Saturday, March 29, 2008

There's Nothing Like a Little Sheep Grease

I love having my hubby home, not only does he help with the kids, he provides me with tons of entertainment. Like today:

"Is your nipple grease pure lanolin?"
"Ummmm . . . yes--why?"
"I was reading on my music forum and it says that pure lanolin makes a great slide lube."

So here he is greasing his horn with Lanisoh in preparation for church tomorrow.

We're finding out the hard way that Lydia and caffiene don't mix. I had a coke last night for dinner and she was up from 2-6am. I had coffee this morning to deal with the fact that she kept me up from 2-6am and she has been screaming and up all day. Hopefully she will sleep tonight. This reminds me of how life was with Elijah!! He never slept! The only thing that makes her happy is being slung (and being walked around--can't sit still today). Here she is this afternoon helping me with laundry.

Here she is this morning helping me just hang around.

Can I just say how much I LOVE my maya wrap??!! I love the pouch for quick trips--just pop her in. I love the Mai-Tai for the park--two straps, extra security! But I love the Maya when they are small and one shoulder is all you need to carry them. You can back, carry, front carry, forward face or face it. It is so versitile! My midwife from Elijah's birth gave us this one and we used it with him. Now that I am a slinging expert (ha ha) I have jumped right into it again.

And finally--since every other memeber is represented--here is a picture of how Elijah spent his morning. Finger painting!! We have a rainy day here and we broke out the play-dough, markers and fingerpaints to keep him occupied. Afterwards he "helped" by washing his brushes and cups in the sink while I cleaned up the kitchen from his artistic explosion.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Go Heels!

Today is Lydia's Two Week Birthday!! Yeah! Things are going well so far. She isn't doing super at night the past couple of nights but she is doing better than Elijah was. I am also a lot less hesistant to make Justin help me this go around!!
I think I may have to go back to pumping before nursing because she just isn't doing well with the latch and it is killing me. She'll pop on and off for 15 minutes before really settling down and nursing. If she is tired, she won't want to nurse at all. The only thing I can figure is that she isn't liking the fast flow. We are going to try pumping at the next few feedings and overnight and see if that helps out. If any of you LLL people have any other advice or ideas I would love to hear it. I already have over 60 ounces of breastmilk in my freezer and am not too keen on adding to the stash!
Here's a cute video of Elijah this morning. He wore his Tarheel jersey and shorts to celebrate the Heel's advancement into the elite eight!

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Dr. Appointment

No new pics because the camera is in the car and I am too tired to go and get it! The kids had a Dr. appt yesterday. Elijah got two shots and spent the better part of the evening crying because his legs were sore. He was truly pitiful. Then he spent from 11-1am throwing up and woke up this morning pitiful and feverish. He is napping now with a hefty dose of advil to help with those legs and the fever. My poor little man! At least we dalayed vaxes so now he can tell me it hurts and I don't have to guess. It was awful when he was 8 months old and couldn't tell me how much it hurt.

EJ was a champ at the doctor. He got his blood pressure taken for the first time. He also stood on the scale and let the nurse measure him. He was 30 lbs and 34.75 inches tall. What a big boy!! He has grown over an inch since our last appointment three months ago.

Lydia did great. Apart from a belly button hernia she is perfect. The doctor said the hernia is really common, her's is small and doesn't hurt her and that we should just wait and see if it closes on its own. She is at her birth weight again--not the big gainer like Elijah was--and is healthy all around. She is now just over 20 inches long so she has grown an inch since being born. He said that she would probably gain slower than Elijah because she is a girl and because she started out bigger. I am not worried--as long as she keeps having 10 diapers a day I know she is healthy. She is a good nurser too, just not as frequent as Elijah.

Lydia has been doing great with the eat-wake-sleep schedule for the most part. We had three really good nights where she would nurse and then go to sleep. Last night she decided that she wanted to get up at 3am though. UGH!! After being up with Elijah until 1am I was not ready to start my day!! She was so grouchy too--crying and nothing could console her. At 5am I went and got Justin for his turn with the fuss-meister. He got her to sleep and we slept until 7:30am. Ahhh--I remember these days with Elijah. Fun times!! At least she seems to be getting the hang of things better and this go around the crying doesn't make me cry. I can already tell her pain cry from her grouchy cry from her hungry cry so it is easy to ignore the grouchy cry and just try and console her.

I am loving the schedule thing though. We went to dinner last ngiht with my mom and brother and sil and they called us at noon. I was able to say with confidence that we could meet them at 6pm because I knew when she would be hungry and I knew she would be sleeping then. I never had that kind of assurance with Elijah. It is wonderful!! Lydia is so happy too--when she is awake she is generally cheerful and content. I love Baby Wise!!

Monday, March 24, 2008

Sometimes . . .

you just feel like a supermom. Today I've gotten up, got both kids dressed and fed, got to the gym at 8:15, worked out, showered, fed both kids a snack, taken the kids to Walmart to get their picture made, picked up some groceries at Walmart, put Lydia down for a nap and fed EJ lunch (myself too), got EJ down for a nap and fed Lydia and am now sitting here waiting for the siding estimator to show up and the midwife to come at 2pm. I haven't had to deal with a crying spell or a temper tantrum all day!

I know soon this will feel like nothing as far as the mommy accomplishments go but today I feel like supermom.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Happy Easter!!!

We didn't do the "Easter Bunny" but mommy and daddy did get EJ some Easter Presents to celebrate Jesus' resurrection. He was excited and had gummy bugs as a pre-breakfast snack. Elijah told me "Jesus not dead. I go to heaven." We've been reading the Easter story all week. Here he is with his "new" Easter puppet (Mommy got this Easter puppet every year in her Easter basket!). He had a blast feeding the bunny while Lydia nursed this morning. It's a good thing Mommy is so talented, I nursed Lydia and used my other hand to animate the puppet. It was fun.
Lydia didn't think much of the puppet or her Easter dress and shoes. Boy oh Boy did she protest the little dress. Hopefully she will like it better tomorrow when she wears it to get her picture made at Walmart.
My handsome children--all dressed up for Easter services. The family shot. Justin is in a tux because there is a special program at church this morning. He is playing the french horn and the trumpet. The service was fantastic and he played very well! I am so proud of my handsome, talented man.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Ahhh. . . .Saturday

Today has to be close to perfect. The weather is beautiful--75 degrees and sunny and slightly breezy--I got to nap with my daughter in my arms for 2 hours--my hubby and little boy are getting filthy cleaning the garage and planting beans in the garden. It doesn't get any better than this!

Here's some shots from the day--an Easter Egg hunt this morning (more like an Easter Egg roundup--the eggs weren't hidden)--Lydia reading the paper--Elijah helping in the garden.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Milk Drunk Cutie Pie-1 week old

A Little Update . . .

Today is Lydia's One Week Birthday!! I will try and post some more pictures later. My MIL took a bunch of cute ones yesterday with her camera--I am going to have to steal the memory card to get them.

Ahhh--Life is good. This schedule thing is awesome! I wish I had known about Baby Wise with Elijah. I think he would have been a happier baby. Lydia still isn't doing well at night, but the days are a breeze. I know when she is hungry, when she is sleepy and when she is crying just because. It is wonderful! She is just meshing wonderfully into the family routine. She even participated in our "Bible Time" last night with Elijah. For two nights now we have had both kids upstairs asleep in their cribs by 8:30. That gives us a whole 30 minutes of couple time before I pass out!

Lydia is doing great. We are trying to go today without pumping and see if she can handle the flow--I have noticed it is decreasing. We've got 2 nursings down and so far so good. The little bit of reflux gagging she seemed to have the first day or two seems to be gone. Of course, she nurses and then is up and playing so she isn't laying down so I think that also helps a lot.

Wednesday we made our first solo outing. Elijah, Lydia and I went to the park. It was wonderful. I put Lydia in the sling and she loved it!! Elijah loved the park. We had to leave after 45 minutes because I got tired--darn that anemia!! We even went to church on Wednesday night for supper. It was nice not having to cook and Elijah got to see all of his old people friends and show off his sister.

Today, we went to the gym. Boy were they shocked to see me there!! Elijah was thrilled to go back to childwatch and see his little buddies. He got to feed the fish breakfast and see Mrs. Mary. Lydia did great too--she helped me do 300 crunches by sleeping in her carseat next to the machine. I didn't do anything else--I figured I had better take it easy until I know that my iron levels are going up. The director at the gym said as long as it isn't crowded and no one complains I can bring in Lydia and let her sit on the floor while I workout. Until she is 6 weeks she can't go into childwatch. I took a shower, shaved my legs and even straightened my hair so it would be pretty for Sunday (I only wash every 3 days). I feel like a new woman. Today EJ is at his nana's and papa's so it is just me and Lydia. She is upstairs taking a nap in her crib and I am going to follow her as soon as I can put the clothes in the dryer. I forgot how much down time you have with just a newborn!

Oh and for the curious--I am 1lb below my start weight for this pregnancy. I guess that 33 hour crash diet worked!!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Schedules ROCK!!

Well--as most of our dedicated blog reader's know, Elijah is a horrible sleeper. He still doesn't sleep through the night. In an effort to help stop that from happening again, we are trying the "Baby Wise" technique with Lydia. Basically we are shooting for full good feedings every 2.5-3.5 hours and an eat-wake-sleep cycle. We started from nursing session #1 and she seems to be thriving so far. Not expecially fussy, nursing great and it is wonderful to know that if she is crying it isn't because she is hungry! She is just so content. Now I realize that we are only in day 4 of this thing but she actually slept 5 hours last night in one chunk. That is a miracle!! She has also been waking to feed today every 2.5 to 3 hours, nursing well and then playing and being really alert for 45 minutes or so. It is really nice! We were actually able to go on an outing today and not worry about it.

Have any of you out there tried "Baby Wise"? I know that it is very far from the attachment parenting that some of you do. Did you have success? It seems like a great system and I love how it doesn't advocate letting your baby cry at all like some of the other getting your baby to sleep systems. Here's to hoping that we all get another good night's sleep tonight!!

Monday, March 17, 2008

Sleeping Beauty

Unfortunately this is taken during the day--when Lydia is actually sleeping. She screamed all night :( Looks like she is going to be stubborn like her brother!!
Elijah is adjusting well. He is tired because Lydia wakes him up at night, but he is being cheerful. He is glad to have his mama back today to play with him. I have actually been up and about and able to give him a bath and put him to bed the past two nights. It is good to spend time with my "little" boy. (He seems so BIG compared to Lydia!!).
Elijah fancies himself a nursing expert. He came in last night and Lydia was eating. He came up and said "Hey Lydia. Kissing Mama" She broke her latch and he pointed to my nipple (and poked it too!) and said "Nipple--right there--milk nipple. Suck it. Right there." Then he pointed it out and said "Lydia suck mama's nipple right there" to his Nana and Granny and Grampy. Such a little expert!!
We had to call the lactation consultant today. I was so engorged I didn't know what to do. All night long Lydia would try and nurse--get strangled on the milk and break off. It was miserable. She never emptied one side at all. My milk came in Saturday night and it has been a struggle to nurse ever since. I could hear her swalling air and she was choking and coughing. Her latch was great--the milk was just pouring out around her lips. The lactation consultant thought that my letdown was probably just overwhelming her and suggested pumping a bit, just to get the letdown, then letting her nurse. That way, she wouldn't choke and hopefully would get some hindmilk. Well--we tried it and it worked like a charm. I pumped about a minute (with an el cheapo hand pump mind you!) and got almost 3 ounces of milk out and was still "full" feeling. Lydia latched and didn't choke. She actually nursed and almost emptied the breast in about 35 minutes. That is the longest she has nursed since Saturday morning. The poor sweetie was just drowning!! Hopefully she will be able to catch up with my milk in about a week. Meanwhile we are going to pump just a bit before each feeding to help her out. It is so nice to hold her and feel her and not hear her little tummy growling and gurgling with all the air in there. Maybe tonight will be better.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Pics of Lydia

Still didn't get the pics from Uncle Cody but we took a few more today on my camera. Here they are!
Lydia--solo shot

A face shot from today.

Elijah helped Lydia blow out her birthday candle. He really enjoyed the Blue's Clues cake.

Doesn't he look like he won the Daddy lottery? He is a proud papa to his little princess.

A Little Update . . . Pics to follow

Things are going great around the Denton household. Elijah is eating up the time he gets to spend with his Granny and Grampy and Nana and Papa. We are so blessed to have so many people willing to help us. We had both sets of grandparents over to spend the night and help us out so the VERY tired mom and dad could try and sleep!

Lydia is doing great. She has a very different personality that Elijah had. She is very wakeful and he was a sleepyhead. She loves to nurse, look around, get passed around, flail around then nap for an hour and then nurse again. She has big blue eyes like her brother and daddy and dark hair like mama. She is a nursing champ already--she was latched on within an hour of being born and we haven't had any problems at all. It is so nice that only one of us has to learn what we are doing!! We nursed laying down in bed last night (something we didn't master until EJ was 4 months old!) and she seemed to do fantastic with it. She even slept three hours in her co-sleeper after nursing at 1am.

Uncle Cody took tons of pictures yesterday and I haven't seen a single one of them :) Hopefully he will be able to come over after work today and I will be able to share some of them.

I hope to get a few minutes later today and write out the birth story. I lost a lot of blood and it was a long labor so I am confined to the bed to rest up for at least the rest of today and probably tomorrow too to rest. There's only so much napping that can go on and since there is no shortage of willing hands to clean, cook, play with EJ and hold Lydia, I am hoping to get a chance to write it out.

Thanks for all of your prayers and warm wishes!!

Friday, March 14, 2008

Introducing Lydia Grace!!!

After a very long 33 1/2 hours of labor we are THRILLED to introduce our daughter:
Lydia Grace Denton
7 lbs 6 oz
19 inches long
13.25 inch head
12.75 inch chest
Born at 2:20 pm on March 14, 2008 at home!!
More pictures to follow I am sure!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Update #2

The cake it out of the freezer so I am pretty sure this is really it!

If I am walking I can get the contractions to come as close as 4 minutes apart but once I stop they space back out to 10 minutes. My back and hip are getting tired so we decided to take a break from the walking. We have already put in about 6 miles today. The midwife is coming tonight at 6 or 6:30 just to check things and listen to the baby. Hopefully that will give us an idea of what to expect. This labor is so different--with Elijah when contractions started they started and I couldn't stand or talk through them--12 hours later we had a baby. It was back labor and it was awful but it was quick. These hurt but aren't unbearable. I can walk and talk through them. I even got in a nap earlier today--freaky dreams but a nap nonetheless. We're going on 12 hours of this early stuff so hopefully things will pick up soon!

Some Serious Action

Not sure if it is labor or not but yesterday afternoon I started having some mild cramping and contractions and they continued throughout the night. This morning at 5am they got bad enough I couldn't sleep any more so I have been up. So far they are 10 minutes apart and last only about 45 seconds. I would describe them as "really bad menstrual cramps." Nothing at all like labor with Elijah (back labor) so I am not sure if this is the real deal or just some prep work. I called the midwife to give her a heads up that something may be going on. She isn't too concerned, just says to keep her posted if they get any more severe or any closer together. Justin is staying home today just in case and we sent Elijah to play with his uncle after breakfast.

I haven't defrosted the baby's birthday cake so it isn't yet officially "labor" in my book.

I plan to take a nice long walk with hubby this morning and see what happens. Hopefully I will go into active labor!

More updates to follow if something progresses. Hopefully Baby Denton #2 will debut sometime today! March 13, 2008 seems like a great birthday to me!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Baby Update

Well-no baby yet is the update. Everything seems healthy. My swelling is down, my bp is still good and the heart rate is in the high 140's. My midwife thinks the baby is between 7 and 8 lbs so it is bigger than EJ but still not huge. Of course, it is just an estimate so we could be way off! The baby isn't entirely anterior but isn't entirely posterior either--somewhere in between. Elijah was posterior and I had really bad back labor with him. We are hoping for an anterior baby so that this time I won't have back labor. We'll see--I will just keep on doing my pelvic rocks and hope the baby turns the rest of the way.

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Full of Baby

Click here to compare this belly shot with the 40 week belly shot of me with Elijah--I am so much smaller this time!
Here's the belly shot for "40 weeks." (We've been doing most of them on Sunday because I am actually dressed nice with my hair done). I got TONS of comments on my hair today because I used my new flat iron to straighten it last night. I was a "basketball widow" last night as dear hubby went to his parent's house to watch UNC kick Duke's butt. I decided to pamper myself a little bit so during the commercial breaks for Law and Order I straightened it out. It was really cool to just have to wake up and brush it and have it look so nice. Makes me kinda jealous of people with naturally straight hair--though I am sure they must be jealous of people like me with thick wavy hair.

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Like Father Like Son

After shearing the boys this morning I did the absolutely dorky thing and dressed Elijah to match his daddy. (Please note--Justin got dressed first and we aren't planning on going anywhere today where church friends could point and laugh)

We have had a good day of puddle splashing, tent playing and rough-housing. We are really enjoying what will hopefully be our last Saturday as a family of three. We were really hoping that the storm and the change in the barometric pressure would get things started but this is one stubborn baby. Ferncliff is content to live with the cramps and contractions every night and keep on cooking. Oh well--still a few days left until my "official" due day and 2 weeks beyond that when the midwife is still fine with waiting.

This afternoon the wind is crazy here! It gusted so hard it blew some of our siding off the back of the house. UGH! One of the things that stinks about being a home owner is that you can't just call the landlord to complain. We are going to have to figure out how to fix it or replace it.
Here's a video of Eljah splashing in "a Big Un" puddle in our driveway. He had a blast finding puddles with his boots this morning. He was soaked by the time we finished outside because he didn't understand that sitting the grass would get him wet. He was also very excited because we were able to find some snails under the bricks lining our flower beds.

Friday, March 07, 2008

Super-lijah and his Super-Dad

This morning the house was visited by two super-heroes. Unfortunately, Super-Dad has to assume his alter-ego prior to leaving for work. (I am sure his co-workers would have enjoyed the cape though.)

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Sawing while 39 Weeks pregnant!!

"What is the best way to absolutely freak out your neighbors?"

Answer: Prune a crepe myrtle tree with a one year old and a saw while 39 weeks pregnant.

It needed to be done, the branches were all small and Elijah loves to "help" saw by standing on the step ladder (well out of reach) and "checking" to make sure I do a good job sawing off the limbs. It works out great--we did our other one about 2 weeks ago. Now there is a nice pile of sticks for daddy and EJ to grind this weekend if there isn't a new baby to keep us occupied.

EJ had another good night. He slept from 8:30-5am and only cried out twice. I didn't have to go in there at all. He was up for good at 5am but that's OK. He will hopefully take a good nap. I am planning to try and clean the bathrooms and the kitchen while he is sleeping. I am hoping being up and about will bring on some labor!

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Too Much Fun!

Great day so far! Elijah only got up once last night for about 10 minutes. Long enough for a diaper change and a song and a short rock. He woke up this morning just grinning and jabbering like a little monkey. He ate an ENTIRE bowl full of Flax Pumpkin Granola cereal with milk and was excited to go to the gym and exercize. Elijah and I went to music time at the library this morning. He had such a blast. He was thrilled to get to shake moraccas (sp??) and kept saying "Moraccas for Jesus" because they do moracca's every Sunday in church. I am so glad I got some moracca's for the baby to "give" Elijah when it comes.

The cutest thing is when we get in the car to go home he starting singing "Happy yes-clap hands-Happy yes-stomp feet" His little version of if you are happy and you know it. He sang all the way home, had pickles, yogurt, cheese and fruit salad for lunch and is actually napping at noon!

Its supposed to be a wonderful day here so we are planning a trip to the park today before church tonight. We are also heading to Walmart to get some frozen fruit so EJ can make a smoothie for breakfast tomorrow. He loves to make smoothies! Fruit (usually berries), cottage cheese, broccoli (frozen), and water or milk. Green and good!!

Looks like today is shaping up to be another day of perfection. I love being a mom!

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Yesterday's Perfection

You ever have one of those days when you just feel like a supermom? Yesterday was one of those days for me--I would relive it over and over! My back has continued to improve and so has my mood! Yesterday started off great! EJ slept through the night on Sunday from 8:30-5am. Since I had gone to bed at 9pm I too got a great night's rest. After he got up at 5am I snuggled him in bed with his daddy and went to get another hour of shuteye in the guest room. It was nice. Everyone woke up smiling and happy at 6am. EJ and I got dressed and ready and went downstairs. We made multi-grain meuseli oatmeal for breakfast and even helped pack up daddy's breakfast. We played and made it to the gym right at 8am. EJ had a blast at the gym, all his little buddies showed up. I got a chance to workout, shower and shave. Ahhhhh!

After the gym we headed to the grocery store. I had such a little gentleman on my hands. He was chatting about everything we were getting and talking to the old people shopping in the store at the same time. He "helped" the cashier unload the cart and told her "Thank You Merry Much" when she gave him a balloon. He was so excited because we had quarters and he got to ride Harry the alligator outside the store.

We headed home and EJ actually watched 10 minutes of TV (Elmo) while I got to unload the groceries and unpack them without any help!! He went down for his nap and just played around for about 45 minutes before he fell asleep. Afterwards we had homemade chicken soup for lunch (yum! Thanks mom!) and headed to the park. We played at the park for 2.5 hours!! It was great! I took all of his sand toys and he had a blast. Some other kids showed up about 20 minutes after we got there and he played and rand and played some more. The older kids buried him in the sand pit and he thought it was very funny!

After stripping him of everything but a clean diaper, we headed home to make dinner. We made ham, corn on the cob and pineapple rice. Elijah did great helping. We ate and then he and daddy went outside and played until after dark. After a quick bath, milk and a story it was bedtime.

Ahh--such a relaxing day. Kinda polar opposite to the day today and last night. 3 hours of screaming toddler--UGH! Oh well--I will take yesterday's perfection and live through today's challenges.

Here's the picture of what Justin came home to yesterday--Boots, a Blue's Clues shirt and nothing else. How can you have a bad Monday when that greets you at the door?? [EJ had a minor case of "Baboon butt"--diaper rash--from the weekend in disposables with Granny and Grampy so I was letting him air out a little bit since he had just filled a diaper and I was pretty sure it was safe to do so]

Monday, March 03, 2008

Baby Update

38 Weeks and counting . . .

Here is what I found when I came downstairs on Sunday afternoon. Can it get much cuter than that?

OK--well the back pain seems to abated somewhat. I am still uncomfortable and don't really want to pick up and carry EJ much but I can actually walk around the house, sit down in a chair and get up the stairs without getting tunnel vision from the pain. Thanks to all of you who were praying for me. I don't know what I would have done had that pain continued!

After some promising contractions on Saturday night, things seem to be cooling down. I had false labor twice with Elijah so Saturday night wasn't a big surprise (just disappointing). We had contractions until about 2 am and then they stopped :( Hopefully Ferncliff will be making his/her debut soon! We have a midwife appointment tomorrow and I keep hoping that it will work out like last time. We had an appointment for Sunday night and EJ was born on Sunday afternoon. I think March 4th sounds like a GREAT birthday! I would love to have call the midwife at 4am and tell her to come on and deliver the baby!

Grocery shopping is done, house is cleaned, birth kit is assembled, EJ's overnight bag is packed, my legs are shaved . . . all we need is a baby!

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Parent Advice

I don't generally give advice on parenting but thought I would share this great tip that I have been using for a while now because today in the nursery I told another mother and she had never thought of it.

Here it is: I layer the waterproof crib pads and sheets in the crib. That way, if Elijah throws up or blasts through a diaper or leaks etc. and I have to change the sheets in the middle of the night, I just have to pull off the top sheet and the mattress pad and there is another clean one ready and waiting. I have four sets on his crib generally. That is enough to get us through the week and I don't feel desperate to do laundry if he messes up two nights in a row. It also saves me having to wrestle with the mattress and a crying toddler at 3am.

Elijah's Page

I love You Tube--Elijah has several favorite videos and it is great to be able to find him a video of his current weekly facination. I thought other's (Granny, Grampy, Nana and Papa) might enjoy them as well (especially if they have a fussy toddler in their lap) so I created a separate blog for Elijah (and soon Ferncliff's) favorite videos.

Click Here or scroll down to the favorites and click on Munchkin Videos

Saturday, March 01, 2008

Get Your Motor Running . . .

Uncle Cody gave EJ a cycle. Too cool!