Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Three Weeks with Drake

Drake hit the 3 week old mark on Sunday and I think we're finally hitting our stride. Things are starting to get easier and we're feeling much more confident taking him out and about now. He is growing so much and, according to our at-home weight checks he is up 2 lbs from the day he came home from the hospital. He's starting to chunk up!

Feeding is getting much better...he is latching pretty quickly and, while it's not pain-free yet, it's more bearable. I've fed him out in the wild twice now. Once at Friendsgiving last Friday and once in the car at frisbee practice. I wore him in the carrier for frisbee practice and he slept for the first hour before it was time to eat. We've got practice again today so we're hoping he stays just as chill.

We're starting to get a lot more awake time and I love seeing those eyes! He has found the ceiling fan and seems to react a little bit to my voice and Derrick's voice. We started reading him Harry Potter before bed. We don't really have a bedtime routine yet but we do try to go upstairs by 9 and dim the lights for our last feeding. He tends to be fussy and awake sometime between 8 and 10 for about an hour but he still isn't much of a crier. Derrick and I just take shifts walking and bouncing him until he falls asleep.

One of the most nerve wrecking things that I've found is dressing him for the cold. He's a pretty hot baby so I don't want him too hot but it's cold outside and it's hard to figure out how to keep him comfortable. We have a lot of onesies and pant sets but I'm ordering a few warmer one piece outfits to rotate through this winter. Sizing is also hard but we're figuring it out.

I can't believe we're coming up on a month old! One week from tomorrow! We have a pediatrician appointment that morning and then we're taking our first road trip for Thanksgiving. I think he'll sleep most of the way down but we'll see how it goes!

Derrick and I are still smitten by this guy. It can be exhausting and a little overwhelming at times but we wouldn't change it!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Newborn Photoshoot

Last week we had Drake's newborn photos taken. We used Jamie Staggs with Jagg Photography. They shot a few of our friend's weddings and we used them for our family photoshoots that we gifted our moms for mother's day a few years ago. Jamie and her husband are so fun to work with and we love their images! I really wanted a lifestyle type shoot in our house and that's exactly what she delivered. She spent a couple hours with us when Drake was 9 days old. Here are some of my favorite images!

I love that crooked little foot!

Side eye :)

This is one of my absolute favorites. I love how tiny Drake is in Derrick's arms and Drake's yawns use his entire body.

Sweet Crosby. Poor girl is still figuring out the attention shift in the house. We're trying to give her as much love as possible while still making sure she's not too close or rough for Drake. She's getting better but it's been a process.

I'm so happy to have these moments captured. He's already growing and chunking up and it's only been a week since these photos. We are totally in love with this little dude and I want to make sure we remember these sleepy and exhausting days with him.

Monday, November 6, 2017

2 Weeks with Drake

Drake turned 2 weeks old yesterday! This past week went by a lot slower than the first week...probably because the first week consisted of the actual birth, hospital stay, and the millions of firsts of having him home. Derrick and I have gotten into a pretty good routine around the house but it definitely consists of a lot of sitting on the couch holding a sleeping baby. We still don't have much of a schedule. Drake dictates our days and we live around his feedings. Here's his two week picture. He was kicking and squirming so much this was the only picture I could get that wasn't blurry. 

We've been very well taken care of by friends and family. Our fridge is stocked and we have more meals on the way this week. It's been so amazing to not have to worry about cooking or going out for dinner. We've been completely spoiled.

Breastfeeding has been improving. Especially over the last two days. This morning he's been eating every 45 minutes which has been a little nuts but he's latching right away and the pain goes away pretty quickly. I'm hoping we've turned a corner. I don't completely dread it anymore although I'm still a little anxious right before he latches. He's sleeping pretty well at night. We get a 3.5-4 hour stretch early on and then two 2-3 hour stretches. He's been getting a lot fussier in the evenings right before we put him down for the night but he goes down pretty well in the middle of the night. Derrick and I are working our bouncing and soothing skills.

My parents and Jay came to visit this weekend to get their Drake fix. Our plan is to go home for Thanksgiving in a couple weeks so that will be our first big trip with him and the next time my family will get to see him. He's already grown so much in two weeks...it's hard to believe he'll be a month old at Thanksgiving!

We got our newborn pictures taken last Wednesday and they turned out amazing! She captured so many of his expressions and I'm so glad we decided to get them done. I'll do a full post with more pictures but here is a sneak peek.

Derrick and I are getting pretty good at multi-tasking. I'm currently writing this with a sleeping Drake in my arms and Derrick has eaten more than one meal one handed. Drake's been a little fussy today but, beyond today and the evening before bed, he's really a pretty calm guy. He very rarely cries and only fusses if he needs something or is over-tired. He's still sleeping for most of the day.  I know there is plenty of time for this to change but we're soaking up the baby cuddles while we can.

Two weeks in and we're still in la la land with Drake. We're completely obsessed with him and the good moments heavily outweigh the hard ones.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Due Date

Yesterday was Drake's due date. It's hard to believe he was already 10 days old yesterday. I was so convinced I would go past my due date but I am so thankful that he came early. I'm thankful we've had him for 10 days, that he didn't stay in longer to get bigger than 8 pounds, and that we are already 10 days into the breast feeding learning curve. We've gotten into a rhythm and it's nice.

Here's a look back over the weeks.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Halloween 2017

Halloween is already more fun with a kid. We weren't sure if we were going to have a baby by Halloween this year but Drake showed up in enough time to pull off our best Halloween costume yet. And you know we couldn't leave Crosby out!

If you aren't familiar with Harry Potter or Mandrakes you can read more about them here. Crosby nailed the pose and Drake hit his marks on the first take. 

We opted out of trick-or-treaters this year and Derrick's mom made this great sign to discourage people from ringing the doorbell. It worked like a charm and we avoided Crosby barks and a crying baby all evening. 

Hope you all had a great Halloween!

Monday, October 30, 2017

One Week with Drake

Yesterday marked Drake's first week birthday and I have major mixed feelings about it! You always hear how amazing parenthood is but you definitely don't know the extent until you're in it. Derrick and I are obsessed with this kid. I love watching him grow and seeing him change but I also want to freeze time and for him to stay this small and cuddly forever. I already miss last week when he was so newborn fresh.

Here's his one week picture :)

My  mom stayed with us for most of the first week and it was a huge help. She would take him after his super early morning feeding and cuddle him so Derrick and I could get another 2-3 hours of sleep before starting our day. She also helped out around the houses so we weren't worrying about laundry, dishes, or meals. Today is our first official day on our own. Derrick took him out of the room this morning so I could catch an extra half hour before his morning feeding and we're planning on an adventure to Target and Panera today.

Derrick has been amazing. Seriously...Dad of the year. He has changed almost all of the diapers because I'm taking on all of the feeding. He gets up with us in the middle of the night to change him and scratch my nose when I can't move, he plays with Crosby so she doesn't feel forgotten, he cuddles Drake, and this morning he shooed me out of the nursery to do something for myself while he watched Drake. He wouldn't let me do laundry so blog posting it is :) We are so fortunate that he gets 12 weeks off with us. I don't know what I'd do without him!

Breastfeeding is HARD! Wow...it's hard. We're hitting our stride though. My milk came in quickly and majorly so we had a few rough days of difficult and painful latching. It was taking anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour to latch before a feeding could even start. Feedings were usually only 10-15 minutes too.  I was frustrated and Drake was frustrated. Just over one week in and we are latching within 5 minutes and feeding for 30+ minutes at a time. It's still very painful to start because I'm so raw and cracked but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel where it will actually be enjoyable. I still dread it just a tiny bit every time but once he's on I enjoy the time to just be with him.

We visited the pediatrician twice this week and they were very happy with his weight gain. He was already up from his hospital weight loss at our first appointment and 2 days later he was up another 4 ounces. Derrick has been doing unofficial weights with him at home and we think he's up to birth weight. The doctor did a heel stick to test his bilirubin levels and it was heart breaking. They were slightly elevated so we had to come back two days later to do it again. They were down to normal levels and the second time around was much quicker. Derrick held him, thank goodness. I got to be the comfort when it was all over.  We got cleared to skip our 12 day appointment and come back for his one month check up so that was encouraging that we were doing well so far!

Derrick calculated his percentiles. He was 8 pounds even at birth which put him in the 56th percentile. For length I think he was in the 70 something percentile; however, his weight to length ratio puts him in the 8th percentile. We have a string bean on our hands!

We have some amazing friends and family! We have been so well taken care of with meals and visits. It's been so fun to show him off! Derrick's mom and grandma came yesterday and my family is coming next weekend. The whole family is just smitten with him. We may be biased but it's hard not to fall in love with that face!

So far, if he's not eating or getting changed, he is sleeping. We get about 20-30 minutes of awake time a day where he is just gazing around and we get to see those eyes. Now that we've figured out latching he's doesn't cry very  much either. We've heard two weeks can be a turning point so we shall see if he is a fussy baby or chill. For now, he's pretty chill. He isn't a fan of being woken up or being cold but the doctor told us to wake him for another day or two to eat. Then we can let him sleep as long as he will through the night. We have had a few pee and poop incidents :) Lots of pee on the nursery wall, several outfits ruined, all three changing pad covers in the wash at the same time, and new shorts for Derrick. Also, one blow out all over his NCSU blanket.

We're into week two...we shall see how it goes! Stay tuned :)

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Introducing Drake Raymond Marcey

Drake Raymond Marcey arrived on October 22 at 1:06 AM weighing in at 8 lbs on the dot and measuring 21 inches long. He surprised us 9 days early and it was the best surprise we've ever had. I'll write out our whole story soon but for now, here's the newest member of the pack. He's pretty cute and we're pretty smitten <3

And we can't forget Crosby. She's been adjusting pretty well but I think the late night feedings are getting to her.

More posts to come! I tried to write this one 5 or 6 times though so the blog may be quiet but it won't be forgotten!