Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Sutton's Pics

My sister-in-law, Mollie Cochrane is a great photographer. She took all of Cohen's pictures his first year, and she did Sutton's newborn pictures. We tried to get more of Cohen and Sutton together, but Cohen was way too busy to take pictures that night. Here are a few of my favorites.

And as far as the "colic" goes... it is so much better!!! I cut out dairy for the most part and I have noticed a huge difference in his fussiness. He is such a happier baby now. Chad actually is loving on him a ton more. Chad gets a bit overwhelmed when babies are fussy, and quickly hands them over to me so he wasn't holding Sutton much. Now Daddy and Sutton are good buddies.
Cohen is such a great big brother still. He walked up to where Sutton was lying and kissed his little feet today! These boys are such a joy in our lives. God is so good!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

I think we have colic. Help!!

Yes, I am 90% sure of it. Just to demolish a popular misconception, colic is not necessarily related to stomach or digestive problems. Here is a good definition of colic from
Infantile colic has been around for a long time. In 1954, Dr. Morris Wessel, a well-known New Haven pediatrician, defined an infant with colic as "one who, otherwise healthy and well-fed, had paroxysms of irritability, fussing, or crying lasting for a total of three hours a day and occurring on more than three days in any one week for a period of three weeks." It is also important to remember that not all fussy babies suffer from colic. Most infants normally cry two to three hours per day, but this is usually spread out during the 24-hour period
So technically, colic can't be "diagnosed" until the infant is at least three weeks old. There seems to be a few theories as to what causes the excessive crying: digestive problems, an immature nervous system, and overstimultion are a few.
I have no idea what is causing Sutton to be such a screamer, but he most definitely is. He cries 75% of each day. If he isn't nursing, he's crying. I'm talking like red-faced screaming. A pacifier, swing, Moby wrap, Baby Bjorn, nothing soothes him. He is gaining weight appropriately so I'm pretty positive it is not because he is hungry. The only up-side to this....He sleeps really great at night. I think it is half because of the Babywise schedule, and the other half because he is absolutely exhausted from incessant crying all day.
I have tried gas drops, which I think are such a hoax, yet I continue to pump him full of them because I am hoping they will actually do something.
Considering I have a 19 month old in the house who also needs his Mommy, I have no choice but to let Sutton scream in his swing or Moses basket sometimes. I feel so bad for Cohen. I feel like I have given 70% of my time to Sutton because he is screaming all day, and that leaves such little time for Mommy and Cohen.
I am definitely open to any ideas anyone may have for how to soothe such a fussy child. I hope this passes quickly.
Have a wonderful fall day!!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Pumpkin Patch!

We had a day yesterday to remember forever! (We also had one of these days on Saturday too at the
Granny White Fall Fest). But, anyways, I took the boys to Gentry's farm where we met my parents for a fun morning. The weather was perfect as were Cohen and Sutton. Sutton slept the whole time. Cohen was so busy exploring all there was to do at the pumpkin patch.

Sporting the Frankenstein shirt I made for him

Snoozing through the pumpkin patch, wearing the hat I made.

"Why can't I pet the goats, Mommy?"

His face after eating a lemon. He loves to eat lemons and make
funny faces.
He LOVES animals as I have said before, so he was quite confused when he was not allowed to feed or pet the goats because there was a sign on their cage that said to keep away. He stood outside the fence and "talked" to them instead. He loved all the pumpkins, but calls them "bumpunks" instead. So funny!
I so enjoyed watching my sweet boy play and have so much fun, all while sipping a pumpkin spice latte!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Welcome, Sutton Henry!

He is here! Sutton Henry arrived on Friday, September 30 at 3:27am weighing 7 pounds and 10 ounces and 20 inches long. We are blessed beyond words and cannot thank God enough for such an amazing gift.
        I went to the ER Thursday night and left Chad and Cohen at home. I did not want to get Cohen out and then be told that I wasn't in labor. So, I went to the ER around 9pm, got checked out and admitted by 10pm. I called Chad and he dropped Cohen off at his parents' house, then came and met me at Centennial. One of my great, wonderful friends Rowena was kind enough to come in on her night/day off and be my nurse. (She was also my nurse when Cohen was born). Her presence eased my anxiety immediately.
       Without any drama, our angel was born at 3:27am. Chad did an amazing job of remaining fully conscious. If I haven't mentioned before, he fainted when Cohen was born and doesn't remember much of the first 20 minutes of his life. Chad watched Sutton come into the world and did wonderful. He said everything happened too fast for him to get light-headed or faint. I wouldn't have had the wonderful birth experience I did without Rowena. She is such an amazing, kind, Christian woman who will do anything for a friend. And it is such a blessing to have a great friend to be your nurse during such a life-changing event.
      Cohen came with Nana and Aunt Lora to meet Sutton. He was instantly excited and wanted to touch, kiss, hug, and hold him. He was so sweet and involved with Sutton for about 10 minutes, then the excitement was over and he was busy destroying the room and asking for food.

       Our friends from church, Jason and Marie Caskey had their baby boy Rhys on Thursday morning at Centennial. They are literally in the room across the hall from us. Rhys was due the day after Sutton, but they both came slightly early. But Rhys weighed in at an impressive 9 pounds, 15 ounces and 22 inches long! He is such a handsome, healthy baby. Jason and Marie came over and we placed the boys in the same bassinet and took pictures of them. There is definitely a noticeable size difference!  We plan on them growing up together and becoming great buddies.
 *I will add these pictures when I download them. They are so cute*
       We cannot stop praising God for our many blessings. We are overwhelmed at how amazing He is, and are SO looking forward to the wild ride ahead of us as parents to these little blessings.