Saturday, December 11, 2010

1 week

Where has the past week gone? It seemed like it came and gone at the speed of light. Seriously though, what a week it’s been!

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We are head over heals for Christopher, every single day brings a new challenge, a different routine and belly laughs. Chris and I just look at each other in the mist of a messy diaper change (sexy huh) and say this is the life. Really. It is. I may be unshowered, hair a mess, barely brush my teeth and still in my pajamas, but this little 5lb little guy is 1,000,000% worth it. Chris and I have laughed more at each other in the past 7 days than we have in 8 years. Speaking of Chris, he’s a pro at this Dad stuff. I love watching him with Christopher, it melts my heart when he has him. I just wish I could have seen more of this side with Nolan, he is such a good Dad. I can’t stop talking pictures of those 2.


For not reading any expecting books, and going crazy researching newborns, I think we have done a pretty good job.

Christopher came home on a Billi Blanket for his jaundice, he’s been on it every day since we have come home and daily morning blood draws. Usually newborns would have stayed at the hospital, but my ped agreed to let us attempt to fight it at home. So far, so good. Today it finally started to drop, so tonight is his first free night off the lights, no Glo-worm tonight. I can’t wait to be able to pick him up with out unhooking him, turning the power off, tripping over the unit to make it to the nursery to change him. I assume he will be much more comfortable too.

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1 week old and..

We are still in preemie diapers

Swimming in newborn clothes and fits perfectly into preemies

He weighed 5lbs 2oz on Thursday and that’s up 2 ounces from his weight lost since birth

Can roll to one side or the other, and has to be swaddled at night in order to sleep and keep him on his back

Still thinks he’s in utero with the way he lays, ALWAYS curled up in fetal position with legs in air crossed.

LOVES sleep but also has his days & nights flipped…night shift baby

And went for his first walk around the neighborhood tonight

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He’s perfect. I know everyone says that about their own child but I have never felt more complete in our new normal as I have this week. It’s been a long 18 months since our nightmare started, I think this week changed the path.

Thank you for all your emails, messages, comments and well wishes. I have every intention of sitting down and responding, but that’s all up to the lil guy. But, again… Thank you!


croleyc69 said...

So happy for both of you. Congrats again and glad things are going well.

Take care

Jacinta said...

Well done! He is just so cute! Sunlight will help him sort out day from night. Am so happy for you guys and keep up the good work! Nolan will be smiling down on his kid brother ...

Mitzi G. said...

He is beautiful & I couldn't be happier for your family......I am so happy that you hav gotten your happy beginning (there is no ending this happy story now!!).

TanaLee Davis said...

Christopher is sooo cute!!!
Your walk pictures looked so nice. What a joyous time you must be having. The jaundice is a crazy thing but I'm glad you guys can manage from home. Can't wait to see your next post.

Jill said...

My gosh Ashley! I have tears and am crying yet AGAIN! You always seem to do that to me! ha. Happy tears so many happy tears for all of you! I swear it feels like that is one of my posts from earlier on. I found out I can finally read your blog from my bed so here at 4 am I was reading and halfway the page got stuck so I jumped up to get on computer real quick to read! haha. It feels likes yesterday that miss Sadie was swimming in her preemie clothes and on that damn light! ha. I cant believe where the time has gone. I wish I had even gotten more of her momments. That made me laugh about you & Chris laughing so much. Put a smile on my face! I love keeping up with you & your little one! You are simply blessed and he just keeps getting cuter and cuter!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I love reading about your new joy.
Have a blessed Christmas.

Kalialani said...

He's SO beautiful I am just SO overjoyed for your family! :)

AJ said...

My youngest was my smallest and at 6lbs 3oz at birth we used the premie dipes and clothes for the first 4 weeks or so. But now at 22 months old it is hard to belive he was ever that tiny.

Christopher is so adorable. Congrats again.

Pam McBride said...

That picture of big Chris and tiny little Christopher snuggled up together is so sweet and adorable!! <3

Lori said...

I've said it a bunch already, but still....can't help but to say it again....he's so precious and I am so, so happy for you!!!! I love how teeny, tiny he fits into your husbands arms at the computer!!!

Michelle said...

Its amazing how small preemie diapers really are!

Make sure you keep one to show him later!

belle said...

A-MA-ZING! he is beautiful, perfect, adorable, beyond words....... W-O-W!

you are glowing (i can see it through the computer:D)

i am so thrilled for you!!!!!!!!!!!! keep those adorable pictures coming!

*Laura Angel said...

No your right...hes every bit of perfect!

Janet said...

Congratulations on your blessing. I love to see your updates. I am so happy for you and have been a prayer warrior for you for a while now. You are wonderful parents.

Janet Cowan

CaSondra Shim said...

so happy for you and your precious rainbow baby. I hope you continue to enjoy every moment and hope you get some sleep soon.

Angie said...

He is so so beautiful. I can't imagine what it must feel like to have an actual, live baby after 10 months of hard work! I can't wait to feel it though.

Congratulations <3

Betty said...

Congrats. I am so happy for you guys. He is just the cutest thing ever.

Mama KC said...

I am so, so, so happy for you and Chris! What a wonderful blessing to two very deserving parents. :-)

KC @ One + One = Four

Mrs. Hoppy said...

Very happy for your little family. He is adorable!

Lisette said...

I just love reading your happy story. Christopher is perfect. You look awesome! Again and again, I am so darn happy for you and your hubs.

Lara + Chris said...

I came back from vacation to this!! AMAZING. So so so so happy for you guys! He is absolutely adorable.

Jennifer said...

Beautiful post :) My husband and I used to LOVE night-time feedings with our boys as well. It was a bonding moment for all four of us while we were warm & snuggly in was heaven!

Evelien said...

I just started to cry, is that normal? I don't know you IRL but I've followed your story for over a year now. I am SO happy for you, it's just amazing!
I wish I could stop crying because I have to work for my exam hah!
Enjoy your little miracle bundle!

Diana @Hormonal Imbalances said...

He is perfect. I just love him.