Tuesday, December 30

COLIC STRIKES

Yup! Mr. Ace's 1AM-4AM nightly routine freak-outs have been diagnosed as Colic.

What is Colic? Inconsolable fussiness/ crying/ screaming... it can be related to gas, it's mostly him freaking out & fussing soo much that he wears himself out and the exhaustion is so extreme he can't fall asleep so he just continues to wail his scream face off.

Colic (as defined by my doctor) means after a while even the most loving parent will lose their shit & need someone ANYONE else to take the baby.

I have been awake since yesterday. I never went to sleep. My parents came over & he started up at like 5.... in the afternoon (yeah that's abnormally early)... I took a 2 hour nap. that's all folks. Apparently Colic is extremely common in the first born male & it comes on usually around 3 weeks of age (He'll be 3 weeks Thursday)... It can last normally around 3 weeks. It has been going on for approximately 4-5 days or shall I say nights... So! 2.3 weeks left of madness ****cross your fingers***.

Ace's colic seems to be a double whammy version. He's developed into having 1 freak out around 7/8-ish. This eventually can be consoled into a nap that he takes until 10:30/11PM, then he wakes up and eats and goes back down for a small amount of time. After that it's eyes wide open! He will eventually calm down and will need to be held while he lightly slumbers. It's sad that one of his cutest times as a baby will be spent with me pulling my hair out. He's still super adorable & he's angelic during the day.

Right now he's enjoying his rainforest chair. OOOPs no longer enjoying....

that's all folks- mommy blog time is up!

hope all is well perhaps 3 more weeks 'til next update!! :(

Monday, December 22

Sleeping Babies


Ace has been an interesting sleeper. Joe & I are conducting sleep experiments, meaning keep baby awake... cluster feed baby before bed, let him sleep all the time and don't leave the apartment. Lock our doors and don't let anyone in....

So far: letting him be at peace and shutting out all of our wonderfully supportive friends from visiting has been the only thing that has worked. Apparently my Mr. Baby gets overstimulated by all the commotion of the outside world (be it going out to dinner, going to Lowe's... or having a trip to the grocery store) and also by tons of loud chit chatter and hand offs/snuggles & lovin'.

He is up all night if we keep him in company of many others during the day. If we chill out he wakes to sleep and be changed and is easy back to bed.

How do you live life & keep friends? You have really great understanding friends... and you leave the apartment in shifts. Only thing we can do is be patient and give him lots of love! I will say it is a challenge to have a newborn baby, but nothing unexpected. Nursing for 2 hours at 4 AM can get you to want to rip your hair out! I don't suggest trying it.

Anyhoo. My little prince is asleep and has had a fairly relaxing day so! I am crossing my fingers for a successful sleeping night.

He is the most wonderful joy in the world & I love him with my entire heart. I cannot imagine life without him in it!

Cinnamon Bear









Ace is my little cinnamon bear! The resemblance is uncanny.

Sunday, December 21

BABY LOVES LOVE!

My wonderful little baby is doing a good job at napping!

He works hard to sleep!

Other new things:

His umbilical cord fell off and went....? Somewhere! Afraid I'll find the cats chewing on it somewhere...but perhaps it'll be more like losing a sock in the dryer... it'll just never show up.

He makes cute noises and has the cutest lil' nose in the entire world.

Here's a new picture!

Check my Flickr page for MORE!

Thursday, December 18

1 WEEK OLD


At 5:48 Ace Maxwell will be 1 week old!

Sing him a happy song & he'll love you forever!!!

Monday, December 15

Slow to Update!


Hello All!

Welcome Ace Maxwell Stewart!

Born Thursday December 11th, 2008 5:48 PM. He weighed 8 pounds 13 ounces, 21 1/4" long & has beautiful red hair!

I labored for 36 hours naturally before my contractions felt strong but weren't dialating me any more than 6 centimeters. I then took an epidural, pitocin (artificial oxytocin hormone) I was hooked up to a cathedar, a uterine monitor, the baby was hooked up to a monitor (by a screw thing in the head)....!! After 4 hours of false contractions I still did not dialate, my cervix became swollen & Ace started being non-responsive to scalp stimulation. From there I was put into the OR for an emergency c-section. The epidural gave me intense shakes, I was sick as a dog & barfed my brains out. Barf which I wore in my hair until the second day of healing when I could bathe!

Joe and I shared tears of intense love & joy as we heard the first girgly cries of our sweet baby boy. He has healthy lungs!!!!!!!!! They sewed me up for another 25 minutes, Joe saw my guts!

Ace and I spent 4 nights at the hospital and are finally home! I am so happy that I had such a gifted surgeon for my OB/GYN DR. GANZ ROCKS!!!!!!

Wednesday, December 10

15 Hours In & still waiting

Hey All!

I'm contracting & still laboring at home. The contractions were consistently 40 seconds long coming every 7-10 minutes for the first 10 hours. They slowed down when I went grocery shopping with Joe at Fairway- yay yummy cheese! I attempted a nap enduring contractions every 7 minutes for 1 minute at a time. After I got up I took a bath- totally awesome! THEN! I started contracting within 4 minutes for about 50 seconds at a time with more intense pain. I decided a walk would really get stuff going so Joe and I embarked on a lovely neighborhood jaunt. I started contracting every 3 minutes waddling around and probably alarming whatever weirdos were on the street.

When I got back upstairs... things got funky. I stopped contracting intensely and went to 1 minute contraction 8 minutes apart to 2 minutes apart to a now steady 5 and a half minutes apart working my way down to under 5 with a little more intense pain.

feeling groovy! It is not abnormal to be in the early stages of labor for 18 hours. Some people go for DAYS! So! We'll see what the future of december 10th holds for us all!

Stay Tuned!

Labor Day

This is it! The moment I've been waiting for, for 40 weeks and 5 days.

Ace has decided to make his debut apparently.

I woke up at 4:30 with butt pain.... yes! My butt! Like i had a piece of glass I needed to poop out. This was followed by a 30 second contraction. I tried to go back to sleep, but it didn't work. Joe had no problem falling asleep however.

So that's it. I'm in labor it's almost 8 o'clock, and will blog maybe again later... maybe.

Please be conscious of the fact that I'm in labor, it hurts and I'm probably being bitchy. Joe and I own expensive phones I don't want to have to replace so please try not to call and text message repeatedly. Try using our emails as we both receive that on our phone without obnoxious alerts dings vibrates and whistles. Though I could turn these off I'm not going to unless I somehow actually do want to conversate... Not sure how I'm going to be feeling yet.

Monday, December 8

4 Days Past Due

And losing it.

Went to the hospital today.

I thought my water broke in J&L Video Game Store in Chinatown.

Apparently it didn't, what did dislodge itself was a lot of mucus and gooey grossness.

I was put under monitors for over an hour. I apparently am having mild contractions about every 6-7 minutes. I'm still only 1 centimeter dialated (which is super lame). The contractions have not increased in the last 5 hours making me think that I am very much not in labor. This totally blows ass.

The baby weighs an estimated 8 pounds and 13 ounces. The doctor is concerned with his size compared to the size of Joe and Me. He has ordered that I come into the hospital tomorrow morning at 9 AM after fasting from midnight tonight & take a 3 hour sugar test to see if I have developed diabetes.

I think the only thing I've developed is a healthy boy baby. I really don't want to go into the hospital again tomorrow morning. I don't want to be pregnant anymore. I want to be in severe pain and agony & labor.

I don't think that's too much to ask.

Saturday, December 6

1 Day Past Due


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Friday, December 5

Hopes


I hope that Ace is as cool as Steve Zissou.

DUE DATE


It is finally here!

DECEMBER 5th! Something is missing.......................!

He's very big and very very much still in there! We'll see what the day brings!

COME OUT ACE!

Thursday, December 4

Oh Christmas Tree




There it is! Needs a little bit more flare. The season has just begun! Can't wait to hang up stockings!!!!

Dear Ace,

Your Dad is tired of working and would like to take his paternity leave soon. Your Mom's back hurts really bad because you are so big! Your doctor is going to induce your Mommy in 10 days if you don't hurry and come out.

Not trying to harsh your mellow, but could you please come out of there? It has been fun co-existing with you for these last 40 weeks. We went to Mexico & London, we made 2 visits to see our family in Oregon, we saw your Uncle Bunny's band. You have eaten more Vietnamese cuisine than most grown white men have consumed in their life. The amount of Cocoa Pebbles (Choco-Dyno Bites), Fruit Loops, Chex, Life, Peanut Butter Chocolate Pops Cereals, & Salami Mommy sandwiches that have gotten us through the last 40 pounds... would gag any normal human being, even Rosie O'donnell. We threw Daddy a fabulous 30th birthday party (though not everyone knew you were there with us).

Your crib is set up, your clothes are washed and folded. Your stuffed animals are waiting to be your best friends! Your first outfit has been picked out and carefully arranged & re-arranged in your new diaper bag that your loving aunts and uncles clayton, frances, diana,& brett bought for you! The kitties have even been trained to not jump in your crib! Your first christmas tree has been decorated and your first christmas presents are sitting underneath it.

I would say that we are all ready for you!!!! Are you ready for us? Please let me know soon, I've been waiting a very long time to meet you!

Love,
Mommy

Wednesday, December 3

2 more days




Today is Wednesday. 2 more days.

&&&&&&&&&&&&&&& It's also my friends Frances & Clayton's 2 year anniversary! WOW!

2 is definitely the number of the day!

It's also apparently Ozzie's birthday.

Emotional Christmas


I am fighting back the tears while watching Elf. Christmas movies make me very emotional apparently. I'll be crying if I don't have this baby soon. I threw another tantrum last night around 3 am when the baby woke me up kicking me in the ribs, not exactly the type of pain I was hoping to wake up with.

Tuesday, December 2

3 days


Thought something was going on today, felt a lot of stuff..... just baby moving around I suppose.

Ran up and down the stairs doing laundry... cleaned- apparently not enough to get this kiddo in gear to come out. I swear he grew over night again. Doctor appointment tomorrow afternoon- we'll see if anything has changed.

FRIDAY I'M IN LOVE