Wednesday, March 26, 2014

4 Weeks! ONE month old!!! (3.23.14)


WOW. Time does fly by!

I can't believe my lil newborn is officially ONE month old! He's growing so much and soooo fast! It's been so much fun seeing him change day to day.. and I just fall more and more in love with him!

Highlight: He has ROLLED OVER!!! At about 3 1/2 weeks I had him on his tummy for "tummy time" on his play mat. Within minutes he rolled onto his back! I thought it was just a random accident at first.. so I put him on his stomach again.. sure enough he did it several more times! He has done it since too! Maybe he is just advanced ;) our lil genius baby... It was so special tho! I am SO glad I captured it on video! (lucky!)

He also has started to mimic faces that you make at him! He will stick his tounge out, open his eyes wide, make a "kiss face"... it's so fun! He doesn't do it all the time.. but when he is real focused and alert he will! It's so cute :)

We also took our first road trip to visit my family... It was SO nice to see them and visit with some friends. It was exciting to introduce him to everyone :)
I was pretty nervous driving on the freeway with him in the back, but we made it!!

He has been a better baby.. crying less (altho he is screaming at this moment of course!).. and letting us get a little more sleep!! He is SO much more alert and I love talking to him and just staring into his deep blue eyes!

It's been an amazing month! We looooove him so much and are trying to really enjoy every second!

PS -His doc apt went really well last week! He was looking very healthy!
8lbs 12oz, 20.8 inches long! (3/17/14)


Sunday, March 16, 2014

3 Weeks Old! (03.16.14)

I can't believe my little baby is 3 weeks old today! These days are flying by!!! I am trying to enjoy each and every moment because I know they grow up so fast.. he already has grown and changed a lot since day 1!

He has a pediatrician appointment tomorrow morning so hopefully everything is looking good and he is healthy and growing! I really wanted my husband to make it to the 1st appointment, but sadly his 3 weeks of paternity leave are over and his first day back and work will be tomorrow :(... I can't believe he finally has to go back to work! These weeks having him here have been so helpful.. we will miss him so much while he's at work!!! We will adjust tho and be just fine :)

He has been eating A LOT lately.. it seems like he is never happy unless he's eating... growth spurt? I'm just trying to keep him content and keep the crying to a minimum! It's not as "hard" as it was the first week... when he would just cry and cry and nothing seemed to soothe him. I feel like we are learning his patterns and behaviors a little better.. and figuring him out! There are still moments where he will kick and punch and cry and look so unhappy, but with another feeding or changing or rocking he usually will calm down or fall asleep.

He has also been alert much more during the day. He will look around with his deep blue eyes (they may change I know!).. and make the cutest sounds as he wiggles and squirms about!

I also love the funny little "duck face" he makes after he finishes feeding. I pick him up to burp him and he makes this adorable lil face each time.. kissy face! It's the cutest thing in the world..

Kick kick kick squirm squirm squirm... little Noah is a worm! (just a random song I sing as he wiggles about! haha)

We also did a mini photoshoot this week with him! We decided to take our own photos since we got newborn shots taken at the hospital. I think some of them turned out really cute.. I'll put some below. You definitely need a lot of patience and time to take baby photos!!!

How is mommy?! I'm doing so much better. I feel almost totally back to normal! I am still tiiiiiiired... but thats to be expected! I love my lil baby for letting me get some 3 hour chunks of sleep! Those are the beeeest!!! :) I know it will get better and better!

I still can't believe we have a baby! What?!? and that he is almost 1 month old!!! It is SO hard for me to believe that a year ago we were still trying so hard to get pregnant.. and now he is HERE! I just love him so so soooo much.. he really is my everything and I feel so so lucky to be his mommy :)

Here are some photos from the past week..

Snuggles w/Mommy!

Going on a walk!!

Sun Bathing!

Scrabble Baby!!

Love how his hand wrapped around my thumb.... not how the photo was planned, but it makes it more special :)

I'll love you forever book..

Daddy loves his lil feet!

Stretch! Blankie time!

Resting in the shade..

Looking around in his swing!


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

2 Weeks Old! (03.09.14)

Today is March 11th, 2014.. which was his "Due Date"... crazy to think he has been here a little over 2 weeks now! I know due dates are just estimates anyway, but I am so glad we got to meet him a little early and that he is happy and healthy!

This week he has really gotten stronger! He is lifting his head around more and spends more time with his eyes open looking around. His eyes are still changing.. some days they look very deep blue, while other days they appear to be more brown!

He also has learned how to get his mittens off!! He will scratch up his face if he doesn't wear them. We tried to file his nails down, but couldn't get them short enough apparently! We will have to try and use the nail clippers next time..

He still spends most of the day sleeping and eating... while he's a bit more "wild" at night. Some nights are harder than others. I think he has his days and nights mixed up tho!!

His umbilical cord stump fell off at day 7!

We took him on his first walk to the park, which was really fun! We have been trying to go every day to get some exercise and fresh air as a lil family :)

We also gave him a soothie for the first time this week to help him soothe himself. I know that many recommended to wait 4 weeks if breastfeeding, but so far we have had no problems or confusions and it has really helped him calm down at times where he just wanted to suck on something!!

Still so so SO in love.. taking lots of pics and videos!!!

Looking around @ the world!

Sleeping on Mommy!

Ole ole ole OLE!

Sweet Dreamin!

Our first walk!!!

Snuggled up in the stroller!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Nursery Tour!

Baby Noah is here... and I was filming the nursery tour the day before I ended up being induced, so I will need to work a bit more on that video (stay turned for that on my YouTube Channel -QponFairy), but I did want to upload some photos of how it all turned out!

Here it is...

We love how it turned out! :)
Hope he loves it too!

Baby Noah -Week 1 (03.02.14)

Happy ONE week baby Noah!

This week has FLOWN by!! Life has forever changed for the better.

Sure, it hasn't been "easy" and we have definitely been making adjustments, but having our lil baby here is the best feeling in the world.

It's been a week of:  little sleep, lots of photo taking, diapers diapers and more diapers, sweet cuddles, soft tickles, kisses and snuggles, crying, burping, gassy smiles, open eyes exploring, soft skin, and baby kicks!

At the end of this week he started actually lifting his head around (we call this movement giraffe neck)... and he is getting stronger and stronger!! He has been eating like a champ and sleeping a lot! He's a very good baby :)

He hates: sponge baths and cold wipes!

He loves: milk! ...and snuggles with mommy and daddy


HAPPY BIRTHDAY NOAH! He's here!!!! :)

So no week 38-40 updates for this pregnancy! He is HERE!!! :) It was quite a surprise and I really didn't expect him to be here this early, but all is well... he is perfect in every way and I couldn't be more in love!

Nursery tour will be a little delayed due to all this excitement, but I will get it up as soon as I can!

I don't even know where to begin.. so much has happened over the past week-ish!

On Friday February 21st, I had a scheduled appointment with my OBGYN (I was about 37 1/2 weeks). The morning started out as every morning does... I was feeling fine and headed to my appointment. I was in the waiting room waiting for the doctor to come in and all of a sudden I started to feel dizzy and clammy. I really wasn't feeling "right" at all... so when she came in I expressed how I was feeling and she seemed concerned because I also had protein in my urine for the first time. I was sent to L&D just to be checked out and got some blood work done stat. I started feeling fine and figured that everything would be fine and that this would all be good "practice" for when I actually go into labor... boy was I wrong! My doctor had set my induction date for his due date, which was March 11th, so in the back of my mind I really thought that would be the day and that being in L&D was just a precaution to check everything out!

I got all hooked up and they started to monitor his heart rate and my contractions (basically what I had been doing at my non-stress tests every week). Everything was looking great, except for one small period of time.. his heart rate had dropped pretty low for about 20 seconds. That along with the protein in the urine concerned the doctors enough to keep me there and begin an induction! WHAT?! Today? Right now?! I was really in shock. Not expecting any of this to happen today! I felt a little better knowing he was almost 38 weeks and that everything was looking good, but at the same time I was freaking out inside. I had this long to-do list still that I wanted to work on!! I was ready for him, but at the same time still wanted to do more before he arrived! Life is full of surprises! All I really cared about was to have him here and healthy... nothing else mattered.

My husband arrived as soon as he got home from work. He had to pick up our hospital bags (which I am SO glad were already packed! It paid to be organized!) at home first, but then he was right there with me! We were so excited! I was a little nervous, but overall just in shock still and very very eager to meet our lil miracle!!

The induction process was a PROCESS! It took awhiiiiiiile.. I went into the hospital @ only 1cm, so clearly my body wasn't quite ready for all of this. Ideally I would have loved to go into labor naturally on my own, but sometimes you have to go with the flow and be flexible and really trust your doctors.

They started out giving me Cytotec.. which didn't seem to do much. After hours I was a 1.5 "maybe".. so the new doctor on staff suggested a Foley bulb. I wish I had NOT had this. I was open to trying another approach since the Cytotec wasn't really working, but I didn't realize it would be SO painful. I really think it was the most painful part of the whole labor! (or at least up there!) After all the pain and discomfort, it was taken out a few hours later... and the results...... NOTHING. All that for NOTHING!! He said I may be at a 2, but it really didn't help. Awesooooooooome... so glad I had to experience that! (not bitter at all). A new doctor had come in at this point and wanted to try more Cytotec. He measured me back at 1... and I was starting to lose in emotionally. It had been almost 24 hours at this point and I was basically where I had started?! GAH! They assured me that inductions can be a process and take days, so just to hang in there.

Oh, and let me tell you... those hospital beds = SO uncomfortable. I was basically stuck to this bed. I couldn't eat or drink for the first several hours, then it was water and jello, and I was hooked up to the monitors and an IV for fluids so I couldn't walk around or labor out of bed like I had planned to. Being stuck in this bad and SO pregnant made me very uncomfortable. I was getting so sore from the stupid bed.. it was worse than the contractions (in the beginning that is!) Ok, enough complaining.. it was "fine"....

After hours and hours I finally got to a 3. This was around 6:30 PM on Saturday 2/22/14, so I had already been at the hospital now for 31 hours. My doctor decided it was time for the Pitocin, which was supposed to speed things up and make the contractions much more intense. The contractions up to this point were tolerable. They had gotten more intense as time progressed, but they were tolerable. Right before we started the Pitocin, I was really in a lot of pain... especially in my lower back. I was really exhausted and ready for my epidural. I had little to no sleep in over 31 hours and no food.. and was just drained. We started Pitocin and things got intense. I asked for my epidural right away and within an hour or so was given it.

I was a little nervous about getting the epidural, but I knew I had wanted one when I really felt I needed it. It was a scary experience for me because once given then shot my right leg spasmed and I felt this cold tingly feeling run through it. I'm not going to lie.. it really scared me at the time, but the anesthesiologist said that can happen sometimes. I am SO glad I got it though... what a relief! I could feel the tightening of the contractions, but no pain. It was amazing. I finally was able to get some sleep!

A little before midnight the nurse called the doctor in because there were some variables in his heart rate which was causing some concern. They decided it was important to monitor him internally and to do this they had to break my water. I never really knew if you could tell when your water breaks.. but in my case it was clear when they broke it!! It's crazy how much fluid there is! The doctor at this point said that I'd have my baby today! (it was just after midnight on Sunday 2/23/14)

I was able to get some more sleep, but around 1:30 I started feeling A LOT of pressure. I thought my epidural was wearing off and I told my nurse that I really needed to push. She checked things out and said I was at a 9 3/4! WOW... I had made a lot of progress since starting the Pitocin and breaking the waters. From this moment it was all a little fuzzy..

I pushed for about an hour (it felt like so much less to me). The doctor and delivery staff were then called in... I pushed a few more minutes and our sweet baby Noah was born! The cord was actually tied around his left ankle, which could have explained the variables in his monitoring. The nurse said he was jumping rope in there! He had been such an active lil guy up til the end haha. Thankfully the doctor was able to get him loose and my husband cut the cord, but he had to be cleaned up and checked before I could hold him skin to skin to make sure he was doing ok! I heard his first cry and my heart just melted. I was so relived he was ok... and finally here after this 39+ hour induction!!! He was so cute :) I loved watching my husband stand with him and take pictures... and just look at him with such love and excitement. It was such a special moment that I will never forget. Our hearts were filled with so much love... I can't even explain it. Our dream come true!

I was able to hold him skin to skin for an hour and then we had our parents and my sister visit briefly before we got cleaned up and taken to our recovery room. It was a long unexpected process... but I'd do it all again in a heartbeat. I still can't believe he is here.. and that I am a mother. We created this amazing little person and he is such a blessing.

Our baby Noah is finally here! :) 

February 23rd, 2014
2:34 AM
7 lbs 6 oz
20.3 inches
Apgar score -9

He is so perfect! We are so in LOVE!!!

Our new lil family!