Friday, May 17, 2013

Thankful Friday

1.  Week two with these three cuties all to myself was a success.  Honestly, the days have been pretty good.  We've continued with our routine and Sam has fit in pretty well.  I did share with Dennis one day that I missed having some "mental quiet" in the day (the chance to have my own thoughts without a little person asking me for something!).  Being the awesome man he is, he decided to take the girls out Tuesday night for dinner, Chuck-E-Cheese and ice cream.  Sam and I sat in a quiet house for three whole hours and it was great.  They had an awesome date too!!

2.  This little guy dressed up for our date with Elyse at the preschool mother's day tea.  She presented me with a fruit tart she made herself, along with a cook book with all their mom's favorite recipes. ( According to the cookbook, we make pizza and bake it at 10 degrees.  She was so excited and proud to give me my mother's day surprise....we had a blast!  The kids came up with their own puppet show too, which included a made-up song lead by Elyse.  Really fun!

3.  This little chubby cheek guy gave us a few little smiles this week!  Yay!!!  And. we've had two nights in a row of better sleep.  Prior to the past two nights, he's been waking up way more than I wanted...but I've been making an effort of keeping him up more during the day and I think it's worth it. Last night we got 5.5 hours straight sleep!

4.  I found this note in Elyse's room.  "I have a crush on nana and mama."

 5.  The girls and Dennis went along with their friends to the Father/Daughter dance last weekend.  Aren't they a good lookin' bunch?

6.  Madelyn has really taken off with her people drawing.  I am in love with these first little people she draws.  Here is a picture of our family (I did bribe her with a spoonful of honey to draw a family picture).  Sam is the sad one because he has a boo-boo.  Dennis is upside down...doing exercise.  

Friday, May 3, 2013

Thankful Friday

A few years back, I used to do "Thankful Friday" as a regular thing on the blog.  I think it's time to bring it back.  We've certainly had an event filled week and it certainly reminded me I am thankful for a lot!

1.  First and foremost, I'm thankful for our health.  Last Sunday, I woke up from an afternoon nap with horrible abdominal pain. I  knew things weren't quite right and ended up in the ER.  After a few tests, the doctors came back with news that my abdomen was filled with fluid!  They performed a procedure that removed about 2.5 Liters.  No wonder I was in pain!

After lots of tests and an overnight hospital stay (so fun...especially with a newborn baby...not!) there still is no explanation for the fluid.  Luckily it hasn't returned.  I've lost 10 pounds in the last week and my tummy is way smaller.  Part of me wishes for an explanation for all of this.  Normally it is caused by liver failure but my liver is working great.  As long as it doesn't return, even without an explanation, the doctors think I should be good.

It certainly was a bit of a scare and made me think things that are no fun to think.  But this experience, has reminded me how lucky I am and to truly take in an appreciate all my days.

Here's a picture of the fluid.  I hope it doesn't gross you out but Dennis and I were just in shock!

Hanging with Sammy Boy at the hospital.  

2.  At three weeks old, I'm still so thankful for our little guy.  He's been a good baby so far.  He eats about three times a night.  He's happy in his crib so I've been able to sleep in my bed which is great.  We're so chill with the third kid, it really does make it all more enjoyable.  

3.  Elyse lost her first tooth.  She was BEYOND EXCITED!!!  She let everyone know about her missing tooth.  She even told the guy who came to the house to change our water tank.

4.  My friends and neighbors.  When Dennis and I decided to head to the ER on Sunday, we had people we could call to watch the girls (unfortunately, my mom had left the day before).  Several people jumped right in to help, and were more than willing to do what was needed to take care of the girls, including keeping them overnight.  I'm very lucky to be surrounded by the best of people.

5.  The person who came up with "baby mugging."  It makes me laugh.

Dennis has been off for the week, taking his paternity leave and my mom was here before that.  So thankful to have them both around!  Next week, I'm on my own.  I'm sure there will be moments I want to pull out my hair but I will just have to remember to "woo-sa!"  And the good news is I only have to be on my own for two weeks before my mom is back to help us with the move.  

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Meet Sam

Samuel Earl Katolin arrived two weeks ago, April 13 at 1:46 am, two weeks early according to the due date but right on time as far as we are concerned.

He came out weighing 7 lbs 10 ounces, 20 inches long, a head full of dark hair...absolutely perfect!!

Friday afternoon, the girls and I spent some time playing outside.  We came in for dinner.  I thought maybe I was feeling a little "dribble".  I certainly wasn't sure what was going on.  (With both girls my water broke and "gushed") but as it continued, I wondered if we should get things checked out. 

After a little deliberation, we decided to head to the hospital to see if my water had in fact broke.  That was around 5:30.  We took the girls over to their friend's house, with jammies hoping things might be moving forward, and went to the hospital.

As soon as I arrived, they put me in the robe, attached me to some machines.  The hospital smells immediately reminded me of what was to come and I began to feel some anxiety.  It was a busy night at the hospital, and after about an hour or so after we arrived, they checked and discovered that my water had in fact broke.  I was 5-6 cm (I had been only 2 at the dr. appointment that morning). 

I wasn't feeling much in the way of contractions, certainly nothing painful.  We decided to walk around the hospital a bit.  It was earrily quiet as we walked the halls.  During our walk, I did have a few contractions with a bit of power behind them.  

We went back to the room, rested a bit.   Eventually the contractions picked up a bit and I asked for the epidural.  

That went well enough.  I rested some more.  Watching the contractions move along on the monitor, they got stronger and more frequent, I was glad I had that epidural.

Eventually it was time for me to push.  By that point, I could feel my contractions on my right side so I knew when to push.  After about 15 (?) minutes, our little guy was out!

They placed him on my chest.  Dennis and I looked at each other with wonder at our little man and the whole process.  I double checked to make sure he was in fact a boy!

The nurses did a quick wipe off and check of Sam.  Then they weight him, cleaned up, cleaned me up and everyone left the room.  They left us alone with him, Sam laying on my chest for over an hour.  He was still goopy but perfectly perfect.  It took him awhile to latch on, but I was able to nurse.  

It felt completely foreign to hold a newborn again...when I went to move him, Dennis had to remind me "Support the head, support the head!"

Eventually the nurse came back in to give him a good bath and check Sam out more thoroughly.  

We moved to the recovery room and enjoyed our first night with our little guy!

Sam has been an easy baby so far.  He took a little while to learn how to latch, but since then has been nursing like a champ.  He eats a lot, as the doctor said is common with boys.  By his two week appointment he was already up to 8 lbs 6 ounces, way up from his 7 10 birth weight.

He is clearly a boy, both evidenced by his face (I'm not sure what it is, but people all say that he looks like a boy) and his toots.  The boy sounds like a grown man!

Sleeping has been pretty normal for a newborn.  Lucky for me, he falls back to sleep fairly easily after our nighttime dinner dates.  

We're so happy to be a family of five (that does sound nuts!) and have our little guy home.  Thanks to my mom and Dennis, I haven't had to be on my own with three kids yet...that test will come next week.

The girls have been great with him.  We did have a little regression with both the first week or so.  Madelyn threw a few fits when I was unable to help her.  Elyse started crying over things she normally wouldn't be upset over.  But all in all, they've been great sisters.  They love to hold Sam.  They both sing him songs if he starts to fuss (my favorite "Please don't cry").  

We are super blessed.

Enjoy some pictures of our newest addition.

My favorite attempt at a family shot