Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Maternity Shoot

I carried baby Samuel in my body for 267 days. In that time I barfed, I cried, I rejoiced, I prepared, I was nauseaus, I was tired, I slept on the couch many nights, I was achy, I was uncomfortable, I was so many other things as well... He was SO worth it!

These pictures were taken 1 week to the day I delivered Samuel. I was really hesitant to have them done, and am forever grateful that I did!

A HUGE thanks to Chloe Ann Taylor Photography for these photos!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Up To Speed

This post is a bit random and all over the place, but so is my life, so that's how we roll.
In 5 weeks I've gone from looking something like this...
to this...
Nice to not have my eyes hiding behind my swollen face... I stopped being weighed around 30 weeks so I never knew exactly how much I had gained... Taking a guess from where I was at week 30, I've lost around 40 pounds (including Samuel in that). I've still got the baby pudge to lose, but we'll get there. I'm feeling great!
I am alive and healthy again! I am so grateful that I am over the infections and pressing forward as a new mommy. Our breastfeeding struggle isn't quite over yet, we're still working on latch, but met with a fabulous lactation consultant (I told my mom she reminds me of Mrs. Pigglewiggle... did you ever read those books?!). We are getting better at things and headed towards fully healing.
In other news, we move into this September 21!!!!
I can't wait!!!!!!! I'm going to be posting a picture of our current sleeping situation once I can get the laundry folded. It's amazing what I can't get accomplished in a day of taking care of Samuel. He sure is cute and *almost* smiling. We sure are eating up his coo's and grunts. We are also stomach sleeping him, it's been a miracle to our lives! He sleeps SO much better, and so do we.
look at those rolls on his arms and thighs
Isn't he so darling? We are just eating him up (double chin, RED hair, and all).

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

It strikes again

102.5 degree fever

I walk like I did when I had my epidural

Achy body, like I've been hit with the worst flu ever!


and no antibiotics until I've had a fever for 24 hrs :(


please PRAY for me... HARD!?!?!?

Friday, August 12, 2011


If you're not into hearing all about boobs, I'd suggest you skip this post... It's loaded and not censored.

I now understand where the stat comes from that most moms who start breast feeding end up bottle feeding within a few days... the most "natural" thing is one of the hardest, trickiest things to get down. Now lets back up a bit before I get too ahead of myself.

I have some very passionate about nursing friends, and as a result, I have learned a lot about it. In our prenatal class the benefits of nursing were talked about, and I made it a point to go to the Le Leche League meetings leading up to my due date. I had learned about this "live fluid" and how it's the best thing you can give your child. I learned that when your baby starts getting sick, my body will produce the anti bodies to make him better. I knew positions, had seen many pictures and videos and knew it would be the thing for me.

Fast forward to post delivery (I'd post a picture, but it's a bit too revealing). Jenny (my doula) and the midwives were there to help get Samuel latched on at the hospital. I was told he may eat 2 more times before the midwives came the next day and would be really sleepy (labour is exhausting on babies too). Day 1 at home, Samuel is starving and isn't latching on well... Midwife Wendy comes and go figure, I've got huge boobs and small flat nipples (Remember I said this post was loaded). Shane was sent to get a nipple shield so I could feed my baby... Yep, the smallest size they have for this busty mama :(

Day 2 at home, the midwife comes for another home visit... latching with the shield is working and I've got crazy sore nipples... I'm prescribed some fancy nipple cream and have Shane go to get it ($55 later) he's home and I'm getting some relief.

The midwives come the first two days after you give birth and then the 4th day. Day 4 Samuel is looking REALLY yellow, his billiruben levels are tested and come back 350 (357 goes to the hospital under the lights). I'm a mess! Day 5 at home... nursing still sucks, I'm crying like crazy, my milk has come in, WHY CAN'T I NATURALLY FEED MY CHILD!?!?!?!?!?! I'm calling all my mama breastfeeding friends for some support and reassurance. Another foot prick to test the jaundice levels... 325... still not good enough weight is taken 8lbs 1oz. Day 6 another poke and working on latch with the nipple shield. I have decided that I am still feeding my child "liquid gold" whether I'm using a silicone nipple or not. Jaundice levels come back 287, awesome!

We keep working through a week with the shield. Saturday I send Shane to pick up a manual breast pump. Tuesday finds us at the midwives to check Sam's weight and to see how I'm doing. I'm reassured about the shield, that it's not the end of the world. Sam and I go back, he latches well with the shield, latches well once my nipple comes out without the shield, and latches on one side with no shield first. He's gulping and they comment how great my milk supply is. I have a red spot and ask what it is... plugged duct. I'm taught how to rub it out and what to do. I spend the day out and about with my mom and sisters, even though I'm feeling tired and weak... BAD idea.

Tuesday evening I've got another wicked painful plugged duct, a headache, and am feeling really weak/ lethargic. I call the midwives pager and give my symptoms. I'm told to go and get some homeopaths (Phypholacca, and Bryonia). I leave and the homeopath store is closed... panicked I go to an organic food store, they have one, but not the other. I get home and have red lines on my breast, my mom tells me to immediately call the midwives back (all symptoms of mastitis). I do, I tell her I only have the one homeopath, she tell me to take it and calls in an antibiotic, just in case. She also mentions that another store has the other one and to drink tons of waters. It's 8:46 and the store is 20 minutes away. I walk right out the door, pray, and drive like a mad woman to get there . I make it and get what I need. I start slamming them 5 every 15 minutes for the first hr, then 5 hourly for the next 24 hours. I'm told to nurse solely on the infected side. The other side was about to burst, I was so grateful we had the pump!!!!!

Naturally Samuel is sleeping well and I'm on a timer waking up every hour to take these things. Morning comes, my mom and sisters are leaving. It's a miracle, the lines are gone, so are my symptoms (except some of the plugged duct). I keep taking my magic little white pills and am ever so grateful I didn't have to start on the antibiotic. I go to the homeopath store to get more and they tell me once it starts working to slow down on how often I take them.

I get through the plugged duct, only to get another one on Friday... PAINFUL! I keep rubbing and rubbing and heating and rubbing. By the end of the weekend the ducts are clear. Samuel decides that he doesn't want the nipple shield anymore. I work through the weekend with him and Monday call the midwives for some latch help. Carol comes on Monday and things looked good to her. I have a really sore nipple on the left side, but think it's all because we're learning to latch, etc. Tuesday I call to make sure she doesn't want me to come in to clinic as I'm concerned the one side isn't emptying as well. I am reassured everything is ok.

Wednesday night I am screaming/ balling in pain. I tell Shane I can't do it anymore and tell him I don't know how we'll make it nursing through the night. It feels like someone is pinching my nipples as hard as they can on both sides. I call the midwives Thursday first thing in the morning. I tell Luba what is happening and we're both thinking it's a latch problem, she tells me to start using the shield again (BLASTED SHIELD!!!!!). I get a call back a couple of minutes later saying Carol will be in my area and is going to stop by in an hour. She does and to my surprise, latch is great. She said if the latch was bad my nipples would be hamburger. She puts on her glasses... it's thrush!

She asks if we have prescription coverage and proceeds to tell me if I didn't it'd be nearly $400. Needless to say I am SO grateful Shane has 100% insurance coverage for prescriptions. It takes a few days to kick in and the pain to go away... I'm grateful it's me and not Samuel. I am swabbing his mouth with a diluted apple cider vinegar solution a few times a day to keep him from getting it, and passing it back, etc...

Here's to the rest of our breastfeeding journey going a bit better :)

He Gets It From His Daddy!

Shane Oliver

Samuel Oliver

He DEFINITELY gets his looks from his daddy!!!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Rub a Dub Dub...

I HATE the tub!!!!!

So this post is a little late, but better late than never. We gave Samuel his first bath this week (we had to wait for his umbilical cord to come off). Needless to say this bath, and all the others since have been a 2 minute long scream fest, and then out of the tub he goes (once his body and hair are all clean). I can't believe how quickly the newborn smell wears off. Time to break out the lotion!

In the process... NOT impressed

Mom and Sammy after his first bath

I'm hoping they get better and he starts to love baths because I LOVE bathing babies!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Goodbyes Are SO Hard

Oh what a week it's been! Grandma Dana and Aunts Lucy and Eliza spent the week with us. It was so nice to have them here to take care of Samuel and me. We had a lot of good times, and I got a bit of sleep during the day.

Samuel is a dream baby! He sleeps so well and eats like a champ! Yesterday we went to his 2 week check up and he weighed in at 8lbs 11oz. We spent a lot of yesterday in the car and he did so well, only fussing when it was time to eat. I can't believe it was 2 weeks ago that we were just home from the hospital getting adjusted to our new life.

This week we sent uncle Jake (Shane's youngest brother) on his mission to serve in the Salt Lake City mission, how convenient. That wasn't the only goodbye. This morning we said goodbye to my mom and sisters... rough I tell you, rough. I have cried multiple times today missing them and wishing they lived closer. Thank heavens for modern technology and web cams.

Chloe came and took family/newborn photos today. I can't wait to get them, they looked SO darling through her camera. She is amazing and I'm so grateful for her entire family for all that they have done for us.

Tonight Matthew (my little brother) will open his mission call (hence why my family left today). My guess, Ukraine!

The picture that will be in Samuels room to remind him of his uncle while he's on his mission.

Last family photo

So cute little army sergeant

Sweet Chloe taking newborn photos... stay tuned, they are SO cute! (there were only 2 peed on incidences).

In other good new, the scale says I'm only 7lbs until pre-pregnancy weight... I've got a feeling I'm going to need some new clothes if the weight keeps coming off like this.