Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Precious Memories

(I've updated the Paige Turned contest blog with the winner!)

We are operating on some little sleep over here so I do apologize that this blog has taken the brunt of it. I had completely forgotten how time consuming newborns are and it's been interesting adding in a very active three year-old on top of the sleep deprivation. I also had my first bout with mastitis this time around last week - ugh. REALLY praying that is the first and only case! I had it over and over with Nathan until the doctor finally just put me on a low-dose antibiotic for the rest of the 13 months that I nursed him.

So here's our last few weeks in pictures... :)

Dad and his boys. :)

Love their morning chats. :)

He wanted to read to Baby Parker. Love that he picked "Just Me and My Little Brother".

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My nap buddy one afternoon.

Sweet little jaundice baby had to spend quite a lot of time in the sun his first two weeks of life.

Nonnie and Papa O came to visit!

We did not appreciate our first bath at home.

Sweet alert baby boy.

Someone is very into holding his baby brother.

Working on his dance moves for Uncle Bryant's upcoming wedding this weekend. ;)

"Don't worry, Mama. I'm keeping an eye on Baby Parker."

We are cord (or "plug" as Nathan called it) less!!

Little worried boy. I have no idea why he would be concerned.

Never mind. ;)

I successfully made it through our first grocery shopping trip alone with both boys!!

Happy baby!!

Gammy and Pops love.

LOVE this sneak peek of our session with the wonderful Sarah!! :)

We all stayed late at family dinner on Saturday night and practiced our country dancing for Bryant and Nicole's rehearsal dinner this weekend. Love this. :)

And this weekend, we get to celebrate these two!! Such a wonderful, wonderful time coming up!! :) SO SO excited!!

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Paige Turned contest!!

I really meant to have this up on Tuesday but I got a terrible case of mastitis. So I spent Paige Turned's release day in bed with a 103 degree fever. :( Yuck! Thankfully, antibiotics seem to have cleared it up and we are back to plug-free, fever-free nursing.

So (in delayed news), guess what's now available?? ;)

I think that is a great reason for a contest for an autographed copy! And since someone in my house is VERY into all things super heroes right now, you can enter the contest by leaving me a comment with either your favorite super hero or maybe what "super power" you wish you had. ;) Nathan will love hearing your answers!

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Also, I apologize that I have been so SO behind on this blog and in replying to you guys on email, Facebook and Instagram. Please know I LOVE reading all your messages! I'm so thankful for all your precious prayers right now!!

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Meeting big brother :)

I am so far behind on here!! Parker is two weeks old today and just an absolute doll. Both boys are down right now (though I've heard Parker stirring), so I'm going to try and type this quick!!

We only had to stay in the hospital for less than 48 hours - such a difference than the 5 day stay we had with Nathan!! It went so well - I was feeling so much better than I did with Nathan's birth.

Parker in his little coming home outfit!! He was so sweet and snuggly!

Jon actually spent the second night that we were in the hospital with Nathan at home and I think it was so good for Nathan. He came up to see me in the hospital lobby the next day because I was just missing my big boy so much and the maternity wards had a "no visitors 15 and under" rule. He took one look at my stomach and said, "Mom! Where is baby Parker??!" Ha! We were so ready that afternoon to leave and go introduce Nathan to his little brother!

We are coming, Nathan! :)

First look. My heart just melted. He was so cute and anxious right before he saw Parker.

Love this!!

He just kept telling us how cute baby Parker was and how he was now the big brother. ;)

First time holding him. :) People warned me but I never figured exactly how much bigger Parker would make Nathan seem. He's gigantic now!

Oh how I love my boys!!

Sweet baby smiles - I just love them!

First picture as a family of four. :)

Precious boys. I was choked up all night.

Love. We have transitioned better than I ever could have imagined or prayed for. So thankful for this precious addition to our family!

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Meeting sweet Parker

What a wonderful, wonderful, WONDERFUL week!! My heart is so full I feel like I might burst into a million pieces at any moment. This post has been a lot longer coming than I hoped, but I'm having a hard time dragging myself away from soaking in every second of Parker's already going-by-too-fast life.

So today being my due date and our little one's sixth day with us, I figured I should introduce you all to my precious little Parker. :)

Last Saturday (our sixth anniversary!!), I started having more regular contractions off and on and some of them got pretty painful. Early, early Sunday morning - March 16th - I woke up with the contractions and some major nausea. By ten o'clock that morning I called my doctor, he was on call and he told me to come on to hospital.

I was contracting every two to four minutes when we got to the hospital and they were only speeding up and getting harder. But Parker still hadn't engaged and I hadn't dilated at all - so basically the same story as Nathan. And since we'd been having weekly ultrasounds with Parker, we all knew his head wasn't going to be fitting through my pelvic bone. So, my doctor decided to go ahead and do our c-section that day.

We waited in triage for what seemed like forever because several emergency c-sections came through and even though I was in regular labor, Parker wasn't going anywhere and his heart rate was perfect. Such a blessing!!

My mom and sister came up to the hospital to wait with us and it was so nice to have some distractions to the time passing and the increasing contractions. Then finally around eight o'clock, we were told it was time! I walked (such a surreal walk!) to the OR, climbed up on the bed and got my spinal. It was so much better than my epidural with Nathan! I felt absolutely nothing. It was just the strangest experience as they draped the blue sheets and Jon showed up in his mask and hat. I had to keep taking deep breaths because I kept thinking he's almost here! In just a few minutes, I get to meet the one we've been praying for for so long!!

The biggest thing I had wanted in having another c-section was to have the opposite experience as Nathan's birth. With Nathan, he had been in distress and they whisked him away before I even really had the chance to see him.

It was SO wonderfully different with Parker! Jon got to watch his entire birth and then I heard everyone start yelling, "Look up, Erynn!" and my doctor was holding Parker over the sheet for me to see. I started bawling - he was so beautiful!

They wiped him down and did his Apgar testing and then brought him right over to me. They pushed all the blankets and my gown out of the way and we got to do skin to skin contact for the rest of the time we were in the OR. It was amazing. He was crying while they were wiping him down and when they put him on my chest, I started talking to him and he immediately stopped crying, just kept looking me in the eyes and rubbing my face with his hand. I just cried and cried.

 Since we had been there all day and kept getting pushed back, our nurses and anesthesiologist were so sweet to us - they even let Mom and Cayce come in the recovery room with us. In there, I tried nursing for the first time and Parker latched on perfectly right away - yet another HUGE fear I had since nursing was so difficult in the beginning with Nathan.

God was just so good to us through everything - we had the absolute BEST possible experience we could have had!

We didn't even stay at the hospital for 48 hours - I was able to walk that night and by Tuesday, I was walking all the way across the Mother and Baby floor without any problems at all. So thankful for the quick healing - especially since coming home to my active firstborn!

Parker has just been the sweetest addition to our family. He is SO snuggly and so precious. I just love watching his little face and hearing his sweet little noises and smelling his soft head and there has been so much kissing of those chunky cheeks that I'm kind of amazed he still has them. ;)

We are so blessed, friends. Thank you oh so much for all of your prayers for us over these last few years as we have waited and prayed for this precious little boy. He is so loved. It still is so surreal to me. I wake up for nighttime nursings and in the morning and it's always this double take of we have a baby! He's really here!!

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