Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Life with a 14 month old and a 3 month old:)

As you can imagine, life with a 14 month old and 3 month old can be pretty crazy. I finally feel like we have found our schedule and now its hard to imagine what I used to do with my days when I only had Elliana:)
 I will admit that at the beginning it was pretty difficult. It wasn't necessarily how close in age they were that was difficult, but it was the time of year. This winter was terrible. First it was the holidays and although we wanted to get together and celebrate with everyone, Ethan was so little and everyone was sick. So we pretty much stayed home and hibernated for a few months, which can kind of drive you a little crazy, especially when you aren't sleeping. On top of that Ethan was having a hard time. He had reflux and this funny thing called Grunting Baby Syndrome (except it really wasn't that funny). Since he had reflux he would spit up like crazy, like literally soak all my clothes. And then because he was so uncomfortable from the acid in his tummy he would grunt. I know it sounds odd, but he wouldn't ever really sleep he would just toss and grunt. He seemed so uncomfortable. Finally when he was 5 weeks old the Dr. suggested I give him Maalox. I had to give him 1/2 tsp. 20 minutes before each feeding. It was quite labor intensive, but it totally made a difference. He started sleeping good (which meant I was able to sleep), he stopped spitting up and was overall a much happier baby. Thank goodness for Maalox! After a few weeks, I decided to ween him off of it. I didn't know what the long term effects would be of having him on this antacid for so long. 

Anyways, long story short, he was amazing! When he was about 9 weeks he was fully weened off of it and doing so well. He only spits up every once and while and its hardly anything. And he doesn't grunt anymore!! Woot woot! I'm so proud of him. 

Also I am so grateful that this winter is pretty much over. With the inversion and the terrible flu season, I just always felt like there was a dark cloud hanging over us, waiting to get us sick. With a newborn, that was pretty stressful. But the clouds have lifted and now there is sunshine, not only outside but in my soul:) Now I'm sorry but I have to brag about my kids for a little bit. I am just one proud mama. 

At 3 months here are a few things that Ethan is doing:
*HE'S SLEEPING THROUGH THE NIGHT!!!!!!! He started sleeping through the night around 10 weeks:) We didn't even have to sleep train him, he just did it all on his own.
*Also he sleeps in his own room. We moved him a little bit earlier then we did with Elliana because we both just felt like he was ready. 

*He is one chunky monkey. He weighs about 14 lbs and is already in size 3 diapers. 
*He is such a happy baby. He literally smiles and talks all day long. His smile makes my life complete! 
At 14 months here are a few things that Elliana is doing:
*She still sleeps 12 hours at night and takes 2 naps during the day. I live for naps and I am dreading the day that she only goes down to 1 nap:(

*She can pee on command. Haha I know this sounds funny, but let me explain... So in the morning we take showers together and she would always pee either right before we got in (not in her diaper) or just as I shut the water off. So the last couple of days, while we are still in the shower I tell her to pee and she looks down and PEES!! hahaha so funny, but I am so proud:) 

*She knows how to open my phone. She knows to push the little button on the bottom and then she takes her thumb and slides it across the bar. So I had to lock it and put a password on it and I'm sure it will only be a few days before she figures that out. 

*She can run. It is a funny sight with how small she is, but she can pretty much keep up with the big kids.

*She loves to read. I often catch her in her room with her door closed and reading to herself. This was a picture I caught one time after trying to go in several times to take a picture and she literally yelled at me:)
*She just figured out how to climb up on our couch. Again it doesn't seem like she should be able to with how tiny she is, but she is one determined chica and figured it out. Mainly because thats the most common place that I feed Ethan and she always wants to be up there with me while I'm feeding him:) Now there is no safe place to put ethan.
*She is still learning what "soft" is. Ethan has many scratches from her:( 

*She loves to dance. It is so funny, but she begs me to turn music on so she can dance. Her dance moves include: turning, moving her shoulders up and down, moving her hips side to side, and spazing! I think out of all of her moves her spazing definitely is the funniest. Anyone who has seen her dance knows what I am talking about:) Lets just say, she takes after her momma in the spazing department.
Anyways, I honestly can't even handle how much I love my kids and how happy they make me.  Most days we stay in our jammies. Most days I have spit up, food, and heaven knows what else on me. And most days we just stay home. But everyday they are changing and growing and I am trying to memorize every part about them. Heavenly Father has blessed me so much and I am so grateful that I get to be their mom.

Trying to give Ethan her bottle.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Ethan's birth!

I am finally writing about the day that Ethan came into our lives. It has taken me several weeks to write this post because I've tried writing when both kids are down and that's rare:) It is still crazy to say "my kidS" and it is still sinking in that I am a mother of 2! It is complete madness at times,  but I am loving it. 

At the end of my pregnancy I was huge! Ethan was bigger then Elliana, I had a TON of amniotic fluid, and my belly felt like it was about to burst at the seams. I was so uncomfortable! 

December 7th (my half birthday btw) was the day. After much begging and pleading, they decided to induce me.  It was a week before my due date and it couldn't come soon enough. They were hesitant to induce me because Ethan's head wasn't engaged due to the amount of amniotic fluid.  He was pretty much swimming in there. Because I was planning on going natural, my midwife kept trying to convince me not to be induced. But I told her I had done it before and was prepared to do it again.

It was such a strange feeling. On one hand I was so done being pregnant and could not wait to get this baby out. On the other, I wasn't quite sure I was ready to give up the one-on-one time I had with Elliana. I didn't want her to feel gipped of her time being the only child. At the same time, I could not wait to meet this little boy. I knew he was special. Through the whole pregnancy I felt and knew that this little boy was a very important person. I felt honored that Heavenly Father thought I could handle this and I already felt privileged to be his mother. 

Leisa came and picked Elliana up from the hospital. I told Zack to go get something to eat because I knew it was going to be a while. Then they hooked me up to the pitocin and my contractions began (although I had been contracting off and on for several weeks). Eventually my midwife, Claudia, came in and again tried talking me out of being induced. She said that by 7pm that night if there wasn't a lot of progress that they would probably just send me home. I was so upset and more determined than ever to make sure that I progressed. Every hour or so the nurse would come in and turn up my pitocin until I was at the max dosage. Luckily my contractions were consistent and I was dilating pretty quickly. The only problem was all of the fluid surrounding Ethan. His head wasn't putting any pressure on my cervix and so it wasn't thinning out (tmi? sorry:) When I was dilated to about a 5 Claudia decided to break my water. I swear my stomach shrunk 2 inches. After that his head finally engaged and things started to progress faster. 

Now his labor was totally different from Elliana's. I was up to the max dosage of pitocin and for some reason it did not hurt nearly as bad as it did with Elliana. I don't even quite know how to describe it. Of course it hurt, there isn't anything quite like labor pains, but it didn't hurt that bad this time. I was a lot more focused and knew what to expect. Claudia kept asking me if there was anything she could do, but honestly all I needed was my husband. He seriously is THE BEST labor coach! Anytime a contraction would start, he was there. He would remind me to breath and focus and kept telling me that I could do it. I can't even begin to describe how much I love that man! Without him and his faith in me I don't know if I could have made it through either of my labors. He never left my side, was so involved and (if it was even possible) I fell more in love with him.

When I was 100% efaced and about a 6 or 7, Claudia decided to take me off the pitocin (hallelujah!!) and get me in the tub. Oh the tub!! What a glorious thing!! It was a huge jetted tub and it made all the difference in the world! It took so much pressure away and was so relaxing. I don't quite remember how long I was in the tub but I knew the end was close. I told Claudia that I was feeling a lot of pressure and that I was ready to push. As soon as I laid down on the bed she told me his head was right there.

I pushed and she slowly maneuvered his head and then each shoulder.
Then time stopped.
She told me to reach down and I delivered my son the rest of the way.

Again I'm at a loss for words for that moment when you see your child for the first time. It's a little peek into heaven. There are so many overwhelming emotions. Those moments are seared into my mind forever and my eyes well up with tears just thinking about them. Child birth is a true miracle.

Ethan John Wilson
7 lbs. 12 oz.
20 1/2 in.
born at 10:13 pm
room 107

Elliana's labor was so chaotic and dramatic and his labor was completely opposite. It was so peaceful and calm and I got to deliver my baby. I didn't know that doing it naturally could be that peaceful and easy. Then the best news, after being told that Ethan was healthy and everything was good, was when Claudia said that there wasn't any tearing or anything! With Elliana  I pushed so hard that I burst every blood vessel from my shoulders up. I burst blood vessels in my eyes and my lips were black and blue. I looked like I had been hit by a train. But after Ethan's birth I was ready to do it again! Ok not really, but I felt so accomplished. It was a labor and delivery like I had always hoped I would have. And at the end of it, my perfect little boy!

It's crazy how your heart grows with each child. How there's one more human being that will call me mom and look to me for all of their needs. One more person that I would do anything in the world for. I feel so blessed to have my little family and I find so much joy in being a mother. There really is nothing more rewarding.