The Elfors Family

The Elfors Family

Saturday, May 10, 2014

4 months old!

At four months old Hadley
-weighs 19 pounds
- is 26 inches long
-tried rice cereal for the first time (wasn't too thrilled about it so we are going to wait)
-doesn't sleep as well as she used to. She usually sleeps 4-6 hours and then wakes up to eat.
-rolls from her belly to her back
-has learned how to scream
-likes to touch cooper
-drools and chews on everything
-still loves her daddy. She stops everything she's doing when she hears his voice
-tries to crawl while on her belly
-opens her mouth when we are eating and holding her

3 months old!

At 3 months old Hadley
-still loves baths
-weighs 16 pounds
-loves to snuggle in mommy and daddy's bed
-can lift her head
-has rolled over once from her belly to her back
-has a fake cry (she knows how to work us)
-doesn't like when we leave her with someone that's not familiar
-does not sleep 8 hours at night anymore (unfortunately for us)
-still loves her binky
-drools a lot

2 months old!

At 2 months old Hadley
-weighs 15 pounds
-is 23 inches long
-sleeps through the night
-got her first set of vaccines and SCREAMED for about 2 hours
-holds her head up pretty well
-smiles (especially at her daddy)
-does really well at tummy time but doesn't like it much
-loves her playmat
-loves her bouncer
-has little meltdowns here and there (especially if someone unfamiliar is holding her)

1 month old

I wanted to start posting every month about Hadley's growth and new things she learns. I have been meaning to do it for months but I feel like life is so crazy and busy with a baby! I also feel like I am so forgetful with a baby also! So I'm going to attempt to post about the last few months.

At 1 month old Hadley
-sleeps a lot
-does not cry very much
-loves her daddy
-has started to smile
-likes her swing
-loves baths

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Hadley's Birth Story

I have been procrastinating writing about Hadley's birth story. I tell myself every week that I'm going to write about it this week and it never happens! Mostly because I am so busy with her! I have a sleeping hubby and baby right now and all I want to do is climb in bed and join them but I am MAKING myself do this finally! This might be really boring but I want a record of her birth story written somewhere so I figured I would share :)

Since the end of November I had been pretty miserable having contractions. My doctor told me that there was no way I would make it to my due date. I stopped working a few weeks before I had planned because I was so miserable with contractions. It's like my body wanted to go into labor but didn't quite know how. Anyways, my due date (December 22, 2013) CAME and WENT!!! I had hoped and hoped that she would be here for Christmas. Christmas morning I was having contractions that were 5-7 minutes apart so we decided to go into the hospital. When we got there the nurse checked me and I was dilated to a 4. She hooked me up to the monitors and my contractions were 7 minutes apart. She had me walk around the halls for an hour to see if that would speed things up. When she checked everything again I was still the same so they gave me some pain meds (I was so miserable) and sent me home! If you ever want to ruin someones Christmas send someone home from the hospital that is 3 days over her due date! I was so mad, especially because we missed all the Christmas festivities and because they told me I would probably be back that night!

That night I didn't sleep at all because the contractions picked back up. Finally around 7 in the morning we decided to head back to the hospital because they were 3 minutes apart. When we got there the nurse checked me and I was 4 cm dilated still! I thought they were going to send me home again but when she checked me again in a half hour I was a 4.5. They decided to keep me, give me the epidural and break my water to see if that would speed things up. I got the epidural shortly after (which is not bad at all) and a little while later the on call doctor broke my water. (My doctor was nowhere to be found). They checked me shortly after (probably about 2 or 3 in the afternoon) and I was only a 5!!! They decided to put me on the pitocin because they said the epidural had slowed my contractions down. After they put me on the pitocin my epidural started wearing off. I kept pressing the button for more and the anesthesiologist even came in and gave me more but it wasn't working. The contractions were really strong and painful at this point. She checked me again around 6:30 and I was a 10. They called the doctor and she told me to start pushing with the nurse. I pushed for about an hour and at 7:53pm on December 26, 2013 my sweet baby girl was born. I can't even explain the feeling I felt when they put her on my chest. I am crying just thinking about it. She was 9 pounds 15 ounces and 22.5 inches long! They took her away from me pretty quick because her and I both had fevers. They had to take her to the special care nursery to get iv antibiotics and I was bleeding a lot from her being so big so they had to stitch me back up. This was the worst part for me. My epidural did not work while I delivered her or while they stitched me back up and I was in a lot of pain at this point. After an hour of stitching I was finally able to hold and feed my baby girl.

The days in the hospital were rough. I could barely get up to go to the bathroom. Garrett was so awesome through everything. He would go into the nursery with her to get her antibiotics, change all of her diapers, help me feed her and stay up with her at night. She swallowed a lot of amniotic fluid so she kept choking and they had to keep suctioning it out of her stomach. We were super paranoid at night. Finally that Saturday her labs were finally normal and they let us go home! I was so happy to get out of that hospital! We went home and started our new life with her! She is so sweet and we couldn't ask for a better baby!

Saturday, November 30, 2013

32-37 Weeks

A lot has happened during the last few weeks so I figured I better post about everything so I don't forget, especially since we are getting close and she could be here any day! At 32 weeks I had another baby shower. It was really fun to get together with all my friends and celebrate. One of my good friends, Chelsy, flew from California just to come to my shower! Talk about a good friend! Baby girl got lots of cute things! At 33 weeks we got some maternity pictures done. I wasn't really excited about them at first because I didn't really want any pics of my big belly but family talked me into it and I'm glad we got some because it will be fun to look back on them! The girl that took them is AMAZING!

At 34 weeks I was at work and started having lots of cramping. I called my doctor and she made me come right in. They hooked me up to the NST monitor (non-stress test) and I was having contractions. After that she checked me and I was dilated to a 1. She also did a test that detects a hormone to see if you are in labor and that came back negative thank goodness! I was on light bed rest for the rest of that week and then she told me I would be fine to go back to work for my normal 2 days a week. She said after 35 weeks the baby would be okay and so they wouldn't try to stop it if I did go into labor. Up until 36 weeks I did not feel good! I was having a lot of cramping and contractions. I tried to take it easy because I really wanted her to wait until I was at least 37 weeks to come. My last doctor visit was the Wednesday before thanksgiving. I was 3cm dilated and 60% effaced. My doctor said that most likely I will go into labor on my own and she doesn't think I will make it to my due date. She said if she had a guess it would be in the next week and a half! She is out of town right now so she better stay in until at least Monday ;) I have been feeling a lot better this week and have had a lot of energy. I have been cleaning like crazy and putting up christmas decorations. Everything is finally done and now I can just relax and wait for her to come! I work Monday and Tuesday and then I am done until February! We are so excited to meet her and we can't believe how close we are getting!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

28-32 weeks

I don't feel like a whole lot has happened in the last few weeks. I entered the third trimester, which was exciting.  Time is going by really fast and it is kind of scaring me! Some days I am so ready for her to be here and some days I am freaking out at how little time we have left to prepare. I guess you can never really be 100% ready. I am starting to notice a huge difference between the second and third trimester. The morning sickness is getting worse, I have heartburn like crazy, I am tired all the time and I can't sleep because my hips and back hurt. I have no energy whatsoever. Garrett has been so good to help me out when I need it, even though he's the one who works full time. He is going to be such an amazing dad! We had a doctors appointment 2 weeks ago and everything is looking really good. I have had a pretty standard and normal pregnancy so far (thank goodness). We go for another appointment on Friday so I'm hoping things will still be good. I love feeling my baby girl move around all the time. That is one thing I'm really going to miss about being pregnant is having her with me all the time.  She gets the hiccups almost every day! Also, I have been craving chocolate like crazy lately, which is so weird because I didn't really like chocolate before I was pregnant. Another thing is I feel like she has grown a ton in the last 2 weeks. Garrett made the comment that "you look pregnant" the other day and it made me laugh considering I am in my 8th month! Lol.  I need to post some pictures of her nursery but I will do it later because I don't have any on here right now. 2 months or less and we get to meet our baby girl!