Amber and Aaron

Amber and Aaron

The Fun We've Already Had...

  • Graham Tomas born July 31 at 5:04 P.M. weighing 8 lbs, 12 oz.
  • December 2, 2011: PREGNANT!!!
  • Paisley Kate arrived August 21 at 5:38 P.M. weighing 7 lbs, 9 oz
  • DUE DATE: August 25, 2010!!!
  • Dec. 14, 2009- PREGNANT!!!
  • Oct. 07,2009- Had elective D&C.
  • Sept 28, 2009- No embryo on ultrasound. :(
  • Sept 15th, 2009- We found out we're PREGNANT!!!
  • Sept '09- Aaron had varicocele repair.
  • July '09- IUI #1 with HCG shot= No such luck
  • April '09- Ovarian drilling surgery, followed by hospitalization for uterine infection
  • Jan-Mar '09- metformin + 3 rounds of clomid= no ovulation
  • Dec. 11, 2008- Hysterosalpingogram (Fancy word for shooting dye through the ovaries. OUCH)
  • Nov '08- Sent to RE. Tried metformin alone for two months (No ovulation)
  • Oct '08- Diagnosed with PCOS based on amenorrhea and crazy hormone levels.
  • June '08- Aaron convinced me to start trying.
  • June '04- Got Hitched!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Graham's Birth Story: finally...

July 30th, I woke up with the worst head cold ever.  I couldn't breathe out of my nose, my sinuses felt like they would burst open at any minute, and I was groggy feeling like I'd taken WAY too much benadryl.  And I never handle being sick well, but this day it made me even angrier than usual for 2 reasons.  1.) I was scheduled to deliver my baby in 2 short days.  2.) It was my birthday.

So, I pretty much pouted myself through the day while trying my hardest to get some important things done off my list of crap-that-needs-accomplished-before-baby-2-arrives.  But I went to bed that night feeling pretty rotten and didn't even go anywhere for dinner. 

The next morning I woke up feeling about 80% better thankfully and headed to the clinic to get some things done since it was supposed to be my last day before delivery.  I'd been having contractions all day on the 30th and they were picking up steam this day.  They were every 3-4 minutes but I could still function through them. And since I had a doctor's appointment that morning, I'd pretty much ignored them. 

However, looking back, I'm pretty sure I knew that today was the day.  I chose to not eat breakfast nor lunch that day, even though I never skip a meal.  Part of it was that I wasn't feeling great still, but mostly I think I was preparing for surgery.  Aaron is certain that I knew what was happening.

So, I went to see my OB with Aaron that morning at 11 am and they hooked me up to the non-stress test which showed regular contractions.  Due to that, my NP checked my cervix for the 1st time this pregnancy and I was 2 cm and 40% effaced.  We didn't have a starting point to go from so they wanted me to come back at 2 pm to re-check. 

Aaron and I went over to the hospital and did our pre-op check in as we were supposed to do.  They did my blood work and I was out the door.  The nurse did mention that my OB wasn't sure that I wouldn't be back in a bit, which made my heart flutter like crazy!

We then went back to the clinic.  My mom took Paisley to the doctor in the meantime because she'd been super sick with a fever and diarrhea.  They felt like it was a virus that would pass.  She even seemed to be feeling better already which I was thankful for.  We'd decided that she would just not be able to visit the baby until her fever was gone for 24 hours.

When I went back to the OB, I decided that Aaron didn't need to go.  Nothing was going to happen and he needed to work his last afternoon before taking 10 days off.  So off I went to my re-check.  My cervix was still 2-3 cm but my bag of water was much lower so my OB decided to move my c-section up to NOW!!!  He called the hospital and had me head over to get prepared.

Part 2 coming soon...  :)

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Happy birthday Paisley!!!

We had a party for Paisley tonight with her grandparents and a friend her age. We had to postpone her actual party since Graham can't be around lots of kids or people. It was great though and she loved it! I can't believe my girl is 2!!!!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Baby Pictures

Jazz Hands!!!

He looks just like Paisley here

How loveable!!!

The only picture our very stubborn little girl chose to be in

No idea how he got this shot, but I love it!!!!

My beautiful baby boy!!!
Someone commented on my last post about Graham looking chunkier and he is!  He is up to 9 pounds, 3 ounces after a 13 ounce weight gain in a week following hospitalization!!!!  I'm so proud of my great nurser.  :)

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Thursday, August 16, 2012

"That mom"

Yep, today I discovered that I am indeed "that mom". You know the one you never want to be. The one other moms judge because you just aren't like them.

I knew I'd never be a PTA-leading, cookie-baking, apron-wearing kinda mom. Just not my style. It shocks people that I feel overwhelmed by and uninterested in Pinterest. Crazy, I know!

But as I picked Paisley up from her 1st day of mother's day out for the fall, I realized that all of the other kids carry really adorable backpacks with their names embroidered on them.

My child carried this "fancy" black bag with her name taped to the strap. How sad. I am on a hunt to buy her a cute bag tonight. Or else she will be the kid they feel sorry for. And I also sent her a Lunchable to eat. I bet the other moms sent homemade delicacies with extra love mixed in...

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Monday, August 13, 2012

Two Kids... Not so bad

Let me start by retracting an earlier made statement about not liking the "newborn phase".  Turns out, I actually love it this time around.  Not only because I have experience, but because I got an awesomely good baby.  Like the majorly Type B, calm, sweet, easily soothed baby that makes everyone jealous.  Yep, lucky me. 

He seriously has made life so much better.  He sleeps at least 4 hours at night and even went 6 hours last night before eating and then returning to sleep.  In his bassinett.  Did you hear that, people?!?  He isn't even co-sleeping.  Well, most of the time.  But he's doing it then because I need to snuggle him, not because he cares!   Just goes to show that you can't control what type of baby you have!!!

Breastfeeding is going well and I'm already having to pump to get the excess milk off in the mornings which I'm hoping I can donate again to the NICU.  He's a good little eater which I'm thankful for and I have my awesome breasts back for a short-time.  It's a nice difference from Paisley who was attached at the breast 24 hours a day if not spitting up and/or crying.  :)

Paisley really does love him.  She is actually even good at diaper-changing which I thought was surprising.  She gets his "bipey" (diaper) and then wipes.  Luckily he hasn't peed on her yet.  Aaron and I are not so lucky.  She holds him for long periods of time on the couch while watching her cartoons.  The funniest thing is that she now loves her dolls that she's never acknowledged!  And she calls him her Baby Boo, which I find adorable because "Bubba" and "Sissy" make me crazy.  No idea why...

I went into this with such a dreadful expectation of how hard things would be with 2 kids and I'm happy to say that it has been much better than anticipated.  My babies have definitely been polar opposites and I'm so thankful that the "difficult" one was born first to pave the way and set the bar really low for an easier baby!   She is such a great big sister and a hilarious child to have around.  Just not the easiest kid I've ever met.

With that said though, I'm so thankful that she is so independent and self-assured making this transition so smoothly.  I haven't noticed a trace of jealousy yet and her pure love for him makes me love her even more than I already did.  Pretty sure my heart could just explode at this point from how much love it has.

Okay, enough bragging about my cute kids.  Just glad to report that things are going well and no postpartum this time around!!!  Plus, I still love my husband and haven't threatened to move his stuff to the front yard for no reason.  :)

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Home Bound

I know I still have lots to talk about and I've honestly had the time to do so while sitting around in hospital rooms waiting for something to happen.  But I just haven't done it.  Instead, I've spent a lot of time loving on my sweet baby boy and praying that he'd be okay.  Which now, he is.

We got to come home after a 2 day stay for stupid meningitis which is incredibly unlikely to happen.  The pediatrician at the hospital described our situation as "the perfect storm" meaning that a series of unlikely events all had to happen to lead to such a crapfest.  I happened to get enterovirus days before delivery, he happened to catch it, and it happened to turn into meningitis.  Awesome.

But as for all of the good news, he is obviously doing well!  And he is an incredibly peaceful, calm baby.  Which I'm totally not used to so I'm not sure what to do with myself.  I just want to hold him all the time, but also need him to be okay with being put down so I struggle with that balance.  He's okay pretty much anywhere we put him, which is SOOOO different from his diva sister.

We're on home "quarantine" for the next 4 weeks which means no restaurants, mall, baby gym for me (mom is taking Paisley), etc.  This could kill me.  But I know it's for Graham's best interest.  I even moved Paisley's big birthday party back a month since there will be so many kids there.  And I'm trying to remind myself that I can be a good mom to her even if we are here more than usual.  Unfortunately, it's way too hot outside to do much outdoors where we'd be free of germs for the most part.

My milk came in after only 48 hours this time which was SO much better and he immediately nursed in the recovery room after my surgery.  I barely have a scar and would repeat a c-section any day over a vaginal delivery.  The recovery hasn't been bad at all!  And the bleeding is almost non-existent since they cleaned out my uterus in the OR.  :)

I'm losing weight much quicker this time which I'm obviously thankful for and I can't say I've had anything to do with it, so I'm blaming it on the stress and the larger baby.  And as much as I dreaded the baby phase, I've thoroughly enjoyed it this time.  Seriously.  He sleeps through the night with the exception of eating a couple of times.  Then he drifts right back to sleep.  And if he doesn't, he's content to lie next to me awake and quiet.  So weird. 

And best yet, Paisley adores him.  She wants to snuggle with him and hold him.  She constantly asks where he is until she finds him in the room and I catch her nonchalantly rubbing his hand or foot when she sits next to us on the couch.  Too cute!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Viral meningitis

Well, poor Graham has been in the hospital since early Tuesday morning due to a fever. We woke up that morning and he was running a fever so we went to the ER where he was admitted.

We've had two lumbar punctures, bloodwork, IV fluids, a chest x ray, IV antibiotics, etc. Today he was diagnosed with viral meningitis. Paisley and I were sick the day before he was born which is likely where he got it. Unfortunately, his turned into meningitis.

This will pass like any virus and he'll be fine. We just pray to go home soon because I miss Paisley!!!! My emotions have been out of control with this.

Having major surgery, meeting your newborn, leaving your older child, etc takes a major toll quickly! I had a complete breakdown today when I learned that we could be here at least 48 more hours if not more! We are just so glad he'll be okay. What a terrifying experience.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Sweet baby Graham!!!

We are recovering well and should go home today to start living under one roof as a family of 4! Paisley seems to love him so far which has been great. She wants to love on him and talks to him a lot. She says "it's okay" if he cries and gently caresses his leg.

She hasn't been jealous of me with him at all which I'm thrilled about! Little man is a champion nurser so now I just need milk to come in. He sleeps a ton which is bizarre since P never slept at all.

In fact, I had trouble getting him to wake up after 5 hours to nurse last night. He hardly ever cries at all and seems to love his mama!

We are already co-sleeping (que the controversy). Love it!!! He is an excellent snuggler.

I'm feeling really good which is such a great surprise! I have been up an around. And I've only had one Percocet and my pain is controlled with ibuprofen.

So, life with two may be quite simple if this baby will keep being easy!!!