More Firsts

This wont be a teribbly long post, but a few things have happened this week I dont want to forget. And although I am keeping a baby book, it simply doesnt allow enough space for everything! 

At 14 weeks, Isaac has now started showing interest in his stuffed animals. Every morning he spends time talking to them in his crib. I surround him with a variety of them to keep him occupied as I wash bottles, take care of the dogs, and such. Side note- not to worry he isnt sleeping with a bunch of stuffed animals. His favorite seems to be a bright yellow chick-a-dee his nanna bought him long before he was born.   Runner up is a turtle I bought him when pregnant.

He is also determined to watch TV. For about a month now I have noticed him glancing at it, but in the past week he has really locked in on it. So much that I have to turn it off if he is napping in the living room. He has been watching March Madness with his dad mostly. When he was in his little Fisher Price chair, I placed him in front of the TV & flipped to PBS kids just to see how he would react and he seemed to like it. I think I will put on the baby DVD set I got him soon and see how it goes. By no means do I want him in front of a TV all day, but on the other hand I do believe there are programs that educate littles and provide value. As a former teacher, I used such technology in moderation to engage my students and always saw a positive results. I plan to do the same for my son.

Miracle attended his first music and movement class this week. The class is designed for 3-11 month olds, yet he was the youngest one there. Most of the babies were 6+ and able to sit and crawl. All of the moms were nice (although you could tell somewhat in a clique) and it was neat to see how my baby reacted to all the other babies and instruments in the class. The class lasted an hour, and during that time he didnt cry, instead he ate once, smiled, stared at all the stimuli, did some tummy time, and finally, out of pure exhaustion, fell asleep. Overall it was a good experience, and the plan is to try the library next week. They offer storytime for 0-12 mo olds once a week. Isaac has been listening to stories since he was a week old, and he is very interested in books now. His favorites are Peek-a-Who, Curious George, The Hungy Caterpillar, & Let’s Talk. This being said, I think he will love storytime with other babies. And even if he doesnt, I think getting out and trying things is important to his development so it is worth a shot. 

Another first. LO stayed awake the entire time we were in Target the other day. In the past, he has slept the entire time on trips like this so mommy used them for an easy nap. This trip he was amazed at everything and couldnt keep his eyes off the shelves. So much for guaranteed naps at Target! Lol. 

I am loving everyminute as I watch him change & grow from a tiny newborn into a baby with personality. Hard to believe this time last year we were just 1 week away from our (3rd) FET that would bring us him. Keep the faith ladies, miracles do happen! 

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Rookie Mom Musings

Its hard to imagine my life now without our little IVF miracle in it. I am so grateful everyday that he is finally here. Sometimes I still dont believe it, sometimes I get scared and think about losing him (thanks to our past losses). 

Overall, things are going very well. Baby boy is almost a month old now. Boy, how time flies. Everyday is a learning experience, below are some things that have been happening so far-

  • Isaac has gained a pound since he was born! He is now 8 lbs, 11 oz. This is great news. Between the breastfeeding, pumping, & formula, I was not sure if he was gaining enough. Turns out he is right on track. 
  • Gripe Water and Mylicon are very helpful for infant gas. They have done wonders for our son in this department. 
  • The “witching hours” are a real thing. They happen nightly from about 7pm until midnight or so. 
  • I plan to start baby wearing in the next week if possible, probably after my post partum appt. and finding out all looks good with my c-section incision. He is at the stage now where he constantly wants to be held. We have both a Solly and an Ergo 360 to try out. 
  • The Moro Reflex that babies do is so cute. I am noticing he does it less and less as he gets older. Can we slow down time just a little bit?
  • Isaac likes both car and stroller rides so far, he just sleeps the whole time. Thank God! 
  • I have broken some of the after c-section recovery rules…for instance, I have been bathing since week 3 and was told not to until week 6. It is my saving grace after a long day. 
  • Baby boy has many nicknames-little burrito, stinkarooskie, and buddy to name a few. 
  • Newborn photography is NOT cheap. We met with our photographer and got to see all the photos she took, and I really have no clue how we will choose which package to purchase. We need to decide if we want to buy an album, digital files, or individual prints. As of now, I am pretty sure we are going with an album that includes about 25 photos (shown below) and a 17×26 canvas to hang in our formal dining room. My mom plans to purchase a couple digital files so we can always access them down the road. I really want to buy digital files as well, but financially its not feasible. 

  • Baby acne is not cute. Enough said here.
  • After getting the OK from our pediatrician, I had my first beer yesterday in about 11 months! It was greaaaaat.
  • My Blanqui post partum leggings are a lifesaver. They literally are all I have worn out of the house since giving birth. I also have a pair of Lula Roe’s, which I like for comfort, but the Blanqui’s def hold in the flab better. 
  • Just like our dogs have different barks, Isaac has different cries. We are starting to recognize which is which-hunger cry, tired cry, hold me cry, change me cry, etc. 
  • Isaac has a obvious tongue tie and lip tie which are affecting our feedings. I will post more about this soon as I am still processing it all myself. 

A Miracle in the Making 

I wont keep anyone waiting for this update, because I know how many of you have reached out over the past few days with prayers and support and are following along.  

We went in today for my 7 week ultrasound (well, 6w6d) and my post-op. I was very nervous to go, and told hubby I didnt even want to go at one point. My nerves were confirmed by my blood pressure reading before the scan. It was off the chart. 

Right away, my RE was able to find the heartbeat! It had increased from 115bpm to 130bpm as it should. Baby measured exactly on track. We listened for awhile and just held hands and smiled. I thanked God out loud & said what a miracle.


She then checked my incisions and said things appear to he healing as they should. We looked over all the gory pics from the operation as well. Yuk! Lastly, she noticed 2 small subchorionic bleeds during the scan and wants me on bedrest until my next scan at 8 weeks. So I got a doctors note, hubby took it to my job, and we are all set there. Im going to do my best not to worry about these bleeds. I know how common they are, and that baby has shown to be a fighter so far. We can only pray baby stays this way!

Thanks to my wonderful co-workers/friends, I have some reading to keep me company over the next week or so! They put together a lovely care package for me and had flowers delivered. Feeling incredibly blessed today.