I'm 4 months late, but still super excited to announce the arrival of Autumn's baby brother, Raleigh. He made his dramatic entrance into the world in a very familiar way...6 weeks early, emergency C-section, some time in NICU. We're pros at this.
When I reached 33 weeks gestation with Raleigh in the tum, I was thrilled because I knew that no matter what happened at this stage and beyond, we'd be ok...Autumn is so healthy and has had no preemie symptoms since we left NICU on the first day of Spring in 2011. On the first day of my 35th week (34 weeks and 0 days) I woke up with cramps. Uh Oh. I immediately called my midwife and after a hot soak in the tub, I decided I would go for brunch with Michele and ignore the cramps which were getting progressively worse. I drank a virgin Caesar and ate a massive breakfast and went home to call my sister. Labour was happening and someone needed to come and get Autumn Elizabeth, big sister to-be. Corinne, my midwife, was able to get me admitted into labour and delivery because of my history for overnight monitoring, despite the contractions being small and far apart. I tried to get some rest but woke up at 1am feeling super crampy and a little bit sick. Dr. Wong, the on-duty OB, came in to take a peak at my fetal monitors and decided to do an immediate caesarian as baby's heart rate had dropped to a dangerously low level. Sound familiar? This birth was horribly traumatic for me as they put me under. I fell unconscious and woke up no longer pregnant, with no idea where my baby was or if he was ok. Teddy wasn't even at the hospital when Dr. Wong put the OB alert out for my emergency surgery. He made it to the hospital a few minutes after Raleigh was born and went directly to NICU to see him. We expected to go home relatively soon after the birth but big boy had different plans. We saw him on CPAP for his breathing, caffeine for his heart-rate and 12 days later, we were allowed to bring him home. Those twelve days were tough but we knew what to expect this time around. Little Raleigh Angus Hurst Kellogg was born at 1:22am and was 5lbs, 10oz, blonde hair, blue eyes, beautiful. We picked his name to honour Tampa Kellogg, who was born in Raleigh, North Carolina. Big sister has cozied nicely into her new roll and her baby brother worships her. He smiles at the sound of her voice and can't get enough of looking at her.
We have dealt with way more fussiness with Raleigh than we ever did with Autumn, though now at four months (nearly three months corrected), he seems to be growing out of his colic. I have been administering a daily dose of probiotics and drinking a ton of colic tea and the combination of those things has seemed to help. He's a happy baby and super cuddly though he makes strange with some women most men, including his own daddy. Really, he just wants his mama most of the time, which is fine by me. I know one day, I'll have to pin him down for snuggles.
Here are a few little pictures, in no particular order, of our new boy. We are totally head-over-heels for this kiddo.
Friday, 27 December 2013
We've had a very full Winter so far from attending various happy & busy Christmas events to battling unfortunate flu bugs. Autumn got to attend two Santa Claus parades this year, visit Santa at a Christmas party as well as at the mall for photos and we also hit up her first live performance, Dora the Explorer, and will be seeing Sesame Street Live tomorrow. On top of all of that, we spent three days including Christmas in Michigan at Auntie Rebecca and Uncle Brian's beautiful old house in the country. The kiddos cleaned up!! Lots of lovely gifts, good grub and fun people. It was also very special for us to be a part of Madeline's first Christmas and lovely to see Squish in action with a baby. She was so good with her little cousin! She struggled only slightly with understanding that certain favourite toys actually belong to Maddy and the obvious sharing issues that every two and a half year old battles. Overall, I'd say she did a stellar job of sharing for a little person her age. If only we lived closer (I know. I say that every time we visit our far-away family members!!) so that the kiddos could practice these essential life skills more often together. We missed Cole, Mel and Stafford and Kristi and Jeff but Grandma K made the trip out and we were thrilled for Autumn and Maddy to get some holiday QT in with their grandmother. We are feeling particularly lucky to have spent the holidays together since we nearly had to cancel our trip when Autumn came down with a pretty severe flu bug about a week before our departure which had us in the ER at our local hospital for an entire night. Then Toronto got hit with a massive ice storm which still has many of our neighbours living without power. Lucky for us, Autumn recovered from her bug and the roads cleared just in the nick of time and we hit the road on the 23rd of December. All was well until Christmas eve when I started to feel ill and things just went from bad to worse with a bad cough that I thought might put me into early labour. As you know, we are a well-versed family when it comes to preemie care, however Teddy nor I have any interest in going there again if it can be avoided. Teddy dropped me off at St. Joseph's last night and I spent most of the night hooked up to monitors to make sure that our little nugget wasn't in any sort of distress as a result of mama's virus. Turns out we're all good. Mama just needs lots of rest and Tylenol and a big fat prescription for a cough suppressant. I'm feeling slightly more normal today except that Squish has developed another fever so her Daddy just took her back to the Dr. to get checked out. I guess this is how it works when sickness ends up in close quarters with multiple people. So our goal right now is to keep Teddy healthy. We need him well so that he can continue to take care of us. hehehe
We celebrated Christmas early with my parents, Auntie Em and Steve. Autumn is pretty much the luckiest kid on Earth (or Erff, as she would call it...). Autumn received a play kitchen complete with every kind of food imaginable and various other books and games and cute little outfits. I took Autumn to visit my grandfather earlier in the week and it was hard to wrap my head around the fact that our family holiday dinners will likely not include him anymore. Big tears around that. That man has always lived for a good meal with his family. My Nana also opted out of attending Christmas dinner this year. Things are changing as we all grow older and understanding that it's all a part of life is significantly more easily said than done. That being said, we dearly missed Tampa this Christmas. These last 11 months have been full of first experiences without him. It makes me smile that Autumn still regularly asks about him. It's bittersweet, really. I think it's comforting that he's still fresh in her memory. She will often say things like, "Tampa loves books." and will frequently ask her Grandma where he is when they have Skype chats. We miss him all the time.
I guess I can sign off on that note and leave you with a few Christmas photos. Love to you all this holiday season and all the best for 2014.
|Autumn reading to Madeline|
|She is such an incredibly happy little girl.|
|Dr. Kellogg testing out her new vet suit from Auntie Melissa!|
|Giving Garcon a check-up.|
|Daddy and Autumn missing Melissa, Stafford and Cole.|
|Mind blown that Alfie Elf showed up in Michigan!|
|New train set from Santa!|
|Reading her first note from Santa Claus.|
|Madeline's first stocking.|
|Her attention span was actually quite impressive. hehehe ;)|
|Modeling her new scarf from Grandma <3|
|Autumn also modeling some of Grandma's knits.|
|Autumn received some beautiful hand-made items from her Auntie as well|
Tuesday, 1 October 2013
Fall is here and I have once again fallen so behind on my updates. It seems like summer just whizzed by. It wasn't a particularly nice summer---either cool and rainy or brutally hot and muggy. Hopefully this means we'll have a warm Fall and an easy Winter. At any rate, there is a lot to report, so I won't waste any more time.
Our summer ended on a beautiful note with a little holiday to Victoria where we got to be a part of Auntie Melissa and Uncle Stafford's wedding celebrations. The wedding was beautiful--perfect weather, lots of good laughs and happy conversation. Squish got to be a flower girl for the second time and her sweet little cousin, Cole was the ring bearer. We also got to meet Auntie Rebecca and Uncle Brian's new little girl, Madeline. She is gorgeous and smiley and super bald just like Autumn was. So adorable. It is always bitter-sweet to have everyone together, particularly now that everyone has babies. So nice to be together and so sad to all leave to our own corners of the continent. Living away from family is a huge bummer.
We spent the majority of September house-hunting and had zero success. The rental market in Toronto is pretty pitiful these days and we did not anticipate such a challenging search. We extended our current rental an extra month and we are hoping to have more luck finding a place for November occupancy. We need a little more space because Autumn is going to be a big sister in the spring. Yep, another sweet, bald baby to bring even more love to our family! We are due on March 30th and keeping fingers crossed that this one will be on time.
I have so far found this pregnancy to be significantly more challenging than my first. I have felt more ill, and been more exhausted and have had a busy two-year old to chase around. No rest for the wicked, I guess. It's been pretty hard so far though. I am regularly a patient person and have found myself with way less patience and as a result a super ton of mom guilt for not having the energy to play and chase my girl around the way that I want to be able to. I am nearly 15 weeks now and hoping that these next few weeks will find me feeling more like myself. Fingers crossed.
Anyhoo, I gave myself the length of an episode of Dora to write this so I will post a few pictures and sign off. I promise, I won't let it go for two months without another update. Love you all.
|Happy little Cole.|
|Daddy/Uncle Teddy & the munchkins.|
|Beautiful little flower girls, Autumn and Emerson.|
|Great-Nana Stella and Maddy June.|
|Tony & the squish shucking some corn for a BBQ.|
|Testing out Auntie Kristi's pumps.|
|Beautiful bride, Auntie Mel & her handsome little boy.|
|Autumn, Cole & Emerson: wedding party kiddos.|
|Here we go...|
|Uncle & little sweetheart, Cole.|
|The Kellogg ladies|
|Auntie Dar and baby Madeline.|
|Cutest little ring bearer ever.|
|Relaxing after the wedding, waiting for some dinner.|