Tuesday, June 26, 2012

bathing baby

Giving a newborn a bath is kind of silly. Simon, now that kid needs a bath. Baby girl? Well, I guess she gets sprayed with milk more than I'd like (wake UP when I'm feeding you, Eleanor!), but otherwise she stays relatively clean.

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(sleeping, of course)

Anyway, I gave her what one could term a "bath"—mostly washcloth cleaning—but it did the job.

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She wakes!


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Monday, June 25, 2012

siblings

And, you may ask, how is Simon adjusting to having a new little sister?

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I would say that he is doing fairly well. We remind him to be gentle, and he is usually pretty good, though he has been hitting/kicking me some...which is not very nice, but we're trying to work that out. He gives her kisses on her head and that's pretty cute. Mostly I think he has a hard time with things that are "Eleanor's" and not his—bouncy chair, outside "crib"/pod, blanket, play mat, etc.

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Also, competing for Daddy's attention/lap space can be hard:

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And funny, if you happen to be me.

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Saturday, June 23, 2012

one week plus

Recovering from Eleanor's birth has been a piece of cake compared to what I went through with Simon. For one, I haven't had to go to the emergency room (knock on wood). Oh man.

We've passed the one week mark, and we are surviving as a family of four on our own pretty successfully, thanks in large part to Jamund working from home. If that weren't the case, I don't know if I would shower daily... or at least maybe not in the mornings.

Here are some photos of Eleanor on her one week mark:

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She does have a bit of hair, but most of it is on the back portion of her head—it's basically almost a mullet back there. I'm dreading what will likely come sooner than later: the bald times. Poor baby girls.

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Friday, June 22, 2012

life with baby

Eleanor is one sleepy baby. Though it's probably premature to say what she is "like" or what her schedule is at this point, the last week or so has involved her sleeping most of the day and night. She usually wakes up once in the middle of the night (or I have to wake her up in order to breastfeed)... and "wake up to feed" is a relative term/phrase--she often seems to sleep-eat rather than actually wake up fully.

During the day, I'll try to get her to wake up for a bit and sometimes she obliges—but her most alert time is between her evening feedings, right before bed.

I have to feed her fairly frequently during the day (still about every 2-3 hours, though the feedings themselves take a long time usually since she is such a sleepy head) in order to get in her recommended at least 8 feedings/day since she sleeps so well at night (darn it, right?!).

Also, it looks like I can still get in a little nap during the sweet time of day when both Simon and Eleanor's napping overlap.

So, I guess life with baby is pretty nice, as life with babies goes.

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Monday, June 18, 2012

eleanor arrives

The other day, this happened:

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Luckily, we were expecting it, so it didn't come as too much of a shock.

On Tuesday, I went to the doctor and was still at a 3 dilation-wise. We didn't schedule an induction (this was my week 39 check up) since I wanted to see if she would come on her own. I was a bit sad coming home after setting up my next appointment for a day after my due date.

However, on Wednesday afternoon, I started having contractions about every 10-20 minutes. I called my parents, and they started driving up from Henderson and made it to our house that night. I went to bed, continuing to note when each contraction came. Around 1 a.m., they started coming around every 5 minutes. I got up around 1:30 to go to the bathroom and decided to get ready to go to the hospital. I woke up Jamund, and we headed off to Payson, grateful that my parents were home to stay with Simon!

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We made it, checked in, and I got strapped in and hooked up. Awhile after arrival (after calling my doctor and monitoring the frequency of my contractions, etc.) , they admitted me and put in an IV, whereupon my contractions seemed to mellow out. I was put on pitocin and eventually got an epidural (seriously, the epidural is so good, why some ladies don't get one is a mystery to me) sometime between 6-7 a.m.?

A new set of nurses came in after 7 a.m. and checked me (when I arrived, I was about as dilated as I had been at my doctor's appointment, which was a bit disappointing—hello contractions? what had you been doing all day?), and I had dilated more—maybe up to 6-7 cm? A bit later (maybe after 8 a.m.?), Doctor Anderson came, broke my water, and said I was about 8 cm. The nurses prepped the room for delivery.

Shortly after 9 a.m., I was pronounced to be at 10 cm.  Doctor Anderson and the nurses got me set up to push, told me when and how to breathe, and probably in about 10-15 minutes and a few contractions, Eleanor arrived in the world. It was awesome. So fast. Besides not being able to really control my legs (thanks epidural!), I felt great. It was so much different from Simon's labor and delivery, thank goodness!

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I think she had the cord wrapped around her neck because after she came out and the doctor put her on a towel on my belly, she didn't really appear to be breathing or crying. The nurses gave her oxygen, and she quickly got the hang of crying! They cleaned her up, weighed and measured her, etc. before handing her back to me for her first feeding. She did really well and was fairly alert. We kept her in the room with us for awhile, and my mom, dad, and Simon came to see her. Simon didn't really know what was going on exactly, but he did sit with me on my lap and seemed excited.

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They took Eleanor to the nursery eventually, and I got to nap, eat lunch, nap some more, and then they moved me over to my "mother-baby" room. We were fairly mellow while at the hospital, and both Eleanor and I did pretty well recovering, so much so that we left the following afternoon. It was so nice to be out of the hospital that quickly! So nice!

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Now we are at home, and Grandma and Grandpa are still here, helping us with Simon immensely and taking care of business (flat tire on one car, another car in to get its timing belt replaced, shopping, cooking, etc.). What will I do without them when I have to take care of Simon and Eleanor on my own!? Not sleep as much (not that I sleep that much currently!), that's one thing...

Eleanor is a lovely baby, though, and we love her to bits. I just wish she wouldn't fall asleep eating so much! It's like she sleep-eats, and it can be so hard to wake her up! Newborns. Why are they so precious?

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Oh yes, stats:

Eleanor Jean Ferguson
June 14, 2012
9:27 a.m.
8 lbs 20 inches

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Art City Days

I was pretty pumped for Art City Days this year and hoped I would be able to attend (meaning not in the hospital having a baby). We went the first day, just in case, and it was nice because that was also family night—so all rides were $1 each. Unfortunately, they wouldn't let me on the ferris wheel so I just went on the carousel without asking if I could or not, so there you go.

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By the way, the ferris wheel takes SO LONG. Also, Jamund was pretty scared of the ferris wheel, take that for what it's worth.

Simon also rode on his first circus train/first carnival ride solo:

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Epic. Okay, maybe not epic, but I was pretty nervous, hoping he wouldn't decide to try and undo his seatbelt and hop out or something.

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We all survived. After the rides (all three of them), we tried to get a scone but the line was c-ra-zy long (for a scone), so we got some fry bread instead. Hooray for a carnival within walking distance of our house!

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Friday, June 15, 2012

Silly baby

Sometimes Simon is like a baby.

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And it's kind of funny, but what will probably be crazier will be to compare how little sister fits into her swaddle blankets compared to him. Then he won't seem like a baby anymore at all.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Sheep!

Ay! The Lamb and Wool Festival post I promised!

So I don't have many photos (Jamund has more on his phone?), but here are a few:

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Shearing!

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Baby!

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Kitten!

Anyway, it was really nice (Simon even rode a pony) and then I ate this:

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Which was also pretty nice.

When Daddy gets home...

...we pick him up from the airport, go to Salt Lake for dinner and then go to Daylight Donuts the next morning!

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By the way, Daylight Donuts are not as good as Dunford donuts (or probably Provo Bakery), but they may be better than Allan's. Yes, probably better than Allan's.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

When Daddy's away...

...Mommy creates schedules to keep occupied and help the time go by faster!

Jamund went to California for a conference in my 37th week of pregnancy. I wasn't too happy about it, but we survived and baby opted not to come out while he was gone. (Thanks baby!)

Simon and I did things like:

1. Go to the park:
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2. Go to the doctor

3. Make and eat good dinners:
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4. Get shaved ice at Lani's in Spanish Fork, which was such a good idea. I loved it and want to go back basically once a week or more. However, the second time the flavors I got were not as good and they were out of ice cream (ice cream at the bottom of shaved ice= really really good). But still. This:

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So nice.



Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Bean

We took Simon to the Bean Museum up at BYU, which ended up being a really good idea. Free, and lots of animals (granted, mostly not living, but still).

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We all enjoyed ourselves, and it was a nice way to spend a morning. If you are local, you should go before they close it down (for renovations, I think?) for a long time.

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Saturday, June 9, 2012

Swimmers

Jamund likes taking Simon swimming.

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Or at least he likes the idea of it. Simon can't really do much on his own yet, so it's not too exciting. But it is cute.

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Friday, June 8, 2012

Baby still in

So, at my last check up, I was apparently 3 cm dilated and 50% effaced but my cervix was posterior? Which is not ideal, I suppose. So there you go. I'm not sure exactly what it all means, other than that baby will come out sometime but we don't know when.

Some pictures:

Nearing the end of week 35:

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Week 38:

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And some of the (not) wonderful things... I have rashes on my hands and leg. I think they may be heat rash? Not sure.

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Itchy sometimes, but calamine lotion seems to be helping?