Wednesday, June 25, 2014

James Wyatt @ 8 weeks....

Mr. Wyatt is 8 weeks old today.
Wyatt, here is what you have been doing this month:

-You are wearing size 2 diapers and 3 month clothing. (Although some of your 0-3 month stuff is getting snug & the 6 month stuff is starting to fit!)

-You got weighed yesterday at an appointment (more on that later) & weighed 6.14kg (13.5 lbs!)

-You are fed exclusively breastmilk, but are pretty much exclusively bottle fed.

-You sleep in the pack 'n' play right next to mommy's side of the bed. Since between 4-6 weeks, you started sleeping from 930-10pm until 430-530am.  You eat, then go back to sleep until between 7-730am.  That is when I get you up for the day.

-Your nighttime routine is that you sometimes are awake, sometimes napping.  I move you into our room onto our bed & change your diaper and undress you to get you nice & awake to eat.  You eat your bottle, typically ~5oz.  I swaddle you & you and mommy "talk" to each other, you usually flash smiles at us, and mama/daddy tell you goodnight, give you kisses, and lay you down in bed drowsy, but awake.  You typically make grunty noises for anywhere from 5-30 minutes.

-You LOVE baths.  I mean, you are one of the most content babies anyway, but you are just so quiet and wide eyed the entire time that I am washing you or you are soaking in your little tub.  This is what we're using this time & I LOVE it and recommend it.

Fisher-Price My Little Lamb Calming Vibrations Tub

-You are much more alert. And you are trying your best to track movement although your eyes still cross a little when you're trying too hard.

-You are smiling at mommy a lot & finally gave daddy smiles this week, too. You have a huge dimple in your right cheek & it's pretty much the cutest thing ever. 

-You are trying so hard to find your voice. I forgot how incredibly adorable baby coos were until recently. I can't wait to hear that sweet voice regularly!

-You are SUCH a good baby.  We got you on Prevacid when you were ~5 weeks old because you were dealing with bad silent reflux.  Within 24 hours, you were back to your super happy self.  Over the last week or so, you have started crying a little bit more after eating, so we will talk to the doctor at your next visit about whether your dose needs to be adjusted (since you're growing like a weed!!!!).

the heartbreaking picture of him the day I took him to the doctor for his reflux. He cried for HOURS that day.

24 hours later. This is what he did on & off ALL day because he was finally comfortable.

-You have the softest hair!!! It is light brown at the moment and straight as far as we can tell. However, with this Houston humidity it sometimes acts like it wants to curl. We'll see.  You have a thicker patch of hair on the top middle strip of your head, like a mohawk.  Daddy can't wait until the rest of your hair comes in thick so that I'm no longer tempted to spike that mohawk up!

-You started school on June 16. You are so easy going, so that made mommy worry less and the teachers agree that you are super sweet. Kinsley Anne was really tense about your first day & made sure to tell the school director & your teachers that you were "a little nervous."  They assured you that they would go get big sister from her class if you got too nervous.  
{Between you & I, we all know it was just sissy being protective & that she was the one who was nervous!} 

-Your "teachers" at school say that you LOVE to nap in the swing. However, they are working on getting you to take more naps in your crib.

-You have found the fans in all of the room. It is so fun to watch you discover them when we move from room to room. You lock your eyes onto them & just seem amazed.

-You are a super strong & have great head control (for your age).  At sister's gymnastics last week, nobody could believe that you were only 7 weeks old, because you were sitting up on my lap without me holding your head. You even sat in the bumbo for ~10 minutes this past weekend and were very pleased with yourself...until it made you tired!

-Speaking of gymnastics, you got to jump on your first trampoline with one of Kinsley Anne's gymnastics coaches. She thought this was pretty much the funniest thing ever to see brother doing gymnastics.

-You had your first cold this past month but took it like a champ.  It really didn't make you grumpy, you just spit up a little more than normal because of the congestion.  Mommy used saline swabs (best invention ever) and a bulb syringe a few times/day and you were better within 3-4 days.

-We visited our neighborhood pool this past weekend for the 2nd time, but you actually got into the pool for the first time. You seemed to really like it. I laid you on your back for a little while and played games with you from my days of teaching "Mommy & Me" swim lessons at the YMCA.  After your little swim, you fell asleep under your sun shade.

-Avery girl loves you.  Bowen really has no interest one way or the other, but Avery looks for you every time she's inside.  She usually will lay down next to your bouncy seat unless she's off playing with sister, who keeps her very busy playing dress up.

-You went to the Houston zoo for the first time & Kinsley Anne loved showing off "her zoo" and all of the animals.  It was SUPER hot so you got a little grumpy at one point, but we managed to stay for 3 hours.

  Baby boy, brother, baby brother, James Wyatt, Wyatt, my sweet boy, happy boy, mama's boy....  You have many names in this family, but each one is said with love & affection because that is all we have for you.  You have taught all of us just how much a heart can love. I have particularly enjoyed watching Kinsley Anne learn a love that I don't think she knew possible.  You are "her baby" and I love seeing her interact with you. She has learned incredible gentleness that we weren't sure she was capable of at first.  She will show you the world, sweet boy.  Buckle up, I'm sure you're only just beginning the ride of your life with her!  Your mommy & daddy love you tremendously as well and we love watching you grow and change each day.  However, I would be lying if I said that I wasn't sad about how much you've already grown and changed since that day in late April when we met for the first time.  I am definitely not a fan of how fast time flies, but I guess I don't have a say in that matter!  We love you wider than the sky, baby Wyatt, always & forever, no matter what.

Love, your mama

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Wyatt @ 1 month

Wyatt was 1 month old on May 30.

Wyatt, here is what you are up to at 1 month:

-You are wearing size 1 diapers, but I can tell it won't be long before we move you up again because your legs have little red marks on them.

-You are wearing size 0-3 month clothes with an occasional 3-6 month thrown in there if it runs small.

-You haven't been weighed since your 2 week check, but you've got to be close to 12lbs (just mama's instict!)

-You are exclusively on breastmilk.  We tried supplementing with formula at night, but it was wreaking havoc on your poor tummy, so that had to be stopped.  You take ~4-5 oz every 2 hours during the day (you can't keep your manly figure while skipping meals)!

-Speaking of your tummy, I had noticed even before your 2 week checkup that I thought you were silently refluxing.... meaning that your milk comes back up & I hear you swallow it.  You haven't been much of a vomiter like big sis and it didn't seem to be bothering you so I didn't really want to do anything about it.  However, when you were about 3 weeks old, I started noticing that you were crying more & seemed uncomfortable.  At 4 weeks, you were having moments where you were simply inconsolable because of pain. That's when I decided that as soon as we got back in town, I'd take you to the pediatrician (we were on a massive road trip to DE & SC).  

-You've also had a battle with gas pain & we started you on Simethicone drops.

-You sleep in the pack 'n' play next to our bed at night.  You still usually take your last bottle around 10-1030pm, we change you, swaddle you, & love on you before putting you down.  You wake up  ~3am then you wake up ~645-7am for the day.  You start eating every 2+ hours again after that.

-We still swaddle you at nighttime but the Summer SwaddleMe small/mediums are getting a little snug.  I am actually also a fan of the Halo Sleep Sack Swaddle & the Aden & Anais Easy Swaddle, so I'm not sure what I'll get for your next bunch.

-Big Sister still absolutely adores you & luckily has never asked me to make you "go back!" She can frequently be heard saying "he wants his big sissy, doesn't he?" She loves giving you your paci, picking out your diapers, and holding you (for brief periods only! ha). She tries to read you books which I am certain that you love.

-You are such a sweet boy but I really want to make you more comfortable. It breaks this mama's heart to see you in pain.

-You seem to be trying to focus on mama's face a little more but you frequently go cross-eyed while trying.  At 4 weeks exactly, you cracked some smiles at me while awake for the first time!!

-You like to hold onto something, frequently "puppy."

-You still love your bath & don't cry anymore when you take you out of the water.  Sister was trying to help with one of your baths & picked up the wash cloth that I lay on you to help keep you warm (and so that I don't get sprayed) & put it right over your face by accident, so you got a face full of water. Whoops! You didn't even wince...just blinked a few times. Life is never dull when big sister's helping!!

-You got to meet a lot of family for the first time.  We went to Mema & GPop's house in Delaware where you got to meet Aunt Katy, Uncle Stephen, Nanny, GGMa, GGPa, Great Aunt Lori, and TONS of family & friends at Mema's surprise 60th birthday party. 

Family picture before Mom's surprise party.
She thought we were going to dinner to celebrate Katy's birthday.

Mema with her grandbabies

Aunt Katy with her biggest fan KA & her newest nephew

GGMa & GGPa with their great grandchildren

Family pic of the 4 of us!

-Our next stop was in South Carolina at Nonie & Poppy's house where you got to meet Aunt Ash, Uncle Rhino, Uncle Clay & Soon-to-be Aunt Tory, Nene, Papa, Myma, and TONS of your great aunts/uncles & cousins at a BBQ celebrating Uncle Clay's upcoming wedding.

We had just arrived in SC after 18 hours in the car from TX. It felt so good to stretch our legs!

Wyatt with the next oldest cousin, Kennedy Reese (7 months)

I apologize, but I was an idiot and didn't take any pictures on our trip to SC. Hopefully I can get some from other people's phones/cameras!

  You are an incredibly good boy.  We traveled 42 hours in the past few days & you have done it like a champ! Every time I look at you, I am reminded of how great our God is. We prayed about having another baby, we prayed for you when we found out that you were growing inside of me, we prayed for you when we found out daddy was going to have a hunting buddy, we prayed for you when we thought you were coming early, we prayed for you when we knew you were going to make your appearance, and we've prayed for you since the day you were born.  I just want you to know that I am SURE God has great plans for you & I can't wait to see where this amazing life takes you.  Just know that with God first & family beside you, anything is possible. 

We love you wider than the sky, 
 Mama & Daddy

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Wyatt @ 2 weeks old

Wyatt was 2 weeks old on May 14th

Wyatt, here is what you are up to at 2 weeks:

-You are wearing newborn and some 0-3 month clothing

-You are wearing newborn & size 1 diapers. We are trying to use up all of your newborn diapers, because you are going to be a full blown size 1 soon!

-You got weighed at your 2 week check up and are 10# 4oz!!!!

-You are 23 inches long, 100th percentile!

-You got exclusively breastfed in the hospital, but had jaundice.  When I was asked to pump to see what volume you were getting, I was barely getting an oz.  So, you have gotten some Similac for Supplementation in addition to breastmilk. Mommy is pumping like crazy so that we will have enough to keep up with you!  You take 4oz every 2 hours during the day & wake up ~twice at night.

-You sleep in the pack 'n' play next to our bed at night.  You usually take your last bottle around 10pm, we change you, swaddle you,  & love on you before putting you down.  You wake up ~1am & 4am to eat. Then you wake up ~7am for the day.  You start eating every 2 hours again after that.

-We swaddle you at nighttime.  We tried to let you keep your hands out of the swaddle so that you could have them by your face like you like, but mommy quickly realized that you sleep better with your arms down by your side in the swaddle. 

-You are so tolerant of big sis! She absolutely adores you but can be a little rough ( to be expected of a 3yr old!). She loves to give you your paci, pick out your next diaper, & feed you.

-You are such a sweet boy. You cry when you are hungry, but that's it.  You look around, often going cross-eyed in an attempt to focus, or sleep peacefully.

-You have brown hair that seems to have some wave/curl to it when wet, but we have no idea if it will be curly like Big Sis.  You have a thicker patch of hair in a strip down the top center of your head, perfect for a mohawk! :)

-You like your bouncy seat, vibrating seat, and swing.  You are pretty much happy anywhere.

-You seem to recognize mama's voice fairly well but obviously don't track our movements or focus on us well.

-You are gripping anything in your path. You don't have control over your mouth, arm, or leg movements but if there's a hand in your way, you'll grab it. Also, while you're nursing, taking a bottle, or just cuddling on mama's chest, you grab at my clothes or skin.

-You have gotten lots of baths & you seem to love it! You get a little upset when we take you out of the warm water to dry off.  You seem to have very sensitive skin, so we have found that Mustela soap works really well.

-You went to the pool for the first time but just cuddled with mommy and slept while Kinsley Anne and Daddy swam.

  You have been such a huge blessing to our family.  You are the puzzle piece that we have been waiting on to complete our family.  It feels so natural having you here with us, like you've always been a part of our family! I hope that you will grow up knowing just how loved and adored you are.  You will forever have a defender and best friend in your big sister & I hope that you grow to be close to her just like I am with my sister.  You will also have protectors and cheerleaders in your mama & daddy and I hope you know that we will always be your #1 fan in anything and everything that you do.

We love you wider than the sky, 
 Mama & Daddy

Psalm 139: 13-14    For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well.  

So overdue!

An update from the Settle family is long overdue! I will start with Wyatt's birth story but have many more posts in the works to bring everyone up to speed....Just a warning, this is detailed & long.  But I don't ever want to forget any of the details. After all, the birth of my children are two of the most special and awe-inspiring times of my life.

Backing up quite a bit, I delivered Kinsley Anne at 35 weeks 1 day. I was SO relieved and excited when that day came & passed with Wyatt's pregnancy uneventfully.  However, 2 days later, I found myself wondering why my stomach was so tight. The more I paid attention, I realized that I was having regular contractions. This was 35 weeks 3 days.  I called my doctor who advised me to come into her office. I got hooked up to the monitor & was contracting every 4-6 minutes.  The doctor checked me & I was 3cm.  This is the first time I had been checked since 28 weeks (due to contractions when I got put on modified bedrest. At that time I was not dilated). Off to triage (upstairs, same building) I went to be monitored for a few hours.  I continued to contract there every 4-6 minutes & despite not having any cervical change over the course of 2 hours, my doctor didn't want me to go home until she was sure this was not going anywhere. So, I stayed the night with contractions as close together as 2 minutes, but then they sort of died off around midnight.  I got rest, lots of fluids, and some pain medicine.  From then on, I had lots of contractions most days, but nothing big enough to know "this is it."  Every time I saw my doctor she said, we can't induce you until 39 weeks, but I really don't think you'll need induction....  At 36 weeks, we had an ultrasound to estimate Wyatt's size & he was 7#1oz.  This made me feel really good about his ability to be a fighter if he delivered soon.  Well, 38 weeks arrived & I was still pregnant (which is a good thing, I realize, but I was now 3 weeks more pregnant than I'd ever been, contracting daily, and just plain tired, grumpy, and uncomfortable).  She went ahead and planned my induction date for the following Thursday at our request. Baby boy had a birth day...June 1, with induction starting at 8am.  If he didn't come on his own before then, she added.  I was excited about the upcoming week.  We were closing on our old home Monday morning, closing on our new home Monday afternoon, moving Tuesday, and meeting our newest member of the family on Thursday. What were we thinking?! a lot of people asked, but Kyle and I do crazy just as well as anyone else.

35 wks heading out to have my contractions checked

36 weeks

37 weeks

38 weeks

Monday and Tuesday went very smoothly. I did a lot of pointing & directing to both Kyle and the movers, feeling fairly useless, to be honest.  Tuesday night, we were all SO relieved to be in our new home without Wyatt.  We were so ready to meet him, but my biggest fear was that I'd go into labor while the movers were doing their thing and thankfully that didn't happen.

Wednesday morning, I woke up normally & started unpacking the kitchen.  I got the first & maybe second vase out of the box when my stomach became very tight, making it hard to bend over to put the vases in the cabinet.  I continued to unpack that box but made it no further because of the contractions that just kept coming.  I knew that my Aunt Carol was coming over at 1030am to help us unpack & wrangle Kinsley Anne, so I just tried to relax with my feet up & my back on a heating pad.  Aunt Carol arrived & brought me hot chocolate.  I knew that something was up when I didn't want any of it after the first sip.  I had been timing the contractions, which were 6 minutes apart but they were much more uncomfortable than any of the other contractions I had had thus far.  I told Kyle that I was going to get a shower to see if that helped any.  I was really thankful for the seat in the shower because I just sat there with my head down letting the hot water go down my back, but that wasn't helping. Instead, I was beginning to moan & cringe every time a contraction came.  Kinsley Anne came into the bathroom at one point & I nicely said "please go get your daddy. I need him now." He came in & I told him that I was getting out of the shower and that he needed to get ready.  {the cable guy was at our house by this time, setting up internet...awesome timing}  I started to straighten my hair & Kyle kept having to redirect Kinsley elsewhere, because she wanted to "pet my warm princess hair."  She was mesmerized by my straightener for some reason, but I was certainly in no mood to be touched.  I finally got myself dressed & my bags were already in the car from the last 4 weeks of not knowing when they would be needed.  Kyle explained to the cable guy what was going on & got him to speed along so that we could get out of the house.  I remember Kinsley wanting to come to the doctor with us & she kept saying, "but I'll sit real quiet."  Aunt Carol chimed in with "what about going to lunch at Cici's Pizza?"  She was all into that, so her attention was diverted from us leaving.  After Kyle finished getting ready, which took what felt like 2 hours, but was probably 10 minutes, we kissed Kinsley Anne goodbye, told her that Aunt Carol would bring her to the hospital to see Baby Wyatt, and we were on our way.

Luckily for me, it was about 12 noon, so there was very little traffic. I don't even want to think about what that drive would have been like in rush hour.  Kyle said, "you won't believe this, but we need gas."  I remember saying, "don't we have enough? we can get more later." after the gas had pumped a little bit.  I was holding off tears & honestly had no idea how far apart my contractions were but I knew they were getting closer together and hurting much worse.  At one point, I remember saying to Kyle, as we were getting on the tollway, "why do you have your turn signal on?" He said "I don't."  That's when I realized that my sweet husband had his flashers on & dared anyone to get in his way.  We passed a cop & just kept going.  We got to the hospital at about 1pm & I was in tears by that point. It's hard to stay calm in a moving car where you can't get comfortable & you have to wear a seat belt across your contracting stomach.  I had already called my doctor's office to tell her that I was heading to triage & she said she would meet me there.

I got to triage & they quickly took me back & hooked me up.  I honestly don't remember how far apart my contractions were, maybe every 4 minutes or so.  A nurse started putting in all my information to the computer, another nurse checked me... 5cm & 80% effaced.  I remember the nurse yelling to another nurse to call L&D and tell them I was in active labor and to come get me.  The nurses asked if I wanted an epidural & I said YES! I am not a natural labor kind of girl!!!! They all laughed, drew my labs, and before I knew it, the L&D nurse was at my door ready to take me downstairs to my room.  In the elevator, there my sweet doctor stood.  She said "I heard you were coming, I'm running to get lunch so that I can eat before your sweet boy decides to come out!" She said she'd come see me as soon as they got me settled.  I don't even think I responded because I was too busy holding back tears.  My amazing nurse moved so quickly to get everything in order so that I could get my epidural. The rules: my labs had to be back & OK'ed by anesthesiology and I had to get a full bag of fluids before I could get my epidural.  She then proceeded to hang my bag of fluids with the IV pole as high to the sky as she could, just free dripping in, not through a pump.  I tuned into my music & tried to tell myself that I'd be comfortable before I knew it.  The nurse anesthetist came in & started getting my health history & the anesthesiologist wasn't far behind. He was an amazingly calm & kind doctor, who gave me 3 shots of Lidocaine & told me that I was a "jumpy" girl. I guess I moved too much, haha.  I got my epidural placed and I remember feeling the next 3-5 contractions full force before they really started easing up. My doctor came to check me.  I was 6cm & she broke my water. She said she'd be back in a few hours...this was about 300pm.

Kyle's parents arrived (they had been planning to fly in anyway because of the induction on Thursday, but they just so happened to make it in time!).  My poor mommy was stuck in Philadelphia with torrential downpours and couldn't get onto any earlier filghts (she was already booked on an evening flight). We chatted and before long, I remember my contractions picking up just a little bit where I could feel them more, but then my epidural bolus (this was an hourly patient driven bolus) took them away again.  My doctor stopped in @ ~430pm and said "I know I'm here earlier than I said I would be, but I was on the floor and figured I'd check you again while I was here."  It took about 0.6 seconds for her to say "oh, he's right there. I can only get a fingertip in." Everyone laughed because I think my eyes almost popped out of my head.  She asked how pushing went with Kinsley and after telling her that I only pushed for 2 contractions, she told the nurse to not let me push until she came back with her scrubs on. She came right back with her scrubs on, lights came out of the ceiling, my bed was transformed, and the pushing began.

I specifically recall the doctor saying "ok Jen, he's going to be bigger than sister."  However, with 3 contractions, my sweet James "Wyatt" Settle was born at 4:50pm.  I was wide eyed, rested, & got to enjoy every sweet moment of my son's birth & all of the skin to skin cuddling immediately after he was born. He was so calm. Kyle and I were amazed that he wasn't crying.  He was a little purplish, so the nurse made him mad (all while he was laying on me) and once he cried for a few seconds he pinked right up.  He stopped crying as soon as she left him alone.  My favorite thing was how he held so tightly onto my fingers while he laid on my chest.  My sweet boy was here.

After about 30 minutes, the nurses took him over to the warmer & checked him out thoroughly.  They tried to weigh him & the scale on the warmer wasn't working.  My OB guessed "8s," I guessed 8.5lbs.  They got another scale & he weighed in at a whopping 9#7oz.  What was even more shocking was that he was 22 inches long.  I had one big, handsome baby boy!!  We spent the rest of the afternoon soaking up every cuddle and kiss that we could.

Aunt Carol & Kinsley Anne (who napped in the car) picked my mom up at the airport that night & at about 11pm, my mommy, big sister Kinsley Anne, and Aunt Carol were able to meet sweet baby Wyatt.  Kinsley Anne was SO sweet to him. She immediately began referring to him as "my baby."  She fussed at everyone to be quiet whenever chatter began "because Baby Wyatt is sleeping!"  She held him & frequently said "he wants big Sissy."  After an hour or two, everyone retreated home & Kyle and I got our first night of "newborn sleep."

a video of Kinsley Anne meeting baby brother.

I can't thank my family enough for all of their love & support.  They came to visit with us, yes. But, they also unpacked & made Kinsley feel like they were at our house for her, too, which was very important to us!
Nonie holding her first grandson.

 Poppy holding his grandson while daddy looks on... 3 generations of James

Mema holding her grandson for the first time after a very long day of travel to see him!

Gpop holding baby Wyatt!

Until Next Time...
Love, Jen