In Lieu of Week’s End 04182014

I just have a couple things to blurt out. =]

First, we are getting our new coil for our HVAC unit today! Woohoo! Hopefully this completely solves our “too hot/too cold” dilemma!

Second, my mom is coming down to visit for a week! Yay!

Third, we are painting our kitchen (hopefully some time soon, it’s primed and ready) and I’m super excited! The kitchen is really the last of the downstairs home reno to tackle. We’ve completely redone the downstairs half bathroom and painted the hallway. I would like to paint the dining room and living room BUT it’s not a necessity, they’re totally fine the way they are. I originally wanted a yellow kitchen but then Hubs brought up a light green color and I’m really liking that too! We do eventually plan on painting the cabinets white (they’re currently builder grade oak) and I think light green would look really nice with that! But so would yellow… I have a snap shot of some swatches down below so let me know what you think! I know they all look pretty similar so it’s hard to choose, I do like them all! The first green-ish color is the one Hubs is going for, the pale yellow next to it is the yellow I was originally going for, and the last (bottom) swatch is kind of a mix of the two up top. It’s almost a celery-yellow-green, which I also really like. HELP!

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That dimple! (He does have one on each side.)

That dimple! (He does have one on each side.)

My SIL stealing kisses. =]

My SIL stealing kisses. =]

Mid sneeze. ;P

Mid sneeze. ;P

Help! Which do you like?

Help! Which do you like?

 

 

 

My Two Cents: Baby Tips 1

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Now that I’ve been a mommy for almost four months now, I’m pretty much a pro. ;] So, I thought I would share some of the baby tips that I’ve learned from my little guy. (I’m really not a pro, in case you were wondering.) I downloaded the BabyCenter app when I found out I was pregnant and they sent me weekly updates on how my baby was developing. It was pretty cool. Now that Peanut is actually here with me, I turn to BabyCenter with questions or concerns I may have. (Web MD freaks me out.) Of course it’s always best to turn to the doctors for anything serious, but for the little things that are more “opinions” than they are facts – it’s nice to have a little forum of experienced mommies to tell you what they tried – what worked for them and what didn’t. (Of course you still have to use common sense – these are other people’s experiences and opinions, not hard core facts.)

These will be in no particular order because I’m just typing them as they come to mind.

- Stock up on baby clothes until AT LEAST 6 months. I have clothes for Peanut until now, 3 months, and I thought that would be “enough”. I do have a few things that will last until 6 months, but I’m definitely going to need more soon. Now, just to make things clear, when I say “6 months” I mean size “3-6 months”. That’s where I messed up. I was thinking, “oh 6 months is far enough away, I’m good for now…” WRONG. Because 6 months isn’t really 6 months, clothing wise it’s 3-6 months. And trust me, that 3 month mark comes at you pretty quick! Peanut will be 4 months old in a few weeks and he does still fit into his 0-3 month clothing pretty well, so I think I can hold off a little longer before going on a shopping spree for him. His onesies still fit really well, but his sleepers are starting to seem a little short in the legs. (I don’t know why I just told you that. =] Maybe it was to imply that just because it says 0-3 month doesn’t mean he can only wear that size during those ages? Everyone knows that already though, right?) OH! And another thing about clothes – I have definitely noticed that Babies R Us brand clothing runs smaller than Carter’s brand clothing – just thought I’d throw that out there.

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- I highly recommend getting a swing or a glider. We have this one, and it’s a blessing! Peanut loves to just sit and swing and watch the mobile go round and round. There’s a little mirror too and he enjoys looking at himself. (Who wouldn’t enjoy looking at themselves when they’re as cute as he is!? ;]) The one we have also plays music, which is nice and soothing. Sometimes Peanut just wants to be rocked and when my arms are burning from holding him for so long already, the swing is soooo convenient. We are very blessed to have a baby who really doesn’t fuss that often. He is perfectly content to sit quietly and watch the world around him. More often than not when he’s in his swing or play pen, I can look over at him and he’s just wide eyed and looking around. (Side note – we didn’t actually use the swinging part until he was around four weeks old. Even at the lowest setting it just seemed too fast for a newborn.)

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- Some may not agree with me on this, but don’t be afraid to introduce a pacifier. The pediatrician told me to hold off on offering Peanut a pacifier until he was about four weeks old. Something about nipple confusion and wanting to make sure that nursing was well established. I gave Peanut a pacifier when he was three weeks old and we have not had any problems whatsoever. I could tell when Peanut was “comfort nursing” and when he was actually feeding, and the comfort nursing happened pretty often. Some may not agree with me on this either, but mommy’s are not pacifiers. If you’re baby is wanting to constantly comfort nurse, pop in a pacifier. I was really careful to be sure that Peanut wasn’t actually wanting to eat before giving him a pacifier though. I kept a pretty good record (and still do) of how often he eats and I used that to make a judgement call on whether or not he was hungry or just wanted to be soothed. Most of the time, if he was actually hungry, he just wouldn’t accept the pacifier. Another side note – the Wubbanub’s are great because of their shape (and cuteness) so I suggest starting with those if you are concerned about nipple confusion. Peanut started with a Wubbanub and still uses one. He nurses, takes a pacifier, and gets four bottles while I’m at work and we haven’t had any problems at all.

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- If you have to supplement with formula, first of all, don’t feel bad, second of all, definitely ask your pediatrician for samples! Even if you already know what formula you are going to use, it doesn’t hurt to have some more – formula ain’t cheap. And the little tubs they give you are great for refilling and keeping in the diaper bag.

- Tying back into the previous one, if you were dead set on breastfeeding (and/or doing exclusive breast milk whether nursing or pumping) and then find that you have to supplement with formula, DO NOT FEEL BAD. This happened to me. Even before we got pregnant I knew I wanted to breast feed. Even if that meant exclusively pumping (because I was once afraid of nipple confusion and thought to myself that if he took one over the other, I would rather he took a bottle since I had to return to work and wouldn’t be there to nurse him. Side note – I am no longer afraid of nipple confusion. Don’t be too concerned about that because thinking about it now, I’ve never heard of a baby actually having nipple confusion. (Not saying it doesn’t happen…)) Peanut gets no more than two bottles of formula a day and as much as I didn’t want to HAVE to, I have to.

- If baby doesn’t seem to like baths and is super fussy afterwards, feed him AFTER the bath. I’ve tried feeding Peanut before a bath to calm him down but that didn’t last long. I found out that if I feed him after, it calms him down and then he sleeps. Fuss fuss fuss during the bath, feed, sleep. Glorious. (Peanut is getting better about his baths. He actually fusses when I take him out of the bath now.)

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- Some may not agree with me here, but if you find that baby doesn’t sleep well in the play pen, try softening it up with some blankets. I know, you’re not supposed to do this. But, Peanut would sleep in his swing just fine but he did not like sleeping in his play pen. At first I thought it was because he just didn’t like laying flat, but I realized that he slept really well in our bed (note, he does not sleep in bed with us throughout the night). When I’m awake and getting ready in the morning, I let Peanut chill on our bed and I noticed he would fall asleep really well. So one day I took some non-fluffy blankets and folded them up enough to fit into the play pen. I did this just to make it softer for him because let’s be honest, the play pen “mattress” is hard as rock. I piled the blankets on top of each other for cushion, but not in a way that he would “sink” into the blankets. It’s just like putting a sheet over the mattress, except it’s blankets. And guess what? Out like a light in the play pen.

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I could probably go on forever (and ever and ever) but I’ll stop here. I can’t think of anymore that are like light bulbs that truly helped me get sane again. Maybe later on I’ll do a baby tip post of one liners, simple and sweet. =]

What are some baby tips you have??

Peanut’s Birth Story

Whew. Pop a squat and grab some coffee because this post is WAY longer than I thought it would be. (And it could be longer if I actually wrote out EVERY.LITTLE.DETAIL. that sticks out to me as I reread this, but then this post would seriously be 100 times longer than it already is.)

On Monday morning (1/6/2014) I woke up around 5 AM and thought my water had broken. My pants felt wet but it wasn’t a lot – definitely not like the mad gush of water you see on TV. Since it wasn’t a lot of fluid I really wasn’t sure, but of course I didn’t want to think I peed on myself either! I ended up waking Hubs up because I didn’t want it to actually be my water and not go into the hospital, so we got ready and headed out. Better safe than sorry. After I got checked in, the nurse did an exam and we found out that my water did not break, but I was having contractions (that I wasn’t feeling at all). The nurse hooked me up to some monitors to track baby’s heart beat and my contractions. The monitor was showing that I was having Braxton Hicks contractions (false labor contractions). (When the nurse showed the doctor my chart she couldn’t believe that I wasn’t feeling the Braxton Hicks – I know, I’m so tough.) After my exam (I was 1 cm. dilated) the nurse had me walk around the labor area for a while to see if my water would go ahead and break. (Picture me in my plush-y purple bathrobe with black leather biker boots on, walking around the hospital – hahaha. I forgot to pack my house slippers…) Hubs and I walked around for about 45 minutes and my water didn’t break. Since everything else seemed fine, after a few hours at the hospital we were sent home. (Before we left I asked the nurse if I had peed myself since it wasn’t my water and she basically said yes. LOL! I couldn’t help but laugh. She said that baby was really low and he basically just put too much pressure on me which made me “leak”.)

My mom, who lives four hours away, met us at our house when we got home. She wanted to be there for my labor and was scheduled to come down the next day, but when she got the “I think my water broke so we’re headed to the hospital but I’m really not sure if it’s my water so I will let you know as soon I know” text, I immediately got the, “I’m on my way NOW” text back. =] Later that day, I started actually feeling the contractions. When Hubs and I got home, my mom and I made a quick trip to Walmart to grab some things that she had forgotten in her mad rush to get to my house, and for any last minute things Hubs and I needed. I remember walking through Walmart, hands gripping the cart, knuckles turning white, trying to hurry but trying to walk slowly at the same time. (Side note: When they discharged me from the hospital earlier that morning, the nurse told me that if I started feeling the contractions, to count them and if they were 5-7 minutes a part to call the doctor. Since I didn’t feel any of my contractions until that night, I think the exam I got at the hospital kind of kick started my labor.)

Overnight my contractions started coming closer and closer so I started timing them. I didn’t sleep all night (1/6 going into 1/7) because I kept trying to time my contractions but kept dozing off so I had to start all over. I ended up using the timer on my phone to count my contractions and they were between 4-6 minutes apart. By this time it was Tuesday early morning and I didn’t want to go back into the hospital just to be sent home again, so I called the doctor on call around 6 AM and told her my situation – I was just in the hospital the morning before, that I had a regular checkup appointment scheduled for later that same day at 2 PM, but since my contractions were pretty close together I wondered if I could just change my 2 PM appointment to first thing that morning instead of going back into the hospital just to get sent home. The doctor told me that was the best idea, to call the OB office first thing in the morning and tell them I needed to come in for a labor check. (My due date was also this day – 1/7.) So at 8 AM I called my OB and told them what the doctor said and they told me to come on in. (They were just going to squeeze me into the schedule.) It took me a while to get ready because my contractions were feeling pretty bad by then. I had to keep stopping in the middle of getting ready to just stand still and try not to tense during a contraction. My mom and I left my house around 9 AM and got to the OB office around 9:30. I checked in and waited to be seen. After a little while the doctor came in, gave me an exam (which told me that now I was dilated to about 1.5-2 cm.) and then they did a “non-stress test” to monitor my contractions and see how they were affecting baby. We found out that my contractions had picked up and were actually now 2-3 minutes a part, so the doctor went ahead and sent me over to Labor and Delivery at the hospital. (Another side note – I seriously had not eaten anything since Monday when I got home from the hospital because with having the contractions I just didn’t feel like I could eat. Well, before we went over to the hospital the second time, Hubs ((who had met us at the OB)) asked the doctor if I could eat something before we went to the hospital. The doctor said I could, but not to “sit down” and have a meal because I would just regret it later. ((Hubs asked in the first place because I had heard that once you go into Labor and Delivery, they won’t let you eat anything at the hospital.)) Well, we went straight to the hospital and asked the nurse if I could have a muffin and she said no! Hubs had to argue with her a little stating that the doctor said I could, the nurse said they don’t allow it, Hubs asked her to ask the doctor because I hadn’t eaten anything in almost a whole day, the nurse asked and came back with two muffins that I ended up not even eating because I wasn’t feeling well… Our ((first)) nurse was an older lady who had the “I’ve done this a million times” demeanor and we really didn’t think we were going to like her because she was a little too direct and “matter of factly”, but we ended up loving her.)  So, I got to the hospital, checked in, and got hooked to the monitors again. I got another exam done and I hadn’t progressed anymore dilation wise, so the nurse had me walk around. I couldn’t walk for more than 10 minutes though because my contractions were really painful. The nurse told me I could have my water broken for me or be sent home because I wouldn’t progress anymore without my water breaking. I was scared to get my water broken because I was afraid it would hurt, but I went through with it and it didn’t hurt at all! About thirty minutes after my water was broken my contractions started getting REALLY bad. I had opted not to get the pain reliever that’s injected into my IV. I can’t remember what it was called but it was basically just to take the edge off the pain and would possibly make me and baby drowsy. I did want the epidural, but I had to request it and it would take an hour to receive. I requested the epidural as soon as my water broke because the doctor said it was best to just go ahead and order it and if I decided later that I didn’t want it then I didn’t have to get it, but at least this way it was ordered and ready. Since I had found out earlier in pregnancy that I tested positive for Group B Strep I had to have an antibiotic in my IV and the nurse couldn’t order my epidural until the antibiotic was done dripping into the IV, so I had an additional 20 minutes or so to wait on top of the hour wait for the epidural. When I had about 15 minutes left to wait for the epidural my contractions were so bad that I didn’t think I could take it anymore. The nurse came in and asked me if I wanted that initial pain reliever (the one that I opted out of at first) and I nodded my head yes because I was in so much pain. It actually didn’t do anything for me because I got my epidural soon after. Fifteen minutes seemed like forever when they told me that’s how much longer I had to wait. My father in law was watching my contractions on the chart and told me later on that they were spiking well over 100 and only going down to about 50, instead of 0. That would explain why I felt like I was having one long continuous contraction that never went away (until the epidural). At one point I remember saying, “Why isn’t it going away?!” and I just heard a chuckle from my father in law and ignored it. That explains the chuckle. Meanie. =] To give you an idea of the pressure and pain, I went from being 3 cm. dilated to being 9 cm. dilated in about an hour. That’s fast! (And painful!) When it was time for the epidural, I was terrified because needles just aren’t my thing and getting one in my spine sounded HORRIBLE! (Plus I had heard all the scary stories about how big the needle was.) I am happy to say that my epidural didn’t hurt AT ALL. I didn’t even feel it. I don’t know if it’s because I had built it up so much in my head, if it’s because I was having a contraction at the time or if it’s because the anesthesiologist was great, but either way, I didn’t feel it and I’m glad. (The anesthesiologist talked me through the whole thing and I kept trying not to tense but failing, and one point I had a tiny hiccup as he was getting the needle into my spine and he said, “don’t move, don’t move” and I said, “I had to burp” and there was a pause and then he just laughed – LOL!) The epidural provided SO MUCH relief. I was able to just lay back and could relax a little. It was night and day with and without the epidural. I got to 10 cm. dilated just a few minutes later, did some pushing to try to get baby to crown, sat up in bed to labor down (allow baby to come farther down my birthing canal), pushed some more (after some talks of maybe have to do a c-section because baby wouldn’t pass my pelvic bone) and then I was ready for delivery. (I didn’t end up needing to get a c-section by the way. I really didn’t want to have to get one but after talking about it I told myself that I would rather go into a c-section knowing ((hopefully)) that everything would be okay rather than trying to push, baby getting stuck, and getting an emergency c-section. But I really didn’t want to have to do a c-section at all so I think I unknowingly started pushing harder to avoid that from happening.) My doctor however, was not ready for me. He was in emergency surgery so I had to wait to actually give birth. Baby wasn’t coming “on his own” so they felt it was okay for me to wait. (If baby had kept coming then they would have just gotten another doctor, but the doctor wouldn’t have been from my OB practice.) Unfortunately after a while my contractions started slowing down and I was given some sugar water and Pitocin to get my contractions to come back. (I could have started pushing and had baby by 7 PM on 1/7, but since the doctor wasn’t ready I waited.) The doctor ended up coming in around 12:50 AM (midnight) on 1/8 and I delivered baby at 1:05 AM. I found out later that my contractions had never really come back though. With my epidural I couldn’t feel my contractions, so I just pushed when the nurse told me I was having one. Well, Hubs told me later on that I wasn’t having contractions but the nurse was telling me I was so that I would push. MEANING I pushed out my 8 lb. 5 oz. baby BY MYSELF!! (Obviously I was a little too preoccupied to notice the confused look on Hubs face when the nurse was telling me I was having a contraction when I really wasn’t – ha!)

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Labor and delivery is truly an amazing thing.
I know everyone says that but I don’t think you can truly understand the amazement until you actually go through it. You feel every emotion possible – happy, sad, scared, excited, worried, strong, weak, adrenaline-rushed, and exhausted.

Oh, and just to leave on a funny note – the first thing Peanut did when they put him on my chest was poop on me. Thaaaaaaanks little guy. ;]

Peanut at Three Months

WOW. I can’t believe my little guy is three months old already. Where has the time gone?!

STATS:
at his eight week check up he was 23.5 inches long
at his ten week follow up he was 11 lbs. 4 oz.

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Looking back at older pictures of him I can definitely see how much he’s grown. He’s definitely out of that newborn stage (I think I read that they’re only considered “newborn” until three months, so he’s right on time!). He’s so active and it’s fun to see how he’s developing and learning new things. He’s constantly talking and coo-ing and he’s recently picked up random squealing – which is adorable. He’s discovered his hands and it’s funny to watch him try to stick his whole fist in his mouth. I’m trying to really soak him in at this age. =]

He either sleeps like this (with his hand by his face) or completely laid out, arms spread out. =]

He either sleeps like this (with his hand by his face) or completely laid out, arms spread out. =]

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He doesn’t like tummy time too much. When he does get his head up, he can leave it there for 15+ minutes. But when he’s not in the mood, he’s not in the mood. He’s really great at holding his head up though (like when you’re holding him and stuff). The doctor has commented many times about how strong he is. He’s so observant too! All babies have their fussy days, but he really does love to just sit in his swing and take in the world around him. More often than not when I look over at him (in his swing, play pen, whatever) he’s just quiet and looking around. He is SO good when we go out too. I think he just likes the movement of the stroller. Actually, he likes any movement at all. He LOVES his swing, he loves car rides (they always put him to sleep), he loves his stroller and he just loves to be held and rocked/bounced. Luckily enough for us, he also does really well laying flat in his playpen too.

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He’s started grabbing and holding on to things too. He grabs my hair and holds onto my shirt and I love it!

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Three other things to know about Peanut at three months:

1. He is liking baths more and more. He actually didn’t fuss AT ALL during his last bath.
2. He LOVES to chew on his tongue. He’s been playing with his tongue since the day he was born!
3. He is CONSTANTLY moving. Even in his sleep!

I really can’t believe this three months has gone so fast.