Tuesday, November 27, 2007

'Tis The Season

Wow, Thanksgiving was last week already! It's also hard to believe that Jack's due date is in the past now, too. Time sure does fly. We spent Thanksgiving with Doug's family on Thursday afternoon. Jack was taken from us within the first minute we walked through the door. Isn't he the popular one! He was passed around quite a bit, which made both Doug and I pretty nervous. Luckily, though, he slept through all of it, and is still healthy.
Jack was my celebration this Thanksgiving. After trying for just over two years for him, we finally have him in our arms. I feel so blessed to have him here and healthy, it brings tears to my eyes still. He's just the sweetest little boy, and is so precious to me. I thank my Heavenly Father every night for being so lucky. I also feel thankful for the opportunity I have to stay home with my baby and raise him. It was a little difficult at first knowing that I wouldn't be going back to work and seeing all my friends every day, but I wouldn't trade this for any job. Granted, it takes some inner strength sometimes to get up for those 3 AM feedings, but I wouldn't want anyone else to do it. Motherhood is a 24/7 job it turns out, but it's the best job in the world.
The rest of the weekend was pretty slow. Doug spent Friday afternoon with his family, and picked us out a nice Christmas tree. He came home that night and set it up for us. On Saturday, our friends, Matt and Christy, came over to watch the BYU/Utah football game. The first touchdown was in the 4th quarter by Utah (with a minute left), so Doug and Matt were excited. But then BYU ended up scoring a touchdown and winning the game. What a disappointment!
On Sunday, I ended up going to urgent care to get meds for a bladder infection. Woo hoo! Today, two of my old co-workers, Kalli and Alyssa, came to visit and see the house and baby. It was so much fun to see them and spend some time with "the girls." Also, Jack let me take a nap this afternoon. Thanks, baby!

Monday, November 19, 2007

Two Weeks Old Already?

Now how can you not love someone that fits into those tiny pants? His onesie in the picture above says, "Crying: It gets the job done." That's been true lately! Jack isn't shy about letting us know when he's hungry. Being a mom has been an adventure so far. Jack eats every three hours, and sometimes it takes an hour to get him fed and burped. That leaves two hours to catch up on sleep, laundry, meals, picking up, etc. And, of course, still recuperating. It still hurts to sit upright, but hopefully not for too much longer. I've had a few offers from family offering to baby-sit, but I'm definitely not ready for that! Jack is a lot of work, but I'm not ready to leave him yet.
Jack's first doctor appointment was last Friday. He's already at 7 lbs. 3 oz. I can't believe how much bigger he looks already! We really like his pediatrician. He's got a funny name though: Dr. Moskowitz. It reminds me of An American Tail every time. Dr. Moskowitz did Jack's circumcision while we were still at the hospital. He took a look at Jack's circumcision Friday to make sure it was healing properly, and he says, "Oh, look at how pretty that is!" I thought that was funny. The nurse had to poke his heel to get some blood, and I couldn't believe how hard I was crying. Good thing Doug was there as the sane one. It just broke my heart! Maybe Doug will have to take him to get his shots in the future, I'm too much of a wuss.
Justin and Heidi came over yesterday to see us, it was so much fun to hang out with them for a little while! We went to my in-laws for dinner last night, and it was so funny to see how everyone flocked around the baby for awhile. Doug took him from Kevin to get him changed, and there were at least three people that followed Jack and Doug over to get him changed. He's quite the life of the party!
We'll be spending Thanksgiving with Doug's family. Because Jack's still so small, we probably won't stay for very long. We're excited to see everyone, though!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

I've Been Tagged!

I was tagged by Rachel!

The rules of the game should be posted at the beginning of the post. Each player lists 6 facts/habits about themselves. At the end of the post, the player then tags 6 people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know that they have been tagged and asking them to read your blog.So here's a few interesting things about me you may not know:

1. I have an insane case of stagefright. Those of you that know me pretty well already know this. At work, when it came time for quarterly presentations, I would get so nervous beforehand that I would always forget everything I was supposed to say. Also, I'm not one to toot my own horn (like you, Kateka), but I can hold my own when it comes to singing, and have performed before. But because of my stagefright, my voice gets super shaky, and I sound awful. I guess I just have a problem being the center of attention in large groups.

2. My favorite hobbies are videography and photography. I haven't had a big chance to pursue either of these for awhile, but I did take a photography class in college. These two hobbies are my passions, and would be my dream job if I ever got to the expert level for either of them. Maybe I'll have more of a chance now that I'm a stay-at-home mom.

3. I follow the rules when I drive. It drives me nuts when people race by me on the highway, and/or don't use a blinker when switching lanes! Come on, where did you maniacs learn to drive? Because I make such a conscious effort not to go more than 5 MPH over the speed limit, I was so mad a month or two ago when I was pulled over and got my very first speeding ticket.

4. I would rather do any chore in the house than the dishes. Yes, I'd rather do laundry, clean the toilets, ANYTHING besides dishes. It's a good thing Doug usually does them for me. What a good guy!

5. Doug is left-handed. You may not think that's very ironic, but when you learn that I am also left-handed, that's pretty uncommon for both a husband and wife to be left-handed! It will be interesting to see if our kids are, too.

6. I hate email surveys and forwards. Unless it's a funny joke, I can't stand those emails that say things like, "You have to forward this to 5 people or you'll have bad luck..." or, "Send this to all your friends including the person that sent this to you." Ugh, I have enough to do. Speaking of which, this almost qualifies as part of the things I hate, so I'm not sure why I did it...

Ok, I'll tag Eliza, Cecily and Ashley, and that's it.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Bringing Home Baby

Jack has already been such a joy in our family! Our whole lives revolve around him now, even though he sleeps the majority of the time. He's eating every three hours, and definitely lets us know now when he's hungry. His awake and fussy time are after dinner until his last feeding of the night.
It's a good thing my mom came to help out the first few days after the hospital, I was totally useless (Doug can vouch for that)! I'm still on the couch for most of the day, but don't require a nap every day now. It's still hard for me to sit up straight, which is why I'm either laying on the couch, or trying to recover some strength by walking around. I notice that I'm feeling better and better every day, so there is a light at the end of the tunnel!
Doug was great enough to get up with Jack at night the first week while I tried to recover. Last night was my first time getting up with him (except once), and it looks like I'm in for a long ride. Doug says it was good for him to get up with Jack at night so he knows what I have to look forward to during the next little while. He's such a good dad already; they're so cute together! I added more pictures to my web album, so be sure to check those out.

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Three Weeks Early

Jack Douglas Nelson
Born November 2nd, 2007
10:05 A.M.
7 lbs. 0 oz.
20.5 inches long

Well, my water broke Halloween night around 9:30 PM, just a half hour after Doug got home from work. We got our bags together and rushed off to the hospital. The whole next day (November 1st), I wasn't dilating at all, even with the help of Pitocin. That night, my OB came in, and gave us a couple options, a C-section being one of them. I told her we really didn't want to do a C-section, and she recommended something else, anyway. We took her advice, and I was dilated to a 9 by 8:00 the next morning! It was a long, uncomfortable night, but he was born at 10:05 AM the next day, after only 15 minutes of pushing! He didn't cry at all when he came out, and Doug and I haven't heard him cry once... Not when he had his first bath, and not even when they gave him his first shot! What a good baby he is already. Tough as beans! Check out our "My Pictures" link for more pics.