Tuesday, November 29, 2011

14 Days

Will is 2 weeks old today! And already, he's growing like a weed. He has regained his birth weigh and more. I thought I noticed a little extra chunk in those cheeks!

He's still very much of a sleepy baby so juggling two kids hasn't been as bad as I had pictured. However, Will does have his morning and night reversed so he's awake for a longer period of time in the middle of the night. It's pretty brutal and we are working on straightening him out. He has a ferocious appetite - eating every 2-3 hours. When he's full and well rested, he's a contended little baby. Oh, and he has already flashed us his killer smile! It is the best.

I just love staring into his big brown eyes and giving him big squeezes. I never expected to snuggle with him as much as I did with Anna since he's a boy and all. But I actually find myself doing it more with Will...probably because I know he's my last baby and I will never get to do this again. Seriously, this little guy is pure bliss. I am loving it all, even at 2 in the morning when his eyes refuse to shut.

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Sunday, November 27, 2011

heading out as a family of 4

We took several short outings over the course of last week and here are just some pictures of our new family. All trips have been good, but one thing I need to learn to accept is the amount of time it takes for all of us to get ready to go places. One day, it took us ONE whole hour from "lets go somewhere" to actually driving away! It was majorly frustrating for me, but I think I just need to manage my expectations better from now on.

Life with 2 kids is definitely going to be a lot busier and full!
Anna loves to walk and we rarely put her in the shopping cart. With 2 kids and since I am still trying not to lift anything heavy, this is the best way to get shopping done.
$6 for a 5-minute train ride around the mall food court. Pretty crazy that we actually paid for it. Anna was super happy, though.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

A Drive-By Update - Week One

I can't believe Will has been with us for over a week now! I thought life with two would be crazy and stressful, but so far it has been good. I know that it is because hubby has been home and his mom still comes over to help out (in fact, she stayed with us the entire last week), so I am definitely not getting my hopes up and still waiting for the storm to come.

He's such a sweet laid-back little guy. All he does is sleep and eat -- a perfect baby in my book. We wake him up every 2-3 hours around the clock for feedings, and he may be awake for a short period of time before falling back to sleep. I am much more relaxed about giving him stimulation than with Anna. I remember with Anna, whenever she was awake as a newborn, I talked to her, read her books, listened to music, etc. Now with Will, when he's awake, I just plop him down on the bouncer or the floor and let him do his own thing.
She's going to be a protective sister, I can already see it. She wants to help in every way. If Will is on the bouncer, she wants to make sure the music is on for him. Last night, hubs was giving Will a sponge bath while Anna and I waited downstairs. She heard Will crying and immediately wanted to go upstairs. I told her to wait...but she started to cry herself. I could tell that she was just concerned, so I said okay and she climbed up the steps and went straight for the bathroom to check on him.
Will and Anna
I know Anna is trying hard to be good, but I can see that she's sad, too. I have been spending nearly all my time with Will, while hubby is on Anna-duty. I know she can see that things have changed. I am not sure if this is a direct result of Will, but she has been eating poorly, which stresses me out. She has also been more clingy and not laugh nearly as much. I hope things improve for her soon.

However, she has not shown any signs of jealously. She pats and kisses Will, which is just the sweetest thing to see.
I am doing fine. Physically, I feel like I am healing better and faster this time because I am simply not moving too much. Emotionally, it has been hard seeing Anna sad. She's not her usual chipper self. And because I am trying to move as little as possible, it's hard for me to play with her. On top of that, since she hasn't been eating well, I have been impatient with her. I need to do better.

On another note, I am so in love with Will already. I want to cherish this newborn moment.

I am nursing and pumping. I exclusively pumped with Anna and I thought that since Will latches on so well, I would exclusive nurse this time around. However, I find that pumping much more convenient. I can pump whenever I want and others can feed him. Right now I am doing a mix of both and it's working out so far.

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Sunday, November 20, 2011

The 6-Weeks Project (The End)

Will is here!

And therefore this is the end of The 6-Weeks Project. I am kind of relieved that Will arrived 11 days earlier than my EDD. Not sure how much longer I could have kept up with the project. But now that it is over, I am happy to have made the effort to document our last few weeks as a family of 3.

Being a family of 4 is going to be one big exciting ride! I am already liking it so much...and it hasn't even been a week yet!

{Week One || Week Two || Week Three || Week Four || End}
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Saturday, November 19, 2011

When Anna Met Will

Anna met Will for the first time shortly after his birth. We had settled in to the room where we would be staying and I had changed into my own pajama. It was the same purple pajama I wore after Anna was born.

I wanted Anna's visit to be special so I had pictures of her in Will's crib and she was so happy and pointed to them when she saw them. I also prepared a gift bag full of goodies for her. She wasn't too interested in the bag, but was excited to see me and baby. When she first saw me, she yelled out "Mama! Up!" Once she got up on my bed, she saw Will and exclaimed "Baby!" Of course, after the novelty wore off, she was off to do her own stuff.

We were in the hospital for 2 days, 1 night. We could have stayed an extra night, but opted to check out early. Our room was cramped and we missed Anna and knew that we would be more comfortable at home. Will was doing well, I was doing well, so the doctors had no problems letting us go. '

So by 1pm on 11/16, just about 41 hours after we checked in, we took our new baby home to start a new set of adventures.

11/15 - First Visit
Baby Will
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11/16 - Going Home
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A gigantic THANK YOU to hubby's mom who helped out a bunch. No way we could have survived without her.

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Baby B! The Birth Story

11/11/11 - Friday

I had my regular checkup on Friday morning. I asked the doctor to do a membrane sweep since I was 38 weeks and measuring 4-5 days ahead according to a recent ultrasound. The doctor agreed to the procedure and I left the office thinking that if labor and delivery was anything like my previous one, I was going into labor in as early as 2 days!

11/12 - 11/13/11 - Saturday and Sunday

The entire weekend I was just waiting for my water to break -- as it did on its own with my first pregnancy. Alas, I didn't feel a thing. No contractions, not even Braxton Hicks. I told hubs that I wish I hadn't gotten my hopes up since I was just disappointed for no reason. Instead, I should had been enjoying the end of the pregnancy.

11/14/11 - Monday

Anna turned 20 months old!

Still thinking that the labor could happen anytime due to membrane sweep, I stayed home from work. I spent the morning taking some training courses online and filing my short-term disability claim. And lots of time just lazying around, napping. Throughout the morning and early afternoon, I felt contractions, but didn't pay much attention to them since they were irregular and not strong. Just in case, though, we asked hub's mom to stay for the night.

In the early afternoon, the sun was shining. I went out for a walk while hubs raked the leaves and Anna played in them. I took some pictures of her for the 6-Weeks Project.

Around 4:50pm, I noticed that the contractions were coming more consistently so I found an app online to time them. I wasn't too exact about the start and stopping time, running back and forth between the computer and whatever I was doing. The contractions were 3.5 to 5 minutes apart, lasting 30 to 55 seconds. I was told to call the doctor when they come every 5 minutes, lasting 1 minute each, so I waited. But knew that Baby B was coming and we were going to the hospital, it was just a matter of when.

I continued to time the contractions until hubs took Anna up for a bath. We did our regular night routine - bath, yogurt, books, brush teeth, and bed. We took our last picture as a family of 3. By 7:10pm, Anna was tucked in bed.

Baby Will
Contractions were not going away. I finished packing my hospital bags and went downstairs to call the doctor on call. I told the doctor that contractions were coming at 3.5 to 5 minutes, lasting 30 to 55 seconds. She asked me about pain level and I told her a 6. She said it was up to me if I wanted to go to the hospital -- I could be too early to be admitted and be sent home. Hubs encouraged that we go since we would just be waiting at home anyway.
Baby Will
We left the house after 8:20pm and checked in at the hospital at 8:55pm due to a bad traffic. During the entire ride, I could expect my next contraction by watching the clock. I was nervous that I wouldn't be admitted and excited that the contractions kept on coming. The last thing I wanted was for them to stop completely on the way to the hospital.

I was wheeled to Labor & Delivery and a nurse sent me to the triage to do an initial exam. She was a bit annoying - when I told her that I was experiencing a pain level of 7, she said with a raised eyebrow, "Really? If you were, you weren't be able to talk to me right now. Most patients request an epidural by 7. But lets check your cervix." She did and said, "Well, it looks like you hide your pain well, you are 4 cm and 90% thinned out."

At 9:30 pm, I was admitted!

By 9:45pm, I was moved to the delivery room, settling in. They took some blood, started up the IV, and I wasted no time to request for an epidural.

I breathed through the contractions, but luckily didn't have to wait long for the anesthesiologist. He arrived at 10:30pm. Since the epidural worked so wonderfully on me with Baby A, I was surprised that I could still feel a bit of pain after the dosage.

The nurse checked my cervix again at 10:50pm and I was 7 cm dilated! The doctor came in and broke my water. I asked for an epidural boost at 11:15pm. The nursed dimmed the light and I closed my eyes to rest.

11/15/11 - Tuesday

When the nurse came back to check on me around 1:15am, I told her that I feel lots of pressure and the urge to push. It turned out I was fully dilated and the baby was at 0 station. It was time to push!

We did a few rounds of practice of pushes with the nurse and by 1:45am, the doctor arrived for the real thing. Pushing Baby B out was a lot harder and different than with Anna. With Anna, I didn't feel any pain, nor I knew when to push. I only pushed when the doctor said so. With Baby B, even though there was no pain either, there was a lot of pressure and I knew exactly when I had to push. I pushed as hard as I could with each contraction, and it felt like I was trying to do a very large poo. I gave all that I could.

After what seemed like a long time, the baby was out in 25 minutes - I was exhausted!

Baby Will was born at 2:10am in the morning. He was placed on my chest immediately while hubs cut the cord. He snuffled and grunted, and took his first breath. Billions of people on the planet have been born like this, but it still seemed like magic to me.
Baby Will
I was so happy to meet him and glad for a safe delivery!

He weighed 8 lbs 6 oz and 20 3/4 inches long.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Guess who?

by Guest
So at 2:10 the morning of the 15th of November in the year 2011, the family circle was finally completed by an 8 lbs 6 oz boy.

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Saturday, November 12, 2011

The 6-Weeks Project (Week Four)

I am taking a picture of Anna each day until the new baby arrives, to document our last 6 weeks as a family of three. See Week One, Week Two, and Week Three.

11.7.11 - This video is a bit boring and the puzzle is definitely too babyish for you, but this is just to show that you follow directions very well.

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Anna - a Quickie 20 Months Update

Anna may only be turning 20 months next Monday, but she is growing up and learning much faster than I ever expected. Instead of saying just a single word here and there, she's putting two words together now. It all started with bye-bye [insert a word here] and more [insert a word here], but now it’s black dog, yellow block, green frog, white bear, Pargo come, Mama work, brush teeth, watch TV, etc.

She counts from 1 to 9, but has trouble with 6 and 7 because she can’t pronounce S (as well as L and R) yet.

She says A through G and H, I, K, O, and P.

She knows what she wants. The other day she wanted to take her bear and blanket to bath with her. When we told her no, she pouted with sincerity and fake cried during the entire bath. Yet she also knows boundaries. It’s not unusual for her to say, bed and points to our bed and lays down. But when we tell her she needs to sleep in her crib, she picks up her belongings, gives me a kiss, and walks over to hubs.

She follows multiple directions in one fell swoop. “Pick up your blocks, eat, and you can play with your balls,” turns into her doing exactly that and returning to ask for ball.

She makes decisions, and even when posed with multiple options, she sticks to her guns and asks what she really wants.

We are starting to watch Signing Time again and I realized that now is actually the prime time for her to learn. She follows along and easily remembers the new signs we just learned.

We haven’t started potty training, but she tells us when she pee-pee and poo-poo.

She’s a sweet girl with a kind heart. She shares toys when we have visitors and shows no aggression. Last night, she randomly went back and forth and gave us hugs. Best thing ever.

Yep, she’s a real little person. Bursting with personality. Have I mentioned lately how much I love being her Mama?

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Monday, November 7, 2011

My First Roasted Chicken

I roasted my first chicken ever this weekend and it didn’t turn out half bad!

Our local grocery store sells already-prepared roasted chicken for $5. Since buying a whole (raw) chicken is already in the $7-$10 range, it doesn’t make economical sense to make my own, right? Right. But I had always wanted to roast a chicken so when it was on sale for 99 cents a pound, I went for it.

I went with Rosemary Roasted Chicken, recipe found here, but I added a few twists based on the reviews.

I stuffed the bird with quartered onions, garlic, and fresh rosemary from the garden. Then I prepared a butter and rosemary mixture and rubbed it under the chicken skin. Next, I sprinkled salt and pepper all over and added red skin potatoes for complete meal. Lastly, I ladled some broth into the pan because I read that liquid keeps meat moist.

Cook in the oven, breast-down, for 2 hours (more or less, depending on the size of the bird – mine was a little less than 4 pounds) at 350 degrees. For the last 20 minutes, uncover the pan so the skin can crisp up.

This recipe was so easy and resulted in an insanely moist and flavorful meat and potatoes. Yes, I could’ve bought it for less with zero clean up and labor, but nothing is better than a home cooked meal. In fact, Anna, who usually doesn’t touch meat, gobbled up a few bites. That’s a win in my book.
Rosemary Roasted Chicken

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Sunday, November 6, 2011

The 6-Weeks Project (Week Three)

I am back with the third installment of my 6-Weeks Project. See Week One and Week Two. I had already covered 10.29 in Week Two, but decided to add another picture to that day since it snowed. In October. And I just had to get a picture of Anna watching the snowfall.

This week was uneventful - hubby was away. And I am just a mammoth now that it's hard for me to move around. I don't remember complaining this much during my first pregnancy. But on the bright side, it won't be long now until the boy gets here! I am just trying to enjoy these last few days as a family of three. The storm is about to come...
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