The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

This was the best Christmas ever!! Having a little baby makes the magic come back! Our Christmas was pretty low key. We stayed in town and just spent it with family. Christmas Eve was at Nanny and Pops’ (my grandparents) house for supper. It was fun getting Turner all dressed up! Here are some photos from Christmas Eve! photoIMG_0030
Stew Me and my brother Jesse
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Christmas day was so nice! We starting the morning sitting in bed, drinking coffee, and playing. Turner is so happy in the mornings. He just smiles and laughs at anything! We had our Christmas music on, which he loves! Then, we got dressed to go for our daily walk. The weather was beautiful! Mid 60s and sunny. The perfect Christmas weather!! imageThen we had supper at my Mom’s house. It was so fun! We got there a little early to open presents.IMG_0044
And of course we had to take our first family picture on Christmas! Turner loves to stare at Stew. He must think he’s looking in a mirror! IMG_0050

Overall it was an amazing two days filled with lots of Christmas music, family, and GREAT food! I’m so thankful we had our little munchkin to make it even more special!

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Life Lately

Turner is 6 weeks old!! He is really starting to get a personality. Mommy and Daddy are starting to feel well rested and can enjoy him so much more too! IMG_0693

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IMG_0035He has reached the point where he is pretty much on a predictable schedule. I started giving him a bottle before bedtime at 5 weeks (because we would fall asleep while eating and not get a full feed) so he sleeps until 4 or 5 in the morning! Stew changes him and I feed him and then back to bed. He wakes up at 7:30 for the day. We play in bed until he goes down for his first nap around 9. We started the babywise schedule around 3 weeks. Of course he was eating every 2 hours for a while so we had to modify it. Basically our daily schedule now looks like this:

7:30-9am wake, change diaper, feed  (wake time includes things like reading, tummy time, going for a walk, sitting in his swing, bouncy seat, play gym, etc)

9-10:30 nap

10:30 wake, change, feed

12:00-1:30 pm nap

1:30 wake, change, feed

3:00-4:30 nap

4:30 wake, change, feed

6:00-7:30 nap

7:30 wake, feed, bath, change into PJs

9:00-10:30 nap

10:30 change, bottle, bed

5am change, feed

7:30 am wake, change, feed

Sometimes he’ll fuss when we put him down for his naps but falls asleep after a few minutes. If he’s really crying we pick him up for a few seconds and then put him back in his bed. If he wakes up early from a nap, we’ll just go with it and start over for the next cycle. We’re not too rigid but it usually just ends up working! It was definitely hard to hear him cry at first, but that’s what babies do! Schedules aren’t for everyone, but this is very helpful for me since I work from home! 

Life has definitely calmed down since the first few weeks. I feel like we’re all getting to know each other and getting into a routine. Each week seems easier! Turner likes to throw us a curve ball every now and then (aka growth spurt) but we’re able to handle it better now! We are so in love with this little munchkin!!

First Month Favorites!

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Nursing TankThese are unbelievably comfortable! I’ve been wearing them every day for the past month…especially in the first two weeks when you might as well put on some good movies and not get off the couch because you’ll be nursing NON-STOP!

Breast PumpI started pumping from the beginning. I pump while he’s nursing so I can kill two birds with one stone! I’ve got lots of milk stored in the freezer. It’s a great feeling knowing that I won’t be held hostage forever! We’ve already given him a few bottles, and he takes them like a champ! 

Naked Protein JuiceSometimes I just don’t have time to eat, but I’m so hungry I could literally eat a cow! These are helpful to get calories and protein when I only have one arm free or am juggling a million things plus a newborn!

Laundry BinThis is the best thing I ever did. In Turner’s nursery, I have a bin right next to his changing table. I put a drop of laundry detergent and fill it about halfway with water. That way I drop dirty clothes or burp cloths into it and let them soak until I’m ready to do a load of his laundry. That way his clothes aren’t permanently stained, and I’m not doing laundry every 10 minutes! 

Heating PadWe put this in his bed so it’s nice and cozy. We turn it on while I nurse him in the middle of the night and turn it off before we put him back to bed. That way he goes from one warm and snuggly place to another!

K’tanThis is so perfect for carrying Turner around while I’m working, cleaning, cooking, etc. A must have for the little one!

And a little something for your enjoyment! Stew’s parents took a picture of us while they were here last weekend… Life as we now know it…_DSC6314

A Month of Firsts…

It’s hard to believe that Turner is a month old! I still go over our birth story in my mind. It’s amazing how we just became parents one day and it’s now the new “norm”. I’m loving it!

The first two weeks were rough. Turner was eating every hour! By the time I finished feeding him, he was hungry again in 30 or 40 minutes! I was getting pretty depressed and anxious about it. I didn’t want any visitors or to go anywhere for fear of him having a freak out and me needing to feed him right then and there! At around a week and a half, I called my friend Jill and she saved me! She said, “Emily, you’re not doing things for fear of what might happen” She also said that something happens at 2 weeks where you really just accept this as your new norm and you’re ok with it. Luckily, she was right!

Things started turning around at 3 weeks. After my friend Maribeth dropped off this amazing book on parenting, I was really working on giving Turner a full feeding each time instead of snacking here and there. Basically, he would fall asleep and I would just assume he was full which is why he’d want to eat 30 minutes later. Now we go 3 or 4 hour stretches between feedings! I guess we all are learning as we go.

Now for the fun stuff… A lot has happened in our first month together:

Our first family picturedscf0950 Turner’s first encounter with DexterIMG_0569

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Our first Thanksgiving feeling very exhausted

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Our first car ride followed by several trips to Starbucks and Whole Foods
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And decorating our first Christmas treeIMG_0389

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It’s been such an amazing month together. Stew and I have come to love and rely on each other in a way we never needed to before. I’m so excited to see what the future holds!

Our Natural Birth Story

If you don’t want to know details, don’t read! But I’ll keep it clean… ;o)

Friday night, November 16th, it started! My water broke at 4:30 pm. I was completely taken off guard. Stew and I were sitting on the couch getting ready to take Dexter for a walk. He was just finishing something up on the computer. He says, “I’ll be ready in 5 more minutes”. As I’m sitting there, I got a shooting pain in my stomach (that I thought was gas)! Then, just like in the movies, my water broke! 

The birthing class we took is called “Hypnobabies“. I absolutely recommend this class to anyone doing a natural birth!! To sum it up, it’s meant to keep you completely relaxed in order to have a shorter and more pleasant birthing time (our term for labor). There is a series of scripts loaded onto my ipod that are about 30 minutes long that I’ve been listening to every night for the past 2 months. I can’t tell you what they say because I fall asleep every time! I guess they work! The classes trained us to stay calm and not get too excited. So we did. We lit a fire, ate some dinner, and watched TV until about 9pm. At that point my birthing waves (our term for contractions) started getting stronger and closer together, about 8 minutes apart. They were not bad, but strong enough that I wanted to start listening to my scripts. So we got our bag and snacks ready for the birth center and got ready for bed. I put on my headphones and off to sleep I drifted. I knew laying down would slow down my birthing time, but I figured it was more important to get rest during the night which was a good plan! So I slept through the night until about 3:30 am. I would wake up every 30 to 40 minutes when a strong birthing wave would come but then go back to sleep.

Stew and I got up around 3:30am when my birthing waves were 5 minutes apart. They were really strong by then so he called the birth center. Our midwife said to wait until my birthing waves were 3 minutes apart. So I just kept listening to my ipod breathing through it. I walked a bit to speed up the process. Finally, around 6:00am they were 3 minutes apart. Stew packed the car and we hit the road. I kept my ipod in the whole time and just kept my eyes closed for the 25 minute drive.

We got to the birth center and my waves were REALLY strong by then. I laid on the bed for about 1 1/2 hours. I would have a REALLY strong wave and then fall asleep. Finally, the nurse had me turn over to shake things up. At that point they got even stronger so I knew something was about to happen. It was another hour before she started the tub. About 15 minutes later, Stew and I got in. Stew put on the “pushing baby out” script. I was only in the the tub for about 5 minutes before I started to push baby out! He was out in 25 minutes. I couldn’t believe how fast that happened! It was so surreal and amazing that I was holding our baby that was just inside me for the past 9 months! He was so perfect!!At that point, Stew got out of the tub and had “skin to skin” time with Turner while I got out of the tub. I felt so great afterwards! I couldn’t believe it. It was truly because of the relaxed atmosphere and the natural birthing process. There was not so much as an Advil in my system! I was really able to enjoy our time as a little family! It was the most amazing experience of my life!

Turner Lewis Watson was born November 17th at 10:21 am, weighed 8lbs 2 oz, and was 20 inches long.

It’s Go Time!

So, I took my lovely 39 week picture today. I’m not technically 39 weeks until Monday, so I wasn’t planning on posting it yet. Buuuuuut, mother nature had a different plan! My water broke at 4:30 this afternoon. It was crazy! I worked all day, feeling no different! Then, this afternoon, Stew came home from work, and we did some things to get the nursery finalized. We took down the chalkboard (sad), moved Turner’s changing table into its rightful position, hung up the shelf over his changing table, and arranged all of his goodies for all the poopy diapers to come!

Then, we took our wreaths and window candles out of the attic and got those all put up in the windows. His boss called during the decorating madness and laughed at us because it’s not even Thanksgiving yet! Stew’s response was, “well we don’t know how much time we have left”. Little did we know, we had about 30 minutes left!!!

So, needless to say, the birthing waves (prettier word than contractions) are coming and going, and I’m just taking it easy until we go to the birth center (probably in the middle of the night). Stew is making some chicken and dumplings for supper, and I’m ready to sit on the couch by the fire and enjoy our last night together! It’s hard to believe that it’s all coming to an end! I really enjoyed my pregnancy, but I think I’ll love having our little Turner even more! Just for kicks, I’ll post my 39 week picture even though I didn’t quite get there! Stay tuned for more to come!