January 12, 2015

Introducing Baby2

Precious baby boy
After months of waiting, Baby2 arrived the end of November. I was induced for medical reasons so didn't have to worry about making the two hour drive to the hospital while in labor. I had really been worried about that.

Labor and delivery went smoother than with M2, lasting 21 hours instead of 41.5 and the epidural worked this time. A was at the hospital with us the whole time, including the two days we were there after. M2 stayed at home with my mom so that she was in her own house with as little change from the norm as possible. Not having mommy and daddy around when you don't understand why is hard enough, let alone if you're not in your usual environment. She was THRILLED when her new brother came home. She even gave him his blog nickname--B. Without further ado, I'd like you to meet baby B.



All about the baby B
We absolutely adore him. From his dark hair and dark grey eyes to the tip of his wee long little toes. Sweet baby B is adorable, laid back, active and already growing so fast. The boys in our family tend to be bigger and grow quickly. B is already around 12 lbs. and is over 22.5 inches long. The doctors and nurses seem surprised with how big his is, until we explain that A and I are the short ones in the family even though both taller than average! B loves his big sister already and M2 is totally in love. Every morning the first thing she does is ask for B. She is always making sure he has a blanket so he doesn't get chilly, get worried if he cries, gives him lots of hugs and kisses, and plays with him on his play mat (his favorite toy). When we go shopping, M2 has to keep checking B to make sure he's ok in the car seat. B sits and stares at her, watching her ever movement. He's already smiling and very alert (when he's awake!). The past month and a half has been crazy settling into new routines and getting used to being a family of four.

Scary Accident
B had an accident at a few weeks old. He was in the hospital for a few days and is still being watched carefully to be sure he has a full recovery. I've been fighting the insurance companies and doctors to get him the care he needs. When the focus should be entirely on B and getting him well, it's beyond frustrating to have to take so much time dealing with things that shouldn't be a problem.

B getting hurt was one of the scariest things to ever happen in my life. I can't begin to explain what it's like to have your baby hurt, not knowing if he'll be all right, rushing him to the ER then having him admitted to a children's hospital where he's hooked up to wires and having a plethora of tests done. He was too little to even be able to tell for sure if he wasn't acting normal. We were still learning what his normal was, plus babies change so fast what is normal one week may not be the next. Thankfully, he is doing okay so far. Family and friends really stepped up to help us when it happened. The hospital B was at was about 2.5 hours away, making it impossible for us to be able to both be there with him without my dad staying with M2. He drove about 7 hours and stayed for a week to take care of M2 and then help with B as well when he was discharged. A friend drove out 2 hours to watch M2 until my dad arrived while we got B on a Medivac helicopter and to the hospital. A's brother and another friend visited us at the hospital to lend support while we where there. Countless others let us know they were there if needed and offered support and advice when asked.

Everything has been very stressful (to say the least) worrying about him and taking care of all the complications on top of the usual changes that come with having a newborn. Not to mention all that comes with the holidays.

Back to normal (?)
Life is slowly starting to settle down a bit (knock on wood, especially as A just started having car trouble  and B has more doctor appointments coming up).  I'm still getting back into the grove of meal planning, taking care of the house, figuring out daily routines and schedules, etc. A's work schedule just changed this week, causing a new round of adjustments.

With all of that and the fact that we're still not getting much sleep around here and have frequent feedings, I won't be back to the blog full time yet. That'll be another month or two.


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17 comments:

  1. Your children are really beautiful. I'm so sorry about the accident and I hope little B continues to recover. Insurance companies are a pain in the keeister.

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    1. Thank you! He is doing great.

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  2. Keep them safe and don't stop fighting the insurance and medical care if needed. I had a premie baby, we fought for years to get her all the help she needed but finally succeeded and she is happy now. My labor was cut in half with each of my pregnancies too!

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    1. Thank you! I am glad your daughter is doing great. I am still fighting the insurance company and hospitals and will continue. He is worth it.

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  3. accidents are hard on everyone. glad things are starting to get back to somewhat normal.

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  4. Prayers to your family. Accidents are scary no matter how old your child but I think a little more so with such a small baby. I hope all ends up well for you.

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    1. Thanks! He is doing great and we hope it stays that way.

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  5. What a beautiful family! I will be praying for healing and safety for all. :-)

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  6. Adorable family. So glad he is ok.

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  7. Glad things are settling down for you. Best of luck with your new little one.

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  8. Omg congrats on the little one!!! He is such a cutie :):)

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  9. Congrats on the beautiful addition to your family. So cute!!

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