Sunday, July 29, 2012

The Name Devin

Deciding on a name is much more difficult than I could have imagined. All of my students (especially the 8th graders) had lists of their top baby names. And believe me, I heard their suggestions almost daily. It is easy to make long lists when it is just one person-- the trick was creating a list with two people... together.

I had several requirements for what our baby's name could NOT be. No abbreviations. No weird spellings. No silent b's or q's hidden in the name. (That goes with the spelling. Some of my students would get so irritated when I couldn't pronounce their name correctly on day one. Um, hello... have you seen how your name is spelled?! You should be mad at your parents, not the teacher!) No name that starts with a C or K. No really long names. No name that is ridiculously creative. Then I just had a list of absolutely not names because they were nightmare students and ruined the name. All of these NOs definitely narrowed our selection.

I downloaded a name app and scrolled through name after name. We came up with a short list that we both liked and met all of my requirements. Casey did not want to decide until we held Baby Bunny. I agreed with that but then decided that we had to have a name before we left the hospital.

Casey kept coming back to Devin. He really liked it. I had my own favorite on our list so we kept thinking about it. Once Baby Bunny was born, everyone was anxious to know his name. We didn't know. On the whiteboard in my recovery room, my CNA made a list of goals for Baby Bunny's first day of life. Our top priority goal was deciding on a name. We knew he would need to go by something other than Baby Bunny for the rest of his life. :)

By day two of Baby Bunny's life, we decided. Devin. It means divine. That was the major push over for me because my favorite name didn't mean anything. And we truly feel that our baby is a divine gift.
July 28, 2012 -- 7 weeks old
Devin is hugging Mommy!
His hands were not just flopped around my body. He was really hugging me!

Side note: I read somewhere that you have to teach a baby to hug because it doesn't come naturally to them. I have constantly been teaching him by example of hugging him and hugging Casey. Devin is a smart boy and  is learning so quickly! Getting a baby hug, is one of my favorite things right now! :)

Thursday, July 26, 2012

The Biggest Loser: Season Two

18 months ago, I realized that I needed to make a change.
I could hardly move without facing exhaustion.
I struggled to get up off the floor.
I was determined to be healthy.
It was a SLOW process!
Some days I wanted to give up and say it wasn't worth the work.
But I knew it was.
And I knew I would regret it if I quit.
And change I did.
93 pounds!!

But I never reached my goal.
I wanted to live my life in the "healthy" or normal BMI.
Instead my Biggest Loser Challenge was interrupted.
And I wouldn't change that interruption for anything!!
Devin is absolutely amazing!
But I gained about 40 pounds.

(Note: this picture was at 36 weeks but I delivered at 38.)
I tried not to think about how much weight I was gaining.
I was eating healthy.
And limiting my sugar intake.
I decided I wanted a healthy baby.
I was willing to sacrifice my body for him.

Once Devin was born no clothes fit.
My maternity clothes were too big.
My fat clothes from last Jan. 2011 were too big.
My skinny clothes were too small.
It is still a struggle to find something to wear right now.
I have learned to love wearing belts.
Or at least appreciate having belts to hold my pants up.

6 weeks later, I lost about 20 pounds.
That is huge.
I was excited.
And so I have a starting place for season two.
I wish I had lost 40 pounds right now and all the baby weight.
But 20 is still good.
And I'm breastfeeding.
Supposedly that should help with trimming down.
We'll see.

This time, I'm going to finish what I started.
I AM going to reach a healthy BMI.
I AM going to train to run.
I AM looking forward to shopping in the regular sized clothes.

So please join with me as I embark on another journey.
I would love your support.
(Comments... hee,hee)
And loosing weight together.

Season Two: 
Here. I. Come!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Crying Over Spilt Milk

This story was too funny to not share! :)

Yesterday right before bed time, I was pumping milk. We have found that Devin eats faster with a bottle. Because he eats faster, he will eat more at the time. The ending result of the pumping/ bottle process: Devin sleeps at least 5 hours a night but normally around 6 and occasionally up to 7. Way worth it to give him a bottle once a day!! :)

Anyway back to the funny story, I was pumping and then going to pour my milk into a different bottle for Devin to eat from. But it spilled. I spilled several drops of milk on our couch. (Side note: our poor couch! It has already seen so much milk and spit up. And I can imagine that the spills on it are just beginning.)

Devin was totally content and in Daddy's arms. I apologized to Devin for spilling his milk. As soon as I had finished saying I was sorry, Devin let out a loud wail and cried a bit. It was as if he was sad about his milk because he wanted it to go in his tummy instead of the couch.

"It's ok Devin, don't cry over spilt milk!"

Sunday, July 22, 2012

The Mother's Lounge

Ever since I was a teenager, I was blessed with the wonderful opportunity to help clean the church at mutual. Let's be honest though, cleaning the building nights was not exactly my favorite mutual activity but I would still go.

There was one room though that I always loved cleaning. And that was the mothers's nursing lounge. I had dreams of someday being able to sit in such a place and hold my dear little baby. I would look at the rocking chair with fondness and look to the future when I would someday be able to sit in that chair for the purpose it was intended.

Fast Forward to last summer when we moved into our new apartment which also meant attending a new ward. I noticed the mother's nursing lounge the first Sunday we went to the new building. After you enter the women's restroom, there is a door immediately inside with the beautiful letters "Mother's Lounge" written on the door. And so my dream to be able to step foot inside this room continued every time I had to use the restroom at church.

I was so curious as to what the room would look like. I had concluded that this must be a beautiful, large room. Obviously who ever designed the building must have designed this room to be a grand suite because (1) it was IN the restroom and (2) it had its own door. I have been in some buildings where the lounge was attached to the restroom but there was no door and other buildings where the lounge was no where near the restroom. Once we found out I was pregnant, reality set in that I would soon be able to set foot into this room. And so my imagination went wild as I pictured what this glorious room looked like.

We were all on time for church today. And Devin was even content enough that I was able to listen to the discussion on missionary work in Relief Society. But I realized that he had about had it and I could either go feed him during Sunday School or I could attempt to keep him quiet knowing that he wouldn't survive very long and possibly have to miss taking the Sacrament because I was feeding my baby. As luxurious as this room must be, there is nothing that it worth missing taking the Sacrament each week.

With diaper bag around my shoulder and Devin and blanket in my arms, I headed towards the Mother's Lounge. Excitement spread through my body as I walked down the hallway because I would finally have a reason to open the door.

The moment arrived. I opened the door. Gasp. Pause. Smile.

So much for a luxurious suite. The two rocking chairs take up practically the entire room. But obviously this room is busy because there are two plastic chairs stuffed awkwardly in there as well. And there is a changing table (which practically opens onto the lap of one of the rocking chairs) and a sink. Well, it wasn't big but it still had a purpose to serve.

And I enjoyed being able to sit and rock my baby while he ate. It was a wonderful moment and one that won't last for very many months and so I chose to love every second of my over crowded, squeaky chair Mother's Lounge experience.

Friday, July 20, 2012

The Dream Machine

At the Days of 47 float preview party, we saw "The Dream Machine." In goes time, sacrifice, hard work, effort, and prayer and out comes your dreams. I loved this float!!

I also like reminiscing while we were walking around together that this was the place we first held hands three years ago.

And don't worry about Devin's neck! We normally find him asleep like this while in his car seat.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Circus Trainer

When people find out that I'm a teacher, the reaction was totally predictable. Kind of humorous actually. Allow me to role play the small talk scenario for you.

"So what do you do?"
"I'm a teacher."
The response was always the same. It would be something along the lines of "oh that is so wonderful" or "teaching is so admirable" (still in small talk mode) followed by the question of what grade.
"Junior High"
All of the sudden small talk ends and the person is actually looking or rather staring at me. It is like a deer in the headlights. And the comment is along the lines of "Wow you are so brave" or "I could never do that-- I have no idea how you can teach that." (Please keep in mind that normally the person has no idea what I teach. Rarely was I asked what subject because the words "junior high" are there own species. Apparently that is the subject.)

And believe me, there were times I wondered how I survived and I felt like I was a circus trainer rather than a teacher. But that feeling was the exception-- not the rule. I really did enjoy the junior high kiddos, especially 7th grade! :) And I'm sure I will miss them this fall.

Anyway, yesterday while Devin and I were enjoying the cooler weather and went for a long walk in the park. I realized why junior high is so frightening to most people. I saw some kids wandering through the park. I asked them if I could take their picture and they seemed delighted that I noticed. How could I miss it though?! It looked as if they were celebrating Halloween in the middle of July. Yup, junior high is definitely its own species and my job title really might be best fitting as Circus Trainer.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Tall and Skinny

We just got home from our check up visit for being discharged from the hospital. Devin is healthy and doing well!!

His belly button is darker colored now because of the infection. That will apparently take years to lighten. It is just a little reminder of how blessed we are!!

As I placed him on the scale, I was surprised to see the number! I under guessed his weight for his one month report posted earlier this week. He weighs 8 pounds 1 ounce which is the 9th percentile. He is 21 and 1/4 inches long which is the 31st percentile. And his head is 14 and almost 1/4 inches which is the 9th percentile. He is definitely growing but he is still small!! Or rather he is tall and skinny! (He takes after his Daddy.)

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Devin's Data: ONE Month

Weight: not totally sure but I'm guessing 7 pounds 10 ounces. (He has an appointment later this week hence the reason for my exact guess.)

Height: 21 inches (yes, he has grown since birth! He was measured wrong when he was first born-- it was more like 20 inches a month ago)

Clothing Size: NB. But only the smaller newborn clothes. Some newborn onsies are still too big. He really needs size "newborn tall" if we want anything to fit on his long legs or big feet... but that isn't an option. He always wears hand mitts because he scratches and socks because his feet are cold.

Diaper Size: newborn. The first couple of weeks we had to fold it down and could have probably worn premie but we made do. And diapers are something he uses a lot of. Daddy has to change the diaper can liner bag every few days.

Milestones: he can hold his head up for short periods during tummy time and when we are holding him, he smiles and laughs, he can support his weight briefly on his legs, he follows things with his eyes really well, he definitely know my voice and Casey's too

Eating: the first few days of life we struggled to figure out nursing. It is generally going great now!! But it takes at least an hour because Devin is a slow eater. Daddy will feed him a bottle of pumped milk during the middle of the night. The bottle is normally around 3.5 ounces.

Sleeping: we feel so blessed with this!!! He has always slept for a long time and then eats for a long time. His pediatrician was concerned because he is not a normal newborn but he is gaining weight like normal so the doctor told us we should just count our blessings!! The first couple of weeks he would sleep for 3-4 hours. Now it is probably 4-5 hours at night (meaning only one night feeding normally). He sleeps at night with his hand mitts, socks, diaper and lightweight blanket in the pack'n'play in our room because he is too hot with any more clothing.

Communication: he rarely cries! Only if he is in extreme pain or starving. He is beginning to talk more. I love hearing his little stories. We can carry on conversations. ;) He normally baby babbles with aah, aah sounds to tell me he is hungry.

Likes: Playing with his black and white picture flash cards-- he is so good at tracking! Cuddling, going on walks, eating "sweeties" (aka sugar water) at the hospital, being tickled by Daddy

Dislikes: being swaddled because he gets too hot, taking baths because he gets too cold, having his nose suctioned

Nicknames: Baby Bunny, Little Love, Baby Devin

Most Memorable Moment(s): witnessing a miracle at Primary Children's hospital, celebrating his first Father's Day with matching ties, crying at the fireworks

Lisa's Favorite Part: I just love holding my little baby and knowing he is sealed to us forever!! And seeing him smile always warms my heart. I also love hearing how cute he is from everyone meet-- and I agree, he is adorable! ;)

Casey's Favorite Part: I love being a dad and being able to help Devin!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

9 am Church

9 am Church is always early and requires planning in order to be on time.

When it was just the two of us though the planning was not so extensive! We would wake up between 7-8 and sometimes still have a hot breakfast. And we would always be on time.

Life has changed though. Introducing Devin. Devin changed everything! For the better of course but still totally different.

9 am church now means setting an alarm clock to go off at 6:20. And hearing that alarm sound way too soon when staying up until 1 am. 9 am church means detailed time scheduling. I had to wake up just 16 minutes after the sunrise so I would have time to quickly shower and snarf down a poppy seed muffin before I woke up my Baby Bunny. Although I can change his diaper lightning fast and even speedily maneuver his arms through the onsie maze, I can not make him eat any faster. I have tried but he is a slow eater.

9 am church means yawning. 9 am church means looking like a raccoon with dark circles under my eyes. 9 am church means taking the Sacrament and listening to my sister's farewell talk. 9 am church is totally worth it! :)

Thursday, July 5, 2012

His 1st 4th

I LOVE holidays!! And now it is even more fun as I get to dress up my handsome baby!

Devin was not a fan of the fireworks-- they were too loud. But he enjoyed all the other festivities of being with family and walking around a fair. We all had a wonderful time celebrating and being together!!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

23 Days

Today Devin is 23 days old. 3 weeks and 2 days. And he has spent about 6 of those days in hospitals.

Last night Casey fed him for about an hour and put him back down around 5 am. I had to wake him up around 8:30 to take his medicine-- he would have slept longer if I let him.

He has been smiling for several days but I almost caught it on "film" this morning. (see the post from earlier today).

It is now 2 pm. My 23 day old baby has been up the entire time except for maybe a couple of 5 minute cat naps. I think he might be tired and take a real nap soon.

From 8:30 until now, Devin has played with his jungle gym. (The picture shows his hand reaching out for one of the toys.) He has had several diaper changes. And one time after changing his diaper, I was holding him up above the changing table and bouncing him a bit. He learned to lock his legs and was supporting his own weight with my hands simply balancing him. (Casey had a difficult time getting a picture of this because Devin can only stand for a short time but he tried!) Devin is 23 DAYS old...

Dear Devin,
We love watching you grow and do new things and are amazed at the baby milestones you can do! But don't grow up too quickly, ok?! I love you being our little baby. You are no longer my itty bitty baby... just little baby now. It's ok to stay little for awhile.
Love Always, Mommy

Mommy's Alarm Clock

I have always been a super light sleeper and would wake up to the slightest noise. Followed by difficulty going back to sleep. I hated how early Casey would have to wake up when we were first married because I would wake up to his alarm clock too.

I have a new alarm clock though. His name is Devin. This morning I slept soundly through Casey's alarm and the noise of the shower. But as soon as Devin even whimpers, I'm awake. {I tried to get a picture of his happy, smiley face when he was waking up this morning. You can sort of see it. :) }