Friday, July 31, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Although we're nowhere near sleeping through the night, Connor is slowly starting to stay awake for longer periods of time and thus is sleeping for bigger intervals! Mommy and Daddy appreciate this a lot!! We are also getting eye contact (as you can see in the photos), though he is still not able to follow us with his eyes!
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Connor's Grandma and Grandpa came in from Alabama to visit Connor for the first time! They stayed with us for a little under a week, are heading to Palm Springs and Vegas for a little bit, and then will be back with us until August 4th!
In the short weeks that Connor has been with us, he has been blessed with visits from all sorts of family and friends. While I am finally catching up on my photos and posting, life wouldn't be complete without a photo of Connor and his Aunt Katie and Uncle Denny!!
We love you!
Auntie Jen came to visit Connor (and perhaps Mr. Howard and I)! We had a fun weekend filled with a trip to the coach outlets, a trip to see The Ugly Truth, a few fun dinners and lunches, and lots of baby time!! We can't wait for Brett to meet Connor next!
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
Well, he's really two weeks and three days, but who's counting! He weighed in at 7 lbs, 9.5 oz (which is still lower than his birth weight). Connor's doctor isn't asking us to do formula (yay!), but he also doesn't feel comfortable waiting until his two month appointment to see if he's gaining enough weight. So he's added in another appointment.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Mr. Howard had to go back to work for the first time today! He is going to work a few days this week (getting his plans, vendor contacts, employees caught up) and then he has been assigned a Special Project later in the week that we couldn't pass up. He'll be off again while his family is in town. Working the extra days this week also gives him a whole extra week's vacation (we can use it later on in my six weeks off or we can save it for the holidays).
To be honest, I was a little nervous about spending the day by myself. Mr. Howard and I have a great teamwork thing going and we've been allowing each other to take naps (we tried taking a nap together, but inevitably Connor cries or coos and I spend the nap time feeding or comforting him). But, my nerves were quelled by Mr. Howard's sadness. He so did not want to leave Connor today and I feel blessed that I have another 4 weeks to be by his side!
My brother came in town from San Diego to meet his nephew for the first time! Mr. Howard picked him up from the airport Friday in the mini cooper and he was able to spend the night at our place. Early Saturday we joined my parents for breakfast. We spent the day looking at the house my parents put an offer in on, going to BJ's for lunch, hanging out, and eating a big family dinner! It was great to see Colin and we all had a great time. Unfortunately I was feeling very sick and VERY tired, so I wasn't able to fully enjoy the day. I knew pregnancy would be hard; I certainly knew delivery would be hard; I had NO idea how difficult the post-partum period could be.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Today is the official due date that Kaiser had given me for Connor (although, as I've mentioned before, I had a different date of July 15th). I am so unbelievably happy that I did not go until today. Kaiser also has a policy where they will not induce until 2 weeks after your due date (which would have been August 1st). Eeek! I can't even imagine!!
Yesterday we went and visited a daycare that we have been interested in for a while (they emailed us the day Connor was born to tell us they had an infant spot available). After talking with the husband and wife who run the program and touring their home, we fell in love with them. They use the Home Preschool Program (with art projects, poems, stories, health lessons, science, fingerplays, PE, etc.) and even gave us their calendar (e.g. in June they focused on puppetry, Spring, Father's Day, rain and water, the letters O and U, vowel review, the number zero and dot to dot)! They also serve a healthy breakfast, snack, and lunch according to the Beanstalk food program (of course, Connor won't need this for a while).
Thursday, July 16, 2009
In an effort to get back to my pre-pregnancy/pre-"eat whatever I want" state, Mr. Howard and I have been walking the dogs early in the morning (it's been in the 110 degree range here) and I have taken to Baby Wearing. I love it!!
Here is a picture of Connor in his sling for this morning's walk.
Before having a baby, I had done some research about different things that I was interested in trying. One big thing I wanted to know about before we brought a little one into the world was cloth diapering. My friend Diana had done a diaper service and another friend, Sabrina, had talked very highly of cloth diapering and it piqued my interest. So, when we got pregnant, I instantly started my research: what kind to choose, how many I'd need, how I would need to clean them, etc. My closest friends and family were super supportive of this choice, but a lot of our acquaintances tossed out their skepticism. I have heard more times than I care to recall, "Well, it's easy to say that you want to cloth diaper now, but wait till you have to do all that laundry..." Obviously these people don't know me very well (because cleaning is never a deterrent in my life). As a side note, I have also quite sadly heard this about a lot of choices I've made (e.g. breastfeeding: "well it's noble that you want to try, but it's so painful.")
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
**This is one of my favorite wedding photos because of the moment it captured. When they announced us as Mr. and Mrs. Howard, I screamed my famous, "Woo-Hoo." We waited 6 and a half years to get married and I literally could not contain my excitement!!**
For our anniversary, we celebrated by taking newborn photos with our little one. Let me tell you how surreal it is that two years ago Mr. Howard and I were exchanging hand-written vows in front of all our friends and family and yesterday we were holding the newborn in our hands that we created. God has truly blessed us.
After a day filled with picture-taking, my sister allowed us to take a nap while she watched Connor in our living room. PURE BLISS!! Mr. Howard and I ended the evening by embarking on our first trip out without Connor. My mom offered to watch him while we celebrated our anniversary by getting dressed and going out for sushi at Mikuni (poor Mr. Howard - in case you're keeping track, that's 3 sushi dinners in 1 week) and frozen yogurt at Big Spoon!! My mom even let us take her Porshe Carrera S (which pretty much, just made the whole evening for you know who)!
**Aren't these photos absolutely breathtaking? My beautiful, talented sister took them. Check her out at Katie Taylor Photography**
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
We spent our first anniversary in Paris, France (see here) and at the time, we kept joking that we'd never ever be able to top that. Now, for our second anniversary, we created a child. How on earth are we going to top that for our third?
Proof that I have the most amazing husband in the world:
My love, I feel honored to have stood by your side for the last 9 years and can't wait to see what the next 74 have in store for us! I love you!
Monday, July 13, 2009
Here was our attempt at keeping Connor awake. He sleeps alllllllll day and stays awake allllllll night.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
I know this is an incredibly unflattering photo of myself, but it ranks up there with my favorite birth/hospital photos because of the moment it captures!!! This was taken on Connor's birthday, July 7th!
The day that Connor evacuated his swimming pool, my darling husband went across the street to get me SUSHI and I CHOWED DOWN!!!! Since then, I've had sushi a few times and we're planning on going out for a nice sushi dinner on our anniversary in a few days. Poor Mr. Howard!
**As a disclaimer, I would like to mention the controversery with eating sushi while breastfeeding. Before having Connor, I did a ton of research about this issue and the conclusion I came to (because the medical advice is conflicting) is that in America we are far too obsessed with lists of things we can/cannot do. In Japan, sushi is a regular staple in a breastfeeding mother's diet and we have no specific evidence that it can harm a baby in any way. **
Saturday, July 11, 2009
A glimpse into our night last night:
Mrs. Howard: "Hunny, wake up! I'm trying to feed Connor, but I need help."
Mr. Howard: "Mmm" Grumble, Grumble
Mrs. Howard: "Babe, I can't get him to latch."
Mr. Howard: Swinging legs over side of bed, begins to search the floor...
Mrs. Howard: "What are you doing?"
Mr. Howard: "I'm looking for it on the floor."
Mrs. Howard: Realizing he's sleep-talking, "Wake up! You're sleeping."
Mr. Howard: Looking directly at me, "I'm awake. I'm trying to help you breastfeed. I just need to find it on the floor!"
Mrs. Howard: Hysterical laughing, trying desperately to talk "Hunny, you're not going to find it on the floor! I'm over here!!!!"
Sleep deprovation meet Mr. Howard
** This photo was taken in real time. He is sitting on mommy's lap while she is typing!**
Connor's weigh-in (Mr. Howard called it his "boxing match weigh-in") went well!!
Yesterday he was at 7 lbs, 1.0 oz and today he was at 7 lbs, 2.7 oz! The marathon feedings went better than expected and I am glad I stuck up for what I believed was best. It was my first mommy test and, I think, I passed with flying colors.
Mr. Howard and I also had our first true test as parents. Upon arrival at the hospital this morning, Connor started screaming bloody murder. With all eyes on us, we tried everything we could: I pulled him out of his carseat and rocked him, shhhhh'd him, talked to him, and swung him. Still he screamed bloodly murder. Then we got the pacifier out and tried that. Still he screamed bloody murder. Then I tried feeding him (something I haven't yet mastered in public). Still he screamed bloody murder. We decided to check him to see if he needed a new diaper and...aha...poopy diaper. So then we were faced with a decision: do we change him in the waiting room (with 1 minute until they call us back) or do we wait with him continuing to scream bloddy murder until they brought us back for our appointment? After our audience WATCHING US with our screaming child, we decided to change him. We quickly (I mean, QUICKLY) changed him and right as we had the diaper pulled off, guess who called us to go back? We threw the diaper on with hardly a good scrubbing (sorry Connor), picked him up, and walked over the woman who was impatiently waiting for us.
I could almost hear a silent applause when we got up and walked back to the doctor's room.
Friday, July 10, 2009
Here are a few photos from our little man's first few days of life!
On our way home from the hospital:
Thursday, July 9, 2009
The details after that are a little fuzzy. I can't remember when my dad arrived, but at some point he came and we all took turns watching Connor get his first bath, get weighed, do his Apgar test (Appearance, Pulse, Grimace, Activity, Respiration test). At one minute of life he scored an 8/10 and at 5 minutes of life he scored a 9/10, obviously meaning he was healthy and doing well. The only slight hiccup for him was that he had a Cephalohematoma (essentially bleeding where the vacuum was) and the doctor had to prescribe him some antibiotic ointment for his head where the cut and blisters were (poor little guy). Other than that, he was born absolutely perfect from head to toe.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009
I realize now that I've actually felt them a lot over the past nine months, but didn't really know what they were. This morning Harley and I were cuddling in bed when Mr. Howard had to go to work and Harley started hiccuping. Coincidentally enough, Baby H. was hiccuping at the same time and it was then that I put two and two together. It actually feels like kicks do at the beginning of the pregnancy - a kind of pop, pop, pop low in my belly.
Sunday, July 5, 2009
We hosted a barbeque on the Fourth of July at our house, complete with yummy food and desserts, good company, a game of cranium, and a trip to Roseville's firework show at the Placer County Fairgrounds. It was the perfect way to spend a fun day!
Friday, July 3, 2009
So many things are happening, that it isn't always easy to post about everything I want to. A memory came to me the other day and I realized that some day when I look back at being pregnant, or having a newborn, or having a toddler, or being a newlywed there are things I won't remember. Because this is my online diary, I wanted to document a cute story.