Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Diaper Choice

The majority of my friends and acquaintances recommended Pampers Swaddlers for newborns. We had a couple of packages from the baby shower and also bought a package. They leaked SO bad!!! I don't how many times we had to change her outfit and wash the bassinet sheets because the diaper didn't contain it all. So we switched to Huggies and so far so good!! They fit better and not a single leak yet!! I was just surprised because so many people recommended pampers over Huggies.

Okay, so totally random and vain/superficial whatever. But I'm SO excited and just have to share.

I have been shocked at how quickly my tummy disappeared. It's completely gone! I still have weight to lose and the only pants that fit are my maternity pants, so that's what I've been wearing, but I fully expected to have a 6 month prego belly for weeks/months. I fully expected that I'd have to bust my butt to work it off. I think it's because I busted my butt before I got pregnant, and though I didn't work out through the pregnancy (though I had every intention on doing so lol), I walked a lot. It's the only thing I can think, because I do not have genetics to thank. Anyway, I'm super excited about this, because as soon as I'm given the okay to start working out, I plan too, but I won't have as much to do as I'd anticipated. So maybe I can get in even better shape than pre-pregnancy. YAY!

3 more weeks and P90x here I come again!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Daddy and his mini-me

Super sweet and adorable, right?

Difference between mommies and daddies:

Mommy: In the middle of the night, mommy hears the rustling of pajamas on bed sheets and wakes up to make sure baby is okay.

Daddy: Daddy is asleep in the recline with baby on TOP of him and still doesn't wake when she slides off to the side. lol BUT it's so precious to see them together like that. :)

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

2 Weeks!

I don't want my baby to grow up and she's only 2 weeks old! I know a lot of people aren't fans of the newborn stage, but I just think she's so precious and sweet right now. I realize they're a lot more "fun" when they start interacting with you, but she already has so much personality right now.

We had 2 week well baby check up today. Poor baby got the heel prick :-( it was sad. And she's so strong and squirmy it took so much longer because they had to fight against her to enough blood to send in. The doctor came in and told us that she is really quite advanced for her age! yay!! She's holding her own head and neck up pretty well, I still support it because it makes me nervous, she's really quite ridiculous! lol

At 5 days old she was 7 lbs 13 oz and the doc said he wouldn't be surprised if she gained 8 oz by 2 weeks. The goal for 2 weeks is to reach her birth weight, which was 8 lbs. WELL. We did even better! lol Today she weighed 9 lbs 1.5 oz(awesome for breastfed baby!) and measured at 21.1 inches, which puts her in the 95th percentile for height and 90th percentile for weight.

Today she also got her first real bath. We've been sponging her up until now, she didn't seem to mind so much! :)

Bath time!

Sucking her thumb :)

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Miss Demanding

Our little bundle of joy has quite the personality! She's really a lot of fun and sleeps well, but boy when she wants something she's sure to let you know :) lol She grunts because she's mad or frustrated and it makes me laugh every time! Then she continues with kicking her feet. I feel bad because I have to quickly figure out what it is that she wants/needs, but it's still hysterical. Should I be worried about the toddler and teen years to come? ;)

We were given this ergo baby carrier by friend Amy (THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!). Jocelyn and I both LOVE it!!

My cutie pie!

Giraffe soothing sounds stuffed animal aunt Georgia sent on her pack n play. Love it!! And her first puppy stuffed animal that daddy found and bought in the hospital gift shop when she was just a few hours old :)

Daddy multi-tasking. lol Poor baby doesn't look very comfy, but she obviously didn't mind!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Thank you Ian and Erika!

We got a huge package in the mail yesterday from Ian and Erika and this cute little sleeper was in there!! Thanks!!!!!

She totally has Mike's expression here!!

Dolce thinks Jocelyn is his baby :) He is wherever the baby is

Saturday, September 18, 2010


Sorry, but every new mom wants to do it right?

I have a 10 day old that only wakes twice a night for feedings and diapering. Insane right?? She sleeps all the way until 2:30 and then wakes again at 5:30 as daddy's leaving for work. I still can't get over it myself! And she lets out little whimpers, fussy sounds but no screaming. Now...during the day? That's a whole different story :-) She doesn't sleep for very long increments during the day so she let's me KNOW when she is hungry. Actually she lets the whole neighborhood know when she's hungry :) lol And she's still eating like every hour and half, which goes by super fast, especially when we're out and about. (Which we have been with my parents here). And I really really don't mind.

Baby blues? I know it affects 60-70% of women and everyone told me to expect it and I've read about it. But I have no idea how I could possibly feel blue about anything. I just absolutely love and adore her. Fussiness and all!

Daddy's back to work now after a week of vacation. :-( *pout*

And totally random! I lost 23 lbs in the first week!!! I assume all due to breastfeeding, freakin awesome right?? I'm totally excited about that. I thought I'd be sporting a 6 month preggo belly for months. I'm still super paranoid about the little jiggly belly that's there now, but I'm SO SO grateful that that's what I'm left to work with. I can totally bust my hiney and work that off! As soon as I'm given permission :( It's really hard to wait. However; I am still in pain, so I probably wouldn't be making any small attempts just yet.

So alert this morning!

Yoga baby?

Sleeping in her bassinet, it just cracked me up.

SOOOO cute right???

Napping with grandma

Posing with grandma

Hanging out with grandpa

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The awesome view from my hospital room. Just wanted to share! Under the window is the sleeper sofa for daddies.

Silly daddy changing her clothes

Monday, September 13, 2010

1st Time Momma Freak Out :-) w/ Super Baby


1st time mom freak out. :) I didn't even make it a week. LOL Last night she screamed her head off and I balled my eyes out. Not out of frustration or sleep deprivation because it seriously hurt my heart to see her so upset. I really thought she had a tummy ache (actually I'm pretty sure she did).

Long story short: I thought she had a super tummy ache by her behavior. Over the course of the day yesterday she started to get a little fussier and blowing diapers up like crazy and feeding as though she were never going to get milk again. We waited over night to see how she'd do and I decided this morning that we needed to see a pediatrician. So I called someone off our insurance list that got the highest rating available and an education from a school we approved of :D lol Anyway, they got us an appt for 2 hours out.

I explained all of her symptoms to the doctor, and since we were seeing the doc anyway, I also provided a list of other things I had noticed and needed reassurance was just normal for a newborn. You know, since we were already there :-) Anyhow, so he examined her after listening to all the symptoms we described and he said that she might have a little reflux but that really what we had here was a RECORD BREAKING 5 DAY OLD. Yup. Those were the exact words that came out of his mouth.

Everyone keeps telling us that she is so alert for a newborn and that she doesn't look like a newborn. I keep replying, jokingly, that it's because she was so late coming out, she's really much older. hee hee!

K anyway, so the doctor confirmed that today. He said he has never seen a newborn as alert as Jocelyn. Or as strong!! He was a little shocked and his reaction cracked me up. She already holds her head up on her own, she's been trying to do this since within an hour after she came out. I swear!! I knew that was advanced, but thought it would take awhile for her to master. She kicks and throws her hands around like crazy and is very very strong and has a super strong grip. Dr said he wouldn't have expected all of this at her 2 week appointment even. Then he laughed and said "You guys are gonna have your hands full!" lol She also was 7lbs 13 oz, so still very very close to her birth weight. Dr said it usually takes most babies 2-3 weeks to reach their birth weight but he now expects her to be 8 oz over her birth weight at her 2 week check up. He said she is hungry and feeding a lot because she's so active and burning a LOT of calories. Obviously she's blowing up diapers because she's feeding a lot. He said he wouldn't be surprised if I was feeding every hour to keep up with her level of activity. Well it's true!

So pretty much we have a super baby on our hands :-)

All I have to say is: I TOLD YOU SO. I knew she was super active and nutso in the womb :) lol Now she's just confirming it to everyone, she really was kicking the crap out of me. :) But I loved every minute of it!

K now you guys are gonna be sick of me. You can pretty much expect to see baby pics like nearly every day. :) We're very proud parents!

I always rolled my eyes at the parents that said how cute their own kids are, and now I'm one of them. So roll your eyes away because my baby is SUCH a freakin cutie pie!!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Holy Boobs, Batman!!!

Didn't realize I'd be waking up to implants. LOL Sheesh.

Breastfeeding is going awesome. She's a total pro!! Came right out and knew exactly what to do! She is such a good baby, I can't believe how blessed we are. She's SO stinking cute I can't get over it!! I just wanna eat her up!

She really is a little mini-Mike. :) She even already has some of the exact facial expressions he has, which totally cracks me up!!

I am totally addicted to my baby, I seriously cannot get enough of her!

people were nuts when they told me I'd miss being pregnant. I had a very great, easy pregnancy (past 1st trimester) and actually even enjoyed being pregnant. But how can it possibly be any better than THIS???? Sleep deprivation?? Pfff, I don't even notice when I see that sweet little face!!

Coming home from the hospital :)

Friday, September 10, 2010

Birth Story

I had my 41 week appointment on Tuesday and after a lot of weighing our options, I let the dr talk me into being induced. I'm still a little surprised at my decision actually, considering how terrified and dead set I was against induction and/or c/s.

So we checked into the hospital on Wednesday morning at 7am. I had tested GBS positive, so they started the penicillin drip right away and doc came in to break my water around 8am. 9am they started the pitocin. I was already contracting before we checked in, started having contractions tuesday evening and all through the night. So the pitocin really got things in gear. After 6 hours of active labor I was still only dilated to a 3. In the 7th hour, I began experiencing very very painful contractions and was still determined to go naturally, though at that point I was literally in tears. I was really concentrating on my breathing and trying different labor positions to help ease the pain. Within like 10 minutes, the pain was over the top and I could no longer communicate with anyone. Suddenly it felt like I was in a completely different mental state, coping with that sort of pain was just absolutely unimaginable. I could hear the nurse asking me if I had reconsidered and wanted to try meds and explained my options to me. I could not imagine giving in, so she checked me and I was at 5cm. I realized there was just no way I could continue only being halfway through labor in that much pain. Mike asked if I wanted an epidural and I just nodded. Apparently what only took 10-15 minutes, to me felt like a lifetime. (I don't think I had opened my eyes in over an hour) I must have dilated more in that 10-15 minute window. I felt the blood gushing (sorry tmi) and I suddenly had the huge urge to push. All while being told I had to stay completely STILL. It took every single last drop of energy I had to not scream and to lay perfectly still. I'm pretty sure I was shaking uncontrollably and sobbing. It took a few contractions for the epidural to kick in. The nurse checked me as soon as it kicked in and I was fully dilated at that point.

I was thinking man, if I had just waited 10 more minutes I'd have been fully dilated and pushing med free. But the nurse and Mike told me that they think I dilated so fast because I finally was able to relax after a couple of hours of really hard labor. It took me just over an hour of pushing and Jocelyn Grace was born at 5:24pm.

I have NO regrets. I gave it my best shot and made it the majority of the way med free. I'm not so sure that if I had access to classes and practiced breathing all day everyday that it would have been much easier for me. I DID notice, though, that when I was actually able to concentrate on breathing, the pain was a tiny bit better. Concentrating on anything other than getting through the pain was the tough part :-)

I'm pretty jacked up down there but it was ALL so worth it. I had no idea you could be SOOOO in love with one tiny little being. She's amazing!!! And she's such a content little baby!

I also did not realize just HOW much more I could love my husband. Watching this proud new daddy melts my heart and she is already a daddy's little girl.

Cute story: The second we pulled into the driveway Mike got the carseat out and said let's see if the neighbors are home! Walked across the grass and rang their doorbell to show the baby off before we even unlocked the front door! LOL I was totally cracking up, it was seriously the cutest thing ever. Daddy is very proud of his little girl. :)

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Jocelyn Grace

I have no energy to write up the whole story tonight, but just wanted to update with a couple of pics.

Jocelyn Grace was born at 5:24 pm at 8lbs exactly and 19". I'm madly in love :-)



Monday, September 6, 2010

40 + 5

And she's still not here! :-) lol

Thursday, September 2, 2010

1 day past due!

At Cabelas with mom and mike this evening. Walking around didn't seem to have much affect :-)