Monday, July 22, 2013

Jack {1 month}

Jack, you turned 1 month old yesterday. This month's seemed like the longest and shortest month all in one. Although we fell in love with you the instant you were born, we have fallen more in love with you over the past month. You have truly completed our little family. Sometimes I want to cry just looking at you. 
You are growing bigger every day, and I am trying to savor each moment because I know just how fast they go. At the doctor's office 2 weeks ago you weighed 9lbs 2 oz. You wear mostly size 1 diapers and newborn/ 0-3 month clothes although the newborn clothes are getting snug. You definitely LOVE to eat. When we first brought you home you were nursing every 1 to 11/2 hours. I felt like all I did was nurse you. Now you go at least 2 hours between feedings, but not usually anymore than 3. I am so thankful that breastfeeding is going so well with you and I love that time together. 
You have been many places in the short amount of time you've been with us. Your first restaurant trip was to the Olive Garden and since then you've been to a couple lunches including a lunch with the girls from mommy's work. You've also been to Walmart, Target, church, the mall, and the pool, although you hung out in the shade. No swimming for you yet:)  A few old ladies have tried to touch you while we've been out, but I'm right on it and as politely as possible keep you away.
Your brother loves you more than you know. He loves to rub your head and lately when he gets up in the morning he's started saying, "Well hello there baby Jack." He loves to help give you baths, which you love, and lay with you on your play mat. It was a huge adjustment at first with the both of you, but (knock on wood) I think we are starting to get the hang of things. The first 3 weeks you were going to bed around 11:00 p.m.and would get up every 2 to 3 hours, but this last week you have been going to bed around 9-10:00 p.m. and sleeping for much longer stretches. The night before you turned 1 month you slept from 9:30 p.m. until 5:30 a.m. straight. What a big boy! You are sleeping in your swing in the Halo sleep sack and it has kept you from startling yourself and waking up. I have even been able to put you down not all the way asleep and you fall asleep on your own.
In the past week or so you've really started to coo. The other day daddy was laying next to you on the play mat and you were just looking at him and cooing. It was the sweetest thing ever. You've also really started to notice your surroundings more, especially people's faces. You LOVE being held and you've recently started laying in your swing or on your play mat for longer periods of time (about 10 minutes) before you get mad and want someone to hold you. You really don't get mad when you have a dirty diaper, but you can't stand being in your car seat if it's not moving. You usually do great in the car though once we get going. 

I know you are going to change SO much in the next month and I hope time slows down a little. We love you so so much.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Caramel Pecan Cookies

Before I had baby Jack, I was inspired by this recipe that has been floating all over Pinterest. My cookies didn't end up looking as beautiful as the originals, but they still tasted delicious none the less. 

I made a few changes to the original recipe to make it a little simpler and less time consuming.

What you'll need:
-1 pkg. pre-made or ready to make chocolate cookie dough (I used a Betty Crocker's cookie pouch)
-1 small bag chopped pecans
-1 bag Werther's chewy caramel
-a few tablespoons of milk

1. Pre-heat oven to directions on cookie package.

2. Make dough according to package.

3. Chill the dough for at least 2 hours then roll in the chopped pecans. {I was running short on time and didn't chill the dough enough which caused them to loose their shape went baking. I also would chop the pecans a little finer next time}

4. Flatten cookies on a greased cookie sheet and make a small dent in the middle of the cookie which will hold the caramel once they are done baking. {If you don't chill the dough long enough the dent will loose it's shape during baking}

5. Bake according to the directions on the cookie package. {I had to increase the bake time by 5 minutes since the cookies were coated with pecans}. 

6. While the cookies are cooling, melt a few of the Werther caramels with a little milk in the microwave. I added a little milk at a time and kept adding until the caramel was smooth. 

7. Once the cookies are cooled, move them to a cookie rack and spoon the caramel mixture into the center of the cookie.

Optional: drizzle with melted chocolate. {I'll be doing this next time!}

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Jack's Birth Story

He's here! Actually he's been here for almost a month now:)

Born at 8:01a.m. and weighing in at 8 lbs 11 oz and 20 1/4 inches long. Much bigger than his brother who was just 6 lbs 12 oz. And although Jack weighed almost 2 pounds more, I definitely think you can tell they are brothers especially in the nose and eyes.

Jack's birth was the complete opposite of Ben's. I was induced with both boys, but unlike with Ben, I did not have to go through 17+ hours of labor only to have a C-section at the end.

From weeks 37-40 I was dilated to 2 cm and 50% effaced. Since I had a previous C-section with Ben, I wanted to try to do a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) with Jack. Due to complications and risk factors involved with VBACs, my Dr. didn't feel comfortable letting me labor unless I was at least 3 cm dilated when I came in to be induced. 

The Tuesday before my due date I hadn't dilated anymore and the decision was made to induce me that Friday or do a C-section if I hadn't progressed. 

We headed off to the hospital at 5:00 a.m. and when we arrived my IV was started while we waited for me to be checked. The best part was my sister, who is a labor and delivery nurse at the hospital where I was having the baby, was working the night before so she got to be with us when we got there and in the operating room!
(Don't mind my fat face)

After getting checked,  I was still at 2 cm. so a C-section it was. At this point I had come to terms with it and was just ready to meet our little boy. After he was born and finding out he was almost 9 lbs. I was glad I didn't have to push that sucker out!

Right before going back to the operating room.

The best part about the C-section this time was that I didn't have to be separated from the baby. When I had Ben, Ben went to the nursery and J went with him while I went to a recovery room all by myself. This time, both J and the baby stayed with me the entire time, even in recovery, and I still got to do skin-skin with the baby as soon as he came out. 

At the hospital I delivered, the baby never left my side except once for 30 minutes to get checked and get some shots. They weighed and measured him right in the room and J got to give him his first bath. Breastfeeding is also going much better this time and within seconds of skin to skin, Jack was ready to eat!

We had lots of visitors during our stay, but the best was when Ben finally got to meet his little brother!

Our family is complete!

After 2 days, the baby and I were both doing well and we were given the option to go home. It was so nice to be able to go home and finally begin our life as a family of 4!

All ready to come home.

Stay tuned for a post on how our life has changed and all the fun things we have been up to!