Tuesday, December 22, 2009

One Month Check-up

Tristan’s one month check up was today. Jason and I were very anxious to see just how much he has grown over the last 3 weeks since our first pediatrician visit. Drum roll please…..Tristan is weighing in at 10lbs 8oz and is 21 ½ inches long. WOW!!! We could tell his cheeks had gotten fuller and his clothes were fitting better, but we never imagined he had put on over 2lbs in 3 weeks! Our boy definitely likes to eat.

There is a chance that our little guy suffers from hypothyroidism. We are scheduled to see a pediatric endocrinologist on January 4th for further testing and to learn more about this condition. Right now, Tristan is taking medication just as a precaution because the earlier treatment is started the better. Please keep Tristan in your prayers that everything will work out and he does not suffer from this condition. While it is certainly treatable and he could lead a normal life, I hate to think of him having to be on medication for the rest of his life.

The doctor did confirm that Tristan seems to have his days and nights mixed up. This kid can sleep through anything during the day, but night rolls around when mommy and daddy want to go to bed and he is ready to go. This has really started wearing on Jason and I. I think I've slept about 2 hours in the last 48. I try so hard to sleep during the day when Tristan is napping, but I just can't. I think it's mostly because I feel guilty. Jason gets up and goes to work on little to no sleep everyday and doesn't have the opportunity to nap like I do. I honestly don't know how he does it. I am a complete zombie on no sleep and can barely form a coherent thought.

We are trying something a little different tonight. Tristan has been sleeping in our room up until now. Tonight, he and I are camped out in the nursery while Jason gets some much needed sleep. After Tristan eats, we will switch places and Jason will sit/play (hopefully sleep) in the nursery while I catch a few hours of sleep. Unfortunately, the doctor says there really isn't anything we can do that we aren't already doing. It will just correct itself on it's own...eventually. I hope Jason and I can make it that long.

Jason and I are so luck to have this little boy in our lives. We learn something new about him and ourselves each and everyday. I can't believe it's already been a month. It seems like only yesterday we found out we were pregnant and now here we are with the sweetest little boy on earth. At least we think so........

First Bath and Stuff

I remember how much I enjoyed bathtime growing up. I truly was in heaven when I was in the tub. As long as I had my Star Wars figurines to play with I could have stayed in the tub for hours. Some times I did stayed so long that mom would have to come in and add more hot water. We gave Tristan his first "real" bath the other night and boy did he LOVE it!! He was so relaxed as Jason and I washed him and squeezed the warm water down over him, but then who wouldn't be?? I'm glad that he enjoyed himself so much.

My mother in law came to visit for a few days this past weekend and we sure did enjoy having her here. Tristan just adores his Mamaw and I'm pretty sure she's fond of him too! Having Vicki here gave Jason and I a chance to get out and run some errands while she watched Tristan. It was weird for me to be away from him for so long, but I think Jason and I enjoyed some "grown up" time together although I'm pretty sure we talked about Tristan the entire time we were gone.
Today we are heading to the doctor for Tristan's 1 month checkup. I can't believe it's already been a month. We have a lot of questions for the doctor and are looking forward to seeing how much he's grown. I will be sure and post on that later.
We are also heading to Charleston tomorrow for Christmas. I'm really looking forward to going home. I haven't been there since May!! I know my Dad is looking forward to us being there. He usually calls everyday to check on "his boy" as he calls Tristan. He's really coming into this Grandpa role very well. While I'm looking forward to going home, I'm not looking forward to packing. I swear we are going to need a U-haul just to get us all there.
Sounds like Tristan is waking up. Better go and get his bottle ready. He hasn't quite learned the art of patience just yet.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Two Weeks....

So I'm two weeks into this whole being a mother thing. And let me tell you, it's been the most wonderful and the most stressful two weeks of my life. Tristan is the sweetest thing ever. I love watching him sleep just so I can catch a smile or a giggle when he's dreaming. His skin is so soft and I just love that new baby smell. Sometimes he falls asleep while holding on to my finger and I hope he never let's go. It's these moments that make me feel like I've got this being a mother role down pat.

Then there are the times when he's been fed and his diaper changed and yet I can't seem to console him. He only cries for a few minutes and then calms himself down, but it's during those few minutes that I begin doubting myself. I just hate not knowing the meaning behind those cries. I hate not knowing if there is something I should be doing to make him better. I know that babies are supposed to cry, that it's there only way of communicating, but it's still so hard.

There's also the lack ogf sleep that Jason and I have been experiencing. Tristan does so well during the day. We can give him a bottle, rock him for a few minutes and then put him down. He will sleep a couple of hours no problem. Then 10pm rolls around and it all changes. We give him a bottle, rock him for a few minutes and then put him down. Only now, he only sleeps about 45 minutes before he's up again. We've discovered that as long as he's being held he sleeps just fine-for hours even. So I end up holding him for the rest of the night. He sleeps great--me, not so much. Thank goodness for Jason. With him here, I can manage to sleep a few hours during the afternoon while he watches the baby.

Which brings me to the fact that Jason has to go back to work on Monday. I'm so not looking forward to this. Don't get me wrong, I feel like I'm perfectly capable of taking care of my son, it's just nice having that extra body around just in case. I'm also still a little sore from my C-Section. I can do most things, but there are still a few things that cause me some pain. I feel especially sorry for Jason. I know he is really dreading Monday. I'm just thankful that he loves us as much as he does. You see, if things work out the way we hope, I will get to stay home with Tristan full-time while Jason supports us. I truly am lucky to have such a wonderful man in my life--make that TWO wonderful men in my life.

Looking back on these past two weeks, I can honestly say I've learned a lot about being a mother--from smiles and giggles to surviving on little to no sleep. One things for sure, I wouldn't trade my baby boy for anything in the world because he makes it all worth it.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Mommy's Little Snugglebug

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

One week

Today my sweet baby boy is 1 week old. He may be only a week old, but he has captured my heart like I have known him for a lifetime. Looking back at his birth almost seems surreal now. I truly never imagined that I would enjoy being a mom this much. I love to just sit and hold him. When he falls asleep in my arms, I swear I could sit and stare at him forever. He truly is the most precious thing ever.