Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Also, I had the Thankful Thursday that I also "borrowed" from another blog that I would occasionally post the things I was thankful for.
Well......I have come up with my own feature that will replace both. It will be about my baby boy called Timeline Thursdays. It will showcase pictures of Mr. Drew's days as they pass so quickly. This will help us reflect back and see how much he has grown up. So, I hope you enjoy this new addition as I know I will.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Also, the major sign for us around here that spring is here (and summer is around the corner), our ice cream stand at the end of our street is open!! Yeah! We strolled down to the end of the street last night, pushing the baby for his first walk to "Mr Cone". It was great. Of course Drew didn't have any and he slept the whole time, but it was nice for mommy and daddy (grandpy too) to have our first ice cream cone of the season. Yummy!
So, bring on the warm weather since we now have our ice cream stand open!
Monday, April 27, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
Zack said he didn't mind since his grandpy and him had a great visit and spent a lot of time together, but Jeff and I just felt guilty since we don't see him too often.
Regardless, Zack loves his little brother. He couldn't wait to get back home to show off his pictures of his little brother Drew. I had picked up a Big Brother brag book a few months back, so we filled it with photos before he left. He was so tickled.
We can't wait to see Zack in June for fathers day weekend in Maryland. Before he left, Zack, myself and Drew were sitting on my backyard swing and we chatted about the next visit. I tried to explain to him that the hotel arrangements will be a little different then we are all used too with a baby (you know, the night feedings, changing and what ever else may come up) and he shook his head in agreement, but who knows how he will feel when it actually happens. I then explained to him that we had all kinds of weekend plans while he was here, but his little brother wanted to meet him instead of waiting for June. Zack just smiled with agreement.
Also, on a side note......Zack's mom mentioned the two times we saw her over the weekend, that her and her soon to be husband have been talking about having a baby after they get married. Guess what Zack told her.......she was too old! I looked at her (while I laughed in my head) and said, oh its just his interpretation of your age (she's 31 by the way). That little comment made my day! Not that I think 31 is old, just that he thinks she is old!
Thursday, April 23, 2009
So, I'd like to share my son's first week in photo's with you.......
Getting ready to head home on 4/18/2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
It was time to get up and ready for work last Thursday, 4/16. I started my normal routine, head to the bathroom, take care of business and take my morning thyroid pill. As I was standing in the kitchen rooting for the pill at 6:30am in its bottle, I felt fluid run down my leg. My first thought was, oh great I didn't empty my bladder enough. Then a little thought entered my mind, this could be my water breaking.
I went back into the bathroom to check things out. When I wiped (pardon the description) it was noticed that what was on the toilet paper was much different then urine and there was a little blood. When I returned to the kitchen area where I was standing, there was a puddle of fluid sitting there. I now had a 95% belief that this was my water breaking.
I text Jeff (since he has to be to work for 6:30am) and let him know my discovery. We both agreed to contact the doc's office. Well, after an 1/2 wait of back and forth phone calls with the answering service, the office finally opened at 8am and they told me to come and get checked out. When I was in the doc's office, she was about to conduct a test to see if it was truly my membrane rupture, but she was convinced right away when she saw the suspected area that it was indeed my water breaking. She sent me right away to the delivery floor of the hospital for baby Drew's delivery. I wasn't having many contractions at that time either, so I was able to move around ok.
After a quick check in, it was time to head to my room (where the delivery and recovery occur). My contractions were slow starting, so I was hooked up to pitosin for assistance. I don't remember the time line, but after the medication started to kick in, the contractions started. I went from 3 centimeters, to 4 1/2 (this is when I ordered my epidural that at first only helped my right side, but it was working fine shortly after), to 6, to 6 again and then at 8pm 10 centimeters.
My mom, FIL, SIL Jen and Jeff were there when it was announced that I was at 10 centimeters and on the next contraction I would start to push. I was a little shocked that it came so fast, but I was ready to meet my little guy. I was actually joking around until the final 15 minutes of pushing. The total amount of time pushing was 45 minutes and then, my dreams came true.....I met my son for the first time.
Drew was placed on my chest while he was cleaned up. He heard my voice and started looking for me right away and then he peed on me. Yup, he christened me right away, but I didn't mind. I looked up at Jeff who had tears in his eyes and it was the best feeling anyone could have seeing my little family all together for the first time.
Jeff was there for the entire time. He helped me through each contraction, held my hand, rubbed my back, helped me move when I couldn't from the epidural and was just there for me for anything I needed. During the pushing part of my labor, he was there holding my leg and coaching me with the doctor and nurse. He cut little Drew's umbilical cord and witnessed all the after effects of birth.
Monday, April 20, 2009
Our little guy arrived a little early (as my dad did so wonderfully keeping everyone updated), but that's ok. He arrived healthy and early so his big brother could meet him. We still has Zack for the weekend, it was a challenge but thanks to my FIL who helped out with Zack while we were in the hospital.
Here is Mr Drew's stats and a cute little picture I snapped on Saturday before we were discharged from the hospital on my phone. I promise to fill in all the details very soon, but I wanted to thank everyone for their support and anticipation of our big day. We are working on our new schedule, but I hope to post a little each day soon.
Born 4/16/2009 at 8:51pm
Weighting 7lbs 9ounces
Length of 20 1/2 inches
Thursday, April 16, 2009
We have a busy weekend planned and we can't wait. As of right now, we are planning on going to the movies Friday night to see the new Fast & Furious movie (Zack loved the first movie when he was younger and grew up with the series, so it makes sense to go). Then on Saturday head to the main Yankee Candle headquarters and have a nice lunch out. Zack loves to explore at Yankee Candle, so we don't mind taking him. Then we hope to have a family visit that night. On Sunday, the boys will play their video games in the morning and then go out to lunch with his mother to hand him back over.
So, that's the plan right now. I'm sure things will change a 100 times before we get him tomorrow. But, we can't wait to see him. Also, this will be the first time he sees the room all re-arranged for Drew's stuff. We'll see what he has to say!
The next visit after that is planned for Father's day weekend in Maryland. I can imagine how many time that will change, but I will try my best to nail down plans when I see her this weekend. I'm going to have too many things on my plate to have to worry about her petty reasons to change the next visit.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
I'm cheating a little this year (just like Christmas) for our Easter dinner. I ordered already prepared food (mashed potatoes, gravy, sweet potatoes and mac & cheese) from Boston Market,we have the pre-cooked spiral ham and a lemon cake from Swiss Colony. The only thing I have to worry about is making a garden salad and fruit salad. My mom will bring the deviled eggs and my SIL Sarah may bring over some cupcakes. So, dinner will be easy this year. Also, my FIL is in charge of the ham, so I don't have to worry about that (except telling him the cooking schedule).
I can't wait to see my niece finding all the eggs filled with candy and money we hide for her. That is so much fun watching her do that. Also, seeing the excitement in her eyes as she goes through her basket. She will be the pro next year with little Drew and the other new baby in the family for the next Easter holiday.
Its too bad Zack won't be around, but we will chat with him that day to see how his day is going.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
- Our hospital will install our infant seat. That apt is later today and it takes the worry off of our shoulders.
- The warm sunshine. It means the warmer weather is definily coming to stay.
- The early spring flowers. Its so great to walk out your door and see the early spring flowers in full bloom now-a-days.
- Looking through old photos. We had a project for work last week, to bring in old photo's, and it was great to look back at my wonderful little life.
- To have such a wonderful hairdresser. I don't have my hair colored at the time, but she is still great at cutting my hair and making me look fantastic!
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Jeff has the urge to buy a new car. It won't be a brand new car, but a vehicle to replace his cute little VW Jetta. He's mentioned it once or twice before about wanting to get a bigger car for the expanding family, but now all of a sudden the need to take care of this has hit him hard. The reason he feels the Jetta isn't appropriate any longer is the limited backseat room. Zack even made the announcement about a year ago that he doesn't like the Jetta because there isn't enough room for him (he likes my mini-van better).
Over the weekend he was looking online for vehicles, making calls and doing his thing. He's narrowed down the search and we have an appointment on Thursday to look at vehicles in person and crunch numbers. I know the timing is close to other life changes, but it eases Jeff's concerns and it'll make my life easier.
Monday, April 6, 2009
Let's see, where to start. Ahh, Friday night.......
Since Friday was my dad's official birthday, we had to have cake. Since it was his big day, I let him pick out what kind he wanted and right away, with no hesitation, his answer was ice cream. So, we had a delicious Dairy Queen cake Friday evening. He Also opened up some presents too, since what's having a birthday cake without gifts, right?
Saturday I was able to accomplish washing all of Mr. Drew's newborn and 0-3 month clothes, blankets, sheets and anything else I could get my hands on. I also had to mail out Zack's and Grandpa's Easter packages filled with lost of Easter surprises. So, in between all that, I was able to relax a little.
Then Saturday night, Jeff and I took my parents out to a lovely restaurant to continue my dad's birthday celebration. The restaurant is called Goten and its a Japanese, cook in front of you restaurant. None of us had ever been there and it was the perfect opportunity to check it out. The table sits about 8 people around a grill. You have some soup and salad while you wait for the cook. He comes out, introduces himself, double checks what you ordered and then puts on a little show while he cooks you supper. The amount of food was unbelievable too. Definitely worth the price! It was such a great evening.
Then Sunday my mom and I ran around and returned items we didn't use for the baby shower (like decorations, etc). So, it was busy, but I got lunch out of the deal!
I hope you had a wonderful weekend no matter what you did! Also, I hope the weather is getting nicer for you too. Ours is in a rut, chilly and windy for now, but there is now snow!!
Friday, April 3, 2009
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
So, we don't have photo's of what the room, the favors or the tables, but I will share with you some of the pictures that were able to be saved since the operator switched camera's half way through the shower.
Me and the proud grandpa-to-be, my dad. He came to visit with friends and relatives and enjoy the party he and my mom hosted. He loves to ware his tux tee-shirt to casual gatherings. He wore the same shirt to Jeff and my wedding reception (since it was a casual BBQ). Isn't he adorable though?