Monday, July 6, 2015

Kade’s 3rd Week

Hi Kade! You turned 3 weeks old on Sunday, July 5th. This is all about your sweet third week.

Weight: We went back to see Dr. Carey on Wednesday, July 1st. I had a feeling Baby Kade put on some weight after his growth spurt, but I wasn’t quite expecting as big of a jump as he made. Little hoss baby weighed in (before his feeding) at 8 lbs and 13 oz! Whatttt?!? That is a whole pound and 6 oz over his birth weight at 2 weeks & 3 days old. That means he made some gains on the growth chart too. Head was still at 40%, but weight went from 24% to 4% and height went from 54% to %.

Health: Soft spots are closing up, rash looks better, we are going to continue to watch out for his hips (since Jase had issues), and heart and lungs sound good. Circumcision & bely button has healed. Eyes, ears, mouth, and nose all look good. He can grip his paci and pull it out, and has also rolled over 2-3 times now. Kade is strong like his brother & daddy!!

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Sleep: Well that growth spurt threw us off, and shew wee, it is whoopin my tail! I have never been so thankful for Spark! Now he’s waking up 1-2 times between 12-7. One time it’s just for a few minutes though, so it’s not too bad. I really need to go to bed earlier and take naps when him and his brother nap. He does sleep really well for naps though. I have a feeling he’s going to be a tummy sleeper (like me and his Jase) when he’s big enough. Still using a Swaddle. (We like Summer Infant SwaddleMe and Woombie .) Of course he sleeps best when being held, & I know that closeness and skin to skin is especially important in the early months, so I have no problem holding him as much as possible for now.

Nursing: Going great! I can finally feel my letdown. He is eating every 2.5/3-4 hours…just depends on if I can get in a full feeding or not.

What Kade is up to: Well, obviously he is growing like a weed!

He started getting the hiccups some so I have gripe water because I know it has to be annoying. I’ve only given it to him a few times, but it seems to help.

We went for round #2 of newborn pictures. It still took us a while because he did NOT want to sleep, but Brittany (AKA the baby whisperer) was fantastic and caught some sweet ones.

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He may have made her work for it, but it was all worth it to get sweet pictures like this one. Check out my little blondie! We can’t wait to see the rest!

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He gets little boogies in his nose sometimes and it makes him snore. It doesn’t block his entire nasal passage so I typically leave them alone. I know using the bulb too much can irritate the area and make it worse.

He hasn’t spit up much, but one day he spit up/threw up a lot (only once, but a lot of volume). I remember Jase doing that a few times too. Little man got me and our new comforter (that we JUST had dry cleaned!) good.

Still LOTS of poop and pee diapers. We moved him to size 1’s on 7/5 (almost 3 weeks). They fit much better! We prefer Pampers at this age, but Jase is in size 6 and we prefer Huggies for him. (Although just read through 3 Day Potty Training my friend Lindsay sent, and once we get Kade on a schedule, it’s game on potty training Jase!)

We celebrated Papa’s birthday and had a BLAST!!

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Kade also celebrated his first 4th of July!

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He doesn’t like being strapped in his car seat, but he’s fine once he’s in there and usually just sleeps.

PostPartum: I feel pretty much all the way back to normal this week! Woo hoo!! I have started driving and picking up my Jase again.

Im about 5-6 lbs from pre-pregnancy weight. Not trying to lose weight, but it’s coming off from nursing I think. My arms and legs aren’t as tone and I am ready to get in the gym, but I know that’ll be a couple more weeks. My tummy is still a little fuller than normal too, but I have read that it could take 4-6 weeks for uterus to go back to its normal size. I did discover some new stretch marks though that I didn’t know I had! All of the ones around the center of my belly are pretty much gone and it’s just a little loose skin, but I have some that are a little darker and bigger on the underneath side of my belly (closer to my bikini line). Apparently the torpedo belly was so big I couldn’t see them! Ha! I showed Jonathan the other day and said “Check these out! Did you know I had these?” He hadn’t seen them either.

Holy.night.sweats! I wake up completely SOAKED…to the point that I could use a towel to dry off! Awesome, right? I never sweat in my sleep so it’s just a super fun post-partum treat.

My face is breaking out some this week.

Finally got my hair done! Desperately needed it because my hair and nails have been growing crazy fast!

Big Brother Jase: Jase does his own thing for the most part, but he is very loving towards Kade. He won’t go to bed without kissing Kade goodnight and the first thing he does in the morning is come kiss Kade on the head. I’m sure as they will become best buds and Jase will be protective over him. He already doesn’t like for Kade to cry & runs to get his paci if he’s crying.

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Thoughts: I am so, so thankful for AdvoCare. It has been SUCH a blessing having Jonathan home. He is so helpful around the house and gets to spend a ton of time with Jase while Kade is requiring lots of my attention. (And then of course we can trade off and I can have some alone time with Jase while he gets to bond with Kade.) Two kids in diapers is a good bit of work, but we are so, so thankful for our precious blessings!! Jonathan tends to get stressed easily so I told him the other day we just have to embrace the chaos & soak it all up because it’ll be over before we know it! We already can’t believe how fast time has flown by with Jase and know we’ll be waking up in the blink of an eye and Kade will be 2! This morning we were all 4 in our bed before breakfast. Kade was asleep on my chest, Jase was “pretending to be night night” and we were all snuggled up. Jon and I have talked about selling our bed because it’s a king and just HUGE, but Jon said “I guess it’s a good thing we have this big bed for all these boys and the other babies we’re going to have!” I can’t even tell you how that made my heart feel. I thought it might just burst right out of my chest and I truly feel blessed beyond measure. Motherhood is such a blessing. Like Jon says…”It’s not all grapes and lollipops,” but even changing 12+ diapers a day and nursing non-stop through growth spurts…there is no place I’d rather be. I have truly never been more fulfilled.

Kade’s 2nd Week

Hi Kade! You turned 2 weeks old on Sunday, June 28th. This is all about your sweet second week.

Weight: Our next appointment is on Wednesday, July 1st. We are anxious to see how much weight he has gained. I am guessing a lot because he hit a growth spurt and ate pretty much all day Friday and Saturday! I felt like we were attached.

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Health: Kade’s umbilical cord fell off on Tuesday, June 23 (9 days old). We were glad to see it go because it was getting a little stinky and leaving some gook on his onsies.

His rash is clearing up. You can still see it a little but it is definitely improving.

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Everything else has been going pretty well. We are thankful for a healthy baby boy!

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Sleep: He started waking up during the night when he hit that growth spurt. Let the good times roll! Maybe when we make it through that he’ll go back to 12-5…I really enjoyed that stretch. And if not, I know it’s just a season. We’ll start working on a schedule a little bit more in another week or so.

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Nursing: Engorgement went away and the milk supply started regulating. No more pain- Yay!! He did get fussy at the breast during the growth spurt though. I wasn’t sure if letdown was too fast or slow…or maybe he needed to burp..or maybe he just wasn’t getting as much milk as he wanted…or if it was gas…or if he was just fussy from the growth spurt. It happened in the middle of a feed and he would continue after fussing for a few seconds. He also started getting hiccups after some feedings. Lots and lots of diaper changes though. (A yellow seedy poop after every feed. Jonathan has been changing Jase’s diapers so that means I get Kade duty.)

What Kade is up to: You want to hold your head up so bad and you are already so strong! You prefer to be held upright when you are awake.

We  gave him his first real bath the same day his cord fell off. We bathed him in the sink after we put Jase to bed. We wanted him to look fresh for his newborn pictures the next day!

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Newborn pictures…well, they didn’t happen. Brittany is the best and so, so sweet with them. Seriously, baby whisperer! But Kade wasn’t having it. At first he just wouldn’t go to sleep for us, but then he started crying out and pulling his little legs up like he had gas. This was the first time he’d ever done that, so I’m thinking it was a certain protein bar I ate. We ended up rescheduling, but of course little booger went right to sleep as soon as we left and slept for the next 3 hours or so! P.S. You know you’ve hit the newborn photographer jackpot when she’s willing to change a yucky diaper for you.

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We went to Sunday school on Sunday because they are having a series on Shepherding A Child’s Heart that I did not want to miss. Jonathan didn’t like the idea of taking him out so early, but agreed if we got there late and left early so no one would want to touch him. (He also doesn’t really like me nursing in public.) He said he was just going to go to prove to me how stressful it was going to be, but it ended up going fine.

You also had some great visits from family this week, and more sweet friends brought us meals. (I know I’ve told you all thank you, but seriously, THANK YOU!! It was such a blessing to not have to worry about preparing dinner during those first two weeks.)

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PostPartum: Hallelujah! The Sunday that he turned 1 week old I started to feel like a NEW woman. A few sitz baths & more rest did the trick. I quit taking Motrin and Colace, stopped using the squirt bottle and started using regular toilet paper, nursing quit being painful, and the swelling of the hemrhooids went away. Still having the night sweats and still have a tummy. I’m holding at about 6 lbs up from my pre-pregnancy weight.

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Mom & I went to Target and Belk this week to finish getting the bedding for our bedroom. It was so nice to get out! So far Kade does great in his car seat and pretty much sleeps the whole time we are out. We used Mom’s double stroller for the first time too and it worked out perfectly.

Big Brother Jase: Jase REALLY fell into his big brother role this week. He likes to help me hold him and LOVES to kiss him on the top of the head! He probably kisses him about 50-60 times a day and has started kissing me on the head too. He calls him brother, tells him he loves him, and loves to help out. When Kade opens his eyes, Jase says “I’m watcccccching you, brother!” Oh my gosh, we die laughing every time. It is hilarious! We do have to watch him because he really likes to get all up in his face and lay his head down on the baby. He also likes to hold his hands and feet and squeezes just a little too hard. Kade doesn’t seem to mind, but we keep reminding Jase to be gentle.

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Thoughts: The second week was even better than the first! I was able to do a lot more around the house and with Jase, so that took some pressure off Jonathan. The weather was beautiful this week too so we spent a lot of time outside.

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“Every good and perfect gift is from above.” –James 1:17

Baby Kade- You are so, so precious!! Between your sweet newborn smell and kissable little face, I have to restrain myself from kissing your little face right off! You make my heart so happy and I LOVE seeing you and Jase together. We already can’t imagine life without you. You’ve made yourself right at home and are such a sweet addition to our family. Love you, my angel baby.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Kade’s 1st Week

Hi Kade! You turned one week old on Sunday, June 21st. Here’s all about your sweet first week of life.

Weight: I remember the nurses weighing Jase several times at the hospital, but they only weighed Kade once while we were there after the initial weigh in. He was still 7 lbs, 7 oz. His first doctor’s appointment (and our first outing as a family of four!) was Tuesday, 7/16. He weighed 7 lbs and 3 oz, so he had dropped 4 oz. She wanted us to come back in 3 days for another weight check, so we headed back on Friday (6/19). Our sweet nurse Aleta let me feed him before we had the check up, and sure enough when they weighed him this time he was at 7 lbs, 9 oz! Dr. Carey was pretty surprised that he gained 6 oz in 3 days, but was it was the same scale so she knew it was accurate. 5 days old and dude was up 2 oz past his birth weight! Way to go, Kade!

Health: Everything looks great so far. (Praise the Lord!!) The only issue was a newborn rash called Erythema Toxicum that she said should clear up in a few days. It looks like baby acne and the spots get brighter when he is hot or just after he has nursed. They pop up different places too. She said we would watch it but it’s nothing to worry about.

He was 26% on his weight, 54% on his height, and his head was 40%. Jase was always in the 90th percentile, so he is definitely smaller, but healthy as can be and we are so thankful for that answered prayer!

His little booty got red from going to the bathroom so much, so I tried to let him air out as much as possible for a few days and that did the trick. He peed and pooped on me a few times, but it was worth it to let it heal up. It’s looking all better now. And speaking of pee, he has a REALLY strong urine stream!

After about about a week, we stopped using the gauze for his circumcision care. The first few days of that is tough. It doesn’t bother them that bad, but it makes me feel a little funny to care for it because I don’t do well with blood and cuts.

I asked about tummy time & vitamin D supplementation, but she said to wait a bit longer on both of those. (It’s amazing how much you forget in 2 short years, but also how quickly it comes back.)

Sleep: Kade slept from 12-5 for the first 2 nights!! After his weight dropped a few oz at his first appointment (which is TOTALLY normal), I felt a little nervous and woke him up after 3 1/2 hours to feed him. That ended up being a lonnng night so I decided not to do that again. He slept from 12-5 for a few more nights after that. Maybe he got my sleepyhead gene like Jase did and will be a great sleeper? That would be fabulous because this mama really requires her sleep to function. Honestly though, I prayed he would be a good sleeper and I feel like the Lord was just honoring that.

He REALLY likes to be held. He sleeps in the pack n play in our room at nighttime and in his bouncie or in my arms for naps. I also do skin to skin with Kade during Jase’s nap time. I’ll probably start wearing him soon so I have my hands free. As long as you follow the safety precautions, there are MANY benefits in baby wearing.

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We also et him have a paci during naps if he wants it. Half the time he gags when we try to put it in and won’t take it, but sometimes it does the trick. Thankfully he doesn’t cry when it falls out for us to put it back in.

Nursing: Kade latched really well immediately at the hospital. He ate every 2-3 hours except at night (when he went for that 5 hour stretch), alternating sides. We must have had a few tough latches or pulled him off without properly delatching though because I had some milk blisters pop up and my nipples were pretty sore.

He was born on Sunday at 4, and my milk started coming in on Monday night. (It came in a little faster on the left side than the right, but the right started coming in on Tuesday.) And let the engorgement fun begin!! Goodness gracious!! My breasts were really full, lumpy, and hot to the touch. Jonathan thinks it’s awesome, but it’s seriously a “look but don’t touch” zone because they are so sore. Engorgement also means sore nipples. I avoided Lasinoah/nipple cream this time and tried to stick with breast milk to heal my ‘wounds’ after feedings. In order for him to be able to latch, I would use a heating pad for a few minutes before and manually express some milk. (I forgot about that trick, but it is super helpful.) The lactation specialist told me not to pump or a few weeks and to avoid letting the water beat down on your breasts in really warm showers, even though it feels good.

I started with a different side each time, but always offer both breasts, and he would usually take both. It was an awesome feeling when he was able to finally start emptying a side towards the end of the week.

I did not track feedings or diapers after we left the hospital this time like I did with Jase, and it’s really nice to feel confident that he is getting enough to eat without obsessing over it. He eats every 3 hours or so and poops/pees every time, so we are good to go. Second time mommy confidence is a beautiful thing!!

I am thankful the Lord is allowing me to nurse again. I know not everyone is able, and even if it is a rough start in the beginning, I do not want to take it for granted. I won’t tell you that I’m one of the moms who really enjoys it, but I sure wouldn’t trade it! I know it is best for both of us, but especially for him, so I am 100% committed.

What Kade is up to: Kade LOVES to be held, especially by Mama!! We have the Angel Care monitor hooked up in his pack n play, but he legit rolled from his back, to his side, to his tummy (in his swaddle) when he was 3 days old, so I decided to keep him in the sleeper that came as an attachment in his pack n play. At least he can’t roll over in that! I may roll up some blankets to put by his sides for when we’re ready to lay him flat in the pack n play again. We will probably move him to his room at about the 6 week mark because the noises keep Jonathan awake. And let’s just say neither one of us are the best version of ourselves when sleep deprived.

He is mostly eating, peeing/pooping, staying awake for a few minutes after feedings, then snoozing again. He is a very content, sweet baby. Looks like we have another angel baby! He reminds me a lot of Jase in his demeanor and content little personality. I can’t wait to watch him continue to grow and develop!! We’ve even seen some ‘newborn smiles’ where he showed off his dimples and straight stole my heart! I don’t know where he got them, but I.LOVE.THEM.

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Only time he has cried so far is when I’m not fast enough changing a diaper or feeding him. He gets really red when he cries & he has a little spot on is forehead (sometimes referred to as a “stork bite”) that flares up. Dr. Carey said it should go away with time. His birth mark is on his hair line on the back of his neck.

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He does get oily fast so we have had to do a few sponge baths. I think he is going to have sensitive skin like Jase.

I forgot about all the newborn noises- the grunting & cooing.

He has long fingers like his brother, but I think his feet are a little smaller. His little legs and booty are so narrow!

Kade had a lot of mucus when he was first born, and some of that is still clearing up. A couple times he has gagged a little on the mucus in his mouth and I’ve had to use the bulb to clear it out.

He desperately wants to hold his head up and can for a few seconds at a time. He is a STRONG baby! Even the doctor commented on that at the hospital.

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We’ve also had lots of sweet visitors this week!! We are so thankful for sweet friends, family, and church family who are loving on us and bringing meals. Of course the grandparents, aunts, and cousins have had to come spoil him too.

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PostPartum: They didn’t tell me a whole lot about self care when we left the hospital. I’m not sure if it’s because it was my second baby or what, but I am the type of person who likes a LOT of specific information and instructions. Jonathan made it pretty clear he was ready to get him ASAP, so maybe they were just trying to help us get out quickly. I think most of it is common sense anyway, but since it was a completely different type of birth, I just assumed I could go back to normal. (Not like hitting the gym or anything, but normal activity for the most part.) I seriously felt so good when we got home! My bleeding had really lightened up and I barely needed the Motrin, and that made me think I was good to go. Read: I made some very unwise choices & WAY overdid it.! Do not do these.

I carried Kade up the stairs the first night so we could read Jase his bedtime story. (They did tell me not to lift Jase, so Jon handled everything that required lifting.) FYI: You should not go up and down stairs right away. I also squatted down to the floor and then sat indian style to change a diaper- probably 30 hours after birth. (Anyone else cringing reading this? Yea, me too! I cannot believe I did that!) Then I woke up the next morning and made a big breakfast for everyone  & unloaded the dishwasher like I normally do. And…enter the pain train. I paid for it over the next week! My bleeding picked up to the point that I was texting my OB and midwife friends to make sure it was normal. I wasn’t soaking a pad an hour so they weren’t too concerned, but I was getting a little freaked out over some of the blood clots. They were a little smaller than a golf ball. They told me not to worry unless they became the size of a lemon or bigger. I was also really sore and took full advantage of the ice pads and Motrin (800 mg every 6 hours). It was a tough few days honestly. My boobs were super sore & my bottom half was super sore. My feet and ankles also swelled up around day 3-4 and stayed that way for a few days. I never swelled at all during pregnancy, so it caught me by surprise. My right ankle was a lot more swollen than my left, and I’m thinking it’s because I had more ‘trauma’ on my right side than my left. I tried to keep them propped up while I was nursing to help with the swelling.

Jonathan was doing everything besides taking care of Kade, and I know he was going stir crazy being cooped up. So on top of making my own recovery worse by doing too much, I felt really guilty about being so unproductive & him having to do so much. One thing is for sure, I do NOT like feeling lazy (even if it is really just resting to recover and not laziness.) Lesson learned though!! Next time I will take it way easier for the first week after birth so I don’t have to deal with that regression cuz it was not fun.

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I also had hemorrhoids after birth. They weren’t swollen or painful and didn’t bother me till the end of the week, & then they started burning when I went to the bathroom. I finally took a sitz bath with Epsom salt and apple cider vinegar towards the end of the week and it made a world of difference! I also took Colace through the week and made sure to drink a fiber drink and take Probiotics daily. Staying well hydrated helped too with digestion.

When I weighed myself when we came home from the hospital, I was only down about 8 lbs. Ha! That was pretty much just Kade! How about all the fluid and placenta weight you’re supposed to lose? I finally went to the bathroom on day #4 (I was scared, but it was totally fine) and after a week, I was only about 7 lbs away from my pre-pregnancy weight. I guess the bowel movements did the trick.

My tummy was WAY bigger this time afterwards though! Seriously, I looked 6 months pregnant when we came home from the hospital. I ordered a  Shrinkx Belly Postpartum Belly Band (S/M, Black) and it helped a little.

I totally forgot about the night sweats! Holy moly. I wake up SOAKED every night! I know it’s just hormones, but it is the craziest thing.

I know I had some baby blues with Jase and I cried a good bit afterwards, but I haven’t really had that this time at all.

Big Brother Jase: Jase seems to be adjusting well for the most part. It definitely helps that Jonathan is home and can give him lots of attention. He has been a little whiney a few days, but not sure if that’s from the new baby or just normal toddler stuff, especially since he’s been staying up way later than normal. It’s probably a little of both to be honest. We are working on getting him out of throwing stuff right now so he doesn’t hit Kade with something, and we are also struggling a little with his diet. (He will drink juice if I juice veggies, but that’s the only way he’s getting vegetables right now. He mostly eats carbs & I hate it.) I do feel like he has had a growth spurt recently and seems to have just grown up over night!

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He does love his brother though!! I don’t see any signs of jealousy. He likes to kiss him on the head, cover him up with a blanket, and give him his paci. I could barely hold back tears the first time I heard him call Kade “brother” and tell him he loved him. So, so precious!! I cannot wait to see these sweet brothers grow together and I pray they always have a strong relationship and close bond.

Thoughts: There were a couple times I told people I felt like c-section recovery was easier, and Jon told me that it almost sounded like I was saying I wished I had a c-section rather than testifying to God’s goodness & faithfulness in vaginal delivery. I didn’t realize it sounded like that and I am so glad he pointed that out because I definitely did not want to come across that way, so I stopped saying that. I do want to be honest about it though and not sugar coat it. It was tough. But it was also because I overdid it, and that was my own fault.

As far as Kade and life with two, my heart is so, so full!! I am always SO excited when I see an expecting mom because I know the unspeakable JOY she is about to experience!! I hope I always convey that to others and am encouragement to women about motherhood. The Bible tells us that children are a blessing and heritage from the Lord, and y’all, that is some TRUTH! I have never been more fulfilled than being a mom. I just love being a mama to these precious boys and I am thankful beyond words God chose me and Jon to be Jase and Kade’s parents.Don’t get me wrong- it takes a LOT of work & prayer and constant training, and it can feel overwhelming, but man…the JOY. There is just no comparison. It is also so cool to me how God just MULTIPLIES your love when you have another baby! Your time and attention might be a little more divided, but love…not at all! Even while you’re pregnant you love your growing baby, but nothing quite compares to actually holding that precious miracle in your arms.

Sweet Baby Kade- You are already so, so very loved!! You are so precious and everyone thinks you look just like your daddy. You are the perfect addition to our family and we are so happy to have you outside of my tummy and in our arms! We can’t wait to watch you grow and see the man you become some day. Praying Luke 2:52 over you…

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Zaycon Chicken, Cod, & Salmon

We eat protein with every meal, so that means a lot of eggs, chicken, and fish. Our favorite fish is cod, salmon, and tilapia. We have ordered our chicken from Zaycon for a couple years now and have always been really satisfied with them (which says a lot because we are really picky about our meat). Most of our friends and family order from Zaycon now too because it is just SUCH a great deal on quality meat.

Last Chicken Event of the Year! Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts at just $1.89/lb!

I decided to amp up our fish intake after reading an article about little boys’ brain development and behavior in correlation with consumption of omega-3 fatty acids (I wrote about it here), so we decided to give Zaycon’s cod and salmon a shot too. The salmon is wild caught sockeye from Alaska and Canada  and the cod is wild Alaskan true cod. (Quick tip: Always by wild caught and avoid farm raised.) Thankfully Jon and Jase both love fish as much as I do, so we’re excited to try it.

Salmon Gone Wild! Just $6.99/lb!

If you like to save money by buying in bulk, it is definitely worth checking to see if they have any delivery dates or locations in your area. You go pick it up yourself and will need to divvy it up into appropriate portion sizes for your fam. (That’s how it saves you so much money- by eliminating the middle man that delivers to grocery stores and raises prices.) We use gallon size freezer bags and store it in the deep freezer in our garage. It makes meal prep super easy because we can just thaw out whatever amount we need the day before or day of. (You can cook salmon and cod from frozen in the oven and it cooks pretty quickly.)

Fish is so easy to prepare! We just throw some lemon juice, organic butter, and various flavors of Mrs. Dash seasoning on the fish, place in tin foil in a baking dish, and bake according to directions. We like to eat it with sweet potatoes or quinoa & some type of green veggie or salad.

You can check it out and order here if you’re interested. 

Just wanted to share in case you’re cheap frugal like I am. Like I said, you just can’t beat the deal per pound for the quality of meat you get.

Hope you enjoy as much as we do!

P.S. It is a LOT, so you may want to make sure you have plenty of freezer space before you order.

Packing Tips for the Hospital

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I remember looking up lists about what to bring to the hospital, and it always baffles me to see things like “cards, board games, movies, etc. to pass the time.” I am a firm believer in laboring at home as long as possible, so by the time we get there, it’s game on. Ain’t nobody got time for a round of Go Fish! I made a list on my phone while I was in the hospital of things I brought and things I wish I had brought so I’ll remember for next time. Here’s what I came up with!

  • clothes/pjs for me & Jon
  • pillow for Jon
  • 20 gift bags for nurses/doctors/techs
  • journal to write notes about labor/deliver and baby’s first moments, as well as any instructions or helpful hints from nurses or lactation specialist (You won’t remember all the details, even if you think you will. It’s a whirlwind. I also wrote a note to Kade in his journal while it was fresh.)
  • some people may want an i-pad. We brought it but didn’t use it.
  • phone chargers (don’t forget to get them before you leave. We almost left ours!)
  • cash/quarters (for food/water from vending machine/parking)
  • newborn blankets
  • essential oils/diffuser for labor
  • music (I used Pandora on my phone. Matt Redman’s 10,000 Reasons was my station of choice.)
  • an extra Boppy cover
  • newborn hat/socks/gowns
  • baby going home outfit
  • sign in book & Sharpie for guests (On the Night You Were Born is a sweet one.)
  • fully charged camera & designated photographer (Thank you Dana & Tammie!)
  • gift for older siblings from new baby
  • hair brush & hair ties
  • bathroom toiletries (We left after 24 hours, so the only thing I used was face wash/lotion, toothbrush and toothpaste, deodorant, and makeup. We both took showers when we got home so I ended up not needing shower stuff, a hair dryer, or straightener. Jon used his contact solution & wore his glasses.) **Tip about deodorant: I typically use Tom’s because it is Paraben free, but it did NOT cut it during labor. Apparently that’s a big workout or something? Ha! Lesson learned.
  • Snack bag (peanut butter/honey sandwich, Spark, Rehydrate, Pro 20, trail mix, raw nuts, apple, gum, sugar free candy)
  • face wipes
  • loose, comfy clothes to go home in
  • slippers/socks
  • nursing bra
  • water purifier pitcher (they bring you water- we are just picky about it so we brought one in case)
  • water bottle (both Nalgene & a couple disposable bottles to mix Spark/Rehydrate)
  • flip flops
  • newborn car seat (with mirrors positioned correctly if you already have another car seat in the car like we do this time)
  • text/call list

They’ll give you pretty much everything else you need while you’re there.  Try to designate some jobs ahead of time if you can. (example: people you want to take pictures, someone to make sure you both have something to eat/drink right after labor, someone to text people for you, etc.) Be sure to stock up and bring everything home since you’re paying for it anyway! The one thing I really wish I had more of was the breakable ice pads they give you…Those are AWESOME and I only had a few extra for at home. I really wish I had more and it was tough to find an ice pack that worked for down below.  

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Hospital Stay & First Day Home

After our hour of bonding time, we had some family come in to visit and meet Kade for the first time. Grammy, Granddaddy, Tammie, Zachery, Morgen, & of course…big brother JASE!! We let Jase come in by himself at first (so we don’t have any pictures). Jonathan picked him up to look at Kade and Jase said “Brother…I like him…wanna hold him.” Melted.my.heart!! I thought my heart might burst having all three of my Butler fellas in one place & seeing Jase and Kade together for the first time. Our first time as a family of 4…and it was definitely as sweet as I had pictured. I am soaking up every minute with them, but can’t help but smile and be excited for all the fun memories these brothers will make together in the future.

After a few minutes we brought the rest of the family in and let Jase open his present that little brother Kade got for him. He loved his Melissa & Doug alphabet puzzle and stuffed animal!

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I started to feel a little yucky and desperately needed to drink a Rehydrate and eat something of substance, but as silly as it sounds I was too “busy” nursing and seeing Kade meet his big brother for the first time to think about it. I brought a ton of snacks and goodies in my bag, so I finally asked for a Drew Brees bar and a Rehydrate and instantly felt better.

We gave all of the nurses their goody bags with thank you cards before heading up to the mother/baby floor. They were seriously all SO fantastic & we cannot say enough about them!! They were very encouraging, positive, helpful, and just plain sweet. They were so on board with what we wanted and we have no doubt God hand picked each of them to help us.

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Gift Bags: Drew Brees bar, gingerbread bar, Spark, Rehyrate, Coffecino, shake, thank you card

After Lacey helped me potty for the first time, we headed to our room upstairs- 2112.

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Jase was really concerned about making sure I had my water and wanted to push the buttons on my bed. Ha!

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Our first picture as Butler, Party of 4!! Sweet Kade was only about 3 hours old.

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Papa & Aunt Jade meeting Kade for the first time!

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Some proud Butlers with the wiggle worm Jase.

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My sweet baby!

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Granddaddy & Baby Kade

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Aunt Stephanie & Baby Kade

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Gracie & Baby Kade

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Morgen & Baby Kade

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Zachery & Baby Kade

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Aunt Tammie & Baby Kade

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Sisters! Wish my eyes were open.

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“Boy Butler” getting weighed. Still 7 lbs, 7 oz. This was the only time they weighed Kade again after birth. I feel like they weighed Jase a million times, but I guess that’s cuz we stayed so much longer with him.

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Visitors: Mom, Dad, Tammie, Zachery, Morgen, Stephanie, Gracie, Chloe, Chandra, Jimmy, Jade, Laura, Brian, Braylon, Chelsea, Keene, Kevin, Megan, Erin, Carysn, Presley

Everyone left around 9:30 or so, and Jonathan and I ate Panera that mom brought us. Kade ate every few hours and had his first poop and pee diapers. I know they want them to have at least 1 of each in the first 24 hours, but Kade had already had 2-3 of each before we even left the hospital in his first 24 hours!

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He ended up having his first bath around 11 pm. He did NOT like it and screamed pretty loud until Judy washed his head- he liked that part. We couldn’t believe how BLONDE his hair was after his bath! She commented that it looked like he got highlights! Haha! And Jon commented that he felt sorry for anyone who kissed Kade on the head earlier without realizing he hadn’t had a bath yet- ewwwwww. Sorry, y’all.

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Check out our little fuzzy headed blondie boy!

 

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I felt surprisingly really good after having a baby! The toughest part was peeing because it burned a little the first time or two. She taught me the self-care and helped me out the first time or two to measure my urine (I brought my Brita water pitcher from home and chugged water so that wasn’t an issue). They always apologize when they press on your uterus because apparently that is painful to some people, but that didn’t hurt at all. (I remember that it didn’t hurt with Jase either.) Honestly, the IV was way worse than that! It was driving me nuts in the crease in my arm and made nursing a little tough. Plus, the alarm would go off every time I got a bend in the line and that happened a good bit when I was nursing. Finally they showed Jon how to turn it off.

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At midnight, the nurse headed out and said they wouldn’t come back in from 12-4 to give us time to sleep. She said “Babies don’t always get the memo, but we won’t be bothering you for a while.” Well, Kade got the memo! He slept from 12-5 straight! I know you’re not “supposed” to let them go longer than 3 hours or so, but that solid stretch of sleep felt REALLY good! They came in at 5 am to check us both out again and change another diaper.

The next morning he got his Hep B and had his hearing test (which he passed, but it took a few times on his right ear because we couldn’t get the little thing in the right position). The pediatrician came in and looked him over, and other than a newborn rash (Erythema toxicum- which is normal and harmless- looks like baby acne), he looked perfect. She gave us the okay to go home after his circumcision and scheduled our first checkup for the next morning with our normal pediatrician to check him out.

The lactation specialist came in too and she was very sweet and helpful! You think you’ll remember everything, and for the most part you do, but she definitely helped out with some things I’d forgotten.

Mom and Jase stopped by before Jase’s nap. Jase was such a sweet pea with him!

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Grammy & Baby Kade

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He had his circumcision around 12:45. With both boys, we pray before they go. You can’t help but feel so sorry for them, but he did well with it. I have a hard time changing diapers after that because I don’t handle blood or cuts well, so I was thankful the nurse changed his first diaper after that. She said the thought he’d already made it through the meconium stage.

Right at 4 pm they came back in for his PKU (& whatever others tests they run at 24 hours) and told us as soon as we got results we could leave.

Everything came back great, so they discharged us around 6 pm. We filled out final paperwork, did a car seat check, got instructions, and headed out the door. A nurse came to help us cart everything downstairs. Jonathan was pretty adamant about going home ASAP! Kade was about 26 hours old!! It felt strange getting to leave that early, but we were both doing well and I knew Jon would sleep better at home.

Loading the car…

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Big brother Jase supervising!

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We pulled in at home and tried to make sure Jase was an active part of everything as possible. He has such a helpful heart and was  big helper right from the get-go.

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I have a feeling family pictures are going to be a little tougher from here on out!

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{With Jase}

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Kade’s first time in his new home!! I didn’t bawl my eeballs out this time like I did with Jase. My hormones seem to be a lot more balanced and stable this time.

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We definitely think he looks a lot like Jase!

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Sweet little peanut…We love you SO very much already!! You are such a good, sweet baby and our hearts are so full of JOY having you home with us and part of our family. You are already such a blessing. We are soaking up every minute but cannot wait to watch you grow and see what the Lord has in store for you.

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{Jase's Hospital Stay and First Week Home}