Thursday, September 17, 2009
We had a nice visit from Aunt Sandy yesterday. It was great to have an extra set of hands. Bryce got some new dangly toys so he can start his development. I think it wore him out. Surprisingly, Bryce slept good last night after sleeping from 2 pm to 7 pm, he still slept from 8:45 pm to 12:45 am. Then he was up about every two hours after that. For some reason I am extra tired and we kept going back to sleep until 8 am. At 6 am Bryce wanted to be up, but I put him in the bassinet pulled right up to the bed and read to him from my book. I fell fast asleep, I hope he did too. Then we got up and Bryce got his first real bath, since he finally lost his stinky belly button. We are supposed to bath him every 2-3 days, and we have only bathed him 3 times so far. He was quiet for the bath, he probably knew how freaked out I was of him slipping out of my hands. After the bath, the crying started again. We packed up and headed to the nearest Starbucks drive through. I didn't care that there was 10 cars in line He cried as I flipped through the channels, classical no, country no, AC/DC no, the Police...quiet. Ahhh. Now he is sacked out in the Ergo Baby, but I am pretty sure he won't let me put him down. The to do list is out the window, and I am going to spend the day trying to keep Bryce from crying. I think Kitty and Tarn agree, their ears probaby really hurt.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Sunday, September 13, 2009
I guess I am going a little stir crazy since I have started to mess with the animals. Kitty is acting like everything is back to normal and he even started cuddling with me again. Tarn is a little annoyed with our lack of hiking. Since today is my last official day of "bed rest", I am going to take advantage of it watch a bunch of tv shows on dvd while Damon paints the fence. Then we are talking about a babies first hike. It will be short, but will be nice to get outside. We have been having problems between 8 pm and 12 am getting the baby to fall asleep. We tried sleeping in the bedroom Friday night, with no luck since there are more props in the living room to keep the baby from crying. The exercise ball and the ergo baby. Last night was no exception until we broke down and gave Bryce a pacifier. It was like baby crack and he went right to sleep, with only night time feedings and changes to get up for. I happily slept in my own bed for the first time in a long time.
Friday, September 11, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
After force feedings for the weekend, Bryce went to the doctor and weighed in at 9 lbs. So no more force feedings, he can eat when he wants to. Unfortunately, last night he wanted to eat from 2:30 am to 5:30 am, so I got my first real taste of being tired like a new parent should. Fortunately, between Damon and my parents being here I got a couple of hours of sleep this morning. Here is Bryce having some Kitty time.
Monday, September 7, 2009
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Everyone has settled in a little. Damon, Bryce, Tarn and Kitty are all napping in the living room watching a movie. We had a big outing to Target to buy some supplies we needed for bottle feeding. Yesterday we enjoyed a visit from the McIntyre family and today just Janice came over while the boys slept.
Friday, September 4, 2009
Everything is all drama for Bryce. At least he is telling us what he wants. We took him in to get him weighed and it turns out he is loosing too much weight so we are on a super feeding plan of every two hours and have to bring him back tomorrow. We are going to work hard to avoid formula but we will do what we have to do. They gave us some tips and put him on a plan. We are already on a plan - sheesh (that is what Sue would say). Animal update: Tarn barked in the living room and Damon kept going to see what he wanted, he finally figured out Kitty was in the bassinet and Tarn was tattling.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
We are home from the hospital, finally. And we made it through our first night at home. I am pretty sure I said about 50 times in the last few months "after the last year, how hard can it be to take care of a baby". Come to find out... During the day, it is easy to keep your cool and the Bryce seems like he is pretty mellow. Then as soon as it is bedtime comes all hell breaks loose. How do you do that stupid swaddle again? Which soon ends up with everyone in tears trying to do that stupid swaddle for hours. It was like baby a store exploded. Where is a newborn t-shirt, how do we not have a single newborn t shirt in all this stuff. About 3 am we got smart and threw in the video "Happiest Baby on the Block" and finally figured out how to swaddle. That left us sleeping from about 4 to 8:30 am. I am just glad I have pain meds to get through this. Poor Damon, life is hard.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
We made it!! Somehow we made it through a scheduled induction starting on Saturday morning August 29th at 5 am and ending August 31st at 10:20 am with a c-section that delivered a happy and healthy Bryce weighing 8 lbs 11 oz. Somehow we made it through 52 plus hours of labor. When we started our journey trying to do a "natural birth" we probably should have realized that our plans had changed when Bryce went to almost 42 weeks. But everything is a process to be learned from. Damon and I are still speaking to each other and he was the most amazing doula that anyone could ask for. Today is his birthday and since I am on lockdown at the hospital, he will have to take Bryce as his one day early birthday present. Happy Birthday Damon. Bryce came out amazing alert and active for everything he endured, lots of poking a prodding. We are so happy to have him join us. Thank you to all who waited patiently with us!