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Asa at 3 months

Asa 3 months

Three months is the best age.  I feel like we have hit our stride and Asa is so much fun now!

Stats: I think he weighs around 11 pounds.  We haven’t been to the doctor in a month, that is a feat in itself!  He is wearing 0-3 month clothes and has started to grow into some of the 3-6 stuff.  He’s in size 1 diapers.

Likes: Asa loves his mama!  Probably because I provide his meals but he also thinks I’m pretty funny.  He laughs when you tickle his neck.  He loves when his siblings talk to him.

Dislikes: Tim is convinced that he is one of Asa’s dislikes but I think it’s just that he’s not the mama.  He is back to not loving his car seat or he may just not like running his older siblings all over town for their various activities and school projects.

Eating: Still nursing every 3 hours during the day.  He’s been doing one 4 hour stretch at night.

Sleeping: Asa goes to bed around 8pm, dream feed at about 10:30, wakes around 3 to eat, and up at 6am.  He goes down for a nap after being up for about an hour and a half during the day.  Morning naps seem to be longer than afternoon naps.  I would say he takes about 3 naps a day anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours.

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Two months

Asa 2 months

Stats: 8lbs, 14oz and 21.5 inches.  Asa took a full 6 weeks to get back to birth weight.  But once we started Zantac for reflux, he started to really gain.

Likes: Nursing, being swaddled, learning to like naps

Dislikes: Holidays.  He cried most the day on Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Then ended up in the ER on New Years Eve with a fever.  Holidays only come around so often and he doesn’t hate his car seat anymore so that’s good news!

Eating: Asa nurses every 3, sometimes 2, hours during the day.  He eats every 3 – 4 hours (5 hours a handful of times) at night.

Sleeping:  He has established a bedtime of around 8pm.  I wake him for a dream feed around 10 or 11.  So far it’s not carrying him through the night but he’s been sick so I hope we will get there soon.  He is doing better about napping during the day.  It’s not a fight as much as it used to be.

Asa had 12 doctor and 2 emergency room visits in his two months of life outside the womb.  Talk about a rough start!  He went from slow to gain weight to being diagnosed with reflux to getting bronchiolitis and RSV.  Here’s to a healthy 2016!

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One month

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Stats: 7lbs, 3.7oz and 20 inches.  Still not back to birth weight but he had a pretty decent gain so the doctor was not too concerned.  She did say that I can stop in for a weight check if I’m in the area.

Likes: Nursing and being swaddled

Dislikes: Naps and the car seat

Eating: Asa nurses every 2, sometimes 3, hours during the day.  He eats every 3 – 4 hours at night.

Sleeping:  He does well at night in the bassinet next to our bed.  He had gone 5 hours a few times!  He is not a big fan of naps in a crib or bassinet during the day.  However, if we are out, he sleeps through anything (including the super loud buzzer at Janie’s basketball games).

He’s a pretty fussy baby but we just started meds for reflux last week so hopefully we will see some changes soon.  I’m also working on Baby Whisperer Boot Camp this week to get this boy napping during the day.  He has been down for over an hour so far!

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It’s December!

I cannot believe that it’s December already!  I feel like November passed me by.  I just wanted to post some updates.

  • Asa finally stopped losing weigh but he wasn’t really gaining either.  We have his one month checkup tomorrow and I’m hoping that he is at least close to his birth weight.
  • He eats every 2 – 3 hours during the day and 3 – 5 hours at night.  I’m trying to put him to bed around 8 and start a dream feed but it hasn’t helped with the spacing of feedings thus far.  I’m going to give it another week.  Last night, he ate at 8, 11, 1:30, 5, and 8.
  • We had Christmas/birth announcement pictures taken.  How cool is it that I can combine the two?!  This is the only one that I can share so far.Asa6
  • We had about 20 people over for Thanksgiving.  Luckily, they did all the cooking and I had my house cleaned the week before so it really wasn’t any work on my end.  We had a great time and were blessed to have my grandma and uncle in town to join us.
  • Janie’s basketball games start this weekend.  Poor girl does not have an aggressive bone in her body so we will see how this goes.
  • I’m sad to say that I think I’m done with Shonda Rhimes and her shows.  Her political statements in the story lines are getting to be too much for my taste.
  • Tim and I started the new season of Homeland.  I wish they had done a recap, I forgot where we left off but it looks like there are lots of changes.
  • We got all of our Christmas up, excluding the tree, this weekend.  I hope to finish up this coming weekend.  It’s still surreal to see three kid stockings on the fireplace!


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Birth Story

Hello!  I’ve been trying to find time to blog but it’s pretty difficult when I’m a 24/7 milk machine.  Asa Robert was born on November 3rd.  His birth story is not the one I had planned!  In mid October, he went from head down to breech.  Because I was diagnosed with Cholestasis, I had to deliver at 37 weeks.  I was given induction orders for Monday, November 2nd in hope that he would turn on his own.  My doctor told me to come in for an ultrasound on Monday afternoon, if he was head down, I would go straight to the hospital for the induction.  If not, they would take all of the needed measurements and I would have a external cephalic version on Wednesday or Thursday to try to turn him so I could have a vaginal delivery.  Asa was measuring big this entire pregnancy (which is funny because my other 2 were 6lb babies) but that Monday, they told me that his head was off the charts big.  The doctor was worried that even if the version was successful, I would have trouble delivering him because of the size of his head and end up with a c-section anyway.  Her advice was to go ahead with the c-section.  Having a c-section has been one of my biggest fears.  I could not imagine laying there and knowing that I’m being cut open.  I was also really worried about the recovery time.  We had been praying and praying that he would turn and I thought maybe this was the reason that God had made him breech and was not answering my prayers, I wouldn’t be able to deliver him anyway.  I was hoping that they would say go straight to the hospital for your c-section because I really didn’t want time to think about it.  However, since it wasn’t an emergency, they scheduled it for the next day.  I was scared but I also felt a sense of peace about it because the decision was out of my hands.  I had also heard horror stories about versions so I was relieved that I wouldn’t be experiencing one.

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Asa weighed 7lb, 13oz and was 19 inches.  His head didn’t look all that big to us but they said at 14 inches, it is on the big side.  We also had to stretch the neck of his going home outfit to get it over his head!  He’s had some trouble gaining weight because my milk was late to come in so we have been nursing, pumping, and supplementing every two hours (again, I’m a milk machine).  We go for a weight check today and I’m hopeful that he has gained!  My recovery has definitely been harder than my vaginal deliveries but I’m feeling pretty good now.  Steps and getting in and out of bed were difficult but I’m getting around better each day.  Asa Robert 073

Asa shocked us with dark hair and olive skin.  We will see what his skin tone is once all of the jaundice is out of his system.  We are all so in love with this little guy and getting used to being a family of 5!

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Third trimester update

I made it to the 3rd trimester!  Finding out what you’re having at 11 weeks makes for a very long pregnancy.  Having two kids that aren’t very patient doesn’t help either but the end is near.  We’ll be meeting this little guy soon.

How far along:  28 weeks

Baby size:  A large eggplant

Total weight gain:  21 lbs

Sleep:  Not so great between bathroom breaks and back pain

Maternity clothes:  Yes, I’m huge!  I have a number of people ask when I’m due and when I say November, they’re shocked because I look like I’m due next week.  I’ve also gotten the “are you sure it’s not twins” comments.  Being 5’2, there is no where to go but out.

Food cravings:  Carbs and ice cream

Food aversions:  Meat.  Tomato sauce gives me horrible heartburn so I’m steering clear of that too.

Symptoms:  I’m being tested for Cholestasis of Pregnancy.  I had this condition with Janie and I’m itching again.

Appointments:  I’m seeing the perinatologist in a couple of weeks to discuss the plan.  With Janie, I had amniocentesis to make sure her lungs were good and then they induced me at 36 weeks.  We’ll see how my bile acids come back and go from there.

Movement:  This boy is very active!  He is the most active of all 3 pregnancies and favors my right side.

Gender:  Boy.  His name is Asa Robert.

What I miss:  Sushi, wine, and sleep

Nursery progress:  It’s complete.  I’ve had wonderful friends and neighbors pass all kinds of stuff to us.  I think we have all of the necessities covered.


Nursery and a name

It’s funny how things are much more simple with baby #3.  Nurseries have also changed a lot since the other two.  I decided to skip the bedding set and theme this time.  They say not to use bumpers, a quilt, or pillow.  So what do you need…..a crib and a sheet.  I actually did go out and get a dust ruffle after we put the crib together…..Target clearance for $7!

The room that we are using was a guest room so we had a dresser and two night stands.  We passed the bed on to Tim’s sister.  Tim and I refinished the furniture right before we got married and used them in our first master bedroom.  There was a lot of blood, sweat, and tears (well, maybe not tears) that went into refinishing the furniture so I wanted to use it.  Then I saw a deal at Target for a free bassinet with crib purchase.  I really liked the crib but it only came in cherry and grey.  I knew cherry wouldn’t work with the rest of the furniture and I loved the grey but how could I get that to go with the walnut stain?  After perusing Pinterest, I decided we could go for rustic with grey and wood.

Tim installed the planked wall.  It was pretty easy to install but it was a little more costly than I had hoped (around $300 for the wood).   We painted a bookshelf that has been in all three nurseries (it’s been white, red, and now grey).  I kept our rocking chair to rock our grandchildren one day….little did I know.  My mom and I picked out fabric and covered the off white lamp shade.  I used the rest of the fabric and my little sewing skills to make the banner above the crib.  Janie, my sewing guru, was at a friend’s house when I sat down to sew so I had to learn how to tread the needle without her.  Luckily, they have the steps numbered on the sewing machine!

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Here’s a close up of the picture on the left.  It’s a free printable in a Goodwill frame!

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I saw a pallet sign on a friend’s Facebook page and I loved it (thanks Ashley).  Tim has access to lots of old pallets from work and I have a friend that was able to make the stencil for me.  We used paint that we already had so this was a free project.

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We are ready for a baby!  As you can see above, his name is Asa.  After lots of deliberation throwing out names and Tim vetoing most of them, he finally said yes to one.  So Asa Robert it is!


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