Sunday, September 29, 2013

Birth Story / Life With Three

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)
JACKSON'S BIRTH

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!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Introducing...

Jackson Emmitt Steorts
September 10, 2013
10 pounds, 3 ounces
20 3/4 inches
It's hard to believe that this little guy has been a part of our family for a week already!  We're pretty smitten with him.  
 

 A more detailed post will be coming soon!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Benched

About a week ago I noticed some pain in my left hip.  I didn't worry about it too much because the tenderness would come and go.  But over the weekend the pain became more intense with each passing day.  By Monday morning, I was shuffling from room to room.  By that evening, I couldn't walk at all.  Every single movement was pure agony and I knew something wasn't quite right. 

{Of course this happened the weekend my parents were in town.... during Summer's birthday.... on a holiday weekend}.

After spending the better part of Tuesday at the doctor's office for various tests, it was determined that the baby was perfectly fine (phew!) but I wasn't.  

Diagnosis: Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction.  Translation: The two halves of my pelvis are spreading apart and now the whole thing is pretty misaligned.
This is what it's like to have a misaligned pelvis: it HURTS.  Sitting or standing can only be done in very short increments of time.  I can't put any weight on my left leg.  My hip "clicks" anytime I change positions.  It takes me minutes to do certain things that I used to be able to do in seconds, such as stepping into a pair of shorts, getting up from a chair, or walking the 3 feet between my shower and counter.  I need help with just about everything, including rolling over in bed, climbing in and out of the car, and putting on shoes {even sandals}.

Yesterday a kind friend showed up at my house with a set of crutches and I could have kissed her.  I had been crawling on my hands and knees to get around; well... when Josh wasn't there to carry me.
So, we're coping.  I hobble around when I can.  The girls have learned to be patient with me. Josh goes into the office for 4-5 hours each day and then finishes up at home.  And when I say "finishes up at home" I'm not just talking about work. He does housework, runs errands, takes care of the girls, etc.  God bless him.  Believe me when I say I never intended to be this high-maintenance...

It's frustrating to have to end this pregnancy exactly like it began: on the couch.  But I'm choosing to count my blessings.  The baby is healthy and {technically} so am I.  This pain won't last forever.  Josh has a flexible work schedule and a very understanding boss.  Our vehicles can handle the constant running around town.  Friends from our church have come out of the woodwork to help in any way we need: meals, childcare, cleaning.  I have never been so thankful to live in a small apartment on the first floor with handicap bars in my shower in all my life!

And bonus... I still have one good hip.

Monday, September 2, 2013

THREE!

Can you believe this girl just turned THREE?  It's tough to imagine what life was like without her.  Since birth, she has kept us all laughing and smiling.  She really is a joy and we're pretty crazy about her.

Grandma and Granddad were able to come down for the weekend to celebrate with us.  Summer helped me get the house ready for guests.  She's a champ at laundry, I tell you.
 
Right off the bat, I have to apologize for my serious lack of picture taking.  I so badly wanted to document Summer's very PINK birthday {pink balloons, pink heart confetti, pink cake, pink birthday banner, etc} as well as the many smiles and moments of laughter that accompanied her special day.  I wanted to capture her excitement as she opened gifts and snuggled up next to her grandparents.  But a certain baby boy recently decided to settle on my left hip, leaving me glued to the couch.

So... this is the best I could do.



It took about 20 tries to get all three candles blown out, but she eventually did it {with some help}.  Eating the cake, however, was an entirely different story...
Sadly, all good things must come to an end.  Before we knew it, the weekend was over and it was time to say goodbye to Grandma and Granddad.
But we sure enjoyed the time we were all able to spend together this weekend!  Happy birthday, Sums!  We love you!!!