Saturday, November 23, 2013

Almost Done? Maybe?

Remember my whole spiel about planning and how we can try our best, but unexpected things generally come up and can prevent us from completing "the plans"?  I had really high hopes for this past week...really high.  And then those came crashing down when Ava got sick over the past weekend.  She was sick from Saturday-Tuesday...throwing up, not able to eat, etc.  When I took her to the doctor, it was determined she had a stomach bug, and the only thing they could do for her was to give her anti-nausea medicine.

Out of the two of us, I'm generally the one who is like "Eh, it's a cold....or a virus.  She'll get over it.  No need to panic."  Scott's the one that will generally get worked up first and worried.  And it's good how we balance each other out.  But, Ava lost several pounds over those few days, and the sight of how skinny she was really scared me. That's probably the most worried I have been for her in the last five years.  BUT, it's all good now.  She was at home with me and Garrett on Monday and Tuesday, and then was back to her normal, chattering self for the rest of the week.  The only residual thing that we're dealing with it the couch...she threw up on it.  Yuck.  So, on Monday, we have an appointment for a upholstery cleaning - and they needed to be cleaned anyway, so in the end, it all worked out ok.  Can't wait to have our nice, clean couches back!

So, that was one wrench in the plans.  The other was that last Sunday I think I had a mini-baby blues episode.  I had no motivation to do anything, and didn't even really want to talk to anyone.  Maybe I was just tired.  I don't know.  But, I do know that nothing was going to get done with that state of mind.  Thank goodness it was short lived...I snapped out of it pretty quickly when I had to step up and get Ava to the doctor.  And then the rest of the week was a whirlwind of shuffling boxes and trying to get daycare set up for G (no luck yet. YIKES!)

Scott's hunting this weekend (I am a pretty nice wife for letting him leave guilt-free when he has a newborn at home - and a house/garage full of things that need to be unpacked and moved.)  The good news is that he got a deer last night, so he's coming home tomorrow morning, and already has plans to make us pancakes!  And once he's home, I'm leaving for a bit to run some errands and take a bit of "me" time.  It hasn't been a bad weekend though...Ava and I rented Monsters University last night, I had a nice long chat with a good friend who's been on vacation, and I also managed to get the study boxes a bit more organized so we can start working on that room.  In the process I discovered another TWELVE boxes for the kitchen.  What??  I'm kinda thinking that if we didn't miss the stuff for the last 6 months, we might not miss it...permanently. 

Ava and I worked on her room for several hours this morning, and we are going through each box of toys and books to see what we should keep and what we should donate.  She's doing pretty well with the donation idea, so that pleases me. We've seriously got an awesome donation pile right now.  Feels pretty good!

My parents are coming to town on Tuesday, so it'll be great to have an extra few hands around the house.  Oh, and of course, I'm sure they'd like to meet Garrett and see the new digs! :)  Scott's already got my dad lined up for some projects...assembling our new kitchen table/chairs, working on a part for G's crib (poor little guy is still in the pack n play until Scott can get that broken piece fabricated for the crib!) and probably enjoying some beers. :)

For me, I'm hoping my mom will provide me some encouragement to get the rest of these boxes unpacked.  Or at least most of them!  It appears there's only so much time in the day, though...I can't imagine why Scott doesn't want me unpacking our last three boxes for our bedroom at 3am.  I'm awake...why isn't he?  Ha!

Garrett's still doing great...sometimes he goes a few hours without eating, and sometimes, it's on the hour that he gets hungry.  I'm trying to figure out when he'll get more into a routine.  But, until then, I'm his beck-and-call cow...moooooo!

Enjoying some of the caramel apple cookies we made together...SO good!

Love this little cake the hospital gave us after Garrett was born

Getting used to holding G - only once did he roll off her lap...

Love this little monkey!

So I worked on unpacking those twelve kitchen boxes tonight...and this was the end result of unwrapping all of the glassware.  OMG!  What a mess!

So. Much. Stuff. 
TOO much stuff!

Serious moment between big sister and little brother

That serious moment didn't last long...I had to step in before things went horribly wrong here!

Right now, Ava and I are watching Tangled, and G is dealing with a big case of the hiccups.  Last night I was in bed by 10pm, so let's see how late I make it tonight. :)

Sunday, November 17, 2013

The New Norm

Soooo...we were going to move our household this past Tuesday, but Scott decided to bite the bullet and move the majority of our items (with help from family and friends) over the previous weekend instead.  I was not prepared for a move that was taking place 3 days early, so didn't get to pack everything up as well as I had wanted to...but that's ok!  It is DONE!  I finished cleaning up our rental on Thursday, and Scott got the last of the items out of the garage on Friday afternoon.  Scott met with the owners this weekend to give back the keys, and we'll even be getting money back from our half-month rental. 

That means that the last of our 2013 big changes are complete!  We had a new baby AND moved into a new house, all within a few weeks of each other.  We survived and didn't get too irritated with each other in the process - woooohoooooo!

So, how about an update on things?

Garrett: What a sweet, sweet baby!  He's letting me sleep for a few hours at a time during the night...which doesn't sound like much, but it's better than being up every hour.  He's a pretty good eater, LOVES to be held and snuggled, and is starting to track more items with his eyes.  I love it when he's awake (and not crying) so I can get in some good face time with him.  I enjoy watching him look at me, and take in my features.  I am so glad that Garrett has joined our family - it feels complete now.  Without a doubt, I can say that he is my little (guardian) angel, and I can't imagine what the last year would have been like had we/he not been preparing to join our family. 

Ava: She's doing great in school!  She's moving onto the next level of reading, and is doing well at writing phonetically. Ms. Meister enjoys having her in her class...and we couldn't be more pleased with how she is performing!  She's getting used to having a sibling, but...she's made a few comments lately that makes me think she's feeling a bit neglected.  In truth, we've had to split the parenting duties over the last week.  Scott hasn't spent much time with Garrett and I haven't spent much time with sucks, but until we start bottle feeding, G and I are pretty much attached at the hip.  But, that too shall pass...

Ava had a birthday party for her Maple Tree BFF yesterday...she was so excited to see Ellie (and Lydia, her sister.)  And it was wonderful to see Ellie's mom again - she's one of those people that makes everything look easy.  And she is very laid back about things.  After I left their place I realized that I need more people like her in my life.  I'm a, high strung, so I need people that can balance me out and bring me back down to normal levels.  I have a feeling that more changes are coming soon!

House:  Oh, how I love this house!  We are living with stacks of boxes and piles of things and have no idea where so many things are (drinking glasses?  haven't seen them in months!  dog bowls?  hm, no clue where they might be!) BUT, I still love this place.  Things are a bit slow to get unpacked as my mornings are busy getting Ava ready for school and the driving her to SSP.  This past week we've had a lot of appointments and phone calls for both the house and Garrett, so that has also taken a good chunk of my time.  Plus, I have my little snuggle buddy who wants to be in my arms all the, slow going is the norm.  However, this coming week I need to kick it into high gear and get moving!  The holidays will be here shortly and we want to have everything pretty much done by then.
We've had a few different neighbors stop over to welcome us to the neighborhood - people are very friendly here, and I'm looking forward to settling into our new community and learning more about the area. 

Yesterday, I was in a wedding (bridesmaid) for one of my college friends.  I wasn't sure how everything was going to work since I was part of the wedding party, and Garrett had to go wherever I was going.  It actually went much better than I thought it was going to...G slept for 85% of the time, so we had a chance to socialize with adults.  But after 9 hours of being away from home, he let us know when it was time to leave last night. And we were both ok with that...we were exhausted by 9pm!

I'm grateful for everything that we've encountered over the past year (well, maybe not the sad things,  - and there were definitely a few heartbreakers), because it has forced us to make big decisions and continue to work hard for where we currently are in our lives.  November is a month were I usually write a "daily gratitude" and post it on Facebook, but this year there is so much to be grateful for that I didn't feel I could isolate it to one thing per day.  As someone advised me last month, "It just keeps getting better!"

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Welcome Garrett!

Well, what did I say earlier about plans...and how God likes to laugh at them?  Yep, that's right - the timeline that I had laid out previously was disrupted (in a very good way) just 48 hours later.

On Monday night, around 11pm, I woke up and realized things were a bit...wet.  I didn't realize it at that time, but my water had broken.  I went back to sleep - or tried to...but then I noticed that I was having semi-regular contractions.  So, for an hour I monitored them, and around 2am, called the hospital.  They advised I called my doctor...which I did, who then told me to go to the hospital for evaluation.  We packed up the car, dropped off Ava at Grandma Deb and Grandpa Whitey's house, and headed to the other side of town.  It's amazing how much faster the drive is when there is no other traffic on the road!

Once at the hospital (3am), they evaluated me, and much to my dismay, I was still only 1cm dilated. They were going to send me home...but, they checked to see if my water had broken, and because it had (all of a sudden, that extra fluid at 11pm made sense), they were forced to admit me.  YEAH!  I ended up walking around the delivery room for 45 minutes, and then got my epidural (6:30am at this time.)  I had done "GREAT work", and was then dilated to 6 cm.  And then 7cm, very quickly.  The nurse advised that we would most likely have the baby around lunchtime.  (Scott and I looked at each other and laughed.  She had no idea who she was dealing with, clearly.)  Next time the nurse checked, I was at a stage 2, which means the next stage was BABY OUT!  My doctor (yay, it was MY doctor on call, not another doc from the clinic) barely made it in time.  I had three hard contractions, pushed with everything I had, and out came our little guy.  The umbilical cord was wrapped around his shoulders, so they had to take care of that, but other than that, everything went very, very smoothly.

I cannot imagine how hard it would be to push for hours - I was tired after my 10 minutes of pushing.  Also, I heard one of the nurses say, "Did you see how relieved she was once he was out??"  (Um yes, because now I can breathe again, and eat full meals, no longer pregnant!)  Oh, and the epidural didn't fully have time to take effect, so I felt the pain a bit more with this delivery.  But, hey, 10 minutes of pushing, with some pain, is STILL an awesome delivery story, and I will not complain!

Here are the stats for our new little man: Garrett Douglas - 10/29/2013 - 7:25am - 7lbs, 4oz - 21" long
Garrett's healthy, doesn't cry as much as Ava did (YEAH!), and I'm already loving this little guy more than I thought possible.  His jaundice levels were a little high, so I took him in on Friday for an additional check, and now they don't think there is anything to be concerned with.  Whew...

We stayed in the hospital just until early evening on Wednesday, and then headed home.  Ava stayed with Grandma and Grandpa on Wednesday night (we did stop by to see them before going home) so we could try to figure out the best sleeping arrangement for the next few weeks.  Little G and I are out in the living room (so I can be at his beck and call throughout the night :) ) while Ava and Scott are staying in the master bedroom.  Let's just say that 2 of the 4 of us are getting decent sleep, while the other 2 are definitely not.  But, that's to be expected, and since I'm no longer working, I can catch up (kinda) during the day.

A nurse called to check in on me on Thursday, and she informed me that babies are designed to be more hungry at night, as moms produce more milk during that time.  Who, on God's green earth, designed that plan?!?  But, each night is getting better, and this weekend, Scott was able to relieve me of duties each morning, so I've been able to get 2 hours of uninterrupted sleep each morning...and I will never, ever take my own bed for granted again.  And a dark room.  And silence. :)

So, with all of that thrown in several days early, we missed a few things that we had planned  Most of them could be rescheduled, like our house walkthrough.  We completed that on Thursday evening, and now have our final walkthrough scheduled for next Thursday.  Closing is still scheduled for Friday, and then we'll start moving stuff in over the weekend, with the movers doing the big stuff the following week.

We also have Ava's first conferences this coming Wednesday night, and then no school for Ava on Thursday or Friday.  She'll be going to the Kids Choice program on those two days, which I know she'll like.  While I'm off of work, she isn't going to the before-school Kids Choice program, so we've got some extra time in the morning to fight about socks, shoes, waffles, etc.  Just another adjustment that we are working through!

Pre-delivery, ready to go!

Welcome to the world, little guy!

Not so happy to be out of his warm and cozy home. 
I did hear the nurse say the umbilical cord was a good one - good to know! 

Love that skin-to-skin contact with my new baby boy

Meeting his Godmother, Emilie

He's a great sleeper...during the day...

The list that helped us stay on track :)

Happy Dad!

Heading home

"Heavy Duty Truck Repair"

Look at those skinny little arms!

Oh yes, we needed to fit Trick or Treating in there, too...Ava went as the bride, Rapunzel.  Scott took her around the neighborhood for an hour, and couldn't believe how much candy she came home with.

Proud big sis!

Snuggly with the monkeys

Looks like we have a thumb sucker

The Winfields stopped in to meet G...Isabel did great holding him!

Not in your eye, silly boy!

One of these boys is happy...

Soooo....yeah.  It's been a busy week.  But, at least we've got some things checked off our list (haha) and can focus on the house/move next.  Looking forward to seeing what the next few weeks hold in store for us!