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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Zoey Skye Marlor / Baby Announcement



I figured I would go ahead and post her birth announcement here!
I am kinda horrible about actually printing off
and mailing people announcements
or thank you's or anything really..
I seem to avoid the post office at all cost.

We had Zoey's two week check up yesterday,
which was also her induction date.
I'm sure glad she decided to come early,
it's been nice not waddling around feeling all swollen!
She is now weighing in at 6.5 lbs (8%) & 19.5" long (3%)!
We love you little miss Zoey!!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Baby Zoey / Birth Story / Part 2



Zoey was born on November 5th, 2014
Texas was just starting to feel like Fall and it felt like the perfect time to be cooped up at home with a newborn! They told me I couldn't drive for two weeks.. which I thought sounded a little crazy.. especially with how well the recovery process went.  I have felt a little stir crazy in the house not being able to just come and go as I please like I normally do but Wednesday I come up on two weeks. I guess I haven't really had to go anywhere that I had to drive. Luckily Tyson has been able to work from ever since we came home from the hospital!

As for the hospital stay.. we seriously lucked out where we delivered!
Going off of references, there were 3 different hospitals where my doctor delivered and this hospital was highly recommended by everyone.
I knew where it was located but we hadn't yet driven over there to check it out in person.
Lexi had a big sister class scheduled for November 9th so we were just planning on doing it all then.
I seriously have never loved the staff/nurses more,
It was one of those experience where you will go out of your way and fill out those random surveys just to make sure they get the credit they deserved.
Not to mention, me & ty got free food/room service for three days.
Plus, our mommy & daddy lobster and steak dinner..
that I quickly made into a happy plate.
With Lexi, I was still so uneasy and not feeling well that food didn't sound one bit good to me in the hospital. This time around I was taking full advantage of the food services, and left there with cravings for greek yogurt parfaits.. seriously delicious!

Also I have to mention I learned about a 1,000 things more about breastfeeding
than I ever did with Lexi.. the lactation specialist were in and out of my room twice a day
checking on me and Zoey and were just a phone call away if I needed anything.
My supply has been crazy.. I literally stocked up our freezer already from excess pumping..
Don't know what I would do without our breast pump!!
I'm trying to get it to slow down so I'm not left feeling engorged for more than half of my days. I'm still nervous that it could get too low tapering it off a bit?! I just hate how uncomfortable I feel with how much supply I have been having. Leeking & Pain... ya know the whole works. Breastfeeding is a lot of work I just got to say! It's probably the only real stress I have had since Zoey got here.
I was worried a little those first couple of days, because I had a clogged duct on one side and she wasn't feeding like she was at the hospital. Luckily we went in for her first doctor appointment and she had already passed her birth weight to 5.9 lbs, so they said everything looked really well.  I have come to accept my baby is totally fine so far with her 5 or so minute feeds every couple of hours. She has also been a pretty good sleeper at night which I have felt really blessed with. 
Zoey was a little fidgety during her hearing test at the hospital. They tried it two different days and got only one ear to pass the second day, so they scheduled us another appointment to re-check, in case she had fluid in her ears from birth or her reflexes during sleep were causing it to fail..
we went back yesterday for that appointment and she passed both ears!

My mom was able to fly in that same day Zoey was born and stayed with us for a week.
She was such a HUGE help in helping Lexi transition to big sister
and not having all of the attention strictly on baby sister.
She loves her Mimi and it left me feeling way less stressed knowing Lexi was being taken care of while our focus was re-directed to adjusting to the newborn phase again.

Lexi has acted out a couple of times for attention being a little more dramatic about hurting her leg or her arm or whatever it was that got bonked at the moment but over all I think she is just really excited to have another sibling in our home. Tyson was able to take Lexi to her big sister class last week so he picked up some tips so me and Tyson are both trying to make it a point to implement them and be aware of her needs and how we word things.

For now, everything has been going good and we are just excited to add another
sweet little spirit to our family! I'm feeling extremely blessed.

But, ask me again in a couple of months when she doesn't just sleep, poop, and eat
anymore and things might be a little different :)

















she was so excited for Zoey to come home!



Headband: ElleBowtique | Onesie: Osh Kosh | Baby Blanket: Anchor and Arrow Threads
Part 1 birth story  (if you missed it)



Also my husband shared this video with me days after getting home form the hospital,
seriously?? yes there were tears! such a sweet sweet song for all moms!!
(actual song starts halfway mark)

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Zoey Skye Marlor / Birth Story / Part 1


Wednesday November 5th, 2014
At around 2:30am contractions started- started timing them on my app and they were about 7-10 minutes apart for a while and over the span of 30 minutes -1 hr  they were getting more painful as they went along so I decided to call the doctor on call (3:19AM) - it took a while for them to get back to me but I went ahead and started getting things all packed and by that time I woke Ty up telling him I thought it was the real thing.. he got up and started packing as well while we waited. I then called  our neighbor (3:35am) and she luckily answered right away and arranged for Lexi to go stay at their house.. (our game plan).. so we finished getting everything packed up.

Dr called back (3:39am) and she asked what was happening and I told her they were about 7 minutes apart I was dilated to a 2 the week prior and they were really painful when they came. She suggested I just come in to get checked. We called my mom & dad around (4:00 am) to let them know we were headed to the hospital. At 4:30 they checked me in at the hospital and told me I was dilated to a 5 and 90% effaced and that we were going to have our baby! They then got my IV ready and started the process. They had  to check my blood work before they could give me the epidural. It seemed like it took forever! 5:55am I finally got my epidural!!  Seriously it was becoming torture when contractions came on! I didn't have near as painful contractions with Lexi. I gave Ty and my nurses two options.. I was either going to die or pass out during them.. no one seemed to care hah. I kept asking what was taking so long to get my epidural.. but asking on repeat obviously didn't help my situation. I remember being so afraid of getting my epidural with Lex - the whole not feeling half my body for some reason freaked me out, this time around I could not wait for it! My epidural was a pretty painful process and of course had a contraction through it... I was clinging on to my nurse trying to hold still and not pass out. Once my epidural kicked in.. it was pure bliss! I just started to get tired since I maybe had gotten 1-2 hours prior to waking up to contractions.

My water still hadn't broke and they were waiting for my doctor to get in who wasn't on call until 7am. Around 6:50 they started getting me all prepped and my water had broke on its own in the mean time. The nurse had me do a practice push because they still were unsure of how long it would take for me to get her out.. right in the middle of the first push she had me immediately stop and called in for the doctor and other nurses. It kinda scared me but apparently she was right there so she just wanted the doctor to be there for the actual birth!

So two more pushes and at 7:28am little Zoey Skye Marlor was born!! 5.6 lbs and 18" long! It all happened so quickly! I remember getting strolled off to our new room after the delivery room and thinking holy crap we just had her.. it was so crazy!! Only complaint were the contractions.. everything else seemed ideal! I don't want to go into too many details.. but the recovery & delivery was so so much better/easier than what I went through with Lex. It made me extremely grateful! I face-timed my mom during the delivery since she wasnt able to be there when Zoey came into the world.. she did book a flight as soon as she found out and got into Dallas at 1:45 that afternoon, I seriously have the best mom!

I was getting paranoid with the fact she could come early.. but I thought it was just that.. paranoia.
20 days early didn't quite give me enough time to be fully prepared.. but thankfully I had been on a getting ready kick just in case! My body had been kinda acting different the couple weeks prior.. I felt more random contractions throughout the days that would take my breath away but nothing ever consistent. The week prior at my 4 week out appointment I was dilated to a 2. I also had done more walking that weekend before for trick or treating and our Clue Game party thing we went to as mentioned in a prior post.. so looking back I am not so surprised it all happened so early. But I was a little nervous to actually go to the hospital and call our neighbor waking her up in the middle of the night in case it was a false alarm.. but at every contraction I was getting, I was reassured.. ok this is most likely the real thing! Oh and Tyson knew how important pictures of the whole birth were to me, so he played photographer which is why you don't see him much.. I was able to grab the camera a couple of time throughout it all but so thankful he took all the pictures he did!

































Part 2 / t.b.c...
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