Thursday, May 31, 2007
We went for our clinic appointment this week for our check up. Drew and Chantale had a small bet going as to how big Aidan would be at this appt. Chantale guessed 6 lbs 3 ozs and Drew said he would go for 6 lbs 5 ozs. Guess what? Baby boy was 6 lbs 7.5 ozs! Amazing! Yup Mommy's parts are working just fine thank you!
We also noticed this week that Aidan was holding one of his legs differently than the other. We brought this up with our midwives and we are now going to get an appt with the pediatrician (hopefully soon) as there may be something wrong with Aidan's hip. So far it does not seem really serious as he is just laying there most of the time but this does explain why he screams so much during a diaper change. He does not like to have the leg moved too much. Thank you to our friends at the PCRC for praying for Aidan and we hope that he will be all right soon.
In other news Mommy had her first diaper changing injury this past weekend. I was leaning over to comfort the little one when he shot me in the eye with his sharp little nails! Ouch! I am now sporting a scratched cornea... after the doc gave me eye drops things are much better. I can drive again.
Everything else is going great here. Grandma has come down for a visit for a while to help Mommy and play with Lilly. So far Lilly really likes having someone else around to talk to. Thanks Grandma, Mommy needs the help!
Big sis Lilly is having some adjustment issues with the baby being here and Mommy being busy with baby but like everything we all have to learn how to cope and Lilly will figure it out soon. Mommy and Daddy are being as patient as possible (and then some!).
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Kids are the best! You can't write better material... really.
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Mommy is very tired only having gotten a few hours sleep last night and about 1 hour today... your brain starts racing and you are listening to any sounds baby and toddler make.
On the upside - A is now 5 lbs 11 ozs!
Thank goodness for good, compassionate & skilled midwives. Thank you to Sky and Chantale.
Monday, May 21, 2007
Yesterday we had a great visit with Grandma P., Auntie Deena, Uncle Peter and cousins Riley and Kyra! Lilly will be 2 years old this week so they all came down to celebrate with Lilly and her new brother! Thank you for all the nice presents!
And a good "clean"time was had by all... then the water turned purple thanks to some fizzing bath bombs provided by Grandma for the occasion! Then it was off to bed for everyone... Big bathtubs are awesome!
Daddy and Aidan decided to sleep in the other day while Mommy and Lilly had breakfast. Aww aren't our guys so cute?
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Well it does Aidan's little bod good for sure! When he came home on Saturday he was weighed by the midwives and they did a baseline for him that was 4 lbs. 12 ozs. He was weighed yesterday and he is now up to a whopping 5 lbs. 5 ozs! Holy cow - no pun intended. Aidan is now 1 week old - time flies...
The milk came in on Monday and whoa was it ever uncomfortable. We got through it and now things seem to have evened out and he is feeding very very well. This is a concern for babies born as early as he and Lilly were as some do not have their sucking reflex developed yet. We are very fortunate that both our babies have been able to feed well right from the start.
Monday, May 14, 2007
I am having my reflective moments too - one of those things you do when you are up at 3am feeding a baby and trying not to fall asleep. There are a couple that stick out in my mind since last night so I figured I'd share...
When our nephew Riley was born (5 years ago!) our BIL Pete sent out an email to everyone announcing Riley's arrival and he also put in something that always stuck with me. Since Lilly was born and now Aidan I can see why he did it. Here is what Pete wrote back then as a new parent, I dont have that email anymore but here is what I remember:
The second thing was something our friend Lori T. said to me after her first son was born as we were sitting around in her office. I was still unsure at that point if children were in the picture for us. I asked Lori how she felt about having a baby now that the pregnancy and birth were over and she was just back off a few weeks or months mat. leave. She stopped what she was doing and simply said, "It is the best thing I have ever done."
It is true, we will carry burdens & give rest to our kids and they are the best thing we will ever do. We just have to remember that when they are screaming at us and we are so bone tired and frustrated we cant see straight!
Sunday, May 13, 2007
Dr. Heick & Lori for helping Mommy with her back in the last few weeks of pregnancy
Kimberley for helping Mommy learn how to do Hypnobirthing as it really helped Mommy conserve energy during labour and cope with pain before and after delivery
Thursday, May 10, 2007
Well, that was fast! Lilly stayed in 35 weeks and 4 days, Lilly's little brother Aidan Douglas stayed in 35 weeks and 5 days. I guess his watch was slow.
He was born at 4:14 am at Grand River Hospital, and weighed in at 4 lbs, 14 oz. Pretty easy to remember! He will be staying at Grand River in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) until they figure he is fine. So far, everything seems good, and just like Lilly, he's able to do all the stuff bigger baby's do - he's just smaller.
This time it wasn't nurses who delivered our new son, but it was midwives - even though care was transferred to the hospital - the OB just couldn't get there on time. It was a very busy place, all the rooms were filled up!
I'm probably rambling - I'm tired, and have only slept for a couple of hours in the last 36 hours.
We'll find out when Cary can come home soon, and Aidan as well.
Wednesday, May 9, 2007
Thought I would just post a quick pic of today's lunch outing...
Lilly is learning all about onion rings and being nice to others from Daddy's co-workers! It is a good thing that L is so small, there is not enough room on Mommy's lap anymore!
Just a week and a half to go before we get to 37 weeks... Today would have been the day that L was born in Mommy's last pregnancy. Thanks to everyone who has been praying for us and our family over the past months - your support has been felt. Now, if Mommy can just get these pesky contractions out of the way and get on with business that would be fine with her! God is taking care of us...
Monday, May 7, 2007
Tuesday, May 1, 2007
Drew had to stay home from work and take care of me as I was not able to get up for most of today (thank goodness for wireless right now!) He has been doing double duty for most of this last trimester as I have been unable to lift things, wrestle with a toddler, even bend over to empty the dishwasher! (I have to wear a support belt as my back is not strong enough). Lilly and I are very lucky to have such a good Daddy and husband.
This is the second time we have had midwives for our pregnancy and they are just fantastic. The care and level of concern for my well being and our family has been great. My mw even called to check up on me a few times today. We were also able to meet our student mw last night (well I am pretty sure I did but I was so out of it). I am glad that I had the opportunity to listen to a family member who went with midwifery care for her baby. So far things have been great.
I am officially on orders not to leave the city until this kid arrives. Sorry to all our friends & family but you'll only be seing the other 2 members of our family unless you come to our house.
Here's to optimism!