October 13, 2014

Lennox Joseph (5 Months)

Lil BIG man,

  • You have rollin over from your stomach to your back, you are so close to rolling from your stomach to your back
  • You got your first tooth (bottom left in the front)
  • We started you on rice cereal and you love it
  • You are such a mommy & daddys' boy
  • You love to play with your toes and pull off your socks
  • You love to talk, we have many conversations
  • You give kisses (mouth wide open, just like mommy)
  • You have light green/hazel eyes like daddy, but mommys shape
  • Your hair is coming back and its a dark brown
  • We moved you into your room in your crib. 
  • We started sleep training, although you mostly win those battles
  • You are in your 6-9 month section of clothes
  • You are in size 3 diapers
  • You eat every 2-3 hours 
  • You take an hour nap in from 10-11, then a long nap from 1-3, then a short nap from 5-6 and bedtime is at 8. You typically sleep from 8-2, then wake up every 2 hours after that. We need to work on that :)
  • You are such a happy boy, unless you are hungry, then you are hangry

September 14, 2014

Lennox Joseph (4 months)

lil BIG man,

Weight: 19.06lbs (97%)
Height: 26.5ins (92%)
Head Circumference: 44.5cm (95%)

  • You are starting to reach out and grab things, purposely 
  • You have a smile that brightens up my days
  • You go every 2-3 hours during the day to eat 
  • You usually sleep from 8pm-2am then wake up around 4am and 6am to feed then sleep till about 8/9 or whenever sissy wakes you up :P
  • You do tummy time for about 10-15 minutes a day and hold your head up the whole time
  • You love to rock in your swing, but mommy started putting you in your pack 'n play for naps
  • You love to be held, and have the saddest whimper when I put you down
  • You love to be held straight up. You don't want to miss a thing
  • You love your baths
  • You turn your head to follow voices and objects
  • You have a tight grip & grab for everything
  • You love to sit in your bumbo when mommy gets ready, and you usually have a blow out in it
  • You love your jumperoo and have started playing with the toys attached to it
  • You are still in your 6 month clothes and some 6-9 month onesies. 
  • You are in size 3 diapers
  • You have a contagious laugh
  • You are drooling a lot, which means you are getting a toofer (same time as sissy started getting her first tooth)

August 13, 2014

Lennox Joseph (3 Months)

Lil BIG man,

Another month has come and gone. Time is flying by and I am trying to soak in all the little moments. I love watching all your firsts. It's a lot harder this round, since sissy is a very active 2.5 year old. She loves to give you your binky and covers you with your blanket. She loves to give you hugs and kisses. You are just so squishy and I am so proud of all your accomplishments thus far. Can't wait to watch you grow.

  • You are able to see objects further away
  • You are Mr. Smiley
  • You go every 2-3 hours during the day to eat. 
  • You usually sleep from 9pm-2am then wake up around 4am and 6am to feed. I am trying to cut out the 4am feeding
  • You do tummy time for about 10-15 minutes a day
  • You love to rock in your swing 
  • You love to be held 
  • You are a grunter when you eat 
  • You are still a cuddler
  • You love your baths
  • You follow objects & voices
  • You can grasp a hold of toys fingers, hair strands & mom's necklace
  • You sit in your bumbo for about 15 minutes at a time
  • We tried out the jumperoo and highchair and you do so well in both
  • You are in your 6 month clothes and some 6-9 month onesies. 
  • You are in size 2 diapers
  • You talk a lot more and have gotten some cute noises out
  • You began rolling on your right side

July 13, 2014

Lennox Joseph (2 months)

My lil BIG man,

Once again this past month has flown by. I can't believe how much you have grown. We took you on your first staycations to Snowbird & Solitude. You did awesome, but packing for a family of four is a full load. 
  • You head circumference is ? cm 
  • You weigh 15 lbs 12oz dang son
  • You are now ? in
  • You are able to see a lot more things and recogonize your mommy's voice
  • You are smiling a lot more
  • You go every 1.5-2 hours during the day to eat. Piggy
  • You usually sleep from 9-2:30 then wake up around 5am and 7am to feed. 
  • You are getting stronger with tummy time and lift your head up
  • You love to rock in your swing during the day
  • You love to be held 
  • You are a grunter when you eat 
  • You are still a cuddler
  • You are still love your baths
  • You follow objects now
  • You can grasp a hold of toys fingers and hair strands
  • You love to sit in your bumbo
  • You are in your 0-3 month clothes and some 6 month onesies. 
  • You are in size 1 diapers, although we bought size 2, but they are to big for you.
  • You are cooing and ahhing a lot more

June 16, 2014

Lennox Joseph Johns (05.13.14)

My little family of three, grew to be a family of four, on May 13, 2014.
We are smitten by this little man and blessed to introduce Lennox Joseph Johns to the world.

Weight: 9lbs 3oz
Height: 20.5 inches
Date: May 13, 2014
Time: 8:47pm

Simply Perfect.

Birth Story:
Since things went to plan C with Elliana's delivery, the hubs and I wanted to try and do a VBAC. But first I had to overcome some obstacles.

One: I developed pre-eclamsia with E around 33/34 weeks. So if I could make it through this pregnancy without getting pre-E then I was good to go. So we thought...Well 33/34 weeks came and went and my blood pressure was looking great! So we thought for sure we were going to be able to do our all natural birth plan. When I went in for my 37 week appointment, I was hit with another obstacle.

Two: Baby boy was breech. I did research, where it said that only 3% of babies are breech this far in the pregnancy. Just my luck. It seemed like the universe was against me. My Dr. didn't give me much hope either. But I was determined to do everything I could to flip lil man around. So I did some research and thought that acupuncture was my best bet. When I called the acupuncturist, she didn't give me much hope either, but said she could give me some Moxibustion, which is a Chinese herb they use in a service. I was willing to give it a go. The hubs has been my number 1 cheerleader through this all. Every day for the next 5 days he was to burn the stick on the outside of my pinky toe in a circular motion for 15 minutes each side. Needless to say, we had a lot of late night convos filled with laughter.
We went in for our next appt. the following week and SUCCESS! Baby boy had flipped around. He was head down and ready to go. I thought for sure we were in the clear for our VBAC we had hoped for. We set our induction date for May 8th at 6:30AM.

Induction 1: (05.08.14)
We went in that morning thinking we were going to have our baby boy in our arms that day or the following, depending on how long the laboring process took. That morning I was having some pretty intense contractions on my own. When we checked in to L&D they set us up in RM 1. Once I got my IV in, we started up the pitocin around 8am.

Since I had a c-section before, I could only do small increments of the pitocin at a time. So every 30 minutes the nurse would come in and turn up my dosage. My Dr. told me that he would be in around 1 to check my progress. If I could dilate to a 2 then they could break my water and get the ball rolling. So we played the waiting game. The nurses kept coming in to check my progress and to turn up my pitocin. By 6pm my Dr. came in to check me. I wasn't progressing... He then gave us an option to go home so I could labor on my own. Or I could go in for a C-section. He was leaning more towards sending us home and rescheduling for another induction day. We were kind of disappointed since we went in thinking no matter what, we were going to be able to snuggle our sweet boy. Since we really didn't want to do a c-section and my Dr. thought it was good news that I was having contractions on my own, then I would possibly come in on my own over the weekend. Although we would schedule another induction for that monday. Wrong. L&D were booked on that monday so we had to push it to Tuesday, May 13th!
So we opted to go home, a little defeated. But we felt good about our decision. I was going to try and do everything I could that weekend to intensify my contractions & go in on my own. I took evening primrose oil. Some castor oil. We went walking every night. Had sex :) etc. We tried everything, but baby boy was stubborn and stayed put.

Induction 2: May 13th
Here we go again. Same story, different day. Once they put in my IV, they started me up on pitocin. If I could get to at least a 2 then they could break my water and things would start to progress from there.
I told the hubs that no matter what, we weren't leaving this time without our baby boy. Physically & emotionally I was exhausted.

I was getting some intense contractions here and there, but nothing I couldn't breathe my way through. I was hopeful that my cervix was starting to dilate. It was about 2:45pm and I figured I should take a nap while I could. So I fell asleep for about 45 minutes when around 3:30 I felt a gush of fluid....my water broke! I told the hubs, I think my water broke or I just peed myself, but I was pretty sure it was my water. So in came the nurse. She upped my pitocin and said let's get this going. We thought for sure that this would get me started and we were ready for the laboring process to begin. The nurses kept telling me that my contractions would start to get more intense and that I could get an epidermal at anytime. Well the contractions came, but I was still able to breathe my way through them. My nurse checked me and said I was only about 1.5 cm dialated at this point. Not the news we wanted to hear, but we were still hopeful. By 8pm my doctor came in to check me one last time. Nothing. No progress. At this point we had our decision made for us. C-section. I felt a sense of calmness. I was ready to snuggle my baby boy. I tried everything I could to do a VBAC, but maybe it just wasn't in the cards for me. I was mentally prepared for another c-section at this point. So we told our doctor our decision and he said, "okay we will prep the team and take you back in about 20 minutes." I hurried and called my mom to come, so she could make the birth. After that phone call, the realization that I was going back for surgery hit me. I was slightly nervous this round, but knew this was my only option. So the hubs and I got dressed in our cute scrubs and the team took us back.

As they were giving me my spinal block, my mom walked into the room. I had a sense of relief having my mom by my side. Same routine, my body from the chest down went numb. Blue curtain went up and I could feel poking and pressure down below. This time I kept shaking because I was cold. So I kept shutting my eyes to focus and took deep breathes. Just a few minutes later I could hear my doctor say, "that's a BIG baby!" Within seconds I heard the sweetest sound. My sons little newborn cries. I immediately started tearing up. He was finally here. They brought him around the curtain so we could meet our son. (Little did hubs know, he stood right in my way) So they took him to clean him up. Then they came back and put him on my chest. All I remember thinking was dang this boy is heavy. I have strict instructions for the hubs to stay with our children in the hospital. So they took him to the nursery to give him his first bath and weigh him etc. As they were sewing me back up, I asked doe's anyone know how much he weighed? To my shock 9lbs 3oz. We were all shocked because my Dr. thought he wouldn't be bigger than 7lbs. WRONG by 2lbs 3oz.

In the end, the hubs and I are blessed to have him here and he is happy and healthy.
Welcome to the world sweet baby boy of mine.

June 13, 2014

Lennox Joseph (1 month)

I can't believe its already been a month. Overall, the transition from 1 to 2 kids has been a pretty easy. Luckily, the hubs took this summer off from school, which was a blessing. He has been amazing helping me with Elliana, since all my time and energy has been with Lennox.

The transition was a little rough for Elliana the first week. She loved baby brother, but acted out towards me. She has always been a mommy's girl, so this was hard for me. She acted mad at me and wanted no one but daddy. She has entered the stage of not listening and sends herself to time out. I guess we have entered the life of threenager. Oh boy!

  • You head circumference is 40cm  (82%)
  • You weigh  12lbs 03oz (94%)
  • You are now 22.5in (77%)
  • You love to look at the lights & fans
  • You love to smile
  • You love to sleep with your both hands above your head 
  • You have slept through the night a couple of times.
  • You are so strong and lift your head since the beginning
  • You only cry when you are hungry, and when you are hungry there is no messing around :)
  • You are a grunter in your sleep & when you eat
  • You love to cuddle. Your favorite position is over my shoulder, although you head bang my shoulder
  • You love to stick your tongue out
  • You make the cutest faces. Kissy face is your favorite
  • You didn't love bath time at first, but now you love bath time. You hate  putting lotion and PJ's on
  • You are barely growing out of your newborn section. Mostly in 0-3 month & 3 month section
  • You are barely in newborn diapers. I bet you grow out of them within the next few weeks
  • You are coo a lot

Love you so much sweet boy.

May 29, 2014

9 Months

How far along are you? 40 weeks (9 months)
How big is your baby? 7.5lbs
How long is your baby? 20 in. the size of a small watermelon
How much weight have you gained? 30lbs  
Do you have any stretch marks? not that I can see
Are you wearing maternity clothes? Normal shirts, but I live in my maternity pants & dresses. 
How are you sleeping through the night? Some, but getting really uncomfortable.
What was the best moment this week? Enjoying time with my family. 
Food cravings: Jamba juices
Movements? Yes he is very active.
Belly button? I officially have an outtie.
What I miss? My body.
Labor signs? Yep we had some braxton hicks and contractions. 
What I am looking forward to? Meeting our baby boy.
Milestone? Making it to 40 weeks!

March 20, 2014

8 Months (32 weeks)

WOW, I can't believe we are almost there...This pregnancy has gone by slow yet super fast. Makes no sense whatsoever. But I can't believe baby boy will be here in 8 weeks or less. Speaking of less, we had a little scare yesterday. Since Friday, I had some braxton hicks and then some abdominal cramps. I had a really busy weekend and just kept pushing through. I tend to think I can do a lot more than I really can. Well on Tuesday evening, I was tossing and turning all night with these really bad pains. I figured they weren't contraction since they weren't in my uterus, but right under my boobs where I believe my stomach has been smashed. I thought it was a stomach flu or something did not sit right. By morning I was in tears. The pain was intense enough to knock me off my feet. All I could do was breathe through it. The hubs decided to take me to the emergency room. When we got there they admitted me into Labor & Delivery. Where we did the stress tests. Baby looked good, but my uterus was very active. Sure enough I was having contractions. This surprised me since I thought it was just a stomach ache. So they put an IV in me and pumped me full of fluids. They ran some other tests to make sure everything else was okay and if he needed to put me on steroids. We waited a few hours for the results. Everything came back negative!!!! Good news. So they sent me home with a follow up appt today.

I woke up well rested, thanks to my amazing husband who let me rest all day yesterday. (It's hard when you have an active 2 year old) I slept really well and wasn't having anymore contractions. So when I went in my doctor told me they wanted to run a stress test to make sure I wasn't contracting. No contractions and baby boy looks healthy! We are going to go in to the doctors every 2 weeks now, just so the doctor can keep an eye on me and the baby boy.

How far along are you? 32 weeks (8 months)
How big is your baby? 3.75lbs
How long is your baby? 16.7 in. the size of a large jicama
How much weight have you gained? 20lbs Yikes  
Do you have any stretch marks? Nope
Are you wearing maternity clothes? Normal shirts, but I live in my maternity pants. 
How are you sleeping through the night? Not really 
What was the best moment this week? Just soaking up the time I have with my little girl.
Food cravings: Jamba juices
Movements? Yes he is wild inside the womb.
Belly button? I officially have an outtie.
What I miss? Sleeping on my stomach. 
Labor signs? Yep we had some braxton hicks and contractions. But were doing good now. Just need to take it easy. 
What I am looking forward to? Our baby shower next weekend!
Milestone? Keeping baby boy in and cooking him a little more.