Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Grayson: Two Months

Because I can't choose just one! The first I love because he looks like he is playing air guitar but as far as the two month pictures went... he wasn't having it.

Time flies way to quickly having your little self in our lives! How is it we seem to fall in love with you more everyday? Your second month has been filled with tons of smiles that melt our heart. This month you laughed for the first time while awake. Only once this month but it happened to be Father's Day 6-21-15. You talk all the time and gained a lot more control of your head and body.

Month two was a little chaotic. To start off the month we started you on a bedtime routine. Between 7-8 you got a bath. Afterwards you got a diaper and lotion. You don't seem to mind the lotion anymore. Next we put you in pajamas and swaddle you up nice and tight. You actually don't fight to get your arms out of the swaddle anymore. We then would take turns, one of us would sit on the floor and read a book to you while the other rocked you in the chair and fed you. Once you were asleep we put you in your crib. This allowed mommy and daddy to get a little time to relax before bed. Your typical sleep schedule looks something like this:
  • Bedtime routine at 7:30.
  • In bed at 8.
  • First feed at 11.
  • Second feed at 2.
  • Third feed at 5
  • Lastly, you get up around 6.
Tummy time turned into nap time.
When we first started your routine you would wake about an hour later which happened to be about the time we were heading to bed. Getting up with you all night and being up early gets pretty exhausting. When you wake up for the first time we move you into our room for the night. Selfish reasons really. Mommy is a horrible sleeper. Even before you. I wake up at the quietest of sounds and the slightest of movements. Even with a box fan on for white noise, I can't ever seem to stay asleep. I even wake if I have to roll over and it takes me roughly 30 minutes to fall asleep once I wake up. Having you in the bassinet next to the bed was just easier than going into your room every five minutes when I heard something on the monitor.

At the risk of sounding like a horrible parent, I did co-sleep with you for about three weeks when you first came home. You went back and forth between the bassinet and our bed. Now you sleep much longer and do great on your own. For naps we can sometimes put you in the crib, turn on the mobile and you will put yourself to sleep. We talked about transitioning you into the crib full time instead of just your first sleep at night but the last two weeks were hard because we had family here.

Your uncle Riley and grandpa Carl came from Germany to meet you! They were here for a week and let me tell you, they fell in love with you from the moment they met you. It was very last minute but your grandma Tami had a chance to come up the day they left. She also stayed a week. She left out the same day daddy took leave and we headed to Tennessee. So as you can see we were really busy visiting with family to really get you transitioned.

You are starting to figure out your hands and like having your fist in your mouth. You love lights, ceiling fans and being talked to. You are such a morning person. Your grandma Tami bought you a play mat while here that you love. Each morning after you get up you will play on it for about 30 minutes and then I will hold you and we will talk for another thirty minutes. You got to go to Build A Bear in Syracuse with grandma Tami. She got you a dog that daddy picked out for you.

You hate being in your car seat! Granted, you did okay until our trip down to Tennessee. We split it into two days. We have family in Ohio that we stop and see when we make that trip and they all wanted to meet you. The first half is roughly a ten hour drive and the second half about six. You were okay at first but after so long in the car you would just scream. We made a lot of stops to let you out and stretch but you hated it. For the two days after we had made it to Tennessee you screamed every time you got into your seat.

People you met this month:

  • Carl & Riley
  • Grandma Tami
  • Uncle Tyler, Alan & T.J.
  • The Pressnell family
  • Great grandparents "Ketterling"
  • Paula, Josiah, Hannah
  • Amy, Allison, Kylie, Kimberly

Place you visited:

  • Ohio
  • Tennessee
  • Millionaire Boat Tour/ Thousand Islands

  • Father's Day
  • Fourth of July

You and your cousin ended up in the same outfit. Not planned!

Grayson Scott, we can get over you! You have changed our world in a way we never imagined. I look at you cant believe God formed you so perfectly in my womb. From your sweet little finger to your squirmy little toes. We cannot imagine life without you. Your daddy is smitten with you and I am overwhelmed by my love for you.You're our world and our most precious blessing.

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.