Carter Steven

Carter Steven

Thursday, April 28, 2011

One Month Old!

Carter is one month old!

We celebrated Easter the same day he turned a month old. We had a lovely afternoon with our families at mom's house. It is always great to have the whole family together. Our cousin Lauren made the trip down from Charlotte and met Carter for the first time. Carter had a great day being passed around and letting everyone love on him. He even enjoyed being outside while Maddie hunted Easter eggs. Next year will be really fun when he can hunt eggs, too! If Maddie is anything like her mom, she will be super competitive so I hope Carter is prepared!

Carter is changing everyday! We had his one month well check visit on Wednesday. He is 10 lbs 9 oz and 21 1/2 inches long. Our pediatrician was very impressed with the way that Carter was holding his head and how strong he was. She put him on his tummy and he lifted his head right up. She said that he was doing what she expected him to do at two months old already. Carter has already rolled from his tummy to his back 4 different times. It was really surprising because he isn't suppose to do that until he is alittle bit older. I'm so proud of my baby!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

3 Weeks Old!

Carter is 3 weeks old today! Time is flying by. Carter is still sleeping quite a bit during the day but he is sleeping better at night. He is loving his activity mat and his bouncer. He likes to listen to his musical toys, especially his Glow Sea Horse. He is a little wiggle worm and moves his arms and legs constantly when he is awake. Ryan and I gave Carter is first real bath last night. We had to wait for his umbilical cord stump to fall off and it finally did! He wasn't sure about the bath at first. He kind of kicked his legs and looked around before he started to cry. It was a good first attempt!!I got to thinking the other night when we had a visit from my best friend Meghan and her family. Meghan's sister Nicole is expecting a little girl in July. I kept telling her the same things people told me that annoyed the heck out of me when I pregnant. It was like I couldn't help myself. I guess it just seems like a rite of passage- now that I've pushed out a baby, I can give you advice! Well I told Nicole that she could come over and hang out with us if she ever wanted "practice" for her baby. It wasn't until a couple of days later that I started thinking about this concept and how ridiculous it really is to try to "practice" for a baby. Preparing for a baby is kind of like preparing for the SATs, GRE, or any other standardized test. You can prepare for the overall aspects of the test but you never know what is actually going to be on it. Now matter how many vocabulary words, analogies, or math problems you study, I never felt adequately prepared because I didn't know the exact questions. It would have been a lot easier if they had given us the actual test to study, right? Same with babies. You can read all the books or google random things about babies, but your baby isn't going to develop exactly how the baby down the street or across the country is developing. For example, you can google "how often do babies eat?" and you will get the pretty standard charts and they will say that a baby that is 3 weeks old should eat every 3 hours. Well, sometimes Carter likes to eat every 2 hours and then sometimes he can go 4 hours. Sometimes he whines and cries like he is ready to eat, drinks a whole bottle, and then spits it up all down my shirt. You can not predict how your baby is going to eat, poop, sleep or cry.

The whole point is that no matter how much you think you know about babies, you will never know what YOUR baby is going to be like until they get here. And I think mine is pretty cool :)

Friday, April 8, 2011

2 Weeks Old!

Carter is two weeks old now! We had his 2 week check up on Wednesday and he got a good report. He weighed in at 8 pounds 8 ounces. He is finally on a pretty good eating schedule. He is sleeping for 3 or 4 hour stretches during the day but he likes to be up at night. So far, Carter has been a really great baby. He doesn't get too fussy and he stays pretty content as long as he is in his swing, bouncer or being held.

Being a new mom is completely overwhelming. There are so many things that people don't warn you about. It is so easy to get everything ready for your baby to get here but once they are here, it is a whole new ball game. Before I had Carter, I was completely ready for him to get here with all the physical things that I needed. The one thing that I didn't completely prepare for was the emotional toll that having a new baby takes. I hate to hear Carter cry, even if it is just for a second. The first few days home from the hospital, all I could do was cry. It had a lot to do with the hormones changing in my body but it also had a lot to do with the fact that I had no idea what I was doing. Everything was hard at first: feeding him, changing him, putting clothes on him. The only thing that made me feel better was looking down at his little face knowing that he loved me no matter how big of a mess I was. Thank goodness I had Ryan to support me and my mom too! She stayed with us for a few nights when Ryan went back to work to help me not lose my mind!!

Carter is starting to get more alert. He is starting to look at his hanging toys on his bouncer, reacting to my face, and smiling (although this is most likely gas at this age but I like to think he smiles when he sees me!)

Friday, April 1, 2011

Welcome to the World Carter!

Carter Steven is here! He is now a week old and the most precious gift to our family. We are so in love!! Let's go back and start from the beginning...

Wednesday the 23rd was a pretty difficult day for me. I was so uncomfortable because Carter had dropped so low and had been sitting on my pelvic bone for about a week. I couldn't sleep at night and had to waddle slowly around the house which made my nesting nearly impossible. My mom came over after school that day and I cried to her about how I was so ready for Carter to just come already! I hadn't had any contractions for the past couple of days so I thought that the doctor had lied when he said any day now. Mom left that night and told me that she was going to be prepared for an early morning phone call because she had a feeling Carter was coming. And she was right...

I got up to use the bathroom a little bit after 3:30 am. I had just started to get comfortable again when all of a sudden I felt something strange. I jumped out of bed as fast as a pregnant lady can move and that's when it happened- my water broke. "Ryan... my water just broke." I have never seen him move so fast. He lept out of bed like someone had just lit him on fire and he was immediately in Dad mode. He gathered all of our hospital gear (which of course I way over packed for) and we were off. We safely made it to the hospital and I got checked in about 4:45 am.

The whole ride to the hospital I had little contractions and I thought "Wow, this isn't so bad." I would be eating those words for the next two hours. Hard labor hit around 5:15. There is really no way to accurately describe the pain. No matter how you squirm and reposition, there is no relief. The only thing that made me remotely feel better was to grasp Ryan's shirt and twist it. All Ryan could do was stare down at me with wide eyes and say "What can I do for you?" There was absolutely nothing. The nurse finally wheeled me down to labor and delivery and spoke the most beautiful word I have ever heard in my life... epidural. I got it about 7:00 am. The relief that came from the amazing drug was almost instantaneous. I could finally breathe again. I recommend an epidural to anyone who is going to have a baby in the future. Going natural might seem like a good idea but TRUST me, it is much better to not feel anything below your belly button while pushing out an 8 pound baby.

All I had to do from then on was wait.

And wait.

And wait.

And wait some more.

I finally was able to start pushing at about 2:10. We had a wonderful nurse who made everything seem fun and relaxed. After each round of pushing, we just chatted. We talked about everything from the movie Knocked Up to the oh so hilarious experiences of her other patients. Carter was slightly turned and instead of facing down, he was facing up and to the left. Because of this, he was a little more difficult to get out. Before I knew it, the doctor had come in and told me that I just had one more big push. Carter made his debut into this world at 3:11 pm weighing 8 lbs 7 oz and he was 19 3/4 inches long. That first cry was the most incredible sound I have ever heard.

Now my beautiful little boy is one week old. We are getting settled into our routine. We are figuring out a pretty decent feeding schedule, getting faster at diaper changes, and learning how different it is to hang out with a bright eyed baby at 2am instead of our friends.