Monday, July 27, 2015

Oh how they grow!

One Month Flew By!

My little Preston Ray is one month old!
The time has just flown!  It's bitter sweet.
This past month with him has been a whirlwind of fun and busy!  I have sat down each week to write and update and then some how I don't, or I don't finish it!
So here's hoping I get through this one...
Lol guess whose guys waking up??

OK I am back...lol

So taking care of a new born is quite time consuming and that's putting it lightly. The moment a mom needs to, eat, sleep, pee, shower, blog (haha), your little one starts calling your name. Or in a newborns case.. Screaming hysterically!

Anyhow as time consuming and tiring as it is...I LOVE IT!  He's the sweetest baby ever.

A little update on things he's doing

-smiling more awake and in response to mommies kisses and cuddles(melts my heart)

- rolling from front to back(he started this at like 2 weeks old, strong boy)

-hold up head for a few seconds, pushes off floor or me and tries to maneuver on his own

- This is probably not really what he's doing but it's still sweet to me. He gives kisses. When I hold him he will bop his mouth back and forth against my cheek...and he isn't hungry. Lol

As for me and my postpartum self, I am doing well.  Pretty much back to my normal weight and self. Though I do feel a bit frumpy.  Goes with the new mom thing...but people say I look wonderful.
Something about boobs leaking, sweating spontaneously, bleeding and being unsure I put deodorant on that morning can make one feel frumpy, even under a nice outfit and fresh makeup lol.

I look forward to month two with him. I can't wait to see what/who he will look like.  Most say he's a splitting image of Daddy!  No fair..Hahaha. To me he looks very 'newbornish ' still. His cheeks are the cutest chubbiest things in the world. He is now 9lbs 7oz.
He sleeps very well at night. Cranky early evenings or anytime he is gassy. Which for a week was a lot.

Siblings seem to be adjusting well to their brother. Though my oldest has been away for most of his life thus far.  My youngest girl is in big sister heaven. She wants to cuddle him, play with him and take care of him. Its very sweet.  The moment I change his diaper she takes the dirty one and throws it in the garbage without me asking. She's quite the help!

Looking forward to month two of our little Preston Rays life!!

Monday, July 13, 2015

Dedicating Preston Ray

Yesterday was an exciting and meaningful day for myself and my family. We dedicated our newest addition in our family to the Lord.

We were even fortunate enough to have our very own pastor come and personally dedicate our little man.  Baby dedications, christenings and the like are often religious practices done when babies are just infants.

To most it's just that, a religious practice, or hope for good luck!  To me, it was confirming everything I had already spent 9months praying about.  I know God has amazing plans for this little boy and I can't wait to see what they entail!

Yesterday was special for so many reasons and a wonderful day to dedicate our son.

For one it was our churches 6year anniversary.  Can't believe we have been doing this, that long and the fruit it has produced.  And for two, it was Preston's original due date!

As I dressed him for church I was a bit teary eyed.  How I have longed for a son and God answered my prayer. It blows my mind the joy a child can bring.  Watching my daughters swoon over their brother melts my heart.  Preston is the missing piece to our family and has now made us complete!

My little guy is also two weeks old!  And doing wonderfully!  Each day is a treasure and a gift I never want to forget!!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Happy 1 Week Birthday Preston!


Who would have thought my 39th week of pregnancy would actually be my sons first week of life!

I am just absolutely in LOVE with this little boy and so thankful to have him here a little early! 

His first week of life went off without a hitch. It involved us getting discharged as quickly as we could from the hospital (1 am Sunday morning to be exact) so that we could make it for a wedding at out church that morning!

Yep...I was in church Sunday morning after just pushing out a baby the day before! A round of applause for super woman??  Haha...yeah right superwoman was in tears in the car later that day when it hit me...this was just a little bit much,a bit too soon!

After the reception we got home and Preston, Miya and myself took a nap(how we miss Tiana... She's back next week)

I woke up to find the house quiet.  I looked at the clock...it was 7pm. Evening service has already started and my sweet husband had let me stay home and sleep.  Though earlier I had mentioned me staying home(didn't know he was actually going to let me) lool

Preston has his first doctor apt on Monday. He had lost a bit of weight and was a bit jaundiced, but the doctor assured me since my milk supply had just came in full effect that day that it would clear within the week.

I was a bit sad seeing my little one looking yellow, but it didn't seem to effect him. Regular feedings, poops, naps and alertness continued!  Go Preston! 

He is absolutely THE best baby.  I don't want to brag because I know that can change in a blink of an eye.  But he hardly fusses. And if he does its just because he's hungry or getting his diaper changed.

As for me I have been feeling good for the most part. Doing everything in my power to rest when he rests and fight the urge to be SUPERWOMAN.  I noticed one day that I didn't rest I was more emotional, so there is definitely a link!

Big sister Miya has been adjusting well to Preston. I think the only thing she isn't fond of, is  my napping more frequently.  This is where she could really use her big sister. Lol
Thankfully she's an independent girl and doesn't mind playing on her own.  She has also been able to go visit her friends house to play and is able to to that any time she likes...so that helps the transition!

Having Preston here with us, makes me wonder how we ever lived without him? Bringing him to his room for the first time was such a special moment(even at 1 am...lol)

Each day is filled with many firsts.  He has a smile that melts my heart.  He makes these adorable grunts when he's upset or needs to poop.  I have forgotten the joy of a newborn.

I also forgot the work!  Lol when you hear women say they barely got a chance to shower or brush their teeth, that's no joke.  Though as I type l, I am freshly showered, life is MUCH more busy.

I find myself missing him if he sleeps for too long. I ended up having him sleep in the bassinet in my room. Not because he won't sleep in his room... But because I miss him so much, I can't sleep with him in the other room. He's not fussy so having him next to me is a dream!

As for how I am feeling one week postpartum?  Pretty good.
Having a baby puts a mothers body through a lot, and both my grandmother and mother in law have urged me 'Victoria just because you feel good on the outside, doesn't mean your OK on the inside, so take it easy!'  Gotta love them.

Physically this has been my easiest recovery. Given I didn't tear and my pushing stage was very quick my body has healed nicely. I do have some back ache...which is expected as I had a great deal of back labor this time.

Well I think that sums up the first week of Preston's life. He has had plenty of visitor's, texts and calls all welcoming him into this world! 

The saying 'we thought we had everything until we had you' rings so true for this little man! God has truly blessed us, having a son meant to much to me and actually having him here with me after all the scares and stresses we went through in the last year has really made it all worth it!





Thursday, July 2, 2015

A week ago today!

This morning Miya, Preston & I got loaded up to go on a walk to the mall.  Our very first walk together. 

As we set off it got me thinking to this exact same time last week. It was just Miya, baby bump and I off to 7/11 to get slurpees.  Now it was the three of us off to get lunch together.

I am still in a bit of shock that Preston is here with us already?? I remember the week before getting some cramping and making jokes to Gary about being in labor.

That week, I had everyone casting bets on when I would go into labor. I think I was the only person who didn't really think 'this was the week'.

Never mind this was the day!  Lol
One thing I do remember is Miya praying that night for Preston to come. She also would pray for him to have good dreams in my tummy. I think even Miya is surprised he is here so soon...she still often goes to kiss my tummy...

This morning she said 'mommy where did your tummy go? It's disappearing?'

Lol. Well thank God for that. I actually braved myself and stepped on the scale today!  To my pleasant surprise,I have lost  16 lbs in 1 WEEK. Talk about supreme weight loss!  That leaves me with 10-15 lbs to go.  I am in no hurry to lose weight. I know it will come off in no time.  Just amazed how awesome the body works.

This week truly has been a treasure. Preston is So Good. Just what I hoped and prayed for.

I just want to enjoy every moment of our time with him. He's a delight to our family, friends and church.