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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

It's been 6 Weeks Today

Today marks 6 weeks ...... Hunter is already 6weeks old today! I can't believe it, we've made it 6weeks with Irish twins (that's what everyone keeps calling them). Today also makes 6 weeks of breast feeding which is the first goal I set for Hunter and I. Now I'm not a person who thinks that breast feeding is the only option. I believe that the best thing for baby is to have whatever food that is helping them gain weight and grow big and strong. Like in Autumn's case she needed to be put on a thick formula so she could keep the food down to gain weight. But in Hunter's case breast milk is the best do to the fact that he needs all my antibodies he can get to protect him from germs since he's at a much higher risk. I am so thankful God has blessed me with a huge supply of milk and for Hunter being so good at breast feeding (besides the fact that he likes to take his time eating). Hunter is also acting as a normal 1 month old and doing the things other 1 month olds should do! Which is great news since he is showing these signs it means he won't be behind in development and should have no problems later in life (he was at a small chance of having learning delays). He is also sleeping 3 to 6 hours at night (we are so blessed to have babies that like to sleep). The doctor has decided that Hunter does have acid reflux but hopefully not as bad as Autumn had it. We started meds to help and some days are better than others. For the most part he still sleeps A LOT which is normal until he reaches his due date. Autumn has done better than we figured. She stays on her normal daily schedule and is some what interested in him. She looks at him and you can see her wheels turning in her head to figure out exactly what he is. She's becoming more and more of a toddler. It seems like every day she is saying a new word :) and doing new things. Matt and I are surprised each day! Oh what a wonderful family we have been so blessed with. I can't imagine life without any of them (even April our furry baby)!!!! My next goal for Hunter and I is to make it to 3 months breast feeding :) wish us luck!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Hunter's arrival into the World

Warning Maybe too much info for some people: Let me see where to start? Well Saturday October 29th we had gotten the ok from my OB to do Autumn's 1 yr pictures and our maternity pictures, that day everything was going well through the pictures and later that evening. The only thing that felt different is I just had this overwhelming feeling that I kept feeling through out the day. This feeling could only be described as I just felt like Hunter was going to be born that day/night or then next day (Sunday). I had told Matt about this feeling and I do have to say I was worried with only being 33 weeks. So they only thing I could think of was to pray, and I just prayed that whatever was God's will be done and that He'd take away my worries and give me peace in my heart. Matt and I had come to except that whenever Hunter came that it was God's will and everything would work out for the best. So Saturday night we put Autumn to bed at 10pm, then we crawled in bed to snuggle and watch a movie. After the movie was over I got up to empty my bladder so I wouldn't wake up so much during the night (this was 12:20am exactly). When I went to the restroom I had a big gush of blood and fluid (this happen the morning I went into labor with Autumn). I yelled to Matt to bring me my phone to call the on call doctor, at this time I wasn't contracting and I left a message saying what happened. As I waited for the call back on what to do, I started to contract every 6 minutes. They called and said come in ASAP and not to waste time because Autumn was born so quickly. We called Mom and Ralph on our way to their house saying we're bringing Autumn. I felt so bad Autumn was crying and didn't know what was going on and we had to drop and run and oh it felt awful. When we dropped her off contractions were 4 minutes apart and by the time we got to the hospital they were 2 minutes apart and I was 50% effaced and dilated to 2cm. I was admitted into the hospital at 2:20am. The plan of action was to stop labor for as long as possible. They put me on a med called Mag (I don't know how to spell the word) and I think a man made it because you can't focus on anything/anyone, you're so tired, and it made thing very blurry. I was also given an ultrasound to see how much fluid was left and to check Hunter's size and if he was ok. The u/s tech was very rude didn't anything to us the whole time and didn't do the u/s correctly. We got another round of the shots to help his lung develop even more. By Monday morning I got to see my OB and she order another u/s so we could get a better look at his size and check fluid level again. He was 5lbs 6oz and I still had a good amount of fluid, she said it looked like there was just a leak and my water didn't break all the way. So the plan was to start antibioctics to fight off any infection that could now get into the sac and to Hunter or me. We were hoping to make it to 34 weeks which would have been yesterday Sunday November 6th. We hadn't told anyone we were in the hospital because I didn't want visitor with the way I was feeling and we didn't want to worry everyone. Matt had gone back to work Tuesday the 1st because I told him he needed to save his PTO for when Hunter was born. At 9:30am on the 1st I started to contract and the meds just weren't stopping it any more. I was dilated to 4cm and 75% effaced and my OB said today was the day. I called Matt and told him to come quick, he didn't get there till 11am because they were trying to get a manager there (I was so afraid he was going to miss the birth because everything was going so fast). At 12:30 my OB came in and checked me again and I was 5cm and a plus 2 station (means baby is very close to being born). I was having a lot of back labor that I couldn't get rid of so I got an epidural. When that was all in place it was 1:15 (which was the same time I had looked at the clock after I got my epidural with Autumn). Matt was very tired so he ate and took a nap. At 2:15 I looked at Matt and said "Wake up and call for the nurse!" I knew it was time and Hunter gave us no warning at all. At this time the nurse comes in and checks me and is yelling for help and for someone to get my OB (who was in surgery at the other side of the hosptial). They were telling me not to push because it was very important to wait till doc and NICU team got there. Finally Dr. Hayes was there (she left her other paticent on the table and was sweating from sprinting to our our). They told me it was ok to push, I pushed for 16 seconds and she said "stop!" I said "what's wrong? The head can't be out". She replied "it's is" and told me to push again for the shoulders and another 10 seconds of pushing and Hunter Maximus was born at 2:38pm 5lbs 5oz and 18.5 inches long, FULL head of hair and screaming! They laid him on my stomach just to cut the cord (Matt wasn't able to) and took him away to the NICU. It was a lot different than Autumn's birth (other than the quick labor and delivery). We got to go see him at 4pm. He was breathing on his own but needed a c-pap to make his breaths last longer and was in an inkubator to regulate his body temp. So far he is now completely off any breathing help, in an open crib holding his on body temp, and off the bili lights. We are working on teaching him how to feed at the breast and bottle (bottle for when I can't be there so he can lose his feeding tube and come home). They really have no idea of a date he'll come home because learning to eat can go qucikly or take some time.








A lot of people have asked how we came up with his name, Matt picked the first name and I picked the middle (with Autumn I picked the first and Matt picked the middle). Also with Autumn her middle intial is my first intial. So we wanted to do the same with Hunter, his middle intial is Matt's first intial :). He has a strong name, and it fits him for his size since a baby born at 33 weeks should really only be about 4 pounds!
It's tough having him in the NICU and having Autumn at home and taking turns being in both places. But Matt and I feel/know we'll be a much stronger family when this is all said and done.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

32 weeks!!!! And Autumn

Let me start off with Autumn, she has 2 teeth now!!!! OH and was it a hard few days before it came through (10/18). The night before she spent the whole night in bed with Matt and I, none of us slept good due to her tossing and turning. She was wake off and on the whole night and poor thing wet her diaper in a 5 minute time period and we even had to change her clothes! But we made it through the night that seemed to never end and now there are 2 buttom toofers (teeth) lol. Autumn is also making the effort to let go of things as she walks!!! She has taken a few steps but nothing more than 2 in a row. We are so proud of her and her efforts. I know she's an over-achviver already :). Her 1st Birthday is only 3 weeks away!

I'm 32 weeks today!!! Which makes this the end of 5 weeks of bed rest with 2 to 4 more to go. To think that I have maybe another whole month of nothing but laying sucks (and possibly not at home but in the hospital makes me very depressed). We did find out on Monday that Hunter is 4 pounds 4 ounces measuring 34 weeks. So at least he has weight on his side and hopefully his lungs are almost developed due to the shots I had 5 weeks ago. Matt and I have been doing some reading about what to expect at what weeks of when he's born. We found that March of Dimes has been the most informing and not scary place to get the scoop.
If you're wondering what we found out here it is.

Babies Born at 32 to 33 weeks
              About 98 percent of babies born at this time survive. Most weigh between 3 and 5 pounds and appear thinner than full-term babies. Many need supplemental oxygen to help them breathe, although some can breathe on their own. Some can breast- or bottle-feed, but those who have breathing difficulties probably need tube-feeding. Babies born at this time are less likely than babies born earlier to develop serious disabilities caused by premature birth, though they remain at increased risk for learning and behavioral problems.

Babies Born at 34 to 36 weeks
             Late preterm infants are usually healthier than babies born earlier. More than 99 percent of these babies survive, though they are:
        6 times more likely than full-term infants to die in the first week of life (2.8 per 1,000 vs. 0.5 per 1,000)
        3 times more likely to die in the first year of life (7.9 per 1,000 vs. 2.4 per 1,000)
Late preterm babies often weigh between 4½ and 6 pounds, and they may appear thinner than full-term babies. These babies remain at higher risk than full-term babies for newborn health problems, including breathing and feeding problems, difficulties regulating body temperature, and jaundice. These problems are usually mild. Most of these babies can breast- or bottle-feed, although some (especially those with mild breathing problems) may need tube-feeding for a brief time.
A baby's brain at 35 weeks weighs only two-thirds of what it will weigh at 40 weeks. Because their brain development is not complete, these babies may be at increased risk for learning and behavioral problems. Most do not develop serious disabilities resulting from premature birth.
A recent study, however, found that late preterm infants are more than 3 times as likely to develop cerebral palsy and are slightly more likely to have developmental delays than babies born full term. Another study found that adults who were born at 34 to 36 weeks gestation may be more likely than those born full-term to have mild disabilities and to earn lower long-term wages.

We have a lot fighting against us some days (or it seems that way) but whenever Hunter is born and whatever we may have to deal with, we will be a stronger family and make it through. We are very blessed to have made it this far and are very thankful for the extra time he's been inside me to grow bigger and stronger! Are hopes are to make it to 37 weeks which gives us the best chance of taking him home when we go home.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

So proud to be Matt's wife!!!!!!

I want to make a special post about Matt today.

Let me start of with the short story of how we met (it plays a very important part of today's post). Matt and I offically met the night of May 5, 2007. I had stopped by his work to get a pizza and drink on my way home. While I waited for my food, we had started some small talk. Then I took my food and left. At home I was telling my mom that I actually talked to the cute guy at the pizza place and that he seemed pretty nice (I'd always tell her when we picked up pizza that he was the cute one that worked there lol). Now I wasn't thinking about dating anyone at this point in time, I was actually thinking I didn't want to date anybody for a while. Over the next week or so we'd say Hi in passing as we came and went from our shifts (our jobs were next door to each other). Then the night that my mom and I started to move apartments, I stopped in for a pizza and drink for a very late dinner and I stayed to talk to Matt while I waited on the food. I left when the food was done and headed to the new appartment for one last drop for the night. As I was driving I picked up my phone and called his work, which was closed by now and just by luck he answered! I then mustered up the words to ask if he'd like to get a milkshake at Steak n Shake after he got off work that night. To my surprise he said "sure why not" (I later found out he was trying to play it cool). We met at Steak n Shake at midnight. We talked for hours and hours which only seemed to be a short time. By the time we realized it, it was 6 am!!!! Yes we were there for 6 hours. We taked about everything families, school, work, likes, dislikes, movies, and on and on. We had hung out a few more times over the weeks. Then Matt's birthday comes around, he had invited me over to his appartment to meet some of his friends and spend his birthday with him, to my surprise he introduced me as his girlfriend (which I was defiantly ok with) and later that night we had our first kiss which was perfect! Fast forward to September, we have spent almost everyday together and just knew that we were ment for each other. We decided to get married in March and that started our life together forever!

Now onto talking about Matt -
Matt doesn't get enough credit for all he does. Everyone tells me how great of a mommy I am with Autumn and how I go through so much with my pregnancies to get them here safe and sound. But what everyone doesn't realize Matt puts in A LOT of work in too, he's actually putting in overtime right now! I'm so proud to be Matt's wife and I'm so blessed to have him as man of the house. Over the last week alone Matt has been working so hard both at work and at home. Recently the GM of his location had their third child and was off work so, the others had to pick up some extra hours and change the schedule around and so on. Then he comes home to do laundry, dishes, cooking, taking care of my needs, and doing everything Autumn needs. He has also put up with a very moody me this week :( I have not been the best of spirits and very snappy do to failing my first glucose test and having to take the three hour one. Let's just say I've been throwing a pitty party for myself. And Matt has still been very patient and loving towards me! I'm also so proud that he took the time yesterday to go look at cars for us do to the fact that our gold car was on a lease and time to give it back in a few weeks. Normally we buy a car together and I deal with all the paper work and info and he deals with the car picking, finding the safety ratings, talking trade in value, and so on. But yesterday he picked a new Jeep out for me (because this is going to be the car I drive), doing the paper work, all the signing, and finializing the deal (all with me at home). I'm so glad he knows what I like and don't like, where we needed to be price wise, and being able to take charge and get it all worked out with no stress on me. When we were planning our wedding, he'd look at me and say "how'd I get so lucky?". I'd reply "because I was the one that had the guts to ask you on a date". But I am truely the lucky one, I've got a husband that loves me for me and our children, who doesn't mind working hard (and I mean hard, he's got a demanding job) to pay our bills, that is kind, loving, forgiving (and oh is he forgiving, I'm not one that many can handle my moods), and faithful. Matt and I have always tried to say thank you to each other when something is done for the other or for Matt working, or me taking care of the house stuff and Autumn (we just always try to remmber what the other one does to make our family work). It's key in a marrige to show how much it means to you what the other one does for their part. An that's why I feel like Matt deserves and extra special THANK YOU because without his help and love I wouldn't be where I want to be in life and in our family. I thank God every day that we met each other that one night in May and made it one of the best nights of my life.

To my amazing husband that loves me no matter what, and will always be there for me. I LOVE YOU oh so much for being the man you are!!!!!!!!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Autumn at 10 months

Oh where to start.....Autumn is defiantly coming into her own these days. It's so much fun watching her become her. She has 1 bottom tooth that came in around 8-9months, and she is now working on a second one. She started to crawl shortly after 4th of July and is getting into everything now lol. She'll hold onto the wall, couch, and anything stable really to walk. She's starting to let go and try to take steps, but falls pretty soon after letting go of something. I'm hoping that she'll hold off on actually walking just a few more weeks. We have made the dinning room into a play area for her and she is so happy just playing away by herself. We have started to feed her actual people food. She LOVES lunch meat, chicken (a girl after her mom's own heart), and french fries! If Matt or I even go to take a bite of food and she doesn't have anything in front of her, she'll want to have a bite. I recently watched a 2 month old for a week, my friend was going back to work from having him and needed some help. Autumn did pretty well around him, she wasn't too touchy - feely. Really the only interest she showed in him was trying to take his paci lol. I'm guessing she was thinking "Well you can't play with me so I'll just leave you be". Watching him gave Matt and I a glimpse into what life will be like when Hunter comes. DOUBLE THE DIAPERS!!!!!!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Hunter 27 weeks update

I had an ultrasound today to check the size of Hunter. I was 27 weeks on 9/15 and he was measuring 29 weeks 4 days (2 and a half weeks ahead). Hunter is 2 lbs and 13 oz which is in the 83rd percentile. He's going to be a big boy but hopefully not too big for me lol. The ultrasound was a lot of fun today, Hunter was sleeping and we got to see him yawn and stick out his tongue. We saw one of his ears and his eyes open and close (it felt like he was already here lol). We did find out the my cervix went from 2.4mm two weeks ago to 1.7mm. I am on complete bed rest and was given a shot to help his lungs, I'll need to go back to the hospital tomorrow to get the second dose.
Matt and I are freaking out a little since I'm going on bed rest 4 weeks earlier than I did with Autumn. I'm also torn between taking care of Hunter and taking care of Autumn. It is going to be hard for me not to be so hands on with her, she is mama's girl! All we can do is take it one day at a time. I'm hoping to talk to my OB on Monday. I was the last u/s of the day and she was already gone. The u/s tech talked to her over the phone to see what our course of action would be. I'll keep everyone updated on what is going on with us.

Friday, September 2, 2011

25 Weeks - only 15 more :)

I had an ultrasound and appointment today. I weighed 6 pounds more since last month!!! I've been eating a lot of snickers and chips :) . My cervix has shorten from 2.9 (2 weeks ago) to 2.4, so I've been told to take it easy and rest (but not bed rest yet). I have an u/s in 2 weeks to see how much our lil guy has grown. Then I have another cervical u/s and appointment in 4 weeks. If the ultrasounds show my cervix has shorten more then we'll go ahead and do shots to help the lungs mature (just in case he wants to come early) and most likely be put on bed rest. Over all the doctor is happy so far with how the pregnancy is going. The doctor's goal is to make it to 34 weeks, which is the first of November, but my goal is to make it past Autumn's 1st birthday.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The last few weeks

So the last few weeks have been a roller coaster. Autumn has been super duper fussy do to teething. And FINALLY today 8/17 her lower left tooth popped through! She has been testing me for weeks seeing what I'll let her get away with lol. It is funny now but when she's like that I feel as if I'm going to pull my hair out. She had her 9 month well baby visit earlier in the week, she was 18 lbs 15 oz (50th percentile), 28 inches long (75th percentile), and her head 17 inches around (50th percentile). The doctor is very impressed with how she has caught up from being so small when she was born. We had her 9 month pictures the same day and all I can say is wow. We tried a new person, Sabrena Haulter with Captured Beginnings. She was great with Autumn (even though we couldn't hardly keep her still). We've gotten to see a few pictures and I can't wait to see the rest :).  We've scheduled a few more sessions with her for 1yr pictures and maternity, which I can't wait for either.

I have been a little down the last few weeks with this pregnancy. I went 2 weeks ago for another ultrasound and found out my cervix had shortned more. I go tomorrow for another one and that'll tell us what to do next. I've been down because I feel like it's my job to get him here safely and healthy, and if I don't it's my fault for not resting enough or being up on my feet too much or etc. I've been trying to keep myself busy with Autumn (which isn't hard to do lol). I'll let everyone know tomorrow what the plan is.

Friday, July 29, 2011

20 Weeks - Half way there

As of 7/28 I am 20 weeks along in this pregnancy! I am trying to keep positive, I'm still getting sick if I don't use my pump (so no getting off that yet). We had our Big ultrasound on the 20th and found out we are having a BOY!!!! We are all so excited :). We've got the room painted and have gotten a few things for our little guy (which I love saying). We're still looking at names and of course we won't be sharing until he's born. A little about the u/s, we found out that even though I've lost weight he is the normal size of a 20 week baby. He has all of the organs one is suppose to have, good movement, good placenta and cord placement. We did find out that my cervix was shorting in length already. They like to see a normal cervical length of 4 (I'm not sure if that's measured in inches or centimeters) but mine measured 2.9 the first time then 3.2 the second time. The tech measured at the beginning and the at the end of the u/s. The tech was freaking out about it the whole time so it clearly worried me (I don't think I got to enjoy the u/s like I did with Autumn). She went to talk to the doctor and see what she wanted to do. I go back for a normal OB appointment on Aug 4th and she wants to do another u/s to measure it again. If it's still getting smaller they'll do a cerclage. What is a cerclage you ask, it's a stitch placed into the cervix to keep it from opening and is normally removed around 36 weeks. They will keep an even closer eye on me to make sure everything is going good. And as you've already guessed, yes I'm worried. I'm worried about the risks, will I really need it, and etc. Well that's it for now, I'll keep everyone updated on what the next u/s shows on Thursday.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Autumn Crawls!!!!

     Well it's official Autumn is a girl on the move!!!! Autumn started to crawl yesterday, we had been working with her for almost 2 months to crawl forwards. She would crawl backwards and get mad because she wasn't going towards what she wanted. She's still a little shaky at it but I know in a few days she'll be off and moving faster than I can :) . I also tried giving her some pieces of banana cut into really small bites and she was not having that. I'd give her a little bite piece on a spoon and she'd spit it right back out and make a funny face. We'll just have to try again in a few weeks.
       We have been swimming a lot this past weekend. My mom took us to Indy Island (an indoor pool) on Saturday and Matt took us to Perry Park (an outdoor pool) they are both Indy Parks pools and are very baby and kid friendly. Autumn enjoyed both pools, but I think I liked the indoor pool better. I didn't have to worry about sunblock and her getting too much sun. Hopefully we can go again next weekend because Matt is off the whole weekend for my birthday :) .
        As for me, I will be 18 weeks along in this pregnancy on Thursday!!! Almost half way there but still getting sick so I had to go back on my Zofran pump. I started to feel our little one move about 2 weeks ago. Matt was able to feel the baby Friday for the first time. I have to say feeling the baby move is one of the only things I enjoy being pregnant, along with hearing the heart beat. I've decided this past week that my body hates being pregnant :( I have to say I get jealous of the women who have these perfect pregnancies, they never had morning sickness and if they did it's only a few times and say "it wasn't that bad". Or they had no problems and really do have that perfect pregnancy. I felt this way when I was pregnant with Autumn too. Sorry if I'm being too honest but that's just me and how I feel . I have also started my 17P injections almost 3 weeks ago. I will get these every week until 36 weeks. They are shots of progesterone, which are natural hormones that your body produces in high levels when you're pregnant that keep your uterus from contracting and your cervix from softening and dilating. When we were having Autumn we found out that my body doesn't produce enough and this is why I was having preterm labor. These shots give me a 35% less chance of preterm labor. They have no side effects to mom or baby because it's a natural hormone you produce. We have our big ultrasound on the 20th (less than 9 days away). We haven't decided if we're going to find out what we are having. Guess we'll just wait for the question by the ultrasound tech and decide then. We really haven't been looking at names as much as we did with Autumn. I can't decide if it's because we are busy with Autumn or if it's because it's such a pain to look at baby names lol. I really don't like looking for baby names because Matt and I are so picky as to what we like.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Zofran pump, Matt's surgery, and Autumn!!!!

~Zofran Pump~
        I got my Zofran pump a week ago today, and I'll start off with telling you what it is. Zofran is a nausea drug. The Zofran that I'm taking is in liquid form that is administered through this pump that is like an IV. Only difference is it doesn't go into a vein, it's just a little catheter that goes either into your stomach or thigh. The pump puts the meds into my body every few minutes and that adds up to 1mg per hour. If I'm feeling really sick or get sick, I can give myself a dose of 1mg additional every 6 hrs. A home nurse came to the house with all the stuff I needed and showed me how to use it.  The first day I got it the home nurse put it into my stomach and I had the pump on that evening and through the night. When I woke up my stomach hurt so bad from where it was attached to me. So I took it out after I ate. I then had to do the brave thing and attach it back to me lol. I tired my stomach but it was still so sore, so I decided I'd try the thigh. The nurse said people normally got the sore spots in their thighs (a side affect from the drug). I did the deed and stuck myself with a needle (The catheter is what covers the needle and once you get the needle all the way in, you hold the butterfly wings down and pull the needle out. Then your all set to go) and what do you know it didn't even hurt. Haha I did the unthinkable (at least to me) and it was a piece of cake. Now for the rest of the week I put it in my thigh and have yet to get the sore spots! I guess there's more fat in my thigh than stomach.
   So you ask, "Rachael, how are you feeling? Does this work?" And I say, it's amazing!!!! I haven't gotten sick in over a week, I can eat whatever I want and feel great! I'm picking up weight now. I've been able to eat and drink milk products, which I couldn't do the whole pregnancy with Autumn and this pregnancy because they would make me so sick. I've been able to get up and get my day started earlier than I was. Normally I'd get Autumn up, change and feed her, then I'd get sick and then try to eat something light and get sick again and again and again, then it's be 1 or 2 before I could do anything (either do the things around the house or go out and do my to do list). Now I can start my day off earlier and have time to rest or whatever else. The plan is to use this another week or two and be able to function without it. To get me off the pump we just lower the amount that is given to me until it not needed. We have probably met our insurance deductible for the rest of the year in one week of using this. Plus side to that everything else will be paid at 100% by the insurance. Down side is Matt or I will have to probably sell an organ to pay the bill (our deductible for a calendar year is 3000.00) lol.

~Matt's Surgery~
        Matt had his surgery yesterday to remove the mass in his cheek along with his 4 wisdom teeth. The wisdom teeth were a breeze to get out they said (so easy to get out that he was only numbed and WASN'T out to sleep). They had to take a molar out to get to the mass in his cheek (they were thinking the tooth was the cause of the mass). The tooth came out so easy that it scared the surgeon at first, Matt said. The tooth was in good shape except the tips of the roots. The root tips were infected, Matt said it looked like a jelly fish was attached the the ends (eww). The mass in his cheek ended up just being puss and a little blood from the root tips. So they gave him pain meds and antibiotics. Matt has to go back in two weeks (first week of July) to get everything checked out. He was in no pain yesterday. Matt went back to work today and has been feeling normal all day. What a trooper!!!!!!

~Autumn~
        Our little Autumn is doing so well!!!! She just loves to eat :) she is now using a sippy cup. I can't believe that next month she'll be 8 months old. Autumn is still only crawling backwards, but is very close to going forward. Her arms just need to get a little stronger. She's still working on getting her front top two teeth, they are so close to coming in that we can feel them trying to break through her gums. She's still sleeping 11 hrs a night. We've got her on a very good schedule that includes a morning and evening nap. We are doing the summer reading program at the library. Autumn loves to be read to, and loves flipping the pages.

Well that should catch you up!!!!!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Matt's visit to the Oral Surgeon

Matt's appointment went very well today. We went to an Oral Surgeon today because he has a mass that you can see on his lower cheek (right on the jaw). They think it's an abscess that is caused by a tooth. They said it looks to be good news because it is free moving (which means you can touch it and it wiggles instead of being attached to the bone which could mean possible cancer). So He will be going in on 5/26 to remove the tooth and clean out the tooth pocket and bone and send the mass off to be looked at. He will also be getting his wisdom teeth removed at the same time (they're all through the gums). He was going in to our dentist on 6/2 to get them removed. They said it would be easier on him. And it is going to end up costing us less money too . So we feel very good about it all and so does the Oral Surgeon. Matt is going to be awake during the process so they can talk to him on what they're finding and what the mass looks like (his choice). We will be glad when this is over, we were worried at first for not nothing what the mass was and having members on both sides of our families having cancer. We are very blessed to have gotten into the Surgeon so quickly and get this taken care of.

6 month Well Baby visit

Autumn's 6 month appointment went very well. She is 15 lbs 12 oz 26 1/2 in long. She got 3 shots and 1 oral med (she's not crazy about the shots but one day she'll thank us). She move from the 10th percentile in weight to the 50th!!!!! And is still in the 75th percentile for height. Her spit-up is getting better and she is now only on 2 meds for that. Autumn is sitting up and starting to crawl backwards lol (she'll be moving forward in no time). She loves to eat her baby food. We are having a little trouble with nap times b/c she wants to play ALL the time :) but she sleeping very well at nights. All in all she's a very healthy and happy baby. I'm feeling really blessed :)

Monday, May 2, 2011

Go bye Infant Car Seat :)

We have finally transferred to the big car seats now!!!! No more infant car seat :) Autumn has learned to sit up all by herself (well more the most part), So that means we don't have to use the infant car seat any more. Which I'm so happy about because she was getting so heavy to carry. We went to Target last night and she got to ride in the shopping cart for the first time. She loved it!!!
Autumn is growing so fast it's unbelievable. She's starting to put herself to sleep. She's also getting her own  little personality, and she has also gotten her laugh which just warms my heart every time I hear it. She loves being down in the floor playing with her toys and rolling around. Autumn is also getting very good at reaching for everything.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

My little trick to get Autumn to sleep

So tonight Matt and I were having a little trouble getting Autumn (who was too tired for her own good) to go to bed. I had also had trouble getting Autumn to take naps today, I finally got her to take one from 11:30 am to 2:15pm. To give you a picture of our night, we went out for dinner and on the way home Autumn took a very tiny nap. Then when we got home we gave Autumn a bath, and Matt has trying to rock Autumn to sleep in her room (after we got her in her pj's and her Easter outfit laid out), needless to say ricking her wasn't working. So I laid on the floor in her room and said "Here honey let me show you a trick of mine I use to put her to sleep, lay her down next to me." And so he did and he and April laid next to us. We all four laid on her floor and within 15 minutes she was asleep. I got up and laid Autumn in her crib and turned to Matt asleep on the floor and said "hurry lets go before we wake her". Now normally I does this in mine and Matt's bed or on the couch and then carry her to the crib, but the whole house was lighted and I used what I could :) Autumn is very much a mama's girl which is why laying with me helps put her to sleep. I did this for her nap too today. Autumn has been sleeping in her own room in her crib now for over a week now. She normally sleeps from 9:30 pm to 7:30 am without a sound (not bad if you ask me). We have also moved up to 6 ounces of formula every 3 hours now, YAY! We are also doing very well with solid feeding. I can't feed Autumn fast enough now, she grunts at me to put more food in her mouth. I think this is so cute because at first she really wanted to take her time eating. Well tomorrow is Easter and we have lots planned as usual for our holidays. I hope everyone has a good Easter and remember the true meaning, God sent his only Son to die on the cross so our sins could be washed away.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Autumn, Autumn, Autumn

Autumn has learned how to roll from her back to her tummy (4/9). I called Matt at work and told him she had just rolled over and his voice sounded sad, I'm sure it was because he had wished he was at home watching it happen too. But there is no doubt that Autumn has showed her Daddy she can roll over MANY times lol. Every time we put her on the floor to play she's rolling all over the place.
Autumn's crib is still in our room :( She had been sleeping very well through the night, only waking up once for her paci. But the last few nights she's woken up a lot for her paci. Funny thing is we were getting ready to put her crib back in her room lol. Guess we'll just have to wait a little while longer.
Autumn is getting such a personality, she's all smiles until she's so tired she can't put herself to sleep. She wants to play all the time and doesn't want to take naps :(  She's eating a lot of different baby foods. Autumn loves to eat her food mixed together, she can't have just bananas, it has to be bananas and pears lol. This is more of a Matt thing, as everyone knows I hate my food mixed together.
We are teaching Autumn a few basic sign language symbols, like Mommy, Daddy, more, and diaper. We read that it's easier for them to learn sooner than talking.So we think it will be good for her before she can use her words. It's going pretty good she's watching us and you can see in her eyes that she's trying to learn. Well it's time for me to try to get Autumn down for her morning nap and get a shower!!!!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

New Car

This week we traded in Matt's SUV for another Malibu, it's silver (I have a gold Malibu). It's the same payment but at least it will be better on gas (we were looking for one or the other since gas is so much). It's going to make a really nice car. My car is a lease so I'll be driving the new car when I have to give mine up. Hopefully when we give mine up we will be able to buy a car with cash.
On another note, Autumn has only wanted to sleep in her crib this past week. Which has had affected our sleep. I'm hoping she'll sleep in her bed tonight. She also has had a crying phase every day at 4pm and I have no clue what is causing other than I think it might be nap time.
Matt and I groomed April (our dog) this week too. We are trying to save money and that will save us 40.00 every 6 weeks. We didn't do too bad lol. April didn't like us doing it at all but she turned out looking good.
I've been looking into going back to work, but I'm not sure I'm ready. Then there's the part of me that is ready to work again. I'm having trouble deciding what I want to do, also. Well it's time to feed Autumn, so that's it for now.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Fussy Fussy

The last week Autumn has been FUSSY. I'm chopping it up to be teething since she has all the symptoms. I also don't think her anti acid medicine is working, I'm going to give it one more week. We've been feeding her rice cereal two times a day and she's doing pretty well with it. Autumn has also tried bananas, which she loved. I'm giving her the Gerber 1st foods, I'm not into making my own baby food. I was going to try but I just don't have the time between caring for Autumn, trying to learn how to cook better (b/c I'm sooo bad at cooking but Matt is wonderful at it), and making sure everything is super clean! I know a clean house is very important to me, I clean almost daily. I mean top to bottom cleaning, but I enjoy it so much.

We have my mom's sister Liz and her husband Jim with their oldest daughter Nicole and her husband Chris and their 4 children (ages 13, 12, 9, and 7) and then their other daughter's son (age 5) in town for the weekend (all the way from Florida). We had dinner Friday night at my mom's other sister's house and boy was it fun! The kids are so full of energy :) I was 10 when Maddie the oldest (age 13) was born and can remember holding her and just loved playing with her. All the kids of course wanted to hold Autumn and seeing them all so big made me fell OLD. I know I'm not old by any means but it's funny how life turns full circle lol. I believe Maddie is going to come stay the summer with us. I use to stay the summers with all of them, so it only seems right :) We're going to have breakfast in the morning before they leave.

Friday, March 18, 2011

4 month doc appt and more

Today Autumn went for her 4 month shots. She got 2 in the thigh and 1 oral med (she loves the oral meds). She weighed 12.6 lbs (10th percentile), 25 inches long (75th percentile), and her head is 15 inches around (10th percentile). She's still so tiny compared to other babies her size is what the doctor said. She's not worried though b/c I'm pretty small. Autumn is developing very well she says far as putting weight on her legs, pushing up when on her tummy, etc. She gave us the go ahead to start baby foods!!!! Since Autumn has been taking rice cereal in her formula since 6 weeks old, the doc doesn't think she'll have any food allergies (I hope not). I'm looking forward to the new food options for her (even though it'll be messy).

On another note, Matt and I have done some house reorganizing, we have moved our dinning table from the dinning room to the breakfast nook and the dinning room is now a play room!!!!! It's going to be a great place to block Autumn in when she is on the move lol. It will also be great to have the highchair where the tile is for an easy clean up! :) I'm going to be watching my best friend's little boy Jack when he comes in the beginning of July, so that'll be a good place for him to play too.

We have been trying to look at the next stage car seats for Autumn too. We've found a great deal on the brand Britax. We got a stoller that can become a double stoller, when we have more, and infant car seat, and 2 convertible car seats for 400.00 :). We didn't need a new infant car seat but it came with the deal, so it'll be nice to have one for each car since we only had one base for the infant car seat we already had. I can't wait till they come in the mail!!!! Should be here some time next week.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Sleep Training........not fun

Autumn is going to be 4 months on the 12th, so we are starting to get her use to sleeping ALL night in her crib like she does in her bassinet. We are also not swaddling her anymore because the doctor finds it to be unsafe once infants reach the 4 month mark. So we put her crib in our room for now until she sleeps through the night again. Our first night trying this was last night. We are trying a version like the cry it out. We lay her in the crib tired/sleepy but still awake. If she cries, we let her cry for 5 minutes (which we decided to do instead of 15, it's less stressful for Autumn) then I go to the side of the crib put her paci back in and pat/rub her back/butt until she calms down or closes her eyes. The first night went better than I expected. She fussed from 11pm to 1230am off and on, then she slept from 1230am to 530am without a cry and not swaddled. Matt had slept through it since he had to be up at 330am to go to a meeting at work at 5am. When she cried at 530am I just laid her in bed with me until her 8am bottle. I'm debating if we should take the bumpers off the crib rails so I can see her at night and see how she is positioned. The reason I'm thinking about that is because she moves all around her crib (I don't know how lol) but then again I think I should leave them up because she does move around her crib and I don't want her to bump her head. All in all I'm very proud of Autumn for being such a big girl :) We shall see how the next couple of nights go!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Busy Busy Busy

The past few weeks have been BUSY. We've been running around going to the grocery store and visiting with Grandma (who is now back to part time). Autumn is beginning to hate her car seat, which drives me nuts. She is also starting to talk a lot more! I've been working on mama and dada, and I'm sure she'll say those words in her own time lol.
I've started to clip coupons, which is very addictive for some reason. We've also been getting our groceries delivered (which saves a lot of money because we're not getting everything that looks good lol).
We finally picked Autumn's Godparents and waiting for a call back from the church where we want to have the service at, but it won't till summer.
Tomorrow we're meeting up with my cousin and her husband so they can have some time with Autumn. They live out of town so they don't get to see her much. Matt also has Saturday and Sunday off :). We have being lazy on the to do list :).
I have been saving my huggies reward points for a tether called Sophie and I finally reached it today and placed my ordered, now all I have to do is wait 8-10 weeks to get it in the mail.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Autumn's first time meeting Uncle Tom and Kara

Matt's brother, Tom, is in the Air Force so he travels and lives all over the place. When Autumn was born he was over seas and just got back at the end of January. So Uncle Tom and Kara (his lovely girlfriend) finally got to come for a visit and meet Autumn for the very first time!!!! Autumn of course loves them :) . Kara loves Autumn and just says how cute she is. Tom is a natural at holding babies and was so happy to see and meet her. They leave Monday, which we always hate seeing them leave, so we are getting to the most out of their time here. So far we've gotten to have dinner Thursday at Apple bee's and Friday at Matt's sister's house for dinner. Kara came over this morning while the boys went o work out at the gym. She was such a wonderful help (and doesn't even know it). Kara played, held, and fed Autumn while I was able to hold laundry, wash Autumn's bottles, clean the kitchen, and take out the trash! It was so nice to have help so those things didn't take up the whole day. And of course we talked the whole time :) . We plan to have breakfast with them Monday morning before they leave to go home.
Autumn, as of this week, has started to eat 4 ounces every 2 or 3 hours (finally). Her spit up has gotten a little better. I'm hoping it goes away soon because I have all these cute outfits for her but they're always covered up with bibs :( . Since this week has been so nice weather wise, we've been able to get out of the house more (which is great for Mommy lol). We have had a very exciting week, next week should be a little more relaxing!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

A little about us

We are a family of 4! Matthew, my husband of 3 yrs in March , me - the wife, Autumn, our first child 3 months old, and April, our furry child 2 yrs old. We are your normal family, my husband works full time and I stay at home with Autumn and April. We are doing great at being first time parents. Having Autumn here is easier than being pregnant with her. Most of our family and close friends know how hard it was to get Autumn here safely. A little about the pregnancy, I had morning/day/night sickness everyday (even the morning she was born). I went on bed rest July 18th do to stress at work and high blood pressure. Everything was going good with being on bed rest until September 29th when I went into preterm labor. So at that point I went on FULL bed rest (meaning in bed or the couch 24 hrs a day except to use the restroom and get food). Finally Autumn arrived Nov 12th. Labor was so easy, yes I said easy. I woke up with contractions very close together at 3am. We got admitted at 5am. By 8am all contractions just stopped, but I was at 4cm and 90% effaced. So at 11am my doctor broke my water hoping to get the contractions started again (didn't work). At 1pm they gave me pitocin, by 1:15pm I was getting my epidural (I had wanted to go w/out one) because my contractions were every 30 seconds lasting 90 seconds each. They were causing me to have issues breathing so I knew I had to get an epidural so I could relax. I was all smiles the whole time. At 5pm we called all the family members to let them know we were in labor (my mom, step dad and Matt's sister Christy were already there) and that we'd have a baby in about 3 hrs (said the nurse, I was at 6cm and 95% effaced). About 30 minutes later I called the nurse in to let her know I was feeling a lot of pressure, she checked me and I was 10cm and 100% effaced. She said "Matt go eat now! We have to get the room ready now because this baby is coming very soon". My first words were " but we told the family it's be 3 to 4 hours from now". At 6pm the nurse and doctor (the on call doctor because my doctor had left for the day and was going to make it in time) went over how to push with Matt and I (which I wasn't paying attention, all I could think was I really don't think I can do this). At 6:15pm I started to push, Matt was such a great coach. At 6:25pm Autumn was born, 5 pounds 10 ounces and 19 inches long! I cried the minute I saw her, she was so tiny and beautiful. About 15 minutes later I looked at Matt and said "That was so easy, I'd much rather give birth than be pregnant lol", the doctor and nurse thought I was crazy. That night the family got to see her and hold her. We stayed at the hospital 2 days, which was great because Autumn was a preemie (she never had to go to the NICU and was very healthy just tiny). Matt was able to stay home for 2 weeks after she was born! Autumn has had spit up issues since 3 weeks old, so she is on a formula with rice cereal mixed in. Everything was going perfectly in our lives until Dec. 26th 2010 when my father passed away (we were all shocked because it was very unexpected). It's been hard for my emotions, I've happy because Autumn brings so much joy to our lives, but I'm also very sad with his passing.

To bring up to date: Autumn is 3 months old . She is rolling over from tummy to back, smiling, laughing, and she makes tons of sounds. She just now started to enjoy tummy time. When she wants to eat it's like I'm not making the bottle fast enough for her lol. She has her first tooth coming in already (very early). We got her ears pierced 2 weeks ago (they look so cute). She sleeps about 8 to 12 hrs at night (has since 3 weeks old).
Well that's it for now, follow us with more blogs to come.