Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Lily turned 2 years old this weekend. Happy birthday Lily! For her birthday she got a doll gift set with everything you could need to take care of your baby doll. Caleb , Lily, and Aunt Bekah had a fun time playing with lily's new toys.
Although blurry my favorite picture is of caleb playing with 1 doll while lily carries 5 in her arms!
Sorry the pictures aren't turned...I am still learning my smart phone...
Monday, August 27, 2012
At the start of summer I noticed the boys were in desperate need of a hair cut. Especially Caleb; and as this was Caleb's first hair cut, I of course took pictures.
The bath before the hair cut, since my boys always seem to be covered in dirt...
I have found that the best way to cut the boys hair is a pair of clippers and a stool outside on the patio. While it was sad to cut off Caleb's curls, it was time to get rid of the baby curls and have a big boy hair cut.
At the end I had two good looking boys, and at 2 years old, Caleb had his first hair cut!
Sunday, August 26, 2012
I saw on facebook a friend trying to find a new home for one of her cats, since we had been talking about getting a cat for a while, we pounced on the idea!
Okay, so it wasn't quite a pounce, rather we carefully contemplated the idea of introducing a cat to our family so soon after bringing home a baby and with our kids so young and bringing home a cat with previous issues.
The situation seemed like a good fit for us since Abby is already 2 years old so we don't have to worry about training a kitten, and she has been raised in a family with three young children already so I don't have to worry about how she will be around our young rambunctious kids. And since she had a few previous issues in her first home, our friends agreed that we would give Abby a two week trial type period to make sure she was a good fit for our family, and if not, they would try to find another alternative for her.
So last Saturday, we went and picked Abby up. We didn't talk to the kids at all about us bringing home a cat so they would not overwhelm her with their excitement.
The first few hours she spend under the bed, but she would slowly come out for attention if Scott or I went into the room alone. By the next day she was sleeping at the foot of our bed and begging for attention. A few days later she would timidly come out to eat and then retreat back to our room either under our bed or at the foot of the bed.
Now a week later, Abby has made herself at home, sleeping at our feet, eating well and even curling up on the couch (after the boys go to bed). The boys love the new kitty and she tolerates their little grabbing hands.
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Overall Austin is doing great and sleeping well. He is on a 3 hour feeding schedule for now and usually sleeps 6-8 hours in a row at night.
His brothers are doing great with a new baby in the house, Caleb especially wants to be around me and Austin all the time and help with anything that he can...even if I don't need/want any help, Caleb is right there by my side.
Austin is a pretty laid back fairly easy baby although he is wanting to be held more and wants more attention as he gets older, but he takes good naps for us. Bath time is not his favorite but he tolerates them. (You can see my little helper in the background during bath time).
Austin @ 1 month:
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Monday, August 6, 2012
I was fortunate enough to have Scott stay the night with me to help with Austin and be there to support me. This was the first time he had the opportunity to stay as our previous hospital did not allow him to stay past 9:00. The first night was really tough, as was expected. But both Scott and I were exhausted and by Sunday morning we were ready to be home and get some sleep in our own bed.
First thing Sunday morning, before breakfast, my doctor came to check on me. After confirming that I did NOT want to stay another night in the hospital, she cleared me to go home. Shortly after, as promised, Austin's doctor came by to and checked Austin over and circumcised him. With this being our third boy now, and since our doctor has seen us fairly regularly over the past 4 years, he told us what to watch for and said he didn't need to see us until Austin's two week check up. We were free to go home.
Only one more hurdle, hospital standards say that the baby has to have one wet diaper after circumcision before being released. Austin was circumcised at about 10:00am. We waited, and waited for that baby to have a wet diaper, but all he wanted to do was sleep...
The nurse, would come in, check on us and say "we still waiting..." and would walk out. By lunch time, we were tired of waiting. How long do we wait for a wet diaper before we do something? Call the doctor? Check baby out? It had been 4 hours and no wet diaper...
We tried everything to get that baby to pee. I nursed more frequently, wiped him down with a baby wipe, undressed him. It wasn't until 3:00 that Scott got so frustrated he decided it was time for Austin to stop being warm and comfortable. While I went to the bathroom, Scott unswaddled him, Austin started to cry and Scott let him get mad. It worked, Austin finally woke up from his peaceful rest and we finally got a really full-wet diaper. (and we have been going through diapers like crazy since...)
After we got our wet diaper, we signed the last of the paperwork, were given a free car-seat, dressed Austin in his new going home outfit, and were sent on our way.
Aunt Bekah, Uncle Kevin & Lily came by to visit that evening.
We were so happy to be home, our new life with 3 kids has begun...
Saturday, August 4, 2012
My "birth plan" for this one was to labor at home as long as possible in hopes of a delivery without pitocin for once and check into the hospital for a nice easy natural delivery. Unfortunatly, things do not always go as plannned. Especially something as unpredictable as Childbirth.