Thursday, May 27, 2010

Life with a newborn

So, it has been a few days since I have updated little man's progress!  We have went to the doctor again for our 2 week check-up, well actually we were one day late, but they worked us in with Dr. Carter on Tuesday May 25th.  Mom had written down his appointment time, but we were all thinking it was 2 weeks from his first visit, but it was 14 days old!  It was our gain though because we got to see Dr. Carter instead and we loved him.  He was very thorough and asked us if we had a questions and had great bedside manner.  He had gained back up to eight pounds, which was 14 ounces in one week, he is a hungry monkey!!  His head was 14 inches and he was 18 1/2 inches long, they only do head to heel at the doctor.  We had some concerns about his breathing, it kinda sounded like a wheeze, but he said that was completely normal.  He also said babies do not overeat and they will stop when they are full, they aren't like us and keep going!  Landon has been a great eater, I am breastfeeding and he loves eating time... It is one of the most enjoyable things I have ever done, I get to watch him grow and I talk 2 him while he is eating.  He will turn his head now when I am talking if he hears my voice, what a wonderful feeling!  I usually stay up til about 11 pm and we get up about 2 or 2:30 and usually last again til about 6.  He really is a great baby!  I am getting on a schedule and it makes it much easier.  We get his bath around 11 and then I get mine!  Toph has been working evening shift at Wise on Tuesday and Wednesday, so we pack up and head to Granna B's.  I never knew I could pack so much stuff, we have about 5 bags and boppy!  Tuesday was also our first solo trip to Granna's, with just me and him in the car.  I was nervous, but he slept the whole trip.  He has had lots of visitors to come and see him and today his Aunt Carrie and the girls came to swim.  I finally set up his video monitors and got out in the pool for about an hour.  It was so nice, but I am sunburned.  I guess since I am nursing I get more hungry and thirsty so I feel like I eat more now that when I was pregnant, but it makes me weak if I don't eat.  I have lost 25 pounds, but still have lots to go... But I feel like I am so light compared to what I was at the end, I really didn't realize it, but I was pretty miserable there at the end.  Today, Landon is 17 days old, I love watching him grow, but sad to see him grow at the same time.  I guess this is normal... Landon gets to meet his one and only Uncle Ben this weekend, we are getting excited to see him.. He hasn't got to visit because he lives in Panama City.  We are looking forward to our very first Memorial Day as a family of three... With Love, the Wilsons!!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The adventures of Landon

So, today we went to our very first doctor visit at Shoals Pediatrics today, we saw Dr. Judy Moore.  I was a bit anxious to see how his weight had done since leaving the hospital.  In the hospital he weighed 7 pounds 10 ounces, but had lost down to 6 pounds 12 ounces when we left.  I was having some problems with breastfeeding since I had a C-section it takes a little longer for milk production.  He had gained back up to 7 pounds 2 ounces today, and she said that was right on track.  I was so relieved, I had worried myself to death about if he was getting enough to eat or not.  At the beginning when we got home, we were supplementing Enfamil through a syringe during feedings.  I needed about 8 hands to do all of it at once, and wouldn't have been able to do it without some help.  It was really frustrating, but I am SOOOOO happy I was tough enough to stick to it.  When I see his little mouth working so hard, I thank the Lord for giving me the strength to stay with it.  I love feeding time now and feel a bond with him that makes me feel so happy.  
Then, we waited on Dr. Moore to come and check his color and she said he wasn't jaundiced enough to warrant any treatment.  Another prayer was answered!  I had also been worrying myself to death about his yellowish color and the yellow in his eyes.  We have been constantly putting him in the window to try to break down the jaundice, and it looks like it worked!  She was impressed that his bellybutton cord had fell off so quick.  I am happy that we have one less step in our diaper changing routine.  Landon did great on the way to the Dr. and on the way home, he was dressed up in his Sunday best for the outing. He had his first real bath before the visit and he LOVED it, I even sprayed his little head with the sprayer and he didn't even move.  
It is so much fun to dress them up, lots more fun than adult clothes.  I know now my wardrobe will suffer, because I will always be buying for my little man.  He had ate all morning long without a poop diaper so we knew we were in for a treat somewhere along our trip.  He was quite the gentleman and waited til AFTER the doctor, lol
Me and Mom were so tired by the end of the trip we rewarded ourselves with a banana split from Wagon Wheel!  We rode around a while just to get out of the house and relax...
Then tonight when we were having tummy time in the living room, Landon flipped all the way from his stomach to his back.  I was so proud of him! We are enjoying every minute with our precious baby, I already think about him growing up and I don't like to think of it all!  I have already told Toph we have GOT to have some more, and he just looks at me like I have went crazy!   Love to all from the Wilson Fam!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

A New Life, New Beginnings

WOW, where do I start???  I have just went through the most miraculous, exciting, scary, and tiring journey of my whole entire life.  The Wilson, Brown, and Slaton families headed out to Huntsville Hospital on May 10th, 2010 to meet the most special person I can ever begin to explain.  We arrived at the hospital around 10:30 for my scheduled C-section,  they took me, Toph, and mama back around 10:45 to ask us questions get my IV and prep me for surgery.  My other family got to come in a little later to see me off.  One misconception I had when going into surgery was, that they would give me something for anxiety to calm you down.  I was so scared.  I got to take 2 people back with me so mom and Toph got to come along.  I went into the room and totally freaked out, I saw all those tools and stuff and I DO NOT do good with that.  He gave me the spinal block and I couldn't feel my legs, arms, or torso and then I really panicked.  My BP skyrocketed and they pretty much put me under but not all the way.  Toph was talking to me and mom was taking pics, lol.  I remember getting a little sick... Landon was up in the womb very high so they had to cut a little larger incision and vaccum him out.  He finally arrived in this world at 12:30 on Monday!  I can remember asking if he was okay and Toph just kept shaking his head yes, and I saw him for just a second and then they took him away. 
Then I was put into recovery for THREE hours without seeing my sweet baby boy, because of my blood pressure and labs.  I was so anxious to see my little man.  When I finally saw him, my heart melted and I will never be the same person I was going into the hospital.  I now know what parents are talking about when they say is a love you can't explain.  It felt like my heart was going to burst with all the love I felt for Landon.  I thought, this is my Baby, my baby, that is all I could say..  I didn't ever know I could love something so much so fast and be so worried about him all at the same time. 
I keep thinking this baby is mine FOREVER, and I want him to be a baby, but I imagine him growing up playing and doing all the things he will want to do.. It makes me so happy, happier than I have ever been in my life. 
We stayed in the hospital for 3 nights and it was not a very good experience getting over a C-section while breastfeeding but we made it. My BP was very high and we had to monitor it closely.  Toph was such an amazing daddy and helped me so much.  I have chosen the best person for my mate, one who helps even when he is tired, because he loves us so much.  He is one proud papa bear! 
We finally got 2 come home and we set off the alarm system leaving, it was pretty funny now you think about it, but not at the time :)  They left Landon's baby monitor on him, so we shut down the elevators and everything.  So Landon has been coming into this world with a bang! 
Since we have been home, things are tough but still so much fun... Breastfeeding was really hard a first but it is getting much better.  I just think of my babies health, when I get discouraged...
Landon has been dressed up since he has been home, Granna B is decking him out in all his clothes, and he looks precious.  I don't know what I would do without Toph, B, and Nae helping keep the ship afloat.  I know everyday will get a little easier. 
I now have this special angel that God has given me, to take care of, love, and cherish.  I am so happy that he has blessed me with my baby boy, my emotions are so strong that I can't control them!  Until next time, I know we will have lots of adventures, next up, Dr. Appointment Monday @ 1:15.... Love to all, from the Wilson family of three!