On Tuesday night I was able to have a night "out" (down the street to be exact, but still out of my house ;-)). The Mountain House Mothers' Club had their annual cookie exchange and thanks to my amazing husband staying home with the little munchkin, I was able to go. It was so nice to be able to spend a few hours with friends laughing and talking and just enjoying eachother's company. It's so nice to be surrounded by so many great women who know exactly what you're going through. There were almost 20 people there so I came home with a lot of cookies and some great recipes. Can't wait for next year!
As many of you know the past few weeks have been a struggle as far as trying to get our little man above his birth weight. They say that by two weeks babies should be back up to their birth weight, but with his extra time in the hospital our schedule has been thrown off a little. He has hovered up and down right underneath but couldn't quite break that barrier. On Friday we took him to the lactation center to get an update on the weight, hoping that he might be up to 7lbs7oz (his birth weight was 7lbs8oz) and to our shock the little peanut was up to 7lbs 13oz!! We were so excited and even the lactation consultant was clapping and exclaiming and we were all hugging! It was a great moment and such a relief! Things are looking bright :-)
Elijah's Auntie Sarah (and my bestie) came to visit us on Thursday. As always, it was a joy to spend time with her and although Eli was only awake for 5 minutes of the visit I know he loved having her :-) Can't wait until he gets a little bigger and he and Zoe can have play time!
Our little man is three weeks old today! I can't believe that he's been with us this long, but at the same time it feels like he's been mine forever. The changes in him already are unbelievable. He's much more alert now and can actually follow us with his eyes when we move around him. Yesterday he rolled over! I had laid him down for tummy time and when I turned back around a minute later he was on his back! Such a strong boy :-) We are so enjoying having this little man in our lives. Sleep is over-rated ;-)
Elijah Robert Smith has entered the world! On Tuesday November 17 at 11:52 pm (after 16 hours of labor) our little man was born at 7 lbs 8 oz and 20 1/4 inches. The experience was beyond words. Seeing him and holding him for the first time was absolutely life changing. He is so beautiful and Mommy and Daddy are absolutely in love with him!
Although it was a long day, it was the most amazing day we've ever experienced. My water broke at 7:30 that morning and after saying goodbye to the puppies we headed off to the hospital.
Once they confirmed that my water had broken the nurses hooked me up to a Pitosin pump in order to get my contractions started. Let me tell you, it worked :-)
That was a big one!
After several hours of working through them, I got a visit from Dr. Fuji (who was quite a character himself) and he hooked me up to the Epidural pump. Thank you Dr. Fuji! For all those ladies out there who haven't gone through labor yet and are questioning whether to get the epidural or not, let me just say - get the epidural! It made me able to relax and enjoy the experience.
Soon to be Grandpa and Grandma also kept us company during the day.
We thought that the little man was going to hold out until his due date (11/18), but he arrived at 11:52 - 8 minutes early I suppose - which mean that he does not take after his mother in that respect. :-)
He is the most beautiful thing we have ever set our eyes on.
Unfortunately things do not always go as planned and our little man had to spend several days in the NICU. We were so blessed to be in such a wonderful hospital with such amazing nurses who took such good care of our baby boy.
Eli in his NICU crib.
Luckily everything turned out well and we were able to bring Eli home to meet his brother and sister and finally start our lives as a family!
Six days to go. We keep getting closer to the due date, but no signs yet that little Eli is ready to greet the world. Apparently mommy's tummy is just too warm and cozy :) I saw the doctor yesterday and he said that although he doesn't think I will go that long, he made an appointment for me to be induced on Nov. 23 so I can avoid being in the hospital on Thanksgiving. Everyone keep your fingers crossed that we don't have to worry about that! :-)
We've finished the nursery! Yay! We are so excited to have everything in and ready for our little man to join us (even though he probably won't be in there for the first few weeks :-)) but it feels good to have everything done.
So today is my first official day off of work! I can't believe I'm on Maternity Leave! Jason and I went to the gym this morning before he started work. And now I'm in the process of nesting :-) Trying to tie up the loose ends and clean the house. I was in the process of sorting through some paperwork and baby books when a huge (and I'm not exaggerating, it really was big!) spider ran across the kitchen table. Unfortunately I made the mistake of yelling up to Jason that I needed him to come downstairs "right now". As I heard him shove out of his chair and go running towards the stairs I realized that being 8 and a half months pregnant and screaming up to my husband that I needed him urgently probably wasn't the best idea :) I yelled up to him that I was not in labor, just needed help with a huge spider and I heard him stop in his tracks and utter a word that I will not repeat in this blog. Sorry honey! I'll try to be more careful from now on ;-)
I can't believe how fast this pregnancy has gone by! Only 20 more days until my due date. The nursery is 99% done (I'll post pictures after this weekend when it's 100% done!) so I'm finally getting to the stage where I'm starting to feel anxious, in a good way, for him to get here. I was doing his laundry the other day and when I put the last little outfit away I had this overwhelming feeling of wanting him to be here so I could put him in his clothes and use all the wonderful things that we got at our showers! My last day of work is tomorrow, which is also surreal, and then I will shift into super countdown mode when I don't have that taking up 10 hours of my day!!
Baby’s senses are continuing to improve -- when light peeks in through your (extremely) stretched belly, those tiny eyelids and irises blink and dilate. And, baby can now recognize and react to simple songs… time to start practicing your lullabies! Growth (at least inside your womb) is starting to slow, and you may notice baby descend into your pelvis at the end of this month.
On Sunday I got a wonderful surprise when I found out that a BBQ we were planning to attend for new members at church was actually a surprise shower! Our pastor's wife is due about 5 weeks after us, so our wonderful husbands cooked up the idea a shower for us. Pastor John apparently can't keep a secret, because Shawnda knew about it the whole time, but I was thoroughly surprised. I will admit that Jason told me the night before, but only because I wasn't feeling well and he was afraid I would try to bail on the "bbq". :-) It was absolutely beautiful! Some new members at our church actually did host the shower at their beautiful house in Livermore. There were lots of people from church there and it was so fun to share the shower with another mommy-to-be. We had two adorable little cakes and cupcakes and with baby footprints on them. We definitely got spoiled with gifts. Jason and I received a very special gift from one church member. It's a gorgeous quilt that she started working on the second we announced we were expecting! She said she's been waiting for it! It was a beautiful day with our second family and we couldn't feel more blessed with the lives that we have. We are so excited for our little one to join us and make use of all the goodies we have waiting for him!
On Saturday my best friend Sarah thew me any AMAZING baby shower with some help from my sister-in-law, mother-in-law, mom and others! I am so lucky to have so many amazing women in my life who are so willing to come out and not only celebrate with me, but help with the festivities. Sarah got there early and we set out tables and and decorations, with some help from Jason :-) Thanks babe! Everything was absolutely beautiful and Sarah did an awesome job with the goodies. Everyone kept saying that the cookies and cupcakes looked professionally done. I would have to agree! Not only that, but they tasted delicious. My friend Miranda also made her delectable pretzel rods which were to die for! I had so much fun seeing friends and family that I haven't seen in awhile. Missy flew all the way from Houston and it was so much fun to see her and be able to spend some time. Parker and Elle also got a treat with a visit from their cousins Joe Gibbs and Taco, although Dad had to take Joe Gibbs with him since he was being a bit of a baby when we put them all in the bedroom together :-) We were extremely spoiled with all of the gifts that we got. Grandmommy sent us several that I was able to open at the shower and under strict instructions I also waited to open Cissy's at the shower :-) All in all, it was a beautiful day with beautiful people and I felt truly blessed.