Thursday, December 22, 2011

6 Week update!!

This coming Monday, Mister Jimmer Jack will be 7 weeks old! Cannot believe that we are already to the monumental 6 week mark. Feel like we just left the hospital. He's changed so much and I love him more every day. It's so true that you don't understand this love until it happens. He's added so much to our lives. He gets more and more active and alert every day...he definitely knows his Mommy...and I will never get tired of the way he smells (well usually:))
Christmas in Michigan...missing Daddy who had to work

Eating: This kid eats like a champ! During the day he eats every 2 1/2 to 3 hours and as of this week, he goes 5 hours for the night session. He's eating 4 oz at a time..and sometimes cluster feeds and eats 2 oz broken up. He has had nothing but breast milk (sorry TMI) but I am exclusively pumping as that seems to work best for us. I am able to see how much he gets and also freeze way more. I currently have somewhere around 80-90 frozen 6 oz bags in the freezer for when I go back to work. Every once in a while he will eat from me, but I just have come to like pumping better.

Sleeping: Jimmer is sleeping about 14-15 hours a day. He is a night owl like his parents! He is currently sleeping 5 straight hours when we put him down before needing to be fed again. He usually is up and ready to go for the day between 9 and 10 am which works great for us. Nick doesnt go to work until 2 pm so its nice to have him around in the mornings. I get up around 3 or 4 am to feed Jimmer and then again at 7ish...much better than the first few weeks of every 2 1/2 to 3 the whole day and night!
Day to Day: I love our days together. Most days we are home although we've ventured out a few times to Christmas shop, visit Morgan in Des Moines, met my Dad for lunch and most recently a road trip to Michigan for the Vanover Christmas which he did super well with:) I have such an incredible family and there is so much love there. I love how all  of us cousins are so close in age and there were so many little ones running around. I loved every bit of it...I can't wait for Jimmer to see how awesome of a family God gave him.  When I told Nick about it I decided we needed to try and get there for Christmas every year.
 2-3 times a day we do "tummy time" to strengthen his neck and back. He didn't like this so much at first but has really started to. Sometimes he falls asleep while on his tummy which he seems to like...I'm paranoid so watch him like a hawk but he's been able to lift his head since he was a week old so I'm sure he would be fine. He loves his swing and bouncer and also his activity mat that I lay him on a few times a day as well. He smiles all the time and has just recently started laughing which is my favorite.

Me: My recovery has been amazing. I feel 100% back to normal. I had to reschedule my 6 week appointment for January 4th so looking forward to that.  Started doing some workout exercises at home which have made me super sore! I'm headed back to the gym after Christmas to start running and lifting weights again:) I'm also going to look into signing up for a morning hot yoga or spin class. Because Nick works 2 pm to 11 pm I'll be able to run and work out in the morning before Nick goes for his workout and then to work. Once I go back to work I'll have to figure something else out. Maybe Grandma can watch him a few evenings a week for an hour or 2. I'm below my pre pregnancy weight by a few lbs because of how much this guy eats but have really started paying attention to how much I eat to make sure I get that extra 500 calories. I love being able to stuff my face for the benefit of my child:)

Here are some pictures from today when we were playing and talking to each other:)

Fake smile..."get the camera out of my face please"

"Oh more pictures please"

Somebodys thighs are getting fuller...LOVE it

"Too close....too close"

this one cracks me up!!!!!!

We have almost all our Christmas shopping done except a few more for Daddy.  Tomorrow night Nick and I are having Date Night and my sister is going to watch Jimmer which I'm super excited about but will miss him I'm sure. I'm also very much looking forward to the Christmas festivities here at home and with the family and also to my friend Morgans little baby arriving around January 7th! :)

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Life with Jimmer

Tomorrow Jimmer will be one month old which is hard to believe. This post is basically just a picture post of the last 4 weeks. Since we've gotten home we've gotten his newborn pictures which I cannot wait to post, we've traveled to Davenport, spent Thanksgiving with my family here in Iowa and Nicks family who came to town from Louisiana, and Jimmer and I have done some Christmas shopping and decorating. He changes every day, has discovered his vocal chords, and hates having a dirty diaper! He eats for what feels like two babies and I give him all the credit for getting me to my pre pregnancy weight after just 3 weeks. It's seriously the best diet and you don't have to do anything! I am getting back to working out starting next week which I'm looking forward to. I feel super lazy some days but then realize I only have this time at home with him once and I want to enjoy it. So Jimmer and I stay in our PJ's all day some days, watch all my DVR'd shows, listen to Christmas music and cuddle as much as we can. Nick and I had our first night out together when we celebrated his birthday last weekend. We went to dinner and out and about and had a great time...but couldn't wait to get back to J.J. I am so happy and so blessed. I cannot wait for Christmas. It's always my favorite time of year but extra special this year as I got the greatest gift I've ever gotten.

Jimmer 2 weeks old

Thanksgiving at Aunt Debbies

4 generations:)

Grandma Dolly meeting Jimmer for the first time

Cousins Rhya and Rhylee

Grandpa Jack meeting Jimmer Jack :)

Nicks actual birthday - 20 days after Jimmers

4 generations!

Nana Tina and Jimmer

Best Buddies

Nicks Bday Celebration

Not as expected...Birth Story Part III

They first wheeled me in without Nick to prep for surgery. I was shaking uncontrollably before they gave me any drugs. I was that terrified. I hated being away from Nick for those 10 minutes. They could sense my fear and tried chit chatting with me about names, where I was from etc. To be honest I just wanted it to be quiet. The room was so bright and so cold. I could hear things going on but it was like I was having an out of body experience. If I looked straight up I could see my reflection in the lamp/light and immediately decided I would be looking to the side the entire time. I did not want to see any of this. I prayed one last time and Nick finally came in. He sat next to me and put his hand on my face (because my arms were strapped down...AWESOME!). They numbed me and I suppose they got started. They didn't say when they started which I appreciated! After a few minutes I could feel the pressure and my fear peaked. My teeth were chattering like a cartoon character and I felt like I was going to be sick or worse black out. I remember telling Nick "I think I'm going to pass out".  I stared into his eyes the whole time and took the biggest deep breaths of my life to get throuh those 15 minutes. He was such an amazing support talking me through it and smiling like there was nothign to be nervous about. At one point I remember looking at the wall and saying to myself "This will be our only child." And I meant that in that moment. I thought that if I get through this and God blessed us with a healthy baby, that would be it (of course this is no longer the case).
Then, at least for a few minutes, all my fear vanished when I heard "8:46 pm we have a boy!" I remember feeling like crying but not being able to. I had a second of disappointment not being able to see him right away but Nick went over immediately. I heard Nick say "Hi buddy" followed by "Is that going to go away!?!?" LOL! can you imagine laying on a table behind a blue sheet and hearing that before seeing your son!?!? Turns out, my pelvis wasn't working for him and he was lodged in there pretty good. He wasn't coming out that way. So his head was swollen on one side from trying to go down that way for so long. By the time we got back to the room that was already gone. Minutes later Nick brought him over to me. I kissed his perfect lips and  nose and stared in amazement at how much he looked like his Daddy. I was pretty out of it but for that minute I was so present. His eyes were wide open and he was looking right at me. Best moment of my life.
Jimmer Jack Larson was born on 11/7/11 weighing in at 7 lbs 7 oz and 20 1/2 inches long. Nick and I met playing basketball and picked the name Jimmer after Mr 2011 Basketball Jimmer Fredette who we loved watching last year in the NCAA tournament. His middle name is after Nicks Grandpa Jack.
Nick and Jimmer went into the recovery room while I laid there waiting for them to fix me up. These 20 or so minutes were the worst for me. I wanted to hold our baby and be with them in the other room so badly. Not to mention my teeth were still chattering like crazy and I could feel a lot of pressure. The anesthesiologist finally gave me some medicine to calm down the chattering because it was that bad. They finally wheeled me into the recovery room where our perfect baby boy was waiting. I had never seen anything so beautiful in my life. It's turely the greatest miracle in life. Looking at this person that is part of you and part of the person you love, and knowing they just spent the last 9 months in your belly is such an overwhelming feeling. I was pretty out of it and it was CRAZY to watch the nurses move my noodle legs that I had NO control over. Jimmer was perfectly healthy. He was the spitting image of his father except he has my long toes:) He had a head full of dark hair which we were not expecting as both Nick and I were blondies. My hair was white when I was born. Finally about an hour and a half after his arrival Nick held Jimmer and walked next to my bed being wheeled back to the room where my family was waiting.
Nick had the proudest look on his face. I was still pretty drugged up but I remember that look on his face and will never forget it. I was so happy I felt like laughing and crying at the same time. I was so thankful and had this moment of extreme thankfulness for my parents. It's like I had this new respect for them almost immediately. Here are some photos of the moments after he was born:

And here are a few short videos just after he was born:

So there you have it. NOTHING like I planned, and although I was initially disappointed, I sit here staring at Jimmer Jack and realize I could care less how he got here. Come to find out it took 2 doctors to get him out because he was so lodged in my abdominals! I'm really glad they didn't say anything out loud about not being able to get him out! He's healthy and happy and everything turned out like it should. We were later told we had the best on call  for C-sections who is known for his small and straight incisions:) Great news! Being a Mom is the most important job I have ever had. And it's also the most difficult and most rewarding. I'm up every 3 hours, my new perfume is baby spit up, I'm lucky to get a shower every other day, I am a feeding tube, and it's impossible to keep the house cleaned. But he's perfect. He smiles when he's falling asleep, he loves being cuddled and patted, he's incredibly strong, and I love his little feet.  I can't wait to see how he changes and grows and if he continues to be a mini Nick. My life is forever changed. Here are some other pictures of his first few days of life :)