"When a soul recognises the will of God and shows a readiness to submit to it entirely, then God gives Himself to such a soul and renders it most powerful succour under all circumstances." - Rev. Jean-Pierre de Caussade

Friday, June 29, 2012

He's a growing boy! Or so I thought...

Landon saw the pediatrician on Wednesday for an early 1-month appointment (he's 3 weeks old). He weighed in at 7 lb 7 oz, which means he gained an ounce a day since the last weigh-in. And that's a good thing!

Despite his weight gain, Landon is still a scrawny little thing, and that became even more obvious when he met his cousin, William, who is 2 months old. William is a cute chubby baby! It's so funny to see how different the two babies are, considering us mommies are twin sisters. :)
Landon, 3 weeks old
William, 2 months old
Cousins!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Life after bed rest

This past weekend, I started feeling like my old self again! Like, the Jen from October 2011...remember her? Ha.

Seriously, Logan and I had a pretty productive weekend. We both get in these cleaning moods and there's just no stopping us. Of course, I haven't been able to do too much for several months, so it was nice to finally get to clean again (Dude, you have no idea how much I enjoy doing the dishes now. Weird.). It was like I woke up Friday feeling great, so I started do more things around the house. We even went for our first family walk! And the best part is that we FINALLY moved back upstairs. It feels like I'm returning to my old life of walking up and down the stairs a million times, and sleeping in my own bed, and showering in our bathroom, and...yeah. I know I sound crazy but it seriously was so strange to finally use my bathroom again.

Anyway. Did I mention I love life after bed rest? It makes you appreciate the little things in life. Like the ability to walk up the stairs whenever you want.

There's still some chores I'm not doing yet - vacuuming and mopping, eh - because I actually do realize I had a baby 3 weeks ago and should still be taking it easy. Having to take it easy during my entire pregnancy has actually helped me "tone it down a bit", I guess you could say, when it comes to being productive. I'm one of those people who has to feel productive every day, and that obviously doesn't always happen with a newborn. But because I've gotten used to getting nothing done (is that bad?), it doesn't bother me like it would have before. I guess you could also say cuddling a cute baby boy is a good reason not to get any chores done. :)

Speaking of that cute baby boy, he is doing just great. We've had a lot of people comment on how alert he is sometimes, and he's been doing this cute thing lately where he leans back just to look at whoever is holding him. Sigh. I could look into those brown eyes all day.


Friday, June 22, 2012

My C-section story

It's no secret that I wasn't planning on a c-section. But, things happen, and sometimes you just have to roll with it. Thankfully, I was blessed with a rather pleasant experience - all things considering - and for those of you who want details, here goes.

Dr. H had gone over how everything would work a couple times, and of course the day of the surgery I had other staff members explain how the c-section would go. The worst part was getting the spinal, but I knew what to expect being that I had the same thing done for my cerclage.

After I was all numbed up and everything, Logan and my mom both got to come into the operating room right before they started the section. Thankfully, I wasn't strapped down or anything, but I still didn't really move my arms because of the blood pressure cuff, IV fluids, pulse ox, etc. They made sure I was comfortable by putting blankets and everything over my upper body. Every few minutes, someone asked me how I was doing, and the anesthesiologist was really good about explaining what was going on on the other side of the drape.

I'm not sure how long after it was, but Dr. H told us that Landon would be here in about a minute. Talk about a weird feeling, knowing you're about to see your son for the first time in a matter of seconds. I heard him crying (whew!) and Dr. H held Landon over the drape so I could see him (I made sure beforehand that he knew I wanted to see my baby!). That was pretty darn cool. It's certainly not the same as a normal delivery, but I don't have any regrets. I saw Landon within seconds of him being born, and that made me happy.

While Dr. H started stitching me back up, Logan and my mom watched the nurse clean up Landon. Logan was even able to cut the cord. I couldn't see Landon (a pole was blocking my view), but I could see Logan and my mom who were right next to him. Thankfully, they had cameras, and they actually videoed Landon crying his lungs out while the nurse examined him. My mom showed me the video while I was still being sewn up, which was the next best thing.

Once Landon was all swaddled up, Logan got to hold him right next to my face, and I kissed that cute face a dozen times before they took him to the nursery. I thought I would be upset about being stuck in the OR while Landon and Logan were in the nursery, but really...I was too grateful that he was healthy, and that things went smoothly. Plus, I'd rather the nurses do what they had to do while I wasn't able to hold him. Logan also took a couple videos while in the nursery.
Getting to kiss those cheeks for the first time

The finishing up of the c-section didn't take that long - maybe 30 minutes - but right as they were about to remove the cerclage, the 2 big surgery lights went out. So we all had to wait another 10 minutes to get a light for Dr. H to be able to see (having OR lights was one of the reasons for wanting to remove the cerclage after a c-section).
He was in the nursery wanting his mommy!

Removing the cerclage didn't go as smoothly as expected, unfortunately, like I said before.  The staff kept making sure I was doing okay, though, so it wasn't too bad. And I actually didn't know until afterwards that Dr. H had a hard time getting out one of the stitches...I just knew it took well over half an hour (I think I looked at the clock a million times in there). By the time all was said and done, I was finally wheeled back to my recovery room after at least an hour and a half. The nursery brought Landon to the room, and I was able to nurse him. Our family also got to come in and take turns holding him. Thankfully it was a huge room!

In recovery (darn fluids made me swollen!)

It was probably after a couple hours that the nursery nurse came to get Landon for his bath. It worked out perfectly, actually, because it just so happened to be when my nurse moved me to the postpartum unit. So again, I wasn't too upset about them taking Landon since I wouldn't be able to hold him anyway.
In the postpartum unit

Recovery wasn't the easiest, because moving was difficult and painful. So that meant relying on other people, mainly Logan (like during the night) to help with Landon. They also wouldn't let me eat solid foods until the next morning, which was not cool! But at least I had Landon to take my mind off the hunger.

I know it may not seem like the best experience, but I guess knowing beforehand made it that much easier. And you could say that I've had to be rather flexible throughout the pregnancy, so it didn't surprise me in the least that the same went for delivery.

Our #1 goal was to have a healthy baby in the end, and we are so thankful that God did indeed bless us with a beautiful baby boy. All the sacrifices made have definitely been worth it.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

1st postpartum checkup

Today I had my first postpartum checkup with Dr. H. All he did was check my c-section incision...as well as say that we needed to get me better so I can have 4 or 5 more babies. Oh, Dr. H. What a funny guy.

(Totally not opposed to that, of course, it's just not at the top of things to do right now. Considering this pregnancy was oh so very long, and that I'm quite content at the moment with my 2-week old baby.)

Dr. H also took a good look at Landon and said he needed a sister. Ha. It's true our family does need a girl (my parents have 5 grandsons including Levi), but it'll have to wait. :)

I go back to see Dr. H in a month, and he'll do a pelvic exam then. I meant to post about my c-section before today (oops), but I'll just go ahead and tell you now that Dr. H wasn't able to get one of the cerclage stitches out after the c-section. He was able to unknot it, so it shouldn't cause any problems. Today he said that he doesn't think we'll ever see that stitch again- which is a little weird knowing it's just hanging out in my body. But oh well.

My recovery is going well, as I can get around much easier now. The only thing is that sometimes when I get up or try to turn over while laying down, I get a sharp pain in my incision. But I won't complain too much because my stomach has gone down quite a bit. :) (Heck, it's summer. I don't wear bikinis by any means but a girl likes to look decent!)

And in case you're wondering, Landon is still cute. :)

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

1 week old, and 3 years and counting

Landon's first trip to the pediatrician was today, and I'm glad to say that he's gaining his weight back. He dropped from 6 lb 13 oz to 6 lb 2 oz while in the hospital, and today he weighed in at 6 lb 8 oz. Yay. He's a week old already, and I'm a little too aware of how quickly this kid is going to grow up. Makes me so sad! But I'm determined to soak up every minute of it. That includes taking lots of pictures and keeping up with his baby book. Wish me luck. ;)

Even though he was fine in the hospital, we got a bilirubin level checked on him just to be safe. It was higher but nothing to be concerned about. Praise God for a healthy, growing baby! He sure is cute too. :)

Today is also Logan's and my 3rd anniversary. It's been a whole lot of craziness, but we both agree that we wouldn't change a thing. Landon definitely makes this year the best yet!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Home Sweet Home

We came home yesterday, and I am so thankful...last night I actually slept! Woo.

Landon did lose 10% of his birth weight while in the hospital, so we've been working on the whole nursing thing. Other than that, though, everything is going well! He sees the pediatrician next week, so hopefully he's gaining that weight back.

My recovery is going well now that I learned the hard way that skipping a dose of pain medicine is STUPID. Yes, I'm the world's best nurse ever. ;)

It's so good to be home, and I've got it pretty good right now since my parents are still in town and Logan doesn't go back to work until Monday.

Sorry if my posts seem very random for a little while, as my thought processes are...um, scattered. But I promise I will return to normal blogging eventually!

Don't be surprised if I end every post with a picture of Landon for the next few months (or years?). :)

Thursday, June 7, 2012

SO worth it

There is just so much I could write about, so don't be surprised if I'm still blabbering on about this whole experience several months from now. Fair warning ;)

Logan and I still can't believe we have a healthy, adorable baby boy. It'll probably sink in more once we get home, because for some reason time seems to stand still in the hospital. Landon isn't even 48 hours old yet! Which is weird to think about because it feels like we've been in the hospital forever.

Logan and I always knew that everything we've experienced in the last 2 1/2 years (since we lost Levi) would be so worth it someday. And honestly, I don't think we could ever explain just how worth it everything was. We are so in love with our baby boy already and have a hard time believing he's ours!

I'll write about the c-section experience eventually, but right now I just want to say that I had to wait at least an hour and a half to hold Landon after he was born (the cerclage removal extended the process unfortunately). It wasn't exactly easy, but I found myself so incredibly grateful that Landon was alive and healthy (and crying!) that it was hard to be upset about being stuck in the operating room. It's not what I would have planned for myself, but God has a funny way of drastically changing life plans...and helping us to accept those different plans as they come.

That being said....the cerclage, bed rest, frustration, c-section recovery, you name it...every last bit of it was (and is, because umm, I've never been this sore in my life) SO worth it.

And now for some pictures! Thank goodness for iPhones and the Blogger app. :)

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Happy birthday, Landon!

Just wanted to post a quick update and let everyone know that Landon is here. Born at 12:50 pm, weighing in at 6 lb 13 oz. He is absolutely perfect, and Logan and I feel so blessed!

I am exhausted so details will have to come later. Thank you so much for all of the sweet messages, texts, and prayers. The power of prayer is unbelievable!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Tomorrow, tomorrow....

...it's only a dayyyy awayyyy. :)

So yeah. I'm having a baby tomorrow! How crazy is that??

I went this morning to take care of the pre-op stuff, and then I had one last appointment with Dr. H. He told me he was waiting all weekend for his phone to ring, thinking something would happen yet again. I'm sure he's going to be as relieved as we are to have this pregnancy over with!

Dr. H apparently felt bad, because he thought he "bullied" me into having a c-section. I definitely don't think he did, but it was nice for him to really make sure I was okay with it and had come to terms with it. He went over the reasons again for doing a section (getting the cerclage out, concerns about Landon fitting through my pelvis since I'm small), and one of them I hadn't thought about - having Landon during the day will ensure that we have all the resources possible if something were to go wrong. Dr. H really wants Landon to be healthy. I can appreciate that!

So Landon could very well be a 7 lb baby, according to Dr. H's estimate. Which is pretty good for being 2 weeks early. But we shall see. :)

I don't know what else to say, other than we are beyond excited, a little nervous, and totally ready to meet our son. Hopefully I'll be able to sleep tonight!

Thank you for all of the prayers!

St. Gerard, pray for us!

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