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Monday, December 21, 2009

4 Weeks Old Already

In some ways it seems like the whirlwind of November 23rd was so long ago but it is amazing on the other hand that Joey is 4 weeks old today!!! It is a crazy time of year with the holidays so balancing everything hasn't been easy. It seems like our "to do" list is always a mile long, we've had more doctor's appointments than we want to count and the house just doesn't stay clean for more that 1 hour. But I wouldn't change in for the world.

I love that Joey is here for the holidays. I have had fun dressing him in his little Christmas outfits and we brought him and David to see Santa this past week. Christmas morning I am sure will be alot of fun for David and it means even more because this year he can share the holiday with Joey. Lil D is already concerned that Joey might wake up for a feeding when Santa is at the house. I assured him that this will not happen LOL!

Our First Family picture with the 4 of us! All ready to go "play in the snow" (well not really)

I'm Cool!
Brotherly Love

More holiday updates to come!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Welcome....

If you are visiting from the link on lost and found and connections abound or stirrup-queens, welcome to my blog about everyday life and sometimes my scrapbooking! We are so excited we just wanted to share some good news with LFCA.

After dealing with secondary infertility for the past 4 years, failed clomid and IUI cycles, pcos, two ectopics, loss of a tube, one early miscarriage and then being told by the RE that there was less than a 5% chance of ever having a child on our own without IVF... Our baby Joey was born on November 23rd 2009!!! He was 5 weeks early, spent 8 days in the NICU but is home and doing great.

This past March we got rid of most of the baby stuff in our house and had somewhat accepted that our 4 1/2 year old was going to be an only child. I got pregnant in April, not trying, non-medicated, on an irregular cycle. Joey is a blessing and a miracle. We are so thankful to have him in our life!

If you are new to my blog, here is a post from a year ago about the keeping the hope alive even though the odds of having another child were so slim. http://mrsscrapdiva.blogspot.com/search/label/Fertility%20and%20TTC

Also this is another archive post from my previous blog about dealing and healing from loss. http://themamabear.blogspot.com/2006_06_01_archive.html

Baby Joey 2 1/2 weeks old

"No Earthly Joys Could Bring More Pleasure

than a Little Boy to Love and Treasure"

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Settling in at Home

aka Notes from the 4th Trimester.

(anyone who has read Harvey Karp's Happiest Baby on the Block will know what I mean about the 4th Trimester. We followed the 5 S's with Lil D and continue to do so with Joey. It is a little different since Joey is considered a late term preemie but I think the concept still holds true. )

Here are some pictures from the past week and some random facts:
  • As of monday December 7th, Joey is 7lbs 1 ounce.
  • He is sleeping anywhere from 2 - 4 hours at a time
  • drinking 2 - 2 1/2 ounces of breastmilk per feeding
  • Loves his swing and getting used to the bouncer seat. Most of all loves to be held.
  • Cries the second his diaper is wet or he realizes he is hungry.
  • Tries to suck his thumb. David loves that he is doing this and says "quick get him a silky"
  • Doesn't like his hands to be swaddled in the blanket nor does he like wearing his little hats.
  • Fits into NB newborn clothes and diapers. Size 0-3 months is still too big.
  • Smiles and makes really cute faces (I am sure this is unintentional at this point but it is still really sweet)
  • Has light blondish hair and his eyes are still blue.
  • We do tummy time everyday and his neck and arms are getting strong
  • Was not pleased with his first bath in the tubby. Little David was a great big helper!
  • David is being a great big brother. He loves to touch the baby's head and says after kissing him that he is "rubbing in the kiss so it goes straight to Joey's heart"

Trying to suck his thumb.

The Boys

Chill'n in the pack n play. He loves that blue whale.

Asleep in the swing (thanks Auntie Karen!)

Mommy post partum. Picture taken by a 4 1/2 year old...LOL

My two handsome little men!


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