Jack – 11 months!

Our little Bear is 11 months old!!!

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This post is coming a little late since we’ve been battling a horrible virus around here. It had Jack down for almost 2 weeks and Preston down for about a week–with a nasty case of pink eye that came his first day back to school after he was feeling better.

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Jack is 25.6 pounds. He lost a pound from being sick because last month he was 26 pounds. He is pretty darn short, too! We always though Preston was short (he’s actually caught up now though) when he was young and Jack is a few inches shorter than Preston was at this time. 🙂

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Jack is so good at standing on his own. He will take about 6 steps every now and then, but only does it on occasion. He prefers to power crawl around the house. He still loves tearing everything out of the cupboards and tossing it all around! We like to call him ‘Bear the Destroyer’. Preston isn’t a fan when Bear the Destroyer comes around to knock his towers, buildings, train tracks, etc over.

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Jack is such a sweet boy. He’s very smiley and talkative with his little baby babble! We always get so many compliments about his smile when we are out and about. He can say Dada, Mama, and hello. He loves taking my cell phone and then pretends to answer it. It’s so adorable.

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Jack is an amazing sleeper at night. He is in bed by 6pm and he will wake up anywhere from 5am-6:30am. It all depends, usually when he wakes up early its because he’s soaked through his size 6 nighttime diapers or because he pooped. (Seriously, what’s a Mom to do when she can’t find a diaper big enough?!)

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Chad and I feel really lucky because with Jack being in bed by 6pm and Preston being in bed at 6:30pm–we have our evenings to ourselves! It’s pretty nice! Lately we’ve been binge watching Stranger Things at night!! It definitely makes the dinner hour crazy though. It’s a rush from about 5-5:30 to get the boys fed, cleaned up, changed for bed, etc! We usually take Jack upstairs about 5:40 to start his little bedtime routine.

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Jack only takes one nap a day. Nothing new there! haha! He usually will nap from about 10am. It will last anywhere from 1.5-3 hours. The days his nap is short, he falls of a cliff for bed about 5:30pm. I really don’t mind that he doesn’t nap much, Preston just recently gave up his nap so it’s not like I get any alone time anyway!!

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I can’t bare to take Jack out of his infant carseat. Thankfully he hasn’t hit the 30b threshold. It is a pain to lug around, especially at 25 weeks pregnant, but he sleeps SO well in it!! Its perfect for running errands, taking Preston to and from school, etc. I just recently got his convertible carseat but I keep dragging my feet about installing it into the car.

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We like to refer to Jack as our bottomless pit. I swear he eats more than Preston these days! He’s always enjoying new foods and does the cutest little nose wrinkle snort thing when he wants more! haha. He loves sauerkraut, spinach artichoke dip, blueberries, and cheese. Those are a few of his favorite things! {{pictured below, the blue paint he snatched off the counter in the 30 seconds that I wasn’t looking. I don’t think he ate much, the lady at Poison Control was very reassuring! 😛 )

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It’s so hard to believe that Bear is going to be a big brother in 3 months!! I can’t even believe it!!! Sometimes I wonder if we are crazy, but honestly, we can’t wait to add another one to the bunch!

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It really helps that Preston is THE BEST big brother ever. He is so good at watching Jack, playing with him, he even hits Jack on the back if he’s choking on a bit of food. He is also awesome at making sure Jack doesn’t get into anything that he shouldn’t be. I don’t know what I would do without Preston around. He’s such a sweet little 3 year old.

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Teaching Jack how to balance on one foot!

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Well, I think thats about it for our little guy. We just love him so much and enjoy watching him grow!

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And one last photo! Preston and Jack side by side at 11 months! Preston may look bigger, but he was 3 pounds less!!

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….until next time! ❤ xoxo

Labor and Delivery!

Well, this story goes a little differently than what I had hoped. And by little I mean very little because in the end I had everything I’d ever wanted. Another healthy baby boy.

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The morning of December 30th was my induction day. Yep, you heard me, induction day. Being induced wasn’t what I wanted at all. I never thought I’d ever get to this point because my first was 4 days early! But alas, the day arrived and I was still with child.

When I woke up that morning, still pregnant as can be, I couldn’t believe I would be meeting my baby in the near future. The bad thing about being induced, for me, was the anticipation. I had no idea what to expect. I was worried that things wouldn’t progress, I was worried they’d force me into a c-section if my body wouldn’t do what it was supposed to. I had already felt like my body had let me down in a way. Why hadn’t I gone into labor on my own?? 

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At the clinic I go to they won’t let you go past 41 weeks. I wasn’t upset at them about it because I KNOW they know what’s best for my baby and me. I also have way too many medical professionals in my life that wouldn’t let me go past the 41 week mark. (My sister is a pediatrician, my SIL is a NICU nurse, my Mom was a nurse, my cousin is a nurse…the list goes on…)

The positive side of being induced, was that we were able to arrange for my parents to come up the night before to watch Preston and our pup, Bentley. We just recently moved (like last month) and didn’t have anyone to call to watch Preston if I would have gone into labor on my own. I was also able to shower and put on a bit of make-up before heading in. 🙂

Okay, back to induction day:

So we got to the hospital shortly before 8am. I filled out a bit of paperwork and they took us back to my room. I changed into my gown and they took my vitals and checked my cervix. I was still 3 cm. At 9:15am they gave me the lowest dose of pitocin to get things moving and contractions started immediately. They were still pretty infrequent, but they were getting stronger and I was getting more uncomfortable as the time went on. About an hour later they came in to check my cervix again, I had dilated more so they decided to break my water (ouch). They ordered me an epidural and I got it at 10:30 since they were pleased with how quickly I was progressing. My parents came into the room for a little bit with Preston, but they weren’t in there long because I was 10 cm by 11:20. When they told me that, I just started crying! I couldn’t believe I was going to meet my son SO SOON! #tearsofjoy

They were going to have me wait to start pushing so that baby could make his way down the birth canal on his own. Around noon the nurse came in and she had me do a trail push to see where things were at. She said we’d wait until the doctor came in and in the meantime she had me laying with the ‘peanut ball’ between my legs. The doctor came back into the room and I started pushing at 12:10pm. I pushed once and his head came out. I couldn’t hear him crying even though his head was out!! The first thing I said was, ‘why isn’t he crying?!’. My doctor reassured me he would. I pushed once more and she told me not to push so hard because baby was coming out fast. One last easy push and the rest of his body came out. I pushed a total of 3 times, through one contraction, it had only been 2 minutes since I had started pushing. He made his debut at 12:12 pm. Once he was out, it still took him a bit to cry.

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My doctor told me that she had to cut his umbilical cord before he could even get out because it was wrapped around his head and his arm–so it was really tight on him! Once she got that cut, she handed him to me, and that’s why I was worried because he hadn’t cried yet! He did cry just a bit later, it just seemed a lot longer to me-in the heat of things! My sweet boy had finally made it into my arms! All 7 lbs and 11 oz of him!! He was 20 inches long and got an 8 and then 9 out of 10 on his apgars.

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We had decided on a name a while ago, but needed to wait to see him before we committed. Once he was born, we were sure that he was going to be our little Jack Urban. That and the fact that Preston had already told his school that he was going to have a baby brother names Jack Urban. haha! The stinker!!

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The name Jack and the name Urban are both family names.

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So far he has just been the best baby! He’s pretty easy going so far. We rarely hear him cry, well except for when he needs an outfit change!

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The first night we brought him home, I didn’t set my alarm to wake up because I figured he’d be up every hour or so like Preston was. But he ended up sleeping a 5 hour stretch! I was so refreshing to get a good night sleep, but I haven’t let him sleep that long since. I make sure he eats at least every 4 hours to keep that blood sugar up! The good news is that he usually falls right back asleep, so I’m able to get back to bed as well.

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Preston has loved having Baby Jack home. He is the best big brother. He loves kissing and hold Jack. He is so gentle with him, too. Unfortunately, Preston picked up a nasty bug over the weekend and so we’ve had to keep him away from Jack as much as possible.

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So far, Chad and I are adjusting to life with two kids! I’m a little nervous to see how things go once Chad returns to work, but I’m hoping I can channel the inner supermom in me, and things won’t be so bad. :O

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His first bath:

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Mommy and her boys:

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The welcome committee:

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Heading home!!

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Our sweet little baby Jack:

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Perfect way to start the new year! I hope everyone had a happy new year as well!!

This is how we brought in the new year:

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Well, I better wrap this up, I’ve got a baby stirring next to me looking for his next meal! 😉

…until next time! xoxo ❤

Overdue.

Well, I made it to 41 weeks with our newest addition! Let’s just say I didn’t realize how uncomfortable I actually was, until I pushed him out and I told my doctor how great I felt with all of that pressure off of my back!

I didn’t get a picture at 39 weeks because it was my 31st birthday and I had other things on my agenda. 🙂 So here is a picture of me at 40 weeks on December 23rd.

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By 40 weeks and 5 days I had a lot of people reaching out to me to see if I’d had the baby, or at least any contractions. So I figured I would update them all!  Haha.

(I was 2 cm at 38 weeks and 3 cm at 39 weeks. You’d think that would have meant the baby was coming soon. It didn’t!)

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And here is the final picture of me at 41 weeks! Large and in charge for sure!!

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Stay tuned for my next post on the arrival of our sweet baby boy.

…until next time! xoxo ❤

The Infamous Hospital Bag: what to pack.

I did so much research on the perfect items to take to the hospital when you go into labor. Since this was my first baby, I had no idea what was a necessity and what was just going to take up space. I asked my new Mommy friends, Facebook friends, and other blogging friends. I’ve made a list of the most common items.

*I have provided what I packed and what I actually needed & used*

Packing List

For Mom:

Robe

Slippers {ones that you will be comfortable throwing away when you leave the hospital. Hospital floors=yuck.}

Flip Flops {for the shower} The shower was very clean so I didn’t use my flip flops – plus they made me take a bath to soak before I showered. I figured since I already sat down in the tub, there was no point in going to grab my flip flops for when I showered.

Granny Panties {that’s right, high rise, full bottomed underwear–not only are they there to accommodate the huge diaper pads you will be wearing, but to provide comfort if you should have to have an emergency c-section.}

Yoga Pants {preferably, black}

A couple shirts with a zipper down the front or buttons. {for breastfeeding Mama’s)

Nursing Bra & Tank

Toiletries {shampoo, conditioner, body wash, razor, lotion, deodorant, toothbrush, and toothpaste}

Hairdryer

Hair Bands

Chapstick / Vaseline

Warm socks {a must!! my feet were so cold during and after labor. It was nice to wear them when all I had was a hospital gown on.}

Phone & Charger

Camera

iPad

Extension cord for your phone charger {it seemed like my phone was constantly on the charger and I could never reach it.}

Breast pump {just in case}

For Dad:

Sweatpants

Sweatshirt

Toiletries

Pillow & Blanket {the hospital provided these}

Laptop

Change for the vending machines {the snacks we packed sufficed. The hospital food was offered to my husband as well. $7 for all he could eat}

Snacks

For Baby:

(2) white onesies

(2) sleep sacks / sleepers {the hospital provided outfits for while he was there.}

(1) outfit for going home

nail clippers {I wish I would have packed an emery board instead. I hate clipping my babe’s nails–filing them is so much easier!}

a hat

(2) receiving blankets

Carseat with a cover. {we actually forgot ours in the rush to get to the hospital. My parents stopped by our house to grab it!}

A thick blanket to place over your baby’s lap in the carseat.

*The hospital should provide diapers, wipes, pacifiers, nipple cream, etc.*

Note: our hospital didn’t provide pacifiers because they don’t want you to use them. Our son didn’t take a paci until he was a little older — but it was nice to have on hand.

Honestly, the hospital does a nice job of providing the necessities! If you forget something it won’t be the end of the world. I stayed in my hospital gown for most of the time anyway!!

Good luck! 🙂