Wednesday, August 31, 2011

the cutest little birth mark
in. the. world.
at the smith household we have been:
(not doing much of anything actually, but if you really want to know...)

I've been looking desperately for a BOB jogging stroller on KSL in my budget (because I desperately want to lose this baby weight!), so if any of you know anyone selling one or want to get rid of your own... I'm your girl, as long as it's in my budget ;)

I bought a breast pump, those things are pricey!  And yes, I bought it off my good friend KSL. 

I've been fattening up my son, little by little, feeding by feeding (does he sound like a vampire or do I sound like the witch from Hansel and Gretel?).  He was 8 lbs  4 oz last Friday, gaining 9 ounces in a week!  What a superstar son I have :)  We are weighing him again on Friday and I'm hoping he gains another 6-9 oz.  After that I don't think I'll have to go in and weigh him everyweek.

I've been getting prepared for Roman's baby blessing on Sunday!  If you're in the area you are welcome to come - 9am!  Got him the sweetest little white romper that came with a newsboy cap that is like 17 times too big for the boy.  We'll see if he can pull it off.

I've been trying to eat healthier, like I had a huge plate of salad today for lunch and it was delish!  If only I had stopped at that and not eaten the ice cream...

I cleaned up sweet Roman's second 'blow-out' to date - right after giving him a nice bath and swaddling him in a white clean outfit and blanket.  So since I hadn't thrown out the bath water yet, I doused him in it again, and we were both much happier.

Lastly, I have been to Target more times than I care to count this week.  I went to get some cheap work-out clothes and of course didn't want to take the time to try them on. When I tried them on at home I was pretty humiliated to learn that all of them, bought in my normal size, were too small.  I got them for the sole purpose of losing weight but when buying them forgot all the weight that I'd gained... had to go exchange them all.  Sigh... 

I'm off to gnaw on a carrot stick now.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

this guy is over three weeks old. and yes, he sometimes sleeps with his mouth wiiiide open. which is really kind of adorable.

Other than getting little to no sleep lately... I've been re-reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows while nursing the boy, finished today. I remembered that I seriously LOVE Harry Potter aaaand I might have teared up almost every time I picked up the book (could it be the hormones? I'm not ruling them out ;)

I'm also trying to make myself feel productive since I stay home almost all day now. So yesterday I made raspberry freezer jam (my favorite kind). Oh it's so delicious.

I just used Sure-Jell's quick and easy recipe, totally recommend it.

And that's about all I've been up to. If anyone has any tips on how to nap on command, like when your baby naps, please let me know! I'm not a 'napper' so this is quite the adjustment for me. I can fall asleep at night at the drop of the hat but napping is a totally different matter.

Friday, August 12, 2011

the birth story, his cousin, and the nursery.

the story:

On Tuesday morning, July 26th, at about 7:15 am I woke up to my water breaking. For me it was kind of a small gush (for those who don't care if I get too personal ;), and I jumped right out of bed and went to the bathroom. While draining ;), I kept thinking, "how am I going to tell Dave...?" See the back story to that is that Dave had actually prayed about when the baby was going to be born (even though I told him not to so we'd be surprised...) and he was feeling like Tuesday would really be the day. I didn't really want to believe him, especially since Tuesday was my last day of work and I had a few things I wanted to get done prior to the baby coming. If he came on Tuesday he was going to be two weeks early and I just wasn't quite prepared for him. Anyways, I woke Dave up, who jumped out of bed faster then I've ever seen him in our 6 1/2 years of marriage, and we decided if we should wait or go to the hospital. Since I wasn't having contractions just yet I decided that we could just shower and get ready. By the time I was doing my hair I was having painful contractions about 5 minutes apart so we headed off to the hospital. We arrived there at like 9:10 am and my contractions had sped up to about 3 minutes apart. The nurses told me that when your water breaks your contractions hurt even more and I could totally attest to that! They were extremely painful. Since I have a herniated disc in my back, I was already planning on getting an epidural. So when they asked if I wanted one and my contractions were killing I totally said said "yes!" And that was the best decision I made that day :) It was amazing - like 10 minutes later and I felt like I was on cloud 9 - literally I couldn't feel a thing. I kept saying "I feel sooo relaxed!" Oh so when we arrived at the hospital they checked me and I was dilated to a 3 1/2. An hour after getting the epidural they checked me again and I was the same. So then they decided to put me on petosin on a level 2. At 1 pm they came in to check me again, thinking that I wouldn't be that far along, and the nurses exclaimed "you're a nine and a half! you're ready to go!" So we quickly called my mom in Heber and all she said to Dave was "what?! I'm not going to make it!" and she hung up ;) The doctor was actually doing a delivery in the room next door so he came in at about 1:15 pm, I pushed for about 45 minutes and at 2:01 pm little Roman came into this world! My mom arrived about 10 minutes after. All in all I've heard that for a first delivery 7 hours isn't bad! I'm worried about not getting to the hospital in time to get an epidural for my other babies now. We were super blessed with how quick and easy everything went, couldn't have asked for it to go better.

Last Saturday Roman had a visit from his cousin, Zuzu, Jed and Emma's baby girl. She is about five months old and pretty much dwarfs our boy!

I think that Zuzu sat on his foot in this picture....

Oh never mind, he was just yawning. But just thinking about it makes my foot hurt ;)
But speaking of weight gain, our boy is kind of having a hard time getting his birth weight back :( He was 7 lbs, 10 oz at birth, he lost a pound and when we took him in today he's only back up to 7.3 lbs. The doctor isn't extremely worried about it yet but I'm feeding him more often and for longer in the hopes that he'll gain weight quicker. I also have to take him in to get weighed once a week for a little while just to be safe. Pray for him to get fat! I love fat babies, I don't know about Zuzu fat but... fat is adorable, on babies, only ;) Speaking of baby fat... how do I lose mine? Anyone?? I did lose 27 pounds two weeks after having the baby. I'm pretty sure that most of that was in my legs and feet. Buuut I still have a bit more to lose. How long does it take till I'm back to pre-baby weight? Let me know you mothers out there... give me hope.

Ok so on to the nursery! I have NO IDEA why the quality in my pictures isn't very good - they were when I looked at them before. Ugh! That's why I don't blog... technology eludes and confounds me! But hopefully you can still tell how cute it is (at least how cute I think it is).

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

what a difference a week makes! little roman turned on week old yesterday. we've been parents for one whole week. craziness.

it's been a whole week of changes for the smith household.

first off, how wonderful are these two women??!

the grandmas. they have helped dave and i immensely over the past week. each one sleeping over and taking care of the babe during the night and handing him off to me when he was hungry. it helped me get just a little bit more sleep every night which was soooo helpful, as any new mom can tell you :)

roman's first bath, not his happiest moment...

dave's little buddy. my friend says she loves this stage - she calls it the 'tree frog' when they cuddle up like that.

we sold 'the golden oldie' (a.k.a. our POS Saturn). dave hadn't even finished putting it up on KSL with all the pictures and he had 4 phone calls in 5 minutes. people kept calling all night long and then in the morning someone even showed up on our doorstep asking to see the car. it was crazy. we sold it for like $500 more than we thought we would! we were told that cars that sell for as little as ours are in high in demand since 'cash for clunkers.' hurray for us!

oh look at that cute boy! just had to slide that picture in there.

because dave sold our car for more than we thought... he bought a motorcycle and is now going to sell his beloved scooter (below). so if you know anyone is in the market... it gets 75 miles to the gallon! we've loved it, and saved bukoos of money on gas... just sayin...

ok, one last picture of the baby. poor kid, we took him on his first walk and the stroller was a little too big for him. so we strapped him in and i just had to laugh and laugh. the kid is going to hate me when he's older for what i did to him ;) oh this boy has stolen our hearts.

we sure love him!