Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Week 2 Update

I'm a little late with this update - Sawyer is somehow 3 weeks old tomorrow, but I was too busy over the weekend laying in bed doing nothing. We all were.



We have been fortunate enough to have had visitors pretty much every day since Sawyer was born so this was really the first weekend it was just the three of us.  We took full advantage of some quality family time!



We took Sawyer to the doctor last Friday for her 2 week check up. She was 6.5 lbs and 21 1/8 inches long. That was a huge jump in height, she is now in about the 75th percentile. She is less than 10 percentile for weight, but the doctor said as long as she is gaining weight, she is happy.


After the doctor, we went by Barry's office...


Since she gained weight we no longer have to wake her to eat. She was doing really well waking up on her own every 3-4 hours day and night, but that stopped today.  I started this post while I was up at 4 am last night hanging out with a WIDE awake baby.


She had been awake pretty much all day, would only sleep if I was holding her and woke up as soon as I put her down. Not so fun for mom! Although I am loving all the cuddling, I don't want her to get used to this!  But today...she seems to be back to her old self, sleeping in her swing...


Becky & Cora and our friends Kristin & Julia came to visit last week.  I didn't get a picture because trying to capture 3 babies is nearly impossible.  But, they brought her TONS of their hand me down clothes so we did some dressing up!



Thanks girls!  And, Sawyer got a package from my work - she is ready to go to some Cougar games!! How cute are those Nikes???


Sawyer also took her first nap in her crib.  She normally sleeps in her bassinet by our bed or her swing or bouncy seat, but I thought I would see how she liked her crib.  I think she liked it...even though she looks totally lost!


We also had Sawyer's newborn pictures taken.  Barry's cousin Kim came to our house and did an AWESOME job photographing Sawyer.


Barry and I are getting the hang of things.  He is more than happy to take over as soon as he gets home so I can get some last minute Christmas errands, wrapping and what not done.


I will post some more of her newborn ones next time - there were so many good ones!

I have not stepped foot in the kitchen since Sawyer was born, when our moms were here they did a lot of cooking for us and some of our friends have brought us dinner recently, which is very much appreciated!  I think I might venture back in there tonight though, so hopefully I will have recipes again in the near future!

We are looking forward to spending the weekend with our families for Sawyer's first Christmas.  She has lots of relatives to meet still!

I need to go work on my Christmas cards...which are slowly turning into New Year's cards...

Merry Christmas from us and our little Christmas miracle who we are falling more in love with every day...

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Sawyer's First Week at Home

It's hard to believe that this time last week we were bringing Sawyer home from the hospital.  This week has flown by...partly because we are sleep deprived, but partly because its been so fun being a mom - even at 3 am.  She is already 9 days old!

She has had quite the busy week.

She met her Uncle Adam, Aunt Melissa and her cousin Abigail...



And her great grandma, Mimi (this one is from today - she already looks older to me!)



She had her first trip to the doctor...


She weighed 6 pounds.  Almost back up to her birth weight, and the doctor said he color looked good so we didn't have to do another blood test for jaundice - we are just watching her until we go back on Friday.

Had her first bath...



Did some sun bathing...


And LOTS of sleeping.  In her swing...


In her bouncy chair...


And on her daddy's chest - her favorite place.  The feeling is VERY mutual!



She is such a sweet baby.


She hardly cries, except for when she is cold or hungry.  And she smiles all the time!  Mostly in her sleep - this is one of my favorite pictures!


She is a great sleeper at night too.  We have to wake her every 3-4 hours to feed her.


As for the rest of us, Lori is getting used to everything...


And still wanting all of our attention and being crazy!


I am feeling pretty good.  Sawyer and I are working to get the nursing thing down.  It has taken us a while. I posted last week that she was doing a good job nursing and using a bottle - I lied.  She was getting spoiled by the bottle so we are working on that - but she is getting MUCH better!  She hasn't had a bottle in almost 2 days - which means Barry gets to sleep at night!  I feel like I am almost back to normal.  I even got my old jeans on yesterday - by no means were they buttoned, but they were on!  I have taken a couple quick trips to Target and even went to the mall for about an hour today with my mom, sister and grandma.  Barry has been great and loves to keep Sawyer by himself so I can have some time to myself.  I am itching to start doing some walking and being active again - but its waaaaay too cold to take a newborn outside.  Hoping it will warm up a little this week.

All in all I would say our first week has been pretty successful!  I just can't believe its already come and gone.  Here's to another good week!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Sawyer's Birthday Part 2

We had quite a party for Sawyer's birthday!  Barry and I are so fortunate to live close enough to our families that they were all able to come and visit us in the hospital and meet Sawyer.  Friday was filled with lots of visitors for this lucky little girl...


Three of her four great grandmothers came to see her - the fourth is coming to visit her this weekend!

Wita 
Granny
Grandma
All of her aunts were there...

Aunt Tammy
Aunt Cara
Aunt Becky
Aunt Brie
And her cousins...

Brody - Blake was asleep in the car so I didn't get a picture
Cora
And her uncles...

Uncle Mike
Uncle Derek
And then there was Friday night.  We hung out for a while, just the three of us, for the first time.


And then the nurse came in to tell us that Sawyer had a Coombs positive blood test - which in a nutshell means that she will get jaundice and it will happen quickly.  It's not a big deal and is a result of us having different blood types.  But it did require treatment that night.  So she had to spend the night under phototherapy lights in the NICU.  It was so hard leaving her in there.  But, Barry went and rented us some movies and bought me some candy (always makes me feel better!) and we settled in for the night.




We were allowed to visit her whenever we wanted to and we could go there or they would bring her to us every 3 hours to feed her.  We also had to start supplementing her diet with formula, which has actually turned out to be a blessing in disguise.  Barry is able to feed Sawyer and she is learning to take a bottle as well as nurse - and she is doing great!


After all of her tests came back ok on Saturday morning we were able to take our little girl home!


I have tons of pictures from her first week at home, she has had more visitors and lots of firsts - but I will save those for another post...its cuddle time!

Monday, December 5, 2011

And then there were three...

This year I got the best belated birthday present I could have ever gotten...Sawyer decided (with a little help from the doctors) to make her grand entrance!  So I will start from the beginning.

Barry and I left for the hospital last Wednesday night around 12:30 am.  My parents and sister Brie had come up that evening after work, so we left them at our house and made the trip to the hospital.  Here are my very last pregnancy pics at 39 weeks - including Lori of course...taken at midnight...hence the super tired look!



It was very surreal knowing that we would be going as two and leaving as three.  I was super emotional on the way there...mostly scared of the unknown of what I was about to go through...we said a prayer for our new family and a healthy baby girl and headed in.

It was 3 am by the time we were done getting all settled in and I was hooked up to all the machines so we tried to get some sleep - I was a little bit more successful than Barry was because I had the help of a sleeping pill!

Around 4:30 am the nurse came in and started the Pitocin to get labor started.  I slept through most of that too and didn't wake up until about 7:30 when the doctor came in to break my water.  And then we waited...

I got an epidural around 8:30 that morning - I got it early because it was then or wait for a while.  The anesthesiologist had some schedule c-sections so I needed to get it in between her surgeries.  And we waited some more...

There was a little of this...


and some of this...


and visiting with family that had come to see us.  How cute is this "I love Sawyer" shirt that Becky made for Cora??


I started pushing around 1:00.  Here is the before:


And about 40 minutes later...


The whole thing went so quickly and I didn't feel a thing.  It was so much easier and less scary that I had anticipated.  

Sawyer Beth Boening was born at 1:39 pm weighing 6 pounds 2 ounces and measuring 18.5 inches in length.  She is so perfect!  


We spent the next couple hours hanging out as a family and being in awe of the miracle that is our baby girl.  She got to meet her grandparents...



Her Aunts Becky and Brie...



And her cousin Cora...who isn't quite sure what to think of her!


So far Sawyer has been a great baby, and Barry is an even better daddy!  I couldn't ask for a better dad for my daughter.


I have so many more pictures and the rest of the story of our hospital stay to document.  Sawyer is one lucky girl - we had tons of family come to visit us her in the hospital but right now its my turn to snuggle her so they will have to wait until tomorrow!