Sunday, October 31, 2010

First Halloween

Daddy and I decided to watch scary movies for Halloween since we had a newborn and I was still recovering...Lucas didn't care much for the scary movies and covered his eyes and went to sleep...he slept through every single one of them! I guess he was mighty comfortable on mommy!
Even though we didn't take Lucas out trick or treating we still got him a costume and of course it was a monkey!! This way at least he will have pictures of his first Halloween! I think he is the cutest little monkey in town!! He was still out of it and didn't care for his costume at all!

Happy Halloween everyone!!

Monday, October 25, 2010

First baby shoot with mommy

I couldn't resist it today!! I love baby pictures when they are all cuddled up in a ball...I had to put him on his belly while he was out and take a couple! I am sure daddy will love these!! My little guy is so precious! I swear he could be an anne geddes baby!! Especially like this!

One of my favorite things about babies are their precious little feet. Don't really care much for the adult feet but the baby feet I just have to kiss and rub and play with. I just absolutely love this picture of Lucas' feet! He has such tiny and cute feet! I am glad he has mommy's feet because daddy's feet just aren't that pretty :)

first trip to doctors

When Lucas was 5 days old we went to the doctor for the very first time. I was scared to death of Lucas getting sick since the doctors office we went to only had one room for sick and well children. Luckily they got us back quick. Lucas slept the whole time till we had to take his clothes off to weight him. He had lost a little bit of weight. Went from 7 lbs. 12 oz to 7 lbs. 8 ounces. I wasn't worried considering most babies loose about a pound when coming home from the hospital, but the doctor wanted us to come back in a week to make sure he was gaining weight. Since we were having trouble breastfeeding I was scared we would have to do even more formula then we already were and then he wouldn't breastfeed at all. The doctor tried to convince me that formula was ok and some people just couldn't breastfeed. I was an emotional wreck. I wanted to breastfeed and it sounded like she was discouraging me to keep trying but I did anyways. After the doctor examined Lucas she handed him over and I cuddled him in a blanket...about 2 minutes later I felt really warm and wet...yes that's right the doctor didn't put his diaper on right and he peed all over me. The whole bottom of my shirt was soaked in urine!! It was definitely an experience!!!
As soon as we got home from the doctor I attempted once again to breastfeed and he finally latched on. But, it was the only time he would that day. I was very discouraged and crying about everyday. This went on for about a week till finally he started latching on like he had been doing it forever. I was so thankful for all the support from my mom, sister and even Marcus was encouraging me to keep trying! I knew what was best for my son and I am glad I got to experience it!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Daddy time

Lucas is spoiled...the one thing I said I would never do is have the baby in bed with us...what i didn't realize when I said this was you will do ANYTHING to get some sleep. The only way Lucas will sleep is in bed with us. It makes it easier to just pick him up lay him in between my legs and change his diaper, and then feed him and lay him back down to sleep without ever leaving the bed!! Definitely helps when you are so sore that just moving one legs hurts!

We got into a routine where daddy would read to Lucas every night. It seemed after a couple days he was really into it. This is after a couple days of the routine. Lucas loves it when daddy reads to him. He loves it when daddy does anything...sing, read or just talk to him. He just stares at him like wow you're interesting!! ha. I guess he will be a daddy's boy after all!

Friday, October 22, 2010

First bath

The night we came home Lucas got his first bath...I cannot believe how horrible he screamed considering I had yet to hear him really cry. It was so heartbreaking to hear him cry but it was refreshing to smell a clean baby! We survived and now I get to cuddle with my sweet smell good baby.

First moments at home

We are finally home and ready to start our new lives as 3!! I cannot believe I brought my baby boy home. He is so small and sweet! When we walked in the door I just couldn't wait to get him out of his car seat and rock him in his own room in his rocking chair. I rocked him for about an hour. Just me and him cuddling and bonding!
It wasn't long till visitors started showing up and at first it was a little stressful. We were having trouble breastfeeding and I was in a lot of pain. I could barely move so the last thing I wanted was to be surrounded by people. I know everyone wanted to see the baby but since we just got home I just wanted to relax with my baby for a little while. But being the person I am I didn't say no.
My mom stayed at our apartment while i was in the hospital and stayed the night and that was a HUGE help! She had our apartment spotless when we walked in the door with Lucas. She also helped me a lot that first day because Marcus had a dinner he had to go to. It was wonderful having my mom there. She helped me with his first sponge bath (which he hated) and helped me around the apartment since I could barely move! I am glad she got that time with her new grandson too since she doesn't have much time to spare these days having 3 other grand kids that she watches on a daily bases!! So THANK YOU MOM!! I will never forget the generosity that you showed!!

Going Home

So we finally get the ok to go home! I was so looking forward to being in my own surroundings, on my comfy couch and my own shower!! The shower at the hospital was horrible and sooo small! We packed little Lucas up and headed out the door!
Getting wheeled out probably hurt worse then walking. Sitting was not comfortable for me and I guess it shouldn't be after pushing a watermelon out of an orange for 3.5 hours!!
When we got home Lucas and I took time to cuddle and rock. It was a great moment. I was still in so much pain and felt so huge and ugly but I loved the time I got with him!!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Days in the hospital

So being in the hospital is not fun at all. The room is tiny and I am so sore and swollen, I can barely get out of bed. I finally got to take a shower and feel a little better but I always know when my pain meds are about to wear off cause the pain is intense. I always told myself i was never going to send my baby to the nursery at night cause I finally got him now i want him with me at all times but I was so tired and worn out that I decided it was for the best. I got the nurse to bring him to me every 2-3 hours to eat.
Our days were spent cuddling, changing diapers and taking pictures. It was a great experience but can wait for awhile to do it again!

The Day I met my Son

At my last doctors appointment at 40 weeks my doctor decided to go ahead and induce me since my blood pressure was high. My due date was October 19th and was going to be induced that day. I was told to be at the hospital at 6 am, so I got up at 5 am and started getting ready. At 5:45 am we got a call from the hospital saying they were full and I would need to call back at 10 to see if any beds were open. At 10 I called and still no beds so they told me to call at 12. When I called at 12 they told me to be there at 2 pm. I was so upset. I just wanted my baby here!! SO we got there at 2 and we had to wait. All the beds were still taken. So there I was HUGE and ready and had to stand in the hallway waiting for things to start. While waiting I was getting texts left and right asking what was going on. Finally we were called and taken to a room. I was put in a gown and then waited and waited and waited! I thought they have forgotten about me until finally almost an hour later a nurse walked in to get me set up. By the time they got in there and hooked me up to the IV and asked the doctor what she wanted to do it was 5 pm and the doctor didn't want to really start anything till the next morning. Again I was so upset. It was not my fault they were taking forever and it was not my fault I had to come in late but yet I had to wait over night with no food and no drink. Even though I did sneak some crackers cause I was starting to shake and feel sick!

With the smallest amount of pitocin I started getting a lot of contraction and they were all pretty painful. At 11:47 pm my water broke on it's own and the real labor began. I was in so much pain and the contractions were so close together.
Around 4 am the nurse came in cause the babies heart rate kept dropping and so she wanted to check me and put me on oxygen. Then nurse was checking me and was like well there's the reason...and I was so worried something was wrong and she said you are 7 cm. In 3 hours I went from 4 cm to 7 and that is the reason the babies heart rate was dropping, I was moving fast.
So I called my sister and mom who came from Louisville late that night and were staying at our apartment. Since I asked my sister to be in the room I had to makes sure she was there for the big show. They both arrived at 5 with breakfast for Marcus. From that point on things were moving really fast. My epidural was starting to wear off and the pressure was unbelievable. I knew it was time. At 8 am I was ready to start pushing.
After 3.5 hours of pushing Lucas arrived! Marcus was sooo emotional and it was so cute! I didn't expect him to react the way he did! Lucas was amazing.
They put him on my chest and feeling him skin on skin was the best feeling in the world. The nurse was really concerned because he wasn't crying so they took him away to monitor him and give him oxygen.
His breathing still wasn't what they wanted and he was a little pale so they took him to the nursery to look over him and make sure he was ok. After 6 hours in the nursery he was completely fine! He just doesn't cry.

Proud Daddy

Daddy was very emotion when little Lucas was born. I don't think he knew he would react the way he did but he was so scared to even touch him at first. He was just balling his little eyes out which I loved. It was nice to see him cry. I think it really got to him when Lucas held his finger in the picture above. Already bonding and only minutes old. He admired his son while he was being worked on. I think he was in awe over his little boy! It was nice to have my sister there to capture all the moments!
Daddy was the lucky one who got to carry little Lucas to the nursery. Usually the baby would stay with the parents the whole time, he would get all his shots, and his first bath in the room with mom and dad but since Lucas had trouble breathing they took him to the nursery and told me i would see him later. I was disappointed, I didn't get to breastfeed right away, I didn't get to truly bond right away and when it was time to get my son they took their sweet time getting him to me. By the time he made it to the room he was too tired to try to nurse!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

38 weeks and ready to pop

SO I am now 38 weeks and more than ready to have this baby. I have been having sooo many braxton hicks contractions. I was put in the hospital cause i thought I was in labor. I was have contraction every 3-5 minutes and were pretty painful, plus my blood pressure was really high so they wanted to monitor that. It ended up being that I was dehydrated and just needed fluids...after 4 bags of IV fluid I was sent home the next morning and I was so exhausted. I couldn't really sleep in the hospital and they made me collect my urine for 24 hours which ended up being a huge mess. Getting up every couple minutes to pee and unhook all the monitors and drag the IV pole with me to the bathroom was a hassle. I ended up having to take it home and collect it and bring it back that night. The only problem with that was there was a UK game that night so traffic was a mess and it was very stressful getting to the hospital just to drop off some urine.
My husband was getting very upset over it all which I can understand but I was already upset cause I just wanted this baby out so him getting upset did not make anything better.
After finally dropping off the urine, we went home for a much needed nap!! I slept so great in my own bed and it was amazing! I forgot how great it was to sleep in my own bed, but after sleeping one night in the labor and delivery bed made my bed feel like a cloud!!