Archive for January, 2011

Four Weeks

Amazingly, another week has passed. This week, it seems our little guy has really started getting bigger! I bought an infant scale to track his weight at home, and as of today, he weighs 10 pounds and 7 ounces! I think most of it is in his length – he is so incredibly long. From the first day of his life, newborn clothes were the right size for him in every way but length – his legs would only barely fit into any pants that were newborn size. At this point, he is much too long for newborn clothes, except for shirts and onesies. Some of the 0-3 month sizes are still quite baggy on him, but they fit him perfectly in length, with only the tiniest bit of room to grow.

Going forward, I want to document the key points of each week that passes. So for this week, here are the things I’d like to share.

*Liam rolled from his back to his belly this week! He’s been rolling from his back to his side since he was born, but this was the first time he’d taken the roll a step further. He has only done it once, so I don’t think he rolled over with intent, and I’m not quite sure he actually knows how to do it again. However, it was such a shock to see him on his belly! I, of course, have never left him unsecured and unattended, but I’m even more cautious now, just in case.

*He has started smiling more in the last few days, and I’m quite sure he is now smiling at things, instead of it being merely a reflex. I love seeing that big, gummy grin spread across his face!

*He chuckles in his sleep sometimes, which is the cutest thing ever! He also cries in his sleep at times. He has done both of these for several weeks now.

*He discovered the mobiles on his swing and bouncy seat this week. But his favorite thing to watch is the ceiling fan in our living room, even though we never have it running. I don’t know what’s so interesting about that fan, but he’ll crane his neck to get a better view of it if he’s on our laps, and will stare at it until he gets sleepy or hungry.

*He has started cooing a little this week. It’s adorable, especially when the coo is accompanied by a big smile!

*This isn’t something from this week, but he is such a snuggle bug! When we’re holding him and he starts drifting to sleep, he will move his body and face against us as close as he can get it. I love that feeling!

*If we hold him upright against us, he will scoot himself into the position he prefers. Sometimes he’ll wiggle around until he’s laying in our arms instead. Other times he bounces himself higher up on our shoulders.

Here are some pictures from this week.


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Three Weeks Tomorrow!

Liam will be three weeks old tomorrow! He is growing up much too fast!

These past few weeks have been absolutely incredible. Every single day I’m amazed at what I’ve been given in the form of this tiny little person. I already am dreading going back to work and no longer being able to spend every minute of every day with him. I still have 9 weeks, but it seems so insufficient! I’m going to miss him so much.

Liam is a very enjoyable baby. He had a couple of fussy days this week, but I think he was having tummy problems because gas drops made him better. He is so much fun to watch! He makes the cutest facial expressions, rolling his eyes around, raising his eyebrows, smiling, and looking around the room. He also spends a lot of time staring up at us when we hold him – I love that! I’m pretty sure he smiled at me yesterday, too. I was talking to him in an animated voice, and he was staring at my face, and he gave the biggest little grin! Some might say it’s too soon for them to smile socially at this stage, but I’m convinced that smile was for me. 🙂

He sleeps pretty well at night, waking up every 3-4 hours to eat. He has a period of alertness after his second night feeding, but then generally goes back to sleep if we rock him or hold him enough. Sometimes he fights sleep though – his eyes will get huge as he observes his surroundings and he’ll kick and kick his legs for the longest time! He has so much energy for such a little guy!

If I hold him upright on my shoulder, he will lift his head and turn it from left to right. Or sometimes he’ll lift his head to look at my face. He also likes to roll to his side. If we lay him on his back he almost always ends up on his side unless we swaddle him so tightly that he can’t move.

Nursing is going well. We’ve had a few minor challenges, but nothing serious. In fact, most of the “challenges” aren’t really complications at all. For example, he spits up a lot after eating. We discussed this with the pediatrician at our last visit, and she said since he is gaining well and doesn’t seem upset when he spits up, that it is fine. Some babies spit up more than others, and that’s ok. He still doesn’t eat for very long periods of time, but he eats vigorously, so we think he is an efficient eater and gets everything he needs in a short amount of time.

Diaper changes can get very interesting, for lack of a better word! At least once a day he pees as soon as his diaper is off, requiring a change of clothes for him and sometimes us! And he often decides to use the bathroom again as soon as we get a clean diaper on him. And sometimes he’ll spit up all over himself as soon as we’ve changed his clothes that had pee all over them. He definitely keeps us busy most of the time!

Here are a few pictures I’ve taken this week. I’m amazed at how much he has changed already.

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Trip to the pediatrician

Today we had our two week checkup (at 12 days old). Liam now weighs 9 pounds and is 21 & 3/4 inches long! This puts him around the 60th percentile for weight, but at the 90th percentile for height!

I was so glad to hear that he is growing well, because he nurses for such a short amount of time. Sometimes he only eats for 5 minutes and is done! Because of this, I actually took him to the pediatrician’s office on Monday to be weighed, and he weighed 8 pounds 13 ounces. So, on Monday he had surpassed his birth weight, and as of this morning he had gained 3 more ounces since Monday, which is perfect!

Other than my concerns about him getting enough to eat, things are going well. We, of course, obsess over every little sound he makes and every little thing he does, worrying whether it is an indication of something wrong. However, our pediatrician was quick to assure us today that every single thing we have been worried about is perfectly normal newborn behavior. Whew!

We’re finally getting to a point where we can function on 2 hours of sleep at a time here and there. Next week Nathan goes back to work though, so I’m going to have to let him get more sleep at night. This means I’ll probably be pretty tired! But I don’t mind at all. Sometimes I think sleep is overrated anyway. People tell me to sleep when he does, which is probably the smart thing to do. But I’m afraid of sleeping too much, because I don’t want to miss out on this baby stage. I know it goes by so quickly, and once it’s gone, I’ll never get to experience it with him again.

Well, the little guy is hungry, so I have to cut this short! I have so much I could say, so much I want to say, but right now I’m more focused on experiencing every moment instead of trying to find time to document them. Even if I can’t record everything here, these precious baby moments will be etched in my heart forever, and that’s more important to me than having a record.

More pictures to come soon!

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Newborn pictures!!!

By Robin Frisella Photography

with Madelyn's birth stone

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The nursery

I realize I never did post pictures of our nursery! It’s still not 100% finished, but here are a few “sneak peaks”.

Our new room is also finished, other than a few minor details. I will take some pictures soon and share those as well! We are very pleased with it.

And here are a few pictures of the little guy!

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Liam’s birth story

We received the call at 4:45 a.m. on December 31, 2010 that the hospital was ready for us to come in for induction. We hurriedly dressed and went looking for something to eat at my doctor’s recommendation, as it would be a long time before I could eat again. Unfortunately, most restaurants aren’t open so early, so I settled for a banana, a granola bar, and milk from a gas station. Afterwards, we went to the hospital, arriving at around 6:00 a.m.

Once we arrived, they checked my vitals and did a cervix check. My blood pressure was a little too high. They weren’t concerned yet, but they decided to monitor it. After several hours of high blood pressure, they decided to draw some blood to check for preeclampsia. Thankfully, the test results were negative. Since I’d never had high blood pressure issues in the past, they decided it was likely due to the excitement to come.

The results of my cervix check showed me to be 2 cm dilated (up from 1.5 cm at my final OB appointment that Wednesday), still 80% effaced, and medium softness. I was glad for the increase in dilation, but then the nurse surprised me by saying that baby was at a -2 station! He was at a 0 station on Wednesday! When I mentioned this, I was told that station can change, and it is a bit of a subjective measurement.

After a battle with my veins to insert the IV, Pitocin was started around 6:30 a.m at the lowest setting. I immediately started walking around, hoping to encourage my body to progress. However, it resulted in nothing more than some minor cramping. Pitocin was increased every half hour, and I remained more comfortable than I wanted to be. Finally, at a dose of 15, my contractions were getting stronger, and we thought it was the beginning of labor. I called my doula, and she stayed at the hospital for several hours. However, after a couple hours at that level, the contractions began to subside. Around this time, I decided I wanted my cervix to be checked, and I had only progressed to about 2.5 cm. The nurse who checked me at this point documented the baby at a -1 station. Since things weren’t moving along as we would have liked, our doula went home to wait for true labor, and my Pitocin was increased to the next level, which is exactly what my body needed.

After the increase in Pitocin, it didn’t take long for the contractions to get stronger and closer together.   I called our doula and asked her to come back around 8:30 p.m. She helped me get through many, many contractions, and having her there was very helpful for that.  After a couple more hours, I asked for my cervix to be checked again around 10:30 p.m., and nothing had changed. At this point, my OB checked in with me and told me that if I wanted, he could break my water for me, and that would likely get things going. He also said there was no need to rush things, and if I wanted to wait and let things progress on their own, that was fine too. After a couple hours of strong contractions, I was ready to move into the active labor phase, but also wasn’t fond of the idea of having my water broken. I told him I would think about it and make a decision in 30 minutes. He said to take as long as I needed.

After talking to my doula and husband, I decided I would probably go ahead and let them break my water if there was no change to my cervix. However, right around 11:00 p.m. my water broke on its own! It was the strangest sensation. It felt like warm water was pouring out of me, and it wouldn’t stop!  My stomach shrank significantly after this happened. And then, almost immediately, things began to change, and I found myself in true labor. The contractions were so forceful and so close together that I could no longer handle the pain. I remember little from this period of time except begging for an epidural immediately. The nurse wanted to check my cervix first, but I was so hysterical she decided to go ahead and call an anesthesiologist.

I have never felt anything like the pain I felt in those few minutes from the time my water broke until I received my epidural. I think the hardest part was that the pain seemed to increase by 1,000% in just a matter of minutes. I heard the anesthesiologist enter our room saying something about needing to do an emergency epidural. I freaked for a minute, because I wanted pain relief right away. However, she reassured me that I was the emergency. I must have been quite frantic!!

Once the epidural was inserted, relief came very quickly. They have altered epidurals since I was in the hospital last year, and I was able to feel and move my legs, which made the epidural so much better.  I’m very glad I got one, and would definitely be willing to do it again in a future pregnancy if the pain becomes unmanageable again. 

Once the epidural had taken effect (shortly after 11:00 p.m.), the nurse checked my cervix again. In the 30 minutes since my cervix had been checked, I had progressed from 2.5 cm to 7 cm! That explains why I was in so much pain.

Not long after midnight, my nurse noticed my skin was very warm to the touch and decided to take my temperature. Unfortunately, I had a fever over 101. She mentioned this to my OB, and they decided to give me an antibiotic, assuming I had likely developed an infection from my water breaking. She returned an hour or so later to take my temperature again, and it had actually increased, so they gave me some Tylenol as well. The concern with my fever is that I would transfer an infection to Liam. As such, they decided to be cautious and asked NICU to be present when I delivered.

Around this time, I started to feel a lot of pressure; however, I wasn’t quite ready to push. This sensation came and went until about 3:00 a.m. At this point, the urge to push did not go away. My nurse checked me, and Liam had dropped down, but still needed to drop further. She went ahead and let me start pushing to try to get Liam to drop. After about 45 minutes, it was time to call my OB in the room. I pushed until 4:09 a.m. on January 1, 2011, at which point Liam Miles Mohr was born screaming!! It was the most beautiful sound in the world. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to see him immediately since the NICU team wanted to draw cord blood from him for testing. I asked Nathan to go take a picture so I could at least see him, and he was the most beautiful baby boy I’d ever seen!!

While NICU was examining Liam, my OB and the attending resident doctor were cleaning and sewing me . I only tore a little bit, but I did need a couple stitches. Finally, they were finished, and the moment I had been waiting on for so long arrived. At long last, I held my healthy baby boy in my arms. It was so surreal. He weighed 8 pounds 7 ounces and was 21.5 inches long, but he still seemed so tiny!

After an uneventful few days, we left the hospital on Monday, January 3, 2011. Liam weighed 7 pounds 13 ounces when we took him home (it is normal for babies to lose some of their birth weight).

Since that time, we have been adjusting to Liam’s schedule. He feeds about every 2.5 hours around the clock, which means we are very tired! However, he is worth every minute of it and so much more.

Until now, I’ve always spent my time focusing on the next milestone in life, whether it be becoming a teenager, getting my first car, going to college, or getting married. But for the first time in my life, I wish time would slow down or stop completely. I’ve never felt more content or complete, and I hate that I cannot pause time to make these moments with our baby last forever. In one short week, he has changed our world completely. The only thing missing from my life now is my dear sweet daughter. Liam’s arrival does not change how much I miss her. However, he has given me a new sense of purpose in life. And I look forward to every single day with him.

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A few pictures

l still haven’t found the time or energy to write Liam’s birth story, but I will soon! I haven’t slept more than a 2 hour stretch since last Thursday night. We’re trying to learn to sleep when Liam sleeps, no matter what time it is, but it has been an adjustment! I’ve never been more exhausted, but he is 100% worth every single minute I can hardly keep my eyes open!!! It’s so hard to believe he is mine – I just love him so much!

Until I write our birth story, I thought I’d share some pictures I’ve taken.

Just born!

Daddy is so proud!

Big Boy!!!

I've waited so long for this!!!

Going home!!

He has the cutest expressions!

Fed and content. 🙂

Sporting a hat made by a very sweet person!!

Holding mommy's hand

And a few short videos!

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