Sunday, June 5, 2016

Asher is....One Month Old!

I cannot believe it has been a month already little peanut!  I am actually a little late to post this since you turned a month old on Thursday!  You gave me a hard time getting a shot of you where you weren't screaming so forgive me in advance for your one lonely photo during this update :)


Details....

Your current nicknames are Bubba, Buddy, Simba, Ash, and Baby Boy.   You love your boppy lounger, swing, solly wrap, taking day naps, rocking motion, and going on stroller walks.  You also seem to enjoy being out to lunch with mommy.  Right now, you are not a fan of diaper changes, tummy time, or sleeping at night!

Milestones....

You are so advanced!  You have been able to hold your head up since the day you were born.  You can even roll over to your side now.  Your temperament is still fairly grumpy but every now and then you slip smile to mommy :)  You are able to give us direct eye contact and can follow objects with your eyes as well.  You are holding your head and neck very well at tummy time and doing very well so far developmentally.   You received your second Hep B vaccine during your one month checkup, and while I hated it you did such a great job!  You also passed your newborn screenings with flying colors.

Growing Pains....

At your one month checkup, you weighed in at 8lbs 14oz and measured 21.25inches.  You are growing like a weed!  Your head is still the largest thing on your little body measuring at 15 inches but we know you will grow into it one of these days.  It just means you are suupper smart and will be our little Harvard graduate one day.  You took your first real bath after losing your umbilical cord stump and you did not like it at all but you are slowly liking bath time a little more now.  You have an umbilical hernia but your pediatrician expects it will go away by the time you are two or three years old.  All that means in a nutshell is you have an outie :)  Right now, you are having major skin issues that we are trying to figure out so you look like a miniature teenager with all the red bumps everywhere.  Everyone thinks it's baby acne including your pediatrician but your worried mommy still isn't ruling out that it is something more and is watching your skin closely.  Hopefully you aren't suffering from allergies or eczema.  You LOVE to eat and have been cluster feeding lately which explains your growth over the past 2 weeks.  You are currently exclusively breastfed every 2-3 hours (every hour during your clusters) and receive one bottle overnight by daddy that mommy pumps out for you during the day.  When we first brought you home, you stopped latching so I had to exclusively pump for you for about at week until we went back to see the lactation consultant.  Following that visit, you have been latching like a champ every since and doing great!

Life with you this past month has been such a blessing.  Despite the lack of sleep, the new soundtrack of your cries, and mommy looking and smelling like a milk maid, I would not change one single thing.  I love you to pieces little man!


Friday, June 3, 2016

Asher's Birth Story


I have literally had write birth story on my list of things to do since the week after he was born.  Here we are 4 1/2 weeks into life as a family of three and I am finally getting a moment to sit down and collect my thoughts and document this miraculous day. 

Here we go.....

Asher was scheduled for a c-section delivery Monday, May 2nd and Noon.  Asher, however, had plans to arrive on his own terms regardless of what was scheduled on the calendar.  He was determined for his birthday to be May 2nd no matter what!

Let's start with the weekend before he arrived.  My mom and paternal grandmother both arrived two days before his birth.  So Saturday morning I jumped my very pregnant self into my car and drove to pick them up from the airport.  Most people spend the weekends leading up to birth relaxing but not this mama.  I was out with my mom and grandmother enjoying the weekend shopping and cooking fish- for some reason I just couldn't relax!

Sunday night I proceeded to wash and straighten my hair and plant an herb garden.  That's right- an herb garden!  Completely nuts.  I should've taken everyone's advice and kicked my feet up or slept more the weeks before he arrived because I certainly have not got more than 3 hours of sleep since! 

Around 11ish that evening, I began to feel strong menstrual like pains off and on.  I ignored it and proceeded to paint my nails, which turned out awful so I removed the polish- what a waste of time! I could not get to sleep.  Between the pains and the pure anxiousness of giving birth the following morning, I could not settle down.  Meanwhile, hubby and the rest of the family are fast asleep.  The pains started to get worse and more frequent (which I now know were contractions) but I thought, you can just wait until morning.  You aren't in labor.  You are already scheduled for the c-section- no need to panic and run to the hospital so I continued another hour fighting through the pain.  So I joined hubby in bed and tried to go to sleep. 

Hubby has now taken notice to the moaning noises from the pain and asks me "are you in labor?"  I  reply "No.  Well- I don't know, it's not like I've been in labor before."  He asks me if I called the Dr and I thought no again, no need to panic.  Baby is coming tomorrow at noon as planned! 

By this time I have started to time the pains aka contractions.  They were about 10 minutes apart.  Hubby is now growing restless with listening to me fight through the pain and tells me to call the Dr.  I give in and make the call.  Another Dr in the practice was on-call and she advised me to go ahead to the hospital as it sounds like I am in early labor and with my previous surgery (the reason my Dr scheduled a c-section in the first place) we needed to play it safe.  It is now around 1:00am, May 2nd. 

We get out of bed and get the car packed up.  My mom is now awake and brother in law and see us off to the hospital.  We get checked in to the hospital shortly before 2am and they strap on all the monitoring equipment and check my cervix.  At this point I was dilated 1cm and having contractions about 9 minutes apart.  The nurse said if the labor continued to progress that the on call Dr would have to do my c-section early.  I freaked!  I wanted my doctor.  I wanted everything to go according to the plan.  I was determined to hold off as long as possible.  The nurse offered me pain medication and I refused knowing in a few short hours I would have to receive an epidural and spinal block for the c-section and did not want myself or my baby hopped up on an unnecessary drugs.  So I fought through the contractions while hubby tried to get a few zzz's before showtime in a few hours. 

By dawn, I had not dilated much more and my doctor had now arrived to the hospital and made aware that I was there early.  He came by and checked what was going on with my contractions and said our delivery time would be moved up for sure.  It was almost showtime!

Around 9:00am, the nurse comes and begins to prep us on what is about to happen.  She gives my husband his Dr McDreamy scrubs and he gets dressed.  Now we wait......

Right before getting wheeled into the operating room to meet our boy
Once I was wheeled into the operating room where the c-section would be performed, I was so nervous.  The environment really intimidated me and I was very nervous about the epidural and what was about to happen.  I was also extremely anxious to meet my baby and the contractions were getting more and more painful.  My hubby, anesthesiologist, and labor and delivery nurse put me at ease as the anesthesiologist administered the epidural and spinal block.  Not much long after,  Asher Michael Scott arrived and as I heard the sound of his sweet cry, tears of joy ran down my face.  The moment I waited on for so long was finally here.  I was a mom.

Our first moment together
My birth plan was fairly simple since I knew my entire pregnancy that I would deliver via c-section.  All I wanted was immediate skin to skin contact while still in the operating room and our hosptial was very accommodating of this request.  I knew this would encourage breastfeeding which I was adamant about doing and I know can be more difficult with c-section deliveries.  I was never thrilled with the idea that I had to deliver via c-section as I really wanted to experience a natural childbirth, but with the fibroid struggles I was satisfied with whatever delivery method would get my child here healthy and keep me safe in the process.  Asher was ready to be here however and I ended up experiencing part of a natural childbirth anyway- crazy how things work! 

Mother and Son :)
The past month has been a complete whirlwind of sleepless nights and breastfeeding struggles but I would not change one thing about it.  My life feels complete now that our son is here and I thank god for blessing us with this miracle.  Asher- thank you for choosing me to be your mom.

Love you baby boy always and forever.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Introducing............

Our baby boy, Asher Michael Scott Hinton!

The past few weeks have been a insane but I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world!  I am slowly returning back to "myself" so I hope to have his birth story written and up on the blog soon.  We love this little boy so very much and I can't wait to share more of him with you soon :)  

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Week 39- Final Bumpdate before baby



How far along? 39 weeks

Baby Size: As big as a Pumpkin!

 Total weight gain: 58 lbs :(
Maternity clothes?  Yes, along with bits and pieces of my regular clothes- the stretchy stuff and the longer tops.

Stretch marks?  Yes, I have about 5 on my left thigh bone and 3 or so on the far right side of my belly.  I also spotted a few over my belly button this past week.  I was doing so good keeping them away for most of this pregnancy and they just started to pop up these past few weeks.  #depressing
 Sleep:  Ha! What's that?!?  Pretty much nonexistent at this point.

Best moment this week:  Sunday's are the first day of my preggo weeks so for all the previous bumpdates I waited until the end of that week (Saturday) to post the update for that week.  Since this is the final week, I decided to go ahead and post the update on the start of the week since- Lord willing my best moment this week will be safely delivering my baby boy tomorrow and finally meeting him face to face!

Movement: Space is limited! I feel it all.

Food cravings: Sweets.
  
Gender: It's a BOY!
Looking forward to:  Asher's birthday tomorrow!
xo, Tasha
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