Tuesday, December 16, 2014

a day in the life

1:50am - James wakes up, time to eat. We are both back to bed in less than 30 minutes. Yesssss.

5:10am - James wakes up, again. Woo hoo! We made it over 3 hours. While nursing, I finish the last of my box of Scooby Snack graham cracker sticks. My Business Man makes fun of me for keeping a snack stash in the nursery, but that hunger in the middle of the night is intense!

6:30am - James starts to stir... how can he be up again already? I'm hoping he'll go back to sleep. And he does. Unfortunately I don't... so I get up and get a shower while I can.

7:15am - James is still sleeping so I start on my cupcake list for the day. This week is a little out of control with cupcake orders... (aka I just need to learn to say 'no'. Ha.) I'm a little nervous today, because one of my big orders is picking up at 1pm, and I'm nervous I won't be able to meet the deadline! My Business Man makes me a cup of coffee while I get to work. Love my coffee. And love my Business Man.

8:10am - My Business Man goes to wake James up before he leaves for work. They play a little, then he passes him off to me for a feeding.

8:30am - I change his diaper and get him dressed for the day. How cute are baby hoodies??! At some point in here, I manage to scarf down a Clif bar for breakfast. It's true, what they say - you do forget to eat sometimes.

9am - James chills in the bouncy seat in the kitchen while I get back to work. I manage to finish baking all the cupcakes for the first order. He falls asleep pretty quickly, so I swaddle him and set him in his crib for a nap.

9:45am - He's sound asleep, so it's time to enter FROSTING MODE!

10:45am - I finish up the first order of cupcakes (whew! and in plenty of time), and James is still asleep, so I move onto round #2.

11:30am - He's still sleeping (!) but I wake him up to eat. It's been almost 3.5 hours and I'm afraid if he goes too long between feedings during the day, he will be waking up at shorter intervals during the night.

12pm - I set him back in the bouncy seat so I can hopefully finish frosting round #2 of cupcakes. He's not having it and gets really fussy, so I pick him up, and we play a little. Eventually I rock him back to sleep and he goes back into his crib for another nap. (Gosh, I wish I could nap as much as a baby.)

12:30pm - I finish all the cupcakes. In total, I think it was 319 for the day? 

12:45pm - I take a few minutes to make myself lunch. My goal for this week is to eat a salad a day - either as a main entree for lunch, or as a side with dinner. (My veggies have definitely been lacking over the last few weeks, and I feel so much better when I eat lots of fruits & veggies!) During lunch, I respond to a few cupcake-related emails and also read BuzzFeed articles. Gotta have some mindless entertainment.

1pm - My cupcake pick-up arrives; we exchange the goods. Ha. 

1:15pm - I need to go to Sam's Club this afternoon, so I'll be taking James to my friend Lindsey's for awhile. I would rather leave now than wait til after his next feeding, so I pump a bottle so he'll have something to eat while he's there. Of course, right as I finish pumping, he wakes up in hungry mode. Sorry, babe, you'll just have to wait til you get to Lindsey's for your bottle. Nothing left in the tank. (Quite literally, haha.)

1:30pm - We head to Lindsey's, and then I head to Sam's. It is so much easier to do the Sam's run now that I'm not obnoxiously pregnant. Might I say, I almost enjoy lifting the heavy boxes?! I also stop downtown at the cupcake counter to pick up some cupcake boxes, because I am all out at home.

3pm - I make it back to Lindsey's and we hang out for a bit. James takes a nap in my arms. Awww. He & Lucie 'play' a little. Aka, Lucie showers him with sweet kisses.

4pm - James wakes up and is quite fussy, so we head home. He seems to have fallen asleep in his carseat, so I bring him in the house and start hauling in the Sam's load. Of course, he wakes up right as I bring in the last box.

4:15pm - He's hungry again! Babies sure do eat a lot. ;)

4:45pm - We need to fold a bajillion cupcake boxes, so I enlist James' help. We get about 5 done before he's had enough, so we play instead. Aka I hold him, we look at the Christmas tree lights, and I tell him how cute he is. 

5:30pm - He is down for another nappy, so I take advantage and head down to the treadmill in the basement for a little sweat session. I had my first run last Saturday (outside!) and manage to jog a slow 5km while watching Gilmore Girls while keeping my eye on James with the video monitor. Gosh, it feels so good to run again! And there is no back pain or SI joint pain to be seen. Just general muscle soreness from being out of shape.

6:15pm - Daddy's home! Since James is still out, he and I quickly knock out the rest of the box folding. 

7pm - Somehow, James is still sleeping. This is very unusual for nighttime... usually he's quite fussy/needy in the evening. We'll take it! We eat a gourmet dinner of frozen pizza and veggies & hummus.

7:30pm - James is still sleeping, so my Business Man goes upstairs to gently awake the royal highness. After some cuddles and playtime, he's finally awake and ready to eat.

8pm - James eats again, and then we have mommy-son cuddles on the couch. I wish I could bottle his new baby smell. Meanwhile, my Business Man is cleaning up the dinner mess and taking out all the trash for trash day.

8:45pm - James goes upstairs with Daddy to get changed and all ready for bed. I join them and we read a bedtime story. My Business Man rocks him to sleep, so I head back downstairs to get some more stuff done. (I absolutely NEED to start wrapping Christmas gifts!)

9pm - Who am I kidding? I am ZONKED. I crash on the couch to veg and write this post. Gift wrapping can wait until tomorrow. 

9:15pm - My Business Man joins me downstairs and we watch James in the baby monitor. He is WIDE awake, and staring at us. After a few minutes, he puts himself to sleep. 

And that's pretty much the end of our day... Daddy will give him a bottle around 10:30-11pm and we will all go to sleep and hope for another night with only 2 wake-ups.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

back in the swing of things..... hahaha

I guess you could say we are sort in the swing of things... well, we are surviving! I started working a bit last week because CHRISTMAS!! How can you run a cupcake business and not be open at Christmas time?!?

Cuddling with Mom on the couch in one of his many Christmas outfits.

I filled a few small cupcake orders early last week, and James was a champ! He has been napping really well during the days. He's on a 2.5-3 hour cycle where he will eat, then have 30-40 minutes of awake time, and then down for a nap for anywhere from 1-2 hours. Then repeat. I have been able to get a LOT done during his naps. (Though sometimes all I want to do is take a nap myself. Ha.) Sometimes I even have to wake him up at the 3 hour mark to eat! Unfortunately, that never happens at night time...

Kitchen set-up while James is napping... see the monitor in the very very far left of the picture? To the left of the utensil crock.

I usually try to have him nap in his crib; hopefully that will make moving him to his crib in a few weeks a little easier? I just set up the baby monitor so I can watch him from the kitchen. Plus, I don't think he would sleep all too well downstairs when both mixers are going full blast.

Last Saturday was the big Downtown Holiday Festival here in the Bean Town. All the local downtown businesses offer fun activities for families & children. It's always a SUPER busy, but fun day. I decided to offer free cupcake decorating for kids at the cupcake counter. We even got to share the room with Santa & Mrs. Claus!

Ready for kidd-os! 
We went through almost 200 cupcakes in 2.5 hours, and had to turn people away! So sad.
So, in addition to getting all the cupcakes ready for decorating, I also planned to bake about 35 dozen to sell at the counter. That is a BIG baking day. Especially with a 2.5 week old, ha. Fortunately, I had some help from my neighbor across the street for about 5 hours. She helped me with James, and when he was sleeping, she helped me with little odds & ends for the cupcake baking. Somehow, I was able to get it all done at a reasonable hour! 

James didn't quite know what to think about the 4 huge tables of cupcakes sitting around the house. Who am I kidding, I am sure he didn't even notice.

Saturday was the big festival, and it went really well! My Business Man had his first solo baby duty for the majority of the day (8am-2pm). He's taken care of James for short trips to the store and such, but never for such a long stretch. He did a great job, and even brought James down to get his picture taken with Santa. I was totally exhausted at the end of the day, but it felt good to get back to doing something 'normal' for me, since our schedule has been so crazy lately. (As can be expected when it's ruled by a newborn.)

[Side note: My Business Man has been awesome in the daddy department. He pretty much takes over baby duty when he gets home from work each night, in addition to helping with whatever chores need to be done around the house that got neglected during the day. I don't know what I'd do without him!]

What else is new with the little nugget?

Sleep: He is still not sleeping the best at night... but I think that's to be expected for a 3-week old. Some nights he will only get up twice (those are the good nights!) and some nights it's more like 4-5 times. He doesn't really get fussy at night, he just wants to eat, so that is good. He pretty much goes back to sleep after 5-10 minutes of rocking.

Baby yawns are SO precious.
Eating: He's nursing really well! Though, there are definitely times when I wish that the dads are able to breastfeed, too. Wouldn't that be something? ;) He does take a bottle just fine, so that's good. Just takes a little bit more planning on my part.

Random Tidbits: 

He's already out of his newborn clothes. So sad... I can't believe how quick he is growing!

'Look at me, Mom! I'm wearing 3-month clothes already!' (As I sit here and bawl my eyes out...)

He had his first tubby time... and hated it! Though you wouldn't know it from how cozy he is in his hoodie towel.
'Do you have to take a picture of everything?!'

We had a fun time in the baby carrier. We had a lot to get done one afternoon, and he just wanted to be held. So we gave it a try. I will say that baking while baby-wearing is not super easy, but it is easier than baking one-handed while holding a baby with the other arm. 

I promise, he can breathe. :)
That's about it for an update... I'm sure more adventures are on their way! 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

the first two weeks

A certain someone celebrated his 2-week birthday today... how can it be that two weeks have passed in the blink of an eye? But at the same time, it seems like we've had him home with us forever? (Perhaps when you are awake at all hours of the day, it seems like each day has 48 hours instead of 24...)

Heading home from the hospital.
I don't really have a ton of coherent thoughts, but wanted to jot down what's running through my head so I can look back on it and laugh several months down the road.

A little milk drunk after a feeding.
The first night home from the hospital was ROUGH. Lol. We had no idea what to expect and I think I woke up once every hour. Either because James needed something, or I just had to stare at him to make sure he was still breathing. (Newsflash to Sara: he will still breathe even when you aren't watching him.)

Napping in his big boy crib. He is still sleeping in a bassinet in our room at night.
Growing up as an only child, I haven't really had too much experience with babies... especially baby boys. Let's just say that controlling the pee during diaper changes has become a sport in itself. One time he even peed all over the mirror above his changing table. No worries, I only screamed loud enough to wake up my Business Man.

1-week old
On the Saturday after we brought him home from the hospital, I was so excited because I actually put real clothes on, for a luxurious 45-minute outing to the grocery store. I was so excited to be able to wear a new purple fleece that I had bought in September in anticipation of not being pregnant anymore. I decided to quickly change his diaper before I left, and he decided to projectile poo mid-diaper change. And I ended up with mustard yellow baby poo all over my new fleece. I'm sure this isn't the first time that'll happen.

My parents came out to visit for Thanksgiving, which was a lot of fun. We didn't do anything too crazy, except eat a bunch of yummy food and enjoy lots of Jamesy-boy cuddles. 

"Hmmm... which type of pie shall I have today?"

Lots of Grammy cuddles.
[Funny story: I ordered a smoked turkey from a local BBQ place for Thanksgiving dinner so we wouldn't have to mess with cooking a turkey. I got a call the day before Thanksgiving from a number in Defiance (about 1 hour away) asking if I was going to be picking up my turkey. I said "Yes... but I ordered the turkey from the Lima location." Ummm, no Sara, you didn't. My turkey was definitely in Defiance. Insert emotional breakdown here with sobbing and crying to my Business Man. Postpartum hormones are no joke! Thankfully, he made the trek up to Defiance that night so we weren't turkey-less for the big holiday.]

The spread.

Perhaps the best Chocolate Cream Pie I've ever had?!

And definitely the best Maple Streusel Pumpkin Pie I've ever had.
As frustrating and tiring as this adventure has been so far, it is SO worth it when I see my sweet boy. How can you feel so much love for a person you've only known for a few weeks? Even in the middle of the night, he is just so darn cute. From his little snorts to silly grins to frantic cries, I just can't believe that he's really ours. Those big eyes get me every time.

Taking after his daddy from the start.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

happy birthday, James!

Our sweet boy is finally here... let me introduce you to the newest love of our lives, James Benjamin Anderson! I actually wrote a 40 weeks blog post last Monday, just never got around to posting to Facebook. Who knew that just a few short hours later, I'd be meeting my babe for the first time?!

Here's the (long? short? who knows?) story... if you don't want to read about labor and childbirth, you might want to skip this one. No worries, there will no action shots. ;) Just pics of a cute baby. (And a sleep-deprived mom.)

It all started Monday afternoon. I had spent the morning doing one last special cupcake order, and around noon decided I needed something else to keep me busy. I ran some errands to pick up some groceries for a fun meal and some craft supplies to make Christmas ornaments. I felt a few contractions off and on, but they felt the same as the Braxton Hicks contractions I'd been having for the past several weeks, so I just shook it off.

My afternoon plans included making some cute detailed sugar cookies for my baby boy. I had bought an elephant cookie cutter (to match his nursery, ha) about 4 months ago, but had never gotten around to using it so I had some fun. I also made some girly-girl baby cookies for my cousin who had actually just gone into labor the previous night. She was due November 8, and I was so happy that at least one of us was going to meet our babes!

Cookies for baby James! My mom actually ended up bringing these to the hospital later in the week and we shared with the nurses.
I had some more contractions throughout the afternoon, but not enough to make me notice anything. Around 4 or 5pm, I had some period-like cramps for a few hours, but I'd also had those before so shrugged it off as nothing. I made dinner (shrimp pasta in tomato-cream sauce and homemade sourdough bread!), and my Business Man and I ate and relaxed on the couch. I continued to have mild cramps and contractions but didn't think anything of it.

Finally, around 9pm, I thought I might want to start timing them. They were coming maybe 3-4 an hour, and not intense at all. I had an appointment the next day at 11:30am, so I figured I'd just wait it out and see what the doc said then. (Ha.)

We packed up the bag (just in case) and headed to bed around 11pm. I couldn't really sleep so I watched Gilmore Girls on the iPad in bed. Around 11:45ish, I started timing the contractions again, because they seemed to be coming more frequently. I was instructed to head the hospital when they were lasting 1 minute long, 5 minutes apart, for 1 hour straight. 

A few of them lasted 1 minute long, and sometimes they were 5 minutes apart, but every once in awhile there would be a 10-12 minute break, or a 30-second contraction, so I'd have to start over with counting my hour. I had heard lots of stories of women being told to go home once they got to the hospital, and I definitely didn't want that to happen!

Around 1am, they started to become really intense, and I was spending a lot of time in the bathroom. I figured that this might be the real thing, and maybe it was time to get my Business Man out of bed so we could figure out what to do. (Not that he was really sleeping anyway.) All of a sudden I heard a big splash in the toilet, and my water broke! Totally the real thing. We decided it was probably time to go to the hospital. 

The contractions all of a sudden became really intense, and were coming really quickly. (I wasn't timing them anymore.) My body was also shaking uncontrollably. It was at this point that even though all throughout pregnancy I was firmly in the no-epidural camp, I decided to for sure get the epidural because if these were the early contractions, what would the real ones feel like??! (Little did I know...)

It took about 20 minutes to get myself from the bathroom into the car, but we finally made it. Thank goodness we only had a 4-block drive to the hospital, not sure if I would have made it in the car for much longer. We got to the L&D floor around 2am, and the nurses welcomed us and showed us to a room. At this point, I was in a LOT of pain, and ready to get things going.

The nurses seemed to dilly-dally around with getting me gowns and checked... probably the whole first-time mom thing. I asked for an epidural the second we got into the room, and they were like "Oh, there's plenty of time! Just let us get some paperwork done first."

Finally, one of them checked me and I was already at 7-8cm. Woah! Forget the paperwork, we've got to get ready to have a baby. I kept asking about the epidural, and they just kept telling me to "just keep breathing, you're doing great!" Looking back this makes me laugh. I labored in the bed gripping the side rails as each contraction came, and focused on breathing slow and steady. These contractions were the worst pain I've ever felt in my life! I tried to explain it to my Business Man... they felt like someone gripping all your inside organs and giving them an Indian burn. My Business Man did a great job in keeping me calm and focused. He was also a great water boy, giving me sips of water as I begged for them.

Fortunately, out of my OB practice (6 doctors), my doctor happened to be the one on call. She arrived, and we got prepped for the birth. She and the nurses coached me in pushing - basically telling me to push when I felt the urge. The pushing wasn't nearly as painful as the contractions before it; it was just hard work! After about 20 minutes, James Benjamin was born into the world! I was so happy not only to meet my son, but to be done with that whole process. Wow, childbirth is exhausting! Lol.

Afterward, they put James on my chest, and I got to hold him for about an hour while my doctor stitched me up. (Let me just say, that is not the most pleasant feeling in the world...) 

Just a few hours after he was born. I was still hooked up to the IV, which was driving me crazy! They were just giving me fluids and Pitocin afterward to help shrink my uterus.
I just could not believe how quick the whole process was. I never expected it to go like that. I had packed my iPod for using during labor, the birth ball, and shot blocks to give me energy. Haha, never even had a chance to think about anything like that. So, so glad though! I can't imagine it lasting longer. 

We stayed in the delivery room for a couple hours, and then were moved to a regular mother-baby room around 5:30am. We snoozed for a few minutes (literally 30 minutes), then started the day. We had lots of visitors (friends, family) and lots of visits from nurses checking this and that. By the end of the day, we were SO exhausted. But so happy to have our sweet boy James with us! 

And here's a few pics from the fun couple days... this post is quite lengthy so I might blog more about our hospital stay later. I think I definitely covered the highlights! ;)

First family pic! This was post-shower, about 8 hours after he was born. Tell you what, I felt like a new woman after that shower!
Proud daddy with his son!
Changing one of James' many naaasty diapers. Those first few poos are no joke! My Business Man is a rock star and did about 95% of the diaper duty at the hospital.
How many grandparents does it take to get that perfect picture? ;)
James, me, and grandmomma! So glad she was able to come out and meet him right away. He missed meeting his grandpa but will see him soon next week for Thanksgiving!

Some much-needed Starbuck's for this sleep-deprived momma! The new Praline Chestnut Latte is amazing... also might have been the fact I was operating on 30 minutes of sleep after birthing a child. Ha.
The hospital treated us to a 'celebratory' meal the last night we were there... stuffed chicken, potatoes, and a clearly gourmet red velvet cupcake. The food was actually really good, and I just had to snap a pic of the cupcake. I will admit, it wasn't my favorite thing to eat that week. Ha.
Sweet baby James lying on the awesome blanket Lindsey made him! He loves it. (Or maybe Mommy just loves taking pictures on it...)

Monday, November 17, 2014

40 weeks + is it go time?!

Officially playing the waiting game... we are two days past Poppyseed's due date and patiently awaiting his arrival! We got a bunch of snow overnight and it's been nice to just cuddle up inside the house with nowhere to go and nothing to do. (Fortunately, the hospital is just 4 blocks away, so we shouldn't have any issue getting there when it's time.)

40 weeks on the dot! And might I say I am about ready to burn that hoodie... pretty much the only warm shirt I have that currently fits!
I've had the hospital bags packed for 2+ weeks... however I keep taking clothes out of them to wear. A girl needs her yoga pants around the house! 

I've spent the last couple days just putzing around the house... cleaning a bit here and there, watching Gilmore Girls, working on some fun recipes in the kitchen.

Fancy Cookies & Cream Hot Cocoa... SO GOOD!!

Homemade sourdough bread! This one took some planning ahead, with the starter and all. But now I am happy to say I have a sourdough starter sitting in my fridge, so I can bake fresh sourdough whenever I want! (Because I'm sure that will be a high priority with a newborn.)

Cutesy cookies to match Poppyseed's nursery. I joked with my mom that she could bring them to the hospital when Poppyseed is born and pretend to give them to us as a present. Ha.

40 Weeks - The Facts

Poppyseed's size: BABY!

Sleep: Not great. I've been getting a lot of quality Gilmore Girls viewing time during the middle of the night.

Movement: He doesn't have as much room, so I haven't been feeling as much.

Running/Workouts: Pretty much just daily activities at this point. I did walk 2 miles yesterday afternoon in the snow/cold to get some fresh air.

Snowy selfie! (Gag me.)
Cravings: Nothing really. I wouldn't mind a donut right about now though.

What I am missing: I seriously cannot remember what it is like to not have constant lower back pain. I am so ready to be able to move around with ease. (Praying for a quick and easy recovery from the birth!)

Looking forward to: My doctor's appointment tomorrow, and meeting Poppyseed! I know it will be soon. It HAS to be, right??!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

39 weeks + the final countdown

Well... 2 days from the big Due Date, and I feel like we're playing a waiting game! Poppyseed is still quite comfortable inside, and hasn't really shown any signs of making his appearance.

39 weeks + 4 days and rocking the winter coat. How is it 27*F outside in November??!?
I had my 39 week appointment on Tuesday, and got to have a surprise ultrasound! After a routine non-stress test, my doctor wanted to check the level of amniotic fluid, just to be sure he was still doing ok in there. (Good news: everything is great!) I got to see his little squishy face, and it was just what I needed!

I know that I'm probably the only one who sees this and immediately thinks "ohmyupercutebabyface!" My Business Man had a hard time figuring out what was what, ha.
Not much else is new... just waiting on our little man. I am officially *done* baking cupcakes after this Saturday, so I might have a bit of extra free time next week while we wait for this little kidd-o. Might have to do some Christmas shopping. 

If he doesn't arrive by the end of next week, we will most likely induce... which is mighty fine with me. In the meantime, I'll be eating all the pineapple, drinking all the raspberry red leaf tea, bouncing on all the birth balls, walking all the miles, eating all the spicy food, and perhaps I will treat myself to a massage and pedicure. Ha.

39 Weeks - The Facts

Poppyseed's size: The size of a baby. Not bigger than 10 lbs I hope. ;)

Sleep: Getting progressively worse... I am waking up 6-7 times a night! Ahhhhh. But napping almost every afternoon.

Movement: More bigger movements, like he's stretching out. It actually hurts my skin sometimes, the pushing and pulling.

Running/Workouts: Walking, walking, and more walking! Rolling over in bed is quite the workout, too.

Cravings: Nothing really, to be honest. I've had a larger appetite (since he's dropped) which is nice. We had a Friendsgiving over the weekend and the mashed potatoes were amazing! I also made some pretty bangin' homemade rolls if I do say so myself.

What I am missing: Walking like a normal human being.

Looking forward to: Seeing Poppyseed in person! Hopefully sooner than later... not really thinking he's going to greet us by Saturday, though.

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