Monday, September 26, 2011

Ty - First Ten Days

*Caution....this is a very mommy-driven post with lots of details about Ty! You have been warned about the cheese-fest that is about to come.*

Well, I feel like I am living in a dream world right now. I know there is a lack of sleep and a sense of isolation that comes with having a newborn and I know that most newborns don't enter their "fussy" stage until around a month or six weeks or until they "find their voice" or whatever but, I truly feel like I could live in this moment forever. I am on cloud 9 with my sweet babies. My very favorite time of the day is in the morning when Kinley wakes up and comes to climb in our bed. Then, I can pull Ty over and cuddle with both my babies...and on the weekends Ben too! It is truly just a dream come true and God deserves all the glory and praise for these incredible blessings.

I cannot complain about my son's newborn days so far. He is a great sleeper and a great eater. I even got a little worried about him one night because he was already sleeping for four hours and I had to wake him up to feed him. The doctor wanted me to take him in for a weight check to see that he was eating enough and not getting lethargic. He said that the magic number for him would be 7 lbs and 14 oz and that right at a week babies are at their lowest weight. If Ty was over that magic number, then he was fine, didn't need to be seen and could wait until his 2 week well-check appointment. Well, little man was 8 lbs 12 oz. Already back over his birth weight at 8 days. I just love it. Kinley has NEVER been much of an that was definitely a change.

There have been a lot of firsts during Ty's first few days of life and I don't want to forget them. We have had tons of visitors come to the house! Lots of family came to visit....I wish I could have gotten pics of everyone but, I didn't. We have seen David, Kristi, Aubrey & Grady, Lois & Jack, Linda, Natalie, Jeffrey, Luke, Aunt Jan, Scott and Katie, Momma Gay and Pepa, of course Honey, Boss, Pops, Gram, Mendy & Alex and even Olivia got to come in town this weekend from Boston and Sean, Camila, Winlon and Speight were here from Atlanta! It has been so much fun to see lots of family.
We had our first outing to the park one day. Mom took us all and Kinley loved having Ty there with her.
Kinley is LOVING her little brother. She is so excited about him and very gentle with him. She has been patient and not jealous and has handled sharing the attention very well so far. She seems to understand when I can't follow her into her room to play or put her down to bed if I have to feed Ty. I am really proud of her.

We had our first bath...which are not post-worthy pics...but, we did have a great helper in Kinley and might have gotten peed on. In fact, little man loves to pee on anyone changing his diaper. As soon as he gets "exposed" to a little air...he just feels relaxed and loves to pee. I am going to have to figure that one out soon.

Our only other outings have been to mom's house for my dad's birthday...he turned Eden's princess birthday party...she turned 3....and to Mendy and Alex's new house. They closed on it this week and our Friday night was spent helping them unpack. It was so fun and we can't wait to spend more time over there! When we do leave the house, I feel kind of like a new woman. Between bedrest and having a newborn, I spend a lot of time locked up in the house. So, it is nice to slowly but surely re-join the land of the living!

We have been doing lots of sleeping in lots of different places. Ty is pretty great at just letting us lay him down and he sleeps wherever. A couple favorite spots are the couch and the bouncer...and of course, in anyones arms.
He has been showing us his eyeballs a little more lately. They are beautiful and blue and it is so fun to see him awake. He is very peaceful.
Serious Face

We also had newborn pics taken by my friend Cassie at TwelveTwenty Photography. She was SO great with Ty and very peaceful, gentle and patient. I can't wait to see the shots she got and share them with you all! But, until then, we have been snapping away as much as we can. Some pics are with our phones and some are with a camera just whatever is closest.

We head to the Pediatrician tomorrow for Ty's 2 week appointment and I can't wait to hear what his height and weight statistics are. I am also going to start driving more this week and taking Kinley to school again. I am excited to see how our first outings go with both kiddos on my own. I may feel like being creative in the next month or so...but, until then...for more of these exciting posts...stay tuned!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Happy 30th Allison!

Not alot of blogging going on around here in the past week. Lots of loving on my babies and trying to rest and recover...but, I will be back soon with more pics and stories and hopefully crafts.

But, I could NOT let today go by and not give a shout out to my BFF Allison for her 30th Birthday! It is not everyday a girl turns 29 + 1!

Allison, you are so special to me. Your friendship is like a lifeline for me and a constant that I never want to go without. You are so creative, inspiring, supportive, and just all around fun. When I want to plan a party or get ideas for a meal, gift or a craft, you are the first girl I go to. You are such a joy to be around and never, ever let yourself get in the way of loving on others. You are an inspirational mom with so much patience and love. You are always there for every event that you can be. Even when you have to drive in and drive right for Ty's birth! All of my most fun and special memories have you in them. I am so excited that we get to raise our kids together and build so many more memories. I have loved spending my teens and twenties with you and I can't wait for the thirties and every decade from here on out.
Thank you for being you and for being my best friend. Love you Allison!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Ty Anson Harrison - 9/14/11

Ty finally made his appearance right on schedule this week and I cannot even begin to put in words how my heart has expanded to love my son. Everyone told me it could happen but, I just wasn't sure how I could love another child as much as I love Kinley...then, the second they put him in my arms, I did. He is only 4 days old and I already cannot imagine my life without him. I just wanted to quickly get a few pictures posted from the last few days. This is by no means all the pics we took or all the pics you will see...but, here are just a few and a little bit of story to go along with them.

We left the for the hospital a little before 5am on Wednesday morning.
I got all checked in and started getting induced around 7:15 and visitors started to arrive around 8....broke my water at 8:30 and he was here by 10:17. Overall, it took a total of 3 hours. Very quick that my epidural did not really work because I was progressing faster than the medicine could take over. It worked some..and I am sure that it was better than no drugs at all..but, I could definitely feel everything...and I did make it through. Thankfully, it was quick.
Martin was usual. Ty had the cord wrapped around his neck just like Kinley did and though it was not quite as dramatic as last time...I hate that stinkin cord and without Martin there to keep me totally calm, I would have lost it. I can't explain the easiness and peacefulness that comes with knowing your doctor so well. I am so very thankful for him.
Mendy made these fantastic shirts for everyone who came to the hospital. So, so cute.
Kinley was fully entertained all day with lots of her favorite people.
Kinley had fun
Ty had an endless number of visitors at the hospital and we feel so blessed to have so many wonderful family and friends that live nearby.
Diana brought the party with usual. So fun.
Pepa and Momma Gay's first Great Grandson
One of Ty's Dad, Mark Anson.
I know there will be a million pictures of Kinley checking out her little brother in our future. It was so much fun to see her just light up around him and be so excited to check him out.
Lots of snuggle time...
And yesterday, we brought the party home.
His cute outfit with World War II planes that we brought him home in and he promptly pooped on. Such a boy!
Thank You, Lord, for a healthy delivery and baby boy. We feel beyond thankful that you have entrusted us with Ty as our precious son. He is an absolute joy and we will not take for granted the blessing that he is.