It’s hard to believe that my baby is one. Where did a whole year go?
You were such a perfect little angel when you were born little man. You decided that you just couldn’t wait to see us and came two whole weeks early! It was our baby shower day but you didn’t seem to have gotten the note about that!
Your full name is Noah Christopher Meyer. Noah means “peaceful” and Christopher means “christ-bearer”. We love that it perfectly describes you to the core. You are such a peaceful little one.
You were 7lbs 6oz and 20 in long. We got to meet you at 12:02 am on September 29th.
Here’s how our day went:
3:30 a.m. Waters broke-no contractions
Finished packing bad/tidying house/took a shower to see if contractions would start.
Headed to Columbus. Turned around after 10 min because we forgot camera card.
Had mild contractions 3-4 min apart whole ride there.
Stopped at burger king for breakfast
Arrived at hospital, got checked in and put in room by 9ish.
Got stuck by 3 different people in 3 different spots for an IV because I have big “valves” apparently. Ouch.
Informed that the water birth I really wanted and drove to Columbus for 9 months to have was not going to happen. Not a happy camper. Worked through it emotionally with Kevin.
Adrienne arrived to help and snuck in Chick Filet for us I mean seriously…..ice chips? Not gonna happen.
Informed that if I didn’t progress by 3:30pm I would be put on IV antibiotics and Pitocin because my risk of infection went up since my waters broke.
3:30pm- IV antibiotics. Checked- only at 2 cms. Allowed to labor for an additional 2 hours without Pitocin.
Moderate to moderate strong contractions 2-4 min apart, 30-45 seconds for 8 1/2 hours. til 5:30 p.m. Still only at 2 cm’s.
Snuck a banana and some peanut butter while the nurse was out of the room
Placed on lowest dose of Pitocin. Contractions ramped way up. 6-7 cm dilated at 7 p.m but baby still at -2.
9 p.m. convinced I was going to not make it cause I was so worn out. Contractions still 2-4 min apart but so intense. Inquired about epidural-informed I was too far dilated for them to give it to me and that I was doing great.
So tired. Took oxygen to help with dizziness/tingly fingers since breathing so agressively. Baby at -1.
11 p.m. Could not stay on top of contractions without trying to push. Midwife called back in and checked me….only 8-9 but said it was a “floppy cervix”. Let me push through one contraction just to see cause I was so unable to not push and manually stretched me to a 10 so I could push (bless this women Lord..)
Whole room went crazy with nurses and doctors and a baby warmer. Realized we were really having this kid….now! Bed adjusted, midwife suited up, plastic laid down, people everywhere.
Attempted as best we could to breathe through 3 contractions and then allowed to push for counts of 4. Then got to really push….who would have thought that something this uncomfortable could feel so satisfying?
Pushed for maybe 5 contractions and he was out! Strangest most amazing thing ever. Got to hold him for a few minutes and they cleaned him up in the room. Had a mild tear from his shoulders apparently so got stitched up a tiny bit and all cleaned up and taken care of.
You arrived at 12:02 a.m. Nursed like a little baracuda who hadn’t eaten in eons, daddy and mommy scarfed a sandwich and we all passed out.
The hospital was so excited that you were born that the next morning they brought you a birthday cake!
You were super yellow so we spent four days in the hospital while you slept in your bili-bed.
Look how still you were…..hard to remember those days now that you are such a wiggle worm.
Daddy was so proud. He had a dream that you were born with a beard….looks like it was the other way around thankfully. You were two weeks early and daddy didn’t get a chance to shave it off before you were born.
Ready to go home FINALLY!
Since you were 2 weeks early and we didn’t even have your real carseat purchased yet, we had this big one from a class we took and you looked sooo tiny in it.
Everyone oohed and awed over you, you looked like a little porcelain doll you were so perfect.
Grandma came a week later and took some pictures of all of us. You liked to stick out your tongue a lot then…
And you clawed at your face like a wild cat so we had these silly little mittens on you 24/7.
We had lots of problems those first few weeks and Mommy spent a lot of time trying to figure out what was wrong with your poor little bum (you have a big birthmark there that bleeds), and why we were having so much nursing trouble (momma had thrush really bad and you had a upper lip tie). Mostly you just chilled like this though…
But it was so nice out we would bundle you up and take you on long, slow walks around the pond.
Grammy got some more pictures of all of us here…
And back on the bluff to catch all the fall colors. Mommy was so glad to not be pregnant anymore and to finally have you here!!
We caught your feet praying one day…
You loved to bunch your little hands up in fists and look like you were going to box someone. You also were obsessed with those soft binkies and wouldn’t take anything else.
You started getting chunky and momma started getting skinny. We were living in the living room when you were born and the whole house was kind of crazy in a full remodel project.
You LOVED being swaddled, we swaddled you til you were 7 months old and you wouldn’t sleep any other way. We were still fighting thrush and tried Genetian Violet which didn’t do anything except make you look hilarious…
You loved your swing and the stretchy swaddle with velcro. Eventually we had to double swaddle you with this one on the bottom and another swaddle over the top of it because you were so strong.
You loved playing with your feet! But you never sucked on your toes much which I was grateful for
You started getting REALLY chunky.
Grandpa Meyer got you a Search and Rescue shirt when we went back to Oregon for a visit. You look so dashing in it and your little stretchy jeans.
Your daddy LOVES you so much. He is the best daddy ever. You really love his curly hair and his crazy beard.
Mommy was starting to feel like a normal person again because you started sleeping through the night! We did the Baby Wise sleep training program with you and you did amazing on it. You started sleeping through the night at 3 1/2 months and super consistently at 4 1/2 months.
You love your new high chair with toys on it, and mommy loves that she can do projects without you underfoot.
We fixed the toilet together…
And went outside to meet all the duckies in their pen.
You had so much fun at Pleasant Valley Days for the 4th of July. You loved the misting tent, the snowcones and the pony ride.
We took our first family vacation together! It was a lot of driving but lots of fun! We went to visit John in South Carolina and see the beach. You loved it!
You were belly crawling only then and looked like a sea turtle making its way to the ocean…
You got some sunscreen and sand in your eyes but you still kept on playing…
This is your thinking really hard face…
And you were too intrigued with the water to be bothered with a silly thing like a family photo…
Once we were done you passed out…
But were up and ready to go in no time. We had a great trip!
You have always been such a happy baby! You make everyone around you smile and you have the cutest belly laugh.
It wasn’t long after you learned to really crawl around that you were pulling up on EVERYTHING. Mom and Dad got the kitchen and living room finished and floored just in time for you to start exploring everything!
You are growing up so fast its hard to believe it’s almost been a year!
You are so handsome….
We thought about throwing you a mustache party….but we decided that you were too unique for that! So we threw you the first ever Eyebrow party! You loved it and so did everyone else.
You also loved your cupcake and couldn’t believe we were really letting you eat it all by yourself!
You raised it in triumph as you ate the last bite!
Happy Birthday Sweet Noah!
We are so proud of you and can’t believe that we are lucky enough to be your parents.
We love you!!