June 29, 2014

Fox | 6 weeks

6 weeks old!
June 25th, 2014

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June 26, 2014

Katie & Nadine in 2014: Week 25

Day 169
Being a baby is exhausting!

Day 170

We're getting more and more smiles from him everyday!

Day 171
This sums up our day pretty well. 

Day 172
Cuddles with grandma (after he puked all over her new couch!)

Day 173
This picture cracks me up! I swear this kid has other outfits, Katie calls him Beyonce, because some days we change his outfit up to seven times...haha. 

Day 174
I made this hat a long time ago, so I needed at least one picture with it, even though it's so hot outside!

Day 175
Grandpa Patty and Fox have the same haircut!

June 24, 2014

Fox | 1 Month Update

June, 14th, 2014

10 lbs, 5 oz

22 inches

Fox has passed all of his newborn screenings with flying colors, he’s been healthy as can be!

Katie has many nicknames for him: Big Honey (that’s the one she uses 99% of the time), Baby Hercules (because he is so strong), Baby Supermodel, Baby Genius and Big Stinky.
We also call him bubbas, Mr. Fox, honeybear, Mr. Grumpy Pants and Crunchy Face.

The beginning was tough. He lost too much weight in the hospital and we had to supplement with formula and I had to pump after each feeding as well, it was stressful! After my milk came in, we slowly cut the formula and replaced it with pumped breastmilk that we fed him in a bottle until he was about two weeks old when he exceeded his birth weight. At that point, I started breastfeeding again and it’s been going pretty well. Sometimes he has problems latching and he usually only feeds for ten minutes, but he seems to be gaining weight and has enough dirty diapers, so I’m thinking he is getting enough. He will eat every 2.5 – 3 hours during the day, sometimes closer, and goes 4-5 hours at night. We still feed him one bottle of pumped breastmilk a day (usually at night before he goes to bed) and he’ll eat 3-4oz.

I really can’t complain. Most nights, he only wakes up once and he usually sleeps anywhere from 3-5 hour stretches. Some nights, he will stay up for 1-2 hours though, but still better than having to wake up every two hours. He goes to bed any time between 8-10pm, wakes up around midnight – 1am and then sleeps until the early morning hours (any time between 5-6:30am). During the day, he is unpredictable. Some days he’ll sleep long hours during the day and other days, he is up for 6 hours straight! I’d love to get him on a schedule, but this kid seems to have a mind of his own and I don’t know how to do it.
He LOVES to sleep in our arms, his pack n play and bassinet, but hates his crib, every time I try to put him in there, he wakes up after a few minutes and screams bloody murder!

We just transitioned him to size 1 diapers, he wore newborn diapers for the first four weeks. He loves to get his diaper changed and last weekend we had our first projectile pee/poop incident, lets just say Katie, the pack n play and floor were covered in poop! We laughed so hard! After one month of mommyhood, being covered in spit up, pee or poop doesn’t phase us anymore.

His newborn clothes are getting tight and he mostly wears 3 month clothing right now. Some fit perfectly and some are still a little big on him.

He is so alert! Always looking around with big eyes, he loves looking at himself in a mirror and keeps eye contact. He enjoys laying on his play mat or looking at the mobile on his changing table.
He did his first social smile on June 10th, when Katie made funny faces at him and did it with me a few days later when I was singing to him. It’s the cutest thing!

Diaper Changes, looking at himself in the mirror, sleeping on his mommies, bouncy seat, bicycle legs, when we sing to him, looking at lights or the fan, rocking in the glider in his room and bath time!

When he doesn’t get his way! ;) His stroller, not being upright.

Recovering from the C-Section was tough. I was in a lot of pain for a few weeks and then developed a spinal migraine that put me right back in the hospital where they had to do a blood patch. Those first few weeks are a total blur to me and I’ve never been so tired, overwhelmed and happy all at the same time.
I still have 13lbs to lose to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight and I’m surprised that I still don’t fit in my pre-pregnancy “fat pants” yet.
I started working part-time when he was three weeks old and although it’s nice to be back at work, it’s stressful to juggle everything as well and I’m worried about going back full-time (I take him with me to work and/or work from home).

Katie has been great, right from the start. I couldn’t wish for a better partner and mom for Fox. She’s been taking care of both of us since day 1 and even the nurses in the hospital commented on it!
She’s an awesome mommy and very hands on with our little love.

Fun things we did:
We had lots of visitors this first month and enjoyed spending time with family and friends. It is so special to see other people love on him, it’s like nothing else!
We’ve slowly tried to leave the house, after being cooped up for a few weeks. We’ve been to dinner a couple of times, ran some errands and visited Grandpa. It’s Baby Steps for now, but we get more and more comfortable and it gets easier each time.

What we’re looking forward to:
Getting out more and starting swim “lessons” at 8 weeks!

June 22, 2014

Fox | 5 weeks

5 weeks old!
June 18th, 2014

He passed out when Aunt Ashlie read to him!

Great Grandma Michelle

Great Grandpa Wes

Fun at Grandpa Rodney's House!

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June 20, 2014

Thoughts on Pregnancy

I thought I would never say this, but I miss being pregnant. I knew I would miss this amazing belly, but I never thought I would miss being pregnant. 
Pregnancy was rough on me. I was nauseous for four long months, then had a couple of good months, before the back and rib pains started for the last three months. Sleeping was a nightmare and I always said that it's probably going to get worse with a newborn, but honestly, I sleep so much better now than I did  back then. 
I remember thinking that it would take me a long, long time before I would want to do this again and if Katie would carry our next child, I would be thrilled. People always say your forget the bad things about pregnancy and childbirth immediately, and while I haven't forgotten about them, I'm ready to do this again. Not for a while of course. 
I became nostalgic looking at these pictures. In the first picture, we had just found out that we're finally pregnant and couldn't have been happier, what an exciting time that was! I was around 36 weeks pregnant in the middle picture and loved my belly so much! And here we are in the last picture, a few days after we brought our little love home from the hospital, I still can't believe that this sweet boy was growing inside me! We are so blessed! 
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June 17, 2014

Katie & Nadine in 2014: Week 24

Day 162
Cuddles with my boy!

Day 163
Katie got me this necklace as my "push present". The front has Fox's name and the back is his fingerprint. I love it! 

Day 164
Playtime! He loves his play mat and smiles at himself in the mirror!

Day 165
BBQ with Katie's family at our house for Father's Day!

Day 166
Father's Day # 2 with the other side of the family!

Day 167
Coming to the office with Mama is hard work!

Day 168
Pediatrician Appointment. Besides a little heat rash, Fox is healthy as can be and weighs a whopping 10lbs and 5oz!

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