Thursday, March 31, 2011
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
These are my precious gifts from God and my rewards from 75 weeks of pregnancy total, lots of nasesousnes, doctor's appointments, vomitting, stretch marks, tears and many pounds later...and I am so thankful!
Monday, March 28, 2011
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Just so I remember when I go back to do a baby book at some point in his life...here is what Graham is like at 12 days old....
- He is super easy going, never cries and only really fusses when he wants to eat and even then it is more of a grunting sound.
- Graham is a great sleeper so far and goes to sleep pretty easily and is already falling into the Eat, Play, Sleep routine from Baby Wise on his own. I have been too overwhelmed to give it much thought so he has made it easy for me.
- He LOVES bath time and doesn't cry at all. He is super patient with Peyton helping me wash him and put lotion on him and just loves to look around at everyone.
- He loves looking at his sister and is super interested in her whenever she talks and she loves to tell him that it is "ok" and that he is "cute"
- Graham LOVES LOVES LOVES to eat! The only difference in terms of a boy vs a girl so far is how much this kid eats. He wakes up every 3 hours on the dot during the day (sometimes every 2.5 hours) and every 4-4.5 hours at night. He will eat a full feeding each time and then most late afternoon and evening feedings is still needing a supplement of formula (or breast milk if I was able to pump that morning). I am very curious how much he weighs and will see on Tuesday at his two week appointment.
- Boys also like to poop! He has significantly more bowel movements than Peyton and we are flying through diapers...they say you should have 8-10 wet diapers and maybe a couple of poopy ones...well we have 8-10 wet and 8-10 poopy and not at the same time! I am sure that it is TMI but hey it is our blog and our way of remembering what we can use as blackmail when he is a teenager!
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
John has been amazing in taking care of Peyton, helping me out and taking care of me so I can recover and staying up with Graham so I can sleep and getting up every three hours since it is still a little hard for me to get out of bed. He has been working really hard and has been serving us so well. I am sure he is ready to go back to work so he can get a vacation!
I am in love with my two precious children and my wonderful husband. I love it! I never could have imagined when I met John almost 8 years ago that we could be so blessed and we would have these precious gifts!
Saturday, March 12, 2011
The hospital gave us a Congratulations cake with two champagne flutes and sparkling water. I ended up saving it for when Peyton came and told her it was a cake for her......a big sister cake. She was super impressed and proud of her cake. She kept saying..."BIG sister." It was nice to be able to recognize her again the second time she came up and reinforce that she was important too.
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
I was thinking this morning around 2 AM (and discussed the same topic prior to going to bed) when I couldn't sleep and I was thirsty but I couldn't drink anything (or eat after midnight) of how different this whole pregnancy was and that with so much going on in day to day life of being a mom to a toddler plus any other stuff that you are dealing with and lately we have been going through a bunch...you just don't have the chance to sit and dwell and get anxious and the fact that you have done this all before takes the newness out of it. It is a weird feeling. Doctors appointments, shopping, registering, making the nursery and reading baby books all feel like an item on a to-do list because you are just trying to get through your day huge, uncomfortable and pregnant while managing a strong willed and opinionated toddler. And when your pregnancy involves three months of vomiting, three months of cramping and three months of constant monitoring and blood work...it gets old. Don't get me wrong, I feel beyond blessed and am so thankful to be able to become pregnant again and carry this baby to past full term. But I have been so scared that I am never going to have that excited feeling and forget about how I am scared I can't have enough room in my heart to love him like Peyton. So, unlike the first time when you are scared about bringing home a baby, what to do, when to feed him etc, this time it is a different and more complex set of fears and emotions.
Well, today when I finally gave up on sleep around 5 AM I woke up with an anticipation and excitement. I even talked to Graham and told him to get ready because around 9:30 AM someone was pulling him out whether he was awake and ready or not! I can't wait to hold him, I know that God will give me the capacity to love him just as much as Peyton but in different ways and to appreciate the unique man that he will be. I am trusting in God and having faith that He will continue to guide us and give us the right discernment in raising Graham as He has been our source of strength with Peyton. I am ready and so excited and made sure to wear waterproof mascara!
Off we go to the hospital.....
We had a wonderful weekend spending time together and getting ready for the big addition to our family. Sunday, my sister took Peyton to the Rodeo so John and I took the opportunity to go out for brunch together at a place we found in Houston Heights called Java, Java. It was a wonderful way to spend Sunday morning and enjoy each others company and spend some time together. We then visited a couple of furniture stores in the Heights, made our way to Pottery Barn and then headed home to do some housework. Peyton had a blast at the Rodeo and slept for three hours when she got home (in addition to the hour in the car) so she was pooped! When she finally woke up we headed out for Mexican food and I enjoyed fish tacos from my favorite place, La Brisa! Since Peyton slept so much we went to Granny and Papa's for a late night visit and then all went home to bed.
Today Peyton and I had music, finished packing our bags and cleaning up the house and then we went for our final family dinner as a family of three. When John and I went out the night before we had Peyton we went to Saltgrass in Kemah...this time.....because I was tired, didn't want to deal with Peyton and a real restaurant and because I had my fish tacos the night before...we ended up at the glamorous Chick fil A! But we did get a visit from the cow and got our picture with him! Fun memories!
In just a little bit I will be putting my precious daughter to bed knowing that tomorrow I will be the mommy to two precious little children. I am so excited and feel beyond blessed to be adding to our family but at the same time am sad that it will no longer be us three. It is a weird mix of emotions and so hard to explain!
I can't wait to hold Graham, finally see him not on a ultrasound and kiss him! I am also beyond excited about seeing Peyton finally "get" her baby brother and see her grow into her role as a big sister. I know she will do wonderfully and I am excited for her and for Graham. He has a pretty awesome older sister! And I am overjoyed that John gets to have a son and that I get to see him interact with his son! It will be a good day for sure!
Please pray for our family this week though as we are dealing with a wide variety of emotions. Today Cheryl Acord, John's aunt, passed away and our hearts are very heavy with sadness for the loss and for her family. She was a wonderful woman who loved so many and served so many. She was beyond gracious to so many people and such an influential person in John's life and the stories I could say about how she truly helped form him into the man he is today and helped shape his life in the direction it went are numerous. We will miss her terribly and our hearts and prayers are with her husband and three children. The funeral is Wednesday so John will be headed out to Katy to attend that and I hate that I can't be there with him and also say my own goodbyes.
Overall, a week of sadness and loss but excitement and anticipation with the welcoming of Graham. Please pray over tomorrow and the delivery and that he arrives safe and healthy and for my recovery to be smooth and healthy and then pray for Wednesday for John and his family as they say good bye to Cheryl.
We will update tomorrow with pictures of the little guy as soon as we can!
Monday, March 7, 2011
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Ultrasound showed great fluid levels, a healthy placenta, great practice breathing and everything working as it should. My Non Stress Test showed great heart beat variations and contractions every five minutes apart however when she checked everything I have no changes so no worries. Blood pressure was normal for me at this stage and the high risk doctor sent me on my way with instructions to send her a picture of Graham when he comes!
SERIOUSLY GRAHAM!!!!.....you and my body have caused problems constantly this pregnancy and now everything is normal! I just had to laugh when I walked back to my car knowing that I didn't have to visit the hospital today, that I could actually pick up Peyton today from school and that I had a trunk full of bags that just needed to be moved back into the house! So...unless something changes in a week (my water breaks or I start going into labor) we will be meeting Graham next Tuesday morning...oh how unpredictable babies can be!
Peyton - 37 weeks Graham- 37 weeks
Since my Thursday visit to the hospital I have been feeling pretty good until yesterday. Last night I started having discomfort in my lower abdomen and tightening and just feeling awful. I attributed it to doing too much over the weekend and since it didn't get worse I just went to sleep. I woke up this morning, somewhat uncomfortable but nothing too bad and made sure to sleep a bunch today....which meant tons of Dora, Diego and Barney for Peyton. Well, at 4:00 PM today I started having the same pain, discomfort and even started feeling some contractions. They have been coming off and on all night, the pain getting a little more intense but nothing regular and mostly staying in my lower abdomen. I do think that he has dropped a little which is weird since he is breached but even a friend noticed he was lower today so maybe that is what is going on.
Since it hasn't gotten more regular or worse as the night as gone and I have an appointment tomorrow morning, I didn't call my doctor but it makes me feel like my doctor is probably right that he will be coming tomorrow...or I have a week of annoying discomfort, pain and more doctor's appointments. I am fine either way as long as have a healthy little boy in my arms at the end....so....T-minus less than 24 hours or a week.....we will see!