Thursday, August 27, 2015

One Month

A whole month has passed.  I am a mother to a beautiful ONE MONTH OLD.  I seriously can't believe how fast that went.  I know people say, "They grow up in the blink of an eye," but com'on!  I honestly didn't think that much would change in a month.  I can't imagine what my fingers will be typing after he turns one!

Until then, Andy and I are documenting his growth.  We are taking two photos each month with these adorable sticker ties we found on Amazon.  One photo will be of him in a little rocking chair Andy grew up with (It is over 55 years old!) and another with his giant teddy bear from Grandpa Rodney in his little red wagon that Grandpa Joe fixed up for him.  See the change below!

Henry's second day of life with the amazing Dr. Wolfswinkle. 
One month, unhappy baby. 
One month, happier baby. 
We all think our own babies are geniuses, right?  But Henry really is!  He has developed quite the vocabulary.  He talks in dinosaur so we aren't totally sure what he is trying to say, but we encourage his blossoming communication skills.  His coos and gurgles are absolutely the cutest I've ever heard.  Sometimes he sounds like a T-rex ready for dinner (mainly when he is ready for dinner), but most of the time he sounds like a timid plant eating dino, think 1988 Littlefoot.

Henry likes to read books with daddy, listen to music and sing with mommy (so far Hakuna Matata is his fav.), and snuggle with anyone.  His favorite way to sleep is on his tummy on someone else's.  I think the heartbeat noise soothes him.

He also enjoys sitting besides daddy while watching the BBC version of Top Gear.  He is already scheming plans to build that 1970 Fastback Mustang Boss 302 clone or a first generation Bronco with a stroked small block.  See a genius! What did I tell ya?

At one month Henry loves his mommy's milk, car rides, and tummy time.  He also loves his thumb when he can find it, his bouncy and swing, and bath time with daddy.

Even though I don't want him to grow up too fast, I can't wait to see how much he changes and develops next month.  Until then ...


Sandy (and Henry)

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Henry Andrew Morello

The day finally has come!  On July 26, 2015 at 9:46 pm, Andy and I welcomed our son, Henry Andrew, into the world.

I was induced that morning around 11:00 am and then a few hours later the doctor broke my water. Once they did, the contractions started and boy was it horrible!!! I was only going for a few hours when they administered the epidural and felt so much better after.  I must have relaxed because I was at only three centimeters beforehand and then 20 or 30 minutes later I dilated to eight!  I only pushed for an hour and then Henry was born! 

He did give us a scare though. After the epidural Henry's heart rate dropped and five nurses ran in to give me oxygen and made me move in all these different positions. They thought he was ok, but when he was born the cord was around his neck.  Andy quickly cut the cord and the nurses rubbed Henry vigorously to make him cry.  Everything else after that happened perfectly. 

After a few days as a mommy I remembered half way through my pregnancy when I wrote a blog post titled Half Way There.  This post highlighted the things people should probably NOT say to a hormonal pregnant woman ... Now that I'm postpartum and enjoying life as a first time mommy, I want to share the very HELPFUL advice I was giving during my pregnancy and before and after birth. 


1. Purchase a pregnancy pillow. My mom bought me one for my birthday.  I had problems sleeping from the very beginning of my pregnancy to the end.  This pillow was a lifesaver.  Don't skimp, buy one the day you find out you're pregnant and ignore all the hateful things your partner might say about it.

2. Prenatal Yoga.  I was extremely lazy during my pregnancy.  I had zero motivation to do anything active.  Before I found out I was pregnant I went to a yoga class twice a week at the YMCA and loved it. I missed it so much, but knew there were certain poses you can't do with a baby in your belly and I wasn't sure which ones.  I explained this to someone and they told me to find a prenatal yoga class.  I did and boy did it help!  I didn't feel like a lazy bum anymore.

3. Birth Plan? Meh.  Just make sure you and your partner know what you both want.  Someone told me the nurses and Doctor won't even look at it and someone else told me their plan never left their suitcase.  Andy and I sat down together around 39 weeks to make sure he knew everything I wanted to happen if I couldn't speak for myself and to make sure I knew what he expected.

4. Pack light for the hospital and put the bag in your car around 35 weeks.  We brought one suitcase with items for me, Andy, and baby.  Just one bag.  Your partner, family members, or friends can always bring or buy something you forgot or didn't know you needed.  Take advantage of your family and friends during this time.  You can return the favor somehow someday.

BUT pack more than one outfit for baby and more than one size.  Henry pooped a lot during his hospital stay.  Some babies don't, but it's better to be safe than sorry.  Also, he was almost 9 lbs!  We had to call Pediatrics to bring bigger diapers for Henry and my mom (thank goodness for my mom this week!) had to bring more changes of clothes.  

5. Get prenatal massages. I wish I would have done this sooner .... so I got two at the very end.  Seriously they were the best massages of my life and relaxed me for what was to come. 

6. Patience.  I was almost a week late.  So many people said, "The baby will come when it's ready."  Yes, it was annoying to hear 100 times a day, but it was true.  You won't be pregnant forever, your doctor wouldn't allow it. 

7. Take everything you can from the hospital.  You are paying for it, so take it!  They give you pretty much everything you will need.  Don't bring your own diapers or wipes, they are expensive so take advantage of the free sh*t!

8. Warn your partner.  Don't be scared to give him or her too much information.  Tell them the nitty gritty, gross and dirty details.  Make sure they read up on birth and what to expect.  They need to be prepared.  Also, don't be surprised if your partner surprises you.  Andy was absolutely amazing, I knew he would be, but he went above and beyond my expectations in the delivery room and during my recovery.  (This is my personal advice!)

9. Take an Epsom salt bath.  I tore a little.  It's not fun having stitches down there.  I totally forgot someone told me to do this so I did yesterday and felt instant relief.  I added just enough water to cover my legs and sat in the warm bath for ten minutes.  (Don't sit too long though.  My doctor said no soaking, but a quick bath was ok.)

10.  If baby is a boy don't be scared to go heavy on the Vaseline for his penis.  A friend told me they used it on the gauze and in the diaper. Their baby healed with in one week from the circumcision.  I hope I have the same luck with Henry! 

I'll end this blog with my advice.  Take everyone's suggests with a grain of salt.  What worked for them might not work for you and they mean what they say with love, not to be annoying or tell you what to do.  This milestone in your life is a special one and friends and family just want to play their part and help.