31 August, 2017

Poppy Monroe: Month One Update

Considering the fact that Poppy is 8 weeks old when I'm writing this, my memory might be a little foggy and my facts might be a little skewed. But I'll do my best to remember everything as accurately as possible! 

I got her a baby book from the same shop I got Hayes' baby and toddler books from. It's called Polka Dot Print Shop and this is my 4th book from them. I also have a Bump Book where I recorded my pregnancy this time around. Anyway, luckily I have this book to refer back to because the 1st month is already a blur.

During Poppy's 2nd & 3rd week, she became super fussy and refused to sleep at night. I think she had her days and nights mixed up. It was awful. We (yes, Justin would wake up with me) would be awake sometimes from midnight to 4am because she wouldn't sleep between her feedings and cry anytime we put her down. 

The days were great, because she slept through them. I was starting to DREAD evenings because I knew the awful nighttime routine was coming. Thank the Lord that Hayes stayed such a good sleeper through all of this. I don't know what I would do if I had two awake all night.

Suddenly as she approached 1 month old, she started staying awake for longer periods during the day and started sleeping at night. This, however, meant she was crying and screaming during the day instead. Unless she was being held and rocked and patted on the butt, of course. It was exhausting. Especially because this was around the time Justin went back to work and I was on my own with a crazy fussy baby. I was beginning to feel carpal tunnel symptoms in my hands/wrists/arms from the constant patting/bouncing/rocking. I know that sounds ridiculous, but I'm so not kidding!

Meanwhile, she was eating great, but spitting up HUGE amounts after and between every feeding. I thought we just got lucky with Hayes, because he slept well and never spit up. While this girl was pretty much puking half her meal up 10 times a day.

Between the crying (really, screaming) and spitting up (really, puking) I decided it was time to get her pediatrician involved. At her last check up I had mentioned the spitting up, but the doc wasn't concerned, as it's normal for babies to spit up and Poppy never seemed like she was in pain after it happened. 

At about 5 weeks old, I took her in to see her pediatrician. Long story short, they ran a test on the poop in her diaper and it was discovered that she had blood in her stool, caused by an inflamed gut. Her doctor explained that this is usually caused by a milk protein sensitivity. The milk proteins come from any dairy product that I consume, since she's exclusively breastfed. She explained how Poppy's inflamed gut would be the reason she's crying out in such pain all of the time. 

I was upset that I didn't realize her cries were those of pain.

I was told that it's not lactose intolerance, or even an allergy YET, and if I stop feeding her anything with the milk protein in it, she should grow out of this sensitivity. So there's hope that she will know the miracle that is Blue Bell Ice Cream one day!!!

In the meantime, I have gone to the extreme and cut everything that contains milk in it from my diet. You'd really be surprised what kind of foods contain milk. Basically all the good ones. Haha.

But I'm happy to report that her temperament has changed COMPLETELY and for the better. I'll go into how she's done since then in my 2 month post.

More Poppy Month One tidbits:

She still has blue eyes. I know they can still change, but I'm really hoping they stay this pretty denim blue color forever. The photos below don't do them justice.

We packed up the Newborn sized clothes and diapers right at 1 month old.

Her feet are huge. I know that's subjective, but Justin and I both feel like they're giant. He's convinced Poppy will take after his PawPaw and be super tall.

I've been asked, and I will say it again. I LOVE love love the DockATot. I wish we had it when Hayes was a baby. It makes life with a newborn just a little easier! She naps in it and sleeps the second part of the night between Justin and I. It's more of a convenience thing for me so I don't have to get up again in the middle of the night to put her in the bassinet.

With a big brother and two big boy cousins, this little girl had been toughen up and get ready to play rough!

I ordered birth announcements recently and I'm still waiting on them to arrive in the mail. Once I get them out, (hoping to do so before her first birthday!!) I'll post our newborn photo shoot pictures. I'm really excited to share them.

31 July, 2017

Baby Finds | One Stop Bow Shop

Disclosure: I was sent products from  One Stop Bow Shop to review and to write this post. All opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

When I found out I was having a little girl, the first thing people would mention is how much fun I would have shopping for her. She's only been here 3 weeks and it's safe to say that everyone was right. From the tiny little dresses to the precious accessories, I can't get enough!

Don't get me wrong, I love shopping for Hayes, too. But accessorizing for Poppy is a new favorite hobby of mine. I recently received a box from Casey of One Stop Bow Shop and it was filled with every kind of bow you can imagine!

These are beautiful, y'all. They're great quality and I can tell they will really grow with Poppy and her wardrobe over the years.

She offers a Monthly Hairbow Box for $20 that includes 5 bows. That's a crazy good deal, if you ask me! I received September's box of bows for my little Poppy girl.

You might be thinking, "But wait... Poppy doesn't have any hair. How in the world can she wear these?" Casey thought of it all! She has interchangeable headbands that you can clip any bow to.

She has a huge selection of headbands too, which is perfect for infants that are lacking in the hair department... like mine. Side note: Poppy gets called "he" and "him" almost every time we go out. Hence the need for more bows. Haha!

One Stop Bow Shop has a huge selection, and even more importantly, they are affordable for any budget. They have bundles in a gazillion colors, where you get 6 bows for the price of 5. Perfect for beefing up your bow stash.

And she always offers free shipping when you spend $20. So awesome.

I'm excited that Casey has given me a discount code for you all to use. Enter code "JORDAN" at checkout for 20% off your purchase HERE. This offer ends 8/6/17.

18 July, 2017

Bringing Home Poppy: Birth Day!

Finally I was 39 weeks pregnant and it was time to meet our baby girl! I had just found out a few days earlier that my doctor would be out of town on my scheduled c-section date and that we would be moving up the surgery to 7/7/17.
The morning FINALLY arrived (after not being able to sleep 2 nights in a row), and we got ready, packed up the car, dropped Hayes off at his Mimi's house, and began our trip to the hospital. I noticed a missed call and a voicemail from the hospital. The hospital was apparently FULL and there were no rooms available for my scheduled surgery. I would have to go home and wait until they called me. "Hopefully" they would be able to get me in sometime that day, the message said.
Keep in mind I had not eaten in 12 hours at this point and they threatened that if I ate or drank anything, they would for sure not be able to perform my surgery. I was a wreck, to say the least. I was so sure I was about to meet my baby girl in just a couple hours and now they didn't know if they could get me into the hospital AT ALL that day! If they couldn't, who would do my surgery?! Dr. Bailey would be out of town for the next TWO+ weeks and I'm sure Poppy wasn't going to wait on her to get back.
I couldn't hold back my tears. It was such an emotional punch to the gut! I guess even the most scheduled of deliveries still can't be guaranteed to go as planned. Luckily, the hospital called just a little while later telling me to come on in.
The weirdest part of it all was that there really weren't any Labor & Delivery rooms available. They weren't kidding. They did all of my surgery prep in the recovery room right outside the OR, where moms are bonding with their babies. I was literally in a corner, in a makeshift L&D room. But I didn't care! I was going to meet my baby soon!

Proud daddy waiting to meet his daughter in our makeshift L&D room.
Between my amazing Labor and Delivery nurse, awesome anesthesiology team, and my wonderful OBGYN, my nerves disappeared (after that dreaded epidural/spinal of course... that part was still SUPER OOGIE) and we were able to chit chat and joke while I was on the table.
At 10:36am, Miss Poppy Monroe Dunaway was born weighing 7lbs 4oz and 19.5 inches long.



When we made it to our Postpartum room, Hayes was our first visitor. He was so excited to finally see this baby we had talked about for so long. He knew exactly who she was, yelling out, "Baby Poppy!" and "Sissy!" when he saw her.
I wish I had a better picture of him in his Big Brother scrubs. He was TOO cute.

After 3 nights in the hospital, we were discharged to go home. Just like when I had Hayes, I was so ready to get out of that room by day 4.
Recovering from Hayes' C-section was awful, super painful, and I ended up back in the hospital due to infection. This time was SO different. I was walking great and doing most things for myself.
Miss Poppy did NOT like her first experience in the car seat.

Here we are, 11 days into being a family of 4, I'm recovering well (minus a little UTI caused by my catheter from surgery), and we are all adjusting to our new life with Poppy. She is growing growing growing and gained back to her birth weight in 5 days, thanks to her being an eating machine.
We love you, baby girl, and we can't imagine life without you and your sweet face!

12 July, 2017

Bringing Home Poppy: The Day Before

Last Thursday, Justin, Hayes and I ventured out for a special outing to commemorate our last day as a family of three. The next morning we would be heading to the hospital for my repeat c-section to meet sweet sister girl! We made sure to cherish this time with Hayes and get him all of his favorites: chicken, french fries, and ice cream (to be fair, he probably prefers cake over ice cream,,, but it's July and mama is 9 months preggo).

We settled on a neat little scratch kitchen housed in a converted 1917 Victorian home. The food was amazing and the atmosphere was even better. Two things that make my heart so so happy.

The bathroom was so gorgeous that I had to take a selfie. Well, and to document my last moments of baby belly-ness, Oh and yes, that is a beautiful brass paper towel dispenser to match the vintage style brass fixtures and I was pretty much in love.

Our last stop was for frozen custard. We sat and chatted with another pregnant family and got a lot of insight and advice on becoming a family of 4. It was starting to get real.

It was an emotional night (week? month?), as I came to terms with the fact that Hayes wouldn't be my only baby anymore and that our lives would be changing so drastically after 2 years together. 

I know that our "normal" will just adapt and change with the introduction of our newest family member, but it's still hard to imagine. Change always makes me a little weepy.

At the end of the day, I was so happy to spend some last minute one on on time with my boys but I really couldn't wait to bring my little girl into the world! So much that I couldn't sleep a wink that night. In fact, I even edited these photos and started this post at around 3am because I was sooooo nervous/anxious/excited. 

Something about going in for a planned c-section is so incredibly nerve wracking.

More about that and her birth next time! 

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