Sunday, April 26, 2015

Scenes From A Week: April 26

Jacob's fifth week of life was another beautiful one.  Our family of three has settled in to a nice routine... which has allowed all of us to feel a little more normal.  We're getting more sleep (knock on wood), and our lives have settled in to a comfortable pattern.  These 12 weeks of our lives are different than any other will ever be - and I'm trying to savor each day.

The week started with Jacob having a doctor's appointment on Monday.  He did beautifully... though he did not much care for his shot :(  On Tuesday he turned one month - the fastest month EVER! We hosted Scott's parents and siblings on Wednesday night so they could spend some time with Jacob.  The rest of the week was filled with sunny afternoon walks (our record was 2.5 hours!), a Target run and time spent snuggling with Jacob at our house. The week concluding with a calm and nice Spring weekend!  It's always more fun on the weekend, when Scott is home from work and everything is a little more leisurely!

love means leaving your wife half an avocado and two peeled clementines :)
one month <3
stylish little man
J received a very fun (and fashionable) package from his Grammy/Gramps!
ready to stroll (hilarious - he is freshly bathed, and stylin' in a killer outfit...
and his mother was un-showered and wearing spit-up stained leggings.  #motherhood!
i love this face
working on his baby book during naptime - my goal is to have it up-to-date before
the end of my maternity leave
HH - first time trying Grapefruit Shandy and I lovedddd it

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

JSS: One Month

Happy one month to my sweet boy, Jacob Steil Special.  We've had a wonderful and busy first month together, and it's been better than I ever imagined that it would be.  The month started rather dramatically, with Jacob being born just after 10pm on a Saturday night (like his daddy, he didn't want to miss a Saturday night!)

We checked out of the hospital three days later, and began our life at home.  My parents - Jacob's Grammy and Gramps - were with us for the first two weeks of his life, helping Scott and me to get settled in to our "new normal".  They took the graveyard shift each night, and helped do all of the heavy lifting (literally, as I wasn't supposed to lift anything heavier than Jacob).  After cleaning our house and stocking our fridge, they left on Easter Sunday, and our new life as a family of three set in.

Jacob has been sleeping very well (for a baby:).  Our typical day includes me going to bed around 8pm, and Scott hanging out with him - and Jacob sleeping intermittently - from 8-11pm.  At 11, Scott will do the late feeding, and change his diaper, and then bring him in to our room.  Jacob prefers sleeping at a slight incline (many infants do!) so he's enjoyed some QT in the Mamaroo (h/t to Jacob's second cousins G&E for the Mamaroo loan).   Jacob wakes up around 2, and again around 5 to eat and be changed.  He'll usually go back to sleep for another 1-3 hours, and then he's up in earnest.  I usually get up by 7a and get our day started.  I throw in some laundry, tidy our house, or do other things on my to-do list (chores, blogging, email, etc).  Sometimes I nap while Jacob does during the day, and sometimes I work on items to keep our household afloat.

Jacob loves riding in his stroller - he usually falls asleep within one block:)  We started walking when Jacob was one week old (and I was finally able to walk semi-comfortably) and we walk almost every day for about an hour.  The fresh air is good for us both!  He is a great car-rider, and has been to Target four times, Nordstrom once, Aldi three times, and the Pediatrician twice. 

Speaking of the pediatrician, Jacob weighed 7 pounds 14 ounces at birth.  He was 7 pounds 8 ounces at his one week appointment, and 9 pounds 15 ounces at his one month appointment.  (And yes, I take most of the credit for that :)  He was 19.5 inches at birth, and 21 inches at one month.  He shows incredible head and neck strength!  He loves to kick his legs and is very alert.  I predict that he'll be ahead on his physical milestones over the next few years.  

This month, Jacob met his parents (haha!) as well as both sets of grandparents, his uncles Matt, Joe and Ryan, and his aunts Kelly and Katie.  He's met several of his great aunts/uncles.  He's also met a handful of our cousins, and a few of our friends.  He's been a great sport meeting so many new people!

Jacob loves to snuggle on his mama, to do tummy time with his dad.  He loves when his Grammy gives him a bath (he's lukewarm on when his mama bathes him - I'm not very fast:)  He likes to be in the action - if there are people talking by our kitchen peninsula, he isn't content with chilling across the room.  (I think he'll be a social butterfly like his dad).  He HATES getting his diaper changed, which is unfortunate because it's changed about 10-14 times per day.  (Poor lil guy).  He wears a lot of onesies and "gowns" and is quickly outgrowing NB size clothes and diapers - he's still in both of those, but I can tell it's almost time for the next size up.

We mostly call him Jacob, but occasionally Jake (or Jakey).  I also call him Boo, Bugaboo, Snerks, Angel, Friend, and Lovebug.  (Snerks is kind of random, but it's a nickname that Scott had for me while we were dating).  

  He is a joy in our life (even when he wants to eat every hour from 5-10pm most nights).  To be honest, it feels like he's been with us forever... even though it's only been a month.  So much has changed over the past month - including the fact that I changed my first diaper!  (Sorry, Jacob, I think you'll be my "guinea pig" in so many things in your life!)

Jacob is one of the great loves of my life, and I feel so lucky to be his mother.   Below are some of my favorite pictures from the first month of JSS! 

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Scenes From A Week: April 19

Jacob's fourth week of life was a really good one!  He met a few new people, and enjoyed outings to Target, Babies R Us, and Aldi... twice :)  He was visited by his Grammy and Gramps who helped us check off a bunch of items from our to-do list - almost finishing a new basement bathroom, making three home-cooked meals to give us lots of leftovers, and just generally being incredibly helpful ... AND being J's first babysitters as Scott and I enjoyed our first post-baby night out! :)  It was a wonderful way to spend a weekend.

Maternity leave is a joyful and strange thing.  I feel so fortunate to spend Jacob's first 12 weeks of life with him, and I'm focused on making this a really special time for our family.  We have developed a really solid routine, which allows all of us to get some sleep, to spend some time as a family, and keeps us all sane and organized.  Importantly, it also allows us to keep our house clean, our fridge and bellies full, and our "to do" list progressing.    I hope to blog more about our routines sometime, but for now, let's just say that it's working for us!

while J was napping, I power-cleaned our house, watched an episode of RHONY,
and enjoyed one of these puppies ;)

sunday afternoon play time with daddy
Grammy snuggles
mama's blue eyed boy
first date night out since J was born! 
Grammy took the 5am shift so Scott & I could sleep extra :) 

Thursday, April 16, 2015

JSS: What's in a name

When I got pregnant last summer, one of the things I felt strongly about was to not find out if our baby was a boy or girl before he or she was born.  I was pretty freaked out about childbirth, and I felt like having that ultimate surprise be just around the corner (or, 37 hours around the corner as it may be) would help keep me focused and positive during labor and delivery.. and I was right.  

Fortunately, Scott was on board with this plan - which made it much easier to stay strong.  It was interesting - our friends and family were very split.  Our parents loved that we were waiting, but it drove some of our friends crazy.  All in all, I'm very glad that we waited - when I was being wheeled to the Operating Room for the unexpected Cesarean, knowing that I would meet my baby - and learn so much more about him/her - in just a few moments... well, that was a sanity-saver, and kept me focused.  Hearing the "it's a boy!" was the sweetest noise I had ever heard, and it was a moment unlike any that I have ever experienced.  

Since we didn't know what we were having, we weren't certain what our baby would be named.  In fact, we didn't have "THE NAME" selected for either gender - we had a short list of a few names that we liked for each, but nothing set in stone.  Our sweet boy was nameless for about 18 hours after birth as we debated the merits of each one.   Naming this human is an honor that we took very seriously.

In the end, we selected the perfect name for him:  Jacob Steil Special.  I like that Jacob is a strong, Biblical name - and one where there is a formal and informal version (Jacob and Jake).  I wanted a name that was classic and masculine, and not too trendy.  Jacob also has ties to my Rank relatives  - I have a first cousin named Jacob, and the name actually extends back to my grandfather's grandfather, who was Jacob IV!!  The middle name is something I had hoped for years.  My dad adopted me almost 15 years ago, and Steil is his last name.   I've written at length about him, but it bears repeating: my life changed dramatically for the better when Shawn Steil married my mom.  I was treated like a "real" daughter from day 1, and I learned so much from him- about parenting, family, loyalty and love. I wanted a way to honor this important part of my history, and to tie Jacob's name to that side of his family.  I think it's really special - Jacob shares his middle name with one side of his family, and his last name with the other.  I am a sentimental person, and I think the sentiment here is really lovely (and yes, I'm very biased:))

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Jacob Steil Special: A love story

Below is the lengthy story of how my beloved son was welcomed in to this world.  It’s slightly medically graphic, so if you’re bothered by that, you may want to skip this post.  

I have hesitated to post this for weeks, unsure if I should share it or not.  I am a private person, especially when it comes to certain medical details, but since most of my blog readers are family, and many people already have the summary, I decided to share.  I'll be glad to have the detailed record at some point down the line.  Without further ado: