Wednesday, November 30, 2011

1 Month

My baby is one month old already!  OH and she's a super chunk. Her 1 month check up was today and she weighs almost 11lbs! That's 2lbs gained since she was born.  Sheesh!

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Things have been crazy and I've pretty much been running on Hadley time.  The only time I get anything done is when she's sleeping, so I apologize for the lack of posts.  Luckily, she is a wonderful sleeper at night *knock on wood*.  She consistantly sleeps 5-6hrs straight at night (and then 3 more after that) and this weekend she slept for 8 hrs straight! It was nuts, but I'm not complaining :)

She may have been extra sleepy from all the visitors we had over this weekend.  Both of our families came over for Thanksgiving! It was nice and I think Mr. Gibson especially liked the attention.

With someone else here, we were FINALLY able to take our first family photo!
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Hurrah!

But yeah.. I've been trying to figure out how to get back to life on my new baby schedule.  Gibson has been neglected, but he is being a good boy about it and not complaining too much.  I used to wake up with Gibson whenever the sun came up.  Fed him, hopped my computer, walked him, then ate breakfast and got ready for the day.  NOW, I wake up whenever Hadley wakes me up, change her, feed her, put her back to bed, let Gibson out, and then hand the monitor off to Ben before he has to go to work.  This is when I try to walk the dog.  It sometimes works out and sometimes doesn't.  The past few days it hasn't worked out :(

But I am trying to make things work! Yesterday, I took Hadley for an afternoon walk w/Gibson in our Ergo Carrier and today I took her for a walk with us in her stroller when we got back from the doctors!  I felt so accomplished to do something out of the house without Ben.  It's the little things, people ;)

So, life has been crazy, but slowly getting a little easier.  Still can't complain much :)  I love my fatty dog and fatty baby!

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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Brother Love

This week, Ben went back to work so I have been alone w/my two kids for most of the day.  It was pretty tough at first.  I've had to change a lot of my normal routines.  I find myself rushing around trying to get things done (that used to seem simple) whenever Hadley decides to sleep for 5 minutes ;)   Things like showering, cooking dinner and (unfortunately for him) walking Gibson are now big accomplishments for me.

Luckily, I have a little helper...

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I keep finding Gibson hovering around wherever Hadley is sleeping.  The cutest is when he looks over the couch into her pack-n-play to check on her..

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He also randomly runs up the stairs into her room when she's sleeping in her crib.   Such a good big brother for being oh so terribly neglected by his mommy.

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I guess he thinks this little face is worth it too ;)

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Kong Cozies!

Gibson was sent a new fun toy from Kong to check out a few weeks ago, called a Kong Cozie.

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It arrived the day after we got home from the hospital, so it was great timing since Gibson was feeling pretty neglected ;)

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What is it?  Basically a super duper soft plush dog toy, that squeaks and has an extra thick layer of material underneath the softness to make it more durable.

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What do I think?  I love how soft it is!  And the extra material makes it feel pretty neat when you squeak it.. sort of like there is a layer of gel.. Not sure how to explain it :)

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What does Gibson think?  He really likes it!  We play fetch and tug w/it and also wrestle w/it!    He loves attacking it like it's a real animal and he's on the prowl ;)

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How's it holding up two weeks later?  Sad to say his head has been de-stuffed :(   I believe this is because only the body part of the toy has the extra durable layer.   I'm sure Gibson will still find some fun in it though.  Especially since the squeaker is protected by the thick layer.. and  I think the soft fur will be fun for him for quite a while!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Calendar Corgi of the Month: Finley!

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on the wall

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on my screen

Miss November

Name: Finley
Blog: The Corgi Chronicles
Corgi Parents:Sam


Finley Cuteness:






November Calendar Ideas
(it's a great time to take those photos for next year's calendar!)

- Fall
- Thanksgiving
- Leaves
- Pumpkins


Note: Every month I'll be featuring the corgi of the month on the "Corgis (with blogs) Calendar" and giving tips on the types of photos I'll be looking for for the current month next year.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Corgi Kisses

Told ya he loves her..

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And we caught it on film!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Hadley's Story

My darling daughter is 1 week old!

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Time is flying and I have lost track of what day it is.  I never know if it's the weekend or a week day.   My days consist of breast feeding, changing diapers and juggling getting rest and getting some chores done.   Luckily, Ben's mom helped to take care of us the first week, which was so helpful!  Very nice to have someone cook and clean and shop for you!  

I suppose I should back up though and tell you a little about her birth..

So, I flew through my pregnancy w/o any complications whatsoever UNTIL week 38.   I went to my normal weekly checkup and my blood pressure was way high.   They were concerned so they had my do a 24 hour urine collection (lots of fun) and then come back the next day to do blood work.  We were told if those labs didn't come back clear I would be induced the next day.  Luckily, they were normal, so I was good for another week and was told to 'take it easy' so my blood pressure would lower.  This was a little bit hard, since the St. Louis Cardinals were in the World Series!   You may remember that they are Ben's favorite team, so we are a bit invested in the games.  Haha, anyways...

My next appointment was the next Wednesday (10/26) and my blood pressure was higher than the week before.  My doctor sent me to the hospital (!!)  to be monitored and if my blood pressure didn't lower, I'd be induced that day!   We were freaking out, but 3 boring hours later, my blood pressure was normal and we were sent home and told to follow up on Friday.

You may have guessed that my blood pressure was high again for that appointment.  My doctor said "Let's call it a day" and I was sent to the hospital to be induced (for real).

To speed up this story, I was put on Pitocin for 12 hours and no progress was really made.  This at least let us watch game 7 of the World Series w/o me being in much pain :)   (Cardinals won!)    I was having lots of contractions, but they were not very painful and weren't moving things along like they were supposed to.   So after the game (I think my doc waited til it was over on purpose haha), they took me off of that and switched me to a different drug, which they said could take 16 hours and may or may not work!!  This was not fun news to hear at all and we wondered why were in the hospital if my body was not ready.

Well, this drug did work.  And it worked in a big way.   I woke up around 2 or 3 in the morning with my first "real" contraction.   I had a nurse come in and ask if I was ok because my contractions were only 2 minutes apart already.   They didn't hurt THAT bad yet, so I said I was.  Then, at 6am, I asked to use the bathroom and when I came out, my water broke.   That is when the contractions started to become unbearable.   They were almost non stop and at a pain level of about 9.  I called Ben around 7:30 crying in pain and told him to get back to the hospital.   Around 8:30 I broke down and asked for an epidural (I was planning on going w/o, but the pain was too much for me to handle).  Unfortunately, it takes 45 minutes to order the epidural so I'd be in pain for a bit longer.   As soon as I got it though, I felt the need to push (I went from 1-2 cm to 8-9 cm in just an hour!).  It had barely kicked in when I started to push at around 9:30am.  

And then, at 10:09am, this little miracle happened:DSC_3303

They asked me to reach down and pull her on my chest and we stayed that way for a long time to bond.  They thought she was "sooo big" and she was!  Almost 9lbs!!  We could not believe it.  We thought that since Ben and I are both kind of small, she'd be a small baby, but nope!   I don't know how she fit inside me or made her way out of me! lol

Since then, she's been the love of our lives.   She's such an angel.DSC_0816 DSC_0815 DSC_0842BW DSC_3389 DSC_3381

An eating, pooping, peeing, crying, angel ;)

And how is Gibson doing?  DSC_3366

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He loves her.  The first thing he did after he gave me a billion kisses and got his "big brother gift" was give her kisses all over.   He's been more protective of the house than usual too.  And whenever someone new holds her, he has to supervise.

It has been hard not being able to give him as much attention as usual.  Very hard.  I have cried about it a few times this week.  But, hopefully, we'll be able to get back into a somewhat normal routine.  I got to take him for a walk for the first time this morning while Hadley was still sleeping :)

And that is the story of Hadley's first week of life.  There is not much to complain about when you have this face to look at every day :)

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Hadley Grace

Hadley Grace was born October 29, 2011 at 10:09 a.m.  She weighed a whopping 8lbs 13.1oz and measured 20 inches long.  We are all doing wonderfully :)

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Will update you w/more details once I get the time! So in love :)
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