Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Benjamin is here!

It seems like just yesterday I was writing a similar post welcoming tiny baby Sydney to our family...

And yet, ~21 months later, Joe and I are thrilled to introduce Mr. Benjamin William to the world.

After fighting dropping platelet counts for the latter part of my pregnancy, I was getting increasingly anxious to deliver as soon as possible; otherwise I risked not getting an epidural. My doctor's office kept trying to get me into the hospital for an induction, but I didn't get the official go ahead until Wednesday afternoon.  It's pretty crazy to get a call that says, "You're on the calendar. See you at 7am tomorrow to have your baby."

Luckily I was able to get a good night's sleep, and Joe's mom (who has been staying with us to help with Syd) saw us off bright and early.  Here I am before we headed out.
Joe and I arrived at the hospital on Thursday a bit before 7am, and by 8:30am I was all hooked up and receiving the first dose of Pitocin. My platelets had dropped again, and I was just on the cutoff for getting the epidural. I had a four hour window to get the epidural before they retested my blood, so the anesthesiologist hooked me up by 11:00am. This meant I never really felt a contraction for the entire labor.  (So much different than labor with Syd!)

Long story short, the induction process took the full day, and I was finally ready to push by ~9:30pm. They say your second labor is easier, and that's so true! After pushing through 4 contractions (~12 pushes total), he was out! He did give us a bit of a scare because the umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck and he didn't cry much... but luckily he was a-ok!  To be fair, I apparently gave everyone a scare too thanks to a postpartum hemorrhage and a case of shivering for an hour, but we all got through it.

The stats: Born at 9:42pm, 8lbs 6 oz, 21.5".  He was still "baby boy" until Friday night, when Joe & I officially settled on the name Benjamin.

The hospital was crazy crowded, so we spent the night in the delivery room.  Joe and I were able to get some rest thanks to our awesome nurse who took care of Ben's diapers and the fact that Ben was amazingly calm.  Whenever he made noise, Joe would rest his hand on him and Ben would go right back to sleep.

The next morning, Joe's parents brought Syd to meet her baby brother. She was cute as can be and took to her brother immediately, hugging him and trying to give him treats (mainly off my breakfast tray). I can't say she fully understands what he means in her life, but so far she's very proud to squeal and point at herself whenever we say "who's the big sister."

The rest of Joe's family and my friend Chris visited on Friday.  That afternoon, we moved to the postpartum section of the hospital, had another great night with Ben, and checked out Saturday afternoon. Syd was great when we came home and immediately wanted to hug and hold him.

So far everything is going great. (I fully recognize the help of our family and friends + the fact that we're actually in our house this time around is making a huge difference!)

I'm just so in love with this little guy, and I am so happy to be a family of four! 

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Sydfix: 18 months

I can't believe my tiny baby girl is 1.5 years old! Syd is in full blown toddler mode.  She's a walking, squawking, giggly, sweet girl.  She loves reading, getting chased by her dad, dancing, being outside, picking up acorns, going down the slide, eating just about everything, and being around her family.

 I mean, could this girl have any more personality? She's just the best!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Sydfix: Thanksgiving 2016

So I'm a bit late to post, but never late than never right?

Joe & I hosted Thanksgiving again this year, although I use the word "hosted" loosely. Everyone else cooked, my parents bought turkey from Whole Foods, and Joe & I just made sure there were enough seats. I love having both of our families at our home for Thanksgiving. When we bought our house, holidays like Thanksgiving were just what I had in mind. Anyway, the day started out with my dad for our annual turkey trot. Luckily we avoided rain this year, and Syd and the dogs were content as ever.
Later on in the day, Joe's family joined us and we ate, watched football, and enjoyed watching Syd play with her cousins. It was so fun to give Syd real food this year - and of course she was a champion, chowing down on everything we put in front of her.

The next day we went to Blanco & took our annual family portrait.  I am obviously biased, but I think we make a pretty cute family.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Sydney Turns One!

Our little baby bear turned one!
Yay! We all made it to a year!! That means it's time for cake! Cake cake cake cake cake...

"More smurf please!"
Ta-Da! I'm a sugar-eating rockstar! 

We did throw Syd a small family party the weekend before her birthday. Her cousins helped her smash her smash cake - it was pretty cute. We're lucky our families are so involved and so close - it was a blast.  This little bear is loved by so many!

Happy birthday little girl!!!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Sydfix: Eleven Months!

How is my baby girl almost a one year old? She's really becoming a little person lately - one with a big, happy personality. 

Just last week Syd stood up for the first time.  She's crawling all over the place. She loves to walk around and point at things. She loves to read, and is constantly giving Joe and me books. She'll patiently sit while we read to her, and then she flips the page, and then claps when we're all done.  She's full of party tricks: clap hands, wheels on the bus, high five, wave, and touchdown! She loves to sing with us and she's doing her best to turn her squawking into words. She has a big appetite and she will eat just about anything.

She is the center of our world, and we couldn't love her any more. 

Monday, June 13, 2016

Oregon Vacation Part II: Portland

Here we go with Oregon Vacation Part II!

We left Florence on Monday morning and made our way in to Portland.  Since we were returning the rental car, we stopped at a Whole Foods on the way into town for a beer run. For Joe, the struggle was real.
Since we didn't have too much time to explore that afternoon, Joe's parents graciously offered to babysit for us. The evening included beers at Bailey's Taproom and dinner at Deschutes. The beer portion of our vacation official began!
The next day we wandered around downtown, spent a few hours at Powell's, had lunch at a food truck, and then headed to Commons & Cascade breweries.  That evening we sat at Pioneer Square for a while, ate Italian food, and conked out.

Our last day in Portland was focused on food and beer.  We went to a french bistro for breakfast, a farmer's market for a mid morning stroll, and lastly to the other side of the river for a pub crawl of sorts. (I say that in the only way one can speak about a pub crawl with an eight month old.)

We hit the Kennedy School, Hopworks, Ecliptic, Base Camp, Pips & Bounce (for a ping pong break), and Cascade once again.  Since Joe's parents weren't drinking much, and I wasn't drinking much either, we entertained ourselves with some rousing games of Pass the Pigs. It was really fun, and I'm already looking forward to coming back for more breweries.

Overall it was such a fun trip. I'm so thankful I get to spend so much time with Joe's parents, see a new part of the country, and get so much uninterrupted time with Syd.  I feel like her personality was on full-blast during the trip and it as such a joy to be with her.