Monday, April 26, 2010

Doctor's Appointment

Maddox went for his 1 month check-up today and he was a little champ! We were there for 2 hours and had to wait forever, but he did really good the whole time. He had to get a shot and get his heel pricked (not fun for either of us), but that's better than him getting sick I guess. He is up to 9 pounds and is 22 inches long. He is a growing boy! I am now supplementing with formula (for several different reasons) and he seems to be doing great with it. Here a few recent pictures of him...

Saturday, April 24, 2010

1 Month Old

Yesterday Maddox turned 1 month old! Yay! It is so hard to believe that it has already been 1 whole month since I gave birth to this little bundle of joy and he has already changed so much since he was born. He was an absolute angel on his 1 month birthday! He is already taking 5 ounce bottles and I think would drink even more. I think he is going to be a big boy very soon judging by the way he eats!! He is sleeping pretty well. He usually goes for a 4-5 hour stretch and then will sleep another 2-3 after that. On his big day yesterday he took his first out-of-town shopping trip (only 20 minutes from here) and he slept the whole time. He was great! Here is a picture of him from yesterday...

On Thursday night the group of teachers that I work with got together for dinner like we always do each month. One of my good friends had twins 2 weeks after Maddox was born and I had to take this picture of them all sleeping soundly right next to each other in their car seats. Aren't they precious??

We go to the doctor on Monday for his first check-up so I will post more info on that later! Have a great weekend! :)

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

First "Playdate"

Maddox had his first "playdate" on Friday afternoon. My friend Micah came over to visit for a little while and brought her cute little boy, Anderson. Maddox and Anderson are only 10 days apart and it was fun to get together and get to talk about the new adventures of mommyhood! Micah is so sweet and I can't wait for future playdates when they can actually play together. I think Maddox slept through this first one. :)

Friday, April 16, 2010

My Top 5

I decided to do a blog dedicated to my 5 favorite baby products so far. Here they are in no particular order...

1) Pampers Sensitive Baby Wipes - Right now thses are the only wipes Maddox can tolerate. I was using a different brand and he had a terrible rash that would NOT go away. The day I ran out of those wipes and started using the Pampers Sensitive the rash went away immediately. I LOVE these wipes!
2) Pampers Swaddlers - Again, Pampers seems to be our brand of choice. We've only tried one other brand, but there was no comparison! The Pampers Swaddlers work so much better for us and hold a lot more than the other brand we used. I am a huge fan!
3) Sleep Positioner - The first few nights were a struggle figuring out how/where to get him to sleep at night. After talking to a friend of mine that works in the nursery at the hospital, she suggested trying to put him to bed on his side. We had this sleep positioner and had tried it when we put him on his back, but it really did the trick when we made it smaller and put him on his side. It really keeps him from moving all around and it also helps keep his swaddle intact.

4) My neighbor's swing - Our sweet neighbors have a swing in their front yard right under a tree. Whenever Maddox is fussy, all I have to do is walk outside with him and he goes into a trance. He loves being in the sunlight. Well, there is only so much walking around outside that you can do, so my sweet neighbors have told us that we can use their swing whenever we would like to. Let me tell you, I use this thing multiple times each day! We love being outside in the swing!

5) Medela Pump - This thing makes my life much easier at times. If I am going to be gone during a time that Maddox needs to be fed, this Medela pump comes to my rescue. He can still get my milk but I don't always have to be the one feeding him. I haven't pumped a ton yet, but I would like to start doing it a little bit more.

I am sure that in the coming days/weeks I will discover new favorites. I hope everyone has a great day!! :)

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Baths, Church, Tummy Time, and Birthday

We have given Maddox a few baths, now, and he seems to be getting a little more used to them...

We also took Maddox to church for the first time on Sunday. I have to admit I was a nervous wreck about this, but he did wonderful! I had to take him out once to feed him and then he fell asleep and Daniel and I were able to go out to eat and even run in Target for a little bit. Here he is all dressed and ready to go...

We have also been trying to let him spend some time on his tummy. He really seems to enjoy it. Here are a few attempts at "tummy time"...

I can't believe he is already 3 weeks old! He has changed so much in the last 3 weeks and each day gets a little bit easier. I have been so nervous about getting back into a routine of grocery shopping and doing things like that. So this morning I decided to conquer my fear by taking him to the grocery store with me. I waited until I had just fed him, then I took a quick shower, and headed out. I must have been sprinting through Wal-Mart trying to get done in record timing. He only got fussy a couple of times. I would stop, put his passy back in, then he calmed himself and fell asleep. He was a champ! It made me feel good to know that he will be ok in the grocery store with me in the future. By the way, I can NOT get his car seat to fit into grocery carts like I see everyone else doing. I don't know if this is a problem with the brand Chicco, or if I am doing something wrong. Does anyone else have this problem?? I had to put him in the bottom part of the buggy which worked fine, I just had a lot less room for groceries.

And last, but not least, today is Chloe's 1st birthday! I can't believe we have had her for almost a whole year! She has been such a great dog and we have loved having her! Happy Birthday Chloe!!!!!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

The New "Normal"

The past 2 1/2 weeks have been such a blur! Life has been so busy trying to adjust to life as a new mommy but I finally feel like I can stop and breathe for a minute. I have a LOT to catch everyone up on, so I will get on with it. I will begin with going into labor...

On Monday March 22nd I had my 39 week appointment. I had not made any more progress since my last appointment. I was still 3 cm and 90% effaced... I tried not to be discouraged but it was getting really hard! Dr. Litsey mentioned to me that he would be on call the following Monday, the 29th, if I wanted to be induced. He told us to go home and think about it and call back and let him know. Daniel and I went home that day, talked it over, and decided that if Maddox did not come on his own before then, I was going to be induced on the 29th. We both felt good about it and I was so excited we actually had a "birthday" set. So, we did our usual watching of all of our shows on Monday and called it a night, fully expecting to go to work the next day.

At 3:30 am, I woke up with some very intense stomach pains. All I had had prior to now were Braxton Hicks which did not hurt, so I knew these were different. They literally took my breath away. I laid in bed for several minutes and began timing them. They were consistently 10 minutes apart for 40 minutes, which led me to believe they were the real deal. I decided I should wake Daniel up at this point, so I did. We kept timing them and noticed that they were getting more intense and were closer together, now 7-8 minutes apart. We decided to continue timing them until about 5:45 when I felt it was time to call labor and delivery and talk to a nurse. When I called the nurse she told me that they might not be the real thing and to take some tylenol, drink something cold, and lay down. Well, let me tell you, I was in so much pain, that was not an option for me. Tylenol does not even cure my headaches, so I knew it would be worthless for contractions. I decided to go ahead and call my school and let then know I would not be making it in to work. Then I went ahead and got in the shower b/c I knew we were going to be going to the hospital very soon. While in the shower I had 4 more contractions, now 2-3 minutes apart, and I was beginning to panic a little. I knew we needed to go very soon. We ended up leaving for the hospital about 7:20 and getting there about 7:30. They separated Daniel and me to take me back to the observation room. Oh yeah, we called family on the way to the hospital also. In the obeservation room, I was getting so nervous b/c I wanted Daniel to be back there with me so bad. Dr. Hensarling came in and checked me and told me I was at 4 cm and wanted to know if I wanted my epidural. My response was, "So you're not sending me home then?" I was so scared that I would get there and they would end up sending me home! She laughed and said "Oh, no! You're here to stay! "

To make a long story short, I progressed very quickly and ended up giving birth to little Maddox at 2:23 pm on Tuesday. Let me tell you, that epidural was GLORIOUS! I was not sure in the beginning that I wanted one, but that was one decision that I will never regret. I felt the whole contraction pain for what I thought was plenty long, and then I really got to enjoy the actual birth. The day was so crazy! I can't believe that he is finally here and is already 2 1/2 weeks old! We love him so much and can't wait for his little personality to develop even more. Here are a few pictures from his birthday. There are lots more on facebook if anyone is interested.

If you can't tell, Maddox is a clone of Daniel. I really don't think he has any of my features at all. But this does not bother me in the slightset b/c I think my husband is as cute as they come! I took him to the Pediatric Clinic on Wednesday just to get a weight check and he is already up to 7 lbs., 9 ounces! I guess he is feeding well! I will try to be better about updating the blog. It is just very difficult trying to balance everything. I am sure it will get easier once we fall into some sort of routine. For now, we are just loving every second of having Maddox and we can't wait to see what the future holds for our family of 3! :)