Where has the time gone….

5 months, 5 months! I can’t believe Grayson is 5 months old! He has been growing by leaps and bounds! I know i say this all the time, but time is going so fast! it seems like just yesterday we were sitting in the doctor getting our first ultrasound done! So time may seem like its going fast so we soak up every minute of it. Below is his update!

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Likes:
~ Sitting. Yes, he can sit all by himself! Mind you it’s only for a several seconds, but still!
~ his exercise saucer. Grayson seems pretty independent and likes to move about and be doing something. He loves his saucer!
~ standing (with assistance of course 🙂 )
~ making loud, screeching noises over and over, this kid wants to make sure he is heard.
~ rice cereal. Yes we have been “practicing” eating with some rice cereal in the evening. He LOVES it and its the funniest thing ever to watch him eat.
~ bath time

Dislikes:
~ still not digging tummy time
~ dropping a toy and then not getting it back right away (again patience will be taught very early) 🙂
~ waiting for his bottle. As you can see he likes to eat. 🙂
~ missing nap time and going to bed late. This kid likes his sleep, he goes to bed around six, I know…so early! And it’s a big bummer because we get home so late and we only get a short amount of awake time with him. It has been a HARD adjustment. But he needs his sleep and that would be selfish to keep him up when he is so tired. So we make due.

We are loving life as a family of three. And being a mom is truly the best thing in the world. I love every moment even when we had the worst flu ever going around, even then (the last two weeks have been horrendous in the health department from a cold to the flu and back to a cold, boo!).

Grayson is really a great baby and I love watching him experience new things every day. And just because, here are a few other photos of our little guy. And no he is not storing anything in those cheeks of his that’s all baby fat and I love every bit of it. 🙂

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4 months

A couple weeks late but here are some pictures of Grayson at 4 months! He turned 4 months on July 4th, so I decided to go with a patriotic onesie instead of the white onesie I have been doing.

And….a little update into his life. 🙂

Grayson has been growing by leaps and bounds! He is more aware and has longer awake times. He has been talking, no screaming a lot. He wants to make sure he can be heard. 🙂 His naps always tend to be about 45 minutes long. He takes about three naps a day and goes to bed between 6 and 7. I would love for his bedtime to be around 730 or 8, but this kid needs his sleep! He doesn’t take a afternoon nap well so his bedtime is early. Currently, he goes to bed around 630 by himself and wakes up around 1am to eat and then back down until 5am. We try and hold him off until close to 6 am to eat to keep him on a good daycare schedule, but for some reason he will not sleep until 6. He wakes up and is usually happy and talkative. Overrall, things are going well! We had his 4 month appointment and he is a whopping 14lbs and 23 inches long. He is compact. 🙂

So that’s a little insight to Grayson’s life right now! Now, on to the fun pictures and likes and dislikes!

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Likes:
~ standing
~ bath time
~ knocking over block towers
~ sleeping in his swing (which we try not to do as often anymore)
~ putting anything and everything in his mouth (baby proofing is just around the corner)

Dislikes:
~ Being rocked, this kid likes to look around I can tell he is already independent or wants to be.
~ waiting for his bottle (patience is something we will be teaching VERY early)

Oh my gosh, I can only think of two dislikes right now! I’m sure there are more….but he is a pretty easy baby. Especially now that we have his acid reflux under control he is pretty happy the majority of the day.

Can’t wait to see what 5 months will bring us!

3 months and then some….

So time seems to have gotten away from me and I realized I never posted Grayson’s 3 month update and in about two weeks he will be 4 months! Please forgive me, but things have been crazy here. I started work again, and Grayson has spent a total of about 5 days in daycare because soon after he started the poor guy got the flu! He has been battling the flu for about a week so hopefully we are on the mend. He was also was diagnosed with acid reflux, we got him some medicine and now that’s not working! So we need to get new medicine but can’t until Monday (darn insurance!). Then I got the flu! So it’s been a rough couple of weeks but we are slowly feeling better and will hopefully get new meds for the little man so he can feel better. And now it’s Fathers Day Weekend so we plan to stay healthy and spend all our time with daddy 🙂 I hope out all have a wonderful weekend!

3 months!

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Likes:
~ Bath Time
~ Eating (when he feels good and his medicine is working 😦 )
~ Sitting in his bumbo (so glad we bought one!)
~ Putting toys in his mouth
~ The song “Just Give Me a Reason,” by Pink. Whenever he starts to cry or needs help going to sleep, we can play this song and it works miracles!
~ Looking around

Dislikes:
~ Lotion after bath time
~ Sleeping at daycare (he isn’t very good at taking naps at daycare yet, any advice from you working momma’s on this?)
~ Tummy Time
~ Going to sleep (some days are better than others)

So to sum up, ever since his medicine he has been a totally different baby. He seems happier, sleeps better and plays a lot but now that its not working we are back to cranky baby. And who can fault him he is in pain! Poor kid! I will keep you posted!

In other news, Grayson was waiting for daddy to get home to share his Fathers Day weekend plans with him! Post to come but for now enjoy some pictures of our almost 4 month old! 🙂

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Happy Fathers Day Weekend!

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Loves his bumbo!

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Celebrating mommy’s 27th birthday!

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3 Generations! Happy Father’s Day to my father in law!

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Happy Father’s Day to my dad! (Boone dinner train)

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Happy Father’s Day to my best friend!

Enjoy your weekend! And celebrate all the amazing dad’s in your life! Special shout out to my amazing dad, my father in law, and of course my hubby! Enjoy your day guys!

Change is good…

Change is good….right? Well, hope so because next week will be a BIG change for me.

Next week I go back to work. After 12 wonderful (minus the first few 😉 ) weeks I have to leave my adorable baby boy in the hands of someone I barely know. Don’t get me wrong we did a lot of research, asked a lot of questions and decided on a great daycare but still that doesn’t make it any easier. I know I have been so fortunate to be able to spend three months with my little man and even though the first few weeks were tough (due to my own recovery not him) I still would do it all again in a heartbeat, and I would give anything to stay home. Again, don’t get me wrong, I do love my job and work with great people which makes it a little easier. But even knowing and remindng myself of that I am still sad about it. I know it’s for the best, this way with two incomes we can afford to go on vacations, to buy a house, lots of other fun things and even pay for his college some day.

So for the time being I’m loving on Gray and trying to remind myself why I am going back to work. It will be good for him to go to daycare and make friends, and it will benefit him in the long run (right?). I am helping provide for my family by going back to work….but it’s still tough. He grows and changes every day, I won’t be able to hear his little grunts when he eats, or see him anytime I want, or hold him and rock him or dance with him during the day anymore. Everyone says its harder on the parents than the baby, and that he will adjust. Please tell me thats true, because I’m having a hard time believing they will be able to hold him when he needs it and to dance around because he loves it so, and to know just the right things to get him to sleep….but I need to have faith that it will be ok and he will be just fine.

Any advice from working mommas out there would be much appreciated!

And you can bet I will be decorating my office in tons of picture of him I mean take a look, see why it will be so hard to leave this little man! 😦

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2 Months

I can hardly believe Grayson is already 2 months old! In just a couple short weeks my maternity leave will be ending. 😦 I know I’m so fortunate that I have had so much time and I really have been treasuring all this time with him but it doesn’t make it any easier, so any advice from you working moms out there on how to survive I’m all ears!

Anyways, here is Grayson at 2 months and a few tidbits about him! We are starting to see just a little bit more of his personality every day, he changes so fast!

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Likes:
His little play gym
Sleeping
Eating
Baths – You wouldn’t know it might his bath photos but he really does enjoy bath time!

Dislikes:
Being cold
Getting out of the bath
Being too hot
Shots ( I know this is a given but he just got his first shots the other day! Poor kid. 😦 )

Grayson is pretty easy going, he has a few fussy times and they usually happen in the late afternoon or early evening. He also gets angry pretty fast so if its time to eat there is no messing around, also naps are so important! This kid loves his sleep! He needs to sleep several hours at a time and that makes one happy baby and one happy mommy. 🙂

And just for fun I have to share this photo of Grayson and daddy. This kid has the best facial impressions! I think he is wondering how this caterpillar he is learning about can really eat all of that! 🙂

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1 Month

This is a little late but here is Grayson at one month!

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Likes:
~sleeping
~ eating
~ music
~ stretching out

Dislikes:
~ bath time
~ tummy time

Really, not to many dislikes right now. He is a pretty good baby! We have just transitioned him into his crib for nighttime and I try to put him in there during nap time. However, for some reason after his second feeding of the night (usually around 2 or 3 am) he just doesn’t settle down, he grunts and groans and constantly loses his paci. Any advice on this feeding time? He has been sleeping pretty good at night aside from that and has gone as long as six hours before….oh I wish that would happen again!

Can time slow down yet?! 😦

Happy BIRTHday

I can’t believe Grayson is six weeks old! Time really does fly by, I wish they could be little and snuggle on my chest forever, but I am so excited for all the stages in his life, to see him grow and develop his own unique personality. Even though he is almost two months old his birth story is still very fresh in my mind….

On Monday, March 4th I was two days past my due date and had a scheduled doctor appointment that morning at 930. However, in the middle of the night I had minor contractions off and on….nothing crazy but I had been having early labor for about a week and was hoping this was the real thing. So at 8 am I called the midwife to see if I could get in earlier because I thought perhaps I was in labor even though my contractions were still about ten minutes about and were not really increasing in pain. The midwife on call, Susan, decided to just meet me at the office to check me instead of having me go into the hospital. Mind you this is the THIRD time we were going in to be checked thinking we were in labor (other times were false alarms, my bad). So Susan checked me and I was still at 3cm and 90% effaced (which I was the week before), she said I was just still in early labor. At that point she asked if we were interested in an elective induction. We talked about it and we decided we really didn’t want to be induced unless medically necessary, so we went on with our appointment which ended with an ultrasound. I believe once you pass your due date they have you do an ultrasound just to make sure everything is still ok. So we did the ultrasound and waited in the waiting room for Susan to give us the ok to leave. I remember sitting there will Curt discussing going back into work and when will this baby come. When Susan called us back to her office we sat down and she said “well, looks like you will be induced today.” I think my mouth dropped open. “Why?” The ultrasound showed that my amniotic fluid was too low, and that it was no longer safe for the baby to be inside and it was time to come out! We were shocked! Here we were thinking about going back into work not having a baby today! Susan said to go on over to the hospital and check in and she would be over in a little bit. I was freaking out just a little but Curt calmed me down and we made our phone calls to our parents to tell them the news.

We drove to the parking garage and got checked in, they took us back to room 621 which I think was a good sign since 21 is my favorite number. It was about 45 minutes before anyone came in to start anything. Finally, our nurse got things going and got me all hooked up. Susan wanted to break my water and start pictocin. Pitocin started around 1230 or so. I figured it would be awhile before any contractions or anything so Curt went to the cafeteria with my parents to get something to eat. I am not kidding you as soon as he left my contractions got so painful. He came back and I was not pleased I felt like he had been gone forever! I think he was shocked I was in such pain so soon. I was already asking for an epidural. Curt still hadn’t eaten so he ran out to the waiting room to finish eating quick and when he got back I was in so much pain. I was not ladylike at all and was constantly cursing because the epidural guy was taking forever! Also, we had a bad nurse, she was like some hippie that kept trying to hold my hand and she talked so soft she was so annoying. In hindsight, maybe she was awesome and I was just so irritated and in pain I didn’t like her…

When we took our childbirth classes they talk about using nice music and focus on breathing…well all I can say is screw all that. I couldn’t focus on anything nor did I want someone sitting there saying hee hee hoo…breathe breathe…for me during the pain it was like OMG WHEN IS THIS OVER followed by a lot of colorful curse words. 🙂 FInally, the anesthegolist arrived, thank God! All I remember was saying how can you put a huge a$$ needle in my back when I’m having contractions and then I would drop the f bomb….like I said I was not a lady during this time. 🙂 he just kept saying no worries it will be fine….and then I saw him smile every time I said the F word which was about every two minutes because my contractions just picked up in the matter of 20 minutes. Finally, I got my epidural which was HEAVEN! It took him a few tries but once it was in it was wonderful! I don’t know why you would not have one, it was the best thing ever! Once I got that we did have just a minor scare my heart rate and the baby’s heart rate dropped a lot. But they gave me something and all was well. After all that I was checked and my nurse was surprised to find me already at about 8 cm. that’s why my contractions were so bad, I just went from 3cm to 8cm in the matter of about 45 minutes. She said that it wouldn’t be long before we would be pushing. So for about an hour Curt and I just hung out peacefully since I was not in pain. It was so weird, I could still feel my legs and I could tell when a contraction was happening but it wasn’t painful. Finally, the midwife in training (Laci), came in. She was in school to be a midwife and Susan asked if it would be ok for her to deliver Gray. We loved Laci, so no worries on that end, Susan would be there the whole time just in case though. Anyways, Laci checked me and it was time to push! We were surprised we had heard how first labors take hours and hours and we had only been there for about four hours. Laci did warn us that it could be anywhere from one to three plus hours of pushing….UGH I told Curt I pray to God I do not have to push for three hours! Not fun! Well, low and behold I only had to push for 45 minutes…and I pushed every other contraction because Grays heart rate was better when I took breaks. I think all the nurses and midwives were shocked at how fast I had progressed and how fast I was at pushing. Before I knew it all these people came in. Nurses for me, nurses for Gray and then some more. There were so many people in there! I must say that had I not gotten the epidural I think would have really ruined the moment for me. I was so glad I was sane and able to focus on Gray and getting him here as opposed to being in terrible pain. One thing I wanted to do was pull him out and place him on my chest, however when that time came the cord was loosely around his neck so I wasn’t able to do that. But he was placed on my chest immediately and they did his first checks all right there as opposed to taking him away right away.

At 5:24 pm Grayson Tiernan Aucutt was born. It was amazing, it was a blur. He was screaming when he came out and as soon as we talked to him he stopped it was magical. And Curt cut the cord! 🙂 He got an Apgar score of 8/9 which is really good. 10 is the best. So he was able to stay on me for about an hour. Then they took him and did all the weighing and measuring etc. he was 6lbs 10 oz and 19 inches long. We were shocked at how tiny he was! I thought for sure we would have a 7 or 8 pound baby!

Curt went out to tell everyone the good news while they finished on me….and again another reason I’m all for the epidural as I had a 3rd degree tear…OUCH! I cringe at the thought of that being fixed with no medicine! I won’t go into anymore details on that but needless to say it wasn’t good…

So after we had time to be with Grayson and I tried to breastfeed our family was finally able to come back and meet him for the first time. It was so great finally being able to share his name and have everyone meet our little man.

So all in all my labor was actually pretty easy. Aside from the brief scare with our heart rates and the terrible contractions for about an hour…I will take it. I was in labor for only about 5 hours and that includes pushing time. From all we have heard and read that’s rare, so I’d say we were pretty lucky. Now, my recovery that on the other hand was terrible. And I would say was worse than my labor! I won’t go into anything but just know my recovery SUCKED!

But at the end we have this amazing little boy that we created. He is healthy, growing and we couldn’t be more happy or blessed.

Here are a few photos of Grayson on his BIRTHday.

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