Thursday, October 18, 2012

Nursery Feature

Thanks for all of your sweet comments about how I chose to decorate Max's nursery.  Once I finally got around to posting our nursery pictures, Jan from Unique Baby Gear sent me a comment on my blog post asking if she could feature it on her website.  Click here to see her article.  

So, this is where I need your help--friends, family, and bloggy friends!  Go to this website, and leave a comment on the page featuring our nursery.  Each comment counts as a vote, and the winner of the contest wins a cash prize.  Who doesn't want a little extra cash?!  Thanks for helping us out!

And, just because a post wouldn't be complete without a's a cute little guy to make your night!

It's OK Thursday!

I'm linking up with Neely over at A Complete Waste of Makeup today for "It's Ok Thursday".  What's OK with you today??  Here are my thoughts...

IT'S OK...

That I can't remember what day it is---ever.  Days, Nights...they all blend together these days.

That I've started the same load of laundry 3 times over the past 3 days, because I keep forgetting to finish it.

That I watched every episode of "Honey Boo Boo" ONDemand in one sitting this week.  It is a train-wreck and it is impossible to look away.

That I'm already planning Max's Thanksgiving and Christmas outfits--These are his first holidays.  He has to look good!

To be sitting here working on this blog post when I have a million other things I should be doing instead--like that load of laundry I mentioned.

To sit and stare at my little man Max all day long--because I can, and because he will only be this tiny once.

That I have only been able to stay awake through 5 minutes of each of the Presidential debates.  

That I have taken THOUSANDS of pictures of Max in the past month--I can't believe that he's already a month old tomorrow.

That I have only made dinner twice (I think) since Max was born.  Don't judge...

That I am LONG overdue for a pedicure.  Good thing flip-flop season is over.

That I do way too much online "window shopping" on discount websites like Totsy, BabySteals, and Zulily.  I have shopping carts filled up all over the internet.  Hey--I don't always follow through and purchase them!

What's OK with you today??

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Happy Fall Ya'll!

Apple picking is one of my favorite activities to do in the fall.  We always pick WAY too many apples, and then I have to get creative with how to use all of them before they spoil.  With our big bushel of apples, I made several batches of applesauce, apple crisp, apples with peanut butter, baked name it, and we probably had it.  This year was extra fun, because my in-laws and Joe's cousin LuAnn were visiting at the time.  Below are some pictures from our trip to Melick's apple orchard.  This is such a fun place to go with kids, and I'm excited for future years when Max is a little older to enjoy the other fun activities at the orchard.  This year, he enjoyed it from the cozy warmth of his MobyWrap (more on this in a later post about our favorite baby items).  He LOVES the MobyWrap when he is sleepy, and I love having him cuddled up so close to me.  Enjoy these pictures!

We found an apple just his size!

I spy the cutest little apple in the orchard!

One of our first good family pics... LOVE. 

Thursday, October 11, 2012

The Louds Visit Max in New Jersey

First, let me say that I did not give JB's family the nickname, "The Louds".  They gave it to themselves.  Why?  Because they are a loud, Italian family where everyone talks at the same time, jumping in between several conversations at one time.  And I love them.  That's who they are--the Louds.  :-) 

On September 28th, JB's parents, Mark and Linda, his cousin LuAnn, his brother Michael, and Michael's girlfriend Michelle made the drive to New Jersey to meet and spend the weekend with Max.  We had a great weekend hanging out at home, making our first visit to a restaurant, and picking apples at the apple orchard during their visit.  I'm pretty sure that their favorite part was loving on Max.  I know it's hard for them being so far away, but we promise to keep sending our daily photo/video updates and Skype often.  Here are some pictures from their visit--I'm doing a separate post about our apple orchard trip, because it will be a big photo dump.  :-)

Yay - Grandma and Bup are finally here to meet Max!

Bup can't get enough of cute!

So glad LuAnn came to visit too! 

Uncle Mike---Max gets his middle name from both Uncle Mike and Pops (my dad)

Michelle and Max

This onesie says:  Grandma's My Best Friend

There's Grandma---with her coffee cup close by!  :-)

He loves his hands by his face.

Grandma brought this pumpkin just for Max!
Can't wait to see you soon Dustin family!

Max Meets the Pahuta Family

Lulu and Pops
Aunt Andrea...and Uncle Matt was here too!


Oma and her first great-grandchild


Aunt Molly

Uncle Nick
Uncle Tim


Welcome to the World, Max!

On September 19th, 2012, my life changed forever.  No matter how many people tell you that having a child changes your life, you never truly understand it until you experience it yourself.  Although I've been soaking up every second I get to spend with our little Max, I wanted to take time to document his entrance into the world, because I don't ever want to forget every detail and what a miracle it was.  So, here's his story!

On Tuesday, September 18th I was having mild contractions on and off throughout the day.  The day before, I'd had a "false alarm" and thought that my water had broken.  But, the doctor sent me back home saying it wasn't quite time yet.  She predicted that I would go into labor that week, but couldn't make any guarantees.  So, on Tuesday night around 11:00 pm, I was woken up by stronger contractions and what I once again thought was my water breaking.  The contractions were uncomfortable, but not painful.  I told JB that I thought it might be "for real" this time.  I tried to fall back asleep, but every time I would drift off, another contraction would come.  At 1:00 am, the contractions were coming every four minutes and I decided to call my doctor.  She suggested I continue to labor at home until it was really painful and then told me to meet her at the hospital.  So I took a shower, did my hair and makeup, and then stayed up all night. That makes perfect sense, right?!  I watched a few movies on HBO while JB slept on the couch next to me.  Around 6:30 am, I nudged him awake and told him I thought it was time to go.  Knowing that I wouldn't be allowed to eat anything once I was admitted, I made him stop to get me a bagel on the way to the hospital.  Who stops for food on the way to the hospital while in labor??  This girl right here.  It's a good thing I did too, because I wasn't allowed to have anything--not even ice chips (although one of my nurses snuck me a few).

When we got to the hospital, we waited in the maternity triage room to meet with my doctor.  She got to the hospital around 9:30, and she determined that part of my bag of water had in fact broken.  She went ahead and broke the rest of the bag and told us we were going to have a baby that day!  Because my water had broken at 11:00 the night before, she wanted to speed up the labor process to avoid any type of infection from happening.  She told me I could "walk the halls" for a half hour, and then she would be putting me on pitocin to speed up the labor process.  When the pitocin drip was started, I had to be put on the fetal heartrate monitor to ensure that the medication wasn't affecting the baby's heartrate.  This also meant that I couldn't walk around anymore.  This is exactly why I didn't created a "birth plan" ahead of time.  Of course, I had wanted to walk around and not be bedridden for as long as possible.  Well, that idea was squashed after we had been there for a half hour.
Here I am--before the pitocin.
The nurse started the pitocin drip, and within 5 minutes I could feel an immediate difference in the strength of my contractions.
And after.
Within the next hour, I was doubled over in pain and unable to talk my way through them.  Here is where I have to say this:  Have you ever seen the show, I didn't Know I Was Pregnant?  How the *#*@ do women just have a baby in the toilet and not know what is happening?!  When the pitocin drip started at 10:30, I was 1 1/2 centimeters dilated.  By 1:00, I was asking for the epidural.  The nurse coaxed me into waiting until I was 3 centimeters dilated, because sometimes an epidural can slow the labor process if it's given too early.  By 2:30, I was finally at 3 centimeters, and the anesthesiologist showed up and administered the epidural.  Cue the angelic music.  I'm pretty sure I told her that she was my new best friend.  Within 2 minutes of getting the epidural, I was completely numb and resting.  I took a 2 hour nap, and when I woke up, I had progressed to 7 centimeters.  Why would people choose not to get an epidural??  By 6:30, I was 10 centimeters dilated, and my nurse called the doctor back in.  It was time to push.

In just 45 minutes, our months of waiting and wondering ended, and Maxwell Michael Dustin made his way into the world at 7:14 pm on Wednesday, September 19th, 2012.  He weighed 8.69 pounds (exactly what the ultrasound technician had predicted weeks earlier--even though he was born one week earlier than his due date). He was 20 1/2 inches long, with skinny frog legs, chubby cheeks, and a little bit of light brown/blond hair.

We fell in love instantly. After the shock of the birth, Daddy cut the cord, and we spent the next hour alone with our little Max.  Then, we introduced him to my family and JB's family (via Skype). I'll post more pictures of this soon!  Our lives have been changed ever since, and I can't even describe how truly blessed we are to have been given this gift.  Life is so good.