Squirmy Mc Wormy

Just dropping in to give an update on things around here! Who new there would be so little time when all Henry does is eat, sleep and poop 🙂

Eating: Henry has no problem in the eating department! Nursing is going very well and he is packing on the pounds. He was weighed at a newborn class last Wednesday and was up to 8.10 pounds. At our three week appointment this Friday I bet he will surpass 9 lbs. There goes the newborn size clothes!

MC Hammer pants

MC Hammer pants

Sleeping: Henry takes after me and my ability to nap. We’ve been so lucky and have gotten at least one 4-hr stretch each night between feedings. However, the feeding, diaper change, back to sleep process takes 30-40 minutes. So we’re getting about 3 hours of sleep. Otherwise he consistently gives us 3 hours from one feeding to the next which is more than a few other new parents can say so we know we’re lucky! An average night may look like this: Eat at 6:45pm then again at 7:45pm. Dr calls this cluster feeding and he is stocking up on calories for bedtime. I go to bed at 8:30 and wake up at 12pm to loud grunting and sucking noises (Henry sucking on his hand means he’s hungry!). He is not a crier so I don’t think he’s ever actually woken us up by crying (so nice!) Anthony or I will change his diaper then he will feed for about 15-20 minutes plus some burp breaks. Often times he falls back asleep or sometimes we will rock/sway him before putting him back down. Repeat process again at 3:30am then again around 6:30am. Don’t get me wrong though, there have been some nights when it takes over an hour to feed, change his diaper again, burp, feed a bit more then rock him back to sleep!

Henry's snowsuit for Michigan!

Henry’s snowsuit for Michigan!

Personality: Henry is very “vocal” as the doctor puts it! He makes ALL sorts of noises and is very squirmy! Hence the title “Squirmy mc Wormy” 🙂 He is currently sleeping in a bassinet in our bedroom and he grunts, smacks his lips, peeps, and moves all around as he is falling back asleep. It’s quite humorous! We are seeing longer stretches with Henry awake which is fun. He loves looking at the ceiling fan, lights and TV. He’s not so keen on reading books yet so we’ll save that for month 2 🙂

Baby wearing and getting things done!

Baby wearing and getting things done!

Mom: After not resting too much our first days home my body was paying for it. So I finally got the hint and took it easy. A few days with my feet up and I felt back to normal. I was able to start back with long walks, which puts Henry right to sleep, and gets me out of the house. In the last few days I’ve been able to venture out for 30 minutes on my own and have started jogging again. It feels fantastic to sweat again! My abs feel very weak so I will slowly start to incorporate some planks into my schedule a few times a week to build my core strength back up. It will be a few weeks still before I can swim but I’m looking forward to it. Don’t worry, everything in moderation. I certainly am not exercising to lose weight and I definitely want to make sure I rest and have enough energy for Henry. Exercise keeps me sane though and the sun shine and movement make me feel good so I try and incorporate something each day.

My walking buddy

My walking buddy

Visitors: My mother in law and parents came to help this week while Anthony has his last long work week on the road. It was so nice to have help around the house, with meals and taking Henry for a bit so I can get outside or shower. We were able to venture out and my parents and I went out to dinner for the first time and my MIL and I went to the mall Monday morning.

Dad and Henry

Dad and Henry

Getting out of the house: Besides lots of walks I’ve been able to start getting out of the house including a coffee stop, a trip to Target to get diapers, out to dinner and even the mall. We have to be careful of particularly germy places and after attending a newborn class at our pediatricians I got some clear instructions on where and when I can venture out in these first weeks. Church is off limits for a while. She recommended keeping him covered when we’re out and about so for the most past we’re able to keep him in his car seat with a light cover over him. Sitting away from others and going places at off times, when there aren’t a lot of other people around help too. Visitors at the house is a little hairy because we have no schedule and I need to be able to feed him at any moment. Thankfully the few friends that have stopped by stay only for a few minutes to drop off food and one girlfriend has even come over to run Dixie a few times 🙂

 

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We have a Henry!

Henry Green was welcomed into the world on Friday, October 10th at 4:16am. Weighing in a 7lbs 5 oz. we are smitten with all 20.5 inches of him.

At our 41 week appointment we had a stress test that revealed he was happy as a clam but the ultra sound left the doctor worried.

41weeks

41 weeks!

I had very low amnionic fluid levels and after consulting with the doctor he said it was time for baby to come. Waiting through the weekend to see if he would get labor going on his own would only mean fluid levels would continue to drop. So Anthony and I headed out to breakfast, grabbed our bags, played with the dog and headed back to the hospital at about noon on Thursday. I was actually having regular contractions on my own all morning and when I was hooked up to Pitocin at 4:45pm my body kicked right now. However hours later I knew I couldn’t handle the waves of contractions coming every two minutes apart. I was only three centimeters dilated and had a long way to go still.

The decision to get the epidural was a good one and soon after I had progressed to 5cm. Anthony and I then were able to rest/doze from about 1am – 2am at which point the nurse said I was 10cm! The epidural truly allowed me to rest, stop fighting the pain and my body reacted accordingly. At 2:30 I started pushing and at 4:16am the doctor announce we had a boy! Anthony was a great cheer leader and excitedly announced “We have a Henry!”

After nearly 40 hours awake we finally got to sleep some when we got to our room Friday morning. We stayed Friday night and Saturday night. Although we were ready to go home we got lots of help from the lactation consultants (who came to our room at 1:30am to help with feeding!) and the nurses were fantastic! So far Henry has his Dad’s longs legs and his mother’s love for napping (thank goodness!)

Here’s some pictures from the hospital and I’ll do another post about our first week home….

First family photo!

First family photo!

Proud Dad!

Proud Dad!

snuggle time

Sleep deprived but happy

Sleep deprived but happy

black and white

Look at those lips :)

Look at those lips 🙂

Over due update

Pun intended 🙂

Friday marked our due date. Officially 40 weeks. Here’s some update:

1. I made it my goal that if I made it to my due date, because it fell on a Friday, that I would make it to morning practice. I’ve done plenty of swimming but sleep is hard to come by so I usually go and swim on my own a little later in the morning (aka not at 5:30!). So Friday I went and swam 6:30 to 7:30 to overlap with the team and it was so fun. Unbeknownst to me one of my teammates took a video of me swimming. She thought it was awesome I can still do flip turns although they look more like donuts now! Here’s a YouTube link.

1. Weight and tummy measurements have plateaued. Typically Dr. likes my tummy to measure as many centimeters as weeks along. However, towards the end as baby move lower and lower into my pelvis  my tummy doesn’t  expand out as much. This last appointment I measured 37 cm which is totally normal.  Although baby will still pack on ounces (and pounds) I have slowed. The last four weeks or so I’ve stayed almost exactly the same and lost a pound or two from one appt. to another. Also totally normal…..I may stay under 160 lbs 🙂

2. I’m dilated 1 cm and about 50% effaced. This is good news because my body is making progress. Doctors won’t let women go beyond 42 weeks though so now the time is ticking. We have the option to be induced at any point now but we’ll continue on as a lot can change in the next 10 days.

Our next appointment at 41 weeks involves a non-stress test and a ultra sound. They monitor baby’s heartbeat for 20 minutes and also use the ultra sound to check for fluid levels. If we surpass 41 weeks we will have to schedule an induction which would involve Pitocin to start contractions and they would also break my water. This is our last choice as we’d really like baby to initiate labor. Doctor said I’m a good candidate for induction and the chances of ending in a C-section is low because I have made some progress on my own. The idea of having to be induced definitely brings on anxiety for me so we’ll take all the thoughts and prayers to help baby come on his or her own.

3. It was very surreal hitting our due date.  Although it was fun when a few people asked when I was due and I could say “today”, I’m glad the day is over. I think “due week” would be much nicer than “due date”. It wouldn’t put so much emphasis on one day!

4. Anthony took a few days off last week so we have thoroughly enjoyed spending time together. We watched movies, cooked, went out to dinner, shopped, played with the dog, slept in and although would rather have baby here, have really enjoyed spending time together!

5. I’m still baking…spiced pumpkin bread just came out of the oven #nesting

On our way to 40 weeks….

Our 39 week appointment started out with our doctor saying, ‘Well don’t get discouraged if you see your due date or a few days past it.” Well we weren’t exactly holding our breath but I guess we needed to hear it. There’s been some minor progress in terms of dilation and effacement so Dr. said that it looks like those contractions I’ve been having have been doing their job.

Everything else was fine as usual so on to our 40 wk. appointment this Friday (which is our due date!) unless baby decides to make his or her grand entrance. So to pass the time I baked another loaf of banana bread, this time with a super ripe banana and cinnamon apple sauce. I also had some great workouts including a two mile swim and a few walks over 3 miles. Work and grad school keep me busy too so there’s not too much down time.

Saturday our friends Roger and Holly came over with their new baby Roger (3 weeks) and 2 year old Taylor. The dads watched football and Holly and I walked to the nature park with the two kiddos. Anthony did get a diaper tutorial too which was cute!

Oh and I can’t forget my Saturday night crafts 🙂 Nothing too involved but I painted a paper mache pumpkin and strung up some cute acorn bells.

crafts

We also put out some mums and a pumpkin on our front porch!

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P1000162P1000166P1000168Woah belly! 🙂

So we’re just staying busy around here. I’m trying to stay a few days ahead in school work and thankfully my groups are very understanding that I will be unavailable for a few days. I’ve also compiled my list of work “go to’s” for while I’m out.

This week we’re treating ourselves to a good house cleaning. Maybe a scrubbed house from top to bottom with encourage baby to come! I found a highly rated cleaning service and they’ll come tomorrow morning to give us a good fall cleaning.

I may or may not be nesting

Although I have not found myself cleaning obscure things I had the strong desire to bake this week. After finding some pumpkin bread recipes I headed to the grocery store but ended up coming back with banana bread ingredients instead. I made the first loaf subbing cinnamon apple sauce in for oil and added walnuts. Anthony and I both liked the addition of walnuts so next loaf I might repeat those but plan to add one super ripe banana. Maybe sub Greek yogurt for the oil or repeat the apple sauce. Yum-Yum!

I also tried out a new recipe I found on Runner’s World’s website. After baking up sweet potato wedges I tossed them into chopped up kale, a bit of salt n pepper and goat cheese! A drizzle of balsamic dressing and wahla! Delish!

kale salad

Our appointment went well last Friday but baby still has a long ways to drop. So not unlike last week, I will continue to walk, walk, walk and sit on the birthing ball. I can feel things changing every day. My hips and lower back are getting ready and I have felt somewhat achy on and off the last week. I feel ok for being 38+ weeks pregnant but I’d be lying if I didn’t say I’m glad we’re at the end!

We had a fun time with friends over on Saturday night. We grilled up BBQ chicken to go with my kale salad and we also dined on pasta salad and corn puff! We got out the corn hole boards in the front yard during half time and had a great time laughing with friends. Pretty soon our weekends will take on a different tune…or at least a more quiet one!

Whenever baby decides to get here we’ve got Clemson onsies ready! We had a lot of plain white onsies and for $4 I ordered five little Clemson iron-on paws. In the next few weeks Anthony will have another Clemson fan in the house all ready for game day 🙂

Clemson onsies

Also, Dixie LOVES the new carpet we got for the baby area in our family room. We didn’t have the heart to tell her it wasn’t for her and I don’t blame her for using it-it’s REALLY soft!

38+ weeks

My pregnancy app officially says 1 week, 5 days!!!

What’s in our hospital bag?

Have I mentioned that we’re ready for baby? 🙂 Last weekend I set out to pack our hospital bag. I got some great advice from friends and I Googled “what to pack” as well so I think I’ve got everything covered. I’ve been told you don’t walk out there looking anything less than six months pregnant so I pretty much stuck to comfortable things I’ve worn during pregnancy.

1. Two pairs of lounge/yoga pants, two comfy tops and a maternity sweatshirt

2. Two nursing tanks

3. My favorite slippers

4. Change of clothes for Anthony (spare T-shirt and shorts and a some sort of button down shirt so he can enjoy skin to skin time with baby too)

5. Toiletries so that maybe I can look halfway decent walking out of there or for a few photos…or at least brush my teeth 🙂

6. Baby gear- Two outfit options, socks and hats and two blankets

7. Goody bag for Anthony (I don’t think he reads this very often so I’ll go ahead and post this). I got him a few treats and a GQ magazine to read as there may be some down time. Also, I ordered some little iron-on Clemson paws. If they get here in time I’m going to iron one on a onsie and put that in his surprise bag.

paw patch

8. Chapstick-I’ve heard from a few people that lips cant get chapped from all the huffing and puffing!

9. Snacks (granola bars, an empty water bottle or two) and I hope to stash a few pieces of fruit as we head out the door

10. Real camera

11. Phone chargers

Car seat

I got the car seat installed today too! Anthony took my car Monday to get it super, duper cleaned/scrubbed/de-haired/vacuumed and we were going to go on Tuesday to install it but wouldn’t ya know the car seat guy at the hospital doesn’t work Tuesdays. I didn’t want to put it off anymore so I went over there today. My jeep actually has special hooks meant for car seats so we don’t even have to mess with the seat belt. I also picked up the second base for Anthony’s car so that we have one in both cars.

I’ve gotten asked over the past few days if I’ve been having contractions. Although I can’t say definitely, there seems to be some sporadic mild cramps every now and then. That could continue for weeks so I’m not over thinking it but I’m making sure to take notice. At some point those “sporadic” cramps may not get so sporadic! Anthony is doing his last few nights away although not too far and checks in a lot. His phone is always on and he made me promise to call him even if I have a half an inkling something is happening and he will hop in the car and head home. He’d much rather it be a false alarm and drive home then the alternative 🙂

38 week appointment is Friday. Until then I’ll just keep swimming and walking and resting and eating and trying to sleep!