Henry- 1 month

Oh my goodness, talk about being MIA! Our little pumpkin is now 3 1/2 months old and I’m just now getting back to blogging! Yikes. It’s been a crazy busy summer to say the least. It took a while to recover from delivery, and not because of having a c-section. Heck, that recovery was actualyl way smoother than I expected. It was the horrible lower back/tailbone pain I was having that took several weeks to go away. My mom and mother-in-law actually took me to the ER one day it was so bad, but the docs said my xrays looked fine and I probably just pinched a nerve with all the pushing during labor. So, they gave me another week of pain meds and then finally when Henry was about 3 1/2 weeks old it eventually went away. It was AWFUL though. The sharp pain would stop me in my tracks to the point of tears some days. I was so relieved when it finally got better. Henry got a little more fussy and clingy when I came off the pain meds, but I tried to wean off over a few days so it would also be easier on him.

I took 6 weeks off from clinicals, then after my 6 week postpartum check-up, I started back. I wanted to get a lot of hours done before I had to go back to work so that I wouldn’t have to juggle work and clinicals for long. This is my last semester of grad school, and while it’s been easy as far as assignments and tests go (I only have 3 tests and 2-3 assignments for the semester), it’s been incredibly hard to focus on much of it with a newborn at home. I totally thought, “oh, he’ll sleep a lot as a newborn, school won’t be so bad.” HA!  Yeah, that whole sleeping-a-lot-during-the-day-thing lasted about a month. The same month that I was in pain and on lortab around the clock. So, not a lot of school work got done. I was on-campus the first week of June for some on-site lectures and simulation labs we had to do. And now I’ve taken 2 of my 3 tests so far, and done 3 of 4 presentations I had to do this semester. And then for each clinical day, we have to write up a clinical log documenting what we did for the patients we saw that day. Keeping up with those have been the hardest, honestly. They are pretty time-consuming, and considering little stinker doesn’t always nap great during the day, it was very hard to keep up with all the documentation for clinicals.  BUT, as of right now I am 80 hours away from completion. The end of the tunnel is near!!!!  Just don’t ask me how much time I’ve spent studying and reviewing this semester. It’s bad.  I may have to spend the next several months re-learning all the material that I’m pretty sure baby-brain shoved out the window.  Grad school is no joke, people. I can’t believe I’ve survived it, so far.  Let’s pray I finally graduate one day soon 😉

So, Henry man is 3 1/2 months old.  Almost 15 weeks to be exact. He is such a joy 🙂  I seriously love being this guy’s mama.  His laughs and coos these days make my heart sing. But before I go into all the fun he is now, let me go back and recap these past few months. I don’t want to forget all the little joys and accomplishments we’ve experienced this summer.  So here we go….

Henry- the 1st month

Henry’s 1-week appointment went well. We really like our doctor. She takes time to answer our questions and we like her attention to detail when she assesses Henry. At his 1-week appointment he had almost gotten back up to birth weight. He was 8 lbs 10.3 oz (he was 8 lbs 11.9oz at birth).

May 15 (1) May 15 (2)

The first few weeks at home I basically just stared at him and took pictures of him all day long. haha. Kinda kidding 😉  Visitors came by to see us. Greg’s mom came and stayed with us for a week. My mom lives here locally, so she stopped by a lot to visit and help. And from these pictures, Henry obviously slept a lot 😉

May 16 (1) May 16 (5) May 22 (2) May 23 (6) May 23 (18) May 27 (2) May 30 (1)Around 1 month, Henry started sleeping longer stretches at night. He pretty much ate every 3 hours, sometimes every 2 hours for the first several weeks. Then right around his 1 month birthday, I woke up early one morning and realized he had been sleeping for 6 hours! I went and woke him up to feed him, more for my relief than his 😉  After that, he pretty consistently would sleep for one long stretch each night.  If I could make sure he ate one more time late in the evening, around 10 or 11pm, then I could usually get a good 5-6 hours out of him before he’d wake to eat again. It didn’t always work. Sometimes he’d still wake up around 2 or 3am, but for the most part, he was doing pretty good.  And once I realized it was his new routine and not just a one night thing, I made the decision to officially move Henry to the nursery to sleep at night. He had been sleeping by our bed in a bassinet since we brought him home, but since he’d started sleeping a little more, it seemed like the right time to transition him.

I started pumping from the beginning. Not every day, but I would try to at least get 1 pump session a day if I could in the beginning. When Henry started sleeping longer at night, I sometimes was able to just feed him from one side and then pump the other to store. That worked out for a little bit. When he wasn’t breastfeeding, he was taking about 2oz, sometimes 3oz with a bottle at this point.

For the most part we laid low the first month. Greg had to work from home for several weeks due to transitioning offices. That was really hard for him. By about the 3rd week he was starting to go crazy working from our den while Henry and I were also in the house. But it was nice having him here too. Here are some more pics from our first month with Henry!

1 Month Stats:

10 lbs 13 oz (77%ile)

22.5 in. (86%ile)

May 18 (168) May 19 (2) May 30 (3) May 23 (13)May 14 (2) May 14 (5) May 16 (2)June 2 (5) June 5June 4 June 7 (2) June 8 (4) June 8 (10) June 8 (13) June 8 (14)June 9 (2) June 9 (4) June 9 (9)

Our Birth Session

During my process of researching tons of newborn photographers during my pregnancy, I mentioned to Greg one night at dinner about the idea of birth sessions that many photographers are doing these days. I totally didn’t think he would go for it, but he actually loved the idea! He didn’t want the pressure to be on him to take pictures that day, and obviously I would want lots of pictures when our little man finally arrived. So, we talked to a friend of his that he’s worked with a lot and made the decision to go for it. I am SO glad we did. I absolutely love the photos she captured from that day. I’m so happy we have these to look back on.  Her name is Becca Bell and she owns 2b Photography. If you’re considering having a birth photographer, I highly recommend her. Unfortunately, she wasn’t allowed in the OR when we ended up having to do a c-section. But she captured everything leading up to that point and then took tons of photos of Henry afterwards while I finished up in surgery. Check them out! Photo-2-ZF-1071-18299-1-001-008 Photo-9-ZF-1071-18299-1-001-015 Photo-10-ZF-1071-18299-1-001-016 Photo-41-ZF-1071-18299-1-001-047 Photo-47-ZF-1071-18299-1-001-053 Photo-45-ZF-1071-18299-1-001-051 Photo-42-ZF-1071-18299-1-001-048 Photo-46-ZF-1071-18299-1-001-052 Photo-44-ZF-1071-18299-1-001-050 Photo-49-ZF-1071-18299-1-001-055 Photo-36-ZF-1071-18299-1-001-042 Photo-15-ZF-1071-18299-1-001-021 Photo-18-ZF-1071-18299-1-001-024 Photo-20-ZF-1071-18299-1-001-026 Photo-26-ZF-1071-18299-1-001-032 Photo-22-ZF-1071-18299-1-001-028 Photo-24-ZF-1071-18299-1-001-030 Photo-25-ZF-1071-18299-1-001-031 Photo-27-ZF-1071-18299-1-001-033 Photo-29-ZF-1071-18299-1-001-035 Photo-30-ZF-1071-18299-1-001-036 Photo-50-ZF-1071-18299-1-001-056 Photo-62-ZF-1071-18299-1-001-068 Photo-64-ZF-1071-18299-1-001-070 Photo-67-ZF-1071-18299-1-001-073 Photo-98-ZF-1071-18299-1-001-003 Photo-72-ZF-1071-18299-1-001-078 Photo-91-ZF-1071-18299-1-001-097 Photo-82-ZF-1071-18299-1-001-088 Photo-81-ZF-1071-18299-1-001-087 DSC05779-ZF-1071-18299-1-001-260 DSC05781-ZF-1071-18299-1-001-261 DSC05785-ZF-1071-18299-1-001-263 DSC05877-ZF-1071-18299-1-001-304 Photo-103-ZF-1071-18299-1-001-103 Photo-108-ZF-1071-18299-1-001-108 Photo-107-ZF-1071-18299-1-001-107 Photo-114-ZF-1071-18299-1-001-114 Photo-115-ZF-1071-18299-1-001-115 Photo-117-ZF-1071-18299-1-001-117 Photo-119-ZF-1071-18299-1-001-119 Photo-139-ZF-1071-18299-1-001-139 DSC05929-ZF-1071-18299-1-001-334 DSC05928-ZF-1071-18299-1-001-333 DSC05914-ZF-1071-18299-1-001-326 Photo-135-ZF-1071-18299-1-001-135 Photo-146-ZF-1071-18299-1-001-146 Photo-154-ZF-1071-18299-1-001-154 Photo-152-ZF-1071-18299-1-001-152 Photo-188-ZF-1071-18299-1-001-188 DSC06018-ZF-1071-18299-1-001-375 DSC06009-ZF-1071-18299-1-001-370 DSC06014-ZF-1071-18299-1-001-372 Photo-161-ZF-1071-18299-1-001-161 Photo-164-ZF-1071-18299-1-001-164Photo-190-ZF-1071-18299-1-001-190 Photo-179-ZF-1071-18299-1-001-179 DSC06062-ZF-1071-18299-1-001-394DSC06064-ZF-1071-18299-1-001-396 DSC06069-ZF-1071-18299-1-001-400