Archives for the month of: October, 2019

I don’t see how it’s possible that I haven’t written an update since Quayd was 8 weeks, but… Whatever. The passage of time is like some kind of strange phenomenon right now. Days are whizzing by and life has just literally never felt so fast before.

Anyway… I have an update on Tru in the works. I decided to do an interview this time. ๐Ÿ˜‚ Hopefully I get that posted before he turns 18 or something crazy. My lands!!

Ok, about Quayd…. He’s doing amazing!! He’s growing well and is close to 14lbs now (13lbs 10oz when I last checked). He’s cooing more although he’s not as “talkative” as some of my other babies. He likes to really focus on our faces while we talk to him and he smiles a ton! He likes being tickled and laughs a lot. Sometimes when I’m snuggling him he randomly looks at me and laughs. He’s been doing this for weeks now! I don’t know what he finds so humorous but he’s just sucking away on his pacifier and then he looks at me and laughs. It’s so adorable! Quayd isn’t really a fan of bath time yet but he’s doing less screaming and more looking around curiously.

Much of this schedule related stuff is just for my own memories but I’m putting it on here anyway. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I’m thrilled to say that Quayd is consistently going to sleep on his own anywhere from 10pm onwards but usually he’s ready to nurse and go to sleep by 10pm. He will nurse and then I usually snuggle him in my bed for a few minutes and he coos and smiles. He will then start to fuss a bit until I get him in his sleep sack. Once he’s all bundled up in that, he doesn’t want to be messed with anymore. He fusses until the lights are dimmed and he’s in his own bed with his binky. Generally he will lay there and look at me (I’m usually sitting in my bed pumping at that point) until he drifts off to sleep. It’s the cutest thing! Like he wants to know I’m close by but he’s not able to get comfortable in my arms, so he just looks at me from his bed. ๐Ÿ˜‚

Thankfully Quayd has a good thing going with sleep (for now at least) and its working out great for me. I will oftentimes dream feed him around midnight before going to sleep myself. Then Quayd wakes up anywhere from 6:45-8:30am to eat. Occasionally he will wake to nurse around 4:30am but that feeding is pretty much gone now. If he wakes to eat on the later side around 8:30am, he will usually lay in my bed and kick and smile and coo for about an hour and then sleep until 12 or 1pm. He doesn’t really have a set schedule during the day yet but he has several naps and lots of playtime on his mat. He also loves his swing and will happily swing and nap for at least an hour here and there. I’m so thankful that after the first month or so, he really became a very chill and happy baby. ๐Ÿ™‚

I’d say on an average day, Quayd probably nurses about 8-10 times. His feedings are short at about 5 minutes. He just nurses one side and then he’s done. I pump once when I get up and again at night. I use my haakaa at Quayd’s morning feeding and for any feedings where I’m feeling over full but thankfully I’ve gotten that down to just a couple times a day. It’s harder to use it now that football holding such a large baby is much more awkward. ๐Ÿ˜‚

Wearing his pumpkin shirt to trunk or treat.

At his 3rd pumpkin patch/4th corn maze/1st hay ride. ๐Ÿ˜

We’ve definitely had a busy and fun filled fall. We went to Indiana for 3 days/nights to visit DH’s sister and her family. We’ve gone on lots of walks and to lots of pumpkin patches and corn mazes. Quayd has attended his first wedding (on the outside of my body, that is) and traveled out of state! I’m so happy that despite my worries that adding a 4th baby to our family so soon was going to be insurmountably hard, he’s actually fitting right in. I’ve learned how to fit another person in and still get ready for church, go grocery shopping, cook and clean, go out to eat etc without any real difficulty. I’m so thankful!!! I know I never really wrote about my worries (I never found a way to express my feelings) but trust me, I had them. ๐Ÿคฃ Thankfully everything has turned out fine.

Dear God, thank You for this precious person. He’s a beautiful part of our lives and we are so grateful for him. In Jesus’ name, amen.

I wish I had more birth pictures I could share but the birth went so fast, we don’t actually have very many pictures. Due to the room being dark, the few pictures we do have are either dark, yellow and blurry from the dim light and no flash or very white when my sister tried using the flash. That’s ok though. Here are a few that I felt were post worthy and showed the mood* and atmosphere of the labor, birth and the first few days at home. Enjoy!

*You may notice that DH is stuck in a smile during the labor. He’s not trying to be cheesy for these candid shots, that’s just how the labor went. Apparently I crack a lot of dark but hilarious jokes when I’m running on almost 24 hours of no sleep and am in the thick of labor.

Stopping in the hall for a quick shot between contractions.

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After getting out of the shower, I decided to try laboring on my left side through a few contractions.

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I tried sitting on the ball and rocking my hips for a few minutes. That was very unpleasant.

After DH helped me get my bra back on, I went to the rocking chair. This is where transition took place and the pains became less manageable. Nobody but the nurse believed I was about to give birth though. It just felt so soon!

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I moved to the bed after the rocking chair and labored through a few contractions leaning over the back of the bed. Then I asked for the Dr to come break my water. I laid on my right side and began pushing before rolling onto my back and delivering him.

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And then he was here!

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After nursing for awhile

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This is about an hour after the birth. He’s been weighed and nursed and now his eyes were goopy from the ointment.

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First cuddles with Daddy.

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Meeting big brothers who were ever so excited. (And yes, Tru is wearing a mixing bowl that he decorated with paper and tape.)

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Zane couldn’t get over his excitement and wanted to hold Quayd forever

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Then it was Levi’s turn

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And finally Tru had a turn

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Then Zane cried and cried because we wouldn’t let him carry Quayd around like a stuffed animal

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First bath. I think he was 3 days old. The same day his cord fell off.

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Two adorable baby boys, well on their way to best friends status. โค

Our little guy’s personality has come so alive the last couple weeks. He smiles constantly, coos, giggles, laughs when we tickle around his neck, he’s far less fussy, he loves to look at me and smile as he softly sucks his binky while he falls asleep. ๐Ÿ’• He’s completely stolen my heart! I can’t tell you how many times a day I look at him and just feel overwhelmed with love. He’s everything that our family could ever hope for, wrapped in the most precious little baby bundle. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Quayd loves laying on the play mat and even swats at the toys although he doesn’t grab onto them often yet. I see him following us around the room with his eyes and turning his head towards our voices. His arms and legs are in constant motion when he’s focused on looking at his toys, like he thinks if he just kicks and waves hard enough he will be able to get to it. I also notice his little mouth working in concentration. It’s positively adorable!

His current schedule is:

  • Wake up about 8-9am and nurse, smile and interact with me while I pump. We stay in my bedroom for this feeding because he usually falls back to sleep.
  • Quayd wakes up again around 10:30-11am. Eat, play on his mat, smiles and interacts with his brothers for a bit and then usually takes a nap in his swing.
  • Wake around 1pm to eat, play more, sit in his little portable seat for a bit and then maybe eat again before another nap.
  • He continues through this cycle throughout the day but not at distinguished times.
  • Around 10-11pm he starts to fuss and won’t settle until he’s swaddled with his pacifier in his or my bed. I usually nurse him again and he falls asleep in his co sleeper for the night. The last week he’s been going to sleep for the night closer to 10:30, whereas previously it was around midnight usually.
  • Wake to nurse anywhere from 3-5am. If he doesn’t wake on his own, I dream feed him and use my haakaa pump out of necessity so I can remove some milk.

I’m still using my medela pump morning and night and using the haakaa about 2-3 times during the evening and during our middle of the night feeding. Usually I’m pumping around 28 ounces a day with the majority of that being in the morning.

*A bit TMI* I’m feeling pretty good and mostly back to normal. I think I’ve lost about 27lbs and I’m actually decently happy with my weight right now. My only real complaint is I’ve been having a LOT of heart palpitations the last 2 weeks. One experience was strange where we were walking in a corn maze with my in-laws. I felt perfectly normal when out of nowhere I had a strong flutter in my chest and felt my body go limp. I fell to my hands and knees as I had no ability to stand. If I was holding the baby, I’m sure I’d have dropped him, which scares me. Thankfully my mil had a wet washcloth and bottled water in her bag (apparently she’s prepared for absolutely anything, anywhere, which is super awesome) and after I drank some water and wiped my face, I started to feel more normal, albeit a little weak. I’m really hoping that never happens again because it scared me how it was out of nowhere. Maybe I was a little dehydrated though because looking back at that morning, I hadn’t drank much water besides my coffee. That same day I also started a 6 day long spree of stop and start spotting after having been completely done with all that for nearly 3 whole weeks. I don’t know if that was some kind of mini af or what but I’m definitely hoping af will stay gone for a few more months. ๐Ÿคž*

Anyway, that’s all I have time for now. I’m trying to get an update for Tru posted this week (HE JUST TURNED 6 YEARS OLD!!! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ’•) and Zane (we saw the hematologist and everything seems to be normal with our little toddler person โค๏ธ praise the Lord!!). I just need to find a few spare minutes to get those typed up.

Dear God, thank You for 2 more beautiful weeks with this precious little baby. He’s such a joy to our family and such a sweet person. I’m so thankful You chose to bless our family with Quayd. Please watch over and protect him all the days of his life. In Jesus’ name, amen.

I sent this to my sister and she sent it back edited. ๐Ÿ˜‚ I’m happy to say that I survived the toy isle while pushing a double stroller and nursing an infant. I felt pretty hardcore after that. ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ

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