Tuesday, May 22, 2018

A Few of Birth

Wanted to post the few pictures we have on the good camera from the day he was born! 



Our first picture together!








Doctor with him!













Molly Anne fed him first, well sorta kinda.  I had fed him in the recovery room.  










Monday, May 21, 2018

Catch Up Post

Whew this is a long post of pictures and kinda wraps up this past week!  My parents, brother and SIL were here this weekend (well Mom has been here since Grady was born) and they all left yesterday.  I ain't gonna lie, yesterday was hard.  Last week was hard.  I know it will get better but I've been all out of whack.  I need to get my world back together as best I can.  And I hope getting Molly Anne to Becky's and sorta getting on more of a schedule it'll help.  I only left the house twice in 8 days to go to the pediatrician and that's enough to drive you nuts.  I drove for the first time to soccer on Saturday but I'm really not supposed to drive until Wednesday.  I know I need to take it easy this week because I'm physically still recovering and yada yada but mentally I need to get out!  

My Mom is a saint and I would not have survived these last 12 days without her.  I haven't washed a single bottle, she cleaned our house, she took care of Mills, she did a million loads of laundry, she entertained Molly Anne, she cooked dinner, she did EVERYTHING.  I am incredibly thankful.  And I will stop typing about this before I start crying while I type.  

Last Tuesday my friend Fran dropped by for a few minutes with dinner and we got to get a picture of these two cute babies born 3 weeks and 1 day apart!  Ellie and Grady


Fran, Ellie and Mills.


I look horrific but I'm still glad Fran made us take this picture!

He had his first bath last Tuesday the 15th at home!  In the kitchen sink!




On Wednesday I dressed them up to get a decent picture of the two of them.  Kathryn was here and video'd the chaos it took to get this picture!

But so worth it!







Mom brought some goodies for Molly Anne and she has loved doing things on the alphabet activity pad with the fancy pens and reading her new book!  The bunny is a card that one of Mom's friends took a picture of and Molly Anne LOVES bunnies!  





We have been so spoiled by friends bringing meals, gifts and sending me the sweetest texts checking in on us.  I'm just so thankful for my friends!  







On Saturday Molly Anne had her last soccer session of this season so Mom and I took them both out there.  Kevin had to be at his office for something he couldn't miss.  


Grady watching Molly Anne - his first time of many on the ball field.


Scoring her last goal!


"I did it Mama!!!!"


Coach Shana - Molly Anne loves her!



Saturday midday my brother, SIL and nieces arrived!  We were so happy for them to be here!  My Dad also left Maryland at 3:55am to get back here by the time my brother's crew arrived.  He's crazy and drove straight through.  Got here about 11:45am!  


My brother and SIL took the three girls to the neighborhood pool which opened this weekend!  


They also made us all dinner which was such a treat.  We all got to be together which doesn't happen often so we always treasure the times it does!  






Everyone wanted to hold our best little buddy!



Comfy!



Molly Anne had the time of her life and it was good for her to have them here! She needed the excitement for sure!



Everyone left midday yesterday so then it became reality - it is just the four of us now!  We headed out for dinner at Chuy's which is where we went after Molly Anne was born for our first outing!  



I ordered lots of pictures from Mpix.com.  Anyone else get pictures printed from there?  I got all of our wedding album printed from there too!



And he thinks he is going to hold his bottle at 11 days old! ;)



Hope everyone has a great week!  Thank you all for all of your kind words!  xo  

Friday, May 18, 2018

Grady’s Clothes

Here are some of Grady's clothes that I've bought so far...all of these were ordered from my hospital bed!

I ordered these from a couple different Instagram places that also have websites - Cecil and Lou and Dressie Jessie Smocking.



These are all from my place in Raleigh where I get so much - Shutterbugs.  I always call Michelle and she helps me with some things that aren't always on the website.  Tell her I say hi if you talk to her!  


Kissy Kissy gowns are essential to life.  These are from Shutterbugs but you can find them on Amazon too.  (Elephants, Dots, Stripes)


Grady in his elephant gown!  


This is the white convertible gown with the blue trim.  I buy this for every new baby I think!  Usually I put the boy's initials in navy on the left side (if I know them) and it's a cute and personalized gift.  




This is the sweetest little Kissy Kissy footie!  I just rolled the sleeves up for now and he can grow into it.  I think blue looks really good on him! ;)




Christine did the cutest monogrammed things for Grady!  Ahhh I love them!  Boy things are definitely different than girls!  I only know girl stuff!  I have a lot to learn from you boy mamas!  Onesies in a couple different sizes in the top left corner, then the bibs.  The third column are burp clothes and the right fish is a blanket!  



Thursday, May 17, 2018

Grady's Birth Story

While it's fresh on my mind, I wanted to write down Grady's birth story!

I'm so glad we didn't know the gender ahead of time because at 35 weeks I learned I was going to be having a c-section due to a low lying placenta.  So since the actual date would be picked for his birthday, it was fun having the gender still be a surprise!  

It was scheduled for 12:30pm on May 9th and we had to be there by 10:30am.  Kevin took Molly Anne to Becky's then came home and we got ready to go and were out the door.  My parents and Kevin's parents came to the hospital around 11am to wait wait and wait.  

My doctor told me I couldn't eat or drink 4-6 hours prior to 12:30pm.  Well when I got to the hospital and they started asking me a million questions, I told them I had eaten at 8:15am.  Well that wasn't going to work because the minimum was 6 hours.  UGH.  So it got pushed to 2:30pm!  I sent Kevin to eat with our parents and I surfed Instagram and hung out.  

Around 2pm we started getting more ready and Kevin got suited up.  My nurse Faye was SO kind and we ended up knowing some of the same people.  She knew our old next door neighbors, small world!  I walked (literally) down and into OR #3 and sat right on the table!  At this point, Kevin was out of the room and they'd bring him in after I got comfortable.  

They gave me the spinal block which was not a big deal at all and barely hurt.  But then I laid down and felt horrifically horrible.  Basically I did not react well to the anesthesia.  I got more comfortable thanks to zofran and a lot of other stuff they gave me.  Then my blood pressure dropped significantly and baby's heart rate was in the 60's and dipping into the 50's.  At one point they couldn't find him. 

What started as a regular c-section became an emergency and before I knew it, there were a million doctors and nurses in that room and they called for peds and that really scared me.  They gave me medicine to make my blood pressure go back up and the doctor immediately cut me and Grady was born two minutes later.  Two minutes.  Kevin came into the room between me being cut and Grady being born.  It was that fast.  I remember asking, "where's Kevin?!!!"  But then he appeared.  Grady was born at 2:57pm on 05/09/18.  Doctor showed him to us over the curtain and announced, "it's a boy!"  Kevin exclaimed is disbelief, "it's a boy?!!"  The plan was for Kevin to tell me what gender the baby was but after the "stat" c-section, it didn't matter!  Health mattered more ha!  And yes, I think we were both completely shocked that it was a boy!  

The next 25 minutes just happened and I had no clue what was going below the curtain nor did I care.  Ha!  I obviously couldn't feel a thing.  Kevin took pictures, cut the cord off of Grady and kept going back and forth from them checking him out to me.  Grady didn't need the pediatrician's thankfully and was in perfect health!  

Kevin, Grady and I went to recovery which was a private room and so perfect.  I had imagined a huge recovery area with others but this was just us and our nurse and that was awesome.  It took me two hours to get my act together...anesthesia and I don't get along, and it doesn't get along with my Mom either so this wasn't a huge surprise.  Kevin had gone out to the waiting room to tell our parents that it was a boy!  We didn't get to see them and they didn't get to see Grady until I was in a regular room.  

In the meantime, Kevin's parents went to get Molly Anne from Becky's so she was with them when they all came into the room.  It wasn't exactly planned that way but things don't always go the way you have them planned!  It worked out though and was fine.  

That's about it!  We are just so excited to have little Grady.  He is perfect!  

Born: Wednesday, May 9, 2018, 2:57pm
Weight:  6 pounds, 15 ounces, left the hospital at 6 pounds 8 ounces
Length:  20.5"

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Saturday til Monday

We got settled right in at home on Friday afternoon and then Kevin went to pick up Molly Anne.  We are trying to keep some normalcy for her and that's why he stayed home from the hospital on Thursday night.  He went and picked her up that day and bathed and put her to bed and was there the next morning to get her up.  So far she's doing really well with the transition, even on Friday afternoon when Grady was at her house for good haha!  


Molly Anne wore this same KK gown....


so naturally I had to do a comparison picture!  Molly Anne on the left and Grady on the right!




Mills has been very tired but it's tiring taking care of two children!





On Sunday we took him to the pediatrician for a well check.  They made us come in no more than two days after being released and our doctor has Sunday appointments so in we went on Mother's Day.  I'm really glad they checked him out thoroughly.  The hospital has changed their procedures and our regular pediatrician's office don't make rounds any more like they did when Molly Anne was born.  They have in house pediatric staff that take care of them at the hospital now then you have to make a pediatrician appointment for after you get released.  

He has only gained 0.8 ounces since he was released from the hospital so he has to go back again on Thursday for a weight check.  I'm not worried about it because I know he's getting fed well and a lot but it will be nice when he's back up to birth weight.  He was born at 6 pounds 15 ounces and was 6 pounds 8 ounces when we left the hospital.  





My children - plural - yikes!


My parents sent me the most gorgeous flowers for Mother's Day!  


Molly Anne made the cutest card at Ms. Beckys!







So Ms. Becky is out of town this week for the first few days so yeah that was interesting timing haha!  Kathryn came over Monday morning and this morning to play with Molly Anne.  Yesterday she went to Kevin's parents house for the day to play and hang with them.  It's been a huge help as I continue to recoup and keep things quiet around here.  










Kathryn's Mom stopped by for a few minutes to hold Grady while Kathryn was here.  Lynne has birthed 10 children naturally with no medicine.  Can you believe that?  She's a supermama!  


Molly Anne loves her Ka-fran!  They went to the playground and had the best time playing all morning!





Nannie has been a huge help.  I haven't washed a bottle yet!  And she's been serving us every meal and sweeping the floor and taking care of Mills and doing laundry and everything else known to man!








On Monday we had a night nurse come so I could sleep through the night for the first time in 9 months.  It was HEAVENLY!  And I can see how it could become addicting.  Ha!


Because of the sleep, I was incredibly productive yesterday morning and feeling a little more back to myself.  I'm just trying to stay low key and hang around instead of having a party here every day like I did with Molly Anne.  The c-section recovery is different than a regular delivery, that's for sure.  On the other hand, this has been so much easier because at least I know how to take care of a baby!  I'm definitely enjoying this stage a lot more since I'm not stressing about the little things I did with Molly Anne.  Once I can drive again, I'll definitely be back in business.    



I stand by what I thought with Molly Anne - first two weeks are the hardest, that's for sure.  But I know there is an end in sight and until then, I'm enjoying every ounce of these newborn cuddles.  He is sooooooooooooo sweet yall!!!!!  

Would you all like to see the clothes I've bought for him?!  Yes, boy clothes are cute too and yes, I'm picky times a 1,000 with them!  ;) 

Tomorrow - the birth story!