Monday, July 14, 2014

Life with Three

 
 
We are now 6 weeks into life as a family of 5 and we seem to have feel into some sort of routine just in time for Josh to return back work. Our three adorable kiddos are keeping us on our toes, but we have been also trying to take as much time as possible to soak it all in and enjoying the moments that are flying by.
Lillian and Claire are amazing big sisters. They give Henry kisses first thing in the morning and right before bed at night. Claire is often the diaper prep girl. When Henry needs his diaper changed, she will quickly run to his room, grab a diaper and open it up, pull out a wipe and get everything all ready for a changing. They both love to snuggle with him, sing to him and talk to him when he is upset. Their favorite song to sing is "You Are My Sunshine." They lay on the floor with him and cuddle next to him during tummy time and read him books.
We have been trying our hardest to get out of the house and keep them busy, but unfortunately working around feedings and a grumpy baby makes things difficult. We have had to cut park visits short and leave places because of a screaming baby. We have gone on many walks which has results in many skinned knees and other scrapes and bruises when they go flying down the sidewalks on their scooters.
There has been a big adjustment in life, but we are also working hard on not shushing the girls when Henry is sleeping or keeping them from smothering him with hugs and kisses by telling them to be gentle. Lillian and Claire love Henry to pieces.
I worried a lot during my pregnancy about adding a new baby to our family. We had been so comfortable and happy as a family of four. Lillian and Claire are five and about to start kindergarten. What were we thinking adding another baby and how would that disrupt our routine and what we know? Henry has been the perfect fit for our family. Before Henry life felt complete at times, but now with him in our lives it really feels perfect and complete. Life isn't disrupted, but better than I could imagine. Sure we get less sleep, my ears ring from his loud cry, but he is perfect and I wouldn't change a thing.

Monday, June 30, 2014

One Month

    Our little man is already one month old today. Henry likes to be held tight. He loves to be held sitting upright with his back patted. He gets hiccups all the time (rarely had them in the womb). He has crazy hair that sticks up in every direction. He still has his cord stump. He sleeps like a champ. He hates being strapped into his car seat, but is fine once he starts moving. He enjoys early morning, afternoon and evening walks with Daddy. He watches his sisters as they talk and sing to him. He hates having a wet diaper. He calms down when laying on his changing pad. He has big hands and feet. He has all of us wrapped around his finger.
 
 



Thursday, June 26, 2014

Hopsital Photos

When we were in the hospital, Rachel from The Sweet Life Photography, came to visit Sunday afternoon and took a few quick pictures of Henry for us. Henry had developed a nasty newborn rash that covered most of his body and also made his red and puffy, making it difficult for him to open them. It is amazing to me when I look at this beautiful photos that just a few short hours later, Henry was admitted to the NICU. He looks so calm and peaceful in the photos she took even though he was very upset and spent most of the time she was there very jittery and crying. We love our little nugget, I could spend (and often times do) hours staring at his sweet face.

 






Thank you, Rachel, for these priceless pictures.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Henry's Birth Story

Friday, May 30th I woke up shortly after 6am feeling miserable and in pain, but that's how most of my mornings have been for the past month. As I laid in bed awake, painful contractions started picking up. I did not mention any of this to Josh because I knew he would go into full on go mode. He got up with the girls and I stayed in bed clocking contractions. After an hour of painful and consistent contractions I finally told him our plans for a family fun day would probably need to be postponed. I was right, he went straight into go mode and got everything ready to leave the house. I, on the other hand, took my time in the shower, dried my hair and didn't wan to rush into labor and delivery only to be sent home. By 10:15 Josh convinced me call my doctors office and they said to head to L&D to get checked out. We dropped the girls off with Grandma and Grandpa and checked into the hospital at 10:45am. They hooked me up to monitors and checked my cervix, I was 5, almost 6cm dilated. The nurse quickly got me into a room and the fun began. Contractions picked up in intensity and by noon I was at 7cm. At 2pm my doctor checked me and I was still at a 7, she broke my water and there was meconium in the amniotic fluid. At 2:30 the anesthesiologist was in my room for my epidural, but baby's heart rate kept dropping when I would sit up in bed, so I had to lay on my side, curl into a ball and arch my back while having very painful contractions. Thankfully, the next few hours were great and pain free.
Since I wasn't really progressing much on my own, we started a slow drip of Pitocin to help increase contractions. It was probably about 4:30pm I hit 8cm and shortly after that my epidural was wearing off and pain started coming back slowly. The pain was getting worse and I was get desperate for some relief. Around 7 pm my doctor came in, checked me and I was still at 8cm and I started running a fever. She suggested we start thinking about the possibility of a C-section. Since my C-section with Lillian and Claire, I knew I wanted the option to attempt a VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean), but Josh and I agreed from the start of this pregnancy we would do whatever it took to keep both baby and I healthy and safe at delivery time. It could have been that I was in extreme pain and I loved the thought of being completely numb and not feeling any more pain, but Josh and I knew the answer right away. We agreed to the repeat C-section.  They wheeled me down to the OR about 7:45pm and it felt like it took forever for my spinal to be placed.
Henry was born at 8:16pm and Josh watched as Henry was screaming before his legs were pulled out. The NICU team was in the OR because of my fever and the meconium in his fluid. Henry weighed in at 9lb 8oz. He had a slight fever, so after a few minutes they took him to the NICU and started an antibiotic. I was back in my room shortly after 9pm and finally around 10pm Henry was brought in while for a short time while they waited for some meds to come for him.
My fever was gone, his was low and he was doing well so he was able to come back into my room after he received more meds in the nursery. Saturday was great, he was still receiving antibiotics, but otherwise doing well. Saturday afternoon he started developing a newborn rash and as the day progressed it continued to get worse.  His eyes were so bad with the rash they were puffy and he had trouble opening them. On Sunday afternoon his rash became really bad, he started running another fever, he was jittery and very upset. They admitted him into the NICU. All of his labs came back normal and they are not certain what caused him so much discomfort, but thought that it could have been from the antibiotic and since he didn't want to eat, he had an empty stomach. In order to help Henry, I nursed him while the nurse inserted a small tube attached to a syringe with formula into Henry's mouth. This allowed him to get nutrition while nursing before my milk came in.  Sunday night he had formula and at constantly and wanted lots of snuggles from his nurse. Monday morning Josh and I headed to the NICU and his rash looked so much better, his temp was still inconsistent, but lower and he seemed much happier with a full belly. I was discharged on Monday and spent all day with him in the NICU before having to head home to get some sleep. I could have stayed him in his room, but I didn't think sleeping on a fold out bed and caring for Henry with little assistance on my own would be a wise choice just days after my surgery. Tuesday morning Josh drove me up to the hospital and I spent the day up there with Henry while he spent time with Lillian and Claire. It was not easy spending 9 hours caring for Henry by myself (of course the nurses were great and made sure I was doing alright) with all of the up and downs, bending and bouncing to keep him happy. I loved the silence of his room though, just him and I bonding and getting to know each other. Henry was able to come home on Tuesday evening.
The girls absolutely adore him and are always asking to snuggle him. They ask to help change diapers, pick out his clothes and pat his back when he needs to burp. They are even more amazing big sisters than I ever imagined. They are so patient and kind to him. They are not afraid to hold him if he is crying, they kiss him and sing him songs and he calms down to the sound of their voices. They are constantly telling him how much they love him and give him more goodnight kisses than they give me now. I'm not going to lie, I have cried a few tears of joy when I sit back and think about my three amazing children and how incredibly blessed we are. I have also sat back and wondered what in the world were we thinking disrupting the family of four and everything we have grown comfortable in knowing, but at the same time, it has only been two weeks and I cannot imagine life without Henry being in it.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Welcome Henry Thomas

 
Welcome to the world Henry Thomas
Born: Friday, May 30th at 8:16pm
Weight: 9lb 8oz
Length: 21 inches
 





 I will write up another post with our birth story and about life as a family of five.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Final Countdown

Tomorrow I'll be 39 weeks pregnant an we are all very anxiously awaiting the arrival of our baby boy. Some days it seems like I just found out I was pregnant and starting telling people and some days it feels like I have been pregnant forever. While I complain about the constant pain in my hips, the giant and heavy beach ball belly, the lack of sleep and discomfort, I really do enjoy being pregnant most of the time. Baby boy is my driving companion on the way to and from work. I'll talk to him, probably looking like a crazy person to those driving around me, he moves around to the music on the radio and will stop when commercials start playing. I love watching his move around and looking like an alien in my belly. I love that Lillian and Claire hug and kiss my belly. They talk to him and tell him they love him throughout the day. We talk about what we think he might look like. Lillian and Claire are excited to teach him new things and snuggle him. Claire is excited to pinch chubby cheeks.
In the next week or so we will welcome our baby boy into the world and also celebrate Lillian and Claire's last day of pre-kindergarten. Life is about to get crazy and even more wonderful in our home and I cannot wait!

Monday, April 14, 2014

34 Weeks

Today I am 34 weeks pregnant with little man, only 6 weeks left until my due date. I had a check up this evening and everything is going great. I am still measuring 3-4 weeks ahead of where I should be, which  means this belly is big and almost the size of a full term belly, but still has growing to do. I have also gained more weight with this pregnancy than I did with the girls, I have some how managed to pack on 35 pounds so far and it is pretty much all belly. I look like I am trying to smuggle a beach ball everywhere I go under my shirt. Because of the weight and the position this little guy has put himself in, my hips are in constant pain and I waddle around. Oh the joys of pregnancy. Seriously though, I love feeling this little guy wiggle and Lillian and Claire love to snuggle up next to me and rest their hands on my belly to feel him move. They talk to baby all the time. They give him hugs and kisses goodnight and when I leave for work in the mornings.
Baby still doesn't have a set name, but his room is coming along. I need to find a lamp and some picture frames to hang a few things above the dresser. I also have a big empty wall space  that I need to figure out what to put there. Overall, I am very happy with how his room is coming together.
I'll work on an update on Lillian and Claire soon and take some pictures to share of them, this belly and the room.