and smooth like a bank robber sliding down the side of a building out a window! 
  • Thankfully you are still napping each day for a couple hours and going to bed before 8pm as long as we stick to routine and shut your door so you cannot come on out. Sometimes you fuss but at longest it is around 5 minutes or so. Usually you just wander around, look at some books, then crash in your bed or the twin mattress on the floor we put next to your bed.

  • You are a little behind verbally according to "standards" but your pediatrician was not worried since you are so physical and you are def trying to get more and more words out
  • As for words I would say you are over 20 now and copy more and more, you still mainly just ramble (a lot!) in your own language to us which is super cute
  • You went through a phase where you were beyond obsessed with balancing things; usually things that could not be balanced like a mermaid on top of a my little pony! Or my little ponies on Daddy's head hahaha, You would get TICKED off if it would not balance! 

  • You love stacking things and playing with various people figures and animal figures you have
  • favorite shows are still Yo Gabba Gabba and Bubble Guppies but you are enjoying some Blues Clues, The Wiggles, and Dora and Diego occasionally
  • You love looking at books and are finally starting to realize that we can read them to you 
  • You LOVE dancing still and will dance to almost any music that is on even the music that comes on Daddy's hockey channels when just scores or schedules are posted haha!

  • Favorite foods are cheerios (plain, multi grain pb, and multi grain), Daddy's crunchy nut corn flakes, pb on english muffins or toast, raisins, bananas, baked beans (still), water and milk (we still rarely give you juice) you won't touch most meats or veggies which is pretty normal from what I have read!
Happy 2nd Birthday my sweet Lainey buggles!

Baby Firefly Pregnancy Week 23

This past week I have finally started feeling you move....A LOT! Gabby and Daddy have both felt you kick even and Daddy even saw my belly move on the outside today. It is a wonderful thing but you are also making Mommy nauseous at times by all your acrobatics!

Speaking of nausea I think I am finally 100% done getting sick too! AWESOME so much AWESOME! Hopefully the sickness does not come back like I have had in the past!

We are slowly getting your nook more ready for you in our bedroom. The crib is set up and we bought a travel type bassinet/co-sleeper you will be in for your first few months. Your crib sheet, custom rainbow star blanket, and custom sun/cloud/rainbow mobile have all been ordered and on their way as well.

I got another batch of diapers ordered and will be organizing them all soon! We honestly don't have too much to do to prepare for your arrival so Mommy has decided to feed her nesting desires by purging the house a bit! I am starting to fill an area of the basement with stuff for a garage sale I will have at the end of August! This way if you do indeed turn out to be a boy like Daddy and others seem to think I can sell off a ton of girl clothing at the sale too!

Oh and most exciting news is we have your birthday all scheduled! July 13th at 7:30 am! Yup we are having you on Friday the 13th which Daddy thinks is so rad and so do I since your big sister Gabby also has a birthday on the 13th (in May though).Of course there is always the chance I go into labor or my water breaks before this date but for now your birthday is set to be July 13th, 2012.

Baby bump in full effect!