Thursday, April 30, 2009

Family Update


Miles had his first doctor appointment on Monday. As expected, the doc said he looked healthy and happy and had gained a great amount of weight since his birth. Yay! When I told Ava I was bringing Miles to the doctor she started whining and said: "is he going to put him back in your tummy?" it was so cute, she didn't want him to go back in my tummy at all!

Ava is doing very well and is a great big sister. She loves to help me with Miles and when he cries, she runs right over to him and tries to help him out. It's so cute. I've felt kinda bad about not taking her out as much as I used to, especially since the weather has been crappy here for the past week, but there's not much I can do about that. She's been a bit restless with me, and really wants my attention a lot of the time, but that's okay, I get a lot of help from Galen when he gets home from work.

We're all doing great. Miles is still sleeping 5-6 hour stretches at night. I get about 7-8 hours total and I think we'd get more if Ava didn't come in and wake me up every morning. She loves to come and tell me to "wake up Mommy, the sun is out, it's time to get up!" it's much better than the alarm clock!


My Dad "Pappa" holding Miles, and Ava showing him how to do it!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Happy 4th Birthday Jadyn!!

I'm late in posting this, as her birthday was on Sunday, but I wanted to wish my darling niece Jadyn Leigh a very Happy {belated} 4th Birthday! JJ is one of my very favorite people, I'm so lucky to live so close to my family, I consider JJ (and her brother Jake) my children too.
JJ has gotten very into ballerinas lately (probably because my sister was one) so she decided she wanted to have a ballet birthday party. Ava had so much fun at the party on Saturday. It was totally ballet themed and the girls even got to take home their very own tutu's (thanks to my mom and aunt Melanie's hard work making them)!

Here are some pics of the cutest little girl party ever...

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Miles's First Week Home


I can't believe we've already had Miles home for a week, though he has fit in so well, it seems like we've had him forever as well. I cannot believe how much easier this time around has been. Miles has been the perfect angel. He only cries when he needs a change or a feeding, he's been eating a ton (just like his Daddy), he's awake and alert for long periods of time, and I have only been waking up 1-2 times a night with him...yes, he's been giving me 4-6 hour stretches of sleep!! I LOVE this kid!
I've been feeling so great since the night he was born, probably because I didn't have any drugs this time around and also because I've known more of what to expect. I feel like I could start working out and going to Bikram Yoga again right away...but I won't cause my doctor would kill me. I just cannot believe how blessed we've been with our new little boy.

Monty checking out Miles

Probably pushing out a pretty big poop here.

Ava just loves her little brother. She loves to hug him and hold him. She's been a little more needy of my attention, especially when I'm feeding him, but it's not been too bad...Since I feel so good and it's been so nice, I've been making sure to do something special with her each day, we go to the park alot, play in the back yard, and take long walks. she's such a good kid. I just love my life at the moment!!

Ava, Daddy, Miles and cousin Jadyn.


Don't even ask about her outfit...she likes to pick them out these days...we like to call this look "special kid"



Friday, April 17, 2009

Kid's Rooms

I have been meaning to post pics of Ava and Miles's rooms forever. I thought I should wait on them though since we were trying to keep the baby's name a secret and it's plastered all over the walls in his room!

Here are some pics of the new nursery and Ava's big girl room. I think they turned out pretty cute if I do say so myself! Most everything in both rooms is hand made, from the bedding in Miles's room (thanks to my Mom) to the bed frame and shelves in Ava's (thanks to Galen's handy work). I even put on my creative hat and painted the letters for their walls. I'm pretty proud of myself considering I have zero artistic abilities!
Ava's Room...
Miles's Room

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Announcing...Miles Duncan Blyth

He's finally here! Miles Duncan Blyth came into the world on Sunday, April 12, 2009 at 10:48pm. He was 6lbs 15 ounces and 19 1/2 inches long. It was a crazy labor...We got to the hospital at 9:45, and he was born an hour later without any drugs...it just went so quickly!!

I think we broke some record for how quickly I transitioned and had him, as the entire nursing staff came to talk to us about it.

Although I was in an extreme amount of pain for that hour, I am so happy it went the way it did as I didn't feel nauseated or anything from any drugs after the birth like I had with Ava. I'm feeling great and I just can't believe I pushed him out so fast, it was amazing! I guess maybe it helped that he was down so low and giving me so much grief last week!

Miles is doing great, and I am feeling wonderful (except for lack of sleep of course). He eats like a champ and stays alert and awake for long periods of time. Ava LOVES her baby brother, she can't get enough of him and wants to hold him all of the time. I am so lucky to have such a wonderful husband to distract her while I need my rest, etc.
Tonight will be our first night at home...hopefully we all settle in peacefully and can get some much needed rest, we're all a bit tired, but so excited to have completed our family with such a precious baby boy!!

Here are some pics from the past 2 days, enjoy!




Friday, April 10, 2009

Due Date: Tomorrow...Yeah Right!

Hello all, I thought I'd leave another update since I've been getting so many texts and emails to see if baby has arrived...thanks so much everyone for your thoughts...unfortunately for me, he has not arrived yet!
I'm still really uncomfortable, and beginning to think I'm going to be preggers forever :)
The good news is, my in-laws came to town on Weds, and are staying with us to help me out with Ava...it's so nice to pass the time with company...I have the best family, we are so very lucky!
We thought baby might come during the full moon this week, but our predictions didn't come true...now I'm hoping he at least comes on my due date tomorrow...though at this point, I highly doubt he'll ever come...we'll see!
I'm going to my acupuncturist today, so hopefully he can help get things moving. I'll keep you posted. Hope everyone has a very happy Friday!!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Doctor's Appt Update

Hello! I hope everyone had a nice weekend. Unfortunately for us, both Ava and Galen were sick with the flu throwing up and with diarrhea...my poor babies. Ava was sick on Saturday night but recovered quickly on Sunday, then Galen got sick all day Sunday and stayed home from work today...poor guys. Thankfully, I haven't gotten it...hopefully I do not, it would just be MISERABLE to be this pregnant and sick at the same time, yuck!

As for a baby update, I went to the doctor this morning and he "swept my membranes"...it was very uncomfortable to say the least, but since then, I've been having some bleeding, which he said is a good thing as it means things are getting going in there, and also some major cramping and some contractions...so...hopefully something will happen soon! I'll keep you posted of course, but I'm not getting my hopes up too high.

On a another note, I am SO happy Spring has finally sprung here in Bend. It was a gorgeous weekend and today was even better. We've been passing the time hanging out in the yard and going to the park and taking long walks. I am so excited for this nice weather to stick around for good...it makes me so happy! Ava loves wearing her sunglasses when we're driving or hanging outside. Today, she opted for my shades...she really knows how to get a good laugh out of me!

Friday, April 3, 2009

39 Weeks...and SO Uncomfortable!

Well, I have a week to go before my due date now! I can't believe this pregnancy has gone by so fast, it's so crazy!

Unfortunately, I think I jinxed myself a couple weeks back with I wrote about the "progress" my doctor said I was making and that we thought this kid was coming early. Since then, I have become the most uncomfortable person in the world. I can't believe that just two short weeks ago I was fine with being pregnant for another couple of months...and now, all I want is for this baby to get outta me!!

I went to the doctor on Tuesday thinking I must be much further along than I was last week. I have been losing my mucus plug (so disgusting) all week and usually, as it was with Ava, that's a sign that labor is right around the corner... he said that nothing had changed since my last appointment...(what happened to all this "progress" talk, doc??) He did say that he thought the baby would be coming before my next appointment this Monday, but I'm beginning to doubt that. If the baby hasn't come by then, the doctor is going to "sweep my membranes" (gross, I know) to try and speed things up as I'm just way too uncomfortable and he feels bad for me...what a nice guy!!

Let me just fill you in on how I've been feeling lately...
First of all, I probably get a total of 4 hours of sleep a night due to the fact that I constantly feel like I have to pee. When I get to the toilet, hardly anything comes out...so frustrating. Then I have a few contractions so I start thinking that maybe something is going to happen, but no dice. So I've been really tired lately, taking naps when Ava does. I'm so lucky I don't have to work or I think I'd be dead.

Since the baby is down so far into my pelvis, I have been feeling an immense amount of pressure down there. I literally feel like a 15 year old with the worst period cramps I've ever had...all the time and it hasn't let up.
Also, my bones down there feel like they are moving every second. It's really hard for me to sit down in a chair or to sit in my seat to drive...it's so painful to just sit. Maybe I need to get one of those butt cushions or something:) Walking is another story. Since I feel like I have a bowling ball between my legs at all times, it's kinda hard to walk like a normal person. I kinda half waddle, half limp, with a really wide stance, it's so ladylike, let me tell you!! I know I'm such a turn on for Galen right now!

Speaking of being a turn on...we've been doing everything under the sun to try induce labor. Sex being one of them...(Galen is feeling pretty good about his situation at the moment I think:)
I've also been to the chiropractor a bunch and have been massaging my ankles (they say it's a natural pressure point for labor...not sure if I believe that yet!)...I've been working out every morning and last night I even resorted to doing a bunch of jumping jacks before going to bed...nothing is working!

I guess the little guy is comfortable where he is, but I'm not.
So, we are just going to hang out this weekend and try not to think about the pain I'm in. It's supposed to be nice so hopefully we can go on some long walks. Today is my birthday and although I didn't really want to give birth today, I'm thinking it would be a nice bday gift right about now!! So, I'll let you know how things progress...hopefully soon!!