My baby boy is a month old already! I believe this means he's no longer considered a newborn. It saddens me, but I am grateful for one healthy baby. Time is going by too quick, it scares me . . . I suppose this is what getting old feels like. June was a tireless month, adjusting to being a new mom, and scheduling my whole life around this cute little human being I call my son. Taylor is probably my favourite thing in this entire world. I love his smiles, his hiccups, his sneezes (HaaChu), his poops, his farts (sometimes I don't know if they're his Daddy's) and all of the little sounds he makes (no, he's not singing yet.) His dad and I enjoy playing the guitar and singing for him, and he enjoys it too. He's usually wide awake during that time, and doesn't make a sound but intently watches the strumming of the strings. I mean why wouldn't he? He was named after his Daddy's guitar, and he is our son. I am so lucky for such a good baby whom only cries and snorts like a pig when he's hungry and allows me to do all of the usual things I did before. I greatly look forward to another month of music, love and cuddles . . .
Behind the name . . .
From the beginning, we decided that our son would be given a name with a musical reference. Quentin and I finally decided that we both liked the name 'Taylor' after his Taylor Guitar. The name Nixon came to me just shortly after I had given birth to him, and Cobain derives from our love/obsession with Nirvana and Kurt Cobain. It only took 25 days to come to this agreement, haha. Yes, our baby was nameless for 25 days, but despite the hundreds of names Quentin and I threw out there, deep down we knew his name would be Taylor.
Taylor Nixon Cobain Bodnar-McLeod
came a week early. I was scheduled for an ultrasound Thursday May 29th at 10:30 am. Afterwards, my Doctor wanted to see me and had some pretty surprising news. Because my amniotic fluids were low, they thought it safe to induce me that day. I was in a bit of shock because I thought I still had a week or two to go. I looked at Quentin and said "We're gonna have a baby by this weekend O_o" Quickly, I went home to shower and pack my hospital bag and by 1pm we were back at the Hospital ready to have baby.
Contractions started out progressively slow (because induction is when labour is artificially started) and of course they got stronger throughout the day. Friday was another long day of contractions which I was able to distract myself from the pain with hot showers. By Saturday afternoon I had only dilated to 2 cm, so the Doctor mentioned trying another method of induction if I didn't progress anymore in the next few hours. My contractions became more intense and painful and hot showers were no longer helping. I began getting strong urges to push, then finally my water broke. I was 9 cm in the matter of hours and ready to have the baby. Initially my plan was to have an epidural because I thought I had no pain tolerance what-so-ever, but because the last part of my labour progressed so quickly I was not able to receive the epidural. I'm glad I didn't. I trusted my body and allowed myself to work with each contraction and soon enough I safely delivered a healthy 8 pound 6 ounce baby boy. He had the sweetest and softest cry. It's true when they say you instantly forget the pain because the moment my son was placed in my arms, I was overcome with the most amazing feeling ever. I cannot describe that feeling, nor find the right word for it. but I felt complete. My little May baby was born at 8 pm exactly and despite being a week early, he weighed 8 lbs 6 oz and measured 53.5 cm. By the time we left the hospital he was well past his birth weight, the nurses were quite surprised. (Usually it takes a few weeks for babies to regain their birth weight)
26 days later . . .
Quentin and I love being new parents. We adore our son. Even though he can't really interact right now and is "boring" according to Quentin, he makes us laugh daily with his little snorts, grunts, stretches and occasional smiles. We look forward to the rest of our lives with Taylor & we look forward to giving him the best life we possibly can . . . with our love and music.
Today just feels like the perfect blogging day and I haven't done one of these blog post since I was 20 weeks! Five weeks has gone by so quickly. I'm honestly just trying to enjoy every moment of this pregnancy because I realize how quickly every week comes and goes. Also because I don't plan on being pregnant again for at least 10 more years lol, I'm just trying to make the best of everything so far in this pregnancy, and I really don't have any complaints, it's been wonderful :)
I am feeling more movement than ever. My baby seems to move around a lot at night when I'm just getting into bed so I play some music and that seems to excite him/her a bit more . . . After a few songs, the kicks slow down and were ready to sleep :) In the mornings, when I awake my baby wakes too and is reminding me that I need to eat something as soon as possible lol. My appetite has increased a lot. I'm cooking more of my own meals making sure that it is as healthy as possible. One thing that I have been craving a lot is milk. I buy a carton or two every few days, and I never forget to get at least one glass a day :) I know the importance on calcium and vitamin d during pregnancy so it's great that my body is craving this stuff.
I am just getting over the chest cold and my body handled it very well, I didn't require any medication, nor did I lose my energy or appetite, as soon as I felt the heaviness in my chest I called a doctor right away and she told me to just drink fluids and stay hydrated. I haven't gotten sick until now during the whole 25 weeks. I know that during pregnancy your immune system is weakened, but I'm hoping with my diet and healthier choices that my body will protect me from sickness in the weeks ahead.
So this week I finally received my baby bassinet by Summer Infant and my Graco Swing + Rocker. I assemble them both myself on Friday which didn't take long at all :) They're both such awesome products, and I would recommend them to anyone. (Graco DuetSoothe Swing + Rocker in Winslet) (Summer Infant Classic Comfort Wood Bassinet)
A few weeks ago I was overcome with this overwhelming urge to clean and organize my whole house . . . I ended up cleaning and disinfecting every wall, floor, crack in the floor boards, window and even the bathroom ceiling. I was obsessed for a whole week and my mind just wouldn't stop thinking of things to clean and organize. My house has never been more clean not to mention functional. Apparently during pregnancy all women will experience what is considered a 'nesting instinct.' In fact most mammals experience this where the mother prepares for her little baby by nesting and creating a space to nurture her baby after birth. In humans, one can experience this instinct at 5 months of pregnancy, and in the last weeks of pregnancy indicating that the baby and mother are ready for birth . . . I haven't had another overwhelming urge, but I've been keen to keeping my house as clean and tidy as possible :)
I have everything I need for now, I will wait for the later months to order the last bit of stuff for the baby, because I don't want to get too carried away with getting everything right now. The swing and bassinet give me a little peace of mind.
I turn 20 in two days! That means I will no longer be eligible for the 'Teen Mom' status lol *pats self on back*
I've realized I have done more growing up in the last year than I have my whole adolescence, and I have my wonderful boyfriend to thank for that. Year 19 marked so many milestones in my development and transition into an adult.
Of course, these things don't make me an adult, but I've come a long way. I've never had someone teach me to do these things. No one ever said 'come over here and I'll show you how to cook Kraft dinner' which would have been some what useful and saved me the embarrassment of proving to my mother in-law I could not make it if my life depended on it lol . . . But that's really no ones fault because I was so young when my dad passed, and then moving from home to home and sort of just being 'in-the-way.' Also, just being a teenager and not really caring about all of the responsibilities of adulthood was kind of what I had in mind at the time. But I do pride myself for not getting into the whole drinking and drug thing :) I stayed active and focused on my hobbies which is exactly why I am the person I am today :)
There's going to be a lot of changes this year. I graduate in June and then a week later I am due to have my baby :) Quentin and I will experience being new parents together, then our plan after a few months is to move to Yellowknife where he has a secure job in his trade. He is so happy with his career and I am willing to do anything I can to make sure that he continues to be successful with that. I am also really excited to get out of Inuvik and have new opportunity elsewhere.
Anyways . . .
I should get started on my homework, I'm glad I got this post out of the way . . . There's no bump shot today as I am still in my pajamas, so maybe next week :) I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend! I'm ready for a new week
Happy February! Hope everyone's year is going well, I am enjoying every minute of it. So I haven't blogged much at all this month because I had a little incident where I dropped my laptop's AC adapter for the last time lol. It finally gave out, and thankfully I was able to order a new one just before my battery had died. I have been using my phone to keep myself sane, and I cannot imagine how much data I've used, haha.
February has been such a productive month. I am in school for most of the day, which is great at keeping me on a schedule and on a routine. And I've been taking it upon myself to learn to cook a lot more, because one day, it will be my job to be a 'housewife.' I've also been very busy cleaning and organizing my house and just in general preparing for the baby. I have a baby swing by Graco and a bassinet by Summer Infant in the mail and on its way to me right now, which I am so excited to assemble myself. Lately I've been entering a lot of contests for giveaways in hopes of winning something, it's so exciting. I promise that I will also do a giveaway once I've won my first contest, since I am now signed up with Rafflecopter, which is a tool widely used by bloggers for giveaways.
I am currently 23 weeks and 5 days along in my pregnancy. Last Monday I had an ultrasound done at 22 weeks, and I saw my little baby and it was the most amazing thing! I was so anxious and I could not stop shivering which is something that happens to me when I'm very nervous. Everything looked amazing and I finally felt relief after the lady said it's a . . .
Haha, I'll keep that information to myself. And if I've already told you just keep that to yourself, okay? Quentin and I are both very happy and looking forward to becoming parents. We both agree that this is the most positive thing to have ever happen to us, I am so thankful everyday for good health and a strong healthy baby. I am so looking forward to the sleepless nights, breastfeeding, bathing, and singing to my little offspring lol
Sorry for the lack of photo's that maybe I should have accumulated to share with all of you, I'll try to do a better job at sharing and documenting pieces of my days so my posts aren't so boring.
Thank you for reading! & enjoy the rest of your week . . .
- Danita Frost-Arey