Saturday, March 31, 2012

Tummy sleeper...

Two nights in a row Little T has decided to sleep on his tummy. As I mentioned in my previous post he was getting almost all the way from his back to his tummy. Three nights ago he figured it out completely. Joe woke me up about 1 a.m. saying "He is sleeping on his stomach." Of course being half asleep I freaked out. "Is he breathing!?" He was of course. Silly boy. 

Joe tried turning him over the first night which ended with him waking up thinking it was time to be awake and eat. Since I wasn't the one who woke the baby, I got to keep sleeping. Ha!

Thank you to the two lovely ladies who commented on my bib testers post. They will each be receiving a bib in the mail to test out soon! I'm excited because I get to make girly bibs! :-) After that I will be making more to get some in my shop soon. *fingers crossed* I really want to be a WAHM because I hate leaving my little guy even for a few hours. I am officially smitten with him!

No pictures today, but hopefully I will get some more projects done and maybe a tutorial some day soon...

Sandy a la Mode is doing an amazing giveaway over at her blog! She is giving away a pair of Seychelles shoes. Amazing! If you have never heard of them, you need to check them out. They are one of my favorite brands. Sadly I have never owned a pair as they are on the pricey side, but they are completely my style. Their shoes have that vintage look and feel that I love! 

Little T's Mommy

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Sickness and Road Trip

My little guy is 5 months old today! Yikes, I can't believe it! He is getting so big!

T has now been fighting a cold and allergies for 2 weeks now. We went to the doctor last week and he said it was probably just a cold but allergies are possible even though they say they "can't have allergies this young." He has had a terribly runny nose and a bit of a cough. He only had a low fever one day and hasn't again since. Some days his nose will be less runny so I think we are at the end and then he wakes up with a worse sounding cough like today. He absolutely despises the bulb sucker by now and I don't blame him. I will be calling the dr. again this week if it continues. I just feel bad for the poor little guy.

On a happier note, we had our first road trip/weekend trip this last weekend. We went up to the suburbs to visit our friends and also use our Trader Joes gift card from my wonderful sister! T was such a good little traveler and so patient with all the shopping we did. We have such a good little baby boy! It was so great to see our wonderful friends whom we don't see very much. They are getting married in May and I cannot be more happy for them! I can't wait, it's going to be such a fun and crafty wedding! :-) T was so smiley all weekend, probably because he got a lot of new stuff. Amy took us to a couple Goodwills and a Savers (a very large thrift store.) We even found a few Janie and Jack pieces of clothing for him at a great price! He also practiced rolling over from his back while we were there. He can get himself almost all the way over, his arm is just keeping him from getting all the way to his tummy. He is getting so close!

Such a cool little traveler!

It was a fun weekend and now as we get back to our regular activities I hope my little guy feels better soon! I hope you are all staying healthy and enjoying this nice weather!

~Little T's mommy~

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Bib Testers

In an attempt to get more followers and to help my get my crafty store up and going I am going to do a small giveaway. I have some bibs that I designed and would like a couple people to test them out and give me feedback on how to improve upon them. The first 3 people with kiddos needing a 0-6, 6-12 and 18-24 size to comment I will send a bib for you to test out and keep of course! I need 1 person per size, if that makes sense, so I can test out each size pattern. Just leave a comment with your child's age/size and color (boy, girl or neutral). The bibs you will receive will be made just for you. The bibs I made pictured below are size 0-6 months and made for my little man.

They stretch to fit over his head like a T-shirt. The front fabric is knit and the back is fleece to act as a water resistant layer which work well. My guy is a constant drool-er and they work pretty well, but I feel they could be improved before I start to sell them. 

My little guy wearing his sunshine bib! He looks thrilled, doesn't he?

Please if you follow my blog but don't have kiddos share this post with your friends that do! I promise to have giveaways in the future for those of you without kids. Thank you!!

~Little T's Mommy~

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Okay, the truth is out. I am terrible at being a blogger. I really want to do it, along with the million other things I want to do, but I seem to forgot or not find time. I really wish I was better at it and I really will try to be, but I'm sure my next post won't be for about another month. :-p

Since my last post was so long ago I don't even know what I wrote about so I am starting fresh tonight. I will give you some back story of becoming a mommy. This post may be long so bear with me. First off, I call him T on here and on my social networking sites. We decided not to share his name publicly on the Internet since we post pictures of him. Our friends and family know his name and anyone doesn't know his personally will know him as T. (or baby T or Mr. T....yeah, I know.)

My little guy is 4 1/2 months old. That is crazy to me. Where has the time gone? How did he get so big? You are probably wondering what I am talking about since you have not even seen any pictures yet. So here are a couple for comparison.

Here I am holding T in the NICU 5 days old.

Here he is at 4 months, sitting so big, on the couch all by himself!

He is my sweet little guy! If you know me, you are laughing as my husband still does when I say things like "I love my baby boy soooo much!" "Mommy's little man!" etc. Because I used to swear up and down that I was never, ever, EVER going to have boys because they are stinky and bratty and awful. I want girls because I can dress them all cute and fun with frills and bows and ruffles, etc. I even used to say I would trade my boy in for a girl. I was that determined I did not want a boy. That all changed the day he was born,  and now I can't even imagine having girls. I love having a boy, seriously, I love it! Mainly because I love him more than I can ever explain, but also they are fun. As you can see in the second picture I can still accessorize, and I do, with socks and hats, sometimes even bibs. 

I am not great at story telling, I often get off track and tell things out of order, like I already have. Anyways, during my pregnancy I had grown to accept of the idea of having a boy and I even would refer to him as a "him" more than a "her". (Oh yeah, we did not find out the sex until he was born...see I told you I was bad at this.) The day he was born is pretty much a blur, I was 36 weeks and had developed sever preclampsia so after a day of bed rest I got a call telling us to get to the hospital to be induced. We had about 2 hours to pack and get everything ready, we got to the hospital and they got us all situated, induced me and then we waited and waited. Finally after 24 hours of labor, 8:47 on Oct. 27th I gave birth to my beautiful baby boy. Then everything was a blur, we saw him and held him, Joe took a picture to text close friends and family, our parents came in to meet him, I finally got to eat dinner, I nursed him and gave him to the nurse to take him to the nursery to finish all the things they need to do there. Then we waited and waited for them to bring him back. I kept asking about him and the nurse would say she was going to find out what was going on, but would never get back to us. 

Finally about 6 hours after they had taken him the nurse actually came back with the news that he was having apnea episodes so they needed to keep him in the nursery. I was on bed rest and could not go down there. I made Joe go take pictures of him so I could see him again. Over the night they had decided they could wheel me down there on a bed so I could nurse him. They would wake me up every 3 hours and take me down there. During the  next day we did the same thing after I was no longer on bed rest because he was still having the episodes so he still had to stay. That evening they took us to the nursery for me to nurse again and they had decided to transfer him to the NICU 45 minutes away because his episodes had gotten worse. I fought back tears, so did Joe. We didn't lose it until someone mentioned how well we were holding up. Joe called our families to let them know, I was able to be discharged (thank goodness!) and we headed home after he was packed up in the ambulance headed to the NICU. We frantically packed everything we needed for a couple nights and headed there also. 

Luckily the NICU is brand new, only about a year old, and also happens to be the one my sister works at as a nurse. T got his very own room which also had a little area with a couch and closet. The couch doubled as a bed where one parent could stay. In another part of the NICU they have 6 hotel-like rooms with a twin bed, a nightstand, a TV and a chair, that are available on a first-come first-serve basis and by emergency. We were lucky enough to get one the first night, so I slept in there since I had gotten very little sleep in the hospital. Joe stayed in T's room. 

Now for the quick summary of his NICU stay, which was 16 very long, tiring days. Over his time there they gave him caffeine for the apnea then ran tests to rule out such things as seizures. He had an MRI, an EEG, a feeding tube a couple of times, come tests to make sure his bowels were okay, an ultrasound. He grew out of the apnea sometime while we were there the MRI showed some areas of concern in his brain and they discovered he has Renal Reflux. They ruled out seizures and he didn't have to have surgery for his bowels. He just met a lot of doctors, had a lot of tests and the last week he was there was just trying to get the little guy to eat! The two weeks went by in a strangely slow but fast sort of way. I stayed there most nights, I think I came home about 3 or so. Joe had to start work a week after he was born so he was home much more than I was. It was a tough time, something I never imagined we would go through. I prayed a lot and was so thankful for Joe, my sister (she would come visit him on the nights she worked), my parents and his parents, our pastor and our friends. He had a lot of people praying for him and he pulled through. He is doing great now and I am loving being his mommy! 

We still get to go back to the hospital for follow-ups with his doctors there. We now know that 45 minute drive better than we ever imagined we would and will for a little while longer. 

~Little T's Mommy~