Thursday, April 10, 2014

Tripp Grows Up - 3 Months

Tripp you are 3 months old!!! What are you up to this month?

  • You weigh 11 lbs and 1 oz and are a little over 22 inches long!  You have gained 2 lbs and 7oz this month!  You are now officially on the growth curve for your age at 6% for weight and when adjusted for prematurity you are 59%!  You are a GROWING boy!
  • You are still wearing a lot of your newborn sized clothes, but are also able to fit into your 0-3 month clothes and your smaller 3 month sized clothing.  You have officially outgrown the largest preemie items, and the smaller newborn items.  You are really in between sizes right now. 
  • You started the month in newborn diapers, and have graduated to size 1 diapers. We are using Pampers Swaddlers and Pampers Sensitive wipes, but we are transitioning you to using the Honest Company diapers since they are more natural and have less chemicals for your little body to be exposed to. 
  • You have jumps leaps and bounds in your development this month!  You have gone from only giving a few smiles here or there to full on social smiling and cooing.  You love to talk to us and smile anytime we look your way!  You also love to smile at the lights and ceiling fan!
  • As you have ever since you were in mommy's womb, you love music!  You enjoy when we sing to you, when we play music for you, and your toys that make music. 
  • You have really begun to notice things this month!  You absolutely adore your play mat with the under the sea animals and the pack and play with the jungle animals that hang.  You will lay there content for an hour or more if I let you! Play gyms in general are your favorite toy right now! You also are enjoying your mobile when I put you in your crib and the balls that hang on your mamaroo swing.
  • Mommy and Daddy are really starting to push tummy time with you now that you are older and getting more head control. You have not enjoyed it prior to now, but you seem to be tolerating it pretty well at this point. It isn't your favorite, but it is necessary to help your development!
  • You are starting to enjoy getting to play in your kicking coaster now! Your legs don't quite reach the pad to kick and make yourself move, but Daddy likes to slide you up and down for you and you just smile and coo!
  • You have decided that you are a water baby this month! You love your bath time so much! After getting home from the beach (see below), Mommy decided to try to let you take a bath in the big tub again. You take your bath in the bath seat Uncle Jason and Aunt Danielle gave you and after the bath is over, Mommy lets you float a little in the tub to get used to being in the water. You really love it! 
  • You had and are still going through a big adjustment this month! You started daycare!!!! You are loving it so far, but it is a big change for you and Mommy! You are very happy at daycare and your teachers love you!  Your morning teacher is Ms. Renee and your afternoon teacher is Miss Ashley.  You also have Miss Lacey who helps out in the morning and works in the 1 year old class during the day.  Miss Lacey calls you her "cuddle buddy."  You are doing very well at daycare and seem to enjoy it!  You go outside every nice day and that is your favorite part of the day.  You enjoy when your teacher blows bubbles and when she pushes the bigger babies in the swings and set you up in your bouncy seat to watch. 
  • You do not like to sleep during the day at daycare and are usually very sleepy when Mommy and Daddy pick you up after work.  You usually sleep between 30 minutes and 2 hours all day at daycare and then come home and pass out in Mommys arms for the entire night.  You wake to eat, and then go right back to sleep.  You have had a few evenings where you stay awake but that is only after you napped during the day.  Mommy is hoping you will begin to nap better at daycare soon so she can have fun playing with you in the evening (although your sweet snuggles are pretty nice). 
  • Other changes at daycare are that you don't eat very much there.  You are reverse cycling a little bit and only eat enough to feel content while at daycare and then want to nurse the whole evening and night.  You definitely do not love a bottle! When I pick you up, even if you just ate, you are not really content until you get a good nursing session.  I think you are missing the connection with mommy while we are separated and want to connect again when you are with me.  You are so sweet during that nursing session and just melt into me and snuggle so sweetly.  It is my favorite part of the whole day and I think it is yours too. 
  • You are still nursing on demand and nurse anywhere from 8-12 times a day depending on what you want! Prior to daycare you were in a good night routine of only waking about 2-3 times a night, but since starting daycare you are all over the place.  Sometime you get up only 2 times, sometimes 5-6 times.  It is a complete toss up and there is no trigger that signals to me that one night will be rough or easy.  I think in the coming weeks we will figure out a better night time routine for sleeping and you will begin sleeping more again.  Daycare has turned our world upside down!  
  • This month you have started to transition away from using a pacifier. You will tolerate it occassionally if someone will hold it in your mouth for you, but you much prefer nursing to meet your sucking needs and to soothe yourself to sleep. Mommy doesn't mind in the least and it is good to keep her milk supply up for you! Are you seeing a pattern here? This month you have decided that your absolute favorite thing to do is to nurse!
  • You still sleep in the lamber (rock and play) next to mommy every night.  You really enjoy your "bed" and sleep very soundly (other than waking to eat).  You will be sleeping in the lamber until further notice and will not transition to your crib most likely until about 6 months or when you are not waking as much to eat.  Mommy enjoys not having to get out of bed to feed you and isn't rushing having to walk down the hall when you are hungry at 2 am. 
  • Speaking of 2 am, you always wake at some point between 2 and 2:30.  It never fails!  You have that time set in  your internal clock!
  • One cute thing that you do is when you are hungry, you don't cry (unless very hungry) but instead grunt.  It is so precious!  Mommy wakes up to little grunts in the middle of the night and it is so funny!
  • At the beginning of this month you had your 2 month shots! You did not respond well to them and projectile vomitted most of the evening and it continued for about a week.  That was NO fun!  You did not run a fever as they told us to expect, but you were fussy and very sleepy.  The actual shots were not that bad and you only cried for a minute, but the symptoms afterwards were tough on your little system.  The vomitting persisted so much, that Mommy called the doctor and we had to put you on Zantac for about a week to calm your system down and you had an ultrasound to make sure you didn't have Pyloric Stenosis (which you do not have!)  The doctor told us that the vomitting was likely because you have some acid reflux and that the Rotavirus vaccine (that is taken orally) aggravated the reflux.  Mommy is not looking forward to the 4 month shots!
  • You went on your first vacation this month!  You went to Ormond Beach, FL with mommy, Aunt Ashton, and Emma.  We stayed on the beach at a small hotel (which was an adventure with 2 babies!)  Mommy got food poisoning on the way to the beach and was sick all Saturday and you were too!  You threw up all weekend and I think it had to do with Mommy being sick and you eating Mommy's milk.  It was not the way that we envisioned the vacation going, but we made the best of it.  We relaxed all Saturday, and then had fun on Sunday.  You especially enjoyed being worn in the Moby wrap and walking on the beach and feeling that nice sea breeze! 
  • Last but not least, Mommy and Daddy love you so much!  Every single day brings us new surprises and we learn more about you and your likes and dislikes!  You are our joy and the absolute sunshine of our lives!  We love you Tripper!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Tripp Grows Up - 2 months


Tripp, you are 2 months old!  Here is what you are up to this month!
  • You weigh 8 lbs, 5 oz and are 20.75 inches long!  You have almost doubled your weight!  You are still not on the curve for your age, but when they adjust the curve for your prematurity, you are 43% for height and 33% for weight!  Healthy boy! 
  • You have officially outgrown preemie clothes and wear newborn sized clothes and diapers. 
  • Your eyes are bright blue and your hair is dirty blonde, but in the light I see a little red.  I am hoping your hair gets more strawberry blonde like Mommy's was when she was little.  
  • You are still exclusively getting breast milk, but the big change this month is that you have learned to latch on and get it right from the source!  This makes Mommy SO happy.  Nursing you is such a bonding experience that I will cherish my whole life! You snuggle into me so sweetly when you nurse and it is our special time.  
  • You eat about every 2-3 hours for the most part.  A couple times this month you gave me 4-4.5 hour stretches at night, and that was wonderful for sleeping!  
  • Daddy and Mommy have started a routine with you where Daddy gets up with you on the weekends and lets Mommy sleep in.  You spend about 3-4 hours with Daddy where he gets you changed, fed, and gives you LOTS of love!  It's your father/son bonding time, and it helps Mommy to catch up on sleep.  
  • You are starting to find your voice this month!  You have a little cry/coo noise you make when you are excited from playtime, or just wanting to tell me something before the need gets extreme (like, "hey mom, pick me up!")  
  • You are a STRONG little guy!  You are holding your head up on your own for the most part with just a little assistance from the person holding you.  Your legs are strong too and the nurse who gave you your shots commented how that they are really strong when you push them out.  
  • You like to be carried upright and when you are carried, you like to see who has you.  You push your chest and head away from my body and look at my face and look around the room.  This is so sweet to me. 
  • You love to grab onto mommy when she carries you, picks you up, or nurses you.  It fills my heart with so much happiness to know you know who I am and that you love me.  
  • Your favorite places are still "lamber" and your mamaroo.  You are starting to like laying on the floor to play with your toys too.  Your absolute favorite place is in Mommy's arms!  You are a snuggly boy!   
  • You and I had 2 baby showers this month, and at 1 of them you attended as the guest of honor.  You were given lots of nice gifts!  You are a loved boy who has received SO many gifts from people at showers and in the mail.  You are a lucky little one!  
  • You still love to be sang to, and you love to listen to music!  It calms you instantly!  Mommy sings songs to you daily!  
  • You make the funniest faces!  You are very expressive and your eyes are so bright!  You have given us a few small smiles that I think were social, but you are not full on smiling yet.  
  • You had a bad rash this month that sent us to the doctor a couple times!  It started on your face and Mommy thought it was baby acne, but it spread all down your body and was even in your ears!  Mommy was so worried!  You went to the doctor and they suspected a dairy allergy, so Mommy had to cut out all dairy for a few days.  This didn't help, so back to the doctor we went.  Dr. Stone saw you that day and determined that it was probably sensitive skin, dry skin, and baby acne.  Mommy decided to change out your soaps and this immediately made the rash go away!  You now rotate between Mustela and California Baby Unscented.  There is no rhyme or reason to which we use for you on a given day, but we tried them both and they both work good with your skin so we use them both.  
  • Speaking of bath time, Mommy bought you a Blooming Bath this month and you LOVE it!  You like the coziness of it and since you are able to sit in a little warm water, it makes you enjoy your bath.  I try to only give you a bath every other or every 3rd day, but you would probably love it everyday if I let you!  
  • You met your Uncle Jeremy and Aunt Sara this month!  They came to meet you and we took you to the Lady & Sons, Riverstreet, St. Simons, and Tybee Island during their visit.  You also went to Miyabi with the family to celebrate Mommy's 26th birthday.  
  • You are teaching Mommy and Daddy more about life and love than they ever knew!  You are our everything and make life worth living! 

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Tripp Grows Up - 1 Month

Tripp, you are 1 month old!  Here is what is going on in your little life...
  • You started your life in the Telfair Special Care Nursery, but got discharged after 7 days!  That is a huge feat for such a little guy.  We were told to expect a couple weeks or more, so this was a wonderful surprise! 
  • At your 1 month check up we found out you weigh 5 lbs, 14 oz and are 19 inches long!  That's a lot of growth for our healthy boy! You are in Preemie sized clothes and I think you will be for a few more weeks.  
  • You are drinking breast milk exclusively, but 4 bottles a day are mixed with Neosure powder to make the milk 22 calories instead of 20.  We started trying to nurse, but you had some challenges with being premature.  We decided the best way to get you home as quickly as possible was to use bottles of pumped milk.  Mommy had to work around the clock to mimic your feeding schedule to make sure you had enough milk, but it is worth it for your health! We are continuing to work on nursing now that you are home and mommy is exclusively pumping 95% of the time.  You nurse well with a nipple shield, but it is more of a challenge for you to get enough milk than with a bottle.  We are still going to work on it and see what happens.  When you take your bottles you take about 2.5 oz.  
  • When you were discharged from the hospital, you were on a strict 3 hour feeding schedule and you slept most of the time between feedings.  Throughout this month, your schedule has been switched up at times because you have been more or less hungry or sleepy.  On average you eat every 3 hours around the clock, but occasionally you will let us sleep 4-5 hours at night or as little as 1.5-2.  You really are not awake very often and it is random when you will decide to wake.  
  • We had a very scary week in your life when Daddy got the flu.  This was the number 1 thing we were trying to keep you away from, so we were keeping you close to home.  Who would have thought that the flu would come to us! Mommy was a nervous wreck the entire week that Daddy was sick and quarantined him to our bedroom.  You and I slept on the couch and lived downstairs to keep us healthy!  You did not get the flu, praise the Lord!!!!
  • You absolutely love for Mommy to sing to you.  We sing Tim O'Shay, Baby Mine, A You're Adorable, Rock a Bye Baby, Hush a Bye, and Edelweiss, but your favorite is for Mommy to play Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole.  You become so relaxed and smile nonstop when that song plays for you.  You always smile and get content when Mommy sings your songs too.  
  • You started out sleeping in your Pack and Play in Mommy and Daddy's bedroom so that you can be close to us.  You are somewhat restless in it though, and you spit up a lot when you are flat, so Mommy put you in your little lamb Rock and Play and you have slept much better because it keeps you at an incline.  
  • Your favorite places in the house are your little lamb Rock and Play and your Mamaroo swing.  Daddy picks a mode of the day on the Mamaroo for you to enjoy.  I don't think you have a preference quite yet about the modes.  When you are in your Lamber (as Daddy calls the Rock and Play) we like to put you by the window to get sun since you had a little jaundice.  
  • You are a spitter!  You spit up a lot and Mommy changes your clothes about 3-4 times a day.  
  • You average about 15 diapers a day and are wearing preemie sized Pampers Swaddlers.  Huggies do not fit your little body as nicely as the Pampers do.  
  • You do not like baths, but I think it is because you get cold.  Mommy is going to get you a different bath tub for this time period and see if that helps.  
  • You love to go places and ride in your stroller.  The vibrations soothe you and you sleep so good!  
  • You are a noisy baby!  You love to grunt and coo.  You are not a big crier, but you will let us know when it is time to eat!  
  • You are our sweet baby boy and such a blessing in our life!  You will never know how much we love you!  

Friday, January 10, 2014

Introducing...


Thomas Casey III, known as Tripp 
January 10, 2014 at 12:31 PM
4 lbs, 8 oz   
16.75 inches

Thank you God for our healthy and beautiful son! 

Thursday, January 9, 2014

To my baby

To my darling little son,

I haven't met you yet, but I soon will.  I am so excited to get to see your sweet face and count your fingers and toes.  I have envisioned what you will look like so many times and thought about the fun things we are going to do together, and now it is going to come real.  You are my dream come true.  I have always wanted to be a mom and because of the gift God gave us in you, I will be.  I want everything for your life.  I want you to be smart, and healthy, and happy, and to love God with all your heart.  I want you to have fun and make lots of friends and memories.  I want you to fall in love and get married and have your own family.  I want everything good for your little life.  I have enjoyed getting to carry you in my belly.  I love to feel you move and kick and I like singing to you and reading books to you.  I play lullabies and my favorite songs to you and like to rock in the glider in the nursery and just imagine how awesome it will be when you are actually here in my arms.  They say that you will never imagine how you can love someone so much until you actually have your baby, but I love you so much already.  I can't imagine how I can love you more, but I am excited to see how much more my love grows for you when I get to see your face and kiss you.  I love you my sweet little Tripp and I can't wait to meet you!  You and your daddy are my everything and my sunshine!

Love,
Mommy

Expectations

Throughout my pregnancy, I had a lot of expectations.  I really tried not to have high expectations of what pregnancy entails because so many of my friends and articles I read told me to expect the unexpected.  I guess it is human nature to have a picture in your head somewhat though, so it was only natural.  God really tested my trust in him throughout this pregnancy starting at about 8 weeks when I started bleeding.  I didn't bleed a huge amount, but I had clots, which is usually a really bad sign.  Praise the Lord, the baby was okay!  We never really knew where the bleed  came from, but chalked it up to a subchorionic hemorrhage because it definitely didn't come from the baby.  At that time, the hospital told me that I had a bicornuate uterus and perhaps the bleed was caused by that.  However, it was really difficult to determine if I actually had one with a baby in there (even though he was small) because it distorted the shape of my uterus.  I still don't know it I have that condition and won't until after I get a test this summer most likely.  I had a lot of fear something would go wrong with our baby after that.  I would constantly ask my husband for reassurance that the baby would be fine and that he was healthy.  By about 17-18 weeks, I started to chill out.  I could start to feel his movements, which told me he was in there and that was such a relief for me.  I was pretty much anxiety free until we had our scare with his growth around 23 weeks.  I went to my perinatologist for a follow-up appointment to look at his heart (back story on that in my 33 week post) and we found out his femurs were measuring behind, a few measurements had dropped below the 10% percentile, and we already knew he had a hot spot on his heart.  I think I was more scared than my doctor, but he told me I could have a Harmony test to know for sure if the risk of his having Downs was high or not.  It was a simple blood test, and I wanted to know no matter what the outcome.  It didn't matter in our love for our child, but I just had to know and I wanted to be able to set up all the early interventions and best doctors for him that I could if that was what he needed.  Thank the Lord that his risk came back extremely low (1 in 10,000) for him having Downs.  Although, you can't know with 100% certainty if any baby has a condition like that until they are here, we felt confident that the femurs were just a fluke.  I also want to say that no matter if our child had a chromosomal abnormality or not, we would love him just the same.  It wouldn't have made him broken!  However, no parent expects or sets out to have a child with a disability or special condition and it is a challenge to wrap your head around when you are presented with that possibility.  I surely felt after all that, my pregnancy would be easy!  Symptom wise, I was doing great!  I hadn't gained much weight, I felt the baby move a lot, and I felt wonderful being pregnant in general!  I was (and am) so happy to have this little life in me and get to spend all my moments with him.  Things went wonderfully after that for a while.  I didn't have any issues with baby and his growth jumped back up to normal (minus the femurs which are just short! I think our baby boy will have a short inseam!).  Things were wonderful and we were getting all ready for his arrival.  I researched the best of all the baby things for him because I wanted him to have the best items.  I decorated and sewed items for the room so that he would have the prettiest nursery I could give him.  We scheduled maternity pictures and I had my baby shower dates set.  Pregnancy was really going great!  Then 33 weeks came and I found out we were having a preemie little boy due to low amniotic fluid.  I was and am over the moon to meet my little man early or not, but it is a shock.  It wasn't what I expected!

What I expected and what I was planning to have at least 4-5 more weeks to get ready for him, but probably longer because first time moms usually go late from what I had heard.  I was planning to go to my baby showers.  I was planning to get photos made.  I was planning to go out to eat on a fancy date with my husband one last time.  I was planning to finish the nursery, launder his clothes in Dreft, and get everything just so.  I had closets to clean out and nesting chores to finish.  For goodness sake, my Christmas was down, but had yet to get put back in the attic because I was trying not to I just bought a pretty dress from Seraphine maternity like Kate Middleton to wear to my baby shower, and I still was excited to get some wear out of my maternity dresses and clothes.  I was still planning to go out in public and be that "cute pregnant lady" that gets the oohs and awhs from strangers and gets asked "when are you due" and "what are you having" I was still enjoying feeling my baby move inside and watching my belly grow.  I was NOT expecting that all this was going to be over in a second's notice.  It seems really silly that I am upset that these things are not happening anymore.  Shouldn't the fact that I am having my baby and getting to meet him overshadow the fact that I am sad to give up pregnancy?  Yes, and no...I think this is a normal process when something is taken from you really quickly and you have to adjust your expectations.  I really loved pregnancy despite some of it's bad moments and I wasn't ready to be done.  I am thankful that medical miracles are commonplace now a days and that my baby is coming because that is best for him, but I have to be honest and say I have some sort of grief about not getting to finish out my pregnancy.  I have a lot of friends that are currently pregnant and I have been keeping up with them on Facebook.  I would be lying if I didn't say that I was a tiny bit jealous that they have belly pictures for weeks 34-40.  I KNOW this is silly, but I am human and these are my emotions.  I also had a birth plan.  I really didn't have huge hopes of something crazy, but I wanted a vaginal delivery.  It makes me sad that I don't get to have that and that because of this, I most likely never will.  At the end of the day, the health of my baby is the most important...but it's one of those things that you have to reconcile in yourself.  I am sorting through these emotions as I get ready for my c-section tomorrow and preparing to meet my baby.  It's going to be a tough and exciting few days for us, so please keep us in your prayers.