Saturday, May 24, 2014

Preslee is 1 Month Old

I can't even believe that it's already been one month since we brought home our sweet Preslee Ray.  If I thought that time went by fast with 2 kids, it seems to fly by with 3.  I find myself soaking in as many snuggles as possible because time isn't standing still that's for sure. I'm just so thankful for this beautiful blessing that God has given to our family.  Here's a little bit about this last month:

Sweet Little Preslee:
- We took you into the doctor when you were two days old because you kept spitting up clear fluid and we were concerned that you were still trying to get the amniotic fluid out of your system.  You were spitting it up over and over.  Turns out you were fine, just spitting up the colostrum.  You have been a much bigger spitter-upper than your sisters.  When we went in at 2 days old you were weighing in at 7lbs & 5.5oz(39%) and they measured you at 20 & 1/2"(79%) {who knows how long you really were-- 3 different measurements in 2 days} and head circumference of 14" (63%).
- On your 3rd and 4th night you decided to cluster feed all night long.  You kept getting up almost every 30- 45 minutes ready to eat again.  Thankfully that only lasted a few nights and then you were only getting up 3 times in the middle of the night to eat.
-As stated previously, you definitely spit up much more than your sisters ever did... and in some cases it's way more than spit-up, it's definitely more of a vomit.  At first I thought you might be kinda colic-y, but you are always very happy and it's not every feeding that you spit up.  I think I've got it narrowed down to either you eating too much at times, or it may be when I eat cheese.  I'm still trying to figure out what I eat and how it effects you. The first week and a half it was very hard for me to sleep at night because I was so afraid that when I laid you down you'd choke on your spit up.  You would make these little noises that scared me and I'd jump out of bed.  Praise God that nothing happened and that you seem to be past that.
- At around a week and a half old you started getting a bad rash.  We figured out that it was from the fabric softener on your clothes.
- You are a really good eater.  I have no problems with you latching on and you getting your fill.  I'm also able to pump quit a bit right now, and if needed, you'll take a bottle (with breast milk).
- Speaking of eating good, you also have very good bowl movements.  I think every diaper I change of yours is poopy. It seems like you are constantly pooping.
- You are currently eating about every 3 hours during the day.  At night you will typically take your last feeding of the day sometime between 10:30-11:30 and then I'm waking you up to feed you sometime between 5 and 6.  So, you are already sleeping a good 6 hours at night, and have been for about a week now!  So awesome!  I know I probably shouldn't wake you up, but it still makes me a bit nervous with you still being so young and also I want to keep my milk supply up for you.
- During the day your naps are not very consistent.  You will sometimes eat and stay awake until your next feeding or you'll eat and go right to sleep until your next feeding.  It's still pretty random during the day.
- I'm thinking sometime over the next few weeks we'll have to put the newborn clothes up and get down the 0-3 month clothing.  Things are starting to get a bit tighter on you.
- When you went in for your 2 weeks check up you were 8lbs & 13.5oz (65%) and 21 & 1/2" (87%) and your head circumference was 14 & 1/2" (69%).  So at that point you had already gained almost one pound from birth-- and who knows about your length?
- Your eyes are very dark right now still.  It's hard to say if they are a  "color" yet.  Your sisters both had blue eyes at this point, so I'm wondering if you'll be a much darker eye color since yours already are darker?  We'll see-- they change so much.
- Your hair is straight and dark right now.  You have much more hair down the back of your head and on the top middle.  It kinda looks like a receding hair line right now!
- Your skin tone seems much darker than either one of your sisters.  We'll see if that sticks around.
- You are sharing a room with your two big sisters and you guys are all doing great together!  So far you all three are sleeping through each other's noises.  You went into the girl room and out of Daddy & Mommy's room at 2 weeks old exactly.
- You are semi- swaddled at night in your sleep sack that you got from the hospital.  You like to have your body wrapped up tight, but your arms out and free to move around.
- You take after Sawyer a little in a sense that you will take FOREVER to burp sometimes.  Sometimes I give up after 30 minutes of trying, and it never fails that you will spit up or throw up at some point if I didn't get you to burp.
- You will take your elephant Wubba-Nub pacifier some during the day if you get fussy. You don't need it for sleeping though.  It helps if you are a little upset though.
- I've noticed that your eyes already seem to be producing tears.  It's so sad to see the little water in your eyes when you are mad.
- Over the last few days I've already noticed that you are much more aware and it seems like you are really trying to take in your surroundings.  You will also smile much more frequently... mostly random, but sometimes it seems like you are intentionally doing it when I talk to you. ;) And you've also started to try to move your hands and hit somethings hanging on your play mat.  So impressive that you seem to already be working on your hand eye coordination.
- I will try to stand you up, and a few times you will put a little weight on your legs.  I think you know that they are there, but not sure about it.

My precious Preslee Ray, you truly are a ray of sunlight in  my life.  My heart is overflowing with love for you.  You captivated me from the first moment I learned about you, and I've done nothing but fall more and more in love with you each day.  I love to hold you and just stare at you.  I know that time goes by too fast and I am trying to truly soak in each and every little moment that I have with you at this little newborn phase. I feel so incredibly blessed that the Lord picked me to be your Mommy.... what an awesome thing!  It's so sweet to watch your big sisters gawk over you.  It makes my heart smile to see the three of you together.  I know that you will all be the best of friends and that you'll all have a special bond.  Sweet little girl, I love you so much. 

Friday, May 23, 2014

Preslee Ray's Birth Story

The day we met Preslee Ray.....

We had to be at the hospital at 5:00am on Wednesday, April 23rd.  Well, I guess we should back up a little. I chose to deliver Sawyer at Allen Presbyterian Hospital because they were one of the few hospitals in the state who does cord blood donations.  I had a good experience, nothing amazing and nothing too horrid- although the anesthesiologist messed up my epidural and I had to have a second one.  When talking about delivering Preslee we decided that we'd deliver at the new Baylor McKinney hospital because Allen was on hold doing cord blood donations.  So we registered at Baylor and were set to induce there on April 23rd- Preslee's due date.

Well, when we were scheduling our version to flip Preslee from the breech position, Baylor was full so we had to go to Allen.  While checking in I learned that they started doing cord blood donations again, and that made me think about switching back to Allen to deliver.  I had a horrible IV experience with the version, but I had super sweet nurses and Ken, the anesthesiologist, did such a great job on my spinal.  I was so nervous about another epidural miss that I asked Ken if he happened to be working on April 23rd.  When we learned that he was, I decided that I'd go ahead and deliver in Allen since Ken knew my history and did a clean spinal shot on me.  Also, one of the sweet nurses was working that day too.  

So, we had to be at Allen Presbyterian at 5:00am to get all the paper work done and get hooked up to get the petocin going.  This time I had an awesome nurse who heard the history of how they butchered both my arms trying to get my IV in for the version and so she gave me some lidocaine and I didn't feel a thing which was a huge relief!  They started my petocin and it was pretty slow go.  I took a nap.  Sometime around 10:00 my doctor came in to check my progress and ask a favor.  She wanted to slow the process down some and not break my water until a little later so she could surprise her daughter and make an appearance at her field trip.  Being a mother myself I know how important it is to be present at my girls' activities, so I told her that was fine.  She phoned my nurse after 1 to let her know she was on her way back and to strengthen my petocin some.  Up until this point I hadn't felt anything.

The rest of the story is a bit of a blur.  I'm kinda having a hard time remembering what came first-- it's all running together.  At some point I started having a bit more pain & decided to go ahead and get the epidural (partly to get it over with because I was dreading it and doubting Ken's ability to have 2 successes).  Well, Ken came in and did a great job.  It still hurt going in, but at least it was only once & not twice.  {I think I got my epidural before they broke my water.}  But soon my doctor came in and she broke my water to get things moving more & then headed down the hall for surgery because she had a c-section to perform that day in that hospital.  

In the middle of all of that- sometime after they upped my petocin & I got the epidural I started getting really sick.  I was dry heaving and just felt awful.  Also in the middle of that my mom came in with the girls and they told me they had a surprise in the hall and they had to go get it.  They brought my sister back in!  I was so excited to see her (although she probably couldn't tell because I was laying there sick out of my mind & acting totally unenthusiastic)!  It was so sweet of her to drive all the way down from Little Rock to be at the birth.  How awesome was that?  Also, she brought little Preslee 2 new blankets, a new bow, and a cute little onesie.  So fun!

Soon after my water broke my nurse was in my room monitoring the situation and all of the sudden she kinda got a look of panic and started moving me around and then called in some more nurses.  Soon I had like 7 or 8 people in the room.  Preslee's heart rate started dropping and they were calling my doctor (who was in surgery) to prep for a c-section.  She had them call another doctor in the practice to prepare to come up ASAP.  They started rolling me around and moving me to different positions because apparently when I was laying in certain positions her heart responded differently.  They kept trying to stabilize her heart rate.  I got very nervous.  I was super sick and I just remember asking if she was okay.  I didn't care about anything but making sure Preslee was okay.  At that moment I could have cared less about whether or not I was going to have a c-section-- I just wanted my baby girl to be okay.  

Praise God!  They were eventually able to get her heart rate to stabilize.  They decided to slow everything back down since they felt that the mix of more petocin, the epidural, and the water breaking may have been a little too much too quickly for Preslee.  So, again, they slowed everything back down.  Which was totally fine with me.  I just wanted my baby girl to be safe.  I was super sick the rest of the time-- dry-heaving and just crazy nauseous.  Around 7:15 I started pushing, which was very difficult just because I was SO sick to my stomach.  I was super sick during labor with Kennedie also, but not so much with Sawyer.  

Finally at 7:37 we got to meet our third daughter & our third little blessing from our Lord.  It was an absolutely beautiful moment-- just like when we got to meet our other two girls.  Unlike our other two, Preslee didn't come out screaming- which worried me, but the doctor said she was great & breathing-- just relaxed.  They immediately put her up on my chest and started cleaning her up.  Soon I got her to latch on (she did great!), and started breastfeeding.  

We had to wait a little while before we could bring the girls in to meet Preslee because it took awhile longer for my placenta to deliver.  We were just sitting and waiting.  With the other two girls I delivered my placenta super fast, but this one took awhile.  That's okay though- we got lots of snuggle time with our new sweetheart.

It was so fun to introduce Preslee to Kennedie and Sawyer.  Here are the girls meeting their new baby sister:

Walking into the room ready to meet baby sister:

Kennedie was so excited and walked right up ready to say hi:

Sawyer was a little bit unsure of the situation and stayed back to observe for a second:

Getting a better look:

Big Sister Kennedie holding Preslee:

Big Sister Sawyer holding baby Preslee:

First family of FIVE picture:

After that we let family come in to meet our sweet little girl:
Aunt Feather

Preslee "Ray" & her name sake, Cowboy, Michael "Ray"


They took Preslee's measurements: 7 pounds & 15ounces & they measured her at 19& 1/2 inches..... although if you look closely below Preslee's little legs are not straightened out.  Lantz did not feel that was an accurate measurement.  We had them re-measure her the next day before we left & they measured her at 21 & 1/2 inches, but everything "official" say's 19 & 1/2 inches. 

The girls got in a few more snuggles before saying bye to their new sister for the night:

Then everyone left and it was just the three of us.  We were prepared for a rough first night.  Kennedie and Sawyer both gave us a run for our money the first night and we barely got any sleep.  However, I feel like Miss Preslee was pretty quiet.  She woke up to eat, but she didn't cluster feed every 30 minutes or anything (like Sawyer), or she didn't cry when we sat her down (like Kennedie).  She is already her own person & not like her sisters.  

But during the night I noticed that she was spitting up quit a bit and almost gagging on it and making funny noises.  Apparently she swallowed too much of the amniotic fluid.  They had to stick a tube down her to suck it out.  They did that twice and quit a bit came up.  During all of that mess (I think around 4am) they decided to go ahead and give her an "official" bath since we had to change her clothes anyways from them having spit up from the amniotic fluid all over it.  

Here are a few pictures from her first bath:

Overall we were really impressed with how much sleep we were able to get with this sweet little girl. She just wasn't much of a cryer, but she did keep spitting up amniotic fluid which made me a little nervous since my other girls didn't do that.  

We were just so excited to meet our sweet girl & we praise God for how HE again took care of our precious girl.  HE is so good & all praise & honor be unto HIM.

I'll post some pictures from the rest of the hospital stay soon. 

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Maternity-ish Pictures & Belly Bump

The evening before we were supposed to go into the hospital to have Preslee induced we decided to do a little impromptu maternity photo session.  We wanted Preslee to have some maternity shots since the other two girls had a session.  In fact, we did Sawyer's like the day or two days before we delivered her too.  Here are just a few.... I love how they turned out & captured our last evening as a little family of four.

"For you created my inmost knit me together in my mother's womb...." ~ Psalm139:13

And my final belly bump picture at 40 weeks:

Sticker Belly

I have to document this because it's so cute!  Over the past 6 months or so anytime Sawyer gets a sticker she immediately wants to stick them on her belly.  It's too funny.  She'll just lift her shirt up and stick it and then put her shirt back down.  It's priceless.  I'm a little sad though, because the past few weeks I haven't seen as many stickers going straight to the belly like they were....just one of those fleeting little things that I know is just a phase that I want to remember.  So funny!