Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Oh the adventures!!!!

Well, as you have noticed, I haven't posted in literally one month!!!! As you can all imagine, it has been a little hectic adjusting to a new baby, but boy has it been an amazing and joyous month! Here is a recap:

We arrived home from the hospital on August 16th, and Noah loved the ride home. He looked like such a cool guy pimping his "Buggy" as his Auntie (Sharah) calls his carseat. (Here he is at 2 days old!)

My amazing amazing amazing (I really could say that a million times over) mom so graciously stayed with us for three weeks (no, not three days, three WEEKS!!!) Oh the fun we had! We laughed and cried, took turns taking baby duty and altogether had an irreplaceable chance to make such great memories. Here is how it went:

•Noah was sleeping the first few nights, then we had to troubleshoot his gaseous problems. We tried Mylicon and three different Gripe Waters, one of which turned his nice orange poop to black and full of debris. We settled on Colic Ease, which has done wonders! After about a week of nights with me crying over my poor precious baby boy, we got somewhat of a system going.

• Breastfeeding has been great, other than squirting all over Noah and me several times, it really is like witnessing Old Faithful (which I have actually been to!).

• Noah, poor thing, decided he would go through a week or so of projectile vomiting, I am talking out of mouth and both nostrils. That phase is over, thank goodness, for Laundry's sake!! We would both have to change into new clothing!!

• We ventured out that first week to Babies R Us for our first outing, and Noah did amazing and slept the whole time.

• My dad came into town, and we of course, made it out to Cagle's Steakhouse . . . my dad's favorite. And, GET THIS, my dad bought us nearly 600 diapers!!! We are set for life - well almost!

• So, then for our Newborn Photo shoot with our amazing photographer Shan Ingram (www.shanrenee.com) . . . Outfits for the boys were EASY, umm, but what about me? 12 days after having a baby equals impossible to find outfits that are photo worthy on this majorly stretched out belly!! BUT, lo and behold, I found great outfits. Forever 21 has great stuff that is a little loose to cover postpartum bellies. Our photos turned out to be AMAZING! Yippee.

• So, as I had one second to sneak away all by myself to find those outfits, I am in the fitting room at Forever 21, and I get a call from my mom (still in Lubbock), and this is how it went, "Shanda, your mommy fell, and I am at the dadada Office Building", me: "Oh my gosh . . . I am leaving right now" . . . As I literally ran out of the mall (barely even able to walk in slow speed from the Labor). Zoom zoom, I thought she was seriously injured and she already has a bad back. She scraped her knees badly but God completely protected her back!!!

• Mom cooked, cleaned (I mean really cleaned, and it hasn't been really cleaned like that since) did probably 200 loads of laundry, folded probably 2,000 items, and of course melted over "Baby Noah" as she calls him. Boy, Gran (her name for Noah) made life easy. All good things must come to an end, and it was a sad sad day when she left.
• My Grandpa came into town and bought Noah a bunch of Dallas Cowboys garb, of which Nathan was over thrilled about NOT!! It was funny!

• We went back to church when Noah was 2 weeks old, thank goodness for the Cry Room!

• Alex, my mom's husband, came into town, and he and Noah watched football (you see, Alex played college football for Wake Forest and NFL football for the Seattle Seahawks). Then he stole my mom back!!!! There were definite tears.

• SO, mom leaves, then it is just Nathan and me for the weekend, and then Nathan goes OUT OF TOWN that Wednesday for 4 days!!!! Not only did my mom just leave, but then my husband leaves 3 days later!!!!! Well, we did GREAT, although I was very nervous about it at first.

• Last weekend, Nathan's mommy and Doug came, and we had a great time with them!

• I think things are balancing out now . . . I have been working for 2.5 weeks, and it is even difficult to get the towel off of my head to dry my hair, if I am even so lucky to do that!!

• SO, Nathan and I go to church, to lunch, and then Target. Well, I unbuckled Noah in his carseat while we were in Target and of course covered him up. So, I put his car seat in the car . . la dee da... Nathan is driving and Noah starts fussing, and Nathan says, "Something doesn't feel right, did you buckle him up?" UHHHHHHH . . . PULL OVER RIGHT NOW, NO I DIDN'T!!!! Ok, so not only was my son in his car seat not buckled, but we had driven on the Loop AND truly Nathan had to swerve on Indiana into another lane to avoid being hit by the inches. And Noah was unbuckled. Thank you Jesus for watching over us!!

• One more story . . . Noah and I had to run errands yesterday for my work and stop by Babies R Us. We get to Babies R Us, I get his stroller out, put his car seat in it, and in to the store we happily go. La dee da . . . 35 minutes later we are done, and I get Noah in the car, stroller put up, walk around to the driver's side, and THE DOOR WAS LEFT COMPLETELY OPEN!!!!!!!! Oh goodness, I titled this entry with the word adventures for a good reason huh?!!

Overall, Noah is an UNBELIVABLE, and I mean that, baby. He is such a calm spirit and so content, but he is definitely a passionate fellow and knows what he wants. He talks all the time, it is so cute when he babbles through his pacifier!! He is sleeping anywhere from 4-7 hours at night, and he is eating very well. Chubby cheeks are proof of that! He is so handsome, and such a cuddle bug. I love him more than words could ever describe, and I am honored to be his mommy.

We are so beyond grateful for the amazing support we have and all the help offered!! Our church friends made dinners for us for several nights, and much more! I will be posting regularly now! Much love to all.


:: shanda hasse :: said...

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Anonymous said...

He is too adorable, I cannot wait to meet my new great nephew! God has truely Blessed you & Nathaniel, not only with eachother but with a wonderfully beautiful baby boy! Praise be to God.

I love your blog, what a great invention, ha. Keep writing and sending us the updates, we will hopefully get out there soon.

Love you all, Aunt Deaun

Kristin said...

Shanda...so happy to hear about your adventures in motherhood! Sounds like little Noah is a treasure! Just wait...the adventures don't stop...Brennan makes us laugh everyday (and cry somedays, too!!!). You've got me all excited for little Kaleigh Rose to arrive...12 more weeks...she and Noah will have to meet someday! :) Take care and hope you're getting some sleep! ha ha ha!

Audrey said...

I have been clicking every so often to see if you have updates on your blog. I'm glad you finally updated!! It sounds like life has been crazy busy around there, but it sounds like you are finally settling into a routine..and working again? Well, I will continue to keep ya'll in my prayers, and can't wait to see more pictures. The family pics are adorable. :) Nicely done too! We just got done "hunkering down" for Hurricane Ike that came through Houston!! We were out of power for 4 days! So my mom & I stayed at my boyfriend's parents house, where they had A/C, water pressure, etc. Anyways, 1.5 million people are still out of power/electricity, etc. so be praying for them. Later chica~ Take care!! You sound like you are a wonderful mommy!!

JennHolmes said...

Shandi Pants, I'm so glad you finally had a chance to blog. I was so tired of pulling up your blog and seeing my face. I wanted to see more of Noah!!! Thanks for sharing all your stories about what's been going on lately. I'll call you soon and we can go to lunch. Love you girl :)

Ali Shaw said...

Awww you guys are such a precious family! I love it...

I miss you and hope to see you soon!

Love you, Ali

slcrum7788 said...

Thank you Lord for our guardian angels!!! I love you all very much, your auntie sheryl

Jana said...

your pictures are just adorable. in that first picture, noah looks so much like nathan.

Anonymous said...

Noah is truly loved by very many people. I appreciate you sharing him with us! Sure do want to hold him more, though. Love you, too, of course!