Archive for February 22, 2010

Garrett’s Awake

February 22, 2010

Here are some pictures of the little guy awake and looking around.  While Kalyn looks pretty much just like her Dad, Garrett seems to have inherited his looks more from his mother’s side of the family.  I’d love to hear who you think he looks like!

Garrett’s Doing Great!

February 22, 2010

This morning Garrett and I went in for our “Wee Steps” checkup where they weigh him and make sure everything is going good with breastfeeding.  Garrett greatly impressed the nurse as he has already gained back his birth weight and then some.  At birth he was 7lb 11oz, this morning he was 7lb 13.4oz.  He has been a great little eater.

These days Garrett is mostly sleeping and eating, but I’m going to try and get some good pictures one of these times he is awake and looking around. We think he is such a little cutie!

Also, since I’m posting I also just wanted to say how great it was to deliver at the Poudre Valley Hospital.  I made the comment earlier that if the Utah Valley Regional Medical Center is a baby factory, then PVH is a baby retreat! Probably the biggest difference was at UVRMC all the nurses seemed like they had way too much to do, while the nurses here seemed much less rushed and were constantly offering help.  Also, in labor and delivery at UVRMC we went through four different nurses, but at PVH they make a big deal of having a single nurse work with you in each shift. There’s also a lot of smaller stuff, like bigger rooms, better breastfeeding support, a real bed for dads, better meal system, etc.  I also appreciated how they brought all the tests into the room instead of taking the baby away – they really empahsize rooming in with the baby, which is great. I don’t mean to say that UVRMC is a bad hospital, but they are so busy that they emphasize efficiency much more than making things nice for mom.  It was really great to be able to relax and enjoy baby a little more while we were in the hospital.

Kalyn turned 2 on the 18th, but we are waiting to celebrate until all the grandparents are here on the 27th, so you can also expect to hear more about that in the future.

More Pics – Kalyn Meets her Brother

February 17, 2010

Kalyn met her new brother. She held the baby and was quite enthralled for all of about 3 minutes. Then she proudly announced “all done” and proceeded to explore the room. Jumping from the window sill onto the “daddy bed” was very entertaining and kept her going for quite a while.

Garrett Eli Wessman

February 16, 2010

Garrett Eli joined us at 9:03pm, February 16, 2010. He weighs 3.475kg and is 53.3cm in length.

Garrett is a fighter. He came out face down, and was kicking the doctor all the time. He then proceeded to urinate on all four of us (Katie, I, doctor and a nurse) with one burst. He was screaming for about 30 minutes and was very loud until Katie calmed him down.

His eyes aren’t wide open like Kalyn’s were, but he is definitely much louder. He has lighter and sparser hair than Kalyn did, but has more body hair. His Apgar is 9-9 which is very unusual around here due to altitude.

Katie delivered with no pain medication and “my bottom hurts”. Katie says she definitely feels better right now than last time, but is still undecided if it was worth going all natural.

They just delivered to us a celebratory bottle of Champagne which was quite surprising and very unexpected. That is certainly a little different from Provo! Knowing nothing about alcohol other than I don’t drink any, I couldn’t even tell you if it is a nice one or a $2 Walmart special. . .

I will probably put it on my cubicle shelf at work as a decoration.

Almost!

February 16, 2010

Almost time to push!

It is starting!

February 16, 2010

Katie and I went into the doctor’s office just a bit ago. She woke up this morning with contractions continuing in the morning (which is not normal – usually they don’t start up until later in the day). They kept getting more painful, so at 330 she called the doctor. They told her to come in to check.

I made a guess of 10:30pm for this baby. At the doctor’s, they told her that she was 6cm dilated and 75% effaced.

Keep around for updates! We’ll probably have a new little one tonight.

Ducky Towel

February 14, 2010

Kalyn has never become particularly attached to a specific blanket, doll, or stuffed animal. She’s had favorites, but never anything that she had to have to go to bed. So, it is a little funny that in the past couple weeks she has become extremely attached to her “ducky towel.” This particular towel was a shower gift from Marinda (my sister in law) which she made by sewing a hand towel hood onto a bath towel.

Kalyn loves the ducky towel and usually sleeps with it. If she has it she will cry if you try to take it away, even if we are about to leave somewhere. If she sees it when she gets into the bath she usually wants to have it in the bath with her, meaning we now tend it keep it around the corner instead of in the bathroom while she is bathing. She even asked for it in the middle of the night a couple times (before all she has asked for is her pacifier).

In this picture you can see Kalyn sleeping with her head hooded in her ducky towel. When I put her down I just kind of laid it on top of her, so she wrapped it around herself before she went to sleep.

No News is Good News… I Guess

February 11, 2010

If you’re wondering why we haven’t posted any updates about the baby’s arrival, it’s because there’s nothing to post! This morning we had a checkup and I still have not significantly dilated, despite having lots of contractions (when I say lots think about every 20 minutes or so, off an on for a few days). So, who knows when this baby will come! We certainly don’t.

I’m getting more than a little restless, although it’s hard to complain too much because I remember being a whole lot more uncomfortable at this point with Kalyn–mostly because we now have a good mattress instead of a DI special. So, at least I’m getting some sleep and I’m not hurting like I was last time!

Here is a little video to take your mind off how anxious we all are for baby to come: