Newborn Essentials

When I was pregnant with Brynlee I bought/ registered for a lot of unnecessary items. I thought I needed all the things with all the bells and whistle. What actually happened was a lot of clutter and a lot of things going unused. This time I tried to be smarter and only got or kept the items we truly needed. Below is a list of what I couldn’t live without for baby #2.

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Ergo Baby Nursing Pillow– if you are a nursing mama, this pillow is a must! It makes nursing much more comfortable. You are able to position your baby perfectly to nurse so your arms wont get tired from holding them at the right height. I’ve tried other nursing pillows before and this is by far the best one I have used!

Mamaroo– We used this with Brynlee and love it this time around too! Lincoln sleeps so well in it and I love that you can position it at a slight incline when needed. If you read this post you know he has had some congestion and the Mamaroo really helped him to be able to sleep at night without having breathing issues. It’s light enough to move from room to room if needed, but solid enough that if Brynlee or someone bumps into it he isn’t disturb.

Blooming Bath – This bath is so wonderful, especially for newborns. You can position the petals to provide the correct support for your baby and it’s so soft for them to lay on. To dry it after each bath you just have to wring it out and throw it in the dryer for about 20 minutes. We love this bath wash and lotion too!

Cat and Jack Sleepers– I’ve talked about these multiple times, but they truly are my favorite sleeper for Lincoln to wear. With Brynlee, I always preferred the snap sleepers. Even though they were a pain to get all the snaps correct in the dark, middle of the night feedings, I loved that I didn’t have to open the whole sleeper making, her cold and start to cry then having a hard time going back to sleep. These zip from the bottom up so you only have to undo them half way, keeping the top of your baby covered and warm. So amazing and at a great price point, I don’t know why someone didn’t think of these sooner!

Convertible Diaper Bag- A diaper bag that can turn into a backpack is a must for a mama of two. I can’t tell you how many times it has saved me have two free hands at any given time. I have this one in brandy and love it, but would also like to get this one in black.

Travel System with Stroller Board– We love our Britax and used it with Brynlee too. When we had Lincoln we were gifted the stroller board and Brynlee loves it! It makes going places so much easier! If we have to do a lot of walking, Brynlee just jumps on and is a happy camper. She hasn’t liked riding in strollers for about 2 years now, so I didn’t want to buy a double stroller just to have her refuse to ride in it, this was the perfect solution!

Breast Pump and Bra– If you plan on breast feeding or pump and feeding, investing in a good breast pump is so worthwhile. Most insurance companies cover breast pumps now, so make sure to call yours to see what your options are. I was able to get this Medela and love it! I pretty much nurse exclusively, but still pump to build up a reserve, just in case, and also so Landon can have the opportunity to feed Lincoln. I would also recommend getting a hands-free pumping bra, it makes pumping much more convenient. Since I nurse too, I was having a hard time finding the time to nurse and pump throughout the day, now I pump while I’m getting ready, working on blog posts or any other time that I can stay in one spot, but still have the use of my hands. When we do bottle feed we use these bottles, which conveniently attach to the Medela pump and these washable nursing pads are my favorite and much more comfortable than the throw away kind.

Solly Baby Wrap– This is pretty much the only way I get anything done these days. Lincoln loves to be held and protests quite loudly whenever I lay him down for too long. If I put him in the wrap, he is as happy as can be and will often fall right to sleep. I love it because I allows me to keep my baby close whenever I have other things I have to get done. I wouldn’t mind spending all day cuddling my sweet boy, but for some reason my family thinks they need clean laundry and food to eat (wink, wink). This is also the only way I get any sewing done, standing at my kitchen island with Lincoln wrapped to my chest. I’ve actually gotten quite good at sewing standing up lol!

Nursing Cover (not pictured)- I love having a full coverage nursing cover. Since it completely surrounds me I’m never worried about flashing anyone. It makes nursing in public much more comfortable for me. Make one here or buy one here.

Car Seat Canopy Cover (not pictured)- I made one of these when I had Brynlee and have since made countless others as gifts. This is definitely a must have! It keeps the light out when your baby is napping and protects against people touching or putting their face right up to your newborn when closed. Make one here or buy one here.

 

Lincoln’s 2 Month Update

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Oh how we have loved this little addition to our family. And I can finally say, that rounding out at 2 months I think we’ve finally found our new groove as a family of 4. Brynlee absolutely adores her little brother and he is fascinated by her. Whenever she comes near him he just watches her. She likes telling him about her toys or reading books to him. My favorite is when we all cuddle together on my bed and read books together. It’s a sweet little moment (amidst all the chaos of our busy life) with this family of mine and I couldn’t feel more blessed.

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Health- Aside from getting a little congested earlier in the month, he has been pretty healthy. We solved the congestion problem by having him sleep at a slight tilt in the Mamaroo and he hasn’t had any issues since. At his 2 month appointment the Dr. said all looked great! He is growing like a champ, he weighs 10 lbs 5 oz (11%), almost double his birth weight and is 22″ long (10%) and his head is 15.5″ (56%).

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Sleep- Lincoln is still proving to be a great sleeper and I really hope that keeps up. We still don’t have much of a nap time routine throughout the day, mostly due to the fact that we are constantly running Brynlee to various activities, so he just has to nap whenever he can. Luckily he seems to really enjoy the baby carrier and riding in the car puts him to sleep every time! Although his favorite place to sleep is on my chest wrapped in our Solly Baby wrap. At night, I do his last feeding around 8pm and put him down between 8:30-9pm. He sleeps until 2:30-3am, wakes up to eat, then goes back down until around 6am. Every once in a while we will still have a rough night and he’ll wake up multiple times, but for the most part that is his schedule and it works for me!

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Social: Lincoln is getting a lot more social. He smiles all the time now and even let out a little giggle during one of our late night feedings. He also loves telling stories and will babble while he is on his play mat or whenever big sis comes around. He loves looking in the mirror on his play mat and is getting a lot more aware of his surroundings. Now when we talk to him he will move his head around looking for us. He loves his Daddy who can make him smile all the time, it is the cutest thing!

Diet- Breast feeding is still going really well for us! We hope to be able to continue until he is a year old. He does not like the bottle! I still pump to build up a reserve (just in case) and so Landon can have the opportunity to feed him too, but he is just not a fan. He doesn’t really like pacifiers either and usually just spits them right back out (Brynlee was the same way with pacifiers, though she was bottle fed).

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Clothes- Lincoln is still in newborn clothes (they are finally fitting really well), though some 0-3 month clothes do fit now. At the rate that he is growing, I’m sure by the time he is 3 months we will have moved up a size.

Crying- He still doesn’t cry much, so long as his needs are met, being fed, clean diaper, etc. Though he much prefers to be held and will start protesting if he has been put down too long, which is why we love our Solly Baby wrap so much! Overall he is a pretty calm baby that likes to be held to observe his surroundings. His head control is really good for his age, he is constantly picking up and turning his head to look at everything around him.

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Likes- he is definitely a mama’s boy and prefers to be in my arms, but loves when his daddy talks to him and will give him more smiles than he ever gives me. He loves his sister and watching whatever she is doing. He likes to be able to see his surroundings and does not like to be covered up in his stoller while he is awake. I can already tell he is going to be very curious, much like his sister is. He also still likes car rides and going for walks in the stroller.

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Milestones- smiling and giggling and being more social in general. We can already see his little personality developing and it is so fun to watch.

We love our little boy so much, he truly has completed our family in the best way. We love watching Brynlee becoming such an amazing big sister, she always wants to help with him and is so concerned about where he is or if he cries. It’s so bittersweet, being excited to watch him grow, but also sad to see him leave the newborn stage behind. Happy two months little Lincoln, we all love you more than you can possible imagine!

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!

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

These are a Few of my Favorite Things- Baby Edition

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ONE / TWO / THREE / FOUR / FIVE / SIX / SEVEN / EIGHT

I am officially over half way through this pregnancy and I can’t believe how much quicker time has gone this time around. It’s a good thing that when we had Brynlee we chose mostly gender neutral items (for the bigger ticket items at least) because I am way behind on baby prep. Today I wanted to share a few of my favorite baby items we used for Brynlee that will be on repeat when baby boy joins us in December.

We just ordered this crib for baby boy the other weekend, along with the matching dresser in slate for baby boy. It should be arriving in the next couple of weeks. I’m hoping that once we get it set up in the nursery that will give me the boost I need to get everything else done. We also used this brand for Brynlee’s nursery furniture, it is so sturdy, made of solid wood and has held up remarkable well! We just transitioned it to the full size bed and Brynlee loves it. We are so glad we went this route when we initial purchased Brynlee’s, which is why we are going with the same company again.

I used a Medela breast pump when I had Brynlee and was very happy with it, I plan on getting this one to use for baby boy. I don’t have my old one any more, but fortunately most insurance plans (ours included) cover these now and will ship it to me when it’s closer to my due date.

Oh my, do I love this sound machine. It is a life saver for us with Brynlee, we never leave home with out, seriously, I take it when we travel anywhere! And I’m sure baby boy will appreciate having the white noise to drown out a not so quite toddler while he’s trying to sleep. And please, let us all pray that this one is a sleeper!!!

This is the stroller travel system we used with Brynlee and I loved it! The stroller is really light weight and very easy to open and close and get in and out of my trunk. And the baby carrier is just about as light weight as you can get, the canopy has great coverage and its super easy to get in and out of the car seat base making getting in and out of the car a breeze.

I actually used this diaper bag with Brynlee and have no complaints, it worked great! I actually wrote about how much I loved it here. But for Mother’s Day, Landon surprised me with this Lily Jade bag in brandy, one I’ve been coveting for a while now and my friends, it is a total game changer! Not only does it have like a million pockets, but it converts to a backpack that is really comfortable. This was a feature I was really looking for since I’ll have a newborn and a toddler to wrangle, I didn’t want to have to worry about wrestling a diaper bag too. Hands free is the way to go! Now that I’ve been using it a while, I plan to write a review on it too, hint- I love it!!

MUST HAVE!!! That is basically all I have to say about the Mamaroo! If you haven’t already caught on by now, Brynlee hasn’t ever really been the best of sleepers. In her early days, this saved us!! It was pretty much the only way I ever got a shower once Landon went back to work. The rocking motion would put her to sleep immediately and actually keep her asleep for a while, it was wonderful! And will most definitely be on repeat with baby boy!

This pack n play really is a Jack of all Trades, at least it was for us. I used this next to our bed with Brynlee instead of a bassinet. She slept in the newborn napper at night, we changed her diapers and gave her sponge baths those first few weeks on the changing table and because I had a c-section with Brynlee and wasn’t able to go up or down stairs for the first few weeks, the bottom of the pack n  play acted as a temporary closet/ storage system for anything I needed. We plan to have a similar set up this time too, since once again, I won’t be able to use the stairs for a while.

So, those are my favorites, what are some of yours? I need help figuring out what I might still need! I’m amazed at all of the new things and product changes that have happened in the 3 short years since I was getting ready for Brynlee!

xoxo, Cassidi

Life Unexpected

  When I originally set out to write this post, in my mind it was about how no matter how hard you try, you never really know what is going to happen in life. What emerged once I had finished writing, was a beautiful birth story as told from an Aunt’s perspective. I hope one day my new nephew will read this and know not only how he came into this world, but how much he is loved by his family, especially his Mom.

Isn’t it crazy how life always has a way of throwing you curve balls? I’m a planner, I like to be prepared, I like knowing details, lots of details and I sometimes have a hard time accepting/adjusting to things not going the way I expect/want them to. I guess I frequently forget that life does not follow my plan, but His. This past weekend I must have needed, yet another, reminder of this. The weekend started off great! We celebrated Brynlee’s first birthday at my in-laws up north in Prescott (I’ll write a post on her first birthday as soon as I get a chance to go through all of the pictures) and while there were few minor hiccups, we all had a great time and I know she had a lot of fun!

And then that evening came…

 Unfortunately, my sister had been unable to make it to Brynlee’s party. She had been in the hospital two days earlier with the stomach flu and being 29 weeks pregnant she was having a hard time fighting it and it was wearing her out. At around 7:00 that evening we got a call from my mom saying that my sister was back in the hospital and that she was in labor.  NO. OTHER. DETAILS. Don’t forget I mentioned that she was only 29 weeks pregnant! This did not sit well with my plan, prepare, detail oriented self. My mom was frantic, she was taking care of my sister’s 18 month old daughter and was just giving her a bath when she got the call. She was trying desperately to get out of the house and get to the hospital so we would know more.

Before any of us made it to the hospital, the decision had been made to AirVac her to a Phoenix hospital. For those not familiar with Arizona geography the two hospitals are about 79 miles apart. I ended up beating my mom to the hospital and found out that she was on a magnesium drip in hopes to stop the labor but that they were sending her to Phoenix to a hospital that had a NICU capable of having babies that preterm, Prescott’s limit was 32 weeks.

Forty-five minutes later she was in the air being transported to Phoenix, along with all of our prayers that both her and the baby would be safe.

Information coming in was very slow going from this point on, but finally at 6:30 Sunday morning I was able to talk to my mom and find out that they were able to get her fever down and her labor slowed. The nurse had told my mom that my sister was doing a lot better and that she would have time to run home to get some things and come back that afternoon. Great! Some good news!!! We were all so relieved!

A couple of hours later, I got a text from my mom with this picture:

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The baby had been born via emergency cesarean weighing 3 pounds 2 ounces and 15 ¾ inches long.

Apparently, when they were able to finally get my sister’s temperature to drop it just kept dropping… all the way down to the low number of 94*. Luckily, my mom hadn’t left the hospital yet, but because of the bad infection that was coursing through my sister’s body instead of getting a spinal for the cesarean, they had to put her completely out. This also meant that no one was allowed in the room with her, everyone at the hospital just had to sit by and wait for news. The doctors still don’t know what the infection was or what caused it, but the hope was that it was in her uterus and that after she had the baby she would start getting better.

The baby was immediately taken to the NICU, while my sister was taken to recovery and then moved to ICU where they would hopefully figure out what was wrong with her. After a little over 24 hours in the ICU, they still didn’t know anything about the infection, but she was recovering well enough that she was finally able to be moved up to the labor and delivery wing. At this point she had still not seen her baby boy except through pictures.

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In the meantime, the baby was doing really well. He was a lot bigger than any of the doctors expected and he had really good coloring. When I saw him he looked absolutely perfect, just a little small, he even moved around a little and I heard him cry, which in turn had me on the brink of tears. He is currently breathing on his own, has had some breast milk and seems to be doing really well. With babies this premature we are told that we have to take things hour by hour and the situation can change at any time. But the nurses have nicknamed him Superman by how well he is doing, so we are all continuing our prayers for his health and can’t wait until he can go home with my sister. The doctors have said that if all goes well then he should be able to go home in 7-10 weeks.

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Yesterday, my sister finally got to hold him! While she had been able to visit him and touch him and even change his diaper, she had yet to have the chance to take him in her arms. I can’t imagine what a special experience that was for her. To go through everything the two of them went through and then to be able to hold that tiny baby and look into his eyes. Don’t get me wrong, anytime a mother gets to hold their child for the first time is special, I’ll never forget holding Brynlee that first time. But when you go through everything they both did, how hard they both fought and then having to wait days to be reunited, you know that feeling is unrivaled on both sides.

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So, we will continue to send our prayers for my sister and her baby (any additional are greatly appreciated) and we will be thankful for those that have been answered so far. I will try to remember that all things happen according to His plan and that even through great trials (some of which we don’t understand) the most pure and unparalleled beauty can emerge.

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*Here he is “sunbathing” with is little “sunglasses” on*

Brynlee’s 11 Month Update

          What a fun and fast month this has been. I can’t believe that in just a few short weeks we will be celebrating Brynlee’s first birthday! I was looking at pictures of her as a newborn the other day and it’s hard to believe how small she was. I remember her sleeping on my chest and not even taking up the whole space, now her head comes all the way to my neck while her legs hang over my sides. I am still in awe at how much I love this little lady. It is impossible to even put it into words, but I am so thankful she is mine.

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She is getting more and more personality each day and is becoming more independent as she tries to figure things out. She isn’t walking on her own yet, but she goes all over the place holding on to one thing or another. She has found something in almost every room that she can hold as she shuffles around the room. She’s also started dancing anytime she hears music and it is the cutest thing ever!!! Sometimes I will dance around the room while holding her and she thinks it is the greatest thing in the world and will laugh and squeal in delight. It is so fun watching her learn new things and get so excited when she does them. She recently learned how to clap and will do that while she is dancing or anytime we do. She is always so proud of herself when she learns something we’ve been trying to teach her and the smile on her face when she does it makes my heart melt.

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Weight: I am going to guess that she is around 21 maybe 22 pounds. I will find out for sure at her Well Check next month.

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Health: Her health has been great since leaving day care. She hasn’t even had a runny nose. It has been wonderful. She is so much happier when she isn’t sick and Landon and I benefit too because she isn’t passing anything to us anymore. All in all (knock on wood) we have been a fairly healthy household this past month.

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Sleep: We have been having sleep issues all month long. Not only does she fight sleep with everything she’s got, but she also wakes up at least once, if not more, almost every night. It has been a hard adjustment for me since I had gotten so used to sleeping all night. Some nights I feel like I have a newborn again. I’m really hoping that she will grow out of this soon.

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Social: She has gotten a little better since last month with being more social again. When I first started staying home she turned into a complete mama’s girl, but now, as soon as she becomes comfortable with her environment she wants to explore and meet everyone there again. This is a relief for me because I was starting to worry that she was getting to dependent on me since I was with her pretty much all of the time.

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Diet: She is completely off purees and on solid food and formula. Her favorites are eggs (which she used to hate, but now loves), cucumbers, green beans and butternut squash. I found butternut squash ravioli at Sprouts and she absolutely loves it!! She will gobble it up any time I make it for her. One other thing we’ve been working on it teaching her to use sippy cups. Our pediatrician told us to start giving them to her here and there so she can start transitioning from the bottle. I will be glad when we don’t have to wash a million bottles anymore, but I’ll be sad when she moves on from them too. My little baby is growing up so fast, I really wish time would slow down a little.

Clothes: I just recently washed all of her 12 month clothes, so she is wearing those, as well as, her 9 month clothes and some 6-9 month clothes.

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Crying: She has been having some very dramatic crying sessions lately. Basically anytime she doesn’t get what she wants she will go from being perfectly fine to a full blown wail in .5 seconds. She’s also started a very high pitch scream at the top of her lungs scream that isn’t fun for anyone around. Hopefully she will get passed this soon, but we are just trying to not give in to her when she is having her “demand” temper tantrum. We’ve gotten pretty good at deciphering between when it’s a real cry or a fake cry.

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Likes: This girl loves to dance!!! Anytime music starts playing, doesn’t matter what it is, she starts dancing. It is so cute!! Of course she still loves Lola and is always trying to pet her. She also loves bubbles, balls and getting into our kitchen cabinets.

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Milestones: We’ve been trying to teach her things like clapping and high fiving and she picks them up really quickly. The downside is that she picks up bad habits too. Like I said above, she is constantly trying to get into our kitchen cabinets and if she see us doing something she will copy us so we have to be really careful of what we do in front of her. Once she learns it she just wants to do it again and again… She still isn’t walking by herself, but she moves so quickly when she is holding on to something that  I am thinking someday soon she will just surprise us by letting go and continuing on by herself.

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Well, I’m off now to work on some birthday party preparations for the way to soon to be one year old!!

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P.S.- these photo shoots are get harder and harder. She never wants to sit still and always wants to play with the sign.