Meet the newest addition to our family!

7.20.14Elijah James was born on July 17th at 6:13pm. He was 6 pounds 7 ounces and 18.75″ long.  He was 2 weeks early, but that was when he decided he was ready to come. My water broke at 9 am that morning, while I was at work. Note to all pregnant women – be sure to wear black pants to work when your due date is approaching!

The labor and deliver went smoothly. Honestly, I would do 10 deliveries over 1 pregnancy. I am positive that being physically fit played a role in this. Little Elijah did have a triple nuchal cord, which is very rare (0.5% of all births), but thankfully there were not complications from this after he was given some oxygen.

I’m nursing and was very lucky that my milk came in by day 2. He latched on his first attempt after birth, which is also very lucky. He’s a natural 🙂 We went home after 36 hours and quickly began adjusting the new routine (well, lack there of).  Bailey didn’t realize there was a new addition, but Bandit noticed right away. The first day he was extremely jealous and gave us the cold shoulder. Then he realized if he warmed up to Elijah, he’d get more attention to. Now he sleeps under Elijah’s cradle and tries to sit on my lap when I nurse. I think they will become best buds in a few months.

During his first week home we had his newborn pictures taken. They turned out great. Feel free to take a look here.

He is now 2 weeks old and has been doing great. He had some issues with gas that made him extremely fussy. I thought he was in a lot of pain, but it turns out that he was likely just frustrated that he couldn’t get the gas out. He has been starting to do much better with this.

At his 2 week appointment he had already gained 1 pound from his birth weight! In case you aren’t familiar with baby weight gain goals here is a summary – all babies lose some weight in the hospital b/c the mom’s milk isn’t in yet. Elijah was down to 6 pounds 2 ounces at discharge. Two days later babies go in for a weight and color check (to see if they are jaundiced) with the goal of <10% total weight loss from birth. Our little eating machine had actually gained 1/2 ounce from his discharge weight, so he was on the right track. At the 2 week appointment the goal is to be back to birth weight. Elijah is already an overachiever and decided to gain not only 5 ounces, but an addition 16 ounces…in just 10 days. Needless to say I feel that all I am doing is nursing and changing dirty diapers, haha.

Surprisingly, I have been adjusting well to the lack of sleep. I get 1-2 hours at a time during the night. I usually get 3-4 of these naps in so it is  total of 5-6 hours per night. I usually am pretty awake all day but occasionally take a nap sometime after 3pm when I start to crash. So far so good, but I am sure this will start to wear on me. Let’s hope he is one of those magical babies that sleeps through the night after a month or two.

 

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I never had a chance to post my 3rd trimester bump pictures, so here they are:

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Week 37 – mowing the lawn with the Reel Mower!

afterlight

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2nd Trimester Update

Second trimester has come and gone…2 weeks ago already! I have been busier than ever (hence the lack of posts), but have been feeling well. Around 20 weeks the nausea ended – yes! and then returned – no 😦 and then left for the most part – I’ll take it. Around week 20 we also found out that we will be having a little boy! We don’t have the name officially picked yet, but we have a few in mind. We are keeping them a secret and will decide once we see him.

During 2nd trimester I finished up my stent in family medicine, completed my internal medicine rotation, and started my general surgery rotation. I went from being 99% sure I’d do ob/gyn to considering family medicine to loving internal medicine. Right now I am pretty sure I’ll end up as a hospitalist after doing an internal medicine residency. However, there is still hope for family medicine – I have 4 weeks of family medicine coming up at the end of June, during which time I am hoping I’ll make my final decision. While I loved ob/gyn during the rotation, I think it was just the first rotation that got me excited about being a doctor and not actually what I want to do forever. I am in the middle of my surgery rotation and while it is fun and interesting, I don’t think I want to be a surgeon, so it has  made ob/gyn less of desire as well. But, things can change and we’ll see what the next few months bring. I have 4 weeks of surgery left (cardiothoracic and plastic surgery) followed by 4 weeks for family medicine and hopefully 2 weeks off before baby comes. In the next month I have 2 big clinical exams (i.e. standardized patients) and 2 big multiple choice exams (surgery shelf and step 2 CK board exam). I am not sure how I’ll do it, but I’ve realized not worrying about that part makes it much easier – it will all work out in the end and I’ll do what I need to do to get there. The best part – when baby comes I can spend all of my time with him 🙂 and hopefully it will make the transition to parenthood a little easier.

So, on to the pictures. At the start of 2nd trimester I thought I was HUGE. Then each week passed and I realized how much huger I was becoming. Looking back it  makes me laugh to see what I thought was “such a big bump” at the time. Take a look to see how much he has grown:

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Week 18 – Before we visited the ice caves!

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Week 20 – It’s a boy!!

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Week 21 – my first maternity outfit!

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Week 22 – Go Badgers!!

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Week 23 – WMS Annual Meeting and Presidential Scholar Awards Banquet

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Week 26 – Internal medicine shelf exam day

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CSA Box #6

I love how I can see the vegetable season changing each week in my box. We have moved from more lettuce and leafy greens than we know what to do with to berries, beans, herbs, and squash. The first few weeks I spent a few hours on Tues night prepping all the vegetables, but I only had to “make’ a few meals during the week, since salad was the main meal most nights. Well, things are changing and salad will only be on the menu a few days during the week. My standard go-to of sautéed vegetables + egg bake is fine, but I think it is time to get a little more creative.

photoThis week’s box:

  • Bunching onions
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Cucumbers
  • Green Beans
  • Herbs (basil, sage, thyme, parsley)
  • Shell Peas
  • Raspberries (not pictured)
  • Red Romaine Lettuce
  • Summer squash
  • Yellow Wax Beans

Recipe Ideas (some more from last week that I didn’t try yet):

bedroom update

We haven’t had to do much work on the bedroom since the last update. The window and floor trim are complete.

bedroom - window trim

bedroom - update 2

bedroom - new closet layout

One of our first projects after moving into the house was to install a closet system. We did a simple bar and shelf, which I (of course) measured one part wrong and ended up messing the entire thing up. We have lived with it for the past 2 years, but the weekend before my board exam I decided it was time for an update (and a study break). Before the update, only some of our clothes fit in the closet and we had to use the spare closet for the opposite season storage. J and I are both tall, so I decided to raise the bar and shelf and then add a small 1/2 bar under one side. This has worked out perfectly and we can fit ALL of our clothes in one closet. Plus, I measured right this time (for the most part) so nothing is sagging or half falling down.