Sunday, June 7, 2015

Grayson: One Month!

Already turning a month old. It still amazes me how fast time can fly. Especially when you have an adorable baby who is constantly changing. On Friday, I documented his growth with a monthly picture. I spent a lot of time thinking of a place or item to photograph him with each month, that would serve as a way to compare and watch his growth over the next year. This was the end result.

The teddy bear, you see in the picture, is the one we got from our 3D ultrasound. It has a recording of his heartbeat. I tried a few different poses with him sleeping but he woke up and we got this gem! Here are a few others that melt my heart.

At birth he weighed 7 pounds 9 ounces and at his two week check up he weighed 8 pounds 13 ounces. He was still 20 1/2 inches at his two week check up and his head went from 31 cm to 37. His next check up is at two months old. 

As part of documenting his monthly changes, I've taken photos of all the little details that I don't want to forget about. It took forever for his umbilical cord to fall off. His belly button was up around the cord making it take longer to dry out. It's hard to explain but it finally fell off on 5-23-15. It was still pretty gunky underneath for a while but the Dr. said he was good to go on a normal bath.

We were in Rochester visiting family when he got his first full bath. Speaking of family, look at who we got to meet in our first month. Grandma Nicole came all the way from Germany to meet you.

Likes & Dislikes:

Grayson loves laying on his daddies chest. It never fails, if he gets snuggled up with daddy, he is asleep in minutes. He also loves being in the Ergo. We carry him in it anytime we're out and he will fall asleep until we're done. He also enjoys bath time. The only downside to bath time is that he will pee every time. Between that and his first couple of diapers at home, I quickly learned to direct the direction of it and just wait till he is done. If not he ends up with it all over himself or us. The joys of having a boy!

He hates when we put lotion on him. Screams like crazy. Even if it is warmed up beforehand. Since day one I have not been able to swaddle his arms. He will fuss until he is free or find a way to get free. Also doesn't like being put in his car seat but as soon as it is picked up he calms right down. I don't think he likes to be naked. I had him in a diaper the day he turned a month old. The plan for his picture was to have him asleep in just a diaper. He fussed all day and every time I tried to get him to sleep he fought it. The minute he got put in clothes he was fine.

Places you got to visit:
Charlotte Pier, Lake Ontario
Boldt Castle
Syracuse Zoo

Look like my daddy.
I remember being in the hospital and he was trying to hold his head up. Everyone including the nurses would comment on it. Now at a month old he can hold his head on his own for a majority of the time. If he is tired he gets a little lazy and if he is on his stomach, he isn't as strong but we do tummy time everyday. He doesn't care much for his tummy time mat but does great when he lays on your chest. 

He is very alert when he is awake. Been that way from day one. He was born and awake for about an hour to an hour and a half. He locked eyes and stayed focused on my face the whole time. He is still that way. very alert and focused. 
He smiled in his sleep for the longest time and then at almost a month old (6-1-15) we got his first legit smile. I can only get him to do it right after he wakes up. 
I was laying with him while he slept. He was smiling in his sleep when he laughed. Caught me off guard but it was the cutest thing ever. I remember babysitting my nephew before he started smiling and he had done the same thing. 
The first week he was home he would roll onto his side to sleep which made me nervous but he hasn't done it very often since then. 
He would suck his thumb occasionally but I would much rather him use a pacifier. My adult brother still can't help himself when he sleeps. I'd rather him use a pacifier but he rarely wants that. 
The poor kid had the hiccups all the time in my last trimester and he seems to get them just as much now. 
He loves to talk (coo) and has learned to sort of self soothe when he is tired. It is like a humming/ coo that he will do when he is tired. He will be in his swing and start doing it until he falls asleep or when he is full but still won't let go of the bottle. 
He is now aware of his hands. He can't control them much but he tries. The best he can do is grab onto my fingers when I feed him.
He went from newborn diapers to a size one. 
Started out in newborn clothes and now wears 0-3.

(Sorry ahead of time for all the pictures and such a long post. At this point I still don't have a solid idea of what I would like to do with this blog. I have been using it for weekly updates during my pregnancy and at the moment for monthly updates. This way I don't forget any details for his first year baby book. I have started work on the pregnancy part of it already =)

Monday, May 18, 2015

Introducing Grayson Scott

His Birth Story

At 39 weeks and one day, I had a check up with my Dr. who performed a membrane sweep. I was told if it worked we should be having our little guy within 24-48 hours. That afternoon, the family and I went for a walk around the neighborhood to try and help things along. My dad had made his way up that night because he just took a job in PA only three hours away. He started on Wednesday and wanted to come up a couples days early in case baby boy decided to make his appearance. When he got in town, we all met up with him at his hotel to go swimming. The one thing I had wanted to do all of my pregnancy.

We got home and in bed about 10:30-11. Not much later, at exactly midnight, I woke up to what I assumed was my water breaking. I told my husband I wasn't sure because it wasn't that much. Didn't even get on the bed. I got up to use the bathroom and afterwards I was still leaking. Having my sister here, I asked her about what it was like for her. Of course, for her it was much different. So I decided to hop in the shower just in case and had my husband pack the rest of our things into the hospital bag. (So glad we had made a check list beforehand). While in the shower, I started having small contractions and decided it was worth going in to get checked.

We picked up my step mom, from her hotel, on the way to the hospital. We got checked into a room about 1:30 a.m. They hooked me up to the monitor to time my contractions and checked to see if my water had broke. My contractions were 3-5 minutes apart, I was dilated to about four and a half to five centimeters and my water had ruptured. Since my water didn't fully break, it continued to leak for hours. I was admitted and would be checked again around 6 a.m. My contractions got closer, running about 2-3 minutes apart.

They checked in every so often while we tried to get some sleep. At six, my contractions had slowed down to five minutes apart and I hadn't dilated any further. At this point they wanted to start me on Pitocin. I was still laboring without any pain meds at this point but with them starting me on Pitocin I asked for an epidural. I know Pitocin makes contractions closer together and stronger and I was barely handling the pain at that point. My nurse told me I was next in line and that I had asked at a good time because there was now three people asking to get one.
She then came back a few minutes later to tell me they had an emergency and I wouldn't be able to get the epidural for a while. She offered to give me IV meds that would put me to sleep for a little while. It did knock me out between contractions and pretty much the rest of my labor. The contractions after the Pitocin were unbelievable. I would sleep, wake up for the contraction and pass back out. No matter how hard I tried, I could not keep my eyes open. I know they up'ed my Pitocin twice while I was asleep. I really hated that medication, whatever it was. I was told it would last an hour or so and then I would have the option of the epidural again.
I remember waking up and asking my husband when I could get the epidural. He said as soon as I could sit up and was coherent enough. So I sat up and said I was ready. I couldn't open my eyes for more than a few seconds but I was aware of what was going on. They tried several times to find a spot for the epidural. I think Justin counted at least seven spots afterwards. I was only feeling it on my left side. I think she finally gave up and went with it. Once the medicine kicked in, only my left side was numbed. They readjusted some and had me laying on my side to try and help.
The epidural didn't take and I ended up feeling every contraction as much as I had before. But after the epidural I started having the urge to push. I ended up pushing for a while. I felt a pop and with the next push his head was out. They doctor told me to stop pushing and he pulled him out one shoulder at a time. My baby was here.

Afterwards I was told I did in fact have two cervix and that I had a septum in my vagina. That was the pop I had felt before he was born. He had to break through that which ended up bruising his head a little. All in all, he is a happy and healthy seven pound nine ounce baby! He measured at 20 1/2 inches long.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Week Thirty Nine

May 3rd- May 9th

Monday I had my 39 week check up. My Dr. (Different one from last week) did another check to see how dilated and effaced I was. This time she said 3cm but that she didn't think I was 80% effaced as before. She guessed babies weight at 7 pounds and offered to do a membrane sweep. I wasn't really informed on what that was before I agreed. She basically said since she was already in the area that she didn't mind doing it. I agreed to doing it since my Dr. suggested it but afterwards she mentioned if it worked we should be having a baby in the next 24-48 hours. At that point I realized I should have asked more questions about what it was all it was for but I didn't think they would be doing anything like that before my due date arrived.

I've been absent for a short while because Grayson Scott was born the next day! Birth Story and pictures to follow.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Week Thirty Eight

April 26th- May 2nd

Started this week off with a check up. I had a cervical check and was told I was 2 cm dilated and 80% effaced. I know it doesn't mean much about when he will arrive but it is great to see things progressing. And hey, that is two less cm I have to labor through! I talked to my Dr. about the septated cervix. Not much was figured out. Even though I've had several Dr.s confirm it she couldn't find any difference and there was nothing in my file from my 20 week scan. I will just bring it up when I go to deliver just to be on the safe side of things.

My family were insisting that baby boy would be here this week so they decided to head up to New York against my better judgement but they don't want to miss it and they live a great distance away. So we had a house full. It now being the end of the week, I can he still has not arrived and I'm okay with that. I want him to come when he is ready. I was taken to the Syracuse mall Saturday and forced to walk for six hours! Yeah not so fun and when it was all said and done my feet were dying and swollen. It was the one symptom of pregnancy I was hoping to avoid. During all that time grandma got to spoil Grayson some. He now his very first pair of Converse. We found a cute pair of all white, velcro newborn shoes, an outfit and picked up a few more towels.

My mom called wanting to buy me an Ergo. She had visited with my step sister and thought we needed one. We have a couple wraps but this carrier uses buckles and would also be great for daddy to use. Speaking of daddy... He is back on the list to deploy. I really don't know how to feel about it. I just wish the decision was set in stone so it isn't an emotional roller coaster every time it changes. He is beyond excited about the baby coming. So much so it is driving me a little crazy. At the same time it breaks my heart to think he only has at best just a couple months before he would have to leave. He's going to be such a great father.

My May baby made it to his birth month! We get so many calls and texts about the baby coming. I didn't think it would start until I hit my due date but man oh man do I understand all the women who complain about it. The funny thing is my husband is the worst about. If he's at work he is constantly asking how I am feeling, if I am going into labor yet or having contractions. Better than having someone who doesn't care, right? Love this man.