30 July, 2015

Here Comes Hayes: 2 Week Update

Another week has flown by with our little Hayes. He weighs a whopping 8 pounds and growing like a weed. He's been locking eyes with Justin and I, especially when I'm nursing him. Every once in a while he shoots us the sweetest little gummy smiles that make us melt. He goes through diapers like nobody's business, so that definitely keeps us on our toes. Hayes loves his playmat, but isn't a huge fan on the tummy time we do on it.

Yesterday he got his little heel pricked for blood at his 2 week check up. He was SUCH a champ and hardly cried at all... with the help of his paci.

Today, I had my 2 week follow up appointment with my obstetrician and little man joined me. It was our first outing alone together and I was SO nervous! I haven't been driving because of the C-section, and I had never driven with such precious cargo before. The good thing is that m OB-GYN office is literally right outside my neighborhood and I don't even have to take main roads to get there.
I'm still waiting on a clean bill of health from my doctor since I'm still battling an infection under the cesarean incision. I was hospitalized last Friday through Monday to get IV antibiotics since the infection was resisting the pill version I had been taking. Being away from my 8 day old baby was the hardest thing I had ever had to do and I was VERY emotional about it. Justin brought him to the hospital everyday to visit, but since the post partum floor was full, I was admitted to a different floor that suggested babies not stay the night. There were a lot of tears and tons of kisses as they said goodbye every evening. The important thing is, I'm home now with my boys and on the mend. 


After my doctor's appointment, Stephanie of Stephanie Rose Photography came over to snap some photos for us. She took our anniversary photos back in 2013, our nursery photos and maternity photos. She doesn't specialize in the "typical" newborn photography, like with funny hats and contrived poses, but rather "lifestyle" photography in your natural element. I'm very excited to see what she was able to capture. Hayes cooperated for the most part and gave her some cute little smiles.

After the photo shoot, there was a knock at the door and an ambulance parked out front. I think this would usually be alarming, but our good friend Ryan works as firefighter/paramedic at the station in our neighborhood and stops by occasionally. He even showed up in a fire truck during Justin's birthday party last year (see next picture for one excited 29 year old birthday boy). Today he stopped by to meet baby Hayes and get some daddy practice time in since he and his wife are expecting a baby girl. He was a natural.
Justin's Surprise Birthday Party 2014
How happy is this birthday boy? The neighborhood kids were jealous they didn't get to get on the truck too.
Let me just say how fast time is flying and I can't believe 2 of my 4 weeks of maternity leave have come and gone. (Half of it being spent in pain and unable to move and the other half in the hospital doesn't help matters.) I'm definitely going to cherish the next 2 weeks and make the absolute most of my uninterrupted time with Hayes. I'll keep you posted on what shenanigans we get into. :)

23 July, 2015

Here Comes Hayes: 1 Week Update

How can this be?? Didn't I just meet my precious bundle of joy yesterday?? How can he be one week old already? 

When I was pregnant and desperately wanting to have Hayes in my arms already, time seemed to CRAWL. Now that he's here, time is flying by and my new-mommy-hormones can't take it! How am I handling motherhood? I love it more than I could ever imagine. However, I'm experiencing ALL the feelings you can think of and I cry. Like, a lot.

I cry because I miss being pregnant. I cry because he's not a little hitchhiker inside my belly all safe and sound anymore. I cry looking at pictures of how much fun pregnancy was. I cry because I can't believe how much I love him. I cry thinking about how he won't be this tiny anymore. I cry thinking about our happy future with this amazing little guy. I cry because I miss our hospital and our nursing staff. I cry thinking about the events that led to Hayes' delivery and the moment I saw him. I cry thinking about Justin and I's pre-baby relationship and how thankful I am for the last 4 years of marriage that we had together. I cry that Justin and I's relationship is forever changed...in a good way, of course. I cry because I am SO beyond thankful and appreciative of everything Justin does for Hayes and I and my love for him has multiplied by infinity.

But back to the main reason I'm posting: our Hayesy boy! 

We had his 1 week appointment on Wednesday (at 6 days old) with his pediatrician, Dr. Dollins. He weighs 7lbs 6.5oz, 1.5 ounces more than his birth weight and 20.5 inches long. We go back next week for his 2 week check up and I can't wait to see how much he grows by then.

He is the sweetest little one week old. He, of course, loves to eat, sleep and poop... often all at the same time. He loves to be skin to skin and really just loves to be held in general. He's instantly calmed in his Rock-a-Roo rocker or riding in the car. We're still learning about him every single day so I'm excited to see what new things he surprises us with during week 2.

19 July, 2015

Dunaway Family: Party of Three!

Finally, on Thursday, July 16th at 9:50pm, baby Hayes Marshall Dunaway made his way into the world! The story of how is a little more complicated...

This little stinker tried his hardest to come out naturally, but even with our amazing hospital staff working around the clock (literally for 26 hours) to induce labor, he was not having it. My doctor didn't feel comfortable letting me get 1 week overdue since it increases the risk for complications, so we scheduled the very last date we could to be induced just in case I didn't go into labor naturally.

We arrived at the hospital on Wednesday and started a dose of Cervidil to soften/ripen my cervix to prepare it for the inevitable induction with Pitocin on Thursday. I was so excited when I woke up (as if I slept... Cervidil caused pretty intense cramps/weak contractions) on Thursday morning to find out that I wouldn't be getting Pitocin since I was already in labor! Woohoo!
SO happy that I was having a baby that day!
The excitement didn't last long, as the contractions slowed and weakened and it was determined a couple hours later that I would be starting Pitocin after all. As my induced contractions started to get pretty painful, my water broke, something I wasn't expecting to happen on its own. We noticed meconium (baby's first poop) in the amniotic fluid, so it was really important that we get Hayes out soon.
Updating everyone with our non-progressing labor.
Still optimistic and sooo excited that they let me have a popsicle!
Tons of painful contractions, disappointing cervix checks, an epidural, and 24 hours of labor later, my doctor informed me that I was still only 4 cm dilated and every contraction was causing the baby distress. His heart rate fell with each contraction. We couldn't wait for him any longer so she would need to take me back immediately for a cesarean section.

To say that I was panicked would be a complete understatement. I absolutely freaked out. Throughout my pregnancy, I SAID I would be open to whatever birth plan needed to be executed since there is so much that is unpredictable during labor/delivery. When it came down to it, this turned out to not be the case and apparently I'm allllll talk. I was hysterical (shaking, throwing up, crying, pleading) as they brought me back to the OR and only sort of calmed down once Justin was able to join me and after my doctor, the nurses and the anesthesiologist started making silly small talk with me... (my life, my work, Grey's anatomy, my love for Taylor Swift, etc.) even as she operated on me! They also played my T. Swift Pandora radio station and humored me about liking it, too. Masters of distraction, I tell ya.
Before I knew it, I heard his powerful little lungs let out a big cry and I was immediately overcome with tears of extreeeeme joy. Moments later I got to meet the precious boy that I had been carrying for the last 9 months. Apparently Hayes was in position to come out but that his face was trying to come out first, rather than the top of his head, which is flexible. Imagine that with each contraction, his face was pounding on my still closed cervix. Ouch! My poor little guy!
Proud daddy Justin with his son for the first time... after he accidentally peeked past the curtain.

I was told by my doctor that there was no way he was ever going to come out on his own because of the size of his head compared to my pelvic bones. He was trying to get through my cervix with his face rather than the top of his head. You can see his bruised little purple nose.

Baylor McKinney plays the lullaby song throughout the halls when a baby is born, so when they wheeled us back to our post-partum room, it felt like a slow motion scene from a movie.
Basically, to sum it all up, we had one heck of a day that led to us getting our beautiful baby boy and although I do wish we had just started with the C-section, I wouldn't change a thing. I guess that's payback for having such an easy and complication free pregnancy!
Now let me overshare pictures of my first born!

Uncle J and Auntie Ash meeting Hayes thee next morning.

Walking the halls for the first time since surgery. "Ouch" is all I have to say.


14 July, 2015

Bump Day - 40 Weeks!!

40 Weeks - Baby is the size of a WATERMELON

I can't believe it's been 6 weeks since I've taken a weekly belly photo! It's not that I haven't thought about it, it's that I haven't been able to find the right fruits at our grocery stores! Winter melon? Pumpkin? But watermelon is a fruit I can get behind! I've been eating watermelon like crazy this summer so this is obviously my favorite week... not to mention THIS is the week we get to meet Mr. Hayes!!
Baby Hayes is fully grown and ready to be born aaaany day now. (You hear that, Hayes? Aaaanytime you're ready!) He's still moving, just not as much, since he's pretty much out of room. Ready for some TMI? As of last Wednesday, I was still 1cm dilated, like I was the week before, and still not at all effaced. I have one last appointment scheduled for this Wednesday and if no more progress is made, I'll go to the hospital that night to have Cervidil inserted for "cervical ripening". This will prepare my body for an induction the next morning.

It would be amazing if Hayes would take matters into his own hands and make an appearance before Thursday's induction, but my doctor didn't have much confidence in that happening.

Speaking of babies, I got to see our nephew, Grayson, two more times and, boy, he just gets cuter and cuddlier every time. He gives me baby fever. Is that possible at 9 months pregnant? Well, whatever, I've got it.

So let me wrap this up by just asking for you to all pray, cross your fingers, and send positive vibes our way this week as we venture into parenthood! Stay tuned for baby updates.

10 July, 2015

Easy Hospital Door Wreath

Earlier in our pregnancy, Justin and I DIYed a lot of Hayes' nursery, but as I've gotten closer to my due date, I've adopted more of a "I'm tired. I'll just buy it on Etsy" attitude.  However, a few weeks ago I decided that, since I didn't already have a wreath for our hospital door, I'd take this opportunity to do a little quick crafting.

First I used this video to learn how to make those awesome fluffy burlap wreaths I always see people make. I never knew how it was done, but then again, I didn't really have an interest in learning until now. It was so simple- I'll definitely be using this method again!


As you can see, I didn't buy enough burlap to cover the large metal wreath frame I purchased. No worries, though, because the little wooden plaque I painted covers just the right amount of space. No one, except those reading this, would be any the wiser.
I chose a thin MDF wood plaque and letters because I knew I'd be hot gluing them directly to the burlap and I didn't want them to be too heavy.

I really dig black and white stripes so I had to include them here. I just looped the ribbon through random spaces on the metal frame and twisted as I went along.

It's hard to read, but I included blank spaces to write in his birth date, time, weight and length. In just a few days we'll be filling in those blanks and showing off this super simple wreath!

09 July, 2015

Baby Dunaway Has Arrived!

No, no, I didn't deliver baby Hayes yet. But Justin's brother ad sister-in-law gave birth to their first bundle of joy yesterday. I couldn't get away from work, but Justin and his family were there in the waiting room waiting on this sweet little man's arrival. Weighing in at 9 pounds 2 ounces, Grayson Daniel Dunaway came into the world at 1:09pm.

As soon as I got off work, we flew to the hospital for some lovin' and squeezin' on this handsome little guy.

Some thoughts I had yesterday when visiting Jarrett and Ashley at the hospital:

1. So much for our two boys possibly looking alike.

To me, Grayson is the spitting image of his momma down to the cute nose and blonde hair! I will liiikely not be passing those kinds of genes onto Hayes.

2. My sister-in-law is one tough cookie!

She had a cesarean section and rocked it. She looked awesome all day and entertained visitors like it was no big deal. I can only hope I handle Hayes' birthday with 1/10th of that kind of finesse.

3. I wish OUR hospital had a Starbuck's.

I'm not a coffee drinker by any means, but I saw that they had one in the lobby and how fun is that?? I do love a good Vanilla Bean or Green Tea Frap. Mmm.

4. I already love this little dude so much, it's crazy.

No need to elaborate.

I'll leave you with more photos that I grabbed of our little Baby G last night. Is there such thing as "auntie-razzi"?

I guess Grayson wasn't too sure about Justin at first...

Sweet daddy kisses from Jarrett

Grayson having a rest on top of his cousin Hayes.

He's got uncle Justin's long feet.

He warmed up to him. Now they're BFFs ;)

One Dunaway baby boy born... one to go! Hoping it's sooner than later too, because as I type, Hayes is playing punching bag with my bladder which is driving mama a little crazy!

04 July, 2015

Happy Fourth of July!

What a great Fourth we had! The rain held out and we were able to enjoy swimming, sun, and spending time with our friends. Being pregnant in July in Texas sure is a lot easier to handle when you spend it in a swimsuit.
Our friends, the Chalks, invited us over to celebrate the holiday and their beautiful new home! It was difficult to snap too many pictures since I was in the water most of the afternoon, but here's an idea of the day we had.
The belly... in all of its glory.

The greatest pool float ever. Thanks to Jeannette!

As soon as we got home from swimming with friends, I threw on my pajamas and we walked down the street to watch the McKinney fireworks show that just so happens to take place in our neighborhood, Craig Ranch. Yes, that Craig Ranch. From the news. Haha.
Now, I'm officially exhausted and ready for bed! Goodnight all and I hope everyone had a safe and happy Independence Day!

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