Thursday, October 5, 2017

1 Year Old

*Wrote this post a couple days after Emmett's 1st birthday*

This is Emmett's last update and I didn't realize I would be emotional about it. But I totally am. He has grown so much this past year and it's easy to see since we have a newborn in the house. I can't believe he was ever that little, just 1 year ago. The other night he woke up in the middle of the night, something he hasn't done since he was a newborn and I just rocked him in our recliner and cried like a baby because I can't believe how my love just grows and grows for him. He looked up at me because my tears were getting on his head (lol) and rubbed my face. I just about died. We are so blessed to have his sweet spirit. He is the busiest boy I've ever met. It definitely wears me out but I wouldn't have him any other way. He wakes up for the party! I guess this is what makes boys so fun, their business. He is a routine baby for sure. He knows when it's time to eat, play, and sleep. I love just watching him play. He is definitely ALL boy. He's obsessed with balls, cars, trains, and trucks. He loves to run around and lets us tickle attack him whenever we want. He's still so friendly and will play with anyone. It's been a crazy couple months getting adjusted to our family of 4, but we are so grateful for this little boy!

Sleep: Still sleeping like an angel! He's seriously been sleeping like an angel since was 2 months old. He basically tells me when he's ready for a nap and bedtime now which is AMAZING! We never had any sleep regression or anything and I'm going to give all the cred to sleep training.

Eating: He is officially on real milk now. No more formula. Thank the maker because I hate formula haha. But honestly the kid has been mostly drinking my oversupply. He gets a little territorial when he sees baby sister with a bottle of my milk... Like he will refuse to drink his milk over hers... Not a fun situation. He loves chicken, sunflower butter (allergic to peanut better) & jelly sandwiches, grapes, all berries, yogurt, cucumbers, green juice, and bananas.

-Really understands "no"
-Understands phrases such as: "Will you hand me ____?" and "Where are your toes?" <<< he shows us where Ruby's toes are all the time ;)
-It's finally gotten a lot easier to change him because he'll put his arms and leg through the holes
-Shakes his head yes & no
-He says: mama, dadda, sister (sounds like "tister", cutest thing ever), ball, book, banana, and car. And lots of blabber.
-When he's ready for a nap/sleep he will come up to us with his blankey, binky, and a book.
-He'll give us anything if we say "thank you" haha!
-Has 10 teeth
-Is getting better at using utensils
-Gets nervous around strangers but warms up really quick. Still the friendliest baby we know.

We have had so much fun with you this year and love you so stinking much! <3

Monday, October 2, 2017

Ruby's Birth Story

***I'm actually writing this as I'm in the hospital because I want to remember this as best as I can!***

At my 40 week appointment we scheduled an induction date for Sunday July 23rd. 41 weeks exactly. I went late with Emmett so, I was expecting to have to be induced this time around too. I initially had this induction set for 7PM that night but they called me a few days before and changed it to midnight.  They told me I just needed to show up at that time and they would get me in.

So, at around 11PM that night Wyatt and I headed to Corkeys (a Denny's time diner...we keep it classy) and snagged some breakfast burritos. Last year we went to Ihop before my induction with Emmett, so I guess we're making this "our thing" haha. After "my last meal" we headed to the hospital. We got there a little after midnight and were ready to check in. It turns out they wanted me to call and check in before coming in (I didn't have to do that for Emmett's induction) so we waited for about an hour in the waiting room while they got a room ready for us. While we waited we watched some law and order, stared at pictures of Emmett, and guessed how big baby sister would be.

(Last night as a dad to

We got into a room around 1:30AM and by then I was tired. Wyatt and I tried to sleep before we even went to the hospital but we were too excited! :) They got me all set up, hooked up with the IV, took my vitals, and checked me. 

That surprisingly took a little while. That wrapped up at around 2:30AM. They told me that she had some meconium and that when I delivered she would need the NICU team there "just incase". They told me it was common especially for babies that are past their due date, but I immediately got emotional. I knew it could be nothing, but it's still not a fun thing to hear going into labor and delivery... Especially on little sleep.

At that check, I was 1.5 cm dilated and 70% effaced (nothing changed from my 39 week appt). They explained to me that they were going to use a pill (cytotec) to soften the rest of my cervix, it comes in 4 doses you take every 4 hours or so. Supposedly, the pill isn't supposed to induce labor but because it softens the cervix some women begin to experience more contractions. They gave me my first dose around 3:30AM and I started feeling contractions within the first 30 minutes. In about 2 hours I went from being 1.5 cm dilated to 6 cm. The doctor came in, checked me, and broke my water at about 6:30AM and thats when the contractions started getting intense... I told myself I wanted to see how long I could go until I needed the epidural because I hardly felt contractions with Emmett. I was induced with Emmett and felt that I got my epidural pretty early because I was afraid to feel too much pain (plus I heard pitocin contractions hurt worse and I immediately got on pitocin with Emmett.) But this time around, as soon as I felt them I knew I wasn't missing out on anything! Haha! The pain was intense and fast. I knew I wanted to save my energy... Plus I wanted a nap! Haha! I got the epidural around 8AM. It was a much better experience than with Emmett. With Emmett I could feel the epidural clear up to my shoulders and couldn't even lift my legs. Now, I just felt it from my belly down and could still lift my legs. It was amazing. I went from being incredibly exhausted to taking a sweet nap! :)

Around 10 AM they checked me and I was 8cm dilated they expected me to be further along so they finally got me on some pitocin. Then around 11AM they checked me again and I was fully effaced and 9 cm dilated. Around 11:30AM I started feeling a LOT of pressure. Again, this was so different than Emmett because when I was this far along in labor, I could virtually feel everything. I had stopped pressing the "epidural button" about 5 hours before actually delivery (because of the strength). So, I could feel the pain and pressure. Now, all I could feel was pressure... NO pain. But I still had the urge to push, and it only seemed to be getting stronger so I told the nurse. She checked me and sure enough I was fully dilated and baby sister was crowning. The nurse told me to hang tight and not to push until she brought the doctor and NICU team back. She left and all I wanted to do what push this baby out. But she quickly came back in with the NICU team and said the doctor was on his way... He was just finishing up with a c-section.

I did a couple pushes with the nurse, but again she told me to hold it until the doctor came. I was like "I literally can't hold anything," and right as I was saying that the doctor came in. I had this instant relief when he came in but I swear it took him 5 mins to get his gown and gloves on. Once I saw him get his gown on I started pushing, he came a few moments later, told me to give it a "good push". I gave it 2 "good pushes" and she was out! Ruby Grace Padgett was born on July 24, 2017 and 11:52 AM.

They had Wyatt quickly cut the umbilical cord quickly and then she was instantly placed with the NICU team. I had that "I just pushed out a brand new baby high" and couldn't stop crying. I was happy, sad, excited, and anxious all at once. I just wanted to hold her. But we watched and listened as the NICU team cleaned her up and she cried. A few minutes after they got all the menconium cleaned up they handed her to me and she immediately latched. It was the best feeling ever. 

I was staring at her while she nursed and she looked familiar, like I've known her all along. I couldn't believe how beautiful she was. She looked different than Emmett and SO girly! I looked at Wyatt and we still didn't have a "for sure" name for her, so I said... "What should we name her?" He looked at me and said "she looks like our little "Roobers" (we tossed around the name Ruby and said how cute Roobers would be for a nickname) & sure enough she looked exactly like a Ruby with her rosy red cheeks. Ruby Grace Padgett, just fit her perfectly. I still can't believe there are 4 of us in our little house. My heart is so full <3