Category: Our Family (Page 1 of 5)
So I wrote this post back in February, then life happened and I never shared it. Many things regarding Jax's condition have changed (yes, he still has it), but I still wanted to share this story. We had an unexpected and scary experience when Jackson was five days old. As I previously wrote, we had a very traumatic day that resulted in a trip to the emergency room and a three day stay in the hospital. My hopes in sharing this story is to hopefully find other mothers who have had a similar experience, and to let them know they are not alone. Jax was born on 11:56pm on Wednesday, October 21, 2015. On Monday, October 26, I was breastfeeding Jax before our first visit to his pediatrician. I noticed he stopped sucking and looked down to see what happened. I immediately saw that he was still and completely white. Panicking, I scooped him up to examine him. Jax's lips were blue and his body was limp in my hands. I frantically tried patting his back and rubbing his cheeks to get him to start breathing again. It seemed like an eternity before he finally gasped for air. When he did, he seemed to be okay and quickly resumed his usual behavior. Jeff and I knew we were seeing the pediatrician in less than 30 minutes, and decided to ask him if we should be worried. [In hindsight, I don't know why I didn't just take Jax to the ER right then. I'll save this for another post, but I suffered from PPD pretty badly, and wonder if that + lack of sleep + hearing other people say he was "fine" affected my decision.] When we talked to the pediatrician, he assured us that Jax's episode was 100% normal and that he was fine. He explained to us that all babies have irregular breathing patterns and that Jax probably "just forgot to breathe for a moment". However, around 6pm that night, Jax did it again. This time I knew that this was definitely not "normal." I called the pediatrician's after-hours number and spoke to the nurse of another pediatrician in the same practice as ours. She also brushed it off and said we "could go to the ER for peace of mind" if we really wanted to. At this point I didn't know what to do. The pediatrician and a nurse said not to worry, but seeing my limp newborn son in my arms twice in one day was absolutely terrifying. I decided to call my mom and see what she thought we should do. She suggested calling my OB, and thank God I did. My OB immediately said we needed to go to the ER. Jeff and I packed our diaper bag and headed to the hospital with Jax and my mom.
This little baby is over one month old now! It truly seems like just last week that I was holding our precious son in my arms for the first time. I can't believe this little goofball is already a month old! It makes me realize just how quickly this stage is going to pass, and I'm trying to cherish each and every moment with him. After a very scary first week with Jax (which I will write about soon), I was honestly emotionally drained. I felt like I was failing as a mother and didn't feel that overwhelming connection with my son like I thought I would. However, after attending several weeks of feeding/swallowing therapy for Jackson, and watching him grow and become stronger, my anxiety and fear slowly disappeared. I've become more confident in my mothering abilities and am completely in love with our baby. I'm thankful that God has blessed us with this little miracle and feel honored and blessed to be his mommy. I thought it would be fun to recap this first month by sharing some of our favorite pictures and moments.
I cannot believe Jax is six weeks old! Time has passed so quickly and I finally feel like we have settled into a routine. The middle of the night feeding sessions aren't as rough as they were a few weeks ago...in fact, I almost look forward to seeing our little goober and spending time with him every three hours. With month one behind us, I thought it would be fun to share the baby items that I absolutely love and made those first weeks smoother with Jax.
With my size day due date range, we are now somewhere between 12 days and one week out from Baby Boy Dunn's arrival! And just in case he decides to camp out a little longer, I have an induction scheduled for 13 days from now. I can't believe we are finally here. With the end in sight, I decided to create a roundup of my "Third Trimester Pregnancy Favorites." As you remember, I also created a recap of my first trimester "favorites" and a recap of my second trimester "favorites- all the things that really helped me get through that particular trimester. From food to lotions, this list sums up my go-to items the last few weeks of my pregnancy. Third Trimester Pregnancy Favorites A few weeks ago, I bought this electric massager and a little hand held massager to throw in our "Hospital Bag". Turned out that I needed it much sooner than that! This electric massager has been extremely helpful in alleviating my intense back pain. The cord is 14 feet long, making it easy to use virtually wherever. Click here to buy or check out the TheraRUB Electric Massager. Two years ago, I bought a plastic tumbler with a straw from my favorite juice bar, Nekter. Little did I know that I would become obsessed with it during my pregnancy! For some reason, I have found that I drink significantly more water when I use this cup with a straw. I take it with my everywhere, and make sure to fill it at least eight times a day. As you remember from my "Not So Pretty Truth About Pregnancy" post, there is no such thing as a magical lotion or cream that will prevent stretch marks. Sorry to burst your bubble, but if you're destined to get them, learn to embrace them! With that being said, I still use lotion every day to help with the itchy skin (due to stretching), and to make sure my skin stays hydrated. I am in love with Target's cocoa butter lotion. It smells amazing and gives my skin intense hydration all day. Plus, you can buy a giant (20.3 oz) tub of it for less than $5! I now take a warm bath every night before bed. I also wrote about this in my 37 Week Pregnancy Check-In. My aches and pains are fairly intense these days, and soaking in the tub for 30-45 minutes before hitting the sheets has been very helpful. One night in particular was terrible with all of the cramping and backaches, so finally around 3 o'clock in the morning, I got up and took another warm bath. After that, I immediately fell asleep and finally got some relief! My only regret is that I didn't discover the warm baths earlier in my pregnancy. This was only added to my routine around week 35. This was another repeat from my "Second Trimester Pregnancy Favorites," but I still swear by it! The Belly Bandit's Upsie Belly Support Band has been key in relieving some of the back pains that have come with this pregnancy. While it's not always discrete under form fitting clothing, I can't go out without it! I love the way it lifts my baby bump and takes most of the pressure off of my lower back. For you moms-to-be, if you have not invested in one of these, I highly recommend you purchase one ASAP! I have been craving fruit for weeks now. My husband, who was a chef for several years, cuts up various fruits and makes a giant fruit salad for me to snack on every week! It has been a wonderful and refreshing treat especially since it is still so hot here in Texas!
- Fairlife Chocolate Milk