Tuesday, February 7, 2017

One Month Alexis Style

One Month Baby Update

Weight & Length:  at her one month doctor appointment she weighed in at 9lb 15oz.  Just shy of 10lb.  She's growing like a weed.  I love her chubby little cheeks and legs. She also put on over an inch and a quarter in length.  She's now in her size 1 diapers and 0-3 clothes.

Feeding:   Alexis is an aggressive eater.  She took to breastfeeding right from the get go.  The only downside is she's a gulper which leads to spitting up.  The doctor says it's something she'll grow out of.. let's hope so.

Sleeping:  right now we get 3-4 hours at a clip, which is great.  When her brother was born, I was lucky to get an hour or two, so 3-4 is a blessing.  I don't feel as tired with Alexis as I did with Jayson. Must be I'm accustomed to the sleep deprivation.

Development:  Alexis doesn't believe she's only one month old. She's been lifting her head and using her legs since day one.  During tummy time she looks like she isn't far off from crawling.  Just like when she was in my stomach, she is a bundle of movement all the time.  She's smiling and occasionally coos from time to time.  She can grab her binky from her mouth when she no longer wants it and she rolls to her side already.

Temperament:  Alexis has so far been a fairly mild baby.  She loves bath time, only crying when she gets out.  She is what's known as a "happy spitter" in that spitting up doesn't seem to bother her; she's gaining and not in any noticeable pain from it.  She grunts and squeaks quite a bit now and is very attentive.  She also sleeps through her brother's noise and antics which is a blessing.

Favorites:  She loves being talked to. She loves nap time on mommy's chest up close to my neck where she can have skin to skin contact.  She loves watching her brother.  Music seems to help her sleep.  Eating!  She is an eater and she loves being held close. She loves the baby carrier for that reason.  She also loves her rock and play.

How's mommy?  Well, so far so good. Baby weight had come off thanks to breastfeeding. I would like to drop another 10-15 but it's not a necessity.  I'm not feeling as tired this time around but I do find my patience is short with Jayson. He's 3.5 and all boy so energy is high and listening is low on his list of priorities.  I'm pretty happy most days. Content to be home with Alexis.  The first twinge of sadness I've felt was folding her newborn clothing and thinking how this very well may be our last baby.  I'm pretty sure Justin is set on two children. Our budget for now is also constrained to two.  But otherwise I am adjusting well.  As I'd mentioned in my prior post, healing thus go around has also been better.  I was also pleasantly surprised that love only grows with the newest addition.  Jayson adores her and I'm trying my hardest to make sure he still knows just how much we love him.

Well Alexis... cheers to one month.  As much as I look forward to painting nails and styling your hair, don't go pulling a Thirteen Going On Thirty on me.  I want to enjoy your little squishy self as long as possible.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

She's here!!!

It's taken me a couple weeks to post, but little miss has arrived.  Alexis Jayde Krueger was born 1/4/17 at 1:29pm.  She weighed in at 7lb 5oz and 18.5 inches in length. She was five days early, and much like when I was pregnant with her brother, I worked right up to the day of delivery.  More literally with her.

I went to work that Wednesday.  I decided to stand at my desk that day since my hips had been bothering me. Around 9:30am I felt a bit of low pressure and went to the rest room.  It became quite apparent to me that labor was imminent. So after less than 2 hours at work, I got back in my car to head home.  Halfway home, at 10:02am, I had my first contraction. They were roughly 8 minutes apart for the rest of the ride. I waited for Justin at our house and at that point my contractions were 4 minutes apart and we still had a 40 minute commute to the hospital.

I called ahead to my doctor's office and they alerted the hospital which made for a pretty quick registration.  I danced around in the hallway a bit while waiting for my room, which had just been mopped.  I quickly changed into the oh-so-sexy hospital gown and provided a urine sample.  Not long after my nurse Joleen has me climb up in bed where she hooked me up to a monitor for the baby's heartbeat.  She also got me hooked up to IV bags for antibiotics and fluids (apparently I was strep-b positive) and I awaited the anesthesiologist for my epidural.   Joleen was awesome in talking me through my contractions with breathing exercises and keeping me focused.  My water broke while my epidural was being placed.  When I was told I could lay back it was at that point I told them I couldn't, that I needed to push.  Chaos ensued as the delivery team rushed in and a nurse ran to get Justin back in the room. In about 3 to 4 pushes Alexis had made her grand debut before the epidural really took effect. During clean up, our doctor was chatting with us about his recent trip to Jamaica. He'd literally flown back into Albany at 2:30 that morning. We joked about the coincidence that Alexis had been conceived on our trip to Jamaica last spring.

The healing process so far has been a breeze.  Amazingly I didn't need stitches. Start to finish labor was about 3.5 hours.  Alexis took to nursing before we'd even left the delivery room. Our overall experience could not have gone any smoother.  Since I had been strep-b positive they wanted to monitor baby and I for a minimum of 36 hours. This was fine as they put us in our own room with a pretty awesome overnight nurse named Emily.  Our evening chats really made the time pass.  We had photos taken right at the hospital, much like when we had Jayson. Bellevue also gifted us a swaddle -me blanket and Pandora charm.  Just like when we had Jayson, we left Bellevue feeling 110 % satisfied with our care and overjoyed to go home with the newest member of our little family.

Her big brother adores her, as does our fur baby Ace.  When I next post I'll be sharing her one month update.  It's hard to believe she is almost a month old already.  

Welcome baby Alexis! We've waited our whole lives to meet your beautiful face.

Friday, December 9, 2016

35 Weeks

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Let's just say at 35 weeks, this mama is slowing down.  There's still so many "nesting" things I want to do when I get home, plus all the Amazon.com goodies arriving at my house to go through for Christmas, but there's never enough time (or energy) in the day.  Plus, I'm caffeine free for three weeks now.  It sucks.