Sunday, September 14, 2014

Carter is four months old!

And in a flash...he's four months old already!!! Can't believe it. Before I know he will be asking for the keys to the car and for an iphone22 lol

Our baby boy is getting SO big. Seriously, such a happy little chunker!!! He has his 4 mth appt on wednesday but Im guessing he might be close to 14 pounds! We shall see. I think he's teething already (constantly drooling and chewing on his hands) and he rolled over from back to belly for the first time a few weeks ago but hasn't done it since.

Carter's likes: His kick and play mat, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (he smiles and laughs when it comes on!), eating, talking/cooing, bathtime, his momma, his giraffe toy, hanging with sissy (as long as she's not hitting him!), flashing his smile and his dimple, mommy and daddy blowing raspberries on his belly :) 

Carter's dislikes: Being strapped into his carseat in the car (car rides are hit or miss...sometimes peaceful sometimes a screaming fit). But that's pretty much it for dislikes! He's a happy baby unless hes hungry or tired or in his car seat in the car...he doesn't like to be idle lol

Carter got baptized last Sunday! It was truly a  beautiful day spent with family and friends! 

And on the 4th of September my husband and celebrated 4 years together!

Samantha is wonderful. She is seriously growing up before our eyes! Sometime it makes my heart explode and sometimes it makes me sad because I just want to keep her my baby girl forever. She is just talking so much and doing so many new amazes us!!! She is doing really great on the potty and we are doing pull ups during the day and diaper at night. She's really come out of her shell too. Last year she was so shy and had stranger anxiety. This year she is our little social butterfly!!! She loves parties and playgrounds! haha I have noticed lately she is more into watching cartoons or movies and is playing more with her toys. Earlier this year she seemed to not have much interest in her toys anymore or watching anything on tv. And to be honest sometimes a cartoon is a lifesaver!! She is also exploring new foods which is good! She still LOVES to be outside. If she could sleep outside every night she probably would. Lately she is so funny..when she wants something she'll say "I want milk please, honey." Or "I want a muffin, sweetheart," It cracks us up. In general, she has been a great big sister! She loves to copy everything I say and do with Carter. Sometimes she'll get a littleeeee rough with him! But overall, she loves her "bubby" as we call him. My husband has been giving Samantha her baths at night since Carter was born and they have this cute thing they do every night where my husband says in this hip-hop sounding voice "What time is it??!" and Samantha replies with a big smile "Tubby time!!!" lol 

Next month, I am going away ALONE (gasp!) to Virginia for two of my cousins weddings. They are sisters and getting married the same weekend (to make it easier since a lot of family is out of town) and I am going alone because my husband is IN a wedding up here the same weekend. So we are each going solo. But I am already starting to have major anxiety about being that far from my babies!!! I know they will be in great hands between my husband and in laws, but still. My parents are going to be away that week too so they are not able to help. I know it will be good for me to get away...but I am anxious about it!

So excited that Fall is here!!!! So much to little time....

Here are a few pics of the kids....

Edited: At Carter's 4 month appt he weighed in at 14lbs 10oz 24 inches long!! 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Carter is three months old!!!

Goodness gracious (Samantha's new fave phrase!) I can't believe our little guy is 3 months already! Seriously, the time has FLOWN by.

He is getting so big! I have to say he is definitely a Momma's boy right now. He and I are in love. ha ha. He loves smiling at his momma! And I have NO complaints about that :) He's about 12 pounds! Eats 4 1/2-5 oz every 3 (sometimes 2 1/2 hours). Sleeps through the night sometimes! His sleep pattern is inconsistent. He'll go a few days sleeping through the night to getting up once. Which we can definitely handle! He's recently found his hands and loves to suck on them and loves to tell us stories lately! He does take a binky but he doesn't seem obsessed with it or anything. Tummy time is not his idea of a good time. lol. Although, he is trying very hard to roll over already! He almost has it down!

He's also had blocked tear ducts for over a month now. It can get pretty goopy and gross but after seeing the eye doc, we just have to keep using the ointment and warm washcloth compressions. She said most cases clear up by one years old! And if it doesn't they may do a procedure to probe his tear ducts. Which she said can be a risky so Im hoping this just clears up! I think I told you guys he has a hemangioma on his belly? Samantha has a huge one on the back of her neck when she was  a baby which had to be removed. His is smaller and I think is slowing down in growth. So hopefully we wont have to go the surgery route with him! My friend is actually giving us a essential oil concoction to try on it! So Im excited to see if that works.

Nicknames to note: Biggie Smalls, Wubster, Buster Brown, Bubba. And the way Samantha says his name is so cute and makes us laugh...she pronounces it "Car-terre" She sounds French lol

Samantha is getting so big too! The big sis. I still cant believe it. She's just so smart and spunky! I love my girl! However lately she is throwing a lot of tantrums and hitting us and Carter :( It's been tough. I know part of it is just being two and testing the limits and the other part is a bit of jealousy of her baby brother. Im hoping this phase passes sooner than later! Most of the time she is so sweet and funny and just awesome! But oh boy, the tantrums and stuff are TOUGH. Sam is still loving OUTSIDE. This girl hates to be indoors! She always wants to "Go play!" I dread rainy days. She also loves mimicking everything I do with Carter. If I feed him, she feeds her baby too! If I change him she changes her baby too! And she has been super into reading lately! I love catching her just sitting in her room "reading" books to herself :)

She also has gone pee pee on the potty 5 times! We sit on the potty a lot, but sometimes she is just not interested! But we are getting there :)

Life has been a whirlwind with two kids!! Mommy brain is in full effect :)
Here are a few pics of the kids!!!!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

A week of firsts and Carter turns two months old!

This Summer is flying by, friends. I mean FLYING BY. I need it to slow down.

Life has been busy! But I wanted to update the blog a little. This week has been a week of firsts for Samantha!
-First swim lesson!
-First time on a carosuel!
-First pee pee on the potty! Wooho! I may have cried a little :)
-First time out :( She's pretty rough (on purpose) with her little brother lately :(
-First walk in the double stroller! The thing is a beast! So heavy haha It was also the first time I was really exercising since my broken leg.

Samantha LOVES to be outside...always!!! I love that she is so active and loves the outdoors! But there are times where I'm wishing she would sit down and chill out with a Disney movie haha She is getting so big! And talking so much more! Love my princess!

Carter turns two months old tomorrow! About a week and a half ago he was 9lbs  4oz and 20 inches. I love cuddling with my little guy. He was pretty colicky when we brought him home but he is getting better. He is on a reflux med and I use lavender and serenity essential oils on his feet at night and this all seems to help! This week his has slept through the night 3 days in a row! He's really starting to chunk up and I love it :) And his smile?? This kid owns me :)

Here are a few pics of the kids! Cannot believe I can say "kids" plural! How did this happen?? lol

Hope you all are enjoying your Summer :)

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Carter's Birth Story and Newborn Pictures

Well, our little guy is almost 6 weeks old! He's the perfect addition to our family. Yes, things have been a bit crazy adjusting to life with a newbie again...but hey NOT complaining :) Everyday I have to pinch myself that I have TWO kids...the kids I cried for....prayed for....

I'll have to give the quick version of Carter's birth story since I am sooo exhausted and don't have much time to type! But I wanted to document the day.

We were originally scheduled for our c-section on May 21st. Although, a few weeks prior things started to go south. My blood pressure was increasing and I generally wasn't feeling good. And to add to the mix I had GD again with this pregnancy and I was having this strange leg pain (which I will get to more later in the story!) that was making me limp around. The OB sent me for two blood clot scans to make sure the pain in my leg wasn't a blood clot. Which thankfully it wasn't. They thought the pain was from swelling. But it was really painful. As the days passed, I just started to swell more and more. My bloodwork started to show signs of preclampsia again. So finally, the OB decided to admit me to the hospital on the 13th. I was 37 weeks. The baby seemed to being doing fine. But I wasn't and we were okay with him being delivered at 37 weeks! Since Samantha was born at 32 weeks...37 weeks was like hitting the jackpot! So we went to the hospital hoping to be delivered. But after checking me out they decided I could wait until the following morning. They scheduled me for 11:30 am on the 14th. We actually stayed in the exact same room that my water broke in with Samantha! Crazy! And if you've never read Sam's birth story I recommend checking it out! So much more dramatic! haha We were pretty excited that the end was in sight and that the next morning our baby boy would be here! The next morning they came in and told us we were being moved up to 9am. But then an hour later they cancelled that and put us back to around 11. I have to say strangely this time was a little more stressful than Samantha's birth! Of course, having her be in the NICU for a month was horrible. But with her birth everything had to happen so fast that I didnt have time to think!! With Carter's birth I had a lot of time to think and there was a lot of waiting and anxiety over the c-section! Finally our time came and I found myself walking to the ER and looking back at my husband and Mom who were waiting. I couldn't believe in a little while our SON would be here. It's so crazy too but I dont remember a whole lot from Samantha's section. Probably because I was doped up on magnesium for my BP. But this time I was more aware of everything and it made it kind of scary. Thankfully everyone in the OR were SUPER nice to me. Then at 11:09 our little guy arrived! Exactly 38 weeks!  Turns out the nurse said he had a true knot in his cord and that he was a very lucky little boy that he was delivered then because it could have been dangerous!!!
It was so wonderful to see our healthy chunky baby boy 7lbs 3oz 18 inches! The recovery afterwards was much harder than with Samantha's. Time in recovery was painful and that whole night. But then strangely the next day I was up and walking around and didnt feel any pain. And then the truck hit me. The following days were torture. Not to mention my leg still hurt and they were poking me day and night with meds for my BP and GD!
Something else that was really tough was being away from Samantha :( We were in the hospital for 4 days and she stayed with my inlaws and my parents. Even though we knew she was happy there, it was our first time being away from her so much.  The hospital wouldn't let children under 12 come visit because they still considered it flu season! My heart broke thinking that she was wondering where we were or why we left her. When I saw her for the first time she jumped off her bike and came running to me and we hugged each other so hard. And I just started sobbing! Im sobbing again as I type this!!!! Ugh it was so tough. But overall Sam has been great. She loves her little bro and is very protective. Of course, she's two and has her jealous days but really overall she has been great.
When we got home from the hospital I was hurtin'. My incision was painful and my leg hurt. This combo is tough when you are trying to chase a toddler and care for a newborn! And now I'll go back to the leg pain situation. Sooo it wasn't getting better. It was getting worse. The day after we got home I was reading  a book to Sam on the floor and when I carefully got up off the floor I heard a crack and a pop in my leg and it hurt REALLY bad. But I didnt think too much of it. Four days passed and we decided it was time to go to the ortho urgent care. And guess what? My leg is BROKEN. leg was broken! Crazy. The fibula in my right leg. They gave me a boot to wear and I was to follow up with bone doc. I didnt need a real cast because it wasnt a weight bearing bone. So I went to the bone doc and he believes the break started way before I heard the crack because it was already starting to calcify of something and he said that wouldnt happen within a few days. SO the big mystery is HOW I broke it. Nothing happened that would make me think I did! So for over a month while pregnant I limped around with a broken leg!!! The bone doc said that hormones in pregnancy can weaken bone density...but still SO crazy that this happened. Thankfully, it is healing. Still sore...but definitely better. I go back to the bone doc this week!
And that's about it friends...
Life is definitely busier but fuller!!!!! Carter is doing great! Sleeps ok at us 3 hour stretches! Is a bit colicky but we are working on that!! He's a pretty cute little dude...I have proof..with these gorgeous newbie pics we had done :)

Friday, May 23, 2014

He's here!!!

This post is over a week late...but our little guy is here!!! And my heart is a puddle!!!! 

Friday, April 25, 2014

Easter and Baby Boy Update

Bunny Buddies at the egg hunt

Cuties coloring together!
We had a nice Easter. Didn't make it to church though...slackers we are. But in the morning we had breakfast with my inlaws and then drove down to my Nana's house about and hour away to have dinner with her, my Mom and Stepdad, my Bro and SIL and my Aunt Janie and cousin Ethan. It was a nice day overall. The sun was shining too! The Easter Bunny left a nice basket for Samantha! He left her egg shaped sidewalk chalk, bunny socks, Annie's Bunny cheese pasta, a bee bubble blower, a wind up bunny that swims in the tub (but she's scared of it), a mini bunny cabbage patch doll, new flip flops, two pink hot wheels, a mini potato head and some pull ups and Minnie underwear (for potty training soon!). All she seemed to really care about were the two pink hot wheel cars! :) We also took her to see the Easter Bunny this year. Last year didn't go well. And turns out she still isn't a fan. haha. She was excited up until it was her turn to go see him! haha We also went to an egg hunt in Samantha's BFF's neighborhood! I got both girls bunny tails to clip on to their pants :) So cute!

Here are a few pics from Easter....

We were hoping she would nap on the long car ride to my Nana's but she didn't! So we didn't get too many smiles that afternoon!

This one I just had to post. One morning it was too quiet! So I walked into her room to find her sitting on top of her dresser! The mad face is from me telling her "No" haha I just had to get a pic though!

Baby update! Today (April 25th) we are 35 weeks and 2 days!!! We've made it a few weeks longer than we did with Samantha! Yay...such a blessing! I am starting to get pretty uncomfortable though. Lots of swelling. And some pain in my calves that they almost sent me to get a special u/s done to rule out blood clots. But after my OB checked me out they think it's just due to swelling. I will be shocked if we make it to May 21st when our surgery is scheduled. But the longer he cooks the better! We had a growth scan yesterday and he is already 6 pounds!! So he could be close to 8 if we go until the 21st! I'm calling him "my little beefer" haha We won't know what to do with an average size baby :) But everything seems to be going okay. Just very tired and swollen and it's tough to do just about anything. The gestational diabetes isn't making it any easier, either. And I think I'm getting a cold! BUT I really cannot complain too much. Just so thankful we got this far! I am starting to panic a little that we actually ARE having another baby in a few weeks and that he is in fact NOT going to be in my belly forever haha It's almost GO time :) Just hoping my water doesn't break on it's own! He has been head down for awhile now and I do NOT want to give birth in a car lol

Samantha is doing great! She had her two year appt two weeks ago (a little late) and she is on the charts now! 24 pounds and 32 1/4 inches. 8th percentile for height and 12th percentile for weight. Still a peanut...but growing nicely!!! :) My friend posted this to FB the other day and I thought it was hilarious!!!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Mustache Bash

Last Saturday, our parents hosted a mustache themed celebration for our little guy!!!  It was such a lovely shower!!! This little boy is so loved and spoiled already :) Here are a few pictures to document that day...

My 92 year old Nana sporting a stick on stache! Love her!

Update: Today I am 31 weeks (and a day!). So far so good. I stop working next week. At next week's appt we are getting another growth scan to see how big he is getting. I am slowing down for sure! Sticking my finger four times a day for the GD definitely sucks...again. But it is what it is. The nesting/crazy feeling to organize and be prepared is in full force :) Not sure if I mentioned in my last post but we are scheduled for a c-section on May 21st. But to be honest, I do not think we will go that long! My guess is end of April/early May.