Sunday, July 24, 2011

Movie night at church

We had movie night at Covenant tonight.  Daniel and I took Hughes while Hampton got to play with Mimi and Papa.  We had lots of yummy popcorn and coke and watched Despicable Me.  It was a cute movie and a good time was had by all.  As much as I LOVE taking Hughes to events like that, I also can't wait to take Hampton when he gets older too (not that I'm rushing him to grow because he's already growing WAY too fast for my liking!)
LOVE this boy like he was my own!!

7 weeks and 2 days

It happened.  The inevitable.  My precious baby got sick for the FIRST time and as you probably already guessed by the title of this blog at 7 weeks 2 days old.  I knew it would eventually happen, but no matter how much I could try, I knew I would never be 100% prepared.  I was so sad for him and still am.  Now I know it could be a lot worse, BUT he is still so pitiful.  I went to get a pedicure yesterday (Saturday) and to Hobby Lobby. When I got home, Daniel told me he had been sneezing and coughing a lot himself all of a sudden and had noticed since Hampton's last feeding, he was having the same symptoms with lots of congestion too.  Well, Daniel of course, being 28 years old just went and took some medicine for him not feeling so well.  Hampton, on the other hand, got progressively worse through the afternoon and early night hours.  I could tell he didn't feel good. He was irritable and just couldn't get comfortable.  He had no fever, but we still called the nurse on call to see if there was anything we could give him.  2 1/2 frustrating hours later, we talked to the nurse who told us there was nothing we could give him at his age.  She said we could sit him in steam to open up his nose for the drainage and to continue to use the bulb to get the "gunk" out of his nose.  Poor thing.  Talking about feeling helpless as a parent.  Not to mention it was wearing mommy and daddy down as well as little Hampton.  Needless to say, it was a restless night for all.  Daniel is feeling much better today.  Hampton has pretty much slept all day (I guess catching up on what he lost last night).  He still is sick, but seems to feel and sound a little better from last night.  Dana called Lucy's Dr. today, who is at the same Pediatrician office we use, to double check if there was really nothing we could do for him.  She did tell Dana we could use some Saline spray to help clear him out some which I am going to do first thing when he wakes up.  Hopefully, after that and his bedtime feeding, he will rest much better tonight and feel like himself again tomorrow.  This momma is tired of seeing her sweet baby sick and feeling so helpless.  So, with that said, prayers would be greatly appreciated for all 3 of us please.  I did manage to catch a couple of pics today after church when he was actually awake for 2.5 seconds. :)

P.S.  Prayers for my parents, Brad, Dana, Hughes, and Lucy would also be greatly appreciated.  They leave in the morning (Monday) traveling to Nashville, TN preparing for Lucy's 3rd open heart surgery this Thursday.  Brooke, Hampton, and I are leaving Wednesday to go up.  Later post on that in the next day or so.  For now, I have a sick and hungry precious baby I have to tend to.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Birthday gift

For my 28th birthday this year my sweet husband got me a charm necklace.  I absolutely LOVE it!!  It is the most versatile piece of jewelry I own.  I can dress it up or dress it down.  He did gooood this birthday!! :)  Thank you honey!  I love you to pieces!

The "H" stands for Hampton of course, not Hewett!  ;)
Isn't she lovely?!  I think so!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

It's a southern thing

Around the Hewett household we LOVE us some summa time.  I mean, I would be A okay with Summer time all year round if we could have it.  One thing we like to do not only during summer time, but spring and fall as well is to grill out.  Whether we are grilling with family, friends, or just our little family of 3, we can't get enough.  I could eat something grilled EVERY night and not complain one bit.  So, lately we've been grilling out quite a bit.  Here are 2 of my favorite meals my personal chef, Daniel has made us this week.  They were both phenomenal!!!
Grilled chicken with grilled zucchini, squash, and mushrooms
 Grilled mahi mahi on angel hair personal ALL TIME favorite, hands down. 
And they are both healthy, light summery meals.  They are easy peasy (for those of you with a 6 week old), quick, and oh so yummy!
And while mommy and daddy are soaking up the sights and smells of grilling during the summer time, little man is too! ;)  Gotta start 'em young, right?!

I'm not sure if people up north enjoy summer and grilling as much as us southerners do or not, but if I had to guess, I would say grilling out with 1 or 15 people and loving every minute of it, is definitely a southern thing. Just sayin.  :)

Friday, July 8, 2011

Life after baby...

has been crazy busy.  June has been a month of adjusting to parenthood with lack of sleep and still trying to live a sane life during the day time hours.  But, it's truly worth it and I wouldn't trade it for the world.  Here are a few highlights from our fun and busy month.
Daniel celebrated his 1st Father's Day
Sunday, June 19, 2011
 So sweet...
 It also turned out to be our very first Sunday going to church with Hampton! :)
 Proud Papa with Hampton on Father's Day
Oddly enough, my 28th birthday ended up being on the night of our High School 10 year reunion, so Daniel took me out for my birthday dinner on the night before.  We went to La Parilla...SO yummy!  For once in my life, I didn't snap a picture of us that night so I'm a little bummed about that, BUT I have plenty from my actual birthday night at the reunion to make up for it. ;)
 Daniel and I at my 10 year reunion at the Art Museum
The museum was where we had our wedding reception so it brought back some sweet memories :)
 Even though I still can't believe it was already time for our 10 year, it was a very fun night where even more memories were made with good friends and classmates I haven't seen in a long time. A good time was had by all!
NHS Class of 2001 
Where's Anna?  Can you see me?  I'm to the left behind the girl sitting in the chair. haha

Not only was it my birthday AND 10 year reunion, but Hampton spent the night off for the first time!!  Yep, that's right, he spent the night with Mimi and Papa at 3 weeks old!  It was a much needed night of adult interaction, but better than that we got 7 hours of UNINTERRUPTED sleep!!! :)  Those of you that have had children understand why that word is in all caps!  It was a glorious night to say the least.

The next morning we picked up Hampton (which did great they said!) and headed for a week long beach trip.  We stayed with Daniel's parents at Emerald Beach Resort in Panama City.  The rest of his extended family also were there for a week staying in a house.  We had some much needed R & R and enjoyed our first beach trip as a family of 3! :) 

 I was so afraid he was going to become a "lap baby" by the time the week was over.  As you can imagine, between Daniel's mom, grandmother, and 3 aunts, there were very few times when you didn't see this...
 Hampton with his great grandmother, Mamaw

 Even though he didn't get in the water, I had to show him in his first swimsuit. 
It's blue and white seersucker!

 And of course before leaving, we had to take some of the infamous "all white" family beach pictures...

And we returned home on Saturday, July 2 which was Hampton's 1 month old birthday!  My how time flies...

Start off where I left off...

Well, if you're wondering if I was EVER going to fulfill my blogging duties again, I finally am.  As most of you already know, thanks to the wonderful world of Facebook, I've been a tad bit distracted over the past 5 weeks with this little guy...
Hampton Woods Hewett, June 2, 2011
7:34 a.m. 8 lbs. 12 oz. 21 inches
First of all, let me just say, I just read my last post and it was so fun to read because even though these past 5 weeks have flown by, I still vividly remember being miserably pregnant at 40 weeks and thinking this child was never going to come!  I also laughed at the fact of knowing now what I didn't know then.  My favorite line was reading about the cervadil when I said, "There is a possibility that it won't do anything."  WOW!!  Boy, was I wrong.  This is how it all went down (in a short version)  haha. Yeah right.  The term short version is not in my vocabulary even though I really wish it was sometimes.  Anyhow, the times are approximate since I was pretty much out of it for about 48 hours!  I was admitted to SEAMC about 4:00 on Weds. June 1.  After getting all settled in my room, the nurses came in and started my IV which took them about 30 minutes because my veins apparently are horrible.  Next thing I knew Dr. Scott came in and went ahead and put in the cervadil.  Well, the cervadil had basically a negative effect on my body and it started working way too much way too soon.  The point of the cervadil was to soften my cervix "overnight" and then they would start pitocin the next morning.  However, in a couple of hours, the cervadil had kicked in and I was having contractions so hard it made Hampton's heartbeat bottom out.  That's all it took.  They took the cervadil out immediately.  By now, I was on some really good pain medicine for the contractions and I didn't know what was going on.  In the meantime, they had also taken blood and sent it to the lab.  Dr. Scott came back in after taking the cervadil out and said lab results showed that my platelet count was extremely low (as in 72,000 when normal is 150,000) and of course, I had NO idea what this meant.  He explained to me that sometimes that happens to women during pregnancy and it meant that I would not be able to have an epidural or spinal for natural delivery or c-section due to the risk of bleeding.  "Excuse me.  WHAT did you just say???  I know I'm pretty doped up and everything, but I know my hearing is still good and I think you just told me I couldn't have an epidural because of some kind of platelet count."  I would give anything to have seen my face at that moment because I'm pretty sure it was priceless.  So, then he tells Daniel and I our options: for them to start pitocin the next morning and try to have a vaginal delivery with IV pain medicine, but would not numb me and wouldn't be as strong or have a c-section, but with general anesthesia.  And by the way, at this point, Dr. Patel had already described my cervix as a "stone cervix" and I was still not dilated.  Not even 1 centimeter!!!  Next, he tells us we can "discuss" what I want to do and let him know.  These were my next words, "oh, there's nothing to discuss.  I'm not a natural delivery kind of girl.  I will definitely have a c-section."  And that I did.  Even though the birth of my son was not your "typical" birth situation and not AT ALL what I had pictured or expected, I wouldn't trade it for the world.  I knew God was still in control, it was His grand plan, and that was all that mattered.  After the cervadil finally began to wear off, I was able to get some much needed rest that night.  The next morning, June 2, bright and early Dr. Patel (my Dr.) came in to say hello and let me know he was there and that I would be taken back around 7.  LOTS of emotions at this point.  If the word describes any kind of emotion I probably felt it.  Excited, anxious, scared, nervous, happy, sad, etc. You get the point.  I'm not sure what the saddest part for me was, the fact Daniel couldn't be back there in the OR because of them having to do general anesthesia or me not being able to see or hold my son the moment he arrived in the world.  But, I thought to myself, as long as he is a healthy baby, I should have no worries.  At 7:00 they came in to get me and by 7:34 we had a perfect little angel.  Thankfully, one of the sweet nurses took pictures on my camera the whole time from him being born to them giving him to Daniel for the first time to his first bath and everything else they do when they got him back to the room.  I'm pretty certain that was a God send because He knows how OCD I am about taking pictures, much less of my first son being born.  Here are just a FEW of the ones she took.
Dr. Patel and Dr. Scott
 Welcome to the world Hampton!
 Everyone seeing him for the first time and proud Daddy!!
Sweet feet!
First bath...don't think he liked it too much! :(
When it felt like the world stopped turning...
Mommy getting to see him for the first time! :)

Our first official family photo! :)
We were both released 48 hours later and I've had a fairly easy recovery.  Even though I'm still recovering some, I almost feel like my own self again.  I'm looking forward to my 6 week post-op appointment next week.