Posts tagged: Alex
For our first family vacation, we stayed at the Villa Roma Resort near Calicoon, New York in the Catskills. It was pretty much in the middle of nowhere. There were some small towns nearby which were sort of interesting. I couldn’t imagine living in a small town at all. We had pizza from one of the small town restaurants which was pretty good. We also walked around and explored. It rained a lot the first few days we were there and since we were near some major waterways there was a bit of flooding in the area. We were disappointed to drive out to this place called Sonoma Falls Farm only to find that it was closed indefinitely.
We visited two parks both with unique bridges. The first was Stone Arch Bridge Historical Park which featured a 3-arch stone bridge which was built in 1880. There was grass growing on top of it. The river that ran beneath the bridge was overflowing its banks from all the rain. I did get some nice HDR photos of the bridge.
The second park was Livingston Manor Covered Bridge Park. I’ve never seen a covered bridge in person. Apparently, the founder of the YMCA lived in the house next to the bridge. So, that was sort of interesting. Alex enjoyed running around in the grass that was there and playing with the rocks.
We also spent some time swimming at the indoor pool, playing at the playground, enjoying the game/play room, and eating at the dining hall at the resort. I tried Cornish hen for the first time which was pretty tasty. Unfortunately, the outdoor pool and water park at the resort wasn’t open yet for the season, which we didn’t know when we planned the trip, but it was too cold to be swimming outside anyhow.
More photos from our trip can be seen here.
While family was visiting from out of state, we took a trip to the National Zoo. Alex really enjoyed himself!
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Family is here visiting for the Easter holiday and we decided to take a trip to Frying Pan Farm Park yesterday. Alex loved petting the farm animals and exploring. The baby pigs were super cute!
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We enjoyed our last day in Tennessee visiting family. Alex loved the dogs, especially Peaches.
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Yesterday we took Alex to the park. He really enjoyed the slide and throwing the big ball that was left at the park by another child, but I think he was a little scared of the swing. It’s been a good time in Tennessee thus far!
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We’ve started making plans to move Alex from the nursery to the bigger bedroom so baby #2 can have the crib and Alex can move to a big boy bed. We bought him a twin size bed from IKEA on Saturday. We still need to paint his room and do a lot more organizing before he makes the switch. Our goal is for the room to be ready for him by the end of May. Hopefully, he’s ready for the switch before baby #2 arrives. We’ve been thinking about a theme for Alex’s new room. Nick and I seem to both like space, airplanes, jungle animals, zoo animals, or dinosaurs as possible themes. The nursery is ocean themed. I’ll post some photos of Alex’s room once we get everything set up for him.
The photo above was taken September 16th when Alex was 1 week old!
A lot of folks have been asking how I am feeling after having the baby. I’m feeling pretty energetic and happy to be a parent, but I have some pain from where the doctor put in some sutures after the delivery. I like the phrase that someone else mentioned to me to describe the pain… my baby shoot hurts. Haha! So, it’s difficult to sit properly on hard chairs and standing up from a sitting position hurts a little. My belly is very jiggly, too, which I am not that used to. Alex hasn’t been very fussy except for when he’s hungry, needs his diaper changed, or is a bit cold from our A/C. He’s a joy to have in our lives!
Our goal has been to try to have Alex feed about every three hours, but haven’t been super strict about it in the first couple days home. The longest he’s slept in one interval has been about 4 hours. We’ve got lots to learn. I’m still trying to figure out breast feeding. It seems weird to me and my boobs hurt. I’m going to try pumping and see how that goes. Nick and I made a run to Target today while Nick’s parents watched Alex to buy the breast pump and some other baby things. And then we went grocery shopping. I was pretty tired when we got home and took a nice nap before dinner time. It’s been really nice to have Nick’s step dad and mom around the last couple days to help out while we learn how to care for Alex.
Alex also had his first visit to the pediatrician this afternoon and everything checked out excellently. He’s lost a little bit of weight since birth which is to be expected, but not as much as the average baby. In just 4 days I can see he has filled out in his cheeks, but he seems like a long skinny baby to me. his hands and feet are still pretty wrinkly, too. Alex has some birthmarks on his head. One on his forehead and eye called “angel’s kiss” which should disappear by the time he is two or three years old. And one on the back of his head near his neck called “stork bite” which he will have for life, but it’ll be covered by his hair.
We are very excited to introduce our baby boy, Alexander Luke Arnett, to you! Alex was born September 9, 2010 at 7:09pm weighing 7 pounds and 6 ounces and measuring 21 inches long! We are all doing well and looking forward to new adventures together! Thank you all for your prayers and support!
I didn’t get the call today about being induced Tuesday, instead of Thursday. So, I go to see my doctor for a regular appointment tomorrow morning. Unless she changes something at the appointment, the plan is to be induced on Thursday morning. This means I will be going to the hospital Wednesday evening to take Cervadil which is suppose to make my cervix more hospitable to labor. I’ll take it the night before so I sleep through the side effects, primarily nausea. Then, I will take Pitocin the next morning to induce labor.
Speaking of labor, Nick and I spent Labor Day weekend doing lots of walking and shopping. Walking is suppose to help keep baby in the proper position and bury his head down into the pelvis more. So, Friday we went to Home Depot, the grocery store, and ate lunch at Chipotle. Saturday we went to a bunch of garage sales in Sterling, Herndon, and Reston. We only spent $12 and found some pretty good treasures! For baby, we found this totally cute baby bath robe, an orange and navy blue 2 piece Adidas outfit, a dinosaur shirt, and a gray one piece with a train on it. We got 5 books: Disney’s Aladdin, a baby Bible verse memory book, A Tale of Three Trees, a book about the 1994 World Cup, and a math and physics formula book. We got a spreader for the lawn. And we got Pictionary new in the box with the plastic wrap still on. After the garage sales, we ate lunch at Potbelly and went to a Porche car show at Reston Towne Center.
Sunday we went to church, and I just slept a whole lot all afternoon. I think I was tired from all the walking from the previous two days.
Today we went furniture shopping originally looking for a chair for the nursery, but we didn’t find one we really liked. However, we did buy two more chairs to go with the dining set that we already have so there are six chairs total now. So, that will be nice when we have dinner guests.
So, Nick and I packed up the car and headed to the hospital this morning fully expecting to go through a c-section and meeting our baby boy today. But today is not the day that we will meet our little one. The c-section was canceled because baby has turned into the proper position with his head down! We were at the hospital for quite a while before we got this news, though.
I wasn’t able to eat or drink anything starting at midnight in preparation for the surgery. So, I was majorly hungry. The nurses gave me an IV and had me on the baby monitor for a while to keep track of baby’s heart beat and contractions. Baby’s heart beat was nice and strong and no contractions were happening. Later the doctor arrived and used an ultrasound to check baby’s position one last time before the c-section. We found his head down, his butt up, and his feet on my left side! He had moved into the proper position making the c-section unnecessary! My doctor was pretty surprised. I think Nick and I were, too!
So, doctor wants me to do a lot of walking to help baby keep his head down in the proper position and give him a few more days to decide to come on his own. But because baby has favored a less desirable position, my doctor wants to make sure that baby doesn’t turn again by inducing by my due date. So, I’m scheduled to be induced on Thursday if he doesn’t come sooner on his own. There is a possibility I may be induced on Tuesday, but not likely as there are 8 other mothers ahead of me in the schedule. If 3 of those 8 have their babies before Monday, then I will be induced Tuesday. I’ll go into the hospital the night before, in either case, to get some medication to make my cervix more favorable for delivery and the next morning I will be induced. There is still a possibility I may need a c-section if baby turns again or if inducing fails, but neither is highly likely. If I don’t have the baby by Tuesday, I have my next doctor check up appointment on Tuesday.
So, I am a bit disappointed that baby isn’t here yet, but it is what it is and God is in control! I am glad that I didn’t have to have a c-section as the recovery will be easier. Please keep praying for these last days of pregnancy, for a safe and healthy delivery, and for Nick and I as new parents!
Nick and I just got back from Pre-Op at the hospital. Basically, they verified and gathered lots of information, took some blood, we talked with an anesthesiologist, and got lots of questions answered. Tomorrow morning is the c-section and baby Arnett’s birthday! I should be back home on Sunday as long as there are no complications.
Monday I had an ultrasound, and I had my last regular doctor visit this morning. At the time of the ultrasound baby moved into a breech position with his head up and butt down and his arms and legs on my right side. His hands and feet were in front of his face. But now he’s back in the transverse lie position (sideways) with his head on my left side. According to the measurements in the ultrasound, baby weighed 7 pounds 3 ounces as of Monday. I’ve read that during the last month or so babies gain about an ounce a day as they grow. So, he’s going to end up being a bit bigger than I thought, but the tech said that he’s in the 56th percentile as far as growth which is very good. We want him to be right around 50%. Everything else looks healthy, too. Strong heartbeat. My blood pressure, sugars, and proteins are all good. My hands and feet have been pretty swollen the last couple weeks, but they feel better when I drink lots of water. I also haven’t slept real well the last couple weeks. It’s hard to get comfortable, and I get up to go pee at least once in the middle of the night.
Because of baby’s position, a c-section is planned for the morning of Thursday, September 2nd! I have pre-op on Wednesday afternoon. The surgery itself should be pretty quick. They will make a 10 cm cut below my panty line, pull baby out, and stitch me back up. Nick will be in the surgery room with me during the surgery, and we’ll be able to hold the baby right after he’s born while the doctors do the stitches. The doctor said they’ll have me up and walking around Friday morning, and I should be back home after the surgery by Sunday as long as there are no complications, like infection.
The first two weeks after the surgery may be tough, but my doctor said after that the recovery is pretty much the same as a vaginal birth. I am grateful that Nick will be able to take two weeks off work for paternity leave to help out. I think some family are going to come visit after I am home as well. Not sure exactly when, though.
Tuesday, August 31st will be my last day at work before starting maternity leave, and I’m planning to go back November 1st as long as our day care spot is open. But I will only be working from the office 3 days a week and at home from my laptop 2 days a week. So, baby will only need day care 2-3 days a week.
Please pray for the c-section, recovery, a healthy baby boy, and Nick and I as new parents!