Tuesday, February 8, 2011

The Second Month

Stats: 9 lbs, 21 1/2 inches long at Dr's visit

Likes: milk, having your Mom hold you frequently, sleeping on the couch with Mommy or Daddy, strolling when the weather is under 98 degrees, wearing your hair in a mohawk, playing in your bouncy seat, being swaddled, your nap nanny

Dislikes: naps, your bed, shopping with Mommy and Granny Deb, the hours from 6:00 pm to 1:00 am, tummy time

One of the biggest highlights of this past month was getting to travel to NC with James. I have to admit I was a little nervous about taking a small baby on such a long trip but he did great. I think the sound of the engines combined with my shoulder lulled him to sleep!

While we were in Greenville it was great to get to introduce James to a lot of friends and family who hadn't been able to meet him yet.

Several of my mom's friends hosted a "Sip and See" for people in town to drop by and meet James.Of course it had lots of yummy food and was great fun. Thanks Brenda, Judy, Marianne, Amy, and Sandra!

James got absolutely spoiled!

The Hollands and the Creech family had lots of relatives come to town to see us which was great as well. We also celebrated the October birthdays: my dad, Ryan, David, Whitney and of course JT's two month.

We had to make sure to attend the ECU football game, and the Pirates had an awesome victory over NC State. What a great first game for James to watch (or technically sleep through).

No visit to NC would be complete without eating at some of our favorite restaurants

James has also begun to give us little smiles which we absolutely love to see. We typically get to see them first thing in the morning.

This month we took JT to church for the first time. He was still too little to be in the nursery so we took him with us. At first he liked hearing the music but when the sermon started he decided he was done with this. Not only did he decide to squawk and let the church know he had arrived he also took that opportunity to have one nasty diaper. I let Ryan take him out for the rest of the service and deal with all that!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

The First Month

The First Month
Wow, the first month of being a mom has been a blur and a whirlwind! So much is muddled in my mind because of the intense sleep deprivation. James, the first week you spent the majority of your time sunbathing in your Moses basket to get rid of your jaundice. After that you woke up and you have not liked to sleep ever since. JT you are worth every minute of it! Here are some highlights of your first month of life:
Getting to meet Granny Deb, Grandaddy, and Uncle David. Granny Deb and Grandaddy made it to 
    the hospital a few hours after you were born. You wore your ECU pirate outfit in honor of them. They brought you lots of presents and presents for your mommy and daddy. Uncle David came the next day. He had to fly and drive far and came right to the hospital even though it was late at night. It was so late that the regular doors were closed so he had to go through the emergency room- what a great uncle!

Your first night home you cried ALL night. 
We hid in the bathroom with all the doors closed to try to let everyone else sleep, lol.

· Going to see Dr. Ritch
Going to see Dr. Tynes

 Rebecca came to visit while her husband was in Arkansas for baseball

 Your first stroller ride- Daddy would only let us go to the mailbox and back

 Going to see Daddy at the LSU clinic. He only got to take off until we got out of the hospital 
and then he was back to work that same afternoon.

First time being babysat by Granny Deb and then by Nana

 Your Nana and Pop came to visit when you were one week old. They took us out to eat for 
   the first time at Strawn’s. Nana cooked meals for us and helped take care of you. Your grandparents
love you so much!

 Watching your first ECU football game

 You do not like to take naps unless you are being held by your mama. We have read every book on 
sleep trying to figure out what to do!

August 18, 2010

August 18, 2010 will be a date always inscribed in our minds. That was the day our lives changed forever, and James Thomas Holland decided to make his grand entrance. Anyone who knows me knows that I have quite the type A personality. I need things to be organized and thought out. The day I get to buy my new planner for the next year is always an anticipated event and takes much thought as to which planner to buy in order to best meet my needs for the upcoming year. After hitting 38 weeks pregnant my doctor informed me that I was allowed to schedule an induction anytime after 39 weeks. Now prior to being pregnant I would have been appalled to think about inducing without “medical cause”. How selfish for a mother to pick her child’s due date based on convenience… Well things started to look a little different. For starters it was 110 degrees in the deep south. I was quite miserable and far away from all of my family and friends. It was going to be hard for the grandparents to just hop on a plane and get there very fast. Even more important, the daddy-to-be had a call schedule that favored a delivery for the following week. Surely it wasn’t selfish for me to want Ryan to be around the first few nights that the baby was born, right? The icing on the cake was that the doctor reassured me that the baby was ready to go, it didn’t increase my chances of a c-section, etc. etc. I went home and that night talked it over with Ryan. We have a standing family rule that he gets the ultimate say on most medical decisions and he said, “Go for it”. The next day I called the nurse, scheduled the induction for August 19 (so Ryan would have a long weekend off) and put the date on my trusty day planner. Well I fully believe God has a sense of humor. That Tuesday we were starting to get excited about the induction. Ryan was on call but we decided to go out for one final dinner just the two of us since Jim and Debbie were arriving the next day. They were coming the day before the induction to spend a little time with us and were staying at the hotel next to the hospital. We headed to Chili's (ironic since this is where we went to celebrate the day we found out I was pregnant) for dinner. While there Ryan got paged 5 or 6 times so it was not the most relaxing dinner. He informed me that he needed to drop me off and then he was headed to the OR for a surgery. I went home and went to bed and Ryan finally got home around 1:30 am. At 2:30 I woke up and thought maybe my water had broke. I hated to wake up Ryan since he just got home and was still on call so I decided I would just wait to see if I started having contractions. I had read every book/website about labor and when to go the hospital. I had heard story after story of people arriving too early and their contractions only being 15 minutes apart, and I was determined not to make a fool of myself and get there too early. Well, first contraction hit. Then three minutes later another. Then two minutes later another. I started thinking, maybe I should wake Ryan up after all. I woke Ryan up and called the night number for the doctor. By then the contractions were coming quick and they hurt BAD. Ryan of course had not even packed his bag so he was running around trying to do it. When he saw what kind of shape I was in he stepped it up a notch and started moving faster. We said a quick prayer and got in the car to drive to the hospital and arrived around 4:00 am. All I remember thinking was, please give me the epidural. Well we got there and my soon to be nurse was outside taking a smoke break. Random but she saw us and hustled us on in. Then I got the awful news. The doctor on call said I had to wait an hour to make sure I was in “active” labor before I could get the epidural. I thought to myself, any idiot could look at the monitor and see I was in active labor. Over the next hour I made a fool of myself and begged Ryan to please get me that epidural. I have never felt pain like that! My ob had said I could get that epidural as soon as I wanted it so I was NOT mentally prepared. The contractions were back to back, and I was delirious with pain. Poor Ryan. I put him through a lot. I was totally blown away. I kept thinking, where are those supposed contractions that are 5 minutes apart at? How come mine are already so close together? He finally convinced the nurse to check me and I had major jumped forward in the labor process. Praise the Lord! I could get the meds and the nurse was SHOCKED that I had gone so fast as a first time mother. The funny thing is I had stressed about that epidural from the time I got pregnant. I was NOT excited about someone sticking one of those long needles into my spine. I don’t even like to get my finger pricked! Well let me tell you. I could have kissed the anesthesiologist when he finally walked in. It felt like an eternity for him to get there, and if he had told me he needed to stick me in the eye with that needle I would have said “yes please”. All that worry and I didn’t hardly feel a thing and afterwards it was AWESOME! I was so thankful and figured now I could take a break and rest but….the nurse checked me again and called the doctor and said that she better get on over to the hospital quick. By 7:30 am I was ready to go but thankfully the doctor gave me thirty minutes to just chill. At 8:33 am James Thomas Holland made his grand debut. He came out hollering and honestly he has not stopped yelling for much of these past few months (hence why I am behind with the blog!) He weighed 7 lbs 10 oz, 20 ½ inches long and was absolutely beautiful. James had a head full of hair and was the cutest baby ever. It was a whirlwind, FAST labor, and I am so thankful that it went smoothly. It just goes to show that you can’t “plan” how things are going to go with a baby. They are completely uncontrollable! The doctor and nurses left us right after he was born to be alone for an hour or so to spend time as a family. Ryan and I couldn’t believe how blessed we were to have a healthy, beautiful son. And so the adventure begins!!!

Post epidural bliss

He's here!

First picture with Mommy

Daddy holding James for the first time

Family of 3!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

My Reason for Not Blogging

Well you can probably guess based on the pictures or from hearing on the grapevine that we have been blessed with an adorable baby with a great personality but who unfortunately does not like to sleep during the day or night. I have literally read tons of books about how to get your child to sleep. Unfortunately JT has not managed to read these books yet and doesn't seem to be getting into the swing of things when it comes to sleep. Because of this I am very behind in my blogging but my goal is to catch up in the next couple of days. It will probably not be my best writing but I know I better try to record these memories before they are lost forever into the fog of sleep deprivation! Once I am caught up on the blog Ryan and I are planning on writing a new book together titled: The Lots of Crying, No Sleep Solution: What to Do When You Have Read Every Book On The Planet But None Pertain To Your Child. Look for it soon in a bookstore near you.