Tuesday, October 13, 2015

3 Months


It's month number three! Holy cow time is flying. Liam is getting sooooo big! At his last check up he weighed in at 12.07 lbs (84%) 23.75 in (90%) 16 in (88%). Although this was quite some time ago he probably closer to 15lbs haha! He's a big kid!

In this last month he's started smiling and cooing A LOT! Borderline laughing. He's so close! Maybe this next month he'll show us his laugh. He's started playing more with his hands and feet as well. He's also discovered sucking his fingers. He can't suck his thumbs because he keeps them safely tucked in his little fits but he'll happily suck away on his middle finger and index finger. It's really cute.

His biggest accomplishment this month happened last night. He rolled for the first time!! Earlier during the day we had been doing some tummy time and he was getting so close to rolling but would stop. So when Garrett got home that night I was showing him how close he was getting and then BAM! During the show and tell he rolled! There were lots of tears and cheers!

Another huge milestone was that last night we took down the Pack N' Play and moved Liam to his room. 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭 Don't get me wrong it's a good thing.... But I was a mess. He slept like a champ too! He's getting so big! And I'm loving him more and more everyday!

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Dos Meses

My little man has now been here for 2 months! Holy cow! The time has flown by and I can't even believe it! With this milestone in his life I feel like as his mother I need to share a few things about him.

One: He started sharing his smile with the world when he was 2 weeks old. The first time I saw it I cried. I'm sure it wasn't intentional yet. Like how his smiles are now... But seeing it made all the hard times so worth it!

Two: He's a fussy guy. Most people who know him know he cries. Although he's doing sooooooooo much better we still call him a "Grumpy Gus". Part of his fussiness is just because of his acid reflux but I think he's just kinda high strung... Like his mom? Haha

Three: He loves to snuggle! The only way he'll sleep is if he's being held. When he's awake... Still loves to be held. This week he started doing this thing where if I set him down he'll intentionally start crying so I pick him up haha. It's amazing that he can't even control his own body but he has total control over me!

Four: He's a noisy little guy. Aside from his tears, when he's happy he's usually talking to the wall or ceiling fan! It's so cute and I die when he talks back to me... Even if it isn't intentional haha.

Five: He has a nicer shoe collection than me. This is partly due to his fathers sneaker obsession but I mean he's a 2 month old child who can't fit into any of them. Either way it's cute.

So there you have it. Liam is growing and growing everyday. Each day he's becoming a little more aware of his surroundings. He knows me and Garrett really well but is still figuring out other people. It's amazing how much I love him and how I live to serve whatever need he has. I never thought a child could change me so greatly but I was completely wrong. To say I love him will never express just how much that love is.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Meet Liam Bryce Jones

It's only taken me a month and a half to do this but I finally finished it today. It's rather fitting that I'm sharing this today. It was 2 years ago around this same time that we started this process and now look where we're at.

Here it is... Liam's birth story :)

It's was just like any other day. July 13, 2015 started just like any other. I went to work, came home hung out with Garrett, went and looked at a new car, ordered pizza and then bam. The contractions started. (7:00 pm)
As I sat on our couch trying to time each contraction I realized there wasn't a break between each one. It's at this point I realize we need to go to the hospital.
We check into the hospital, get connected to all the monitors, and the hour long wait begins. Garrett and I watch each contraction come and go. Each coming with a little more intensity. (8:00 pm) It's after the first 5 minutes of being monitored when the nurse comes in and tells us we have a possible red flag. Liam's heart keeps bouncing. Going from 160 and then dropping to 125 then going back up. She says it's not cause for concern just yet, but that they'll monitor it and then decide what to do if it doesn't go away.
At about five to the hour the nurse comes back in and tells us that Liam's heart is still bouncing. She tells us Dr. Gatherum's has been monitoring it from home and is on his way here now. "We need to get the baby out now." I've never been so scared. I look over at Garrett and realize that my life long dream of delivering my own baby won't be happening tonight. I'm going to have a c-section.
Garrett gets on the phone to tell our parents what's happened and how there's been a pretty drastic change in our plans. We're going to have to have the baby before they get here. The realization of having to have my baby without my mom by my side kicks in and I begin to cry.
Dr. Gatherum's arrives shortly after the nurse told us the news and by then I had my IV in, the paper work was sign, and Garrett was given his ER clothes. Dr. Gatherum begins to explain that he's worried about the baby. He's not sure what's causing his heart to bounce so much but its better to be safe then sorry. "It's been quite the process for you guys to get this far and I don't want to risk you not being able to take this little guy home. He's a very special baby!"
Dr. Gatherum and the nurses clear the room and Garrett begins to give me the most comforting blessing I've ever received. I knew immediately following the blessing that everything was going to be fine. That I had pick a wonderful doctor who was going to take excellent care of me and Liam. I knew that Garrett was going to be fine standing by my side while our baby was born. I knew that everything was going to be alright.
By 9:15pm I was in the ER being prepped for surgery. They gave me a surgical cap and gown then had me sit on the table with my head on a nurse's shoulder as the anesthesiologist gave me a spinal block. From there the nurses helped to lay me on my back as they put up the curtain separating me from viewing my lower half.
As Garrett walks in I'm so relieved! Finally my main support is here. He grabs my hand as they begin to cut. I'm watching his face and I realize that they're pulling parts of my body that have never been touch before. Garrett's face says it all... They just took out my intestine. Garrett takes a break from watching and sits for only a second because they've reached Liam. The doctor begins to push extremely hard on my chest and abdomen. The pushing seems like it last forever! But then finally I hear Liam for the first time. He's here. 9:43 pm my baby boy, Liam Bryce Jones is here.
The over whelming feeling of joy, relief, excitement, and love immediately fill my heart as I hear him crying. Garrett leaves my side to go tend to our new baby. He returns in what seems like hours later with our baby. He puts him down next to my head so I can see him and kiss him. As I talk to Liam he quiets down and I realize he already knows my voice. He knows that his mommy is talking to him. "I love you honey, it's going to be ok!" It's the first thing that comes out of my mouth. I keep saying it as tears continue to come. This new baby is mine and I love him so much!
Garrett leaves with Liam and the nurses to get cleaned up while the doctors close me up. As they're finishing on me, all I can think about is the new baby that is mine. I'm a mom. I'm responsible for this little person who I don't even know. What? How did this happen and how do I already love this little thing so much? Dr. Gatherum calls down to the nursery to get his stats. "8 pounds 11 ounces! He's 19 and a half inches long! Wow, it's a good thing he came when he did Chellcee, otherwise you'd a been having a ten pounder!" The doctors move me from the surgical table to my hospital bed and begin to wheel me to my room. I beat the boys back to the room so I call my mom to let her know everything went well. In the middle of the phone call is when Garrett pushes the hospital crib carrying Liam into the room.
Finally holding Liam for the first time I have another round of love, joy, and relief wash over me. Looking at him I keeping thinking "He's mine... This is my baby! I love him. He's perfect."
Liam was the result of miracles that Garrett and I got to witness first hand. He's the result of so much love and Christ like charity. It's because of so many that we have him in our family. Thank you will never be enough to return the kindness we've experienced but know that Garrett and I are forever grateful!
One Week Old 

One Month Old


Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Third Trimester!

It's been quite a few months since my last post and figured it would be a good time to update everyone on the progress of Baby Jones as well as our family!

Baby Jones:

This week I'll be 28 weeks on Wednesday. My last appointment with Dr. Gatherum I had my Whooping Cough vaccination. My arm was sore for 3 days! haha This week I get to do my Glucose test as well as the Rh blood test as well because I'm O-. Yay! My next appointment is later this month and it's my last monthly appointment. After that I'll be going in every 2 weeks! Seriously, I feel like my pregnancy has flown by! Thank goodness! haha

Baby J is just a growing and growing in there. I've started to kind of get uncomfortable but for the most part I'm loving being pregnant and can't wait to meet this little kicker. The other night I was laying in bed having a conversation with Garrett and every time Garrett would talk, Baby J, had to kick me. It wasn't until Garrett got down and actually talked to him that he relaxed a little and I pretty sure went back to sleep. He already loves his daddy :) His movements are getting stronger every day! He's started moving my whole belly when he moves. It's incredible! I love it! I know not everyone loves it but it is one of the best feelings and experiences I've ever had.


I graduated!! Yay!! After 4 years of school I finally have a Bachelor of Science in Family Life and Human Development, my emphasis in Family Services! I'll be taking what's call the NCFR later this summer so I'll be a certified family life educator and be able to teach people about families! I'm so excited that it's finally here.

Garrett will be taking summer classes and then this fall will be the start of his senior year of college! YAY! We are almost completely done with school! He's loving his major and also can't wait to be done haha. Depending on if he has a job next year will be whether or not he starts his Masters of Accountancy the fall of 2016... Fingers crossed he gets a job! :)

Everything Else:

Nothing. haha Other than working and trying to grow a baby... We're just boring folks :) I'll do better to update more recent events! No promises but I will try! haha