Sunday, December 2, 2012

1 Year!




Clay turned one year last Friday!  We had a small party for him with family on Saturday the 24th. 

-23 lbs., 30 inches
-Says hi, dadda, mama, this(dis), that(dat), more(meh), Reese(Rsh), and lights
-Gives kisses with a pucker now and blows kisses with his hands
-Sleeping 12 hours a night, FINALLY! :)

Clay is such a little joy!  We love how snuggly, social, playful, happy and goofy he is.  Hardest year of my life, but it was so worth it and we are having fun.  

I never shared my birth story for Clay, so since it's his first birthday I'm going to share it here so I don't forget the details (at least the ones I can forget).  It's not an experience that I look back on with a whole lot of fondness, but I am extremely grateful that I was able to VBAC. 

Labor began at midnight, November 21 and was pretty intense from the get go.  I was able to rest a bit for a few hours until I couldn't lay in bed anymore through the contractions.  I called my doula around 3:30/4 am since it seemed things were progressing quickly and she arrives shortly after.  I tried to go back to bed for another 2 hours but the contractions were so intense that I was up by 6am for the long haul.  Contractions were still inconsistent at this point, ranging from 10-30 minutes apart, but when they came they were long.  A lot of my contractions would last 8-10 minutes at a time.  

The contractions were inconsistent all day so my doula encouraged me to go for a walk around 2/3pm to get things rolling.  We then decided to hit the mall to do some shopping to distract me from everything around 4.  While there, my contractions became 5 minutes apart, so we decided to head back home to pack things up.  We headed out around 5:30/6pm and on our way to the hospital my contractions were about 3-5 minutes apart.  I checked into triage, was told I was only 4 cm dilated, but was being admitted since I was a week overdue and this was obviously labor.  

We got our stuff in the birthing room, attached the monitor to my belly and got to work.  At this point I was in a lot of pain and was working hard for a few hours.  It was probably now around 8-9pm.  The midwives allowed me to get into the tub for about 15 minutes to ease some pain, but I wasn't allowed to spend too much time in there since I was VBACing.  I was shaking in the tub and knew I was in transition.  After getting out, I was checked and at this point was told I was dilated to 7cm and apprently had been stuck there for awhile.  We were nearing midnight and I thought for sure I was going to have him by then but they kept telling me that I wasn't dilating further than 7cm.  After shaking for hours, it felt like it was never going to end.  The midwife then discovered that my bag of waters was bulging and wasn't breaking on it's own, so she did it for me.  I thought this would progress things, but it didn't.  After a while, I was checked again when she discovered I had a cervical lip that wasn't allowing his head to pass into the birth canal and that I was indeed dilated to 10 cm!  In order to progress, my midwife had to manually hold my cervix open while I pushed (without the urge).  Once his head passed the cervix it wasn't too much longer before I felt the urge to bear down.  At this point I was in so much pain, I literally thought I was going to die.  I was on my back and wanted to switch to an upright position, but I was so paralyzed by the pain that I couldn't move.  By the time I was pushing him out, I was so wiped out that I kept stopping.  After some encouragement and 26 hours later,  he was born at 2:08am on November 22, and almost 9 pounds.  

I held him while the midwives stitched me up.  I had a 2nd degree tear, so they had to stitch the muscle then the tissue, and it took about 20 minutes.  I got two shots of novacain, which didn't work, so I felt every stitch.  That was a LONG 20 minutes.  Delivering Clay was by far the toughest and most painful thing I've ever experienced but I am extremely grateful that the Lord still granted us our wishes for a VBAC. 

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

11 Months

Clay is 11 months now and each month it just gets better.  He understands things we're saying to him and purposely does funny things to make us laugh.  He gives high fives, kisses, hugs and does the "more" sign.  He's been perfecting his walking over the last month, really took off while we were in Minnesota with family, but now he's pushing himself up from a squat and changes direction rather easily!  He's officially on the go!!



-Mimics everything his sister does and says
-Says "hi" when he waves
-Shakes his head "no" when he doesn't like something
-Talks on the phone
-Claps when he hears "yay"
-Tried to put his shoes on when it was time to go
-Can pick Aaron, Therese and I out of pictures
-On our way out the door, Clay was playing in the cabinets.  I said, "Ok kids, time to go!"  He stopped what he was doing, walked over to the garage door and banged on it to get out.
-While Therese was in time out, Clay was waving his finger at her and speaking his baby babble like he was reprimanding her.  haha!

21 lbs., 29.5 inches long

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Recent pics

We got pics done of the kids about a month ago, here are a few favorites:








Thursday, September 27, 2012

10 Months

Clay is 10 months!!!  One of these days I will post some pics, I'm just falling way behind.  I'm on my way out of town tomorrow to visit family in MN so this is going to be short.

-The biggest thing going on right now,  Clay is pretty much walking!  He takes risks walking away from the objects he is holding on to, but usually sits down and begins to crawl.  If I put him down, he will walk 2-5 feet at a time before falling over.  He's more than capable of doing it on his own, he just hasn't figured it out.  It's fun to see him try though.

-It took a few weeks to get him sleeping through the night and after getting a week or two of sweet sleep, he's back up.  :-/  Not sure why he keeps waking himself up.  If I knew, we'd all be getting a lot more sleep around here.

-Clay is very observant.  He will mimic things he sees his sister or others do.  One day I caught him placing food on a fork and trying to put it in his mouth after seeing his sister use one. And another day we had our neighbor kid over and he was using the sit and spin.  After watching our neighbor kid spin, he began to spin himself around on his bottom.  So funny.

-He roars like a dinosaur.  Therese was roaring like one at dinner and out of the blue, Clay started growling.  We all erupted in laughter and he continues to do it just to get laughs out of us. 

-Waving hello and goodbye  :)

Friday, August 31, 2012

9 Months

Clay is one active kid!  He is busy from the time he gets up to the time he goes to bed.  Here's what is happening at 9 months:

-Still gets up 2x a night, but that's changing!  We're are working hard to get him sleeping through the night because my body and health can't take it anymore.

-Loves to wrestle, bounce, flip, fly and anything to do with rough housing!

-Loves to play peek-a-boo with a blanket.  He will pull it over your face to get the game started and then pull it off to be surprised by you.  

-Tries to clap and does "So big."

-Beginning to say Momma and Dadda.  He definitely understands our names but there have been a few times I think he was calling us by our names. 

-Has 3 top teeth, the fourth is coming in and a third bottom tooth.  He has seven total.  :).

-We are working on signs (more, food, all done).  He understands but hasn't tried signing yet.

-He loves squeezer hugs.  If you ask him if he wants squeezers, he will lay on your chest, grab you tightly and wait for you to squeeze him.  

-When he tells you something, he holds up his arm, palm up and make his little babble noises.  He's very serious when telling you stories.

-He's balancing more and more by himself.  Today he stood unassisted for about 5 seconds and he's shifting between objects (couch to table, vice versa) while cruising. A few times he has attempted a few steps (1-2).  I hope this means he'll be walking soon!

-Clay is our little snuggle bug, he will snuggle with almost anyone!  He met a guy at church today for the first time, reached for him and then laid his head on his chest.  The nursery workers told us how cuddly he was with them too.  This morning when we got up, we brought Clay in bed with us to snuggle and as soon as he saw Aaron, he began laughing and reaching for him, crawled his way over to his chest and then burrowed in.  He's such a sweetie. 

-21 lbs. and 29 inches long, head circumference 18

Sunday, July 29, 2012

8 Months

-For the last few weeks, Clay has been pulling up on and cruising furniture.  He's even climbing our stairs.

-Eating lots of foods: cheese, crackers, melon, bananas, applesauce,  pretty much anything he can sink his gums into!  He even snagged a piece of his sister's cake sitting on the coffee table last night!  This kid loves to eat and he's doing very well using his pincher grasp, even scooping pureed food into his little mouth.

-I can finally see two of his top teeth that have been working their way in.  Hopefully they'll break through soon.

-He dances to music.  :)

-Clay is a very affectionate child.  I want to share some of the sweet things he's doing right now.  When he sees someone he knows, like his grandparents, he will reach his hand out until they come to him.  Then he will stroke their face with his hand lovingly while smiling.  Also, during the night after he's done feeding, he will pull himself up to my chest and then snuggle in.  He will fall asleep for a few minutes to me rubbing his back, and sometime will even rub my arms as I rub his back.  It's in these moments that I never want to let him go.

Update:  As of tonight (7/30/12), Clay let go of the couch and stood on his own for a few seconds!  This kid is blowing my mind!!!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

7 Months

Here's what my little guy is up to:

-Crawling:  For the first 3 weeks of the month he pulled himself around on his belly while trying out a few moves on all fours.  Then about a week before he turned 7 months, he began crawling on all fours and pushing himself up to sitting position.  He now goes from sitting, to crawling and back to sitting all the time and nothing can keep him from moving all over the house.  

-Working on talking.  Lots of sounds but the one he says the most is ma ma ma ma.

-Extremely affectionate.  When I get him up from his nap, he wraps his arms around my neck tightly and squeezes giving me a hug.  He's such a sweet little guy.

-He's working on getting his top teeth. 

-He loves to swim.  When we get him in the water he kicks his legs frantically with a huge grin.  He even dunks his face in the water!

-The more time that the kids spend together, the more they love each other!  They are so cute together.  Clay lights up as soon as he sees Reese and I will often find her cracking him up.

-When I get home from being gone somewhere, Clay will smile big and charge towards me.  I love how happy he gets to see me.

-One of my favorite things he does is what we call "The Bobblehead."  He wiggles his head back and forth like a bobblehead.  He makes it a game by "bobbling" back and forth with you.  It's so funny!

-He loves books.  If Aaron and Therese are reading anywhere near him, he will lunge to get to them or crawl his way across the floor and beg to be included.  

-21 lbs. and 27 inches long





Thursday, May 24, 2012

6 Months

Six months. In some ways it seems a lot longer but in other ways, I can't believe that my little baby is already half of a year old. These first six months have been a blur due to how difficult our lives have been and I feel like I've missed it all. I think as he gets older and I near Therese's third birthday in July, I'm getting weepy and reflective. Why is it so difficult to watch your kids grow up? Truly bittersweet. 

Enough of the sappy stuff and on to Clay. This kid has so much motivation! He never stops moving and is determined to be all over the house. He has been this way since he was a newborn but now it's getting so much more difficult to corral! I practically have to wrestle him to get his diaper changed because he wants to move all over the table and refuses to let me keep his legs still! You can imagine the mess I have every time I change him. Even nursing isn't very peaceful...he kicks, and rolls and pulls the ENTIRE time he eats. Quite painful. He's also quite the little piggy! He will eat two bowls of cereal, an entire vegetable and still nurse both sides before bed! This kid just can't enough food. 

Here's what he's up to: 
-Sitting up all by himself (happened a few days after my last post) 
-Has his two bottom teeth coming in 
-To add to the scooting, he is now pushing up on hands and knees to attempt crawling 
-He's rolling both ways, back to belly, belly to back. 
-Wearing 9-12 month clothes 
-Still wakes to eat 2x a night 
-Eats carrots, peas, cereal for dinner and bananas, avocado and watermelon in the food feeder 
-About 18 lbs., 27 inches long 
-Still my little snugglebug 

Our life is definitely more rich with him in it. His smiles and happiness light up our world. Love you little Bubba.

Friday, April 27, 2012

5 Months

Clay is 5 months!  Here's what he is doing right now:
-17 lbs., 26.5 inches long
-Wearing 9 month clothes
-Tripod sitting.  He is close to sitting all the way up unassisted. 
-Close to crawling.  He pulls his knees up under himself and kicks, which scoots him across the floor on his belly.
-Walks the whole house in his walker.
-For the last month he has been eating cereal before bed.  We recently tried peas and it was a success.  This kid likes food.  If he's sitting anywhere near food, he will open his mouth, follow the fork and whine for the food.  So funny.  

He's a VERY active baby, never sits still!  We're having fun playing with our happy, little man.




Monday, April 9, 2012

March Madness

It's been crazy around here. In March while we were on vacation, Aaron acquired a Staph infection that ended up being MRSA. It was so bad that he ended up getting surgery to remove it all! That was a rough couple of weeks as he had 2 surgeries, was laid up for at least a week, multiple doctor's visits, disinfecting the house, a hundred loads of laundry, among new linens/rugs etc. After two weeks of rest and antibiotics, he is infection free and we're pretty sure we eliminated it (as much as you really can) in the house as no one else got it. He's back to work and healing well.

Then we noticed that our dog Kona wasn't eating and had lost some significant weight. I took her to the vet and he suspected it was cancer. We ran some bloodwork on her and it confirmed to him that it was indeed cancer. We spent the weekend with her, spoiling her with steak and lots of love, and then put her to sleep on Monday, April 2nd. It was a sad day. Copper isn't doing too well either. In fact my vet thought we should put her to sleep too, but we couldn't handle losing them both at the same time. We're giving her some time before we go down that road again.

Kona


Sleep is still sporadic with Clay, but we get some decent nights. With all of the stress around here, I needed a creative outlet to relax. Therese loves the Fresh Beat Band on Nick Jr., it's her favorite show. And her favorite episode is Rockstar. Every time she watches it she says to me, "I need a rockstar jacket," so that pushed me to get busy on a project. Behold below, the rockstar jacket!!



(Not sure why this is flipped)


Here are some funny things Therese has been saying around here:

-She walks up to people and says, "Hi I'm Reesie, I like to dance!"

-She woke up crying in the middle of the night, and when I asked her what was wrong, she asked me, "Did Copper eat me?" I laughed.

-She loves the moon and talks to it like it's a person. We have to say goodnight to the moon daily and after taking her out one night, this is what I heard her say, "Goodnight moon! I gotta go nigh night in my big girl bed!" (while waving)

-After I got her dressed one morning, she exclaimed, "I'm so fresh, booyah!" Then gave me her knuckles and said, "Pound it!"

Therese is a crazy 2.5 year old, Clay is scooting on the floor and walking in his walker. Aaron is going to school 2 nights a week along with his regular work schedule and being apart of a special ops team with the department. I'm just trying to keep everything going without dying in a pile by the end of the day! Just focusing on getting my health back. We're hoping in another month when school is out for him that things will slow down a bit and we can just enjoy life!

Saturday, March 31, 2012

4 Months

In some ways it's hard to believe Clay is already 4 months, but in other ways it's been a LONG sleep deprived 4 months! Clay slept well for about 3 weeks, but after that he went back to waking frequently during the night for feedings. Most nights he stays up until 11pm or 12am and then wakes a few times throughout the night to eat. I'm not sure why he continues to wake up and I've tried everything to get him back but without success. I haven't had a full night of sleep in so long and my health is beginning to suffer. I have adrenal fatigue again so it's been pretty rough. I really hope something changes soon so I can get healthy again and enjoy playing with my children.

Despite our crazy sleep schedule, Clay is still a happy and fun little guy to have around. He's getting all the rest he needs, haha! He's a mover. Loves to stand, stomp his feet, roll, and cruise around in the walker. Nothing can keep him still. I have a feeling he's going to be my early walker so he can keep up with his sister!

This is his favorite thing to do during the day, cruise around the house:
video

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Rolling

Clay is now rolling from his back to his belly! Check out my little stud:

video

Therese is almost fully potty trained. She started using the potty for about a month in my last trimester, but then decided she wanted to go back to diapers. I was so tired from my pregnancy that I didn't fight her and just waited for her to ask again. A few weeks ago she decided she wanted to wear her panties and go on the potty, so we let her. It's been smooth sailing ever since. She does it mostly by herself...runs to the bathroom, pulls down her pants, goes potty, gets dressed and washes her hands. Sometimes I don't even know she's gone until it's all over. It's been a dream. We only wear diapers at naptime and bedtime, and she usually wakes up from her nap dry. I'm so proud of her!


A funny story about Therese the other day: I asked her if Mommy and Daddy should have more babies or if we should be done. She paused for a moment and then said, "Be all done." Then I asked her, "Really? So you don't want anymore siblings? You're fine with just brother?" She then held up one finger and said, "No more babies. Just one baby." So...I guess we're done! hahaha!

Friday, February 24, 2012

3 Months




Clay is three months and growing up so fast! He's such a happy little guy, smiles and giggles all the time. We love having him around.

Clay is 15 lbs., 24 inches long and wearing 3-6 month clothing. He's starting to roll from his back to his belly, almost rolling all the way. When he gets on his belly, he will hike his knees up and push with his feet like he's trying to crawl. Clay's favorite thing to do on our laps is pull himself up to standing. He's still sleeping through most of the night with one feeding. Every once in a while he will sleep all the way through.





Having fun!


Proud big sis!


Hiking at the White Tanks


Lake Pleasant

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The First 2 Months



The first 2 months were pretty difficult for us. But now that things are beginning to mellow out, I've found some time to actually blog about them.

The transition from 1 to 2 kids has been pretty difficult for me. I did not think it was hard going from 0 to 1, but adding Clay in has really thrown me. He hasn't been the easiest to deal with and neither has his sister. We constantly have behavioral issues from our very independent, opinionated 2 year old who wants things her way and pitches a fit if it doesn't happen. We landed ourselves in urgent care when she decided to pick her brother up out of his swing when mommy left the room. After hearing the screams of pain, I found Clay lying on the ground where she dropped him at only a few weeks old. She smothers his face with blankets, hits him in the head, covers him in tape, grapes in the mouth, scaring him...the brother abuse goes on! So we're learning how to be gentle with our little "brudder Cway-wen."

After a difficult labor, Clay wasn't any easier. He was extremely fussy the first 4 weeks. He cried every time we put him down and would not sleep unless being held. I tried his bassinet, bouncer and swing but nothing worked. He had to be held otherwise he was unhappy. Every so often he would fall asleep in his swing, but it was never for more than 15-20 minutes. So I wore him in my Moby wrap during the day and we would sit up with him at night. We'd sit in the recliner chairs all night trying to console him and keep him from crying but would do it in shifts. I would sit up with Clay from 12am-4am and Aaron would take him from 4am-8am. Then Therese would be up and I'd get up with her so Aaron could go back to bed. It was rough. He also was nursing every 1.5-2 hours around the clock. I tried to space him out but it just wasn't working. The other issue, just like his sister, he had a slight tongue tie. So every feeding was excruciatingly painful. But instead of waiting 2 very long and painful months, I had his tongue clipped in the second week. It made a slight difference in the beginning, but I had to retrain him over the next few weeks. It has improved with time and we are virtually pain-free at this point.

At 4 weeks, he began to mellow out. The feedings stretched out slightly, he would sit contently in his swing without crying and began to sleep in his bassinet during the day and night. At night he was sleeping about 2-3 hour stretches, which isn't much but we were thrilled! The Lord also gave us a sweet little surprise...Clay began smiling early! It was a little ray of sunshine in my day as things were still very difficult.

At 6 weeks, I had a bad night with the kids and Aaron had a bad night on shift (no sleep), so upon Aaron's arrival home we decided to implement a schedule that day. Since he was 6 weeks, we thought it was a good time. He took to it and began sleeping in 3-4 hour stretches at night and napping during the day. He'd sleep his longest stretch in the early evening, 8pm-1am, feed, sleep until about 4am, feed, and back to bed until about 8am when his sister got up. His sleeping slowly stretched out even more over the next 2 weeks and he's now sleeping 8pm-4:30am, one feeding then back to bed until 8:30am when Therese gets up. They go to bed at the same time and get up at the same time, hallelujah!!!

Now that the drama is over, here are some pics of Clay over the last 2 months. He's a very happy little guy, smiling and giggling all day long! Such a little joy to have around.

2 Weeks


Loving her brother


6weeks


Bath time


Happy guy








She loves him


Buddies