Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Isabelle is 4 Months Old

Isabelle is 4 months old and we continue to love life with 2 kiddos.


Isabelle rolled from her stomach to her back on Sat 5/28 at home for the first time! Rich and I were so excited. She loves to be around people and won't let us eat dinner at the table without her. We used to let her play in the jungle while we ate, but she now wants to be with the family. Generally shes fine sitting in her teddy boucy chair, but some nights she wants to be held.

Isabelle had her 4 month appointment on 5/31. She weighed 12lbs 13oz (21%) and was 25.25 inches long (81%). She is tall and slender like Daddy and big brother!

Isabelle is:
- wears size 1 diapers
- wears size 3 month clothes
- sleeps from 7/730pm - 615am with a dreamfeed at 1030/11pm
- swaddled for sleeping still
- only takes her paci occassionally - sometimes she doesn't want it to fall asleep. She still struggles to get
- LOVES big brother
- loves to swing side to side with Daddy
- facinated with Khan. If he's around and her eyes find her - she will track him and "talk" to him. She would love to get ahold of his tail to taste. Khan on the other hand, always makes sure he is not within reaching distance
- chats all the time with us
- started having a rash on her shoulders - hoping its not exzema.
- loves sitting at the table with us at dinner
- will put weight on her legs when I'm holding her
- Big toothless grins!
- Starting to show signs of teething - drooling
- enjoys the outdoors
- first pool visit 6/3 and 6/5!

For Mothers' Day this year - we had everyone over to our house and grilled salmon. The kiddos got me flowers and daycare gifts.

P-pa and Gamma visited May 21-23 and we all had a great time with them.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

It's a Girl - Isabelle Lindsey - Birth Story

Now that she's 12 weeks old, I should probably write down her birth story.

Some quick background - Due to my c-section with Adrian, our doctor said I was a great candidate for a VBAC.... so long as everything went perfectly! Also, he didn't want me to go much past my due date and would not induce me. So if "Dos" wasn't born by my 40 week appointment (the Monday following my due date), we would schedule another c-section.

I was due on January 30, 2016. At our 39 week appointment on Janaury 25th there was no signs of labor beginning. Really no contactions were happening and my cervix wasn't opened at all! At that appointment we decided to schedule a c-section and our doctor told us he would look at the hospital's schedule and give us a call.

Well after the appointment, Richard and I discussed it some more and decided to give Dos one more weekend before we scheduled anything. Our doctor (who is extremely supportive) thought that was a great idea! I finished up the week and work and my supervisor and VP told me not to come back on Monday ("enjoy the time until baby comes"). I left work with a clean desk expecting to have a c-section the next week because still nothing was happening.

Richard and I had our normal Friday night date night scheduled and decided to go to a movie since it would be the last one for a while. We left Adrian with Noni and off we went with the usual, "love you Adrian, see you in the morning." We went to Tokyo Joe's for dinner and then headed to Cinnebar to watch "The 5th Wave." As we sat down in the theater, I noticed some mild cramping but this was nothing unusual, so I didn't say anything to Richard. The previews started and the cramping continued (again nothing too bad). As the previews were ending though, I had a coughing fit and my water broke (755pm)! I leaned over to Rich:

S - I think my water just broke.
R - Are you sure?
S - Yep, pretty sure. Or I just peed myself A LOT!
R - Why don't you go to the bathroom and check?
S - Ok

And we packed up. Walking out of the theater, contractions started intensely and I had to stop half-way to the bathroom and hold onto the wall. (Rich had gone to tell the theather people what had happened, and wasn't with me). I verified that my water did indeed break... I mean my pants were SOAKED all the way to my knees.... and it was time to go to the hospital. Rich came back and found me leaning against the wall again (contraction) and off we went. Thankfully we had to forsight to ask for a trash bag for his seat - it would have been ruined had we not.

On the way to the hospital, Rich called the doctor and asked me to tell him when a contraction started.... they were 3 minutes part. Neither one of us could believe it! We got to the hospital's ER enterance, walked in, and the ladies at the front desk took one look and me and said "Yep, she's definitely in labor." At which point I burst into tears. They brought a wheelchair and up we went to labor and delivery. All the rooms were full or being cleaned when we arrived, so they took us to the same recovery room that we had been in after Adrian was born and got me hooked up. Already 3 cm dialated at 830pm! Richard called my mom and told her what was happening and asked if she could spend the night with A and then called my sister to bring us the hospital bag (that was at home rather than in the car). About an hour later we were transferred to our room. Upon arriving there, the contractions were about 2 minutes apart and quite intense. I told Rich that I couldn't keep up with this pace and needed the epidural! About that time, I also threw-up all my dinner while having contractions.... but after that, the contractions slowed back done to every 3-4 minutes. I got the epidual and was much happier! Grace and Kyle came by with the bag and chatted for a while. We all laughed that of course I would go into labor during date night. At 1030p, G&K left and the nurse checked me again and I was at 7cm! They told me to get some sleep and they would check back. I really didn't sleep much due to acid reflux and maybe got an hour. At 2am, I was fully dialated! We decided to let me "labor down" for an hour before pushing. Only problem was, the machine to track contractions wasn't registering any and I couldn't feel any! So we turned down the epidural and Dr Yeash had to help me manually feel the contractions. We tried everything, but nothing worked to get the machine to pick them up, so it was time to push (315am) and I had to do it all by feel - no one could help by telling me when was one was coming. After 40 minutes of pushing, our daughter was born at 355am! We had requested that Richard be the one to tell me if it was a boy or girl, so baby comes out and Dr Yeash looks at Richard and says - "So?..." and Richard, in his 4am daze, looks and said "It's a Girl?" Definitely said it as a question - haha! We were both thrilled!! She was immediately put on my chest where she was free to nurse as she wanted. She barely cried and immediately relaxed into me. The nurses were a little concerned about not crying, but eventually she did and the nurses were fine. They were able to do much of the testing and cleaning with her on me... she did poop on me (little stinker!)


Daddy holding his baby girl for the first time!




The next morning - suggling with the baby


After her birth, I learned that I had significant tearing and had a spider vein burst while I was pushing. Dy Yeash had to spend 2 hours sewing me up and could not get one tear to stop bleeding, so had to call in a vascular surgeon. Eventually, they got me all sewed up, but had to "pack the area" with gauze and leave it there for 6 hours to help with the bleeding. While they were sewing me up, Rich called/texted the family.
Meeting Noni

After 2 hours, they took Baby Girl to be weighed and measured - 8lbs 8oz and 21.5 inches long! Perfect! Richard got to hold her for a bit then we all crashed at 615am. I slept until 730 am and baby girl was ready to eat again.

Like with Adrian, we didn't finalize her name for 24 hours... but we were pretty sure it would be Isabelle. Her middle name took forever to decide on and we ulimately let Adrian decide (between Lindsey, Sophia, or Paige - otherwise he would have chosen something like Carter or Spiderman).



Ready to go home

Isabelle and I stayed one night at the hospital and we decided to go home on Sunday before a big snowstorm hit. Saturday night I send Richard home so he could be with Adrian!





Baby Girl at home

Isabelle - 2 & 3 Months

Wow... so she'll be 3 months on Saturday, so I better write down her 2 month stats so I don't forget:

At her 8 week appointment, Isabelle weighed 10lbs 10 oz (30%) and was 24" long (97%).




At 2 months:
- Isabelle wears size 1 diapers
- Wears size 3M clothes
- Eats every 3 hours starting at 630am
- Started smiling!
- I declared her officially sleeping through the night at 8 weeks (though she sometimes wakes jsut to suck on something)
- Bedtime is between 730 and 8 pm with a dreamfeed at 1030p or 11p
- Still sleeping in the bassinet next to Mommy
- Continues to have a bottle at night with Daddy























At 3 months:
- Smiles
- LOVES her big brother. She lights up when she sees him and tracks him around the room. The love is mutual - Adrian adores Isabelle and is so excited when he can get her to smile
 - Coos and talks to us!
- Started daycare on 4/25
- Loves her jungle and teddy seat. She has times where she tells us to put her down (don't hold me - I want to play)
- Found her hands and the kitty
- Enjoys her bath, but HATES getting out and having lotion put on
- Does great in the car seat and will generally fall asleep. This is great since we have a long drive to daycare (25 mins)
- Still sleeping in the bassinet next to Mommy


During my last 3 weeks of maternity leave, I noticed that Isabelle only wanted to eat from the right side, so I started going to a lactation group to have her weighed... while this was good, it initally caused more stress since their scale is different from our doctors. The difference in scale showed that she only gains 1 oz in 5 days (yikes) I took her to the doctor the next day (9 weeks old) and she weighted 10 lbs 15oz ( a gain of 4 oz during the week). Much better and I was relieved. I started to feed her on the left side first everytime and then the right and she eats just fine.










Thursday, March 3, 2016

Isabelle - 1 month

wears size 1 diapers
outgrew newborn clothes at 3.5 weeks
wears 0-3/ 3 month clothes
wakes once during the night
sucks on her fingers
always happy unless she's tired
smiled at daddy on 3/3
has a little headcold and will sneeze twice then coo
loves to snuggle
loves hanging out in her jungle
swaddle for all naps/sleeping
eats every 3 hours during the day
Adrian adores her - "my baby" "precious baby girl" "awe baby girl" "too little to go to Sandi's"

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Big Brother Adrian!

As always, it's been a long time. But happy news to share - Adrian will be a big brother in January! I'm 20 weeks along and baby is perfect - we could not be happier. We also bought a new house!

I had a few blog posts drafted, but never posted them. One was about our miscarriage last year. I feel as though I should spend a brief bit of time discussing it. Last October, we went in for our first pre-natal appointment only to find that the baby was measuring small, no movement, and no heartbeat. We lost our child and with that a piece of our hearts. We'll never know the gender or what was wrong. I think coming off that experience, we've been slow to share the news of a new baby and definitely had anxiety the first trimester. 

With this baby, whom P-pa has decided to call "Dos," we had bloodwork done at 10 weeks and Baby's DNA is perfect. We could have found out the gender, but have decided to wait until the birth. Off subject, but how amazing is it that science has progressed to the point where it can isolate Baby's DNA from my blood!

With that, I'll start doing some pregnancy updates as I have enjoyed those from Adrian. 

20 Weeks Along ... 1/2 Way

This pregnancy is flying by and luckily I have felt great. Like Adrian, I didn't have any morning sickness, but am already experiencing acid reflux. My baby bump definitely pooped out eariler than last time (as I expected), and I'm already feeling baby move (starting at 18 weeks). I'm still doing BodyPump 1-2 days a week and feel great. I spent the first trimester exhausted. Seriously, I would Adrian to bed at 7pm and then myself to bed by 7:30/8pm most nights. So far in the second trimester, I've had more energy but still like a nap or early bedtime a few days a week. I've also gained 10 pounds so far - right on schedule for the 30 pound "goal"


size of baby?
Baby is about 10 1/2 oz now and 10 inches from head to heel. About the size of a banana. This week marks the change from measuring head to bottom to measuring head to heel :) 

what's going on in there?

Baby is practicing swallowing and is now producing meconium (black poo that is first seen with new borns).

maternity clothes? 

Yep - I started pretty early on the maternity pants and shorts. I can still get away with some non-maternity shirts, but I'm going for comfort these days. Thus far I've only bought 1 pair of jeans and 1 pair of shorts. I'm sure I'll be buying more, but I still have all the maternity clothes from my pregnancy with Adrian. 

stretch marks? 

I don't think I have any new ones. Some developed after Adrian was born, but honestly, they don't bug me. I'm putting lotion on a few days a week but not worrying about it.

movement? 

Baby is a mover - just like big borther!

food cravings? 


Bananas, sweets, mexican food!

anything making you queasy or sick? 

No!

what I miss? 

It's my favorite time of year for fall beers - so I'm missing the pumpkin beers and a glass of wine after a long day

nausea/vomiting?  

Thankfully, no.

symptoms? 

Sporting a little baby bump and acid reflux

labor signs? 

No - and hopefully not for a while

gender? 

Surprise!

belly button in or out?

In, but starting to flatten out

wedding rings on or off? 

On - haven't started swelling yet

sleep?

I'm a professional sleeper! I hate having to sleep on my sides, but it's not preventing me from sleeping. 

19 weeks | 11 weeks

Monday, May 18, 2015

Funny things said by my 3 year old....

"I not talking you" - when he's mad at us

"Thank you your 'pinion" - in adult.. thank you for your opinion

DIdn't want to forget these gems :)

Loving backhoe loaders, airplanes, trains, and the POOL

a little conversation:
"Noni, we go you pool?"
"Well bud, the pool isn't open yet. There is no water in it."
- taking his watering can (12oz), "That okay - I fill it"
Yep buddy, if you start now, you'll have the pool ready by September

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

2 Years Old

Adrian turned 2 on Feb 10th and I wanted to write down some of the things he says and does so we don't forget. In looking through pics to add since I last posted, there are a ton! I won't include them all :)
Elmo Birthday Cake - Thanks Gaga!

We had his 2 year doc appointment and kiddo is 24.4lbs (9%)  for weight and 34 inches tall (61%). Assuming that you double your height at 2, then Adrian will be approximately 5'10". I suspect he'll be taller than that, but we'll see.
We're at the stage that I can't get a non-blurry pic

Since my last posting, Adrian has taken off in terms of activity and development. He has 2 speeds, running and sleeping. It's rare to catch him in between those 2.
First haircut - 8/25/2013

Adrian:
- has all his teeth!
- can count to 20 (with some help)
- loves the number 8
- knows all his ABC's and points them out. Right now W is a favorite
- knows many shapes: square, triangle, circle, oval, star, heart
- loves Elmo and Callou (tv shows)

Feeding Khan
Favorite books:
- Chicka-Chicka Boom Boom (aka Boom Boom)
- I'll love you forever (aka Grew)
- Oh Baby, Go Baby (aka Baby)
- On the night you were born (aka Bears)

 With Nana
Playing Piano with Aunt Kim

Some of the things he says (so I remember how he said them):
- You me (excuse me)
- Taunk oo (Thank you)
- Nana (banana)
Taking the train this past summer                       Petting Zoo at Broomfield Days

He has started out to be a true 2 year old. We hear almost daily, "No, Mine!" He wants to do everything himself, but he also wants to play with us. The other night, we were playing and Richard changed it up and Adrian told him "No, Look" and pointed to where Daddy was supposed to look.

Pic with Mommy


Allergy testing (round 1) - he was such a champ!

In November, Adrian had an allergic reaction to peanut butter at daycare causing a trip to urgent care. He was fine after some medicine, but it resulted in a trip to the allergist. As we assumed, he is allergic to milk, peanuts, all tree nuts, seasame oil/seeds, cats, and dogs. Poor kiddo - but he did great. They finished the testing and once we got home, I realized they didn't test for the evironmental items, so we had to go back the next day for round 2, again, he did great. We got to watch Elmo while we waited, so Adrian was a happy kid. Since then, we have discovered Sunflower butter as a substitute for peanut/almond butter and we have to read all the ingredient listings on everything! There have been a few times that we've messed this up and caused a minor reaction. Luckily, it's not life threatening if he only has a little bit, but we still have an epi-pen with us all this time.