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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Happy 1 month Maddox!

I can hardly believe that Maddox has been here for a month now! He turned 1 month yesterday, November 21st.

Weight:  Maddox you weigh 10 pounds 8 ounces, BIG boy!  You are wearing some newborn (you've outgrown a lot in length), 0-3 months and even some 3 month!
Eating:  You eat every 2-3 hours.  We switched you to formula because you became EXTREMELY fussy, the Dr. thinks you have a milk intolerance and are now on soy like your big brother was.
Sleeping:  You are not a great sleeper, especially at night!  You are extremely noisy, at times sounding like an old man or an animal.  We moved you to your room when you were 3 weeks old.  You wake up at least 3 times a night, if not more!
Milestones:  Your cord feel off 1 day shy of 4 weeks and you had your first bath that day.  You enjoy the bath, you do not like getting out and being cold.
You also met Mam!  She is already in love!
Hudson is still beyond in love with you!  He has to give you kisses first thing in the morning and constantly wants to know "If his eyes are open" or if he can hold you!  You are blessed with the best big brother!

On a side note...Happy Birthday Pop!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Going home...a day we will never forget.

On Monday, October 24th, we were told that we would be going home!  I was BEYOND ready to be home with Hudson and start our new "normal".  Bryan and I talked and decided it would be a good idea for Hudson to be with us when we went home so that he wouldn't come into HIS house and feel like he was invaded by this new little baby.  Bryan called his mom and she went and picked Hudson up from school around 10:00.  When Hudson got there he was so excited that we were going home and he was going to help us take Maddox home!  Maddox had gotten circumcised that morning and I called for the nurse to come take a look because there was a little blood and I wanted to make sure that it was okay.  (We have been trying to answer any questions Hudson has honestly and appropriately for a 4 year old.)  When the nurse came in Hudson was standing by the bed eating a fruit roll-up.  He looked at Maddox's circumcision and said, "it looks like a strawberry."  He handed Judy his snack and the next thing we know his eyes were rolling in the back of his head, his body was stiff and we was falling straight onto the tile floor.  Before any of us could react his head hit the floor and bounced.  He was not responsive for probably 15-30 seconds.  I of course went into panic mode not knowing what to do.  I pick him up and start rocking him and trying to get him to speak.  Bryan runs out to get some more help.  His mouth looks like it was bleeding, but thankfully it was the fruit roll-up he had been eating just sitting in his mouth.  Bryan picks him up and rushes him to the ER with another nurse.  Thankfully Judy was there so that she could stay with Maddox.  I called my mom and she and my dad rushed up to the hospital.  The whole way down to the ER Bryan was talking to Hudson getting him to answer simple questions.  By this time Hudson was falling asleep.  A nurse wheeled me down to the ER (I wasn't released yet, so I was very thankful they allowed me to go from Maddox to Hudson!).  Hudson was crying and complaining that his neck, head and shoulder hurt.  Of course our fear was that the fall had done something to his head.  They did x-rays of his face, neck and shoulders and thankfully everything looked perfect.  The next step was to do a CT-Scan...giving the history with Hudson this proved to be almost impossible.  Bryan and my mom went with him to get the scan done.  Hudson was of course a hysterical mess, the Doctors and even Bryan and my mom were frustrated (CT-Scans are scheduled, but considering the situation they "worked" him in and he wasn't cooperating).  Mimi bribed him with any toy he wanted if he would be still.  Hudson finally calmed enough for them to get a decent reading.  Thankfully the scan showed no bleeding or swelling!  The Dr. said what probably happened was upon seeing something that is unnatural his body shut down.  (It has a medical name, but I don't remember it.)  After 5 long hours all 4 of us were finally released to go home.
I don't think I have ever heard of a whole family having hospital bands!
Can you tell it had been a rough day?  Bryan and I laughed at how different we looked going home with Hudson - we were dressed cute.  Here we were just thankful that our 2 boys were going home with us!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!
 Ironman & his sidekick
 And of course - Happy Birthday Mimi!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Brothers meet & Pictures from the Hospital!

My sister-in-law, Melissa, and our photographer, Adria, have been planning since we announced another baby was coming to have her come to the hospital to take pictures.  I am so thankful for this!  I am completely in love with my little boys and more in love with Bryan seeing him be a daddy to two precious boys!  This was the first time Hudson meet Maddox.  He was a little frightened of me with my iv's and for the fact I was a crying mess seeing both of MY boys together for the first time!  God is good!
 Sweet boy!
 I love his feet!
 It melts my heart watching Bryan with him!
 Walking in to meet his brother.
 Watching Daddy get him out of the cradle.
I love this!  Hudson was waving 'hi' to Maddox!
 My heart is full!

Hudson is such a wonderful BIG brother!  He is already so protective of Maddox.  Every cry, squirm, whimper Hudson is running to check on him.  Dr. Thomas, one of our pedi doctors, was in our room holding Maddox.  Hudson politely said, "Put him down."  It was too funny!

Bryan and I feel beyond blessed with the two precious lives God has given to us!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Happy Birthday Maddox!

 Maddox Lee Carnes was born Friday, October 21, 2011 @ 10:05 am.
 Our last picture before he was born.
Our first picture with Maddox
Maddox weighed 8 pounds 2 ounces and was 19 inches long.

Birth Story
This past week was a week that we will always remember and NEVER expected!  Monday I had to be in court for a jury summons.  My Dr. assured me that there was NO way someone would pick a pregnant lady who was due in 2 weeks!  I had to call everyday to listen for my name to see if I was to report to jury duty.  Bryan had been out of town in Corpus Christi on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Tuesday night I was having some contractions and had a "talk" with Maddox about how he needed to stay put until his daddy was back from his trip.  Thursday Bryan was in Beaumont in meetings and walked in the door around 6:00 pm.  I had just called and found out that I was to report to Crystal Beach, which meant that I would have to ride the ferry.  That idea was a little frightening, what if I went into labor, what if my water broke?  Knowing I was still 12 days away from my scheduled c-section date (November 1st) I decided I would call my Dr. on the way to Galveston to check with him.  We sat down, ate dinner and talked about how we wanted a relaxing evening because the week had been so exhausting.  I had still been having contractions every 18-20 minutes on and off.  We put Hudson to bed and I was about to go get ready for bed.  I sat down and had a bad contraction, 6 minutes later I had another.  This continued for 30 minutes, Bryan decided that we should call the Dr. I called the Dr on call and he called my parents.  Within 20 minutes our bags were thrown together and we were heading to the hospital, my mom in tow.  They admitted me to Labor & Delivery and decided that I was dehydrated and that with fluids my contractions should either slow or go away.  As they predicted my labor slowed from contractions every 2-4 minutes to every 10-12 over night.  Friday morning at 7:30 am my Doctor came in and checked me, my cervix was completely thinned and he felt that it was hours before I was in "active" labor.  The decision was made that Maddox would be born in a matter of hours!  Of course I had concerns being that I was 37 weeks, 4 days pregnant with a boy.  I was assured that he would be ready and at most he would need a little oxygen to get him going.  At 9:30 am we walked into the OR.  They prepped me, I got my spinal epidural and they brought Bryan in.  As they were doing the section Dr. Korman said "Oh Stephanie, this is a big baby!"  At 10:05 Maddox was born and we heard the sweet sound of his cry.  He is completely healthy!  We are truly blessed!

More to come...
Hudson meeting his baby brother for the first time
Pictures from the hospital
Our going home day, one we will never forget in many ways

(Sorry for the lengthy post if you actually read it all.  I don't ever want to forget what happened and the many blessings we were given.  Our God is good and faithful!)

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

A "Manly" Shower

My awesome sister-in-laws, Alicia and Melissa, threw a precious shower for Maddox and myself! It was so much fun and Maddox was spoiled rotten by lots of family and friends!



My mom, me & Mother-in-Law

Me & Melissa

My two fantastic sister-in-laws!

The guests!

My nephew Kaleb, too cute!

The Carnes' girls

My Mom's side of the family

Thanks everyone for helping celebrate Maddox!  We are anxious & excited for his arrival in just 7 short weeks!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Maternity Pictures

A few weeks ago our fabulous photographer Adria Ashby took maternity pictures for us.  I wanted to have a few pictures of the 3 of us before Maddox comes and also some pretty pictures of pregnancy!  Enjoy!