Thursday, September 24, 2009

Some Kinda Normal

First, A Holden Update:
I took Holden to his two week well baby check up on Tuesday and he is doing great! Not only has he met his birth weight, he's gained 9 additional ounces. He was so good at the doctor's appointment. The doctor checked him out and said, "You're really lucky to have such an easy baby." Ha! He should just come visit us at home! Holden will not let me put him down. He nurses every hour all night long and I have had to learn to sleep sitting up because the only way he will sleep is in my arms! (And writing blog posts takes forever now since I can only type with one hand!) Luckily, I discovered babywearing... I can just put him in a wrap and he falls asleep (as long as I keep moving) and I can get a few things done.

Well, today was my first day at home by myself since my c-section. And I have a renewed respect for all of the stay at home moms out there! It's going to take me a little time to get any sort of routine down, but I wanted to get things back to semi-normal for Aiden, so we did an art project. I'm really going to try to get my themed weeks going again. This week: Polar Animals
Aiden was born in Alaska (a fact that everyone in our family loves and tells him all the time). Lately, he has been really into looking at my Alaska photo albums and he decided that he wanted to make all of the animals he saw in my pictures. First up: A moose...

And Holden is in his wrap, so we're ready to start!

First, I traced both of Aiden's feet. He was really concerned that the crayon would get on his foot and spent a few minutes inspecting them before we could move on.

Then we painted both of his hands and made handprints.

I cut out the tracings of his feet and had him paint them.

Then I cut out some ears which he painted.

I put it all together and painted the eyes. Then we let it dry.

I wanted to glue it on a piece of bright paper so it would stand out, but Aiden chose brown because "moose like to hide".

Who knew that carrying around a 2 week old baby and doing an art project with a 3 year old could be so exhausting!

Sunday, September 13, 2009


Aiden has really taken to his role as big brother. He wants to be around Holden all the time! When I change his diaper (on a changing pad in the floor), Aiden lays down beside him and says, "Hey, little brother. Did you know that I love you so very much?" Holden will just stare at Aiden and move his little hands around. Aiden loves this and says, "Mommy! He likes me!" It's too cute.

And Aiden is such a huge help. He is constantly bringing me diapers and blankets and trying to cover Holden up. He's even "helped" me change a poopy diaper! LOL But every time, he hears Holden crying, he says, "Mommy! The baby's crying. I think he wants you." So far that's the only thing he dislikes about his brother!

The other day I was trying to explain to Aiden why he isn't allowed to pick Holden up. I will let him hold the baby but only if one of us is right beside him. I tried to tell him that his neck wasn't strong enough to hold his head up yet. Aiden said, "Don't worry, Mommy. His head won't fall off, it's glued on."

Meeting Holden for the first time at the hospital

The first time Aiden got to hold his little brother
Our first day home from the hospital. Aiden is making his "mean face"

Friday, September 11, 2009

Holden Thomas is Here!!!

I had my scheduled c-section on September 8. I had to call labor and delivery at 5:00 that morning and they asked me to be there at 7. Once I got to the hospital, they immediately took me back and put me on an IV and started drawing blood. Then they informed me that they couldn't find any of my records and the surgeon wasn't happy because he wanted to confirm the dates just to make sure the baby wasn't going to be too early. So, I sat there hooked to my IV and feeling extremely nervous for an entire hour before they finally located my chart. UGH!!! I don't recommend transferring hospitals at 36 weeks!

and showing off my support stockings that I got to wear for the last three weeks (with capris and flip flops! LOL)

Finally, they made me walk through the waiting area(!) to the operating room. I was so nervous at this point that I was shaking. The anesthesiologist immediately started my spinal and wow! It was painful! I don't remember it being like that with Aiden. At one point, I felt an electric shock run through the entire right side of my body and the doctor said, "Oops!"

Did I mention that I'm going to a teaching hospital? The "President's hospital", but still a teaching facility! They were showing some of the residents how to clean the area they were getting ready to cut and I heard them say, "Just think about mowing a lawn. Overlap and make sure everything is covered. We don't want to cause an infection." And then they felt the need to tell me that a third year resident was going to do my surgery...

I was able to calm down a little when Matt was allowed to come in. He held my hand and tried his best to comfort me. l was really scared from my past experience and acted like a big baby... When I had Aiden, I was in labor for 21 hours before the emergency c-section. I had been given two epidurals and a spinal and I didn't have any feeling whatsoever below my forehead. I was so afraid that was going to happen again. Also, when I had Aiden, I lost a lot of blood and since my iron was really low this time (at my last appointment, my doctor discussed using general anesthesia in case my levels were too low on the day of the surgery) I was terrified that I was going to have some kind of problem. I cried almost the entire time they were doing my surgery and Matt kept reassuring me that everything was going well. Even after hearing Holden crying, I couldn't calm down until I was in the recovery area!

Obviously, I wasn't able to hold Holden right away, but the doctors let Matt hold him by my head while they finished sewing my incision and cleaning me up. Seeing your baby for the first time is just amazing. There just aren't words to describe it. He was perfect! And I fell in love with him immediately...

The Stats:
DOB: September 8, 2009 at 9:53 AM
Weight: 8lbs 5oz
Length: 21 in

So, I'm not sure how many hospitals still have nurseries, but neither of the hospitals I have delivered at have them. I was very fortunate that my dad was able to come and stay with me while I was in hospital. Matt wasn't able to miss school and my mom wasn't able to get off work either (she will be staying with us next week). My recovery (being able to walk and go to the bathroom by myself) went really well and I was actually able to go home 48 hours after having my c-section.

Our first picture at home with our two babies!
(Yikes! I'm looking a little rough, but I did just have a baby!

Aiden LOVES being a big brother. He helps me out so much and really wants to be involved with Holden, but that's another post! It's taken me an entire day to write this one! Looks like we're going to be pretty busy for awhile!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Today's the Day!!!

It's Holden's Birthday!!!
So, I made it to the date of my scheduled c-section! I had to call in at 5:00 this morning and they have told me to be there at 7. I am SOOOO nervous about my c-section, but can't wait to meet baby Holden! I don't think I will have internet access while at the hospital, but should be home with an update on Friday if everything goes well...

My Last Baby Bump Picture! 39 weeks...

Sunday, September 6, 2009

An Activity for Aiden

Well, I'm feeling much better today! And I wanted to thank everyone for their nice thoughts and comments. After taking a shower and 3 warm baths, my back labor eased enough for me to do an activity with Aiden. (I have to admit, I've not been a very fun mommy lately.)

Aiden has been playing with play-doh a lot this past week. He got a set of letter cookie cutters for his birthday and he has been fascinated with looking through books of animals and trying to match the letters in their names with his cookie cutter letters. He will then cut the letters out and spell the names with his play-doh. He gets so excited when he finishes a name! It's really cute. I was looking through my folder of preschool activities and came across a recipe for play dough. I've always been to lazy to do it because it requires cooking! But I thought Aiden might enjoy it so I asked if him if he would like to make some glitter dough. Of course he said yes!

The Ingredients and Recipe:


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 1 tsp. cream of tartar

Add and whisk until smooth:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 Tbsp oil
  • Food coloring
  • Glitter (We added this on our own since Aiden still LOVES glitter! Once it's cooked in the play dough, it doesn't come off on your hands)

Cook over medium heat until play dough is nearly set.

Add: 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract (This is supposed to improve texture and also gives the play dough a nice scent)

Stir until vanilla is blended, then remove and knead when cool. Store in Ziploc bag or air tight container.

Cooking the play dough:

Oh what a mess!!! (But it was actually really easy to clean up)

Aiden using his letters

and being a little goofy!

Aiden had a fun time making this glitter play dough and I love the recipe. I love the texture of the play dough and the smell too! We will definitely be making it again in the future. Aiden has already planned out all of the colors we're going to make!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Sushi and Ice Cream

Yesterday was mine and Matt's sixth wedding anniversary! I cannot believe we've been married for that long! Six years, three states, and two kiddos... Wonder what's in store for us in the next six years! We always go to dinner on our anniversary and when he asked me what I wanted, I answered, "Sushi and ice cream!" He looked at me like I was crazy and said, "Gross. What a combo." But that's what we had! I have been craving sushi this entire pregnancy, but dismissed it because I didn't think I could have it. I completely forgot that you can order it cooked! Oh my...

At 1:00 last night, I started having really bad contractions and extreme pain in my lower back. I tried walking around, taking a bath, anything that I could think of to ease the pain. Finally, I woke Matt up at 5:00 and told him that I wanted to go to the hospital. I got him to time my contractions and they were coming ten minutes apart, so I decided to deal with the pain and wait for a bit. At 9:30, my contractions were about five minutes apart and I was still having the constant pain in my lower back. I called Labor and Delivery and they had me come in. They put me on a monitor and said that my contractions were coming at five minute intervals and that the intense back pain was back labor. Something I never experienced with Aiden. The doctor then checked to see if I was dilated. I wasn't (This was one of the reasons I had to have an emergency c-section with Aiden). So they sent me home! While I'm having contractions every five minutes!

Apparently, it's military policy not to perform a c-section until 39 weeks (I'm 38 weeks, 5 days) unless your water has broken or your cervix has dilated to a certain degree. So now, I wait. I'm just hoping that either my water breaks really soon or that this back labor eases up. I'm really not sure how I'm going to get through two more full days of this... Tylenol is no match for contractions!