Monday, September 29, 2014

Nana is Here!

Happy Monday, friends! We have had a wonderful past couple of days and I have several blog posts in the works to detail them for you and our memories...but today I am here to say that my mom, also known as "Nana" is here. We are so excited to have her with us for two whole weeks to help and love on Liam! 

She arrived on Thursday in the evening, and going to pick her up from the airport marked Liam's first official trip out of the house. Well, we had left the house for his doctors appointment but I am not counting that as an official outing that we volunteered for! So, of course we documented with some pictures: 
Mommy & Liam: 1 week old
Liam looked like such a little man in his outfit, I was smitten for sure! 

Lilly wanted her picture taken too, but would not put down her sippy cup: 
Love her "cheese" face! 

We left the house in time to stop at Aldi's to pick up a few things we needed. Lilly went inside to shop with Stephen while Liam and I stayed in the van to avoid germs. We took advantage of the time and had a nice little bottle feeding and then we all headed to the airport. After picking up my mom, we went to Chick-Fil-A for a quick dinner. This was Liam's first time eating out and I will admit that I was nervous about it. I was mostly nervous about germs. Thankfully, the place was almost empty and we sat in the back corner away from everyone. Liam stayed in his carseat the entire time and slept through the whole meal. I think it went very well! 

I remember the first time we took Lilly out and how anxious I was about it. I am happy to report that things seem to be easier this time around-I guess what they say about relaxing after baby #1 is true. I'm glad my family and I can enjoy little outings together without Mommy having an anxiety attack or melt-down. 

More posts coming soon! In the works are: my hospital stay, sneak peak at family photos, and more fun with Nana! 

Saturday, September 27, 2014

My Hospital Stay

I wanted to document some things about our hospital stay along with pictures for my memories sake. We really were blessed with a wonderful nursing staff this time, and enjoyed our stay at KCH. It was such a difference from when I had Lilly and had several nurses who were less than pleasant! 

I stayed in the hospital for two nights (Thursday and Friday) and was discharged on Saturday right after lunch. Stephen was with me at the hospital a little less this time since he was needed at home with Lilly. Because I was on my own each night at the hospital, I took advantage of the nursery and sent Liam there. It was hard to be away from him, but so necessary. I really think that the two good nights of sleep that I got in the hospital really helped with my entire recovery (which is going pretty good). Not to mention, the first night I was still unable to get up from bed on my own so there was no way I could feed and change Liam as needed without a support person there to help. The nurses would come in a few times each night to check on me and give me updates on Liam, and I so appreciated that! 

Here are some pictures from our stay: 
This picture was right after Liam was born and before I had even seen him. Stephen was in the nursery with him and one of my nurses snapped this. I love it! 
This was a couple of hours after birth just before big sister came to meet Liam! 
After I took this picture ^ Stephen commented on how horrible the bed was, so imagine that after surgery...which brings me to my next thought. Several people said that I should have stayed in the hospital longer and taken advantage of all the help. You may feel that way, but I was certainly ready to get home. For one, the beds there are awful. Like, really really uncomfortable! Not to mention I was missing Lilly like crazy and so ready to get back to being her Momma at home. Being away from her was very difficult for me even though I knew she was in good hands and being well taken care of. So yeah, as soon as they said I could go home if I wanted-I did! :) 

Liam is almost 2 weeks old already...how did that happen!? 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Hospital Photo Shoot

I was going to call this a wordless Wednesday post, but there is almost no way I could share these pictures and not have something to say about them...so yeah, It's a wordful Wednesday. Yep, I just made that up! :) 

The morning they took my catheter out and let me get out of bed, I showered and had one goal: to snap some pictures of our little blessing. I knew that I wanted to get some while he was still super newborn and squishy and I also knew that they would be hard to capture at home with Lilly and Louie in the mix. One of our outstanding nurses commented about running a photography studio in my hospital room, ha! What can I say? The lighting was fantastic!!! 

Here are my favorites: 
I am not sure what it is about newborn feet, but I love them!!! 
Liam's actual newborn photo shoot is happening today with our friend Serena. I can't wait to see what she captures!!! She will also be taking our official first family of four photo. Can you believe we haven't taken one yet? I can't wait to see what today brings!