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Saturday, December 15, 2012

7 and 8 Week Catch Up!

This Mom has been negligent in posting Conrad's 7 and 8 week pictures as we've been very very busy! For Thanksgiving, we were away at both grandparent's homes from that Wednesday through Sunday and then this past weekend was Sean's 30th birthday so I was busy planning that party.


So here's Conrad's 7 and 8 week old pictures:







But in even bigger news, last week was his 2 month birthday - this maternity leave is flying by WAY TOO FAST!

Attempting to keep it together 24/7,

Elizabeth

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Thankful Thursdays

So, you may have guessed it, but this Thursday I'm thankful for this guy:





Despite the lack of sleep, showers, and adult interaction on a daily basis, I can't imagine my life without Mr. Conrad Cayce. When he smiles like this it makes my heart swell so big! I am so thankful for a relatively easy pregnancy, and despite its complications, a safe birth. I'm thankful for the doctors and nurses that brought him into the world and our family that supports us every day.



We love you Conrad! And because I couldn't resist, here's a couple more:






Attempting to keep it together 24/7,

Elizabeth

Monday, December 3, 2012

Day In the Life of an 8 Week Old

If anyone talks about how their newborn baby is on a"regular schedule" they are either:

a.) lying/delusional
b.) genius - if so, please share your secrets and write a book about it (as if there aren't enough)

Yes, there are some things that are routine (i.e., feeding, sleeping, crying, awake time) but they are never on schedule. Ever. As in PLEASE don't try to set your watch by my child.

Yes, people kept saying "watch out, you'll never sleep again!" when referring to a nighttime schedule with the babe, but that actually isn't our problem - it's daytime sleeping! This kid is so unpredictable as to when he wants to feed, sleep, cry, or be awake that it is maddening. Sean and I love having a regular routine but that all goes out the window when you have a baby. At least for the first few months.

And then because he loves car rides and being out, that's a totally different day. For instance, today we went out to visit Daddy at work to have lunch and ran errands. We got home around 3:00 and he's still asleep in his car seat next to me! 

If we are home all day it's different. Plus, with Sean's different shifts, who does what and when changes as well. Here's not a typical day but kind of what can happen for Conrad and me during our days. Sometimes.

6:45-7:00am: The day starts - although did it ever really end? He's calling for us (loudly wailing) from his crib. I direct Sean to the bottle of pumped milk and he feeds/diapers Conrad while I try to get some extra sleep. Hopefully Sean can get him to go back down to bed, otherwise Mommy must get up to entertain the little one so Daddy can go to work.


7:45-9:00am: In an ideal world he will have gone down for another nap so Mommy can get some shut eye and/or take a shower. If its Sean's late morning to the clinic then he takes him until 10am so Mommy can have coffee and breakfast too.


7:45-9:00am: It's not an ideal world and it's Sean's early morning at the clinic so I rock him, hold him, sing until he falls asleep in my arms. I slowly walk to the crib and put him down. Pray.

Falls asleep, I rush to pump. He wakes up.

Repeat. 


9:00-10:00am: Decide we're up and at it for the day and there will be no such thing as naps. Another feeding and diaper change for the little one. Usually around this time he is more peaceful and happy so we play on the play mat, dance around the kitchen, sing songs on the changing table. 



10:00-???? sometimes 12pm: Another feeding. Diaper change. Attempt to nap. He cries, I pick him up, sooth him, attempt to put him down again. He seems to be good at this game. He's clearly winning.



12:00pm: Little one says no nap! Go on a walk. He immediately falls asleep.


1:00pm: Home from walk. Leave him in his car seat to nap as he's super peaceful and cute - makes adorable faces while dreaming. He has me wrapped around his tiny fingers. Pump while I can and do normal people things like go to the bathroom and eat something.

1:45pm: He's up! This is another good time of day for him. Feeding, diaper change, play time on the changing table. He'll usually like his play mat at this time too. Sometimes his swing or vibrating chair while checking out the backyard through the windows. Mommy does more normal people things like empty the dishwasher, and laundry while he's entertained.


2:00pm-3:30pm: No longer entertained by himself. We sing and dance around the kitchen, read some books, he lays on my lap while I excercise his legs and generally make a fool of myself for his enjoyment - its worth it to see him smile.



3:30pm: Another feeding and diaper change. Attempt to put to nap. He cries. Try again. Repeat.



4:15pm: He's asleep! Normal people time! Answer emails, return phone calls, pump, figure out dinner.



5:15pm: He's awake! Baby time aka singing, dancing, shushing, diaper changes, etc. Hopefully Daddy's on his way home from work now if its his early day. If not, Mommy looks at the clock and wishes it was his early day.



6:30pm: Feeding, diaper change. He's calm so wrap him in the Moby wrap so I can eat and clean up. If Daddy's home now then he can take Conrad for a while. It's Sean's late day so no such luck. Walk around with him attached to me picking up stuff from the day, work on blog posts (such as this that I started 2 weeks ago), catch up with my sister on the phone.


7:30pm - 8:30pm: Fussy time! More singing and dancing around the kitchen, rock and hold him while I catch up on Real Housewives - hate them all because they have live-in nannies.

8:30: Daddy's home! Let him at least get something to eat before passing him off so I can get the bath and nighttime bottle ready.

9:00pm or so: Bathtime! He loves this, it's nice and warm, he gets to stare at himself in the mirror, and he smells good again (rather than like milk or spit up).

9:30-???: Feeding, diaper change, attempt to put to bed. We're working on getting him down and asleep by 10pm. "Working on" used loosely.

2:30-4:00am: at some point he'll call for us to eat and have a diaper change. Luckily he goes right back to sleep and then the day starts all over again!

Pretty crazy, right? However bad it eems, it is all worth it; I wouldn't trade these 12 weeks at home with him for the world and I would gladly stay at home with this schedule any day just to be with him. But now I must go as someone is calling (screaming) for me in their crib after a 15 minute nap.

Attempting to keep it together 24/7,

Elizabeth

Friday, November 23, 2012

C-Rad Firsts

Bath




Redskins Games:





Time in the vibrating chair:


Conrad's 1st Wedding:

Look at those Handsome Boys!


Meeting Extended Family:


  
 Great Grandparents!

Four generations of the Jones

Conrad has had lots of firsts and we look forward to many more!!!

Attempting to keep it together 24/7,

Elizabeth

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Conrad's Birth Story: Part 2

So as I had mentioned earlier, Conrad made his way into the world via unscheduled c-section about 10 days early. Despite being in labor for 18 hours, developing a fever, and being utterly exhausted, I wouldn't change a thing and would go through it all again for our little love.

I think he came early because he knew how many people were waiting to hug and kiss him. My parents, Sean's parents, and my sister Cayce were all there already and lots of our friends came within the next couple days to visit.

 Meeting my mom and Dad, "Nana & PopPop"

 Meeting Sean's parents, "Grandma & Grandpa"

 Sleepy Daddy!


For the next four days in the hospital we worked on breast feeding (HARD stuff!!), diaper changing, swaddling, etc. 

Daddy is the best swaddler. He said it's because he is good at making burritos. LOL.  

The staff at the hospital were amazing, as was the doctor. My OBGYN practice has four doctors and the one that was on call the day we went into labor was our favorite - thank goodness! She kept checking in on us every day and we were finally discharged on Thursday the 11th. We could have left the day before but we wanted to get one last night of good rest and I wanted more help with breast feeding.

And then it was time to go home. 



 


Let the good times roll...

Attempting to keep it together 24/7,

Elizabeth

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Conrad's Birth Story (Warning: Long post!)

Baby Conrad Cayce made his way into this world on October 7th, 2012 at 7:00pm via unscheduled c-section. He was 10 days earlier than his original due date and 3 days earlier than his sonogram due date so Sean and I were a bit surprised when my water broke at 2am on that Sunday morning! Come to think of it, everything pretty much just happened to fall into place in the weeks prior so it seems Conrad knew that and decided "hey, you're ready, mom's miserable, I'll go ahead and make my entrance". And we are glad he did!


The month prior I was starting to feel pretty bad.Throughout my pregnancy when women complained they were miserable and couldn't wait to deliver, I thought, "what are they talking about, this is fine?!" 



And then the swelling started. And then I couldn't wait for Conrad to come. For the most part. 



We had just moved into our new house so I wasn't entirely ready in that sense, but physically, oh yeah. Then two weeks before he came we really started to get the house in shape, in large part to my mother unpacking and organizing all our rooms and Sean working non-stop on the nursery painting. Perhaps we were finally ready?


 Working on his baby journal while Sean set up and painted the room.



Well that little boy certainly was ready! At 2am on October 7th I woke up to a funny...wet...feeling. Did I pee the bed? And then it just kept coming and coming so I assumed not.



"Um, Sean?" Shaking him gently. "Sean?" Shake him harder. "SEAN!" 



I turned on the light and he sat up in bed.



"My water broke." Wow, I've never seen that man move so fast. He jumped out of bed and began pacing so much I thought he would burn holes in the rug. Luckily, I was overwhelmingly calm and told him to call the doctor while I started gathering our things. We were told that we didn't have to go to the hospital until 4am because I was not having contractions. So I was able to take a shower, make sure all our bags were packed properly, and...



stop to get gas along the way.



Yes, our fuel light was on and while we are only a 20 minute drive to the hospital, who knew if they were going to be having late night road construction that would take extra time and gas - famous in this area.



So we checked in, got into our room, hooked up to monitors, met our amazing nurses, and just waited.





And waited.



Finally around 6am they gave me drugs! Lol, the drugs to start contractions that is. Then the action began pretty quickly and by 10am after a couple hours of back labor (he was facing backwards) I was asking for an epidural.



Now, for those of you who are pro-natural birth and can do it without an epidural: more power to you! But I decided a long time ago that I had nothing to prove to anyone by going at it alone, and all the research I had done told me that having an epidural was perfectly safe. I wanted to enjoy and savor every moment, not be writhing in pain (especially since it turned into almost 18 hours of labor).



However, the little munchkin dropped into the birth canal very early and was putting lots of pressure on my pelvic region so contractions were definitely not pain free!!


My parents, Sean's parents, and my sister all came to visit, we watched the Redskins game (they lost-boo!) and still no baby Conrad. I was about 7 cm dilated and 90% effaced but the rascal's head was not turned properly and "stuck" in my cervix.




Long story short, we remained this way until about 4pm with no progress and I developed a fever. By this time the doctor, myself, and Sean made the executive decision that if by 5pm there was no progression, we'd have to plan for a c-section. Due to my fever and the fact that my water broke over 14 hours before, we had to get Conrad OUT before infection developed.



By 5pm there was no action so we had to go via c-section. To be honest, at that point, I was so exhausted (did I mention we had gone to bed at 1am the night before? Yeah, I was going on only 1 hour of sleep for 24 hours) that I was afraid I wasn't going to be able to push so I was ok with the decision to have a c-section. Plus, I just wanted to be safe for Conrad even though this wasn't part of my "plan" (which, there wasn't really one because they can change - obviously!). 



The biggest issue was that my epidural bag was almost out; but since I was going in for a c-section, it wasn't replaced as the anesthesiologist was *supposed* to be coming to prep me for surgery. But then he had an emergency on another floor and couldn't come right away.



Something to do with someone's bowels. WHAT?!


So I had to wait an hour for him or his back up (who apparently had to come from her house in who knows where) sans meds to arrive to prep me for surgery. It sucked. A lot. Remember when I mentioned above that I had always wanted to have an epidural? Yeah, this was why. It freaking hurt!!

I needed a push present to get my mind off of things stat: 


And my sweet husband delivered - a push present that is:


So then Sean suited up, I got ready, and in we went for surgery. And they were playing Michael Jackson in the operating room - loved it!



I was so exhausted that I almost fell asleep on the operating table. But luckily Sean was there and kept me informed of what was going on and then I heard the most beautiful sound ever - Conrad crying his first cry! Our little love entered this world at 7pm and then our adventure began.

 Perfect APGAR test.



 

Then he and Sean were whisked away while I was sewn back up and brought into recovery to meet them.

 He's winking at you! Look at the hair!


Proud papa!

And then we got lots of rest (kind of), got lots of tests and monitoring, got to know each other, and he met the grandparents and aunts and uncles...more pictures of that later!

Attempting to keep it together 24/7,


Elizabeth

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Conrad: 1 Month

It's hard to believe but on November 7th, our little love turned one month old!!! Time seems to be both flying by and moving at a snail's pace (more on that later) but we are trying to savor every moment with this baby C-rad!








Dear Conrad,

Time seems to be flying by in that it feels like just yesterday we woke up in the middle of the night to your announcement of "hey! I'm going to come today". We were pregnant for what seemed like forever but now it feels like the blink of an eye - and here we are one month later.

Our days are filled with lots of eating, some sleeping, lots of diapers, and lots of fussiness after 2pm. You are eating more and more like a big little boy - you must be going through a growth spurt! Mommy now calls herself the Milk Machine.

You seem to love sleep between midnight and noon, in intervals of course (which is good for Mom!); but after 2pm you have to pretty much be held when you are awake otherwise it's fuss, fuss, fuss! All the baby books and other mothers say this is a phase and will pass but it seems to be taking forever (hence the "snail's pace" listed above). It's a good thing you are so cute! 

Thank goodness for Daddy and grandparents so that after your last morning feeding between 6 and 7 am they can take you so Mommy can get an extra nap in to make up for the night time feedings. Or take a shower. Or brush her teeth. 

You've also now attended your first wedding, had your first Halloween, and have witnessed (kind of) numerous Redskins games (unfortunatey they were losses - cheer harder Conrad!!).

You now seem to like your vibrating seat and we can get you to smile with neck kisses and tickles. It's amazing how much you change from week to week and we are cherishing every moment (even the fussy ones) with you.

Love you lots,

The Milk Machine & Daddy

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Conrad: 3 Weeks

Ok, so this is a little late, but here's Conrad's 3 week update:





Dear Conrad,

You amaze your Mommy and Daddy every day with how much you are growing. We love that you are now more alert and awake throughout the day - your eyes seem to be getting a little more blue so we'll see how they are soon! You are feeding pretty well although you have some tummy troubles so sometimes you don't like feeding or burping - but you are learning!

When you are awake you love to lay on your play mat and look outside. Right now you don't like your bouncy seat too much but you love your swing. And of course, you LOVE being held, rocked, and cuddled by anyone around you. Sleeping through the night isn't happening yet but you're getting better with 3 to 4 hour stretches at a time and when you wake up you usually feed and go right back to sleep. Now we just need you to take more solid naps during the day!

These past few weeks you have been out shopping with Mommy - you're a great shopping buddy - to lots of different places. We've also been on lots of walks although you sleep most of the time. I think you really like the car and stroller because it keeps you moving!

Grandma and Grandpa, Nana and PopPop and all your aunts and uncles love you so much. Even all the patients and workers at Daddy's office think you are too cute; the jury is still out on who you look like more but we'll see!

Loving you and this great adventure,

Mommy & Daddy