Merry Christmas! We are very excited to celebrate the birth of Christ this season as we celebrate our first Christmas with Hugh! We cannot believe nine weeks has passed since Hugh entered the world. He has been the best Christmas gift this season...by far! Except, Jake did get me my "mommy gift" (because I pushed Hugh (very hard) for two hours before he was born) and it is super nice...but still not better than being parents this Christmas!
Well, week nine brought us more new things (I guess every week will bring new things when you are only nine weeks old). He got to meet his Aunt Cindy and Uncle Daniel...very exciting for him; and he also got to meet my aunt, uncle, and cousins from California...more excitement for him. It also brought us to the pediatrician's office...Hugh was running a low fever and I called to see if we could give him Tylenol. So, the nurse said he was too little and we needed to bring him in...so, two hours in the car and $20 later...the doctor told us what we already knew...we could give him Tylenol. However, I did learn that he weighs almost 12 pounds...he is getting to be a big boy! We (mainly me) also decided to stop breastfeeding this week...I woke up on Monday and decided that it didn't make sense any longer. He takes a bottle the same way he breastfeeds and I decided that if any nipple is going to get that kind of damage...better the bottle than me. So, I put away my old "brest friend" (my nursing pillow) and picked up my new "brest friend" (my pump) - I am pumping five times a day and we are supplementing with formula. I figured out that I have to pump 4,500 ounces of milk to give him 50% breast milk for his first year...as Jake reminds me, take it one day at a time - and yes, I am a numbers person and I had to figure it out. We'll see how it goes, but I am taking it one day at a time - we had a good friend (thank you, Amy) get us some formula...so, that has been very nice since it is so expensive! He is also smiling a lot, but I cannot get any pictures (I need a better camera)...so, hopefully, I'll get one soon! We are still trying to figure out the bottle feeding...it takes him 45 minutes to an hour to drink six ounces of milk...he gets so bored with eating. We are trying lots of different methods to make the process a little more efficient! We have also realized that our son is the king of cat naps - one minute he is playing and the next he is sleeping...which only lasts about 10 minutes - it is very funny! He is doing good with his night sleeping...normally, he lasts for a seven hour stretch, but I have to normally get up after about five and a half hours to put his pacifier in or hold him. I haven't been able to let him "cry it out" just yet...still too little for me.
He had a wonderful first Christmas...spending time with lots of family and we had our first overnight with him at my parent's house. He did great, which was a huge blessing. We read through Luke with him on Christmas morning so we can always instill in him the true meaning on Christmas - Jesus Christ. We are so fortunate to have so many people that love us and Hugh made out with a lot of loot (toys, books, clothes, etc.)...I am sure it is just the beginning of the "stuff" madness. It was fun having a little one this Christmas - what an amazing gift and an incredible answer to prayer. We look back at this time last year and we were in a very different place - we praise God for where we are at today. We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! We love you all!
So, I'll join in on the fun and provide seven random facts (which I started thinking about at 4AM when I couldn't fall back asleep).
1. I only lasted one shift at my first job - a cashier at Souper Salad. It was horrible and I still need to get my $20! 2. I quit my second job, a hostess at Valle Luna, in protest to making the hostesses wear silly cantina dresses. I wrote a letter to the owners...I lost and found a new job. 3. I curled my hair wrong until I got to college...I would curl it where I would always get that weird kink in it. Luckily, my first college roommate, Erin, explained to me the correct way to do it...thanks to my mom for originally teaching me how to do it. (I wish I could post my fourth grade picture after my mom did my hair...you all would understand.) 4. I graduated high school a semester early and college in three years. Yes, I am an overachiever. 5. I got kicked out of my high school calculus class for yelling at my teacher. Yes, I was one of those students...however, I was justified in my frustration...just shouldn't have yelled at her (especially the obscenities). By the way, we became very close after the whole issue. 6. I punched my brother, Troy, in the face when we were young...he cried. It was the only time he cried...I'll never forget it and I know he'll never remember it. 7. I met my husband while picking up trash...and no, it wasn't because we were part of Sheriff Joe's chain gang...we were picking up trash for our church.
Well, our little guy is two months old! We are so in love with this little one. He is so sweet and we are so blessed to have him in our lives. We cannot imagine our lives without him now (however, I can still imagine an uninterrupted night of sleep)!
So, what has reaching the second month brought us? Well, it brought two new motorized pieces of equipment thanks to family and friends. We will try whatever we can to get a few afternoon naps in the day (without them being in Mama's arms). It also brought some firsts...the first time pooping in the tub with Daddy (Hugh did the pooping and Jake freaked out...I have been waiting for this...I have been pooped on more times than I can count, but Jake has never experienced the joy...until this week); his first time rolling off the couch (yes, I felt like the worst mom ever...he is fine (praise God), but it was quite a scare (I think more for me...thanks to all the moms who let me know I wasn't alone with this experience and all of their kids survived); he is growing his hair back (just Hugh...not Jake); his first gingerbread house party; his first time running errands in the Bjorn with Mama (my back is still killing me); his first Christmas party with our church small group; and it has brought a lot of first time wearing new outfits (how does a child have so many clothes...I need to make sure he wears everything at least once). We also started a new routine...breast, bottle, pump. He is really starting to wean himself from the breast, which I am finally okay with him doing. The shields didn't really work for us, which I was fine with because they were a hassle. So, now we have our system and we no longer battle. He is getting formula and breast milk...and guess what...he is still surviving! I will continue to pump for as long as I can...or until the pain becomes so unbearable that I cut off my breasts! Thanks to everyone for their prayers and support during this process. We take one day at a time!
I (like I am sure many others...or at least I tell myself other people do this) am addicted to blogs...blogs of people I know, blogs of people I maybe know, and blogs or people I definitely don't know. So, I started reading a blog of someone Jake went to NAU with (Krista) and from her blog I started reading other people's blogs. Well, these blogs are so encouraging and I felt so fortunate to find them. One of the blogs pointed to Ps. 120:1, "In my distress I called to the Lord, and he answered me." This verse was such a great reminder to me...I spend every 4AM feeding with Hugh praying for him or praying for someone...it has been such a sweet time and such an incredible blessing to see the Lord answer our prayers in His timing and His way. I also read a post from another blog reminding me of Ps. 127:3, "Sons are a heritage from the Lord, children a reward from him." The blog was about remembering to find joy in your children, because they truly are a gift from God...even when they drive you crazy! I know this time will go by so fast and I know Hugh is the best Christmas gift we could ever have this year! Thanks to so many women who blog...I really thought I would never enjoy blogs this much, but I am hooked!
So, I am thinking about trying to cut off the 4AM feeding...he barely nurses and won't take a bottle, but he still gets up. I think he is programmed to get up at this time everyday. It is tough because I love this time of prayer and being with him, but it would be nice to have more uninterrupted sleep. We put him down around 10:30PM and he wakes up at 4AM, goes back down at 4:30AM, and then wakes up at 6AM. I take him in bed with him (do not feed him) and he gets up between 8AM and 9AM...my boy loves himself a lazy morning! We'll see what happens...maybe he'll just stop doing it.
Anyway, thanks to everyone for your love and support. I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas! We are so excited to celebrate the birth of Christ this season!
Hugh is seven weeks already! I cannot believe it. I know I state that every week, but I really cannot believe how quickly the time is flying by. We absolutely love our baby boy...he is so cute! We are so excited to celebrate his first Christmas in a couple weeks...I also cannot believe Christmas is less than two weeks away and we haven't started our Christmas shopping!
So, what has happened in the last week? Well, we are still struggling with breastfeeding...so, I started using a shield to see if it will help (I know, I know...the La Leche League would hunt me down, but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do). I figure if it helps, then we can work on breaking him of the shield next week...I know, doesn't make a lot of sense, but that is the logic I am running with right now. We are still giving him bottles (again, the La Leche League can hunt me down), but it works for us. I have decided this week that if he ends up on bottles and formula, he will survive and I will still be a good mom...it took me some time to realize this, but I got there. The 3AM party ended this week...that was good. I decided watching TV in the middle of the night works for me, but doesn't work for Hugh...he gets too stimulated. Who would have thought that Cold Case or Without a Trace would be Hugh's favorite shows...well, I'll miss my special time with TNT in the middle of the night, but sleep is much more important. Hugh got to meet all of my work friends and see where I work - he did great (however, I don't see accounting or insurance in his future...paging Dr. Saylor). He also started eating at restaurants (well, he didn't start eating, but I am able to eat and he will stay in his car seat), which is very nice. So, does he like his car seat? Well, not 100%...but we did go to Tucson this past weekend to see his Papa retire from the military after 29 years of service (Yeah Papa!)...and he only cried for 25 minutes and he was in the car seat for over five hours. So, I think we are really turning a corner with the car seat - praise God! Hugh also got to meet some very dear friends of our family in Tucson - he met his great grandfather's (who he is named after) best friend and it meant the world to her. It was great to see the Wilkies and have them meet Hugh! Lastly, we enjoyed a night out with him at a concert in a park last night that our church put on - it was a lot of fun and he did great! I have also realized how incredibly patient Hugh will be with me...letting me clean or cook or shower or get ready...he is so sweet! He is cooing (or squawking) more and I really feel like consistent smiles are right around the corner.
Thanks to everyone for your continued prayers and love for our little family. We are so blessed by having so many people that love us. Jake and I love being parents to our little Hugh Baby - we have so much fun loving him and laughing together...parenting can be so funny at times. Hugh and I started reading in Luke this week to prepare for Christmas and we are reminded of the incredible gift we have been given as we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. "He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High." Luke 1:32 We are so excited for this season!
(Our camera ran out of batteries this week...so, sorry for the lack of pictures.)
Well, I cannot believe it, but Hugh is six weeks old! He is getting so big and starting to lose his newborn look. He also grew out of newborn diapers and some of his newborn outfits...like the one he wore home from the hospital (see below - it fit him like knickers...yes, I am a little sad). He is getting so big, but still looks very small next to his cousin, Logan, who is a tank.
This week has been a bit of a challenge. I think I ate something too spicy for Hugh (no food is too spicy for me...I was really hoping my son would be born "spicy") and nursing has been a battle this week, but it is getting better now. Also, sleeping continues to be a challenge for our little one. He has decided that his 2AM/3AM feeding time is "wake" time, which is a little tough for me. We are going to keep working on it...I guess I don't have a choice. Also, we are still working on the naps...he hates going to sleep...doesn't want to miss a thing. I swear he doesn't get more than eight to ten hours of sleep a day. I am sure our second born child will be a sleeper. He loves his wake time...playing on his mat and rolling over, staring at the Christmas tree, going for walks, spending time (limited time) in his swing, etc. So, how are the car trips? Well, they are getting a lot better...praise God. We actually went to Walmart and he did great - slept the entire time in his car seat. Funny story - so, I went to Walmart (of course, I look terrible...I am at Walmart, not a fashion show) and I buy electronics...so, the guy asked to see my id. I show him my id and he says, "Is that you?" (I actually have a decent picture for my license.), which I reply with, "Yes, before children...ring me up." So, I must look really, really bad when I leave the house. Anyway, I am glad that Hugh did so well on our first outing together (yes, it took me six weeks to leave the house with him alone).
I have learned that my prayer life has increased 100% since having Hugh - my dependence upon God is every second of everyday...a little sad that it took having Hugh for me to see this. God is so faithful to answer our prayers...He is so incredibly good to us and we are so blessed. Hugh and I studied Philippians this week and really spent time on Phil. 4:6, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God." I tend to be anxious and do not wait on God, this verse definitely hit home this week.
We hope everyone is doing well. Thanks to everyone for your love and prayers. We love you all!
I stalk people's blogs as well (April - you are not alone)...so, I thought I would do this as well while waiting for Hugh to eat (wishing I could strap the nuk to his head!).
1. Wrapping paper or bags? Paper and ribbon...I loved wrapped gifts! 2. Real or artificial tree? We have a fake tree (thanks to Melissa and Troy), but Jake always wishes for a real tree...not going to happen. 3. When do you put of the tree? Normally, the day after Thanksgiving. Jake loves to do it and he has sucked me in. I grew up in a house that put the Christmas tree up on Christmas Eve. 4. When do you take the tree down? Right after the New Year. 5. Do you like Eggnog? No...reminds me of sweet rice (sorry Melissa, I had to do it). 6 Favorite gift received as a child? Nothing comes to mind...I love stocking gifts. 7. Hardest person to buy for? Troy and Melissa Johnson - they drive me crazy. And, oh yes...we have to buy for one of them this year...lucky us! 8. Easiest person to buy for? My mom or Jake's parents...we are very generic. 9. Do you have a nativity? Yes...a small one we got in Europe. 10. Mail or email Christmas cards? Mail...need to start working on my Xmas letter now. 11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? Not sure. However, I have to echo Michelle on her comment...Melissa and April, my mom started crying when I told her. Kidding, but she does read our blogs! 12. Favorite Christmas movie? Christmas Story 13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? Not sure. 14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Yes - just gift cards. 15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Chex mix and toffee 16. Lights on the tree? Yes - white lights. 17. Favorite Christmas song? Joy to the World and Last Christmas by Wham (I really, really love that song.) 18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? Home...well, in a car for half the day. We love it! 19. Can you name all of Santa's Reindeer? Santa isn't real and neither are his reindeer. 20. Angel on the tree top or star? Mary and the Baby Jesus 21. Open present on Christmas Eve or morning? Christmas morning 22. Most annoying thing about this time of year? Nothing...I am sure my kids will drive me nuts in the future with "I want this and I want that...", but for now...Hugh doesn't speak. 23. Favorite ornament theme or color? We get ornaments from every place we vacation...I love this tradition. 24. Favorite food for Christmas dinner? I like Melissa's egg dishes and am super excited for Christmas brunch this year on the 26th! 25. What do you want for Christmas this year? Sleep...kidding (no - seriously). Enjoying our first Christmas with our new son, Hugh and spending time with family. 26. Who is most likely to respond to this? I don't know. 27. Who is least likely to respond? I don't know.