Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Life with Two Under Two

We have been home for almost two weeks now and are slowly settling into a routine! I decided to keep Bennett's schedule as normal as possible so he went to daycare his normal three days last week and was home with me on Friday. Friday was my first day solo with both boys, and overall I think we did pretty good! Adam came home early, around 3:00, so that was helpful : )

From what we can tell so far, Shep is a pretty laid back kiddo. He sleeps a ton and I have to wake him for almost every feeding. He has had a little bit of reflux but nothing compared to Bennett. We are still keeping our eye on it and will start medicine if it doesn't seem to get better. He seems to have it after every bottle but it doesn't necessarily bother him. I'd say about once a day he has a good 30-45 minutes of screaming, and I am assuming it's related to the pain of reflux. Other than that he is a quiet, sweet, little guy!

A lot of people have asked how Bennett is doing, and overall I'd say he's doing exactly how I thought he would. At first he was very upset and did not like the idea of sharing his mama. Slowly though, he is getting better. He has shown much more of an interest in Shep in the last couple of days and doesn't get as upset when I am holding him. I know it will be fine in the long run, it's just a big adjustment for him right now.

Adam and I are the kind of people who are always on the go, so staying at home for weeks with a newborn, and not going anywhere, is our idea of torture. We started getting out of the house really early with Bennett and have done the same with Shep. Obviously we know we have to be careful about where he goes but we just cover him up real good ; ) So far he has been to Publix, Target, Bennett's school (for all of 5 minutes to pick him up), and the Touch-a-Truck event! We think Shep enjoys being on the go just like his big brother did.

Being a mama to two under two is certainly no walk in the park..for example, when I picked Bennett up from school last week I got back to the car with both boys and panicked. I didn't know who to put in the car first. If I put Shep in first then Bennett is left to stand in the parking lot by the car and could potentially run at any second, and if I put Bennett in first (which takes longer), Shep is sitting in his carseat on the ground waiting. Seems silly but I was really confused on what I should do. I ended up putting Shep in first, and thankfully Bennett followed directions and kept his hands on the car ; ) Little things like that are things I never thought about with having two little ones!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Shep's Birth Story

Harrison Shepard Leakey

7lbs, 9 oz, 20.5in
September 7, 2016


I cannot believe how quickly this pregnancy flew by. Having a toddler to chase around while you're pregnant really makes things go by fast! As I approached my final weeks of pregnancy the physical exhaustion really took over. I went back to work at 34 weeks and it was tough. I moved classrooms and changed grade levels so I was extremely busy for 5 straight weeks and it was so hard on my body. I was thankful my midwife was on board with another induction because I was so ready for my sweet boy to be here!

At my 38 week appointment we scheduled my induction for the following Wednesday. I was 39 weeks and 2 days. I loved that much of the day was similar to how things went with Bennett. I am a creature of habit and love predictability so it was just good for me. We started our day with breakfast at Chickfila, just like we did before Bennett was born, and then headed over to the hospital around 7am. 

We got checked in and settled into our room (which was right next door to the room I delivered Bennett in). The nurses came in and hooked me up to IV's and started pitocin around 8:30. My midwife came sometime around 9:00 and checked me. I was about 5cm and 80%. My pitocin was kicked up every 30 minutes until about 3:00 when I decided to get my epidural.

At this point things got a little scary. Mine and Shep's heart rates were not responding well to the epidural. I had a terrible headache, my heart was racing, and I felt like I could barely talk. As Shep's heart rate continued to drop the nurse had me lay in several different positions trying to get it back up. Finally after an hour or so of flipping every way we could try we found a position that worked. I was sitting up with my legs dangling off the bottom half of the bed that they lowered.

You can kind of tell here how I was sitting.

Because of the way they had my legs positioned (hips open) my epidural settled onto the left side of my body but not my right. Basically I could feel every single contraction in my right hip and it was really hard. I think because I was only able to feel it in that one spot that it made it worse because the pain was so extreme and so isolated to that one area. Thankfully I didn't have to stay like that for long because around 4:30pm my midwife checked me again and said I was 10cm. She wasn't ready for me to push because he still needed to drop a little more on his own. She went over to the other hospital in town to break someone's water and as soon as she got back around 5:20pm she came in and said it was time to have a baby! 

I asked my mom to get my camera out of my bag so she could take pictures. I took this shot to make sure the lighting was okay and I happened to catch a picture of the clock. This is hilarious to me because it just proves how quickly things happened from here. 

I started pushing at 5:28pm and Shep was born at 5:33pm. I pushed once during the first contraction, waited until the next and pushed one more time. I literally couldn't believe how fast it happened. I pushed for 15 minutes with Bennett so I never imagined I'd have one any quicker. I am so thankful for the guidance of my midwife during the delivery process. She is amazing!! She is the same midwife that delivered Bennett so that was really special to me.

Overall this recovery has been a million times easier than my recovery with Bennett. I am so thankful to be able to be up and moving around so soon after Shep's birth. We are adjusting well to being a family of four and having two under two : )