Wednesday, August 31, 2011

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Monday, August 29, 2011

Beautiful Day

Nothing like waking up to a beautiful day.  The temperature was cool, the breeze was blowing, and the sun was rising.  While watching the news, the weatherman stated that the day was going to be wonderful.  So here I sit, planning my day.

The baby has been fed, and so has mommy.  We are definitely going to the park, but what else should we do?  I have gardening that could be done with baby in the stroller, or cleaning that needs to be done inside, but that is inside.  I want to redo my kitchen closet and make use of all of the room in there, but that requires the use of power tools.  I am not the most coordinated person, so I will leave that till Brian comes home.  I want to sit and create new items for my ETSY shop, ohhh I could do that outside.  Hmmmm... the possibilities are endless.  I think today is going to be a 100% outdoors day, which means park and weeding. 

I love being at home with my baby.  Now if only this could last forever. 

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Child's Eyes

One month and two days old and little Nolan has already experienced an earthquake and a hurricane, amazing.  I am just happy that neither caused serious damage and we are able to move on with our lives quickly.

It's amazing how much you can learn in one month.  While coming out of the womb knowing nothing more than how to move and breath in there, Nolan has already learn so much.  He knows my voice and looks for me when I speak to him.  He is starting to understand that he has to hold his "binks" (pacifier) in with his hand in order for it to stay.  He likes the water when he gets a bath, something most babies hate.  And he has already rolled over!  That's what he has learned.

What I have learned is life is truly a miracle.  How something so precious and perfect can be created in a matter of nine months I just don't understand.  Why all God's creations aren't perfect and why some have broken hearts is something else I will never understand. 

To look into my child's eyes everyday is a miracle.  To have my child's eyes watching over his family is ultimately another miracle (not one I ever wanted but God needed it that way). 

Friday, August 26, 2011

One is done?!

"August 26, wow really?!", that's what I thought as I woke up this morning.  One month ago I was waking up to a little boy that I delivered in the wee hours of the morning.  It has been one month!  I can't believe it.  The month has been busy, fun, sad, and very exhausting.  So much has happened with surgeries, growth, feedings, clothing, diapers, cries, and smiles. 

From delivery to our newest milestone, which took place at the doctor's office today, we are doing well and definitely growing.  Nolan weighed 7.12 at birth, left the hospital at 7.1, was 7.3 at his first doctor's visit, a week later he was 7.7 and today he weighed in at an astounding 8.7 pounds.  I couldn't believe it!  He grow by one inch and is now 20 inches long.  And his head measured 15 inches round, up from 14 inches.  My baby is getting bigger. 

So what was the milestone you ask???  Well, as the doctor was placing Nolan on his belly to check his back, he decided to rollover.  Yes, rollover at one month old.  A fluke you say?  No, he did it three times, twice to the right and once to the left.  The doctor couldn't believe it.  She said, "I have being doing this job for fifteen years and I have only seen a one month old rollover a few times.  This is amazing!"  Yes, our son "the show off" decided today was the day to rollover.  (Of course today was the day I didn't bring the camera.. ugh!)

What else did we do on Nolan's one month?  Well, he had to get a shot at the doctors, boo!  But he did really good.  He cried for about 20 seconds, but boy was it a cry.  It was like he couldn't get his breath.  We then had to pick up a prescription for him for vitamin D.  I didn't realize that breast fed babies needed a vitamin D supplement (things they don't tell you).  Then we came home and while he slept I cut and filed his finger nails. 

We were going to go for pictures today but the rest of the world has gone crazy and we couldn't deal with it any longer.  People were out in masses getting milk, water, gas, and money.  I have never seen anything like it before.  It was worse than when we have snow storms, I mean these people were crazy.  So, we decided to come home and get out of the hurricane preparation craziness!  We are going to pictures tomorrow.

Over the past month, I have learn so much about life, even more than I did last year.  I am still amazed that our precious gift is here with us and just how special he really is.  I enjoy watching him sleep, talking to him, seeing his smiles, and feeling his soft little feet.  We are pretty close to being on a schedule but even without the schedule he eats about every three hours (four to five hours at night - whoop whoop!). 

Yes, month one is already done, but it was filled with many precious memories and there are so many more yet to come.

These photos were taken today...

"Yes, I know, I am styling!"

"This thing is double my size!"

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Fun with ABC's

I saw this done on a blog that I follow for crafting and thought it would be fun to share with you.  It's a fun way to share some of me with you.  It's pretty neat actually....

So here goes:

A. age: 31

B. bed size: full

C. chore you hate: cleaning the bathrooms - mainly because there are three of them and I feel like it takes forever!

D. dogs: yes, I have two and I wish we didn't have them now that we have a baby.  Their dog hair is horrible.

E. essential start to your day: a shower, I just cannot shower at night MUST be in the morning.

F. favorite color: green 
G. gold or silver: was always gold until last year.  Now I would rather silver. 

H. height: 5' even!!

I. instruments you play: piano

J. job title: assistant vice president, instructor II 

K. kids: yes, two little boys

L. live: kirkwood, pa

M. maiden name: lech

N. nicknames: meggers, nene, meg

O. overnight hospital stays: waaaay too many to count, just in the past four months I think I stayed over four times.

P. pet peeve: people on cell phones in the bathroom, dumb people, people obsessed with themselves or celebrities

Q. quote: "There is no foot so small that it cannot leave an imprint on this world"

R. righty or lefty: lefty

S. siblings: 1 sister and 1 brother

T. time you wake up: right now I get up when the baby does

U. university attended: not a university but Goldey Beacom College

V. vegetables you dislike: lima beans

W. what makes you run late:  just being me

X. x-rays you’ve had: way too many

Y. yummy food: hamburgers, strawberries, corn on cob

Z. Zoo animal favorite: giraffe

So pretty neat to learn about someone else, huh?!  Well, now it's your turn.  If you do this, please post a link to your post in my comments here, I would love to learn more about you.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Earthquake, really?!

Okay, so I live in a very small town in Southeastern PA where nothing exciting ever happens.  When a tractor is stolen from a farm that is what makes the front page of the newspaper, that is how small the town is.  Oh, and we have horse and bugs that drive down our road, a road which isn't paved, it's just a layer of stones. 

So, now that you are laughing, let me tell you about my eventful day.

After going to visit with a lady from church to ensure that I was up to date on the sacrament of baptism, I came home, fed Nolan and we played for a bit.  When it was time for a nap he decided that fifteen minutes was all he needed.  For whatever reason, he woke up and would not go back to sleep.  I decided to sit on the couch with him and rock him to try to allow the tired baby to close his eyes. 

Just as he was nodding off, it happened.  The walls started shaking, the floor and couch were vibrating, and the glasses in my cabinets were rattling.  Earthquake??? No!  I immediately thought it was the washing machine because mine likes to jump which makes the floor shake.  Then I realized that I wasn't doing wash.  The dogs started to freak out and I looked outside.  My trash cans that were sitting at the end of the drive waiting for pickup were shaking also.  "No way", I thought. 

I called Brian and said, "You are going to think I am dumb, but I think I just sat through an earthquake."  He laughed at first, but when a buddy of his said that his wife called to report the same thing, he realized I was right.
An earthquake in PA, really?! 

I called my mom and told her that I just lived through an earthquake (not that what I felt was earth shattering, but still).  She thought I had lost my mind.  I explained what I felt and told her to ask at work. 

After getting on FB, I realized it really was an earthquake that I felt.  Wow!  Talk about crazy, this is not something that happens everyday.  Never in my life (31 years) have I actually "felt" an earthquake.  Well, today, at exactly four weeks old, Nolan felt his very first earthquake as I held him very close to me. 

Friday, August 19, 2011

Being His Mommy

Yes, I know, you probably thought I got lost.  Well, I have but not in the way you may have imagined.  No, I haven't lost my way to my computer, instead I have gotten lost in the sweet moments of the past three and a half weeks. 

The first week was spent in the hospital.  It was tough but we managed.  The pain meds for the kidney stones and the c-section made it hard to stay awake but I pulled through.  But holding our precious child, looking into his eyes, hearing his cry, it made everything so worth it, yes, even the kidney stones.

The second week I was scheduled for a stone surgery but it was canceled thanks to a wonderful UTI.  That allowed me time to go home and enjoy my precious gift.  Week two was spent feeding, changing LOTS of diapers, swinging in the swing, and trying to keep a little one awake during the day.  Talk about a need for newborn clothing.  If I have learned one thing, it is that I will forever buy one newborn outfit for baby showers going forward.  Nolan had nothing to wear the first few weeks because everything in his drawers and closet was WAYYYY too big.

This week has gone by so quick.  I had surgery on Monday and it took all day Tuesday to recover.  Staying home with a baby by yourself when you still have so much medicine in you is not fun.  We slept most of the day.  My stent came out today, which is great and we have made much success in joining a church and scheduling Nolan's baptism. 

I spend most days feeding, changing, entertaining, and repeating but I enjoy all of it.  I enjoy looking at the most precious face, listening to the little noises that are made, and most of all I enjoy being his Mommy!

Here are just a few photos from the past three weeks: 

As you can see, he is lost in his outfit but from the cute smile on his face, it appears it doesn't phase him.

This was the first time Nolan wore a two piece outfit, yes, pants and a shirt.  I thought he looked so grown up.

Ah yes, the head holder.  He constantly sleeps like this, hand under the head holding it up.

"Hey, will you talk to me Pooh?!"  Yes, I did it.  A pooh bear photo shoot.  Some of the photos turned out so cute.

Yes, I love this photo.  He looks so tiny, but this outfit fits him at least.  Yep, it is a newborn size.

My Captain Cutie!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Little Brother

So the first time we tried to wear this special outfit it only lasted two minutes before a little stinker christened it.  Yesterday we tried the outfit again and it was a success. 

So very special!  Believe me, he will learn all about his big brother as he grows up.  Nolan proudly displayed his special outfit all day long yesterday while my entire family, including my Dad, came to see him. 

Sometimes being a brother is even better than being a superhero. 
~Marc Brown

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Announcement of our gift!!!

After countless reviews of several cards and after carefully deciding on the best photos to use, we have decided on Nolan's birth announcement.  Of course, it will be coming from Shutterfly, as they are my source for all of my photo projects. 

Here is a sneak peak of Nolan's birth announcement:

As always, thank you Shutterfly for ensuring another chapter of our life is displayed perfectly!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

My Angel Gave Me a Rainbow

Oh, there is so much to say, so many feelings being felt, and so little time to get it all down. Yes, our gift is here!!  After a rough delivery due to position and baby's heart rate dropping, he arrived via c-section at 1:38am on Tuesday, July 26.  He weighed in at 7lbs 12oz and was 20 inches long.  He was swollen and had cute little plump lips, dark hair, and chubby checks.  Our little Nolan James had finally been placed in our arms. 

After countless hours of waiting, praying, and wishing, he was welcomed into the world by his Mommy, Daddy, and Grandparents.  I have never seen Brian so happy.  He was scared at first when entering the OR room but after he heard that little cry (the dinosaur cry we call it now), Brian's face will filled with happiness, pride, and accomplishment.  It was as if he could run through the halls of the hospital.  He followed Nolan to the nursery, watched as the nurses cleaned him up, and showed our parents his new little boy.  He then came back to me in the OR recovery room, showed me a few pictures of Nolan and asked if he could return to the nursery.  He was happy, finally happy.  He told me before that he would not let his guard down until this baby arrived.  He didn't, but after the doctors said that we had a healthy little boy, the guard was let down and he was showing it!

We remained at the hospital until Friday, July 29 because of the c-section and kidney stones.  During that time, I had to learn how to breast feed, Nolan had to learn how to eat, and Brian had to learn how to change a diaper (LOL).  We all learned quick and fast.  The hardest part was the breast feeding, but after a few days that came too.  We couldn't have asked for better nurses.  Each nurse was wonderful, absolutely wonderful.  Our favorites were Grace, who was my nurse and Alice, who was Nolan's nurse.  Alice was amazing.  She was there from day one and without her I probably wouldn't be breast feeding.  She did more for me when it came to breast feeding than any of the lactation nurses did.  Alice was there for every feeding, she listened and cared, and she provided insight on the smallest things that would make the biggest difference. 

So what else did we do for the five days that we spent in the hospital?  Well, we didn't sleep very much.  Nolan was up every night and slept every day.  He is starting to get better now, but it is still a struggle.  I found myself thinking this morning that I actually like when he is up at night.  Why, you ask?  Because it is Mommy and Nolan time.  We had plenty of visitors come to the hospital to see us.  So many that there were days that were blurs to me.  There were conversations that I had with people that I know made no sense.  There were times when I even caught myself nodding off during conversations. 

It didn't matter to me that I could hardly hold a conversation or even stay awake.  What mattered to me was that my little boy was happy and healthy, that he was here in my arms, and that my angel gave me a rainbow.  Ironically, this figurine was created just a few days before our rainbow arrived.  It is made by The Midnight Orange and says so much.  I have this figurine on my Etsy wish list.

On Friday, July 29 we were released from the hospital.  It was time to go home, we were finally bringing our son home.  We packed up the room, dressed Nolan for his ride home, had hospital photos taken (which are more like professional photos), and waited for an escort to take us to the car.  Nolan loved his car seat and looked so cute.

As we left the hospital, emotions were soaring.  Happiness as we were going home with our healthy little boy.  Sadness because we never got the chance to do this with our first son, Wyatt.  A bit scared because the nurses told us that Nolan was getting close to losing that 10%, as he was down to 7lbs 1oz.  Amazed as this was the moment that we had been longing for and it took four tough years to get here. 

Brian went to get the car, put Nolan in back seat, and ensured he was buckled tightly in.  Then we headed home, the four of us, Mommy, Daddy, Nolan, and our angel who made all of this possible, Wyatt.