{Baby Boy Update} 2 months old

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In an effort to stop saying the phrase, “I can’t believe my baby is already______months old” I’m going to jump right into this boy’s stats:

Weight: 12 lbs 8 oz 43%

Length: 25″ 98%

Head: 41.5′ 93%

His weight percentile has gone down a tad but he’s a tall little guy.

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^^Doesn’t he look huge in this pic??

I seriously love that he’s a little chunk though. I think it’s why he sleeps so well at night. And by ‘so well’ I mean he sleeps from about 10pm-6:00am which is seriously magical. If only he slept that well during the day.

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He’s such a little cuddle monkey and LOVES to be held which is fabulous until I need to go to the bathroom or shower or do any housework. The moby wrap has proven to be pretty useful but it does have it’s limitations.

At two months he’s started having lots more awake time which is full of smiles and kicking.

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When he naps during the day, the biggest trick is trying to figure out where he wants to sleep: the crib, bassinet, floor, swing, rocking chair, my bed..nobody knows. And there’s no constant factor. Its different every time. But one sure fire way to get him to sleep is a stroller ride.

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^^He super LOVES baths…maybe we should get him a boy towel haha

Remi hate hate HATES to be cold! We could be outside in 90 degree weather but if there is any amount of a breeze he wants to wrapped in a blanket.

So far having a baby boy isn’t too much different than having a baby girl. A baby is just a baby.

The biggest difference is the fact that he’s baby number two. I spend most of my time oggling at Evelyn’s vocabulary and brilliance and there’s not much time left to stare at the angel that is my sleeping baby boy.

Remington’s Baby Blessing

This photo pretty much sums up Remi’s blessing day:


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With Evelyn we waited until she was 3 months old to bless her. She didn’t even go to church for the first month or so of her life because germs and whatnot. But for Remi we decided to bless him at only 1 week old since so much of our family would be in town.

The morning was a bit stressful. It was my first time trying to get everyone out of the house on a time table. Both Remi and Evelyn needed a bath and I wanted to get a picture of our little family before we left for church because I knew that after church it we wouldn’t look nearly so put together. I didn’t realize that everyone would have a meltdown before church…maybe after church would have been better.

 

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^^This was the best shot of the morning. At least Evelyn isn’t crying and she’s actually looking at the camera!

We got to church minutes before it started. Chris took Remi and I rushed off to change Evelyn’s newly soiled diaper. I was already feeling pretty anxious and self conscious about making a public appearance so soon after giving birth (I don’t know how Princess Kate does it!) and all the rushing around to be seated in time was stressing me out.

The baby blessing is pretty early on in the meeting so we didn’t have to keep the kids happy for too long. Evelyn poured out her bag of toys and went to town on the floor in front of our pew. But when Chris went up to the stand with Remi for the blessing, she lost it. She kept yelling for daddy and crying. I did my best to keep her contained but all she wanted was daddy who was preoccupied with the new baby.

The chapel was silent as the blessing started, well silent except for my daughter. I tried my best to listen to the words and nearly missed Evelyn escaping our pew and booking it up to the stand to see her dad. I tried to have her sit down again but her shrieking was stressing me out and I couldn’t stand the thought that everyone else in the chapel was being distracted from what should have been a spiritual moment.

I yanked Evelyn outside into the sunshine where she immediately calmed down. I couldn’t hear the blessing. I was missing my son’s one and only baby blessing. I just stood there and watched Evelyn play in the grass and cried. And then I cried some more.

The stress and anxiety and overwhelming-ness of having just had a kid was just too much for me. I composed myself enough to head back inside and sat down next to Chris and Remi. He leaned over and asked if I was able to hear any of the blessing. I couldn’t stop the tears from streaming down my face as I shook my head no.

A moment or two later someone in the pew behind us handed up a sheet of notebook paper. She had transcribed the whole blessing. My heart was so warmed as I read through the words. And naturally, I started crying again. Those birth hormones are just great I tell you.

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I skipped out on the rest of church and headed home with Remi, leaving Evelyn with Chris. I needed some quiet time to just decompress before all of our family came back to our house. It was only a couple short hours later that 13 people trickled into the house. I was able to keep myself composed for our visitors but it was a rough day. Thank goodness for the kind woman who wrote down the blessing.

 

Super ready to be done with the fourth trimester and all these crazy hormones.

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On a happier note, I was so stoked to find this little blessing outfit for him. (Okay…my mom is actually the one who found it). I had no idea what baby boys were supposed to be blessed in and all the white suits I could find were so fussy. They were made of some satin type material and had like pants, a vest, a shirt, a bow tie and a jacket. Too much suit for such a little guy.

Chris tried to convince me that we should just bless him in Evelyn’s dress. Uhm what? He’s a boy. He insisted that he was blessed in a dress. I’m sorry but my boy will not a wear a dress thank you very much.

We picked this adorable little outfit up at Dressed in White and it was just the right amount of suit and adorable for our needs. I mean, just look at that little chunk!

Postpartum take two

Now introducing…

Remington Bret Langford

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^^Birth announcements that I will probably never print or send out. These are my super amateur attempt at newborn photos so don’t judge them too harshly.

Baby Remi was born on June 25 at 12:59 AM

9 lbs 15 oz 22 inches long

14.5 inch head

 

It turns out that I was so eager to not be pregnant that I totally forgot what postpartum life/recovery is like. Like totally forgot. Pretty sure it has to happen that way or else everyone would only have one kid.

I spent so much time dreaming of holding my sweet little boy and cuddling him and loving on him that I totally overlooked how I’d possibly not be walking so well for a while. Or that I’d be in bed for a few days. And how could I forget the discomfort of early breastfeeding or the disgust of wearing those fabulous adult diapers?? And then there’s the dreaded realizing how fat I got over the past 10 months as evidenced by the fact that I no longer have a basket ball belly to hide said weight gain. How did I forget?! How?!

I’ll admit, recovery this time around has been significantly easier than it was with Evelyn. As you may recall, she knocked my tailbone right out of place on her way into the world and I literally could not walk for 4 or 5 days. Remington’s massive head had similar results but not nearly as bad. I could walk, just not very gracefully. By some miracle, I did not tear one bit whilst pushing out my 10 lb baby boy so that was one aspect of recovery that I didn’t have to deal with this time (THANK GOODNESS!).

The only new thing this time around was trying to keep my toddler from jumping, kicking, bouncing on, or just mauling me in general. I assume she likes me a whole lot but she has a funny way of showing it.

As nice as it has been to have all my family here to play with Evelyn and meet Remi, it’s been a little hard too. For one thing, relearning how to breastfeed with a new baby isn’t as easy as you may think. Nursing discreetly is pretty much impossible and not very effective. Plus I feel a little guilty every time I need to decompress and lock myself in my room, leaving them to their own devices. I’ll rethink how we handle house guests if we ever decide to have another kid.

I know you’re all super eager to hear all the details of Remi’s home birth story, but be patient. It’s coming. In the meantime I promise to keep up with this here blog, so you don’t have to be without my witticism for too long. Pinky swear!

39 Weeks Pregnant

Bossy Jocie: 39 Weeks Pregnant

^^Woah! A different shirt!

How far along? 39 weeks

Maternity clothes? Yerp a derp

Best moment this week: Taking Evelyn to the splash pad was a lot of fun..except that it was a little uncomfortable for me to move and whatnot but that’s a daily struggle.

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^^I know she doesn’t look happy but she was having a blast.

I loved having my sister over this weekend. She came ready to help when the baby decided to make his appearance, which of course he still hasn’t but she helped a lot with Evelyn and with cleaning and she’s also just good company. I wish she’d just come stay with us already. (She’s planning to once my parents get here in a few weeks.)

Miss anything? Comfort. I seriously can’t remember what that’s like. I miss wanting to do my hair and makeup. Standing that long in front of the mirror makes me want to pass out. I miss wearing normal clothes that don’t feel like they’re trying to strangle me and wearing heels without being seriously concerned that I will trip at any moment. I miss not being pregnant.

Movement: lots and lots of rolling and shifting. Hopefully getting in a good birthing position.

Food cravings: watermelon mostly.

Anything making you queasy or sick: the thought of eggs.

Worst symptom: all the aches and pains. Sleeping is so miserable and it makes me so sad.

Have you started to show yet: and then some.

Gender: It’s a boy!

Belly Button in or out? Out.

Wedding rings on or off? Off.

Happy or Moody most of the time: pretty moody. I’ve grown pretty impatient.

Looking forward to: putting aside the whole meeting my baby thing, I’m looking forward to seeing how Evelyn interacts with him. And I’m looking forward to doing all those things I said I miss above. And completely aside from that I’m super excited to start working on some house projects!

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38 Weeks Pregnant

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How far along? 38 Weeks

Maternity clothes? Only when I’m breathing.

Best moment this week: Nothing sticks out. I really thought that I’d have the baby this week and that didn’t happen. So I was a tad disappointed. But at the same time, I know he’ll be born when he’s done cooking and I don’t want him to come a minute before he’s ready.

Oh except doing my nails with my sister. I love hanging out with her and she was nice enough to do my toenails that I cannot reach. So at least they’ll be pretty when I have the baby. That’s what’s most important right?

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Miss anything? I just want one good night of sleep. Just one. I know I won’t get one and then I’ll be up all night with a newborn but that’s what I want. My hips are so sore from sleeping on my side all night and I hate it!

Movement: Not a whole lot of kicking. More rolling/shifting/stretching.

Food cravings: Nothing specific.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Not one particular thing. I have been getting nauseous every so often though. It might be from being hungry but I don’t always know when I’m hungry on account of being constantly full of baby.

Worst symptom: Big-ness. Haha. I’m just at this point that I’m so huge that literally nothing I do is comfortable. Sitting, standing, walking, laying down…NOTHING. What is comfort?

Have you started to show yet: And then some.

Gender: It’s a boy!

Belly Button in or out? Out.

Wedding rings on or off? Off.

Happy or Moody most of the time: I’m pretty irritable. I feel so sorry for my poor husband. Thankfully he knows that I don’t mean what I say when I’m yelling about nothing in particular but I’ve been doing a lot of apologizing. It’s hard to be happy when you’re never comfortable.

Looking forward to: Meeting this little boy! Come out already!! Also I’m really looking forward to my parents getting here but that will happen after the baby is born so…One and then the other.

He’s coming this week..I just know it! Cross your fingers for me, kay?

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37 Weeks Pregnant & Nautical Baby Shower

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How far along? 37 weeks

Maternity clothes? Absolutely. There is really no other way. I’m as big as a house. Although if I had my way, I would never wear clothes. Nothing is comfortable.

Best moment this week: SO many great things this week–

Getting slowly settled in upstairs has been so exciting. I have gone from spending every day hanging out on the couch and chillin’ to working on moving and organizing and sometimes painting. It’s a tad exhausting but I’m just so eager to feel all moved in and ready before the baby comes.

I had a super fun girls night this week. A few friends and I went to see Age of Adeline. It was so good! But more than the movie, I just had fun hanging out with friends without Evelyn. It was nice to feel like I was more than just a mom.

I have been combing indoor yard sale sites on Facebook, online classifieds and yard sales and I have gotten some KILLER deals! I’m pretty proud of myself. I’ve gotten couches, end tables and coffee table and mattresses (plus some toys for baby girl and clothes for baby boy).

One of the best parts of this week was my baby shower! See more on this at the bottom.

Also, (this is technically onto week 38 but it just happened Sunday so whatevs) Evelyn stayed in nursery at church by herself for all three hours!! It was so amazing to be able to actually go to class with Chris. In other news, Chris and I should not be allowed to sit next to each other in Sunday school. Turns out that without the burden of parenthood, we act like teenagers. We were passing notes back and forth and giggling like schoolchildren. I love my husband.

Miss anything? Sleep. Sleeping has been absolutely miserable. I get so tired that all I want is a nap or to go to bed at night but I cannot get comfortable and then I wake up with a sore back, hips, and legs. I’m in agony.

Movement: Yep. It’s fun to just watch my belly move on it’s own. It’s kinda creepy…but cool at the same time.

Food cravings: I don’t think I’ve really had any cravings but now that we have a new fridge with an ice and water maker thingy, I’ve been LOVING crushed ice. My teeth will probably not thank me.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope.

Worst symptom: Back pain and waddling.

Have you started to show yet: Why yes, yes I have.

Gender: It’s a boy!

Belly Button in or out? Out.

Wedding rings on or off? I’ve officially stopped wearing them. I’m done with rings.

Happy or Moody most of the time: You know I’ve been pretty dang happy despite everything. Not to say I haven’t had some mood swings but living upstairs has changed my whole demeanor. I’m actually cooking and keeping the kitchen clean without complaint! I guess something about having such a pretty kitchen is motivation to keep it clean and pretty.

Looking forward to: I have super mixed feelings. I’m really looking forward to having this baby and meeting him and cuddling him and loving him. However, I’m feeling really anxious that things aren’t ready for him. And I’m feeling surprisingly anxious about labor, namely pushing. I think it’s because I roughly remember the 2.5 hrs of pushing from last time. I wasn’t at all nervous leading up to Evelyn’s labor but this one has me worried. I need to do some more hypnobabies to prep. And then there’s the whole taking care of two kids thing…that’s a tad daunting.

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36 Weeks Pregnant

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How far along? 36 Weeks

Maternity clothes? All over the place!

Best moment this week: Watching the house start looking like a forreal house! And finally getting to move upstairs! What? That’s right, we’re out of the dungeon/pit of despair/basement. But more on that on Wednesday’s post.

Miss anything? Coughing without peeing. Yep, that’s happening. I’m still sick and cough a lot and if there is anything in my bladder…I have some problems. dontaskanyquestionsidontwannatalkaboutit.

Movement: So much all the time. He never stops moving. He rolls and kicks and pokes out elbows and knees all over the place. It’s a little hard to get comfy sometimes.

Food cravings: Mmm nothing comes to mind. If I could I would take a magic pill that would give me all my nutrients and I wouldn’t have to eat or cook or shop for groceries anymore.

Anything making you queasy or sick: When I’m too lazy to get up and get food. Not eating will do that to a preggo lady.

Worst symptom: I’m a bit indifferent to the state of my house and I’m going to chalk that up to pregnancy fatigue. So we’ll go with that one. Also I’m a bit tired of having to get up during the night to pee.

Have you started to show yet: Oh yeah and I just keep growing. Although I feel smaller than I did with Evelyn. Not sure if that’s really the case or not…

Gender: It’s a boy!

Belly Button in or out? Out.

Wedding rings on or off? Still on. That’s pretty amazing if you ask me.

Happy or Moody most of the time: Mostly moody with like a hint of happy on occasion.

Looking forward to: Getting all settled in and ready for this kid.

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35 Weeks Pregnant

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How far along? 35 Weeks

Maternity clothes? Yeah. I got rid of a lot of maternity clothes from Evelyn’s pregnancy, so I didn’t have a whole lot, and the bit that I do have is starting to get small (Or rather I’m getting big) so I actually went out this week and got a few new shirts and a pair of jeans. I know it may seem silly to buy clothes that will last a month but it’s either that or not leaving the house again until this baby pops out. And that’s not really an option.

Best moment this week: My maternity photo shoot. I was actually a little under the weather (read: feeling awful) so I hope that doesn’t show in the pictures, but I think they may have turned out pretty cute. If not because of me, then because of my awesome friend Malae who took the photos.

Miss anything? Such a loaded question right now. This week has been really, really rough. I miss life pre-pregnancy, before I was this large, off-balance, hormone ridden, emotionally unstable creature. Sleeping is sort of impossible. My back hurts whenever I lay down in any sort of position. I miss good sleep. I’m sick for like the milliontyeth time this pregnancy and I just can’t function at anything. I super miss my body being able to do something besides grow a child.  I think it’s given up all other responsibilities. Which is great and all because a well developed, healthy newborn is exactly what I want. It just sucks that it comes at such a great expense.

Movement: I guess I just don’t remember Evelyn moving this much. This little boy rolls and pokes and jabs and is just constantly pushing on me. I guess he’s getting a little cramped in there.

Food cravings: None. I haven’t had much of an appetite. I think that does have to do with the head cold and not being able to actually taste food. You know what sucks, is when you do have a craving for something delicious but you can’t bother actually eating it because you wouldn’t be able to taste it anyway.

Anything making you queasy or sick: My cold. Boo! I feel so miserable. As if being nine months pregnant wasn’t difficult enough. I also get a cough that makes me throw up, a completely congested head and nose, inability to sleep, and body aches. yay.

Worst symptom: Pregnancy.

Have you started to show yet: Yeppers. And then some.

Gender: It’s a boy!

Belly Button in or out? Out.

Wedding rings on or off? Haven’t really been wearing jewelry. The last time I put them on they still fit.

Happy or Moody most of the time: So moody. So emotional. Pretty sure I have pre-partum depression. Is that a thing?

Looking forward to: In the shortest term, I’m looking forward to getting better from this cold. Next, I’m looking forward to moving upstairs (hopefully by next Saturday). After that, it’s not being pregnant anymore quickly followed by meeting my son and super quickly after that is having my mom come take care of me because I’m useless I tell you!

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34 Weeks Pregnant

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How far along? 34 Weeks

Maternity clothes? Oh yes, but the most comfortable thing is sweats and a t-shirt. Listen guys, I’ve sort of reached the point where I stopped caring. I’m huge and uncomfortable and hardly ever do my hair or make-up let alone shower. Don’t judge. Growing a human is hard.

Best moment this week: Getting to see some serious house progress. Chris’ dad is in town and things are moving so FAST! Trim and doors, primer, tile, I can’t even handle it!!

Miss anything? Movement is kind of laughable. Like you should see me try to get off the couch or out of bed (which is a mattress on the floor). It’s a bit like a beached whale. Standing for long periods of time is miserable too. So I basically miss being a normal human.

Movement: Oh my goodness yes. It’s insane. Lots of braxton hicks too. It’s giving me a chance to practice my hypnobabies.

Food cravings: I haven’t really been craving anything.

Anything making you queasy or sick: A lack of food.

Worst symptom: Probably just the general body aches and pains. My lower back and hips are KILLING me. Plus the heartburn hasn’t let up at all so that’s rough.

Have you started to show yet: You better believe it.

Gender: It’s a boy!

Belly Button in or out? Out.

Wedding rings on or off? On most of the time. Depending on heat.

Happy or Moody most of the time: Mostly moody.

Looking forward to: Decorating! The house is coming along so quickly, which is good cause this baby is coming pretty fast too. In a matter of weeks I’ll be moving everything upstairs (and by I, I mean Chris, obvi) and setting up my house and having a dishwasher and fabulous bathtub and shower. BAH! I’m so excited!

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33 Weeks Pregnant

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How far along? 33 Weeks

Maternity clothes? Yep. Note to self, when buying maternity clothes that will be worn towards the end of pregnancy (shorts for summer) buy them a little bigger than you’re expecting. I have a pair of shorts that I wore once and they’re too tight now. Hrmph.

Best moment this week: Uhh…nothing. I feel like it’s too early in my pregnancy to feel this way, I still have 6 weeks left! I am tired, and I have no motivation to do ANYTHING. I haven’t cleaned my house or gone grocery shopping in weeks. I just want to sleep all day every day. Well, I take that back, I did go on a couple walks this week to meet Chris at work. The weather has been so great and they really were lovely walks. Then I laid on the couch the rest of the day recovering.

Miss anything? Not being pregnant. Having energy. Moving comfortably. Life.

Movement: Yep. Lots of rolling and little kicks. I love when I can feel a little foot poking out.

Food cravings: Eating is getting harder. Nothing is appetizing and since I haven’t been grocery shopping, we’ve been eating out a lot, so I haven’t been super healthy either.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Not eating enough. Or often enough. Can I hire a chef please?

Worst symptom: We’re back to that first trimester exhaustion. Thankfully it’s not coupled with the terrible nausea but it still sucks. I feel so bad for Evelyn, I don’t want to get up or move or play..I just want to sit there and do nothing. Or sleep. I really want to sleep too. All the time.

Have you started to show yet: Started and then some. My belly is hanging out of some of my smaller shirts…

Gender: It’s a boy!

Belly Button in or out? Out.

Wedding rings on or off? I can start the morning wearing them but if I spend a lot of time outside in the heat, my fingers swell too much.

Happy or Moody most of the time: Lots and lots of moody.

Looking forward to: Nothing. I’m super ready to be done being pregnant but my house and general life is not ready for a new baby. The whole thing is stressful. So I guess I’m looking forward to like two months down the road when we’re in the house, the baby is born and we’re all settled.