7/9/15

2 Months!

Holy cow, it's been 2 months since Scout arrived! It has truly flown by, way too fast. 

And I would also like to mention that we are potty training our Little Dude this week. He was so ready and honestly has done really well. BUT you know all those comments about people HATING potty training? I get it. I totally get it. Potty training is HARD. Particularly if you have a 3 year old who does NOT like being told what to do. We have had some pretty frustrating situations (like when he was in a "think time" and he deliberately peed on the floor). Geddy and I love each other so much, that's obvious but man, he thinks his Mama is some kinda joke. I get so little respect. I wish Daddy could be home all the time because he really cares about what his Dad says. Haha, I am just chopped liver! But, it's good. It's day 3 and he hasn't had any accidents since the first day. AND he is letting us know when he has to go which is a major improvement. He's done super good and has tried his best. Good Job Geddy!!! We are very proud of you!

So yeah, back to Scout. She is super great. Still sweet as a button and calm and patient. She sleeps about the same and is nursing pretty well. She smiles (especially when she is kinda sleepy and just nursed) and coos, it's so adorable. She is still a cuddle bug and loves being held. Scout is very strong and loves to stand and holds her head up really well. She hates her car seat. Loves bath time. She tolerates our little bouncy seat but hates the baby swing (why don't my children like those helpful inventions!?) Her right eye is really weepy. Sometimes she'll wake up with her eye sealed shut because it's all goopy. So we have to take special care of it and massage her little tear duct. We also put a little breast milk in it and it totally helps clear it up. Breast Milk is like magic potion! It also helped her baby acne to clear up. We just put the milk directly on her skin and it helped significantly. 

Having two kids is wonderful. It's hard. Super hard at times but we're making it work and are adapting constantly. Geddy is doing really well with his Sister and loves to give her snuggles and kisses. Geddy also loves it whenever Scout farts or burps. I am so lucky to be the Mother of these spectacular little children. I thank God every night. What a joy.

Geddy wanted to help take the pictures which was...interesting. 

Scout always looks sleepy or concerned, it's just her natural facial expression. Chad had those exact same bags under his eyes when he was a baby so that is where she got them from. Such a cutie.

As we were taking picture Scout slowly started to slide. She wasn't upset about it a bit.


And leave it to big brother to give you a poke when you're down. Haha, that's funny.

Sorry this is blurry! I just wanted to catch her fading smile!


So there you have it! That is our Little Lady (and some Little Dude too)!

We love these kids so much!

Happy Thursday!

Hil

7/8/15

6 Weeks!

I am an awesome Mom who COMPLETELY forgot to post these pics of Scout at 6 weeks. Oops! 

This first picture is special because Bobbie (our lady pup) has a picture very similar to this one with Geddy when he was a baby! We think it's cute. And for those who have asked, Bobbie has done amazingly well with the new baby. She is a fan of babies because they are not much of a threat considering they can't move/grab her. Toddler, she doesn't trust at all.

So here she is at 6 weeks old! She was going through a real bout of baby acne at this point, poor thing. I remember that Geddy went through the same thing at about this age. But we have since gotten it under control.  


Happy Wednesday!

Hil

7/2/15

Forts for Days

We have been SO ILL. Oh my goodness. Chad caught an AWFUL cold last week that included fevers and a terrible sore throat. It was awful you guys. I think he caught it from Geddy but it was brutal. Then I caught it this week and thought I would surely perish. I had 2 fevers, 2 nights in a row of 102 degrees. Is that high? It seemed high. And it felt terrible.

I honestly feel like our family has been sick since Scout was born. Seriously, at least one of us has been battling a cough or cold for 2 months now. I am trying my best! I am hoping and, literally, praying that this will stop and that we can just get HEALTHY.

Anywho. I just wanted to say I am not dead. And I wanted to post some awesome pictures of my wonderful Spouse and Little Dude.

I didn't have a chance to blog on Father's day because I think one of us was super sick (haha- it's not that funny) so this can qualify as a post celebrating Chad's greatness.

Chad, you are truly the best Father (and husband) that I have ever seen. Our children will live blessed lives because you are their Dad. The best part of it is that you genuinely love being a Dad. We are the luckiest!

Also, my Dad is incredible too! We love you Dad! And Warren too! We love you Warren! (We did contact these awesome Father's on their special day, BTW. We aren't heartless).

So, sometime during our sick Haze, Chad mustered up some Magic energy and built a fort with Geddy. Now, I was thinking it would be like a cushion or two with some blankets but was amazed when I walked in his room. It was awesome! After they were done building it, they hid under it and ate fruit snacks and giggled. My heart exploded (not from illness this time but from love).

From the doorway.
Love these boys and lady pup!

And there you have it. Everyone pray that we can get healthy!

Happy Thursday!

Hil 

6/7/15

Scout Ivy: 1 Month Old

Little Sis is officially 4 weeks olds. Crazy, yes? An ENTIRE month? It's crazy how much happens in that amount of time. 

And how horrible is it that I didn't pull out my nice camera to take her picture until now? I know, that's awful. We have just been using our phones to take a TON of pictures but the nice camera looks so much better. So here is our lady. 

Quilt from Grandma Olson and Doll from Grandma Glenna!
I made the little felt bow headband. 

So, where do we begin? Well, we went to the Doctor for her 2 week appointment and she is 80% for weight and height and 95% for head. Yes, this baby has a monster head. Super cute but large. And keep in mind I had to push that head out of my body for THREE HOURS. Never you forget what Mama did for you Scout! Just kdding, it was so worth it.

On the day Scout came home, we noticed Geddy had a nasty cough and runny nose. Of course we were horrified and did all we could to make it so Scout wouldn't catch it but sadly, I caught the cold and then she did too. But her's was not nearly as severe, just some nasty congestion that was easily resolved with a lot of saline. It was nice because right as she was catching it, we had her Doctor's appointment so they took her temp and gave us instructions of what to do and look out for. Luckily, it never progressed to any kind of fever or even a cough, what a relief!

Sneezing! Blurry but so cute!

Personality: Scout is the SWEETEST baby. She loves to cuddle and be held. In fact, as long as she is fed and has a clean diaper, she will happily sleep in your arms. She is calm and it takes a lot for her to really get screaming (like her car seat). But she is pretty easy to satisfy. I will say she has gotten a bit more fussy at night (like many newborns) and from what I understand, that peeks at about 6-8 weeks. But honestly, she is a really good baby. She is very calm and easy to keep happy. Scout definitely has a sweet spirit. I can feel it.

She definitely doesn't like to be put down. Therefore, I wear the blessed Solly Wrap a lot. We fought it a lot at night though, like for sleeping. For several days I exhausted myself desperately trying to get her to sleep in her crib which meant me getting up every ten minutes trying to get her back to sleep because she would only sleep for a moment. Finally, out of desperation, I brought her in our bed (gasp, the horror!). And you know what? She (and I) slept for 4 hours straight. Now, I have been against co-sleeping from the start. Geddy has never slept in our bed, not even once so bringing her in was an act of desperation. Luckily, we have a really big bed (King size) and she is placed in a section all her own (so no one can roll over her). I take many precautions because I absolutely do not want her to die, of course. But I have been able to function so much better because she sleeps much better. She has even slept for 6 hour stretches a few times. BUT, I will say that I don't want this to last long. I want her in her crib in a short amount of time but I am giving myself some time to adapt.



Hates: She hates being swaddled. But she sleeps better when swaddled. There is a moment each time she is put down for bed where she straight up rages trying to get her arms out and then I give her a pacifier and rock her a bit and she immediately falls asleep. She hates getting her nose suctioned out and getting her fingernails cut. She also hates tummy time and will be so mad and then fall asleep. The hiccups! Oh, we hate the hiccups so much. And she gets them ALL the time.

Loves: Nursing. She loves to eat and is pretty good at it. Cuddling. Again, she wants to be held all the time. And she loves to sleep on your chest most. She loves when Daddy washes her hair and gives her a bath. Especially when she is all cozied up in her towel afterward and she goes to her "zen" place. It's cute, Daddy definitely has the magic touch!


Fun fact, Scout has a super strong neck and back. The moment she was born, the Doctor commented on how strong she was. She holds up that giant noggin' real well and has from birth. Also, she wiggles and kicks her feet in the cutest way when she is passing gas or trying to poop. Truly, it's adorable. And when she is really mad or frustrated she kicks her feet like crazy. Almost as if she is stomping. 

Scout is also, what I would call, a lazy nurser. Especially that first week home. She will nurse for just a moment and be dead asleep. Oye! We've got work to do, wake up! But it's also adorable. Babies are just cute, especially when they are your own. And on a side note, I have been craving hamburgers like it's NOBODY'S business. As a general rule, I am not a ground beef person (I am really not a fan) so I will always get like a chicken sandwich when everyone else is getting burgers but since Scout was born, all I want are burgers. Particularly JCW and In N' Out (which I previously did not like their burger but now I devour them). I figure it's from all the blood loss? Or maybe it's a nursing thing? Who knows. 

We have noticed that she has strawberry blonde-ish hair. You can kinda tell in the picture below. We don't really know where it came from and it will be interesting to see where it goes. 


On Having a Second Child: Holy cow it is different. In many ways, it's easier. But in some ways, it's harder. Now, I must preface this by explaining that Geddy and Scout have been incredibly DIFFERENT babies. I remember a really hard time when Geddy was just a few weeks old and Chad had to go to bed because he had work in the morning and I was up with our screaming newborn. I was trying everything and finally found ourselves (me and the baby) sitting in the bathroom with the tub faucet running because Geddy kinda liked the sound of water. I was trying everything and just feeling so overwhelmed from this screaming baby. It was such a lonely feeling. That was one of the hardest moments about becoming a Mom. But because he was my first, I didn't know anything different so I just figured that most babies were like that. He was harder to console and satisfy, we would be frantically eating dinner while he just cried and cried because it was his fussy time. The first several weeks were brutally hard. That's the honest truth.

Now, I want to state that he was not a "bad baby" and she is a "good baby". No way, they are both perfectly amazing babies but they were just very different. And one of them was more challenging. But I never want to convey that either were at fault. So, when Scout came and is so pleasant and easy to keep happy, I was shocked. I told my Mother-in-Law that I feel like I can have more children this time around where it took me much longer to feel that way with our first. (Take note: it will still be several years before I have another though, don't get your hopes up!)

And I don't know that she will always be this way but so far, she seems very content. I hope it continues that way.

I will ALSO say that a big part of things being easier is that I have done it before. Oh my goodness, experience is a blessed thing. I don't panic nearly as often and I feel much more confident in how to help my child and what she needs. It actually makes me feel bad for poor Geddy because I had no idea what I was doing. Especially when it comes to nursing. Experience is everything when it comes to parenting. I didn't realize how much I had learned with my first AND how much it would help with my second. I also feel more laid back, which is big for me as I can get very anxious quickly.

Now, it is also harder because you've just added a very needy family member to your clan. So now you have to juggle two children with very different needs. And we are far from perfecting this. But, we're still standing. And we're still trying our best and that's what counts.

And that my friend, is our beautiful baby girl and our experience so far.

Happy Sunday!

Hil

6/6/15

Coming Home

We aren't dead! We are alive and well. I have been meaning to write this post for WEEKS but it just kept getting away from me. But I am here now so lets get started.

SO WE HAD ANOTHER BABY.

And although this post was suppose to cover the first week home, it has now turned into the first month. Ha!

When Geddy came to meet Scout at the hospital the day she was born, we had a little gift for him to open. It was just a set of cool guys and monsters, which he really likes. Although he was excited, he explained that he really wanted the Dragon that was pictured on the back of the toys' box. Funny Boy. He came in the room with Grandma Glenna and was really calm and sweet (I think Grandma had explained that he needed to be calm which was so good). And he went over and said things like "Baby Sister" and "Baby Scout" in a soft, sweet, voice. He did a really good job. 

Our last day at the hospital, waiting for Dad to pick us up!

And many have asked how Geddy has been with the new baby. He has truly loved her, smothering her with kisses and love and pretending to tickle her and getting so close to her face and just laughing. He really really likes her. He has, however been pretty mad with Mom and Dad. He has taken any frustration to the change out on his parents. And ultimately, I have been glad that it's been that way and not towards the baby but one of the HARDEST parts of the first 3 weeks was the strain on my and Geddy's relationship. I didn't expect that but it was really emotionally hard. I felt Mother's guilt CONSTANTLY. I was so sad for my little dude. It was probably harder on me than him but it was definitely a challenge. And it has been a hard challenge up to about this week. Things are now starting to settle a bit and Geddy seems to be adapting. It's not perfect but it has felt better. 

Geddy picked out the flowers for me and Scout. 

On the day to come home, Chad came to pick me and Scout up from the hospital with Geddy and some flowers that they picked out for us. It was so cute. It totally made my heart explode. I love my boys so much and I was really happy to see them. It was amazing to see us now as a family of 4. 

Ready to come home!

We do have an issue with the car. Scout, much like her brother, hates her car seat unless she is asleep. And Geddy doesn't like it when Scout cries, it makes him really nervous for her and anxious and even, I'd say, panicky. So when Scout screams in the car for a minute, Geddy's energy elevates and he yells and screams and uses his monster voice telling Scout to "stop crying" or "Mom get the baby!". It's a stressful situation and it happens often so I have been working on staying calm myself and teaching Geddy to stay calm too. It's a work in progress :)

The first day home!

Once we got home, the chaos began! Haha, there was a moment where the dog was barking and the baby was crying and Geddy was panicking because of the baby crying and me and Chad looked at each other with big eyes and said "we are really doing this".  The shell shock was pretty significant and stressful at times. New babies really turn your world upside down, regardless of how prepared you are. I can't tell you how grateful I was for Chad while he stayed home with us. I literally could NOT do it without him. He basically took care of Geddy by himself and did an amazing job taboot. He also let me sleep a bunch in between feedings. Our parent's also came to the rescue so many times. Bringing us countless meals and taking Geddy for sleepovers or for the day so that he could have some fun. My goodness, we couldn't' have done it without THEM. 

Geddy with Scout's "Birth Day" cake. 

Geddy loves Birthdays. He loves the candles on the cake and the singing. It's a special time for him regardless of whose Birthday it actually is. Chad had a great idea of pulling out some extra cake we had in the freezer and doing a "Birth Day" celebration for Scout. We knew that would be special for Geddy so we put candles in the cake and sang Happy Birthday to Scout and Geddy blew out the candles. He loved it. Our goal was to do everything we could to make Geddy love Scout being around. 

After her first night home she slept ALLLLL day.

So let's talk about sleeping. That first night home was ROUGH. I think I got like 2 hours of sleep. My milk STILL hadn't come in and she was acting pretty dang hungry so we were doing some formula while also nursing. And this girl does NOT like to sleep alone. She also had her fussy time from like 2-6am where she was awake and sleeping in and out but wouldn't let me put her down. I remember Geddy did the same thing at first, it's SO hard but she quickly got out of that. It was also difficult because Geddy's room is right next to the nursery so he would have a hard time when she would wake up in the night. He would yell at us to "get the baby!" because he was worried about her in the wee hours of the morning. But he has started to sleep through it now. So that was hard but I soon fell into a pretty decent routine and now at 1 month, I am getting a LITTLE more sleep. Nothing great but more. I will discuss more on this in my next post.

More pictures of her sleeping...

Nursing. I was SO nervous about nursing. With Geddy, I had flat nipples so I had to use a nipple shield. And although I tried multiple times to wean him off it, it was too stressful and I just didn't have the gusto to change it so we used a nipple shield for a full 10 1/2 months (Geddy weaned himself at that point). But I am SO grateful to announce that we are having much better success this time around. Scout has been a good latcher from the get go. She had a really strong suck as well and so we have had quite a bit of success. When we went to her 2 week appointment, she had gained back her birth weight and then some (she was at 8lbs 15oz at her 2 week appt, she gained an extra 2oz!). That was a major relief. When my milk first came in, I was SO engorged because I was producing WAY more than she needed (I had been consistently pumping to get my supply up) and I have a pretty zealous let down so we really had to adapt to the forceful flow of milk. Poor girl was basically drinking from a fire hose (being blasted away!), we still sometimes have issues with it. But I am so grateful to have so much milk to feed my baby! It is an awesome blessing. And all without a nipple shield! Huzzah!

...and more sleeping...


Recovery! As I explained in Scout's Birth Story, we were able to have a successful VBAC (vaginal birth after c-section) which I really wanted. It was a major blessing but I knew the recovery would be different. I must say it was WAY easier. I hope the rest of my deliveries are vaginal because it's a lot better. Don't get me wrong, it still hurts like hell sometimes but it's much quicker and you're more mobile sooner. I also feel like my stomach and uterus deflated faster. I feel like a vaginal recovery makes it easier to be a Mom to a new baby. With that said, I am incredibly grateful for my C-section because it saved my son's life. More on that point of view later (I plan to write a post about how I feel about both delivering methods, we'll see if that happens). And lastly, Adult Diapers? They are a God send. Just embrace them. 

Geddy building Lego Robots with Mama!
Lookin' for bugs at the park.
Found a Lady Bug.
Making Butterflies with Mama!

One of the reasons why this last week has gone better with Geddy was because I have dedicated Mama time with him each day (and I have felt more comfortable going out for VERY short outings with both the babies). Geddy is such a GOER. He needs stimulation and interaction and so getting down on his level at least once a day with him is so crucial. So, I will wrap Scout in the Solly Wrap after I have fed her and then I take 30 minutes to just play with Geddy. Scout usually just falls asleep during that time so it allows me to really focus on my little dude. We usually just play with toys but we did a craft where we made Butterflies out of empty toilet paper rolls and construction paper. Geddy loved it. Are there any other crafts that your toddlers have loved? I would love some good ideas! 

Also, this last week, I went out of the house with both children as well which was a MIRACLE. When Geddy was a newborn, I would have never imagined going out with him this soon. He was a very different baby and I was so out of my comfort zone. Now, I can't say that I am completely comfortable and the outings are maybe 30-45 minutes longs (not including driving time) but the need is really there. Our day (aka, mine and Geddy's relationship) is so much better if we get out. We have gone to the park a few times, then on another day we went to get Geddy's haircut. Just simple things.  I couldn't do any of it without the Solly wrap though. It has saved me because I use it each day and every time I go out (it's nice because I feel like she is more protected wrapped to me from germs and stuff. That may seem silly but it does help me feel better about it). Baby wearing for the win! 

Now, let me be clear, even though it may sound like I am a super awesome Mom who does activities and goes out every day and has it all together, let me tell you what is not pictured above. The countless hours we have spent watching TV/movies during this transition. A whole lot. 

Baby wearing at the park!

And there you have it. That kind of covers our first Month of Scout's life. Overall, we are doing good. My anxiety has been pretty stable (although it gets worse when I don't get quite enough sleep, which happens more at the end of the week. Luckily, Chad is stellar and lets me nap when he gets home from work). My recovery is still going really well (at least to my knowledge). We are all adapting, it's still really hard at times but it's getting easier. Mostly, we just feel really blessed to have these two beautiful children. 

Oh and for those who ask, Bobbie has done amazingly with the new baby. She honestly prefers young babies over scary toddlers. She has had NO problem with her at all. I would even say she likes the baby. And she likes that we have been home so much, haha. 

I will be posting all about Scout here in the next little while. I'll go a little more detail about how she is different and how having a second child compares to having a first. So stay tuned for that. 

Happy Friday!

Hil