Monday, September 30, 2013

One Month Old!

Holy moly! Ander's a month old today! And what a month it's been! I've had to figure this mom thing out fast! ha ha. He's the cutest little blob ever, don't you think?

Thoughts from Month 1:
  • I love love love to cuddle my baby. It never gets old... not even at 3 am.
  • His little noises are the cutest sounds in the world. (ok so maybe not his roars...)
  • I don't love changing blow-outs... which happen all too frequently.
  • His little smiles are rare.. but totally melt my heart (even if it's really just gas).
  • Breastfeeding started out rough. I wasn't ready for how painful it would be at the beginning. Luckily it's gotten a lot better. In fact, nursing him is actually very calming and comforting now.
  • I am totally and completely sleep deprived and it is HARD. My body wasn't prepared for that either.
  • It's really frustrating not being able to do anything but watch TV most days because Ander is so fussy (constant tummy aches). It makes me feel like a blob.
  • It's even harder not knowing how to console a baby that is not feeling well. Dagger to the heart! I'm going without dairy to see if that helps... (I'm definitely missing ice cream)
  • I'm really REALLY excited to exercise again. I just want to dance!! Hurry up 6 week check up!
  • I wore heels for the first time in 9 months on Sunday and it was scary... but awesome. :) I should probably practice for a few weeks before I hold Ander in them.. HA!
  • I love playing dress up with Ander's tiny, adorable little outfits every day.
  • I have the best hubby ever. He is so willing to get up with me at night or change a dirty diaper, or hold a crying baby, or ANYTHING. He rocks.
  • Brandon is the cutest daddy ever. I fall more in love with him every day as I watch him with Ander. I see some dads that are so awkward with their babies but it seems to come so naturally to Brandon. I am so grateful for that! 
  • I have the BEST in-laws. They are so willing to come help me out with Ander... be that calming a crying baby (grandmas rock at that!) or taking him so hubs and I can take a nap or run errands.They are also ALWAYS bringing Ander gifts like cute clothes and toys. ha ha.
  • I love my little family. Brandon, Ander, Riley, and I make a pretty good team, I'd say. Life is good!

 He only lasts about 2 minutes in the swing... so I had to take this quick! ha ha

 Lookin classy for church. He only made it through half... but that's something. Ha ha

 Four generations of Dares! :)

 Grandpa McCloskey got this giraffe chair for Ander and he already loves it! :)

Monday, September 23, 2013

Week 3

Ok so I wasn't braver this week. ha ha. We didn't venture out much because Ander is always nursing! It seems like his sleeping patterns are getting worse too. I'm pretty sure he has colic. It's so hard watching your baby cry and be so uncomfortable and not be able to help him. My poor baby. On the upside, he had his baby blessing yesterday and grandma and grandpa Harmer got to be there all the way from Arizona. AND he didn't even cry during the blessing. SCORE! ha ha. He looked pretty dang cute in the outfit grandma McCloskey made for him. Lucky boy!

 Little Smiles...

The hand says it all. He loves you grandma!!
 The ONLY good part of bath time is snuggling in a warm towel afterward. haha. Poor kid. From his roaring you'd think I was strangling him. Wouldn't you think he'd love warm baths because it's like the womb? Guess NOT.

Ok just pause for a second and check out how hot my husband is. Seriously. Don't be jealous.

Monday, September 16, 2013

2nd Week

Well, that new mom adrenaline? It's gone. Kaput. I am SO tired (as is dad). Ander refuses to sleep in his crib, or anywhere other than in my or Brandon's arms. It makes sleeping difficult. BUT other than that, life is grand. We love our boy. He has so many new faces and quirks that show up everyday and we can't get enough of him. We ventured out of the house a bit this week to go on walks, to get some shave ice, go to Dr.'s appointments, to see some friends, and to go to grandma and grandpa's house. Baby steps. Maybe we'll go somewhere braver this week.. like grocery shopping. AH!
Tried out the Moby wrap- I'm a fan! It's not nearly as difficult as people say...
The tongue. His most recent fascination.
We went to work to see my boss and friend Dr. Gibson. Ander fell right to sleep in his arms.
This is 1 of like 3 newborn outfits he has.. It was a bit snug so we probably won't be seeing this one again. Too bad cause it's too cute!

One of his favorite poses: Superman (Thanks for the onesie aunt Jinny!)
 Dad's lap is quite full these days...
New hat and booties from Nana. SO ADORABLE!

He is 9.13 lbs and 21.5 inches today! He is growing so fast!

Saturday, September 7, 2013

First Week

I'm amazed at how different Ander looks every day. I don't want to miss a single second! My amazing in-laws gave us a super awesome camera the day after Ander was born. I had been pretty bummed that all I had to capture his life was a phone camera. Needless to say, I cried. THANK YOU RICK AND KIM! Some of these are from my camera phone because I can't always reach the nice one when he is being adorable... ha ha!

Day 1 He's Here!

Day 2- Joyce's First Great Grandkid

Day 3 Coming Home

Day 4 Photo Shoot

Day 5 More Photoshoots.. ha ha
His cord fell off today.. faster than I expected!

Day 6 Bye Bye Grandma :(
Ander had his first doctor's appt today.. He is 9.5 lbs, 3 oz above his birth weight already! What a big boy!

Day 7 Tummy Time With Dad
 Kim made this super amazing quilt for the nursery!! I'm so blessed to have her!
 Bath time.. I couldn't get enough of him in this robe.. haha!
Well, we survived week one. While this is really hard and kind of scary, we feel so blessed. We are so in love!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Our Little Lion- Ander's Birth Story

My mom flew in from AZ to work her magic on Friday, Aug 30th. She arrived at around 1 pm and we promptly went walking around the nearby outlet mall for several hours. We went to dinner at 6:30 and during the meal I started noticing stronger, deeper contractions that were pretty regular. I didn’t think they were real contractions because I had just been measured at 1.5 cm dilated 2 days prior and my doctor was thinking I would deliver after my due date (Sep 5th). I started timing them at about 5-6 minutes apart. Mom decided we needed to do more walking (ha ha) and so, of course, we went and did more shopping. The contractions got so uncomfortable that I couldn’t walk normally. At around 9 pm I called my doctor and he said I could head to the hospital at any time. I wanted to labor at home as long as possible to avoid the use of medication so he told me I could wait until they were about three minutes apart. We went home and watched a movie (How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days) to distract me from the stronger, more painful contractions. They stopped coming regularly and I started to feel like maybe I had misjudged true labor. I got super sleepy and went to bed at 10:30. I got about two hours of uncomfortable rest before counting the contractions again. They were 5-6 minutes apart again and much more painful. I knelt down over my birthing ball for each contraction and Brandon was able to help me with counter pressure on my lower back. A few hours later I tried laboring in the bathtub. Finally at 5 am, with my contractions 3-4 minutes apart, I thought we should head to the hospital. They hooked me up to monitor the contractions and measured me at 6.5 cm dilated. At this point, I was seriously tempted to ask for some drugs. But Brandon was there, and with his help, I knew I could do it. The song, “A Child’s Prayer” ran through my head over and over and was such a comfort to me. An hour later I was 7 cm dilated and my water broke. Soon after that I got in the tub again, hoping the jets would ease my back pain. Brandon was the most amazing coach during the whole process. He was continually pouring water over my tummy and chest, putting counter pressure on my shoulders, and giving me verbal affirmations. After an hour in the tub I felt like I really needed to go to the bathroom but as I sat over the toilet, I suddenly realized what everyone had meant by, “You’ll know when it’s time to push”. Holy Hannah. I quickly made my way back to bed and started pushing (and yelling in pain...oops). I heard the nurses saying that Ander’s heart rate was pretty low and slipping lower. I also heard them on the phone with my doctor, telling him he was going to miss it if he didn’t hurry (he was in the parking lot). When he arrived, he let me know that Ander’s heart rate was really low (at one point as low as 58) and that I was going to have to have an emergency c-section or I had to push him out right away. They put an oxygen mask on me and I pushed harder than I’ve ever pushed for anything. After two more pushes, he was out. The first thing I heard was, “Look at that hair!” Ha ha. After making sure his heart rate was back to normal, they put him on my chest. What a glorious moment. Through tears of relief and pure joy, I started talking to Ander and right away, he looked up at me. As they stitched me up, Brandon and I marveled over our little angel. Ander Dare McCloskey was born on Saturday, Aug 31st at 7:07 am at 9 lbs, 2 oz and 20.5 inches long. His name means lion man, warrior, or manly. We have discovered that we named him well as he often roars like a lion. Brandon said our next kid should be named after a humming bird. HA HA!