Tuesday, July 28, 2009

5 years

I'm a little late in posting this but hey better late than never right?!?!? Last Friday Collin and I celebrated our 5 year wedding anniversary. I can't believe we've already been married for 5 years. In some ways it seems a lot longer but in other ways it seems like it was just yesterday. I am so thankful for last 5 years and look forward to many more.

I love you Collin and wouldn't want to go on this journey with anyone other than you!! (man look how skinny we were...lol)


Monday, July 27, 2009

4 weeks old

I can't believe I have a one month old. I know I say the every week...but I can't believe how fast the time is going. I can't believe a month ago this sweet gift was still in my belly. While it hasn't always been easy these past few weeks...I wouldn't change it for a second. I love this little guy more than I ever thought possible. I love holding him, staring at his sweet face, and laughing at his adorable facial expressions. I love his tiny hands and feet and is precious blue eyes. I love everything about him...he is just perfect!! Here is a newborn picture and a picture today to show how much he has grown. He doesn't look too much bigger in the picture but I can definitely tell he is growing!! :D

And here is a bonus pic...look at that sweet little face...lol


Saturday, July 25, 2009

Newborn Pictures

Yesterday we took Maddox to have some newborn pictures taken. He was a little fussy but we were able to get a few good ones!! I actually have a lot of pictures to post of him but just haven't gotten around to it yet. Today I will post the newborn pics and hopefully get the others posted soon. (I really wish there was an easier way to post a large amount of pictures on here but it will only let you do it 5 at a time. which is kind of a pain...oh well)


Tuesday, July 21, 2009

A year in the life...

Like I said in my previous post, yesterday marked one year since our move here to Colorado. So much has changed in our lives in this past year. I am so thankful for the blessings God has poured out on us since our move.

In this past year we have...

*gained an amazing church family that we LOVE
*made tons of new friends
*bought our first car as a married couple
*bought a house
*had a precious baby boy (the biggest and best change :D)
*and will celebrate 5 wonderful years of marriage this Friday

Those are just the big things. I'll admit, I was a little skeptical about our move out here because it was so far from our families and friends in Texas but we have truly been blessed by being here. I have no idea how long God has planned for us to be here but I hope the rest of our time is as good as this first year has been.


Monday, July 20, 2009

First day at church

Yesterday was Maddox's first day at church. It was a special day because for Collin's sermon he had us both up on stage and actually preached directly to Maddox. He basically preached about what he thinks are the most important things in life. (You can listen to it here... http://littletonsermons.sermonpodcasts.net/index.php?id=65.) I was a bit nervous to take Maddox up on stage because I didn't know how he would do and didn't want him to break down and cry or anything. Plus I had to have him up there for both services so it was going to make for a LOOOONG day for the little guy. Thankfully, he did GREAT!! He actually slept through both services and ate during class. It worked out well. I think it's probably because he was up ALL night the night before. Needless to say I was wiped but he was tired enough to sleep most of the time. Someone told me it was God bringing a blessing out of my sleepless night and I think they are right :D. I meant to get a picture of us all dressed up cute but forgot at church and then during lunch we had a little "blow out" that led to a new outfit before a picture was taken. But, we did have our new church directory picture taken and I was able to get a copy of it so I have posted it as well.

On another note, I realized that today is our one year anniversary of moving to Colorado. I cannot believe we have been here an entire year. So much has changed is such a short amount of time. I think this milestone deserves it's own post so tomorrow I will look back at our year here at Littleton


3 Weeks Old

Maddox is 3 weeks old today. He is now starting to make eye contact with us and is definitely spending more time awake and alert, which is fun. He still sorta has his days and nights mixed up so that is not so much fun but hopefully we can get that worked out soon. Things are going well though. He is definitely growing and I can tell his newborn clothes are starting to get tighter and his 0-3 month clothes are starting to fit better. I love being able to stay at home with Maddox all day...it is such a blessing. Here is a picture of Maddox in his cute little Chick Magnet onsie :D.

Sometime today or tomorrow I will post about our first day back at church yesterday. I am waiting to get a picture e-mailed to me that I can post. So be looking for that :D.


Saturday, July 18, 2009

Bath Time...

Today Maddox got his first bath in his bathtub. He had been getting sponge baths up until now because his umbilical cord hadn't fallen off yet but now that it has he can have real baths. At this point baths aren't his favorite thing in the world. Hopefully, as he gets older he will enjoy them a little more :D. Here are a few pics I snapped of him...


Thursday, July 16, 2009

2 week Check-up and trip to the mall...

Today Maddox had his 2 week check-up appointment. I met his pediatrician Dr. Connie for the first time and really like her. He got his head and length measured and his weight checked. His head is 36 1/2 cm around which is in the 25th percentile, he is 21 inches long and now weighs 9 pounds even which are both in the 50th percentile. My baby boy is growin' :D. Dr. Connie then did a routine check-up and said everything looks great. She did want me to start giving him a vitamin D supplement because babies who breastfeed often don't get enough vitamin D. So I will have to go get that tomorrow and start him on it. He also had to have his second newborn screen in which they prick his heal and take some blood. Poor little guy did not like that at all. That's about it...I am thankful our little guy is healthy. He goes back for his next appointment at 2 months and will start getting his vaccinations then.

After his appointment we met Collin for a quick lunch at Chick-Fil-A and then headed to the mall. I was a little nervous because it was my first time to use his stroller and I didn't want to look stupid in the parking lot trying to get it all set up. Thankfully I had no trouble getting his car seat into the stroller. The only problem I had was at first I found it really hard to maneuver the thing but realized after a short while that I was trying to push it with the front wheels locked...lol...oops. But I think after a few hours at the mall I have the whole thing down (besides running into racks every now and then :D). It was fun though being back at one of my favorite places and being able to shop for regular clothes again as well as baby clothes!! Maddox did great too...he slept the entire time :D.


Monday, July 13, 2009

2 Weeks Old

I can't believe our little dude is 2 weeks old. The time is flying by. I am loving being a mommy and could just stare at his little face forever!! We go in on Thursday for his 2 week pediatrician appointment so it will we nice to meet our doctor for the first time and to hear how Maddox is doing and see his growth. He is still continuing to sleep a lot but when he is awake I'm finding it's for longer periods at a time now. Here are a few pictures I took of him today looking super cute in his little overalls. They are newborn size but are still a little big on him :D.


Sunday, July 12, 2009

House Church

I decided to wait one more week before taking Maddox to church because I felt that it would still be too overwhelming at this point to introduce him to so many people at once. It was sad to not be at church with daddy this morning but I got a facebook message from one of the guys that helps run the sound that helped us feel like we were there. He sent me a link that had the entire service streaming live. So, even though Maddox and I weren't actually there we got to hear daddy preach and feel like we were a part of things from the comfort of our living room. SO COOL!! Maddox really enjoyed the singing...he would start getting restless and then a song would start and he would get quiet and still...pretty neat.

It's kinda funny too because today in his sermon Collin made a joke about being able to say certain thing with me not being there but little did he know that I was listening and watching the whole time. Unfortunately, he doesn't keep his cell phone with him on Sunday mornings so I couldn't inform him of this humorous bit of information while he was at church.

I'm not sure if this live broadcasting is going to be a weekly thing from now on or not but it was pretty cool to be able to be a part of the LCC worship even though we couldn't actually be at church. I think it would be a great ministry for people who for whatever reason can't actually make it up to the church building but want to share in the worship experience. If it is going to be an ongoing thing I will let you know and post the link just in case anyone wants check it out.

Thanks Monty for sending me the link..It was a nice surprise this morning to be able to see Collin preach even though we couldn't actually be there! :D


Friday, July 10, 2009

A call to prayer...

My heart is aching for 2 of our friends from ACU. You will notice the new picture and link on the side of my blog titled Praying for Luke. Luke is David and Rachael's 8 week old baby who is struggling with a serious heart condition. Doctor's are working fervently to help this sweet little boy's heart heal but are having setback after setback. Right now I want to ask that all of you pray specifically for this family and this baby boy that God will heal his tiny heart and bring peace to his mommy and daddy as they are dealing with this. I can't imagine what they must be going through right now but I am asking God with all my heart to hear the prayers on behalf of the Chisholm family!!

You can keep up with this family on their blog linked to the picture on the right. Thanks so much for your prayers. I know David, Rachael, and Luke truly appreciate them!!


Umbilical Cord

Well, we've hit a small milestone...Maddox's umbilical cord has fallen off. I'm not sure what it is supposed to look like but it looks a little yucky to me so hopefully there isn't anything wrong with it. It doesn't seem to be bothering him so I'm not too worried about it. This means he can have baths in his little bathtub soon...no more sponge baths :D.


Thursday, July 9, 2009

Let the rebellion begin...

Well, I wasn't sure if it was going to happen or not but it has officially begun. Toby has started to act out for the first time since bringing Maddox home.

Thankfully, he has been great with Maddox and hasn't messed with him at all but he is starting to do bad things that he wasn't doing before Maddox got here. He has started whining in the mornings after Collin leaves, he has chewed up a pacifier and another one of Maddox's things, he has peed on my kitchen rug...twice, and today he pooped in the kitchen. He has done so well about going potty outside since we moved into the new house so I am pretty sure this behavior is an attention seeking act.

I do feel sorry for the little pup because for 4 years he has been the center of my attention and just like that he has been pushed to number 2. I can tell he seems sad and knows something is different and that he isn't getting as much attention as he is used too. I am just hoping that we can get this unacceptable behavior under control quickly!!

If you have any tips on dealing with this please let me know!!


Wednesday, July 8, 2009

New Blog Design...

I mean I wasn't busy enough with a newborn in the house so I decided to redo my blog look :D. What do ya think?!?!


Maddox's Birth Story

So I thought I would go ahead and tell the long version of our birth story since I haven't done that yet. It's more so for me to be able to look back and have a reminder of the birth of our first born child than anything else. Just a disclaimer...some of the info may be TMI for some so be aware. So here it is...the story of Maddox's birth...

On Sunday, June 28 at 8:30 pm we went into the hospital to start the induction process. Before going in we had dinner with both Collin and my families at Chili's across the street from the hospital because once I checked in I wouldn't be allowed to eat anything except ice chips and popsicles until after the birth. So, after dinner, Collin and I headed over to Sky Ridge to get checked in. Since it was after hours we had to check in through the emergency room. It was an easy process and before long we were headed up to labor and delivery to get things started.

Once we got up to the 2nd floor they showed us to our delivery room (Room #4). They had me change in to the lovely hospital gown and crawl in to bed. Then the nurse did my first of many cervix checks. It was actually pretty painful because my cervix was still very posterior but she said I was dilated to 1 cm. She then got my IV started with fluids gave me the first round of Prostin, which is a drug that is supposed to cause the cervix to dilate and efface. This medicine caused me to start having some pretty intense contractions. I was up most of the night because I was so uncomfortable. (This picture is pre-epidural)

I held out as long as possible before getting the epidural but finally decided I was done hurting and had the anesthesiologist called around 6 am. Dr. Fry came in shortly after and got my epidural started which was a lot less painful than I had expected and before long I was feeling great. (This picture is post-epidural :D)

At around 8 am, Monday morning Dr. G came in to check things out. He broke my water at that point and started me on Potosin, which is a drug that causes contractions. The epidural was still working great so I wasn't feeling the contractions at all. At around 11 am our families came up to the hospital and we pretty much just waited. My friends Jennifer and Danielle also came up to hang out. At this point not a lot was going on. The nurse would come in and check my cervix and vitals every once and a while but other than that we just waited. Sometime around 2-3 we noticed on the news that there was a car chase going on in Dallas (which is where all of us are from) so we started watching that...very exciting. A little after that the nurse came in to check my vitals and found that I had a fever of around 100.6 so she called Dr. G and he had me started on some antibiotics through my IV. I wasn't feeling bad at this point so I wasn't too concerned about it. She came back a few hours later and I still had the fever so she gave me another round of antibiotics. At around 4:30 or 5 I started to feel a little nausous probably because I hadn't eaten in a good while so I decided I needed to get some rest. Everyone headed to the waiting room, except Collin of course, and I tried to get some sleep.

A little after this I started to feel some pain from the contractions. I had the anesthesiology nurse come and check my epidural and she gave me a boost. That didn't seem to help and the pain was getting worse. It was the type of pain that takes your breath away. I was dilated to 8 cm or so at this time so I still had a little ways to go before the pushing started. The pain however wasn't going away. So we called the nurse back in and she gave me some medicine through my epidural and thankfully that helped some. Collin was great during this time. He sat by my bed and held my hand and helped me through the contractions.

Then at about 6:45 pm the nurse came in and checked my cervix and told me I was fully dilated at 10 cm and it was time to push. She explained to me how to push and we did a few practice pushes. She then called Dr. G to come in so that we could get started. Dr. G came in and we were on our way. Every time I had a contraction I would push 3 times for 10 seconds each time. It was seriously one of the hardest things I've ever done I think. That 3rd push was so hard because by then I was so out of breath and tired from the other two pushes. Everyone was being so encouraging and telling me that I was doing really great. Eventually, Dr. G realized that Maddox was coming out face up which was making it much harder on me than would typically be the case. He decided it would make it easier on me if he did a small episiotomy (I'll let you look that up yourself if you don't know what it is ;D). Once again thanks to the epidural I didn't feel it. After about an hour of pushing Dr. G asked how I felt about using suction to get Maddox out. By this point I was so exhausted that I was willing to do whatever needed to be done to be finished pushing. Once we did this, Maddox was out in about 15 minutes. Dr. G told me that if Maddox had been facing the right way it would have probably only taken about 20 minutes to get him out as opposed to the 1:15 it actually took. Collin cut the umbilical cord and they laid my sweet baby boy on my chest. He was perfect!!

They then moved him to his bed to check his vitals and get his weight and length. Maddox weighed in at 8 pounds 8 ounces and was 20 1/2 inches long. He was officially born at 7:59 pm. While they were doing this Dr. G stitched me up. I had the episiotomy and a 2nd degree tear (ouch) to be repaired. While Dr. G was working on me Collin got to hold his baby boy for the first time. It was a precious sight. After Dr. G was finished he congratulated us and headed out. The nurse then took my epidural out so that it could start wearing off and I could be moved to a postpartum room. Collin then went and told our families the great news and they were all able to come in and see our little guy. What a special time!!

After about an hour or so of recovering the nurse came in, helped me out of bed, helped me get changed and in to a wheel chair and pushed me down to my new room. Once down there, Collin went with Maddox and the nurse to get his first bath and do a more thorough check of his vitals. It was probably 11 pm by this time and I was pretty exhausted. Collin and I decided to let Maddox stay in the nursery at night and have him brought in for feedings so that we could get some sleep. This was a great decision.

We were in the hospital for 2 days after Maddox's birth. It was nice because we were able to get some rest and I was able to recover a little before going home. It was also good because I was able to get some help with breast feeding. We had a lactation specialist come in one day and that was very helpful. Our families came up both days to hang out as well as several people from church.

On Wednesday, July 1 we were discharged and able to go home. That has to be one of the strangest feelings in the whole world. I couldn't believe they were actually letting us take this tiny baby home with us. We had no idea what we were doing and yet we signed the papers, they checked our armbands to make sure we had the right baby, helped us wheel our cart down to our car, and off we went. And yes, I was that mom that rides in the back seat with her baby while dad drove us home looking like a taxi cab driver :D.

So that's it. Our birth story. It was probably the longest 24 hours of my life but worth every second. I now have the most precious gift I could have ever received. Even though he keeps me up at night, pees on me (yep it's already happened), spits up on me, and poops every time right after I change his diaper I still love him more than I even thought possible. As I type this, my baby boy is sitting here in my arms and I can't imagine life without him.

Thank you God for entrusting us with this precious gift!! Help us to bring him up in a home filled with your Spirit and to teach him your ways as he grows and matures each day.