Friday, May 25, 2012

And then there were three...

On April 19th, after several months of worrying we would have a premature delivery, baby boy Grayson made his arrival at 7:25 am weighing 6 pounds and 5 ounces and 19 inches long! The c-section went well thanks to fabulous doctors, nurses, and anesthesiologists although I had to have several doses of nausea medicine (since throwing up is so fun while having your belly wide open). Grayson came out kicking and screaming, letting us all know his lungs are perfectly healthy. He latched on so well during the first feed and we were all so impressed. That should have been our first warning that this kid LOVES to eat all day and night long. Seriously. The girls came to the hospital later that day and instantly fell in love with their new little brother. During the past few weeks, the girls have been huge helpers, love to shower their brother with hugs and kisses (and share germs, thanks), and have adjusted well overall with the new addition. The first two weeks were brutal since the girls did act out by refusing to nap or sleep in their rooms at night, and Grayson was so very fussy. Things are getting better and we are trying different formulas for Grayson to see what helps him feel better. Both the girls were lactose intolerant (in fact, Campbell is just now tolerating milk at 20 months old) so we are assuming baby brother is the same way. So far soy formula is working. Unfortunately he does not tolerate breast milk well at all, so I have stopped nursing. I'm ok with this for the most part, but I am bummed as well. I was hoping to nurse him for awhile since I couldn't with Campbell for very long, but as a friend said, a happy baby is much more important! Plus, trying to nurse/pump with three kids 3 years old and under was a total nightmare. I don't have time to pee, let alone be hooked up to a pump for 15-20 minutes. Grayson is now five weeks old, we are all still alive, the house is still standing, and I still have hair. This is good. Some days are so hard and I don't know how I will survive, but I do. Having three kids 3 years old and under has been really difficult at times. But those moments where giggles, smiles, hugs and love hide the sleep deprivation, the messy house, my tears and frustration, wow, they are so worth it. Can't wait to watch Grayson develop into his own little person and see what kind of personality he will have, and who he will look like. Till then, taking it one day at a time and hoping for more sleep soon!

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