I can’t believe you are ten months old! Where has the time gone? Your life is flashing before my very eyes. I feel like you should still be a newborn, but overnight, you have become my bouncing happy baby boy. You light up the room with your big toothless smile and your hearty chuckle. You have the most beautiful blue eyes and the sweetest demeanor. A few of your ten month favorites include your lovey, MAMS soothers, your Dockatot, cars, bananas, pulling my hair and wrestling your sister. You can definitely hold your own, little buddy!
My baby is 6 months old. Half a year has gone by already. It is unreal. Didn’t we just get back from the hospital? Where did my little newborn go? Hampton weighed 17 lbs. 4 oz. (50%) and was 27 1/2 inches long (90%) at his appointment last week. He is sitting up and eating baby food. He loves bananas and apples the most. He is in size 3 diapers and is wearing 6-9 month clothes. He is rolling and scooting all over the floor and loves his bouncer. He is teething and drooling like crazy but no teeth have popped through. The Doctor said it would be any day now. I hope she’s right. My baby is so happy and smiles constantly. He is laughing, playing and changing every day. We are pretty sure he is saying “Mama.” Too soon you say? Well, I’ve heard it and so have about 15 other people. I’m choosing to believe he is saying it intentionally. One minute you’re bringing your baby home from the hospital, the next he’s turning 6 months old, going off to school, then college then getting married. I tell you what. It is just nuts. Stay little, baby Hamp!
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Hampton is officially 5 months old (Wowza). People are constantly asking me what some of my favorite and most essential baby items are and so I’ve created a list of the things that made our life so much easier.
What are some of your favorite baby items?
Do you ever look around you and think, wow, is this really my life? I had that moment Saturday. I’m not going to lie, I felt like superwoman/ the luckiest most blessed mom and wife on the planet. Why? Because. I slept maybe 4 hours total Friday night. Yep. Hampton is waking up every 2 to 3 hours again. He has been for the last month. Anyways. I woke up to this precious face and had some serious snuggle time with my boys. I feel pretty blessed to be their mommy/wife.
I then cleaned the house and did ALL of the laundry Saturday morning. Holy, wow. Then I ran a 5k. My fastest one yet. 35 minutes is a pitiful time, but for me it’s pretty awesome. I’ll take it.
I then cleaned out my car, went to visit my dad, and took Hampton to Toys-R-Us for the First. Time. Ever. Yeah, I did that. He may have left with a few items. Some necessity, some…no, all of our purchases were necessary. Among these items was Frozen! I have been about to die to see this movie. Needless to say, we had a movie night, popcorn included. I may have fallen in love with Olaf. Hampton passed out in the car on the way home. I wore him out. Which if you’re a mom, you know that is a very good thing! Peace.
|Helping me clean my car…sort of.|
|Passed out after we hit Toys-R-Us.|
|He was pretty excited when I showed him his fave new movie…if you can’t tell.|
I even took a bath later that night. That has only happened probably one other time since Hampton was born. I couldn’t believe it.
I do believe this is the first time since his arrival that all the laundry has been done, the house and car (and me) have been clean AND I got in a good workout all in the same day. Yippee! #MyLifeRocks At least it did Saturday…
I had every intention of going into labor on my own. I walked for at least an hour every night praying it would help induce labor. It didn’t. My doctor wanted to induce me on the 24th if I hadn’t had him by then.
We arrived at the hospital at 8pm. Ryan went downstairs to check us in and fill out the paperwork while I changed into my gown and the nurse started my IV. She asked me if I knew I was already having contractions on my own. I didn’t really feel much. By this point I had experienced several painful Braxton Hicks so the thought that I was having contractions and not feeling anything kind of made me laugh.After not sleeping a wink, I got my epidural at 6:45 the next morning. I was 3 1/2 cm. dilated. My doctor broke my water at 7:00 that morning. Around 9, our family arrived at the hospital. They were surprised to find out I was already 5 cm and had my epidural and everything. I was starting to get really anxious. I felt really tired and I knew I still had a very long day ahead. At 11 I was at 6 cm. My nurse checked me again at 12:15 pm and said I was at 7 cm. She told me to try to get some rest that it would be a while longer. About 45 minutes later, my best friend came to visit me and check on how I was doing. She happens to be a nurse. I told her I was good but that I felt a lot of pressure. She immediately went to get my nurse who checked me again (at 1:30) and said “oh wow. Cross your legs sweetie. His head is coming out. I’m going to call your doctor.” She came back a couple of minutes later and told me my doctor was delivering someone else’s baby at the moment and told me I had to try to wait and not to push at all.
My doctor finally came in the room at 2 pm (although it seemed like a lifetime had passed). I started pushing immediately and after 3 pushes 1 episiotomy and 11 minutes later, my beautiful baby boy was born. I couldn’t quit smiling. I couldn’t believe it was over and that it had happened so fast. Ryan was standing behind me scared to death trying to take pictures. They took Hampton to clean him off while my doctor was sewing me up and he wouldn’t cry. They thought he may have a little fluid in his lungs or that he was in shock. I was immediately terrified. They gave him to me to see if holding him skin to skin would help, but it didn’t. They took him to the nursery and Ryan followed him out. About 5 minutes later, my doctor left the room along with my nurses. I was all alone. For 30 minutes I sat there by myself freaking out (another lifetime passed). No one came to let me know anything or to check on me. I couldn’t move my legs and so I couldn’t get to my phone. I was freaking out not knowing if Hampton was okay or not.
Turns out, my nurse was helping deliver another patient’s baby. Finally my mom came back there and was crying and said Hampton was fine. They had seen him in the nursery. A few minutes later, Ryan sent me a video of Hampton’s first bath and he was screaming. I couldn’t contain my emotions any longer. I broke down in front of both of our families. It was slightly embarrassing, but in that moment I knew my baby would be okay.
He gave me quite the scare, but he has been healthy and happy ever since and I thank God every day for that. Hampton is the biggest blessing in my life (aside from my husband). He brings us such joy. I can’t believe it has been one year since I experienced such grief over not being able to conceive. God’s timing is perfect. I got my perfect pumpkin baby and learned to trust God and his timing. He has been trying to teach me patience all my life and apparently I still haven’t learned my lesson.
Photos by Allison Hilyer Photography.