Charlie at 2 Months

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Charlie's hair is getting lighter by the day. It started out pretty dark, but it's already a light brown and his roots are turning blonde. His eye are also getting so blue and I can't wait to see what shade they wind up. 

Charlie is ... 22" long (according to his checkup — when we measured him he was 23") and weighs 11 lbs. 12.4 oz. 

Charlie loves ... being held, being rocked, having his bottom and/or back patted, making smiley faces, looking at faces, baths, and his activity mat

Charlie does not love ... Being put down, taking naps (he fights them daily!), and being hot. That's about it though. As long as he's being held and moving, he's a happy baby. 

Charlie sort of loves ... his paci (we're working on this), the car (as long as we're moving - he does not like when we have to stop at all) 

Charlie wears ... Size 0-3 clothes and size small gowns. He has a few 3-6 month onesies that we put him in because they're so cute but they're big on him. He's outgrown most of his newborn clothes which makes this mama heart sad - but so happy he's growing and healthy!

Charlie eats ... all the time. During the day he'll sometimes go for longer stretches but mainly eats every 2-3 hours, erring on the 2 hour side of things. I'm exclusively breastfeeding, but we're slowly introducing a bottle to get him ready for daycare. 

Charlie sleeps ... pretty great at night. We put him down at 9 and we'll get anywhere from a 5.5-7 hour stretch. After that he'll only sleep for 2-3 hours but we can normally get him back down after that. 

It has been so fun to see Charlie become so smiley and responsive these past few weeks. 
Charlie met lots of family and friends this month including most of my family on my dad's side and most of my best friends from high school. He also attended a post-wedding brunch for our friends, Cullen and Drew.

Charlie had his first visit to the pool with some of our friends. He absolutely loved it. He got so snugly next to me and was so content when we dipped him further into the water. We got him wet to his waist. He quickly fell asleep. 

Charlie also had his first beach trip this month! I just dipped his feet in the ocean water and he seemed to like it. He was happy on the beach for short periods of time under the shade and in the evening when it was much cooler. My aunt and a few cousins were also down with my mom and I and it was so much fun getting to spend so much time together. It was also wonderful having my mom and aunt for all their help!

Charlie's tummy was pretty sensitive so I gave up dairy to see if that will help. We've also been giving him gripe water, probiotic drops, and a lactase enzyme drop.


Charlie at 1 Month

Friday, September 23, 2016

This past month was the hardest and best of my life. Even though you know being a parent means sleep deprivation and being on 24/7, there's no way to truly prepare for it. Things were definitely easier the first two weeks when Brandon was home. Charlie was also pretty jaundice which caused him to sleep a lot of the time. 

Charlie is ... 20 1/2" long and weighs 8 lbs. 5.7 oz. (This is from his 3 week well checkup)

Charlie loves ... eating, being held and being worn in the solly

Charlie does not love ... being put down (even though he used to love laying in his boppy lounger)

He's also started to get fussy which is not fun. It hurts my heart when he's upset and I can't do anything but hold and rock him. 

Charlie sort of loves ... his rockaroo (I think if it were faster he'd like it better)

Charlie wears ...  newborn size clothes and some 0-3 but even the newborns are a little big. 

Charlie eats ... constantly. He'll sometimes go 3-4 hour stretches and then other days he wants to eat every hour. It's helping us both get the hang of breastfeeding which is nice. 

Charlie sleeps ... sometimes. He'll go down between 10 and 11 and wake up  2-3 times during the night. We moved him from the playard in our room to his crib. It was hard for me emotionally for him to be farther away but I was checking on him constantly so I wasn't getting any sleep. I still get up to check on him and look at the monitor but it's better for both of us. 

Charlie had his first few trips to church and did so well. He slept in the solly most of the time. We love our church so much so it was nice to not have to miss too many Sunday's. 

Charlie had lots of visitors and we were so excited to introduce him to our friends and family. Everyone has been so generous and is keeping us well fed. 

It was so special getting to introduce Charlie to my maternal grandma (Mama). I'm very close to her and Charlie is named after her husband, my Papa, who passed away in 2006. 

(I wrote this the same time I wrote his 2 month post and I tried to remember everything as best I could.) 


Charlie's Newborn Photos

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Charlie at 10 days old.

All photos are by Elizabeth Tate of Nancy Ray Photography


Charlie's Birth Story

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Charles "Charlie" Lee McPherson was born at 12:57 am on June 25. He was 8 days early, and we share a birthday. He weighed 6 lb. 13 oz. and was 20 1/4 inches long. Life as we know it will never be the same, and for that, I could not be more grateful. What an amazing God we serve!

Friday, June 24 was Brandon's 30th birthday. I worked a full day and we met two of our best couple friends for dinner at Stanbury. We had such a wonderful time and enjoyed a delicious meal. Earlier that day I had joked that I was giving Charlie his eviction notice and drove over every bumpy part of the road that I could. I had also told everyone that whole week that I really just needed that one last week to feel like I was in a good place professionally before maternity leave. 
At Stanbury

Last belly shots

We got home from dinner at 9:30 and as I was crawling into bed at 10:30, I felt my water break. I told Brandon and he said, "Well then get out of bed!" 

We went to the bathroom and my water had definitely broken. I texted my two friends that we had been at dinner with and called my mom. She told me to call the doctor which I did after mom finally letting me get off the phone. I talked to the doctor and he told me I should go ahead and come in to Labor & Delivery. After hanging up with him I said, " Umm, no." I wasn't even having contractions yet and we planned to labor at home as long as possible. 

We called our birth instructor, Susan Rotman (amazing!!) because we knew she'd tell us what we really needed to do. Brandon put her on speaker phone and I had a normal conversation with her. She told us to turn the lights out, get in bed and get some rest. Labor was starting, but we had a while and needed to conserve our energy. She also gave me one of her famous pep talks.

Just as I was getting in bed for the second time, the contractions started. Brandon had me tell him when they started and stopped and timed them on an app. From the beginning, the contractions lasted at least a minute and were maybe 4 minutes apart. Shortly after he started timing, the app said it was time to go to the hospital. Brandon ignored it because of course! I was barely in labor. It wasn't time yet! When it told him again 5 minutes later, he called Susan back and she agreed it was time to go in. 

Our hospital bags weren't even fully packed. Our labor bag was ready but our other stuff was just laid out. I put my toiletry bag together and then sat down on the toilet while Brandon frantically ran around getting everything together and packing up the car. After what seemed like forever, we got in the car and made the short trip to Rex. 

We got to the hospital at 11:45. Brandon hopped out of the car and I got out (after reaching over and turning the car off and reminding him to lock the car). I walked inside as he grabbed my license and insurance card. The security guard let me go up to triage without Brandon. At this point the contractions were coming hard and fast with little to no break in between. 

When I got to the triage desk I had to hold onto the counter and bend over to manage the pain. Once Brandon got there they put me in the triage waiting area. A nurse came out and said that when the next contraction ended we'd go into triage to get checked. I was making lots of low moaning noises and told her that we could go ahead and go because they're not ending. I know she thought I was being dramatic and not managing the pain well.

The nurse strapped a fetal heart rate monitor around me to monitor Charlie. It felt like it weighed a million pounds and I was not happy about it having to wear it. She finally checked me and I was 7 cm. I felt validated that I was in so much pain for a reason. They immediately wheeled me down to a L&D room.

When we got to the room, they checked me again and I was 9 cm. At this point my doctor came in to double check me and confirmed I was at a 9 and told us it wouldn't be long. 

I'm not sure how long it took me to get that last cm, but it wasn't long. Mentally, I wasn't ready to push. I was expecting a marathon, this was a sprint! The nurse had me start pushing and tried to make me push 3 times for 10 seconds per contraction. I was already exhausted from things progressing so quickly and since I could feel each contraction, I could feel when I needed to push. There were some times when I only pushed twice per contraction. I also took a break because I needed to. I wasn't just battling the contractions, I was battling myself not being mentally ready.I kept saying, "I can't do this." Brandon was reassuring me that I could do it and I was doing it while this was happening. Once the doctor and Brandon told me they could see lots of hair, it gave me the motivation to stop doubting myself and just do it. I was ready to meet our son.

I hope I'll always remember the feeling of our precious Charlie in my arms for the first time. I can't even describe how his skin felt, but it was wonderful. 

A few minutes after I had Charlie in my arms, I told Brandon that we better call mom. We hadn't ever given her an update after I called to tell her my water broke. We also needed them to bring us a cooler because we had Susan encapsulate my placenta and forgot a cooler. (If you have questions about this, I'd love to discuss it with you. I'm so happy we did this). Right before we moved to our postpartum room Brandon went and moved the car from the drop off. There was no time to move it before and we didn't even end up bringing our labor bag inside.

I had a less than stellar L&D nurse, but I didn't want those details to overshadow the incredible experience of giving birth to Charlie. Overall, I'm so happy with how our labor turned out that a non-supportive nurse doesn't overshadow that joy. Our son is here, he's healthy, and we are so in love. 

After Charlie's first bath. We wanted to wait a little longer to give him his first bath, but in order for him to have him circumcised, the hospital required him to be bathed.

This is a newborn size gown and it was huge on him.

Finally ready to take our tiny prince home:


37 Weeks

Monday, June 13, 2016

Back at 32 weeks

37 weeks + 1 day

How far along:  37 weeks + 1 day

Baby's Size: A wintermelon or head of romaine lettuce! Baby boy is 19-22 inches and weighs about 6.5 lbs.

Wedding Rings (on or off): They're still on! I actually cannot believe it. I most definitely cannot even wear my wedding band when we go on a walk, but I can wear them to work and anything where we're not predominantly outside.

Workouts: Doing SO much better at this! We're getting in numerous hour long walks at night per week and I've also been doing some other stretches. I really think this is why I've been feeling so good.

Nursery: Getting soooo close! All we need is the crib skirt and to make the cornice board! Brandon repainted the mirror this weekend (and did a green accent color to match the mats of the Pooh prints) and we hung it last night!
Maternity Clothes: Making due with what I have. I did buy the dress above last week at Target, but it's not maternity and was only $19.99. Brandon's t-shirts are lifesavers as are my norts rolled down below the bump. Also very grateful that work is being lenient with me on our dress code and letting me wear white jeans during the week!

Sleep: It really depends on the night. I'm getting up to pee at least 3 times a night, but other than that, sleep is as good as one can expect at this point. 

Best Moment: Meeting baby Oliver and learning his name! We are so thrilled for some of our best friends and their precious son. Marion did such an incredible job growing that sweet boy and I can't wait for him and Charlie to be best friends from the start.
Movement: Pretty consistently. It's still the most miraculous thing every time it happens. He's definitely rolling/stretching more than actual kicks at this point. I love just watching my belly and seeing him roll around. Getting so excited to see him move in our arms!

Food Cravings: Fruit, chocolate, and cereal. I could pretty much live on those three food groups but since they all have lots of sugar and no protein, I'm obviously not doing that.

Symptoms: The acid reflux has gotten better. I'm having some slight swelling and am starting to slow down, but I've been very fortunate with how smoothly this half of pregnancy has been. Nesting is also kicking into full gear and I'm feeling the need to clean out and organize everything. We did a pretty major clean this weekend and I'm feel like we're in a really good place with the house. Now we just need to get our hospital bags packed and we'll be ready to go!

Baby Goodies Acquired: We're pretty set at this point! People have poured out so much love over us this entire pregnancy and we are truly humbled by their generosity.

And a picture of our favorite pup just because he's just so cute. He always does this leg stretch when he gets off of chairs. We have set some boundaries with him and don't let him on the sofa and he's doing great with it. The only time he really didn't want to listen to this rule was when I was napping on the sofa and he just wanted to cuddle.

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