Sunday, August 31, 2014

The New Me (Postpartum)


Sage was getting fussy so I tried putting him in the Moby Wrap and he settled right down.  This is the first time I had a big success with the wrap and I think it's because Sage was already really tired.  He cried for a minute then snuggled up against me and fell asleep.  Time to do a post.  Here I go!

Just three weeks ago I was still pregnant with baby boy.  Over the course of 40 weeks my body changed before my eyes and I embraced my growing midsection.  And then, like magic, I have my body back and baby Sage in my arms.

Of course my body has changed though.  My midsection has shrunk down significantly over the past few weeks, but it's still softer than it used to be.  I've got a little extra cushion on my belly and hips.  The same way that I embraced my pregnant body, I plan to do the same with my postpartum body.  

I have no plans of stepping on a scale.  I know I'll get weighed at my six week doctor appointment.  A number doesn't interest me.  Yes, I'd like to fit into my regular clothes by the time I go back to work after my maternity leave, but that doesn't mean I expect my body to ever be exactly the same as it was.

I'm so proud of the work my body did and I want to honor that.  Therefore, I take a lot of care with the food I eat.  Whole food. Plant-based food.  Grains, veggies, fruit, nuts, seeds, and organic as much as possible.  I'm home all day with Sage so having the house stocked with all these good eats is really important to me.  This interest in clean eating isn't something new since getting pregnant and having a baby, but it means more to me now.  I want to provide the best nutrition possible for Sage and when he's old enough to notice I want to set a good example.

Am I different from the woman that I was last November before I found out I was pregnant?  Of course!  I don't think you can go through the experience of having a child and not be changed by it.  I'm still me though.  The same woman with a passion for a healthy life filled with love and happiness, only now I'm more inspired because I'm a role model for my boy.  

I'll never be the quite the same and for that I am eternally grateful.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Naps, Playtime & Cookies

Hey hey hey!

I woke up this morning super tired.  Ironically I got the most sleep that I've had in weeks.  Sage slept from 1-6AM. Holy cow!  I slept then too but woke up sporadically to check on him.  Maybe I got too much sleep?  Doubtful.  I'm thinking my body is just catching up since I didn't get in a nap yesterday and was busy with errands.

Sage woke us up, but then really just wanted to cuddle in bed with his parents.  He doesn't like being in his crib (yet), but enjoyed laying on our bed.  He sleeps in his Rock n' Play for now.

After a few minutes we all decided to get up for the day.  The morning consisted of diaper changes, napping, and playing.  I even snuck in a little nap in the hopes that it would boost my energy.  

Sage is much more alert than he was just a week ago.  He's up a lot more too.  He still sleeps way more than he's up, however, he's up for two to three hour chunks of time now.  I can tell when he needs to go back to sleep because he starts to get super fussy.  He was mesmerized by the toy that my husband brought out for him.  That helped his mood.  (Jax is supervising in the background)

My husband and I snuck in a quick lunch together while Sage slept. Faux turkey sandwich with lettuce, tomato and vegenaise on wheat for me and then a cup of So Delicious coconut milk chocolate ice cream for dessert.  My appetite is back for sure!  At the end of my pregnancy sometimes food just didn't sound all that appealing, but let me tell you, food is wonderful now. And I'm hungry round-the-clock.  I assume my increased appetite is from breastfeeding.

Check out that awesome clothesline that my husband put up so that the cloth diapers can dry.  Perfecto!  We have now accumulated 16 cloth diapers and I'm really happy about that.  I didn't plan on using the cloth diapers this early on, but we ran out of disposables sooner than expected, and we ended up liking the cloth much better anyways.  We were having leaking issues with the disposables, but we don't have any issues like that with the cloth ones.  Woohoo!  I will definitely do a post on our cloth diapering system because I am really happy with it so far.

I read that we should start doing some tummy time with Sage, so my husband spent a few minutes with him on it.  He can't quite lift his head yet.  

Eventually Sage fell asleep again on my husband's chest and I took the opportunity to make some chocolate chip cookies.  We may be having a low key holiday weekend, but we definitely are going to enjoy some good eats.  Chocolate chip cookies fresh out of the oven are truly the best.

Sage woke up as I was finishing baking the cookies so my husband took over. We've just fed and he is now sleeping my chest.  Moments like this are the most rewarding.  I can't believe our little boy is almost three weeks old!

I plan to start running again in another week.  I wanted to give myself a month of recovery after labor, but I am now getting antsy to get out there.  I want to go get a new pair of sneakers for a fresh start.  I'm excited to share my running journey after pregnancy.  

Look out for some upcoming posts on:

*Running after pregnancy

*Healthy simple eats (while caring for newborn)

*Pregnancy reflection and how it changed me 

How's your weekend?  Enjoy the sunshine!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A Typical Day with Sage

Hi there!

How's your week?  I'm sitting in my family room right now with all the windows open and there is a breeze coming through.  It feels absolutely wonderful.  Makes me think of fall which is kind of just around the corner.  Or maybe it's the fact that I pulled out my Vegan Pie in the Sky cookbook that has me thinking about fall because I totally associate pie with autumn.  

Sage has just fallen asleep on my chest, but he was being a little feisty so we'll see if he stays sleeping.

I got way too excited about dressing him in this outfit.  It's so cute that it makes me want a pair of overalls that are my size.  I used to rock overalls in middle school.  Are they back in style?

I thought I'd do a post on what my day is like.  No day is identical but they all are similar.  I never did typical day posts when I was at the office working each day, but being on maternity leave now my days are drastically different.  And baby Sage is the life of the party.  

My day started around 6ish when I awoke to Sage being fussy.  He was ready to be changed and EAT!  He slept last night from 2AM to 6AM.  That is incredible.  I needed that chunk of sleep so bad considering I had been up since 6AM the day before.  I consider a four hour window of sleep nothing short of amazing.  Last night was the very first time that he has slept that long.

We said good morning to daddy while he got ready for work, got a clean diaper (LOVING bum genius cloth diapers), Sage ate, I got myself a bowl of cereal, got a load of diapers going in the wash, and hung out for the next hour before Sage fell asleep again.

Sometimes Sage is totally chill and he just sits in my arms and we look at each other and I talk to him, other times he's fussy and it's me trying everything in my power to get him to relax.  A lot of times I walk around the house with him in my arms because the movement is soothing to him, and that is exactly what we did this morning.  

The painter arrived at 9AM  to finish the repair on our house.  The dogs went nuts barking.  Thank goodness they don't wake Sage up and he usually is completely unbothered by their barking.

Sage slept until 10:30AM giving me time to order pictures from Walgreens and work on my blog.  I've updated the Love and Baby tabs at the top on my site.

Sage woke himself up and we did our cycle again, which is change diaper, breastfeed, and then play (or Sage falls asleep while feeding).  Here's what my feeding times have been today:


And right now it's 3:30PM and he's still asleep in my arms.  I am one lucky mama.  The dogs are passed out by my side as well.  Hmmm...maybe I should take a nap too?

I sneak in food whenever I get a free hand!  Today's lunch was a salad with a large helping of whole wheat spaghetti in marinara sauce.  Then a glass of Silk chocolate almond milk.  And then an hour or so later a cup of So Delicious coconut milk yogurt with banana, pumpkin seeds, peanuts, almonds, dates, and dried apple mixed in.  It's my new favorite snack.

That's what life looks like for me right now.  It revolves around baby Sage and I wouldn't have it any other way.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Life at Home, Breastfeeding & Introducing a Bottle

Hey hey hey!

Today was Sage's two week old checkup at the doctor.  We were so happy to learn that he has surpassed his birth weight by six ounces.  Feeding him every one to three hours (and on demand) has paid off and it's incredibly rewarding for me.  

I have been waking Sage up every two to three hours day and night to feed because I had been told to do this for the first two weeks, but the doctor told us today that we can now let him sleep as much as he wants throughout the night.  He generally wakes himself up by the three hour mark, but we'll see what tonight brings!  I still plan on feeding every two hours or so during the day in the hopes that this helps him acclimate between day and night.

This brings me to the next thing on the agenda which is introducing a bottle.  That means I need to start pumping.  I only want to introduce a bottle a day so that my husband can help with an evening feeding, and it would be nice to have this backup feeding option.  I need to do some research on how much we should be giving Sage in the bottle at a feeding.  I'm happy to hear any advice you may have.

I feel like I'm starting to get into a groove with being home each day with baby Sage.  I'm used to working full time so it's definitely a change, but such a gift to be able to spend all this time with him.  This afternoon I tried out the Moby Wrap for the first time.  Thank goodness for YouTube tutorials because I don't think I could have figured that one out on my own.

  Also, we went through our stash of newborn disposable diapers quicker than I anticipated (clearly I had no idea the large number of diapers we would be changing each day) so I've started washing our Bum Genius cloth diapers to see if they will fit Sage yet.  If not, we will have to buy some more disposables, but it's worth a try.

Lastly, yesterday I made a strawberry rhubarb crumb pie.  All vegan, crazy delicious.  We only had a cups worth of rhubarb from our garden, so the pie is heavy on strawberries. Turns out we decided it's better that way.  The next vegan pie I want to tackle is coconut cream.  I'll be sure to share that one.

That about sums up my day.  Hope you're having a good one!

Let me know any tips you may have on introducing a bottle!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

First Week Home with Newborn

Hi there!

Happy Saturday!  Today a friend of ours is visiting this morning to meet baby Sage and my parents are visiting this afternoon.  After that I'm sure I'll be in need of a nap (and hopefully Sage will too).

This was the first full week that we were all home together.  It's a much different experience taking care of Sage in our home than in the hospital.  I'm thankful for the extra time we spent in the hospital because we really did learn a lot.  It's very daunting coming home and looking at this little being that you are responsible for. It's also the most amazing gift, but nevertheless eye opening.  I can happily say that I am much more confident today with caring for Sage then I was a week ago.  

We've had a lot of fun this week. I've gotten to know him more and he makes me laugh so much.  He's starting to smile and that's just about the best thing in the world.  There also were moments when I felt emotional and slightly overwhelmed.  These times were enhanced I'm sure because of my lack of sleep.  There were a few times that I could count on one hand when Sage was upset and I was having difficulty soothing him.  I just couldn't immediately figure out what was bugging him.  Did he need a diaper change? Was he still hungry? Did he need to be burped? Was he just overtired?

However, he of course did settle (each time within a half hour) and in doing so taught me how to stay calm in those moments.  I've learned that walking around my house with him in my arms is soothing for him. Sometimes the swaddle does the trick, sometimes not. Also, feeding most often seems to calm him down.  It's a learning process and I know a lot more today than last Saturday.

My husband worked the majority of the week, but was a huge help when he got home each afternoon.  He takes Sage after I feed him and this gives me a chance to reboot a little and nap.  I'm getting much better at forcing myself to nap. I typically have never liked sleeping during the day, but having a newborn changes that for sure.  I'll take any opportunity for sleep I can get now.  

Speaking of sleep, I am getting one to two hour blocks of sleep throughout the night.  Below is how last night went with breastfeeding and sleeping.  A solid example of how this week has been.  I feed Sage on demand for the most part, but wake him every 2.5ish hours if he hasn't by himself.  I was told to do this for the first two weeks and I plan to talk to the pediatrician on Monday at Sage's two week appointment about how we should proceed now. 

Also, keep in mind that his feedings generally last around 10 minutes. We have to keep them short due to his reflux, and at this point it seems to be working well that way.  As soon as Sage wakes up, the first thing I do is change his diaper and then feed.

7:30pm feeding
9:55 feeding
12:29am feeding
1:08 feeding 
1:39 short feeding
4:12 feeding
6:29 feeding

I slept 8:30-9:30pm, 10:45-12:20am, and 2:20-4:00am.

It's 7am right now and I'm holding Sage up in my arms for a half hour (to help with his reflux) then I plan to put him in the Rock n' Play. 

Overall it has been a great first week. I've had my ups and downs, but there's been way more ups and just a few difficult moments, so I think we're doing pretty good over here!  Time for me to get some breakfast and take another nap.  I'm tired.

Hope you have a great weekend!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A Family Visit and Some Plans

Hey hey hey!  

It's that time of night again. Sage is asleep on my chest and it's the perfect time for me to write a post on my phone. I realized today that the formatting (of pictures in particular) shows up really wonky on my website when I post from my phone, so I apologize for that. When I get a chance I will correct it from the big computer. 

Because of Sage's reflux, after every feeding we have to hold him up for a little while to keep him from spitting up and to help him digest.  We've then been trying to transition him to the Rock n' Play so that he can sleep for a while (and I can try to get some sleep) before the next feeding.  I really adore this time with him and if sleep was not a requirement for my body (like if I were a vampire), I'd have him sleep on me more.

Today has been a very good day.  My mom arrived this morning and was a big help.  She made our kitchen sparkle.  We had lunch together, baked chocolate chip cookies, and spent lots of time looking at baby Sage as he slept the whole morning.  My mother-in-law, sister-in-law and her partner, and my nephew showed up a few hours later.  Sage was awake the whole time that they were here!  It was so nice to see family and have them spend time with our little guy.

I've been thinking about how I really want to appreciate and take advantage of this time I have off from work during my maternity leave.  I've worked full-time since I graduated college five years ago and aside from my honeymoon two years ago I've never taken any length of time off. It feels really special to have this opportunity to be with my baby boy.  

I started reading this book.  The part that interests me is about the "fourth trimester" which is essentially us mamas imitating the womb for the few first months of our babies lives.  It states, "...we should treat them like little kangaroos! Kangaroos "know" their babies need a few more months of TLC before they're ready to get hoppin', so they welcome them into the pouch the moment they're born. Likewise, we need to offer our sweet newborns "pouches" of prolonged holding, rocking, shushing, and warmth. If you do this you'll be amazed."  To me, this makes perfect sense.

So what are some goals of mine?  The biggest thing is of course to provide for Sage.  I hope to eventually develop more of a sleep routine once I don't need to wake him up so frequently for feedings in the night.  Once he gains a little bit more weight, I want to wear him in the moby wrap (this goes along with the holding above) and start going for walks, and then use the jogger stroller as well.  And the jogger stroller will lead me to running again!

I have officially taken a year off from running.  I finished my marathon training in August 2013, got injured, and then found out I was pregnant.  Running just wasn't in the plans during my pregnancy.  I'm really excited to get back into it.  I actually thought of running today and then I remembered how sleep deprived I am and that it's probably best that I take this first month to recover and get my energy back, especially because it has been a year since I've trained.

Exploring new recipes is in the plans as well.  I know when I do go back to work meal planning and keeping the house tidy is going to become even more of a challenge, so it would be nice to get a strong handle on things while I am home.

I should probably try to get a little bit of sleep now.  Let's see if baby boy agrees...

What is a current goal of yours?

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Birth Story - Part Two

Hey there! 

Ready for the second half of Sage's birth story?  It was much more enjoyable, and much quicker than the first part.

We left off at 3AM when the doctor told me that when he came back in an hour it would be time to try to push.  I tried to rest some more for that next hour, but I don't think I really fell asleep again.  I couldn't help but think what pushing was going to be like.

The doctor and nurse returned about an hour later and I told them that I was experiencing a feeling of pressure building inside me. The nurse told me that the epidural would not hide the pressure at this point. I was going to feel the contractions and I had already started feeling the pressure to push.  The contractions were not nearly as painful as they had been hours ago, but they were present.

Let me begin by saying that my husband is a champ.  He was entirely in on the action of my pushing and delivering our baby.  He held my leg the entire time and saw it all go down. That is not something I would've been able to witness, however, he said it was remarkable.  It made it all the more special that he helped bring our boy into the world.

The doctor and nurse had to guide me through pushing as obviously I had no idea what I was doing. When a contraction came they told me what to do.  As soon as I started pushing I really didn't notice any pain.  I didn't even notice the contraction except for when it began because all I was focusing on was putting all my energy into getting our baby boy out.  

Pushing did not hurt at all.  This really surprised me.  It was just really exhausting. More exhausting than any 20 mile run I've done.  It took extreme focus.  I had the best coaches though between my husband, the doctor, and the nurse.  They encouraged me from the beginning and after each pushing segment told me how great I was doing.

About a half hour in the doctor let me know that he may need to leave for an emergency c-section.  He brought in another doctor that stood by just in case he had to leave suddenly.  This encouraged me to work even harder.  I literally was giving each push everything I had and it paid off because at 5:24AM on August 11th our baby boy was born.

I think I pushed for about a total of 45 minutes.  By the end when baby boy was super close to being out I didn't even need to push, literally my contraction did the work.

They placed Sage on my stomach and in that moment I had never experienced such joy as when I felt his skin against mine and saw his beautiful face.  I really don't have much recollection of delivering the afterbirth or anything that took place after baby boy arrived (I got a few stitches I'm told) because I was totally and completely focused on him.

My laboring journey started at 3AM on Sunday and was complete at 5:24AM on Monday.  

Sage, our love, is here.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Birth Story - Part One


This is a fun post to write. Especially now that I'm through those terribly painful contractions and can look back at it.  My new posting schedule is when Sage is asleep on my chest in the late hours of the night.  I really appreciate Siri doing most of the typing and I just have to dictate.  Onto how labor happened for me!

Nothing could've really prepared me for labor because it's such a unique experience.  I'm sure the timing of each progression is off as it's kind of all a blur timewise at this point, but I did my best to map it out.  I'm probably missing a bunch of details as well.  While my entire labor experience was a long 27 hours, there really was only a few hours that pushed me almost to the brink and tested my pain tolerance more than I could have imagined.

However, the gift at the end of it all is so beautiful that without a doubt I would do it all over again.

Saturday, August 9th - Above is the last picture taken of me pregnant.

I just felt different that day.  I felt off. Like I couldn't feel like that and be pregnant for much longer.  My belly felt really heavy and just walking took effort. My husband and I ran errands that day and went grocery shopping and I remember the whole time just being exhausted.  My appetite was off as well.

Sunday, August 10th 

3AM - I had gone to bed really early feeling nauseated.  I woke up suddenly at 3AM and went to the bathroom. On the way, I felt my water break.  It wasn't a big gush, but enough that I knew what was happening.  I walked back into the bedroom and called to my husband, waking him out of a sound sleep. I told him what had happened and he flew out of bed.  Together we took the next hour packing up last minute things for the hospital and I tried to eat some toast, but I really had no appetite.  We said goodbye to our pups and by 4AM we were on the road to the hospital.  

4:30AM - They took me into triage to confirm that my water had for sure broken.  While entering the hospital I proceeded to leak a lot more, so it really wasn't questionable.  We were at the hospital to stay.

I was asked if I was having any contractions and I got the vibe very quickly that because I wasn't, this was going to be a long process.  We were moved to our private room and around 6AM I called my parents to let them know what was happening.

My doctor informed me that he was going to give me the day to see if my body started laboring naturally, as in give me until 9PM that night to see what progressed.  And so began the leisurely day of slowly laboring.  I was told I could eat throughout the day since I wasn't really in active labor (thank goodness because I was starving by 10AM!) and that I should just get walking to see if I could get things moving.

We watched a lot of TV that day and I took a lot of walks around the hospital floor.  I would walk a few laps with my husband, and then a few laps with my mom, take a break, and then continue walking again.  By early afternoon I was feeling contractions, but nothing painful. They were actually very exciting.  Contractions = good!! 

6PM - By this time my contractions were getting closer and more painful. I was starting to question whether I could actually go without any medication.

7PM - The pain was horrible.  My contractions were coming about every three minutes and they were incredibly hard to handle. I also was beginning to lose it mentally.  My husband was my rock during the whole process.  During the earlier contractions he had rubbed my back to help with the pain, but at this point I couldn't even handle being touched.  I wanted an epidural.  I was checked and only 3 cm dilated at that point so I still had 1 cm to go before my doctor would let me get it. Ahh!  I didn't know how I was going to wait.  Someone suggested that I get into the tub as it may help and I jumped at the chance.  Being in the tub didn't necessarily help with the pain, but the change of environment was really good for me mentally.  My husband played relaxing music and I tried to relax.  The contractions were all consuming.  I felt them in my front and back.

8PM - After getting out of the tub I was checked again and this time I was 4 cm dilated. Woohoo! I was allowed to get the epidural.  

This is where things become a bit hazy in my memory because I was in so much pain that I could barely function.  I felt like I was losing my mind.  I was waiting for the epidural that was taking a while because the anesthesiologist was in a C-section.  I couldn't stand through the contractions and sitting felt just as horrendous.  I yelled through each contraction. This hour that it took before I actually got the epidural is the part of labor that I hope to forget.  I remember my dad was in the room at one point and he was holding one hand and my husband was holding the other while I cringed through each contraction.  The pain was just indescribable, and even now as I try to describe it, I am at a loss for words. 

9PM-10PM - I was so scared that I was going to move while they were giving me the epidural. The doctor had made it clear that if I moved at all I could risk getting a horrible migraine.  I thought there was no way I could sit still through a contraction and I was very concerned how I was going to manage.  The nurse was very stern with me and she told me "you can do it, I know you think you can't, but you will."  And she was right because somehow when I had to stay stil, I did.  The epidural took effect quite quickly and the pain faded away...

10PM - I slept. Wonderful, glorious, fantastic sleep.  My husband slept in a sleeper chair next to me.  I remember the nurse coming in and checking me every hour, and then I would quickly drift back into sleep.

Monday August 11th 3AM - When the doctor checked me this time I distinctly remember him saying "Ok, when I come back in an hour, it's going to be time to push." That woke me up! I laid there for the next hour thinking about what was to come...

First Week with Baby Sage


I'm writing on my iPhone with the wonderful baby Sage sleeping on my shoulder having just fed him.  It's just after 4AM and Sage slept for the last two hours!  Considering that I'm breastfeeding every two hours (but on demand really), that short stretch of sleep is much appreciated.

In just an hour from now Sage will officially be one week old.  We've watched him develop a bit in just a week so I can't imagine what a month will bring.

First, I'll chat about how Sage is doing.  He's eating like a champ and sleeping like one too.  He much prefers sleeping on my or my husband's chest or in our arms, so that definitely doesn't mean we're sleeping a ton.  Sage's life basically just consists of eating and sleeping right now, oh, and of course having lots of dirty diapers.  

I kept track of my feeding times (because literally my brain is sometimes so tired I can't remember from one to the next) and he fed 13 times yesterday.  That is almost on the dot every two hours.  His weight was up three ounces at yesterday's doctors appointment.  Just got to keep that up so he gets back to his birth weight of 7 lbs 14 ounces in the next week.

Sage's favorite thing to do is cuddle with mommy or daddy, and his least favorite thing is being changed because he gets cold.  He doesn't appreciate sponge bath time in general, but he seems to like when daddy gently pours warm water over his head (we tilt his head back over a little bucket so it doesn't get in his face) to get the shampoo out.  Also, Sage is beginning to smile.  When he's awake for brief periods of the day, he loves making eye contact with one of us while cuddled in our arms and being talked or sang to.  

Now onto how I'm doing.

I'm sleep deprived and happier than ever.  I have moments of feeling overwhelmed and not really know what I'm doing, but my frustration passes pretty quickly.  My husband is a huge support and our teamwork makes it all possible.  He takes Sage numerous times throughout the day so that I can get sleep for an hour here and there.  I try to get in a quick nap right before nighttime so that I've got an extra boost to get through the night.

We've spent the majority of the week at the hospital so we are just starting to get into a routine at home.  For the first few nights Sage would only sleep in our arms.  Yesterday we were given a Fisher Price Rock n' Play after it was recommended to us due to his reflux, and that has made a big difference in the last twelve hours.  Sage spent chunks of his naptime in it and slept there some of the night while I slept on the couch next to him.  It was a beautiful relief to me that he likes being in it.

Really sleep deprivation is the biggest challenge I'm facing right now and that's 100% to be expected. I've been making a point to eat well and drink lots of water.  I grocery shopped yesterday while my husband watched Sage and stocked up our refrigerator and cupboards like crazy. I spent double what we normally do in a week so we've got plenty of food in the house.  With breastfeeding it's incredibly important to me that I eat well (and lots) for my and Sage's benefit.

I am seriously impressed with how my body is bouncing back. I look down at my stomach and it's hard to believe that just a week ago I was close to 30 pounds heavier.  I've definitely shrunk down a lot but my stomach is still soft.  I'd like to start running again soon, but I don't anticipate getting out there for probably a month or so.  This time right now is all about resting in with Sage.

I think that just about sums up the last week. Let me know if there are things in particular that you'd like me to share on the blog, whether it's about Sage or my experience as a new mom.

Have a great Monday!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Welcome Baby Sage

Hi there!

It's only been a week since my last post, but my how life has changed in the most wonderful of ways.  

Our beautiful baby boy, Sage, was born on Monday, August 11th at 5:24 AM.  I promise to share the birth story eventually as it truly was a life changing experience.

I don't think I'll ever be able to put into words the emotions I felt when they placed Sage on my stomach for the first time.  It was a feeling of overwhelming love and all consuming happiness.  After nine months, the baby I had thought about everyday was here, right in my arms.

He is absolutely precious.  We are so in love.

It's been a whirlwind since Monday. We were discharged from the hospital on Wednesday. However, after Sage's first doctors appointment on Thursday morning, there was some concern due to the amount of spit up/vomit he was producing after each feeding. Long story short, it has been determined that he has acid reflux. We are back in the hospital now working with doctors to help our baby boy.  He is a great feeder and has been since day one, but with his acid reflux, we are learning that feeding is a delicate balance between getting Sage the nutrition he needs and not over feeding him so that he spits it all up.  

I think I've gotten a total of maybe 15 hours of sleep this week, but it's worth every moment of exhaustion.  He is the love of our lives.  My husband and I have taken shifts sleeping and our parents continue to be a huge help and support.

I'm dictating this post with sweetheart Sage sleeping on my chest as we spend another night in the hospital.  He much prefers sleeping in our arms rather than a crib. 

I look forward to posting about life with Sage, although, I'm sure my posts will be less frequent for some time.  Basically if I'm not feeding and cuddling with Sage, I'm trying to sleep for an hour here and there and eat something. 

We appreciate all your love and support as dealing with acid reflux is very tedious and difficult to experience, especially because Sage is such a phenomenal eater (must have gotten his love for eating from me!)

I hope all is well with you!

How are you?  

Any mommas out there who have an infant with acid reflux?  

Any tips for getting by on very little sleep?