Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Welcome Baby Everett

 
 On Thursday, April 21, we welcomed our sweet baby boy, Everett Michael into the world!
Everything about his birth went perfectly and he is just the most mellow, precious little guy.

This last week has been one of those "best of times, worst of times" weeks with the absolute highest of high moments like Everett making his grand debut, and the absolute lowest of low moments like Tuesday night (one week ago today) when my amazing Grandma Charlene went home to heaven. I've had waves of emotion washing over me and can't catch my breath sobs mixed in with tears of joy. Her memorial was yesterday and I couldn't go (physically impossible as we just got released from the hospital Sunday night and the service was 300 miles away.) I am so heartbroken! I know my hormones are out of wack after being pregnant for essentially two or three years in a row, but my poor heart has had all the feels that it can handle. My grandma was my favorite person in the world and I cannot imagine this life without her. I am just so grateful for the times I had with her and I see so much of her sweet spirit in my baby boys. 

This is a picture of Grama and Oliver. Oh how she loved my boys! 

This is one of the last messages she sent me on facebook last week 
(Grama was super up on the trends!)



Grandma even sent Everett a card before she passed away. Such a treasure!


A dear friend told me that when someone so very special goes on to heaven, God always sends a new life to bring healing (or something like that; my brain is mush and my eyes are blurry from crying). So we are rejoicing for a life well lived and a new life beginning. But oh how I miss my grandma!


Focusing on the good times... let's take a look back at the days leading up to Everett's birth...

 39 weeks pregnant... like WHOA! Balboa Park, downtown San Diego.

I may or may not have gained 35 pounds. (That's in addition to the 15 or so pounds I was still hanging onto after Oliver's birth).  I just loved being pregnant! And the beauty of it is, I STILL look 9 months pregnant today because I did such a good job being pregnant :) Obviously being pregnant means eating ALL THE THINGS!!!

Here are our last pictures as a family of 3 the day before Everett was born.




 Everett got Oliver big brother presents. He was more impressed with the tissue wrap. Typical!

Ollie prays for baby brother to come out safely.

7 am on April 21... Everett's ZERO birthday!
 Checking into the hospital
This wasn't my first rodeo (or c section) so this time I came prepared and bought my own much more stylish hospital gown so I could tell the difference in pictures of Oliver and Everett's birth. Totally worth the $19.99 on amazon. Add it to your "must have" list for delivery. They make even cuter ones with matching pillow cases, but I'm on a budget. Hello two in diapers at the same time :)

Everything went smooth in surgery. I dare say it was pain free, just a little pressure and some tugging... felt like a monkey swinging on a vine up in there. Must have been my intestines or some other vital organ! Anyway, it was over super quick, some invisible glue to bind me up, and we were off to the recovery room in no time. And for those of you keeping track, I can proudly say I am still vomit free since '93. Woot Woot!


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Everett's (slightly graphic) birth video here



Everett looks a lot like Oliver, but is a little more serious with his expressions.






 Oliver was never interested in a pacifier... until he saw Everett with one. And so it begins! Also, whoever says not to give a newborn a pacifier is right. Totally messed up his ability to nurse, but we're back on track today. Oops. Guess I still have  A LOT to learn even though this is baby #2. Also, whoever says 2 babies is just 2 babies is wrong. It's exponential, meaning 2 is 4. There are not enough arms! 
Thank you to ALL of our fabulous friends who came to visit us in the hospital. Crazy coincidence: We were in the same recovery room (#37) with Everett as we were with Oliver. And had a lot of the same nurses too! Total Deja Vu.

And here's my snuggly little sleeper now...


My mother and father in law have been so kind to stay with us since Wednesday to help with Oliver as Andrew went back to work yesterday and my parents are coming down tonight and staying a couple weeks. We are so lucky to have family helping us out! Bummed they live so far away. Ever-Bear is sleeping now and you know what they say - "sleep when baby sleeps" so I'm going to take my 2:00 percocet and take a nap :)

Thank you for all the sweet messages! 


Friday, April 08, 2016

bump #107: 37 weeks




And the super fancy mirror selfie:

It turns out it's true what they say; 2nd pregnancy and 2nd child's baby book are way less documented than the first. I have folders on my terabyte labeled "Oliver 3 weeks and 2 days morning session" and "Brenda 13 weeks and 5 days pregnant at the beach". Now I have folders labeled "February - March 2016" with 2 thousand unorganized pictures just sitting there.
Oops.

That said, I have relished every moment of these last 37 weeks and once I figure out how to upload photos from my cell phone and just what the heck this "one drive" system is on my computer, there may even be a couple pictures to share.

In the meantime, here's a couple I found on Facebook...






Moving on... Everett is still breech and still scheduled to come out via c-section on Thursday, April 21st. The countdown is on!  This week I've full on embraced "nesting mode" and spent 3 hours deep cleaning the kitchen. I invested in Norwex natural cleaning products, but they haven't arrived yet, so I used good old hazardous, toxic chemicals and did my best not to breathe them in. I had good intentions of being health conscious, but that grout wasn't coming clean with water and coconut oil.

OK, so it wasn't that "radiantly" clean, but I feel alright eating food that comes out of this kitchen now.
I sadly took down *almost all of the "Fun to be One" Oliver Birthday decorations.
And I turned the nursery and spare room into guest rooms for all the family we have 
coming to help us out the first few weeks as a family of 4.


Eventually I'll put the 2 cribs back in the nursery, but sleep training is a big fat bust, so there's really no rush!

We've had some fun weekends at the beach and the lake and the zoo...




Lots of walking! Andrew teases me that I'm gonna "drop a shorty" if I don't slow down :)

So there have been lots of naps too.


Mostly for Ollie...



The last 37 weeks have flown by and I know the next few are going to be a blur, but I honestly say to Andrew every single day "Can you believe it?! We're having another baby?! How did we get so lucky?!"  And there is of course, that part of me that knows we're in for double the diapers, double the daycare expense, double the sleepless nights, and so on. But there's a bigger part that remembers the years of pain and struggle of infertility. If you told me 2 years ago, even 1 year ago that we would be where we are right now, I never would have believed it. All that to say thank God for taking our messy circumstances and turning them into beautiful miracles. I will never forget the pain of longing for our family, but I will also never forget the incredible joy that comes from being momma to my boys. They are worth every tear we cried and every year that we waited.



Thursday, March 03, 2016

bump #106: an update on our BIG baby boy


This morning was our 32 week "growth scan" ultrasound to check on the choroid plexus cysts that were seen on Everett's brain at the 20 week anatomy scan. So basically, we've been holding our breath for the last 3 months, praying that our sweet baby boy would be healthy, and that the cysts would dissolve.

Once again God answered our prayers! No CPCs anywhere! And all lab work came back negative for any markers of chromosomal abnormalities that often accompany choroid plexus cysts. So double praise!

We also learned some BIG news about baby Everett... mostly that he's HUGE!!! He already weighs 4 1/2 pounds, is measuring 35 weeks along, at least his head is :), and he's breech. That explains why I have trouble breathing sometimes... his head is wedged into my ribs! It does make for amazing kicks and belly waves though! This is how I woke up yesterday morning... So crazy, but it's the BEST!!!


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I got a few pictures from this morning's appointment, but admittedly, I can't tell you what they're of! I mean I can make out a hand and a foot in one of them, but the rest look like random blotches.


Luckily, we got these pictures from our last 4-d ultrasound at 30 weeks. Everett was snuggled up next to the placenta so it was hard to get a clear shot of him, but so fun to see him! He looks just like Oliver did!

sucking his thumb

tugging on the umbilical cord... "Can I get some womb service please!"

Deep in thought or perfecting his glamour photo pose... just needs a fluffy feather boa and some blush!

holding onto the umbilical cord.

As of today, Everett will be delivered via c-section on Thursday, April 21 at 9:00 am. That is only 7 weeks from right now... Too much to do!!! I asked the doctor if she thought he would come early since he's running out of room in there, but she's pretty sure we'll make it to at least 37 weeks. We'll see! Oliver only weighed 6 lb 15 oz at birth. Andrew and I have a bet about how much Everett will weigh. I may have to change my prediction after this morning's revelation. I hear babies gain a pound a week in the last few weeks. Yikes! I think he'll be 20.5" and weigh 8 lbs. Andrew thinks he'll be 21" and weigh 8 lbs 5 oz. Winner gets a dozen donuts! Oh that reminds me, by nothing short of a miracle, I passed my glucose test and don't have gestational diabetes. Phew! So much to celebrate!!!