February 22, 2011

A Little of This, A Little of That

I have so many pictures on Facebook, that I kind of forgot to add some to the blog! Here are some of our favorites from the past few days. I can't believe that our little man is already five days old. In some ways, we fumble around like we've never had a newborn before, and in other ways I feel like I've been his mommy for years and years.

Now, I'm sure this could change at any moment, but at this point it is amazing how different Easton and Macey are. We joke a lot that Macey came into this world talking (some say she gets it from her mom, but I think her daddy's just as much to blame), but so far Easton is very laid back and chill. I think it's because he knows he can't compete with his sister, so he just prefers to relax and enjoy life. My dad says little man is just the strong but silent type.
Macey wearing her Big Sis shirt for Easton's birthday!
Almost time to go to the hospital...
NOT a happy camper!
Hi, Easton!
Big boy.
Mommy and Easton!
Mommy and daddy with our little boy!
Silly daddy as always...
Proud papa
Go Tigers Go!
Macey meeting Easton for the first time.
Such a happy big sister!

Ready to go home, everyone!

Macey giving sweet kisses.

February 18, 2011

Brother and Sister

We think Easton really favors his big sister. What do you think?

1-day-old Macey
1-day-old Easton

February 17, 2011

Happy Birthday Easton!

This morning, at 9:11, we welcomed our sweet son into this world. He's not even 12 hours old yet, and we're already completely and totally in love!

As you know, I was not thrilled about having a second c-section, but things could not have gone more smoothly. The surgery was scheduled for 10 a.m., but my doctor stopped by our room to touch base around 7:45 a.m. While she was there, she told me that she was heading to an 8 a.m. c-section, and she'd be ready for ours as soon as that was wrapped up. She wasn't kidding! I was in the operating room and ready to go before 9:00, and before we knew it, there was Mr. Easton!

Easton Paul Joyner
February 17, 2011
9:11 a.m.
8 lbs, 6 oz.
21.5 inches

February 15, 2011

Easton's Birthday is Coming Up

As of this morning, Easton has an official birthday planned! If he hasn't decided to come on his own before Thursday, he'll arrive via c-section that morning. Thankfully, we're both still healthy and doing well, but little man just isn't making much progress. I'm still not dilating, and he hasn't dropped too much, plus he's a rather large boy so my doctor just felt better delivering him sooner rather than later.

So, tomorrow I'll be 40 weeks along and just for kicks and giggles here's what BabyCenter.com has to say about that.

It's hard to say for sure how big your baby will be, but the average newborn weighs about 7 1/2 pounds (a small pumpkin) and is about 20 inches long. His skull bones are not yet fused, which allows them to overlap a bit if it's a snug fit through the birth canal during labor. This so-called "molding" is the reason your baby's noggin may look a little conehead-ish after birth. Rest assured — it's normal and temporary.

Oddly enough, none of this really applies to me. A) Easton has already surpassed the 7.5 pound mark and B) He most likely won't have to worry about the whole birth canal thing. He'll just see my doctor reaching in for him!
Cute little thing, huh?

February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day to my loves!

Four years ago today, after a lovely meal (that I made, so of course it was delicious, hahaha...) Greg proposed and I said yes! Well, he says I technically never said "yes," but we got married so apparently he figured out that I meant to say it.
I love you!

Then, on July 16, 2009 our wonderful, precious, adorable, hilarious, rotten Macey came into our lives! We couldn't love her more if we tried. She's an amazing little girl, and I know she'll be an amazing big sister. That is, IF her little brother ever decides to appear, but that's an entirely different conversation all together.
Too, too sweet!

February 11, 2011

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February 9, 2011

A Mini WHAT?

39 weeks pregnant today. Stop and try to imagine 39 weeks for just a second. It seems like a really long time! Thankfully, the first 37 weeks really flew by, but I'm officially ready to welcome sweet Easton into this world.

According to BabyCenter.com:
Your baby's waiting to greet the world! He continues to build a layer of fat to help control his body temperature after birth, but it's likely he already measures about 20 inches and weighs a bit over 7 pounds, a mini watermelon. (Boys tend to be slightly heavier than girls.) The outer layers of his skin are sloughing off as new skin forms underneath.

I'm sorry, but nothing about a watermelon sounds "mini." Yikes!

February 8, 2011

Big Baby E

Today I went in for another routine check-up. I mentioned to my doctor that Easton hasn't been moving as often. When he does move, he moves like a wild man, but I feel like it's just not happening as often. So, of course, we did an ultrasound to assess everything even though his heart rate was great on the doppler.

During the ultrasound I found out two very important things:

1) He has lots of hair. How cute is that?!
2) He's GIGANTIC. I know these measurements can be off sometimes, but he's currently measuring around 8.5 pounds. Yowzas. The ultrasound technician asked, "Are you sure you don't want to schedule another c-section?"

Anywho...everything looked perfect on the ultrasound! He passed all of his little "tests," and had plenty of amniotic fluid to swim around in. My doctor is perfectly happy with his progress.

The only not-so-great news is that my blood pressure is slowly creeping up higher week-by-week. My doctor isn't thrilled about that, but for now she's OK with me waiting to go into labor on my own. She just gave me a few precautions and things to pay attention to. I would greatly appreciate prayers for me to go into labor on my own before my next check-up and that my blood pressure doesn't continue rising.

February 2, 2011

Shockingly Close to the End

Wow--today I am officially 38 weeks pregnant. I'm so anxious to meet Mr. Easton, it's driving me crazy! Sometimes I feel like he'll be here so, so soon, and other times I feel like he'll never arrive. Technically, I know he could arrive any day now, but it's so tough to not just sit around and think, "When? When? When?" all day long.

The BabyCenter.com post this week talks about babies' eye colors, and I think that's interesting. I fully expect this little guy to have bright blue eyes like his big sister and his daddy. My eyes are blue/green, but most of my life they've been quite blue, just a little darker than Greg and Macey's.

According to BabyCenter.com:
Your baby has really plumped up. He weighs about 6.8 pounds and is over 19 1/2 inches long (like a leek). He has a firm grasp, which you'll soon be able to test when you hold his hand for the first time! His organs have matured and are ready for life outside the womb.

Wondering what color your baby's eyes will be? You may not be able to tell right away. If he's born with brown eyes, they'll likely stay brown. If he's born with steel gray or dark blue eyes, they may stay gray or blue or turn green, hazel, or brown by the time he's 9 months old. That's because a child's irises (the colored part of the eye) may gain more pigment in the months after he's born, but they usually won't get "lighter" or more blue. (Green, hazel, and brown eyes have more pigment than gray or blue eyes.)

February 1, 2011

So...About that Prediction

Here I sit on February 1, and I can't help but notice that I'm still pregnant. Yes, I'm still 2 weeks from my due date, but I was really confident that Easton would be a January baby. January has come and gone...

At my check-up earlier this afternoon, I learned that I've really made no progress. I'm not dilated, not effaced, nothing, nada, zip, zilch. My doctor reminded not to be too disappointed because she said things can change and progress quickly with no real warning, so just because I'm not dilated doesn't mean I couldn't go into labor as early as tonight. The one good thing I learned is that he is indeed moving down and getting into position for delivery, so that was great to hear!

Thankfully, I still feel well. Just very, very anxious. And I will admit that I'm pretty worn out once I get home from work these days, but overall more anxious than anything. For now, we just wait.