3 month update


 Weight: 16 pounds 2 ounces

 Height: 25 inches

Sleep: Dax has been sleeping  pretty good lately. He sleeps till about 4:30 before waking up to nurse. He sometimes wakes up at 12:30ish to nurse as well, but he doesn’t do that every night. He still wakes up for the day between 6-7. 

Clothes: He is currently wearing 6-9 month clothes, with the occasional (bigger) 3-6 month outfit. 

Baby Gear loves:

Our biggest must have right now is blankets and his rabbit. Dax loves to hold onto blankets! All blankets! He also loves to put the blankets in his mouth. Dax got a stufffed bunny for Easter that he has with him every time he gets in the car seat. He will literally play with that rabbit for 30 min. Which is a long time for a 13 week old!!

Dax’s favorites: Dax still loves his bath time, maybe even more so now. Blayze got him an otteroo and to say he loves it is an understatement. OUTSIDE. This boy loves all things outside. He always has but he is even to where he wants his window down in the car! In fact sometimes he will cry until I roll his window down. Sammie. This boy loves our cat and he is just amazed with her. However he did pull her hair the other day. This freaked me out, but she just looked at him and gently meowd.  She showed no anger towards him, in fact she snuggled right up to him after that. 

Dislikes: morning naps. I’m having trouble thinking of something else to put here because he is in general such a happy baby. 

I honestly can not believe we have had 3 months with this sweet boy. Although it may be cheesy to say this… we are so blessed that God gave us you. I am so thankful for good health and all the experiences we’ve had is far. Yes, even those tough nights. I never knew love like this and let me tell you, it’s just the bees knees. 

Every day I wake up and I feel like Dax has grown into a big boy. He’s getting taller and chubbier (I didn’t think he could but he is). Dax loves to be held facing out so he can watch what’s going on. His favorite thing lately is watching birds in grandmas back yard. He is full of smiles, joy, and a sprinkle of pouty faces. He has recently move out of his arms up swaddle to his zipadee zip and from his blooming bath to the regular tub. These are all indicators that this boy is growing and it’s making this mama sad. 

Summer time is in full swing here in Texas. Which means it’s hot. Very hot. So when it’s cool in the mornings we take a ride (to get mama coffee) with the windows rolled down. He has a new found love for the windows down and wants that to happen every time he’s in the car. In the afternoon if it’s hot and we need to walk we just go to the mall! Any excuse to walk around Dillard’s for 2 1/2 hours. Right ladies?! 

Milestones:

Dax laughed for the first time where sound came out. He’s only done this a few times. He tries to laugh so hard I have a feeling it will be here before we know it. Also his hair is REALLY starting to come back in. His hair appears to be red and I am loving it. Dax is also dangerously close to rolling over. He’s rolled over once before but I am pretty confident it was not on purpose. He is consciously trying to roll over. Dax also went on his first swim. His aunt hay hay took him in the pool and he did not like it (see video below) but daddy got in with him and he tolerated it. He has also taken his first bath in the big boy bathtub! Blayze got him an otteroo and he loved it. 

Also here is the video of the sneeze I was talking about in last months post. This is not one of the best ones but it’s better than nothing. 


Here are his sweet 3 month pictures:

*disclaimer: there will be a lot of pictures to follow*




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Crawfish+birthdays+family

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All of those things make for the perfect weekend. Dax got to meet his great Mamo and great aunt Kristi for the first time this weekend! He also got to see all his favorite people (minus his lolly) this weekend. We spent our Saturday morning with pops since it was his birthday. It was a perfect rainy Saturday morning. Rainy weather calls for naps. Right?!


So that’s exactly what Dax and daddy did (and sammie). Nap. While I did not nap myself I did get some things around the house done!

Fast forward to Saturday evening. Dax’s papa was playing and singing at a crawfish boil at a local restaurant. We went and Dax slept through the first 45 minuets. It was loud there and he slept right through the noise! We ate crawfish until our bellies were stuffed.

Sunday was just a continuance of the perfect weekend. We tried a new church that is downtown (The Well). Then made our way to gmom and pops house to celebrate pops birthday with the whole family. We literally were surrounded by family all weekend. I can not think of a better way to spend the weekend. Short blog post, but this would have made for an extremely long Facebook post.

Now for the photo dump from the weekend:

 

2 month update


 Weight: 15 pounds 2 ounces
Height: 24 1/2 inches
Sleep: Dax has started to sleep until 2:30 ish until he wakes up to nurse. He then sleeps until about 5 before he nurses again and sleeps until 6:30 which is when he wakes up for the day.  *however last night this was not the case…*
Clothes: He is currently wearing 3-6 month clothes still. They are starting to get tight though! Some of them he can’t wear anymore! I honestly wake up every day and think he looks so much bigger than the day before. 
Baby Gear loves:
Our biggest must have right now is the moby wrap and advent pacis. The moby wrap has made my life easier! I just wrap him up and wear him around the house! The other day he helped me cook.. ok really he napped while I cooked.. I even got to eat before he woke up. As for the pacis, I wanted so bad for him to take a different kind of paci, but nope he has a mind of his own. (Wonder where he gets that from…) Even with these pacis he doesn’t just want it all the time but he has gotten better about taking one everyday!  Also his mamaroo has been great lately. Yesterday I put him in and turned it on and he slept long enough for momma to get a good workout in! 

Dax’s favorites: BATH TIME. This boy loves his bath. He can be screaming and as soon as you turn on the water for his bath he instantly stops. He also has discovered himself in the mirror and he thinks that’s pretty funny (see video below). Dax is also fond of car rides, trips to academy, and snuggles with anyone who will give them. Dax also loves for people to sing to him, I don’t even sound close to good but he doesn’t seem to mind. 

Dislikes: he still fights sleep like nobodies business. Dax also can not stand hats. Every single time I try to put one on him he cries, you would think his world is ending. He also still dislikes bath time ending, and not being able to be outside 24/7. 
Dax has grown so much over the last month I just can’t believe it. I love getting to watch him grow but I also miss him being so little. I know he’s still little but I’m trying to enjoy every day (even the fussy and hard ones). Dax’s hair is starting to grow back and it’s still red! It looks really red when you get him out in the sun. I hope his hair stays red because it’s just so cute. His sweet personality is starting to show and I just can’t take the squealing noise he occasionally makes when he tries to laugh. However the one thing I haven’t gotten on video that I hope I never forget is the noise he makes when he sneezes. He yells really loud right before he sneezes and it’s just the cutest! He also has started to laugh and let’s just say that it’s the sweetest sound I’ve ever heard. 

I also had to return to work two weeks ago and leave him with some family members. I thought that would be the hardest thing ever and it wasn’t as bad as I anticipated. He was 7 weeks and he loved staying with his aunts and grandmas. Now summer is starting and I get to stay home with him again! 

1 Month Update

 
Weight: 12 pounds 4 ounces

Height: 23 inches

Sleep: Dax will usually sleep for 6 hours, wake up to eat, then sleep another 4 hours! This just started about a week and a half ago, and let me just say it is glorious! 

Clothes: He is currently wearing 3-6 month clothes! How is that possible my little 1 month old baby is wearing 3-6 month clothes?! He’s a big boy, but we already knew that from the get go!

Baby Gear loves:

Our biggest must have right now is his arms up swaddle! Dax did not like the convintional swaddling method. He could always find his way out of them, even the ones where he was all velcroed in. He would get his arms out and flail them around, waking himself up. When we would even try to swaddle him he would just cry! We went to our local kids store (Lite Giant Kidz) and got the Love to Dream arms up swaddle. He can sleep now without constantly waking himself up! It’s magical. 


Dax also looks pretty cute in these swaddles!

Milestones/Firsts: on Tuesday (4/25/17) Dax started smiling. He smiled a lot that day and has occasionally done it since! He used to smile when he has gas only but these smiles lately are intentional! It’s just the sweetest!

Likes: EATING (a lot!), cuddling momma and daddy, being outside, bath time is his absolute favorite (he would stay in the bath all night if we would let him), car rides, sleeping with his arms up

Dislikes: getting out of the bath (he cries every single time like it’s the worst possible thing we could have done to him), going to sleep (once he’s asleep he is fine but he fights sleep like there is no tomorrow), 

Things I Don’t Want to forget:

  • Dax makes the sweetest faces and has such a big personality already! This is my favorite face so far and he makes it all the time:
  • In the middle of the night feeding are bittersweet. I would love to be asleep, however when he’s looking at me with his big eyes and so happy I feel like my heart might literally explode. Some of my favorite moments have been during these feedings! 
  • I also hope I never forget his litttle noises he makes so here is a few videos of my favorite noises:​​​
  • Dax loves to sleep with his arms up even when he’s not in his swaddle I mentioned before and it’s just the cutest:

Now for the photo dump:

    Life as I know it with a newborn

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    Holy moly. Life with a newborn is so crazy different than I was expecting! It is by far the most fun season of my life, but also the most challenging. I would not trade these sleepless nights, for life without this precious gift I have been given. However do not get me wrong I do miss my sleep.. The one thing I was not expecting about life with a newborn can be summed up into one word: HORMONES. Seriously the hormones have taken me by surprise. I was very emotional while pregnant and I could not wait for that to go away. I was tired of crying for no reason, getting upset with people for no reason, or in general just feeling sad. Well guess what..its all still happening. It may even be a bit worse due to the fact I was not getting any sleep! The first 2 weeks were definitely the hardest. Dax needed to wake up every 3-4 hours to eat, and lets be honest he was wanting to eat every 1-2 hours! During that first week home Dax decided that he did not want to eat anymore. Previous to this he had been breastfeeding like a champ. He went one day and one night with eating very little. Luckily the next day we had an appointment at the lactation consultant at Hendricks. The day of our appointment was my worst day yet. The thoughts of ” I’m good enough”, “why can’t I just feed him and everything work like it is supposed to”, “am I a bad mom”, Is this my fault”, all creeped into my head and took completely over. We went to the appointment at 1 o’ clock that afternoon and they weighed him, he had lost over 1 whole pound since he was born and that was more than they wanted. This made me even more upset. They watched him eat, ad she decided that we should try to use shields to help him while he eats. She reassured me that this in no way was my fault (this was little consolation) and that she believed that he would start feeding like he should. We left the office and on the way home I cried for literally the 30th time that day. So thankful to have a husband who did not tell me I was crazy and who instead did anything to comfort me. Once we were home we proceeded to use all the different tips and techniques we had learned earlier that day during each feeding. By the next day he was eating like a champ all over again! Not even a week later we had already gotten to ditch the shields! This was so exciting for me because it was one less thing I had to make sure was always packed in the diaper bag wherever we went!

    The second week was a little easier, however still its own new kind of hard. Blayzes had to go back to work, but my mom had taken off and spent the whole week with me. Dax had his first doctor appointment on that Monday and to say I was nervous was an understatement. The first thing they did was weigh him and when I saw that scale my heart jumped for joy! He had gained weight back! We were officially back on track. Everything else looked good and we went by Starbucks on the way home to celebrate a good report. We then finished up his new born picture session and spent the rest of the week resting, eating (him and me both), and enjoying time with g-mom while we could!

    The 3rd week was even easier (still challenging but a little easier) because we were starting to get into a routine! I love routine, and turns out so does he! I was flying solo this week with my husband back working and my mom also working again. I made it and both of us ended the week alive and healthy! Aunt Steph made a lot of appearances to check on us, as well as other family that we are so thankful for! I am so excited that we have made it this far, but also sad because even though he is still little he is growing like a weed. Seriously why can they not stay little forever!

    Photo dump{BWEARE IT WILL BE ALOT OF PICTURES}:

    (HIS NEWBORN PICTURES WERE TAKEN BY OUR SWEET FRIEND KELSEY AYCOCK AT COPPER AND PEARL PHOTOGRAPHY)

    Pictured above is the first time daddy got peed on…

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    First time getting to meet his fur sister Emma 

    Dax’s first Easter at grandmas house

    Dax got to finally meet his Ma

    His first bath- couldn’t take a real one because his cod was not totally out yet

    Meeting his cousins 


      

    Dax’s birth story (part 2)

    After spending an hour skin to skin it was time for our new addition to get weighed and all that good stuff. To say that he was un happy about having all that done is an understatement. They weighed him: 8 pounds 10 ounces. They measured him to be 21.25 inches. They did the apgar test and he received a 9.9 out of 10! He was so happy when they finished with him and got him all wrapped up! Honestly everything from then until I was moved to mother care is a blur. When it was time to move Blayze pushed our sweet boy and I was wheeled in a wheel chair to where we would then spend the next 24 hours. Once we go to mother care the beds were a lot more comfortable, the room slightly smaller, but the nurses were equally amazing. Once we got to mother care I started to come out of being in shock from just having a baby, and coming back into the real world. Having a baby definitely sent me into a little bit of shock. I mean how could it not?

    We had visitors coming by, and let me tell you that is exhausting! We settled down into our room and the swing of things in mother care. My pain was not out of this world, like i thought it would be, the nurses made sure I was comfortable.  People kept telling me to try to get some rest, but that’s hard when you have the cutest little thing you’ve ever seen sleeping next to you. Not to mention people coming in to check on you all hours of the night. (Which do not get me wrong I am thankful for that!) We woke up the next morning and Dax was taken off to see his pediatrician for the first time. While he was gone my doctor came by to check up on me as well. By this time Dax was feeding like a champ on the left side, but not so much on the right side. We got the ok to go home, however I was not sure if I was ready to go home or not. I wanted to be able to sleep in my own bed, but I was terrified to take this precious little boy home and out of the place that seemed so safe. I decided I wanted to meet with the lactation consultants before we made the call to go home or not. We met with the consultants and they gave us some good tips and Dax fed like a champ on the right side for literally at least an hour! I was so impressed! We decided that we would go home, a storm was coming and we wanted to get home before it hit. We got out just in time, and were on our way home to be the parents to our sweet boy. All on our own. (Terrifying, I know.)

    Pictures from Dax’s birthday and the following day:

     

    Dax’s birth story (part 1)

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    Monday March 27, 2017 at 11:20 am Dax Michael Walker came into this big word.

    Leading up to this day was what felt like forever. We had tried all of the naturals ways of inducing labor (including: bouncing on a ball, drinking some herbal tea, diffusing essential oils, lots of walking) with no prevail. On the Sunday before he was born I spent my day bouncing on a ball and doing some yoga that was supposed to help induce labor. However after a couple of hours doing these off and on I decided I was too tired and chose to do some relaxing stuff instead. I put on my favorite face mask, followed with a shower, and a 3 hour nap. Boy was that nap glorious, and little did I know much needed for the events that were about to take place. My husband decided that if I slept any longer I would be up all night so he proceeded to wake me up. After waking up I got out of bed and thats when it happened. My water broke. At first I was in a little bit of denial, like this can’t be really happening!  However it was definitely my water. I was so hungry at this point and decided I would make a sandwich before making our way to the hospital. (I know what your thinking.. why did she not rush to the hospital right away.. well once you are there they won’t feed you until after the baby comes! I knew that could be a while and lets face it I was 9 months pregnant and hungry.) As soon as I finished my sandwich we were on our way to the hospital. By this point we had gone to the hospital a couple of times and in the back of my head I still felt like we would get there and they would send us home. This was not the case. We got there, they checked and immediately knew my water was broken and admitted me. This was when panic hit me. This is real, I am about to have a baby, our son we have waited and longed for is about to be here. I guess Blayze could read my face and he instantly went into comforting and encouraging mode. I honestly do not think I could have done this without him. They decided that they would start me on Pitocin at 4 the next morning (his actual due date, the 27th) if I did not have him by then. They moved me to a real room, and the waiting continued.

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     4 am came around and the Pitocin began. Up until this point I had contractions, however after my water broke they seemed to stop. I was still dilating however I was not having crazy contractions. BUT that changed really quick with that Pitocin. 30 minutes after the process getting started I asked for the epidural. It took a while for them to give it to me and with each contraction without the epidural I thought to myself “if I have one more contraction before I get that medicine I am going to die”. I know that is really dramatic, but that’s exactly how I felt at that time. I finally got my epidural and just like that I felt like a new woman. After a few hours and laying with a “peanut ball” between my legs for a while I became so cold I could not stop shaking. I was ready to push, however I never really felt that urge that everyone talks about. The nurses came in to check me and she was like its time. Everyone left the room except my husband, sister in law and my mom. After almost 2 hours of pushing and he was crowning and they called the doctor in. When my doctor came in a whole team of nurses followed. That was a little overwhelming. However at that point I did not care, I just wanted to be done. The doctor came in and I pushed for a while, and just like that our boy was in this big world. Hearing Dax cry for the first time was very overwhelming. That is one feeling that I can not explain. Getting to hold him for the first time, and spend the next hour skin to skin was the best moments of my life this far.

    Photo dump to follow:

    39 weeks


    39 weeks. WHAT. Monday will be 39 weeks.  Seriously can not believe that we are this close to having our sweet babe here with us! This picture is from 37 weeks and that was the last time we get to see this boys face until we are holding him! All this time he has been measuring HUGE. Which was scary and possibly going to cause complications or a c section. However at 37 weeks his growth has plateaued. He was in the 94th percentile and went down to the 70th percentile. This was such good news. They have not mentioned a c section anymore because he is not as big as they were predicting him to be, which makes this (scared) first time momma very happy. This past week has been spring break for me and the rest has been very much needed! I will be going back to work on Monday if Dax has not made his big arrival by then. I am wondering is going back to work will accelerate things. However if there is one thing I do know is that he’s not on my time, my husband time, or even his own time, we are all in Gods time. Dax will come when he’s done baking and God is ready for him to be here. I’m also convinced that Sammie knows something we don’t know. She has been exceptionally attached to momma and newly obsessed with laying in my chest and belly. 

    We have also been so blessed with the outpouring of love for Dax from all our friends at our showers! {shower pictures below} We are so thankful for all the people who have been so helpful during this pregnancy! I am hopeful that I will have no need to make a 40 week update because I already feel like I’ve been pregnant for 400 weeks. I am at the point where no clothes are comfy except maxi dresses and t-shirt dresses. There is only one word to describe my feet: swollen. They were worried about my swelling however my blood pressure has been good, so that is a relif. 

    Now for the photo dump:

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    {picture was at 37 weeks}

    31 weeks


    That’s right we only have maybe 9 more weeks until we finally get to hold our little one! We are so very excited! At 31 weeks he is already head down and moving around like crazy. He has started to wake me up at nights moving! At the beginning of this pregnancy I thought he wasn’t very active but boy was I wrong. He is measuring big so we are thinking he might not make it till his due date. At 30 weeks he weighed (an estimated) 4 lbs 13 oz! That’s almost 5 lbs. He’s huge. He is still very healthy though! They don’t seem to have any concerns with him other than he’s big but that’s alright! They are concerned that my glucose test did not come back accurately so in about a week we go back to the specialist (for the fourth time) to see if he is still measuring big. Which I have no doubt he will be, and if he is we have to re take the glucose test. They say that sometimes big babies means gestational diabetes. We are hoping that since his daddy was a big baby that it is nothing more than he’s a big boy. 

    His room is almost complete and the season of showers is about to begin. It is really starting to sink in that in a few short weeks we will actually be a momma and daddy! This is such an amazing and crazy journey but it has been so much fun! We also recently got our maternity pictures back:


    (More to follow in the photo dump at the end!)

    We have been so busy and I believed that after the holidays were over it would slow down. I was wrong. My mom finally got Dax’s room for her house complete, we’ve had doctors appointments, finishing up registeries, getting ready for showers, maternity pictures, etc. However this kind of busy has been a fun kind of busy! It was so much fun to finally put clothes on the registery and try to imagine what he will look like in them! I know that life with a baby doesn’t slow down but I am hoping that time will! 

    CAN’T WAIT FOR THIS LITTLE COWBOY TO GET HERE!

    Photo dump: 

    *special thanks to copper and pearl for the amazing maternity pictures*


    The most wonderful time of the year


    Christmas 2016 has come and gone and to say it was good to us is an understatement! The gifts we received were great, however having our sweet boy be showered with gifts and he isn’t even here yet was even better. He is so loved by so many and it amazes me how much love for this little one there is! He will just never know how much we all love him! Christmas was at our house for the first time this year. It was a blast. We had some amazing food and plenty of laughs and fun! Christmas defeniantly wore me out this year! I slept for 12 hours Christmas Day night! 

    On the 26th I woke up to baby boy kicking like there was no tomorrow! I saw him kick so hard it moved my stomach and I even got it on video…


    I could not believe that he kicked so hard I could see it and much less that he did it on camera! We are now at 27 weeks and still felling great! Dax’s nursery is now totally done except having a dresser. We have also taken out maternity pictures! The shoot went great and I can not wait to get them back! I am so thankful for such sweet and talented friends who were willing to take our pictures! I will for sure be sharing those when I get them! 

    Here is the remaining photos from Christmas holidays (I didn’t get much):