I can't believe David is 4 weeks old today! He has grown so much and is filling out his clothes more and more. He has brought so much joy to our lives that I can't imagine life without him. His personality is coming out more and more and I continue to fall in love with him more and more each and every day. How could you not fall in love with that smile?
On another note, we got a fun new toy today. A Lovin' Hug swing! There are times when David just wants constant motion, so we bought him a swing and I put it together this afternoon. He loves swinging and it frees up my arms! This past weekend, I went to Meridian to visit my family and I will post about the trip along with pictures tomorrow.
I was going to wait and post these after I finished David's birth annoucements, but I can't resist. Lindsey Lingenfelter did another FABLUOUS job of photographing our family! The link is to the right of this post. The password is Alabama if you need it. I really hope you enjoy them as much as I did.
David was once again caught sucking his thumb! He might turn out to be just a little like his mommy after all!! Next week when I go home I will attempt to find a good picture of me sucking my thumb to compare the two!
Isn't my son the cutest thing you have ever seen??? Check out Dixie in the background!
On our way out to eat mexican. Doesn't David look snazzy!
Things with David are getting better and better. Of course we have nights like last night when he didn't want to sleep, but they aren't every night so that is good.
I thought I would post a few of the items that we have quickly learned we can't live without:
1. The GumDrop/Soothie paci The nurses in the NICU gave David one in his first 2 hours of life before he came down to be with me in well baby, and now we can't live without one. The GumDrop is the orange version with the nose cutout. The Soothie is the round blue paci that I can find at Target and Babies R Us.
2. Wipe Warmer
David hates getting his diaper changed and REALLY can't stand cold wipes. The wipe warmer seems to make the diaper change a little bit easier.
3. Sleep positioner
David is a squirm worm and wiggles his way around in his bed. The thing about it is that he hates that he can do that, so with a good swaddle blanket and placing him on the sleep positioner (a small wedge with two velcro pillows on the side--visible in 2nd photo above)
4. Sleep Sheep-ocean sound
David seems to like the sound of me breathing when he wants to go to sleep and this is the closest thing I have found.
JD helping burp David. David on his light. (he was only on for 48 hrs)
Larger view of David on his light box.
My Mom and Dad with David in the hospital.
JD and I giving David his first sponge bath.
David had his 2 week checkup on Friday. He is back up to his birth weight of 6lbs 10oz. He is up to 20 inches so that is a gain of 1 inch!! The doctor said he looked perfect. He is responding well to visual stimulation, noises and touch. David is eating well...obviously, he has gained plenty of weight in the last 2 weeks! Now if we could get a sleeping schedule down we would be in good shape.
After two weeks of being a mother, I can't begin to explain the love and bond that I feel with my son. He is the most wonderful thing to have happened to me. I find joy in every moment I spend with him. I cherish the times he sleeps on my chest, or won't go to bed because he wants me to hold him. I love that he knows my voice when I talk, that he will scan the room with his eyes looking for me if he hears my voice and I'm not holding him. I love that he knows it is me as soon as he smells me.
David and I have been doing wonderful! He is growing each and every day! He is waking up more and more during the day, opening his beautiful eyes and checking everything out. We have been so blessed to have my mom here last week and some this week. She really helped me out when David was upset in the middle of the night. She also helped with laundry, fixing me breakfast and keeping me hydrated throughout the day. Mom also got me and David out of the house which was much needed. We have already made our way around Target, Hobby Lobby, The Ledges, Interior Marketplace and several other small stores and restaurants.
Thanks Mom for everything! David misses you already!
David wrapped up in the elephant blanket that my former student, Miss Margo, sent him! David snoozing in my arms. Don't you love the polka dots!
Last night, post bath, hanging out in our chair. We love the vibrating chair!
See my eyes open!!
This morning we went strolling down the street with Dixie.
We head to the doctor tomorrow morning for our 2 week checkup so more updates tomorrow!
For months now the doctors had been anticipating me going into labor early. With all of the contractions I had been having, they kept getting more and more excited when I would make another goal week. First it was 24 weeks, then 28 weeks, 32 weeks, 34 weeks then 36 weeks. I had been religious about going to the doctor every week and started getting my cervix checked early. On my 36 week appt I was 3.5cm and 85-90%. She went ahead and scheduled my induction date for August 11th. I didn't take that as a good sign that David would come any earlier. So, last week, Jamie and I went walking a few times. She invited me to walk last Thursday night but I decided I needed the energy to go out to dinner with our group of friends at Furniture Factory. I ordered the Buffalo Chicken sandwich-hoping the spice would cause a reaction-well it did. I started feeling really bad and made JD take me home to sleep. I didn't sleep at all. I could feel the contractions and I was really uncomfortable. So at 4:30 am I got up and started sewing. I sewed for hours. JD and I went to get his hair cut early on Friday, then I went to Hobby Lobby with Jamie to get a frame and some piping to finish up a project. I really didn't feel very good so when I got home I told JD that I was going to see if the contractions would calm down. I took a shower, then a bath, then laid down and the contractions were 3 minutes apart. So after much mental debate, I got up, got dressed, cleaned up my house and told JD it was time to go to the hospital. He was a little hesitant at first, thinking it was another false alarm, but we went anyway. I was admitted and the nurse checked my cervix. I was 4cm and 100%. She had a look on her face when she said that my doctor was on the floor finishing up a C-section and she would have her come in and check me. Dr. Callison came in and checked me and the words we were waiting to hear came out of her mouth. She said I was in active labor and we were going to have this baby tonight! She had the nurse start and IV and she came in and broke my water (which she said was about to break on its own). Now, I originally didn't' want to have an epidural, but had talked myself into it a few weeks before. Boy am I glad I did that. After waiting on my blood work to come in and the doctor to come back I was dying for the epidural! I got it and felt much better. I was still able to feel everything, it just didn't hurt anymore. I could still move my legs, hold them by myself. I could still feel the contractions and know what was going on, again, it just didn't hurt. My biggest fear with the epidural was that I wouldn't be able to feel anything, but mine worked perfectly and I was able to enjoy labor. I went from 4cm to 5 cm within the hour of waiting for all of that. The nurses changed shifts and my new nurse came in and showed me the bag of pitocin. They put it into my drip at the lowest level available. In about 30 minutes I was at 10cm and ready to push. They called my doctor and had her rush from home (next door to JD's parents) to deliver David. She got there and I started pushing. 30 minutes later, David was born. Looking back, I didn't' think labor was that difficult. Of course my body had been preparing for months with all of my preterm labor. The nurse said I made it look easy. I just focused on the job at hand and got my baby into my arms as quickly as possible. Now, looking at him a week later, I don't even remember much else about labor. I will eventually get over all of the soreness, the fact that I REALLY hurt my tailbone, or that it seems like it will take me forever to get my body back. All I can do is love, love, love my baby boy!
We have been home from the hospital for a few days and everything has been so crazy. Adjusting to life as a mom, dealing with feedings, diapers, dr. appts, taking care of myself and the house has all been really tough. Thank goodness I have my mother here to help. I don't think I could have survived without her.
David is doing great. We went to his first doctor appt yesterday and met with Dr. Laue. He was wonderful! David has his heel pricked (which made me cry along with David) and he has jaundis, so they sent him home and the home health care nurses came and set up a light box in the house for him. He has to stay on the light at all times except for diaper changes and feedings, other than that, no holding him--which is really difficult. The nurse came back this moning and he has gained a few ounces and is looking much better. Another day on the light and we should be good to go. At the doctors office he weighed 5lbs 14oz. Today at home he weighed 16lbs 1 oz, so he has been eating really well over the last 24 hours. David also got a great report on his eyes, ears, mouth and lungs! We go back on the 14th for another checkup!
PS. Thanks for all the emails, facebook comments, blog comments and texts. We are so blessed to have so many friends!
John David Reed jr. is here! He was born Friday, July 31st at 8:22pm. He weighed 6 pounds 10 ounces and was 19 inches long. He is perfect! Extremely healthy and the most beautiful baby I have ever seen! JD and I are so in love with this little man! We have more pictures but the right camera cord is at the house, so when JD goes home to take a shower he is going to bring it back so I can post an entire album of Baby David pictures! Thank you for all the prayers, emails, comments etc. It is the most wonderful feeling to know that our little family is so loved!