Sunday, August 24, 2008

A Visit from Nana & Poppy

Griffin and I came home from the hospital on Friday and my parents were able to come that evening and stay for the weekend! We had so much fun with them. I love spending time with my parents and was glad they were able to make the trip. They helped me out a lot. Noah LOVED having them here and played with them the entire time.

I don't like Noah to sleep past 5pm - It's hard to get him to go down at night if he sleeps all day. Mom and Dad (Nana and Poppy) went in to wake him up.

Sleeping under his pillow. Of course.

So sleepy.

Noah loves to make up games and then do them over and over. This is one of many games he played with Nana and Poppy.

Loving all the attention!

On our way to take Griffin to the hospital for a weight check.

He was like this the whole weekend. Soaking up all the love and attention he could get.

These two have always had a special bond. Ever since Noah was born, if Poppy is in the room, that's where Noah is. Right there on his lap or in his arms. So cute!

Nana, Poppy, Griffin

Noah loves to give Griffin kisses. Here are my boys with their grandmas.

The boys. Poppy, Griffin, Ammon, Noah and Pap.

Thanks for coming Mom and Dad! I had a great time and can't wait to visit with you again. :)

Griffin's Hospital Story

My due date was August 16th and I was scheduled to be induced on the Thursday the 14th. I was supposed to be at the hospital at 6am to get things started. The night before, I went to WalMart and got home around 11pm. I made some phone calls, finished packing my bag and Ammon and I went to bed close to 1am to try and get a couple hours of sleep before we needed to leave for the hospital. We had it all planned out. Gigi (Ginger) was going to come to our house around 5:30 am and be there to take care of Noah. Right as I was drifting off - contraction! And not the uncomfortable ones that I had been experiencing for a few weeks now. Nope, these were really painful and I had to hold Ammon's hand through them. They were coming pretty quick but I was so tired and I knew that I was going to go to the hospital in a few hours anyway. I thought I would just sleep through them. Ha! yeah right... These were super painful. I had to hold Ammon's hand through every contraction. It somehow made them easier. I laid in bed until 2:30am contracting every few minutes. We then decided that we needed to go ahead and call Ginger and have her come on down so we could get to the hospital. It's a 30 minute drive for her to get here so I hopped in the shower. Ginger got here and Ammon gave me a blessing. Then we were off. We got to the hospital around 4am. Ammon parked at the wrong entrance - it was locked. So we walked halfway around the hospital to the emergency entrance. We had to stop every little bit so I could get through the next contraction. I was not happy... The dude at emergency told me that we had to go to this other part of the hospital to register. So Ammon and I start walking with numerous stops along the way. We sit to register and it of course takes forever. They're asking me all these questions and making me sign things while I'm in hard labor... Anyway, I finally get up to my room and I told them right away that I wanted an epidural. They said that they would need to page the anesthesiologist and that she would be there soon. When they checked me at 5am, I was at 7 cm! I was having contractions every 2-5 minutes and they were horrible. I kept asking about the epidural and was tired of being told that she was on her way. While I was laboring, the nurse wanted to do all this paperwork. I was annoyed. I just wanted to concentrate on labor and not have to answer questions and sign stuff. Finally around 7:30am, the lady came to do my epidural. Wow, this was much more painful than it was when I got the epidural with Noah. She missed it the first time and had to redo it. It finally took and they left me alone for awhile. I wasn't feeling contractions and Ammon and I both fell asleep. Ammon woke up at 8:45 to me yelling, "get the trashcan!" He got it to me in time and I threw up. Yuck... The nurses said this was a sign that I was probably "complete". Dr. McIlveen came in and checked me and confirmed that I was "complete" and they started to prepare the room for delivery. I started pushing at 8:52 and Griffin James Piatt was born at 9:10 am. He weighed in at 8 pounds 9 ounces and was 20 1/2 inches long.

I couldn't believe how much easier things were this time around. I didn't need any stitches and felt good afterwards. I couldn't believe that I was finally holding my baby boy and I was thrilled that he was ok.

Ammon called Ginger and asked her to bring Noah to the hospital to meet his new brother. It was so fun having our little family together for a few minutes. Noah didn't really care too much about the baby at first. He didn't dislike him but wanted to keep playing with his cars. In this picture, he pointed to Griffin's nose and then his nose.

Will and Ginger came by as well as Joni and her kids, Lathen and Kiera.

After I showered, Ammon left to go home and nap with Noah. Then they went to gymnastics and came back to the hospital for a little while. Noah loves Griffin and gives him kisses a lot. He's very easy with him and likes to know where his baby is at all times.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

To clip or not to clip?

When I think about playing catch-up on this blog, I get overwhelmed. I want to talk about Griffin's birth story but, I don't really have time to do all that right now. I think I'll just start with today and then journey back as I get the time. Griffin is doing great. He is 10 days old and getting cuter everyday. The hospital wanted us to take him to a pediatrician a couple days after he was born to get checked out. He was slightly jaundiced and had lost quite a bit of weight. When we took him in, they wanted him stripped down so that they could weigh him. As he was screaming, I noticed that his frenulum (the skin under his tongue) came up almost to the tip of his tongue. It was really thin and transparent. When I asked the doctor about it, he said that Griffin was tongue-tied. It all started making sense why I was in so much pain while nursing him. He was chewing instead of sucking because he couldn't stick his tongue out. The doctor said that we could clip it but I was nervous and said that I needed to talk with Ammon about it first. After doing some research, we decided to go ahead and get it clipped yesterday. Ammon was able to come to the appointment and I'm so glad! I didn't want to be in there when they did it. Noah and I went out to look at the fish tank and the process was super quick! Ammon said that Griffin only fussed because they were holding him down and that he didn't feel it. There was only one drop of blood and it looks really good. The doctor wanted me to nurse right away and I can definitely tell a difference. I am still super sore from this past week of nursing but, it's getting better now. I'm really glad we decided to clip it. Griffin has been sticking his tongue out and moving it all around. It's pretty cute.

Monday, August 18, 2008

He's a Keeper!

At 8lbs 9oz and 20.5" long we have decided to keep Griffin James Piatt.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Lilypie Expecting a baby Ticker

Monday, August 11, 2008

Update on Life

Hi there! Just wanted to update everyone on our life a little bit. My due date is this Saturday!! My scheduled induction date is this Thursday, the 14th. At my last doctor's appointment (last Thursday) I was dilated to 3 cm and 50% effaced. I have been having regular contractions for about 2 weeks now and they've gotten pretty close together a couple times. By the time I decide that we might want to think about going to the hospital, they slow way down... It's been frustrating. I usually feel ok but sometimes I get THE WORST groin pain that almost brings me to my knees. In the past week, my feet, ankles, hands, and face have really started to swell. My feet are the worst and today it hurts to walk on them. They look pretty disgusting -- definitely not my normal, skinny, bony feet. Ammon took me to get a pedicure the other day so, the nails look nice. If you can get past the bubble toes and balloon ankles. I feel like there is a light at the end of the tunnel and I can make it to Thursday. They want me at the hospital at 6am to start inducing! Yeah!

The house is coming along. The basement floor still isn't done so we can't really set things up like we want. Most things are unpacked in the main living spaces but, not completely. I still have some boxes to go through and our main bathroom isn't unpacked at all. I do have the baby's clothes and diapers out so, that's a plus. Ammon's "honey-do" list is long but he's been such a good sport about getting things done. We'll get it all finished, in time.

Noah is still doing great. He loves the new house and still loves his new bed. He has fallen out twice now but each time has landed on the trundle. He is learning so many new things all the time and is really doing well at communicating. I just love having him with me all day and I'm excited to see how things go once this baby comes.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Big Boy Bed

We're here! We finally got into our new house and completely out of the apartment. It feels so great to only have one place to worry about. Will and Ginger really came to our rescue and helped us move. Thank you so much!

One thing I was nervous about was switching Noah to his "big boy bed". He sleeps so well in his crib and I was nervous that the transition would be really tough on him. We got Ammon's bed that he grew up sleeping on for Noah to use. Ammon's dad grew up sleeping on it too. It has a trundle underneath it and as soon as Noah saw it, he loved it! Tuesday night was our first night sleeping here. We all knelt by his bed and said our prayers. Then we told him that it was time to go "night night". He climbed right up into bed and laid on his pillow. We tucked him in nice and tight and he slept there the whole night! He really had no transition time at all. I was nervous that he would fall out of the bed since he's kind of a crazy sleeper but so far, so good. We pulled the trundle out just in case. He has slept 4 nights and 4 naps in his bed and has had no trouble at all. We actually have to go in and wake him up. I think he'd sleep there all day if we let him. Here's a picture from his first night in his bed. The lighting was bad so, it's a little blurry.

Now when he sleeps in his bed, he burrows completely under the blankets. I try not to worry about it too much. I remember my sister used to sleep completely under her blankets too... Anyway, just wanted to share how big my boy is getting. Mama is so proud!

Friday, August 1, 2008

Snoop Dogg in the Church Hizous

(Hizous - I love my sheltered friends)
Ok I'm still not sure I believe this but hey, one can hope.

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