Jaxon's Second Birthday

Friday, February 17, 2017

1 month old

I can't believe Hadley is already 1 month old

She still sleeps alot and does pretty well during the day.  She tends to get fussier at night
If I'm out and about in the morning with Kaelyn and Jaxon, Hadley usually will fall asleep.  Overall she's a pretty easy baby the other 2 are more challenging but we are surviving.
I'll feed her 1-2 times at night, feed her around the time I wake up, after preschool drop off, around lunch time/naptime, after naptime, at bedtime.  She naps really good in between. They say the 3rd is along for the ride. So sometimes she gets left in the car when we get home if she has fallen asleep.  She's protected that way and the kids can't get her.  I'm surprised she doesn't wake up when the doors open and close and with all the noise once we get home.  The other 2 would always wake up.

I took all 3 kids to the children's museum to meet some friends.  I pushed the stroller and Jaxon and Kaelyn held hands as we walked in together.  He does a pretty good job of protecting her and watching out for her.  We still have to work on him taking things or snatching them from her and using his words instead.

My friends wanted to celebrate Hadley and threw us a shower.  I hadn't registered for much because thankfully we have almost everything we need.  We did get alot of diapers which was a blessing.

My cousin Montana came for a visit all the way from Charlotte

I joined a gym for 3 months using a groupon.  My goal is to go when Jaxon is in preschool and take Kaelyn to the childcare there and wear Hadley, which will add some extra weight and give me a good workout.  They have an indoor walking track that I'll use on these cold days.  Thats about all I can do until I get cleared from my doctor.  She usually sleeps while I get my workout.

We've enjoyed these warmer days.  It doesn't feel like winter.  So we've been enjoying the outdoors while we can.

Loves to put on Kaelyn's dress up clothes, which kind of worries me a little

He loves his sister

We got creative and made a fire truck out of a diaper box

He loves to build with the little legos.  He's been doing so well pooping in the potty on his own that we've been giving him candy or buying him a few things that he's really wanted.
"Jaxon now you don't have to wear pull ups to bed." He said "Now I can sleep naked like you daddy"

Since Jaxon has been pooping pretty consistently I took him to the toy store to get some more legos. He said "Now I don't have to clean myself up when I poop in my pull-up. Praise the Lord"

Next time we are getting a smaller lego set.  Over 200 pieces was too many for me.

They love each other

I can't keep up with all her new words.  I know she is learning alot from her brother.
As long as I bring food, Kaelyn does pretty well tagging along at doctors appointments or hair cut appointments.  She usually goes pretty good sitting in the stroller

She loves to hold her sister

loves her play mat when I remember to put her on it, but Jaxon and Kaelyn love it too

She is pretty content in the ergo and will fall asleep

She has done pretty well at church.  We've kept her with us and haven't stuck her in nursery yet.
She is still sleeping alot

Operation Valentines Day
I was kind of last minute thinking of things to do for Brian and involve the kids.  I cut out hearts and Jaxon and I thought of reasons why we love daddy.  Then on Valentines we showed up at his work and taped them to the inside of his truck.  After work he saw them and said he felt loved.

Jaxon requested we have a picnic lunch

I got some pretty roses and breakfast from the hubby

New outfit from Aunt Meredith, Uncle Michael, Maddie Grace and Cooper

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Getting ready to be a family of 5

So excited Mimmie and Pop Pop are here before baby comes.  They came on Monday and D-day was on Thursday.  Thankfully the baby decided to wait until after they came.  I felt alot better that I had my babysitters here for the kiddos in case we needed to leave in the middle of the night.

The day before our due date and baby is still baking

On December 29 D-day we decided to go to the Children's museum so the kids could get out of the house.

The birth story
On December 20 at my appointment I was dialated to 2cm and maybe 70% effaced.  I had already started to feel uncomfortable and had felt alot of pain and pressure making it hard to walk.  I had had some pain but not any real strong contractions.  I was getting kind of nervous because my parents weren't here yet to take care of the kids in case we needed to make a made dash to the hospital and I wasn't sure if my water was going to break at any moment.  There was no way to be prepared and know what to expect.  I had been induced with our other 2 children so I didn't really know what not being induced felt like.  We really wanted to have the baby before the first of the year, for tax purposes and for insurance.  At my next appointment on December 28, the day before my due date, there wasn't much change and the baby was too high and hadn't dropped yet.  The doctors set an induction date of December 30.  I was to report to the hospital that morning.  The doctor on call was not my normal doctor but I was ok with that.
At 7:15am on December 30th we went to the hospital.  I decided I wanted to try to go drug free and have this baby natural.  I survived drug free with the other 2 partly because they came so fast.  If labor was long and I was in alot of pain then I would consider drugs but I at least wanted to try it again.  They checked me and I was still at a 2.  The baby was still high and I had had some minor contractions and cramping.  They started pitocin to see if that would help baby to drop and help get things started.  The doctor was going to come back around lunch time to break my water.  It seemed like it took forever for the doctor to come back. She finally came around 3pm.  I felt alot of pressure and I was dialated to 3cm.  I felt more intense contractions around 4:30-5 with not much of a break in between.  Brian rubbed my shoulders and back and I used the exercise ball to get me through the contractions.  I was still on the exercise ball and around 5pm I felt more pressure and the need to push.  With not much of a break in between contractions I was somehow supposed to get back on the bed.  The doctor and nurses prepared things and with 2 pushes baby Hadley Noelle was born.  I had a 2nd degree tear this time and it seemed to take forever for the doctor to sew me up and it was somewhat painful.  I just wanted it to be over.  I felt like I couldn't enjoy the moment with our baby girl with the doctor sewing me up and pushing on my belly.  Brian and I each had different girl names picked out (Gracyn or Auden) then we decided to pick a different name all together.  We agreed on Hadley, but Brian was the one that came up with it.  If it was a boy we would have used the name I picked out "Cohen Russell."  Brian liked Finley for the boy and I wasn't crazy about that name.  I wanted the name to flow with Jaxon and Kaelyn and to sound ok with our last name.  So Brian has named all of our children.  We had first picked out Grace for the middle name but then realized we couldn't use our niece's middle name, so since it was close to Christmas and a December baby we thought it would be fitting to use the name "Noelle"
Jaxon and Kaelyn came to the hospital the night she was born to meet her.  They had been excited all day.  Brian went to get the kids and have them meet her first and then the kids went to get my parents in the waiting room and told them they had a sister.  We had to facetime Brian's parents because they had been sick and were unable to come right away.

Hadley Noelle born at 5:35pm, weighing 7lbs 11oz, 20.5inches long.

Loved her first bath

Brian's parents came to the hospital to meet their new granddaughter.

Our pediatrician was on call and came to check Hadley out and cleared us to go home

All ready to go home

Look who greeted us when we got home.  They were so excited to see their sister.