Saturday, January 19, 2019

Maddox, 2 Months

MADDOX, 2 MONTHS

  • Weighs 12 pounds, 2 ounces
  • Has grown out of newborn diapers- cue the tears
  • Smiles all the time
  • Started to coo this month
  • Bath time is his favorite part of the day
  • Now hates tummy time
  • Has outgrown all of his newborn clothes

Nicknames: Buggy, Buggerton



Likes:
  • Bath time
  • Rattles
  • Seeing his parents faces in the morning
  • Being naked
  • Long walks in the stroller
Dislikes:
  • Raspberries on his belly
  • Naps in the evening hours
  • Hats
Firsts:
  • First Christmas
  • First time sleeping through the night
  • Trips out in public- lots of trips to Target for mom. ;)



Eating: Maddox still nurses about every three hours, with the exception of nighttime. He only wakes one time during the night to feed and then falls right back asleep. The doctor says he's gaining weight super well and is growing at double the rate in which they like to see. My big baby takes after his mom in the eating department. 




Sleeping: Sleep is still wonderful at night. We really couldn't ask for better sleep. He wakes one time to feed and then goes right back down. During the day, we've hit a bit of a snag. His naps aren't as long during the day and there have even been a couple days where he's refused naps completely. This is all part of his leap, so we know this will pass. We're just giving Buggy lots of love while he gets through this Wonder Week leap.




Seeing this boy smile at us is by far the greatest thing in life. We're so lucky to be your mom and dad.

XO,
Les



Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Maddox, 1 Month

Maddox, 1 MONTH

  • Weighs 9 pounds, 7 ounces
  • Wears size newborn diapers and newborn clothing
  • Eyelashes are coming in
  • His eyes are still blue
  • Sleeps like a log
  • Surprisingly loves tummy time
  • Spits up constantly

Nicknames: Buggy


Likes:
  • Tummy time
  • Bath time
  • Sleeping on mom and dad
  • Making the funniest faces
Dislikes:
  • The carseat 


Firsts:
  • First real bath
  • First naps in crib (you did so well!)
  • Visitors-everyone loves you, obviously


Eating: Maddox nurses about every 3 hours. At night, he eats about every 4-5 hours. The pediatrician gave us the green light to not wake him at night to feed, as he was gaining weight super well. We have a chubby boy on our hands.




Sleeping: Sleep is going well! Maddox sleeps for 2 hours at a time. Most of the time we have to wake him to feed him. I swear this kid could sleep all day if we let him! He also does super well at night, only waking one time to nurse. We really couldn't have asked for a better baby.


We definitely have the best baby in the whole world. We're so in love with him and are so happy that Maddox made us parents. 

XO,
Les


Friday, November 30, 2018

Maddox's Birth Story


I'm sitting here after putting my son to bed the night before he turns 8 weeks old. I have to get this birth story written before the specific details of the most amazing day of my life, become fuzzy. It already seems like the day of his birth was a lifetime ago. I can't even imagine the time before he was ours. He's our everything.

Backstory: At my 36 week OB appointment, my blood pressure was abnormally high. As a precaution, my doctor had me walk over to the hospital (attached to my OB office), just to be sure everything was okay. They wanted to ensure that I wasn't developing preeclampsia. All tests came back normal, so I was sent home.

Over the next four weeks, my blood pressure stayed higher than normal, but they wanted me to progress more in my pregnancy before thinking about induction. They wanted me to keep an eye on certain symptoms that would indicate an issue.

I woke up the morning of my due date with a very bad headache. This was one of the symptoms that the doctor told me to look out for, so I checked my blood pressure at home. It was way higher than it had been at my doctor visits, which made me super nervous. I had made it through 40 weeks of pregnancy and I didn't want anything to put our baby at risk. I decided that I may have worked myself up, so I relaxed on the couch for a while and then checked it again. Even higher.

I went into our bedroom and woke Ryan up emotional and nervous. He told me to call my doctor and see what they say. She told me to immediately head to Labor and Delivery. With emotions running high, we got dressed and loaded up all of our bags into the car. I remember coming out of the bathroom shaking. Ryan took me into his arms and we had tears of both excitement and nervousness. 

We were doing the big time.

Snapped a quick 40 week picture on the way out the door.


We got to the hospital and they had us go into triage to get assessed. They ran all the same tests that they had done at my 36 week appointment. All came back normal. Again. For a moment, we thought we were going home and I was so relieved. I wanted this baby to come when he was ready and I was so fearful that they were going to induce me. 

Well...

The nurse came back into the room and informed us that my doctor was not going to let us go home. It was my due date, baby was fully developed, and they wanted him here to avoid any possible complications. Once I heard the words "You're going to be induced," I started crying. I had an overwhelming feeling of guilt because my precious baby was getting kicked out of his cozy home before he was ready. This was not what I wanted at all.

We were moved into a delivery room and Ryan went and grabbed all of our stuff from the car. I spent a few hours unable to shake my extreme disappointment before my doctor came in. Once she explained that the risks outweighed the benefits of keeping him in my belly, I started to feel a little better about the whole process. I know women are induced all the time, but this was not the plan that I had envisioned for myself or my boy.

Here we are as our last family picture of two.



I had been dilated 1 cm. and was 50% effaced for a couple weeks, so they gave me Cytotec at around 2:00 to jumpstart my labor. I began to start feeling crampy contractions about thirty minutes later. That stuff works fast! They had me rest and see if the Cytotec would progress my labor any further. They checked me again at 9:45 p.m. and I had only gotten to 2 cm. They went ahead and put me on Pitocin to get my contractions going even more. At this point, I was still comfortable.

My mom, Ryan and I spent time sitting around talking about how excited we were to meet our baby. My doctor's resident came in around midnight to check me again. I hadn't progressed at all. She gave me some options for ways to make the labor progress more quickly, one of which being something called a Cook's Catheter. A what? She explained that it was essentially two bulbs (filled with saline) that would open my cervix to 4-5 cm. She was honest and said that it is a painful process and could take anywhere from 30 minutes to several hours. I went ahead and went for it. Now that we had begun the induction process, I wanted to get him here as soon as possible and as safety as possible.

I was not ready for the level of pain that the Cook's Catheter would bring. I went from slightly uncomfortable contractions to full blown, breathtaking (not the good kind) ones. Y'all, it sucked.

After about 2 hours, the catheter fell out, which is what happens once you've dilated to between 4 and 5 cm. It was working and I was so relived that it was gone. The doctor said that I was progressing exactly as anticipated and that it was time to break my water. What an unusual feeling that was. I can't imagine it breaking while you're carrying on with every day tasks. So much fluid! 

They put me back on Pitocin, but took me right back off because his little heart rate wasn't responding well to it. 

At around 5:00 a.m. I got checked again and had progressed to 8 cm. This is where I get unsure about my thoughts and actions toward my pain management plan. I planned all along to get an epidural. Ryan knew this was my plan, the doctors knew that was the plan, and they were all just waiting on me to give the word. For some reason, I kept holding off on getting it. Although I had been in extreme pain, my body had been telling me to wait. I'm so grateful for Ryan because it finally got to the point where he told the doctor, "she knows that she wants an epidural, but isn't sure when a good time would be to get it." The doctor was like, "now would be good!"

That anesthesiologist came in and became my best friend. Epidurals are a magical thing.


Finally feeling good around 7:00 a.m.

They put me back on Pitocin and luckily the baby's hear rate was responding well to it. Finally, at around 11:30 a.m. I had fully dilated and it was time to start pushing. 

A little less than an hour of pushing and the most amazing miracle happened. I remember those last moments so vividly. There is nothing like having your eyes closed during a push, and opening them to the most amazing baby in front of you. His cries were the most beautiful thing that I had ever heard. They nurses immediately put him on my chest and  Ryan and I cried tears of joy. I can't express the amount of love felt in that moment. Our baby was here and he was all ours.



Maddox Michael Allen

November 19, 2018

12:25 p.m.

6 lbs. 13 oz.

20 inches long


XO,
Les



Sunday, November 18, 2018

Bumpdate Week 40



Due Date: November 18th-Happy Due Date to our little man!

How far along: 40 Weeks. It's baby time!!
Size of baby: Estimated to be about 7 lbs and about 20 inches long
Total weight gain: 18 lbs
Maternity clothes: I'm basically living in the same leggings and a limited rotation of stretchy shirts. No more need for maternity clothes.
Stretch marks: I feel super fortunate not to have had any during this pregnancy. Those that do have those beautiful stripes, wear them proudly. They brought your miracles here.
Sleep: Although I won't be getting much sleep when the baby gets here, I'll be so happy to sleep more comfortably. This body is tired.
Best moment of the week: Enjoying mine and Ryan's last moments together as a family of two. Baby will be here any day now, and change our lives forever.
Miss anything: I miss moving around easily. I feel like a bus.
Movement: I'm so nervous that I'm going to miss these baby movements so much.
Food cravings: Just food in general at this point. Ha!
Anything making you queasy or sick: I've been so lucky with no sickness during this pregnancy.
Have you started to show yet: There's no question! Haha!
Gender: Baby boy <3
Labor signs: My most recent appointment showed that I'm dilated to 1 cm. Still no contractions or labor symptoms.
Belly button in or out: It's an outie for sure!
Wedding rings on or off: On
Happy or moody most of the time: Happy and also so nervous!
Looking forward to: Meeting our sweet boy! We're so nervous but SO, SO excited!

Happy Due Date to our little guy. Mom and dad are so incredibly excited to meet you! 
XO,
Les

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Bumpdate Week 38




Due Date: November 18th...only 14 days left!


How far along: 38 weeks! My emotions are such a mix of excitement and nervousness!
Size of baby: Estimated to be almost 7 lbs and 19.5 inches long
Total weight gain: 17 lbs
Maternity clothes: The only maternity clothing that I've purchased has been a couple baby shower dresses, leggings and a top. I've been fortunate to fit in many of my pre-pregnancy clothes.
Stretch marks: Still none! Fingers crossed that none pop up in these last two weeks!
Sleep: There have been good days and bad days. It's definitely difficult to sleep with this big belly.
Best moment of the week: Just enjoying these movements in this short time left! I'm so happy to meet our baby boy, but I will definitely miss being pregnant!
Miss anything: I miss hotdogs!
Movement: All the time! Little buddy is most active at night after dinner.
Food cravings: Just food in general at this point. Ha!
Anything making you queasy or sick: I've been so lucky with no sickness so far. 
Have you started to show yet: There's no question! Haha!
Gender: Baby boy <3
Labor signs: My most recent appointment showed that I'm dilated to 1 cm. Other than that, I haven't had any contractions or labor symptoms.
Belly button in or out: It's an outie for sure!
Wedding rings on or off: On
Happy or moody most of the time: Happy and also so nervous!
Looking forward to: Meeting our sweet boy! We're so nervous but SO, SO excited!

We're getting so close to the end and so excited to meet our little love. I can't believe that he will be here in such a short amount of time! 
XO,
Les

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Bumpdate Week 36




Due Date: November 18th


How far along: 36 weeks! I can't believe that we will be meeting our sweet baby in less than a month.
Size of baby: About 6 lbs and 18 inches long 
Total weight gain: I go back and forth between 12-14 lbs gained
Maternity clothes: I've only purchased two maternity items so far. I bought a maternity t-shirt from Target that I love, and the leggings in the photo. They are to die for! Find them here.
Stretch marks: None! I've been using Bio Oil pretty religiously every morning and every night to prevent them.
Sleep: I'm convinced that the lack of sleep that pregnant women get, is just preparation for the lack of sleep once the baby comes. It's rough.
Best moment of the week: My amazing bestie threw me the best baby shower last weekend. It was beautiful and so fun to celebrate with everyone! This little boy is so lucky.
Miss anything: I miss sleeping on my stomach more than ever. Also, hot dogs.
Movement: Really big stretches and wiggles each morning and night. It's so fun getting used to his personality in there.
Food cravings: Just food in general at this point. Ha!
Anything making you queasy or sick: I've been so lucky with no sickness so far. 
Have you started to show yet: Oh yeah. This belly is out there! I swear it gets bigger by the day.
Gender: Baby boy <3
Labor signs: At my appointment this past week, my doctor said that I was 1/2 centimeter dilated and 20% effaced. I know it can stay like that for weeks, but it's a crazy feeling that labor is coming!
Belly button in or out: It's an outie for sure!
Wedding rings on or off: On
Happy or moody most of the time: Happy and also so nervous!
Looking forward to: Meeting our sweet boy! We're so nervous but SO, SO excited!

If all goes according to plan, my next bump date will be on my due date! Fingers crossed that this baby stays put for another few weeks!
XO,
Les

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Bumpdate Week 30






Due Date: November 18th


How far along: 30 weeks! I can't believe it!
Size of baby: About 17 inches long and 3.5 lbs
Total weight gain: 6 lbs- I was really worried about this but the doctor says there's nothing to worry about since the baby is measuring on target and everything looks great. I still wish I could put on some more weight for piece of mind though.
Maternity clothes: I've only purchased two maternity items so far. I bought a maternity t-shirt from Target that I love, and the leggings in the photo. They are to die for! Find them here.
Stretch marks: None! I've been using Bio Oil pretty religiously every morning and every night to prevent them.
Sleep: My sleep hasn't been my most comfortable! I typically wake up in the middle of the night with a backache and have to switch sides. I'm naturally a back sleeper, so it's been difficult to get used to sleeping another way.
Best moment of the week: Since baby boy is getting so big, his movements have been much more intense. It's fewer kicks and more drastic movements. It's so amazing but takes my breath away almost every time.
Miss anything: Not too much at all. I'm LOVING being pregnant! The only thing that has been significantly different is getting winded so much easier than before. 
Movement: Crazy swimming movements each night after dinner
Food cravings: Chick-fil-a chocolate milkshakes! YUM!
Anything making you queasy or sick: I've been so lucky with no sickness so far. 
Have you started to show yet: Oh yeah. This belly has really popped out over the past month or so!
Gender: Baby boy <3
Labor signs: Nope. Fingers crossed that won't be for another 9-10 weeks.
Belly button in or out: Officially poking out now
Wedding rings on or off: On
Happy or moody most of the time: Happy!
Looking forward to:  My baby shower coming up next month! So excited to celebrate this sweet baby. 
This has been such an amazing experience and I don't take the honor lightly. I know there are so many women who struggle to be in the same position. I never want to take these moment for granted and have overwhelming gratitude for being able to carry this amazing miracle.

XO,
Les