I Love You Baby!

I am adjusting to life with a new little guy to take care of in addition to my other boys!! So far, it’s not that bad really. This new little guy came out crying so loud and for so long that I seriously commented to the anesthesiologist and nurse that I thought I had just delivered a spawn of the devil himself and I was really really scared!! The docs sewing me up even make a few comments about his loud shrieks and shrills to which I replied I was so not ready for a loud kid like this. (Forgive me little Joshy- you are a complete opposite of that now!)

This kid is so great!! He sleeps and sleeps and sleeps. He’ll cry when he poops and needs to be changed and luckily it’s right before feeding time, so we’ve seriously got a little schedule already going. I don’t know how I got so lucky! Kid #2 is so much easier than kid #1- obviously because we parents have a clue about what’s going on. There’s a few things I had forgotten, but for the most part things are running as smooth as possible.

I’m just having a hard time in the mornings mainly because everyone is getting up at the same time, all needing different things, and I’m so hungry, needing a shower, and having to feed the baby. I’m still a bit sore from surgery, getting really tired of waking up in a puddle of sweat like 3 times a night, and slowly convincing myself that I can make it down stairs for the day. Oh, and having swollen feet in the evening is getting annoying too!

I’m trying to take it easy, but I tend to be strong-willed. The first night I climbed the stairs and it nearly killed me. I was determined to sleep in my room rather than the couch or recliner downstairs for a week like I did with kid #1. I spent the next day upstairs just terrified of having to climb the stairs again. The next night, I was daring and slept in my bed, with the help of a little 3 step ladder and all the pillows on the bed. My slumber was heavenly!! I am now progressing and going downstairs for the day and then returning upstairs at the end of the day.

As for baby- He’ll wake every 2-3 hours in the daytime and if we’re lucky, we can get him to stay awake for like 10 minutes after he’s nursed a little bit, but usually he just dozes off. He’s having a hard time latching to one side, but has no problem on the other side. Thank goodness for breast pumps =o) Mikey was 8lbs 2 oz, so when I found out I had a little 7lb baby, I was totally taken by surprise. He drowns in 0-3 month clothes, so for Easter he got 1 preemie outfit (thank you Wal Mart clearance racks) that fits him perfectly. He’s so cute! I never in my life thought I’d have a kid who would need preemie clothes. I guess that’s just a perfect reason to go shopping again for baby stuff since I didn’t buy hardly anything for this one since I have tons and tons and tons of boy clothes. I think I’ll look for newborn sized stuff, because I still have issues with my kid having to wear preemie clothes, weird huh?

My mom is down helping and I love her to pieces. She cooks and cleans and spoils Mikey and us every day. I wish we could convince her to stay another week, but she insists on going home to return to work. I just hope we get all the little projects done around the house that I would love to get caught up on while she’s here. I can’t drive, bend down, or pick up anything heavier than the baby, so we’ll see how much I can actually do.

Happy Easter!

Introducing Baby

Introducing Joshua Steven Cox!  Mom survived a spinal tap and c-section # 2, but wasn’t prepared for the child coming out screaming at the top of his lungs!  Joshua weighs 7 lbs and is 18 inches long and arrived at 5:54 pm.  I can’t believe I have another kid!

Joshua Cox - just a few minutes old    coxfam-20mar08.jpg    Baby Josh - March 18, 2008 at 5:59 pm

3,2,1 Contact

Alrighty!  We have about 7 hours before we go in to surgery to get this little guy out (and only the little guy, no messing with reproductive organs like my doc keeps asking every week)- “Now we’re tying your tubes this time, right Amanda?” 

“Absolutely not!” I say back every time!!

So we’ve had our last meal before the c-section, Cheerios and toast, and I’m supposed to fast for 8 hours before, but we’ll see if the hunger gets the best of me throughout the day.  I’ll post tonight when we’re actually in the hospital and have a baby boy to name and take pictures of.  I’m not sure what the heck I’m feeling right now.  A little in denial maybe with a hint of what the heck am I doing??  Oh well!  Too late to turn back now =o) Ready or not, this baby is coming out today!!  I’m caught up with all the laundry, did a load of dishes and swept the kitchen floor this morning already.  If I’m really ambitious today, I’ll clean toilets.  There’s nothing quite like a super clean bleach smelling bathroom to make me all warm and fuzzy inside.  I guess just knowing I’m resting on a germ free throne makes me all giddy.  I wonder if I will even care when I get home from the hospital though?! �

Occasionally, I Wanna About Me!

The ABC’s of Me: 

A-Attached or single? Attached! What a hunk!
B-Best Friend? Hmmm, who’s going to offer to babysit my kids first?  My hubby is my bff
C-Cake or Pie? Strawberry cheesecake from Red Lobster of all places!!  It’s heavenly I tell you and going to be my last supper before having this next kid!
D-Day of Choice? Fridays- I have my doc appts. in the morning so it’s nice to have a reason to get out of the house and go do something!!
E-Essential Item? My glasses, water bottle, chapstick, and cell phone!
F-Favorite Color? Pink and blue
G-Gummy bears or worms? Worms
H-Hometown? Columbus, Ohio
I-Favorite indulgence? Spending money on stuff for me =o)
J-January or July? January- a fresh start!
K-Kids? I have boys
L-Life isn’t complete without? My family, sweet treats, and church
M-Marriage Date? est. 2004
N-Number of Brothers and sisters? 1 younger, but taller, brother
O-Oranges or apples? Depends on the day, I like them both!
P-Phobia and fears? I am REALLY afraid of scorpions after seeing a picture of one on a wall in a house, afraid I have a stalker, afraid of getting into a car accident in the middle of summer and being scraped off the pavement after I sat there sizzling in the Vegas heat.
Q-Quote? “I touch the future, I teach!” – Christa McAuliffe
R-Reason to smile? When someone does something nice or unexpected for me.  And when naptime happens, it’s becoming a rare occurrence in this house!
S-Season of choice? Spring, this weather is awesome!!
T-Tag someone? Whomever is up for the challenge
U-Unkown facts about me? Never broken a bone, but have had ingrown toenails surgically removed back during my hs tennis days- gross huh? All my hangers face the same way and when possible, match the color of my clothes which are lined up from short sleeve to long sleeve and by color- a bit ocd, but I like it =o)
V-Vegetable? Green Beans
W-Worst Habit? Hmmm, we’ll leave that one alone =o)
X- Xray or Ultrasound? Ultrasound most recently!   We’re looking at about 7 1/2 lbs. for this next little guy.
Y-Your favorite food? Desserts and Italian food.
Z-Zodiac sign? Virgo

1,2,3 Strikes You’re Out!

So I was really hoping I could get this baby out today, but so far, no luck!!  My attempt to induce labor started with me unloading 5 Harcourt boxes, 2 big bags, and 2 gift baskets of “teacher crap” as hubby would call it from my car so I would have room to load up the new carseat.  No luck!

Loaded up the new carseat (still the box) and the kiddo and headed for the hospital where they were doing free carseat checks and installations- we’ve never installed a carseat, we prefer to have the experts from the local Safe Kids Coalition install them and then give them a donation.  They do such a great job to get em in there oh so tight and snug!! Well my hopes were that they would get going with the install, my water would break, and so I would just walk right inside and get admitted to labor and delivery.  Well, no luck with this attempt either!!  It took about an hour to move Mikey’s seat from the middle to the passenger side and also put the new rear facing baby seat behind the driver’s side.  As much as I love my car, my beautiful shiny eco friendly Prius, there just wasn’t room to fit 2 Britax carseats right next to eachother!!  Those carseats are the biggest safest monster carseats I know of, and oh so cool since you can use them from birth to 65 lbs.  So no kids sitting in the super safe middle of the seat, but at least they’ve got the world’s greatest carseat cushioning them! On to my next plan to get baby out.

 We headed to Centennial Hills Hospital which was having their grand opening celebrations, food, tours, and free raffles!!  So I figured we browse the vendor booths, go take a tour, have my water break, and walla- be right there in labor and delivery all ready to go.  Forget the part that they are so new that they don’t have a NICU in case something were to go wrong with baby and he’d have to be shipped out to some other hospital!!  Well after 2 hours of waiting around, eating cookies and lemonade, and touring the 2nd floor, they finally did the raffles and we won absolutely nothing!!  And no water breaking for me either.  And no free diaper bag like at the last hospital grand opening I went to!

 3 strikes and I’m out!!  I guess I shouldn’t try to take matters into my own hands.  I sure thought being so close to hospitals was perfect today, but I guess the day’s not over and he-who-has-yet-to-be-named is hanging out until his “scheduled arrival” a little later on. Oh well!  I’ll keep everyone posted as soon as we have some real excitement in the delivery department.�

If They Could See Me Now…

Okay, for all the people who have known me nearly as long as I have (known myself) then you know I have had long hair FOREVER!!!  Let’s just say I’m not very daring when it comes to changing my hair.  A few layers and highlights, but nothing drastic!

Well, I was in St. George and my favorite sis-in-law suggested we go get haircuts.  I more than willingly agreed.  Well we’re not fans of shelling out a ton of dinero for a haircut so we tried a new hair college.  Hey, those gals got to learn somehow.

 So after a very nice deep conditioning treatment it was back to the chopping chair.  Dallis, the very energetic and excited student, put my hair in a pony tail at my shoulders and cut it off thinking we could donate it to Locks of Love.  I’m still not sure if it’s long enough to send in, so I need to go look into that. 

Well the haircut that was supposed to be one length right above my shoulders ended up being a little more difficult and unfamiliar territory for Dallis.  The mentor teacher gave her some suggestions and chop chop chop, off came a few more inches!!  The teacher ended up fixing the back and here’s what I look like now!!

New Hair 

I only had my cell phone camera, not the best quality, but you get the gist of the cut.  I really do like it and for being 9 months pregnant I am so surprised I wasn’t crying.  My new haircut really has changed the shape of my face I think.  I keep finding these long strands coming to the front and I don’t know what to do with them, so I cut like an inch off to make it the same length as the hairs on the side.  I’ve found like 3 of these long strands?!?  Oh well!  I figure after baby #2 comes, my hair will be so whacked out and screwed up royally that it really won’t matter what cute new do I have.

 So here’s to change!!  Thanks Aurie and Heather for posting about your hair to get me thinking about change.  And thanks my fave sis-in-law for just telling me to do it.  I think she was surprised at how easily I gave in =o)  I wonder what will be next??  But first, we’ve got to get kiddo #2 here and then we can get back to the “work in progress” project.  Can you believe I have a 10 year reunion coming up next year???  Aughhh!