Is this little man 3 weeks old already?! Time is going by waaaay too fast! Here are his 2 week stats:
Weight: 9 pounds, 11 ounces (90th)
Height: 21 inches (75th)
Head circumference: 36 1/2cm (25th)
You may recall that I spent the last couple weeks of my pregnancy on crutches because of severe pelvic pain. Life was really miserable. After weeks of begging and pleading with my doctor to induce me early, he finally conceded.
I received an ultrasound the morning of my induction and it was estimated that the baby was a little over 8 pounds. Imagine our surprise when he actually weighed in at 10 pounds, 3 ounces! My doctor had been pretty hesitant about delivering me at 37 weeks because of the risk of the baby's lungs not being fully mature. But after he heard the baby's weight he looked at me and said, "You know, I think it's probably a good thing we decided to deliver early because there is NO WAY you would have been able to deliver this baby vaginally if we had waited any longer."
Sometimes moms just know.
Jackson and Dr. Weber
Is there any moment sweeter than this one? After months of waiting and suffering, I finally got to hold my precious baby boy! (P.S. My nurse, Tammy, was the BEST.)
One proud papa!
My parents with their first grandson
Once I returned home from the hospital, my amazing friend, Sue, drove from Michigan to spend a few days with me. She and Summer quickly became buds. Sue did SOOO much for us while she was in town. Words can't express how grateful I am for her!
(I am so bummed this picture came out blurry!)
THE FIRST FEW WEEKS
When we left the hospital 2 days after Jackson's birth, he had already lost a pound. His pediatrician recommended that we start supplementing with formula so that he could start gaining weight. Jackson and I both thought that seemed a little ridiculous but doctors know best, right? :)
Since Jackson's birth, life has been good. Great, in fact. He's an excellent eater and a fantastic sleeper (thank you, Jesus). When he's awake, he's happy as can be. He loves to cuddle and has grown pretty fond of his baths. Just like in the womb, he still gets the hiccups several times a day. It's been so fun to see how the girls have responded to having a new baby in the family. They adore him and-- so far-- we haven't had any issues with jealousy...
Kylie used to talk to my belly all the time and I think that made an impact on Jackson. He almost immediately calms down whenever he hears her voice. Kylie is fascinated with her brother. She literally comes running when we tell her that his eyes are open. I hope they'll always be close.
Summer is my big helper. She's great at popping the binky back in his mouth or fetching diapers and wipes for me. She, too, has a fascination with her brother and especially loves to brush his hair. We have to keep a close eye on her because she's not the gentlest of creatures, but she has lots of love to give.
This is the first time we've had a baby that sleeps well and Daddy is loving that, especially since he's returned to work. His favorite activity is watching football games on TV with Jackson snuggled up on chest. He's waited a long time to experience that with a son!
I'm doing really well too. I love not being pregnant anymore! The pain in my hips is mostly gone. I see a physical therapist once a week and do exercises at home on my own, which really seem to be helping. I worried about how I would handle the transition to 3 kids but it's gone so smoothly. I adore my family and I feel so blessed to have this sweet, healthy, happy baby with us!