Saturday, June 27, 2009

My family runs a firework stand every year. This year Dylan has been working with us. He has been making tons of sales. One look at that face and they want to buy the whole the stand! He is such a good baby. It has been so much fun being new parents. We love him so much! He gets cuter by the day. He is gaining weight and his cheeks are getting so chubby. You just want kiss them all day long!

Dylan's first experience in the front pack. Loved it!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Dylan is here!

Dylan Jackson Luke was born on May 28Th at 8:42 pm. He weighed 7 lbs 6 ounces. I woke up at 4 in the morning with contractions that were 5 minutes apart. By 4:30, they were 3 minutes apart. At 5 my water started to leak and we headed to the hospital. By 5:30 I was already dilated to a 3. When I was dilated to a 5, I got an epidural and was in heaven. The anticipation was the worst part. The contractions were much worse that the shots in the back. I never thought I would be sleeping during labor, but after the epidural I was completely relaxed. Around 6 pm I was dilated to a 10 and they had me try pushing. There was still a little bit of my cervix left around the edge so I wasn't making much progress. My contractions got weaker and his heart rate was at 190 so it took a while. They had me wait longer and my epidural started to wear off. I didn't mind at first because I wanted to feel myself pushing so it would go faster. But then it wore off too much and the anesthesiologist had to give me another dose at the last minute. I felt a lot at the end and it hurt pretty bad, but I was able to push him out pretty fast. They had me try pushing again around 8 and he was out by 8:42. Over all, it wasn't too bad and I would totally do it all over again. When I finally saw my beautiful little baby boy, it was the most overwhelming feeling of love, joy, and relief. Then I was really tired and had to pass out for a while. I was really nauseous afterwards. When they had me try to get up my hips gave out and I got really lightheaded. I had to lay back down for awhile.
He is the most handsome little baby I have ever seen. He has a ton of hair and my nose. Over all he looks a lot like his dad did when he was born. It has been so exciting and I love being a mom. He had jaundice pretty bad and they sent us home with a Billi blanket (ultra violet light). I had been trying to breast feed, but it wasn't going very well. He was just to tired to get enough milk. They gave him a bottle the first night at the hospital. He hadn't had a poopy diaper in the first 24 hours we were home so we ended up taking him back to the hospital. His jaundice had gotten a lot worse. It went from a 10 to a 15 so I had to start pumping and giving him a bottle. I kept offering him the breast, but the more he had the bottle, the less interested he got in breastfeeding. He got to a point where he would start screaming and pushing away. We were both crying every time I tried so I decided to stop and just bottle feed him breast milk and we have both been a lot happier since. He is growing so fast and we are loving being parents. Brian is so good with him and seeing him as a father is very attractive. It is pretty crazy how fast your life can change. This little baby totally relying on us. It's a great feeling to love someone so much. Iam so excited to watch him grow up and teach him lots of fun stuff!