Thursday, February 26, 2009

3 weeks

The long awaited three weeks has come. Well technically I saw Lily's first seizure on three weeks, two days but we were pretty sure she was having them before those full body convulsions, so I think I can start breathing a little easier. Oliver is well. NOT having seizures and seems to be getting more alert and stronger by the day. I really love having a son. I know right now the sex doesn't matter much, they just eat, sleep, poop and pee but something about him just makes me so happy. So complete now. I love that we decided to have one more baby. I won't lie, it is hard at times. He is up every two hours at night and he gets up up around 4-5am and is hard to get back to sleep, when he is back to sleep it is time to get up with Lily and get her on the bus. Then Andi wakes up while getting Lily ready and she needs to be fed as well. Well she kinda gets the short end of the stick and gets thrown some toast or something, but I pay more attention to her after Lily is on the bus. But it is more work with far less sleep so it isn't easy, but I know this too will pass. He will slowly start to sleep longer and then he will get bigger and bigger and need me less and less. I think this is what being a parent for a third time does to you, you take a lot less for granted. Right now I have Oliver on my chest while Andi watches Yo Gabba Gabba. Should I put him down, probably, but this baby smell doesn't last very long and well my desire to smell him is far stronger than my desire to get up and fold laundry.
It's Andrew's birthday today! Big 27! Such a young whipper snapper! 27 with 3 kids. He has grown up so much in our marriage and I am so proud of the man he has become. I am so thankful that he is my kids dad!
The girls are good. Lily is healthy finally, no more runny nose. Andi got it though, she has an ear infection. I took her with me to Oliver's check up and had the Dr. check her out. You'd never know it though, she is so not acting sick. Oliver weighed 10 lbs! Holy crap! He is growing like a weed already! He is almost out of his 0-3 month clothes already. He is so tall.
What a messy post. Oh well, I have an excuse. I'm tired.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

12 Days

All is well. I had a scare on Friday with some crazy bleeding and ended up in the ER. Thankfully my body was doing what it was supposed to and I didn't have to have a D&C like the ER Doc said I would.
Otherwise we are all well. This was the first morning I had to get up at 7am and get Lily ready and on the bus. Except for forgetting her shoes for her AFO's, I did really well. Her hair could have been cuter, but all in all it went well.
Everyone is doing well. Andi has been so good these last few days. She has been very helpful and has been really bonding with Andrew, which is something they both needed to do. She has always been such a mama's girl she would push him away, but lately she let him put her to bed (never happened before) and she wants to go places with him!
Andrew took Lily to horse therapy yesterday and he took both girls to Lily's neuro apt so I could get some sleep! He also cleaned the kitchen last night and painted Andi's finer nails and toes! How did I luck out with such an amazing husband and father to our kids?!?!
Just wanted to check in...Oliver's demanding to be fed.. must take care of him and his need for the human milk factory.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

One week already!

So baby Oliver is one week old today already. Crazy how time flies. No one has found that pause button yet?
Grandma has been in town since Sat and goes back tomorrow so next week will be my time to figure how our mornings will go. I am concerned. As of right now we are eating or sleeping when Lily gets on the bus. But I am sure I will be just fine. Her hair just might not look it's best for a little while.
As much as I LOVE this newborn stage, it is a little difficult when your firstborn had seizures. Every freaking move a newborn makes is similar to a seizure. Their eyes roll, their hands flail out, they just do crazy things. Now my rational mind says it is all natural reflexes and that side does pacify me 95% of the time, but of course that 5% thinks, did Lily do that?
I do however know what a seizure looks like and know that he is not having them. My heart just skips a beat sometimes. I remember doing that with Andi. I was worse with Andi. I never put her down. I put her in the bassinet Lily used (the one I found Lily seizing in for the first time) and my stomach got sick, I took her out and disassembled the thing and we never saw it again. She was held 24/7, by 4 weeks I started to relax but she was so used to being held, I still hold her...sigh. At least I have this little guy in the swing and (new) bassinet (co-sleeper) in our room.
I just wanted to post that we are all doing well and adjusting. Andi has been throwing a few fits that is a bit exhausting. I am doing my best to still do the same bedtime routine and etc and I am sure it will be better when I am not as uncomfortable downstairs. And when I decide to finally get out of the house. I am too nervous, so many people still have colds and flu's right now, I am not risking RSV. So I am sure we will get this whole three kids thing figured out soon enough. It takes time.
I can't dismiss my husband! If it weren't for him this would be a lot harder. He is so incredible and so in love with his son. He has been very helpful and I am blessed for such an awesome husband! Uh oh someone is fussing. He sure wakes up crabby.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Welcome Oliver!

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I will post the link to the hospital pictures since, well some of you really don't care about the gory details and just want to see this little sweet piece of heaven. For the rest of you.... here is how it happened.

Tuesday I started feeling weird. I couldn't quite explain it. Just weird. Keep in mind I have never gone into labor naturally. So we went about our day. Lily stayed home sick so I couldn't go into work. There was a great deal at a furniture store so after Lily's dr. apt (just something viral, low grade fever, runny nose and cough) we went to the furniture store. I was thinking I was having contractions, but wasn't quite sure. We buy a couch set, something we have wanted to do for years now. My sister was kind enough to give us her nice sectional when we got married, but after years of animal and kids, we wanted/needed leather. So we got our couches! The girls were good at the store, Lily mostly slept, Andi mostly asked for stuff she couldn't have. I was still feeling weird. I got loose bowels (gross I know) but figured that is why I was crampy and we went home. Lily's nurse was there to watch Lily and I lied down. Then I started having more contractions. I figured I better walk around and see if they would stop but they didn't. They never intensified either though. I called my mom and said stay by the phone, I may be calling. I decided to try to sleep and hopefully go in on Wednesday morning. I slept fairly easily and only got up from 2-4am because I was uncomfortable, but then went on back to sleep. I got up with less contractions, checked Lily she still had a low grade fever, called her in sick, told work I wouldn't be able to make it in, since Lily was home and her nurse couldn't come until 1:30pm. I said I would come in on Thursday, I just needed to make sure my sister was ready to take over my position. I said since the contractions had almost all but halted I was sure I would just have my c-section on Friday. I was disappointed. I figured I didn't know my body. I figured natural labor is for other woman. I asked Andrew to watch the girls and I got my toes done. My favorite all time pick me up. Then had to go to the grocery store for a couple things and I wondered down the laxative aisle and still having a text message on my phone from a friend encouraging me to try castor oil. I picked up the little bottle. Then I sat it back down. Then I grabbed it and ran to the cash register.
I got home and read all I could on the internet about it. I saw some sites recommended 2 tbs, some 2 oz. Well one wiff of that stuff I knew 2 oz was ridiculous. I am also such a scardy cat with taking anything that I was nervous, so I decided on 1.5 tbs. I mixed it with root beer and ice cream (my friends suggestion) and chugged, gagged and chugged. Spoke with friend who said I didn't take enough and debated on taking more and realized I wasn't that desperate. I didn't want to mess myself up. Plus I already have a sensitive stomach, I didn't want to be pooping all day long. I read it takes hours to go into effect so I took the girls for a walk to the park. While at the park I walked in circles around the park equipment and all of a sudden rumble goes in my tummy. I tell Andi we have to go home and we will come right back. It was only within 30 minutes of taking that stuff! After some arguing with Andi I practically ran home with Andi on Lily's lap. I get home and run to the toilet. I told Andrew, no cramps. No contractions. I probably didn't take enough and now just have an empty tummy. We decide to walk back to the park and I walked and walked more. We got home and I had to go a couple more times, yet I never had the diarrhea stomach cramps, I just had to go a couple times then I lied down. Then the contractions came on. This was about 2pm on Wednesday and after being so uncomfortable lying down I got up and walked. They were still coming on but harder than Tuesday. I walked, I lied down, I got on facebook. I walked more around the house. I read some of my books when to go to the hospital. They mostly said if I can talk thru the contractions I can wait at home. I walked, I lied down. I did laundry. I got on facebook some more. They started coming harder and more often but I could still talk thru them. Then I went to the bathroom and saw pink in my underwear. Then I called my mom. I said I don't know if they will send me home but I better go in. My book said if you have pink blood that is real labor. She said she was about 40 min away. I packed remaining stuff and talked to the girls. I took one bite of dinner and started to really hurt. They were coming on top of each other, but I could still talk thru them. Although winded.
We head to the hospital at 6:30pm and by 7:30pm I am in triage and they check me and say, "Wow, you are at 5cm. Good job!" I say "but I can still talk through them!" I swear if I didn't have pink blood I wouldn't have gone in for a couple more hours. They get me up to labor and delivery. I text everyone and say he's coming! We call my mom and she came to the hospital with Andi. We decided we would have her in the room. We told my niece that she could come as well. I was 18 when I saw my sister's youngest born and it was a neat experience. My aunt Gloria came to our house to stay with sleeping Lily.
They called my OB who was not on call and he came in. Although I didn't feel I needed an epidural yet they said since I was a VBAC if I didn't get one I would be put out if I had to have a c-section. Knowing a c-section was a possibility I got it.
I actually missed my contractions, weird I know, but I liked knowing how often and how hard and I felt so numb that I wasn't in labor at all.
At 10:30pm Dr came in and broke my water. Oliver was having a hard time with my contractions and they gave me oxygen. That was when I started to worry. I said "I have one neuro impaired kid if you need to take him out, take him out". The nurse said she understood and stayed in the room the whole time monitoring us, changing my positions. Then she said "I am going to check you, I think he was in distress because he was coming down", sure enough I was complete and started pushing at 11:45pm. Epi was way too strong and I had no knowledge of needing to push and also had a hard time pushing where I needed to. Luckily I figured it out quickly and at 12:13am Feb. 5th 2009 Oliver Isaac Steven came into this world kicking and screaming weighing in at 8lbs 6oz and 21"! His apgars were 9 and 9 and he is perfect. We stored his cord blood and hope one day he may be able to help his sister out! Or if God forbid anyone else.
Andi did awesome, She slept in the recliner from 9:30pm to pushing time. She was so mature and so proud of her brother. She got emotional when she had to go home which made me sad, but she did great. Oliver came out pretty fast and that tore me up, but still I'll take that over a c-section any day. I told Andrew "let's do this one more time with out the epi" he said "no".
It was a long night, we didn't get to post partum until 5am so not much sleep that night. Oliver nursed awesome right from the start! He was really alert his first few hours then slept for what seemed forever. Then was alert all the next night. Yeah! No sleep again. He got circumcised Friday at noon :( which broke my heart and kept him asleep most of the rest of the day. We went home at 6pm last night and guess when he was awake and alert? All night long. Yeah! Hoping you can see I still have a sense of humor ;)
Andrew took him after I nursed him at 5am and I got the most sleep from 5am-7:45am.
We seem to be handling the family of 5 so far so good. Oliver is such a peaceful baby. So unlike both girls. Andi has been a little trying with wanting to hold him all time and she did not want to sleep in her room last night, but I understand things are going to take time to adjust. Lily's nurse is coming today and Andi gets to go ride a horse with daddy today so that will be my rest time. Grandma Cheryl flies in tonight so I know she will help a lot with the girls this week. My biggest concern is getting Lily on the bus on time with another mouth to feed in the morning, so I am glad for the extra help!
So this may sound rambly and disjointed, but I wanted to write this all down while it is fresh in my head.
I can't believe what a good nurser he is! My milk is in and both girls would gag and cry when it let down but not him, he just takes it down! Such a cool little dude. We feel so complete and I am so glad God gave us a son. I was nervous at the thought of a boy, but am now so excited to experience what he will bring.
I just want to know where the pause button on life is. If anyone knows let me know.

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