Monday, June 24, 2013

Preemie Baby

As a first time mom, having a preemie is tough.

G was born at 33 weeks, 6 days. Six weeks early. 

Sure, the time in the NICU was tough, but there were nurses there explaining everything. And making me feel as though it was all running smoothly.

Now that we're home, though, I'm full of questions. The biggest thing (not really a worry, or a concern...just a thing) that gets me is the milestone chart.

By 1 month, babies are supposed to do this, that, and the other thing.

But at one month old, Kid still had 2 weeks until his due date. He was doing some things of a full term one month old, but not everything.

And while I know delays are normal, and I should go by his adjusted age, it's hard. At this point in the game, I should be looking at the milestones of a five week old...yet my baby looks like a 2.5 month old.

Ay, ay, ay. Being a mom takes a lot of energy! Still loving it, though!

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Cribbin' It

It's Kid's first night in his crib. He naps there quite regularly, although, he prefers his mama's ta-tas as a pillow.

As far as nighttime goes, though, he has been snoozing in our room. Super close, so the nighttime breast feeding could be quick and easy.

But we're taking a trip and the mini co-sleeper (think miniature pack and play) has been packed away.

So Kid will be spending his first night in his crib. In his own room. And I'm nervous as can be.

I don't know why.

He sleeps in there during the day. I should be fine with it. 

Maybe it's because I'm not right there to wake up at his smallest peep?

Maybe it's because of the crazy weather we've been having?

Maybe it's because he's my baby, and I'm his mom... And to sound like my kindergarten babies, I can be nervous if I want to be!

I still have 4 posts in my drafts. Here's the problem: I've been posting on my phone lately. The pictures for those 4 posts are on the computer... And the hubs and I are old school in that we no longer have a laptop. It died, and the desktop computer is the only thing we have left...

Oh well. Like unsaid before... I'll get to them. Someday.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

A Moment

Can we just take a moment to see how much my little man has changed in the last 11 weeks?

Wait, I haven't finished the "two months" post yet, have I?

Oh well. Maybe tomorrow. I've been having too much fun hanging out with my little mister.

Kid has now been here for 11 weeks and 1 day. My, oh, my. The time has flown by. But at the same time, it feels like the boy has been with us forever.

Well, let's just look at some pictures, shall we?

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

A Few Things Coming

I have 4 posts in my drafts. 

They are all complete, save for the pictures. 

Apparently it is hard for me to get the ten million pictures from my camera to my computer. 

And then, I probably should start editing pictures, rather than throwing whatever I've got up on the web.

But, the little man and I are finally getting into a routine. His naps are becoming a bit more predictable. Therefore, I'm able to get more done.

Stay turned for some new posts in the next week...

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Two Months! (Late, as usual)

I cannot believe that my little man has been here for two months already! He has brought so much joy to our lives, and only a few sleepless nights!

My sweet boy,

You are such a wonderful addition to our family. Daddy and I love you so much. They always say that you'll be amazed at how much love you have for your children. And it is true. I had no idea I could love you as much as I do!

Daddy and I finally feel like we have somewhat of a routine with you. We can figure out what you're trying to tell us with your cries (usually). We can laugh at your nightly crab-fest, knowing that you're okay, but doing whatever it takes to calm you. And these days, calming you takes a tight swaddle (only the sleep sack is tight enough), the Sleep Sheep on its highest volume, and rocking. All at once. As soon as we get you tightly swaddled, you're happy as a clam.

Little man, you love to eat. And you love to just "hang out," pretending to eat, but really, just pacifying yourself. For that reason, we are working on you using a pacifier. We are currently looking for one you'll take. With no luck this far.

You love hanging out with Mama in the Ergo, where you can fall asleep in a matter of minutes. And you love being outside, playing fetch with the puppy-boy, Finn.

You've been the star guest at girls' night. All the ladies want to hold you, rock you, and play with you. You've enjoyed being the little ladies' man.

You've started to turn your head toward voices and smile (you think Pa is pretty funny). You can sleep through anything and make a lot of noise. While you can be pretty fussy in the evening, the fusses turn to grunts with every move in the morning. 

We have loved being your mama and daddy, and can't wait to see how you'll grow and change!


My husband's last day of school was yesterday. Being that we live so close to his school, the year end party was at our house. The hubs and his fellow teachers were enjoying the start of there summer by 2pm.

I was carrying/wearing a sleepy baby and packing up.

The year end parties tend to get a little wild, and I knew that it would be in my best interest to spend the night at my parents' house. If the little man didn't have a nightly crab-fest from 8pm to 10pm, I would have happily stayed at the party. But, since he's quite the fussy boy for 2 straight hours, I made the short trip (10 minutes) to the place I was raised.

Kid and I had such a great time.

His Mootzie (my mom) loves him to pieces, rocked him, and smothered him in kisses.

His Pa (my dad) made silly faces and got a few genuine smiles from the peanut.

And me? I took up space on the couch, had a home cooked meal that I didn't cook, and snoozed when I could. It has been heavenly.

My mom has already planned quite the day for us:

I have strict orders to stay on the couch until they return home from breakfast with a meal for me.

Pa has orders to babysit Kid, while
Mootz and I run to Target (this used to be our go-to stress relief, when I still lived at home).

Upon our return, we will take Kid for a walk. Then, my sister and I will occupy the couch again. 

And while today won't be productive, I look forward to the relaxation. I've allowed myself to get way too tired over the course of these last two months, and I think it has started to catch up to me.

So here's to a fabulous support system in my husband, my parents, and my siblings. My life is amazing, and it has a lot to do with the people in it.