Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Tuesday Tidbits

:Austin:
1. A billion times a day you ask if it is time to "go find some Easter eggies".
2. We dyed and decorated "eggies" and you were so proud of them! You showed them to everyone.
3. Dad went camping and you were dead set on joining him. It was so sad as you started to pack you blankie, pillow, and Alphy. Dad told you that you couldn't come and you responded, "I think so".
4. You say "I think so" whenever we tell you no.
5. You think that we go to McDonald's after preschool every time and I need to break that habit! You just always ask so politely.
6. You tried to "feed" your babies, during which you kept telling me, "they aren't done eating yet", (I wonder where he has heard that) or "be quite, my babies are sleeping.




:Lennox:
1. I could smile at you all day long. You return the greatest smiles and make us all crazy about you.
2. We set up your mini crib in the bathroom and so far it is working out. I hope we don't have to keep you in there for long because sharing a bathroom with all of us is tight.
3. Your cheeks are still awful- friends suggested aquaphor so I need to go buy some.
4. You grab my shirt in a death grip when I hold you.
5. Your older brother loves you and tells everyone he meets about you and that your name is "mennox"- and I sometimes catch myself calling you that. We are working on it with him...he just doesn't understand that he isn't even close.







Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Tuesday Tidbits

:Austin:
1. You learned about St. Patricks Day at school and absolutely thought is was the coolest thing.
2. You kept asking if there was a rainbow outside and if we can find the pot of gold.
3. Fighting monsters is your latest pretend play.
4. We read "A Fly Went By" numerous times a day.
5. You love to pretend you are a puppy and you put your old shoes on your hands so you have 4 feet.


:Lennox:
1. Your baby acne is all gone but your poor cheeks have not recovered and started to crack. We are now applying steroid cream and face cream to help it since it was so inflame.
2. You slept 4 nights going to bed at 10pm, waking up at 4 to eat, and waking up for good at 7am. I thought I was in heaven!
3. The binky is becoming a must have with you and I am torn with how I feel about it.
4. I have been calling you smirky Lennox because you are starting to smile and we are all excited about it!
5. You have the strongest upper body ever! I don't even think of doing tummy time with you because you already hold your head up when I burp you.







Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Tuesday Tidbits

:Austin:
1. We are starting round 3 of potty training...ugh
2. You think when it is KU day (when KU plays in bball) that we make heart cookies because that is what we did on Valentines Day when KU played.
3. All last week you dealt with 4 days of the stomach bug. Awful! And it was beautiful outside and we were stuck in.
4. Ever since you recovered from that awful bug I haven't been able to keep that belly full. You are constantly telling me, "I'm hungry...my tummy's hungry... I am so hungry". Unfortunately, most of snacks you want are not healthy so we have been having a battle with that.
5. Every single time I come into nursery to sing sings(that is my calling) you greet me like you haven't seen me in years. You come running with the biggest smile and wrap your arms around my legs. You also do that when I pick you up from school. You know how to make your Mommy feel loved.



:Lennox:
1. You slept through the night!!!
2. Your baby acne is going down!
3. I can tell we are getting closer to having to sleep train you- you are getting harder and harder to put to sleep each night. I always told myself that I would at 2 months, I am already dreading it but I know it is best for all of us.
3. I am still amazed how good you are, I did not know life with a newborn could be so sweet.
4. Your older brother stepped on you like you were some sort of doll. He got in BIG trouble and you only cried a little.
5. You are 10 lbs already!




Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Tuesday Tidbits

:Austin:
1. Grandma Kaye brought you back from Utah and you are happy to be back with momma and daddy. You did have lots of fun though.
2. We had both sets of grandparents in town for Lennox's blessing and you were in heaven with all the attention!
3. Since day one when we introduced the possibility of Lennox for a name you have said "mennox", you can't say your L sounds.
4. You caught a stomach bug and it has been rough dealing with that and a new baby.
5. You have been extra whining but that could be because you are sick, hopefully not because of Lennox.

:Lennox:
1. Baby acne is in full force. I really hate this because it seems to never go away! Lucky for you, you do not have it near as bad as you older brother did.
2. Still sleeping amazingly! A few nights you have only woken up once!
3. You were perfect for you blessing (separate post coming) and fit into the outfit like it was made just for you. It was so fun dressing you in the same blessing outfit as your older brother and having flashbacks.
4. I get mixed responses on who you look like. Most non-family says you look just like Austin. Benham family can't really pin point who and Allen family thinks you have more Benham in you.
5. You love to cluster feed right before bed. I feel as if you are attached to me from 7:30-10:30pm. 



Monday, March 9, 2015

Lennox's Birth Story 02.09.15


On Friday (Feb 6) I had a doctor's appointment and I was praying that I would walk out that appointment with an induction scheduled. I really didn't want to have a large baby again that would cause the amount of damage Austin did. However, they had already warned me that if I wasn't favorable then they wouldn't induce. I was a 3 and 60% effaced! I was favorable and the induction was planned for Monday if they had room and to expect a call Monday morning between 5:30am-6am.

I was so happy and I felt so blessed that I wouldn't have to go over 40 weeks again. We spent the weekend cleaning, grocery shopping, packing, finding babysitters, and fit in one last date night. Sunday night rolled around and the nerves started and I started questioning myself if this was the right thing. Gary gave me a blessing and after that I was ready for this baby to make an entrance.

Gary and I both slept awful and 5am we were both awake but trying desperately to fall back asleep. At 5:55am Gary didn't think we'd get called and I also thought so too and we'd be waiting another day. Gary hoped in the shower and at 6:02am the hospital called telling us to make our way down! We were so excited. I took a fast shower, collected the last few things, called our neighbor to come over, and ate a tiny bowl of cereal.

We checked in at 7am and I was getting nervous yet again. They took us to our room and I remember thinking I am not leaving this room today until I have my baby! We met our nurse Ann and student Lexi and I changed into the hospital gown. After all their medical questions and ordering what they needed for the induction it was close to 8am. I got my IV and they started the pitocin and within the hour I would start feeling contractions but they were weak. Ann would up the pitocin every once in awhile. Dr. Massey walked in around 10 and broke my water. This was the only part I felt like screaming! They had me put my hands in a fist under my bum and the doctor went into break my water and check how far I was (about a 4) well once she popped it she immediately felt a hand come through! For the next minute she was was trying with all her might trying to shove Lennox's hand back in so the head would come through the birth canal first. They basically had to flip me on my head too. I WAS DIEING!!!! The pain was so bad and the fluid draining all over my hands and back wasn't comforting either. Finally, Lennox put his hand back in and we were back in business.

However, soon after that his heart kept decelerating so they wanted to monitor that more closely and they also wanted to monitor how hard my contractions were since I wasn't in pain so they put the internal monitors in and that was really painful too.

 They called for the epidural per my request but I felt like a wimp because honestly the contractions weren't bad at all but I didn't want to push him out without one. The anesthesiologist came right away and had the epidural in and working in no time! I almost couldn't believe how effortless and fast it was, compared to Austin's I could have never dreamed of it going that smoothly.

It was getting close to noon and Gary went to go get something to eat and I was told to take one last nap before it got exciting. My nurse, Ann, was being sent home because it wasn't busy and I got a new nurse who I loved also(can't think of new name). However, my nap was cut short because they kept coming in and flipping me to different sides and at one point put me on my hands and knees with my bum up high in the sky. Lennox's little heart didn't like any position and they decided to just kick up the pitocin in hopes Lennox could make it until I got to a 10. Once I got to a 7 the doctor stayed in the room because Lennox's heart was decelerating worse and worse every contraction. They tried flipping me with a a huge peanut in-between my legs (looks like a huge exercise ball shapped into a peanut) and the bare bum up high in the sky again position too. Nothing was working and if anything made the problem worst, Lennox's favorite position was me laying on my back. However, every contraction I dilated and soon I was ready to push.

I pushed for 30 minutes and at one point even got to touch his head. Now my epidural was amazing! I could feel everything but no pain! (With Austin's I felt absolutely nothing.) They were relying on me when it was time to push because my contraction monitor fell off and I was boss, so cool!

Lennox was born at 2:05pm. It was planed that Gary would cut the cord but the doctor cut cord immediately and I was sad in side but Gary didn't seem too bothered. She placed him on me as the nurse wiped him down but no cry, just whimpers (like Austin). So I didn't get to hold him for long before they were rushing him over to work on getting him to cry. I was never concerned because he was acting just like Austin did. Later I would find out that Lennox had a neucal cord and that is why his heart would drop with every contraction and also why Gary didn't get to cut the cord. It was so tight around his neck that Gary said Lennox's face was completely purple.

While I was being taken care of, Lennox was getting the "you must cry" treatment and all he would do was moan. Thankfully, the nurse figured he was just fine (I always knew he was) and let us hold him finally. I also would nurse for the first time and it was successful! I was so scared I wouldn't be able to get it.

We enjoyed him for the next few hours in L&D before they moved us down to postpartum floor.

And that is the end- I will tell the story of his name in another post and Austin meeting baby brother.













Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Tuesday Tidbits

:Lennox:
1. You are gaining weight like a champ and already are in 0-3 month clothes.
2. Your 2 weeks check up went wonderful and you let the doctor look you over and you didn't even get upset.
3. First blow out- I don't miss those.
4. You are still sleeping great.
5. But... you have some serious gas and it makes you really upset but once you get it out then you fall back asleep.