October 27, 2015

Harrison :: 1 Month

If you all remember, each month up until Amelia was one year I did a little photo session and update. I would like to repeat this for Harrison. I am doing my best to make sue he doesn't get the 2nd kid syndrome. The good news is, with a nice camera I find myself practice new techniques on him since he can't run away (like Amelia does now...)

Harrison is a good baby, not as good as Amelia, but not as bad as the horror stories I hear. He loves to eat, and it takes him forever to eat. I feel like Bessy the cow most days. He is either eating, sleeping, or crying. Not much a content fella yet. I know around 6 weeks things start to change. I don't want to wish this time away, but I love sleep, and having my boobs put away for more than an hour at a time.

Harrison at 1 month:
He is holding his head up, mostly while pitching a fit, but it still building muscle.
He is breast/formula fed.
He is sleeping almost through the night 10pm - 6:30 am has been his longest stretch
Amelia loves him.
Amelia helps throw away diapers and put his pacifier in.
He likes to sleep in his swing.
He loves being worn in my Ergo or Ring Sling.
He smiles in his sleep.
He is starting to coo!
He seems to hate his crib.
He constantly gets the hiccups.
He hasn't reached his birth weight YET.
He has grown 1.5 inches though.

October 24, 2015

Pumpkin Painting and Famous Coach

I thought painting pumpkins (vs. carving) would be safe, clean, and less of a mess in general. Well, I would say it was some of those things, and fun. Amelia stayed home Thursday and Friday with us as it is Fall Break for Southern Wells and Ben is home. This is great because we get to hang out before the storm that is basketball season. Also great because Amelia has a chest cold and just wanted mommy and daddy.

As stated, we are in the quiet days before basketball takes over. I love watching Ben coach. I also love how the young men grow by knowing him. His team is great with our children and now that I also work at the same school I am part of the 'family' known as the basketball program. This past week was media day and here is part of Ben's interview.

If you have ever wanted see how organized Ben can be, check out his basketball website. I might have designed it, but he runs the upkeep and organizes it. I am so blown away by his thoughtfulness, and growing program. 

October 22, 2015

Siblings and Steele Farms

Our new normal. I am up before 7 everyday, there is A LOT of poop, milk (mommy's for Harrison, and Chocolate for Amelia), and crying from everyone other than Ben. We are starting to find a pattern to sleep and how to tackle dinner, bedtime, and nightly feedings.

Amelia is so kind and gentle with Harrison! I love watching her love on him and hold his hand, she also rubs his not existing hair. I think she treats him how I treat her, and that just melts my heart. Poor Ben, we were spoiled having Amelia in the summer when we were both off and had no other stress. Harrison arrived weeks before the start of basketball season. Ben has been juggling teacher, husband, dad, coach, and every other hat I might need. I am thankful him and his ability to give me breaks and allow me time to still grow my little business.  

I have tons of ideas for Christmas gifts and when you have a baby Shutterfly sends you all kinds of free gifts to get printed. So, I did a little sibling session (it lasted 5 minutes) and I was able to get these cute images. Seriously, look how proud Amelia is, it almost makes me want to have more. ALMOST, and then my uterus is like Woah Nelly, let me rest crazy and I am all like, I hear you sister. I hope you just enjoyed the inner monologue I have with my girly organs. Enjoy the pictures of what said organ helped create.

We had our first family outing last weekend. We still needed to get a pumpkin so we went to a place raved about by our friends. (Thank you Miller family for the nudge!) We went to Steele Farms and we LOVED it and will return EVERY year until we move, die, or they stop the business. I made a video of our time at Steele Farms. Note, it was cold so Harrison stayed bundled up in my Ergo with a hat on, so.... there are no pictures of him, BUT he was there!

October 13, 2015

HCB :: More Pictures

I promise pictures of Amelia soon! As a matter of fact, I will be taking Big Sister and Little Brother pictures soon! Until then, I will be practicing my new born lifestyle session skills with Harrison. Enjoy a few pictures of Harrison at 1 week old. Also - if you remember, I did the white chair monthly pictures with Amelia, same goes with Harrison (we call him Bubby, or Hank at home)!

This little toes are the first thing I kiss while nursing.

My favorite....

October 11, 2015

Harrison Craig :: Birth Story

Things are starting to get normal. What that means is my body is adjusting to no sleep, eating to keep up with milk production, and being in love with two little ones (and one big one). Let me tell you how we became a family of four in a few short pushes.

On Tuesday September 23rd, Bluffton Free Street Fair rolled in and we ventured to the fair for FOOD! We budgeted extra money for the week of yummy treats and games for Amelia. We planned a big evening at the fair and Amelia was pretty good (until it came time to leave) she even won a gold fish! Well, Daddy won the fish, but Amelia was there crying about not getting throw the last ball.

When we arrived home it was a stressful time getting our sugar filled child to bed and after I had some school things to get finished. I joke with Ben that I ate greasy food so the baby should just slip right out - how true that was. That night I remember changing my pants because I thought I was sweating through mine.... fun fact, it wasn't sweat.

The next morning I was on solo duty as Ben had basketball workouts in the morning, early. I remember having two big contractions and pooping a lot before lifting Amelia into my car. On the way to school, I told Harrison I was ready for him when he was ready to come. I had a few more contractions on the drive and some time able ones at school during the day. I taught from behind my desk or sitting down, I had so much pressure. I had to change my pad a few times that day and thought about calling the doctor, but I had my 39 (technically 38 and 5 days) appointment that afternoon at 4pm. So I waited and waited.... and waited until my appointment to talk about the leaking and contractions.

On my way to the doctors office I had several strong contractions and laughed a the idea that I was in real labor. Told Dr. Fouts about the contractions and leaking to which she got a little flustered and checked the situation. She was sure I broke my water and sent me across the street to have this baby. She was the doctor on call, so after she took off her gloves, we high fived (that really happened) and we made plans to hang out that evening.

I called Ben and explained the situation and he thought I was kidding. Needless to say, I wasn't and arrived at the hospital while Ben rushed around packing that hospital bag he kept saying he was going to pack. He took Amelia and Grissom to Lindsay's and grabbed some food before the night of labor commenced.

During Ben's travels I had a few nurses tell me I probably wasn't going to stay because they didn't think my water actually broke... to which my doctor told them (in nicer words) to shut up, she is having this baby. Dr. Fouts broke the remaining membrane and my contractions picked up. I got the epidural, technically two, my poor guy had a hard time because my vertebra are too close? I am not sure if that is a real thing or not, but that was a killer. I finally got the medicine and pretty numb. before I knew it, it was time to push. Three pushes, one ring of fire, and a supportive husband later, Harrison was born.

This birth was so much faster and calm. I felt much more, but nothing worth complaining about. No stitches or repairs needed in the south, I pooped a normal poop before leaving the hospital (so did the baby) and we got a healthy baby boy when leaving. Perfect.

My day leading to the birth:
6 am - 7 am - Poops & early morning with Amelia
8 am - 3 pm - Timing contractions & teaching all day
4 pm - 5 pm - Dr. Fouts & travel to hospital
6 pm - 7 pm - Check in to hospital & Ben arrives
8 pm - Membranes ruptured
9 pm - Epidural
12 am - Game on - 10 cm
12:25 am - Pushing
12:45 am - Harrison arrives

Harrison Craig Burman
7 lbs 10 oz 20 in
12:45 am
September 24th 2015 

October 10, 2015

The Nursery :: HCB

I am still working on "The Birth Story :: HCB" but I did take a few pictures of Harrison's nursery and I just wanted to share those while I was thinking about it. We didn't re-paint. Poor kid is already getting the rough end of the deal huh? I actually liked the golden rod color and it matched our plan for the decorations.

Our colors are navy, gold, white, and black. We used a Dave Matthews concert poster and a Purdue Basketball picture as our guide and went from there. We are reusing Amelia's crib and rocking chair (thank you mom!)

Little man isn't in the room yet, but I sure do spend lots of time in this room nursing and changing diapers. I loved being frugal and using what we already had for this room. I now just need an office again.

Had to throw one of Amelia's big girl room too!