Friday, March 28, 2014

One Whole Month!

Baby J has been with us for one whole month!! Can you believe that? I seriously can't believe it! But seriously.. it's been a month???

Time has flown and it's hard for me to remember everything about it.  How I love this sweet little baby of mine.  This is where most people say "and I can't imagine life without him" or "I can't remember life without him".  NOT TRUE for me... does that make me a bad mom? I love my life WITH him, and I don't want to go back to life without him, but I sure as heck remember it.

I remember when....

my boobs were nearly A not nearly D... too much info? Probably, but too bad
I slept all night long...  All. Night. Long.
my clothes fit
When someone called and wanted to hang out I could leave in five minutes without prior warning
I worked out
my life wasn't planned in 3 hour increments

NOW before you get all worried. I love my Baby J.  I absolutely love my life with my J money. And you couldn't pay me to go back to life without him.  But... I will pay you to take him for a night ;) Eventually.. not yet though, we I aren't ready.

Truly this month has been the best and the hardest month of my life.

For the next time I have a baby (yes even this close to the experience I want to have another) I want to remember a few things:

1. There will come a time when you can go to the store for longer than 10 minutes and not feel like you want to die.. it'll come and it won't even take that long!

2. The bleeding does stop. Right? it does right?

3. Every night is a new night.  So it's OK if you have to stay up for 3 hours rocking him to sleep, or if he stays up until 5 AM.  This doesn't mean it will happen tomorrow! And if he will only sleep if you're holding him, just hold him! Tomorrow you can work on it.

4. Life is hard when Grandma leaves.  But it gets better!! So much better

5. Every day is a new day.  Just because you didn't get dressed one day, doesn't mean that you will never get dressed again!! Enjoy the PJs for a day, there is always tomorrow.

6. Your little baby grows everyday.  Yes it's good to have him be awake during the day, but don't force it on him.  He will grow and he will learn and soon he will want to play during the day and not during the night.


7. Ask for help when you need it! Take some time to pump and have your hubby take a feeding at night.  Take a long shower while hubby holds the baby.  Get out of the house! Even if it is just to grab a soda or a snack.

8. If you have a baby boy, go in with him when he gets snipped.. no baby should have to do that without his mommy or his daddy. It's just mean.

9. He will never be this small again.  So hold him and snuggle him and love him and take a lot of pictures!

AND... in case you wanted some fun facts about J:

- diaper changes go much better these days!
- he has started to make noises with me while we talk :)
- he smiles all the time, yeah I know it's because he's just working his face muscles, but I still love it
- he is beginning to transition from newborn clothes to 0-3 months
- it takes him a while to wake up sometimes he will grunt and stretch and grunt and peek his eyes open then go back to sleep haha

Sunday, March 16, 2014

I peed my pants!! Or did I?

Little j made his appearance on Friday, February 28, 2014

Woody was right.., we had a February baby. 

On Wednesday of that week I took my kids on a mini field trip down to out jr high. It's about a 10 minute walk downhill and then uphill. 

That morning I jokingly texted Woody "I'm going to walk this baby out today".

I was sort of right. 

After the hike I felt like I was leaking..., to keep thing on the non awkward side I'll skip the rest and tell you..

My water broke at school! I was right to fear that. 

But don't worry it was a trickle not a gush (oh shoot sorry went back to awkward). 

I called the doc and moved up my appointment from Thursday afternoon to morning. The nurse tried to get me to go into labor and delivery but I kept thinking "what if I had just peed my pants a little?" (That happens when you're pregnant I guess)

So I went. I measured really small so we did an uls. Poor baby only had one little pocket left of fluid! So I hadn't peed my pants phew! Neither of us really guessed that one... we were in denial

The doctor gave me two choices. We could leave the baby in and check on him again on Monday or we could be induced. He said if it were his wife he'd induce. I was far enough along that baby would come out healthy but if I kept baby in there were more possibilities of something bad happening. 

I felt so overwhelmed with this decision. I called woody and he said we could do whatever I felt was right. I so appreciated that he let me make the decision. So I said let's get induced and woody said "oh good I think so too". Bless him

So I told the doctor and he looked seriously relieved that I said ok.

After I went home, got some lunch, finished packing our bag and waited for woody. 

Woody got what he wanted in 2 ways:
1. He wanted to leave work saying he was having a baby! And he did get to
2. He wanted me to go into labor on a Wednesday or Thursday so it'd be over the weekend and he would miss less work. And I did!

Once we got to the hospital we played the waiting game in more ways then one
1. We had to wait for a room which actually took a while
2. We had to wait for me to dilate and wait and wait
3. We had to wait much longer than I enjoyed for the epidural 
4. After the epidural we waited again for me to dilate wait wait wait. But I didn't mind with the epidural I just slept.

Woody was the best. He was by my side the whole time. I have never felt more love from him than I did during my labor. He is my rock. 

After all of our waiting, it was time! We pushed for about 45 minutes and then we had a little man!!!

Joseph Albright Palmer was born at 1:47 PM. He weighed 7 lbs 4 oz and was 20 inches long. He was perfect.

I loved seeing j and holding him. And I loved seeing woody with him.  I couldn't have asked for a more perfect little family.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Week 2 of mommyhood

Week 2 of mommyhood

J is a man of many faces

But this is his most common face: 

I ...
Am Better at not sleeping, sometimes. 
Am Getting a smaller belly, but my thighs seem to be sticking around. I blame the Oreos. 
Am Really good at taking afternoon naps
Miss woody like crazy during the days- visitors welcome!
Have the best snuggle buddies around

Is exhausted. I guess waking up for work gets harder with a baby. 
Sleeps through baby j crying, that's an art. 
Loves his little man and is always excited to see him
Takes really good care of me and is very understanding of the fact that I'm learning how to be a mommy... Slowly learning 

Loves to sleep during the day
Has a party all night long
Has some serious congestion. Now he requires a humidifier and I have to squirt saline stuff up his nose for every feeding. Poor mommy. I mean poor baby.
Snorts all the time
Is getting chunkier! His little cheeks are starting to fill out. 
Continues to pee and poop on mommy but daddy seems to fare better.
Does really well at the doctors... Weird.  

J baby is Two weeks today:
He likes to pose

He's a pretty cute skinny little man 

Friday, March 7, 2014

One week old

J is one week old today! He woke up on time to snuggle daddy before he left for work.  He had a very alert afternoon today but is sleeping it off a little earlier than I wanted. 

Thursday, March 6, 2014

How to survive your first week of being a mom

It has been one whole week since we had our sweet baby J!  Like all new parents we are completely obsessed and utterly in love. I mean look at that face, how could you not be?

And like all few parents we are completely overwhelmed.
So.... How did we survive our first week you ask? 

1. Have your mom stay with you.  
She has taken better care of my house than I ever have. And she's so sweet she will come get j in the early morning so I can sleep a little longer. And she'll even check on you in the middle of the night when your baby sounds like a raptor to make sure you are surviving. 

2. Have the worlds cutest baby. 
When it's in the early morning and j and I haven't slept yet I just have to look at him. Then my heart swells and I am filled with more love than I could ever imagine,  and then it's ok that I haven't slept and won't for years

3. Get a doughnut to sit on. 
Seriously. Don't question whether or not you need one. Life is much better with one. 

3. Have the worlds best spouse. 
Oh bummer I already married the worlds best... Looks like you won't survive your first week!
Really though. I would not have made it without woody. He has been so good to me. Our first two nights home  he woke up with me and kept me awake while in nursed. Because I fell asleep, sitting upright,  in my rocking chair, holding j. World's best mom award goes to me.

4. Have your dad come too!
Baby loves snuggle time with everyone! And grandpa is always a good person to snuggle!

5. Wear your husbands clothes
Because... You still don't look like you used to. But it's totally worth it.

6.have lots of available clothes (for you and baby) and burp rags
Last night j went through 3 outfits! Today he is on his fourth. He really likes new outfits just like his mom

7. Don't be afraid of pee and poo
Woody and I have had multiple incidents where j has had an accident on us. I've had 2 incidents where he squirted me with his poop. I had no idea poop could shoot out like that. And of course, he's a boy so peeing during diaper changes is a common occurrence. 

It's been good so far.  I got my little puppy dog!! Because he makes puppy dog noises while he sleeps.  And I got a little raptor, because he sound like a dinosaur when he cries.  And I got a little turtle, because when he stretches his neck out it looks like a turtle with wrinkly skin.

I love him.

And.. if you are wondering about how he came into this world. I shall tell you later.