From the monthly archives: "December 2011"

This past week Grayson has started to stretch his arms up when he wants to be picked up. He’s starting to understand that when his face and hands are wiped he’s allowed out of his high chair so he reaches his arms up. Or in his bed in the mornings or after nap time. And sometimes just for a hug.
I love walking in the door at daycare and he starts reaching for me with a big smile on his face. I know he knows how I am and he wants to be with me. It just melts my heart.
He’s getting so big, and starting to understand things more. I’m sure in no time he’ll be saying ‘up’ or momma and dada. My little man is growing up!

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A year ago Brian and I visited his dad’s hospital and were so thankful that we had made it to 26 weeks! I had been on bedrest for almost 6 weeks and was starting to go crazy, and get BIG. (the shots below were taken just a few days after our adventure).

Grayson Growing for 26 weeks.
So we had seen Kendra and she sent us over to see Brian’s dad and the L and D department at the hospital. I was there to get steroid shots to help g’s lungs develop in case he decided to arrive early. I am not a fan of needles, but I’m not so much of a wimp that I need smiley faces on bandages at my age. So when the nurse came over to take me back to give me the shot, I started to pull my arm out of my sleeve. Until she told me that she didn’t need my arm. Brian tells me the look on my face was priceless. I’m not opposed to needles other places, I just don’t prefer them, and goodness did my hip hurt for a bit after that. 

I had the waddle to prove how big I was getting
I have been on steroids before, my asthma medication isn’t always nice, but these sterioids were about a million times stronger than the meds I have had before, and all night long I could hear my heart in my ears all night long. So no sleep for me.

And then the next day we went back again for another round.

I am so thankful for modern medicine and medical advances. But the fact that my son was born at 32 weeks, and spent less than 8 hours on supplemental oxygen. He was on a ventilator, but for brain issues not breathing issues. Who knows what condition he would have been in if we hadn’t been able to get the injections.

A year ago we had a crazy few days of steroid shots and racing pulses, but today we have a healthy bean sleeping in the next room.
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Today was a great day! I was off work for the day, well kind of.

I ended up having to go into the office, but just for an hour or so, and G got some time to hang out at my desk with me. You don’t say no to multi-million dollar accounts, in fact you bend over backwards for the really nice ones. So I went and did the things that needed to be done and left as soon as I could.

G missed part of his nap this morning, so that threw off our schedule a little bit but it was still a great day. After G woke up from his nap in the afternoon we went out shopping for a gift for his ‘school’ teacher Mrs Cathy. We already had an idea of what we wanted to get her, but we needed to go find it. So off to the shops we went. We ended up getting a gift for my boss, and one for my bestfriend. It turned into a great trip.

G also got snow on his snow suit for the first time. And I forgot my mittens on the one day I really needed them.

And then after Brian got home and we were in the middle of getting the kitchen cleaned up and dinner ready to eat Gray decided to stand up for the first time. He pulled himself up all by himself!! I’m so proud of my little man. He’s getting so big! 

I’m so happy that I got to spend the day with my little guy. Days like this make working full time a bit more bearable.

 

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Sitting down with a cup of decaf hazelnut coffee and getting ready to blog for the afternoon! 

Love it!! 
look for new post soon!! there should be a bunch uploaded today and through the rest of the weekend. 

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I decided that  I would do my Gratitude post for today via Vlog. Enjoy!
Today was a great day. I’m looking forward to decorating our tree tomorrow and having Gray see his first real Christmas tree too.
It also feels really good to get that heavy weight off my chest. To let you all know a bit of what’s been going on.
Have a blessed weekend!
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We were at the store today looking at diapers. So not fun!!!
Gray’s been really good at sleeping lately, however he’s waking up at about 3am having soaked through is diaper. So we’ve tried for a few nights with disposables and he’s sleeping through.
So now we’re on the hunt for disposable diapers, and I did not realize how expensive they could be.
Days like this make me so thankful for cloth diapers.
When we decided to do cloth diapers we were doing it more for the environment than for our budget, but the budget sold Brian and doing our own even though it meant washing our own rather than going with a local diaper service. When we were first home from the hospital, we couldn’t find cloth small enough to fit our little man, so we did disposables for about 5 weeks. Then after some skilled kijiji searches I found some, and we were off. Our first set of cloth diapers cost us the same as those 5 weeks of disposables, and we still use portions of that set now.  We’ve graduated from that set and another now, but the total cost of what we’ve spent seems to be about what we would have spent on two months’ worth of disposable diapers.
We also haven’t had to deal with much diaper rash. The days when it gets really bad we’ll put G is disposable so we can use the strong diaper cream that’s bad for cloth diapers, but other than a handful of days we haven’t had to do that much.
I’m glad we took the plunge, even though it means dealing with some pretty crappy diapers sometimes. It’s worth it in the end. Happy budget, happy Brian equals a happy Jac.

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I’m participating in a pre-holiday swap with The Momma Bird and The Bartering Blogger.If you want to participate find the details here.

I’m currently doing 100 Days of Gratitude which will end on January 30th, on Grayson’s first birthday.

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10 months ago we started this parenting journey. It’s surreal to me that it’s been 10 months. I met my son for the first time, and held him and starred at him in awe. And 10 months ago we started our journey of breastfeeding. 

Before we were pregnant I knew that I wanted to nurse our children. First it’s custom made and just for them, and secondly the accountant’s wife comes out in me and knows it’s the least expensive option. So I started to educate myself, bought and studied this book.
 

Then 12 hours after Gray was born I was introduced to my wonderful Medela pump. Not what I had planned when I thought about our journey. Gray was allowed to try and nurse a bit the first few days, but after a bout with apnea they started to exclusively tube feed him. So I pumped and pumped and pumped for the first 3 weeks of his life. Gray was allowed to start learning how to nurse again after those 3 weeks, and goodness it was a journey. I sat there just praying that we would get this figured out. I had a love hate relationship with my pump and I really preferred that into be hooked to it 24/7 for the next year. And on February 22nd we got it figured out. 

We’ve had some hiccups along the way; low supply leading to some medication, going back to work and pumping at work every day. But 10 months have passed and we’re still going strong. I love our morning snuggles in bed before we start our day and our family story time every night when Brian reads to us as Gray nurses. We’ve gotten through the first two teeth and I know we’ll get through the next ones too.

I’m so thankful for all the support we’ve had; from nurses and other NICU moms. Brian has been so great! He does as much as he can so G and I can have us time if we need it. He’s also great at making sure I’m getting enough sleep so I don’t lose my supply. He supports me pumping at work and getting G as much good stuff as we can. So far he’s only had 10 ml’s of formula and that was back on day 1 and 2 of his life. My boss has been great. He totally understands when I have to ‘disappear’ for a bit to pump, or the extra time I’m away from my desk. And my co-workers are great too, answering my line if it rings and making sure that clients are looked after.

Our end goal is to make it to 1 year correct, four months to go. After getting this far and everything we’ve been through I have no doubt that we’ll get there.

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