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1 month update

Luca is 1 month old! He weighs 11 pounds, 4 ounces and is 22 inches long.

It has been a long month of very little sleep! The first two weeks were definitely the hardest, especially the first night home from the hospital. Luca was awake almost every hour! We would dread going to bed at night because we knew it would be a  night of constant waking, feeding, changing, re-swaddling, and putting back to sleep. As Luca has gotten bigger, he can eat more and sleep longer, giving us 3-5 hour stretches! Daddy is the master swaddler and insists on changing his diaper very frequently. Mommy is getting the hang of nursing which is a relief because it was a hard start! Seeing a lactation consultant and attending breast feeding support groups were life changing though! Luca celebrated his first Halloween (one of my favorite holidays!)IMG_5656IMG_3148IMG_4496IMG_3412IMG_3430IMG_3046IMG_2787IMG_3064IMG_3356tempImageForSave 2tempImageForSave

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2 month

Luca is 2 months old! He weighs 13 pounds, 2 ounces and is 24 inches long!

He celebrated mommy’s 29th birthday, had his Aunt Megan and Uncle Ryan come visit, and enjoyed the last month of having mommy and daddy home with him. He celebrated his first Thanksgiving as well! He’s beginning to smile, doing lots of tummy time, and spending many hours asleep still. He has lots of baby acne (from my milk), and some cradle cap. He also had some breast feeding jaundice. Nothing to worry about and all will pass with time! We’ve started to venture out a little bit more and can definitely do so now that we have our 2 month shots!!! 24232098_10212599034468699_8715443010212802201_n23559848_10212512147136570_3236449335960412347_n23561826_10212512154016742_3992612209601718596_n

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3 month

Luca is 26 inches and 15 pounds, 3 ounces.

He rolls over, stays awake longer, and is finally eating about every 3 hours giving mommy a break. He has slept 8 hours straight but typically gives us 6-7 hours before waking mommy up to eat. He has his first Christmas and took his first flight to Chicago. He was amazing on his airplane ride. He slept the majority of the time and barely noticed the pressure changes. He got to meet his great-grandmother and aunts, uncles, and cousins. We didn’t get to see snow but maybe next time. He had his first Christmas with both sides of the family and definitely got the most presents of anybody! He got to meet Santa Claus this month too! It’s been a busy December!26168902_10212816885514839_610733900648710159_n24909956_10156795731482977_2569880501753008586_n25289325_10212714044423876_3177375624493788728_n25594232_10156839670462977_8040746046220294208_n26055871_10156842511527977_6870732814096387450_n

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4 month old

Luca is now 4 moths old!! He weights 16 pounds, 7 ounces and 27 inches long. He is in the 99th percentile for height and 81st percentile for weight! His chunky little thighs are the cutest!!!

He is in swimming classes, trying to hold his bottle, rolling over (from front to back), and trying to roll over from back to front. He can hold his rattle and is now big enough to sit in his jumper. We stopped swaddling him at night and he’s handled it like a champ! We use a sleep sack now so we can continue to keep him cold during this Florida “winter”. We started rice cereal in his bottle and are putting him in his high chair during dinner so he can enjoy meals sitting with us. He giggles and is a very happy baby. He sleeps about 8 hours straight at night too for a total of 11 hours at nighttime. He loves story time before bed too. His hair has started to get lighter but did not fall out ( thank goodness! ) 26805457_10213072173736885_341147396000853731_n26993591_10213072149896289_7360104047817508528_n26993807_10213072174016892_5245530305342982893_n26993912_10213072180417052_893671731292964543_n27072920_10213072173696884_3611689709305158887_n

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42 Week Update

Things have been crazy the past 14 days. We have already learned so much. There was a lot that we had ready to use for baby and other things we hadn’t even opened/washed yet. Things I found to be used the most were his newborn onesies with the mitten cuff, swaddles, and boppy. I have also gotten a lot of use of my medela pump which was completely covered by insurance!

Speaking of pumping, breast feeding has been the hardest task so far. In the hospital, Luca kept falling asleep while I was nursing and then waking up every 30-60 minutes to eat again, and I felt like he wasn’t getting enough to eat. The nurse suggested I pumped to see how much we were getting and to feed him sometimes by bottle. We found that to be a little less painful on me and good because Andre could feed the baby too. Once at home, I pumped as well because it seemed to be faster and again, less painful. However, I ended up with mastitis possibly from overproduction from pumping or from not being able to heal from constant feedings. I ended up meeting with a Lactation Consultant which was amazing. She confirmed that Luca was latching well and that we were doing things right, but suggested we slow down on pumping after the infection was gone and focus on breast feeding. She also gave me a nipple shield to try and protect me so I could finally heal. 3 days later and I am feeling much better. I don’t think I will stop pumping completely because I like being able to have extra milk in case he doesn’t get enough at one feeding with me and so daddy can help at night as needed.

The other hard thing  for us was swaddling at first. It is definitely an art form! But Andre has truly mastered it and get Luca back to sleep easily when he swaddles him (not so much for me!!) And sleeping– Luca is sleeping in his crib all night long! Sometimes he sleeps 2+ hours at a time and we have even gotten some 4+ hours. We are really lucky as he’s an overall easy baby. Hopefully that stays true!

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40 Week Update 

Luca Jacques Lama arrived at 6:08 on 9/29/17 (40 weeks exactly). He weighed 8 pounds, 13 ounces and was 21 inches long.  We are so in love with him.

Here is how it happened:

Thursday 9/28/17 11 am: I had my weekly doctor appointment today with one of my favorite obgyns (we had seen 11 different doctors). I was going to ask her the protocol on how late they let people go after the due date etc. We had talked previously about inducing me at 39 weeks for my low platelets but since they had been stable, I didn’t think it was much or an issue. She walked right in and said, “why haven’t we induced you yet?” (As I had seen a different doc the past two weeks since you don’t know who will deliver you). She and I decided that the sooner the better in case my platelets fell any lower and I needed any kind of spinal anesthesia. She booked me for that night at 5:00 to begin the process at the hospital and said that she would be delivering him tomorrow. I called Andre and told him we had to get ready to go today. I had everything packed but still felt anxious about heading to the hospital. This was it- go time!!

2:00 pm we had a nice big lunch as they told me that I couldn’t eat once I got to the hospital. We hurried home to pack up the car and finalize things (who would watch the dog, etc). I called the hospital at 4:00 to confirm our time and was told to wait until 7:00 now because they had a bunch of deliveries come in. So here we were ready to go and now had to wait.

7:00 pm We got to the hospital and waited for our room. We had lots of questions, vitals, etc. before they began the cervical ripening agent. I had 3 doses every 4 hours over the night. I was only 1 cm dilated when we came in so we knew there was a lot to go. We watched a bunch of movies and tried to sleep but being hooked up to a million things and thinking of the day to come, sleep was hard to come by.

9/29/17 7:00 am Andre and I were finally asleep when my doctor came in and woke us up. She got right to work and broken my water. They started me on anti biotics due to being step-b positive and started the pitocin. The morning wasn’t too bad as I used my breathing exercises we learned in class as the contractions got worse. I slowly moved to 3 and 4 cm dilated as they upped the pitocin. We continued to watch movies and I did some crosswords to distract myself. Unfortunately as the afternoon came, my contractions were much worse and closer together. My nurse was really great and helped coach me through the tougher contractions.

2:30 pm I was 6 cm dilated at this point. I asked for an epidural. My plan was to try and do this without the epidural but I was absolutely miserable with the pitocin making the contractions so close together and strong. At that point, they had to re-draw my blood for a most recent platelet count as the anesthesiogt wouldn’t do the epidural if it was lower than 100. 30 minutes later it came back at 100 so we called the anesthesiologist who said he would do it.

3:30 pm The epidural was placed and I soon felt calmer. By 4:00 I was 10 cm dilated. My doctor was in a c-section so my amazing nurse placed a peanut ball under me to help the baby descend and make pushing easier. I took a little nap and prepared to start pushing.

5:15 pm The nurse and Andre helped me begin pushing. They each had to hold me up because I couldn’t feel my legs. By 5:45 the doctor came in. Everyone was really supportive coaching me and at 6:08 Luca was here.

Overall, the day was long and tough but it went really well and we got the greatest gift at the end of it.

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39 Weeks – Andre’s Thoughts

January 20, 2017 seemed like a typical Friday. Fridays in our house usually consist of Colleen preparing a charcuterie assortment with wine poured waiting for me when I get home from work. She knows what time I am coming home as she texts me and asks when I am coming. This day was very typical. She texted me, and I told her I was on the way. When I walked in the front door, she asked me to come in the kitchen which too is very typical. This time, there wasn’t charcuterie or wine poured, there was a onesie, a “coolest dad ever sign”, a pink cupcake and a blue cupcake, and a positive pregnancy test. Colleen recorded my reaction to the card she handed me which was a combination of awe, excitement, happiness, and joy. I was going to be a dad, and couldn’t have been happier.

The next 9 months really went by fast. Colleen has been a trooper and overall has had an easy pregnancy compared to the horror stories we have heard from others. We made it a point to work out 3-4 times a week together. The looks she gets at the gym are priceless, as people cannot believe a pregnant woman is working out, but I love it, and just goes to show how determined Colleen is, and indicative of what a dedicated mother she will be. We made it a point to maintain our lifestyle; minus Colleen having wine of course 🙂 . We went out often, had dinners with friends, and stayed active. One thing that really surprised me about the over all process is how much your pregnancy is a part of society. People feel compelled to come up to you and ask you if you are “due any day” at 6 months, ask to feel your belly or simply just walk up and start touching, which has actually happened to Colleen! It has been a journey and was exciting to finally start to see the little guy kick, and move, and swim.

Now, we are at September 28, 1 day before his due date, and Colleen went to the Doctor who said “it’s time”. She is getting induced tonight at 7pm and he will likely come tomorrow! Now that the day is here, I can’t wait to meet the little guy and raise him to be a great human. I know I have a fantastic partner to embark on this next chapter of our lives, and we couldn’t be more thrilled. There are many emotions that are taking place right now, but most of all, excitement.  Next time you hear from us we will be Lama Table for 3! 4 including Harvey if we go to a dog friendly restaurant but 3 most of the time! 😉