Yup, he's one!
He's amazing and truly a gift to our family!
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Wow does time fly!
My little man is currently 11 months. He will be one in no time!
This last few months have flown by!
He is crawling, has four teeth with two more coming in. He is trying to stand on his own. And cruises along the furniture.
He loves to shake his head no and say Dada. He also says Mama, Yaya (a Nick name for his sister) all done and dirty.
He's very adventurous and loves to explore his surroundings.
He's very affectionate and gives lots of hugs and kisses that seriously melt my heart!
I can't believe a year has come and gone so quickly. It's really sad but I love seeing him grow and becoming a little man!
Friday, January 22, 2016
Life has been so busy for us it kind of just flew by!
Preston is such a big boy now weighing in at a whopping 21lbs! Go mama milk!
He is siting up unsupported, however he will topple over from time to time since he is no lightweight!
His last shot at 6 months old was a breeze! Go thunder thighs! He is developing right on target and is in the 95th percentile!
Since we have been super busy, Preston's sleep has suffered and although he was sleeping a good chunk at night has resumed to waking ever 3 hours! Pray for me! LOL
He's luck he is so stinking cute. When i got for him in the middle of the night I am greeted with a BIG smile and lots of "mommy pick me up" arm action and grunts.
His favorite place to be at the moment is in his new excersaucer he received for Christmas! Money well spent!
As you can see from his photos he loves to eat and has been eating an Organic line of premade baby food. I am a huge advocate for making my own baby food, but life hasn't permitted me with that option in the fast few weeks! And my pocket is feeling it!
Preston seems to enjoy spending time with the "guys". He readily goes to brothers at church to hold him and loves one on one time with his Papa. SO adorable.
I can't believe my little guy is over half a year old! It's bitter sweet, but i am really sad that I can't get these past 7 months back. SO i cherish every single moment thoroughly.
He got his first teeth this week, bringing him to his latest milestone!
I absolutely love his smile with the addition of these two new pearly whites :)
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
This is getting a bit repetitive. But I just can't get over how quickly time is going??!!
My sweet Ray Ray is 4 months!!
This past month he has started attempting to roll. He gets about half way and then gets stuck.
He is very eager to eat. He makes the most hilarious eagar noises when he's about to get milk. I am still nursing him.
He's also very cheerful. Tons of smiles and laughs..he likes to nurse and then pull of and smile at me. It's adorable!
He has been babbling up a storm this week. So far it seems his personality will be cheerful and laid back. He likes to just sit in his bouncer or lay with me and play little games.
This week he's been super gassy. Sometimes when he laughs or coughs he will pass gas at the same time. It makes me laugh.
Preston flew on his first airplane this past month. He did amazing. He didn't cry at all. His sleep has been pretty consistent. Last night was the first night in months he was up every 2 hours. Let's hope that was just a fluke.
He continues to self soothe and puts himself to sleep. This week he began biting his tongue. So it seems he's getting ready for some solid food.
I let him try a little banana the other day. He spit it out. Lol. I look forward to making him his food. I can't believe he's already at that point.
It's been a wonderful 4 months. Its sad that his new born stage is over. Though I am thankful for the sleep. Not to mention the older he gets the cuter he is and more interactive. So it's fun spending time with him now.
Miya has been bugging me to have another baby lately. She's really adjusted well to having a younger brother. It will be nice when he's big enough for her to play with.
Well that's all for month four!
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
My sweet little man is 3 months old!
This last month of his life has been filled with so many changes and ups and downs of life. But by the Grace of God my little guys been awesome through it.
Some sweet things he's doing now is giggling up a storm, smiling, cooing and he clearly recognises certain people.
I love when he stares at me during nursing and his eyes light up when he sees me. Aaaahh it makes my day every single time.
He occasionally rolls from his tummy to his back and creeps around his crib. I really think he will be an early crawler.
He is a terrific sleeper and goes to sleep on his own. No rocking or nursing necessary. We now are working on cutting his night time feed from twice to once a night.
He goes down around 7-8pm. And wakes up at 7-8 am. His naps are more predictable, taking 4, 45min-1 hr naps a day. Overall he's calm, just like I prayed for and happy as long as he's been fed :D
So happy God gave me a son! I am enjoying ever last minute of mommahood. One day, these precious children will grow and leave me and I would hate too look back and wish I had enjoyed it more.
On another note my baby girl and I have began special Dr.Seuss time together each day. Oh the magic of a Dr Seuss book!
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
This is just too much! My sweet little babyroo is two months already!
Needless to say blogging with a new born is nearly impossible. Every time I remember to blog and sit down and do it, he cries. Lool
But this has been such a wonderful time. Preston is the sweetest son a mommy could ever ask for. I am always asked so what's it like having a son?
And at first it felt no different then having daughters...that is until you change the diaper. He looks so much like his sister Miya that I often mistake the two.
But lately I am noticing the difference. And beginning to experience that 'mother son bond'. Wow...it's so special.
I absolutely love my daughters to pieces but when I see them with their daddy, you can see its something special. Being a daddies girl myself,I know the father daughter bond is special.
So it's so nice to have the mother/son bond. I noticed the bond one day giving him a bath. And his godmother came over that day as I was bathing him and she's like 'he's just gazing at you' . I hadn't really realized and as I looked back at him it just hit. When I hold him and he puts his precious hands on my chest or face it just warms my heart.
I think of him as he gets older and all the fun we will have. I picture him a young man sometimes sitting next to me in church... And just all the sweet moments we have ahead of us.
OK enough of that. As for how month two went. He's a champ. I have a perfect little baby. He sleeps like amazing. He only gets fussy one hour before bed. He will let other people hold him without fussing.
He even goes to sleep on his own most of the time. I try and put him down drowsy but awake and he recently has started going down during the day without much of a cry or any at all.
Since his night sleep is well established...he sleeps a nice 6hr stretch and then two sets of three or four hour stretches, I am trying to focus on his day time nap schedule. That's pretty all over the place. So far the morning nap has been established from 9-10:30 ish.
He wakes at 7:30-8 am each morning and goes to bed between 8pm-9. The earlier the better. He actually sleeps longer if he goes down earlier. He's a big smiler. Especially in the morning. He's attempting to roll and loves bath time. He relaxes so much he often poops in the tub and his a mad rush to get him out of the water. Lool
As for me and my post partum self I am pretty much back to normal. 5 lbs away from normal weight and feeling really good. My emotions are pretty normal as I was a bit on the emotional side at first.
Life with three is an adjustment but we are making it work.
I will write more about this on my day in a life of a pastors wife blog.
Well that's all for now!
Monday, July 27, 2015
My little Preston Ray is one month old!
The time has just flown! It's bitter sweet.
This past month with him has been a whirlwind of fun and busy! I have sat down each week to write and update and then some how I don't, or I don't finish it!
So here's hoping I get through this one...
Lol guess whose guys waking up??
OK I am back...lol
So taking care of a new born is quite time consuming and that's putting it lightly. The moment a mom needs to, eat, sleep, pee, shower, blog (haha), your little one starts calling your name. Or in a newborns case.. Screaming hysterically!
Anyhow as time consuming and tiring as it is...I LOVE IT! He's the sweetest baby ever.
A little update on things he's doing
-smiling more awake and in response to mommies kisses and cuddles(melts my heart)
- rolling from front to back(he started this at like 2 weeks old, strong boy)
-hold up head for a few seconds, pushes off floor or me and tries to maneuver on his own
- This is probably not really what he's doing but it's still sweet to me. He gives kisses. When I hold him he will bop his mouth back and forth against my cheek...and he isn't hungry. Lol
As for me and my postpartum self, I am doing well. Pretty much back to my normal weight and self. Though I do feel a bit frumpy. Goes with the new mom thing...but people say I look wonderful.
Something about boobs leaking, sweating spontaneously, bleeding and being unsure I put deodorant on that morning can make one feel frumpy, even under a nice outfit and fresh makeup lol.
I look forward to month two with him. I can't wait to see what/who he will look like. Most say he's a splitting image of Daddy! No fair..Hahaha. To me he looks very 'newbornish ' still. His cheeks are the cutest chubbiest things in the world. He is now 9lbs 7oz.
He sleeps very well at night. Cranky early evenings or anytime he is gassy. Which for a week was a lot.
Siblings seem to be adjusting well to their brother. Though my oldest has been away for most of his life thus far. My youngest girl is in big sister heaven. She wants to cuddle him, play with him and take care of him. Its very sweet. The moment I change his diaper she takes the dirty one and throws it in the garbage without me asking. She's quite the help!
Looking forward to month two of our little Preston Rays life!!
Monday, July 13, 2015
Yesterday was an exciting and meaningful day for myself and my family. We dedicated our newest addition in our family to the Lord.
We were even fortunate enough to have our very own pastor come and personally dedicate our little man. Baby dedications, christenings and the like are often religious practices done when babies are just infants.
To most it's just that, a religious practice, or hope for good luck! To me, it was confirming everything I had already spent 9months praying about. I know God has amazing plans for this little boy and I can't wait to see what they entail!
Yesterday was special for so many reasons and a wonderful day to dedicate our son.
For one it was our churches 6year anniversary. Can't believe we have been doing this, that long and the fruit it has produced. And for two, it was Preston's original due date!
As I dressed him for church I was a bit teary eyed. How I have longed for a son and God answered my prayer. It blows my mind the joy a child can bring. Watching my daughters swoon over their brother melts my heart. Preston is the missing piece to our family and has now made us complete!
My little guy is also two weeks old! And doing wonderfully! Each day is a treasure and a gift I never want to forget!!
Friday, July 3, 2015
Who would have thought my 39th week of pregnancy would actually be my sons first week of life!
I am just absolutely in LOVE with this little boy and so thankful to have him here a little early!
His first week of life went off without a hitch. It involved us getting discharged as quickly as we could from the hospital (1 am Sunday morning to be exact) so that we could make it for a wedding at out church that morning!
Yep...I was in church Sunday morning after just pushing out a baby the day before! A round of applause for super woman?? Haha...yeah right superwoman was in tears in the car later that day when it hit me...this was just a little bit much,a bit too soon!
After the reception we got home and Preston, Miya and myself took a nap(how we miss Tiana... She's back next week)
I woke up to find the house quiet. I looked at the clock...it was 7pm. Evening service has already started and my sweet husband had let me stay home and sleep. Though earlier I had mentioned me staying home(didn't know he was actually going to let me) lool
Preston has his first doctor apt on Monday. He had lost a bit of weight and was a bit jaundiced, but the doctor assured me since my milk supply had just came in full effect that day that it would clear within the week.
I was a bit sad seeing my little one looking yellow, but it didn't seem to effect him. Regular feedings, poops, naps and alertness continued! Go Preston!
He is absolutely THE best baby. I don't want to brag because I know that can change in a blink of an eye. But he hardly fusses. And if he does its just because he's hungry or getting his diaper changed.
As for me I have been feeling good for the most part. Doing everything in my power to rest when he rests and fight the urge to be SUPERWOMAN. I noticed one day that I didn't rest I was more emotional, so there is definitely a link!
Big sister Miya has been adjusting well to Preston. I think the only thing she isn't fond of, is my napping more frequently. This is where she could really use her big sister. Lol
Thankfully she's an independent girl and doesn't mind playing on her own. She has also been able to go visit her friends house to play and is able to to that any time she likes...so that helps the transition!
Having Preston here with us, makes me wonder how we ever lived without him? Bringing him to his room for the first time was such a special moment(even at 1 am...lol)
Each day is filled with many firsts. He has a smile that melts my heart. He makes these adorable grunts when he's upset or needs to poop. I have forgotten the joy of a newborn.
I also forgot the work! Lol when you hear women say they barely got a chance to shower or brush their teeth, that's no joke. Though as I type l, I am freshly showered, life is MUCH more busy.
I find myself missing him if he sleeps for too long. I ended up having him sleep in the bassinet in my room. Not because he won't sleep in his room... But because I miss him so much, I can't sleep with him in the other room. He's not fussy so having him next to me is a dream!
As for how I am feeling one week postpartum? Pretty good.
Having a baby puts a mothers body through a lot, and both my grandmother and mother in law have urged me 'Victoria just because you feel good on the outside, doesn't mean your OK on the inside, so take it easy!' Gotta love them.
Physically this has been my easiest recovery. Given I didn't tear and my pushing stage was very quick my body has healed nicely. I do have some back ache...which is expected as I had a great deal of back labor this time.
Well I think that sums up the first week of Preston's life. He has had plenty of visitor's, texts and calls all welcoming him into this world!
The saying 'we thought we had everything until we had you' rings so true for this little man! God has truly blessed us, having a son meant to much to me and actually having him here with me after all the scares and stresses we went through in the last year has really made it all worth it!
Thursday, July 2, 2015
This morning Miya, Preston & I got loaded up to go on a walk to the mall. Our very first walk together.
As we set off it got me thinking to this exact same time last week. It was just Miya, baby bump and I off to 7/11 to get slurpees. Now it was the three of us off to get lunch together.
I am still in a bit of shock that Preston is here with us already?? I remember the week before getting some cramping and making jokes to Gary about being in labor.
That week, I had everyone casting bets on when I would go into labor. I think I was the only person who didn't really think 'this was the week'.
Never mind this was the day! Lol
One thing I do remember is Miya praying that night for Preston to come. She also would pray for him to have good dreams in my tummy. I think even Miya is surprised he is here so soon...she still often goes to kiss my tummy...
This morning she said 'mommy where did your tummy go? It's disappearing?'
Lol. Well thank God for that. I actually braved myself and stepped on the scale today! To my pleasant surprise,I have lost 16 lbs in 1 WEEK. Talk about supreme weight loss! That leaves me with 10-15 lbs to go. I am in no hurry to lose weight. I know it will come off in no time. Just amazed how awesome the body works.
This week truly has been a treasure. Preston is So Good. Just what I hoped and prayed for.
I just want to enjoy every moment of our time with him. He's a delight to our family, friends and church.
Monday, June 29, 2015
|On our way to hospital! Proud Big Sister!|
Todays the Day!
I was enjoying yet another week of preggohood.
Thursday began justt like any other day. Nothing in me signaled that the following events would occur.
|Tummy during a contraction.|
|Hard work being a Daddy in labor! LOL|
We dropped Miya at my friends (my oldest was away for a few weeks) and off we went. Gary called into work and told them 'his wife was in labor'.
|And so the pitocin begins! :/|
This was the BEST part. Without pain relief, pushing feels like a breeze compared to contractions. I pushed for 10 minutes, would have been less but they kept telling me to slow down!?? Lol slow down? Like I want to just push all night' lol
He was perfect and worth the long and very laborious labor.
|After 8 hours of pitocin still able to smile :D|
That would soon change! LOL
|Daddy's first time holding him|
|First time nursing him|
|Big Sisters first time holding him|
|My perfect little boy!|
|On the way home!|
|Miya's first time holding brother! She was THRILLED|
|Last day of Pregnancy|
37 weeks 5 Days
1)For a few days this week I felt like I was getting my period. LOL Obviously not, but a lot of period like cramps, loose bm (sorry for tmi), upset stomach, and fatigue. Just felt very OFF. Thankfully it only lasted a few days...but there is still a lingering of off-ness!
2) I also have had a bit of insomnia. I just never feel tired at night! :/ I will get into bed exhausted and then after 20 minutes of laying there I am ready to get up! LOL So annoying.
3) Also I can feel hiccups all the time now. It's quite evident his head is down because the hiccups are right down there...lol It actually took me a while to realize that they were hiccups! I don't remember if I felt hiccups with my girls!?
4) Blotchy skin. Melasma has definitely caught up with me. I had it the worst with my first but have developed some spots on my cheeks this week. I know it's from sun exposure and no hat or sun block. Ahh well...concealer to the rescue!
5) wobbly & unbalanced. When I walk, stand or move I just notice my balance is not quite there! Lol.
Another peak was a little staycation with hubby. We just hung out one night and talked. Meant a lot to me as that would be the night my water broke lol
He is well over the size of a water melon that's for sure! I haven't been gaining any more weight though. My belly is SUPER DUPER low. And very obvious because I carried very high this pregnancy.
Monday, June 22, 2015
I just love the title!
June 21 -I just thought...fathers day...lol maybe that would be appropriate!
- June 29-just a random guess
- July 2 or 4th-I have a thing with even numbers...the second was always my guess even with July 13th due date.
- July 8th-another random guess-but hoping not...Dr will be on vacay
- July 12th-This our church anniversary...as inconvenient as that would be (sunday) Preston is very active during church and I think will want to make a debut on a Sunday service! LOL
- July 16th-This is the day my Dr comes back from vacation...so if I am going overdue...it better be after the 16th LOL
My friend guesses 24th of June
At 37 weeks my boy is a full term baby! Yay! My stomach looks like I have been smuggling basketballs. Literally looks like I shoved a ball up my dress. So round and perfect. I will miss this belly!! It's hard to believe 37 weeks have already passed? Some days I am so excited about his arrival, and then other days I feel a bit nervous. It's the BOY part that makes me nervous! Boy diapers, boy toys, boy things, boy mess...lol
|Nana getting her hair "raked" through|
|Me under the dryer...gotta dry this hair :D|
|This is the day after I got my hair did...as u can see this is nothing new! LOL|
It was a nice treat though
I have been lucky not to have back ache and soreness when I walk but this walk, was something special.
Also his head is still down! Cervix is soft and ready! Sooo happy about that! He is pretty much a full size baby now. Woohoo!
Thursday, June 18, 2015
Explore your city, go eat at that restaurant you haven't tried yet. Have some good fun time with some friends!
Thursday, June 11, 2015
|Welcome to Preston's Nautical Nursery|
On another note:
Here are some photo's of my little sons room! I am thrilled with the turn out! :D Thanks again to my helpers and family & friends that blessed us with so many of the things in this room!
|This shelf gave all of us a run for our money!!|
IT TOOK FOREVER!!! Just when we thought we
had the step right...we didn't! Good memories though!
|At this point we had already been working on the shelf one hour..hadn't gotten past step one! LOL|
|A Nautical Crib. I love how the sides of the crib look like waves!|
|A few momentos from his shower, I plan to add photo's to this board!|
|Loving this lamp! Next to it is a jar filled with|
sweet notes for Preston from friends & Family!
|Our change table...a Rodney design! LOL|
|The picture & quilt that have stolen my heart :D|
|Tadah!! All finished :D|