Monday, January 9, 2012

The first few days

We have now had Hunter home for four days and he's been doing great! On Friday we did our CPR and monitor training class along with both my mother and Kristian's mother since both will be babysitting at times. It was very informative and I feel much more secure having done both. We got home later that afternoon and he slept most of the day which we knew was probably a mistake but he was so cute we couldn't wake him.

The first night was rough and pretty sleepless but that was to be expected. Little guy has his days and nights mixed up so we're working on that. My mom came on Saturday to stay for the weekend and having her here was a huge help. We were able to get some sleep Saturday and Sunday night while she stayed with him in the living room and it was nice for Hunter to get some grandma bonding time.

This morning we took him to his first baby doctor appointment and he's already gained close to a pound in 12 days which doesn't surprise me because Hunter is an eater! He's already chugging 4ozs or more every 3ish hours. He did so well at the doctor, he didn't fuss or cry and the doc said he looks great.

As for the monitor, it's gone off a few times but due to his wires coming loose or us forgetting to plug it back in and the battery dying (which happened the first night and the alarm went off at 1am, awesome.) I believe he did have one brief breathing incident this morning but he was able to correct himself so the alarm only went off for a second. We're really hoping he'll be off this monitor soon because it's a pain having to constantly be mindful of the wires and carry this thing around with us.

I've been feeling much better, still sore but I'm able to move around much better and needing less pain medicine. I've also finally started to lose weight thanks to all the breastfeeding/pumping. When I left the hospital I was so swollen I still looked 6 months pregnant. Now I look maybe 4 months pregnant :) But I've lost around 15 of the 35 pounds I gained.

Here's a picture of me today, still a bit of a belly but my boobs have gotten much bigger so that's a plus! I'm still wearing maternity pants because my regular ones cut right where my incision is.

Here I was at 39 weeks 

Here are some pictures from when we brought Hunter home and this weekend including his first bath at home which he did NOT enjoy!

About to leave the hospital...FINALLY!

He's so teeny in his big car seat. 

Slept the whole way home.

Testing out his pack n play

Moxie LOVES her little brother. She's so protective of him and runs to him whenever he cries or anyone gets near him so won't take her eyes off him. It's really sweet. 

I kept joking that I was giving birth to a Moxie and as you can see I wasn't that far off, they are about the same size. 

Kristian with his sister and nieces and nephew who all love their new little cousin. 

Snuggling with grandma

His first bath. Not a fan. 

So fresh and so clean. 

I'm not gonna lie being a parent is hard and tiring but so worth it everytime I look into this little guys eyes. We are so in love. 


KLaw said...

I have been waiting for an update! Shannon, he is soooo beautiful! I cannot wait to get my hands on him!

Give some thought to me coming up to help out over a weekend. Let me know if / when you'd like me. I'll be there.

Venassa said...

He is such a little cutie! I don't miss the craziness of those first few weeks. It's so rough. Chloe hated her first few baths too, but now she's so in love with them. No matter how cranky is she relaxes and her mood instantly changes when she gets in the tub. Hopefully Hunter is the same.

Lexilooo said...

I think he looks a lot like K in these photos! Happy family!

melifaif said...

You look great momma. I adore the pics of Hunter and Moxie. Priceless.

Claire Kiefer said...

He is sooooo teeny and darling. Keep the pictures coming!

carrie1 said...

You look great!! And Hunter is adorable. =) Glad to hear everything is going well for you all.

bananas. said...

ohhhh...he is so cute!!! like really, really cute and i'm not just saying that. he has such pretty defined little features for a baby infant. i'm in awe!

Mrs EyeCanSee said...

What a cutie!! Sounds like everyone is doing great with him home! Jamie had his days/nights mixed up at first too. It was rough! Hang in there. It does get better!

Meg said...

Ack, I can't imagine how hard being a Mommy is! You seem like you are doing a great job (not to mention, finding time to take pictures and blog!), kudos to you.

I'm hoping your little man will be off his monitor sooner rather than later.

Keep updating, I love reading about handsome little Hunter.

Meg said...

Oh, BTW, you look fab!

april said...

You look great! I think it took 6 weeks to be back in my regular clothes. I mostly wore pj pants, but all my maternity pants were too big and my regular clothes were too small.

Laura hated her first bath, too. By the third one, she was a pro.

He's adorable. I love the picture of Hunter and Moxie and the ones where his eyes are open. I feel like it's such a small window to take a good picture when a newborn is awake so I always love those pictures.

You'll appreciate finding the time to blog down the road to look back on when you can barely remember him being this little.

beka said...

1. He is gorgeous!!!
2. So glad you got to take him home :)
3. You are looking great

Heather said...

I'm so glad he's doing well at home and that he had a great doctor's appointment! That picture of he and Moxie together is too cute, and he looks so precious and peaceful in every photo. So happy for you and your little guy!

AmyJean {Relentless Bride / Fry, The Baby} said...

What a handsome little man! He is growing so quickly. You look great! I think I may stay in my maternity pants forever, they are so comfy... I look forward to more and more pics of your family. Love the photo of comparing moxie to hunter!