Happy One Month!!

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Our sweet little guy hits his one-month mark today! We’ve loved this last month of life with him. He is a very sweet baby. He generally never cries for no reason. If he’s crying, there is a reason, and it’s usually a pretty obvious reason. He’s a good (but loud) sleeper. At night when he sleeps, he makes all kinds of snorting, breathing, and cooing noises that can make falling asleep a little bit of a challenge for John and me. Below are some fun facts I want to remember about this sweet little boy.

  • He loves having his back tickled or rubbed.
  • When we go for walks and I push him in the stroller, he always falls asleep. He also will always fall asleep while we’re driving in the car.
  • He hates being naked. When we change his clothes or get him ready for bath time, his cry can be heard pretty much anywhere in the house. But once his clothes are back on, he’s a happy camper.
  • His mood can go from 0 to 60 in one second; meaning he can be perfectly content and then a second later start wailing. The opposite, however, is also true. He can calm himself down in an instant.
  • He gets the hiccups at least once a day (this was true when I was pregnant with him as well).
  • He loves soft blankets. There is one blanket in particular that his great aunt Linda gave him, and let me tell you, when he’s wrapped up in it, he’ll fall asleep almost instantly.
  • When he gets really mad and is crying, his tongue shakes. Seeing his tongue shake yanks at my heart strings.
  • His favorite part of bath time is when we pour warm water down his back.
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Love those big eyes!
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Bundled up for his first walk.
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Asleep in his super soft blanket from his great aunt Linda.
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Happy one month!!

Happy Halloween 2017

This was our first Halloween in our new house. There are a lot of families in our neighborhood, and we didn’t know how many trick-or-treaters to expect. The day before Halloween, we went and bought an extra bag of candy because we were nervous we didn’t have enough. I had previously purchased candy a couple weeks prior because I wasn’t sure when our baby would arrive, and I wanted to be prepared. In the end, we got less trick-or-treaters than I expected. I am not certain we needed to buy an extra bag of candy the day before, but it’s always better to have more candy than not enough.

John’s mom (who was in town on Halloween) went to Wal-Mart the day prior to Halloween and picked the baby up a tiger cub outfit. We previously hadn’t picked up a costume for him because it just wasn’t our main focus as we were getting ready for his arrival. Baby D pretty much slept all Halloween afternoon and evening, but he looked super cute in his tiger cub outfit, and I am glad we had a costume for him for his first Halloween.

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Leading up to Halloween, John made sure we had an opportunity to carve pumpkins. He was a champion scraper and made sure my pumpkin and his were sufficiently cleaned out before we carved them. Pumpkin carving has never been a strength of mine; my pumpkins always turn out looking a little funny. However, no matter how poor a job I do carving a pumpkin, I think carved pumpkins always look great when lit up at night.

Before the trick-or-treaters began arriving, we took pictures out on our porch. I tried to make our porch look festive by picking up a couple extra items from the dollar store.

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Happy Halloween 2017!

 

Motherhood Begins: October 18, 2017

On October 18, 2017 my life changed forever. At 8:45 p.m. our sweet baby boy was born. My water broke at 1:20 p.m. that day, I started feeling contractions around 2:15 p.m., and by 7:00 p.m. it was time to deliver our sweet baby boy. After an hour and a half of pushing, he made his grand entrance.

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I had to be on oxygen from about 3:30 p.m. until the time he was born due to a decrease in his heart rate. During that time, I felt a great sense of love for this little baby and offered many, many prayers on his behalf. All in all the labor and delivery went smoothly.

The last two weeks have been full of unconditional love, nursing challenges and triumphs, tears (both mine and his), lots of sleeping (more so him than me), gratitude, and more love.

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Since bringing him home, it’s felt like a piece of heaven came home with us. That sounds kind of like a sappy thing to say, but I 100% mean it. I have felt a closeness with heaven over these last two weeks in a way I didn’t anticipate. It’s amazing to think about how this little baby’s spirit is so fresh from heaven.

We came home from the hospital on October 20. My mom came and stayed with us for a week. Having her here was amazing!!! Grandmas really are the best.

Cuddles with Grandma Kathy.

After my mom left, John’s parents came and visited for a long weekend. Surprisingly, I don’t have a picture of them with the baby but below is a picture I took of them and John.

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I am so grateful for this new journey of motherhood that began just over two weeks ago. I always wanted to be a mom, and I am grateful this little boy is mine. The last two weeks have been harder in some ways than I expected as my body recovers from giving birth, experiences shifting hormones as it rebalances from pregnancy, and learns to provide sustenance for the baby. Despite these minor challenges, I am grateful for this opportunity and for this sweet baby. I am especially grateful to know that because John and I were sealed (married) in the Temple by the priesthood power of God, our family will be a family forever.

In the hospital getting ready to go home.
Snuggle time with dad.

A “Happy Due Date” (October 24) Selfie.
Watching the Iowa Hawkeyes beat Minnesota (October 28).
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My little buddy who loves to eat his hand.
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Family of three 🙂