Friday, April 29, 2011

Landon's First Easter

We were so excited to have our very own tiny bunny this Easter. We took Landon to church for the first time on Easter. He looked so cute and so tiny. He wore his going home outfit one more time. I was sad when I took it off him because I knew he probably wouldn't get to wear it again. He is growing so fast!!! He was so good during church he just sat quietly in his seat. After church, Linda made lunch for all of us and we followed it up with an Easter egg hunt. Landon was too little to hunt for eggs this year but Heath is getting him ready for next year! Heath and I so enjoyed our little family this holiday. It made it even more special. Here are a few pictures from the day.

Going to Church

Landon and Mommy (I still cannot believe he is mine!!!)

I love his bunny ears! He will probably hate me one day for this!

The cutest little bunnies ever!

The girls are crazy over him.

Landon with his Easter basket. A tiny basket for a tiny guy!

Poor baby, I made him wear these silly ears almost all day but, I just LOVE them!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: Tiny Easter Bunny

Friday, April 22, 2011

Two Week Appointment

Landon was technically 2 weeks on Monday but, we just went for his two week appointment today. He is getting so big so fast. Here is how the last two weeks have gone

  • Today he weighed in at 7lbs 14 oz, which would make you think he has only gained 4 oz but, he actually lost down to 6 lbs 13 oz so, he has actually gained 1lb and 1 oz!
  • He has grown 1/2" in length and is now 21 1/2"
  • He eats about every three hours and has had a sensitive tummy which means I have had to give up dairy, leafy greens, chocolate, peas, and limit my juice and tomato based products. We hope to start to slowly reintroduce those foods in the next is starting to get hungry!
  • He is a good sleeper and enjoys sitting in his swing and bouncy chair
  • He LOVES bath time, he would gladly stay in the tub as long as we allowed
  • He is starting to smile a little
  • If he is awake he will study your face and follow it.
  • His eyes are turning a beautiful shade of light blue...just like his Daddy's!
  • He is very strong and holds his head up for a good amount of time
  • VH1's music videos keep us entertained during our early morning feedings
We have had so much fun with him over the last two weeks. While it has been exhausting I can't wait to wake up each day to kiss his sweet face.

Speaking of that sweet face I will leave you with a little eye candy!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Wordless Wednsday: One Week

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

A Baby Story

Well, after a week of being a mommy, I finally have time to blog about how our sweet baby boy came into this world.

On Thursday March 31st, I had my 39 week visit with the doctor. At that visit, he informed me I would probably be pregnant for at least another week, maybe 2. My cervix was completely closed and thick and baby was sitting at -3 position. He said it could happen any time but to plan on seeing him the next week. I was so frustrated, I was exhausted and starting to get really uncomfortable. After my appointment I just cried because I couldn't imagine feeling that way for 2 more weeks.

The next day, Friday, I was off and spent the day resting, walking and sitting on my yoga ball trying to get him to drop more.

On Saturday, I went to work but, I could hardly walk. I was so sore in my hips, pelvis and lower back. I felt terrible but, I stayed at work and just sat at my desk.

Sunday, I got up and went to work again still feeling bad. After work Heath and I had planned to run some errands. When I got home we went to wash the car, we went to eat and then went to Walmart to pick up some furniture we had ordered. When we were in Walmart I could barely walk. I told Heath he wasn't going to make it until next Friday, I was pretty sure he would come sooner. When we got home I went to take a bath and Heath started working on putting the furniture together. After I got out I started feeling really bad in general so, I laid down on the sofa at about 10. A few minutes later I heard a loud pop, like a champagne cork. Then I felt a long slow burning sensation along my lower belly. I called for Heath to come in and sit with me for awhile. Once he sat down about 15 seconds later I felt water start to gush out. I could see past my belly so I told Heath that I thought my water might have broke and could he see it. His eyes got huge, He jumped off the sofa. He was yelling "What do I do? Do we need to go?" I had to yell at him to calm down.

While I called the doctor, he called his mom to come over. The doctor told me to go to the hospital. So, while Heath packed the car, I gathered up the last few things I needed to pack. I was a little frustrated because I had just taken off all my makeup and brushed out my hair so, I attempted to put myself somewhat back together. While we were getting things together I had my first contraction. I had about 4 more before we left the house, with each one a little stronger than the last. We headed for the hospital around 10:45.

Heath and I spent the drive talking about how we could not believe this was actually happening. By the time we got to the hospital my contractions were about 5 minutes apart and pretty strong. Heath came around to help me out of the car and when I stood up I had a MAJOR gush of water, about a quart or more. I was completely soaked at this point. It was all the way down my legs, into my flip flops. When I walked I squished. All we could do was laugh hysterically and the more I laughed the more it gushed out. I was so embarrassed to walk through the hospital, which only added up to more laughter.

Once they got me checked in I was only dilated to a 1. Kristi showed up just before they moved me to my labor and delivery. By the time I got to my room I was having pretty strong
contractions but they were still only 5-7 minutes apart. By about 2, I was in a fair amount of pain but they wouldn't let me have an epidural until I was 3 cm. Kristi finally called the nurse and asked her to check me and...lucky me I was 3 cm. Waiting the 20 minutes for the epidural was horrible but once I got it, it was such relief. After that, for the rest of the night, we spent our time sleeping off and on. Sometime during the night had a small scare when his heart rate dropped but they were able to get it back up pretty quickly.

Around 8:00 the next morning Dr. Barnes came in to check me and I was at 7cm. He told us we would probably have baby by lunchtime. Well, lunchtime came and went. It took forever to go from 7cm to 9 cm. I finally stalled out at 9.5 cm at around 2:00. They had me start pushing to try to push through the last .5 cm. I was making progress with my pushing the only problem was my contractions were super long and very strong but they were still only 5 minutes apart. So when I pushed him down he would slide back up while we were waiting for the next contraction.

Around 4:00 Dr. Barnes came back in to check on me and they decided to give me pitocin to get my contractions closer together. At that point I had been pushing for 2 hours. They let me push for one more hour with the pitocin to see if I could get him to move down more. If I had not progressed within the hour, my only choice was to have a C-section. I was so exhausted at that point I wasn't sure I could go another hour but, somehow I managed to find it in me to push.

After an hour the doctor came back again and said that I had made progress but, the baby was stuck under my pubic bone and couldn't move past it. He told me he would either have to use the vacuum to help get him out or we would have to do a C-section. I agreed to let them try the vacuum. I had been in labor 19 hours at this point I didn't want to have a C-section now. At 6:00 Dr. Barnes got ready and 5 or 6 pushes later my sweet baby boy was born at 6:23PM, more than 20 hours later.

I will not ever forget this day, hearing his sweet cry for the first time, seeing his beautiful face looking up at me, seeing Heath's face when he saw him, or the way he instantly stopped crying when I talked to him. It was the most precious moment of my life. It is funny how your life can change in an instant. He is more beautiful than I ever could have imagined. I love him more than I ever thought possible. Holding that tiny baby for the first time was so amazing and it instantly soothed my aching heart. I am so glad I never stopped fighting for this moment because it was bigger and more amazing than I ever could have imagined. Labor was the hardest thing I have ever been through but I would do it all again in a second! I love being a mommy!

Here are a few more pictures from our day. (or should I say night and day...and night!)

Friday, April 8, 2011

Landon Dean

I just wanted to make a quick announcement that our beautiful baby boy made his debut on Monday, April 4th at 6:23 PM. After a very long labor and delivery he is finally in our arms. It was the most precious moment of our lives. He weighed 7lbs 10oz and was 21" long. Heath and I could not be happier. I will share our fun birth story when I have a little more time.

Thank you to everyone who has sent us emails, text and phone calls. I have gotten every single one, even if I haven't been able to respond.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Landon's Room - Part 2

Here are a few more pictures of Landon's Room with the additional furniture and other goodies that we added. Mom helped me get them room put together and all the shower gifts put away when she came out to visit in March. I still don't have anything on the walls, that may come after he is born. So for now here is Part 2....

Changing table and glider.

Finished bedding with the quilt that mom had made. I love it!!!


Glider and book basket. I can't wait to rock and read to him!!!