Lincoln’s One Month Update

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Somehow, and I’m still not quite sure how yet, but somehow Lincoln turned one month old! Ever since having Brynlee, time has flown by and I always remember barely being able to believe how quickly time passed between her monthly updates, but having Lincoln right before the holidays really sped things up for me. I’m mean, our holidays were pretty low key in comparison to what we normally do, but they were still busy with things like Brynlee’s winter dance recital, family visiting to meet Lincoln and for Christmas, and just our normal celebrations. Time just flew and now here I am writing his one month update… #timepleaseslowdown

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*Our favorite sleepers

Lincoln has been such a sweet baby from the moment he was born. He loves to cuddle and to be held, he has been a great sleeper, which has been wonderful for me, and he’s a great eater. Actually he eats a ton! When he was born he weighed 5 pounds 10 ounces, by the time we left the hospital 3 days later he was down to 5 pounds 3 ounces, it’s perfectly normal for babies to lose weight right after they are born. And he was such a great eater from the very beginning that I wasn’t at all worried by this weight loss. By his doctor appointment 2 weeks after he was born he was up to 6 pounds 4 ounces and I’m confident that he is continuing to steadily increase in weight. He also grew 1.25″ since birth, he was 18.5″ and at his 2 week appointment he was 19.75″. He is currently sitting in the 40th percentile for length and the 5th percentile for weight.

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*Stuffed Dog

Health: We are only a month in and keep him pretty secluded, when we do go out I always keep him covered up in his car seat with a car seat canopy cover that I made him. We also make sure that everyone who comes to visit/ meet Lincoln are not sick and washes their hands before they hold him. It’s kind of scary having a baby during cold and flu season with all the germs floating around. I’ve actually had a cold for about a week now, but luckily Lincoln seems to be doing well.

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Sleep: Like I said, Lincoln is a great sleeper, he will immediately fall asleep anytime we take a ride in the car, if we vacuum or if my hair dryer is going. In the hospital he would sleep for 4-5 hour stretches, which made the nurses nervous about him going without food for so long. But he is more of a cluster feeder, he eats a ton and then is able to sleep for longer amounts of time. I am eternally grateful for this, I was really nervous how I was going to handle being exhausted all the time and taking care of both Brynlee and Lincoln, it’s not like I can just sleep whenever he does during the day now like I was able to with Brynlee. We have had a few rough nights, but for the most part things have been great! We usually go to bed between 10-11pm, he wakes up to eat around 2am to eat, then sleep until around 6 or 7 which is about the time Brynlee wakes up to, so it’s been working pretty well for us. This isn’t to say that I don’t still get tired throughout the day, sometimes our 2am wake up last a couple of hours and I usually wake myself up a few times to check to make sure he is okay, but he is already a much better sleep than Brynlee ever was so I have hope that this will continue.

Social: While is sister Brynlee was a social butterfly and loved being held by anyone, Lincoln is definitely a mama’s boy. He loves to snuggle, but he wants it to be with me. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t love it, but I do wish he would like to go to Daddy a bit more.

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Diet: I am so happy to report that breastfeeding is going extremely well. After not being able to with Brynlee I was worried I would have the same troubles this time around, but fortunately Lincoln had a great latch from the time he was born and my milk supply has been sufficient to be his sole source of food. I have recently started pumping to build up a reserve to serve as a backup and so Landon can bottle feed him occasionally. I’m hoping that once Landon starts feeding him too he will bond with him as well. The lactation consultant at the hospital suggested we wait a month until we introduced a bottle to make certain he was good and comfortable with breastfeeding and wouldn’t refuse to once he realized how easy it is to feed from a bottle.

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*Outfit

Clothes: Lincoln is just now starting to fit into his newborn clothes. He has been swimming in them all month and some are still a little big, but he is definitely starting to fill them out a bit better now.

Crying: Lincoln really doesn’t cry much, only when he is hungry or needs to be changed. Once his need is met he immediately settles. Although recently he has started protesting being put down, the boy loves to cuddle, so I ordered this wrap in hopes of being able to “cuddle” and still have my hands free. As much as I do love to just sit on the couch and cuddle him all day, Brynlee needs my attention too and so does my house… Hopefully this will help bring a little more balance to our situation.

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*3 Days Old 

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*1 Month Old in same outfit

Likes: His mama, cuddling, car and stroller rides, listening to music, being talked to and eskimo kisses. He loves to be swaddled and likes to eat whenever we do. I swear he has a sixth sense of when we sit down for dinner, he immediately wants to eat too, even if I just fed him.

Milestones: Successfully breastfeeding was a huge milestone we passed. I unfortunately wasn’t able to with Brynlee and was really hoping it would work out this time. I am so relieved I’ve been able to provide Lincoln with everything he needs so this is a huge accomplishment for me! I will say, in my experience, bottle feeding is definitely easier and less time consuming.

We are absolutely loving being a family of four! Brynlee is really starting to adjust to her role as big sister, at first things were a little rough, but she’s become very understanding of when Lincoln needs my immediate attention and has really been helpful if I need her to bring me something. She’s very attentive of her baby brother and is always checking on him or running to let us know if he is fussy. She loves telling everyone she see’s about her baby brother and I know things will just continue to get better and better. We love you Lincoln and feel so blessed to have you as part of our family, happy one month baby!

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Lincoln’s Birth Story

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Our sweet baby Lincoln, 5 pounds 10 ounces, 18 1/2 inches.

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After battling preeclampsia throughout my pregnancy with Brynlee and having a due date of Christmas day, we made the decision to have a scheduled c-section for Lincoln on December 19th. If my body decided to go into labor early, we planned to try for a VBAC, but I really wanted to make sure I was home for Christmas with Brynlee. So many things would be changing for her, I wanted her Christmas to be as normal as possible.

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This whole pregnancy has been so different than my last, other than one bp scare in early November, my blood pressure has been great, I haven’t had any swelling and have overall felt pretty good. So after returning home from our last date night before the baby (special thanks to my sister in law for watching Brynlee), I was a little surprised, but not overly concerned when I started feeling the dizziness and nausea that comes with high bp. After checking it and verifying it was indeed high, I did as my Dr instructed and laid on my left side, rechecking it every 15 minutes. It steadily went down, until it reach a normal level and stayed there, so we just went to bed. The next morning I rechecked my bp and it was just bordering being high. I spent most of the day on my left side, trying to lower it, but all I was doing was maintaining it at those borderline numbers. Anytime I got up, it started to rise. After a phone call to my Dr, we decided I should head into OB Triage to be checked out. Between my last pregnancy and my scare last month, I have spent a lot of time in OB Triage, I went in fully thinking that they would monitor the baby and I for an hour or so, then send me home.

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But apparently my babies like to make dramatic entrances into this world because by the time I checked into OB Triage my blood pressure was 191/98, after that things happened so quickly that I’m pretty sure my head is still spinning. A bunch of tests were run and came back positive for preeclampsia. They called my Dr and the decision for an emergency c-section was made. All of this happened within about 20 minutes of me reaching Triage. Landon barely had enough time to make arrangements for Brynlee (again, a special thanks to my sister in law for dropping everything to come and get her) and get there before I went into surgery.

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Brynlee’s Scrubs

*Big Sister Brynlee, so excited to me her new baby brother*

I had an emergency c-section with Brynlee as well, I still need to share her birth story, but this time was completely different. My blood test came back indicating that my platelet levels were extremely low, which basically meant that I didn’t qualify for a spinal and would need to be put completely out during surgery. This also meant that Landon wouldn’t be with me, he would have to wait in the recovery room until I came out.

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It wasn’t but a few minutes that Lincoln was out and Landon could follow him into the nursery. I was 37 weeks 6 days, considered full term when I delivered, but since I needed to be put out and some of those drugs would make it into Lincoln’s system (it was less than 2 minutes from the time they put me to sleep and he was out) they needed to take him to the nursery for monitoring.

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Fortunately, all went smoothly and while I was pretty loopy waking back up, it was nice that I didn’t have to wait for the feeling to come back into my legs. And while my plan of having a family centered c-section and being able to hold my baby immediately didn’t happen, Lincoln was doing well enough in the nursery that he was able to visit me in recovery and I could nurse him. Sadly after about 30 minutes they had to take him back to the nursery, we were told he would need to stay for at least 6 hours.

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I was moved to my room, had some more tests and checks done to make sure my bp regulated and was put on a Magnesium IV. It wasn’t before long that the nursery was bringing Lincoln back to us. He was doing so well in the nursery and apparently protesting being there so much, they decided he could come to my room. As soon as I got him he settled down, I was able to nurse him again and amazingly we were able to get some sleep!

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Brynlee’s Scrubs / Stuffed Dog

*Meeting each other for the first time and Brynlee giving Lincoln the gift she made him, Marshall, the dog. At first Brynlee wasn’t sure what to think, but she quickly fell in love with her little brother and has become the most loving and caring big sister. She takes her new responsibility very seriously.

Lincoln has been such a good baby, nursing has been going so well, he’s a great sleeper and overall a very content and happy baby. He only cries when he is hungry or needs a diaper change and settles immediately when his needs are met. He is definitely a mama’s boy, his favorite place is sleeping on my chest, which I must admit is a favorite of mine too. He loves to be swaddled, cuddled and talked to and loves Eskimo kisses on the nose.

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Lincoln’s outfit / Blanket

*Lincoln’s going home outfit is a size Newborn, but he is still swimming in it.

We are so happy to have him home and are settling into our routine as a family of four. Thank you to everyone who came to our rescue while everything was happening so fast for us. And thank you for all the well wishes and congratulations!

xo, Cassidi

We’ve been keeping a little secret…

We are super excited to share our big news!!

Baby #2 is on the way!

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I started this blog when Brynlee was a couple of months old and never really shared much about my pregnancy with her or her birth story (which I really need to do). With Brynlee I had severe preeclampsia that ended in an emergency c-section a month before she was due. Fortunately, both of us were perfectly fine once she was out, but let’s just say the experience made us a little more cautious about this pregnancy and deciding when it was time to grow our family.

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As a result of the complications with my first pregnancy, my doctors have been super vigilant this go around, I’ve had additional tests (not so fun), extra appointments and have been to see the high risk doctor a couple of times. And while I really hope we don’t run into any issues this pregnancy, I am so glad that they are keeping an extra close watch on me so if something does go awry, it will be caught early on. The good news is so far everything is going great! I’m not retaining water like I did previously and all of my tests and blood pressure results have been good. An added bonus of being so closely monitor is that I get to have a few extra ultrasounds, so we got to find out the baby’s gender early!

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We are having a BOY!!!!

We are all so excited!!! I got to find out when I was about 15 weeks along at my first high risk doctor appointment. Unfortunately, I didn’t know I would be getting an ultrasound at that time, so Landon wasn’t there. Instead, I asked the ultrasound tech if she would please write it down and seal it in an envelope so I could wait until Landon got home from work and we could find out together. You guys, this was such a fun way to find out! Yes, it was hard keeping that envelope in my purse for the few hours until Landon got home, but that just added to the anticipation of finding out. And it was such a sweet and special moment to find out with just the three of us in the privacy of our own home as opposed to at the doctor’s office. I made Landon and Brynlee guess what they thought it was, Landon thought girl, but Brynlee guessed right and said boy. She is getting really excited about being a big sister. She asks about baby brother a lot and sometimes tells me about the toys she will share with him and the toys she won’t share (her Paw Patrols). She is going to make the best big sister!

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I’m due Christmas Day, but I will most likely have another c-section, so he will probably come about a week early.

In the meantime, we are having a lot of fun preparing for all things boy! We just ordered the nursery furniture over the weekend and I am just dying over the cuteness of all the boy clothes!! The Cat and Jack infant line at Target has me all heart eyes over it. Seriously, I want it all! And I’ve already pinned about a million ideas for nursery decor and I can’t wait to share what we come up with.

So tell me boy mama’s, what can I expect this go around?