Friday, December 16, 2011

The Truth about Life Post Delivery

I cannot believe that I'm going to write this.

This is TMI to the max.

If you are a guy, you should probably skip this post.

However, I'm going to share about this because NO ONE warned me about what happens AFTER delivery.

People warn you about the epidural, the contractions, the love you will immediately feel for your child, but no one prepares you for what is to come during the first few weeks at home.

For example-- remember how RAD it was that you didn't have your period for 10 months? Well, after you have a baby you have the equivalent of 10 periods in one day and this bloody mess can last for up to 6 weeks. I was warned to buy pads, but I didn't think I'd have to live in them for 4+ weeks. Seriously, do you know how appealing it is to use your sons diaper rash cream after you've lived in a pad for 28 days (that is a joke- I didn't actually use it)? TMI, I know. But I really wish that someone had warned me for just how bloody things would be following birth and delivery. Consider yourself warned soon to be mamas and invest in puppy pee pads (they seriously make you lay on them in the hospital the entire time you are there), depends and/or huge pads. Steal the mesh underwear and ask for more before you leave.

Another warning- Don't look down for a long time. A deflated baby bump is depressing and ugly. Your stomach will look and move like a jello jiggler. I didn't expect to look hot in the stomach area immediately following birth, but I was not expecting the sheer magnitude of the jiggliness.

Also, the baby blues. I heard about them, but that shit is no joke. I'm not a crier. Having a baby turned me into a crier. I cried fifty times a day for the first few weeks. I cried because John looked at me, I cried because John didn't look at me, I cried because I put on my seatbelt, I cried because I was eating cookies. I cried because I loved my son so incredibly much. I honestly thought I was on the fast track to crazy town. I am here to tell you that it does go away, and that I can get through a day without crying (WAHOO), but don't be surprised if you are an emotional mess after birth.

Child birth is no joke. If you weren't emotional about it it would be weird. Thankfully, childbirth amnesia is a real thing (and probably why no one warns you about the blood, ugly stomach and tears- they forgot about it). Nowadays, I tell my birth story with a huge goofy grin on my face and I'd do it again tomorrow!

Thank god for pregnancy amnesia.

Monday, December 12, 2011

One Month Update

{I'm going to write a monthly update -- and I hope to one day print them out and bound them in a book for my baby}

Dearest Grayson,

You are one month old as of December 10, 2011. My little baby is growing up and this was quite honestly the fastest month of my entire life.

Grayson, you are the light of our lives. I was so nervous about your birth and taking care of a little one, but the moment we set eyes on you all of our fears just melted away. I wake up everyday and thank my lucky stars for the opportunity to be your mother. I feel like the luckiest person in the world to have you as my son.

When you were born, you weighed 8lbs, 9oz and were a total chunkster. When we left the hospital you weighed 7lbs, 11oz (just like me when I was born). Two and a half weeks later you were back up to 8lbs, 10oz. I bet you are closing on 10lbs now, but we won't know for sure until the 13th of December! You eat like a champ and breastfeeding is going very well. When you turned 3.5 weeks old we let daddy give you a bottle of breast milk and I was able to have 5 straight hours of sleep. That rejuvenated me for an entire week!

You grew out of newborn diapers at 2.5 weeks old, but you still wear most of your newborn clothing. You are starting to grow into your 0-3 month clothing and it has opened so many doors for you in the fashion department. =)

Your sleeping habits improve every day. The first 3 weeks were pretty rough and you thought that 11pm-2am was party time! You still only sleep in stretches of 2-3 hours, but you are starting to go down easier after each feeding in the middle of the night.

You are absolutely adorable and have eyes that are as blue as the ocean. They may still change, but daddy and I both have blue eyes, so it's likely that you will too. Surprisingly, your hair is brown. Both daddy and I were platinum blondes when we were little. The nurse at the hospital suspected that your hair would fall out and turn blonde, but it's still brown here at 4 weeks.

Your favorite toy is your wubanub pacifier and your activity mat. Over the past week, you have blossomed and have started batting the toys on your play mat and I think you even smiled at me on Monday. On Thursday, you cooed for the first time and it melted my heart.

Our favorite thing to do is to kiss you right before you eat. Even though you're just rooting, daddy and I like to pretend that you're kissing us back. You are the most kissable baby and I just can't keep my hands off of you! My favorite thing to do with you is to lay with you on my chest. There is no better feeling than a tiny infant laying on your chest.

You have many nicknames- G, Lil G, Lil Boo, Gray, Gray-Gray, Graybee (I need to stop this- it's Grayson + Baby all in one), bear, nugget and peanut.

Sweet G, please make time slow down. I don't want to blink and have a five year old. I cherish every moment I spend with you now!

I love you sweet baby!


Thursday, December 8, 2011

Newborn Survival Guide

I used to love when bloggers would recommend their favorite baby products so I am going to do the same each month.

I could not have gotten through the newborn stage without these items (okay fine, I could have survived without all of them, but these were my favorites).

1) Wubbanub Pacifier. These things are hard to find, but I'm glad I finally got my hands on one of them. Newborns need to suck to calm down, but they can't keep a pacifier in their mouths for more than 3 seconds. The wubbanub weighs the pacifier down so it stays in the mouth longer and G can hold on to the dog to help keep it in place. I need like three more of these. STAT.

2. The Cloud B Sleep Sheep: This is a great white noise machine and it helps G fall back asleep each and every night. When this doesn't work and he's really fussy, I'm in love with the IPhone application titled: White Noise. It works wonders.

3. The Fisher Price Rock n Play. We assumed that we'd just have G sleep in a pack n play in our room, but he actually sleeps in this now. The Rock n Play takes up 1/3 of the space, is compact, and it rocks like a cradle. The incline makes it great for any reflux issues and the sides make them feel more enclosed like they were in the womb. We even take this on trips with us when we sleep away for the night because it folds up so compactly.
4. This was a bit of a splurge but I love this JJCole diaper caddy. I made my own makeshift diaper caddy for the bedroom out of a plastic bin, but this one is more visually appealing and matches our living room decor. There is no way I'm walking upstairs every time this boy blows out a diaper. This makes it so much easier to change him downstairs and it keeps everything organized in one place (I'm anal).

5. The boppy pillow. I'm obsessed. He's currently sleeping on it right next to me on the couch. It's especially perfect for breast feeding. Get one!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

My Son

First.. play this song:

It's our song.

Then, cry with me and look at pictures of my beautiful baby boy.....

These were all taken during his first two weeks of life (holy crap he'll ALREADY be one month old on 12/10)

Would you believe that I'm one of those crazy people that actually misses being pregnant? I'm so happy to have him and to hold him, but I really loved those 9 months that I had to grow him.

Once they come out, you have to share them. When they are inside of you they are warm, protected and all yours. I'm glad that I cherished my pregnancy and that I can look back on it and relive all of those amazing moments.

Despite all the issues during labor, I often replay that moment when we rushed into the hospital and I think fondly of it every time. I'd do it all again, everyday if I could because it was a special day. It was the experience of a lifetime

Isn't he just the cutest? It's so cliche, but time really does fly by once the baby arrives. I'm not sure how my tiny little helpless birdie turned into a chubby little baby that can now move his head easier, stay awake longer, and who already wears size one pampers in what seemed like a blink of an eye. I feel like he arrived yesterday and a lifetime ago all in one moment.

Now if we could only get this sweet little G to sleep more than 3 hours stretches and we'd be golden.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Happy Holidays

With a new baby at home, I haven't had much time to get into the holiday spirit quite yet-- but I have started thinking about our Christmas cards!

This year I want to do a Christmas card/birth announcement combination and Tiny Prints has THE CUTEST selection. They are all so colorful and fun!

I love coming home every day in December to see Christmas cards hanging up around my walls. We tape them to the archways throughout the house so that we can enjoy them all for the entire month. How do you display your Christmas cards?


Well.. in case you were wondering-- It is highly unlikely that I ever had any sort of uterine infection. While I was in the hospital I was so doped up on IV antibiotics and fluids that by my fifth day there my white blood cell count was normal, my fever went way down, and I appeared to be on the mend. That being said, my symptoms matched the uterine infection symptoms to a T so I don't blame anyone for the mistake.

After I was released from the hospital, I continued to have fevers every night at home. I had hot/cold sweats and my OBGYN urged me to go get an ultrasound of the lymphnode in my armpit. Two days after being released from the hospital I did and immediately afterwards, I was rushed to surgery to drain the lymphnode (it was the size of a golf ball). I'm not normally so dismissive of golf ball size lymphnodes, but I had other crap going on that was distracting me.

Seriously, the week after my delivery was a shit show. I had fevers, I had an ultrasound, I was rushed to surgery. On our way to surgery we were rear ended. The day after, John woke up with gout and couldn't move his leg.

Thankfully, now that we are 3 weeks out we are on the mend and order has been restored in our house.

I find it quite hysterical that the easiest part of this entire saga was my c-section.

I hope that others find peace in the fact that my c-section was finished on November 10th at around 1am. By 9:30am, I got myself out of bed, walked to a wheel chair and headed down to the NICU to feed my baby. Within 24 hours I was fully mobile. It didn't feel awesome, but it wasn't terrible and I never needed anything more than motrin to kill the pain (not even in the hospital).