Thursday, April 30, 2009

1 week old...


And I'm totally in love with this beautiful boy I've been given. I can't believe I'm now a momma to four boys! Why the Lord has chosen to bless us so is beyond my understanding. I'm so happy he has though.


Grant is doing wonderful! I took him to his very first doctor's appointment yesterday morning for a weight check. He is currently back up to his birth weight. Which is awesome! He was down to 9lbs 5 oz. when we left the hospital Saturday and as of yesterday he was up to 9lbs 14oz. again- an 8 oz. weight gain in 4 days! I'm so happy he seems to be putting on weight and growing normally. Noah had issues in the weight gaining department and so I've been a little nervous that Grant might do the same thing. Fortunately it doesn't look like he will. ;-) He's a little pig! He nurses about every 2-3 hours and eats for about 30-45 minutes long. He's my first to take so long to eat. My others would take 10-15 minutes tops! I don't mind though. I'm hoping it will help with keeping my milk supply up. He seems to be a calm baby- much like he was in utero. He'll let out some little cries when he's hungry or has gas but other than that he's a quiet baby. Even when he's awake he is content to just look around and watch what is going on.


The boys are so happy to have their new, little brother here. I think they all have some adjusting to do but they're doing wonderful with it. Noah is having a hard time. He is fine with the baby and adores him. He is just having a hard time dealing with not being the youngest anymore. He's been crying and wanting me to hold him allot. I try as best as I can to take the time to indulge him. I know it's probably a hard adjustment for him.


I'm feeling good. I've lost 25 pounds since having Grant. I have another 25 to lose. The first ten of those will probably come off in the next 4-5 weeks. The last 10-15 is always the hardest for me. They might take another 3-6 months to lose. Sigh...oh well. My belly has gone down allot though! This morning I woke up and was shocked to see that it's almost down completely. How is awesome is it that your belly can stretch out as much as it does and go back to normal so quickly?! I mean it takes nine months to get that way!


Anyway, I've gotta run I hear a little someone calling me... =)

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Wordless Wednesday...

Peek-a-boo...now I see you! (Look at Noah...)



Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Love my boys...

God has been so good to me...I am SO blessed!





















Saturday, April 25, 2009

Birth Story


We are so happy to have our Grant here! He is nursing like a champ and seems to be a fairly content baby. I have been meaning to post his birth story but haven't felt up to taking the time to write it out. It was actually a pretty uneventful labor....which is good! Anyway, here it is!




As planned, we headed off to the hospital at around 5:00 a.m. We got there around 5:20 a.m. and they checked us right in and got me in my room. I changed and they came and took my blood and got my IV going by 6:oo a.m. There was a shift change at 7:00 a.m. so my new nurse started the pitocin at around 7:30 a.m. She also checked me and said I was mostly closed and still pretty thick (huh?!). She was unsure about starting pitocin right away but decided to because that's what my doctor had ordered. Needless to say, I was pretty bummed. The contractions started but weren't very intense. I could still talk through them all. My doctor was scheduled to come in around noon to break my water so my nurse was hoping to get me as far along as possible before she got there. Sometime around 12:00 p.m. my nurse checked me again and I was between a 2-3 and thinned out. We waited (slightly impatiently) for my doctor to come in to break my water. She finally did (at 1:30 p.m.)- at this point I was dilated to a 3, maybe a 4. After that things moved pretty fast and were very intense and painful. I moved very,very quickly. By 2:30-ish I was complete. After 4-5 really good pushes Grant made his appearance (2:39 p.m.- an hour after my water had been broken!). He hurt like crazy to push out so before I even saw him I knew he was bigger than Noah (8lbs. 6 oz.) was. Sure enough he weighed in at 9lbs 14 oz.- much bigger than I thought he would be. Also much bigger than the ultrasound had estimated (7lbs 2 oz.- at 37 1/2 weeks). I came out fine and didn't suffer from any tears, cuts, ect. Grant came out pretty unscathed from it all too. He was very mad though! He screamed for 45 minutes to an hour afterwards. He was NOT happy about leaving his nice,warm, watery home. Anyway, baby and momma are doing great and we are so happy to be home! The picture (above) was taken right before we left the hospital Saturday afternoon. I love those chunky, little cheeks- so kissable!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

He's here!

Grant Alexander
9 lbs. 14 oz.
20 in.
(born at 2:39 p.m.)
More details to come later...I need to get a good night's sleep! *Grin*


Monday, April 20, 2009

Guessing game.

Okay, so I have had alot of questions about the size of this baby so I thought I'd post a picture of my past two pregnancies and see what you think. Here's the whole purpose of this post...what do you think this baby will weigh? Take a guess- I'd love to hear what you think.

39 weeks, 5 days pregnant with Austin (10 lbs. 4 oz.)- I had him two days later. My midwife thought he'd be about 7 1/2 pounds. I was measuring 38 cm at 40 weeks. (Notice my ankles, feet and legs...I didn't have any water retention with this pregnancy- it was awesome!)

Prego with Noah (8lbs. 6 oz.). The day before I had him. (Sorry it's so little...I don't know how to fix it)



Baby boy #4. Taken at 38 weeks, 6 days.
So...do you have any ideas. I'll be honest, I don't have a clue. According to the ultrasound he'll probably only be about 8- 8 1/2 pounds. But by looking at me...I'm not sure. I think I might look bigger than I did with Noah and he was 8 lbs. 6 oz (bigger than my doctor thought he'd be). I'm also alot more uncomfortable with this baby than I was with Noah. Just not sure...I'll know for sure in a few days (3 more days!!!) though!!! I'd also like to add that my first, Jonathan, was 11lbs. 8 oz. But...he was 3 weeks late. He would've been about 9 1/2- 10 lbs at 40 weeks. (No pictures of me prego with him. I'd have to find one and then scan it into this computer...)



Saturday, April 18, 2009

Fun-filled, Beautiful Day!

5 more days!!! I'm busy packing my bags, sewing baby blankets and I'm going to try and start a robe for myself to wear at the hospital. I bought some cute flannel the other day and so all I need to do is work up the energy to cut it out and sew it. Yip, yip, yippee! I'm so, so excited!!! I'm also planning on making a trip to Target and then taking the two older boys (Noah's a terror to take with) to the library. We have a very nice library in the city we live in. We have a coffee shop and everything! I plan on ordering something at the coffee shop and than letting the boys browse and look at books as long as they want. Should be fun...they love the library too! I also plan on grilling out tonight- the weather is gorgeous here in northern Illinois. You have to take full advantage of the weather when it's nice because you never know when it's going to change! Anywho...gotta get going- we have lots of fun stuff to do today!!!

Friday, April 17, 2009

I'm going to have a baby!

I just got back from my doctor's appointment. I am officially scheduled to be induced next Thursday (the 23rd). I'll be getting up bright and early- we have to be there at 5:30 a.m. I'm super excited but a little bit nervous too. I'm only six days away from having a baby...how crazy is that?! In other news...my doctor stripped my membranes today in hopes that I could get going on my own. I'm not holding my breath though. I have a feeling it will be next Thursday but I could be wrong. I know my body though and I know what gets me going. Give me some pitocin and break my water and I'll have a baby. I'll keep you updated if anything happens sooner but I'm pretty sure we won't have an announcement until mid to late next Thursday. If you would kindly keep us in your prayers it would be greatly appreciated. =)

Thursday, April 16, 2009

38 weeks 2 days...

We've come a long way baby! I'll keep you updated on the big induction day. It won't be any longer than 11 days but could be as soon as 7. I'll know more tomorrow after my appointment...which could be my last. How exciting is that?! (Picture taken yesterday afternoon at 38 weeks, 2 days)

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

My hair has turned on me!

7 1/2 years ago...on mine and Tim's wedding day. This was my blonde hair untouched by any dye or coloring whatsoever. (My mom didn't allow us to do such things with our hair! The horrors! Love you mom...) What a baby I was...anyway, moving on...

And today...I had my roots matched last Saturday. This was the outcome...wow! I've gone dark pretty much overnight! I couldn't believe it! She (the stylist/salon lady) didn't even go to the scalp with the color. I just think it's crazy. To think that 7 1/2 years and 4 pregnancies would do this to my hair is just beyond me. I'm not a blonde anymore. =( Slightly sad...since that's what I've always been. Now I match all my siblings. Sigh...oh well, I will embrace this new found identity I've stumbled upon...


My baby...


...isn't going to be my baby much longer. It's kind of a bittersweet feeling for me. The last few days it has really hit me. I have been enjoying just loving on my 'baby' boy. This last week in a half I'm going to soak him all in. Enjoy him as my baby before he turns into a 'big' kid. You know what I'm talking about. Your youngest always seems so little until you have a baby and then BAM they look huge! It's happened with my last two. I just know Noah is going to seem like such a big boy once I have this baby. I want to enjoy him now...as my baby. I've been thinking lately about his rough start in life. About his failure to thrive and about his long stay in the hospital. It was such a dark, scary time in my life. I was accused of things no good mother should ever be accused of. I felt so helpless. It was so hard not to be able to just fix him. It was like a bad dream that you couldn't wake up from. The anxiety I felt every morning when the nurses weighed him. The joy I felt when he gained a few ounces one day but then the feeling of despair when he lost everything he had gained by the next day. The not knowing if my son was ever going to grow, the unanswered questions, the what-ifs, the wrongful accusations, and the loneliness. All these feelings I wish I could just forget about. Every once in awhile they creep back up again. Even though he is healthy and thriving now, I still play the blame game (with myself). I still wonder what I could've done differently. I just thank God that chapter in my life is over. Noah is now growing, healthy, active and our most mischievous and crazy child yet. Boy, do I love that kid! You never know what he is going to do next! He is so crazy but yet, so loving! He loves to cuddle, kiss and hug you. He loves laying in bed with us in the morning and his favorite place to be is anywhere with either his mommy or his daddy. He is such a joy to have! Tim and I couldn't ever imagine life without our eccentric, crazy, lovable Noah. God truly smiled down on us when he sent us the gift of Noah. Each one of our boys are so incredibly precious to us. Why God has chosen to bless Tim and I with such beautiful gifts is beyond our comprehension. We don't deserve them. Yet, I'm so thankful he decided to give them to us anyway. And to think...we will be getting another blessing in under two weeks. Wow...I can't even imagine the joy this new one will give us. Can our hearts handle it? Or will our hearts explode with all the love they hold for our children? I guess we'll just have to wait and see. ;-) (Did I mention it's almost near impossible to keep clothes on our youngest...he likes his freedom!)

Friday, April 10, 2009

Prego update.

Well...I think we have a date. My doctor said she's willing to take me either the 23rd or the 27th of this month. Those are two of the days around my due date that she is on call. In fact, the 27th is my actual due date so Tim and I are leaning more towards that day. I think my doctor would prefer the 27th anyway. It'll just work out best for everyone. My sister is watching the boys and she has a concert the 26th (she is an awesome flutist!) so this way she and my mom could possibly just come up the 26th after her concert. My doctor said she'd have me come around 5-6 in the morning to get things going. Sooo...looks like I only have 17 days left! Wa-ho! In other prego news- I have been retaining water like crazy! I don't have ankles anymore. Really, quite gross. I thought for sure my weight would be way up yesterday at my appointment but I shocked to find out that I weighed the same as last week. That was excellent news since I've put on way too much with this pregnancy. I keep saying, I'll gain the most with this pregnancy and he'll end up being my smallest. ;-) Speaking of which- he isn't measuring too big. He was measuring about 7 1/2 pounds yesterday- give or take half a pound. Not too big...but we'll see. I don't think you can ever be sure until they're actually born. Just sayin'...anyway, we'll know for sure in about 2 1/2 weeks. Well, that about covers it when it comes to the latest 'news' covering my pregnancy. Nothing too exciting...

37 weeks, 2 days (yes, those are pajama pants...that's pretty much what I wear around the house all the time now....)~ for some reason I think I look smaller here. I think the baby might have dropped or something. The ultrasound tech had a hard time getting a good measurement of his head because he's so low right now. Plus, I feel it when I walk...oh, do I feel it! ;-) Sorry, that it's so blurry...my ISO was set too high- I obviously didn't realize it until later...



Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Too busy to blog...

...because I think the nesting instinct has finally hit me! Wa-ho! Here's what I'm itching to do today:

Organize, sweep/vacuum and dust family room.

Organize and vacuum the sewing room.

Deep clean our bedroom.

Finish any laundry that needs to be done.

Dust the whole house.

Clean Noah's room.

Pack baby's hospital bag.

I've already:
Cleaned the kitchen sink and stove top.

Done school with Jonathan (we'll be done next week!!!!)

As you can tell from my lists above- I'm feeling SO much better!!!

Friday, April 3, 2009

Sick...

I'm sick righ now and miserable. Sorry if it seems like all I do is complain lately but frankly, I'm just plain wore out. I started getting a cough Tuesday afternoon and by Wednesday I was also getting a runny nose and itchy eyes. Wednesday night I got the shakes bad- they lasted for about 2 hours. I thought sleep would help so Tim and I went to bed early. Unfortunately, I didn't sleep the whole night...yes, that's right, the whole night! My fever had reached over 102, I was having contractions every 5-10 minutes and I was experiencing extreme pressure (if you know what I mean...). Every time I tried to sleep I was distracted by the sound of my racing, beating heart in my ears. I just couldn't sleep! In the morning I called my doctor and she had me come in yesterday instead of today for my usual appointment. She also wanted to run a few other tests. They checked the amniotic fluid which looked good and ran a stress test on the baby. Everything appeared to be good with the baby also. We did notice that I was having contractions about every five minutes. I think it was the fever causing them because as of late yesterday afternoon I haven't had many. I also had my doctor check me and she said I am dilated between a 1-2 and about 50% effaced. This is great news for me because I have never progressed that well before with my other pregnancies. It's always taken a whole night of cervidal and even pitocin to get me that far. What really gets me going is breaking my water- which my doctors did when I was between a 1-2 with both Noah and Austin. 4-5 hours later I'd have a baby. See...I'm thinking that if I can get to a 3-4 and about 80% effaced in the next week or two my doctor will probably be willing to go ahead and break my water. I will then only have to really 'labor' for 4-5 hours! That would be so awesome! Anyway, she also ran a strep test (because my throat had been killing me). That came back negative. I had a feeling it would since I've never had it before and I had though my sore throat was just from post nasal drip. On the way home Tim ran into the store and bought me some Tylenol cold, oranges and cough drops. I took some of the Tylenol almost right when we got home and got settled in for a nap. I think the Tylenol worked because I was asleep within minutes (plus, I was just exhausted!). I woke up three times though drenched in sweat/water. I mean drenched as in literal puddles of water! I ended up changing my shirt two times. I felt so much better though because my fever had finally broken. I still am not completely recovered. I am now coughing even worse (a wet, gunky kind of cough), my nose is still running, I'm still dizzy, my throat still hurts and my legs are beyond sore. I mean so sore I almost cry walking up and down our stairs. It's pretty painful. I took some liquid calcium this morning and I'm hoping it helps with some of the pain. Sigh...Tim stayed with me yesterday and helped with the kids. Today he went back to working on a kitchen he's been doing for a friend (it's over an hour away). So that means today I'm dealing with my boys all on my own...whether I'm sick or not. They all woke up crabby and hyper- not a good combination. I hope I can muddle myself through this day. I just hope I start feeling better before this baby does decided to come!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009