Friday, January 23, 2009

Our 2 week old

Things are still a little crazy around the Day household but we are very slowly trying to adjust. Collin got the cold that my mom had so he's been battling that all week. I started to get it but was able to get on some medicine and knock it out before it got too bad. We have been trying to be extra careful around Cayden to keep him from getting sick.

Cayden had his 2 week check up on Tuesday and everything went really well. He weighed 8 pounds, 2 ounces...one ounce shy of his birth weight. They really want the baby to have gained their birth weight back by the time their 2 weeks but our pediatrician said that since Cayden had lost so much of his birth weight right after he was born (he lost 11%...got down to 7 lb 5 oz) that he was very pleased with his weight gain. They like for the babies to have gained about an ounce a day and our little boy gained 13 ounces in 11 days so the doc said he's doing good on eating. Cayden is in the 50th percentile for weight and the 75th percentile for height.

Some fun facts about our 2 week old:

  • He loves to cuddle and enjoys nuzzling up in his mommy's neck.
  • The noises that he makes are hilarious! He's a HUGE grunter...
  • He likes to poop right after he gets a diaper change!
  • He is starting to stare in people's eyes more often.
  • He loves to throw his arms around.
  • He loves to eat.
  • He likes to stick out his tongue and make all kinds of faces!
  • He loves to grab other peoples fingers and suck on his own (especially when hungry).
  • He poops and pees a lot!
  • He is very strong and likes to lift his head.
  • He does not enjoy diaper changes or his daddy's cold hands on his bare skin!
  • He's absolutely perfect!
We are completely sleep deprived (I say we, but mainly it's just me). I feel like I will never again sleep more than 2 hours in a row and get more than 4 hours of sleep a night but I know this will pass. My parents have been great helping out. Life would be even crazier without them. We are LOVING being Cayden's parents and are soaking in as much of his sweet little goodness as we can.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Thank Heaven for Grandma's...

So this last week has been rough. I know every new parent feels like that but I really feel as though we've had it extra hard. I lost quite a bit of blood and am still finding it hard to get around. Cayden had a hard time getting the hang of breastfeeding. Actually, I take that back. He latched on like a champ and has a good, strong suck. Along with strong jaw muscles, he's also a little impatient. He didn't want to wait as long as it was taking for mom's milk to come in so he would suck several times and when it wasn't coming quite fast enough, he would start wailing. It made for a very difficult and tearful couple of days but thank goodness that we met with a lactation specialist and all is well now. He's been nursing great since last Saturday night. On Saturday afternoon, I was rushed back to the hospital due to some digestive issues that I won't bore you with, but let me tell you what...it was awful. Thankfully, that's better now as well. I'm still slow getting around but things are gently starting to get better. I'm hoping by next week we'll be transitioning from survival mode into a predictable routine.

In the midst of all of our chaos, Charlotte (Collin's mom) came to stay with us for a few nights and I cannot put into words the godsend that she was. GG - we appreciate so much your help! We love you and think you're a great grandma!

Cayden did not sleep well a couple of nights ago - I actually only got about 30 minutes of sleep all night. Thank goodness my mom took off work and watched Cayden yesterday so that I could sleep whenever he was sleeping and try to get somewhat caught up. My poor mom became sick right after we brought Cayden home and we are so thankful that she is well now. We love you DeeDee and appreciate all that you do!

I had my 1 week postpartum check up today. Doc said that everything looks good and I don't have to go back for 5 weeks. Praise Jesus! They took blood to see how my body's recuperating from all the blood that I lost...we should get those results tomorrow. And, the most exciting news, I've already lost 24 pounds! My doc was even impressed by that!

Here are some pictures of Cayden...that's all anyone really wants to see anyway, right?!?

I am so in love with this little face! Notice the scratches on his left cheek. He's all about keeping his hands up by his face and scratches the mess out of himself. We keep mittens on him or those pj's with sleeves that fold over his hands, but he still manages to scratch himself up.


I don't know why babies feel the need to sleep this way but I think it's so cute!


After his bath on Tuesday night. His umbilical cord stump fell off yesterday so now we're just waiting for his circumcision to heal up and then we'll be able to put him in his tub instead of sponge bathing him. I think he'll enjoy that a lot more.


My sweet little frog!


All bundled up to go with mommy to her doctor's appointment. Figures the day that I have to go the weather is freezing!


He loves the car seat and we're so thankful! And thanks for this outfit GG and Papa D! It came in handy today :)



Alright, hope you enjoyed the pics. Once things become more normal, we'll be posting more regularly so that you can all keep updated with our precious little man. I'm off to try and catch a few zzz's before someone wakes up hungry!

-Kristin

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Introducing Cayden Glenn Day..........Finally

So, the blog definitely got neglected this past week. My plan was to update it about every 3 hours during Kristin's labor and of course after Cayden's birth. Obviously, that didn't happen. I apologize and hope this blog makes up for it.

First of all I would just like to thank our Lord and Savior for this blessing of a child. My prayer is that God will be glorified through the upbringing of this baby boy. Thank you Father!

THE LABOR
Well, we got to the hospital around 8:47 in the morning and got settled into our room rather quickly. After signing our lives away and answering about a thousand very personal questions, Kristin was on pitocin and things began to happen. Now this next part may be confusing to those that don't have kids or aren't OBGYN's but it has to do with how many centimeters Kristin was dilated. 1 is the lowest and 10 means its time to push because baby is coming soon. So, here's the dilation time line: 10:15 AM she was a 1.5, 2:30 PM she was a 2, 6:00 PM the doctor broke her water and she was a 2.5, 8:20 PM she was a 3.5 and got an epidural, 11:10 PM she was an 8, and midnight she was a 10. Nice timing right? Exactly 4 hours and 8 minutes later (that's 4:08 AM for those of you slow at math and telling time), Mr. Cayden Glenn Day made his entrance into the world. Now, that is the very short and sweet version of the labor. Any attempt to write a blog with details about this would be nothing short of futile and LONG. My wife is my hero and that reality was confirmed many times over this last week. Kristin was great and did phenomenal. Here are some pictures from the day.

This is right before we left for the hospital. Bye big belly!


Ice on the windshield, 30 degrees and raining....great day for driving to the hospital.


The room.


Kristin on pitocin.


A Bible verse we put on Kristin's bed to help her get through labor. John 16:21


The "Spread" for all the troopers in the waiting room.


Contractions! (the yellow line)


The real trooper

THE DELIVERY
Kristin had bit of a complicated delivery. All I will say to keep from getting into too much gory detail is that she had a natural episiotomy (spelling?) with 3rd degree tearing. 'Nuff said. So, she lost quite a bit more blood than usual. The human body has around 37 units of blood and Kristin lost a little over 10. They gave her the option of a blood transfusion but Kristin has recovered well and doesn't want anyone else's blood. Kristin pushed for about an hour and a half for our little boy. Seeing my son for the first time was one of the most surreal things I've ever experienced. There really are no words to describe it, just tears.....I love that little guy so much.

WARNING: There is a graphic picture below so if you have a really weak stomach you may not want to look!

And now, the moment you have all been waiting for............CAYDEN!!!!!!!

There he is!

Getting cleaned off.


That's my boy!


First picture of the Day family.


AT HOME
The Day family has been through a lot the past few days, which is why the blog hasn't been updated. But by the grace of God we are doing much better now. Thank you to all friends and family who have prayed and helped us begin our lives with this precious boy.

Car ride home


Just chillin


Burping


Profile shot soaking in some rays.

First bath

Monday, January 5, 2009

Cayden Update

hey everybody, its collin.  so its about 6 o clock and kristin is doing great.  she wa dilated to a 2 at 2:30 today and has had pretty consistent contractions.  she'll probably get her epidural within the next couple of hours so i think we're in for a long night.  i'll keep everyone posted when i can.  thanks to the simpson's for the use of their mac and praise the Lord for everything.  to God be the glory!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Reflections

Since we are hours away from traveling to the hospital, I thought this would be a nice time to reflect on my pregnancy. I have been very blessed with a healthy pregnancy and baby. I never had horrific morning sickness (queasy but never vomited), I never got any stretch marks (hallelujah!), and all my tests and everything have come back great. As miserable as it gets at the end, I think that I might actually look back on pregnancy and miss it a little bit. I will miss feeling all of Cayden’s precious little kicks…knowing and feeling his every movement. I will miss the way people smile at me in public…people truly are nicer to you when you’re pregnant! I will miss charting the belly growth (although at the same time, I am eager to get my tummy back!!) and all of the changes that come with pregnancy. I will miss lying in bed with Collin at night and talking about what Cayden will look like, what he will be like, etc. Although I know that those conversations will be replaced with equally wonderful ones, I cannot help but feel a little emotional that very soon I will no longer be pregnant.

I also cannot help but think about how our lives are about to be completely turned upside down. We went yesterday and had a last date before Cayden comes. We went to eat brunch at MiMi’s and then ran some errands (we got Collin’s car washed, ran by our storage unit, and picked up a few last minute things at Babies R Us). A hot date, I know, but we just wanted to spend some time together alone. I know that we’ll still be “us” after Cayden’s here but I have found myself cherishing these moments even more lately. I am so glad that we’ve had the last 3 years together before we added to our family.

I’ve also been thinking about all of the things that I will NOT miss about being pregnant. So, in an effort to not be so sappy and focus on that, here are a few things that I have come up with:


Top 10 Things That I Will Not Miss About Being Pregnant (in no particular order):

  1. Having to use the restroom CONSTANTLY. And the crazy pinching feeling that started to happen to my bladder several weeks ago. And not being able to hold it, especially when standing.
  2. Eating 10 TUMS a day just to try and cope with the massive heartburn.
  3. Struggling to pick out anything to wear because it’s so late into my pregnancy that a lot of my maternity clothes (size small) no longer fit my huge stomach.
  4. Having to hoist myself up and use props to get out of bed every night multiple times to use the restroom.
  5. Always being out of breath.
  6. Waking up to aching hips every morning because my body is not used to me sleeping on my side with this extra weight.
  7. Wearing house shoes in public because none of my shoes fit my incredibly swollen feet.
  8. Not being able to cross my legs. Or paint my toenails on my own. (Thanks mom!)
  9. This horrible taste in my mouth that appeared a couple of months ago.
  10. The slowdown of the digestive system. This covers more than one thing that I have loathed about pregnancy but in order to not be graphic, I will leave it at that.

There are tons more things that I’m sure would come to mind if I sat here long enough but those are the things off the top of my head!

We are excited and anxious about tomorrow but most of all, just ready to get this show on the road! We will be leaving the house about 8:00 AM to head for the hospital, assuming that we don’t get a call telling us to come in earlier. We covet your prayers during this exciting but also a little scary time. Please pray for a healthy baby and mom and a safe and easy delivery for me. We will try and post tomorrow or the next day from the hospital with pictures of our little bundle of joy!