Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Kiptyn 2 Months

Kiptyn is already 2 months old! I can’t believe how much faster time flies with two kiddos keeping us busy.

At 5 weeks old, Kiptyn went up to 5 ounce bottles, and we took away the 10:30 pm feeding to start a new schedule.

Kiptyn’s 5 Week Schedule

7:30- Eat 5 ounces
9-10:30 Nap
10:30- Eat 5 ounces
12:00-1:30 Nap
1:30- Eat 5 ounces
2:00-4:30 Nap
4:30- Eat 5 ounces
6:00-7:00 Cat Nap
7:30- Eat 5 ounces
8:00- Bedtime (From 5-7 weeks, he would wake up one time between 3 and 4 to eat a 3 ounce bottle. At 7 weeks, he started consistently sleeping until 7:30 each morning. 12 Full hours!!!)

After a week of sleeping 12 hours, we decided to move him out of his cradle in our room and into his crib in his own room.

At 2 months Kiptyn:

-wears 0-3 month clothes (very close to moving up to 3-6 months)
-wears size 1 diapers (very close to moving up to size 2)
-giggles and coos
-is a snuggle bug.
-is a very content baby
-loves to look at ceiling fans and his mobile
-is just starting to hold rattles and to show interest in toys and noises
-almost always is asleep when he rides in the carseat
-loves to eat and is very quick to remind us when it is feeding time
-goes from being very content to screaming as if someone is hurting him. There is no in between or warning with him.
-has started paying attention to his brother
-still really likes to be swaddled and have the soundspa on while sleeping
-has blue eyes!

His 2 month appointment stats:
Weight- 14lb. 1 oz (95%)
Height- 24 inches (95%)
Head Circumference- 60%

We love this little boy to pieces! I wondered what it would be like to be a mom to two little boys. Now I know and I love every bit of it! Wouldn't change it for anything! I'm so excited to see how my boys will grow up as brothers and as friends. Let the adventure begin! :)

Kiptyn’s 3 Week Schedule

7:30- Eat 4 ounces
9-10:30 Nap
10:30- Eat 4 ounces
12:00-1:30 Nap
1:30- Eat 4 ounces
2:00-4:30 Nap
4:30- Eat 4 ounces
6:00-7:30 Nap
7:30- Eat 4 ounces
9:00-10:30 Nap
10:30- Eat 4 ounces

He’s up again to eat between 5 and 6 AM. I only give him 2 ounces and put him right back to bed. His fussy time is in the evening after his nap from 6:00-7:30. Sometimes he wakes up early from this nap and we have to hold him off with a paci till his next feeding. We will eventually take away the 10:30 feeding once he’s making it all night without getting up to eat between 5:00 and 6:00.

He loves to be swaddled and as long as he is wrapped tight and the sound spa is on, he puts himself right to sleep.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Kiptyn's Birth Story

At my last doctor’s appointment on Wednesday, June 22 (39 weeks), the doctor was ready and willing to induce me the next morning at 7:00 am. She asked if we were interested in inducing the next day so that I would have plenty of time for my strep B IV medication. She also said she doesn’t just induce anyone, but she thought my cervix was very ripe and ready. She thought I was a good candidate for induction. I wasn’t so sure! I opted not to be induced on Thursday and asked if we could wait a few more days to see if baby came on his or her own. I had such a great labor with Orin- short and relatively little pain. We set up an induction date for Monday, June 27 at 7:00 am if baby hadn’t come by then. Ryan and I spent all weekend walking around town hoping to get baby to come on their own. He decided to stay put until Monday morning.

7:00 am- Monday morning, we arrived at the hospital at 7:00 am sharp. Right away, they hooked me up to the monitor to check baby’s heartbeat of 153. I also got my first round of IV drugs for strep B at 7:30. We waited for the doctor to arrive at 8:00.

8:00 am- Doctor checks my cervix. I’m still only dilated to 2-3 cm. Head is down lower than last week at my appointment and I’m completely effaced. Doctor placed the cytotec pill near my cervix. This is the first I've actually looked up cytotec and now I wonder what they did to me. I’ve ready enough about it that I won’t go that route again! I had to stay in bed for an hour to let the medicine absorb.
8:30 am- Started feeling minor contractions and had some lower back pain. We spend much of the morning listening to music on Pandora.

9:00 am- Ryan and I walked the halls for the next hour- not feeling much at all other than small contractions.

10:15 am- Doctor came in to check on me. I was dilated to 4 cm and 100% effaced. Doctor broke my water.

10:45 am- Spent the next hour in the whirlpool tub. Loved it!! It really helped ease the pain of my contractions that were gradually getting stronger. They were coming 3-4 minutes apart.

12:05 pm- Doctor checked in with me. I was only at 4-5 cm and 100% effaced. I went back to the whirlpool which was really the only thing that seemed to help with the pain. I felt like I should have been walking around and getting things to progress faster, but I really needed the pool to relieve the pain.

1:45 pm- I was 5 cm and I had a little cervix left on the right side. Not sure how I went from 100% effaced to having a little cervix left. Doctor recommended laying on my right side to even out my cervix.

2:35 pm- Back to the whirlpool tub (Can you tell I loved it?) Contractions were very strong- I was seriously contemplating an epidural. At this point, I told Ry that I’m never being induced again! It was a totally different and worse experience than I had with Orin. Although all births are different, I really don’t think if I had gone naturally it would have been like it was. I tried to encourage myself by remembering all the ladies I know who had chosen natural childbirth. It wasn’t helping much! I told Ry that I was going to ask the nurse to check me and if I was still only at 5 or 6, I was getting an epidural. I couldn’t take much more of the pain.

3:30 pm- Nurse checked me- still was only at 5 cm. I decided to wait a little longer and I chose to walk the halls to see if that would help with my progression. I asked the nurse if I could eat anything (I was starving at this point- very cruel to have magazines all around the waiting area with big juicy cheeseburgers on the covers!) She walked me to the mini kitchen where I picked out a jello and popsicle to eat. I scarfed down the jello in between stopping to breathe through contractions. I made it back to the laboring room and decided to ask the head nurse for an epidural. The head nurse notified my nurse to call the anesthesiologist. While I was eating my popsicle and using the birthing ball, my nurse came in to call my doctor to notify her that I’d like an epidural. I signed my life away for the epidural. At that point, I didn’t care about any of the risks or complications- just take away the intense pain! Nurse also wanted to hook me up to monitors- she said she could either do it while I was on the ball or I could get in bed to be monitored. I opt to get in bed- good thing I did with how fast the ending occured!

4:00 pm- Doctor came in to check on me and ask me about being ready for an epidural. She checked my cervix and I’m at 8 cm. At this point, I really want an epidural but am not sure I will get one in time. Ry informed me later that the nurses were discussing the fact that they couldn’t reach the anesthesiologist and that they had no idea where to find him. Sure glad I didn’t hear that conversation! During that time, doctor said I still had some cervix left on the right side and to lay on my right side to thin out. I rolled over and immediately felt the urge to push. Doctor had just reached the hallway and came racing back in as soon as she heard me yell that I’m pushing. She yanked off her sweater and pulled on a smock. She had one glove on catching Kiptyn’s head while asking the nurse for another glove. After my very first push, Kiptyn’s head was out (told you his head was very low!) and by the end of that contraction, he was born.

4:04 pm- Kiptyn arrived! 8 lb 2 oz and 20 ¼ inches.

Kiptyn- Newborn Life

My baby boy has been such a great baby so far! He is the best newborn sleeper. The first two nights home, he was up every 3 hours to eat (10:00 pm, 1:00 am, 4:00 am, and 7:00 am). Ever since those two nights, he has gone to bed after his 10:00 pm feeding, waking once around 3 or 4 and then not again until I wake him to start his day at 7:30 am. Amazing! I really didn’t think it would be this great from the beginning.

Orin was a terrible eater. He fought each and every bottle only wanting to take 1 to 2 ounces at a time. Kiptyn loves to eat! He downs 3 ounces every 3 hours. He has a tendency to gulp it down too quickly and about one feeding a day, he will spit up. We struggle to get him to burp, but we try to burp him every ounce to try and avoid the spit up.

He’s been very tired and will sleep most of the time between feedings. Kiptyn is a very content baby. He lies around and sleeps or eats all day. He doesn’t have a fussy time of day, yet.

Most of the time, Orin will play without paying any attention to his brother. Every once in awhile, he’ll want to hug and kiss on Kiptyn, but for the most part he ignores him.

So far the grandmas have been here to help us during this transition. I’d have to say that things have gone very well adjusting to 2 kiddos. The biggest challenge has been watching the clock and getting used to a stricter schedule again. It’s hard to be back on a newborn/baby feeding schedule again and still finding time to take Orin outside and to entertain him.

Orin has been extra crazy and whiny since both grandmas have been here. He’s really testing us to see how much he can get away with, especially because he knows grandma won’t spank. It’s almost like he has to be silly and entertain the grandmas.

Orin has continued to do wonderfully with his pottying! He has been poop trained for several months. As far as pee trained, I joked that it would be awesome to have him potty trained before the baby arrives. We worked on the peeing in the potty and wearing underwear awhile back in spring, but I think with subbing and not consistently being home and working on it made us struggle and hold off for a while. I decided to wait until June. Beginning of June hit and we decided to try full days in underwear (minus naps and bedtime). He did wonderfully as long as I took him every hour. Rarely would he tell us he had to go, unless it was poopy. Then he would yell, “More poopy!” and take off running to the potty. During our friend vacation, mom continued to potty train him. And he’s just been doing great ever since. I still send him to the potty and have to watch the clock to make sure it hasn’t been too long. It’s an equal balance of me sending him and him remembering to go on his own. I’m so proud of him and I love not changing diapers on my toddler, especially now that I have a newborn to change every few hours!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Kiptyn Ryan

Kiptyn Ryan arrived June 27 at 4:04 pm. He weighed 8lb 2oz and was 20 1/4 inches long. He looks a lot like his older brother did when he was born. We are busy loving on this new little bundle. I'll be back with pictures later!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Baby Number 2 Update

April 20 (30 Weeks)- Baby's heartbeat was 141 at this appointment.

April 22 (30 Weeks)- We had an ultrasound at my mom's work. We wanted to check on the cyst. As far as the tech could see, the cyst was gone. She couldn't get a very clear and accurate picture because baby was so far down already. That explains all the pressure I've been feeling! We debated about finding out the gender, but in the end we both decided to wait and be surprised.

Beginning of May- I've experienced a ton of pressure- especially in my right leg/groin area. Sometimes I can hardly walk or move around. Baby moves a lot- much more than Orin ever did!

May 11 (33 weeks)- Baby's heartbeat was 140. Doctor said all looked and sounded good. We asked to cancel our 36 week ultrasound to check on the cyst. There's no guarantee they could see anything because of baby's low position, and we really didn't want to pay for it when there's nothing they can really do even if it is still there.

May 12 (33 weeks)- It's getting harder and harder to walk and move around with this pressure. Some days are better than others. We still love the two names we have picked out and can't wait to see who it is joining our family.

May 25 (35 weeks)- The groin pain/pressure is gone for now and has been for about a week. Doctor's appointment today went well. I got tested for group B Strep. Results will be back for my next appointment. Heartbeat was 138. Doctor also checked my cervix. I'm dilated to 1 cm, which is where I was with Orin at this time in my pregnancy with him. Baby's head is down and low. Orin always says it's a baby sister in Mommy's tummy. We shall see in just a few weeks!

June 9 (37 weeks)- Doctor did not check my cervix this week. Head is still down and centered. Heartbeat was 132. My group B Strep test came back positive, so I'll need to have an IV antibiotic for about 4 hours before baby is born. We discussed my labor with Orin and that I only was at the hospital in labor for about 3 hours. She said short labors would be better for baby so they have a limited amount of exposure to the bacteria. She said not to worry if we don't get two doses of antibiotics within 4 hours.

June 15 (38 weeks)- Doctor checked my cervix- I'm dilated to 2 cm and very thinned out. Baby's head is very low. I can definately feel that baby has dropped since last week. Heartbeat was 133. Only 2 weeks left!

Preggo Picture- Month 8

Month 8: 35 Weeks

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Baby Number 2 Update

March 2 (23 Weeks)- Had an appointment for baby. Heartbeat was 147 and I had gained 6 total pounds at this point. I've been craving lots of fresh fruits- pineapple (I ate a whole one myself only sharing a few pieces with Orin), grapes, and strawberries.

March 12 (24 Weeks)- I experienced terrible sciatic nerve pain to the point where I could barely walk and couldn't lift Orin. I had to lay around icing my back quite a bit.

March 19 (25 Weeks)- Ryan and I went away for the weekend to go to a Sugarland concert and to celebrate our anniversary early since we won't be going much of any place on July 14th- or at least not alone! Baby is moving a lot! On the way home from our getaway, we think we finalized our baby's name. We have a boy and a girl name picked out. Sometimes it's tempting to find out what this little one is so the naming process would be a little easier. But for now, we are leaving the gender a surprise! We only have 15 weeks left!!

March 30 (27 Weeks)- Today was the dreaded glucose test. And then off to see the doctor. I passed the glucose test, but was low on iron. Now I need to take an iron supplement. Baby's heartbeat was 140. And I am up to gaining 14 pounds.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Monday, February 14, 2011

20 Week Ultrasound

We got to see our newest little one on ultrasound last Thursday. Baby was measuring right at 20 weeks. The heartbeat was 152 and all looked great. Here's a 3D profile view of their sweet little face:

Our nurse did call to tell us that baby has a cyst on it's brain. The medical term is Choroid Plexus cyst. Basically, it's nothing we should be alarmed about. Because the brain is growing at such a rapid pace, the excess fluid pools as a cyst on the brain. They are nearly all gone by the third trimester. There's no reason to be concerned if no other abnormalities are spotted during the ultrasound. We'll go back for a later ultrasound to make sure the cyst is gone.

We wanted to be surprised about our baby's gender. We'll find that out in about 19 weeks when we meet them face to face! Until then, we get to look at this sweet little profile and wonder if it's a he or a she doing all those acrobatics!

Orin's Latest Discoveries

Orin turns 2 in one week. The second year seemed to fly by much faster than the first. Here are the latest updates on what Orin enjoys doing and how he likes to spend his time.

-lining up his cars/alphabet magnets/animals/trains/little people/etc.
-reading books to himself while sitting on his little couch
-bringing mommy and daddy lots of books to read
-sleeping in a big boy bed and not getting out
-saying bless you after he or anyone sneezes
-coloring with markers or crayons
-playing play-doh
-finally facing forward in his car seat
-saying “mommy come” when he wants me to come play with him
-after taking amoxicillin for his ears, saying “one more medicine”
-telling us when he has to go poopy and actually going on the potty
-after going poop, asking for treats and requesting certain colored treats
-knows his colors and will tell us the colors of anything he’s playing with without being asked
-loves farm animals and the noises they make
-favorite song has ranged from “I Love You” from Barney to “Old MacDonald Had a Farm” to “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” to “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad.”
-Can count with us to 5- Once we start with number one, he’ll say 2, 3, 2, 5.
-Enjoys doing puzzles, especially those that make noise
-Sits at the kitchen table in a booster seat instead of in his high chair
-Loves to give group hugs to both mommy and daddy at the same time, and then finds it humorous to make mommy and daddy kiss by pushing our faces together
-very energetic and often lets that energy explode over into running, hitting, and wrestling
-hates to wear socks
-has no problem with us leaving him anywhere at anytime
-when daddy comes home it just makes his day! He instantly wants to wrestle and get tickled
-wears 2T and some 3T clothes
-Mommy brushes his teeth and then it’s Orin’s turn to brush his own teeth. We sing the ABCs for each turn.
-After mommy and daddy pray before bed, then Orin prays for what he is thankful for. This usually includes listing his cousins, papa, grandma, cookies, crackers, and shoes. Occasionally he mentions mommy, daddy, and baby.
-picks up mommy’s phone to call papa several times a day
-Takes a nap from 1-4, but usually wakes up sometime between 3 and 4. He lays in bed talking until I get him up out at 4.
-Sleeps with monkey and Wally
-Says “I love you more” in response to our saying “I love you Orin.”

Monday, February 7, 2011

Baby Number 2 Update

I've been terrible at blogging about this new little babe. This week marks the half way point. I can't believe that we only have 20 weeks left till we meet our baby. Here is an update on what has happened so far in this pregnancy:

Thursday, October 21- We received a positive pregnancy test! We took a few more throughout the next several days and weeks. We called and told Ryan’s parents the night we found out. We waited to tell my mom in person since she was going to spend the weekend with us. And later that weekend, we skyped with my Dad to tell him the news. I was 4 weeks.

Monday, October 25- I had terrible back pain, cramping, and bleeding. I was sent in to check my blood levels. Levels were in the normal range, but a little low. They wanted me to come back in a few days to check again.

Tuesday, October 26- We skyped with my brother and sister to announce the news. Ryan called his brother in California. And Orin wore his big brother shirt to tell Ryan’s other brother’s family in person that night. I was almost 5 weeks.

Wednesday, October 27- Back to the lab to have my HCG levels checked. Levels had been doubling like normal and everything looked great! My levels were around 600.

Monday, November 1- We shared the news with our friends. I had ordered pink and blue frosted cupcakes that had “boy?” and “girl?” toppers on them. Everyone guessed who had brought them. We had a fun time announcing in this way!

Wednesday, November 3- I visited the lab again because of recurring back pain and cramping. Things looked great and there was no need to be concerned. My levels were around 8000.

Thursday, November 18- At 8 weeks, Ryan and I went to my first appointment. Baby’s heartbeat was 176. We got to see baby on an ultrasound. Due date was determined to be June 30. Everything went really well!

Friday, November 19- Right around 8 weeks, my nausea set in. It was the worst when I brushed my teeth in the morning. I was hit hard with nausea throughout the next 3 weeks. Every morning I was sick, and nothing really ever sounded good to eat. Many suppers were spent eating away from the kitchen.

Thursday, November 26- I had an ultrasound at my mom’s work. I was 9 weeks along. Baby’s heartbeat was 171.

Thursday, December 30- I had an ultrasound at my mom’s work again. I was a little paranoid and wanted to make sure all was well with baby. And of course everything looked excellent! Heartbeat was 157. I was right at 14 weeks.

Tuesday, January 4- My second prenatal visit at 14 ½ weeks. Heartbeat was 160 and I had lost weight since my last appointment. Doctor wasn’t so concerned since my appetite wasn’t the best with my nausea.

Saturday, January 8- Right around 15 weeks, I started feeling little flutters. I didn’t feel them every day, but they happened most often when I was lying on my left side. I didn’t realize how much I had missed those little kicks! Sure makes it real and worth all the nausea!

Saturday, January 22- Nausea in the morning is still present. Will it ever end?? I’m just over 17 weeks. Ryan still hasn’t decided whether he wants us to find out the gender. He’s leaning towards not finding out.

Tuesday, February 1- I had my third prenatal visit at 18 ½ weeks. Baby’s heartbeat was 150 and I had gained 2 pounds so far in this pregnancy.

Wednesday, February 2- I’ve reached 19 weeks. My morning nausea finally subsided around 18 weeks. Ryan has decided that we will be surprised with the gender of this baby. Our big ultrasound is scheduled for February 10- right at 20 weeks. Now that baby is bigger, I’m feeling lots of movement. Most of the little kicks happen in the afternoon and evening. Love them!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011


Here is the annual Cousins picture for 2010. I ended up hauling my equipment to my in-laws' home in order to take the picture. It worked out so well to take it at their house where all the kids felt comfortable and could run and get the wiggles out up till the exact moment of taking pictures. Ryan and Colin helped hold the backdrop, Kim and Corinne gathered the troops and posed them, I clicked the camera, and everyone else got the kids' attention. I'm so happy with how well the picture turned out. What a cute bunch of kids!

Preggo Picture- Month 4

Month 4: 18 Weeks

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Preggo Pictures- Months 1, 2, and 3

Month 1: 6 Weeks
We found out we were pregnant right at 4 weeks and it took us a few weeks to get around to taking a picture. So technically I am through the first month here. In fact, each picture has been taken once I've gotten through that month of the pregnancy...mostly because we aren't on the ball this time around! :)

Month 2: 10 Weeks

Month 3: 14 Weeks