Wednesday, March 10, 2010

8 weeks old!!

Wow, i cannot believe it's been 8 weeks since my precious little boy was born!! So much has happend since i last updated my blog, so let me fill in the details on his birth.

I was 39 weeks pregnant and Landon and I went in for our weekly Dr's visit, I was planning on asking about inducement because i was so miserable and umcomfortable and just plain ready for him to be here. but when we got to the dr's office, we found out that our regular dr was not there, he was at the hospital and we would have to see a different dr. We ended up seeing Dr. Naumann and she checked me and said i was 2 centimeters dialated and 70% effaced, and when i asked about inducement we were told that they would not induce me until 41 weeks. I told the dr that mason had not been moving vey much and that we were concerned but she didn't seem to take it very seriously, we were about to leave when my dr came in and said that he wanted to go ahead and do a stress test and was a little concerned the baby might be on the large side after he measured me. After the stress test he said that he would like me to have an ultrasund to get a better idea of the size of the baby and to check the fluid level. The ultrasound tech estimated that our little boy was about 8 lbs 10 oz. and said his fluid levels were low and that they would probably induce me that night or the next day. Landon and i were both so excited and grinning ear to ear, but we knew we had to get the final word from our dr. So after our ultasound we met with our dr and he confirmed that the baby was large and fluid was low but also he told us that the umbilical cord was wrapped around the babys neck and he wanted to do a c section right away. We were totally shocked, and speechless, we had both hoped for a normal delivery and were scared of the idea of a c section but we knew we had to do what was best for the baby and that the situation was serious with the cord wrapped around his neck. The dr told us to go straight to the hospital and that he would be there at 4 pm to deliver our little boy!! Landon and i were in a daze as we left the dr's offie and began calling and texting everyone with the news. We rushed home and got our bags and headed to the hospital so they could monitor me. My mom met us there and we checked in, went to our room and waited till time. Erika and Landon's mom came and waited with us for the dr to arrive, and everything was pretty calm and peaceful, with the exception of them inserting my IV into my hand, that was terrible painful!! The funny think was that we realized i was having contractions when they hooked me up to the monitor and as we waited for the c secton the contractions got steadyand regular and were growing slowly stronger. Close to time for the c section our pastor and his wife came to visit us and before i knew it they were taking us back for the c section, I walked to the room and theymade landon wait outside and they did my spinal block which was not that bad at all. It was really not a bad experience, they almost forgot landon in the waiting area which had me concerned but once he was there by my side i wasn't too nervous and my dr was extremely fast, the next thing i know the dr's telling me that any minute we are going to be parents, and then i heard the most beautiful little cry and my eyes filled with tears and my heart filled with so much joy, i squeezed landons hand and i will never forget the look of pure excitement on his face as we both waited and waited impatiently as the nurses took him to the warmer to rub him clean (i still could not see him, they had him in blankets) then finally they held him up for the shortest little secnd for me to catch just a glimpse of my precious boy!! i remember thinking that he looked nothing like i expected, his hair was a golden caramel and his cheeks were plump and rosy he looked just like a cherub (angel). It seemed like an eternity as landon and i watched the nurses and listened to them say how cute he was and how loud his cry was and how pretty his lips were and then one nurse said he bit her and they laughed and landon and i just stared and every once in a while i would see a foot, or a thigh, or a hand and we waited for them to bring us our sweet little bundle, but when they brought him swaddled up with his little white hat on and handed him to landon, he did the most perfect job holding him for me to see. Then the silly nurse took him from landon and smashed him into my face until i felt as though one movement of my mouth my bite his little cheek off and i knew i was surely about to drool, it was so uncomfortable, she had pushed him up against my lips and gums, and i couldn't even see his sweet little face but all i could do was think about how warm his little face was and how i had never felt anything in my life as soft and smooth as his skin. And i kissed him and told him i loved him and Finally she gave him back to landon and i culd see him again, and we both just kept remarking that we couldn't believe he was here, and we couldn't believe he was ours, we couldn't believe how perfect he was!! It was wonderful. Our little boy Mason Everett was born Wednesday January 13th, 2010 at 4:04 pm weighing 9 lbs 11 oz. and was 20 inches long. We then went to the recovery area and i watched as the nurse gave him his first bath in the sink next to my bed, and then finally i got to hold my precious boy and he laid on my chest and sucked his thumb so loudly and vigorously that even the nurses commented. Then they let me have my first attempt at nursing him, and he really did do amazingly at it. Landon was wonderful, after i nursed him, the medication and the fact thati had lost a lot of blood started to take it's toll on me and so landon held him and rocked him and kissed him and never took his hands off him, while i rested. Once we got to the postpartum room, we had so many wonderful visitors my mom, landons parents, his aunt, my brother and sister-in-law, my cousins jill and becky, my friend Erika, and i think that was everyone, i was pretty out of it at that point. Over the 5 days we were at the hopital we also had visits from our friends monica, Erica and Maclaren, Laura, and Mike, as well as my grandmother and landons grandmother. We found out on friday that my hemoglobin had dropped to 6 and that i had bled internally after the c section and would need a blood transfusion, i really wasn't thrilled over the idea but i knew that i was too weak to walk, read, and hold mason for very long at a time. So i agreed to the transfusion and instantly began feeling better. They decided to keep us an extra day in the hospital. And just for the purpose of my own memory, i'd like to document that mason's hospital photos were taken at 1 day old on thursday and they did masons circumcision on friday durring my transfusion and he did so wonderful. We went home on Sunday morning and that evening my brother and his wife and my nieces Madison and Molly came to the house to visit thier cousin, alsolandons grandparents onhis dad's side and his aunt came to visit the baby too. We were so thrilled to bring our little boy home!! Landon took two weeks off to be with us and the first two weeks were such a learning experience for the two of us!!

And now i can't believe that it has been 8 weeks and our little boy is growing and happy and healthy!! He hada little bit of a heart murmur that the dr found at his 1 monthappointment but we went to a pediatric cardiologist and they did anultrasound on our little boy and said everythinglooked perfect and he would outgrow the murmur. God has just continued to bless us and we are so thankful!! Now at 8 weeks mason has amazing head and neck control (which really he has had great neck strength since birth), he sleeps from about 11 pm to 7 am, he eats 4 oz every 3 hours durring the day, he has a lot of personality now, and the former mr. grumpy has finally began smiling and he has cute little dimples on both cheeks, his cradle cap and baby acne that appeared at 2-3 weeks is now gone and cleared up, his hair never fell out, if anything it's longer and a little thicker, his eyes look bluer each day and he loves waking up by 7 AM and this brings me to

Things Mason LOVES:
He loves to hold his ownhead up whenever possible
he coos and makes lots of vowel sounds, especially if you do it first he will mimic you
he likes to stick his tongue our at you
he loves reaching and hitting at things in his sight (whether it's my face or his toys)
he loves playing on his play mat
he loves his swing more than anything
he sleeps in his pack and play bassinet attachment in our room at night
he absolutey loves more than anything playing on his changing table while you stand over him and talk to him
he loves to kick his feet and flail his arms about, he gets so wokred up and is such and active baby.
He loves to take rides and to go places, he is a pefect angel when you leave the house and take him places
he love his mam pacis
He loves being held

Things Mason LIKES sometimes
He sorta likes bath time (he definitly likes peeing in the tub)
He likes his bouncer seat sometimes unless he gets worked up over not being able to hit the toys thathang from it
he likes his Eeebee doll
he likes bein read to
he likes music
he likes to watch tv and baby eistein
he likes being swaddled sometimes

Things Mason Hates
in my opinion he hates tummy time (landon argues and says he likes tummy time)
he hates being alone in his crib for very long
he hates when you take his bottle away to burp him
he hates getting his picture taken

I'm just so amazed by him each and every day, he is such a wonderful baby and we are so blessed!! At his one month visist he weighed 9 lbs 14 oz and was 22 inches long, his head cicumference was 36.5
Mason goes for his two month appointment on the 24th which is two days after our friend Erika's Baby is due to be delivered via C section! I am so excited for her! I know she will be a great mother and motherhood is just such a wonderful blessing and i'm so happy she is about to meet her little girl who she has been waiting for!!

I will try to update more often with updates on Mason!! Here are some pics!

Mason's First Picture after Birth

The first time I held him

Taking Mason home from the hospital 4 days old

1 Week old

3 weeks old
4 weeks old

5 Weeks old

6 Weeks old

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