Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Walker David - 3 Months

Time is flying by and while I'm not able to sit and document as many moments for Walker as I did with Nicolette I did want to pause for a moment and write a few things down. I'm strangely aware that this precious time is going to be gone before I know it. And although in the moment I feel certain that I'll remember these things for ever I know all to well that as time passes by I will slowly forget some of these precious moments and feelings.

Walker, you are 3 months old now. I feel like over the past week or so you have suddenly woken up and are aware of this great big, magical world that we've brought you into. Your smiles are contagious. I can't help but giggle when I hear your sweet (and LOW) chuckles (you have the funniest little low voice that sounds so silly coming from such a sweet little baby). You look at me in a way that no one ever has before. I have never seen such love coming from someone's eyes. I call them your "googely eyes" and I love them. I know someday they'll go away but I hope I never forget the way that sweet look makes me feel. I've tried to capture the "googely eyes" on camera but it's something you don't want to share with anyone else apparently so I'll try to take a mental picture and save it in my mind forever. You've started using your hands much more over the past week. You're grabbing toys and batting your arms at things like crazy. You even managed to pull your own hair the other day…you were not a fan of that. You love to kick your legs…I call you Sir Kicks A Lot because you'll just lay on your back on a blanket and kick your legs nonstop for minutes at a time. You smile the whole time and seem to be quite proud of yourself! You're great at tummy time, I can lay you down on your tummy and sometimes you'll push your head and chest way up and look around and wiggle your legs. You can roll over from tummy to back (when you really want to). But sometimes you just lay your head to the side and relax and are still and quiet. You're an amazing sleeper and have been from the day we brought you home from the hospital. I woke you up every 3-4 (sometimes 5) hours for the first 4 weeks but after that I started letting you sleep longer stretches and by 5 weeks you were regularly sleeping 7 hours at a time. Within another couple of weeks you were regularly up to 8-10 hours a night. It's so strange to me to have a baby who not only sleeps but will put himself to sleep. Although sometimes I really wish you would let me cuddle and snuggle you more before going to sleep I am grateful for the extra rest that you've given me by preferring to put yourself to sleep. After I feed you, I burp you, lay you on your swaddle blanket and talk and smile with you before wrapping you up tight, laying you in your bassinet and saying night night. You look at me with those sweet, googely eyes, blink a few times and are usually asleep pretty quickly. Although just today you've started "talking" quite a bit. You've spent several minutes just talking before falling asleep for your naps and bedtime today. It's sweet to hear you discover your voice. I'm excited to watch you grow up sweet boy but don't want to wish this time away and just wish I could bottle it all up. You're growing SO quickly and I don't want to forget a single thing! xoxo, my sweet boy. Mommy loves you.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Walker is 1 month old!

It's so hard for me to believe that our little guy is already a month old. The past month has flown by faster than any month of my life. I was in shock when September 13th crept up on us!

Walker is a totally different baby than his sister Nicolette. He nursed like a champ practically from the minute he was born and has been packing on the pounds ever since. I have to work a little harder at getting him to go to and stay asleep (at this point in time, Nicolette could and would sleep through ANYTHING which was an absolute nightmare since she wasn't gaining weight and I had to try to keep her awake to nurse a million times a day). With that said though he is a great nighttime sleeper so far (KNOCKING ON WOOD AS I TYPE THIS). He started sleeping 7-8 hour stretches at night right around when he turned 4 weeks old.  Of course I spent the first couple of nights of this waking up myself every 15-20 minutes to check on him to make sure that he was breathing and not slowly and silently starving. He's a full 2.5 lbs over his birthweight already so I'm guessing he's alright! I feel super fortunate because we never went through that phase that so many babies do where they have their days and nights mixed up. I'd like to say a special thank you to both of my children for sparing me from that! (Although Nicolette paid me back for it BIG TIME later on)!

Speaking of Walker's big sister, Nicolette is OBSESSED with him…unfortunately I can't say that the feeling is mutual at this point. Nicolette is usually pretty good about being gentle with him but she wants to hold him ALL THE TIME and has absolutely no respect for his personal space. She loves to get right up in his face to talk to him and always wants to give him hugs and kisses. So sometimes when she comes running into the room he gets this incredibly worried expression on his face. It's kind of funny…he's just going to have to get used to giggly, squealy little girls being around all the time.

Walker seems to be super strong. He's really great at controlling his neck and if he isn't too tired he can hold his head up pretty well. He doesn't seem to mind tummy time too much and Nicolette LOVES helping with tummy time. She'll ask me to lay a blanket on the floor beside his so that she can lay on her tummy right next to him. He smiled for mommy for the first time on his 1 month birthday and has started cooing a bit here and there too.

Here are a few photos from Walker's 1st month with our family. I can't believe that we're already a few days into month #2. It absolutely isn't fair that time is going so quickly!

Walker and his proud big sister, Nicolette!
Walker - 1 week old
Walker listening to daddy's bedtime stories
Walker - 2 weeks 
Walker - 2 weeks
Walker - 3 weeks
My arms, lap and heart are FULL! xoxo
Bath time - 4 weeks
Walker's Bedhead - 4 weeks
Mommy & Walker - 4 weeks 
Some serious snoozing' - 4 weeks

Monday, August 18, 2014

Proudly Introducing Walker David Randazzo (and his birth story)

Walker David Randazzo 
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 1:49am
8lbs, 11 oz  ~ 20 " long

Since Nicolette was born 6 days before her due date I mistakenly listened to and wholeheartedly believed all of the people who assured me that if I first child came early that my second would also come early and possibly even earlier than the first.  WRONG!

In the weeks leading up to my due date I had a significant increase in Braxton Hicks contractions. Sometimes very regular and time able for 2 hours or more so I felt sure that Walker would be coming SOON!


The week prior to my due date the contractions went away and I started feeling great, like I was only 5 or 6 months pregnant. I had plenty of energy and nothing really hurt or ached. I felt certain that Walker had hunkered down and decided to never come out and I was terrified that I was going to have to be induced. So I followed all of the wives tales…I ate eggplant parmesan, put hot sauce and red pepper flakes in everything that I ate, increased my stretching, went for long walks, played with Nicolette and her friends at the pool, tossing them around all in hopes of shocking my body into having a baby. But alas, August 11th (my due date) came and went and not a single sign of sweet Baby Walker. On Tuesday, August 12th I tried to keep Nicolette and I busy so that I wouldn't sit around and obsess over every twinge. We went to the mall for story time at Pottery Barn Kids, walked around, ate lunch and then headed home in time for her nap. That afternoon I took Nicolette out for a long walk through the neighborhood in her stroller (and got totally drenched thanks to a pop up rain shower), came home cleaned the house and made dinner. I gave up on spicy food so we had breakfast for dinner - fritatta with zucchini, tomatoes and onions, biscuits and bacon. We gave Nicolette a bath and I put her to bed (The Italian and I started alternating bedtime duty so that Nicolette wouldn't be shocked when daddy had to take over full time for a bit once Walker arrived). I kissed her goodnight and headed downstairs. I did some stretching (I'd been practicing yoga squats and lunges throughout my pregnancy because I read that it helps prepare your body for labor and is especially helpful if you plan to have an unmedicated birth. I turned on The Real Housewives of New York Reunion and went about my stretching. Sitting in squats or lunges for anywhere from 30 seconds to 2 minutes at a time, did a few downward dogs and then laid down in bed with my feet up and was texting with some girl friends trying to firm up plans for the next day - again, trying to keep myself and Nicolette busy so that I would focus on something other than the anticipation of having a baby.

At 9:48pm I was mid text trying to convince a friend to meet us for a playdate in the morning when I felt "IT".  There was a little "pop" feeling inside and then nothing for a couple of seconds, then all of the sudden there was water! I hopped out of bed and ran to let The Italian know that I think my water broke…headed to the loo to check and sure enough it must have broken. I had just been joking with some of my girlfriends about how water breaking is never anything like they show in the movies with a big gush….well, Walker must've wanted to prove me wrong because there was a big gush and it just kept coming and coming and coming.

My hands were trembling as I called the dr.'s office and they quickly put me through to the midwife at the hospital. I was not having ANY contractions so she told us to take our time saying that I could take a shower if I wanted and just head to the hospital in a few hours. I didn't really feel like taking a shower. Dave hopped in the shower quickly and began putting his bag together. I couldn't settle myself down so I quickly set to rewriting the list of things that needed to be packed up for Nicolette in the morning (her monitor, sound machine, lovey, blankie and all that stuff that I couldn't pack in advance). We called our dear neighbors and they came over to monitor sit Nicolette until our friends who were supposed to keep Nicolette would come and pick her up in the morning. I started having mild contractions around maybe 10:30pm but they were super mild and I had 20 hours of contractions before Nicolette was born so I didn't think we needed to rush. I changed the sheets on the bed, made sure that the trash and recycling were taken out (because I'm crazy like that) and all the while The Italian is trying to hurry me out the door. We left the house right around 11pm and this drive to the hospital was so different than with Nicolette. With Nicolette I was in full force active labor and trying to push as Dave barreled down the emergency lane of the highway at what seemed like 150 mph. This time we were just casually driving to the hospital like we were going to a dr.'s appointment or something. I started timing contractions and noticed that they were about 3 minutes apart.

We checked in, dropped off our snack basket I had put together for the labor and delivery nurses and they took me to triage. The contractions were getting a little stronger but not bad.

I was still able to smile, joke and take pictures and goof around while waiting for them to check to ensure that my water had indeed broken (it had) and they strapped monitors on for a bit to check my contractions and Walker's activity level. By 11:30pm they had determined that I was indeed in labor and dilated 5cm and 70% effaced so they transferred us to a labor and delivery room. They pulled up my birth plan and brought in the yoga ball and made me sign 800 pieces of paper (skipped that last time too since I basically walked in the door and had a baby). They wanted to put me on the monitor one more time because Walker wasn't as responsive as they would like. So Krista my sweet L&D nurse got some juice and told me to lay on my left side while we waited. It was a little uncomfortable in that position but sure enough about 10seconds after drinking the juice I felt Walker start bee-bopping around. Midwife Tina (who also happened to have delivered Nicolette) came into the room and sat to talk with us a bit. She told me to call her when I started "huffing and puffing" so that she could be there to help me.

After that I was clear to move about as I wished. By this time it was about 12:45am. I wanted to walk around to find Nicolette's picture from her "Big Sister Class" so we did that and then headed back to the room.

By this point my contractions had really picked up so I started timing them again and they were anywhere from less than 1 minute - 3 minutes apart and were consistently about a minute long. They were getting much more intense but I was still only rating them as a "3" on my iPhone approx 1-5 pain scale.


Then at 1:17am I had a pretty bad one, I rated it as a "4" and I told Dave to call Nurse Krista and ask her to come back in and check my cervix again. I had asked in my birth plan to have cervical checks upon request only and hadn't been checked since we arrived at 11:30. WELL, he hadn't been paying attention when she gave the instructions on how to call her so kept asking me what to do and I remember saying in between contractions, "Just figure it out, Dave".  I'm proud of myself for not yelling at him, just very firmly told him to get it together and figure it out. It probably took 10-15 minutes or so (I couldn't really time things anymore at this point) to figure it out and get her back in the room and when she checked and said I was probably 7 or maybe inching towards 8cm. I took a deep breath and said ok then, I'm going to go to the bathroom then in the 10 seconds it took me to walk from the hospital bed over to the restroom (literally 10 steps) I had a crazy contraction and I felt HIM…COMING OUT! I screamed and said "He's coming out!!!!!"and nurse Krista ran in and checked me and sure enough I had gone from 7cm to 10cm in less than 10 seconds. She said "We have to get you back in this bed now". So I waddled back and just threw myself on to the bed laying on my right side. I started pushing immediately as I heard her on the phone calling the midwife and additional nurses. Midwife Tina ran into the room and said, "You didn't even give me a chance to help you!" I pushed for what they said was 15 minutes (but felt like an hour) and he was here! He was a big boy and his shoulders got stuck so pushing through that was crazy difficult. They made me push in between contractions which is a lot harder to do than it sounds. Dave said that he was worried because he saw how serious Tina got when it got to his shoulders and all of the sudden they were all telling me to push and helping me. It took two big, hard fought pushes and then his shoulders were out and then all of the sudden I heard a little scream and he was on my chest! Again, I can't believe that we were able to do it without any medications!

I was all hyped up after that and couldn't sleep for the rest of the night. Walker and I just stayed up and hung out. 

Daddy however was all worn out from the difficult delivery…poor thing he must have been exhausted. 

The next morning our dear friend Rebecca came and brought Nicolette to meet Walker for the first time.  

And Walker got to meet one of his new friends Nolan! 

And our friend Jessica and one of Nicolette's best friends Isla came to visit as well! The girls LOVED peeking at baby Walker.

We also got a visit from Michelle that afternoon!

We are thrilled to finally have our sweet boy with us. It's hard for me to imagine our family without him and I can't believe that I ever thought that our family was complete without him! We are SO BLESSED! Praise be to God for taking such good care of us and blessing our family with such beautiful and amazing children!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Happy due date to us!

So today is August 11th, Walker's official due date and so far not even an inkling that this little guy has any plans of meeting us anytime soon! I felt more like I was going to have a baby 3 weeks ago than I do today. If his behavior in utero is any indication of his personality  once he gets here then we're in for it because this little guy is a TEASE! I started having timeable contractions 3 to 4 weeks ago and had them almost every other day. Sometimes getting as close together as 5 minutes with the contractions lasting for right around a minute and that pattern would last for anywhere from 1 to 4 hours! That combined with the fact that Nicolette came 6 days early made me feel sure that Walker would be here early too. But now that we've gotten closer, the contractions have pretty much stopped and he seems to have totally hunkered down showing no intention of evacuating any time soon. While I'm impatient and want to meet him I'm thankful that I'm not uncomfortable (anymore) and am trying to remember to focus on savoring each wiggle, roll and kick especially since this will be the last baby for the Randazzo family. Someday in a few weeks, months or years I will yearn for the feeling of baby kicks and hiccups inside my tummy so I will not wish this time away.

And here are some photos from the sprinkle that my girlfriends hosted for Walker and his soon to be buddies Aubrey and Jack!

Nicolette's 2nd Birthday

Nicolette's 2nd birthday was a perfect family day. We didn't have anything fancy planned and just hung out with the 3 of us! When she woke up she go her presents downstairs…we bought her a balance bike and a helmet and right away she said "BICYCLE"! So I guess it was a "hit"!

Then we had a nice visit from one of Nicolette's besties, Ava, her brother Nolan and her mommy and Gramma Kat.

Giving Nolan kisses and hugs was probably the highlight of her day!

After nap, Nicolette and I made cupcakes and she was all about helping….until I turned the mixer on. She wasn't a huge fan of the mixer!

We let Nicolette pick what she wanted for dinner so we ended up grilling hamburgers and had cucumber salad (cucumbers are her FAVORITE).  

And she went to bed a VERY happy little girl!