Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Hayden is 2 Months Old!

Today, Hayden turns 2 months old.  He has definitely done a lot of growing this month.  He went to his well check today and weighed 13 pounds, 12 ounces and was 24 inches long. 
Here are just a few of the things Hayden has experienced this past month.
I went on a girls retreat with my best friends and Hayden got to go!  He did so well and slept pretty well in the hotel room.
We went with my parents to Galveston and Hayden got to see the beach for the first time.  It was so cold, so going on the water was impossible, but we still had fun!
He celebrated his first Thanksgiving!
We went to the La Cima club with my parents for a nice dinner, and he pretty much slept the whole time!
He discovered his love for smiling, and I must say is adorable when he does it!
Eat:He is eating 5 ounces every 3 hours during the day, and gets 6 ounces at night and in the morning.  He is still a really good eater.  He will let you know when he is hungry though!
Play:He loves to play!  His favorite activities to do right now are sit in his bouncer and watch baby sprout. 
We are also working on lots of tummy time. 
Sleep: He is a champ at sleeping!  He is sleeping through the night now!  Music to this mamma's ears.  He goes to bed around 8:00 and will sleep till at least 7:00.  He is taking two good naps a day and maybe one little cat nap also.  I really lucked out with his sleeping habits. 
Hayden Timothy, we love you more than you know.  You are such a light in our lives, and I don't remember what life was even like before you joined our family.  We love you sweet boy!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Hayden is 1 Month Old!

Today our little man turns one month old. I can't believe he has been in our lives for one whole month already. Time really does fly. Here are just a few things he has done in his first month of life. 
He was loved on a lot by his big sister
He came home from the hospital and met Angel
He went to his first restaurant at just a week old
He went to the State Fair of Texas
He went to the mall shopping
He had his first bath (which he hated at first, but loves now!)
He went to the library and slept through the whole thing!
He celebrated his first Halloween
Our lil pumpkin
Eats: Hayden is eating 4 ounces about every 3-4 hours.  From day 1, Hayden has been a good eater.  He is usually telling me when it's time to eat!  When he was born, he was eating about 2 ounces every three hours, then at about 2 weeks we went to three ounces, and then at three weeks he graduated up to four ounces.  I can tell we are about to move up again. 
Sleeps: He is sleeping very good!  At night, he will go about 5 hours, eat then sleep another 4 hours.  Not bad.  His big sister was just as good a sleeper, and still is!  During the day is another story!  He takes a really good morning nap, but in the afternoon, he does not want to be in his crib.  He just wants to be held.  Right now, I'm loving it.  It has been great for me because Landry is resting so it's been really good one on one bonding time with Hayden. 
Play: For now, he doesn't really play much.  We inherited a Mamaroo, which has been our saving grace.  He loves it.  He will sit in there really good and just take in his surroundings.  It's the perfect machine also when we are eating dinner and need him to go somewhere.  We started tummy time today, and surprisingly, he liked it.  But it helps when you have a four year old sister entertaining you and dancing around you to watch! 
We love you little man!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Welcome to the World Hayden!

On October 11, we welcomed our little man into the world.
But, let me start at the beginning of the day.
That morning at 6:30, we checked into the hospital. 
My doctor broke my water right at 7:00 AM.
Then the wonderful epidural came and I proceeded to labor for the
next 12 hours!  This baby boy was not wanting to come!
Finally, around 8:00 PM my doctor checked me and discovered that my
body was not dilating anymore and that we would need to do a c section.
A c section was not what I had prepared for, but you do what you have to
do to get your baby out safely. 
Within a matter of 20 minutes, I was prepped and ready to go.
Then, they put Tim in scrubs and we were ready to meet our baby.
And at 8:38 PM, we did just that!
I was instantly in love.
In a matter of seconds I fell in love with him.
After we had a few minutes with him to ourselves, we were ready
for Landry to finally meet her baby brother!
Seeing her see him for the first time is unexplainable.
She had been talking about him for so long and was so excited!
After Landry got some time with him, the whole family got to
come back to recovery and meet him.
But, by far, my favorite picture of the night is this one.
These three people mean more to me than anything.
I am so lucky to have them be my family.
God is good!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Dear Hayden

Dear Hayden-


Tomorrow we will finally get to meet you.  I feel like I have waited on you my whole life.  Ever since I was a little girl, I have wanted a girl and a boy.  I got my girl 4.5 years ago, and now God is completing our family with you.  I can’t wait for you to meet your big sister, Landry.  She has waited for you for months.  She talks about you every day and talks to you all the time in my belly.  I want you to know how much this little girl is waiting on you.  You are going to be the cherry on top of our little family, and we can’t wait to see who you are going to look like, and who’s personality you will have, and if you will have big blue eyes like your big sister.  We have prayed over you for these last nine months, and thank God for blessing us with you.  We can’t wait to meet you little man!


I love you!



Wednesday, October 9, 2013

39 weeks

How far along? 39 Weeks


Size of the Bambino? The size of a small watermelon.  


Maternity Clothes? Yep.  


Weight Gain? 30 pounds


Stretch Marks? No


Gender? It’s a Boy!  


Name? Hayden Timothy Smith


Sleep? Still getting up twice a night to potty, but I've been falling back asleep pretty easily. 


Cravings?  Cereal and pineapple


What I Miss? Wearing non maternity clothes


Symptoms? I have been having Braxton Hick’s contractions pretty consistent this week.  


Belly Button? It popped! Does that mean I'm done?


Best Moment- Knowing this is my last week with Landry as my only child, I have been snuggling her and holding her and getting some good one on one time with her. I'm so glad I stopped working early for that reason alone!

Monday, September 30, 2013

38 weeks

How far along? 38 Weeks


Size of the Bambino? The size of a celery bunch


Maternity Clothes? Yep.  


Weight Gain? 28 pounds. When I went for my checkup last week, I had lost 2 pounds!


Stretch Marks? Not yet


Gender? It’s a Boy!  


Name? Yes! Hayden Timothy!


Sleep? Sleep has not come as easy this week for me. I have been tossing and turning and then I have to go to the bathroom and then I'm awake for a while. I remember this from Landry, and I think it's just preparing me for the sleepless nights ahead!


Cravings?  Cereal. That's the only consistent thing I have craved this pregnancy. 


What I Miss? Seeing my toes, putting my shoes on normally and regular clothes, pretty much the norm!


Symptoms? Besides the Braxton hicks, nothing really. He dropped this week, so I can actually breathe easier. 


Belly Button? Still in, but it's pretty close to popping out!


Best Moment- I started my maternity leave this week, and I'm so excited to spend some time with Landry. 

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Dear Landry


Dear Landry-


As we come up on your last days as my only child, I am filled with overwhelming thoughts of it only being the three of us for just a short while longer.  In just a few short days you will become a big sister.  In some ways I still feel like you are still a baby.  Then, you go and do something like write your whole name or get your first loose tooth or tell me how to spell pop.  Then, I remember that you are not a baby, but are 4.5.  You are definitely the light in my life.  I look forward to waking you up every morning and picking you up from school every day.  I love the long conversations we have and the fact that you talk as much and as loud as I do.  I love that while we eat dinner, you tell us about your day and what it was filled with and what your daddy and I missed.  Being our only child for 4.5 years has made you very independent.  You love to go to your room and color or write the alphabet on your notepad.  You love to play house and play with your babies and tell me that you are going camping or to the zoo.  Hayden is going to be one lucky little brother.  He will learn all sorts of things from you.  I cannot wait to see you as a big sister.  The days of just the three of us are coming to an end, but it’s ok-because God has given us such a great gift, and I can’t wait for you to meet him!  The last 4.5 years have passed by so quickly, and I have loved them so much.  You are my sunshine and you remind me that it’s the small things that matter the most in life.  


I love you!



Tuesday, September 24, 2013

37 Weeks

How far along? 37 Weeks


Size of the Bambino? The size of a small watermelon.  He weighed 8 pounds at the sonogram last week!  


Maternity Clothes? Yep.  


Weight Gain? 30 pounds and holding!


Stretch Marks? Not yet


Gender? It’s a Boy!  


Name? Yes!  


Sleep? I have actually been sleeping ok this week.  I still get up a couple of times a night to potty, but I’ve been falling back asleep pretty fast.  I think I’m just so tired that sleep is easier.  


Cravings?  Nothing really.  This pregnancy has been so different from my one with Landry.  I have had no real cravings.  


What I Miss? Bending over to put my shoes on


Symptoms? I have been having Braxton Hick’s contractions pretty consistent this week.  


Belly Button? Still in!


Best MomentThe nursery is done!  We finished it this weekend while my parents had Landry.  I love going in there.  It’s so calm and boyish, I love it!    

Friday, September 20, 2013

His Name

During this pregnancy, the three questions I have gotten asked the most are:
1. When are you due?
2. What are you having?

3. What is his name?


With this pregnancy we had a girl name all set and ready to go.  In my mind, I knew we were having a boy, but I just never thought to come up with a name.  From the day we saw that he was a boy, we have been back and forth about his name.  Trustme; there have been no shortage of friends and family giving their opinion.  I have gotten many text messages with just a name.  I knew exactly what they were doing; I would look at it, write it down and go about my business.  Then the time came where Tim and I decided we needed to pick a name or we were going to be winging it at the hospital!


A few weeks ago, my parents gave us a date night and we decided this was the perfect opportunity to sit down and decide on this little boy’s name.  We had narrowed it down to two names, and went back and forth the entire dinner on which one we should use.  We finally came to a decision.  His name will be:


Hayden Timothy Smith


Hayden has been a name we have loved for a while.  When I was pregnant with Landry, it was one of our boy names for her.  It has always been on our list, and we kept coming back to it.  We decided that would be a good fit for him.  Then I had a dream that Saturday night, and I called out that name in my dream, and I woke up knowing that God had placed it on my heart for a reason.  So, Hayden it is!


Timothy is obviously after Tim.  We thought we might just go with a middle name that had no meaning to us and no family names, like we did with Landry.  But, this is Tim’s only son, and I know he would really love to have him have part of his name.  I love the way it sounds with Hayden, and feel like it will be agood name for him to follow.  Tim is one of the smartest, best people I know.  If Hayden is half the man he is, he will be good.  


So, now our baby has a name and it feels so great!  I’m so excited to call him by his name and to know that yes, it did take us a long time to make a decision, but that we love him more than anything!


Oh, and his big sister loves the name too!  She kept saying Hayden was her favorite.  So, I like to think she had a hand in it too!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

36 Weeks

How far along? 36 Weeks


Size of the Bambino? The size of aCoconut.  He weighed 6 pounds 8 oz at the sonogram last week.  


Maternity Clothes? Yep.  


Weight Gain? 30 pounds and holding!


Stretch Marks? Not yet


Gender? It’s a Boy!  


Name? Yes!  


Sleep? I have actually been sleeping ok this week.  I still get up a couple of times a night to potty, but I’ve been falling back asleep pretty fast.  I think I’m just so tired that sleep is easier.  


Cravings?  This week was chocolate and Frosted Flakes.  


What I Miss? Putting on normal clothes that fit


Symptoms? Back pain and the sometimes intense Braxton hick’s contractions.


Belly Button? I noticed this week that it is slowly starting to pop out!


Best MomentWe got his Pottery Barn chair cover in with his name on it and it made it so real to me.  His room is coming together very nicely.  I can’t wait to have it all done!    

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Our Cutie Pie

Last Thursday, 3 of my very best girlfriends threw me a shower.  They had the cutest theme; it was Kara’s Cutie Pie.  

I got some really cute clothes, and necessities that will come in handy.  

I am so lucky to have these women in my life.  

Monday, September 9, 2013

35 weeks

              How far along? 35 Weeks


Size of the Bambino? The size of a Honeydew melon.  They didn’t weigh him at my sonogram last week, but if I had to guess, I would say he is close to 7 pounds.


Maternity Clothes? Yep.  


Weight Gain? 30 pounds


Stretch Marks? Not yet


Gender? It’s a Boy!  


Name? Yes!  


Sleep? As of this week, sleep is pretty much nonexistent.  I’ve been getting up about 3 times a night to pee, and I’ve been having some pretty powerful Braxton hick’s contractions that wake me up.  


Cravings?  Water.  I’m not sure what changed, but I have been drinking water nonstop this past week.  I even got me a cute new tumbler to drink it in.  I want it all the time.  


What I Miss? This week?  Regular clothes!  Nothing fits over this giant belly, and I get so frustrated getting dressed.  I know, just a few more weeks, I keep telling myself that.


Symptoms? Back pain and the sometimes intense Braxton hick’s contractions.


Belly Button? In, and I’m assuming it’s going to stay that way


Best MomentMy wonderful girlfriends threw me a shower this past Thursday, pics to come.  It was such a cute theme, and I got some really nice things.    

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

34 Weeks

How far along? 34 Weeks
Size of the Bambino? The size of aCantaloupe.  This week at my sonogram he weighed 6 pounds, which means he’s still gaining about ½ a pound a week.  
Maternity Clothes? Yep.  
Weight Gain? 28 pounds
Stretch Marks? Not yet
Gender? It’s a Boy!  
Name? Yes!  We told our family this weekend, so the reveal will be coming soon!
Sleep? I’m still getting up twice a night to pee, so no.
Cravings?  This pregnancy is so different from Landry’s, in that I have not had any real cravings.  
What I Miss? Walking without a waddle!
Symptoms? I still have severe back pain.  That’s the only real pain I have been having this time, and a warm bath and Tylenol seem to help.
Belly Button? In (but, I can tell it is almost ready to pop!)
Best MomentMy sweet Aunt Diane offered to make my bumper for the crib for me, and I got it back on Sunday.  It looks so cute with the bedding.  Now, all that’s needed is hanging the curtains and putting his name on the wall.  

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

First Day of Pre-K

Yesterday, Landry started her first day of pre-k. I was a little nervous about how this day would go. You see, usually she doesn't do well with change. She is not my child in that respect. And with all the change going on in her little life lately, I was anxious to see how she would do in a new class with a new teacher and new friends.

She seemed pretty excited yesterday morning as we were getting ready, and wanted to pick out her outfit. She loves to wear dresses, and usually for school I don't let her, but today was special so she got to. 
When I picked her up yesterday, she said she had a great day. That she liked her teacher and made some new friends in class. 

When daddy got home, he had brought her a surprise! She loved the flowers. She wanted to put them in water and display them in her room. 
When we sat down for dinner last night, she told us all about her day and her new friends and was super happy. I'm so glad! I've prayed for a while now for this to go well, and it looks like it is!