Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Newborn Footprint Craft

Carter is now three weeks old and we're soaking up every minute together. He's growing so fast and becoming more alert by the minute! Here's his most recent picture. When Daddy is in charge of bath time, Carter gets a mohawk. ;) 
baby mohawk

One of the things I really wanted to do before he got much bigger was a handprint and footprint craft. We quickly found out that his handprint wasn't going to be easy to capture. His newborn grasp reflex means he keeps his hands in tiny little fists. But he feet were pretty easy to work with, so we went with that. We'll do his handprints for something else when he gets a little bigger.

We tested both acrylic paint and ink stamps. Both went on easy, but I loved the way the ink turned out because it showed the finer details of his footprint better than the paint. It was definitely a two person job. My husband held Carter while I pressed the ink pad into his foot. I definitely recommend doing this in diaper only, it got a little messy. 
newborn footprint craft

One he was inked up, I gently pressed Carter's foot onto this design I made. I printed it on card stock so the ink wouldn't bleed. 
newborn footprint craft

I think it turned out so cute!
newborn footprint craft

We made one for each set of grandparents too. I love how each one is unique.
newborn footprint craft

I think it's the perfect newborn keepsake because it has his footprints as well as some of his birth stats. For now though, the days need to SLOW DOWN. He's growing way too fast.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Favorite Friday: Time for Sleep

Sleep Time Essentials for Baby
I am far from a Mommy expert, but I already have a few items that have made our first two weeks at home easier. With so many baby items out there and a variety of "buy this/not that" advice, it can be confusing and overwhelming when it's time to decide what to buy. So, I wanted to highlight a few items we're currently loving and break down why we're digging them.

1. Cloud B On the Go Soother: We have the owl version, but it's out of stock and seems to be discontinued. It's currently available as a giraffe or lamb. I love this because it's NOT too loud for baby, something that was super important to me. It attached with velcro, so it's easy to attach to the crib or grab it and take it with you on the stroller. Carter is a pretty good sleeper, but sometimes he fusses a little when we first put him down. One click of the button on this little magical animal, and he's out. It plays ocean, rain, nature, and whale sounds that automatically shut off on a timer.

2. Chicco Lullaby Baby: We're using this in our bedroom as Carter's crib at night. We started in the newborn napper for his first few nights, but now he sleeps flat in the bottom portion. It's super convenient to have the diaper changer up top too. We can change Carter, feed him, and have him back to bed in about twenty minutes without leaving our bedroom. I call that a win.
Chicco Lullaby Equinox

3. Aden + Anais Swaddles: We swaddle Carter at bedtime. Not only does it keep him cozy and remind him of the womb, but it also keeps him from rolling over onto his face. He's a big fan of rolling onto his side, but gets stuck on his shoulder. It makes my momma heart nervous to look up and see him on his side while he's sleeping. The swaddles solve that. We have a couple sleep sacks that we really love too, but the swaddles are super versatile for snuggling during the day as well.

4. Owlet Baby Monitor: We have the traditional video monitor for checking in on Carter once he's sleeping in his own crib, but my momma heart needed more peace of mind. I'm so thankful I discovered the Owlet! This little gadget uses hospital-quality pule oximetry technology to monitor Carter's heart rate and oxygen level while he sleeps. It communicates via a base station and also syncs to both of our cell phones to alert if there's a problem. You can use the app to view Carter's stats in real time too. I definitely sleep easier when Carter has it on as an extra layer of security. Well worth the price!
Owlet Baby Monitor

Hope that helps, and I'll continue to share other favorites in the coming months!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Two Weeks Old

It's hard to believe, but we've been home with little man for two weeks now. The little squish has already grown so much, but here are his first week pictures. Yesterday was his official due date, so we've been living on bonus time. ;)

What's new this week?
-Mamaw and Poppy came to spend a few days with us when Daddy went back to work.
-We had Carter's newborn pictures taken Tuesday. I can't wait to get those proofs back.
-He's topping the scales at just over 8 pounds and eating like a champ.
-He's starting to stay awake more during the day, but still sleeping in 3-5 hour stretches at night.
-Both Mommy and Daddy took him on separate outings alone. Big step!
-His furry sisters continue to love on him. So happy about that!

Overall, we're still learning to be a family of three {or six depending on how you look at it!}, but it also seems like Carter has been here with us all along. He was definitely picked just for us. I'll be sharing some of my new mommy must-haves that have helped us through later this week.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

38 Week Surprise

Well, we did it! Our little man made his debut last week, at exactly 38 weeks. Here's my final bump picture. 

I have to admit that I miss feeling Carter bump around in my belly. I still catch myself resting my hand on my stomach at night and waiting to feel him kick. But, having him here in my arms is absolutely perfect too. 

When I went in for my regular weekly appointment Monday morning, I asked my doctor about Carter's reduced movements. I noticed that he was sluggish in the mornings and it would be several hours before I'd feel him move, but he would always make up for it with a dance party in my belly by evening. To be safe, my doctor had me do a NST (non stress test). Basically, I was hooked up to a fetal heart monitor and hit a button every time I felt Carter move. They'd 'buzz' my belly with a little vibrating noise maker to encourage him as well. After about 30 minutes, Carter had failed the test.

So then I was sent downstairs for a BPP (biophysical profile) ultrasound. They were looking for things like fetal movement, practice breathing, fluid level, etc. We could see his heart beat on the screen and he looked okay, but the test took the full 30 minutes instead of the predicted 15 to check off everything the tech needed to see. Then it was a really long wait for the tech to share the results with the doctor. At that point, my husband told me that he was pretty sure I wasn't going to be leaving the hospital. Sure enough, the doctor came in and asked how I felt about having a baby that day. Carter had scored 4/10.  We were sent directly to labor and delivery to start the induction. Thankfully I was already 4cm and 70% effaced on my own, which meant my body was starting to do the work on its own already. At this point it was 1pm and I was STARVING though. I knew labor could be really long, especially being induced. Thankfully my doctor let me order a light lunch while we were doing paperwork. I wasn't able to eat much due to anxiety, but it was better than nothing. By about 3pm, pitocin was starting and we were underway.

It was sloooow progress and they ended up having to break my water at 5am. The nurse suggested I go on and get my epidural before breaking my water because that can sometimes make things progress quickly. While the epidural made me super jittery and I hated the way I couldn't feel my legs, getting the epidural wasn't actually as painful as I had expected. I kept telling my husband to put my legs back on the bed, but they already were. LOL! Ryan did a really great job supporting me though. He even had the badge to prove it. 

Okay, truthfully he kept eating snacks and taking naps. But... he still got the badge. ;) Finally, our little man was born at 11:00am Tuesday, just about 24 hours after my initial appointment. He was 7 pounds, 9 ounces and 19 inches long. Totally adorable and perfect, of course. 

After two days in the hospital, we were on our feet and ready to head home. 

He even held my hand on the way home. Our wedding song even came on the radio right about this time. How appropriate is that? 
Oh, and when the kids are old enough
We're gonna teach them to fly
You and me together, we could do anything, Baby
You and me together yes, yes
We can always look back at what we did
All these memories of you and me baby
But right now it's you and me forever girl
And you know we could do better than anything that we did
You know that you and me, we could do anything
You and me together, we could do anything, Baby
You and me together yeah, yeah
Two of us together, we could do anything, baby

When we got home, the dogs did great. Izzy and Lily think Carter is their baby. So sweet! 

We've also survived our first bath. Love his hair and how soft it is when it's all clean! 

Of course, when Daddy does bath time Carter gets a mohawk. Such a little dude.

As for me, we're surviving our first day with Daddy back to work right now. Little man loves helping me work. The beauty of working for myself from home with Jamberry means I don't have to miss a thing. So blessed!