Small victories

Wow, I didn't realize how much last week affected me, with Decker being hurt and not sleeping well.  I got to spend some much needed time with my two best friends, Vanessa and Rachae on Friday night.  We had dinner at Via Tribunali (delicious wine and pizza) and then caught up at their apartment.  I got to watch the Grey's Anatomy season finale, which I have been dying to see ever since I saw the preview the week before.  I cannot believe Lexie died so early on in the episode!  Anyways, it was great to have a night with the girls and to catch up with them, since I don't get to see them nearly as much as I'd like these days.

(For those who may be wondering, no I did not get rid of my real camera.  Just been on an iPhone/Instagram kick lately.)

And God bless Scott.  I think he knew how exhausted I was and he really spent a lot of time with Decker this weekend to let me rest and get some stuff done around the house.  On Saturday, he took D to a play date for most of the afternoon and today, went to Costco (on a Sunday, when it is a madhouse).  He filled my tank up with gas and grabbed some stuff AND took Decker along.  I was able to get 9 loads of laundry done this weekend and got around to doing something that has been on my to-do list for at least 4 months...wash my makeup brushes.  (This was my small victory for the weekend.)

Clean brushes...finally!

Decker's wrist keeps improving everyday and he is acting a bit more like his normal, happy self.  However, he still hates it when I lay him down to change his diaper.  I'm hoping he gets over it soon because it makes diaper changes extremely difficult.  I'm looking forward to this week being a bit more normal...and restful.

This too, shall pass...

This is what I texted to Scott yesterday morning as I left for work.  The last week has reminded me how challenging and tiring parenthood can be. Since last Wednesday, Decker has been extremely fussy.  He was running a low grade fever for a couple of days, so we attributed his fussiness to teething, as he was getting some molars in.

Friday afternoon I went to pick him up from daycare early to attend the Mother's Day Party.  As we were getting ready to leave, he turned into a little terror and insisted that I carry him, even though my hands were full of his blankets, coat and my purse.  He decided I would get the point if he laid down on the ground, right in front of his classroom door and started screaming/crying.  Of course I did what any embarrassed rational parent would do in that instance and picked him up, holding all 26 pounds of him in one arm.  By the time I got out to the car, my arm was throbbing!

We spent the rest of the weekend at my parent's in Eastern Washington and while Decker did okay, he was still fussy a lot of the time and had some major meltdowns, which is very uncharacteristic of him.  By this point, Scott and I started thinking he's hit the terrible twos and is just going to throw a fit whenever he doesn't get his way.

Sunday night we realized he wasn't really using his left arm and started crying like he was in pain when we touched it.  We examined his arm and it seemed okay, so we decided to keep an eye on it.  It really must have been hurting him while he tried to sleep because he woke up three times and at 3am just didn't want to go back to sleep.  Scott and I were both up with him and ended up giving him a little early morning snack.  I thought maybe he would sleep in, but was awake crying at 6am.

Luckily, Scott was able to stay home with him yesterday.  When I woke up, I spent a few minutes with him before I had to get ready for work and when I walked away, he cried hysterically.  :-(  Scott took him to the doctor and they took x-rays and there was no sign of a fracture.  The doctor also maneuvered his arm to fix his elbow in case the ligament had slipped out of place, which apparently was very traumatic (glad I wasn't there for that!)

By last night, Scott and I were both exhausted and confused.  We're not sure whether he really has been teething or whether something has been wrong with his arm for awhile now or if he really has hit the terrible twos and is just going to throw a tantrum when he doesn't get his way (I hope not!).  The further along I get in motherhood, the more familiar I get with tiredness, confusion and worry.  Knowing that your child is in pain has to be the worst feeling for a parent.

The good news is by last night, he seemed to be a bit more back to his happy self, even though he still wasn't really using his left arm. He had a pretty good night, only waking up a couple of times, but going right back to sleep.  (I think maybe when he moves in his sleep, he hurts his arm?)  This morning he was pretty happy, although he still is not really using the arm.  Scott dropped him off at daycare, which meant that I got to sleep in until 7am and wow, it is amazing how much difference a good night's sleep can make!

I am so grateful that I have Scott and that we work so well as a team.  I could not imagine dealing with situations like this on my own!  Knowing that our little guy is feeling better makes dealing with the extreme bouts of fussiness and lack of sleep worth it.

Kisses

Decker is learning how to give great kisses!  When I tell him to give me a kissy, I lean in with my fish lips and he opens up his mouth wide and leans in towards my lips.  LOL.  So funny and so sweet.

Diaper blowout, our new friend

(courtesy of pierrebastien.net)

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas!  We definitely did.  As you can imagine, I have tons of photos to upload, but I will be adding those in a separate Christmas post.  All I have to say is that I feel like I need to go on some sort of detox after all the delicious goodies I ate!

As the title of this post suggests, we've been having some messy problems lately.  Decker has had runny poop and sometimes diarrhea for the past week, but seems to be doing fine otherwise.  I did some research and read that as long as he's thriving, he probably just has some sort of little virus or something that will pass.  Well, I hope it does soon because he's had 4 blowouts in the last 3 days.  The last one coming at the most inconvenient time, while we were making the 3 hour drive back home from my parents' house.  We were up on the mountain pass and decided to just pull into a gas station parking lot so I could change him in the backseat.  Of course, once I had his diaper off and was wiping him off he decided to pee.  We had a change of clothes, but I didn't want to fiddle with him any longer, so went ahead and put him back in his carseat sans clothes.  I was so mad because we forgot to bring any sort of plastic bags, so we had to throw away his onesie to avoid the poop stench in our car.  (I'm really anal about keeping all pieces of his outfits organized.)  I take him in on Thursday for his 12-month checkup and if this poo problem is persisting, hopefully we can find a remedy.

We do feed him, I promise!

On your first birthday...

Dearest Decker, We can't believe it's been one year since you came into our lives!  Although our first year as parents has brought its ups and downs, overall, I have to say we have had a pretty easy go of it.  Thank you for being such a calm and happy baby.  You seriously have to be in the top 99% of best behaved infants ever!  It has been amazing to watch you grow and learn about the world around you, especially lately, as you have begun to show more of your personality and communicate with us.  We can already tell that you share our goofy sense of humor and you already have the ability to make us laugh every single day.  We are thankful for the lessons you have taught us in patience, love, and how to be a family.  We are so proud of you already...we can't even begin to imagine what else you will accomplish in the coming years.

We love you always!

Love,

Mom and Dad

Our Favorite Baby Stuff So Far...

  1. The Miracle Blanket.  We learned quickly that Decker could not sleep without being swaddled, as he would flail his arms and wake himself up.  We tried some of those fleece velcro swaddles, but he always ended up feeling really hot and sweaty when he would wake up.  The Miracle Blanket is awesome because it is made of thin material and it really keeps him wrapped up tightly.  Of course, lately, he has been able to wiggle his arms out of it a few times, but we can't keep this kid in a strait jacket forever!  One thing I learned though is to let the blanket air dry.  We put our first one in the dryer and it did shrink quite a bit.
  2. Babypro Nursery Bottle Warmer. Once we decided to bottle-feed, I realized how inconvenient it was to wake up in the middle of the night, walk downstairs and try to make a fresh bottle because I didn't want to have to wait for a refrigerated bottle to warm up (all the while with a screaming baby!)  This little thing came in so handy!  It comes with a little cooler that keeps 2 bottles chilled for up to 8 hours and it heats up bottles in no time.  We keep this in the nursery and by the time I'm done changing Decker's diaper, the bottle is ready to go.
  3. Fisher Price Newborn Rock N Play Sleeper. I had heard great reviews about this and how it helped many babies sleep for extended periods.  I ran to Babies R Us right away and purchased it.  Decker started sleeping in his own room in this around 4 weeks and I have to say, whoever invented it is genius!  It keeps the baby sleeping on an incline, which is great for digestion and I also think it creates that sort of cozy feeling because it is so enclosed.  Also, it is nice because it rocks so sometimes at night, if he woke up, I could just gently rock it and he'd drift back to sleep.
  4. Fisher Price Starlight Papasan Cradle Swing. There have been many, many naps taken in this wonderful little thing.  I especially like this swing because you can rotate it three ways and the baby can swing either side-to-side, or front-to-back.  Decker would lay in it and just stare at the lights and mobile overhead.  It also plays music and sounds, and plugs into the wall, which has saved God knows how many batteries.  Sadly, whenever we put him in this lately, he starts screaming.
  5. Fisher Price Rainforest Bouncer. This is something that Decker has become more fond of in the last month or so.  The chair vibrates and the little toy attachment plays music, has lights, and little moving characters.  Decker finds it very entertaining and when we are eating dinner, Decker will sit in this chair and just watch us.
  6. Tiny Love Gymini Super Deluxe Lights & Music. Starting at about 6 weeks, Decker could entertain himself in this.  He loves the mirror and trying to grasp the hanging toys.
  7. Dr. Brown's Bottles. We didn't try many bottles, so I can't say these are the best, but they have worked great for us.  Early on, Decker had some problems with gas and these bottles seem to help a lot.
  8. Similac Sensitive Formula. We started Decker on formula around 3 weeks.  We had some samples of Enfamil Newborn, so gave him that, but it seemed to make him spit-up a lot.  We switched to Enfamil Gentlease, which claims to help fussiness and gas, but it only seemed to make his gas worse!  Finally, we switched him to this formula and he has done great on it!  Plus, it's sold at Costco, so we're able to save a few dollars that way.
  9. Nosefrida The Snot Sucker. Seriously, this thing works so good and as gross as it may sound, it is really satisfying to see huge blobs of snot come out of Decker's nose.  LOL.  I think it works way better than a bulb syringe to keep his nose clean.

The Birth

I wanted to document this before I forget everything!  I tried not to get into too many medical details, but I DID have a baby so there's no way to sugarcoat certain things, so read at your own risk.  :-) The morning of December 13, I woke up around 4 am and noticed some light bleeding.  I was pretty sure it wasn't anything to be worried about, but of course, the sight of blood was somewhat alarming.  I called my doctor and she notified me that spotting was perfectly normal at this stage of pregnancy (38 weeks, and 2 days.)  Scott went into work a bit late because we thought maybe I was going into labor, but then determined it was a false alarm.  All day, I felt a bit uncomfortable, but I just figured it was me nearing the end of pregnancy.  I ran errands that day, including going to Honda to get the oil changed in the car.  That evening, Scott and I decided it really was time to make final preparations for the baby.  We hung some final things up in the nursery and got the car seat installed in the car.  Good thing we did...

Around 10 pm, I noticed my back was really hurting but I figured it was just due to standing up helping Scott do stuff in the nursery.  I laid down in bed and it started hurting worse.  After awhile, I realized I was having contractions.  Of course, everything I heard made it sound like when contractions first start, you're pretty far from being able to go to the hospital, so I thought I would try to get some sleep.  Well, I could NOT sleep through these.  They seemed really painful and I remember thinking, "wow, if these are the first ones, I can't imagine how bad it's going to hurt later on."  I decided I should probably pack my hospital bag, just in case we needed to go to the hospital soon.  That was really a chore, with me having to stop every few minutes to deal with the painful contractions.  They seemed a lot closer together than 15-20 minutes, which is how far apart I thought all contractions began.  Finally, around 11:30, I got Scott out of bed and told him he needed to come time my contractions.  He came into the room, and threw a pillow and blanket down on the floor!  (As if I was going to let him sleep!)  He told me he needed to go to work in the morning, but I told him I didn't think he would be going to work.  For the next couple of hours, we sat there timing my contractions, which were about 3-4 minutes apart and lasting around 45 seconds.  Besides dealing with the pain, there was also a horrible windstorm going on, which made our power flicker a couple of times.  How stressful.

Around 1:30 am, I decided we needed to get to the hospital.  So we packed up the car and were on our way.  Luckily, the hospital is only about a 5 minute drive.  When we got there, they admitted me to triage where the nurses would check me to make sure I was really in labor.  By this point, I was really dying from the pain.  I never imagined contractions could hurt this bad, and unfortunately, there wasn't really anything Scott could do to help me.  The nurse came in to check how far dilated I was, and then accidentally broke my water.  She told me was I 5 cm along and the first thing I said was, "does that mean I can have the epidural?"  That's all I was thinking about at this point!  She said yes and went to get me admitted.  I was laying in that bed for what seemed like an eternity!  I finally got to my room and found out the anesthesiologist had just begun a c section, so the nurse gave me some IV pain medication, which did help a bit.  Once the anesthesiologist got there, I wasn't the least bit scared of getting the epidural.  I was just looking forward to it.  He actually had to give it to me twice because he said the spaces in my spine were so tiny he couldn't get the catheter in the first time.  I was just praying I could get it.  Once I had the epidural, I felt like a totally new person.  The pain was gone and I could actually relax.  My brother Jason came to hang out with us and everything went according to schedule.  Scott had called my parents and they were planning on leaving Moses Lake at 6 am, so we were hoping they could get here before I had the baby.

I tried sleeping, but I just couldn't and finally, around 10 am, it was time to push.  My parents arrived around 9 am, so my mom and Scott were with me in the delivery room.  At this point, I was sooo exhausted.  I swear, I was falling asleep between pushes.  After an hour and 40 minutes of pushing, it was over and Decker was born at 11:27 am on December 14.

I feel very blessed because everything went so well with my labor.  The nurses at Valley Medical Center were awesome, as well as my doctor, Dr. Kovacs.  I really don't think I could have had a better experience.  The epidural literally saved me and I have a newfound respect for women who go the all-natural route.

34 Weeks

We've hit 34 weeks.  I can't believe how fast my due date is coming up!  I just had a check-up yesterday and everything is great so far.  This weekend will be spent on getting the baby's room put together.  We received the crib and dresser from JCPenney, but something happened with our order and they forgot to deliver the changing table.  So, it will be another couple weeks before we have the entire nursery finished.  We're also getting a new bed delivered on Tuesday, so we kind of have some furniture shuffling going on. I've been feeling pretty good lately.  My skin has been very irritable though.  Cortizone and Benadryl have been my best friends.  I've gained 19 pounds so far, so hopefully if I stay good these next 6 weeks, I'll be right at the recommended 25.  Oh, and I can't go more than a couple hours without peeing.  I think Scott and I are both getting excited and ready to meet our little boy!

Officially Two Months To Go!

I have been so bad about updating!  Anyways, today marks the beginning of 31 weeks, which is also 8 months.  I'm happy to report that I do not have gestational diabetes, but did find out I'm anemic.  I'm very thankful I found out because since I've been taking my iron supplements, I have not been suffering from shortness of breath.  The baby has been moving around constantly and it's crazy to watch my stomach and see him moving.  We had our final birth prep class this evening and got to take a tour of the birth center.  We were pretty impressed.  We still have lots to do regarding the nursery, but the furniture finally shipped, so we should be able to get everything set up within the next few weeks.  Everything else is going great with my pregnancy.  Weight gain is at 18 pounds and I have been feeling good, except that my back will start hurting if I stand for too long.  Here I am!  Hopefully we'll have some nursery pics up soon.

No More Poking...

I had my 28-week appointment on Friday, which included the glucola test.  I have to say, the drink wasn't all that bad.  I thought it tasted a lot like red gatorade.  I won't know the results of the test until Monday, but let's hope I pass!  Pregnancy is hard enough without having to worry about eating too much sugar.  Otherwise, everything else looked great.  The heartbeat was around 135 and the doc measured my stomach and it was measuring right on.  I had to get my blood drawn for the last time (hopefully) and I got my flu shot, so I should be clear of needles for awhile. We also finally got around to ordering the remaining baby items.  The furniture is on backorder until November 6, but we already received most everything else, including the car seat, stroller, pack n play, etc.  We have a ton of boxes sitting downstairs waiting to be opened and stuff to be put together.  Birth classes have been going great.  Last class, we covered actual labor and dealing with pain.  I'm wondering if I will become one of those women who become extremely irritable during labor...