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Covid 19–week 8

Lexi, William & Kate,

Deep breaths are things I often remind myself to do. This week was really, really hard for me and felt I was very close to breaking down. Work is crazy busy right now and the lack of routine is making things a bit challenging. It felt like everything was just unraveling. You three kids were running wild and doing whatever you wanted, whenever you wanted. Monday afternoon, I came outside to find you had rattled through an entire box of popsicles. You each ate three popsicles one after another, without asking. Toys, dishes and clothes were scattered throughout the house and the attitude, whining and talking back was out of control and we needed to make changes.

First was the toys. Anything that wasn’t picked up off the floor before bed time became mine. After lots of warnings about picking things up, toys were still all over the place when bedtime came. There were some big tantrums thrown as a result, and I picked up an entire bin of toys that became mine until you could go for a week with all toys being put away each night. But, I haven’t had to do it again yet. You have picked things up every night.

Next was having Daddy or I be near you guys at all times and not having both of us try and work at the same time. This allows one of us to actually focus on work and not be distracted by your constant interruptions. This mostly means Daddy has you for the days and I have you guys at night, since I’m in meetings all day.

Next was sticking to the punishments for talking back, doing things without asking and lying. Lots of timeouts were given and Lexi lost TV for the week for lying about the popsicles and blaming it on Luke.

This isn’t perfect and we still need to work on some sort of routine to help make our days more predictable and figure out a better schedule of work for Daddy and I. But, it is a start.

Considering we are 2 months into quarentene, it feels like you guys are pretty unaffected by it. You definitely prefer going to school and learning from your teachers versus us. You have also made some comments like ‘It feels weird to be driving in a car Mom. We don’t really ride in the car anymore.’ You haven’t been into a store since before we went to Florida. Most stores are asking only one person from a family shops and some stores don’t even allow people under the age of 16 inside. Occasionally, Kate will request that she wants to come to the store with me and says, ‘The Virus is all gone away now. I can come with you’. And William refers to it as the Corony Virus. But given all of the changes that you have gone through, you seem to roll through each day unaffected. You love to play with each other more than ever and have even taught Kate how to play your ‘stories’ and rarely, if ever, complain about not being able to do something because of the virus.

As far as the macro-economy goes–over 36 million people have filed for unemployment as businesses have been forced to temporarily close. More than 80,000 people have died in the United States–with more than 80% of them being 80+ years old. Children have been pretty unaffected–meaning they show very mild symptoms or no symptoms. Our official stay-at-home order started March 27th and is expected to lift May 18th as most business have put plans together to re-open in what the government deems a safe way. This mostly means a limited number of people in stores, closed or limited dressing rooms, employees and customers wearing masks and truly going to a store for a given purpose and not to just shop and browse.

One of the most challenging elements of this whole situation is knowing what to believe and how to navigate as a result. Most of the news outlets are telling the narrative that everyone’s life is at risk, which is different than what the actual numbers reflect. Doctors and people that have different opinions or data than what is being shared in the news are silenced. They post something on social media and their posts are removed in what is being stated as a ‘content violation’. Yet nobody can explain what a content violation is? Or why is it a content violation? Are individuals not allowed to have and share different opinions? There are facts out there stating the US was funding the research of the lab where this virus came from in China. There are rumors out there that big pharma companies are behind this. Politicians are taking advantage of this situation by trying to work their personal agendas into bills that need to pass. Then, there are people who won’t see anyone and think they are going to die if they get this virus, which they might, but pretty unlikely based on the numbers being reported. Then, there are people who think this whole thing is completely over-exaggerated and think we should just continue to operate as we normally do. It is confusing and really hard to make decisions on what is OK and what isn’t OK to do.

Hopefully, our stay-at-home order will get lifted next week and we can start to test the waters by opening businesses up and seeing people more freely and pray our medical systems have prepared enough that they can support the individuals that need the medical assistance.

Love,

Mama

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Kate 20 Months

Katers,

You FINALLY were able to play at a park this time for the first time in your life! Granted, it was in the snow, but it is still crazy it took 20 months! We have been to the park many of times over your lifetime, but not where you have been walking and capable of climbing up stairs. You went down the slide a couple of times, any were mostly annoyed you were dressed like a marshmallow and couldn’t move very well. I’m excited to take you to the park in Florida where I think you’ll enjoy it much more.

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You have also gotten a lot more affectionate and cuddly. You regularly come up and give me big open-mouthed slobbery kisses and announce that you are hugging. At bedtime, you love to read books before bed and nuzzle against me and most nights will fall asleep in the bed with me. I’ll sing Twinkle Twinkle, Row Row Row Your Boat, Rock-a-bye-baby and you’ll find my hand and place it on the ‘correct’ part of your belly or side that you want me to rub while you fall asleep. Girlfriend, you are particular.

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We also baby-sat MacKenzie over-night one of the weekends and you just kept pointing and saying baby. You didn’t seem jealous, but were curious why she was playing with your toys. Now, whenever you see a diaper–you say Baby.

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Your vocabulary and comprehension continue to expand every week. I have no idea what new words you’re saying, but there are new ones every week. My current favorite is ‘shurr–aka sure’

You’ve also started to go down stairs on your bottom, verses sliding down on your belly.

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We love you little munchkin.

Love, Mama

 

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Kate’s 1-year pictures

Katelyn,

When I found out I was pregnant, I was so excited to be having a summer baby. It meant outdoor birthday parties, and opportunities to take pictures outside verses having to figure out themes for indoors. These pics surpassed any dream or expectation I could of ever had. They are a perfect representation of your sweet flirtation but slightly stoic personality and are cute cute cute. I am obsessed.

Love,

Mama

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Kate 13 Months

Dear Kate (or Hoover as Daddy likes to tease you),

Girlfriend, you can pretty much eat anyone in this family under the table. You love anything and everything food and drink related. You’re favorites are any kind of berry. You also love noodles, ice cream, graham crackers, cheese, melons, chips, goldfish, cheese-its, vanilla wafers, chicken, corn, tomatoes, tortillas, broccoli, hot dogs, hamburgers, rice, eggs, pancakes, sausage, french toast and the list goes on and on. The one thing you haven’t really loved is cereal and toast, but you will eat it if you don’t have anything else.

During meals, there is usually a mad scramble to find additional food to feed you. You’ll eat everything I’ve given you and sign more so we dig through the cupboards to find something to fill you up. When you are hungry, watch out! You’ll start saying mumumum, which eventually turns into yells of ‘Aheeeeee’ until we put something in your belly. You’re also always very thirsty. You drink whole milk and water from a sippy and will easily cash an entire cup in one sitting. This month, you’ve also figured out/realized there is a special spot on the tray in your high chair for your cup and will regularly place it there.

Your 8th tooth (bottom left side) finally popped through. So now you have 4 on top and 4 on the bottom, which is really helping with the hoover status mentioned above.

We also spent a week up north at a cabin right after your birthday with the Sampson family. We celebrated your birthday up there and you enjoyed lots of attention and lovin’ from your grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.

 

You’re relationship with your siblings continues to blow me away. William loves to be around you and love on you with hugs and kisses. He sings songs to you when you’re upset and is always trying to make you laugh. You and Lexi have a special language with one another. For years, she has done what we call ‘baby bird’ where she makes two spine-tingling high-pitched noises that sounds like what a baby bird would do. Recently, you’ll respond to her in s similar high-pitch noise that mimics her inflection and tone. The two of you will go back and forth to each other several times with your bird call

No walking yet, but I would guess by the end of the summer. You pull  yourself up on everything and zoom scoot along furniture, but you haven’t started to stand unsupported or move from sitting to standing without holding onto anything, but I think you’re close. Sleeping is your jam and I hope you never grow out of that. You go down around 8 or 8:30 and sleep until 7:30ish. You’ll nap twice a day most days. First nap is 2-3 hours and the second is an hour and a half to two hours. All we do is give you paci and a stuffed animal pal and you shut your eyes before I turn off the slight and shut the door. So amazing and easy!

Words:

  • Mamamama
  • Dad
  • Mumumum aka num num num which means food
  • attempt to say all done, but it is really just a ‘ah-d’

Loves: Paci, Bunny, Food, Drinking, scooting (just moving in general), stroller rides, laughing at Lexi and William, mama, dada, Peek a boo, Guess Who book, Brown Bear Brown Bear, Who Says Quack, getting into Lexi and William’s toys, swimming/bath

Dislikes: diaper changes, sitting still (even to read books) snuggling (but will do it occasionally now), Toys–you only want to scoot around, wearing a lifejacket,

Nicknames: Kate the Great, Beetle, Hoover, Beetle-the-etle (which has morphed into etle; which has morphed into Eatsie (I think that’s how those names came about).

One evening we were watching Lexi play soccer and you leaned forward out of the chair you were sitting in and nose-dived into the foot of another lawn chair. You immediately developed a goose egg on your forehead and refused ice to help any swelling. Thankfully, the goose egg disappeared by the next morning, but left you with a nice little bruise on your forehead.

Around the 4th of July, we went to the beach and you loved sitting in the water splashing around and amazingly didn’t eat a ton of sand. We also purchased a medium-sized pool and you love to kick around in there with me.

We also spent an afternoon out on Papa’s new boat. You really hate your lifejacket, but were much happier when we stopped the boat and you could crawl around jacket free. You even took a snooze in one of the chairs. We laid you down, gave you your bunny, paci, turned the sound machine on and put a towel over the chair to make it a little dark and you were out.

Finally, we rounded up your 13th month up at the Bothwell cabin. You had lots of fun playing with your cousins and enjoying the fresh crisp air of the north shore.

It was a busy and fun month. Watching you grow, learn and experience new things is such a joy and I love every inch of you my sweet girl.

Love, Mama

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Kate’s 1st Birthday Party

Kate,

I’m not going to lie, your birthday snuck up on me. The other kids, I starting planning their parties in my head 3+ months before. You my sweet girl, was a couple of weeks. There was a lot going on. It was the end of Lexi’s preschool, her dance recital, my cousin got married, we were up at the cabin for memorial weekend and then camping the first weekend of June, which was quickly followed by Auntie Sheila’s baby shower and Daddy’s birthday which happened on the same day AND was the day before your party. But even with the lack of extensive planning it turned out pretty cute.

I kept it pretty sweet and simple knowing it was just the Bothwell’s that were coming. We celebrated with the Sampson’s the following week at the cabin.

The party theme was watermelon. So you had a watermelon smash cake and personalized watermelon onesie and a watermelon-looking fruit pizza. I also created a watermelon fruit bowl (which I forgot to take a picture of) and created vases out of watermelons for some floral arrangements.

The weather was perfect and we were able to hang outside in the backyard while daddy grilled.

You demolished your cake. It wasn’t the first time you have had cake or frosting (because duh, you’re a 3rd kid–you do get some perks out of 3rd baby syndrome). Note to future birthday party planners–do not give your child brightly colored frosting–it stains. Thankfully, we had taken all your clothes off and we took a bath mid-party but you had some red legs, toes and fingers for awhile there.

Then the following week, we celebrated with the Sampson’s up at the cabin. You loved your cake but were willing to share it with others–whether they wanted it our not.

There are no questions that you are a sweet little beetle that is loved by all.

Love,

Mama

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Kate is 1! (12 months)

Dear Kate,

What a tremendous year of joy and love we have to celebrate today. People keep asking me, can you believe it has already been one year? And there are lots of me that can’t believe it. I can so vividly remember being in labor with you, getting ready to go to the hospital and all of the anxiety and worry that I had leading up to that moment. Then you arrived and we had a summer that dreams are made of. You were the easiest most mellow baby and slipped into the mold of our family without a second thought. We had so much quality family time. The big kids played in the backyard in the pool or were riding bikes almost everyday while you just snuggled on my chest. We just enjoyed a low-key lifestyle for 3 months. (It was a little most stressful than this in reality, but this is how I remember it.)

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Then, there is this other part of me that feels how an it only be one year? It is difficult to remember what life was like before you. How could I possibly ever think my heart was full without you in it? How could William and Lexi grow into the little people they are without you to teach them patience and about being thoughtful and to show their love towards. Also, coming out of that magical summer, school started for Lexi and I went back to work, Daddy became a full-time (for the most part) stay-at-home Daddy and life and balance got a lot more complicated.

But, here we are, 1 year later and you continue to be the smiley, happy little cherub that I constantly smother in kisses.

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Speaking of cherub, you had a HUGE growth spurt over these last 3 months. You weighed in at 23 lbs and 5 oz (the biggest of your siblings at 1), are 30 inches long. All your stats are in the 80-90th percentile. The line graph at the doctor was almost vertical from the trajectory you were on at 9 months. You love to eat and only eat table food now. You can’t stand it if someone is eating and you are not. You’ll whine and beg until you get some of it yourself. Even the sight of food is tempting for you.

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You crawl around like a mad woman and pull yourself up on everything (walls, legs, tables, chairs). You will walk when holding onto our fingers but are too chicken to stand unsupported (whenever we try, you sit down immediately). If I were to guess, I think we have another 2-3 months before you walk.

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I stopped nursing quickly after your 11 month post and within a week or so you had weaned yourself from a bottle too. It would take you FOREVER to finish one, if you did at all. You would take a couple sips and then get up and play, come take a couple more. Daddy finally said, this is enough and cut them out and you could have cared less. So now, you drink whole milk from a sippy throughout the day, but still pretty regularly before bed. We’ll rock and you’ll drink it and then you lay down in your crib with your bunny and paci and you our lights out.

You have a whole slew of nicknames: Katelyn, Kate, Kate the great, Beetle, Beets, Beetsie, Hoover and Itle. You respond to all of these and I would also say that they are all consistently used.

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You have 7 teeth, 4 on top, 3 on the bottom with the 4th one on the bottom quickly making its appearance and 2 on the top that are going to be coming in soon.

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Clothes: Size 18 months

Diapers: Size 4 (close to 5s)

Shoes: never wears them, but maybe a size 4?

Likes:

  • Food, fruit especially, avocado, cheese, popsicles, freezes, ice cream
  • bath
  • being carried around
  • naps
  • stroller rides
  • being tickled
  • watching the kids play through the window
  • knocking down William and Lexi’s block towers or magnatile creations
  • climbing all over Mama

Dislikes:

  • Cheerios
  • ritz crackers
  • getting your diaper changed
  • sitting still (books)
  • grass
  • life jackets
  • growing teeth

Itsy Bitsy, Beets, We love everything about you and how you make our family perfect. I’m so excited to watch you grow over this next year.

Love,

Mama

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Katelyn 4 Months

Dear Kate,

When you were still in my belly, I gave a speech at your Auntie Sheila’s wedding about how awesome it is to have a sister, and sweet baby girl, you have one for the record books. I pray that this relationship only continues to get stronger but the love your big sister has for you brings me to tears. You’ll be pretty upset or crying about your gas pains, and while Lexi is doing a puzzle or coloring,  she’ll start singing you songs to help calm you down. She sings the traditional nursery rhymes with the normal words, but then will also go rouge and make up verses with your name in them. One morning, I went to wake her up for school and very groggily, she asks, ‘Is Beatle awake?’ and I said no, and she responds, ‘OK well then I’m still too sleepy to get up. Come get me when she is up.’ She loves to play with you and nobody can make you laugh more then Lexi. Her love for you is bone deep.

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Sleep

Sleep is going OK. I feel like you have regressed a little since I’ve headed back to work. You’ve started to wake up several times throughout the night and I’m working on giving you a pacifier or bouncing you a little and trying to get you to fall back asleep on your own without eating. You flip between sleeping in the magic merlin suit and a fleece swaddle, but probably favoring the swaddle. I’ll either bounce you to sleep (think me jiggling you in my arms, or doing squats) or I’ll put you in your crib awake with your beloved pacifier and you’ll fall asleep on your own, around 8:00ish. Every night the wake-up time is different but you usually need to eat between the 3:00 and 5:00 and then will fall back asleep until 7:30 or so. There was a week where you were getting up 4-6 times a night, which was pretty tough.

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Naps are still pretty inconsistent too as far as the length and when they take place. But there is usually a morning, afternoon and evening nap and they are almost always taken in your rock n’ play. Similar to your sibs, they are pretty short (like 20-40 min). You will fall asleep in your carseat when we are out and about, but will wake up when the car stops or we carry you inside.

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Eat

The eating adventure has been a bit of a rollercoaster since I headed back to work, and probably the most stressful thing for me right now. I’m barely producing enough milk to feed you while I’m at work. My work schedule is all over the board, and I often don’t have control over it. This is hard because I feel like I need to stick pretty close to whatever your schedule is to ensure I pump enough during each session for the next day AND that when I get home I have enough to nurse you. If I don’t stick to your schedule (even if I’m off by a half hour or 30 min) my body doesn’t have enough time to produce the milk that you need and then I’m short. I have very little milk saved in the freezer for emergencies and I know that we can always use formula, but if I don’t have to, I don’t want to. You eat about 5-6 times a day (3, 7, 10, 3, 6, 8). Two or three of them are bottles depending on when I leave in the morning get home in the evening. When you have a bottle, you’ll easily chug 5 oz. I am working on trying to wean you from that middle of the night feeding, then I’ll be able to pump in the morning and get some extra milk to help build up the freezer stash and help reduce the stress around this a little. The Dr. also suggested pumping before bed each night and then pumping each size during each session (was only doing one) to help increase the production.

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Development/personality

  • You despise tummy time and we rarely put you on your tummy on a flat floor because you spit up so much
  • Speaking of spit up, you still do this a bit. I regularly walk around with a spit-up stained on the shoulders of pretty much any shirt I’m wearing.
  • If there was a prize for the best smile you would get a blue ribbon
  • You love love love music. You love when anyone sings to you (especially Twinkle Twinkle). Your light up star is a fav toy and generally just clam way down when music is playing.
  • You’ve rolled from tummy to back a few times, but I think it is more from gravity than you intentionally rolling over.
  • You’re super ticklish, especially on your neck and we’ve heard your beautiful giggle
  • As I was reading your big sib’s 4 month post, I got nervous because they were both grabbing at toys by this point and I didn’t feel like you were doing that, but then realized we don’t give you very many opportunities to do so and as soon as I put you on your playmat your started to reach for toys
  • You still love the paci, but become a little less dependent on it each month.
  • You have super great head control–you’re still a little bobble head from time to time, but do a pretty good job holding it up
  • You’ve gotten pretty gassy. You’ll often wake up because of gas and scream in pain. I’m wondering if this is caused from the bottles so we’re trying the Dr. Browns bottles to see if that helps. When you’re in a lot of pain, you just scream with your mouth wide open and won’t even latch onto the pacifier to help calm down. Sometimes this even happens while nursing.
  • You poop every 4-5 days
  • You remind me a lot of William. I feel like you have very similar sleep patterns, eating tendencies and have his big beautiful eyes. Hopefully, you’ll also have his long eyelashes and dark complexion

Monthly Stats

  • Height: 24.25 “
  • Weight: 13.36 lbs
  • Head Circumference: 16.5″
  • Size 2 Diapers–and they are pretty big
  • Clothes: 3 months (but are starting to dabble into 6 month as you’re a little tall for some of the 3 month sleepers)

My sweet little Kate, we love you beyond words and I can’t imagine life without you. You bring to much happiness to your daddy and I and we are so excited to watch you grow and learn.

Love,

Mama

Kate 4 Months

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The Thick of It

Around 6 pm, William called me into the bathroom to hold him while he pooped. I pulled up a stool wrapped my arms around him and tried to enjoy this sweet moment after a day of testing my patience. Within two minutes, his breathing and deepened into soft snores while a pool of drool soak through my sweatshirt.

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You see, about 5 minutes prior to this, while sitting commando at the table he called to me, Mamma, I’ve gotta poop. A significant chunk was already sliding down his leg. It proceeded to fall onto the floor as he waddled his way to the bathroom. I caught the rest of it with some wipes, got him cleaned off.

You ask, ‘Why was he sitting commando at the table’. Well about an hour prior to that he declared he had to go potty, but by the time we got to the bathroom, he had already peed in his diaper? So we took that off, but didn’t have any underwear downstairs.

‘Why was he wearing a diaper?’ Funny you should ask, because about an hour before that he had pooped in his underwear, and Daddy was so fed up with the pooping in the underwear, he said, that is it, you’re wearing a diaper.

‘Why was daddy so fed up?’ Well about an hour and half before that, you had pooped in your underwear, and tried to clean it up yourself. While taking your underwear off, you whipped your duty all over your legs, then threw your underwear in the toilet and smeared poop all over the inside of the toilet and the seat. Then I think you tried to wipe your butt with three times as much toilet paper as you needed and proceeded to get it all over your hands and then I think you stepped on the poppy toilet paper that never made it into the toilet and somehow you also smeared it all over the top of the little potty. With your hands, legs, butt and the bottom of both feed covered in poo, it was decided that you were heading into the bath, even though you were supposed to nap. Especially because you had already pooped 2 other times in your underwear today prior to this fun little art project.

Six pooping accidents, 0 successes. Sigh.

Let’s also throw in the fact that Daddy was trying to grout the tile in the basement, Kate was extremely gassy and screaming unconsolably for many moments throughout the day and Lexi was a hot winey mess.

It has been a day my littles. We are in the thick of these moments that are so challenging. I’ve been told, that these days make you a better stronger mom and I’m really hoping they are true because man it was a tough day. As much as I rave about how good things are with three kids (because that is the 1st or 2nd thing nearly every person asks me). We have our moments and days that are just shitty.

Love,

Mom

 

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Kate 3 Months

Little Beatle,

About half-way through the month, we were at the Dr. getting Lexi’s ears checked and the nurses asked Lexi and William, ‘What is your baby sister’s name’ and they responded, ‘Beatle’. I had to quickly remind them that it is a nickname and her real name is Katelyn. To which they both started to argue with me that your name is Beatle. So like it or not, I think this one may be sticking around.

3 months old and life keeps getting better and better. You are sweet and mom’s irrational thoughts and fears have diminished (or shifted to something else) as you are full of smiles. You look around and try to find the source of noise and can easily identify your mom, dad, brother and sister and love to give us smiles. I also think we’ve gotten a few little giggles out of you. You like it when we tickle you or bring your toes to your nose. There are also lots of coos and conversations to be had. I’ll say something, and you’ll coo back, and I muster some other noise out behind my ridiculously huge smiles (from your sweet noises) and we’ll go back and forth three or four times. Love these sweet innocent moments–just soothes my soul.

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You’ve started to show interest in your light-up, song-playing star on the playmat–which was a favorite toy for both of your older siblings. I have a hard time figuring out when to put you on it. If I do it after you eat, you spit up a lot and then lay in your spit up. But if I wait too long, you’re too tired and crabby. Lexi and Bood are convinced that you can play with toys and regularly give you things to play with while your eating. Your head control has gotten pretty strong. You bobble around a bit, but I can put you on my chest/shoulder and you keep your head up or you will snuggle into my shoulder and suck on it. You love to be held and carried. I’ll put you in the Mamaroo or the bouncer and you’ll start squawking, but as soon as I come into sight you stop. Occasionally, I’ll pop a pacifier back into your mouth, but about half the time you’ll spit it out and start crying when I walk away. You are a little socialite.

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Sleep is still pretty good, not as good as it was though. Most nights you wake somewhere between 3 and 5 and then you usually wake up for the day between 7 and 8, even if you don’t need to be fed. You continue to cat nap throughout the day for 20 – 60 minutes and still nap between each feeding. You love to have a blanket wrapped around the back of your head and on each side of your face, it just soothes your little soul. Naps are usually taken in the rock n play and night time is in your crib, swaddled. You got too tall for the newborn swaddles so we had to move up a size and we only have cotton ones of those and they stretch a lot so it is really challenging to get you tight enough–which is why I think you’ve started to wake in the middle of the night more frequently.

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Eating for the most part is going pretty well. You nurse every 2.5-3 hours to the minute during the day. However, we’re in the process of figuring out a new rhythm now that I’m back at work. You’re wanting to drink 4-5 ounces of milk in each bottle, but I’m producing about an ounce less than that each day. Also, I have been working shorter days, so you only need to take 2 bottles, but I don’t think that is going to fly when I’m back to working a full 8-9 hours a day (plus my commute) so I may need to add another pumping session, we’ll see. I’m also hoping that we can get you sleeping through the night consistently because, duh, mama wants good sleep and then, I’ll have more milk to pump in the morning before I leave and we would be in better shape. I definitely do not have the stash of milk like I did with Lexi and William. I’m really praying I’ll be able to nurse you all the way through like I did with the other two, but time will just tell I guess.

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Also interesting observation–you almost NEVER fall asleep nursing. You’ll pretend like you’re sleeping but the moment I move, especially to burp you, you wake up. You’re also a constant mover, like you’re brother. You’re always nuzzling your head and moving it around while you’re sleeping.

Which leads me to the next big major milestone. I’ve gone back to work. Cue all the whining from me. I shouldn’t whine, because overall, I really love what I do. I would say my exact role is in transition right now, but I do get really energized by the work, which is awesome and makes it a million times easier to be away from you munchkins. If money and health insurance and big things like that didn’t matter, I would for sure be home with you guys, but you do get to be home with your daddy, which is so awesome on so many levels. So I’m going to go ahead and tell myself to zip-it because in the grand scheme of things we as a family are so lucky to be in the position that we are.

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No major updates on the two big kids. They are still so beyond in love and obsessed with you, and it is so sweet. Lexi will only run errands with us if you’re coming with us. You’re also her top priority each morning. She wakes up and comes in and asks where you are. The moment she hears your little cries, she is asking if she can go see you. I hate to even say this, but she is almost a little too overboard with you. She wants to see, hug and kiss you so frequently, she often wakes you from your naps, which really drives me bonkers. You seem to think they’re pretty great too as you give them lots of smiles. Daddy has caught some great ones with you and them.

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Other noteable things about you at 3 months:

  • You like your bouncer and do OK in your carseat. The mamaroo is hit and miss. Most of the time, you don’t like to move, but do OK if you’re just watching life happen around you.
  • Your legs are starting to fill out and have stated to get little rolls on them.
  • You still wear a size 1 diaper and are in 0-3 month clothing. They’re still pretty spacious on you, but I think they will start to get too short pretty quick.
  • You poop about every 4-5 days and when you do, you’ll poop like 4 times in a day. I think we’ve had 3 blowouts so far.
  • You do pretty good putting your head up on tummy time, but you like it less than you used to as you almost always start crying in the first 2 minutes or so. We probably don’t put you on your tummy as much as we should. Similar to your back, you always spit up a bit.
  • Most people comment that you look like William. I think it’s the eyes. You both have big beautiful eyes! (you also have a beautiful completion and are just a really pretty baby)
  • You still love that pacifier, but aren’t quite as dependent as you were last month. You regularly spit it out and just hang out without it.

Love,

Mama

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Katelyn Ann’s Birth Story

Baby Kate,

As I mentioned in your last weekly update, we were scheduled to be induced on Tuesday, June 20th, but would go to the hospital on Monday evening to get some meds to soften my cervix for Tuesday.

I called the hospital at 5:30 to ensure there were beds available and all was a go and they asked us to arrive around 7:00 that night. We finished packing up our bags (I didn’t want to do all of it as I was scared it would jinx us on having a room available) and headed to Chipotle for dinner. We had stopped there before we went in for Lexi’s induction too, so it seemed fitting.

After getting all checked in, we took a few last belly pics and I put the ugly gown on and started to get settled in for the night. After all the internal debates I had with myself on whether or not to be induced, I felt this was the best option. If we didn’t go this route, I would continue to be a total mental basket case and continuing to worry and analyze every little thing that was occurring. I was a little worried about how everything would go down with labor and your health, but felt we were making the right decision for your safety.

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Also, a comparison pick of the last belly pick I have with each kiddo. Lexi @ 39 weeks 5 days, Will @ 37 weeks and Kate @ 36 weeks 5 days,–although they are at different weeks, I carried both of the girls fairly similar, more egg shape and Will was rounder and more basketball belly.

 

Around 8 pm the nurse checked me and I was dilated between a 1 and 1.5 cm and my cervix was ‘soft’– whatever that means. I got my blood drawn and IV put in, which I really hate! I hate I can’t move my hands very well since there is a needle stuck in it and it hurts when you try and move it certain ways. Anyways, they gave me Cervadil (looks kind of like a tampon) to soften me up which required me to stay laying for 2 hours, but also continues to work for another 10 hours. Daddy and I watched Daddy’s Home to help kill time. (Netflix and Amazon Prime were slim pickings for movies). The cervadil made me feel very crampy and initiated some contractions. There wasn’t any consistency to them and were like a 1-2 on the pain scale.

Around 11:45 I took some sleeping meds to help me fall asleep. First I took Vistaril, which I had been taking at home to help me sleep and control the itching and that didn’t do anything, so they gave me some Ambien. After a couple games of suduko, I finally started to fall asleep around 12:30 and slept until 6:30.

Dr. G arrived around 7:30, took out my Cervadil and was 50% effaced and dilated to about a 3. She broke my water, but this time I didn’t even realize it and even asked her, ‘Did you just break my water?’ About 5 minutes later, I felt the gush of water and the contractions started immediately. They were pretty painful (like a 5), but as soon as I started walking around, they went to about a 3 and were coming every 2 1/2 minutes.

By 8:30 they started the pitocin and I made a plan to get the epidural around 10, after the anesthesiologist was done with a C-section which was scheduled for 9:30. Around 9:00 the pain had increased to a 4-5 and I needed to breath through the contractions. I absolutely needed to stand and walk around to get through each contraction and was pacing back in forth in our room between each one. Thankfully, it was pretty large! As I felt a contraction coming, I would stop walking, close my eyes, sway my hips and breath through it.

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Around 9:15 they upped the pitocin and then again at 9:50–essentially every 30 minutes it increased. Based on the pain scale and frequency of the contractions, I thought for sure we would meet you by noon. I was so happy I had made the plan to get the epidural at 10:00 because I was clock watching for a good half hour waiting to reach that magical 10:00 timeframe. I even remember asking a nurse if we were still on track for the epi at 10, because mentally I needed to prepare myself if it wasn’t going to happen then.

Thankfully, the anesthesiologist arrived a few minutes early and I dreadfully sat on the bed hunched over. For me, these 10 minutes are the worst as contractions are much more painful sitting down. The anesthesiologist was fast (nothing like William’s) and I felt instant relief from the contractions but could still wiggle my toes and move my legs moderately. However, in order for the epidural to hit my body evenly I needed to lay down on my back. I warned them that it wasn’t a good idea as I can’t breath.

Within five minutes, my blood pressure dropped and Daddy said my face and lips turned white. They also couldn’t find your heartbeat and called in several other nurses to help. They rotated me from side-to-side trying to get my blood pressure back up and find your little ticker. By 10:20 everything was A-OK again. At the time, I didn’t think much of it as I was just really concentrating on breathing, but Daddy said it was little scary and felt like he might pass out watching me.

After I was stabilized they checked me and was dilated to a 4 and 80% effaced. By 11:15, they turned the pitocin back on (they shut it off when my BP fell) and more or less had to start over again. They continued to up the pitocin every 30 minutes and would rotate me to a different position every time they upped it to keep things progressing. Around 12:30 I was 4.5-5 cm and still 80% effaced. I remember feeling itchy, having cold hands and was very tired. In general, the epidural really slowed things down for me, which I didn’t think would happen as it didn’t do that when I had your brother and sister.

Around 2:30 I was checked again and was dilated to a 6 and complete. I didn’t feel the intense pressure I felt with William and that you were ready to come, but could tell things were changing. From about 12:30 to 2:30, I was so tired and kept taking 20 minute power naps, but every time I shut my eyes things slowed down, so I was doing my best to stay awake but was really struggling.

Around 3:00, I was continuing to feel contractions and pressure. It wasn’t painful but I could feel it, where the previous three hours I hadn’t felt anything. The nurse asked if I should be checked again and said, no as I was just checked 30 minutes ago and was only a 6. She rotated me around again and monitored me a little but didn’t like the pattern of the contractions and you were acting a little off so she decided to check me again and sure enough, I was fully dilated and you were ready to come meet us. I was shocked! I couldn’t believe I had went from a 6 to a 10 in 30 minutes!

They started prepping the room for your arrival, called NICU to have the nurses be ready and called Dr. G to head on over. She arrived between 3:20 and 3:30 and started getting ready.

I started pushing at 3:40 and remember asking what to do during the pushing process as I had kind of forgot–push for 3 counts of 10 during each contraction. During the first contraction, I don’t think my pushing did anything and Dr. G also noticed your face was sideways (opposed to down). After the 3rd contraction, I asked to be propped up a little more to help give me some leverage and push you out. The nurses put some pillows behind me and on the next contraction I was able to push you out at 3:48 pm with little to no pain or intense pressure! The nurses put you on my belly immediately and began wiping you off.

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You had great color and the cutest little cry. Daddy was enamored by you and so in love and I felt very calm and peaceful. After all the time I had spent worrying about your arrival and the challenges that often come with induction and an early baby, here you were in my arms, perfect as can be and I was so in love and grateful everything had turned out as it should.

You received an 8 on your first APGAR score and a 9 on the second. I had very little bleeding, the placenta came out great and had 1/2 a stitch. You weighed an astounding 7 lbs and 11 oz, were 21 inches long–such a shocker for a little babe that was over 3 weeks early!!! (we were a little late on the clock picture)

 

Kates birth story 2We spent the next hour bonding with skin-to-skin and nursing, you latched on like a champ and Daddy and I discussed what your name should be. Katelyn was always the top runner but we wanted to make sure that was ‘it’. Daddy had received an email from another Katelyn around the time of your birth and we decided that was a sign to make it official. FYI: other names in consideration were Elizabeth and Grace.

 

 

About an hour after your arrival, the nurses took your blood sugar and it was pretty low (22) when they want it to be a 45. They gave you some sugar water and a little formula to help increase it and then would monitor it closely. Your body temp was also a little low, so they wrapped you in several blankets to keep you warm and encouraged more skin-to-skin and nursing to keep you warm and increase those numbers. About 30-45 minutes later, they did another blood sugar test and you had increased to a 37, but still weren’t at that 45 mark yet, so they did another round of sugar water and some formula to help stabilize you.

Kate's 1st week-12About two hours after you arrived, my left leg was still very numb from the epidural (that is the side I was on after the blood pressure incident so it was more numb than the other side) so I needed some help getting to the bathroom before they could move us to the postpartum room. (side note: I didn’t get full feeling in it until about 9:00 that evening!) In addition to the numbness in my leg, I was extremely shaky for two to three hours. I would try and hold papers and they would rattle like a snake.

Later that evening, your big brother and sister, grandma and papa came to meet you. Lexi and William weren’t very interested in you and would barely give me a hug. I was still in the ugly hospital gown and my leg was still numb so I couldn’t get out of the bed and I think they were a little intimated by that. Things were a little crazy that evening and we didn’t even manage to get a picture, but got plenty the next day when they came to visit and were much more interested in you!

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And that is the story of how you arrived into the world my sweet little Kate. We are so in love with you and you are the perfect completion to our little family. We can’t wait to experience all the happiness and laughter the next weeks, months and years will bring us with you in our lives.

Love,

Mama