The Surprises of Pregnancy, Expecting Our First Son and Starting a Family

The Surprises of Pregnancy, Expecting Our First Son and Excitement of Starting a Family!!

Jaggar Parks Brown

Jaggar Parks Brown
Jaggar Parks Brown - 2 Days Old

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Close Call!

Ok, I have no idea what the movie is called but back when I was pregnant I saw the advertisements about a movie where a couple of friends (Katherine Heigl & Josh Duhamel) were "willed" their late friends' toddler.  They took on the trials of raising a little one and in the short clip it showed an "experienced mother" tending to her little one when she notices that her child has something brown on her hand.  Looking at it, she says, "Is that poop or chocolate?" She then licks the substance and exclaims "Chocolate!"  The horrified "new mom" gasps, "What if that were POOP????"  I am starting with this story because that clip immediately came to mind this last week when Ty & I were out to eat.  Jaggar had been so good throughout dinner and then we could tell (through his grunts and red face) that he had pooped.  So I tried to wrap up my supper before getting him out of his seat to go change him.  As I was trying to entertain him while cramming the last bit of quesadilla that I could down my throat, I noticed something orange on his leg.  I wiped it right up with my finger (as all moms would I assume), took a sniff and almost took a lick (b/c I obviously didn't smell anything foul).  I'm not sure what stopped me from licking it but instead, wiped it on my napkin.  As I went to get him out of his seat I noticed he had definitely blown out of his diaper and it was making a mad dash down his leg.  It had dawned on me he had had carrots earlier in the day (which explains the orange color) and in my mind popped my own little movie "Is that Carrots or Poop??  .... It's Poop!!!"  Thank goodness I did not lick it!  Whew... close call!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Already 6 Months...

Well I am officially a Mom!  I have been peed on, pooped on, spit up on, cleansed myself with a wet wipe and a little deoderant instead of a shower to run to the store and I'm loving every minute of it! :)  As a friend of mine e-mailed me this week her latest update on her blog it reminded me that I do, in fact, have a blog myself that I have totally forgotten about.  So as Jaggar is approaching 6-months old on Monday (June 20th), I thought I better update some pics and leave a note.  We are having a blast with Jaggar.  I always thought before having kids that if I stayed home I would get "bored."  I have found that there is no time for boredom in the least bit!  Everyday is full of fun... playing, swimming (now that summer is here), going to the barn to see Daddy, eating and of course pooping. :)  If there is a quiet moment I TRY to do a load or two of laundry but sometimes sneak a nap in with Jaggar Man.  There is nothing better than holding him on my chest and napping.  Every once in a while, lately, he has been giggling in his sleep.  I look down at him and he's sound asleep with a little grin on his face letting out a little giggle... talk about melt your heart!  As Ty said, "Sweet Dreams."  I've already gone through pictures when he first arrived and found myself tearing up at how small & sweet he was.  He is still as sweet as can be, smiles more than he cries and sleeps great.  He is changing daily and growing like a weed.  I find myself wondering how I can keep him this size forever so Mommy can continue to hold & cuddle him. :)  I may not win that battle but I will continue to cuddle him as long as he will let me!
As always, I don't want to leave without a bit of a funny, so here are the things that really irk me at this "stage" of the game....
1) When I JUST changed his diaper, he drops a load!
2) When I wait until the last minute before I walk out the door to put on my clothes (to avoid getting spit up on) and STILL get spit up on and have to change my wardrobe. (Sigh!!)
3) When checking out at Wal-Mart, being asked every single time if any of my purchase is WIC.  Do I look like white trash??

Thursday, January 6, 2011

He's here!!!!!!

Jaggar Parks Brown arrived right on time... on his due date, December 20th, 2010.  He is just over 2 weeks old now and I have just remembered that I have a blog & maybe I should update it!! :)  I haven't had much sleep, as all new moms I'm sure and we are adjusting to this tiny little thing changing our world in such a big way but I can't imagine anything sweeter.  He is the most precious baby boy I have ever laid my eyes on (as I'm sure every new mom has also said).  I have never been very emotional and definitely not a cryer but this little bundle of boy can just melt my heart in a way that I could never believe and I could start crying right now just at the thought of him.  I can't imagine how such a little precious thing can eat so often and crap so much but he never seems to disappoint me in those 2 areas! :)  Just the last few days he has become EXTRA rotten and cries if he's not being held, rocked, bounced or anything besides being laid down on his own.  Sooo, mommy hasn't had much sleep at all the past few nights/days.  However, I just discovered this amazing little thing called a pacifier today!  I had been holding off to give it to him but I gave in today.  It is heaven-sent and he absolutely LOVES it.  I laid him down on his super soft pallet we made him and he just played on his own (w/ pacifier in) and then drifted off for a sweet little nap all on his own, no assistance needed from mommy.  It was so nice!  I have managed to do 3 loads of laundry, update my blog (obviously) & a few other things that I haven't had a chance to do when he doesn't let me put him down.  So, in my prayers tonight, I will be thanking the good Lord for whomever came up with pacifiers! :)
Two of my favorite things right now... 1) As he's waking up he always stretches REALLY big and every now & then will let out a toot to go along with the stretch.  It just cracks me up.  2) How he fits perfectly on my chest after eating and just cuddles up there like it's exactly where he belongs.  God has blessed us so tremendously.  We are so thankful for a beautiful, healthy son and thankful to all our family for the help these first couple of weeks!  Muah!

Friday, December 3, 2010

The Tingling Has a Name...

As I blogged before, my newest "ailment" was tingling/numbing of my hands and fingers.  My doctor was so nice to diagnose that issue at my most recent appointment as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.  Carpal... freakin'... Tunnel... First of all, I don't sit at a computer all day long so how is this possible?  Secondly, I have been known to make slight fun of "those women" who would wear the wrist braces at the office because they suffered from the so-called syndrome.  Clearly, I need to insert my foot into my mouth (which isn't a first for me) and admit that maybe, just maybe, they actually did suffer from it.  Not only are the tingling and numbing sensations just annoying but the shooting pain that starts about the inside of your elbow and goes down to the inside of your wrists, lasting ALL night long don't help either!  So, no matter how I'm laying, the pain just makes me count the minutes until pregnancy is over even more diligently.  The other night I was lying on my side (because that's where I seem to at least start off comfortable), nicely curled up when the shooting pains in my arms woke me up.  I think I punched Ty right in the face (thank goodness he's a sound sleeper) to straighten my arms out because that seems to be what relieves the pain/numbing the fastest.  Then shook my fingers profusely to get my hands to "wake-up."  Just imagine, a 9-month preggo woman plopped on the bed, arms straight out doing the hokey-pokey (get it??  stick your right hand in & shake it all about??... oh nevermind). 
I went to get a pedicure this week because I can no longer comfortably reach & trim my toenails.  I decided to splurge and have a manicure as well for the sole fact of getting the arm/hand massage.  The sweet little viatnamese lady could not understand why I not only didn't want a snow flake on my nails but didn't want color either.  I told her with a very sweet grin on my face.... my hands hurt so bad, I'm only doing this for the massage.  I'm not sure she got it but she went about her business and just did a clear coat so the manicure was a success.
Again, I don't touch a computer daily so I don't know how my body has come up with this one but I'm just checking it off on my list.  I know it sounds ridiculous but again, I'm not putting one thing past this so-called pregnancy thing.  There's no telling what's going to happen in the next 2 weeks...  2 WEEKS PEOPLE!!!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Aches, Pains & The Whole Crazy Thing

All I have to talk about these days are the aches, pains & everything "not fun" going on in my body right now.  I have officially reached the boredom stage of just waiting on little man to get here, along with the panic/anxiety stage of all things to come.  We have his room all set up, clothes washed & waiting.  As I anticipate D-Day, my body reminds me all of this will soon be over (insert choir singing "Alleluia").  My nights are filled less with sleep and more with shooting pains going through my hips, nasal congestion (depending on which side I'm laying), hand/feet swelling & most recently numbing/tingling of my arms & hands.  So as I try not to stress about my limbs falling off during the night, I think more about the sleepless nights to come with a little one & less about not being able to feel my fingers.  Once Ty gets up and goes to work, I surround myself with 8 pillows, strategically placed on all sides & that seems to be when I get my best rest.  Speaking of Ty, I have been freezing him out because I've been SO hot natured these last 2 months of the pregnancy.  I have yet to turn on the heater even though it's been getting into the 30's every night here lately.  Last night, it did feel a bit chilly in our house, even to me, so I was generous and turned on the heater so he wouldn't freeze during the night.  I woke up, literally drenched in sweat, kicked the covers off & seriously thought about turning the fan on.  Needless to say, the A/C is now back on and he better wear his thermal pj's to bed for the next 4 weeks. :)
I found myself having a bit of a panic attack in the aisle at Target the other day.  Stressing over which bottle warmer to get, thinking of MORE things I still needed and hadn't even thought about and starting to panic over the cost of everything to come, I found myself repeating my good friend Jana's quote "Breathe In God's Love, Exhale Anxiety."  I think that will be my daily routine from here on out... repeating it several times a day.  4 MORE WEEKS!!!!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Pregnancy... In My Experience

I guess I'm a little slow to start a blog about my experience in pregnancy.  Although, it was probably God telling me to wait so this blog wasn't filled with all things negative & cuss words galore about pregnancy.  To say the least, I have had a miserable pregnancy.  I am not one to sugar-coat anything and tell you how wonderful it is and all women should do it.  I realize I don't have my little bundle of joy here yet to tell you all that every minute was worth it, so for now, all I can say is, it sucks.  I know my mom doesn't like that word but it's the best description I can give right now.... so, sorry mom.
The truth about pregnancy.... Aside, from the first week of finding out, I have hated every single minute of it.  I think I started vomiting week 7 and didn't stop until week 22.  I still felt miserable from week 22 thru 27.  I had my last round of vomiting at 27 weeks... maybe it was my last hoorah because (knock on wood) I've felt much better since.  I am currently 29 weeks and counting... and I, for one, am counting fast!! :)  For all those women who have never had a rough spot in their pregnancy & think it's the most wonderful thing in the world, I'd like to punch you in the face. :)  Ok, clearly joking about that, but I really don't think it's fair that some women, like myself, have to be completely miserable throughout the entire 9 months while others are able to get out of bed every morning without the taste of vomit in their mouths and shine all day with the pregnancy "glow."  It's just not fair! :)  Moving on... Ty has been amazing throughout the entire pregnancy.  He has always put me first since day one of our relationship and that hasn't changed one bit.  Anything I needed, from going to town to get me the only thing that sounded remotely good to eat, rushing me to the ER when I couldn't stop throwing up, cooking his own supper, cleaning, laundry, he has done it all.  Not to mention, working his ass off to get the opportunity for us to move back to Texas and closer to family & friends!!  We have been married for 5 1/2 years now and he has wanted kids since day one.  I, on the other hand, was fine with waiting a LONG time if not forever for the pitter-patter of little feet.  So he has been extremely patient waiting on me to come around on the "kids" subject and has been wonderful to take care of me while we are expecting our first son.  We are both so excited about Baby Brown's upcoming arrival & are counting the weeks, days & minutes until December!!