Sunday, April 19, 2015

Callie is 4 months old!

Okay, the blog has been a little sad lately with only monthly updates of Callie that I'm sure are boring to most people….but it's a great place for me to write everything down and to look back on it.  I might be able to start blogging more again now that I have my evenings back  (more on that below).
So here is what is going on with this precious one at 4 months!

We went in for her 4 month check up this week and she weighs 12lbs 13oz (22nd%ile) Height:  24.75'' (66%ile), Head: 15.98'' (52%ile).  The Doctor says she is growing right on tract though I have been somewhat worried about my milk supply keeping up with her…but she is one happy baby and she sure would tell me if she was hungry.

Eating:  I'm still exclusively breastfeeding her and it is going very well.  I'm finally at the point where it is actually easy now and I understand what everyone was talking about.  I still hate nursing in public as I'm not very good at doing it modestly so that is a little stressful sometimes.  I now even nurse her on one side at a time which is a big improvement and doesn't take near as long as before.  She nurses about 5 times during the day and usually once at night.  It's so nice to finally have a routine.  We will probably start some food this month so that will be fun!

Sleeping:  Praise the Lord, Callie is sleeping like a champ!!  She has turned into a completely different baby this month in regards to sleeping.  She used to FIGHT sleep so badly!  It was so bad that it would take literally hours for her to go down to sleep for the night.  Every.Single.Evening since Callie has been born, Justin and I would take turns holding her, walking around the house, shushing (if that is a word), and rocking her to get her to sleep.  The colic was just rough in the evenings and she cried so much.  She would usually finally fall asleep in our arms, but then once we put her down, she would wake up.  So we would go through about 3 of those cycles every night until finally she just gave up and would stay asleep around 11 or 12am.  The evenings were stressful and we weren't able to do anything!  But now…Oh.My.Goodness, it truly is a miracle that she goes to sleep completely on her own!  No rocking, no walking around…I just lay her in her crib awake, and she turns on her side, sucks her thumb and falls fast to sleep.  Every now and then she will cry for about 5 minutes, but that is nothing compared to where we were.  It's also a miracle that she is in her own crib and her room and doesn't need to be swaddled.  She never slept well unless she was in her rock and play and swaddled.  I was even doing research about how to wean your baby off swaddling.  This all pretty much happened on her own one evening and she hasn't turned back.  The other night, I put Callie down at 8, and Justin and I were able to watch a movie and relax the entire evening.  I kept saying "do you remember how awful our evenings used to be? I can't believe we can just relax and watch a movie together!"  It has made a world of difference to us, we can actually spend time together again and I can blog or do other stuff I need to get done…woohoo!

After I put her to bed at 8pm, she will usually wake up once at night to eat, around 4-5am but then go back to sleep.  She then sleeps until 8am, and sometimes later if she didn't nap well the day before.  I have her on a 2 hour schedule so she is awake for 2 hours and then naps for 2 hours (if I'm lucky). So if she wakes up at 8am, she will nap at 10am, 2pm and then a cat nap at 5:30pm.  Sometimes she will only nap 45 minutes and sometimes 2 hours depending on the day.  We are rarely home all day so then her naps end up being in the car or the stroller.

Milestones: Callie is a pro at rolling over. She can roll over from back to stomach and stomach to back but most of the time she rolls over on her stomach and just stays there.  She also started sucking her thumb this month, but mainly when she is sleepy and going to bed.  It's awesome that she can soothe her self to sleep.  She also moved into her own room and crib, and goes to sleep on her own.  She has just started to really interact with Cooper and notice him.  Cooper is always giving her hugs and kisses and now Callie will try to touch him and grab him, which Cooper isn't too thrilled about.

Trying to play with her stuffed lamb

Likes:  She pretty much likes everything right now.  Baths, going for walks, being outside, being around people, her daddy and brother.  I think she will be a people person because she seems to always do well around other people and out and about.  Good thing she is my 2nd child since we are out and about a lot more than if she was my 1st.

Looking back at Cooper's monthly updates, 4 months was also a very easy and fun age for him. I know once she is mobile, things will get more interesting, so I'm going to enjoy and soak in this sweet age.

Sweet girl sucking her thumb

Couldn't believe she fell asleep in the mamaroo!
We love you Callie Grace!  You are such a joy to us!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Callie is 3 Months Old!

We made it!  Callie is now 3 months old!

My baby girl is no longer a newborn anymore and has graduated to a baby!  Yippee!  The newborn stage was very rough for both of my kids and I have always said things gets SO much better at 3 months, and it has been so true for Callie.

The first 2 and a half months for us were very hard.  Going from 1 kid to 2 was hard enough, but on top of having a colicky/reflux baby made it much harder.  We tried everything to help Callie, but I think it was just something she had to grow out of.  I read that colic babies peak at 2 months and then gets much better by 3 months and that was exactly what happened.  The past 2 weeks, she has turned into a completely different baby.  She is content and happy and cries for normal reasons!  It has made a WORLD of difference for everyone that she is so much better.

She still has bad relux and she will swallow it which makes her choke and cough a lot.  It sounds pretty scary sometimes especially when she is in the car where I can't get to her.  Cooper would always spit it out so there was spit up everywhere.  Callie will still spit up, but not near as much as Cooper did since she swallows it.  She is on stronger relux medicine that she is able to get down easily so that has helped a lot.  I am ready for her reflux to get better!  Poor baby girl!

Eating:  Breastfeeding is going so much better and she is getting a lot faster lately.  She eats about every 3-4 hours now.  I used to have to nurse her just to calm her down when she was inconsolable, but I haven't had to do that for awhile.  She still will not take a bottle and I think I've given up on trying anymore.  I don't pump anymore since it's hard to find the time to do it, and every time I did it, she wouldn't take it so it would go to waste.  I am glad that I am able to exclusively breastfeed her though so I can't complain.

Sleeping:   A couple of weeks ago Callie went from waking up once at  night to waking up 2-3 times at night to eat.  I'm guessing it was a growth spurt and then this past week she actually slept 12 hour straight for the first time!  It was glorious!  She also caught her first cold from big brother and has turned into a cough and her voice is hoarse which is so sad to hear.  I think she might be tough like her brother because she hasn't been more fussy with the cold or sleeping bad.  She has fallen into somewhat of a schedule taking 3 naps a day, sometimes 4 if the naps are short or in the car/stroller.  She wakes up at different times in the morning, sometime 8am and sometimes if I feed her around 5 or 6 she will go back to sleep and sleep until 10am.  I still swaddle her and she sleeps in our room at night, and in her crib for naps.  After she gets past this cold,  I'm ready for her to move into her room at night.  Evenings can still be hard, especially putting her to bed for the night.  She can go down for naps fairly easily, but putting her to bed at night, she fights it so hard.  I really have no idea why she does this, but I'm sure she will get better at it.

Milestones: She has smiled real big this month which is so nice for this tired mama!  She also coos and "talks"  and it's so sweet.  She doesn't like tummy time and isn't close to rolling over like her big brother did at just 10 weeks.  Of course her biggest milestone is she is a content and happy baby now for the most part.  She is getting more and more fun each day!

Likes: Her favorite thing right now is her playmat.  She can lay on her back for a long time just batting at all the toys.  She also loves her baths and could stay in there forever it seems.  She is getting better at being in the car.  There were times that she would cry the entire time in car for 30 minutes straight which was hard.  She also likes being outside and going for walks in the stroller.  She of course loves her big brother and the feeling is definitely mutual.

Cooper wanted to get in on the picture taking of course!  He is the sweetest big brother, giving her kisses constantly and asking where she is all the time.  If she is on her play mat, Cooper will lay right next to her and put his arm around her.  I am so thankful for these 2! What a gift :)

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Callie is 2 Months Old!

Can't believe my baby girl is 2 months old!

I actually started a one month post last month but of course I never finished it since my life is preeeetty crazy right now with a newborn and toddler.  It has been a rough 2 months since poor Callie has been in some sort of pain most of her life.  She definitely has good days and bad days and I would say the good days are really good (for her) and the bad days can be really bad.  She does have reflux and is on medicine but sometimes I think the medicine doesn't help at all and she has better days without it.  It's hard to know exactly what is going on with her and why she is so fussy some days.  We have her 2 month doctor appointment on Thursday so hopefully we can figure out what else may be going on.  Everything I have read about colic describes her and I have read that most babies peak at 2 months and then slowly grow out of it by 3-4 months, so I'm really hoping that is the case for her.

Breastfeeding is going really well right now, much better than it went for Cooper.  It's almost going too well, since she is having a really hard time taking a bottle, which is another frustration.  She took a bottle like a pro her first month, but the past few weeks she is refusing it.  We will keep trying and hopefully she will get used to it again.  I'm nursing her every 2-3 hours during the day and sometimes she will go 4 hours.  She seems to be gaining weight and is growing out of her newborn clothes.  I can't wait to see how much she weighs.  I think she is bigger than Cooper at 2 months. Love those cheeks!

She is sleeping really well right now.  The first month is always hard and there were many sleepless nights, but I have made sure she only goes 2-3 hours between feedings during the day, even if that means waking her up (gasp!) and she has fallen in a great routine at night and is only waking up about once to eat and goes right back to sleep.  She has slept a good 8-9 hours straight a few times which has been glorious!  If she wakes up around 6 or 6:30 for a feeding, I will put her back to sleep and most of the time she will sleep until 9 which has been great!  Cooper sleeps until 8 or 8:30 so I can have mornings to myself or sleep in if I want.  I can also get Cooper up and dressed and feed him all before Callie wakes up which is very nice.  I'm just so thankful she is sleeping well at night and can go right back to sleep after I feed her because being sleep deprived with a fussy newborn and toddler was really hard that first month.

The evenings are definitely the hardest with her, which is normal for colicy babies.  Her last feeding is usually between 9-10pm and some nights she can go to sleep really easily and other nights it can literally takes hours to get her to go to sleep.  It's hard to understand since she can go down for naps just fine during the day but putting her down for bed at night can be brutal.  There have been many times when Justin or I will put her down and 5 minutes later she will wake up crying.  I know this too will get better in time.

She takes a lot of naps during the day ranging from anywhere to just 30 minutes to 2 hours or longer.  That is the hard part is not knowing if it will be a 30 minutes nap or a 2 hour nap.  I'm hoping she will be ready to go 4 hours between feedings at 3 months old so she can be on a better schedule.  She sleeps in the rock n play by my bed at night and I put her down for naps in her crib during the day so she can transition easily to the crib soon.

Right now Callie loves her baths and it really calms her down.  She also likes going on walks and will fall asleep in the stroller.  The car is hit or miss for her.  Sometimes she will just cry the entire time in the car and other times she will fall asleep.  Cooper has been such a champ and doesn't seem bothered at all by all the crying especially in the car.  She doesn't like the swing or mamaroo at all which is just like her brother!  She does like the bouncer and that has been a lifesaver for me.  She also likes her little play gym and will look around and lay on that for awhile.  Tummy time is hit or miss but big brother LOVES laying down next to her when she is on her back or tummy.  She will grab the rings and toys that are reachable on the play mat and will track you with her eyes.  She still hasn't given me a huge smile yet, so I'm hoping she will soon.  Cooper starting smiling at 6 weeks so I'm trying hard not to compare them but it's hard.

Though she hasn't given a huge smile yet, she can wink..which is pretty talented for a 2 month old :-)

Though she can be fussy and it has been hard, we just adore her and think she is SO cute :)  I love watching her grow everyday and see how much she changes.  She gets cuter and cuter everyday it seems.  Oh, and you have to check out her hair.  She has a little mullet going on…all business in the front and party in the back…

Little old man hair!  Might be time for a little ponytail already in the back!  We love our Callie Grace and are so thankful for her!

Monday, January 5, 2015

Callie's Birth Story

I can't believe Callie is already over 2 weeks old!  I wanted to write down her birth story before I forget everything.  I love looking back at Cooper's birth story to remember that exciting day.  Callie's birth story definitely was an adventure to say the least.

To start off, I went to my 39 week doctor appt on Tues, Dec 16th.  Cooper was at Mother's Day Out and Justin was off work and finished with grad school so he came with me.  At 38 weeks, I was barely dilated and I was hoping so badly that there was some improvement.  I was starting to have some small contractions, which I never had with Cooper so that was encouraging.  Thankfully, I was dilated and effaced more and she had also dropped down low.  So, my doctor said that I could get induced the next day (wed, the 17th) if there was an opening at the hospital, which she wasn't too hopeful since it was the end of the year.  Justin and I decided to talk it over and pray about it and then let her know that afternoon.  So we went out to lunch and talked it over and decided to go ahead and get induced if the hospital did have an opening.  If not, then we would just wait for her to come on her own.  Since I had to be induced with Cooper past his due date because he was in distress and had the cord wrapped around his neck twice, we would rather have her come if my body was ready than wait past my due date again.    Since this was my 2nd pregnancy and Cooper's induction went very smoothly and fast, I wasn't worried about being induced again, especially after having some contractions.

So we went home that afternoon and busily got everything ready and packed to go to the hospital the next day just in case there was an opening.  It was a crazy day, packing and getting all Cooper's stuff ready since he would be staying with my parents while we were at the hospital.  We finally went to sleep that night and I kept waking up to contractions.  I was starting to get very excited.  They weren't super strong but they continued to wake me up throughout the night.  Finally it was 5am and time to call the hospital  to check the status, and I was expecting them to say that the hospital was full.  They then told me that they had me on hold and would call me back within 2 hours to let me know when and if to come in.  I was still thinking that I would probably be going into labor sometime that day anyway, but it would be so nice to go ahead and get in.  About an hour later, they called and said to come!  I really couldn't believe it!  We hopped out of bed, I called my parents to come over, and we got the car packed and ready.   I was so excited to meet our precious girl soon!

My parents arrived at our house and Cooper is already awake!  He must have woken up to us loading up the car or something because he usually sleeps until 8am.  We got to say goodbye to our only child and we were on our way to the hospital!

Arrive at the hospital and get checked into our room, fill out some paper work etc…

Starting to get regular contractions

Start potocin

Water Broke

Over the next couple of hours, things are really slow.  I was having regular contractions, but they weren't strong enough to get the epidural yet.  I start to get a little worried as it was going slower than I expected.  

Contractions are getting stronger and they check me and I'm only 3cm!  I couldn't believe it.  I got to 7cm with Cooper before getting an epidural, and I was trying to wait as long as possible for the epidural since 3cm just made me feel like a wuss.  BAD IDEA!  Any pregnant women who like epidurals, DON'T DO THAT! Suck up your pride and get the epidural when the pain is very bad, because…well, you will see….

Somewhere between 12:30 and 3:46 (when Callie was born) is a complete blur and I stopped documenting things like I had before since I was in so much pain.  So these times are just estimates…

Around 1pm
Somewhere around this point, the pain was unbearable and I didn't care if I was only 4cm, I wanted the epidural.  So I ask for it and the nurse says he will be here in 10 minutes…famous last words.  She gets me all set up for the epidural and I'm sitting up on the edge of the bed, booty hanging out, trying to breath through insanely painful contractions.  And we wait, and wait, and wait.  I finally ask when he is coming.  The nurse calls and basically there was a miscommunication because it will be another 45 minutes or so.  Well, that would have been nice to know earlier.  I get to lay back down on the bed and just wait for him to come as the contractions get stronger and stronger. 

Around 3:00ish (really no idea)
As I wait for the epidural, I am going through some crazy, no break, out of this world painful contractions.  I was not prepared for this, since I was planning to have an epidural, and my contractions were not near this strong before my epidural with Cooper.  My nurse was getting concerned thinking that Callie might be coming by the way the contractions were coming.  I then have a small panic attack telling her that I am not prepared to have a natural childbirth and did not want one.  She basically told me that I may have to do this natural and that I can do it.  Fun times…

No idea what time:
The anesthesiologist is here!  The anesthesiologist is here!  I am having excruciatingly painful contractions and he is asking me all these questions….I cannot talk!  Why, oh why, are you asking me all these questions when it is impossible to even speak at this point.  Basically the nurse was answering all the questions for me.  He finally gives me the epidural of course right when I was having a contraction..could he not wait until it was over?!  I may or may not have let him know I was not happy at this point.  Was he not used to women having this severe of contractions before?  I guess not.  So then I wait for the epidural to kick in…and wait….and wait.  I finally feel some relief only on the right side of my body.  I still felt EVERYTHING on my left side.  The nurse had me lay on my side so the epidural would fall to my left side but nothing worked.  She couldn't even check me because of the pain I was in and laying on my side.  I ask for the anesthesiologist again since it's just not working and I could not relax.  At this point I am also extremely nauseous and am holding a vomit bag the whole time.  I then feel this crazy pressure on my bottom and was incredibly uncomfortable.  The pain just seemed unbearable at this point.

A different anesthesiologist comes in and gives me another dose and it finally kicks in!  The nurse is able to check me and after she checks me, she has this look on her face and immediately goes to the phone.  I then say "how many CM am I?"  And she says very stone faced "oh, you're a 10".  WHAT??  ARE YOU KIDDING ME?  No wonder I was in so much darn pain!  The epidural literally kicked in minutes before I was 10cm or I was probably actually already at 10cm when it kicked in. And all that pressure on my bottom…oh that was the baby!  Why didn't I think of that?  I just didn't think I could go from 4cm to 10 cm that quickly.  We were all in such shock.  Though I did feel a little justified for being in so much pain.

The downfall is because of the strong epidural, my blood pressure dropped to 67 which freaked Justin out and they had to give me medication.  Everything was happening so fast as the nurse was rushing and trying to get the doctor in ASAP…

3:40ish (minutes before Callie is born)
In all the craziness somehow Justin and I were left in the room by ourselves as our nurse was trying to get everyone in our room.  I all of a sudden feel Callie coming and a need to push!  I tell Justin to call the nurse because she is coming!!  I did not feel this at all with Cooper since my epidural had been working for a long time before I pushed.  We both start to freak out a little waiting for the doctor and nurse to get back in here.  I'm sure it was just a few minutes but it felt like eternity.  I tell Justin to please call the nurse again and that the baby is coming!  Finally all of a sudden 20 people come rushing in my room.  It was probably only 5 people, but it felt like 20.   The doctor is here and tells me to push immediately.  No small talk here, just push.  I push maybe 4 times and out she comes!!!

It was such a surreal and amazing feeling.  I cried and cried when I saw her…she was beautiful!  You'd think that your first childbirth experience is simply magical and exciting and emotional and that you wouldn't feel that again.  Well, you definitely do!  I had the same emotions and amazed feeling I had when I first saw Cooper.  I was in love and just couldn't believe she was my daughter!

And it's just like all those natural childbirth people tell you….once your little one is here, you completely forget about the pain and misery you were just in.  They immediately put her on my chest and she stays with me for a full hour before they weigh her or clean her or anything.  It was very special to have that time with her and I was able to breastfeed her right away.  After about an hour of having skin to skin with her and nursing, they weighed her and gave her her first bath.   She weight 7 pounds 13 oz which was less than everyone thought she would weigh.  She had the sweetest cubby cheeks and everyone thought she would weigh 8 pounds, including me!  She weighed a little more than Cooper but I think most of the weight was in her cheeks :)

After her bath, they swaddled her up and my family was able to come in and meet her with Cooper.  I wish I could say there was this special moment of Cooper meeting his sister for the first time, but he pretty much didn't want anything to do with her.  I think he knew what was going on and it was just a strange atmosphere with us being in the hospital etc.

First time to see his sister…he held on to daddy for dear life :)

I bought Cooper a train and a book to give to him at the hospital from Callie, but he wasn't too interested in that. As  you can see he is still overwhelmed by the entire situation...

First family pic…the best we could do

Thankfully Cooper has adjusted better than expected and he is such a good big brother to Callie now.  He loves to give her kisses and pats her head very soft every time she cries.  

Granna and Callie

We spent 2 nights in the hospital, though my doctor would have allowed us to leave after one night, Callie wasn't nursing well so we decided to stay one more night.  Thankfully she caught on quickly and started nursing much better by the 2nd day so we were definitely ready to get home the next morning.  

"Mom, I can't believe you put that ridiculous bow on my head"  -teenager Callie
"but you are sooooo cute" -me

We are so blessed and thankful for our precious Callie Grace!  Even though the birth was a bit traumatic, it was still such a sweet and special day and I'm thankful to have a place to write it out to remember it by.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Callie Grace is Here!


Callie Grace Cummings

December 17, 2014
7lbs 13oz

I'm only 11 days late in posting this, but better late than never!  We are so thankful for our special blessing that arrived one week before Christmas!  She is doing great at home, though she does like to be held a lot.  Big brother is also adjusting well, but we will see how it goes when Daddy is back at work.  We are so thankful for this special blessing and couldn't imagine our lives without her.  Birth Story to follow soon…

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

36 Weeks update…One month to go!

I am now officially in my last month of pregnancy and figured it was time for another update.  I can't believe I am 36 weeks and just have one month left being pregnant and Cooper being an only child.  I decided to take a preggo picture on this special occasion since I have um, zero preggo pictures of me with Callie.  Poor 2nd child!

I had a doctor appointment today and she checked my cervix for the first time.  I have no idea why they check you so early since I was zip, nada, zero, not even close to being dilated yet.  She even said her head is still pretty high up.  Same story with Cooper who was late.   I want her to come a week early but it's a little discouraging when each appointment they tell you are zero.  Of course, I can go from zero to active labor in no time, so we will see what happens!

On other news, our church threw us a baby shower for baby Callie which was a huge blessing.  We received so many adorable girl clothes, girly things and diapers that were all much needed!  It was a co ed shower so Justin and Cooper were able to be there too!

I love this adorable dress with her name on it!!

Such a cute diaper cake!

It was so fun to receive girl clothes and girly things since I don't have any of that besides the things I have bought from time to time when there are sales.  Girl clothes are too much fun!  

The nursery is coming along but I still have a loooong way to go!  I did want it all completed by the last month, but she won't even sleep in her own room for the first 2-3 months so it really isn't urgent.  As of right now, I have the crib, dresser, rocker, and the bedding!  

I love the bedding!  I still need to hang the curtains, the mobile, and her letters on the wall with her name that I have.  I have the lamp shade, just need to get the lamp stand and also a bookshelf to put on one of the walls.  I did wash all of her clothes so far and have them put away in the dresser and we also got all the baby stuff out of the attack.  Now her room is a mess again filled with baby stuff I need to go through.  Thank goodness for the swing and bouncer that we have!  I also went through all of Cooper's newborn- 6 month clothes to see if she can wear any of it and washed all those clothes that can be co ed.  I would show Justin some clothes and ask him if he thought Callie could wear this and he pretty much said no to almost everything!  I thought it was pretty funny that he was not crazy about his daughter wearing boy clothes, but hey put a bow on her head and she will be cute as ever :-)

I really am thankful this pregnancy has gone as smoothly as possible so far.  She is active and moves so much more than Cooper, which has been a blessing and I haven't had any complications.  I am definitely feeling more tired and get ligament pain from time to time.  I'm still able to take Cooper on walks especially with the weather being so nice, but there are some days where I feel like a 2 mile walk was like running a half marathon.  I'm also not sleeping as well and wake up every night around 4 or 5am and it takes me about an hour to go back to sleep.  I know no idea why!  I'm trying to go to bed earlier since I'm not sleeping as well (of course having to take 100 potty breaks in the middle of the night doesn't help either).  

We are so excited to have our baby girl so soon!  I sure hope taking care of a newborn is like riding a bike and comes back quickly because I have read nothing this go around.  Um what are the 5 S's again??  Oh well, I'm sure I'll figure it out just like we did with Cooper.  Lets hope this month goes by fast!!