Wednesday, October 21, 2015

A little life update

Tomorrow our little guy will be two weeks old. Thought I'd check in and jot down a few notes about life right now before it all disappears in my mind due to lack of sleep in this crazy newborn daze we're all still in!

We've been to 2 pediatrician appointments and one appointment with the lactation consultant since we got home. He's slowly putting the ounces back on and the LC helped give me some confidence and eased my anxiety over him getting back to birth weight. Once again, I have determined that IBCLC's are the greatest gifts to new nursing moms. I felt so much better after seeing mine on Monday. M gained her weight back pretty quickly, but T is just moving at a slower pace and I'm learning that that's okay.

Speaking of M...she adores her baby brother. She likes to check on him first thing in the morning and when J gets her out of her bed, she'll come in our room and go straight to his bassinet to see if he's still sleeping. It's adorable. She seems concerned when he cries, and will rush to tell someone. She has really embraced her role as big sister. On the flip side, she is learning what it's like to have to share her mom and dad, and that's been a challenge for her. But she's learning everyday and slowly adjusting.

T is a squeaky, noisy little guy. Just like his big sister was as a newborn. I don't think he grunts as much as she did, but he snorts when he gets mad and it cracks us up.

We had a photographer come to our home on Sunday and she did our newborn pictures for us. He was a cooperative little guy and slept through out most of the shoot. Cannot wait to see them! She shared one little peek on her instagram and I can't wait to see more!

Everyone is sleepy. He is doing pretty well at night, but until we get his weight back up, I'm still waking him to feed at night and that's tough. No one wants to wake a sleeping baby. Also, one huge difference from last time...with M, when she'd get up to eat at 6AM, she'd eat and then we'd both sleep in till 9. Not so much this time. When T eats at 6AM, he finishes around 6:45, and then M is up for the day at 7 on the dot. I know we'll eventually hit a better rhythm with sleep....for now we'll just keep lots of coffee on hand!

We have really been staying close to home for the most part. We took him to the grocery store one evening last week, to the playground at M's school on his one week birthday, to the pumpkin patch (where he hung in the Ergo the whole time), and to lunch on Sunday. Other than those places and doctor's appointments, we're sticking close to home. Tomorrow I'll be able to drive again and we may start to venture out a bit more.

I have the sweetest friends. So many friends have been texting to check in on us and dropping off sweet surprises on our doorsteps or offering to take M for a few hours of play time. I am so thankful for the community of friends we have here. One neighbor texted me last week when she ran out to Trader Joe's and asked if we needed anything from there. It's the little things like that that are so helpful to us. 

I haven't been peed on (yet), but T did manage to pee on his own head and startle himself when we were weighing him at the pediatrician last week. Definitely something that I can say M never did as a newborn!

He loves to be worn, which makes me so happy! Wearing my babies is one of my favorite parts of having a little one! J has worn him a few times in the Ergo with our infant insert, and I've been loving my new Sakura Bloom ring sling (thanks mom!) and my beloved k'tan. I don't know how I'd get anything done with a newborn if I didn't have a way to wear them!

That's all I have for today. 
I'll try to get a birth story up before the month is over!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Introducing our sweet boy...

We welcomed our baby boy last Thursday, October 8 at 7:35 AM. 
He weighed in at 10lbs. 2oz. and was 23 inches long! 
They even measured him 3 times in the OR because the nurse couldn't believe he was so long.
He's the sweetest little love bug and we're happily home now. 
We are so thankful for a healthy baby boy!

Can't wait to update more when life settles down a little bit!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Baby Brother's Nursery

I made it through last week without going into labor! I had a few nights where I thought we might need to start making some calls and head into Triage, but every time the contractions would eventually die down. So, here we are a week later, quite pregnant, quite progressed, but still no baby. Not much longer though!

His room is more or less done. I'd like to add a few more things to the wall, but we'll have to officially pick his name before we do that! I really do love how it turned out. It's definitely not a "Pinterest" nursery, I feel like we kept things pretty simple, but it's a happy little space that I love to sit in. If we're being honest, this time around my priorities were a good white noise machine and seriously dark black out curtains. Funny how neither of those things mattered to me the first go round!
 Before I share the "after," let's go back to what it looked like in here at the start of July....

This room has been our "catch all" room since we moved in in June of 2012. We've always known we wanted to add a garage to our house, so this room has just kinda been our storage room until the garage got done. Right now, the garage is SO close to being done, but that's another story! Anyway....we have finally managed to clear out this room, and with a lot of trips to Goodwill, a lot of selling on local yard sale FB groups, and a lot of rearranging, this room has been cleaned out and prepped for our baby boy!

We're using M's old Jenny Lind crib and changing table, along with the glider we bought for her nursery. We got the bureau from my inlaws (same set as M's dresser that I refinished!). I'd love to refinish it with a darker stain (a little less red) and new hardware, but I'm going to wait till I'm not pregnant, it's cooler out (there was no way this was going to happen this past summer!), and for our garage to be done so I have a place to work. 

The map print above the changing table was purchased at the Vintage Charlotte Summer Market. I think it fits well in here with all the fun colors.

These Disney cross-stitches are pretty special! My mom made these for my nursery when I was a baby and they have her initials and 1983 stitched into each one. I love that she still had them!

I made the "I'll Eat You Up I Love You So" print in photoshop and had printed in poster size at Walgreens. I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out!

Overall, I love how it turned out! I wanted to keep things neutral and light but with pops of bright colors and I think I managed to do just that. Now if we could just be 100% settled on a name for him so I can add that to his walls somewhere! 

A few resources:
Felt Pom Poms above Crib - Etsy Seller The Fickle Felt Tree
Crib - (we love this crib!) DaVinci Jenny Lind Crib
Rug - we had these cut and bound to custom sizes for both kids' rooms at a local place here in Charlotte