Finding Our Groove

Hello there! I hope you are doing well, and I am glad you are here. Henry is one month old today, and I finally feel like I have come up for air! People were not kidding when they said that first month is the hardest. I would say, though, that we are finding our groove. I know it will change next week, but we are much more comfortable in general. We now know that he won’t break. The hardest adjustment for us is the lack of sleep. I have become very good at power napping. 🙂

For someone like me (type A and a little controlling), having a baby has definitely taught me to let go and go with the flow. It has been a humbling experience. Having said that, though, I am working on creating somewhat of a schedule for us and Henry. In fact, I am following many of the principles from Babywise. I am still being flexible, but it is nice to have some sort of a guide. Basically, Babywise promotes having your baby sleep, eat, and then play. In the beginning, Henry just ate and slept, but now he is more alert during the day. It is so much fun! We have been doing tummy time and working on focusing. I love these black and white cards!

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I am such a sucker for his legs right now. Hehe!

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Another thing that Babywise promotes is putting your child to bed when they are awake. This was the hardest thing to follow the first 4 weeks especially because we kept him on the main floor to nap in his swing or sleeper. He cried like crazy when it was time for nap especially if he had just played. There is a fine line of stimulating versus over stimulating a newborn. I decided that it was time to put him down his his pack ‘n play in our room for naps. The first day, he screamed for 10-15 minutes, but then he fell asleep. I wasn’t going to let him go more than 15 minutes. We have been doing this for 3 days, and he is going down like a champ. He might cry for 5 or 10 minutes, but then he self soothes and falls asleep. Thanks to a suggestion from a friend, we have started to swaddle him with one arm out. Who knew?!

Look at our big boy…

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Lastly, I went to my one month postpartum doctor’s appointment yesterday, and I am cleared to go back to barre and yoga! Yahoo! I have been walking every day either by myself or with him in the stroller for 30-40 minutes. It has felt great, but I am ready to stretch and start toning my muscles especially my core. It is so strange to flex my abs and hardly feel anything. They were stretched just a bit. 🙂

The night before my water broke, I bought video series from foam rolling expert, Lauren Roxburgh. It is called Happy, Healthy Pregnancy – Bundle and Beyond. I use the foam roller probably every other day for 5 minutes or so, but I do the same thing each time. I was very excited to see a video series for pre and postnatal utilizing the foam roller. Anyway, her postnatal videos are awesome! I did both (about 15 minutes) this morning after Henry and I got home from our walk, and it felt great!

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I am doing my best to post when I can…I hope to be back soon! It’s crazy how fast the day goes with a baby. Nights are another story! Ha!

Have a great week!

 

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Welcome to the World Henry Linden Watson

Hello! It has been a loooong time! There is a good reason though…we welcomed our sweet boy, Henry Linden Watson, into the world on May 29th at 10:33 a.m. He is perfect!

I thought I would share some pictures and tell you a little bit about his birth.

My water broke in the middle of the night on the 28th which was our 5 year anniversary. We had plans to go to out that night, but those plans quickly changed. Instead, we enjoyed a delicious dinner from Zoe’s Kitchen.

I wasn’t totally sure if my water had broken, but we decided to go the hospital just in case. Interestingly enough, I tested negative for my water breaking, so they discharged us. As we were walking down the hallway, it was clear that my water had broken, so we went back to the same room to take the test again. Yup. I was right. My water had broken. I was admitted and watched over night.

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They decided to induce me in the morning because the baby was at risk for infection if we did not get things going. I really didn’t want to get an epidural, but, alas, at the 12th hour I gave in. For me, pitocin made my contractions really intense and REALLY close together. I needed some rest. I was getting to take a nap when I started to feel pressure. If you can believe it, I was 10cm dilated just an hour after I received the epidural. 45 minutes later, our sweet boy was born. It was a pretty emotional experience. I instantly started crying and so did Tyler (it was the third time I had seen him cry :)).

Here is our first family photo…

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Here he is all cleaned up (so far this is my favorite picture of him)…

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Henry weighed 6 pounds 3 ounces and was 19 inches long which is great for a baby that is a month early! The only issue he had in the beginning was low blood sugar, so we had the option of giving him formula to get his numbers up or we could go to the NICU. We chose the formula. I really didn’t want to introduce formula or a bottle until much later, but we did what we had to do. Luckily, his numbers went back up within 24 hours, and 48 hours later we came home!!! We were very thankful for the 2 days in the hospital. We learned so much!

The first night was pretty rough because we did not know his cries yet. We are pros now. Hehe. Anyway, here is what he looked like after his first night at home. We, on the other hand, did not look so peaceful. We were up because he was fussy, and I think I checked to see if he was breathing at least 10 times!

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We are adjusting to the lack of sleep, but he does sleep well when he sleeps. Thank goodness! We know this is temporary and part of the job. We wouldn’t have it any other way.

One thing is for sure, he loves his daddy and Grandma Marty.

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My mom has been here for a week and will stay this week as well. I am not sure what I would do without her. She has cooked our meals, cleaned the house, bonded with Henry, and made me take naps. I sure do fall asleep fast now, and I am getting very good at power naps.

As for me, I am feeling great and healing nicely. I attribute it to the healthy lifestyle I followed while I was pregnant. I took a 20 minute walk today which felt amazing!

I will check back in again in a week or two. The days go by so fast with a newborn (the nights are another story…haha).

Have a great week!