Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Cuteness Overload

Now that we've gotten a new camera, I won't do a post but I will leave you to look upon this marvelous creation of cuteness. 

Try not to hate me too much for the absolute perfection that comes out of my body!


Friday, January 17, 2014

Checking In

How's everyone out there tonight??

I've been contemplating posting Jack's birth story on my blog, but since I've never posted a birth story before, I wondered if anyone would want to read it besides me??

So, I'm going to think about posting the birth story! My whole pregnancy with Jack was a miracle, and so is his safe and timely arrival.  The fact that God answered our (and your) prayers to a T was nothing short of supernatural! 

Today Jack is two weeks old.  None of us can believe it's already been two weeks!  He is the most cuddly baby I've ever had.....I mean, Pennie was cuddly, but Jack eclipses her in the Snuggles Department! 

Jack loves his mama the best.  No, really he does! I'm really not speaking from a biased point of view here! He can be crying his eyes right out and then he gets into Mama's arms, he calms right down.  I'll admit, we crave each other.

I've taken to calling him Little Man.  To look at him, you'd never guess he was so big at birth.  He's pretty skinny and small, and Big Guy is what we used to call Russell, and it just doesn't seem right for Jack.  So, I call him Little Man.

He is the best nurser I've had....ahem.....he REALLY KNOWS what he's doing! Suffice it to say, I'm sore, but it's going away as I get used to nursing again.  He is the hardest sucker I've ever, ever had.  But he sure knows what he's doing and I'm so proud of him.

I don't know if you can tell from the one picture we posted, but he has dark hair.  He has a fine dusting of beautiful soft hair and it looks like it's the color of Mama's.  I know newborn's hair usually falls out, but for now we're enjoying his hair.

He loves to have his head stroked and rubbed.  I love doing it because he is just so soft!

***I guess it sounds like I'm totally in love!!!***

So far he has spent his little life in onesies, because everything we have for him is way too big! We're running out of onesies for him, and so I plan on going to a few local resale shops as soon as I feel up to it and getting him some things to wear.  The bigger stuff we have looks like it won't fit him until at least Spring.

If you were wondering how I'm doing, I feel a little bit like I got slammed by a semi truck AND run over by it too.  Hey, it's tough having a baby when you're 40!! I have a head ache that won't quit and I'm still weak and shaky, due to probably some low iron issues.  I had my back adjusted today by my beloved chiropractor and it felt so good.  I'm thinking about getting a massage.....and I've lost about 40 lbs in the last two weeks, no lie! So now none of my clothes fit me and a lot of my clothes seem to have disappeared, so I'm in line for a few more things too.....

***I'd better get to the bathroom....one of the girls is holding him while he sleeps and I'm not sure how long that will last! You veteran mamas out there know what I mean....sneak in the showers and the visits to the bathroom when you can!!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

He's here!!

Hello all!

Finally after much waiting and praying and some stressful times the past few months,  Jack Thomas has finally arrived! He was born on friday morning at 3:52 a.m in the bathtub at home. We haven't gotten an official weight on him yet because my midwife was ill and wasn't able to attend the birth.
However, using an antique postal scale, we think he weighs around 8 lbs 5 ounces, and is about 22 inches long. I wish we had more pictures, but our camera is missing, so these were from someones phone.

We are so incredibly relieved and so ecstatic that he's here! Were both resting and I can't seem to take my eyes off him! Thank you so much for all of your prayers...we know that he's a miracle!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Another Update

Thank you all for continuing to hang in there with us through this long journey!

I just got back from my midwife's.  She only sees patients on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, but she has made many exceptions for me.  She was even feeling ill and she saw me anyway!

I called her at 5:30 PM and she agreed to do a quick ultrasound to confirm that Baby Boy was still not head down, as we thought today, and she was going to make an appointment for me tomorrow to have him turned and induced and maybe even just have a C-section.

I had an adjustment and a 1 hour pregnancy massage today at my chiropractor.  My chiropractor thought his head was a bit lower but he wasn't head down.  I couldn't feel anything that different and just thought indeed that his head was a bit lower on my left side.

I came home and laid down in my bed and tried to take a nap.  I got a bit of sleep.

So upon arriving at my midwife's, she got me settled and put the wand on my tummy......

When what to our wondering eyes should appear but a Baby's head down very low, we knew in a moment that he was almost ready to go!

Yes, Baby Boy is now head down and semi-engaged.  She said there is little chance of him moving back and so....

We will probably have a baby in the next few days!

Thank you all for your prayers.  That is the only reason why it looks as though our deep desire for a peaceful home birth is going to be graciously granted by the Lord!

Whatever you do, please do not stop praying! Pray for Baby Boy to stay put! Pray for a peaceful and quick birth!

Indeed, God is gracious and merciful and full of loving compassion!!!!!

11th Hour Update

I went to my chiropractor today and, upon feeling around key areas of my tummy, she thinks that Baby Boy's head is still on my left side, albeit lower than he was on Tuesday.

She said he isn't really transverse anymore, but his head is on my left side.  

I'm going to have a pregnancy massage today and then I'm going to go in for another adjustment.

We are still going to do everything we can so that I can avoid medical intervention.  I know most of you probably do not understand that, but for us, we choose to go as natural as possible because we believe that God is sovereign over my body and we believe that He can do things beyond our comprehension and we are giving Him a chance to do a miracle.  We do not believe that labor and delivery is a sickness or a medical condition, and we do not want any stress or anything to bother or hurt Jack.

Due to the shots that I was taking for an auto-immune condition, I am a poor candidate for a C-section, but I have been off the shots for almost a month.  

We do have to face the fact that I may have to have a C-section, but we are still seeing what God wants to do.

Your prayers are appreciated and I know you ARE praying for us!!!! We appreciate it so much!