Tuesday, February 17, 2009

First Well Baby Visit

Going to the Pediatrician

Yesterday was the boys first trip to the pediatrician. It was also our first time taking them out of the house. I had to pack the diaper bag for the first time. I also had to have my day planned out to a T so that the boys would be well fed and happy when we got their. I also had to make sure that I had enough time to get ready myself which meant sporadically getting things done in between feedings. It's a good thing I am organized!
The pediatrician was great and the boys are just perfect. They are completely healthy and have gained weight since we brought them home. Which of course is a concern when you are breast feeding and not knowing if your baby is getting enough to eat.
Daniel weighs 6lbs 11oz and is 19 1/2" long.
Dalton is back up to his birth weight at 6lbs 8oz and 20" long.
I think the nurse measured one of them wrong because Daniel is definitely longer than Dalton. I also have a theory that Dalton weighs less because he poops ALL the time. He actually was the bigger of the two at birth. Now he seems kind of small next to his brother.
Blake and I are very thankful that they are doing so well. Most nights they are sleeping for 5 hours straight and giving us some peace. They are extremely well tempered babies.
Our next Pediatrician visit is in April.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Happy BIRTHday Daniel and Dalton!

Well, I am finally finding the time to write. Our little miracles were a week old on Monday. Things are going wonderful. I will start off with the day that they were born and try my best to remember all the stuff in between. I have a sleep deprived brain!!
Monday February 2ND we went to the hospital at 6:15 in the morning. They got me all set up for surgery in the triage and then I went to the surgical room for my spinal which took effect super fast and next thing I know Blake is holding my hand and Daniel is born. It was 7:19 a.m and at 7:20 Dalton arrived. It was such a strange experience not being able to see or feel anything and then hearing this beautiful cry and seeing my babies face over a curtain. Tears just streamed down my face. I know there will never be a feeling like that again! Blake was allowed to leave with the boys and I was taken to recovery.
Daniel weighed 6lbs 7 oz and was 19" long. Dalton was 6lbs 8 oz and 18" long. Can you believe I had that much baby in me!? By the time we left their weight was down to 6lbs. a piece. They have gained weight since.
When the boys got to the nursery Dalton's blood sugar was low so they fed them formula. Aside from that everything was fine, most importantly their ability to breath on their own. When I finally made it to our room the boys did not come for a few hours. I think I finally got to hold them around noon that day. And they were just so perfect!
The whole hospital stay is a big blur. But I will say that I loved every minute of having someone looking after me. I think alot of people forget that a c-section is major surgery, and then having two babies to look after as well is a lot to take in. The nurses were great. Especially my second day. We had one nurse that showed me and the boys alot of attention and helped us tremendously with the whole breast feeding thing. Which for the moment is still working out great!
We left the hospital on Thursday about 12:30. It was kind of bitter sweet being discharged, I won't lie! I think it was a trying day for the boys and they slept most of the time after we got home. Since then, things have been up and down. They slept well in the beginning and then we went through a few nights were they fought sleep. I think their days and nights were confused. And Blake and I had them in moses baskets in the bed with us and the dog. NO ONE was comfortable! Now they are sleeping well in the living room in bassinets. I am trying my best to keep them on a schedule. The days pass so fast and before I know it it is time to feed again. I had one or two rough days and I have to keep reminding myself that this is a very short stage that we have to get through. I have recovered from surgery well. Today I am feeling very refreshed.
Aside from all of that they are the most precious things I have ever seen. I still can not believe that Blake and I created them and that they are ours. It is just amazing! We can absolutely tell them apart, they don't look much alike to me. But at the same time, they just look like babies. We don't really think they look like either of us at this point. I do know that they did not get my ears (Thank God!).
This weekend my Mom leaves and I will be alone for about a week and a half with the boys by myself. Paige, Blake's sister will be coming for a visit after that. My Mother has been a huge help and it has been a blessing to have her here looking after all of us. We will be sad to see her go.
Yesterday we had a newborn session with an amazing photographer and as soon as we get the link for the proofs I will make a post with the info. I have seen two pictures already and they are AMAZING! So sweet! The photo shoot was interesting. The photographer was here for about 4 hours and her patience is amazing! She worked with them mostly while they were sleeping, but towards the end they were having none of it! They also really enjoyed pooping and peeing on everything since they were naked for the majority of the pictures. But they will be SOOOO worth it.
Here are some pictures of delivery day. One of my best friends, Jessi drove down from Jacksonville to be here when the boys were born and I am so thankful that she was able to document such a special time in our lives. She captured some very precious moments! Thank you Aunt Jessi!

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Joining the "Mommy Club" bright and early in the morning!

Well, the day is finally here! It seems like it has taken forever and it also seems like it has flown by. I am so happy that the last nine months have been easy and that the boys have remained healthy. It has made this process so much easier and enjoyable. I am not nervous, just anxious. I have never had surgery before and I don't deal well with blood and stuff. But I know that tomorrow everything will be just fine and go smoothly. We have to be at the hospital at 6:15 and they will perform the c-section around 7:30. I am the first patient of the day and I am glad that we have to be there so early to get it all over with. The quicker I can hold my babies the better! Blake will be in the operating room with me. My Mom and one of my best friends, Jessi will be in the waiting room patiently awaiting their arrival as well. I will be discharged some time on Thursday. I hope to have pictures and updates as soon as possible. Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers. I know that nothing bigger than this will ever happen in my life. It gives me so much peace knowing that my boys are loved so much by so many!