Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Somehow...

Elijah was taking a nap the other day and somehow got onto his belly. Yikes! Well, at least I was sitting right next to him. I also saw him flip his head over to the other side. What in the world? He is only three weeks old. I think he is one smart little guy. I love him so much.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Love it!

This is my favorite time of day-Napping.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Elijah's new friends



I finally finished Elijah's new friends. Adrian thinks they look funny but I think they turned out pretty good. I made him a Giraffe and elephant and it even matches his adorable room. The pattern is HERE and HERE. Yes, I'm still working on decorating his room. Life is definitely different now that I have a baby. There is no time to do anything or at least finish anything. One step at a time...

How our baby has changed my life...

Wow! I didn't realize how much Elijah would change my life. I knew that parenthood would be difficult but I didn't think that...

-the baby would take over our ENTIRE home. I'm not kidding. There is baby stuff everywhere. It seems that I pick up his things constantly and my home is a complete mess the next day. What in the world?
-Laundry is never ending!
-Breastfeeding is NOT a picnic in the park. It is the most painful thing ever. I'm not sure if it is as painful as contractions but it brings me to tears so it is pretty close. How can you bond with your baby when you are in pain? I just don't get it. I prefer pumping but I'm going to continue to try breastfeeding to see if it gets any better.
-Everything takes 10 times longer to get done. I finally got ready for the day and have breakfast by lunchtime. Am I ever going to get on a schedule or will I always be that slow. I guess he is only 2 weeks old and I'm still adjusting but holy cow.
-Goodbye sleep! I no longer sleep through the night. However, I do take a nap once in awhile and I get to sleep in till about 8:30 or 9. But, I don't think that counts when I only get about three hours of sleep.
-Long showers are in the past-I have to now hurry to shower because I'm afraid that Elijah will scream at the top of his lungs if I'm not by his side.
-I also don't feel too pretty anymore. Although my stomach is going back to normal and I can fit into some of my previous clothes I still feel like I have vomit and milk all over me.

After looking at all of the negative points, I feel blessed to have Elijah Kai in my life. I love cuddling with him when he is sad or happy. I love that he is starting to recognize me and can't seem to function when I'm away. I know he loves me and I love him so much. He is a joy in our lives. I'm so grateful that Adrian is such a wonderful daddy to him. He has been so helpful and comforting lately so I appreciate him as well.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

1st Bath time

We have had a lot of fun with Elijah Kai. He is awesome! We are trying to get a routine down and enjoy every little moment we have with him. He is so adorable! Yesterday, we had a few episodes that had me laughing quite a lot. Elijah decided that when we changed his diaper, he would pee and poop on the changing mat. Well, that grossed Adrian out! He even managed to get a little poo on his foot which made me laugh even more. It is too bad we weren't filming the big event because it was quite funny. I was carrying Elijah and Adrian was carrying the mat underneath him. We tried to move everything to the sink to clean it all off. It was so funny! Anyway, it has been a blast! I love being a mom. It is probably the best thing ever. I just want to hang out with him all of the time. I just need to remember to eat.

We also gave him his first bath this morning. He didn't quite like it. He likes to be swaddled as much as possible. He hates getting his diaper changed as well. But, other than that he is a very good baby. He is very content. Well, that is the update! Thanks for being patient while I get all of these pictures up. Life has definitely changed for the better for the Reynolds. We love being parents.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Introducing...

ELIJAH KAI REYNOLDS

It all started on July 5th when I started having back pains. These weren't ordinary pains, they were actual labor pains which brought me to tears.

So we decided to call the doctor and they told us to come in to get checked. We ended up bringing our suitcase, car seat and anything else just in case. I was so glad I did. However, I forgot to bring something for poor Adrian. I didn't want to do anything but get some pain meds. The pain was THAT bad.

My doctor told me I was dilated to a 3 and was in labor so she admitted us. She said I could get something to eat since the hospital starves you or I could get admitted. I wanted drugs so I skipped lunch. At least I managed to eat cereal that morning. It was still not enough food. They did give me flavored ice chips. Finally I received my epidural and I was quite happy!


The epidural didn't take away all of the pain but it took away the contraction pain. I had back pain and felt A LOT of pressure. Good thing my anesthesiologist was in surgery and couldn't help. BLAH! Adrian was quite mad because I wasn't having a good time. Luckily I had my sisters Cassie and Tiffany there to cheer me on. Thank goodness! I also had a fever and threw up A TON. The time finally came for me to push and my mom arrived from California just in time. I think she made a deal with Heavenly Father. I was glad that she was there to also be one of my cheerleaders. I pushed for about an hour and a half and was able to watch the whole thing from a mirror. So cool! The last push was my favorite because he slipped right out and I felt a ton of relief. Thank goodness the doctor didn't have to use the vacuum.

Here is the first time I held my son Elijah. I didn't even cry at that moment but the relief was there.


I love my son so much!

Here is our new family photo.

Daddy got to hold little Eli. So precious!


He is a natural with him. I love Adrian so much!


He weighed 6 lbs 12 oz, 21 inches long. Thank goodness he wasn't any bigger. Otherwise, I may have had a c-section. Yikes!


He is so adorable! He even had a cone head when he came out. But, now his head is perfect and his hair is awesome!


Here are my wonderful cheerleaders. Thanks so much! I really appreciate it. I'm also glad that you took the time from Park city to come to the big event.


I had a lot of visitors at the hospital. I look like a muchkin compared to my dad. I'm so glad they were able to make it. What a blessing to have my parents there!


He is still a wonderful daddy. He feeds him, changes his diaper and does so much for our little family.


Here is my brother Jason. He even came to visit.


Thanks Mindy for coming. I know Elijah appreciated you there.


Here is mommy and son.


Grandma was a huge help to baby Elijah!


Here is my doctor Camille Stevenson. However, she wasn't the one that delivered Elijah. She was with her family but she came to visit the next day and even apologized for not being there. I still really like her. She got me through my entire pregnancy so I appreciate her so much.


Finally we can take a nap. Isn't that adorable or what?


Baby Elijah is so content and loves to cuddle with mommy.


Emily came to visit Elijah and she is getting excited to meet her son in about 7 weeks. Good luck! I'll be cheering you on.

My favorite quote from people who visit us is, "Wow, I am so surprised that you had such a beautiful baby." What in the world? Why wouldn't we have a beautiful baby. After all, we are beautiful people. I don't know why they are so surprised. Well, it sure makes me laugh. He is so precious and I'm so grateful that he is healthy and strong. I love Elijah so much! I have definitely felt the spirit more in our home these last couple of days. It is amazing what a tiny baby can do to ones home. Thanks for all of the support everyone! Come and visit us!